QualiA – Chapter 42: One problem over and… ⑦

The sound of metal was ringing in the place, and a pair of people were trotting to the location.

“Hah…Hah… That roar just now… Fuh… Was around here, right?”

“Yeah, around here is their territory, so…”

A slightly fat man looked around the place lacking breath, and the thin man was also looking around.

The both of them are wearing the knight armor of the Motoyasu Kingdom, so they should be knights of the kingdom. If they are guarding the area of the national border, it must mean that they are from the fifth knight division.

“Good grief. Even if it is our job, I don’t want to go to the place where such stinky guys are in.”

“Don’t complain. You are also stinking of sweat, so there’s not much difference.”

“I don’t stink that much! You also stink of sweat.”

“Mine is a floral scent, so it is okay.”

“What are you talking about floral, with that insipid body of yours.”

The thin man makes fun of the fat one, but the tone of the two tells me that this is an usual happening. As proof, even when they are voicing complains, their faces are smiling.

“Just a bit more, huh. I don’t wanna go…”

“We have to. We are the ones who would get shouted at by the platoon leader after all. Don’t complain and let’s just go.”

“Hah… The squad leader must be having fun with a woman right now.”

The two knights walk on while spitting out complains to the million. They must have quite the accumulated displeasure towards their superior, but that superior of theirs doesn’t sound like a decent person.

“I also want to sleep with a woman… A woman of the empire…”

“True.Those women are apparently quite the nymphos, so our turn will probably come in time.”

“Really? But by that time…”

“Yeah…”

While they continue their dirty talk that’s just unbearable to listen to, the two knights were laughing dirtily as they continue walking on, and then, they suddenly stop their feet and look at one place.

“H-Hey…”

“Y-Yeah…”

What’s in front of their eyes are the Atomos Titans that I defeated just a moment ago and are now showing a tragic sight of only their bones and skin remaining.

“This is what caused the roar just a while ago…”

“R-Right… But, what in the world is this?”

Seeing this, the two were acting strange.

“Atomos Titans turning into just piles of skin and bones…I have never heard of that before!”

“Y-Yeah… What is going on here?! Could it be a monster?!”

“As if I would know! But high tiered ones have been reduced to this sorry state… It might still be around!”

“W-We have to report this immediately!”

“Y-Yeah!”

Seeing off the two who were leaving in a hurry, I scratch my head and look at the skin and bones.

…This is bad.

Looks like that’s not how the Atomos Titans normally die like. I do feel regret for standing out like this, but what interests me more is the conversation the two were having.

“Empire women…huh.”

Moreover, he said women, so it would mean there’s several of them. Why are they at a remote place like this? Being bothered by that part is only natural.

Then, there’s only one thing to do.

Begin, stealth mission!

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Motoyasu side of the Stream mountain range – at the base of the mountain.

There’s two wooden buildings of two stories, and three small buildings that seem like storage huts. Aside from that, this place is surrounded by iron wires. Looks like this is the national border’s guard station.

“Huh… The corpses of Atomos Titans were left with only their bones and skin, you say?”

“Yes!”

“There’s no way that’s possible.”

An old man of around 40 years old with a stern face and only wearing underpants was showing an expression of doubt and glares at the knights in front of him. This old man is the platoon leader-sama of the national border guards.

I don’t even want to know why he is only in his underpants, but looks like the two knights didn’t share my same sentiments. Without even showing a single hint of withering at the gaze of the platoon leader, their eyes were nailed at the naked woman waving her hand at his back.

“B-But we did see that—”

“Don’t go spitting out lies just to slack off. Return to your stations at once!”

Saluting reluctantly, they looked at the naked woman with regret, and leave. The platoon leader snorts and shows a mocking smile.

“Good grief. Can’t they make a better lie?”

“My, it might have been the truth.”

With a charming voice, she leans her body on the platoon leader, and caresses his chest with her fingers.

“Ha! No way. Even if they die, they still leave their stinky meat. And yet, only the bones and skin are left? They must have seen wrong.”

“I see… Then, what will you do?”

“Isn’t that obvious?”

“Fufu, you are evil too. Telling your subordinates to work, and yet, Platoon Leader-sama is playing with a woman in his room…”

The woman laughs with a smile that strongly captivates men, and with warm eyes, she leans her face on his chest.

“Ooh, the empire women are quite aggressive.”

“Oh my, do you hate that?”

“No, I like them more than docile ones.”

While doing that conversation, they kiss.

“But with this…Motoyasu is done for.”

I was thinking of leaving since it felt as if I stayed any longer I would end up watching something I don’t want to, but the Platoon Leader said that.

“…Could it be…you are regretting it?”

