Arc 7, Chapter 106 – “Bastions in Chaos (Part Three)”



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When Berstetz Fondalfon noticed something strange and returned to the throne room, he found that the door to the most venerable room in the Crystal Palace was firmly closed.

“Closed” did not simply refer to the mere opening or closing of the door.

In this case, “closed” literally meant that the door was completely sealed off from the outside world. It was a manifestation of the intention of the master of the palace to never let anyone else enter.


???: [――In this case, I wonder whiiich~ of the two Emperor’s intentions is more appropriate to keep in mind for this, Esteemed Prime Minister?]

Berstetz came to a stop as his eyes exceedingly narrowed to almost being thread-like at the clownish manner of that delicate man who was stretching out his arms and standing in front of the closed door.

The man standing there with a faint smile on his face was an exception of some sort as he was allowed to enter and leave the Crystal Palace as he pleased because of his Stargazer peculiarity​, making him an unexpected entity who had obtained the position of being neither friend nor foe.

Berstetz: [Ubilk-dono, regarding the throne room…]

Ubilk: [I’m not going to leave you high and dry, so I’ll tell you the truth. His Excellency the Emperor is present. Both the real and the fake, so they shooould~ get their face-to-face meeting.]

Berstetz: […I do not understand.]

Even though he had an inkling, Berstetz chose to respond like this as he placed his hand on his chin.

Since he said, “I do not understand,” there was no doubt that the situation was difficult for him to accept. At Berstetz’s reaction, Ubilk tilted his head, saying, “You don’t understand?”

Ubilk: [What’s so hard to accept? Are you wondering how the real Emperor was brought here? If that’s the case, I was guided by the whisper of the stars…]

Berstetz: [Even on the battlefield, you can manage to walk down a path that is free from falling arrows. Even if soldiers are slashing at each other in close quarters, you are able to step through without a splatter of blood reaching you, let alone their sword blows, correct?]

Ubilk: [Yeah, that’s hooow~ it is. But that’s not all.]

Ubilk nodded with a smirk, making no pretense of hiding anything.

As ridiculous as it sounded, Berstetz had seen Ubilk’s abnormal abilities with his own eyes.

Ubilk once leisurely walked through a literal rainstorm of projectiles in the Sword Forest without suffering a single scratch. Ubilk claimed that he followed the whisperings of the stars, but Berstetz could not determine whether this was true or if it was a lie about his superhuman fighting skills.

If one thing could be said for certain, then it was that he was shrouded in a force beyond human understanding, whether it was the whispering of the stars or Ubilk’s own abilities.

And because he was so useful, neither the real Vincent Vollachia nor the fake Vincent Vollachia was willing to let go of Ubilk.

Everything was――,

Berstetz: [You will serve as a guiding light for the purpose of preventing the Great Disaster.]

Ubilk: [Ooh~, not out of acknowledgement of my own humanity?]

Berstetz: [If anyone was to be called forth to the Crystal Palace because of his humanity, it would be General First-Class Goz. Aside from him, everyone else would be called due to their abilities. I am no exception.]

From the perspective of running a nation, personal attachment was nothing more than the sounds of insect wings that should be ignored.

That was Berstetz’s view, and it was almost certainly the same view held by both Vincent Vollachias.

It was not a question of good and bad, or likes and dislikes, but rather a topic that should be discussed from the perspective of necessity.

In that regard, Berstetz was only a necessary cogwheel at this point. If his position were to become unnecessary or worthless, he would have no qualms about being removed.

Ubilk should not deviate from his required role as well, regardless of his resolve.

Berstetz: [If you were aware of this, you would not have overlooked this plot of mine and His Excellency who sits on the throne now, would you?]

Ubilk: [Could it be that you consider my actions as betrayal? Thaaat’s~ complicated. After all, in order to betray, you have to be trusted first. Or, do you trust in me?]

Berstetz: [No. Good grief.]

Ubilk: [Right? It hurts me to say it, but…]

Putting his hand on his forehead, Ubilk looked amused as he said how much it hurt him. Whether this was out of placidity or something else, Berstetz had never witnessed him failing to keep a straight expression.

He had never thought of this as unpleasant before, but at this moment, he considered him an eyesore for the very first time.

The real Vincent Vollachia, who was banished from the Crystal Palace and had given up his title as Emperor―― now he had been brought through the door and drawn to this decisive scene.

Ubilk: [Let me answer one question, Esteemed Prime Minister… I haven’t changed my standpoint.]

Berstetz: [――What standpoint, exactly?]

Berstetz asked whether he purported to be a friend or foe. When Ubilk heard that, he put his hands together in front of his chest, making a sound that echoed through the air.

Ubilk: [Of course, I wish to avert the Great Disaster and maintain the peace and quiet of the Vollachian Empire.]

Berstetz: [――. For that reason, the confrontation on the other side of this door is necessary?]

