Chapter 6 “Restless Heart”
On this evening sky burned red by the setting sun, a fancy horse drawn carriage slowly made its way across a road in the Kurt province. This carriage was made with first class materials and had a symbol carved onto it – an iris flower wrapped around two crossing swords and a crown on top of the hilts engulfed in flames. Two swords meant that this family once had a marshal serve under the king, and the crown meant they were blood related to the royal family.
There were two dozen knights in light armor both front and back of the car respectively. Although the armors are of good quality, the knights weren’t high in spirit. As for Marde, this personal attendant of Du Wei’s, he sat next to the carriage driver with a straw in his mouth. After gazing up at the sky, he then knocked on the carriage’s window. “Master Du Wei, should we find a place to rest? It’s getting dark.”
“Fine.” As Du Wei answered, a knight on horseback rode towards the carriage from afar and said, “Head, there’s a town ahead, likely to be our only place to rest tonight.”
“Master Du Wei ordered, we should rest ahead for the night.” Marde said.
There were only twenty knights that followed Du Wei from the imperial city. A vice general could only afford to have twenty knights to accompany his eldest son to their family territory. How shabby this entourage was. You have to know those nobility in the imperial capital would bring a team of servants and guards to even a picnic.
Even these twenty knights were specially picked. Everyone knew Du Wei lost the right to inherit the family so no one wanted to follow him and live life in some rural backwater. These twenty knights were either low in combat skills, rejected by their comrades, or young and naive.
Ever since the group left the imperial city, everyone was feeling down except for Du Wei. He was the only one staying normal. He had not complained once. He just sat in the carriage and read the books he brought along.
Giant Wood Town was the only town in a hundred miles. There were a few hundred families in this town, but only one tavern, the Giant Wood Tavern. And since it’s the only tavern, their business would naturally be good. They had cheap alcohol, cheap roasts, and cheap prostitutes… even people of the lower class needed entertainments too right?
When Du Wei’s carriage arrived at the tavern, he closed his book and walked out. This group immediately caught the attention of everyone at the tavern.
Du Wei came in last. By the time he’s inside, the knights already did their job and cleaned up a table. The people were examining Du Wei. His attire and emblem denoted his nobility.
“Oh a noble.”
“Why would a noble come to our place?”
“Owner, I think you should put away the chair he sat on, maybe you can sell it for a good price.”
After a while of silence, everyone in the tavern started talking about the group.
Du Wei calmly drank his alcohol. Even when people were gesticulating at him, he only frowned a little.
At this moment, a group of three men and one girl came into the tavern. They had a weary face, and dressed in inexpensive attires, obviously not locals. Foreigners just like Du Wei.
The tavern went silent again. All the men had their eyes fixed on the girl. This girl was about eighteen or nineteen, brown hair, and a beautiful face. She’s wearing a leather armor emitting a faint blue glow with special patterns carved onto it, a short skirt showing most of her leg, a dagger on her belt, a scimitar hanging from her waist, and carried a bow and quiver behind her back. The quiver was filled with silver arrows.
Du Wei could recognize those arrows were made of pure silver. How extravagant!
The girl’s companions, one was bulky with heavy armor and carried a large shield. You could see that he’s the strength type. Another was tall and slender, carried a longbow on his shoulders. He had long fingers and a metal ring. It was obvious that he was an archer. The last one was who Du Wei paid the most attention to.
This was a man in gray with a common face, common enough that most people would ignore him. But Du Wei noticed him because of a silver leaf emblem on his chest. People in this rural area may not recognize it but Du Wei and his knights recognized that emblem. One leaf denotes that he’s a level one magician. Even though he’s only level one, but he’s a real magician that obtained certification from the magicians union.
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