#When I returned, my family was ruined (163)
Duke Himos looked at the crystal ball. Gerond’s face was reflected there.
he asked, sounding concerned.
“Are you really going to carry out that plan? If it’s that big, we can’t hide it completely. “I’m sure there will be someone who notices.”
-Don’t you know that the trend has passed? This is the only way to achieve balance. Now is the time to take risks.
Himos was silent for a moment.
What Gerond was requesting was a sacrificial ritual.
It is a system that can be said to be the most evil among the many types of black magic, and its effect is to drive the power to one place through sacrifice.
Gerond had used this magic once before.
That was when Mileton was born.
Twins born in their mother’s womb.
Of the two, it was Mileton who had a slightly better understanding.
It was the reason he survived.
At that time, the two families did not enjoy as strong a status as they do now, so the two families had to proceed with the sacrificial ritual carefully.
This was because it was one of the magics banned in the kingdom.
But Gerond was different now.
Whether it is revealed to the public or not.
Because they were requesting that the sacrificial ritual be carried out on the largest scale possible.
The small consciousness I used on Mileton a long time ago could never overcome the wall of transcendence.
‘…This is an offer with nothing to lose.’
To overturn an unfavorable situation, a reversal is required. Gerond and himself are moving forward as one body.
If he became stronger, Agiles would naturally be protected as well.
“…Even if we use the sacrificial ritual, we cannot guarantee whether we can completely overcome the wall of transcendence.”
If that were possible, Aguiles would have conducted the ceremony first.
The sacrificial ritual was a method that showed the greatest effect when the level was low. This was because the effect was maximized as the level of the offering was higher than the target. Gerond was the strongest among the kingdom’s transcendents. At that level, it was nearly impossible to find a suitable sacrifice.
-It doesn’t matter. I won’t blame you if you fail, so just keep going.
“…I understand. Let me get my men ready. “Please contact me when you are ready.”
That’s how the contact ended.
‘It’s a gamble…’
Is this really the right direction?
However, in the current situation, there were not many means available. The secret laboratory was raided and the research being conducted with the church was disrupted…
‘Public opinion in the kingdom has completely turned in this direction.’
Gerond was right.
If things continue like this, a future that slowly withers away awaits. Now was the time to help him as best as I could. He called Count Volfar and began preparing the ingredients needed for the sacrificial ritual.
* * *
Gerond, who had finished contacting Himos, looked at the documents.
The document contained information about Hans and Marcus, who had recently been by Mileton’s side.
‘These are people who were active in the 10 branches of the branch.’
Lacian’s information network was quite dense. There was little chance that the information asked was incorrect.
Freedom fighter Marcus.
Even Hans, who shook the internal affairs of the subordinates. The content written in the document was quite interesting.
‘Especially a guy named Hans…’
It could be said that he was a talented person who had a lot of insight and could be put to good use here and there. It won’t be a light defeat for Ethan either.
What is the reason for sending these cards to a place that can be called a death zone?
Immediately afterwards, Gerond laughed bitterly.
The last time I clashed with Ethan, I was able to get a glimpse into his true nature. Although he appears to be merely emotionally driven, inside he is a person with more detailed calculations than anyone else.
If you take that into account.
The fact that he would not kill these people. He must have known that. Otherwise, there would be no way to send these talented people to their deaths. Only then did Gerond realize one thing.
When the heart and sword collide.
Ethan must have caught a glimpse of his true nature. And that’s quite deep inside. After pondering for a moment, he called Count Marek.
“Call this person. “Secretly so that no one can find out.”
Marek’s new model has disappeared.
Soon after, a person entered the duke’s office.
It was Hans.
He looked at Gerond and bowed his head politely.
“…meeting His Excellency the Duke.”
I greeted him in as calm a tone as possible, but I couldn’t completely hide my trembling voice.
‘…Why did you call me?’
And he did so very secretly, using his closest associate, Count Marek. If you were not careful, you could have been dealt with without even knowing whether it was a rat or a bird.
“I didn’t call you to harm you, so you can rest assured. “Please sit down.”
Gerond offered me a seat.
As soon as Hans sat down, he got to the point.
“You must have felt strange.”
“Have I been moving too quickly lately?”
Of course, I felt doubtful.
However, this was a time when it was impossible to completely explain why the duke showed such an attitude. Immediately afterwards, Gerond asked as if throwing a question.
“What do you think is the reason?”
“Why… do you mean?”
“No. I’m sure you have some idea. “Am I wrong?”
Hans broke into a cold sweat.
The look in the eyes of the transcendental person he was meeting for the first time was putting a lot of pressure on him. Duke Gerond’s eyes looked as calm as a lake. He was a person who could not read anything.
‘…Can I say this?’
Looking at his eyes, it seemed like Gerond was already convinced.
After sighing for a moment despite his worries, he began speaking.
“Perhaps the Duke… isn’t he trying to move in an unexpected way? “You’re planning to pass the family name on to Prince Mileton…”
If I hadn’t heard meaningful words from Ethan before leaving, I wouldn’t have had the slightest idea about this direction.
But it was different now.
It’s working out surprisingly well.
Even the ‘truth’ that Mileton was told not to know. It helped Hans’ thoughts divert.
