Interlude 3: Mysterious Story, 「Maiden of Death」

This is the last interlude. We will enter the next arc next chapter! Are you excited? ‘Coz I sure do~

TL: clover

ED: xtostos and eristol


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It was a foggy night like tonight.

 

It was around the time when I used to make a living through stealing by forming an alliance with a wannabe mage called Rob.

When we were walking while hunting for the prey of the evening, we came across a strangely eye-catching young girl.

 

She was a terribly beautiful girl with blonde hair.

She seemed to be about 14 or 15 years old.

Although she was wearing blue clothes without decoration, I could tell at first glance that she was a young noble who was travelling incognito .

Even if she could easily fool people with her attire, she couldn’t simply change her demeanor.

 

That girl came out from the back door of a store dealing with high-class monstro materials.

A black box-shaped carriage was waiting nearby and she was accompanied by a single maid who was holding a sturdy-looking bag.

Aah, by the way, there was a golden cat at her feet.

 

It was just around 9 o’clock, just after the night watch’s song switched.

At such a time, the girl of noble birth brought only one person to accompany her and was trying to return home stealthily with a box-shaped carriage.

Surely there were complicated circumstances.

In short, she was extremely vulnerable.

 

We, being considerate, quickly thought of something.

Let’s take that full-of-valuables luggage by all means, we thought.

Of course, the aim was not that young girl’s household, but a familiar receiver’s shop.

 

We used ‘false deception’ like a special technique.

It was a common purse-snatching trick.

First of all, I bumped into my opponent with force, snatched the object and escaped.

Then Rob came forward with a kind face, saying “I’ll chase him, please wait here” and started running.

 

When Rob used his trick, it became even more effective.

As he helped up the victim, he put a dizziness spell on them.

That way, most people wouldn’t chase us after that and even if they did chase us, we could easily give them the slip.

 

After running away for a while and successfully regrouping, we couldn’t endure our laughter.

Well, my partner and I took a roundabout path to an inconspicuous alley to look at the inside of the bag.

 

It was a little laborious to wrench open the bag.

It seemed that there was a strange mechanism.

However, somehow unlocking magic worked and we were able to see the contents safely.

 

Everything inside were all ridiculously expensive things.

Flesh, bones and scales of rare magical beasts. Tiny bits of phantom beast fossils were mixed in.

There were stones rarely seen in the West like the moonlight ore and twilight stone.

If we sold them all, we could live idly for 5-6 years.

 

So I was in high spirits and said “We did it! I want to see their stupid faces!” and looked up at my partner.

However, my smile froze in place.

 

“Really, do you want to see this face that much?”

 

It was the young girl with blue clothes who was looking down at me while laughing with a thin smile.

Even when I looked around, I couldn’t see the figure of my partner.

Even though he was supposed to be standing in front of me a while ago.

No, to begin with, there wasn’t any sign of movement or any sound of footsteps.

 

“What are you looking for? I am looking for a bag.”

 

Her clear voice didn’t sound like that of a human being’s, it sounded like another being entirely.

 

I screamed as chills ran down my spine.

While tumbling and tripping, I grabbed the bag and ran.

Then, I ran away to escape from her.

I was worried about Rob’s whereabouts, but that guy who was unskillful was the one at fault.

That was just how this business works. No hard feelings.

 

I ran away to escape from this confusion and successfully took refuge in an empty alleyway.

So, aah, I stroked my chest in relief.

Then, I noticed that there was a woman in the apparently empty alleyway.

 

I thought that she was a prostitute of this area wandering around at such a time.

After all, it was after I had quite a fright.

I missed the softness and warmth of a woman, so I said, “You, how much for one night?”

Then the prostitute replied, “I am not for sale.”

As the woman turned around slowly, before I knew it, she turned into the young girl with blue clothes.

 

I was so surprised to see her that my heart felt like it was about to jump out of my chest.

 

I felt like I was about to lose it and ultimately ended up using my wand.

It was a wand I got from stealing and I had been keeping it on my body as a precaution.

It was the wand of Death.

I didn’t intend to use it because I was going to keep it as a charm. Until that moment.

 

Just after waving it once, my cheap gloves got torn and my precious wand flew out of my hand.

But, the black hands released from the wand had surely grabbed her.

That girl was supposed to have died.

 

However, that girl, she didn’t even fall over.

