Volume 01 – Episode 03: Two Promises

[TLN: I say it is a side project, but as a procrastinator I am doing this more than the RPG maker ones. I have been busy with RL stuff, so I am not going to be able to release once every 2-3 days as I had the first few chapters. Looks like a chapter every 2-3 weeks. My speed drops when translators for other novels pick up speed, I read more than anything else. I have read the comments pointing out typos and have fixed the typos. I will likely delete the comments about editing after evaluating and taking in those suggestions that way I can keep track of it as an errors-to-fix to-do-list. Comments will continue to be heavily regulated since I have seen what has happened to the comment section in Bakahou’s blog posts. Well regulation will be lifted for now, so that you can see that other people have already pointed out whatever typos I made. As for style of the translation and wording, I will keep it as is to be close to the original. Spam and spoiler comments will be deleted. Comments about editing will eventually be deleted once I fix those errors, or I may edit the comments themselves. It gets annoying to have to read through the same comment a million times while scrolling through my notifications box while looking for error correction suggestions.]

Episode 03: Two Promises

After five minutes, All of the soldiers except for the Captain were slaughtered. The Captain was still holding his head and tumbling, Complete blindness. Never again will he see the light.

For the first time to have murdered another person, there isn’t even a sense of guilt.
There is something wrong, to be so accustomed to murder.
After accepting the voice, I have knowledge that I shouldn’t have known, memory fragments begin to flow. They feel like they have always belonged to me.

「Someone, bring me some alcohol, preferably with the highest content! No wait a minute, no one in the village use it. I smell strong distilled liquor from the soldiers’ horse-drawn carriage. Bring it to me!」

While I raised my voice and shouted, I rushed over to where Rick was, who still had a knife stuck to his back.
Rick had been hit by a throwing knife from behind in his attempt to escape.

「Needless interference!」

I poured magic power into the collar, by overloading it the magic formula engraved was destroyed.
With this, it will no longer be possible for it to generate a noise again.
Lucie comes rushing with the distilled liquor when I was checking the wound.

Analyzing the components with magic, Alcohol content is over 50%. Magic was then activated to blow away the water and the content was raised to 80%. At least 70% content is required for sterilization.

「Rick, it is going to hurt. Be a man and endure it.」
「Hey Syril, what do you intend to do with that sake?」

A vital point was not hit so he will not die and bleeding is small enough that he can afford to talk.

「Be silent, and open your mouth.」

While I said so, an empty hemp sack was removed from his pocket and stuffed into Rick’s mouth.
And then, The knife stuck to his back was quickly pulled out, and alcohol was poured.

「Mnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!」

Rick screamed with a muffled voice.
The hemp bag was put in his mouth so that he wouldn’t bite off his tongue.
And after cleaning and disinfecting the wound at the same time, I placed a hand to the wound.

「【Healing】」

I activated healing.
This is magic that strengthens the self-healing power to the utmost limit.
Hence, contaminated foreign bodies mixed into the wound or inadequate disinfection would be catastrophic.

Supposedly rather than a strengthening of self-healing, rewinding the time of the injury could be done in an instant, but the necessary magic to reverse it without any special preparations would require several stages more magic power to be consumed.

「Yes, it is done. with this you should be alright.」

I said so while slapping Rick’s back.

「The, wound, there is no pain, it’s a lie, it is completely healed. Syril, you are amazing. That Recovery magic, it is thought that only saints could use.」
「That is because I am a genius.」

Somehow, while I dreamt, the favorite phrase that I tried to desperately hide had suddenly come out.

「Hey, why did you do something so dangerous?」

Lucie, who had come to my side, asked.

「I wanted to protect Lucie.」
「I would have been fine as lone as Syril survived.」
「I would have hated that. It is no good unless Lucie were with me. Before I noticed it, I struck him.」

There were practically no chance of success. If it weren’t for that voice, I would have died.
Now I am only laughing at the afterthought.
Though it would probably have been better had I died, rather than let Lucie died and survive on my own.

「Somehow, you seem like the old Syril.」
「The old me……Is that the one Lucie likes?」
「Yeah, I don’t want to see Syril that has given up and broken.」
「Alright, I understand.」 I will save our village! Free us from Human hands. In any other case it would be checkmate for us.

I had a bitter smile as I looked around to the villagers surrounding us.
In their eyes, I see about 30 percent who were in rejoice of a friend has survived, the rest have anger towards me.

Meanwhile, a man in his late 40s with some gray hair mixed in the back of his head dashes out. It is the current Village Chief Nije.
A hostile facial expression.

「Tell me what you did, Syril. Killing the soldiers, not this village will look like it caused a revolt. 」

The words that I expected him to say came out.
If the soldiers who came to collect the tax did not return, they would definitely suspect something about this village. And soon the truth of what I have done will be revealed.
And, they would believe a revolt is occurring.
However, I don’t intend to merely live in fear.

