TSKD 229

The Rumoured Black Lightning Princess

「Still okay?」

「…」

「…」

We turned over to the merchants after eliminating the lesser wyverns that’d been chasing them, but they weren’t capable of providing us any sort of immediate response. Instead, they simply trembled on the spot as they stared off into the distance.

They didn’t seem capable of averting their gazes from the destruction we’d just caused. Honestly, I couldn’t really blame them. I’d gone a bit too far.

「Uh… so…」

「It looks like… we made it…」

「So about that reward…」

The merchants’ faces paled. I couldn’t really blame them. What they just bore witness to was something prone to leaving the average person in a state of shock, and the price we named clearly hadn’t helped. There was a fair chance they’d interpreted our offer as a sort of threat instead.

「The three of us have about 50k Golde on us in total.」

At first, I thought that they had quite a decent bit of cash on hand, but then I realized that it was pretty much the norm given that they were merchants. Furthermore, their tones seemed to imply that they didn’t think it was nearly enough to pay for Fran’s services.

「Good enough.」

「Huh? Really? Are you sure?」

「Nn. Because caught in attack.」

We ended up using the fact that they’d ended up inside the surge of winds that followed Kanna Kamui as an excuse to lessen the cost despite the fact that we’d healed them afterwards.

「T-Thank you very much!」

「Y-You really saved us.」

「We would’ve died without your help.」

They were grateful even though we ended up taking all the cash they had on hand, which seemed to imply that the market price for our services was much higher than just that.

We parted with the merchants and headed on our way. We knew that they were heading in the same direction as us, so we ended up killing all the magic beasts we ran into along the way and clearing a path for them. That said, it was more so something we did just because we felt like it as opposed to something we chose to do in the spirit of service.

It didn’t take too long for us to experience a second interruption after dealing with the first, as we came across a group of people large enough to be considered a roadblock. The group seemed to have come from Barbra’s direction, and were heading in Ulmutt’s. I had a bit of a hard time identifying them, as they were a bit too organised-looking for adventurers, and too lightly equipped for knights.

Most of them seemed to be on edge, and some even had their weapons drawn.

Though I called them a roadblock, they weren’t actually in our way. We could easily just pass them by so long as that was what we wanted. I was fairly inclined to choose that exact option because I didn’t really want to get us involved in anything too troublesome.

「Take detour?」

『Nah, let’s not. They might end up misunderstanding our intentions if we do.』

The reason I said that was because they seemed to be able to see us. There was a chance they’d assume we chose to run away from them if we took a sudden turn. That said, I didn’t really know the group’s purpose, and there was a pretty good chance that they hadn’t any good intentions.

『Make sure you’re ready to fight at any given moment if need be.』

「Nn.」

「Woof.」

Urushi lifted off the gas and slowed down as he approached the group. Seeing him close in caused the group to immediately ready their weapons.

A few of the weapons that’d been drawn were bows, but fortunately, we didn’t suffer any attacks regardless. As far as I could tell, their actions were driven by two separate reasons. The first was that they were able to sense that we weren’t giving off any bloodlust. The second was that they’d managed to retain their composure despite being rather weak as individuals. Most of them were about as strong as the average E ranker. The man leading the group seemed a bit stronger than the rest of its members. He seemed like he was a D ranker, but only just barely made the cut.

Most of the group’s members were focused on Urushi; many hadn’t even noticed Fran. But again, I couldn’t really blame them. A massive, hulking magic beast had basically just ran straight at them, after all.

Neither Fran nor I thought of Urushi as anything more than just a cute pet, but that didn’t really go for anyone that didn’t know him.

『Hey Fran, it’d probably be better for you to get off Urushi and walk for a bit.』

「Nn. Got it.」

『As for you, Urushi, you should probably dive into her shadow.』

「Woof.」

The act of Urushi shrinking himself down and entering Fran’s shadow caused a few of the group’s members to let out a few shouts of surprise. Fran didn’t really pay their reaction much mind, as she kept moving towards them regardless.

I got myself ready to teleport us out at a moment’s notice. My plan was to move us up into the sky so we could wipe them out with magic if they turned out to be hostile.

Fran started from about the 50 meter mark and approached at a rather brisk pace. The group wasn’t able to react until she reached the five meter mark. Only then did the man that stood at the group’s front finally call out to her.

「W-Who the hell are you!?」

「Nn?」

「What the hell was with that wolf just now? And why the hell didn’t you greet us at all!?」

「Hi. Bye.」

「Wait, wait! Hold on kid!」

I’d kinda been expecting to be able to just ignore the group and move on, but I wasn’t really sure if that was the best course of action given that we had no idea as to who they were.

