Chapter 113. Life (9)
—Oh I have one more thing to tell you, Teacher.
—Yes, go ahead.
—Rachel Grace and Veronica Manasil are here. We met briefly today.
Rivern was different from Kyris in that even if one got married, they did not change their family name so Rachel still used her maiden name and not ‘Manasil’.
Alan, who heard the news, responded warmly.
—That worked out well.
—I think we may be heading back to the capital together.
—You must come together. If you do, though it may not be as quick as the Forest Path of the elves, it will make the journey more bearable.
—What do you mean?
—Rachel is also a capable mage. Not only is she a professor at a magic academy, but she also personally researches mobility based magic.
—Oh of course, is that why Duke Seigfried came back so quickly?
—Has her help already been needed?
It was only then that he understood how Slayman, who had gone away on an inspection, could arrive back so quickly. It was because Slayman had met Rachel on the way back from the inspection.
Upon hearing the good news from Alan, Calian called Rachel and Arsen to the drawing room as soon as he returned after ending his conversation with Alan.
“There was something I wanted you to prepare, so I called for you two.”
“Yes your highness, what would you like us to prepare?”
“Well, because the land of Kyris is too large,”
That’s how Kyris began this all important conversation – the land of Kyris was wide, far too wide.
As he had travelled to Seigfried’s estate, this fact was truly cemented in his head. It took months to go back and forth from the Duchy to the Capital. It was a land far bigger than one could imagine.
And Sispnaina had told him to ‘come back’.
It wasn’t like he would refute a meeting with Sispanian, but he didn’t want to waste another portion of time on the road to the come back to Seigfried.
“It’s a waste of time, travelling from the Capital to and from other places. It’s not even worth considering meeting the elves again to shorten that path.”
Arsen nodded in silence.
“So I had the thought that I wanted to shorten the travel time between regions.”
If one could use magic to move between regions more quickly then Valkan could also be utilised for effectively.
There was no way of knowing how the fight for succession between the princes would play out, but if it turned to civil war, the one who could travel faster would of course, be in a position that was several times more advantageous.
Calian, who considered his ideas for a moment, continued.
“What we need to do is reduce the travel time from one space to another and of course, in order to do that we need space-movement magic. So I’m going to create teleportation teams across Kyris.”
A team that would allow quick movement between the major regions of Kyris – he had been thinking about making something like that and he had found two people who would be qualified in putting that team together.
A mage who studied teleportation magic.
And a mage with nothing to do.
Arsen’s expression looked resigned.
Simply put, it looked like he would be doomed to not get much sleep for the time being.
In fact, back when Calian had showed interest in teleportation magic, he had already made the uneasy prediction that this would eventually fall on him. That, on top of when he had a chat with Rachel and learned of her specialty, he knew this was coming.
Calian, who pretended not to notice Arsen’s expression, directed his words to Rachel first.
“I heard that there are already teams in the major regions of Rivern that focus on reducing travel time?”
“Yes, not just in major regions, it’s a very well-established system. It’s expensive, but it’s available to anyone who has the money.”
Calian wasn’t very knowledgeable about teleportation magic yet and magic was not exactly his area of expertise before he became Calian as well. So he turned to Rachel for her expertise in the matter and asked,
“As I said, I want to build teleportation teams in Kyris as well. It’s just that the travelling distances will be further than they might be in Riverne. Would it be difficult?”
Rachel had already helped Rivern in building up this teleportation system several times, so was also well aware of the solution to long-distance travel.
“The distance should not be an issue.”
Calian smiled with satisfaction when she answered with confidence and Arsen looked relieved.
But Calian had not finished yet.
He added the most important condition.
“That’s great. But right now, I have to keep that under my power. There is no benefit in building these magic teams that anyone can use when I don’t know what kind of fight I will be fighting against by brothers.”
Rachel thought about his words with a frown and asked,
“The kingdom of Rivern guards the safety of the mage teams who take part in teleportation. By what your highness is saying, do you mean that outsiders should not be able to use the mages themselves, rather than simply guarding the facility where the mage teams are?”
Calian replied with a smile on his face,
“That’s right. After all, it’s better to monopolise good things.”
It was the eternal truth.
Rachel thought that Calian’s smiling face somehow resembled Alan’s.
“I have never tried applying these conditions before. It will be hard to answer right away, but I will try it and let you know, your highness.”
Rachel had come to take charge of the mage academy and was given homework even before she had arrived at Kyrisis – Calian felt a little sorry for her but was grateful for her as well and smiled.
“Of course, thank you.”
After that, he directed his words to Arsen,
“I hope Ser Hertz will also think about it.”
At those words, Arsen asked,
“Won’t there be those in the capital against it? Should we not inform His Majesty first?”
“Of course we must inform him of this, but his Majesty will not object. And it will be alright because other forces won’t be able to oppose it forever either. So even if we don’t proceed with it right away, I think it’s better to plan ahead, so that when the time comes we can start right away.”
I will make it happen no matter what, so you should think about it too. – That’s what he meant.
Arsen, who wanted to say ‘aren’t you a mage too, come and help’ nodded and went to the library of the Siegfried castle.