Chapter 1. Prologue
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Leav, who scanned through the many letters, soon opened his mouth.
“I can’t read all of them. It’s a special flower that comes only from the maritime region, and I don’t know what the word means but it has a certain effect in a particular situation.”
“Oh, the name of the flower is Nadan, which means gift.”
Nadan, gift, it had an unusual connotation. If it’s a certain effect, is it something you give to make one fall asleep smoothly?
Other than that, I was amazed that he could read this much of the language he just started learning since this morning, I stared at Leav’s face, which was still looking at the book.
Haam, when I yawned once, Leav quickly turned his gaze from the book to me.
“Come to think of it, it will be nap time soon.”
Like the siesta in Latin America, there was a set nap time here. From 2 o’clock to 4 o’clock, after I came here, since I always tried to sleep at this time, my body reacted automatically.
“Do you want to sleep over?”
A lot of naptime will be lost if Leav had to go back to his palace. Leav nodded his head wildly in response to my question.
After talking a bit more, we fell asleep.
* * *
After waking up, Leav returned to his palace for class. I also took a history class and headed to Arke Palace for dinner.
Contrary to expectations, Eryte was still being sulky, but when I gave him a bite of a sausage, it quickly melted and he returned to his original look.
“Rosie, eat this! This too! That too!”
It was a great dinner except for the problem that Eryte violently put food in front of my mouth.
“Rosie, shall we go on a walk?”
I nodded at Erdos’ words. He looked at me with his arms open, so I hugged him.
I’m now pretty used to this too. He walked through the garden as one of my arms dangled. Together with Nanuk, Eryte, Bernique, and Leav.
“Young Master Vanitas?”
In response to Eryte’s fuming and shouting during the walk, Erdos muttered in a low voice and stopped walking. I looked at Erdos nervously.
However, he just narrowed his eyes and didn’t say anything.
Nanuk’s small murmur could be heard clearly in my ears. I was surprised that he could use such harsh words, so I looked at him with wide eyes but then,
“Should I get rid of him?”
Bernique said in a monotonous tone. At my bewildered eyes, he closed his mouth and turned his head pretending as if nothing had happened, but there was nothing he could do about what had already been heard.
“Young Master just came to tell me the name of the flower I was looking for.”
I quickly tried to handle the situation. If I receive help twice, he’s really going to get killed.
In the future, if we have this kind of conversation whenever I receive help, my heart would surely not last till the end, so I had to nail it in advance.
“Everyone, you can’t carelessly harass people.”
“Of course, Rosiane.”
Erdos said, softly stroking my hair.
“Of course, of course. This brother doesn’t do that.” (Eryte, lmao)
“Yeah, Rosiane. We don’t ‘carelessly’ harass people.”
“You’re quite right, sister.”
Everyone spit out smooth words as if they were agreeing with my words, but it was very suspicious.
Moreover, Eryte spoke quite brazenly about a topic he already had a history of.
As I looked at them with frowning eyes, before l knew it, we had arrived in front of my palace. Erdos stopped walking and said, while looking at the children.
“Go to bed now.”
They protested to go together up until to the room, but their opinions were quickly dismissed by Erdos’ gaze.
In the end, I was able to return to my room after seeing them off with a sad expression on their faces.
“Do you want to sleep with Dad today, Rosiane?”
“Will that be okay?”
I asked worriedly because I knew that he was very busy with preparations right now, for the foundation festival.
“Of course, it’s okay.”
Erdos smiled briefly and sat down on the sofa while holding me. Melissa and Amanda quickly prepared refreshments.
The chamomile tea, which is good for a sound sleep, was deeply brewed and it showed off its fragrance. Erdos sipped on his teacup and stroked my hair.
With a large, rough hand, it is better to gently stroke it as if touching a glass ornament, I yawned once while sitting on his lap, and he whispered, asking if I was sleepy.
I nodded my head a couple of times. Erdos, who had put down the teacup, suddenly turned his gaze to the plant encyclopedia on the table.
After Leav translated it, I didn’t close the book, so the page was opened like it was before.
“Is this the book that Young Master Vanitas brought?”
“Yes. But it was written in Khun Oh, so I couldn’t read it properly.”
He looked at the book quietly and asked in a low tone.
“But why this flower?”
“When Mill brought in a new flower, the gift he received was brought to my room by Jean, but everyone said they didn’t know the name of the flower, so I looked it up.”
At that moment, a cold energy sank into the room to the point that my whole body became frightened. The faces of Melissa and Amanda, who were on the other side, turned deathly pale at the energy.
Erdos asked a beat late. Looking at him with his unusual response, I opened my mouth carefully.
“Um, is there some kind of problem?”
Erdos did not answer my question. Instead, he turned his eyes to look at the flowers on the side table with a chilly gaze.
