I am currently sitting in my throne in Chernobog Castle. Down below me are the rambling Agmanacian nobles who came storming into the castle the day they knew I have returned. It has been 4 days and I have receied reports that the empire is readying for the arrival of their Grand Army. Apparantly, the foolish emperor really decided to take back Ceawin. I have already returned Princess Gabrielle back to the Empire as I have already received the title deeds of all my conquered lands in the empire. And as I have suspected, when the princess returned, the empire began its propaganda against Agmanac and Valois Kingdom. Surprisingly or rather unsurprisingly, the nearby kingdom didn't even react to the emperor's ramblings. This is mainly due to the letters they have already received from us regarding the underhanded tactics of the empire. Paired with the vigilance of our neighboring countries, they decided not to intervene in the conflict between us and the empire.
Currently, I am attending a meeting with regards to the spoils of war and the distribution of the new conquered lands. The nobles have been rambling about lineage and rights to obtain those places.
A noble, Count Osbourn, spoke in a large voice. "Your Highness, such a big land mustn't be left unattended. With you here, there will be no one to develop such vital source of grain and metal. As such, I would like to recommend myself to lead the development of Ceawin." He said with a proud look on his face.
"Such lies! You, Count Osbourn, want to rule Ceawin? With how dirt-poor your fief is, you want to develop Ceawin? You can't even develop yours!" This noble, Count Toucy then spoke to me. "Your Highness, our family's fief is the main source of grain in Agmanac. We could properly utilize such land and develop it into a more productive area for our principality!" he exclaimed.
"Dream when you are asleep, Toucy! You want to develop Ceawin when you don't even know a bit about mining and refining metals?!" Another noble, Count Gramont exclaimed. "I, on the other hand Your Highness, am very well-versed with mineral and metals. I can make Ceawin and Agmanac prosperous if I am given Ceawin." He said with a smug face.
Nobles continued to bicker with one another and almost went into a brawl when such arguments become heated. As if they even did anything to begin with. Humans... Their greed is really amazing. I am greddy but on my own right. I was never greedy of power nor was I greedy of gold or jewels. What I am greedy about are trustworthy subordinates that won't betray me. I don't lust for power but I aim for it to defeat one being, God and annihilate those who betrayed me. But humans? They are all after many things. For what? To sate their greed. To sate their lust for power. To sate their pride. To covet those that others have. Uncontented with what they have. Fuck. Disgusting.
Looking down on the bickering nobles, I spoke.
"Ceawin is now under the management of General Alexandria Paimon whom I have named Margrave of Ceawin. The Port cities of Algair and Marcia are now under the leadership of Chief Engineer Johann Zagan whom I named Count of Edinburg after I combined the two cities and its outlying areas. Gale Island will be Captain James Malek's domain and he will be named Viscount of Osburg. That is what I have decided." I said sternly.
It was met with a protest from the nobles, especially the 3 counts. Count Toucy started. "Your Highness, how could a general, whose name we didn't even know until now, be named margrave? That's outrageous! How could a general make such a precious domain thrive?! She's a general, not a noble!"
"Exactly, Your Highness!" said Count Osbourn. "I beg your pardon for this but I agree with Count Toucy. With her capabilities, how could she even rule such a vast territory when she's a commoner with no idea on ruling a domain!"
You have no idea. I thought to myslef. Count Gramont then added. "She's a military person, Your Highness, not a noble or ruler! How could she even make that domain prosper?! If she is left there to rule Ceawin, we won't receive any benefits at all!" he exclaimed.
Getting tired of their pointless opinions, I spoke. "If the empire attacks Ceawin to take it back, will the three of you be able to defend it?" I asked.
Count Toucy spoke. "If given ample troops and weapons, I will make sure-"
"Then why didn't you defend the south when the slavers came marching on your domain, Count Toucy? Why are you here? You too, Count Gramont. Why are the two of you here when your domains are under attack?" I asked with a cold tone.
Count Gramont answered. "Yo-Your Highness... I-I am here to report that our domains are under attack and wished that you-"
"But why is it that you are now bickering, discussing and debating about who gets Ceawin when your domains are currently under attack?" I asked.
"Uhmm... Your Highness... I... We..."
"Enough." I stood up and spoke. "You all are bickering amongst yourself while Agmanac is under attack. You all wanted the spoils of war but didn't even mind the current invasion happening on our borders! You!" I pointed on Count Osbourn. "Have you readied your troops in case the slavers walked to your territory?!"
