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Chapter 32 – Their Respective Thoughts
Nichol Jessica was reflecting.
During the attack on the Capital, the population was roughly halved. Only then did this battle, that would later be known as the “Royal Capital Disturbance,” come to an end.
The Royal Family, the Adventurers Guild, the citizens――all suffered grievous injury. But none so grievous as the Public Safety Force. With almost every member dead from Vice-Captain down, they were as good as annihilated. Having lost almost all her subordinates, the Captain, Remilia-sama, was desperate to recruit in the aftermath.
Meanwhile, the inhabitants of the city were trying just as hard to fix their destroyed homes, and return as quickly as possible to normal life. None of the survivors had the time to be grieving.
It became known that the invasion was the work of a secret organisation called the Malferands, and that they were the long-time enemy of Decarabia[Demon Destroying Pentagram]. Although a number of baffling points remained, such as huge spikes of mana observed here and there around the city, as well as the sudden retreat of the demon, the deaths of all the Decarabia[Demon Destroying Pentagram] members made the truth impossible to know.
The only thing they knew was that the demons had withdrawn, and that peace had returned to the Capital. Most of the residents believed that the desperate resistance of the human forces had repelled the demon attack.
But the truth was different.
All surviving individuals with enough strength or influence, found it suspicious. Why had the demons simply destroyed themselves? After the raid, these people now knew the strength of the demons, unwilling or not. The humans could not have won. They had already speculated that the mysterious deaths of the Malferand officers were likely the result of internal conflict without the demons. Nobody was optimistic enough to think that the humans had done the job.
But Jessica knew even more.
The efforts of one girl saved the nation. But this isn’t something I can tell anybody else. I still don’t know if I should. Even I’m not sure myself. It’s something I’ll need to think about.
That girl, the saviour of our country, was Tilea-san. Is there some reason she isn’t aware of her unrivalled fighting strength?
I can’t say that I don’t want to know, but for some reason I’m afraid of pursuing it.
At any rate, it seems that Tilea-san is going to live in the Capital. She said that she was going to start working here because she was worried about her sister, but is she going to be okay?
Tilea-san is such an airhead that I can’t help but worry. But well, if there’s anything I can do to help her, I will.
In the end, I never got to meet Timu-chan. I wonder if she’s as ridiculous as Tilea-san is.
I really wonder what kind of girl she is. I want to meet her. Well, I guess I can look forward to meeting her at school then.
And speaking of friends…
I hear that Edim is going to continue going to school, even as a vampire. Apparently the authorities don’t know about it. I have no intention of informing them either. If the Royal Family knew, she would be executed for sure.
But is this really fine? What if Edim isn’t the Edim I know anymore…?
Tilea-san told me, “Edim has her human heart back, so it’s fine.”
What’s the truth?
If she’s really still just a vampire, countless people will become victims again. No, I should stop this. I’m really just happy that my friend is alive. I don’t want a repeat of Lyris-chan. I can’t bear to lose another friend.
Thinking about Lyris-chan still hurts so much.
For some reason, she feels like a friend I’ve spent years, no, almost all my life with. And who’s the “Aria” that she mentioned at the end?
I’ll find her. It’s Lyris-chan’s last will. There has to be some meaning to it.
Jessica opened the door, and leapt outside.
Now then. Time for school.
There’s no proof that this will be the last demon attack. To defend the country from a second, or third attack, it’s vital to rebuild.
Certainly, there were a number of mysteries surrounding this demon raid on the capital. But there’s nothing to be done, except to be thankful that we’re alive, and to move forward, one step at a time.
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Camilla Bo Malferand was agonising over something.
The other day, I received some presents from Oneesama.
Jessica and Edim, was it…?
With little strength, they would have little use in battle, but their appearances are not bad. More than suitable as toys. I’ll make sure to show them lots of love.
Oneechan has given me two such enjoyable toys. But whatever shall I gift her in return?
Camilla was troubled.
Perhaps a nation? No, no, the entire world is hers to begin with. It would be ridiculous to gift her with her own belongings.
Mn!? But then if everything in the world belongs to Oneesama, how could I possibly gift her something? Truly a conundrum.
What should I do…?
