Jingai Musume 248

Bringing the Incident to a Close — Part 1
Editor(s): Speedphoenix, Joker

It was late at night. The ball was over; the moon was already in the midst of its journey through the sky and most of Alshir’s residents were tucked away in bed. Those that were up consisted mainly of the duty-bound, such as the holy knights that marched briskly through the halls of their headquarters. Each step taken was accompanied by the clanging of armour. Because it was not administrative work that they were in the midst of, but rather, work that was prone to requiring the use of force.

At the head of the group stood one Carlotta De Maya, commander of the Faldien Order. Despite having only recently finished a series of battles, she showed no sign of fatigue; her advance continued at full speed until she reached the door that led to her destination. Once her men got into formation, she wrenched it open without so much as a knock.

“W-what is going on!?” The man inside, whose pot belly was visible even beneath his loose, priestly robes, sat up from his bed as the noise wrenched him from his slumber. “C-Carlotta!? Why are you here? You are not permitted to enter my quarters! Leave imme—”
“I apologize for visiting you at such a late hour, but it couldn’t be avoided.” The knight cut off the high-ranking official with a smile. “Cardinal Afdol Dollmorral Lane, I hereby place you under arrest on grounds of treason.”
“Treason? That’s ridiculous!”

The cardinal appeared unable to grasp the situation. He found himself apprehended by a pair of paladins before he found his next words.

“T-there has to be some sort of mistake!” He shouted, before turning to the knights at his desk. “And stop that! Do not make a mess of my quarters, and stop looking through my documents! They are highly confidential!” Once he was done screaming at them, he turned to the troop’s commander and shot her a glare. “Do you think you can get away with this!? This is injustice, blasphemy! Once the other cardinals hear of this, they will have you removed from your position immediately!”
“You’ve grown far too senile, Afdol,” sighed Carlotta. “Do you truly think that I would’ve done something this drastic of my own accord?”

The paladin produced a sheet of parchment and held it just close enough for the man she’d arrested to read it, all while twisting her lips into a ridiculing sneer.

“I suggest you go over this carefully.”
“What…? No…!” His eyes widened. “It can’t be! Why have so many of them chosen to sign it!?”

It was an official letter, one informing him of his excommunication. And it was signed by every cardinal but Afdol and one of his closest friends.

“You are no longer considered a true man of the cloth, Afdol, and the church will no longer offer you any protection from the state.”
“T-this can’t be happening…!”
“It is, Cardinal, Former Cardinal. It is happening. Your time is over,” said the paladin. “Take him away, boys!”
“Yes ma’am!”

A satisfied Carlotta watched as her men escorted the fresh retiree. She was thrilled to know that he would soon be placed in the cell that would become his new bedroom. Another individual came marching down the hallway before the cardinal vanished from her sight, an individual that she recognized as competent. Her vice commander. Upon arriving at the doorway, the veteran greeted her with a salute.

“Commander, I’m here to report that we’ve succeeded in detaining Cardinal Elgar.”
“Excellent work. What of the order that works under him? Have they made any moves?”
“No, ma’am. They’re willing to cooperate and obey all our orders.”
“How strange…” the over-competent paladin furrowed her brow. “I was expecting there to at least have been some resistance.”
“It certainly was a possibility, ma’am, but I’m fairly certain I know why,” he said. “It’s because we underlings don’t get to choose our higher ups.”
“I suppose that means I’ll have to put more effort into bolstering my efficacy as a commander if I wish to retain your loyalty,” chuckled Carlotta.
“If you did that, then you would be robbing every member of the nobility of the ability to sleep soundly, ma’am,” said the vice-commander.
“Same goes for the military’s brass,” added another paladin.
“Don’t forget the monsters. Everything in the area will end up running off with its tail between its legs,” added a third.
“If you think that’s bad, then just wait until the slumlords hear the news. They’d turn paler than a pile of sheets,” laughed a fourth.

Their comments got the whole squad going. Before long, every knight in the room was cracking up with laughter.

“If you boys really want that much more work, then I’m more than happy to comply,” said Carlotta with a bold smile. “You should’ve said something earlier. I’ve been wanting to work you to the bone for years.”

