＃When we returned, the family was ruined (87)
“This is information about the ten collateral families and the knights in the dukedom.”
Sylvia entered the office and handed over the documents.
Ethan, who was looking at them closely, let out a laugh.
Black salt zone.
When thinking of the dukedom, it was the name of the elite knight corps that first came to mind.
A regular knighthood that follows only the head of the family and is renowned for its loyalty and sacrifice of its life for its lord during battle.
The past of chopping off the heads of the Yongin people together with them was so vivid that I couldn’t forget it.
There were some talented people.
Now, the Knights have received so much support that no other Knights in the world can envy them.
‘I can’t believe the level has dropped this much.’
Ethan was so broken that he let out a ‘tsk’ sound without even realizing it.
How absurd it must have been.
“…are these survey results really true?”
Would you have asked Silvia, who always asked for accurate information, once?
“…That’s right. “It wasn’t at this low a level just ten years ago… but a lot of things have changed in that time.”
Ethan looked at the documents.
Number of knights: 323.
It is believed that the only knight exceeding 5 stars is the knight commander.
The level began to decline rapidly ten years ago.
There were many reasons why the Black Salt Lake changed to such a miserable level.
The elites who served as senior knights in the past were wiped out in an instant, and those who would lead the trainee knights and rank knights completely disappeared.
It is said that the 10 collateral families took all those who applied to the Black Salt Army and seemed to have good talent under their control.
And the third is right away.
‘The top water was rotten. Perfectly too.’
I remembered when Ethan entered the inner sanctuary.
At that time, all the high-ranking officials called senior knights, starting with the captain of the Black Flame, were having fun drinking in broad daylight. They were confident that the 10 collateral families would win.
That’s why he was so drunk that he didn’t even watch the flower opening ceremony.
These bugs took up high-ranking positions in the Knights’ Order by giving money to the 10 affiliated families.
Before Ethan became the master of the family.
It was just a common sight in ducal houses at the time.
But the owners have changed.
Of course, the consequences of their actions had to change.
Garbage not even worthy of breathing.
Of course, there was no reason to save him.
It was only natural for Ethan to break the necks of the knight commander and high-ranking knights who had been drinking in broad daylight.
The upper water was so corrupted that it was completely rotten, so there was no way the lower water was clear.
“It looks like it would be difficult to recycle.”
“Do you want to send everyone out?”
Ethan, who was seriously thinking, looked at the new product list. It was to see if there was any familiar name.
He began to circle the papers listing the names.
“Now, let’s get everyone out except for the ones I checked.”
The selection process for Black Flame was decided after dozens of tests.
Each test can be said to be tricky and difficult.
However, after the 10 collateral families came to the throne, the selection method was divided into two.
One is as difficult as it was.
And the other one.
‘Very easy and convenient.’
So that we can only accept the chaff.
Now, nine out of ten of those remaining in the Black Salt Zone were the latter.
Duke of Ardan.
Now this family would soar toward the sky.
The situation is too busy to rush forward.
I didn’t have the slightest intention to take away the chaff that had no talent, will, or effort.
Because time is a resource that should be used for things worth investing in.
“And send messages throughout the duchy. “So that we can gather all the knights of the 10 collateral families in one place.”
Black salt zone.
The number of people Ethan circled here was less than twenty out of three hundred.
‘If you add up the number of knights from the 10 collateral families here.’
The baronetcy ranges from twenty to thirty.
The Viscountess was forty to fifty.
The county had approximately 100 knights.
The existing dragon slayer.
In addition, knights from five families who recently joined.
As a result of absorbing knights from ten families, the total number was close to four hundred.
Previously, the Yongsaldan had been organized once when it was founded, but as the number had tripled since then, a proper arrangement was needed.
This was precisely the reason why we wanted to gather the knights in one place this time.
It was necessary to reorganize the duke’s official order of knights into the Dragon Slayer Order rather than the Black Flame Order, and clearly appoint each other’s position system from now on, so that when recruiting knights in the future, numbers could be called without much confusion.
A week passed like that.
The four hundred dragon slayers and the remaining twenty black flames all gathered in the main training hall.
* * *
Grand training camp.
The knights lined up in rows looked up at the platform.
Duke of Ethan.
He was already seated on the podium.
He said while looking around at the knights.
“Ten years ago, due to the tyranny of the collateral world, the level of the knights of the dukedom was reduced to a miserable level. “Black Salt Lake is a representative example of this.”
“The reason we gathered you all here today is simple. From now on, the dukedom will adopt the Dragon Slayer Order as a regular knight order instead of the Black Flame Order.”
A regular order of knights that has been around for hundreds of years. The Archduke’s words that he would completely replace it were quite shocking.
However, no one objected.
Almost everyone here had decided to join the Dragon Slayer, and they knew that the Black Flame had already rotted to the point where recycling was impossible.
Immediately afterwards, Ethan spoke out loud.
“You guys are so lucky.”
Ethan continued speaking to the puzzled knights.
“If I were an original duke, I would not have been able to join at all, but I am here today.”
