Intermission: The Last Day of the Empire

Monica burned the sight of the blazing capital into her eyes.

From the roof of the palace, she looked over the scene.

“Five hundred years… we held out five hundred years, Lyle-sama.”

Five hundred years. Monica who had watched the empire the whole time. She looked over the imperial capital. It had continued to expand, had become a metropolis that supported a population of three million, but now it was wrapped in a sea of flames, black smoke rising all around.

While the other Valkyries had applied changes to their bodies with the advancement of technologies, Monica alone, for these five hundred years… never set foot out of the capital.

And what she saw at the end was the sight of those carrying Lyle’s blood attacking the city. Among them she could confirm the forms of Valkyries.

“To think they’d invade us so far in want of the Jewel. Having memories burn away is a lonely sight, even for an automaton. Even when the records remain in my databases.”

The clock tower slowly tilted over before crumbling to bits. The fall of the bell at the top of the tower raised a terrible din.

Inside her hand, Monica was gripping the Jewel.

“… How unfortunate. There is no way I could accept anyone who would do such a thing as Lyle-sama’s successor. This Jewel shall remain under this Monica’s management.”

Jumping down from the roof, she ran through the noisy castle.

In the decayed empire, the generals who bought their status with money were shouting at their men.

The officials were trying to run, and among them were even some trying to take the castle’s valuable along with them.

Five hundred years. Monica had seen it all.

She had watched it all. She had always operated as one of the maids of the castle, and didn’t even approach the inner palace.

The Valkyries distanced themselves from the inner palace as well.

Perhaps there was a conspirator in the castle, as the gate opened so easily. The ones on standby outside stampeded in, and raised a ruckus through the palace walls.

Perhaps they had strong ones among them, as the castle’s knights didn’t even serve to buy time. Even if there were those that could fight, they were singled out, surrounded, and cut down.

“They really did their research.”

Monica ran through the chaotic structures, only to find some enemy knights standing before her.

“Maid over there! Stay where you are!”

“If you resist, I’ve no choice but to kill you!”

Two well-trained knight.

A fearless smile on her face, Monica grabbed and tossed them away. While the surrounding allied soldiers were surprised, they faithfully bowed their heads and ran off to fight another battle.

“They didn’t lay hands on the innocent maid. They were good knights. So I didn’t take their lives.”

If they had cut at her without question, even if she didn’t go as far as taking their lives, she’d at least have given them grave injury. Monica proceeded down the secret corridors she’d grown accustomed to, heading to the throne room to find the panicked forms of the authorities.

And his imperial highness… Lyle’s descendent was placed on the seat Lyle once sat. Placed was the proper term.

His eyes were vacant.

Despite the ruckus going on outside, he didn’t show a reaction. But there was a prime minister nearby, and ignoring the emperor entirely, the minister shouted out orders. As Monica approached the throne, the prime minister noticed. He was a man who got his status with money and authority.

“W-why is a maid in such a place!? Stand back, you’re committing a deed of disrespect!”

Monica narrowed her eyes.

“You’re the ones being disrespectful. Good grief, it takes quite the mind to think of these means. Even if the emperor is but a single governing system, doing something like this…”

He was once a wise child. Monica had confirmed it from afar. But once he had a successor, he was incapacitated with drugs, and even fed poison.

From his half-open mouth, a small, ‘aaah’ came out as he tried to say something. This sort of thing had already carried on for a number of generations. It had continued for half a century. The surrounding authorities. And the prime minister and those that took care of him, had made the emperor into nothing more than an ornament.

For that sake, the shifts in generation during that half a century happened exceptionally quickly.

Monica smacked the palace guards away and came out in front of his imperial highness. And getting on her knees, she deeply lowered her head.

“My deepest apologies, your majesty… From the founding emperor Lyle, this Monica… but at least at the very end…”

Saying that, Monica kicked away the prime minister who had drawn his sword to approach. The minister who fell down the stairs broke some bones, but he seemed to be alive.

And Monica quietly cut at the neck of the current emperor. As the blood spouted out, she let it shower her body.

The empty-eyed emperor reached a hand for Monica. Monica gripped that hand tightly.

“Tha…”

With a face as if he had been released at the end, the emperor closed his eyes. Monica turned a glance to the secretly swapped out fake Blue Jewel before her own eyes.

There, the door to the audience chamber was broken down.

The form of four Valkyries led by the crown prince of Cartaffs.

“Your majesty. The crown prince of Cartaffs, Zerg, has come to save you. To punish the parasites nesting in the empire, and… woman, are you the one who killed him.”