Every man in the room, vice-commander aside, immediately scattered as would a group of startled cats. They picked up various objects and documents, staring at each intently in order to make themselves seem as busy as could be. This prompted Carlotta to force a bit of a smile, but she soon let it fade in favour of a more serious expression.

“We’d best get back to work. There are still many things on the agenda, and I would be far too ashamed to face the man that set this picture perfect meal for us by failing to consume it.”
“You must mean the meister. Just who is he? The prince’s uprising was the first I’ve heard of him.”
“To be honest, I don’t know. But I’m convinced that a continued relationship with him is to our benefit. He’s shown himself to be not only incredibly capable, but also more than willing to work with us. Most importantly, I know for a fact that Nell both trusts and loves him from the bottom of her heart. And as far as I am concerned, that is all that matters.”
“You always have been sweet on Nell,” said the vice commander. “Though I suppose that I, or rather we, feel the same way.” He directed his gaze around the room as he switched to referring to his coworkers as a collective. It wasn’t just the members of their order that held Nell in high regards. Almost every paladin did.
“That should be a given,” said Carlotta. “Unlike you lot, she’s actually quite adorable. And she’s always been something along the lines of a younger sister to us all.”
“The first part of that comment was entirely uncalled for.”

The vice-commander twisted his face in mock surprise, but Carlotta indifferently shrugged it off. With their appetite for humour now sated, both officers promptly returned to their work.

***

Several days had passed since the grand finale that was the ball. There was little that hadn’t gone according to plan. Argus had been relocated to a dungeon, and Jaynor had been put under house arrest in order to prevent him from taking any further action. He had yet to be deprived of his title, but I was fairly confident that it would only be a matter of time before he was.

The only issue was that we had yet to discern the minister’s true intentions. Neither the king nor I had been able to figure him out, so we had, after some discussion, arrived at a solution in which we intentionally loosened up security just enough to make it possible for him to attempt some more wire pulling. We even went as far as to ensure he was informed of the fact that both the king’s men and Carlotta’s were going around capturing Argus’ close associates, that the faction he’d spent so much effort building was going to be rapidly deconstructed if he failed to react. We were sure that he would do something, despite being aware that it was all just a trap. But he didn’t. He simply sat around and let it happen. We could have always loosened the reins even further, but there was no point. Hearing the horse’s intentions directly from his mouth was a much better choice.

That was the line of thought that led me to my present situation. I was situated outside the manor that the minister was confined to. Many of the king’s men were positioned along the property’s perimeter. This naturally drew a great deal of attention, but all the curious onlookers that approached were shooed away before they could perform any sort of detailed investigation. One would have expected the whole property to be littered with members of the royal guard, but that was far from the case. They were not allowed to enter the premises because they had already completed their initial investigations. Any more of an intrusion on the minister’s privacy would have been a breach of etiquette given that he had remained an authoritative figure.

To reiterate, he was sure to be stripped of his title in due time, but that had yet to happen. He had far too many sympathizers, and failing to provide an indisputable statement when issuing his punishment was grounds for the last thing the king needed: another potential coup. That said, I was planning on breaking and entering regardless. There were no downsides to be had if I didn’t end up getting caught, and I’d even gone ahead and asked for the king’s permission before heading out. He’d given the thumbs up under the condition that I was to avoid going overboard. Still don’t get why he seemed so worried. Everything’ll be totally fine. Totally.

After moving out of sight to pop stealth, I stepped onto the property and began trespassing to my heart’s content. I waltzed right in both the front gate and the front door whilst ignoring all the guards, butlers, maids, and other workers I encountered en route. Unlike me, they were going about their regular duties, albeit a bit anxiously. But as that wasn’t my problem, I paid them no mind and headed straight for Jaynor’s current location. All the scouting I did had already ingrained the building’s layout in my mind, so I proceeded through his residence with firm, confident steps.

I knew full well that there was no point keeping my face hidden any longer. I’d already revealed it to Jaynor—and just about everyone else while I was at it. Still, I made sure to wear my mask for nothing beyond the purpose of style. I’d taken quite a liking to the vizard, so I saw my current activity as the perfect excuse to take it for another spin.

