Trash of the Count’s Family – Chapter 265 – Hey Friend! (1)

However, the expressions on the faces of the nobles listening to Cale and the crown prince started to be filled with different colors.
There was only one thing that these two could mean right now.

The Roan Kingdom wanted to take over the Empire.

The Ailan household was known as the leader of the Roan Kingdom’s southeast region. The head of that household, Marquis Sand Ailan, saw the expression on crown prince Alberu’s face and gulped.

‘…He means it.’

The crown prince really was aiming for the Empire.
And he had called the kingdom’s highest nobles here in order to express that desire.

‘No. He didn’t only call us.’

Marquis Sand Ailan’s gaze headed to a spot about halfway between himself and the crown prince. Cale Henituse was standing there. He seemed to have already discussed everything with the crown prince.

‘This is bad.’

They had just finished a war.
The fact that crown prince Alberu was preparing for another war made Marquis Sand Ailan unable to determine how the state of affairs of the continent would flow from here.

Furthermore, wasn’t this supposed to be the crown prince who cherished his people?
He had just told the citizens that the war was over and that they could greet spring. That meant that the war against the Empire would go in a different way than the war against the Indomitable Alliance.

‘However, those things aren’t the main issues.’

The real reason that Marquis Sand Ailan thought it was bad. That reason was making his mouth completely dry.

‘The Roan Kingdom is not weak.’

The bad part was that this war against the Empire did not seem impossible.

The growth of the Mage Brigade and the Navy, as well as the overall growth of the knights’ morales. All of these showed that the Roan Kingdom was already one of the Western continent’s strongest kingdoms.

Furthermore, they also had a sword master and many other strong individuals who were a kingdom’s important keys for success.
Although many people did not know about this next topic because the news had not spread, but the crown prince has been pressuring temples for a while and setting the foundations to bring the necromancer and the Dark Elves into the kingdom.

Crown prince Alberu Crossman truly showed the strength of the survivors very well.

He had shown it by surviving when he had no strong supporters after he had lost the king’s favor.
The people who had been his stronger supporters were the Henituse household and the northeast region’s nobles who had been the central figures in this past war.

Marquis Sand Ailan was unable to do anything during this past war. In fact, the influence of the southeast region’s nobles had decreased, putting him in a bad situation.

‘However, no matter how strong the Roan Kingdom has become, fighting against the Empire is a different issue.’

It meant something to touch the Empire that had long been the Western continent’s ruler.
Marquis Sand Ailan’s mind became complicated.

Actually, his heart was even more complicated.

‘The bad thing is that I keep thinking that it is possible.’

No matter how terrible he had been in the political side, he was the Roan Kingdom’s leader of martial arts after all. Which expert, especially a sword master, would want to suppress his own powers in front of a large-scale war?

‘Defending,’ against the Indomitable Alliance and, ‘attacking,’ the Empire were extremely different from one another.
The fact that the Roan Kingdom was in a place where it could launch an attack made his heart excited.

‘It also creates an opportunity for each faction’s nobles.’

Marquis Sand Ailan looked toward Duke Orsena, who represented the central faction.

Both Marquis Ailan and Duke Orsena were known to not be part of the crown prince’s faction. Their influence was decreasing as the Roan Kingdom’s name became better known.
Gaining merit in the war against the Empire was their chance to find a shortcut in order to retrieve their lost influence.

Marquis Ailan had a bitter smile on his face as he looked toward crown prince Alberu.

‘The crown prince probably invited all of us here while aiming for this.’

He was scared of the crown prince’s strategic mind.
However, that bitter smile soon disappeared.
Crown prince Alberu Crossman started to speak.

“Do you know the story of the Crossman royal family?”

The Crossman household had been the only royal family since the beginning of the Roan Kingdom.
There was a story related to that family.

‘The Crossman ruler always has beautiful blonde hair.’

This blonde hair was the symbol of the royal family. Although the entire royal family throughout history had not been blonde, the king and the potential future kings had all always been blonde.

This was because it was said that the Crossman household had received the blessing of the Sun God.

However, the nobles did not dare to share this information out loud.
That reason came out of Alberu’s mouth with an odd smile on his face.

