FILWTV 22nd Update


Akuyaku Reijou ni Koi wo Shite :

“Event : The Devil Stirs (First Half)”

 

「How did it come to this?」

It was too late for these words already. The events developed at a breakneck pace and Rion was currently escorting Ariel to an abandoned castle not far from the capital.

They were in the company of the Crown Prince Arnold, Lancelot, Charlotte and Maria. Each of them, including Ariel, had knights escorting them.

It was a lineup that Rion wouldn’t ever want to travel with. The truth is, he initially came to Vincent in order to recommend refusing the invitation.

The rumor said that the abandoned fortification was occupied by inhuman beings. The protagonist’s group came to investigate the actual place in order to find out the truth. This was the opening act for the impending attack of the Devil. A first game event from that chain.

Rion didn’t have sufficient knowledge of the setting to know that. However, since the Crown Prince, three members of marquess houses and the protagonist Maria were all participating, he knew this could be no ordinary matter. Furthermore, the whole thing was too unnatural.

There was no reason in existence that could excuse allowing this group to go to a possibly very dangerous place regardless of the number of knights escorting them.

This far too convenient situation was without a doubt, one of the events.

Rion failed to realize that with this being the case, having Vincent refuse will cause the plot to involve Ariel instead. Furthermore, the world’s intervention took the form of a direct invitation from the Crown Prince himself.

When Rion came to Ariel to talk about it, it was already too late. She would never refuse a personal invitation from Arnold. No matter how she felt about the idea, she would follow the will of her fiancé. That was Ariel’s way of doing things.

When he heard about the immediate reply, Rion fell onto his knees in despair. Ariel looked unmoved by that reaction and simply told him the schedule of their departure.

It was obvious that Rion would go too, there was no way he would let her travel to such a dangerous place on her own.

And that was what led to the current situation.

Two knights were leading the group with lit torches, both of them belonged to the royal guard. Behind them, the marching order was Arnold and Ariel followed by Lancelot and Maria and finally Charlotte. Other knights in the marquess’ employ were guarding the flanks.

Rion and other servants were furthest in the back following the nobles. From his position, it did indeed seem that the group was taking every precaution.

His feelings were rather complex. This was an event involving the protagonist. So even though it might be really dangerous, it should not be life-threatening for the crucial characters. Which, of course, included Ariel.

This conclusion cheered him up. But if that was the case, then it meant that the game’s plot was progressing unimpeded. Which meant his efforts had no impact so far. And that made him feel down. Rion, with his limited knowledge of the game setting, couldn’t know that this was not true at all.

To be honest, he was busying himself with profound thoughts in order to not have to look at people in front of him.

The Crown Prince chose to travel with Ariel beside him. Hearing that, everyone, including Rion, was surprised. They even seemed unaware of the fact that she joined the group at Arnold’s personal invitation. Rion couldn’t guess the goal behind the actions of the prince.

Although that put him on guard and he was constantly watching for anything untoward, currently there were no signs of ill intent. On the contrary, although his efforts were a bit awkward, Arnold was one way or another trying to have a conversation with Ariel.

That was making Rion suspicious but happy at the same time. And somehow, a little bit sad.

(Stop it!)

He hurriedly shook off the strange feelings in his heart.

「Hmm? What are you doing?」

The one who asked was Charlotte walking not far in front of him.

「Milady?」

「Your arms started to shake all of a sudden. Is there anything wrong?」

It seems he didn’t just shake away the thoughts inside his head but also unconsciously moved his hands as well.

「Ehm… A web. There was a spider web, milady.」

「A spider web?」

「Yes. It appeared suddenly in front of me so I got surprised and brushed it off awkwardly.」

「I see…」

「There’s no reason to worry milady. Please do not mind me and go ahead.」

「…Ah, but you see, there is a problem.」

「…A …Problem?」

「I ended up with no conversation partner and have nothing else to do right now.」

「…Oh, I see. My sympathies milady, that is unfortunate indeed.」

Although Arnold with Ariel and Lancelot with Maria were holding a conversation as they walked, Charlotte had no one beside her.

