Chapter 97: For I have resolved myself to fall alongside you

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“Hmm…”

 

After hearing what Dant-san said, I slowly inclined my head to one side.

 

“I don’t think Raul’s going to do anything drastic once he finds out about the village though…?”

 

I mean, he’s now the successor of the Albert house. If he really did perform marvelously in such an important war, especially considering that it’s his first ever, chances are he won’t have the time or interest in a village in the wasteland, right?

 

“You’re being too naïve, Luke-sama.”

“What do you mean, Millia?”

“That person, he’ll do whatever it takes to remove any and every threat to his position, no matter how insignificant it might be. Even more so if he discovers that the threat is you, Luke-sama.”

“There’s no doubt about that! That guy acts so big, but in truth, he’s nothing but a small chicken.”

“Selen, you too?”

 

The two of them seemed to have extremely poor opinion of Raul…

 

“I’m not a threat to him though…”

“““How are you not!?”””

 

Huh? Why are they immediately rejecting what I said? Even Dant-san…

 

“If Lord Albert somehow knew that you were able to build a village as grand as this in such a short time, he’ll instantly change his assessment of you. Given that, it’s only natural for Raul-sama to see you as a threat.”

“I-is that so?”

“Truth be told, an order to investigate the existence of this village has been issued to me in the past. I managed to deceive them with my report, but now that rumors of the village have spread so far, I fear it’s only a matter of time before Raul-sama knows of this place.”

“Huh? Isn’t that dangerous for you?”

 

If it gets discovered that the governor falsified a report, he would get terminated. There was a chance that it would not be just from his position…

 

“You need not worry about me, for I have resolved myself to fall alongside you, Luke-sama!”

“Ehh!?”

 

I didn’t ask you to be though!

 

“Regardless, the matter with Raul-sama cannot be ignored. I suggest that you strengthen your war potential, all while trying to hinder Raul-sama from discovering the village as much as possible of course.”

 

After Dant-san said so with a serious face, he suddenly chuckled.

 

“But then again, judging from the adventurers you’ve invited through the dungeon, the high-grade weapons and the potions you’re making, the training ground you’ve built, and of course the training of soldiers you’re doing, it seems I didn’t even need to tell you to improve your war potential.”

 

…I wasn’t at all preparing for a fight against Raul though.

The dungeon, the weapons, and the potions were things we got by chance and not something we purposely looked for.

As for the training area, it was requested quite often enough that I decided to build one. The mages in particular wanted a place where they could safely practice their magic.

And of course, I thought that in this war-torn era, it was only natural for us to improve ourselves in order to better protect the village.

 

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“Arrgh…Selen, where have you gone…”

 

Sedes Bazurata, the head of the Bazurata house, was at his wit’s end.

 

His daughter, who was supposed to marry into the Albert house, has ran away and hasn’t been heard from since. He has sent out his retainers to look for her multiple times but to no avail.

If things were left as they were, their house’s relationship with the Albert house would surely deteriorate.

 

“Beg your pardon, sir! We’ve received critical information about Lady Selen’s whereabouts, sir!”

“What? Is that true!?”

 

When his retainer reported so, Sedes unintentionally drew near.

 

“Firstly, there have been rumors about a newly built city going around recently and has even reached your lands, sir… this city is said to be in the wasteland in the norther region of the Albert territory.”

“A city in a wasteland…?”

 

When he replied so, Sedes remembered something.

 

“Can that wasteland be the one Luke-sama has been ordered to develop…!?”

“It appears so, sir. Moreover, he has done so at an unbelievable speed. It’s said that his city already has a population of over 10,000 people.”

“10, 000!? But it’s been only a year since he was banished, hasn’t it!?”

“Y-yes, sir…in relation to that village, we believe it’s possible that Lady Selen might have come there…”

“…it’s not out of the question. However, if Luke-sama really did build a city in that place in this short span of time…”

 

The report was certainly a valuable piece of information. However, it also made Sedes’s head ache more.

