Chapter 43: What Occurred

We’re walking towards the exit of Aressa.

We’ve taken a simple commission again today while searching for some Demonic Beasts. You could also say that there was nothing else to do besides this.

「Yo! Another commission today?」
「Nn.」

One of the gatekeepers ― Dert ― calls out to us as we leave. He was the person who admitted us when we first arrived at this town. Thinking about it, we’ve formed a pretty good relationship with this uncle. We pass by almost every day and Fran stands out, so I suppose it was only a matter of time. He’s a nice person. Even to the unsociable Fran, he tries to talk to her every day.

A guardsman showing a different reaction to Fran’s unsociable-and-sour impression at first glance would be understandable, but Dert seems a bit soft. Testament to their relationship building, Fran’s lowered her guard a little.

「Cute, as always.」

… Isn’t this guy just a lolicon?

「That reminds me, are you acquainted with Viscount Alsund?」
「?」
『He’s talking about that guy. The noble who came complaining to the Guild.』
Ah. Small-Fry Vice Commander.」

To Fran’s words, Dert was momentarily astonished before proceeding to laugh.

Hahahaha! Yeah, yeah, that’s the one.」
「What about him?」
Ah, for some reason it looks like he’s searching for little Fran. It’d be best to be careful. Yesterday, some fellow calling himself the guy’s subordinate came here to check if you passed through.」

Hooh. How suspicious.

「Since he’s a noble, he does whatever he pleases in the town… Even more, he seems to have a skill to see through lies.」
「I know.」

In reality, he had the Skill to see through lies. Now, I have that ability.

「So, about that Skill: in the world of nobles it’s something of a godsend. Giving its user the ability to grasp their opponent’s weakness, and allowing quick dispersion of political opponents… Those guys, telling lies is as easy as breathing for them, after all.」

Mr. Dert, I must say, you’re my kind of guy. The type of guy who holds prejudice against nobles!

「Because he has that Skill, even if that Viscount causes trouble his parents crush any complains. And because of that, he got excessively carried away and became prone to doing foolish things. Those actions extend to little Fran as well, so I have no idea what he might want with you.」
「Understood. I’ll be careful.」
「Good to hear. Ah, also on the subject of the Viscount, I caught wind of a slightly dangerous rumor.」
「Rumor?」
「Mhm, it’s from a few days back. It seems that Viscount Alsund’s state has started to become… Odd.」
「How so?」
「Well, he abruptly began acting suspiciously. Just when rumors started appearing stating that he might be becoming mentally ill he committed a terrible fault in the company of Royalty. I don’t know the full details, but apparently his family was enraged — there were even talks this was the last time he wouldn’t be forsaken. Thereafter, it’s just been getting worse and worse. Various rumors like ‘he’s been cursed’ or ‘he’s been possessed by the Evil God’ are flying about.」

Uwaa, and that guy might be stalking us? That’s scary.

「Well, anyways. Take care!」
「Nn.」

Our commission today is to harvest New Moon Grass. Since Fran still remembers where it grows, we should be able to complete it no problem. While we’re at it, we plan on seeing how the development of the Poisonous Swamp is going. If things go well, we’ll find a couple of Demonic Beasts along the way.

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A short time after advancing on the highway, we sensed a couple of presences.

(Teacher.)
『Yeah. We’re being followed.』

The number of people tailing us is two. One is amateurish — he isn’t hiding his presence or anything. It’s completely laid bare.

We slowly change our course off of the highway, and as we do so the presences follow after us. As expected, we’re being pursued.

Like that, we advance for a short while into the forest, and allow the presences to close in.

「O-Oy! Stop right there!」

From behind, an angry voice is heard. To be lured here unawares… He’s truly praise worthy.

「That’s… Small-Fry Vice Commander?」
『Viscount Augusto, right?』

So, Dert’s warning came true. The one besides him is probably a subordinate or something… But somehow, he doesn’t give off the impression of a Knight. Anyways, for Augusto, at first glance you wouldn’t be able to know that it was him. It’s just to that extent that he’s changed.

