Aleksander Amberster is your typical noble. He leads his life as a high noble from birth. He has the same bearings as the other high nobles. He doesn like to interact with commoners, he behaves arrogantly to everyone, and he thinks too highly of himself.
Although its kind of ironic that his first love is a commoner herself. Though shes not your normal commoner. Shes the daughter of the biggest and the richest merchant in the Usnia kingdom, but whod thought of her as a commoner? even high noble houses as himself still respect her family and status. As they said, who doesn respect power? and the easiest way to earn power is through money.
Even though he was rejected in the end and was betrothed to the youngest daughter of the king, he still likes to chase other women, thus earning him a title of a womanizer. But being a womanizer wasn the only thing that he was famous for.
He did many bad and evil things as most other noble sons do. Hes a womanizer, hes an alcoholic, a gambler, and a drug addict too. Thus he makes enemies wherever he goes, but no one dares to touch him no matter what he did. Because hes a son of a duke and a militaristic family at that.
His great-grandfather earned merit through the big war that happened 150 years ago. Making the Amberster familys name rose and known for their militaristic power. His father too is a militaristic man by nature. It makes everyone confuses why a militaristic family could produce an undisciplined son like Aleksander.
It was only when the other nobles started to notice the Amberster family growing in power with each generation that the other nobles family feel restless. Even the king himself seems to favour the Amberster family. Making the family almost impossible to destroy.
The only way that the other nobles use to destroy this giant family is by conspiring to accuse Ambersters of working with the devils. As the big war against the devils 150 years ago still leaves trauma in everyones mind, and it incites a huge rebellion from the people.
With the support from many nobles, even the king himself can save the Amberster family. This leads to the downfall of the Amberster family. And judging by the kingdoms law, colliding with the devil leads to the execution of all members of the family.
But Aleksanders father asked for the kings amnesty to spare his childrens lives. But alas, the law is the law, but the king seeing his friends plight makes a bold decision, ”I cannot save all of your children, but I can at least spare one of yours ”, said the king in front of many nobles.
Thus, everyone in the room began to vote for whoever they thought worthy to be saved. Duke Amberster have a total of 3 sons, but only 1 can be saved. The result of the vote shocked everyone at first, but it only took them a few seconds to realize what just happen.
It turns out that only the useless and the oldest son of the Duke can be saved. When the Duke heard that, he was also shocked for a few seconds, but in the end, he gave a smile to the king and said, ”thank you, your majesty ”, before stepping out off the throne.
To this day, even the king still doesn understand the meaning behind that smile from his friend. Everyone knows the useless son of the Duke, but whys he happy that he survived? Clearly, the nobles don want to see Amberster raise in power again.
The king then declared that no noble household can harm that child and that every enmity that they had with the Amberster household couldn be passed to the son. Of course, every noble agrees, what could that useless son do? Sure everyone is fed up with the dukes son, but without power, even he can do anything much now.
It all happened when Aleks is studying at the Gemora academy. Although the name comes from the greatest wizard in the country, its not solely a magic academy as it used to be, Its also a knight academy as for now. Maybe after the big war, this kingdom learns that solely relying on magic is a bad choice.
Aleks remembers his father always want him to be a knight. Coming from a militaristic household, becoming a knight is more valuable than becoming a magician or wizard. But Aleks persuades his father to become a magician and attend the magic academy despite having no talent in magic.
Some people believe its because he doesn want to be around some big muscles dude from the knight academy and instead wants to spend his time with the girls at the magic academy, which is true by the way.
The news about the fall of the Amberster household spreads like fire in the academy. Aleks was running to the principal office when he could spot many student whispering while staring at him. He knows that the news has spread and hastened his step.
”Give me permission to leave the academy for a few weeks ”, Aleks said when he arrived at the principal office.
The principal turned her head upward for a little bit to see who was lacking in manner, and when she see Aleks was there, she began resuming her activity. There are some documents on the table and she seems to be busy reading and writing something on the documents.