「How about fixing that attitude of yours? Don’t you know that we’re the Dimuyr Mercenaries?」

Oh god damn it. Are all mercenaries like this or something? Why did they think we’d know them?

The man immediately started throwing questions at Fran without pause. He asked who she was, where Urushi went, and if something had happened a bit further down the road.

He seemed to slowly grow more and more irritated over time because he didn’t like Fran’s attitude. His voice gradually got louder and louder as a result.

(Master, ideas?)

『Hmmm… It’d probably be best for us to just leave after ignoring him some more.』

Or so I thought. We couldn’t actually put my plan into action because a second group, the rear guard, caught up with the first right as we began to move. They clearly belonged to the same organisation and much to our annoyance, ended up in our way.

I began building up my magical energy as I watched the situation unfold.

「What the hell are you doing?」

「Nothing special pops, er, Division Leader. I’m just interrogating someone that seems suspicious.」

「Interrogating? Why the hell would you do that? We’re being paid to wipe out a group of lesser wyverns, not interrogate someone. Did you run into a scout for a band of thieves or something? 」

It seemed that the person leading the rear guard had a higher position than the guy that’d first addressed us. He also seemed to be the first guy’s father seeing as how he’d called him pops.

「Well, no, but…」

「Then why the hell are you bothering!? Stop fooling around and wasting time!」

「O-Oh come on! Just give me a second! I was about to start intimidating her into spilling the beans, so I’ll get it done real quick!」

Well, well, well, what do we have here? He wanted to intimidate Fran? Did I hear that right? I guess that means we should beat the crap out of the guy that called out to us before using the rest of his mercenary band for target practice.

The division leader seemed to immediately catch onto the fact that Fran and I were itching for a fight.

He pushed his son and subordinates aside so he could get a better look at her. His face paled the moment he did. He immediately reacted by turning towards his son and smacking him in the face.

「Gaahh! W-What the hell was that for, pops!?」

「God damn it! You’re an idiot! I can’t believe you’re so goddamn stupid!」

「Rghghh! Arghghh!」

The boss guy hit his son over and over until the younger mercenary lost consciousness. None of the other mercenaries seemed to understand the cause of their leader’s sudden outburst, and as a result, ended up staring in surprise.

Likewise, we also ended up staring because we didn’t really get what was going on. My only guess was that he’d somehow mistaken Fran for some sort of influential noble.

「I-I’m terribly sorry! My subordinate was acting without the band’s permission, I swear that we had no intention of making an enemy out of you. Please forgive us.」

It seemed the division leader really had mistaken us for someone else, as he ended up kneeling and begging for us to spare him.

「What the hell are you lot doing!? Lower your heads and get on your knees right this instant! I’ll have anyone that disobeys fired on the spot!」

The order was a bit of a ridiculous one, but it contained within it a sense of authority that forced the mercenaries to obey.

「Again, I’m terribly sorry for my subordinates’ attitudes. Please, Black Lightning Princess, forgive their rudeness.」

It turned out that he hadn’t actually mistaken us for anyone else. He knew who Fran was and that messing with her would spell his end.

「W-Wait, that’s the rumoured Black Lightning Princess?」

「I heard she doesn’t show any mercy to anyone that shows her any hostility…」

「Yeah, and she even erases all the people that disobey her…」

The mercenaries began to gossip as they as they caught wind of Fran’s identity, but a single glare from their commander ended up silencing them.

「Nn. Can go now?」

「Of course!」

「Then leaving.」

「Have a safe trip!」

Surprisingly, the mercenary commander ended up giving us his blessings as he saw us off. They hadn’t caused us any harm, so I didn’t actually see any reason for us to retaliate. That said, I was really curious as to why they were that afraid of us. I really wanted to learn more about the rumours people were spreading about us.

The rest of our trip went rather smoothly, we reached Barbra without experiencing any further interruptions.

『Well, we’re here. I guess we should go visit all our acquaintances and check in on Old Man Gallus.』

「Nn.」

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95 thoughts on “TSKD 229

      1. Well, the kingdom screw themself over given that now people know that they stupidly paid for the research of Evil God, Evil Beings, and conversion of life specimens to controllable demons.

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    1. Let’s hope there is less idiots now that think they can intimidate her now. Though that is just wishful thinking, there will always be idiot who think thay can win against her.

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  1. …he got downgraded to pet statis…poor urushi.

    Also, do i smell someone pretending to be fran? Oooooh.

    Then again, fran has done those things they said, but with a reason D:

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    1. “Also, do i smell someone pretending to be fran? Oooooh.”

      It’s a little in her career for impersonators to pop up. She only recently became famous.

      However, she has mercilessly savaged people before, which could lead to the rumors.

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      1. Let’s count the ways!

