Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukokusaikenki

Epilogue – Amid the Snow B

I walked down the corridor with Hakuya. Looking through the window, I can see it was already completely dark outside. The time is, around eight PM by my guess, and I recalled the situation at the banquet hall. If such a perfect situation happened at this kind of hour … we’d have been going to be up all night tonight. I would’ve had to send the performers back early to rest. Otherwise, if they had to perform all night and collapse during the show … I don’t even want to think about it.

As I walked along with such thoughts in my head, I finally reached my destination. Hakuya smoothly gave way for me before the door to the room, standing with his back by the window across from the door. This was where he intended to wait. Though it’s not as if he was prohibited from entering, but he refrained. He then clasped his hands in front of himself and gave me a respectful bow.

“The Black Cats are already standing guard. Please take your time and have a pleasant discussion”
“Sure”

I nodded as I opened the door and let myself in. It became dark again as soon I shut it back. Inside the candle-lit dark room I could see a king-size bed and beyond that, a terrace, lit by the blue-white light of the moon. Seated at the glass table by that window were the people I was looking for, having tea. As I drew close, they put down their cups and swiftly stood up.

“My, Lord Soma. It has been a while”
“Long time no see, Your Highness”

I then returned the greetings back to the pair.

“Indeed it has, Lord Alberto, Lady Elisha”

The people waiting for me were Liscia’s parents, the former king, Lord Alberto and his queen, Lady Elisha.

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“Please”
“Thank you very much”

Once I took the tea I was offered, the former Queen Elisha gave a wide smile. She had Liscia’s calm demeanor, and more ladylike, a coquettish-looking lady. I wonder if Liscia’s going to turn out like this. I’ll be looking forward to the days to come.

We were now sitting around the glass table with me seated across Lord Alberto. Lady Elisha silently stood behind Lord Alberto, having finished offering us tea. Looks like she intended to play the waitress through and through tonight. … now that I think about it, I never really had a talk with her, huh. Even though she’s my mother-in-law, she always spoke sparingly, preferring to stay next to Alberto with a warm smile. According to Liscia, she was always the quiet, taciturn type.

“We welcome you and thank you for coming tonight”

My thoughts were interrupted by Lord Alberto.

“Also, congratulations on the war and merger with the Principality. You’ve done so much after only having the crown for half a year. You sure have lived up to the title of Great King”
“I’m not really too fond of that title … but I suppose I can finally meet with you now”
“We apologize for making you wait”

The former king Alberto said that with a bow of his head. I have asked to meet with Lord Alberto time and time again until now. When it was ‘I don’t know anything,’ I was looking for cooperation in order to get the Three Dukes to cooperate and to persuade Castor who was worried with the sudden abdication. When it was ‘I have made judgement on everything,’ I asked to see him again and again to seek his explanation.

But the answer he gave me back then, was always ‘This country is yours now, It’s not my place to appear and say anything’ for the former, and ‘I will tell you everything one of these days, please wait until then’ for the latter. Since he said he’ll ‘tell me everything soon,’ I could do nothing but wait until then. After all, I’d never know if he’d tell me the truth if I brought him for questioning.

And then tonight, he said he’ll tell me everything, so here I am.

“So you’ll answer everything now?”
“If you want us to”
“… Will you please tell me clearly already. Just what in the world are you thinking”

Since he said he’ll tell me everything, I asked from the beginning.

“There are three things I want to ask you. Firstly, about handing the throne to me. It was the first time meeting for the both of us when you summoned me, and yet you handed me the throne after just hearing my rich country strong army plan. You even made Liscia my fianceΓ©. It’s true that I could act freely because of that, but … it’s unnatural. It was your first meeting with me, someone so young, and I was even bluffing back then so that I didn’t get swallowed by the flow so I thought I acted a bit rude. How could you hand the throne over so easily to such a guy?”
“………”
“Secondly, about Georg’s loyalty. He plotted a simultaneous kill with those that look like they would become my enemies by putting everything about the former General Georg Carmine through the mud. Seeing how it turned out, it seemed like he had it all planned, even though there’s also those letters from Liscia. This is also weird. I never even saw Georg face to face until it was all over. He literally put his life on the line for this. He would never have done it if it weren’t for trust and loyalty.”
“………”
“But I’ve never met with Georg, and you don’t put faith on someone you never met with before. So Georg acted out of loyalty, but to whom? There’s no other answer but the former King, you. Before I ‘executed’ him, I asked Georg about it, and he said, ‘you will hear it from the person’s own mouth when the time comes'”

I paused there and took a sip from my tea.

“… and lastly. Why didn’t you let me see you until now? If you were waiting for everything to settle you could’ve seen me when the Amidonian war ended or the merger concluded. Why were you waiting until now to let me meet with you? I want to know that too.”
“… and that’s everything, is it?”
“You get the gist of it. I’ll ask about the details as you explain.”
“Understood then”

Alberto nodded and began talking.

“Firstly, we would like to say that all those things are linked together by one thing”
“One thing?”
“We will answer the third question before we get into that. We were waiting and seeing, whether to tell you the answer, or whether we should keep things as they were and not tell you anything …”
“………”
“… however, our heart is not so strong as to keep the sin we had commited bottled inside our chest”

Sin he had commited? What’s he talking about?

“Lord Soma … have you ever thought about wanting to do your life over?”

Lord Alberto asked the question. Albeit suspicious, I still answered.

“… I have. I always have”

Speaking of just the things since I received the throne, I’ve always thought whether I could’ve done things another way, whether I could’ve done it better, and whether I could’ve saved even more lives. It’s always been said that dead souls go to heaven, so I wondered if I could’ve reached an understanding with an enemy I slew dead in battle, even though I knew it was impossible.

“But, what’s that got to do with this?”
“… let me tell you a story, about a certain kingdom in a certain world, about a certain fool of a king”

And with that prologue, Alberto began telling the story.

