The Amber Sword – Volume 2 Chapter 34

TL: So there’s a WIP of that armor I was talking about back then when you click the read more button.

There’s also something about the TLing of my version to another language.

And the current update situation is still going to continue at a one chapter per week, because I’m going to be really busy with finishing my assignments.

 

 

Chapter 34 – The meeting with Marden again

TL: I saw there’s a request to TL my version of The Amber Sword to another language, and I need to respond properly to this and future requests.

I can’t really say yes to that.

The problem is that I have edited the original raws quite a bit. There are small events in my version that did not happen in the raws (the most recent example is the battle against Boss Ebdon, some stuff isn’t there at all.), and there are stuff that I cut out completely from the raws due to various reasons. I do believe that my edits to TAS’s events to be better but my version clearly strays from the original, and TLing my version to another language makes me feel uncomfortable.

That being said, I won’t stop you from using my TLed stuff to another language, just that I feel that you should take the raws rather than use my version to respect the author as much as possible.

 

 

WIP

 

The fluffy tail is still missing, and I still need to edit various spots, but what do you think of it guys? ~_~

 

 

 
The gazes from the soldiers made Brendel to be on his guard a little, but he believed that the superiors in the White-Mane army were not incompetent and were unable to look at the big picture.

His plan had not changed.

He was not interested to enter Aouine’s decaying internal government, but the events of the refugee’s rescue would not be to be kept under covers. Since that was the case, he planned ahead to allow the experienced mercenaries who sought after freedom, glory and wealth to stand out.

It was far more easier to make people believe that a group of well trained mercenaries led the refugees out successfully than a single person doing so.

The loss of Fortress Riedon was like a bomb that could explode anytime. No matter how much the White-Mane cavalry army stood out in the battles against Madara, they were unlikely to escape the blame of losing the fortress. If he was to stand out alone in this particular aftermath, he would most certainly satisfy his pride, but the nobles would be even more pleased to use him as a political example.

Therefore his plan was to make sure there were as many people in this ‘legendary tale’ as possible, so that he could ensure that he was buried under everyone else who stood out.

He was certain that the nobles would act upon his plan, and whatever came next would be their own doing; To find scapegoats to cast all the blame of losing Fortress Riedon to them, and to make sure that they exaggerate the series of events in order to regain their dignity.

He wanted to have nothing to do with them and whatever tale they wanted to weave, but at this moment he was still unable to escape right now.

The only advantage he got out of this was the fame of his mercenary’s group ‘The Amber Sword’ becoming bigger.

The crowd had their interest sated after a while, and the citizens outside the Silver Winged Cavalry headquarters quickly dispersed, while Little Fenix and the other boys stayed behind.

Brendel was able to meet old Marden very quickly after that. The aged captain of the guards looked like there were more wrinkles on his face since their previous meeting. He was moving about constantly with a worried look while looking at some documents. Brendel was certain that Marden was worried because of the situation amongst the nobles.

Within Bruglas, Earl Nakkin’s fight against the military nobles had most likely reached its peak, and only someone carefree like Little Fenix would have the mood to pursue stories in the city.

Brendel walked over to Marden and greeted him.

Marden raised his eyebrows when he saw him, recalling memories of the fearless young man who volunteered to warn Fortress Riedon. Even though he heard the news that Freya and Brendel were fine, he was relieved to see them fine in person, and secretly thanked Mother Marsha for her protection.

Then his gaze moved to Freya, and she immediately placed her hand over her chest and bowed. “Captain Marden, I’m back.”

Marden nodded and showed a relieved smile. “Good. It’s good to have you back.”

But after he finished his sentence, his mind immediately went back to the situation about the nobles. The citizens of Bucce were still homeless while the nobles fought for power. Even though he was not from Bucce, he was upset over the situation.

Freya’s eyes turned red when she saw Captain Marden looking like he had aged ten years, and she thought about her family dying in Madara’s hands.

Little Romaine kept winking at Brendel and he sighed.

[Why is this damned lass so sharp during such moments….and yet when I start to pay attention to her, she’s completely clueless and doing some weird stuff?]

He patted Freya’s back to comfort her and said.

“Captain Marden. It might be rude to say this, but there’s really no need for any of you to think too much about the affairs amongst the nobbles. We only need to sit quietly and wait for their final decisions since we will not be able to influence any of their decisions in the slightest.”

Marden was taken aback as he did not expect Brendel to see through his worries immediately.