It was a statement that pointed at reality to the point of being poignant.
Even just fifteen years ago.
There was a rumor going around that in order to become a rank knight of the Black Flame, you had to have the skills of a fairly self-authored knight commander.
In fact, it was one of the famous stories that knights from small families suffered failure in the selection exam for the Black Flame.
That was why no one could refute it despite the outrageous words.
“The current Duke family lacks many things. A barren city, arid land, and ruined infrastructure. And everything down to the level of knights and soldiers.”
“That’s why I’m hiring you guys. “Because the situation is not right now.”
At those words, several knights clenched their fists.
Even if the person on the podium is a duke, isn’t this too much verbal abuse?
The atmosphere was slowly boiling over. Ethan saw that and laughed.
The existing dragon slayer group, including Nerian, were calmly listening to his words.
On the other hand, those who were showing opposition were all newly recruited people.
Especially among them.
The members of the 1st Division, who had been loyal to Count Chayman, were showing an even more vicious spirit.
These were all people who were proud of their skills.
6 star knight.
At this level, it was not a skill that could be ignored anywhere…
It was at that time.
Ethan, who was on the stage, came down towards the main performance area.
He pulled out his sword and started drawing a small circle on the floor.
“If there is someone here who can make me move even one step, I will appoint him as the knight commander of the Dragon Slayer Order.”
“Let all those who are confident come out.”
A moment of silence.
The knights began to move one by one. Starting with the members of the 1st Division, which consisted of 6-star knights, to the 5-star knights who held high positions in each territory.
That number alone was close to twenty.
Ethan looked around at them and smiled.
Ethan said while looking at those who have not yet come out.
“…Are you calling me?”
“Are you not confident? “The leader of Division 1 has no spirit.”
For now, I tried to stay quiet.
After hearing these words from the duke, I couldn’t remain silent.
Rayman, clenching his fists, strode forward.
Ethan began to point out one by one those who did not show up.
They had one thing in common. Not only do they all have 5-star or higher skills, but they also have great pride in themselves.
“Everyone come out.”
“Everyone, come out there.”
The knights who were asking questions with blank faces came out to the training hall.
That number alone was close to thirty.
“Thirty. “It’s perfect.”
“…What do you mean?”
“The number of people whose skills are shit but their pride is sky-high.”
Even those who were Cheyman’s direct knights could only barely attain rank as knights if they had joined the Black Flame of the past.
Despite this, the bridge of his nose was sky-high.
In Ethan’s eyes, he was no different from a frog in a well.
‘Well, it’s not like you can’t understand.’
The existing dragon slayers all clashed swords with each other, then acknowledged their own shortcomings and bowed their heads.
However, they were not recruited after directly competing with him.
As all of their owners disappeared in an instant, they just had to choose someone to rely on.
It was not completely incomprehensible for him to feel resistance to his own words. Those who still do not know that there is a sky above the sky.
‘Taming is always necessary.’
A knight between 5 and 6 stars at most.
I had no intention of watching him walk around arrogantly, satisfied with that.
‘The dragon slayer group I will create in the future.’
I had to be reborn as an elite knighthood that was much stronger than the Black Flame Corps that existed in my past life.
“Hey you. “Did you say Rayman?”
“Are you satisfied with your own skills?”
“…I don’t think it’s enough.”
“No, it’s not enough. “It’s not enough.”
“…I admit that the duke is an excellent knight, but I think your words are too harsh.”
The knights gathered at the Great Hall.
Their thoughts were no different from Rayman’s.
Even their previous owners didn’t ignore them that much.
It was natural to feel sad.
It was right then.
“Don’t talk too much, just give it a go.”
“Didn’t you hear? “Go at them all.”
Ethan took out a great sword.
I plan to show you what heaven is to make you human.
Trying to explain things like this only made us both tired.
You’ll be lucky if you don’t get treated like a crazy person.
In this case, there was a good tool.
Act right away.
The knights who saw it were embarrassed.
There were close to twenty 5 stars.
Are you telling me to attack them all at once instead of pairing them up in twos or threes?
Ethan smiled when he saw the knights looking confused.
“Are you scared?”
“…The duke has already placed separate restrictions, so it would be a bit weird for us to attack all at once…” “
Then let’s say it’s the master’s order. If you don’t attack me from now on, I will consider you disobeying orders and have you all expelled from the Dragon Slayer Corps. “Use your true sword and attack as best you can.”
“In that case, the duke may become dangerous…”
“You are the ones who are in danger.”
The knights chewed their mouths.
I already knew that he was a knight with outstanding talent and skills.
This was an act that crossed the line.
He said that if he moved even one step, he would appoint him as a knight commander.
Can you really guarantee that you won’t move when all 30 people are attacking you?
He was an extremely mad person.
One by one, the knights began to hold their swords. Immediately afterwards, Ethan pointed his finger at the thirty knights.
“Attack them all. I’ll give you your life.”
“…This is what my lord ordered!”
Thirty knights began to rush toward Ethan in the circle.