What is the meaning of being a noble in this world?
Such a thought has crossed my mind before.
But lets focus only on the Misonia Kingdom. There is one basic difference with the noble system that exists on earth.
That is strength. Yes, in this world, nobles are required to have power. In a world where there are all kinds of magical occurrences, thats number one.
In the Kingdom of Misonia, there were several levels of nobility. The lowest noble is the rank of Baron. Then, from bottom to top, there were Viscount, Count, Earl, Marquess, Duke, and King.
By the way, I found out about it through the novels Demon King and the Hero of Light.
In this whole world, there are many monsters to be seen. The monsters threaten the entire population.
A noble will be considered unfit as the leader of territory if he is unable to eradicate the group of monsters that live in his territory.
After that, usually, the royal family will immediately remove the title of the nobility.
For the nobles, strength was the epitome of honor. But not all nobles have power over their bodies.
Their strength can be money, connections, or something else. Like Baron Warwick.
After the entrance to the dining room was opened by Gil, I went straight in.
First of all, I pay attention to the interior of the dining room.
The floor made of marble looks shiny. There is also a large magic lamp hanging from the ceiling.
Nobles are still royalty. Even if he has the lowest rank, they still have a lot of money.
I can only comment in my mind.
A large table is in the middle of the room. Several chairs are placed at each corner of the table. There were already two people seated.
As it turned out, Willa and Baron Warwick had not yet arrived.
The two people who were already sitting looked at me. Their eyes instantly turned into the shape of a large egg. Their backs instantly became straight.
Its reachable if the two of them are shocked. To them, maybe I was a child who came out for the first time in years. But, to me, they were someone who just passed by the side of the road.
Umm, if Im not mistaken, they are Daniel and Thalia.
Thalia is Baron Warwicks comrade. She is the mother of Willa and Daniel. In other means, she is my stepmother.
Meanwhile, Daniel is my step-brother. He is the eldest son, one year older than my body now. He was also the person who had the highest potential to inherit his fathers peerage.
Daniel stopped in shock. He immediately stood up and greeted me.
”Oh~ Mestie, you came?! I don know what got into you, but Im grateful that you
e no longer depressed and confined to your room. Please have a seat! ”
”Thank you for your kind greeting, Brother. ”
He smiled as if he was a kind man. Of course, I replied with a smile as well. My expression was stiff when I tried to smile.
I pulled up a chair and was about to sit down. But inside, the chair suddenly fell.
I heard a loud click from Daniels mouth. I saw he was furrowing his brows as if he was annoyed.
Of course, he would be upset. Because the chair he kicked and dropped didn affect me.
Before I sat down, I saw him kicking my chair. So I immediately stood up. If I had sat down, I would have fallen straight to the floor.
”Oh, is this your warm welcome, Brother? ”
”Tch! Stop pretending to smile, you bastard! ”
”Is there something wrong? ”
”Of course you are! You are the trash of this family. Why did you come here? I wish you would forever languish in your room to death. ”
He shouted loudly. I took a deep breath.
Actually, I didn ask when he spoke like that. his fault to the owner of this body. But after a while, I also started to get emotional. Mentally, Im older than him, so I try to deal with it.
I am 27 years old (16 years on earth + 11 years in my previous life), while he is still in his sweet seventeen. I assumed he was just barking like a dog.
Taking another seat, I put my ass on the chair.
”Hey! Are you ignoring me? ”
”Whats wrong? Can you stop screaming? You
e noisy. ”
I answered lazily. I reached into my ear because it buzzed a little.
Daniel suddenly approached me with a hostile enemy. It was as if a chair that was not free to choose, practiced that chair vigorously.
The chair bounced far enough, twirling on the floor until it hit the wall of the room until broke.
If we assume that the kick was from an ordinary teenager, theres no way it could be so badly damaged, but since this is another world, Looks like he used Mana, I thought to myself.
It was likely that he used mana to strengthen his body. What happens if the one who gets kicked is my weak body? Of course, I will be seriously injured.
Even though I can gauge his Mana Core level, Im still not afraid. Im sure hes only at the Beginner level. That way, I still have plenty of ways to fight back.