His cheeks are collapsed inwards, with bloodshot eyes and untidied hair which was falling out at certain points. He was going bald from misery… It’s an appearance that wouldn’t be out of place in a horror movie as a vengeful ghost. Erm… He didn’t become an Undead, right?

Just what happened to him in these 10 days? He was a sickening fellow, sure, but when I see him in this state I end up feeling a bit sympathetic.

「Y… Yー… You!」

Uwaa… He’s drawing near…

「I’ve c-come to take c-compensation f-for… The r-rudeness you committed against me in the G-Guild!」

That’s quite sudden. Without any introductions, he’s abruptly started shouting. Since he’s doing so after such a transformation, I have a bad hunch.

「Who might you be?」
「W-What? Are you saying that you have… F-Forgotten myself?!」
「It’s our first time meeting.」
「T-Truly? N-No, don’t lie! There’s no way that’s–」
「Truly Truly. Mistaken for someone else.」

It seems Fran doesn’t want to get involved. Has he really fallen this much? No… That shouldn’t be enough to deceive him. Right?

Eh? It’s… Truly a misunderstanding? No — it’s a lie! A… Lie… Right?」
「Not a lie. Truth.」
Eh? Eh? It’s not a lie after all? It’s really not?」

Maybe he’s believing it because he’s gone a bit loopy? There’d be no way he could believe that otherwise… Will Fran actually get away with this?

That’s what I thought, but…

Ah! T-That Sword! A-After all, you are the beastgirl from the Guild!?」

Sorry Fran. Because of me, he noticed.

「A-After all, it was a lie, right?! Shit… Everybody keeps telling me nothing but lies… !」

You don’t say!

「T-That sword, g-give it here!」
「No.」
S-Shut up! F-filthy Adventurers like you shouldn’t defy N-Nobles! H-Hand it over!」
「Don’t want to.」
「I-I-I’m the one who decides that! Me! Auguste Alsund[ⅰ]!」

Augusto clawed the nails of his right hand into head, scratching and tearing away at his skin. Hair quickly falls and blood trickles down his forehead in response. Yet, even with that he doesn’t snap out of his eccentric behavior. Now, he’s started to scratch his head with both hands.

「? Gone mad?」

How troublesome. While consulting Fran about whether we should flee or kill, his subordinate steps forward.

「Now, now, Sir Auguste. Leave this to me.」
Gu-gununu…
「I’ll only punish them a bit.」[M1]
「Is t-that so? T-Then I’ll leave it to you. Hihihi.」

What an unpleasant face to laugh with… Since his mind seems to have snapped, there’s just no way to go about fixing him, huh?

「And so: hand over the magic sword. That’s an order from the Viscount.」
「No way.」
Kukuku… Rather than resorting to violence, quickly handing it over is better for you, don’t you think?」
「T-That’s r-right! Gyuran is a master Mercenary!」
「Understand that? If you do, hand over the sword.」
「Not. A. Chance.」
Tsk. Shitty brat, don’t get all conceited, a’right! Can’t you e’en comprehend th’ difference in our abilities?」[M2]

Well, let’s just see how strong this gum-flapping Gyuran really is.

Name :Gyuran Age :34
Race :Blue Cat[E1] Beastman
Job :Mercenary
State :Normal

Status: 
Level :31
HP :168 MP :136 
STR :78 END :81 AGI :118 
INT :70 MGC :60 DEX :81

Skills:
Intimidation :Lv3, Danger Perception :Lv3, Archery :Lv2, Strong Presence Perception :Lv5, Sword Techniques :Lv5, Sword Arts :Lv6, Shield Arts :Lv4, Instantaneous Movement :Lv3, Commerce :Lv3, Spear Arts :Lv3, Dagger Arts :Lv3, Threaten :Lv3, Capture :Lv3, Paralysis Resistance :Lv3, Vigor Manipulation, Pain Reduction, AGI ↑, Directional Sense, Night Eyes

