Reincarnated into a Game as the Hero’s Friend - Chapter 131
“I am concerned about the repercussions of the actions that Viscount Welner has taken in Anheim. Please investigate the Viscount Welner.”
The Viscount, who was also one of the department heads in the Ministry of Justice, claimed such in front of the Prime Minister and the King, but both of them dropped the Viscount’s claim without giving any direct comment.
After the viscount exited the room, an indescribable atmosphere rose in the room. Then, Ingo, Welner’s father, and the Minister of Ceremonies said with a bow.
“I apologize for the trouble that my son has caused.”
“No need. With this, we now know that giving him (viscount who just complained) the position of the mere department head is fitting.”
The King, Maximilian, responded with no particular emotion and the people in the room nodded. The Prime Minister, Falkenstein, then started to speak.
“It seems like there is a bit of a shortage of excellent people among the middle-ranked officials.”
“Let us increase their governmental work a little and see how things will develop. Will that be fine, Your Majesty?”
“Very well. Arrange it so that the works could be divided among many nobles.”
The King nodded at the Crown Prince’s suggestion, and he then gave the order. With this, one matter was over.
Without him knowing, Welner was being treated as an assessment tool on how middle-ranked officials would react when facing a young yet excellent noble.
The kingdom’s ministers treated people based on their use. If the ministers judged a person to be of great value and of the same interest, they would treat him like a colleague or arrange so that the person could become their subordinate.
If that person didn’t have the same interest as them, the ministers would then think about how to make use of this person despite their conflicting interests or think of the way they could use this person for the country’s interest despite being in a perhaps different faction than themselves.
In the worst case, if this particular person were hostile to them in the court, the ministers would make arrangements, so this person would fight their political opponent until both of them exhaust themselves.
As ministers, they needed to think of the way that would benefit the country the most. Nobles who had the mindset of dragging down their rivals without thinking if the rivals could benefit the country would never be able to become a minister. At most, these kinds of nobles were only fit to be middle-ranked officers.
Because of that, the department head of the Minister of Justice, along with the nobles who had pushed Welner to be sent to Anheim, had long been branded as failures and in the near future, most of them would most likely be transferred to another region. At the same time, ministers must also think of ways to re-educate these nobles.
After all, having many excellent human resources was a must for a country. It was possible for one of the government officials to suddenly die because of a sickness or an accident. Without sufficient human resources, who would be able to replace them? That was why it was the duty of the ministers to train excellent human resources, just like how protecting their house’s lineage was a right of a noble. None of the ministers in this room would take that duty lightly.
It could also be said that successfully appointing only excellent ministers with this kind of thinking meant that the King’s eyes for talent were quite impressive.
As a matter of fact, Welner’s thought was right. The Bain Kingdom had also included the possibility that Welner would fail in defending Anheim.
The upper echelons of the kingdom had also judged that it was possible to retake Anheim in case Welner failed to defend it. They had also made some preparations for that. But even though the kingdom could bear losing Anheim, they couldn’t bear losing Welner, who was an important connection to the hero.
That was why the Crown Prince had given Welner several Skywalks. For a politician, the skill to judge what to protect and what to discard when it was impossible to protect everything was important.
The one thing that Welner knew but others didn’t know was the fact that one of the Four Heavenly Kings would attack the capital. This knowledge was what made Welner’s thoughts and the upper echelons of the kingdom’s thoughts differ.
Welner knew that if he left Gezarius alive, there was a possibility that the capital would have to handle the attack of 2 Demon Generals and a Heavenly King at once; that was why Welner had no intention of losing or retreating. Unfortunately, Welner couldn’t tell anyone about the fact that the capital would get attacked. As such, the arrangements that Welner made to kill Gezarius was seen as loyalty toward the kingdom by the upper echelons of the kingdom. It was quite ironic.
Then, the Crown Prince laughed lightly.
“It was quite interesting for him to use that spy.”
“Well, technically, what he did was still just an attempted kidnapping, after all.”
What Rafed did was still just an attempted kidnapping, so Rafed could be dealt with in any way. Technically, if Rafed just apologized to the hero’s family and the hero’s family accepted it, the kingdom would no longer intervene in this matter. Of course, Rafed would still be punished for targeting a hero’s family.
