The Amber Sword – Chapter 25

TL:

I was really frustrated at myself today, because I feel like I didn’t prepare enough (there was an assessment to see everyone’s level for this first day). It’s a bit unfortunate, but I think the next chapter will be in tomorrow as I really need to spend more time practicing.

And uhh, I might need you guys to spot any English errors, I translated the chapter during public transport.

Chapter 25 – Minute and second

Brendel followed her gaze and nearly let go of his Thorn of Light, both sword and scabbard, out of his hand from a tremble.

[What the hell?]

At the narrow valley where it intersected the area of sharp boulders, the area at one extreme end was filled with throngs of Rotten Beasts chasing after the necromancer Kabara on the cliff, resembling a tidal wave that was climbing up slowly.

And on the other side, there was a slim figure that was also climbing up the narrow valley’s cliff in his line of vision. She carried a huge bundle on her back, and a sword hung from the bundle, swaying along with the girl’s long ponytail as she slowly proceeded forward.

[Freya?]

He rubbed his eyes, almost thinking that he saw wrongly. But Romaine wouldn’t be wrong at spotting her, and the reason why she was nervous was because it was definitely Freya. But did she not follow Marden to the River of Daggers, why did she appear here? He could not believe she would abandon the militia’s third squadron.

“Brendel, that’s Freya.”

“I see her, just don’t make any sound, I’ll think of something!”

“She will be caught by them so we need to help her right?” She turned her head back and asked testily.

“No, Romaine! I don’t need your help on this matter, I’ll definitely think of something.”

He found it was a great pity that he did not even have the chance to go bonkers. The situation was very delicate, and the key to change the situation was not in his hands. It was decided on whether Mother Marsha’s mood was good today, and unfortunately it looked like she was not.

The undead’s situation was just as bad. Brendel turned back and saw the necromancer cutting out his feet without any hesitation, and forced the Rotten Beast that had grabbed onto it back into the midst of the other monsters.

It quickly flipped over and used its bony hands to climb up the cliff. Its 1.7 OZ strength allowed its light skeletal body to climb rapidly as if it was flying on it. However, when it boosted itself upwards mid-way of the cliff, it suddenly paused.

Kabara raised its head, and the green flames in its sockets illuminated a male human’s shocked and angry face on top of a gigantic boulder. While it felt that the ripples of his lifeforce was a little familiar, it was of no importance, because it had already raised its bone staff at Brendel.

[A human maggot.] It thought in its mind.

Brendel was unable to care anymore at this moment, he pulled out his sword with a singing ring, the Thorn of Light bursting with dazzling radiance in the darkness, and thrust it straight into Kabra’s forehead, creating a light crack. A golden flame surged forth from the crack and spread everywhere.

“Ga—” Half of a word was stuck in Kabara’s throat. The speed from Brendel’s thrust was so swift that it was unable to react, and it felt it was reaching the end of its life.

Kabara had once thought it would become a great necromancer.

It tried to stagger backwards but the youth grabbed its bony hand. It was surprised for a moment, wondering why he wanted to save it. Yet it was an undead that forever worshiped the Dragon of Calamity, how could it ever accept a lowly human’s aid?

Just when it was feeling vexation over his actions, it saw that he smoothly pulled off the ring from its index finger.

“Despicable! You human maggot, bandit……”

This was Kabara’s last thought, and the Soul Fire in its eyes were extinguished.

Three experience points.

Brendel was surprised that this necromancer had a remarkable Ring of Spiders which added +0.2 Perception. The familiar patterns struck out at him, as he had one in the past that he kept as a souvenir and did not throw it away.

Perception was a stat that allowed a character to sense its surroundings, and boosted hearing, smelling, sight, touch and taste to complete a comprehension towards space and objects.

It was a very important attribute in the game. There was a low level dungeon in Bruglas called ‘The Public Mausoleum’, where it did not allow the usage of a fire. Parties had to keep dodging a high level monster in the complicated passageway in it, and items that raised perception and agility were once highly sought after because of it.

Brendel’s friend had once given this exact ring to him, and when he reminisced about it he felt tearful. He nearly sold everything he had to gather a full set of 10 OZ worth of perception equipment, and in the end he still failed to complete ‘The Public Mausoleum’.

With the chain of thoughts, he suddenly recalled there was a wonderful item for warriors within this dungeon, The Emblem of Bravery, +2 Military swordsmanship. He pat his head, as he had forgotten about this item. He had spared no expenses in order to get this emblem in the past.

“Brendel, Brendel!” Romaine’s voice was full of anxiety.

