The Children of Eris
When David returned to Castle Kelsey after talking to Kella, he was surprised by the renovations that had been made to the castle.
He knew that his forces were painting the walls, but he didn’t know they were planning to completely paint them black and then add spikes to the battlements and towers.
God, this is the sort of thing an edgy teenager would find cool, David thought, cringing a little. This is meant to be the Demon Emperor’s bastion of evil, but this is just too much.
“Master, you’ve returned!” Mania eagerly called, bowing to him. “How was your trip to Themis?”
“…Tedious, as expected,” David muttered as he glanced around the castle to see whatever else was being done to the castle. “Mania, whose idea was it to renovate the castle this way?”
“This was the combined efforts of all of us generals, your majesty,” Mania happily replied with a bright smile. “We all thought hard together about what would help transform Castle Kelsey into the bastion of evil you envisioned!”
This was agreed by all of you? Even by Mímir?!
“What do you think of the Dread Keep, Dark Lord?”
“Ah.” Mania blushed a little in embarrassment and giggled nervously. “When we were in Stonefall, I asked Mímir if we should think about renaming Castle Kelsey and giving it a more suitable name. I suggested the Dread Keep. W-what do you think?”
I think it’s very edgy and very cringy, David wanted to say, but he bit his tongue. It’s what you’d expect the last level to be in an old RPG. In that sense, it’s perfect for a Demon Emperor.
With an internal sigh, David loudly proclaimed, “It is a fine name, Mania.”
“Thank you for your kind words, Master,” Mania replied. “Is there anything you wish to ask of me or for me to report?”
“Hmm, perhaps. Raven.” One materialised from the shadow of the gates and knelt before David. “Has there been anything out of the ordinary around the castle since I left?”
“Not yet, your majesty.”
“Your majesty, might I make a quick report about the situation in Stonefall?” The Raven asked.
“I will hear the full report from Mímir later, so keep it brief,” David replied.
“As you wish. I just wanted to say that the plan is progressing as per your orders and that Stonefall is on the breaking point.”
“The brutal murders caused the intended pandemonium that your majesty wanted, and the whole city believes that it’s a part of the Great Disaster, just as you said it would be.”
“…Just as I said it would be?”
“Yes, your majesty.”
“Who told you that I ordered those murders?”
“Answer the question. Who told you that?”
“…Lord Mímir did, your majesty.”
“Funny,” David said with a snide laugh, turning to Mania who was cowering in fear. “I don’t remember ordering that.”
“Y-your majesty, I-
“Raven. Summon the generals and the rest of the Ravens that aren’t occupied to the throne room. Now.”