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Lianru
March 9th, 2013, 09:08 PM
Finally, a translation!? (don't get your hopes up it's not a good one)
I am a weeb and I like pretty-looking brackets so I'm keeping the brackets appearing in the original text. Of course, quotes are replaced, so everyone can rejoice. If you spot an error, please post it so I can fix it.
I might make a pdf of this once it's all done and error-checked.

All of the images belong to Seikaisha and not me, etc etc.
Thanks to mewarmo, Anserina and Reiu for contributing quite possibly more than me!

Index:
Characters (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1122167&viewfull=1#post1122167)
World (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1122705&viewfull=1#post1122705)
NPCs (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1122572&viewfull=1#post1122572)
Backyard Notes (http://imgur.com/a/Lgo3w)

Night 1, Act I (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1121807&viewfull=1#post1121807)
Night 1, Act II (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1122245&viewfull=1#post1122245)
Night 1, Act III (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1122566&viewfull=1#post1122566)
Night 1, Act IV (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1123647&viewfull=1#post1123647)
Night 1, Act V (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1123946&viewfull=1#post1123946)

Night 1, Act VI (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1224471&viewfull=1#post1224471)
Night 1, Act VII (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1647257&viewfull=1#post1647257)
Night 1, Act VIII (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1817646#post1817646)

Interlude (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1949511&viewfull=1#post1949511)

Night 1, Act IX (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1956833&viewfull=1#post1956833)

Night 1, Act X
Night 1, Act XI
Night 1, Act XII
Night 1, Act XIII
Night 1, Act XIV
Night 1, Act XV
Night 1, Act XVI


Night 2, Act I
Night 2, Act II
Night 2, Act III
Night 2, Act IV
Night 2, Act V

Night 2, Act VI
Night 2, Act VII
Night 2, Act VIII
Night 2, Act IX
Night 2, Act X

Night 2, Act XI
Night 2, Act XII
Night 2, Act XIII
Night 2, Act XIV


Night 3, Act 0 (screw you for ruining my roman numerals)
Night 3, Act I
Night 3, Act II
Night 3, Act III
Night 3, Act IV
Night 3, Act V
Night 3, Act VI
Night 3, Act VII


Night 3, Act VIII
Night 3, Act IX
Night 3, Act X
Night 3, Act XI


Night 3, Act XII
Night 3, Act XIII
Night 3, Act XIV
Night 3, Act XV


Night 4, Act I
Night 4, Act II
Night 4, Act III
Night 4, Act IV
Night 4, Act V


Night 4, Act VI
Night 4, Act VII
Night 4, Act VIII
Night 4, Act IX
Night 4, Act X

oh god so much to translate ;_;

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/



http://i.imgur.com/D10aeT4.png



(Pitch darkness.)
(Suddenly…a spotlight shines on the stage.)
(A thick and heavy curtain hangs down onto the stage. After a moment of silence, the announcement rings out to the audience.)

“—Ladies and gentlemen.”

(A man’s voice. Although it shows a bit of nervousness, he speaks in a dignified manner.)

“—Ladies and gentlemen, please, lend me your ears.”

“Tonight’s event will be a play lasting only six nights. A one-time showing.”

“The actors are gathered, and the table is set. The idea for this is drawn from the RPGs of the American genius, Mr. Gary Gygax. Although it has the appearance of a written work, this is neither a novel nor a script; nor is it simply the transcription of a play. Despite its cloudy description, I can guarantee that it will be interesting.”

“One of our actors is Nasu Kinoko. He plays a young knight plagued by a curse. Our knight has just formed a pact with the Black Dragon. He is the newest member of the Order of the Dark Dragons, the pride of D’natia, the empire that once ruled the world.”

“One of our actors is Urobuchi Gen. He will be playing a warrior monk of the Eight Claw Clan, a religious sect of Huang’lan, the Dominion of the Rising Sun. He is an assassin who wields the demonic sword Qisha Tianling.”

“One of our actors is Kougyoku Izuki. From Nill Kamui, a small island nation between Donatia and Huang’lan, she plays a sorry slave who has been fused with a demon, a ‘Bound One.’”

“One of our actors is Shimadoriru. Born into the Imperial lineage of a near-human tribe that ruled Nill Kamui in the past, he plays one bestowed with the blessings of the mana streams intertwining sky, sea and earth, whose existence symbolizes Nill Kamui itself.”

“One of the actors is Ryohgo Narita. As for his role, allow us to keep that a mystery for now.”

“At last, the stage waits for the curtain to rise!”
“On this ancient yet modern stage, we must ask you all.”

“Now, if you—if it were you—what kind of decisions would you make if it were you on this stage? Would you be the same as these actors? Or would you come to different conclusions? What do you think of the choices that they make?”

“Now, ladies and gentlemen, we hope you enjoy this to the very end.”

(Silence. The spotlight shuts off.)
(Once again, the stage fades to darkness.)
(And then…)
(—The curtain rises with the light.)

Sherrinford
March 9th, 2013, 09:13 PM
Finally, a translation!? (don't get your hopes up it's not a good one)

Nonetheless I appreciate the commitment. :D

I confess, I clicked. :P Btw, what is this exactly? The actual gameplay of Nasu, Gen &co?

Ratman
March 9th, 2013, 09:13 PM
The idea for this is taken from the RPGs of the American genius, Mr. Gary Gygax.
PFFFFFFFFFFFFTHAHAHAHAHA
I am strangely okay with this.

Eager to see how it turns out. Good job so far, stay on target.

Sherrinford: Pretty much. There's a lot of people in the project though. You may want to check out the site.

Lianru
March 9th, 2013, 09:14 PM
http://i.imgur.com/OhoYR1P.jpg

The First Night: The Island of The Returned

Act I

—The wind was blowing.

It was a scorching, parched wind.
A feverish wind.
Blowing down from the summit of the volcano, it completely drained the air of water, and smothered it in sulfur. Just smelling the stench made one realize that it was a different world. To short-lived humans, it must seem like a place where breathing was simply not permitted.

In this place, be it the air or the sand, everything seemed like it was meant to be there.
But…
Now.
A group of people walked silently on the hillside.
They were all prepared to die, but nonetheless clung to something even more important than life in the depths of their hearts.
Worn-out soles, roughly hewn leather armor… this equipment would be seen as unimaginably inferior by even the poor armies of the island. Despite that, intense determination burned in everyone’s eyes. Every one of them, through sheer willpower, had already surmounted the terror of facing what dwelled in that volcano.
Moreover, it was not just humans marching among them. Among the panting troops, there were young boys and girls dressed in tattered clothes, with all sorts of monsters following them. If you looked closely, you would see that the boys and girls had strange vines growing from their bodies, which connected them to these monsters.
They were native to this island; a race of people called “Bound Ones”, fusions of monsters and humans. They were all very young, as almost all Bound Ones died before the age of 16.

It was like a march with death at stake, for the adults and children and monsters alike.
—And I,
I, too, was among them.


http://i.imgur.com/zmlbYGv.png

Fiction Master (henceforth FM): Please, Miss Kouygoku.

Kougyoku Izuki: (nods nervously) Y-Yes. Thank you! Oh, wow, there’s music… it makes it feel like a movie…! Umm, I am mixed in with the troops at the volcano, right? Right?
FM: Then we’re good to proceed. …You have a book with you, correct?
Kougyoku Izuki: Ah, yes. (flips the pages) Wow, this is amazing! This is a book of my character, isn’t it? There are so many numbers and illustrations!
FM: That is a character book. The life and experiences of the character that you created are all in this book. You could say that it is your character itself.
Kougyoku Izuki: Wow, it’s true. It really is! You even collected together what we decided before…(Engrossed in turning the pages)
FM: Well then, please introduce yourself.
Kougyoku Izuki: Oh, right! (calms down) My name is Eiha. I am only ten years old, but I have already been sold as a slave to many different places, and I am a girl who has already given up hope on life. I am a Bound One who was born fused with a monster, who I named Val, and I am connected to him through magical vines.
FM: Ohh, ten years old. Such a cruel life… From now on, we will call you Eiha.
Kougyoku Izuki → Eiha: Okay!
FM: Then, this Val that you are connected with. What kind of demon is it?
Eiha: It is a monster with the shape of a huge dog, with eyes that have been crushed and bat wings! It has a pure white body that is so thin you can almost see the bones, and a long tongue that is always drooping out of its mouth. Its breath is a little poisonous, so we have to pay attention and not get nearby people poisoned.
FM: H-How grotesque…
Eiha: It’s not grotesque! Its gross parts are cute, and I won’t back down on that fact! (Forcefully) Its smashed eyes are wrapped in bandages, I even tuck cute seasonal flowers in them. Even though they wilt because of Val’s poison, I replace them with fresh ones once they do, because I love my Val.

To tell the truth, most of the people I meet think Val is disgusting.
He is large enough to swallow an entire person in one gulp. And yet, he is so thin that his ribcage shows through. His stiff fur is easy to hold on to, too, but other people simply see him as some ominous beast covered in blood and dirt.
But that doesn’t concern me at all.
I am Val, and Val is me— no, I should say that I am just a part of Val.

FM: U-Understood. Well, please take this. (He presents a miniature)
Eiha: What? Ah, it’s Eiha! She’s become a paper figure! Ahaha, Val is so much bigger! (Laughs)
FM: This should help you get a better feel for the character. You’ve been riding Val the whole march, right?
Eiha: Yes! Oh yeah, the volcano’s wind makes his fur much stiffer than usual, so it’s like he huddles away from it. (Puts Eiha piece on Val’s)
FM: That sounds a little painful. (Laughs)
Eiha: We’re already used to it. (Laughs) So, it seems that we stay a little bit farther behind because the troops can’t quite get used to it.
FM: I see. And then, as you’re marching, a mountain slowly approaches you from behind.
Eiha: A mountain!?
FM: Strictly speaking, it’s a giant the size of a small mountain. It’s just like you and the other monsters within the troops—a Bound One who shares its life with a human. (Puts another figure on the table)
Eiha: S-such huge monsters exist, then. Val is already large enough…(Eyes the figure) Wow, it really is bigger than Val!

I couldn’t think of it as anything other than a mountain.
I don’t know how many times I have tilted my head up to look at it, but it always makes my neck hurt.
If you gathered together all of the Bound Ones on Nill Kamui, you probably wouldn’t find a person connected to a bigger monster than that.


http://i.imgur.com/RGEOExn.jpg

Eiha: So…exactly how tall is this?
FM: Up to its shoulders, in Donatian units, is forty meldas. If you convert that into modern units it would be forty meters.
Eiha: F-forty meters!?
FM: Yes, forty meters. From atop its shoulders, a young boy shouts, “We’re stopping for a break!” The entire army hears this and sits down to rest. They take off their shoes, drink some water from a dirty water skin, and try to make the most of the short breather.
Eiha: Haah…. Then I might as well get down from Val’s back—but it’s a bother to stray too far, so I’ll just let Val curl up and lie down in the middle.
FM: Val’s monster abilities aside, your body is only that of a ten year old girl. Even if you are only holding on to him, it must be tiring. …Now, the young boy, the Bound One who was standing in the palm of that stone giant, is being set down next to you.
Eiha: The person from before?
FM (Boy): Yup. “Miss Eiha, could I talk to you for a moment?”


http://i.imgur.com/635045B.png

Eiha: Eh, ah, hmm, is this person the leader of the troops?
FM: He is the leader of this combat unit of the Revolutionary Army. His name is Izun. Even though he’s young, he is capable of controlling this stone giant, and so no one can surpass him in terms of fighting strength.
Eiha: That’s true. After all, it’s forty meters tall. (agreement) Then… I reply with a small yawn.
FM (Izun): A yawn, is it. (Laughs) Then, with slight confusion, Izun says, “Well, I was just wondering if you were tired or not. We’ve walked a long way, haven’t we?”

“Doesn’t it kind of feel like we’ve walked enough for a lifetime?” wonders Izun as he scratches his cheek.
Sometimes he talks to me like this.
You could call him a strange person. Among the Bound Ones, he is the only one who makes conversation with me.
But even now, I can only stare vacantly at Izun, who is earnestly trying to talk to me.

FM (Izun): “But outside of the island is guaranteed to be even more vast. Master Agito used to say this a lot. I’ve talked to you about Master Agito a few times before, right?”
Eiha: Master Agito? Hmm… I don’t remember him very well so I shake my head.
FM (Izun): You don’t remember him. (Laughs) He keeps going, a little shocked. “Umm, you know, three years ago he was captured in the Seven Years’ War, and he was our first mentor. Since then, Mistress Eudina and I have been entrusted with the Revolutionary Army. But Mistress Eudina aside, all of this is way cooler when Master Agito tells it.
Eiha: Ahh, he admires him.
FM: Indeed. For him, Agito is who he looks up to. No matter how many battles he has been through, Izun’s mind is still that of a young boy.

“If it were him, he would definitely be able to repel Donatia and Huang’lan. He’ll create a country where we Bound Ones and Hybrids can live a life free of discrimination.”
It seemed like I was watching him from far away as Izun forcefully made a fist while saying those words.
What shining eyes, I thought.
Though we had the same circumstances, those sparkling eyes made me feel distant.

FM (Izun): “It seems like Master Agito will be pardoned soon. Because he was very popular with the people during the Seven Years’ War, even the Nill Kamui government won’t be able to ignore it, and he’ll finally be out of prison…”
Eiha: Hmm…
FM: What is it?
Eiha: If he’s that important to you, why are you in a place like this instead of being there to see him walk free?
FM: Well, who knows. The conversation gets broken off here, and Izun says to you, “Oh, that’s right. I came to talk to you because there was a person I wanted you to meet.”
Eiha: …Who?
FM: After a nod, the stone giant connected to Izun delicately lowers a litter. It is decorated completely differently from the army equipment, and is obviously the work of a master artisan.
Eiha: How splendid!
FM (Izun): After saying “Bow your head”, Izun kneels in front of the litter. Glancing at Eiha, he performs Nill Kamui’s traditional salute, crossing his arms over his chest.
Eiha: I casually jump onto Val’s back and lower my head, and Val follows suit.
FM: How cute. (Laughs) Then, Izun speaks towards the litter. “Lord Ibuki, would you grant us the honor of an audience?”
Eiha: Lord Ibuki?
FM: Yes. Now, Mr. Shimadoriru, please make your appearance.

With a shock, I feel a pain ripping through my back.
It has always been like that. It is a kind of numbing pain that makes me feel like I have been helplessly dragged into a huge current.
For example.
For example, the time when Val and I were in the depths of the forest, were caught by hunters, and had bows pointed at us.
For example, when another Bound One, a friend of mine under the same slave merchant, accidentally dropped a spoon under a Donatia nobleman’s feet (the next day her head was cut off).
For example, when some earl bought me, and I was forcibly recruited by this self-proclaimed “Revolutionary Army” — I made a stupid choice, and made friends despite having decided long ago to never make friends again—and we have operated together for more than a year since we met.
This time will probably end up like that again.
I will once again helplessly have my fate rewritten.
I am different from Izun, and different from her…there is no future to be seen in my eyes.
Perhaps feeling the same pain, Val growls softly.
And then—

The litter’s curtains are parted from the inside.

Cruor
March 9th, 2013, 09:15 PM
Nonetheless I appreciate the commitment. :D

I confess, I clicked. :P Btw, what is this exactly? The actual gameplay of Nasu, Gen &co?

iirc Lian was saying she was translating directly from the sessions put up online and not the novel things they made after each session was done.

Mcjon01
March 9th, 2013, 09:17 PM
So, PM me what you've done and what you're working on, I think I might help out with this now that I've read some of those ridiculous spoilers.

Lianru
March 9th, 2013, 11:20 PM
iirc Lian was saying she was translating directly from the sessions put up online and not the novel things they made after each session was done.
Actually, just now I found pictures of the "novel", and it looks exactly the same as the site except vertical text instead of horizontal (lol).

Cruor
March 10th, 2013, 12:01 AM
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mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 02:56 AM
I'm down to help, too. Hollow is getting boring. Though, I've only read the first part of Session 1 so far. Let me know what you're doing so we don't clash.

EDIT: maybe not such a good idea if I"m behind on the reading. I'm gonna read ahead first. I can edit your translation if you like.

EDIT2: omg looool percentage dice

EDIT3: holy god I am going to bring BGM music next time I DM some D&D.

EDIT4: Pen and paper RPGs really are the most fun with people who haven't played them before. Regular gamers metagame too much (think in game terms outside the bounds of their character and universe, bad form and sometimes cheating)

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 06:59 AM
Player Characters



http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img.xtras/character/C.kougyoku.I_1.0.0.574.768.100.png

Eiha (Kougyoku Izuki)

Bound One. A slave bonded from birth to a monster.

A young girl who lives as a "Bound One", Eiha is one of a race of peoples native to the island, bonded from birth to ferocious monsters by vine-like chains. Her life is bound to Val, a huge canine creature with batlike wings but no eyes. Living like an animal in the wild, she was abducted by humans and made to serve noble after noble, until one day she met another Bound One named Juna, and joined the Revolutionary Army.



http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img.xtras/character/C.shimadoriru.I_1.0.0.574.768.100.png

Ibuki (Shimadoriru)

Scion to an imperial lineage which has governed a land where the dead return to life.

Ibuki was born with a twin sister as the descendants of the imperial line, which once ruled Nill Kamui. Hated by society thanks to the prophecies of an oracle, Ibuki would have been destined for execution but for the intervention of his mother Hana Guya, who arranged for her child to go into hiding with his grandparents. One day, he was awakened to the tragedies of the world when he met the Red Dragon. Ibuki despaired, but knowing his true heritage, he joined the Revolutionary Army in hopes of changing the world for the better.


http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img.xtras/character/C.urobuchi.I_1.0.0.574.768.100.png

Lou Zhenjie (Urobuchi Gen)

A warrior monk of the Eight Claw Clan who hails from a religious sect in Huanglan, Dominion of the Rising Sun.

The warrior monk Lou comes from a religious sect in Huanglan, one of the world's two great powers opposite D'natia. With the guidance of his sentient, demonic sword Qisha Tianling, he is an accomplished assassin. His well-known reputation for killing any and all targets has earned Lou an ominious reputation in the underworld. He only measures a persons worth by whether they "can be killed or not," and uses his unique ability to keenly observe subjects even in his peripheral vision to calculate the perfect time to strike.



http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img.xtras/character/C.nasu.I_1.0.0.574.768.100.png

Swallow Cratsvalley (Nasu Kinoko)

A proud Black Dragon Knight of D'natia, the empire that rules the world.

Swallow is a young noble member of the Black Dragons, the D'natian Empire's greatest knightly order. He is bound by a curse of Pulverization, which destroys any tools he uses with his hands. After forming a True Pact with his order's patron deity, the Black Dragon, Swallow gains the power to oppose the Seven Dragons themselves, in order to subjugate the rampaging Red Dragon. Together with his servant Meryll, he joins the international Joint Investigation Task Force and sets off for the island of Nill Kamui.


http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img.xtras/character/C.narita.I_1.0.0.670.768.100.png

??? (Narita Ryohgo)

Lianru
March 10th, 2013, 09:31 AM
Some notes about consistency:
-Cratsvalley? please? ;_;
-The official site uses two different sets of spellings for each country: D'natia, Koran, and Nil Kamui; and then Donatia, Kouran, and Nill Kamui. I use the second set.
-I like the idea of using Huang Lan instead of Kouran, actually. Since I do it for all the other words anyways.
-Qisa Tianling -> Qisha Tianling
-Meryl -> Meryll (although it doesn't really matter it saves me a find and replace lol)
-I like "Bound One", "curse of Pulverization" and "True Pact" so I'ma steal those :3
-Black Dragon (Knight) instead of Dark Dragon (Knight) ? The alliteration in the latter is nice ;w;
-Since mewarmo is so much better than I am at finding nice English words to fit proper nouns, how would you translate 遙か前世より、何度も記憶と魂を受け渡しているという神秘の姫――黄爛霊母(こうらんれいぼ)が支配する、 旭日の大国。 ?

Acts II-V will be posted soon.

Lianru
March 10th, 2013, 09:47 AM
Act II

“—Lord Ibuki, would you grant us the honor of an audience?”
At the sound of the voice, my shoulders shudder involuntarily.
“*gulp*”
I swallow nervously.
Grant an audience. In the village, no one had said such words to me even once.
The village, now burned to the ground.
Before I was found by these people who call themselves the Revolutionary Army, I was just sitting in the burnt wreckage, stupefied.
“…”
I gulp once again.
And then I quietly resolve to face these people who address me as an ‘Imperial’.

Shimadoriru: I-I’m here! Um, I’m inside the litter, aren’t I?
FM: That’s right. What will you do? Replying without showing your face is okay too.
Shimadoriru → Ibuki: Ah, no, I’ll come out, I’ll come out! I’m very interested so I’ll show my face!
FM: OK. Then, you pull a rope from the inside, and the curtain over the litter rises. Take this, please. (Pulls out the Ibuki figure)
Eiha: He has a paper figure too!
FM: Every player character has one, you know. (Laughs) What appears before Eiha is likely a “Hybrid” whose genes have been mixed with those of monsters— well, supposedly, but this boy carries a mysterious air of divinity.

I am being watched, I think.
The single horn that recently has begun to grow from my forehead.
The people who found me on that burned wasteland told me that it is proof of the imperial line.

FM (Izun): “How do you fare today?”
Ibuki: (bewildered) I-I am feeling... well.
Eiha: He’s so cute when he’s nervous. (Laughs)
FM (Izun): Please continue like that. (Laughs) Then, Izun faces Ibuki and says, “This is Eiha. Among the Bound Ones, she is particularly strong, and I had hoped to make her your escort.”
Ibuki: Miss… Eiha.
FM (Izun): He then turns to Eiha with a “Do you understand? This is Lord Ibuki. He, who we found on the island, is one of the Imperial line, of which there are less than ten people remaining.
Eiha: Imperial line?
Ibuki: Ah, yes! I am a descendant of the Imperial line which has continued to govern this island. Actually, up until recently, I did not know that I was one of the imperial line, and was living a peaceful life in a village, but it was burned down a little.
Eiha: Burned down a little!?
Ibuki: Yes. A lot happened! And then because of the shock of the incident my imperial lineage awakened and I grew a horn, and about that time was when I was picked up by the Revolutionary Army.
Eiha: It seems like you have some tough circumstances, too…
FM: Have the player introductions finished? Then Izun says to Eiha, “I want you to protect Lord Ibuki.”
Eiha: Protect him? From what?
FM (Izun): “From blades, from spears, from magic, from all kinds of threats. Then, surely, we will one day be free.
Eiha: Free...

The girl in front of me cocks her head like a bird.
The monster by her side, which resembles a mix of dog and bat, copies her movement. After seeing this, I begin to understand that they really are Bound Ones.

Ibuki: Wow…
FM: What’s wrong?
Ibuki: Well, see, after seeing the pieces on the table and having that conversation, this seems really game-y, but I also get the feeling we’re creating a story.
FM: I’m glad to hear that. (Laughs) Then, during the pause, Izun addresses Ibuki again. “By the way, Lord Ibuki.”
Ibuki: Ah, yes?
FM (Izun): “…Can you really speak with the 〈Red Dragon〉?”
Ibuki: …Eh?

In an instant, my mind went blank.

FM: That’s a good reaction. (Laughs)
Ibuki: Eh? Eh? Ehh? No, um. How? Well, it is true that I once met the, uh, 〈Red Dragon〉, but…
FM (Izun): “Ah, Eiha only just recently joined us, and I haven’t explained it fully yet. We are going to speak with the 〈Red Dragon〉.”
Eiha: The 〈Red Dragon〉?
FM (Izun): “Yes, apparently Lord Ibuki has met it before. So, if we can persuade it together with Lord Ibuki, we can receive the support of the 〈Red Dragon〉.”
Eiha: (Tilts head) Is Ibuki going to ride the 〈Red Dragon〉? I don’t see any vines on him.
FM (Izun): “Even if he is not a Bound One, we should still be able to communicate. Can we not converse with Lord Ibuki as well?”
Eiha: My face expresses slight disagreement. I think that if I were to truly communicate from the heart, the only one who would understand my words would be Val, who I am connected to magically.
FM: I see. …Ah, it seems that Mr. Shimadoriru has become tense again. (Laughs)
Ibuki: (Shakes head) …Well, I suppose that’s true. We met, that is for sure. But, we never really had a proper conversation, so I didn’t think that we would immediately move to this kind of topic…
FM: To tell the truth, Ibuki’s frame of mind should be similar to that of yours right now, Mr. Shimadoriru. You get taken away without understanding anything, get brought to the volcano without understanding anything, and then you are asked to speak with the 〈Red Dragon〉 without understanding anything. (Laughs)
Ibuki: And I lived such a peaceful and ordinary life in the village…

That’s right.
I always thought of myself as a normal child.
Even if I did meet the 〈Red Dragon〉, that was just a coincidence.

FM: To you, it was a coincidence, but the others didn’t think so. Shall we wait until you’re ready?
Ibuki: …Haa, *sigh*… (Takes a deep breath) No, I’m all right now.
FM: Then, Izun repeats himself. “Lord Ibuki, we believe in you. That you, an Imperial, were able to survive such an encounter brings hope to us all. You will surely be able to persuade the 〈Red Dragon〉.”
Ibuki: Ah, ah, yes. I’m sure it’ll turn out well.
FM: Oh, Izun’s face brightens at these words. He faces the Revolutionary Army and shouts, “Everyone! Do not fear! The 〈Red Dragon〉 is not our enemy! Lord Ibuki has so spoken!”
Ibuki: …
Eiha: Ah, his expression says, “Now I’ve done it.” (Laughs)
FM: The entire army responds with a thunderous war cry. The Imperial heir’s words seem to bring everyone back to life. After this, Izun passes a headscarf to Ibuki.
Ibuki: A headscarf?
FM (Izun): “This a magical scarf to cover up your horn. It will stand out too much if you have to go into a town.”
Ibuki: Ah, I see. Then I accept it with gratitude.
FM (Izun): “From now on, Eiha will be responsible for Lord Ibuki’s litter. Please listen to Lord Ibuki’s instructions.”
Eiha: Got it. I’ll have Val hold onto it.

The one lightly carrying my litter is now the magical beast called Val.
Although it is thin enough that its ribs show through, it is far stronger than it looks. Mr. Izun said that they were special even among the Bound Ones, and it seems he wasn’t lying.
I slowly scale the mountain with the Revolutionary Army.
“…”
A chill runs through me.
Ever since this horn grew on my head, my senses have become much sharper. Of course, this applies to the things I can see, but now I can even perceive even things I cannot see.
And that sixth sense is bugging me.
Something incredible is gradually approaching, and it gives me chills.
A fierce, condensed mass of power.
It’s the same as what I saw before—

FM: Along the way, you encounter magical beasts attracted by this intense magical aura, but Eiha’s strength repels them without difficulty. After repeating this a few times… that’s right, Ibuki must use his 【Sense】 to make a successful check. Please use these dice.


http://i.imgur.com/PQ2Tqgo.png

Eiha: Wow, what are these? They’re obviously dice but they’re not cubic, so which face are you supposed to look at?
FM: These are special ten-sided dice. Of course, you still look at the side on top.
Ibuki: (Picks up the dice) Ten-sided dice…!
FM: The numbers 1-0 (10) are on these dice. One die is the tens place, and the other is the ones place, so combined they can roll numbers up to 100. Ibuki’s character book should have a number for 【Perception】, right?
Ibuki: Ah, yes! It says 80%!
FM: Then if you roll below an 80 on these dice, you will succeed. For most people it is about 40%, but Ibuki’s senses are twice as sharp as those of an average person. Then, please roll.
Ibuki: O-Okay. Wow, this feels so game-like. There! (Rolls the dice) Umm… 63!
FM: Success. As one of the Imperial line you are sensitive to magic, so you accurately guide the Revolutionary Army to the cave lair of the 〈Red Dragon〉. (Gestures to a staff member)

(A gigantic dragon figure is placed onto the table. The music changes.)

Ibuki: It’s huge! And the music changed!
Eiha: Waaaaaaaaah! The dragon appeared! It’s even bigger than that stone giant! The music is scary!
FM: At the sight of the dragon, the army soldiers sigh with reverence and sink to their knees and cross their arms in Nill Kamui’s traditional salute, just as Izun did. On this island, the 〈Red Dragon〉 is probably just as revered and loved as Imperials like you, Ibuki.
Ibuki: So basically, the Imperials are just as awesome as this dragon…!?
FM: On this island, yes. People are so emotionally moved they are sobbing things like “It’s the great Red Dragon…”, or “I never thought I would meet both an Imperial lord and the Red Dragon... and in the same day...”
Eiha: This is crazy…
FM: Then, Izun addresses Ibuki inside the litter. “Now, my lord! Please speak with the 〈Red Dragon〉!”
Ibuki: (Extremely flustered) S-Speak with it?
FM: Everyone is looking at you, waiting to see exactly what you will say to the dragon.
Ibuki: W-Will my voice carry?
FM: Though it’s some distance to the cave, if you raise your voice it should reach. The dragon slowly turns to face you all. Its drooling maw and bloodshot eyes look somewhat different, but this is definitely the 〈Red Dragon〉 that you met before. What will you do?
Ibuki: First of all… I am at a loss for words.

That’s right.
I’ve met it before.
Two years ago, during the incident that completely changed my worldview.
I kept my secret even until the village had been reduced to ashes. I had met a dragon in the nearby forest, but how could I explain such a fairy tale to the villagers?
Still.
Is this really the same dragon from back then?
The dragon that seemed to kindly look down on a frightened boy — did I just imagine it?

Ibuki: …It’s no good. It’s just like before… I can’t say anything. I’m sorry.
FM: Is that so? You’ve come all this way to meet the 〈Red Dragon〉. Are you just going to end it without having said anything?
Ibuki: …Yes.


http://i.imgur.com/wuPZGr4.png

FM: As Ibuki remains silently dumbfounded, a torrent of flame suddenly erupts from the 〈Red Dragon〉’s mouth!
Ibuki: Hueah? (Unintelligible noise)
FM: On the right flank, where Ibuki is not present… (Rolls the dice) 30 times 100 is 3000 points of damage from the dragon’s Fire Breath, with a range of approximately 1 kilometer. The Revolutionary Army troops that you scaled the mountain together with are burned to a crisp…
Eiha: Huh?
FM: Everything happens in a split second. The burned troops die instantly. The troops outside of the breath’s range do not react for several seconds, and then scream out, “My Lord Imperial…? 〈Red Dragon〉…? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!” and scatter in all directions.
Ibuki: Ah, ah… Struck with despair, I am at an utter loss…
FM: Understood. The soldiers and Bound Ones who couldn’t get away scream in terror or collapse onto the ground, and even more of them cling to Ibuki’s feet. “Why would the great Red Dragon do this?!” “M-My lord, was it a lie!? Did you not tell us it would be fine!?”
Ibuki: (His face is paralyzed in a stiff smile)
Eiha: …I will take Ibuki and run. Val will carry Ibuki’s litter, and I will ride down the mountain!
FM: OK. Then, as Eiha turns to flee, many brave soldiers and the stone giant charge past you at the 〈Red Dragon〉 and lock into conflict with it.