Without warning, he immediately grabbed my collar. He made my body lift. I, who was already sitting down, immediately stood back up.
He brought his face closer to mine.
”How dare you! Trash who humiliated our family…! ”
Daniel spits out his words with all his might. Had he talked like that far enough away from me, I would have definitely ignored him.
But since his face is right in front of mine, I won let him spit out his words—not because of his words, but because of the spittle of saliva from his mouth—it reminds me that Ive eaten food mixed with other peoples saliva in the slums.
So, I stopped him before he finished.
”How disgusting! ”
I frowned while pushing his chin up with both hands, so his face was facing the air. Then I kicked him right in the stomach. As a result, he was forced to release his grip on my collar and retreat backward in a few steps.
Holding his stomach, he winced in pain. His eyes widened too. Maybe he was surprised that I dared to fight back.
It didn take long, he immediately rushed forward towards me like he was ready to run over me. Since we weren that far from the start, he immediately threw a punch so he could hit me in the face.
Just before the punch hit my face, he stopped his punch in midair. Not out of goodwill, but because of the loud sound of the door opening.
The door was wide open.
”What are you doing? ”
An old man with a mustache and a thin beard who had just arrived immediately shouted.
”Daniel. Back off! ”
”B-but, father. ”
”Don argue! ”
The old man snapped at Daniel. Then Daniel backed off without further arguing.
So hes Baron Warwick?
I tried to remember his face. The impression I have is still the same. He looked like an ordinary old man. He is Baron Delray Warwick. He is the head of the family.
”Thalia, why don you stop them? ”
”Well, what else can I do? They
e still young. So conflict like that is inevitable. ”
Baron Warwick asked his wife. But Thalia still answered casually, as if carefree. When Thalia answered, she shrugged her bare shoulders. Yes, she is wearing a dress that opens at the shoulders.
It was now clear that these three people were allied. Thalia clearly supported Daniel when he bullied me.
Was the owner of this body used to be bullied by them too? I wondered in my mind.
In my previous life, when I was kicked out of this house, Thalia didn act much. There was only Daniel who was ecstatic as if he had become a madman.
I remember he used to say, ”Now, Im the only heir to the title of father. Hwahaha. ” He said while laughing madly.
I wonder why Thalia doesn react like Daniel.
I watched Thalia.
She was a middle-aged woman with a beauty that still lingered on her face.
But that wasn my main focus, I noticed a strange level that I hadn noticed before.
Thalia continued to massage her temples like a person with a headache.
Before I focused too deeply on Thalia, Baron Warwicks voice came back to my senses.
”Mesties, Im glad youve changed. Ill bring your stepmother and stepbrother to punish them for bothering you. So, Ill have the servants prepare the food. You can eat by yourself. ”
”Its all right, Father. ”
I replied with a smile.
He nodded. Then took Thalia and Daniel out. Before Daniel came out, he gave me a death glare.
”I will remember your behavior. I will beat you later. Today you survived, but will you survive later? Just wait for me. ”
”The survivor is you. ”
I replied with a small mumble. He didn seem to hear, as he kept stepping out of this room.
In the midst of this quiet, silent, and still room, I took an empty chair and sat on it. Since everyone had already left, I relaxed my muscles.
What I was gripping fell straight to the ground.
Its a fork. The fork slipped out of my hand and hit the floor. It shook a little and finally stopped.
Not without reason, I was holding the fork. Earlier, when I had kicked Daniel, I reflexively grabbed the fork that was on the table. Theres no way Im going to stand by without fighting back.
As soon as I gripped the fork, I immediately prepared to attack him.
If he hadn stopped hitting, Im sure I would have stuck the fork in my hand into his throat.
I was 100% sure earlier that I would be able to stick the fork down Daniels throat.
If Baron Warwick hadn bothered, there might have been a bloody scene here.
”Haahh~ I have to fix this habit. ”
It was what I got from living hell in my previous life. People who hurt me are enemies, that was my life guideline, that I have, in order to survive in this cruel world.
But now, I need to have some form of tolerance for those guidelines. However, Im not going to delete that guide, because thats the result of what I learned after living in this world for so many years.
Ignoring the dark expression that might be on my face, I stood up and left the room.
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