On the contrary, she drew closer.

 

“Sorry, those who are already dead cannot be killed.

Are you okay? I wonder if you got hurt. Can you show me your hand?”

 

That girl said something insane and smiled sweetly.

It was a dreadful smile.

Even just recalling it now, I can’t stop trembling.

 

Aah, this was not good, this girl was surely a being from the Lunatic King’s era.

‘Cause the magic of Death hadn’t worked.

I thought that she had to be an immortal being whose name was too terrifying for me to say.

 

I only had awareness until that moment.

It was pathetic, but apparently, I seemed to have lost my consciousness.

So, I didn’t remember a single thing from after that time.

Before I knew it, it was morning and I was lying down on that back alley.

 

I, too, already had enough of such frightening experiences.

I washed my hands off from thievery since that time.

 

Ah?

What happened to my partner Rob you say?

 

His whereabouts were unknown.

 

Surely he was taken to the other world by that girl in blue clothes.

Therefore, I would never be able to meet him again.

How regrettable.

 

(The story of Daniro, the rogue of a certain port town)

 

 

 

 

Autumn, Trade City Knot Reed.

Three days before the launching ceremony, people were overflowing in the city much more than usual.

The ship that was built this time was a new type of cruiser developed with the cooperation of Hafan and Turm.

Therefore, among the people who were walking on the streets, many were seen wielding staffs and wearing robes.

 

On that day, Harold who opened the door of the Wunderkammer to take a lunch break was facing an unexpected situation.

Two noblemen who didn’t suit the dirty and rough room were intruding.

 

“Ah~ welcome back, Harold.”

“Well, well, Your Highness Auguste, you seem to be in excellent spirits……”

 

One of the intruders who were sitting idly on the sofa was the beautiful prince Auguste Ignitia.

Wearing the white uniform of the magic academy casually, he waved his hand towards Harold with a relaxed appearance.

At his feet, a small golden dragon was sleeping happily.

 

The other person who had short black hair was opening a thick dictionary-like book beside him.

He was wearing the uniform of the magic academy without any disorder and had an appearance with no gap like a strung up thread.

 

“So this is the rumored Nibelheim heir, huh?”

 

Harold’s smile slightly froze as he was pierced by the sharp gaze.

Who is this black-haired beautiful guy with sharp impression, who is not inferior, rather can even be compared to the prince?

Reaching the answer after only a moment of thinking, Harold asked—

 

“……You are Klaus-sama from Hafan Ducal House, right?”

“Hou, you know well.”

 

Harold reservedly smiled back to Klaus who seemed surprised.

The observant eyes of Harold, who was trained by the Turm elder, were reliable.

Moreover, he had just finished making the list of students of the magic academy at Erica’s request.

There was no mistake.

 

“Please excuse my rudeness. I am Harold from the House of Earl Nibelheim. Pleased to make your acquaintance.”

 

This boy named Klaus Hafan was a member of the former royal family in the East.

They were the symbol of that land’s blood and the spiritual pillar.

It would be a serious matter if he made a mistake in handling this person, so Harold became polite.

 

“Sorry. Although it was due to Auguste’s wiles, we intruded arbitrarily.”

“The two of you are welcome any time.”

 

Hearing Klaus’ gentle answer that didn’t have an ounce of arrogance or condescension, Harold secretly felt relieved.

It reminded him that Erica evaluated Klaus as ‘an unexpectedly good person’.

 

“I heard that you are 13 years old……you’re quite tall.”

“It seems that people in the northwestern area are tall, Klaus.”

“Yes, Your Highness. Furthermore, it seems that my growth period came sooner than the others.”

 

Harold added in supplementary information to Auguste’s explanation moderately.

“I see,” Klaus looked convinced and nodded.

 

“Well then, I will brew some tea. Please wait here.”

 

Harold who finished his greetings successfully escaped from the Wunderkammer for safety reasons.

After quickly escaping to the kitchen and boiling water, he shouted with all his strength inside his mind.

 

(The Hafan Ducal House!? The former royal family~~!?

Just why exactly only such important people come to my store~~~~!?)

 

His burden and difficulties increased drastically with the appearance of the royal family and the former royal family.

Besides, this time it was Hafan.

According to the Turm family, aristocrats of Hafan were stiff and prideful, respected formalities and were very exclusive.