「A Revolt? Wouldn’t that be nice. If only crops are taken away, it would have been fine. However, each year a companion is taken away from us, remaining silent is far more unusual. We should fight. Take up your Bows, and stand proud.」
「It is said that your father fought and died. It wouldn’t make much of a difference to go on that road.」

It is already been set, it is a problem we can no longer run from.
Do they intend to follow this path forever. Therefore I have decided to no longer run away.

「My father failed. Why should you not expect me to fail as well? If it is me, it is possible. I can lead this village to victory.」
「You Brat! Such Nonsense!!」
「Fact is, I am the one who killed five people by myself. I can teach how to fight. To the extent that everyone will be able to do it. Therefore, wake up.」
「It is you who needs to wake up. To tell such a pipe dream.」

Pipe dream, it certainly seems so.
The Soldiers are strong, The full body mail armor can repel the elves’ bow shows, and elves are weak in close combat. Furthermore, The Wind Magic that elves specialize in is too light and has no killing power.
If it comes down to a fight, the distance will be cut down sooner or later and will become a blood bath.
“As it stand now”

「What if I prove that my dream isn’t just a dream. For now I will go two things to show you. First, I will resolve our food supply issues.」

Hearing my words, surrounding are bitter faces.
To tell the truth, this is the most pressing issue.

「As you already know, Cultivation of anything other than wheat is not allowed by us in the village by the Empire. Other essentials that we depend on are what they bring.」

These are the chains that bind our village.
Productivity is increased by forcing the concentration on a single crop, and at the same time binds this village to the Empire making us unable to survive on our own.

「It seems that there is about two moths worth in the village storehouse.」

Moreover, it is mostly wheat from the finished harvest and only when it reaches the required minimum do they send people to bring what the village needs.
In addition, Winter is also three months from now.
If I don’t take necessary measures, we will starve to death sooner or later. The winter in this world is severe, crops do not grow decently with snow piling up, even the blessings obtained from the forest is trifled. Although I can grow the crops myself, most likely, nothing can be harvested in the three months before winter comes.

「I have understood why Syril did such a thing! Although it only ended with the death of four people.」

The words strike with an awful feeling.

「Four people? Don’t divert your eyes! How many people have I killed so far? Since the rule of the Empire started five years ago, haven’t 10 people been murdered year? 50 people have already been murdered so far. If we don’t act now, there will continue to be more victims. What would you have wanted? I absolutely did not want to lose Lucie. Doesn’t everyone have an important person? Do you not want to protect them? Being deprived of important people, are you not mortified!?」

I fiercely raised my voice.
Many of the elves have their their heads drop down and shoulders shake with anger and grief.

「Still, it would be better than being wiped out.」
「So it shall be. Even your father Kuroettsu could not win.」
「There is no changing that. That doesn’t necessarily mean that I can’t win.」

Words of resignation and grief.
However, hearing this I have understood. I am not able to convince everyone now.

「Please Listen to my words, and Believe I will bring victory. It is about the conversation about the food a while ago, I will attack the supply base and take the food !」

The best way to easily get food is to plunder.
And Logically there is no choice but to target the Supply Division of those guys if you think about the required quantity and quality.
From this village of Elves, The home country of those guys is about 220 Km. No matter how one may hurry by horse in heavy equipment and full mail 20 km to 30 km seems to be the movement distance in one day, that is why there are way stations. The existence of which has been confirmed to even the position when Father has fought them.

There is meaning for that terminal to be there, because several villages besides this elf village are ruled within the circumference of that center, along with personnel, a considerable amount of food is kept there.
I will strike there.
…..That place also doubles as a barrier at the same time, it is a fortress that would prevent revolts from these neighboring villages from reaching the home country. Both personnel and and equipment for defense is well in order.

「You fool, are you trying to die!」
「I will accomplish it. Therefore, I would like you to believe in the possibility. If by some chance I do not return, then in all frankness you should inform them that it was one person that did it all. Perhaps, my attack on the supply base will be faster than the investigation on the village. If I fail and get caught in the supply base then I will be dead. It should suffice to say that an idiot went out of control and became crazy.」

Probably, the village itself will not disappear if it says so. Because even those guys should want to have long term use without destroying the village that produces magic stones. Though a few penalties may be received, a fatal damage may not be suffered from.

「In that case, it would be better to catch you early on, so it can end without incurring their wrath.」
「Certainly so, but I don’t want to remain the slave of humans for my entire life. Would you be fine with that?」

I fearlessly laughed.
The village Chief laughs through his nose. Some of the villagers who saw my strength, look at me with some great expectations.

