Chapter 77: Launching Ceremony (part two)

I hope there will be an illustration of this chapter in the third book~ Enjoy the chapter! Also, there is an announcement in the bottom of this chapter.

TL: clover

ED: xtostos


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When I noticed, I was a dragon.

……Or at least that was what I couldn’t help thinking from the view that was spreading before me.

 

Under the expanse of the sky which continued until the edge of horizon, ‘I’ turned swiftly while receiving the wind on ‘my’ wings.

It wasn’t only my sense of vision, but I could also feel the wind pressure struck my skin and wings, and hear the sound of the whirlwind.

Furthermore, I was still holding hands with Auguste on the deck of the aircraft carrier.

 

Surely, Auguste used the unusual power of Theurge, but—

What should I do, somehow the information flowing into my brain was too much for me to handle.

 

“Oops, sorry. I unintentionally transfer the entire thing.

I will reduce it a bit over to my direction.”

 

Along with Auguste’s words, the burden suddenly became lighter.

At the same time, the tactile and auditory senses of the dragon disappeared and only kept the visual information.

It felt like I was looking over the sky from a camera attached to a dragon.

In the meantime, the position of the camera gradually lowered backwards and became a viewpoint straddling the back of the dragon’s neck.

 

“How about now?”

“Waa……Auguste-sama!?”

 

In a position that embraced me from behind, Auguste was also sitting there.

It was like a two-seater ride on a horse.

I rode on top of the dragon unknowingly, but it didn’t feel like it, my hair and dress didn’t flutter at all.

Perhaps this ‘me’ and ‘Auguste’ were only images that were not substantive to make it easier for the senses to be muted.

 

“An ancient dragon in the sky above this city lent me his eyes.

It seems that he was the Throne of the King of the olden days, in other words my ancestor, and decided to keep us company like this for nostalgia’s sake.

I cannot take you to ride on top of a dragon with the real body, but there is a method like this.”

“I think that this is very wonderful.”

“Let’s try to lower the altitude. Knot Reed seen from the sky is also beautiful.”

 

After a span of a few seconds, the dragon with our images on top rotated his body around it’s own length entering inverted flight.

The dragon commenced a steep descent into the sea of clouds as if diving into them back first.

 

Piercing through a layer of thick clouds, the visibility became clear at once.

A beautiful jade-colored canal rings spread below us, forming a geometrical figure.

The irregularly arranged orange roofs, when viewed from above Knot Reed, seemed like crystals.

The way the large and small boats traveling through the canals and bays made me feel like I was currently looking into an elaborate machine.

The light of the lighthouse could be seen through the mist that was hanging over the sea in intervals.

Lots of wagons and people were crowding in the Town of All Kinds of Goods, and it seemed that it was also prospering today.

 

“Since this is a rare moment, take a look at whatever you like. I will focus it for you.”

“Yes.”

 

Prompted by Auguste, I concentrated on the visual information.

First of all, this.

Find a ship that stood out among the many ships floating in the bay.

The new aircraft carrier we were riding.

 

As if nestling close to the new aircraft carrier, another slightly smaller aircraft was beside it.

Compared to the old model, the new type seemed to be two or three times larger.

 

I could see myself and Auguste on the other side.

It was a strange feeling to see my own figure from the sky with my own eyes.

There were also the figures of Tirnanog and Palug at our feet.

I waved my hand reflexively, but when I thought about it carefully, the other side should only be able to see the dragon.

 

“Do you understand the trick?”

“Yes. Somehow.”

“You’ve got a knack for this, so let’s try it out in greater succession.”

 

I took a closer look at the city of Knot Reed as I was told.

After a few seconds of staring, the vision zoomed in to the distance at once as if I were right above the crowd of people.

Even if the time lag due to Auguste’s response was subtracted, the eyes of a dragon were frighteningly high-function.

 

I looked at Water Palace which was easy to find at the moment.

It was a beautiful building even from the sky.

Perhaps Harold’s father, Earl Nibelheim, was running around somewhere inside, but as expected I couldn’t see through the building.

In the square in front of the palace, the monks who seemed to live in the nearby church were playing with the neighborhood’s children.

 

I moved to the guild hall which was the next conspicuous building.

Bernhard, the notary public, was in the square in front of the guild hall and was stopping a horse-drawn carriage.