Titles:
None

Equipment:
Illusionary Pyroxene[E2] Magic Sword, Dagger of the Sovereign Serpent, Leather Armor of the Blaze Lion, Shoes of the Hundred-Eyed Skink, Shield of the Black Stone Tree, Gauntlets of the Lesser Dragon, Hidden Claw Necklace, Bracelet of Protection, Bracelet of Poison Resistance

So-so, I guess? He’s not a small fry, but he’s not powerful by any means. As a ‘master mercenary’, he’s quite lacking.

「Hm? You… Are you a Black Cat?」
「…」
「My esteemed self is from the Blue Cat Tribe. Could it be that you detest me?」
「Blue Cat Tribe: the enemy.」

Fran gives off a strong feeling of hostility as those words leave her mouth.

『Fran? What is going on?』
(Blue Cat Tribe: have lots of slave merchants. Black marketeers as well.)
『Like the ones who caught Fran…?』

This man might also be related to such things. He has Commerce, Threaten and Capture after all.

(Mhm. Around 300 years ago: the Blue Cat Tribe started becoming slave traders. Tricked members of the Black Cat tribe. Made into slaves and sold.)
『’Tricked’?』
(Blue Cat tribe pretended to be friendly, then launched a surprise attack. Many of the Black Cat tribe: caught and sold. Appealed to the King of the Beastmen, but because of status: couldn’t receive an audience.)

What a despicable story… I’ll remember it. The Blue Cat Tribe consists of slave traders. Fran’s enemy is my enemy. In other words, that guy is my enemy.

「What’s with you, finally going silent? Are ya trembling? Well, it’s too late now kahaha. You’ll have to experience a bit of pain: lament your own recklessness! I won’t give you any big wounds, though. You’d be unable to be turned into merchandise if I did!」
『He’s completely guilty. This fellow is definitely connected to the black market slave dealers.』
(Nn.)

The man drew his blades, both of which were clad in magical power. They seem to be somewhat strong.

Name :Illusionary Pyroxene Magic Sword

ATK :650 MP :200 Durability :600 

Magic Power Conductivity・B

Skills:
Illusionary Attack
Name :Dagger of the Sovereign Serpent

ATK :373 MP :100 Durability :700 

Magic Power Conductivity・C+

Skills:
Sovereign Toxic Fang

(All over his body: magic tools?)
『Yeah, looks like it.』
(Then, take?)
『Using Dimensional Storage?』

Wouldn’t harvesting the opponent’s equipment during battle be effective? We’d been thinking so for a while now, — No, actually, we only noticed we could recently.

Originally, we tried various things to test the power of the Dimensional Storage. Tests to see if the passage of time truly stopped, or if the temperature really didn’t change among others. The results of our investigation showed that the raw materials didn’t rot, and foods stayed piping hot. After testing regularly, we came to the conclusion that time really stopped.

In the middle of such tests, we suddenly came up with the idea of stealing equipment from opponents. Since we had only been fighting Demonic Beasts there was no chance to try it out, but… The perfect opponent has arrived.

「Oh? You got the guts for it, lil’ girl?」

Fran unsheathes me… And Gyuran falls to the ground.

「――Huh?」
「First: bracelets.」
AAAAAAAAAAAH!」

Moving to his side in an instant, Gyuran’s arms both fall to Fran’s feet. On each arm was a magic bracelet.

(Teacher: harvesting went well?)
『Y-Yeah.』

No mercy for enemies, right? Or rather, it seems that her actions are slightly more severe than usual, with a calm anger resonating around her. Towards the screaming Gyuran, Fran’s eyes grow dark as she pushes me against the bracelets. With that, Dimensional Storage invoked.

