The Amber Sword – Chapter 44

TL: I have to shift the Amber Sword schedule to every Friday instead. My art class stuff has begun to go into more irritating stuff like, craft a skull in zbrush and draw perspective stuff from blueprints, more muscles, gestures, time consuming crap etc. Luckily I’m starting on some digital illustrations on characters so I can finally post something interesting.

If I have the time, I might want to take on a temporary JP title.

Chapter 44 – Not jailbreaking?

The three remaining people came out from the prison. The girls looked on as Brendel easily handled the patrolling wardens, and the entire process was silent and practiced. Freya had her suspicion that Brendel had special training as a Highland Knight, but was it necessary to train to do something like this?

After the wardens were settled, the four of them walked towards the central area of the level. The guard who kept watch of the keys was surprised when they saw them coming out from the darkness, and subconsciously pulled out the sword from the wall.

Brendel immediately raised his gauntlets he stole from a warden and charged over to him. A blue shimmering glow washed over the gauntlets as he blocked the guard’s sword. The blue light was around the size of a soccer ball, and there was a force from within that pushed away the sharp blade.

Brendel grabbed the sword away when the white mane light infantry became surprised, and pushed him back to the wall with tremendous force. A dull thud and a withering gasp could be heard as the guard fainted. Brendel saw that the guards were merely normal soldiers, so he did not use fatal force and simply knocked them out.

Freya blurted out after she watched him knock down the final foe: “I can’t believe you’re so strong. If I did not see you in action, I would still be naive about the strength of the knights.”

“You don’t have to look down on yourself. A mid white-ranked swordsman is more than enough to handle the guards.” Brendel searched for the key to go up the next level on the warden.

“White-ranked swordsman?”

“It means unranked,” Ciel explained next to her: “The blacksteel, silver, gold swordsmen rank counterparts are, squires, knights and veteran knights. The blacksteel swordsmen are Aouine’s knights’ reserves.If there are any nobles with slight potential, they would be sent to great noble families to become squires.” (TL: The pacing of words is a little unclear here, but nobles probably have nothing to do with swordsmen. They are just training to become knights.)

“According to tradition, a grade 1 ranking swordsman enjoy the authority of not taking off his hat when they meet low ranking nobles like squires and lords, but this tradition has stopped approximately fifty years ago. Any rank that is below the blacksteel swordsmen, would be unranked. Typically the army guards, militia are of this level, separated only by the words of ‘upper’ and ‘lower’.”

“So this is how it is classified.” Freya stood pensively. Just a while ago her mind was still mired in being the top militia swords user, but now her horizons have broadened.

But Ciel was not done yet as he had seen through his lord’s intention to nurture the girl, so he continued: “A blacksteel swordsman represents a grade 1 power, silver swordsman as grade 2 power, gold swordsman as grade 3 power. Our wizards counterpart are cantrip wizard, first circle wizard and second circle wizard. There are also similar distinctions for the priests and other professions, and these distinctions are not of a country’s standards, but from the Holy Cathedral of Flames’s strict rules.”

The girls blinked repeatedly as they received the lesson. It was not actually uncommon knowledge for the commoners, but Bucce was simply too isolated.

“The strongest kingdom like Kirrlutz and Bansel, their standing army’s soldiers are comprised of the blacksteel rank, while most of the captains are of the silver rank. In comparison, more than half of Aouine’s border army’s soldiers have not reached the blacksteel rank, and even an appointed captain of the knights is at the intermediate blacksteel rank.” Ciel intentionally pointed things out.

“Ciel, if you spread this, our heads would be chopped off.”

“My lord, if you are not afraid of being executed, as an attached squire I would not be afraid too.” The youth lightly replied, before continuing: “My lord should also have the standards of a blacksteel rank. It is a very rare thing to see with your lordship’s age, and Ciel is very pleased to have the chance to follow such an outstanding person.”

[If I’m going to compare to the people with the ‘enlightened’ or ‘chosen’ status, or even the ones with knight talents, I’m nothing much at all. Then again the results that I accomplished are quite puzzling indeed.]

Ciel did not know the circumstances, but since Brendel felt good from the praise he did not reveal anything.

Especially when it came to the girls’ amazed gazes.

Ciel looked at the guard on the floor and asked softly: “Number 5, 17 and 22, these seems to be other prisoners in these three cells. Should we let them out to aid us in our escape, my lord? If the outside area is the soldier camp, the more people we have, the better our chances to escape.”

Freya glared at him. Brendel had talked about other stuff during their temporary stay in the cells. The people who were locked here were guilty of terrible crimes.

“No, it will affect my plans if there are more people.” Brendel said confidently.

“As you wish.”

Brendel turned his head back: “Romaine, do you know where your aunt is?”

She shook her head: “I don’t know exactly either, she only said that she would be staying with a relative.”