「But, thankfully, I seem to have stumbled on a solution to my predicament.」

「…Ah? And what would that be if milady doesn’t mind me asking?」

「You.」

「…Me?」

「Yes, you. Walk with me please.」

「…But why?」

「Goodness! Stop being so wary! Am I this off-putting!?」

The angry voice of Charlotte resounded within the abandoned castle. People in front of her, surprised by that, all turned their heads to look at the source of the commotion. And all those stares ended up questioning Rion.

「…My deepest apologies to all the lords and ladies. Everything is fine, please do carry on with the investigation.」

The last bit was aimed at Ariel who was looking at him suspiciously from the midst of the group. Although she was seemingly about to say something, Arnold urged her to keep on moving forward.

「…I seem to have caused a commotion. Do accept my apologies.」

「How can I, milady, when this is entirely my fault for thoughtlessly making you angry? I should have made it clear from the start that it was awareness of my own inadequacies making me hesitate to join Charlotte-sama in conversation, not something Charlotte-sama did.」

「You should stop overthinking things. We have never engaged in dialogue before and I chose you exactly because I hoped conversation with you to be uniquely different.」

「Is that so… I’m unsure whether I can live up to such high expectations, but when milady frames it this way, I can refuse no longer.」

「Excellent. Join me at my side then. Even if you were to be utterly dull, it’s even more boorish to just walk alone in silence.」

「As you wish, Lady Charlotte.」

Just like that, Rion had started a conversation with Charlotte but recently he was somewhat not his usual self.

When Ariel was chatting with the commoners in the cafeteria, her conversation partner changed many times. Whenever that happened, it was Rion’s job to put those students, nervously stiff in front of Ariel, back at ease.

Due to that, during those numerous conversations, there were times where he had to improvise funny anecdotes to lighten the mood. Those were mostly based on stories about Vincent when he was still a child.

Thanks to that, he was able to raise Vincent’s reputation and change his goal to increase other students’ familiarity of his lord.

He was now retelling those stories to Charlotte. Incidentally, he thought she was, in a way, strikingly similar to Vincent.

「W-Wait a b-bit… My… Stomach…… I heard the rumors, but …Isn’t this too much?」

Hearing those anecdotes made Charlotte hold her stomach to try to suppress her laughter.

「Err… I admit this reaction is more than I expected… Did I perhaps do something improper right now?」

Rion asked with a dead serious face.

「A-After all that… You.. ..Goodness, this is too funny, I can barely hold myself..」

Seeing that reaction of Rion, Charlotte burst out with laughter. With no care about what others might think, she nearly bent in half laughing while supported by Rion’s shoulder.

「Erm…」

「S-Sorry… W-Wait a b-bit… I’ll get myself together soon…」

It seemed that Charlotte’s wish for an interesting company was fulfilled by him more than enough. Although he was satisfied with that, he could feel the piercing glares of Ariel stabbing him every time more laughter was heard.

「 For heaven’s sake! Would you two stop that already! Just where do you think we are!?」

Putting on hold the conversation he was having with Maria, Lancelot complained loudly. The actual reason he did so was because his conversation with Maria was getting interrupted with the girl increasingly curious about the obviously funny stories Rion was telling to Charlotte.

「You are absolutely correct lord Lancelot and I beg your forgiveness. Lady Charlotte, isn’t it time…」

「Another moment, please. Let me calm myself down a little bit more.」

「I’m afraid that our time is running out rapidly. The situation doesn’t seem to have any more room for left for levity.」

「Eh?」

Immediately realizing the meaning behind Rion’s words, Charlotte clamped down on her mirth. Her expression changed and she started trying to probe for unseen presences in her surroundings. Charlotte wasn’t the only one who did so. Even Lancelot, who was complaining just now, began to pay attention.