「Sword, too.」

I retrieve the fallen sword without issue. It seems that I can harvest things so long as they’re separated from the wielder’s hand.

「W-Why?! According to my Skill, she shouldn’t be this strong — O-Only my life, pleaaaaaah!

Skills? This guy can talk quite well despite being in such a state… Ah, come to think of it, he had a Pain Reduction Skill. Is it thanks to that? Now, what were his other skills again…? Ahh, I see, he was talking about Strong Presence Perception!

Strong Presence Perception 
Allows the user to perceive the difference in Levels between themselves and others.

So, it’s because of this Skill that he figured Fran’s Level was below his. A member of the Black Cat tribe with a lower level, and a young girl on top of that. In his eyes, there must have been plenty to make light of.

Hmm… Besides Strong Presence Perception, AGI ↑ is a good skill, but… Skill Taker can’t be reused in the end. As expected, it’s absolutely necessary to think before we use it. Hopefully a good opponent will arrive in front of us while Skill Taker is usable.

「Attempt harvesting again. Armor?」
H-Hiii―!

*Zaku*

I jab into the shoulder of the man who is trying to flee by crawling away.

I-It huuurts!

Even if he has Pain Reduction, there’s no way this would remain painless in the end. While thinking so I invoke Dimensional storage, but…

『I can’t harvest it. It appears that it’s not possible to take anything that the other party is wearing.』

How disappointing. If it was possible, it would have been quite useful during combat.

(Then… If the wielder dies it’ll work?)
『Well, that’s right, but… I’ll do it, so ―』
(Nn-nn. It’s alright. I will.)

Uttering so, Fran swings me down without hesitation.

Ag―― kahyuu――……

With the nape of his neck cut, the sound of air escaping his lungs releases from his lips. As his life fade, he squirms slightly, moving what remains of his arms midair… And dies. Not quick enough.

『Are you alright?』
(Would have been experienced eventually. This guy as the first: good luck.)

For having killed a person with her own hands for the first time, she’s quite calm. Perhaps it was because he was a bitter enemy of her tribe, or maybe it was because he was a scoundrel?

Well, the Mental Stability Skill might also be showing its effect. It’s a skill that lowers the mental hurdle towards killing, so… It’s good that she obtained it before this experience.

Anyways, I can rationalize it all I’d like, but it’d be best to ignore it for now. So long as Fran doesn’t end up troubled for no reason, then it’s fine. I never liked hesitant protagonists anyways. To get depressed every single time they kill an enemy is nothing but irritating.

『Then, let’s harvest it at once!』
「Nn.」
『First, the armor!』

Armor, Boots, Dagger, Shield, Gauntlets, Necklace, one by one they get harvested.

Hihihihihiii!

It was uncertain whether it was a laugh or a scream that was raised as Small-Fry Vice Commander Auguste fell on his backside.

「Ri… Ri-Ridiculous! H-He was the hero of the Ruze[E3] War! T-To defeat the slaughterer of a th-thousand men, that s-superhuman, th-this easily…!」

He really was completely fooled… Slaughterer of a thousand men? That’s just too laughable. Besides, this Gyuran: a Hero? No way. Anyone with even a speck of human intellect could realize that. It’s difficult to believe that someone would fall for such a lie.

No, maybe… Is this my fault? Since I stole Law of Lies, has he become unable to distinguish truth from lies?

(Teacher’s fault.)
Eh… So it is, after all…』
(Nn. Good job.)
『Ah, you were praising me.』

She’s harsh on those she’s showed hostility to, as usual.

W-Well, you reap what you sow. It’s just his bad luck that he picked a quarrel with us. Right. I’m not at fault. Nope.

「A-And Gyuran’s equipment, w-where did it go?! I-I bought t-that as a present — i-it’s the highest grade of armor!」

You really were an easy mark, huh. After being inspired with a bunch of lies, you easily opened your wallet. How pitiful.

