Chapter 17: To the Promised Land

Next chapter is the last chapter for this arc! I can’t wait to translate the second arc, but after this I will work on my other series along side. So updates will be more sparse. But enjoy this chapter!

TL: clover

ED: clover, eristol, xtostos

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“Now, Klaus-sama, please hold this flower properly as well.”

I picked another faint pink rose with the pruning shears.

I handed it to Klaus who has turned into a bouquet-creation machine.

Klaus seems to have been scolded by his parents last night, as there are bags under his eyes.

He didn’t suffer major injuries, but his whole body should be full of scrapes and abrasions.

There is also a large bandage plastered on his cheeks and forehead, which makes him look like a boy from a manga.

Nevertheless, the spots where his skin wasn’t ruined are youthful as is his privilege as a beautiful character.

Ah, my Erica-the-Marvelous-Villain’s body also doesn’t have rough skin.

I soberly appreciate the fact that I didn’t have any muscle aches either, despite only exercising a little usually.

“Ufufu, Klaus-oniisama. Today I will have you listen to what I say, yes?”

Today we are walking through the Knot Garden of Spring Palace as promised.

All of the gardeners are looking happily at Ann who seems to be in high spirits.

Followed by me with the pruning shears, and Klaus who is holding a lot of flowers.

The impression of our group is as if Ann is a princess, while Klaus and I are her attendants.

Spring’s greenery stung my eyes.

Klaus’ eyes are also blinking rapidly. Ooh, a comrade.

“Erica, did you stay up all night, too?”

“Yes, I was cleaning up some of the aftermath……Klaus-sama, good work on enduring the scolding.”

“It’s not ‘good work.’”

Huh? Should it be ‘good work’?1

That is what I considered thinking of Japanese, but in fact we are having our conversation in this world’s language.

Here the polite expressions are fuzzier, so there shouldn’t be any regulation about that.

“…The preaching…no, my father’s teaching, it’s not over yet. I just had a momentary break.”


“After that, it seems to be my mother’s turn…”

“U-uh…Klaus-sama, I hope you stay alive.”

It seems to be a considerably strict family.

But, that is the Hafan couple’s way of showing their affection.

They are strict because they are worried on the inside. Surely.

“There is a very beautiful rose over there!”

“I guess it can’t be helped. Only two or three more, you hear.”

“Onii-sama! If you haven’t reflected enough yet, I will let Otou-sama and Okaa-sama know……”

“Kuh……! Let’s go, Erica! If we let her be, she will reap all the roses in this garden!”

“I won’t do that!”

“Yes, yes. Ann-sama, I will cut as many for you as you like.”

Klaus was reluctantly going along with his sister’s selfishness, while his sister was enjoying herself to the utmost uninhibitedly.

Above all, these siblings were good friends with each other.

(Aaah~~ at last, one of my death flags has completely broken……it was a tough death flag……)

I feel completely out of my mind.

The lack of sleep is also adding to that, so I am just like a flower-picking machine with a fully automated garden commentary feature.

It is wonderful that I won’t die even when I am this absentminded.

“Erica-oneesama, what is that yellow flower over there?”

“It is a banks rose native to the southern continent.”

“How lovely! Erica-oneesama, I’m going to see it up close!”

“Yes, go ahead, Ann-sama.”

Since last night, Ann has been calling me ‘Onee-sama.’

What is this, this classic girly novel sensation?

I felt a bit happy, but I was pretty embarrassed in compensation.

Will she make me exchange rosaries with her?2

Since there is no culture of wearing a cross on this continent, as expected, it has become the star crystal necklace? Sounds ominous.

“Good grief……I don’t know where she gets her inability to stay calm from, that girl.”

A lot of flowers chosen by Ann were held in both hands of Klaus.

Today’s Ann is unforgiving towards her older brother because of the lingering excitement from yesterday’s adventure.

I also dazedly cut the rose as Ann commanded and handed it over to Klaus.

With that synergy, suddenly he was holding a tremendous amount of roses.

Aside from the massive amount of flowers being held by Klaus, what was horrible was the fact that the flowers brought back to Ann’s room were about three times the amount of those flowers.

It was not a joke or a hyperbole, she could truly reap all the flowers throughout the garden.

“She’s exactly like you, Klaus-sama. She’s very curious. Aah but, Klaus-sama, you lack Ann-sama’s courteousness.”

“Oi, Erica……no, Lady Erica. Just now, what did you say?”

