Horizon:Volume 3 Prologue
Prologue: The Outsiders on the Bridge
Look at that which is close to you
The times you cannot see underfoot are truly...
Point Allocation (Consideration)
Dragon Dog: “What is the matter, milady?”
ANA: “It’s cold. —No, well, it is not that it is cold, I am just feeling cold.”
Dragon Dog: “It may be some kind of failure with the artificial sensory. I will contact those in charge.”
ANA: “You are perfect... However, I have already had that task completed and I was told the same thing, that it might be an error in the artificial sensory.”
ANA: “Hey, is it possible that I may be breaking?”
Dragon Dog: “It is not possible for me to answer that question, the reason for it being that it is a reality that has not happened yet. The only conjecture I can make with respect to a situation which has not occurred is that ‘It is possible that both possibilities exist.’ ”
ANA: “Then, for example if you were to experience this cold, what would happen?”
Dragon Dog: “I would cease to function.”
ANA: “In that case, hey...”
Dragon Dog: “What is the matter, milady?”
ANA: “My older brother said it, right? ‘If something happens, please tell me.’ That he would grant any wish. —Just because he has found a person who is important to him and started living properly, he is behaving as if he is an adult. In that case, is it fine for me to act like a child?”
Dragon Dog: “I have determined that milady has always remained as a child.”
ANA: “And that is fine, is it not? However, hey...”
Dragon Dog: “Tes. Please say anything you wish to say. What is the matter, milady?”
ANA: “I see that you are the same as always, you are perfect. Then I want you to hear me out. You see...”
In the morning sky there was an island.
Floating at a position lower than the clouds, there was a floating island that stretched from north to south for tens of kilometers. The lower strata area, which hung like an icicle, was divided into massive blocks by rocks and structures; sometimes these would slowly move as a result of the internal frame and change the shape of the island.
At the massive floating island there were two massive objects.
One of these, located on the northern side of the island, was a Shinto shrine which possessed a Shinto shrine-styled gantry crane, several tens of kilometers in scale and a sprawling large scale wooden research facility located at its base.
The other of these was located on the eastern side of the island, also connected with a new Shinto gantry crane with a massive ship in the interior as though it was being protected.
The vessel, which was comprised of eight individual ships, was installed in the large scale dock which stretched from north to south across the eastern side of the island.
It was Musashi.
The eight ship fleet which received the morning sun on the port-side had all of its ships still maintaining their functionality as a city while they remained within the dock. However, from the surface of each ship, there were multiple small, high-pitched noises being raised by countless shadows clinging to the surface.
Those shadows, whether they were gods of war driving in anchor bolts or people who were assisting in the repair of the ship, including other species, were all hurriedly working.
Musashi was currently undergoing complete repairs.
There were the figures of many students among the people participating in the construction.
If you let the students talk, their reasoning would be:
“Well, this makes it possible to earn cash during the early morning.”
“I have been helping out after school, so I started doing mornings as well.”
“Out our way, the outer wall is still broken, which is scary.”
Also, between the people carrying raw materials and the kobolds, multiple running shadows were present.
There was a jersey clad girl with two artificial arms and a tall foreigner in a tank top, a jersey clad retainer who was running with dogs, and following at a considerable distance behind the others there was a silver haired girl.
The girl with the artificial arms and the tall foreigner, who had run further ahead, raised their hand in a greeting and split off into a different route.
In contrast the spectacled retainer, after passing through the path of a natural area at a leisurely pace, ascended the staircase which was located ahead of her.
As she did, the dogs which were following her circled around at the bottom of the staircase and let out a bark.
Once the retainer turned around while waving her hand, the dogs emitted one more bark and then dispersed.
The girl retainer then nimbly ascended the staircase.
Once she had finished climbing there was a building with the nameplate “Musashi Ariadust Academy” and a bridge which reached up to the second floor entrance way. Furthermore...
“Eh? Asama, are you here for morning practice?”
Asama continued to replace the talismans for the hanging lanterns which were built into the bridge as she turned around in response to the calling voice.
It was Adele. While regulating her breathing, which wasn’t really disordered, she came over that way.
