Chapter 123: Morgue of the Headless Prince (part two)

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TL: clover

ED: eristol


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That night, I headed to a small garden with a fountain near the West Dorm.

Klaus and Auguste were already there.

 

“It seems that the monastic dragon knights have taken control of the sky.”

 

Klaus frowned and looked up at the sky.

I’ve never heard of such a situation, but why do they have to be patrolling tonight?

 

“Do the dragon knights usually patrol at night?”

“It’s nothing unusual. It’s not known to everyone, but they fly at night. However, it may be better to check if there are dragons inside the school for guarding the ground.”

 

After saying so, Auguste pressed his temple with his left hand.

It seems that he’s expanding the range of his telepathic ability.

 

“Hmm, as far as I can see, looks like the dragons are only patrolling in the sky. It seems we can do it tonight. I know their patrolling route and I will ask the children who may find us to turn the other way……oh no, this is bad.”

 

Auguste covered his left eye hurriedly.

Something is wrong.

 

“What’s the matter, Auguste-sama?”

“I was found out by Professor. No, not only was I found out, but also for a moment there, he hijacked my left eye.”

 

Speaking of Professor, he was the Theurge who was inside that black dragon, huh.

I remember that the reason we held off investigating the museum last time was also due to Professor.

Auguste continued his words while looking dispirited.

 

“He made plenty of snide comments, such as how careless I was as the Crown Prince, to be wandering about at this time……and Klaus. Sorry, you were also found out.”

“Haa? How come?”

“I guess it’s either because he saw you when he took over my vision or your presence was caught in Professor’s telepathic range.”

 

I wonder what I should do, now that this happened.

I’ve been preparing for this with enthusiasm, but if this continues as is, it is likely that I would also be preached to.

Being lectured this late at night, that’s a bit harsh.

 

“That means I also……”

“No, it doesn’t seem like you were discovered. You happened to be a bit out of sight, and Aurelians are less likely to be caught in the telepathic range. Since that is the case, if you want to go, you should do it now.”

“Eh, is that okay?”

“You’re not someone who would return to the dormitory obediently, right? We’ll join you once our business is over. Well, it’s because I’ve become familiar with situations like this.”

“That’s not something to be proud of though.”

 

When Auguste said so, Klaus nodded while looking annoyed.

 

“Then, I will take up your kind offer……Auguste-sama, Klaus-sama, please be safe~!”

“Don’t force yourself until we catch up! Promise me!”

“In the worst case, I will send Goldberry to your location~!”

 

It’s a little disheartening that I wouldn’t have those two with me.

But, well, I’ve brought a lot of items and there is also Tirnanog by my side.

I fled from the spot and headed towards the Phantom Beast Museum.

 

 

 

 

I ran past the school building and arrived at the Phantom Beast Museum on the other side.

Unexpectedly, there are fewer patrols than usual, I wonder why.

 

“It would be nice if the rest of the investigation goes smoothly like this.”

 

First of all, after entering the hall via Passwall with Tirnanog, I used Magic Mapping.

Looking at the finished map, all the rooms that seem like storage rooms for specimens had stairs in them.

Maybe the specimens are stored in the basements too.

 

But, simply having them interconnected would have been fine then.

Having one or two stairs would be enough, so why several?

 

“This is strange.”

『Umu. One of these should be our target.』

“Let’s go and check.”

 

First thing first, we should move closer and investigate the suspicious parts in detail using Glam Sight.

If it is difficult or dangerous to enter, I’ll scrutinize it further using the Eyes of Overworld.

I decided to go through the exhibition area of the museum and to the area where the storage rooms are lined up along with Tirnanog.

 

While moving through the dark hallway, I found a shadow below a minotaur bone specimen.

Tirnanog stepped forward as if protecting me.

 

『……A thief!』

“Wait, Tir!”

 

There was the figure of a familiar girl there.

A girl with light brown hair and icy blue eyes, Chloe Cloacina.

Chloe was in her uniform, but she was armed with a sword at her waist.

 

“Erica-san? Why are you here?”

 

Chloe asked with a suspicious look.

