Chapter 115 – The Four Stars of the East’s Plan

 


Translator: Kell | Editor: Weasalopes


The Four Stars of the East’s Plan

They arrived at an inn where the ladies were staying. The Four Stars drew too much attention, so they couldn’t really talk in an open space like a restaurant. Hikaru asked for some place quiet and they ended up at the inn. The room was small; with four beds, there wasn’t a lot of place left.

「I expected a better room since you’re all rank B adventurers.」Hikaru said.

Selyse gave a wry smile.「We have money, but there’s not a lot of inns in Borderzard. The fact that we’re not camping out in a tent and that they offered us an actual room is special treatment in and of itself. Take a seat.」

「Where?」

「The bed I guess.」

「………」

The four ladies were already sitting on their own beds. Hikaru stood by the door.

「I’m fine here.」he said.

Selyse looked amused, and then Selica spoke before she could.

「I have a question!」

「Before we proceed, I may not answer all your questions. We’re not exactly friends right now.」Hikaru said with force in his voice.

Selyse wore the same amused expression. Sarah was lying down on her bed, playing with some sort of puzzle ring. Sophie was smiling, head tilted. Selica didn’t seem to care.

「I don’t mind!」

They seemed a notch above others, perhaps due to age or experience.

「Good grief. What do you want to know?」

「What was that fire magic?!」

Hikaru thought she would ask about Japan. Selica seemed to have read his mind and said “I’ll ask you about it when the others aren’t around” in Japanese.

「I don’t plan to stay that long, but whatever. The fire magic she used is called Flame Gospel. It’s not really a rare spell, is it?」

「That’s high-level magic! True, it’s a known spell, but only a few can use it. I haven’t heard of anyone else using it in succession!」

「Yup. I can’t comment any more on that, though.」

「How does she have ridiculous amount of mana?」

「No comment.」

「Is her fire magic related to her killing the Count?」

「No. Also she didn’t kill him.」

「Then who did?!」

「No comment.」

「So you know who’s the culprit?」

「No comment.」

「Are you the one who let Lavia escape?」

「No comment.」

「Hngh!」

「Can you tell me about Paula Nohra’s healing magic?」Sophie said.

「I’m not familiar with healing magic.」

「Is that so…? Then let me explain. Paula restored a missing body part and even healed a petrification completely. By Ponsonia’s standards, she would be among the best healers in the kingdom. Not to toot my own horn, but if I used all my strength, I might be able to do it too. Although I would collapse afterwards.」

Hikaru was starting to get a headache. What did that girl do?

「Where did you see Paula?」 he asked.

「The town hall where the injured were brought in. Most of the wounded have been healed… as for the rest…」

Sophie slurred the rest of her words. The rest were probably dead, beyond saving. Sophie Bloomfield was like a saint, devoting herself to healing the sick and injured. That was included in the information that Hikaru gathered about them.

The fact that she was here meant that her job was done, or she was replenishing her mana.

「Like I said, I’m not familiar with healing magic. So I can’t say anything.」

「I see… We could’ve saved a lot more people with her powers…」

Hikaru frowned.「If you put a price on Paula’s healing magic, how much would it be?」 he asked.

「What?」

「Normally when adventurers are injured, they would either use a potion, or ask a Healer for help. Both are not free.」

「In many cases, yes.」

「How much would it be to save someone who’s supposed to be beyond saving? And can an adventurer afford it? I want to know.」

「Are you saying those who don’t have money should die?」

Sophie, who was supposed to be all smiles, glared at Hikaru. The gaze of a pleasant beauty was intense.

「Adventurers are responsible for their own well-being. Sure, your act of charity may be noble. But let’s say your friend Sarah returned from scouting the dragon with serious injuries. If you were completely drained of mana, what would you have done?」

Sarah stopped her hand and glanced at Hikaru.

「I will convert my own life force into mana to heal her.」

I didn’t know that was possible, Hikaru thought. Nevertheless, Hikaru’s answer was the same.

「That’s stupid. Do you think your friend will be happy if you shortened your own life span?」

「I stay in the backlines to save as many lives as possible. But that doesn’t mean I’m neglecting my friends. Not saving those who can be saved is arrogance.」

「I beg to differ. Like I said, adventurers are responsible for their own being. Being patronizing, saying “I’ll save you” is arrogance.」

「Why not help those who can be helped?」

「People are only grateful for your healing because it’s free.」

「Whether or not I do it for free is irrelevant to the results. And—」

「All right. That’s enough.」Selyse clapped her hands twice, stopping the argument.「You two just got acquainted. Nothing good comes out of arguing right away. This kind of subject should be touched once you get to know each other better.」

「Yes, you’re right.」

「Hmph.」What a hardcore philanthropist, Hikaru thought. He believed one should be responsible for their own life. They couldn’t possibly see eye to eye.

