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''To go and to return is the path there and back.''
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''To go and to return is the path there and back
   
''If so.''
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''If so
   
''To descend and to ascend is a valley's path and...''
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''To descend and to ascend is a valley's path and...
   
'''Point Allocation (Life)'''
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'''Point Allocation (Life)
   
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On the mountainside, bathing in the light of noon, a wooden structure exists.
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On the mountainside, bathing in the light of noon, there was a wooden structure.
   
It was a security house built on the surface of the mountain where "Kagamihara" was written with trees. It was beside the eastern mountain corridor which connects Musashi's continental port with the streets below, a house built in a position where it looked down upon the mountain checkpoint.
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It was a sentry house built on the surface of the mountain, where “Kakamigahara” was written with trees. It was beside the eastern mountain corridor which connects Musashi’s continental port with the streets below, so it was a building positioned to look down upon the mountain checkpoint.
   
The house carried two figures above its six-tatami structure.
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The building had two figures atop its six-tatami structure.
   
Holding rifles and sitting in chairs were two people in crimson uniforms wearing Tres Espana's emblem.
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Two people in crimson uniforms with Tres España’s emblem were holding their rifles and sitting in chairs.
   
While one person was watching the mountain and one person watching the base of it, they exchanged words. Even now, the one in the senior uniform looking at the mountain-
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They were exchanging words as one of them was watching the mountain and the other its base. At the moment, the one wearing a senior uniform was looking to the mountain range.
   
"--As expected, today there were a lot of transport squads. Has the confusion of the checkpoint over here somehow ended?"
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“…As expected, we had a lot of transport squads today. Has the confusion at the checkpoint over here ended yet?
   
At that voice, the boy watching Mikawa, the foot of the mountain, nodded. He looked at the checkpoint at the base with his rifle's scope-
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The boy watching Mikawa, which was at the foot of the mountain, nodded. Then he looked at the base’s checkpoint with the scope of his rifle.
   
"...Right now, the bottom is pretty packed. Recently, it's been said that it'd be quicker to detour over to the other side, the western corridor which connects to the common use continental port where our squad is, but on the other side there's things like wooden bridges, and the roads are pretty narrow. Gods of War and large wagons can't travel it, so they had to send out transport ships all the way to the western hall."
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“…Right now, the foot is pretty packed. Recently they’ve been saying that it’d be quicker to detour over to the other side, to the western corridor which connects to the common use continental port where our squad is; but there are things like wooden bridges there, and the roads are pretty narrow. Gods of war and large wagons can’t travel it, so they had to send out transport ships all the way to the western side.
   
"That was pretty detailed. Were you an immigrant from Mikawa?"
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“That was quite detailed. Are you an immigrant from Mikawa?
   
'Tes.', the boy responded.
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“Tes, the boy responded.
   
"I'm a naturalized citizen of Tres Espana. Ten years ago, thanks to Lord Motonobu's 'clearing out' and the construction of New Nagoya Castle, now I'm not Shinto, but a Catholic, and I'm making an angel's community site on the net."
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“I’m a naturalized citizen of Tres España. Due to Lord Motonobu’s ‘clearing out’ ten years ago and the construction of New Nagoya Castle, I’m not Shinto but Catholic now. I’m even making an angels’ community fansite on the net.
   
The watcher who was a boy gestured towards the village of Mikawa with his rifle.
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The boy gestured towards the town of Mikawa with his rifle.
   
In response, the senior turned back with his neck, and at the end of his sight was the center segment of Nagoya City.
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In response, his senior turned his neck back, and at the end of his sight was the center segment of Nagoya City.
   
Facing the sea from the base of the mountain, a piece of flat ground that was a street of the village existed. And, as if covering a large portion of the center of the flat ground, a brown surface was there. The true identity of the flat surface which took up nearly the entire territory of Nagoya City was-
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There was a street in the town that was facing the sea at the base of the mountain. A brown structure was covering a large portion of its center. The flat surface that extended almost the entire territory of Nagoya City was…
   
"Because of the simple shape, it doesn't make you feel its size, but it's a wooden structure ten kilometers from east to west, and eleven kilometers north to south. It's a large workshop that used one Unified Reactor and four Leyline Reactors, which have been forbidden in Tsirchian Testament Territories since the Harmonic Unification War, "New Nagoya Castle". The Nagoya<ref group="1I">那古野 (Nagoya) =/= 新名古屋城 (New Nagoya Castle)</ref> which had existed since ever before was modified ten years ago under the request of P.A. ODA--It is a workshop which was born under the "clearing out" political policy."
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“With such a simple design you don’t really get its true size, but that wooden structure ranges ten kilometers from east to west and eleven north to south. That’s the ‘New Nagoya Castle’, a large atelier that uses one unified reactor and four ley line reactors which are forbidden in all the Testament Tsirhcian territories since the Harmonic Unification War. The previous Nagoya city was modified into that at the request of P.A. Oda ten years ago. It’s a workshop born from the ‘clearing out’ national policy.
   
"'Clearing out', huh..."
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“The ‘clearing out’, huh…”
   
The senior, he who had the senpai character, glanced at the side of his kouhai's face-
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The senior, who had an upperclassman’s attitude, glanced at the side of his junior’s face.
   
"It's a crazy story...The needed inheritance of names of important people in terms of history for the sake of the Testament's History Recreation. To avoid that chaos, other than a few important officials, they made all the automatons inherit names, huh. Your family too?"
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“That’s such a crazy story… As the inheritance of names of historical figures is needed for the sake of the Testament’s history recreation, they made all names but those of a few important officials go to automatons to avoid all the chaos it results in. Was your family affected as well?
   
"We were at the lowest position, so there wasn't really any trouble. Afterward, because of things like reduction of staff expenses and the protection of classified information, over a period of three years, they had three thousand automatons take charge of the business and administration of the town, but that became more of a true 'clearing out', and there was a lot of trouble."
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“Well, we were at a very low position, so we did not have much trouble at first. After that, with the reduction of staff expenses and the protection of classified information, three thousand automatons took charge of the town’s business and administration over a period of three years; so that was when true ‘clearing out’ began, along with a lot of problems.
   
'Also', the kouhai shrugged his shoulders. As if avoiding the topic, he peered at New Nagoya Castle through his scope-
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The junior shrugged his shoulders, and trying to avoid that topic he peered at New Nagoya Castle through his scope.
   
"This 'clearing out' was not just about the automatons. Thanks to the fact that four of the Leyline Reactors of New Nagoya Castle that extract Ether from the Leyline were made operational, it became strange phenomena occurred frequently in the core of the city. Things like the night wanders of monsters, or the warping of roads, and light mysterious disappearances."
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“This ‘clearing out’ was not just about the automatons. With the four operational ley line reactors in New Nagoya Castle extracting ether from the ley lines, strange phenomena became very frequent in the town center. I’m talking about stuff like monsters wandering the night, roads warping and mysterious disappearances.
   
'Those kinds of things also happened,' the kouhai smiled bitterly.
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“Those kinds of things, the junior smiled bitterly.
   
"But, with this and that, people started leaving, a 'clearing out'. It's a messed up castle, you know. Since its design, since its construction, the only ones who've been managing everything and know everything is the lord of the Matsudaira family, 'Yes-man' Lord Motonobu and the few important officials who are his subjects. The work of the construction was carried out by the 1200 extra automaton which were ordered from Sagami, and even now they are carrying out the operation of the interior."
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“So with all of that, people left. That was the ‘clearing out’. That castle is messed up, you know? From its design and construction, the only ones managing and knowing all about it are the leader of the Matsudaira, ‘Yes-Man’ Lord Motonobu and a few of his closest subjects and officers. All the actual work on its construction was carried out by 1200 additional automatons ordered from Sagami province, and even now they are operating it from the inside.
   
A breath.
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He breathed.
   
"The interior is segmented into several floors, and is protected by barriers; just that would be large scale, but the only people who know what is carried out inside are Lord Motonobu and a few others. The automatons are subjected to memory controls, if they try to break the protection of confidentiality, they will automatically erase their memory."
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“The inside is segmented into several floors protected by barriers, so its scale is pretty big; but the only ones who know what is happening inside are Lord Motonobu and a few more individuals. The automatons are subjected to memory controls and if they try to break the confidentiality protection they will automatically erase their own memories.
   
"Even so, before, a special squadron from Hexagone Francaise sneaked inside and searched out information, didn't they?"
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“Even so, there was a special squadron from Hexagone Française that sneaked inside looking for information, right?
   
At his senpai's words, the junior watcher gave a small laugh.
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The junior gave a small laugh at his upperclassman’s words.
   
"After a week, wasn't every one of them found at Nihonbashi with paper-bags dropped in their hands, having become otaku? Putting aside that all of them had no memory for whatever reason, there was the super strange phenomenon where they were stripped naked and young girl characters were tattooed with two-colour tattoos on their ass and back...Ever after, for fear of the shame, no country inserted any squadrons."
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“And one week later they were found carrying paper bags as otaku in Nihonbashi, weren’t they? Not only did they somehow have no memory of what had happened, strangely enough they were also totally naked with two-colored tattoos of little girls on their asses… After that no other country sent more squads, fearing the embarrassment.
   
