The Amber Sword – Volume 2 Chapter 32

TL: Next week’s update kind of depends on how many assignments I’m left with. I seem to be just barely ahead my schedule, but I’m almost certain my group project is about to come up next week. If this particular assignment does come up, I might have to stop TLing for a while, even there any sponsored chapters, so that I don’t drag my classmates down because I didn’t devote enough time. I’ll inform you guys again on Tuesday.

 


Chapter 32 – Scholar

The first thing that Brendel saw when he entered Tulman’s house were manuscripts strewn all over the incredibly polished pine floor. When he turned to the left, he saw a thick book placed on a pedestal. The technology in this world was not advanced, and the papers that were made are considerably thick. They had to use leather skin with binding to lock it in place, thus making it bulky and cumbersome when transporting the books, and they easily spoiled too.

Even though the kingdom had a library as well as a royal academy, they were typically reserved for merchants, and ranked nobles’ descendants. Most of the time, the commoners would rather send their children to various workshops and work as an apprentice.

Brendel walked up to the book and checked the contents quickly.

[Ancient languages. Tulman is actually studying them. Judging from his notes, he looks like he’s studying the variants of the old Highland language used in Kirrlutz. Based on his notes, he seemed to have made a certain amount of progress. If I pass these notes to Batum or Freya, they will most likely treat them as scrap paper.]

Tulman finally stopped flipping through the books inside his house and went up to him.

“Young man, where did you discover this language?” Tulman finally found a obscure variant language that resembled Brendel’s pronunciation from his related documents.

Tulman discovered that there were five ancient Kirrlutz tribes, and the weakest group amongst them was called Deronhi. Their language appeared to be greatly similar to the Blue Poem’s word and the Kirrlutz’s ancestors might have truly recorded down history.

Tulman have always suspected that the Kirrlutz’s current citizens were not true descendants, but was unable to deny that the King of Flames, Gatel, had traits of the ancient Kirrlutz’s race.

Brendel grinned but he did not answer.

Tulman pushed his spectacles up and he carried a huge book from the inner room and walked out. He sat down on a chair near the window and faced Brendel. He looked at the four of them, before opening the shelf next to the chair and took out a smoking pipe from the second drawer. He tapped the pipe on the table, and flames immediately lit the leaves in it, causing the smoke to rise up. (TL: I nearly wrote weed, lol.)

He put the pipe in his mouth and took a deep breath, puffed out smoke from his nostrils and said: “It seems like you have something that you want, young man. State your request then. I must say you have succeeded in making these old bones interested.”

He then placed the pipe onto an ash tray, and said with smoke coming out from his lips: “But you have not won yet. Boy, even though I am already old, I have not gone senile yet. What exactly do you want to get from me if you only have a single word? You had better bring something that is of use.”

The old man’s words finally made Batum and Freya realize that Brendel was trying to make a transaction, but they did not know what exactly he wanted to do.

Romaine was fond of Brendel’s calm attitude. Even though it sounded like the old man was being stubborn, he was already admitting defeat.

“I’m a Highland knight. I require someone to invite me to the Scholar’s Circle, and my squire’s mentor told me come here as well as what I should do. This is how it really is, Ser Tulman.” Brendel decided to squeeze everything he could from the fake identity. If one was to look at it from a certain point of view, he was not lying.

In the rules of the Highland, the wizard apprentice’s mentor had the responsibilities of teaching the knight as well. Brendel believed that Tulman knew many of the wizards in the Black Tower, and would not reveal himself as a fake Highland Knight.

Tulman placed one arm on the armrest as he inhaled from the pipe again and sank into deep thought. He was thinking of which one of his old acquaintances sent this troublesome man to him. Even though he was not a powerful wizard, he was a great scholar and well known alchemist, high famed amongst the wizards. His friends and enemies were all over Vaunte, and he had difficulty guessing who it was that played a joke on him.

But in the end, he thought that recommending a newcomer to the Scholar’s Circle was not a big issue, and looking at Brendel’s performance, he would not cause him to lose any face.

So Tulman grabbed a parchment and placed it on the table, picked up a quill nearby and wrote something on it. Then he rolled it up and placed it into an envelop, dripped wax on it and stamped his seal onto it.

He raised his head up.

“I’ll recommend you to Earl Panos to learn from him for a while and you will know how we do things. He might be an old-fashioned person, but he’s a very good teacher, what do you think?”

“Perfect.” Brendel answered.

[So much negotiation and so much of my performance, just to save a few hundred Tor for registration in that place? I can’t take this lying down!]

He decided to try and put more work into it. He walked up and grabbed the letter with his fingers.

