＃When he returned, the family was ruined (40)
Ziphron, the head of Baron Romenton.
His heart beat rapidly as he heard the urgent news from the knight commander.
“…The Archduke visited?”
“yes! I just received a call from an engineer who worked at the outer castle. “Looking at the direction the carriage was heading, they reported that it must be entering the inner city.”
A grand duke!
The person closest to Baron Kargath in terms of distance was Baron Romenton.
Nevertheless, the reason Zifron was able to feel at ease was because of the assurances of Count Irdan, the head of the faction he belonged to.
“Why would the Archduke strike Baron Kargath first? It must be because of the shit they did. is not it?”
“The archduke’s resentment is so deep that he personally killed Baron Helmut. If you leave it like this, it will start messing with the nobles belonging to Cheyman’s faction. All we have to do is look at the situation and eat a piece of sweet cake.”
“haha! After all, it’s Count Irdan!”
“Ah! Those under Count Chayman will taste the heat. “As I have experienced before, the Archduke is not an easy person.”
He was a grand duke who was famous for his intelligence until he fell.
He must have realized that Count Chayman was behind Helmut.
There was no doubt that the person his spear was aimed at was a noble belonging to the Cheyman faction.
Therefore, it was Zipron who was waiting for his time with peace of mind as he crossed the river to see the fire.
But the Grand Duke is visiting this place in person?
“…Why are you visiting?”
“They say they didn’t inform you.”
The Baron’s sigh was deep.
The knight commander tilted his head at that sight.
“Baron. “The Archduke may be a picky person, but it’s not something you’d be too worried about, is it?”
That was correct.
Murlen, the knight commander here, broke through the 5-star wall a month ago.
A knight with powerful power was created that was difficult for a baron to possess. In addition, there were as many as two four-star knights.
It was all thanks to the mana breathing method obtained from the Duke family.
I haven’t figured out all the key details yet, but that will be resolved soon.
Because they were squeezing out a significant amount of taxes from the territory residents every month.
‘It’s on a different level from Baron Kargath.’
In terms of power, the Knights were no match for them.
Because the knight commander there was at most a four-star knight.
The only thing I’m worried about is.
“…the problem is immunity. “Wouldn’t it be a big problem if the Archduke made a fuss with his foul language?”
The power of the Archduke.
It wasn’t that scary.
When he was away after occupying the Barony, various types of information could be obtained.
When he received an invitation and visited the city of Poert, half of the knights in the city were out training.
‘It was said that the knight commander himself led the training.’
Menhaton, the knight commander of the Barony of Kargath.
It was known that he had personally suggested this training to the Baron.
Looking at the situation, it was clear that Manhattan had betrayed his master.
A sneer appeared on Ziphron’s lips as he remembered former Baron Helmut.
‘I must have let my guard down.’
Since he sent a polite invitation in his own way, he must have thought that if he was moderately appeased, the Archduke would let go of his anger and get things back on track.
So it was obvious that Helmut had let his guard down. Isn’t that why half of the knights were sent to training at the request of the knight commander?
Although his behavior was uncharacteristic of Helmut, it did not mean that he could not understand it.
‘Because he’s aged a lot and lost his senses.’
Zipron and Helmut had been at odds with each other for decades. As such, we had no choice but to get to know each other well.
Intoxicated by the sweetness of power, he forgot the harshness of reality.
In the past, the nature of carefully touching even a single stone disappeared, and in its place was filled with impatience and arrogance.
This must have been the reason why the knights were sent out at the request of the knight commander. Ziphron had no intention of making the same mistake as Helmut.
‘At the moment, all the knights are inside the castle.’
Even if the archduke tried to use force, he was confident enough to suppress it.
The only thing that scared me was the intelligence he showed so long ago.
If the Archduke had not fallen, the 10 collateral families would not have been able to control the dukedom so easily.
‘If that intelligence still remains….’
There must be some meaningful reason behind this visit.
I had to figure it out.
“Arm the knights as much as possible. “Get the soldiers ready too.”
“All right. “If you give me the order, I will make sure to suppress him so he can’t do anything foolish.”
“haha. Knight Commander. “I will only trust you.”
Zipron never let down his guard.
I just had to prepare again and again for any eventuality.
* * *
Near the downtown area of the outer castle.
Sylvia said quietly.
“I will be waiting around here. “If I go with you, it will only hinder the Archduke’s battle.”
“Is there somewhere to go?”
“yes. “We have set up a branch of an intelligence organization here.”
It seemed like a lot of new things had happened that I hadn’t seen before. Ethan nodded willingly. Sylvia was an excellent strategist but not a combatant.
As soon as she got off the carriage, several people began to escort her.
They are probably members of an intelligence group.
Soon after, she disappeared.
The carriage, with only Ethan and the driver remaining, passed through the middle of the city and arrived at the entrance to the castle.
‘I’ve prepared a lot.’
Ethan smiled when he saw the entrance. More than twenty knights were crowding around the inner castle gate, as if they were greeting an enemy.
It wasn’t just the knights who flocked in.
Even private soldiers armed with all kinds of weapons were stationed here and there.
Their momentum was quite rough.
If a stranger had seen it, they would have thought that a rebellion had broken out in the inner city. Soon the carriage arrived in front of the castle gate.
“stop! who are you?”
Ethan raised his identity card at the sound of a loud voice coming from the gate.
“You were the Grand Duke of Ardanga. “What happened here…”
“Does a member of the duke family need a reason to visit the vassal family?”
It wasn’t like that.
The driver who asked the question instantly turned into a mute.