He was startled, the merchant girl did not panic so easily, did something happen to Freya? He quickly threw the necromancer away, and saw a Rotten Beast which caught up to Freya. It extended its withered branch-like claws and grabbed onto the bundle’s strap that the girl was carrying, and hauled her backwards. (TL: Yes, Brendel, daydream away and see if anyone remains calm…)

“Freya, be careful!” Romaine exclaimed in surprise and she stood up and wanted to run downwards, but Brendel grabbed her and pulled the girl who could not read the situation back.

[Seriously, please stop adding to my pile of troubles!]

“Just stay here and wait!” He threw the Ring of Spiders at Romaine to let her look after it.

There was a limit to how much magical equipment a character could use, and the witches speculated that it had something to do with a human’s mana pool. Brendel, a level 2 mercenary had reached the peak of what he could use when he had 40 OZ worth of equipment.

“Okay, Brendel, but…..”

When he looked around his surroundings one more time, he realized that he was worried to leave this clumsy girl here. He had pulled out the Thorn of Light earlier, lit the area and attracted attention to himself. If he left her here, she might be attacked.

If little Romaine got injured he would really regret it. But Freya was also in the midst of grave danger, and he already treated this determined and kind lass as his most important partner, how could he do nothing at all? He was really in a dilemma here.

All these thoughts passed through his mind in a fraction of a second.

At the bottom of the valley, Freya shrugged off the Rotten Beast’s claws, and struggled to run forward two steps before falling down. Her helpless eyes glimmered with a little hope when she saw them in front of her.

“Brendel—” She got dragged backwards before she managed to finish her sentence.

“Pull out your sword.” He shouted.

“It’s grabbing on to my bag, I can’t get to it–”

[This blockhead!]

He decisively passed the Thorn of Light to Romaine: “This sword is able to curb them, protect yourself!”

“What about you, Brendel?”

The youth shook his head to inform her not to worry, and ran towards Freya’s direction.

[Damn it. This isn’t the first time anyway, if Mother Marsha likes to play jokes on me, then go ahead and do so.]

Monsters seemed to like picking off the weak first just like how it was in the game. Before he even jumped down, a human-shaped shrubbery had blocked his path. (TL: We want…… a shrubbery! *dramatic music*…….. You must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest…… withhhhh a herring! *dramatic music*)

A young Rotten Beast, level 7 creature, with 2.2 Strength, 3 Physique, 1.2 Agility, Dark attribute, weak to fire and striking, half-resistant to piercing attacks.

Brendel’s memories came back in a rush. The unique points of a plant-type monster was its high physique but low agility, and the Thorn of Light was truly their bane. Except he did not have it right now. He gritted his teeth and cursed quietly. The only thing he could rely on was his 2.1 Agility and he did not intend to waste time with this enemy.

The Rotten Beast in front of him obviously did not feel the same way as it lumbered heavily towards him. Even though it was in a human shape, it ran on all fours, completely looking like a wild human that had not evolved.

Brendel dodged sideways to avoid its claws, and the sharp tips from the branches scratched a few bloody marks across his forehead. He thought it was fortunate that it was not an undead, otherwise the debilitating poison in his body would accumulate again.

But he did not have the time to celebrate as a green line scrolled down in his retinas:

“Emergency warning: You have been affected by a paralyzing poison.”

[Fuck! I completely forgot about this!] Brendel nearly cursed out loudly.

Because he was over level twenty in the game and could easily pass through the Rotten Beast’s territory stealthily, he forgot that this creature’s attacks also had poison. Even if it was weak, the combination of the remaining debilitating poison and paralyzing poison would cause significant deficits to his status.

Even though he cursed his own mistake, his actions did not slow down at all. His hands grabbed the enemy’s thorny claws and pushed it back, targeted the dark red Rotten Beast and used the ability ‘Charge’.

This dark red Rotten Beast was actually a mature type.

Brendel took a deep breath. A mature Rotten Beast had 4.7 Strength which surpassed even a Gargoyle. A Grade 1 Rank creature’s power was not easily trifled with. But he suddenly noted something strange, a mature beast should have dragged Freya away easily right?

Brendel used the young Rotten Beast as a stepping platform and kicked off from it, did a spin in the air, and his skill activated, his speed accelerating across the sharp intersecting rocks with a blurry afterimage.

Dozens of meters were covered in a mere second.

“Let go of your bag, Freya!”

But she held on to it and shook her head defiantly. One of her hands grabbed onto the nearby rock but she was unable to hold on much longer. One of her fingers slipped.

But he finally reached before she let go of her hand entirely.

“Lower your head!” He bellowed, and he pulled out her sword on the bag when he charged over, then sliced off the strap that the mature Rotten Beast was holding on to.

The dark red human-shrubbery figure immediately lost its balance and fell backwards. It tried to regain its stability by grabbing on to something, but Brendel followed up immediately with a kick to the chest, and it fell backwards to a deep recess in the valley.

