Chapter 10: Ruins of Visitor (part four)

Last chapter of any series for this month. We’re already halfway through the first arc! *pat myself on the back*

TL: clover

ED: clover, eristol


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“Erica, are you hurt somewhere?”

“I’m alright, Klaus-sama.”

“I see……then, do you feel sluggish, cold, or something like that?”

“I’m alright!”

“I see……if you feel somewhat bad, don’t overdo it and say it quickly.”

“Yes, yes. I will tell you.”

 

We were organizing and sorting the items that were stored in the storage boxes of Eduard-oniisama.

I mainly focused on the wands, while Klaus on the scrolls and spellcards.

 

……It was supposed to be a time for preparations, but Klaus’ hands were stopping frequently.

Every time he stopped, he asked me about my condition.

 

“Erica, you, are you really……”

“Klaus-sama, I will get angry, you know?”

 

On his face, a big sign of ‘Worried!’ is written.

He resembles Eduard-oniisama when I caught a cold.

Both of them have the same eldest son’s color on their soul’s aura.

Brother who has a black-belly and dark smile is a good person, similarly, maybe Klaus who would grow up to be a Do-S man is also a good person?

 

“Klaus-sama, how is it?”

“There is no curse in the range of my Glam Sight. These spellcards can be diverted to Hafan’s magic without a problem. Wait a little more for the analysis of these scrolls.”

“That’s fortunate. Please don’t forget to restore your magical power by drinking the potion.”

“Ah, I know. What about you, Erica?”

 

I read the parchment notes about the classified wands.

 

Wand of the Death1.

Wand of Fire Bolt.

Wand of Lightning Bolt.

Wand of Magic Missiles.

 

They all came from the trapped box of death.

Although the remaining amount of charge is few, all of them are powerful offensive wands.

It was not unreasonable for Eduard-oniisama to be vigilant about thieves.

 

“You mean they are Eduard’s leftovers?”

“The fact that the offensive wands were used is probably because a fairly large battle had happened.”

“Well, it is strange that there were no monsters to protect the ruins at all, but maybe they were already wiped out?”

“Probably so.”

 

Yes, the Ruins of Visitor has already been conquered.

In this regard, I would like to thank my brother obediently.

Even though the mechanism of this labyrinth alone is sufficiently troublesome, I shudder when I think that a monster might also come out.

 

“Ooh! I can use this!”

 

Klaus raised a shout of joy as he analyzed the scrolls while making constant reference to his personal notebook.

He seems to be in a good form ever since his magical power recovered.

I also stopped my hands that were packing items into my bag and looked into the scroll.

 

“Have you found a magic that seems useful?”

“Far better than being useful, it’s not an exaggeration to say that this is a trump card. What is described here is a Passwall.”

 

Klaus showed me the page of the notebook and scrolls, pointing alternatingly with excitement.

Yup, but you see, I can’t read the magic language of Hafan.

 

The result of a magical research was written carefully in the notebook.

This is nostalgic, Klaus (older) of the game also carried magical research notes that were as thick as a Japanese dictionary2.

With this, he will grow up to be a hardworking genius.

 

“Is that a magic that lets you freely pass through the wall? That is also a magical way for labyrinth searchers to cheat.”

“I don’t feel even a bit ashamed, because right now we don’t have enough time anyway.”

 

Certainly, in the situation where mine and Ann’s lives are on the line, we don’t have time to keep track of the maze of the labyrinth.

But when I think about this carefully, brother had always prepared this cheat spell when searching inside a labyrinth.

As expected, brother……somehow immature.

 

“So it’s like this, let’s use the large, hateful mechanical labyrinth as an example. If it was an ordinary labyrinth, we would just have to walk through the walls and walk from one end to the other end.”

“But we don’t understand the laws of the labyrinth, it won’t be strange even if a fatal incidence occurs because we failed to confirm everything.”

 

In addition to the passage of time, the Ruins of Visitor detects the weight of its intruder and changes its shape.

The message of Eduard-oniisama, who explored the ruins first, was not left in every room.

Because there aren’t many hints, it would be unreasonable if we don’t try to decipher the laws of the changing labyrinth from now on.

 

“If we don’t understand the rule, at least we should be able to suppress the change of the labyrinth.”

“Passage of time, weight…huh…”

“The manipulation of time is the highest-ranking magic. I memorized the chants and the magic circle configuration as much as I could, but they place a heavy burden on someone as immature as I am. I have never succeeded even once in casting it.”

“You memorized it, huh? The highest-ranking magic.”

“If it is only memorizing spells, everyone can do it if they try. Once I mature, I will finally be able to practice it.”

