I made a trip to my territory to pick up brandy, whiskey, and Inesh (plum wine)
in large quantities to the Royal Capital for refreshments and souvenirs. When I arrived at the
territory, the news of the engagement had preceded me, so the servants gave
congratulations and asked me to bring the Princess to visit soon.
I also ordered a large quantity of stone chess sets from the territory craftsmen,
which I picked up on my next visit. I also brought back a number of the servants
from the territory to assist during the party.
On to the day of the party…
The Snake mansion in the Royal Capital is overflowing with people.
The garden is crowded with the guards and soldiers brought along to secure the
various nobles attending. Snake family servants move through the group,
distributing drinks and snacks.
Inside the mansion, the largest hall is used for a standing buffet, with a table
and chairs for the Royal Family placed at the head. Other nobles are served from
the buffet tables and a selection of Snake family wine. Sonaris and I are
receiving words of congratulations from families here.
I made sure to promise to send various products like sake to the nobles who
attended the party today. This should increase the friendliness of the attendees
even if they don’t become my allies.
The dining hall of the mansion was set up with a large number of chess tables
for the nobles to play at. It was well received as a method to deepen the
friendship between each other. Even the King and the Crown Prince took a turn
at the tables, giving their noble opponents a quandary over whether they should
lose to the King or not.
I made sure to warn all the attendees that Pi-chan would be in the mansion, so
the number of incidents was blessedly low. Even those that did encounter
incidents were astounded at the bathroom of the mansion, and I received requests
to have similar bathrooms installed at other mansions.
In the dining hall, a boy and girl were seen playing chess together, but I
didn’t spot them at the time. It seems their closeness made it to the ears of
their parents though.
Once the party ended, I handed baskets of brandy, whiskey, Inesh, and chess sets
to each attendee and wished them good luck in the future.
When the Royal Family was leaving, the Queen pulled me aside to ask something.
“Is it true Sona is making you armor? Are you crazy?” Queen
I was a little worried at this point.
“My clothes for the Crown Prince’s wedding ceremony were made by Princess
Sonaris. Sure, the color scheme was a bit odd, but it seems it was well made?
Is there something about the armor that makes it worse?” Pat
“She only spent a month of work and drew up the plans in a day, so it
was fairly normal. The armor is getting a lot more time and effort, she’s a little
scary with how much she’s putting into it. You need to be prepared.” Queen
At that point, the Royal Family left and the party was over.