He was wise. He did not act hastily because he already knew the feeling of being betrayed.
He thought the Fifth Prince might have been lying, so he expressed his intention to join after regaining his sword skills.
A knight who once swore allegiance but was eventually betrayed.
The Fifth Prince, Raymond nodded silently because he could guess how hurt he must have been.
“When I regain my lost sword skills, I will voluntarily join your Shadow squad. I swear it on my sword.”
The oath of the knight. It might be simple but this is a heavy oath that must be followed.
“Old man.” Raymond quietly called the blue-tower.
“Yes, Your Highness the Fifth.”
Lisefield, bowed his head as he approached.
“Give it to Lord Gesteine.”
He opened the space. When Lisefield gestured lightly, an old book appeared and was placed in front of Gestein, the middle-aged knight.
“What is this?”
“This is a written sword skill. You have a talent for swordsmanship, so you can learn it by yourself.”
Several complicated feelings were buried in Gesteine’s gaze toward the sword book lying at his foot.
‘Is there a single-arm sword skill written down in that sword book? Is that what the Fifth Prince refers to? Maybe he’s lying?’
Various thoughts were mixed up as he was surrounded by the confusion.
“I think you have a lot of doubts. If you don’t believe it, read it first.”
There was anxiety and suspicion within Gesteine. But, Raymond recommended confidently. He was sure any talented person like Gesteine would change mind as soon as he opened the sword book.
“I’ll read it.”
Gestain briefly laid down the sword and opened the sword book.
“Hey, this is….”
It’s a reaction as he expected. He managed to endure the smile spreading around his mouth. ‘It’s going as planned.’
“Do you feel it?”
Raymond asked a question, but there was no answer after a long time. Instead, Gesteine was searching through the pages of the sword book like a possessed man.
He was about to be sucked into a book.
“Fifth Prince, where did you get this?”
He trained the sword for over 30 years. He had never heard of such a sword skill before so naturally he got curious.
“I’ll let you know that slowly.”
It was better to keep silent because it was clear that if he told a lie, Gesteine would notice and doubt him, and that he would not believe it even if he honestly told the truth.
“I’ll give you three months. Can you get back the sword skill that you lost?”
Gesteine was a talented Knight who could rise to the level of Swordmaster.
Raymond thought it wouldn’t take long to get back his lost sword skills.
“Enough, Your Highness the Fifth.”
“I’ll look forward to the day you come to me.”
Finishing his speech, he turned away from Gesteine. Alex and Lisefield followed as they began to step toward the Slum’s Fortress.
“I didn’t know Lord Gestein would be in the slums.”
Gesteine, the captain of the Frosted Shield, was one of the few high-ranking knights and was famous throughout the Empire.
It was also rumored that he was betrayed, but everyone involved was silent because the opposite part was from a family with bigger power.
“He must have wanted to get out of the duke’s grasp.”
That’s probably why he hid in the slums of the capital.
“How did you know the Five Princes?”
“I have my ways.” Raymond doesn’t have to tell them. They wouldn’t believe him even if he told them.
“May I ask you a question, Your Highness the Fifth?”
Alex, who had been quiet so far, couldn’t resist his curiosity and spoke carefully.
“If only I could answer.”
“May I know why you gave him three months?”
He must have been very curious when he skipped etiquette and asked the question immediately.
“The feast to celebrate the victory of the Great War.”
“I’m going to throw off the stigma of being an asshole there.”
Yeah, everything will start at the banquet in three months.