“The Crossman royal family is said to have received the blessing of the Sun God, however, we are unable to share this story because of the Empire. This is the internal sorrow for a kingdom that is average.”

The Mogoru Empire was the continent’s strongest faction and the location of the largest Church of the Sun God. The Mogoru royal family had always treasured the Sun God.
That was why the Roan Kingdom’s Crossman family had been unable to share this information about their roots starting at some point.

It wasn’t that the Empire did something to tell them to stop, instead, the Roan Kingdom chose to shut up about it on their own. Since they were weak, they didn’t want to do anything that might cause a fight.

Furthermore, other than the fact that the family received the blessings of the Sun God, the Roan Kingdom did not have a national religion. The Roan Kingdom’s royal family did not push forward the Church of the Sun God to the citizens and was reluctant to have the royal family be tied closely with the church.

Alberu watched the nobles start to frown at his words before turning to look at Cale.
Although people may think that he was sincerely listening, the fact that he was staring at the ceiling made it obvious Cale was not thinking about anything right now.

‘How did I end up having to work together with a bastard like him?’

The issue was that this bastard was the most trustworthy person to him.
Crown prince Alberu held back a sigh as he continued to speak.

“His majesty was originally planning on handing over the crown after this war.”

‘What is he talking about?’

Cale, who had been barely listening, turned toward Alberu.
Why was this crown prince saying something so important as if he was Ron talking about a kid from next door walking by the house?

Cale frowned and observed Alberu, who had announced this bomb of an announcement. However, he was not as shocked as the other nobles.

“T, that is big news! I see. I didn’t know something like that had happened.”

Duke Orsena, the leader of the central faction, showed his shock before quickly calming himself and responding back.
However, he could not help but gasp after hearing what Alberu had to say next.

Alberu continued to speak to the shocked nobles.

“But I declined it.”

He declined the crown.
That act made it clear who held the power in the Roan Kingdom right now.
Marquis Sand Ailan finally managed to open his mouth to ask a question.

“Your highness, I know that I should not question your decisions, but may I ask your reason for doing that?”

Crown prince Alberu quietly observed Marquis Sand Ailan, who had asked the question.
Beautiful blonde hair and blue eyes. The crown prince completely looked the part of a Crossman heir.
He smiled at Marquis Ailan, who did not avoid his gaze, and turned around. He then walked toward the terrace.

Chhhhhhhhhh-

The closed curtains were opened again.
At the same time, the bright light of the sun entered the room.
Crown prince Alberu put his back toward the sun as he started to speak.

“I will become the Roan Kingdom’s ruler when it is at its highest point.”

The Roan Kingdom that Alberu was thinking about was when it would have fully opened up its wings once again.
That was the moment Alberu Crossman would become the Roan Kingdom’s new king.

“I wish to be the brightest person in a larger Roan Kingdom.”

The reason he pushed back the coronation.
He desired to become the king of the Roan Kingdom once it had eaten up some of the Empire’s territory. This desire was thoroughly delivered to the four noble leaders.

They could see the brightly smiling Alberu Crossman.
His face was covered with shadows because the sun was to his back, however, his gaze and smile were clearer than ever before. Alberu’s calm voice echoed in the chilly room.

“Will you all take me there?”

Silence filled the area.
Alberu’s voice continued through that silence as if it was a fog.

“Of course, I do not wish to shed our citizens’ blood in order to get there.”

‘Wow.’

Cale was amazed internally.

He was pressuring the nobles thoroughly.

This really was the person who managed to handle Choi Han in the novel.
He was someone who cared about the Roan Kingdom’s citizens and cared about the greater good.

However, he was also someone who did not hide his greed.

‘These are his instincts. These are his instincts as a king.’

If Rosalyn was someone who threw away her royal position and chose a different path without any hesitation because of her greed…
Alberu Crossman was someone who hid the fact that he was a quarter Dark Elf and persisted even when he had no support in order to reach the position of a king for a stronger Roan Kingdom.

It might be possible that the Choi Han in, ‘The Birth of a Hero,’ chose to help Alberu out not just because of his glib tongue but because of his appearance as a true, ‘ruler.’

‘I bet that Alberu Crossman definitely becomes one of the main heroes after volume 5.’

The Alberu that Cale read about up to volume 5 only had the role of giving tasks to Choi Han and nothing else.

