Mabel left the kitchen, accompanied by the pitying gazes of the servants.
‘Even so, why did the king choose a mage as my marriage partner?’
She thought as she walked down the long hallway to her room with Travis. When she looked at the window glass, she saw her own perplexed expression.
Although she couldn’t choose freely, Mabel was still a member of the royal family. The man chosen as her partner should also be of a certain status and family background, such as a count, a margrave, or even a prince from another country. However, a masked mage had no territory or status. They were the farthest thing from politics and lineage.
Travis, who had been walking a little ahead, spoke up.
“To be honest, there is another reason for this marriage.”
“What is it?”
“Recently, there have been rumors that the Wiski Empire has been rapidly strengthening its military. They have introduced not only weapons and stockpiles, but also special weapons.”
Wiski was a military state located to the north of the Eakes Kingdom. Due to its cold climate, it was unsuitable for farming or animal husbandry, and it did not have any significant mineral resources. Therefore, the country itself trained excellent mercenaries and sent them to other countries to make a living as a nation.
“As you know, our country has often suffered from Wiski’s invasions. If this military buildup is for the purpose of invasion, we cannot afford to sit by idly. However, even if we are told to prepare a military force that can immediately counter them, it is not something that can be done so easily.”
Travis gave a cough.
“We have decided to borrow the power of the Masked Mages.”
“If Eugene-sama marries Mabel-sama, he will protect the Eakes Kingdom, Mabel-sama’s home country. In other words, that is the purpose of this marriage.”
After understanding the words clearly, Mabel realized that her head was starting to hurt.
Indeed, the Eakes Kingdom was a small country. It was sustained by two core industries: tourism, a result of its beautiful cityscapes, and the livestock industry, which centered around raising sheep. There was no room to immediately prepare for military defense, nor were there enough resources. However, trying to redeem the threat from neighboring countries with just the marriage of the youngest princess seemed like an overly optimistic idea.
“Of course, we will also take other measures. However, rather than doing nothing, the parliament decided that it is better to grasp at straws and buy time during this period.”
“Stop it! It’s getting worse and worse!”
However, the eldest daughter Gertrude and the second daughter Claire already had fiancés, and there were rumors that the fourth daughter Fergie was in love with the prince of Wissa. The third daughter Kathleen had not yet decided on a partner, but in her case, it seemed that choosing carelessly would cause a riot, so the selection process was very strict. In contrast, Mabel still had no partner, and as the youngest princess, she had little political involvement, making her the perfect candidate for the marriage.
Mable berated herself for almost agreeing directly. Recalling a question she had in mind, she asked Travis.
“Does Otou-sama know about this?”
“No. Actually, it’s not an official engagement yet.”
Mabel began to feel a little angry upon hearing that they had decided to go ahead with the plan two months later, even though the masked mage knew nothing of it.
“To be honest, I’ve never heard of a masked mage getting married. So, Mabel-sama will have to get closer to Eugene-sama first and make the engagement official.”
“Isn’t that ridiculous?!”
“If all goes well, we can tell his majesty and make the engagement official.”
Certainly, the engagement of a princess like Mabel requires approval from the parliament, in addition to her father’s approval. The selection is also initially carried out through the parliament, so this time it is probably a proposal from the parliament.
But Mabel couldn’t stand the idea of having her life decided by such a thing.
“What happens if I refuse this proposal?”
“In that case, I think we’ll have to ask Kathleen-sama or Fergie-sama, both of which don’t have a fiancé yet.”
Mabel’s face became bitter upon hearing that response.