Moreover, they were earnest, idealists and perfectionists.

Even when the cruiser was being built, there were great fuss due to them changing the specifications thoroughly.

 

(That Klaus guy seems to be a straightforward person……)

 

Harold was reminded that he was going to enroll in Lindis Magic Academy next year.

It was a city where people of diverse cultures and ethnicities gathered, the City of Old Magic.

He wouldn’t be able to study in the academy he had been yearning for if he was upset by trivial things like this.

 

“Rather, this is a great opportunity to make connections. Alright!”

 

Harold encouraged his withering heart like giving water to a dog.

Once the water was boiled, he brewed the tea with his usual procedure.

After he had steamed it long enough, he took the pot and a tea set and went back to the room.

 

“I’m sorry for making you wait.”

 

Harold donned a business smile on his face and served them flawlessly.

He moved the low table to the front of the two people sitting on the sofa and arranged the tea set.

After that, Harold brought himself a chair to sit and sat down on their opposite side.

 

“Ah~ sorry for bothering you suddenly like this, Harold. It’s because Klaus insisted on coming along to the launching ceremony by all means.”

“You are the one who was sticking to me like an appendage arbitrarily……”

“I see. So, the reason why both of you have visited this store, is it to buy a wand? Or is it for a different official business?”

“Aa, I thought we could meet Erica if we came to your Wunderkammer.”

“Sorry, Your Highness. Had you come at this time on the day before yesterday, you would have been able to meet Ojou-san.”

 

Harold reservedly responded  with a smile and Auguste looked dramatically disappointed.

 

“A~ah, I thought Erica would definitely come over here~”

“Kuku, your prediction was off, Auguste.”

 

Klaus laughed unreservedly while looking at Auguste who seemed disappointed.

 

“Well, about today, is she touring around the famous pilgrimage locations? No, is she in the direction of that furnace1?”

“Well, who knows. Certainly, I heard that she will be carrying out an inspection somewhere.”

“I see, so Erica is inspecting something, huh? I hope she doesn’t thrust her neck into a dangerous situation again.”

 

Although Harold knew Erica’s whereabouts, he had to dodge the question.

At this time, Erica would be out on the sea for a ridiculous business.

 

Today, Erica’s purpose would be subjugating the sea serpents which had come northward from the sea near the continent of Karkinos.

If you say sea serpent, it was an even more dangerous creature than the kraken.

Moreover, the target of the subjugation plan was the super-giant marine animal called abyss serpent.

It was not a target which an ordinary noble lady would hunt.

But, that Erica should be able to do it, Harold thought.

 

This plan was, of course, a top secret.

According to Erica, apparently, she would pretend to inspect the inshore fishing industry and while at it, suppress the sea serpent ‘by chance’.

 

“I thought that you would know, but it seems my expectation is off.”

“I’m sorry I cannot help you more, Your Highness.”

“Don’t worry, Harold. The one at fault here is Auguste for suddenly coming over.”

 

Auguste who got admonished by Klaus pretended to sulk, picked up the golden dragon at his feet and buried his face in it.

After watching Auguste with an exasperated face, Klaus looked at Harold and opened his mouth.

 

“Well, I also wanted to see your face myself.”

“Heeh? Um, me……?”

“You are Harold Nibelheim, the alchemist who saved the city from the Cursed Sword of Fire, right?”

 

Being shot by Klaus’ sharp gaze, Harold felt like he was a grazing animal in front of a carnivorous beast.

His face seemed to be smiling but his eyes were not necessarily smiling, as dread stirred up.

 

“That was truly accidental……I just had a good luck.”

 

These were the words that also came from the depths of Harold’s heart.

He had absolute confidence in his own talent, but at that time, there were simply some predestined factors.

 

“You must have saved the city. People were talking about you in Hafan.”

“That’s a fascinating tale.”

“You’re going to the magic academy next year, right? I look forward to meeting you as an opponent in a duel.”

“No, unfortunately I cannot use a wand, so it will be difficult for me to be your opponent.”

“Hou, that’s unusual. Why is that?”

 

Hearing Klaus’ words, Harold intentionally made a troubled face.

The truth about the zero inhibition value was basically concealed since it was synonymous to being defenseless.

But the other party was the former royal family.

Keeping a secret would be impolite so Harold’s mouth opened.