「They are close, are they not? I wonder why can’t we see them.」

Charlotte muttered talking to herself.

「I fear that they are most likely under our feet」

Rion answered her nonetheless.

「…….!?」

The surprised voice of Charlotte was drowned out by a loud crashing sound. They were engulfed by a quickly thickening cloud of dust. With their vision obstructed, they could just guess what was happening.

「This way please!」

Having her hand strongly pulled as she heard the shout, Charlotte followed obediently knowing that it was Rion. She had gotten familiar with that voice by now.

「What is happening!? Where are the enemies!?」

Lancelot was also confused by the situation. It was clear they were under attack and everyone, like Charlotte, could sense the presence of the enemy. Since the foe still couldn’t be seen, but clearly closed the distance they had to be directly below their feet.

「Are they below the ground?!」

「It is likely! They collapsed the exit, attack should come from the rear.」

Rion’s voice was heard by everyone and they all shared his thoughts. From somewhere close Arnold could be heard shouting orders.

「Enemy is below and behind us! Form up!」

「Yes sire!」

As the cloud of dust started to clear the knights could be seen following Arnold’s instructions. As Charlotte was confirming the situation, she suddenly felt the sensation of Rion’s hands holding her vanish.

As soon as some visibility returned he let go of her and immediately moved to Ariel’s side.

「Milady, are you alright?」

「I am fine. You seem to be unhurt too.」

「Somehow. I’m afraid though that other servants walking behind me…」

「I understand.」

All the non-combatants walking behind Charlotte and Rion were most likely buried by the debris from the collapse. And even if someone survived that, they would be faced with…

「What on earth… Are those… ? 」

Lancelot asked with a shaking voice. He couldn’t be really helped, the clearing cloud of dust revealed a grotesque looking crowd. Those beings were neither human nor like a demonic beast, it was a kind of foe that the people of this age had never seen before.

「So the rumors were technically true, huh? These things really are human no longer.」

In clear contrast to shaken Lancelot, Arnold looked and sounded completely calm.

「Your highness, please withdraw.」

Said one of the royal guards in front of the Crown Prince Arnold, without turning his eyes away from the enemy.

「I will fight.」

「Highness, this enemy is unknown. Fighting here and now is reckless. Something only a fool would attempt.」

「I…」

The reason behind the royal guard’s sharp words was clear, he wanted Arnold to lose his will to fight. If something happened to the Crown Prince, the guards would be punished heavily even posthumously if they did not survive. Their top priority was the safety of Arnold. Their own lives ranked far behind.

All the other knights attached to the group were in the same position. If they failed to protect their charges, death and infamy awaited them. That’s why all of them moved in front of the young nobles in order to shield them from harm.

「Arnold-sama, let us retreat.」

「What?」

The first person to agree with the words of those knights was Maria.

「There is no need to spend our strength fighting here, we should withdraw and regroup.」

「Assume I agree, where do we go? The exit is blocked.」

「All castles have more than one gate, there must be another way out.」

「You’re right.」

「Let’s hurry then. The longer we hesitate, the bigger the burden on the knights.」

「You…」

Maria’s words betrayed her assumption that their escorts are going to be left behind. Arnold, noticing that immediately, looked at Maria as if he couldn’t believe that she said that.

His surprise was natural. Right now Maria was trying to do the same thing she was so harshly rebuking Vincent for during the excursion.

「We need to go now.」

She grabbed the hand of hesitating Arnold and tried to lead him away but he shook her off immediately.

「Arnold-sama?」

「…」

She wasn’t wrong. He knew he should treasure his life more than anything. If this was a war, it would be lost the moment he fell. However, even if his reason was telling him to go, his heart wouldn’t let him leave.

Arnold was paralyzed with indecision.


「Please be careful milady.」

「…I shall, but you take care too.」

A little bit away from the hesitating Arnold, Rion was talking with Ariel. Everyone would immediately understand the meaning behind their words just by listening.

