＃After returning, the family was ruined (86)
Duke of Ardan.
It was a family that endured such enormous sacrifices alone that one wonders if there is another such foolish family in the world.
How bad would it have been for even their immediate descendants to have been kicked out of their family?
But what if…
“What if there was some reason for this sacrifice? This is a truly absurd claim, but what if… the duke family had passed on the experience they experienced during the Dragon Clan War to the archduke in some way?”
Everyone’s eyes widened.
If that’s the case, he’s experienced as if he’s been through hundreds of wars.
The fact that he was able to deal skillfully with the dragon swordsmanship used by the Three Princes Theron and Count Marek, and the fact that he was growing so quickly that it was hard to understand.
It all made sense.
“Then… the reason the Archduke has been lying down for ten years… no way…” “
…we are currently investigating whether the Duke of Ardan has arranged something for the Archduke.”
Everyone’s eyes lit up.
I didn’t know exactly what the arrangement was.
Although I had never heard of it, there could have been artifacts or magic circles that passed down experiences.
Unless it is.
‘…The duke may have used his own secret method.’
There were several possibilities.
“Moreover, the Grand Duke smoked the white flame that was said to have been smoked by the first Duke of Ardan. If all of this was arranged by the Duke to make white flames bloom…”
The first head of the Ardan duchy.
Although there are few records left about him, there are some facts that can be guessed just by looking at the records.
He was an expert who could not be called a human being.
In today’s world, it is not just a transcendent with a lot of mana, called 11-star or 12-star, but a monster that truly goes beyond that.
It was then.
“haha. “You talk so much nonsense.”
The owner of the voice was the archbishop wearing a black robe.
He, who had been silent, joined the conversation and the flow of the meeting room changed.
Everyone’s eyes turned to the archbishop. It was Count Marek who asked the question as a representative.
“…Does the archbishop think that this story is of an entirely improbable nature?”
“The Duke of Ardan is not a magic family, but a famous swordsmanship family. If there was some kind of item or magic circle that could transmit knowledge like that, why did it take until the 18th generation to use it?”
If you think about it, it was like that.
Starting from the 2nd generation to the 17th Duke. They were all knights full of skill and talent who had reached the level of transcendence.
“If the duke had such means, he would have used them a long time ago. furthermore.”
The archbishop looked around at the seven heads of families seated at the round table and continued speaking with strength.
“Even if such means were discovered belatedly by the 17th family head, do you think it would make sense to sacrifice an entire family to pass on knowledge and experience to just one person? To make something called white flame bloom, which is at best only a legend? “Are you going to act like that?”
Sacrificing everything in your family to pass on excellent technology to your descendants?
To put it bluntly, I had no choice but to say it was just crazy.
In addition, the Duke of Ardan is a family that was recognized as the best swordsmanship family in the West Continent with just the Black Flame alone.
There is no reason to sacrifice so much for a new technology called white flame.
Either black salt or white salt.
After all, wasn’t the ducal family of the past the most prestigious family?
‘The archbishop is right.’
Some of the heads of the family’s eyes lit up.
“In the end, what was confirmed by the strategic analysis department… seems to be that the Archduke’s talent is very outstanding. “It’s beyond our imagination.”
“I think so. The Archduke is definitely a bitch. But it’s still just a growing seed. “To kill a seed… you need poison.”
“If it’s poison….”
“Three Dukes Theron. “Only when he takes over the duchy will our church be able to expand its power.”
The Archduke was a person who maintained a hostile relationship with the church.
As he emerged as the ruler of the West, the rate at which the church advanced into the West was inevitably slowed down significantly.
The archbishop whispered quietly.
“Delprion. That crazy man is detaining all the dwarves he planted in the kingdom. Right now, the infrastructure is being paralyzed one by one, starting with the printing press. “The reason for the incident was that the Archduke not only cooperated with the King, but also passed on information about the church.”
The archbishop glared at the seven heads of families. Several household heads flinched at the sharp gaze.
“That’s why I had high expectations for this flowering ceremony. But the result was very different from what I expected. What did I say? “It was said that the strength of the Three Confucius must be strengthened even if it means completely losing their rationality!”
This was when several of the household heads cleared their throats and turned their heads. The archbishop added as if warning.
“If you cannot stop the king, our church has no intention of continuing the deal. “Remember that we have already given so much.”
By the time the atmosphere calmed down.
Duke Gerond began speaking.
“archbishop. Please calm down. We, the 7th family, are also working hard. We continue to follow the King’s personal Shadow Knights. As you know, Archbishop, there has been no damage from the church since then, right?”
“That’s not enough. “Only when the three princes take over the duchy will the king become more calm.”
Be it the king or the archduke.
Both were equally a thorn in the side. However, for now, it was right to target the Archduke who was relatively easy to bring down.
“…Good. By the time the Three Dukes use their right to challenge, they will be able to defeat the Archduke. Count Marek?”
“Theron. “Let’s put more negative emotions into him.”
The dark magic and negative emotions in his body were approaching their limit.
Even now, I was losing my mind for half the day and going crazy.
‘…It’s a shame.’
