The Amber Sword – Chapter 43

TL: It’s probably going to be a long week ahead for me, going to work real hard on plenty of gesture drawings, 100 of them at least… 😡

Needs assistance on spell check again. There are many names this chapter which took a long time to TL, grumble grumble.

It kind of surprised me to see that ‘This series feels unique’ took first place for the previous poll. From a genre point of view, this book did not really bring anything new to the table. That “system” that Brendel has is common in JP WNs, dozens of Chinese WNs protagonists taking over bodies and “second chance time travel” (sort of).

The only thing that I feel is considerably unique is the portrayal of the characters that felt kind of western DnD fiction with a touch of asian vibe (?), which was kind of exactly how that poll before the current one showed (Many of you felt that it was a mixture of writing style). It even beat out the ‘story plot’ choice by a very thin margin, haha.

‘Brendel’s inner monologues’ was sort of a troll choice, so I can’t really guess if you guys are serious or not (lol). The least favorite poll choice was the ‘battles’, which is most likely the opposite of xianxia which is full of ‘crack’ fights. But I’m still glad that you read this series for the plot and unique writing style.

Chapter 43 – Not a highland knight?

The captain of the guards led them into the cells, then threatened Brendel’s group coldly with a few lines and left. Freya was fuming mad but Brendel sat leisurely in the darkness. He observed his surroundings with the torches’ ambient light.

[This is the second level of the prison’s location. 32 Rooms, with 4 wardens comprising of the 104th swordsman squadron’s light infantry. Hahaha, this reminds me of the PK that I did back then in the game. It’s not the first time I visited this place, and I was imprisoned in the third level. The players were terrible outlaws in the eyes of the NPCs.]

He took out the gargoyle idol from his pocket and felt all over the surface. The cracks were nearly gone. He finally turned back to the opposite cell and asked in the complete darkness: “Freya, Romaine, are you alright?”

“Brendel, how long will we be locked up?” The merchant girl’s voice came over with slight unease.

[Hmm? She sounds a little scared. These girls should be safe although it’s a little dark. How should I put her at ease-]

Suddenly a dull and loud thud echoed in the darkness.

“Damn it! These damned bastards, why did everyone in Bucce try so hard for these people!” Freya punched on the wooden bars in fury.

“The ones inside, stop that shit right now! Do you want to be whipped?” The warden immediately warned with a menacing voice.

Even though Freya wanted nothing more than to punch the bastards outside one by one, she recognized her situation she was in and took a deep breath to calm down.

“Brendel, what are we going to do now?” She asked softly.

Romaine immediately cut in and asked: “This is the Black Prison right? My aunt said there are some people who get locked here for their whole lives without seeing the day ever again. Brendel, are we going to have the same fate?”

“Romaine, just shut up!” Freya answer in the place of Brendel.

He smiled: “Do you still have any hope in them?”

“I hope that everyone of them dies!” She replied in a rage.

“But if we don’t get their help, Fortress Riedon will be in danger.” Brendel stood up and walked to the prison’s door and said quietly.

She was silent for a while.

“I have done my best,” She said: “I don’t have an infinite pool of stamina and I can only do much for Bucce.”

[Very good. Looks like the ‘Goddess raising’ plan is working well. I definitely need Freya to help me in the future. It’s good that the amount of trouble that I took was not a waste.]

“It’s good that you thought things through.”

“Do you have a plan?”

“Yes, the two of you back away a little.”

It was precisely because he had a way to escape that he dared to enter this place.

The next night was a true nightmare but the nobles in Fortress Riedon did not know that. Freya had brought the final chance right before them, but they locked the group up under a false reason.

[These nobles really are digging their own graves and jumping into them,]

“Wait, Brendel, w-what are you thinking of doing? Don’t do anything rash, this is the prison!” Even though Freya wanted the nobles to die, she was still a citizen and did not want to commit treason by escaping out so openly.

“I know what I’m doing.”

“What do you know! Ah, Romaine, persuade him!” She lowered her voice. She wanted someone, even the wardens, to stop Brendel’s crazy actions, yet somewhere in her mind, she did not want the guards to notice the commotion inside the room. She was deeply conflicted for a moment.

“Brendel, I also want to escape.” Romaine answered.

“Shut up!!! I did not want you to persuade him in this manner!” Freya was in tears as the two of them did not seem to understand what their actions were going to bring about. Escaping was punishable by death, and she did not know what to do  when the two of her best companions were about to become wanted criminals.

