#When I returned, my family was ruined (62)
Ethan looked at the knights gathered in the training hall.
Knights from four families.
They had a few things in common.
The way of thinking itself is already that of a full-fledged knight.
And the second one is right away.
They were people who missed the duke family of the past.
To some extent, I knew why they belonged to the 10 collateral families.
One of the tyrannies they committed was to steal the duke’s knights in training.
The Duke’s great reputation attracted talented applicants.
The affiliates did not hide their greed for talented people.
That was the reason why among the knights-in-training who passed the family exam, there were talented individuals who appeared to be outstanding. Some people quit their knighthood in anger, but others adapted to reality and became knights under their subordinates.
Most of the people here were of that type.
‘There’s nothing wrong with that.’
Even if he was a collateral, wouldn’t he have become a knight belonging to the duchy?
“Do you know why the Duke of Ardan became the greatest swordsmanship family in the West Continent?”
“Simple. This is because I accepted the strengths and eliminated the weaknesses. For example, the Duke’s advanced swordsmanship contains techniques used by barbarians.”
It was a race that went to war with the kingdom about 100 years ago.
Who would have thought that such a secret would be hidden in the duke’s advanced swordsmanship!
I couldn’t help but be surprised.
The barbarians were a cruel race that was ostracized by all the kingdom’s citizens.
“Technology itself is neither good nor evil. Distinguishing between good and evil simply depends on the ideology of the person using the technology. That is why the dukedom even accepted the technology of the barbarians. “Because we were confident that we would maintain our standards.”
The knights swallowed their saliva.
No one could refute the Grand Duke’s words. Weren’t they seen in direct action during the Balaur War fifteen years ago?
Just like we learned a lot from the barbarians a long time ago.
It was the same this time too.
The swordsmanship that only accepts the strengths of the dragon race was created to kill the dragon race. I thought he really looked like a duke.
Meanwhile, Ethan continued speaking.
“I didn’t just invent swordsmanship. There is also a breathing method created by combining the techniques of the dragon race. Gather fast and strong energy. “It is a breathing method that accepts only the strengths that must be accepted.”
‘…Not only did he create a new sword technique, but he also invented a breathing technique.’
Transforming technologies is not enough, but combining only the strengths of each technology.
If this were easy, a lot of high-level technologies would have already spread throughout the world.
The knights gathered in the training hall clearly realized this at this moment.
The Grand Duke’s talent is so high that it can be said to have come from heaven.
“The swordsmanship and breathing techniques I have created now will become the skills that the knights of Ardanga will learn in the future.”
The knights’ hearts beat violently when they heard that they were knights of Ardanga.
Something I have been wishing for for a long time.
That was to become a knight of the Duke of Ardan.
The dream of the past that I had no choice but to forget was gradually becoming a reality.
“The name of the new order of knights to be established is the Dragon Slayer.”
It was a word that revealed the identity of the duke family.
It was hard to think of a more suitable name for the knights than that.
“The members of the Dragon Slayer will learn swordsmanship and breathing techniques that are superior to anything else in the world.”
Ethan said with a grin.
“You might get advice on swordsmanship from the world’s best swordsman. Those who want to join from now on, please raise your hands.”
It was that moment.
All the knights in the training hall raised their hands. Whether it’s 4 stars, 5 stars, or 6 stars.
It was the same for everyone.
Ethan looked at Nerian.
He was the leader of Viscount Dekun’s knights and was also the highest level knight here.
“You are the knight commander.”
“The founding ceremony is over. “So that everyone can gather at the training hall starting tomorrow.”
Soon after, a lot of food was served in the training hall.
The knights began reaching for the food with their puffy chests in their arms.
* * *
After the founding ceremony was over.
Ethan returned to the office.
‘The foundation has been laid.’
These were the people who would become the duke’s sword in the future.
Since many of the family’s knights had disappeared fifteen years ago, the creation of a new knight order was essential.
Rapid growth will be achieved through the dragon clan’s techniques, while balanced growth will be achieved through the family’s techniques.
It was that moment.
Light came in through the crystal sphere in the office. It was the contact crystal ball that Paulton gave me a few days ago.
A crystal sphere directly connected to Marquis Blothen, the head of the Marquis of Bessus.
It was the moment when the mana stone was brought in.
The Marquis’ face was visible.
“Have you been well so far?”
―It’s been a while, Archduke. The results from the capital came out.
It was news from him.
-Williams was demoted. His title was also lowered by two levels. The kingdom’s 7th family was very opposed to any further punishment, so it ended here… but
it means that the position of royal blacksmith has become vacant.
-It was the perfect result for us. The kingdom went through a review and decided to appoint Popolence as the royal blacksmith. However, it is still a temporary job for one year.
“You mean you will watch.”
-I guess it’s worth it since I got burned by Williams a lot. Still, unless Popforence makes a big mistake, it will be able to maintain its position.
It was the best result.
Because it was a story about Popolence being incorporated into the kingdom’s power class.
