While Roel moved around the buffet table to fill his stomach, he thought about the stuff that Carter had told him about all this while.
The birthday banquet last year was extremely important, not just because it was Nora’s birthday but that it was the first time the young nobles of the current generation of the Theocracy were gathered together.
There were many occasions for adult nobles to socialize with one another, be it the tea parties held by noblewomen or ordinary banquets. However, the chances for young nobles to meet one another were rare, and for some, this birthday banquet could even be the only opportunity.
At this banquet, the socializing of the adults was surprisingly a secondary aim. The stars of the show were actually the children instead. It was a huge loss that Roel had missed the banquet last year as not only did he miss the chance to build up his own faction, he even ended up inadvertently giving an advantage to another house—the Elric Count House.
Of the Five Eminent Noble Houses, the only ones that had offspring of similar ages to Nora were the Ascart Marquess House and the Elric Count House. Since Roel was absent for the previous birthday banquet, the child that had the highest standing in the banquet other than Nora herself was the eldest son of the Elric House, Bron Elric
Since Nora was busy greeting all the guests, Bron was granted free reign amongst the young nobles, allowing him to quickly build up a following. It should have been nothing much for a small child to gain some power, but it just so happened that Bron had quite a terrible reputation himself.
Elric Youth Faction, that was what Carter called them. Bron and his following of degenerates might have been young, but the atrocities that they committed couldn’t be easily shrugged off. They had stirred all sorts of trouble amongst the civilians, but most of them had been secretly dealt with so they hadn’t caused a huge uproar thus far.
In truth, Roel had been feeling an ominous vibe inside after hearing of the Elric House.
A hundred years ago, when the Elric House was still a marquess house, their territory extended far and wide, making them the de facto leader of the Five Eminent Noble House. Even the Lucerna Ducal House was lacking in comparison to them. At its peak, the Elric House’s power rivaled even that of the royal family.
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However, what turned the fate of the Elric House around was the fight between the royal twin siblings, the renowned March Turmoil.
The Elric House had chosen to stand with Prince Wade in that conflict, and they served as the main fighting force of Wade’s faction. Against Princess Victoria, who only had the backing of the Ascart House, it should have been a sure-win battle.
Yet, all of it failed due to the interference of the Ascart House’s patriarch back then. The labyrinth had simply consumed far too many of their so
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