 

“If you are studying alchemy at the academy, you would understand when I say that there is an inhibition regarding external magical power, right?

This is the scar I got when I accidentally used a wand as a child.”

“……I see, I’m sorry to hear that. Forget what I said.”

 

When Harold showed the scar on his right hand, Klaus looked apologetic for a moment.

Indeed, it seems that hes not a bad person, as he thought so, Harold smiled reflexively.

 

“But sometimes Erica-ojousan becomes your opponent, right?”

“Aa. That’s how I knew about your magnificent wand craftsmanship. And wanted to fight you.”

“I’m undeserving of your praises……”

 

Harold lowered his head respectfully.

Mages evaluated alchemy poorly, but then it was someone from the Hafan family, the head of the mages, who praised it.

He concealed the expression on his face, which was about to break into a smile due to the unexpectedly high evaluation from Klaus.

 

At such a time, knocking sounds on the stone door resounded.

The three of them stared at the door all at once.

 

“Come in……”

 

When Harold answered, the heavy door slowly opened.

Then, a young man with gray hair and a blonde-haired young man appeared from the other side of the door.

 

 

At that time, Gilbert Turm was heading to the Turm Wand Store by a small boat.

In order to introduce the talent who was recently hired to Harold, he came out of his business negotiations.

 

“We are going to the Harold-sama I heard from the rumors, right……”

“Ah— well, you don’t need to be that nervous, Rob.”

 

Riding the boat with Gilbert was a young man named Rob, who came to work at the workshop due to Erica’s recommendation.

He was a commoner from Hafan who had dark brown hair.

Thanks to his magical talent, he showed S-grade works in the workshop in the blink of an eye.

 

Rob had entered the magic academy with high hopes, but ran away from school in half a year after being singled out by vicious aristocrats.

In such a situation, he couldn’t return to his hometown and at the end of his wandering, he went through Knot Reed.

It was said that he had lowered himself to thievery after being forced to live a hard life without any support.

When he encountered Erica by chance at that time and talked about his life, he was introduced to Gilbert’s workshop.

 

“I’m trying to understand, but when I heard that he is the Earl’s son, subconsciously—”

“Well, I also feel bad for your magic academy year when the scary noblemen were gathering there.

But, Harold-botchan is special. He is practically the same as a special commoner of the commoner masses……huh!?”

 

Gilbert, who was talking with Rob, was suddenly hit by chills.

Gilbert’s instinct whispered that it would be dangerous to go forward right now.

With this intuition, Gilbert had been saved from plight several times.

For example, when it seemed as if he would come across a group of nasty senior aristocrats of his generation during his academy days.

 

Rob anxiously called out to Gilbert who suddenly fell silent.

 

“Suddenly your complexion got somewhat worse, are you okay?”

“Aa, I’m fine. No, it’s not fine.

……you know, let’s go drinking right now.”

“Eh? Is that okay?”

“Well— somehow, I feel that today is a bad day, so we will greet Botchan next time!

Yo~sh, let’s have a drink today! It’s my treat!”

 

The boat that Gilbert and Rob rode on made a U-turn and steered towards the town bar.

As a result, Gilbert avoided touching one trouble.

 

 

Turm Wand Store’s Wunderkammer was welcoming new customers.

The mage Elric Actorius and the alchemist Eduard Aurelia.

 

Elric had been visiting this land every year since that incident in order to offer flowers in the site of the accident in the ruins.

This year he was unusually being accompanied by his best friend Eduard.

 

“I’m sorry for bothering you, Harold-kun. This is the first time we meet after a year. Aah, His Highness Auguste and Klaus-kun are here, too?”

“Thank you for having me over. Oya, what a strange coincidence. Did the two of them come for the launching ceremony and took the opportunity to come here?”

 

Harold felt a cold sweat flowing on his back even though a business smile was still showing on his face.

Crown Prince of Ignitia, Auguste.

Klaus, the eldest son of the former royal family of the East.

Eduard, the eldest son of the former royal family of the West.

And Elric, who was probably an exiled noble from Karkinos.

 

Each and every one of them were important figures of noble origins.

If it were a young lady of age in his place, she would probably be pleased, but for Harold it was a difficult situation to handle.

 

“Eduard, didn’t you have some urgent business to attend to in Karkinos?”

“Heeh~ so it’s going to be a sea voyage from this place to the South? How refined, huh, Onii-sama?”