Ubilk: [Yes, that’s right, that’s right. Everything I do is for the sake of that. ――The beating of my heart, the breathing that inflates and deflates my lungs, the flow of blood through my body, everything.]

Berstetz: [――――]

Berstetz remained silent at Ubilk, who continued to tap on his own chest.

Ubilk’s unchanging smile, unwavering demeanor, and somewhat devilish gaze seemed to be sane and serious in Berstetz’s eyes.

He could not say for certain whether that sanity and seriousness was a peek into the other side of madness.

Berstetz: [――Your Excellency, what will you do?]

As Ubilk stood guarding the great door and the two Emperors faced each other on the other side of it―― Berstetz muttered to himself, thinking of the person he had banished.

Berstetz did not care if he was beheaded, if his soul was scorched, or if he was subjected to any other kind of brutal execution.

If Vincent Vollachia, one of the wisest Emperors in the history of the Empire, truly wanted to be Emperor, so be it.



???: [A man always quick to act, always light in words. I would not count on something of the ilk of the Stargazer, who placed his faith in the skies above.]

???: [Firstly, I expect no sort of loyalty from that thing. If hierarchy were to be established based on loyalty, Vollachia would not have been preserved as it is till the present day. But then again…]

???: [――――]

???: [Had my ruin come as a result of being unable to question the upsides and downsides of the ambitions you have hidden, then one could easily say it is but natural that the prospect of me stepping through the Palace floor like this would be one so far off in the distance.]

Treading upon the blood-red carpet, Abel began to ask a question of the one before his eyes, the former’s gaze fixed on the latter, arms crossed.

There was no room for debate as to whose hand had aided Abel in this instance of arriving here. That man, who read through the peculiarities of that which was outside the norm, pouring heart and soul into realizing the wishes of the Observers, was without peer in regard to the act of treading the outside of the game board.

Much akin to a loose cannon. However, a cannon that could not be divested of its station, unless the conditions were to be met.

Identifying the conditions for forcefully divesting that loose cannon of its post had been a particularly difficult task to the extreme, being that making it stir was a double-edged sword. Yet, he had done it.

The fact that he was now once more setting foot on the throne room from which he had been ousted, was proof of that.

The scheming, the concealment up until this moment, it was no exaggeration to state that it had all been done in order to wrestle back this opportunity.

Abel: [――――]

The face of the man sitting on the throne he had his eyes set on, the one to whom he was about to pose a question, was one Abel had seen many times.

His own face, it was. It went far beyond logic like mere intimate familiarity or whatnot.

It was a visage that to others would appear like that of Vincent Vollachia himself; however, to Abel, who had known the man who had mastered the art of disguising himself with that face for years, it appeared to be a poorly-crafted mask.

A mask would remain a mask however, even if poorly crafted.

A mask over one’s face concealed their true visage, accomplishing the role of covering up their real thoughts, making them invisible. Henceforth, Abel posed his questions not with his eyes, but with his words.

And in addition, he posed straightforward, piercing questions, ones devoid of any smoke and mirrors.

Abel: [――Have your wishes in ousting me, thus joining Berstetz, come true?]

The query spoken by Abel, had anyone heard it, was one that would surely have caused outrage.

The aftermath of the banishment drama that had begun in a room in the Crystal Palace had already spread throughout the entirety of the Empire. Even now, Imperial Soldiers and rebels were clashing by the walls surrounding the Imperial Capital, their lives continuously being scattered to the wind.

The people living in the Imperial Capital, too, were entrusting their lives to the outcome.

Against this backdrop, Abel’s question was the sort that could not escape being criticized as leisurely.

Still, Abel had voiced so. The rebel, who preferred not wasting a single thing, who had worked out so many wily schemes to get to this point, had voiced so. Because, it was necessary.

To determine what Abel―― Nay, the real Vincent Vollachia, ought to seek in the forthcoming dialogue with the fake Vincent Vollachia.

Finally, after pausing for a time too long to even be hesitation, yet too short to be dubbed contemplation――,

Vincent: [――No, not yet. I have not yet obtained the result I seek.]

In a voice imitative of the one that had cast the voice, thus was the answer from the false Emperor to the true Emperor.

Abel: [――――]

For that reply, Abel likewise needed a moment of time.

He paused for a breath, putting neither hesitation nor contemplation betwixt.

And then――,

Abel: [Have yet to obtain what you seek, is it?]

As that spilled from him, he closed both his eyes. ――Going against the natural habit he had.

Never did Abel close both eyes simultaneously. He was forced to keep one eye open at all times, lest his preparations be too deficient as an Emperor who ruled his Empire lifeless after the blink of an eye.

The point here was not that for Abel, who by product of training and self-awareness was capable of keeping one eye open even when sleeping, his consciousness remaining half-awake, this marked the first time in several years in which darkness came as a result of closing both his eyes.

It was that by doing so, by possessing the very capability of doing so, Abel had made an assertion of his own intents.

In other words,

Abel: [That is deceit.]