 

No, but even though he is only 10 years old, he has memorized the highest-ranking magic, I believe that not everyone can do it, you know?

Because this is a genius who has not noticed that he is actually a genius!

 

Well, but controlling time is impossible anyhow.

Then, the remaining is weight.

Weight, weight, weight……ah!

 

“Klaus-sama, there is a wand of Levitation. With this Passwall, combined with—”

“I see, a flying-based magic! Then, it’s as good as no mechanical labyrinth!”

 

Wand of Levitation was made from fossils of a large wyvern.

On the stick head is an amber, and the handle part has yellow brass in a pattern of a feather.

The core material is fossil of the wing of an archaeopteryx.

Incidentally, this is also very expensive, but in this situation I can’t afford to be frugal.

 

Unlike flying, it is impossible to finely adjust the height of Levitation.

However, since we only want to avoid a mechanical labyrinth, we only need to float a little from the ground.

Levitation has a weak effect, but it is useful enough.

 

“Then the next step is decided. Using Levitation in combination with Passwall, we will search each layer one by one.”

“If we also combine them with Urd Sight, it seems we will be able to significantly shorten the time.”

“There are two Passwall scrolls. I think one piece is for returning, we will return temporarily if we cannot join with Ann before the first piece’s effect timeout.”

“It can’t be helped. In case Ann-sama is in a safe place – let’s leave a note in various places so that we can guide her to this simple base camp.”

 

There is a possibility that it might not be noticed at all depending on the weather, if it is only written on the wall with Moonlight Gallnut Ink.

Just by dropping scraps of parchments squeezing out the instructions on the conspicuous points such as the entrance, the discovery rate would rise significantly.

 

“Erica, I said this many times, but we will return home as soon as you feel unusual about your condition. No matter how much effect time the Passwall scroll has left.”

“Klaus-sama……”

“I am worried about Ann, but if you have any chance to be saved, I will not forgive myself for the rest of my life if you die. If only I looked at the magic trace a bit more carefully, that trap could have been prevented.”

“Klaus-sama, you have quite a stubborn personality, don’t you?”

“You……”

 

I appreciate him for being worried about me.

But it was due to my carelessness that I got caught in a trap.

Because it is burdensome to be taken care of too much, I changed the topic to miscellaneous things.

 

Nonetheless, to be honest, I feel glad that Klaus is actively seeking to withdraw.

Is it because I have received a sentence of death?

It is a good thing.

—No, no, that is not good at all.

 

After the confirmation of items was finished, we prepared for our departure.

Klaus wore a belt with a potion holder found from Onii-sama’s storage box around his waist from above his robe.

He hooked the magic recovery potions to all of its special shaped metal fittings.

He drank three potions that couldn’t be fitted in the holder to restore his magical power, the rest would be put into the cloth bag that Klaus had brought with him.

Three potions……he is only 10-years-old, but the maximum value of his magical power is high.

If it was an average adult mage, I heard that their magical power would be fully restored after drinking two and a half bottle of potions.

 

“Wh-what is it? Why are you staring at me like that?”

“No, never mind. If I must say, I’m worried whether your magical power has completely recovered or not.”

“I see…… Ah, if wide area magic is not hindered, I have enough magical power to run exploration magic on all the layers so far.”

“Klaus-sama, if I look closely your face is red, how is your physical condition?”

“Oh, aah……why is this happening? Was there also alcohol among the ingredients of the potion……?”

 

When Klaus turned the other way, he started gathering spellcards with great vigor.

He looks like a banker who counts bills or a magician who shuffles cards.

He bundled about 20 sheets of spellcards and put them into hidden pockets in various parts of his robe.

Hmm? Wait a moment, did he bring hundreds of them?

Even just by glancing at him, it seems like he has put over 300 sheets in just one sleeve.

 

“Klaus-sama, no way, are you going to bring all of the spellcards? There are about 2000 sheets, you know?”

“If we go to the deepest layer, there is a possibility that we will come across an unknown monster. By the way, there are less than 2000.”

“Being the mage of the East is hard work too, huh?”

“We also put importance on preparation. It is the same as the fundamental of you western alchemists. Unlike the northern swordsmen who can fight with each other, or the southern dragon knights who are unbeatable as long as they have dragons.”

“Considering all that, you still came to this ruins without preparation……”

“Because, at that time I was feeling weird. No, I reflect on it. I will never do something like this without preparation again.”

 

It is harsh that he is feeling ashamed about it.

His behavior was due to the curse of the vampire (?)3, so I didn’t mean to blame him.

 

I fastened the lamp that tends to block my hand on the bag, and wrapped the belt that had the wand holder around my waist.

It only barely caught around my waist, as expected it is truly a belt for my brother.