"My Prince, tha-that is what I-I came here to do! T-to call for aid so that-"
"Preposterous! A moment ago, you were debating who would take Ceawin! I didn't hear a fart about reinforcement or even a report that your territories are under attack! All of you are just promoting yourselves to be Ceawin's margrave! Such incompetence! Do you all know?! I already sent my fleet to intercept the slavers. I had the southern armies annihilate the slavers who went on Agmanacian soil! I responded to such an attack while I was still in Ceawin! What about you people?! You turned tail and ran here in Atalanta! Shameless!"
Count Gramont tried to speak. "Your-your Highness, don't say that. We-we defended our fief with valor! Yes, that's it! We defended it with-"
"With nothing. You left your outlying towns and villages to fall. You just concentrated your forces on your capital while you and your families ran here in Atalanta where I stationed my most elite forces because you know you and your families are safe here. I have already received reports of women and children being retrieved while the men have been killed by the slavers. Tell me, counts, where were you when we were invaded? My forces are concentrated in the west, southwest, south, here in the capital and the north where I just finished my revenge against the empire. My east docks are protected by my fleets so it is also impossible to invade us there. The remaining places that are not so well-protected are the southeast where the slavers arrived and the northwest where just beyond the border, the Valoisian Northern Armies can be located. Where were your troops that are supposed to be defending your people?! Where are they?! Where were you people when Agmanac needed you?!"
The three kneeled in front of me while sweating up. """Your Highness, I ask you to forgive us!"""
"Such incompetence cannot be forgiven! You ran all the way here to secure your own safety while your denizens suffered on the hands of the slavers! Such unnoble like acts. Such acts of cowardice! I will hereby declare that you are stripped of your ranks and titles! I will designate someone else to fill your duties! All your properties and riches will be confiscated! You and your families will become commoners and be banished from my domain! This are your punishments!" I said with a threatening voice.
"You... You can't do this to me, Your Highness! My family have been with the kingdom for 400 years!"
"My family served the Royal family for centuries, Your Highness! We are loyal subjects to the Crown! I demand that you revoke your sentence!"
"I have made Agmanac rich and prosperous! My family might have a shorter history with others but we have been faithful to the Crown! Renege your sentence, Your Highness!"
The three nobles began to shout at me and demanded that I renounce my sentence. Getting fed up, I shouted at them.
"SILENCE!" When everyone shut their mouths, I spoke again. "YOU ALL SHOULD REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE! YOU SAY YOUR FAMILY SERVED THE CROWN, THEN TELL ME... IS LEAVING YOUR PEOPLE TO DIE AND BE ENSLAVED YOUR WAY OF SERVING THE CROWN?! DOES IT INCLUDE RUNNING AWAY FROM THE ENEMY WHEN YOU ARE NEEDED THE MOST?! SO WHEN VALOIS GOES TO WAR, WILL YOU RUN AWAY FROM THE BATTLEFIELD?! COWARDS! INSOLENT FOOLS! I RESPECTED YOUR FAMILY LINE THAT'S WHY I JUST REDUCED YOU TO COMMONERS! IF RULES HAVE TO BE IMPLEMENTED, I WOULD HAVE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY EXECUTED FOR ABANDONING YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES TOWARDS MY DENIZENS IN YOUR DOMINIONS! I ALREADY GAVE YOU FACE SO DON'T YOU FUCKING SAY THAT I DID THIS UNJUSTLY! IF YOU WANT ME TO BE JUST THEN SO BE IT!"
Black tendrils from the shadows around flew towards the three and impaled them from all directions, including those under their feet, impaling them from below. Soon, I retrieve my control over the shadows and it soon returned to normal except those under the three which impaled and suspended them. Horror can be seen in the eyes of everyone in the room. Another three nobles have died in my hand. I then started to walk towards the remaining nobles and spoke.
"I will be saying this to you people. I have been very dissatisfied with your actuations and mannerisms. Why do you think I gave General Paimon the vast land of Ceawin? Because among you people, she is the only one who could stop the empire's advance and with the troops under her, she could easily wipe out any armies that would try to conquer Agmanac from the north. Why did I give Chief Engineer Zagan the newly-acquired port cities? Because he is the only one who could fully-utilize the trade coming in from those cities and with the might of his combat engineers, none could penetrate that territory. Why give Captain Malek the Gale Island? Because we need a quick response team that could be called quickly within all outlying territories and Gale Island is perfectly situated in Okeanus which is the middle ground of Agmanac, Ceawin and the port cities. With such a place, training new sky riders will be more proficient and less costly. I will temporarily hold on to the counties that have been taken from the three former counts until I can find someone else to manage them. Now..." Walking back on my throne and sitting on it, I asked. "Any other questions?"
