Masked Knight - Chapter 40
Chapter 40: Innate Rebellious Spirit
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translations Editor: EndlessFantasy Translations
’’For hundreds of years, the Tulip Family was known as the Empire's 'God of War'Family. All
the successors of our family were undefeated commanders on the battlefield! Until today, it can
be said that the Tulip Family's flame and the Tulip Family's banner are the army's god! Just the
Tulip Family's banner would be enough to raise the soldiers'morale! It is wonderful and
’’However, behind all this glory, there are many people who hate it. The monarchy would not
tolerate being challenged! Would the Emperor tolerate the prestige of a military power? Would
he tolerate someone in the army having more authority than him? An invincible commander
would definitely be the pillar of the Empire. However, the god of an army would make the
Emperor restless. If something bad happens... would the army follow the Tulip Family's banner
or the Emperor's banner?’’
’’Talking about standings in the Empire, the original Tulip Family was unparalleled. My father
was the Imperial Army's marshal. He was also the duke of the entire Xilin province. There was
no other family who was as impressive as that. However, such a situation only made His
Majesty disturbed. The Tulip Family's meritorious service also made His Majesty feel
embarrassed. For a family of such status to continue to have high meritorious service, what
would His Majesty reward us with? Fiefdom? This family already owned an entire province in
the Empire! Titles? This family already had dukes! Wealth? The taxes from Xilin were already a
tremendous amount so...’’
Nicole's tone gradually lowered. Rody was also starting to be frightened.
He was merely a commoner, unknown to the public. Though he had learned some history of the
Empire, he had never heard of the power struggles of the upper-class people before.
Nicole sighed and continued.
’’So, when my father died, His Majesty thought this was an opportunity to take back the longstanding
military power of the Tulip Family. Coincidentally, my brother was not yet an adult
and could inherit the title. At the same time, it seemed that the Lionheart Family was becoming
more glorious. His Majesty also seemed to be fond of the Military Minister. It was to the extent
that even though the Military Minister's nephew, Milo just became an adult, he was already
given military leadership of a region. Do you know, when my father was alive the Lionheart
family needed to consider the Tulip Family opinion before taking any action? Their current
glory only came about in recent years. His Majesty is intentionally patronizing them to restrict
’’That is why, in the Empire, the one person that is most reluctant to see the Tulip Family rise
again is His Majesty the Emperor! He definitely does not want to see the army support another
banner! In the heart of every emperor within the Empire, the imperial authority is supreme!’’
These words made Rody's mouth dry and his heart confused. After a while, he asked, ’’But... this
is not the Tulip Family's fault. Is it wrong to have outstanding meritorious service?’’
Nicole quietly replied, ’’This is not our fault. It is also not His Majesty the Emperor's fault. The
only thing that is wrong is that the Tulip Family has overshadowed His Majesty's brilliance!’’
Rody thought to himself and sighed. ’’Yes, this is not the Tulip Family's fault and it is also not
His Majesty's fault. So in the end, whose fault is it?’’
Nicole shook her head weakly. ’’I do not know. No matter how I think about it, I could not find
the answer. I often have sleepless nights trying to think of an answer. I know that the family
must be revived but I do not know how. Right now, I do not even know what to do.’’
Nicole's tone was extremely weak. She was just a girl who had to carry the heavy burden of the
family. How could she find the solution to such a complicated problem? Even if she found the
solution, how would she go about solving it?
All sorts of ideas flashed through Rody's mind. In the end, he found something that scared even
’’The Tulip Family's glory was established during the founding of the Empire! If the emperor of
the Empire also became the enemy of the Tulip Family then... the Tulip Family will perish!’’
Rody was agitated and could not help but say what was on his mind.
Unexpectedly, there was not much change in Nicole's expression. However, her beautiful eyes
exposed a peculiar gaze and she spoke in a strange tone, ’’Do you know, someone said that
’’Master Dandong! Two hundred years ago, before his death.’’
’’What?’’ Rody suddenly jumped feeling alarmed.
Honestly, Rody now feared old Dandong. It was as if all the things related to this old guy had to
be universally shocking!
Rody suddenly remembered Old Mark and his duty. It was to protect the descendants of the
Tulip Family and not to help the Tulip Family's cause.
Could it be that the Dandong Family anticipated the decline of the Tulip Family? Was that why
he left this job to his disciples? That was how he could protect the family's descendants but he
ignored the decline of the family status!
No wonder that day Old Mark was not bothered by Seth running away. What did he say again?
’’I protect the descendants. Not some stupid family glory. What does the Tulip Family's glory
have to do with me? I see the Miss frowning unhappily every day. Hmph! What about the family
glory? The earlier it is destroyed the better!’’
The earlier it is destroyed the better?
Rody suddenly had a strange thought. Perhaps Old Mark was also tired of being a bodyguard for
centuries? When the family is destroyed, he will just need to ensure the descendants'safety and
then he will be free.
Seeing Rody's face change slightly, Nicole frowned. ’’What are you thinking of?’’
Rody's mind was constantly churning and he suddenly blurted out, ’’Have you not thought
about it... I saw this phrase these few days.... 'The losers are always in the wrong!' Don't tell me
your family has never thought of...’’
’’Shut up!’’ Nicole looked frightened and quickly shouted. Then she lowered her voice, ’’Fool!
Don't say such nonsense!’’
’’Why can't I speak freely? The Emperor... hmm... Was he always the Emperor? Hundreds of
years ago, before the Empire existed, not only was there no Tulip Family... Did emperors even
Nicole was stunned for a moment. She felt that Rody's words were wrong but she could not tell
where he was wrong.
Rody bravely said, ’’I am not someone from the Tulip Family! I am just a civilian! However, I
have never felt that His Majesty the Emperor was sacred! Is he someone who deserves my
respect? In the Empire, the common people cannot even afford a horse! Most of a commoner's
hard earned money are given to the nobles! Common citizens cannot enter the academy and
only the nobles can sit in carriages! People without ability can live extravagant lives while
people with abilities work so hard yet they cannot afford to have rice! A heroic Grade 5
swordsman must become a bodyguard of a fat and useless man! If the rules of this world are set
by the Emperor, why must I respect him? I am just a common civilian. If the Emperor does not
love us, why must we love him?’’
’’Ah!’’ Nicole exclaimed and covered her mouth. She was surprised to see the agitated Rody. It
felt like the usual honest and hardworking Rody had suddenly changed to a different person.
’’Do you think what I said was wrong?’’ Rody's agitation stopped and he knitted his eyebrows.
After a while, he sighed. ’’Do you know, these were not ideas I thought of... these ideas were
from your brother's notes. I have been here for so many days. Every day I read and think. Now I
feel that most of your brother's way of thinking was right.’’
’’You... How can you say that? You...’’ Nicole pointed at Rody with her fingers trembling. She did
not know how to continue.
This time, Rody did not panic. He looked calm. Then, he bent down, saluted and lightly said,
’’Nicole, I am a nobody. A mere civilian. I can only voice out such matters. Hmph, what else can
a nobody do?’’
His tone was self-deprecating and self-mocking. Nicole felt that she saw a side of Rody she
never knew about.