Camilla was troubled. How could she please her lofty and magnificent Oneesama? After thinking for a while, what she came up with was…
Oneesama once said that “the best presents are made by hand”.
Fumu. It stands to reason that I return her presents(humans) in kind(kin). I shall handcraft her the strongest kin to present to her. Oneesama will surely be pleased. I shall put all my heart into it. No more half-baked creations. I’ll use all my mana this time. After all, I already have plenty of foolish kin like Ortissio.
Camilla envisioned the strongest kin in her mind.
First is loyalty…
Naturally, this shall be set to the maximum. Those who would dare to rebel should be torn limb from limb. I will create a kin who thinks of Oneesama first, and puts her even above myself, its parent.
Now then, what type should it be…?
A mighty hero, or perhaps a wise general? Shall I try asking Oneesama indirectly?
“This may seem sudden, but may I know what your preferred type is?”
“Oohh! To think that you’d suddenly ask something like this.”
“Yes. I would very much like to know how you feel.”
“Hmmm~ This is kinda embarrassing, huh? Do I really have to say?”
“Yes. If possible, I would like to know, but…”
“I see~ To put it bluntly, an elf, I guess.”
Although inferior to a demon’s, elves certainly do have powerful bodies, and have long lives as well. Best of all, many of them are attractive. So this is Oneesama’s taste.
“I see. In other words, Oneesama desires a beautiful elf?”
“GUHAH-! That’s a very blunt way of putting it, but… I suppose so.”
“I understand, Oneesama.”
Alright. Let’s go with an elf as the base then. A demonic elf I suppose we could call it.
“Then, this is my second question. Please choose your preference from the following list.”
“W-, What? A continuation of your previous question? Well, that’s fine I guess. Go ahead.”
“Yes. The choices are, the military general type, the mighty hero type, the wise general type, and the all-purpose type.”
“F-, For some reason this feels like a military simulation game.”
“Oneesama, what is this ‘melee Terry simyuleh shon geme’ that you speak of?”
“Eh, it sounds a bit annoying to explain, so don’t worry about it. More importantly, could you explain these types in more detail?”
“Yes. The wise general type advises the army, and forms plans and tactics. A strategist, you could say. The great hero type cuts through enemy lines, and forges the way forward. The military general type is skilled not only in battle, but in commanding troops as well. The all-purpose type is skilled in both martial and mental aspects, but there is the risk that they will be a master-of-none. You could say that the Household Guard, Nielsen included, all fall within the great hero and military general types.”
“Then my choice is absolutely the wise general type. Honestly, I’ve had more than enough of idio――I mean, martial enthusiasts, already. We already have plenty of them around.”
“I see. Then the wise general type it is.”
“H-, Hey, Timu. What’s all this been about? ――Could it be that you’re taking new applicants for the Evil God Army?”
“Huhu, Oneesama, please look forward to it.”
“I-, I’m feeling a little uneasy, but… okay. I see. If it’s the wise general type, then I guess we’re recruiting smart people this time.”
“Yes. I will prepare an exceptionally wise general.”
“Haha, exceptionally, is it? Does that mean they’ll have intelligence points of above 90? Well, 100 is probably impossible.”
“Oneesama, how high is 100 exactly?”
“Oh, 100 points would mean an absolutely flawless strategist.”
“Absolutely flawless, you say!?”
“Yeah. But well, I bet nobody like that actually exists.”
So Oneesama desires a flawless strategist. I must absolutely fulfil her wish.
“Oneesama, does a flawless strategist mean that they never once give a mistaken command?”
“Yep, that’s it. For example, if before a fight with the enemy general, they famously say “They will surely become your subordinate,” then it absolutely has to go that way.”
“Could it be that in your past life, because of a strategist, you…?”
“Yeah. In my last life, back when I used to play a game like you guys do now, Timu, I――”
“As expected of you, Oneesama. Even world conquest is simply a game to you.”
“W-, Well, strictly speaking, it was an online game, but… Anyway, that guy went and said “He is surely awaiting your invitation, milord,” but when I sent a messenger I was rejected! And then the guy even stole the famous gift horse! Honestly, hard to deal with.”