Upon arriving at my destination, the old crow’s study, I deactivated the spell that kept me hidden from sight and entered. The only warning that informed him of my advent was the creak that accompanied the opening of the door.

“I was expecting you, Meister,” he said in a quiet, calm voice. “Give me a moment to wrap something up.”

The aging man sat alone at his desk, which, like the king’s was covered in all sorts of documents. When he said he had been expecting me, he had evidently been telling the truth. His actions contained not even the slightest hint of surprise. In fact, he didn’t even look up. He did nothing but continue examining the papers in his hands as he spoke.

“Fine,” I said. “Then I’ll just make myself at home while you’re at it.”

I plopped myself down on one of his couches and crossed my arms. After a minute or two, he finally set everything down and looked my way. His face was the spitting image of calm; he wasn’t even the slightest bit panicked or on guard despite the fact that his faction had already been effectively dismantled. And it wasn’t just a front. My superpowered hearing informed me that his heartbeat was slow and steady.

“Thank you for waiting so patiently,” he said. “So why have you come to see me?” His tone was one akin to that of a kind, older gentleman’s.
“You seemed awfully laid back for a guy whose men are getting picked off.” By contrast, my voice was filled with a cocky arrogance. “So I decided to stop by and check if you were still right in the head.”
“Oh, why thank you. That was rather thoughtful of you.”

His response to my blatant display of hostility was an aloof smile. I couldn’t get a read on him, no matter what I tried. He didn’t seem to be plotting anything or looking to aggress on me. Damned crafty old fox.

“Alright, fuck it. I’m just going to get to the point,” I said, looking him right in the eyes. “What the hell is going through your head right now?”
“Hmmm… You want to know what I’m thinking?” He paused briefly before continuing. “Very well. I see no reason not to comply.” The old man leaned forward as he clasped his hands together “I’ve called off all my plans because they are no longer necessary.”
“What do you mean?”
“I mean that I’ve already decided to leave everything in both His Majesty’s hands and yours,” he said, in a casual tone. “Demon lord as you may be, I’ve come to understand that trusting you is what’s best for this country, Yuki.”

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76 thoughts on “Jingai Musume 248

  1. Thanks for the update…

    Okay, this guy looks dangerous (he has brains). I’m not sure if my guess is correct or not, but is this guy actually thinking about the country as a whole and not as something to be toyed with?

    We’ll see in the next chapter then…

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    1. It’s heavily implied that he did what he did for the country. That’s why he’s calm, he doesn’t care about his plan failing, as his aim is to protect the country, which will be taken care of by Yuki.
      Unless it’s all an act of course.

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      1. If this was a move done with the best interest of the country at heart, it actually makes some sense. This whole event would then be a test to learn more about Yuki. Would he aid the kingdom and Nell? Would he just abandon the kingdom and Nell? Would he just kidnap Nell and never return her? In the end, the final result leads to people who would bring discord and make the King’s further rule difficult disappearing while losing all influence in the court/church. A clever plan that requires the resolve to sacrifice oneself for their own country.

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      2. Doesn’t change the fact that he tried to throw a coup instead of telling the King straight up what should be done for the good of the country. This just goes to show whatever his “true” intention was, he’s still someone that you would not want to have as an ally.

        Also, it’s not rare for ppl to commit atrocities for personal desires under the guise of “doing it for the greater good.”

        Either way, he’s still a scumbag no matter what his intentions are.

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      3. Jaynor is just like Duke Carmine from How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom where he manipulates both his enemies and his allies so he can eventually take everyone of his “allies” down with him.

        He intends to purge the country from greedy nobles and government officials by siding along with them. As long as they are removed from the country or are executed, he doesn’t care if he gets executed as a criminal himself…

        I think. Well, we’ll see.

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      4. Either way characters like him are the scariest kind that you don’t want to cross if you can help it.

        I love character depth that doesn’t reveal the person’s true past and motivations with one or a few incidents. People that have strongly held ideals, ironclad convictions, cunning, and maturity are by far the most fascinating.

        …Too bad there’s not that many in real life though.

