Sevens: The Birth of a Skill

The Birth of a Skill

(This person… I wonder just what sort of person Aria is.)

I faced the girl letting out tears as she held her spear aloft.

All I knew was that she was the female successor to the Lockwarde house. She lived along with her father in Dalien, and when she thought her red family heirloom gem was stolen, she tried to rely on one formerly related to her household, Zelphy-san.

I knew much too little about her.

I never assertively talked with her.

Since I had Novem with me, I had naturally created some space between us within the house.

Perhaps I was simply trying to avoid facing her.

“Looking down on me… Even I… Even I…!”

She probably has something she wants to say.

There must be various thoughts and feelings going through her head.

And yet, I…

I hold up my sabre, and take a deep breath.

Looking at the girl in front of me, I readied my blade.

Due to her fatigue, she’s full of openings. She’s shed a considerable amount of sweat. With the consecutive use of Skills, both her stamina and mana are reaching their limits.

(Why was it… that I did exactly what was done to me to Aria?)

Wanting someone to see them.

Wanting someone to hear them.

Even so, just thinking of her as a burden pushed onto me, I avoided her. I mean, she probably had things she wanted to say as well.

(Is that what the ancestors were trying to get me to notice?)

I could never understand why I had to take Aria under my wing.

But right now, I get the feeling I’ve become able to understand it just a little.

I… I was turning myself into Aria’s Celes.

“… The next one’s going to be a serious blow.”

As I said that, Aria made a surprised expression. But with her tears streaming, she made a serious face, and nodded.

The ones watching us, Novem and Zelphy-san seemed a little relieved.

(Even if you know you can’t win, there are things you have to challenge. Wanting to be recognized… unable to forgive it. Unable to bear the pain.)

After waiting for Aria to collect her breathing, I broke into her stance.

As I closed the distance, she swung her lance horizontally at me so as not to let me get a hold onto it.

I kicked the ground, and she looked up at me as I approached her from the air. As I swung down with me sabre, Aria used her lance to take the blow.

But just through the difference in power, her knees were forced to the ground.

I started to hear a creaking sound, but to lock her onto the ground, I continued to increase the force I exerted.

“Even with this gap in power, why won’t you use the Skill that supplements your own?”

On my question, a pained expression distorted her face.

So that’s her answer.

“You can’t use it? If that’s the case, the bandit brigade’s large man was a more skilled wielder.”

I retract my sword, and kick the lance away. Aria rolled across the ground with it. She immediately stood, but she was covered in mud.

Having been released from my hold, she corrected her stance, and stabbed at me. More than before… compared to when the fight had started, her movements were duller.

I continued to dodge her lance, and stepped into her stance, bufore hitting the hilt of my sabre into her stomach.

If I gave a serious blow, Aria would really be in danger.

Having been hit, the air was forcibly expelled from her lungs, but with tottering steps, she took some distance.

“… You won’t use magic? Not that I’ll be using any.”

I tried some provocations, but it looks like she wasn’t in a state for something like that. Her face was pale, and she was sweating heavily.

Only the eyes that continued to glare at me hadn’t lost their light.

(So she’s resolved herself.)

The difference in skill was clear as day. But Aria never dropped her weapon.

Seeing that situation, the ancestors inside the Jewel, who had been quiet for a while, offered me some advice.

No, perhaps it wasn’t something like advice.

The First spoke.

『Watch closely, Lyle. Witness the moment where a Skill is born. Strong will, and individual ability. Born from emotions, the weapon granted unto mankind.』

This may sound natural, but Skills had a bit of a history to them.

For the humans who were born weak, and didn’t hold the power to fight against monsters, it was one of the graces afforded to them by god.

The Skills that emerge differ based on the person.

To fight monsters, god granted a single possibility.

That’s what Skills are, I’ve been told…

The red gem hanging over her chest started to radiate light.

“… The moment a skill is born, is it?”

The red gem she possessed made it easier for Skills with direct relation to direct combat to manifest.

Just as the blue gem that was passed through the Walt Family’s heads of history encouraged Skills from the Support Class to surface, Aria’s clan had one that encouraged Vanguard Class Skills..

“With this!!”

Aria took a strong step, and came at me with speed greater than before.

I dodged the spear that suddenly came before my eyes, but she immediately swept it at me horizontally.

I heard the Fourth’s voice.