 

When Klaus and Auguste asked, Elric and Eduard exchanged glances with troubled expression.

 

“No, that, unfortunately, Eduard’s departure has been postponed.”

“An abnormality occurred in the waters near the continent of Karkinos.

It seems that the sea serpents came northward to the sea area near Knot Reed.”

 

While talking about such things, Elric and Eduard walked down to the chaise lounge.

Harold stood up from his chair and greeted them.

 

“I am Harold from the House of Earl Nibelheim. Nice to meet you!”

“Aah, Harold-kun. I’m Erica’s older brother, Eduard Aurelia, take care of me, okay?”

 

Harold clasped Eduard’s offered hand.

This was the first time he met the busy Eduard.

 

“My sister seems to be indebted to you.”

“Same here, I always receive favors from Ojou-sama.”

“Thank you for becoming a good friend of my sister, Harold-kun.

Oh right, I secretly checked the things you sent Erica a few times.”

 

Eduard was smiling, but Harold felt like he was being appraised.

Eduard’s clear green eyes which seemed to be able see everything were very similar to that of Erica’s.

Harold became worried when he thought that the wands he made were investigated by such a person.

 

“Your works are very thorough and exquisite. Still, the ideas are unusual. I looked and admired them.”

“I’m flattered.”

“Crystal Cluster in particular is a wonderful work.

A simple and beautiful spell composition and extraordinarily powerful.”

“No way, I am unworthy of such words.”

 

When Harold glanced sideways, Elric was offering the food he bought in the city to Auguste and Klaus.

A bread with boiled cow’s stomach sandwiched inside and a bread with raw herring sandwiched inside2.

Klaus and Auguste were fighting on which one to eat.

Apparently, Klaus didn’t like raw fish, which Auguste found amusing and was trying to forcibly pass the raw herring one to him.

Harold felt that he was envious of the three carefree people from the bottom of his heart.

 

“But, how surprising, Eduard. If it’s just a sea serpent, isn’t it easy to get rid of it?”

“Klaus-kun, I don’t think sea serpent is a magical beast that can be gotten rid of by a single person.”

 

Klaus who successfully got the bread with boiled cow’s stomach asked and Eduard shook his head.

Your younger sister is suppressing it by herself, Harold swallowed those words.

 

“It would be a different story if I had offensive wands specialized against giant creatures, but that is not something a person usually carries around all the time.”

 

Your younger sister carries them around all the time, but while thinking so, Harold was silent.

Klaus was satisfied with Eduard’s answer and began to bite his bread.

Eduard looked around the room.

 

“Even so Harold-kun, you have a nice Wunderkammer, will you let me take a look around?”

“Yes, you’re welcome to look as much as you want.”

“Thank you. Somehow this feels like I am about to open the treasury of a ruin, I’m excited.”

 

Harold gave permission while being filled with trepidation.

After walking around the room, Eduard picked up one of the wands on the work table.

 

“Oya? Is this the wand of Merciful Death?”

“Yes, that’s right.”

“Last time it was used is six hours ago……there seems to be a customer who uses such a dangerous thing, huh.”

“Yes, I agree.”

 

Harold felt impatient after the truth was discovered, but he nodded while hiding the unrest of his inner thoughts.

The wand of Merciful Death was sometimes used by Erica when going to a place with poor security.

Ill stay dead before I die’ Erica said, but Harold didn’t understand the need to do so.2

 

“Oya, this is the wand of Castling, isn’t it? It seems to have been used for a considerably long time.”

“Yes, that’s right.”

“Is the user a ruin explorer?”

“I apologize, but that is personal information.”

 

Eduard guessed the wands Erica used and left behind in the Wunderkammer right in succession.

Each time he said You seem to have made a wand for traveling by boatAn offensive wand against giant creatures, huh? I would have loved to see the real thing, Harold got one mental chip closer to the resignation that at this rate even Erica’s current whereabouts might just get exposed as well.

Wouldn’t it be easier if he confessed?

But Harolds creed was one of willpower and he forcefully desisted from doing so.

 

(I can’t say it……I can’t say that Erica is going to hunt the sea serpent in front of this lineup!!)

 

The poor Harold once again screamed inside his mind.

 

Although Eduard’s questioning was relentless, the mouth of Harold who was the disciple of a wealthy merchant was also tightly-shut.

