Living in one of the Southern Provinces of the Aden Kingdom was the Count Luxen.
He owned several mansions and had dozens of knights who swore allegiance from generation to generation.
He also held important positions from the previous counts.
He might have stood tall having central authority if he had stayed in the capital and kept in touch with the nobles there.
However, the predecessor Count Luxen left behind that dazzling glory and returned to his local territory, thus he was left only as a retainer of the Southern Provinces.
The Count Luxen (present) didn’t resent her father’s decision; She was rather grateful.
Her family and She was able to survive because her father gave up the glory in front of her and thought about the future.
The King of Aden at that time was a scum, pervert, and a murderer, incomparable to the previous kings of history.
He exhibited all of the immoral habits of a dictator, and it appeared that he left all of the basic goodness that a human should have in his mother’s womb.
If they ever caught an enemy, they would undoubtedly shoot and execute them in front of everyone; the enemy’s wife was delivered as a present to the adversary’s other competitors, and their children, regardless of age, were always slaughtered.
He viewed his loyalists as enemies, and whenever he felt bad, he committed whatever atrocity against them.
Terror and bloodshed have long subdued the capital.
Nobles in the capital couldn’t escape even if they wanted to, because as soon as they turned their backs on the King, they would become his enemies.
The regional nobles simply lay flat and held their breaths.
When they were told by the King to raise taxes, they raised it, and when they were told to send hostages, they would send illegitimate children.
They were relieved to be far away from the King.
Count Luxen was one of the local aristocrats who believed this.
During that time where surviving was only their goal, Count Luxen had two daughters who weren’t eye-catching.
Rubiana is his elder daughter, while Callena is his younger daughter.
They were two years apart and got along quite well.
Rubiana had red hair and green eyes, she had quite a handsome face, but her hair was like a blazing torch, so intense that his impression of her was hazy.
That’s why her name was Rubiana – Ruby’s blessing.
Rubiana had always thought her name was unappealing, despite the fact that her parents must have given it a lot of consideration.
Callena, her younger sister, was a beautiful woman with long blonde hair and green eyes.
She was so beautiful that anyone passing by couldn’t help but turn around to take another look at her.
She was also extremely intelligent.
Rubiana, when she was fifteen, suddenly realized that her younger sister was as smart as she was beautiful, or even more than that.
In these difficult times, the criteria for the succession of titles and families wasn’t about who was born first, but having the ability to keep that title and the family safe.
Shouldn’t the Great Count Luxen, when thinking of her younger sister, Callena, consider these things?
Even though she was thinking about it seriously, “Sister, I will take this lace.
I think it suits me better,” Callena was waving the lace woven with silver thread in front of her.
She was her younger sister who was not only smart but also only thirteen, coveting her older sister’s belongings.
The big lace Callena waving in front of her was a gift bought by her father for Rubiana’s fifteenth birthday as a present.
“You better get those dirty hands off it right now.”
Forgetting about how genius her younger sister is, her right to inherit the family, or the future ahead, Rubiana rushed towards Callena. How dare you touch your older sister’s heavenly personal belongings? This deserves a punishment.
Rubiana grabbed her sister and dragged her to the study where her tutor was.
She organized her thoughts, as she watched her younger sister being scolded as a result of failing to do her homework.
And when Callena was old enough not to touch her older sister’s belongings, she decided to tell her parents about her thoughts.
And before she could tell her parents about her decision, her parents were called to the capital and killed.
They were killed for the reason of contempt towards the royal family.
It was said that the pearl they offered to the King had a dent the size of a speck.
Neither Rubiana nor Callena were adults when it happened.
Their maternal uncle rushed to the scene as the guardian of the two.
Her maternal uncle became the acting Count Luxen on behalf of his young nieces.
The first thing he did was to go to the capital, giving the highest tax the Count Luxen can offer, and retrieve the bodies of the Count and the Countess.
Rubiana greeted her parents’ bodies while hugging the sobbing Callena.
Their bodies weren’t intact and there were clear traces of all kinds of inhumane torture they went through.
Rubiana watched without blinking as her parents’ bodies entered the funeral home.
She released the hand covering her younger sister’s eyes when the door to the undertaker’s house closed.
(T/N: In case you don’t know what an undertaker is, they were people who took care of the dead bodies and prepared them for funeral.
The funeral lasted for three days.
It was originally supposed to last until seven days but only three days were allowed as they had sinned against the King.
There were also no mourners.
Those three days were the period of time Rubiana engraved the resolutions she made one day when she was fifteen.
Her maternal uncle was a sensible and a just man.
He didn’t dare covet over Count Luxen, and thought that he must return it to his nieces.
When Rubiana was 18 years old and had her coming-of-age ceremony, her maternal uncle tried to hand her the title of Count Luxen.
But Rubiana refused, saying that it wasn’t the time yet, so the position of the successor was kept vacant.
Then a month before she turned 20,
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