WM – Chapter 91: Takatsuki Makoto speaks with the Highland nobles

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The Highland Castle, in the joining of the Silver Wings.

One floor lower than the highest floor of the Highland Castle.

The highest floor is a place that only royalty can enter.

In other words, this is the place where the people of highest standing aside from royalty gather.

(Uhm, who was who, Princess Sofia?) (Makoto)

(…I am only telling you one more time, okay, Hero Makoto?) (Sofia)

I talk to Princess Sofia in a low voice.

The first prince of Highland, Gaius Highland.

The second prince, Julian Highland.

The second princess, Noel Althena Highland. The current cardinal of the Sun Goddess Althena Church.

Pope of the Althena Church, Roma Borgia.

Head of the East Territory, Grand Duke, Mihael Rolland.

Head of the West Territory, Grand Duke, Marco Whitehouse. 

Head of the South Territory, Grand Duke, Lorenzo Belize.

Head of the North Territory, Grand Duke, Bartolomeo Valentine.

Prime Minister, Victorio Whitefeather.

Sun Knight General, Yuwein Bloodnock.

The leaders of Highland were sitting around the round table.

(Have you memorized them now?) (Sofia)

(…That’s impossible, Princess Sofia.) (Makoto)

(Haah, understood. I will teach you again later.) (Sofia)

Princess Sofia said this with a sight and a slightly happy visage.

Looking at me like I am a child with bad grades…

There’s no way I can remember all these people at once.

I look at them again.

These high class people don’t seem to be in a good mood.

“What happened to his Majesty?” 

One of the Grand Dukes resting his chin on his hand spoke.

“His Majesty is not feeling well. He won’t be able to participate in today’s meeting.” 

The Prime Minister answers.

“Again? His Majesty really has it rough.” 

“Any other that’s not present… The Great Sage-sama not being here is as usual, huh.” 

Looks like the Great Sage-sama is a regular skipper.

She does give that impression.

“What is it you wanted to talk about by even going as far as taking our precious time, Noel?” 

The one who implied to hurry and begin was the first prince.

That being said, he is quite thorny towards his little sister.

“About that, Sofia-sama will be speaking regarding this.” (Noel)

Princess Noel faces over here and smiles.

“Aah, and here I was wondering who it was sitting over there. So it was the Princess of the neighboring small country, huh.” 

One of the Grand Dukes said unamused.

“Don’t underestimate them. We have a Hero-dono who lost to a mage of that small country after all, kukuku.” 

“Marco-dono, what is it you are trying to say there?” 

“No, nothing, Bartolomeo-dono. Is Lord Geralt doing well?” 

“…”

For some reason, he glared over here.

Princess Sofia’s expression is unchanging.

Wow, even though my stomach hurts here from the stress. I want to leave.

Aah, why has it turned into such a mess?

◇A few hours before◇

When I returned, there was Fuji-yan, Nina-san, and Princess Sofia.

Is Lucy still at the place of the Great Sage-sama?

She has been working hard in her training lately.

Fuji-yan runs to where I am.

“I am back, Fuji-yan.” (Makoto)

“So you are! I have found out who is the one leading this time’s rebellion, Takki-dono.” (Fuji)

“Ain’t that fast, Fujiwara-kun?!” (Aya)

Sa-san raises her voice in surprise.

Yeah.

I heard from Noah-sama, but the information gathering of Fuji-yan is just unfair.

“Lord Fujiwara is really competent.” (Sofia)

Princess Sofia participated in the conversation.

“Princess Sofia, why are you here?” (Makoto)

“I have been told to come to the Highland Castle after. Before that, I thought about collecting the most recent information regarding the rebellion… Lord Fujiwara gathered far more information than us. By the way, Hero Makoto, Sasaki Aya, it seems you two went to the 9th District. Was there no danger?” (Sofia)

Did we worry her?

Her expression didn’t change, but I could tell from her tone of voice.

“Nothing dangerous—” (Makoto)

“It was a pain! We were chased by the 9th District residents, and got attacked by undead in the underground canals! Takatsuki-kun immediately wants to go to a new map location after all.” (Aya)

Sa-san interrupts my response.