“Ser Tulman, about that word, the humble me has also studied the Kirrlutz’s ancient languages as well. I have discovered something interesting. The natives who are still living in the Baltha Highland seem to keep to their old ways, and there are a few wizards amongst them who still hold on to single words passed down from the ancient times, keeping the ancient Kirrlutz’s language alive—“

Brendel said with half-truths mixed into it. It was true that the people there could trace their lineage to the old Kirrlutz’s citizens, and the clues to a ‘Nature Slate’ started out from there, but the first Nature Slate was somewhere else.

The slates were of no practical use to Brendel, and he did not want to plunge the world into a chaotic war.

Tulman’s eyes lit up, as the leaves burned and dimmed.

“You’re studying the Kirrlutz’s ancient languages?” He looked suspiciously at the youth. “Tell me of your views.”

“I believe that Ser Tulman has already discovered that the ancient languages incorporates magic into it. All their words are linked to the origin of magic, but the Era of Chaos was the moment where things split. After that moment, the magic in their words started to weaken…..” Brendel thought for a while before taking some random lore that he had seen from the forums.

Tulman nodded and he acknowledged it with his eyes.

“The cause of effect is probably from long wars.” Brendel continued.

“Long wars, interesting,” The old man took a ring from the drawer and passed it to Brendel. “You can go to Earl Panos’s private library collection and take a look there. If you have any new ideas, then come back to me with this ring.”

[Oh? It’s working. Looks like a quest to me. I’m not sure if anyone made it to this point, but it sounds like it’s going to be quite difficult. Still, it’s a start.]

Brendel was delighted.

[He’s probably planning to set off to the Baltha Highland to research the lore there and come back here, but I wonder if he is going to get anything out of it.]

He took the ring and letter, and there were elegant green words hovering in his vision:

{Do you accept the sub-profession ‘Scholar’?}

Brendel immediately accepted it. A new sub-profession bar appeared in his stats window.

Scholar

Level 0, 0/6
Level 1 History Knowledge

In the game, a sub-profession is different from a main profession. Sub-professions did not introduce new techniques or stats, but allowed users to gain unique abilities. It was something akin to having ‘Status’.

For example, when a user reached level 5 and above, it allowed a user to acquire a ‘Skilled’ title before the sub-profession class, and in Brendel’s case, he would be a ‘Skilled Scholar’. There would not be any XP penalty interference from having too many main classes as well, unless he got more than three ‘Skilled’ sub profession titles. At the same time, being a Scholar provided many more TP points than other main classes, and therefore it was recognized as a ‘must have profession’ in the game.

Once Brendel took on the class, he immediately put in 220 XP to raise it up to level 5, and received 250 TP from it. Raising it beyond level 5 required the sub-skill ‘Nobles’ Knowledge’ or ‘Sigils’ Knowledge’, so Brendel could only leave it aside.

He looked like he was slightly lost in thought when he finished setting up his class, but he raised his head once he was done.

“Ser Tulman, you have already met my friend Romaine. She and her aunt were separated when Madara attacked, and we’re looking for her aunt. Have you seen her?”

Tulman pushed back his glasses again as took another puff.

“Young man, I only know her aunt as an acquaintance. We have not met in over ten years, I think. When I first saw that lass, she was just as old as this girl in front of me. To tell the truth, I did not know that she actually lived nearby here–“

He quickly waved his hands when he saw Brendel’s lips move: “There’s no need to ask about it. Our types have their own secrets. If she didn’t tell you, I won’t say anymore. Alright, our discussion should be coming to a close. Your goal has been met, and when you think that you have enough knowledge about this road, you can come and find me again.”

Brendel took a look at Romaine. She smiled sweetly at him: “It’s fine, Brendel. My aunt is really amazing.”

His heart skipped a beat when he saw her smile.

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45 thoughts on “The Amber Sword – Volume 2 Chapter 32

    1. To be fair, Romaine did move around a lot since she was following Brendel around. She could also have had her hands tied up with some other problem.

      Plus, if you think about it, Romaine was in many dangerous situations, but she was never in danger. She was never attacked and she never got hurt. Plus, we know that there are divinations. Maybe her aunt KNEW she would get away safely?

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      1. Well, that if brandel became Sophie. So what happen in the original plot of when brandel die. I think romaine is her aunt if u know what I mean. Latos is definitely that old noble spy. But then what of sue?? When one think get figure out another question Pop up

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      2. I doubt it @foblivions

        I think that maybe her aunt was watching and was ready to save her, but then Brendel showed up and she just let him handle it, maybe? She might have found him to be odd and decided to observe.
        Like I said, Romaine was never in any actual danger and never even got hurt through out the entire journey.

