Masked Knight - Chapter 49
Chapter 49: Imperial Family Guards
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translations Editor: EndlessFantasy Translations
Rody thought about Nicole's words quietly. The current him was no longer an ignorant youth.
These past few days, he did not only learn about swordmanship but also about scholarly
knowledge. As a result, he was no longer ignorant of the world.
Rody of course, understood the situation the Empire was facing right then, after its crashing
defeat in the war.
The damage to the Northwest Legion was enough to say that the whole Legion was defeated.
The entire northwest territory was now completely undefended and could be captured by the
Great Moon Kingdom. Although the Empire's total military strength was still stronger than
that of the Great Moon Kingdom, it was not possible to mobilize the North Legion and South
Legion so easily. At that moment, there were only two possible purposes for the Great Moon
Kingdom's prince to come to the Empire as a diplomatic envoy.
The first possibility was to declare war! However, this was unlikely as the Kingdom's overall
strength was unlikely to be able to defeat the Empire, in a full-scale war. Even if it was to
declare war, there was no reason for the prince to personally come as an envoy. They would
probably send other people as envoys. This was because the Emperor might order the execution
of the envoy in a fit of anger.
The second possibility would be negotiating peace! Rody believes that the possibility of this was
greater. This was because after the crushing defeat, the situation had become dire in the
northwest region. The Empire would also be more willing to take some humiliation to buy time
and build up forces.
If Prince Sultan really did come to negotiate peace, then his earlier actions would really lead
him to disaster. Rondor, the person that he seriously injured could also be one of Sultan's
generals. As a result, that conflict could be considered a serious diplomatic matter, even if the
person he injured was just a bodyguard. If Sultan deliberately wants to make a big issue out of
the incident, the peace negotiations would become more difficult. This would also cause the
Empire a big problem, because there was no way to justify beating up the diplomatic envoy in
their own capital.
The two sat in silence while the guards escorted them back to the mansion.
When the carriage arrived at the entrance, from a distant, they could see about 20 horses near
the entrance of the Tulip family's mansion. There were also about two dozen knights standing,
on both sides, waiting. All of the knights were tall and sturdy. They wore golden armors and
had a specialized sheath for their swords. Their helmets had a long, red tassel.
At a glance, Nicole knew they were the Imperial family's guards and was surprised to see them.
When Rody and Nicole got down the carriage, a middle-aged leader of the knights walked up to
them. He gave a bow of respect and then spoke neither haughtily nor humbly. ’’I am Gordon, the
commander of the Imperial Guards. His Majesty has summoned the Tulip family's heir, Seth.
Please follow me to meet His Majesty.’’
As soon as they heard it, Rody and Nicole exchanged glances and had the same thought. They
are very fast!
Nicole was unmoved. She lightly replied. ’’Alright! Let my brother change his clothes first. After
that, he will follow you to have an audience with His Majesty.’’
The deputy commander Gordon did not dare to oppose. He just nodded his head and said softly.
’’Yes. In that case, we will wait here.’’
Nicole led Rody into the mansion and immediately instructed a servant to change his clothes.
Rody changed from the Imperial Academy's uniform into a common noble warrior's uniform.
As he has not inherited the title yet, he was unable to wear the uniform meant for audiences
with His Majesty. The clothing Rody wore was warrior uniform but with a lot of accessories.
However, the most conspicuous acccessory on the clothing was the Tulip family's crest.
Nicole did not look too good and whispered. ’’How are you feeling right now? If you are not
feeling well, I can tell them that you were injured from the fight and cannot go temporarily. In
this case, His Majesty would be unable to force you to have an audience with him.’’
Rody shook his head and sternly said. ’’That won't do. Nicole, this cannot be done. I just only
accompanied you back and the guards were also already waiting for us which explains that His
Majesty is aware of what happened. Chances are he also knows that I am not injured. On top of
that, Gordon has already seen me. We can no longer tell them that I am injured.’’
Nicole sighed and looked at Rody. ’’I did not expect you to be able to think so clearly . However,
it happened so fast... we had not thought of a good countermeasure.’’
Rody nodded his head. ’’There is no time left. I will have to adapt. Nicole... I am just worried that
His Majesty could see through my disguise.’’
Nicole pondered deeply before she said. ’’He should not be able to. His Majesty has hardly met
Seth and should not be able to see through your disguise. I have also already taught you the
basic courtesy. There should not be a big flaw. I only worry...’’
Nicole sighed. ’’I am afraid that His Majesty the Emperor actually dislikes my brother.’’
’’Why?’’ Rody frowned.
Looking strange, Nicole answered. ’’Because of Jojo!’’ She continued before Rody could speak.
’’Originally, I did not know about my brother and Jojo's relationship but I think that secret could
not be kept from His Majesty. Did you know? His Majesty is really attracted to Jojo. Jojo has
been in the Imperial Capital for a very long time. Although she was the Empress's sister, His
Majesty did not bestow the 'Princess' title to her. This is probably because he wants to have Jojo
Rody made a wry smile. ’’So you are saying that His Majesty may know about Seth and Jojo's
relationship and may hate me very much?’’
Nicole shook her head and forced a smile. ’’That is also one of the problems I am worried about.
However, His Majesty is unlikely to raise such matters openly. Today, the most important thing
is to solve the problem of your dispute with the Great Moon Kingdom's envoy... In other words,
whatever the punishment is given to you, you will have to bear it.’’
Rody gave a cold smile. ’’What else can they do? How can they push the responsibility to Bayan?
He is His Majesty's nephew!’’
Nicole sighed and did not say anything. She only concentrated on fixing Rody's uniform. Rody
also not did not say anything because he knows that nothing that he says would help him. He
can only take a step at a time.
Before leaving, Rody thought for a moment and asked a servant to bring him the lightsaber
hanging on the wall in his room. Although he did not know how to use that saber, having it
somehow makes him calm. Even though he could move right now, that earlier fight had used up
all of his energy, especially that last attack which almost made him collapse. Although he feels
better right now, he was still unable to fight. He just wants to carry that saber to build up his
courage to defend himself if needed.
Nicole led Rody out to board the carriage. According to her intention, she wanted to accompany
Rody. However, the deputy commander Gordon refused her request.
’’His Majesty the Emperor said he only wants to meet Young Master Seth. Miss Nicole, please
stay at home.’’ Gordon said lightly. Noticing the fearful look on Nicole's face, Gordon's heart
went soft and then whispered to Nicole. ’’Miss Nicole, do not worry. His Majesty already seems
to know what happened when he gave me the order. However, His Majesty seems to be in a
good mood and did not seem angry. Nothing should happen to Young Master Seth.’’
Nicole froze for a moment and looked at Gordon, surprised. She could not understand why
Gordon was on her side.
Gordon showed a solemn look and nodded to Nicole. He softly said. ’’I was one of the Duke's
subordinates many years ago.’’
Nicole calmed down and nodded her head in gratitude.
When Rody got onto the carriage, Gordon gave an order and the twenty odd knights got on their