Brendel took out the ‘Highland Squire’ card and threw it onto the ground. He paid it with 1 water EP (elemental point) provided by the ‘Garden of the Holy Tree’. A burst of smoke came and went, and a youth carrying a large number of scrolls with a long robe patted his sleeves, and walked out from the smoke.

[It’s impossible to store EP without an elemental pool. The EP generated from the Earth card will be lost but I can pay it directly within this week.]

“My name is Ciel, my lord, I am pleased to serve you.” The youth looked at him and bowed deeply.

“Are you a highland magician?” He asked.

“An apprenticed.” The youth corrected him earnestly.

Brendel discovered that he was able to perceive his stats, so he called up the window to take a look.

Name: Ciel
Class: Highland Magician Apprentice
HP: 16
Mana: 8
Magic spells:

Basic Creation (2 MP), Mana Arrow (1 MP)

Knowledge:

Basic Magic, Creation Magic, Basic knowledge in geography and locations, Sigil Magic 1 OZ.

“You learned Conjuration Magic?”  (TL: It translates literally to Law Magic….)

“Yes.”

Conjuration wizards was a type of generalist wizard, and they focused on Conjuration principles. The magic manipulates the line between the material world and the world of laws, with gems as a medium of power to create a spell.

There were nine different types of wizards in The Amber Sword. Conjuration Magic, Elemental Magic, Chord Magic, Shaman Magic, Sigil Magic, Holy Magic, Astral Magic, Necromancy and Leyline Magic. Each type represented a different set of magic, but majority of the people were unable to differentiate between them and classified them as merely wizards.

“Brendel, is someone talking to you?” Freya suddenly stopped and asked.

“Yes, it’s my attendant.” Brendel replied.

“Attendant?” The girl was confused.

Brendel took out the soul crystal that stored a ‘Silence Sound’ spell which affected ten feet of its surroundings and threw it at the youth: “Activate it.”

A warrior could not use a magic item but a wizard apprentice obviously could. Ciel caught the crystal and supplied 1 MP into it and the surface of the crystal should a little. Freya suddenly realized she was unable to create any sound, and her heart beat furiously in the presence of the mysterious magic. She reacted the same way a normal person would, especially so when she did not know it was Brendel who did it.

Ciel nodded to his owner.

Brendel turned to the wooden bars that were thicker than his arms and punched it. He had raised his Mercenary to level 8 and Militia to lvl 6. With his overall level of 15, he had 5.4 OZ of strength and with Power Break added to it — (TL: + 1 villager level)

The sturdy bars broke from the center and flew violently against the opposite bars, continuing its momentum and bounced twice without any sound. The two girls watched it break with splinters and dust flying everywhere. He walked out from the cell and Ciel followed behind him. He grabbed the steel chains from the other cell and pulled it like a rope. It changed its shape from the force and broke apart link by link, then he opened the door and waited until the magic’s effect was gone.

“Oh, do you ladies want to stay in here a little longer?” He stood outside the cell and looked at the surprised girls and asked cheekily.

“Y-y-you, broke out?” Freya could not believe what she saw, this was too lawless! And he was too skillful with this which was probably because it was not the first time he did this!

He only grinned. He escaped countless times in the game, and he even succeeded escaping from the harbor Ampere Seale’s prison fortress.

[Back then the forums were even roused by the players who managed to escape from Kirrlutz’s capital’s prison.]

“And who is he?” Freya noticed there was someone else beside Brendel.

“My esteemed ladies, I am Sir lord’s squire.” Ciel lowered his head and greeted the two girls.

“Squire?”

“Sir lord?”

They nearly failed to control their voices, what was going on? Was there a secret passageway, why did Brendel mysteriously became a lord and even had a squire?

Freya patted her face to check if she was dreaming. If that youth who stayed in that old mansion suddenly became a lord after a few months, then she should become a Goddess of War too right?

“H-how did you come in?” She blurted out in a hurry.

“Like you can see, I’m a magician.”  Ciel answered without skipping a beat. Brendel greatly appreciated that, this bugger had a level of bullshitting that could compete with him.

“A magician” Freya was taken aback.

“Y-y-you are a Highland Knight, Brendel, you’re actually a Darnian!” She looked at him with disbelief. There was one place in this world where a magician would become a knight’s squire, the Karsuk’s region where the Highland Knights had allied with the wizards for more than three hundred years, forming Aouine’s strongest forces and known as the White Knights. They were legends in every household.