A breath.
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He breathed again.
   
"The Tsirch Testament, who regarded this as dangerous, spread rumours of 'The danger of runaway explosions of the Leyline Reactor' didn't they? In truth, they remade the recorded opera 'Sodom and Gomorrah have disappeared!' about a time where that had happened and everything in a ten kilometer radius was annihilated, into a elegiac tragedy through the whole of Europe. By now, other than the automatons and Lord Motonobu, it seems that nobody lives in the surroundings. The day before, I tried to descend to the outskirts, but--"
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“The Tsirhc Testament Union spread rumors about ‘the dangers of a ley line reactor meltdown’ because they considered them dangerous, didn’t they? They even remade the opera ‘Sodom and Gomorrah Have Disappeared!’ which had been about a time when one of those meltdowns happened and everything in a ten kilometer radius was annihilated, into some mournful tragedy across all Europe. By now, nobody lives in the surroundings other than the automatons and Lord Motonobu. Yesterday I tried to descend to the outskirts, but…”
   
'Look', the kouhai tapped the senpai's shoulder. Gesturing at the village with that finger-
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The junior tapped the upperclassman’s shoulder and pointed at the village with his finger.
   
"...Even though it's noon, the smoke of cooking is completely nonexistent, right? In the vicinity of the center, it seems that even the city isn't moving. Even in the villages, strange words of blood were on the walls...I returned immediately, you know."
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“…Although it’s already noon, you can’t see any smoke from people cooking; and nothing in the vicinity of the city center is even moving. And in the surrounding villages, strange words were written in blood on the walls… I returned immediately, you know.
   
"I see...Sure is a troublesome country, Mikawa that is."
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“I see… Mikawa sure is a troublesome country.
   
The instant the senpai figure spoke till that point.
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The instant the senior figure spoke that line, the younger figure pointed towards the mountain road.
   
'Oh', along with that voice, the kouhai figure pointed towards the mountain road.
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“Ah, look at the road descending to the checkpoint. Amazingly, those two seem to be…the Musashi Academy President Sakai Tadatsugu and the Student Council Vice President Honda Masazumi. Nimble even walking, just like the rumors, right? After the Academy President of Musashi was demoted and sent away from Mikawa, he became a disgruntled and strange person.
   
"Ah, look down below, at the street road descending to the checkpoint. What's amazing is that two people came--The Musashi School President, Sakai Tadatsugu and the Vice-President Honda Masazumi. Nimble even in walking, just like the rumours, right? After the School President of Musashi was demoted, and cut away from Mikawa, he became a peevish, strange person."
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Just as he said, there were two people on the path leading down to the checkpoint. The senior confirmed them with the scope of his rifle as they passed by messengers, wagons and cargo vehicles and pressed past people with heavy baggages.
   
Just like his words, on the path leading down to the checkpoint, two figures existed. With the scope of his rifle, the senpai figure confirmed the two, passing by or cutting ahead of messengers, dray vehicles, and cargo vehicles for transport, pressing past the people who had stopped their feet, their baggage being heavy.
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“One of the Four Heavenly Kings of the Matsudaira, spared from the stripping of his inherited name by the automatons; Sakai Tadatsugu, is it? His current position as Musashi Academy President sure is a demotion. And the other one, Masazumi…is dressed like a man but given the way he is walking…that’s a woman?”
   
"...One of the Matsudaira Four Heavenly Kings, spared from the stripping of inherited names by the automatons, Sakai Tadatsugu, huh? The position of Musashi School President is certainly a demotion. And, the other person, Masazumi is...dressed like a man, but the way of walking, a woman?"
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“Tes. She may be dressed like a man, but actually…she should be a woman.”
   
"Tes., she may be dressed like a man, but actually...she should be a woman."
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“Should?”
   
"Should?"
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At that question, the junior looked up at the sky once. Choosing his words, he talked.
   
At that question, the kouhai looked up at the sky once. 'Um', choosing his words-
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“When I lived in Mikawa, there were ‘two Hondas’. One was a member of the Four Heavenly Kings of the Matsudaira, the Peerless in the East and user of the divine weapon Tonbokiri, Honda Tadakatsu. The other one was the brain of the Matsudaira, the lineage of Honda Masanobu. But when Masazumi was a child, an automaton stole the name of Masanobu’s son during the ‘clearing out’.”
   
"When I was in Mikawa, 'the two Hondas' were there. One was a member of the Matsudaira Four Heavenly Kings, the strongest of the Eastern Countries, user of the Divine Armament Tonbokiri<ref group="1I">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tonbogiri Dragonfly Cutter]</ref>, Honda Tadakatsu. The other was the brain of Matsudaira, the lineage of Honda Motonobu. However, when she was a she, an automaton stole the lineage of Masanobu because of the 'clearing out'."
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“If that’s so, that girl can no longer inherit the name, can she?”
   
"If that's so, that girl can no longer inherit a name, can she."
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“Tes… But before that happened, she had an operation in order to inherit said name. To make sure she had the right to inherit the name Masazumi, she was supposed to have had a sex change operation to turn her into a boy… However, in the earlier stages, after her breasts were removed but before they began with the lower parts, the ‘clearing out’ happened. As she lacks breasts, female clothing does not fit her well, so she dresses like a boy.
   
"Tes...However, before that, she had an operation for the sake of the inheritance of the name. To ascertain her right to inherit the name of Masazumi, a sex change operation, into a boy--However, her breasts having been removed, following the stages, when they tried to treat her lower parts, the 'clearing out' occured. Without a chest, female clothing don't fit her, so she dresses like a boy.
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“When I was still in Mikawa, she was ignored and bullied. She was a year above me and I heard that since she was unable to get her inherited name, she was abandoned by her dad; but…”
   
When I was still in Mikawa, she was avoided or bullied, you know. When she was a year above me, I had heard that being unable to inherit a name, she was abandoned by her dad, but..."
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While looking at the two traveling the mountain path, the junior slowly said this:
   
While looking at the two traveling the mountain path, the kouhai figure slowly said this.
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“Given that she’s now the vice president, she’s still doing her best, isn’t she… I wonder if I should make a fansite…”
   
"That she's the Vice-President, she's still doing her best, isn't she...I wonder if I should make a fan site..."
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Sakai and Masazumi were walking atop the mountain path towards the checkpoint, which was a delivery transportation base.
   
Atop the mountain path, a path towards the checkpoint, which was a transportation relay base, Sakai and Masazumi walked.
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Looking at it from the mountain, the checkpoint was a wide parking lot where standby cargo vehicles were lined up waiting to take their goods, and a spacious area with warehouses. The valley was a natural barrier and the exchange of goods was performed between the bottom and the top. People were lined up into five queues at the reception area of the checkpoint, but Sakai was walking too far away to hear their voices and exchanges.
   
If one looked at the checkpoint from the mountain, it was a wide standby vehicle point where cargo vehicles on standby waiting to take luggage were lined up, and a wide clearing with warehouses. The valley as a natural barrier, it performed the exchange of goods between the bottom and top. At the reception of the checkpoint, people were lined up into fives lines, but the place that Sakai was walking was not at a distance where their voices and the exchange could still be heard.
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Sakai and Masazumi walked the mountain path, which had hardened from the wheels of the cargo vehicles. As they traveled the side of the mountain with a stone wall at their left, they laughed and exchanged words while tilting their heads. Sakai was forming a smile at the corner of his mouth.
   
Sakai and Masazumi walked the mountain path, hardened by the cargo vehicles. The two, traveling the mountainside where a wall of stone was to their left, would laugh at times, and at times they would exchange words whilst tilting their heads. Even now, Sakai was again forming a smile at the edge of his mouth-
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“…Speaking of the which, tomorrow Toori is going to confess. What are you going to do tonight? As I said before, it seems that Toori and the rest are going to make some ruckus at the Academy. Are you going to go with them and act as the fire extinguisher smokescreen?”
   
"--speaking of which, it's about how tomorrow, Toori is going to confess. Then, what is Masazumi-kun going to do at night? Like I said before, it seems that Toori and company are going to make some noise over at the Academy, will you go together and even be the fire extinguisher smokescreen?"
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“I am the vice president. If I did something like that the entire Testament Union would know about it…”
   
"I am the Vice-President. If I did that kind of thing and it became known to the Testament Union--"
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“It’s alright, it’ll just make you look like the rest of them.”
   
"It's alright. You'll just look like you're the same as them."
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“Then I definitely can’t do it, can I? Anyway, what is even with the chancellor and student council president, suddenly announcing that he’s going to confess and cause a ruckus at the Academy like that… The other day we had a huge meeting for a potluck in the dark, and he ignited the experimental-use magnesium with the lab room’s alcohol lamp and it went ‘Boom!’
   
