The Legend of Sun Knight Volume 3: To the Rescue of a Princess
Original novel in Chinese by: 御 我 (Yu Wo)
Ninth Requirement of Rescuing a Princess: “Bring the Princess Back to the Castle” – translated by Nausicaä
That person fell silent for a while, but did not deny the name I had shouted or the words I had spoken. Then, softly, she said, “Sun, release that girl. I was the one who killed Leaf. You should come at me instead.”
I coldly replied, “The weapon that killed Leaf was the rapier of a dark knight.”
“I told him to do it,” she admitted frankly, and further explained, “If we hadn’t killed him, we wouldn’t have been able to escape your pursuit.”
Upon hearing that, I said, through gritted teeth, “I thought you understood me.”
Pink let out a peal of laughter that tinkled like silver bells, and responded, “It’s because I understand you so well that I killed Leaf. Even if you had known that Resurrection could’ve been used within eight hours of death, during which you could have probably healed the Son of the God of War and company, brought them with you to defeat us, and then resurrect Leaf, you definitely wouldn’t have done so. In your eyes, there is nothing more important than your fellow holy knights, not even a princess.”
“Then you should know,” I burst out furiously, “that anyone who kills my holy knights must die!”
Pink fell silent for a long time, and then said, in a sincere tone, “Don’t fight me, Sun. You should know what I am. I can’t die. It’s pointless even if you kill this body.”
Indeed, I knew that Pink was a lich.
I have mentioned witches before, and one could almost say that a lich is an advanced version of a witch,1 an evil creature that humans transform themselves into for various reasons. However, a witch can still die, while a lich is more or less immortal. Liches abandon their own flesh, place their “life” in a safe place, and then control various kinds of objects to use as a body.
Compared to a witch, a lich is incomparably stronger. In the first place, to be able to successfully complete the ceremony for transforming into a lich, one had to have been an extremely powerful mage or cleric even before one’s rebirth as a lich. On top of that, they achieved immortality upon dying. One could say that becoming his or her enemy is the most unwise course of action, because nobody would want to have to face off with a powerful lich who knows nothing of death.
Even if I killed Pink, the most I would accomplish would be the destruction of her current body, and she could simply search for a new one.
I took a deep breath, and said, “Then, on account of our former friendship, I will just kill the dark knight.”
Looking slightly embarrassed, Pink said, “Don’t kill him either, Sun. He is the ‘Silent Eagle,’ meaning he is the head among the Dark Knights of the Cathedral of the Shadow God. As the Sun Knight of the Church of the God of Light, you must have heard of this title before.”
I had indeed heard of it before. Although the Silent Eagle was not the spokesperson for the Cathedral of the Shadow God, he was the de facto administrator of affairs… Bastard! Shouldn’t administrators be really busy? Why did he have the free time to come accost a princess?
Pink continued, “If you kill him, your problems will only increase. Even though the Cathedral of the Shadow God may not necessarily be stronger than the Church of the God of Light, they are an extremely vengeful lot. When the time comes, they may not be able to kill you, but they will definitely find a chance to kill one of the Twelve Holy Knights in retribution. You wouldn’t want to see another one of the Twelve Holy Knights lose their life, right?”
I responded indifferently, “You keep going on about ‘them’ and ‘theirs.’ Are you saying that you’re not a member of the Cathedral of the Shadow God?”
Pink snorted and answered with disdain, “Who would count themselves among their own servants?”
Upon hearing that, I furrowed my brows, not really understanding the meaning behind Pink’s words. However, I had the feeling that I was very close to coming upon a great secret of the Cathedral of the Shadow God. Yet I had no desire to tread these dangerous waters; as Pink had already said, the Cathedral of the Shadow God was a vengeful lot, and knowing their secret was not necessarily a good thing.
After a few moments of consideration, I turned around and gave the dark knight a kick. He let out a moan as he regained consciousness. I asked him, “Your name?”