It seemed that the man who was steering the horse carriage was the elderly coachman who was said to be favored by Turm family.

When Bernhard got into the carriage, he removed his pince-nez and polished it with a cloth.

I couldn’t read the documents on his lap, but were they related to Earl Nibelheim as well?

 

As I kept following the canal, I arrived at Barker Street.

I saw a woman with red braids pursuing a barrel that seemed to have been thrown off balance.

She was the perfumer Bell that had scattered the bergamots before this.

The one that stopped the barrel was Gilbert who had something like a sandwich in one hand.

After the two gazed at each other for a while, Gilbert averted his eyes awkwardly.

I was somewhat curious about their speech, but as expected even the dragon’s ears wouldn’t pick up those voices, would they?

 

At Crucible Street, I could see Harold who was in low spirits loitering in front of the wand store.

The store owner who was yawning as he came out to put up the ‘currently preparing for business’ sign found him.

With a stern face but a gesture that somehow transmitted gentleness he ushered him inside the shop with a push.

 

There were children meeting at the bridge between Crucible Street and Goblin Street.

Everyone had a fishing rod in their hands.

A lanky boy was waving his hand to get the others to come along, and they kept running while laughing.

 

In Crescent Moon Street two bridges away from Goblin Street.

Sergei, Harold’s acquaintance, was carrying a packed box of potions into a pharmacy-like store.

Speaking of which, he was a potion maker.

Sergei shrugged his shoulders with a strained laugh to the pharmacy’s shopkeeper’s gestures that looked as if he was gulping a beer mug.

 

Three girls in uniforms, who seemed to be the clerks of some sort of business, were buying some sweets by pooling their money together.

It seemed that the proprietress, who seemed to be a baked-confectionery seller, increased the number of the candies one for each of them as a service.

The girls were walking away while chatting after thanking the proprietress.

The cookies they got were in human shape, similar to the one I ate when I was given the magic lecture.

I wondered if that woman was the one called ‘Gizella-obasan’.

Gizella’s store seemed to be popular, and customers ranged from adults to children were constantly visiting.

 

In the miniature-like city, everybody’s livelihood was alive.

Since I was watching from the dragon’s point of view, everyone felt cute.

Just as I was thinking about such a thing, I could feel my head was becoming heavy again.

 

“……It seems that you will reach your limit soon. Take a deep breath.”

 

Auguste’s palm covered my eyes on the image.

In the darkness, I slowly took a deep breath.

I felt that I gradually returned to my own body, which felt far away.

I finally felt like I got my feet back on the ground.

 

When I opened my eyes, Auguste let me go in a relieved state.

The moment I was released, exhaustion suddenly washed over me.

Although I didn’t notice it when I was absorbed in the experience, it seemed that it was a considerable burden even when it was only the visual sense.

 

“I’m sorry I didn’t notice that it was a burden on your body.”

“No, I’m happy that you have showed me something rare.

Auguste-sama always sees such a beautiful world, huh.”

 

When he heard my words, a proud smile showed on his face.

 

“Can you use this Theurge technique to be in complete control when you do it by yourself?”

“Well, if I am compatible with the dragon, I can share senses with them for hours.

It seems that I will be able to do something like what Professor did before long, but I haven’t actually experienced it personally.”

“Really.”

“But, it’s pretty difficult if it the other party is a human.

If the other party is not conscious of me, defenseless, and compatible—”

 

Auguste raised his right hand straight.

Then, ten people who were chatting on the deck raised their right hand at exactly the same timing.

 

“In this way, I can interfere with just a bit of action at a harmless level.

It’s difficult if the person is conscious of me or has a magic defense.

Since the compatibility is generally bad with the Visitor’s Clan, it seems that it is useless unless I use my full power while in direct contact with the person.

If even that doesn’t seem to work, I have to invite their spirit to my side.”

“I see……”

“It’s fine. You don’t need to worry, I won’t use this power for wrongdoings. Probably anyway.”

“Don’t pretend, as if you would actually do such things to begin with.”

“Erica is kind, for you to have such faith in me.

Even if I look like this, I may be a devil, you know?”

“No, no, you’re a self-proclaimed angel, right?”

 

Towards my reply, Auguste burst out laughing.

