Chapter 119: Seven Wonders of the Academy (part nine)

More revelation! Just a disclaimer, as long as xtostos hasn’t edited the chapter yet (he’s very busy rn) the correctness of my translation is not 100% guaranteed >< so bear with me. Enjoy the chapter!

TL: clover

ED: eristol, xtostos


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The next day, I stopped investigating the wonders and decided to work seriously on my academics.

 

Got up in the morning and went to the classroom to take my lessons.

Returned to the dorm for review and self-study.

I was able to study properly without being particularly sleepy, even though I should have a lack of sleep.

 

However, sometimes the words ‘I’m looking forward to seeing you again’ and her smile came to mind.

And then, the pent-up feelings for not being able to say anything properly that was welling up disappeared.

 

If the seemingly cheerful girl on the other side of the mirror was that person.

I should have talked to her more about all sorts of things.

Shouldn’t I have told her something else?

 

For example, how and when she would die.

And, shouldn’t I have implored her to survive?

 

As I spent the time thinking about it occasionally, it became lights-out time in the blink of an eye.

When I finished changing clothes, a knocking sound came from the window and Tirnanog appeared.

 

『There was someone who dropped a stone aiming at that girl’s head.』

 

Opening his mouth first, Tirnanog conveyed Beatrice’s current situation in a somewhat severe voice.

 

“What did you say? Is Beatrice okay?

『Of course. I crushed the stone. I did not let even a fragment of it touch her.』

“That’s good……”

『But, I failed to catch the culprit. I wish I had at least seen their face.』

“Right……I think it’s better to prioritize her safety first, for the time being.”

『Umu, that will be for the best.』

 

Next, I bounced off ideas with Tirnanog regarding the investigation policy from hereafter.

As we were discovered by a teacher, Klaus, Auguste and I decided not to act.

Our nightly investigation will be put on hold for now, at least until the museum’s thievery case has settled down.

 

『Fumu……that said, are you going to postpone searching for the key of the reference room then?』

“About that, I considered asking for your help. As a phantom beast who cannot be found with naked eye or the demonic eye, I will entrust this to you.”

『Hohou. I see, I understand.』

 

Tirnanog smiled broadly.

Yes, I decided to have Tirnanog take charge of the search of the principal’s office.

The plan is to intrude from the fireplace chimneys and vents while using the demonic eye repellent and Invisibility.

 

It was said that the key of the reference room was hidden behind the principal’s chair.

There should be no change in the last thirty years unless the chair was replaced or the key was discovered.

 

After sending off Tirnanog, I laid down on the chaise lounge and waited for Palug’s return.

Half an hour later, a golden cat came in from the window.

 

『Oh my~ is that guy not here?』

“Yes, I sent him on an errand just now.”

 

I briefly explained what happened last night to Palug and exchanged information with her.

Palug reported on the abduction by the vampires from before.

 

『The abduction case is continuing. Currently, ten people have been abducted.』

“If two more people get abducted, that means the ritual will begin, right?”

『Yes. However, I will not let that happen.』

 

Since Palug said so, then she will surely follow through with it.

If the vampires are sticking to the formal method, they won’t begin the slaughter until they gather two more people.

 

『There is good news too. Knights are being dispatched from each Knight Order to defend the main altar.』

“I see. Then we can rest assured about the altar.”

『It seems some of the people in charge are either church officials or envoys who have received the royal decree, so they are able to accurately determine the state of affairs in any case. Thanks to that, I can concentrate on tracking the vampires.』

 

I guess the church of Ignitia doesn’t want to simply suffer damage unilaterally.

The resolution of the abduction cases will also be a matter of time.

 

Then, just as Palug’s story came to a close, Tirnanog returned.

It seems that he has retrieved the key safely.

 

『Erica, is it this one?』

“Thank you, Tir. This is……”

 

The key has a very similar design to that of my brother’s Wunderkammer’s key.

It is probably a key to create the same specification, that is, a door that leads to a specific room with built-in spatial magic.

 

When spatial magic like this is involved, it should not be used lightly.

It is better to consult with Klaus and Auguste rather than trying it out by myself.

After deciding so, I went to bed without trying out the key.

 

 

After school the next day, I went to the alchemy workshop.

When I knocked on Harold’s room, multiple replies came from the inside.

 

“You came at the right time. We just finished talking.”

“He agreed to it gladly.”

 

Klaus and Auguste were sitting on both sides of Harold.

Harold, who was trapped, had a familiar troubled expression.

 

What Klaus and Auguste were talking about was the location of the door to the reference room.

