Chapter 13: Teacher & Fran

Ensig:
So, for those who haven’t heard in the post where I talked about this being a long chapter, I’m sure that just by mentioning it, you know what the topic of my note this time is.

Yeah. It’s long. Not as long as the last long chapter, but still ~2x the length of the others.

That being the case, this time I’ll give it to you in parts.

The reasons for this is simple:

  1. Because dividing work means that you’ll be able to hold out a while longer.
  2. It shows progress.
  3. Because I’m playing Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time, and I’ve gained a slight addiction.

On top of those, I’ve already mentioned in the first couple of chapters that I worked on that I’m only doing this to kick boredom to the curb. If something’s more entertaining than watching Sword-bro smack things around, the chances of me “dropping” this (in quotation marks because I never really “picked it up”, I just translated for the heck of it) are actually quite high.

Putting it like that might make some lose hope, but… Well, that’s how it is.

Conversely, so long as I’m bored (which’ll probably come back with a vengance after finishing Crystal Chronicles in a day or two) you’ll have your chapters, and all will be well with the world.

tl;dr: The speed of my translation might slow down within the next couple of days, and the current chapter will be split into parts.

Now, for a note directly relevant to the chapter, [1] is a spoiler of sorts for Spirited Away, so if you haven’t watched that, skip over it.

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Author’s Note:
It seems that it’s almost been 20 chapters since I’ve started updating every day.


『Calm down. First, let’s confirm the situation.』
「I am calm.」
『You’re too calm.』

This girl is more self-paced than I thought. I have a premonition she’ll be very successful.

『You have now become my wielder.』
「Yes.」
『ーAnyways, I’m a Magic Sword more or less. I should be quite strong…… Or so I believe.』
「Yes.」
『That’s why, I want you to use me as your sword. Even if you want to stow me away, it’s alright. But you… Do you intend to use me? In other words, will you use me to slay Demonic Beasts?』

Indeed, a girl shouldn’t simply be forced to live such a life.

Because I’ve been equipped for the first time, I have the feeling of wanting this girl to use me, but if she says she doesn’t want to, I’ll give up.

「I want to use you. Definitely want to use you.」

An immediate response. That figure which grasped onto my hilt tightly was as dignified as they come.

「I will become stronger. Absolutely.」

What circumstances would motivate her to this extent?

『What is your goal?』
「Break through the wall.」
『The wall? What’s that?』

While listening to her story, I discover that Beastmen seem to be a species that evolves, much like Demonic Beasts. There’re various conditions depending on the Race, but all evolved Beastmen receive respect from their people.

However, the vast majority of Beastmen die without being able to evolve. There seems to be a great difference between Beastmen who have evolved, and those who have not too.

The Black Cats, which is the Race of the girl, have had no one who has evolved throughout all of history. Because of this, they’re treated like underlings among the Beastmen. Her parents also pursued evolution, but ran out of strength in the middle of their adventure. The girl caught the eyes of Slave Traders, and was captured.

The girl has inherited the will of her deceased parents, thus her drive for achieving evolution.

Mh, mh! What a story! A worthy reason! I’ll make certain that you’ll evolve!』
「Really?」
『Of course! I’ll forge you without holding back, right from the start; then, we’ll go into a Dungeon to level up! And then, evolution!』
「Thank you very much.」
『It’s fine! I wouldn’t pick just anyone to equip me! ーEr… That reminds me, what about your name?』

I still haven’t heard her name yet, even though she’s my important wielder. But the answer that the girl gave was unexpected.

「Don’t have one.」
『Eh? You don’t have a name?』
「No.」

Certainly, she had no name in Appraisal, but to really have no name…

『Why?』
「Name disappears once you enter a Slave contract.」
『Hmm? What do you mean?』
「New masters usually want to decide on a name, so your name is erased.」

I see; so perhaps after using Contract Magic it’s forbidden to use their name? It’s like they’re Chihiro who had their name stolen by Yu**ba[1].

「My name was erased when I was 8.」

That means that she’s lived 4 years as a Slave without losing the determination to achieve her goal. It was surely a life wrought with troubles. She’s gained a little of my respect.

