＃When it returned, the family was ruined (209)
It was a story that was not difficult to believe, but almost unbelievable.
Even if you search through all the history books available in the world, you will not be able to find an article that reached the level of transcendence in just one year. Moreover, this was the same even for the first head of the family, who was known to have written a legend.
So, I have no choice but to look at the woman with questioning eyes. Of course, he knew that an excellent magician known for being rational and reasonable had no reason to lie to him, but…
For Theron, Ethan was nothing short of an example. It could be considered a milestone in life. The sight of his eldest brother, whom he had seen since he was young, left a deep impression on him.
He became the temporary head of the family at an age when it wouldn’t be strange for others to be greedy for a piece of candy, and has done a lot of things. A person who is difficult to describe simply as a genius was his eldest brother.
That’s why I had deep respect for him. If he had been appointed as the temporary head of the family, it was obvious that he would have been dragged around helplessly by his vassals.
He was a person loved by everyone. Therefore, the shock and ripple effect when Ethan fell was indescribably great. The burden on Theron at that time was beyond imagination.
All he had in mind was to assist his eldest brother and raise Ardan to great heights, but he did not have the slightest idea that he would rule the family. However, the only person with the most legitimate qualifications to succeed Ardan was himself. If the eldest son falls, the second son would naturally take over.
However, at that time, he was not prepared either personally or competently to rule Ardan.
The limitations were quickly revealed.
There were some vassals who tried their best to assist him, but what caught the eye of most vassals was disappointment. No matter what I did, I couldn’t help but be compared to my older brother.
However, he didn’t have the outstanding military power to take down a swordsman’s master. Ardan’s vision technology was completely cut off in the squadron.
The eldest brother, who had collapsed, showed no sign of waking up.
It can’t go on like this.
Even though she was young, Theron felt it instinctively. If time passes like this, Ardan would be lucky if he did not regress rather than recover his fortune. It is a long way to catch up with his older brother both in terms of sword skills and in the political realm.
But if you have to choose between the two….
It was the element I needed most.
It was also the reason why I entrusted myself to the 7 Kingdoms. They were the most prosperous family in the kingdom, and if they could get help, they would be able to achieve much faster growth than what they had at home.
He escaped the fence because he loved his family and respected his eldest brother more than anyone else.
Even after inheriting the family, he was full of thoughts of giving up his seat at any time if his eldest brother woke up again. That’s why I was able to feel happy when I heard the news that my eldest brother had just woken up.
However, accepting happy and unbelievable stories was a slightly different topic.
“How on earth…”
“Wouldn’t it be possible with a talent given by God?”
“You mean your brother had that much talent?”
It was Theron who had been watching Ethan since he was young. He had outstanding talent as a knight. This was clearly true. However, if you ask whether it is enough to rewrite something that has never happened in history.
‘…No matter how you look at it, it wasn’t that?’
It was like that. If talent were ranked, my eldest brother’s swordsmanship talent would definitely be close to the top 1%. You could even express it with the word genius.
However, there were so many so-called geniuses in this world. What was it like for Heidern?
Starting from the late Jisoo of the Kingdom’s 7 families, to the children of other noble families.
The number of geniuses was so numerous that one could not count them with two hands. However, no one has ever mentioned the state of transcendence.
It was a level where he could control the state of the nation beyond the realm of individuals.
Even in a world where information related to the dragon race has been released and it has become much easier to rise to the level, it is a level that is so difficult to reach that there is not a single late index who has achieved transcendence.
That was the state called transcendence.
“It seemed like there was. Just by looking at him, he’s an incredible genius. “Was it different when you were younger?”
“Of course, he had the talent to be called a genius, but…”
“It wasn’t to that level?”
“yes. From what I remember, it was like that.”
“Your five senses may have been much more developed in a coma. Or perhaps he developed a sixth sense, called a transcendental sense, and became more mentally mature.”
“…Is that so?”
“I don’t know either. Actually, I was just saying it as it came out.”
“The duke’s talent has already passed the stage where it can be explained in words. “I think I’ve lived a long time, but it’s the first time in my life I’ve seen such a monster.”
The wizard in front of me seemed to be much older than I thought. I’m sure they won’t say things like “I’m in my twenties and I’ve lived a long time.”
“All right. “Do you know where your eldest brother is now?”
“I heard he was returning from the continental swordsmanship competition. “I’m coming via Fractal Marquis, so I think I’ll probably arrive around this evening.”
“Why have this much?”
Ilya said, looking Theron up and down.
“Is there anything wrong with your body?”