As a result of our discussion during the lunch break, Harold’s room was chosen.

 

In the alchemy workshop building, there are many students staying overnight, so we won’t stand out even if we act in the middle of the night.

Moreover, since the students here are not interested in other people, we won’t have to worry that strange rumors will spread even if a woman is seen going in and out with multiple men.

 

That said, I feel sorry for Harold who is not good with scary stories.

 

“I’m sorry, Harold. We forced you to do this even though you’re not good with scary things.”

“No……it’s fine……”

 

Harold responded with a polite smile, but he looks pale.

After all, he doesn’t like this kind of mysterious item.

Sorry, Harold.

 

“So, as per the arrangement, we’ll investigate it first, alright?”

“Yes. Here is the key. I have a consultation with Harold about another matter, and then I will join you.”

 

Since we made an arrangement that they would enter first for the initial survey, I handed over the key to Klaus.

This is because Klaus and Auguste would first perform various magical examinations and examination via telepathic ability respectively.

 

First, Klaus opened the door to the reference room with the key.

When the door was opened, a glaring white light flooded from inside, but Klaus and Auguste stepped in without hesitation.

These two people will probably be able to deal with whatever is inside so, well, they will be fine.

 

“I said that at least do this when I’m not here……”

 

Harold was trembling while hiding his face with his hands so as not to look inside the door.

 

“It’s not cursed, so there’s nothing to be afraid of, you know?”

“No, no, there is a possibility that the three of you will die, right? No matter how I think about it, isn’t it cursed?”

“That’s……but it’s not 100 percent certain.”

“Well, no matter what you say, I will never approach it.”

 

Harold rubbed the crease on his forehead with his forefinger and thumb to relax it while groaning.

He seems to be freaking out quickly, so let’s hear about people’s connections and ties of obligation instead.

 

“Now then, I want to hear about the status of your investigation regarding Beatrice’s case.”

“Oh, about that, I have pin-pointed the culprit. I just need to gather the evidence.”

“Quick as always, Harold.”

 

After presenting the materials to me, Harold continued to talk.

 

“Glaw-jou was set to be the next successor for Wynt family, Erica, you also know this.”

“Yes, if she can successfully graduate from Lindis, she will be the adopted child of the current Earl Wynt, isn’t that right?”

“Officially, that is how it’s supposed to be, but in truth, there is blood relationship between Glaw-jou and Earl Wynt from the start.”

 

I see, so there are circumstances like this, huh.

Harold had an unfathomable smile of a merchant on his face.

 

“According to a merchant who has been in and out of Wynt family since a long time ago, apparently Glaw-jou’s father is an illegitimate child of Earl Wynt.”

“Does that mean Beatrice is the granddaughter of Earl Wynt?”

“Seems that way. It was said that she was raised nearby, with the official story being that she was the child of a manservant and a maid.”

 

It’s a story that leaves a bitter taste in one’s mouth, but it is a story that’s commonplace in aristocratic society.

I wonder why she is being adopted after taking all that trouble to hide her.

Harold continued to explain.

 

“The origin of the affair was, umm, about twenty-six years ago. The daughter of Earl Wynt, who was the original successor, went missing.”

“Twenty-six years ago……”

“The search for her was conducted over the years, but it seems that not a single clue was found. As a result, it can be assumed that she is not alive anymore, and he was supposed to choose a successor from among relatives.”

“What about Beatrice’s father?”

“Because there is the presence of the Earl’s wife1. Besides, he couldn’t be expected to have the magic ability to become the successor due to his commoner upbringing.”

 

In order to become a noble of Hafan, being a mage is a must.

And to become a mage, it requires a long training period for magical power conversion and cramming a vast amount of knowledge about magic.

To begin one’s practice to become a mage, the younger the better.

 

“Just as the successor from among the children of distant relatives was almost decided, the Countess died first. And right after that, the magic talent of Glaw-jou was discovered by the Earl.”

“And so, the issues of blood relationship and magic ability, and also the delicate issue between husband and wife were solved in one swoop.”

“As you also know, Erica, there’s been a lot of talk about Glaw-jou being conditionally adopted by Earl Wynt.”

 

Since there is no wife for whom the Earl would feel obligated, it would be inevitable that he would want to choose his own bloodline.

 

“Glaw-jou would be welcomed by her grandfather and live happily. That kind of happy ever after……is a bit hard for some to accept.”

 

I wonder if this is the cause that led to Beatrice’s harassment case.

 

“Is the problem the child of the distant relative?”