At this moment Freya believed that Brendel was a noble youth from a high ranking knight family.

[No wonder, no wonder he was so amazing. He was so calm in every situation because he was a knight.] She suddenly lowered her head.

[This bastard is a noble, yet he came to me and Romaine who are just commoners, he must be up to something bad!]

She immediately linked the bad deeds that she heard from her aunt and jerked backwards.

Brendel obviously did not know what was going on in the girl’s creative mind, and merely thought she could not accept the events that had transpired. In fact he thought that if they felt better with this explanation, he could skip the trouble of explaining himself. He shook his head and looked at Ciel, who also looked back at him.

Reality was always so troublesome.

“Alright, you two girls, it’s about time to go” Brendel looked at Romaine who was hiding in the dark with her bright eyes looking at him curiously. He shook his head and asked: “You are not going to plan to stay here till dawn right?”

“Brendel, are you really a knight?” She suddenly asked.

“No, I’m just Brendel.”

“Okay, then I’m coming out.”

“Please—“

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41 thoughts on “The Amber Sword – Chapter 43

  1. Thanks for the chapter.

    The unique feel doesn’t really lie so much in what the series has as building blocks, but more in the writing style and what the characters do. There’s also the subtle difference of the “player” having the world be like Log Horizon where the NPCs adapt and exist outside the initial parameters of the system which is enough to differ from the vast majority of these kinds of stories. Add in that he’s “technically” progressing the same way the NPCs “technically” can, and really he’s an MC whose primary advantage is knowledge rather than “true” cheats, making this differentiate further. It has a unique feel using the same elements that make up any other “similar” story, because it tones down those elements and plays them straight just enough to make something comparatively new.

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  2. I dont really understand the skill level up system , does brendle get unlimited skill points as long as he has exp? and does the amount of exp he has to spend on skills change as he gets new classes , I understand the part of not wanting to have to many jobs because the exp you receive is less but does that mean you can earn a massive amount of exp and at the end of the game level all the jobs?

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    1. I think he can level as many classes as he wants to, but at a certain point the EXP scaling gets prohibitively excessively horrible, so unless he gains an immortal’s lifespan it’s best for him to minimize it only to the strongest classes he can as much as possible while still retaining his life.

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      1. I think it compares more to games like mabi (where you can learn pretty much any and all skills if you want) and the restriction has more to do with time and how long the game was available for him since it was never said that the experience scales down.

        With games like these, it is better to focus initially. It’s mostly just an issue of having a skillset that actually works and the fact that effectively mixing and matching skills would be difficult with only the early skills.

        I think if The Amber Sword was around in Sophie’s world for another 10 more years it would end up like Mabi, where your only considered strong if you have many “classes” at high level and all the stats that come with each of them.

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      2. wait, chap 31 did say there was an xp penalty. It just doesn’t say for what exactly or how. As in, it hasn’t said if the cost is greater for secondary or if you gain less, etc.

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    2. If he gets too many classes there will be a penalty (that I currently don’t know, but it was mentioned somewhere before that too many classes is not good). He can earn a “massive amount of exp” but going from the rate of this novel’s in-game system time, he had at least decades worth of play time to reach level 120+ in his warrior class, so there’s going to be a similar speed of leveling up.

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      1. The first two instances of the apprentice wizard still has his name as Shia
        “Brendel, are you really a knight”
        ->The lack of question mark is deliberate?

        A reminder is that he achieved that in Godly Force, with various beneficial that Aouine doesn’t have, such as being immortal, hand-holding from predecessors, easier team raid, P2W, etc… IIRC, Sophie was fast to point out how different combat in game and real life is. Best example would be Golden Tree, in game, it can be farmed, in real life, it’s one time event boss. So I dont think he can reach his 130+ Warrior avatar in Aouine in just one or two decade. And that not even touching on the Fate/Destiny Cards, with such a big system, his development will be vastly different to his avatar.
        What I liked most in this novel is the way it depicted large scale battle and actually hooked me. Brendel’s inner monologue can be a perfectly good excuse too, some of his thoughts are pretty colourful, its a shame English doesn’t convey that as well

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  3. Thanks for the new chapter!

    The EP generated from the Earth card will be lost but I can pay it directly within this weel.]
    within this wheel? Not sure if that’s the intended word.