From the moment he had set foot into the throne room, no anger, no disappointment had been present within Abel’s voice and gaze both. The same applied even when it came to being before the man who had performed an act of treachery, stabbing him in the back. His steely self-control had allowed him to do so.

Here, Abel’s voice, which had assiduously rejected all emotion, was for the first time laced with a tone.

A tone of disdain which he had stopped concealing, directed towards the person who had disguised himself in his own visage.

Vincent: [――――]

With those words spoken, the false Emperor, warming his throne, kept his silence.

Silent, he kept. Though, it would have been somewhat helpful had his silence been out of trifling pride.

Abel: [Ousting myself from the throne, you removed that damned Goz from the equation as he had gained knowledge of the situation, schemed to anticipate and crush my plans after my escape, and took part in the destruction of the Demon City. The smoldering embers have spread to the entire nation, permitting that the bounds of the Imperial Capital, a place where rebels armed with their designs of insurrection have never been allowed to reach, would at last have their tainted, boorish feet enter it.]

Vincent: [Do you believe it would have not come to pass, had it been yourself on the throne?]

Abel: [To begin with, had I been on the throne, all this now would not have come to fruition. As a result, the conflagration you have brought upon has scorched the Empire. However.]

Thereupon cutting off his sentence, Abel extended his hand towards the Oni mask that covered his face.

And then――,

Abel: [――A way to immediately snuff out these flames exists.]

Having spoken so, he ripped off the mask affixed to his face, thus exposing his real face to the outside, within eyesight of the other person.

With his countenance looking down upon him and both of them alike in every way, like two peas in a pod, the two Emperors faced one another. Real and fake, a perfect mirror such that none would be able to detect discrepancies.

Abel: [――――]

He was a wise man. Abel’s actions and words would have conveyed his intentions clearly.

With matters having come this far, he had sufficient understanding of his disadvantageous position, of the difficulty in fulfilling his plan. It was time for the irresistible waves of reason to sweep away the schemes that had been hatched.

If the obstacles they had set their eyes on, if the Great Disaster to be fought against were both the same, that would be only logical.


Abel: [I shall――]

He was about to announce his intent to return to the place he was supposed to be.

He would issue a decree difficult to oppose, thus settling the battle initiated by foolish reasons.

And, it happened just prior to that.

Vincent: [――Your Excellency.]

That one expression, cut off the rest of Abel’s words.

It was an expression that ought not be stated, with that appearance, with that voice. Deprecating oneself and putting the one it was directed to at a higher standing, it was a stupid statement from someone who had lost awareness of his own position, which ought not happen.

The moment it was heard, Abel’s words were interrupted for a beat.

Perhaps, that was the second time Abel―― No, Vincent Vollachia, had had his expectations betrayed in the Crystal Palace, a possibly fatal moment.

On the first occasion, he had been ousted from the throne. And now, on this second instance――,

Vincent: [――――]

Slipping into that momentary gap, the false Emperor rose from the throne.

Raising himself from his sitting position, the difference in their heights, which had been only that of one looking down on the other, once more increased for a smidgen. However, that notion vanished in a blink’s worth of time. No more did it matter.

The reason for that being――,

Vincent: [――Your one lapse was in having a bird’s-eye view of the board.]

The figure informing him of this had closed the distance in the time of a sole breath, looming before Abel.


――Inside the Crystal Palace in the Imperial Capital of Lupugana, one true Emperor and one false Emperor were within breathing range of each other.

At that very moment, various changes occurred simultaneously all over at the places where the Imperial Capital was being laid under siege.

Each of them was caused by different feelings and beliefs, but they all had just one thing in common.

That one thing was that none of the changes occuring at these places were desirable.

???: [――El Fula.]

Wielding a wand in their hand, they created a gust of wind in the parched air of the battlefield.

Ordinarily, this magic would focus on precisely slitting the opponent’s throat with minimal effort. However, Ram realized that this would not be effective against the enemy on this battlefield.

Forming a horde, stone golems were standing in her way as if they did not have a life of their own.

They had nothing akin to a self-consciousness, they attacked approaching objects mechanically, and although they were humanoid in shape, they lacked what one would call the vital points of the human body.

Whether their heads were removed or their limbs were severed, they attacked their enemies using the remaining parts of their body as weapons.

Therefore, Ram’s signature tactics were ineffective.

But she could not just throw the towel like a genteel damsel who was completely incapable of doing anything on her own.

???: [Let loose――!]

In response to the glaring Ram who stepped towards the horde, a line of brown-skinned war maidens likewise pressed forward on the front line. The People of Shudraq fearlessly pushed onto the battlefield with their bows poised, their arrows drawn, and their shots fired at the encroaching obstacles of stone.

Applying her wind to each of their arrows, Ram forcefully tried to scatter the problem.

The wind-borne arrows were vested with speed and rotation, and the moment one struck a stone golem, the arrowhead would emit a burst of wind with such a penetrating force that it shattered the stone golem.