While looking up at the cheerful prince, Palug who was at our feet looked happy.

 

“Oops, you must be tired, sorry for keeping you here for too long.

I will be the one to tell Sir Ernst, so you’d better take some rest in the cabin.”

“Thank you for your thoughtfulness.”

“You also come again~. Next time I’m going to pat you a lot, so prepare yourself, okay~?”

 

Auguste lifted Palug and tickled her under her chin.

Palug narrowed her eyes pleasantly in Auguste’s arms.

 

Auguste called a servant and asked him to guide us.

I took Tirnanog and Palug and left the deck behind.


Guys, chapter 53 had been majorly edited by the amazing xtostos. Seriously. Read it again because there are many different things that weren’t translated well before, and the plot has becoming clearer now. So, I have to insist you guys to read it again, because it’s a very important chapter.


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23 thoughts on “Chapter 77: Launching Ceremony (part two)

  1. Perfumer Bell seems to be really bad at shopping as she seems to always drop things. But anyone wants to bet that her and Gilbert are going to get together? After all, stopping her barrel while holding a sandwich is obviously a classic way for future lovers to meet.

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  2. I am swooning – Auguste is in the lead amongst the competition, must be Palug’s influence… just snuck himself up behind her to embrace her as they “rode” the dragon 😏 thank you for the update!!! Will go back to read 53 now…

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    1. I don’t know about that, you have to realize that Erica is an extremely problematic person, she has zero love-love vibes towards anyone… zero…

      While Auguste is endearing, cute, romantic and sweet, that means absolutely nothing to someone like her lol, she treats him, Klaus and Harold, like a friend…she is a mature adult inside that child’s’ body with a warped view on life, blame it on the stalkers she acquired along with the bad rep and that stabbing…

      Harold is the least Romantic, he’s more interested in a partnership without any thoughts of romance unlike the other 2, I think Auguste has the least desire to make her his Queen due to their status and trouble such a relationship could bring Erica… the only one that has openly expressed his feelings in a really stupid and idiotic way, is that Baka Klaus…

      Now all 3 guys so far may change over the years in their relationship and status in Ericas eyes, but that ain’t happening anytime soon at least for another 6 years 😛

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        1. Totally… however they will grow older, and won’t be kids anymore, they will be adults… your perspective can change over time regarding that, they would be just like her, only difference is that she will be older…

          But the problem with Erica, is her past life experiences will twist her current one, and to be honest, this world is trying to kill her more than her previous one was, its just not as successful… nor as destructive, seriously I think her previous world was far worse lol

          I must say, even though she is distant, she doesn’t work very hard at isolating herself lol, I’d even call her overly familiar with people… I think this was her personality in her previous world, which probably led to misunderstandings and thoughts of a more intimate relationship with people than it really was.

          Have you ever had a relationship where you were so friendly towards someone that they thought you liked them? or vice versa where they were super friendly to you, that you may have thought they liked you?

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      1. Why wouldn’t Auguste want her as his queen because of their status? Erica’s status is as perfect as it gets. We’ve heard, if I’m not mistaken, of exactly three girls as high-born as Ericia:
        – Ericia herself
        – Anna
        – Chloe (she’s a survivor of the ducal family if I remember right)

        The one argument against picking from among the three isn’t based on their status but rather the problem of ethnic mixing in a world where blood holds specific power – and taking in a wife not from “dragonriding” bloodline dilutes that blood. But then again, we’re talking Auguste. His talent resurfaced with strength basically unheard of since the founder so it might actually be the perfect moment to take advantage of that to mix in some fresh blood into royal bloodline and tie one of the other members of Federal Kingdom closer to the crown.

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        1. Auguste could probably push for an engagement, even force it if necessary, not that he would, the mantle of Ruler, is a rather heavy one, and for the short time that he has known Erica, being in that kind of position is something he knows she would hate. But if she were to fall in love with him, and share that burden, then that is a different matter…

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  3. Waa, sooo adorable! And yeah! Gilbert’s reaction says he likes Bell. Gihi! Auguste is becoming smoother and smoother in courting Erica…unlike a certain stiff black haired guy who sends letters of challenge…oh Klaus!

    Hmm…I’m curious how things will turn out, happy times don’t last long after all. It’s great that Erica is getting some time to relax before having to run again.