"Then, I can't do it, can I?--Generally, what is that, the Chancellor yet Student Council President suddenly announcing that he's going to confess and raising a racket at the Academy...even the other day, when we had the huge meeting for potluck in the dark, he ignited the experimental-use magnesium with the lab room's alcohol lamp and flask, and didn't it become 'Boom!'"
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“Yeah, you can’t make night potluck into a light potluck. I guess the glass pot of the lamp lightened everyone up, though.” <ref>This is a reference to <span xml:lang="ja">闇鍋 (dark pot), a potluck (stew variety) eaten in the dark (as entertainment). 光鍋 (light pot) is used, due to the rather bright reactions of lit magnesium. The following sentence uses 光臨 (to show respect), but this is a pun with 光</span> (light), saying that the pot welcomes everyone. This was changed to something that actually makes sense in English.</ref>
   
"Yeah, you can't make dark pot into light pot. Or rather, the pot paid its respects."<ref group="1I">This is a reference to 闇鍋 (dark pot), a potluck (stew variety) eaten in the dark (as entertainment.) 光鍋 (light pot) is used, due to the rather bright reactions of lit magnesium. The following sentence uses 光臨 (to show respect), but this is a pun with 光 (light), saying that the pot welcomes everyone. Magnesium burns at up to 2200 degrees Celsius; water makes it flare. Don't forget the alcohol lamp.</ref>
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“No, it wasn’t like that, seriously…”
   
"No, it wasn't like that, was it..."
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Sakai laughed in response to Masazumi who was speaking in a troubled manner. Continuing like that for a few seconds, he eventually sighed.
   
In response to Masazumi, who spoke as if troubled, Sakai laughed. Continuing like that for a few seconds, eventually he sucked in a breath-
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“Well, I’m just trying to say that one can pass the time like that too, you know.”
   
"Well, I'm just saying that there's that way of passing the time too, you know."
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Masazumi wondered about this and folded her arms as if trying to protect herself. After that, she tilted her neck.
   
'I wonder,' Masazumi folded her arms as if protect herself. Besides that, tilting her neck-
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“Yesterday he started some trouble in a restaurant on Tama’s surface when he covered one of Mitotsudaira’s business partners, who was completely naked, in cream and stuck an eel up his butt. That was quite the incident, don’t you think?”
   
"The day before, he started some trouble at a restaurant on Tama's surface-section, covered one of Mitotsudaira's business partners, completely naked, in cream, and stuck an eel up his butt. It became a little bit of an incident, didn't it."
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“That did indeed happen, but you know…”
   
"That did happen, but about that."
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Sakai looked at Masazumi out of the corner of his eye and in response Masazumi pulled back a bit.
   
Sakai looked at Masazumi out of the corner of his eye. That Masazumi pulled back slightly in response, he confirmed-
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“…Did you know that what that gourmet really wanted was to court Nate in order to take control of the Mitotsudaira family?”
   
"--Did you know that that gourmet noble wanted the Mitotsudaira family and came to court Nate?"
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“…Huh?
   
"...Huh?"
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“I don’t know if he was from Hexagone Française or the Far East, but he was trying to acquire a name inheritance and wanted to marry into the Mitotsudaira family. With that objective, he tried to approach her as a business partner. Nate sure is strong willed, but she’s also someone who thinks hard upon her position and family. I was even consulted about it, you know?
   
"Whether he was from Hexagone Francaise or the Far East, I don't know, but aiming for the inheritance of a name, he tried to form a marital relationship with the Mitotsudaira family. With that, well, he tried to get in as a business partner. Nate is strong willed, but she's the type to think hard upon her position and family. I was consulted, you know."
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''That means…'' Masazumi twisted her eyebrows.
   
'Then', Masazumi twisted her eyebrows.
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“That mess was President Sakai’s work?”
   
"That mess was President Sakai's work?"
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“Hey, hey, hey, hey, don’t suspect me. I didn’t do anything; someone among them noticed, that’s it… After all, Musashi is pretty small, right? It was probably a coincidence, but…”
   
"Heyheyheyhey, don't suspect me. I didn't do anything--within those guys, somebody noticed, right? It's the small Musashi, after all...Well, it was probably a coincidence, but-"
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“But?
   
"But?"
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“But, emotionally, Nate thanks everyone for that.”
   
"But, on the emotional front, Nate thanks everyone, right?"
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“———”
   
"----"
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As if punctuating sound by sound, he introduced a new topic of conversation.
   
'Then,' as if punctuating sound by sound, he made his introduction.
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And suddenly, he once again looked at Masazumi out of the corner of his eye and opened his mouth while looking around the area.
   
And suddenly, again he looked at Masazumi out of the corner of his eye and opened his mouth. While looking around the area-
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“—Indeed, today really is strange. Has Masazumi-kun noticed it?”
   
"--Indeed, it's strange today. Has Masazumi-kun noticed?"
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“Strange? What are you talking about…”
   
"Strange? If you say that..."
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Questioning in her response, Masazumi looked at their surroundings and the flow of cargo vehicles and people.
   
Masazumi, who questioned in response, looked the the surroundings, the flow of cargo vehicles and people.
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After a while, Masazumi tilted her head as if she was saying: “I don’t know.
   
However, after a little while, Masazumi tilted her head, as if saying: "I don't know", and Sakai pointed at the checkpoint, visible in the distance. Pointing out the cargo vehicles lined up, waiting to receive-
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Sakai pointed towards the checkpoint visible in the distance, at the lines cargo vehicles awaiting their goods.
   
"--That it's all cargo vehicles that are mostly empty, you heard from Shirojiro, but do you understand what it means? Masazumi-kun?"
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“—As you heard from Shirojiro, all the cargo vehicles are mostly empty. Masazumi-kun, do you understand what that means?
   
"That's..."
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“That’s…”
   
 
Surprised, Masazumi raised her voice.
 
Surprised, Masazumi raised her voice.
   
"Even if there is cargo heading towards Musashi, there's no cargo coming from Musashi, right? In short, orders for purchase coming from Mikawa are little in number...This is the first time that I've seen the Mikawa checkpoint from the Musashi-side, but it's true that in this one year, the other checkpoints were different, I think."
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“There is cargo heading aboard the Musashi but none coming out of it, right? In short, we barely have any purchasing orders from Mikawa… This is the first time that I’ve seen the Mikawa checkpoint from the Musashi-side, but it’s true that a year ago the other checkpoints were different, I think.
   
"Indeed, normally, there's more cargo coming from our side. This time, there's strangely nothing."
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“Indeed, normally there’s more cargo coming from our side; but this time, there’s nothing, strangely enough.
   
At Sakai, who was frowning, Masazumi, who had advanced one step forward, spoke while turning back.
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Masazumi took one step forward and spoke to a frowning Sakai while turning back.
   
"...Is it because Mikawa has advanced the 'clearing out,' or is this the result of the reduction of people from Phenomena, that it has become such that goods aren't really needed? But despite that, sending goods to Musashi from itself, it somehow seems like--"
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“…Is this the result of Mikawa progressing with the ‘clearing out’ policy? Or is this a consequence of the population dwindling due to the increasing phenomena, so that the goods aren’t really needed? But even so, the fact that it’s just sending goods to Musashi makes it feel like—”
   
Masazumi said.
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Masazumi continued.
   
"--It seems like Mikawa is distributing mementos of itself before it dies, trying to isolate itself from the world, doesn't it."
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“—It feels as if we’re taking keepsakes of Mikawa before it dies, as it tries to isolate itself from the whole world, don’t you think?”
   
"Hey, hey, don't say scary stuff. It's just that Mikawa is under the locked country condition, exchange isn't allowed, and they're putting some distance between themselves and Musashi. But well..."
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“Hey, hey, don’t say scary stuff. It’s just that Mikawa is under sanctions, so exchange isn’t allowed. They’re putting some distance between themselves and Musashi. But well…”
   
'I don't really know', the instant Sakai nodded.
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''I don’t really know,'' thought Sakai as he nodded…
   
Suddenly, a figure came from above. Above his head. Like a cloud, a large figure crossed the sky.
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Suddenly a structure flew by, high above his head. Like a cloud, that large shape crossed the sky.
   
"That is--a boat?"
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“That is…a ship?
   
The figure of a boat which the two looked up towards was not but one. Almost directly above, several ships were coming. And at the west, above the mountains, a noticeably colossal white ship, sounding a deep noise and traveling, was-
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The ship’s shape they were looking up at was not alone, as almost directly above several ships were incoming. In the west, above the mountains, a noticeable colossal white ship traveled making a deep noise…
   
"Belonging to K.P. Italia, the Jormungandr-class Galley 'Regno Unito' owned by Pope-Chancellor Innocentius. The escort is Tres Espana's security squadron. The head of the Catholics came all the way here, a place where Mlasi's P.A. ODA's hands can reach, huh. The Pope-Chancellor came for the negotiations of armament development, was it?"
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“That’s the K.P.A. Italia Jörmungandr-class galley ‘Regno Unito’, owned by the Pope-Chancellor Innocentius and escorted by a Tres España security fleet. So the head of the Catholics came all the way here, where the hand of the Mlasi’s P.A. Oda can reach. He is here to negotiate the development of a new armament, right?
   
'Yes', Masazumi opened her mouth.
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“Yes, Masazumi opened her mouth.
   