“Oh my, Klaus-sama. Please, have a look. It’s a lovely large-flowered rose.”

Slanders are more likely to carry to other people’s ears, how troublesome!

While turning my eyes away from him who was pouting, I cut out a diluted crimson rose that caught my eyes with the pruning shears.

I adorned Klaus’ hair with the cut out rose, glossing over his previous question while making fun of him.

Fuhaha. How is it? It is inevitable if both hands are blocked!

“Oh, it really suits you, Klaus-sama.”

“Wait a minute! Stop that!”

Klaus’ cheeks are dyed in shame.

This one is excellent!

In order to shake off the rose inserted in his hair, Klaus hurriedly shook his head.

However, it seems that the thorns tangled well with his hair, and it didn’t fall off easily.

I did it, that was fun! Rose-san good job!

“Oya, Klaus-kun, you’re surprisingly pretty cute.”

“Well! Eduard-oniisama, welcome back!”

“Geh, Eduard!?”

Eduard-oniisama appeared from between the hedges of roses.

What an exquisite timing.

My older brother’s traveling clothes are the same as when he was about to leave, and in his hand he is holding a leather bag, which is the Wunderkammer.

Although he has a groomed appearance and a graceful conduct with no gap as usual, I can see a slight tiredness in his complexion.

Did Eduard-oniisama stay up all night?

“Damn……! Stop it! Don’t look at me like this!”

Klaus concealed his face with a bunch of roses.

His ears are bright red.

Anyway, that phrase, you’d better quit it somehow, Klaus.

“You don’t have to hide. Isn’t it pretty?”

“Guh……Remember this, Eduard Aurelia! This embarrassment, I will definitely get rid of it!”

Leaving behind a needlessly embarrassing parting remark, Klaus ran in the direction of Ann and escaped.

I wonder if it was that embarrassing to be seen by my brother.

Maybe he has a one-sided rivalry with the alchemist Eduard.

“Because the news reached me by owl delivery, I came home in a hurry, but…I’m sorry, Erica. I heard you almost died because of a trap I set?”

“No, I was able to dispel it safely, so it’s alright.”

Rather, I give a lifetime of thanks to his super powerful death trap.

I can’t go to bed with my feet facing him3.

“Rather than that, I’m sorry I devastated your supplies for exploration.”

“It’s okay. I heard the story from father yesterday. To think that the leftover of my supplies have helped my lovely little sister survive. I rather feel proud.”


My brother crouched down to look at me and gave a soft smile.

For a moment, I felt tears seeping out.

It is nice, to have an older brother.

However, with the next words, the angelic smile of my brother instantaneously changed to a dark smile.

“Oh, but for the time being, please tell me, as much as you remember about the details of who used them and how much they used them.”

“……what are you going to do?”

“It’s a secret. You don’t need to be bothered by that, Erica, so please be relieved.”

Klaus…it seems my brother wants to charge a full payment for the wands and the potions.

What a salt to his injury. Misfortunes never come alone, huh.

When my older brother’s invoice arrives, I guess he will have to sell out some forests from the planned inheritance.

Let me plead to my older brother at least to repay my life debt.

Anyway, after Klaus becomes the Duke of Hafan, he should do his best in territory management and compensate for the deficit.

Even so, I am at a loss.

As to whether or not it is alright to tell my family about what happened in the Ruins of Visitor.

That huge monster Zaratan can be a scandal of Aurelia of the West.

“I also went to the ruins secretly a few times, but I could hardly reach the place I wanted.”

“What place would that be?”

“My friend investigated through literature, but in the deep part of that ruins, the remains of an unknown gigantic creature seem to sleep.”

“O-oh……is that so—I don’t believe it—”

“Considering the surrounding soil and the distributions of star crystal and star ore veins, it’s apparently possible that the Ruins of Visitor are located in the center of what would be the remains of this creature, which must have been around 5 kilometers in its diameter, by the minimum estimation.”

“W-wuah……5 kilometers, huh……?”

“Truly a fantastic thought, isn’t it?”

I heard that it was formerly city-sized, but to think that it was a creature that exceeded 5 kilometers in length.

Somehow, it’s a bit too beyond imagination.

I’m glad that the Zaratan we met was in his small form.

I don’t feel like we had a winning chance at all if it were the original-sized Zaratan.

Ancient alchemists would’ve been forced to use the wand of Sailor’s Song and risk their lives on that last resort.

“That’s right. I don’t think you will go to the ruins anymore, but by chance if you get lost, don’t go deeper than the seventh layer.”

