Chapter 51: Break The Limit (2)
“Sir Ian! I heard you awoke…… S- sir Ian?”
The great land lord Kalian rushed to Ian’s room quickly. He was surprised by Ian’s state. He couldn’t help himself. Ian’s face, body, robe and even the floor was covered by blood
“What on earth…… Are you okay?”
Answering the great land lord’s question, Ian stood up. Soon, blood stains on his face started to peel off like smashed bread crumbs.
“I was kind of shedding off my skin.”
The great lord thought about its meaning for a while. But he couldn’t come to any conclusion. What he was saying was a mystery to him.
‘He’s weird just like the other mages.’
After a short evaluation, the great lord started his main topic.
“Ah, I am so glad that you’re awake, by the way. Including my gratitude, I have so many things to say, but I rushed into here to give you this.”
The great land lord handed him a crystal orb. It was the mediator of the mana message that came from the communication post. It was different from the communication orb.
“When you departed for the Great Grass Field, which was around 10 days ago, there was a message that came from the Ivory Tower. The message said that we must show this message whenever your mission was finished, but you fainted… Anyway, check it in haste.”
A message from the Ivory Tower? What is going on? Ian quickly received the crystal orb. Quickly, he injected mana to check the content.
“Wait, before that, I have one more thing to give you.”
Then, the great lord Kalian pulled something from his inner pocket. It was a letter. It wasn’t a mana letter that came through the communication post, but a ‘paper letter,’ that had emblem of the emperor on it.
“It is a message straight from the emperor, his highness, through the messenger. The emperor strictly ordered me to show this only to you, by my very hand.
“Through the messenger?”
“Yes it is.”
The emperor chose to use a messenger and a paper letter, instead of using a communication post. It was risky method that might fail due to time delay. But he chose that way, for what reason?
‘A letter that shouldn’t be known to the Ivory Tower,’
Or due to the contents, the Ivory Tower might manipulate to delay the message on purpose. Anyway, both situations were evaluated into one conclusion. The letter must be something about against the will of the Ivory Tower.
‘Let’s read the Ivory Tower’s message first.’
By injecting mana, blue letters were starting to be released. Familiarly, it was the typical phenomenon of the mana letter.
[This is a message for the Archmage, Ian Page. Since it contains some contents that may interrupt the progress of Ian Page’s mission, the Ivory Tower asked us to delay the message. We apologize for that.]
Something that may interrupt his mission?
Soon the next sentences were drawn on the sky.
[There was a little problem that happened at your house. An unknown stranger had invaded your house, but thanks to the guards, your families and properties are safe. Currently, they are under the cover of the royalty and the Ivory Tower, so we inform you that you have no need to worry about them, by this letter.]
There were a few extras things, but that was the core part of the content. In summary, there was an invasion, and guards arrested the stranger, and since the royalty and the Ivory Tower were caring for them, there was nothing to worry about this.
‘The Ivory Tower wants me to worry about them.’
They sent this letter to make Ian unstable, on purpose, obviously. However, problem was that it made Ian feel uncomfortable as it was intended. He wanted to go back to his family right now.
‘Let’s decide on it after I read the emperor’s letter.’
Ian barely calmed down his mind.
Now, Ian started to read the emperor’s message.
[To my dearest mage, and friend of my son, Ian Page.]
Unlike the straight forwardness of the Ivory Tower’s letter, the emperor’s letter kept its form. Nevertheless he must have written this letter in a hasty situation. His letter was neat, but still gentle.
[If this letter is successfully handed over to you, that would mean that there is still a little hope left for me and my son. By thanking goddess of luck, I want to ask one favor from you.]
The emperor emphasized that he was asking for his favor, not ordering.
[Since you might have not noticed due to the divine duty of being an Archmage, the great council will be held soon at the free city, ‘Demidera’, for the conquest of monsters at the Great Grass Field.]
‘Why is it being held so early?’
Ian was surprised. It was supposed to happen a few years later. The past Ian had known had changed.
[Including your friend, the Crown Prince, Hayden Greenriver, the 5th prince Ragnar Greenriver, the Tower Lord Habert Leon, the great captain of the imperial army Duncan Mitos and so on, they are chosen to be sent to the council. While you are reading this, they might have already started their journey to Demidera.]
