＃When it returned, the family was ruined (213)
‘Lawrence, no… it was Miss Sylvia?’
Hans’ surprise was even greater. This was because he had witnessed Sylvia’s tactics with his own eyes from the beginning.
That wasn’t enough, at one point they even fought over who would be more of the duke’s close associate.
‘…If you think about it, it was definitely strange.’
From their delicate appearance to their small size. There were a lot of strange things about him, considering he was clearly a strong man. In the early days, there were aspects that were overlooked.
If you think about it, it made sense.
I heard that he was not only an orphan due to the tyranny of the nobles, but also wandered the streets. Would a person with such a past ever eat properly?
Your growth will vary depending on how well you eat when you are young. The fact that he was unusually small for a man was the reason why it was overlooked without much surprise.
Once I started going over it, I didn’t have any doubts from then on.
A bit of a surprise.
Hans shook his head.
The important thing is not that Lawrence was a woman. In the current situation, such factors were very minor. Just because he became her doesn’t mean the fact that the duke passes over the earldom disappears.
It could be a problem if it were revealed that he had completely deceived the duke’s lord.
‘…I must have known.’
It was the Duke who was in charge of recruiting Sylvia. There is no way that someone who had been acting unusually since he woke up would not have known this much.
Even if he knew, he probably didn’t care at all.
‘Because I have an extremely pragmatic viewpoint.’
That was a fact that could be seen just by looking at the Dragon Slayer. Even in a situation where members of his family were exterminated by the dragon clan, wasn’t he someone who accepted the merits of their skills simply because they were useful?
It was one of the attitudes that is difficult to see in ordinary nobles.
For them, who grew up without any shortcomings from a young age, the most important things were cause and emotion, not practicality.
This aspect was especially strong for young nobles. On the other hand, the reason why the duke has the opposite tendency may be because he had little experience of a wealthy childhood.
Not only did he take on the role of head of the family at a very young age, but he also had to run the family while surrounded by vassals like wolves.
‘The earl’s throne will never be overturned.’
If there is anyone who opposes the granting of the position, they will definitely raise their mace.
Of course, it is unclear whether there are people who are that tactless and crazy. Hans walked towards Sylvia with his eyes shining.
The moment we made eye contact, he immediately lowered his head.
“I see you, His Excellency the Count. “It’s probably not our first meeting, right?”
He asked the question again to Sylvia, who nodded.
“Is this really the person I know?”
“…It’s amazing. “To be honest, I never even dreamed of it until I stood here today.”
“You lied unintentionally. sorry.”
“Haha, that’s not surprising. I’m not here to receive an apology. “I just came to tell you this.”
“Speaking of which…”
“If anyone is dissatisfied with Miss Sylvia, I will never sit idly by. “If there is such a person, please let me know at any time.”
Ardan’s power structure was simple.
No matter what anyone said, the first in line was Duke Ethan.
So who is second in line?
There may be a bit of back and forth here, but overall the opinions were the same.
Elena is the chief administrative officer and exercises full authority over the duchy in times of emergency.
Nine times out of ten, I would pick her.
However, a few people…
will point to Sylvia.
‘In areas outside the duchy’s scope… it would be good to see him as a de facto plenipotentiary.’
Normally, the range where Elena held it in her hand and shook it was limited to the interior of the duchy. And that only in the ‘administrative’ area. For example, areas such as urban development or policy establishment.
On the other hand, what about Sylvia?
Hans was one of the people who understood more than 80% of the work she was responsible for.
‘Head of the Black Moon.’
The head of a huge intelligence organization that encompasses all of Heidern.
This alone was an enormous position. This is because Black Moon was not just an agent seeking information, but a much larger organization than we thought.
At best, it’s not just about planting people here and there.
The number of bars operated by her informants and valuable real estate located in each center of the upper part was too numerous to count…
‘They said they were planning to enter the banking industry as well.’
Unlike the name Black Moon, which is close to the shadows, the part exposed to the sun was enormous.
Is that it?
It was also her job to establish a sales strategy for all kinds of inventions, including card packs.
It is said that she is the one who holds the money line of the territory.
‘…You can never ignore brute force.’
Rather, Black Moon, as its name suggests, was an organization with a larger area of shade than the area of sunlight.
Black markets have been established in various places over the past year. They were squeezing out all kinds of money using the black market, and the assassins who flocked under the shadow of the moon could easily exceed three figures.
‘…I heard that branches of other kingdoms that have entered the market recently are also growing explosively.’
It was thanks to this that the value of Ardan’s name increased to an incomparably higher level than before.
Whatever it was, Hans was one of the vassals who could freely choose Sylvia as his second-in-command instead of Elena.
This was the area that Sylvia controlled, and thanks to that, we were able to witness how vast her scalability was.
It is certainly.
No matter what anyone said, the leader of the duchy was Ethan. It is only natural to be loyal to him. No matter how much Sylvia’s power grew, she could not dare compare it to the power of the Transcendent. What can you compare a walking tactical weapon to?
