＃When I returned, my family was ruined (60)
“It’s a capital magic society. “How do you know about that group?”
“haha. Didn’t I tell you? This means that all the talented wizards in the kingdom are gathered together as a group. “I am also a talented wizard.”
It was that moment.
Ilya, who was quietly listening to the story, began to shake. The old woman, who had been giggling for a while, said.
“Phew! Cough! Cough! That’s the funniest joke I’ve ever heard! “I never dreamed you had talent for that.”
“Heulheul.” How about becoming a clown at this point? “I think it’ll be funnier than you think.”
The bald old man’s head, which had been shining white, gradually began to turn red.
“This old woman! Do you think you can say anything just because your mouth is open? Usually, I hear people call me an engineer…”
“It’s a funny story. “If there really was such an organization, wouldn’t this person, who is said to be a genius in the production world, have already received an offer?”
“joy! Of course he didn’t come in. Who would offer such a flattering offer to a gloomy old woman who has been locked in a dungeon all day?”
“Heulheul.” What did you say? “A shady old woman?”
“Oh, I made a mistake. “She wasn’t just a shady old woman, she was no different from an old monster.”
“You! “Have you already forgotten that I warned you not to call me a monster?”
Ilya, whose face was red, shouted loudly.
She must have been so angry that she even completely forgot the old woman’s characteristic ‘sighing’ tone of voice.
The bald old man responded with a wicked smile, as if he had won.
“joy! Are doppelgangers monsters or people? “Myself establishing your identity is… wow!”
Ilya, who covered the bald old man’s mouth with a single wave of his hand, jumped up from his seat.
“Heul! Come to think of it, it’s been quite a while since you hit me. “I guess I need a love hawk.”
The moment when a club made of mana leaked out of the old woman’s hand.
“You can deal with it later, but release it now. “I still have a lot to ask.”
Ethan stopped Ilya.
There are still a lot of questions to be asked, but fainting will only get you into trouble.
Because time is like gold.
At Ethan’s firm tone, Ilya put down her club.
“Huh…hehe. Consider yourself lucky. “You bald old man.”
Soon, the corners of Melaisis’ mouth relaxed. He looked at Ethan curiously.
‘…treating that tomboy like that?’
You can completely stop that old monster with just one word?
It wasn’t even when that old monster had the appearance of a child.
It was a time when she was in the form of an old woman in what is commonly called ‘interpersonal mode’, smiling vainly and moving as she pleases no matter who the other person was.
Even Melaisis, who had lived for over seventy years, had seen the old woman Ilya act like that for the first time.
While silently admiring.
Ethan looked at Melaisis.
“Let’s continue the story. “Do you belong to the Capital Magic Society?”
“That’s not it. However, I did receive an invitation to join.”
After speaking, Melaisis drew something on the floor.
It was some kind of painting.
That’s also very familiar.
Ethan’s eyes lit up as he touched the mark in his arms.
‘It’s the same.’
A silver dragon head badge obtained from the chief priest.
The picture Melaisis was drawing was identical to this one.
“This is a mark given by someone from the Kingdom’s Magic Association.”
“It looks exactly like this.”
“Hoo. The Archduke also has it. However, the color seems a little different. “The markings I saw were gold.”
Gold silver bronze.
It was a class chart that was very easily reminiscent.
“Is gold a sign of the highest rank?”
“Probably not. Because the wizard said he was just one of many executives. Anyway, he made me an offer and I declined.”
“Is there a reason you declined the offer?”
“They said that in order to get in, you have to submit a thesis in the most specialized field of magic. Sharing knowledge is a great help to those who are good at various fields, but if you are someone like me who only digs one well, the story is different.”
Melaisis has unrivaled skills in the field of metal strengthening, but is close to abysmal in other fields.
It was understandable that I wasn’t very excited about the offer. That’s probably why he worked as a middleman.
“Right. “Then do you know anything about their stronghold?”
“Members of the Horse Capital Magic Association do not only gather in the kingdom’s capital. The headquarters is the capital, and several branches are located in each region. “This is all I know.”
Capital Magic Society.
It was worthwhile to come here because I got information about them.
It was then.
[I think the purpose of coming here has been roughly achieved. Is that correct?]
I could hear Ilya’s voice in my head. Ethan’s fingers lifted as if he were nodding.
[Then, let’s leave the old man alone for a moment and talk.]
“Thank you for your cooperation. Please wait for a while. “I’ll be back soon.”
I moved to my seat with Ilya.
“That old man. How about recruiting him? “If nothing else, his metal strengthening skills are amazing.”
The wrinkled eyes of the old woman were filled with greed. The eyes were like those of a wild beast stalking its prey.
“Do you think it’s useful?”
“Heulheul.” An obvious story. “If I had that inspiration, I could further strengthen the three items I enchanted last time.”
Ilya explained one by one the usefulness of the bald old man.
To sum it up in one word, it was said that it could be used as an assistant in one’s own production.
Ilya, who had been talking for a while about the necessity of Melaisis, suddenly said.
“There were several magic circles on the way. “The standard was extremely high for it to have been created by an old man.”
