How to Live as a Wandering Knight โ€“ Chapter 152.1

๐ƒ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐†๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ (1)

The grudges from dissatisfaction could be dealt with later. That wasnโ€™t the urgent matter right now.ย ย 

Right now, we had to increase the number of mercenaries by at least one person and heighten our vigilance.

None of the vassals who were present opposed. Some may have said, โ€˜๐˜Š๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ด ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ค๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ค๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ. ๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜จ๐˜ฉ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด.โ€™ย  But still.ย ย 

Johanโ€™s momentum was that threatening. No one underestimated the new count.

โ€œDonโ€™t you think about making peace, Your Excellency?โ€

โ€˜๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ.โ€™

Some of the vassals grumbled to themselves. There had been some contacts from the republic. While being conscious of the glances around them, they spoke round and round but eventually their suggestion was this.

โ”๐–๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐๐งโ€™๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐›๐ž ๐›๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐›๐š๐ง๐๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐„๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐จ๐ซ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฌ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ฌ?

Of course, the viscount rejected it flatly and other vassals were also furious and chased away the envoys. However, their suggestion remained in peopleโ€™s minds.ย ย 

It was certainly a dishonorable and humiliating thing to ignore the oath made to oneโ€™s lord and switch sides.ย ย 

However, there is no such thing as absolute in this world.

While the loyal vassals to the Emperor did not have any other thoughts, vassals other than them thought making peace was also possible. After all, isnโ€™t the important thing their rights?

The viscount was the Emperorโ€™s agent but he had ruled the fief for a long time and was the de facto feudal lord. If he made up his mind, he would be able to do that much.ย ย 

While it would be humiliating for the viscount, that humiliation would not be the vassalsโ€™ own.

โ€œHmm.โ€ย ย 

However, the vassals held back. No matter how they looked at it, it did not seem like the viscount would listen to their words.ย ย 

They were afraid that if they brought it up improperly, they might get branded by the vassals loyal to the Emperor or it might even be reported upwards. . .

โ€œYour Excellency, there is an envoy from the city!โ€

โ€œ!!โ€

The people present became tense at the servantโ€™s urgent shout.ย ย 

What would the new count demand?

However, contrary to such worries, the envoy only talked about very sensible matters.ย ย 

To release the captured knights and in exchange, he would also send guests from his side and asked to treat them well.

Since the viscount also sent knights, it was not an unreasonable demand that could not be accepted. Rather, it was an exceptionally moderate proposal.ย ย 

โ€ . . .?โ€

โ€œIsnโ€™t this showing mercy honorably as fellow knights?โ€ย ย 

One of the vassals gave his opinion. The mask of fame that Johan was using had its influence at times like this. There were still people who thought of Johan as an honorable and faithful knight.

If thatโ€™s the case, then mercy without asking for ransom could also be understood.

โ€œHow will you respond, Your Excellency?โ€

โ€œ. . .If they come as guests, is there any reason to reject them?โ€

The viscount answered slowly and reasonably. Refusing could give the other party justification so he was being careful.ย ย 

โ€œSend people to the port and tell them guests will come. To treat them properly. So they canโ€™t find any excuse.โ€

The vassals nodded their heads. Surely things like this could become an excuse. While they couldnโ€™t make unreasonable accusations, there was no harm in being careful.

โ€œWho do you think will come?โ€

โ€œIt seems like it would be the knights serving under the count, but just in case, prepare for other possibilities as well.โ€

โ€œYes!โ€

๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ

๐šŠ๐™ฌแด‡๐˜ฃ๐šœ๐˜ต๐š˜๐ซ๐•š๐šŽ๐šœ.๐•”๐š˜๐š–

While mercenaries gathered and fleets assembled, Johan enjoyed the culture of the city at ease, resting comfortably. The sweetest wine and the cityโ€™s finest musicians adorned the place.ย ย ย 

โ€œ. . . . . .โ€

Lying diagonally, Johanโ€™s figure resembled a lazy beast. Jyanina gulped. Karamaf, lying under Johan, blinked and looked at her.ย ย 

โ€œI heard you were quiet in front of the knights. Express your gratitude.โ€ย ย ย 

โ€œItโ€™s nothing, Your Excellency. I can do it whenever you want.โ€ย ย 

โ€œIt seems the mud bath has made you humble.โ€ย ย 

โ€œYes. It was very educational.โ€ย ย 

โ€˜๐˜ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜ฃ*๐˜ต๐˜ค๐˜ฉ. . .โ€™ย 

โ”๐†๐ซ๐ซ๐ซ!ย ย 

โ€œ!!!โ€ย ย 

As Karamaf growled low, Jyanina was startled. That beast had absurdly sensed her true feelings. Johan snorted.ย ย ย 

โ€œDid you swear inside?โ€ย ย 

โ€œNo way!โ€ย ย ย 

Jyanina tried magic as she looked into Karamafโ€™s pupils โ€“ the magic of affinity to let the monster know โ€˜๐˜ ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ๐˜บโ€™.ย ย ย 

โ”๐†๐ซ๐ซ๐ซ.ย ย ย 

Karamaf shook his head as if annoyed, then lay down. The magic had failed. This was because mystical power surrounded the area.ย ย ย 

โ€˜๐˜๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ป๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ?โ€™

Jyanina was slightly surprised. She thought there was no one around who looked like a wizard. . .ย ย ย 

โ€œDo you remember why I called you?โ€ย ย 

โ€œCount, about the dragon playing dead, I swear to the name of gods and magic. . .โ€ย ย 

Seeing her bring up an oath she didnโ€™t even make, she seemed quite upset. Johan shook his head.ย ย 

โ€œI guess that could be possible.โ€

โ€œThank you.โ€ย ย 

โ€˜๐˜ž๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ. ๐˜๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต, ๐˜ฃ๐˜ถ๐˜ต ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ?โ€™

โ€œThe reason I called you. . . is to ask something to you who is called the handler of monsters and beasts. Can you build a monster army?โ€ย ย ย 

โ€œWhat???โ€ย ย 

Jyanina doubted her ears.ย ย 

โ€˜๐˜๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜บ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ข ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜–๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ ๐˜›๐˜ณ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ?โ€™ย ย ย 

Jyanina unconsciously looked around. This could be a trap, and the judges of the Order might be hiding. But there was no one around.ย ย 

Even Cardirianโ€™s people who tamed a few decent monsters and secretly used them never thought of building a monster army. In the first place, as a follower of the One Truth Faith, they couldnโ€™t have such wicked thoughts.ย ย ย 

โ€œI. . . Iโ€™ve never had such thoughts in my life, Count.โ€ย ย 

โ€œI didnโ€™t ask if youโ€™ve thought about it. Is it possible or impossible?โ€

โ€œImpossible.โ€ย ย 

โ€œDo you swear itโ€™s impossible in the name of magic?โ€ย ย ย 

โ€œ. . . . . .โ€

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