Break the Limit (2)
“Sir Ian! I heard you awake….. S, sir Ian?”
The great land lord Kalian rushed to Ian’s room quickly. He was surprised by Ian’s state. He couldn’t help himself. Ian’s face, body, robe and even the floor was covered by blood
“What on earth….. Are you okay?”
Answering the great land lord’s question, Ian stood up. Soon, blood stains on his face started to peel off like smashed bread crumbs.
“I was kind of shedding off my skin.”
The great lord thought about its meaning for a while.
But he couldn’t come to any conclusion. What he saying was a mystery to him.
‘He’s weird just like the other mages.’
After a short evaluation, the great lord started his main topic.
“Ah, I am so glad that you’re awake, by the way. Including my gratitude, I have so many things to say, but rushed into here to give you this.”
The great land lord handed him a crystal orb.
It was a mediator of the mana message that came from the communication post.
It was different to the communication orb.
“When you departed for the Great Grass Field, which was around 10 days ago, there was a message that came from the Ivory Tower. The message said that we must show this message whenever your mission was finished, but you fainted…. Anyway, check it in haste.”
A message from the Ivory Tower?
What is going on?
Ian quickly received the crystal orb. Quickly, he injected mana to check the content.
“Wait, before that, I have one more thing to give you.”
Then, the great lord Kalian pulled something from his inner pocket. It was a letter. It wasn’t a mana letter that came through the communication post, but a ‘paper letter,’ that had emblem of the emperor on it.
“It is a message straight from the emperor, his highness, through the messenger. The emperor strictly ordered me to show this only to you, by my very hand.
“Through the messenger?”
“Yes it is.”
The emperor chose to use a messenger and a paper letter, instead of using a communication post. It was risky method that might fail due to time delay. But he chose that way, for what reason?
‘A letter that shouldn’t be known to the Ivory Tower,’
Or due to the contents, the Ivory Tower might manipulate to delay the message on purpose. Anyway, both situations were evaluating into one conclusion. The letter must be something about against the will of the Ivory Tower.
‘Let’s read the Ivory Tower’s message first.’
By injecting mana, blue letters were starting to be released. Familiarly, it was the typical phenomenon of the mana letter.
[This is a message for the Archmage, Ian Page. Since it contains some contents that may interrupt the progress of Ian Page’s mission, the Ivory Tower asked us to delay the message. We apologize for that.]
Something that may interrupt his mission?
Soon the next sentences were drawn on the sky.
[There was a little problem that happened at your house. An unknown stranger had invaded your house, but thanks to the guards, your families and properties are safe. Currently, they are under the cover of the royalty and the Ivory Tower, so we inform you that you have no need to worry about them, by this letter.]
There were a few extras things, but that was the core part of the content. In summary, there was an invasion, and guards arrested the stranger, and since the royalty and the Ivory Tower were caring for them, there was nothing to worry about this.
‘The Ivory Tower wants me to worry about them.’
They sent this letter to make Ian unstable, on purpose, obviously. However, problem was that it made Ian feel uncomfortable as it was intended. He wanted to go back to his family right now.
‘Let’s decide on it after I read the emperor’s letter.’
Ian barely calmed down his mind.
Now, Ian started to read the emperor’s message.
[To my dearest mage, and friend of my son, Ian Page.]
Unlike the straight forwardness of the Ivory Tower’s letter, the emperor’s letter kept its form. Nevertheless he must have written this letter in a hasty situation. His letter was neat, but still gentle.
[If this letter is successfully handed over to you, that would mean that there is still a little hope left for me and my son. By thanking goddess of luck, I want to ask one favor from you.]
The emperor emphasized that he was asking for his favor, not ordering.
[Since you might have not noticed due to the divine duty of being an Archmage, the great council will be held soon at the free city, ‘Demidera’, for the conquest of monsters at the Great Grass Field.]
‘Why is it being held so early?’
Ian was surprised.
It supposed to be happened a few years later.
The past Ian had known had changed.
[Including your friend, the Crown Prince, Hayden Greenriver, the 5th prince Ragnar Greenriver, the Tower Lord Habert Leon, the great captain of the imperial army Duncan Mitos and so on, they are chosen to be sent to the council. While you are reading this, they might have already started their journey to Demidera.]
But, the situation was the same as his former life.
The most important point of this council was Ragnar.
From this council, he started to appeal himself and started to build his own social power quickly.
It was his debut stage for succeeding.
‘In my former life, it was a critical point where the Crown Prince started to fall.’
On the other hand, Ragnar showed his outstanding diplomatic skills at this council. As result, not only nobles, but even other people of the emperor acknowledged Ragnar’s talent, and acknowledged the Crown Prince’s uselessness.
[In this journey, there is no one who can be the Crown Prince’s eyes and mouths. The captain Oliver is very loyal man, but he is just a warrior. So I ask my favor to Ian Page, the friend of the Crown Prince, please head to Demidera, and help him. In the name of emperor, I will protect your families by bringing them to my palace.]
There was indeed, a special reason the emperor sent this letter.
He was chasing a last hope.
He wished Ian Page might able to help the Crown Prince to become more than an idiot prince.
Ian closed his eyes.
He started to evaluate this situation, by comparing his former life and current state.
‘It seems the Tower Lord planned this situation.’
Ian couldn’t even be able to guess from since when he was involved.
Even the invasion from the Great Grass Field monsters might be one of his whole plan, or maybe some part of it. Ian’s head was filled with complex thinking. However, at this moment, he had to decide quickly.
‘Family or favor of the Emperor?’
Those strangers, who invaded the Ian’s mansion, could be sent by the Tower Lord, to bind down Ian to his home.
‘He knows me very well.’
Perhaps the Tower Lord hadn’t stopped collecting information about Ian sneakily. He must have figured out that Ian was obsessed with his family. If the Tower Lord manipulated this event on purpose, he made a decent plan, indeed.
‘I would rush to my family.’
Whether it was a deceiving movement or not, he wouldn’t hesitate about it.
‘Precisely, just before a few minutes ago.’
Massive amounts of mana was flowing through Ian’s vein.
Ian entered to the 6th class without a doubt.
The level was achieved with the following title, ‘First 6th class human’.
(ED Note: Awwwww yeah. That moment when we’re 50 chapters in and hes already the strongest human at the ages of 18?17? I can’t remember…)
‘6th class has their own special 6th class magic.
Such magic that the Tower Lord wouldn’t even dare to imagine.
Such magic that had no records left.
And Ian had reached the level where he could cast such magic.
The 6th class Archmage.
Ian laughed lightly.
He only made such a smile when he felt superiority.
“What is going on? What’s on the letter?”
After a long silence, the great land lord asked curiously. Considering his characteristics, he waited a long time.
“Great land lord.”
“I am listening.”
“I protected you and your territory, didn’t I?”
Ian asked something out of topic.
But still, Kalian admitted it by nodding his head.
“Of course, you are the savior to me, this province, and its people.”
“Then can I ask you for one favor?”
“Anything you want. I was wondering how I may be able to repay the grace you have given to me.”
Kalian said while beating his chest with his fist.
Indeed, he was fitted better as a warrior, rather than a leader.
“Please protect me for a while.”
Ian’s eyes were bright.
As a 6th class mage, he knew how to turn the tide.