Has Viscount Cleirigh found anything strange in the north? A black-haired man roughly snapped at a green-haired man.

No, your majesty, he says there is nothing unusual in the north and about the young lady of the grand duke, The man answered calmly despite the black-haireds attitude.

Thats not possible, The black-haired man uttered, displeased.

Standing up from the bronze chair, he moved to the window on the other side of the room.

Dressed in a dark blue royal jacket with a golden sash across his chest and a gold aiguillette on his right shoulder, he paired it with black pants buckled with a golden belt.

Two star-shaped in different colors hung on the left side of his chest, with other medals with five ribbon colors making a soft clank sound as he moved.

His golden eyes, the dominant trait of the royal family of the Persian empire, gleamed as he stared through the window with his hands clutched behind his back.

That not possible.

He repeated, clutching his wrists tighter.

The other man, green-haired with green eyes, merely stood quietly in the presence of the emperor of the Persian empire.

His duty in the Persian empire is to serve directly as the assistant to the emperor.

He does not care about other situations, like the Grand duke of the north.

As far as he could see, the grand duke of the north was the most loyal noble to the emperor.

Much more trustworthy than the marquis family of the east,

The family of the Empress.

Of course, with the power that the Grand duke possesses, it could rival the royal family or be much more powerful.

Still, the grand duke is not arrogant about it, like the Empresss family or greedy for more like other nobles he has seen.

Whatever the emperor needs or wants, the grand duke will get it for him without asking questions, even to the extent of leaving his children with maids and nannies almost every time.

Yet the emperor cannot see that.

The green-eyed- man sighed inwardly in pity for the emperor and thought, Hopefully, the children of the grand duke and the grand duke himself will not hate the emperor for this.

He doesn know what the Empress has been telling the emperor and didn want to know at all.

At least his count family, a powerless family, will not be involved in the power struggle when it is time.

Hopefully, he would pack his things and leave before then.

Tell the Viscount to investigate more. There must be something that we missed.

The emperors voice snapped him out of his thoughts.

Yes, your majesty, The green-haired man bowed his head.

What of my little brother? The emperors voice had more malice than before.

The Archdukes movement is not strange, your majesty, The assistant responded.

Hmm, The emperor was satisfied with the good news.

That how it should be, He was pleased with that report at least.

The unknown illegitimate child of his father appeared out of nowhere when his father was about to die.

He remembered his mother, the Former Empress, angry that there was one more person who could threaten his position as the crown prince at his younger age.

The Former emperor was a lusty man, but surprisingly a good ruler, and that good point made the nobles not do anything to him.

Which man didn have urges that his wife could not satisfy?

Well, his father had many.

And that led to many concubines in the palace with many children.

He remembered his mother crying every day but always looking at him with a pained but hateful expression, That throne will be yours, do you hear me?! That throne must be yours!

She utters those words to him almost every day.

Sometimes he feels, she reassures herself that even if she doesn have her husbands love, she could have power through her son.

Every month, one concubine dies, one after the other, through suicide, accidents, running away, or so many excuses.

Their children die with the same excuses.

He knew it was his mothers work.

But he didn say anything and did his duty as the future ruler. The position of the crown prince was his in the first place. Why would he give up his power to an illegitimate child?

His father did not love him, but his mother did and made him sit on that throne by any means.

Even after his mother did everything, she could to ensure no child threatened his place on the throne. There was one more child left.

A child that his father found and brought into the palace with the mother.

When his mother saw that, he remembered her face paling at the sight of that child.

For this reason, he didn know until his mothers death.

His mother managed to kill the childs mother but not the child, which threatened his position.

That child resembles the founding emperor of the Persian empire. Remember that, my son. He could be your biggest opponent. She said those words before her last breath.

Yes, mother, The emperor muttered, coming to reality.

Thats why he did everything he could to make the child know his place or die, but it seemed heaven was against him in killing the child.

Instead of dying, he created an army, another fearsome power like the grand dukes.

Instead of being an archduke in name only, he is an archduke with actual power, a power that his son, the crown prince, does not have to succeed the throne but threatens his place.

One way or the other, he must die, The emperor declared with pure malice deep in his voice.

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