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There once was a King of a certain Kingdom. The King wasn’t wise, though neither was he a fool. He did not govern well, though nor did he govern badly … for he was the very model of mediocrity. Were the kingdom running on its tracks, he would’ve been said to be an unblemishedly good King. However, the world was in a state of war between men and demons. The flames of war had yet to reach the kingdom, but food and economic troubles were slowly bringing it to ruin. The mediocre King was unable to put up any effective act to counter those problems.

Then one day came an appeal from a great country in the west, that the kingdom perform a Summoning of a Hero. An appeal though it was, it was not one they were given an option to refuse. The mediocre King performed the ceremony as was asked of him. The ceremony was a success, and a young man was summoned from another world as a Hero. The King was going to deliver the young man to the great country in the west, but then the young man said,

“If you’re going to fight the demons you should first have a rich country and strong army”

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I think I’ve heard that one before … or rather, that’s obviously about me, right? I thought about it and considered asking, but the plot that followed differed from the one I knew.

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Having listened to the young man’s story, the King felt a talent in him that he didn’t have, and put him as his country’s prime minister. The young man worked hard with all he had to meet the King’s expectations, conducting various innovations. Because of his efforts, the country began to show the signs of recovering from the food and economic problems. However, there are some who looked unfavorably towards the young man.

They were the nobles of the country, the ones among them with ill repute. They could not stomach a young man from heaven knows where suddenly becoming prime minister, but what angered them most of all was the young man’s reforms. In order to raise funds, the young man exposed their corruptions and even threatened to demote them from the upper rungs of society. Because of that he had earned their ire. They came over again and again to the King to persuade him that the young man brings harm, to try to overthrow him.

However, the young man also had an ally. He was the General of the country’s Army. The honest General recognized the genuineness of the boy’s capabilities and became his backer. However, this was also seen unfavorably by the unjust nobles, slandering him even more strongly. The slander that kept coming day after day gradually made the King feel uneasy.

The young man’s talent was indeed fascinating, but he had too many enemies. This may end up splitting the country. Thinking so, the King naturally made a decision he should never have made. He dismissed the young man from his post as Prime Minister. The young man, released from his responsibilities, fled in disgrace under the roof of the General’s castle. It may be unfortunate for the young man, but this way the country would stay whole. This way the young man’s life would surely be safe, rationalized the King to himself.

But matters did not end there. The unjust nobles were more obstinate than the King thought. Rather, considering their covert connections, it should probably be better said that they could not overlook the young man. That year, the neighboring country that had long nursed their grudge on the country brought their troops to cross the borders. The General sent his men to ambush and square off against them.

It happened at that time. As if they had been waiting for that moment, the nobles staged an uprising, striking at the General’s castle in Randell. … considering the timing, the nobles might have had connections with the neighboring country. Since the General’s land used to belong to the neighboring country, their scheming would have been easy, and to the neighboring country, it was an act so as to cut down the young man that might one day become their enemy. Even though it was the town where the Army General’s castle was at, most of the Army itself had been dispatched to the border, leaving less than five hundred as guards to oppose the nobles’ armies that numbered over ten thousand.

The Army General was also in town and staked his life on the town’s defenseβ€ˆβ€¦ but the enemy was too many and he was defeated in the end. The town his castle was in went up in flames, and the young man turned into scattered ashes amidst the flames. It only took a few days since the nobles’ armies were raised, the King could not do anything.

Having lost the General, the Army could not hold itself facing the neighboring country’s army and was routed. The nobles’ army met up with the neighboring country’s army and used their momentum to march up to the capital. Seeing this development the King rushedly tried to gather the army to face them … but was unable to do so. He did end up leaving the General and the young man to die, so the army officers and men resisted and returned to their own lands. The Air Force and Navy also turned their backs on the King to defend their own territories.

As a last resort, he tried to raise partisans from the citizenry, but it also came to naught. The young man’s reforms gained the ire of the nobles but the people had been saved by those reforms. For the people, the young man was their benefactor, who saw them through hard times. The people had no love for the King who had dismissed the young man. Thus the King ended up just like the young man, isolated and friendless, surrounded by a large army. He would soon surely be killed just like the young man was, the only difference being that the King did not have someone like the General who would risk his life for him.

This … was surely his just desserts. For believing the false charges of his enemies, and for disgracing those who actually had their hearts for the country.

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I was struck dumb by the story Alberto told. The story describes another reality. Back when I was just summoned into this world, I mentioned the rich country strong army proposal to avoid getting extradited into the Empire (I didn’t know the truth of the matter back then). I thought, if I could be left with the position of Prime Minister or Finance Minister, I could raise funds and deliver the support money the Empire wanted.

But if I had become a Prime Minister instead of a King at that time, I would’ve met with this fate, the future that was different from my here and now. There were lots of points of this story I could recognize, feeling strange real and not at all a pipe dream. I thought it was a rather accurate simulation. … in that case, this may be a little impolite, but Alberto was a mediocre person and not someone who could concoct such an accurate simulation.

“… You sound like you’ve actually seen it happen”
“Indeed we have seen it happen. Ah, we suppose we should say … it was shown to us”
“Shown?”
“Yes. Through the power our wife possesses”

His wife’s power? I instinctively looked towards Lady Elisha, who was smiling.

“You know that our wife is a user of dark attribute magic just like you, right?”
“I’ve heard of it, but Liscia didn’t seem like she knew the details.”
“This is highly restricted information, so please don’t mention it to anyone. Her power is to ‘plant memories on a target in the past'”

Then Alberto proceeded to tell the ‘continuation’ of his earlier story.

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The King, having lost everything and even his days numbered by the nobles, fell into deep regret. Why did he dismiss the young man. Why didn’t he regard him more highly. If he hadn’t believed the nobles’ slanders, if he had joined hands with the young man and the General, continuing the country’s restoration, at the least he wouldn’t have met with such distress.

Someone of worse character would, at this point, have been blinded of their own faults and blamed everything on the acts of the summoned young man, that none of this would’ve happened if he hadn’t come. However, though the King was weak, he was at his core a soft-hearted person, such an idea did not come to him.