“What insolence! Not only did they dare trample on my Oneesama’s invitation, but they even did something as foolish as taking your horse!”
“Right!? Right!? I saved and loaded so many times. All of it was because of that quack strategist’s fault.”
“A useless strategist brings all harm and no gain. In other words, you would have been better off without him?”
“Exactly. Honestly, that strategist was all talk. Everything always went opposite to plan. But well, I guess it was a bad idea to use a general with 80 intelligence as a strategist, huh.”
“I understand how you feel, Oneesama. Please leave it to me. I shall create a 100 intelligence wise general for you.”
“I-, I see. Good luck with your recruiting.”
“Huhu, Oneesama, he shall be an absolutely flawless strategist. No longer will you suffer mistakes that would deprive you of your horses. Or rather, the very moment anybody rejects your invitation will be the moment of their death.”
“Haha, if they’re dead I guess you can’t bribe them with gifts, huh.”
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Tilea was troubled.
I’ve been thinking ever since it was decided that Timu would be going to school. I’m going to live here in the Capital. Although I want Timu to gain independence, she’s still only 14. It’s obvious that she’d be lonely living away from family. Or rather, I would be lonely. So I decided to find a job in the Capital, and work while watching over her but…
Reality is cruel, tohoho(boo-hoo-hoo).
Relying on my skill as a chef, I asked absolutely every restaurant in the Capital to take me in, but I didn’t receive any favourable responses. It makes sense that you wouldn’t hire somebody whose origins you didn’t even know. There were even some rude people who seemed to be after my body. I immediately ran away though.
Hahh~ Looking for a job is so hard.
To think that I’d be experiencing this in this life as well…
Anyway, after suffering failure after failure, I decided that if I couldn’t be hired at a restaurant, I could just open my own.
Only, I unfortunately had no capital to start with. You’d need at some millions of gold to start a restaurant. It’d be impossible for me to prepare. I don’t want to put a burden on my parents, but I can’t rely on Loser(Bizef) either.
Loser(Bizef) already spent quite a lot of money on the procedures to get Timu into the Magic Academy.
Any more than this is, you know…? I’m not a wicked woman anymore, and I don’t to see him hang himself because of bankruptcy.
Aahh, I wish I had my own store.
Afterword from the translator:
I’ve noticed that a lot of people aren’t too enthused by the side-character Aria.
I personally find her inclusion pretty cool, actually. As many authors are prone to do, Rina Shito-sensei reused character ideas from his previous works. Pretty much every story was abandoned shortly after he began, but having a look through them proves to be quite interesting for Tilea-fans.
①: Bikitan Empire’s Counterattack.
It’s… a misunderstanding story, but not quite the same as Tilea’s Worries.
PLOT SYNOPSIS: To put it simply, a really ugly Japanese guy lived a crappy life because of his appearance, and in the end was tricked by a hostess and died. When he was reborn in a fantasy world, he was the son of a powerful noble. His skill in magic was great, and it didn’t take long for him to rise in the world. Unfortunately he was still ugly. At any rate, he decided then to raise an orphan girl, Mion, as a bride in a sort of Hikaru Genji project(child grooming). As she grew older, she grew hotter, and eventually became a couple with a famous hot guy, Leo.
Naturally, the protagonist opposed, but they got married anyway and had a daughter. It gets a bit dark from here. The protagonist snaps, rapes Mion, and then uses body possession magic to take-over their silver-haired red-eyed daughter’s body.
Interestingly, this story was the first mention of the Kingdom of Arcudas.
②: Next on the list, a bit further back into his writing timeline, is Demon Milaine’s Otherworld Struggles.
PLOT SYNOPSIS: It’s about a demon girl, Milaine, and how she and a bunch of elves, humans and dwarves all end up teleported to some unknown continent. Everybody, her included, is panicked, with the exception of a strange pair of boys in strange clothing. They belong to the ‘WSLE Society’, and are named Shioda and Inoue respectively…
Incidentally, the girl is actually one of top executives for a demon named Zorg, and she’s also descended from one of the Three Great Demons.
Not only that, her name is Malferand Bo Milaine Radluf. Her close friends usually call her Milaine, while others often call her Mamira.
