Eliza chapter 152 – Balance between cracks and adhesives

“Oh hey, since we’re here, how about I introduce you to my friends?”

“Alright, it’ll be my honor to meet them.”

“Everyone, allow me to introduce her to you. This is Lesser Earl Eliza Kaldia Einsbark. Eliza-dono, these are Archduke Dovadain’s sons, Viscount Grays and Baron Eric. And this is Baron Sieghart from the Rolentsor family.”

“As he just said, my name is Eliza Kaldia Einsbark.”

The lineup of handsome boys in front of me is quite an impressive sight. As expected of otome game capture targets. I suppose it’s typical since all of them are from powerful noble families with long histories. I vaguely feel like their faces are younger than I remember, but it’s probably because I’m meeting them a bit earlier than when the game started.

“Mmm, so you’re the one we’ve been hearing about. When I heard about your military accomplishments, I was very surprised to find out you were a girl.”

“I know. Rather than knight attire, wouldn’t a dress look better on you?”

Everyone around us seemed to be astonished at our gathering, and listening in while chatting about us.

The boys introduced to me named Grays and Eric were chuckling impolitely while saying some inconsiderate things without even formally introducing themselves. The sons of Archduke Dovadain also have royal blood in them, they’re the crown prince’s cousins. Both of them have completely inherited their father Archduke Dovadain’s looks, and the two of them appear so similar that they could almost be twins despite me knowing the fact that they have different mothers. They had red shoulder-length hair tied behind them, with matching light gold eyes. In the game, they had looked like this as well.

In the game I could have sworn that both of them were supposed to be high spec, but am I remembering things incorrectly? In a public place, right after the crown prince’s introduction, they’re directly being so disrespectful to me. I feel like their heads are rather empty.

“You seem to resemble your father’s appearance greatly. It’s almost like you’re a living incarnation. ……And as for the battlefield, you were quite lucky. I have confidence that our military is quite well-trained, and we would have won anyways. You managed to defeat a small unit that happened to have a high-ranked commander in it, this can’t be anything but sheer luck.”

Although I didn’t allow my facial expressions to move even one centimeter, I wasn’t able to dodge their malevolent verbal barbs.

“She’s like her father, eh. I’ve heard about him, the infamous demon domain lord that raped and pillaged his own citizens, and devastated his own domain, right?”

Maybe Eric has a sense for how to strike at weak points, he irritatingly added some more malicious information. I furtively glanced at my surroundings. The people around us listening in, seemed to be drowning me in an unpleasant, sinister atmosphere. The crown prince, and the other member of his retinue Sieghart who hadn’t spoken yet, were the only ones who seemed like they were thinking about how to stop Eric.

“-Yes, there’s no mistaking the infamy of the previous domain lord. The terrible deeds my father did to his own domain were really troublesome. Even now, the reconstruction still isn’t complete. I wish that he was able to have been stopped five years earlier.”

“What a ridiculous thing to say. If your father had died five years earlier, you wouldn’t have been born.”

“If I was born earlier, then there wouldn’t have been any problems.”

I sparred with him calmly. I predicted that my answers would incite him. Eric was shaking his head in irritation. It seems like my answers are getting under his skin.

-I suppose that we’re now going to be more distant from each other.

I know that Eric isn’t a direct descendant like Grays and Sieghart, and that his bad temper is most likely the result of his mother being a mistress. Even after graduation, the higher ranked noble children will still associate with each other, and maybe he’ll get left out, I think he’s just taking things out on me, how troublesome. Since Eric is an illegitimate child, he probably doesn’t have a job lined up for the future.

“Eric.”

Eric was glaring at me and seemed like he was about to explode, when Grays stopped him by tightly clamping his hand onto Eric’s shoulder. He whispered something to Eric, and dragged him away.

Well, although I’m supposed to have a higher rank, there was no respect for me at all. I don’t particularly want to worsen my relationship with Grays as well, but I’m probably going to have to deal with high-ranked nobles like the archduke’s family in the Upper House of Lords in the future. There’s nothing I can do about it, so I’ll just leave them alone.

“……My friend was rude to you.”

Sieghart awkwardly lowered his head towards me. Being the grandson of general commander Marquis Rolentsor, he had black hair and a sharp glint in his reddish-brown eyes. He has an intrepid face much like his grandfather, and he seems to have ambition as expected for a descendant of the greatest military family in Arxia. He’s also the tallest of the four boys, and is in the best physical shape, it was easy to tell that he’s a military noble.

My name as well as the Einsbark name are both known as military nobles as well, but compared to him I feel like my body is dreadfully tiny. I guess the huge gap between us is because of gender?

“Please don’t mind that. I seem to have hurt his feelings as well.”

As I shrugged my shoulders, Sieghart seemed to sigh in relief. I can see a resemblance to Claudia in his actions, it definitely feels like they’re related.

“How has Marquis Rolentsor’s health been? On the battlefield, he took good care of me.”

“If you’re asking about my grandfather, you must know him well. While we did live in the same house, he hasn’t been there since the war began. It seems that he’s been quite busy lately.”

“Ahh, then he’s probably still dealing with the aftermath of the recent battles. There’s a lot of injured soldiers, and many captured prisoners as well. Not only that, the enemy has invented a new weapon. Since the war hasn’t ended either, he must prepare for the next battle.”