What he did think was that he should’ve given the young man more freedom to move. For starters, he should’ve been given the throne instead of just the Prime Minister’s seat. That way he might’ve managed the country way better than himself did. That way … his daughter …

The King sunk in despair. Seeing him in such a state, the Queen said:

[You have made mistakes, my dear, and brought an end to our lives. But with the use of my power, you could ‘convey this failure to your past self’]

The Queen had a mysterious power. One that could tell her past self of her current experience. Her past self that received her memories would experience the sender’s memories, it was like rewinding time itself. By the use of this power, the Queen had survived the quagmire that was the power struggle (strictly speaking, sending back her memories before she died and thusly avoided danger)

Then the Queen apologized to the King.

She had also used this power when she chose her spouse, but for some reason, no matter how brave the man she chose, and no matter how learned, the country was always fated to fall to ruin. There were various causes, such as foreign invasion, the demon war, nobles’ insurrection, citizens’ uprising, the capital would always end up in flames. Only the current, mediocre King, though he could not make the country grow, he could at least make it survive. She even only managed to bear a child to this King alone.

[There is no way to change our fates now, but there is a way to lead our past selves to a future different to our now. My dear … now that our lives are forfeit anyway, won’t you build this future as your final act?]

The King made up his mind. He will convey his failures to his past self, and his past self would turn the throne over to the young man. This might have been just an act of self-satisfaction, but it was to somewhat atone for those who have felt loss due to his actions. Thus the King and the Queen let their past selves inherit their current memories.

The moment they received the memories was the moment the young man was summoned, when they listened to him talk about his rich country strong army plan.

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“In other words, we were the King who received those memories”

As I listened to the King, I became shocked to the core. Is this a time slip? … no, a time leap? Magic can even do things like that? … ah, but it only takes back memories, not the person’s consciousness themselves. Still, being able to bring back memories to the past is supposed to cause a time paradox. The King who sent back the memories shouldn’t have had received the sent back memories after all. Which means the Queen’s power probably intervenes with something like an alternate dimension.

Which means that from the point of view of the sender’s world, this one is not the past but a ‘what-if’ world. … but even so, I don’t think the King and Queen would understand. The concept of an alternate dimension doesn’t exist to begin with (even I only knew what I knew from SF stories). Aaaah, dammit, this isn’t a simple sword-and-magic world isn’t it?

While I was confused, the King sipped on his tea and took a breath.

“Really, … the senders have it bad but we who received the message are troubled too. As feeling goes, it’s like we spent the life where we made you prime minister, did something foolish, and turned back time. If we hadn’t heard Elisha’s explanation on the other side we would’ve thought it was as simple as turning back time. We haven’t done a thing ourselves but it doesn’t change the fact that a wrongdoing had been done to you. So in place of the ‘other me,’ we apologize. We are very sorry”

The King bowed his head deeply as he said that.

“Uhh, even if you apologize … I don’t really remember anything about it so …”
“We know … it is just for our self-satisfaction. We wanted to apologize, please allow us”
“… if you put it that way, I guess …”

If they wanted to apologize, then I should probably let them. Of course, since things flew way over my head, I can’t really emphatize with him.

“So, in order to keep things from going like how it went in those memories, we turned the throne over to you. I suppose this answers your first and third questions”

The first question was ‘why did you give the throne to someone you just met,’ and the answer is that it wasn’t our first meeting from the King’s point of view (even though it technically was our first, this is complicated). The answer for the third, ‘why won’t you meet with me until now,’ is that he was considering whether to tell me about this power or not. Also, to make sure that the future went a different way.

And the second, about Georg’s loyalty …

“Huh! No way, did you tell Georg about this!?”
“… We are a weak man. We are not strong enough to keep such a thing bottled down by ourself.”

Alberto gazed outside the window. The moon had gone behind a cloud at some point, making the sky gloomy.

“We didn’t think it was possible for us to bring about a different future on our own. We bared everything to the country’s most trustworthy man, Army General Georg Carmine, and asked for his cooperation. Then we came up with a plan to eradicate the unjust nobles who were going to become your enemies. Castor’s being suspicious was an oversight of ours, but the plan had already gone underway, so we could not divulge the plan and caused you anguish. We beg your pardon”

So that’s that about Georg’s rebellion drama, in order to round up all my would-be enemies in one place and eliminate them along with himself. Coupled with Hakuya’s and my plan to hold down the Amidonians, it really became a really big stage, huh. Roroa also played her own script. Really a stage with many scriptwriters (Me, Hakuya, Georg, Roroa, and also Lord Alberto … that’s a lot).

I tried to make people dance but I was dancing on strings all along. I thought I was clearing a path for myself but I was running on safe rails. … this is, well

“Somehow … I feel like losing confidence”
“Not at all. Practically speaking, you managed to reach a different future from then. You merged Amidonia and rebuilt this dying country into the Kingdom of Friedonia. I feel that I did the right thing in handing you the throne”
“I’m happy that you said so … but, where did it the future actually start to change?”
“From the start. This time around, Liscia was by your side from the start”
“Liscia?”

Well sure, Liscia was supporting me by my side from the start, but why is her name coming up now? Then, Alberto’s face looked a little sad.

In the future where you were Prime Minister, Liscia was also by your side. She was Georg’s secretary, so you knew each other through him. That world’s Liscia also recognized your talent and fell for you. Even after you were discharged, she would come right to me to ask me to recant your dismissal. However … the me of that time did not listen to Liscia’s advice, and she sorrowfully returned to Randell where you were. To Randell that went up in flames because of the nobles. Probably … in the end …”

Liscia … died together with me. He did mention that he ‘lost everything’ earlier. So he meant losing his beloved daughter by that.