But, the situation was the same as his former life. The most important point of this council was Ragnar. From this council, he started to show his appeal and started to build his own social power quickly. It was his debut stage for succeeding.
‘In my former life, it was a critical point where the Crown Prince started to fall.’
On the other hand, Ragnar showed his outstanding diplomatic skills at this council. As result, not only nobles, but even other people of the empire acknowledged Ragnar’s talent, and acknowledged the Crown Prince’s uselessness.
[In this journey, there is no one who can be the Crown Prince’s eyes or mouth. The captain Oliver is a very loyal man, but he is just a warrior. So I ask my favor to Ian Page, the friend of the Crown Prince, please head to Demidera and help him. In the name of emperor, I will protect your family by bringing them to my palace.]
There was indeed, a special reason the emperor sent this letter. He was chasing a last hope. He wished Ian Page might be able to help the Crown Prince to become more than an idiot prince.
Ian closed his eyes. He started to evaluate this situation, by comparing his former life and the current situation.
‘It seems the Tower Lord planned this situation.’
Ian couldn’t even guess when his involvement started. Even the invasion from the Great Grass Field monsters might be part of his whole plan, or maybe some part of it. Ian’s head was filled with complex thoughts. However, at this moment, he had to decide quickly.
‘Family or favor of the Emperor?’
Those strangers, who invaded Ian’s mansion, could be sent by the Tower Lord, to bind down Ian to his home.
‘He knows me very well.’
Perhaps the Tower Lord hadn’t stopped collecting information about Ian sneakily. He must have figured out that Ian was obsessed with his family. If the Tower Lord manipulated this event on purpose, he made a decent plan, indeed.
‘I would rush to my family.’
Whether it was a deceiving movement or not, he wouldn’t hesitate about it. That was how he would have reacted yesterday.
‘Precisely, things changed just a few minutes ago.’
Massive amounts of mana was flowing through Ian’s veins. Ian entered to the 6th class without a doubt.
The level was achieved with the following title, ‘First 6th class human’.
(ED Note: Awwwww yeah. That moment when we’re 50 chapters in and hes already the strongest human at the ages of 18?17? I can’t remember…)
Re-Editor: He’s like 100
‘6th class has their own special 6th class magic.
Magic that the Tower Lord wouldn’t even dare to imagine. Magic that had no records left. And Ian had reached the level where he could cast such magic. The 6th class Archmage.
Ian laughed lightly. He only made such a smile when he felt superiority.
“What is going on? What’s on the letter?”
After a long silence, the great land lord asked curiously. Considering his characteristics, he waited a long time.
“Great land lord.”
“I am listening.”
“I protected you and your territory, didn’t I?”
Ian asked something out of topic. But still, Kalian admitted it by nodding his head.
“Of course, you are the savior to me, this province, and its people.”
“Then can I ask you for one favor?”
“Anything you want. I was wondering how I may be able to repay the grace you have given to me.”
Kalian said while beating his chest with his fist. Indeed, he was fitted better as a warrior, rather than a leader.
“Please protect me for a while.”
Ian’s eyes were bright. As a 6th class mage, he knew how to turn the tide.
Freedom, Neutral, Trading, Port. The free city ‘Demidera’, had many titles. At such a place where the council would be held, the embassy from the Greenriver Empire had arrived, including the Crown Prince, ‘Hayden Greenriver’.
“I know it’s late, but how about we call Ian now?’
In the carriage, the Crown Prince’s face was darkening. From the Tower Lord to the Great Captain of the Imperial Army, and all the other core members of the embassy were standing on the 5th prince’s side, Ragnar. It wouldn’t be easy for him.
“Stand still, my lord. No one would be able to harm you.”
Oliver was right. They were not even thinking about it, nor could they harm him, since they were ordered to protect the Crown Prince. Except the Tower Lord, most of the other members of the embassy just supported Ragnar as the ‘Proper Retainer,’ and did not follow him as their ‘lord.’ Since they were ordered to protect him by the current Emperor, they would protect him with their best.
“But still, it makes me nervous. I miss Ian so much. But he is busy doing some duty of Archmage……”
(ED Note: EHHH……waifu no2 confirmed?!?)
Re-Editor: I think you mean waifu no1. Who do you think is better than the prince? That measly alchemist?! WHATEVER. Waifu confirmed, number disputed.