“For the sake of winning, the Viscount will even use his enemy. Even if the Viscount loses this battle, he will just be losing a criminal, so it will not be a problem. In addition, his action also served as a warning to the nobles. The viscount is quite cunning.”
“Your Majesty, you seem to be in a good mood.”
“Willing to negotiate is a good thing.”
The King replied to the Minister of Internal Affair, Count Audendried’s words. It would be difficult to entrust an important position in the country to someone unwilling to negotiate. Even the case of a noble making negotiation with the Bain Kingdom wasn’t something rare. This ‘willingness’ was more of a matter of aptitude rather than personality.
Although the King couldn’t say that his evaluation of Welner had improved, at the very least, the King had judged that Welner was a person worthy of a further evaluation of his capability.
Even without the fact that Welner was the type of person who was willing to negotiate, Welner was still a valuable asset to the country. He was a young noble with excellent capability and above all, Welner was a close friend of the hero.
The King in this world wasn’t some dictator who held absolute authority. If more than half of the nobles suggested to the King that the hero was a dangerous existence who needed to be eliminated, even though the hero was a valuable asset to the country, the King still needed to consider the noble’s suggestion or at least pretend to consider it.
Normally, what would happen after the appearance of someone as powerful as the hero was a flood of suggestions to eliminate him for the sake of the country, but Welner’s existence prevented things from developing that way.
It was a well-known fact that the hero and Welner were close friends. If the kingdom made a move on Mazell, in a worst-case scenario, Welner might emigrate from the country. Losing someone as talented as Welner would be a major loss to the country.
It would be a slap on the country’s face if they lost someone who was a son of a minister and the next Count. Not to mention, other countries might become more powerful if they used Welner’s talent. As such, even if some felt that the hero was dangerous, they must hide that feeling.
On the other hand, there was a risk of the hero becoming hostile if the country eliminated Welner. Making an enemy of someone strong enough to kill 2 Demon Generals and a Heavenly King was quite terrifying. Frankly, even an entire noble house would lose if they wage a war against the hero.
For the country, the option of eliminating Mazell was truly terrifying, so none had the courage to attempt it.
The existence of the two, the hero, Mazell, and his friend, the noble, Welner together, was what prevented the country from eliminating either of them despite the jealousy and dissatisfaction of the nobles.
The royal family had also taken advantage of the current situation. The King showed an attitude of having a high hope for the hero and took a stance of supporting him. The Crown Prince, on the other hand, showed an attitude of appreciating Welner and having high hopes for Welner’s future.
Due to that, no one could suggest what if the two cooperated and turned into enemies of the kingdom. After all, offering such a suggestion was the same as blatantly saying both His Highness and His Majesty were poor judges of character. Such a person would immediately lose his position in the court and all of the court’s officials knew this, so no one dared to offer this sort of suggestion.
All of these circumstances led to a certain someone becoming an important figure in the country, regardless of his true intentions.
“Incidentally, how is the hero’s sister, Count Zeavert?”
“Ah, I had wanted to consult with Your Majesty about that matter.”
Without changing his expression, Ingo started to speak and the content of Ingo’s words made the King astonished.
“We understand. We will help you take care of that.”
“To have to resort to asking Your Majesty for help, I am ashamed.”
“It is not a matter that a noble house will be able to solve, so no need to feel ashamed. Do you have anything else to consult?”
“At this moment, there is nothing that I will need the power of the country to solve.”
The King nodded. Then, it was the Crown Prince’s turn to speak.
“How is the demon army’s movement?”
“There is a small demon group on the western border. Our military is currently taking care of them. Other than that, there is no unusual movement from the demon army.”
“Keep being vigilant. Do not forget to also keep an eye on other countries’ movements.”
The demons didn’t only appear in Anheim. Every time demons appeared in other regions, the kingdom needed to swiftly deal with them and, if necessary, the kingdom would send a military force. The kingdom also needed to deal with the matter of refugees.
In addition, even though the humans’ greatest enemy was the demons, there was no guarantee that other countries would not make any move while the Bain Kingdom was busy with the demons, so there were plenty of things that needed to be talked about in the meeting.
The royal conference continues….
T/N: One of my favorite behind-the-scenes chapter! This chapter makes me think that maybe the reason the king was useless in the game is that he can’t openly support Mazell because of the nobles… but what do you guys think? It’s also kinda cool to see Welner and Mazell end up protecting each other without them realizing it. Bromance for the win!
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