＃After returning, the family was ruined (160)
Gerond was silent as he looked at Ethan. Soon he remembered a story he had heard before.
“What if… the duke family had passed on the experience they experienced during the Dragon Clan War to the Archduke in some way?”
This was one of the contents reported by Count Marek after the flowering ceremony took place.
At the time, I thought it was nonsense.
But when I think about it now….
‘That would be highly likely.’
Ethan’s essence conveyed through soul searching.
There was no such argument as a reason to explain how this was possible. An iron-blooded commander who has experienced numerous wars. He has a record of slaughtering so many dragon people that he can be called a dragon slayer.
‘He must have inherited the experience of the Balaur War.’
This level of experience could never have been obtained had it not been for the dragon war that took place in the past. It was known that the previous Duke’s skills had reached transcendent levels, so if he had inherited his experience, it would not be strange for Ethan’s essence to be like that.
‘The important thing…’
is how such a thing was made possible. I knew about methods and items for delivering mana. A typical example was black magic.
By using drain magic that absorbs mana, you can retrieve the target’s mana.
However, even in the Apostle’s magic, which presupposes countless sacrifices, there was no such thing as passing on experience.
‘I guess it’s just a memory at best.’
Although memories and experiences may seem similar, they are not the same.
Experience is the crystallization of realization that one has experienced and embodied.
But the memories were different.
At best, it was just a reminder of the past.
If he had simply inherited memories, his essence itself could not have been elevated to the level of a transcendental being.
I wonder if I’m still whining and moving forward, looking back on my memories.
‘A way to inherit experience…’
Is there some kind of item or secret weapon in Ardan?
I couldn’t even guess what it was.
This was because even though he had lived for quite a long time, he had never heard of something that passed down experience.
‘However, it may not be available in large quantities.’
That was a fact that could be seen just by looking at Ardan’s blood relatives.
Although he was a knight like Ethan, he did not have such unreasonable skills.
At best, he had only reached the level of master. At that level, it could be said that Ardan had average skills worthy of his name.
If I had several such items, I probably would have invested in Myers at least one.
What that doesn’t mean is….
‘Right now, only you can use it yourself.’
No matter how famous Ardan is, it is not easy to pass on the experience. Maybe it’s a secret that can only be used once.
‘Maybe the reason I fell into a mana rush or collapsed for ten years…’
It may have been because I used a secret technique. Gerond’s eyes narrowed.
A flower bud like a poisonous snake that grew after eating the blood of its predecessor. That was the essence of Duke Ethan.
‘I know what you’re thinking.’
Just like when the Turian Marquis first came to see him, Gerond must be diligently aware of the situation.
Well, there was no reason to satisfy that curiosity.
‘That might fit well with my future plans.’
The matriarch of Lacian.
As a result of the information obtained so far, Agiles and Lacian were deeply involved in Theron’s brainwashing.
For Ethan, it is one of the main enemies that must be eliminated.
But that wasn’t the case now.
The skill of Gerond that I witnessed today far exceeded my expectations. Now was the time to move with reason instead of emotion.
Ethan turned around without hesitation.
Gerond no longer held Ethan. I just looked at him with sunken eyes.
* * *
“Confirmed, Your Majesty. “I guess Duke Gerond was curious.”
Marquis Lionel described the scene he saw. The king’s eyes widened when he heard that a battle between the mind and the sword was about to unfold.
“Huh… wasn’t that a skill that only a transcendental like the Marquis could use?”
“I guess that’s how deep and wide Duke Ethan’s enlightenment is. “His mind sword was already half-complete.”
Ethan’s mind sword contained such powerful imagery that it could not be surpassed by Gerond’s. That was very surprising. It took a lot of experience to build up an image so deeply and broadly.
This was an area that could not be explained by the word talent. Even if you have great talent, experience is something you gain over time.
This was especially true for Ethan, who had been in a coma for a long time.
Therefore, Marquis Lionel was making the same judgment as Gerond.
“It seems like that prediction was correct.”
“Are you saying that there seems to be a special secret magic in Ardan? Even the Earl of Wallington said something like that.”
“yes. I think I have something like that too. Of course, Ardan did not use it without any consequences.”
The King nodded.
This was definitely an interesting story, but even if secret arts existed, I wasn’t keen on it.
Ardan sacrificed too much to create one transcendent who would grow quickly at best.
Delprion thought for a moment about what kind of judgment he would make if he were the head of the family of Ardan.
Was it really possible to make the decision to use a secret technique that requires such a ‘sacrifice’?
It was a difficult problem.
“Gerond’s head must have been a mess by now.”
Delprion thought of Duke Gerond. Although he could be called his arch-enemy, he did not just have hatred towards him.
The creation of the 7 Kingdoms and thus the raising of the kingdom’s national power were ultimately possible thanks to Gerond, who made the first move. Thanks to this, Heidern was able to avoid being invaded by other countries during Ardan’s absence.
In this regard, he himself acknowledged Gerond’s contribution.
