Dragoon 33: The Young Man, the Black Eyed Woman, and the Lady

 

Having accepted an adventurer job, Rudel and co had come to a town a long distance from the academy. He had fulfilled a number of jobs, so this time he wanted to take up a higher difficulty level one in the border region. The further you got away from the capital, the more monsters you would find. This was in part from the effective range of knight brigades, but monsters would more often settle in places with lower human inhabitation.

That being the case, the distance from the capital caused their travel time to number in days. So Izumi was absent. As she was aiming to be a high knight from the start, Izumi had little free time to speak of. But how heartless it would be, to raise the difficulty yet decrease the number of fighters… following that thread of logic, Vargas was dragged along.

“… You know. I’m not even sure what I should say at this point.”

While Vargas was half in resignation, Eunius remained in high spirits. And as they headed for their destination point in the swaying carriage, Rudel and Luecke were reading books in the loading tray. By the way, Basyle was asleep.

“It’s rare to be able to experience monster slaying in your school days, Vargas.”

Rudel put a pause on his book and said it. Vargas let out a sigh as he answered.

“Hah, once I become a knight, I’ll have to take them on whether I like it or not… what’s more, ogre slaying? I have the urge to ask if you’re an idiot.”

This time’s job was to exterminate a lone ogre who had been frequently sighted around the village. If they were in large numbers, the dragoons or knight brigades would be mobilized, but… the fact it was independent, and that there hadn’t been any casualties put it low on the priority list.

And there were few adventurers capable of defeating ogres. Few, or rather, if they were that strong, they were better off quitting the adventurer trade to find work with some wealthy noble like Basyle.

“A knight shouldn’t complain. And as a knight, don’t you have to pledge to protect the people?”

Luecke read on as he scolded Vargas. I definitely did take the oath! But when you think of how I’m spending my limited school life somewhere like here… it was only natural he was worried.

“More importantly, what are we doing about formation? I want the front line! Rather, I can’t do anything else!”

In high tensions, Eunius was wholeheartedly looking forwards to battling an ogre. In the carriage, Basyle turned over in her sleep, putting her into an unladylike form… Vargas, Eunius and Luecke lent her an eye, but Rudel draped a blanket over her.

“… Just a bit… no, perhaps this trip isn’t so bad.”

Having found his drive to travel on, Vargas stopped his complaining. Meanwhile Eunius complained to Rudel that he look to see a little longer.

Just as the five set off on their job, there was a movement among the knight brigades. Cattleya had temporarily returned from the borderland to report. While being a dragoon, she was heralded as a genius, well thought of by the royal line. When such a girl was sent off to the outer reaches of the nation, the knights who didn’t think so highly of her could boldly speak ill.

Her report over, Cattleya returned to her dragon, when some lower ranking knights called over.

“Been a while, ‘prodigy’. Are you back for good?”
“Don’t be stupid, there’s no way Cattleya can come back. She picked a fight with the Three Lords, so she’s off to the border for life.”
“Oy, oy, it’s amazing enough for someone to survive after picking a fight with the three lords! Right Mrs. Cattleya who presented her body?”

Ignoring those words, Cattleya hurried to her dragon… she couldn’t’ stand it. To that point, she had held little interest in the dragoon status everyone dreamed of. But expelled to the outskirts, through the harsh life she lived day after day, she had begun to yearn for her life in the capital.

And with her engagement to Rudel, the story had somehow been changed to one where she presented her body for her life to be spared. That only served to irritate her more.

In her irritation, Cattleya walked. A fellow dragoon called over… it was Lilim.

“It’s been some time, Cattleya.”

She gave a greeting no different than before, but Cattleya wouldn’t allow it. Her emotions running wild, she found Lilim’s unchanging air to be irritating.

(When I’m the more talented one! Why did she get a promotion while I was blasted off to the border… right. It’s all that guy’s fault! Rudel! If that guy wasn’t there…!!!)

Even she didn’t know why her emotions blazed to such a level.  Cattleya offered Lilim some cynicism.

“What’s wrong, ‘Captain’ Lilim? Calling out to someone sent off like me… you bragging? Since you were promoted after I left, you want to show it off?”

