＃When they returned, the family was ruined (20)
The Baron and the Grand Duke.
Among the twenty knights watching the two’s argument was Menhaton, the knight commander of the Barony.
He looked at Ethan.
The author must be mentally ill. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to show such courage against twenty knights.
I heard you woke up after ten years.
So it’s probably been a little over a month since I’ve seen the outside world.
Perhaps today might be the day the Grand Duke will see the outside world for the last time. When I saw the Baron’s rampage, it seemed like he would most likely be thrown into a dungeon.
The dungeon in the inner castle was the most notorious prison among the prisons in the baronial domain.
A place in a damp basement without a single ray of sunlight, without even a single blanket to maintain body temperature.
It was a bonus that all kinds of evil people were gathered there. This is a place where an ordinary person could become mentally ill in less than a month.
The thought of the Archduke entering there made me feel pity.
‘How did the Duke of Ardan become like this?’
There was a time when I not only admired the dukedom, but even admired it. It was still the same now.
Because the dukedom was a family of true knights who protected the kingdom through honorable sacrifice.
I couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable. Then he shook his head.
What do you do when you feel like this?
In any case, when a noble called lord gives an order, a knight must follow it, even if it is unreasonable.
“Knights, subdue the Archduke right now! If necessary, you can cut off at least one limb! “Make sure to chop up the mana hole!”
The order was given.
There was nothing I could do now.
Twenty knights began to approach the archduke. It was while the pressure was being applied slowly.
Manhattan tilted his head.
A huge two-handed sword held by the Archduke.
This was because the surrounding heat was being sucked in like a tidal wave between the blades.
So much heat had been sucked in that the whole area around the Archduke seemed to be shaking like a haze. The knight commander swallowed dry saliva without realizing it.
Even I, a 4-star knight, could not even guess how great the power of the heat engulfing the sword would be.
The leisure I had just moments ago had completely disappeared for a long time.
Manhattan shouted, chewing his lips.
“Everyone rush in! hurry!”
The twenty knights poured mana into their legs.
The speed has become even faster.
Manhattan had a hunch.
And the prediction was exactly right. Ethan looked at the knights.
The essence of fire residing in the body was burning brightly.
The technology has already been completed.
[Fire Sword 1st Type]
Swing the huge two-handed sword in front. The heat gathered above the sword transformed into the shape of a huge snake.
A snake with such a burning heat that it could melt the entire body just by touching it swept around.
It was a speed that the knights could not possibly avoid or block.
There was no time to even feel the pain.
Not only did the mana surrounding the body evaporate in an instant, but it also quickly began to turn into ash.
‘…oh my god.’
Manhattan’s expression became dumbfounded.
Exactly half of the twenty knights disappeared from the previous blow without even leaving a body behind.
What was even more surprising was that despite the tremendous heat that swept around, ten knights, including himself, were still alive.
He looked at the floor.
Only the floor around the ten surviving knights was not scorched by the fire.
‘…He was intentionally saved.’
The knight commander’s expression hardened.
Just emitting such tremendous heat is an amazing thing. However, the state of the Grand Duke was far above that.
‘It’s a state where you can freely control a firearm.’
The story was that they were powerful players who could not even be their opponents.
The remaining knights, including Manhattan, completely lost their will to fight due to this blow.
How on earth can you defeat a person like that?
It was obvious that unless he was a 5-star or higher knight, he wouldn’t even be an opponent.
The Baron’s astonishment could be heard from behind. Just one official knight could slaughter dozens of soldiers.
Not one, but twenty such beings rushed at me.
At this level, it was as if he had dragged all the knights in the baronial territory into place.
But half of it disappeared like this?
It was truly a nightmare-like situation. He pointed to Ethan with a trembling hand.
“Jen damn it! That guy must have lost his strength too! What are knights doing if they don’t rush in? “Whoever cuts off its limbs will be rewarded with five hundred gold coins!”
Helmut screamed loudly. However, despite the price of five hundred gold coins, not a single knight moved.
The Archduke was a knight whose skills were on a completely different level.
Moreover, his life was saved once. No matter how much it was the Baron’s orders, there was no loyalty enough to risk death.
While the Baron was shouting loudly.
Ethan looked at his body.
‘Quite a lot of fire has gone out.’
It was one of the Duke’s arcane sword techniques that could be performed using the essence of fire. What is needed is the enormous fire energy inherent in the body.
If it weren’t for the Fire Lord’s blessing, it would have taken another half a year to use this technology.
‘I need to regain my temper.’
If it was a cycle stage, the body would have recovered its energy on its own. But now it was just the sowing stage.
Still, there was a way.
Ethan vibrated the essence of fire.
The essences of fire vibrated and increased in heat. In an instant, the heat in the air matched the wavelength of the body, and the heat in the air began to gather in response to the master’s call.
The essence of fire greedily absorbed the heat.
‘I saved about 70% of my life.’
It was about 30%, which wasn’t bad considering the cost of using the technology.
Ethan lifted Dexter’s head once again.
He smiled, looked at the Baron, and spoke as if giving notice.
“Your sons are all learning the duke’s breathing techniques.”
“I think I spread the breathing technique not only to my son, but also to all kinds of gangsters. Do you know anything? “A knight who has learned the family’s breathing method is like a toy to me.”
“The direct descendants of the family learn how to seal mana in case a traitor comes out.”
Just like Ruin’s, Dexter’s mana hole was completely sealed.
Immediately afterwards, he grabbed both of their heads and lifted them up.
