FILWTV 25th Update!

Akuyaku Reijou ni Koi Wo Shite :
“The Shocking Truth”

 

The relationship between Ariel and Arnold improved rapidly and they became closer together. At the moment, it turned into a situation in which they were always moving as a couple.

Rion was oblivious as to what caused it, but he has no plans to investigate the reason. After all, it was a situation he desired. No matter how much it pained him.

But even so, that didn’t mean that Rion would stop his other projects. He still didn’t know what might happen during their remaining school days or how Ariel’s greatest and worst event might unfold. The scene of her being denounced for Maria’s harassment was still looming far in the future.

Rion had too many things to do to prepare for that day. One of them was to find evidence supporting Ariel’s innocence. It was an unmistakable fact that she was not the one behind the chastisement campaign. However, it was also a fact that Maria was on the receiving end of one.

The rumors still said that his lady was the instigator, so Rion had to gather evidence to disprove them. In due course, he would naturally end up discovering who was really behind all that.

「Should we… Do this? Really? Is this fine?」

「I’m sorry, I just can’t help myself. I want you too much.」

「Ah… Liar. You only say what I want to hear. But I… I wanted you too.」

In one of the unoccupied dorm rooms, Rion was embracing a naked woman on the bed. Since he was getting impatient with the lack of progress and limitations of his investigations, he decided for a cold-hearted approach. It could be said that he was getting so desperate that he didn’t mind making Ariel angry anymore, but Rion would not admit that.

 

His chosen target was one of the House Fatillas maids – Mila, one of Charlotte’s handmaidens.

Until now no matter how he investigated Maria’s harassment he couldn’t get the true picture. Even after giving up on stealth and actually making contact with the perpetrators all he got from them was that even they were convinced that the instructions came from Ariel.

He didn’t think that they were acting. After all, they even mistook his approach as a new set of instructions from his lady.

He tried telling them that Ariel never ordered such a thing but they just kept repeating that “they know” with a strangely convinced expression. Apparently they only took it as an command to keep their mouths shut.

He tried repeating the same process with others, but even if Ariel’s name didn’t surface, they always said that they were instructed by a noble lady from a marquess house.

At that point, he thought he had hit the limits of his investigation, but suddenly he had an epiphany. There was more than one noble lady that matched that description.

However, he couldn’t figure out her motive. Charlotte was together with Maria from the early stages. He never thought that she would do something so malicious as arranging harassment behind Lancelot’s back while seeing he was actively involved in trying to prevent it.

And after their conversation in the ruined castle, he had an impression that she was a relatively friendly person he wouldn’t have trouble getting along with, a polar opposite of devious schemer.

However, since Ariel clearly wasn’t the culprit, he had no choice but to doubt Charlotte. Therefore he investigated her conduct and found indications that she indeed did not think well of Maria.

However, that was as much as he could find out with usual means. He still couldn’t tell whether she really incited the harassment or not.

So he needed to somehow get closer. That being the case, obvious targets would be people closest to Charlotte. Her maids. In the end, Rion picked Mila because she was the one who seemed to be attracted to him the most. And so, after arranging an opportunity for them to be in a secluded room together, they effortlessly ended up like this.

「…The others might get really angry when they find out. Let’s keep this a secret between us?」

「Mhm, I know. You would be in big trouble with your precious lady if she found out.」

「It’s not really her… But thinking about it now, wouldn’t Charlotte-sama mind her handmaiden having an affair?」

「She… Would be furious. Obviously.」

「Even more so knowing that I’m a commoner, right?」

「Eh? What do you mean?」

「Doesn’t Charlotte-sama dislike commoners?」

「Where did you hear that from?」

「I might be mistaken. I just heard she hates that female student called Maria.」

「Oh, her. Certainly. But that has nothing to do with her status.」

「How so?」

「That woman gets overly familiar with the Crown Prince. Something my lady desires for herself.」

The maid’s face suddenly stiffened and she looked aghast at what she said. For a moment she forgot herself and secrets slipped splendidly through her lips. Stifling a nauseated laugh Rion replied looking serious.