All the nobles kneeled and spoke. """NONE, YOUR HIGHNESS!"""
"If there are no more inquiries, begone. But be warned, If any of you show your incompetence again in front of me, I will have you removed from your seats of power. And... if any of you tried to use me again on your own selfish needs, I will have your heads."
Fearing for what I will say next, they all scraambled towards the door to exit the throne room. Soon, only I remained along with the guards that are guarding the room. I then pointed on a guard nearest to me in order to relay my orders.
"Summon their families. Their children below 10 years old will be kept here in the castle. The remaining will become commoners and be made to serve the principality as part of the workforce. Order the scribe to create a letter pertaining to the transfer of these three's families to Ceawin where they will help raise crops and mine metals and minerals."
A guard then came forward and bowed. "At once, Prince Beale." he then left afterwards.
"Guard, call Liliana. I need her to do something for me."
"At once, Prince Beale." another guard then bowed and rushed to do my orders. A few moments passed and a knock could be heard from the entrance. "Prince Beale, Chief Chamberlain Liliana have arrived."
"Send her in."
The door opened and in came Liliana in her maid attire. She kneeled in front of me and bowed. "You called, milord?"
"Yes, I need to make a contract with you." I told her straight.
"Contract, milord?" she asked, seemingly confused.
"Don't play with me Liliana. I need to form a contract with you so that I may contact you whenever I needed.It is a hassle to have someone call you and it would take a while. And if, for example, I am in a far away land, I cannot give you an instruction that I needed you to do at the soonest possible time." I explained.
"Now that yu mentioned it, milord, it is a hassle."
"Indeed. That's why I need to form a contract with you."
"What kind of contract will you want us to have, milord? A parent-child contract? An equal contract? A master-servant? A master-slave? Or maybe a lover-"
"A master-servant will do, Liliana."
She pouted as she began speaking. "You didn't even make me finish my questions... Fine! A master-servant contract it is. Give me your hand, Prince Beale." She extended her hands to hold unto mine.
When she acquired my hand she immediately put it on her left breast and began the contract ritual. A magic circle appeared below us as she channeled her magicka to create a contract seal. She needed this because she wasn't summoned by me. She moaned as black chains began coming out of my arm which she held unto and bound her. When the ritual was over, Liliana was panting like crazy and she fell on her knees.
"Tha-that was... wonderful. I... I never though playing a masochist would be-"
"Silence, you lewd demoness. Why need to put my hand on your chest?"
"Why, for better result, my Prince. Besides, I'm a succubus. I am a lewd demon."
"That's the end of that. Anyway, inform the leaders of the elves, dwarves and dragon-kin that I have found a good place where they could use as an embassy here in Agmanac. Three counties big. I'll designate them to each county so that they would have a residence here in my dominion. Issue an evacuation notice. All humans within Toucy, Orbourn and Gramont Counties will be sent to Ceawin and our new port cities. We will have them there to farm grains and mine metals, minerals and gems. Surely they would want to be away from raiding slavers. And, they are... disposable. If the empire attacks, they would be our meat shields just in case the impossible happens."
"It will be done, Milord." she then bowed and left.
"Now then..." Standing up, I then walked towards the place where the laboratory Bathin works on is located.
I walked to the corridors of my grand citadel. Sounds of birds chirping and the wind's breeze filled the air as I peer outside and into the citadel's gardens. I have conquered a great producing area in the empire. I also have began my invasion in the slave kingdom but... there is still something missing. Something I forgot... Am I loosing my way? I was thinking of this and in no time, I arrived at Bathin's laboratory. It is a building far from the main citadel where Bathin can do his experiments freely. Before I could even knock, a voice resounded from inside.
"Come in, Your Highness." the voice which sounded like Bathin said.
"Entering the building, I was faced with a very untidy hall with parchments, books, paper, and appartuses everywhere. I then walk towards the only person present here: Bathin himself.
"How can I serve you, Prince Beale?" he turned around and asked.
"Transport me to where Gaap is right now. He told me the last island has been barricaded and the invasion is about to end."
"At once, Your Highness." He then produced a portal that I think leads to Gaap.
Before I could enter the portal, I faced Bathin and asked him. "Bathin... I feel like I am not walking the path I should be walking in. I have defeated the enemy to the north and conquered the slave kingdom, expanding my domain but... I feel lost. Confused. Am I still on the right track?"