“Where is that relative staying?”

“The location is at Ponoa’s market. I heard that person is a distant relatative of my aunt. He’s a small fur merchant called Hood.” Freya said.

Brendel glanced at Romaine: “Your family certainly has the tradition of having merchants.”

Romaine merely smiled sweetly.

Since Brendel had the desired location, it was easy to decide on the next step. The first level of the prison was even smaller, and there was only one warden there. Brendel was certain that there were four wardens in their level because of them. He quickly settled the warden here and they proceeded upwards, and found themselves in the inner soldier camp.

He was familiar with this area, and he led his party swiftly to the warehouse and retrieved Freya’s half plate. They then equipped themselves with a sword. He found that it was a pity that the soldiers who fainted did not provide XP, otherwise he would have woken them up and knocked them a few times.

Ciel repeatedly gave the advice of freeing the other prisoners to let them escape from the riot: The reason was very simple, it was easy for them to handle one or two white-maned light infantry soldiers, just rush them from the shadows and they were down for the count. But once they got to the outside camp, it was impossible to escape with just the four of them.

But Brendel denied it.

In the midst of their discussion, Brendel had already led them to the highest point of this soldier camp; a tower. He opened the wooden door at the peak, and there was a open pathway in front of them. This tower was used as a last minute resort to aid the walls, and one of the areas overlooked approximately a fifth of the city.

But he was not here to look at the scenery. They had incapacitated seven guards along their way, and according to the standards of the white-mane army, they would discover that there was something amiss after ten minutes. He looked up at the sky. The sky was beautifully illuminated by the moon and stars, and despite the thick clouds, the shape of the moon could still be seen.

“What are you doing, Brendel?” Freya poked him from behind. A stray thought appeared in her mind and she wondered if this fellow actually broke out of the jail just to see the moonlight. Even though it was probably unlikely, but looking at the crazy actions that he did in the past few days, it might be possible.

She looked at Ciel next, and the youth also had his hands behind his back and looked up at the sky with his lord silently. They certainly had great coordination with each other.

“The moonlight tonight is pretty good.” Brendel answered.

“You—” Freya really wanted to punch his face to see if he could still laugh about it.

“My aunt said that the moon’s name is Luca, and was born because of Iren, a goddess. Because there is a moon,this world became mysterious.” Romaine also looked up at the moon and commented.

“Your aunt knows a lot,” Ciel also added in: “There is a secret amongst the wizards, a book called ‘The annals of darkness’, which described the things that happened long ago in the past.”

“Are you saying that Romaine’s aunt is a wizard?” Freya was stunned.

“That might not be so, it might be possible that she is someone related to magic. Some witches in the rural areas have also heard of such rumors.” He replied.

Freya’s eyes went to Romaine, but the latter did not seem to hear any of their talk and simply looked at the moon. Freya did think that Romaine’s aunt Jennie was indeed a little mysterious. She frequently brought strange things back to the village, and the villagers said she was a witch and did not really communicate with her family.

While Brendel listened to their conversation on one side, he suddenly heard strange words in his mind:

XVI: The Tower

The fallen ‘moonlight’ that devours light.

He was momentarily dazed for a while, and thought he was in an illusion. He quickly shook his head, but could not stop but remember that dream when he was unconscious.

In a scenery filled with ghastly darkness, isolated from the world. There was only a moon shining on the tower in the midst of a black lake, signifying the beginning and end of his dream. There was when he met Freya.

But when he was about to mull over this thought, the merchant girl suddenly said: “There’s something coming over, Brendel.”

The three of them looked around in alert.

After twenty seconds, they heard a low and dull sound of wings flapping. Freya was in vigilance and unease, but Brendel and Ciel were relaxed.

Brendel looked up, and the next instant a gargoyle broke through from the clouds. The rock devil with its wings extended contrasted deeply from the bright moonlight, and became a figure that was full of intrigue.

“Brendel, it’s your gargoyle!” Romaine recognized it immediately.

“Yes. Are you afraid of heights?”

The merchant girl hurriedly shook her head.

“W-what are you going to do Brendel?” Freya immediately thought of something and her face paled immediately.

………………………………………………………………..

The Golden Apple Lord barged into Burnley’s home with a grave expression. This noble who was famed in the industry was checking out a finely crafted bronze armor with a magnifying glass. Any armor that was in the ancient era of ‘The Returning Light’ was prized by all collectors.

Burnley unhurriedly laid down his magnifying glass, glance at his partner with slight ridicule: “What happened, did that fellow went out of the city with his men?”

“It’s not something as serious as that, but the criminals tonight escaped!” When Esebar said this, he was so furious that he punched a random spot. He was actually not furious over the escape, but it was another madman who intruded his home and yelled at him.

“That is certainly a small matter. How did they escape?”

