This is the start of Arc 2, just as a sneak peak for the rest of the arc. I will try to pace myself in translating this arc.
ED: clover, eristol
My name is Erica Aurelia.
A Duke’s daughter with blonde vertical rolls, I am a plain and ordinary girl.
If I have to say it, I guess it is being one step away from the grip of Death……?
—I am in trouble.
Even if I try to play it low-key, the damage is not reduced.
Blonde hair with vertical rolls, a Duke’s daughter who is overloaded with death flags, in which way is it plain and ordinary?
It has been about a month and a half since the incident in the Ruins of Visitor.
I was in the midst of escaping reality while tracing the texture of my working desk.
It is because I got a ‘letter of challenge’ from Klaus Hafan who was supposed to be my friend.
Even so, as expected of Klaus, the striking power of his letter is high.
Is this a new type of mental attack spellcard or something?
It is about time for me to fight against the next death flag.
My willpower is about to be shaved.
If I can turn back the time, I would like to go back to the point when I thought, ‘Wah~~ a letter from Klaus – I’m happy.’
Past me, do not open the letter, let’s put the happy feelings in the cupboard of your heart.
And let’s keep the important letter in the back of the drawer…okay?
What about the reply?
It is very difficult to reply.
If I reply poorly and he decides to fight me by any chance, not only it would be a danger to my life, but also I wouldn’t be able to win.
Because he is so strong, you know?
I thought that I could finally make friends and that it would work out……
『What’s wrong, Erica. Are you not eating the meat?』
Oops, I made a friend elsewhere.
I raised my head and turned to my reliable partner.
A lizard-like armor with the silhouette of a stuffed toy.
A helmet with a design like a dragon.
Beyond the slit of the eyes, big eyes were blinking rapidly.
A mysterious creature wearing armor who is disguised as a starsteel golem.
He is my new friend.
An evil spirit who was betrayed by part of my ancestors – the giant sea creature Zaratan was reformed and became the black dragon Tirnanog.
His new name was quoted from the words engraved on the transfer gate.
The other content of the contract was concerning about wanting a friend, so he decided to have patience with me.
He resented all of Aurelia once and was planning to kill all of us.
However, knowing that he was not betrayed by his trusted person, he has become completely amicable.
Just now, he was devouring the Hafan specialty dry-cured ham that Ann sent greedily, and he seemed happy.
What, is it delicious?
Meat is more delicious, he had that kind of impression.
“No, never mind. Rather than that, please give me some.”
I won’t be able to go on living if I am damaged by a communication failure.
Maybe he is just embarrassed.
Let’s eat meat first.
Ah right, if I eat the dry-cured ham with this, it will surely be delicious.
I took some figs from the fruit basket containing fruits which were picked this morning.
『Do you eat figs?』
“Yes, what about you?”
I split the fruit with a handy fruit knife and replied while peeling off its skin.
I scraped a slice of meat from the dry-cured ham and then wrapped the fruit with it.
The dry-cured ham really complimented the fig.
I threw a wrapped fig to Tirnanog who had his mouth open in front of me.
“Oh my, is it delicious?”
I also put one in my mouth.
Oh, the saltiness from the plenty oleic acid of the pig and the sweetness of the fig are just right.
The taste of the meat is good, I feel comforted.
If you have delicious meat and true friendship, surely life will feel more fulfilling.
“Well then, have you gotten used to your body now?”
『Well, not bad. It feels rather comfortable.』
“Then, that’s good.”
Tirnanog waved his arms wildly while wearing his armor and made a fine appeal.
The condition of the joints seemed to be good as well.
I was worried whether to increase the range motion a little more, but if it is stable, then it is better not to break the balance by forcibly handling it.
By the way, my father, an alchemist of Aurelia, was delighted to hear that his daughter was able to make an elaborate golem.
I am sorry…father……
This pseudo-golem is currently eating meat.
I seem to have deceived you somehow, I apologize.
Apart from that.
By establishing him who was the real culprit of the first scenario ‘The Golden Madness Murder Case’ as an ally, the first death flag was completely avoided.
With this one thing, I understood the details of the evil spirit that were not revealed in the game, it is a feeling of getting unexpected bargain—
No, no, I had a lot of difficulty with many unexpected factors.
Although he isn’t a human, it is a pleasure to have a friend to confide in.
This made it easier for me to tell him the secret.
『That said, what about the next oracle?』
I thought that it was useless to explain about the whole otome game of my previous life to Tirnanog, so instead, I just said ‘I received the destiny of destruction as an oracle.’
The degree of incomprehensible things I said didn’t change very much, but it wasn’t a lie.
“Next is the event with the Prince of the South……”
Auguste, First Prince of Ignitia.
He is infamous as the Foolish Prince, infamous to the extent of entering the ear of an eight-year-old like me.
It is to the extent that people who have never met him in person are running off their mouths about him.
He is a person who is a bit pitiful.
By the way, six years in the future, Prince Auguste would be one of the game characters.
Long blonde hair with light brown skin.