It was like a scene from a fairy tale.
The dragon’s breath melted everything, even stone.
The mountainside liquefied like so much sugar before hot water. Stomping through it, the stone giant seizes the dragon’s lower jaw, roaring like thunder. No, even a fairy tale wouldn’t contain this nonsense.
Everything is... far away.
Everything is... like a dream.
Everything is empty, and I close my eyes…

FM: While Izun’s stone giant holds it back, countless elite soldiers swarm to the dragon.
Eiha: …!
FM: (Rolls the dice) The first person does 13 damage. It doesn’t have any effect.
Ibuki: I-It’s useless.
FM: (Rolls the dice) The second person does 17 damage. The third person does 16 damage. For an ordinary Bound One or soldier this would be a lot of damage, but they’re unable to even scratch one of the dragon’s scales. Eiha, what will you do?
Eiha: Run for our lives! We obviously can’t win against a monster like that!
FM: Yeah. From behind the stone giant, Izun cries, “Yes! Run quickly! Bring Lord Ibuki to Master Agito! To Shuka!” As he says this, the claws and teeth of the dragon steadily reduce the stone giant’s body to rubble. Parts of its flank have been torn out, and the head is destroyed... you take this opportunity to flee.
Eiha: …I’m sorry, Izun.
FM: Now, the second round of Dragon Breath. (Rolls dice) The range is 1 kilometer. 3600 damage of fiery breath is aimed at you, but Izun intercepts it.
Eiha: (In a choking voice) O… Okay.
FM: The stone giant tears off its remaining right hand and throws it in order to protect you from the breath. …Miss Eiha, I must ask you one thing.
Eiha: What… is it?
FM: Looking at the size of the stone that was thrown, there is only enough space to cover either you and Val, or Ibuki’s litter.
Ibuki: …Eh?
FM: There is no time to leave the litter while fleeing. Please choose whether you would like to throw the litter behind it, or hide behind it yourself.
Eiha: Wow, um…
FM: (Looks at clock) I will give you two minutes. If you cannot decide then both of you will be burned. Strictly speaking this is only a matter of seconds, but we can say that life-or-death situations seem to pass very slowly.
Eiha: Ah, ah… This the first time I have met Ibuki, isn’t it?
FM: You only recently joined up with this unit. Before that, you had never seen Ibuki, the boy within the litter.
Ibuki: I…
Eiha: …Only one of us, can live…
FM: You have forty seconds left. Please make a decision.
Eiha: ….I’ve decided. I will throw Ibuki’s litter behind the stone!
FM: Understood. Taking the litter in its teeth, Val hurls it behind the slab of rock. As soon as you see this happen, the dragon’s breath engulfs the stone giant as well as you and Val. I need not explain the result of this 3600 damage.
Eiha: …Okay.
FM: Your entire body is burned, and your surroundings dissolve into lava. Here, the second act ends. For the next scene, please call for Mr. Nasu Kinoko.

Katie
March 10th, 2013, 10:59 AM
>meet the dragon
>not talk to it

Worst roleplaying, now everyone is boned.

Mcjon01
March 10th, 2013, 12:44 PM
The FM would have just had the red dragon freak out and attack without replying anyway. That event was inevitable.

Sherrinford
March 10th, 2013, 01:18 PM
Eiha, Lou and Swallow's designs are cool, although the catgirl's character isn't really interesting to me so far...

Also, I'm a little bit confused, but I guess that's to be expected considering the medium (written text) and the fact that I never role-played before :p...


FM: Is that so? After you finally met the 〈Red Dragon〉, you’ll let it end without having said anything?
Ibuki: …Yes.

"Oh great and mighty 〈Red Dragon〉, what is the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything?"

TypeWannabe
March 10th, 2013, 02:01 PM
This DM sucks.

I3uster
March 10th, 2013, 02:03 PM
That certainly was a lot of buildup for just killing everybody.

Rowanism
March 10th, 2013, 04:57 PM
Keep up the good work! It's very entertaining to read!

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 05:11 PM
The FM would have just had the red dragon freak out and attack without replying anyway. That event was inevitable.
I don't know about that.

He did say something to the effect of "Are you absolutely sure? You came all this way."

Not saying it wouldn't have gone crazy (since that plays into Swallow's personal story) but there probably would have at least been some chance to talk.


This DM sucks.
Yeah, railroading. But, then again, it is a JRPG (dohohoho). Though the good thing about real people RPGs is that you're supposed to be able to avoid this and mess with your DM's plans.

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 05:26 PM
I asked before, but do you mind if I suggest edits to your translation? There are things I want to change, but I've also spotted a few mistakes upon skimming.


Some notes about consistency:
-Cratsvalley? please? ;_;
OK.


-The official site uses two different sets of spellings for each country: D'natia, Koran, and Nil Kamui; and then Donatia, Kouran, and Nill Kamui. I use the second set.
I like D'natia, though it doesn't really matter for this one.


-I like the idea of using Huang Lan instead of Kouran, actually. Since I do it for all the other words anyways.
OK.


-Qisa Tianling -> Qisha Tianling
Oops, my typo.


-Meryl -> Meryll (although it doesn't really matter it saves me a find and replace lol)

-I like "Bound One", "curse of Pulverization" and "True Pact" so I'ma steal those :3
OK.


-Black Dragon (Knight) instead of Dark Dragon (Knight) ? The alliteration in the latter is nice ;w;
I thought about this for a moment, too. I went with Black Dragon because I suspect the other five dragons all have specific colors. Like in D&D, although that's where the similarity seems to end.


-Since mewarmo is so much better than I am at finding nice English words to fit proper nouns, how would you translate 遙か前世より、何度も記憶と魂を受け渡しているという神秘の姫――黄爛霊母(こうらんれいぼ)が支配する、 旭日の大国。 ?

I haven't read this far yet, but Matriarch of Huang Lan, maybe? Matron? Empress (but it says princess/young lady)? I don't yet know how important the "spirit" part is. If it comes up, you might have to find something else.

food
March 10th, 2013, 05:33 PM
Some notes about consistency:
-Cratsvalley? please? ;_;
-The official site uses two different sets of spellings for each country: D'natia, Koran, and Nil Kamui; and then Donatia, Kouran, and Nill Kamui. I use the second set.
-I like the idea of using Huang Lan instead of Kouran, actually. Since I do it for all the other words anyways.
-Qisa Tianling -> Qisha Tianling
-Meryl -> Meryll (although it doesn't really matter it saves me a find and replace lol)
-I like "Bound One", "curse of Pulverization" and "True Pact" so I'ma steal those :3
-Black Dragon (Knight) instead of Dark Dragon (Knight) ? The alliteration in the latter is nice ;w;
-Since mewarmo is so much better than I am at finding nice English words to fit proper nouns, how would you translate 遙か前世より、何度も記憶と魂を受け渡しているという神秘の姫――黄爛霊母(こうらんれいぼ)が支配する、 旭日の大国。 ?

Acts II-V will be posted soon.

"It (Donatia) was a great empire of the rising sun ruled by Koran Reibo ---- the mysterious princess who inherited the innumerable memories and souls of distant past lives."

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I haven't read this far yet, but Matriarch of Huang Lan, maybe? Matron? Empress (but it says princess/young lady)? I don't yet know how important the "spirit" part is. If it comes up, you might have to find something else.

Probably wouldn't jump to "matriarch" without knowing how old said character is, lol.

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 05:35 PM
"It (Donatia) was a great empire of the rising sun ruled by Koran Reibo ---- the mysterious princess who inherited the innumerable memories and souls of distant past lives."

It is pretty obviously referring to Huang Lan, not D'natia, lol




Probably wouldn't jump to "matriarch" without knowing how old said character is, lol.
Yeah. Just trying to figure out a sufficiently impressive sounding title for this girl. It sounds like she is probably young.

food
March 10th, 2013, 05:42 PM
It is pretty obviously referring to Huang Lan, not D'natia, lol

Oops, not Donatia. It's referring to the nation of Koran.

You probably need to decide to use Koran Reibo as per original text, or the actual meaning "Spirit Mother of Koran" in the translation.

food
March 10th, 2013, 05:54 PM
Actually you want to go with "Spirit Mother of Koran". It looks like a title than a person's name.

Lianru
March 10th, 2013, 06:39 PM
Act III

—What is the world? It is D’natia and everything outside of it.

In the past, D’natia’s mightiest Dark Dragon Knights would proclaim this for all to hear.
Forming contracts with three of the seven dragons, the eastern empire of D’natia set out to conquer the world.
In the west, the country of Huanglan flourishes, standardizing its currency and pioneering the use of muskets in warfare.
Now, the stage shifts to these great nations.

FM: Now then, please make your entrance, Mr. Nasu.
Nasu Kinoko: Wait, wait! What just happened, FM?! Miss Kougyoku was making a horrible face! Her eyes looked totally dead!
FM: Well, I wonder what happened. (Deadpan)
Nasu Kinoko: This is seriously scary! The FM is freakin’ scary! (To the microphone) Ahhhh. Before we begin I would like to make it clear that my character is quite useless. He lets his maid, Meryll, handle everything.
FM: Well, that’s exactly why you hire maids. (Laughs) Anyways, please introduce yourself first.
Nasu Kinoko: All right, all right. Er, I am Swallow Cratsvalley. It’s hard to say so just call me Swallow. I’ve been plagued by a curse all 25 years of my life. I’m your average bright-eyed young nobleman, but I don’t have any money, do I? Or rather, I’m bankrupt. It almost feels good to be so empty-handed. Umm, this scene is from before I became a Dark Dragon Knight, right?
FM: We must complete this scene in the opening. Please take your character book and paper figure.
Nasu Kinoko → Swallow: (Flipping pages) Ohh, this is nice! It’s a book! This is really fantasy-ish! Oh, everything we talked about before got turned into illustrations!
FM: It is wonderful that you are pleased. Everything that Nasu Kinoko planned out has been transformed into data. (Laughs) Now, the stage is your location, the capital of Donatia.

The imperial capital of D’natia.
One could not find a more extravagant city even in their dreams.
Countless airships weave through the air, and the streets bustle with lively music. The people are celebrating one of D’natia’s war victories. There are several dozen of these holidays each year.
The residence of the Cratsvalley family is located in one section of this capital.
In one of the rooms, the sound of breaking metal rings through the house.
In the hand of the graceful, blonde-haired and blue-eyed young man, the spoon crumbled from its core as if it had been exposed to a hundred years of aging.


http://i.imgur.com/spVCmyp.png


Swallow: …Ah, I did it already, huh.
FM (Meryll): Of course, Meryll, the maid standing at your side, glares at you. “This is the third spoon you’ve broken today. A single one of these silver spoons, crafted by the finest artisans, is worth a month’s living for a common citizen… …Ahh, you’re as carefree as ever. It makes my heart feel cleansed.”
Swallow: Are you talking about the purity of heart that comes when your wordly desires are gone? Sorry, Meryll, but it always happens so just let it slide.
FM (Meryll): “Yes, this happens all the time. Three times in a day… no, that is incorrect. Three times per meal, ten times in a day. In a single day, you waste ten months’ worth of a commoner’s living expenses. Of course, it is not just spoons, correct?
Swallow: Of course. But, to be specific, I feel just dreadful about it. I think my heart’s going to run wild. —Well, I’ve actually gotten used to it.


http://i.imgur.com/A0bVuSS.png

A curse.
From Swallow’s point of view, it is indeed nothing out of the ordinary.
This young man was born with a curse, and lived with it his whole life. So, breaking a spoon or two while eating was also very common.
Naturally, to the maid Meryll, that wouldn’t do.

FM (Meryll): “Master Swallow, from now on please do not touch the tableware.”
Swallow: O-Okay… Meryll, you’re scary. Your eyes aren’t smiling at all.
FM (Meryll): “Please do not touch the cabinet behind you either.” She passes by and sticks several “FORECLOSED” seals on it.
Swallow: Ah, it’s already been foreclosed?
FM: It has already been foreclosed on. Meryll is applying all these stickers with “FORECLOSED” printed in official D’natian script, in anticipation of the seizure. (Laughs)
Swallow: She really is super-capable. A totally ruthless servant!
FM (Meryll): “All of the things on this estate have been foreclosed on. I stuck the seals on first so that you would not forget.”
Swallow: Right… I understand.
FM (Meryll): “I’m glad to hear it. At any rate, I am your creditor.”

It’s as she says.
Unable to abandon her destitute master, the maid established her own company, and bought the entire Cratsvalley estate as the noble house was on the verge of bankruptcy. Some might call it a moving tale.

Swallow: Yep, what a cruel story.
FM (Meryll): “And whose fault do you think it is?”
Swallow: W-Well, I’m very grateful to you.
FM (Meryll): “I am glad to hear that as well. I thought even your brains had rotted away.”
Swallow: Hahaha, no way. There’s no way I could use my head to get out of this! …No, wait, could I use it? Is it in the rules? If I were to use a headbutt or something…
FM (Meryll): “By the way, Master Swallow. …It is about time.”
Swallow: Huh? What time?
FM (Meryll): “I knew it. I knew that you were that kind of person, but…” Meryll lowers her voice after her initial astonishment. “…The meeting with the 〈Black Dragon〉.”
Swallow: Ah, I see. Then I take off the napkin that I had…
FM: The moment the napkin is removed, it disintegrates with a rustle.
Swallow: To keep Meryll from finding out, I use my hand to cover up the place where the napkin fell apart. (Laughs) I say, “Well, off I go!” while I stand up, covering it up with my hand as best as I can!
FM: Pretending not to see that, Meryll calls you from behind as you leave. “Master Swallow.”
Swallow: Hm? What is it?
FM (Meryll): (Dropping her gaze) “...No, just... I hope you don’t do anything careless.”
Swallow: Of course, I’ll try my best.
FM (Meryll): “I look forward to your efforts.”
Swallow: Yup, yup. …Or so I say, but my mouth always works faster than my head.
FM (Meryll): “I look forward to your efforts!”
Swallow: Ye-s!

“…”
After the carefree Swallow left, Meryll stood still for a while.
To be honest, she never would have believed that her master would be so carefree even during this time, but also couldn’t help but think that it was his style.
The maid tightly clasped her hands as if to pray, but remembering that she had no god to pray to, slowly shook her head.
“Well, I have some things to get ready too,” she murmurs softly.
So that no matter what burdens her master took on, she could stay by his side.

FM: Now, to the north of Donatia’s capital, there is a mountainous region that the citizens dare not approach.
Swallow: Mountains?
FM: Yes. Since it’s very close to the capital, it would surely be profitable if cultivated into farmland. But far from being developed, no good roads have been built through the area. With the guidance of a certain monk, you come to a gaping cave about halfway up the mountainside.

A cave.
Actually, it might be too big to be called a cave.
On the mountainside is a huge chasm that seems to have been carved out by lightning.
As he nears the chasm, the monk stops.

Swallow: …If I may ask a basic question, how many people have entered this before?
FM (Monk): “As far as I know, 246 people have been recorded in total. 29 people have returned. I myself have never gone past this point.”
Swallow: Ten percent, huh…
FM (Monk): “It is about that much. To be precise, there is one more person.”
Swallow: One more?
FM (Monk): “The Emperor of D’natia, His Imperial Majesty Magnus Ernst. Other than him, the 29 Dark Dragon Knights who were appointed here make up all those who returned.
Swallow: (Spreads his hands) Ohh! Mighty Emperor Magnus! Not once have I been graced with his presence! …But, just because you return doesn’t mean you survive, huh. Other than forming a contract with the Black Dragon, there’s nothing waiting but death.
FM (Monk): (Shakes his head without saying anything)
Swallow: …But, there’s still that ten percent. Yeah, as long as I’ve got a chance, there’s still hope. Realistically speaking.
FM: I see. (Laughs)
Swallow: Well, that’s the sort of thing I pay attention to. I thank the monk who guided me here, clear my throat, and make my way in.
FM: Understood. You slowly walk into the unnaturally cold cave.

The cave was eerily quiet.
In a sense, it was very much like a shrine.
In the cave dwelt a divine aura so strong it rejected humanity, as well as an equally powerful chaos.

FM: You’ve been walking for a long time in the cave. Just as your sense of time begins to blur, you suddenly sense something. In the pitch darkness— a pair of eyes, even blacker than your surroundings, gazes at you.

(Takes out a figure of a huge dragon and puts it on the table)

Swallow: (Looks at the figure) Hahaha, this is easy to understand!
FM: By the way, a normal person is about this size. (Shows a figure about the same size as Swallow)
Swallow: …Well, this is impossible. (Laughs)
FM: Then, the owner of those eyes — the 〈Black Dragon〉 that formed a pact with D’natia — speaks to you. “…I thought you would have come sooner.”

Sooner.
Swallow understood well the meaning behind those words.
This was not the first time he had met the dragon. Although he did not know it at the time, the thing called a dragon apparently would sometimes visit the human world on a whim.
By coincidence — or perhaps inevitably — Swallow had met this dragon in the past.
And made a certain promise.

Swallow: …If I could, I would have liked to continue living in ignorance, as leisurely as possible.
I only ever half believed the things that happened back then, and half believed that it was a dream.
FM (Black Dragon): “I see. I informed you that the scar that I granted you would corrupt you completely within seven years, but did you not believe me?”
Swallow: No, I believed that. But, knowing that truth and deliberately seeking out a being like you are two entirely different things. If I may, I won’t add “O Great” when addressing you.
FM (Black Dragon): “I see. Will you not form a contract in to extend your life?”
Swallow: N-No, I’ll gladly do that. I don’t want to die.
FM (Black Dragon): “…Oh?”
Swallow: Even though up until now I only half believed it, it’s human nature to grasp at even the tiniest straw if there is hope of salvation. I hope that you can understand those feelings.
FM (Black Dragon): “I see. Those are indeed words befitting a mortal. …But I shall bestow upon you a quest and pact different than those of the other Dark Dragon Knights.”
Swallow: …Meaning?
FM (Black Dragon): “In exchange for the completion of your task, not only shall I extend your life according to the contract, I shall also grant you one other wish.”
Swallow: …A wish… anything I want in addition to my life. …I always feel as though you see straight through me… or not. You’re a being greater than humanity. I’d expect no less. …Umm, in short, can you get rid of my curse?
FM (Black Dragon) “If that is what you wish for at that time.”
Swallow: There’s a hidden meaning to those words... you mean there’s a chance I might not want the curse lifted. Well, the problem now is the quest that you mentioned?
FM (Black Dragon): “…You will face two choices.”
Swallow: Hm? Two choices?
FM (Black Dragon): The dragon says, “The first comes right now. —If thou dost so desire a pact with me, show me thy curse,” and a huge rock appears next to Swallow, with a sword sticking out of it.
Swallow: …Hm. I remain silent and grip the sword. Then, I pull it out, and chop at the rock.
FM: OK, then let’s calculate the damage. In your character book, it should list the skill value of a 〈One-Handed Sword 〉. When you roll these ten-sided dice, you succeed if it comes up lower than that number.
Swallow: Hoho, ten-sided dice, how nostalgic.
FM: But, if you look in the character book, you should see that Mr. Swallow’s 〈one-handed sword〉 skill has already exceeded 100% and is at the expert level. (Laughs)
Swallow: well, I won’t fail. (Laughs)
FM: Yes, unless you get unlucky and roll a number above 96 it will be a success. Please throw the dice.
Swallow: Understood. (Throws dice) 55, success.
FM: Then you have succeeded. But this time you must also judge the 『degree of success』. Take the [Effect] score of your 〈One-Handed Sword〉 skill and add it to the result of a single die toss.
Swallow: (Throws dice) The [Effect] is 14… I rolled a 4, so it makes 18.
FM: Then 18 is the [achievement] of this attack. If you add the power of the longsword, that makes your damage you do on this attack.
Swallow: (Throws dice again) Wow, it was only 1. Only 19 damage!

He swings the longsword with all his might.
Maybe he was nervous, or his wrists and back were too stiff. The attack had no weight, and by his standards it was lacking.
But—just like always, the longsword—

FM: Your curse activates. The damage from the longsword is multiplied by three to make 57 damage points! The probably mass produced longsword cuts deeply into the rock center.
Swallow: (Coldly) At the same time, the sword disintegrates.
FM: Yes, it shatters like glass.

Swallow feels the same feedback as usual.
The sword that should still have been usable responds with a shriek. It is an inevitable consequence of the curse on his body.
(—Here it comes again.)
Only this sobering thought is occupying his chest.
And then.
At the cost of reaching the center of the huge rock…the sword shattered.


http://i.imgur.com/GFrM9Mo.png

FM (Black Dragon): “…I see, any implement that is used by your hands is sure to be destroyed. For the time being let us call it a curse of pulverization. Even I could not mimic that.”
Swallow: It’s as you see it.
FM (Black Dragon): “…And you wish to lift this curse?”
Swallow: …If it is possible. As you see, it is very difficult indeed to live with this curse.
FM (Black Dragon): “Then let us discuss your quest. Do you know of the land of Nill Kamui?”
Swallow: Only by name.
FM (Black Dragon): “It is a small island in between Huanglan and D’natia. …But what is unusual about that island is its incredibly complex mana stream, and a being not unlike I — one of the seven dragons, the 〈Red Dragon〉, is there.
Swallow: Hmm.
FM (Black Dragon): “…But, that 〈Red Dragon〉 has gone mad.”
Swallow: (Frowns) …Hold on. Dragons can go mad?
FM (Black Dragon): “As far as I know, this is the first time.”
Swallow: For a such a godlike creature to go mad, and for a dragon of all people to calmly tell me. Everything in this conversation sounds fishy. I’ll complain with something like, “Amazing! This must be a trick!”
FM: Understood. The 〈Black Dragon〉 continues. “The 〈Red Dragon〉 plays an important role. Although the island has been attacked by both D’natia and Huanglan, a being like myself has kept the balance of power stable. But if that being goes mad, Nill Kamui will surely become hell.”
Swallow: Hell…
FM (Black Dragon): “Thus, negotiations between the parliament of Nill Kamui and diplomats from D’natia and Huanglan have reached a resolution... unofficially, a joint investigation team will be formed. You will become a part of that team, and will personally dispose of the 〈Red Dragon〉.”
Swallow: …P-Please, once more. J-Just now if I heard correctly, you didn’t tell me to capture but to finish it off?
FM (Black Dragon): “I said ‘dispose of’. We are certainly inviolable beings. But it should be possible to defeat one who has gone mad.
Swallow: It has developed a weak point because it has gone mad?
FM (Black Dragon): “Exactly.”
Swallow: But… well, even if it is mad, can something on the human level really injure a dragon?
FM (Black Dragon): “I shall bestow upon you the 〈scar〉 necessary to accomplish that. But, Huanglan and Nill Kamui will be sending elite troops as powerful as yourself. In order to handle a dragon, it is preferable to use a few exceptional fighters rather than many ordinary troops.”
Swallow: Oh, boy...
FM (Black Dragon): “…What? Have you lost heart?”
Swallow: Uh… in this situation, I have no reason to refuse, but why me? Since you say to use only a few of the best, wouldn’t it be more efficient and have a higher chance of success to send out a few veteran Dark Dragon Knights?
FM (Black Dragon): “Only if you kill it yourself will it be meaningful.”
Swallow: I feel like he’s hiding something from me, but I’ll take the risk.
FM (Black Dragon): “Also, forming a double contract with a former contractee is rather difficult. The 〈scar〉 I grant you is something only you will receive.”
Swallow: Stop keeping me in suspense. What exactly is this scar you speak of?
FM (Black Dragon): “It is connected to your curse.”
Swallow: The curse of pulverization?
FM: Though the Black Dragon does not respond, it indicates an affirmative.
Swallow: Then… will it channel my curse in some way? Will it misuse it? Something like that?
FM (Black Dragon): “You may think of it in that way. Your curse and my scar should be sufficient to defeat the maddened 〈Red Dragon〉.”
Swallow: I never thought that my curse which only breaks things would have a valid use… Well, it certainly isn’t my first time not thinking things through. (Laughs) Very well! I accept!
FM: That was a fast decision. (Laughs)
Swallow: Even though it’s so reckless and unreasonable, put that aside for now. I am a man who will walk down that path if I know there’s a real chance of success.
FM: OK. Now, a dark claw slowly extends towards you. Where would you like the scar to be?
Swallow: (Looks at the character figure) …How about the left leg?

The dragon’s claw buries itself into Swallow’s left leg.

FM: The black claw seems to pierce your very soul. A terrible pain runs up to your head, and surges through your nerves like lightning.
Swallow: Wow... this feels like a point of no return…
FM: In return, Swallow gains the capabilities of a Dark Dragon Knight. First of all, 【Strength】 and 【Vitality】 are tripled.
Swallow: Tripled!? Then my 【Strength】 becomes 180%!
FM (Black Dragon): “Now try chopping into that rock once again. At the same time, release the Contract Seal on your body.”
Swallow: Is that the 《True Pact》 written in the character book?
FM: That’s right. Normally your 【Strength】 and 【Vitality】 are multiplied by three, but after releasing the Contract Seal they are tripled again.
Swallow: (Explodes in laughter) 540%! This is cheating at its maximum!
FM: Tripled and tripled again, and just like that your 【Strength】 is nine times that of a normal man! (Laughs) To accompany this, your skill value will also change.
Swallow: (Chortles with laughter)

He knows how to do it even without being told.
That scar has probably been carved onto the depths of his soul. It tells him how to use its power, as if he had known it since the day he was born.
The scar on his left leg — the contract seal — begins to radiate dark magic.
Along with the pain that was like being stabbed with a red-hot iron, an even greater power rises in Swallow.
FM: A new longsword falls near the large rock.
Swallow: So, I pick up the sword... (Rolls dice) Obviously, it is a success. The [Achievement] plus 8 equals 46. After adding the longsword’s damage it becomes 55.
FM: And your Curse of Pulverization triples it for…165 damage!

This time…
The longsword cleaves the rock in a single stroke.
Then, instead of shattering, the blade crumbles like sand.

Swallow: Splend- …terrifying. I feel like I should never call it splendid. (Laughs)
FM (Black Dragon): “Is it to your liking?”
Swallow: Won’t this… make the curse worsen?
FM (Black Dragon): “You’re free to contemplate that,” the dragon replies smugly. “But, I have witnessed your strength. This power is enough to harm a dragon. I hereby dub thee Sir Swallow Cratsvalley, Dark Dragon Knight.”
Swallow: …I humbly accept this appointment. (Murmuring) Somehow, I feel like I just got scammed.
FM (Black Dragon): “Thus concludes the first choice of two. The other will come in time.”
Swallow: Not now?
FM (Black Dragon): “You will understand when the time comes.”
Swallow: Hm… very well then, another time. After the 〈Red Dragon〉 has been dealt with, will you lift my curse?
FM (Black Dragon): “That question has already been answered. The contract is complete. You are dismissed.”
Swallow: …Looks like I have to do as I am told. I turn to leave.
FM: As you leave, the 〈Black Dragon〉 mutters, “You are the embodiment of humanity itself.”
Swallow: …Humanity?
FM (Black Dragon): “Will you hold that desire until the very end? How fascinating. Ah, mortal called Swallow, you never cease to amuse me.
Swallow: Of course I will! You said yourself that everything is finite. A curse like this is not meant for a human to bear. I gather my courage for an insolent reply, and leave immediately before the dragon gets angry!
FM: Well, the scene ends here. Next is Mr. Urobuchi.
Swallow: Kuh, then I’ll go call that homicidal demon! (Laughs)

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 06:49 PM
Non-Player Characters


http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/nav_nilkamui.png
Nill Kamui


http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_01.png
Val
The monster fused with Eiha, a Bound One.
(first appears in Night 1, Act I)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_03.png
Stone Giant
The monster fused with Izun, a Bound One.
(first appears in Night 1, Act I)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_02.png
Izun
Commander of the Revolutionary Army's combat troops.
(first appears in Night 1, Act I)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_04.png
Red Dragon
The guardian deity of Nill Kamui.
(first appears in Night 1, Act II)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_05.png
Mashiro Sagura
Ibuki's childhood friend.
(first appears in Night 1, Act VI)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_06.png
Agito Isurugi
Leader of the Revolutionary Army.
(first appears in Night 1, Act VI)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_07.png
Kurama Kazusa
Member of Nill Kamui's Parliament.
(first appears in Night 1, Act VII)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_08.png
Miska
A Beastmaster. The PCs' guide to Haiga.
(first appears in Night1, Act VIII)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_10.png
Eudina Roneh
The second-in-command of the Revolutionary Army.
(first appears in Night 1, Act XII)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_09.png
Juna
Eiha's best friend. A Bound One.
(first appears in Night 1, Act XII)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_11.png
Sol
A follower of Kaguraba. A Hybrid.
(first appears in Night 1, Act XV)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_12.png
Shadi
A follower of Kaguraba. A Bound One.
(first appears in Night 1, Act XV)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_n_13.png
Kikuri
Kaguraba's wife.
(first appears in Night 3, Act II)



http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/nav_donatia.png
D'natia

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_d_01.png
Meryll
A maid serving the Cratsvalley family.
(first appears in Night 1, Act III)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_d_02.png
Urlica Redesma
Knight-Lieutenant of the Black Dragons' Third Company.
(first appears in Night 2, Act VI)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_d_03.png
Enumael Meshvitz
Bishop of the D'natian Church. A sponsor of the Nill Kamui campaign.
(first appears in Night 2, Act IX)


http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_d_04.png
Simeon Tourikov
Knight-Captain of the Black Dragons' Third Company.
(first appears in Night 3, Act I)

7891
Black Dragon
Guardian deity of D'natia.
(first appears in Night 1, Act III)

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_d_06.png
Ybuki
Another of the imperial lineage. Under the protection of D'natia.
(first appears in Night 3, Act XIV)



http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/nav_koran.png
Huanglan


http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_k_01.png
Yue Shao
A colonel of the Huanglan military.
(first appears in Night 4, Act I)


http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_k_02.png
Bai Rui
A general of the Huanglan military.
(first appears in Night 4, Act IX)

Zephyr
March 10th, 2013, 06:56 PM
Non-Player Characters

7891
Black Dragon
The guardian deity of D'natia.
(first appears in Night 1, Act III)


Seriously?
I mean... Damn Urobutcher

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 06:58 PM
Nothing to do with Urobuchi. It makes more sense if you read Act III first.

