The Duke’s Madness - Chapter 137
The Duke’s Madness chapter 137
Arthur couldn’t hide his surprise as he looked at the newspaper Hajin handed him.
‘Seven years… It’s over?’
Imperial Power 777.
The year he turned 17 was 770 by the imperial calendar, so judging by the date written in the newspaper, seven years had passed since he was confined to the curse of the white beard.
Because of that, while Arthur was staring blankly at the newspaper, Ha-jin’s carriage stopped.
“Then work hard. I’ll see you next time I see you.”
With the farewell, Ha-jin entered the entrance of Arcane first.
Standing far away, Arthur raised his head.
At that moment, I saw a flag waving on the castle wall.
‘Rose pattern… The flag that symbolizes Dormund.’
The flag was fluttering on the walls of Arcane, where no clan had been planted.
Because of that, Arthur burst out laughing.
“and… I never expected anything like this.”
Arcane, a planned city that has never allowed a flag to anyone since its founding.
Surprisingly, the place was conquered by Dormund.
* * *
After safely passing through the gates of Arcane, Arthur entered Area B.
At that moment, tramps and beggars on the streets reached out their hands.
“Ha, just a dime!”
“Give me a penny!”
Arthur could not hide his surprise at the sight.
That’s also true, because this was District B, where ordinary citizens lived, not District D, where vagrants and beggars gathered.
‘There are beggars where the middle class of Arcane live?’
If you do this in Area B, the search cops won’t let you go?
Because of that, I turned my head to see search cops wearing pirate marks in the distance smoking cigarettes among the vagrants.
In front of him, a woman brought about by a bad luck was lying flat on her face.
“I am better… My daughter has been starving for 3 days. Please, if you delay collecting the rent… .”
At the woman’s words, the search police burst into anger.
“Hey b*tch! If I look after you, I have to look after all the beggars over there, how can I handle that!”
“I am better… .”
“The state pays for it, the state! I know this is what we want to do!”
The kneeling woman burst into tears and grabbed the hem of their trousers.
“Good! If you pay the rent today, your daughter will starve! I’m so skinny because I can’t eat properly… Kuck!”
The woman let out a moan and rolled on the floor.
It was because he was hit in the stomach by the shoe heel of the search police.
However, as if that wasn’t enough, the search police even brought out a whip.
“Such a twin! Where are you holding that hand!”
“Cheer, growl… .”
“Good. I was supposed to set an example for the beggars, but let’s get hit instead!”
With these words, a severe whipping began, and the woman passed out shortly after.
The beggars lined up in a row trembled with fear at the sight.
The beggars who did not stand in line began to beg even more sorrowfully.
“oh my! Better guys!”
“Please! Just a penny! Just give me a penny!”
“I die now when I am flogged! Just a penny please… .”
Arthur, who watched from a distance, murmured.
“hmm… Are beggars taxed in Arcane these days?”
That’s why beggars advanced all the way to Area B?
In the meantime, the woman passed out after being whipped and vomited blood.
The search police burst into giggles at the sight.
However, no one helped her.
The beggars struggling to live, the residents of Area B who ignore them.
Arthur, who watched the scene calmly, was troubled.
‘Should I help them?’
Arthur shook his head at the question thrown at him.
‘not now. For now, I have to head to the capital of the empire first.’
It is still difficult to conclude, but the future has changed.
That said, something happened to Bayern as well, and considering that, it was only right to ignore them for now.
After making that decision, Arthur moved to Arcane’s station.
At that moment, a huge crowd gathered in front of the station caught my eye.
“Why are you not driving today!”
“How many days has this been? I have to go back to the Empire!”
“I am the Baron of Cebu Kingdom! Now you guys are making a mistake!”
A wild cry erupted from the gathered crowd.
However, the tightly locked Arcane Station did not know that it would open.
Arthur, watching the scene, burst into a sigh.
“her… Can’t I take the Arcane train now?”
Looking at the situation, it seemed so.
Without that, there would be no way that many people would gather at Arcane Station.
‘Then should I get out of Arcane, go to another town and take the train?’
Thoughtful, Arthur shook his head.
‘If the train doesn’t depart from Arcane, I don’t think it will depart from other towns either.’
All trains depart from Arcane Station, so the situation elsewhere must be similar.
Arthur licked his lips and murmured.
“… hmm. This is getting into trouble.”
He couldn’t go to the capital of the empire on foot, and he had no money in hand to use other means of transportation.
In addition, the exact situation or information was too lacking.
‘Why the hell did a pirate become a search cop?’
How did House Dormund take over Arcane again?
Without knowing what was going on, I couldn’t make the right decision.
Because of that, Arthur stood and pondered for a while before coming to a conclusion and murmured.
‘I need some information. That way I can understand the situation and move.’
When I made my decision, I naturally thought of one person.
It was a middle-aged man who read coffee and newspaper every day at a tailor.
‘If he is… I’m sure he can help.’
Arthur, smiling softly, headed to the tailor shop in Area A.
* * *
The sun was setting when we arrived at Area A.
Surprisingly, a drinking party was taking place in the darkened streets.
Considering that this is the most expensive street in Arcane, Area A, it was surprising.
“Hey there girl! A little s*xy!”
“You crazy bastard! That b*tch is a married woman!”
The main characters of the drinking party are, of course, the search police.
They were drinking on the boulevard, checking the most expensive street in Arcane.
But Arthur was no longer surprised.
Arcane, the city of romance he already knew, was no more.
