＃When I returned, my family was ruined (21)
After knocking out the Baron.
He was thrown into a dungeon along with his two sons. The person in charge of monitoring the three was Knight Commander Manhattan.
In addition, three knights were appointed to guard the dungeon.
I saw Helmut and Dexter Ruin lying dead inside the prison.
‘These guys were dealt with roughly.’
The reason I didn’t kill him right away was to give him the most miserable death.
Because they were such talented people that it would be a waste to kill them easily.
Meanwhile, Manhattan approached Ethan.
“Your Majesty, I would like to ask you something.”
“Why did you save us back then?”
“Are you that curious about that?”
“yes. I wonder.”
Ethan looked at Manhattan.
A knight is a profession that must follow someone called lord.
That’s why I didn’t feel much when the knights rushed at Helmut’s command. Because the master they served was Helmut, not him.
‘There is no need to keep even those who are truly trying to kill me alive.’
The knights who were swept away by the heat were full of murder around their eyes.
Ethan was not a man with a big heart to the point of showing mercy to those guys.
On the other hand, the rest of the knights, including Manhattan, were people who simply rushed in under orders to suppress them.
They were knights who had positive feelings about the collapsing duchy.
It could be pity, longing, or sadness.
‘Well, whatever that feeling is…’
Actually, it didn’t really matter.
He responded to Manhattan.
“I think I remember the duke’s past.”
That alone was enough to make it worth saving.
Since Ethan opened his eyes, all he had seen were people who acted as if they had completely forgotten about the Duke family.
“Then I’ll go and watch closely.”
Manhattan stared at Ethan’s back.
‘Because I remember the duke of the past….’
It is a meaningful phrase.
Perhaps the reason the Archduke began to move was to regain his past glory.
The Archduke will never leave the 10 collateral families who brought down the dukedom alone.
Like Baron Kargath, who just threw away his harpoon halfway.
‘Perhaps now is the starting point of the conflict…’
The knight commander swallowed quietly.
* * *
It was when Ethan left the dungeon.
I saw a familiar face.
“Nice to meet you. “Your Majesty.”
It was Jayron, the owner of Misas Merchant Marine.
“How did we get here?”
“I happened to stop by Poert to supply supplies. Then I heard the news from the Grand Duke and came straight to Naejeong.”
He was a very important player for the Marquis of Bessus. Naturally, I had no choice but to pay special attention.
This was especially true after persuading his father, the Marquis Bloten.
‘I heard that you were invited by Baron.’
Who would have thought that they would be able to suppress the knights, including the Baron, in one go.
He was someone whose behavior could never be predicted.
“Let’s go to a quiet place first.”
He came to a quiet place in Naeseong and asked with a sigh.
“How do you plan to act from now on?”
As someone who was in the same boat as him, this was something I absolutely needed to know.
Depending on what kind of vision he has, Marquis Bessos’s actions will also vary.
‘There is a powerful force.’
However, unless he was an 8-star knight called a master, it would have been difficult to deal with the 10 collateral families with only military force.
Ethan smiled at Jayron’s question.
“The Archduke is not the head of the family now, is he? “If the Senate intervenes, the situation will become very complicated.”
He deposed the baron by arguing for treason on the grounds of the law. However, whether this was a proper procedure was not the case.
Although temporary, it was the Senate that was currently taking on the role of head of the duchy.
Right now, only the Senate can terminate the vassal relationship and take away the baron’s castle.
‘If the Senate intervenes…’
Jaylon saw two things.
Why not just save the Baron and get over this incident?
Otherwise, you could abandon the Baron and send another Scarecrow to rule the Barony.
‘The latter is much more profitable.’
As there is one less mouth to share, the amount of bread that goes to the other nine families will also increase.
‘There would be no reason to leave the Baron behind.’
In that case, the archduke who worked hard and ruined the Baron’s fortune will have nothing to gain.
It will be the 9 collateral families who reap the profits flowing from this place.
‘Moreover, since they have started messing with collaterals, they will all turn into hostile relations.’
Did he simply believe in military power alone, or did he calculate everything that would happen in the future?
I had to figure it out.
It was right then.
Ethan said something.
“This place is mine now.”
“Didn’t you hear?”
“No, I heard about it, but… do you mean the baronial territory by this place?”
That was no different from wanting to make the barony his own private land.
“The Archduke would not have the authority to rule the barony. Moreover, the Senate will certainly send someone to represent the Baron…”
The Baron’s representative.
There was no reason for the Senate to place that honor on the archduke.
Ethan smiled quietly at Jayron’s question.
“I think you’re misunderstanding something about Sangsangju.”
“Is it an illusion?”
“Does the merchant own a house?”
“…yes. there is.”
“There was a thief in that house. But if that thief tells the owner of the merchant to leave the house, will the owner of the merchant go out obediently?”
