Chapter 60 – Second Solution

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“Second Solution” from The Living End


 

The proclamation of independence from Vichy has changed the metropolis, Waterpearson (TN: >> Watapiyulusan <<), from a city to a nation. The mansion of Minosol, who turned from being the city’s representative into having the title of head of a state, is located there.
To the very end the mansion is a private residence. The government’s office building is in its immediate neighbourhood. Every day he takes his breakfast at home and has a habit of commuting to work by carriage albeit the short distance. From the time he became the city’s representative, it never even once happened for him to be late, even after becoming the head of a state, but just today he appeared from the entrance to his home being several minutes overdue.
The coachman, who waited anxiously, showed a smile for an instant when the figure of his employer at last made an appearance. But, understanding with a glance, he goes beyond worry and is clearly panicking due the weakened countenance of his employer.”A-Are you alright? Today you should rest…” (Coachman)”Ah, I don’t have such time… I haven’t taken responsibility for my choice…” (Minosol)

Minosol, who boarded the carriage finally after being supported by a maid, seemed to have fainted due to the reports he looked over right after he arrived at the government’s office building.
Even the secretary, who brought in the report, has a pale face.

“It’s a detailed explanation…” (Minosol)

“Yes. With no more than 3 cities and their affiliated villages of the former Vichy participating in our Pearson faction, it seems half of the remaining cities have sworn allegiance to Fokalore and the others have formed an alliance continuing Vichy’s system of government.” (Secretary)

“What has happened with the central committee?” (Minosol)

“Only one has withdrawn for the sake of swearing allegiance to Fokalore. The remaining 3 are preserving the central government, but because they give too much priority to the defense of their own cities, they can’t secure any backing from the other city representatives. If it goes on like this, it might also be possible that the committee will fall apart.” (Secretary)

“I see…” (Minosol)

If war alone is the only exchange of lives, it might be not necessary for Vichy to break in pieces this far, Minosol judges.
Though I guess that’s a strange thing to say for me, who dropped out first. But, if it’s mere war, you can mutually shave off the war potential of each other to some extent and at some point in time come to an agreement. Even if the defeated side has a painful experience in its finances and workers, it will probably end for them with just desperately reorganizing for a few years.
However, this time it was different.
Minosol considers the dreadful nature of the man called Hifumi to be a different aspect than his war potential.
Luring Vichy’s allied forces into Orsongrande’s territory, he severely defeated and cut down their numbers. After that battle, the shaved off territories came under a just rule due to Hifumi’s leadership, clearly without exploiting them. The majority of the population says that it has rather become easier to live. If they prove their abilities, I heard that they can even be employed as town mayors and civil officials and even city representatives can be dismissed uneventfully.
With this, for what reason should the inhabitants on Vichy’s side follow the leadership of the central committee? I guess it’s even inevitable that they harbor such doubts. In reality, many cities have changed sides to Fokalore because of that. Even among the cities remaining on Vichy’s side, there aren’t few places where the masses are revolting due to the representative showing an intention to remain.

“To sum it up, we have been defeated in battle as well as politics. Sooner or later, the name Vichy might disappear…” (Minosol)

The secretary lifted his head due to the muttering of just a few words, but Minosol waved his hand to not mind it.
Currently they have to think about how to protect this country.

“Please send a messenger to Fokalore once again. Just having raised its first cry, I want them to save this frail, infant country from danger.” (Minosol)

“As you wish.” (Secretary)

The geographical isolation can’t be helped, but on the other hand, if we stay in Vichy and resist to the bitter end, it’s not unlikely that we will be completely destroyed this time for sure.
Sticking out until the end now, Minosol chose to conduct themselves as friendly nation from the beginning to the end.

