Life as a Tower Maid: Locked up with the Prince - Chapter 133
As he woke up early that morning, Albert sat on the desk and listened to Mercy’s frustrations.
[ That guy ordered me to gather the troops, but does he think the magic tower is still on his side? Wow, after he harassed all the mages? He doesn’t seem to be tired at all, huh. ]
Even though he could only hear her from the wand, Albert could imagine the dark circles under Mercy’s eyes from her tired voice. He smirked.
“The nightmare he was shown must have been vivid.”
The power that dragons produced during their death was enormous. Since the dragon had wished for a miserable end for Marquis Evnen, then he would have also swept Rosteratu into it since he was the marquis’ most influential backer and source of power.
[ It will be tomorrow, sir. We’ll be heading towards the tower where Your Highness is, at daybreak, 5 A.M. ]
Time had flown by, and it was finally the moment to face Rosteratu. Albert twirled the wand in his hand. He looked too relaxed for a person who’s supposedly about to have such a battle.
“The plan of coming to the tower. Did he explain what he’s going to do?”
[ No, sir. We were barely told the plan as if we weren’t trusted completely. Of course. ]
Although he was the king who’d gone mad and called in countless soldiers and nobles, he still knew how to distinguish between his enemies and his allies.
It’s said that the former lord of the magic tower was like a loyal dog to him, but now it was different.
Rosteratu was now using the mages as leverage against Mercy, but to some extent, he was still keeping a strict line between them. If he relied too much on the mages, then the damage that would come back to him would be immense if he would be betrayed in the end.
Albert nodded. This was as expected. That king had always been suspicious of others.
“So your mission is to open the tower.”
[ Yes, that’s what we’re going to do now. ]
The mages were now leaving the magic tower and were headed to the palace. This was to speed up the time they’d need tomorrow to come to the tower where Albert was.
Beyond Mercy’s words, the buzzing sound of the soldiers’ voices could also be heard. They were saying things like how they’re on their way to punish the prince, the source of evil, and they were boosting their morale by saying that they were warriors off to do their noble duty.
[ Isn’t it embarrassing that he’s taking so many soldiers? ]
“We all know he’s crazy, but this isn’t just about his fear. He’s planning to use me perfectly until the end.”
Calling in too many troops wasn’t just so they could be used to attack Albert. They would also serve as an adequate audience to the prince’s demise. The more people would see it, the greater the rumors would be and the faster they would spread.
“As expected, people don’t change that easily.”
Even when Albert was still in the palace, the current king had always been preoccupied with putting the prince down. The king was obsessed with vanity, and so he would always try to make a show out of completely crushing ‘Prince Albert’.
In any case, it’s been easy to predict Rosteratu’s next moves because of how consistently despicable he had been throughout the years, so it’s not all bad.
[ I will have to join the fray tomorrow, sir. What are your orders? ]
“He won’t come and pick me up personally. The tower is narrow, so there’s only so many soldiers he could bring in, that’s why he’ll send in mages. That’s where you’ll come in.”
Mercy was one of Albert’s strongest retainers. If she were to show her support for him openly, she’d just be targeted by the soldiers.
However, if Mercy were to enter the tower with the excuse of dragging Albert out, then the story would change because they wouldn’t be able to see her. She’ll be the diversion in the tower to stall things, and that would give enough time for Liam to go to the palace.
[ Eyy, of course that goes without saying, Your Highness. ]
Mercy’s voice wavered a little. It seemed like she nodded.
[ Wow, I’ve always been wondering what the spire looks like, but I’m finally going to see it. ]
There was just one day left before the battle that Albert had been preparing for since the day he entered the tower, but it seemed like Mercy wasn’t nervous about it either. Albert narrowed his eyes.
“What of the illusion spell.”
[ We’ve prepared it and put it in place~ ]
Mercy replied with a delighted tone. Unlike the dragon’s nightmare, this kind of illusion magic to astonish people was Mercy’s specialty.
Mages tended to specialize in one area of magic according to their respective milieu and talents.
Anyway, Albert was firmly rooted here at the tower so that Rosteratu wouldn’t care about the royal palace.
The king was going to bring with him to the tower countless soldiers and the Order of the Eagle, which was the highest of the three chivalric orders serving the royal family. The other two chivalric orders were firmly guarding the palace.
The previous king had been a wise king, and so Rosteratu was benefiting greatly from that. The power of each chivalric order, which the previous king had established, was formidable.
Liam’s secret forces had outstanding talent, but they were greatly outnumbered. They had asked the other nobles to cooperate and send their forces as well, but they demanded to see Albert, who was still trapped in the tower, face-to-face first before aiding in the resistance.
In the end, it’s become a battle between speed and wits. Albert gave Liam intel on the palace’s underground passages.
Small numbers complimented covert military operations.
The mages, Liam and Schubert would hit the palace. Except for Mercy, the two mages who would assist Liam would be Icy and Fiery. Icy was the most brilliant mage in the magic tower when it came to frost magic, while Fiery was the best in flame magic.
In other words, the only people who would face Rosteratu and his 30,000 soldiers here at the tower were Mercy and Albert.
[ I just have to watch from the side, right? ]
Rosé had voiced her apprehension about the tower being surrounded by armed troops, but that was almost inconsequential.
There were two things that were important in any uprising.
First, seize the palace.
Second, lop off the king’s head.
The second requirement needed a good reason behind it before it should be done. That’s why Albert revealed his past so that he could counter the rumors that Rosteratu had already sown before.
The rumors that Albert released outside had yet to reach the capital. So it must not have reached Rosteratu’s ears yet.