“And what about the other allies I promoted?”
“They weren’t there. You didn’t use the Royal Broadcast in that world. We followed the advice of those who wanted to keep with tradition and didn’t let you use it. Therefore the personnel gathering and your broadcast programme thing never happened”

I see … now that I think back to it. Most of our members came from the personnel gathering using the Royal Broadcast. Without it I would’ve never met with Aisha, Hakuya, Tomoe, and Poncho. Also, as a Prime Minister Excel would’ve never sent me Juna, and I wouldn’t have met with Ludwin, Halberd, and Kaede in the military, either. Which means that it was a huge turning point.

And the strongest backing for using the Royal Broadcast was the throne I was given and the engagement with Liscia that provided legitimacy for it. If it weren’t for those, I probably wouldn’t have been able to silence those who oppose the use of the Royal Broadcast. Thinking about it that way …

“… Holy. Liscia’s starting to sound like the goddess of victory here”
“Please do cherish her”
“Of course I would”

The goddess who won’t abandon me even in adversity. If I didn’t cherish her I’d have brought divine wrath upon myself. Lord Alberto then stood up.

“Now then, we’ve told you everything we know. With this, our role is truly over. The rest … is now up to all of you”

As he said so, Lord Alberto stood next to Lady Elisha and wrapped his arm around her shoulders.

“We are thinking of leaving this castle and live a quiet life in our old territory”
“What! Why?”
“Having the former King around is going to invite unnecessary trouble. This is also something we have decided from the start, to step off the stage after making sure the future had changed”

What I saw there was not the face of an unreliable King, but one of a loving father watching over his children. Is that face … meant for me?

“I suppose you’ve already made your decision”
“We believe we could leave Liscia and the country in your hands. Both Elisha and ourself. We’ll be counting on you, ‘our son'”

I stood up and thumped my fist on my chest.

“… Understood, Lord Father”

We nodded to each other. Lady Elisha watched over everything with a smile. I went to leave the room but stopped and looked back as I was about to approach the door.

“There is one last thing I wanted to ask”
“What is it?”
“Um, in the world where I was Prime Minister, did you ever find Liscia’s and my body?”
“… no, we did say that you became ashes scattered in the wind, did we not? Not a single speck remained”

I see. So they never found my body. In that case …

“Then it could be possible that Liscia and I might have survived”
“What!?”
“I would’ve died if I were on my own, but Liscia was there with me, right? If the me over there cared for Liscia as much as I do here, then I would never have let Liscia die without doing anything about it. Though disgraceful, I would’ve taken Liscia and ran away. It’s possible that we might have been attacked by enemy troops while doing so, but in that case then they’d surely have our bodies. Since they didn’t, that means we might have managed to escape.”

It’s also possible that Georg used himself as bait in order to buy us time to do that … well, that’s like believing in some Yoshitsune survival theory. But isn’t it alright? If it meant easing this father in law of mine’s guilt a little bit.

“… Thank you, son”

Those words reached me as I stepped out of the room.

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“What do you think you’re doing all the way out here?”

I was on the government office terrace, watching the castle town’s night scene, when Liscia came to me with a blanket.

“You found me out, huh”
“Hakuya told me. Everyone’s busy preparing for the singing contest you know?”
“… sorry. Let me stay here for a little longer please”
“Mou … then at least dress yourself a little warmer”

As she was saying that, Liscia put the blanket she brought over me and slipped herself inside. The warmth of her body coming in contact with me felt really good.

“Phew … Yeah, it’s really cold outside this late”
“Well of course, it’s winter”
“Ah, it’s snowing”
“Woah, it really is”

When I realized, snow had already began falling from the heavy clouds. Powdery at first, then gradually turning into large flittering flakes of snow. The snow falling in the darkness and the lights from the castle town was a wondrous sight to see.

“It’s beautiful”

Liscia muttered beside me. I watched her face in profile as she stood there enraptured. Unable to hold myself, I got out from the blanket and drew her into my embrace, blanket and all.

“Wha, Soma!?”
“… actually …”

I should’ve been cold, but my face, my body, for some strange reason, felt warm.

“Actually … there’s something I have to say to you before Aisha, before Juna, before Roroaβ€ˆβ€¦”
“…”
“Liscia … I love you. Will you marry me?”
“… Really. After all this time”

As she said that, Liscia smiled, embarrased, like she was ticklish. She then gently pushed away from my embrace and put her hands on my chest, slowly bringing her face close.

“Yes. I love you too, Soma”

Our lips met together. It was right at midnight, the 32nd day of the 12th month (New Year’s eve).

We remained that way for a while, listening to the coming of the new year.

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165 thoughts on “Epilogue – Amid the Snow B

      1. Plot twist: even in that alternate future, in the end soma actualy save the king, queen, and the kingdom itself. Him, and liscia, being burned to death was actualy part of his grand plan. πŸ˜€

      2. That’d be nice. I could imagine a clutch save since he’s a bureaucratic badass, but it’s probably a worse ending than what our Soma got.

      3. They’re easy plot devices. paint a worst case scenario than by the powers of insert something relevant to the world you made: in this case magic and prevent it! it allows for lazy writing.
        because you can just add fact at a later point to make everything seem like it played out perfectly fine.

        not saying that I don’t like time travel/alternate dimension travel to change the plot, though, it’s actually pretty well done here, I just hope that this story doesn’t become reliant on the cheat mother in law to change inconvenient things.

      4. @ πŸ˜€ probably souma will make use the Chaos Empire since Amidonia already yeah you know right those rightiously Humanity Declarration or whatever is it and then Maria will order her troops to attack Amidonia in order to denounce Amidonia for Conquering Elfrieden.

        I just can’t see how Amidonia could hold back against Grand Chaos Empire and Torgis Commonwealth.

      5. @Just Potato that guy also spamming at Tensei shitara slime datta ken and spewing hatred about Dagruel which annoying almost everyone who read its comment over there.

      6. Actually I think it was done pretty well here, even if it was a cop out. There were obvious plot holes in the story, and this actually cleans the main ones up… Whether the author noticed themselves or it was pointed out to them. It makes the suspension of disbelief slightly easier to get into, and an easy out for the royal family from here to not interfere with the rest of the story.