Hm? Now that I think back to it, there was indeed a decent amount of troubles.

“What did you say just now?” (Sofia)

“Sasaki-dono, you said undead?!” (Fuji)

“Is that true?!” (Nina)

Everyone retorted.

“Uhm, we were attacked by the people of the 9th District, and…” (Makoto)

“That bothers me too, but what about the undead?!” (Fuji)

“There were a whole lot of skeletons and zombies in the underground canals.” (Makoto)

I summarized what happened.

“The underground canals are in that state…?” (Sofia)

“The young boss of the Castor family?!” (Fuji)

“The weed is a fund source of the Snake Church…” (Nina)

Everyone was surprised about different points.

Especially Princess Sofia, she has a complicated expression.

“Hero Makoto, please come with me to the Highland Castle.” (Sofia)

“Eh? I want to eat something though…” (Makoto)

“It was all information that would be best if it were to reach the ears of Noel-sama as fast as possible. Especially the undead in the underground canals.” (Sofia)

“But you know.” (Makoto)

“Even so, we go.” (Sofia)

I have been forced to come.

I wasn’t called though…

By the way, the other members will be staying.

I was seen off by Sa-san and the others, and went to the Highland Castle to meet Princess Noel.

When we told her about the information that Fuji-yan and I gathered, Princess Noel said: ‘Let’s have a meeting at once’.

And so, it ended up in a meeting opening.

…I am hungry.

Princess Sofia finishes explaining. 

“A rebellion by the beastkin.”

“Damn ungrateful animals. As I thought, our laws are way too lukewarm. We should go back to making them all slaves.” 

“You can’t say that’s a good move when the revival of the Great Demon Lord is coming. The Wood Country, Spring Log, and the Fire Country, Great Keith, have a lot of demi-humans. There would be objections from them.” 

“It would also affect the Northern Expedition Plan of next year.” 

By the way, I haven’t said a single word.

Is there a point in me being here?

“Leave the detailed stuff for later. We should capture the leaders of the rebellion, and execute them.” 

Woah, a radical statement has entered! 

I know that face, father of Geralt-san! 

You are hot-blooded like your son.

Ah, it is the opposite huh. He resembles his father.

“They have planned the rebellion, but it is before actually doing it. We also have to consider the other countries, so let’s have the leaders exiled from the country.” 

A peaceful looking old man…the Pope of the Goddess Church says softly.

“Doesn’t that sound good?” 

The second prince says as if he were bored from beginning to end.

“Now then, everyone, we will be arresting the rebellion leaders according to the list submitted by Sofia-sama, and to investigate them. Is that okay?” 

““““““……””””””

There’s no objections.

Princess Noel smiles and says: ‘Well then, we will go with that’.

Noel-sama is the one who moves the meeting forward, huh.

“Then, the next topic.” (Noel)

“The undead in the underground canals, huh…” 

“Isn’t this the negligence from the ones protecting the capital, the Templars, Pope Roma?” 

A Grand Duke that seems to have a bad personality looks at the Pope and grins.

The person that provoked the father of Geralt-san.

“I have given an urgent order to the Templars to investigate the underground canals. But something like this hasn’t happened before in the capital with the barrier up. Don’t you think it is important to investigate the reason for this?” 

“There’s no way we can find the cause for this immediately.” 

“No, it should be easy. The ones who can make undead use necromancy. When talking about necromancy, it is the accursed moon element. Now that I think about it, there was a troubling person who let the Moon Oracle escape the other day.” 

“That was to gauge the connection between the Moon Oracle and the Snake Church…” 

The first prince was flustered.

So it was his mistake?

“What’s the point if that allowed her escape.” 

“There was a report that a Templar made contact with the Moon Oracle the other day. She probably doesn’t have anything to do with the underground canals.” 

“What are you saying? Cursed people like dark places. By the way, what happened to that Templar?” 

“…He was cursed. He won’t be of use anymore.” 

(Sofia-sama, what does he mean by cursed?) (Makoto)

(The Moon Oracle is a master of dark and curse magic. We will speak in detail about that later.) (Sofia)

Dark magic, huh.

