Chapter 233: The Dagger of Justice

This is what happens when Raphtalia isn’t there…

Chapter 233: The Dagger of JUSTICE

“…Rishia, weren’t we comrades? Just defeat that devil behind you, and together, we can spread Justice throughout the world. I’ll put in a word to Mald. I’ll convince them to let you be our comrade. So let’s come to an agreement here.” (Welst)

Who the hell is Mald?
An important member of the Itsuki party… Is it Armor?
I get the feeling that there were a few more, but I’m not sure they even told me their names.
I mean, they were selfish beyond reason.

“… Where is Itsuki-sama?” (Rishia)
“If you save me now, I’ll tell you. So won’t you offer your hand here?” (Welst)

Silence surrounds the two figures.
Eventually…
With the sound of the wind being cut, the ropes tying the mage fall to the ground.

“Good work! Now go die in a ditch with the Evil over there!” (Welst)

The mage picks up his cane and begins chanting magic at Rishia.

“Gah-” (Welst)

And then he suddenly stops moving.

“As I thought, it was a lie. You have deluded yourself into thinking that in the name of justice, everything you do will be forgiven…” (Rishia)

I witnessed it.
Rishia didn’t just cut the ropes, but the Magic User’s body as well.
Rishia didn’t believe from the beginning.

“Justice… Purge the evil…” (Welst)
“I won’t let you.” (Rishia)

Rishia picked up the ropes and quickly bound the mage once more.

“Naofumi-san, I apologize. I was unable to draw out any useful information.” (Rishia)
“No, just bring him to the prison. We’ll just torture him until he confesses everything. Nothing has been lost.” (Naofumi)

Anyways, so this dagger is able to brainwash.
And Itsuki was not needed in this plan.
But then, why is everyone repeating the words of Justice?

Eventually, the magic user awoke in the prison, and I once again began the interrogation.

“W-what!? I am…” (Welst)
“Now then, as I said before, I’ll have you spill everything.” (Naofumi)
“Ku…” (Welst)

This man sure is stubborn.
But I have plenty of ways to make him talk. And there are plenty of things I want to experiment.

“Okay, now I’ll have you drink this water.” (Naofumi)
“W-what are you trying to do!?” (Welst)

From that reaction, it seems he’s not the one who ordered the poisoning of the well… Or was he just not told?
If he plainly refused, then that would clarify it.

“Just drink it.” (Naofumi)
“Guha! Sto-” (Welst)

I order the slaves to make him drink it forcefully.

“Gaba… uguuuuuuu… hah… hah…” (Welst)

He violently grasps at his own throat. His eyes are bloodshot.

“If you speak, it’ll be easier for you.” (Naofumi)

I take out an antidote and hold it at the tip of his nose.
You can use poison like this as well.
I don’t know who set the poison, but he did me a favor.

“Hey, hey, messenger of justice. If you don’t confess soon, you’ll die.” (Naofumi)
“Naofumi-chan, you look like you’re having fun.” (Sadina)
“I’ll bet it’s quite a refreshing smile. I can tell from his voice.” (Atlas)

The peanut gallery is getting loud.
Though if Raphtalia was here, she would get mad at me.

“I won’t help you until you confess… If I’m able to capture all of your comrades, the nobles should retreat.” (Rishia)
“Ugu… I’ll speak… I’ll speak, so…” (Welst)

Ah, so he is afraid of death.
And he seems to be in a bit of pain.

“Then speak. Based on the contents, I may free you. If you lie, you’ll be drinking more poison.” (Naofumi)

And so, we drew out information from the mage-like person.
Backing him was this country’s revolutionary faction, and he confirmed that Witch was with them.
Mald was their leader, and though he was their comrade, the mage didn’t know too much about him.

“Then tell me. What happened during the Spirit Turtle incident?” (Naofumi)

I could see the whites of the mage’s eyes, so I fed him the antidote.

“I think you already understand, but if you stay silent, then you’ll be drinking poison again.” (Naofumi)
“Ku…” (Welst)

The mention of poison makes the mage cough. He glares at me as if I were a piece of garbage.
And then he begins speaking,
Itsuki’s group arrived before Ren and Motoyasu’s. Half a day faster at that. And he destroyed one of the statues just like the others.
But nothing happened, and the group was captured by the soldiers of the country.