        Cut both legs of a guy in her first day in the guild, beat the tar out of ogre guy during her initiation, dismembered and then beheaded that one guy with the fat noble, pulverazed the heart/magic stone of the demon, beat the crap out of lancer dude during the promotion quest, dismembered and beheaded who knows how many blue cats slavers, she killed the evil god guys from barbra and while in ulmmut things were a little more calm (let’s not count the tournament combats) she let noble boy be killed by Master’s curse.

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      2. Maybe a stage play troop makes up some stuff, and not really impersonate. You know the nobles ladies love to watch stage plays.

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  2. Fran IS merciless, and quite brutal sometimes and oftentimes those that get on her bad side are mercenaries.

    Those rumours aren’t so strange Shishou. It’s no wonder the mercenary leader acted as he did.

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      1. It’s Cool Dere.
        Kuu in Kuudere should be Cool to allies, and Cold to strangers.
        Dere in Kuudere means adorable to allies.

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      1. I’m sad to say tha tit is plenty evidence. It’s far more outrgeous fora Rank A beast to show up in a place that was already out of the ordinary by having a group of wiverns flying about.
        It would be like saying that you helped Santa Claus by helping him arrest a burglar.
        You can’t prove that Santa Claus was there but the burglar, you can have lots of testimonies about his presence in an area. Sure Circunstantial evidence is usually overlooked at the court, but if you have far too many circunstantial evidence, THe Juge and the Juri would have to be beyond stupid to just outright ignore the situation. That crater i evidence enough, also Lighting hit the ground you can be sure that the glass left behind by the heat of the attack can hardly be replicated just any attack from a powerful being.

        THere you have it, Lightning damage in place, testimonies from both merchants and mercenaries, and public knowledge that a certain loli is totally capable of casting the strongest Lightning spell known to exist(which needs no evidence, as it i widely known by now)

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    1. I kinda miss those… also translation ended near the end and a group I think is re-uploading the old ones with better grammar? But I want the few last chapters and happy harem end together with the goddesses.

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      1. From what I know, some random person poached the series because “the other translator was too slow,” but then gave up while the old translator became unmotivated to keep going. Basically, pretty dick move all around. I stopped reading around when that happened because I couldn’t stand the shit translation.

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      2. It’s the most common dick move. Some even say that machine translation is better. WTF. And then they don’t even bother to use google translation. Totally dick move to force translators to stop.

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  3. > Please, Black Lightning Princess, forgive their rudeness.

    So, this cringey nickname is here to stay, huh?
    I guess this is the price I pay for reading chunibyo novels.

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  4. Well Master just said himself that he want to wipe our whole group just because one of them wanted to intimidate Fran, no shit rumors spreading about Fran. But still i guess there will be way more exaggerated or made up ones too

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  5. Thanks for the chapter,

    I guess the merc leader actually seen the tournament so he’s aware of Fran’s identity.

    Well they really should know how strong she is for the fact she’s riding a darkness wolf as a ride

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    1. Nope: Regular Darkness Wolf is a Rank C Threat. They cannot tell Urushi is not UruShi (Jet Black), but has red fur in a few key places making him a Unique. Unique Darkness Wolves are Rank B Threat.

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  6. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    The logic of these cannon fodders way of thinking is so amusing sometime..
    Trying to act cool by bullying a little girl that has a hulking companion beast infront of his troop..

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      1. That would mean he should have appraisal.. darkness wolf is a mutated species/sub-variant, and should not be known to normal people..

        And if he appraise urushi or fran, he should at least know that she&urushi is strong..

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  7. Just a thought but didn’t Fran just leave a huge crater in the middle of the road that people and wagons and such will have go around..

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      1. Nope! Historical landmarks of how KuroRaiHime killes 10 Wyverns with a lightning bolt (loli dragon maid).

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  8. “It turned out that he hadn’t actually mistaken us for anyone us. ”

    Shouldn’t this actually be: “It turned out that he hadn’t actually mistaken us for anyone but us. ”

    And thanks for the chapter.

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    1. All thise other ones are too wordy. Of course, wordiness equals formality in Japanese (this is a cultural joke, not an intentional insult. Please forgive the rudeness).

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  9. “until she reached all the five meter mark” -> “she reached the five meter mark” or “she reached all the way to five meter mark”

    “and much our annoyance” -> “and much to our annoyance”

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  10. The release rate slows down as Supreme Tentacles DMs a game. Creating a fantasy world for a campaign takes a long time.
    Did our suggestion to make the game a WN series cause the slow down to be worse?

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  11. Reread and want to see a chapter from Pop’s viewpoint, it could be interesting how he heard rumours and aftermath of their interaction with BLP (Fran)

    ps: and always Thanks for the chapter

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