Chapter 88: Hometown of Prodigal Sons (part five)

Does this mean everything went well?

TL: clover

ED: xtostos, eristol

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The afternoon of the next day after we escaped from the fear of the calamity Cursed Sword of Fire.

Along with a refreshing sensation of sleeping soundly, I woke up.


『Hm, so you’re already up, Erica?』

『My, my, what a relief!』


To the phantom beasts who were looking into my face and feeling relieved, I replied with a smile.


After I fainted, it seems that I was examined by a healer who was in the Castle of Light.

Although they were worried that I was in a critically ill condition caused by magical reaction, it was determined that I was in a state of sleep that simply came from fatigue.

After that, it seems that I was brought by Tirnanog back to the Water Palace under the veil of secrecy.

I have no memory of those things.


『Well, I was not worried at all.』

『Lies. Even though you didn’t sleep the whole time and kept staring at her anxiously.』

『Eei, shut up, you foolish cat!』


Palug avoided Tirnanog’s attack which he unleashed to hide his embarrassment while somersaulting on the bed.

They are good friends as usual.


『That blond haired prince’s perceptiveness was good and that saved us some trouble. He concealed the fact that you were traveling incognito.』

“So Auguste-sama did such a thing, huh……”


Regarding such a matter, Auguste is also birds of a feather.

Where we were and what we were doing at that time is likely to become a secret between us.


『But, you know, it seems Ernst is busy with a rather troublesome aftermath.』


Apparently, it was already deep in the night when father and Palug returned to the Water Palace.

It seems that it took hours to confirm that the weapon’s rampage wouldn’t occur a second time.


After that, it appears that father immediately returned to the naval port in a non-stop round trip.

It was due to the post-event dealing of the old-style aircraft carrier wreckage.

Fortunately, there were neither people nor beasts on that ship, so it was limited to physical damage only.

Still, even though it was like that, he only managed to return here about an hour ago.


Thanks to that, he didn’t notice the fact that I was sound asleep due to fatigue, I must have been lucky.

Well, father must have been considerably tired at that time, so I should show my appreciation for his hard work.


“After that, how is Actorius-sensei……?”

『That gray mage, huh? A while ago the red-haired brat came as a messenger.

The treatment went well, he is not in a life-threatening condition anymore. You can feel relieved.』

“I see, that’s good……”


Apparently, Actorius-sensei was admitted to a free clinic served by Knot Reed’s noted healers.

It is because his condition was unmanageable with the healers who were invited to the Castle of Light at that time.


“I’ve troubled the both of you. Thank you for your hard work.”

『It’s fine~ It was surely easier than finishing off that Cursed Sword of Fire.』

『Umu. Erica has the largest achievement. This degree is neither annoying nor troubling.』


The two phantom beasts nodded somewhat proudly.

They were happy as if my achievement was their own.


Thus, when we finished sharing a lot of information, a message from father was brought along with our lunch.

It seems that after lunch, father will be heading to the free clinic where Actorius-sensei was brought in for questioning.

I told the servant that I would like to accompany him as well and took a late lunch.



Father and I took a small boat and headed for the free clinic.

Tirnanog and Palug were in another small boat with a caretaker.

The clinic was a pure white building and the inside was separated by a thin veil.


Moving through the veil, I found a gray-haired figure lying on the bed.

He was wrapped round and round with bandages, but I could barely recognize that he was Actorius-sensei.

When he noticed our visit, he smiled with a teary face.


We sat on the chairs next to the bed.

Father activated a Historio Electrum to record their conversation, while I quietly listened to their conversation.

In the lump of amber, a light resembling a flame was flickering.


“On that day, you seem to have been in the ruins where the incident happened as a member of the investigation team from Lindis.”

“Yes. I was working on dismantling the artificial spirit which was integrated in the deepest part.”

“I see, the technology in that ruins was an artificial spirit derived from Hafan.

It seems you have joined the investigation team just a few days ago, but how much do you know about the content of the investigation?

It’s sufficient even if it’s just the extent of what you know, so please let me know for future reference.”

“……Perhaps, it may have been me who was able to grasp the situation of that ruin the most clearly.”


Actorius-sensei stared at his bandaged palm and became silent for a while.

He started talking slowly about the sealed ruins of the Cursed Sword of Fire.


