Masked Knight – Chapter 47

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Fierce Fight in the Courtesan Quarters

 

“Who is so bold?” Bayan looked brave but he could barely stand up straight. He tried to put up a calm face but his slightly trembling voice betrayed him.

 

Miss Sophie rushed in. She came in from the side with the looks of someone used to such trouble and shouted, “Who dares to behave atrociously!” Sophie was aware of the identity of her guests and knew that not many people in the Empire would dare offend them. As a result, her voice was louder than usual.

 

As soon as Sophie shouted, at least 7 or 8 robust men immediately came running in from the side door. Every man held a long black stick, while two of the leading men also held swords. They looked like warriors.

 

When Bayan saw the men that appeared, he regained his composure and shouted, “Enough nonsense! Kill him! I will take  responsibility for his death!”

 

The intruder laughed in disdain. At the same time, from behind the intruder, a man calmly walked in. He was tall and he wore the clothes of a noble. His yellow hair and long nose made it evident that he was from a different nation. His face was squarish and he had a sturdy body. He seemed to have the air of a thoroughly honed killer. Rody had seen such a disposition before from Randt at home, when he swung his sword. The man’s eyes swept across the room and then he laughed in disdain. “Kill us? Do you have the ability?”

 

Bayan looked unhappy. He had never met anyone who had dared to be so presumptuous towards him before in the Imperial Capital. He looked at the foreigner and immediately exclaimed, “Why are you standing there like idiots? Kill both of them!”

 

The robust men, when they heard the order, roared and rushed forward. Rody watched and frowned. He had a bad feeling about this.

 

Sure enough, before the guards could reach in front, the barbarian already punched down a few of them with his fists. Before the two warriors could even slash, one was punched in his chest and flew away before he could even groan. The other warrior had his sword grabbed and broken into two by the barbarian with his arms. The warrior was stunned. He did not know whether he should continue to attack desperately or turn around and flee.

 

The barbarian laughed as he grabbed the warrior by his lapels, lifted him up and threw him out of the room.

 

“So, this is the strength of your ‘warriors’?” The man in the noble’s clothes laughed.

 

Bayan’s face turned pale. His hand held the hilt of his sword but hesitated to pull it out.

 

Rody slowly stood up and stared at the barbarians. Myka hid behind him and trembled slightly. One of her hands held tightly onto his shirt.

 

“Who are you?” Bayan gnashed his teeth. “Do you not know who we are?” Although his words were meant to intimidate, it ended up showing his cowardice.

 

“I am the prince of the Great Moon Kingdom, Sultan1! I don’t care who you are. Not just you. Even your Emperor would need to be polite to me!” Sultan smiled coldly. Suddenly, he saw Myka hiding behind Rody. He was stunned and then started to smile. “I have finally found you! I came here looking for the Imperial Capital’s famous beauty Miss Myka. I do not want anything else. I just want to see you and now I want to take you with me. Nothing will happen if you all behave.”

 

Sultan smiled and walked towards Rody. He then stretched out his hands to pull Myka.

 

Rody was angry and whispered, “Do not worry! I am here. I will not let him take you.”

 

Myka was shivering but was surprised when she heard what Rody said. She noticed Rody had a strange look.

 

“Move aside.” Sultan glared at Rody.

 

Rody pulled Myka behind him and replied, “Get lost!”

 

Bayan’s face turned purple and quietly said, “Seth… Enough… Forget it.”

 

Rody spared Bayan a cold glance and spoke again, “No!”

 

“No?” Sultan laughed loudly. He spoke loudly and eagerly. “We have defeated several tens of thousands of your troops! We have even defeated your high-ranking warriors! In comparison, who are you?”

 

Rody gritted his teeth and stared at Sultan. Without saying another word, Rody pulled out his sword.

 

Although he did not know who Myka was, he knew that she was probably one of Seth’s lovers. As a man, in this scenario, it was absolutely impossible to retreat.

 

“Good!” Sultan raised his eyebrow. “It seems like you still have backbones! Rondor2! Kill him!” He then stepped back and watched Rody with interest.

 

The barbarian immediately strode up and looked at Rody, from head to toes. He grinned and smiled. “Young boy! Come on!” the barbarian said. He then gave Rody a punch to knock him down.

 

Rody snorted. He reacted by slashing at the arm of Rondor. However, he only heard the sound of metal clashing. Rondor’s arm was not injured at all.

 

“Fool! He has an armguard!” Andy’s voice sounded in his ears.

 

Soon, the other party started to smash around in circles. Rody did not dare confront him head on, but could only dodge. He had been trained in the whipping technique by Instructor Carter. While this might not have improved his swordsmanship it certainly did improve his agility.

 

With a loud bang, the table that Rondor hit was split into two. The wines and dishes on the table were smashed and scattered everywhere. Rody took this opportunity to go around Rondor and slashed his waist. Once again, he heard the sound of metal clashing and did not manage to injure Rondor.

