How to Live as a Wandering Knight โ€“ Chapter 153.1

๐ƒ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐†๐ฎ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ (2)

The knights were frustrated at the administrative officialโ€™s complacent response, as rushing to make preparations now was impossible for them.ย ย 

With an astonished expression, Sir Padovesi looked around. Indeed, there seemed to be no preparation whatsoever. The harbor was the same as always, with merchant ships peacefully sailing up the river.

The Earldom of Carquilano, owned by the Emperorโ€™s family and administered by the Viscount, was a fiefdom located at the southernmost tip of the peninsula.ย ย 

With mountain ranges curled around it above, it actually had more trade with the hundred kingdoms nearer to the sea.ย ย 

That isolated geographic trait allowed it to stand firm even amidst the chaotic situation on the peninsula. . .

โ€˜๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ข!โ€™

They should have somehow blocked or desperately prevented those coming by sea from landing.ย ย 

The knights were frustrated at the administrative officialโ€™s complacent response.ย 

โ€œWe received orders from above to treat them as esteemed guests! Should we have told them to turn their ships around?โ€

The administrative officials had plenty to say as well. Though there were forceful orders from above, still. . .

Even if they had blocked them, would that fleet have just stayed put?ย ย 

It would have immediately led to bloodshed.

โ€œWhy such commotion on this fine day?โ€

Johan, having set all this in motion, breezily spoke as he walked over. The administrative officials quickly bowed their heads in courtesy.ย ย 

The soldiers behind Johan were why, as much as the orders from above.

โ€œThe voyage seems to have tired my soldiers. I would appreciate some food and drink.โ€

โ€œWe will. . .prepare them shortly.โ€

โ€œIโ€™m grateful for your generous hospitality. And Sir Padovesi, donโ€™t be too harsh on your subordinates. It is because proper preparations were not made above.โ€

โ€œWe. . .did not even hear that you would be coming. . .โ€ย 

โ€œ??โ€

โ€œHmm. Seems to be a mistake. Well, just show me the way. I donโ€™t want to keep standing here.โ€

Johan cut off the administrative officialโ€™s words. After all, the most difficult part was solved. If he could just land, the rest would be easy.

He was lucky to have taken advantage of the opponentโ€™s confusion.

โ€œMackald, why do you look so worried?โ€

โ€œWe are not prepared enough to make siege weapons. Your Grace.โ€

โ€œ. . .Didnโ€™t I say that I didnโ€™t intend to fight a siege this time?โ€

โ€œYou never know what will happen in the future, do you? To those who prepare stone and wood. . .โ€

โ€œI know the dwarven proverb that says luck follows.โ€

When Johan remembered their proverb, Mackaldโ€™s face brightened.

โ€œIf that happens, I will use all my means to bring you the necessary materials. I promise.โ€

โ€œThank you, Your Excellency!โ€

As the dwarves withdrew, this time the captain sent by the republic approached Johan. Johanโ€™s face brightened.

โ€œThe anchorage is complete. Your Excellency.โ€

Bishop Biagione worked hard to repay Johan in kind. As a result, Giada Zepol was newly elected to lead the ship.

He was Bishop Biagioneโ€™s cousin and one of the republicโ€™s captains, and above all, he was greedy for his own greed.

If Johan provided him with the appropriate benefits, he would be a person who would be more loyal to Johan than to the republic.

โ€œIt was a brilliant strategy. The nobles of the Emperor wonโ€™t even come to their senses.โ€

โ€œWhat about the people of the republic?โ€

โ€œWell. . . nothing much has changed. Some are worried, and some say to shake hands. . .โ€

The republic had to cooperate with Johan because it had many other enemies, but Johanโ€™s growth was too threatening. Within the republic, there was a steady stream of caution.

โ€œStill, no one will hinder this matter. The republic needs Edene Sea, you know.โ€

Edene Sea, the sea in front of the republic, was like the republicโ€™s lifeline. In order to safely travel through this place, the republic also needed Johanโ€™s cooperation.

In order to completely dispel the misunderstanding that they had colluded with the Emperor, they had to persuade the viscount.

The people of the republic were also putting their heart and soul into this matter as much as Johan.

๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ

๐™–แดก๐ž๐™—๐•ค๐ญแด๐ซ๐”ฆแด‡๐”ฐ.แด„๐™คแน

โ€œCount Yeats is here to see you!โ€

They must have quickly sent word that an army had landed, because envoys came rushing from a distance, kicking up clouds of dirt.ย ย 

Some who looked to be nobles hurriedly dismounted their horses and entered the encampment. Under normal circumstances, they would have acted more slowly and deliberately, conscious of keeping up appearances, but they seemed to have no time for that now.ย ย 

โ€œYour Excellency, upon hearing rumors that you led troops here, I rushed to greet you.โ€ย ย 

Aola, the viscountโ€™s eldest daughter, spoke with propriety. Johan recalled what Jyanina had told him. Giada beside him smiled faintly.

โ”๐’๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ช๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐œ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž. ๐˜๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐๐จ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฎ๐ง๐๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ก๐ž๐ซ.ย ย 

โ€˜๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜š๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ.โ€™

โ€œIndeed. We have been welcomed and are resting comfortably.โ€

Aola nodded. She did not say things like, โ€˜๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฏ๐˜ถ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ข๐˜จ๐˜ข๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ,โ€™ or โ€˜๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ฌ ๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜บ.โ€™ She understood well enough that it would be useless.ย ย 

That alone warranted a decent evaluation.

โ€œI have come to escort you. Please grant me the honor.โ€ย 

โ€œIf preparations are complete, there is no reason we shouldnโ€™t head out. Are the territories properly prepared?โ€

Aolaโ€™s eyebrows shot up. Johanโ€™s words had wounded her noble pride.ย ย 

โ€œWe are always prepared to receive guests, Your Excellency.โ€

๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ๐Ÿ”ธ

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