Armor pushed all of the blame onto Itsuki. Armor shouted at him, telling him that he was no hero of justice.
With their trust broken, the group was thrown into jail. They were set to have an audience with the king… but the Spirit Turtle revived, and Itsuki was forced to challenge it.
But without lifting a finger… His comrades came to a silent agreement. They got together behind Itsuki’s back. They ran away, leaving him as a sacrifice to the Turtle.

Later, Armor declared that Justice without power was no Justice. Since Itsuki was unable to stop the Spirit Turtle, he was no justice.

And that was the story, apparently.
Most of the story was the mage’s biased opinion, so I omitted it.
But that’s quite something. I think I’ve heard those words in my world as well.

I see, so his comrades told him that he was no justice. They left him behind to give themselves time to escape. I guess that was enough to break him.
His current state was brought about by him denying the reality he was facing.

And, it seems that Raphtalia’s experience on Cal Mira was no coincidence.
His party had long since noticed his habit of lying and holding back.
To satisfy his sense of justice, he went off to challenge the Spirit Turtle, and his comrades had had enough.

“Next is this.” (Naofumi)

I take out the dagger.
I have a pretty good idea already, but just to make sure.

“What is this?” (Naofumi)
“…” (Welst)
“Will you let your silence destroy you?” (Naofumi)
“I got it from the people supporting Princess Malty.” (Welst)

Malty? Who the hell is that?
Ah, it’s Witch.
That name should have been forbidden.
But, I guess it’s natural for the revolutionary faction to call her as such.
I guess I’ll ignore it for now. The dagger is more important.

It seems that all he knew was that anyone slashed by the dagger would awaken to the concept of justice.
This is quite a peculiar item.
It’s not… A legendary artifact, or something, right?

“Atlas, can you sense anything?” (Naofumi)
“Let’s see… Aside from its ominous Aura, there seems to be a strange power coming from the center.” (Atlas)

Is it from the strange jewel?
Its design looks a little familiar.

Witch… so she really was involved in this case.
But she isn’t here.
Is she in the Castle Town?
It’ll probably be dangerous if I don’t come to their aid soon.
I thought everything would be solved when I defeat Itsuki, but the situation is beyond my expectations.

Witch is backed by the Revolutionary faction and probably the Three Heroes Church, and the poisoning of the water supply was conducted by one of these parties.
Three Heroes Church… I recall the weapon the pope held.

This is just a hypothesis, but…
Could this be the same? A replica of a weapon wielded by a Hero? Or perhaps an item that merely replicates its effect?

“N…niichan” (Kiel)

I had previously dispelled Kiel’s brainwashing with my Shield Prison. She unsteadily walks towards me with a hand on her shoulder.
I had left her outside of the prison.
It’s been a while since I started the interrogation, so I guess she came to her senses.

“Oh, loin-clothed dog. How do you feel?” (Naofumi)
“There’s no way I could feel good. What the hell happened, Niichan?” (Kiel)
“You were brainwashed. You acted as if I were some sort of grand villain.” (Naofumi)
“Haha. Niichan can’t be that great of a person. You’re minion class at best.” (Kiel)
“What was that!?” (Naofumi)

Well, there are some things I want to say, but it seems that the brainwashing has been dispelled magnificently.
Though, there’s still a possibility that she’s just acting.

“Do you remember what happened while you were brainwashed?” (Naofumi)
“Not really. But, I do remember being taken to a strange cave somewhere.” (Kiel)
“Cave?” (Naofumi)
“Yeah, it seemed like everyone was gathered there… I had the feeling that someone told me to go there… I had a vague idea that a trustable person like Niichan was there for some reason.” (Kiel)

So the main justice is inside of that cave?

Wait.
If the dagger was a Replica, then where’s the original?

How was it even produced in the first place?
The infectious attribute on it was exceptionally high.
In Kiel and the others’ case, they had to take quite a few hits before they became infected.
But, it seems this dagger only has to pierce you once.