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  4. I am reading this in Chinese but I never imagined the magician’s would be translated as Ciel. The names are the most confusing/difficult part as this novel.

    As.for the system… As I understand it, ability points and exp are different things but you get ability points as you level up your job… You can also level up your abilities through practice or quests… Or at least it was like that in the web novel. You can hold 1 main job and 3 side jobs but there’s tons of other tricks to get around that limitation. But general every extra job especially if it’s a main job has an enormous exp penalty making it not worth the growth speed penalty… It has something to do with your total level or something. In the game, very few players had reach the peak, Brendel wasn’t one of those though he was upper class.

    He is a cheat because he has the abilities of… Lots of things but he’s also pretty ordinary in lots of things.

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      1. ………………..
        should i correct the name, denying that he didn’t says it or accepting the fact it’s one of your saying….

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  5. He’s lucky the NPC’s still blindly follow the game rules, by rights he probably would have been stripped down to look for things of value and then tossed in the cell without his get out of jail free card. As for the women, the nobles would have taken them off for a bit of ‘fun’…

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  6. My guess is that he can probably multi-class as long as he gets the requirements, and each class has its own exp system that isn’t shared, so you can probably multi-class (since he already has 2 classes). The only difference being that exp is probably hard to come buy. The only reason why he gained exp fast is because he has game knowledge and found some good items.

    So as long as he as exp, and time, he can reach max level in every job.

    But my guess is that can never happen, unless he suddenly decides to destroy and kill every living thing in on the planet at a rate faster than they can replenish.

    I’m also guessing exp decreases the stronger you become. Otherwise, it’ll be a broken system, so he just has to unlock new classes, and farm weak monsters/animals/aggro-humans until extinction.

    With regards to that, I guess there is a set exp limit in this world. Though I doubt he can ever get to the point where all life but him is extinct. Not to mention he has limited time as well.

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  7. Wow so many Creative comments…
    Also just a simple weird processor software would be great to avoid basic mistakes…
    Also Freya does have creative mind XD
    Thanks for the chapter

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  8. About the poll:

    I think the story can be considered “unique” because it doesn’t follow the same pattern as every other “reincarnation” or “transported into videogame/fantasy world”.
    The protagonist doesn’t wake up as a baby and decides that his/her first action after being birthed should be to run out of the room in order to begin their training to become the next Mary or Gary Sue.
    Another thing that I like is that the protagonist’s pre-incarnation personality actually has an influence on the story… in most cases the author introduces “random meatbag” or “poor little princess” and never mentions them again after the protagonist was dutifully delivered in their new world.
    Sophie’s (or Soffy as I used to think of him) knowledge about the game is a big part of the plot and also what moves the story forward.

    It is true that the building blocks are still the same, but the author manages to weave a story where we don’t have to sit back and wonder which of the dozens of “reincarnation WNs” we are currently reading.
    I like to do the following: I take a story and try to write a short synopsis using not more than 3 sentences. If the synopsis needs more details because I can apply it to any another story I can think off… then it is not very unique or original.

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  9. hi there thank you for the chapter. I am curious about the person who say please.Shouldn’t there be a line like “romaine start to move out smiling to brendel” or “Romaine nod to Brendel” before that “please” ?
    And actually Brendel is Brendel only because he has the body of Brendel..I am curious did he say other things about the charachter he made before besides his level and that was a warrior?
    And last thing… did he lie to Ciell in sayng that single magic to test him or because it is arleady impossible for the real Brendel to know about that single type of magic?

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  10. I forgot..they actually had this treatment apparently because of the sword… otherwise he will have rebelled… And we don’t know if the soldier of the fortress were bluffing. Besides we didn’t see any person using magic item besider Brendel until now if I remember correctly so how do you expect people to know that a card is actually something that can summon a living apprentice from somewhere?

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  11. I think this is a spelling error, but I may be mistaken.
    — === === —
    Ciel caught the crystal and supplied 1 MP into it and the surface of
    the crystal should a little.

    should be:

    Ciel caught the crystal and supplied 1 MP into it and the surface of
    the crystal shone a little.

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  12. Naw, is calling up a squire magically from a card seems a bit too godly in that world? Brendel can just say it come from the trees right?
    But his lies is always amusing.
    And Freya have too many imaginations, lol xD

    Thanks for the chapter!🍀

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