Chapter 9 – Orientation -1-
‘Do you know the Marquis of Skadi?’ If you ask
The knights will refuse to answer.
Wizards would say it’s just interesting.
And the church’s priests will be busy condemning the Marquis of Skadi.
It was just a coincidence that the only heir, a slender girl, survived that day.
Ricke Skadi is locked in the past, where he was always happy yesterday and today, with blank eyes.
It was a question for which there was no answer, but there was no option to not think about that time.
She was born as the eldest daughter of a prestigious post-author, and her parents were a double-sided mirror.
She had no intention of turning away from the duties of aristocrats following a prosperous life.
Of course, take responsibility for your position.
That’s why, even at an age where she doesn’t know the feeling of love, she never refused to be engaged and never neglected her studies.
Her hands trembled and she was afraid to wield the black-edged weapon, but she thought of her father, who was a knight, and she learned the minimum level of culture.
Even though she can’t say she’s better than anyone else, she did her best not to be ashamed of herself.
She believed that someday, when the hard days were over, she would be recognized.
I wanted to feel the warmth I felt from her mother to her father at least once.
My father was always cold and scared because he worked hard to protect the dignity of the marquis.
Doesn’t that make him unbearably sad?
My mother, contrary to her father, raised me by reading to me and making her own snacks.
It was a ‘family love’ that could not be called a high-ranking aristocrat with blue blood.
Because she has a mother, she can overcome any hardship.
You can overcome the seemingly endless pile of books someday – and you can attend the banquet of a nobleman who can’t sleep due to tension.
Even the ritual swordsmanship, in which the palms are torn every time, can be performed to the end without crying.
At the end of a job I don’t want to do, her mother is always waiting for me with a smile resembling the spring sunlight.
It was a very dark and rainy day.
As my father was away on business for a long time, I shared the bedroom with my mother.
Normally, this is something my father would never allow, but my mother said that it would be okay now, so I headed for the bedroom without hesitation.
All of the servants promised to keep it a secret, so my steps running down the hallway were as light as a feather.
I yanked the ornate door open.
Although he is far from being a nobleman, his mother always welcomes him with a smile.
When the father isn’t looking, she calls her mother, not her mother.
I took it for granted that this fact would not change today or tomorrow.
I saw things in the bedroom that shouldn’t exist.
The bedroom was filled with people wearing knight-like armor.
The moment I saw them, my eyes hurt.
Tears flowed out without knowing why, but I shouted while holding on to the door.
Now that I think about it, I don’t know where that courage came from.
“Who are you guys!! Ger-! Boris-! Someone please come!!”
I shouted into the hallway, but no one could be sensed.
It is as if only this bedroom was cut out and floating in another dimension.
“The girl who inherited Skadi’s blood—- stay still.”
A man walked out of the group of knights.
His voice gave me goosebumps, like scratching an iron plate.
“I am Yurgena Di Venta. I am 3rd out of 5 knights of the Harun Empire. If you have basic common sense and culture, you would know who I am, right?”
Of course the 5 knights of the empire know.
I also remember seeing his face during a border event.
‘I’m sure it wasn’t like this at the time…?’
“I-I-I’m sorry for not being polite… But I believe you will understand my situation. Where is your mother?”
Rike has been experiencing a strange phenomenon that has never been seen before.
The sight of the knights looked strange after the stinging pain in the eyes.
If I blinked once, I could see people wearing robes like wizards.
When I opened my eyes again, the knights were standing there.
The man standing behind the knight with an interesting face was blurry, but his face was clearly visible because he wasn’t wearing a hood.
It was an old man with a different skin color, as if half of his face had been burned.
The old man reflected in Rike’s pupils became a young man in armor, and then he became an old man.
He was muttering something to the three knights behind him.
“We received an anonymous tip that there is a black magician hiding in the Marquis of Skadi who wants to destroy the imperial family, so we came to confirm it.”
“Never! Never! We are an ordinary… Ordinary manor! Who said that…”
It is a fact that it is difficult for a young Rike to understand that a famous article is moving based on an anonymous tip.
Her head was spinning as to what the hell to say.
If I had a father who was good at dialogue and negotiation, none of this would have happened.
In case something was wrong with his mother, Rike knelt down and bowed his head.
“I make the decision.”
The young girl, powerless to deal with this situation, did best to just close her eyes and not disobey her opponent.
A strange aura echoed through the bedroom, and creepy voices tormented the ears.
It seemed that something had changed in her own eyes, but none of that mattered now.
After a while, a knight brought her mother roughly.
There was a thick piece of cloth in her mother’s mouth. Her eyes immediately turned to mine.
She could now clearly see the concern in those eyes.
“Driver, please—-please… I beg you. Please listen to my mother and me… It will only take a moment…”
Her eyes were painful enough to gouge out, but she couldn’t close them.
Something like purple smoke was pouring into her mother from the air.
“This is proof that the family of the Marquis of Skadi or the family of the marquis’s wife tried to destroy the imperial family. If the lady wants to live, she will have to witness the current situation.”
The girl couldn’t believe what was happening right in front of her eyes.
