The Amber Sword – Volume 2 Chapter 16

TL: This chapter is considerably short, almost half of its normal size. The next update kind of depends. I have to rush 2 assignments and see what else there are for this week. Typically if there are any sponsored chapters, I’ll try to finish it within 2 days. So there might be an update tomorrow or the day after. Depends.

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Chapter 16 – Rout

One slash, one kill, a force that could not be stopped even by a legion.

[[[What kind of imposing power is this?!]]]

It was not only Xelsa who thought of this, the militia and mercenaries who saw Brendel’s frenzied destruction stopped what they were doing. They even thought a legendary paladin would not be able to surpass what he did. The humans who were still in the midst in attacking cheered at the same time, their morale greatly boosted.

The militia destroyed off the skeletons who were in front of them, and Xelsa knew that he was defeated. But the noble blood in him from the dark lands did not allow him to admit defeat—

[What kind of army is this…? They look nothing more like a bunch of disorganized garbage who are not even equipped properly. They are even worse than militia because they are hastily formed from a group of refugees. This group of men who had even lost their reason to fight… But the one who led them… is far more impressive. Aouine is a nothing more than a decadent kingdom now. How could our glorious undead be defeated by an army like this? ]

Xelsa could not help but lament in his heart.

The Black Knight pulled out his sword, the soul fire in him flaring up. He dragged the necromancer beside him who was of a higher level and pointed at Brendel, ordering him loudly to use a [Mental Blast] on him.

He then patted the neck of his horse, bringing along the three Black Warrior guards with him. Even if he had no chance of gaining victory, he had to reclaim his glory by killing the enemy’s leader. This was Madara’s pride, the pride that only the nobles had.

Brendel who was observing Xelsa, immediately realized that the situation he was in. He pointed at the necromancer and called out to Ciel. The wizard apprentice fired a ray of white light at the necromancer who was in the middle of casting a spell. But Ciel did not expect his magic to be deflected when it struck the necromancer’s ribs.

[Ciel’s level is too low.]

Brendel immediately understood that when he saw the necromancer resisting Ciel’s spell. A few remaining skeletons were in his path, and he had no choice but to destroy them first. He cut them down and raised his left hand—

A sky blue triangular magic formation formed around his wrist.

Brendel paid 3 Wind EP into the Elemental Pool, and activated the magic card.

This sky blue card combination represented the power of wind, flexible and varied, a magic that was unpredictable due to its nature of countering the enemy after they launched an attack first.

A transparent ripple with razor sharp edges launched from the necromancer’s forehead, aiming towards Brendel and the people nearby him, but it suddenly stopped moving in the middle of its path, as if time had frozen. A hurricane formed in the battlefield and seemed to howl in everyone’s ears. The mental blast was then sent back to the caster, and countless undead skulls exploded in its path.

The necromancer who had lost its head shook once, and dropped down from the horse.

[[Magic swordsman!]]

The mercenaries and militia who did not understand magic very well, did not think it was unusual of Brendel to cast a spell after seeing the undead set on fire with his slashes. But the ones who were more experienced trembled. Not only was he a genius in tactical battle and fighter who had the strength of an Iron-ranked fighter, he was a wizard who was powerful enough to destroy the enemy’s necromancers with ease!

Xelsa felt his body turning cold. Once again, he could not understand where the leader of their cavalry come from. He held an Elven sword with incredible skills, leading his men with brilliant tactial commands and he was even able to use magic.

[How could this man be not famous in Aouine? And if he is not, Is he going to be someone who will rise to become a legendary figure in history?]

When he hesitated, two of his personal guards had stepped up to stop Brendel who was charging at them. The youth’s expression did not change, and disarmed the first Black Warrior’s two handed sword with a violent metallic crash, then slashed across the neck and chest armor in a straight arc downwards. An explosive sound echoed in the mountain valley as he threw down the Black Warrior down along with his horse onto the ground.

He then punched the second guard’s giant sword away with a deafening clang, and urged his horse forward by tightening his legs around its abdomen. After grabbing the Black Warrior’s arm with his left hand, he thrust his sword through his heart and lifted him off the horse, then throwing him onto the ground.

He narrowed his eyes as he saw a -72 HP above the Black Warrior’s head.