However, if new strong individuals or heroes other than Choi Han, Lock, and Rosalyn appeared starting from volume 6, then Cale was certain that one of them would have been Alberu Crossman.

‘Alberu Crossman is not the type to lose to Imperial Prince Adin.’

That was why Cale could not help but support this crown prince who was greedy but still put the needs of the citizens first.

However, although Cale smiled and quickly hid it, the other nobles were feeling a sense of chilliness that they could not even feel the warmth of the sun.

Marquis Sand Ailan had his eyes closed. All sorts of thoughts were going through his mind. However, he soon opened his eyes again. He had made up his mind in less than 5 seconds.

‘Let’s do it.’

It was time to put everything on the line.
However, there was someone who had made up their mind faster than any of them.
One person’s voice responded to Alberu’s request.

“Your highness.”

Cale Henituse.
He was the first one to respond to Alberu’s request.
Cale slightly bowed and continued to speak.

“Your highness, you will start the new story about the Roan Kingdom and the Crossman royal family.”

‘Funny bastard.’

Alberu held back his laughter.

The Crossman royal family had always had blonde kings.
Although he thought that it was a rotten tradition, Alberu had to turn himself blonde as well. It was not just an issue for him, as he felt that it would be difficult for the citizens to accept him and his quarter Dark Elf blood that had been hiding the truth all this time. Furthermore, his true appearance would be a weakness when it came to politics and foreign affairs.

That was why Alberu understood what Cale meant by what he said.

The person who never said useless things had said, ‘the Crossman royal family’s new story.’

This definitely meant that he would become the Roan Kingdom’s king even though he was not truly blonde.

‘I like it a lot.’

Alberu then looked toward the others. They all bowed their heads and shared similar sentiments.

“We will do what we can to create that path for you, your highness.”

He could see Cale raise his head before the other nobles.
He looked quite evil as he smiled.

– Human! The crown prince is smiling like you as well!

However, Alberu had a similarly evil smile on his face.

“Raise your heads.”

The nobles raised their heads at Alberu’s command. Alberu gave another order to the nobles after that.

“I will teach you the path that you will need to walk from here.”

Of course, he had come up with this plan with Cale.

The bright sun was shining while the citizens were cheering outside the terrace. However, the Roan Kingdom’s central figures were planning for their future.

* * *

Cale returned to the Henituse residence at the capital and looked at the clock.

Click, click.
He could hear the second hand moving.

“Human, they will be here soon!”

He heard Raon’s comment. Cale turned his head.

Paaaaat-

A bright light caught Cale’s attention. The empty room next to Cale’s bedroom. The magic circle in that room was shining brightly.
Once that light disappeared…

“Nice house.”

Cale could see the ancient Dragon Eruhaben looking around the room. He could also see three people wearing white priest robes with no crests.

Eruhaben had returned to the Super Rock Villa in order to bring these three people over. They were naturally the three that Cale had been waiting for.
The crazy priestess Cage, the half-Saint Jack, and the blood-crazed sword master and fake Holy Maiden, Hannah.
They had come to see Cale for the first time in a while.

“Long time no see. The God of Death seems to be doing a good job.”
“Hey.”
“Young master-nim, I have heard a lot about your great deeds.”

Crazy priestess Cage took out wine glasses with shields etched on them while Hannah casually greeted Cale and touched her scabbard. Saint Jack was smiling with an even holier face than usual.
Cale put on a smile that was as gentle as possible as he said something to these three that had each greeted him in their own ways.

“We need to go evangelize.”

Silence filled the room after hearing Cale’s words.
Cale continued to smile as he asked crazy priestess Cage, who was staring at him a question.

“Miss Cage, did I seem holy?”

Cage responded back with an odd expression on her face.

“…Young master-nim, you look evil.”

The crazy priestess Cage did not know how to lie.
Cale’s expression quickly became blank in surprise.

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44 Replies to “Trash of the Count’s Family – Chapter 265 – Hey Friend! (1)”

  1. Xiao Faye

    ‘How did I end up having to work together with a bastard like him?’

    Ah yes, Alberu. Accept it. You and Cale are fated to work together for life the moment he decided to steal the MC’s spot from Choi Han LMAOOO

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    1. Deathqueen

      Why was this crown prince saying something so important as if he was Ron talking about a kid from next door walking by the house?

