Villainous Husband, the One You’re Obsessed With Is Over There - Chapter 75
Time went on and on.
The social gathering, which was completely ruined that day, didn’t resume afterwards because my focus was all focused on the Temple of Tunia. I needed information related to the Temple of Tunia, which wasn’t revealed in the original novel.
So, I had Cisen borrow several books from the Imperial Library, and I was absorbed in reading.
In fact, while it wasn’t my intention, it seemed that my actions made Duchess Nerma and other nobles who remained in the Capital anxious to see me. They continued their pathetic courtship march, sending me presents day by day.
Even though Duchess Nerma even tried to beguile me, she was somehow unenthusiastic and lukewarm. Perhaps it may have been ingrained in her mind that I scolded her on her day at the gathering.
“Now isn’t the time.”
I replied firmly.
Still, I didn’t explain why. And when the Duchess cautiously asked why, I answered with a look of astonishment.
“Can’t you understand my feelings?”
“…No, of course.”
I just acted like a totally evil boss.
To be honest, she must be swearing at me a lot inside though it was none of my business. I was the type who always put my best effort into urgent matters first. If I paid attention to each and everything little thing, like who hated or liked me, it was bound to be a big mistake.
Oh, of course.
I should still look good to Raniero, who was holding the chain of my life. While I may be criticized for being weak to the strong, and strong to the weak, it couldn’t be helped. If anyone’s life were at risk, I was certain they would act like me.
It was in a similar context that I studied the Temple of Tunia. I tried to calm myself by brainwashing myself by saying, ‘Seraphina is not coming,’ but I was still anxious.
I needed certainty.
I needed a conviction that there was a definite reason that she wouldn’t run into the Emperor yet. It was difficult if there was already a spark between the two. If that were the case, my neck would fly off before winter even came. I still didn’t have an escape route or anything.
‘Phew… let’s do it.’
Making up my mind in front of a pile of books, I brushed away my long, flowing hair.
The Temple of Tunia had little to no power, and it was challenging to find a lot of information as it was not a place where exchanges with the Actilus Empire were active. Moreover, since it was a small autonomous territory far from the Unro Kingdom, there wasn’t much that I learned as a princess.
Nevertheless, to the point that my eyeballs deflated, I read as if I was catching a mouse*, and little by little, I documented what kind of existence they were in my head.
[ T/N: It meant ‘the manner of restricting someone from moving and tormenting him/her.’ ]
A place where plants grew in barren places that tolerated cold well and a cold place where the ground began to freeze even in November.
‘…When food shortages are severe, do they even eat beasts?’
My eyes grew round.
…No, how barren was it?
Below that description, there was also a little explanation about the land of the demonic beasts near the Temple of Tunia. Since the beasts were strong, they could survive and reproduce in a barren land where humans couldn’t withstand.
They breed irregularly and explosively once, and what happened at that time was commonly known as a ‘Wave.’ It was a period of time when food and goods became scarce due to the multiplied family, and the demonic beasts came down to the land of humans to seize or plunder.
It was very common for humans to become their food.
‘…I’m sure there’s a wave this year.’
The last wave was said to be hundreds of years ago.
As dry saliva passed through my throat, I began to search for other books on the magic beast.
‘Beasts can walk and run as soon as they hatch from eggs… though they are laughably weak until they eat their first meal.’
That was why they came down south and made waves. It was explained that the demonic beasts that entered the land of humans and ate humans and livestock, and became stronger could become a threat to the whole world if left alone.
However, it wasn’t only during the waves that the beasts came down. It was said that a small number of demonic beasts always cross over the land of humans.
And the Temple of Tunia served as a shield at the northernmost point.
‘It’s not a completely negative neighborhood as Raniero interpreted it. Anyway, that person… he’s twisted.’
In a way, it was like the Temple of Tunia was sacrificing for the sake of the human world.
‘I can understand why Actilus and Sombinia just ignored Tunia, who was bothering them to stop the war.’
If you conquered the temple, the holy land, you wouldn’t have to listen to annoying noises. But then, the conquering country has to manage the border with the beasts. Strangely enough, as the defense was leaking, they would leave the management to the Temple of Tunia.
Gazing down at the book, a strange aftertaste lingered as I came to my senses.
I must not forget that there were other pieces of information that I would like to obtain while studying the Temple of Tunia…
As I continued to surf through the references in each book, I finally arrived at the information I was looking for.
It had only been a long week.
…The Saint of the Temple of Tunia.
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