“I’m not angry over this.” The Golden Apple Lord shook his head and took a deep breath: “I’m angry over that ‘Tiger’ Luc Beson actually created a din in my home, saying that I locked a Highland Knight’s descendant in his prison and I caused him trouble!”

“Highland knight?” Burnley paused.

“Yes, he said there was a Highland Knight amongst the three, and his magician squire came to rescue him. Holy Mother Marsha above, he ran over to me and demanded to have him, saying that man must not be harmed and added to his army.” The Golden Apple Lord was in delirious anger when he spat his words out.

“And in conclusion?”

“The conclusion, the conclusion is I have to bring him to settle this! In the middle of the night, this bastard is just too much!” He roared.

“Don’t be too impulsive, let Granzon handle this. I’ll move some men from my personal army to aid you.” Burnely smiled and answered.

The Golden Apple Lord looked thankfully at him. It was the first time that he felt this rotund face was not as hateful. But after a while he reminded him: “I still have one more matter. I recently heard you moved a batch of armor to the city? You need to be careful. Even though it’s not a big matter to raise your own forces, you have to be careful of your secrets falling into your enemies’ hands.”

He looked around the room.

“It’s just a personal hobby.” The industry specialist continued to smile.

 

TL: The title is contradictory -.-

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36 thoughts on “The Amber Sword – Chapter 44

  1. If knocking people out after waking them up again really give him exp, Brendel companion will probably really creep out by him.

    B: *grinning* *hit* *slap* *hit* *slap*
    F: What the hell are you doing Brendel!? and why are you smiling!?
    B: Oh? nothing much, don’t worry about it *hit* *slap* *hit* *slap*…… (exp exp exp)

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  2. Wow the last part was like a mystery and confusing… Anyways thx for the chapter.
    So did Brendel get his sword? Freya got her armor only I think…

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  3. “He found that it was a pity that the soldiers who fainted did not provide XP, otherwise he would have woken them up and knocked them a few times.”

    No no Brendel. Dont catch Sue’s disease~!

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  4. Regarding the “batch of armor”, what is the secret the`re talking about I got a little confused if the secret is related to his hobby been an ancient armor collector or if there is some other stuff hidden withim the batch.

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    1. Burnley’s cover is a merchant, as such, growing his own private army is a no-no to any kind of government, corrupted or not. Yet he does it anyway, even secretly arming them up (the armor batch) ,the Lord know this but let it pass because he’s bribed, but White Mane army acting on different authority, if they found out, Burnley probably would face guillotine and Apple Lord wouldn’t get away either. The dispute between local lord and central authority has been there, but with the arrival of that whatshisname guy in 2 previous chap, it reaching the boiling point now.

      White Mane is actually the battalion’s name, shouldn’t it be written in capital letters?

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  5. >Crafting a skull
    >In zbrush

    Dude, that doesn’t take long. Heck, you can probably load a .obj skull lying around on the internet, put it into another subtool, and just mindlessly sculpt away. Done in 15 mins tops. I’m a bad influence so take that with a grain of salt, lol. And you need do need anatomy for drawing humans.

    By any chance, are you in 3dsense?

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  6. Jailbreak then teach about knight ranking… What a right timing lol. The highland knight is about Brendel’s grand father, isn’t it?

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    1. No, Brendel’s grandpa was just a knight. Highland Knight is the only system that has a knight and magician acting together as a pair, and has almost mythical status thanks to them mostly a legend of the past. What made people mistaken is the fact a magician apprentice like Ciel calling Brendel lordship, which mirrored the relationship of a Highland Knight and his magician. Brendel didnt correct it because Highland Knight are renowned to be versatile and knowledgeable in both martial and arcane art, which suited him just fine. As a player, many information he know are deeply protected secret that no way a militia graduate can possibly know

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      1. Hmm, did you read future chapter? I came to that conclusion since it is said in this chapter highland knight’s descendant is being held (Brendel – his grand father is knight, so i connect it).

        I am not sure about this since it just feel arbitrary. The magician squire is summoned by brendal. The mage squire master said his squire is come to save highland knight descendand. How come the the master know about Brendal? Since he only summon the mage squire from card randomly (CMIIW the card is loot from the tree boss right?).

        Well, I can take it if “The Game System” somehow tell the master. But i feel i being cheated. Or mayby i just miss something in previous chapter.

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      2. Or mayby the mage squire is in close contact with his master using some telephonic magic. Lol, i hope there is a chapter from other perspective to explain this highland descendant business (mage squire or his master perspective).