“According to my research, that person is the second child of a baron.”

 

That person may have felt that they have been robbed of their Cinderella story.

Even if Beatrice is more legitimate, they would not give up that easily.

 

That is why, the true culprit must have relied on the conditions for Beatrice’s adoption.

If Beatrice cannot graduate from Lindis, the inheritance right will go to the true culprit again.

 

“I know you must be busy, so I’ll take care of this, okay?”

“……Thank you, Harold.”

“It’s fine. I am useless for this magical phenomenon thing.”

 

Beatrice’s bullying problem that has lasted for a long time may be resolved.

 

After feeling relieved, I suddenly recalled Beatrice’s figure.

Her pupils that contain strong determination that will not yield even when she was being bullied.

Something about the information surrounding Beatrice inside my memory has been bugging me.

 

It appears that I hadn’t notice the answer that had been in front of my eyes until now.

 

“Say, Harold. Is there any material on Beatrice Glaw’s aunt……I mean, the lost daughter of Earl Wynt?”

“Aah, there is. It should be around here……wait a minute……umm.”

“Is that woman’s name Dolores Wynt?”

 

Harold, who raised his eyes from the materials, had a startled expression on his face.

 

“That’s correct……how do you know about that?”

 

The name of the fourth member, who is also already dead, was Dolores Wynt.

The successor of the County of Wynt who went missing at a young age.

If it is a mage of the Wynt family which specialize in future vision and past vision, it should be possible to use the mirror of future vision in the Infinite Corridor.

 

As far as I know, the non-survival rate of the 〈Association of Mysterious Story Collectors〉 is 100%.

It can be said that this is already cursed.


1 Meaning that since Beatrice’s father is an illegitimate child, to not slight the Earl’s wife, the Earl could not appoint him as a successor (not mentioning his lack of magic ability).

Changes made in the past week:

Eduart –> Eduard, as Aurelia uses German names.

Adelaide (Auguste’s mom) –> Adélaïde, and Agnes (Auguste’s sister) –> Agnès, as Ignitia uses French names.

Edited past chapters, especially ch 53.

Add some reference sources for some spells in the related chapters.


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34 thoughts on “Chapter 119: Seven Wonders of the Academy (part nine)

    1. I’m thinking they stumbled onto something regarding the Vampires’ schemes and were removed from the picture.

      I mean, they were ALL ABOUT investigating odd things; it’d make plenty of sense if they investigated an odd thing that some people didn’t WANT to be investigated.

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  1. Thanks for the chapter!
    Hmm, she went missing, so it’s not confirmed that she had died yet. Is that means there is a possibility that she is still alive?
    I hope Erica found a way to help them pass their calamity.

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  2. I think Erica might actually reveal what happens to them in the past… I wonder what she will say… so so interesting!… Imagine if none of them went missing/dead but actually hidden in the background looking over their families… or maybe Erica reveals what happens and they all die and go missing because of that?… what to do…by trying to avoid their fate they walk straight into it…

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    1. hahaha Frederica got censored even when she just wanted to say her name, what makes you think that Erica would be able to say anything at all, if it meant it would change the future?

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      1. She only needs to be cryptic and not directly say what is necessary, but let it be said in another way. I do not believe a spell is that smart to figure out how to blank out a clever person who words things in ways that will not be filtered.

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        1. Well, maybe whatever she would say is already experienced by Frederica, and that whatever she say wouldn’t change the fact that she died. Or else there would be a paradox. Or maybe she would live, but in another timeline, not Erica’s.

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          1. Is it confirmed that she died?
            or is it just Erica’s father way to protect their children?

            btw as long as Erica don’t know the details of their death/missing incident she can’t help them.

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          2. aw, that’s sad.. 😦
            to know that she could speak to them, yet could do nothing to save them. 😦
            ah, how I wish Erica could somehow save them.

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          3. This Erica is an anomaly… the fact the author put this in, feels like a trigger or flag event for change… Erica herself has changed the future for multiple characters already… she knows what will happen in the future… the fact there are seers or a window into the future like this in that maze means these people wanted to see if it was possible…
            Personally, I hate that kind of thing, to be honest… it will overwrite all that has happened already… and change the people that were in this present world again as though being rewritten… but then again, perhaps these people will be aware of this and take measures to prevent their involvement in this world? who knows… I remember a star trek movie where they were willing to completely isolate themselves from past earth so that they would not inadvertently change the future.

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          1. Yall seem to be forgetting that she has already changed the future multiple times already… I mean Klaus and his sister for example > his sister died in the original…also she has changed the future for a number of people already… so how is this any different?

