Chapter 3:

Adelaide Chapter 1: The Royal Family and The Royal Knights


Edit: 7/28/2018. I reread the chapter and it was confusing. I fixed things to be less confusing. Please comment below if you find anything more confusing.Bookmark here

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The Royal Family and The Royal KnightsBookmark here

In the East side of the continent of Edenia, resides the country of Veronia.Bookmark here

Veronia has many towns and cities. Most are human, but there are also other humanoid beings such as elves and dwarves. All races are treated equally.Bookmark here

In the center of the country resides city of Archidam. Archidam is the capital of Veronia and is ruled by humans.Bookmark here

Inside the city, a large castle stood in place. Inside the large castle resides the royal family.Bookmark here

In the throne room, twelve people were present.Bookmark here

One was the king who is standing and holding a sword on his hand. The king put the sword over the shoulders of the kneeling individual in front of him.Bookmark here

“Adelaide Axtarosa, I now dub thee as “Royal Knight”.”Bookmark here

Adelaide Axtarosa, a female knight wearing gray armor received royal knighthood.Bookmark here

There are only seven royal knights in Archidam. One has retired a year ago so there is an open position. This position was taken by the 18-year-old Adelaide.Bookmark here

A royal knight isn’t chosen only by pure strength, but also talent, and potential. There are stronger combatants in Archidam than her such as veterans, but she is very strong for her age and she has great potential.Bookmark here

“It is an honor, I will always serve the kingdom.”Bookmark here

A beautiful, calm and cool voice was heard from the female knight.Bookmark here

“The accolade has ended, you are permitted to stand.”Bookmark here

Adelaide stood up, making light lamps shine light upon her face.

A beautiful face which has an expression filled with a harmony of calmness and coldness. A face which can fill a man’s heart with both heat and cold. A calm expression which people could not imagine smiling.Bookmark here

Her gray irises emit a calm but dignified aura. Her smooth gray silky hair is braided on one side over her shoulders with a black ribbon on the end.Bookmark here

Her gray armor has a simple design, the scabbard on her belt is a simple black, the shield on her forearm is but a simple gray shield, but because of her beauty, the simplicity of her battle attire is enhanced to look better than armors made out of orichalcum.Bookmark here

Adelaide Axtarosa, the talented treasure of the dignified Axtarosa family and the daughter of an archduke.Bookmark here

The people around clapped their hands to mark the end of the ceremony.Bookmark here

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One of the audiences is the crown prince of Veronia, Prince Reyhard Axtarosa. Bookmark here

A handsome prince with white hair and blue eyes which has taken the hearts of most women just by his looks.Bookmark here

Prince Reyhard Axtarosa clapped with a gentle smile with a hint of being in pain. There is feeling a mixture of happiness and pain on his chest.Bookmark here

“…You really are amazing…” Prince Reyhard muttered.Bookmark here

The reason for his pain is due to his feelings for his first cousin.Bookmark here

He knows to himself that it is not normal and it is taboo for a person to fall in love with his cousin. Prince Reyhard knows this and has given up on this love and has decided to hide this feeling until it disappears when he matures.Bookmark here

He knows that it will disappear, but he cannot deny that at the present, he has feelings for her.Bookmark here

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An old man in his 50’s but still has a handsome face approached Adelaide. This man is the archduke, Axavier Axtarosa, Adelaide’s father.Bookmark here

“For little Adel to be royal knight already… sniff… you have grown up already.”Bookmark here

“Father, please do not easily show tears of an Axtarosa in front of others. At least keep it inside the house.”Bookmark here

“Is there any father who won’t be proud if his daughter has achieved Class Level: 4 at the age of 18?! Sniff, I’m so proud of youuu!”Bookmark here

Adelaide decided to let her father hug her. Normally she would dodge his hug, but she has permitted it for today.Bookmark here

Class Level: 4 are mostly attained when a person is at his 30’s. Getting it at the age of 18 shows how amazingly talented Adelaide is. Truly fit to be a royal knight.Bookmark here

“Hahaha! You haven’t changed, Xavier!” the king said as he gave the royal sword to the maid beside him.Bookmark here