「I seem to be getting worked up. I’ll go get some fresh air.」Sophie said. She passed by Hikaru and stepped outside.

「It’s unusual for Sophie to get emotional.」Sarah said in a flat voice.

「Really?」

「Quite a lot of people died this time. Maybe she’s feeling powerless.」Sarah rose from her bed.「Anyway, Hikaru. Are you the one who killed the dragon? You seem to know I was out scouting.」

「No comment.」

「Hmm… I think the reward for killing it is huge.」

「I don’t have financial troubles. I’d rather people not ask me questions.」

「Haha. You’re harsh. All right, then. I’m really, really curious how you killed it, but I’ll ask my question some other time. Selyse, I’ll go see how Sophie is doing.」

「That would be great.」Selyse said.

Sarah left the room.

「Can I leave now?」Hikaru asked.

「Wait, I have one more question.」the most formidable of them, Selyse, said. 「The man who kidnapped your partner is a member of the kingdom’s special forces. I know by the special cloak he was wearing. Correct me if I’m wrong, but are you perhaps planning on taking revenge?」

Hikaru readied himself. These ladies were Ponsonian adventurers and knowledgeable about the kingdom’s internal affairs. There was a high chance that they were allies with the royal family.

「No need to be on edge. We won’t stop you.」

「You won’t?」

「Stop teasing, Selyse! Just tell him that we’re planning to leave Ponsonia.」

「What did you say?」

It felt like they just skipped a lot of important points. Selyse said they won’t stop Hikaru from harming the king. While Selica mentioned they were leaving Ponsonia.

「It sounds like you’re giving up on Ponsonia.」Hikaru said.

「Exactly. That saves us some time.」

「Why?」

「I’ll explain after we make a deal.」

「What deal?」

「I’ll tell you about the situation in the kingdom. I believe the information will help you in your revenge.」

「What do you want from me?」

「I want you to tell me about Forestia. We rarely go out of Ponsonia, so we don’t know much.」

「Tell us all about the delicious food and where to get them!」

「Haha. That may be enough for you, Selica, but I need political information. We might be staying here for a while.」

Selyse still had her smile.

「We, the Four Stars of the East, are moving our base of operations from Ponsonia, and Forestia is a candidate.」

Hikaru heaved a long sigh.「What the hell is going on in Ponsonia?」he muttered.


 


24 Comments

  1. Just tell the bitches that you’re going to kill the king because he’s a fucking lunatic, and if they try to stop you, you’ll kill them too, along with millions of innocent people because fuck them, trying to capture a little girl for a king to use in a war.

    • The best thing is,
      1. Mislead those bitches.
      2. Chase them back one by one
      3. Torture with mind game before cut all their limbs and dump lots of point in stamina on their soul board then sell their bodies to brothels. Ups don’t forget to cut the vocal cords too.

      • Am I Un-Dead Yet?

        Woah there buddy.

        They havent done anything to earn his trust, but they haven’t actually done anything against him either.

        Second point is that this isn’t THAT kind of WN, so keep it a bit less rapy ok?!

      • That’s too harsh man! They may be annoying but they don’t warrant such horrible acts. Save that if they actually slaughtered many people without any justification. But all they do is complete quests and suspect Hikaru of being Japanese (and annoy him).

      • Whoah! Calm down there, Satan. The Four Stars haven’t gone that far, at least not yet.

    • Calm down a bit there. Kill the king but let the princes know it was a personal matter as the king put his hands on his girlfriend. She knows what the king is like, and the country is unstable enough prevent her from wasting personel on a vendetta.

  2. It’s unfortunate, but this is why I can not read most Japanese novels. There’s a point to where tropes just becomes culture. I pray normal Japanese people aren’t as weak willed/dumb as these characters.

    The MC is strong, but not invincible. What on earth could compel him to go back to the inn with 4 people who could be as strong as he is? – he does not know their strength, but he does know that even with ‘max’ stealth, their scout could find him.

    Just plain dumb.

    • I know what you meant, I’m trying to be patient hoping it would get better but seems like it’s still not changing. This is why I prefer Korean novels more than Japanese

    • Quote: “even with ‘max’ stealth, their scout could find him.”

      That right there is why he’s going to the hotel with them.