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          2. Her case was because she had memories of her previous life from “another world”, but this here is interference within the same world unless you’re forgetting that.

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          3. You are also forgetting that the people here are aware of those with previous life memories…

            Which can mean a great number of things really… it also states that there are ways of reaching the future as these girls had done to contact Erica and friends?

            If time as well as memories from a previous life exist along with her directly influencing the time lines original story then why can’t the same be true of past events? To Erica her past life memories are giving her a glimpse into the future to change., therefore if the future can be changed due to past knowledge then why can’t the past?

            I would hate for that to happen even though Erica is doing that herself.

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          4. Yeah they are aware of the existence of the concept called past life memories but it isn’t possible for them to know that this world was the story of a game in her last life, this world and that world are completely different and has no connection with each other so Erica influencing this world due to having played a game similar to this world was an unexpected coincidence…….or not (it is also possible someone may have tried to transmit this as a message in that world since they can’t directly interfere with this world’s timeline and all but it’s just a probability)

            So within the same world it seems you can’t directly transmit messages that can cause the future to change abruptly through this mirror at least, but it seems a roundabout way like Erica’s past life game case and a loophole like guessing the other party’s identity from analysis and physical resemblance is possible. Otherwise it seems any direct message is censored like Frederica’s name for example, although a little bit managed to pass through. In short the mirror can’t absolutely prevent it but in 90% of the case it will prevent you from transmitting sensitive info. Also please don’t mix up the previous life memory and this mirror as the same type, these two have completely different working methods and are in no way related to each other. Since it’s like two different worlds all together. I will say it again that it isn’t possible to directly influence the future from the past in this world through the mirror at least, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any other methods…..like that game in Erica’s previous world for example.

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          5. The problem with that is the fact these Girls were able to interact with Erica and the others… Klaus was able to use his magic to get more information from the mirror. This means it is possible to manipulate the mirror in other ways, which should be possible with the girls on the other side.

            The mirror itself might have been tampered with after their use, creating that limitation, who knows, we do not have all the information, and it could be possible that Erica might use the mirror to try and see future events she is not sure about, something that might give her the edge on how to deal with her death flag.

            But I doubt that would be possible, and I am sure the school tampered with the mirror so that it will not be used in any way that will be detrimental, allowing its existence only.

            We do not know much about why Erica has her previous world memories intact, nor why she would be allowed to change her own fate and those of others as she has done.

            People might assume that the Authors story became real… but what if the World and those that live in it were real to begin with and not a work of fiction. Whether the Author was somehow influenced to write this story due to inspiration/dreams etc, who is to say that these 2 worlds are not connected? Why would they be unrelated? isn’t it a rather amazing coincidence that not only is this a work of fiction, but there is a person who was reborn as a character of note, someone that can use their knowledge to allow her to live longer than her novel self’s expiry date, we have very little information to go by regarding this, we can only speculate.

            I am only using the mirror and her memories of future events as examples that the story has allowed these 2 things to exist, allowed the magic of one to exist and allowed the mirror to interact with people from the future.

            Who is to say that Past memories are not magically created? we don’t know the Authors intention.

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          6. Regarding what you said, if I have to explain it I will have to spoil things so all I would say, the details of this mirror, it’s creator and purposes will be explained in fragments near the end of this arc, the 5th arc and probably the final arc as well. So for now, please look forward to it.

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          7. I do not believe that this mirror is that smart to counter anything a clever person can do to reveal the future… just by seeing Erica, I am sure that they would have clues to their origins anyway… Harold could tell who she was just by her shoes lol, but then again he is highly observant.

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          8. You’re right on that point, it is very possible to guess their identity from their appearance at the very least.

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  3. I gotta say, this novel just keeps getting better and better with regards to its mystery aspect. Top notch! Erica shouldn’t say anything to the past group, in my opinion. Paradox and all that
    Thanks for the chapter.

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  4. Unrelated question – will you still be translating I Don’t Want to Become a Villianess? I understand your previous schedule was to translate 1 chapter of Villainess weekly together with Shini Yasui, plus Villainess’s raws are still ongoing.

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    1. I planned to release four chapters of them maybe next week. Wilfred made me feel pretty unmotivated, but thankfully the latest chapter is full AlxLily goodness, so I’m motivated again lol

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  5. Dear old nobility where everyone is connected.

    I must say, this case right now is so amazing! So many chapters has been threads that tied this case, it’s building to a wondrous cloth!

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