"It's because P.A. ODA is concentrating on their attack of Asai. In that opening, they're going to plea for the development of the new-model Logismoi Oplo, one type of Divine Armament. Carrying a fragment of the world's power balance, none but eight in this world, City-Destruction Class Personal Armaments. The armaments, designating the Eight Concepts of the humans whom were treated the original imprints of the Seven Deadly Sins as their motif, the users are called the 'Eight Dragon Kings' in the darkness."
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“It’s because P.A. Oda is concentrating on their attack on the Asai. Using that opening, he’s going to plead for the development of a new Logismoi Óplo, a type of divine weapon that represents a fragment of the world’s power balance; in other words city-destruction-class personal armaments. These armaments have the embodiment of the eight evil thoughts of humanity as a motif, and the original prototypes of the seven deadly sins and their users are called the ‘Eight Dragon Kings’.
   
"You're well informed, aren't you. The Eight Concepts...can you say them?"
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“You’re well informed, aren’t you? The eight evil thoughts…can you name them?
   
'Jud.', Masazumi said. And, Masazumi nodded-
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“Judge, Masazumi said. And then she nodded…
   
"{{Furigana|Gastrimargia|Gluttony|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}}, {{Furigana|Porneia|Lust|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}}, {{Furigana|Phylargyria|Avarice|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}}, {{Furigana|Lypē|Lamenting|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=2px}} , {{Furigana|Orgē|Wrath|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0x}}, {{Furigana|Akedia|Dejection|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}}, {{Furigana|Kenodoxia|Vainglory|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}} and {{Furigana|Hyperēphania|Pride|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}}--in the sixth century, they were assembled as seven by Gregorious the First. Vainglory was included in Pride, Lamenting and Dejection were assembled as Sloth, and furthermore {{Furigana|Phtonos|Envy|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}} was added, becoming seven. Because of that--"
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“Gastrimargia (Gluttony), Porneia (Lust), Phylargyria (Avarice), Lypē (Lamenting), Orgē (Wrath), Akedia (Dejection), Kenodoxia (Vainglory), and Hyperēphania (Pride)—In the sixth century, they were condensed to seven by Gregorius the First. Vainglory was included in Pride, Lamenting and Dejection were combined as Sloth and Phtonos (Envy) was added, becoming seven. Because of that…”
   
A breath.
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She let out a breath.
   
"Now, the Deadly Sins of people are said to be seven, but originally, they were the Eight Concepts that were warned of by Evagrius, born in Greece, in Egypt. Now, The Seven Deadly Sins spoken in Latin is something of the world ahead, originally--the original recordings were Greek's Eight Concepts."
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“The deadly sins of man are now said to be seven, but in the beginning they were the eight evil thoughts warned of by the Greek Evagrius in Egypt. So, the seven deadly sins in Latin are what we usually speak of in the present world. But originally…their prototypes were the Greek’s eight evil thoughts.
   
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Masazumi spoke. Starting to walk once again, whilst scraping the dirt stuck to her [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zori zōri]-type slippers on the dried road-
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Masazumi spoke starting to walk once again whilst scraping the dirt stuck to her zōri sandals on the dried road.
   
"And, was it ten years ago?"
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“And, was it ten years ago?
   
In the midst of the shadow of the ship traveling the sky, Masazumi remembered those days while looking at her feet.
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In the middle of the shadow projected by the ships traveling in the sky, Masazumi remembered those days while looking at her feet.
   
"Right before Musashi's Grand Renovation, while concluding the end of the talks to make the provisional alliance with P.A. ODA a formal alliance, Lord Motonobu sent eight Logismoi Oplo to the countries belonging to the Testament, besides P.A. ODA. That was--"
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“Right before the Musashi’s Grand Renovation, after concluding the talks to make the provisional alliance with P.A. Oda a formal alliance, Lord Motonobu sent the eight Logismoi Óplo to all the Testament countries with the exception of P.A. Oda. Those were…”
   
{{Furigana|Gastrimargia|Gluttony|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}} : M.H.R.R (The Holy Roman Empire)
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•'''Gastrimargia (Gluttony):''' M.H.R.R. (Holy Roman Empire)
   
{{Furigana|Porneia|Lust|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}} : K.P.A Italia
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•'''Porneia (Lust):''' K.P.A. Italia
   
{{Furigana|Phylargyria|Avarice|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}} : England
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•'''Phylargyria (Avarice):''' England
   
{{Furigana|Lypē|Lamenting|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=3px}} : Tres Espana
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•'''Lypē (Lamenting):''' Tres España
   
{{Furigana|Orgē|Wrath|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}} : Soviet Russia
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•'''Orgē (Wrath):''' Sviet Rus
   
{{Furigana|Akedia|Dejection|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}} : Tres Espana
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•'''Akedia (Dejection):''' Tres España
   
{{Furigana|Kenodoxia|Vainglory|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}} : Hexagone Francaise
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•'''Kenodoxia (Vainglory):''' Hexagone Française
   
{{Furigana|Hyperēphania|Pride|.7em|color2=#CC0000|fontWeight=900|margin=14|okurispacing=0px}} : Hexagone Francaise
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•'''Hyperēphania (Pride):''' Hexagone Française
   
"Tres Espana and Hexagone Francaise hold two, but this was in response to the Sins which were grouped when the Eight Deadly Sins became the Seven Deadly Sins. In short, the output is at a low setting--however, it seems that Tres Espana brought it into the New Continent and pressured the feralized Mechanized Beasts into extinction. According to the rumours, it seems that they with a few kilounits, they drove in a large-scale destruction. Speaking in terms of power, the Divine Armament, using the Testament as a medium, is the same rank as the Testamenta Arma, but different from the Testamenta Arma, whose use is constrained by doctrine, Deadly Sin Armaments can be used freely. This is because Deadly Sin Armaments are also Reprimandative Armaments, used for the sake of informing the opponent of their sins."
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“Tres España and Hexagone Française possess two because their sins were combined when the eight evil thoughts became the seven deadly sins. Their outputs are set to low settings…but it seems that Tres España brought their weapons to the New World and drove the feral mechanical beasts to extinction. Going by the rumors, they created such a large-scale destruction just with a few kilounits of ether. Just in terms of pure power, these divine weapons are of the same rank as the Testamenta Arma that are based on the Testaments; and different from them in that while the Testamenta Arma are limited by doctrine, the Logismoi Óplo can be used without restrictions. This is due to these Deadly Sin Armaments being reprimanding weapons used to lay bare the sins of the opponent.
   
Masazumi looked at the western sky. Looking at the ship wrapped in white armour, facing towards the continental port, "Regno Unito".
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Masazumi looked at the western sky, to the white-armored ship that was facing towards the continental port, the “Regno Unito”.
   
"The rumour is, the Pope came all the way here this time is because he's trying to have 'Phtonos' of the Seven Deadly Sins made. In any case, currently, K.P.A Italia is hurrying against the appearance of the Protestants and the decline in Middle-Eastern trade." that
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“The rumors say that the Pope came all the way here this time because he wants to get the ‘Phtonos’ in the seven deadly sins made. Currently, K.P.A. Italia have to hurry against the strengthening of Protestantism and the decline in the Middle-Eastern trade.
   
A breath.
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She sighed.
   
"The Pope-Chancellor is also a wielder of a Deadly Sin Armament, so he is one of the Eight Dragon Kings, but he's the head of the Catholics, so it seems he hates that name...Even though that's the case, he desires a new Deadly Sin Armament, so even if K.P.A. Italia is making a profit in international lending like Lombardia, it's rather troublesome."
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“The Pope-Chancellor is also the wielder of one of the Logismoi Óplo, so he is one of the Eight Dragon Kings; but being the head of the Catholics he really hates that name… Even so, he wants a new Deadly Sin Armament as there are some problems even if K.P.A. Italia is making profits thanks to Lombardia’s international loans.
   
"Fundamentally, lending is forbidden for Catholics, so other than being able to take the money as taxes, it has to be maintained by irregular races and the irregular Testament for which this circulation of money is possible, and more than anybody else, the Far East's lending businesses. The direct lending and borrowing of money is strict, so we act as a mediator for things like the borrowing of land mortgage, don't we. The Pope-Chancellor is in a really tight spot."
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“Basically, loans are forbidden under Catholicism so even though they are able to profit from them by the way of taxes, they have to be maintained by the unconventional races and the non-Testament regions where the monetary circulation is permitted; and more than anybody else, by the Far East’s lending businesses. Their regulations on money lending and borrowing are really strict, so we are like their mediator regarding loans and land mortgage. The Pope-Chancellor is really in a tight spot.
   
 
Sakai, who said that, formed a drooping smile at the corner of his mouth.
 
Sakai, who said that, formed a drooping smile at the corner of his mouth.
   
"But well,"
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“But well…”
   
"What is it?"
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“What is it?
   
The instant Masazumi relaxed her shoulders and took a step forward.
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That instant, Masazumi relaxed her shoulders and took a step forward.
   
"Masazumi-kun--the rumours attached to the Deadly Sin Armaments, do you know them?"
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“Masazumi-kun… Do you know the rumors related to the Logismoi Óplo?
   
"The attached rumours...?"
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“The rumors…?
   