「Don’t worry, I will keep everything you said a secret between us.」

「I-I see.」

「But… And you don’t have to answer this, I can’t help but wonder whether that makes her hate Ariel-sama too.」

「I don’t think so? After all, Prince Arnold and Lady Ariel were betrothed long before my lady noticed her feelings.」

「Wouldn’t becoming aware of her feelings give rise to resentment?」

「That would be expected, wouldn’t it? In the past, that might have been the case. But now I doubt it.」

「Why?」

「Because back then that relationship didn’t seem to be harmonious and currently they really do look like they will get married.」

「They do. So you think your lady was anticipating that the prince would lose his fiancee in the past?」

「Sadly, this is not something I can tell you.」

This was a woman’s way of confirming a delicate subject, something Rion heard many times before. So it was clear that Charlotte desired the dissolution of Ariel and Arnold’s engagement. Normally one wouldn’t see this as a motive for organizing harassment of Maria, but he was different.

He was aware of the upcoming bad event looming over Ariel.

(So that event had a mastermind? I don’t know what’s what anymore.)

The complicated web of relationships was starting to confuse him, but there was no mistake that he was able to obtain a huge lead. Compared to his previous results this was huge progress.

「It’s nearly time for us, what would you like to do?」

「What do you mean?」

「Wouldn’t it be a shame to end with just this? You see I was thinking that it’s pretty common for a maid to suffer from unexpected delays while cleaning… How about it?」

「…..You’re right. And that’s fine with me.」

Rion was usually oblivious to inner workings of a woman’s heart but that didn’t stop them from falling head over heels for him when they saw his attentiveness to small details like that. He did know though that thing might end up getting troublesome in the future if he didn’t follow up on this encounter. His plentiful experience told him that.

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At the same time, Rion was trying to obtain evidence, there was another person trying to solidify the current state of things. Although it could be said that the two of them had at least one common goal, they did not go hand-in-hand to reach it. At the very least, one would not extend his hand to the other.

There were numerous, vibrant trees around the scene of this event. It was a courtyard, but one so vast it wouldn’t be a stretch to call it a forest. In one of its corners, in stark contrast to the size of the place, a small, elegant party was being held.

Apart from the host, there were four invited guests. It was an extremely private occasion. However, even that being the case there could be many servants seen hovering around.

After all, this place was one of the courtyards of the royal castle. The host was the crown prince Arnold himself. But there were more reasons than just this for the presence of so much staff full of vigor.

Firstly, it might be a private one but this was the first time Arnold held a party on his own. There was a worry that he was not only bad at dealing with crowds but also socially inept, therefore the presence of servants was by all means necessary to make this party a success so that it would lead to another one in the future.

Secondly, the invited guests were important. The prince’s fiancé Ariel and her brother Vincent, and future marquesses Lancelot and Charlotte were gathered. Obviously, Ariel was to be their future queen. Being able to meet the queen candidate for the first time, it was normal for the servants to be in high spirits.  The queen, as the most important woman in the realm, was responsible for organizing all the important social occasions and events. If they managed to show their good qualities here, they might be assigned to better roles in the future.

Maria was also taking part, by the way,  but to the servants, her existence was irrelevant.

Arnold decided to hold this party to firmly and early establish Ariel as his future wife in the minds of the castle denizens.

And that was indeed a huge success.

It was a result of the attitude that Ariel took towards the servants, not high-handed and oppressive, but also not looking to curry their favor. Their impression of her was that although she was somewhat strict, she was also remarkably beautiful.

If they were to be judged purely by the appearance, Maria would have the upper hand but Ariel had something that her rival lacked.

It was an aura of majesty. Although she was just a child, there was something in Ariel that made her look dignified. That touch of class, even in the presence of Maria, made people think that Ariel would indeed be a fitting queen.

Just by looking at Arnold and Ariel setting beside each other, the servants could already see the promise of the kingdom flourishing in their reign.

Rion, who was looking at that spectacle from afar, was…

(This is the first time I’ve seen them like this, they really suit each other.)

…Having the same impression as the other servants.

Rion was also present in the palace. But of course, he was in his role of a valet and only allowed to wait in an area separate from the main venue. This was arranged by the Crown Prince in order to show who was really suited to be at Ariel’s side, but Rion had no way of knowing that.