While the Crown Prince was uncomfortable, the 5th prince Ragnar was full of confidence. He was full of the pride of a powerful and smart man. He didn’t ride the carriage. He rode on the horse and went through the journey from the royal palace to this place.
“You all did your job very well. Today, I will prepare the dinner party for you guys, please enjoy.”
Furthermore, he was building a good relationship with the guards and knights who were body guarding the embassy. Literally, he was the textbook example of a good leader. Even the lowest ranked soldier supported the 5th prince for being the next emperor.
‘He matured very well.’
The Tower Lord looked at Ragnar with a warm smile. Finally, the long awaited fruits had bloomed and were about to reveal their power to the whole world. Finally, a moment had arrived, a moment that the empire became ‘the Empire of the Ivory Tower’.
‘The time of harvest has come.’
For today, he planned and prepared for a long time. He persuaded Helene, who had almost been wasted, to work for him. Through her, he did many unofficial movements. He brought a maelstrom to the Great Grass Field, and with that he created a chance to hold the council of the three countries. It could be done with his unique social power and network.
‘And I removed the unexpected interrupter.’
He already knew the characteristics of the most annoying interrupter, Ian Page.
Ian always set his family as a first priority. Whenever his family was involved, he would dare to against the whole empire.
‘He must be rushing to the royal palace.’
Of course, he didn’t touch the family directly. He just let a few thieves invade his home. It was good enough, wasn’t it? There was no proof the Tower Lord manipulated this event. Since he sent him far out earlier, it would take a lot of time for Ian to go back to his family.
‘And after this council nearly finishes, the Crown Prince will be…’
When the Tower Lord was sure about his plan, people started to make some noise, while looking up at something coming from the sky.
The Tower Lord also looked up the sky. From the sky, a man with a robe was approaching; with a blue robe, decent flying skills and a familiar silhouette.
The Crown Prince recognized him first, and he rushed out from the carriage. His pressured face was no more. His handsome face started to make a decent smile. He almost screamed.
“I – AN – !”
(ED Note: yep its confirmed. Waifu #2 of Ian’s real harem. 2 real waifus and 4 artifact waifu’s. CROWN PRINCE FOR BEST WAIFU!!)
Re-editor: I’m more concerned that the tower lord evaluated Ian’s flying skill as ‘decent’. I thought Ian was the only one who could fly, and could only do it because of the robe. Is this Tower Lord hiding some super advanced magic or artifacts?!
The Crown Prince shouted at Ian. While jumping around, he shook both his hands. In front of him, the man with the blue robe landed. Soon, he knelt down with one leg to the ground and bowed.
“Sorry for being late, your highness.”
The man was Ian Page, who was supposed to rush to the royal palace, and instead had appeared at the free city, Demidera, in front of the embassy of the Greenriver Empire.
It was the Tower Lord who was shocked at first. What was he doing here? It didn’t make sense at all. It was much more than just out of the expectations.
“Did he indeed, give up his family?”
At the same time, at the royal palace located at the capital Greenriverdium. Vanessa, Ledio and Douglas were staying at the royal palace. Since the stranger invaded the mansion; they were staying in the special room of the royal palace. Numberless guards were protecting them.
“I want to see boss.”
Douglas murmured. It seemed he wasn’t scared about the strangers much, rather, it seemed he wanted to go to the academy as soon as possible.
“Soon, you will, my son.”
After a short reply, Ledio looked at Vanessa. Although a lot of time had passed since the invasion, she still seemed uncomfortable.
“Mrs. Page. Do not worry. We are in the palace where our highness stays, aren’t we? There will be no place safer than here.
Even with Ledio’s trying, Vanessa made a weak smile. She was trying to endure, but she wanted to see Ian. Only after seeing his face, she might be calm down.
“The Ivory Tower sent the message to him, didn’t they? Soon, Sir Ian will open the door and say ‘Tada!’……”
Ledio wanted to change the atmosphere, nothing more than that. But…
As he said, Ian appeared. The door was opened, and the blue robe young man came in. It was the man who they had long awaited, Ian Page. It seemed Ian was listening what Ledio was saying.
Ledio and Douglas reacted first to Ian’s appearance. Ian also said hello to them lightly. Then soon, he stepped towards his mother.
“Sorry for being late, mom.”
Ian held his mother’s shaking hands. The man, who was supposed to be kneeling down in front of the Crown Prince, was meeting his family at same time.