“Uu……why is that?”

“A group of tough monsters were living in the eighth layer. Fortunately, we barely managed to wipe those out, unfortunately we dealt some fatal damage to the labyrinth when we used a few larger-scale spells. In the worst case scenario, the layer itself might collapse.”

“T-that is dangerous……”

“I was consulting with a collaborating researcher whether we should do reinforcement repairs on the labyrinth or dig a different tunnel. Either way, since it is beyond the scope of what can be investigated secretly from father, I must arrange a way to send an official investigation team through Lindis Magic Academy.”

This shrewd brother of mine has to have secured a position in that investigation team.

I understand.

Oh, by the way, my stomach is feeling painful because I am feigning ignorance.

“That reminds me, yesterday, when we were inside, we heard a noise loud enough that it felt like the ground breaking away from the lower floors.”

“Ah, maybe it has collapsed already. So is digging a tunnel the right choice, after all? Even so…what was the trigger, there should have been no mechanism linked with other layers…maybe I missed it…”

It is painful to be pointed out the inconsistencies any more than that.

After all they are poor lies and the secret is getting ridiculous.

“B-by the way, Onii-sama! It’s amazing that there was such a big creature!”

“Oya, are you also interested in giant creatures, Erica?”

Rather than interested, perhaps I should say that I have had a bad experience with that particular creature itself.

“Alchemist Jaconius, commonly known as Zaratan, you also know about his legend right, Erica? There is a theory that the figure called Zaratan was possibly the name of that gigantic creature.”

“There are people in Lindis who noticed such an amazing thing, huh…”

“There are also other theories, like this giant creature theory, the secret organization theory and the alien theory, that it was an ancient super-energy generator facility with a built-in space control mechanism.”

As one would expect, those are such outrageous theories, brother.

You’re going to bait a bunch of professional editors who love outrageous conspiracy theories.

“Onii-sama, about the giant creature theory…”

“Oh, there are several stories in folklore that support it.”

Eduard-oniisama was hesitating for a moment.

It was a gentle smile as ever, but a little bit of a sad atmosphere was weaved into it.

“The Alchemist Jaconius, as he has been officially recorded in history authorized by our Aurelia family – among various of the old, distinguished families of Aurelia, there are differences between his story and that of the solitary Zaratan, creator of the Philosopher’s Stone.”

“I only know the story of Zaratan that appeared in the fairy tale.”

“Yes, that one is also actually a hidden legend, only conveyed through the Ducal Family of Aurelia. In this legend passed along through our family, Zaratan was killed by the magic that drops stars, but in the officially sanctioned history, which you haven’t been taught yet, Erica, he was instead killed with a knife during his sleep.”

I was shocked.

Certainly, that was what Zaratan himself had said. He was killed in the gap when he was exhausted and sleeping.

For Aurelia, killing Zaratan should be a taboo.

That truth remained in the present age as such a small fragment.

“I have a good friend who loves stories like that. At first I was helping him, but before I noticed, I was completely absorbed in the story more than him……our taciturn ancestors wanted to leave something for their distant descendants……somehow, isn’t that kind of story fascinating?”

“Onii-sama, do you know what happened to Zaratan?”

“It is not perfect because some of the folklore was scattered and ultimately lost, but–”

With that preliminary talk, my brother started talking.

Our ancestors lived beyond the shining and distant seas of the stars.

But, due to a disaster or some other reason, they were driven out of their home land.

An ancient alchemist reported as Jaconius created an artificial organism when it was time to set forth.

The name of the creature was Zaratan.

Zaratan grew to the size of a huge island after months and years and carried our ancestors in place of the aging ships.

A city was built on the shell of Zaratan and the bones of Zaratan became precious ores, including star crystals and starsteels.

After a long voyage, during which generations had changed, they arrived at Ichthyes.

However, the alchemists who were leading the journey at that time killed Zaratan who was a meritorious creature and the person who was the son or daughter of Jaconius.

It is said that they did it to obtain the Philosopher’s Stone which was thought to be hidden inside the body of Zaratan.

But no matter how much they dissected the body of Zaratan, they couldn’t find the Philosopher’s Stone.

The alchemists opposed their own deeds and regretted their sins.

They buried the child of Jaconius carefully in the depths of Zaratan’s body.

The alchemists made a deep labyrinth whose depth no one could approach, while it also served as a tomb.

‘Do not let anyone interfere with the sleep of Zaratan along with the child of Jaconius.’