The arrow would continue with unrelenting force and directly pierce into the stone golems behind it in a chain reaction, causing the same destruction and increasing the damage.

With just a single arrow fired, two to three stone golems would collapse as a result.

In addition to that――,

Ram: [Fula.]

The whispered, delicate chanting would create a wind of a different wavelength than the destructive one, and blew the earth apart almost caressingly to scatter the stones.  

At once, the arrows that dropped to ground after they had destroyed the stone golems would whirl up and be returned to the hands of the running Shudraqs, just to be nocked, released, and then defeat the stone golems again. Again and again.

Ram: [Fula, El Fula, Fula, El Fula.]

The alternate chanting, the rapid use of the magic in succession was like a delicate motion combining the selfsame system of the magic.

The People of Shudraq, who had nothing but respect and admiration for the Vollachian Empire that had mastered the art of warfare at the expense of developing magic, could not comprehend this extraordinary skill.

It was like she was threading a needle with her eyes closed and her hands tied, or the superhuman feat of putting the selfsame thread through ten or twenty holes simultaneously.

Because of the arrival of Ram and her highly effective wind magic on the battlefield, the Shudraq’s breakthrough power had swelled several fold.

The women warriors, having been left behind with Zikr Osman’s faith and sentiments, were using their consequently preserved strength to crush the forces of the nearly impenetrable third bastion.

???: [Aah, how pleasant! To be able to shock both friend and foe!]

With glossy black daggers gripped in her hands, Mizelda said this as she raced across the battlefield.

Although she had a prosthetic leg in place of the one she had lost, her unfaltering gait gave no sense of deficiency. Mizelda overtook the frontline of the battlefield where the arrows of her allies flew about mercilessly and, swinging her daggers in both hands, she smashed the stone golems like a storm and opened a hole in their group.

??? [Sister will dodge them on her own! Don’t stop! Let Ram’s wind carry our spirit!]

Taritta, who herself had a bow in hand, fired three shots in the same time the other Shudraqians took to fire one, and with her eyes fixed on the back of her older sister rampaging on the front lines, she made an appeal to her brethren.

In accordance with that, as the arrows of the Shudraqians dealt a crushing blow to the group of stone golems, Zikr and the others who had picked their lives back up after they should have been thrown away, charged in to destroy their battle formation.

???: [Move, move, move! You small fry stone golems, you won’t take over this battlefield!]

Letting loose a vulgar voice at the head of the group, there was a man with an elegant, flowing swordsmanship contrary to his apparent character. With a killing sweep through the stone golems, the man with an eye patch leveled the battlefield in a single move.

If one went by what had been described so far, it was a war situation that could probably be labeled as overwhelming superiority.


Zikr: [Pull back――!!]

Mounted on the back of a Galewind Horse with a beautiful coat, Zikr shouted, and the group running on the front lines immediately split up. Right after, a “wall” fell from overhead towards the center of that group.

A thunderous roar and violent tremor engulfed the land, a phenomenon that without exaggeration was like fighting a fort itself―― the threat of Moguro Hagane, who had become one with the city wall, would not diminish no matter how many stone golems were chipped away.

Literally, with one swing of Moguro’s arm, the progress of the battle they pushed into was repelled in the blink of an eye.

Rather than seesawing evenly, the battle had been unfolding with one step forward, followed by two steps back.


Ram: [――What?]

Ram, who had been concentrating on advancing forward onto the battlefield, as well as delivering arrows to the Shudraq and having their arrows pierce through the enemy, narrowed her light-crimson eyes and pondered the changes that had taken place.

It was only Ram at first who noticed the signs, but gradually it became a change that caught everyone’s attention, a change in the battlefield over the third bastion.

A change, namely――,

Jamal: [――Fuck you! Don’t turn your back on your enemy! You’re still a General First-Class!]

Moguro Hagane, who had become a huge figure of unbelievable proportions, was struck in the back by Jamal’s vulgar swearing.

Yes, to their back. ――Moguro Hagane, who took a giant step toward the Imperial Capital, turned their back on Ram, the Shudraqians, and the throngs of warriors they encountered on the battlefield.


???: [It’s no good! She won’t wake up at all!]

Shaking her shoulders, shouting at her, and lightly tapping her cheeks did not awaken the limp dragonkin girl in her arms―― Madelyn Eschart.

Emilia, after retrieving her from the snow, where she lay motionless, was trying her best to make the hectic battlefield a little better, but she was unable to get any results.

Emilia: [Mezoreia is…]

Emilia, her silver hair fluttering in the cold wind, held Madelyn, still locked in a stubborn sleep with her eyes closed; when she turned around, she saw that a battle was taking place between two extraordinary beings.

On one side was a Dragon clad in clouds that was separated from ordinary creatures by its very existence.

And, while the one on the other side might have looked and talked like a small child, the blue-haired boy was flying around the battlefield with a fighting style that would put any adult or Emilia to shame.