“It must have been installed by the Magic Council.”
“It seem to be like that. It’s a structure that sounds an alarm if an unauthorized person approaches. “It was impossible to destroy Jin, so we temporarily neutralized him… but it won’t be long before it becomes known that you visited.”
So what happens?
‘Kill, appease, or kidnap.’
There were three main possibilities.
Whatever it is, it means that now is the only opportunity to recruit Melaisis.
“I get it.”
Ethan is back in the cave.
Melaisis sat quietly in her seat.
asked the old man.
“you. “Are you interested in working for me?”
“haha. Did that old woman give you a tip to recruit me?”
“They said it would be very useful.”
“If you agree to my conditions, I will let you work under the Archduke.”
“What is it?”
“Please provide abundant support with metal and funds. And I hope you protect my life. No matter how you look at it, it looks like the Capital Magic Association is moving.”
I looked at Ilya.
She nodded willingly.
“Heul! Everyone knows that you are bad at fighting. I will protect you. Are you done?”
Although Illya is a wizard skilled in the production world.
That was not synonymous with poor combat ability.
With the skills of Illya, who is called the Grand Wizard, she would be able to capture even a 7-star knight.
“Please take care of me from now on. “He’s an assistant.”
“What a tide! “If you treat me like I did in the past without giving you money, I don’t think you’ll stay quiet!”
“Heulheul.” The young one has a very big head. Tsk tsk.”
“Now I am seventy-two years old! “You old monster!”
The two seemed to get along better than expected.
* * *
It’s been two days since I returned to Naeseong.
Sylvia approached Ethan, who was training.
“Grand Duke. A letter has arrived from Count Chayman.”
He nodded and took the letter. It took me a while to read the contents.
The content of the letter was simple.
It wasn’t enough that all of the noble families belonging to Chayman’s faction had their taxes lowered as per the terms of the vassal contract.
Because it contained information that all books about the dragon race were being burned.
To put it in one word, it means bowing one’s tail.
‘Well, I may not have bowed down because I’m afraid.’
It didn’t matter.
This clearly created an excuse to redirect the attack towards Count Irdan.
I asked while looking at Sylvia.
“Have taxes been lowered publicly?”
“That does not appear to be the case. There were hardly any rumors going around. “I think it was probably to fool Irdan.”
He was truly a cunning guy.
It will be quite a while before Count Irdan learns of this news.
Perhaps only after another faction collapses will we realize why we were attacked.
“Is author Itun also distributing books about the dragon race?”
“yes. As a result of the investigation, it was distributed everywhere. The same goes for Plestan, the same city as the Viscounty’s capital.”
“What about taxes?”
“It’s the same as the family we’ve been through so far.”
The justification was not enough; it was overflowing.
The situation has completely ripened even though it has not been steamed.
There was no reason to hesitate any longer.
“Prepare the knights.”
The knights gathered.
The number alone was close to eighty.
Most of Viscount Dekun’s knights not only expressed their intention to surrender, but also changed the object of their loyalty. Not as Viscount Lorcan, but as Archduke Ethan.
“depart. “The destination is Viscount Itun.”
A very simple departure ceremony.
Although it was only a one-line sentence, the knights were able to intuit it.
The fact that Viscount Itun, like Viscount Dekun, will fall overnight.
‘…I can never stop it.’
The person with great skill that even the knight commander lightly toyed with was the archduke.
Viscount Itun was a family with a similar history to Viscount Dekun.
There is no way it can be prevented.
“Let’s get going.”
The Archduke kicked his horse.
Eighty knights followed.
We moved like that for three days.
We reached Plestan, a city where Viscount Mushy, one of the nobles belonging to Irdan’s faction, is located.
Just like last time, this time the Archduke passed through the outer castle and entered.
Soon after the sound of swords clashing inside was heard, the outer castle door opened.
‘…It is truly overwhelming force.’
The archduke’s skills were astounding.
Just like last time, I jumped over the castle and not long after, the castle gate opened.
The outer castle had already been in an uproar for a long time. The Archduke alone had the power to occupy the Viscounty, and even more so if the Knights were also brought in.
After the knights invaded, the battle was practically half over. My fate was no different. This time too, the Archduke jumped over it.
After the sound of sword strikes was heard a few times, the gate immediately began to come down.
The knights who entered like that opened their eyes.
is the matriarch of Viscount Itun.
Such a nobleman was writhing in the archduke’s hands.
Not long after entering the inner city, the enemy leader was taken prisoner.
‘…It is truly overwhelming force.’
This was a fact that could be seen just by looking at the knight commander lying near the viscount.
The 6-star knight was lying unconscious as if he were dead!
To subdue an opponent so easily, of course, your own skills must be overwhelmingly high.
What are the limits of the Archduke?
I was almost curious.
Ethan, who saw the knights entering the inner city, threw Viscount Mushe away.
“Keep him in prison.”
The knight swallowed his saliva and nodded at the indifferent tone.
The knights transported the Viscount into prison.
A few days later.
Rumors spread throughout the duchy.
It was news that the Archduke had issued an edict that overthrew four nobles among the actual rulers of the duchy.