“I was comparing the investigation report from two months ago with the past data in the reference room of Lindis.

It was the materials from 200 years ago when the ruins were sealed off and blocked, along with documents from 600 years ago when they were first built.

As a result, I discovered the possibility of a serious danger, and then I applied to become an additional personnel in haste and rushed to the site.”

“Hm, and that danger was?”

“The dangerous facilities that should have been shut down two hundred years ago had been connected once again to the group of spells that form the main part of the system.

Umm……since it is obfuscated, it is hard to understand, but please see a copy of this document.”


Actorius-sensei spread the three sheets of vellum papers with difficulty since he can only use his right hand.

The places marked on the document written two months ago are indeed consistent with the material from six hundred years ago, not the one from two hundred years ago.


“This passage is a part related to a mass destruction ability larger in scale than even the previously known Cursed Swords of Fire.

It reacts to a high ranking fire spirit or phantom beast and causes a chain explosion involving the nearby ley lines, or so it said.

What is still a mystery is the purpose of building it……in case it ever activated it was estimated to be on a scale that can evaporate the whole northwestern region.”

“Hm……that is somewhat excessive for a self-destruct function if it was merely intended to conceal some technology.

The use of artificial spirits as weapons is prohibited and the existence of fire-natured phantom beasts haven’t been confirmed for the last 100 years, though……”

“Even with that, we could not say for certain that those conditions would never be met.”


Hearing the words of Actorius-sensei, my father nodded.

Huh? Is it possible that an outrageous incident would have occurred had Palug entered the investigation site?

If there was no barrier to block the intrusion of phantom beasts, she would have indeed triggered those one in a million risk conditions.

If there was no one double checking the investigation report from two months ago.

Or, if Actorius-sensei didn’t notice the suspicious parts of the materials.

Imagining the worst, I shivered.


“At the time of the incident, five lecturers and students who were dispatched from Lindis and excelled in barriers, were in charge of the processing.

It was because we had to isolate artificial spirits severely before dismantling it.

It isn’t certain whether the construction of the barriers was insufficient, or whether some magic was misinterpreted as disassembly attempt.

As you know, the spell of Cursed Sword of Fire got triggered with the investigation team as it’s target and the hot lava materialized.”


Actorius-sensei talked about the flow of the incident, confessing matter-of-factly.


“I was caught in the collapse of the ruins by the explosion and was about to be swallowed by the lava and flames that flowed in.

However, at the next moment after I felt intense pain and heat, I collapsed in the Castle of Light.

Perhaps I was transferred by a colleague who was in my immediate side.

The castle was built on a thick ley line, so it might have been easy to aim as a quick transition destination.”


Those gray eyes shook slightly.

It seems like the emotions he repressed until now overflowed, his eyes were full of anxiety.


“What happened to him……no, to the personnel other than me who were there?

If they had transited via other ley lines, they should have been transferred to the Water Palace or to the cathedral, so how are they……?”


Actorius-sensei asked, but father cast his eyes down and shook his head.

He responded with a rough voice after a long silence.


“Unfortunately, I have confirmed the annihilation of the entire investigation team aside from you.”

“Eh……no way……”


Actorius-sensei shed tears as he was overcome with shock.

The tears spilled out non-stop and his sobbing continued for some time.

This might be my first time hearing an adult man crying.


When my father stopped the Historio Electrum, a flame-like sparkle was engraved on the amber.

Waiting for Actorius-sensei to compose himself, father stood up.


“It seems that Lindis will gather new personnel and reorganize the investigation team.

The investigation and sealing will be resumed in a safer manner.”

“……Well, I think that’s the right thing to do as well.”


Actorius-sensei nodded with a calm voice.

Although in truth he is still upset, it seems that he is forcing himself to be calm.

To support my claim, his tears are still spilling out.

In the end, I couldn’t say anything, I didn’t know what kind of words I should say to him.


We left Actorius-sensei’s hospital room without further words.


On the way home from the free clinic.

On the boat, father caressed my head and said:


“I asked the healer, but it seems that there are almost no impairments left in Elric-kun’s body.

It was fortunate that he was found quickly and got the appropriate first aid treatment.

It will also take a few years to transplant the skin for his burn marks and if he continues getting the magical treatment those burn marks will be restored.