However, the problem only occurred after national power exceeded the level of self-protection.
The King remembered Ethan’s tendencies.
A person who has no mercy towards his enemies.
If we had examined each other, Gerond would have figured out that fact.
There was a possibility that he would take drastic action to stop the growing threat.
“The Marquis, what do you think will happen if Count Marek and Duke Ethan face each other?”
“I won’t let you offend me easily now.”
This also meant that on Lacian’s side, Gerond had to move directly to deal with Ethan.
‘Of course, the possibility may not be high, but…’
Isn’t it true that you never know what’s going on in the world? For Delprion, Duke Ethan was a very important ally.
There is no harm in being careful.
“I would like the Marquis to personally serve as Duke Ethan’s guard for the time being.”
“All right. your majesty.”
Lionel did not want a young and ambitious talent to fall into danger. He nodded willingly.
* * *
The family most mentioned at the Council of Ministers was Aguiles.
“Yes, Your Majesty.”
“After investigating, we found out that your family has several problems.”
The king handed over documents to high-ranking nobles. The nobles slowly opened their eyes after seeing what was written on the document.
It was a magic system that didn’t make a lot of sense just by hearing the word. So, I thought that I might be doing something wrong, but…
‘Aguiles is crazy!’
What was written in the document was not just a suspicion.
Squeezing the territory to raise funds was only a very light thing compared to what followed.
‘Are you saying they were conducting human experiments?’
Seven secret laboratories spread throughout the northern region where Aguileth’s power reaches. The population of the village located near the secret laboratory was rapidly decreasing at an unusually fast rate.
As if that were not enough, the material attached as evidence included a partial video of the inside of the secret laboratory.
The cruel scene made the nobles frown their eyes.
Himos’ eyes gradually distorted. It was a mistake that occurred when Theron’s work completely failed. Ardan was growing at a remarkable pace.
Toward the glorious past. Himos remembered Ardan from the past. The situation is bound to become more disadvantageous as time passes. Therefore, in order to speed up the experiment, twice as many people as usual were brought in.
‘shit. It looks like the tail has been caught.’
It seemed like it had fallen into the Red Moon’s surveillance network.
He looked urgently at Gerond.
[What should I do?]
Gerond closed his eyes as if he was struggling at the secret whisper.
After a while.
[…I think I have no choice but to take a step back now. The king has created the situation so well.]
[Do you mean we have to make concessions again?]
[I guess there is nothing we can do. Even we cannot completely overturn this public opinion. Besides, we don’t have any clear evidence.]
Gerond was reprimanding Himos for his mistake in a low tone.
I felt angry inside, but I couldn’t refute it. In any case, isn’t it you who got caught by the tail?
[Now is the time to step down.]
Himos, an old nobleman, knew exactly how to act in times like this. There was a brief moment of silence, and then he immediately slammed the table.
“You damn bastards!”
Soon, the surrounding atmosphere began to slowly tremble. The energy that bloomed over Himos’ body, as if he was angry, was extremely violent.
He continued speaking quickly under the gaze of the high-ranking nobles.
“Unlike ten years ago, our national power has improved, but it has not yet completely stabilized. It is true that we, Agiles, created a laboratory to create black magic that would complement it. But…”
He continued speaking, his fists shaking.
“I think my subordinates greatly misunderstood the words to conduct autonomous research. I never thought you would do such a shameless thing…! “It’s all because of my immorality.”
This was a very blatant cut of the tail. High-ranking nobles clicked their tongues.
‘You escaped the situation in an amazing way.’
‘but. If a battle were to take place here, even Duke Himos wouldn’t be safe.’
High-ranking nobles of the moderate faction, the King’s Sword, Marquis Lionel, and even the Duke of Ethan. Even if they were Duke Himos, they were talented people who could not be underestimated.
Now was the time to somehow deny the charges. The moment he said he had ordered this, it was impossible to predict how far it would go.
If you think about it, the situation was amazingly avoided.
Since we were unable to manage it, it would not be possible to completely avoid punishment, but this also made it difficult to impose excessive punishment ‘directly’ on Himos.
At those words, the king looked at Himos with cold eyes.
“So the duke did nothing wrong?”
“No, Your Majesty. How could it not be my fault? “This happened because of my immorality, so I will completely abolish all secret laboratories and punish those involved.”
The King was silent.
As long as Himos appeared in such a low manner, there was no point in reprimanding him any more.
Soon he said:
“Yes, Your Majesty.”
“You must keep that promise.”
“of course. I will tell you clearly here. “My word will be kept.”
“Then let me help the duke.”
“yes! your majesty.”
“I’m already on standby with the knights. “Just give us the command and we will be able to raid the laboratory right away.”
“You may move.”
“I understand, Your Majesty.”
Himos’ face turned completely white. It was because he had not expected that the King would have had the Shadow Knights on standby long ago.
If things go this way, it will be impossible to avoid all the data from the secret laboratory being taken away, as well as punishment from the administrators.
His hand slowly began to tremble at the poignant move.