『Hey, what should we do about him?』
(…… Ignore.)
Hmm. Is that alright?』

For now, I guess we’ll just focus on harvesting Gyuran’s corpse. If it’s left alone, it seem that he could become an undead, after all. It’s a bother to have to dispose of it, but it can’t be helped.

While we’re at it, I take the ~20,000 Gorudo he had on him, too. Can’t let anything go to waste, right?

Now, how should we deal with Auguste… Arrest him? Kill him? Ignore him? Brainwash him?

While being troubled about how to approach the issue, a new presence appeared, closing in on our location.

(Teacher…!)
Ah, it’s got quite the amount of magical power. It might just reach Threat Level D! Be careful!』
「Nn!」


[M1] Just a note: when the subordinate said ‘me’ they used ‘Watakushi’ which is a strangely formal way of addressing oneself — probably used for a self-important and/or cool effect. When they say ‘I’ they use ‘ore’ (俺 – masculine way of addressing oneself), and continue using ‘ore’ from that point on.

[M2] For this line, he essentially lost his cool and talked slurringly — like a small time Gangster.

[E1] ‘Blue Cats’ aren’t actually ‘Blue’, in case you didn’t know. The name belongs to these types of cats.

[E2] Pyroxene.

[E3] ‘ルーズ’. It should be something like ‘Careless’ in translation, but it sounds like ‘Ruze’ when vocalized by a word→sound translator so I went with that for the sake of irony.

[ⅰ] The Author spelt Auguste’s last name slightly different here than he did last time.
Previous ‘Alsund’: ‘アサンド’
This ‘Alsund’: ‘アサンド’

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64 thoughts on “Chapter 43: What Occurred”

    1. It’s possible to have two protagonists in a story, though rare. It’s actually much harder, except in stories where they are always together. Like, for example, where one is a sword.😛

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      1. I was referring to the way he directly calls her the protagonist. (“I never liked hesitant protagonists anyways.”)

        And yeah, plenty such stories exist (in fact, I’d say Fran is the deuteragonist here), I just thought his selfless mentality was nice.

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        1. Sword approves of being decisive. If you are going to do something then do it, don’t stand around debating it and worrying about the result. If there is an issue later with your action deal with that then, as long as you had a fairly valid reason for your actions you can probably get by. Someone attacking you with the intent to steal all of your stuff and enslave you is a valid reason for lethal selfdefense (in that world). Just like Frans actions in the Guild lobby, where she removed limbs, were seen as a little over done but still within the range of perfectly acceptable.

          Of course, remember that there is a difference between decisive and being a pychopath. Delimbing someone that makes serious treats and insults is not too bad, killing them because they didn’t do what you told them to do is something completely different (see many wuxia MCs, from what I understand, as I don’t read those).

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    2. Well he is a sword. Swords are tools intended to be used.

      I suspect part of that mentality is carried over to our MC.

      The fact that she is both awesome in mentality and cute as a button probably helps too.

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  1. Rekt. Though I wanted the guy to suffer more, but it’s still satisfying. The arrogant noble’s suffering is also pleasant.

    Thanks for the translation~

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    1. What more suffering can he have other than being turned into an insane existence not even worth unsheathing their sword for? He’s like a fly that they swat and let loose so that they can be amused by its shaky buzzing.

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  2. Kuhh! what a cliff
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    🎉 Thanks for the chapter🎉

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  3. Good work, thanks! Really nice translation.

    “Watashi” isn’t exactly female, it’s more like “adult” way of addressing oneself, iirc. It’s perfectly normal for middle-aged man to say “watashi”.

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    1. Ups, I meant Watakushi not watashi. and yes Watashi is neutral and not female.
      Watakushi is a strangely formal version of watashi, also it was written out and not in kanji(since the kanji is the same as watashi), so yeah its a speech quirk to sound self important or cool maybe.
      Thanks for noting this. Please change it Ensign.