He’s a thief.
It was a word that gave a glimpse into the archduke’s thoughts about collaterals.
“But that was appointed by His Majesty Sigismund in the past…”
“Should I follow the words of the man who opened the door wide to welcome the thieves? “I don’t think so.”
Jayron was shocked.
“What a funny place. If it weren’t for the dukedom, a country that would have been treated as the weakest and suffered from all kinds of invasions would have been stabbed in the back without knowing the blessings it has received so far. Tsk tsk. “The word ‘sh*t up’ really fits the bill.”
Jayron looked around in shock and sighed.
Perhaps because they moved to a quiet place in Naeseong, there were no ears to hear.
But even taking that into account, it was still a dangerous statement.
“…No matter how much immunity you have, if you don’t hesitate to say something like this, you may get into trouble.”
“Why are you trying to record with a memory crystal ball?”
“Of course not, but…”
Well, it didn’t really matter who heard it. To begin with, he was not a person who lived his life worrying about what others thought.
Kings of the 7 Kingdoms.
And even the Emperor of the Zeno Empire did not dare to give orders to himself. It would be more accurate to say that it is a duty for humanity and that I am holding on to my pants.
A monster that can take on a nation single-handedly.
Those who were called transcendents of the 10 levels were all such beings.
And in his previous life, Ethan was the youngest person in the West Continent to achieve transcendence.
“…Anyway, I was saying that if those words were recorded, it could be a problem.”
“It doesn’t matter because it just blocks the mana.”
The memory crystal ball is ultimately just an artifact that operates on mana.
And there were few beings in this world who could feel the waves of mana as delicately as Ethan.
“Anyway, the owners of the duchy are not those thieves. “It’s me right away.”
“The other brothers…”
“Ah. Third or youngest? They are not fit to rule the duchy. “Maybe it’s just rolling hard underneath.”
He was truly an arrogant person.
But that didn’t make my eyes hurt. The incredible helplessness that began to show a month after awakening.
Considering that, he was a person who could be arrogant.
“You came at the right time, Sangsanju. “I had something to ask you.”
“uh. I plan to use the resistance here. “I think I need to tidy things up and dispose of the items, so I’d like the merchant to take care of this.”
“All right. “There are still goods to be traded in the city today, so we will take a closer look starting tomorrow.”
After finishing his conversation with Jayron, Ethan began moving toward the Baron’s office.
* * *
The road to the office.
There was no one to hinder his movements. This was because when the knights attacked just now, the people inside the castle witnessed his power.
A monster that cannot be stopped.
In a situation where all the knights were wiped out, the tattoos could not stop Ethan. Everyone slowly avoided him with fearful looks in their eyes.
Ethan reached the Baron’s office in one go and grabbed the doorknob.
The moment I opened the door.
I made eye contact with the young man in the office.
“What are you?”
“Nice to meet you. “My name is Rayman, Baron Kargath’s eldest son.”
“Don’t you need someone to sort out your family’s situation? “I will help you.”
“Are you going to help me?”
“In return, please guarantee my position.”
Rayman said, breaking into a cold sweat. He is known to have subdued twenty knights who attacked him.
There was no point in inferring its strength.
Because the power remaining in the Barony territory could not deal with the Archduke.
Not only had the knights already lost their will to fight, and although the number of private soldiers remaining was large, it was impossible to utilize them immediately because they were spread throughout the baronial territory.
Now his life and death depended solely on the Grand Duke’s judgment.
‘My father and two younger brothers will not survive anyway.’
I have already heard about the disrespect they committed against the Archduke. Would a person with that much power think forward and backward and move with precision?
It didn’t seem like it to Rayman.
Sooner or later, their heads will fly into the sky.
If the baron died, the next successor was himself. Then, would the Archduke leave him alone?
It was as if the light had been set on fire.
That was the reason why he quickly rushed to the office.
‘We have to close the deal now.’
It was right then.
Ethan grinned and approached Rayman.
Not only was his neck tightly held, Rayman’s new form instantly rose into the air.
“I think I’m misunderstanding something.”
The level of punishment to be meted out here was already decided long ago.
There was no reason to promise it right now.
First of all, the Baron and his two sons are unconditionally killed. The remaining officials will all leave the palace empty-handed.
That was the only mercy Ethan could show.
“Do you think you are in a position to propose a deal right now?”
“Huh! “Keep me alive…”
“If you want to live, you have to show that you are useful.”
“I will tell you… information about the 7th House of the King’s Kingdom. Kehehe! I’m sure it will be useful… so please…!”
Go to Kingdom 7.
It was quite an interesting topic.
“You should have done that a long time ago.”
If that had been the case, wouldn’t he have been caught by the neck?
Only then did Ethan’s grip loosen.