The youngest brother of Jaconius who survived and the daughter of the leader got married and became the new head of the Visitor’s Clan.

That was the beginning of the Aurelia Ducal Family.

“It appears that the alchemists breached a contract when they killed Zaratan, an artificial creature, but I don’t yet know what that contract was.”

“What a sad story……”

“I don’t know if everything is true, but I think that the truth is hidden somewhere in this story and it may be the role of us who are the descendants of Jaconius to unravel it……that’s how it is.”

Brother smiled brightly to cheer me up.

“According to my hypothesis, I think that they were not only buried, but they were enshrined as gods. I believe that the faith of the god4 Bren was made by combining the child of Jaconius and Zaratan.”

“Zaratan, a god……”

“If the altar of Bren faith is found in that ruins, it will support my hypothesis……but, if the labyrinth has collapsed, I wonder how many years it will take for a full-scale investigation……”

Ah, so it was like Sugawara no Michizane5 or Taira no Masakado6, huh?

Even though he bore grudges against humans, he had been made a god by humans, huh?

Betrayed, killed, and to appease him, worshiped—

No wonder I could empathize with him somehow.

Defined irrationally, loved selfishly, killed unreasonably, isn’t that the same as me?

He is also a companion in getting beaten by a blunt weapon.

Well, something like a crowbar can’t compare to a meteor, though.

“By the way, Erica, that golem……it’s made of starsteel, huh? When did you make it?”


I looked at my feet flustered.

A large stuffed toy-sized, steel body, full-armor was there sitting quietly.

When did he follow me to the garden!?

“Ah…that, yesterday, Onii-sama, I reused your acid hydrogel golem’s core…”

“Haha…I don’t mind, since I can make as many acid hydrogel golems as I want.”

“I will appreciate it if you say so.”

“But, you came up with a golem made of starsteel, huh. Since it deforms to some extent with magical powers, it can do living organism’s natural movements, I take it.”

“Y-yes! That’s right!”

“It’s quite interesting…oya? Perhaps, this is a two-layer structure?”

“Hiie! It’s a top secret technology that is still under experiment right now!”

“I see~ too bad…oops, it’s already this time…”

I am already at my limit of glossing over the questions!

As I thought that, my older brother began to check his watch.

Y-yosh! I seem to have dodged the bullet!

“I will return to my room at once. It seems you have completely devastated my supplies.”


“Let’s talk about that necklace when everything has settled down. I found out something interesting about it. Then, later, Erica.”

That said, Eduard-oniisama went back to his room.

When I looked at my feet, I could see the back of the starsteel golem.

In truth, it is not a golem.

A certain someone is just wearing a small armor made of starsteel.

“Why did you follow me?”

『I decided that I’m interested.』

“Regarding what?”

『Why did you let me live?』

“Compassion, maybe?”

『I dislike compassion. You do not understand my feelings.』

“That’s true.”

『But, I also heard something good.』

“The story that Onii-sama just told us?”


Tears were spilling from the black cavities.

『I was not betrayed by that person. They were also killed. 』

“Looks like it. Though it’s still just according to folklore.”



『May I cry for them too? 』


Last night, after the ceremony of the solution spell, I was handed the bottle where Klaus sealed Zaratan.

You can do whatever you want with it,’ he had said.

So I immediately decided to take advantage of that and take him up on his offer, and unsealed it.

“I figured your revenge is justified, and I also wanted to fulfill the contract my ancestors had with you.”

『Why is that?』

“Compassion, you don’t have to understand my feelings.”

The Zaratan who was unsealed got even smaller, due to the effect of space compression magic by Klaus.

An anomalous dragon with the size of a cat.

That is what he is now.

Black scales like a night sky. Two twisted horns like a ram.

Sharp saw-like fangs are lined up in lines like those of a shark.

Short and sharp claws for all of his ten fingers.

The scales on his back are particularly thick and coalescing, and they look like a shell.

Perhaps he is taking the shape of his juvenile form, his head and forearms are large while his upper arms and tail are small.

The balance is exactly like a teddy bear.

He can be called a fish due to his scales and web-feet, can be called a turtle due to his shell.

Called the Philosopher’s Stone, called a god, called an evil spirit.

But in the end, they couldn’t give him a name to call himself.

There was only one lonely anomalous black dragon in this world.

I made a small armor last night.

The material was the starsteel which responds to magical power and changes its shape as much as we like.

The spell was physically carved and constructed with an athame knife.

I can neither build spells nor charge them with magic, yet this is something I, as one of few such alchemists, was capable of.