『I guess it resembles my Skill. But in battle, it temporarily allows for extreme acceleration, it seems.』

They looked similar, but he assured me it was different. But she really did accelerate temporarily to get in a greater amount of moves than before.

Without time to evade, I pulled out my spare sabre, and used ot to take the blow.

Sparks flew from the clashing of metal.

But Aria’s attack hadn’t ended.

“More!”

Thrust, sweep, and cut.

I dodge various attacks of the sort, and began to be forced into a defensive battle.

If I lost focus, I would lose. My situation changed in an instant.

The Second spoke.

『Vanguard Class Skills generally give these temporary explosive strengthenings. They’re quite troublesome.』

(TL: Lyle’s are all perpetual passives (if he had the mana))

If I dodged a lance from the right, another would soon come from the left. Against consecutive blows like that, my two swords were put to the defense.

Sparks scatter, and the sabre blades I had just bought were starting to chip.

But at the same time, I was certain that the battle was already settled.

“It’s the end.”

I relax my posture, and looked down at the girl out of breath.

She was kneeling on the ground, her lance stabbed into it. Using it in place of a cane, she was somehow able to prevent herself from collapsing.

The burden of all the consecutive attacks she executed came down on her.

Temporarily raising speed to explosive levels to initiate a series of attacks. It’s probably something like that; Aria’s Skill.

Perhaps because she couldn’t concentrate any power to her legs, her body was shaking. Because her own Skill had suddenly manifested, she had continued to use it recklessly.

When I tried looking at my sabres, the blades was quite worn out.

(I’ll have to repair or replace it.)

Thinking that, I stabbed them into the ground, and started off towards her side. The surrounding earth had been level, but now it had been beaten uneven.

While thinking she overdid it, I considered coming later with the appropriate tools to correct it.

But right now…

“That was an amazing Skill. I was surprised.”

As I call out to her, she looked up at me.

“… It’s not like it would let me win or anything. I already know. I’m inferior to you! But it was mortifying. Just when I had become free, I found I couldn’t be of any use at all… I didn’t ever want to return to that life again. I just wanted to become able to sustain myself!”

Seeing her burst into tears, I didn’t know if it was right for me to have called out to her here.

That’s just proof that I don’t know her at all.

Novem ran over, and started applying healing magic to her. As the light enveloped her, she gradually stopped crying, and like that, as if she had lost consciousness, she collapsed on the ground.

Zelphy-san went up to her, and propped up her body.

“… That wasn’t really a method I should be praising you for.”

As she directed accusatory eyes at me, I put a finger to my face, and thought of what so say… in the end, I couldn’t return a response.

“Lyle-sama, can you help me carry Aria-san? Her stamina and mana expenditure are more severe than they look, so I want to let her rest quickly.”

Novem spoke in her usual tone, and I nodded as I approached Aria.

Should I shoulder her, or lift her up normally…

And as always, starting from the First up…

『I think you should go with the princess cradle.』
『Just Carry her on your back normally.』
『How about putting her over your shoulder! You know, like a fireman!』
『Gently hold her in your arms, and bring her to the bed.』
『If she’s unconscious, then they’re all the same.』
『How about you get Zelphy to help as well? Get her to lend a shoulder or something.』
『Well, you are going to be putting her on her bed, so how about embracing her?』

Their opinions weren’t aligned at all.

Just how free these guys are, I thought, as I lifted her in my arms.

Seeing that, Zelphy-san started to whistle teasingly.

Novem smiled, and…

“I’m a little envious.”

Saying that, she walked ahead of me, headed to the house, and began preparing the instruments to nurse Aria.

Night.

As I was moving my body around in the yard, I heard the Third’s voice.

『Doing the same things, or perhaps coming to resemble the person you hate, you loath, isn’t an uncommon story.』

We put Aria to bed, so today we didn’t go out, and treated today as a break.

While swinging practice wooden swords in the yard, I conversed with him.

“You want to say I’m just the same as her, right? I noticed it for the first time when I was fighting Aria.”

Saying that, I swung the two weighted swords with all my might.

『So you noticed? But what I really wanted you to notice was feelings.』

Feelings…

I get what he’s trying to say. Right now, I lack desperation.

I can’t say being impatient, and going around in circles like Aria is the way to be. But there must be a problem with having no emotion behind my actions as well.

“But it’s not like earning my meals as an adventurer is all there is to life. Right!”

I swing the two swords, and get in an attack on my imaginary enemy. No matter how sharp my swings are, they dodge them all, and defend against them.