[The damage done by the Thorn of Light is ridiculous. Although I must say, it’s bizarre to look at the numbers appearing out of thin air…]

The Black Warrior had started to burn up when the final guard attacked him. Brendel deflected the incoming sword and decapitated the enemy with ease. But a metallic ringing sword from the Thorn of Light made him look at it, and he was delighted to see a magic necklace that added +0.3 OZ strength.

[I had always thought that it was strange for the loot that I got to be so dismal. After fighting against so many Madara undead and even the Golden Apple Tree boss, the loot drops have been awful to the point I even wondered if there’s a difference from the game.]

When he was momentarily distracted, he found a sword piercing towards him. He was jolted back to his senses and dodge to the side. He found the Black Knight had came before himself.

The youth looked around him. All his guards and skeletons have been destroyed, but instead of running away from surrendering, Xelsa merely came before him and waited.

[Does he want to challenge me to a duel?]

He was taken aback.

Freya grimaced as she held the wound on her waist with pressure. She felt that her heart was itching or something, like she was more concerned with the armor being spoiled. She thought for a while before persuading herself it was because of the rarity of the armor.

Freya ordered the militia to check for any remaining undead that was not destroyed or escaped, and to account for the wounded and dead. She rode around with the horse and found a skeleton soldier crawling on the ground with a broken leg. Before she was able to destroy it, someone else rushed up to it and struck the skeleton through the head with a sword.

She stopped and turned around, and Freya saw that it was Sue.

“Sue?”

The girl with bronze skin rode over and looked at Freya with concern.

“Freya, are you injured?”

“I’m fine, did you see Brendel?” Freya had pulled away from the main area a considerable distance.

“Him? Why are you so concerned about him when he’s a coward who won’t even accept a knight’s duel?”

“A knight duel?”

Author’s notes on magic items

Iron-ranked label is termed as [Alchemy item], the weakest class of magic item.

Bronze-ranked [Minor light], low class magic item.

Brass-ranked [Magic], is considered as a true Magic Class item. I.E, Brendel’s Ring of the Wind Empress, Freya’s Flame Ring, with the typical ability of launching magic.

Silver-ranked (Legendary), items that are rarely found. An example would be Brendel’s Thorn of Light, and it was able to change the power ratio to a certain level, like how Brendel easily defeated undead that was above his natural level.

Gold-ranked items (Fantasy). Items that can only be found in myths or bard’s songs. There are very few people who own them.

Dark Gold-ranked items (Godly). There are only a few core members in big guilds in the game that managed to get them, and seen as a representation of their status.

As for ultimate unique items, like the Mercury Staff (TL: probably owned Madara’s undead boss), Lament of the Wind Empress (ring), or the holy dragon spear Gungnir.

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57 thoughts on “The Amber Sword – Volume 2 Chapter 16

  1. Welp, Sue is now confirmed opportunist/practical fighter. She can ride a WAR horse (yes I’m pointing that out towards someone who thinks she can’t fight for ‘shizz’ as someone else might say) so she’s definitely going to be in Freya’s cavalry unit. A little stupid ATM if you ask me since the duel would be stupid as if Brendel dies, then so does their chances of surviving. While it might raise morale, the fact that they won the fight already done so. Also the opposing army was already trying to kill them and the refugees so a Knight’s Duel seems pointless to me.

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    1. I agree. Fuck that we already know how it would end anyways. Sue better be greatful if it wasn’t for him she would be dead. But it doesn’t look like she likes him at all. Wow.

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  2. Sue is such a brain dead moron….

    “One slash, one kill, a force that could not be stopped even by a legion.”

    …This statement says it all. He charged into a wall of sharp pointy spears. He destroys over a quarter of the army by himself. Single Handedly hunts down their officers. Looks like a war god surrounded by heavenly flames.

    ….and he is a coward because he did not accept a duel…

    Can the author like not create such stupid minor characters. And if he does, I hope she dies when she doesn’t follows Brendel’s orders the stupid cow.

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    1. Frankly, it is stupid to us. But to knights and such, honor and pride is a big deal. To many, bigger than life.

      So this is a clash of the classic mercenary vs knight mentality. Or soldier vs noble. One side will argue that whatever is done in the name of victory is just and the other one will argue that without being just there is no victory.

      It would be quite one dimensional to say that only your opinion is the right one. It is also kinda harsh that characters who don’t mindlessly agree or bow down to the main character should be killed off.