At that moment, I had a bad feeling. Did the specific action that Leav mention not about simply helping one sleep normally, but it works in a bad way?
“Shhh, it’s okay, Rosiane.”
When I grabbed his collar, he answered belatedly.
I looked at him nervously, then Erdos, with a little force, pulled the arm I hugged him with, and made me open my hand. I spread my ten fingers and showed him.
Erdos, who was carefully examining it, blurted out.
“Call the doctor and Timofey right now.”
Melissa rushed out of the room. Erdos endlessly hugged me and stroked my head while the doctor came.
The doctor who arrived, just like Erdos, looked at my hand, and said in a solemn voice.
“It certainly looks like poisoning.”
Poisoning? So that’s why Erdos’ reaction wasn’t good.
I turned my head and looked at Erdos. His once calm eyes were shaking so violently that I wondered why I didn’t notice.
The moment he reached out to stroke my hair, my vision sank into complete darkness.
* * *
[tn– some parts here are Erdos’ pov.]
If it was luck that we sat on the sofa in a satisfied mood and saw the plant encyclopedia on the table, then I was lucky.
Apart from that, I felt very completely annoyed, but anyway.
Even then, Erdos skimmed through the contents of the Plant Encyclopedia without much thought. In short, it was about like this.
[Nadan: gift a secret and quiet death—
Nadan is native to the maritime country. During the day, it is no different from other flowers, but during the evening, it releases a special mana.
When water touches that mana, it turns into a poison due to the mana’s effects, and anyone who touches it dies within a week. The area of contact is distinguished by a very fine pale pink color.
No cure has been found so far, and the process towards death is painless and secretive so it is used for suicide or assassination.
Danger Level: Very dangerous. Handle with caution.]
There was even a skull mark next to the danger level. Erdos’ pleased smile disappeared in an instant as he looked at his daughter, who was chattering with pure eyes.
He struggled to constrain his heart, which had begun to race, and asked her to show him her hand.
Contrary to his wishes, Rosiane’s hands had scattered pale pink spots. ‘Rosiane is poisoned’.
In his head, Erdos quickly picked out a few countries that would do this while the doctor came.
Meanwhile, the doctor who arrived looked at her condition and blurted out a murmur.
“It certainly looks like poisoning.”
At those words, Rosiane opened her eyes wide and looked back at Erdos with an uneasy look. Erdos decided to put her to sleep and cast a light spell.
Soon her eyelids closed and her gem-like eyes were hidden.
“I accept your order.”
Poisoning due to mana was close to a curse unlike the usual. In order to find the one behind it, the first thing Erdos did after leaving behind Deus, who had disappeared, was to try to break the curse with his own divine power.
However, even if the divine power of the God of Esteria is specialized in healing, each individual’s field of specialization is different.
Even if it was similarly affiliated with healing, it was subdivided, and unfortunately, Erdos had a divine power specialized in the regeneration of the body rather than breaking a curse.
[tn— Basically, Healing – has many sub groups, and every individual (probably every Emperor) specializes in diff groups.]
Erdos first gathered his divine power and magically stopped the time of Rosiane’s body with Timofey, who subsequently arrived.
“At times like this, a sorcerer is really needed…..”
The sorcerers specialized in curses. However, they, who have been the seeds of many rebellions, have already disappeared from history and so cannot be of help.
If I knew this would happen, I would have left at least one. Even if I regret it belatedly, it’s already late.
“What are you thinking of doing now.”
“I’ll have to call the high priest.”
“Certainly, it might be possible if it’s the High Priest.”
Soon after, he who became a priest at the age of five, and was appointed High Priest at the age of 12 this year, Ramanes de Conte, was woken up from his sleep and entered the palace with minimum preparation and without even knowing the reason.
“I see the Glory of the Empire. The Grace of the Holy God Esteria.”
Ramanes, who gave the greeting of the priest, immediately took Rosiane’s hand and instilled divine power. A faint pool of light wavered in the air.
However, Nadan’s poison, which contained powerful magical effects, close to a curse, was difficult for the young high priest who had never encountered the curse, to shake off.
Ramanes, who was pouring out divine power, released the hand he was holding and took a step back. Before he knew it, sweat was forming on his forehead.
When he slightly lowered his eyes, the black eyes were covered due the long eyelashes. Erdos made an effort to not show his nervousness.
“I think it would be difficult for me to fully detoxify it with my insufficient abilities, Your Majesty.”
Apart from Erdos’s horribly distorted expression, Ramanes quietly looked down at Rosiane. It was because of the strange power that he felt when he first arrived here.
Disorder. Fading away. He didn’t know what it was, but it was strange.
When he opened his mouth again, the eyes of the doctor and Erdos turned to him.
“It may be possible in a temple.”