On Cattleya’s blatant cynicism, Lilim was a little surprised. Lately, Cattleya had been acting strange. Especially when it came to Rudel. And she was sent off to the border. Her pride had been high from the start, so perhaps her feelings were just running wild. As she thought that, Lilim wasn’t particularily irritated.

“I don’t particularly mean to brag, I was simply curious how things were going on your side.”

Feeling as if she was being ruled by something wicked, Cattleya let out words she never normally would say. On Lilim’s secret she didn’t want anyone to touch.

“It’s the worst! They all say I offered my body to a man I don’t even like! … But perhaps I’m better off than you. Compared to the ‘Black Eyed Woman’ even run out on by her fiancé, I can get married whenever I want.”

‘Black Eyed Woman’, That was Lilim’s secret. The reason she wouldn’t open her eyes was related to an elven characteristic where the quality of an individual’s magic brought an influence to their hair and eye color. Just as her younger sister Millia’s hair was green, even among blood siblings, completely different colors could come out.

… And with Lilim’s eyes, the entire surface was pitch black. The magic quality and quantity she possessed put her in the top ranks of the elves. It was the reason she was abandoned by her fiancé.

“… What did you just say?”

Lowering her face a bit, Lilim’s clenched fist trembled. But Cattleya continued to land the finishing blow.

“I called you a black eyed woman, captain! Well, because of that, you have the fortune of avoiding a marriage to Rudel. No, perhaps that was your last chance.”

On those words, Lilim forgot herself in anger. And this time, Lilim was ruled by something wicked… in contrast, Cattleya turned so level-headed it surprised even herself… and she understood. Just how terrible her actions were, and how terrible of a situation she had put herself in.

“Cattleya!!!!!”

After that, the fight between two active dragoons unfolded.

Nearby a town close to the border, the soldiers of the Gaia Empire had disguised themselves and slipped in. Their mission:

‘Testing the strengthened ogre’

That was their goal. For that sake, they had put out a job, and after testing it on adventurers, they would move onto combat tests with the knights of Courtois. That was their goal in infiltrating the enemy country.

And the one who happened to take that job was Basyle. Naturally, Rudel and the others were on board as well.

Long blond hair, wrapped round and round, a young girl wearing high class clothing was the captain of this experimental brigade. She hailed from a noble house of the empire, her name was Mies Liquorice. She boasted well-developed features for her age, and gave of the feel of a young lady prone to airheadedness. There was a reason she was forcibly conducting battle tests of this strengthened ogre in an enemy country.

Relaxing in a high class inn of the town, she and her surrounding soldiers needed to urgently prepare a powerful weapon for the empire that was on the verge of collapsing from succession problems. To cross the border, she had filled out the proper paperwork, so that wasn’t a crime.

She just thought she’d have Courtois carry out the tests… simply that and nothing more. But with complex power struggles involved, this mission was one intended to cut off Mies and the Liquorice House.

Unaware of all that, Mies arrogantly worked around her underlings- who were well aware of the situation- as she waited for the mission to commence.

“Are the adventurers not here yet? It’s already been three days! I’m getting rather bored of this life in the countryside!”

In regards to their boss’s willfulness, the subordinates pitied or scorned her within.

“I believe it will take a few more days… all the skilled fighters are gathered at the center of Courtois, after all.”

“Hah, so I’m to wait on some mere adventurers… thinking of the number of days it’ll take for a knight brigade to come out really brings you down.”

Mies said as she lay herself down on her high-class sofa.

This mission that had dragged in Rudel’s party, the affairs within the dragoons entwined, it made for a bit of a tangled mess. This was an event that wasn’t in the scenario.

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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46 Responses to Dragoon 33: The Young Man, the Black Eyed Woman, and the Lady

  1. GM_Rusaku says:

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  2. Thx for the Chappy~!

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  3. sodemaso says:

    Thx for the chapter o/

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  4. huynh minh tri says:

    so what about the sci-fi one, did you drop it?

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    • Yoraikun says:

      I haven’t dropped it yet, no. I just finished the first volume, and thought I’d take a breather. Dragoon is just really fun to translate.

