d be a hundred, no, thousands of times better to owe the Mollunka church than to cede land to Sobleche and Bolney.

     However, at Ayra’s question, Ginas shook his head–his expression even darker than before.
“That won’t work.
Recently, the ruling Solar family and the Mollunka faith have not been on good terms.”

     Ayra recalled Attera te Acht, high priest of the Mollunka faith, whom he had encountered while wandering around the slums.
So there really was a reason behind his strangely relentless glare.

     “Why aren’t we on good terms?”

      “Your ancestral fathers, your forebearers…may have persecuted the Mollunka religion.
Therefore, it’s highly unlikely that the current high priest will be willing to cooperate with us.”

      It was like peeling an onion.
The more Ayra dug, the more issues were revealed.

      A territory lacking in wide, fertile plains and mines; a territory drowning in mountains of debt; a terrority whose ruling family was at odds with the influential Mollunka church.
Not to mention the collapsed walls, runaway knight commander, incompetent administrative minister and last but not least, a rookie lord…

      To add oil to the fire, the territory’s foreseen conclusion was total ruin…

      Ayra could very well understand why Ginas had momentarily lost his mind.
And he now understood why the man had relented and insisted on Ayra succeeding to a permanent position no matter what.
In a desperatesituation like this, where Ginas could only grasp at straws, he couldn’t let the only heir of the family slip through his fingers.

     In addition, Ginas’s opponent was a young and talented wizard who had the ability to return to the Labyrinth within minutes and abandon the estate after seeing this entire mess.

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     With that in mind, Ayra felt somewhat sorry for the governor, who had been struggling to protect this territory alone.
Trying to comfort him, Ayra patted the man’s shoulder a couple of times.
“Alright then, I’ll take a look at the walls for a moment.”

     “Yes, please go ahead,” the governor replied in a helpless voice as he stretched out a hand towards the mountain of documents that waited before him.
Though he seemed to be of sound mind, his tone indicated that his spirit had given up.

As soon as he left the study, Ayra quickly donned his robe and left the castle stealthily.
Though he had become the lord, Ayra did not plan on revealing his identity to those outside the castle for the time being.
It wasn’t that he planned on secretly inspecting the lay of the land….

     He recalled thoughts that he deliberately pushed aside due to business that came with his new position.

     ….Janus Rehzedt.

     The first thing that came to mind weren’t the various bad ending options but rather the violent kiss they had shared.
Ayra accidentally bit his tongue and immediately clenched his teeth afterwards, making a great effort to remind himself that the man was fickle, wild, and dangerous.

     The Janus of that day, was completely different from the man Ayra thought he knew.
He couldn’t find any traces of the ordinary mercenary that had playfully danced with him in the streets, nor any trace of the man who he’d shared alcohol with.
So, for the time being, Ayra was going to approach the man with his identity concealed.

      ‘And, for some reason, something doesn’t feel right.
As Ginas said, I should prepare for the possibility that the soldier won’t return.’

      Furthermore, in order to easily achieve the quest goals, it was best not to expose his identity.
It would be hard to travel around the territory as he pleased if his identity was known.

 

 

TL: More and more problems arise >.<

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Bloom’s affection going up real high though O.O

Axion is another fief/city-state    위임장 = Power of Attorney Letter.
Legally, this document allows one to act in the person’s stead and make decisions that may affect the person.
I thought that the Power of Attorney Letter sounds too jargony, so Proxy appointment letter it is! [/efn_note]

 

     The young lord then cut to the heart of the matter.
“The governor has apparently sent off a merchant; would you perhaps know the routes or methods they may use to return to this territory?”

     In spite of his bewilderment, Bloom answered faithfully.
“I’ve been posted as an escorting guard several times now so I’m familiar with the trade routes.
The fastest route is by horse and takes about a day; it runs through the valley and through the nearby village.
We can keep our ears out for rumors of merchants at the village there, at the exit of the Dallum Gorge.”

     The recently promoted Bloom could even snatch the finance minister’s seat; his advice was ten times more useful than the other man’s.
Ayra smiled happily and patted the knight on the shoulder.
“Great.
Send some soldiers to root out any rumors regarding merchants.
This business is incredibly urgent and important, so I’d like for it to be handled well.”

     Bloom hesitated, looked down at his proxy appointment letter, and soon steeled his determination.
Cradling the precious document, he responded, “Yes, my lord!”

 

[Bloom’s affection value has increased by 12.]

[Current Affection: 78]

 

     ‘Huh, was that really something that would increase the affection stat so much? Well, I suppose a promotion is cause for happiness.
His reaction is a bit burdensome, but I’m grateful…’

     Bloom left the study after expressing his deep gratitude with a full-body bow.
Hoping the knight would return with good news, Ayra released a deep sigh and took a sip of his now cold tea.

     Just then, a notification window popped up, accompanied by the ring of a bell.

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