I suddenly started breathing faster.

No matter how much I polish my technique, I remember the fear of turning my blade on an opponent it would never reach.

I drop the swords, and touch my chest to get my hastened breathing in order.

『Just who were you imagining when you swung your sword? Want me to take a guess?』

“… No thank you. More importantly, about that topic from before.”

Suddenly remembering, the Third continued the topic.

『Right, right! Feelings, it is. Yep!… Lyle, you’ve also manifested a Skill. You were near the blue gem we’re sealed in when it happened, so it’s likely a Support Class. It’s just that the reason it’s still unclear to you is a matter of feelings.』

“My Skill, is it?”

There’s no doubt I have one. The ancestors also told me there was no doubt about a reaction from the Jewel.

But I have no idea what sort of Skill is it.

『The things called Skills are largely effected by your personal emotions. Right now, it may be natural that you can’t activate it.』

Hearing it from the usually carefree third, I also felt the same.

Looking at Aria today, I was able to comprehend.

Strong feelings are what mold the shape of Skills.

But perhaps the current me doesn’t have nearly enough of such feelings. After continuing to pursue, from the moment I learned I could never hold anything in my hand, it felt like a hole had been opened in my chest.

I’ve tried to forcibly fill it in, but as of yet, I cannot.

『I can understand you not having motivation and all, but right now, you have Novem-chan’s… and even if you may be reluctant, Aria-chan’s futures in your hands.』

The reluctant wasn’t a mistake.

I never said I would take charge of her, but talks proceeded arbitrarily without my input, and she suddenly was put at my side.

It was arbitrary. Ridiculously arbitrary.

Even so, Novem ended up approving.

“Am I in the wrong? Was my objective of living a leisurely life with Novem wrong?”

On my inquiry, the Third gave a response in his normal light tone.

『You’re the one to decide that, Lyle. None of us have the right to choose. I mean, you’re reluctantly accepting the current state of affairs, so if we were to settle everything with our orders… would you be satisfied, Lyle?』

Satisfied… perhaps I would be.

As if he had seen through me, the Third spoke.

『Being swept along with the flow may be nice and easy. That’s how I was. Before I knew it, I was being called a righteous general, and a loyal subject, and all… it was actually quite troublesome. You know, I never had that sort of intention.』

The person I heard he was from the stories passed down were too far separated from the individual himself.

My breathing was back in order, so I collected the swords, and sat down on a nearby rock.

『… Have you still not decided on a goal, yet? Or could it be you really want to live quietly with Novem somewhere far away?』

I’m starting to not know myself.

Is it really alright to kick out Aria after she was trying so desperately?

She was placed on me as a reward, but if I were to thrown her out here, I wonder if she would be able to make a living for herself.

My amount of worries has started to grow.

As I was mulling over them, the Sixth came out.

『It seems you’ve got a lot on your mind. Worry all you want. When you look back on it, you’ll always feel like a fool asking yourself why you worried over something like that.』

Human troubles…

As I looked at the sky, the stars were glimmering quite beautifully.

The next day.

Aria had opened her eyes, but she was left in a state where she couldn’t move.

She had pushed herself to use Skills, and as a result, she placed too much of a burden on her body. Because of that, Novem ended up looking after her.

That being the case, naturally, the only one who could go out and work was me.

I went to the guild’s reception counter, and together with Zelphyy-san, I chose a request to accept.

They were all physical labor intensive jobs, so I wondered if Zelphy-san’s payback was included somewhere in there as I looked at the request forms lined up on the table.

“Choose whatever job you want. I’ll bet you’ll be working alone for a while, Lyle.”

The one who acted of their own volition, and left Aria in a state where she couldn’t participate in the party for a few days, was me.

To Zelphy-san, who grinned as she pointed at all the tedious requests lined up, I had no words to return.

Looking at our exchange, Hawkins-san came to my rescue.

“Zelphy-san, you’re an advisor, are you not? I do think there’s a problem with your request selection being influenced by your personal sentiment.”

Zelphy-san shot back.

“Don’t be so cruel, boss. With that, you’re making it sound as if I chose nothing but intense requests to get some petty revenge. Even when I selected these ones keeping Lyle’s sake in mind.”

On her obvious theatrical tone, Hawkins-san seemed amazed.

But from the sheets lined up, I chose the one that looked the hardest.

Seeing that, Zelphy’s eyebrows twitched a little.

“… So you’re not going to complain today.”