On that day, Harold never leaked the secret of his partner.

However, the name and identity of the alchemist called 「Abyss Killer」 would spread at a later date and all of his hardships would become like bubbles on the water.


1 Furnace Auguste mentioned here is Gilbert’s secret workshop.

2 This is mouthful, but I think this is the author’s way saying that there is no sandwich in this world. That’s why Harold describe the food like this.

3 See the first arc, the effect of Death loses out to the effect of Merciful Death.

On the first part it is said ‘14 or 15 years old’ this is not a typo. As seen on the previous chapter Erica has ‘supple elongated limbs’ which means she is taller than the average girls of her age. (xtostos: not by much since she should be 13-14 in this chapter, same as Harold)

Before we enter the fourth arc, I want to do a survey. Please comment and say who you ship Erica with and your reasons.

I myself is rooting for Klaus *cough* because while he is a poor, socially awkward child, until now he always keeps his promise of being the first one to rush over to her when she is in danger.

Also, can you guess what Harold’s role will be in the future, besides being Erica’s willing slave business partner?

xtostos: Aim for friendship route! Romance should be centered around the game’s protagonist, not around Erica. She’ll have plenty of time for romance once she’s done with the whole vampire threat.


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69 thoughts on “Interlude 3: Mysterious Story, 「Maiden of Death」

  1. Wahahaha that was funny! Erica sercetly out monster hunting while Harold desperately throws her trackers off the track! What a loyal friend, that Harold. The name Abyss killer sounds pretty cool! So, Palug in the beginning was pretending to be Erica when she chased that thief huh? And I suppose they both had the merciful death cast on them? She sure found a prettyha dy use for this wand.
    As for the survey… Hmm…Klaus is lovable with his awkwardness, August is very smooth, Elric didn’t leave much impression after all.
    So I’m confused who to ship her among the ‘capture targets’ but I ship her with Tir!!!

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      1. Oopsy! I forgot! Guess time to build a ship of Goldberry and Tir huh? Thatvwould be cute! As for Erica, let’s hold the decision of for a bit until we see more characters.

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      1. *sadle sheds a tear for Onii-sama route*

        *suddenly perks up* Speaking of ships, I wonder if we’ll meet a teacher or adult capture target once we’re in the academy arc? Something like one of those gentle, mature ojii-san types that teenage girl charas have a crush on…

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    1. Yup, the merciful death has been casted on Erica cz it have side effects to nullify the instant death magic. So I guess Erica used that for protection purpose.

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  2. Poor Harold having to cover up for the high spec overprotective Auguste and Klaus and Eduart.
    Gilbert you should teach Erica that instinct of yours. It might help her avoid death flags
    Auguste your poking at a sleeping dragon calling Eduart Onii-sama.
    Also EduartxErica for incest is wincest. Just joking. I’m going to ship CainxErica for she will cure his loneliness and nothing says I love you than a 7 or 8 death flag from an vampire

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    1. AN ALLY HAS APPEARED!!!

      See clover-sama, it isn’t that unusual to ship them.
      I can practically imagine their love story that will definitely involve kidnapping because Cain just seems to be that type of guy.

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      1. Lolol well, now your ship has a captain and a crew. I hope the best for your ship……which hopefully, doesn’t involve any bloody kisses and corpses, like how the Merry Bad Ending would turn out lol

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  3. Poor Harold!
    I ship Erica with Harold, even though I know it’s not an official ship. I just like it when characters get along well as friends as well as lovers, and Harold seems to be the one Erica confides in most.

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  4. This is hard. I mean, not now. It’s still too soon to decide.
    Going by the canon, the Main Leads are Klaus the awkward and Auguste the playful. However, we can’t exactly ignore Mr. Helpful, Harold in this game. Though the ship for him can’t even off the shore due to the friendzone, it’s still there.
    Then we have the clumsy Elric. A dependable adult who sometimes, if not always, blundered in a way or another somehow has his own charm. It’s fun to see his antics, but when push comes to shove, you know how he’ll surprise you. You can ignore the siscon Eduart though.
    Though, personally speaking, I’d sail with Klaus. Auguste really should go out with Palug, they both wanted it. Harold chose to abandon ship, and Elric doesn’t even seem to plan a sail. You can ignore Eduart who suffered a severe siscon though.