“No, not at all. There’s talk that the king doesn’t have long, and the queen cannot keep the nobles in place.”

“Fufu, what a terrible person you are. You are a knight, and yet, you are betraying your country.”

“I am not the only one betraying. The Prime Minister’s—oops, that one was a secret. Act as if you didn’t hear that.”

“My, if you say that much, isn’t it pointless?”

“True.”

Not looking apologetic at all, the Platoon Leader was fondling the breasts of the woman persistently, his mood steadily getting better, and his ego must have gotten bigger as well.

“In time, I will become a captain in the Empire’s army after all!”

Beginning to speak of such dream-like sounding stuff, he laughs with his shoulders shaking along.

But this man…he said the answer.

I see, this is quite the hidden trump card.

That Bald Geezer had connections with the empire. This is totally selling out your own country, oi.

The empire joined hands to obtain the secret technique of the hero summoning. There’s the possibility that they are using Erac for that sake, but the reverse can be said as well.

Well, I honestly don’t care about those details. The problem is that, at this rate, the Motoyasu Kingdom will be done for.

“Oh my, that’s splendid. —Then, you will be standing shoulder to shoulder with Latius-sama.”

“Ha! Standing shoulder to shoulder with such a man, that’s a hundred years too early for him.”

Why is it that villains like to say the ‘a hundred years too early’ line? Also, I think that guy called Latius is three times stronger than you.

“Really? Latius-sama is undefeated even in the empire, and is called a superhuman that can go against a thousand.”

“I-Is that so… Then, I can take on ten thousand!”

Ah, this Platoon Leader is an idiot.

“Then, once you become captain, will you welcome me?”

“Yeah, that’s fine. If you can satisfy me more, that is.”

“Fufu, then, I will have to work a lo~t harder.”

The Platoon Leader was raising a loud laugh and the woman was laughing as well which reverberated in the room, but contrary to her voice, the eyes of the woman were not smiling at all. Rather, those eyes were devoid of emotions like those of a machine, and I could feel a type of madness in them.

Aah, I see.

This woman is most likely not a prostitute of the empire, but from the army acting as a civilian. For a prostitute, her body is strangely shaped up, and most of all, even when she is having a talk with the Platoon Leader, her eyes were not showing a single opening.

She is probably from the intelligence division, or maybe the one that does the cleaning up.

“Okay! One more time!”

“Kya! Geez~!”

I avert my eyes from the two who were exchanging a deep kiss, and I intentionally open the door when leaving the room.

Ignoring the two who were surprised at the door suddenly opening, I headed to where the knights close by to listen in on them while arranging the information in my mind.

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The two knights that had left the Platoon Leader’s room were not even hiding their resentment, they moved through the corridor with violent steps.

“Damn it! What’s with him?!”

“Oi, too loud.”

“But! We reported exactly what we saw, and yet, he called it seeing wrong! Not even confirming himself, is he an idiot?!”

The fat man was speaking ill with rough breath, and the thin man was sighing with a tired expression at that fat man.

“Hey…”

“What?”

But the fat man suddenly shrunk that energy of his, and while minding his surroundings, he speaks to the thin man.

“Want to escape from here?”

“—!! Oi, don’t say thoughtless stuff like that.”

“You plan on dying together with that Platoon Leader? If we stay here, there’s no doubt we will be killed.”

“I know, but…”

The thin man understood what the fat man was trying to say. The only knight here that doesn’t understand that is probably the Platoon Leader that is drowning in his desires.

“But you know, even if you say run, run where? We have betrayed the kingdom. There’s nowhere we can go to.”

“That’s just something he himself did on his own. If in the case we get caught, we can just say that we couldn’t go against the order of our superior, and they will forgive us.”

The words of the fat man had a point, and the thin man nods as if understanding, but he soon shakes his head and droops his shoulders.

“Not possible… The situation has already reached a stage that cannot be controlled. Also, if we were to run away, it would be the same as abandoning the country.”

“Then what do we do? The Empire’s army has already crossed the national borders, you know? After 4 to 5 days, an army of tens of thousands will reach the royal capital. The capital doesn’t have that amount of knights. Tell me how they are going to face that?”

“…True. At this point, no matter how much they struggle, Motoyasu is done for.”

The thin man was grieving the fact that the situation has already moved to an irreversible state, and the fat man wordlessly nodded with drooped shoulders.

“There’s already nothing we can do. Then, it would be better if we run away as soon as possible.”

“…Right. —Then, when is it you plan to?”

“Gather our stuff…and after tomorrow’s shift.”

“Understood.”

The two looked at each other and nod, and then, they left the building as if nothing happened, and return to their stations in the Stream mountain range with heavy steps.

