All the cameras were pointed at James.
He was filthy and unwashed all over.
“I do,” James said in a feeble voice.
Although the witnesses had exaggerated, it was undeniable that he killed them.
“Good.” The Emperor stood up and cried out, “Since you plead guilty, what do you think your punishment will be in accordance with criminal law?”
James looked the Emperor in the eye. His eyes were devoid of fear. Although he was enfeebled, his stare was as menacing as always.
The Emperor was discomposed. Feeling as if he was being targeted by a ferocious beast, he unconsciously took a few steps back. Immediately, however, he put on his façade. The panic which was written on his face disappeared.
Scanning his surroundings, he announced, “James should be executed for his crimes in accordance with the law. Members of the jury, please discuss amongst yourselves.”
Hearing this, they exchanged their opinions in whispers.
Outside the courthouse…
A convoy stopped in front of the courthouse‘s gates.
The door opened, and a general in a black robe with a one–star badge on his shoulder walked out.
Around thirty years of age, his skin was tanned, and his expression was grim. In his hands was the Blade of Justice.
It was a sword passed down thousands of years ago. Since antiquity, it represented the highest authority of the state. It gave the wielder the right to kill tyrant kings and treacherous courtiers.
The sword was preserved with the establishment of Sol. Ever since then, it had been wielded by the commander–in–chief of the Black Dragon army.
Henry was immediately stopped by the Red Flame army.
Holding the Blade of Justice high, Henry yelled, “This is the Blade of Justice of Sol! Who dares stand in my way?”
“The Blade of Justice?” Hearing this, terror overtook their faces.
Glaring at the Red Flame army standing in his way, Henry yelled, “Today, the Blade of Justice will be used to rid Sol of its treacherous subjects!”
The Red Flame army looked at one another. Then, they allowed Henry passage.
Henry proceeded to enter the courthouse.
The judges were in a heated discussion. In the end, they arrived at a verdict.
The Emperor stood and faced the reporters. “After discussion, the judges have determined that James will be executed for his crimes. His execution will be…”
“Wait…!” A voice came.
Everyone turned their heads. A one-star general walked in with a sword in his hands.
It was Henry.
Henry stood before the crowd and faced the cameras. “This is the Blade of Justice. It represents the highest authority of law and has always been wielded by the commander–in chief of the Black Dragon army. With this sword, James had purged Sol of its treacherous subjects!”
Hearing this, the crowd was stunned. Though they had heard rumors about the sword, they had never seen the real thing.
“Is that true?”
“Is there really a sword in Sol that is above the law?”