The Rune Magician Who Lost Everything to Her Older Sister, Becomes Doted On by the Genius Prince – Chapter 24
Chapter 24: Timid and brave
What is a hero――
One who is selected by the Holy Sword.
It is also a name that appears many times in the long history of the kingdom.
They were heroes.
They led great battles to victory, repelled great evils, brought peace to the weak, and gave courage to their comrades fighting together.
Therefore, they are called heroes.
Not everyone can become one.
Being chosen by the Holy Sword means being able to hear the voice of heaven.
Only those humans who are loved by the gods who may be somewhere in the world are qualified to receive it.
His Highness often praises me.
He says that I was chosen because I can use Rune Magic.
However, in the true sense of the word, only a hero is worthy of this title.
“It’s over here.”
The Knight’s Order headquarters.
It is the headquarters of the knights, the most powerful force in the kingdom, in which they take great pride throughout history.
Even now, the shouts of the knights training can be heard clearly.
Magicians may be strong, but they are not all-powerful.
Swordsmanship, spear technique, archery, physical combat… it is natural that those who have trained their bodies well will have the advantage.
The kingdom is not supported by magicians alone.
Rather, I think it is the knights who have trained their bodies and wield swords with their own strength that are the strongest and the greatest fortress.
“Is the hero among the knights?”
“Yeah, I just enlisted him the other day.”
So I didn’t know very well.
I have had opportunities to meet with the knights on the same castle grounds.
If there were a prominent presence like the hero, I should have heard rumors.
I didn’t know because he hadn’t been around until recently.
Even so, it’s not strange that he wasn’t talked about more…
I wonder what kind of person he is?
I am now even more interested.
As I advanced into the barracks, the knights were sweating and training.
They stopped and bowed politely to His Highness, and I was even more nervous than His Highness, who was used to it.
We continued to advance further.
We arrived at a large hall, and His Highness stopped.
“I wonder where he is.”
Mumbling while scanning the surroundings.
It seems like this is one of the training grounds too.
Relatively young knights were training around us.
It looks like they are being instructed by senior knights.
“What’s wrong with you?! You still have ten left!”
“Hyee… I can’t do it anymore. Please forgive me.”
“Don’t act like a baby, Zion!”
“Hyii! I’m sorry, I’m sorry!”
A boy with noticeable blue hair is on his hands and knees, holding a wooden sword.
He is especially young among the others.
From his appearance, he looks about 13 or 14.
He’s still a child.
He looks really timid, he doesn’t seem like a knight at all.
Although he is certainly training, it looks more like abuse.
It seems that even children are subjected to such harsh training in the world of knights.
“Oh, there he is. Zion!”
Zion, is that the name of that timid little boy?
Oh, could it be that strict senior who is leading him is the hero?
They both turn this way.
As he seems so strict, I wonder if I can become friends with him…
I suddenly feel anxious.
“The prince is calling for you! Hurry up!”
The boy quickly runs over to us.
Could it be that the boy, not the hero, is the one who came over to us… No, it couldn’t be.
“W-What is it?”
“I’m here to recruit you.”
“Eh, Y-Your Highness, is this child really…the hero?”
“That’s right! He’s the hero chosen by the Holy Sword, Zion.”
I do a double-take at the unexpected person in front of me.
The young boy in front of me is looking at me with scared eyes and hugging a wooden sword tightly with both arms.
His already small body looks even smaller.
But upon closer inspection, his eyes are a beautiful emerald green, clear like glass.
“Come on, Zion, introduce yourself too.”
“Y-Yes sir! My name is Zion. Nice to meet you.”
“Nice to meet you too. I am Meiana, a court magician.”
We bow to each other while taking a step back.
When I meet his eyes, Zion-kun looks away.
Maybe he’s just really shy around new people.
“Your Highness, this child is really the hero?”
“Hmm, You don’t believe me?”
“N-No, it’s not like that.”
“It’s fine. Certainly, he doesn’t look like a hero with that appearance.”
“I’m sorry, I’m sorry!”
“Why are you apologizing…”
Zion-kun is bowing his head while begging for forgiveness, and His Highness is looking at him with exasperation.
He doesn’t seem to look like a hero, even His Highness acknowledges it.
“I think it’s better to see this for ourselves. Hey, you guys, gather around.”
His Highness gathered the knights who were training.
Young knights and senior knights who were instructing them gathered quickly.
There were over twenty people.
Being surrounded like this, it is somewhat intimidating.
“What can I do for you, Your Highness?”
“Give me a hand. All of you and Zion, in mock combat training.
“W-What?! Me alone?”
“Yes. But you can use the Holy Sword to fight. However, be careful not to cause injuries. I’m sure you can do it.”
“N-No way! I’ll just get beat up one-sidedly!”
Zion-kun refused with teary eyes.
I feel sorry for him.
“If you don’t like it, then fight with all your might.”
His Highness gave him a stern look and a harsh word.
It’s a bit scary how forceful he is.
In the end, Zion-kun couldn’t refuse and the mock combat between him and the knights began.
The knights use wooden swords.
Their killing power is low, but there’s a big difference in numbers.
Normally, he would be unilaterally lynched.
Zion-kun, who was timid and easily intimidated, was the obvious victim of bullying.
“Your Highness, will this be all right?
“Yeah. If I don’t do this, he won’t draw his sword.”
“Let’s go, Zion! It’s in front of His Highness! We’ll give it our all too!”
“W-Why…why is this happening…”
The knights were also motivated.
They didn’t seem to care about the bullying-like situation.
It seems that only Zion-kun and I were confused.
“That guy is obviously a coward. But there is no lie in the fact that he is the hero chosen for the Holy Sword. If he pulls out the Holy Sword, even if he usually is unreliable――”
“I-I don’t know what’s going to happen anymore!”
A pure white sword is summoned in front of a frightened Zion-kun’s chest.
He draws it out, still sheathed in its scabbard.
The wind blows.
I didn’t even blink.
I was staring intently…but I couldn’t see it.
Before I knew it, the wooden swords of the knights had been cut and the blade parts were falling to the ground with a clatter.
Zion-kun wasn’t in their line of sight.
Zion-kun had drawn his Holy Sword behind them.
“Yeah. That’s the Hero Zion.”