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        1. True, true I can see your scenario too. Yes very possible. But too bad Romaine turn out too be more of a merchant than a witch. She while make a great team member in the fight. A warrior, a Templar, and a witch with some apprentice wizard

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      3. Wait Letos is a spy?
        And your right Romaine is really strange. Though she’s annoying as hell when talking about being a merchant. There’s a lot of strange things about her…maybe because she has the blood of a powerful witch?

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      4. @animelover, from just getting caught up and everything, the situation where Leto is the real Count Oberbeck(however it’s spelled) does make sense, cause most of the story Oberbeck is telling the Princess seems to only be when Leto was in the group with all of them, and Leto seemed to try his best to be near Brendel/Freya as much as possible to learn more about Brendel and possibly protect Freya since she’s the daughter of someone important.

        i do agree that there is something about Romaine though, either Jennie has been watching her this whole time and sorta guiding spells at her to keep her safe, or she’s been blessed with incredible luck and intuition.

        as for Sue, i don’t think there’s too much to her yet so i wouldn’t know if she has any secrets, she’s only appeared like once while named specifically since they left the fortress town

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      5. That’s a good observation! To think Letos is the spy but why is he choosing to stay close to Brendel in the end? What can he gain by doing that.. I do consider him an ally though but he underestimates Brendel way to much so I hope Brendel gets Exp grinding soon

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    1. That’s nothing surprising. Old Brendel cares a lot about Romaine, though I honestly like Freya waaaay better. Romaine has he secrets, but we’ve seen Freya grow up quite a lot. Even if she acts all tsun, I can’t help but root for her, though Brendel doesn’t seem too interested in best girl.

      Damn it, it’s TDG all over again!
      Why you do this CN authors!?

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      1. >This update was 3 days ago.

        Huh… I don’t get an email for this… I wouldn’t have read this of I didn’t reread everything from Jailbreaking again…

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  1. Yeah the Aunt sorta posses me off even though she hasn’t shown up lol…
    But I feel that the Author tries to hard trying to make Romane more likable ^.^
    I’m sorry but Freya already has her won the heroine spotlight lol

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  2. Some correction suggestions:

    1.) [is it one language he studies or several?]

    Ancient language. Tulman is actually studying them.

    [if plural]

    => Ancient languages. Tulman is actually studying them.

    [if singular]

    => Ancient language. Tulman is actually studying it.

    2.) [missing pronoun ‘them’]

    If I pass these notes to Batum or Freya, they will most likely treat as scrap paper.

    => treat them as scrap paper

    3.) [missing pronoun ‘through’ – unless i misunderstand and he’s tossing the book and not reading in them]

    Tulman finally stopped flipping the books inside his house and went up to him.

    => flipping through the books

    [or alternatively]

    => leafing through the books

    4.) [the second ‘from’ is obviously an error, and should be replaced by some noun though unfortunately i can’ t guess which from context ]

    Tulman pushed his spectacles up and he carried a huge book from the inner from and walked out.

    => he carried a huge book from the inner _____ and walked out

    5.) [should be ‘could’ and ‘of’ not ‘from’]

    Brendel decided to squeeze everything out from the fake identity.

    => squeeze everything he could out of the fake identity

    6.) [not wrong per se, but either ‘wasn’t lying’, or, past tense, ‘hadn’t lied’ would read more “natural” here (to me)]

    If one was to look at it from a certain point of view, he did not lie.

    => he wasn’t lying

    [or alternatively]

    => he hadn’t lied

    7.) [the structure of the sentence leaves the subject of the subsentence slightly ambiguous. i would add a ‘he’ to emphasize that it’s Brendel and not Tulman. also ‘divulge himself’ is a somewhat exotic and awkward construction to use here. i’d go with the more commonly used ‘reveal himself’ or ‘give himself away’. of course YMMV]

    Brendel believed that Tulman knew many of the wizards in the Black Tower, and would not divulge himself as a fake Highland Knight.

    => and he would not reveal himself as a fake Highland Knight.

    [or alternatively]

    => and he would not give himself away as a fake Highland Knight.

    8.) [you can _be_ famed, but you can’t _wield_ fame. ]

    Even though he was not a powerful wizard, he was a great scholar and well known alchemist, wielding high fame amongst the wizards.

    => wielding great influence amongst the wizards.

    [or alternatively]

    => commanding great respect amongst the wizards.

    [or alternatively]

    => highly famed amongst the wizards.

    [or alternatively]

    = > of high repute amongst the wizards.

    9.) [‘who it was’ not ‘who was it’. also ‘was playing’ not ‘played’ since the assumed prank is still in progress]

    His friends and enemies were all over Vaunte, and he had difficulty guessing who was it that played a joke on him.