「Rion」

「Milady?」

「Kneel down.」

「Is this really the time…」

「No arguments!」

「At once.」

Although the walking pace of those hostile beings was slow, they were about to close in on them. Nevertheless, Rion knelt as he was told and was looking at Ariel expectantly.

Ariel put his face between her hands and got closer as if trying to look into the deepest parts of Rion’s eyes.

「…You are forbidden to die. Do you understand?」

「Your wish is my command, Lady Windhill. I shall not die.」

「No matter what happens, you are to come back to me.」

「I hear and I shall comply. Expect me back at your side.」

「Rion… I… Will put my faith in you.」

She forcibly altered the last words. The things she really wanted to say couldn’t be said in this situation.

「Those words will be my strength. My lady, it is time.」

「Yes.」

Rion slowly stood up and turning his back on Ariel drew his sword. Vincent lent him that sword, one with the crest of the House Windhill, exactly for moments like this.

「I’ll be heading off!」

Right after saying that, Rion charged forward. Without a shred of hesitation, he plunged himself into the crowd of enemies. Ariel followed his charge with a spell.

「Hah!?」

Arnold who saw that inadvertently let out a cry of surprise. At first, it looked to him as if Ariel was trying to attack Rion. However, her magic flowed around him and assaulted the enemy in front. Simultaneously, Rion also cut down another target with a single stroke.

Rion’s movement never stopped. He struck at the swarming hostiles around him one after another and whenever he swung his big sword Ariel’s magic immediately followed to support him.

「Amazing…..」

He unconsciously voiced his admiration. It was aimed neither at Rion’s swordsmanship nor Ariel’s spells. What impressed him was their cooperation, so splendid, that one would struggle to imitate it.

「Your highness! Arnold! We should withdraw at once!」

The one who said these words was Ariel.

「But why?」

The Crown Prince couldn’t understand it at all. Just how was she able to abandon Rion in such a place. Just looking at their relationship before… It was obvious that it had already transcended that of a master and servant.

「Hurry, please! Don’t let Rion’s effort go to waste!」

「But…」

「Your highness, please go! Hurry!」

The knights, who were astonished by Rion and Ariel’s way of fighting, were brought back to reality by her voice. So was Maria.

「Arnold-sama, we really need to go now.」

This time she was tightly gripping Arnold’s hands and she pulled him along. Lancelot and Charlotte followed suit. With Rion and the knights left behind, the nobles escaped from the scene.

「None of them seem to be particularly strong, but the sheer number of them… That might be tricky. 」

Rion, having confirmed that Ariel and the others were gone, immediately re-engaged the crowd. The knights were lined up beside him blocking the pathway.

「If it’s just numbers, we’ll manage.」

The knights managed to get a good grasp of the enemy strength by now. Actually, none of them were even wounded yet.

「I suppose, if things stay as they are.」

「…You expect more of them to come?」

「The things in front of you are called undead. They are corpses forced back into a twisted mockery of life by foul magic. According to my knowledge, they should be controlled by someone or something.」

「I see.」

「And if there is someone like that here…」

「Then what?」

「Then, I’m afraid, they will rise again. They were, after all, dead from the start.」

As if just waiting for Rion’s explanation to finish, the defeated undead all around the passageway stood up one after another. Unfortunately, his prediction was splendidly on the mark.

「You’ve got to be kidding me….」

「There’s no time to be surprised. Second round starts now, let’s give it our all.」

Although Rion said this was the start of the second round, it was clear now that things wouldn’t end with just that. The knights, not knowing how many more times could the undead come back, resumed their hopeless battle.


47 Replies to “FILWTV 22nd Update”

  1. 「Rion」

    「Milady?」

    「Kneel down.」

    「Is this really the time…」

    「No arguments!」

    「At once.」

    Although the walking pace of those hostile beings was slow, they were about to close in on them. Nevertheless, Rion knelt as he was told and was looking at Ariel expectantly.

    Ariel put his face between her hands and got closer as if trying to look into the deepest parts of Rion’s eyes.