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Because of the commanding officer of the Third Knight Order’s group, that stayed behind at the royal castle of Orsongrande, playing a central part, the removal of the prince’s faction made progress. All of the knights staying within the castle have been substituted by knights affiliated with the Third Knight Order. Even within the political sphere, the influence of the nobles belonging to the prince faction has obviously fallen.
Lotomago is the name of the Third Knight Order’s commanding officer. He was a man who was promoted in recognition of his accomplishments, not for distinguished military service but for his intelligence in the information warfare. He, who was born as third son of a not very prospering Viscount household, has an unattractive appearance giving of a feeling of constantly being sleepy with heavy eyelids. In any case, his features don’t stand out. Basically he is a type of character that doesn’t make an appearance on a flashy stage.
Currently he has come to the actual site, which is rare for him, to give directions, notwithstanding that it almost never happened that he left his office.
That Lotomago was now maintaining a watch over the Prime Minister Adol, even more so than over Hifumi and the prince faction.
The movements of the prince faction are largely influenced by Prime Minister Adol as well. Despite bringing many nobles together, he has had a high evaluation for his reliable work befitting his title until now. He is playing a big part in winning over the nobles with rational persuasion.
There is a rumor that this prime minister is secluding himself within the castle’s document room every night recently. Using a subordinate, Lotomago grasped it to the point of knowing that it is a fact.
Though he didn’t yet know for what reason he is dong this…

“… Really, there is such magic, isn’t that right?” (Adol)

Prime Minister Adol grumbled while rummaging through documents related to magic, that are being kept in the form of thin, engraved lithographs, in the dim reference room.

“Yes, of course. There is the summoning magic that Princess-sama successfully used. Even sending home is possible. There should be past records of that.”

“What’s so funny?” A voice filled with laughter can be heard from the back of Adol.

“… By no means I believed that the day, I would follow the talk of an evil spirit, would ever come.” (Adol)

“An evil spirit has such an evil reputation, riight~?” (Evil Spirit)

In front of Adol, who turned around, only a dark, pale face, shrouded in mist, is floating. That face, laughing with a clinging broad grin, was halfway wrapped in darkness.

“I told you that I’m a death god.” (Shinigami)

Adol snorted in displeasure due to the death god’s way of talking.

“It’s presumptuous for an evil spirit to call itself something like a god. Leaving that aside, help me search as well, you bastard. If we continue at this rate, there is no knowing when we will find it even if there was a record.” (Adol)

“I’m sorry to say, I still can’t restore anything but the face. Haven’t I told you at the beginning? Since I was slain by that katana of Hifumi-san, a part of my power is clinging to Hifumi-san and he wears it. At least I recovered my strength up to this point.” (Shinigami)

“Good grief”, it shook the unnaturally frowning face.

“Doesn’t your restoration take rather much time for something calling itself god?” (Adol)

“That katana is dangerous. How to tell you? It’s blessed with the divine protection of a War God, okaay~ ? As expected, even I was on the verge of extinction. Besides…” (Shinigami)

Completely changing from a smiling face, it changed its tone as if loosing its nerve and pouting.

“Since the person, who I kindly offered my darkness magic, isn’t using its power, the source of my power is scarce, you knoow~ ? With him believing that nothing but the darkness storage is useful, the force of my existence won’t rise no matter how much time passes in the current state.” (Shinigami)

“It’s a disturbing situation”, the death god complained.

“Force of existence, huh… ?” (Adol)

“Yea, we gods realize our form by relying on the faith of the people and thus obtain the power to manifestate in the world. Therefore, if he uses the power bestowed by me, the same power will be given to me as well.” (Shinigami)

“If that’s the case, wouldn’t it be quite convenient for you, if Hifumi-dono continued to fight in this world?” (Adol)

Due to Adol’s question, the death god’s tongue makes a sound of 「Tsk tsk」. If there was an index finger, it would probably swing it sideways.

“Even though I may appear this way, I’m a major god in my original world. Since the gods and the rising of their believers are weak here, my original world is far more comfortable. Hence it is necessary to go with someone if they are sent back with return magic.” (Shinigami)

“Our interests match”, despite the death god saying this, Adol has a grim face while consenting.

“Well then, do your best at searching. Let’s bestow hope upon Princess-sama. Because the program of despair has already been decided.” (Shinigami)

The pretext of despair called the notification of Prince Ayperos’ death was stopped by the prime minister.

☺☻☺

Fokalore’s territorial forces, arriving at Münster, were split into two groups after having rested for one night.
A special task force with the goal of taking back the magic tools led by Origa and the main force that invades Horant from the front.
It has been decided that Hifumi will enter first and head toward the royal castle of Horant by himself after discovering the magic tools and leading the special task force together with Origa there. The schedule for the main force is to invade the cleared out Horant from the front with a delay of 1 day.
Hifumi and Origa, who led 10 chosen soldiers each, departed carefree toward the national border of Horant with a rail car remodeled into a wagon.
The clear, blue sky is spreading endlessly.