The battle between the Cloud Dragon Mezoreia and Cecilus Segmunt was now a legendary one.

Cecilus: [Shuwa!]

With the soles of his zori on the icy wall without any apparent aid, Cecilus’s body ran through the air at an angle parallel to the ground.

Without anything to hold on to, the human body would normally fall to the ground. Yet, Cecilus ignored such natural principles and made use of the towering ice wall as a foothold from which to approach the Dragon above Emilia’s head.

Taking one last powerful step, Cecilus’s body caught up to Mezoreia with lightning speed.

Mezoreia flapped its wings and tried to keep its distance, but it was at the mercy of his maneuvers and was defenselessly hit by the slash of an ice sword to its exposed neck after Cecilus avoided its swinging claws.

 Mezoreia: [――GIAAAAAAU]

The Dragon’s cry of anguish, quite unlike a Dragon’s, and the high-pitched sound of the ice sword shattering against the Dragon’s neck conveyed the end of it to those around it auditorily. Was it the robustness of the Cloud Dragon’s scales that had shattered the ice blade, which had been hardened like iron, or was it the speed of Cecilus’ sword that had shattered the ice blade?

In any case, the shattered ice sword had done its job, leaving the airborne Cecilus unprotected――,

Cecilus: [I’m spoiled for choice with this many options to pick and choose from! There are no limits, no petty tricks!]

The high-pitched voice, comparable to the sound of the ice sword shattering, was an indication of Cecilus’ natural voice and the excitement of his feelings.

Cecilus’s words, spun in a pleasant tone, were followed by a second sound of ice shattering―― no, not two, but three and four in succession.

Cecilus: [Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch!]

Cecilus, who leapt up, not unprotected in the air as one might think, had not been outdone.

He pulled out a myriad of ice weapons created by Emilia―― Icicle Line weapons, one after another, which he had shoved into his clothes.

From his back, his waist, and between his thighs, the items Cecilus had picked up while catching up with Mezoreia, who was escaping into the sky, had been swung one after another by Cecilus’ hands while in the air, peeling off Mezoreia’s scales.

Swords, axes, spears, and hammers of ice violently ran wild, and the Cloud Dragon was put on the defensive. Or perhaps even that expression was a misnomer seeing as it was unable to defend itself.

Emilia: [Wow…]

Her eyes were able to follow him because she was far away in a spot where she would not get caught in the crossfire, but if Cecilus were to move right in front of her, Emilia would probably not be able to follow his afterimage.

Having seen that level of surprise, then perhaps Cecilus would be able to defeat Mezoreia even if Madelyn did not wake up.

Though her heart was not in a state that she would not feel frustration at that.

Emilia: [You’re fighting for someone you care about too, aren’t you?]

Emilia lowered the corners of her amethyst eyes at the sight of Madelyn’s unconscious sleeping face.

Madelyn had always been hostile, angry, and unwilling to listen, but Emilia did not know her well enough to dislike her for it.

What she knew was that the reason she was angry was due to her feelings for someone she cared about, and Mezoreia had come down to help Madelyn in this way.

If this Mezoreia were to die while she were asleep, what kind of situation would Madelyn’s mind be forced into?

Emilia: [Madelyn, wake up! Wake up already!]

They were in the middle of a battle. Moreover, Cecilus had saved Emilia’s life from peril.

It was impossible to be so selfish as to ask him to back off or not to kill Mezoreia.

Therefore, that only left Madelyn. Only she could end the battle without losing the life of Madelyn herself or Mezoreia, who had come to her aid.

Cecilus: [Oh, I see! So the wing’s joint is weak!]

Despite Emilia’s hopes and considerations, the analysis from Cecilus, who had been cheering for battle, proceeded.

Looking back at her memories of fighting Volcanica, Emilia had had no idea of what the weaknesses of the creature known as a Dragon were, but Cecilus seemed to be different.

Cecilus’ sword strike had hit the joint of the Dragon’s wing as he said, as he continued to fight in the air using the Dragon’s body as a foothold, not falling out of the air and dodging the attack of the wings and tail that tried to fling him away.

In an instant, the nature of the scream changed, and blue blood dripped onto the white snow cover.

Beyond its sturdy scales, it was proof that a slash had bypassed them.

Cecilus: [If a Dragon were to lose its wings, what would make it different from a ground dragon? Have you had a chance to learn how to fight while on the ground in your long lifetime?]

He was not mocking or belittling it.

Cecilus’s tone of voice had remained the same; if anything, he was saying it to hype himself up. But even Emilia was convinced that what he had been saying was about to become a reality.

If Emilia was convinced, Mezoreia, who was being directly swung at by the sword, should have been even more convinced.

A Dragon with its wings cut off and fallen to the ground.

Emilia, who had no wings and was not a Dragon, could not imagine how unbearable that would be. But she could see how it would take away Mezoreia’s chances of winning.

It was hard to believe that Cecilus, who could not be kept up with even in the sky, could be kept up with on the ground.

