TSKD 264

A Journey Aboard a Horned Carriage
Translator: SupremeTentacle
Editor: Also SupremeTentacle (This is going to change soon! I’ll be done going through the applications as soon as I’m done with my upcoming milestones.)

The horned carriage we were riding in rattled as it travelled down the highway at a pace a horse-pulled vehicle could never match. Its destination was, of course, Argentlapn, the town closest to the Scorpion Lion Woods’ most traversable subsection. Although we were working as guards, we were basically acting in the same manner as would any other passenger. We wouldn’t need to do anything unless we were subject to an attack.

A calm atmosphere filled the carriage’s interior. It was a strange mix, one that was somehow both relaxing and festive at the same time.

“Would you like a snack, milady?” One of the passengers handed Fran a treat.

“Thanks,” Fran gratefully accepted with a nod.

A second and third passenger soon imitated the first and offered Fran a couple treats, which again, she accepted. Her acknowledgement of their offerings caused the other passengers aboard the carriage to react with joy. Speaking of the other passengers, most of them were older, unevolved individuals well past their prime. It was precisely this status of theirs that caused them to view her as an idol to worship and pay her a near superfluous amount of respect. The fact that she was a black catkin, a member of a tribe known not to evolve, only amplified the admiration they they held for her all the more.

In other words, the festive mood had stemmed from Fran’s presence. She was being celebrated for allowing the older beastkin to breathe the same air as her. That said, they had given her too many offerings for her to hold; the many snacks presented to her ended up getting laid out in front of her.

The older individuals weren’t the only ones aboard the coach. Some of the grandchildren were too. One would normally expect children to look upon the mound of snacks with greed or envy, but they weren’t. Like their grandparents, they too were too busy idolizing Fran. As far as they were concerned, she was a hero. The combination of their grandparents’ attitudes and their instincts as beastkin had deemed her as such.

Young, innocent sounding cries of “Ebolving ish so cool!”, “I wanna be like Fuwan!”, and “Awesome!” filled the carriage as toddlers scrambled about and admired her.

Again, the atmosphere was peaceful and relaxing. But alas, it wasn’t to last.

“M-Monsters sighted!” The coachman shouted in panic as he spotted a group of enemies up ahead. The contents of his message caused the passengers to curl up in fear and direct their gazes towards Fran, as if begging for her to bring them salvation by resolving the situation.

“Milady, please! Eliminate the beasts!” The driver raised his voice again as he regained a bit of his composure.

“Nn. Got it,” Fran nodded as she stepped onto the coachman’s platform and looked ahead.

“T-Thank you very much!”

Ten odd german shepherd sized dog monsters looked to be waiting for us a bit down the road.

“Can’t just break through? Only around 10.”

“I-I’m sorry milady, but I’m ‘fraid that ain’t gonna be possible!” The coachman replied.

That wasn’t quite the response I was expecting. I knew that the dogs were monsters, but the Dual Horn was still the size of a god damned rhino. I assumed it would be able to just smash the dog like creatures out of its way and keep moving.

A bit of a closer examination revealed to me why I’d been wrong.

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General Information

Species: Venom Dog

Dog type monster
Level: 11
HP: 33
MP: 13
STR: 17
VIT: 13
AGI: 61
INT: 8
MGC: 14
DEX: 12

Skills
Pursuit: Lv 3
Roar: Lv 1
Enhanced Sense of Smell
Magical Poison Fang

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The monsters were called Venom Dogs. Their stats were quite low, but they were capable of delivering toxic bites through the use of their agility. Moreover, they would then use that superior agility stat to kite their foe around until it succumbed to their venom. It was an effective strategy, and one even the Dual Horn was prone to falling victim to given the sheer number of Venom Dogs. There was, however, a fairly simple solution. All we needed to do was obliterate the enemies before they closed in on us.

“Don’t slow down,” Fran ordered the driver as she got into position and lifted me into a combat ready stance.