Seeing the bloody form of the emperor Monica embraced, Zerg stopped his advance. The knights and soldiers that raced around the audience chamber.

But Zerg who watched Monica was perfectly calm. The ones who flew into a rage were the Valkyries around him.

“Monica… you betrayed!”
“Not only did you keep us away, even his majesty… as we surmised, you were broken after all!”
“We shall destroy you by our hands!”

Blue armor, and white wing binders. In the space of five hundred years, the Valkyries had grown in power. Against them, Monica alone was at a disadvantage.

“It would be troublesome if I was destroyed here.”

Monica sat the emperor down on the throne, took a tidy bow, and ran from the spot. She was more knowledgeable of the castle than any Valkyrie. For it had been remodeled bit by bit.

With nothing to do, apart from her regular work, she’d either tamper with Porter or tamper with the palace… such was the life that Monica led.

As she ran, she headed for the inner palace at once. The alliance army that invaded the castle had already reached and lain hands on the women and children of the palace.

“Kill them! The legitimate bloodline rests in Faunbeux alone!”
“Eradicate the blood of the Walt House!”
“It’s Zerg-sama’s orders. Do it!”

No Valkyries stationed around, the knights and soldiers could do as they wished. Monica hurriedly made for the largest mansion, and saw the knight who had cut down the legal wife.

The woman who had tried to protect her young child collapsed, not a single guard around her.

“I’m sorry. Don’t hate me kid.”

As a representative knight tried to cut the child down, Monica took a gatling gun from her apron.

“As I thought, you had no intent to save him. Unfortunately, I will not let you take any more.”

Once she had felled them all, Monica instantly embraced the young boy and headed for the secret passage that led out of the castle.

All those secret ways she made in times of old had proved useful.

 

 

 

Escaping the castle, a long way off from the capital, Monica had come to a point she could look over the city.

The young boy in her arms, she looked at the capital. The city was ablaze, and reconstruction would surely be extremely difficult.

“Even after all his heart’s blood he poured into it, it only took a few days for it to fall to ash. But as long as his blood lives…”

The child was too young to know what had gone on. But still he cried tears of sorrow. Monica soothed him as she opened her mouth.

“Lyle-sama, this Monica… has fulfilled her promise. So someday… once is enough. Just one more time, let me hear your voice.”

Monica gripped the Jewel in her hands. The real Jewel she had received from Lyle all those many years before,


 

Fifth Generation Head (;゜д゜): “… What’s this, that wasn’t heartwarming at all. What’s more, that was heavy. The hell… I can’t smile at that.”

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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70 Responses to Intermission: The Last Day of the Empire

  1. Thank you for the chapter!!!

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  2. GM_Rusaku says:

    ∧_∧  
    (il´‐ω‐)ヘ Thanks!!
    ∩,,__⌒つっ Nepu!!!

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  3. Acedia-chan says:

    Damn that was some heavy stuff

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    • 500 years, twice as long as the first 8 generations of the Walt house.
      It isn’t easy to hold out for so many generations.
      What had once started must eventually end. But 500 years later, the jewel has yet to regain it’s power huh?
      I guess Monica is really crazy about Lyle. Makes me wonder why the other Valkyries chose to serve the other descendents instead of the main line?
      Is their desire to monopolize a single master so great? And how on earth is Monica being maintained? Or the few other original Valkyries that used Lyle’s mana to function? Does this mean that the gem is still giving mana to Monica and the Valkyries???

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      • Yoraikun says:

        The Valkyries are externally powered. Monica is a mystery.

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        • guidedicicles says:

          Although normally powered by an mana line, she showed that she could absorb from external sources as well, no?

          It’s sad to see the Valkyries corrupted by time 😦

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        • Sorry, Monica’s final thoughts of the real jewel being passed to her by Lyle??? I think the plot thickens. For 450 years she has been holding onto the real jewel. I think it is safe to say that Lyle knew his jewel to continue supplying her with mana.
          That should explain why none of Lyle’s descendents showed up in the second part of the epilogue I guess?

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        • HapUgMata says:

          it wouldn’t be weird if lyle didn’t try some things on monica because he knew that monica would shut off if he didn’t supply her with mana…so maybe the lyle in the jewel can answer the mystery regarding monica…

          so the sevens gaiden starts after 500 years huh…and the enemy is still related from novem…and the mc is from shannon according to some commenters chapters ago…

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      • memerou says:

        if you think about it, all other Valkyries besides Monica and 1,2,3 .. were completely devoted to Lyle while the others chose their own mistresses to serve … and 1,2,3 were killed/destroyed by the Butler….. i think…

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  4. Acedia-chan says:

    And will you do Sevens gaiden
    I want to see the reunion between Lyle and Monica

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  5. woozlak says:

    Well everything has an end, but i think this chapter fits better in sevens gaiden than here,

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  6. Felipe says:

    These Faunbeux guys are the same family that betrayed the first Lyle? If yes Well on the bright side at least we know from savens gaiden that their impire is going fall (again, seriously what does it take for these guys learn that they are not fit to rule)

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  7. T_T says:

    Splendid, Monica….!

