other knights had finally come to their senses, as a nearby, shaggy-bearded knight thrust his sword from behind Zion.
Had the darkness warned him or something of the sort? Zion, who evaded the knight’s sword by slightly twisting his head, reached out and grasped the blade hovering beside his head before pulling it forward.

“Uh, oh…?”

The knight, after failing to resist the terrifying strength Zion’s seemingly untrained and feeble body contained, was dragged forward along with the sword.

Pueok! 

Soon after, Zion’s elbow struck the knight’s solar plexus.
Additionally, as he stumbled forward due to the shock, Zion’s knee immediately smashed the knight’s head.

All of this transpired in a blink of an eye.

“What…”

Wolfent was perplexed by the situation.
An unexpected question arose in his mind.
Was the Prince Zion before him the prince he was familiar with? The Prince Zion that Wolfent knew was a man who had not even learned the basics of martial arts.
No, he was so weak that he was incapable of learning them in the first place.
Moreover, Prince Zion feared blood and battle; even if he could learn them, he would make negligible progress.

But now…

Kwajik! Kwajik! Kwadududuk!

Every time Prince Zion appeared and disappeared within the darkness, a lifeless knight remained in the vicinity.

When did he acquire that kind of power?

It felt like he was watching someone entirely different.
The subtle smile adorning the prince’s lips while massacring the knights firmly strengthened Wolfent’s thoughts.

If he continues like this…

Wolfent’s gaze shifted to the knights who watched the scene of the massacre in astonishment, despite not taking part in the battle.
Those knights were purely loyal to Chimseong Palace and refused to concede to the demands of any other faction.
Therefore, these traitorous knights aimed to achieve their goal before the loyal knights made sense of the situation and stopped them, but things had gone wrong. 

No, they had not simply gone wrong, their side was almost annihilated.

Before that happens, I’m going to eliminate him.

After concluding his thought, Wolfent shot towards Zion like an arrow.

Hwaak!

A white energy filled Wolfent’s sword.
Wolfent, who had swiftly arrived before Zion, swung his sword without hesitation.
This was a blow containing all his might and determination to end Zion’s life.

Aware that the sword was approaching, Zion threw the knight’s body and reached out towards Wolfent.

“Fool!”

A smirk crept across Wolfent’s lips.
Until now, Prince Zion had gripped the swords with his bare hands, but they were only ordinary swords.
If a considerable amount of mana were to collide with his sword, which had formed a secondary mana blade, it would be Prince Zion’s hand that is mangled.

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I’m going to cleave his head off.

Wolfent’s sword accelerated further.

The moment Zion’s hand touched the blade, he gazed at the knight.

The darkness swayed from his hand.

“!!!!”

The sword that touched the darkness disappeared without a trace. 

Kwadudududuk! 

Zion’s hand then smashed the mana sword and pierced straight into Wolfent’s heart.

“How…”

A muffled murmur leaked out of the knight’s mouth.
The last scene that Wolfent saw before he died was Prince Zion smiling blissfully and Astral Darkness floating in the Prince’s eyes.

Flop. 

Zion, who had been staring at Wolfent’s lifeless body on the ground, unfolded his hand.

Is this the limit?

His fingertips trembled.
A body so frail that it screamed from merely this much.

I need to train.

As he turned his head toward the surroundings with that thought, Zion’s eyes caught sight of the gazes that focused on him.
Most of the servants working in the palace, including the knights of the palace, had gathered in front of Chimseong Palace.
The expressions on their faces all indicated the same thing: they couldn’t comprehend the current situation at all.

“Your Highness… Would it be possible to receive an explanation regarding this situation?” Among them, a knight who survived due to not being involved in last night’s attack and knowing nothing about it, asked Zion.
Zion’s serene eyes turned to the knight.

“Who is your master?”

“Pardon?”

“I don’t ask twice.”

“…Your Highness Prince Zion.”

The knight responded as if he was compelled by Zion’s voice, which was so low that it induced a sense of drowsiness.

“A master doesn’t offer explanations to his servants.”

So far, his past self had been like that, and he intended to do the same in this body. 

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“Neither explain.”

He didn’t explain his actions to anyone.

“Nor convince.”

He didn’t try to make anyone understand.

“All you have to do is obey me.” 

It was all up to them to decide for themselves. 

“These men have sinned and have simply been punished for it.”

The knight, who was staring at Zion with trembling eyes, bent his head gently.

“…I understand.”

The knight didn’t understand the current situation or know what to do.

“”

The aura of a ruler.

Right now, Zion was emitting such an aura.
This aura alone, which had never been emitted from Prince Zion before, made the knight bow his head.
After looking at the knight for a while, Zion’s attention shifted to the numerous individuals staring at him with various emotions pervading their eyes.

…Not yet.

After making eye contact with several of them, Zion thought so and opened his mouth, addressing the crowd.

“From now on, those who disclose information from inside the palace to those outside will bear responsibility with their lives.”

Did they take the hint?

“I accept your order.” The knight replied in a firm tone.
As if overwhelmed by Zion’s presence, the knights and servants of Chimseong Palace began to bow their heads in response.
Nodding his head slightly, Zion made his way past them and headed to the castle.

“Now, onto the next step…”

He simply strolled outside.
However, Zion’s eyes were gazing at something beyond the Chimseong Palace he was heading for.

T/N: Release schedule is sporadic for the time being.
Thank you.

Footnotes

Literal meaning is Galaxy. See the four crimes in ch.
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