The maid has violet neck-haired hair and is wearing a purple mask.Bookmark here

The masked maid is a royal knight whose only duty is to protect the king. Only the royal family knows of her true identity.Bookmark here

“Reks, don’t give her dangerous missions!”Bookmark here

“Err… isn’t that what being a royal knight is about?”Bookmark here

King Reksaflaig, the king, said with a wry smile.Bookmark here

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A man with an elegant demeanor approached Adelaide.Bookmark here

“Class level: 4 at 18 years old, what an amazing feat. I’m astounded.” The man who was wearing a white robe said as he approached Adelaide.Bookmark here

The man has a handsome face which rivals the crown prince. Unlike the crown prince which gives off a young man’s charm, this man gives of a face full of beauty.Bookmark here

This man’s name is Claudius Weiser, one of the Royal Knights.Bookmark here

Adelaide pushed her father, which was soaking her armor with tears, away to greet Claudius.Bookmark here

“I’m not worthy to receive such words from a talented individual such as you, sir Claudius.”Bookmark here

“No, there is no one worthier of praise than you. I may be at Class Level: 6, but I have only reached it after I turned 30. I only became a Class Level: 4 when I was 21. That’s three years later than yours. Lady Adelaide, you have worked hard and much more talented than me.”Bookmark here

“I’m truly happy to be praised by you. Since it would be rude to further more deny your praise, I would gladly take it.”Bookmark here

Adelaide put her right hand on her left chest, to show respect. Claudius had a gentle smile on his face.Bookmark here

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This scene is only a junior and a senior acknowledging each other and nothing more.Bookmark here

Prince Prince Reyhard knows this, but he cannot help but envy the atmosphere of the two.Bookmark here

This wretched feeling… jealousy? For me to feel such an emotion… I feel ashamed of myself.Bookmark here

The prince felt a hand over his shoulder.Bookmark here

“Don’t be so hard on yourself.”Bookmark here

The one who put his hand on the prince’s shoulder casually was a man on his late 20’s.Bookmark here

The man has a slim build and is wearing light leather adventurer’s clothes. He has a bow on his back and a dagger behind his belt.Bookmark here

His name is Arc, a Royal knight.Bookmark here

This kind of action of a commoner towards the royalty shouldn’t be allowed, but to Prince Reyhard, such a thing doesn’t matter.Bookmark here

Arc has always treated Prince Reyhard as an equal, he doesn’t see this as something bad and has already opened up to him. The prince trusts him as if he is family.Bookmark here

“You really do know me, Arc.”Bookmark here

“Haha, of course. Just how many years have we been together? I’m going to train you like crazy later to make you forget about it. You better be prepared.”Bookmark here

“Thanks…”Bookmark here

Prince Reyhard was able to calm down. Having a true friend by your side really helps on these times.Bookmark here

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A relieved tone was heard in the throne room.Bookmark here

“Whew! It’s too hot in this!”Bookmark here

The king was about to take off his royal cloak. This was halted because he felt a sudden chill on his back.Bookmark here

“Dear, what are you doing?”Bookmark here

A woman who has blue hair and blue eyes spoke with a cold tone.Bookmark here

“B-But Kaia, the ceremony is over! I’m sure you understand that this big lump of fur feels hot!”Bookmark here

Queen Kaia is the wife of the king and the current queen of Veronia. She is the daughter of a Duke and was a former famous magician.Bookmark here

“Please act more like a king! A lot of nobles are always requesting me to fix your manners!”Bookmark here

“But isn’t this why you fell in love with me?”Bookmark here

“P-Please stop saying such words when I’m talking to you. You can act like this when only we are around, but please act like a king in front of others!”Bookmark here

Queen Kaia turned red as she scolded the king.Bookmark here

“Hahaha! Mama is turning red, so cute!”Bookmark here

“So cute!”Bookmark here

Two little girls at the age of 10 ran around the queen. The children are identical twins, but it is easy to distinguish them from each other because of the hair and eye color.Bookmark here

The older of the twins has blue hair that is always put up into short twin tails and her eyes has white irises. Her name is Skaia.Bookmark here

The younger of the twins has white shoulder length hair and blue irises. Her name is Azaia.Bookmark here