”So its you, please knock first before getting into the room. As a noble, you should know basic manners like that ”, She said disinterestedly without even turning her head now.
”Its not the time for that Miss Adele! ”, shouted Aleks.
Adele Belmont comes from a Marquis household, so she always shows respect to Aleks whenever she talks to him in the past. But seeing her action just now, Aleks knows for certain that she already throws her facade in front of him like she as in the past and treat him like a nobody.
”Oh Im sorry, you
e not a noble anymore. Right, so manner should be unimportant to you, right? ”, She said while smiling this time. When she see Aleks start getting angry, she began to feel happier. She even stopped whatever she was doing just now in order to see his expression clearly.
Yes, this is what I always want to see. This arrogant child always brings trouble around the academy, lets see how hes going to do that now!, she said deep inside her heart.
”So what do you need me for? ”, she asked while still smirking with her hands on her chin.
”I said, give me permission to leave the academy for a few weeks ”, Said Aleks angrily. She could see him trying to suppress his anger, it make her want to tease him more.
”Thats not how you ask for permission, Aleks. You realize your old ways have died right? ”, She asked him.
”By the way, I know what you
e up to. Im sorry to disappoint you, but you won be able to visit your father or your family even if you want to. Its the kingdoms law. Youll only be able to see them on the day of their executions from far away. But do you really want to see your family executed that badly? ”, her expression was filled with mockery, ”So Im sorry Aleks, I can give you any permission, even to see your family executed. I don want you to wreak havoc there and bring a bad reputation to the academy okay? ”, She said with a worried face this time.
Her worry is not without any basis. It was known for Aleks to be a troublemaker. Seeing his familys execution won make him sit still. So its in her best interest to not give him permission to go out until a later date when his family is buried.
Aleks slams the door and runs outside the office. He felt anger inside his heart. Whether its the anger towards the nobles that conspire against his household, towards the principal, or towards himself. He doesn really know the source of the anger that he felt. He just knows that he can do anything to save his family and his house name this time.
Only by the time, his family had already been buried that he got permission to visit their graves. His family has been buried in the Amberster territory, or to be exact, in the used-to-be Amberster territory. A new noble will get a hold of this territory soon. If the king didn forbid the nobles to harm any noble burial, no one knows whatll happen to these graves.
Aleks just standing there looking at the lines of his family burial, theres a long grave and a short grave, indicating a child must be buried inside. He just stands there reminiscing about the past, how he had never been a good son and how he always never listen to his father.
The weather is grim and his family burial site was at the corner of this territory. He looked around him, there was a forest near him. He knows this forest. When he was a child, his mother used to scare him using this forest, ”if you don sleep early, the monster from the Greed forest will come and get you ”, his mother used to say.
The reason why its called Greed forest was that theres a legend that theres a dragon soul residing in this forest, but everyone whos greedy enough to search for it, always never came back alive. Thats why people called it Greed forest. People who get inside without searching for power will come back alive usually.
Aleks grandfather ban people to get into this area of the forest because many people lost from searching for that power. Its no wonder, because by having dragon power would make a person have the same rank as the king of this country. Dragon power is a sign of royalty, not just in this country, but in other countries as well. Its the sole reason why humans could fight head-to-head with the devils when the war erupts.
Aleks stared at the darkness in front of him. The forest seems like calling for him. Maybe its what people called ”the call of the void ”. Without knowing, Aleks mind started to fill with ”what-ifs ”.
What if theres really dragon power residing inside the forest? If I have that power, I could avenge everyone, thought Aleks. Its true when people are pushed past their limit, they will take the gamble they will usually take, including this gamble.
And thats how a character named Aleksander Amberster died in the novel as far as I could remember. Hes just an extra character with a tragic backstory. Hes a victim of a nobles conspiracy, and even the main character couldn save him in the end.
Now, as for why I wake up as this character in the novel that I read, is for god to answer.
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