The ones watching those two from the shadows were a beauty with a bewitching smile, and a Monster whose figure can’t be seen.

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How to say it…when humans are cornered, do they tend to confess their sins?

Thanks to them speaking out a storm, I understood a variety of things, but I didn’t expect the Empire’s army to be inside the Motoyasu Kingdom’s territory.

“That was quite fast. Did you obtain it?”

“Yeah, I found what I was searching for faster than I thought.” (Makoto)

Motoyasu Kingdom – The Queen’s room.

Time is 8 p.m.

After that, I didn’t return directly to the castle, and was looking for something. And after finding my objective, and setting the Marker, I teleported to the castle and went to the room of the Queen.

…At any rate…

Looks like the national border guards have not gotten the info that the king has recovered, but even if they had received the message, it most likely wouldn’t change the reality that the people there are rotten. It probably can’t be helped that they rot in such a remote region, but is it wrong to think that I would like it if they were to push through their standing as knights?

“Your face doesn’t match the good news though.”

“Yeah… For now, I would like you to be calm when listening to what I am about to say.” (Makoto)

“…Makoto-kun, you smoothing the ground first before speaking is giving me an incredibly bad feeling.” (Caril)

“Yeah, that’s because you are right.” (Makoto)

There’s no point in fanning her uneasiness.

“Looks like the Empire’s army has crossed the national borders and entered Motoyasu territory.” (Makoto)

I decided on speaking the reality straight as it is.

“…Eh?”

“This is no lie. Around 200 km northwest of here, there’s a forest, right? I confirmed that there’s several tens of thousands of the Empire’s soldiers. With those numbers, their march shouldn’t be that fast. —It would take around 4 to 5 days to arrive.” (Makoto)

Because I went to confirm this, I got late in returning to the castle.

“No way… What are the knights at the national border doing?!” (Caril)

“About them, they were the first to turn traitors. By the time I went there, the Platoon Leader was having fun with a woman. The other knights were preparing to escape.” (Makoto)

“…How could this be…” (Caril)

Being at a loss for words, the Queen had an expression speaking exactly those sentiments. Slumping on the sofa, she covered her face with her trembling hands.

“Even though he finally…finally recovered…” (Caril)

A trembling voice – a cry from the bottom of her heart.

“Why is the Empire…at this moment?” (Caril)

Enduring the tears that were about to overflow, I could painfully understand the anger of the Queen that cannot be put in words. But right now’s not the time to be dragged around by emotions.

“Get a grip of yourself, Caril Dilba Motoyasu!” (Makoto)

“—!!”

We don’t have the time to be standing idly after all.

“This time around, Erac and the Empire’s army are connected. This is probably the hidden trump card for the rebellion.” (Makoto)

“Erac did…” (Caril)

“Call Gallahart. Send a scout to the place at once to get information as soon as possible.” (Makoto)

“Y-Yeah…” (Caril)

“How long do you plan on spacing out?! Don’t you have a duty to protect this country?! Do you plan on letting your people die a pig’s death?!” (Makoto)

If you don’t do anything…at this rate, in just a few more days, the capital will be covered in the flames of war. For the sake of avoiding that, there’s the need to be the first ones to move. And also, have the one who is pulling the strings in the darkness to come out to put an end to all this. For the sake of that as well, there’s the need to protect the capital at all cost.

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71 thoughts on “QualiA – Chapter 42: One problem over and… ⑦

  1. This are ridiculous royalties, aren’t they supposed to give bountiful rewards for every good or amazing deeds and despair to those who misuse their power to strengthen their hold on the kingdom?

    They still haven’t given Makoto the rewards he deserves for all his achievements, atleast they should be giving Prim or some kemonomimi on a silver platter to Makoto!!!

    These aren’t royals or nobles but plain leeches kek

    Give loli sauce!!!

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    1. It was already made clear, that even though they can’t expose his good deeds, he can take anything he wants as a reward, including threesomes with the Queen and Niva, or marriage to Prim, but he can’t have the kemonomimi, the fluffiness belongs to the Queen alone.

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    2. Because Makoto wants to live a normal and discreet life. The moment they give him official recognition, all that is off the table and it’s more of a loss than a reward.

      Also, what on earth can you give this guy who can get/make any material luxury he wants?

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    1. Wait… don’t! If you read the raw, Spoiler-san might possess you like he did me! He tried to do it again because I read the raws for “The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs” and “Ankoku Kishi Monogatari”. Between the insanity from forcing oneself to muscle through the raws and the desire for what you know is going to happen getting translated… he will get you.