I picked up the two wands of Magic Missiles and Lightning Bolt from among the offensive wands, and the three wands of Levitation, Feather Falling, and Urd Sight from among the supportive wands and put them in the holder.

Too many would just bring confusion and can’t be used.

It is the theory of alchemists’ way of fighting, to insert a reasonable number of wands into the belt and exchange them alternatingly with the wands inside the bag as occasion demands.

……Eduard-oniisama is selling out.

 

“Ah, right. Klaus-sama take these too, please. These are the wand of Levitation and Feather Falling……in other words, they are for flying and falling. Because these two have a short range, please do self-management to the best of your ability during the move.”

“I understand the Levitation, but when would we use the wand of Feather Falling?”

“This is important. We can’t say that there would be no such thing like pitfall, and it can also be used when we float too high. Because Levitation has a high altitude rise, it often happens if you swing it too many times by mistake.”

“How high is it specifically?”

“Usually around 5 cm. 25 cm when you swing it once more. And 125 cm if you swing it again. The altitude will rise exponentially with each swing.”

“Huh. That’s interesting.”

 

Ah, a 10-year-old and he already understands the exponential function.

As expected, he is the hardworking genius, Klaus Hafan.

Although there is also a possibility that he will manage to float appropriately.

Let’s take care so that he won’t overuse the wand of Levitation.

 

“Let’s go, Erica. From here it’s a race against time.”

“Yes, Klaus-sama. Let’s help Ann-sama as soon as possible.”

 

Klaus read aloud the scroll of Passwall.

White light spread out from his staff and spread a magic circle over us.

From the magic circle overhead, drops of light came down like raindrops.

The drops of light which passed through us, spread like a ripple when it fell to the ground and formed another magic circle.

The two magic circles intersected slowly so as to sandwich us and the trajectory of white light enveloped us.

 

After confirming the invocation of Passwall, I waved the wand of Levitation which was made of amber, bone and brass, twice.

Feathers made of golden lights fell to our feet.

Light touched our shoes, and when it touched our shoes, it changed into a golden magic circle.

The magic circle of Levitation spread as if covering our shoes, pushing our body up in the air.

 

ch 10

 

As we held hands so that none of us would get stuck in the wall, we kicked in the air and jumped into the wall.


1 The literal translation is actually wand of the Armor of Death.

2 It actually said 広○苑, but I know that it refers to 広辞苑 (Koujien) or a Japanese dictionary written by Shinmura Izuru. For reference, it is this size. So, Klaus (older)’s research journal is very thick.

3 This question mark is in the raw. This is because Erica still wasn’t sure that the magic spelled on the stone was from the vampires. It was still pure speculation.

Edit 09/05/2019: Passwall is another spell from DnD. A passage appears at a point of your choice that you can see on a wooden, plaster, or stone surface (such as a wall, a ceiling, or a floor) within range, and lasts for the duration. You choose the opening’s dimensions – up to 5 feet wide, 8 feet tall, and 20 feet deep. The passage creates no instability in a structure surrounding it. (source)

If you want to see how they look like after their preparation, look at the cover for this series in the TOC page.


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26 thoughts on “Chapter 10: Ruins of Visitor (part four)

  1. Yay, another chapter – and so many magic cheats! Now, when will the monsters start to appear?!! Thanks for your hard work!

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  2. Isnt she amazing for being able to understand the wands herself? she is really one of us, she might have memories but still, how amazing is the original host, and what happened to her btw, are they a merged person? a child and adult occupying the same space right?

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      1. Ive always found this difficult to understand, her personality has changed due to the introduction of our MCs other world memories, she is actively turning away from that lethal future, and appears very much to be the MC of our world. Im not really sure what the original Erica was like. If my current self went back in time and inhabited my child self, I would totally overwrite who I once was, its certainly me, but the experiences Ive had are different, are greater, and who I was as an adult would totally dominate my child self.

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        1. No, I mean by that they are one and the same was that before she remember her past life, she had lived as Erica for 8 years. And her past life personality did dominate herself now that she had revived her past life memories. You can see that by her trauma and fear of other humans.

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          1. Who I am seeing isnt Erica, but the MC that died due to some crazy Yandere, the only part of Erica I see is her knowledge of that world. Otherwise its the MC completely swallowing the previous host, who she was what she would become is gone now, in a sense our MC is a parasite that has invaded the 8 year old host. These 2 people are completely different. If the 90 year old me decided to take over the me now, I could become a totally different person, that 90 year old me could totally wipe out who I was up until that point.