Lately, Hans has been realizing. Face-to-face encounters with the duke will become increasingly rare. He was growing at a rate he could never have imagined, entering more and more of the giants’ playground.
Just like when I moved towards the Temple of Fire with Ardan’s relatives in the past.
It has become difficult to show ‘direct’ loyalty. Such a phenomenon would gradually accelerate and not slow down as time passed.
Now might be the last chance to seize a second connection. If you think about it, it was like that. As the territory grows, what comes to mind?
Talent Capital Information Power.
All of these things will come together.
The title of Viscount may seem high now, but as time goes by…
‘Perhaps even a Marquisate consisting of vassals will be created within the duchy…’
In terms of the power hierarchy of the kingdom, the Marquis could be said to be a very high-ranking title. It’s natural.
For a duke, there were at most four, and for a marquis, there were only eight, whereas for an earl, he was over twenty.
However, with the collapse of Agiles, one seat on the dukedom became vacant. The same was true for the position of the marquis.
If it is empty, it should be filled. There was no law preventing Ardan from taking that position. Although numerous legal procedures and political influence would be required to bring over territory and land, the important thing was that it was not impossible in the end.
The number of vassal families was increased from ten to twenty. Isn’t there a law that says it shouldn’t be thirty or forty?
Therefore, this could be said to be a very important turning point.
Will it become one of those self-made works that is gradually diluted and its presence gradually disappears?
‘…Will you gain connections and become one of the ten most powerful people in the duchy?’
In that sense, Sylvia was no different from a golden rope. Unless she rebels, her power will most likely not be restored.
‘Based on what I’ve seen so far, there’s no need to worry about betraying His Excellency the Duke.’
I felt reassured because he was smarter and more meticulous than anyone else. Because originally, stupid people tend to use their power for things that don’t work.
She glanced at Hans and nodded. Because I was never so smart that I couldn’t understand what he meant.
It is no exaggeration to say that he is more sensitive than anyone else when it comes to power relationships. It can be said that there is still no force that can be called a ‘faction’ and no one has any intention of forming such a force, but there has never been a law like that.
Without looking any further, isn’t this the case just by looking at the countries of the Western Continent?
As more people flock together, the conflict of interests becomes more evident. Although loyalty to the duke may be the same, there may be differences in the way it is offered.
‘He’s definitely a very useful person.’
There was a time when I thought about whether or not to deal with it secretly, seeing the hyena-like nature of running only after profit. But it was different now.
Now there were few forces that could threaten the duke. As long as the author is not hypnotized, there is nothing to interfere with His Excellency the Duke’s glory, which is his top priority.
A card you can control.
If the card was useful, it was perfect. There will definitely come a day when I can use it.
Her answer was simple.
“Let me think about it.”
Because it was you, not Hans, who made the decision about whether to lower the rope or not. Hans lowered his head with a wide smile. It was a simple gesture to ask for a better look in the future.
* * *
Ilya looked relaxed the whole time. This was because title was one of the words she was familiar with. In fact, even if you only achieved the third rank, becoming a semi-noble was easier than breathing.
What if you were an 8th rank archmage?
There were countless nobles who came to the dungeon offering titles to the half-humans.
Barons, viscounts, and even counts. The reason I refused was because I wasn’t really interested in royalties. To be precise, I should say that I had no interest in the political world of aristocratic society.
I can’t believe that someone who thought so clearly just two years ago is now being awarded a title.
They say that life in the world is unpredictable, but this was something I could never have imagined.
‘I’ll take it because it gives me something, but…’
Receiving the title of earl did not bring joy.
However, it can be said that the reason why he feels a little excited is because he recognized the ‘importance’ of himself through this award ceremony.
Elena was the duke’s sister.
Gailen was the developer of a card game that shook the kingdom.
Sylvia was a strategist who served as the duke’s hands and feet from the beginning.
Being located with these people probably means that you are one of the important talents to the duke. It was that much joy.
Ilya looked around and breathed a sigh of relief.
‘I was worried it might be a bother.’
His appearance changed from the age of ten to nearly twenty.
Not everyone in the inner city knew about this. I was a little worried about the attention I would attract, because it’s not very pleasant to have a lot of eyes on me… but
it didn’t take long for me to realize that my worries were unfounded.
This was because nine out of ten eyes were on her. I understood. Even if they didn’t know Twenty’s appearance, everyone knew that Illya was the duchy’s exclusive mage.
Since he is an excellent wizard, he can at least change his appearance. I probably thought that and ignored it.
Rather, what the public is curious about is a character named Sylvia, who appeared out of nowhere.
Who is that silver-haired beauty?
Was there a woman like that in the duchy?
The bright ears were good enough to pick up even the smallest whispers coming from far away.
I should feel better now that all my interest has disappeared and all my worries have disappeared along with it…
‘Why do I feel so uncomfortable?’
It was a strange feeling, like wearing matching shoes.