“These two guys won’t be able to use mana anymore. “If I don’t release the seal, it will be like that forever.”
“Now the only thing left to do is dispose of you.”
He approached Helmut.
Helmut, whose hands were shaking, took out his sword.
Although mana was flowing, the level was not that high.
At most, he was only a 3-star knight. When I punched him in the stomach, he fainted.
This guy was also learning the duke’s mana breathing method.
Just like the two children, they did it very clumsily. After sealing the Baron’s mana hole, he looked at the knights.
“Where is the dungeon?”
“That assumption is probably true.”
oh my god.
I’m going to imprison the Baron in a dungeon!
It was as if the guests had completely become evangelists.
Ethan said while looking at Manhattan.
“I want you to be the warder of the dungeon from now on.”
“Watch your master! Even if you saved us, we can’t follow your words!”
“Once the Baron and his two sons escape from the dungeon, I plan to cut off the heads of all of the Baron’s associates. “Shouldn’t we protect our family?”
Goosebumps appeared on Manhattan’s body when he saw Ethan’s eyes.
After thinking for a while, he nodded. It was a suggestion that I had no choice but to follow right now.
Because it was the Archduke who had the power, not him.
* * *
Pelantium, the capital of the Kingdom of Heidern.
A royal meeting was currently taking place in the royal castle there.
Everything from the kingdom’s tax revenue to policies and military issues was being decided here.
“I think we’ll end today’s meeting here.”
Delprion looked at the ministers and said. On important issues, we have already negotiated with the 7 kingdoms.
Now it was time to end the meeting.
It was right then.
Someone said, raising their hand.
“Your Majesty, I have something to say.”
He was the head of the Marquis of Bessus and was one of the ministers who participated in meetings, but he was usually a quiet person who seemed to be absent.
This was especially true after the economic downturn occurred fifteen years ago.
What would such a person say by putting his hand in it?
“What is it?”
“The Archduke of the Ardan duchy sent a letter of appeal directly to His Majesty.”
Delprion narrowed his eyes.
Ethan, the grand duke of the Ardan family.
It was known that he had woken up only a month ago.
Considering that I had been in a coma for ten years, one month was not enough time to get my body back on track.
Nevertheless, I was surprised that he had an issue that he could write about and convey to himself…
‘When did you become connected with the Marquis of Bessos?’
I couldn’t help but be surprised once again that the person in charge of liaison in that matter was the head of the Marquis’ family.
“What is it about?”
“This is an appeal stating that Baron Kargath, one of the vassal families of the Duke of Ardan, violated the vassal contract.”
“You broke the vassal contract?”
“yes. The evidence is contained in the memory crystal sphere here. The Baron not only made profit by collecting taxes that exceeded the maximum tax rate specified in the vassal contract, and cleverly circumvented the limit on the number of private soldiers by using various organizations….”
The Marquis’ words continued, heading towards the last sentence. .
“The Baron also spread the duke’s technology to others without permission.”
It was that moment.
The atmosphere in the conference room became as cold as ice.
This was especially true of the atmosphere blooming from the bodies of the members of the Kingdom’s 7th House.
It was a subtle pressure not to discuss this topic further.
However, Marquis Bloten did not blink an eye despite such pressure.
“I would like to hear an answer from Your Majesty regarding the Baron’s disposition.”
Delprion was deep in thought. The ministers who saw this quietly brightened their eyes.
At that name, the people of Heidern’s kingdom cheered, cried, and laughed.
The names of those who sacrificed themselves while stopping the monster called the Yongin tribe were treated as a legend.
Their reputation was so strong and powerful that even the previous king, Sigismund, had no choice but to hand over the extralegal right of immunity to the archduke.
How will the king respond?
Delprion’s reaction so far was close to indifference.
‘Even if you are Your Majesty, it is difficult to cover up this incident.’
A situation where the matter has been revealed publicly. It was impossible for even the king to cover this up.
It was the same even if we borrowed the power of the seven kingdoms.
They couldn’t give the impression that they were destroying the family they named as their guardians with their own hands.
This was even more so in the current situation, where not even twenty years had passed since the end of the war with the Yongin tribe.
Delprion smiled gently as if he had gathered his thoughts and asked.
“Huh. “Did something like that happen?”
“yes. “The evidence is clear.”
“It’s truly a shame. I don’t know what to make of Lord Malone, the previous Duke, after his death. So… what kind of punishment did the Archduke want?”
“They say they want to cancel the vassal contract and take back the surname Kargas that was given to them by the duchy.”
In short, it was not only about demoting the barons to commoners, but also turning the 10 collateral families into 9 families.
“is it. I feel like I want to use my power, but the previous king’s intention to form an institution called the Senate would be to solve such problems ‘by his own knowledge,’ so that would be difficult…”
He concluded while tapping on the throne.
“In the end, I think it’s a matter between the 10 collateral families and the direct lineage. It wouldn’t be a good look for me, like a stranger, to get involved in something close to ‘housework’. “Let the Archduke figure it out on his own.”
The ministers’ eyes lit up at those words.
‘In the end, I don’t give Ardan’s hand.’
This decision was tantamount to siding with the 10 collateral families.
The mana hole was broken and there was no way the known Archduke could do anything to Baron Kargath.
In the end, the Archduke’s appeal had no meaning whatsoever. That’s what most of the nobles gathered here thought.
“I will tell you that.”
Only the eyes of Marquis Bloten, who bowed his head politely, were shining quietly.