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      3. Not really, remember, even Freya and Romanine had no idea where Ciel comes from or how did Brendel enter the cell alone then come out with another guy. Even in this magic filled world,common citizens still treat all unexplainable things as simply magic, even among mercenaries, differentiate between different kind of magic still something a few could do (dont quote me on this, since I think this tidbit is probably from another novel, not this one, but works enough for this case). Luc Besson was informed of the increased in Brendel’s party, saw the evident (Brendel broke the cell with magic, remember?), then connected it with the legend of Highland Knight.

        The descendant can be attributed to two things:
        1>Brendel still young, around 20, too young for any kind of full-fledged knight, highland or not.
        2>They figured out Ciel’s level as apprentice wizard. Since highland knight acting as a pair, it makes sense if their level should be the same, an apprentice magician pair up with a knight in training is right combination, knight-in-training=descendant/heir.

        And why I dismissed the idea Brendell’s grandpa being highland knight himself: Old man was using Aouine’s military sword style. only those in Aouine’s army and militia practices this style. And to reach the monstrous level that can scare off a lv 130 Sophie out of his wit, it can’t be something he learned as side skill. And Brendel’s background didn’t point to anything magic-related, aside the heirloom painting.

        So tl;dr, its just a case of wrong assumption the other side drew up

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      4. All right, thank you for explain it Diarek.
        It seem i need to read Brendel’s monologue between dialog more carefully.
        I had tendency to skip it since I feel it is too long and break the conversation’s flow.

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      5. A little correction: the scholar IS a squire (rather, he’s a squire who happens to be a scholar), and ‘squire’ is what you call a ‘knight-in-training’; in other words, he’s a future knight who is supposed to learn about knightship as his knight’s apprentice.
        And since he introduced himself as Brendol’s squire, it would be natural to conclude that Brendol is a knight (moreover, the only kind of a knight who’d take a magic user as a squire – a Highland Knight).
        As for his heritage, there’s no indication anyone even heard about his grandfather being anything more than a veteran swordsman, let alone considering him a misterious figure like those Highland Knight.

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  7. Below are some suggestions for changes. Please ignore them, if you disagree.
    — === === —
    In a scenery filled with ghastly darkness, isolated
    from the world. There was only a moon shining on the
    tower in the midst of a black lake, signifying the
    beginning and end of his dream. There was when he met Freya.

    NOTE: What does the above mean? Particularly what does
    ‘There was when he met Freya.’ You might consider going back to the raws and
    re-translating this.
    — === === —
    The reason was very simple, it was easy for them to
    handle one or two white-maned light infantry soldiers,
    just rush them from the shadows and they were down for the count.

    should be:

    The reason was very simple, it was easy for them to
    handle one or two White-Mane light infantry soldiers,
    just rush them from the shadows and they were down for the count.
    — === === —
    They had incapacitated seven guards along their way,
    and according to the standards of the white-mane army,
    they would discover that there was something amiss
    after ten minutes.

    should be:

    They had incapacitated seven guards along their way,
    and according to the standards of the White-Mane army,
    they would discover that there was something amiss
    after ten minutes.
    — === === —
    Burnley unhurriedly laid down his magnifying glass,
    glance at his partner with slight ridicule: “What
    happened, did that fellow went out of the city with his men?”

    should be:

    Burnley unhurriedly laid down his magnifying glass,
    glanced at his partner with slight ridicule: “What
    happened, did that fellow leave the city with his men?”

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  8. I may have double posted this. I apologize.

    Below is what I think should be changed. I may be mistaken.
    — === === —
    In a scenery filled with ghastly darkness, isolated
    from the world. There was only a moon shining on the
    tower in the midst of a black lake, signifying the
    beginning and end of his dream. There was when he met Freya.

    NOTE: What does the above mean? Particularly what does
    ‘There was when he met Freya.’ mean. You might consider looking at the raws
    to see what it says.
    — === === —
    The reason was very simple, it was easy for them to
    handle one or two white-maned light infantry soldiers,
    just rush them from the shadows and they were down for the count.

    should be:

    The reason was very simple, it was easy for them to
    handle one or two White-Mane light infantry soldiers,
    just rush them from the shadows and they were down for the count.
    — === === —
    They had incapacitated seven guards along their way,
    and according to the standards of the white-mane army,
    they would discover that there was something amiss
    after ten minutes.

    should be:

    They had incapacitated seven guards along their way,
    and according to the standards of the White-Mane army,
    they would discover that there was something amiss
    after ten minutes.
    — === === —
    Burnley unhurriedly laid down his magnifying glass,
    glance at his partner with slight ridicule: “What
    happened, did that fellow went out of the city with his men?”

    should be:

    Burnley unhurriedly laid down his magnifying glass,
    glanced at his partner with slight ridicule: “What
    happened, did that fellow leave the city with his men?”

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  9. Amazing hypothesis u have there..but I don’t really understand…so who is the one identifying Brendel as a knight/highland knight and demand Apple lord to do something?
    Maybe i should read the next chapter first though….

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