    => who it was that was playing a joke on him.

    10.) [missing a ‘be’, and it should be ‘an’ not ‘a’]

    He might a old-fashioned person, but he’s a very good teacher, what do you think?”

    => He might be an oldfashioned person

    11.) [should be ‘has’ not ‘have’]

    “Ser Tulman, about that word, the humble me have also studied the Kirrlutz’s ancient language as well.

    => has also studied

    12. [the construct ‘have direct lineage from’ reads a bit weirdly (to me). a more “natural” phrasing might be ‘were direct descendants of’ or ‘could trace their lineage directly to’ ]

    It was true that the people there have direct lineage from the old Kirrlutz’s citizens,

    => the people there were direct descendants of the old Kirrlutz’s citizens,

    [or alternatively]

    => the people there could trace their lineage directly to the old Kirrlutz’s citizens,

    13.) [‘plunge’ or throw’ would be better in this context than ‘bring’]

    The slates were of no practical use to Brendel, and he did not want to bring the world into a chaotic war.

    => and he did not want to plunge the world into a chaotic war.

    [or alternatively]

    => and he did not want to throw the world into a chaotic war.

    14.) [should be ‘has’ not ‘have’]

    I believe that Ser Tulman have already discovered that the ancient language incorporates magic into it.

    => Ser Tulman has already discovered

    15.) [should be ‘had seen’ or ‘had read’, maybe ‘had learned’]

    Brendel thought for a while before taking some random lore that he saw from the forums.

    => before taking some random lore that he’d seen from the forums.

    [or alternatively]

    => before taking some random lore that he’d read from the forums.

    16.) [huh? _another_ ring??? unless i’m mistaken the only item he’d pulled from the drawer so far was his pipe. Should be either ‘another thing’ or ‘a ring’]
    The old man took another ring from the drawer and passed it to Brendel.

    =>The old man took a ring from the drawer

    [or alternatively]

    => The old man took another thing from the drawer

    17.) [might be missing the word ‘point’ ]

    I’m not sure if anyone made it to this,

    => I’m not sure if anyone made it to this point,

    18.) [other main classes? i thought scholar was a sub-class. also, probably, missing the word ‘being’]

    At the same time, a Scholar provided many more TP points than other main classes,

    => being a Scholar provided many more TP points

    19.) [‘for’ should be ‘in’]

    We have not met for over ten years, I think.

    => We have not met in over ten years

    20.) [missing verb (probably). saw Brendel’s lips do what? move? open?]

    He quickly waved his hands when he saw Brendel’s lips:

    => He quickly waved his hands when he saw Brendel’s lips ____ :

    21.) [i thought Romain’s aunt was a witch? or is he talking about himself?]

    Every wizard has their own secrets.

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  3. Sorry if this ends a double (triple?) post, my browser and/or computer seem to be having ‘issues’ today for some inexplicable reason.

    Some correction suggestions:

    1.) [is it one language he studies or several?]
    Ancient language. Tulman is actually studying them.

    [if plural]
    => Ancient languages. Tulman is actually studying them.
    [if singular]
    => Ancient language. Tulman is actually studying it.

    2.) [missing pronoun ‘them’]
    If I pass these notes to Batum or Freya, they will most likely treat as scrap paper.
    => treat them as scrap paper

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  4. more correction suggestions:

    3.) [missing pronoun ‘through’ – unless i misunderstand and he’s tossing the book and not reading in them]
    Tulman finally stopped flipping the books inside his house and went up to him.

    => flipping through the books
    [or alternatively]
    => leafing through the books

    4.) [the second ‘from’ is obviously an error, and should be replaced by some noun though unfortunately i can’ t guess which from context ]
    Tulman pushed his spectacles up and he carried a huge book from the inner from and walked out.

    => he carried a huge book from the inner _____ and walked out

    5.) [should be ‘could’ and ‘of’ not ‘from’]
    Brendel decided to squeeze everything out from the fake identity.
    => squeeze everything he could out of the fake identity

    6.) [not wrong per se, but either ‘wasn’t lying’, or, past tense, ‘hadn’t lied’ would read more “natural” here (to me)]
    If one was to look at it from a certain point of view, he did not lie.

    => he wasn’t lying
    [or alternatively]
    => he hadn’t lied

    7.) [the structure of the sentence leaves the subject of the subsentence slightly ambiguous. i would add a ‘he’ to emphasize that it’s Brendel and not Tulman.
    also ‘divulge himself’ is a somewhat exotic and awkward construction to use here. i’d go with the more commonly used ‘reveal himself’ or ‘give himself away’. of course YMMV]
    Brendel believed that Tulman knew many of the wizards in the Black Tower, and would not divulge himself as a fake Highland Knight.