It will be useful in the future.
It was then.
-There is one more reason for contacting me.
-I heard it from Lord Paulton. I heard you founded an order of knights?
―He said that he blended the skills of the dragon race and your family to a truly shocking degree. I was very surprised to hear that.
“What do you mean?”
―Not only did he accept the dragon technology without hesitation, but he also mixed it very well. It’s both.
“Because the world is changing. “If you don’t follow the changes, you will end up being left behind.”
-It’s not wrong. Even if you hate the dragon race, there is no reason to reject good technology. So… can I ask you a favor?
-haha. Good. In fact, our family has also collected some of the dragon technology. There are quite a lot of different types, as I have been collecting them since the time the Balaur War broke out.
The Marquis looked at Ethan and continued speaking.
-However… the reason I haven’t been able to use it until now is because I haven’t found a way to eliminate the side effects. Their technology always had serious side effects. Getting rid of it was beyond our capabilities. What if it was the 7th Kingdom?…
“Are you planning on entrusting the transformation of the technology to me?”
-I’d like to, if you agree. In exchange, I will give you all the dragon technology I have collected. With a skill like yours, you could probably put them to good use.
It wasn’t a bad deal.
The dragon slayer sword that Ethan created was a sword technique created by Viscount Dekun after seeing the sword technique used by knights including Nerian.
In other words, it was said that only 10% of the dragon tribe’s technology was used.
The more you know about their techniques and tricks, the more you will be able to create high-level swordsmanship that will knock them to pieces.
The dragon slayer sword created now was a mixture of the family’s intermediate sword skills and the sword skills used by the Destruction Dragon.
‘If only I could obtain more dragon technology.’
It may be possible to create results by mixing it with the advanced swordsmanship in the family. There was no reason to refuse.
“great. I’ll make it for you. Is it okay if I mix it with Marquis Bessus’s swordsmanship?”
―But it’s still good, hmm! To be honest, it’s a bit rude… but it would be better if it was a duke’s swordsmanship.
Marquis Bloten spoke in a slightly embarrassed manner.
The Marquis came from a family of merchants.
In terms of swordsmanship, they could not even be compared to Duke Ardan.
For my personal greed, I wanted to obtain the Duke’s sword skills.
If that happens, we will be able to strengthen our military power.
Of course, for that to happen, the Grand Duke in front of me would have to give permission. So it was a suggestion that I took a stab at.
Ethan looked at the Marquis and nodded.
“great. “I’ll give it to you.”
―…Really? So easy?
“To be honest, I don’t think family technology is that important anymore.”
“I think the Marquis knows something about it. “The fact that all kinds of techniques, starting with our family’s breathing techniques, have been leaked.”
-…know. Don’t know.
“Already, the 7 kingdom families and even the 10 collateral families have stolen and learned our technology. Perhaps our technology could have been passed on to other kingdoms. What would you hide in a situation like this? So, let me tell you.”
Rather than using only the thieves, it would be better to use our allies as well.
‘It’s not a secret sword technique that is only passed down to direct descendants anyway.’
There was no need to step out of here. Rather, it would be beneficial to solidify the alliance with the Marquis of Bessus.
Bloten was speechless for a while, as if he was touched.
That too for a while.
―…Thank you. The Archduke truly has the appearance of a great man.
“If you are grateful, please continue to treat me well. “Isn’t this a world where we all help each other?”
-I will definitely remember this incident.
If the Marquis asserted this much, he would reward her with something in the future.
That was enough.
“Are you going to send the knights separately?”
-You can inform Sir Paulton.
Paulton, Elena’s bodyguard and a six-star knight. In Ethan’s opinion, he was one of the talented types.
Perhaps he will take on the role of Marquis’ next-generation standard-bearer.
That was the moment the contact ended.
-young master. Can I come in?
A voice was heard.
It was Sylvia.
Soon after, she entered the office and spoke with her head bowed politely.
“I received news from Hans. “It is said that the youngest master has unleashed black flames.”
“I guess it’s started.”
In Ethan’s opinion, it was perfect timing. He looked at Sylvia.
“They say it’s the good side. Of course, it didn’t completely erase my doubts.”
That was enough for now.
“I have one more news. “They say a meeting of elders has been scheduled.”
“What’s the schedule?”
“It’s in two weeks. “It is said that the place where the meeting will be held this time is Viscount Lehman’s estate.”
He was a noble belonging to Cheyman’s faction. Ethan nodded and smiled.
From now on, I was planning to induce a full-fledged faction fight by inciting conflict between the two factions so that they could collapse one by one.
“Good work. “Let’s do some work.”
Sylvia left the office.
Ethan took out the crystal balls he had been collecting.
Crystal spheres collected from each territory.
These were connected to the Cheiman and Irdan sides.
He inserted the mana stone into the crystal ball connected to the two counts.
After a while.
The two counts’ faces were reflected through the crystal sphere.
“It’s been a while, both of you.”
Soon the two counts faced the Archduke’s face and their eyes widened.