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  5. I probably ship her with Harold? They work well together and probably keep the least secrets. He also helps her make her crazy ideas into reality.
    I also have to wonder if she’ll end up collecting Cain as her new vampire attendant? She managed to keep Tir and Palug around.

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  6. I’m not exactly sure why Erica would have Death cast on her at that time? Unless she already knew Rob had the wand of Merciful Death. But lol on the Wand of Castling, good way to give people nightmares!
    Erica’s brother gambatte! Your father and sister all got their nicknames already!
    Long Armed Ernest and Abyss Killer Erica 🙂

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    1. When you feel that everything in the world is trying to kill you, there is nothing wrong with having an extra protection right?

      Of course, she can simply avoid those dangerous places where the chance of getting hit by a death spell are high, but this is Erica we are talking about.

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    2. Ahh!!! It’s after you said it I understood what happened! So erica was chasing that guy from the back and Palug was waiting at the front. Then suddenly they switched places with castling and Erica already had the merciful death cast on her so she didn’t die! Wow. I initially thought it was Palug mimicking Erica.

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  7. All those target capture together in the same room. What are the chances, considering that in the game all those routes were exclusive between each other.
    About the shipping, I am a sucker for friendship and Harold is the most loyal friend so I destroy all the romantic ships and make Harold and Erica BFF forever.

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  8. I’m still undecided between Klaus and Auguste. I like Klaus’ dorkiness but I find myself being drawn in by Auguste’s ladykiller tendencies and hidden sadism. Can I ship them both?

    Auguste calling Edouart ‘Oniisama’ surprisingly did not earn a retort from him… I wonder why…

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  9. I’m shipping Erica with Harold. First of all, I don’t think the dense Erica will ever fall in love. Since she doesn’t realise Klaus and Auguste’s feeling, most likely she will find someone she’s most compatible with, which I think is Harold.
    Of course, this may change in the future depending on the plot progress.
    Erica loves Eduart but not to the extent of bein a brocon I think.

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  10. I’m not suuuuper sold on any of these love interests. I guess out of them I like August the most. I’m fairly against Klaus because he still feels like a kid… maybe if he matures over the course of the story I’d give him more consideration. I like Harold a lot, but I like him as Erica’s friend and I think I’d feel dissillusioned with him if he was actually in love with her, pure friendships are so healing.

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  11. I like Harold a lot as a “best friend” for Erica, particularly a male best friend because she does need good and reliable friends who share her interest in alchemy.

    I’m torn between Klaus and Auguste, to be honest. I do like Auguste a bit more as a future partner for Erica mostly because he does communicate effectively with her. I feel like Klaus might take a long time (or never) even be able to communicate his love for Erica, and in that sense, Auguste is a better match for her in his bearings and ability to quickly understand her intents. So right now, I’m 60% for Auguste and 40% for Klaus! Not quite sold on the other older guys for Erica’s potential partner, but I’d also be down for Eduart! hahaha

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  12. Hmm…I’m amazed there are quite a few Erica and Cain shippers here. I’m also interested since I’m still undecided. But let’s wait and see the next arcs before deciding hehehe. Afterall, they ARE still children.

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  13. Is this hinting that “the nasty senior aristocrats” that study the same year as Gilbert are Eduart & Elric?
    If that true then there are high chance that they are friends, and for some reason Gilbert are avoiding the other 2

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    1. Or, Gilbert just knew that Eduart and Elric are bad news and avoids even being in contact with them. Eduart is a black belly and a demon king inside after all lol, and Elric who is friends with such a guy has to have some bad hobby as well XD

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  14. I ship Erica with Klaus, because I want Ann to be the Queen. She will be a legend.
    Harold is such a great friend. Thank you so much Clover & Xsostos.
    Can’t wait for the scandal!

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  15. No one wants to set sail with me on EricaxEduart ship? He’s a siscon and she’s a brocon – it’s just perfect!!! And who knows, maybe there’s some secret and he’s not her real bro?!! Any chance of that happening? By the way, I love love love Harold’s internal dialogue in this chapter—especially his commentating on Eduart’s perusal of his Wunderkammer… thanks for this last interlude chapter! Now, let’s all set sail into the next arc!!!!

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    1. No, Eduart is 100% her real brother lol. Like in what the Side Story said, he looks exactly like Ernst when he was younger but took after thie mother’s temperament, while Erica looks like their mother but took after Ernst’s temperament.