“Hifumi-sama, we were blessed with good weather.” (Origa)

“Ah, that’s right.” (Hifumi)

While basking in the warm sunlight, Hifumi, who sat down with a flump on the wagon, dozes off while returning a suitable answer.
The surface of the wagon has a size to the degree of a K-car. The others of Hifumi’s group are sympathizing with the two soldiers on driving duty. The other wagons are also manned by two soldiers each. The two wagons are basically vacant except for the weapons and food. Their purpose is to be loaded with magic tools.
The wagons, which aren’t heavy yet as there is only little baggage, make clattering sounds while nimbly advancing on the highway.
They have already passed through the village close to the border too. It is estimated that they will arrive at the border fortress soon.

“Once we get close to the border, lower the speed. I will get off to clear the path.” (Hifumi)

“Ha! By your command!” (Soldier)

The soldier, who somehow managed to catch Hifumi voice that was swallowed by the wind, answered in a loud voice.
Before long, there are dozens of soldiers standing close to Orsongrande’s side’s fortress that became visible in front of them. The once completely defeated border patrol has already been changed. A part of the soldiers, that have been dispatched as substitutes for the defense, were commanded by the Second Knight Order temporarily.
On the other side of the fortress there are Horant’s guards, I guess. A tingling air is adrift, but I can also see this with my far-sightedness.
Hifumi, who jumped off the moving wagon, advances towards the position of the two soldiers standing at the border.

“Thanks for your work. Let me pass for a minute. Ah, the lot in the rear as well.” (Hifumi)

“Ah, yes. Please go ahead.” (Guard)

The soldier, who apparently knew Hifumi’s face, opened the path with a nervous face.

“It’s fine if you aren’t this tense. I will dispose of the guys over there right away.” (Hifumi)

He smiled while drawing his katana.
When he looks at the end of the pathway of the fortress, he can see three soldiers from Horant preparing their swords.

“Ohh, as expected, the dolls won’t be deployed as border security, huh?” (Hifumi)

While murmuring without speaking to anyone specific, he lowers the katana in his right hand. As he swings it with a slow swaying, the soldier’s from Horant also showed an increasingly tense face due to Hifumi crossing the border.

“I’m Hifumi, an Earl of Orsongrande. I have some business or something like that with your king. Since I will force my way through, it’s fine to be a hindrance if you want to die.” (Hifumi)

Hifumi is slowly stepping forward as if giving them the time to choose. The soldiers of Horant were bewildered, but none of them tried to run away.

“Well done.” (Hifumi)

The second the distance to his opponents decreased to 5 meters, Hifumi broke into a run as if bursting open. The heads of the three soldiers were cleaved off in a flash. Without touching their bones at all, he cleanly severed only the soft flesh of the throat.
Waiting for Hifumi, who calmly went out from within the fountain of blood he had created, on Horant’s side, were the figures of roughly around 50 soldiers from Horant.

“Aye, thanks for the trouble to come meet me. Besides, it’s nice that you aren’t puppets. Now, decide. Run away or die, it’s one of those two.” (Hifumi)

Once the person in charge on site, thought to be a soldier of around 50 years, raises a roar due to Hifumi’s provocation, the soldiers came rushing all at once without order, ranks or plan.

“That’s a bad move, you know~?” (Hifumi)

“It’s better for me if enemies and allies are jumbled together. If you rush in disorder because there is only one enemy, you will probably hinder your allies”, Hifumi smiled bitterly. But he seems to be pleased with their will-power to plunge into it without hesitation though they are soldiers on the verge of death He is in a good mood.
Lowering his body, he slips in between the soldiers, deviating from the center where the enemies are concentrated.
With only this much the majority of the soldiers ended up losing sight of him.
Hifumi, easily slipping through the enemy group, approached the man in charge and soundlessly beheaded him.
At the time the soldier at the edge of the group turned his head around being doubtful as the voice of his superior couldn’t be heard anymore, the corpse of his superior, no longer having his head, fell to the ground. In front of him was the figure of the enemy who shouldn’t be there.

