Oh man. In this chapter, there are cryptic messages / riddles from Eduard. After reading it through once again, I finally understand and makes some additional notes in the bottom of the chapter.
ED: clover, eristol
“‘Pass under the crescent moon gate and look for the twin half-moon’…?”
“This is……it’s the handwriting of Eduard-oniisama.”
“It’s that guy’s handwriting!?”
I found a trace of Eduard-oniisama in the Ruins of Visitor and felt relieved.
It is the feeling of finding Buddha in hell.
Brother, who was wearing an archaic smile in my mind, was waving his hand sweetly.
“It might be some hint that Onii-sama left when he explored these ruins.”
“Now then, let’s follow this.”
I packed up my box of wands spread out on the floor and other tools in my bag and stood up.
According to the message, we need to go through the exit where the mark of the crescent moon is drawn in the arch part.
As we went about 30 meters through a dark passage, the light of the Moonlight Gallnut Ink came into our sight.
Two semicircular signs were arranged side by side.
This has to be the twin half-moon.
“Wait, something is also written on it.”
“‘When the full moon rises high in the sky, the road will open’…”
“Full moon? But, I don’t see a circle mark anywhere……?”
“Wait. There is the word ‘rises’ in the message. That means—”
Again, heavy machine sounds resonated.
That must have been the sound of the shape of a nearby room changing.
“This hint, was it written assuming that the labyrinth will move?”
“That means, that sound indicates that the full moon has risen some time ago – in other words, that sound leads to the room where the next hint was written.”
“Ah. That’s right. The sky……if the moon has risen to the highest position, the direction to go should be south1.”
“Oh no. I didn’t bring a compass with me.”
“Leave it to me. While it is impossible to use high tier magic and large area magic due to the consumption of magical power, I can still use magic of this degree.”
Klaus started chanting wholeheartedly while holding the wand perpendicular to the floor.
The language he is using is the same ancient language of Hafan, but unlike the magical chant he normally uses, it is a nursery rhyme.
When he released the wand from his hand as he finished his song, the wand turned around and fell down towards the direction where we just came from.
“This direction is south.”
“It’s somewhat plain.”
“Because it is. But it’s unexpectedly convenient to remember this kind of thing.”
Certainly, it was of great use.
Without this strange thing, I was seriously considering whether I should extract a magnet from the core material or not.
Because of Klaus’ knowledge, the wallet of Eduard-oniisama was saved.
My older brother’s hint implicitly told us that in addition to the passage of time, our moving weight is also a condition for the labyrinth’s mechanism to change its shape.
If we had searched with two groups at first, I might not have been able to rejoin with Klaus.
Holding hands with Klaus so that we wouldn’t get separated, we moved towards the south through the dimly lit ruins.
While checking some places with our lamps, we searched carefully.
After a while, I saw a glowing round light emerging in the darkness.
“A circular mark…that is the full moon!”
“Looking at the distance, is there any message?”
“Is this the end point?”
“What was your brother doing in this place?”
At the entrance where the sign of the full moon was drawn, a brand new wooden door was set up.
Fortunately, the door was not locked.
While watching for signs of movement beyond this door, we slowly opened the door.
“A box…is it?”
In the room with the full moon mark, five large storage boxes were placed.
Each storage box was sturdily made by being reinforced with a metal frame and they were supposed to be locked.
Since they were placed in a ruin like this, they look like treasure boxes.
Each storage box was carved with a crest of Aurelia.
On the attached labels, there were notes with brother’s handwriting.
Apparently, the boxes seem to contain items that brother kept for exploring the labyrinth inside.
There were two rolls of blankets on the side of the boxes, and there were traces of fire as well.
“Is this a simple base camp?”
“Thoroughly prepared, huh? It sounds like my older brother.”
“There may be items that can be used.”
“If so, it can’t be helped.”
I tried to open the storage box, but all of them are locked tightly.
It was really carefully prepared, it certainly seems to be Eduard-oniisama’s work.
“Klaus-sama, unfortunately, I didn’t bring a wand of Skeleton Key2……”
“Don’t worry. Somehow, my magical power has recovered enough to use the magic of Unlock.”
“Well then, please.”
“Oh, leave it to me.”
Klaus put his staff on the box and cast a spell.
Unlike our wands, the staffs used by the eastern mages serve as a magical amplifier.
But, for a mage of Klaus’ degree to use a staff for a basic spell, isn’t that a little excessive?
Light-red light magic circle appeared as if wrapping the storage box.
The magic circle slowly rotated and shrunk down, converging on the lock part.
Click, and with that sound, the lock opened.
“Okay, I guess you can open it now.”
“Let’s open it, Klaus-sama.”
Klaus opened the heavy lid of the clothing box.
I shone it with a lamp and saw a number of items.
“Some scrolls and food, yeah, this is nice, we’re saved.”