Besides, seeing the two sitting beside each other was something to be delighted about to him. It wasn’t that he pretended to be tough, he just always acted towards obtaining Ariel’s happiness.

Somehow, his efforts had borne fruit. The only thing he could do now was to protect this situation. So he adjusted his behavior in preparation for that.

Turning his gaze towards other people in the waiting area made it meet with eyes of another person. It was because Mila, Charlotte’s handmaiden, was always looking at Rion lately.

Their affair was still continuing. It was something Mila openly desired and Rion didn’t want to stop. He felt that there was still information that could be obtained from her, he also had the contrasting feeling that being with her let him forget about other things for a moment.

Because their gazes met, Mila cheerfully approached Rion. She wanted to flaunt her relationship with Rion to others. Especially to the two other maids of Charlotte – Margarette and Sylvia, potentially dangerous existences.

Actually, those two already had some suspicions and were looking at Mila with severe glares.

「How tedious.」

「I agree. With so many servants there is hardly anything for us to do.」

「They suit each other, don’t they?」

「You’re right. They do.」

「Do you really think so?」

「Of course. Why wouldn’t I?」

「I wonder. You’re not jealous at all?」

It was Mila who was actually jealous while saying these things. She was just trying to probe Rion’s feelings.

「I feel nothing of the sort. All I desire is happiness for my lord and lady.」

「What about your own happiness?」

「Not something I think much about.」

Rion had no leeway to worry about trivial things like that. There were still so many things for him to do. Just making Ariel and Vincent graduate without any incident made his hands full.

「I see… But you know, looking at those two makes me long after my own happy ending.」

「Does it? I guess it would be nice to get one.」

Rion at that moment wasn’t in his woman-pleasing mindset and his answer was really insensitive.

「….Are you doing this on purpose?」

「Doing what?」

「You are. You really, really are.」

It’s only natural for Mila to think this way. The usual Rion she knew was a gentleman who would often shower her with expressions of love.

「What are you talking about?」

「A woman is telling you that she wants to be happy! Shouldn’t you be saying “I will make you happy” to that?!」

「Eh?! Why would I do that?」

「Why?! You ask why!?」

「I’m sorry, please calm down. I am still a minor, marriage is impossible for me, so it was just not on my mind at all.」

「You will grow up. What then?」

「…That’s still some time away. Isn’t it a bit early for that sort of a commitment?」

「Even if I said I need it?」

Although he knew that Mila had an assertive personality, Rion didn’t think that it would be to this extent. This would be reaping what he sowed because he couldn’t receive her feelings.

「…This might sound like an excuse, but…」

「But what?」

「You will not find what you desire with me.」

「And how is that not an excuse?」

「It is not…」

Although Rion was a bit worried about the possible consequences, he decided to be honest with her.

「I will explain properly, but only if swear to keep this a secret.」

「…Alright, if you say so.」

Seeing his serious expression Mila figured that Rion wasn’t trying to fool her.

Hearing her agree, Rion checked his surroundings to confirm that there was nobody close by, then he took off his eye patch.

「…..Eh?」

Mila’s eyes opened wide. That reaction of hers confirmed that she saw what he wanted and he immediately put his eye-patch back on.

「Do you understand now?」

「Yes… I do… Ah, sorry…」

「No need to apologize, your reaction is nothing new. I am used to that by now.」

「…I’m really sorry.」

「It is fine. Really. This is how things were from… Well, from the very beginning.」

「What about your lords?」

「They know. And despite that, they still treated me as a normal person. Lord Vincent and Lady Ariel are very special to me.」

「I see…..」

It was now clear to Mila that she was not.

「Please do not tell anyone. If you break your promise and I hear rumors putting my lord and lady at harm, I will never forgive you.」

As Rion said this, Mila felt a ruthless aura that she had never experienced before from him. Now, knowing about the heterochromatic eyes, she saw Rion like in the legend – a bearer of misfortune.

「Oh, to be honest, I personally wouldn’t really mind that.」

A voice of a third party entered the ears of the frightened maid.

「Vincent-sama? What brings you here? Is there something that requires my assistance?」

With Vincent entering the conversation Rion’s aura had once again returned to normal.

