Eliza chapter 160 – Like a board game

(Translator note: Thanks to a sharp-eyed reader, either I missed a paragraph in Chapter 138, or the author added it later, probably the former as I may have overlooked it originally. It’s actually a pretty important one, as many people have been asking what happened to the Nordsturms. I’ve edited the original chapter, and I’ll also repost it here for the convenience of people that don’t want to reread a whole chapter:)

Chapter 138, missing paragraph:

After the incident, the corpse of Marquis Nordsturm, leader of the northern nobles, was discovered. This was also information that was concealed from the public. His funeral was carried out quietly in secret, and the nobles just know that his successor only inherited a low-ranked noble title for some reason.

There were rumors that he couldn’t bear the disadvantageous evidence piling up against him, and that he committed suicide, but the truth was unclear. The new leader of the Nordsturm family was his eldest, and also said to be his only son, a young man with wheat-yellow hair like his father. Melchior disappeared during the incident, and hasn’t been found since.

 

Eliza chapter 160 – Like a board game

The next day when I returned to noble school, “good morning,” just as Zephyr greeted me, he was roughly pushed aside, by someone I hadn’t expected to see so soon.

It’s Eric. He was glaring at me as if he had something against me, an expression that seemed like he was dissatisfied with something. ……It feels a bit pitiful that I have to deal with opponents like him that are even shorter than me.

Before I could even ask just what he wanted, I noticed Zephyr falling from the violent shove, about to hit a desk, and I reflexively grabbed on to Zephyr’s arm. I managed to catch him right before his head hit the corner of the desk.

Maybe I pulled Zephyr too hard, this time he staggered forward. I was about to support his shoulder with my left hand, but my arm was still trembling from the impact so he slipped from my hand, so I had to catch him in my arms.

Even though I do exercise regularly, of course I don’t have the strength to hold someone my size for a long period of time, but he was a bit dizzy and had trouble standing by himself. -Since it couldn’t be helped, I gently rolled Zephyr onto the floor.

“……That was dangerous. You almost hit your head.”

“T, thank you, Kaldia. You saved me……?”

Even though he thanked me, I feel like there was a question mark at the end of his sentence, is it because I ended up rolling him onto the floor? I made sure to do it gently so that he wouldn’t get injured, but I don’t quite recognize the expression he’s making right now.

I pulled Zephyr’s arm again to finally help him stand up, then turned around and looked at Eric. He seemed rather shaken, and he stood there frozen. However, the moment he noticed me looking at him, he started moving awkwardly, and he slowly changed his expression to an apologetic one as he looked away from me and at Zephyr.

“……Uh, my bad, Molton. Um…… because I wasn’t paying attention, you may have been injured.”

…………What, was that supposed to be an apology? Is Eric a commoner or a low-ranked noble? It doesn’t seem like an apology that should come from the high-class archduke’s family that can have the most luxurious lifestyle, living off of the people’s taxes.

As Zephyr was about to hurriedly say something like “not at all,” I pulled on his arm and stopped him. Zephyr is the eldest son of a margrave. As a member of a higher-ranked noble family, he should consider proper noble behavior at all times. Since Eric obviously isn’t being very polite, there’s no need to be polite to him back, even if he’s from the archduke’s family.

Zephyr seemed surprised as he didn’t say anything, and I coldly stared in Eric’s direction. Eric also wasn’t saying anything. I don’t know why, but his willful expression suddenly seemed to be at a loss for what to say.

“-Kaldia, Molton. Even Eric’s here as well. What just happened?”

With a dubious expression on his face, Sieghart arrived. That’s when Eric’s atmosphere of confusion suddenly vaporized.

Eric turned around, and left the classroom just like that. He can’t deal with his emotions, so he ran away, is that what it was? He’s at a moody age, maybe something like that.

And in the end, I didn’t even find out what Eric wanted from me……

“Um, there’s something I’ve always been thinking that I haven’t said before. Could it be that Eric just wants attention from Eliza-sama?”

