Prologue: Erica Aurelia, the Villainous Lady

This will be a long time project. By the time I will post this, there are 138 chapters available. I know, I know. I told you that I don’t want to translate a long novel, but this is one that I really love and nobody picked it up. So. Yeah. I hope you will like this series.

TL: clover

ED: clover, eristol


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“How did this happen…?”

 

I, Erica, the Duke of Aurelia’s daughter, couldn’t move when I saw myself in the mirror.

 

Dark golden hair like honey was rolled elegantly.

The skin was white like milk and the cheeks were rosy.

Although it was still the young face of an 8-years-old, she had high eyebrows and emerald eyes that looked arrogant.

 

—Is that, me?

 

Wrong! This isn’t me! This is—

I began to feel a sense of incompatibility with the hair color, skin color and eye color.

Above all, this characteristically vertical roll……!!

This is the villainous lady of the romance-fantasy girl game『Liber Monstrorum ~Phantom Beasts and the Winter Princess~』 Erica Aurelia!1

 

I was seized by a sensation which made my feet wobbly and I leaned on the mirror to stabilize myself.

One by one, the memories of my past life gushed forth like a spring, and I felt sick.

 

Does that mean that I have reincarnated and awakened the memories of my previous life?

I think that is absurd, but just now, the recollection about my life as Erica said that this is the world of『Liber Monstrorum ~Phantom Beasts and the Winter Princess~』

 

And that is why I have nothing but bad feelings no matter how good my face has become.

More importantly, it is that villainous lady, Erica Aurelia.

 

I knew that Erica was bullying the heroine who entered the magic academy, and she was the first person to die during the time when the bizarre incident started.

 

If I grow up like this, when the drama for the heroine and her chosen capture target reaches the climax and the murder case begins, I will die!

 

I really want to avoid that.

Being suddenly attacked and dying again, that would be too regrettable.

 

Again?

 

And the memory I didn’t want to remember rushed into my head.

It seems to be the memory of my last moment in the previous life.

 

I was shocked because I could see shiny things.

I felt a burning heat in my flank and when I reached out my hand there, it was bright red with blood.

I escaped to ask someone for help, but I was stabbed many times as I shouted—

 

I see, after that, I died……

 

He was my colleague, I thought he was a man who never talked much.

Suddenly, on my way back from work, he stabbed me many times while saying ‘You betrayed me’, but why?

The only contact with him I could remember was lending him a retractable umbrella when it began to rain, but what was his problem?

 

Or was it that?

There was a similar incident during high school.

 

I belonged to the Geography Club, and everyone in the club (which consisted of boys except for me) said ‘I have fallen in love with you’ and in the end it was misunderstood that I had a physical relationship with everyone, and that rumor was circulated around the school.

It was hell.

I was weak and poor; I couldn’t clear up the misunderstanding.

 

One of the members who truly believed it hit me from behind at night……

By the time I left the hospital, the Geography Club had become deserted and I had the worst nicknames, such as ‘Circle Crusher’, ‘Small Carnivorous Plant’, or just plain ‘Slut’…… hahaha…

Painful.

 

Even at university, or even in society, although not as serious as that, there were similar incidents.

I failed at trying to overcome real human relationships as safely as possible.

 

It was troublesome trying to be involved with other people other than for business, so I got addicted to something.

It was game speedruns2.

Fiction wouldn’t go as far as trying to hit me through the display screen!

How wonderful!

 

The memories I remembered are mostly my disastrous experiences and the main strategy method of the game.

I was biased in my life experiences.

The more I follow up the thread of my memories, the more I realize that I haven’t done a single worthwhile thing in my actual life, so I can’t help it.

 

So, I didn’t dislike Erica.

Strong spirit.

Prideful.

Active.

 

She was a girl who seemed to embody the strengths I admired in the past life.

She was close to my ideal except for the harassing people part.

If I were a girl like this, I wouldn’t be harassed or stabbed by a misunderstanding Yandere man.

Maybe an ordinary human being would also be able to overcome it, but that is a trivial thing.

 

That’s it!

I can change this romance-fantasy girl game into a happy-go-lucky fantasy girl game!

But, is it really possible?

 

At the very least, I would have to escape my mysterious deaths.

I feel that only then I can live more freely than my previous life.

Not bad.

Surely clues can be found in the memories of my previous life.

 

Why did Erica die?

That is because Erica trampled over the lives of other characters.

If I avoid that, I might be able to seek refuge in the middle of a fatal situation.

 

The dark past of each capture targets.

Those were death flags that Erica built herself.

Since that is the case, I can strike down the death flags with all my power.

 

However, there is something I want to check before that.

This ‘memory’ can also be my delusion.

It is possible that this isn’t a reincarnation but a sign that I am going crazy.

 

The young Erica was just playing with her 20-years-old older brother.

She got sleepy while reading an easy-to-read book with a lot of pictures from her older brother’s collection.

She fell asleep on a chaise lounge and then she came in front of the mirror with her messy hair again.

 

In order to judge whether my memory is a delusion or not, I have to make sure whether something that I know has happened or not.

 

“Are you okay, Erica?”

 

It is my older brother who came close to me, worried about me who was leaning against the mirror.

Just in time.

 

“Your complexion isn’t good.”

 

My brother’s name is Eduard Aurelia.

He is the first child of the Duke of Aurelia and one of the heroine’s capture target.

His hair has the same blonde hue as Erica’s, but his eyes are very kind and sweet.