And then I released his soul inside the armor.

One of the reasons was to disguise him as a golem.

The other was for it to serve as a cage to his infinitely expanding body.

『……my revenge, it is over.』

“Is that okay?”

『I thought I killed you once.

At that time, my heart was filled with joy to the extent that I felt like nothing would matter.

You look like that fellow.

I did not truly care about Aurelia.

I only cared about killing them.

Only they were special to me.

Therefore, it is good. That fellow is already gone.』

“The truth is, you wanted to kill them using the Alchemist’s Star in revenge, right?”

『……you understand well.』

The small black dragon who has passed the age of over six hundred years laughed happily from inside the armor.

“If I can, I will carry out the contract on behalf of my ancestors.”

『My wishes have not change even now……I wish for a friend, and then, I wish for a new name.』

“Is it okay with just that?”

『I have been craving precisely those for hundreds of years now.』

“……so that’s how it is.”

I bent over and touched the black dragon Zaratan’s clawed hand.

“Then, I will give you a new name—”

At that time, the beautiful and brave Hafan siblings came back with a lot of roses.

A refreshing wind blew through the flower-lined Spring Palace.

In this way, the curtain of my first adventure had fallen.

Come, my friend, let’s give a new name to the Promised Land over this sea: Tír na nÓg7.

1 Erica first uses ご苦労さま (Gokurou-sama), then wonders whether お疲れさま (Otsukare-sama) should have been used instead. Both these expressions express the idea of appreciation (i.e. ‘good work’) in Japanese, but the former is usually used by superiors towards their subordinates, whereas the latter has a stronger association with being used by subordinates towards superiors. That said, in practise this is quite context dependent and not at all a strong implication in many situations. Moreover, Erica’s current language does not differentiate between these two terms, but as the original is written in Japanese where one of these terms had to be used over the other the author instead used this opportunity to clarify that in-world there should be no difference – hence Erica’s mild confusion.

2 Reference to Shoujo-Ai and similar manga, in which christian-sounding private girl school settings were (are?) popular, along with the practise of couples exchanging their rosaries as symbol of their affections etc. Think Strawberry Panic! – one of the more well-known examples for this kinda thing.

3 Referring to the idiom ‘cannot sleep with my feet facing in his/her direction’: expressing that we are grateful for what that person has done for us. In Japan, showing our feet is an act of disrespect, so conversely, if you don’t show that person your feet, you are showing him/her respect.

4 The god here is actually referring to an ancestor that was worshiped as a deity.

5 Sugawara no Michizane was a scholar, poet, and politician of the Heian Period of Japan. Today he is revered in Shinto as the god of learning, Tenman-Tenjin. (source)

6 Taira no Masakado was a samurai in the Heian Period of Japan who led one of the largest insurgent forces in the period against the central government of Kyoto. He became a demigod to the locals who were impressed by his stand against the central government, while at the same time feeling the need to appease his malevolent spirit. (source)

7 Tír na nÓg is the name of the Promised Land/The Land of the Dead in the Irish mythology and folklore. (source)

If you remember, in chapter 6, the command words that were engraved on the transfer gate was:

Come, my friend, let’s give a new name to the Promised Land over this sea.

In this chapter, the words Promised Land has the readings of Tír na nÓg on top of them, and I tried to incorporate it like what is shown in this chapter.

If you don’t get it, the new name for Zaratan that Erica gave is Tír na nÓg. But for later chapters, the author wrote it as Tirnanog.

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47 thoughts on “Chapter 17: To the Promised Land

  1. I love this story. I just realized that Oniisama never swooped in to save the day though. XD

    Is Jaconius the one that killed his own child and Tirnanog?

    I also figure that the original Erica got turned to gold because the alchemist wanted gold so bad.


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    1. No, at that time the leadership had changed and it said that the leader was the one to kill Zaratan. So, no, Jaconius didn’t kill Zaratan.

      And Erica doesn’t need Onii-sama to save the day! She did it herself! 😀

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      1. Speaking of Onii-sama, I hope he’s not going to go yandere or something on people… Or just not go do something evil with his friends…

        I also want to see their reaction when they find out that a pretty sick battle occured on that “hidden place”…

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  2. Thank you for the new chapter~
    I sympathize with Klaus, Edward is not to be crossed lolol
    And nice, Erica gets a new guardian and friend~

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  3. Thanks for the chapter!!!
    A dragon friend(pet), yeah!!!
    Now, if Erica didn’t finish the whole game(all capture targets), then she might have a hard time trying to survive with only the info of the ones she did capture…

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  4. Is it weird or simply naive of me to want the MC to talk about her experience at the ruins? Heros/heroines generally keeps everything to themselves, it’s like a core characteristic for them. I understand why they would keep things to themselves but what ever they keep secret will probably be revealed in a over the top way.

