“It’s most embarrassing… Of course, you can do what you want with us! Our last boat is yours without question. As for us, you can sell us or take our fur!!”
Ash said as he bowed once again. The other kobolds also bowed with their heads on the ground.
I didn’t actually mind.
He seemed very attached to me now, and after hearing everything, I had no objections to being a parent.
However, there were likely to be goblins who would not want to live with the child of a king who had killed their families.
Especially Erevan. It sounded like his own children were killed by them. His hatred would be strong.
What should I do…
I couldn’t answer immediately.
However, someone walked beside me and spoke.
“…Lord Heal. We will obey, whatever your decision is.”
It was Rienna who said this.
“It is true that we Berdans have been fighting the Tibris tribe for centuries. However, that is in the past. We Berdans are now your servants, Lord Heal. The decision is yours to make.”
Rienna said as she fell to one knee.
Upon hearing this, Baris and the other goblins followed her lead.
Erevan seemed like he was holding something back, but he too kneeled.
“…We would not be alive without your help, Lord Heal. Besides, this island is yours. We will obey.”
So I had to decide…
Father…the king of Sanfaris, would have loved this situation. For him, his opinion was the only one that mattered.
However, I didn’t want to decide on my own.
I wanted to listen to everyone’s opinions… Well, maybe the truth was that I didn’t like to think hard about anything that was unrelated to mining…
Regardless, I could tell them the general direction I wanted this island to take.
Now that there were more residents here, it was necessary for it to have something like rules and a philosophy.
“Everyone. Please listen to me. …I have no intention of rejecting any who wishes to live here. And you are always just as free to leave. Furthermore, if there are any in need in this wide open sea, I would like to help them… Just like this island helped me after I was banished from my home…”
And then I continued.
“To me, all the conventions and bonds of the continent are in the past. On this island, everything that happened there is of no consequence.”
In the first place, Sanfaris was a kingdom that forbade monsters from entering.
I would not have been allowed to live with goblins like I was now.
But this wasn’t Sanfaris.
Well…maybe it was part of the king’s territory, strictly speaking… But no one from Sanfaris would ever come here…
I was far away from the bloody battles and rivalries between the princes and princesses.
Living on this island was very comfortable.
But I couldn’t just ask them to wash away the hatred either…
“…I would like to welcome not just the child, but all of the kobolds to this island. Even if it is just long enough to repair the ship, you will still have to stay here for a while, after all.”
Upon hearing this, the eyes of Ash and the other kobolds filled with tears.
And then they bowed again.
“…Lord Heal. I do not have the words to express… Just know that you have our gratitude!”
And so on that day, new residents joined us on the island.