“A-Are you sure?”

“Nn. Just leave to me.”

“Y-Yes ma’am!” Though he seemed to lack confidence, the driver still ended up obeying Fran’s commands because she’d evolved and he hadn’t.

“Alright, let’s do this!” I telepathically shouted.

“Nn.”

Fran launched me towards the monsters as I boosted my velocity with telekinesis. The attack was swift; I pierced through two of our enemies’ cores and absorbed them with pinpoint accuracy. I then used a mix of wind magic and sheer telekinetic force to prevent them from escaping before tearing through them one after another.

I grabbed their corpses and shoved them into my storage immediately after defeating them. Venom dogs were quite weak. They probably weren’t worth too much, but I decided to loot them regardless, just in case.

The coachman seemed to want to say something about the fact that the monsters had vanished in an instant, corpses and all, but ended up rescinding his comment because he didn’t want to spoil Fran’s mood. He instead heaved a sigh of relief and thanked her, to which she responded by nodding lightly as she returned to the vehicle’s interior. There, she found herself showered in shouts of gratitude and praise.

She responded to them one by one at first by stating that she hadn’t done anything impressive, and that she was just doing her job, but was eventually overwhelmed by their enthusiasm and forced to retreat back to the coachman’s seat.

She’d already fulfilled her duty and showed off just how strong black catkin could be, so there wasn’t really any issue with her retreating. That said, she still made herself an excuse and stated that she was repositioning herself so she could better remain vigilant of any additional monsters.

“Haha, they sure have kicked up a fuss.” The coachman smiled wryly. The passengers had been quite noisy, so he knew exactly what had just happened.

“Nn.”

The only thing that followed her reply was silence. The driver recognized that there was a large rift between her social status and his own and thus, remained silent and didn’t really try talking to her. That said, he didn’t seem particularly bothered by the silence. He simply continued to look straight ahead and direct the dual horn along the road before him.

***

And just like that, 4 hours flew right by.

“Town spotted,” Fran commented as she awoke from a nap.

“You’ve got some really good eyes! We’re just about coming up on Argentlapn,” the driver replied, surprised.

It took a good bit of time, but we finally reached our destination. There was only a single group of monsters on the way. Fran didn’t really have much to do. The combination of her boredom and the vehicle’s gentle shaking caused her to end up napping atop the driver’s platform for most of the trip’s duration.

“Adventurers’ Guild in town?”

“A pretty big ‘un. It’s right by the town’s entrance, so you’ll prolly see it soon.”

Unlike Greyseal, Argentlapn lacked a space specifically intended for horned carriages. Our vehicle had ended up pulling up beside a stagecoach just outside town.

The passengers began to get off shortly after the vehicle reached its destination. They each thanked Fran and then the driver in that order as they left.

“Thank you!”

“We owe you our lives, milady!”

“Bai bai Fuwan!”

She responded to them with the usual “Nn,” before departing from the drop off area.

To be honest, having people treat us like that is kind of draining. It looks like we’re going to have to put up with it if we want to keep bolstering the Black Cat Tribe’s place in beastkin society though…

I felt the urge let out a mental groan as I entertained the thought, but was interrupted by Fran before I could.

“Master.”

What’s up?”

“Tired…”

It looked like I wasn’t the only one. But still, it wasn’t really an issue. We were sure to grow accustomed to it in due time.

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62 thoughts on “TSKD 264

    1. i hope this true because it will be bad if release is slow down again this month. when we see last post comment some our comrade dying for lack of FRANIUM, we need at least 10 post this month for refill before they can slow down again

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      1. unless you are B rank or above, Fran stomping on your face is an instakill, so no thanks, I’ll get my Franium the old fashioned way through reading translated chapters.

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      2. Soft Kitty Paws do not hurt.
        Warm Kitty are for mofumofu.

