A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special - Novel Chapter 67

A Returner’s Magic Should Be Special Novel


Chapter 67. The Great Council (3)



Today's security of the Frilleza Palace was much stricter than any other day.  The number of knight guards was tremendous and each was trained to an incredibly high standard.




This  is  the  expected  outcome  though,  considering  who  was coming   to   the   council.   The   five   kings   from   the   Western Kingdoms, Zod the leader of the Mage Tower, and other leaders whose influence reach every corner of the world.




This   pressure   was   nothing   compared   to   their   political positions.  Desir followed after Zod into the council  room.  The interior of the room was a wide oval with seats circumnavigating a panel  that was placed in the center of the room. Desir saw many people had already found their place as he  walked  in.   They  were  dressed  up  in  elegant  gowns  and accompanied by their own maids and servants.




All  of the seating was pre-assigned. Desir followed Zod's lead and sat at his assigned seat.




"How long has it been since we last met, sir?" said the lady.



Coincidentally, the seat was right next to the Saint of Artemis, Priscilla. Zod answered insensitively.




"4 years 6 months 17 days and 3 hours and 12 minutes."




"Well, I wasn't looking for that kind of response."




Five  minutes  before  the  council  meeting  started,  the  King Frilleza, who was appointed as the council head, walked in.




King Frilleza was small and fat. The belt adorned with dolphin engravings was buried in his belly. His face was swollen as if he had been drowned in the water for a long time.




"Now  is  the  last  chance  to  get  away  from  this,  Desir.  You cannot escape once the meeting begins."




Said the Saint in a teasing manner. As they continued to chat, King Frilleza pronounced:




"We  may  now  begin  the  great  council  meeting  of  the  year


3616."




With  the  opening  words  of  the  King  Frilleza  the  council meeting  was  officially  underway.  The  format  of  the  council meeting is such that when the chairperson raises a topic, each nation  is  allowed  to  put  forward  their  own  opinion  on  the matter.  Then they all  vote to establish agreement and further elaborate on the most desirable proposals.




There are often conflicts but the chairperson, King Frilleza, skillfully   arranges   and   influences   the   discussion   in   more positive  directions.  The  issues  are  diverse.  Since  the  Western Kingdoms were established by five different nations, they talk about issues ranging from trade, to military, to technology, and even   politics.   Indeed,   the   Western   Kingdom's   affairs   were discussed from the lens of all fields, great and small.




Desir  was  a  bit  bored  as  the  discussions  lingered  on  trivial matters, but for him, this was an excellent opportunity to grasp the  dynamics  of  the  Western  Kingdom.   After  such  a  long meeting  and  some  discussion  of  the  various  issues  between nations,  a  topic  concerning  the  Shadow  Worlds  was  finally raised.




The   Shadow   Worlds   were   the   biggest   problem   of   the


continent and were actually one of the key areas of focus for the Western   Kingdom's   Congress.   The   central   panel   displayed various things including: the achievements of the Avalon army in the Western Kingdoms, the difficulty levels of the Shadow Worlds, the rate at which they were appearing, and the amount of magic stones available from the completion of them.




The profits made by attacking Shadow World were distributed to each country in accordance with their contribution. For some countries this amounted to a considerable amount.




"This year, the Shadow Worlds were less difficult. If there was one problem, it was the Outsiders."




While King Frilleza talked, the panel showed an enlarged map of a mountain range in the Kingdom of Frilleza.




"The  place  shown  on  this  map  is  where  a  Level  3  Shadow World  appeared.  At  the  time,  we  did  not  notice  it  appearing here and we only discovered it a month later...  long after the attack was over."




The  people  gathered  at  the  conference  began  to  whisper amongst themselves.




"This is a significant threat to us. We didn't even know of the existence  of  a  Shadow  World  here.  This  must  mean  that  the Outsiders  potentially  have  strategies  to  block  our  detection technology. Their ability to complete Shadow Worlds may even be higher than ours."




Desir  was  listening  intently.  The  Outsiders.  They  are  fairly annoying   beings. The   Hebrion   Empire   and   the   Western Kingdoms   managed   the   Shadow   Worlds.   That   is   why   the Outsiders  were  desperate  to  complete  Shadow  World  using nefarious means.




The  Outsiders,  however,  had  considerable  power  and  often attacked  low  level  Shadow  Worlds  before  others  could.  They also  raided  the  ruins  of  the  Hebrion  Empire,  the  Western Kingdom,  and  other  places  that  had  ore  deposits.  However, their  actions  were  often  performed  inconspicuously.  For  this reason information pertaining to them and their operations was difficult to obtain.




King  Frilleza  said,  gesturing  at  Zod,  the  leader  of  the  Mage Tower:


"Zod Axalion, who is aware of this situation, will elaborate on this."




Desir's eyes turned towards Zod.




"He understood this situation? The situation of the Outsiders?"




Zod got up and walked towards the pedestal  with the careful help of his ebony cane.




"Nice to meet you, my name is Zod Axalion, the leader of the Mage Tower."