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  5. I DO want to know if this is some kind of flag:

    “I was one of the few alchemists that couldn’t build spells or charge magic.”

    Poor Erica. Like she doesn’t even have the power she needs to strike down all the death flags, exept for her knowledge of the background story. How the hell is she going to survive?

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  6. So, after breaking this death flag she not only got 2 mage helpers/friends but also a hidden gold finger and most likely her biggest life saver Zaratan (now Tirnanog)! Catch them all~!!
    Thanks for the chapter!!!
    But I didn’t understand about one thing “『I was not only betrayed by him. He also killed me. 』” what does it mean? It is because they killed Zaratan and the child of Jaconius? The child of Jaconius was his human body? Or was it the one who was his friend?

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    1. While Erica couldn’t build spell or charge magic, she still can carve the spell. Maybe she carved the spell on the star steel, and it shaped into an armor? I’m not too sure.

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      1. I hope the author clarifies this because it seems just put in without any sensible reason for existing, I could understand edward making it, but Erica? Im not sure, she went from have a basic understanding of the wands abilities to being able to create that, seems to great a leap in logic from point A to point Z


        1. Ah about her knowledge, she said that she’s under tutelage of her father and brother. So while she couldn’t make wands, she still learn the knowledge about them, so that’s not too weird.


          1. hmm I dont know, to me its like being a student of Leonardo Da Vinci while having zero talent in art, you might learn the techniques but are far from creating the Mona Lisa, to me that creation she made with Z seems like the Mona Lisa.


          2. No no, because I think what she made here is supposedly not that complicated. That’s why she was really having a hard time when Edward asked her about it. Edward thought she made a golem, but as she said, it’s actually not a golem and only Zaratan wearing an armor.

            So she said here that she carved the spells on the star steel using a hunting knife. I tried searching in D&D if there is some spells for that (since the author really like referencing D&D). And maybe she carved spells for ‘craft construct’ on the star steels to make temporary construct. Then she only had to enter Zaratan’s soul inside it. As she said here, star steel responded to magical power. So it responded to Zaratan’s and shaped itself to resemble mini-sized black dragon.

            What do you think?

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          3. Yeah that makes sense, like she said heres a home for you, ok do you like? but wont he be detected? wonder if Ann and Klaus will know who that is?


  7. I liked the ending of this chapter a lot. Gave me warm fuzzy feelings ^^ thanks for the translation!

    Btw, just wanted to point out it’s “even so, I was at a loss”, not “at a lost”.