#explainingthejoke

Zephyr
March 10th, 2013, 06:58 PM
It makes more sense if you read Act III first.
I guess so
*just looking the images*

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 07:02 PM
Actually you want to go with "Spirit Mother of Koran". It looks like a title than a person's name.
I second "Spirit Mother."

Also Lianru, you're gonna want to create two separate OP links for PCs and NPCs.

Mcjon01
March 10th, 2013, 07:09 PM
Seriously?
I mean... Damn Urobutcher

To make it even better, guess who his VA is:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbTPg6egVQU


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz2yOvNkXrc

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 07:11 PM
Perfect.

Sherrinford
March 10th, 2013, 07:15 PM
Nasu looks like a nice person!

Maid Meryll is pretty...


I am Swallow Cratsvalley. Since my name is hard to say just call me Swallow.

No it is not. A bit silly, yes, but not hard to pronounce. Just as "Arcueid Brunestud" isn't too complicated as well. And what's the point in creating such names in the first place if you already think they're too complicated, Nasu?

So, everybody wants to kill the Red Dragon, uh. Usually in cases such as these that would make him the protagonist.

How does Swallow get dressed in the morning?

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 07:17 PM
People don't wear armor 24/7.

Also it would be great if we could just get an audio recording of the actual game sessions. Though I suppose some of the players would want to maintain their anonymity.

Sherrinford
March 10th, 2013, 07:20 PM
My point is, considering that the napkin crumbles down the instant he touches it, wouldn't clothes follow the same fate... ?

Zephyr
March 10th, 2013, 07:20 PM
*awesomeness*
lol

http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m8fap70kFn1rvkoawo1_1280.jpg
---
Just started reading...
Nasu's character is a magical girl with a pact with the Black Dragon(QB) or I am just thinking too much...?

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 07:20 PM
Almost up to Night 2 now. Urobuchi, lol

I wish there was a faster way to navigate the text. The scrolling and bookmark controls are nice but still a little basic.


My point is, considering that the napkin crumbles down the instant he touches it, wouldn't clothes follow the same fate... ?
No. The curse affects tools he uses with his hands. So the only way that would happen is if, say, he took his shirt and used it to clean something.

Sherrinford
March 10th, 2013, 07:24 PM
WELL THEN I like to think that Swallow lives in constant fear of ending up naked in the streets at any moment (mewarmo so fun-spoiling :P)



:p:p:p

Mcjon01
March 10th, 2013, 07:32 PM
No it is not. A bit silly, yes, but not hard to pronounce. Just as "Arcueid Brunestud" isn't too complicated as well. And what's the point in creating such names in the first place if you already think they're too complicated, Nasu?

Not hard to pronounce, "hard to say". I agree with him, the crotch valley is best left forgotten. :neco_arc:

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 08:24 PM
Small change. I'm going to start translating 黄爛 as Huanglan, instead of Huang Lan. It will make things easier to have it as one instead of two words when writing about it.

food
March 10th, 2013, 08:31 PM
Small change. I'm going to start translating 黄爛 as Huanglan, instead of Huang Lan. It will make things easier to have it as one instead of two words when writing about it.

Why though?

Even though the players acknowledge the Chinese backgrounds, they still stick with Japanese reading for all names.

See the part where they discussed Gen's character's name.

For "黄爛", the reading provided is Koran.

Lianru
March 10th, 2013, 08:44 PM
Because it's fun. And because GLORIOUS CHINA.
Especially since Gen really only asked about the Japanese because he thought it would be easier to pronounce for Japanese people. (I'll admit that Japanese is easier to pronounce than Chinese especially on a Japanese weaboo forum, but if we're anglicizing things like Meryll instead of Meriru, why not chineseify things like Lou Zhenjie instead of Rou Shinkai?)

food
March 10th, 2013, 08:46 PM
Because it is super hard to recognize, read, and type.

And it really does not provide any additional benefit or convenience.

You get the situation of English-speakers struggling to grapple the names, and the people who read the Japanese script having a tough time understanding who you are talking about.

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 08:59 PM
I won't bullshit you with cultural/linguistic justifications. It's just personal preference. And because I said it first :P
I'm just sick of stupid on'yomi readings for Chinese names in everything. It's not like I directly transliterating the pseudo-European characters into romaji, either.

If it helps, I can provide a list of A = B.

The provided reading for Qisha Tianling (Urobuchi's talking sword) is actually non-onyomi Chinese, though it's slightly off.

For English readers, it doesn't make a difference as long as we're consistent. For Japanese readers, well, you already know what's happening anyway.

yokushi
March 10th, 2013, 08:59 PM
I think it's better to have the chinese readings if just because setting consistency. Huanglan/Koran is obviously a chinese-like country, while Nil Kamui is the japanese one.

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 09:09 PM
I think it's better to have the chinese readings if just because setting consistency. Huanglan/Koran is obviously a chinese-like country, while Nil Kamui is the japanese one.
^if you want a high concept explanation from me, this would be it.

They went through the trouble of creating distinct cultural backgrounds. We might as well try to keep some of that flavor in translation. And it's just names.

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food
March 10th, 2013, 09:09 PM
Alright alright, Chinese weeaboos. It's fair to go with the Chinese reading, lol. Don't stone me if I totally butcher the Chinese names though.

mewarmo990
March 10th, 2013, 09:10 PM
The World



http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/world/bg_intro.png
A world shaped by cold war between two powers


The world is locked in a stalemate between two great nations. D'natia, formed under a pact with three of Seven Dragons, once ruled the entire world but stagnates in slow decline. Opposite it stands Huanglan, a land once invaded by D'natia but now rising with the sun itself. And in the middle of the the tension lies Nill Kamui, an island nation.

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/world/bg_nilkamui.png

Nill Kamui

The setting of our story -- the island where the dead return to life.

Once covered in wilderness, this island is being heavily colonized and developed by D'natia and Huanglan, and its natives are governed by an administrative capital now divided into three parts.

Due to the intricate "mana streams" weaving throughout the land, the island experiences unexplainable extremes in climate. Most people, aside from those around the cities and a select few highways, live in constant fear of the many demonic beasts roaming the land. It is not uncommon for a town or village to be completely wiped out by monsters; even walled towns are frequently destroyed.

A unique religion exists on the island, devoted to worshipping those of the Imperial line. In contrast, a caste system is also practiced, dividing up classes of humans (or monsters) into Bound Ones, near-human Hybrids, and so forth. Nill Kamui contains many such peculiarities, but the most noteworthy are the Returned, people resurrected from the dead via the interaction between the mana streams and human souls. Though researchers from D'natia and Huanglan have flocked to the island to study this extraordinary phenomenon, they have yet to understand its mechanism.

The island was once the battleground for the Seven Years' War between D'natia and Huanglan, though it now serves as a buffer state. However, since one of the Seven Dragons, the Red Dragon, carved out its own domain on Nill Kamui, tensions between these powers have swelled to a head...


http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img.xtras/world/Donatia.ship1.I_3.0.70.1300.782.100.pnghttp://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/world/bg_donatia_01.png

D'natia

The world's greatest military power, blessed by the Black Dragon

An expansive empire far to the east of Nill Kamui, D'natia treads a mighty path, covering 80% of the Ahdelbeid continent, leading the world in magical and scientific development, and protected by legions of brave knights. Its progress was accelerated by an order of magnitude over 200 years ago, when D'natia formed a pact with three dragons, beginning with the Dark Dragon. It launched a new wave of expansion, colonizing Nill Kamui and even taking a portion of rival Huanglans territory. The empire's most formidable force is the Order of the Dark Dragons, graced by the patron deity itself.

Those Dark Dragon Knights who have directly formed pacts with the dragon number only thirty, yet a single knight is fully a match for one thousand troops. The Dark Dragons are comprised of eight companies of both true and vassal knights, commanded by the remarkably charismatic Dark Dragon Knights themselves.

Currently, the Dark Dragons' Third Company is deployed to Nill Kamui. It is commanded by Simeon Tourikov, the youngest person to have ever become a Black Dragon Knight.

The root of D'natia's national power is the Church, worshiped throughout D'natia as the sole religion. Thanks to this faith, D'natian forces possess exceedingly high unit cohesion. The Church's one and only God values justice, and seeks out those who would carry out its righteous will. Righteousness is strength, and that strength has translated into D'natia's development as a society. Although the Church may have necessarily adopted this doctrine in order to grow, its members truly believe in the virtue of bringing civilization to humanity, in the name of the Lord's justice.

However, over the past several decades, the danger of Huanglan's militarization and counteroffensive have ceased to be the empire's sole concern. Also plaguing D'natia are domestic problems such as overexpansion of national borders, an inefficient aristocracy, petty rivalries between the Church and military, the question of imperial succession, and so on and so forth. Due to this, D'natian territory has begun to shrink.



http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img.xtras/world/Koran.scroll1.I_7.105.335.1300.820.100.pnghttp://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img.xtras/world/Koran.scroll2.I_6.435.445.1300.820.100.png
http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/world/bg_koran_01.png


Huanglan

A new dominion rises, driven by economics and technology

The multicultural nation of Huanglan is governed by the Spirit Mother, whose soul is said to be endlessly reborn via the wheel of reincarnation. Its national character stresses equality, and spiritual growth above all. Preferring commerce and sorcery over matters of conquest, it is a nation of philosophers.

Through the Tao system of magic, specializing in self-cultivation, Huanglanhas established itself as the dominant western power. Nonetheless, it has had a bitter experience with D'natia over the past century, owing to the latter's prowess at warfare.

However, thanks to the efforts of the generals known as the Six Heroes, as well as the army and navy's use of cutting-edge gunpowder technology, Huanglan has recently begun to regain some of its lost territory. Even though these legendary generals have played a central role in military interventions in Nill Kamui, they view it as but one step in a much larger plan.

On the other hand, as a monetary economy, Huanglan has managed to stay well ahead of its rival. While in D'natia the standardization of currency would be an impossible undertaking due to the competing influences of powerful nobles, the centralized authority of the Spirit Mother enabled Huanglan to quickly reform its currency. Because of this, economic development has been rapid, and speaking in terms of pure production it will soon be double the size of D'natia.

Huanglan has no state religion. At present, the Eight Claw Clan, which worships the Mother of All Huanglan -- the Spirit Mother -- and the Hall of Heavenly Oracles, which promotes enlightened altruism, command roughly equal favor in the Spirit Mother's eyes.

Lianru
March 10th, 2013, 09:15 PM
The Chuch, yeaaah (sorry)

Also chinese brofist :D

Sherrinford
March 10th, 2013, 09:33 PM
Thank you mewarmo, I was looking forward a geographical explanation.

... dammit, for some time now I can't help to notice a Japanese Anti-Americanism of sorta in Japanese media that deals of such things... but after all in this case it's not accentuated.

(Also, Lianru, making fun of typos is my job :p)

ItsaRandomUsername
March 11th, 2013, 01:09 AM
So is it Donatia or D'natia? :V Because Lianru and mewarmo are using different romanizations here.

mewarmo990
March 11th, 2013, 01:19 AM
World page (http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/3472-Red-Dragon?p=1122705&viewfull=1#post1122705) is translated.


So is it Donatia or D'natia? :V Because Lianru and mewarmo are using different romanizations here.
For now, I'm going to go back and change all of my "D'natia" to Donatia. If I hate it I can always Find/Replace again.

I'd also like to establish Kouran as "Huang'lan". The apostrophe is there to clarify pronunciation (so it's not "hwan glan") and I thought it would be weird for both country names to have apostrophes. I think it's a good balance.

Mcjon01
March 11th, 2013, 01:34 AM
But Donatia sounds like the kind of cheesy name you'd see in an after school special about why charity is awesome. The Kingdom of Donatia, at war with the Gree-Dee Empire.

mewarmo990
March 11th, 2013, 01:45 AM
I'm going to be editing/proofreading from now on. Changes will be made to the internal Google Docs and Lianru will update the posts as they go live.

What we're aiming for is more variation and consistency in the speaking styles of different characters, and above all, increased accuracy in translation.


But Donatia sounds like the kind of cheesy name you'd see in an after school special about why charity is awesome. The Kingdom of Donatia, at war with the Gree-Dee Empire.
LOL I had the same thought as you when I was describing "Donatian" things. It sounds like "donation" if you mispronounce it "do-nay-shun" instead of "do-nah-ti-a".

I mean, I COULD change it back because I prefer D'natia. But we have to make up our minds and Lianru wanted Donatia.

For those of you just joining us, the official site actually contains both romanizations so it's weird. Japan does that.

Petrikow
March 11th, 2013, 04:38 AM
In that one English trailer for Red Dragon they pronounce it in a way that makes me think it's supposed to be D'natia

See for yourself


http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=M3u54joR5lw#t=42s

at 0:42

mewarmo990
March 11th, 2013, 04:41 AM
Like I said, I am totally pro-D'natia because I don't want it to look like "Donation". Once Lianru is on board I will gladly change it back.

Petrikow
March 11th, 2013, 04:43 AM
Like I said, I am totally pro-D'natia because I don't want it to look like "Donation". Once Lianru is on board I will gladly change it back.

Marvelous! Just adding another perspective. Though it still confuses me that the trailer was in English for some reason.

Ratman
March 11th, 2013, 05:44 AM
Now, that isn't exactly Engrish, but it's still a cheesy accent.

aldeayeah
March 11th, 2013, 09:19 AM
This stuff is fun. Is Eiha gone for good? (killed in the prelude, lol). And if she is, is Kougyoku gone too or is she getting another character?


Kinoko Nasu: Just a moment, just a moment! FM, what are you doing! Miss Kougyoku is making a horrible face! Her eyes are already dead!
FM: Well, I wonder what happened. (Monotonous)

lol

Lianru
March 11th, 2013, 10:16 AM
Honestly, I never thought of it as donation. After seeing that I agree, D'natia is probably better.
But...I dislike the idea of Huang'lan. Apostrophes are only used in pinyin when it's possible to mistake a word, like Xi'an (two words) instead of Xian (one word). Since "glan" is not a word I'd keep it as Huanglan or if you want to separate it, Huang Lan (which is what I would prefer). /massivenitpickingi'msorry
And like you said, it's weird for both countries to have apostrophes.

yokushi
March 11th, 2013, 11:15 AM
Talking about it, it seems that the character creation that came with the OST are already translated to chinese. It should be character sheets somewhere (as they were within the book (http://ww2.sinaimg.cn/large/6bae1be8jw1dxx2kyiyi5j.jpg)), but I don't know if those are translated.

http://home.gamer.com.tw/creationDetail.php?sn=1823863

mewarmo990
March 11th, 2013, 03:35 PM
So D'natia and Huanglan? Even though Huang Lan looks a little cooler, it's still better to keep it one word, no logical reason to split it in two. In the same way that we wouldn't have written Kou Ran if going with the Japanese reading.


Talking about it, it seems that the character creation that came with the OST are already translated to chinese. It should be character sheets somewhere (as they were within the book (http://ww2.sinaimg.cn/large/6bae1be8jw1dxx2kyiyi5j.jpg)), but I don't know if those are translated.

http://home.gamer.com.tw/creationDetail.php?sn=1823863
I"m never going to use other translations as a reference (plenty of people make that mistake) but having the character sheets would be incredibly useful. It would make it much easier to properly translate the RPG terms -- I already had some doubts when I saw "Sense" and "Vitality" when they are more commonly "Perception" and "Constitution" or "Fortitude".

Don't know when, but I"m gonna try and pick up the hard copies from Kinokuniya one of these days.

Lianru
March 11th, 2013, 04:04 PM
So D'natia and Huanglan? Even though Huang Lan looks a little cooler, it's still better to keep it one word, no logical reason to split it in two. In the same way that we wouldn't have written Kou Ran if going with the Japanese reading.
Yeah, D'natia and Huanglan. I'll go back and fix what I've posted.


I"m never going to use other translations as a reference (plenty of people make that mistake)
Ahahahahaha...ha...ha...rofl. don'tkillme

mewarmo990
March 11th, 2013, 06:08 PM
Sorry, I meant specifically translations in a different language. For example, a large part of the English Fate/Zero was translated from the Chinese fan translation of the Japanese text, which made things kind of a nightmare when I started editing and realized a number of things were off.

Mentioned to some of my Atlus coworkers what I'm doing in passing, and they all insist I must insert gratuitous terrible/amazing puns into any work I edit. So look forward to that.

yokushi
March 11th, 2013, 07:17 PM
Mentioned to some of my Atlus coworkers what I'm doing in passing, and they all insist I must insert gratuitous terrible/amazing puns into any work I edit. So look forward to that.http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mdr8r3BDpZ1rvggi3o1_500.jpg

warellis
March 11th, 2013, 08:28 PM
Thank you mewarmo, I was looking forward a geographical explanation.

... dammit, for some time now I can't help to notice a Japanese Anti-Americanism of sorta in Japanese media that deals of such things... but after all in this case it's not accentuated.

(Also, Lianru, making fun of typos is my job :p)
Er what do you mean by "Japanese Anti-Americanism" and in what way does this have to do with this fantasy story that takes place in another world? D'natia doesn't strike as some sort of American expy/fantasy counterpart. If anything Huanglan seems a little more similar to the US in the notions of societal equality and the emphasis on commerce.

Lianru
March 11th, 2013, 09:57 PM
Sorry, I meant specifically translations in a different language. For example, a large part of the English Fate/Zero was translated from the Chinese fan translation of the Japanese text, which made things kind of a nightmare when I started editing and realized a number of things were off.
Yeah, but this is exactly what I do -___-
I try to justify myself by saying that I check it with the original Japanese (which is true, I do check) but I am still a faker in the end.
;_;

ItsaRandomUsername
March 11th, 2013, 10:48 PM
Now I'm beginning to wonder just what sort of perks in life one gets if they're lucky enough to be a Black Dragon Knight. I mean, the Black Dragon is basically Donatia/D'natia's equivalent of a patron saint deitything living right in a mountain, that's gotta count for something, right?

mewarmo990
March 11th, 2013, 11:26 PM
Now I'm beginning to wonder just what sort of perks in life one gets if they're lucky enough to be a Black Dragon Knight. I mean, the Black Dragon is basically Donatia/D'natia's equivalent of a patron saint deitything living right in a mountain, that's gotta count for something, right?
Well there are a lot of Black Dragon Knights, though only 30 have actual pacts with the dragon. Those are the special ones.

And, uh. You didn't read the part where it said that one knight is a match for a thousand? Or where Swallow's STR and FORT scores increase exponentially? (x 900%)

If you mean material benefits, well, they are all ranking military officers in D'natia's most respected knightly order. You'll see more of the Black Dragons' Third Company - and their rough equivalents in other countries - once all the characters' stories converge in Nill Kamui.

Kotonoha
March 11th, 2013, 11:30 PM
Isn't it Dark Dragon Knight?

mewarmo990
March 11th, 2013, 11:31 PM
Isn't it Dark Dragon Knight?
I like Black Dragon more so that's what I use. Based on there being a Red Dragon and probably other colored dragons.

If there is some official English Dark Dragon somewhere then I will happily go with that.

Kotonoha
March 11th, 2013, 11:35 PM
Eh well there's this (http://i.imgur.com/4ssuQOZ.jpg)

mewarmo990
March 11th, 2013, 11:36 PM
Oh. Well OK then.

Find>Replace time...

Knight of Khaos
March 11th, 2013, 11:40 PM
Kotonoha kinda beat me to it. I was about to say that they also said Dark Dragon Knight in the trailer that was posted on the last page.

ItsaRandomUsername
March 11th, 2013, 11:40 PM
If you mean material benefits, well, they are all ranking military officers in D'natia's most respected knightly order. You'll see more of the Black Dragons' Third Company - and their rough equivalents in other countries - once all the characters' stories converge in Nill Kamui.

I was specifically referring to material benefits and how that translates to living in Donatian society, yeah.

yokushi
March 11th, 2013, 11:44 PM
Even with that "Dark" Dragon, I always thought that "黒" is more for the color Black and "闇" for Dark as in absence of light. And even more given how the other Dragon is the "Red" Dragon.

I think that consistency is more important, given how it was decided to use chinese pronunciations too.

Kotonoha
March 11th, 2013, 11:56 PM
Eh 黒 can be dark too.

mewarmo990
March 11th, 2013, 11:58 PM
Even with that "Dark" Dragon, I always thought that "黒" is more for the color Black and "闇" for Dark as in absence of light. And even more given how the other Dragon is the "Red" Dragon.

I think that consistency is more important, given how it was decided to use chinese pronunciations too.
Semantics are dependent on context. In some cases it can mean "dark" too.

As I said, I think Black is more logical (there are colored dragons in other, more established fantasy fiction too) but it may be better to stick with Dark to avoid confusion, since official media already uses it.

It's a simple matter to replace all instances of the word. I'll wait until Lianru catches up with the discussion.

yokushi
March 12th, 2013, 12:02 AM
Eh 黒 can be dark too.I never said it wasn't, just that 闇 is more common to Dark. And given the whole stuff about colored dragons, Black kinda makes more sense, even with that Dark in the english flavor text.

That's why I compared it at how earlier, even if Kouran was the way it was spelled in the english text, at the end they used Huanglan to keep setting consistency. I think it's kinda the same case.

Mcjon01
March 12th, 2013, 12:40 AM
I don't see why the knight corps that draws power from the Black Dragon can't call themselves the Dark Dragon Knights if they damn well want to.

Canon
March 12th, 2013, 07:10 AM
But then it's not consistent and using the established terms!

[/whine]

Lianru
March 12th, 2013, 08:41 AM
Act IV

D’natia is one of the axes controlling the world.
Now, it is only inevitable that our stage should shift to the other axis.
Far to the west stands Huanglan, the Dominion of the Rising Sun. It is ruled by a mysterious princess — the Spirit Mother — who has inherited the memories and souls of countless generations.

FM: Sorry for the wait, Mr. Urobuchi.
Gen Urobuchi: Not at all. Let’s have a good time. (Looks at the dragon figure, which is covered with a cloth) Something bad happened, didn’t it.
FM: As expected, you’re quick to catch on. (Hands over the character book) Now then, please introduce yourself.
Gen Urobuchi: Ohh, a character book… Right, regarding my character’s name, would it be better to not use the real Chinese pronunciation? Instead of Lou Zhenjie, Rou Shinkai.
FM: Ah, instead of reading all of the Huanglan characters with ruby text, let’s use Japanese readings for both this and Nill Kamui’s style. But, using Lou Zhenjie for Lou is fine.
Gen Urobuchi: Understood. Then, I will use Lou Zhenjie. I am an assassin from the Eight Claw Clan, a religious sect. I’ve sworn my vows as a monk, but it’s really just on paper. Aside from bearing the demonic sword Qisha Tianling, I have no other set duties. I prefer to work under cover of darkness as much as possible.
FM: Thank you. Now, the stage is Huanglan. We begin in a temple in Jade Phoenix, the capital.

Huanglan’s capital is plain in comparison to D’natia’s grand city.
But, it does have history and tradition. Subtlety and diligence. The color combinations are mostly conspicuous colors based in red and green, but these too are based off of Huang Lan’s unique style.
Although, lately these styles have been leaning towards the extravagant.
Since the standardization of currency, commercial and trade union activity has flourished, made apparent by the steady construction of tea houses and businesses. Though the capital has already undergone enormous change over the past decade, the next ten years seem to hold even more promise. Perhaps one day the streets will be lined with stone buildings like D’natia, and airships will fill the skies.
Still...
Tonight, in the temple where Lou Zhenjie is staying, there exists an ancient, immutable stillness.

FM: We are in a monastery of the Eight Claw Clan. Its most distinguishing feature is an idol of Chi You, a war deity that other sects call an evil god, on display at the center of this altar.
Gen Urobuchi → Lou: Yes.
FM: The room that Lou is in is only accessible to monks who have taken their vows. It is off limits to regular believers, and the altar has an air of terrible silence about it — one might say that something is warped about it.
Lou: (Faintly amused) ...Okay.
FM: Moonlight shines through the window. Candles and strong incense are burning on the altar. Lou is standing by in the exact center.

Lou is absolutely still.
He stands for a long time like a stone statue, bathed in the moonlight coming from above.
If necessary, he could have stayed like that for several hours, and it would not have been any trouble for him.

FM: …Finally, someone calls your name. Will you enter?
Lou: Of course.
FM (Monk): Past the altar is an even smaller chamber. In the suffocatingly cramped space stands a monk. Upon seeing Lou’s face, he spits, “…Just like always, you have the face of a dead man.”
Lou: (Uncaring) Well, I keep my head bowed.
FM: That’s true enough (Flatly). This person is your contact with the Eight Claw Clan. Though you have heard talk that he is some sort of high priest, you have never bothered to investigate further.
Lou: Indeed.
FM: As your accomplishments continued to accumulate, your contacts kept changing, and this monk is already the fourth person.
Lou: Well, it must be because they hate me. (Laughs)
FM: They obviously don’t like you. (Laughs) Actually, wouldn’t it be better if from now on you said things like “No, no, I’m actually a strong and cute character!” Right?
Lou: Certainly.
FM: Then, the monk addresses you again. “Have you heard of the island Nill Kamui?”
Lou: …Well, I have at least heard some rumors about it.
FM (Monk): “The 〈Red Dragon〉 on that island has gone mad.”
Lou: Oh?
FM (Monk): “According to common legend, there exist seven dragons in the world. They are called the strongest beings. From the perspective of Huanglan, the dragons should be hated for granting 『power』 to our sworn enemy D’natia.”
Lou: That is correct.
FM (Monk): “The 〈Red Dragon〉 that I mentioned was originally neutral and took no stance, but recently it has descended into madness, and reports state that it has already burned down seven towns and more than 20 villages.
Lou: (Insincerely) That is indeed unfortunate.
FM (Monk): “…What do you mean by that?”
Lou: Nothing in particular. I simply think it is unfortunate that so many lives were lost.
FM: Wow. Super suspicious! (Laughs) The monk shows astonishment, then continues. “In response, the governments of Nill Kamui, D’natia, and Huanglan held an emergency conference, and have resolved to set aside their own interests to form an investigation team.”
Lou: An investigation, is it?
FM (Monk): “You could call it a subjugation force, though the operation will be decided by the team itself. They only need to neutralize the threat of the maddened 〈Red Dragon〉.
Lou: …Oh? Meaning that the means of eliminating the threat are completely up to the discretion of this team?
FM (Monk): “On the surface, at least.”
Lou: Oho?
FM (Monk): “They said that publicly. But, Her Highness the Spirit Mother chose you for a reason.
Lou: There is no greater honor. I am all ears.
FM (Monk): The monk again looks doubtful, and soon averts his eyes. “You orders are to use that foul sword to destroy the 〈Red Dragon〉.”
Lou: I see…
FM: Even now you wear that sword on your back, correct?
Lou: Yes.
FM: On your back, Qisha Tianling trembles violently as if ecstatic. At the same time, a voice that only you can hear echoes in your head. “Lou, did you hear that?”


http://i.imgur.com/hI6XRMZ.png

Yes.
That voice was a voice only Lou could hear.
The voice of demonic Qisha Tianling, the sentient sword.

Lou: (With a gloomy smile) Well, we haven’t had worthwhile prey for a long time.

Lou’s reply was only a thought.
To an onlooker, it only seemed as though Lou had suddenly become silent.
“Ohh, splendid... splendid indeed. Though I find serving the Spirit Mother distasteful, I have yet to savor the blood of a dragon.”
Hearing the seductive voice resounding in his mind, Lou Zhenjie couldn’t help but show a smile.

Lou: Well, no matter who serves you food, it won’t affect the taste of the dish itself.
FM (Qisha Tianling): “That may be true. …Hey, Lou. Do you permit me to sample such a luxury?”
Lou: Of course I do. You only need ask, and I will offer you any delicacy.
FM: Wow, I knew it. (Laughs) On the outside it seems that Lou is keeping his silence, and the monk continues. “To maintain secrecy, the number of people must be as few as possible. To ensure balance between factions, Nill Kamui will provide two delegates, while D’natia and Huanglan will each send one.”
Lou: I see.
FM (Monk): “We don’t know who Nill Kamui will send, but it’s believed that Donatia will dispatch a talented member of its formidable Dark Dragon Knights.
Lou: That makes sense.
FM (Monk): “And as I mentioned, in accordance with the will of Her Grace the Spirit Mother, the Eight Claw Clan has selected you.”
Lou: I have no objections.
FM (Monk): “…Is that so.” The monk again has a complicated expression. “Although I thought you would respond like this, your straightforwardness really makes it hard to believe you. …I must say one thing first.”
Lou: Go ahead.
FM (Monk): “This is an order from the Spirit Mother. In the case that you are unable to slay the 〈Red Dragon〉, you absolutely must not allow D’natia’s Dark Dragon Knight to do so.”
Lou: (Uninterested) …Oh? I see.
FM (Monk): “If that happens, it will hamper our plans for the coming century. We will not question your methods. Cooperate with them on the surface. But above all, do not allow your target to fall to the Dark Dragon Knight. Slay the 〈Red Dragon〉yourself.”
Lou: Orders acknowledged.
FM (Monk): “Then go.”
Lou: …Yes.
FM (Monk): As Lou is leaving, the monk speaks one more time. “…I seem to recall asking you this before. If that sword thirsts for the Spirit Mother’s blood, what would you do?”
Lou: Hmm… “It seems that right now it craves different prey. Your concern is unwarranted.”
FM (Monk): “…I see,” the monk utters as your figure disappears.

“That damned rakshasa…”
The short sentence echoes continuously in the small room.


http://i.imgur.com/tpJ7YhH.png

FM: It finishes here. I must say, you weren’t confused at all, Mr. Urobuchi!
Lou: I was in a position where I had no objections. It sounded so delicious! (Laughs)
FM: I see. (Laughs) Now we will return to a previous stage and time. Please call in Miss Kougyoku and Mr. Shimadoriru.

Sherrinford
March 12th, 2013, 09:19 AM
Lou, the sailor senshi called, they want their sword back (is that a heart-shaped hilt?).