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      1. If Eduart wasn’t her brother, I would 100% ship her with him for sure. Even now I am somewhat anticipating a sibling route….without incest I mean. Just pure siblings love like always.

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  16. who is maid with erika? is erica make golem girl and tir inside? because there cat with erika so she is not palug. wow tir is crossdresing. lol. i ship erika with august.

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    1. No no, the maid is her chaperone, not Tir. Rob, the thief’s partner put a dizziness spell over them. But since Erica was basically immune towards any mental interference spell (which I think the dizziness spell is included in this), she wasn’t affected and only her maid who was affected. That’s why only Erica (and Palug) who could chase the thieves.

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  17. Ship Erica with someone?……… nai wa~!
    She is so oblivious and afraid of love that makes me think that she will be single forever……… or marry a non-human being…. like that sun god?
    Alright!
    I’m shipping EricaxSunGod!

    As for Harold…. isn’t he like that almost-bald-old-man from totally spies that gives missions and equipment to his agent? *cough* I mean…. isn’t he from the best friend forever friendship village? He might be the one to tell her that those boys likes her…. and might be used as meat shield…..

    Also, although the 3 boys death flags were theoretically smashed….. what about the older guys? Shouldn’t it have been planted long ago?……… that’s to ominous, specially since Edward said he would make the stars fall and the professor was so immersed in taboo books………. Elric too, it should have already been lived…….

    Thanks for the chapter!!

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  18. Rooting for Klaus, because he’s been very reliable (he tends to arrive in the nick of time like Tuxedo Mask, except, you know, Klaus is actually useful ;p) and he can temper Erica’s more fanciful nature to support her from getting herself in too over her head. Plus, he has an ace up his sleeve in the form of his sister…provided that he actually listens to her.
    However, I also wouldn’t be surprised if she ends up with Auguste since they’ve very compatible personalities (both can be playful and secretly evil and understand each other well), and I admit that I would be disappointed if there is a lack of cute scenes between them.
    Poor Harold’s never gonna get away from being Erica’s forever over-stressed sla-, uhum, partner. ^^

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  19. Loved the Chapter as for ships
    Tir x Goldberry
    Ann x August
    Chloe x Harold (seriously hoping our heroine is not a white lotus)
    Plaug x Eduart
    Elric x ??? (I am sure there is someone for him in the future chapys)
    Erica x Klaus
    I have lots of ships to sail, so I am sailing them all. Because of her yandere trauma I feel klause who is slowly making his feelings known is the least likely to trigger her panic switch. As for Cain I bet his loneliness is triggered by some long lost love ( possibly someone who looks like either the heroine or Erica) so I ship him in a reunited in death or afterlife ending, but its just a guess.

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  20. So the sequence of events was:

    1. Cast merciful death on self
    2. Went shopping.
    3. Got robbed
    4. Caught Rob with castling
    5. Chased his buddy using castling.
    6. Buddy attempts kill then faints.
    7. Convinced Rob to join the light side

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  21. I ship Erica with… Tir.

    Anyway, I hope she stops growing and end up shorter than the other girls her age. Erica loses a lot of cuteness of she becomes tall and it ruins part of her character. It becomes hard for her brother and father to pay her head if she becomes tall.

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    1. That’s a weird logic to give. What do you mean by it becomes difficult for her father or brother to pat her if she becomes tall? She won’t outgrow them anyways unless she is one of the few rare girls with abnormal height growth. And don’t mind but it’s kind of rude and stereotypical when you associate cuteness being synonymous with short height. Erica is more of a cool type than bubbly cute type so I think it should be fine.

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  22. He , i ship her with Auguste ! Because he cares and he’s absolutely gentle and they have chemistry
    (Also he lives in southern island, not bad ?)

    Harold is a friend and is not attracted, (smart ?)

    Klaus is cute, but how tiresome to live with someone so negative ! But, isn’t he the only one that truly recognizes her as a love interest ?

    Well in the best of worlds, i’d love to see her having both klaus and auguste, because it would be too sad to break anyone’s heart

    She could also fall for a new character as it seems she friendzoned everyone else

    I’m glad it’s not too romance oriented, as i don’t like broken hearts, i hate love triangles and harem (except when they can come true in a moderate proportion ( like very few people , not hundred of them)

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