    「…You are forbidden to die. Do you understand?」

    「Your wish is my command, Lady Windhill. I shall not die.」

    「No matter what happens, you are to come back to me.」

    「I hear and I shall comply. Expect me back at your side.」

    「Rion… I… Will put my faith in you.」
    This scene remind me something

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  2. thanks for the chapter love it …. i really love the fact that Ariel can shine a little in this chapter … not a lot but she really shine with her magic and her action toward her valet… the fact that Rion make charlotte laft may become an interesting matter…. like she would want to recruit him ….or make ariel crazy with jealousy

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    1. Personally, I’d rather see a painful realization + atonement arc for Maria — but hey, as long as the true OTP get together in the end, who gives a damn what happens to her? 😉

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  3. So this is the event where Rion was supposed to be erased. If Charlotte hadn’t asked for a conversation partner, the collapse of the exit could have buried him too.

    I see one of two things happening. Rion and the knights could fight a retreating battle, find the way out, and more or less survive. Or, after the last knight dies, Rion could unleash his true power, and… it’s the incident from the excursion all over again. I wonder if there’s a third way this will be resolved.

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    1. There is go chance that Ariel will lead Arnold and them to the Devil. And this event is probably where in the game Ariel will die by the Devil hand. Maria most likely knows this. Then after the group is being overwhelm by the Devil Rion comes in and unleash his true power on to it.

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      1. nice idear it just does not fit with her being juge by her per so not sure about it … im more thinking its a place where she get injured and all of her gardes are killed ask the prince to take responsability in the original version ending up with him hating her even more…. + she’s lazy and make everyone in danger…. but now that the story did change so now she could change her image in front of the noble….

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        1. I agree with you she seems more of a lazy character. Most likely the reflection of her life as an Otaku (that is just my opinion). Of course if she starts changing her imagine in front of the noble like Arnold or Charolette they going to suspect something. Which Arnold is already is suspecting.

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      1. don’t think so since it does not work on everyone and she’s not loved by the people…. in fact except for lancelot she does not have many supporter … ah maybe the prince a little since he like having a rival… but most of the girl in the school hate her because she persecute Rion and most of the commoner must be jealous of the way she’s treated … so it only leave the noble boy… and in the noble the servant did realise she make lancelot work for nothing so they are not really enclin to love her either…so their only 2 people on her side since charlotte does not love her. Can’t really call that a charm….

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      2. oh… i was talking about how there were undeads… if she was the protagonist, and this was a scripted event, why would she turn back instead of fight them head on? thus i surmised that she is the one summoning them…

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        1. I understand what you saying. I think it is because she is leading Arnold and them to where the Devil is located at. I would not be surprise if she did summon them if her element of magic is Darkness. But, it is kind of hard to say since I am not so sure what her element of magic is. Every since I read this series I do not recall it being mention.

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  4. Thanks for the chapter!
    Best chapter so far and the next one looks like it will be even better. Keep up the good work.

    So we finally get some actual dialogue with Charlotte and she certainly seems to be a interesting character. And somebody is in love without realising it.

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  5. Yay! I suppose Arnold just had a sudden realisation, one after another. First was the whopping smile, then is Ariel’s care for her servant which demostrated the ideals which Maria had preached so arrogantly. Yay!!! Go Ariel!!!
    Tbh, Ariel will probs marry Arnold and think back on Rion as a dear friend.
    *sigh* let’s value our friends too,
    everyone.

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    1. prefer Rion and Ariel as a couple and the prince with charlotte … she’s bright enough to make a good queen and she have a better relation with him since she’s the representative of the queen and not the one that oppose him all the time

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  6. time to torch the place. On another note, I really wish Vincent showed up more, he’s a lovable dude and i’d like to see more of him.

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  7. I really just can’t seem to hate Ariel.. like some others did … Sure she seems to be a little bit bossy.. but fck .. I like Taiga (Toradora)…. and i find it very similar to Ariel…

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