Arsen Hertz. He did occasionally think about him.
He knew that one day they would need to meet and had resolved himself to that, however, he didn’t have any personal grudge against him or a desire for revenge as the person that Arsen killed was not Bern personally, but the Knight of an enemy kingdom.
Arsen had no idea that it was him who had been killed and Calian even remembered that when Arsen did kill Bern back then, he was quite courteous to him.
Although that’s what he told himself in his head, he couldn’t stop feelings of resentment that welled up inside him.
“I look forward to your kind cooperation, ” Arsen said, at those words, Calian replied with a heavy smile,
“Yes. It’s very nice to meet you.”
His smile was eerily familiar with Franz’s. As Allan was the only one to notice it, he looked back and forth between Arsen and Calian, then clicked his tongue.
Along with realizing that he hired the wrong person for the job, he also knew that the road of this mage’s future wouldn’t be smooth.
“He said he is a talented, capable man who will be included in the mage division in the future, so learn from him as much as you can and also be friends if possible.”
As Rumein didn’t need to worry about Calian’s previous life or anything, he spoke those words to Calian.
The finger laid on top of Calian’s lap moved silently as it made a long curve. Just as if his lips were following it’s curvature as well, Calian’s face made a wide smile as well.
“Yes, your majesty. I shall do so.”
However, Allan was filled with goosebumps as he saw Calian’s smile, while Rumein laughed heartily and nodded.
Although Calian hadn’t remembered yet, it was actually the second time Arsen was seeing Calian. The first time was of course on the day he was at Senyu River sending off his deceased teacher and had blocked Calian who was trying to go across the bridge.
As the first impression he had of Calian back then was very positive, when he received the invitation from Allan, he went straight to the palace without a single moment of hesitation.
Therefore Arsen didn’t notice that the smile he saw from Calian and the smile he was seeing on his face right now had very different meanings, and simply stared at Calian while anticipation filled in his heart.
“Right then. Are you prepared for the Roselita?”
Rumein quickly moved onto the subject on hand to Calian. As hearing him speak with such a delicate tone was unfamiliar to Calian, he answered with a slightly awkward expression.
“Yes. I’ve completed all preparations.”
“But what I’ve heard is that you will not take the carriage. Won’t it be uncomfortable then?”
The carriage had dozens of layers of magic applied to it for the sake of making it comfortable and convenient, as well as several layers of defence magic applied by the greatest mage Allan Manasil.
Plus as this carriage was designed by the noble dragon Sispanian, it was a luxurious carriage that even had a bedroom, shower room as well as a toilet, making it the best, the biggest and most spacious carriage in all of the continent.
Yet Rumein heard that Calian was going to take a horse instead, he thought it would be uncomfortable for him. Calian answered carefully.
“There’s no need, I am fine without it.”
This was all because of Raven.
When Calian stepped inside the carriage, Raven wouldn’t follow along it’s side. Even the Kyrie siblings who were very good at managing animals because of their elven blood were not able to handle Raven properly.
Therefore Calian had to ponder seriously for a long time whether to leave Raven behind or to leave the carriage behind, he then heard some thoughtful advice from Allan suggesting he take the horse so he could exercise all the way on the journey. With those loving words in mind, In the end, he decided to take Raven.
“As the horse is very astute, we won’t have problems getting there.”
Whether it was to calm Rumein’s worry or to make fun of Calian, Allan said it anyway. Hearing Allan, Rumein nodded his head and supported Calian’s decision.
“That’s right. You will have a chance to look around the nooks and crannies of Kyris since you are on top of the horse anyways. I will believe in your wisdom. There also won’t be another chance for you to freely go outside of the palace with your title as the Prince so easily anyways.”
Calian smiled bitterly.
“Thank you for the permission.”
As Rumein finished talking with Calian, his head now turned towards Allan. But the topic was still about Calian.
“How is the prince’s magic ability these days?”
Even though Arsen was also sitting at the table, Rumein knew that he would eventually find out about Calian’s magic ability when teaching him, so Rumein asked Allan without any worry. Allan also answered without any worry as if for the same reason.
“It’s enough to make Sispanian weep with tears.”
Hearing that, Rumein stared at Allan with a bit of a surprised face. His face looked like it was asking if Calian truly did have such an amazing amount of powers within him. Allan smiled smoothly and continued his words.
“Since her blessing is being wasted like this,”
Arsen suddenly gasped loudly and stood up in surprise from his chair after hearing what Allan said in front of the king. He was thankfully able to hold onto the knife he was holding as it nearly fell. He then cautiously lifted his head and reassessed the situation as he was surrounded by people of high titles.