That sounds attractive.

“Now now, it is not certain that the Moon Oracle is the one related to the undead underground. By the way, just how strong are those undead? That’s the problem.” 

“About that, the Hero Makoto here will explain.” (Noel) 

Oh, I am going to be talking here?

The gazes of everyone gather over here for the first time.

“Uhm, an adventurer comrade of mine and I went to the 9th District and entered the underground canals. We suspected that there might be clues of the Snake Church. But there were only undead. We defeated around 50.” (Makoto)

“…50. That’s a lot.” 

“But it is monsters that two adventurers can defeat. Doesn’t sound big.” 

“What are you saying?! The Hero there is a strong fighter that defeated our prided Lightning Hero. No matter the monster, it should be easy for him!” 

Whenever the talk about Geralt-san shows up, the head of Valentine glares at me, so can you please stop provoking him?

Do they not get along? Clearly they don’t.

“1,000 Templars have gone to subjugate the undead in the underground canals. There’s no doubt they will be wiped out in no time.” 

The Pope-sama says with a smile.

This person seems gentle and easy to speak to.

He doesn’t give me the impression of being hard-headed like what Noah-sama said.

“Then, we just have to capture the Moon Oracle.” 

“That’s only a matter of time too. We have strengthened the inspections, so she won’t be able to get out of the capital for certain.” 

“But the monster repelling barrier being weak at the underground canals was a blind spot. We have to improve that.” 

They are now in chatting mode.

My turn is over, huh.

“Lastly…” (Noel)

Princess Noel looks at everyone.

“There’s still more? It is fine already. How about you just do whatever?” 

The second prince seems like he wants to leave.

“There’s been reports that the monsters in the forest close to the capital have increased and gotten more active. Using monsters to attack villages and towns is a conventional method of the Snake Church. It happened recently in the Water Country’s capital too.” (Noel)

“The Snake Church lacks weapons and numbers after all. They have no choice but to use monsters.” 

“But it is not a bad move. The monsters have been tough lately.” 

“Hmph, comparing the Water Country’s capital to our Symphonia is stupid! Especially now, the Sun Knights, the Templars, and the Four Sky Knight Orders are gathered. Even if a Demon Lord shows up, we wouldn’t have anything to fear!” 

(Oh my, is this a Demon Lord flag?) (Noah)

Noah-sama, you were listening?

Just in case, the Great Demon Lord hasn’t resurrected, right?

(Not yet.) (Noah)

…I trust you, okay?

“It is unknown what connection the Snake Church has. However, the next attack target after the chaos they created in the capital of Horun is the capital of Symphonia. Being optimistic would be dangerous. Yuwein-dono, I count on you with the protection of the capital.” (Noel)

Princess Noel directs her gaze at the Knight General.

The silent man that had been listening without saying anything until now only said: ‘Understood’.

“Then, let’s end the meeting here. Praise be the Goddess.” (Noel)

The meeting ended.

So tiring…

“I have to talk to Noel-sama, so I will be taking my leave.” (Sofia)

Princess Sofia is as expressionless as ever.

But…

(She seems slightly tired…) (Makoto)

Makoto-san, please help Nee-sama, okay?

Prince Leonard told me that.

I don’t know if I can bring up her mood though.

“Princess Sofia.” (Makoto)

“Yes, what is it?” (Sofia)

Her face when turned is cold and beautiful.

“How about having a meal together some time?” (Makoto)

“?!” (Sofia)

“Ah, if it is okay with you, tha—.” (Makoto)

*Grab!*

She grabbed my hand.

It is as hot as Lucy.

“Promise.” (Sofia)

“Y-Yes…” (Makoto)

She made me promise with incredible vigor. 

She probably doesn’t dislike it then…right?

Does she get in a better mood if she eats delicious food?

I should ask Fuji-yan what good place to go to.

I see off Princess Sofia who is going up to the royalty floor where Princess Noel is, and I go down the Highland Castle’s stairs.

(Now that I think about it, maybe Lucy is still at the place of the Great Sage-sama?) (Makoto)

I have been keeping my distance because of fear of getting my blood sucked, but since I have the chance, maybe I should go train?