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  2. Speculation: considering that the chapter is called “bringing the incident to a close” there probably won’t be anymore action or other stuff happening. Jaynor is probably kind of a good person simply doing everything he can for the country even if it was bad, but realizing that the king is competent and Yuki is fine, he probably decided to call it off. If he really is just a person who love his country, he might even become an ally later.

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    1. That or he loves the kingdom wholeheartedly that he made himself a bait for the rotten nobles. After all, it takes a huge amount of effort to sort who is a good and bad apple in the kingdom. He probably formulated the plan when he judged that yuki is the resident demon lord in the wicked forest, gathered those who have the tendency to rebel or sow some discord, sacrificed the most rotten apple and his reputation, get the king to mark the others in his faction in one move.

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    2. Personally, I would not let Jaynor go. Setting him free is basically sending the message of “schemed whatever you like behind the king’s back or without telling the king as long as it benefits the country.” But since this is those of kind of story, I doubt they would go too deep into it.

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  3. A suggestion:
    [before he vanished] -> {before the former cardinal vanished} ~ or so, to make it clearer

    Considering Carlotta doesn’t seem to know, this old man is on another level. Maybe this minister went dungeon diving before, and probably felt and recognized those spy… thingies. Or just super careful.
    Thanks for the chapter! Awesome translation! God bless you!

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  4. Why do I get such a lion general (if you know what that’s from, take a cookie) feel from this guy? To clarify, that guy basically rounded up the scum of the country under his banner and gave their heads on a silver platter (along with his own) to the new king who was still securing his position at the time.

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  5. connections with individuals within the demon realm? or maybe he knows because of his influence with the military, and received reports from the infiltration team? Having his own spy network within Alshir is a possibility too.

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  6. he may suspected Yuki as a DL given the princess keep calling Yuki as Mr. Demon Lord.
    Guess he tied the knot regarding the forest and the mayor (forgot the name) to improve his conviction.

    thank you for the chapters~
    stay safe and healthy everyone!

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  7. Yuki hasn’t exactly been ultra discreet about his status as a demon lord. After he attacked that city to rescue his 1st loli, it’s only natural that reports about his appearance would make it back to the highest levels of the military.

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  8. Nani?!

    But let’s be real, Yuki was born less than a year ago and he didn’t go out of the Forest at all, except for the Prince’s coup where he was masked. How the hell did they figure out his identity, even his name?

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    1. Yeah, there was some bullshit regarding his info leak during the coup, but it hasn’t really been elaborated upon. First the higher ups in the demon realm somehow knew, and now this guy somehow knows.

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      1. If he’s a minister worth his salt, he has at least a few pairs of eyes and ears in every country to relay information so he can keep track of events (even more so if he’s militaristic because he needs to be the first to know if wars are being planned). He probably just put together the information from the demon country and his own to fill in the picture.

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      2. For the most part Yuki has caused a big splash. Such as attacking a town with a legion of 100 dragons supporting him and then slaughtering a criminal syndicate. Such an event would warrant the Minister of Defense to investigate since it is part of his job.

        Which would lead him to Yuki’s description.

        After that Yuki shows up again and saves the same town from a undead assault, then follows up with taking part in saving the King and disposing of the Prince under the guise of being a party member of the Hero who was known to try to do everything herself.

        And lets not forget Yuki being called Mr. Demon Lord by Iryll and it being mentioned by both Yuki and Nell during their entire time in the capital.

        If the Minister has some competent spies of his own who could tail Yuki and Nell without giving themselves away then he would find out about stuff like this.

        He could also have spies within the Demon Realm who could bring information back as well, especially since he may be thinking that making a peace deal with the Demon King would be for the better of the country so he could have some backroom deals with the Demon King.

