H-hold on for a sec. What do you mean? Leave offspring behind?
Roel stared at Astrid with a flabbergasted expression, his mind failing to process what he had just heard. Yet, the latter didn’t think that there was anything wrong with what she had just said.
One thing that truly terrified established houses like the Ardes was the severance of their long lineage. So here came the question: What could possibly sever the lineage of a household?
Without doubt, the biggest threat was the lack of offspring.
No matter how rich or powerful a house’s heritage was, it was all futile if there was a lack of offspring to succeed them.
Since ancient times, those who possessed outstanding bloodlines would usually ensure that they had successors before marching off to the battlefield. This was their responsibility toward their race and family, and this held especially true for noble houses with few offspring like the Ascarts.
While Astrid would try her best to prevent it, there was still a possibility where the worst occurred and Roel was forced to commit double suicide with Priestley. That being the case, it would be a wise move for him to leave his offspring behind.
“W-what are you talking about? Lilian is my…”
“I’ve already spoken to that child. Even though the two of you share the same bloodline, you aren’t blood-related.”
“… I don’t deny that, but the two of us aren’t in that kind of relationship!”
Roel turned down Astrid’s suggestion with a stiffened face.
On the other hand, Astrid appeared to be taken aback by those words. She stared at Roel intently, surprised by the fact that they weren’t a couple. In fact, she thought that the ‘younger brother’ and ‘older sister’ thing between them was just their own couple thing.
But this isn’t much of an issue.
“Don’t worry, the feelings you have for one another are already good enough. Rather, should I say that it’s much better than those warriors who had to fight on the frontlines back in my era?” remarked Astrid.
She had seen a lot having lived through numerous chaotic eras. The fact that Roel and Lilian were willing to sacrifice themselves for one another showed that their feelings for one another already surpassed that of ordinary couples, and she viewed that sentiment to be more than enough for a relationship.
One must know that soldiers who sought to reproduce before marching off to the frontlines usually ended up seeking a spouse whom they had never met before.
Astrid looked at Roel, who was blushing right to the tip of his ears, and she was able to immediately figure out the situation between the two of them. As an old spinster herself, she didn’t have any g
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