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55 thoughts on “WM – Chapter 91: Takatsuki Makoto speaks with the Highland nobles

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  2. I see off Princess Noel* who is going up to the royalty floor where Princess Noel is, and I go down the Highland Castle’s stairs.

    *Shouldn’t it be princess Sofia?

    Thanks for the chap!
    A promise date with the kuudere princess!

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  3. “I see off Princess Noel who is going up to the royalty floor where Princess Noel is, and I go down the Highland Castle’s stairs.”

    The first one should be Sofia

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  4. Really? The Pope’s last name is Borgia? Well I guess we can already tell he’s gonna turn out to be an evil bastard. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s in league with the Snake Church. He doesn’t sound like he is particularly putting much importance in what’s happening.

    So the Moon Oracle that escaped was the First Prince’s fault and she made contact with a Templar briefly that she then cursed. I think she’s the fortune teller that Makoto and Sa-san encountered. She did encounter a Templar during that time and just touched him which made him let her go in an unnatural manner.

    Also all the other nobles there sound like assholes. Apart from the general who said almost nothing during the whole meeting. We got people making racist remarks about beastkin and how they should be made slaves, the First Prince making obvious excuses for letting the Moon Oracle escape, neither prince showing any respect to Noel, people making mocking comments about the king and the Great Sage being absent, the Pope sounds dismissive of all that’s happening, the head of the Valentine household keeps glaring at Makoto like he’s planning to have him killed, people keep bringing up how Geralt lost to Makoto to piss off the Valentine head and people are also insinuating that the Templars will be useless in dealing with the monsters that got in and tracking the escaped Moon Oracle. It sounds like it is a miracle anybody gets anything done with all this pettiness and general assholish-ness.

    Meanwhile Makoto is increasing his affection points with Sofia. Inviting her to eat with him and she eagerly agrees. She also sounds happy that she’ll have to teach him the names of all the nobility and memorize them because she’ll probably get to be alone with him all that time teaching.

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    1. I don’t think the pope would be in league with the Snake Church because the snake church is constitued of religious zealots and they won’t even try act as a believer of another religion (chapter 88 and chapter 90), so it is unlikely tbat the top of the sun goddess church to be in cahoots with them. In fact, it is more likely that he is a human supremacist that want to exterminate demons, beastmen, and devilkin.

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      1. Being in league doesn’t mean he has to worship the same god as them.

        As you say he could well be a human supremacist and could well be thinking of using the devilkin as a way to “purge” the beast kin from highland, either by having them turned into slaves as was mentioned or killed or such like with the rebellion as an excuse for it.

        Is this likely? Probably not, I mean if it were revealed he was working with the snake church he would be stripped of power and fed to the dogs.

        Or maybe he is wanting to actually ferment the war sooner as he sees it as a way to purify the continent.

        Or maybe he himself is a demon lord masquerading as the Pope, do the general rules of worship apply to Demons?

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    2. My guess on that pope is A) he’s been assassinated and replaced or B) he’s angling this for some dickish plot for power. Something about letting the rebellion kill the other grand dukes, maybe.

      Either way, I suspect he’s planning to let the undead be and continue to stew as a problem.

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      1. Like Noah said, the goddesses can read the movements of their own believers(chapter 88). Therefore, it is unlikely that the one who is at the top of the church is replaced by someone else or is in league with the demons without the knowledge of the sun goddess. The Pope is probably trying to expand the power of the church by some dirty means.

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  5. Makoto’s throwing out even more bait to fish he’s already caught.
    Poor Princess Sofia. Getting hooked onto one of the least interested(utterly dense) people in the world.

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  6. Thanks for the chapter~ Too tired, not much to say but glad Sofia got a date~ Also can’t wait to see the Great Sage again, I quite like her character~

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  7. So the level of politics is very high in Highland. Dear oh dear.

    Seems the Royal family has a really major internal problem. Power struggles between each one to become the next ruler just screams assassinations.