Calian had continued with his meal leisurely, as though he had not heard the fuss Arsen made nor Allan’s words. Rumein was still staring at Allan with a vacant look. Allan then gulped down some water.
Rumein spoke with a low tone at Allan as he finished drinking.
“You’re so consistent,”
In the end, Rumein’s deep blue eyes headed towards Calian again.
“It’s actually been a very long time since a mage was born in the royal family. Although Sir Manasil behaves quite terribly, his skill is still outstanding. So try to learn as much as you can from Sir Manasil after you come back from Roselita and try your best.”
Hearing Rumein describe Allan’s behaviour as terrible, he could only imagine how he treats Rumein usually from outside his view. Calian let down his fork and knife, and calmly answered while slightly bowing his head.
“Yes, your majesty. I will try harder.”
However, Rumein did not know that Calian mastered the 3rd circle magic at just age 14, which was a year faster than when Allan Manasil achieved it. Rumein simply nodded with Calian’s answer.
And so Calian was told unnecessary things even though he was quite powerful in his way just because the master had too much high hopes about him, but Calian simply focused on eating his meal with a calm face as it didn’t get on his mind.
Of course, Allan was also eating leisurely, same as always. Only Arsen was the one shocked by the behaviour by all three people, and had a hard time swallowing down his meal.
That was how the luncheon ended, with a few more talks here and there.
As Rumein was busy, he left first, as well as Arsen as he had too many mixed emotions in his mind. Calian and Allan left, and both left the hall as if they promised to do so. Yan and Kyrie followed the two, a few paces behind.
Calian and Allan walked side by side, down a long pathway adorned by greenery on either side. It was a lovely walkway that surrounded the Senyu Pavilion as if it was it’s wall. As August’s hot sun shined light between the leaves, it made lovely reflections on the smooth gravel path on the ground.
Allan manifested ‘Silent’ as if it was the natural thing to do. Seeing him do so, Calian laughed lightly. It was because the only magic that this great mage used most often was ‘Silent’.
Of course, Allan didn’t mind that he was laughing at him, and turned his head towards Calian and asked him a question.
“Should I send him away, your highness?”
He was talking about Arsen. As the thought of Arsen brought up in Calian’s mind, he couldn’t help but brush a hand against that spot on his chest where the ice spear had pierced. Allan saw him do so, and decided to not ask what relationship Bern and Arsen had in the past.
Hearing the grasshoppers cries for a moment, Calian finally asked back.
“How old is he?”
“He is now 28. We were trying to find mages that were young enough to keep up wit your highness and were still quite skillful and so, he was chosen,”
It meant that he was a commander of an army at age 38 back when he attacked Bern. If he were able to lead a mage division at that age, it meant he was quite talented.
As it was only his personal resentment that he was harbouring towards him, Calian knew that he shouldn’t pass by such a talented individual just because of that. Calian laughed and shook his head.
“Just leave it be. I’ll take care of it myself.”
‘I’ll take care of it,’ – the words Yan feared the most since he never knew what would follow. However, Allan didn’t know how fearsome those words from Calian could be. Therefore he simply nodded.
“But wait, you are already recruiting mages? Is that not too early?”
It had been only three months since the mage division was created. Seeing as how Allan didn’t even have a building for the new mages to live and train at and yet still gather up new recruits, it worried Calian. However, Allan smiled and answered without any worry in his voice.
“Not yet no, I’ve brought him in early only to be your bodyguard, so you won’t need to worry about that. And since there aren’t that many mages that are talented in Kyrisis, it will take quite a while to gather up enough numbers.”
Well, he knows what he’s doing. That’s what Calian thought and nodded his head in agreement. Seeing him nod like that, Allan smiled slightly as he spoke again.
“The Mage Division’s name has been decided.”
Calian’s face turned back to Allan.
Since it was an army created by Rumein, even if Calian had sped up its founding, naming it had still been something Rumein was in charge of. Therefore Calian made sure not to blurt out the name of the mage division he already knew it was going to be.
“What is it going to be?”
Allan then stared at Calian with playfulness in his eyes. He was hoping Calian would guess correctly. Calian laughed, and opened his mouth.
(T/N – I might have previously translated this as Balkan – but Valkan is the right name)
Allan smiled, seeing as his hunch that Calian already knew was right.
“As expected, you are right. Rumein decided that the name is going to be Valkan.”
“That’s great. So it’s really happening then, now that there’s even a name.”
Allan nodded and continued.
“I am thinking of bringing over my daughter-in-law and my granddaughter that’s living in Riverne soon. You may actually get to see them once you come back from Roselita, actually.”
Calian’s foot stopped moving for a moment, then continued forward. A very awkward expression came over Calian’s face.