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  4. The main question that is bugging me is:
    Can shared skills that were leveled up with points and evolved into next tier like master sword technique and flame magic be shared as well?

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    1. those that level up yes (such as master swordsmanship) but those that “evolve” are not shared (and i think he keeps the old version?) rule of thumb seems to be if it has a level after it upgrades it is sharable but i’m not entirely sure

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      1. Teacher can share Skills so long as they aren’t:

        A: Unique Skills (like Skill Taker), or
        B: Ascended Skills (which are Skills that have been received from achieving Lv10, and aren’t actually levalable Skills — just think of them as the Skill version of Titles, but are exclusive to the one who reached Lv10)

        Therefor, as Random Guy said, something like Master Sword Arts or Blaze Magic can be shared.

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        1. Thanks, that cleared things up. But I remember that skill taker itself was gotten from the core and is shareable. If he gets unique skill from a monster core does it mean he will be able to share it?

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          1. Ah, I meant Unique Skills like Law of Lies, taken from Skill Taker. My wording was terrible, sorry.

            I’m pretty sure all Magic Stone Skills are shareable — even ones that seem to be only useful for the species he obtained from them.

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            1. err… i thought maybe they cant share any skills taken via skill taker regardless if it was Unique or not…
              then again, they have only used skill taker once… we shall see in a few chapters😄

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        2. But flame magic and master sword arts are ascended skills which he got from leveling lower tier to max with points. And I’m sure he can also level them up with points. Because table from chapter 13 shows flame magic level 1

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          1. Flame Magic and Master Sword Arts/Techniques are something like ‘2nd Tier Skills’, not Superior Skills.

            The ‘Superior Skills’ Teacher has gotten thus far haven’t been named, as we haven’t really gotten a detailed Appraisal of all of Teacher’s Skills, but because Superior Skills are made using Self-Modification for 10 Points, we know that he only has two: one from Dismantling, and one for Cooking. The reason why they’re exclusive to him is likely because he’s the only one who could have used Self-Modification to gain them in the first place.

            In comparison, or Flame Magic and Master Sword Arts/Techniques he didn’t need to use 10 Points through Self-Modification on Fire Magic LvMax or Sword Arts/Techniques LvMax — the powered up versions simply came as a byproduct of achieving LvMax.

            tl;dr:
            CTRL+F ‘✧’ on Chapter 14. For a Superior Skill, Self-Modification is needed. For a ‘Tier 2’ Skill, only Points from Self-Evolution is needed.

            Skills made from Self-Modification can’t be shared. Second Tier+ skills can be shared.

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        3. At one point the author writes out a rather long authors note detailing all of the restrictions and requirements for sharing skills, probably as a result of readers asking these sorts of questions.

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        4. Unique skills can be shared(see skill taker).
          Any skill he obtains by absorbing a magic stone can be shared.
          Any skill he obtains by any other means can’t.
          Like:
          Telequinesis
          Skill sharing
          Increase of wielders stats
          Any skills stolen by him with Skill taker
          ……

          You will get the list once the data sheet is translated

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          1. Oh and anything that evolves from the skills that were obtained from the magic stones can also be shared.

            But really, as long as you remember that stuff gotten by skilltaker and telequinesis can’t be shared you have all you need.

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      2. Please don’t confuse me with saying that master sword arts is shareable while at the same time saying that it isn’t because it is evolved.
        If you can’t answer without adding more confusion, please don’t.
        I asked if a skill he got from cores (shareable) and then added points to max it, and then it evolves to higher tier skill is shareable or not. Like fire magic -> flame magic, sword arts -> master sword arts.

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        1. Every skils goten from cores = shereable.

          Upgraded skills goten from sherable skills = shereable.

          Skils from skill taker = unshereable.

          Skils goten from using selfmodification points (net when he is using points to upgrade the skills so they evolve but when he get a skill from purly selfmodification points) = unshereable.

          Skills teacher was born with = unshereable.