Horns grow on her mother’s head and her fingernails grow longer.
Her eyes turn red as her skin turns black.
The lost reason of creatures that have lost their human form responds to the screams.
Long fingernails made their way to my face.
3 The knight jumped out and grabbed her mother by the hair, but her nails cut through my face.
Blood splattered all the way to the wall.
“Do you realize it now? It’s a dark magic you can’t even escape.”
His scabbard wiggled, and the blade moved past his mother in a gruesome trajectory.
As soon as Rick opened his eyes, he jumped out of bed.
My whole body was wet with a cold sweat.
It might be because it’s the first time I’ve slept in a bed I’m not used to.
After waking up like this, it will be difficult to go back to sleep.
Looking outside, it was early, the sun hadn’t risen yet.
He might have seen the nightmare of that day after hearing about his experience with the black magician at the academy.
The purpose of Rike’s admission to the academy was to run away from home.
Just being in the same space with her father was suffocating.
From that day on, the family relationship was completely cut off.
No matter how you look at it, it was a contrived situation, but my father made no opposition or excuses, and my mother’s family collapsed in an instant because it was related to black magic.
The damage to the Marquis of Skadi was not negligible.
My father did not mourn his mother’s death.
These eyes told me the truth I didn’t want to know.
And what kind of people the men on that day were.
‘I’m going to have to go to practice classes…’
It was the first time I had ever seen anyone openly talking about warlocks in the Empire.
It would be worthwhile to hear even a word about warlocks.
The wound on the face hurts.
If you breathe slowly and follow the wound slowly, you can touch the eyelids.
The wounds on her face and the special eyes she acquired at that time are all her mother’s keepsakes.
Only feeling these traces in hellish daily life keeps oneself alive.
Lofty Academy’s first indoor gymnasium.
It is the day of the first class of ‘Practice 1’.
Unlike the last time, I went to work wearing comfortable clothes and was at the gym before class.
“Thank you for supporting me more than I thought.”
The Faculty of Engineering sent me an uneasy look, as if they still had the last remarks in their hearts.
On the contrary, more than half of the Faculty of Swords applied for me, probably because they liked my style.
“First of all, I’ll introduce you to one person. He’s the priest who came out to support from the church. Applause!”
“A lowly servant serving the goddess in the church. I am Maxim, a high-ranking priest. It is an honor to meet the brothers who will lead the empire in the future.”
“”””Take good care of me!!””””
Clap clap clap-
If you are a senior priest, you are a high-class manpower.
If an arm is cut off, it can be put together on the spot.
If it wasn’t for Roland and Doran’s connections, there would be no choice even if they had money.
The money that was originally supposed to go to me must be flowing there.
“I’ll give you an outline of the class.”
Most of the people who caught my eye were holding swords, but each one had a different shape.
In class, if there is no permission from the instructor, personal weapons are prohibited, and it is basic to use only the standard weapons in the academy.
From entry-level short swords to long swords in the academy.
There are short daggers as well as very wide greatswords.
Rarely do you see cadets carrying spears or blunt weapons.
Even if you don’t use a sword, you can’t help being in the swordsmanship department.
There are no detailed faculties like the Spearmanship Division or the Blunt Weapon Division.
“Today, I will quickly check the skills of each person one by one with the instructor. I will give simple verbal advice for visible deficiencies.”
“In order to see pure skill, the use of skills is prohibited, but body strengthening using mana is permitted.”
Before going into formal class, today is the first day of class.
It would be better to proceed with an interest-oriented orientation feeling.
“From the next class, two people will try to pair up, and they will also have the experience of dealing with multiple people alone. The order will be one person from the Knights Department, and then another person from the Swords Department. You should have understood.”
I pointed with my finger at the cadet in the front row.
“They come out one by one from left to right, and when the line is over, they come out from the left again from the back. Do you understand?”
“There – come out.”
One person comes out of the Knights Faculty.
He had short hair holding a long sword. It is large and has copper-colored skin.
His thick eyelids make him look like a veteran mercenary.
Come out and take a pose and glar at me.
“I’m Brom Basti from the Knights Faculty.”
“Doesn’t Instructor carry a weapon?”
The cadet glared at me, perhaps because I was bare-handed, but did not attack.
“Don’t try to judge an instructor at the level of a cadet.”
“····Keuheum! Then I won’t decline.”
With a displeased face, he raised his sharp sword.
Injects mana into his feet, kicking and running as if breaking the floor.
Whether it’s a physical charge based on his physique, he’s proud of it, he runs straight ahead without changing even once.
A flashing longsword descends straight down.
The blade that had hit the shoulder suddenly stopped.
“What is it? Are you crazy to stop the sword?”
“Why don’t you avoid it—”
Blood burst from Brom’s face as he spoke with a pagong sound, and his head flashed.
Blood flowed out of Brom, who took a few steps back and barely lowered his head.
His jaw was completely torn and his lower gum was crushed.
Fragments of teeth flying in the air fell to the floor.
The hand that covered his mouth made bubbles of blood and overflowed.
The eyes of the cadets who were waiting widened.
“I would have told you not to judge the instructor.