“You two, behave inside the throne room!”Bookmark here

“Hahaha! Can’t catch us!”Bookmark here

“Catch us!”Bookmark here

The twin princesses ran towards a man wearing heavy plate armor in the room and climbed to his shoulders.Bookmark here

“Hahaha! Don’t worry queen, I’ll take care of these two brats!”Bookmark here

“Two brats? Jagg’s brain is a lot similar to a brat’s!”Bookmark here

“A brat’s!”Bookmark here

The armored man wearing plate armor has a big build. He has spiky long red hair and has a wild expression. He has a scar coming from the forehead down to the chin. He is a royal knight, his name is Jagg.Bookmark here

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As this was happening, a woman casually approached Adelaide.Bookmark here

Adelaide notice her approaching and she responded by facing her and standing straight, a gesture of respect.Bookmark here

“Little Adel, congratulations!”Bookmark here

“This is thanks to your guidance and efforts in teaching me how to use magic, miss Fleisha.”Bookmark here

“My, my… thank you~”Bookmark here

The woman who approached Fleisha is a woman on her late 20’s. She has waist length brown hair and purple eyes. She is wearing a light brown robe and is holding a magic staff.Bookmark here

Her name is Fleisha, a magician. She is the most powerful person inside the room. At the young age of 29, she is already at class level: 7, the very first in history to achieve such a high class at such a young age.Bookmark here

There are very few humans in class level: 7. Such a high-class level is only attainable by magic users who are still able to do battle even at age 70. For the record, she reached class level: 4 when she was 15 years old, 3 years earlier than Adelaide.Bookmark here

In other words, Fleisha shouldn’t be called a genius, but a monster. It is informal, but it is considered that she is ranked higher than the nobles of the country aside from the royal family. This is all because her power is acknowledged and the nobles are scared of her because of her cheerful carefree attitude. She would not bat an eyelash and destroy half of the city just to get what she wants, and no one can stop her.Bookmark here

“Cute little Adel, I’m very happy that you’re now in the same group as me. Now, we can hang out more often and have fun~”Bookmark here

“Miss Fleisha… we also have some missions to do.”Bookmark here

“Of course, can’t forget about the side activities~”Bookmark here

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Adelaide didn’t answer because she knew that with Fleisha’s power, any mission that can be completed by force will definitely be completed by a little effort.Bookmark here

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While everyone was having their own casual conversations, a man who ignored the atmosphere approached King Reksafleig and bowed his head.Bookmark here

“King, permission to talk.”Bookmark here

“You don’t have to be so stiff all the time, Flaint…”Bookmark here

The man’s name is Flaint. He is wearing red coat over black plate armor. He has red hair done into a spiky ponytail. He has a long sword on his belt.Bookmark here

Flaint is a commoner of unique talent, similar to Adelaide. He was appointed as the captain of the royal knights last year after the former captain of the royal knights retired. He is 28 years old.Bookmark here

“King, the ceremony is now over. Adelaide is mow part of the royal knights. It is best if she started going on missions and starts leveling up as soon as possible. There is already a mission prepared for her, I would like it to be finished as soon as possible.”Bookmark here

“Ehhh, can’t we just take a break and celebrate today?”Bookmark here

“King, sir Flaint is right. I have turned into a royal knight now, I have to get strong as soon as possible so I won’t be a burden to my responsibility. I request permission to leave.”Bookmark here

“These two really can’t relax, even a little!”Bookmark here

The people had wry smiles towards the attitude of this king.Bookmark here

“King, I have a bad feeling about the mission prepared for Adelaide. I want it to be looked upon as soon as possible.”Bookmark here

“What is this mission?”Bookmark here

“There was a Manticore attack on the town nearby that occurred last night. The Manticore was an Abyth Manticore from the Abyth dungeon. They Evolution Level: 4 monsters found at the third level.”Bookmark here

“Shouldn’t the guardian be on the second level? It should’ve been impossible for the Manticore to go through… Could it be that the guardian of the dungeon was killed?”Bookmark here

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“What is a guardian? Sounds cool!”Bookmark here

“Cool!”Bookmark here

Queen Kaia answered them with a voice that seems to be teaching little children.Bookmark here