          Hope i have given a youi an unconfising answer if not i just have to try and explain it in another way.

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  5. What about using Dimension Storage to harvest projectile weapons targeting Fran? Arrows, shurikens & slingstones can be sold or launched back at the enemy Gate of Babylon style?

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    1. Fran put Teacher in contact with the bracelet and sword when they were putting them in the Storage.
      From this, I get that he can only store things that he is touching.

      This means that, to store projectiles, Fran would need to block them with Teacher.
      So they wouldn’t be a threat anymore if she does that.

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  6. Teacher is wrong. They don’t need to be careful about which skills they steal.

    If someone has multiple interesting skills, they can just tie them up, pump them full of tranquilizers, and keep them alive like that until they have harvested all the skills they want.

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    1. That would involve hiding a body and keeping it alive for over 2 weeks for every 2+ skills you want. Without a hidden base it’s not really feasible as you would be asked questions by the city guard if anyone caught you doing it.

      Can just wait till they find another person with the skills, or better yet a monster with a core with the skills.

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  7. This chapter was a gold mine of fun moments. My favorites:

    “Mr. Dert, I must say, you’re my kind of guy. The type of guy who holds prejudice against nobles!” For some reason, this line just cracked me up; after all, it’s coming from nearly the highest rank of magic sword, one might even call him a “noble” magic sword… 😅

    “(Teacher’s fault.)
    『Eh… So it is, after all…』
    (Nn. Good job.)
    『Ah, you were praising me.』” ‘Nuff said. 😆

    “Now, how should we deal with Auguste… Arrest him? Kill him? Ignore him? Brainwash him?” Where did that last one come from? But you’re already halfway there, so you might as well… 😌

    Thanks for the (hilarious) chapter! 🤗

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  8. Thanks for the chapter.

    真っ黒だな can be translated as pitch black but it’s probably referring to him as being completely guilty (of being a slave trader). In Japanese crime dramas, which most of the population watches a fair amount of, innocent suspects are sometimes referred to as shiro (white) while guilty suspects are referred to as kuro (black). It is fairly specialized terminology but most Japanese natives would understand it. Pitch black will work in this context but try and keep this in mind if you come across a debate if someone is white or black.

    A correction:

    “he doesn’t give of the impression of a Knight”
    “he doesn’t give off the impression of a Knight”

    A fun chapter, the Small-Fry second in command fell hard do to the combo of not being able to tell when people are lying and losing all skill at royal etiquette. Thinking that your skill will cover for you when you are in a social situation and not realizing that you have lost the skill completely could lead to some really bad results, such as in this one.

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    1. Ah. I thought it might have been something like ‘Guilty’ given the context, but… Didn’t want to go off that assumption, given the fact that I’m strictly editing things now. That being the case, I changed ‘pitch black’ to ‘completely guilty’, and added the correction!

      Thanks!

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      1. Glad to help.

        It is something that not many people know about but it seems that a lot of the Japanese WN writers will use it at least once at some point and it almost always trips up the translators. I also learned it by context while watching episodes of Detective Conan. Conan and Haibara would be discussing who they think the culprit is and refering to them as either white or black with the reasoning for either their guilt or innocence, once might have been something unusual but it was used several times in different episodes.

        I would suggest “He’s completely guilty isn’t he” or “He’s looks completely guily” for the line btw, as 真っ黒 would be competely guilty and then you need to modify it with the “だな”. The thugs later lines then confirm that he at least dabbles in the slave trade, just as his skills suggest. It is interesting that a persons job or side buisness can be guessed by the kind of skills they have.

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  9. Thanks for the chapter! Loving this series!

    Minor nitpick: Speck not spec. Spec is short for speculation or specifications, speck is a tiny dot.

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      1. Honestly I usually just gloss over the errors when reading translations. But you normally make so few that the ones I see stand out. Also homophone confusion is a personal pet peeve. Great work, and thanks for being so responsive!

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