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      1. So it’s not moronic accepting the duel that could buy time for the enemy forces to regroup and annihilate Brendel’s group? And you should remember that Brendel was a gamer from the real world so logic is above honor for him and I’d kill Sue if it means that there would be one less idiot in the world

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  3. Why would someone want to have a knight duel in a situation like this. Winning a duel would increase allies moral while decrease enemy moral, but there’s only a single enemy left so what’s the point? Also, the oh so honorable knight who send his whole bodyguard troop + strongest necromancer to gangup on brendel is not a coward at all and Brendel who rip his way through the whole army is such a pussy for not accepting the duel.

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      1. I know, the one I’m jabbing at is Sue. It just that by saying brendel is coward for not accepting the duel kinda make me feel like she imply that Xelsomething guy who propose the knight duel is such a chivalrous knightly person.

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    1. I think there are more than a single enemy left, when it says all of them were killed, I think it only refers to the elite guards.
      I agree with a duel no sense there. Brendel holds the complete advantage, why should he risk his life? XD
      The matter of been a coward for not accepting the duel is something cultural, to them such action would be shamefull :p while to us, it may be called smart ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. so who is sue? i really dont remember her XD, such a minor character becomes the new face for nobles?

    excelent work from both author and translator, i love the story so far

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    1. wait! i remember, she is the waitress from the restaurant right? xD. well point taken she has a higher regard about ponytail than mc (yeah i suck with names)

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  5. This more and more cement that Leto the Barkeep and Sue the waitress are the real Earl Dunn and either his crony aid or his actual daughter.

    1. The veteran mercenaries seem to follow Leto at his word. As well as Leto knows how to delegate and manage troops.

    2. Even if Leto who is supposed to be a retire mercenary knows how to ride a horse, how does that explain Sue riding one- and a war horse!

    3. From the princess regeant POV, we know the real Earl Dunn is like a spymaster since he was on a secret mission for the king. A great spymaster or spy is a great con artist as well as a talented opportunist which Sue takes a leaf from in this chapter: rushing into battle when the tide is turning in their favor and killing a cripple skeleton.

    4. How in world does Sue know what is a knight’s duel looks like …as if she quite acquainted with it?

    5. Sue is a huge hypocritical lass … like we read about those noble/ spoiled knights. Bully those around when the power is in their hand, but when at disadvantage spouts the lack of chivalry and cowardice.

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    1. You know, I think you might be on to something. Though I think Earl Dunn did state he was posing as a trader, but I’m not sure on that.

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  6. mother fucking son of a bitch! This guy… This guy… reading this story strongly reminds me of the sopranos where it just loves to

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  7. Thanks for the chapter. What is Sue talking about? She is a daughter of a mercenary if I’m not mistaken. A profession that cares nill for honor and only thinks can it gain me coin and is the risk worth my life. I thought she would be complementing his level-headiness after someone like Freya who has a more idealistic view of things. No offense to Freya she is inexperienced and is learning so no one can blame her.

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    1. Even mercenaries have an honor code. Of course there are exceptions, and to survive is the highest priority for most of them.
      Sue is a child, she grows hearing about battles and honor, of course her mindset would be something like this XD she still doesnt have enough experience to understand the whole scenario, and what losing in this duel would imply XD

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  8. In the medieval times, honor, chivalry, and shit was crazy important to the knights. If a knight truly did refuse a knight’s duel everyone would hate on him. You can’t blame Sue for being a moron. That was just how society was. The majority of society grew up thinking like that, so it’s completely understandable Sue would call him a coward. I think Asians who are practically slaves to their parents because of ‘filial piety’ are fucking morons, however you can’t blame them, it’s merely the society they live in and how they are raised.(Forgive me if that annoyed anyone) My point is, stop hating on Sue, most people in that time period would feel the same way. On the contrary I’m looking forward to Brendel’s speech telling people his thoughts. Will Freya listen to him and change or would she be like the traditional knights?

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    1. There is a mistake in your statement. Duel is used in those times mostly to settle grievances. Say: “How dare you slander my name. I challenge you to a duel.”

      There are rules in Duels and you just can’t throw it around. One of this situation is when in a war. If duels are to be done, then it should be done before the war not while in it. Once the battle starts, then the grievances are settled in the battle.

      Another aspect of knightly duels is that it has to be prepared. The participants has to prepare. One can not duel with another when one is naked (has no sword) for example. Often times, when a knight challenge another knight, there would be a wait of a few hours (or even days) before the actual duel happen.