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      • dhaksbdf says:

        A+
        The metafictional nature of it makes it pretty fun to read. Is there a tag to search syosetsu for this sort of story?
        I know there’s a couple other WNs where a character may or may not know they’re in a story/game, but these stories where a) the protagonist/viewpoint character isn’t the ‘real’ MC, and b) the canonical ‘plot’ works against the protagonist as some kind of pseudo fate system are a lot more interesting than the generic ORE TUEEEEEEE jerkbait haremshit, or the lazy video game system power fantasy.

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  5. goblinrou says:

    Script not in game! Hax!

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  6. nekogamivni says:

    Thanks for the chapter ~

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  7. darkstrolm says:

    Thank you for the translation. All hail the Mighty and Exalted Yoraikun.

    “I knight shouldn’t complain. And as a knight, don’t you have to pledge to protect the people?”

    I knight < A knight

    through the harsh life she lived day after day, she had begun to year for her life in the capital.

    to year < to yearn

    To cross the border, she had filled out the proper paperwork, she that wasn’t a crime.

    she that wasn’t a crime < she felt/thought that it wasn’t a crime

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  8. Dragons33 says:

    Thanks for the chapter.
    Cattleya really screwed up this time, though I have to say that I never expected Lilim to have pure black eyes. Though I’m sure Rudel would never mind that.

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    • tamachii says:

      I don’t get why she’s such a bitch, jealousy of mc talent ? he haven’t done anything to her(she did a lot to him though)….

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      • Neko MK2 says:

        Her hatred add with external force too like people in arse territory, since it’s kinda strange for only jealousy to bore such hatred add with Rudel not a “prodigy” but hard working idiot

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      • Sage says:

        It’S the world-game-Script that’s screws around rudel for people to hate him, and since she should have been his fiance when he fell to the outskirts in the orginal script it pushes that hate unconditionally onto her current state. Hopefully someone will destroy this script in the future since shes just a haughty prodigy without that influence.

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  9. Jhettra says:

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  10. Silverstar says:

    Thanks for the chapter 🙂
    I really don’t understand why Cattleya hate so much Rudel while “she had held little interest in the dragoon status everyone dreamed of”. In the biginning, i thought that was because she was too proud and doesn’t accept someone more talent that her, but it’s stupid. For someone so arrognant, she grant too much attention to Rudel. Maybe there is something else?

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    • zanzellian says:

      well, as far as we know, it would seem that the world itself is against Rudel. I guess there is a possible of some sort of demon magic going around, or that the world is just trying to kill off anyone that does not follow the flow of the original “script” that the game was supposed to have. Atleast some supernatural power is fucking around with the kids.

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    • dhaksbdf says:

      Probably “plot”.
      It’s sort of implied that nobody in the story really has any sort of real free will, so much as they exist to be puppets for the original plot. Rudel (and probably Aleist) and those he comes into contact with are apparent exceptions who break away from the established storyline, but because the story needs to go on, we see “plot correction” in action, which seems to overcompensate with key characters that Rudely doesn’t have regular contact with.

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      • dhaksbdf says:

        ie if this were a tabletop RPG or quest, the GM/QM has a fancy plotline he wants to run, maybe he gives his players a mission to assassinate an NPC, giving his players the option to murder/exile said NPC, and his players instead choose to try to recruit the NPC and roll a nat 100.
        If it’s a shitty GM, he’ll railroad the shit out of the story and have the NPC commit suicide somehow and turn the entire kingdom against his players because his plot requires it.

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    • Neko MK2 says:

      Because Rudel didn’t “broke​” the event with her
      Unlike others heroine who not influenced by external force. When I mean break the event revered to event where Rudel will be hated by them (starting fight with the elf girl or bullying Izumi)

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  11. “Cattleya!!!!!”
    What a brat… Though, somebody is going to get hurt real bad…

    Anyway, it really does seem like some sort of malevolent force (a.k.a the author is being a bastard ) has a grip on her. Maybe it just the fact that she hasn’t matured yet to accept that it was her own doing that landed her in that position. Or it could be that she has been gripped by fear that Rudel will soon surpass her and she doesn’t know how to deal with that. That kind of fear that is able to break one perception of oneself.

