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One of the Royal Knights bowed before the emperor.
“As per your order, we have sent a request for assistance to Elheim.”
The emperor, who was looking at the fire with an unknown expression, turned his head to the Knight.
Except for that, he was a gloomy man who looked nothing like the Crown Prince.
“What was the Crown Prince doing?”
“I do not know about that.”
He seemed lethargic, but he was the emperor of this Empire. The knight dared not to answer and was in a daze, but a voice came from behind.
“Here I am, Your Majesty.”
As usual, the emperor was pretending to be unperturbed, but everyone in this place knew what the prince’s true intentions were.
“Is there a particular reason as to why you were looking for me?”
It has been a long time since the two had addressed each other as father and son.
The emperor spoke about the fire in front of the Palace Building.
“We received reports that the first place where the fire started was in your room.”
The emperor was still showing a hard-to-read attitude.
The situation was so clear that the arrogant Crown Prince clenched his fists and forgot his words.
The first place where the fire broke out was certainly the Crown Prince’s palace.
The fire was burning ever so threateningly, surrounding the palace of the Crown Prince.
It was obviously aimed at the prince.
“Tell it to me straight. Did you do anything to spite Birce?”
Birce was the only power able to break into the Palace without leaving any trace.
Moreover, it was natural for the people of the Empire to love the buildings of the Imperial Palace.
The only people who would burn the palace without blinking were Birce.
“I would have told you not to do anything against Birce’s will.”
The slow and low tone of the emperor contained an unusually strong force.
The Crown Prince couldn’t find anything to say, so he just swallowed his anger and lowered his head.
‘Why is this happening?’
Birce laughed at the Crown Prince and turned his palace into a sea of fire.
When it should have been Birce that got destroyed and burned to the ground in the first place.
“First of all, I sent a request for help to the Duke of Elheim.”
The emperor returned to his gloomy state again and notified them.
“They are going to be distinguished guests who will help us put out the fire, so please serve them politely.”
He meant to not make another mistake like what the prince did when he touched Birce.
“I understand, Your Majesty.”
In answering, the Crown Prince was still trying to figure out the cause of this failure.
‘I couldn’t have misjudged it.’
All the plans he had for Birce were thought out enough.
No one could use Ancient Power as freely as the Imperial Family.
A fire did break out in Birce.
Everything went wrong at the very end.
The emperor and the knights left alone.
“Yeah, it’s Liarte Elheim.”
Asked Count Fedes curiously.
When the Crown Prince asked how he could get Liarte Elheim, the Count replied that it would never be possible.
Then a fire broke out, and the palace was in a state of despair.
The prince believed that there was nothing he could not get his hands on. (tl/n delusional)
“What should I do to have the woman you told me I’d never get my hands on? I am going to get her by all means, even if I have to give her the Crown Princess’ seat.”
Count Fedes opened his eyes widely at the prince’s words.
The Crown Princess’ seat was the political tool that Empress Talesia cared about the most.
“You will be at odds with Her Majesty.”
“I don’t care. I think I’ll have to take it upon myself to get rid of her.”
So, with a little bit of kindness, Liarte Elheim will be with him in no time. (e/n delusional 2)
If only he had a little chance.
The Crown Prince thought, not knowing that the anxiety he felt as he saw the burning imperial palace had covered his eyes.
“By the way, Count.”
In a sudden thought, the prince called Count Fedes.
He felt strangely out of place.
Hasn’t it already been more than two hours since they talked to the emperor?
“How come Elheim hasn’t shown up yet? Are they still too far from the palace?”
Normally, they were awakeners who should have rushed right away to extinguish the fire.
Then, a knight came up and whispered something quickly in Count Fedes’ ear.
“Your Highness, Elheim has been at the Imperial Palace’s grounds for an hour.”
Unexpected events have been happening all day today.
“Then what are they doing not putting the fire out?”
The Count stiffened his face when he heard what the knight had to say.
“He says they can’t put it out.”
“This time, Elheim declared that they could not do anything to put the fire out.”
There were two reasons why the palace attendants left the Crown Prince unattended.
One was because he was the son of the Empress Talesia, and the other was because they believed Elheim would put the fire out.
However, the fire will eventually destroy the Imperial Palace.
The arrow of criticism will point at the Crown Prince.
He sighed with a contorted face.
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Walter coughed for no reason.
‘How can I teach a student who is above my level? What if it’s just humiliating?’
Today was Liarte and Walter’s first class.
He returned to the mansion with the worksheets and eagerly explained to Carmen that Liarte was not a student he could teach at her level.
“Didn’t you know this?”
But only one word came from Carmen.
Carmen was surprisingly talented in making people feel like they are the dumbest person in the world with just one glance.
He was smiling with his eyes while Walter felt smaller and smaller.
To be honest, Carmen was sometimes more difficult to handle than Aaron and Michael, who made people scared.
“I heard she lifted Michael’s curse.”
Walter found it out later, but the fact that she lifted the curse was a proof of excellence in itself.
The stupidest Walter in the world ended up coming back without anything to say.
“I am Walter, you know, the Young Master’s escort.”
He took some books out of his bag.
Basic Imperial History, books on the basic understanding of Awakening Families, basic history books, etc.
Unlike the people of Birce, Liarte, the student, was a very distant person.
So, he felt relieved and awkward that she was too normal.
“What I am going to teach you is very basic common sense. You can learn the deeper process from another tutor.”
Walter brought out one of the two volumes of Imperial History.
“Did you know that the history of the Empire is divided before and after the Awakening?”
“Yes. I have heard of it.”
Elheim’s library has no history books, which is unusual.
The law was only to invite tutors from outside.
“Well, let me give you a brief overview. People used to have a power called mana. Unlike now, mana was said to have spread abundantly throughout the Empire in the past. That’s how the wizards, spirits, black magicians, and sorceresses were born.”
Walter handed her the book with the first chapter open so that Liarte could see it for herself.
Because it was an Imperial History book for Children, a cute picture was drawn.
Walter was ashamed because he did not know it was for children, but it was too late.
“The beings you see here are wizards and spirits.”
A painting of two-faced little people wearing strange clothes.
The student nods her head in a positive way.
“Of course, it’s a painting, so uh, it’s not how it really was. Anyway, at some point, a new kind of power emerged. Uniquely, it had the power to use magic without using mana.”
“Yes, that’s right! Then the Awakeners gathered their immediate relatives, set up a family, and developed an Empire.”
Liarte knew the story after this.
The Imperial Family and various Awakener families ruled the Empire.
At the same time, the mana in the atmosphere became thinner and thinner, and the beings who used mana gradually began to decline.
Over time, Awakeners became the only ones with special powers in the Empire.
“That’s why we call it Ancient Power before the advent of Awakening, and we call the abilities that were used during that time the Ancient Abilities.”
Walter was so eloquent that she was still interested in hearing something she already knew.
“In the present, the awakeners are also weakened, except for Birce and Elheim.”
“What kind of family was Elheim in the Empire?”
She didn’t know that even crabs were obsessed with the Power of Water.
“Is the Power of Water an important factor for Elheim?”
She has just been brainwashed by Lian endlessly to be loyal.
Suddenly, she wondered what would happen to Elheim if the Power of Water disappeared.
“Of course, it’s important. Elheim’s enjoyment of power was because of their abilities and quirks.”
“What happens if the power disappears?”
Walter became emotionless and then smiled brightly.
“They’re going to be ruined. That’s definitely a fact. Because the Imperial Family won’t stand still.“
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