After hearing what I said, these students started to look disgruntled as waves after waves of harsher, reproachful words surged in their minds.

As a dizzying shock came crashing on their heads, their consciences turned empty, and a vague sense of indignance from an unknown origin slowly boiled inside them.

Is she still an aristocrat despite that?

—Is she aware that she is a Kingdom citizen?

—Isn’t she being too selfish?

“Joanna-sama, you think so too?”

“Truthfully, I’ve also thought of this as strange.”

“Isn’t she getting too arrogant just because many lionized her as the Holy Maiden a while back?”

“Joanna-sama is the Holy Maiden.
How presumptuous!”

The feeling of malice infected everyone like ripples spreading out on the water’s surface.

These trifling words will soon turn into a blade to attack that girl.

How much people denigrate that girl, while I, as “Joanna,” will then ascend to a higher position.

This magic is more effective when fueled by malice.

As my influence on the people around me grows, my power should also return to its original state, like in my normal condition.

Sorry not sorry, I shall make the most out of that girl.


~Robert in a different place; on the same day~

“Ooooiii! Hey, all of you, use your head a little! I’ve been watching for a while, but what are you doing sowing that many seeds in one spot?! They will fight for nutrients and grow badly, won’t they?!”

After watching the villagers work in the fields for some while, Robert finally couldn’t stand their clumsiness and shouted without thinking.

Since agriculture was also a flourishing industry in the Lance Duchy, Robert, as the next lord, also took botany classes in the academy.
It was just that his knowledge of growing crops had been useless to him up until now.

“OI, OI, OI, OI, OI, OIII!! What are you doing splashing such precious water everywhere?! The seeds will flow out!”

“Darius… if you’re going to say that much, just do it yourself and show us how it’s done.
…Ugh, my back hurts.” The old woman, who took Robert in when he was first dropped at the village, groaned while straightening her bent waist.

“Yeah, yeah.” After hearing what the old woman said, other villagers nodded along.

It had been several months since Robert came to this village.
And surprisingly, the villagers had totally accepted him as one of them.

Young men were taken to the army, and young girls went to find work at the Royal Capital.

All who had the physical strength to escape Lance Duchy left the village, and only the elderly were left.

“Barren land with unproductive elderly” was the fitting description for this place.

When the youthful Robert appeared in such a bleak farming village, he immediately became the “adopted” grandson of all the villagers, and was now called Darius.

“…As I said, sow the seeds with even spaces between each other, and water them little by little,  gently to let the water soak throughout the soil…”

“Yes, yes.”

“I see…”

“Rather than watching me so leisurely, you guys should work too!”


“Young people sure are energetic.”

The heavy taxes were suddenly reduced because the Lord of Lance seemed to have been replaced, but no one knew of any details beyond that.

And in this village, which now had a lighter burden, the lively shout of one vigorous young man echoed throughout the whole place today too.


Author’s words: I couldn’t stand the restless, disturbing atmosphere in this chapter, so I added Robert…

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