      7. Actually it was very well done here and was obviously planned from the start, with how he kept going on about how there were other puppeteers that were greater than even he, whch didn’t include either the low-effort attempts of either of the other countries to the north or south, or Roroa’s uprising puppeteering.

      8. SHUT YOUR FUCKING SPAM!
        IF YOU HATE IT JUST DON’T READ IT! I LOVE THE TWIST AND DON’T CARE ABOUT YOUR FUCKING OPINION, BUT YOUR FUCKING SPAM IS FUCKING ANNOYING!

      9. Now he backtracks on his words. He also spam’s Skythewood’s Knight and Magic as ‘Nail Kaiser’. You really can’t disguise a pattern of bad behaviour.

    1. STHE SOUMA OF THAT TIMELINE SCAPE DEAD TOOK THE PRINCE WITH HIM TO THE EMPIRE AND SOMA OF THAT TIME LINE BECOME THE EMPERO ,

      THE HE CAME BACK TO TAKE REVENGE ON THOSE BASTARDS NOBLE IN THE KINDOM

  1. Ooooouuuu! Progress!

    Well this was a bittersweet chapter. Alternate universes now? That opens up a lot of ideas and depressing ideas.

    ….also, I’d like to point out that the queen’s magic brings up the concept of Somatic Philosophy.

      1. Yo, just spamming your opinion won’t make it canon. What a pleb

      2. This is a translated story so whatever we do now not gonna change anything to the stories

        Big lol to you spammer

      3. Dear sir,

        I implore you to cease spamming these wonderfully translated novels at once. You are causing ruination for the rest of us. So therefore please end your rants.

        Thank You

  2. suddenly time travel!

    Interesting twist, dunno how I feel about it tbh, it clears up some things but I always feel like time travel is such a cop-out in fiction. Putting it on the table just makes things so much more unnecessarily complicated. Also did the queen even say anything about not being able to use it anymore? Like Souma has always been characterized as ruthlessly pragmatic, why would he let her leave after finding out she can alter destiny in such a fundamental way? Ahh the more I think about it the more it’s like ‘why is there even a conflict here’ when one of the characters has such a broken ability.

    time travel bleh

    That said thanks for the chapter!

    1. The thing is, it’s not time travel. It’s a message to an alternate reality.

      Somewhere in the timestream, there’s still a timeline where Soma and Liscia died(presumably), and Alberto and the Queen are SOL. From a bunch of other timelines, there’s a version of a ruined Elfriden caused by the queen marrying the wrong guy.

      In the perspective of the sender, you’re sending information back without changing your own situation at all. So it really wouldn’t be of that much use to Soma. I mean, I guess he could schedule for a status report from the future by putting it in a schedule?

      1. That’s still not going to work, as every time the power is used a new reality is created. so the sender would never receive anything in the past as the past that receive something will move on their respective time line.
        its like a tree. every time the power is used its creating new branch.
        if you watch or read steins;gate it is using similar power and theori.

      2. Well, what I meant was that Soma gives Liscia’s mother an order of “X Years from now, send back your memory.”

        Since there’s no loss in it, “oh well” if nothing happens. But if Soma ends up in a timeline behind another duplicate, he can get a general warning from the future if he makes a scheduling, even if he doesn’t know exactly what’ll happen after he response to it. It could be valuable stuff.

        And if he doesn’t receive a message despite the scheduling, that just means he’s the first in line and he can be the one to send back a message to help another version of himself out.

      3. But if you think about it in the broader scope – the queen exists and she uses her power to alter this time-line. Except because of the way her power works, it wasn’t the queen Souma knows who used her power to alter things but someone else. So some alternate-queen in some alternate time-line is improving Souma’s reign in his current time-line. That being the case, with theoretical infinite time-lines, why should we expect any problem he encounters to not be resolved by some off-stage queen sending solutions backwards from her perspective. Just keeping the queen close to him is the ultimate safeguard and deterrent against literally anything.

        Of course he could be trapped in some ‘bad-end’ route while his queen sends info on to some other Souma but doesn’t improve things for him personally. Or he could lose the queens favor (and protection) by trying to keep her around and helping him but… The queen wants to help him that’s already set in stone on the page, in infinite worlds there will always be a queen willing and able to help him no matter where on the timeline he currently is. ofc opposite that there would always be a hostile queen working against (or at least not for) him in truly infinite worlds… it’s very confusing and dumb and i hate time travel

      4. It shouldn’t be that complicated. Sure, that might be true, but our story focuses on this timeline with this Souma. If we assume we’ll always stay in this timeline unless there’s some side-story to show us alternate ones, then this power has essentially burned out already.

        Souma can send information to other versions of himself, but it won’t do anything to help his own situation. He’s stuck with whatever comes next.

        …..Oh geez. It’s just occurred to me that this is kind of a death flag for Liscia’s mother. Killing her off soon would be the most certain way to eliminate any cop-outs readers might expect.

    2. Simple. It is a useless power since the changes do not affect your present reality but rather a past of some parallel world or parallel time, whatever you want to call it.

      1. It is far from being useless. It cannot change the present, but it can change the future.
        For an example, just told her to use it every five years to send memory to herself six years ago. By this you would get all information about all natural disasters and large-scale events of six years forward, and have a year to plan/execute countermeasures and send those plan (and preliminary results, if any) along with those information to yourself six years ago (five year before your got you receive the information for the first time).
        This is against-the-fate power, just by the fact that it’s spammed mean there must be some of very, very harsh restriction. Even losing a finger is a cheap cost for this kind of power, especially in hand of King.

      2. But the main problem is that Soma has no control over whether or not he’ll receive any messages from his future self. It’s a very real possibility that he’ll end up sending messages to Past Somas as the “pioneer” of this timeline.

        It’s still reason enough to do it and there’s a ton of potential, but as an asset, it’s a bit hit-or-miss.