「Well, in a way I guess… She is rather angry you know.」

「She?」

「And now that she is in that kind of mood… People around… Well, is it enough to say even Prince Arnold is scared?」

「EH!? Ah! No! Nothing happened! The maid is… A coincidence! She’s here by coincidence!」

「Y-Yes, that’s right! I was merely…」

Rion denied any relationship to Mila in panic and she supported him in that. However, Vincent merely shook his head at that.

From this Rion was able to deduce that Ariel was angry about a different thing.

「…Why is it then?」

「You took your eye-patch off just now, right? In front of the maid.」

「Ah……….!」

「For Ariel that secret turned into something special only three of us know of.」

「But sir, there are many other people that know already. 」

At the very least, all of the servants of House Windhill were aware of his heterochromatic eyes.

「You should know better than expect that this will help you in any way. As for you girl, you should probably get out of here right about now.」

「Yes milord.」

「Also.」

「Sir?」

「Keep your lips sealed. Even if Rion forgives you for spreading tales, I don’t expect my sister to do so.」

「…I understand, lord. I will say nothing.」

Although Mila didn’t personally witness Ariel’s scary side, from the conduct of Vincent and Rion she was able to recognize that the aristocrat was someone not to be angered.

After that, not wanting to be entangled in such circumstances any longer, she hurriedly left the place.

「What awaits me, sir?」

「The usual, perhaps? A whipping would be nostalgic in a way. Even if she’s serious at it.」

「…. I knew it.」

Rion knelt dejected on the spot. Vincent could only stare at that servant of his with complex feelings without saying anything. In reality, Ariel was extremely angry at Rion for getting along with that maid. Knowing that Ariel was jealous, he felt a bit melancholic at not being able to convey that to Rion himself.

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A little while before the ruckus that Rion caused. There was a couple peeking at the party held in the courtyard. It was Arnold’s parents, the rulers of the Gran Flamm kingdom.

Even to the king and the queen, this party was very intriguing. They were surprised that Arnold, who had never been that enthusiastic about his marriage before, personally invited Ariel to that kind of an event.

Although they actually wanted to join, but expecting that their participation would make the party a bigger issue than necessary, they refused their son’s invitation and decided to stealthily observe like this.

「Mhm, Lady Ariel has indeed grown beautifully. Her harshness looks to be gone and what remains is a distinct aura of dignity. That change is something unusual coming from a child.」

「It is as you say my lord husband, she looks like the right person to stand next to the future king.」

「Indeed. We were a little worried before, but it seems that things are going in the right direction now.」

「You are absolutely right, majesty.」

If the next king, Arnold, didn’t get along with his wife, depending on the severity of the situation it might turn into a political issue. There were many people ready to make use of the fact that the king didn’t favor his queen.

Arnold’s parents were worried about that at first, but now it seemed that their worries are unnecessary.

It was at that moment. From the separate area for visiting staff came raised voices of people causing a ruckus. It seemed to be a dispute between a valet and a maid. Having a public spat like that showed that the two lacked discipline, but before long, the royal couple saw someone else entering the scene. It was Vincent.

「Looks like the eldest child of House Windhill. He is said to be lacking, his valet obviously is.」

But even so, after seeing the approaching Vincent, the disputing servants separated from one another. With that settled, the eyes of the king returned to the party but in the process, he caught sight of the trembling shoulders of his queen.

「What happened!? Are you not feeling well!?」

「…O-Our chil… survived…..」

The queen whispered with a shaking voice.

「What!? D-Don’t tell me…!?」

The king had an idea what this might have been about. He tried to find out more, but the queen having fainted was unable to reply.

From this day on, for a short time, the royal capital would be buzzing with rumors.

It seemed that the princess, that had been missing for years, resurfaced in the Academy. Her name was Maria Theodore.

The world was heading towards the goal set by the story. All to prepare the final event that loomed over the Academy.

 


Note: Better thank the chief editor, Peter for editing this in a day straight.