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Now there is only a strange city that has been occupied by the Dormund family and has been transformed.
Because of that, Arthur, who moved to the tailor shop without regret, raised his head.
＜Manners make a man＞
As Arthur watched the signboard, he felt relieved.
‘Some things haven’t changed.’
For the first time, it felt like the confusion was going away.
Arthur, who raised the corner of his mouth slightly, opened the door of the tailor shop.
“Willet uh… huh?”
Arthur, speechless, blinked his eyes.
“… … .”
In the tailor shop, Willett, who was always there, was nowhere to be seen.
Instead, filth and drinking bottles rolled around the floor.
Instead of suits on the wall, bounty posters were attached to the wall.
Arthur, who opened his mouth at the sight, came to his senses belatedly and tore off a poster pasted on the wall.
[Bounty: 10000 gold]
Arthur muttered as he looked at the familiar middle-aged man drawn on the bounty poster.
“hmm… Either the world is crazy or I am crazy, which one is the correct answer?”
Looking back, the former seemed more likely.
At that moment, raucous voices came from across the wall.
Arthur, holding the poster, opened the basement door and went inside.
At that moment, I saw the inside of the tavern located under the tailor shop.
And the gang of gangs who took control of the inside of the bar were also visible.
“Kyaha~ I feel good, but this!”
“As expected, hemp produced in the Empire is amazing, giggling… .”
They were using the inside of the bar, which reminded them of a high-end bar, like a drug den.
Liquor bottles strewn everywhere.
Hemp smoke rising.
Arthur, who watched the scene for a while, murmured.
“These people are everywhere. what… Did it go well this time?”
At that time, one of the search officers burning hemp found Arthur and frowned.
“What are you guys!?”
At that cry, the search cops who were enjoying the mad party in the pub all turned their attention to Arthur.
Amidst the focused gaze, Arthur smiled brightly.
“… hello everyone?”
“yes. I’m here to ask you something, is that okay?’
At this, one of the search officers spat and walked towards Arthur.
He was full of bizarre tattoos all over his body.
“f*ck. Why did the handsome boy come here because he was so curious?”
At his words, the search officers around him booed.
“That bastard has gone back again!”
“young master! You got it wrong! That guy, if he’s good-looking, he’s a crazy guy who gets into heat with men too!”
“Oh, I’m going to clean up the body again today. tsk tsk… .”
In the midst of that cry, Arthur lifted the poster he was holding in his hand.
At that moment, the drunken and hazy eyes of the search police opened their eyes.
Looking at the reaction, Arthur asked a question.
“Can I see this person? Obviously, from my memory, he was the owner of this place, but he was not there.”
At Arthur’s words, the corner of the mouth of the search cop tattooed all over his body twisted.
“… Bastard Seeing that Willett is looking for him here, he must have been a rebel?”
“Are you a rebel?”
“Don’t pretend you don’t know, you bastard! I was waiting here to catch guys like you!”
With these words, the search police licked their lips.
“Don’t even think about going back today, bastard!”
With these words, the search police waved their fists without warning.
However, Arthur lightly dodged the fist just by twisting his head.
Perhaps he didn’t know how to avoid my fist, but the look on the police officer’s face is a bit of a puzzle.
In the meantime, Arthur stuck out a finger and poked it into his throat.
At that moment, to the surprise of the search police, blood gushed from his neck.
The blindfolded search policeman died without even screaming.
A heavy silence settled inside the tavern, which was noisy at the scene.
“… … .”
In the meantime, Arthur looked at the dead search cop and scratched his head.
“hmm… killed it But, well, there is still a lot left.”
With these words, Arthur turned around and locked the door of the tavern.
Arthur, who blocked the entrance like that, turned his head to look at the search officers.
I saw them with their mouths open in amazement.
Arthur smiled brightly at the sight of them making pirate-like expressions.
“Now it’s a bit like everyone. It was a bit odd, to be honest.”
“Pirates are criminals, so why are they so proud of themselves… But now they look a bit like pirates.”
At Arthur’s words, one of the pirates stuttered and asked.
“You, who are you?”
“Me? I am Arthur Bayern.”
“Don’t you know Arthur Bayern?”
At Arthur’s words, the search police frowned.
Has there ever been a criminal with such a unique name?
Looking at the reaction, Arthur stroked his chin and snapped his fingers.
“… .hmm. I see you don’t know Then how about this one?”
“Dawn, a C-class mercenary. Do you remember this?”
At Arthur’s words, the search cops tilted their heads once again.
The police officer, who was smaller than the other police officers, muttered in surprise.
“Dawn? Did you really buy it?”
At his words, the search police nearby asked.
“Dawn? Who is he?”
“that that… isn’t it? The mercenary who killed our vice-captain seven years ago.”
“That, his name was Dawn. Death Dunn.”
The eyes of the police officer who asked this question widened.
In the meantime, the search police around me muttered one by one, bringing up forgotten memories.
“Class C… Mercenary Dawn?”
“Seven years ago… Isn’t that the name of the mercenary who killed our vice-captain?”
“That, the legend of this floor that suddenly disappeared?”
Arthur, who watched the confused reaction, opened his mouth again.
“yes. I am that Dawn.”
“… … .”
“Nice to meet you again, pirates. So I would like to offer you a suggestion.”
With these words, Arthur smiled brightly.
“Is there anyone who wants to die last? If possible, I would like it to be someone who is good at talking. I have a lot to ask.”