“Are you here for morning practice Asama?”
“Yeah, something like that.”
Asama replied with a bitter smile. She held the talisman in her hand out towards Adele.
“Lately our academy has been keeping the lights on all the night, hasn’t it? That’s why I am working on replacing the lighting spells. There’s also that...”
“What is it?”
“When I consider about what might happen from now on, I thought I should increase my stamina. I started from my family’s shrine below, ascended the staircase, and then did a light circuit of the schoolyard with Kimi accompanying me. However...”
Asama looked at the schoolyard. Kimi was collapsed on top of a bamboo bench located in the corner of schoolyard. The red jersey covering her head and upper body belonged to her.
“Well don’t worry about that, I’ll go to recover it later. I’ll return either through my family’s spring or Suzu’s public bathhouse, though whether or not I’ll make it in time for morning class it is a mystery.”
“Kimi always makes sure to eat the breakfast the chancellor makes before coming to the academy after all. About Kimi, how should I put it...why is it that while dancing is not a problem, when it comes to running she is just slightly better than a normal person?”
“Kimi’s Summit Dance is similar to Futayo’s acceleration technique, they both have fatigue reduction protections being inserted into the spell. She insists that ‘I have no willpower so I did it like that!’ ”
While saying that, Asama though to herself that spells which required access to customization were quite annoying.
After all, Kimi often didn’t think about things beforehand; so when a situation that couldn’t be dealt with by her showed up, she immediately started going on about “New version! New version!” “Okay okay, again? Once again?” “Groin!? Groin is high!?” displaying her insanity. Each and every time, the two of them soaked into the spring together doing this and that...
“My Priestess’s ‘Yearly spell supervision amount’ status rating is high as a result of handling Kimi’s requests.”
After letting out a sigh she was unaware that Kimi had stood up and began walking in their direction. While walking she put on the jacket which had been placed over her and said:
“Eh, what is with this girl’s jersey? The cloth around the chest area has stretched...! This Priestess, what is she attempting to achieve by creating a breast mold!? Planning on making manjuu or something!?”
“It fits you perfectly fine so what exactly are you talking about!? Ah Adele, would you please stop looking down and averting your eyes.”
From beyond Adele, who was looking that way, a hand suddenly grasped the edge of the overhanging bridge from beneath the staircase.
Eh. In front of the girl who was thinking that, from the far side of the grasped palm, an elbow appeared and then proceeded as if to pull up the rest of the body.
“S-somehow I managed one full lap around the ship.”
It was Mitotsudaira.
The jersey clad figure of Mitotsudaira arrived at the top of the bridge completely out of breath.
…I-it really does seem like a “somehow” situation.
In front of her eyes, there was Adele who had run the exact same course yet whose breathing was not disturbed, and a priestess that was big even while being the same age as her. Mitotsudaira felt a feeling of irrationality against both these parties, however there was nothing to be done.
In any case, Mitotsudaira used the banister as a support and attempted to stand. However her knees were shaking. “Ow…”
She grasped the banister and attempted to move forward but she began to fall to her knees. Hurriedly she attempted to support her body, though before she could take her next action Asama had already approached. While she was already holding a talisman, she said:
“Ah, Mito, please do not push your body so much. I will cleanse your exhaustion with a purification ritual.”
“It is fine, Tomo. I will use my internal bless for a thing like that, you should use it for another...”
Before she had finished speaking, Asama claimed that it was fine and came to her side. She had Mitotsudaira lean against the banister.
In order to cast the spell, Hanami displayed several frames for the confirmation. Asama already had the talisman out and was clearing her throat as the preparation for the activation, so there was no way to stop her.
Therefore leaving everything to the agreement, Mitotsudaira lowered her hips, stretched her legs and took a breath. Thus Asama removed Mitotsudaira’s shoes, and splitting at the seam lining of the ankle, she opened the tights.
“I’ll attach one to the soles of your feet. If it tickles, please let me know.”
“Even if I say it tickles, don’t...”
It suddenly happened. Mitotsudaira tried to endure the strength of the fingers which seemed to be pushing into her sole.