In the past, I always offered some complaints when I took on odd job requests. Zelphy-san surely remembers.

I uninterestedly signed the documents, and handed them over to Hawkins-san.

“Even like this, I’ve got the livelihoods of two others on my back. I can’t really go around not working.”

“So you say. Even when you still have the sum the feudal lord afforded you.”

As Zelphy-san said that, I waved my hands, and departed from the receptions desk.

The receptions desk after Lyle had left…

“Well he’s gotten quite reliable. When he first got here, he didn’t look like he knew his left from his right.”

Hawkins relected on the first time Lyle stopped by the guild.

The advisor, Zelphy, stuck her elbow on the desk, and rested her head on her hand.

“I thought he was just some pampered noble kid, so my job was getting’ closer to observation than guidin’. But he turned out to have quite an amazin’ side to him. Well, becoming reliable’s a good thing. I mean, he ain’t a noble anymore.”

Hawkins began to process the documents he accepted, and he smiled as he remembered Zelphy’s past.

“It’s as if he’s a certain someone. Zelphy-san, remember you used to complain whenever you accepted a request as well?”

As Hawkins brought up the past, Zelphy got sulky.

“The me of that time was still oblivious to the world! Back at home it was always housework and etiquette. The world was completely different.”

A fallen noble turned adventurer is set to go through quite a bit of trouble.

IT’s because their sense of values and common sense didn’t get through on a fundamental level.

“I understand it was quite a bit of trouble for you. They hire adventurers as well, so I often hear about the troubles those adventurers went through regarding etiquette when working under them.”

The worlds they lived in was truly different.

“… It would be nice if Lady Aria was able to make it.”

On Zelphy’s true feelings, Hawkins organized the paperwork as he gave a response.

“Even normal people go through trouble upon becoming adventurers, and they lose their lives as well. I can’t say it’ll all be alright, but perhaps Lyle-kun will do something about that.”

Zelphy directed a doubtful gaze at Hawkins’ high evaluation of the boy.

“Lyle? His reputation’s the worst in Dalien, you know.”

When he had subjugated the bandit brigade, Lyle had repeated quite a few hopeless actions. Because of that, Lyle’s popularity was quite low within the city.

For an adventurer using Dalien as their area of operations, that was a fatal mistake.

“Well, it’s true that he received taxpayer money from the lord, and gathered more than a hundred people to do the job. Of course, it’s not mine to say what’s going through his head.”

Hawkins’ confusion on the matter was understandable.

Without any motivation, the one who continued to rely on his party member Novem was Lyle.

But when the bandits did show themselves, he personally took action, and resolved the problem.

As the two of them were talking, one of Zelphy’s acquaintances lined up in the neighboring desk, manned by an older woman.

After her documents were swiftly processed, she called out to them.

“Yo, if it isn’t Zelphy!”

To the middle aged face ridden with scars, Zelphy made an unpleasant expression.

“So you were still alive. How ‘bout retiring sometime soon?”

The man smiled at her sarcasm, and the young adventurers behind him made troubled faces.

“So you’re also an advisor?”

As Zelphy said that, the man nodded.

“Of course. These young’uns are the hope of Dalien, so I thought I’d go out  on a bit of a long trek and impart ‘em with some competence.”

As an adventurer, he had more experience than Zelphy.

Having done work with him numerous times, Zelphy felt a little jealous at his words.

“Well, I’m happy it seems to be all fine and dandy on your side.”

The man looked at Zelphy, and burst into a grin.

“More importantly, I heard it. .You’re off protecting some idiotic noble son, ain’t ‘cha? You sure don’t have any luck in ‘ya, Zelphy-chan.”

Having a –chan added to her name, a blue vein began to emerge on Zelphy’s forehead before Hawkins cleared his throat.

The other man raised his hands to around shoulder level, and Zelphy clicked her tongue.

“Domestic strife is prohibited in the guild. Also, as an adventurer, you have to make sure not to cause trouble to others. More importantly, you’re both advisors, so I would appreciate it if you set a better example.”

As Hawkins sighed, the man gave off a bitter smile.

“Don’t be so stiff, boss. I was also at fault, but this sort of thing is like a standard among adventurers.”

Zelphy glared at him before leaving the counter. She was probably off to check how Lyle was doing.

“Good grief. Still, a long trek, is it? Are you sure it isn’t too soon?”

Hawkins looked at the youths who had employed a veteran adventurer to advise them.