Urobuchi's character is Urobuchi's character.


If by chance you are unable to slay the 〈Red Dragon〉, you absolutely must not allow D'natia’s Dark Dragon Knight to do so.

Ohoh. Interesting. (It's just the introduction, and Urobuchi's character is already potentially plotting betrayal. Who was the one that predicted this?)

Btw, I just skipped through the characters and:

http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/res/img/character/sub/chara_d_03.png

His faaaaaceee...

I confess, perhaps talking about anti-americanism was too much, but I also said that it's not accentuated in this story. Anyway, to me, the three countries represents the historical "rivaling powers" of Japan.

Nill Kamui = Japan: the setting of the story is a insular nation between Donatia and Huangluan, with a caste system and Imperial line (and ravaged by monsters! XP).

Donatia = U.S.A.: "The world's greatest military power", "An expansive empire far to the east of Nill Kamui", "leading the world in magical and scientific development, and protected by legions of brave knights. Its progress was accelerated by an order of magnitude over 200 years ago", "its members truly believe in the virtue of bringing civilization to humanity, in the name of the Lord's justice" (the American stereotype of being the policemen of the world)

Huanglan = China: "A new dominion rises, driven by economics and technology"

But I admit this is strictly just my opinion.

yokushi
March 12th, 2013, 09:27 AM
Lou, the sailor senshi called, they want their sword back (is that a heart-shaped hilt?).That's his devourer of souls waifu sword, of course it's heart-shaped.

mewarmo990
March 12th, 2013, 10:10 AM
And look, people are trying to draw parallels to real-life geopolitics already.

When stuff like this happens I want to pull a food Nasu elephants.

Sherrinford
March 12th, 2013, 10:15 AM
Be careful or you may strain a muscle! Elephants are heavy!

:p:p

mewarmo990
March 12th, 2013, 05:04 PM
That's his devourer of souls waifu sword, of course it's heart-shaped.
Without mentioning any spoilers, it feels like a justification for him basically being himself later on.

Lianru
March 12th, 2013, 05:07 PM
Act V

—Everything began on this stage.

And everything stopped here.
Where it all ended, I remained alive.
Just like the time the village was burned down, I survived.

FM: Now, let’s rewind a bit. We are at the Ogani Volcano. It has been approximately ten minutes since Eiha and the others were burned away by the 〈Red Dragon〉. Let’s change the music.
Eiha: (Bewildered) Um…
Ibuki: We’re starting from there!?
FM: After all, Ibuki is still alive. After the horrific slaughter, the 〈Red Dragon〉 seems satisfied and flies off into the sky. The updrafts caused by the heat of its fire breath eventually form clouds, and before long, it begins to rain.
Ibuki: Rain…
FM: A black rain, bringing down soot and sand. You, who survived, climb out of the litter, only to see that the Revolutionary Army has been completely annihilated.
Ibuki: Annihilated!? F-For the time being, I try to find Eiha, who tried so hard to rescue me!
FM: Understood. It’s all a crumbling mess, though.
Ibuki: I-It’s that bad...
FM: The entire area has been scorched into an unrecognizable ruin, to say nothing of the bodies. But as you search, you notice something extraordinary. …As if time itself was turning back, the corpses of countless people begin to rise out of the ground like bubbles.
Ibuki: C-Corpses? You mean-

I know.
It is the reason my village burned down. That gentle missionary returned from the dead, and lit ablaze everything in the village.
Though incidences are exceptionally rare, the dead of Nill Kamui have been known to return to life — a phenomenon unique to this island.

FM: Yes, the Returned. Under very specific circumstances, the dead of this island may return from the afterlife. Will the late Miss Eiha use your 【Will】 to determine if you also return?
Eiha: Eh, me? Umm, 【Will】 is… to determine this, roll a ten-sided die… (rolls) Success.
FM: Then you also return from the underworld. After a brief sensation of rapid ascent, before you know it you’re standing on the very same mountain. Although you feel a bit hazy, you are conscious.
Eiha: (At a loss) Conscious…


http://i.imgur.com/EhKEHZd.png

FM: Other people also float up and appear… but none of them seem to possess the same state of mind. Without even a look at you, they depart.
Eiha: Only me? …What about Val?
FM: You and Val share your body and soul, so of course he is there.
Ibuki: Miss Eiha…! Ar-Are you all right?
Eiha: (Takes a few deep breaths) Did I... die?
Ibuki: Well...
Eiha: Does it hurt?
FM: No. Marvelously, you have no injuries or abnormalities. You’ve also heard of the Returned, but right now you feel exactly the same as you did before you died. Though it’s often said that those who return develop violent tendencies, as far as you can tell you’re perfectly normal.
Eiha: …Okay. Then I urge Ibuki to prepare to descend the mountain.
Ibuki: Descend?
Eiha: I can still move my body, and Val is with me. My task hasn’t changed. I also have people I want to meet. …I must think of a way to get Ibuki to the person named Agito as well, right?
Ibuki: I… suppose so…

I just barely nod.
Eiha really doesn’t seem to have changed at all. I finally notice that her clothes have been burned off, and lend her my coat in a fluster. Val, crouched on the ground behind her, looks the same to me as well.
Really?
Really?
—Really?

Eiha: Then I’ll have Val carry Ibuki and start to descend the mountain.
FM: Got it. Here ends Eiha and Ibuki’s opening story arc. The next will take place two months later — now the real story starts!

aldeayeah
March 12th, 2013, 05:51 PM
I see, I should have guessed the FM wouldn't kill off Eiha in a cutscene

TypeWannabe
March 12th, 2013, 06:40 PM
http://i.imgur.com/EhKEHZd.png

...wat. That beast has one hell of an O face. And look at dat lack o genitalia! Woop woop woop Japan. Woop woop woop.

Lianru
March 12th, 2013, 07:00 PM
Oh yeah, should I have spoilered that? It's a little bit nsfw.

ItsaRandomUsername
March 12th, 2013, 07:21 PM
Not really anything worse than we've seen in her other images.

TypeWannabe
March 12th, 2013, 08:08 PM
Yeah, it's not bad at all. Besides, like 4chan, who comes here during work?

Lianru
March 12th, 2013, 10:01 PM
By the way, in terms of updates, I won't be able to translate anything this week :( Soonest I can start Act VI is Sunday.

mewarmo990
March 12th, 2013, 10:04 PM
Want me to do Act VI?

edit: Er, actually, let me finish editing and then get back to you on that. Lots left to do.

Ratman
March 13th, 2013, 02:36 PM
That's okay, it's been a great job so far

ALSO FM.
I UNDERSTAND YOU HAVE PLAYED UROBUCHI'S SCENE WITH EVERYONE PRESENT
III AND IV ARE EXACTLY THE KIND OF A SCENE YOU PLAY WITHOUT OTHERS BEING PRESENT
NOW EVERYONE IS SPOILED ON EACH OTHERS AGENDAS THAT IS NOT GOOD FMING
I BLOODY HOPE THE PLAYERS KNOW BETTER THAN TO METAGAME

Mcjon01
March 13th, 2013, 02:42 PM
Where are you getting that? Every single scene ends with the player leaving the room and sending in the next player. You know something we don't?

Ratman
March 13th, 2013, 03:23 PM
When Nasu entered, he noted how Kougyoku is making a dead face. Figured he would say it a lot differently if she wasn't in the room, in the past tense, at least.

It's also possible that something got lost in the translation or that he just said it like this and I am an overly loud idiot abusing caps, of course, but this is where I got that from.

Mcjon01
March 13th, 2013, 03:40 PM
It's the translation. It was past-tense in the original.

mewarmo990
March 13th, 2013, 03:46 PM
When Nasu entered, he noted how Kougyoku is making a dead face. Figured he would say it a lot differently if she wasn't in the room, in the past tense, at least.

It's also possible that something got lost in the translation or that he just said it like this and I am an overly loud idiot abusing caps, of course, but this is where I got that from.
Seems like the previous player leaves the room to call in the next player, at least during these player prologues. That's why Nasu was all "dude waht did you do to her"


It's the translation. It was past-tense in the original.
My job to fix stuff like that. Still working on Act II, though.

Mcjon01
March 13th, 2013, 04:35 PM
It's kind of funny how Ratman seems desperate for them to be botching this game, though. He keeps jumping at every little thing.

Ratman
March 13th, 2013, 05:29 PM
That only goes to show just how much I care about this thing.

I still can't get over how they called Gygax a genius, but I'll try to tone it down.

yokushi
March 13th, 2013, 06:59 PM
I still can't get over how they called Gygax a genius, but I'll try to tone it down.They're japanese, so politeness and overall ass-licking is a given.

mewarmo990
March 14th, 2013, 01:39 AM
Well, chill. It's a neat idea, at the very least. Even if the only really creative/original thing is the player behavior, less so the FM/campaign.

terraablaze
March 16th, 2013, 09:47 AM
Thanks for the translation Lianru, keep up the hard work.

mewarmo990
March 20th, 2013, 11:15 PM
While editing, something's occurred to me. Honorifics. Lianru has translated all many of them into varying forms of address (Mr., Miss, etc.) that can become inappropriate/awkward when repeated over and over in spoken English.

What do you all think? Most importantly, what does Lianru think? Because the setting is not strictly Japanese (as opposed to, say, Persona 3 and 4), generally the best approach is to eliminate as many as possible in translation, unless they make sense in the setting (e.g. "Lord Ibuki," "Master Swallow", etc.). However, since I am not doing most of the translation this time I hesitate to make unilateral decisions of this kind.

I don't plan to change anything at the moment because it's such a minor issue. Just food for thought.

I3uster
March 21st, 2013, 01:58 PM
if you put any sansamachans into this i will find you

aldeayeah
March 21st, 2013, 02:01 PM
sansamachans

...That sounds like some Indian cuisine.

TypeWannabe
March 21st, 2013, 02:11 PM
You forgot ~, desu, uguu, and kun.

mewarmo990
March 21st, 2013, 04:30 PM
Not even sure why I asked, lol. Using my best judgment.

Lianru
March 21st, 2013, 04:35 PM
I think the -sans are sometimes unnecessary because they're the most generic. Haven't seen anything other than -sans and -samas so we can take out the -sans if you want.
Also, I am aware that I haven't updated in forever...school hates me ;______;

mewarmo990
March 21st, 2013, 04:39 PM
I think the -sans are sometimes unnecessary because they're the most generic. Haven't seen anything other than -sans and -samas so we can take out the -sans if you want.
Also, I am aware that I haven't updated in forever...school hates me ;______;
Want me to do Act VI? I'll have a bunch of time after midterms end today and I'll be done with editing soon. Wrapping up Act III soon and the rest is pretty short.

I completely understand if you would rather do it yourself, on your own time.

Lianru
March 21st, 2013, 06:07 PM
I'd rather have the translation be finished instead of holding it back for my own pride reasons, so go ahead~ I should have some time next week and then break is the week after that so I can get started again then.

mewarmo990
March 30th, 2013, 06:40 AM
Editing is finished for Acts I thru V. E-mailed Lianru, so she'll eventually update the posts with the revisions.

I'll get Act VI translated sometime over this week.

Lianru
March 30th, 2013, 12:01 PM
Edits implemented. Should I start on Act VI or Act VII?

mewarmo990
March 31st, 2013, 05:47 PM
Edits implemented. Should I start on Act VI or Act VII?
Act VII, then. I already have some of Act VI done.

Rokudaime
April 5th, 2013, 05:50 AM
So what is this Red Dragon exactly? A Light Novel? Some sort of web-game? Type-Moon has a bunch of less known stuff I didn't know about it seems...Until I got my copy of the Type-Moon 10th Anniversary Phantasm artbook, I had never heard of Fate/Apocrypha, DDD, Red Dragon, or Fate/Strange Fake. There's also two other things listed there (I don't know if they're Light Novels or what), but they are in Japanese, so I don't know what they're called...One has a picture of a girl with long pink/beige hair, in a red top, and with a heart-shaped medallion in the colours of the French flag around her neck. The other one has a picture of an Arcueid-like girl sitting underneath what looks like the planet Saturn...

Break
April 5th, 2013, 06:08 AM
You should try to stay a little better informed...
Anyways red dragon is Nasu, Gen, Narita, and some other buddies playing a pen&paper rpg and recording their sesseions.

The two things you saw were likely Girls Work (anime, stuck in development hell since some more than a year) and Tsuki no Sango (Coral of the Moon), an interesting short story by Nasu.

Rokudaime
April 5th, 2013, 06:35 AM
You should try to stay a little better informed...
Anyways red dragon is Nasu, Gen, Narita, and some other buddies playing a pen&paper rpg and recording their sesseions.

The two things you saw were likely Girls Work (anime, stuck in development hell since some more than a year) and Tsuki no Sango (Coral of the Moon), an interesting short story by Nasu.

Ok, thanks. I've heard of Girls Work before, but didn't know that was it. If it's an anime, then I'll watch it when it comes out. All the other stuff seems to be Light Novels and such though, so i say no thanks. I like Manga and VN's, but I don't have the patience for (almost) text-only stuff like LN's. Also, you say I should try to stay a little better informed about Type-Moon stuff, so I have to ask, what ways would you recommend for me to do so? :-/

mewarmo990
April 6th, 2013, 12:26 AM
So what is this Red Dragon exactly? A Light Novel? Some sort of web-game? Type-Moon has a bunch of less known stuff I didn't know about it seems...Until I got my copy of the Type-Moon 10th Anniversary Phantasm artbook, I had never heard of Fate/Apocrypha, DDD, Red Dragon, or Fate/Strange Fake. There's also two other things listed there (I don't know if they're Light Novels or what), but they are in Japanese, so I don't know what they're called...One has a picture of a girl with long pink/beige hair, in a red top, and with a heart-shaped medallion in the colours of the French flag around her neck. The other one has a picture of an Arcueid-like girl sitting underneath what looks like the planet Saturn...
Red Dragon has absolutely nothing to do with Type-Moon. I don't blame you for being confused because it's in this Translation forum, and because the majority of general info about it is in another subforum.

mewarmo990
April 26th, 2013, 06:17 PM
Sorry for the lack of updates, everyone, I have been swamped. Lianru is probably waiting on me so she can post act VII. At work now but I'll have act VI up sometime tonight.

TypeWannabe
April 26th, 2013, 09:38 PM
Have you quit your job at LucasArts yet? Cus that's the only way I could love you even more.

mewarmo990
April 28th, 2013, 03:02 AM
We have someone who works at LucasArts here? WILL YOU HIRE ME

Actually, LucasArts no longer develops or publishes games.

warellis
April 28th, 2013, 03:17 AM
We have someone who works at LucasArts here? WILL YOU HIRE ME

Actually, LucasArts no longer develops or publishes games.
They haven't really done so since 2005 right?

Paitouch
April 28th, 2013, 03:30 AM
Gonna scan in the character book that came with the soundtrack sometime later. Prisma Illya first.

Mcjon01
April 28th, 2013, 03:39 AM
Gonna scan in the character book that came with the soundtrack sometime later. Prisma Illya first.

You are a saint.

mewarmo990
April 28th, 2013, 04:33 AM
Gonna scan in the character book that came with the soundtrack sometime later. Prisma Illya first.
Coo.

TypeWannabe
April 28th, 2013, 05:53 PM
I've been at that long running joke for so long I've nearly forgotten what company you actually ​work for. Isn't it Atlus?

Paitouch
May 2nd, 2013, 04:45 PM
Here's the character book:
http://www.mediafire.com/?4yb8z4atm3v2aa0

Mcjon01
May 2nd, 2013, 05:09 PM
yaaaaaay

Yokathaking
May 3rd, 2013, 01:02 PM
Thanks Pai !

Sherrinford
May 3rd, 2013, 01:10 PM
Thanks indeed!

Kotonoha
May 3rd, 2013, 01:10 PM
Neat.

Ratman
May 3rd, 2013, 04:36 PM
Paitouch is a boss.

Also
http://www.image-share.com/upload/2180/201.png (http://www.image-share.com/ipng-2180-201.html)
Was 60 a while ago. Why, hello there, /tg/.

LunarLegend
May 3rd, 2013, 04:47 PM
Well, damn! I never thought this would be translated.

Lokslike I've got some extra readings for tonight!

Strife ❤️
May 3rd, 2013, 04:48 PM
based paitouch

Ossan99
May 31st, 2013, 03:46 PM
Thanks Pai. Is this TRPG system/rule still not open?
At character making system, "ライフパス" is looks like GDW "Traveller". But Traveller was 4-year is one unit, not each year after 6 years old. "恩恵" system is looks like Chaosium/AH "RuneQuest"/"ELRIC!" and Victory Games "James Bond 007" but no penalty is different versus Red Dragon.

Raghe
June 9th, 2013, 09:16 PM
First at all, hi & thanks for all the work that you are doing =)
I want to ask something: What happened with the translation? It went smoothly but suddenly stopped and no one says anything.
Maybe I am a very impatient guy, but I can't wait to read the next chapter.
Thanks for all, really.

PD: Sorry for my shitty English, I'm trying to improve my writing :neco_arc:

Ossan99
June 10th, 2013, 11:13 AM
Hi, Raghe,
Welcome to this community from spain! I'm also noob of this community and non-native english.
I'm sorry Japanese-English translation is not my line. When some volunteer will be finished, they will share their result in this thread.
By the way, do you know about Hasekura Tsunenaga learned whom at your school?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasekura_Tsunenaga
My home town is Sendai city, all of Japanese learn about he was a first Japanese across Pacific/Atlantic ocean. Currently, some Japón or Xapón last name people still living at Galicia state.

aldeayeah
June 10th, 2013, 11:51 AM
Are you in Spain?? What places are you visiting? I'm from Galicia, although I never met a Xapón.

Paitouch
June 10th, 2013, 11:53 AM
Are you talking to Ossan or Raghe?

aldeayeah
June 10th, 2013, 11:56 AM
I mistakenly took Ossian's English at face value and didn't notice raghe's location.

Hi raghe! Welcome to the Lair! You're the fourth gallego member that I know of.

Ossan99
June 10th, 2013, 12:27 PM
@Albeayear
Sorry for my poor Japlish. Is it Vigo a spanish city in Galicia? raghe wrote his locatin in Vigo. I never visit at spain, I just know/describe about Hasekura Tsunenaga vist Spain in 17th century. My post related Japanese wiki about Hasekura Tsunenaga. Japon/Xapon sir name is still keeping as Coria del Río(Southan Spain). However, I don't know reason why, Galician(Northan Span) language keep Xapon means Japan in Japanese Wikipedia.
URL as follows:
http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%85%B6%E9%95%B7%E9%81%A3%E6%AC%A7%E4%BD%BF%E7%A F%80
--- Start ---
コリア・デル・リオのハポン姓[編集]
この慶長遣欧使節団はスペイン南西の都市セビリア近辺にあるコリア・デル・リオに長期滞在した。この小さな 港町には常長を記念する銅像が建てられている。
また、この町にはハポン(Japón=日本)姓もしくはXapón姓の人が数百人住んでおり、この使節団の 中で日本に帰らず現地に留まり移住したキリスト教徒の仙台藩の藩士や使節の現地人水夫、その支援者の子孫で あると言われている。ハポンの表記は、スペイン北方のガリシア州におけるガリシア語では現在もXapónで ある。
1996年に、駐スペイン日本国大使の坂本重太郎がラジオで呼びかけ、ハポン姓を持つ650人や、使節ゆか りの東北地方の裏千家メンバーなどを集めた「ハポン・パーティー」を、セビリアで開催した[10]。
---- End ---

Crown
June 10th, 2013, 12:51 PM
First at all, hi & thanks for all the work that you are doing =)
I want to ask something: What happened with the translation? It went smoothly but suddenly stopped and no one says anything.
Maybe I am a very impatient guy, but I can't wait to read the next chapter.
Thanks for all, really.

PD: Sorry for my shitty English, I'm trying to improve my writing :neco_arc:
According to Lianru, she was busy with some exams like one or two weeks ago, so that must be the reason.

aldeayeah
June 10th, 2013, 01:16 PM
Is it Vigo a spanish city in Galicia? raghe wrote his locatin in Vigo.
Yes, it is! Actually it's the largest city in Galicia.


I never visit at spain, I just know/describe about Hasekura Tsunenaga vist Spain in 17th century. My post related Japanese wiki about Hasekura Tsunenaga. Japon/Xapon sir name is still keeping as Coria del Río(Southan Spain). However, I don't know reason why, Galician(Northan Span) language keep Xapon means Japan in Japanese Wikipedia.
I see, it seems to be kind of a non sequitur even in the original.

Ossan99
June 10th, 2013, 06:41 PM
@aldeayear
Sorry my incorrect information about Spain. Coria del Río and Vigo looks like quite different location.
@Raghe
Congratulations you have 3 same located people in this community. I'm still looks like my "Haganai" situation.

aldeayeah
June 11th, 2013, 03:22 AM
@aldeayear
Sorry my incorrect information about Spain. Coria del Río and Vigo looks like quite different location.
No need to apologize! Vigo and Andalusia/Cadiz (where Coria is) look far away in the map, but back then, both were major port towns with a lot of traffic to the New World, so there's a good chance they were better connected than most places in Spain.

Raghe
June 14th, 2013, 04:32 PM
I mistakenly took Ossian's English at face value and didn't notice raghe's location.

Hi raghe! Welcome to the Lair! You're the fourth gallego member that I know of.

Thanks. I didn't expect more gallegos here =D


According to Lianru, she was busy with some exams like one or two weeks ago, so that must be the reason.

Well, I'm busy with exams too these days, I know that feel...


Hi, Raghe,
Welcome to this community from spain! I'm also noob of this community and non-native english.
I'm sorry Japanese-English translation is not my line. When some volunteer will be finished, they will share their result in this thread.
By the way, do you know about Hasekura Tsunenaga learned whom at your school?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hasekura_Tsunenaga
My home town is Sendai city, all of Japanese learn about he was a first Japanese across Pacific/Atlantic ocean. Currently, some Japón or Xapón last name people still living at Galicia state.
Thank you for the welcome! I didn't know about Tsunenaga, in our schools doesn't talk about that, at least in my old school =_D But I'll read about him when I have some time to spare.

Ossan99
June 14th, 2013, 08:11 PM
@Raghe
Thank you for your reply. Japanese are still using some words came from Spain by Tsunenaga. You may check this thread if you interest about Red Dragon. It looks like most of members were translated by themsleves.
http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/1417-Red-Dragon/page17

NewAgeOfPower
June 14th, 2013, 11:01 PM
Thanks for translating this, Spinach Lianru!

Raghe
June 15th, 2013, 08:04 AM
@Raghe
Thank you for your reply. Japanese are still using some words came from Spain by Tsunenaga. You may check this thread if you interest about Red Dragon. It looks like most of members were translated by themsleves.
http://forums.nrvnqsr.com/showthread.php/1417-Red-Dragon/page17

Ok, I'll give a look, thanks.

mewarmo990
June 23rd, 2013, 01:44 AM
Original work: Sanda Makoto, et al.
Link to original: http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/

Not for commercial re-use.


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Red Dragon: The First Night (Acts VI - VII)

Salvation? Destruction? Or Revolution?


Act VI

Nill Kamui, as it is now, does not have anything that could be called a capital city.
During the Seven Years’ War in which D’natia and Huanglan trampled all over this tiny island country, Nill Kamui’s original ruler — the Promised Child — was lost. In the absence of a proper king, the various towns and cities of Nill Kamui inevitably fragmented into city-states, just barely managing to maintain national unity via the parliament.

Though Shuka can no longer be considered the island’s capital, all parties have gathered at the autonomous city.


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On one side, a modern D’natian colony.
On the other, a town furnished with rich history and tradition by its Huanglanese settlers.
Thirdly, in exchange for self-government, the Nill Kamuian district, with all the typical trappings of poverty and racial discrimination. Its transformation into a ghetto introduced the slave and drug trades as well, and a distinct odor constantly hangs over the area.
And in the middle of it all were Ibuki and Eiha.

FM: ...And so, two months later, our setting shifts to the autonomous city of Shuka, in Nill Kamui.
Ibuki: So much time passed!
Eiha: (Baffled) And in the blink of an eye... or rather, after a really long time.
FM: Well (Laughs). In any case, you finally arrived at Shuka. It actually wasn’t that far of a journey, but you two children were nearly strained to your limits on the road, trying to conserve your food and travel money.
Eiha: (Nodding) ...Right.
FM: Since Ibuki’s horn would stand out in town, am I correct in assuming you’ll be covering it with your headdress?
Ibuki: Ah, of course. I see. We’ve arrived in Shuka... (sighs)

Despite his crestfallen mood, Ibuki couldn’t hide the glint of curiosity that came into his eyes.
That is to say, he was taken aback by the sheer novelty of it all. To the boy who had been raised from birth in a small village, a city as large as Shuka was a completely new experience to him.

FM: Though, for Eiha, Shuka is a place where you always met with cold glares. At the sight of the Bound One and Val, the people around you starkly change their expressions. Some even spit on you.
Eiha: ...Hm, I’m used to it. I stay close to Val to keep the flowers in his eye sockets from falling out.

Even after all this time, the glaring and the spitting hasn’t changed.
When it got really bad, people would even throw stones.
“...”
To the people of the island, Bound Ones were nothing more than useful tools that would meet an early death. These attitudes were all the stronger since near-human Hybrids filled a similar caste as the Bound Ones.
Izun may have been trying to change it all.
“...Freedom.”
Quietly, Eiha played with the word on her tongue.
It held no meaning for her, no emotion.
Next to her, Val made a small yawn, and flapped his ears.

Ibuki: ...Miss Eiha?
Eiha: Let’s go.
Ibuki: Oh, uh, okay! Umm, do we know where Mr. Agito is?
FM: He’s supposed to be in prison, but you only just arrived in town. But Ibuki does have one acquaintance in Shuka; a childhood friend from the village, who later moved here. You manage to recall the neighborhood she lives in.
Eiha: A childhood friend! (Kougyoku Izuki excitedly slaps the table, her eyes twinkling)
Ibuki: Wai- Don’t get so worked up! (trying to calm Kougyoku down) O-Okay. Since we don’t have any other leads, we’ll go visit my friend. Er, do I have a name?
FM: Her name is Mashiro Sagura. Will you come along too, Eiha?
Eiha: Is that okay? Even though I’m a Bound One?
FM: As far as Ibuki can tell, Mashiro herself didn’t seem to be much of a bigot. The nearby orphanage had many Bound children, so they used to play together.
Eiha: ...Then let’s go together.

On the way to the residential district, they saw many people.
There were many from other countries. In the bustling marketplace one could find proud, blonde-haired blue-eyed D’natians, as well as Huanglanese dressed in the peculiar grab of their homeland.
Each time they saw these foreigners, the locals would give them a wide berth — or conversely, it seemed they were trying to get closer, but couldn’t.
But then,
“...Ah.”
What struck Ibuki the most was something else entirely.
In addition to Bound Ones and Hybrids, Shuka was filled with throngs of the crippled.
People with no arms or eyes sat along the street, bowing deeply as they begged for alms. It was likely that many of these beggars willingly allowed themselves to be crippled — by themselves or their families — to inspire greater pity in passersby.
He heard that somewhere once.
Some of the Revolutionary Army troops that died atop the volcano once called this town home.

FM: Now, after walking for about half an hour, the two of you arrive at your destination.
Ibuki: Ah, okay.
FM: Despite its location in the Nill Kamui autonomous district, the residence appears quite comfortable. The architecture, made by D’natian alchemy, stands out, you see.
Ibuki: ...I’m so glad. It actually looks peaceful. (truly relieved)
FM: Will you knock on the door?
Ibuki: Sure. I raise my hand to-
FM (Young Girl): As you approach the entrance, you hear a girl’s voice say, “Huh?”
Ibuki: Ah.

“Is that you, Ibuki!?”
Her voice alone seemed to stop time.
He’d known her before the village burned down. Before he met the dragon.
Even before this horn grew out of my head, when he was just a normal kid.
The girl who lived in a house near the old orphanage.
She stood before Ibuki, pretty enough with her hair grown out that he could’ve mistaken her for someone else.


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Ibuki: ...Mashiro.
FM (Mashiro): Yup. Without a doubt, this is your childhood friend Mashiro Sagura. Her big, round eyes widen with recognition, and she says, ,”What happened, Ibuki!? You look so worn out!”
Ibuki: “Umm... this and that,” I murmur.
FM (Mashiro): “Really! Er, erm, are you alone?”
Ibuki: My friends- I brought a friend.
FM (Mashiro): “Then show your friend in! It’s been such a long time, so why don’t we eat together? I’ll heat some soup right away!”
Eiha: Then I’ll come out of my hiding place. Val follows me awkwardly.
FM: She wasn’t expecting a big monster like Val, so she’s surprised, of course (laughs). “Oh, um, it’s okay! It’s okay! B-But it’ll probably only fit through the back gate! Let me go open it right now!”
Eiha: Sure.
FM: Like a rabbit, the girl nimbly runs to the back gate and opens it for Val. The beast enters the garden between the hanging laundry, as if to hide itself. Then, Mashiro brings you both bowls of warm soup.
Ibuki: Wow... for the first time since we started, I feel like we’ve finally met a good kid.
FM: The Revolutionary Army was also very gracious to you, you know (laughs).
Ibuki: Even so! I hardly found it welcoming!
FM: Fine, fine. (laughs) As you all get settled in around the dining table and begin stuffing yourselves with soup and hot bread, Mashiro happily turns to Ibuki once more. “...So, what brings you back all of a sudden? How is everyone in the village?”
Ibuki: And here it comes. Well, a... lot of stuff happened to the village, and it’s not there anymore.
FM (Mashiro): It’s not there!? What do you mean it’s gone!?
Ibuki: Uh, you know, this and that.
FM (Mashiro): “Enough with that already! Could it be that the the Red Dragon everybody’s talking about burned it down?”
Ibuki: Oh, there are rumors like that?
FM: That’s right. You seem to recall hearing them as well. That the Red Dragon had burned down numerous settlements.

“...”
Involuntarily, his eyes go wide.
With difficulty, he replies, forcing himself to recall that horrific day.