But……we have to wait for time to heal the wounds of his heart.”

“…… Yes.”


The city of Knot Reed seen from atop the canal had spontaneously been overcome with a festive mood.


The river bank and the ferries were colorfully decorated and people were drinking together cheerfully.

Everyone was celebrating their good fortune in escaping the legendary calamity.

On the ship, people in costumes and masked clowns were dancing and bards were playing instruments and singing songs.


Tears were shed for those who died, and music was played for those who survived.



That evening, which was the last night I spent in Knot Reed.


People gathered more than usual at the dinner party in the Water Palace.

This is because there were many people who saw a glimpse of the one who worked on the Cursed Sword of Fire last night.

Right, one of the three people who got involved in the wide-scale Levitation.


If one listens carefully, one will hear the name of that meritorious person being whispered.

The name is Harold III Nibelheim.


(Indeed, from the information on Glam Sight, they could learn who the creator of Levitation was.)


That time was full of actions, so I failed to take notice of a small detail like that.

Because it is not Hafan’s magic, the name of the performer was not disclosed, it is a small mercy.


Cheers roared up in the vicinity of the entrance of the hall.

It seems that Harold has appeared, he is being accompanied by Earl Nibelheim.

People encircled both of them while giving praises for the young meritorious person with words such as ‘A rare genius that is found once in ten years’ or ‘An outstanding talent that is found once in a hundred years.’


Harold is being jostled by the adults, he is laughing and doesn’t seem to be annoyed by that.

I think it is a very joyous occasion.


But, somehow I need a little distance from this lively banquet.

I ran away from the bustle and headed towards the balcony.

I wonder if this will be my last time seeing this beautiful night view.

Before I knew it, there were a small golem and a phantom-beast-turned-cat at my feet.


『Erica, are you not going to see the redheaded brat?』

“He seems to be a popular person, even if I go, I will only get in the way.”

『Then, let’s go to Auguste’s location~!』

“Palug, it’s fine to go by yourself, you know?”

『Eeh~ don’t wanna~! That’s somehow embarrassing!』

『You are not even a young girl anymore……』


While the two phantom beasts were cracking jokes, I looked at the sky.

The moon that looked like a nail of a cat was floating behind the dark blue night sky.

Since the moonlight was more subdued than usual, I could see the weak light of the stars shining brightly.

I felt like I had calmed down a bit after seeing them.


“Yaa, Erica. May I also have your time?”


From the other side of the curtain, Auguste’s face suddenly appeared.

With a shiny white silk formal wear and his golden hair tied up, he seems to match the formal wear of this region.

Mrrrooow~~~, the golden cat cried in a delighted voice.

Tonight the cat seems to be very satisfied.


“What about your job as a prince, Auguste-sama?”

“Occasionally I can stretch my wings, right? Today’s leading role seems to be Harold anyway.”

“You seem to have been doing nothing but stretching your wings recently though?

Aah, but there is nothing unnatural about that, huh. Auguste-sama’s main role is that of an angel after all.”

“How harsh! Well, you can bully me later, shall we toast first?”


Auguste handed me one of the glasses he had.

The clear light green liquid is probably grape juice.


“What should we toast to?”

“To the excellent, rich and beautiful golden country, Aurelia. And then, to the peaceful night we won with our own hands, how about it?”


Auguste and I made our glasses knock against each other.

A clanking sound played by our glasses echoed.


“However, is it alright for you not to go forward too, Erica? You are also a meritorious person, right?”

“I’m not good at that kind of thing. Since I was travelling incognito, I won’t have any excuse for my father if I go forward.

Auguste-sama too, aren’t you going to go forward?”

“I am good at that kind of thing, but I was also travelling incognito, so I have to pass.”


I tasted the grapes when I sipped my drink.

It is the taste of autumn’s good harvest.


Harold, who was barely able to sneak away from the barrage of questions, came over to the balcony when the two of us were talking about trifling matters.


“Aah~~ I’ve been looking for you guys! Why are you in a remote place like this—!”


Harold is wearing a perfect-fit dark green formal wear with his red hair smoothed down neatly.

Although it is not much, but it is a noble appearance that doesn’t make him seem like a wand store brat.


