＃When we returned, the family was ruined (72)
The dragon slayer group rushed towards the castle gate without hesitation.
“The outer city gate will open.”
After spending quite a long time with him, I learned one thing. Everything he expected turned out to be correct.
That’s why I was able to run without hesitation towards the castle gate soaring high into the sky.
It was the moment when the Knights of Silent Light approached the castle gate. The gate came down very naturally, as if by squeezing and striking.
The commander of the outer castle guard.
There was a person who came to see him just two days ago. It was a man named Marcus, who was renowned as a freedom fighter.
He visited him with people who radiated sharp energy and offered him a negotiation.
The garrison commander had already finished negotiating with him.
It was the moment when several knights were frightened by the sight of the falling castle gate and picked up their swords.
“Everyone, don’t act rashly!”
“The trend has already turned! Still don’t know! “Instead of useless resistance, let’s welcome the new lord we will serve in the future!”
The knights were silent.
The trend has turned.
Because I didn’t know what those words meant.
This was a fact that could be seen just by looking at Toledo, where chaos was happening everywhere. The garrison commander, seeing the knights loosening their grip on their swords, nodded.
‘Sacrifice was avoided.’
Marcus came to see him secretly a few days ago. What he presented as negotiation material was the memory crystal ball.
The video that flowed from inside the crystal ball shocked the garrison commander like a thunderbolt.
Video stored in the memory crystal sphere.
In the video, the Archduke and ten masked knights were fighting.
The posture of the knights, their eyes, and even the use of their swords.
They were all familiar types to him.
Red Lion Knights!
It was them.
Captain Jarid, known as the Knight of the Seven Stars.
Even the deputy commander, Pons, who had exceptional skills even among 6-star knights. It is known that there are few knights in the West who can stand against them.
They weren’t the only knights.
Because the remaining eight knights had all reached the level of 6 stars.
It had to be the Count’s secret knife.
Fight between herbivores and carnivores.
The battle in the video seemed just like that.
Assassination of the Archduke.
It was the moment when I learned that the rumors secretly circulating in the city were true, and when I realized that the Archduke was a monster-like knight.
‘A natural predator.’
He was a monster.
The video ended only after showing the deaths of the knight commander and deputy knight commander. The garrison commander’s impressions after watching the video to the end were simple.
‘You can never win.’
Will the Archduke, who was threatened with assassination, stay still?
All the wolves that could stop the lion died.
The moment he moved, the Count was finished.
“What do you want to do?”
“…What do you want me to do?”
“The Count and the Grand Duke. “I believe that the garrison commander will know better which of the two is a noble worthy of being a true leader.”
“Open the outer city gate and surrender. “We will guarantee your existing position.”
It was not that he had absolutely no loyalty to the Count.
However, the count I have seen for a long time.
As soon as the duchy fell, it completely changed. It was as if I had become a completely different person. The garrison commander was also a man with eyes and ears.
I knew long ago that Irdan was squeezing out the hard work of the people. I suggested it several times, but to no avail.
Rather, he was merely transferred from the inner city to the outer city.
The county needed change.
And the Archduke was a person who could be said to be the best leader.
“…I will surrender. So, could you tell the Archduke to have mercy?”
“He is merciful enough. “This is especially true for an upright knight like the garrison commander.”
After that, the garrison commander persuaded his subordinates. Starting with knights who have high positions and share the same views as them.
That was why the outer castle gate opened without any resistance.
The dragon slayer entered through the sliding outer castle gate.
It was that moment.
“It’s a dragon slayer!”
“The Archduke has arrived!”
“Long live the Archduke!”
Cheers erupted from everywhere. The cheers were spreading throughout the city as if they were powerfully contagious.
It felt like the big city was shaking for a moment.
Amidst the cheers of tens of thousands of people, a carriage began to enter the outer walls.
A carriage stopped.
Meanwhile, the Archduke appeared.
Everyone in the outer castle, including the garrison commander, knelt down.
“…See you, my lord!”
The one who will become the new owner of the county.
The trend was already completely tilted.
* * *
The sound of furniture exploding was echoing in all directions.
Irdan looked at the head deacon with a huff.
“…So you’re saying we still haven’t defeated the damn rebels?”
Every piece of news he heard recently was burning his insides.
The elite knights sent to assassinate the Archduke still had not returned.
By now, it would already be time to come back.
Irdan was able to infer one fact from the knights who did not return.
‘I got hit.’
How much financial resources and effort were invested to develop high-quality knights!
It was a loss so bad that it felt like both my arms had been cut off.
Still, there was one hope.
It was an assassination trip that even the bishop went with.
No matter what happened, the Archduke would have been seriously injured.
The story was that the operation failed, but there was still time left.
It will definitely take time for the Archduke to recover.
In the meantime, I tried to ensure safety by contacting Chaiman and the two factions of the church.
I was at a loss because of the sudden appearance of the rebels.