After I finished talking about what just happened, I heard a shocking comment from Reka, causing me to blink. I moved a piece on the chess-like board game I was playing with Athrun, then I looked over at Ratoka and had a simple exchange with him.

“Did you understand what Reka was talking about just now?”

“Nope, not at all.”

From the edge of my vision, I noticed that Tira was giggling, and even Athrun seemed to be looking at me as if I was a small child. It seems that only Ratoka and I don’t understand what’s going on.

“When the two of you first met, didn’t you make him into your opponent?”

“It’s because he was making fun of me. It seems that he’s disliked me ever since then, so I’ve continued to treat him that way.”

“That’s, why it is. He also wants to make friends with Eliza-sama, but doesn’t know how to do so. It’s probably because he didn’t have any friends to begin with. He has no idea how to become friends with Eliza-sama, nor does he know how to make up with friends after fighting.”

……That extremely rude behavior is the only way Eric knows how to communicate?

“He tried to do something resembling an apology, correct?”

“He has an older brother, right? Maybe he doesn’t know how to apologize for what he thinks are small things.”

As expected of children that had somewhat more normal childhoods, I got the feeling that Reka’s explanation was quite convincing.

……Noble children have a special environment growing up. Besides, Eric probably had a more unique environment than most, since his mother died five years ago. I honestly hadn’t considered that it would cause his communication skills to drop so precipitously……

“……By the way, I don’t have any intention of making friends with Archduke Dovadain’s sons, you know.”

“Eh, how come?”

“Other nobles are already unhappy that I received rewards from the king, if I try to get closer to a powerful family like the archduke’s, it’ll increase their negative feelings towards me even further. I still want to limit my bad reputation as much as possible.”

“Mm…… I see. Eric wants to be friends! But because of the adults around you, you can’t make friends with children your own age, such a sad story……”

Athrun who was having difficult figuring what move to make next in our chess-like game finally moved his knight. When I attacked his knight with my archer, Ratoka whispered something in Athrun’s ear. Hey, giving advice isn’t fair.

“Is that so? Even if I improve my relationship with Eric, I don’t feel like I’d have much to talk with him about.”

Tira joined our conversation as she poured some black tea for me. She also brought a small dish of confectioneries to go with the tea, so I took a baked good and placed it in my mouth, thinking about what she meant as I chewed.

“Is Eric’s problematic behavior well known among nobles?”

“Hmm. The other nobles probably know about it through the servants that work here.”

“What about the eldest son Grays, will Eliza-sama consider having a better relationship with him?”

I nodded at this question. In Grays’ case, I feel like before the question of “do I want to make friends with him,” there’s this huge gap in our social statuses that’s getting in the way.

“Given the current situation, any noble would think that the archduke family’s power will be inherited by Grays, not Eric. In the first place, Eliza-sama was being cold to Eric in order to distance herself from the crown prince and Grays, right?”

“……Even if I make friends with Eric, I doubt that Grays’ opinion of me would change, and it’s really questionable if he’d be able to influence the crown prince…… Nobles’ viewpoints aren’t that simple. No matter how bad Eric’s reputation or evaluation is, he’s still a member of the archduke’s family, and there will be some sort of backlash if I get close to him.”

“I see. Arxian nobles are so complicated, unlike the King’s Spears in the Shiru tribe.”

The former Artolas Kingdom was a country consisting of many ethnicities and didn’t really have a nobility system, but something similar to nobles in social status existed there. Among the citizens of Artolas, the Shiru tribe was one of the closest related tribes to their king. It seems that they often served the king directly.

“I don’t know how complex it really is, but it’s definitely a different way of thinking. The Arxian king has absolute power as the symbol of royal blood descended from the first king of the Holy Kingdom of Arxia, Ahar Xia. He doesn’t choose representatives from the most powerful clans to serve him, it’s quite a different system from our King’s Spears.”

“Worshiping the bloodline as sacred, it’s so inconceivable. Even though we’re all believers in the Xia sect, why are our customs so different?”