「And, the second one. The main reason for our loss in the previous conflict, it is the existence of the armor that these guys are wearing. One person after another person will die as the bow will do no damage without passing through. Therefore, I will create a weapon that can eliminate these guys with one blow that anyone can use. With that it will be possible to fight」
「Is there such a thing?」
「There is ! If you have weapons, their corpses will fall. It will look better once it penetrates the armor in front of everyone. I wont be the one that does it, Lucie will use the weapon that I made.」

Before, when fighting in order to reject human domination, we were defeated by the metal armor created by the development Imperial Steel making technology without being prepared.
As for how it easily repels a skillful bow, it is the worst affinity for elves.
Conversely, it is possible to fight if there is as weapon that could deal with the armor.
I made one, the villagers can be convinced of victory once they are shown where the armor is penetrated .
The weapon will have no impact if it were I who can even kill the enemy weaponless. Therefore, I let Lucie use it, so that the appeal that anyone can use will be shown.

「You may laugh at my words now like it is a delusional story. However, I want you to ascertain that the two cases I stated are possible. If it fails, I will not resist. You can tie me up and offer me to the Humans. Time is not over, I will take the food within five days, and then I will return to the village and make the weapon within five days. Will you not give me 10 days?」

Looking around my surroundings I see them watching me with puzzled expressions.
Though it is not possible to believe completely, about the statements, it is regrettable that I was unable to discard some of the circumstances at this place.
There is another method if you want, even if there is a chance it could be obtained…..

「I believe in Syril.」

Lucie’s voice echoes. The volume of the voice is normal rather than emotional. And yet, it was a gentle voice that affected the hearts of all.

「I want to see this dream together with Syril. I can’t stand this life as livestock anymore. No longer, important people, I do not want to lose any more companions, I don’t want to have any more family taken. I hate having my friends taken away. I don’t want to lose any more loved ones. One day, children will be born, and I would hate it for that child to be taken away. I want it to be commonplace that I can laugh with loved ones all the time I want like before.」

In the eyes of the villagers, dwells a swelling anger. Feelings covered by resignation are ignited in their hearts with the realization, a crack enters the illusion where sacrifice was thought the be only natural.
A mere just argument thrown by a girl. It pierces and moves the feelings around it.

「That is right, We are not livestock.」
「I would rather fight if I am going to die anyways」
「I can die if I can take revenge for that child.」

The Surroundings take on an air of heated excitement.
However, the Village Chief Nije with grim eyes opens his mouth.

「Calm down all of you! Lucie is surely right. However, it is not courageous to fight without any prospects of winning, that is just reckless! Nice going, Syril. Show me that you can do as you said. When you fail attacking the supply base and die, I will testify with all of the village that a fool murdered the soldiers and attacked the base. Even if you supposedly come back with success, if there isn’t the alleged weapons as thee says, you will be tied up and turned in as a traitor. Would you be fine with those conditions?」

「That was my intention from the beginning. However, once I accomplish it, Will you fight together?」

There was no answer.
However, the words speak from several eyes. We will fight together, then.

「……That would be agreeable. Do as you would like, but I decide whether we fight after looking at the weapons you speak of. Well, it seems like it will fail anyways.」

Thus, so begins my battle.

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28 Responses to Volume 01 – Episode 03: Two Promises

  1. dude. he is not making longbow, crossbow, or gun. he might be create laser gun and light sabre.

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  2. kirindas says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  3. TheFrostDude says:

    Thanks for the chapter!
    I kinda imagine him just going off and blowing everything up when he got his memories but looks like he’s not gonna…

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  4. Xanon says:

    Thank ya kindly for the translation.

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  5. Victor DoUrden says:

    Please continue this.
    The weapon will it be a longbow or a crossbow… that’s what comes to my mind.

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  6. daruma says:

    Considering he had reincarnated in 23rd century, maybe the weapon he will created is somekind of disruptor?

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  7. Just A Stray says:

    And so the waiting game begins for the next chapter. Sigh…..

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  8. Yahtzeee says:

    And also, take your time..dont push yourself…we, or at least I, won’t force you to speed up your translating speed…
    Well, if I’m tired of waiting,I can spoil myself with GT translation anyway..even thou it hurt my brain reading it @@”

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  9. Yahtzeee says:

    Thanks for translating this novel xD
    I freaking love light novel where the mc start a revolutionary by making weapon and stuff…
    Btw, i got the same feel when reading World Teacher, maybe because the mc was an old dude before he die xD

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    • lygarx says:

      well so was this guy, I picked this one because unlike the other ones where they reincarnated with their memories randomly and seemingly reincarnated on accident with no reason on the why or how, the MC in this one was already a powerful magician and created an ability that would make sense if he were able to keep his memories from his reincarnations. Mushoku Tensei, Rudeus randomly was reincarnated, but I so feel that karma gave him a re-do as a reward for saving someone else and the character is well written with great character growth. Gun-ota, too wish fulfillment on part from the author and it feels like the author is trying to project his desires too much, plus I would like to see the main character in that series suffer more for his crimes in his previous life, you should never betray your friends and use them as a scapegoat. There are more, but they all seem like they kept their memories based on the will of some god randomly picking someone and giving them a chance to abuse knowledge from a previous life. Versus this one, where the MC purposely found his own way and earned his reincarnation with all memories from a previous lives with not an act of a good deed or randomly by pure chance nor from the act of a god having plans for him, but from his own effort and doing it purposely on his own. This main character has my respect. Rudeus from Mushoku Tensei and Souji from Souen no Historia also have my respect from the final moments of their previous lives but it again it seems like random chance they got a new life.

