“From the middle of 508, Tancinol began to spread.”
“What? But I thought Tancinol is a disease that occurred after the Zelcan had collapsed.”
“That’s what they said. But it’s definitely Tancinol.”
I read the inscriptions on the stone tablets. Countless of emperors, princes and princesses continued to lose their lives. The year has changed, but the epidemic has worsened and no New Year’s ball has been held.
-In January 509, the empress died.
The 7th Prince catch the disease.
Plague spread across the Knights, causing a disruption while escorting.
The plague was getting worse and spread to the royal family and knights. More and more people died. A stone plate was filled with obituary.
And in the whirlpool of death, the year 510 was approaching, with the gradual fall of the Zelcan Empire.
As death continued, I was tired of reading. And as soon as I moved on to the next stone plate, I saw a shocking sentence. I hold my breath.
-In February, 510, the Crown Prince passed away.
Rakshul is dead?
When I looked so surprised, Eunhan asked with a worried face.
“Rakshul is dead.”
“What? Before the Zelcan empire collapse?”
“Then who was the head of the Zelcan revival movement? Did someome impersonate the Crown Prince?”
As Eunhan said, it would be trye to say that someone impersonated the crown prince of the empire. But for some reason, I had a hunch that It was not the case.
-In February, 510, plague spread throughout the capital, leaving many bodies dead in every house.
In March, 510 a black spot appeared on the emperor’s body. He was treated by a doctor, but there was no improvement.
-In April, 510, the emperor died.
The crown prince and the emperor were all dead. Phillip still hasn’t decorated the pages of history.
Phillip and Laontel Bellacian were known to have destroyed the Zelcan Empire, which had been corrupted by the power of light, and established the Asteric Empire amidst the cheers of the whole nation.
But the Zelcan Empire had already collapsed. Infectious diseases spread throughout the capital, and the people had no time to care about who the emperor was.
I went to the next stone plate.
-In May, 510, Phillip, a blood relative of the emperor, suddenly appeared. When he was blessed by the goddess of light, the black spots disappeared and the fever went down.
-In June 510, Phillip was crowned emperor, the plague disappeared, the whole nation bowed to him.
Phillip finally appeared. However, it was completely different from the history books of the Asteric Empire.
He did not destroy the Zelcan Empire and establish a new one.
When the plague killed the emperor, the crown prince, and all the other royal families, he only took a place. He was an emperor because he treated the plague with the power of light he received from the goddess.
The founding myth of the Asteric Empire and Phillip’s heroism were all lies. Did the Goddess of Light lead me here to tell me this?
Even after Philip took the throne, the record continued.
He is not an emperor who founded a new empire. He inherited the throne as the son of Emperor Zelcan.
It is not known whether he was the real son of the emperor or if he impersonated him, but he was not the official prince recorded in history.
-In July, 510, the emperor changed the name of the country to ‘Asteric’ according to the goddess’s command. In addition, the palace was called Tenlarn, abandoning the name Altar, which was filled with the spirit of the plague.
The renaming of the country and the imperial palace was only to stop the atmosphere ruined by the plague.
The image of Phillip, the hero and first founding monarch who destroyed the rotten imperial family for the people and founded a new country, was nowhere to be found.
When I said the truth, Eunhan agreed.
“But it’s suspicious that it’s all lies from the beginning to the end.”
I kept reading the stone plate. It was peaceful days, with Phillip treating the plague and making songs and statues praising him.
There was no sentences about the Zelcan revival movement or the Roums protested. The Zelcan empire was not destroyed, but only renamed, so the revival movement itself did not make sense.
I went to the last stone plate. Maybe it’s the last stone before the fire.
In October, 513, the emperor appointed Laontel Bellacian, chosen by the Goddess of Light, as the Empress.
At the end, the name of Laontel Bellacian reappeared.
Phillip married Laontel Bellacian, Prince Rakshul’s fiancee? So he betrayed the goddess of light because of her, and the curse began?
Phillip betrayed the goddess and chose another woman. But there was no record of her.
Emperor Phillip had three sons. One of them became the next emperor, and the youngest son was cursed.