 

“I’m checking out the Seven Wonders, for some reason.”

“For some reason……?”

“Yes, they seem interesting. Of course, I chose the Seven Wonders that would not bother you.”

 

I gave a friendly smile and pretended to be sightseeing.

Chloe nodded and did not pursue it further.

It seems that I was able to convince her at once.

 

“Chloe-san, are you still searching for the previously mentioned morgue? I thought this is the 「Staircase to the Underworld」.”

“……I have been going over the school buildings and investigating them one-by-one and this building is the last one.”

 

Did she investigate the facilities in the academy because she couldn’t get information on the morgue?

I think that’s quite a difficult task.

 

“You were checking the entire academy?”

“Yeah, I’m thinking about checking all suspicious things. If there’s something evil, I’m going to destroy it. But, no weird phenomena happened.”

“Eh……I saw some of them though.”

 

An astonished expression flashed in Chloe’s glass-like eyes.

 

“I also have uncovered the cause of some of them.”

“Eh!?”

 

Chloe had a pale face and was faintly shaking.

Because she has spent a lot of effort investigating, I guess it must be shocking for her to know that an outsider has been experiencing the wonders while going on a pleasure jaunt.

However, I wonder why she didn’t encounter the wonders that occur every so often.

 

(Speaking of which, don’t tell me……)

 

I tried to say what I was thinking of.

 

“Some of the wonders are generated by absorbing magical power. Maybe, don’t you carry a snowsilver sword?”

“Swords made of snowsilver ore shouldn’t have any effect if they are contained in their sheaths……aah, don’t tell me, my accessory……?”

“Do you always carry it close on your person?”

“Yeah, except during the magic classes, I always……I see, so it was because of this……!”

 

Of course she wouldn’t have been able to reach the mirror beyond the Infinite Corridor, which doesn’t work unless one provides magical power.

And maybe because I got to the mist golem ahead of her……

It may also cause some kind of inhibition to the artificial spirit.

However, since this is Dolores we’re talking about, she may not have come out because she feared for her own safety.

 

“I was always wearing it because it protects me from evil1, but it was also due to this……why didn’t I notice this before……I……”

“It might be better to put the accessory in your room when you’re investigating.”

“Well, since now I know the cause, it will be fine because I have this pouch.”

 

Chloe took out a pouch from the pocket of her robe.

It was what Brad lent to Chloe in the 〈Judgement’s Room〉.

 

“I was asked by Clochydd-sensei2 to use it for magic classes and such.”

 

Chloe put her snowsilver accessory inside the pouch.

That may be how she blocked the effect, even during the Summoning Magic class.

 

“Uu……I should have used this from the very beginning……”

 

Only realizing the existence of the pouch now, Chloe appeared to be getting more and more depressed.

 

“Um, you see, the snowsilver ore is not the only cause, there is also the matter of timing. That, I think, is the most important part.”

 

I intended to give a follow-up, but the effect seems to be weak.

Chloe opened her mouth while still looking like she was in shock.

 

“I don’t want to get you involved, Erica-san, but I think it would be better to consult you……I just can’t figure it out alone……”

“You can consult me as much as you like.”

“Thank you……I’m investigating this tonight……”

 

Chloe presented a map from the pocket of her robe.

It looks like the output of the wand of Magic Mapping that I used previously.

 

“There is a discrepancy between this map and the sense of walking inside and outside the building.

“Discrepancy……?”

“It feels a little bit smaller inside than outside.”

“Only inside?”

 

I tried to take out the magic map I created earlier and showed it to Chloe.

 

“This is the map I just made. Let’s compare it with your map.”

“Yeah……!”

 

I received the map from Chloe and examined the two maps carefully.

Then, I found a slight difference between Chloe’s old map and the new one.

 

“There is a possibility that a camouflage magic has been made after the older magic map was created. Look, over here.”

 

One of the hallways is displayed slightly longer on the old map.

It is the furthest hallway lined with the storage rooms in the left side of the museum.

 

“If it’s this width……I guess it will only be able to hide one door……?”