 

He must be wearing an armor! Rody suddenly thought.

 

Rody, relying on his speed, continuously moved around Rondor while slashing him. Each slash was met with the sound of metal clashing. Although Rondor had already been slashed several times, with that armor he was wearing, those slashes could not injure him.

 

Rody then roared and aimed for his head but Rondor held his hands high to block it.

 

As soon as the sword slashed the arms, sparks appeared. Rody quickly jumped and kicked Rondor in the chest, with all his strength. Rondor fell back a few steps and shook his head. His eyes showed an ominous glint.

 

Rody held the sword with both of his hands and watched his opponent vigilantly. However, he had already started to breathe heavily.

 

Earlier, with those few strokes, Rody had already attacked with his best swordsman skills. They were not lacking in speed or skill. Unfortunately, that had no effect at all on the monster in front of him and he had no way out.

 

“Fool! If you continue fighting like this, you will end up dead!” Andy exclaimed.

 

Or else? What can I do? That person is wearing such a tough armor. No matter how I slashed or stabbed, it did not affect him at all. He also has an extremely scary strength. I kicked him as hard as I could but it only pushed him back 2 steps. Unless it is a broadsword or a lance, I would not be able to hurt him. But, in my hands, I have just a normal sword, thin and long. It has no power at all.

 

“What lance? If you had used that lightsaber, you would have already defeated him,” Andy roared angrily at Rody.

 

Finally,  Rody remembered. He moved back and then put both his hands on the hilt of the sword. He stared at Rondor quietly.

 

“What’s wrong? Don’t want to fight anymore? Surrender?” Rondor sarcastically roared.

 

Rody said nothing but coldly glared back.

 

Sultan was initially laughing but his face soon changed. There was something odd about the young man in front of him.

 

Rondor also became vigilant. He saw his opponent took a deep breath and then lifted his sword.

 

Suddenly Rondor saw his opponent opened his bright eyes and a dim golden light radiated from his body. The room suddenly looked dim as a glow appeared on Rody’s sword. The sword that was supposed to be made only of iron was suddenly emitting a bewitching golden light.

 

Sultan’s face became discolored as he involuntarily shouted, “Fighting energy? You actually know how to use fighting energy?”

 

Rondor eyes felt a short stabbing pain, and before he could clearly see, the sword had slashed down.

 

When he noticed the silver colored edge of the sword, half the height of a man, strike down, it was already too late to dodge. Without a choice, he raised his hands to block it, protecting his head and chest.      

 

After a loud bang, the lightsaber could be seen slashing Rondor’s arms. He screamed and his steel armguards immediately broke. Rondor’s body moved back about half a meter before flying and crashing into a wall, destroying a cabinet in the process.

 

His clothes were torn and the armor, underneath, was also shattered. Blood was all over his body. Even half of his pants was torn revealing his black hairy thigh.  There were also some deep bleeding wounds.

 

Rondor’s body trembled, as he struggled to stand up. However, he could not move.  He eventually fainted.

 

Sultan, who had lost his earlier arrogant demeanor, rushed to Rondor and checked on his injury. He then stood up and said, “Good! Good! You actually broke his arms and ribs. Boy! What is your name? With that kind of skill, you cannot be an ordinary person!”

 

After using that sword technique, Rody could feel his strength drained. He felt weak as though he was going to faint. He struggled to stay standing. “I am Seth! Seth of the Tulip Family!”

 

Sultan was astonished. “Good! The Tulip family’s heir! Truly well-deserved reputation! I will remember it!”

 

A few foreigners dressed in animal hide then rushed into the room and quickly lifted Rondor. Sultan looked at the other men in the room and left, without saying anything else.

 

Bayan sighed gently and whispered to Rody, “Don’t bother them anymore. Let them go.”

 

Rody already had no more strength. He could only smile and nodded after listening to those words.

 

The moment Sultan and his men were out of sight Rody felt that he could not hold on anymore; he swayed and collapsed. With a thoughtful expression, Myka, who was behind Rody, quickly rushed over to embrace him.

 

Translator’s notes

1 Original name given was Song Zan. As this is a translation of Chinese to English, a lot of the names used by the author such as the main character ‘Luo Di’ has been translated to the obvious English version Rody. However, some names like Song Zan are very vague in terms of its English version. Therefore, I did some research on names starting with ‘S’. The names that I found are Songaa and Sultan. Songaa means ‘Strong’ in Native American while Sultan means ‘Authority’ in Arabic. Since Song Zan is a Prince, I decided to go for Sultan.

 

2Original name given is Long Duo Er or Long Duor. Since Luo Di is Rody, I assumed that it is a name that starts with R to form ‘Rondo’. However, the Chinese name had three characters with the last one being Er. This made me think that the name ended with an ‘Er’ and so his name became Rondor.

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