『Is that so…… Then, what was your original name?』
「Fran.」

It’s the same name as a dog which I kept a long time ago, but oh well. It’s easy to say, at least.

『Hmーm. Then your name is Fran.』
「Is that alright?」
『Is that no good?』
「No, it’s not no good. I’m Fran.」

She seems to be happy. She nods her head again and again. With this, it’s become easier to call out to her. But, from the words given from Fran next, I became perplexed.

「Your name?」
『Eh? Me?』
「Yes.」

In the past month I never talked to anyone, so I didn’t have to worry about it, but… I’ve never had a name, huh. How foolish, to have never noticed.

I have the name that I used during my last life, so I could claim that as my name. But that would be a person’s name, so it would be quite an odd name for a Sword.

But… Looking at my Status, my name is Unknown. Shit! If I had thought about it earlier, I would have been able to think of a cool name!

Something like “Cursed Sword Ch**s” or “Derfl**ger”! [2]

『Well……』
「No name?」
『That’s correct.』
「Then, I’ll name you.」

Well, that’s fine too. She is my wielder, after all. If Fran gives me a name she likes, then I will receive that affection. Besides, I’m apathetic towards what name I’m given, so she should call me what she’d like.

Uuーn……」
*Dokidoki*[3]
Fuーmu……?
*Wakuwaku*[4]
Mumuー…… I’ve decided.」
『Oh! I see! So? What is it?』
「Teacher.」[5]
『Ha?』
「Teacher.」
『Why?』
「You’ve said that you’ll train me. Therefore: Teacher.」
『Ahー. There’re no other contenders? Just that one?』
「There isn’t. Best regards, Teacher.」

〈 Name has been temporarily set to Teacher 〉

Uwaahー! An announcement came?! It’s a lie, right? My name isn’t seriously Teacher, right?

「Disliked?」

She’s as expressionless as before, but there’s a subtle anxiety showing on her face. Just a little. I can’t say that I hate it if you look at me like that!

『It’s not bad! It’s a good nameー!』
「Yes.」

And so, Teacher was decided as my name. I can’t help but think that it’s not a proper name for a sword, but it’s fine so long as Fran likes it. Or so I persuaded myself.

『So, what shall we do from now on? Seeing as the Slave Trader is dead, what happened to the contract? Was it dispelled?』
「It’s not. Collar didn’t fall off.」

Fran points towards her collar.

「The Contract should be at a Slave Firm.」
『So even if a Slave Trader dies, there’s no meaning so long as the contract remains?』
「Go to town: get caught.」

It seems I’ll have to deal with this collar somehow.

『Is breaking it no good?』
「Mn. If broken: I die.」
『Eh? Seriously?』
「Seriously.」

Ohh. Dangerous. I was thinking of just cutting it off.

『How should I deal with it……?』

Perhaps a Skill of some sort? When I thought so, I found some Skills I wanted to try.

However, because I can’t use Skills in this place, I have to leave the Magic Power absorption zone.

「Then, leaving the forest should be fine.」

I receive something valuable from the carriage, and we start moving. Of course, the Bear was also collected.

I have my blade wrapped in the carriage’s cover as a makeshift sheath, using the small man’s belt to fasten it to Fran’s back. Because she’s quite small I almost drag against the ground, but I don’t really mind.

Just by equipping me, her physical abilities are considerably strengthened. Fran seems quite surprised from that.

In less than 30 minutes we were able to pass through the forest, it was surprising indeed. Incidentally, because of Conceal Presence, we didn’t encounter any Demonic Beasts.

「Amazing. Teacher is amazing.」
『Ahahaha, you think so?』
「Yes.」
『Now then, I’ll try out a Skill.』

First, Recovery Magic. I used Magic to try and cure her abnormal condition. There was no effect.

『Then, next is this.』

Next would be using Purification Magic, treating her status as a curse.

『Lv2 should be enough.』

It, too, was no good. I have hope in the next one, however.

Contract Magic. As its name might have suggested, my aim is to override the Slave Contract with my own contract.

