#When we returned, the family was ruined (30)
Ethan looked at Paulton.
Six-star knights were called elite knights.
He was just beginning to vaguely understand the essence of the sword, and he was a skilled person who deserved to be treated wherever he went.
‘Also, the heads of the collateral branches also have several knights.’
The Count of Pernes, ruled by Cheyman, and the Count of Amelton, ruled by Irdan.
The story was that in order to take down the two count families, the power to capture elite knights was needed.
‘It’s hard right now.’
Even though Ethan was a transcendental in his previous life, it has only been a little over a month since he started training. It was difficult to suppress a 6-star knight right away.
‘At best, it’s just a waste of time.’
It was not for nothing that the levels of knights were divided from 1 to 10 stars.
Because there are significant differences in each area, they are given separate names.
Fire sword type 1: Yeomsa (炎蛇).
Even with the visionary sword techniques he could use now, it was impossible to catch a 6-star knight.
The speed at which the knight avoids the heat and attacks will be much faster than the speed at which the heat spreads.
A sparring match with very low odds of winning.
Nevertheless, the reason I immediately applied for sparring was to objectively understand my own skills.
Because sparring was one of the best means to understand one’s true nature.
‘It will be a good experience.’
The opportunity to face a 6-star knight was rare. This was especially true when I was staying in such a small baronial territory.
It’s a good opportunity.
And Ethan wasn’t stupid enough to pass up this great opportunity just because he was afraid of losing.
Paulton’s eyes sparkled when he was told to have a round.
I thought about it for a while.
“Then come out.”
The two headed to the training hall in Naeseong. Ethan arrived at the training ground and took a stance with both hands out. Paulton, who saw that, nodded.
There were no gaps visible at all.
‘Your posture is perfect.’
He also kept hearing rumors about the Archduke.
He is known to have defeated the Baron’s knights not long after waking up from a coma.
If you see him freely handling mana, it means that he has successfully completed the process of resonance.
‘I can’t believe you were able to do that when the mana hole was broken.’
It was as if he had a talent sent from heaven.
It was precisely because of his curiosity about this talent that he searched the archduke’s body.
The results of the search were quite surprising.
The Archduke didn’t even notice the search and immediately dissipated his mana.
It meant that the Archduke’s mana control was far superior to his own.
So I was surprised.
Because I got a glimpse of the inexplicable talent, a talent that cannot be described even with the word genius.
It was for that reason that he readily accepted the archduke’s request for a sparring match.
Paulton took out a long sword.
Although it was shorter than a greatsword, it was a weapon that could attack much more easily if it reached close range.
“Are you ready?”
We circled around each other in silence. It was Ethan who took charge of the first attack. The great sword pierced right in front of Paulton’s eyes.
His eyes widened at that speed.
And much more than you might think.
The mana that was rotating inside the body naturally spread throughout the body.
A long sword filled with blue mana blocked the great sword.
It was then.
Suddenly, a greatsword curved like a snake passed by the longsword and stabbed into his side.
Swordsmanship like a snake?
It was an unprecedented sword technique.
I was embarrassed for a moment.
Paulton spun Mana around his body.
His new form became blurred.
The great sword passed through the air.
“…I think I know why the Knights were defeated.”
Paulton spoke quietly.
The Archduke’s mana amount itself was not that much.
At best, it would be at the level of a 2-star knight. However, that mana contained explosive power.
So much so that any mediocre knight would be completely wiped out without even being able to counter that mana.
By Paulton’s standards, Baron’s articles fell into the category of mediocre articles.
“Then I’ll go first this time.”
Paulton’s new model has disappeared.
In an instant, he was behind Ethan and stabbed him with his long sword. The speed was such that an ordinary knight wouldn’t even be able to react.
But the Archduke was different.
Because I easily blocked the long sword using the great sword.
After that, Ethan was even counterattacking Paulton as if it was natural.
It’s really amazing.
Is this really the swordsmanship of someone who has been awake for a little over a month?
Overly precise, fast and sharp.
Efficiency went without saying.
After all, even Paulton is gaining enlightenment by looking at his swordsmanship right now.
How to use the sword.
How should mana be distributed?
How should I hold my posture? The Archduke was truly a perfect textbook.
It was while he was stabbing the sword like that.
Ethan grinned and blurted out.
“It’s a bit difficult as expected.”
“The fact that you were able to fight me this far with the amount of mana you possess is truly amazing.”
Paulton spoke seriously.
This was truly pure sincerity with no lies.
The level of knights was usually determined by their mana amount.
This was because the more mana there was in the body, the higher the limit at which the body could develop.
Even though the amount of mana itself was not large, it was able to implement movements similar to those of a higher level without difficulty. What will happen if time passes like this and he has more than 4-star mana?
Even he probably wouldn’t be able to easily subdue him.
It was then.
“Let’s make sure we go the right way.”
It was when Paulton tilted his head at the unexpected remark. In an instant, the Archduke’s speed increased explosively.
And much more than when I first encountered the great sword.
Paulton was shocked.