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  8. Another fanfic from the brats perspective of an earlier chapter
    Brat Pov
    T… that guy he completely thrashed me! it was so vexing, I was truly overwhelmed, what was that those wands of his, they so easily absorbed all my attacks as though it were nothing!
    His manner was rather arrogant and nonchalant, as though I were an insect that was a minor annoyance, but really, to be goaded into a duel by a child was rather unbelievable right? if I were to guess why he accepted, then he may have seen my interaction with Erica…
    Aah… having a younger sister is something I can empathize with… My words spoken were incredibly rude while reflecting deeply, I knew the wrong I had committed, feeling rather refreshed even after that beating, I wanted Erica to understand and accept my sincere apologies.
    “……I apologize for saying something rude before”
    I was quaking internally but I wanted to convey my wishes to her, she had been very kind and courteous to us both. I suddenly felt quite ashamed.
    “It’s fine, Klaus-sama.”
    Such a gentle child to forgive me so easily, I felt bad, I really wanted to make up for my wrongs, I had slowly grown accustomed to Erica, while she shook me to my core initially, I began to let go of my earlier apprehension.
    “It seems that I was originally weak even before I caught the weakness from the others.”
    I didn’t mean to say that out loud! gah! seriously this mouth of mine, will it stop having a mind of its own!
    Ahh now she has pity in her emerald eyes.. why are they such a vivid color, they’re quite enticing.. blinking rapidly I look away…
    “You are the sister of that man. You must be a refined alchemist.”
    “No, I have no alchemy talent at all.”
    Unbelievable! how could she not inherit the same quality of skill as her brother? I was a gnat to him, all my vaunted skill and ability were reduced to nothing, how could his sister be anything less? I had heard rumors about Erica, but when confronted with that mans ability, I found it impossible that his sibling would be weak, besides what is that magic power I sense from her?
    “……Do you like such humility?”
    She looked apologetic, as though saying, I’m sorry I’m not talented like my Brother. Did I cause her discomfort with my question? Fool!
    “No, it’s true. Unfortunately, the magical power for spells and magic is obstructed inside my body.”
    So it’s like that… I felt a sense of sympathy for her, I can’t imagine what it would be like to have no magical power, aah, I’m such a rude fellow. If she were born in Harvan, how horrible would that be? fortunately, she is in Aurelia, I was suddenly very thankful she was born here. I had a strange urge to comfort her… perhaps to pat her cloud-like golden hair… it looks so soft..
    “……! I see I’m sorry to hear that.”
    But then what is that I sense? I thought it was her own power, but was I wrong?
    “But, ah……don’t take this the wrong way, but there’s a problem, I feel a trace of strange magic around you. If that is not your own magical power, I wonder what generates that magic?”
    She looked as confused as I… she is completely unaware?
    “Oh my, I have not noticed anything at all.”
    Gulping, I needed to examine her more closely, but… to do that… really can I?
    “That’s concerning. Sorry, can I come a little bit closer?”
    My damn heart was racing! stop it! no… wait dont stop… just slow down will you! why do I have such ill-mannered body parts! cant they just react normally!
    “Eh? Yes, it’s alright.”
    GAahh I can smell her fragrance! what is that! it was so delightful I almost forgot what I was supposed to do…
    I looked at her closely, d..damn… that’s too close… w..what is that… such flawless skin… those… those soft rosebud l..lips… Gahhh! control yourself fool!
    I began to imagine Cow dung, the smell, and texture of it, I forced out Ericas sweet and beautiful image with Cow dung… that unexpectedly worked, but why do I feel so sad inside!
    “Hmm……” (Klaus Kun, fortunately, you are too young to understand the magnetic power of female bosoms.. one day you will… one day…)
    “I understand, it comes from your chest. Are you holding some special ornaments with magical power?”
    C..cow dung… cow dung!
    “I got this from my older brother this morning. I didn’t know that such powerful magic was embedded within.”
    I watched her pull out the necklace, as the day gave way to night it glowed beautifully, Erica was already quite lovely, but with the glow of that necklace she looked almost ethereal, she was so breathtaking I almost voiced my true thoughts…
    “…Beautiful. So this is the famous Aurelia’s star light…”
    “This is a good luck charm for me to make friends.”
    F..friends? could I hope for such? I wanted to capture this image forever, every detail I want burned in my memory, but there was a strange allure, not just with Erica, but the necklace itself… what was that?
    “It is not your brother’s magic. On the contrary, it is a type of magic I don’t know. It doesn’t belong to Harvan or to Aurelia.”
    How curious… the more I looked at the necklace, I found myself beginning to become even more interested…
    “Well, I heard that this was what was found in the Ruins of Visitor. It may be some kind of ancient magic.”
    “Ruins of Visitor, huh.”
    Hmm, I had heard of that, but I know so little, how intriguing…
    “But, why didn’t Edward-oniisama notice the magic inside this stone?”
    Perhaps he did but thought it was of little concern, but still, why is it so appealing? I can barely take my eyes off it, just like the necklace’s owner… Gah! cow dung!
    “I also thought that it’s just my imagination since the magic is very faint. But, magic that I don’t know, this is quite rare.”
    This might sound like I’m bragging, but I have truly researched difficult texts and questioned my teachers thoroughly, I take studying quite seriously, I know I am young, but I absorb knowledge at a ridiculous rate, I only noticed this abnormality when comparing myself to Ann, her growth was also quick, but I was on a whole different level.
    I also have a thirst for knowledge, for me it is like a delicious meal that I can’t get enough of, I saw my future as the heir and strove to become a man worthy of that responsibility, I have the determination and motivation in achieving this far-reaching dream at this young age, but its true, I had that earnest wish.
    Does this level of focus in magic studies surprise Erica? I suddenly didn’t want to feel like some oddly weird creature, please don’t think that Erica! I’m not strange!
    “It’s amazing that you noticed that, Klaus-sama.”
    S.. she praised me… hah! why does that feel so good!
    “Naturally. This is the result of training to my utmost every day.”
    Hey, cut that out! don’t be so damn smug! but I can’t help feeling good at her high opinion of me, m..more… I can take more you know!
    “I also want to go to the ruins. Erica, will you show me the way?”
    Suddenly her smiling face gave way to one of concern, even dread… Erica, you look so much better with a smile…
    “That’s impossible. Because that is a dangerous place.”
    I felt frustrated, I just wanted to take a look, there was no harm if it was just a few rooms right?
    “Wasn’t it possible for Edward to go there without problems? Or, do you think it’s impossible for me?”
    Does she think me an inept child because her Brother thrashed me? now I have something to prove! I am not that weak!
    Besides, I have trained hard with Father, I am no slouch you know! If Edward can do it then so can I! of course I am being ridiculous comparing myself to an adult, but truly, I have fought with Father who has praised me honestly for my capable abilities and skills! I worked hard dammit! If she wont help me, then Ill find my own way!
    (This is why you are a child foolish brat..)

