h the fact that there were so many incompetent people was also a factor.
At that time, His Majesty secretly selected the families that would be favored in the future and those that would be downsized, and those that were cooperative and specialized in military affairs made a great leap forward.
It was at that time that the Fertio House was promoted to the rank of Marquis.
On the surface, it was a military victory in a major battle, but in reality, it was a promotion for the future.
On the other hand, when the Count Ferdinand House learned that its two sons were to be relieved of their ranks as officers, the Count Ferdinand House did nothing, and although he was not demoted, his lands were reduced in size.
To secure his own position, the count petitioned that I, a mere knight, be given the status of a noble.
His Majesty liked this proposal very much, and I was raised to the rank of viscount with unprecedented speed.
Considering this, it could be said that His Majesty tends to favor those whom he has given titles to.
Therefore, I advised His Majesty.
“Thank you very much for granting me an audience.
I have come to ask you to grant a certain person a title.”
Normally, I would have received a word or two of greeting and a few words from His Majesty, followed by a discussion of the content of the audience.
However, I dared to go straight to the point.
To this, the Imperial Knights and court magicians looked grim-faced, while the elderly Prime Minister standing by His Majesty’s side raised one eyebrow in amusement.
Then, His Majesty tilted his head curiously.
“…I thought you had come to petition for your own elevation to the rank of upper nobility after your new military achievements, but you want someone else to be given the title?”
His Majesty asked in a low voice.
Obviously, this was the least enthusiastic he had ever been.
Perhaps he was wary that I might start to move in the interest of power and position.
Before I could answer, the Prime Minister interrupted.
Normally, I would not have interrupted before answering His Majesty’s question, but the Prime Minister, who was an old acquaintance of His Majesty, was renowned for his unconventional character.
“…I don’t see the face of the person to bestow this reward…?”
The Prime Minister said something like that.
I smiled and continued.
“He is a lord who guards a frontier at the edge of the kingdom.
He guards a remote village where not even a deputy could be dispatched, so he could not come to this Royal Capital.”
When I told him this, His Majesty raised his eyebrows.
“…A remote village? Why would such a Feudal Lord be promoted to nobility?”
“Because of his great achievements and his potential, which even that seems to be overshadowed.”
The Imperial Knights made a slight commotion when I answered immediately.
The Prime Minister looked at His Majesty with his hand on his chin.
His Majesty just nodded quietly and spoke.
If you, who are renowned for your military prowess, are the one to recommend him, then I suppose this is a promising story.
But in a remote village where neither knights nor guards could be deployed, how did this man achieve such military prowess? I am curious, but more than that, I have my doubts.”
In response to His Majesty’s question, I erase my smile, look straight back into His Majesty’s eyes, and answer.
“They killed dragons.”
The moment I announced this, the place became noisier than it would have been during an audience.
No, in any other place, there would have been even greater turmoil.
The Prime Minister’s eyes widened slightly, and he opened his mouth.
“My God, a dragon slayer…if that is true, it is indeed brilliant.
Don’t tell me that the lord of the frontier village is a four-element magician who grew up in that village?”
I shake my head from side to side at his words.
He is a person who was treated coldly by his family and driven out because of his aptitude for production-based magic, which is considered unusable.
However, he has continued to perform spectacularly.”
“Such a person could defeat a dragon…?”
As the Prime Minister tilted his head, His Majesty, who seemed to be growing impatient, raised himself from his back and opened his mouth.
“Who is that?”
“He is Van Nei Fertio, son of the Marquess of Fertio, the hero who defeated a dragon, not yet even 10 years old.”
At my words, everyone in the audience chamber gasped.
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