“Is he gone?”
“…He is gone, Your Majesty. I cannot feel his presence.”
“I see. You disapprove of something.”
“Don’t worry. You can tell me what it is.”
Queen Savane encouraged. And so the oldest of the Left Hands opened his mouth.
His name was Hif.
“I believe that total absolution is going too far.”
“Yes, from your point of view, it would be. But as I said, it’s pointless. If Leon was serious, none of it would matter.”
As Leon had been granted absolution, he could carry weapons and use magic. It would be possible for him to unsheath his sword in front of the queen and swing it.
With absolution, the Left Hands would not be able to move without the Queen’s command.
As long as he didn’t actually hurt anyone without reason, his actions would have to be overlooked.
“Hachina. Go and check the room’s charms.”
One of the Shadows began to check behind picture frames and under carpets and flower vases.
“I have checked them all. There is no problem.”
“What does this mean, Hachina?”
“I do not know. The entire room is covered in multiple barriers that prevent the use of magic. It is hard to think that all of them could stop working at once.”
“How effective are these charms?”
“They are inspected every day to ensure they are working. I made sure of it myself before you entered the room, Your Majesty.”
Hachina seemed very disturbed.
“Hif. I’m sure you understand what has happened.”
The elder who had spoken first replied.
“The charms will not be able to stop the spell-caster if he has magic that surpasses the creator of the charms.”
“Exactly. In fact, it was exactly the same with his father.”
At this revelation, the faces of the Left Hands changed to expressions of surprise.
“The Fallen One? I had heard he could use magic, but not…”
“Indeed. But they call him the Grim Reaper now.”
“So, you should call him that as well. He is your predecessor, after all.”
“I will do so.”
Leon’s father, the Grim Reaper, was once Princess Savene’s Left Hand.
This was during the reign of King Jahal.
King Jahal had one son and one daughter.
The 18-year old Gilbert and the 14-year old Savane.
“The Dragon Mark has appeared on my little sister. Get rid of her at once.”
On that day, Gilbert saw the young girl as a threat, and so he sent word to a league of assassins from the country of Makoku.
Days later, an assassin appeared in front of Savane.
The person that had come to kill her, was Harui. He had only just turned 15.
But when Harui snuck into the princess’s bedroom, he could not help but fall in love.
And by the time the King’s Left Hands realized that something was wrong and came to the princess’s bed-chamber, Harui had already sworn an oath of loyalty to her.
“I will settle matters first.”
Harui said, as he left Savane. And then 10 days later, he reappeared.
“How did things go?”
“I have finished it all.”
And from that day, Harui lived as a loyal Shadow for Savane.
As for Savane’s older brother, Gilbert. He died in an accident during the time that Harui was away.
He had gone out riding in hilly terrain and fallen off of his horse.
Something had startled the horse, and its legs had unluckily fallen into a depression in the ground. And so Gilbert was thrown.
It was said that Gilbert fell on his head and broke his neck.
He was dead when he was discovered.
There was nothing unusual about it.
Even still, King Jahal had summoned Savane and made her swear her innocence.
That night, when the King awoke uncomfortably in his bed, he saw that two swords were crossed over his neck and stabbed into the bed.
If he moved, he would cut his neck. That was how they were positioned.
Its purpose was clear. It was a warning.