It was a party of five, and from a glance, it looked like quite a balanced party.

There were three on the vanguard, and a hunter with a bow for the rear.

The last one was likely a magician by the staff in his hand.

“Going small scale doesn’t suit my style. I want to get them to be able to rake it in on their own soon.”

He was a different sort of adventurer than Zelphy, but he was thinking of his employers in his own way. From the start, the adventurers chosen as advisors were those that were good at looking after people.

In a similar way, Zelphy-san said quite a few things, but she never threw out a job, and had quite a diligent side to her.

“Is that so? Well, please exercise the utmost caution. The important thing is to return alive.”

As Hawkins offered a suggestion, the veteran adventurer took his troupe, and left the desk.

At the empty reception desk, Hawkins turned his eyes to the adjacent counters.

In the back, a young beauty had formed quite a long que.

A majority of them were young male adventurers.

Next to her, a middle aged lady was finishing up work swiftly.

The main body of adventurers knew their work would be finished swiftly, so they had made a line there. Both had formed a line, but the flow was completely different.

In the beauty’s line, the flow was slow, and many complaints were thrown around.

The other one disinterestedly completed her work quietly, so the line moved quickly.

Even so.

“And today as well, no one’s going to come to me…”

… Hawkins let out a sigh.

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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73 Responses to Sevens: The Birth of a Skill

  1. thedefend says:

    Rafu~

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  2. Tea says:

    Haha, poor Hawkins.
    Thanks for the the chapter Yorai-kun. ^^

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  3. Chronos5884 says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  4. AsianOtakuGuy says:

    Aye😀

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  5. Rourou says:

    First???

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  6. arahetta~ says:

    too bad hawkins…..

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  7. ninthlite says:

    I wonder what his skill is, something to do with communication?

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  8. thejum says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

    This might actually be my favorite chapter of this so far. It really fleshes out several characters. And someone got a sweet new ability.

    And someone else realized what he is lacking.

    Aaaaand someone else really just wished that more people would just use his freakin’ line.

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  9. Anon the Nameless says:

    kahahaha~~ poor man, people judge on appareance not skill

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  10. GonZ555 says:

    Thank you for the chapter🙂

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  11. License-Less Rider says:

    Thanks for the chapter..

    About lifting aria I shall vote for 4th and 7th opinion

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  12. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Poor Hawkins. He’s really unpopular.

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  13. lazyguy says:

    Lonely, I’m Mr. Lonely… I have nobody… for my own.

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  14. Life says:

    Passive skill: 『Harem Master』
    •Increases the likelihood of acquaintances falling for you.
    •Growth Correction is applied to harem members and further increases your own GC
    •Increases capture rate of 5☆ girls. (Ex: Novem)
    • &#$*#*&(%*&#@%^ ERROR #)(&%&@)&#(*&$#@)(
    Thanks for the chap ol’ chap!

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  15. TimeWizard says:

    I actually believe it’s quite simple to see what our protagonist was lacking. However more than lacking, I would say lost. He had the goal to defeat his sister and inherit the household, but that is impossible now. I would say it actually makes sense that he doesn’t know what to do with his life, after all he failed to achieve the goal he had been working for like 5 years (too lazy to check).

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  16. goblinrou says:

    Unnamed veteran is gonna be trouble aint he?

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  17. ksbdjs says:

    It seems kinda unfair that the story was making Lyle to be the one in the wrong since his actions were being directed by his ancestors (assert your instructions as commander, spar with her without skills and magic, etc). She’s still pretty much a stranger to him and his first impression of her is someone who felt entitled to help from a former servant and random strangers to get her stuff back without reward so he shouldn’t be all buddy buddy with her yet. He’s definitely nothing like Celes just because he somewhat kept distance to her for a week or so. They didn’t forget about her new clothes being bought with his money right? Also many skilled people choose to only defend without attacking when sparring and they’re confident in their skills to say you can’t hurt me or w.e. to novice fighters. If he was like Celes he would be talking shit to her and maiming her.

    It’s funny that Zelphy is being high and mighty with how he’s treating Aria when he’s not even that bad. Zelphy did push her as a burden on him because she’ll be a burden to her own newlywed life soon. She didn’t even provide funds or gifts for Aria. It’s just hilarious how everyone seemed to be mad at Lyle when they are just watching without giving good advice and explaining why. Truth be told Aria is a burden that was pushed onto Lyle with the only relation of being the former lord of their advisor. It’s only tolerated because they were getting a 3rd party member anyways and she’s supposed to be part of his harem.