'Jud., Jud., Jud.,' Sakai nodded three times. At that point, he stuck his index finger up and said this.
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“Judge, judge, judge, Sakai nodded three times. At that point, he stuck his index finger up and said this.
   
"--The rumours that Logismoi Oplo uses humans as its components."
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“—The rumors that the Logismoi Óplo are made from humans.
   
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At Sakai's words, Masazumi slightly lost hold of hers.
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At Sakai’s words, Masazumi slightly lost hold of herself.
   
The rumour which Sakai had spoken of just now had been heard by Masazumi before. That rumour was this.
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The rumor that Sakai mentioned just now had been heard by Masazumi before. It went like this:
   
"To weaponize the power of the Deadly Sins, humanity's original sin, it is appropriate to use humans as components..."
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“To make weapons of the power of the deadly sins and the original sins of humanity, it is only appropriate to use humans as components…”
   
"Right, right, something like, 'wasn't the reason that people have disappeared from Nagoya actually because they've been made into components of Deadly Sin Armaments?'"
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“Right, right, and also something like ‘the reason why the people have disappeared from Nagoya is actually because they have been used as the components of the Logismoi Óplo.’
   
"Th-there's nothing like that."
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“Th-there’s nothing like that.
   
Masazumi recalled the memories of living in Mikawa.
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Masazumi recalled her memories of living in Mikawa.
   
"If it wasn't a rumour, it would be a problem. Generally, when I was there, the citizens would properly give out a notice of change of residence before leaving, and if it wasn't that, when their whereabouts become unknown in a similar manner as the recent Phenomena, there should be an uproar."
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“It’d be a problem if it wasn’t just a rumor. When I was still there, the citizens would usually give proper notice before leaving if they were changing their residence. If their whereabouts became unknown just like that, like in recent phenomena, there would be an uproar.
   
'Right?' said Sakai. However, continuing to look up at the sky-
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“Is that so? said Sakai while he continued to look up at the sky.
   
"Will things related to this end as a rumour? Masazumi-kun?"
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“Do you think that the things related to this will end being a rumor, Masazumi-kun?
   
"--Eh?'
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“—Eh?
   
Sakai spoke. Looking this way, he formed a broad smile at the edges of his mouth-
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Sakai spoke and looking at her he formed a broad smile at the edges of his mouth.
   
"I--thought that it would be interesting if Masazumi-kun also came over to this side."
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“I…just thought that it would be interesting if Masazumi-kun also came over to this side.
   
"By saying 'this side'..."
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“By saying ‘this side’ you mean…”
   
"The side where we would be able to calmly talk about things like my past."
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“The side where we would be able to calmly talk about things like my past.
   
Past, that is-
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The past, that is…
   
"Just for example, the reason for me being demoted to Musashi--that I, adhering to the descriptions of the Testament, made the person who had inherited the name of my lord's heir commit suicide. The side where you would be able to smile and bring those words to your lips."
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“For example, the reason why I was demoted to Musashi… How I, following the Testament description, allowed the person who was supposed to be the heir of my lord to commit suicide. The side where you would be able to bring those words to your lips with a smile.
   
"----"
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“——”
   
That which Sakai was saying. I know the reason of his demotion. It is something which anybody would know if they were a resident of Mikawa. That one of the Four Heavenly Kings had, even if having obeyed the Testament's description, made the heir of his lord commit suicide.
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''I know about what Sakai was talking about, the reason of his demotion. It’s something any citizen of Mikawa would know: How even though it was by the Testament’s description, one of the Four Heavenly Kings let the heir of his lord commit suicide.
   
Once the lord of Mikawa, Lord Motonobu had no wife, and he had no heir.
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There was a time when the leader of Mikawa, Lord Motonobu, had no wife and no heir.
   
...Therefore, Lord Motonobu let his little brother inherit a name as his heir, but--
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…''Therefore, Lord Motonobu let his little brother inherit the name of his heir.
   
 
Matsudaira Nobuyasu.
 
Matsudaira Nobuyasu.
   
According to the descriptions of the Testament, he had committed suicide due to trouble with the Oda family.
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According to the Testament’s descriptions, he had committed suicide due to some trouble with the Oda family.
   
Was it because there was that too? Around fifteen years ago, because Mikawa had no inheritor of the name Nobunaga in P.A. ODA, they refused alliance, and it seemed they tried to overcome the Testament's description with 'Broad Interpretation', but-
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Was that also the reason? Around fifteen years ago, there was still no inheritor for Nobunaga’s name in P.A. Oda, so Mikawa refused an alliance and tried to overcome said Testament’s description using a ‘broad interpretation’ of it, but…
   
...Because of P.A. ODA's encirclement, a provisional alliance was formed, half under duress.
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…''As P.A. Oda encircled them, a provisional alliance was formed under a bit of coercion.
   
In those circumstances, as a proof of loyalty, they pressured for the lord younger brother, having become his heir, to commit suicide.
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Subjected to those circumstances, and as proof of loyalty, the Lord’s younger brother was forced to commit suicide after he became the heir.
   
Sakai, the protector of the lord younger brother, was demoted for the reason of being unable to stop the suicide.
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Sakai, who was supposed to be the guardian of the Lord’s younger brother, was demoted since he was unable to stop the suicide.
   
According to rumour, Lord Nobuyasu wished for death, and when Sakai had ran to his side, it was all too late.
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The rumors said that Lord Nobuyasu wished for his own death and when Sakai ran to stop him, it was too late.
   
The reason for Sakai's demotion which Masazumi knew of, was that.
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That was the reason that Masazumi knew for Sakai’s demotion.
   
...However.
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…''However.
   
'I can't simply bring those words to my lips', is the me who thinks that naive?
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''I can’t simply bring those words to my lips, am I really that naive?
   
But, inside my field of vision, Sakai, without erasing the smile at the edge of his mouth, said this.
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Inside her field of vision and without erasing that smile at the edge of his mouth, Sakai said:
   
"Then, Masazumi-kun, you seem to be thinking a lot of things, but if there was a continuation to that conversation, what would you do?"
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“So, Masazumi-kun; as you seem to be thinking a lot, what would you think if that story had a continuation?
   
"...Eh? A continuation?"
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“…Eh? A continuation?
   
'Jud. Jud.', Sakai said twice.
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“Judge, judge, Sakai said twice.
   
"If actually, Lord Motonobu...had an illegitimate wife, and had children outside?"
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“What if Lord Motonobu actually…had an illegitimate wife and had a child with her?
   
"----"
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“——”
   
Masazumi lost all words for an instant. However, she forcibly opened her mouth. She shouldn't even be able to understand the information which she was suddenly told of, and there was also the feeling where the core of her mind was not firm, yet as a measure to confirm truth or fiction-
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Masazumi lost all words for an instant. She forced herself to open her mouth. As she was not able to grasp what she had just been told and felt like her mind was still not stabilized, she asked something to confirm whether this was truth or fiction.
   
"No way. If that kind of child existed..."
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“No way. If that kind of child existed…”
   
Because the lord younger brother who had inherited the name of his heir had committed suicide, that child would become the heir, wouldn't he? However-
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''That would mean that as the Lord’s younger brother who had inherited his heir’s name had committed suicide, that child would become the new heir, right? However…
   
"Now, where is that child, and what is he doing...? Why doesn't he come out into the open?"
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“But where is that child and what is he doing…? Why doesn’t he come out into the open?
   
"That's why, I said this earlier, didn't I?"
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“That’s why I said that earlier, didn’t I?
   
Sakai said.
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Sakai spoke.
   
"If you want to know, step inside, come to this side, Masazumi-kun--You wish to be a politician, and you also seem to be thinking of grand things, but you're bad at taking one step inside, aren't you?"
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“If you want to know, step inside and come to this side, Masazumi-kun… Your wish is to be a politician and you seem to be thinking on the grand scale of things; but you are failing at stepping inside, don’t you think?
   
'But,' Sakai said.
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“But, Sakai added.
   
"I like being bullied, you know--So, won't you step in to me?"
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“I like being bullied, you know… So, why won’t you step in with me?
   
Sakai, who spoke those words, suddenly sped up his gait.
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Speaking these words, Sakai suddenly sped up his gait.
   
The wind moved, the sound of clothes rustling resounded. As if being surreptitiously held by Sakai, the tanto at the back of his waist shook-
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The wind moved, the sound of clothes rustling resounded. As if being surreptitiously held by Sakai, the tantō at the back of his waist shook.
   
"--Well, let's keep the conversation to that. Then...shall we?"
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“—Well, let’s end this conversation at that…shall we?
   
'Eh?' Masazumi chased Sakai with her gaze, and passing by a single climbing horse-drawn carriage, he merely headed towards the checkpoint's wide clearing. Masazumi, a little panicked, had moved her feet in order to catch up, and together with the sound of her footsteps, she went out into the wide clearing-
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Masazumi chased Sakai with her gaze as he headed towards the open area of the checkpoint and was passed by a single horse-drawn carriage. Masazumi, a little panicked, moved her feet in order to catch up to him; and accompanied by the sound of her footsteps she reached the wide clearing.
   