 

“Onii-sama, thank you very much. I just got a little tired for a moment.”

“I see, you just read a variety of books until a while ago. You should eat sweet things.”

 

Eduard took out a small package from a small box on the table, and unwrapped the package.

 

“Here, open your mouth.”

 

When I opened my mouth, the chocolate grain was thrown in.

My brother is always sweet to me.

 

“Is it delicious?”

“Yes.”

“Yeah, you’re a good girl, Erica.”

 

He stroked my hair with a gentle hand.

If I had such an older brother, I wouldn’t blame anyone for being a brocon.

 

Well then, I need to get the information I want from my gentle older brother.

 

“Um, Onii-sama.”

“Hm, what is it, Erica? Do you want more chocolate?”

“If I eat too much before supper I will get fat.”

 

I feel bad for making my older brother’s smile dim a little.

But, I have to ask him about the incident at the beginning of this game.

 

“May I ask you about things of the northern, the ice and snow-covered Lucanrant territory?”

“……What are you talking about?”

“About what happened in the North last year.”

“……You mean the Tragedy of Lucanrant Ducal House, huh……?”

 

Eduard-oniisama looked sad as he said it.

 

“That, when Erica gets a little older……I will tell you in detail at that time, for now I want you to excuse me.”

“……I understand, Onii-sama. I’m sorry.”

“No, it’s okay, I’m sorry for being fussy, Erica.”

 

It would have been better if I could have a confirmation that there was a tragedy in the North called the ‘Werewolf Massacre Incident.’

However, I wasn’t expecting the 20-years-old older brother to explain such a gruesome story to his 8-year-old sister in more details.

 

“Then, I will return to my room.”

 

With this, it is confirmed that this world is『Liber Monstrorum』.

The phantom beasts – numerous monsters, werewolves, vampires – were the beginning of a strange world where they were engulfed in the shadows of the night.


1 Liber Monstrorum: it is the latin of Book of Monster. It is a late seventh-or early eighth-century Anglo-Latin catalogue of marvellous creatures. (source)

2 Speedruns: a term in gaming where you tried to challenge yourself while gaming, whether it was to beat the highest score, beat it in the fastest time, or make all routes play-throughs.


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31 thoughts on “Prologue: Erica Aurelia, the Villainous Lady

  1. ooh this story sounds very promising. It has all the fantasy elements that I like. Hopefully we have a good heroine that is smart. Thanks for translating it!

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  2. –>I didn’t think that the 20-years-old older brother would explain such a gruesome story to his 8-year-old sister in more details.

    you forgot to edit this one to 12

    anyways would this series have regular updates (daily,weekly,monthly) or just based on whims?

    also thanks for the chapppppppppppppp

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  3. One of the things that always bothered me about other otome game reincarnation stories was that they could generally easily avoid their bad end just by being nice, but make a big deal about avoiding it.

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  4. You fixed one point but it still says “The young Erica was just playing with her 12-year-old older brother” so maybe you’d want to make the age consistent.

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  5. I’ve been browsing NU every single day for 2 years already but this is the first time i saw this since it was release last month … hmm. Interesting novel.

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  6. I really like how you try to improve your translation and edit it later on. That’s great work moral and a good translation is the best! Also, I’m addicted to those villainess noble girls novels so I’m glad you chose this one.

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  7. it seems this one begin with SAFE MODE not like Eliza & that really drastic prologue & Erica previous life is explain in DARK MODE in reverse
    thanks for chap

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    1. On the raw it was written エドアルト (Edoaruto) but at first I thought that was Edward. Recently I thought it over again, but Edward usually written as エドワード (Edowaado) or エドアルド (Edoarudo). And besides, Eduart makes more sense for エドアルト (Edoaruto).

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  8. Lmao Reading the first part made me think:
    MC: *exists*
    Angry Yandere man: *shanks her* You betrayed me!
    MC: *feels her life being drained away as her last word is: WuT*
    The mc then dies to continue another life in another world…… Yeet
    Thx for the chapter :3

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  9. Flashback of how she died: “I felt a burning heat in the my flank and when I reached out my hand there, it was bright red with blood.”

    The “heat in the my flank” is confusing.

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    1. Oops, thanks for catching that. It was a typo. I have erased the “the” part. I may have overlooked that mistake while reading.

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  10. What’s with the bizarre punctuation in this translation? For instance, why use an ellipsis (i.e., …) directly before a question mark? And why in God’s name would you put two ellipses in a row (……)? If there was a lengthy pause, just say that.You need to describe what’s going on, rather than hint at it.

    Translating isn’t about converting words from one language to another, you need to preserve meaning and flow. This often requires that you rewrite what was written so it will make sense in the new language, particularly with punctuation and use of personal pronouns. Conveying the spirit of the original work is more important than getting caught up with an exact translation (which sometimes is impossible due to language differences).

    Rather than two, please consider using only one punctuation mark at the end of each sentence. If it’s heavily implied that there was a large pause in speech, simple state that instead of putting two ellipses, and so on.

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    1. I understand your concerns but in some cases we must stick to the raw, because that is the author’s writing style. As for stating long pauses, if we state that everytime it will break the immersion. So at least in terms of punctuations, we follow the raw unless it is too bizarre like adding a , in the middle of ellipses and stuff like that. Besides, I am certain this sort of punctuation is nothing new in web novels, since this is different from your orthodox literature and casual English is used here a lot compared to the traditional style. And we do often change sentence structures to make it flow better in English rather than directly translating the raw.

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