"I don't have many chances to talk like this. And I almost never have a chance to talk like this with you, master."
When you ask him why he has come, he says that it is because of the monsters that have become active recently.
"They have become very hard to handle. The soldiers need more training."
Bernard's statement is understandable. The soldiers are in no way weak, but their numbers have been growing, and some gaps are inevitably appearing.
"When you have the chance, could you possibly join the soldiers in swordsmanship training?"
You reply that it would a pleasure. It will be a welcome chance to apprise the situation in areas that you normally do not see.
"Facing the Prince himself, the soldiers will surely give their all. It will be a good experience for them."
Bernard smiles with satisfaction and starts drinking the glass you had offered him. This will probably be a long one, you think, and force a smile as you start drinking.
Bernard #2 :
Everybody is saying I use gold plating! Do you think so too?
Was this about the rumour going around that Bernard's armour had gold plating, or whether you thought that it did? "It's outrageous!" he exclaims, furrowing his brow.
"By the way, the soldiers in training right now are much more enthusiastic than before - thanks to you."
You mutter that you didn't do much, but Bernard shakes his head.
"In battle, death can come at any time. Even I do not know when I'm going to be done for. The solders under me are young... There's only so much I can do."
He seems somehow saddened. Among these young soldiers are surely some who had parted with their own countries, or who were sacrificing their lives out of vengeance. That's youth, sometimes displaying expected strength, but at the same time, exceedingly fragile.
"I was born and raised here, so I give my allegiance to this country without hesitation. However, those who fled their own countries and came here are risking their lives to defend a foreign land. It must be a complicated frame of mind. I would like them to see this country as their newly adopted homeland!"
Bernard rises up and clenches his fists as he speaks. You feel as though you see in him, the faint hopes for the future of this country. To protect the country with these soldiers, and to do what you must to show them their new country. You tell him that you too want to see this new country, and beams with satisfaction.