ch 4: Azeleas mansion.

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"...Master?... Young master?..."

"Huh?"

"...Please wake up.."

"...a few more minutes please..." *Mumbles

" we have arrived at the mansion"

The interaction with Alistair was over, just like that. The Duke is most probably going to cut ties now, since all that annulment drama happened. I think I should take away some books and money for travelling, you know. As far as the memories go, Alistair was not favoured all that well here. The older brother was arrogant and acted indifferent. In all possiblity, I will probably be travelling alone.

Duchy of Azeleas is one of the most prosperous and wealthy autonomous territories in the kingdom. With a huge pool of mana crystal reserves, seven mage towers and 3/4 ths of land being fertile, it has a lot to offer. People are close to being self sufficient, but that doesn't mean it can declare independence from the Kingdom.

The Duke recieves a lot of money from his little income share in taxes alone, and rest is used for redevelopment and is reinvested in other areas of public welfare like education, sanitation, healthcare, research and development etc. This world, especially this kingdom is a little close to mordern day earth in that aspect.

The Duke also can't misuse or steal from taxation due to laws passed by the 15th king here. They give a lot of importance to commoner welfare, though being a commoner is generally looked down upon. This is also a reason why the literacy and education rates are a bit higher than other conservative countries.

The current king had recently passed the personal property rights act for omegas, in which, if an omega noble breaks ties with their families, or is disowned, they must recieve 2000 gold Rubos(token/coin currency of the Kingdom, 1 gold Rubos= 1000 silver Rubos. 1 silver= 100 copper coins.

A silver can buy you a month worth of food expenses. The monthly income of middle-lower class of this country starts at 10 silver rubos. Along with this as a support compensation and they must get a breaking share of inheritance, for a normal Duke's household that would be 10 percent of the estate's annual income plus any foreign property, which was scheduled to be given as a dowry in his/her political marriage. This now becomes private property of that Omega.

However heaven-like it may sound, survival of omegas outside their protective cover of households is difficult. You can be taken as a slave if trafficked, the immense wealth that comes attracts the eyes if many robbers and bandits, many upper class of other countries see themselves as your suitors now and worst of all you can be assassinated or hunted down by family members and grudge holders. In other words, you are like a walking chicken, with hungry butchers waiting to eat you from all sides.

I think I need to hire some assistance till the next kingdom ASAP. The first thing I can do is hire mercenaries, other things I can pack are books, clothes and maps lots of them- especially grimoires and tomes. Grimoires are magic spell books that involves the use of own mana affinities of the user. while tomes are a guide, to tame spirits, make contracts and converse with them.

I can also do that cliche scene where protagonist goes to buy some slaves in the market, though chances of myself becoming one aren't low either... The possibilities are endless with a lot of money, otherwise I would have to go hunting/ adventuring which I honestly dislike.

But the best option is to become a neet, and go into hiding and train skills first. I don't want to be killed you know... There are a lot of places where I can go, forests, mountains and deserts. First, I need to get that sweet-sweet gold.

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The mansion of the Duke was huge, now that I broke free of my thoughts I was really able to see. I had just passed through two large castle like gates. the front main gate of entrance, leads to a medium sized garden courtyard. The second gate leads to the main mansion, upon entering we can see the main banquet hall which has large stairs, typical of a castle like European mansion.

The floor is covered with marble like tiles. The walls are covered with numerous colourful designs and patterns, depicting Azeleas flowers. It doesn't shy much extravagance in comparison to the royal family. The main hall is where the Duke holds correspondence meetings with the civil servants. Most civil servants that look after different areas are members of nobility, who passed the civil services exam, but all those who work under them are commoner class.

"Do you have anything to say for yourself!?" The long analysis was broken by a commanding voice. I turned over to look at a middle aged, handsome bulky man, with white hair and gem blue eyes, seeing him I feel a bit of fear and anger. He was probably in his late thirties. And This guy was fiercely staring at me...

**Something like this but with formal mediaeval clothes

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**Something like this but with formal mediaeval clothes

"Who, Me?"

"Yes! You, and what's with that nonchalant tone?" *Sigh*
"You have put all that I have taught to all these years to a waste. As expected of that wench's offspring. Thirteen years since I took this sinful offspring, and never once has he failed to disappoint me..."

Something in me snapped after this, this diss track was going on. I felt his resentment, and a lot of it.

Alistair's birth mother was a strong commoner omega woman. She was tomboyish, and compared to other omegas of her age. Bright, long red hair and fierce mint eyes that showed determination. She was the eldest of the three children raised by a single omega father who had, in his days, sold his body, due to limited revenue options for a better living for his children. When her father got bedridden due to illness, all the responsibilities of the house had fell upon her, so she started working as a waitress at the guild hall/ pub in her city.

The then young duke who had been working part-time as a mercenary had been lusting over her since then.

He made an offer to her that he would help with the father's disease and would take over the responsibilities of educating and marrying her siblings, in exchange, she would have become a mistress of his.

At first she obviously disagreed, but the Duke possibly played his connections and made her fall into desperation. Alistair was the result of that situation. The Duke wedded her siblings into well off families but soon grew tired of her and left her alone and desolate. She had been raising him with her father. When he was of 5, they had been forcibly brought into the household. The grandfather had been dead, the mother was overworked and her health was declining.

He was soon seperated from her, and made to study for days, as a possible second heir to the house. He would not be able to see her for days, and for weeks, if he hadn't done well enough. He was all but powerless. As the second gender was discovered, the devilish training continued. He wasn't able to see her in her final moments just because, he hadn't scored excellent marks in a subject. He had found of her passing away, days later.

His mother however, wrote a dying letter for him, with the help of the two maids which supported her ever since she arrived.
He turned to his father and stepmother for affection, who would always have a cold
shoulder towards him.

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Edit: i realised that this lacked paragraphs....
Must have been quite a torture 😅
Gommenasai .·'¯'(>▂<)'¯'·.

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