According to the emperor, the condition of Count Bellacian became more and more serious, reaching the point of screaming and self-inflicting, saying he was cursed by the goddess.
I didn’t feel sorry for him because he had earned it. In any case, Count Bellacian was unable to come back.
The Countess knew that, so she gave Diana the count’s stuff.
But Diana had no interest in the estate or work of the Count’s family. Most of the Bellacian family’s wealth is left by Ancia’s biological mother anyway. But because I am the crown princess now, I can’t be the housekeeper and I didn’t need it.
Even so, I had to take care of Count Bellacian while Diana was attending the Academy.
I headed to him.
A thousand years ago, the goddess of light gave Philip the power of light because she loved him.
But Philip betrayed the goddess after the founding of the Asteric Empire, and she was furious. The goddess of light took away not only Philip but also the power of light that had spread throughout the land.
The wizard of light failed to use magic, and the church lost its strength. Of course it was a secret.
The church strictly blocked outsiders from entering the valley of Chaos, saying evil lurks. It is said to protect the world from the dark gate, but in fact it was an excuse to monopolize the Mana Stone of Light. There was no way that an individual or family could use this method of gaining mana stones.
The church monopolized the Mana Stone of Light, and maintained its authority by using the light power from Mana Stone.
The families that used the magic of light quickly fell. The House of Bellacian was no exception. They were descendants of Liontel Bellacian, the great light wizard who founded the Asteric Empire with Philip, but their power was feeble.
The successor of light kept the gate’s status, but the power of the successor gradually weakened, making it impossible to recognize who was the successor of light. A treasure called “The Tears of Light,” which determines the successor of light, has been handed down, but it has disappeared at some point.
Even though they almost lost their power, the Bellacian family was a family of light power.
And Diana’s power was powerful enough to lift the curse of the goddess.
Even though she hasn’t awakened her powers yet. In the library of the Bellacian family, there would be various books about the magic of light and the curse of the goddess.
The Count had many servants in the mansion, they are people who followed Gilbert Bellacian and criticized Ansia.
Diana said she had fired all the servants who had been harassing Ancia before entering the academy. So there’s only a few left.
“I told you to stay in your room. Why did you come out!”
Each step reminded me of what Ancia had experienced in the mansion. I’m not the real Ancia, and it’s not what I have been through in person.
However, the melancholy came just from the memories.
I had only just arrived, but she wanted to go back to Amoria Palace, where Blake is. I hurried to the library of Count Bellacian.
However, the quality and quantity of books were poor for a long-standing family.
Although the percentage of books about the magic of light was high, they were all common books.
I have also been to Count Bellacian’s office, but this place was even more disastrous. It seemed that the perception of the House of Bellacian, which was decorated in luxury for show-off, was completely absent.
Although I had read a few books, I couldn’t find any traces about the curse.
‘So all I have left is a warehouse?’
I was guided by the butler there. When I opened the door and applied force with the key I received from Diana, the door opened with the heavy push.
I went inside with anticipation, but soon was disappointed. It was full of gold, jewelry, and art, but there was no such thing as a heirloom from the family. It is said that they even sold the “Tears of Light” to stay alive, so there’s no other heirloom left.
When I checked the certificates, it seemed that most of the jewelry and artworks were purchased recently. All bought with the money of Ancia’s biological mother.
Of course, they were jewelry and paintings that would make headlines if they were put up for auction, but they were not the items she was looking for. So, I rode the carriage back. I didn’t expect much, but when I returned empty-handed, I felt somehow empty.
There wasn’t a clue about the curse, but I thought there would be some information about the magic of light or about the heir.
“You should have died with your mother then! Just the sight of your face makes me want to barf!”
Even after leaving the mansion, Gilbert Bellacian’s voice rang in my ears, the bad memory was flooding my head.
I felt dizzy and nauseous. The rattling of the carriage made me sick.