That means…
Witch is directly reporting to the Three Heroes Church and is receiving funds from the nobles.
That’s why their cooperation is all over the place.

The sleeping drug was from the nobles, but the revolutionaries themselves didn’t want to use Demi-Humans so they switched it to poison.
This sort of ad-libbing… Perhaps they’ll try to masquerade as one of my slaves next.

Anyways, I’ll have to seal off this Dagger’s ability for now.
Based on all of this justice, this replica may have been based on Itsuki.
I heard that they were researching into the field of making replicas. If I assume they had some success in it, then this may have been the result.

The situation is much worse than I thought.
I don’t think I could have expected such a situation even in my dreams.

“Do you know where the cave is?” (Naofumi)

I can probably find out with some more interrogations, but Kiel may know already.

“I think I’ll be able to go there by scent.” (Kiel)
“Good! Then let’s go slaughter… no I should go to the neighboring village and check the damages.” (Naofumi)
“Understood!” (Kiel)

And so, we left the tied up, brainwashed slaves in the hands of the free slaves and set off for the neighboring village.
Of course, we took the magic user with us just in case.
If he tries to attack us again, he’ll get what’s coming to him.

“…” (Rishia)

Rishia seems to be lost in thought.

“Are you pondering over whether Itsuki is the culprit or not?” (Naofumi)
“… Yes.” (Rishia)
“For now, we can assume it’s only his comrades. This may be wishful thinking, but Itsuki may be innocent.” (Naofumi)
“I understand. For now, I’ll just fight as Naofumi-san orders.” (Rishia)

I wonder. Will she say the same if Itsuki steps onto the battlefield?
I think that Itsuki is definitely involved in this riot in one way or another.
We need to be prepared for when he chooses to show himself.

But, for now, I’m worried about what became of the village I left to Ren and Firo.

About Yoraikun

A college student who really should be doing something more productive with his time. Also, he can read a bit of Japanese.
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89 Responses to Chapter 233: The Dagger of Justice

  1. Life says:

    Thanks for the update Yorai!

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  2. scowly says:

    I like how Naofumi caught himself when he was about to suggest slaughtering people XD

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    • LordRaijinSama says:

      If you read it again, it seems like he still plans on slaughtering them but he’s going to check on Firo and Melty first before starting the bloodbath… Let’s not forget he sent Gaelion there too, so all his real fire power is with Melty

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  3. The Tinniest Snowman says:

    WAIT is this three chapters in one day or something. MMmmmm I like it.

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  4. Anononon says:

    ok now thats souds like naofumi, thanks for the chapter

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  5. gohanish says:

    thanks a lot

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  6. k says:

    thank for the update

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  7. wen2jia1wei3 says:

    Men and women of Yorai-kuni (Yorai Country), today, our God has descended upon not once, not twice, but THRICE. We have made grievous Miscalculations. Our God is Merciful. Our God is Powerful. We’ve been appeasing him with prayers of Thanks, and we’ve thought this to be enough, but NO LONGER. Our God’s Effort must be celebrated!

    Laid out before us is The Manchu Han Imperial Feast! I’ve used our holy relic, The Dagger of Justice, to ensure the sacredness of our meal. Using only the tenderest meat, the freshest greens, and the finest drink, this feast shall go down in history! Come my brethren!! Let us Celebrate our God, Yoraikun!!! Praise be His Name!!!

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  8. ratbunuts says:

    Here we go again! Thanks for the chapter

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  9. Yin says:

    Thank you for translating this and KnW

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  10. hehaaw says:

    Thanks for another great chapter as always. Anyway any idea when will you start translating another chapter of KnW again ?

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  11. madmann135 says:

    Naofumi is Vash the stampeed… except he puts on an evil appearance.

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  12. eis says:

    U wonder if the 7 star heroes are involved

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  13. disqus says:

    thanks for the chapter :) and congratz for being back translating

    so its bitch again, damn shouldnt she become the demon lord already? i mean she was the only villain there now that trash is useless xD

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  14. Omnipwnage says:

    “I’ll bet it’s quite a refreshing smile. I can tell from his voice.” (Atlas)
    Best.Line.Period.