Bathin just smiled and said. "It is because you are doing this the 'human' way. You are strong for human standards but you are weak in our standards. What you need is to travel the world. Expand your views. Only then would you find your answer."
Thinking a little bit, I then said. "I'll keep your words in mind, Bathin. Thank you."
"Your words relieves me, Prince. Now go. Gaap is waiting on the other side."
I then stepped into the portal. I hope I can find the answer after all of these.
Slave Kingdom of Cya Ntotila, Capital of Ghana
"I never expected to see an angel here in this country. A Principality at that. How come you are here, acting as king?"
"And I never expected a demon king amongst the attackers. I really lucked out this time." said the young crowned king with angelic wings behind him.
"Who are you and why are you here?"
"I am Reziel and by our Father's authority, I was sent to lead this country and purge the unclean." the man named Reziel said.
"I see. Well, you are detrimental to my lord's plans so-"
Before I could even finish my words, a portal formed beside me and a few moments later, someone I know stepped out. When he saw the angel in front, a terrible aura erupted. He really arrived at the most unopportuned time. Now, he might wreck this place upside down. My liege lord have arrived. Beside me is King Belial.
After stepping into the portal, what was seen by my eyes are the wings of an angel. When I saw that, I immediately released the limiter of my passive skill, Dominion. My anger boiled when I saw the angel's face. One of those who betrayed me. An angel who betryed Belial.
"Reziel, how wonderful. I never thought you are here in middle earth." I said to the angel hovering in front of me.
"My... Such aura. Indeed, this one is Reziel but may I ask who-"
Before he could finish his words, I arrived in front of him and smashed his face with my fist. I then produced a huge fireball in both my hands.
I hurled the condensed fire in my hand towards where the angel smashed himself into. BOOM! The spell exploded into a big dome of black flame. The flames danced while the angel within was shouting in pain and despair. Finally when the fire began to lessen, I shadow walked towards the epicenter of the blast and found the angel writhing. I then began gathering magicka from the surroundings and encased the angel. Shadows began to wrap itself around the angel who is now horrified with what I am doing.
"Who are you?! Why are you doing this to me?! I am an angel of God!" He exclaimed.
"It is precisely because you are an angel of God that I am doing this." I said in a cold voice.
"How... How can such man be so evil?!"
"I am no man." I then spread out my wings in front of him. "I am a fallen."
Shock was seen in his eyes before he is totally enveloped in shadow and darkness. I then weaved the magicka and made it form into a shape of a bull.
The angel, Reziel, has been captured inside a bull. He was shouting vehemently.
"You may be a fallen but you are once a seraph! A servant of God! Repent and you might yet receive God's grace again! Don't do this!"
"Don't you remember who I am, Reziel. You were there. The day I fell to grace. You were there. You watch me plunge into Hell and laughed at me while I fall."
"It-it cannot be... Lord Belial?"
"It is indeed I and I have returned to settle the score. To those of you who betrayed and deceived me. I will bring to you my judgment." Magicka gathered at an alarming rate while I speak to the trapped angel.
"Lord Belial! It wasn't me! I didn't betray you! Please!"
"Repent. For what awaits you is the fiery flames of Hell." I then gestured my hand and clenched it to a fist.
Flames exploded and wrapped itself around the brazen bull. The fire swirled and danced as it engulfed the bull. Shouts and cries of mercy could be heard being spouted by the angel being burnt inside the bull.
"LORD BELIAL! I REALLY DIDN'T BETRAY YOU! PLEASE HELP ME! SAVE ME! I NEVER BETRAYED ANYONE! PLEASE! NO! FATHER! HELP ME!"
I increased the density of magicka that fuels the flames surrounding the bull. Soon, the cries leseened and lessened then finally with one final shout, Reziel exclaimed.
"I MIGHT DIE TODAY BUT REMEMBER THIS, BELIAL! I AM JUST THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG! YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT REALLY HAPPENED BUT SOON, YOU WILL! AND WHEN THAT HAPPENS, I WILL SMILE UPON YOU AS YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN TURNED TO ASHES BY THEN! YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A FALLEN! A DISGRACE! SOON, YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT OUR GREAT FATHER'S PLANS AND YOU WILL FIND OUT HOW UTTERLY BLIND YOU ARE! SOOn... you... will... find... out... how... futile... your... ef...forts...are...."
Reziel's voice soon faded and then there was nothing. The only noise I could hear is the dancing of the flames that is still burning the bull. Soon I dispersed the flames and what is left is a feather which then flew towards me and entered my body. I was alarmed about it. I thought maybe it was a trap but soon I found out why.
I leveled up.
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