Contract Magic allows its user to make a contract between the user and the target via Magic. Depending on its Level and the amount of MP used, I can choose from several contract contents. However… I cannot make a contract if the target doesn’t consent. I can only make a contract with one target at a time; attempting to making multiple contracts at the same time will result in failure.

So are the details of Contract Magic.

If the Slave Contract is using Contract Magic, I think it’s possible to overwrite it.

And so, I used Contract Magic with the image of dispelling prior Magic while making sure to also call the Magic within the collar out.

*pachi*

A small snapping sound resounded. I certainly felt that the Contract Magics had interfered with one another. However, my Contract Magic is too low, so it’s been repelled.

『Alright, this means that it’s possible to overwrite it.』

One by one, I use Self-Evolution Points to level up Contract Magic. Finally, at Lv7, I was able to overwrite the contract. As for the amount of Points used: it was 12.

For the contents of the Contract, it was 『Range :None ・Bestow Name :Fran』[6]. It seems giving other false names would also be possible using this method.

*pakin*

The Slave collar comes off naturally, due to the overwrite.

『Is your body alright?』
「It’s alright. No problems.」

I watch the flow of Magic Power inside of Fran, but as she said, there’re no problems. Also, the Magic Power from the Contract Magic that bound Fran until recently was mainly based in the collar, so it it completely disperses within a couple of seconds.

「Thank you.」

Mmh. The sight of a cat-eared girl being bashful! Beautiful things are beautiful! It was really cute! When you look carefully, it’s easy to see that she’s quite beautiful. When she grows up, others won’t be able to leave her alone.

That’s no good. I won’t allow it. You’ll have to defeat me if you want to go out with Fran!

「This.」

While my passion burnt by myself, Fran removed something from her waist. It’ the wallet that the Slave Trader had.

『What’s inside?』

I peer inside, only to find it having numerous contents.

There’re several pieces of money. Well, I don’t understand this world’s currency, so I don’t really know how much these’re worth. There’re Silver, Copper, and other such things, so it’s likely not a huge amount at least.

Besides that, there’re a couple of tools. They seem to be Magic Tools. Fran demonstrated each.

There’s a Torch which can be lit using Magic, a small pitcher which produces drinking water, and a Bracelet which has the effect of STR +1.

It’s not all that great, but it’s interesting in its own way. The Bracelet with STR +1, that is.

『Alright, what shall we do now? Other than your main objective, are there any prospects for right now?』
Hmーm. A town.」
『Around here?』
「Over there.」
『Over there, you say…… About how far?』
「Don’t know.」

Apparently, she had heard the Slave Trader speaking of a city to the East by chance. Because the Sense Of Direction Skill that Fran possesses, we’ll be able to advance in that direction somehow or another. As a result, her response wouldn’t go beyond a carefree 「There.」.

『Well, let’s head there then.』

And so, that marked the start of our journey.
This is roughly the current Status:

Name :Teacher 
Equipment Registration :Fran 
Race :Intelligent Weapon 

ATK :392 MP :1650/1650 Durability :1450/1450 

Magic Power Conductivity ・A  

Skills:
Appraisal :Lv7, Appraisal Concealment, High-Speed Self-Repair, Self-Evolution〈 Rank :7・Magic Stone Status :2109/2800・Memory :62・Points :18 〉, Self-Modification, Telekinesis, Telekinesis ↑ Low, Telepathy, ATK ↑ Low, Owner ALL Stats ↑,Owner HP Recovery ↑ Low, MP ↑ Low, Memory ↑, Demonic Beast Knowledge, Skill Sharing, Sorcery 

Set Skills: 
Sword Arts :Lv7, Pugilist Arts :Lv3 

Sword Techniques:Lv7, Pugilist Techniques :Lv1 

HP Recovery Rate ↑ :Lv1, Evasion :Lv2, Evasion ↑ :Lv1, Leg Strength ↑ :Lv2, Instant Recovery :Lv1 

Recovery Magic :Lv1, Flame Magic :Lv1, Purification Magic :Lv3, Soil Magic :Lv4, Fire Magic :LvMax, Support Magic :Lv3 

Danger Perception :Lv1, Vigilance :Lv4, Presence Perception :Lv2, Harvesting :Lv2, Echolocation :Lv1, Magic Perception :Lv3 

