Chapter 1 - Prologue
Abigail Orrien, the Ebon Knight. She was actually a former assassin, a prisoner who was almost executed by the temple. She swore to be Seria’s loyal knight forever, but her past was very colorful.
“Bibi, how was the battle to defeat the beast?”
“It was the same as always. I missed you, the Constellation armor was cold like ice.”
At Abigail’s words, Seria laughed. Constellation armor. One of the significant reasons for Stern’s existence. The armor was needed to deal with the beasts that emitted magic. It was called the “Star Armor”, or Constellation. If she didn’t wear the armor, her whole body would quickly become addicted to Magic. If she missed the time of treatment, she would eventually die, leaving stains on her body. In order to prevent this, the Star armor was regarded as a staple of the knights. However, the Keystone in the armor was a divine metal from God, and the longer it was in contact with the human body, the more the temperature of the Keystone decreased exponentially. Stern was the only one who could offset this. If Stern was absent for a long time, the person who wore the armor would feel their whole body getting colder and later froze to death. It was akin to being put into a freezer alive.
“So Lesche Berg told me that I am a precious Stern.”
The original book said that she was a servant of Berg, who protects the central territory, and thus she had a more keen understanding of the importance of Stern. Suddenly, Seria remembered the coat that Lesche Berg had used to cover her shoulders, and she shivered slightly. Abigail asked right away.
“My Lady. Are you cold?”
“No. I’m not cold.”
“Just wear it on.”
Abigail quickly put a coat around Seria’s shoulders. Perhaps because she was an assassin, so her hands move very fast. In fact, she didn’t even see when it moved. She grasped the coat carefully so as not to drop it after Abigail had wrapped around her.
“You’re welcome. If the lady is not cold, I can take it off of you anytime.”
Seria felt disappointed at herself when she suddenly flinched at those words. Mainly because it felt so childish of her. Until when would she keep thinking about Lina and Kalis? Pushing away the uneasiness of feeling as if she was staring at a skeleton hidden in the closet, Seria swiftly changed her pace.
“I heard from other guards that you go out to check the glacier every day?” Abigail asked.
“A week or so. It’s only that long that I have checked.”
“Do you know how dangerous it is to go alone? You have a cold so you should stay home.”
“Then my forehead might be torn…..” (*She was afraid she would be like the original Seria who got a stone thrown at her forehead if she didn’t do her duty.)
‘I not only wanted to avoid the bad ending in the original story, but also the minor misfortunes that occured to Seria Stern. It was natural. So, at least after the wedding, until I leave for Haneton Estate, I will faithfully check the glacier every day. Besides, it’s a little vague to quit now.’ Seria thought to herself.
None of the vassals of the Berg territory liked the original Seria. They hated her. In fact, if Seria had not been a Stern, they would have somehow expelled her from the castle. It was a natural thing because every year she visited the castle, she behaved badly. However, since she checked the glacier every day within the week, the unpleasant gaze was gradually easing.
“Because you save them a lot of money, right?”
Having a Stern in the estate meant that you could bring in as many knights as you wanted, wearing constellation armor. It was possible to reduce the number of 30 or so guards who were organized for the frozen lake inspection team to just one. When she thought about the exorbitant knight’s fee, she could see that it was a huge financial gain.
‘I am actually, no, I think it’s fortunate that Seria was Stern. I can prove my usefulness right away. I have to imprint that I am indispensable. So please don’t cut my neck in half. I want to live.’ Seria thought to herself.
“Lady Seria. Are you here?”
Alliot (Angel), who was already waiting in the stable, looked at Abigail next to Seria and nodded slightly. Abigail bowed back to him as she whispered in her ear.
“Did you continue to inspect the glacier with that guard?”
“He doesn’t look weak.”
“Because he is the head of the Knights Order…?”
“My Lady, considering this is for the rest of your life, you’ve chosen well.”
However, Abigail’s assessment was simply just carefree. She said, grabbing Seria’s horse’s saddle.
“I’ll put this one on, My Lady.”
“Yes, thank you, Bibi.”
Seria stroked Rottweiler’s nose. He rubbed his face at her, making neighing sounds. Abigail pulled Rottweiler in skillfully, while Seria approached Alliot. He tilted his chin as he watched Abigail’s back as she entered the stable.
“She looks so strong.”
“Yes. The lady knight.”
“Is that what Sir Alliot thinks?”
“That’s how she looks to me.”
Alliot had a kind personality, but his skills were another level. With his superior skills, he served to be the Knights Commander of Berg. In the original story, even Duke Hwangdo tried to hire him. Some of the nobles had stacked gold like a tower to recruit Alliot. It’s enough to say that he was talented and extraordinary.
“How strong are you, Abigail?”
“Since when you’re interested in my strength, My Lady?”
Because Seria knew the Knight Commander was coveting her lady knight. It was the privilege of the insidious person who had read the original story. She laughed and opened the coat that Abigail gave her.