“Heeh, you look like a young noble properly when you dress up like that, huh~”

“Isn’t that good, Harold? What a great popularity!”

“You really say it like it is somebody else’s problem, huh……it’s not a laughing matter.

Even though everyone was persistently trying to delve into that matter, I was doing my best to keep the involvement of you two a secret!

That’s why I had to tell a number of strange lies.”


After sighing, Harold kept on talking.

He said things like, ‘A person who came down from the sky helped me’.

Someone with a strangely high inhibition value happened to pass by, so I asked them to use the wand’, he said.

That person hid their face, so I don’t know anything else’, he said.

He seems to have revealed only fragments, intending to mix the features of me, Auguste and Tirnanog on purpose.


By the way, it seems that every servant of Nibelheim who were present have been forbidden to say anything of that matter.

In regards to Gilbert who is even more aware of what truly happened, he has apparently been silenced with a severity that can be mistaken for actual threats.

Well, aren’t tight-lipped friends something wonderful? ³


“Because of that, do you know how strange rumors have spread?”

“No, this is my first time hearing that.”

“Heeh, what kind of rumors?”


It seems that Harold’s story has spread around in an unexpected direction.

Because, in the past few days, there were sightings of mysterious people in Knot Reed.


It is said that a beautiful blonde young man leaped away in the sky above Knot Reed’s church.

It is said that at the ruins near Nibelheim, a figure of a beautiful silver-haired girl with aureole appeared and she suddenly disappeared when one took their eyes off of her for a moment.

There seems to be many other witnesses.

These series of mysterious people are rumored to be angels who descended on Knot Reed.


Looking at my feet, I saw Tirnanog at Palug’s side making angry gestures.

Palug remained silent and turned her face away unnaturally.

This rumor, no matter how I think about it, is about Palug.

Perhaps, during her investigation, she jumped lightly in the form of the Severe King Jean, or she substituted her aureole as light source in the form of the Founder King Guillaume.


“Then, my testimony and the rumors of that angel or saint were strangely mixed.

Maybe that angel saved this city’, it has become such an outrageous story!

There were also eyewitness testimonies of a high-ranking alchemist and a mage, which is awkward, so we have a strange authenticity!”


It was the completion of the urban legend of the angels of Knot Reed.

It is unlikely that the truth will be discerned due to the conflicting testimonies, so this situation is a good thing.

I will use this to my advantage as much as I can.


“I appreciate it, Harold. I don’t want to be involved in troublesome matters more than this.”

“It’s the same for me, if it is known that I acted irresponsibly, my old scandals will be brought up again~”

“Right~ for us who have bad behavior, continuing to pretend to be well-mannered is a must.”

“Exactly, it is said that bloomed flowers are plucked first after all1. We have to live unassumingly.”

“We don’t want to stand out badly, you see~”


Harold writhed in frustration while I was playing things off idly with Auguste.


“T-this delinquent prince and villainous woman……”


Harold murmured in a very faint voice.

We don’t know who might be listening, so you shouldn’t curse at His Highness the Crown Prince and the duke’s daughter.

Aah, poor Harold.


However, for an unfortunate soul who has been put through hardships by us, Harold’s expression is very lively.

Speaking of which, the circumstances surrounding him are improving, huh?


“But I’m glad. If they acknowledge this case, you will be getting an open recommendation for the path of wand-making, right?”


Harold answered my words with a wide smile.


“Yeah, I got permission from Tou-san to enter Lindis, and while at it, I decided to skip a grade and also go to a local school.”

“Eh, you are still eight years old, right?”

“Since the contents taught by the private tutor are almost finished, I would like to master metallurgical relation first.

While I am here, I want to master what I can learn only here.”

“Heeh~ skipping a grade, huh, how amazing!”


Auguste was also impressed by Harold’s words.

While we were talking with each other like this, there was a commotion from the direction of the hall.


In the center of the commotion were Earl Nibelheim, Viscount Turm, Gilbert and Elder Turm.

The prototypes of the porcelain were arranged on the table and Gilbert was talking fluently with elegance.

And sometimes Earl Nibelheim and Elder Turm were adding supplementary explanations.


“Ooh~ It seems Aniki and the others have started.”

“Gilbert-san seems to be good at that sort of thing, huh?”