Zod coughed and then gestured in the air.  The screen of the panel  changed.  On the screen was a view of the Eureli  Branch and a magic stone.




"Two  months  ago,  the  Outsiders  attacked  our  Mage  Tower. What they aimed for was the second-class magic stone, the Tear of Reganel that we hold in our possession."


The second-class magic stone.




The  stones  come  from  Level  3  Shadow  Worlds  of  the  most challenging  level,  and  as  a  result  were  one  of  the  top  magic stones.




"Fortunately, I was informed of the raid, prior to it occurring, and could safely prevent it. I was able to capture someone who I thought  was  the  officer  of  the  Outsiders.   Our  Mage  Tower interrogated him and managed to obtain information about the Outsiders."




Zod cleared his throat and continued the story.




"From  the  information  gathered,  we  were  able  to  stop  the planned  attack  ahead  of  time,  and  we  were  able  to  identify Outsider spies."




"Their  numbers  were  more  significant  than  expected,  and they  were  infiltrating  in  a  very  clever  way.   The  spies  that haven't been discovered may still  be in the Mage Tower, and maybe even here in the Western Kingdom."


Uncomfortable coughs punctuated Zod's story.




"Unless  we  know  the  exact  purpose  of  the  Outsiders,  this situation is a significant threat for us. The Mage Tower came to the conclusion that they should not be left to their own devices anymore. We would like to share all of the information that we have with the Western Kingdom and would like for all  to take this opportunity to join us in the pursuit of the Outsiders."




It was at this moment that there was a man who raised his hand carefully.




"Can I speak, for a moment, Zod Axallion?"




"Of course, His Majesty, Divide."




"Thank you."




Middle-aged, wearing a stylish black suit, King Divide arose.




"I'm   sorry   to   hear   that   the   Tower   was   attacked   by   the Outsiders, but I want to point out that the premise of your story


is  wrong.   First  of  all,  I  think  it  seems  impossible  that  the Outsiders tricked our detection technology and attacked first."




"Because they are mere criminals, they can't have that level of technology."




As  the  King  voiced  his  concerns,  some  nodded  as  if  they agreed.




"The Western Kingdom detection technology is state-of-the-art and required 20 years to develop and implement.  It's not a technology that those criminals can use or compete with."




"But the situation proves that it is a possibility."




"I'm going to offer you a clearer possibility. Isn't it more likely that this skill originates from somewhere else?"




The King, who paused, looked around the room. And in a firm tone, he announced:




"It's the Hebrion Empire."





The chamber stirred once again. His words sure made sense. Indeed, the only kingdom that had developed technologically at the level of the Western Kingdom was the Hebrion Empire.




Desir barely stopped himself from getting up.




"The Hebrion Empire did this to get the reward of a Level  3 Shadow World.  If it's a stone from such a Shadow World then it's well  worth the risk obtaining it.  That's why they planned this in order to stay under our radar. And it totally makes sense. Are they not our enemies?"




His words served the purpose of emphasizing that the Hebrion Empire was primarily an enemy of the Western Kingdom and that this fact should not be forgotten.  There were even some who seemed to sympathize with these feelings.




"I totally agree with your sentiment King Divide. There is no place that is capable of this except for the Hebrion Empire."




The  meeting  room  quickly  became  noisy  after  each  one  of them uttered their opinions.




"Please be calm. Everyone."




The chairman, King Frilleza, tried to moderate the turmoil. But the murmur still did not die down.




Desir exhaled a long sigh.






Yellow Ocean Tournament.




The air was abuzz with the sound of shouting, clashing, and the chanting of spells.




[Burst Claw.]




Second-Circle magic.




When Romantica unleashed magic, strong winds blew around her tearing everything in its path.


Rippppp!




The wind blew on a trajectory towards the opponent wizard. Huge scratches appeared on the marble floor.




The other wizard also cast magic in response to it.




[Arms Wave.]




The floor of the competition hall  rippled like a wave in the ocean.




[Material Burst.]




Rippling floor and strong wind overlapped and exploded. The magic of both sides was cancelled out.




The shattered floor material began to gather in the air.




[Rock Guillotine]



Second-Circle Magic.




A  huge  lance  made  of  stone  formed  and  flew  directly  at Romantica.




Thud!




But  ridiculously,  the  lance  flew  past  Romantica  and  lodged behind   her.   Romantica   had   adjusted   the   trajectory   of   the missile.




Romantica pronounced, while flicking her hair:




"Unfortunately, trajectory magic doesn't work against me."




In front of Romantica, a magic circle was forming.




"There's no one out there that can compete against me."




Two Third-Circle bullets appeared.





When Romantica beckoned, one of the bullets fired.




Bang!




It  was  way  more  powerful   than  the  defense  magic  could handle. The marble floor exploded creating a deep crater.




The opponent wizard opened his mouth in disbelief from that incredible display of power. He wasn't even able to use a second defense magic.




As this was the case, Romantica shot another bullet.




The  bullet  flew  and  crashed  into  the  body  of  the  opponent wizard. He flew out of the stadium and fell flat.




Judges and medical teams ran towards him.




The victorious Romantica returned to the waiting room.

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