“Uhii…” (Soldier)

Even as he screamed, Hifumi’s left hand grabbed his face, pulled it down as if tearing it off and stabbed him to death.
In that manner he killed the soldiers from the back of the enemy group by cutting them up roughly. When all of them noticed and inquired into the abnormality of the situation, around 10 had died by Hifumi’s hands and further 5 were accidentally killed by their own colleagues.
Although they once again surrounded Hifumi, he sheathed the katana and clapped his hands towards the soldiers, who now kept their distance without closing in.

“Yo yo! It was quite a sweltering fighting style. So, how do you feel about killing your friends after going crazy earlier? For the fellows in the center of your group there were probably some who felt the feedback of their own weapons, right?” (Hifumi)

Some of them reflexively cast down their eyes due to Hifumi’s fully ridiculing words.

“Good, in that case…” (Hifumi)

Hifumi took out a simple metal staff from within his darkness storage.

“Shall we continue then?” (Hifumi)

In fact it is only the staff part of the chigiriki he took out. It ended up broken when he hit a tree during his own practice. Thus he decided to use it as staff.
Among the soldiers, who fixed their stance in panic, the soldier, who reacted the slowest, became the first victim.
The staff knocked into his temporal region with the force of Hifumi rotating it overhead. Including the simple helmet, his skull was smashed and the enemy died instantly.
Pulling back the swung staff, he uses the force of withdrawing it to attack a different soldier and kills him.

“Look, if you don’t counter-attack quickly, you will only be killed one-sidedly.” (Hifumi)

Circling around to the back of a soldier, Hifumi locks his neck with the staff and, standing back to back, he throws him over his shoulders.
The soldier, who was lifted up in a state of having his throat crushed, broke his neck and died.
Just using a stick without even a blade, he kills his opponents one after the other while even being only one person. It is already making the surviving soldiers getting ready to flee.

“Uu…” (Soldier)

However, escaping from the battlefield will definitely lead to the death penalty in Horant.
Running away or not, the result is the same. Dying now or dying after being caught and tortured, that’s the only difference.
There were people who were viewing from a distance as the soldiers from Horant were killed one by one like that.
It was Origa and the Fokalore territorial soldiers who had crossed the border following Hifumi.

“… Is it alright to not help him?” (Soldier)

Due to the situation of being outnumbered albeit not having a single injury, a single soldier ended up unintentionally expressing this, but regretted it right away.
Origa’s eyes went below freezing point in an instant as they turned towards the soldier.

“Do you want to interrupt Hifumi-sama’s amusement? And, do you want me to receive a scolding once again because I couldn’t hold you back from that?” (Origa)

“N-No… I’m very sorry…” (Soldier)

“Shut up and watch. And, if you are able, learn Hifumi-sama’s techniques. That gentleman wishes for there to be more fighters among the inhabitants of this world. Not to fight together as allies, but to fight as opponents of that gentleman.” (Origa)

All of the Fokalore territorial soldiers being there are people who saw Hifumi’s battle in Rhone. As there is currently an one-sided massacre unfolding in front of their eyes, it’s probably impossible to fight that as opponent, everyone judged.
Ceasing to watch such soldiers, Origa ecstatically turned her gaze ahead where Hifumi was joyfully wielding his staff and striking his enemies dead.

 


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46 Comments

  1. I ussually read novel in my phone,i copy the text so I can read it anywhere but sadly i have to drop SS and Hachi-nan:(

    • Why is it that you have to copy it? o.O
      If it’s about mobile phone friendliness, I think I can do something about that as long as I can understand the problem.

      • The problem is that i can’t read chapter in the PC cuz it’s my brother’s pc,so i copy the chapter fast and i read it in my phone,but with the block……

        • What’s speaking against reading it directly on the phone instead of copying it?

          • I only have internet in my house,so i can’t read it on the bus like i usually did

            • Ah, I see. Sorry, then you will have to wait for the pdfs/epubs. I will compile SS soon, the work on Hachinan has already started too but that one will take a bit longer because of the work involved (putting it together, deleting endless repetitions without disrupting the story flow, etc.