      I kinda think that the author might have a misguided notion of what a duel is. It is mostly because the one who propose the duel doesn’t state any form of grievances or do any formal action of proposal. Xelsa just come before Brendel and waited… that is not how a duel is done. Xelsa doesn’t even issue a challenge. No formalities.

      So Sue calls Brendel a coward for not accepting. Uh! This is so wrong in many ways… but primarily because the concept of duel here is just so wrong.

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      1. What you say makes sense, but I don’t see the duel as out of place. Xelsa knows he will die one way or the other. He could choose to die by a bunch of random weak militia or die in a duel against a powerful enemy. If I had to die one way or the other I would choose to die honorably in a duel against a powerful knight. If you refused such a duel and let the militia mob him to death, I can kinda see why people would look down on you a bit. Don’t misunderstand, I completely support Brendel’s choice. I would do the same. I’m just saying you can’t really hate on Sue for feeling that way, it does make sense in a way.

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    2. For Pete’s sake! It is honorable to die in battle!

      And where did you get the notion that it would be the militia who will fight him? Are the militia really has the desire to die? Is Brendel really that stupid to send the militia to their death? Remember, most of the militia only has wooden spears as weapons. Xelsa would have killed these weak militia in a blink. How could you think that he would die in their hands! It is so outrageous!

      The duel is not only out of place, It is not even a duel in first place. Xelsa didn’t even issue a challenge nor has a grievance or dispute.

      I really wonder if anyone know what duel is about or what a duel actually is.

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      1. Agree to disagree I guess ๐Ÿ™‚ As for not issuing a challenge, we don’t know that. It cut directly to Freya’s POV so Xelsa might very well have issued a challenge.

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      2. The complete scene is not here, how and why he refused doesn’t appear :p
        The militia is not there to kill everybody, its there to add pressure to the enemy, fighting in a defensive style(dont charge, advance slowly, focus on defense, the only crazy charger would be Freya XD, creating a bit of space for the militia to advance ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), taking two fronts is way harder than taking a single one ;), this would make it easier for the mercenaries to do their job. In my mind I calculate the damage as something like 90% mercenaries, 10%militia.

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    3. “The youth looked around him. All his guards and skeletons have been destroyed, but instead of running away from surrendering, Xelsa merely came before him and waited.

      [Does he want to challenge me to a duel?]”

      If you missed it. Merely comming before him and waiting is the challenge. Or the challenger has to wait for the enemy to come or something for the challenger to issue a challenge.

      You know how wrong that was? It is to the point of being ridiculous.

      I just can’t agree that this stupid thing is a duel. A duel is more than this joke.

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      1. This was not the duel, it was just the challenge for a duel ;p, the complete scene is not here ๐Ÿ˜‰ this is just the prologue of the battle that wont happen XD
        How and why he refused doesn’t seem to appear on this chapter, unless I missed something, so it should appear on the next one ^^

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    4. Yup yup! Dont hate Sue! Sue is cute! Cute is justice! XD
      I agree with you, their culture makes something like honor worthier than life, so such reaction is expected. Then again, personally, **** the honor, I prefer my life XD, get him guys!

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  9. I am honestly wondering if a militia can accept a knights duel? He is a commoner right now and if “logic” follows he should not be able to do that. The reason I think this is because of the game and reality mixing so there might be some sort of system that he has no access to.

    The other side of this coin is that he could use this opportunity to become a knight. Not sure how the upgrade in status works in this world but wouldn’t that be fun.

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  10. Why the heck would someone accept a duel when he has complete advantage over the enemy? XD
    That would be asking to be killed XD
    **** the duel! I want victory! XD
    Thanks for the translation!

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  11. Brendel got no time for trivial things, little girl. Just shut up before he puts you in your place (not even your daddy would be able to protect you then)

    Thanks for the chapter ๐Ÿ˜€

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  12. โ€œStand amongst the ashes of a trillion dead souls, and ask the ghosts if honor matters. The silence is your answer.โ€ –Javik mass effect 3

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  13. “He narrowed his eyes as he saw a -72 HP above the Black Warriorโ€™s head.

    [The damage done by the Thorn of Light is ridiculous. Although I must say, itโ€™s bizarre to look at the numbers appearing out of thin airโ€ฆ]”

    I’m like 70 chapters in and this is literally the first I’ve heard that there are damage numbers…

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