75 Replies to “FILWTV 25th Update!”

    1. It’s definitely Rion it says “The eyes of the king returned to the party” so that meant the queen was still looking towards Vincent’s and she probably saw Rion and before the king looked back to the party he talked about the valet of Vincent which caused the queen to look at the valet and she said “…O-Our chil… survived…..” and somewhere around the bottom of the comments it was said that the current king and queen are the king by default are fire family and that the queen is from the water family

      PS:sorry for hijacking your comment

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      1. So far we’ve learnt that the missing child who is dead is rumoured to be Maria. However this is likely false, and it’s probably Rion who is a missing prince. The queen herself never said “princess”, it was those spreading the rumours who said it

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      2. and i’m guessing it is not a princess but a prince … they probably change it so they will not be any illegimate claim to the throne

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      3. I think the missing Child is Rion, because they mentioned that the current Queen was from the water house and the king is fire and She had not turned back to the party when she said that probably not even seeing Maria

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        1. Wow! Then it means rion gonna be prince then ariel the princess. Then fk off arnorld, go die or be saved by maria and live in a garbage can you trash cans fkrs and both of u die and actually just die. No and just be deleted in this novel and never be remembered. [absolutely hate that guy and that girl plz just die, every arnold and ariel moments hurt me] if the above is true……. Rio eyes….aw…can he still be a prince? Cuz if he became a prince or king it will be like prince/king of misfortune [[ according to that world ]]that will bring ruin to the kingdom and be a subject of hate cuz the devils will attack later on and they just might..no they will ofc blame all of those misfortune to rio. And problems will keep on piling up. Like what if that mother bcome crazy azz and ordered to kill rio. Cuz yknow things that carries misfortune with them are always “dealt with”, and people like rio are even in the same category of “it”and treated harshly. Well whatever idc anymore ill see it later. Ty anime i can atleast type and understand english a bit.

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    1. Reading the comments helped clear up my own theories. I’m going to go with the idea that the Queen recognized Rion with the ‘It survived’ comment, which will be a very amazing revelation to discover later if it’s true. I really don’t want to imagine the ‘Maria is a princess’ as the truth since she’s a giant idiot so far.

      Thanks for the new chapter!

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      1. lol.
        That’s actually what I’m afraid of, as they mention princess, and obviously Rion is not a girl, but Maria being a princess is what I really want to avoid but is somehow something inevitable, I think? or else how would the game scenario justify the heroine in it, lol. T_T

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      2. “obviously not a girl”.
        I think you need to rethink that statemen, seeing as everybody thought he was a girl at first when he was younger.

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      3. Think about it like this, if it did reference Maria, her getting together would be super incest which is bad (should be at least a cousin or more distant for it to be more or less safe for genetics). And the fact that they are so shocked (and why they even abandoned their own kid in the first place) was that they didn’t send him to an orphanage (where Maria was from before adoption) where would have had much a higher chance to survive, but instead to the slums where death for a baby is more or less certain. So it is in all likeliness Rion due to the fact that Maria being a sister would be icky incest, why they would abandon Maria in the first place who is perfectly healthy and no issues with strong magic (as opposed to “Rion the calamity child”), and how having given birth to a first-born prince who is considered a calamity is just bad publicity. Even though them supposedly being unable to use magic only makes them “normal” like most commoners so shouldn’t gather as much hate, but I bet whoever made heterochromia taboo knows/knew that they are OP dual-attribute users that are dangerous due to their large power, but not wanting that knowledge to spread as they would know the power they have the potential to possess and so spread a false rumor the opposite of the truth, that they are more incapable than powerless commoners and perpetuate a cycle of hate that will make it unlikely for them to live to figure out their powers and being ignorant.

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    2. From the “it” we know that whoever targeted with that word is not recognized as a person. Which is there is a high chance, it refers to a very hated person. And who is the symbol of hatred? I think there is no more fitting word than the “misfortune”. Moreover Rion also could use fire, the trademark of the royal family. And the current queen is from Aqusmea; which is fit why his heterochromia is red and blue.

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    1. She doesn’t know that(if she was a princess and not this is not misinformation). so she targets the prince. and it’s not within the game she played, I think the RIon = casted away prince is still plausible.

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      1. With the history this story has of blantly wrong rumors, I still bet the queen recognised Rion. She also said “It survived” not She (or He by extention but you get the point.).