            • If you can open several tabs and keep them open you can read everything. I don’t have a phone so I don’t know if it’s possible but I open like 10 tabs on my portable PC in the morning so even if there’s no internet I can still read them.

          • Okay I will wait for pdfs xD

        • @PPPP can’t you save it as web page and open it at your phone?

          and @shasu are TL or admin of this site?
          sorry but i save this page and open it at MS. word 2013.
          coz i dont know how to change appearance of a site (i like dark background)

          • Don’t you guys kniw that the source of this page is still clear text right? There are bunch of programs and apps to extract content. For example the app GrabmyBooks Lite in google play. It can directly creat epub that you can read on your phone.

            @Shasu I’m grateful for the great translation, but know that putting watermarks or preventing copying with select-copy has completely no dettering effect to people with know-how. People dob’t make epubs by manually select all then copy paste, we use programs to get the source. Anyway, even if we do that, we still technically visit the site, so if you are worried with site count visits or whatnots, then you should not worry. Worry more about people with adblock. This move just inconviniences normal people who actually visits the site to read there, and people without know-how (manual copiers). BTW, in my case, i dont create epubs of novels i’m up to date with, it would be just tedious if i did everytime.

            TLDR: You gain absolutely nothing with this move, and you lose more due to the frustration of readers.

  2. so where can i get a version that i can actually read?

    the whole copyright thing every sentence makes it unreadable

  3. I’m of the same mind, I love the work done here, but the copyright signing makes it somewhat difficult to read.

    • Hmm okay, I will tone it down a bit, though it didn’t seem to be that strong to me… oh well, will take a few minutes. 🙂

      • Oi, I can’t really read this, there’s huge marks everywhere, I could use adblock to block out the previous normal white text, but I can’t select this new retarded text. What’s up with this? Are you so anxious that people will post it elsewhere? Why? I’m using google chrome, yet I still have this problem. Black background, white gigantic freaking marks.

  4. Thanks for the chappy!

    FYI it’s kinda hard to read on mobile because the water marks are on the text and make some text hard to read. maybe make it a bit lighter? Thanks

  5. Thanks for the chapter. Imo, the watermarks are too tyrannical. Making them smaller would be better.

    Another little tidbit; you can’t use spell check if you can’t right click.

  6. How about pasting it as imagefiles?

    • That won’t work well. a.) it will eat a lot of space and b.) wordpress isn’t really the best platform to work majorly with many pictures. It’s not difficult to do but it isn’t really handy either.
      I did consider the possibility already, too.:)

  7. despite of bringing
    -> despite bringing. you dont need the of
    help me searching
    -> help me search
    thanks for the chapter (:D)

  8. Thanks! Nepu!!
     ∧_∧ 
    ( ・ω・)=つ≡つ🔥
    (っ ≡つ=つ🔥
    `/  )
    (ノΠU

  9. Well, I’m waiting for the epub for smartphone rather than pdf.
    Are you going release by arc story or just per xx chapter?
    Also can you add the picture from the LN for hachinan and yobisada?

    Thanks for the chapter

  10. ty for chapter..ur watermark just barely visible on my phone..is it alrdy edited? cz I read other ppl complain bout it lol

  11. As always this is the one novel that when a new chap comes out I need to read it as soon as I see it Thank you for the chapter and all the hard work!

  12. Well, I always just make an epub version with Push2Kindle addon, and copy it to my phone so I can use my reader.

    Looks like I will have to wait for epub version then.

  13. Can the scroll wheel click alert be removed? I usually scroll pages by holding it down, since scroll on my mouse is broken.

    I understand what you are trying to achieve, but this is very inconvenient and beyond obnoxious. And, well, it took me about 5 minutes to save the entire chapter as a bunch of image files, so the effectiveness of this approach to prevent content stealing is questionable.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    • It took me 5 minutes to fix the page altogether. Right click, left click, middle click, text selection, a filter for the watermark and I didn’t half know what I was doing. It would take me less than a minute if I only wanted the text out of the chapter. The whole situation is silly. I wonder if the sites that are stealing the chapters are even being stopped by this. If not I might just go there and read them, with ad block of course.