Stealth :Lv3, Conceal Presence :Lv3, Escape :Lv1 

Intimidation :Lv2, Ambition :Lv1 

Fire Resistance :Lv1, Fear Resistance :Lv1, Impact Resistance :Lv1, Abnormal Status Resistance :Lv1, Mental Resistance :Lv1, Poison Resistance :Lv3, Drowsiness Resistance :Lv1, Disease Resistance :Lv3, Physical Attack Resistance :Lv1, Paralysis Resistance :Lv2 

Dismantling :LvMax, Throwing :LV3, Cooking :LvMax 

Aerial Jump :Lv2 

Mineralogy :Lv1, Medicine Manufacturing :Lv1, Herbalism :Lv3 

Poison Breath :Lv1, Fission Creation :Lv1 

Vigor Manipulation, Dimensional Storage, Vibration Fang, Floating, Parallel Thought, Magic Manipulation 

Night Vision, Absorption Enhancement, Sight Enhancement, Digestion Enhancement, Bird's Eye View, Hearing Enhancement, Vitals Enhancement, AGI ↑ Low, MGC ↑ Low, Taste Enhancement, STR ↑ Low

Memory Skills:
Weapon Skills: 
Archery :Lv1, Sword Dancing :Lv1, Sword Arts :Lv7, Pugilist Arts :Lv3, Club Arts :LV3, Shield Arts :Lv3, Staff Arts :Lv1, Small Axe Arts :Lv1, Quarterstaff Arts :Lv1, Warhammer Arts :Lv1, Dual Sword Arts :Lv2, Spear Arts :Lv4, Halberd Arts :L2, Greatsword Arts :Lv1, Martial Arts :Lv3, Shortbow Arts :Lv1, Dagger Arts :Lv3, Longbow Arts :Lv1, Katana Arts :Lv1, Claw Arts :Lv1, Viscous Body Arts :Lv1, Axe Arts :Lv3, Whip Arts :Lv1, Stick Arts :Lv1, Pike Arts :Lv1

Technique Skills: 
Sword Techniques :Lv7, Pugilist Techniques :Lv1, Shield Techniques :Lv1, Warhammer Techniques :Lv1, Spear Techniques :Lv2, Halberd Techniques :L1, Viscous Body Techniques :Lv1

Physical Skills: 
HP Recovery Rate ↑ :Lv1, Evasion :Lv2, Evasion ↑ :Lv1, Leg Strength ↑ :Lv2, Hardening :Lv1, Acidic Saliva :Lv1, Flexibility :Lv1, Instant Recovery :Lv1, Instantaneous Movement :Lv1, Molting :Lv1, Softening :Lv1

Magic Skills: 
Recovery Magic :Lv1, Flame Magic :Lv1, Wind Magic :Lv1, Contract Magic :Lv7, Summon Kin :Lv1, Purification Magic :Lv3, Oath Magic :Lv1, Soil Magic :Lv4, Fire Magic :LvMax, Support Magic :Lv3, Water Magic :Lv2

Detection Skills 
Footstep Perception :Lv1, Danger Perception :Lv1, Airflow Vision :LV1, Vigilance :Lv4, Presence Perception :Lv2, Harvesting :Lv2, Hunting :Lv1, Vibration Perception :LV1, Electromagnetic Perception :Lv1, Heat Perception :Lv1, Echolocation :Lv1, Magic Perception :Lv3

Concealment Skills: 
Stealth :Lv3, Mimicry :Lv1, Conceal Presence :Lv3, Silent Flight :Lv1, Survival Arts :Lv1, Escape :Lv1, Tunneling :Lv1, Night Cover :Lv1

Influence Skills: 
Coercion :Lv1, Intimidation :Lv2, Leadership :Lv1, Raise Morale :Lv1, Ambition :Lv1, Roar :Lv1

Resistance Skills: 
Fire Resistance :Lv1, Fear Resistance :Lv1, Impact Resistance :Lv1, Abnormal Status Resistance :Lv1, Mental Resistance :Lv1, Poison Resistance :Lv3, Drowsiness Resistance :Lv1, Disease Resistance :Lv3, Physical Attack Resistance :Lv1, Paralysis Resistance :Lv2