First of all, the color of the eyes of the aristocrats who perhaps have deep knowledge of arts have become peculiar.

Porcelain is one of the most valuable items next to gold.

Even in terms of the degree of perfection and peculiarity, Gilbert’s porcelain should be spectacular.


The enthusiasms of the nobles who understood the value at a glance were transmitted to their surroundings.

All three of Gilbert’s supporters are solid and trustworthy people.

Even those who didn’t know the authenticity could understand that these porcelains are valuable.


At the beauty of porcelain, people were dazzled and enthusiasm was born.

Gilbert’s words excited people, stirred their desire and spread wild enthusiasm.


Wild enthusiasm generates money.

If the wild enthusiasm spreads, they won’t lack business partners.

Creditors will surely wait until the money bearing tree bears fruits2.


I saw Gilbert smiling with his father Elder Turm and his eldest brother Viscount Turm.

He was able to return to where he should return.


“If it continues like this, there is no doubt that it will be a huge success. Let’s celebrate it.”

“Well then, we should toast first. To the future of the young genius?”

“Your Highness Auguste, please don’t do that~~”

“Hahaha, then, to the prosperity of the Nibelheim family and Knot Reed!”


Auguste smiled and held up his glass.

Harold was on the verge of tears while smiling faintly.





The hustle and bustle of Knot Reed didn’t abate even when the night was getting late, the people seemed very happy.

Before I knew it, I realized I was laughing.

Infected by the atmosphere of the people who were full of laughter, I felt like I could join the lively banquet at last.


In this way, my adventure over the third death flag curtained down for the moment.

For the moment.

I feel like it needs emphasis.

So, Ernst didn’t know of Erica’s involvement because he had to do the post-processing of the disaster and was too tired to check on Erica’s room. While Glam Sight can show the name of the performer if it’s Hafan’s magic, apparently it can only show the name of the wandmaker if it was magic that came from a wand. And the servants were threatened into silence.

1 Bloomed flowers are plucked first: those who stand out will attract attention.

2 Meaning the creditors will wait until Nibelheim family gains enough money before they start asking their money back.


³ It was likely Tirnanog who convinced Gilbert (and possibly the servants) to keep quiet.

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63 thoughts on “Chapter 88: Hometown of Prodigal Sons (part five)

  1. Wow, Gilbert’s quite a protective friend if he threatened all the servants of Nibelheim. Poor Harold, getting manhandled by the mean prince August and the ‘villainous’ Erica.

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  2. The more I think about Elric the more suss he gets… how convenient that he is the only one that noticed an anomaly… and the only one left alive huh… yeah right… snake in the grass! I’ve watched all the shows! I know how sneaky sneak scum can be! don’t think you have me fooled!…
    A few Questions…
    1. Wouldn’t Wand of Urd sight track down Erica’s involvement? they keep speaking of Glam sight… but they would be able to see her and Auguste with Urd sight right? Lets say they ask him where he met that stranger… they would easily see with Urd sight his lies… if he takes them to a different place then again… his lies would be exposed… but then I guess he could say that they might have been angels and that the wand they used more than likely wouldn’t work lol
    2. How will he explain the wands he deconstructed? those are high-quality wands from Ernst, her Father, and certainly not commonplace… that would be a glaring plot hole that is difficult to plug right? Harold, don’t let Onii sama find out you used their wands or you too will become a slave like Klaus 😀
    3. Ernst is known for his ranged skill in using wands… won’t they be suspicious that he won’t be able to recreate the wands ranged effect since he no longer has use of those wands? if he used an excuse like, I took components from wands we were repairing/recharging etc… his lie will be unraveled, I am absolutely certain that they would take his wand and examine it thoroughly… what will he do then lol poor Harold…

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    1. 2 & 3. I want to say something since the previous chapter. But what she used is not Ernst’s wand, but Eduart’s. If you go back to the beginning of the arc, Erica mentioned that she wants to go to Town of All Kinds of Goods to charge and repair the wands that were used during the previous arc, and buy new ones in preparation to confront her death flag

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        1. That’s explained in Gilbert’s lecture. This is called wand alteration. This one is all Erica. Remember when she altered Magic Missile into making it shot one powerful bullet, or when she shot all the charges at once, or when she extend Glam Sight to apply it on 4 people at once? This is the same. You probably should read the lecture once again to understand it.