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    2. she doesn’t know. wasn’t even in the game she played. and it was a rumour that never happened in the game but after she and RION got transported. so Rion is most probably the anomaly.

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  1. Thanks for the chapter.
    I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
    The rumors are only the game twisting the world but the queen so blatantly recognised Rion as royalty. Called this all the back around chapter 7.
    Also was not expecting those rumors about Maria. Nice twist.

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    1. I thought it was Maria being recognised as royalty, as it said “It seemed that the princess, that had been missing for years, resurfaced in the Academy. Her name was Maria Theodore.” Was something also mentioned about Rion? Must have missed it. Could you point it out, thanks 🙂

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      1. I totally missed how it said they were rumours, I was too focused on the last lines lol. Thanks for pointing that out. But how will these rumours help Maria as plot armour? Wouldn’t they make her less likely to marry the prince? Or does it just give her status

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      2. It is ambiguous currently. But given the setting with regard to magic bloodlines in the 3 Duke households and the Royal family, Rion could hypothetically be a child between the current kind and a woman from the appropriate Water house. Which might be the current Queen, can’t remember if the house she was from has been mentioned yet (she, like Ariel, would be a woman from one of the Duke houses whose turn it was to marry the prince of the generation).

        Whether it was the queen or not, he could then have been thrown away as a baby due to his eyes. This is of course still hypothetical, but if so, and if the queen was his mother, her recognizing him by distinct family traits of maybe both sides isn’t out of the question, and then hence her outburst at the end.

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  2. Oh damn… So Maria is a princess? And if Arnold is a prince, they’re siblings? Did Maria know this all along? If so, kinda weird :/ Probably wasn’t a feature of her game, the world must be deviating.
    So where is Rion in all of this? We can all agree that he has a pretty important backstory, what with the foreshadowing and lack of direct information. Maybe he’s a prince from another kingdom or something. I’ll need to reread this and see if there is any hidden information.
    It would be interesting to hear everyones thoughts. Who thinks this would have a happy end? Who thinks hat Rion is somehow royalty? Who will Rion end up with?
    Thanks for the chapter

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    1. As Gwylon pointed out, Maria being royalty was stated as being a rumour and is implied to be false. So that means that Rion is probably a prince… Sounds like a happier ending for him and Ariel? Maybe? Please?

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      1. umh but since they said a princess was missing they probably will use maria as a decoy to make sure the heterochromia is not spotted in they’re family … mean but probably more real then accepting that the royal family have a flaw … and they will show his heterochromia as a way to drive him out of the castle but ariel and her brother could defend him as a part of their house showing to even the queen and the king that they have more heart then every one else ….

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      2. On the table of content it goes Prologue- Academy part- Strategy part, suggesting that there will be a huge development that Rion will have a large part in. Something tells me that Maria is gonna be realised as not a real princess, and that Rion will be fighting for recognition as a royal or something. At least, I hope. Cause that would be pretty cool if Rion became a contender for the next king and totally destroyed the heterochromia stereotype

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      3. I think that Rion is the prince. In the story, when Rion was young they said he was beautiful/handsome, which is obviously what a prince should be. If he is, then I wonder instead whether he is born from the current queen, a past queen, or a concubine. I doubt that Rion is the twin of Arnold though. I wonder where was Rion in the game plot most of all though. Was Rion dead or alive in the slums? Did Rion become the valet of Vincent in the game plot? Did Vincent get kidnapped in the game plot? Did Rion die at the event where the undeads appeared? Did Rion live? Was Rion dead? Where the heck is he!!!

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      4. Maybe Rion was already a character, but just died when we are first introduced to the story. It’s due to his current personality that he was able to properly befriend Vincent and Ariel, and therefore become so close. In the game, Rion wouldn’t have been taken over, and therefore would have the same personality as he did before the story began, and maybe that made his less important to Vincent and less capable, making him not appear in the game.
        So Rion probably had always existed, yet the him before our Rion took over wasn’t a key aspect to the game.
        But that begs the question, why does he exist in the first place? An implied legitimate prince seems way too import to just be left out in the game that Maria played… Maybe it was a hidden route which she hadn’t unlocked? But in that route she meets him in the slums, where he has grown up his whole life, never being Vincent’s valet?
        Trying to answer a question always brings more questions, unfortunately