“There is a Guardian for different dungeons. It is a strong monster that has been captured and fixed by different magic tools. It is placed by the military of Veronia inside the dungeon to manage the ecosystem of a dungeon. Having many monsters inside a dungeon is dangerous, so controlling their number is needed. Guardians are very strong but don’t attack humans unless they are considered as intruders. They also serve as guards to prevent strong monsters from going up to surface level. These dungeons are maintained for soldiers and people titled as “adventurer” so they can gain experience and materials.”Bookmark here

“Mommy, too long! I don’t understand!”Bookmark here

“Don’t understand!”Bookmark here

“Y-You’ll learn it at school…”Bookmark here

Queen Kaia said with a flustered face as she realizes again that she has no talent in teaching little children.Bookmark here

“Were there reports of people capable of defeating a guardian entering the dungeon?” Claudius asked Flaint.Bookmark here

“There are none. There were also no reports of the guardian’s corpse inside the second level. I have a hunch that it went down to the third level.”Bookmark here

“But that guardian only gets aggressive if monsters stronger than it is present. Such a monster does not exist even in the third level.”Bookmark here

“What of the possibility of someone entering and planting a strong monster in the dungeon?”Bookmark here

“The people who entered the dungeon prior to the disappearance of the guardian have their Status Panel checked through evaluation crystals and we found no skills that can summon something of the sort. Their items are also checked and there were no suspicious items found.”Bookmark here

“So, a stronger monster being spawned is not a possibility.”Bookmark here

“The only thing that can defeat the guardian is an evolution level 6 monster of the higher level and a race advantage. Since the guardian’s corpse was not found, this means that either the guardian is malfunctioning or something has happened in the third level.”Bookmark here

“Heading into the third level is very dangerous, an elite unit must be made before investigating. An encounter of two manticores inside the dungeon would mean death for most people.”Bookmark here

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The king looked at Adelaide. Adelaide looked at the king with expectations of making her part of the mission.Bookmark here

The King made a small smile before making a serious face as he faces Adelaide.Bookmark here

“Adelaide, the mission is for you to join the investigation unit. You’ll be working with the other royal knights, some soldiers and a few A rank adventurers from the city of Abyth.”Bookmark here

“I accept this mission.”Bookmark here

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Adeialde.Bookmark here

We rode a carriage and headed to the site. Captain Flaint, sir Claudius, sir Jagg, and miss Fleisha.Bookmark here

“Miss Fleisha, it’s an honor to go on a mission… but may I ask, is there a need for you to come with us? Shouldn’t you be at the city to protect the people?”Bookmark here

“My, my… don’t underestimate the soldiers and the adventurer’s guild of Archidam, they can protect the city from cute little flying cats, cute little Adel. Me, going to the root of the problem and solving it, is the best and fastest way to fix this~”Bookmark here

“I see, you have a point.”Bookmark here

Miss Fleisha put her hands on her cheeks.Bookmark here

“Not only that, it’s a lot more fun to go onto this kind of unusual stuff that stay at the city… I just love unusual things~”Bookmark here

Miss Fleisha always prioritizes her interests as much as possible. She has the leeway to pursue her interests while doing her responsibilities because of her talent.Bookmark here

“Little Adel, you had just had a class advancement, you should review your stats before we reach our destination~”Bookmark here

“Yes ma’am. <Status Panel>.”Bookmark here

Name: Adelaide Axtarosa
Being Category: [Person]
Race: [Human]
Racial Classification: [Beast]
Title: [Protector]
Class: [Ethereal Champion]
Class Level: 4

Level: 3
EXP: 23%
Health: 516
Spirit: 584
Strength: 529
Agility: 518
Magic: 602

Class Abilities
<Battle Mode Lv. 7>|<Aura Blade Lv. 6>|<Corporeal Slayer Lv. 6>|<Ethereal Slayer Lv. 1>

<Sword Mastery Lv. 4>|<Shield Mastery Lv. 3>|<Ambidexterity Lv. 3>|<Pain Reduction Lv. 2>|<Unflinching Lv. 3>|<Spirit Mastery Lv. 6>|<Magic Mastery Lv. 5>|<Mana Regulation Lv. 5>

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I reviewed my skills as the carriage headed to town of Abyth.Bookmark here

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