      1. is this the only comment you are leaving behind? Turn off the caps if you would. On a side note, I can’t think of any stories off the top of my head that have “bad ends” for heroes that have time travel. Typically, time travel is there to avoid the bad ends, no?

    3. Not really a time travel.

      It’s alternative dimension, like our earth is alternative universe there.. If they can summon hero from alternative universe why not send messeges to alternate universes ?

      It’s transport of information between alternate dimensions not time travel.

  3. Score!!! But still hoping for a harem end, an end where he marries them all! :3

    Anyway, I think its just another parallel universe/dimension. It either become its own timeline or gets deleted.

    1. Harem ending is already confirmed. He’s already engaged to the others, he simply hasn’t declared his love to them yet. He said at the end here that he wanted to say it to Liscia first.

  4. Crap i didnt expect time slip or something simlar here…
    Poor george.. In theend all his doing are act out of loyalty and friendship to the Alberto and Souma…

  5. I don’t like alternate universe type stories. It just rubs me the wrong way, having a me that is not me out there in the wider world. If I ever meet not-me, I’d probably antagonize him to a fistfight.

    Yay, he finally said it. Good job. Thanks for the chapter.

    1. Me neither, honestly. I prefer the self-consistent timelines for my time travel stories…

    2. You comment on alternate universe story that you don’t like alternate universe stories ?

      1. Umm, you mean like when character was summoned from one world to another ?
        You mean it doesn’t imply that information can be send from one world to another as well ?

        And alternative timelines are just that, alternative worlds similar to ours but different.

      2. No, that’s not quite what I meant. In terms of possibilities, they’re not that different.

        I’m just saying that it’s not unreasonable to say you dislike multiverse stories in an Isekai story because those can be considered different genres despite similarities.

        Going back to the original comment, “alternate universe” stories refer to alternate timelines of worlds that only have subtle differences, both of which have a different version of “you”. Compared to the “Isekai” story, which sends the MC to a world where the very rules of nature are different…

      3. Wouldn’t world travel imply alternate universe travel though ? Rather i like how author used that over some voodoo ‘i see future, everything is already decided’.

      4. Not necessarily. Isekai worlds can have game elements, fantastic creature elements, and magical elements….elements.

        These alone are more indicative of the worlds forming from a different “prime” than our earth. I’d be more inclined to believe the idea that different gods created and manages the different worlds than that we’re just on different branches of the same tree.

        It’s like saying Fire and Electricity are the same thing. They’re heavily related and could be the same if the context is right, but it’s not really accurate to claim they’re exact definitions of each other.

        That’s the only point I was trying to make.

      5. I get you however I’m talking about mechanical standpoint πŸ™‚

        If there’s power to traverse between worlds, sending msg between those worlds would be easier. And if different worlds with different physical laws exists it’s also likely alternate realities exist as well.

        I prefer fantasy that makes sense and keeps things together rather than voodoo magic out of ass.

        Also unlikely this story is gonna do much of it, I think author just used this as an explanation for prediction power and reasoning why he became king, maybe add some extra stuff later but overall way he described it alt relaity != current reality,which means no time traveling, they screw up here they won’t get a chance to move back time, the other versions of them that are not them might, but not them.

  6. Very emotional chapter, the feel’s train hit hard again – loved it a lot! Definitely one of the top novels out there, and one of my absolute favorites. ^

  7. Holy… How could thing turn out so terribly disastrous wrong when you think with common sense? It feel like this country’s fate was doomed without anyone noticed and then the King, received divine revelation, go insane and save the day by using a crazy method.

    Thank for the chapter.

      1. Yo dude. Chill. You’ve replied to every comment up to this point with basically the same message. It’s extremely unnecessary.

  8. As expected it was queens prediction. Though it’s interesting how the prediction in this case works, it fits quite well to alt world mechanics.

  9. Thanks for your hardwork.

    To find out people’s mind through time travel magic is really unfair, but it could be said that Kazuya reward Liscia’s loyalty and love, which makes me doubt that he really loves her. Aside of that former king and wife and country’s suffering is paid off. As expected of royalty blood, the former queen has an ace of her own. They have a good new year’s eve. Honestly, I would have loved to have that secret revealed in the last moments, but it couldn’t be helped, Kazuya need a convincing from those two. Then me, contemplating what to say, a ray of hope of romance through the story, at least sooner that I thought.

  10. With this story isn’t it possible that the demon king is soma from a different time line or something like that since he has neglecting feeling about the demon king name.

    1. The power is not time slip, it’s transport of information between dimensions.

      Cause it’s said in european language. French afair ? It might be someone from our world, or it might turn out it’s future πŸ˜› or something like that.

      I mean it can be him from alternative dimension too though, that said there’s barely any info on demon king’s army so it’s pointless to jump into that conclusion.

      1. Please be informed that this just a speculation, the situation is that an alternate reality of a different timeline could occur has been opened.

  11. That retired Queen is ridiculously OP! It’s a sad power, a self-inducing psychologically torturing one at that. But powerful. It ended really nice. I hope the marriage is soon. New political elements will play then. The Theocratic kingdom will make its move by then.
    Thanks for the chapter!

  12. To less intelligent people.

    Time travel is something where you move through time.
    This is just a information sending to alt dimension.

    It’s as if you could send yourself mail to past you, but not same you but you from a different dimension. Also the way thing are gonna happen in your dimension doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll happen same way in another dimension even if you do same things.

      1. Pretty much, though for all we know time might be going at different pace, so this queen might send info from this world to other worlds and it might reach the other queen who’ll look for soma/liscia and they’ll build new empire.. or smth like that πŸ˜‰

        All they got is info about potential tragedy that could happen if they make certain decisions.

      2. Well, if every probability has its own universe, than there should be 2 major universe, the one whereSoma dies and the other when he died. On each one is an almost infinite number of universe of how he dies/lives.

  13. Maan, i love this series. One of isekai done right was quite rare nowadays.

    I can’t wait for the new arc. Will those country of mercenaries, or the theocratic kingdom, make a moves to our friedonia? What kind of wicked things soma would introduce next?

