Tensei Kizoku wa Taishi wo Idaku! - Chapter 21:Five-year-old, Great-grandfather's influence.
Chapter 21:Five-year-old, Great-grandfather’s influence.
Around the beginning of March, a family meeting was being held at the Marquis of Wellrod.
Something like this had never happened before.
It was still too early for something to happen.
Isaac was worried about the story that was about to unfold.
Anxious, Isaac prepared for the meeting.
The family was all together and the servants had left.
Only Morgan’s secretary remained.
That’s why Isaac thought.
――Something important was about to be unveiled.
There was no reason to leave out the servants.
That’s why Isaac was relieved.
(If you want to give the inheritance to Nathan then there is no reason to leave out the servants and keep the secretary. Keeping the servants presents would lead to the news travelling even farther and faster.)
That was just Isaac’s wishful thinking, to keep himself calm.
Currently, Isaac was still sowing seeds.
If Nathan was suddenly given the priority for the inheritance then he’d lose all his ways and reasons to ensue a family dispute.
(TL/N: The above line might sound confusing to some readers, but it basically means that if the Wellrod house itself prioritized Nathan then there wouldn’t be any argument left that’d make people support Isaac.)
The situation was bad.
He was calm on the surface, but on the inside he wasn’t.
While keeping his calm demeanor intact, he watched Morgan as he began to speak.
“A while ago, I received a private announcement from the Minister of Foreign Affairs.”
Morgan said while looking at everyone.
“The current Foreign Minister, the Earl of Lancaster, has been sick lately, so he’s finding it very difficult to work. If nothing is done, then this will be very bad for the kingdom. That’s why I’ll be taking over his post after some time. I won’t can’t be as good as my father Jude, but as his son, this much is expected of me.”
Then, Morgan turned to Randoph.
“I will devote myself to my duties to live up to the expectations. And Randolph, the lord’s position, I’ll leave that up to you.”
Feeling the weight of responsibility, Randolph replied with a serious expression.
“We have a year to prepare. I will hand everything over to Randolph from the spring or summer, and after that I will take over as the Foreign Minister. However, this is just a plan. This might seem rushed. So, everyone, please support Randolph.”
This time, everyone other than Randolph answered.
In particular, Lucia and Melinda changed from “the wife of the lord’s son” to “the wife of the lord’s deputy”.
They’d have to look into the work that Margaret was handling till now.
From now on they’d be busier than ever.
“The fact that the Earl of Lancaster is sick is a secret, I request that you keep it that way.”
Morgan concluded the meeting by warning the members of the fact.
(If so, wouldn’t it be better if I and Nathan weren’t here?)
Isaac thought so, but he didn’t say it.
He felt good because they didn’t leave them out thinking that they were children, but included them in the meeting as family members.
“But what are they expecting of you? You can’t be like grandfather …”
Randolph terrifiedly asked Morgan.
Randolph’s grandfather Jude.
Because Jude was the predecessor to the Earl of Lancaster.
“No, that’s not the case. Rather, they expect me to work like an ordinary minister.”
Upon hearing those words, Randolph exhaled in relief.
If people were comparing Morgan with Jude and wanted the same from him, then that wouldn’t have been good.
Jude, the predecessor of the Marquis of Wellrod, was poor at speaking and only ever used a few words.
However, he was a man who could read people’s hearts and easily manipulate them at his will.
He was good at not only diplomatic negotiations, but also plots against other countries.
Jude was constantly monitoring the movements of the countries surrounding them, even the friendly ones.
When the neighbouring allies were attacked, Jude went there with reinforcements to mediate peace.
Diplomacy and planning was Jude’s absolute territory until one day, he was ambushed and killed.
His name wasn’t only recorded in the Wellrod family history, but in the modern history of Reed kingdom as well.
However, he wasn’t perfect either.
Isaac had heard that even his own son, Morgan, was relieved rather than being sad, when he heard that his father was ambushed and killed in the war.
In exchange for his ability, he was missing something important as a person.
If they expected him to work like that person, then Morgan wouldn’t be able to do it no matter what.
Even if the expectations were met, some people would still be dissatisfied.
When he heard that he just needed to work as an ordinary Foreign minister, he happily agreed.
(Grandfather mostly half-assed his work, but to take over the position of the Foreign minister right after retiring from the position of a Marquis, it’s truly amazing.)
The greater the predecessor’s abilities, the more his successors would be compared.
“That person has the ability to do so”, the current foreign minister had said.
It wouldn’t have been possible for someone to say that if they didn’t have confidence in the person himself.
In his heart, Isaac praised the Earl of Lancaster, whom he had never met.
“It will not be the same life as before, but I want everyone to do their best. Do you have any questions?”
Isaac raised his hand.
“Does becoming the Minister of Foreign Affairs mean that the grandfather will live in the royal capital?”
He wanted to hear this.
Because it was important for Isaac.
“Yes. Negotiations with ambassadors and other ministers need to be done in the capital. I and Margaret will live in the royal capital …. I will really miss Isaac and Nathan.”
Morgan looked at Isaac and Nathan with compassionate eyes.