I shrugged my shoulders and dodged answering that last question. That’s a question for theologists, not for a domain lord that doesn’t even believe in this religion and only considers how she can use religion to her own advantage to help in ruling her domain.

“Ah, Athrun. You’re in check.”

“Damn it……”

Athrun and Ratoka simultaneously groaned as I moved my knight to attack their king. They’re still so weak. The only person who I’ve never defeated in this chess-like strategy game is Claudia.

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46 responses to “Eliza chapter 160 – Like a board game

  1. I don’t know if I described it vividly enough for the readers, but in this chapter, Eliza basically did something like a princess/bridal carry on Zephyr. Quite an obvious and intended gender role reversal, I’d say.

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    • Which makes me wonder how people haven’t caught on to her using a body double sometimes.

      Sure, Ratoka can imitate most of her mannerisms and really looks like her, but you’d think people would notice when Eliza suddenly gets a little shorter (and more feminine, apparently) and doesn’t constantly display her killer reflexes.

      (Ratoka: “Eric keeps pulling on my hair and stepping on my coat.” vs. Eliza: “Don’t mind me while I react in the blink of an eye and princess carry this dude on instinct.”)

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      • I dont know if what i’am anout to write is in anyway close to it but… isnt eliza the only to notice-think that he is more femine and a bit smaller? . And another thing is the fact that this is a noble school and she the second of the upper noble in school and have a bad reputation = noone approatch her with no reason , and she stopped switchin when things started . I thing this is still into a legitimate possibility , they are supposed to be like twins , and only twins notice theyr difference , some time they even switch with theyr parents , class switch is even easyer . Sorry, im so bad at writing english.

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    • A pure shounen protag….
      Really good at fighting and other things related to it .. but really sucks at other… like those mc’s whose unmatched for being denser than blackhole but really good at strategy and reading other people minds… but still sucks at relationships hahaha

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  2. Thanks for the chapter~ :3
    Seeing Eliza communicating with her servants once in a while is calming. Chess with archer? Is it that world version of chess? I want to know. As for Eric problem, Idk. I guess I’d just enjoy what Eliza will do to him, good or bad.

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    • Well the game of chess has pretty much 3 thousand years (originally the chaturanga who is also the origin of shogi and other games of this type) and the rules and pieces changed in function of the period and the region (the modern version is from 15th century but even then several rules exists). So the game they play is probably a variant of chess with other names for the pieces (heck even now the name of the piece change from a country to another, example in France the bishop is call the fool and the queen the lady)

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  3. Seriously I can’t believe my prediction came true -_-”
    I will apologize to Eric for my rude words earlier.
    Anyway I’m still not a fan of him.
    Waaaaaahhhhh Eliza protected Zephyr like a Prince.

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  4. Oh so the Nordsturm won’t be bothering Eliza. The Arxia church probably got rid of him due to the incident.

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    • Melchior and the dead marquis aren’t the same.
      ” The new leader of the Nordsturm family was his eldest, and also said to be his only son, a young man with wheat-yellow hair like his father.”
      This means that the Marquis who died had blond hair, while Melchior had black hair, like the Kaldia family.
      So Melchior was never officially the Marquis.

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  5. So that’s where the Nordsturm go. Thanks, imperfectluck.

    So Eric really did just a sad kid wanting attention. Poor him.. Not! Hahaha!!
    Eliza is a Realpolitikian.
    Bismarck must be proud.

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  6. For all those saying that the Nordstrum guy is dead and won’t be bothering Eliza anymore, I would like to point out that the Nordstrum heir has “wheat-yellow hair like his father”.
    So the dead Marquis Nordstrum isn’t Melchior, since he looked like Eliza’s father (and so had black hair).

    So Eliza saved Zephyr from a rather big injury by pulling him into a princes carry.
    And, if the children are right, Eric is actually trying to get near Eliza and to get her attention.

    So the world is actually acting like an otome dating sim now?
    Too bad that Eliza is too occupied playing CK2 to realize it :p

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  7. Whoa, so that was a Princess carry? No wonder Zephyr made a face. I didn’t quite understand that when I read it, so thanks for the clarification!