‘The duke gathered the hard-core faction in one place.’
They could be said to be vassals whose tendencies were opposite to Mileton’s as they were people who only worked for the sake of their family.
What if gathering these people was a process to deal with those who might be holding Mileton back at once?
What if the increase in the power of the territory was not to use black magic, but to give public opinion to Mileton, who would be crowned as the new monarch?
‘…It’s not an impossible story.’
What if Gerond had chosen to preserve his family instead of fighting the kingdom? He was a man who lived for his family. Even if you have the power to transcend, you cannot reverse the trend.
‘If Agileth falls…’
Next it was Lacian’s turn. At that point, there could be no compromise.
But what if now?
Prince Mileton punishes Gerond for trying to use evil black magic, takes over the family, and begins reforming the family.
This kind of structure can be created.
In that case, there would be no reason for the king not to welcome Lacian. In any case, the Lacians were a huge force, and their collapse was a huge loss to the nation’s power.
What was needed was a justification for Lacian to be incorporated into the kingdom.
‘If all of this was Duke Ethan’s plan…’
He could be said to be a truly meticulous and scary person.
Because he used a great power that could completely change the constitution of the Lacian family without even a single direct sword attack.
“I knew it.”
Gerond answered calmly and looked at Hans.
“I want you to orchestrate the end of this story.”
Soon after, Gerond handed over the documents. Hans saw this and his eyes trembled violently. He was proposing a huge play.
It was also a play full of blood.
The theme was encouraging good and punishing evil.
* * *
“…is this really true?”
“As a result of the investigation, I think it is more than 90% certain. Raycian is quickly gathering the materials needed for the sacrificial ritual. “The scale… didn’t seem small at all.”
Mileton’s hands were shaking.
The material Hans brought contained information about the black magic that Gerond was preparing.
It was one of the most vicious black magic spells and the reason why Mileton was born with his mother and brothers eaten.
How dare you try to perform this terrible spell once again!
Is the power you have so good that you want to maintain it even at the cost of everything?
The son did not understand his father. No, I didn’t try to understand.
This was because their relationship had already become distorted.
He was angry.
Soon, he was silent as if he was cooling his head, but his eyes lit up.
If a ritual were to be carried out on this scale, the kingdom would have no choice but to notice, unless they were fools. Recently, Duke Himos has been conducting human experiments and has been hit hard by the kingdom.
‘If we’re not careful… Lacian could collapse.’
Although my father’s status may rise, the family will undoubtedly be greatly shaken.
Because Lacian was no longer the head of the 7th family. Besides, once you started making sacrifices, there was nothing you couldn’t do twice. The remaining vassals will also be terrified.
This was the worst move.
‘It must be stopped.’
To put it bluntly, it was impossible to stop Gerond with the forces gathered now.
I couldn’t stop my father with my strength. Mileton immediately stood up.
It was then.
“Confucius. Are you really planning on going to the head of the family?”
“…Shouldn’t we stop it?”
“Revealing yourself now would be the worst move. “Don’t you know this, Confucius?”
“Then what should I do! Do you think we can prevent this by secretly gathering forces like we are now? “This is a problem that cannot be solved by force!”
“…I have a solution.”
“There is a solution?”
Hans nodded and handed over the map.
“Look at this. “It is a place where sacrificial rituals take place.”
“Is this… an underground cave?”
“yes. “There is a small side road, and we are currently secretly expanding that space.”
“While we build the road, Confucius, please persuade the forces. “It will definitely be useful in the event of a raid.”
“…Even if we make a surprise attack, we won’t be able to deal with my father with the forces we hastily gathered…”
“Confucius. Do you remember the last time we raided Aguileth’s secret laboratory? Duke Ethan searched through materials from that time and discovered loopholes in the sacrificial ritual.”
“…During the ritual process, even if you are a transcendental person, there will come a moment when your weaknesses are revealed. “If you aim for that time, you definitely have a chance of winning.”
Hans spoke calmly and handed over a document. Mileton’s head gradually grew cold. The reason he tried to meet the duke was because he couldn’t see a way.
But it was different now.
In the document, there was a list of moments in the sacrificial ritual where loopholes inevitably had to be revealed. If what is written in the document is correct, there was a time when even a transcendental person had no choice but to become weak.
“…Does it mean that I can subdue my father at this time?”
Hans was silent for a moment at those words. He pursed his lips and spoke with a sigh.
“…there is only one way to stop a ritual that has already begun.”
“…the subject of the ritual closes his eyes.”
Mileton’s face became blank.
‘I have to kill my father?’
It is true that I hate Gerond.
It was also true that the hatred deepened after hearing that a sacrificial ritual was in progress. But killing my father was a completely different story.
“There is another way…”
Hans said cautiously after seeing his trembling pupils.
“…Confucius, we cannot stop the sacrificial ritual from proceeding with our power right now.”
That’s not wrong.
From what I have seen so far, my father is not a person who will not proceed with something he has already decided on just because he begs him to do so. The ceremony will definitely go ahead. There is only one way to stop the ritual that has taken place.
Hans said to the silent Mileton.
“I’m going to go conduct an investigation. There isn’t much time left, Confucius. Please make a wise decision…”
He walked out the door.
The room was immersed in silence.