      So how is Ron looking when he talk about such a thing? I am quite curious.

      Thanks for the chapter

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      1. Fujufuu

        Can you imagine Ron just looking out the window and being like “young master, the little boy from next door seems to be going on a walk today”

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  2. M for Mary M Q

    Cale was staring at the ceiling and thinking about nothing while in a meeting with the crown prince and the most powerful nobles in his kingdom. And poor Alberu who noticed doesnt have the power to do anything about it 🤣

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  3. Saytran

    “…Young master-nim, you look evil.”
    The crazy priestess Cage did not know how to lie.
    Cale’s expression quickly became blank in surprise.

    This is the best! I love Cage’s honesty.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  4. Lyreen

    Alberu x Cale moments going to be the death of me.
    I am also worried about Choi Han achieving full darkness, but this novel does not have similar view about ‘light’ and ‘dark.’ They’re only elements, which I’m pretty happy to see applied in a fantasy world.

    I also wonder why the birth of a hero novel chose to give Choi Han a dark element instead of others. Hmm…

    Just like how the Slytherin house does not equate evil.

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  5. RJ

    This chapter shows the fact that Cale is not greedy much better than even the chapters where he’s at his most benevolent because it shows his understanding of the concept, and his lack of understanding about how thoroughly he rejects his own greed. He well and truly only every wanted to be left in peace but was compassionate and foresighted enough to step forward.
    As for Alberu, I think there’s a big problem with his characterization as everything he’s supposed to be is told rather than shown… or rather.. shown rather than done. I understand that fits his characterization very well from a thematic standpoint but… he’s really not carrying his weight, all the while the narrative pushes this idea of him and Cale being equals but he doesn’t partake of the equal division of labour, and that isn’t looking like it’s gonna become a plot point. Or at least, it didn’t feel like it even if it does in fact becomes a plot point in the future. It is feeling more like, we, as readers, are supposed to take the omniscient narrator at his word that the two characters are equal. This looks really odd given both characters’ “glib tongues” that they use “to put others to work”. Anyways, that’s my thoughts on why I don’t like Alberu as a character

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    1. RJ

      Some more stray thoughts to add to that: I think the idea is that this characterization of the Crown Prince is also supposed to represent the idea of leadership or kingship, but well, he isn’t managing Cale at all. Cale is voluntarily doing all this. It would be interesting to see Alberu struggle with that more. More distrust, more power plays, more balance to the equation between Cale & him… although, I don’t really want to see more of him, tbh…
      Omg, I’ve gotten far to invested in this story, ugh…

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      1. RJ

        P.P.S He’s not putting the kingdom first. He’s putting the idea of the kingdom first. *His* kingdom. Not the kingdom. While Cale does actually give two sh*ts about the people within the kingdom and outside of it

        …yeah, I’ve joined Caleism

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        1. Beliver of the Silver Light-nim

          And don’t forget that Raon said he is strong (it was using dragon’s standards) and as a rereader I can assure to the people reading my comment that he’s really fucking strong.
          Their similarities isn’t about being equal about the things they do. Their similarities is about their personalities. They are both people who knows how to properly take things that are given to them. That’s why Alberu accepts things that Cale gives him. And the same is with Cale. Cale knows how to use the things for his advantage (like Hannah and Jack, and many other things).
          As Cale said, while Rosalyn chose to abandon the heir position to the throne in order to become the strongest mage and be a Magic Tower’s Master, Alberu is someone who had to hide his strength and his true identity as a quarter dark elf (a identity that he doesn’t dislike) in order to achieve his dream to become a great ruler for his Kingdom.
          There is nothing wrong to try to obtain something that’s rightfully his. If he’s shown to be a capable ruler and raise the Roan Kingdom to higher heights, why can’t he take the throne if he’s the King’s son? (The same situation is with Billos). There’s nothing wrong about being greedy. We are greedy everyday in our lives as well. If you study hard to entry a university, wasn’t all this due to your hard work and your ambition to enter? Would you feel bad for the people who didn’t study at all and failed?
          Also, as Cale said, it might be possible that Alberu stood out after the 5 volumes of TboH. What’s not wrong. Don’t forget that Alberu is strong and he’s someone who really puts his people first.