…Impossible. This is impossible!
“Hey… Mito, aren’t you too ticklish? Perhaps I should say it is a rare sensitivity syndrome… Hey!”
“W-what is it?”
“However, if it is like that then it won’t finish. So, shall we continue?”
“Eh? Hey, go easy on meeee!”
Since she was unable to move her legs, her upper body started to thrash about.
She experienced a different type of being out of breath than before, and, at the point where she became exhausted, she also lost the power to resist. She became limp and was left at the mercy of Asama.
“Mito, you have the same soft soles as Adele… They do say that people with soft soles have fast legs.”
Even if she said it earnestly, there was nothing to do about the reality of the situation.
Letting out a sigh that was unrelated to her exhaustion, Mitotsudaira lightly shrugged her shoulders.
“Even if you say that I am the same as Adele, I am not fast at all you know? I was even called a Heavy Tank type by Kimi.”
Hmm, the one who was puzzled was Adele. She looked at the feet that Asama was rubbing.
“If I had to say, the fifth special duty seems more like the type who does a breaking type of movement. I guess you would say the powerful type.”
Their smiling and attempting to cover for her was a thankful gesture.
That’s why Mitotsudaira took another breath and then opened her mouth. My, my, with a self-deprecating attitude, she raised her upper body.
“Is it because I am a Demi Loup-Garou? Or is there some trick that I do not understand? I am just not good with fast movements. Where it is that I should put the strength into?”
“Fifth special duty, if you put too much power in it will actually have the opposite effect and you will be slower, you know?”
“Judge, Naomasa tells me that often. I am taking care to avoid that happening though…”
There Mitotsudaira lightly waved her hand as a demonstration.
The movements were those of a jab, snapped with an open hand and at the end point clenched it.
Since she was relaxed when waving, it was nimble and fast. That is how it should be. It was also accompanied by the sound of the wind. There Asama responded.
“It is fast enough, is it not? Right, Adele?”
Adele gave a small reaction and immediately following that she hurriedly said.
“Eh, well... Judge, it’s sufficiently fast. Yeah.”
Keeping up other people’s appearances to hide the reality was Adele’s thankful but also poor side as a retainer. Mitotsudaira bitterly smiled about it.
“Do not worry about it. I understand that I am slow. After all, in England, though I received martial arts training from Naomasa to deal with Walsingham’s War of the Roses, I ended up just being thrown around.”
Mitotsudaira thought about her speed. Her speed would be considered faster than a normal person, however that would fall short when compared to an expert.
That is the reason why Mitotsudaira believed that was the thing preventing her from becoming stronger.
The Fifth Special Duty being in the fifth position was due to that reason.
She was made to realize that while in England.
When she first arrived in England she witnessed firsthand the speed of Futayo’s actions inside the falling cargo ship… So she thought that looking at her role as a power type would be for the best.
While conducting the anti-Walsingham training, she realized that against Naomasa’s throws her nerves were able to react but her body could not keep pace. Naomasa told her that she was slow, that is why she did it through experience rather than reacting and practiced until she was able to move by prediction.
However, while massaging her calf muscle Asama abruptly said.
“Ah, the exhaustion removal is almost finished. Mito’s regeneration powers are amazing.”
“I did inherit the blood of the Loup-Garou after all. Frankly, my toughness is my greatest weapon. It is thanks to the fact that my body is tough that I am able to strike with such power, and it also allows me to act as a shield.”
However after saying that as an introduction, Mitotsudaira laughed bitterly.
“If you remember what happened 8 years ago at Bizen IZUMO you will understand the circumstances regarding my mother and me. That is how tough I am.”
Hearing those words, Asama and Adele exchanged glances, lowered their eyebrows and showed a smile.
After a little while Adele followed up with this.
“The Loup-Garou family lineages are quite spartan. How about that story related to the Silver Chain which has been subject to rumors for a while now, with the fifth special officer’s lineage being a distinguished family in a high position during the Hundred Years’ War… was that it?”
“My mother does not talk about these things… It is also true that she has quite a freewheeling personality, however…”
Judge, Mitotsudaira nodded. That was something that she had heard via the net on Musashi.