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    • Yoraikun says:

      If that’s what you think, then so be it.

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    • Aoitenshi says:

      *double standard* ……as Yoraikun said.

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      • ksbdjs says:

        What’s the double standard? I haven’t read the comment section from previous chapters so i don’t know exactly what you’re referring to. I’ll infer you mean Lyle himself is a burden to Novem but I’m not complaining about that compared to Aria? If so then it’d because we all knew Lyle’s story of being neglected and even abused from a young age so we can see his view of the world and thought process is fairly naive so he’s bound to be a burden until he grows wiser and stronger. Novem herself tagged along when Lyle didn’t want her to so if he’s a burden to her then there can’t be complaints.

        Aria herself is also a naive? noble who is thrown onto Lyle to take responsibility of by the feudal lord and Zelphy when he’s barely learning to take care of himself so she’s definitely a burden to him. Lyle is not being mean to her but his actions that can give mixed messages are due to him being confused as he’s trying to figure out how to deal with his new companion. Maybe he could have avoided the confusion with better guidance and a proper conference with his new team. He’s still socially awkward and nobody wants to teach him properly but give vague instructions and sit back to see the fireworks. I just found the situation annoying because it was like making a 5 year old the leader with people here and there giving simple instructions without details and watching to see if the kid would know the deeper meaning of the instruction. If the kid doesn’t then you get pissed at him. He was put in this situation for a companion that was forced onto him and not one he chose himself. Not to mention Zelphy with her petty revenge for a situation that led to team bonding when she herself has the priority over Lyle to take responsibility over Aria since she’s the one that cares about her so much.

        If that wasn’t what you had in mind sorry for the long reply lol

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        • Yoraikun says:

          Again, if that’s how you see it, then so be it.

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        • anon says:

          I think the author wants the reader to find fault with Lyle acting similar to his sister, but is very vague about it since we don’t really know much about his sister or her circumstances. My best guess is that they were both emotionally imprisoning someone by ignoring a person’s emotional needs.

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    • Leguron says:

      I wholeheartedly agree with you. i hope Aria doesn’t become a member of his harem and he should outright reject Novens idea of the harem if he is not comfortable with it. Lyle should stop caring about other people’s opinion of him and speak out his mind. Since he has 60 gold coins he should look forr a more suitable member like a veteran as a member. If he can rent an advisor for 2 months for 10 goldcoins he should be able to buy one.

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      • ksbdjs says:

        I actually think Aria is ok to be the companion. They’re novices themselves so it might be better to grow with other novices since what they want is mostly trustworthiness over skill. She has a gem too so she’ll definitely grow stronger. A veteran adventurer might not be interested in a beginner team or might want to take over the party. I was just irritated by how he was treated lol. At least their opinions are leading to some growth although they can explain better. He learns like a sponge and he tries to be considerate so proper explanations can go a long way.

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  18. haruhachama says:

    『How about putting her over your shoulder! You know, like a fireman!』
    …… I didn’t know fireman exist at there or that era (゜-゜)

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    • BakaGrappler says:

      Every era of organized government has had a firefighting force that has been trained to fight fires. They may not have been directly funded and employed by the government to always be on standby, but they existed even as a volunteer force.

      That said, sometimes you need to use modern words in your descriptions of fantasy worlds or else the writing gets sloppy quickly. I experienced that myself once when I wrote a story in a fantasy realm and used the term “sugar daddy” for a joke. There was only one reader who thought it was out of place, but really, the alternative was to invent some new phrase, spend two paragraphs explaining it, and thus completely ruin the joke. Lesser of two evils, my friend.

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  19. alusarle says:

    To make all happy, Lyle shall prince carry Hawkins.

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  20. cellsoul says:

    I remember thinking of a weird theory like Novem has the real mind of Celes or something.
    W/e.

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  21. cellsoul says:

    Also complaints? Don’t you mean compliments? Because you know… I doubt the young beauty didn’t get compliments and got complaints.

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    • FluffyMittens says:

      I’d complain because the line was moving so goddamn slowly and I wasn’t getting my turn at the counter!

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    • Aoitenshi says:

      She’s only there because of her looks, and she gives poor services.. is there anything to say but complaints?

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      • cellsoul says:

        Well the only people who go there would be young men… So usually no because compliments fly around no?

