The grand ballroom was filled with the hubbub of aristocrats socializing and the lively notes of the orchestra, which tempted some to dance. An exquisitely lavish spread of food, crafted by the royal chef, was tastefully displayed on the table, and guests frequently helped themselves to the delicacies on offer. However, the King and Queen appeared to be in a completely different mood. They sat on their thrones, their faces as expressionless as statues.
The Queen felt a sense of unease as she surveyed the ballroom and constantly cast her gaze toward the entrance. She was apprehensive about the arrival of the concubines and was also anxious about discussing the subject of her daughter with the King. Although the King was not open to her opinions, she was determined to talk to him. Despite her gratitude for the Teacher he had provided for her daughter, she longed for her to acquire knowledge that would enable her to be more than just ignorant.
The anxiety on the Queen’s face didn’t go unnoticed by Han. As Han laid his eyes upon her a blue hue surrounded her confirming his suspicion. The Queen was feeling sad on this occasion, at her daughter’s ball but why? Curious at the premonition, Han looked around the table wondering if he should question it. Though in his previous life, he had read mangas to know that there might be some inner royal conflicts. What if Princess Harriet was an illegitimate daughter? Rather than making up stories Han decided to ask his newly made friends.
At the moment, only Lynx and Han were seated at the table. Rasial had gone to converse with his superiors, while Kace was mingling with girls on the dance floor. Lynx couldn't help but complain, "When is this going to end?" He knew it would take a few hours, but he couldn't just walk out. He sighed at the thought.
Suddenly, Han questioned, "Lynx, is Princess Harriet an illegitimate daughter?" This caused Lynx to panic and quickly cover Han's mouth, stopping him from blurting out more nonsense.
Han was startled and muffled, confused as to why Lynx was covering his mouth.
“You can’t just say this out in the open. Do you want to get beheaded? Don’t you know that there is a law about being executed if caught doing blasphemy of the royal family.”, Lynx informed narrowing his eyes. Sighing he took his hand off Han’s face and said, “Why are you thinking about this anyway?”.
Han questioned, "Didn't you also comment on the king?" This left Lynx speechless. Was the kid trying to taunt him?
Furthermore, Han added, "I was wondering about your comment because the King and Queen don't seem to be in good spirits on this occasion. It's their daughter's ball after all, shouldn't they at least smile?"
Lynx nodded, understanding why the young physician was preoccupied with such thoughts. "Don't worry about it," he reassured Han. "The Royal Family is known for their ways. The Queen often throws tantrums at the King, but he ignores her. Lately, I've heard that the King has been spending less and less time with the Queen, so they must have fought." Lynx shared the latest gossip of the Palace with Han.
Intrigued, Han responded, "That means the King has a lot of concubines."
Lynx corrected him, "No, surprisingly, the King only has two concubines. Compared to the Continent's history, this is a miracle. The previous kings used to have a whole Palace dedicated just to their concubines."
Han was impressed and remarked, "You sure know a lot about the Royal Family."
Lynx explained, "Living in Onaphia has made me interested in such things. There's always news about their fights and heirs. It's nothing new. Coming here is bothersome, but as an aristocrat, what can I do?"
Han inquired about the King's children and queried Lynx if there were any others besides the duo on the dance floor. Lynx promptly confirmed that the King had two sons from his concubines and an illegitimate son who recently earned the title of a noble by vanquishing a Phantom Serpent. Han was genuinely impressed by the achievement of the illegitimate son and asked Lynx about the monster. Lynx elaborated that the Phantom Serpent was an elusive creature to conquer as it possessed the [Shadow] element and could turn invisible during combat.
Han probed if Lynx had an element too, to which Lynx retorted that anyone with Mana had an element and he possessed the [Plant] element. He astounded Han by showcasing his magic and growing a vine from his hand. Han was bewildered as it was his first encounter with someone who could use magic. Han then asked if the [Plant] element was rare, but Lynx denied it, reflecting that it was pretty common.
Leaving the Duo to discuss the topic of Elements. On the other hand, Rasial's countenance became somewhat troubled as he furrowed his brow. He had just conferred with his superior and was faced with the challenging task of fulfilling a request from the King. The mission assigned to him appeared to be insurmountable working alone, leading to a sense of frustration.