      First Rule of a crisis, negotiate first, attack last. He wants to know what their game plan is and letting them lead him and Lavia to the hotel is better than spending every night trying to sleep with one eye open the rest of their lives!

      Sophie… Has some gall to act all philanthropic when she tried to ARREST Paula for healing that adventurer back in the field hospital earlier. What she really wants is just to have everyone ooohing and aahing at her for being the best healer around, and can’t take the competition.

      If she REALLY practiced what she preaches, ie, that a healer should heal everyone for free, even if it costs her her life, then she wouldn’t be an adventurer, she’d be a slave, chained up in a clinic, exploited by everyone, or like Paula already experienced first hand, used as a walking money-bag, dragged along and exploited by so-called “friends” who come at her with a sword if she doesn’t do whatever they say, whenever they say it.

      • It’s always nice to prepare a plan to kill everyone you meet.

      • I’m not saying he should attack them on the jump. He should have told the scout to leave him alone and left.

        If the scout followed him again, he should kill the scout. If that sounds too harsh/bloodthirsty… well… it’s not.

        These fantasy worlds aren’t like ours… in real life, it’s impossible for 1 guy to beat normal 3 men, and because of that laws are more easily enforced (This is why it’s basically impossible to run from the cops). When laws are more easily enforced, then you can take the risk that going to some random hotel won’t be the death of you.

        In worlds like this though, 1 person can be a walking disaster where numbers are just numbers. Him warning the scout is already crises negotiations, because for all the MC knew the scout could have the weakest attack/defense ability of the group, and with him around the others could find/kill the MC.

      • Far as I could tell she didn’t try to arrest her but similar to the mage went to contact a person who was better then her at her forte as quickly as possible. And then they bolted so ALSO like the mage she tried to chase them down as best she could. Probably for the dual reasons of talking to someone better then her and to convince her of her ‘moral duty’ to heal all the people there that she couldn’t save on her own.

  3. Thanks for the chappu~

  4. Exactly what was that? Why argue with the girl? Harm the King, can she read minds? There was so much arrogance is the room. Sigh

  5. Highest emperor

    Thank you very much for the chapter

  6. I can tell the writer knows he is making these 4 unlikeable. I’m not sure why though. I just hope there is a purpose for it that works to make the story more enjoyable. I would hate to be annoyed for no reason.

    • Base on all the chapters I’ve read so far what I can think is those 4 girls is talented yet, inexperience. You can see that they want to do think their way, and mind about others business (saying shit like they will do this or that if our MC don’t comply) for their own conveniences and curiosities (information in Forestia, spells, things that the MC did,…) especially having political information just by not stopping him to go to Ponsonia is dirt cheap. And the thing I feel most uncomfortable after reading this chapter is how much the greed show on the healer girl, I just feel it’s just fit right in for a girl at that age to not realize she want to heal “everyone”, she believe she’d be the “best” healer, “everyone” call her the saint, and what’s more it’s FREE so “everyone” is happy, then when thing go out of hand she’s be sad that she can’t heal “everyone”, BUT Paula can, and she ran away, which make the healer girl think it’s unacceptable that you don’t help when you can, she only look at think one-sided, and force others to follow her justice unintentionally. Well they’re girls, highshool girls at that, what can I say, on the other hand Hikaru’s objective is just living peacefully with Lavia (now with Paula too) thus he’s trying to make the best environment for her but there’re hindrances (the Ponsonia King, people that aim for his Lavia,…) that he need to remove, but with reasons(come on he’s a human too). At least this novel is way better than ” pressing 100 million years button to get OP and have bitches snugging up to you just by beating them once, ass-level world building, no character development even after 30 chaps, the MC with the weirdass personality and didn’t know shit around him for 80% of the time” the novel.

  7. Just raise her attributes to the max on healing stuffs. Then she will figure it out by her self

    • Yeah, because tipping a “Justice Bitch” like that off to you having a god tier ability like that is a good idea. Given how stubborn these girls are about trying to drag him into their plans due to having a minor if annoying bargaining chip on him (and knowing he ended a creature that would wreck them, solo.) Letting them know that he can more or less create monsters like the sword saint from P kingdom is a great plan.

  8. Thanks for the new chapter!

  9. Thanks for the chapter.

  10. Steaming garbage

    I love fantasy. Different worlds, adventure, things not found in our world. I read western novels, and couldn’t get enough. So I started reading Asian novels. I think I’m done with Japanese novels though. I don’t mind the stereotypes too much, as long as there’s an interesting adventure or story. Like spearmaster and the black cat. But this… This is steaming garbage.

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