Shadow Court Magician Chapter 62: Sun Elfism Newspaper
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The news of the death of the second prince Kerich was published in the Sun Elfism newspaper that evening.
“His Royal Highness Prince Kerich passed away.”
The cause of death was written in the large headline, but the cause of death was only written as death by illness.
The large man in the common room of the princess’s mansion, Lieutenant Victor, sighs as he unfolds the newspaper.
“I wonder if it’s good journalism not to announce the true cause of death.” (Victor)
When I told him that the sight of him, a muscular man, reading a newspaper was stranger than the question, he bent his head and said, “That’s none of your business.”
I was also lightly scolded by Sicily.
“Leon-sama, don’t judge people by their appearance. Lieutenant Victor is surprisingly an intellectual.” (Sicily)
I wondered what kind of intellectual is a man who loves the erotic articles of gossip magazine called ToSpo, but I didn’t feel like refuting the princess, so I will explain it to Victor. [T/N: I think the author is making a reference to Tokyo Sports, a daily sports newspaper from Japan. Not sure about the content though.]
“You’ve got a bone to pick with the fairness and truthfulness of journalism, but this article is very good for us.”
“What do you mean?” (Victor)
“This article shows that we will be acquitted.”
I explained to the intellectual, who looked at me suspiciously.
“We’re currently under house arrest pending punishment, right?”
“Suspected murder of the Royal Prince Kerich.” (Victor)
“But this newspaper says he died of illness.”
“That’s what I’m saying. It seems that the kingdom’s top brass is willing to handle this case in secret.”
“Well, they can’t write that the prince was killed by his vassals. Killing the royal family is a capital offense.”
“That’s right.” (Victor)
“But for once they can’t let the world know who we are, because if they capture us and bring us to justice, Kerich’s evil will be exposed to the world.”
“Well, if the world finds out what he’s been doing, what he’s been doing in the mining district, it’s a matter of authority from the Royal Family, isn’t it?” (Victor)
Victor says and Sicily nods with a serious expression on her face.
“And my brother Kerich even demonized himself using the Demise Cult’s evil artifacts. I’m sure that the Kingdom of Ernia, as a member of the League of Kings belonging to the Holy Church, could not overlook this.” (Sicily)
Although she analyzed the situation calmly, her voice was slightly downcast. Even though he is a scoundrel, she can’t seem to escape the guilt of killing a blood relative. But that’s okay. I love this kindness of hers. But I was going to have to bear all the troubles and absurdities of this world.
So, I folded up the newspaper and summed it up.
“In a nutshell, we’re acquitted. Kerich died of illness, he was not demonized. That’s how the world sees it. So there should be no one who killed him.”
“I see, we’re lucky, aren’t we.” (Victor)
“Well, the worst that could have happened is that we would have had to carry the princess into exile in the Empire. Considering that, we’re lucky, aren’t we?” (Chloe)
“Well, I can’t just be completely acquitted, though.”
“What? Can you do service activities?” (Victor)
“Not really, but something similar.”
I stared disapprovingly at the order, which was signed by the Commander-in-Chief of the army of this country.
“It’s a very complicated order”, I said before showing it to Viktor.
“Hmm? What is with this order?” (Victor)
“They can’t punish us publicly, so they probably want to get rid of us in a roundabout way.”
I’ll try to discover what’s on the Commander-in-Chief’s mind.
Victor is scared to see the contents of the order.
“Hey, this is it. Is it an order for suicide?” (Victor)
“Well it’s a hop, step, and jump instruction manual with 13 steps.”
When I say that, Sicily looks into the directive.
She paled as she read the contents of the order.
“Within one month, annihilate the Titan Corps of the Astoria Empire.” (Sicily)
Sicily says this and then exclaims.
Both Lieutenant Victor and the maid, Chloe, have a similar look on their faces.
I think I’m the only one with a calm or carefree expression in this situation.
Well, I’m the heretic.
It was only natural that they were surprised. The Titan Corps of the Astorian Empire is an elite unit that will make you cry. They are not strong like Titans, they are truly a unit made up of Titans.
The Titan Corps was made up of Cyclops the One-Eyed Titan, Hill Giant, Fire Giant, and a wide variety of other Titans.
“… Are the higher-ups crazy enough to want a single division to destroy the Titan Corps? It’s even worse than the last time a single brigade was asked to take down a fortress.” (Victor)
“I’ve heard that the Titan Corps is considered by some to be the strongest in the Empire.” (Sicily)
Sicily says so seriously.
“Well, it’s an elite unit made up of giants who wonder if it’s three times as big as a normal human. It won’t be so easy to beat.” (Sicily)
“It’s not that easy, it’s impossible for a single division to defeat them. We don’t even have a strategic grade magician assigned to our division.” (Victor)
“There is one strategic-class magician here. There is also a semi-strategic class.”
It’s not so easy to overturn a war with just two mages, as it is with me and the recently recruited Nine Snipes. I knew that for myself. So Victor’s concern was justified, but I have an adoring devotee in this space. —No, my follower. She had a serious expression on her face from earlier, but her eyes were full of hope.
She verbalizes that hope.
“Leon-sama will definitely win and will destroy the Titan Corps.” (Sicily)
“I appreciate your trust, but do not be overconfident. It is no longer trust, it is faith.”
Upon hearing the words, Sicily smiles without regret.
“For me, Leon-sama is no different from God. Is it strange to follow a God I believe in?” (Sicily)
“Don’t say that, it makes me think I am a great guy.”
I laughed jokingly, but only the maid Chloe and Lieutenant Victor answered with a laugh. Sicily as always gazed at me with eyes filled with respect.
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