He had managed to survive through the November War, but he was completely unsuited to take part in the war taking place in the shadows. He was already exhausted from the reports these past few days, and sometimes he was even envious of that brat Fenix who did not even bother to put anything in his brain.

Brendel had been through this ‘history’ and he understood that someone of Marden’s position would not be able to affect the outcome, so there was really nothing to do other than to await for the nobles’ final decisions.

[Even though this sounds terribly bleak, it’s the truth after all.]

He merely wanted to tell Marden what he thought, but Marden looked suspiciously at him and asked: “Young man, who exactly are you? You sound like you have a clear picture of what the nobles are thinking of, but even if I’m not one who’s good at reading all these political affairs, it’s strange that you are able to know more than me.”

Freya secretly confirmed her thoughts with from Marden’s words.

[Since Brendel is able to know more than Captain Marden in this aspect, his identity is basically confirmed…]

She told Marden that Brendel was a Highland Knight, and Marden looked like he finally understood something.

“So you’re a noble, and a Highland Knight at that.” Marden stared at Brendel in surprise. “I had the chance to fight along side with a Highland Knight. Even though people said they are uncontrollable, but they certainly can be considered as heroes with unquestionable character. It looks like their descendants are just as amazing. At least you are proof of that, Brendel.”

“…………….. You give me too much praise Captain Marden.”

“Not at all. When you said you wanted to go through the Zevail mountain path to deliver the warning, I merely thought that you were a reckless boy who was not afraid of death. I did not support your decision at that time, and I thought it was a mistake to send Freya to go along with you and Romaine. But you proved me wrong. Young man, true bravery is not the same as foolhardy actions, and your performance is the very definition of true bravery. Certainly, your actions can even be described as heroic.”

He patted both Brendel and Freya’s shoulders: “Both of you are excellent and great examples of what Aouine youths should be like.”

Freya was silent and merely looked at Brendel.

[There would be hardly anyone left if Brendel was not there to lead everyone. All the credit should go to him, but no one knows about it at all….]

Brendel merely kept to himself.

The two of them then finally reunited with Bucce’s militia. Erik, Iris and Mackey congratulated both of them in the same order. Mackey even managed to bring a small barrel of wine to celebrate everyone’s survival after the terrible ordeal. The other members patted their backs without saying anything else, but their feelings were definitely shown through their actions.

What surprised Brendel was the encounter with Bretton who appeared together with his father. His expression was solemn and dark, but he gave a slight nod to Brendel as they walked past each other.

[That’s interesting… he didn’t try to pick a fight with me.]

Some time after that, Mackey informed him that Bretton was severely depressed over the guilt of losing his companions and blamed himself for the past month, and only became a little better until recently. Brendel again fell into silence for a moment upon listening, secretly impressed with Bretton’s character.

When their reunion party was approaching its end, a group of young Silver Winged cavalry soldiers even came in to their room to join the party. Brendel exchanged glances with Batum when they saw them.

[It seems that my plan to distribute the glory amongst the mercenaries also helped out by winning some people over. If all the glory went to me alone, something like this wouldn’t happen at all as I would appear to be someone out of reach.]

Once the celebration was over, Marden came to him in private to inquire on the matters about the nobles. Brendel made Freya stay behind and said:

“Captain Marden, the truth is the situation has already been decided. The representatives of the White-Mane Army will make contact with us very soon and tell us of their decisions. But there’s no need to worry about this. Whatever decisions they made has nothing to do with us, and the only thing we need to do is to simply accept whatever rewards they want to give.”

“Can you explain?” Marden asked.

“The situation is basically like this. They need people to be heroes, someone like you or Freya who performed admirably. They want people from the guards or the militia so that the citizens are able to link them to the regional forces. Since you led the Bucce’s villagers to safety successfully, and you represent the formal army of Aouine, your glory can be considered to be part of the nobles as well.”

Brendel rubbed his forehead.

“But a group of mercenaries leading two thousand refugees out from Madara’s army that is comprised of tens of thousands of undead? That’s a problem for the White-Mane army. If they handle this situation badly, they would become a laughing stock. Since the rumors have already spread throughout the southern region of Grinoires, they have no choice but to admit this event took place. Their main concern is how to handle this delicate situation.”

“I see, we’re actually a guise for the real people who are going to receive the rewards?” Batum suddenly said.