        Happy Kitty are for cuddles.
        Sleepy Kitty from excessive Celebritized.

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  1. Oh yeah, near the top of the post; correction:
    Argentlapn -> Argentlapin
    (Argent I’m French is silver or money, and lapin is rabbit, so for a beast man country this makes more sense to have silver rabbit)

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    1. we already went over this in the previous chapters comments, its probably from latin, but its hard to say without knowing how it’s spelled in the original untranslated version. (and probably hard to tell even after knowing the original)

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    2. I also want to add that the [i] sound in [lapin] is pronounced with a sound that sounds somewhat similar to [uh] while being an [i] sound, furthermore solidifying the hypothesis if the direct phonetic Japanese translation is [arujentorapan].

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  2. Feels good that we’re no longer met with “filthy black catkin, how dare you exist in front of me” and we instead have a bunch of people throwing food at her.

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    1. it is fun seeing fran worshipped, but it was also fun seeing her beat the shit out of assholes that disrespected her too. either way.

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      1. Which is weird sińce for somę reason her evolution is out in open when in past no one could tell sińce the passive they have, why would they turn it off, author didnt bother explaining but it does not mąkę sense

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    1. Yes, Celebrity is tiring.
      Unnecessary attention is tiring.

      Nice Meido collection.
      If only there is a Neko Meido Collection in Real Life….

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  3. Well we already got our Franium dosage but there’s a small action going… hope next chap will be a massive mind blow if not an action~ lol
    Thank you for the update~

    Hope you’re not feeling the same as Master n Fran, right?

    “Master.”

    “What’s up?”

    “Tired…”

    XD

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  4. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    For some reason I read the title as “A Journey Aboard a Horny Carriage”.
    Maybe it’s because the translator is a Supreme Tentacle. 😛

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    1. Rhino-like monsters pull the carriage.
      Horned Monster is somewhat generic, but the word horn is sometimes used as an acronym for Rhinos.

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  5. Having evolved is a surprisingly big thing for beastkin. And poor Fran, getting tired from all the idolization.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  6. so when these passengers get back into town they’re going to tell everyone how they got to ride with THE ACTUAL BLACK LIGHTNING PRINCESS and she saved them by defeating a group of 20..no 30 monsters, which were at least C rank each, and all she did was throw her sword in their general direction and utterly obliterated them leaving no bodies…and then she took a nap.

    And the next time it is told the story will be 40 C+ rank monsters, and all she did was glare at them and they died.

    And the next time it was 50 B rank monsters, and she didn’t even wake up from her nap but killed them anyway…

    And so on. Because people tend to exaggerate a bit. But that’s OK, because it makes Fran look awesome.

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  7. I still lack FRANIUM.oh I need more intake FRANIUM. I hope the time goes so fast that I can enjoy the latest chap. I can not wait to see Fran again .. oh Fran how cute … oh and thank you for the chapter.

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  8. My sarcastic “last post” comment never works, unless I could look into the future and ensure future readers would not make additional comments….

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      1. I believe this site is a few years (clearly more than 12 months) before closing off, unlike other sites closing after few months, or a few weeks, or even just after a few days.

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      2. that just means that getting a proper “last” comment will take years of planning ahead in advance!

        either that or throw enough money at SupremeTentacle though the donate link he he might close the comments off early for you (sure, you might need that money for luxuries like “food” or “rent” or “electricity”, but getting the “last” comment takes sacrifice! it’s totally worth it!)

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      1. the funny thing is, if you ask 100 people, 100 will tell you that exact quote, but Vader never actually said that.

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  9. So either author forgot that they have passive that hides evolution or Fran turned it off for somę reason but knowing this author attention to detail I would say the first option, what was the point emphasasing them hidding the status and making sure it is not seen to now just having it in open for no apparent reason

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    1. The author does tell us they turned off the skill so that Fran can be a poster girl for black catkin evolution. You’ll probably read it in a few chapters.

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