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          1. I should I thought that Ernst was special coz of his ability to cast his wand from far away but its not?


          2. So, there are two ways of wand alteration.
            First is altering the structure of the wand. This is what Ernst did. He altered all of his wands so they have extended range.
            Second is altering the wand effect by the user. So the wand is the generic kind of wands, but the user altered the effect by imagining the desired effect. This is what Erica did.

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        1. Why would they do that? From the outsiders’ point of view, what they saw in the Glam Sight was Harold, who have made an altered wand that has a city-wide area effect. 7-rainbows inhibition value is unheard of, so they wouldn’t think that the ‘angel’ they saw was the one who does the most meritorious deed, they only think that the ‘angel’ used the wand. This is why Harold is praised as a 1 in million genius.
          Here’s in simpler term:
          what actually happened: Harold mass filling a generic levitation wand –> Erica altered the effect to cover city-wide area
          what people thought happened: Harold made an altered wand with city-wide area effect –> the ‘angel’ only used the wand

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          1. Yes but a unused wand saves nobody…
            Why wouldn’t they want to know the hero that saved a city? if any of them tried to use that wand to do the same thing Erica did, would it work?


          2. And of course they are grateful for the ‘angel’. As I explained in my comment above, they didn’t know that the one with the most merit was the person who wave the wand. The people thought the wand was the great one. If Harold did make a wand like I said above, a wand altered to have a city-wide area effect, anybody who use it, as long as they have a high inhibitory value (at least 5) can do the same thing


          3. But they would soon see how difficult it actually was, she has a value of 7 and for her, there was resistance, if they tried I think the resistance would be far greater and more difficult to use, then they would realize how incredible the person was that used that wand.


          4. That’s the point. They don’t know. You can only say this because you are seeing this in Erica’s point of view. They assume Harold’s wand (and by extension Harold) is the hero. That’s it.

            You need to understand that 7 inhibitory value is UNHEARD of, a Erica is the only one who has that. So, of course, they won’t assume using the wand is that hard. Because they thought the inhibitory value is maxed at 6. Which is still a common number of people has that.


        2. I beg to differ on that, even the members of the ducal house finds it extreme to recharge that wand…I bet there isn’t a single person in the city who can afford to even make that wand in the first place let alone use it.


          1. This wand that Harold made is probably only usable by Erica because she has the unique characteristics that enable her to use that wand at its maximum effectiveness. Since a Duke and his family was threatened along with many others, I’m pretty sure that Ernst would want to find that ‘Angel’, recognizing the usefulness of someone able to use a wand like that to its maximum potential.


          2. And besides… why have it if you’re not going to use it? Erica did so to save a life multiple times, to recognize the one that saved a city… is worth knowing their identity.


          3. And they did recognize the one who saved the city. Which is Harold, by their point of view.

            Let’s say that the value of Urd Sight is 5 million. It’s a rare wand, because you need a mage (who can do time manipulation (which is the highest ranking magic))+ an alchemist. So. A freaking rare wand and expensive to boot. It only has 100 charges, and 5 minutes per wave of the wand.

            See here. Even 100 charges of the wand could only see 8 hours back at most. Which means they need to use the whole charges if they want to see last night’s events. Again, the wand is very expensive and rare, which makes it hard to recharge. People will want to save the usage.

            Plus, Erica doesn’t want to be recognize anyway. Why would you want it for her? If she was recognized, she would have to explain how she could be in two places at once, since her father thought she was at the palace. Too much trouble.


          4. I don’t want her to be recognized, but I’m saying her feat is noteworthy and worth investigating, why wouldn’t they want a talented wand user like that on their side? we’ve seen that this was a supposed accident, but imagine if it were deliberate… finding a talented wand user like her would be more of a priority, right now shes like superman…

            I didn’t realize it would be that expensive, 5 million per charge :O I thought more like a few thousand… how will Klaus ever pay that back??


          5. Like cloveeer said it can only reveal past 5 minutes, by the time Ernst comes to know about the existence of those ‘angels’ after clearing up his problems, counting the fact it has already been a day since then…..god knows how many times he will have to swing to see! Besides, Harold’s name came out and thencity is safe so no one is quite bothered about it anymore.