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  12. galene says:

    “Dragoon 33: The Young Man, the Black Eyed Woman, and the Lady”
    “Dragoon 32: The Young Man and the Boy”
    Rudel has grown up I see.

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  13. anarchydev says:

    Thanks for the chapter translation.

    So confused… I don’t even know the scenario and when the author says it like that I just feel left out. It would have been a better line if that reincarnated guy said it.

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  14. framee says:

    Uuaah… It will be a mess, one big mess with Rudel in the middle of it

    And Izumi didn’t come along!?
    …Fuuuh…

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  15. im starting to really dislike cattleya… as if her attitude towards rudel wasn’t bad enough :/
    thanks for the chapter!

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    • sodemaso says:

      that is most likely not her fault… it’s seen that since she frist saw Rudel she is under the influence of the “plot” compelling her to do things she would normally not do, this chapter we even get this: “On those words, Lilim forgot herself in anger. And this time, Lilim was RULED BY SOMETHING WRICKED… in contrast, Cattleya turned so level-headed it surprised even herself… and she understood. Just how terrible her actions were, and how terrible of a situation she had put herself in.”

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  16. Paps says:

    Thanks for the chapter, so Milie fiancee got frigthened by her magical power???

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  17. storeyhunter says:

    ok so I see a lady like lord who has a high opinion of her self…. SEND IN THE GOD OF PETTING and gain control.

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  18. anarchydev says:

    Black eye as in both pupil and Iris?

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  19. Selinus says:

    I had hopes for Cattleya not being an antagonist and just some sort of Tsunshun, or getting some sort of humanization later on when Rudel got closer to his goal like how Aleist did. Now she just turned out to be a power tripping brat who is getting her comeuppance via elven rage smackdown…

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    • sodemaso says:

      it seen like she got herself back together by the end of that part, and that the influence moved to the elf… it might have moved because either:
      -she does not possess the means to influence the story (since she is at the border) or
      -she already did what was intended with her and chose to move to elf to further “correrct” the story

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  20. Reaper Phoenix says:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Rudel is quite the gentleman this time.

    The correcting force in this story reminds me of a similar thing in 500 Kingdoms, though in that story the fairy godmothers can push the story to a brighter version.

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  21. thealbinoblacksheep says:

    Careful Rudel. It’s all fun and games until you accidently build a harem.

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  22. Lewd Anon says:

    Rudel’s broken the World, and it’s scrambling to adjust. Unlike that other novel where the World is against the MC named Rion and always corrects the general flow of the story, this World seems to be unable to force-correct everything, instead just rewriting what it can.

    So in this case, it might have decided that it had to break up what little friendship was between Cattalya and Lilim so that one of them remains with Rudel as per the original plot but the other now becomes antagonistic. Lilim becoming the “bad” one wouldn’t be surprising, as she was even worse to Rudel than Cattalya ever was (telling Rudel to give up). At least Cattalya only backbit at Rudel with her false reporting. Lilim straight up told Rudel to give up what, twice

    There’s also the fact that Lilim has both the higher position now as well as the magic power to make her a threat, meaning she could try to reset the story by attempting to screw over Rudel. Of course, with her younger sister being drawn into the Harem, it’ll knock out Lilim at some point, and transfer over that irrationality to someone else. Probably Chlust, since Aleist is already become a lost cause for the World.

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    • Barko says:

      It’s not like Lilim was trying to be mean, Rudel is supposed to be the next head which contradicts with his desire to be a dragoon. She was just being realistic.

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  23. Thank for a chapter!,

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  24. Erwin says:

    Thanks for the chapter ~!!!

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  25. Kasinki says:

    Hmmm I hope it’s explained some more, about Cattleya’s emotions and all that. It’s gettin quite confusing @_@

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  26. Yuri Lover says:

    i sense civil war among dragoon. Cattleya team vs Lilim team

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  27. habib1100 says:

    Thanks for doing this chapter! 😄

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