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        • BakaGrappler says:

          She is constantly short changing them men, probably pocketing the remainder,l and making errors on the paperwork. When the adventurers try to point it out they get hounded by the guys behind them who want to pick up on the lady, and get messed up service in their turn, which they try to bring attention to, and then the guys behind him complain to get their turn to pick up the lady.

          It’s a savage cycle.

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        • anonymus says:

          Well, has to be mention for the sake of the story. If you think carefully about it, MOST of them wouldn’t go to her after being short-changed two or three times, as this is their lively-hood, regardless of how gorgeous the woman is (especially if you notice the different treatment according to looks). Well there would still be a few who she treats well (good-looking-ones) and those with a thing for her.

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        • cellsoul says:

          I mean she isn’t doing the job wrong iirc. She’s just really slow and all the guys in her line are there to flirt with her… Therefore compliments.

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        • Morning dew says:

          if it’s a line, only the guys at the front would be able to compliment. Considering how long the line seems to be, it seems more likely that complaints would be “flying around”, since most of the line would be frustrated at just how long the line is. Plus there’s the generally poor service to consider.

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  22. FluffyMittens says:

    Today’s dose of minor spell checking.

    “ … The moment a skill is born, is it? ”
    skill -> Skill (because you’ve been capitalising ‘skill’ every time it’s shown up so far)

    “[…] sabre, and used ot to take the blow. ”
    ot -> it

    ” When I tried looking at my sabres, the blades was quite worn out. ”
    was -> were

    ” the person you hate, you loath, isn’t an uncommon story.』 ”
    loath -> loathe

    ” The reluctant wasn’t a mistake. ”
    reluctant -> reluctance

    “[…] together with Zelphyy-san, I chose a request […]”
    Zelphyy-san -> Zelphy-san

    “[…] and departed from the receptions desk. ”
    ” The receptions desk after Lyle had left… ”
    receptions -> reception (You use that spelling earlier. Or perhaps ‘reception desks’?)

    “[…] noble kid, so my job was getting’ closer to […]”
    getting’ -> gettin’ (consistency with the rest of her speech, I guess. Otherwise just take off the apostrophe altogether.)

    ” IT’s because their sense of […]”
    IT’s -> It’s

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  23. ZaX says:

    Being popular has its downsides sometimes. Thanks for the chapter.

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  24. Who wants to come to and old man

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  25. Orange Light Saber says:

    Well maybe we will see some change soon.

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  26. sdeligar says:

    Thank you

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  27. BakaGrappler says:

    Iyo.

    Instead of calling them “perpetual passive” skills, I would call them “toggle passive” skills, since we’ve been shown that Lyle turns them on and off as required, and that he does not have them perpetually on outside of the necessary time frames.

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  28. BalthasarH says:

    Regarding Lyle’s Skill:
    The most likely moment he awakened it was during his fight with Celes. There are two specific possible moments:
    1. when he performed the hand-switch-V-slash and connected with Celes -> if her Skill is mindcontrol and the reason she could dodge was her manipulating him then it could be a Skill to render him invulnerable to mindcontrol, otherwise some kind of guaranteed-hit Skill (like Odins Gungnir).

    2. when he survived her firestorm spell and recovered extremely fast afterwards (look how he thought the gardener used some special medicine in chapter 1) -> super-fast-recovery or aegis type Skill (well that could have been an unconsiuos activation of the first’s Skill)

    Other than that his Skill could simply force people close to him to “look at him” (as opposed to him beeing ignored).

    (Or he simply got the Kamijou-Touma-Skill: it makes him invularable to mindcontrol but in exchange takes all his luck -> he gains a Harem that fights over him [of course he takes all the hard blows], he has to sustain all the girls [monetary worries] and is completely unaffected by their attempts to charm him [protected against mindcontrol].)

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  29. zekkendo says:

    so, if the ancestor’s are manifestations of skills, will he meet with a manifestation of himself?

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  30. Verdant Knight Runner says:

    Neglect on hawkin sad*

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  31. k says:

    Thank for the update

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  32. Bobby says:

    thanks

    pokok’e mak nyos

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  33. Seinvolf says:

    Thank u always for ur great work…
    ^^…

    Well boss, your face is scary enought u know…
    XD…

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  34. xtremeloldude says:

    『If she’s unconscious, then they’re all the same.』 this sounds pretty wrong out of context

    thanks for the chapter

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  35. Kryzin says:

    Thxs for the chapter.

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