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  4. Ah, I wanted to make a suggestion. While rereading here and there I found the term ‘Union Kingdom’ to describe the nation. I’m certain it means a United Kingdom, but the term Union makes it sound sort of weird. Since it’s multiple states joined together, you can use the term Federal Kingdom to describe it you know?

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  5. I’ve forgotten or it may not have been mentioned, but what was she in her previous life? as in occupation etc? was she a student? what did she study? I think they mentioned when she was in school she had a lot of rumors regarding her loose ways with men… unfortunately this continued till her death, I feel really sorry for her lol what a shit world… better off where she is now despite all the death flags, people here treat her really nicely when they’re not trying to kill her… look how sweet Tir and Palug turned out, I bet that psycho that stabbed her would never be like them… be just some crazy whack job till he dies, no cure for that type!

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          1. I have a feeling it might be Klaus too since he was first boy and has a classical main guy feel to him. However, I have a soft spot for Auguste and he has really cute scenes with Erica so I’m rooting for him.

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    1. I guess these part:
      It seems that he was the Throne of the King of the olden days, in other words my ancestor, and he missed that time terribly

      The dragon started a steep descent with a movement like diving into the clouds through the back.

      The store owner who was yawning as he came out to put up the sign while preparing found him (just the structure)

      You don’t need to worry, I won’t use this power for wrongdoings.
      You don’t have the tendency to do such bad things.

      (Also can you check the one I have scheduled?)

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      1. Summary of edits:

        It seems that he was the Throne of the King of the olden days, in other words my ancestor, and he missed that time terribly.
        –> It seems that he was the Throne of the King of the olden days, in other words my ancestor, and decided to keep us company like this for nostalgia’s sake.

        Nostalgia might be the more common translation, though that does not preclude the possibility of the dragon having missed that time. Also, tried to include a notion that the dragon is the decision making one in this.

        In the span of a few seconds, the dragon with our images on top rotated his body and moved in an inverted flight.
        The dragon started a steep descent with a movement like diving into the sea of clouds through the back.
        –> After a span of a few seconds, the dragon with our images on top rotated his body around it’s own length and entered inverted flight.
        The dragon commenced a steep descent into the sea of clouds as if diving into them back first.

        Tried to reword this for clarity, though not sure how effective that was. Let me elaborate: The dragon first flies regularly, with the ghost riders on top pointing to the sun. Then he turns his body half a rotation so now the ghost riders point towards the earth/clouds below them. The dragon still flies straight. Next, the dragon starts to lower it’s altitude by slanting his head and upper back towards the earth as he initiates a typical diving motion (except inverted since he is not bending forward but backwards). The arc of the diving motion decreases (i.e. the motions get’s sharper) as seconds pass so that ultimately they nose dive through the clouds.
        The point of note here is that the ghost riders will have touched the clouds with their heads first, rather than their feet first (which would have been the case during non-inverted diving).

        That’s nice, so let’s try it quickly.
        –> You’ve got a knack for this/You’re quick on the uptake in this, so let’s try it out in greater succession.

        Meh, idioms, right. Won’t show up in dictionaries at times.

        the dragon’s ears didn’t pick up voices.
        –> even the dragon’s ears wouldn’t pick up those voices, would they?

        Erica is only speculating about the hearing power of the dragon, as she can’t access that sense anyway.

        it seems that it is useless unless I use the power while in full contact with the person.
        –> it seems that it is useless unless I use my full power while in direct contact with the person.

        This detail is important I think. Auguste does not only need to be in direct contact with the Visitor’s Clan, but also use all of his extraordinary power to even have a chance. Really brings home the magic resistance the Visitor’s Clan have – imagine had they been in conflict with Ignitia and Hafan back 500 years ago. Two nations relying mostly on their magic capabilities would have barely any chance.

        “It’s fine. You don’t need to worry, I won’t use this power for wrongdoings.”
        “You don’t have the tendency to do such bad things.”
        –> It’s alright. You don’t need to worry, I won’t use this power for wrongdoings. Probably anyway.
        Don’t pretend, as if you would actually do such things to begin with.

        Erica’s response is slightly sarcastic at Auguste’s “probably anyway”. I.e. she calls him out on his bluff in a friendly witty way.

        Chapter 78 later today.

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