“A granddaughter… So you had…… A granddaughter, huh.”
Allan, who looked younger than Arsen did, gave a warm grandfather-like smile.
“She really is a confident and beautiful little girl. However, I’m bringing her over here not because of the granddaughter but my daughter-in-law. She is teaching magic in Riverne right now, she would be more helpful if she came over and trained the mages of Valkan instead.”
Calian didn’t have much knowledge about Riverne. He just knew that they treated mages well, and that the people there were very free and open minded. Therefore, as he was not familiar with Riverne’s magic education, he asked Allan,
“I’m curious about the magic school facility in Riverne actually. Can you really learn enough just from that school to carry out the duties of a mage?”
He was not sure just how effective learning magic is if the class is set in a way that a single teacher teaches many students at the same time. Allan nodded and answered.
“It is similar to the knights training school of Brissen, actually. As to how effective the teaching is depends on the individual’s talent and effort, there’s no real difference otherwise.”
Allan didn’t hear any replies from Calian of what he said. Noticing that Calian was deep in thought, Allan simply walked beside Calian without saying anything.
Calian’s mouth only after going around nearly the entirety of the Ceignes Pavillion once.
“Teacher, do you actually have any other plans this afternoon?”
Hearing him, Allan immediately shook his head without any hesitation. If it’s Calian that’s looking for him, Allan was willing to push aside any scheduled meetings anyways.
“I do not have anything scheduled.”
Calian nodded his head. However, what Calian was looking for this time wasn’t Allan. Calian smiled towards Allan as he smiled with anticipation and spoke.
“Please let me borrow the carriage.”
Allan was caught off guard by the unexpected question, and asked with a curious stare.
“Is there something you need not from me but from my carriage?”
As it was such a strange sentence, Calian laughed for a bit before answering.
“It’s just that I need to make use of your name for a bit, teacher. It doesn’t matter if you come along, but you may not have much fun if you do today.”
No matter how you saw it, it meant that he was going to get on the extravagant carriage that was clear to everyone that it belonged to Allan Manasil, and go around spreading his name.
As he was not a fool that would follow whenever someone asks them to unless he was going in the first place, Allan shook his head and answered.
“I do not enjoy places I cannot have fun in. In anycase, it would be strange if I was dawdling outside of the palace while you are using my carriage, so I will just be talking to Rumein in the meantime. Have a safe trip.”
Calian nodded, and brought Yan and Kyrie along with him to Allan’s carriage. They all got in, and went outside of the palace grounds.
After hearing from the chamberlain that Calian was leaving the palace grounds on Allan’s carriage, Rumein told him not to give reports about him anymore if he is going out together with Allan. This was a sign of his trust in Allan.
However, right as he finished speaking, Allan suddenly appeared behind the chamberlain. Seeing him come in, Rumein’s expression soured greatly.
This damn mage had sent his son out alone.
Barron Melfir Pollun, the head merchant of the Pollun Merchantry, was giving fish food in the small pond at the back of his residence. Meaning he was having a very peaceful and leisurely time.
He was enjoying his rare holiday when he saw a servant run towards him, who said that there was a carriage coloured black with mother-of-pearl – was heading towards the residence.
The round eyes of Melfir widened like a goldfish.
“Sir Allan Manasil visiting here?”
The servant who ran all the way to the back garden after seeing the carriage answered while heaving his breath.
“Yes, my lord. We just confirmed that Sir Allan’s carriage was coming in.”
“Hmm… Why in the world would he be coming here for.”
Melfir gave the bowl filled with fish food to the servant, then dusted off his clothes. As he was hurriedly walking towards inside, another person ran towards Melfir.
The one who ran towards him was not a servant, but a butler wearing a black suit.
Melfir raised one of his eyebrows.
If the old butler is to run towards him in a hurry like this, then something important was definitely happening. Soon, the butler came next to Melfir and whispered into his ear. Melfir’s eyes widened slightly more than before.
‘There was another person inside of Sir Manasil’s carriage.’
After hearing all he had to say, Melfir was barely able to stop himself from falling over into the pond from the shock. His face was completely pale now.
The voice he heard that had allowed him to stop an incident from happening on the celebration of the king’s birthday rang around his head.
‘I feel slightly uneasy about what’s above. Go take a look.’
That short sentence saved his life, and his savior Calian was now in his house.
Calian must have come to claim his life debt that Melfir had been delaying in paying back for 3 months now.
On top of that, he personally came here to take it!
Melfir hoped that today’s Melfir was the smartest he’s ever been his entire life, and quickly hurried towards where Calian was.
Let me know what you think!
Original Translation: Wordexcerpt
Edited By: Tani Andris