If I had at least some reason, I could use it better as a puppet. However, the situation had deteriorated to the point where that was no longer possible.
Theron will probably lose his mind completely. It was obvious that even if he won the dukedom through the right to challenge, he would be called a madman.
Since the head of the family had made a decision, it was right to follow it.
“…I will do that.”
It was then.
“I don’t think that will be enough. How about teaching the Gangryong style to the Three Dukes?”
Everyone was surprised.
Because Kangryongsik was a technique that was treated as a top secret even in the religious order.
In order to use the Strong Dragon Style, one had to visit the church and then undergo special modifications to the body.
Among the heads of the seven families, there were only a few who had learned the Kangryong style.
“If you use the Strong Dragon Style, won’t your appearance change? “That is difficult.”
“It wouldn’t matter even if the appearance of the inside of the armor changed. “It can be improved to that extent.”
“Only by strengthening the Three Dukes to that degree can we guarantee a 100% chance of winning even against the Archduke. Because it is imperfect, its lifespan will be greatly reduced… but that won’t really matter.”
It was right.
It is important that the three princes are first appointed as the head of the family.
If the three princes lived for just five more years, it would not be difficult to completely dominate the duchy during that time.
“I will call you when the time comes.”
The archbishop’s new form has completely disappeared. When the meeting of the 7th family ended.
The eyes of some personnel were sparkling. Among them, the one who was deep in thought was the Marquis Turian, the head of the Fractal Marquis located in the west.
‘…It’s white flame.’
What if really.
If there is something that passes down experiences and memories to the duke family.
‘…Maybe our family won’t just be tied down to the 7th family, but… we might be able to completely soar.’
The Duke’s knowledge was so sweet. If you think about how much the Marquis’ power increased after learning their tricks.
‘It might be worth investigating.’
The Marquis’ eyes lit up.
Perhaps, it seemed that his family could rise above the three ducal families that obtained Kangryongsik from the archbishop.
* * *
After appointing a large number of administrators.
As all the high-ranking officials of the duchy that were connected to the 10th families began to be liquidated, internal affairs were slowly regaining stability. Ethan looked at the seal given to him.
The family’s seal with a golden flame burning.
It was a necessary item to open a treasure exhibition containing the duke’s valuables.
‘How many are left?’
In the past, numerous artifacts would have been gathered in the treasure hall.
But it was different now.
Because I heard that they took items from the metallurgy treasure hall.
‘But the new sword will still remain.’
“Grand Duke! “Even though our council of elders was the acting head of the family, we weren’t crazy enough to take the divine sword!”
It was one of the words left by Baron Helmut, who is now dead and has turned into a ghost.
“And the new sword…! As you know, the Grand Duke is not broken!”
I also heard that it was broken.
The divine sword Dranion, one of the divine weapons that only the head of the family can wield.
In his past life, it was a weapon he held until his death. It couldn’t help but feel that special.
First, look for it.
It will not be too late to think about whether or not it can be restored.
I still vividly remembered the road to the treasure hall.
I passed through the basement of the castle and passed several secret passages.
At some point, double or triple magic circles began to appear.
It was a magic circle that prevented anyone who did not possess the head’s seal from approaching. Of course, this did not apply to Ethan, who had the seal.
When I opened the huge door to the treasure hall.
I couldn’t help but burst into laughter. This is because the inside looked empty.
“I missed it all.”
It was literally like that.
The items that were stolen were probably sold in all directions.
The deepest place in the treasure hall.
The new sword was hanging there.
And the sword body was completely gone and covered in dust.
I never thought this sword would be so damaged that only the handle would remain.
The handle looks as if it is made of tangled tree branches.
‘It’s a branch of the World Tree.’
It was proof that the new sword was real.
The outside of the handle looked fine, but the inside was already a mess. Because there was incontinence all over the inside.
‘…What on earth happened in the fight with the dragonlord?’
I don’t know exactly, but one thing is certain: something happened to the point where even the divine sword was completely damaged.
He carefully held the sword and let mana flow through the handle.
I could see the handle trembling as if it was complaining of pain.
Ethan recalled the literature he had passed down about the divine sword.
―The first head of the family, Jeron Ardan.
-Weave a handle with the branches of the world tree.
―The sword body was made from the divine metal Ardenheite.
-I visited the Land of Fire and obtained the monarch’s flame.
-The blacksmith god struck his hammer.
―The magical master blessed the sword and engraved a circuit on it.
―A sword containing the full white flame of the first family head.
-Zeron named this sword Dranion.
A broken new sword.
The handle managed to keep its shape, but it didn’t seem like it would last long.
It was one of the items left unattended for more than 15 years after the previous duke fell.
‘Two years at most?’
After that, even the remaining handle will completely crumble.
A sword known to withstand the full white flame of the first family head.
As the later head of the family who began to bloom with white flames, and as a colleague who once crossed life and death with the sword.
Restoration of the new sword was a necessity, not an option.
He looked at the handle of the sword.
The first thing you need to get is:
‘Branches of the World Tree.’
This was it.
It looked like it would be busy for a while after the interior was cleaned up.