Suhap’s sword strikes were divided every second. Cold sweat broke out on the elite knight’s face. The situation just now was truly dangerous.
If I had let my guard down even a little, I would have been hit without being able to overcome the difference in speed.
The Archduke, who had been running wild for a while, gradually calmed down after about five minutes.
Soon a longsword was aimed at his neck.
“Huh. Huh. Huh… I lost.”
Despite winning this sparring, Paulton’s expression was stiff.
‘…It’s a monster.’
It was truly a monster.
From the faster speed just now to the explosion of energy. I couldn’t understand what was going on.
“Did you hide your power when you first dealt with me?”
“That’s not it. “This is just one of the family’s arcane skills.”
If it is the secret technology of a family that was called the best swordsmanship in the West Continent.
It was completely understandable that he gave off an offensive attack that seemed to have exploded his potential for an instant.
Such a high-level skill would be able to show explosive power to the caster without much trouble.
Of course, Ethan spoke in this way because it was difficult to explain the item called the Eight Pillars.
“Sparring. It was fun.”
“…I really enjoyed it too. “Your Majesty.”
I thought that no matter how talented he was, he would be below me right now.
The Archduke was already a completed knight.
There’s only one thing he lacks.
There was only time.
‘Even if half a year passes.’
I didn’t think I could be sure whether I could defeat the archduke.
Paulton laughed bitterly.
Duke of Ardan.
A family that was the greatest swordsman on the continent.
It was the spiritual idol of all knights and a famous family that truly revealed what chivalry was in the war against the dragon race.
Until now, I thought that the family was a giant tree that was falling.
A seed was germinating under a falling tree. It is also a seed with explosive potential that can grow much larger than that giant tree.
“Can you continue to spar with me in the future?”
The elite knights were all people with high standards of opinion.
Just looking at the amount of mana they possess, most people would probably ignore them, let alone spar with them.
In such a situation, a 6-star knight keeps asking to spar.
There was not a single reason to refuse.
“Are you serious?”
“yes. I’m serious. I also gained a lot of enlightenment through this sparring. “Please, please.”
Paulton bowed his head.
After achieving 6-star knighthood.
Five years passed without any significant results. Then, today, I gained a clue to enlightenment through sparring with the Archduke.
Although what I have gained now is only one of the small fragments of enlightenment.
‘If this keeps piling up…’
I didn’t know if I could reach the level of the 7-star, known as the Great Knight.
This was a really big opportunity.
How can you use your pride to raise your level?
Paulton was willing to bow rather than just bow his head if he could continue to spar with the archduke.
“Then let’s spar from time to time.”
It was a truly warm atmosphere.
* * *
After the sparring was over.
Paulton came into his room. He took out a crystal ball from his pocket and held it against the mana stone.
Soon, light came into the crystal ball.
“His Excellency Marquis Bloten. How have you been?”
-Is this Lord Paulton? Nothing bad happened to me. Anyway, what’s going on? I contacted you first like this.
“I have something to report about the Archduke.”
At those words, Blothen’s eyes reflected in the crystal ball sparkled.
Recently, Marquis Bloten was the person I was watching the most.
It was right after meeting him that his son Jayron stood out.
I heard from Jayron that he is a very cautious, serious, yet ambitious young man.
It was the first time his son praised someone this much.
This was especially true among people of an age group that would be my age.
That was why he so willingly brought the letter to the king.
The potential that the Archduke can show in the future. Because I thought it should never be overlooked.
‘It’s still like that.’
In less than a month after awakening, a baronial territory was overthrown.
The King made a completely wrong judgment about the Archduke’s disturbance, which created a stage for him to have fun.
Upon hearing the news that the Archduke had awakened again, officials who were known to have been expelled from the duchy were flocking towards the Barony, and the residents of the Duchy were beginning to keep an eye on the Archduke’s movements.
The starting point of a huge change that will come to the Kingdom of Heidern.
In Marquis Bloten’s view, the starting point was the person called the Archduke.
Since you have started to form a very friendly relationship with such a person, you have no choice but to focus on their every move.
Depending on how he moves.
‘There is a high possibility that the rise and fall of the Marquis of Bessus will also be different.’
-Hurry up and tell me.
Following Bloten’s words, Paulton began to explain the content of today’s sparring.
The longer the explanation continued, the bigger Marquis Bloten’s eyes got.
‘He has skills that make even a 6-star knight nervous…’
It was a growth rate so surprising that it was truly jaw-dropping.
―Very interesting. From now on, anything about the Archduke is welcome, so please report often.
That’s how the communication ended.
Bloten was deep in thought.
10 collateral families and the Grand Duke.
Their chances of winning were predicted to be about half and half.
However, due to Paulton’s report he had just heard, his judgment began to tilt to one side.
‘If nothing else happens.’
The winner of this war will probably be the Archduke.
Since ancient times, in war, you can gain a lot by betting on the winning side.
‘I think I should at least give this as a gift.’
It is also a very sturdy item.
The Marquis’ eyes sparkled.