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      5. I think two things are interesting here… One is that Maria pointed out her charms seem to only seriously affect in game targets. Rion said he felt it like some weird magic (whereas non targets, Charlotte, Ariel, and Vincent don’t seem to feel the magnetism). I suspect Rion was always a game character, but is truly a hidden character (one of those “you have to do an incredibly specific path to make him appear” types) and no one found him. The second suspicion I have is that the heterochromia tale is misunderstood. What if heterochromia surfacing doesn’t BRING misfortune, it warns of it? If Rion really is the child the Queen reacted to, maybe he was born with the destiny of protecting the county, but folks at the castle treated him instead like he was a prophecy of calamity. Kinda sad if that was the case actually… Now I’m left wondering who lied about Rion’s death, and if he could possibly be a fraternal twin with our heroine (they both have black hair, porcelain skin, and cerulean eyes/eye, right?)

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  3. It could be a long shot, but wouldn`t be interesting if prince and Rion would be twins… (the ones that look differently, like when one twin is white and other black)

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      1. (rion don’t know is real age since he come from the slum…. ) he look similar in age from ariel and her brother…. the prince is the same age as Vincent… so this could be a possibility

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      2. The main tell would be if Rion and Arnold looked in any way similar, for example hair colour. For eye colour, it’s pretty obvious that Rion is likely to be the descendant of royalty, as the queen is from the family of water (can’t remember the name) and has blue eyes, and the king apparently has the brightest red eyes seen on royalty. So Rion has exactly half and half, getting both attributes from his parents… I’ve gone off on a tangent x)
        So if they aren’t twins, they’ll probably be regular siblings, as we have not been told of another red and blue eyed couple yet.

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    1. love this idear …. ( i’m a twin so can tell you its make you face things differently… everything that belong to you people act like it belong to the both of us … even our name are always mix up … so it make you realise that life is about sharing and not taking… sharing opinion… sharing value… sharing leaving space…. sharing appreciation, love, affection ….even sharing clothes since mine get wore by her all the time XD ) so seriously this could make the prince realise is flaw toward ariel a little because he will be stuck at sharing what he througt was his only….

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  4. Isn’t this an amusing concept of dating game?

    Instead of one player trying to get the targets, we see here two players battling to get the targets.
    One trying to seduce the targets and another one trying to hinder it.

    A social chess game.

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  5. Hmmm…… Right
    So i have 2 small theores:
    First: Maria and Rion are somehow related – twins maybe? (Since twins dont really need to look like each other, but this theory gets shut down if Maria doesn’t have either blue or red eyes.)

    Second: as a lot have said; the world somehow randomly changes things to fit Maria’s -story- and thus when the queen saw “Rion”, the world suddenly changes that to Maria being found as the lost ‘princess’.

    In the end tho, i dont really care whatever the fuck Maria is, and isn’t. What i do want is that 1: Arnold gets SHITON for trying to NTR le heroine of the Amazing Rion. 2: Maria gets slapped big time in the face. 3: Rion and Ariel gets together and ‘love is in the air!’ 😀

    P.S. FU ARNOLD D: NOBODY LIKES YOU! GO HAVE FUN WITH CHEAP BITCH MARIA INSTEAD D:!

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    1. The twins theory is cute, but I feel like it’s more likely for Rion and Arnold to be twins, as the queen easily recognised him. I think that the second theory seems pretty true as the world seems set on giving Maria a good end (marrying the prince and becoming a princess) and if she can’t marry the prince she can just be seen as a princess anyway. And maybe, through that, marry some other capture target who is allowed to court her now due to her being seen as a princess rather than a commoner.

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      1. please read my comment (that i wrote previously) this would match up your twin theory and the theory of maria becoming a princess…. but what i woud like is that in this theory Arold learn the true and trie to interrac with is brother to show that his parent are making a mystake …. like this Rion could explain to him why he is happy and t could change his perspective….