Brendel nodded: “The nobles have their eyes on Freya because she was part of the army that led Fortress Riedon’s refugees out.”

“Me?” Freya was engrossed in the discussion, but she suddenly woke up once she heard her name: “Brendel, I —“

“Freya, listen to what I have to say first.” Brendel interrupted her. She paused for a moment before nodding.

Marden was quiet after listening to Brendel’s analysis. He found it difficult to accept that the nobles looked at this war like the only thing that mattered was their appearance in the public, instead of finding a solution to the undead blight.

[What exactly are we fighting for…?]

Brendel continued: “The Silver Winged cavalry have their own principals. They dislike to work with the mercenaries because they think that they are full of greed, and to fight in a war just for money was not something they can accept.”

Batum scoffed and his face was full of displeasure.

Brendel looked at him and smiled: “However, when times demand for it, they would still send someone privately to contact them—“

“Hypocrites.” Batum’s beard seemed to bristle.

“You can describe them that way, or you can say that their vanity is the reason for their attitude.”

“But are these nobles not short-sighted to think this way?” Marden still found it hard to believe that the high nobles would be so shallow.

“Short-sighted?” Brendel shook his head.

[The nobles are no fools and certainly not short-sighted. If anything they understand the soldiers in the army better than they understood themselves. No, these nobles are brilliant, but the greed and vanity that they have are the reasons why they chose to do things in this manner.

If they have power and the army behind them, these nobles would be able to become independent and disregard the royal crown. Even if Madara invaded their territory, they would be fine with it because Madara will retreat at some point. And in the case where something was to go horribly wrong, their collected wealth would allow them to settle in another country in the continent without any problems at all.

The only people who are going to suffer is the lowest denominator. If that’s the case, why would the nobles care other than vying for more power?]

Brendel continued: “No, they don’t care because they know that Madara is going to retreat soon. What is important is how they appear in the public. And when Madara’s undead retreat, they would want to choose someone from the militia to be decorated as a hero. When the citizens look at that hero, they would immediately think of Aouine’s formal army instead of the mercenaries.”

“But, isn’t Gaspard a better choice? He’s the captain in charge of Fortress Riedon’s public security, isn’t he a better choice?” Freya restrained herself from talking about Taron. (TL: Taron is from the Fortress Riedon’s white mane army.)

Brendel shook his head. “No, that’s the worst choice for the superiors of the White-Mane Army. The cavalry in Fortress Riedon belongs to the nobles, a private army created to curb the power of the White-Mane Army’s infantry. Do you really think that the military nobles of the White Mane Army is going to allow this to happen?”

Everyone realized that Freya seemed like the best choice after Brendel explained to them, and even Freya found herself unable to argue with Brendel.

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31 thoughts on “The Amber Sword – Volume 2 Chapter 34

  1. thanks for the chapter!

    pls, when you have time explain what part did you cut and why, also what did you add, because since you said so, is weird reading, I dont know if I reading the history or some part you put in.

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    1. tl;dr, don’t worry, you’re not missing out on any plot, and I didn’t add any random bits of plot that I somehow came up with.

      Example 1: During the Ebdon fight, I added additional details during the fight scene by adding in how Brendel deflected Ebdon’s attacks by using XXX part of the sword (I basically went to wikipedia and looked at the construction of a medieval sword) and made it more descriptive. Stuff in the politics, I added more clarity to the overall direction so that it wouldn’t confuse the audience.

      Example 2: I removed lots of 忍不住 (can’t help but XXX) and other padding words (this is a common thing in any CN series. They get paid with any chapter with over 3000 words, so they tend to pad the chapter with pointless words, and even TAS doesn’t escape that.).

      Example 3: The absolute biggest change is how I handled the author’s 4th wall narration. This particular [Enter XXX character thoughts] has never appeared in the raws. The author would simply just plop down his 4th wall character narration without any [ ] whatsoever, and I honestly believe that it would be more immersive that I take away his 4th wall narration and limit it to characters instead..

      This [ ] is something that I came up with, and it literally changed the writing style of how the raws work, so I’m not keen to have someone use my method instead of the author’s.

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      1. well thanks for “improvements” good sire ;=) i hate useless banter of authors the most in this type of novel so thank u very much

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      2. Thank you!

        You might end up getting some criticism for it, but I think editing the fourth wall stuff to make it look like the inner thoughts of one of the actual characters is a major improvement.