“According to a thread related to the Loup-Garous, after the Hundred Years’ War, the Hexagone Française Loup-Garous apparently consisted of two groups, those who choose to live together with the human population, and those which returned to the forest and kept their man-eating tendencies. So the Loup-Garou queen and their nobility returned to the forests, however they were eventually driven out… It also seems the Reine des Garous lost her life some time ago.”
“Lost her… did she take her own life?”
In response to Asama’s question, which was asked with a frown, Mitotsudaira nodded. During the period she was in Hexagone Française, not only she was too young so she didn’t know, it also was an embarrassment for the country and therefore not revealed to the general public.
The things that I know are only from these past few years.
“While the forest decreased and her companions disappeared, the previous generation Reine des Garous, who succeeded the line after the Hundred Years’ War, apparently offered herself to someone who had come to hunt her. Frankly, one can certainly say that the race of the Loup-Garou has declined. My mother also had the characteristic of having those around being wary of her; so they were a race who had trouble being intimate with humans.”
Having said that much, Mitotsudaira fell silent. She reconsidered that she should not say things that would create a wall and shrugged her shoulders.
“My mother’s family line, however, was probably fairly well-positioned. I do not know where she lived before she met my father, but according to her stories, the house where she lived was kinda a strange place, like something straight out of a fairy tale… And then there is also the silver chains. Since she does not speak of the past… She might have been a close associate to the Reine des Garous herself.”
It was something she had thought about more than once. Sometimes she had thought how nice it would have been to be part of the lineage of the Reine des Garous. In the past that was a result of her pride, however now this was about strength.
Having experienced a defeat in England was the depth of shame for a Knight dedicated to protecting the King.
“If there is an opportunity, I would like to hear the whole story directly from my mother, as well as the origin of silver chains and a good fighting method for a Loup-Garou.”
“However, Mito, you were told by your mother not to descend down into Hexagone Française.”
“Y-yeah, I was made to promise that. I did promise that at Bizen IZUMO.”
Go live as a resident of Musashi; it was that sort of thing.
“IZUMO is a neutral zone. However, it is still part of Hexagone Française so the promise with my mother still applies, and the same holds true for Bizen IZUMO.”
That is why I have not descended on Hexagone Française or any of their territories, not since that time.
What happened at that time is not something I wished to recall, however it cannot be helped.
Thinking about it now, as she was a child then if it happened now she thought she would have not been done it so badly.
“However, the only good to come of that was…”
“That the Chancellor was absent,” was what she was going to say but stopped.
The Chancellor did mention how he was going to pay a visit to a relative who was on the verge of death.
That is why she nodded to herself on the inside and shut a range of thoughts inside her heart.
She possessed a variety of things to consider. Not just about herself, but things about her surroundings were also piled up.
That she had not received any communication from the Musashi’s Knight alliance was still a thing.
When she finished that thought, a shadow appeared ascending the staircase.
Kimi? Is what she thought and looked.
“Oh? Everyone, so you were here?”
It was Tenzou, and following him was Mary clad in a blue and white jersey.
Seeing her with Ex. Collbrande suspended on her left and right, Mitotsudaira forcefully stood up unconsciously.
Tenzou immediately understood the reason behind Asama’s muffled voice.
She was in the middle of using an exhaustion removal spell.
Mitotsudaira’s tights were removed from her feet and the talisman still remained attached to the bottom of the latter. He also faintly understood the reason why she had suddenly stood up.
…It was because Mary was present.
At that moment, Mary who was lined up to the side bowed her head towards everyone.
“Hello, good morning.”
“Gud, Moni———gu, Missus Mary.”
In a certain way, the mistranslation Adele gave them was terrifying. However, what was reflected in Tenzou’s eyes was Mitotsudaira, who in the greeting chose to look down in order to lower her eye contact.
That was an inevitable issue.
Ever since Mary had transferred here, Tenzou realized that Mitotsudaira was unable to decide an appropriate distance between them. There was the long-standing issue between England and Hexagone Française to consider.
There was also the fact they were both nobility.
