Episode 71 Red Square
I was getting ready to head to Duke Holomel’s estate when I noticed a large crowd of people in the square near the royal palace – I was curious, so I asked Linnecarlo about it…….
“What are they doing, Linnecarlo?”
“……I don’t want to explain too much, but it’s a public trial.”
“Why don’t you want to explain the trial?”
“Because a trial is a public execution in all but name, one of the shames of our country, a vice that will be absolutely abolished when Yudin becomes king.”
“There’s a charge written down over there. I think you’ll understand a little better if you read it.”
As Linnecarlo said this, Jean read out the charges.
“What is this?……These men are to be executed for spreading bad news about the first prince Mushym. Anyone who disagrees must prove it with a valid argument…….I don’t get it, what does prove it with a valid argument means?”
“In the past, we had to prove it with arguments, but now we have to prove it with things.”
The magicraft was standing in front of Linnecarlo’s gaze.
“Hey, do you want me to fight with a magicraft and win?”
“That’s what I’m saying…….Most of the people who are stuck there are people who can’t even ride a magicraft……That’s not a trial by any means.”
“The reasons and everything are absurd……Is it only the person accused of the crime who is allowed to fight with the magicraft?”
“No, you’re allowed to represent the accused as a defense attorney.”
“If that’s the case, why doesn’t Linnecarlo just go poof and defend them?”
“Since Arthur and I are public figures who are supposed to be impartial, we are forbidden from being trial lawyers, otherwise we would go right ahead and destroy that executioner’s magicraft……”
“There are some weird, fair-minded rules here – so how do I become a defense attorney?”
“Yuta, are you really going to be a defense attorney?”
“All I have to do is defeat that magicraft, right?”
“But if the defense attorney loses, he will be executed for the same crime.”
“It’s too bad they’re going to execute them just for badmouthing the prince, I’ll go defend them.”
Whether they trusted me or were angry at the unreasonable public execution, Jean and Alana didn’t stop me.
I walked into the square and approached the enforcer – he had set up a platform in the middle of the square and was shouting to the crowd on it.
“Hey, is there anyone here to defend them? We’re about to have all these people hanged! It’s okay if you don’t have a magicraft, we’ll give you one, so don’t hesitate to defend them!”
I did not hesitate to raise my voice.
“Yes, I’ll defend them!”
When I told the executioner that, the crowd all looked at me at once – some with curious expressions, others with pity and concern.
“You can’t be serious…….Defending them means you’re guilty of the same thing.”
” Crime?…..What kind of Crime have those people hanging there committed, they just told the truth.”
“No! What the hell are you doing! Do you mock Prince Mushym!”
“No one is making fun of Prince Mushym, or do you think it’s true what they say about him?”
“Come on……I’ll give you a chance to explain yourself as a defense attorney! You can take the magicraft over here if you want.”
“I don’t need it because I have my own.”
“Don’t regret it……. Prepare the executioner’s magicraft!!”
The defense attorney’s testimony seemed to be unusual, and the crowd around us began to make noise. It was like a big event, and more and more people were gathering around.
“Wait a minute!”
As the executioner was preparing the magicraft, first prince Mushym appeared from the royal palace and said…
“Well, well, Prince Mushym, what can I do for you?”
“Hey, you’re going to fight that defense attorney?”
“Ha! I may look like this, but I’m a mid-level rider with a Ludia value of 3800, so rest assured that I won’t fall behind those low-lifes!”
“Huh. Look closely at who that man is with.”
The executioner who was told this shakes his head when he sees Linnecarlo next to me.
“Do you think that a rider who is allowed to stay by the side of Linnecarlo, one of the Twelve Heavenly Masters, can be beaten by a mid-level rider, fool!”
“Oh well, I’ll provide the rider to fight that defense attorney.”
“Hey, defense attorney, one question, are you sure you want to take on the defense of all those criminals?”
“Yes, I will defend them all!”
“Hmmm, good, then I’ll get you the best executioner I can.”
As he said this, he rattled off instructions to the person at his side, which seemed to be preparing something for him.
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