Eliza chapter 163 – The noble school’s upper-level section, part 1

One day, when my classes were over and I returned to my dormitory, I noticed that Reka didn’t come out to greet me from the servants’ living area. I noticed a young boy that was one of Zephyr’s servants rushing over towards me, does he have a message for me from Reka, is he busy with something?

“Earl Kaldia……! Your servant, he went to the upper-level section of the noble school……!”

He seemed out of breath, so first I told him to take a seat and calm down. I told him to catch his breath, so he obediently started taking deep breaths.

“And, why exactly was it that Reka went to the upper-level section?”

“……Okay. He was ordered to return a book to the library in the upper-level section, or else…… The one who ordered Reka was the son of the Innefort family.”

“Innefort…… He’s a northern noble. Got it. I thank you from my heart, for your generosity in letting me know.”

After giving my gratitude to Zephyr’s servant who was still catching his breath, I headed for the upper-level section as quickly as my feet would take me.

For school life, it’s common for servants to go around everywhere to assist in things such as classroom or food preparation.

Of course, there are rooms just for servants, and there are some that go around with their servants at all times when they’re not in class, but the majority of nobles and their servants will move separately most of the time.

Because there are many lower-ranked nobles that are friendly with their servants, it seems that it’s often the case that some nobles will hang out together with their servants as friends. Higher-ranked nobles typically don’t even notice the existence of commoner servants, so they wouldn’t even think of going around together with their servants, and they’re much less likely to have servants with them when going from class to class.

And, even if all servants are commoners, there’s an unwritten rule that students shouldn’t give orders to other students’ servants.

The classes are divided based on academic ability, and that’s supposed to be used to judge the students rather than noble rank in theory, but there’s always going to be those types from the higher-ranked nobles that enjoy things like harassing the lower-ranked nobles’ servants.

……However, unwritten laws are unwritten laws. It’s just something that nobles set up out of respect for each other, but it’s not an actual rule that must be followed.

As I kept heading in the direction of the upper-level section in search of Reka, I passed many horses on the wide school grounds.

The upper-level section allows adult servants to accompany the nobles there. If Reka who’s just a child goes there, he’ll be treated as a commoner without the protection of his master. If he’s unlucky, he might encounter some nasty noble who will cause an incident.

-As expected, after it became widely known about the conflict between Eric and me, factions started forming among the students.

The fact that the crown prince and Grays have been absent from school for so long is also a cause, but it also means I still have time to resolve this somehow before they return. Factions appeared because Eric and Sieghart were both originally influential members of the crown prince’s retinue, and I took the attitude that it had nothing to do with me, but I’ve already been caught up in the middle of it all.

The current situation is that the Kaldia faction, including Sieghart, has a great majority, and the students in Eric’s faction are being excluded. For example, the seats in the cafeteria. Using the power of numbers, those in Eric’s factions are forced to sit in the corners and the seats for lower-ranked nobles.

There’s no thought involved in this factional struggle at all. It’s nothing more than a noble power game, the desire to be better than someone else using the advantage of numbers or noble ranking. And for me whose name has been put onto this faction as the head, it’s something I really don’t want.

After all, there’s no benefits in this for me whatsoever, but the negative feelings from those being bullied in Eric’s faction will all concentrate on me. And now, the end result is that they’re breaking an unwritten rule, in order to harass my servant. While cursing under my breath, I grabbed the reins of a horse.

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29 responses to “Eliza chapter 163 – The noble school’s upper-level section, part 1

  1. Wow… I know she would be popular but never I imagine she will be unwillingly saddled with a clique in school.
    Eliza still insist on her ‘It got nothing to do with me’ stand but she got nowhere to go aha ha ha… Give it up Eliza and conquer the school before the heroine appear.

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  2. The unwritten rules is the noble can’t order other’s servants, but were it to happen, were the servant can’t disobey the orders?

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    • I’m assuming their society has a strict hierarchy. Commoners/servants should always obey their “betters”, though the noble they actually serve could obviously complain about abusing/misusing their “property”.

      That said, with Eliza’s servants actually being retainers, there might be a whole heap of other politics to consider. (And although she didn’t fully explain it before, if we’re going by the medieval equivalent, retainers basically exclusively and directly serve their lord and receive their full protection.)

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      • Despite them being retainers though Eliza still is not very high ranked for a noble and one would assume that Eric’s side mostly is. So they could still force it using that, as even Eliza would have to obey if they went through the correct channels. That said, Eliza could also (expecially in situations like this) use said ordering to form a counter if done poorly / she saw it coming.

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  3. small scale politics! even tho its just started with a smaller matter from a fight….. factions from just a fight…. nobility are really harsh. i hope no blood were spoiled from this.

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  4. Wow, the fact that there’s even (a highly prominent) Kaldia faction really drives home how much that northern noble dun goofed. You don’t just mess with the leader of a faction directly.

    Maybe he’s trying to commit suicide by warlord?

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  5. Aaah, factions.
    Cronie wannabe: Leave it to us Kaldia-sama, we’ll show Eric and his followers who’s boss.
    Eliza: I don’t know you?!
    *later*
    Duke: Aah, Earl Einsbark. I hear your followers have been picking on my son?
    Eliza: I don’t know who you’re talking about. <- the truth

    Meanwhile, I suspect Eric is T_T -ing because he was trying to apologize to Eliza and somehow got an entourage of people who hate her, and it's those nasty Northern nobles to boot. lol, I wonder how Eliza interprets all this. Certainly, she thinks it's nobles being silly, but how does her rational mind process this in terms of why people would find it beneficial to form a faction around Her?

    … we'll totally see a repeat of this mess when the heroine shows up, won't we.
    Heroine: Your followers have been picking on me!
    Eliza: I beg your pardon, my servants would never pick a fight with a noble.
    Heroine: Not your people, those people over there.
    Eliza: … I don't know them.
    Bully: Ah, Earl Kaldia-sama! P-pleased to meet you, I believe it's the first time we talk.
    Heroine: ?!

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  6. Reka better be ok, or there will be hell campus grounds. Actually…it might be good for people to know not to mess with her retainers. It’s not too bad if they tasted a bit of what you call shame and fear > 7 > ) eheheh…Thanks for the chapter!

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  7. I hope nothing heppen to reka
    And everything end with blood

    They just nevel learn what kinda horrible fate when envpolped with someone who have kaldia blood

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  8. A northern noble again huhh……. I wonder if they were also influenced by their parents who were connected to the Nordstrum but kept quiet because the prince was around and favored Eliza, but now that he is away and the fight with Eric, now they are using their noble power to show who rules.

    Now is time for conquer! Raise your flags men! It’s time to fight and unify the world- cough cough- unify the school!

    I wonder if what is happening in the school was actually planned by the king to see how those kids will react and cope to this mock political conflict without the help of outsiders/adults.

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  9. You didn’t intentionally start this, but you’ll have to take a stance, Eliza
    war isn’t just physical. It is also political. Your border domain is threatened
    Taking a useless “both sides are wrong” centrist only means the most underhanded people will win
    If so let that person be you

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  10. Thanks for the chapter~ :3
    Oh, Reka, I hope you’re alright. Or else, there’ll be blood. Good luck, Eliza, with this mini-political power tug-of-war.

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