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    1. Can someone remind me what is makoto’s plan again?!
      I assumed he hates this world travels and would prefer to go back as soon as possible…
      But he is so OP that he can probably just ‘knock out’ the demon lord by himself then have the hero poke him on a vital and done! mission accomplished! everyone goes back in time for dinner, right?! why is he just strolling around again?

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      1. Let me dissect this argument.

        I will begin by saying there’s way too little information to assume that Makoto can just stroll in the place and have the heroes kill the Demon Lord. However, there’s a lot of information to point that Makoto would be against the idea. The fact that he has been in contact with the demon race in other worlds where the demons are not actually the bad guys, heck, the person he currently still loves is a Demon Lord.
        Second, he knows the Gods are watching. If he were to stroll and kill the Demon Lord, the Gods wouldn’t take kindly to that. They will probably do even more messed up stuff to create entertaintment, more so when now they know Makoto is in that world.
        Third, the Demon Lord is actually acting as a semi deterrent for human conflict. Right now the Demon Lord is laying low, and what’s that causing in the human race? It is creating petty struggles for power in the small and large scale. This whole arc has been that. Humans are scum with a sprinkle of good ones. Imagine if that Demon Lord is gone. It will be a full blown out war between humans.

        Now, for the glaring issue. Killing the Demon Lord is not the returning condition, it is the magic formation that is inside the priestess that summoned them, which I think they said would take 3 years(maybe, not sure) to finish.
        If in that time he were to kill the Demon Lord, it would only create a new conflict in the midst. Most likely the human war I pointed above.

        Makoto is most likely having the heroes mature as people in this scenario. He can just hand them the Demon Lord in a silver platter, but I am sure this will hamper their values like a kid who gets everything handed to them, and from what I have seen, the heroes are still not ready to kill anyone at all.

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      2. They also don’t just go back if the Demon Lord dies, they are stuck there for at least a year. Makoto isn’t very good at travel between worlds either, he said it would be difficult without knowing exactly where they are in relation to their own dimension, he could have jump-started it, if the summoning circle was the full service type, but it’s the one way type. The main reason to protect this kingdom, other than that they are already in front of him, is that the Priestess that did the summon is their only way home.

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  2. Thank you for the translations Reigokai.

    This is the time when you need to call for Gallahart to help defend Camelot… err… Motoyasu… Castle (?)

    *shouting in the distant*
    “Looooord Camelot !”
    (Fortress of the Distant Utopia)

    …..
    The chapter ends with “Chapter 42: One problem over and…”
    It’s kinda weird.

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  3. {Makoto has earned the titles [Bad News Bears] and [Commander]}
    Does that Platoon Leader really think that he’ll actually be rewarded by the Empire for betraying his home country?
    Traitors are even less likely to be trusted by the enemy. Like, who’s to say that they won’t betray them as well when they don’t even hold loyalty to their home country?
    Well, at least Makoto can help stabilize the situation.

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  4. well Makoto…. is it time to use some ‘Tehe-Pero~’ tactical nuke class magic of your own ? or you might test some even more weirder magic that you have in your arsenal ? or maybe as a joke make Balderac grow some hair ALL OVER HIS BODY before executing him ?

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  5. It would be a shame if the Empire’s army were to disappear in a day but I think Makoto wants to deal with this in a way that screws up Erac’s plans even more.

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  6. That was a decent pep talk, I’d say. Poor Caril has way too much to deal with. The only thing that can be called a saving grace is that she has a monster on her side.
    …Oh, and that she’s best girl. That’s good too.

    Yeah…there’s no way to keep the heroes out of this problem now, is there? I’m not sure whether Erac is planning to hand them over to the empire or kill them or what, but this is too…big. They can’t stay out of it now, so Makoto better include dropping some Senpai Hero wisdom on them as part of his countermovements.

    Ah, and on the bright side, the turncoat captain is so incompetent that Makoto managed to get away with standing out. As long as the spy he’s banging doesn’t look into it either, silver lining!

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    1. If the invasion goes through then yes I can see what you mean about keeping the heros out of the problem but Erac is connected now, so I would have thought Makoto would deal with the invasion before it has a chance to begin.

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      1. Well if you’re gonna throw gravity magic into the equation, then the orca becomes unnecessary.

        If you want real damage, make a pebble weigh several tons after throwing it. If you want coverage, stitch a bunch of sheets together and use gravity magic on that.

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      2. Well, Orcas don’t have the Earth Attribute though…
        They’re primarily Water Attribute, and Flying Orcas also have Wind Attribute.

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  7. Thanks for the chapter, Latius-sama… they’re dropping names so wondering how he/she will be involved with Makoto… then again maybe not

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  8. I am still wondering about that beauty that was watching, like the the one that knew MC was in the douche minister’s office and the one that gave the magic division head more power. I wonder who or what it is…

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