Evan was shocked and spluttered. “Sir, please reconsider! The Excalibur is the symbol of our knighthood. If you give it away, our knights will lose their faith…”
Koehler raised his hand and interrupted Evan.
“I’ve already decided. In the past couple of centuries, no one was born with the Knight’s Soul and thus no one is capable of wielding Excalibur. Anyway, I just intend for it to be a lucrative attraction. Even if I give it away, the person who gets it may not be able to wield it. I simply want a chance to fight against powerful people from all over the world before I die. It’ll be the perfect finale for my life.”
“I-I understand… I’ll see to it immediately!”
Evan did not stay long. He left as soon as he had finished talking to Koehler.
Koehler walked outside and stood on the castle wall. His eyes peered into the distance. His wrinkled face was filled with resolve and determination.
This time, I want to show the world the strength of knights and prove that we’re the strongest existence in the world…
Meanwhile, James was resting in Durandal’s Imperial Castle.
After sleeping for some time, he was awakened by the ringing of his phone.
He rolled out of bed and picked up his phone. Looking at the screen, he saw that it was Callan who had called him.
James murmured with a frown, “What’s Callan calling me for at a time like this? Could something have happened in the Capital?”
A shiver ran down James’ spine as the thought crossed his mind.
He quickly answered the phone and asked, “What’s wrong, Callan? Did something happen in the Capital?”
Callan replied uneventfully, “No, all is well. It’s just I got ahold of some news and wanted to ask if you knew about it.”
“Huh? What kind of news?” After learning that nothing had gone wrong during his absence, James sighed in relief.
“Are you in Durandal at the moment?”
“Yeah… What’s the matter?”
“Have you met with an old man named Koehler yet?”
“Who’s Koehler?” James answered confusedly.
Callan explained. “Koehler is the leader of Durandal’s Knights. He led his knights in a quest to invade Sol a hundred years ago, but I defeated him. I thought he died long ago, but I just heard that he’s still alive. According to the news I received, he’s organizing a martial arts exchange conference that will be held at Mount Olympus in Durandal. The conference winner will receive half of the Keyes family’s wealth as well as their sword, the Excalibur.”
Callan briefly relayed the news he had received.
James was shocked after learning about it.
What? I haven’t heard anything about this?
“James, your appearance in Durandal must have given him the idea to organize this martial art exchange conference. He’ll surely send me an invitation to participate in it. He probably wants to defeat me in the conference and redeem himself for losing to me a hundred years ago. However, I’m not planning to participate this time. Since you happen to be in Durandal, you should participate in the conference on behalf of Sol’s martial artists.”
Callan spoke his words with a deep gravity to them, “This isn’t some school brawl. I heard that strong people from around the globe are planning to enter. This is a critical moment to defend the dignity of Sol’s martial artists. We can’t afford to lose. Moreover, the reward is the symbol of knights, the Excalibur. It holds a special place in the hearts of knights and is an incredibly powerful weapon. You must come out victorious and bring back Excalibur.”
“It’s rumored that knights must obey the order of the one who possesses Excalibur… Thus, having the Excalibur will mean you have command of all the knights in Durandal.” Callan poke about the conference in great detail.
“Alright… I understand. If I’m still in Durandal by the time the conference starts, I’ll swing by and compete with all these extremely experienced fighters.”
“That’s it for now. I’ll hang up first.”
James casually tossed his phone away.
An international martial arts exchange conference?
This seems more promising than the Mount Thunder Conference in Sol…
After giving it some thought, James decided to shelve the idea for the time being.
He had to leave the castle as soon as possible to start investigating Delilah’s whereabouts.
Only after he settled this matter would he have the time to consider participating in the martial arts exchange conference. If he happened to be free by then, he would participate.
If he did not have the time, he would have no choice but to give the conference a pass and return to Sol as soon as possible and sort out the country’s numerous issues first.