Minister’s point of view.
I was surprised at how uncomfortable the stagecoach was to ride in. It might have been better to travel in our carriage halfway just as Randolph suggested.
As we proceeded through the town, which had become regrettably desolate, I began to see buildings with marks that looked as if they had been made by magic.
Considering that there was nothing like this before, there was a high possibility that the royal magicians had fought with the commoners near the noble district. Fortunately, I hadn’t seen any dead bodies, but it would only be a matter of time before this place turned into a pile of corpses.
Randolph, who seemed to have noticed something, approached the half-demolished building.
“… This is a knight’s sword. It’s possible that the knights have started to operate normally.”
“That would be troublesome were that the truth, but I am sure we will be able to do something about it by using the proof of my social status. Don’t worry too much about it.”
“Well, you are right.”
Tossing down the sword, Randolph followed behind me as I walked ahead.
After walking for a while, we arrived at a place where the partially broken castle gate was in sight.
The place has been already occupied by the commoners, and I could see men wearing what appeared to be adventurer gear standing guard over the noble district.
Nearby, I could see several stalls where vendors were selling water and portable food, and I was dismayed to see that even at a time like this, all these people were thinking about was making money.
“Oi, what are you doing?”
A voice suddenly called out to me from behind, and I hurriedly turned around to see a skin-headed man staring at us quizzically.
Randolph then stood in front of me to protect me.
“We came from Henschel to participate in the demonstration, but we didn’t know if we could go over there, so we were discussing what we should do here.”
“I see, it seems you are having trouble. Follow me.”
Randolph looked back at me from behind the man who had started to lead the way, and with a smug look on his face, he followed after the man, and I followed after him while feeling irresistibly frustrated.
A few of the commoners who had been camping in front of the gate began to look at me, and my heart naturally thumped and rumbled from nervousness.
The man didn’t seem to know how I felt, and after talking to another man, the man with a big sword on his back approached us.
“Thanks for coming from so far away. I have been entrusted with the defense here, the name’s Barth Romeus.”
Barth introduced himself and held out his hand.
“I am Abel. This is my friend, Carl.”
When I grasped the big man’s hand and introduced the two of us with the aliases we decided on in advance, Barth nodded and called out to the man from earlier.
He introduced the man, Dietrich, to us.
“This guy is planning to take a few experienced adventurers to scout out the noble district. We have heard that the nobles have gathered a private army somewhere and are planning something, so we intend to investigate it. You’ll be assisting him with that.”
“I see… I will be only capable of carrying the luggage at most, but are you okay with that?”
“Yeah, it’s fine. You are at that age, after all.”
The biggest factor is that I haven’t ever exercised before reaching this age, though.
“Alright, off you go then. You better not think about fighting them head-on.”
Dietrich, who gave a spirited reply, asked me to carry a backpack at his feet that made me want to question him whether he was planning on climbing a mountain.
The adventurers, who were waiting all this while, cheered on as they quickly put on their gear and followed Dietrich who began to walk ahead.