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  9. Woahhh, dis guy is *smart*
    He might have different ideals to the King, but I think he could be a good ally.
    Even though he lost the game of political chess, Yuki isn’t really a fair opponent in any sense xD

    Thanks for the chapter! ❤

    #HugJoker #HugTentacle

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    1. Ex-officer warned to stay away from wicked forest and his troop are the only ones to return alive (common knowledge in the castle because the prince or someone under them dismissed him for cowardice). Oddity #1

      Demon lord repels (but doesn’t kill) the hero. Oddity #2

      Mysterious, powerful masked man who the hero somehow knows rescues the king and overthrow the rebellion by the prince. Oddity #3

      Hero knows a demon named Yuki (who knows who was listening in at that bar). Oddity #4

      A strong, masked demon shows up in the demon world tournament (an important event over there) wielding a weapon that would be oddly familiar to anyone who was around during the rebellion. Oddity #5

      Sometime while the hero is out on a mission, the masked demon shows up in a match visibly enraged (evidenced by a sudden change in mannerisms, not to mention challenging the fiend leader). Not long after that, the church would receive a letter noting the hero is being cared for after being wounded. Oddity #6

      When the hero shows back up, the masked warrior is with her. Oddity #7

      This is information anyone could’ve gotten by bumming around the bars for the latest gossip or going to said events (except for the rebellion details and the hero’s location, but the minister of defense would have to be “in the know” on those). Putting them together at that point its child’s play.

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  10. Wow, that was not expected, guy probably knew about yuki since the whole illuna incident. Waiting for next update!

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  11. Hey, how much you people wanna bet that the guy is also a demon lord…
    I mean, that would make sence because only anyone with a high enough level examine or are close to the target’s level can see one’s stats. No other human is close enough to find out Yuki’s stat page is fake.
    By deduction, the ossan is NOT a human. He is either another demon lord, an anchent dragon(from the village(remember they can completly transfrom into a human(lefi) and they’ve been “kicked” from the village by the dragonduche) or some other race that can hide well enough that the humans(as dumb as they are) for a hellofa long time. The most likely option is demon lord cuz of that scene he made in demon country. Anchent dragon is second most likely cuz, yea… Yuki is the Dragonlord after all. The least likely is the introduction of a new race, cuz why a new race now
    OR, it could be me thinkin too hard… oh well, might as well wait until the next chapter comes out

    Also, Thanks for the chap ST-san

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    1. Oh yea, the ossan could also be an extremely strong demon… cuz yea, demon capital tournament arc…
      Doubt that there ismt a single demon who dosent know who Yuki is

      God i really wish for edits….

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  12. It’s sad. These types of characters have to sacrifice so much to help something they truly care for. Granted him having the power and authority allowed much ease to this. If it succeeds the. He is able to wrap it all nicely and destroy all the wrongdoings. If it fails then all the bad people get destroyed anyway. You will never see a character like this in the lower part of the chain since they get weeded out by the corrupt individuals before they can become powerful to help the organization. Only someone who is able to make connections and rise to the top can make his dreams a reality. I knew the minister was a good guy in my book.
    I also don’t like Carlotta, seems to much as a zealot to me. I can imagine her and Yuki crossing blades.

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  13. Thanks for the chapter desu~

    Ah…I think I understand.

    He’s like that lion guy, Duke Carmine from
    Genjitsushugisha no Oukokukaizouki (How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom).

    Not only did he manipulate the king and Yuki into thinking he was evil, but his subordinates as well. Jaynor was just trying to get the bugs (greedy nobles and government officials) out of the crops (the country) by purging them with a most potent pesticide, which would also kill himself but allow the crops to live on.

    He intends for his plans to fail, as long as he can take his “allies” down with him.

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    1. I get the feeling that this minister of defense legitimately just wanted the country to grow, but I don’t think he started this intending to lose and bring all the filth with him. He just decided to use them while he could, figuring it would be fine so long as he is in control. He isn’t exactly evil, but he is ambitious, which is a quality that pretty much every villain has and is thus associated with evil. The lion general guy from realist hero did what he did with intentions to prevent the country from rotting from the inside out, while this Jaynor dude acted to prevent the country from being destroyed from outside forces, only to now realize that with Yuki’s intervention, that would never happen.

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  14. I wonder if he has special eyes or something like that? It was implied he notice when Yuki was watching him while the other guy came to visit and now with that fact he knows Yuki’s name and that he’s demon lord

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  15. Play dramatic music and execute shocked expressions.
    And then everyone ask yourself the same question in unison,

    “HOW DOES HE KNOW”

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