Rotten Beasts were very light and the one that fell down might not perish from it, but it certainly would not be able to climb back up for a while. Brendel finally relaxed after he saw that it disappeared into the darkness. However, he snapped his head back and his tone became severely reproachful:

“Are you seeking death!”

Freya raised her head and looked at him with her bright eyes. She probably did not expect him to be so furious, and she bit her lips, turning her head away stubbornly.

He wanted to continue his excoriation, but paused when he suddenly saw that her hands were full of abrasions and blood. Furthermore, their dangerous situation was still not resolved. He sighed and pulled her up and said: “I have many things to ask you but we will talk later. Romaine is still waiting for us up there.”

“Okay.”

When he wanted to turn back, he saw two golden light entered into his chest. Two XP. He looked back in shock and discovered Romaine raising her skirt with one hand while carrying the Elven sword with the other, running down towards him. The young Rotten Beast had been carefully skewered by her and turned into a pile of ashes.

The merchant girl was also shocked when she saw the results, not expecting the sword in her hand to be so powerful!

“Why did you also come down?” Brendel suddenly felt an urge to send a smack on her head.

“I thought very seriously for a while, Brendel, but I think I don’t have the means to defend myself.”

He went speechless for a while.

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34 thoughts on “The Amber Sword – Chapter 25

  1. Seriously, he’s a smart guy surrounded by idiots. If it was me, both of them would be slapped until they cry. Heck, compared to the two girls, I would take Bretton as my party member than the two girls. If Freya is not the future Goddess of War, I don’t think Brendel would’ve bothered with her.

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    1. Eh, I doubt that he would abandon Freya regardless, he saved a stranger (Jonathon) after all by giving away a HP pot. I’m pretty sure Freya has a reasonable reason. Probably…

      And the situation is kind of scary for the girls too, Brendel mentioned that even some of the guys in the VRMMORPG screamed, so they might be some judgment errors.

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    2. To begin with why did Freya try to “discretly” follow him into a forest nobody came back from….
      What, she think she can both evade brendel notice and survive wathever was in here on her loneself?

      Thanks for the chapter by the way, can’t wait for the next already 🙂

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    3. He is only “smart” because he knows the area like the back of his hand. The girls don’t know about the Demon Tree, or that drawing the sword (and/or using magic) will cause every monster in the entire valley to descend on them.

      And you might have noticed that our MC never told them that. From their perspective, they only face a few (strong) monsters. Nothing they can’t deal with right?

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  2. About people rant on subject stupidity of heroine(not if this correct based on silentwolfie info there would multiple girl interest but until ch 100 still no real progress ) romaine and freya.

    First one people here judge on the decision made by romaine to go out from hiding and go to brendel place. From her point of view she watch her friend and maybe she has feeling for him too ( not sure yet or just in beginning of it ) struggling againt berry man and without his super sword and that sword is given to her. So her logic is quite right to rush to brendel side to help him and return his sword to empower him back. We can’t judge straight away from our point of view because she don’t know brendel background that have memories of his past adventures as sofia.

    Second freya not let go a bundle (we don’t what it is and just maybe it very important item) and risk her life to carry it. My judgement it poor decision. i don’t that she knows brendel and romaine around and would help her but that would give burden to her allies. if you want to bring something in enemy area that you know dangerous and those even disrupt your movement it just foolish. at least sneak away your movement so enemy not spot you. So i think it her miscalculation about monster in peak. Brendel on her eye is something almost god existence. Quickly heal from severe injuries, lead her company when it low morale when against necromancer in wood, defeat her in combat when he still has heavy injuries,and look know everything. So her judgement became wrong when she saw brendel conviction to pass the peak, so maybe she think it would move in the park for brendel and she maybe think that she able to cross the peak and when she face trouble brendel would able to help her. it based on she very suprise for brendel reaction. Thank good brendel has swift judgement and able to decide what to do and optimize the result even when he missing 1 or 2 point about his enemy skill(before he bother it because he has more level than berry man) that maybe he must remember if not thousand at least. And as shinaai ai mention, he maybe wouldn’t save freya if she wasn’t the future goddess of war. it based on when the village attacked he not help remaining villager that try to run away and just waiting for right moment to sneak into tomb.

    Third is about my prediction about brendel existence. I think he survive from death door isn’t coincidence, but he truly survive meet freya and help her even if sofia not intervene. He survive and give help but his help is still not enough and he decide to do something that maybe the result is bringing sofia to his body(100% speculation, would confirm or broken in upcoming ch).

