Eliza chapter 189 – Discarded chess piece

After tying up Mefuri’s arms and legs as well as even blindfolding and gagging her, we finally left the underground passage.

We didn’t know the exact conditions for Mefuri to activate her magic yet, so I could only go off the example of Diferis who had to use arm gestures and her voice in order to activate magic.

As for Mefuri’s explosions, although I inferred that preliminary preparations must have been necessary for her to be able to explode the children, I still didn’t know the details. Because I had accidentally touched Mefuri, along with the fact that we had to carefully keep a distance from the remaining children while returning in the dark and narrow tunnel, Claudia, Rashiok, and I were all exhausted by the time we returned to the fort.

Again, while we didn’t know the details, it seemed that Mefuri could grasp the position of her “bombs” even without relying on her vision, a fact that gave us great pressure. I think that perhaps her sense isn’t perfect, as she didn’t notice the fact that we took Vanita in the darkness and then knocked him unconscious… as Vanita could be one of her living bombs as well.

“So, what are you going to do?”

Without concealing the fatigue on her face, Claudia indicated towards Mefuri. I confirmed that the children hadn’t come out of the tunnels yet, and placed my hand on my neck without saying anything. Just in case Mefuri attempted to explode the remaining children, we had ordered them to follow along far behind us.

“Persuading her will be rather…”

Claudia seemed both unwilling to forgive this girl as well as being unwilling to kill her if at all possible.

“She’s most likely not one of the slaves from Nazric. Her appearance might mean she’s from Epadena… or, she could be someone from Rindarl originally that has southern blood in her.”

Maybe Claudia was unsure if what I said was accurate or not, she furrowed her eyebrows as she looked down at the bound Mefuri that she was dragging along behind her.

Mefuri seemed to be recoiling in fear at our voices as she breathed raggedly through the cloth gag that was roughly stuffed in her mouth. …Although she’s the enemy’s agent, with her young age Rindarl probably only taught her about how to use her ability. Now that she’s been defeated and has become our prisoner for real this time, she seems to have completely lost her calm.

Although she’s still young and it would be typical behavior for her age, it could still be some sort of trap for me to lower my guard.

“How pitiful.”

Claudia suddenly made a comment.

Her heavy tone of voice was clearly because she expected this to end in Mefuri’s execution, but Mefuri wouldn’t know that. Mefuri finally stopped throwing a tantrum, and attempted to crawl closer to Claudia.

…The sight of her seemed so miserable. She was probably around eleven years old, covered in blood and tied with ropes, and was struggling like a dying insect to wriggle closer to the people that would probably end up killing her. Her trembling body and and shaky knees indicated her fear of us though, I couldn’t imagine that she could possibly be acting.

“…, …”

I think that I most likely had a terribly cold and ruthless look as I was looking at her.

“…Indeed, it’s truly pitiful. It doesn’t matter what kind of magic power beyond human understanding she possesses, with how young she is it’s obvious that she’s just a chess piece whose fate is to be used and thrown away.”

“Eliza-dono?”

Claudia seemed surprised as she looked at me. Mefuri who seemed like she was almost at death’s door also heard my statement. Perhaps she received a huge shock, she violently jerked her body.

“This child was betrayed and abandoned. It would be normal for her to be executed if she was captured. For whoever sent these children here, the person in charge probably considered it nothing even if this girl died here as well.”

Mefuri kept shaking her head as if she didn’t enjoy hearing me talk. Her body language was shouting that she didn’t want to listen to this. However, it’s not like she has any options. Since she was the cause of all this, she no longer has the freedom to choose.

“-Whoever sent this child here surely isn’t capable of rational strategizing. Wasting and allowing someone with such magic power to be killed like this… Well, if this child had been my soldier, I would never have done such a terrible thing.”

Pitter patter, there was the sound of something liquid leaking out of Mefuri’s eyes and dripping to the stone floor even through her blindfold.

As this incomparably pitiful young girl tried crawling towards my feet, I still looked at her with an expression of cold ruthlessness.

-I’m perfectly aware that what I’m doing is attempting to brainwash her. She seems like the type who wouldn’t obediently answer my questions, so first I must use psychological attacks to break her spirit.

Since she’s not an Arxian, I absolutely can’t trust her because I don’t know what morals she’s been raised with.

If I can’t trust her, I can’t make use of her, so breaking her spirit is the best method I know.

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31 responses to “Eliza chapter 189 – Discarded chess piece

  1. Thanks for the chapter~ :3
    Oh-ho, Eliza gonna brainwash her into her slave bomber? I’m excited what the Rindals reaction if she’s used to bomb them.

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    • And wouldn’t that be their new nightmare?
      Another event similar to the Vlad moment.

      This time, as the enemies rescue their captives, BOOM.
      So from then on, even if Eliza didn’t do anything, they can’t help but kill their own escaped prisoners in fear of them being a bomb that Eliza is just waiting to explode.

      No survivor allowed, either by Eliza’s hand or their own allies.

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    • Or maybe, they don’t have full understanding of what magic is, and people tend to fear what they do not understand; so, simple solution, send these magic tyke-bombs to get rid of them as well as some enemies to boot.

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  2. Bow down to our Lord, Eliza Kaldia!
    Bring the poor lost lamb, Mefuri to your light!!!

    Later…
    Gunther : So what our Lord is up to talking so long with that Mefuri girl?
    Claudia:… She said, she is brainwashing that girl.
    Silence…
    Ratoka: Aaah, she is up to her old game again?
    !!!
    Ratoka: What? Don’t look at me like that? I’m a victim myself….
    Ergnade : I am so proud, that’s my girl! Stealing enemies’ asset!

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  3. Wow, Mefuri is acting so normal and scared now, despite how ruthless she was acting earlier.

    Is Eliza going to recruit her? She’s quite on her way to building a fearsome entourage fit for a demon king:
    – the powerful dragon… wolf thing.
    – Claudia, the knight who is strangely chivalrous, but she can afford it with her monstrous strength.
    – Mefuri, who can turn people into living bombs.
    – Oscar, who is most proficient at uh… overworking himself with paperwork.
    – Ratoka, the double who… looks good in a drag? Pretty harmless otherwise.
    – and she’s backed by Earl Terejia, an… old guy who really needs to retire.

    Okay, so Eliza still needs to work on her demonic army.

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    • Ratoka is a wild card, quite useful in lots of ways. He can fight and good at enduring injuries, already good at intelligence, disguise, and covert operations, just teach him about assassination skills.

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  4. I am looking forward to seeing how far Eliza can respond to the enemy’s provocations without losing her own moral compass.

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  5. They refer to people with magic as “Demons” and basically threat them as garbage ._. I think I remember the bandit (the one Eliza interrogated) made a comment on how someone “strange” would be killed when they were born.

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  6. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Descent of the Demon Queen. Well, princess maybe. 10 more years and give her a whip… er… yeah, wrong kind of queen.

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  7. That Mefuri girl….seeing as how she wanted to deny everything, it pretty much tells us that she’s some girl who thought that her actions would bring her acceptance from where she came ://// This mind-break probably won’t be too hard, since the girl seems like she’s been broken before, although unprofessionally with how easily she’s faltering at the moment. Thanks for the chapter! Go go Eliza!

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