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          1. Beliver of the Silver Light-nim

            Oh no, my comment got in the wrong order? Please read the comment bellow first

      2. Beliver of the Silver Light-nim

        @RJ
        You don’t seem to have analyzed properly the circumstances of the characters. Alberu is the crown prince, he doesn’t have the time to leave his post (specially when he is in need of political support) and join Cale’s group. Administrating a country isn’t an easy task. Not to mention that he still needs to prepare for when he becomes king. Reality isn’t all about fighting against villains.
        He’s the one who has to deal with politics, give support to the people and clean the aftermath of, not only Cale’s actions, but the country. He’s not “eating Cale’s labour”. And Cale isn’t doing his bidding as well. I’d say they’re in mutualism. Cale does his things because he knows about the future, while being sure he has Alberu covering his back.
        You need to understand that Alberu isn’t a “hero” figure to the people. Rather, he’s a “pillar”, while Cale is both a “pilar” and “hero” figure. Alberu doesn’t wish to be a hero (well, Cale also doesn’t but this is his naivety).

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    2. RinRin2654

      His Highness Alberu is stuck in his chair doing paperwork, especially when Cale brings info, allies, etc. Spare Alberu. Being a royal isn’t easy as what others see.

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  6. Albecale Supporter

    @RJ I think you thought too negatively of Alberu… like this TCF mainstory is about Cale. Ofc the everyday and every move of Cale will be presented, but not for the other characters. Do not forget about that Alberu is a Crown Prince, one who stuck on administration on the palace and not as free as Cale, just a young master before and become a Commander whose task mainly to be on site. Cale able to become a Commander and do many of the current badass actions also came from Alberu help to give him the position in the first place.

    You can’t do many of these arc just by showing many badass actions, someone also need to take care of the admin and information gathering and processing, which Alberu took as his role. His status and appearance helped to support Cale, both internally in Roan Kingdom and to gather the kingdoms alliance. In times of urgency when Raon is sick and cannot connect Clopeh call, Alberu become the information relayer. When Cale need to go to earn the Sky Eating Water, Alberu helped him become the central figure leading the alliance, as even Rosalyn had another mission to do.

    And what is wrong with calling Roan Kingdom as his kingdom? He is the KING, and kingdom meaning the area, the jurisdiction of a king. How he wanted, then it is what Roan will become. It is said that he care for Roan Kingdom, because right now the Roan kingdom and their citizens basically have nothing. His decisions (that he had made and that he will make in the future) are all for the good of Roan Kingdom, he gave indentity for Roan Kingdom. He always put the best interest for Roan Kingdom and Roan citizens – He did all these for Roan Kingdom identity, Roan citizens safety and development, Roan future.

    One more thing, he himself is also a citizens of Roan Kingdom.

    Sorry for the long comment, but it hurts seeing him slandered like this 😭

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    1. Magic&Myths

      I totally agree with you and I’m glad someone else said something about RJ’s inability to think about all the aspects that come with being the crown prince and apparent lack of understanding, or forgetfulness, of the things Alberu has done to help. I wanted to say something myself but I really didn’t want to write a comment that was long enough to address all the problems with RJ’s criticism of Alberu. It’s fine to not like Alberu, but at least make sure the things you’re saying you don’t like about him are actually accurate and remember that he has a crap ton of responsibilities as the crown prince which make it so that he can’t go around personally gathering information and commanding all operations and battles against the enemies.

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    2. Rimuru

      This! Thank you for saying this! I hate how they’re discredit Alberu hard work just because they hate him. He’s my second favourite character after Cale.

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  7. Tomo

    Ohhh cage xd Cale-nim’s gentle smile only looks evil because you know him.

    Its time to spread the word of caleism! Im sure clopeh would be all over this

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  8. fufurii

    “the fact that he was staring at the ceiling made it obvious Cale was not thinking about anything right now.”

    I cant with Cale (TヮT)… he’s uhh… such a lazy bum

    thanks for chap!!