          6. I wouldn’t bet that Ernst doesn’t suspect anything. Almost certainly he knows the abilities of his daughter and I don’t think that Tir camouflage will work so well if he is around her for a long time. But he doesn’t want to spread rumors about his daughter, probably Erica mother death is linked to the abilities she had and Erica resistance can be something that she inherited from both parents.
            He and his brother almost certainly are hiding stuff to Erica, probably to protect her. For sure they don’t want to draw attention to her.
            So it is possible that Ernst did investigate the incident, even with the high cost, but he will keep silent about Erica involvement.
            BTW: about Elric, he probably is the son of the first son of Auguste grandfather.
            Chapter 53
            “The secret son of the First Princess—I already know who it is.
            As long as the person himself doesn’t come forward, I will carry the secret to my grave.
            Most likely, considering his character, he will not claim his position and birthright.”
            Eduard turned his gaze towards Elric for a moment.
            Elric nodded in a miniscule way.
            Bilge reading ina few days helps to notice this kind of details.


          7. Even if he tried he wouldn’t be able to investigate it via urd sight due to the 5 minutes limitation. Each use can show you 5 minutes in the past, and by the time Ernst returned more than a whole day had passed so yeah, it would be impossible even if we don’t count the cost.


          8. I don’t know why I can’t reply directly to your last post but only to the previous one.

            Ernst was able to start investigating immediately after the end of the crisis and he had already learned that Harold was the maker of the wand (trough Glam sight). So there is a decent chance he was able to use Urd sight within the time limit. And I think he would have used it if he did know the ability of his daughter.


          9. You didn’t get what I said, just seeing 5 minutes in the past wouldn’t give him any insight about what happened a day ago, not to mention there is another condition that the user has to be in the place where the incident occurred. So even if he used urd sight, he wouldn’t be able to see who performed it on the center of the town but at most he might be able to see that the magic formed there. Ernst has no idea Erica has been sneaking about in some places and he doesn’t know that Erica was at that workshop of Gilbert at the time of using this magic so he has no leads to use it, on top of that he was busy handling the shipwreck after the magic was used which cost him a day of running about so he had no idea Erica was semi-comatosed for a day in the mean time. It is pretty much evident already that he doesn’t know since he didn’t even show any reaction afterwards hinting at it. So in short-
            1. It is basically impossible to see Erica’s involvement with Urd Sight since it happened one day ago whereas a general Urd sight wand can see only 5 minutes in the past. Even with a specialized wand, it is very difficult as tampering with time and space was stated by Gilbert to be particularly difficult, so far only those who specialize in such magic by birth, the Wynt family for example, can accomplish such a feat. It is not possible to do that much with a Urd Sight wand.
            2. Secondly, Ernst had to be standing inside that workshop to be able to see Erica using the magic even if it was possible to use it for a 24 hour plus past vision. But not to mention he was completely preoccupied, he doesn’t even know of that workshop’s existence let alone the fact Erica went there. So still not possible for him to see.
            3. Finally, cost of course. It takes a long time and a lot of money to make a general Urd Sight wand, not to mention a specialized one. So unless he is a complete dunderhead, he wouldn’t be randomly using Urd Sight without any leads as to what to use it for and where to use it considering he didn’t even suspect Erica being involved.
            I hope this will clear things up.


  3. So…since our MC called out to the professor, he was delayed and wasn’t able to stop the crew from setting off the flaming swords. Will he blame MC for that?

    He doesn’t seem like such a guy, but the MC apparently does for less.


    1. ? No, why would he blame Erica? The day when Elric being called out by Erica and the day the cursed swords activated were different. Since the cursed swords weren’t activated the day before, that means Elric at the very least did warn the crew. But as he said here, to dismantle the weapons they need to isolate the spirit, but they failed and triggered the weapons instead

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  4. This was beautiful. I quite like the interactions between Erica, Auguste & Harold. It’s fun to read about them joking around and conversing nicely with each other 😀
    & lol; Gilbert resorted to threats to keep others’ mouths shut regarding the identity of Erica & Auguste, huh XDDD I didn’t think that he was that kind of person XD

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  5. Ahh! Thank you for the chapter!
    Poor Actorius-Sensei…
    (Just to confirm, it’s implyed that he’s the lost heir to Auguste’s country right?)
    I really love the Erica x Auguste interactions… I was squealing 😂💕

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    1. No no, the lost heir is not him, but Professor (the black dragon seen with Auguste whose name hasn’t been revealed). Auguste said he is his other cousin. Who else is his other cousin, other than the lost heir?