 

As I raised my face from the map, my eyes met with Chloe’s.

 

Even so, to be able to notice the discrepancy just by walking.

It was obvious for me because I checked the maps, but it would have been more difficult if I didn’t use any magic.

If she has been doing the same investigation method on all the buildings in the academy, she must have an amazing willpower.

 

“Yes, there is a possibility of a hidden door……I wonder if that is the entrance to the morgue?”

“Yeah. It is also possible that it’s the entrance to the 「Staircase to the Underworld」, but……I think it’s the morgue.”

 

I headed towards the location while talking with Chloe.

At the end of the storage room’s hallway, I used the wand of Glam Sight.

 

“It looks like the special camouflage magic is only applied at the end of the hallway here.”

 

When I touched the wall, I felt the sensation of rough and cold stones.

This is a type of illusion that not only fools one’s vision, but all of one’s five senses.

 

The only salvation is that it’s not a spatial magic that connects different spaces using the previously mentioned Pattern3.

But, what should I do?

This magic doesn’t seem like something that can be solved with my exploration wands.

If Klaus were here, he would have been able to Dispel it quickly.

 

“If one doesn’t know the correct procedure, they will be stopped subconsciously even when they know that this wall is fake. And because this is not a physical wall, it will not be affected by Passwall……”

“Ah……so that’s what this is.”

 

As I was thinking, Chloe pulled out her sword from its sheath.

Snowsilver ores have the property of destroying the magic or spells they come in contact with.

 

Chloe slashed the wall at the end of the hallway with her sword.

The whole wall shook with a ripple and the space became distorted around the slashed part.

The illusory space also seemed to resist the restoration attempt.

However, a crack finally formed on the space as if it could no longer withstand it.

The view of the hallway broke like a broken glass and another hallway could be seen on the other side.

 

After the illusion shattered and dispersed, a hallway that was a little longer than the original hallway appeared.

At the end of that hallway, there was an ancient-looking and vibrantly-colored door on the left-hand side.

I have a feeling that something is about to happen.

 

“We did it……let’s go, Erica-san!”

 

Chloe’s shout of joy resounded.

 

Unexpectedly, I noticed another problem.

Huh? Wasn’t my purpose to identify and investigate the location first and not to rush into the morgue?

I was supposed to stop Chloe, but I am being swept away by her and am about to head towards the awfully dangerous place.

 

“Wait, Chloe-san! Don’t go too far because it’s dangerous!”

 

Before I knew it, Chloe had already disappeared behind the door.

I also rushed through the door to chase after Chloe.


1 It says ‘evil’ but reads as ‘magic’.

2 She doesn’t actually say ‘Clochydd-sensei’ here and only say ‘sensei’, but it was implied, so I put his name there.

3 I have edited ch 121, but this Pattern is something inspired from Chronicles of Amber. See ch 121 note.


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33 thoughts on “Chapter 123: Morgue of the Headless Prince (part two)

  1. Thank you .
    Its clhoe a natural airhead? As expected of a heroine xd but Erica stole her supposed harem so she is by her own.Erica must compensate by go with her xD

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  2. God…. Ericaaaa… u don’t have Klaus the convenient mage and Auguste the convenient eye….

    I s2g this novel is half horror with all the flags she’s raising 😭😫 I just picked this up yesterday and am not sure if this is a good thing

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    1. Wow, if you picked this up yesterday, that means you’re a pretty fast reader, for having caught up with the latest chapter already. And it’s okay, she has Tir and Chloe who is both a damage dealer and healer, plus her own ability 😀

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    1. But one has the FL halo to protect her while our MC doesn’t :P, in all honesty, being beside the FL might be a good thing? perhaps that halo will extend to protect Erica as well? lol one can only hope 😛 otherwise she might become the death sponge that is used by the FL halo…

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      1. Well, there is no guarantee this world is just a game and anything like “halo” exists, besides the plot has changed greatly, it was mentioned Chloe used to investigate the bizarre incident with one of the capture targets depending on the route, now they have all become Erica’s vanguards and watchdogs, with Erica ending up accompanying her somehow.