The most surprising thing was the fact that the reason the rebels launched was because of one scum-like bastard.
Are you a freedom fighter or something?
The reason why the big city of Toledo was in so much trouble was because of that damn son of a bitch.
They even put up a bounty of five hundred gold coins to catch him!
Rather than being suppressed, the rebels were increasing in numbers with each passing day.
There was also one more surprising piece of news.
The news was that most of the private soldiers sent to suppress the rebels had actually been incorporated into the rebels.
Only then did the sense of crisis in Irdan’s heart begin to grow.
Assassination of the Archduke.
I couldn’t even imagine that the impact of that rumor would be this big. He glared at the head deacon.
Is it because I am impatient?
Irdan’s pupils were vibrating in all directions.
The head deacon, who was sweating profusely, spoke carefully.
“Well… I guess they are not typical rebels.”
“What do you mean by that?”
“…a freedom fighter. There were knights sitting near him. “They were all of a high standard.”
“I’m sure. There has been a report that the Red Lion is launching an attack so sharp that even an ordinary knight cannot respond. “To subdue it… I think we’ll need a high-ranking knight.”
Irdan was immediately speechless.
There were a lot just two weeks ago.
But it was different now.
Now, the number of 6-star knights within the count has decreased significantly to the point where it is rare to see them.
“…how much do you need?”
“I think we’ll need at least six 6-star knights.”
Leader of the rebellion and fighter of freedom.
The level of the knights who followed him was high.
Six 6-star knights.
This was also the requested power to be reduced and reduced as much as possible.
Nevertheless, Irdan did not respond.
This meant that the available power was much less than that.
The head deacon closed his eyes tightly.
“…If you can’t suppress the knights, it would be better to strengthen your inner defenses…”
“Damn it! Do you think everything will end if you just defend yourself? “It’s not a problem that the number of rebels continues to increase as each day passes!”
If the outer castle was not occupied, the inner castle would only slowly wither away.
Originally, the rebellion would have been easily suppressed.
Because the count’s family had a large number of private soldiers.
the problem is.
The point was that most of the soldiers were starting to think differently.
The reputation of the Archduke that I had always heard about.
It was as if the Count had messed with their guardian deity.
And that in the most despicable way, smiling on the outside and stabbing someone in the back.
In addition, most of the residents who were called rebels in Naeseong were their relatives or family members.
At this point, it’s rather strange that he doesn’t betray. Of course, the butler couldn’t bear to say those words in front of the count.
All they could do was to keep holding on with the inner room’s door firmly locked.
* * *
The first place the Archduke headed after entering the outer castle was the place where the freedom fighters were active.
“Meet the Archduke!”
Every time he passed the main street, the residents of the territory began to kneel. And that too with eyes full of respect.
Finding freedom fighters was not difficult. Because in the distance, a furry giant was screaming loudly.
“The Grand Duke himself came here to take care of our difficulties! We must continue the struggle…”
shouted Geohan, who was giving a speech to the residents of the territory.
“It is the Archduke!”
Starting with Marcus, who was shouting on the podium, to those who supported his speech.
Everyone knelt down.
In the silence where even the sound of breathing had faded, a voice was heard.
“Are you the so-called freedom fighter?”
“Raise your head.”
Soon, the eyes of freedom fighter Marcus and Ethan met.
Marcus was shocked.
I had seen him from far away. However, this was the first time we had met each other so closely and had a face-to-face conversation.
This is because the scene that was played in the memory crystal sphere a few days ago came to mind vividly.
He was not a knight.
But there were at least some eyes to see. Needless to say, the knights in the video were experts.
The person who broke the necks of those people like toys was the Archduke.
Freedom fighter Marcus.
Ethan, the sleeping dragon of the West.
At the meeting between the two heroes, the eyes of all the residents of the territory began to sparkle.
“I kept hearing about your activities.”
“…It is an honour.”
“Would you like to become my knight?”
The people of the territory were shocked by the Grand Duke’s words.
Unlike his grandiose nickname, Marcus was known as a commoner.
A world where it is not easy for those who are not semi-nobles or descendants of nobles to be appointed knights.
A scene from a novel was playing out before their eyes.
But an even more surprising scene followed right after.
Because he shook his head.
“Your offer is truly honorable, but I still want to travel around the world and save those who are suffering. sorry.”
Ethan smiled with interest. That too for a while.
He took out a sword.
“Whenever something difficult happens, take out your sword. “Ardan’s name will protect you.”
Marcus took out his sword.
A flame made of golden threads.
It was embossed all over the sword body as if it were burning.
A proof that he will be forever protected under the name Ardan. That was the meaning of the sword handed over by the Archduke.
I will never forget the scene I saw today until I die!
The residents of the territory were deeply moved and shouted loudly.
“Long live the Archduke!”
Marcus smiled bitterly at that sight.
For a short play, the response was so explosive.