Ibuki: ...Oh, those rumors. Actually, I think was something else.
FM (Mashiro): “Really? I hope so...” Mashiro is downcast. “I guess those four years I spent in the village are all in the past now.”
Ibuki: Yeah.
FM (Mashiro): “Even now, I feel like those were the best times of my life. Being together with Ibuki, everyone at the orphanage, and Brother Heine... oh, Brother Heine was the missionary at our village,” she explains as an aside to Eiha.
Eiha: I’m gobbling down my food without paying much attention. The soup is yummy. (laugh)
FM: I see (laugh). Mashiro doesn’t mind your lack of reaction. “He was such a good person. Even though he was D’natian, it didn’t matter to him where you came from. He used to tell us that God’s grace could come to anyone.”
Ibuki: …
FM (Mashiro): “After that, I found my relatives and moved here to Shuka with them, but I still think about those times. ...After all, I’m so lonely now that the village is gone... but I’m really glad you’re okay, Ibuki. And it’s good to see that you’re not alone.
Ibuki: ...Ahh, I can’t think of a good response. I just say, “Thank you.”
FM: Mashiro beams cheerfully. “So what are you doing here? Did you come all the way just to see me?”
Ibuki: Yeah. ...Mashiro, do you know where the town jail is?
FM (Mashiro): The jail?
FM (Mashiro): “It’s at the southern edge of town...” She tells you the location and even draws you a simple map, but the subject clearly has her worried. “...Is everything okay? You’re not doing anything dangerous, right?”
Ibuki: We’ll be alright.
FM (Mashiro): “I see...” She deeply bows to Eiha. “Please take good care of Ibuki. He can be a little slow sometimes.”
Eiha: (calmly) I know.
Ibuki: She really does. (laughs)
FM (Mashiro): (laughs) “I’d actually love it if you stayed the night... but I’m really sorry. My uncle’s going to be home soon, and I don’t think he’ll allow a Bound One in the house...”
Ibuki: “That’s all right. Miss Eiha, let’s go,” I say, and leave the house.
Eiha: Got it. I’m going to finish all the soup (laughs).
FM: Understood. Then, Mashiro sees you off. “Come back soon!” She waves farewell, and keeps waving, long after she’s lost sight of you.

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FM: Time to change the venue. Thanks to Mashiro’s map, you arrive without trouble at the town jail, located in the Nill Kamui autonomous district.
Ibuki: (gulps) Okay.
FM: The jail is an odd stone building. As with the other official-looking buildings around it, you don’t see any ordinary citizens nearby, and Bound Ones wouldn’t be allowed in to begin with. Agito Isurugi’s name gets you permission to visit.
Ibuki: We can go inside?
FM: Yes. Under guard, of course. On top of his history as a rebel leader, they probably want to discourage visits with Bounds Ones and Hybrids. So, will you see him?
Eiha: Yeah.
FM (Agito): OK, then you’re taken into the prison courtyard.

They were made to wait in a bleak courtyard.
The area was walled in from all four sides, and wire netting even separated it from the sky; probably a precaution against rampaging or escaping Bound Ones. That the passage to the courtyard was wide enough for Val to pass was a typical Nill Kamuian accommodation.
An unshakable odor seemed to permeate the gloom.
Before long, on the far side of the yard, a gate opened to reveal a man flanked by guards.

Ibuki: Agito Isurugi...!
FM: That’s right. A completely unshaven man in his mid-30s stands before you.


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It had to be because of his long sentence.
The man was in total shambles. Not just his hair, but the way he was totally ungroomed and clothed in torn, dirty rags. Countless flies buzzed around his shoulders, and his arms were bound in chains.
However...
The man seemed strangely radiant.
They could feel a childlike innocence from him, as well as a peculiar sense of refinement.
“Hey, you. I don’t recognize you... are you new recruits?”

Ibuki: P-Pleased to meet you. My name is Ibuki.
Eiha: Eiha. This is Val.
FM (Agito): “I see, nice to meet you.” In spite of his chains, Agito extends a hand in greeting.
Ibuki: Ah, yes! I shake his hand!
Eiha: Just Agito? My friend isn’t here?
FM: Only Agito is being held here. Your friend is in another prison.
Eiha: Oh. Then let’s talk business. —He told us to see you.
FM (Agito): “Yeah? Who?”
Eiha: Izun.
FM (Agito): “...How’s he doing?”
Ibuki: Well, I tell him what happened. I don’t really leave anything out.
FM: Very well. Then, Agito is surprised to hear that you’re of the Imperial lineage, and sighs deeply at the news of the Red Dragon. “So that’s what happened... that brat Izun couldn’t wait for me, huh. And just when he found a real, genuine Imperial...”
Ibuki: What do you mean he couldn’t wait?
FM (Agito): “He was already 14 years old, you see,” he explains, biting his lip with regret. “He was on his last legs as a Bound One. Because the demonic blood puts such a strain on their bodies, I’ve never known a Bound One to live past 16.”
Ibuki: Oh...!

Ibuki is at a loss for words.
It was so common on this island that he had forgotten. The Bound Ones are a short-lived race. Symbiosis with a monster is just too much for a human body to sustain.
And the children that adapt best to their companions never last long.

Eiha: ...I keep silent. Because I already know that Bound Ones don’t live long.
FM: Looking from Eiha to Ibuki, Agito also falls into silence. After a time, he breaks the ice. “Do you know what happened to the Red Dragon after that?”
Ibuki: Umm... I heard it burned a lot of villages and towns.
FM (Agito): From what I’ve heard, fourteen villages and five towns have already been destroyed. And the latest news is still coming in. Everyone’s saying that the Red Dragon has gone insane.”
Ibuki: Insane!?
FM (Agito): “It’s done so much damage. On top of that, D’natia and Huanglan don’t seem to give a damn, so things are about to get a little crazy.”
Eiha: ...Watcha talkin’ about?
FM (Agito): “It’s strictly unofficial, you see. Each side is sending some of their own to form a single investigation team. To find out why the Red Dragon has gone mad — and eliminate it, if necessary. They’re a squad of the best and the brightest.
Ibuki: I lean forward eagerly at this unexpected news. “They’re making a team like that!?”
FM (Agito): “Yeah. But our parliament doesn’t have much in the way of a military. Since all the country has is a minimal peacekeeping force, D’natia and Huanglan pulled some strings to get me a pardon. Of course, that comes with some strings too.”
Ibuki: Conditions... like what?
FM (Agito): “In exchange for my pardon, I’m to send them the best of the Revolutionary Army. From the beginning I had planned to send Izun. No one would complain with a rock giant like that.”
Eiha: (Recalls) Yeah, it was strong. Like, 40 meters.
FM (Agito): “But Izun isn’t with us anymore.” He strikes his knees with his cuffs.
Ibuki: Ah...

He couldn’t say anything.
And there was nothing to say.
Izun idolized Agito, and Agito seemed to see Izun as the hope of his army, but this put a stop to that.
And...

FM (Agito): “...You know, Ibuki, Eiha. Nill Kamui is a real pain of a country to live in.”

Agito spoke directly to the mumbling boy.

Ibuki: ...I gulp when I see that knowing glint in his eyes.
FM: Okay. Agito continues. “D’natia sees this isle as nothing more than their beachhead to Huanglan. And Huanglan, for all its ‘magical research’, probably treats its territory here the same way. Since both started stealing our land and food, this island has gone to hell. Even when they’re just fighting over what little resources we have, how many of our people have died? Parents kill children, husbands kill wives, and friends kill each other. How much longer must it go on?”


Agito preaches, not as if he was speaking to two children and a monster, but to all people.

Eiha: (Thinks for a bit) ...I say nothing.
FM: Right. Agito keeps talking. “In spite of- no, precisely because of this, I want to raise a flag.”

Agito makes a proclamation, as if the cramped courtyard was instead a grand council about to decide the fate of the world.


FM (Agito): “The name of our flag is Freedom. It declares that, no matter what the time or place, people most of all deserve to be free. Everyone who joined the Revolutionary Army knew this truth in their hearts. Regardless of age, birth, gender, or anything else, we dared the world to try and take that from us.”
Ibuki: …
FM: Just as his speech was starting to become really lofty, Agito abruptly looks down in embarrassment. “Sorry. It’s an old habit of mine. Big speeches hardly suit a scraggly-looking face like this, right?”
Ibuki: ...No, I didn’t think that at all.
FM: When you say that, he chuckles sheepishly. And then, he finally comes out with it. “...Can I count on the two of you?”
Eiha: By “count on us,” do you mean that deal you mentioned earlier? About the elite task force?
FM (Agito): “Yeah. If I let the parliament know in advance, I don’t think they’ll have a problem with it. If I can gain my freedom, I can rally the Army. We’ll go all over Nill Kamui, recruiting warriors to aid the cause of liberty. And to do that, I need time. If you work with me, I’ll need information on D’antia, Huanglan, and the Red Dragon that you gather through yoru work with the task force. ...So, will you help me?”
Ibuki: Mr. Agito, you need... our help? (thinks for a long time) Will the island be at peace after that?
FM (Agito): “That’s how I’d like it to be, so that’s what I’ll work towards. I’ve got a fever, and the only prescription, is more cowbell FREEDOM!

A fever, he said.
“I have to do it. There is no other option.” The fire of Agito’s conviction burns red-hot.
And like a hammer at the forge, his words drive into Ibuki's chest.
So,

Ibuki: ...In that case, I’ll help you in any way I can.
FM (Agito): “Thanks,” grins Agito as he grasps your hand firmly. Now, what about Eiha?
Eiha: ...I don’t understand why everybody has to desire freedom.
FM: Oh?
Eiha: Earlier, I got a bowl of soup from Ibuki’s friend. It was delicious. It tasted like happiness. Just a small bit of joy like that is enough for someone like Ibuki to live a fulfilling life. So, fighting and dying for freedom can’t be that great of a cause.
FM (Agito): “Maybe you’re right. Asking people to die for their freedom might be putting the cart before the horse. But I can’t think of any other way to live. Or die, for that matter.”
Eiha: ...I see. Ibuki, do you wish for freedom too?
Ibuki: Me? I... just want to do what I can.
Eiha: (turning to FM) Hey, how long do I have left to live?
FM (Agito): “How old are you now?”
Eiha: Ten.
FM: Agito answers sadly. “I can’t say for certain, but probably no more than six more years. I’ve never heard of a Bound One living past sixteen. I know it’s cruel of me to ask you to do this.”
Eiha: ...I have a friend in another detachment of the Army. Could I meet her?
FM (Agito): “Let’s make it happen. I’ll do whatever it takes to put you two in touch.”
Eiha: Then I’ll stick with Ibuki until then.
FM (Agito): “Got it. ...Thanks for your help.” And with that, visitation hours are over. Since you’re helping Agito, he gives you the time and location of the task force’s rendezvous. Will you two head there?
Ibuki: Yes!
FM: Very well. Then let us bring this scene to a close. In the next act, the meat of our tale will begin. All of our players have gathered!

Sherrinford
June 23rd, 2013, 07:16 AM
Thank you!

Mashiro is cuuute.

mewarmo990
June 23rd, 2013, 06:49 PM
I e-mailed Lianru so the OP should get updated eventually.

Sorry it took so long. Life happened, and then I totally forgot about this. Not sure who will be doing chapter 7, but I can if Lianru is busy.

Rowanism
June 26th, 2013, 03:23 PM
Thanks for the great work. That unshaven guy reminded me of myself.

The unshaven part.

mewarmo990
June 26th, 2013, 03:40 PM
Lianru says she'll be doing Act 8, so I'll go back to editing. Time to find something else interesting to work on... Hollow has gotten so boring.

Sherrinford
August 23rd, 2013, 11:07 AM
I'm just curious, what happened to this?

terraablaze
August 23rd, 2013, 04:12 PM
Lianru happened, or perhaps to be more accurate, didn't happen.

Rockxas
August 23rd, 2013, 04:56 PM
And McJon is in a time-out so we don't get vague spoilers from him either.

bahamut zero
August 26th, 2013, 08:03 AM
Why is Lianru's nickname yellow?

Strife ❤️
August 26th, 2013, 08:06 AM
Original Lianru.

bahamut zero
August 26th, 2013, 08:10 AM
....huh?

peanuts
October 16th, 2013, 03:14 AM
So I read through volumes 1 to 5 of this.
And jesus christ.
epic critical dice roll fumble in volume 4 lmao

mewarmo990
October 19th, 2013, 03:39 AM
You actually bought the books? Are they worth it? I just got Apocrypha 1 and 2 so maybe sometime down the road...

And Somalia? for real?

Reiu
October 19th, 2013, 03:43 AM
He went to see Mirai Fukuin, so I'm going to guess no.

- - - Updated - - -

Oh yeah, didn't the Red Dragon World Material just recently come out?

:neco_arc:

mewarmo990
October 19th, 2013, 03:44 AM
I want to believe that Arai is a bona-fide IRL pirate of the high seas. The kind with motorboats and AK-47s.

peanuts
October 19th, 2013, 12:47 PM
You actually bought the books? Are they worth it? I just got Apocrypha 1 and 2 so maybe sometime down the road...


Basically the web version without the BGM, no Jouji Dragon voice, but some extra pictures. Dunno if there's much extra content because I never checked out the web version.
But hey, ignoring that, it's still fun to read.



Oh yeah, didn't the Red Dragon World Material just recently come out?

:neco_arc:


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Followed by
victims of the Butcher
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http://i44.tinypic.com/28aqed2.jpg

mewarmo990
October 22nd, 2013, 04:33 AM
tiny update.

I started translating 1-8 over the weekend. Lianru was supposed to do 7 but I think she got wrapped up in some super busy life stuff. Anyway... I'll post mine after she posts hers.

Paitouch
October 27th, 2013, 06:10 PM
So I should have scans of the World Guide up by the end of Tuesday.

Cruor
October 27th, 2013, 06:42 PM
w00t

Paitouch
October 29th, 2013, 04:38 PM
And here's the World Guide:
http://www.mediafire.com/?6u6399jnqz4bup3

http://i5.minus.com/id4XoYTv4No29.png

Leftovers
October 29th, 2013, 04:39 PM
Many thanks Pai.

Oblivion
November 3rd, 2013, 02:56 AM
Pretty n00b question but, what is this?
I see the text but, it's from Nasuverse or something more like DDD, Canaan and the like?

I've seen it before, but didn't bother to check it until now...¬¬

Mcjon01
November 3rd, 2013, 11:15 AM
No, not related to Nasuverse, it's just a record of Nasu, Urobuchi, and some other guys playing a homebrew tabletop RPG for six days.

Spinach
November 3rd, 2013, 03:38 PM
More importantly, Lianru where are the translations?

Crown
November 3rd, 2013, 03:39 PM
More importantly, where is Lianru?

SeiKeo
November 3rd, 2013, 04:23 PM
With Spinach.

bahamut zero
November 3rd, 2013, 07:38 PM
Spin, plz henshin into lianru again and translate.

Katie
November 4th, 2013, 09:50 PM
lianru fail classes translate RD

Spinach
November 4th, 2013, 11:22 PM
Spin, plz henshin into lianru again and translate.

We gattai'd up yesterday but my laziness overpowered her Lianness and nothing was accomplished.

Katie
November 5th, 2013, 02:59 AM
her lianness would have been more focused on doing work than actual translation

mewarmo990
November 9th, 2013, 05:30 PM
Last time we talked she was extremely busy with school. I can sympathize 100%.

Katie
January 1st, 2014, 11:21 PM
lianru where is red dragon

SeiKeo
January 1st, 2014, 11:22 PM
[08:17.53] <@Lianru> maybe I will humor spin and go- look at red dragon for a bit

it's soon kt

Kelnish
January 1st, 2014, 11:22 PM
leo pls

mewarmo990
January 17th, 2014, 02:16 PM
took a couple hours yesterday to do Red Dragon and I'm almost done with Ch. 8, so I should be good to post it whenever Lianru does 7.

mewarmo990
September 11th, 2014, 06:11 AM
​Original work: Sanda Makoto, et al.
Link to original: http://sai-zen-sen.jp/special/reddragon/


Not for commercial re-use.


Act VII

All are gathered in Nill Kamui.

FM: (Looking at everyone at the table) Thank you for waiting. The main story is about to begin. Everybody, congratulations on making it here unharmed.
Eiha & Ibuki: (in unison) Unharmed!? (laugh)
FM: M-Mostly unharmed.
Swallow: Well, the players are safe.
Lou: Yes, they are. (laughs)
FM: Yes. Then shall we begin with Mr. Cratsvalley? The stage is the autonomous city Shuka, in Nill Kamui.
Swallow: Okay.

Just then, rain began falling in Shuka.
It was a light, lingering drizzle. If one were to watch from the sea, the city seemed clouded in a dreadful haze.
Then, as if to cut through the rain and fog, a D’natian galleon sailed into the harbor.
A single knight and his attendant disembarked.

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Swallow: So this is Nill Kamui! Yes, new sights abound! Such wonder! This isle is simply overflowing with things!
FM: Er, oh. Behind you, your attendant Meryll lets out a small huff. “I have no idea what you’re talking about…”
Swallow: But look, Meryll. See the bustling city, as lively as our D’natia is prosperous! Haven’t the cultures of Huanglan and D’natia clashed in a way we’ve never imagined?! Gaze upon the… uh, not sure what they are - um, aborigines?
FM: “Aborigines!” (laughs)
Swallow: Yes, forget what I just said. The city’s overflowing with craft and industry. To me, that’s kinda… great. This place is the best. So with shining eyes, I act positively ecstatic.
FM (Meryll): “Just how bad was your seasickness on the way here?”
Swallow: Those are two totally different things.
FM (Meryll): “Yes, but it was more perilous a voyage than I’d expected. Due to the effects of the mana streams, aside from taking an airship, it really was impossible to travel here by any other means besides a fragile troop ship.”
Swallow: I haven’t really sailed anywhere before, so I assumed that was all normal. (laughs)
FM: (tiredly) I… see.
Swallow: Anyway, that just made me realize something! It has to be a small, elite team since it’s impossible to deploy a large force.
FM: Right. Despite Nill Kamui’s convenient location and unique products and resources, trade has been limited by this fact. The environment plays a great role in the status quo of Nill Kamui.
Swallow: Hmm. So, is anyone here to pick us up?
FM: Nope. The only ones here are you and Meryll…
Swallow: Seriously? I’m all alone?!
FM: Alone?! I said you’re here to be part of an unofficial investigative team! For now, this area has been cordoned off by the Black Dragon Knights Third Company, so that’s why nobody is here.
Swallow: You’re mean…
FM: You’ve heard that your rendezvous point is at the official Parliament building.
Swallow: What’s this about working when I’m on a trip? Well, I can’t help that. I’ll head for that Parliament building.
FM: OK. The area near the port resembles one of your cities, but as soon as you leave the D’natian Quarter, the scenery changes.

A strong odor intruded upon Swallow’s nostrils.
Though it was offensive, he understood it was the smell of human waste. From the smells to the ragged appearance of passers-by, the urban decay could be keenly felt.
Above all else, the light left Swallow’s eyes.

Swallow: Everyone’s eyes are so dead!
FM: At the sight of a knight leaving the D’natian Quarter, people scurry away like rats. Though there are some that go, “Oh, my goddess…”
Swallow: (fumbling around in his pockets) Um, uh, Meryll…
FM: Meryll firmly shakes her head. “You shouldn’t let such people get to your head.”
Swallow: I guess. I keep walking and ignore them, feeling as if I’ve left my heart behind.
FM: Now, let’s cut for a moment to Lou.

At the same time…
A sturdy ship docked in the Huanglan Quarter.
Immediately, sailors start moving to and fro. Though the ship’s hull was built for durability rather than capacity to withstand the mana streams, there was still a large amount of cargo to offload.
And then…
An inconspicuous shadow flowed among the busy crew.
The black-clad man with a peculiar air slowly left the ship.

FM: Taking a Huanglan ship, Lou also arrives in Shuka. Your reception isn’t much different than Swallow’s, but the place does seem busier than the D’natian Quarter.
Lou: Are there many people?
FM: There are rather a lot. Huanglan has many merchants, so you can hear trade language being shouted back and forth. Your country faces the same mana stream obstacles that D’natia does, but Huanglan is much closer to the island.
Lou: Hmm. You know, I enjoy places that have a lot of people.
Swallow: Meanwhile, while walking down the street, Swallow suddenly looks up at the sky and shouts “LIES!” (laughs)
Lou: (blandly) Not at all. It’s good to have lots of fodder nearby that I can use as bait.
Ibuki: Whoa!
Swallow: Oh, boy. The Killer Machine’s running at full power from the start! (laughs) He’s not trying to hide it at all!
FM: Then, Qisha Tianling rumbles on your back, conveying its will. “This is a good island. It has a rich, bloody scent.”
Lou: I’m glad you approve.
FM (Qisha Tianling): “I do. This island does not want for delectable souls.”
Lou: (reverently) Please show me favor as we embark on this long sojourn.
Eiha: What the heck? (laughs)
FM (Qisha Tianling): “Indeed. Truly, Lou, you never bore me…” ...Crud, we’re getting carried away.
Lou: Are there any standing orders for me to do anything or go anywhere after I arrive?
FM: That’s right. You’ve been told you’re supposed to go to the Parliament building on the other side of the map.
Lou: Am I supposed to meet this investigative team there?
FM: So you’ve heard. You don’t know who will be there aside from the President of Nill Kamui.
Lou: ...Do I have any free time?
FM: It’s still a while until the appointment. There should be enough time for you to take a walk around town.
Lou: I see… does my current appearance match the local fashion?
FM: Let’s see. The city is divided into three districts — the D’natian Quarter, the Huanglan Quarter, and the Nill Kamui Autonomous Ward — so no matter where you go, your all-black outfit will blend in to a point but also look somewhat strange. You could say it’s one size fits all.
Lou: Hm. If I can, I’d like to head straight to the Parliament building and secure a discrete vantage point. I want to see who else comes.
FM: In that case, once you arrive at Parliament, you’ll have to make an 【Espionage】 check.
Lou: Good, let’s go now.

The Parliament building was at the center of the Nill Kamui Autonomous Ward.
It was roughly equidistant from the D’natian and Huanglan Quarters, and could be seen from either side. This was probably a result of Nill Kamui wanting to keep an eye on each side. Conversely, the establishment of this Parliament, directly affiliated with neither nation, was proof that all parties couldn’t help but keep tabs on one another.


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FM: You arrive at Parliament without delay. It’s time for your 【Espionage】 check. Do you know what to do?
Lou: Yeah, I remember. (rolls dice) Ugh… 96. But I have a 235% skill level in 【Espionage】 so I succeed anyway?
FM: (gloomily) No… unfortunately, 96 or higher is an unconditional, critical failure. Due to extraordinarily bad luck, you are detected.
Lou: Mmgh.
FM: Thus, perhaps because you were unsettled by the unfamiliar environment of Nill Kamui, you make an enormous show of trying to find a hiding place. But you’re completely oblivious to this. (everyone laughs)
Lou: “Ah, a suspicious man in the middle of the street!”
Swallow: By the way, Meryll, what’s that? (laughs)
Eiha: Shh, don’t make eye contact! (laughs)
FM: It’s bad luck, so maybe they don’t see how hard you’re trying too hard to hide. Swallow and the others happen to meet your eyes, but whether they find that suspicious or not is up to them.
Lou: Then, I hastily avert my eyes and try to act like a passerby.
Swallow: Oh, so he was just one of the locals. (laughs)
FM (Meryll): Suspecting something, Meryll lightly tugs on your sleeve. (laughs) “Sir Swallow. That man just now…”
Swallow: But we’re new faces, right? Judging from the reactions of the townspeople, wouldn’t it be uncommon to see a Black Dragon Knight of D’natia?
FM: At this, Qisha Tianling again rumbles on Lou’s back. “It appears that is one of D’natia’s Black Dragon Knights.”
Lou: (solemnly) Very perceptive, to be able to see through his identity at a glance. (everyone bursts into laughter)
Swallow: Oh crap, Lou’s lines are full of bloodlust! No, I’m just a passing blockhead! I have no idea who you really are!
Lou: (thinking) I see… By the way, is there any proof of identity we’re supposed to have at the meeting? Any sign or signal?
FM: For your part, you’ve brought a sealed document.
Lou: A document, you say? Oh ho ho, I see. Very well, since I’ve been seen, I will withdraw for now. Please let Swallow act first.
FM: Huh? That’s fine, of course.

Swallow: Ohhh, I’ve got a horrible feeling about this (laughs). ...By the way, Meryll?
FM (Meryll): “What is it?”
Swallow: About this mission, is it possible that I’ve missed any really, REALLY important details!? (everybody laughs)
FM (Meryll): “In the first place, you’re the only one that knows anything about your mission.”
Swallow: Oh, right. That’s right. He just told me to go to Nill Kamui and complete my quest…
FM (Meryll): “Details aside, I’m carrying the documents that prove your identity.”
Swallow: (snaps his fingers and points at Meryll) That’s exactly what I’m talking about!
FM: What a terrible conversation (laughs). You’re already in front of the Parliament building. Will you enter?
Swallow: Yeah, let’s go in. Um, who are we supposed to meet?
FM: In the lobby, you see him right away. That said, even though it’s an expansive building, there are no other people aside from the guards.
Swallow: So, what’s he like?
FM: Sitting in a chair in the lobby, is a man in his forties. You see that he has a walking cane, but his posture betrays no sign of physical infirmity. His eyebrows are knitted in an intense frown, and you can feel a strong aura of stubbornness and cunning from him.
Swallow: Wow, he seems capable.
FM: The man fixes you with a glare. “Might you be our honorable guests from D’natia?”
Swallow: Can I greet him and show him my credentials?
FM: Yes. Meryll hands over your documents. The man gives them a quick look and nods.

The man slowly stood up, and bowed.
His eyebrows knitted even further as he spoke.
“A pleasure to meet you. I am Kurama Kazuki, President of the Parliament of Nill Kamui. Might I trouble you to wait here until our other guest arrives?”


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Lou: I see, so that’s how it is. So, can I keep going?
FM: Ah, yes. Go ahead.
Lou: First, does the Eight Claw Clan have a strong presence in this city?
FM: It is somewhat popular in the Huanglan Quarter.
Lou: For example, if there were any members of the Eight Claw Clan that wanted to climb the ranks quickly, could I find them?
Swallow: Wow. This guy is already setting up an exit strategy. He’s covering all his bases. (laughs)
Eiha: Is this really just a game?
FM: He’s covering his bases in case the dice don’t favor him. It’s the strategy of an experienced gamer. (laughs) If you’re looking for someone like that, you’ll need to make a skill check. 【Local Knowledge: Huanglan】 or 【Expert Knowledge: Eight Claw Clan】 should be appropriate.
Lou: Then, let’s go with 【Expert Knowledge: Eight Claw Clan】. (rolls dice) Success.
FM: Now for your [Success Level]. Roll a 1d10 and add the score to your skill level.
Lou: (rolls dice) 12.
FM: A Success Level of 10 or higher means that you have “Professional Proficiency”. That is sufficient. A temple of the Eight Claw Clan is nearby, and you can see a number of people that appear to belong to the sect.
Lou: Yes, indeed… now to find someone without any attachments…

Even in a foreign country, Lou acted without hesitation.
Lifelong devotees of the Eight Claw Clan were the same no matter what country they were in. After carefully observing numerous candidates, Lou chose the most convenient target.

Lou: Do I have some sort of rank within the organization?
FM: Of course. In the Eight Claw Clan, rank is denoted mainly by the embroidery on one’s clothing. For a covert mission like this, the markings are embroidered on the inner lining of your clothes. Lou, you have a rather senior rank.
Lou: Knowing that, I say, “Lo, do you wish to perform a meritorious deed?”
Ibuki: Pfft!
FM: T-That was sudden. In spite of your rank, do they trust you? Please make a 【Negotiation】 check. The required Success Level is… 10 in this case as well.
Lou: (rolls dice) Success. My Success Level is 12.
FM: (as if about to faint) You’re very persuasive! At that, acolytes gasp and say things like “An ascetic from the homeland!” while bowing to you, fist in palm. ...Yes, that’s true. Mr. Lou, you are a priest sworn to follow your holy precepts, right…?
Swallow: A-All I can see is a bloodthirsty killer. (laughs)
Lou: (in a controlled voice) Hrm. The truth is, I have been charged with a sacred undertaking by the Spirit Mother herself.
Eiha: He’s so shady! (laughs)
FM (Acolyte): “Straight from Her Holiness…! If you find me worthy, please, tell me what I can do!”
Lou: ...I want you to take this document, and go where I tell you to.
FM (Acolyte): “Yes, understood!” ...So, the Parliament building? (laughs)
Lou: Yes, Parliament.
FM: I get it~. N-No reason to refuse.
Lou: There should be a Black Dragon Knight of D’natia there. While he is to be scorned, these are secret orders from the Spirit Mother. I want you to obey any orders that man gives you.
FM (Acolyte): “A Black Dragon Knight…!” I know you’re not lying so damn, that’s cruel. “In that case, I will voice no objections.”
Lou: Yeah. After that, I’m just going to stalk the party from the shadows. (laughs)
FM: Incredible! I never imagined that you were never even going to meet up with them at all!
Swallow: Well, we’ve sort of met, in a way.
Lou: If he fails, so be it. It would be no loss to me.

FM: ...With that, a new person enters the place where Swallow and Kurama are waiting. Ah…

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Swallow: FM, hurry up and give us a name for that pathetic Acolyte A.
FM: Let’s just call him Mr. Ei. (laughs) He shows Kurama a document that looks like Swallow’s, and says, “My name is Ei. I bring you greetings from the Eight Claw Clan.”
Swallow: I whisper to Meryll, “He doesn’t seem very ambitious.” (laughs)
FM (Meryll): “I thought it would be that man from earlier, but it seems I was mistaken.”
Swallow: Ha ha ha. Meryll, you’re overthinking it.
Eiha: Ahaha. (laughs)
FM (Meryll): “To be mocked by Sir Swallow in such a way…! This eternal shame!”
Swallow: Sorry, Meryll. You’re not wrong, but Swallow is just that much of an airhead. Or rather, we should credit Urobuchi-san’s brilliant wit.
FM: Well, even I wasn’t expecting it. Kurama makes an undecipherable expression, but has no positive reason to suspect the newcomer. (laughs)
Swallow: Well, now that we’re all here, can you fill us in on the details?
FM: V-Very well. Kurama takes you deeper into the building, into the assembly hall.

The assembly hall was larger than they’d thought.
Beyond the doors Swallow entered, stood an even more massive entryway.
Near the entryway stood a young boy, some sort of monster hybrid between a dog and a bat, and a young girl, attached to the beast by a single vine.