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      3. so that is how it is! thanks for your hard work! Truth be told, I hate those padding words the most! I was afraid you was letting out some possible lewd scence or just adding here and there some randon ideia.

        I relivied cause TAS is one of my favorites novel.

        Keep up the hard work and bring us more releases! *-*

        hope all go well with yours assignments, so you can bring out more TAS!

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  2. Omg thank you for this…it leaves us craving! Haha but amazing how Brendel is doing well and I want to see his new OP land and Freya growth.
    Honestly Romaine is being a pain in the butt ^.^ so dense to not notice Freya eyes

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  3. Thanks for the chapter~ ^^.
    And yes, good luck with the assignments..! For us too, lol.

    — Thanks again for the chapter~ ^^.

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  4. Thanks for the chapter! Interesting politics…from thier side.

    Hmmm… there is that character design of that cat eared guy. Here are my thoughts:

    ‣The pose is rather uncomfortable. The feet are pointing in almost opposite directions, like hands is spread out flat. He is like he is pushed flat against a wall or something.

    ‣The head might just be too small for its body.

    ‣The sword is not gripped properly. It looks like it is about to drop, or he is letting it go.

    ‣The sword is of bad quality. It seems like a single hit and it would break. It has big chips (three of them) that anyone seing it would reject this sword.

    ‣A shiny metal grip? I never really seen a grip like this.

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  5. Thanks for the chapter!

    maybe me being picky, but the right forearm looks as though its in the supine position (imagine palms facing up), however, the hand is making a fist sideway which is possible… but it’ll mean intentionally rotating the arm to show the cubital fossa (opposite side of elbow), and then pronating the forearm (twisting forearm to show back of hand- in your image, and in reality, its only possible to pronate enough to show side of hand, so at least its anatomically correct! Its jsut a forced position.
    Althhough if we look at your left arm, it clearly shows the gap in the arm braces is along the side and not the under side of the forearm…

    The axilla (armpits) seem to be placed quite low, particularly on the right.

    Maybe due to the difference in colouration of the palm and the back of the left glove, looks like the sword is being supported poorly (along with the angulation of the sword- looks like it’ll rotate and tip of sword will hit floor)

    Legs/feet looks like its positioned awkwardly (have to force it into that position and not particularly stable to stand like that), perhaps best way to fix this is to rotate the left foot medially (so its pointing towards us/ out of the screen), or rotate the right foot medially

    While not anatomically impossible either, the head looks a little small, but that is techincially possible in reality, so up to you 🙂

    can’t make any notes on the armour itself though, except for maybe the sword sheath, from the belt (on which i’m assuming the sheath is attached to). I don’t think tis physically possible for that large sheath to attach there without ratating and the tip dragging along the flooe. Maybe place it on his back instead? haha… Med student here so only focus on anatomy so sorry if i’m too critical!

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    1. No problem lol… It’s just I’m trying to cheat by not drawing foreshortened limbs. It’s really difficult to draw them in angles with so little time, so I have no choice but to cut corners.

      It’s interesting to find that people find his head small, and not because he’s supposedly tall (I drew him taller because he’s supposed to be that way.)

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    1. Which is why I said I don’t want someone else using my TLed version, because that would be 2 steps away from the original author’s work.

      On the other hand, being morally right doesn’t mean that the story is going to written well. If the world goes by your logic of ‘raw material should not be edited’, then the editors who edit the authors’ works would be out of a job. If you decide that a polished TAS isn’t a good idea, I can only point you to the original raws and read it as it is.

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  6. Thanks for your hard work Wolfie! Glad you took out all the terrible writing in the raws such as the repeating words.

    Honestly I skip so much paragraphs in other CN novels. Amber Sword is the only one I don’t skip at all!

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  7. I think metal material, and face are the strong points. The design is nice and balanced beween different material. I’d like less saturated gloves personally, something grey instead od red. And insted of going with folded boots and metal kneecaps i think id scrap the folds and add more metal pieces to the boots, they sudden clothy folds are little conspicous. The design as a whole is really nice

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    1. Gaspard is not Taron (I can’t remember who he is exactly and why his identity will cause trouble to Brendel.), if that’s what you mean. She can’t talk about Taron in public because of his identity.

      As for insecure issues, heavens -_-, it sounds like I need to purchase some SSL certificate or something. Not sure how I can raise money for that since I plopped down much money for the site already. I’ll switch to disqus soon and see if it helps.

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