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  8. CJ Carlet says:

    Thanks for the update

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  9. edryc96 says:

    It’s like the sacking of Rome. All those hard work by Julius Caesar, gone.

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  10. Ah. says:

    I feel Monica’s personality has become a lot more calmed-down and sincere. I guess the centuries really did have an effect on her.

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  11. TnT I got so attached to the story that chapters like this make me want to cry TnT

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  12. framee says:

    Hard times create strong men
    Strong men create good times
    Good times create weak men
    Weak men create hard times

    That’s why things should be stay at grey line, evil should exist so ‘good’ people have something to despise.
    When people have no common enemy, after some time they’ll fight each other after all.

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  13. Kudan says:

    Thanks~

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  14. Chuo says:

    Man, I don’t get why Lyle didn’t pass on the jewel to his descendants. Well 450 without everything going to shit is a pretty good record for a first go 🙆
    Thanks for the translation✌👍
    BTW yoraisan what series are thinking of picking up after you take a break? Would you mind reading ahead 10 nen goshi no hikiniito to see if you like it, if you do, then you could team up with yukkuri-san?

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  15. RozenMaiden says:

    Well, i actualy think it’s an unavoidable thing when a kingdom fall to ruin because the foolish and greedy nobles and moronic military. Bloody hell. Let the greedy died in the blood. Let the proud fall to ruin. Thanks for chapter Yorai.

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  16. swordbane says:

    You know it’s heavy when Monica refers to Lyle as Lyle-sama instead of chicken dickwad

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  17. RedKaiser says:

    Poor Monica

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  18. Souma says:

    I really want to see king that makes civilization become hikikomori and in the end getting swatted by monsters(Severn gaiden) but damn imagining Monica as she is immortal kinda hurt my heart…saying goodbye one by one even someday to Leo Walt too

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  19. Atamahead027 says:

    Damn this is heavy stuff. Poor monica being alive for 450 years

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  20. Im suprised things even reached this point where the officials took control of the royal line. Monica and the valkyries were all here so it baffles me that they let this happen. For 50 years too. They should hold some athority as the guardians of the royal line so why did they distance themselves from the inner palace. Hope its explained in the gaiden. Poor monica, she suffers through the immortal servants curse of seeing all previous masters die before her.

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    • Reaper Phoenix says:

      It seems Monica kept the valkyries away from the inner palace. It’s not good if immortals or long living races meddle in the affairs of mortals too much. The mortals might become dependant on them and not able to make a decisions on their own.

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      • There still seemed to be Valkyries that continued to serve the Walt bloodline outside of the inner palace. There primary job was just to serve and protect, they never really be involved in the policies of the state. If they continued as caretakers they could’ve been fine. Guessing it all had to do with how one of the Walt descendents were raised by the Valkyries that caused them to distance themselves.

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    • Archus says:

      intrigues, politics, anything can happen in 500 years. Also it implies that Monica still observe the state of the royal line even when she’s not involved anymore. Probably Lyle ordered the valkyries to serve the descendent they feel best suited and secretly ordered Monica to observe and give the execution if the empire falls.

      Damn, now I want to see the last day of the emperor

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      • I would love to see a summarized history of what happened after Lyle passed away. Like what his descendants got up to and how it lead to the fall. From looks of it Cartaffs finally got their revenge on the Walt house by raising one of Lianne’s descendants against the Walts.

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        • Archus says:

          Cartaffs is Ludmilla’s country. Lianne is Faunbeux which claim true legitimacy for some reason. Either way, I doubt anyone still alive remember the grudge and pretty sure Lianne and her children will wash away all the grudge in the course of 500 years. I’m more curious about the descendent of non-princess faction leader like Miranda, Novem, and Shannon. Its kinda weird Shannon is mentioned more in the history book of the future compared to Novem (Miranda is sticked there as her older sister and number 2)

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        • Novem probably kept out of the spotlight like the Novem’s before her and dedicated her time to Lyle and managing/fighting his harem.

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  21. Northz says:

    Really thank you for translating this Yoraikun, such a great story I’m glad you brought it to my attention. So what’s the status on the sequel, did you decide to leave it to another group?