    Fourth i am not read the raw yet(have try use google translate, the result disastrous for our brain) the co situation is not great. my speculation is brendel will used unyielding spirit again to make some time to his co to able flee from the peak and save by use potion he grab from tomb(if my memories correct he has some potion left)

    it just my two cent if you not agree or agree lets discuss it. Because the story is very intriguing for me(don’t if the raw not like this or because silentwolfie is genius and make it more interesting in western viewer) to make us to speculate to what will happen next.( english not my native, if there any mistake please forgive me)

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    1. ” nearly let go of his Thorn of Light, both sword and scabbard, out of his hand from a tremble.”
      -> “nearly dropped his ToL, sword and scabbard”. I think your sentence is too long-winded with unnecessary bit like ” out of his hand” and “from a tremble”
      “Are you seeking death!”
      That exclamation should be a question mark, is it not?
      “He went speechless for a while.”
      For extra humor, maybe “flabbergasted” instead of “speechless” would be better sounding. Because the smart Brendell just lost to Romain’s dumb-but-true logic.

      After all, just like she said, giving ToL to her is a waste, who barely passed the militia’s training. So with ToL now basically Lure of Light, she has better chance with Brendel and Freya than by herself. Despite how she look. Romain actually has very sharp perceptions, she delegate all the thinking and decision making to Brendell because she trusts Brendell=Safety and reality does prove her line of thinking.

      I dont think Freya actually believes if she in trouble, Brendell would come and save her. I think her surprise is because Brendell ACTUALLY comes when she’s in trouble. One of Freya’s characteristic is her stubborn, if she think the bundle worth the risk, then she will protect it with her life

      And if Sophie didn’t switch with Brendell, old Brendell are deader than dead. Brendell struggled even with a few skeletons, without Sophie’s knowledge about the fake Breath of Empress Ring. Madara’s troop, and the Unyielding skill, Brendell can’t escape the village by himself, not to mention the tag-along Romain.

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      1. If there are no English errors, it’s highly unlikely that I will change any of the TLed contents for various reasons. But just to explain one of the things because you seem to misunderstand something here…

        “Are you seeking death!” – Is a rhetorical question in a fit of anger (the raws does not have ‘?’ in this line). He does not really expect an answer, so it’s not a question mark or even ‘?!’. “You want to die?” as a replacement is incorrect. You are free to copy the chapter and edit for your own reading pleasures though.

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  3. We are talking about Romaine who is a girl who wanted to be a mercant without even knowing where the near places are.She is young and a classic noob so it is normal.I hope that he got half exp because half went in the npc he is with because if that is the case the y will increase their talent or take level and become more dependable.Freya probably is taking something that will prove Brendel story to the Fortress because otherwise people may think that he is a spy, fraud and so on.
    Too bad she failed to comunicate it to Brendel and Romaine seeing them too late.
    Freya probably though that Brendel was going to crash his way to the fortress and that the monster are weaker than him so she should be on their level and somehow manage…too bad Brendel himself can only sneak around against themature form of the monster that took her down without considering the horde effect…

    the most important thing is about the limit on magic equipment because the ring of the wind is supposed to recharge himself every ten minutes and yet it takes hour as it is until now.

    Probably he got the item when he was high level and so now there are some limits on the sword and on the ring…

    i said i wasn’t goint to try and foresee the future but this time i just put some reflection.

    Thanks for the chapter to silentwolfie and to the donors

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    1. Don’t be so hard on Freya, they still not out of danger yet, any detailed conversation will have to wait until later
      The limit on the equipment isnt’ that hard to understand, it is to prevent overgear on low level play. Gamewise, it could be level restriction or stat restriction. In real world, it could be the burden/exhaustion on the mind.
      The inconsistent time is even easier to explain. The time inside the game and Sophie’s real world is roughly 8:1, IIRC, so in Aouine, it makes sense if the time isn’t the same as in the game. Not only the Ring took longer to recharge, but the bandage effect also extend from 1 hour to 1 day to recover 1 HP.

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  4. I am not too hard on Freya: the problem is the Brendel is known for his talent using the sword and the militia should’t know how to sneak around so it is perfect normal to think that Brendel was going with brute force and being the same militia is normal to think that there should’t much different between the best of different company…

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  5. besides Freya when was sparring with him completely understimate him because of his injiures so she could think that her defeat was probable because of a wrong mind set, she was defeat estremely fast because she could actually show what she can do

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  6. Omg Romaine. No shit that’s why he sent you up there and still goes down. Lol
    Woah Woah!!!!!! I was not expecting Freya…you’d think she would stay and help with her unit but….Im extremely happy and surprised! It was fun how the necromancer died then got looted. I hope Freya gets an exp boost as his party partner..

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  7. damn it I hope the author is joking in this chapter cuz the future godess is starting to be a burden for the mc(instead of being reliable) and he has to take care of Romaine

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  8. Soul Fire is noun in the sentence below, not eyes.
    — === === —
    This was Kabara’s last thought, and the Soul Fire in its
    eyes were extinguished.

    should be:

    This was Kabara’s last thought, and the Soul Fire in its
    eyes was extinguished.

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