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          2. Oh yeah I guess that’s true. I thought that you assumed that in one body there are ‘real Erica’ and ‘reincarnated Erica’ so I argued back that they are one and the same lol. But yeah, her past life memories did dominate the little Erica’s body now

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    1. I would like to believe that the current Erica is still an 8 y.o. girl with heightened sense(?) due to her past life memories. It’s a similar condition like someone who could see the future. The future that they see doesn’t overtake the body but the seer’s behaviour was affected from the things they foresaw.

      From earlier chapters, Erica seemed to have good relationship with her brother even before remembering her past life. Her action so far is of an 8 y.o. but now that she remembered her past, she’s more careful and responsible in her action. Because of the memories, she’s traumatized of some things (just like how someone is affected by things in their nightmares the night before). If it really was the past life dominating her, she would have regarded the people around her as Erica’s rather than her own but from what we’ve seen so far that doesn’t seem to be the case.

      Also Erica was said to be a villainess but all we knew is she caused Ann’s death (and indirectly at that) simply because she told her to go to the ruins herself. Even her past self said they like Erica so yeah Erica originally was probably a great character (not one of those foolish mindless villainess) who turned villainess due to her initial ignorance/ careless mistakes.

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      1. You may think you can retain a sense of self that are unique character traits of the Original Erica… but what exactly is left that was her? we only knew vague accounts of her being villainous, but not so much about what kind of person she was other than using tropes to dictate her characteristics… the only hint we had of her was her Brothers pov from before Ericas past life memories surfaced. (which was a little confusing… and contradictory) the brother said that his father thought she was a reincarnator… but if Ericas previous life memories had not awakened at that time, then how can that be possible? unless that flashback was of the fully awakened Erica that we know today and not the original Erica.

        If that Erica was the original one, then she did not seem to be a bad child… she was quite diligent and knowledgeable, talented and gifted, the Erica we see now is always reflecting on the past… always guiding her future based on that previous life memories… other than Ericas ability to know wands and golems… the rest as far as I can see… the transmigrated/reincarnated person personality is the dominant one.

        This is a completely different person, this is not like a 90 year old Erica going back in time to when she was a child… this is a completely different person inhabiting the body of another completely different person.

        If you think about it, this is quite logical… She was an adult with x number of years of learned behavior shaped by her environment and experiences while Erica was a very young child before she was more or less hijacked by this other persona.

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  3. I became really frustrated reading these last few chapters about Klaus and Ann… I know it’s for the plot but it’s just infuriating to read, Erica went to retrieve Klaus and he is just teasing her and I’m like, focus on finding your sister, it’s your fault this happened so focus! Yeah so this is just my opinion so…..thanks for the chapters 🙂

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  4. “I am worried about Ann, but if you have any chance to be saved, I will not forgive myself for the rest of my life if you die. If only I looked at the magic trace a bit more carefully, that trap could have been prevented.”
    “Klaus-sama, you have quite a stubborn personality, don’t you?”
    “You……”

    I feel for Klaus at this point. Dear Erica, please think you should look in the mirror before you accuse anyone of stubbornness. Pot, meet kettle.
    I like how pragmatic (or maybe in denial) Erica is about the insta-death spell hanging over her head right now. Then again, as someone who’d been dead once and passed through her next life, death might not feel like such a big mystery to her.

    “Considering all that, you still came to this ruins without preparation……”
    “Because, at that time I was feeling weird. No, I reflect on it. I will never do something like this without preparation again.”

    Well, let’s all hope that from now he’s going to be extra vigilant, that learned the lesson that costed a death-spell on someone who went out of their way to recuse him. Hopefully, he’d be strongly warded against compulsion/charm from here onwards.
    Let’s just hope this learning experience doesn’t have to end with Erica being majorly harmed.

    I picked up the two wands of Magic Missiles and Lightning Bolt

    Aah, Magic Missiles and Lightning Bolt, how I love thee.
    Also, I love how Erica looks in her brother’s clothes when he was younger! It’s not just a lot more comfortable for exploring, it suits her very well.

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  5. If Erica really does die, rather than him blaming himself for not being able to analyze the trap, he should be blaming himself for going to these ruins in the first place! So selfish and arrogant, she asked/warned him not to go! Annnd he put up a labyrinth preventing her from getting her parents to help so she had to go rescue him and Ann by herself. They wouldn’t be in this ordeal if they had the adults help.
    By him going, he got Erica and Ann involved and he is the one who prevented the adults from helping.

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    1. Ah, I forgot he was put under a charm which is why he so strongly wanted to go to these ruins. Even so, I just don’t like how he is not feeling remorse about how he is the one who put everyone in danger by going to these ruins but instead said his only regret about this whole situation would be that he wasn’t talented enough at analyzing trap magic.
      Thanks for the chapter btw! ❤

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