After the award ceremony, those who were given awards move to the royal castle
for a banquet. This banquet is also attended by most of the heads of prominent
noble families and high-ranking military officials, so lower-ranked soldiers
will dread this part of the ceremonies.
Due to the number of awards this time,
Second Lieutenant and lower ranked awardees will not be attending the banquet
Wayne and I are in the castle courtyard where the banquet is being held, along
with all the other attendees. The format is a standing buffet. This is a time
where connections are made.
Maybe an up-and-coming military officer finds an aristocrat
that has space to employ a Knight soon. Perhaps a lower-ranked noble meets
a higher-ranked noble and joins their faction. It is useful for military
officers to have a powerful backer.
In Wayne’s case, he’s a Lieutenant, but he is only a Baronet’s son. He isn’t
even the heir, so he has very little in terms of backing. Even though the
Kimble family are military aristocrats, and all members of the family are
involved with the military, the highest rank currently held is Major. That’s only
one step beyond Wayne’s current rank.
My mother’s family is a Baron family, and the head reached the rank of Major
before being formally discharged.
He was never really powerful, even within the military.
Currently, a crowd has gathered around Wayne. Aristocrats bring their wives and
daughters to visit him. Wayne is currently engaged in a bit of group
matchmaking, one of the ways connections are made at these banquets.
Wayne has amazing looks and an impressive military career. There’s second and
third daughters of lower ranked aristocrats like Viscounts and Barons, as well
as families without a son talking to him. Well, at least the daughters are interested and
are actively appealing to their fathers.
I’m currently eating a little ways away from Wayne. Luckily, I don’t have much of a
presence, so I’m able to eat in peace. I’m watching Wayne being bombarded by
questions by multiple glamorous women when an even more beautiful woman appears.
“Wayne Kimble, may I have a word with you? I want to introduce you to my
daughter.” Lieutenant General Simon