  14. Thx for the chapter o/
    LOVED THIS CHAPTER~~
    Great ending and an explanation to the whole basic plot line of the novel
    For those that are saying “time travel” this “time travel” that… guy’s this is NOT time travel, it’s a very different concept, closer to reading the future of one choice (although with the “side effect” of leaving a sad time line behind)
    Thx for the chapter Larvyde sensei, now i can’t wait for the next volume~~

  15. One guy in the commentary session in one chapter(don’t remember which) thought her power was to see the future, well, almost there bro.

  16. Wow…it really surprising to have the concept of time and space theory in this story. It’s similar to Source Code or Steins;Gate. But, I prefer to say it’s more similar to Source Code, because it’s more like jumping from one timeline to another timeline. Queen Elisha didn’t try to change the future of the sender’s timeline, but she tried to change recipient’s timeline.

    To be honest, that power was like a gambling. If by any chance the recipient choose to ignore that message, then the recipient’s future will never change.

    But, since in this case, both the sender and recipient are the same person, Queen Elisha, then there’s no way she ignored it, right? She already did this to looking for the rightful husband…xD

  17. WHY IS THERE A GUY TYPE IN ALL CAP AND REPEAT THE SAMETHING OVER AND OVER AGAIN.

    I get what you mean the first time, really.

  18. AHH!! why TIME LEAP?! it’s too overused

    if at least the explanation was the queen have some kind of prophecy or advice from whatever goddess i still can accept that….haahh now the mystery of “diable roi” more or less kinda predictable

    well still liked the story for the politic and strategy though,

    Thank you for the author and the translator

    1. While I agree with you there, advice or prophecy from a deity is also just as overused/cliched and it wouldn’t surprise the reader, nor would it be a valid reason as to why they hid the truth from Souma.
      The reason why i’m not feeling too pleased with this turn of events is probably.. Stein’s Gate; Its’ story rather overshadows this one; although that is only to be expected, since Time Leap concept is central to Stein’s Gate, whereas here it is only a facet of the story and feels like it has just been shoehorned in.
      Well, that’s my take on this anyhoo…

      1. Haha true maybe because I see steins gate, makes me kinda annoyed…by using something like time leap magic with no explanation about is limit(how far back and how much the queen can send her memories) can change the impression of some character.

        For me, it means Alberto and Elisa is a very selfish people….they already know but purposefully ignored their state problem(well I means when souma become prime minister the state problem still the same right, it’s hard when it comes to corruption but about food problems I think can be solved if the king pay attention to souma) and summoning souma once again and dump that problem to him again…well with giving the throne, liscia, Georg drama as some kind of recuperation for betrayal in another timeline though.

  19. Huh…so the plot pulled a Fate/Extella.
    Gotta admit, didn’t see that coming.

    To clarify…Lady Elisha’s power IS NOT sending memories back in time.
    It’s….a little more complicated.

    Based on this chapter, rather than send memories through time…it’d be more accurate to say that the memories are transplanted into the closest parallel world whose time axis just happens to lag behind a bit.

    It’s supposedly one way to avoid time paradoxes as the “past” isjust a mutually exclusive reality separate from the present or future of any particular target world…..they just happen to share ALOT in commonunless and until enough stimuli is added to coax divergence.

    An example would be Fate/Zero…most would consider it having taken place before Fatae/Stay Night…but that’s not exactly the case.

    While it’s true that a series of events REALLY, REALLY close to Fate/Zero did happen in Fate/Stay Night…what Fate/Zero “actually” showed was a subtly different parallel world distinct from the actual “past”.

    The key difference here is Elisha’s power of interference.
    If you’ve played Fate/Extella…it’s the EXACT SAME THING.

    This is NOT time travel…n9thing will change for the world from where the memories came from…it’s a separate world.
    That said, nothing’s wrong with hedging your bets and making sure the same mistakes aren’t repeated. It’s the ideal “future” that’s important here.

    I am a little surprised how easily Georg went along with the whole thing though…calling him steadfastly loyal would be a huge understatement.

  20. pretty awesome chapter we have here. I can’t wait for the next volume.

    the part where Soma stopped before opening the door was so cool, saying he might have survived since he wouldn’t go down without a fight with Liscia. Fuck Yea. You da man.

    Cheers~

    1. But really. That’s some next level X-Men Days of Future Past, right there. Damn boy.

  21. I’ve got a crazy theory/Idea, what if the tragic Souma is the demon Lord?
    nyahahaha

    1. Yup, got a bad feeling there.
      https://larvyde.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/genou-03-03f/
      At Chapter 3 Negotiation F, near the end of the chapter, when Souma learn the name of the Demon King Diable Rei, did he almost got a message from somewhere? The Future? Alternate world/timeline?
      The speculation is, in the timeline where Souma and Liscia are presumed dead, maybe only Liscia died. And that makes Souma crack and become the Demon King after travel through time back into the past way before the start of the story.
      Speculation only……

  22. Hi, can you re-create the first chapters ?? They are off thanks

    I want to start reading this novel plus the beginning ta off T-T

  23. That was a pretty nice twist. It wasn’t so much as a true time reversal, but more of a splitting of a key moment that changed the fate of a nation, and we’re reading the happier path. It’s also nice to see Souma finally confess to Liscia. I wonder how much longer until they begin to get intimate.

  24. Wow. That was a fantastic epilogue by the author (and also the translator, editor and proofreader). Really good and with that wrapping up the volume. Thanks for the fantastic chapter.