 

“…like this, Luke-sama might once again be considered to be the next head of the Albert house…no, it’s too late for that now. If what I heard about Raul-sama’s performance in the current war is accurate, he should be guaranteed to be the next head. And if that’s the case, Selen should do as …”

 

As though he has just made up his mind, Sedes nodded to himself and then gave an order to his retainer.

 

“Investigate this city at once. And if you find Selen, bring her back at all costs.”

 

 


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11 thoughts on “Chapter 97: For I have resolved myself to fall alongside you”

  1. Go investigate the village. Then don’t go back.

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  2. Yagoo the dreamer said:

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  3. Is he stupid?
    WTF?
    this world confuses me…

    Winning a war with your dad’s army is seen as more worthy than building a “village” of over 10,000 people in less than a year FROM NOTHING!?!?!?

    That’s already considered a “Town”… although it differs from place to eras, even populations of 500 – 1,500 people could be considered “cities” but fine, let’s go by modern standards and still call it a town.

    Oh well, I guess they are the pretense for “conflict”

    I mean, one could become a Count if you took all your money and lead people to reclaim wild land in the past for the crown (or your lord if you worked for a Duke/Marquess)

    I shouldn’t expect much from the “Kingdom” setting the author’s being using, why am I surprised? hahaha

    I don’t know if he’s expecting our MCs dad to just not care about his obviously more competent son… I don’t know if dad is gonna be dumb or smart…

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    • I’m not really in disagreement, but may I offer something that’ll hopefully help in suspending disbelief?
      Mind, these are my thoughts and are not spoilers.

      It’s one year for a city vs a few months for many conquered cities. Plus they have no idea of Luke’s Gift. For all they know, he just got extremely lucky and is unable to replicate the results.

      Meanwhile, Raul has already proven himself, and has been acknowledged by many. It’ll look like Lord Albert will be going back on his word if he changes his mind now. I mean, it’s not enough of a reason, sure, but I can see why Sedes–Selen’s father–will think that it’ll be hard now to change the decision of who will be heir.
      To Sedes’s credit, at least he thought for a moment that Luke can be an equal to Raul again.
      So, all in all, I don’t think it’s too stupid of Sedes to think that Raul’s going to prevail. I myself would have probably tried to play both sides as safely as I could until a winner is officially decided. And I think the first step to that is pulling Selen out of Luke’s side, which is what Sedes has decided albeit for different reasons.

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      • EZ_CRIMSON said:

        all good points… i would also like to add that even if just for appearances he needs to AT LEAST make an attempt at retrieving her. If he simply leaves her there considering their previous agreements and allegiances he will appear to be switching sides in the event of a conflict…. which generally isnt a good look for your previous allies, who will now be enemies, and your new allies, who wont trust your loyalties.

        In wars past, its been shown to be easier to trust a defeated enemy than someone who switches sides mid conflict. I mean it might take a decade or so but look at the US’s relationship with Germany, and especially Japan….. both defeated enemies…. then look at us and Russia…. Russia sided with Germany, then switched sides to the allies after a dispute with Germany…. but point is, we have never been truly friends with them yet we get along great with our defeated enemies.

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      • hmm… yeah ultimately he needs to recover his daughter, and who becomes “head” of the house is unimportant to him, just probably hope that the one that becomes the “head” is the competent one, his “contract” was for the “head” of the family, not Luke so his hands are tied…

        I get you.

        I would do the same, “wait and see”, talk to my daughter and probably help Luke from the sidelines if possible.

        I just hope he doesn’t become an “Obstacle” I guess I jumped to the conclusion that he’s gonna be “against Luke”.

        Yeeeeah thanks I think I get it better

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  4. Thank you!

    And which of his retainers has the strength to actually bring her back? And that’s not even considering the ‘village’ she lives in.

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  5. ohhhh!!! the story is getting exciting!! thanks for the new chapter!!

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  6. Anonymous said:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  7. Strawberry Milkshake said:

    Lmao dad, bad move.

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  8. Thanks for the new chapter!

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