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        1. It does not matter that it is a game world or not, foreknowledge is helping Erica avoid the pitfalls ahead, which it has done, she changed the future for Ann, originally a doomed cannon fodder.

          The plot changed because Erica intervened for self motivated reasons, as for the FL Halo, Maybe Erica will be her Halo like she was for Ann, Klaus, Auguste and those who no longer have the threat of swords falling from the sky or ocean born monsters threatening shipping lanes lol…

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  3. The suspense is amazing!

    Also, I’m sure glad Chloe is unlike some other otome series where they make the original heroine as unlikable as possible just to make sure the new heroine/villainess look good.

    Thanks for the translation.

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    1. You’re absolutely right on the unlikable original heroine trend in otome/shoujo WNs.
      I’m aware some otome novels used to not only keep the heroine as a good person, but also as the best friend and ally of the villianess MC (ex. My Next Life as a Villainess @ the Bakarina series, I Don’t Want to Be the Villainess), but they tend to be forgotten in the wave of evil/delusional heroines.
      Personally I blame this on the monkey-see-monkey-do templatism of the WN community; they think if they recycle the same formula their more successful peers did by putting in the above, then they’ll draw in readers and get success too.
      It’s the same thing with shounen-targeted WNs, why they keep putting in overly complicated RPG mechanics/menus and sexy slave girls in nearly all their works.

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  4. Something to check, has the author confirmed if WN arc 5 has been officially complete yet?
    I’m curious if the latest Chp 164 is the last one for this arc, or if there’s more to come.
    Also, just wondering when the translation of I Don’t Want to Become a Villainess will resume.
    The author just confirmed via Syosetu that Vol 2 of the LN version is coming out this August 27th, so there’ll definitely be some nice illustrations again, which would complement any translations perfectly.
    ※書籍化しました。フェアリーキスピュアより、発売中です。2巻は、8/27に発売予定です。

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    1. I blame Will. But I do plan to continue it this week, and I know~ I can’t wait for the beautiful illustration and the bonus chapter of AlxLily date,which got interrupted by Noel in the web version.

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    2. Oh I forgot. Also, yes, ch 164 is the last one for this arc. But, she planned to release a new series first as she plans for the next (and final) arc. I’m really curious as to what kind of series she will release next.

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      1. If Chp 164’s the last of Arc 5, I assume if all goes well we’ll get to see LN Vols 3-5 of Shini Yasui in the coming months (and hopefully a manga adaptation too).

        It’s interesting that the author is both making plans to end Shini Yasui’s main story, and has always taken a planned, though out approach to their storytelling. It’s so different to most of the other WNs out there, which tend to end up as rambling, neverending stories which tend to live in the moment too much (RPG element WNs aimed at male readers are particularly guilty of this) until the author either picks up the story pace, has writer’s block and drops output, or gets discouraged due to overcriticism and stops totally…

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        1. This author is said to have read many many books with 4 shelves overflowing and more books massing up on the floor according to an insider. Thus her imagination is vivid and not like stereotypical WN writers. She also got inspirations from some of the works she read. She also has a tendency of planning properly before writing which is the best. I have high hopes for the new work she will release and the final arc of Shini Yasui.

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  5. “I am investigating the seven wonders, for some reason.”
    “….For some reason?”
    Erica dear, couldn’t you have said it in a little less suspicious manner? But I find her somewhat clumsy retorts cute, since it’s been a good while since she last said something clumsy. And Chloe sounds like a hopelessly straight forward and simple minded person but it seems like she is also very dangerous. I look forward to the next chapter. Thanks for the chapter.

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  6. Seriously, when I read these Seven Wonders and Morgue of Headless Prince, I can’t stop thinking about Edward. I mean Erica has more steps​ than Edward from solving their mother’s mystery.

    I wonder what will Edward doing if he found out about it.

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    1. Do you think Erica really be the one leading the race? Think about Side Story 1, where Eduard said that he would ‘hide the traces of their mother in the academy’. And now look at the hints that say ‘someone’ moved Dolores to the library, spread rumors about the jinx, and such. All the hints are there 😀

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