Randolph protested against it.
“Father, am I not your son?”
Morgan laughed at Randolph’s amusing words.
“Rather than being sad, you should be happy, after all these years you’ll be finally alone.”
The two laughed.
They knew that one day, they’d need to bid each other farewell.
It was much better to live away from each other than to part ways due to untimely death.
After that, there were no more questions, and the meeting disbanded.
――But Isaac’s heart was not calm.
(One more year, it’s bad …)
Until now, Morgan and Margaret were with them.
The presence of the two was enough to suppress Melinda.
――So what happens if they are gone?
The thought alone made Isaac feel uneasy.
He had no idea what Melinda might do if there was no one to suppress her.
It would be nice if she just continued gaining supporters steadily over time.
But what if she took immediate action in pursuit of results?
(There is no way to prevent it right now. I need something that’d prevent them from taking any immediate action.)
Originally, Morgan was a marquis and now he was a foreign minister. Isaac was delighted that his grandfather had become a major figure for the nation.
However, Isaac was in quite a bit of danger, so he couldn’t afford to linger on those feelings.
Isaac decided to read a book.
He was reading a book about the actions of his great-grandfather Jude, wondering if he had any particular way to do things.
(He went as an ally, invited everyone to a drink and went home…… Isn’t that suspicious?)
――Jude didn’t do anything when he visited the other country.
He went there, and acted friendly without actually doing anything.
Thanks to that, the enemy country grew suspicious and ended up attacking the friendly country in the end.
Isaac couldn’t believe such a lousy excuse, “Jude just drank and went home.”
He wondered if Jude didn’t mention anything else because he also had some contribution in the attack.
(He examined his surroundings and planned everything based on that. What an amazing person.)
Jude was on a league of his own, Isaac could never reach the same level no matter how hard he tried.
He read his great-grandfather’s actions, like the main character of a story, as if he were reading a novel.
When I finished reading, Isaac closed the book with a look of satisfaction one gets after reading a really good novel.
(…No, no. Why am I satisfied?)
However, feeling satisfied was unavoidable.
The books he had read so far were all picture books and they focused on the history of this world.
It was a particularly interesting book among those books that he had read after such a long time, a biography that he could read without taking even a single break.
Isaac was so absorbed into the book that he actually enjoyed it.
(But I’m relieved that he’s dead)
Morgan was glad he died even though Jude was his own father, and Isaac also agreed.
Morgan once had a sister.
However, she was no longer in this world.
Because she was murdered by Jude.
Once upon a time, Jude married off his daughter to an aristocratic family who proved to be detrimental to the kingdom.
Up to this point, it was just a normal political marriage.
What made Jude different was that after the marriage, he poisoned that whole family, along with his own daughter.
Of course, he couldn’t just poison other aristocrats just because he was a Marquis.
“Someone from outside tried to poison us. Both my son-in-law and daughter ate the steak and died.”
He made an excuse like that.
No one believed it at first, but no one suspected him as his own daughter had also died.
Isaac was afraid of Jude, who treated even his own child as a discarded piece, but at the same time respected him.
(You can make people follow with a carrot and a stick. But the horror of the whip would do the same, but more efficiently. He is a really amazing person. I don’t want to be like him, but he had a lot of talent. If he didn’t made those mistakes, then he could’ve made a name for himself in history in a slightly better way)
His people followed him without the need of a carrot and a stick.
No, maybe there was candy instead.
The candy seemed to be the foundation of his plans, something like that wouldn’t be present in the books.
His great-grandfather was an outstanding person.
However, this was of no importance to Isaac.
His future was more important to him.
Isaac gave up Jude’s biography and picked up the book called ‘Interracial War’.
(There are elves and dwarves in this world. Will they be of any help?)
Until 200 years ago, they coexisted with humans and had a friendly relationship.
However, their relationship gradually deteriorated.
–The war between the races began 200 years ago.
Since then, it seemed that exchanges had been cut off and each race created their own countries.
There was no law that prohibited interaction, so they might prove useful if Isaac could turn them into allies.
The dwarves lived south of the Wellrod territory, beyond the mountain range with the salt mine. And elves lived in the forest extending from the east to the southeast.
The distance wasn’t of much concern, it was easy to make contact.
However, there was one problem.
(But it seems that you will be killed if you get close to their territory. It’s better to stop.)
Since the former interracial war, the other races had grown very hostile towards the humans.
It was written in the book that only death awaited those who trespassed on their territory.
Isaac couldn’t take such a risk, and he did not have any subordinates who would obey such commands.
He couldn’t grab the trump card that was just within his reach.
Isaac felt very frustrated.
(No, no…. this is fine, powerful drugs are difficult to handle afterall.)
Nitroglycerin was a drug used for heart diseases, but if mishandled, it could be as dangerous as explosives.
Isaac knew that relying on different races and depriving the opposition of their power was even more dangerous.
In the end, he had no choice but to look for another method.
(This isn’t what I wanted, Santa! Not something like this! I didn’t ask for a development like this.)
“Shit! Shit! Shit!”
Isaac couldn’t help but curse at the loss of his greatest guardian.