Mezoreia: [――This dragon is…!!]

A moment later, Mezoreia’s low voice boomed, trying to sweep aside the impending humiliation.

Kicking Mezoreia in the flank, Cecilus leapt up and his slash drew near the joint of its wing. Just before it hit, it did a spinning drill and flipped from down facing to upward facing in mid-air.

Mezoreia’s Draconic arm reared up in front of Cecilus, who was aiming for the wing.

A human body could easily be torn apart if it were hooked in either the claws or the scales.

Emilia almost screamed that even Cecilus, who could move fast, was no exception. But Emilia’s scream was not at the death of Cecilus, but at another sight.

Emilia: [Hoowee, that was a close one!]

The swinging arm of the Dragon had certainly caught Cecilus in mid-air.

However, Cecilus aligned his sole against the Dragon arm striking at him, allowing him to run alongside the arm while it unleashed its ferocious blow.

He began to run near the Dragon’s elbow after he launched himself using the tip of the Dragon’s claw as a stephold.

He was able to convert a strike that would have blown his body apart on impact into an opportunity to run and jump out of the way; it was his ridiculous foot speed that had allowed him to escape an otherwise certain death.

Cecilus: [Beauty-san!]

Emilia: [Ah, yes!]

Being called a beauty, Emilia was at loss for any words of modesty in response.

Instinctively sensing why she was being called, Emilia leapt away from the end of the Dragon’s arm and cast a new ice weapon in the vicinity of Cecilus, who landed on the ice wall.

Cecilus quickly picked it up and turned to Mezoreia, who was about to give chase, and bent his knees in preparation for another leap.

The open distance, which could be closed in the blink of an eye, was Mezoreia’s chance for victory as it was in a position where no attacks from Cecilus could ever reach.

Naturally, Mezoreia would put all of its energy into this. ――At least, it should have.

Cecilus: [Hm?]

Cecilus tilted his head while he crouched down to get ready for an immediate attack.

Despite the tacit understanding and his stance of giving up the first move, the expected attack did not arrive.

Emilia seemingly had the same doubts as Cecilus. Before she even knew it, Emilia understood that this was the final line deciding over victory or defeat as she was pushed to her limits.

And yet, Mezoreia did not move. On the contrary――,

Mezoreia: [――――]

Immediately before this moment, Mezoreia had tried to swing its Dragon arm to obliterate Cecilus. It stopped moving in mid-air and its white eyeballs with identifiable black parts stared at a single point.

Not at Cecilus―― who tried to push it into a corner for a taste of humiliation.

Aside from Cecilus, who was posturing on the ice wall, and Emilia, who was cradling Madelyn, there was another presence that Mezoreia could not ignore on this white-dyed battlefield.

Mezoreia, still as if it had been struck dead, raised its gaze even higher into the sky.

It stopped and gazed towards a point in the sky much, much higher than its own.

Emilia: […Is there, something flying?]

Emilia followed Mezoreia’s gaze and focused on the ashen, snow-laden clouds.

Even higher in the sky than where Mezoreia’s huge body floated, there was a shadow of something flying just barely visible to Emilia’s eyesight.

The only options Emilia could consider flying in the sky were the Dragon in front of her, the flying dragons that flew in numbers across the battlefield, or Roswaal getting sidetracked during his travel time.


Mezoreia: [――It can’t be.]

Mezoreia flapped its wings as it muttered this.

The body of the idling Dragon resumed its movement. However, it was not a move to unleash a decisive attack like the one just before,

Cecilus: [Whaaa!? Hey, hey, hey, wait, wait, this can’t be happening!?]

As soon as Cecilus saw its movement, his expression trembled with the greatest of shock.

Until then, his expression had seemed to be happy regardless of what was done to him, but now his eyes hastily turned monochrome. That was only natural. While he had expected his opponent to jump in, it was Mezoreia turning its back that was so unbelievable. 

Mezoreia: [――――]

Not heeding Cecilus’s voice, Mezoreia flapped its wings and tore through the sky.

Once the Dragon decided to fly and started moving, its speed was extraordinary as it turned back and rose into the sky so swiftly, like an arrow being shot with full force.

Cecilus: [You think I’ll let you do that!!]

In order to prevent the flying Dragon from escaping, Cecilus bent his knees not for a counter-attack, but to explosively unleash the required strength from his legs to chase after the flying Dragon.

The small body made an incredible thrust, causing the thick, huge ice wall to crack and crumble, starting from his sole, as Cecilus’s body leapt away.

In a straight line, Cecilus’s figure surpassed the Dragon’s speed and he closed on its wings. He drew closer. Closer, closer, and closer, until――,

Cecilus: [――Ah, damn, looks like I can’t reach.]

No matter how fast Cecilus was on his feet and how far he could leap, he could not erase the distance to the Dragon which was already in the sky.

Alas, Cecilus’s body could not keep up with the eluding Mezoreia, and at the limit of his leap, he lost momentum and dropped back down. If the Cloud Dragon had shifted its aim and gone for Cecilus, even he might have been in danger.

