About 20 men lined up in front of the palace.
Their appearance were shabby. They were armed with old armor and swords.
However, their eyes and spirit were sharp.
The Imperial Knights watching them were nervous.
“You’re out of the ordinary.”
Lisefield, the be Master of the blue tower said to Raymond.
“They are the Knights of the Frost Shield, who have protected the empire from the northern Heifel Kingdom for hundreds of years. They’ve been secluded in recent years, so they’re bound to be sharp.”
“Do you mean they’re the Knights of the Frosted Shield?”
“Look who’s at the center of them.”
There is a knight who lost his left arm, Gesteine.
It was only then that Lisefield realized that they were lined up around Gesteine.
“I’ve forgotten that Lord Gestein was the Captain of the Frosted Shield.”
“It’s okay, I’ve read in a book that older people begun to forgot things.”
“Your Highness the Fifth……. Really likes to joke around.”
It wasn’t a joke, but he stopped talking moderately because in front of him there was Gesteine before he knew it.
As he got closer, Gesteine took a step forward and bowed his head and showed courtesy.
As a knight, this was a salute from a military ordinance. The same was true for other men.
They held a salute to the Fifth Prince in unison.
“I am a little late.”
Unlike before when they first met, his eyes were now filled with respect towards the Fifth Prince.
“Have you recovered your lost sword skills?”
“It’s not intact yet, but I can swing the sword again.”
Losing his left arm ended his life as a Knight. He failed to kill those who betrayed him and was abandoned, also he couldn’t even kill himself.
But now he has recovered some of his lost swords skills. Right now, it’s nothing compared to before, but this was enough.
He was beginning to see hope for a full recovery.
“It’s all thanks to the Fifth Prince.”
Gesteine bowed his head once again. Shortly after he was convinced that he could regain back his sword skills, he vowed to dedicate everything to the Fifth Prince so he showed the utmost courtesy he could.
As a former high-ranking knight, he was well versed in etiquette.
Raymond thought it was too much, but he doesn’t have to say it now.
This can be fix gradually. More important than that was Gesteine and about 20 men standing behind him.
“You are not planning to set me in a trap don’t you?’’
Half of the Imperial Knights here are from the Third Prince, but even if they were told to step down, they would try not to fall more than a certain distance under the pretext of stability.
At present, there is no place for more than 20 people to hold a secret meeting at the Fifth Palace.
‘But it’ll be different soon.’
The gaze on the Imperial Knights, which were mixed with the Third Prince, soon returned to their original poker face.
About 20 talented knights will now join him, so the inside of the Fifth Palace can be guarded only by his Shadow Squad.
The scope of being able to act secretly has increased significantly.
“Yes, Your Highness the Fifth.”
“Is the Order of the Frosted Shield coming under my command?”
Sure enough, a smile was spreading around Gesteine’s mouth.
“You knew it was the Order of the Frosted Shield, you were indeed the Fifth Prince.”
“Don’t let it go too far, I’m just pointing it out. Can you answer the question rather than that?”
“Everyone has decided to follow the Fifth Prince.”
Gestein spoke with his voice as if he had declared in behalf of them. Among the Imperial Knights, the eyes of those under the command of the Third Prince wriggled.
Gesteine and the Frosted Shield knights didn’t miss it. Each of them remembered the faces of the Imperial Knights who have a change in their expression.
If he informs the Fifth Prince about them, Raymond would be grateful.
It was their small gift with a pledge of loyalty.
He nodded with a satisfied expression. Soon their eyes were on Alex.
“Alex, give them a Shadow Squad uniform and call someone from the Imperial Court to go through the verification process.”
Although all authority over the formation of the Shadow Squad is said to be for the Imperial family, they needed to undergo minimal identification procedures inside the Imperial court because this was to select those who will stood by the Imperial family with weapons.
“When Sir Gestein is in uniform, Alex will guide you to find me.”
“Yes, Your Highness the Fifth.”