"...Oh."
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“…Oh.
   
The sound of the delivery of received cargo, and the murmurs of people, the sound of cargo vehicles starting as well as the unobstructed sunlight drowned Masazumi's body. The two traveled the footpath, separated by rope under pedestrian priority-
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The sound of the received goods being delivered, the murmurs of people, the sound of cargo vehicles moving and the unobstructed sunlight drowned Masazumi’s body. The two traveled the footpath designated by a rope as being under pedestrian priority.
   
"Then, Masazumi-kun, when we first of all get the documented proof of you having sent me, afterward you can return and have some fun."
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“Well then, Masazumi-kun. Once we get all the documents proving that you have delivered me you can return and have some fun.
   
"Ah, yes. Also, President Sakai, if you were one of the Mastsudaira Four Heavenly Kings, you might know, I think, but if you meet with Lord Tadakatsu's daughter, please speak to her nicely. Before, she and I were in the same grade."
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“Okay. Also, President Sakai, as you are one of the Four Heavenly Kings of the Matsudaira you probably know it; but Lord Tadakatsu’s daughter and I were in the same grade in the past, so if you meet with her send her my regards.
   
"Ahh, she was...Will she come today? Well, if I meet her, I'll speak to her."
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“Ahh, she was… Will she come today? Well, if I meet her I’ll speak to her.
   
While saying, 'thank you very much,' Masazumi thought. Of what she had been told by Sakai just now, 'step inside'. There was a memory of being told something close to that today, by another person. Therefore-
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After saying “thank you very much, Masazumi thought about what Sakai had told her just now about “stepping inside”. Something similar to that was also said to her today by another person. Therefore…
   
"Today, there's something that I was thinking of investigating, so I'll be focusing on that."
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“There’s something I want to investigate today, so I’ll be focusing into that.
   
"Hmm, what is it?"
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“Hmm, what is it?
   
"'Remorse Way'. If I investigate it, I'll understand everyone, so I was told."
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“The ‘Remorse Way’. I was told that if I investigate it, I’ll understand everyone.
   
Masazumi nodded in her heart. 'This too is one step inside,' she thought.
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Masazumi nodded in her heart. ''This has to be one step inside,'' she thought.
   
With that, before her eyes, Sakai showed a single reaction.
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When she said that, Sakai had a single reaction before her eyes.
   
 
He laughed.
 
He laughed.
   
...Eh?
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…''Eh?
   
Masazumi lost all words against that sudden voice of laughter, and Sakai gave a smile in farewell.
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Masazumi lost all her words against that sudden laughing and Sakai smiled to her to bid his farewell.
   
"That's good--preparing for the event of Toori confessing tomorrow, everyone is also probably preparing for that celebration or something, and they're having a festival party at the Academy at night. And Azuma-kun, who was the crown price, has thrown away that position and power, restarting his life at Musashi from today onwards, and Mikawa is, by the instruction of Lord-sensei, going to have fireworks and a festival tonight. Everything seems to be unconnected...they are new activities, and activities of celebration."
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“That’s pretty good. As everyone is getting ready for Toori’s confession tomorrow, all of them are probably preparing for the celebration or something given that they are going to hold a party at the Academy tonight. Also, from today onwards the crown prince Azuma-kun has thrown away his position and powers and restarted his life at Musashi. And lastly, there is going to be a festival and fireworks under the instructions of the Lord Teacher. All of it seems unconnected…but they are all new activities, and celebrations too.
   
 
After a single breath, Sakai continued his words.
 
After a single breath, Sakai continued his words.
   
"It would be nice if learning of 'Remorse Way' would be Masazumi-kun's new activity."
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“It would be nice if learning about the ‘Remorse Way’ could be your new activity, Masazumi-kun.
   
A breath.
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He let out another breath.
   
"The things that I don't know are still many, but even so...that Masazumi-kun comes to the side of Toori, all those with him, and I, I pray."
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“There is a lot of stuff that I don’t know about, but I hope that Masazumi-kun ends up being at Toori’s side along with all the people now with him.
 
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Chapter 08: Doubters in the Depths of a Ravine[edit]

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To go and to return is the path there and back

If so

To descend and to ascend is a valley's path and...

Point Allocation (Life)

On the mountainside, bathing in the light of noon, there was a wooden structure.

It was a sentry house built on the surface of the mountain, where “Kakamigahara” was written with trees. It was beside the eastern mountain corridor which connects Musashi’s continental port with the streets below, so it was a building positioned to look down upon the mountain checkpoint.

The building had two figures atop its six-tatami structure.

Two people in crimson uniforms with Tres España’s emblem were holding their rifles and sitting in chairs.

They were exchanging words as one of them was watching the mountain and the other its base. At the moment, the one wearing a senior uniform was looking to the mountain range.

“…As expected, we had a lot of transport squads today. Has the confusion at the checkpoint over here ended yet?”

The boy watching Mikawa, which was at the foot of the mountain, nodded. Then he looked at the base’s checkpoint with the scope of his rifle.

“…Right now, the foot is pretty packed. Recently they’ve been saying that it’d be quicker to detour over to the other side, to the western corridor which connects to the common use continental port where our squad is; but there are things like wooden bridges there, and the roads are pretty narrow. Gods of war and large wagons can’t travel it, so they had to send out transport ships all the way to the western side.”

“That was quite detailed. Are you an immigrant from Mikawa?”

“Tes,” the boy responded.

“I’m a naturalized citizen of Tres España. Due to Lord Motonobu’s ‘clearing out’ ten years ago and the construction of New Nagoya Castle, I’m not Shinto but Catholic now. I’m even making an angels’ community fansite on the net.”

The boy gestured towards the town of Mikawa with his rifle.

In response, his senior turned his neck back, and at the end of his sight was the center segment of Nagoya City.

There was a street in the town that was facing the sea at the base of the mountain. A brown structure was covering a large portion of its center. The flat surface that extended almost the entire territory of Nagoya City was…

“With such a simple design you don’t really get its true size, but that wooden structure ranges ten kilometers from east to west and eleven north to south. That’s the ‘New Nagoya Castle’, a large atelier that uses one unified reactor and four ley line reactors which are forbidden in all the Testament Tsirhcian territories since the Harmonic Unification War. The previous Nagoya city was modified into that at the request of P.A. Oda ten years ago. It’s a workshop born from the ‘clearing out’ national policy.”

“The ‘clearing out’, huh…”

The senior, who had an upperclassman’s attitude, glanced at the side of his junior’s face.

“That’s such a crazy story… As the inheritance of names of historical figures is needed for the sake of the Testament’s history recreation, they made all names but those of a few important officials go to automatons to avoid all the chaos it results in. Was your family affected as well?”

“Well, we were at a very low position, so we did not have much trouble at first. After that, with the reduction of staff expenses and the protection of classified information, three thousand automatons took charge of the town’s business and administration over a period of three years; so that was when true ‘clearing out’ began, along with a lot of problems.”

The junior shrugged his shoulders, and trying to avoid that topic he peered at New Nagoya Castle through his scope.

“This ‘clearing out’ was not just about the automatons. With the four operational ley line reactors in New Nagoya Castle extracting ether from the ley lines, strange phenomena became very frequent in the town center. I’m talking about stuff like monsters wandering the night, roads warping and mysterious disappearances.”

“Those kinds of things,” the junior smiled bitterly.

“So with all of that, people left. That was the ‘clearing out’. That castle is messed up, you know? From its design and construction, the only ones managing and knowing all about it are the leader of the Matsudaira, ‘Yes-Man’ Lord Motonobu and a few of his closest subjects and officers. All the actual work on its construction was carried out by 1200 additional automatons ordered from Sagami province, and even now they are operating it from the inside.”

He breathed.

“The inside is segmented into several floors protected by barriers, so its scale is pretty big; but the only ones who know what is happening inside are Lord Motonobu and a few more individuals. The automatons are subjected to memory controls and if they try to break the confidentiality protection they will automatically erase their own memories.”

“Even so, there was a special squadron from Hexagone Française that sneaked inside looking for information, right?”

The junior gave a small laugh at his upperclassman’s words.

“And one week later they were found carrying paper bags as otaku in Nihonbashi, weren’t they? Not only did they somehow have no memory of what had happened, strangely enough they were also totally naked with two-colored tattoos of little girls on their asses… After that no other country sent more squads, fearing the embarrassment.”

He breathed again.

“The Tsirhc Testament Union spread rumors about ‘the dangers of a ley line reactor meltdown’ because they considered them dangerous, didn’t they? They even remade the opera ‘Sodom and Gomorrah Have Disappeared!’ which had been about a time when one of those meltdowns happened and everything in a ten kilometer radius was annihilated, into some mournful tragedy across all Europe. By now, nobody lives in the surroundings other than the automatons and Lord Motonobu. Yesterday I tried to descend to the outskirts, but…”

The junior tapped the upperclassman’s shoulder and pointed at the village with his finger.

“…Although it’s already noon, you can’t see any smoke from people cooking; and nothing in the vicinity of the city center is even moving. And in the surrounding villages, strange words were written in blood on the walls… I returned immediately, you know.”