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  10. Xegqu says:

    Thanks for the chapter

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  11. Irina_Akashira says:

    thanks for the new chapter

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  12. Cookies! says:

    I will continue to be here and beg for your next patches while simultaneously begging for a monster girl project to be translated. But on topic do you know if the MC is the old man or the elf? I thought that the old man fused with the boy. But “… If it weren’t for that voice, I would have died.” says otherwise

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    • lygarx says:

      I am only doing those initial 2 RPG maker games right now. Dargoth is the one doing Monster Girl Quest Paradox. The next RPG maker that may be added is another one from the same company that made Bitch Jeke RPG and the ones after that would likely be the 2 other games made by the creators of Saki Quest. Oh yeah, if you read the prologue the old man said that after that one life he chose to no longer interfere with the reincarnations. Right now it is just the Elf, the old man chose to stay a voice watching the events from the inside.

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  13. GonZ says:

    Thank you for the chapter 🙂
    whet weapons is he giving to the elf’s? guns, crossbow ? hmm.. something that bypass metal armor.. since he was a magician and a researcher.. maybe lightning imbued weapons or acid ?
    cant wait for the next chapter and good luck with the RPG maker

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  14. Life says:

    Thanks for the release~~ This story is pretty interesting.

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  15. dulaliwa says:

    thank you…. for the release 🙂

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  16. Goldilocks says:

    Many thanks!

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  17. oliverwashere says:

    Gun-slinging elves. That seems overpowered. Especially the ability to manipulate the wind and affect bullet trajectories, in addition to their superior reflexes and passive guerilla warfare buffs from their affinity with nature.

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  18. Kensei Seraph says:

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  19. SonodaYuki says:

    Betting on firearms. The real question is the level of technology. Realistically the most cost effective method would be to use muskets for small arms, if their production capacity for metalworking is to be desired, backed up with a breech loading swivel gun for light and or heavy artillery. I’m of the general idea that arquebuses would be a general waste of time and that rifles would bottleneck the production capacity. you’d want to be able to rifle the musket barrels later, and while a matchlock might be adequate (serpentine lock if possible), I’d spring for a wheel lock or even a flintlock. Smokeless powder is too powerful (as in blow up your antique gun powerful) and hard to make with a low tech base to be of practical use, so black powder or magic is the way to go. While you can’t easily cut out the supply of mana, it’s difficult to resupply it to troops that run out. Since these are weapons with a reloading time, equip bayonets that can double as all purpose knives so that the gun can act as a pseudo lance. You’ll want to transition to rifles as quickly as possible once you have the resources (of which I’m including time and security), while forming a unit (which can scale from a company to a regiment to) of elites testing out your best tech while you’r trying to bring up your tech base. 10:30:60 10% get the high end gear, 30% get the next best thing, and the rest get what you can reliably supply to them.

    A word of caution: Don’t focus on technological superiority to the detriment of logistical practicality. http://www.mayofamily.com/RLM/txt_Clarke_Superiority.html

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    • SonodaYuki says:

      ah, spear, not lance. you want something easily manueverable.

      Cannons firing grapeshot or canister shot should be placed near the front to avoid friendly fire, while round shot cannons should be placed nearer to the rear.

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      • Falinmer says:

        Either way, the cannons would need a lot of space. Rather than going with round shot cannons though, it might be more effective to design mortar type weapons for indirect fire. They require less space and would be easier to defend. The main reason that a canon takes a lot of space, especially towards the front, is because the shockwave from firing the canon is enough to kill people who are standing near the barrel, but with a mortar that shockwave is in the air away from where people need to be. Not only that, a canon needs a (mostly) clear line of sight to be able to hit the target, but a mortar could shoot from behind a hill or in a canyon as long as they have a good enough artillery commander directing it. Other than that they would also want to focus on developing communications technology, with that they would have considerable superiority even without having high grade rifles, they could make do with muskets. If they have high enough maneuverability and communication they can easily make use of hit and run tactics while staying far away from each other. This would lead to considerable confusion on the enemies part because they wouldn’t understand how they could coordinate so well. Basically I agree they need to develop guns but I think that they should also simultaneously develop long range communication, like radios or whatever they need.

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