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    2. sorry but even if she does not have blue or red eyes she could still be twin with rion if both parent have a recessif black gene ….. ( since its an other world the black gene could be recessif in those world contrairy to our)

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  6. 「…I-It…Survived….」
    “It” as a being not worthy of being called human, that’s beneath human, and the only character that fits this requirement is!!!! RION!!!
    Didn’t I say it multiple times?! Didn’t I??~~~

    -It seemed that the princess, that had been missing for years, resurfaced in the Academy. Her name was Maria Theodore.-

    I think that Maria was just a girl that had black hair that was conveniently used to cover the truth that their child was a misfortune child from legends. Like, I think that when they gave birth they said it was a girl with the purpose that even if their real child appeared they could it wasn’t theirs.

    But with they acknowledging Maria as their child as replacement, she will surely get carried away and say things like Ariel was bullying her and she doesn’t deserve to be queen and Charlotte will jump at Arnold; Vincent will be blocked even more because of the existence of Rion; Ariel might die…. unless she is rescued in time by Rion and brought to the suburbs to hide for a while.

    Maria might feel delighted at first for being a princess, but I don’t believe that the royal couple will shower her with love and the queen might even find her disgusting for her having the same black hair as the misfortune child have, and I think that soon enough Maria will be able to tell that she isn’t their child, but Rion….. unless they are twins and the royal couple got rid of her just because she was born with the misfortune one……..

    Maybe when Rion gets to know that he is a prince the country might be thrown in chaos and he is the one to save them and the population go against the royals saying that Flay would be a better king than the useless Arnold….

    Thanks for the chapter!

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    1. We should have probably left a TL Note there. We put “It” into that line because Japanese original was vague on purpose and lacked any gender pronouns. This is not meant to suggest that the Queen sees the child as subhuman, it’s just that being vaguely genderless is not how English language does things 🙂

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    2. The queen recognized someone, I’m thinking Rion, but she fainted before giving more detail. The king jumped to his own conclusions, and presumably that led to the rumor about Maria.

      I wonder if the queen may have known about Rion while the king didn’t. Whose child would he have been? Who kept him hidden during his childhood?

      But more importantly, WTF, Rion mishandled an interaction with a female? He’s slipping!

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      1. Maybe the queen had twins, but saw that although one was fine and healthy, the other had heterochromia and was a sign of misfortune. She was scared of being labeled as a bad wife for having such a disappointing child, so she gave it to a maid to dispose of it as she didn’t want to do it herself. The maid also didn’t want to kill the child and decided to leave it in the slums where it would die by itself, and she wouldn’t have to dirty her hands, and didn’t tell the queen.

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      2. But what lads to Rion and not Maria is that the queen already saw the people on the table and didn’t have that reaction, but after looking Rion’s way that happened and both have black hair. There probably was a rumor that a child with black hair was born and “kidnapped” which probably leads to Maria’s adoption by that baron couple thinking that they got the fish, but the fish was actually thrown in the garbage (slums).

        The hell Rion! You are happy and in pain at the same time! You are becoming a M! It’s Ariel’s fault!
        And even didn’t focus in his job!

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  7. _∧_∧__ THANKS FOR THE CHAPTER!!
    (_( ・ω<)_() ≡≡≡❤ ◎
     / つノ
    ..し―J What the fck, Maria is now a princess? she's going for the prince so isn't that incest yuck… I wish that Rion is the missing child but actually a prince, he was mistaken as a girl before so maybe they though it was a princess?

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  8. In some Crime Drama shows when half siblings are separated and do not know each other become attract to each other. Although Maria was just using her powers to marry Arnold out not being in love but to have an easy life as queen. Of course, since Arnold and Maria are close to the same age they might be twins.

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  9. While the general consensus is that Rion is the missing royal, may I ask what colour eyes does Maria have? If not red or blue then she physically can’t be royalty as eye colour is always inherited.

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      1. That gives her a very tentative link to royalty. I’m not entirely sure but I think that red eyes are the dominant gene in terms of eye colour. Otherwise wouldn’t the royal family slowly lose that trait over the generations due to diluted blood?

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  10. deeeemnn this plot twist lmao .. . . i also agree that Rion is a Royalty thou..

    Maria? nope.. first she the protagonist.. (basically she knows the story line) so if she know that she is the lost princess wtf then? incest?

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  11. pretty obvious that the missing child is Rion, but since they abandonded him just because he is like that he will never forgive them

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