“I see… Mikawa sure is a troublesome country.”

The instant the senior figure spoke that line, the younger figure pointed towards the mountain road.

“Ah, look at the road descending to the checkpoint. Amazingly, those two seem to be…the Musashi Academy President Sakai Tadatsugu and the Student Council Vice President Honda Masazumi. Nimble even walking, just like the rumors, right? After the Academy President of Musashi was demoted and sent away from Mikawa, he became a disgruntled and strange person.”

Just as he said, there were two people on the path leading down to the checkpoint. The senior confirmed them with the scope of his rifle as they passed by messengers, wagons and cargo vehicles and pressed past people with heavy baggages.

“One of the Four Heavenly Kings of the Matsudaira, spared from the stripping of his inherited name by the automatons; Sakai Tadatsugu, is it? His current position as Musashi Academy President sure is a demotion. And the other one, Masazumi…is dressed like a man but given the way he is walking…that’s a woman?”

“Tes. She may be dressed like a man, but actually…she should be a woman.”

“Should?”

At that question, the junior looked up at the sky once. Choosing his words, he talked.

“When I lived in Mikawa, there were ‘two Hondas’. One was a member of the Four Heavenly Kings of the Matsudaira, the Peerless in the East and user of the divine weapon Tonbokiri, Honda Tadakatsu. The other one was the brain of the Matsudaira, the lineage of Honda Masanobu. But when Masazumi was a child, an automaton stole the name of Masanobu’s son during the ‘clearing out’.”

“If that’s so, that girl can no longer inherit the name, can she?”

“Tes… But before that happened, she had an operation in order to inherit said name. To make sure she had the right to inherit the name Masazumi, she was supposed to have had a sex change operation to turn her into a boy… However, in the earlier stages, after her breasts were removed but before they began with the lower parts, the ‘clearing out’ happened. As she lacks breasts, female clothing does not fit her well, so she dresses like a boy.”

“When I was still in Mikawa, she was ignored and bullied. She was a year above me and I heard that since she was unable to get her inherited name, she was abandoned by her dad; but…”

While looking at the two traveling the mountain path, the junior slowly said this:

“Given that she’s now the vice president, she’s still doing her best, isn’t she… I wonder if I should make a fansite…”

Sakai and Masazumi were walking atop the mountain path towards the checkpoint, which was a delivery transportation base.

Looking at it from the mountain, the checkpoint was a wide parking lot where standby cargo vehicles were lined up waiting to take their goods, and a spacious area with warehouses. The valley was a natural barrier and the exchange of goods was performed between the bottom and the top. People were lined up into five queues at the reception area of the checkpoint, but Sakai was walking too far away to hear their voices and exchanges.

Sakai and Masazumi walked the mountain path, which had hardened from the wheels of the cargo vehicles. As they traveled the side of the mountain with a stone wall at their left, they laughed and exchanged words while tilting their heads. Sakai was forming a smile at the corner of his mouth.

“…Speaking of the which, tomorrow Toori is going to confess. What are you going to do tonight? As I said before, it seems that Toori and the rest are going to make some ruckus at the Academy. Are you going to go with them and act as the fire extinguisher smokescreen?”

“I am the vice president. If I did something like that the entire Testament Union would know about it…”

“It’s alright, it’ll just make you look like the rest of them.”

“Then I definitely can’t do it, can I? Anyway, what is even with the chancellor and student council president, suddenly announcing that he’s going to confess and cause a ruckus at the Academy like that… The other day we had a huge meeting for a potluck in the dark, and he ignited the experimental-use magnesium with the lab room’s alcohol lamp and it went ‘Boom!’ ”

“Yeah, you can’t make night potluck into a light potluck. I guess the glass pot of the lamp lightened everyone up, though.” [1]

“No, it wasn’t like that, seriously…”

Sakai laughed in response to Masazumi who was speaking in a troubled manner. Continuing like that for a few seconds, he eventually sighed.

“Well, I’m just trying to say that one can pass the time like that too, you know.”

Masazumi wondered about this and folded her arms as if trying to protect herself. After that, she tilted her neck.

“Yesterday he started some trouble in a restaurant on Tama’s surface when he covered one of Mitotsudaira’s business partners, who was completely naked, in cream and stuck an eel up his butt. That was quite the incident, don’t you think?”

“That did indeed happen, but you know…”

Sakai looked at Masazumi out of the corner of his eye and in response Masazumi pulled back a bit.

“…Did you know that what that gourmet really wanted was to court Nate in order to take control of the Mitotsudaira family?”

“…Huh?”

“I don’t know if he was from Hexagone Française or the Far East, but he was trying to acquire a name inheritance and wanted to marry into the Mitotsudaira family. With that objective, he tried to approach her as a business partner. Nate sure is strong willed, but she’s also someone who thinks hard upon her position and family. I was even consulted about it, you know?”

That means… Masazumi twisted her eyebrows.

“That mess was President Sakai’s work?”

“Hey, hey, hey, hey, don’t suspect me. I didn’t do anything; someone among them noticed, that’s it… After all, Musashi is pretty small, right? It was probably a coincidence, but…”

“But?”

“But, emotionally, Nate thanks everyone for that.”

“———”

As if punctuating sound by sound, he introduced a new topic of conversation.

And suddenly, he once again looked at Masazumi out of the corner of his eye and opened his mouth while looking around the area.

“—Indeed, today really is strange. Has Masazumi-kun noticed it?”

“Strange? What are you talking about…”

Questioning in her response, Masazumi looked at their surroundings and the flow of cargo vehicles and people.

After a while, Masazumi tilted her head as if she was saying: “I don’t know.”

Sakai pointed towards the checkpoint visible in the distance, at the lines cargo vehicles awaiting their goods.

“—As you heard from Shirojiro, all the cargo vehicles are mostly empty. Masazumi-kun, do you understand what that means?”

“That’s…”

Surprised, Masazumi raised her voice.

“There is cargo heading aboard the Musashi but none coming out of it, right? In short, we barely have any purchasing orders from Mikawa… This is the first time that I’ve seen the Mikawa checkpoint from the Musashi-side, but it’s true that a year ago the other checkpoints were different, I think.”

“Indeed, normally there’s more cargo coming from our side; but this time, there’s nothing, strangely enough.”

Masazumi took one step forward and spoke to a frowning Sakai while turning back.

“…Is this the result of Mikawa progressing with the ‘clearing out’ policy? Or is this a consequence of the population dwindling due to the increasing phenomena, so that the goods aren’t really needed? But even so, the fact that it’s just sending goods to Musashi makes it feel like—”

Masazumi continued.

“—It feels as if we’re taking keepsakes of Mikawa before it dies, as it tries to isolate itself from the whole world, don’t you think?”

“Hey, hey, don’t say scary stuff. It’s just that Mikawa is under sanctions, so exchange isn’t allowed. They’re putting some distance between themselves and Musashi. But well…”

I don’t really know, thought Sakai as he nodded…

Suddenly a structure flew by, high above his head. Like a cloud, that large shape crossed the sky.

“That is…a ship?”

The ship’s shape they were looking up at was not alone, as almost directly above several ships were incoming. In the west, above the mountains, a noticeable colossal white ship traveled making a deep noise…

“That’s the K.P.A. Italia Jörmungandr-class galley ‘Regno Unito’, owned by the Pope-Chancellor Innocentius and escorted by a Tres España security fleet. So the head of the Catholics came all the way here, where the hand of the Mlasi’s P.A. Oda can reach. He is here to negotiate the development of a new armament, right?”

“Yes,” Masazumi opened her mouth.

“It’s because P.A. Oda is concentrating on their attack on the Asai. Using that opening, he’s going to plead for the development of a new Logismoi Óplo, a type of divine weapon that represents a fragment of the world’s power balance; in other words city-destruction-class personal armaments. These armaments have the embodiment of the eight evil thoughts of humanity as a motif, and the original prototypes of the seven deadly sins and their users are called the ‘Eight Dragon Kings’.”

“You’re well informed, aren’t you? The eight evil thoughts…can you name them?”

“Judge,” Masazumi said. And then she nodded…

“Gastrimargia (Gluttony), Porneia (Lust), Phylargyria (Avarice), Lypē (Lamenting), Orgē (Wrath), Akedia (Dejection), Kenodoxia (Vainglory), and Hyperēphania (Pride)—In the sixth century, they were condensed to seven by Gregorius the First. Vainglory was included in Pride, Lamenting and Dejection were combined as Sloth and Phtonos (Envy) was added, becoming seven. Because of that…”

She let out a breath.

“The deadly sins of man are now said to be seven, but in the beginning they were the eight evil thoughts warned of by the Greek Evagrius in Egypt. So, the seven deadly sins in Latin are what we usually speak of in the present world. But originally…their prototypes were the Greek’s eight evil thoughts.”

Masazumi spoke starting to walk once again whilst scraping the dirt stuck to her zōri sandals on the dried road.

“And, was it ten years ago?”

In the middle of the shadow projected by the ships traveling in the sky, Masazumi remembered those days while looking at her feet.