    Thank you for the feast you’ve delivered unto our feeble souls, oh great Yoraikun

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  15. metable says:

    Thank you for the great TL Yoraikun!

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  16. lunesave says:

    As a new editor (among many, I assume), my first great undertaking will be to make “Raphtalia” site global. I also only really plan on taking care of minor punctuation issues, as I dare not interfere with the actual sentences unless it’s much too obvious.

    In other words, if you find missing chapters, I swear I didn’t do it. ;)

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  17. somedude01 says:

    Thank you!
    you know what, i believe in Rishia
    i believe that if Itsuki steps on the battle she is going to fight him straight up and end like that one part with Raphtalia consoling Naofumi after his fight with Spear

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  18. laclongquan says:

    This is dejavu all over again~

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  19. Disguy says:

    “Malty? Who the hell is that?”
    Lmao, Naofumi :'(
    Thanks as always yoraikun! :)

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  20. Anon says:

    BANZAI !!!!!!!!
    HURRAH !!!!!!!!
    YAYYYYY !!!!!!!!!!!

    ALL HAIL YORAIKUN !!!

    Truly a feast , many chapter in 1 day

    Still……. Where is My Waifu??
    Raphtalia , come back !!!!!!!

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  21. kirindas says:

    Thanks for the release!

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  22. Tammma says:

    Ah, finally updated…
    Thanks a lot yorai-kun…^_^

    I wonder when will Raphtalia back?? I miss her….T.T

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  23. Witcher22 says:

    Thanks for the update.and thanks for your translation as always.
    i was waiting for the new chapter since many day’s

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  24. Mario says:

    If you are in that possition you can’t made even one mistake, how was that?…If you could make God bleed, people will cease to believe in him…i think is not that correct if you think in Jesus…but all is debatable.
    Naofumi as a minion are you insane, even without power he would be at least the sub-boss…like magus or something like that.
    Thanks for more chapters.

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  25. hell5atan says:

    Seriously Yorai where did you learn Japanese I found my old Japanese reference book that i use in college and i don’t I understand crap except for the basic

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  26. madscientist says:

    wow fast translation :)..as expected of yoraikun…TY

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  27. Sodemas says:

    thx for the triple realese, i see you came back in GOOD shape, but plz mind your health man you just finished your tests~

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  28. muelproject says:

    miss Knw :D

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  29. Mehyh says:

    Also, Dear Yoraikun. May i suggest you WN to translate in near future?
    It’s called: WORLD CUSTOMIZE CREATOR
    So far this WN only got translated via google (unreadable). After reading few manga chapters i believe it has decent potential!

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  30. teppy says:

    thanks~

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  31. NiggawithWaifu says:

    Has any illustration of Sadina and Atla posted yet? I am curious on how they look.

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  32. Haha says:

    I bet nasir is gone for good.. poor dude.

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  33. chendu says:

    Thanks for the three-Release-combo Yoraikun =)

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  34. Hero of The Demon King says:

    Cool, very thank’s Yorai sama. Keep the fast translating hohoho…..

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  35. Firo's Ahoge says:

    I hate amnesia and brainwashing arcs… Naofumi, please end the JUSTICE!

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  36. Thanks for the chap!!!

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  37. amagi91 says:

    thanks a lot for the translation

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  38. thanks for the chapt!!

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  39. heiashi says:

    Thank you very much for the translation translator! Many thanks towards the Author!!

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  40. whome says:

    Thanks for the translation, Yoraikun!

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  41. danime91 says:

    I know already that logic is the furthest thing from these idiots’ minds, but by their reasoning if the one who can’t defeat the Spirit Turtle isn’t Justice, wouldn’t that make Naofumi, the one who killed the Spirit Turtle, Justice?

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  42. Unknown says:

    You guys should check out verse’s translator. He made a translator. He translates Mushoku Tensei.
    https://versetranslations.wordpress.com

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  43. thanks a lot for the update :)

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  44. kingk says:

    Yep let’s attack the village of the guy who’s known for being a sadistic asshole and killer of a gigantic turtle the size of a mountain it would be fine. I can’t wait until naofumi put his boot on their face while they scream that justice bullshit

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