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The Conqueror from a Dying Kingdom: Volume 1 by Fudeorca

The Conqueror from a Dying Kingdom: Volume 1 by Fudeorca

Author:Fudeorca [FUDEORCA]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: J-Novel Club
Published: 2022-09-22T00:00:00+00:00


II

“This is Kalakumo, where we are, isn’t it?” the boy asked.

“That’s right,” Satsuki replied as she watched him closely.

He was studying the map with great interest, as if it were the first time he’d seen one, even though such things were familiar to every noble in the kingdom.

“And my husband was fighting here,” she said, pointing to a spot on the map.

The boy grew thoughtful once more, though she couldn’t guess at what he was thinking.

Satsuki recalled yesterday’s events.

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“...Which means, you don’t have to do anything yourself. Just make this false claim tomorrow,” the boy explained.

He had asked to speak to her without his father present and suggested a plan that was similar to a conspiracy. Satsuki truly struggled to understand all the details.

“Oh my... That’s certainly an interesting idea, but I’m not so sure Rakunu would fall for it.”

“Rakunu’s overconfident—he’s always full of himself. He’s the type that rushes into action without a second thought. It goes without saying that he looks down on my dad for abandoning his knighthood, and he probably thinks that I’m just a farmhand too. I’ll just tell Rakunu a lie that he wanted to believe from the start. He’ll think he was right all along so he won’t question it further.”

“I wonder...”

“But of course, he has to think that my dad isn’t on your side during the rest of the council. If we do act like we side with you, he’ll be suspicious when the enemy suddenly comes to his aid.”

Satsuki had been planning to get Rook on her side and then take the initiative in her debate with Rakunu. It was for this reason that Rook’s weak approach had been annoying her. In fact, she’d just been about to give him a piece of her mind. But if she were to follow the boy’s advice, Rook couldn’t confront Rakunu or even be unfriendly toward him.

“Maybe I’m misunderstanding your idea, but won’t it be dangerous for you to go to Rakunu alone? I don’t mean to scare you, but he could do something terrible.”

“Do you think we can win the vote if I don’t do anything?”

“Yes. I can’t say we’re guaranteed to win, but we have the most people on our side.”

“And if we win, what would it mean?”

“Oh...? I don’t understand the question,” Satsuki replied. What’s he saying? If we win, it’ll all be over.

“If Rook wins and becomes head of family, that doesn’t necessarily mean he can do whatever he likes. Would he be able to arrest Rakunu, charge him with treason, and then have him executed tomorrow?”

She hadn’t expected the boy to speak of such unpleasant matters.

“I...don’t know,” she responded.

“I don’t care if it means exiling the whole Ek family. Will dad be able to do it immediately, the moment he becomes head?”

Clouds of doubt started to gather in Satsuki’s heart. Rakunu Ek’s family had ruled over a port town to the south for generations. It had been theirs since days of old, and it couldn’t be easily confiscated without clear evidence of a crime.



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