But Mezoreia did not retaliate. Instead, it rose steadily and ripped through the sky.


Cecilus: [――It’s heading into the Imperial Capital?]


――Changes had taken place in multiple places in the siege of the Imperial Capital, amongst them, the developments that had occurred in two places were of particular importance.

At the same time these had transpired outside of the Crystal Palace, within the throne room, two Emperors met face-to-face, their gazes so close together that their eyelashes could have touched those of the other.

Abel: [――――]

The rebel ringleader, Abel, had been a move behind; however, he switched gears on the spot.

He leaned forwards as to play his best move―― or rather, to play the next best move he had, against the person donning a visage identical to his own, who had approached his immediate front before his eyes.

Abel: [――Hk.]

A sharp strike was delivered to his left clavicle, his thoughts soldering red from the severe blow.

Taking a look, he saw that what had struck the base of his neck was being held by the hand of the one right before him, an iron fan―― the preferred weapon of the person wearing the same visage as his own, an object he knew from sight.

Handling that weapon took something special, and he had harbored doubts of just how powerful a thing it was, many times in the past.

Abel: [――――]

The fact that he had attained the answer to his past questions, the pain penetrating his brain, he consciously excised them both from his thoughts.

Picture in your mind the priorities of the present moment and immediately formulate measures to address them. Taking into consideration a combination of feasibility and effectiveness, alongside your injuries, arrange the priorities.


Vincent: [This is not a board game. This is why you are not worthy of being a warrior, it feeeels.] [1]

Faster than Abel was able to choose from the myriad of options that had emerged within his head, the warrior displayed the techniques that had permeated his body, his veins, rather than his head.

MerciIessly twisting Abel’s arm, he snatched away the thing which was held by the now-weakened limb, and in the moment following that, Abel’s vision was covered in dark for an instant.

Abel: [――――]

Has he crushed my eyes, or have my eyes been blinded in some way?

A moment’s pondering, negated by the fact that his blocked vision returned immediately afterwards. If so, what had been the true meaning behind the other party’s actions? And coincident with those thoughts, he realized.

――That again, his own face was covered with something that felt familiar.

Abel: [You――]

And thus his lips, moving faster than his hands or feet, let out a sound as he glared into the black eyes before him.

With those words from Abel, on whom he had put the Oni mask that had previously been snatched away, the false Emperor before him―― No, Chisha Gold, twisted his lips, the lips on a face that was not his own.

Recognizing that upon his own face was an awfully decadent smile, Abel’s eyes widened.




A moment later――,

Abel: [――――]

――A white light came rushing in, piercing a wall of the throne room, and perforated the chest of the one at the apex of the Empire, Vincent Vollachia, from behind. [2]




Translation notes:

[1] Vincent’s speech style here changes somewhat dramatically, switching the way he refers to Abel via a second-person pronoun, from the usual Emperor-ly “貴様” to a more casual (or even disrespectful, considering the context) “あなた”, among other changes. This perhaps serves to indicate that he’s dropping the facade right now, and acting as Chisha Gold rather than a fake of Vincent Vollachia.

[2] A nuance that is a little bit lost in translation, is that “頂点” is here translated as “apex”, in “apex of the Empire”, but it is also the same word used to refer to the bastions of the Imperial Capital’s walls, which is present in the title of the chapter.

47 thoughts on “Arc 7, Chapter 106 – “Bastions in Chaos (Part Three)””

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  2. Trying to understand Abel’s game plan here. Just waltz into the throne room and confront one of the most formidable opponents in the empire unguarded.

    It is just difficult to believe this 5D chess player made such a stupid move. Then again this might be bait and he reverse Uno’s this next chapter. Just kind of annoyed that he even appeared remotely shocked.

    1. I thought the same thing until I remembered that he’s supposedly impossible to kill thanks to the Yang Sword, though I’m still not sure exactly how that works.

      1. I feel that has to do with the requirement of being able to hold the Yang blade in the first place so along the lines of “if you can pick up the Yang blade you can kill me” kind of deal since it’s the hang blades flame protecting him supposedly

      2. nice save fake emperor.
        though kinda useless if abel can’t be killed thanks to yang flame or was it sword ? well, whatever the thing that protect the emperor.

    2. Apprently he expected the fake emperor to just sit there and let him monologue uninterrupted (or at least he didn’t expect the interruption that the white spider used)

  3. Am I the only one that has a hunch that Ubilk is a sin arch bishop or related to the witch cult in some way, the way they describe him in this chapter almost parallels a witch cultist in how inhuman they are.

    1. His future sight ability seems to account for Subaru and personal history of others (gospel shows future but doesn’t show other peoples history or Subarus adjusted actions from wat I understood with Betelgeuse fight) so it’s probably a separate way of seeing the future but related (also note the “stars” seen by the stargazer r actually implied to be looking at someone’s soul directly since prime minister asked him to check his and he responded with “can’t you aren’t a bright enough star” essentially)

      1. I think Ubilik’s Observers are related to the Pleiades Watchtower with his future sight being like a future version of the Hall of Memories.