“Right before the Musashi’s Grand Renovation, after concluding the talks to make the provisional alliance with P.A. Oda a formal alliance, Lord Motonobu sent the eight Logismoi Óplo to all the Testament countries with the exception of P.A. Oda. Those were…”

Gastrimargia (Gluttony): M.H.R.R. (Holy Roman Empire)

Porneia (Lust): K.P.A. Italia

Phylargyria (Avarice): England

Lypē (Lamenting): Tres España

Orgē (Wrath): Sviet Rus

Akedia (Dejection): Tres España

Kenodoxia (Vainglory): Hexagone Française

Hyperēphania (Pride): Hexagone Française

“Tres España and Hexagone Française possess two because their sins were combined when the eight evil thoughts became the seven deadly sins. Their outputs are set to low settings…but it seems that Tres España brought their weapons to the New World and drove the feral mechanical beasts to extinction. Going by the rumors, they created such a large-scale destruction just with a few kilounits of ether. Just in terms of pure power, these divine weapons are of the same rank as the Testamenta Arma that are based on the Testaments; and different from them in that while the Testamenta Arma are limited by doctrine, the Logismoi Óplo can be used without restrictions. This is due to these Deadly Sin Armaments being reprimanding weapons used to lay bare the sins of the opponent.”

Masazumi looked at the western sky, to the white-armored ship that was facing towards the continental port, the “Regno Unito”.

“The rumors say that the Pope came all the way here this time because he wants to get the ‘Phtonos’ in the seven deadly sins made. Currently, K.P.A. Italia have to hurry against the strengthening of Protestantism and the decline in the Middle-Eastern trade.”

She sighed.

“The Pope-Chancellor is also the wielder of one of the Logismoi Óplo, so he is one of the Eight Dragon Kings; but being the head of the Catholics he really hates that name… Even so, he wants a new Deadly Sin Armament as there are some problems even if K.P.A. Italia is making profits thanks to Lombardia’s international loans.”

“Basically, loans are forbidden under Catholicism so even though they are able to profit from them by the way of taxes, they have to be maintained by the unconventional races and the non-Testament regions where the monetary circulation is permitted; and more than anybody else, by the Far East’s lending businesses. Their regulations on money lending and borrowing are really strict, so we are like their mediator regarding loans and land mortgage. The Pope-Chancellor is really in a tight spot.”

Sakai, who said that, formed a drooping smile at the corner of his mouth.

“But well…”

“What is it?”

That instant, Masazumi relaxed her shoulders and took a step forward.

“Masazumi-kun… Do you know the rumors related to the Logismoi Óplo?”

“The rumors…?”

“Judge, judge, judge,” Sakai nodded three times. At that point, he stuck his index finger up and said this.

“—The rumors that the Logismoi Óplo are made from humans.”

At Sakai’s words, Masazumi slightly lost hold of herself.

The rumor that Sakai mentioned just now had been heard by Masazumi before. It went like this:

“To make weapons of the power of the deadly sins and the original sins of humanity, it is only appropriate to use humans as components…”

“Right, right, and also something like ‘the reason why the people have disappeared from Nagoya is actually because they have been used as the components of the Logismoi Óplo.’ ”

“Th-there’s nothing like that.”

Masazumi recalled her memories of living in Mikawa.

“It’d be a problem if it wasn’t just a rumor. When I was still there, the citizens would usually give proper notice before leaving if they were changing their residence. If their whereabouts became unknown just like that, like in recent phenomena, there would be an uproar.”

“Is that so?” said Sakai while he continued to look up at the sky.

“Do you think that the things related to this will end being a rumor, Masazumi-kun?”

“—Eh?”

Sakai spoke and looking at her he formed a broad smile at the edges of his mouth.

“I…just thought that it would be interesting if Masazumi-kun also came over to this side.”

“By saying ‘this side’ you mean…”

“The side where we would be able to calmly talk about things like my past.”

The past, that is…

“For example, the reason why I was demoted to Musashi… How I, following the Testament description, allowed the person who was supposed to be the heir of my lord to commit suicide. The side where you would be able to bring those words to your lips with a smile.”

“——”

I know about what Sakai was talking about, the reason of his demotion. It’s something any citizen of Mikawa would know: How even though it was by the Testament’s description, one of the Four Heavenly Kings let the heir of his lord commit suicide.

There was a time when the leader of Mikawa, Lord Motonobu, had no wife and no heir.

Therefore, Lord Motonobu let his little brother inherit the name of his heir.

Matsudaira Nobuyasu.

According to the Testament’s descriptions, he had committed suicide due to some trouble with the Oda family.

Was that also the reason? Around fifteen years ago, there was still no inheritor for Nobunaga’s name in P.A. Oda, so Mikawa refused an alliance and tried to overcome said Testament’s description using a ‘broad interpretation’ of it, but…

As P.A. Oda encircled them, a provisional alliance was formed under a bit of coercion.

Subjected to those circumstances, and as proof of loyalty, the Lord’s younger brother was forced to commit suicide after he became the heir.

Sakai, who was supposed to be the guardian of the Lord’s younger brother, was demoted since he was unable to stop the suicide.

The rumors said that Lord Nobuyasu wished for his own death and when Sakai ran to stop him, it was too late.

That was the reason that Masazumi knew for Sakai’s demotion.

However.

I can’t simply bring those words to my lips, am I really that naive?

Inside her field of vision and without erasing that smile at the edge of his mouth, Sakai said:

“So, Masazumi-kun; as you seem to be thinking a lot, what would you think if that story had a continuation?”

“…Eh? A continuation?”

“Judge, judge,” Sakai said twice.

“What if Lord Motonobu actually…had an illegitimate wife and had a child with her?”

“——”

Masazumi lost all words for an instant. She forced herself to open her mouth. As she was not able to grasp what she had just been told and felt like her mind was still not stabilized, she asked something to confirm whether this was truth or fiction.

“No way. If that kind of child existed…”

That would mean that as the Lord’s younger brother who had inherited his heir’s name had committed suicide, that child would become the new heir, right? However…

“But where is that child and what is he doing…? Why doesn’t he come out into the open?”

“That’s why I said that earlier, didn’t I?”

Sakai spoke.

“If you want to know, step inside and come to this side, Masazumi-kun… Your wish is to be a politician and you seem to be thinking on the grand scale of things; but you are failing at stepping inside, don’t you think?”

“But,” Sakai added.

“I like being bullied, you know… So, why won’t you step in with me?”

Speaking these words, Sakai suddenly sped up his gait.

The wind moved, the sound of clothes rustling resounded. As if being surreptitiously held by Sakai, the tantō at the back of his waist shook.

“—Well, let’s end this conversation at that…shall we?”

Masazumi chased Sakai with her gaze as he headed towards the open area of the checkpoint and was passed by a single horse-drawn carriage. Masazumi, a little panicked, moved her feet in order to catch up to him; and accompanied by the sound of her footsteps she reached the wide clearing.

“…Oh.”

The sound of the received goods being delivered, the murmurs of people, the sound of cargo vehicles moving and the unobstructed sunlight drowned Masazumi’s body. The two traveled the footpath designated by a rope as being under pedestrian priority.

“Well then, Masazumi-kun. Once we get all the documents proving that you have delivered me you can return and have some fun.”

“Okay. Also, President Sakai, as you are one of the Four Heavenly Kings of the Matsudaira you probably know it; but Lord Tadakatsu’s daughter and I were in the same grade in the past, so if you meet with her send her my regards.”

“Ahh, she was… Will she come today? Well, if I meet her I’ll speak to her.”

After saying “thank you very much,” Masazumi thought about what Sakai had told her just now about “stepping inside”. Something similar to that was also said to her today by another person. Therefore…

“There’s something I want to investigate today, so I’ll be focusing into that.”

“Hmm, what is it?”

“The ‘Remorse Way’. I was told that if I investigate it, I’ll understand everyone.”

Masazumi nodded in her heart. This has to be one step inside, she thought.

When she said that, Sakai had a single reaction before her eyes.

He laughed.

Eh?

Masazumi lost all her words against that sudden laughing and Sakai smiled to her to bid his farewell.

“That’s pretty good. As everyone is getting ready for Toori’s confession tomorrow, all of them are probably preparing for the celebration or something given that they are going to hold a party at the Academy tonight. Also, from today onwards the crown prince Azuma-kun has thrown away his position and powers and restarted his life at Musashi. And lastly, there is going to be a festival and fireworks under the instructions of the Lord Teacher. All of it seems unconnected…but they are all new activities, and celebrations too.”

After a single breath, Sakai continued his words.

“It would be nice if learning about the ‘Remorse Way’ could be your new activity, Masazumi-kun.”

He let out another breath.

“There is a lot of stuff that I don’t know about, but I hope that Masazumi-kun ends up being at Toori’s side along with all the people now with him.”


Notes[edit]

  1. This is a reference to 闇鍋 (dark pot), a potluck (stew variety) eaten in the dark (as entertainment). 光鍋 (light pot) is used, due to the rather bright reactions of lit magnesium. The following sentence uses 光臨 (to show respect), but this is a pun with 光 (light), saying that the pot welcomes everyone. This was changed to something that actually makes sense in English.