I will parry everything to become the greatest adventurer! - Chapter 14
Chapter 14: The Prince’s Dejection
The prince had been sulking at his desk for most of the day.
There were so many things he had to consider.
However, there was only one thing on his mind right now.
What was his father thinking, giving that random man his “Blackened Sword”?
Depending on who you asked, it might have been much better to give away half of the treasure room.
Although it has taken decades to amass, it’s all honestly quite useless.
Although it had quite substantial monetary value, most of the treasures still served no real purpose.
At best, many of the treasures were simply mediocre pieces of art.
The Blackened Sword? Really?
The prince still couldn’t understand.
Compared to the items in the treasure room, the Blackened Sword was very different.
It was an extremely useful treasure.
It’s value completely trumped almost the entire treasure room combined.
Before the prince’s birth, his father had formed a party of 6, the “Rokusei,” and delved into the Labyrinth’s deepest depths, returning only after several years of adventuring. The Blackened Sword was the best of all the relics the group had retrieved.
Its blade could never be scratched, even against mithril, orichalcum, magic iron, and dragon iron.
When the prince was younger, he would train against the orichalcum weapons made by the dwarves. Even when pitted against the Dragon Hammer, which was said to be made from an old dragon’s tusk, the hammer had shattered almost immediately.
The material that made up the sword’s blade was completely unknown.
After the sword had been retrieved from the Labyrinth, it was subjected to all kinds of research.
What they had found was that it was impossible to damage its blade using any known technique.
As far as it was known, metals of such strength did not exist in this world.
It was also unknown how such a strong blade looked so damaged and worn upon arrival.
What sort of events had taken place in the Labyrinth for this to happen, and what was the Labyrinth in the first place?
Needless to say, the sword was a first-class relic.
It should have been at the top of the list of national treasures.
Other countries would kill for so much as a glance at its blade.
Huge amounts of money and treasure were offered in exchange for the sword.
Until now, my father had always refused all offers.
To just hand it over to a man who didn’t even seem to be able to grasp the gravity of the situation…
It was completely unheard of.
Who was that man anyway?
His abilities seemed to be unreal.
Apparently, Gilbert had sparred against the man that night, but was unable to land a single hit.
The biggest question, perhaps, is whether he was truly an ally.
Noru was a very strange person.
Apparently, this man had beaten the Minotaur and saved the princess…
But the prince still couldn’t understand why his strict father had offered the Blackened Sword as a reward.
Even though he had saved Rin’s life, the prince wasn’t sure if he was completely trustworthy.
He just happened to be at the exact place at the exact time the princess had been attacked.
To then leave without so much as an introduction…
Furthermore, his strength seemed to be something out of a children’s hero story, and to have that kind of an attitude in front of the king of his homeland…
Unless he had grown up ignorant in the wild, the prince could see no semblance of loyalty to this country.
Rin seemed to be very obsessed with this man, which was reasonable, considering the situation.
However, should they really be allowing Rin to become so close to this man?
His battle against the Minotaur had already showcased his strength.
In many cases, that kind of strength can be a tremendous threat.
The prince really had no reason to trust this man completely.
That is, of course, other than the fact that his father had seen greatness in this man.
The king was always the highest form of authority.
His father’s decision was absolute…
At least for the people of Crais.
If he were to tell the prince to trust that man, he would have no choice but to obey.
However, such an order has yet to be issued.
So, the prince concluded, his father may not fully trust the man himself.
Was his father completely aware? Of the disturbing air that covered this country?
Maybe he was taking a gamble.
If that was the case, then the decision to give away the Blackened Sword becomes all the more reasonable.
His father had probably bet on this man.
Bet that he would help us.
Whoever that man was, he was now wielding the sword. There was no changing that now.
What’s more, he was wielding it with one hand as well.
The immortal Dandarock, known for his supernatural powers, and Sig, nicknamed “Thousand Swords,” couldn’t handle it.
Even the prince’s father could barely hold it with both hands back in the day.
However, this man was able to wield it with only one hand.
With that much power, his father may have decided that the gamble would be worth it.
However, it was still very risky.
The recent actions of their neighboring countries had been alarming.
An assassination attempt on Rin… Summoning magic being used in the very heart of the royal capital…
What was coming next?
Surely this was only the beginning.
It’s a bad idea, but maybe it would be best if Rin stayed with the man for now.
If he proved to be an ally, then he could serve as an extremely powerful escort, one that could best the Minotaur in one attack.
There were still too many uncertainties, but at this point and in this situation, maybe the best thing they could do is trust in this man.
Right now, everything was peaceful.
However, that was only scratching the surface.
If one were to look closer, they would find that the situation was going downhill quite rapidly.
At this point, a full-scale war was imminent, and time was running out.
“We need more information,” the prince muttered as he wore his gray coat and left his office, heading for the town.