Technical Skills: 
Digging :Lv3, Transportation :Lv4, Dismantling :LvMax, Blacksmithing :Lv1, Singing :Lv1, Acrobatics :Lv1, Craftsmanship :Lv1, Sewing :Lv1, Pickpocket :Lv1, Leap :Lv1, Throwing Arts :LV3, Climbing :Lv1, Engineering :Lv1, Belly Crawl :Lv1, Carpentry :Lv1, Cooking :LvMax, Trap Creation :Lv1

Art/Science Skills: 
Mineralogy :Lv1, Medicine Manufacturing :Lv1, Herbalism :Lv3

Magical Ability Skills 
Absorption :Lv1, Airflow Manipulation :Lv1, Air Compression :Lv1, Air Bullet Discharge :Lv1, Aerial Jump :Lv2, Vibration Impact :Lv1, Chastisement Thread:Lv1, Provocation :Lv1, Weather Prediction :Lv1, Ultrasonic Impact :Lv1, Poison Breath :Lv1, Fission Creation :Lv1, Magic Absorption :Lv1

Special Ability Skills 
Scale Regeneration, Orc Slayer, Vigor Manipulation, Phantom Body, Goblin Slayer, Kobold Slayer, Narcotic Fang, Dimensional Storage, Vibration Fang, Floating, Parallel Thought, Magic Manipulation, Demonic Thread Creation, Demonic Poison Fang

Passive Skills: 
Night Vision, Scale Hardening, Smell Enhancement, Absorption Enhancement, Strongly Acidic Viscous Body, Shell Enhancement, Shell Weight Lightening, Sight Enhancement, Digestion Enhancement, Hair Enhancement, Hair Hardening, Bird's Eye View, Hearing Enhancement, Pain Reduction, Vitals Enhancement, AGI ↑ Low, Predation, MGC ↑ Low, Taste Enhancement, Eggshell Camouflage, STR ↑ Low

Synthesized Skills: 
Vibration Bullet Discharge

[1] Reference to Yubaba from Spirited Away.

[2] Both are references to swords of some sort. The first is a reference to Demonic Sword Chaos — or, Kaosu (魔剣カ〇ス = 魔剣カオス) — from the Rance Series. Thanks to Mesaphrom for pointing that out!
The second is a reference to Derflinger — or Derufuringa (デルフリ〇ガー = デルフリンガー) — from the Zero no Tsukaima Series. Thanks to Mystletainn for pointing that out!

[3] The sound of Sword-bro’s (nonexistent) heart palpitating.

[4] The sound of Sword-bro’s excitement building.

[5] It’s “Shisho” (師匠), so technically it could also be “Master”. Not the ‘Goshujin-sama~” type, though.

[6] The contents are actually 不都合のない範囲で、フランと名乗ること, but I essentially compounded the information. The bit pre-comma is saying “A range with no inconvenience” which, when separated into compounded characters = No Range — thus the translation. The second half is just as it appears; declaring Fran’s name.

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Ensig:
As for why I didn’t end up updating today/yesterday (depending on your time), I actually ended up remodeling a lot of Skills. Airflow Manipulation from the Wyvern, for example, I had translated into “Air Manipulation” by mistake when Sword-shisho had mentioned it alongside Air Bullet Discharge and such.

In other words, I went through Chapters and made sure everything matched up. I think.

I also made a .txt containing all of the Skills that have been mentioned, so that I don’t end up translating ones that’ve been encountered before all weird. It sounds simple, but I had to match them up with what they looked like in Japanese, so it actually took a while to complete.

As for other changes, I changed Boxing Arts to Pugilist Arts — because my definition of “Pugilism” is just “fighting”. I searched up the proper definition and, lo and behold, it was “The profession/hobby of boxing”. So Pugilist is more appropriate.

Also on that note, it turns out that what I’ve been translating as “Arts” are different from Skills related to “Techniques”.