③: The most interesting one by far, is actually his first story, Aria’s Reversion Spiral.
PLOT SYNOPSIS: A somewhat cowardly, crybaby, teenaged girl named Lia is on the run with her parents. A crazed killer has massacred most of the village, which is now burning. Despite their efforts, her parents die to ‘Sen-san’, the killer, as they try to protect her. In the end, she dies as well, in terror.
When she wakes up, she finds herself in the 6-year-old body of the girl who she used to know as the biggest gangster of the village, Aria. As it turns out, Aria was orphaned at a young age, and lived with her abusive uncle. She finds that her body is currently suffering from a cold, but her uncle sends her out to steal alcohol.
As ‘Aria’, she finds her way back to Lia’s house, and after being stopped by the maid, she collapses in front of Lia’s parents. When she wakes up, Lia’s mother is nursing her, and terrified of being sent away from her beloved parents to that uncle’s side, she cries and begs Lia’s mother not to abandon her. Lia’s mother, Karin, sees ‘Lia’ in ‘Aria’, and convinces her unwilling husband to adopt her as a second daughter.
As a child, Aria meets Sen-san and crazily accuses him of being a mass murderer. He responds in a confused, but kind manner, and she’s struck by confusion and a headache. Eventually she reasons that perhaps she was simply insane with jealousy for the much loved and wealthy Lia, and in combination with her abusive uncle, she came up with a strange delusion about once being Lia.
Aria lives peacefully. One day when she is fourteen, she visits the kindly ‘Sen-san’. He brings up the matter she brought up a long time ago, about accusing him of being a crazed murderer. She apologises, and states that she was simply confused. Though still in wonder, he concludes that it was likely just a coincidence, and murders her.
She once again wakes up as the 6-year-old Aria, and once again becomes adopted. This time, she vows to protect her family.
Along the way, she meets with the popular and beautiful Nichol Jessica. In her first life as Lia, Jessica was discovered as a child to have magical potential, and moved with her family to the Capital.
In this life, she befriends Jessica, and at the end of her life, Sen-san mentions ‘awakening’ and ‘regaining (his) true memories’. Shortly before murdering her again, he states that his true name is Nielsen.
In her third time as Aria, she notices that the training she did in the second time carried over for her, as well as the mana capacity. Having already enjoyed almost thirty years together with her original family, this time she resolves to be independent to toughen herself, after murdering her uncle.
This time as well, she befriends Jessica.
Anyway, she dies again, and the story gets a bit more complicated, and cuts off shortly afterwards.
Still, after considering the Tilea’s Worries profile page, the entry about Aria’s best friend Jessica, and Aria’s secret technique, we can venture some guesses about the Tilea’s Worries Aria.
In the story, Jessica never seemed to understand why Lyris always helped her. As far as Jessica knew, Lyris was just a stranger. On the other hand, during Lyris’ last moments, the story mentioned Jessica’s place in her heart.
Considering that our Aria had the ability to splinter her power and memories into ten clones, we can assume that Lyris inherited a friendship with Jessica. And from Rina-sensei’s previous work, we can venture a guess as to when this mysterious Aria even became friends with Jessica.
Presumably in one of her past loops, she became Jessica’s friend. Then, in one of the loops after she acquired the ‘Fist of Ten Bodies’, she split herself into multiple parts, and at least some of her friendship with Jessica was passed onto the clone, Lyris.
Following that, Lyris behaved as natural, and saved Jessica whenever she was in trouble. Upon her death, her memories returned to Aria.
Well, just some food for thought. Actually, perhaps some of you might think that Aria should be the protagonist. Were this not a ridiculous comedy series, I would have to whole-heartedly agree.
Anyway, that’s how it is. I hope you’ve enjoyed the first two arcs. I’ve tried my best to convey the humour, and now that I’ve gotten better at translating, I’ll probably be going back to see if there’s anything I could improve.
As for the Side Story, Arc 3 and Arc 4, I’m quite eager to translate them. But considering the places they begin chronologically, I’ll only begin translating Arc 4 and the Side Story once I reach certain milestones in Arc 3.
Finally, I’ve updated the character profile page to reflect the situation at the start of the Arc 3.