FM: Eiha and Ibuki, are you ready?
Eiha: I’m ready.
Ibuki: Anytime!
FM: OK. The two of you in the assembly hall are approached by Kurama with a knightly looking fellow and his female attendant, as well as a young man that appears to be from Huanglan. For now, you exchange greetings.
Ibuki: He’s really a Black Dragon Knight from D’natia…
Eiha: ...Are these people the investigative team?
Swallow: Oh, a Bound One, huh? But anyone can see you’re just a child. Well, first I ask this: “You two are both pretty young… so are you the kind that weren’t raised? Or maybe you were actually raised?
Eiha: Raised? What’s that?
Swallow: Huh? Do I need to explain even that?
FM (Meryll): Ah, you said it. Meryll’s expression darkens. She seizes Swallow’s arm and, in a joint lock from behind, applies brutal torque to the elbow gap in your armor.
Swallow: Gyaahh!?
Ibuki: S-Sir Knight!?
FM (Meryll): (in an eerily cold voice) “Silence, scum.”
Eiha: “Scum”!?
Swallow: J-Just a second. I’m interested in your ideological- er, never mind. Sorry, you two. Just forget everything you saw just now. Ha ha ha.

Ignoring his hollow laughter, Meryll reluctantly released Swallow.
She wasn’t seething for no reason at all. To put it simply, her lord was just extremely good at incurring her wrath.
But, in another part of her mind, Meryll had a thought.
(...Children, in this task force?)
If so…
...that was going to be a tiny problem.
Though he wasn’t aware of it, Swallow had a weak spot for children.
Even his babblings about whether they were raised or not — though, she had good reason to call her master scum, so she couldn’t reason clearly — betrayed that, she thought.
(I hope it doesn’t end up biting him later on...)

FM: And Ei has just been staring quietly this whole time. (laughs) By the way, what is Lou doing at this time? Are you going to have him report to you later?
Lou: Hmm, I’m just going to keep an eye on the building for now.
FM: I see. If you want to observe this events directly, you’ll have to make an 【Espionage】check.
Lou: Oh, I don’t have any interest in the parliamentary proceedings.
Swallow: Great, then let’s have a relaxing conversation while the killer is somewhere else! (laughs) “Sorry to cut things short, but if we’re all on the same team, why don’t we introduce ourselves? *sparkle!* (laughs)
FM: Geh, he’s come to purge us, too! (laughs)
Ibuki: Ah, in that case… I’ll take off my hat.
FM: Very well. Ibuki takes off his hat, revealing his horn.
Swallow: Ooh, magic.
Ibuki: I’m of the Imperial line… or so I’m told. My name is Ibuki.
Swallow: “So I’m told?” That’s way too indirect! Does Swallow know about the Imperial line?
FM: (rolls dice) You succeed on a 【Local Knowledge: Nill Kamui】 check. Meryll knows. “They’re something like Nill Kamui royalty. Apparently they can manipulate the mana streams directly, or something.”
Ibuki: (with a troubled smile) I only learned of this recently. I just want to help in any way I can.
Swallow: What a forthright attitude! I like you! So, what about you?
Eiha: Leaning against Val, I only give my name, “Eiha,” and say, “This is Val.” That’s all.
Swallow: Uh, I have a feeling I won’t be able to deal with her. (laughs)
FM: Next, Meryll lifts the hem of her skirt, and bends one leg behind her in a refined curtsey. “My name is Meryll Sherbet. I am the attendant to Sir Swallow.”
Swallow: (gesturing with his hands) ...Ah, I’m Swallow Cratsvalley, here on behalf of the Black Dragon Knights… I tell them. Yup.
Ibuki: M-My first impression is a little concerning… (laughs)
FM (Kurama): “Are you done? Just to add, Eiha there isn’t an official member of the investigative team, but rather is here in a provisional collaborator status. And, these two are one of the few people to survive an encounter with the 〈Red Dragon〉.
Swallow: I see. ...Can I ask the two of them a question?
FM: Certainly.
Swallow: Does the 〈Red Dragon〉 really exist?
Ibuki: ...It does. I definitely met it.
Swallow: (drops his shoulders, crestfallen) Oh. Of course it does. The black one is real, after all. Okay, let me get straight to the point. What happened when you met the 〈Red Dragon〉!?
Eiha: Everyone died.
Swallow: In two words! (laughs) And here I thought she wasn’t a talker! (laughs) But wait, if everyone died, how are you two still around!?
Eiha: Only Ibuki survived. When I woke up, I had risen from the dead.
FM: Oh, stop there. (rolls dice) Meryll succeeds on another 【Local Knowledge: Nill Kamui】 check, and chimes in. “It may have been the Returned phenomenon.”
Swallow: Returned? I totally know what that is. (gives a thumbs-up with a hopeful face) ...Meryll, are these people those Returned? More commonly referred to as “zombies”? (everyone bursts into laughter)
Eiha: Stop! Don’t turn Eiha into a rotting corpse! (laughs)
FM (Meryll): Well, there are zombies in this world, too. “Zombies are controlled by magic, but I’ve heard the Returned in Nill Kamui are slaves to no such arts, and spontaneously resurrect on their own.”
Swallow: So these are the famous Nill Kamui products, Fresh Returned!
FM: Now, since terms like “Red Dragon” and “Returned” and other sensitive info are flying around… (rolls dice) hm, Ei has failed a 【Will】 check. In front of you, this man supposedly from the Eight Claw Clan begins acting very suspiciously. (laughs)
Swallow: Oh, do I notice too?
FM: In this case the two of you would make separate checks and determine that with your Success Level. Swallow can use 【Perception】 or 【Etiquette】.
Swallow: 【Etiquette】, huh? Is that a character trait? (rolls dice) Alright, Success Level is 14!
FM: Okay, I have to make another 【Will】 check here… (rolls dice) 99! No matter how high his will is, Ei makes a critical failure!
Swallow: So even the natural airhead Swallow picks up on Ei’s weird behavior… By the way, Ei.
FM (Ei): (in a sudden coughing fit) “Uh, yes! What is it?”
Swallow: Maybe a newcomer like me shouldn’t be asking this, but you do know what’s going on here, right?
FM (Ei): “O-Of course! Oh, yes!”
Swallow: Good. Then, for the sake of mutual understanding, could you describe to us the orders you received?
FM (Ei): “H-Her Holiness the Spirit Mother gave me s-s-s-s-secret or…” He stops, then blurts out, “Uh, no, he only said to take this document, and come to the Parliament building…”
Swallow: In my head, I’m thinking “Oh, like me-” (everyone erupts in laughter). Okay, enough, enough. (laughs) No matter how you see it, this is suspicious, so I turn to Kurama. “...Mr. President.”
FM (Kurama): “What?”
Swallow: What do you think of him? (laughs)
FM (Kurama): “They told me he was the best of the best, but… hrm.”
Swallow: I can’t imagine that Huanglan’s rumored elite would be this amusing. I want to get some time alone with him, but I suppose he’s innocent until proven guilty…
FM: If you want to interrogate him, someone will need to use 【Negotiation】. If you like, Kurama are Meryll can do it, too.
Swallow: Then let’s leave the brow-beating to Meryll. “Meryll, this is always your specialty. Make him tell us what he knows.”
FM: Let me use Meryll’s data… damn, she has 120% in 【Negotiation】!
Swallow: See, that’s my Super Maid. (laughs)
Ibuki: She’s way too superpowered! More like, is she even a real maid!? (laughs)
FM: Let’s let the dice decide.
Swallow: (rolls dice) Crap, 95! That was almost a critical failure! Phew, I protected her honor. Success Level is 14.
FM: Lou’s 【Negotiation】 success was 12, so that’s enough. At Meryll’s persuasion, Ei begins with “T-The truth is…” and starts spilling everything.
Swallow: Well, well, well.
FM (Kurama): “He seems a rather prudent individual. ...But, that means he will eventually encounter you one way or another.”
Swallow: You’re taking this well, Mr. President.
FM (Kurama): “More importantly, I can’t force any of you to do this.” With a rap of his cane on the floor, guards are summoned to eject Ei from the building.
Swallow: Oh? I think “Bye, Ei,” but Kurama’s got my interest.

Kurama said it as if it were nothing.
It raised one of Swallow’s eyebrows.

FM (Kurama): “I assume you all know the reason we’ve gathered here?”
Eiha: (murmuring) Wasn’t it to find the 〈Red Dragon〉?
FM (Kurama): “Correct. The Nill Kamui Parliament would have preferred to deal with this on their own, but it cannot possibly muster enough military power to face the dragon. Additionally, due to some history between the Black Dragon Knights Third Company and a Huanglan regiment stationed in Nill Kamui, any careless mobilization could lead to all-out war.”
Ibuki: ...Seems like a touch-and-go situation.
FM (Kurama): “Yes. Consequently, each faction is independently taking secret measures to assemble the needed forces. The result is this Joint Investigative Task Force.
Swallow: I knew I was missing the biggest detail! Well, that can wait. (laughs)
FM (Kurama): Members of the task force are authorized to take independent action. In exchange, you will receive no official support from any nation. In essence, your team was created to act upon and solve this problem in utmost secrecy. Your existence will not be recognized… which is what I meant when I said I couldn’t force any of you.”
Ibuki: Umm, so we’ve all been dispatched with the same objective, but you’re basically saying that it doesn’t mean we’ll cooperate.
FM: Right, right. So, Mr. Kurama’s position is that problems like the Huanglan agent not meeting up with you are none of his business.
Swallow: I see, that’s… er, camaraderie should be a priority for us, yet that one guy wasn’t even here for the first step. (laughs)
Eiha: Seriously! (laughs)

“Oh, he failed.”
Leaning against a wall outside the Parliament building, Lou Zhenjie narrowed one eye.

Lou: Ei came out by himself earlier. Can he see me?
FM: Yes, he can. The guards kicked him out of the building.
Lou: Hmm, let’s have a chat.
FM: He tells you everything that happened, and then says, “I deeply apologize…”
Lou: “About the person who saw through you…”
FM (Ei): “It was the knight’s servant.”
Swallow: Ah, not me!? (laughs)
Lou: Looking at him, I muse, “As I thought, that woman will require special attention.” Yes, it was worth using this man.
Swallow: (frantically points to himself)
Lou: “Good work. You can consider your duty to have been fulfilled.”
Eiha: A-Are you gonna kill him!?
FM: “Thank you… and forgive me!” With that, Ei leaves.
Lou: Well, I guess I’ll go in his place.
Swallow: Ah, good. You won’t kill him?
Lou: People are watching.
FM: So that’s the only reason. (laughs) Will you walk in the front door?
Lou: Did he give me my papers back?
FM: Yes.
Lou: (with a nod) Then with the document in hand, I head for the front entrance.

Again, the door to the assembly hall opened.
It was the same door through which Ei was thrown out earlier.
In the doorway, a man appeared clad in black from head to toe. He gave a slight nod.

Lou: I apologize for my tardiness. My name is Lou Zhenjie, here on behalf of Huanglan.
Ibuki: (bursts into laughter) Amazing, he really walked through the front door!
Swallow: Sir Lou Zhenjie… (writes it down) With a full smile, I say “I’m Swallow. Nice to meet ya!” But Meryll is probably looking at him with suspicion, right?
FM (Meryll): Of course she is! “I knew it was him,” she mutters.
Swallow: Ah, we can’t hear you. (laughs) “Gosh, Meryll, you’re so distrustful!” I puff my cheeks out and pout.
Eiha: As if I don’t care, I only say, “Eiha and Val,” like before.
Ibuki: Ah… I am Ibuki, of the Imperial lineage.
Lou: Hm.

“Ohh, such delicacies,” rumbled a bewitching voice only Lou could hear, from his back.

FM (Qisha Tianling): “A Bound One and an Imperial. On this island, descendants of the Imperial line are rare specimens indeed.”
Lou: Do they whet your appetite?
FM (Qisha Tianling): “Naturally. Oh, and a Black Dragon Knight as well… this is glorious. Before us lies a feast for kings.”
Swallow: W-Wow. I’m getting chills. They’re trying to figure out who’s the most delicious piglet! Ah, speaking only as the player Nasu Kinoko. The young master Swallow has no clue.
Lou: Right, so can I figure out who the most formidable one is?
FM: Yes, there are a few ways. The first way is to test them with 【Intimidation】; the second way is to use 【Expert Knowledge: Military】 to see if you can remember anything about their achievements; the third way is to evaluate them using an ability like 【※Huanglan Martial Arts】. But since martial techniques aren’t originally intended for analysis, your Success Level wouuld be halved.
Lou: Then I’ll try 【※Huanglan Martial Arts】. Should I roll them one at a time?
FM: No, you can do it all at once.
Lou: (rolls dice) Success. Success Score is 24 after subtracting half.
FM: In Lou’s case, his skill is monstrously high… so even after halving the result, a Success Score of 20 or higher woudl qualify as “First-Rate Proficiency”. As far as you can tell by observing their footwork and body balance, the one with greatest combat ability is overwhelmingly Swallow, no doubt about that.
Lou: Oh?
FM: Observing its musculature and hazy poison breath, you can also tell that Val is strong in combat. But connected to the monster, Eiha herself is nothing special.
Lou: I see.
FM: The boy named Ibuki is about the same as Eiha. But this is only a conclusion based on classical martial arts, so it wouldn’t cover magical abilities or the like.
Lou: Not at all, this information is plenty valuable.
FM: Finally, Swallow’s attendant Meryll is quite competent. She’s no match for the knight, however.
Lou: ...Hoho. As I thought, the knight’s group is the most troublesome…
Swallow: Uh, Meryll… his eyes are following us.
Lou: Incidentally, I can do that while while looking somewhere else. (laughs)
Swallow: Why do you only specialize in creepy skills like that!?

It is one of Lou’s unique abilities.
While both eyes emitted a piercing glare, it was impossible to determine his field of vision. The reason for this was Lou’s original technique that he refined to be able to make even the corner of his eye his focus, so that he could watch something directly in front of him while keenly observing another subject in the corner of his eye, as well as perform other ominous tasks.

Swallow: Don’t notice me don’t notice me I don’t want him to notice me! (laughs) OK, this quest seems like a scam, but let’s all get along. At least, it’d be nice if one of us survives!
Ibuki: Even Swallow is saying such things from the start! (laughs)
FM: Kurama strikes his cane on the floor twice more, and says, “May I continue?”
Swallow: ...Ah, by all means.
FM (Kurama): “Three months,” he intones. “While we wait for the the investigative team to complete its mission, the Parliament, D’natia, and Huanglan have agreed to a non-aggression pact. But that treaty will only last three months.”
Ibuki: Only three months…
FM (Kurama): “Furthermore, areas beyond the 〈Red Dragon’s〉 influence are not subject to the terms of the treaty.”
Lou: How exciting…
Eiha: In other words, fights won’t break out when the dragon is involved, but there’ll be combat in areas not related to the 〈Red Dragon〉?
FM: That’s right. If there’s trouble in a town, you don’t have to worry if small fights break out. He’s just saying that until the end of the three months, full scale war won’t occur.
Ibuki: ...Wow.
FM (Kurama): “During this time, we want you to find out the reason for the 〈Red Dragon〉’s madness, and eliminate it if necessary.”
Swallow: Wait, I have a simple question.
FM (Kurama): “What is it?”
Swallow: As a resident of Nill Kamui, would it really be fine if the 〈Red Dragon〉 was gone?
FM (Kurama): (after a short pause) “I won’t deny that it would be a painful loss. It has always been Nill Kamui’s guardian deity. There are some among the Parliament that believe this to be divine retribution. ...But, as things are now, it is no more than a massive threat.”
Swallow: ...I see now. That cleared up one doubt I had. Is it really okay to kill it, though…?
Lou: (to Swallow): Can you kill a dragon?
Swallow: Huh? Well, as long as it lives, shouldn’t there be a way for it to die?
Lou: Hmm, I wonder if you say that in jest, or if you really are that confident.
FM: Yes, well, you can either use a halved 【※Huanglan Martial Arts】 check again, or use 【Etiquette】 to determine the truth of his words.
Swallow: This is so scary!
Eiha: I don’t want to be here. (laughs)
Lou: I’ll use 【※Huanglan Martial Arts】. (rolls dice) I passed the check, with a Success Level of 23.
FM: Then none of the information you heard changes. His strength is genuine.
Lou: Ahh, indeed. Hmm, hmm… this will require special care.
Swallow: Crap! G-Go a little easy on me. (laughs)
Lou: Do you know where the 〈Red Dragon〉 is believed to be right now?
FM: When you ask him that, Kurama squints with a complicated expression. “Originally, the 〈Red Dragon〉 never moved from the southern mountain range, but now it’s flying around, so we don’t have a concrete idea of its location.
Swallow: It flies… I’m inwardly surprised. (laughs)
FM: If it didn’t, villages wouldn’t be destroyed all over the place.
Swallow: You’re right.
FM (Kurama): “But, there is an individual with which the 〈Red Dragon〉 is known to have friendly interactions with, at regular intervals.”
Ibuki: ...Eh?

Ibuki spoke without thinking.
The person with whom the 〈Red Dragon〉 regularly had friendly meetings. He couldn’t believe those words.

Ibuki: Is there really such a person!?
FM (Kurama): “Yes, indeed there is. According to our records, only one. However, that man possesses absolute rights of autonomy, and we have not been able to contact him.”
Swallow: Rights of autonomy?
FM (Kurama): “His nationality is unknown. But, for over a century he has been deeply involved with not only Nill Kamui but also D’natia and Huanglan’s affairs. Not only that, he conducts mutual negotiations with D’natia and Huanglan. He must have paid some unimaginable price for him to possess such absolute autonomy that even we did not grant him.”
Lou: ...What is this man’s name?
FM (Kurama): “His name is Kaguraba Raihou Gramstahl. The self-styled Nill Kamuian, D’natian, and Huanglanese Bearer of All Names, Flippant Immortal Merchant.”
Swallow: A merchant! I’m not good with merchants… but wait! I’m sure Meryll back here has an idea. (laughs)
FM (Meryll): (rolls dice) Meryll, who founded a corporation for a certain someone, just says, “I know that name, Kaguraba. He’s quite famous.” (laughs)
Swallow: R-Right. (deadpan)
Ibuki: (gulps) The Immortal Merchant, Kaguraba…!
FM (Kurama): “That Immortal Merchant has claimed an area down the Nirai River — the village of Haiga.” Speaking of which… (takes out a map)
Eiha: Ah, a map of Nill Kamui!
FM (pointing to Shuka) Right now, everyone is right here in Shuka. Haiga is over here.
Lou: It’s practically on the other side.
Ibuki: How long would it take to walk there?
FM (Kurama): “There’s no need to travel on foot. I know I said you wouldn’t get official support, but transportation and guides have been prepared for you at the entrance to town.”
Eiha: W-Well, there still is. Val and I will walk. (laughs)
FM (Kurama): “They can set out immediately. Use them as you like.”
Ibuki: ...Yes!
Swallow: ...Hmm. Anyone have any thoughts right now? (laughs)

Lou: Let’s see… well, we can only go with the flow for now.
Swallow: Yeah…. (to Lou) By the way, why bother with all that earlier? I mean, an agent? Are you shy? Ahh, I’m just prodding you for information.
Lou: (blandly) ...As you say, I’m wary of strangers.
Swallow: A-A good answer. (laughs) Look, it’s only for 90 days, but let’s be friends. If we can, um, well, why don’t we act like buddies with our eyes only set on the future! *sparkle!* (laughs)
Lou: I have no objections.
Swallow: Ah, just now, I’m not sure how seriously everyone took me when I said “act like buddies”. But Swallow was totally serious!
Eiha: I’m not even sure if I heard it. (laughs)
Swallow: (bursts into laughter) You were like that to begin with!?
FM: Lou, are you fine either way?
Lou: Yes.
Ibuki: Ah, I was listening honestly! I’m interested in Lou’s true goals!
FM: Without making any skill checks, yes?. (laughs) The girl who wasn’t even listening from the start, the guy who said impossible things about being friends, and the boy with shining innocence in his eyes, I see. (laughs)
Swallow: (taking a breath) Yeah, we’ll get it done as long as there’s one of us… rather, this is shaping up rather beautifully. Nah, it’s gonna be a rough journey.
FM: As you leave, Kurama addresses Ibuki and Eiha casually.

“By the way, you two.”
Kurama tapped his cane once more.
“Agito was pardoned this afternoon. If you want to see him one last time, go ahead. Of course, time won’t wait for you.”

Ibuki: Mr. Agito was…
Eiha: Eiha just nods.
Lou: Does he say that after I leave?
FM: No, he wasn’t really trying to hide it, so you heard it too.
Swallow: Hmm, hmm. Someone I don’t know was released from prison, he says. For now, I’ll just file that way.
FM: Then, for now, this scene is over.

warellis
September 11th, 2014, 07:37 AM
They really break the fourth wall all the time.

mewarmo990
September 11th, 2014, 01:27 PM
It's literally just a transcript of their game sessions, so I don't think the term "fourth wall" applies.

Mcjon01
September 11th, 2014, 01:52 PM
Which reminds me, this is over right? I need to figure out how to rip the rest of the site and merge it with the local copy I already have (which only goes to Night 4).

mewarmo990
September 11th, 2014, 02:23 PM
Which reminds me, this is over right? I need to figure out how to rip the rest of the site and merge it with the local copy I already have (which only goes to Night 4).

I think so. The print version has completely caught up to what'sonline.

yokushi
September 11th, 2014, 04:39 PM
Wow, this is back?


Which reminds me, this is over right? I need to figure out how to rip the rest of the site and merge it with the local copy I already have (which only goes to Night 4).Yes, it is over.

Mcjon01
September 11th, 2014, 08:36 PM
Did anybody have the foresight (lack of laziness) to archive, this, btw? Wayback has everything but the first half of the sixth night.

yokushi
September 12th, 2014, 10:51 AM
Did anybody have the foresight (lack of laziness) to archive, this, btw? Wayback has everything but the first half of the sixth night.Maybe the chinese, but I doubt it.

Mcjon01
September 12th, 2014, 11:02 AM
That's too bad, if I had parts 19 and 20 I'd be able to reconstruct the entire site. Oh, well.

yokushi
September 12th, 2014, 11:15 AM
That's too bad, if I had parts 19 and 20 I'd be able to reconstruct the entire site. Oh, well.With music and everything?

Mcjon01
September 12th, 2014, 11:25 AM
Yeah, there wouldn't really be a point otherwise. I was even able to get all the images for the chapters I had to get off of wayback, since apparently even though they removed all the previous chapters from the live website, they're still hosting all the media lol.

yokushi
September 12th, 2014, 11:30 AM
Yeah, there wouldn't really be a point otherwise. I was even able to get all the images for the chapters I had to get off of wayback, since apparently even though they removed all the previous chapters from the live website, they're still hosting all the media lol.I think I saw some scans of the book versions, but links were all dead.

mewarmo990
September 13th, 2014, 03:22 PM
What's removed from the live site?

Mcjon01
September 13th, 2014, 03:24 PM
As of right now Night 4, 5, and the first half of 6 have all been taken down to make people buy the books.

Lianru
February 20th, 2015, 09:33 PM
http://i.imgur.com/0E1Jg7P.jpg

Act VIII

Right after exiting the Parliament Hall, Swallow turned on his heels and faced the others.
“…I think we’re lacking proper communication!”
FM: Okay, on to the next scene.
Swallow: Ah, the moment we leave the hall I turn around! “By the way, everyone, what do you think is the most important part of our mission? It has nothing to do with our fighting capabilities, wealth, or luck… I think we’re lacking proper communication. What do you think of enjoying some drinks together before we set off? Let’s tell each other about our backgrounds.” I make a proposal after reading the situation.
FM: Well, Meryll doesn’t say a thing. She just stares at you. As if telling you that you’re the one who will end up paying for all of it.
Swallow: I’m bankrupt, though, so it’s up to you. What do you think, everybody? What do you think?
Lou: That would be wonderful. (Replies immediately)
Swallow: What? I didn’t expect you to be the first one to agree! (Everyone bursts out laughing)
Lou: (With an inflectionless voice) I think this is an excellent proposal as well.
Swallow: This is bad! Even while saying friendly things, he’s super scary! The fear in Nasu Kinoko’s heart and the joy in Swallow’s are completely opposed! I’ve never felt this way before! (Laughs)
Ibuki: Yes, I want to know more about everyone else too!
Eiha: What about Val? Can he come too?
Swallow: As long as we can find a place that lets him in, I guess.
FM (Meryll): “Indeed. Let me find a suitable place.”
Swallow: Oh, okay. Then…
Lou: Oh? You’ll let your maid go out by herself so easily? (Everyone bursts out laughing)
Eiha: Noooo---!
Swallow: W-Where in the world is this story going? (Laughs)
Ibuki: (Timidly) Um… What do you think of asking the guide to direct us to a bar?
Swallow: That’s it! I love you, young man! Okay then, let’s get going! And I shout from the bottom of my heart! “I though everyone would refuse! I intended to be the annoying character and get hated by everyone, but they actually all agreed!? I can’t read these party members at all!”
Eiha: Ahaha (Laughs).

Five people and one monster make their way through the city of Shuka.
Even in Shuka, they stood out. Sharing with each other gossip from a variety of different countries, they reached the entrance of the city.
There, they encountered three enormous Gadanan.

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FM: You are near the entrance of the city. Normally, a city entrance would be very lively, but each district of Shuka has its own main gate, it is very quiet.
Swallow: Well, it’s a great view. It hasn’t got much though.
FM: That’s true, it is a great view (laughs). Around this empty place stand three elephant monsters with gigantic tusks. Standing at around 4 meters tall and 8 meters long, these beasts native to Nill Kamui are called Gadanan. You know that they are often used as transportation on this island.
Ibuki: Oh, so our guide is over there?
FM: That’s right. On its flank there is a frame and a ladder for people to climb on, and a woman wearing a thick hood is leaning over there waiting for you. “Are you the ones Kurama sent?”


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Ibuki: …Ah, yes! We’ll be in your hands!
FM (Woman): “I see. I’m Miska, of the beastmaster people.”
Swallow: “Miss Miska, is it? Can I ask how old she looks?
FM: You can’t really tell because of the hood, but probably over twent-
Swallow: Okay, out! (Everyone laughs)
(The way he exclaimed “Out” made Kougyoku Izuki and Shimadoriru collapse with laughter)
Ibuki: (While clutching stomach): M-Mr. Swallow…! And I believed in you…!
Eiha: (Almost fainting): Could this be the reason Meryll called you scum…?!
Swallow: Oh, well, this “out” and “safe” mean something completely different! I’d appreciate it if you don’t think of me as mere scum!
FM: Th-This is truly terrible… (laughs) But Miss Miska doesn’t notice, and informs you, “I’ve been told to take care of your transportation for the next ninety days. It’s not safe to travel through Nill Kamui without Gadanan.”
Eiha: What about Val? Can he get on the elephant?
FM: Oh, Val’s movement capability isn’t that much worse than that of the elephants. I mean, he can fly.
Eiha: (Relieved) Ah, that’s good to hear. Then Eiha gets on Val.
FM: Got it. While you could leave right away, you could also spend a day drinking together like you were just discussing. Just remember that this is included in the “ninety days” that Kurama mentioned.
Ibuki: Ninety days from now…
FM: Okay, let’s explain the rules for this journey.
(Pulls out a map of Nill Kamui)

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FM: (Places the players’ pieces on Shuka) Right now, everyone is here in Shuka.
Eiha: Yeah.
FM: As Kurama said before, the village of Haiga where the Immortal Merchant is located is on the other side (points to Haiga on the map). Are you good up to here?
Ibuki: Yes, no problem.
FM: Okay, next Miska starts talking. “I heard from Kurama that you guys are heading to Haiga. There are basically two ways to get there. You can go through Renlei Prefecture of the Huanglan quarter and take this west path, or you can go through Beldeim in the D’natian quarter and take this east path. Pick one of them.”
Lou: I see… Are there any other options?
FM (Miska): “You could also hire a boat and go by Iinaba, but that would make me and the Gadanan useless, so I don’t recommend it. I also advise you to stay away from the Arboreal Sea.
Eiha: Hmm? Why?
FM (Miska): “It’s the shortest in length, but it’s home to monsters that even we beastmasters don’t dare to approach. Also, there are rumors that the stronghold of the Revolutionary Army is in there.” The rules for moving are basically like this.

