James was dressed in the Black Dragon robe.
The Black Dragon robe was black as the night and gave the impression of austerity, grandeur, and might. A black dragon was embroidered on his black robe, and he wore the ten-star badges on his shoulder.
James alighted the plane, looking straight ahead of him. Immediately, he noticed the Queen of Durandal and along with some nobility preparing to receive him. The crowd consisted of 200 people including people of various ages from the very young to the elderly.
Henry walked behind him.
Following them were elite and experienced soldiers from the two armies. They were strong and capable soldiers that were capable of taking on dozens of people each on their own.
The soldiers got off the plane and stood in neatly organized rows.
After getting off the plane, James stood to one side and did not move.
Henry was dumbfounded by his behavior and whispered in confusion, “Dragon King, why aren’t we moving forward?”
In private, Henry addressed James by his own name.
In front of the Red Flame Army soldiers in the Capital, he called James by his title, the Emperor.
In the current setting, he addressed James as Dragon King because it was his highest title.
James looked at the Queen and nobles of Durandal, then, he replied, “We’re currently in other people’s territory, so we shouldn’t act recklessly. We’ll have to wait for the Queen to approach before we’re permitted to greet her. Otherwise, it’ll be seen as impolite.”
“I see…” Henry immediately realized his gross oversight.
He was and had always been a soldier, and did not understand such customs. Thus, he simply followed James’ orders.
The Queen finally walked over to them a few minutes after James and his troops had alighted the plane. The Queen of Durandal was slightly older but had a very amiable appearance. She approached James, stretched out her wrinkled hands, and smiled.
“Welcome, Dragon King of Sol…”
James did not reach out to shake her hand.
Instead, he straightened up and gave a military salute in response to her greeting.
The Queen withdrew her hand while still smiling.
Countless gazes from behind the Queen were glued on James. The eyes of a few noble women lit up in delight.
“He’s so handsome!”
“I was not expecting Sol’s Dragon King to be so young. He only looks slightly over 20 and not at all close to 30.”
“I wonder if he’s married…”
Durandal’s noble women secretly talked about James among themselves.
Behind the Queen, Yelena also paid rapt attention to James. She was evidently surprised that his appearance did not match his age.
After James saluted, he put down his hands and began to meticulously follow up with the requisite formalities.
Then, he said, “The Dragon King of Sol’s Southern Plains, commander of the Black Dragon Army and Red Flame Army, James humbly greets Her Majesty. I’ve been sent as the representative of Sol to participate in the military exchange with Durandal.”
“Dragon King, you may drop the formalities…”
The Queen smiled warmly and gestured behind her. “There are no media reporters present here. The people that have come to welcome represent Durandal’s nobility. There aren’t any outsiders today.”
“Well then, you could have told me earlier.”
James’ formal demeanor immediately disappeared, and he grinned casually.
He was in Durandal as Sol’s representative. Thus, he was worried that his behavior would reflect poorly on his own country.
He heaved a sigh of relief after learning there were no reporters attending the welcome ceremony.
“Your Majesty, you look much younger and more beautiful in person,” James smoothly complimented her with a charming smile.
The Queen chuckled happily.
Before she could give him a reply, a young man adorned with golden armor approached them.
He scrutinized James condescendingly and said nonchalantly, “So you’re James? The Dragon King from Sol?”
James looked at the person that suddenly approached them. Besides being the Dragon King of the Southern Plains, he was also a proficient ancient martial artist. So, he had a certain understanding of international affairs.
He knew that some countries in Eyrothia had knights. These knights were equivalent to the ancient martial artists of Sol.
Looking at the arrogant young man in golden armor, James nodded and replied, “Yes, I’m James.”