"This is also okay . ”
Emperor Juander’s face was satisfied as he tasted the food coming out in turn . The other officials were the same . The imperial cuisine, which reinterpreted the food culture throughout the continent, was originally famous for its taste . But it tasted especially good today . The imperials chefs seemed to be at their best since an honored guest was visiting .
‘Huhuhut, that hillbilly will be shocked by the taste . ’
Punching King Rigal watched Grid’s response . The specialty of the Overgeared Kingdom was potatoes? Rigal wanted to see what type of response the king of a country that ate only pig food would show to the food of the great empire . It was as he expected .
"The food tastes good . In particular, the food made from flour are excellent . ”
Grid’s reaction was as Rigal expected . He admired and praised the food . The Saharan Empire was truly the best in every way . Grid’s admiration made the emperor feel good . Rigal confirmed the smile on the emperor’s face and quickly clapped his hands . The chef soon came running .
"Y-You called me . ”
Being called to the emperor’s presence? The head chef was full of fear . He was worried he had made a mistake and angered the emperor .
Rigal spoke to the sweating chef . "Explain the food to our honored guest . I’m sure there are a lot of foods he doesn’t know . Shouldn’t you take care of this part?"
Every dish had history and background . Knowing it made eating the food more delicious . Rigal had this logic but in reality, he was treating Grid as a hillbilly . The contempt in his eyes was clear when he looked at Grid . But Grid didn’t flinch back when facing him . He smiled calmly and enjoyed the situation .
"Thank you for the favor, Sir Rigal . ”
“Of course . . . ”
Rigal was surprised by Grid’s gratitude .
‘You still haven’t noticed . ’
Grid didn’t even know he was being made fun of . There was a teasing taste . Rachel shook her head at Rigal and made an insidious remark .
“You’re still a child . You’re bothering a weak person . ”
"You are the one saying this? When I recall the memories of being bullied by you as a child, I still jump up in my sleep . ”
The two of
"As the Overgeared King may already know, all of today’s dishes are cooked using the wheat of the Overgeared Kingdom . ”
" . . . !"
“ . . . ?”
The head chef’s unexpected words caused the people watching the situation pleasantly to feel surprise and the emperor frowned . Grid was still smiling .
“Indeed, it was like this . Somehow the taste of the wheat dishes were particular good . It was because you used the wheat produced in the Overgeared Kingdom . ”
“You already know . Yes, that's right . I’m grateful for your gift of the best wheat on the continent . ”
The head chef was just a chef . He was ignorant about political things . He recognized Grid as a precious guest of the emperor and was able to purely praise the Overgeared Kingdom’s wheat . It was unfortunate . The chef might lose his job today . Grid looked at Rigal’s dark expression and wanted to sneer .
‘This isn’t it . ’
A large-hearted person was better than an childish one . Grid acted wisely as he was reminded that he was representing the Overgeared Kingdom .
“You are surely the head chef of the imperial family if you can recognize the value of our wheat . I’m happy that a chef like you can make wonderful food for His Majesty the Emperor every day . I’m envious . ”
"Y-You're overpraising me . "
The head chef was thrilled by the praise and bowed, while the unpleasant looking emperor ended up smiling . He liked Grid’s consideration .
“The Overgeared King is right . I am happy because I have a chef who can make such wonderful food with good ingredients . Now is the time to bring out the 1,000 year old wine . Take a glass . ”
"Yes, Your Majesty!"
Thanks to Grid, the atmosphere of the dinner party became relaxed again . The emperor, Grid, and the officials enjoyed the moment as they drank from their glasses . The emperor was delighted and they all had to hide what they were feeling inside .
‘Tsk . ’
In a corner of the venue, Limit chewed his food with a sour expression and stood up . He was heading to the empress’ palace .
“He has been through many hardships . ”
Limit evaluated Grid .
"His ability to read the situation is excellent . He’s a wise man who knows how to control himself and isn’t easily provoked . He also takes advantage of the opponent’s provocation . ”
Marie showed interest as she listened to the story while staring at her nails .
“Isn’t it surprising? I thought he was a simple and violent character who purely swallowed up a kingdom with force . "
“I also thought the same but . . . it looks like he is a natural born politician . ”
The expression of ‘natural born’ wasn’t suitable for Grid . Grid was originally a person lacking in every way . But Limit didn’t know this . Like Limit said, the Grid who Limit met today was the Grid that had gone through countless hardships . It was a Grid who had already grown . Limit was forced to appreciate him .
"As Veradin said, he’s a formidable opponent . ”
Veradin . One day, he suddenly appeared and got the favor of Empress Marie . Limit had been suspicious, but he was forced to acknowledge Veradin .