With a flirtatious smile, he was a flashy prince who was always attached to a different girl every time.
But he would not have a deep relationship with anyone, and if someone tried to shorten the distance, he would quickly escape.
Although he was a flashy person, the shell of his heart seemed to be overwhelmingly thick.
Prince Auguste was covered with scandals.
This was the second summary of his second scenario ‘The St. Angel’s Anthropophagy Case.’
The stage of the ‘St. Angel’s Anthropophagy Case’ was the city of Lindis, which was crowded due to Holy Angel’s holiday.
There, the news of the bloody case burst in.
In the chapel decorated for the festival, traces of a cataclysmic tragedy were found.
A large amount of blood was splattered on the scene of the crime.
In the sea of blood, there were found three things, the fingers and left ear of a girl, and the left arm of a boy.
The cut off parts were torn to shreds as if they had been shredded by a beast.
From the characteristics of the pieces of human body left behind, it was identified that Prince Auguste and Erica Aurelia were killed.
The mouth of the statue of an angel in the chapel was soaked with blood, as if the angel had killed the two of them.
At the murder scene, the heroine Chloe saw the shadow of a huge beast without an arm.
And that night, she met Prince Auguste who was supposed to have been killed.
Why has such a tragedy happened?
It was because Prince Auguste, who had a severe inferiority complex, had reached out for a forbidden spell.
He was a prince of the Country of the Dragon Knights, but he couldn’t ride a dragon.
And, therefore, he was under suspicion of being a child born of infidelity.
Regardless of his efforts, only gazes filled with doubts and contempt were directed at him.
Unable to endure the pressure, in the end Auguste reached out for a forbidden spell.
He revived an ancient phantom beast, that was treated as a contract beast, and integrated himself with that beast.
In exchange of him getting the ability to ride dragons by the power of the beast, he ceased being a human.
However, six years later, the beast itself couldn’t tolerate the burden of the fusion.
Every evening, the beast would separate itself from Auguste and try to consume nearby beasts in the form of a half-human half-beast to make up for its loss of power, but it was beaten and had its left arm torn off.
The one who encountered the beast that had retrieved its arm and fled to the school was the pitiful Erica Aurelia.
Like that, Erica, who had a stroke of bad luck, was eaten alive.
I really want to avoid experiencing this death situation.
Being eaten alive, it is like eating live seafood while they are still moving, right? Am I a white fish or something?
Oops, my thoughts were diverted.
There was a person who became the impetus for this prince to reach out for the forbidden spell.
Who was it?
Of course, it was me, Erica Aurelia, who was well-known for bringing unnecessary trouble upon myself and suffering the consequences.
Yes, it was also my own doing.
Erica ridiculed Prince Auguste’s failure and caused his pride to be in tatters.
Why the original Erica would step through other people’s landmines, I would never know.
Incidentally, that causal event should happen in the tournament at the advent of spring.
It is exactly the time for the Advent Festival1.
Moreover, it seems that my father and I have been invited to the banquet of the Advent of the royal family.
Our departure to Ignitia is tomorrow.
Even so, my last ray of hope Eduard-oniisama is absent.
My father seems to be convinced that he is investigating something that is a bit grave, among other things.
This reaction came back when I told my bosom friend Tirnanog about the sugar-coated version of the development of the game.
『Do they believe in a single god?
With the existence of contract beasts and other things, such an ancestor wouldn’t be recognized.』
“Well, that country should be tolerant of pagans, but as expected the pseudo-evil god was related to the royal family.”
『Is it an evil god?』
“God who asks for the blood of a person is not allowed even in the religion which is tolerant of pagans.”
While I performed ceremonial occasions of Buddhism and sometimes Shinto, enjoyed myself in faux Christian events and liked temples and shrines, but I was an average Japanese who wasn’t interested in religion itself, not even paganism2.
At the very least, the being I prayed to was something other than a human.
『That kind of thing is normal for us.』
“He…heeh, do you eat people too?”
『Kukukukukukuku! I am not interested in blood itself! It is human souls that I eat!』
“Heh……I didn’t know that……”
I know that I don’t even want to know.
『Kukukuku! You have to eat the flesh to eat the soul!!!』
Surely he wants to talk about such dangerous things for even longer, but I can’t afford to sacrifice my time for such a thing.
Even so, when he was talking about this kind of thing very excitedly, it was hard for me feel afraid.
I guess he is free for the first time in hundreds of years, so he would like to do what he likes.
“That’s why, may I ask you something, Tir?”
『Umu, what is it?』
“There is something I want you to help me with.”
『Hou. It is a request of an important friend. You can ask me anything.』
Yes, this is something I can only ask him.
Since alchemists are always holding a lot of luggage, I would like to ask a strong friend to hold my bags.
1 This will be explained in the next chapter, but the Advent here is not the coming of Christ, but the coming of the angel that they revered as a god.
2 Most Japanese are atheists, but they go to temples and shrines for New Year or other occasions to pray, and celebrate Christmas.