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  9. Reddish

    @RJ The only reason why Alberu’s abilities are told instead of shown is because the story is focused on Cale Henituse and the other characters. Alberu works internally, and as a crown prince of a kingdom he cannot just go out adventuring like Cale & Co. does, he also have to take care of the nobles that are doing their best to take him down. He have to take care of inside and outside enemies. It does seem like he’s only supporting Cale on the side and not really putting that much in the plate, however he cannot be on the vanguard as he is the crown prince.
    It does seem like everything in this war is prepared by the Cale, but you also gotta keep in mind that Cale read the book, he knows information that no one else knows. Cale prepared for 2 years for the war.

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  10. Manal

    I’m pretty sure now. What cale really want is a family and not the slacking life. This is why he kept fighting and doing all that it is because he gained the family he wanted the family he couldn’t have before.
    Also omg I want Choi han to know about the fact that him and cale were from the same place 🙁

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  11. Emma

    // Miss Cage, did I seem holy?”

    Cage responded back with an odd expression on her face.

    “…Young master-nim, you look evil.”

    The crazy priestess Cage did not know how to lie.
    Cale’s expression quickly became blank in surprise.

    BYEE THIS IS TAKING ME OUT AND CALE BEING GENUINELY SURPRISED ABOUT THIS MAKES IT EVEN MORE FUNNY LMFAOO

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  12. JustaReader

    Cale staring at the ceiling has the same energy as students in a lecture hall when the prof is talking and I can’t with that XD

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  13. emdaed [a devout Caleist]

    All I can say is that Alberu will have his own time to shine in the future chapters. He is a reliable support for now and imo his character is subtle in his ways, besides the fact that he is the Crown Prince of a kingdom. Idk..I never thought of that kind of angle while reading. This novel certainly is not perfect but, imo, at least most of the characters are great and feels real; one can’t help but become attached. _(:з」∠)_

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  14. Yuki_Chaos22

    I’ve seen a bit of people comment on how much they dislike Alberu in the past chapters and even here that it somehow ticks me off. I respect your opinion whoever you are, but your perspective on beru can be so degrading on his character without proper evidence. Alberu is a supporting character that isn’t similar to CH and co. He is a prince with responsibilities and workload that no one else can relate to because his end goal is the stable future of the Roan kingdom. Unlike Cale who seeks for his own happiness through his slacker life, Beru seeks happiness through a stable and peaceful kingdom that he will rule. As stated, he is someone who cares for the citizens and his greed is shown through his desire to make his goal come true while still preserving his morality and conviction. Tbh, Beru is one of the many characters I pity in this novel. As a young elf prince, he had to deal with a lot of heavy burden that caused him to suffer mentally albeit in a subtle way which I’m glad readers are able to discern. He may not play an active role like CH and co. but his role in this novel is very massive. Without him, many of Cale’s plans for a slacker life will be harder to accomplish bc he will have no support once he is thrown in a political fervour without the desire to either be a count or someone in the spotlight. If Cale and his family are the sun who brightly shines in this novel and give readers the thrill of this fantasy world, then people like Beru are the Moon who helps pave the path and work in the shadows to allow the readers to feel the thrill of the unexpected and unknown help it will throw us.

    Thank you for reading my ted talk that was written at 2 in the morning. Good night and thanks for the chapter

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  15. Frenzy

    Its simple why people don’t like Alberu, because he is in higher power and politics. They are often seen as egoistic and selfish, which was depicted in Alberu. To be fair he is actually not too bad as other characters that I know of in one anime when they are involved in politics.

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  16. TCF_oh and you can make this username thing pretty long

    I wonder how they’ll make a new church, anyways

    Fun Fact #264: Imagination helps kids cope with pain.

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  17. Beliver of the Silver Light-nim

    Thank you for the chapter 💙

    Alberu is my Sun 💛
    Anyway, kiss the Sun
    ノ(☀️ε ⊙ノ)

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  18. Attyina

    Alberu is one of my favorites character after cale ❤️ if you read carefully and understand this novel from the beginning until latest chapter , you will understand why alberu development character are so impact to me ….. alberu is really the sun of the roan kingdom and my sun 💜 and of course it is so funny cale just staring at the ceiling …

    No novel is perfect but Overal in my opinionTOTCF is one of the best novel that all characters from main character to side character giving you impact and it feel realistic because on reality we have that kind of people too🔥❤️ thumbs up to the author 🥺 …

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