Following Horizon, Mitotsudaira was second in line for succession for the Far East, while Mary was the future mother of the next king of England.
However Mitotsudaira’s family was a lower noble house and their current status was something that had been assigned to them. On the other hand, Mary’s royal status was something that she was born with…
“What is the matter, Master Tenzou?”
“Eh? Ah, um, it is just good that everyone is training from so early in the morning.”
That is right, Mary’s nod indicated she had no ulterior motive with her words. That was a trait she was certainly born with. That had nothing to do with her position as royalty; however that was also something that was not distorted even after persecution.
Mitotsudaira, while undergoing Asama’s treatment, stood with downcast eyes which could be seen as if she had been scolded.
Then, Asama unexpectedly directed her glance their way while continuing to press her hands against Mitotsudaira’s feet.
“Umm, Mary, today after school will you be coming to my family’s place?”
“Eh? Ah, it is okay for me to go, right, Master Tenzou?”
As she was taking a part time job at Asama’s family shrine, Tenzou nodded his head vertically.
“Um, yes, I am fine with it.”
Mitotsudaira pulled her legs back almost as if she was running away from Asama’s hands. Then with the talismans still attached to the bottoms of her feet she roughly put on her shoes, took the sock sections in hand and started to walk away.
She lightly turned back their way, lowering her head with the minimum amount of consideration.
In response to that act as she seemed about to descend the stairs, Asama went to say something but stopped.
“Will she be alright? I don’t think that all that exhaustion has completely disappeared yet.”
Yeah, well, there was nothing to do except for Asama to hesitate. However, Mary waited until the figure of Mitotsudaira had completely disappeared from sight down the stairs before taking a step closer to Tenzou’s side. She then whispered happily.
“She was concealing a bent toe with a pedicure.”
Was this a request for me to paint my nails as well!? Was this a request!?
I must be overthinking the issue, Tenzou calmed himself down and asked Mary
“Still, Is that something to be embarrassed about?”
In response to the question, Mary loosely bent the scar on her face and said the following:
“The more embarrassing something is, the greater the difference from others. It is also something that one can be proud of, you know?”
I see, he said. In front of his nodding eyes, Adele and Asama were fanning each other with clothes and talismans saying: “Ah, hot hot, it’s steamy in here!” “Yeah you think the same Adele, it’s very hot…!” and the like, however this was something that seemed like it would be impossible to eventually be something to be proud of.
In any case, from the bottom of the staircase, Kimi’s voice was heard.
“Hahahaha, what are you doing slipping and falling onto your butt, Mitotsudaira!? I guess there’s nothing else to be done, I’ll carry you. Come now, ride on these breasts…! Wow! This child got seriously angry!”
Just when he was thinking that she has no mercy, he could hear a sound.
It was the time announcement. Using the bell of the academy, the six in the morning announcement rang out.
The beginning of a day for Musashi.
IZUMO Outline Diagram
Toori: “Sis! Sis! Exactly what kind of shape has IZUMO!? I thought about it because it is shrine related and they say it is where a deity resides and makes an erotic shape!? Maaraaaaaaa—!(sound effect)”
Kimi: “Hahaha private brother, stop imitating reproductive sounds. —Anyway, IZUMO is a floating island which levitates at an altitude of 1000 meters and it consists of a land that was originally on the surface but was floated. In ancient times, the section that became the current center was floated for ship development research. Then, with the Harmonic Unification War and the downfall of the Amako clan, they saw the opportunity and took refuge from the surface. So that was how it was made.”
Kimi: “This should sum it up. If Musashi was in this diagram it would have the bow towards the bottom and anchored looking to the south. The central area is, actually, a sort of abandoned land; however when doing the individual countries corporative exhibitions, aircraft shows or when an urgent emergency landing is necessary, that location is used.”
Toori: “Since this is the territory where we can finally relax, let’s go to the town beneath the shrine and go shopping! There are a lot of Far Eastern style goods here, so that's a relief.”
Kimi: “Did you just implicitly say you are going to scour for erotic goods?”
- A pun. Luynes is spelled “ryuinu” in Japanese and Dragon Dog is “ryuu inu”.
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