But there was little record of his woman. I couldn’t even tell who the empress was. Some even argued that he had never met the empress in his life.
But she was Laontel Bellacian?
As Phillip betrayed the Goddess of Light, Laontel Bellacian was welcomed as empress, and a fire broke out in Tenlarn Palace. The land of the imperial palace and the capital was also contaminated, and in the end, it was necessary to take a transition.
Phillip set up a huge stone plate, as Rakshul did all the work.
But there was no Zelcan revival movement, and Prince Rakshul, who was cited as the “prince of all tragedies,” was this dead man.
Even after the fall of the Zelcab Empire, the Roums did not reflect on themselves and continued to commit many sins, so the goddess of light was angry and caused a disease called “Tancinol,” but the disease had spread before.
The record of history and what really happened were different.
I looked around. This was the end of the stone plate. No other data was in sight. There were luxurious treasures, but they didn’t seem particularly related to curses.
‘Is that it?’
It was interesting that the records of actual facts and history were all clear, but I didn’t come all the way to Tenlarn palace to study history.
Besides, I knew from the beginning that Phillip was a bad guy. Maybe he had done something far more suspicious and bad than what was written.
I’m here to lift Blake’s curse. However, none of these many stone plate could lift Blake’s curse.
Then why did the memories of the past appear? Why did Macul lead me here?
I looked out the door. But Macul was already gone. Where did they go?
I went outside the door where Macul was. At that moment the necklace broke. The Mana of Light was broken because it failed to overcome the dark magic.
Eunhan hurriedly handed over the Mana Stone bracelet of the light he wore.
“Your Highness, take it.”
“Eunhan, you should not.”
“I’m fine. It’s just for a second. Please wear it only until we return to the Imperial Palace.”
Eunhan put the bracelet on my wrist and then held my hands. There was no hesitation, perhaps because of the urgency of the situation.
We arw going to go back to the Imperial Palace as it is. I wasn’t stubborn anymore either. The Macul is gone, and scenes from the past have not been unfolded. There will be no more information to find out here.
“Your Highness, close your eyes.”
I followed his words. Moist fog swirled around my whole body and became light as it soared into the sky.
When I opened my eyes, I saw a familiar stone plate. We came back to the secret room on the third floor of the Phillion palace.
As soon as I saw Tensteon’s face full of worries, my head naturally became bent.
“What’s wrong? What happened to you?”
“…the necklace my father gave me broke.”
He hugged me with a smile.
“What is that? Are you hurt?”
“No. Eunhan protected me. He gave me the bracelet. But,…”
Being embraced by the big Tenstheon, I really felt like a child.
The moment I felt a warm sweep in my back, the disappointment, futility, and apologies I felt in the Tenlarn Palace burst out in a moment.
“I’m sorry. I couldn’t find anything after all.”
“It’s alright. There’s nothing to be sorry about.”
“I was so stubborn that I went there…”
Tensteon hugged me tightly, who was crying.
“I’m sorry. I must have put too much pressure on you. Don’t cry. There’s nothing to cry about. It’s okay. It’s okay Ancia.”
The past of a thousand years ago unfolded in a row, and the Macul guided me. When I went into the room, I thought I could finally solve the curse of Blake. But in the end, I found nothing.
My expectation were too high, so the disappointment was also great. Tenstheon is fine with it, but I feel very emotional.
The people who are having a hard time right now are Blake and Tensteon. Not me. I tried to stop crying, but it didn’t work out.
Then the door of the secret space opened.
Collin rushed in, shouting hurriedly. Collin’s face, which never showed many expressions, was pale. Tenstheon also hardened.
“What’s going on?”
“His Highness the Crown Prince has fallen!”
Blake remained unconscious for three days.
“Your Highness, don’t worry.”
Melissa and Hans, who served him for a long time, were rather calm. It happened a lot before I got here.
Blake once said that this is an inevitable fate as long as he is the heir of the curse, and that it is a miracle that the curse has not spread in three years.
They comforted me by saying that they expected Blake to pass out recently as his mild fever continued.
But I couldn’t take it calmly.
Of course, they’re just pretending to be calm to reassure me, but they’re panicking inside.