    “I honestly hadn’t considered that it would cause his communication skills to drop so precipitously……” – Pot calling the kettle. Remember what happened with Ratoka? xD

    Hm, the other kids think Eliza does want friends. From Eliza’s POV, that doesn’t seem true, but we’ve seen in the past that she does want friends. Though… that does seem to be limited mostly to people from her own domains? Outside of the people of her domain though, she views people in such political manners, lol.

    Thanks for the comment on the Nordsturms, I missed that too even though I’ve GT-ed myself the raws long ago. It’s interesting that Marquis Nordsturm is dead, because it implies that he wasn’t the big mastermind. Melchior said that his ‘father’ was interested in Eliza, and with Marquis Nordsturm dead, it implies that he may not have been talking about him, so there may be another guy behind Melchior.

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    • By the way, lol@Eliza always looking down on Eric’s education. It’d be funny if Eric learned about that and tried confronting her about it.
      Eric: HEY!!! I hear you’ve been mocking my education. So what education did You get?
      Eliza: Well, Mrs. Marshan tutored me on courses that nobles are required to master.
      Eric: … and?
      Eliza: Earl Terejia also taught me a lot about noble circles. Oh. When I was young, he also arranged a special survivor training. For nobles.
      Eric: …what?
      Eliza: I was sent to the barracks, where I was beaten up by soldiers, and made to starve and scavenge food for myself.
      Eric: … what?!
      Eliza: … ? My adopted father also taught me more about combat, strategy and how to kill and psychologically attack enemies as effectively as possible.
      Eric: What is Wrong with you all??
      Eliza: Wrong? I’ll have you know Mrs. Marshan was an extremely competent teacher.
      Eric: That’s not the part that’s a problem!!

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  8. Lolol the rage I felt toward Eric roughly pushing Zephyr aside was quelled the Eliza doing a princess carry on Zephyr. I’m such a simple soul xD. It’s annoying that Melchior escaped/is missing though. He might be back to strike anytime, but as for Eliza…it seems that the tome game setting is gravitating toward her being the main protagonist. Very interesting considering her cold actions up to now xD. Thanks for the chapter! This one felt like such a treat~

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  9. “Um, there’s something I’ve always been thinking that I haven’t said before. Could it be that Eric just wants attention from Eliza-sama?”

    I spatted out the iced tea that i was drinking LOL!

    And Melchior should have Black hair and red eyes and looks like Ollive Kaldia right? Then who the heck is that blonde ikkemen? Did Melchior used Nordstrum’s last name to pinpoint someone else? or something like:
    Melchior: Our experiments is complete lets proceed to the next phase!
    Dandy Nordstrum: What is the next phase?
    Melchior: (Stab* dandy-san to his throat.).
    Melchior: Time to play with my cute niece! Mwehehehe.

    Well no matter since the heroine will not yet arrive not until 40 or more so chapters so lets just sit back and Enjoy more of Eliza’s killing in the upcoming war, Mwehehehe.

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  10. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    If Eliza came from some other family, the girls in class would be calling her Oneesama.

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  11. Other than Zephyr, these guys are supposed to be the otome game capture targets, but Eliza is the most dashing prince of them all lol xD

    After doing a princess carry(?) she finishes it off with the usual “Prince helping princess up off floor” bit. Eric must be super confused/jealous haha xD

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  12. I DON’T want to find fault with this translation, but I feel something wrong with this
    “Mm…… I see. You want to be friends! But because of the adults around you, you can’t make friends with children your own age, such a sad story……”
    「んー……そっかぁ。友達になりたい!って子と周りの大人のせいで仲良くしてあげられないっていうのも、悲しい話だねぇ……」
    their are no the subject, but maybe he talks about Eric, because of “友達になりたい!って子” is treated as the object in this sentence.
    so probably this Leka’s words mean: because of the adults around you,you can’t be friendly for Eric/someone who want to be Eriza’s friend.
    I’m so happy if my comment will be help for you.
    Thank you for your great translation.

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