“Does it have something that looks useful?”
“Look, it’s a magic recovery potion.”
Small bottles of candy colored glasses containing potions are arranged in order.
As expected of Eduard-oniisama!
“If we have these, I don’t have to depend on your wand. I will be able to do more in our search.”
Huh? Alchemists shouldn’t have to worry about running out of magical power.
Why did Eduard-oniisama keep so many potions for magical recovery?
For the companion who accompanied him……?
Brother’s friend, I wonder if he is from Hafan or Lucanrant.
Oops, now is the time to confirm the rest of the items.
After he opened one with the potions, Klaus was unlocking the rest of the boxes one after another.
He has recovered his magical power, and now he is in a perfect condition, like a fish that got water.
Aah! Four boxes have been opened while I was day dreaming!
“I will open this box.”
I am going to open the last box.
The light protection pattern embroidered on the hem of my older brother’s clothes enveloped every thread with special magical power.
At the same time as opening the lid, a vast purple magic circle started spreading.
Hii! This is obviously a kind of curse.
I tried to avoid it quickly, but faster than I reacted, the light of the magic circle broke like a chain and entangled me.
“……!! This is bad! A trap!”
(Why does it—!?)
If you leave behind a baggage full of items in a dungeon, you would take measures against thieves!
This, the death flag is quite serious and dangerous!?
This is painful…!
Klaus cast Glam Sight and stared at me.
He was confirming the details of the curse I was given.
His eyes shook, and blood drained from his face as he stared at me.
When Klaus finished analyzing the curse, he turned down his eyes as if mourning.
Uwa! This is a reaction like a doctor who would announce an incurable disease!
“……Sorry, Erica. This is…the curse of death.”
Hii, as expected!
Many of Aurelia’s people have a strong pride in their craftsmanship.
So, most alchemists are strict towards thieves…
“……This is the work of Eduard-oniisama, right?”
“Ah. The creator is Eduard Aurelia, your older brother, it was made about a month ago.”
Klaus’ facial expression was dark, he didn’t look into my eyes and his eyebrows were furrowed.
Anyway, am I going to die, right now!?
“Curse of Merciful Death……After a certain period of time, even without suffering, it will bring death promptly.”
“Eh, after a certain amount of time…?”
“Estimated to be a little more than eight hours and less than twelve hours.”
“It is to give some moral suffering to the victim, huh? Or maybe there is an intention of dispelling it if the victim begs for forgiveness.”
You are a devil, Eduard-oniisama!
As expected of someone with the infamous dark smile among the seven capture targets, the retribution is very dark ……!!
I was always feeling refreshed by looking at my friendly older brother’s gentle and sweet side.
It is too regrettable that I hadn’t played his scenario yet—
“……Erica, are you okay?”
“Yes, I’m okay.”
For a moment, it seems that I had been escaping reality, but I returned to see Klaus’ worried face.
“Erica, let’s return. There is still time to go to the palace. Your father would be able to resolve it.”
“No, let’s give priority to your sister for now.”
I decided to bear with it.
Even if it doesn’t have monsters or ghosts, this Ruins of Visitor is dangerous enough.
There is no guarantee that brother and other explorers didn’t set any other deadly traps.
I can’t leave the young Ann in such a place.
Generally speaking, I am accustomed to severe experiences.
I don’t want to get used to it at all.
In the first place, it is not merely death, but the mercy itself why I can spare eight hours.
I took out the silver pocket watch out of my coat pocket.
The current time is past 21 o’clock.
“It will still be fine to escape by 5 o’clock tomorrow morning and solve it.”
“What are you talking about! How much can we postpone it, if something happens to you, I—”
“I’m more concerned about your sister.”
“Let’s stroll around the garden of the Spring Palace tomorrow, this time it will be the three of us. Promise me, Klaus-sama.”
It is rude to interrupt other people’s speech, but I had to interrupt him.
If I was seriously worried about it, it would’ve become rather hard for myself.
I smiled at Klaus.
A smile is important.
Although Erica Aurelia was a villainous lady, would her smile be enough to relieve anxiety?
“Since there is such a grace, if I don’t have a bad luck, I won’t die.”
“I don’t know, Erica……you look like you have a very bad luck.”
I know, right~?
In the one out of five Russian Roulette treasure chests just a moment ago, I magnificently caught the jackpot!
1 This is a navigation using the moon location. All celestial objects – sun, stars, planets and moon – arc across the southern sky when viewed from northern latitudes. They all reach their highest point in the sky when they cross your meridian or line of longitude and this will occur when they are exactly due south of you. That’s why, Klaus deduced that the next hint is in the southern direction. (source)
2 It is another DnD reference. In DnD, the Skeleton Key is a magic item that can open any locks. So, it’s a wand to open locks. (source)
…At first I don’t understand why the next hint is in the south direction, but after reading it once again I finally understand and added that first note.