        1. When he spoke to the prime minister and fake Vincent alone in the crystal palace (I don’t have a exact chapter number I know it was recent though) the prime minister asked if ulbik could see his future and the response given was something similar to “not all stars are radiant enough for me to see” so the “stars” have some relation to individuals which implies they are somehow related to the souls of the people (I’m assuming he’s free to view his own as much as he wants but he has to be near others to see their fate/destiny stuff)

    1. Chisa (fake Vincent/body double/divine general) temp blinded Abel (actual Vincent/emperor) stole the mask that prevents people from recognizing him and forcibly threw it bak on Abel’s face then both got blasted by a white light (which I assume is either the golem or mezoria leaning towards mezoria since she had a white light attack before) I assume that’s chisa and mezoria (she’s technically possessed by Madelyn currently) attempting to kill Abel since he’s a divine general and probably has a trick to survive

      1. Okay, I already get why Chisha putted it back to Abel’s face and that is for Mezoreia/Madelyn to recognize who the fake one is but didn’t Abel already ripped the mask so how the did Chisha put it back on his face?

        1. He stole it from his hands. The “temporarily blinded” bit is because he can’t see anything while it’s being put on.

      2. Madelyn has no reason to attack Abel that she wouldn’t have to kill Chisha who is impersonating Abel. Don’t forget that the rest of the Divine Generals don’t know that Abel has been dethroned by Chisha, also Madelyn has no way to know that Abel made it to the throne room. This seems like a third party attack altogether.

        1. Madelyn probably was told to direct her anger at the rebellion since she works closely with prime minister the spirit eater also knows Abel was the one behind the mask (it was the reason she went after him so hard bak in guaral)

    2. I believe Chisha(false emperor) placed the mask back on Abel to hide his identity and be attacked in Abels place.

  4. Balroy tamelgryph has been raise from the dead and killed chisha gold instead his excellency the emperor… Any questions?

  5. The person who killed balroy tamelgryph was Julius juukulius. Well I already know since I noticed Julius holding the book of the dead of balroy

  6. Let’s see, Ceci has been nerfed by being turned into a shots, doesn’t have his favorite Dream Sword or Fiend Sword on him, and has lost most of his memories so he’s probably moving his body on pure instinct, and yet is still casually overpowering a Dragon… Maybe Emilia’s guess about Ceci being as talented as Reid is actually true, which is kinda sick if true

    1. We don’t know if Ceci trained so hard or he is just blessed by the Observers to be this strong to the point the he is already a sword saint level if not NEAR sword saint level. Or maybe he has a divine protection?

      1. He probably trained hard, but not on the lvl of Wilhelm (he’s too aloof for that). We know that hard work can only get u so far in re zero and he’s clearly beyond that limit. So it’s probably his sheer natural talent. He might have a DP for speed that we don’t know of, but even with one he’s still too strong. And Ceci is already BEYOND Sword Saint lvl. I’m pretty sure he can beat the previous generation Sword Saint (Theresia) in a one-on-one fight

  7. Thanks for the translation.

    If Emilia’s whole reason for joining the royal selection is to find dragon blood, and Mezoreia is bleeding right now, it seems a little weird that Emilia is just letting the blood spill to the floor. Was it too much for Emilia to create some kind of ice bowl and catch the blood?

    (I guess it’s totally in-character for her to forget during the heat of the moment, but still, come on!)

    1. No, you are missing something. At the end of arc 6, Emilia finds out(Beatrice told him) that dragon blood is useless.

      1. It’s not that it’s useless, it’s that the blood must be obtained from “the last heartbeat of a Dragon”. Meaning, they’d have to kill Mezoreia.

    2. The dragon has to die for the blood to have magic healing (the condition to make the magic healing was the dragons final heartbeat)

  8. At first I was like why tf is this guy wrote up to be one of the most cunning tactical minds of rezero dumb enough to get caught off guard by approaching a literal divine general alone.

    But two things stick out here, namely one that he knows of Ubliks worth and wouldn’t lead him aimlessly to his death after getting him through the battlefield and TWO it makes me think of tarittas stargazer sister who claims the dark haired dark eyed man who had to die looks like Vincent therefore Chisha probably set up this entire scheme in order to make the prophecy play out for him to die instead of the real emperor. Maybe Abel already figured this out and knew he wouldn’t harm him to a fatal degree.

    1. if a prophecy from some star (god ?) can be fooled by simply changing your appearance and pretend to be the empror, wouldn’t it be cheaper to buy some hair dye ?

      1. He can’t dye his hair he’s the emporer body double if he does that to many questions pop up from subordinates

    1. From side story stuff and the wiki she actually runs the assassin organization melli and Elsa worked for so probably hiding and assassinating people

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