Daily movement distance
Roads… 2 squares
Wasteland, desert… 1 square
Arboreal Sea, mountains… 0.5 squares

Lou: So taking roads would be the most convenient.
FM: Of course, you’re free to ignore Miska’s advice. If you travel by ship, you wouldn’t use these rules.
Ibuki: What should we do…
Swallow: Hmm, Eiha and Ibuki are still children, so I think we should avoid putting them through harsh travel. Actually, I’m more worried about why these two are even here on such a severe mission at their age.
Ibuki: …T-Thank you…
Swallow: Well, it’s just my own personal worry. Um, if it were me, I would pick this western Huanglan route.
FM: It looks a little closer than the eastern route.
Swallow: Also, I don’t really want to go and meet my D’natian seniors. (Laughs)
Ibuki: Even though it’s your home country? (Laughs)
FM: Well, the Dark Dragon Knights Third Company that colonized Nill Kamui is under a different jurisdiction than Swallow is. I mean, the Dark Dragon Knights has eight Companies, and right now the newbie Swallow doesn’t even belong to any of them.
Swallow: Yeah, that’s true. But let’s not tell the other three yet. I don’t want them to know how lonely I am. (Laughs)
FM: Understood. Well, Miska doesn’t mind whichever path you choose. Kind of like, “you’re the ones paying, so do what you want.”
Lou: Hmm-mmm.
Ibuki: What should we do…
FM: (Looking at the situation) Well, while you’re thinking, the clock tower sounds with a gong.
Eiha: Huh? What time is it?
FM: It is noon. After hearing the gong, Miska’s face becomes a little conflicted. “Oh, today was the Day of Pardon. I just hope a rain of blood doesn’t fall upon us.”
Ibuki: What do you mean by a rain of blood?
FM (Miska): “Oh, you didn’t know? On this day in the past, the previous ruler of Nill Kamui – the Child of Contract – was assassinated. This is a day where the people offer up silent prayers and hold forgiveness in their hearts, so that they do not forget the seven-year war that destroyed cities.”
Swallow: A time where blood fell like rain in the past… I see, that’s quite disturbing.
Lou: I feel like something dangerous is going to happen… but I suppose we should go to the city and spend a night drinking?
Swallow: I think to myself that I don’t want to drink until morning… but I can’t pass up the chance to have a party and deepen our bonds. …But we could always just talk during our journey instead… (Thinking.)
Eiha: Mr. Swallow?
Swallow: Okay! Even though I was the one who proposed it, I think there’s still plenty of time for us to get to know each other as we travel. I get the feeling that it would be bad to stay the night in this city. Why don’t we get on our super-cool rides and head for Haiga as quickly as possible?
Ibuki: …Hmm, but I still want to check on Mr. Agito and see how he’s doing.
Lou: I heard his name mentioned at the Parliament hall. Are you acquaintences of some sort?
Ibuki: Yes, he has helped me with a few things before.
Lou: Oh?
Eiha: If we go and ask Agito, maybe he could tell us which route would make it easier to find our friends in the Revolutionary Army?
FM: That’s hard to say. It depends on how up-to-date he is on the current flow of information. What kinds of information you want to spend time gathering is up to you to decide.
Eiha: Okay. If we have to choose one side, I want to think for a bit.
Lou: Is it okay to be so unhurried? We only have ninety days. (Laughs)
Swallow: Swallow’s thinking “We still have ninety days”! This guy would be hopeless without someone to kick him into action…
Eiha: Hopeless?
Swallow: Ugh… I’m no match for Eiha’s pure… or should I say robotic? eyes. Okay, why don’t we all go our on ways for two hours? Once everyone has done what they want to do, we’ll meet back here by our super cool rides!
Lou: …I see.
Swallow: And I want to investigate the island’s situation during these two hours.
FM: Yes, two hours should be just enough for you to gather some information or maybe finish an event.
Eiha: Thank you! “Okay then, Ibuki, let’s go and find Mr. Agito.” With that, I have Val hold Ibuki by the nape of his neck, and set off.
Ibuki: Woah, I’m being kidnapped! (Laughs)

“Fuuhh…”
As the boy, girl and beast set off noisily, Swallow watched them go with a gentle expression on his face.
Swallow: What a beautiful friendship. Meryll, don’t you think this is how people should be?
FM (Meryll): “No… I think I have cooperated with you quite enough, Master Swallow. Especially with regards to financial matters.”
Swallow: Well, ‘scuse me. (Laughs)
FM (Meryll): Now then, what shall we do? Investigate as a group? Or should we act separately?” She glanced at Lou for a moment.
Lou: Hm… I’m not very familiar with this land, so I’d like to go with someone else.
Swallow: T-This man is more interested in gathering information about us! (Laughs) “We are teammates after all. Even though D’natia and Huanglan are supposed to be hostile countries, I hope we can get along and work together as friends during this mission, ahaha.”
Lou: (As if glaring at Swallow) …Indeed, let us get along.
Swallow: He’s so scary! (Everyone laughs) Swallow is really pleased, but as a player, I feel nothing but fear! Well, setting that aside… where should we go to gather information?
FM: Let’s see. Meryll has divided it up roughly for you. The bars, markets, slave markets, the Parliament hall where you just were, the〈Association〉shrine in the D’natian quarter, the Imperial University Associated Research Complex, the Eight Claw Clan Temple in the Huanglan quarter are some places where you can go gather info.
Lou: Hmm, hmm.
Swallow: Well, I’d like to know what the Immortal Merchant Kaguraba has to do with the〈Red Dragon〉and what’s been happening here over the last two weeks. We’ll definitely be dealing with them from now on.
FM: I see.
Swallow: (In a low voice) …Also, I have a favor to ask of Meryll. “Can you research the history of this Lou guy standing next to me?”
FM (Meryll): “Understood. Then I will investigate separately.”
Swallow: All right! How about this, Mr. Lou. Let’s deepen our friendship as fellow men. Oh, you can just leave Meryll alone. (Laughs)
Lou: (Narrows eyes): Hmm, all right…
Ibuki: How did it turn into such a deception battle? (Laughs)
Eiha: Even though they’re supposed to be teammates. (Laughs)
Lou: (As if probing his thoughts) Is it all right for you to leave a lady alone like that?
Swallow: (Genuinely surprised) …Lady? Oh, even though Meryll looks like that, she’s a versatile and strong girl. She’ll be just fine.
Lou: I see.
FM: You’ve had your information gathered. (Laughs)
Lou: It appears that you rely on her very much.
Swallow: Well, we’ve been friends since we were small, and… Yeah, Meryll won’t die unless the 〈Red Dragon〉were to suddenly appear and start rampaging or something like that.

Swallow says so as if it’s natural.
Unless she is facing a dragon, that servant – Meryll – won’t die.
That way of speaking, and the gap between him and the seemingly inexperienced youth’s speech, caused Lou to frown slightly.

Lou: …Do you trust her that much?
Swallow: Y-Yeah, I guess. …Man, what’s up with this conversation? (Laughs)
Lou: I see.
Swallow: B-By the way, that sword on your back… Is it your main weapon, Mr. Lou? You know, in case we have to fight something in the future, it would be good to know.
Lou: Hm. I can’t quite say that.
Swallow: Oh?
Lou: That’s because I will only be able to draw this sword once in my life.
Swallow: Whoa, that sentence made my heart skip a beat. (Laughs) ---Oh, you carry a sword that can only be used once?
Lou: That just shows you how important to me that one chance will be. Well, I must say that it will be something more precious than my life.
Swallow: Sorry for poking my nose in so far, but is that sword perhaps a family heirloom?
Lou: (Quietly takes a deep breath) “Are you really that interested in this sword?” (Everyone burst out laughing)
Swallow: Is this supposed to be “Banshee’s Last Cry”!? If I pick the wrong choice, I’ll die, won’t I!? (Laughs)
Eiha: Y-Yeah, you might be close… (laughs)
Swallow: Ah, well, actually, I’m uh, not very good with, well, not just swords but tools in general.
Lou: Oh?
Swallow: A lot happened, and I’m not very attached to them.
Lou: Oh.
Swallow: So it’s the first time I’ve met someone who is so committed to a single object, since I can’t do the same, and I thought I would ask you what your secret is.
Lou: Well, that’s simple. You are hated by your tools.

“…!”
Swallow’s breath caught in his throat.
No, it wasn’t that. His vision, hearing, taste – Swallow lost all of his senses for an instant.
It was as if a his heart had been pierced by a razor-sharp sword.

Swallow: “…” Meryll! Save me! (Everyone laughs) Ah… Um, well, that hit me right where it hurts.
Lou: (Dully) Some tools choose their master.
Swallow: What a realist…! Swallow couldn’t help but think more favorable of him. Um, can I call you Brother Lou!?
FM: Are you changing jobs?! (Laughs)
Swallow: Well, I never thought of it that way before. Like you said, I am probably hated by tools. I’ll only say this here, but… when I use a tool, there’s a nine out of ten… no, 99 out of 100 chance that it will break.
Lou: Oh?
Swallow: Yeah. So I’ve never treated things with care, or used something for a long time. I don’t even know what it’s like to treat something carefully. Well, in comparison to what I just said, I intend to treat all my teammates well. Hahaha.


Swallow forced out a laugh.
If he hadn’t, he wouldn’t have been able to stay on his feet. Even making his normal smile required him to take three deep breaths first.

Swallow: Well, should we get ready to gather information? This conversation is kind of frightening. It’s like I’ve raised a death flag all of a sudden! (Laughs)
FM: Got it. (Laughs) Now then, where will you go and what will you investigate?
Swallow: Well, I’d like to hear the opinions of the most neutral party… A bar seems a little too expected, so why don’t we try the marketplace. A useless young master and a killer demon walk into the marketplace… (Laughs)
FM: Then, you will collect information by passing the appropriate skill checks. For example, if you use【Negotiation】to ask people things, or use【Local Knowledge: Nill Kamui】to ask people who you think know something.
Swallow: Well, it’s better to use【Etiquette】instead of【Negotiation】. I’ll make them numb with my overflowing royal aura, and ask away about Mr. Kaguraba. (Rolls dice) Success. It’s super effective! And the [Success Level] is 13.
FM: Ooh, the marketplace is an excellent location to ask about the Immortal Merchant.

The marketplace of the Nill Kamui Autonomous Ward.
Although an officially sanctioned market, it oozed a black-market feel. It seemed that stolen goods and contraband material far outnumbered legitimately obtained merchandise.
In a way, this was convenient for Swallow.
There wasn’t a person who hadn’t heard of the D’natian Dark Dragon Knights, and seeing his D’natian etiquette and the custom armor given to him by the military, no one dared to cheat him.

FM: Okay, this is the information you managed to glean about Kaguraba.
· The reason he is called the Immortal Merchant is because rumors say he has already lived for over a century.
· Although you can find his subordinate merchants everywhere, in the city of Haiga which he has claimed, everything is closed off except for the marketplace.
· He employs many Bound Ones and hybrids, and his total military strength rivals that of the Revolutionary Army which once caused an uproar in Nill Kamui.

Swallow: Oh, I feel like that last one is pretty important.
FM: Yes. That is probably the reason why Nill Kamui’s Parliament hasn’t dared to lay a hand on the Immortal Merchant. And because your place and methods of investigation match up rather well, you heard another rumor.

· The reason he could live for over a century is because he replaces his body parts using a secret art and ritual ceremony – Five Elements Body. There are less than five people, Kaguraba included, who have the power to do this.

Lou: Five Elements Body. It is similar to replacing your body parts with cyber parts.
Swallow: A mecha-grandpa…!
FM: Adding to this, even with the highest level of Five Elements Body, you would need to perform it about once every twenty years. Also, making even a single part of that level would require the souls of many ritualists as an offering.
Swallow: That calculates to…
FM: Indeed. In other words, for this one Immortal Merchant, at least a few dozen and up to a few hundred souls have been sacrificed.
Swallow: That… it seems like we’re chasing someone pretty unbelievable. I can’t understand why he would want to live so long. Sir Lou, what are you doing?
Lou: Huh? I have been closely observing Swallow this whole time. (Everyone laugs)
Swallow: Ahh, sheesh, what am I supposed to do now!? (Laughs) Do your work! Do it properly!

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When Lou and Swallow were at the marketplace gathering intelligence, Ibuki and Eiha were headed towards the prison.
Carried on the monster Val’s back, arms around Eiha’s waist, Ibuki was thinking about the journeys he had made – and the journey he was about to make.

FM: Now we’ll switch back to Ibuki and Eiha. Can we set the location at Shuka’s prison?
Eiha: (raises hand) Before that, can I have a talk with Ibuki?
FM: No problem.
Eiha: Okay then, I face Ibuki. ---You can still run away now. Is it okay if you don’t?
Swallow: Ohh… and I thought you were an emotionless, inconsiderate little girl!
Ibuki: (Unexpectedly) Huh? Run? Me?
Eiha: Yes. Didn’t I tell you before? There’s happiness even in a single bowl of soup. I think it’s all right if you run away now.
Ibuki: (Thinks for a while) But… It’s all my fault… that a lot of people died. I want to do something that only I can do.
Eiha: You, already killed me.
Ibuki: ……

Eiha’s icy words.
Seemingly oblivious to the tight-lipped Ibuki, the girl continued to speak.
“But I think that’s all right, because that’s the order of things.”

Ibuki: …The order… of things?
Eiha: When life confronts life, the next one in line to die will die. That’s the order of things. …That man called Swallow. He said that as long as one remains alive, it’s fine.
Swallow: Ah, nice one.
Eiha: You know, I probably wanted you to stay alive. I took your spot in line. But I’m not sure why I saved you at that time. …Yeah, if I had met Juna, maybe she could have told me why. She’s very smart.
Ibuki: Juna? Is she the friend you mentioned?
Eiha: Yeah. She’s my friend. She invited me to join the Revolutionary Army, and helped me dream of a future… I want to meet her one more time. If you want to run away, I’ll help you. …While we have this conversation, I imagine we have arrived at the prison by now.
FM: Indeed. What an excellent flow of conversation.
Swallow: Hey, Mr. Lou, they’re being pretty dramatic over there.
Lou: (Unconcernedly) Indeed.

Once again, Val stops in front of the prison.
It was as gloomy as it had been yesterday, but today a ray of early summer sun drifted through, giving it a parched atmosphere.


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FM: Now then, we are at the prison once again.
Ibuki: Yes.
FM: Because of the pardon, the place was full of confusion up until a while ago, but everything seems to have settled down now. In order to prevent unnecessary discord, escorts from the Revolutionary Army have been forbidden. Agito walked out by himself.
Eiha: There he is.
Ibuki: …Ah, Mr. Agito!
FM: When he sees you, Agito’s bearded face lights up in an innocent smile. He waves his hand at you with a “Hey”. –Now then, please make a【Perception】check here.
Ibuki:【Perception】?
Eiha: Since I’m a Bound One, can I use Val’s【Perception】to make a check?
FM: Of course.
Eiha: Then, I’ll use Val’s【Perception】to make a check. Val has a 120%, so I should be okay unless I get unlucky. (Rolls dice) 19, success. Then I roll another 1d10, and my [Success Level] is 19.
Ibuki: (Rolls dice) Success over here as well! My [Success Level] is 18.
FM: Okay, since it is over 15, the two of you both notice. On the rooftop of a nearby building is a crossbow pointed at Agito.
Eiha: Okay.
Ibuki: O-Okay!?
FM: In addition to that, another four people who are obviously carrying hidden weapons are hiding here and there in the street.
Swallow: Ohh, the fight scene is about to start! I have to bring Mr. Lou over right away! (Laughs)
Lou: But I don’t want to make a useless kill. (Laughs)
Swallow: Oh, I see. You only kill things worth killing. (Laughs)

(FM takes out the map for combat, places the pieces on top, and changes the music)


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Ibuki: Whoa, there’s a map! And the music is like a battle theme!
FM: Mr. Agito is at this end. And near the north side is one enemy, equipped with a crossbow. On the other side are four people in the alleyway. This time we’ll use all the combat rules.
Ibuki: Y-Yes!
FM: By the way, those other four are equipped with a club, a Huanglan sword, nunchaku, and bare-fisted. What will you do? If you don’t do anything, the one with the crossbow will probably just shoot Agito’s chest and everything will be over. Agito is just a normal person in terms of fighting ability.
Ibuki: O-Of course we will stop them!
Eiha: (Thinks for a little bit) …If Ibuki wants to stop them. I also have things I’d like to hear.
FM: Okay. Then let the battle begin!

The crossbow aiming for Mr. Agito.
The moment I saw it, my body moved reflexively.
No. To be accurate, it wasn’t my body. It was the power surrounding my body – the mana that flows through the earth and sky!

FM: This game’s battle system timing is split into several parts. At the very beginning is “Ready, set”. This confirms everyone’s movement order – their【Reaction Speed】. Let’s start from Eiha.
Eiha: 22. Val is 56.
Swallow: How fast! What I’d expect from a beast.
FM: Okay, now Ibuki.
Ibuki: 24, not even half of Val’s…
FM: Instead, though, Ibuki can use a special skill of the Imperial line,【Favor】.
Ibuki: (Flips through the character book) Ah, it’s the《 Merit of Mana 》written here. Can I use this every round?
FM: Yes. Just like the Dark Dragon Knights’【Black Contract Seal】and Bound Ones’【Monsters】, this【Favor】is a skill specific to the Imperial line. Whether there’s a cost or not depends on the type, but《 Merit of Mana 》can be used multiple times.
Ibuki: Wow, amazing! I’ll use it, I’ll use it!

I concentrate.
Just with that, the power around me starts to dance. No one else can see it – but I can feel it, whispering to me.
I discovered this ally for the first time when I grew my horn.
With this power, I can support Eiha and Val, even if only a little bit.

Swallow: I see. The Imperial line can make the whole world their ally.
FM: Something like that, yes. Ibuki, from the Imperial line, doesn’t have much fighting ability, but surpasses all others in terms of his wide-range support abilities. –Now then, roll 4d10, and show the results.
Ibuki: Okay! (Rolls dice) 1, 1, 9, 9. (Laughs) That adds up to 20.
Lou: You hit the expected value perfectly. (Laughs)
FM: Now, the mana called by Ibuki begins to coalesce, and the physical ability of all allies in the surrounding 5 blocks are forcibly revitalized. Eiha and Val’s【Reaction Speed】get a +20, so they become 42 and 76.
Swallow: What! That’s too fast!

After being revitalized by mana, Val leaps into flight at the speed of lightning.
Even Eiha, who was used to it, was shocked at its speed.
“This… Ibuki did this?”
Eiha did not know about it.
Modern magic – the three great D’natian systems and the three great Huanglanese systems cannot even compare to this.
The legendary power of the Imperial line that guaranteed every army a victorious end.

FM: Now, Val is way in front in terms of move order. What will he do?
Eiha: (Thinks for a moment) Do we have to defeat them?
FM: That’s a good question. Other than defeating them, you also have the option to take Agito and run. But you have to make sure you aren’t caught.
Eiha: …Okay, let’s just defeat them.
Swallow: This girl makes fast decisions!
Eiha: It’s kill or be killed right now. I get on Val’s back and aim for the crossbowman first. Gobble gobble! (Laughs)

Val conceals himself behind the roadside buildings, running soundlessly.
Even with Eiha on his back, he moves as lightly as a feather. Before the assassin even notices, Val has snuck up behind him – and borrowing his master’s field of vision, the blind beast shows his ferocious teeth.

FM: Val’s【Fighting】skill is 200%. In this game, if the skill is over 100%, the success probability is partitioned, and you can attack multiple times. In this case, you can either try two attacks of 100% or three of 66%.
Eiha: Then I’ll pick three attacks of 66% and attack him a lot! First with my fangs! (Rolls dice) 57, success! My [Success Level] is 25!
FM: So the attack hits. (Looks at table) It hits him in the chest.
Ibuki: Chest? There are separate areas of the body too?
FM: Yes. There are several areas of the body, such as the chest, legs or head. Each part has two types of hit points: Flesh Points (FP) for superficial parts like skin or muscle, and Bone Points (BP) for the bone and internal organs. And then of course Stamina, which indicates how much energy they have left.
Ibuki: Wow, that’s detailed. Then for example, head BP means…
FM: In the head area, BP denotes the brain. Okay, damage please. For Val’s fangs, please roll 4d10 and add your [Success Level].
Eiha: (Rolls dice) 6, 6, 5, 9. Umm… That adds up to 57!
Ibuki: And the soldier from the Revolutionary Army before only dealt 13 damage…
FM: Fifty-seven? 57 damage dealt to the chest… Hmm, umm, 57, by fangs, to the chest? Ah… (Pushes over the crossbow assassin’s piece with a clatter)
Ibuki: What happened?
FM: Val’s fangs rip directly through all of the assassin’s armor. His flesh and bones are torn apart, his lungs are punctured, and he dies immediately. Strictly speaking, he still has some stamina so he’s in a near-death state, but there’s no hope left for him.



In an instant.
In an instant, Val’s stake-like fangs drove themselves through the assassin’s chest.
With a shake of the head, Val threw the assassin’s near-dead body aside, and leaped into the air again.

Swallow: W-what a frightening beast…
Ibuki: Miss Eiha…!
FM: Will you stop Eiha?
Ibuki: No, I’ll stay quiet. But my hands are clenched at my chest, and my lips shake.

The journeys up until now have not been safe.
Eiha helped me in many ways, even taking others’ lives if necessary. While I thought that it wasn’t necessary to kill, Eiha simply told me that “If not, you’ll be the one to die instead” and set me aside.
So – this time, I won’t waver.
No way.

Eiha: Umm, so about my remaining attacks-
FM: Since that crossbowman was separated from the others, they’re useless now. If he were closer, you could have used those attacks again. Which means, Val’s move has ended for now.
Eiha: Okay.

FM: After the move ends, you subtract the【Movement FT (Flow Time)】from the original 【Reaction Speed】. This represents how long it took you to perform that action. Then you reevaluate who will move next by checking whose 【Reaction Speed】is the highest. …What is Val’s 【Reaction Speed】now?
Eiha: It’s 52 now.
FM: …Yeah. I guess Val is on top again. Ibuki’s 《Merit of Mana 》just now helped him speed up a lot.
Eiha: Okay, then I’ll jump over to where the other four are and attack! (Moves piece) Three attacks again! Gobble gobble gobble! (Laughs)
Swallow: That “Gobble gobble” is so uncute! (Laughs)

Val’s body dances in the air.
Like a gust of wind. A white wind of slaughter.
Baring fangs dripping blood, with Eiha on its back, the monster pounces on the hidden assassins.

Eiha: Triple attack! Get them!
FM: And by that you mean “kill them”, right? (Laughs)

The second assassin barely had time to detect Val’s approach.
He tried to block the attack by raising his club… but failed. From overhead, Val swooped down suprisingly low to the ground and his fangs shattered the second assassin’s right leg.

FM: His desperate club block failed… Damage, please?
Eiha: 45 damage!
FM: 45 damage to his right leg. His armor and natural defenses… aren’t enough! God, they’re not enough! (Laughs) Flesh Points and Bone Points both go down to zero! The right leg is torn apart along with its armor, and the broken femur protrudes miserably from the skin. The assassin sustains major blood loss and dies from shock. (Knocks over the piece)
Eiha: Death from shock!
Swallow: The world is a frightening place… (Laughs)
FM: I-I thought he would at least have some BP left… Well, Mr. Val, you still have one attack left.
Eiha: Yeah, I want to hit the other assassin next to him. (Laughs)
Lou: What you’re doing is nowhere as cute as “hitting”. (Laughs)

It was completely one-sided after that.
No, it had been that way from the start. Allowing no resistance, Val’s fangs and claws easily carved the assassins into ribbons.
Monsters and humans… this is the difference between them…

FM: G-Good. This time, he withstood, the second attack…
Eiha: (Rolls dice) The result of the first attack check is 12.
FM: 12!? If the dice show a value under 1/10 of the original skill – in this case, 1/10 of 【Fighting】 200% so 20… you get Effect Doubling, and the damage goes up even more!
Eiha: (Happily) Yes!
FM: For an attack, Effect Doubling uses the fatality chart, so please roll 1d100.
Eiha: 1d100… (Rolls dice) 31.
FM: The result of the fatality chart is “A severe strike aimed at the crevice between arm guards. [Success Level] is doubled. Enemy defense is reduced to 0.” …Whoooaaaa. Okay, damage…
Eiha: Sure! (Rolls dice) 8, 8, 7, 6… totaling 81!
FM: No one could survive an attack like that! Val’s white fangs pierce the gap in the armguards, and rips off not just the flesh but the entire arm with it… This time there is no stamina left. The pitiable owner of the Huanglanese sword dies without even making a death check.
Lou: It’s like he’s going in order trying to figure out which part tastes the best.
Eiha: The tastiest parts. (Laughs)
Swallow: Shoulder roast is the best. (Laughs)
FM: (Rolls dice) Ahh, when the three get eaten, the assassins fail their【Will】check. Their morale collapses. With cries of “I-I was told that the Army wouldn’t be here…” and “No one told me about a Bound One…!”, they flee the scene.
Eiha: I don’t stop them.
FM: Then, screaming “I don’t wanna be eaten!”, the assassins make their escape. (Takes the pieces off the map)
Swallow: Wow, amazing. (Laughs) What do you think, Mr. Ibuki? How does it feel to have a commoner save the day?
Ibuki: Girls are scary. (Laughs)
Swallow: Yeah, somehow I feel like I could befomre good friends with you. (Laughs)
FM: The battle has now ended. Ah, that’s right. Mr. Lou, please take this. (Gives Lou a note)
Lou: (Reading the note) Oh, I see. If that’s how it is.
Swallow: Huh, what?
FM: It’s nothing important. Anyways, let’s keep going.

Val’s legs come to a stop instead of chasing the fleeing assassins.
On his back, Eiha is a little short of breath. The girl who shared her soul with a monster had probably felt as if her own claws were slicing through human bone.
“……”
Emptying her lungs, she breathes deeply.
Mr. Agito stared at us.

FM: Okay, with that, let’s change the music back. (Laughs) Right now, you’re by the prison having devoured three assassins in the blink of an eye. Agito faces the blood-covered Val and says quietly, “Umm… Thank you.”
Swallow: Thank you. (Laughs)
FM: Agito seems a little dumbfounded. “I’ve seen many Bound Ones before, but… well, you don’t see one with this much valor very often. I finally understand why Izun trusted you so much. Ibuki, you too. That odd feeling of enhancement was your work, right?
Ibuki: (Waves hands) I-It was nothing much.
FM (Agito): “At any rate, you saved me. I expected something like this to happen, with Parliament being so uncooperative, and me being unable to contact anyone. They probably set it up as an obstacle.”
Eiha: I see.
FM: Oh, by the way, if you had missed this event, Agito would have died automatically, which would influence the story a lot.
Eiha: (Plainly) Sanda-san!?
Ibuki: Awah, that would have been bad, very bad! I mean, was it really that big of an event?
FM: (With a composed expression) I gave you some hints.
Eiha: What a hard game…! Before we all die, let’s hurry up and ask Agito. (Laughs) –Juna was just as strong. She was in the Revolutionary Army too, a hybrid and Bound One just like me. I want to see Juna.
FM (Agito): “Juna. Aah, I remember her. Both she and her monster were quite strong.”
Eiha: We have to go our separate ways after this. Where do you think I would be able to find Juna?
FM (Agito): “Where are you going?”
Eiha: …What was the city called?
Ibuki: (Checks notes) Haiga.
Eiha: Yeah, Haiga.
FM (Agito): “Ahh. When you say your destination is Haiga, you are asking if you should take the Beldeim route or the Renlei Prefecture route.”
Eiha: You can tell?
FM (Agito): “When I was negotiating with Parliament, I heard about it. The Beldeim side apparently suffered a lot more damage from the〈Red Dragon 〉. The Third Company of the Dark Dragon Knights, headed by Captain Simeon and Vice Captain Urlica, are currently trying to restore public order there.”
Eiha: Then would Beldeim be okay?
Swallow: Noo, at this rate we’ll be on the D’natia route! (Laughs)
FM (Agito): “And then the Renlei Prefecture side. Even though it didn’t receive as much damage from the〈Red Dragon 〉, it seems like tensions are rising between the residents and government. If it were the past, they’d have real leaders like Zhai Yan, commander of thousands, and Gan Ci the Tactician, but they’re struggling.
Eiha: (Thinks for a while) …Which is better for me to meet Juna?
FM: Hearing that, Agito shrugs his shoulders slightly. “Either is fine. I’ll tell you where an acquaintance of mine lives. Send a carrier pigeon there, and tell him which one you chose. Then we’ll take things from there so we can meet you.”
Ibuki: Oh, we could do that.
FM: If not, Mr. Agito himself won’t be able to meet you. (Laughs) Do you mind, Eiha?
Eiha: Not at all. I just wanted to ask a few things. Next time I won’t save him.
Swallow: Scary! (Laughs)
FM( Agito): “Hearing that makes me a little relieved.”
Eiha: Relieved?
FM (Agito): “I am a grown-up, after all. It’s tough to have to rely on children. Usually, I don’t like to stay in debt, but…”
Ibuki: …I see.
FM (Agito): “I’ll be going now, then. You went to all that trouble saving me, so it would be a waste if I were to be attacked again. I’ll see you two again eventually.” Agito waves hurriedly, and disappears into the streets.
Ibuki: Somehow it all went by so fast…
Eiha: Anyways, we managed to save him. Are you satisfied?
Ibuki: Yeah. …I’m glad we made it in time. Thank you.
FM: Now, as Ibuki is expressing his thanks, the sub-event, 『Attack on Agito』, has finished.
Eiha: Yes.
FM: As the scene ends, everyone except Lou-san please leave.
Swallow: W-What!?

mewarmo990
February 20th, 2015, 09:38 PM
Nice work. Don't forget to update OP.

yokushi
February 20th, 2015, 10:17 PM
Oh, nice!

Rafflesiac
February 20th, 2015, 10:39 PM
YAAAAAAAAAAAY

Thanks Lianru!

JetKinen
February 20th, 2015, 11:57 PM
Nothing like an anime adaptation to strengthen a translation project

Nice stuff Lianru

Lianru
February 21st, 2015, 12:06 AM
Nothing like an anime adaptation to strengthen a translation project

Nice stuff Lianru
Yeah for sure, it only took me like 10 hours to get that thing done after hearing that they were making an anime. :3c

aldeayeah
February 21st, 2015, 04:19 AM
yay, combat

kill the mooks

yokushi
February 21st, 2015, 08:52 AM
Poor mooks were so bad and faceless.

yokushi
February 24th, 2015, 02:31 PM
Sorry for the double post, but...

http://image.sai-zen-sen.jp/works/special/reddragon/18/01.html
http://image.sai-zen-sen.jp/works/special/reddragon/19/01.html
http://image.sai-zen-sen.jp/works/special/reddragon/20/01.html

Were these archived in the Wayback Machine? It's the first half of the sixth night.

Mcjon01
February 24th, 2015, 02:47 PM
The last one wasn't, thanks. Now that I've got them all I'll have to come up with another excuse to not finish editing the HTML on all the Wayback versions to make everything work right.

yokushi
February 24th, 2015, 02:57 PM
The last one wasn't, thanks. Now that I've got them all I'll have to come up with another excuse to not finish editing the HTML on all the Wayback versions to make everything work right.It's funny because they have the whole thing uploaded in the web, it is just hidden.

Reiu
March 15th, 2015, 03:35 PM
Did anyone ever translate Nasu's Red Dragon backyard notes (http://www.typemoon.org/bbb/RED_DRAGON_backyard_notes.pdf)?

Because if not, I'd like to do it.

Reason being pretty obvious:

http://i.imgur.com/xxizy7L.jpg

yokushi
March 15th, 2015, 04:32 PM
Nope, I don't think it ever was.

Reiu
March 15th, 2015, 09:54 PM
http://i.imgur.com/PNnMz4F.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/iXIO7zy.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/ZzAn2Ah.jpg


Comment from Kinoko Nasu and Shima Drill
Nasu: He looks so stylish in his full-body portrait; it's a waste on such trash! ...But huh, when I stare at him...for some reason, I start thinking of a penguin...am I just imagining it?
Shima: If that's the case, we have no choice but to have Meryll dress in a penguin suit, like the witch of Kuonji...!
Nasu: But wait, Shima! There' s a kid on the next page I've never seen before!
Shima: Ladies and gentlemen, the boy-with-suspenders drawing that never saw the daylight!



