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Regend, the first wizard of the round table, thought the girl in front of him was formidable. No.They were the ones who thought it would be easy from the start.
The majority of the round-table wizards believed that putting pressure to the Mana Stone would solve the problem quickly.
She is just a young woman who has recently become the housekeeper.
The wizards didn’t even expect that anyone would dare to even fight them.
“I’m not asking for anything too much.”
Smooth words poured out through Ran’s red lips.
“Unless the Wizards’ Association wants to be enemies with me and Lachia.”
“Enemy, what do you mean?”
Regend clarified in a panic.
Typically, the wizards were the ones who usually said it.
But he didn’t expect to receive such a threat.
‘And it bothers me.’
The boy standing behind the housekeeper is also annoying. In general, an escort should have a faint presence, but he was strong and assertive.
When an average person shows his or her presence, it is usually revealed by exaggerated words or behavior.
It is not easy to just stand still and show your presence. No, it’s close to impossible at that age. But that escort was doing it.
His stabbing presence seemed to tell the history of Lachia. He was saying that he was ready to fight with you at any time and that he could do it right now.
Regend suddenly became afraid.
Maybe that escort has blue ice crystals? What if he throws it at us?
Regend didn’t show much difference in his words or behaviour, but the change was so clear that all of the wizards present could feel it.
And, despite his attempts to raise his voice, when he looked at the escort, he couldn’t help but to lower it again.
Eventually, Regend ceded.
Several other wizards raised their voices, but Regend shrugged.
“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with her request.”
The wizards shut their mouths at his words. Of course, there is nothing unfair about it.
However, he didn’t like the fact that the wizard had to do this unilaterally.
“After you connect us to the dwarves, we’ll take care of the rest. In exchange, we will provide the Wizards’ Association with mana stone at a cheaper rate.”
“My Lord. I’m hoping we’ll be able to keep the effects of colored ice crystals a secret. And I’d like you to provide us with some crystals for research purposes.”
Somehow, wanting to find a way to destroy it, Regend added those last words.
Ran responded and stood up.
“I don’t want to leave the mansion empty for too long. Can I leave now?”
Regend replied as he raised himself.
He stroked his white beard as he led Ran out of the tent.
“And My Lord.”
“Is that escort a knight of the Lachian family?”
Ran’s face lit up when she heard those words. It was the first time Regend saw her smile sincerely today.
“He’s my brother.”
He could tell she was proud by the tone of her voice.
Lachia’s next housekeeper.
As Regend’s eyes turned to him, Yustaf gave a relaxed and quiet bow. Regend felt they had a successful meeting today.
Lachia is likely to stay strong for the time being.
“It was an honor to meet you. Mr. Regend.”
After saying her goodbyes, Ran bowed politely and left the area under the protection of another wizard.
As Ran and Yustaf appeared, the knights who had been waiting were remarkably relieved.
“I’m glad you’re back safely.”
Ran nodded at Blaine’s words.
“It was fine because Yus was with me.”
“Did you accomplish what you wanted to do?”
‘Wait. We can now replace all of the knights’ weapons and armor with a new one.’
With that in thought, Ran got into the carriage.
“Things went easier than I thought today.”
Yustaf turned his head to face Ran..
“I did expect the wizard to threaten me, use spells, or at the very least raise their voice.”
Ran added with a smile.
Indeed, the wizards were upset at first and tried to raise their voices, but they were able to keep their composure.
Wizards, as one would expect, are rational beings
While Ran was admiring the wizards, Yustaf spoke up.
“You thought about that?”
“Even then, you still decided to leave the knights behind?”
“If I don’t sit at the table, the discussion will not begin. I could have taken the knights, but I didn’t want to start off on the wrong foot.”
There aren’t just two ways to end a deal. It is unnecessary to be too greedy.
The relationship with the Wizard’s Association will continue until Lachia’s ice crystal disappears.
It may appear to be fair, but they have a slight advantage.
And it would be convenient if this partnership lasts a long time.
“And you went there with me.”
Ran said while grinning.
Yustaf frowned for a second before smiling.
“Yus is smiling a lot these days.”
Ran said curiously.
“Because my sister makes me laugh.”
“Do you mean it in a good way?”
Ran asked seriously.
Yustaf gave a vague response as he took Ran’s cape and handed it over to her.
“The temperature will drop further as we go up the mountain.”
“Don’t mention it.”
When the sun began to set, Ran didn’t hesitate to wrap her cloak around her like a blanket. The sun slowly passed over the ice wall, creating a breathtaking scene.
The view was so stunning that Ran narrowed her eyes and pondered.
‘It’s really going to be winter soon.’
* * *
It’s amazing every time she sees it.
Ran stood close to the window and contemplated. Significant amount of snow was falling.
About a meter of snow had piled up.
‘I’ll have to make a snowplow later to clear the snow. Something that will heat up and melt the snow.’
There are endless ways to convert Magic Stones into energy, so there are many ways to utilise them.
Ran thought and moved away from the window.
It had been 7 months, or roughly half a year, since she had taken over as the temporary housekeeper. She was still having trouble with a lot of the stuff she had been working on since the beginning, but the measures to lay the groundwork were coming to an end.
Ran rushed to the bed and tucked herself under the blanket.
The electric pad – the magic pad they created – made the bed warm.
‘I’m so happy.’