So, there’s Sword Arts and Sword Technique skills — both of which are different. In fact, “Swordsmanship” should actually be “Sword Arts”, and what I’ve been translating as “Sword Arts” already should be “Sword Techniques”. Yeah. I had the sneaking suspicion that it was like that when Sword-shisho Appraised the Slime Lord (because it had V.B. Techniques and Arts), and now my suspicions have been proven accurate.

What separates Arts and Techniques is a single character. 術 = Arts, 技 = Technique. Both can actually be synonymous depending on the context, and in English they are essentially synonymous, so that’s a pain~

Thankfully, the only weapon types that Sword-shisho has both Arts and Techniques for thus far has been the Sword, so changing that was pretty simple. It’s impossible to tell the difference between the two unless you look at those single characters at the end of the word, so I could have easily missed one or two if I didn’t catch it early on!

If I missed a “Swordplay”, let me know, and I’ll change it to “Sword Arts”!

–Ah, also, the previous Translators translated 投擲 as Throwing Technique(s)… But it’s just “Throwing”, so I’ve changed it to be so in all previous chapters. I had used Techniques as well, ’cause it made sense, but now there’s a legitimate Throwing Arts Skill (投擲術), so having “Technique” there would be misleading.

And, as the cherry on top, I found that Willpower Manipulation isn’t as accurate as it could be, so I did some searching. 気力 = Willpower/Energy/Vitality, so I swapped in “Vigor” upon learning an interesting fact. What is that fact, you ask?

気力 in games is Stamina.

The more you know~

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26 thoughts on “Chapter 13: Teacher & Fran”

  1. Thanks for the chapter!

    Teacher eh? The previous one was a reincarnated assassin, this time it is a sword…will the next one be a teapot? With the soul of a fallen emperor? Who incidentally hated tea…

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  2. The Teaching Sword or Teacher for short. Good name. Not exactly Legendary Sword material but a few hundred and it becomes the sword that creates heroes. Once the hero is strong enough the sword looks for a different owner.

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  3. It’d be funny if fran was his dog fran that reincarnated into this cute little beast girl.
    I doubt it though~
    it would explain why he was drawn to her though (lol pun)
    I wonder what she’ll “evolve” into?

    Thanks for the hard work~

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  4. The first sword reference is a cursed sword from the Rance Series the second one I searched for 30 minutes and couldn’t find out from where it is.

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  5. Since my Japanese sucks correct me if I’m wrong. Goshujin-sama is what you are referred to as by your butler and Shisho is what you would call your karate instructer?

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    1. Goshujin-sama is “Master”, so you’re correct on that.

      Shisho is “Teacher”, so you would call your karate instructor that… But it would also apply in something like an apprentice referring to their superior.

      Does that make sense?

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  6. Under the section of Weapon Skills: Club Arts :LV3, and Club Arts :Lv1 both appeared.
    thankyou for translating.

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  7. デルフリ〇ガー,huh?

    I think it’s Derflinger (デルフリンガー/Derufuringa), which is Saito’s talking sword, from Zero no tsukaima series.
    If I may comment, he got similatities with Kaosu/Chaos, both are powerful, had existed for a long time, and most importantly- CAN TALK (hence why sword-bro mentioned them).
    Both of ’em speak like perverted geezer from time to time tho. (Then again sword-bro mentioned his urge to cuddle a beastfolk loli in the previous chapter)

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  8. So the MC just shown her he could kill his own wielder.
    and then he proceeds to casually tell the girl “You have now become my wielder.”
    and the girl calmly replies “Ok, I want to slay demonic beast to evolve.”

    Alright, I’m picking up this series again~

    That “doki-doki, waku-waku” though! I could imagine the camera closing in on the MC and switches to Fran repeatedly.

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  9. I dunno if someone recommended this in a later chapter or if you’d found it by latest chapter, but there’s a program called ‘Translation Aggregator’ which allows you to setup substitutions. http://i.imgur.com/b1QwvEG.png

    Although, if you’re trying to learn JP, you might not want to use this since looking at the characters will help you familiarize yourself with them.

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    1. I actually make use of Translation Aggregator for just translating, while leaving the substitutions to the Translation Assistant Tool by joeglens. Using them in tandem makes things really convenient, and I’ve found that the Assistant does a better job at substituting when it comes to Skill/Item/People/Place names.

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