  25. KISS!!

    and why a lot of people assuming demon king = souma?
    okay we get time slip for memories now, but it doesn’t mean we can time travel.
    then, yes souma is dark attribute magician too, but remember he got no special power he just can control dolls or something.
    and the power of the the queen is still pretty special, there’s no way “you have dark attribute so you can do that too!” LOL
    and remember in the another world there’s demon invasion too, so who is the demon king?another souma?and if, a big IF souma really time travel and becoming demon king, for what??revenge?because lischia die so he wants to conquer the world!?there’s no what this story is so cliche like that

  26. Damn this epilogue is so beautiful… if they’d ever made an anime out of this, I dare say this’d be the ending of season 1…

  27. Huh..I never expected this turn of events. So the current timeline is a successful one, it has been hinted that souma becomes an emperor. On a side note: can we please put the troll in a cage? Clearly it has never been told about the truth of the universe

    1. what’s even more funny is that he got it wrong. it wasn’t time travel but multiverse haha.

    2. The truth of the universe? Guy? I think i also saw him or rather that name in slime tensei too. Keeps spamming even at others comments. Feels stupid.

  28. I see! This explains everything! It was all the organization’s doing! I got to go. El Psy Congroo.

  29. Someone ban that guy the truth of the unverse. He is just going to keep spamming at the comments at this rate. I feel like i also saw that name at slime tensel wn who keeps spamming in the comments even when its not related to the comment itself.
    Also thanks for the chapter

  30. thanks for the chap!
    i must admit it was nice plot twist conclusion in realist/harem story
    caught of guard with the queen magic ability
    and as magic anything can happen
    enjoy this story looking foward for next volume

  31. actually,how did the queen stay sane? she literally COULD get vision for every single damn second from infinite alternate future
    suppose the queen here on the universe A,and another queen from universe B till universe infinite send a damn memory for every second

    even on the universe with the same future,how did the queen decide the exact time the receiver get? suppose univese B and B’ has the same future but different universe,the queen on universe B could send it to yesterday’s 07:00:00 and universe B’ would send it to yesterday’s 07:00:01,and there’s universe B” and B'” too,
    her brain would’ve been fried

    another thing is the amount of information,take the choosing of the spouse for the example
    A send to B and then B send the information of AB to C,then C would send memory of ABC to D,so imagine the memory Z would got,and it’ll still going to A-ZA,A-ZAB,A-ZABC,and so on

    see the big theory hole here?(not saying plothole,plotwise,its good as long as i didnt think the above problem)
    its even more absurd than the time travel thing,at least on time travel you just send yourself on alternate past and its done ,there’s no “you” poping out every second (im talking about “spiritual” time travel,not “physical” time travel)

    1. I think the idea is that the queen doesn’t broadcast her memories to all versions of herself, only the one most identical to her current timeline.

      Rather than contacting a separate universe, I think it might be easier to think of the queen’s power as the ability to go back in time in her own timeline, and “chip off” a new branch. Memories from future versions of herself can probably be passed along, but she’ll only ever receive one message at a time, so there’s probably no risk of frying her mind or anything.

      …That said, I wonder how many years the queen has effectively lived due to this power? Depending on how much she’s used it and the scale she does it on, she might have already “lived” for over a hundred years already.

      1. From my understanding its not so much as she is traveling back in time but literally sending her memories to the past at a specific point that then branches off into an alternate world leaving the sender (Queen A) to her fate from the original timeline. Because of this she did actually die in her world but the receiver (Queen B) changed that fate in her own world therefore avoiding her dead end. Your theory is close but still off with the assumptions she is sending herself back as well when it is merely her memories that are being sent back.

  32. Can you please do us all a favor and delete the CAPS timetravelhate comments and/or block the poster? Please~~

    Thanks for the chapter tho πŸ™‚ been waiting for the kiss for some time already

  33. Let me guess what will happen on next plot the Demon KIng name who made Souma head dizzy probably Souma on other time who wants revenge πŸ™‚

  34. Clairvoyance! I’d call that Queen Elisha magic as clairvoyance. Something about dream that she had about the future “performing summoning hero”.
    Let us see in the future if she would have another clairvoyance thing again (perhaps about demon king).
    thank you!

  35. the idea of the power is more of “having other with your experience”, in this case, your other self version, instead of using it to help oneself
    so it’s pretty much a 1-time use power
    the memories only be sent 1-way, a->b->c, without the otherway around c->b->a

    the moment the memories sent to, will also be the moment the timeline get separated, so there wont likely be a 2nd time since from that point onward, the events occurs in 2 separate timeline will be different from each other

    take this case as an example, the Prime-minister-Soma-timeline’s Queen won’t be able to send another message since she’s very much likely died, furthermore, because of the memories, even if she send another message to the King-Soma-timeline Queen, it wont be of use because things ‘re totally different now

    and even if the King-Soma-timeline Queen attempts to use her power, it won’t affect the current timeline at all, it will only affect some other (King-Soma-timeline)’ Queen

  36. If this were to be adopted into a 24-25 episode anime , I would like to see the alternate Souma and Kingdom Visions in bits a pieces(asking questions like why) in the 1st episode. It will add intrigue to the story.

  37. Can I just point out that this turned the king and queen’s earlier scenes in a grimmer light?

    They were relaxing eating cake and such because they just experienced memories of losing peaceful moments like that. They used Liscia’s marriage to set the two up because they already fell for each other once and they wanted to do something for the daughter that (allegedly) died.

  38. What a nice ending 😁

    The memory sending thing was really surprising but everything flowed quite nicely so I’m okay with the explanation given. Though the queen having so much time to “redo” things even if it’s just her memories that is sent…a power like that should have some drawbacks but none was mentioned I guess cause they never really had to time to find out.

  39. HRRRRNNNNGGGG they’re giving me diabeetus. . . .

    Though, I accept this diabeetus in a ‘banzai’ pose. . .

  40. The story could end here and I’d be happy. Not everything is finished, and there is plenty for the reader to experience about this story, but we have known Soma makes an empire and done other various things. There are children and wives, and a life beyond what this story will tell by the time it is finished. So, with this ending and knowing the stories future, I’d be fine if the story ended here.

  41. I’m calling it that due to the possibility of time traveling/multi dimensional concept and the like, and with Soma’s familiarity with the term Diablo Roi, the possibility of the “dishonored” Soma is pretty high…….

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