    In any case this type of ending really hits hard, it saddens me a bit but Lyle’s story was truly great. “No king rules forever”, indeed…. well now we’ll finally see Lyle bully his descendants, haha.

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  22. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Poor Emperor got drugged so the prime minister could become the power behind the throne.

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  23. Bloom-san says:

    I thought the Faunbeux were Bahnseim lol. While reading this, I wondered what happened to Damien’s project and what happened to the moon thing. Also, the Valkyries are all over the place but still no sighting of Octo.

    This extra story is very good. It kinda makes sense why the Walt name became such a joke. Also, it’s still moving when Monica refers to Lyle with “-sama”. This is another reason why Monica nicknaming Lyle “chicken” is good. She doesn’t have to play up her sharp-tongued attribute and she doesn’t get overly excited because of the circumstance so we got plain cool Monica.

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    • Archus says:

      Its almost 500 years, Bahnseim is already just a stepping stone in history like Sentras of old and Faunbeux also have claim to the throne through Lianne. 500 years is also not bad and even then, it seems like the main line still quite wise king even though he’s poisoned by the PM and probably try and failed to purify the empire system of filth before he’s poisoned

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  24. sharur says:

    -__- The fifth’s right…that was seriously heavy…

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  25. frenzy85 says:

    So heavy… and Lyle never had a true successor? He actually gave the jewel to Monica?

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    • Archus says:

      Probably Lyle does not want to poison his successors with overlooming shadow of his back. If he did pass it, then Lyle might become shadow emperor forever since he’s the revered God Emperor and have particularly huge influence, not a good thing since generation change is important too.

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  26. Avarrencus says:

    Thanks for the chapter

    This is why you cultivate to become Immortal.

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    • Yoraikun says:

      “Humans, you see, they’re able to change in accordance with the times. But as you grow older, you become more set in your ways so it becomes difficult. So changing generation is important after all. If you keep your mouth open all the way, the next generation will never grow up.”

      From the philosophy of the Third, just throw it to the times.

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  27. Ryuutobi says:

    Monica took a gattling gun fron her apron. (from)

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  28. SmokeyJoe says:

    I’m guessing Lyle thought the gem might me to powerful and that’s why he entrusted it to Monica. Also this chapter answered the question I had many chapters back about the valkyries and their factions. Still why exactly did the other descendants want the gem so badly yes it is powerful but that should only hold true if you have someone to teach you the skills past the first stage, or is it more like proof that since they are able to use the gem it proves they are true descendants of Lyle?
    Anyway thank you for the chapter!!!

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    • SmokeyJoe says:

      Also when we say entrusted isn’t it more like she was watching over the person who held the gem since she talks about switching it out and other descendants know about it and what it can do.

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  29. necrosis says:

    okay monica really is useless how do you let that go on for decades come on do something sooner damn it you were stalking them messing around with tunnels this whole time

    and seems novem’s line is the one who kept the jewel and is the ancestor in the epilogue

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    • Nordisk says:

      Even with Lyle, Monica can’t intervene she can only provide suggestions and innovations but that’s it. Lyle was influenced by the ancestors that’s why he became like that while the successors were corrupted by the other nobles, as a maid, she’ll just watch until her master orders her to move

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  30. Yomi El says:

    So I guess no one before Leo was Worthy of the Jewel. Poor Monica she had to wait centuries…

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  31. Trash says:

    Somehow Gaiden feels really different than this chapter & epilogue part 2. Monica still call Lyle as chicken dickwad, and refer to the Valkyries (wanting to raise uselessly cute chick) as ‘us’. But we can see in this chapter that the Valkyries are already split apart.
    Is gaiden written before the main story finishes?

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  32. santoryuun says:

    Heavy… really heavy

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  33. Dyshana says:

    Ahhhhhh……. Breaks my heart to see Monica sad and all alone…….. The problem of the one’s with long lifespans….
    Loneliness……( ͒˃̩̩⌂˂̩̩ ͒)…….

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  34. Now you see the results of pushing a harem on Lyle
    I blame Novem ( goddess version)
    Thx for the chapter

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  35. Dragons33 says:

    I guess this is what Lyle gets for having at least 25 wives. Some of them were too ambitious and passed that on to their children, creating way too many factions to even think about.

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    • Archus says:

      There are quite substantial amounts of give-and-takes too even among the named mistresses like Ludmilla and Lianne. Even though they kinda fell for Lyle, its more of “He’s a man destined for great things, better invest first”-type of falling in love. In a way, Shannon is kinda like Forrest Gump where she can still be in there just because she’s one of the earliest.

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