“yes. There doesn’t seem to be any difficulty in moving. Mana too…”
Theron looked at the body and was shocked. Unlike the last time I remembered, the amount of mana contained in the body had decreased significantly.
Its nature was also completely different. Before, the mana itself was very dark, perhaps because there were a lot of negative emotions mixed in.
It was different now. The mana, which was stained pitch black, was closer to gray, which could be considered an intermediate color. Gray mana bloomed on his hands.
In the past, every time I moved my mana, all kinds of negative thoughts came to mind.
It was completely different now.
Mana was following her own will. The feeling of being semi-controlled by mana has completely disappeared.
‘…is this also an effect of white flame?’
Theron recalled the last scene he saw. When pure white flames swept over my entire body.
It was probably at that time that the nature of mana changed. He recalled a phrase written in some literature.
White flame is said not only to have the power of fire to burn enemies, but also to have a particularly powerful purifying energy.
Considering those phrases, the result was not incomprehensible.
Anyway, all I had to do was build up my mana again. Since all past enlightenment has not completely disappeared, filling the mana hole will not be that difficult.
On the contrary, it can be said to be a good news since all the mana influenced by Agiles was wiped out this time.
“It’s okay. “Gyeongji, if you just restore your mana, you will be able to overcome it quickly.”
The wizard in front of him seemed to recognize his physical condition at a glance.
Judging by the atmosphere, it looks like he has been taking care of himself until now…
He is a person who can activate magic with a single wave of his hand. It was a fact that could be known without necessarily checking that the level was high. That’s why I treated her with some caution.
However, there was something I was curious about.
It looks like you and your brother are quite close. Are they simply business-related or do they have a special emotional connection?
Once the situation was somewhat settled, curiosity naturally arose.
My eldest brother turned 20 this year. Considering that most children of noble families get engaged or even get married as early as their late teens, it wouldn’t be surprising if the eldest brother was dating that wizard.
“You said it was Ilia.”
“May I ask what your relationship is with your eldest brother?”
It was impossible to know what the intention of the question was. Ilya thought hard. My head has never spun faster since I became an archmage.
What is my relationship with the duke?
Is it just a business relationship?
The events in Viscounty Territory are too clear to say that. I definitely said I would leave the possibility open. It means that the Duke doesn’t have feelings for her either.
“Uh, um… we’re kind of leaving the possibility open?”
We are open to possibilities.
The words were very ambiguous.
Anyway, one thing is certain.
‘…That means it’s not completely unrelated.’
This means that there is a relationship not only in the public sphere but also in the private sphere. In that case, it would be right to respect it.
“Yes. “Get some rest.”
Not long after she left the door, leaving a message telling me to get some rest, the door burst open. A familiar face caught my eye. It was his sister, one of his blood relatives.
Elena hurriedly ran to the bed and hugged him. I felt like I had a lot to say today.
* * *
After finishing the meeting with Marquis Bloten.
Ethan and the two knights returned to their home via Fractal Marquis. News of winning the continental swordsmanship competition had already spread throughout the duchy.
The entire estate was shaken by the news of the duke’s return. This was especially true in Londinium, one of the largest cities. Because it was the same as the capital of the duchy.
As soon as I entered the outer castle gate, I was able to meet Elena and other vassals.
“I salute you, Your Excellency the Duke.”
After saying hello to Elena, Sylvia and other retainers. As Elena gestured somewhere, a huge horn sounded throughout the duchy.
“His Excellency the Duke, winner of the Continental Swordsmanship Competition, is entering!”
The military band beat its drums loudly. The residents of the territory ran out onto the main street holding flowers as if they had been waiting. The sight of pollen flying around with shouts coming from all directions was truly spectacular.
“Why did you prepare all this, sister?”
“no way. I won the famous continental swordsmanship competition, so I have to do this. All the people in the territory are happy too. “There was also a need to make sure our family’s status was recognized.”
It wasn’t wrong. Although Ardan has won championships in swordsmanship competitions over the past hundreds of years, this victory had a completely different meaning.
An unprecedented crisis that came to a family that seemed to not know the word downfall.
Winning the competition was no different from claiming to the people of the territory. Ardan is still alive and well. Ethan nodded, pretending not to win.
To be honest, I didn’t like these events, but I didn’t intend to disparage my sister who worked hard to prepare them.
“By the way, Ethan.”
“Theron is awake.”
“…Theron? “When did you wake up?”
“today. See you later. “It seems like the kid has only sparse memories.”
I wondered when he would wake up.
It was time to face my younger brother, who must have come to his senses.