“Your Highness, you don’t look well. Is something wrong with you?”
Melissa, sitting opposite of me, asked anxiously.
“I don’t feel well.”
“Shall we stop the carriage?”
I nodded my head in silence. The carriage stopped in a wide field.
“Should I call the doctor?”
“It’s all right. It’s just mild motion sickness. The wind made me feel better,”
My quiver disappeared a little as the cool wind went through the lungs. I’m not really Ansia, but I don’t know why it felt so painful when her memories flow in.
I can’t wait to see my cute rabbit. When I saw Blake, I felt like I was healed instantly.
As I tried to get back on the carriage, I could see a man from afar.
Richard stood in front of a small camellia tree in the middle of the field. Standing alone with his eyes closed, there was a deep sense of loneliness around hi,.
Maybe today is that day? I recalled a scene in the novel.
Richard is the male protagonist of ‘The Beast and Lady’. He is also a scheming man who even used the female protagonist for his greed. Although he is a garbage, Richard was quite popular. It was because of his tragic past and circumstances.
Richard’s mother is a Roum slave.
The Roum were masters of the west until a thousand years ago. They reigned as the royal and ruling class of the Zelcan Empire, and were said to have oppressed the people by indulging in terrible luxury and pleasure.
The goddess of light was angry at the wickedness of the Roum, and gave Philip strength to drive them away.
Eventually, the Zelcan Empire collapsed, and the Asteric Empire was established. The kingdom was destroyed by their evil deeds, but the Roum did not reflect.
They dreamed of the revival of the Zelcan Empire and set fire to the Tenla Reungung*, where Emperor Philip lived. And they burned books to monopolize their language and knowledge.
TL Note : i’m just spelling how the korean one is written, there will be more contex in future chapters so the name might change.
In the Zelcan Empire, they used their letters as the exclusive knowledge of the upper class, calling them the language of God that God had given to the Roum.
It was hard to learn, and when all the existing books and materials disappeared, the “Language of God” could not continue to the future, but it ended up losing its reputation.
The Zelcan Empire’s revival movement was defeated, and the Roum were reduced to slavery.
For a long time people have not forgiven the Roum, who have persecuted the people, and even made the language of God disappear.
They have been the object of contempt even now, after a thousand years have passed, and are considered to be the lowest among slaves. When his wife became pregnant, Duke Cassil touched a beautiful Roum slave and gave birth to Richard.
Arnold Cassil was furious. He just wanted to have fun, but he had no intention of having an illegitimate son.
He did not acknowledge Richard as a child, so he raised him like a slave. But still, it was his own blood. Frank, the eldest son of Duke Cassil, was arrogant and stupid.
On the other hand, Richard looked just like his mother, and although he was young, his intelligence was extraordinary.
The Duke of Cassil has decided to recognize Richard as his illegitimate son, with the need for a child to assist Frank.
Richard was happy.
If he does well, he will be granted immunity even if he stand up for his mother. He swelled with hope. But joy did not last long.
In the cold winter, Richard’s mother was very sick. It was a terrible flu.
“I’ll ask the duke to call in help.”
“It’s no big deal. Mom’s fine. Don’t say anything.”
Mother dissuaded Richard. However, he felt sorry and upset about his mother, who endured her illness and worked hard. Richard went to the Duke of Cassil and begged.
“Your excellency, my mother is sick. Please call in a doctor. I’ll study harder. I’ll help Frank. So please do me a favor.”
He begged earnestly. He only hope her mother could take a break. However, the eyes of the duke when he heard Richard’s words flashed fiercely.
“That girl’s sick? It’s not Tancinol, is it?”
The small Richard was puzzled. He didn’t know what ‘Tancinol’ was. But the Duke didn’t answer.
The Duchess and the people who used to regard Richard’s mother as an eyesore drove him to think she was having a Tancinol. The Duke ordered Richard’s mother to be killed without proper confirmation.
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