    • The hell did i just read?
      Seriously? In this day and age there are still people doing print screens?
      I did that like 12 years ago, when knowledge about stuff has not reached the height of today.

      Glad you found your solution haha. =)

  14. You should suggest this way of preventing transtheft to other translator,i sometimes read it as offline on mobile and i get javascript disabled stuff uwing DU browser,no selecting and scroll lock sound good as a preventative measure against thief,higly recommended to Nepustation(javascript Shit),Nekoyashiki(Javascript Shit),YukkuriTrans(button of red and green,I cant select it once i saved it for offline…)Thats All..

  15. To the translator:

    I guess this stupid DRM some translators are doing recently is intended for -edited out- site?

    Let’s see current situation: they have the chapter already copied (it really is no problem no matter what you do) while your users here are still suffering. For example, I can’t use Reader Mode of Firefox what is a must for me. Is it hard to extract text from here? No. Do I want to do it for each chapter instead of clicking one button? Also no.

    Actually, now I’d rather go there to read because there Reader Mode works just fine. Think about it: earlier there was no reason for me (and the most people coming from novelupdates) to go there, but you just created it.

    PS: It’s so stupid now that even writing this comment is painful as some trivial text editing actions don’t work at all.

    • To the reader:

      Let’s see the current situation: The translator works hard and spends time on writing down the chapter and someone else comes along and steals that. Now, said translator tries to protect himself from said theft and you come complaining about it by calling it stupid.
      It’s kind of natural that trying to find a method that works without impeding the readers as far as possible takes some time.
      If you can’t wait that long, then of course you are free to go read the chapter wherever and however you want, but it’s also kind of logical, that if the majority of readers does that, there won’t be any reason for a translator to translate the novel, right? After all translators usually don’t write it down for themselves as they can read it to begin with.

      Well, it’s your choice whether to be patient and actively help out or to just ignore the whole issue and take the easy way out.

      P.S.: I have the same limitations as you and can easily edit the comment without any impediments.

      • I really don’t understand how some translators think.
        1) WHY are you openly posting it on the internet. Isn’t it for people to read?
        2) HOW is that “stealing” (actually just a copy) affecting you? If people are reading it here then I fail to see any drawbacks at all.
        3) Actually such “copy” can even benefit the community by absorbing DMCA takedowns and being a backup for cases of translators disappearing with their sites (I doubt you haven’t seen it at least once).
        4) You can’t prevent text copy anyway. At worst it would just render a page and then OCR it. It will work unless is text is extremely painful to read what contradicts 1.
        5) So the only real question is “how to make people read it here”. And your actions now are steps in exactly opposite direction because now people are here (and I’m writing to you here with goodwill, not writing there) and stupid DRM attempts only alienate people. I definitely would come to original translator site, I can even click some ads if it’s noticeable help but only IF I CAN READ it here (= Reader Mode works for me), if I can’t read – I will go where I can. I believe that majority of people will choice place with less DRM abomination.

        PS: Try in Firefox. I can’t go to other line by pressing cursor buttons, change cursor position with mouse click (!!), copy half-written text to notepad to edit it there and much more… If it’s not retarded then I don’t know what is.

        PS2: Blocking middle click scrolling is especially helpful in preventing text copy, yeah.

  16. I suggest the name `watapiyulusan` be changed to ‘waterpearson’

  17. Sorry, double comment.

    • Np, deleted one. As for your suggestion .. hmm … the “yu” in the romaji isn’t really read but a pronunciation indicator, however, I don’t think it’s a bad suggestion. Least it sounds better than my name choice. Will change it~

  18. If right click is disabled it is harder to comment mistakes by copy pasting them. I often mistype on mobile and don’t notice it, and then you can’t Ctrl+F unless you notice a mistype inside mistype.

  19. I dunno why but somehow reading this became boring, maybe it’s the site theme?

  20. now that I think about it,Hifumi is dynasty warrior character LMAO

  21. Well this is dumb I like using a chrome extension to read with black background and white text but this just makes it impossible.

  22. Hm… So that bastard death god is still hanging around, and if the mc uses magic for real, he will get stronger… I really hate circumstances like that where the mc is pretty much possessed by something. Seems they know they’re no match for him, so they want to send him back to the other world, I don’t believe they will succeed though.

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