The royal army is commanded by the kingdom, while domain armies are personal armies. That’s why in war between countries, most of the fighting is done by the Royal Army and royal knights. Since Marquis Rolentsor has such a solemn personality, he’s probably taking the lead in doing the work. I thought about how Ergnade was quite busy at this time as well.

“……How about injured soldiers in the Kaldia army?”

The crown prince who had been silently listening to us for a while asked a question in a soft voice. Maybe he already knows how many were injured in the Royal Army, he had a serious expression on his face.

There weren’t many large-scale battles in the war – most of the battles were between small forces, and what’s more, Arxia hasn’t been in any major wars for 600 years. The population has increased greatly since that time period, along with the number of children.

“Fortunately, my army was almost unscathed on the battlefield. My army is primarily made up of cavalry troops…… it’s a bit of a different configuration from the Royal Army which is primarily infantry.”

“Ah, that’s good to hear. You won your first battle, and your troops were almost unscathed? You must be a very reliable leader.”

The crown prince seemed to be happily praising me, but I felt my lips slightly twisting into the shape of a smile.

“Thank you for the compliment.”

I see. He doesn’t know yet about the details of the first battle I participated in.

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35 responses to “Eliza chapter 152 – Balance between cracks and adhesives

  1. Hmm, Sieghart seems to be a nice guy. …Welp, I wonder how the prince would react, once he knows the truth (the possibilities of the school arc are endless!!)

    “If I was born earlier, then there wouldn’t have been any problems.”
    I didn’t quite understand Eric’s reaction to it… Did Eliza slightly jest him for being younger in some sort of bloodline heritage?
    …Oh, nevermind, I’ve re-read it, it seems to be the case.

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  2. You god damned Eric! You should become the baggage squire of the Earl Kaldia’s Army.
    If you cannot have glory from when you are born, fight for it Eric!
    Like Eliza Kaldia did!

    If Eliza isn’t born then Kaldia will be much worse!
    We won’t have our Kuudere Lord!

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  3. Omg thank you for the chapter! Haha I’ve been going back and forth in this website to see any updates XD

    All I want, is for Eliza to meet someone like or similar to Kamil, or better yet Kamil himself. I know I know, I’m still not over it, but like I think she really needs it. Well, the things that’s I’m actually really looking forward in is her acing all of the subjects and making the people doubting her, lose face! HAHAHAH!

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  4. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Eric only focused on the previous generation. Since Eliza took over, her territory has gotten much better.

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  5. Hot damn Eliza must be frustrating to deal with for those other kids (in a good way). We’re reading her thoughts here, but on the outside she’s completely stone-faced and speaks in ways that leave no room for discussion.

    Good thing she’s got that combat prowess backing her now, I wonder if the school also has practice matches or some kind of PE. It’d be fun to see how she compares to the kids around her (and the instructors).

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  6. Friggin Eric. That’s some display of immaturity he got there. Doesn’t make him any of a better person than the shitty person he already is. Thanks for the chapter!

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  7. Thanks for the new chapter~ :3
    New target of hate acquired.
    I’m curious about that Rolentsor kid. He had a good first impression for me. Hopefully he’s a decently good character.

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  8. Hahaha, oh wow, what an awful first meeting.
    Otome target #1: The Sparkly Sparkly Prince who is oblivious to Eliza’s ‘Go away… sir.’ signals.
    Otome target #2 and #3: Rude and Ruder. Buy one get one free.
    Otome target #4: Eliza’s evaluation – ‘You seem alright, but I’m more interested in your grandfather.’

    Overall evaluation – Low spec. Return to sender. The ‘heroine’ can keep them.

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  9. So Eric is the asshole angsty tsundere of the captures target.
    Sieghart must be the sporty and buff nice guy, and the prince the sparkly womanizer prince type.
    Still missing the scheming megane bastard, the dark broody kuudere and the hyper active shota to cover all the classic templates…

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  10. I was hoping the author would slowdown at the speed she was skipping time now we’re here I’m glad she did.

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  11. I wish she’d just say it’s precisely because she’s a girl that she wears the proper dress code for someone of her status. Being so young and a girl makes it easy to belittle her and by carrying herself imbecably makes it harder for others to find fault in her.

    Then no one can complain, at the same time possibly changing the public perception of her in the eyes of girls who see her as a successful female living in a predominate male driven society in medieval times.

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    • She already said that in previous chapter, just not blatantly when asked about her attire and how she is the ‘first’ example of titled female noble student.
      Nobles should be able to read between the lines but Eric and Grays are ignorant idiots just based on how they treat Eliza with contempt.
      Eliza is already a national hero when those boys is still fumbling under their parents’ wings.

      Also, I can imagine while we read her thought to bystanders Eliza is acting cool and indifferent as she rebuked slight against her… friends of crown prince or not she isn’t someone to mess with. They can talk, but she has real authority when they don’t.
      I also can’t imagine higher ranked noble like their father would want to mess with Eliza who is a rising star in their society.

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  12. Is there some dialogue missing? The brothers seem to suddenly get angry and Eliza admits she upset them, even though she just said two lines to them…

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  13. that how the boss always do, only win or not. About the process, only lesser noble know with alot of spice bye gossip
    thanks for chap

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