This magical tool created by Frances was excellent. The air in the blanket was heated up and the feathers were inflated to enjoy a fluffy and warm feeling.
After giving it some thought, she named it ‘Dasa’. It was derived from the word “multifaceted.” But they can’t call it a magic pad, can they?
Dasa is a must this winter.
She made a few more of these to include with her letters to Yustaf and the Imperial Family.
Of course, that is not the only way to exhibit it. Isn’t it a smart idea to use the social world to promote it?
Showing rather than talking is the best form of advertising.
So, after much consideration, Ran sent the first gift to the empress.
She was concerned as well. She was a stranger here in some ways, and though she applied the knowledge she had, things may have turned out differently.
‘Because it is difficult for Koreans to meet American needs.’
Ran sighed and squeezed her hands..
‘Please make it a success.’
Of course, there’s a New Year’s party before that.
It was halfway through December. Levory had already gone up to the capital to prepare, and Ran needed to finish her work as a housekeeper.
They need to visit the door and examine it; then come back and have a New Year’s party with the vassals.
‘The weather should be nice.’
Ran thought so as she breathed deeply and closed her eyes.
* * *
Yustaf smirked at Ran, who was wrapped in a fur cape and puffed clouds of white breath.
“Can you ride a horse?”
“I can ride it.”
Ran said and glanced back at Blaine.
“If you help me.”
“It’s an honor.”
Blaine smiled and helped her mount the horse,
“When you wear that much, even if you fall off the horse, it won’t hurt..”
Ran nodded in agreement with Yustaf’s words.
Instead of a dress, Ran wore cotton pants, a vest, a coat, a fur cape, gloves on her hands, and a hat on her head.
“I don’t like being cold.”
Yustaf shut his mouth when he saw Ran clenching her teeth due to the cold.
As she mounted her horse, Yustaf mounted his as well, and the knights who were waiting mounted their horse one after another.
Although the path up to the door was difficult, there was no snow, since it is protected by magic.
Iberia, the Great Sage.
She was portrayed as a beauty with black hair, black eyes, and as cold as ice; but to others, she was just an ordinary human.
‘I imagine – no, from what I read, she was beautiful.’
The Duchess of Lachia has a portrait of herself with her long, waist-length black hair fluttering and a magic wand in her hands.
It’s a painting of her creating a mountain range by raising the earth. It is one of Lachia’s most treasured masterpieces.
‘If you think about it, it’s amazing.’
Magic makes the mountain range soar.
‘And the door.’
Ran was always tense on the way to the door because she knew what was behind it.
The group crossed the mountain ranges with Ran as their guide. She was fortunate in that she was seated on a saddle. With clenched teeth, she gripped the horse’s lead firmly.
The slope is steep and the road is rough. Of course, the horse was walking without paying attention to the person on it’s back, and Ran, a burden sitting on top, was desperately trying to balance.
In the middle of Ran’s crisis, Blaine would often flinch , unsure whether or not to assist her. There wasn’t even any appropriate atmosphere to say anything to Ran, who was clutching her teeth.
The other knights were oddly silent. But every now and then, they can hear a faint “Ah!” sound.
Ran was absolutely drained when they finally arrived at the door after a thirty-minute journey. It had become extremely hot. Ran could hardly get off the horse with Blaine’s assistance because she was drenched in sweat.
Even though her legs wriggled a bit, Ran was able to walk normally. Blaine stared at her with concerned eyes, and it occurred to him that all of the knights were staring at Ran with the same eyes.
Rather than being pitiful or mocking her inability to ride a horse, Ran had a personality that made them feel compelled to help.
Blaine always imagined that a Lord should be a fearsome mountain, but he figured that the current Ran wasn’t half bad either.
Yustaf approached at that point and extended his arm, drawing Ran’s attention. He spoke low.
“Your knees are shaking, sister.”
Ran grabbed his arm and said,
“I’m fine. Brother.”
Yustaf raised his brows slightly and started to walk. Ran took his arm in hers and walked slowly, expecting some muscle pains the next day.
Since it was no longer possible to enter on horses, everyone clothed the horses warmly so they wouldn’t get cold while waiting. Together, Ran, Yustaf, and a few knights passed through a rounded silver-like arch, down a white cobblestone path, into a cave with a round entrance.
The cave was rectangular and straight, with a white door at the end of the road.
In the middle of the door, six diamond shapes were gathered like petals. This is also the crest of the Lachian family.
There were no other gap or patterns on the white door, only the crest engraved on it.
When Ran reached out her hand, Yustaf took off his necklace and handed it to her. Ran took a deep breath and put the blue ring on her finger.
It is still. The blue flame did not appear as it had before.. Ran raised her ringed hand over the crest.
The crest began to glow blue and a radially glowing pattern was engraved all over the door. Ran frowned. It was not a windy place, but the wind blew her cape and hair.
And gradually the wind subsided, the glowing pattern faded, and the blue light from the crest completely disappeared. Ran slowly removed her hands from the door, removed the ring from her finger, and returned it to Yustaf.
Yustaf wore the ring as a pendant around his neck.
This simple procedure was performed on an annual basis. And Ran and the rest of the group quickly exited from the cave. When the knights saw them come out,they removed the clothes they had put on top of the horses.
‘I’m in trouble.’
She did everything she could to get to the top, but now she’s thinking about going down for thirty minutes, and she’s ready to give up.
Yustaf held out his hand as she turned around to look at him.
“You can ride with me.”