Overview:
D'natian. Twenty-five years old.
A noble with a distinguished pedigree from the northern regions of the D'natian empire (if that's where there are snowy landscapes as far as the eye can see).
Bears a curse that abruptly destroys anything he uses with his hands.
(The curse of pulverization is, to varying degrees, in the blood of the family. Swallow's is a manifestation of the curse at its apex.)
He respects the aristocratic way of life of protecting the people and administrating holdings, but is a sheltered young master who has no elitist leanings.
First belonging to the military, he later becomes a Dark Dragon Knight.
Regarding the heavy price exacted on the Dark Dragon Knights, he merely shrugs it off with "Well, everyone has their hardships, so I suppose this is fine as it is."
Despite having loose purse strings, he's stringent about money. He has a sense of economy, but since it doesn't apply to him, he tends to make light of it. He simply uses what he will and spends what he will.

Appearance:
Height - 185 cm. Weight - 80 kg.
A classically handsome blond/dark blond Western European male.
To use examples from existing titles, something like Barnaby from Tiger & Bunny. Or Kaminsky from Imperial Guards. Like, something that would make you vaguely think, "Oh, he's handsome and looks like the gentle type, but he must be a reptile inside." (Even though Barnaby is a good guy!)

His eyes are either blue or dark blue; whichever would be more fitting when illustrated.
His features are coldly somber, but his innocuous expressions and gentle manners subtracts from that impression of him. A cordial persona.
(At his heart he is beset by bleak pessimism, but does not let it show.)
His hair is extremely unruly. Maybe even a shonen manga style that would be distinctly unusual in the world of Red Dragon. Also known as the "Locke the Superman" style.
With some flaws (somewhat fainthearted, pessimistic), but otherwise a knight who looks the part of the protagonist.
Loves company, and is somewhat of a chicken (seemingly). This here is important.
He's not the slender model type; instead, he is muscled as befits a knight. So he's pretty macho when he takes off his armor. (You there, if you're a man, show those muscles!)

1. The heavy armor of the Dark Dragon Knights 2. Make sure to design his forearm equipment to be clearly different from the other knights.
It would be ideal to create the negative impression resulting from his curse of causing whatever he uses to break. Such as, "make his forearms only lightly armored," "distinguish the designs of his right arm and left arm ," or "put some kind of elaborate SF-looking design on his arms," perhaps?


Social interactions:
He favors and leans towards lawfulness, so he generally likes people who are good to others.
But indiscriminately liking everyone would complicate relations, and honestly would take too much effort, so he goes by his own rule of "unquestioningly like anyone who's an ally, dislike anyone who's an enemy."
Easy to understand, and makes life a lot easier.
He likes women, but he mostly keeps it confined to one-night affairs.
Due to his fear that his curse may end up breaking even people, he has never thought of wedding anyone. Naturally, he is of the mindset that the Cratsvalley family will end with him.


Personality:
Lawful Good. Introverted, timid, passive.
On the surface, he appears to be a sociable young nobleman.
A good-natured guy who believes in having proper law and order.
However, deeper down, he is steeped in bleak feelings of emptiness, so he tends to be unsentimental.

He dislikes things that are systematically disgusting to him. When encountering trouble, so long as it will not lead to more trouble down the road, he will attempt to mediate, making matters worse.
(His feeling of "disgust" has nothing to do with the conventional sense of morality. Though Swallow himself is unaware of this, he bases his standard on whether children involved with the result will survive or die. He would pay no heed to the Dark Dragon Knights putting people to death, but would find it wrong if children were among them.)

Perhaps because of this bad habit, he is seen by those around him as kind-hearted, nosy, cowardly, and pacifist.
Swallow himself desires to be like such.
However, at his core, neither lives nor things are of any value to him. That is because all manners of people and objects easily disintegrate before his curse.
Though regrettable, it is nothing unusual. If there is anything he is particular about, it would be the fate of "deterioration" itself." Rather than grieve after the "result" of death, he clings to the belief that there must be meaning in the "process" of death.

(*When roleplaying, characterize him as having a similar worldview to Shiki from Tsukihime. Shiki, due to his ability to visualize death, stopped attaching importance to death and became a stone-cold person inside. Whereas Shiki dislikes but nonetheless loves the world in all its fragility, Swallow respects and yet loathes from the bottom of his heart that which is so easily lost.)

The crux of his character centers around the overwhelming sense of hollowness and transience.
What he uses, withers away.
Thus he tries his best to maintain a distance, so as to avoid direct contact and prolong the existence of things. However, when they break for reasons unrelated to him, a cavernous blankness overtakes him.
He experiences no sorrow, nor sympathy. Not even the simple feeling of "it is what it is."
Having known only loss since his childhood, the ruining of objects, the ending of lives is like the apertif before breakfast---something whose incidence makes no particular difference to him.

If he were to ever open up to Meryll, he would, impassively, tell her this:

"I do think I would be sad if you were to die.
I can hardly bear even imagining it."

"But when you actually do die, I'll likely think nothing of it.
Though I find death to be tragic, I feel no sorrow from it.
That is the kind of person I am."

He is a simple kind of person deep down, and so is easily moved. When he seems something rare or unusual, he sings its praises, revels in it, and starts wanting to take it in his hands (and then ends up breaking it).
When he is moved by something, he becomes a excitable kid. As one who can only destroy, he is simply blown away by that which is newly born or that which will form the foundation of the future is in its very existence.

He dislikes the chaotic arts due to previous experience.

"I'm serious, they spout eyes and mouths on their backs! No normal person would even dream of that! It's not that anything newfangled can be tolerated just because it's new!"

Trauma:
Swallow's curse of disintegration has caused him to ruin countless things.
He destroyed furniture, wiped out his family's coffers, and broke the hearts of his parents, who had given up on treating their son.
The fear that his curse may one day affect even living things constantly hangs over him.
On the other hand, the fact that he lived manacled in confinement as a child does not weigh upon him. He thinks of it as being the natural thing to have done.
Having had such fear since youth, he holds special admiration for that which does not break or decay...rather, he wished for the existence of such things. Because if there truly existed that which was immortal and unchanging, he could be reassured even if his curse was what it was.
(That dream was to dissipate all too easily in the face of reality. Later to be known as the "Master Swallow is a disgusting excuse of a human being" incident.)


Speech patterns:
Swallow refers to himself as boku.
When required to speak in an official capacity, he uses watashi. He had a proper upbringing, so he speaks politely.
When he becomes panicked or excited, he tends to lark around in high spirits, despite of his age. Likely a reaction to not having been able to do so in childhood.
He refers to others as "you" (kimitachi) or "the gentleman (lady) there." Avoid, whenever possible, having him use anata.

→ Addition from the first session
Decided that Swallow will refer to Ibuki with the honorific -san and Eiha with -kun. He instinctively perceived Ibuki to be of noble disposition, while he sensed Eiha to be someone more similar to him.
Pay attention to not forget such small details.

Opinions about own country, ideology:
As a rule, he is loyal to D'natia. No matter how immoral an action D'natia may take, he would not become disillusioned, nor would he estrange himself from it.
However, Swallow's loyalty is not something originating from himself, but something he inherited from his parents. He merely cannot toss it aside without reason, as it is a gift from his parents.
If there was something that Swallow found more important that these memories, he would probably abandon D'natia for it. In the end, it's all up to the feel of the situation!

Notes on Roleplay:
He looks like standard heroic protagonist material, but take care to avoid such characterization.
As much as possible, when taking action, keep in mind to: do nothing unless prompted, gain nothing for himself, and take nothing from others.
Avoids decisions that influence the entire party's immediate objectives.
Role-play this as him "just not bothering to care." His true feelings are, "If I'll never be granted anything, why the hell should I decide anything?"

He doesn't care for "being the one to decide things" because he himself knows that he's a good-for-nothing, but if he truly so aware that he's "someone whose very existence is harmful," then someone must have pointed the following out to him.
Below is a conversation that doubtless took place in his past.

Friend: "Man, if you really think that, why don't you just kill yourself or something? You know that you make trouble for everybody just by being around."
Swallow: "That's true. But see, being human is troublesome precisely because, despite knowing full well the consequences, one can't bring oneself to die for such reasons."
       "And, well. I do have needs and wants just like everyone else. So I'd like to know what it's like to enjoy something, just once."

In other words, he has never experienced joy in his life.

Seika
March 15th, 2015, 10:00 PM
Neat! The notes and admonitions on roleplaying Swallow are interesting: are they like Nasu's reminders scribbled to himself on his character sheet and done up for the book, or is there some expectation that people would go away and just use Nasu's character?

Reiu
March 15th, 2015, 10:06 PM
Seems more like notes to himself, and probably the artist.

Planning on doing the whole thing eventually, by the way. I forgot about the Preface, so I'll probably do that last.

You
March 15th, 2015, 10:17 PM
Thanks for this Reiu.
At the beginning I was like wow, Nasu sounds like he's making an edgelord gary stu.
But towards the end, I was impressed about how he was actually make someone who looked like a protagonist but can never play the role, which is pretty cool.

Reiu
March 15th, 2015, 10:31 PM
At the beginning I was like wow, Nasu sounds like he's making an edgelord gary stu.

Which is funny, because Swallow comes off as this bubbly airhead man-child for most of Red Dragon.

Then after the Reveal you go back and reread it and realize all the foreshadowing was there.

good job Nasu

warellis
March 15th, 2015, 11:17 PM
Those notes on Swallow are pretty interesting. Any other similar notes from Urobachi or other players for their characters?

Mcjon01
March 15th, 2015, 11:17 PM
Nope.

Reiu
March 15th, 2015, 11:46 PM
Oh yeah, just to warn you guys, there will be major spoilers in what's to come, including endgame spoilers.

And I won't be putting all the spoilers in spoiler tags because there are just too many of them.

A taste of the spoilers to come:


In truth, it is the curse not of pulverization but of "consumption."
The tools do not break but are "used up."
With one use, the tool expends all of its capacity to perform. It breaks afterwards not because it could not stand the power, but rather because it had "fulfilled its purpose."
The Black Dragon calls this "the embodiment of humanity's nature."
The consumerist society, the enterprise of humans, who depend on mana and yet use up resources and deplete the world: the curse was the crystallization of this concept.
Dragons are eternal, while humans are cyclical.
Would there be any effect on humanity's way of existence from Swallow's rejection of this "curse"? Is the matter Swallow's problem alone? Or, being a concept, does it encapsulate the entire species?
This puzzle is what the Black Dragon proclaimed "interesting."

Rafflesiac
March 15th, 2015, 11:49 PM
Wow, and he uses up an airship?

That's hilarious.

aldeayeah
March 16th, 2015, 07:29 AM
As much as possible, when taking action, keep in mind to: do nothing unless prompted, gain nothing for himself, and take nothing from others.
Avoids decisions that influence the entire party's immediate objectives.
Role-play this as him "just not bothering to care." His true feelings are, "If I'll never be granted anything, why the hell should I decide anything?"

a really nice way for a rpg veteran not to take away the newbies' agency

yokushi
March 16th, 2015, 08:46 AM
Those notes on Swallow are pretty interesting. Any other similar notes from Urobachi or other players for their characters?Nothing so detailed, but the Character Making/Character Book helps a little. Also, Kougyoku did a short side story about Eiha (romanized as Eykha).

Lianru
March 16th, 2015, 11:09 AM
edit: I am a massive derp with a bad memory.

yokushi
March 16th, 2015, 01:45 PM
FM (Agito): “When I was negotiating with Parliament, I heard about it. The Beldeim side apparently suffered a lot more damage from the〈Red Dragon 〉. The Third Company of the Dark Dragon Knights, headed by Captain Simeon and Vice Captain Ulrich, are currently trying to restore public order there.”Typo here, it's Urlica (or Ulrica or whatever way was agreed her name to be romanized).

Hen_Ichi
March 16th, 2015, 01:47 PM
Hurrrrghh wry do I like whatever shit this guy writes soooooooo

*Thanks Reiu

Dullahan
March 16th, 2015, 02:03 PM
In truth, it is the curse not of pulverization but of "consumption."
The tools do not break but are "used up."
With one use, the tool expends all of its capacity to perform. It breaks afterwards not because it could not stand the power, but rather because it had "fulfilled its purpose."
The Black Dragon calls this "the embodiment of humanity's nature."
The consumerist society, the enterprise of humans, who depend on mana and yet use up resources and deplete the world: the curse was the crystallization of this concept.
Dragons are eternal, while humans are cyclical.
Would there be any effect on humanity's way of existence from Swallow's rejection of this "curse"? Is the matter Swallow's problem alone? Or, being a concept, does it encapsulate the entire species?
This puzzle is what the Black Dragon proclaimed "interesting."

Swallow confirmed to be AU Lio.

Siriel
March 16th, 2015, 02:06 PM
Swallow's stalker pictures would be on a completely different level.

yokushi
March 16th, 2015, 02:14 PM
Swallow's stalker pictures would be on a completely different level.Broken?

All the consumption thing actually has more to do with Mahoyo anyway.

Reiu
March 16th, 2015, 02:17 PM
Swallow confirmed to be AU Lio.

Haha, sorry, they're completely different words. Lio's origin was literally "eating" (食べる) while Swallow's is more like "expenditure" (消費), but I thought consumption sounded cooler at the time. Might change it though for clarity's sake.

- - - Updated - - -

And yeah what yokushi said.

Mcjon01
March 16th, 2015, 02:26 PM
You should change what people call Lio's origin for clarity's sake instead, it's the one that's in the wrong here.

Reiu
March 16th, 2015, 03:32 PM
I wish I could, Mcjon.

- - - Updated - - -

(I have the next part translated and ready, just going to wait a few minutes so the posts don't merge. Or someone could do me a favor and post something.)

You
March 16th, 2015, 03:33 PM
did coke also use consumption for lio's origin?

Reiu
March 16th, 2015, 03:37 PM
There are two parts to character creation in Red Dragon.
First, the players bring to the table the basic concepts behind their characters (known only to themselves and the FM),
and then there is the Life Path that is made in a shared session.
The Life Path has itemized entries for each nation of origin/social class, and is decided by dice: "the character profile decided by fate, beyond the control of the player and the FM."
After consulting with the FM, the player adjusts it to better fit their character.

Below is a retrospective of Swallow's life, with some added notes.



Ages 1 ~ 5: Confinement.
Spends his days confined and manacled in a secluded corner of the family property.
Being the heir, he does receive education. His mother zealously tended to him as well. However, the tenets of aristocratism lose their hold over him.
The reality that he was "unable to possess anything" in an affluent household begins forming the foundation of his worldview.

Age 6: On socioeconomic inequality, in the slums.
Although he was forbidden from stepping out of his room, he sneaks out through a secret passage. Through his frequent visits to the slums, he learns of the wealth gap, and what remaining sense of entitlement he had left fades.

Age 7: Pet bird becomes cat food.
Comes home from the slums to be greeted by the scattered remains of his pet bird.
Thus he loses his bosom friend, Shark, whom he had gone to great lengths to take care of.
Realizes that, no matter how careful he tries to be, death will nonetheless come to all living things.
Incidentally, the perpetrator was a feral cat. Feral animals are scary.

Age 8: On socioeconomic inequality, in the slums.
Just about starts to give up on his curse. People die all the time even if I'm not involved, right? So isn't the important part not the reason someone died but what to do afterwards?

Age 9: The glorious history of D'natia. Engrossed in books.
Learns of the wider world. Meanwhile, book after book returns to the ashes. Along with various other daily necessities.
To complicate matters, Swallow remains the sole heir. His mother's mental health begins to deteriorate.

Age 10: Purchases a Hybrid slave.
Begs his father to purchase a Hybrid (Meryll) he saw in the market.
The next day, he pleads for his parents to treat her as a maidservant rather than a slave, and Meryll becomes the adopted daughter of the Cratsvalley butler.
At this time, Meryll was completely heads-over-heels for Swallow. He was, in her eyes, her prince in shining armor. Her lord savior, even.
It was such that, learning of his curse, she felt as though she found her purpose in life.

Age 11: Becomes acquainted with an armed monk of Huanglan.
A mysterious Master Asia who shows up at the manor as a dinner guest. Under him, Swallow trains in the martial arts, but gets bored of it in a year.
On the other hand, Meryll, who had begun to take lessons with him, became great friends with the monk, and becomes his apprentice. (This marks the beginning of Meryll's admiration for all things Huanglan.)

Age 12: Enter the private tutor.
Mostly uneventful. Diligent Meryll is hard at work, while Swallow idles his days away.

Age 13 ~ 14: Years pass uneventfully as he leads the life of a noble scion.
However, the family finances were slowly but surely starting to feel the strain. It must have all gone to the copious amounts of anti-Swallow time-freezing jelly (c.f. the items list; the price for that thing makes other luxury goods pale in comparison!).

Meanwhile, Meryll begins to work for the Sherbette Company.

Age 15: Enlightening words of the Reverend.
Hurray for the One and True God. The sheltered young master falls right for the trap.

Age 16: Gets along with a child of the commoners. A friend.
Gains a friend in someone he met through Meryll. Friend A, who was in love with Meryll but never found the courage to confess. Friend A eventually takes up the cassock.

Age 17: Grows weary of the world and enters a monastery.
The shocking epiphany that "Meryll grew up."
Young Swallow grows weary of the world and becomes a monk. Gets bored of it in a year.

Age 18: Becomes a craftsman.
Longing to create something, he aspires to become a craftsman.
It's like if Flazzard started working at a gas station. After reality slapped him in the face a few times, he was fired.
Meryll begins to realize that Swallow is an idiot.

Age 19: Origin. Becomes acquainted with the Black Dragon, on a whim of the dragon.
Meryll is kidnapped. Intervenes to rescue her. Not only is he led to run in circles, he ended up confronted by the Black Dragon.
*At this point, Swallow is yet unaware that the "big terrifying thing" is the Black Dragon.
When he finally managed to rescue Meryll, she was on the verge of death. He entreats the Black Dragon to save her. The Black Dragon bestows upon him the "Dark Communion" (leaving the mark of contract on his left leg).

"This is only a provisional contract. It comes with the side effect of causing one to rot away in seven years."

"But, that's just too cruel to Meryll! Probably!"

"You are the only one who will be rotting."

"Wow, that was dumb of me! Extremely!"

Age 20: Challenged to a duel and wins.

Age 21: Same as above.
Swallow is utterly mystified.
Why do I keep getting into fights?
Why do people keep wanting to get into fights with me? Why?

The cause is Meryll, who had revitalized the Sherbet Association and was beginning to attract attention, rejected all advances made upon her with: "Because I am Master Swallow's servant."

Age 22: Falls madly in love, but turns out she was only after his money.
Exactly what it says. And he even ended up with her debts.
Meryll, after bursting into laughter at the ludicrousness of the whole thing, becomes furious. "What do you think you are doing?!" Though she pays off the debts of the con-artist, by then she had already taken his assets.

Age 23: Grows weary of the world and enters a monastery.
The shock of heartbreak leads him once again to become a monk. However, a year later he learns that the House of Cratsvalley was on the verge of bankruptcy.
With his mother hospitalized and his father getting on in years, he leaves the monastery.

Age 24: Joins the military.
Begins his military career for the sake of money. Meryll tries to dissuade him, but Swallow held fast.
The reason Meryll did so was not because she was worried for him, but rather,
"I hardly think Master Swallow would make a proper soldier. The trouble you make for others would be the shame of the Cratsvalley."

Age 25: Spends his days hunting.
Even in the military, Swallow is as carefree as ever. Despite being on active duty, he goes hunting in his spare time. After all, hunting is a must for nobility. At the year's end, Meryll comes to visit him.

"I bring unfortunate news. Although it pains me to say...well, actually, it does not. Just as water flows from mountain to valley, the house of Cratsvalley is now formally bankrupt. Any thoughts?"

"You know, isn't that something one would normally sugar-coat a bit more? I think it wouldn't hurt for you to be a little nicer to me, Meryll!"

"Be nice to you, Master Swallow? It would be like adding sugar to honey."

LJ3
March 16th, 2015, 04:08 PM
What is with this dude

Thanks.

Rockxas
March 16th, 2015, 04:08 PM
"This is only a provisional contract. It comes with the side effect of causing one to rot away in seven years."

"But, that's just too cruel to Meryll! Probably!"

"You are the only one who will be rotting."

"Wow, that was dumb of me! Extremely!"

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"I bring unfortunate news. Although it pains me to say...well, actually, it does not. Just as water flows from mountain to valley, the house of Cratsvalley is now formally bankrupt. Any thoughts?"

"You know, isn't that something one would normally sugar-coat a bit more? I think it wouldn't hurt for you to be a little nicer to me, Meryll!"

"Be nice to you, Master Swallow? It would be like adding sugar to honey."
These characters are great. XD

Lianru
March 16th, 2015, 05:19 PM
Thanks Yokushi, I'll go and fix.

yokushi
March 16th, 2015, 05:27 PM
Well, since I'm now in a fixing streak...


Meanwhile, Meryll begins to work for the Sherbet Company.

http://i.imgur.com/gb1lXXE.png

According to this picture, the "official" romanization is Sherbette.

You
March 16th, 2015, 05:34 PM
Why can't we have nice things like Sherbet.
That's like my favorite ice-cream.

Reiu
March 16th, 2015, 05:40 PM
Got it, will fix.

I like Sherbet better though. :(

http://i.imgur.com/9r8tgMC.jpg

- - - Updated - - -

I mean, think about it. An D'natian ice cream company.

Lianru
March 16th, 2015, 05:44 PM
Meryll in a penguin suit eating sherbet.

Reiu
March 16th, 2015, 07:08 PM
Thinking about possibly compiling the backyard notes into a PDF eventually, like the original.


http://i.imgur.com/DHtjom8.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/PPSsgFP.jpg

Gotta finish translating the Meryll section and the rest of it first, though.

Hen_Ichi
March 16th, 2015, 07:10 PM
Hm. Freckles.

^ ees so pretty...

Lianru
March 16th, 2015, 08:41 PM
God those descriptions are so Nasu.

Reiu
March 16th, 2015, 09:07 PM
God those descriptions are so Nasu.

You ain't seen nothing yet.


Yes, the corners of Swallow's mouth twisted into a smile.

To an observer, it would have appeared to be a smile of amusement.
However, what assailed Swallow was a burning question.
------What is with that man?
Even death did not change him.
------What is with that man?
Even resurrection did not sway him.
------What is with that man?
Even in all his shackles, he lives in such freedom------!

Nothing screams Nasu quite like them dashes.

aldeayeah
March 17th, 2015, 04:37 AM
------What is with that man?

this line, I mentally read with SOTN Dracula voice

aldeayeah
March 17th, 2015, 04:48 AM
someone could do me a favor and post something

the merge post function works even if someone else posts in the meantime

Reiu
March 18th, 2015, 07:36 PM
Lead-in to the main story: the path to becoming a Dark Dragon Knight.
Bankruptcy...even if the manor was out of the question, Swallow desired to keep the holdings of the Cratsvalley from being confiscated by the empire. But try as he could, he had no viable plans in mind.
Even just repaying the loans was nigh impossible. Seeing Swallow wracking his brains over this, Meryll makes a suggestion: "If you become a Dark Dragon Knight, you will have a jaw-dropping salary."
"I know, Meryll, but it's not something you can become just because you want to be."
Nonetheless, Meryll pushed him to apply.
(After perusing D'natian history, Meryll was convinced that the monster they had once met was the Black Dragon.)
Once he reluctantly applied, matters swiftly spiralled out of his control, and he once again finds himself before the Black Dragon; properly, this time, unlike the previous where he had thought of the dragon only as "some spooky thing hiding in some spooky darkness."
Granted an audience in the cavern of the Black Dragon, Swallow comes to realize that the dragon was the true identity of the "big terrifying thing" he had met years ago.
The Black Dragon, in the mean time, had been perplexed that the boy he made the temporary contract with did not come back. He asked if Swallow had not truly believed that his own body would rot in seven year's time.

"No, I believed you.
But whether to go searching for you for that is another story.
If my body was to rot away in seven years,"
well, that simply must have been my fate, states Swallow with no hint of bravado.

"So you are saying that you will not make the contract to prolong your life?"

"No, no, I would greatly appreciate it if you would go right ahead with the contract. It is after all human nature to cling at anything when one learns one can be saved."

The dragon grants Swallow's request, but only in return for him to travel to Nill Kamui---in order to search for the Red Dragon.
In addition, the dragon offers to reward him, by granting one wish, if he successfully returns from his mission.
(To the FM: if the dragon is too friendly for this, then please have Swallow bring this up instead. Something like, "if the terms of the contract are for me to go to Nill Kamui, what about my reward? Fulfilling the prerequisites and compensation are two different stories.")
Swallow makes a wish to the Black Dragon to have his curse undone.
The dragon promises him to do so, but confronts him with ominous words. "Two decisions will be forced upon you to make."
"The first is whether to make this contract with me."
Though Swallow had said that he would, he had not yet done so formally.
This was his last chance to escape his fate of a wretched death. To clearly state in his own words the decision to make the contract, and in return have his curse of pulverization undone.
"I shall grant your wish when you have reached the Red Dragon."
As Swallow leaves, the Black Dragon speaks.
"You are the very image of humanity."
"It will be interesting to see, indeed, whether you can hold onto that wish of yours to the bitter end."

And thus the easygoing knight is formally inducted into the Order of the Dark Dragon.
Returning to the Cratsvalley mansion, Swallow is greeted by Meryll.
"I'm to go to Nill Kamui. Though I have received some money for the time being, it seems that I'll have to let go of this house. Well, in a way, that's a load off my shoulders. There are some things you can't change with just effort."
After hearing the details, Meryll quite naturally makes up her mind to accompany him in the capacity of an attendant.
A few days later, Swallow, having been officially appointed as a Dark Dragon Knight, finds himself face-to-face with a Meryll dressed the part of a handmaiden.
"There's no need for you to come with me! It's Nill Kamui, you know?! It's some super terrifying place where the dead come back to life!"
"Please do not misunderstand. I am accompanying you as your guarantor so as to supervise your behavior."
"...What did you just say?"
Meryll explains that the Cratsvalley manor still belonged to him, and that she had paid the dues in his place.
"Where did all that money come from?!"
"Though the opportunity never arose for me to tell you, Master Swallow, I am the head of the Sherbette Company,.
...Well, so I was. As of today, I have resigned."
Swallow is completely taken aback...and utterly aghast at the foolishness of what she did.
But nothing in this world could change Meryll's mind once she sets her mind in the "mindset of a proper servant." Grudgingly, he registers her as his attendant and departs on his mission.


About the curse of pulverization:
A special skill possessed by Swallow.
Though it triples the effects of what he uses, the tools/weapons are unable to withstand the energy and break.
In appearance it is no different from other Reinforcement skills.


About the curse of pulverization (truth):
The curse that destroys any tool in a single use.
The more intricate, the more elaborate something is, the more easily it breaks.
Swallow has borne this curse since birth. Although the curse is known to occasionally manifest in those born to the Cratsvalley, Swallow's curse surpassed all previous incidents in its destructiveness.
In truth, it is the curse not of pulverization but of "consumption."
The tools do not break but are "used up."
Because of this, with one use the tool expends all of its capacity to perform. It breaks afterwards not because it could not stand the power, but rather because it had "fulfilled its purpose."
The Black Dragon calls this "the embodiment of humanity's nature."
The consumerist society, the enterprise of humans, who depend on mana and yet use up resources and consume the world: the curse was the crystallization of this concept.
Dragons are eternal, while humans are cyclical.
Would there be any effect on humanity's way of life from Swallow's rejection of this "curse"? Is the matter Swallow's problem alone? Or, being a concept, does it encapsulate the entire species? This puzzle is what the Black Dragon proclaimed "interesting."


Dark Communion:
A skill acquired through his Life Path.
A Draconic Art unique to Swallow, used to save Meryll's life. Dragonizing himself through the power of the Black Dragon, he binds his life to another's. Also manifests his powers as a Dark Dragon Knight in Meryll.
Though this seems at first glance to be simply sharing the use of one life, in actuality, Swallow's death would not lead to Meryll's.


Black Blade:
A skill acquired through his Life Path. The standard mana attack used by the Dark Dragon Knights.
An orthodox Draconic Art, but Swallow's curse amplifies this so as to inflict devastating damage. So pretty much a black Excalibur.


Goal:
Swallow's goal is to fulfill his contract with the Black Dragon and capture the Red Dragon.
His ultimate goal is the reward, the removal of his curse.
.....However, through his adventures, Swallow comes to a realization.
The realization that he bears no hatred for his curse.
That he had long since accepted it for what it was.
And so, there is only one thing he wishes to do with his life.
To discover the true identity of the curse; the reason behind why such a curse ever came into existence.

>If he succeeds in his quest, he asks his question to the Red Dragon. And the dragon would doubtless answer him. That his curse was not one of pulverization, but of consumption.
"Two decisions will be forced upon you to make," the Black Dragon had said.
He had concluded his first.
Having captured the Red Dragon and fulfilled his end of the bargain, he is presented with the second by the Black Dragon.
"Choose now, child of humanity.
Choose with your own will; whether that curse is truly something that should be undone."

As to Swallow's answer, I will leave that to feel of the sessions.


Miscellaneous:



Swallow seems to hold no attachment to things, but, in truth, treasures them.


When asked which is his true stance, he would reply:
"Isn't it because one knows that things break so easily that there's no value in caring about it, that one would take good care of it?
"Wouldn't you think to protect that which looks as though it could break any minute?"
Such would be his reply.



He treasures the act of creating things, and those who possess such skill.


"Those who make things are indispensable.
"People should make lots and lots of things, anything.
"Why, you ask? Nothing in this world lasts forever. Everything is fated to break one day. In the space of a sigh, somewhere, something has been lost. So we must keep producing and proliferating.
In order that we that we may outpace with the new that which we must lose."




When encountering women with a similar bearing as Meryll:


"Have you been involved in a scam too?" casually asks the piece of trash.



With Meryll:



Swallow does his utmost best to avoid having to rely on Meryll.
So Meryll, laying bare her soul in a moment of unguardedness, asks him.
"Why do you not rely more upon me, Master?"
"Because I know you can do everything and do it well, too well. I feel like I'll become a good-for-nothing if I depend on you too much."
"I thought you already were, Master Swallow. Are you saying there is worse in this world?"
Meryll is someone special to Swallow, but he makes a point of pushing it aside. Precisely because he wishes for her to lead a life of happiness, he is convinced that he mustn't get too involved with her.
"She is the most important woman in my life so far. But surely that's no reason for me to look after her?"
I suppose he's a pretty big jerk in what he says and does after all.

Seika
March 18th, 2015, 07:47 PM
Yeeep, that's Nasu.