"Yes, that's right . We must strike Grid as planned today and make Grid go against the emperor . I will tell the Red Knights . ”
“Okay . I will send Immortal . Please finish it well . ”
A smile appeared on Marie’s face as she nodded . The fact that she had just been the daughter of her family and could now give orders to the duke of the empire gave her great joy . What would she feel like when she placed her son on the highest position and held more power? She got goosebumps just imagining it .
-What type of person is the emperor?
The outskirts of Titan . As Grid moved away from the cheering crowds, Kasim asked from the shadows .
‘Despite the fact that the emperor was known as a tyrant, he was surprisingly ordinary . He might be a good ruler . ’ Grid thought, but he remained silent . For Kasim, Emperor Juander was a hated person who he couldn’t afford to kill .
In the end, Grid replied casually, "The emperor, well, he is the emperor . He was unbelievably arrogant . "
- . . . You are deepening .
-Unlike the past, you are speaking very carefully .
Kasim had been observing Grid since before Lord was born . It meant he knew Grid when he was immature .
-You don’t have to worry about me . I would like to hear your honest opinion . What type of person is the emperor?
Kasim repeated the question and Grid replied .
"He wasn’t as selfish as I expected . ”
The master of the continent . It wasn’t strange if the person who accomplished such a thing was violent, brutal, and selfish . However, the emperor that Grid met was more careful and respectful than expected . It was a shameful story but the current emperor was better than Grid when he was just grasping his power .
"He surprisingly has plenty of friends . ”
- . . .
“But that is the individual called Juander . ”
Grid knew .
"As the emperor, he’s as ferocious and selfish as we thought . ”
History proved this fact . Wasn’t he the emperor who conquered and wiped out many lives in the name of the emperor?
"Eventually, we will fight . The emperor will remain an object of hatred forever . You don’t have to worry . Just dream of revenge . ”
The driving force behind Kasim was revenge on the empire . The more he dreamt of revenge, the more he developed . Grid naturally wanted Kasim to develop .
"Today I didn’t see any of the Five Pillars . There were only seven dukes and the knights . But I mistook them for the Five Pillars . ”
It meant that everyone was strong . He could imagine how much stronger the Five Pillars were . He easily escaped Kyle the other day due to Braham and Mumud’s pincer attack . But without Braham, both Grid and the Ares Army would be in danger .
“Become stronger, Kasim . ”
-Yes, Your Majesty .
Grid had already achieved his dream of being the best . The current Grid couldn’t be ignored by anyone and was an object of envy . However, this was in reality . In the gigantic world of Satisfy, Grid was still weak and he had an obligation to protect his precious people . Strength, more strength was needed .
Clatter, clatter .
Grid’s carriage slowly moved through the dark forest . It was a speed keeping in mind the soldiers and transport convoy followed them . It was also because of Grid’s order . Overgeared King Grid was growing into a wise king
“It’s ridiculous . ”
Deep in the forest .
Veradin saw the carriage slowly approaching in the distance .
"Human choices and behavior are based on a desire for compensation . Humans do things because they want something . Let’s take the example of libido . For what reason do people feel sexual desire? The pleasure is compensation for breeding . It’s proof that compensation is the ultimate need . ”
There was a smile on Veradin’s normally expressionless face .
"The compensation dominating Grid is a desire to be respected . As a person who has been despised for most of his life, he tends to be extremely obsessed with the evaluation of others . He dreams that everyone in the world will acknowledge and respect him . It’s a desire to be acknowledged by the soldiers, not consideration for the soldiers, that is behind Grid’s hypocritical act of slowing the carriage . ”
Grid was a lump of pretenses . He was a man who was always bluffing . Due to this, he became more attached to revenge . He was afraid that the world would ignore him again if he didn’t get revenge for the damage inflicted on him . In fact, Grid was planning a revenge play that went beyond Veradin’s expectations .
“A simple human . ”
Veradin’s face showed no motivation as he looked at Grid’s gradually approaching carriage . People like Grid were so prevalent in the world that Veradin couldn’t become interested in Grid . Then what about Agnus? Agnus was filled with a desire to compensate for his ‘loss . ’ He was a very unusual case . Veradin wanted to observe him longer . In order to stay near Agnus, it was necessary to restore their relationship .
"The means of recovery . . . ”
Veradin held the Ghost’s Necklace in his hand and started to infuse magic power into it .
"Grid, you are holding it . Now die . And burn with a stronger vengeance . ”
Direct the grudge towards Agnus and stir up Agnus’ madness . Once Agnus was in a stage of oblivion, he would be forced to rely on Veradin again .
“Summon, Death Knight . ”
Kuwaaah . . .
Kyleo, the one who drove Khan to death, responded to Veradin’s command and raised his body from the ground . Hundreds of skeleton knights and skeleton mages had already surrounded Grid’s carriage .
‘It isn’t right . ’
The First Knight watching the scene, Mercedes’ eyes shook .