ularly well-known, and his success in surviving last year's nation-wide famine without any deaths from starvation or forced sales has become the talk of the town's social salons.

Surprisingly few people know that many of the ideas behind the his projects are actually ideas of his son.
This is because no one would think that a young boy under the age of ten is capable of coming up with revolutionary ideas that even a adult could not come up with.
Even if Casserole did mention his son's achievements at a public gathering, it would be seen as a show of affection by an idiotic parent.
And since about 90% of the time, it is the parents who are the real idiots, it's just too much to handle.


'So, here's the bad news.”


I “don't want to know about it.”


The mood changes.
The somewhat relaxed and carefree atmosphere that was present until a moment ago, suddenly becomes cold .


“I was at Count Ratesh's place.
It seems that he failed to defeat the bandits at his estates.
We received a message that a large number of the bandits had fled in our direction.Well, the message said that they had successfully driven them away, and they were very proud of it.
It's not nice for us to be told off.


If they are coming here, how much time can we have to preparing for them?”


“If they come straight to our place, it will take about 10 days.
If they come messing around, it'll be more than a month, but less than two.”


” How troublesome.”

Among the duties of nobility, there are two major ones that are unspoken and absolutely necessary to follow .


The first is the duty of loyalty to the king.
This is a natural duty, since it is the authority and power of the king that ensures the privileged position of the nobility.
If they fail to fulfill this duty, they will be deprived of their noble status by the king, and if they are not careful, they will become criminals.


The other is the duty of national defense.
The king gives the nobility lands, privileges, salaries, and income from the right to collect taxes in order to develop a military force in case of emergency.
From the associate knight dukes who provide their own military force, to the dukes who are always ready to mobilize the second largest military force after the king, there are equal duties to be fulfilled.
They must be prepared for emergencies anytime and work to fulfill stability of their position within the limits of their own authority in the place to which they are given .
And, if the worst happens, they will use their preparations sparingly.
Because of this duty, nobles of a territory are allowed to collect taxes, and nobles n are paid a salary.


It is also the duty of the nobility to deal with bandits.


However, it is not always possible to achieve what can be called success.
In the first place, there is no criterion for success and failure.
When there is a natural disaster, even if you rescue the majority of the victims, and you are proud to say that your disaster relief efforts were a success, if even one person dies, there will be families of the deceased who will consider your work a failure.
This is an example of how difficult it is to draw a line between success and failure in an emergency.


From the count's point of view, the contact from the count this time was also a success.
The bandits who were roaming around the territory were driven out of the territory.
If the people of the territory will not be harassed by these bandits in the future, it can be said that this is a great success.
If just to look at the count's territory.


On the other hand, those who are responsible for the areas that will be raided by the bandits who were chased away.
From the perspective of the new victims, it would appear to be a clear failure.
It is also a fair point that just replacing the problems from one to another person does not mean that problem was solved From the point of view of the baron Mortern, it is clearly the opposite.
Just the cost estimates of the damage that will be done in the future is enough to give him a headache.


“So how big was the group that escaped?”


“About 50 people, according to the report.”


“If they come to our place, will we be able to handle them?”


How can three of us, including myself, fight against fifty men? If you are going to fight them right, it's not going to be a problem.


If it is 50 people, it is a very big gang of thieves.
The actual number of people who have been in the business for a long time is usually a lot less than the number of people who have been in the business for a short period of time.
It's hard to agree with that.


I don't know if it would be possible to gather the men from the villages and h armed with spears and throwing stones.


'Even if we did, it would only be 30 men at the best.
Even if we holed up in the main village of Honzon, where the moat i of people is, If the other two villages are completely wiped out, the damage will be the same as if they were attacked without resistance.
If we can't fight a short battle, it would be a bad idea.


Why don't we just stay in and buy ourselves some time, and I''ll go get reinforcements?


“I know you can do that, but I think there are a lot of drawbacks.”




“The Count had a difficult time getting reinforcements because of his reputation.
If they are defeated by us, we will be accused as incompetent.
On the other hand, if we only drive them away with reinforcements, they may return to the count's territory.
It would be a laughable situation if they were to return to the count's territory after being ravaged as much as they could.
The ideal situation for us would be if they failed and the Counts from the Hvarek frontier would lead the troops to defeat them and wipe their asses.
They would put all the responsibility for the failure of the defeat on us.
If we are not careful, they may even try to get in our way.
Other lords might be willing to help us out, but they have similar or even worse armaments to ours, so I don't think they can spare the manpower to send someone to our side.”



This is the reason why the Baron Mortain judged that as t e Count's ” failure”.
The fact is that there are only small lords around the count's territory.
Of course, the baron's own territory is still poor, and he has only three full-time squires, including Sheitz, who is present at the moment.
It is hard to believe that he could handle a band of thieves that even the Count couldn't handle.


“Why don't we go to the royal capital or the grand nobility and ask for reinforcements?”


If our place hasn't been attacked yet, I think they would be very reluctant to do so.
If we do so just as Count Ratesh is showing off that he got rid of them, the Count will hate us, right?


“I don't mind being hated if it's will protect my family and my territory , but we' re on the frontier and reinforcements are unlikely to be given to us in the first place.
Still, it's not a problem that can be left without attention.”


“I don't want to die too, so I'll leave it to you “


They are best friends, and there is a trust between them in each other's abilities.
Inside the “office” room, the sound of laughter leaked through the thin wooden walls into the room beside it.


“So, do you have any good ideas?”


Sheitz asked, turning his expression back to a serious one.
Casserole nodded with a smile on his face.


“'The worst-case scenario would be for me to go myself.


“The last thing we need is the lord go himself.
If he dies, that's end of it.”


“Otherwise, the safest thing to do would be to deepen the harbor or give out spare spears to the people.”


“It's better than nothing.”


Both of them furrowed their brows.
In fact, it is absurd to think that a mere new lord can handle this problem, since even the count was not able to handle it .


“I have an idea.”


“What is it?”


Casserole gives a dubious look at the voice of his subordinate.


“How about using the boy as a trump card,?”


“What do you mean?”


“If he succeeds, he might be  a prove that he can became good  next lord .
My intuition is telling me it would be best to do so.”


I can't ignore your intuition.


Turning his own son in trump card .
He was a bit puzzled by this.
The first thing is that he don't understand the point of it.
His  son might be talented, but there is no way that a child of age seven has the ability to make a difference in a fight.
There was no way he could do such a miraculous thing.


But then Casserole was stuck on the word “magic.
It was because he suddenly thought of what Scheitz wanted to say.
The words he muttered sounded surprisingly clear.


“The ritual of consecration.”


“You have my permission”.


Casserole's decision on this day was the first step in a major world change.


T/n     I dunno how to extraction  images fro, epub.
So i can't  add illustrations .
If someone know a way  share it in comments   



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