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    1. Oh my god! I read it and you might be right! And now the folklore made sense, like how the in it Jasconius and Zaratan are the same person, and also about St. Brendan. I’m going to fix it later. Thank you for pointing it out!


  9. “Did Eduart oniisama stay up all night?”

    I just realize :”’D

    Eduart go home quickly and meet his father ‘yesterday’. He meet Erica ‘this morning’. Erica told her father that she got cursed from Ed’s chest. Eduart is actually forbidden to explore the ruins moreover left his items.

    He got all night scolding :”D
    No wonder he has grudge towards Klaus hahahaha

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    1. That was some very plausible turn of events in the background! Excellent detective work. I’m beginning to suspect he also got told off a lot….


  10. Okay, okay, so let me get this straight…

    Zaratan was furious because he thought he was betrayed by Jaconis’ son (who we can assume was his friend?) and swore revenge against the Aurelians.

    In truth though, it was the other Aurelians that betrayed BOTH Jaconius’ son AND Zaratan in hopes of finding the philosopher’s stone.

    However, somehow after they had completed the deed, the Aurelians came to regret their sin. To try and appease their guilty conscience, they turned Zaratan and Jaconius’s son into a pseudo god.

    Unfortunately, Zaratan did not know this and believed he was “stabbed while he was exhausted and was asleep.” This became the basis for his grudge against Aurelians.

    Did I get that right?


    1. You got it right except that no he did not think he was stabbed while asleep, but alchemist’s star was dropped on him while he was sleeping. It’s probably Jaconius’ child who was stabbed since the folklores have two different outcomes, they might have gotten mixed up along the way.

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    2. Personally I think he was stabbed in the Hirt while sleeping from exhaustion, but that wasn’t enough for him to immediately die (do you think something like a 5 kilometer, at a minimum, creature would even if it was stabbed with a sword or something bigger?) and he woke up and started to rampage. Then during this rampage all kinds of spells were cast and he was finished off by the Alchemist star (basically a summoned meteor from my understanding). This ties up the “inconsistency” that he was both stabbed and hit by a Star (it doesn’t have to be one or the other and it should be both).
      But likely Jaconius’ kid (the gender wasn’t specified, just that MC really looks like them) died, before the chaos happened (or during but it was so chaotic they couldn’t do anything and Tir in his frenzy likely didn’t have the leeway to notice; though I think before is more likely as a child trying to protect their pet or friend and dying for it seems more likely than dying in the fight) while trying to stop it and so the Zaratan (now Tir) assumed they were in on it.

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      1. I assume it’s more likely that they killed Jaconius’ child by stabbing him while they destroyed Zaratan’s outer shell with Alchemist star and then crystallized his liquid form into this megalithic star crystal. Since Zaratan and Jaconius’ child were friends perhaps that person protested against Zaratan’s killing so they moved that person out of the way by stabbing that person to death. The story perhaps got mixed up along the way and Jaconius’ child and Zaratan got interpreted as a single person or something. Just my guess though.

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    1. Oh, more punishment is coming…from the big brother of a certain mc and the kid won’t be getting out of it for the next 6 years.


  11. Zaratan is also in mythology, but the author is pretty clearly leaning on the legend of St. Brendan and Jasconius. You can find it under Aspidochelone (which is the zaratan-like creature you’d find in medieval bestiaries) in Wikipedia.

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  12. Thanks for the chapter!

    I’m glad Zaratan got some closure. And glad he gets to continue wandering around.

    Seems like for Zaratan, the biggest blow was the idea that his best friend killed him after using him instead of the clan he was helping.


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