    The four family heads seem, well obviously Valentine house doesn’t sound good to begin with but there is another that seems to enjoy antagonising everyone. Didn’t really hear about the other two but assuming that only one person was mentioned as not talking throughout the conference we can assume the other two households aren’t anything good either.

    It is odd that the Pope isn’t really responding at all though. A somewhat odd occurrence indeed especially with so many people attacking the Templar’s.

    Hmmm so much strife to come. Honestly Takki-dono get out of that city and leave them be. Only help/save Sakurai and the two otherworlder wives then hightail it out of that place. Especially with Noah-kamisama identifying the demon lord flag. I wonder if it will be a potential demon general? Or a high ranking subordinate of one?

    Hey imagine if it were a demon general and it took the combined efforts of Sakurai and Takki-dono just to drive him off after he severely injured the other heroes of Highland, rendering them unable to fight?

    As for next chapter, oooh more training! Wait does this mean he is going to ask EX-Scary Loli to teach him?! If that is the case he is a braver man than I right Gunga din?

    And Lucy is being very focussed huh? I guess she really wants to catch up with Takki-dono.

    And Date get! I look forward to the hilarious frolics. Imagine if Takki-dono takes her to a low class restaurant that is famed for its delicious food but isn’t somewhere nobility, let alone royalty go, and instead of turning her nose up at it Sofia-hime sits down and has a great time, even smiling. To which Takki-dono throws out a compliment like how he thinks she looks better when she smiles. (Wait did he do something like that before? Never mind if he does something similar here it will still be good)

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  8. Deym that Ice Cold skill of Princess Sofia. In this case, its hard to make a romantic move at her. Although Makoto’s move was a friendly meal together, that isnt true with Princess Sofia.

    If Makoto would know the skill of Princess Sofia, invitation like this would be hardly be true, coz Makoto will seriously draw a fine line between him as a lower class to a Royal Class, which will emotionally affect greatly Princess Sofia…

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  9. Thanks for the chaps Reigo! I don’t know what it is about this novel but I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed an Isekai this much which is strange because it’s not doing anything new particularly. I guess I just like the flow and the characters. I’m glad you picked this up.

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  10. And just like that, Takki arranged a date with a princess. Okay, yeah. Sophia’s sheer thirst that only leaks out in her actions and not her mannerisms is super endearing at this point. I hope we get another POV segment of her soon.

    …Yup. Don’t like these guys. They’re either assholes, idiots, or suspicious. Maybe not the general by virtue of not doing anything though.

    Maaan. If only Fuji-yan attended too so he could pick at the brains of these leaders.

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  11. Thanks for the chapter! ^^
    After starving all day long, it would be funny that the Great Sage at the moment she tried to suck his blood noticed it and say that she will refrain because she doesn’t want to make him collapse. x)
    I wonder if the church position became shaky after all these failures from the templars and the barrier, and that the pop inwardly could be screaming “Sh*********t!!!” during the meeting.
    Makoto sure know how to recharge his allies batteries or is it his empty stomac that make him think of this suggestion? x)
    And thanks to the sponsors again! 😉

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  12. I’ve been reading your translation for quite a while now, and I’m sorry for not expressing my gratitude earlier but I just want you to know that you’re a great translator, and I’m grateful that you’re willing to pick up this series and seriously thanks a lot Regiokai!

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  13. “Princess Sofia said this with a -sight and a slightly happy visage.”
    -sigh

    Maybe if he played less games & watched more rom-com anime he’d notice the princess slipped into “studying together” fantasy.
    Lol

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  14. You’re missing the chapter links on this one. I thought there just wasn’t more chapters for awhile until I got suspicious enough of that to go and check the main index. Might be worth fixing it up.

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      1. They mean the “next chapter” link. I thought I missed it, too (since I came to re-read this chapter after seeing new chapters available).

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  15. Thanks for the chapter !!!

    Does she get in a better mood if she eats delicious food?
    Dense as ever, welp at least somehow he making progress( without realizing as always ofc)

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  16. Wat ye fukke. The pope is a Borgia? This world is goddamned boned innit?

    …, wait, the Borgia is actually reasonable and likable? Well, the world is double-boned then.

    The princess must be super happy, heh.

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