    => and he would not reveal himself as a fake Highland Knight.
    [or alternatively]
    => and he would not give himself away as a fake Highland Knight.

    8.) [you can _be_ famed, but you can’t _wield_ fame. ]
    Even though he was not a powerful wizard, he was a great scholar and well known alchemist, wielding high fame amongst the wizards.

    => wielding great influence amongst the wizards.
    [or alternatively]
    => commanding great respect amongst the wizards.
    [or alternatively]
    => highly famed amongst the wizards.
    [or alternatively]
    = > of high repute amongst the wizards.

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  5. Still more suggestions:

    9.) [‘who it was’ not ‘who was it’. also ‘was playing’ not ‘played’ since the assumed prank is still in progress]
    His friends and enemies were all over Vaunte, and he had difficulty guessing who was it that played a joke on him.

    => who it was that was playing a joke on him.

    10.) [missing a ‘be’, and it should be ‘an’ not ‘a’]
    He might a old-fashioned person, but he’s a very good teacher, what do you think?”

    => He might be an oldfashioned person

    11.) [should be ‘has’ not ‘have’]
    “Ser Tulman, about that word, the humble me have also studied the Kirrlutz’s ancient language as well.

    => has also studied

    12. [the construct ‘have direct lineage from’ reads a bit weirdly (to me). a more “natural” phrasing might be ‘were direct descendants of’ or ‘could trace their lineage directly to’ ]
    It was true that the people there have direct lineage from the old Kirrlutz’s citizens,

    => the people there were direct descendants of the old Kirrlutz’s citizens,
    [or alternatively]
    => the people there could trace their lineage directly to the old Kirrlutz’s citizens,

    13.) [‘plunge’ or throw’ would be better in this context than ‘bring’]
    The slates were of no practical use to Brendel, and he did not want to bring the world into a chaotic war.

    => and he did not want to plunge the world into a chaotic war.
    [or alternatively]
    => and he did not want to throw the world into a chaotic war.

    14.) [should be ‘has’ not ‘have’]
    “I believe that Ser Tulman have already discovered that the ancient language incorporates magic into it.

    => Ser Tulman has already discovered

    15.) [should be ‘had seen’ or ‘had read’, maybe ‘had learned’]
    Brendel thought for a while before taking some random lore that he saw from the forums.

    => before taking some random lore that he’d seen from the forums.
    [or alternatively]
    => before taking some random lore that he’d read from the forums.

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  6. 17.) [might be missing the word ‘point’ ]
    I’m not sure if anyone made it to this,

    => I’m not sure if anyone made it to this point,

    18.) [other main classes? i thought scholar was a sub-class. also, probably, missing the word ‘being’]
    At the same time, a Scholar provided many more TP points than other main classes,

    => being a Scholar provided many more TP points

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  7. 19.) [‘for’ should be ‘in’]
    We have not met for over ten years, I think.

    => We have not met in over ten years

    20.) [missing verb (probably). saw Brendel’s lips do what? move? open?]
    He quickly waved his hands when he saw Brendel’s lips:

    => He quickly waved his hands when he saw Brendel’s lips ____ :

    21.) [i thought Romain’s aunt was a witch? or is he talking about himself]
    Every wizard has their own secrets.

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  8. 16.) [huh? another ring? unless i’m mistaken the only item he’d pulled from the drawer so far was his pipe. Should be either ‘another thing’ or ‘a ring’]
    The old man took another ring from the drawer and passed it to Brendel.

    =>The old man took a ring from the drawer
    [or alternatively]
    => The old man took another thing from the drawer

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  9. 16.) [huh? another ring? unless i’m mistaken the only item he’d pulled from the drawer so far was his pipe. Should be either ‘another thing’ or ‘a ring’]
    The old man took another ring from the drawer and passed it to Brendel.

    => The old man took a ring from the drawer
    [or alternatively]
    => The old man took another thing from the drawer

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  10. Just one more (i promise) that got lost in the shuffle (and my computer woes):

    The old man took another ring from the drawer and passed it to Brendel.

    – huh? another ring? unless i’m mistaken the only item Tulman had taken from that drrawer sofar was his pipe. It should be either ‘another thing’ or ‘a ring’

    => The old man took another thing from the drawer

    => The old man took a ring from the drawer

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    1. Cough. So that’s what happens if I don’t proof read (lol). The moment I finished translating the past few chapters, I went on straight to my art assignments without proofreading,.. >_< Thanks for all the help.

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