      1. But doesn’t Louis have an older brother who took his father’s place as duke? I think he went to school with Eduart? Thanks for the loooong chapter!


          1. Rather than step brother, I think he is likely to be an adopted son since louis said his father didn’t have any child of his own for a long time,so he probably adopted one? From what it looks like it seems unlikely that he remarried and gained a step son from different father you know. My guess is Charles was perhaps adopted from some other branch of the royal family.


        1. No? Professor is his cousin. Anyway, the heir is also not Louis’ older brother because he is older than Eduart, while the heir should be the same age as Eduart (the first princess’ death was 20 yrs ago)

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      2. So my guess above was wrong? Elric “only” know who is the heir?
        It is true that Harold said that Elric resembles some Gigantia noble refugee. The twist and turn of the plot are interesting.
        Thanks for all the work.


  6. It’s all fun and games to have two geniuses that (with a little help with aiming courtesy of the crown prince) can spend less than an hour and use up three relatively common wands to cast a city-wide spell to stop the airborne lava from creating a disaster.
    Now let’s spend a moment imagining these two kids with a couple Gust wands and a grudge.

    No need for an army. No need for some super-weapons like cursed fire swords or whatnot. Just some low level utility wands that won’t raise any eyebrows, two kids – and within an hour you have an instant tornado wiping the city off the face of the earth. No prior warning, no time to react. These two kids are basically a walking nuclear weapon launcher.


  7. I find it weird that the swords launched by accident were clearly targeting the most populated areas and military defenses like the carriers’ locations on the sea.

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  8. It would be fun to see the reverse effect of Elric and Harry’s cookie cutter characteristics turned over. From what happened to Elric it feels like he might turn out to be the out law instead, so will we see a bad boy type Elric? He shows warning signs :9

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  9. Three things to the investigators who died I have
    three sub things to talk about the new zealand Haka, (which to my knowledge is only performed for those alive)
    Mr. brightside tribute on youtube, really cool stuff (similar to the savage garden hooligan video)
    the scottish funeral, where they drink as much as they do during a wedding and lastly a poem from another great novel that goes
    Only a few lines by a poet unknown, published years after the war came to an end, would remind humans of those, “people who never existed”:
    “Let me tell you of our story, a tale of which no one will ever say,
    For we’re the people whom none would remember, whatever occasion be it may.
    So you will never see us, because we did not exist,
    But when duty called us, we smiled, we did not resist.
    You will never hear of us, because we never happened,
    We went to war because our motherland was threatened.
    You will never know the things we did, because we were never there,
    And that is what was then, is now and shall be forever.
    Our names will not be remembered by history and be etched in gold,
    Nor would our statues, like those of heroic men, stand proud and bold.
    Bards will not sing songs of our glories,
    Nor will Legends preserve our trophies.
    Yet, my countrymen! We were the ones who did what no one could,
    We lived, we fought where no one would.
    We will not see the springs of tomorrow,
    But we made sure that you see them, with prosperity not sorrow.
    We burned our bodies in hell, so that our motherland could be heaven,
    And such was, and alwaysshall be, because we never existed, not now, not then,
    Forever shall stand safe, our great motherland, and you my dear countrymen.”
    -The words of those, who never existed.
    that and money can make even the devil grind millstones….


  10. “It’s the same for me, if it is known that I acted irresponsibly, my old scandals will be brought up again~”

    “Right~ for us who have bad behavior, continuing to pretend to be well-mannered is a must.”

    “Exactly, it is said that bloomed flowers are plucked first after all1. We have to live unassumingly.”

    “We don’t want to stand out badly, you see~”

    Harold writhed in frustration while I was playing things off idly with Auguste.

    “T-this delinquent prince and villainous woman……”

    Harold murmured in a very faint voice.


  11. It feels kinda wrong for me to think so considering what happened to him, but I’m sorta suspicious of Actorious he is present at every single event and he is one of the characters who the mc haven’t “conquered” in the game so there is limited info about him.


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