After saying that, I couldn’t find out any more reasons.
“Are you going to keep the gates closed?”
“Wait… please wait a moment!”
Soon after, a rumbling sound was heard and the gate slowly began to open.
“Please come in.”
The carriage went inside.
The door to my inner self was closed again.
Ethan chuckled at that sight.
I think this protest was shown to tell people not to act recklessly because there is no way out. To Ethan, he just looked cute.
The carriage stopped.
As soon as he opened the door and came out, someone started welcoming Ethan.
He was the head of the family of Baron Lomenton.
“haha. Grand Duke. “Why did you come here without telling me?”
His smile was full of leisure.
The reason was simple.
The small city of Uldron is not only his home.
This is because right now, a whopping 5-star knight, Commander Murren, and two 4-star knights were standing next to him as if guarding him.
No matter how strong the archduke is, he probably won’t be able to take on all the powerful people by his side at once.
‘At best, you’ll be at the level of a 4-star knight.’
A 4-star knight was capable of dealing with five or six 3-star knights.
Since he had that level of skill, he must have cut off Helmut’s head when the knights were away.
Considering that it had only been a short while since he woke up, it was true that his growth rate was shocking.
Immediately afterwards, the Archduke looked at Zipron and spoke.
“Why did you visit? “It’s simple.”
Ethan opened the ledger.
“Something interesting was going on in the estate. Have you already forgotten the contents of the vassal contract?”
The open ledger contained the taxes sent to Baron Romenten every month. Zipron smiled bitterly as he looked at the list.
“Huh. “How did you get something like that?”
“Does it matter?”
That’s not what’s important.
“hmm. It seems that the tax officials under me made a ‘mistake’. I will caution you. “Chief of Knights?”
“Please conduct an intensive investigation into the tax officials involved in this matter.”
Seeing them talking back and forth to each other made me laugh out loud.
“It’s a mistake. “Seeing as how he has continued to make mistakes for over ten years, it seems that the Baron is truly incompetent.”
“haha. Your words are a bit harsh. Grand Duke. “It’s a mistake, so it’s okay to correct it.”
Zipron accepted the words calmly. Of course, Zipron had no intention of correcting this incident.
No, if you look at it from the other side, it was there.
Because he planned to hang all the informers who dared to hand over the ledger to him in the square.
‘It’s very relaxing.’
Ethan remembered Sylvia’s words.
I heard that you released some untrue information about the process of overthrowing the Barony.
‘I guess I handled things much more meticulously than I thought.’
Otherwise, there was no way the Baron could have shown such an arrogant attitude.
He must be acting like that because he thinks that the power advantage is completely tilted towards him.
Even if you did a good job, you were doing too well, which was a problem.
Ethan looked at the three knights next to Zipron.
The knights didn’t end there.
The knights standing guard on the castle walls of the inner city began to secretly surround him.
Judging by the naked eye, the number was close to thirty.
With only this many troops prepared by Zipron, it seemed unlikely that they would lose at all.
Ethan pulled out his greatsword at once.
The knights’ prayers became sharper. At the same time, the knights with their swords drawn showed a ferocious force.
“The Archduke? What are you doing now? Are you going crazy? How dare you take out a sword here!”
In addition to the more than 20 full-time 3-star knights, there were also 4-star and 5-star knights.
Even if the Archduke was the genius of the century, he could not defeat his knights less than three months after awakening.
So I have no choice but to think he’s crazy.
Could it be that he is so intelligent and believes only in his right to immunity and came here just to make a fuss?
That was when Zipron tilted his head.
“The disposition of Baron Romenton has been decided.”
“Baron Lomenton violated the terms of the vassal contract. In accordance with the laws of the dukedom, I will reclaim the castle of Lomenton as of this moment.”
Zipron’s face crumpled.
This was because he could feel that the knights surrounding the Archduke were agitated.
That’s right too.
The person speaking now was the legitimate eldest son of the great hero family.
Whether or not those words actually have any effect, the knights have no choice but to show their agitation.
I suddenly felt dirty.
The knights here now were no different from those he had raised.
But how can you be so agitated by just a single word like that?
The name Ardan was still deeply engraved in the hearts of the knights. Zipron said, barely able to contain his anger.
“Grand Duke. Is there any need for us to clash? The real enemy is not me. Count Chayman. He is the culprit of everything….”
“Don’t worry. Anyway, he will follow you and go to the underworld in good terms.”
“…Are you really crazy?”
There are over 30 knights and over 200 private soldiers in the castle.
Are you going to start a fight here?
The Archduke must have been crazy.
Knight Commander Murren.
He fiercely gained momentum. He looked at Zipron with a snarling spirit.
“Baron. “What should I do?”
“Whew. Archduke. “If you stop here, this incident will never have happened…”
“You have a long tongue.”
“…I guess he’s the type of person who doesn’t understand, to put it in a nice way. It really broke my heart. Sir Murren?”
“You can tear the archduke’s limbs to pieces, so bring him alive before me.”
The process of subduing a half-baby is more difficult than killing it.
But I had enough confidence.
Even if he were to deal with the archduke on his own, he would be able to subdue him without difficulty.
“Grand Duke. “I will make you regret running wild like a thunderbolt.”
Murren’s new model has disappeared.
That was the moment he moved behind the archduke.
With a huge explosion, Murlen’s new model soared high into the sky.
His armor was horribly distorted. As he attempted to make a surprise attack, he was struck first.
The knights around, including the Baron, widened their eyes at the sight of the knight commander flying in the distance.