Count Abbott’s Perspective
When my gatekeeper told me that a certain intelligence agent has been captured,
I doubted my ears.
That agent has served me for years; he’s a man that doesn’t make mistakes.
Not only was he caught, he even let out who his employer was. Unbelievable.
Even so, that subordinate was soon led into my mansion.
When he saw my astonished face, he immediately started to apologize and then
fainted. He must have been exhausted in both mind and body.
A doctor was called to take care of him and I went to meet Count Snake. I have
heard rumors about him from my subordinates. At the Crown Prince’s wedding, I
made sure to get a look at him. He seems like the most average person, if you ignore his
black hair and eyes. His military exploits are unprecedented, he was made
Lieutenant Colonel after only two years in the Army. I haven’t heard of such a
feat in my lifetime.
Favored by His Majesty…
He is clearly favored, but the favor came after he delivered results. His Majesty is enamored
with competent subjects, and the Count brings in some of the best results.
A big one was the Westin Rebellion, he returned with a tremendous set of
achievements. He proved himself to be more loyal to the Kingdom
than to his family, to the point that he executed some of them himself.
He also managed to recover the prosperity of a territory in the blink of an eye.
I had to investigate the matter. My house has cunningly survived over the years
to the degree that we are called the Foxes. We always make sure to investigate
matters, and I am proud of using information we procured or purchased.
Yet, this time I was apologizing to Count Snake. I was surprised that he chose to
invite me to his mansion and even more amazed when I saw the entrance hall.
“Don’t be surprised, there’s a large snake in the entrance hall.” Pat
However, I feel his claim of large is underselling the snake. Also, it was
not just any snake. It is clearly a Gigantree Viper, a ferocious snake monster with a deadly
venom. Who would keep such a dangerous monster in your house?
I question his sanity.
When the Count went over to the snake and rubbed the scales and stroked its
head, the snake shook its tail. I’m impressed that such a powerful monster has
been domesticated by the so-called demonologist.
Our negotiations were swiftly completed on equal terms. With the number of
dwarves in my territory, getting a consistent allocation of his alcohol is my
highest priority. If I can distribute his new alcohols in my territory, the
dwarves will be happy, and happy dwarves make good products.
I tried the alcohols I was served, and they were quite good. I especially liked
Inesh, which was served warm. There’s no doubt it will be popular in my cold
Northern territory during the winter.
I started out on the wrong foot with Count Snake, but now we have a good relationship. I was
even given a luxury chess set. Only the mass-produced variety was available
to me until now.
I may have leaked a drop or two in the entrance hall, I hope nobody noticed…