The dark knight raised his head and glanced first at Pink, who was floating in midair, before directing his gaze at me. After a while, he replied, “I don’t have a name. The moment I became the Silent Eagle, I no longer had a name. As the one who defeated me, perhaps you would be willing to give me a name?”
I was stunned. Defeated him? Threatening him with a hostage also counts?
This dark knight of the Cathedral of the Shadow God is so strange… I laughed grimly and then said, “Then you will be called Awaitsun! I won’t kill you now, but eventually I’ll have you pay the price for daring to stab a blade into the chest of one of the Twelve Holy Knights… Just you wait! The Cathedral of the Shadow God may be vindictive, but this Sun Knight is ten times more vengeful!”
“Awaitsun… Alright, from now on I will be called Awaitsun.” Awaitsun nodded and actually accepted the name I gave him.
I ignored this odd dark knight and spoke toward the sky, “Pink, will you return to Leaf Bud City?”
“I will have to return sooner or later,” Pink replied with unexpected honesty. “I have matters to take care of there, so I must go back.”
I nodded my head and then abruptly infused a large amount of holy light into the Divine Sun Sword and shot it straight into the sky, where it unerringly pierced through the petite figure floating in midair.
Pink gave a suppressed gasp, and, in a pained voice, she muttered, “Sun, you…”
I coolly said to her, “I’m tired of looking at a little girl. Go change into another body and then come back.”
Her body slowly began to dissolve into ashes, and with a bitter smile she said, “A body that is to be used for a long time has to undergo very long and extensive treatment…You really are vengeful.”
I nodded and said, “It’s fine as long as you know. Next time you will learn to be more obedient. In any case, do not touch my holy knights.”
Pink muttered, “If I had known that you would catch up with us, I would never have ruffled your feathers… After all the trouble I went through, what did I gain in the end? Where am I supposed to go to find a body now? Sigh… Awaitsun, you’ve really caused me a lot of grief this time around!”
“My deepest apologies,” Awaitsun responded, and despite the injuries that covered his body, he still proceeded to kneel and bow his head to the ground.
This surprised me greatly. It seemed like Pink’s standing in the Cathedral of the Shadow God was very high after all.
Pink waved away his apologies with surprising generosity, saying, “Oh well, never mind that, give the princess to Sun. You can return to the Cathedral of the Shadow God and honorably ask the queen of the Kingdom of Moon Orchid for the princess’ hand in marriage. After everything that’s happened, I doubt that the Son of the God of War will still want to marry your Alice.”
“But…” Awaitsun said with some concern.
Pink interrupted him, “Don’t worry, after knowing that you and I were the ones who killed Leaf, he will not kill the princess. Even though that guy looks nothing like a knight, deep, deep down he still has at least that wee bit of knighthood… Right? At least, I would think so.”
With that, Pink completely dissolved into ashes.
I rolled my eyes at the spot where she had disappeared. If you’re going to die, hurry up and get on with it! Who knew you had so much rubbish to spout…and you, a lich, the most evil of all creatures, even went out of your way to remind this Sun Knight about observing knighthood! Is there no longer any differentiation between good and evil in this world?!
At this point, Awaitsun stood in front of Alice’s body and actually kneeled before me, begging, “Sir, please don’t kill Alice. It was I who killed the Leaf Knight. Everything was my doing.”
“No!” Alice immediately rushed before Awaitsun, used her slim body to shield him, and pleaded, “Please don’t kill him. Kill me instead. Everything was my fault; I shouldn’t have run away from home. I beg of you, don’t kill Eagle!”
Awaitsun immediately wrapped his arms around the princess, determined to protect her, but she struggled desperately to free herself. In a tortured voice, he shouted, “Alice! Don’t be like this.”
“Eagle!” Alice cried tearfully, “I can’t go on if you die. Even if you protect me, it’ll be useless.”
“Alice…” said Awaitsun, his voice racked by sobs. Before the power of love, even an emotionless dark knight could shed tears.
Finding myself faced with these two, who had sobbed themselves into a sorry mess, I was a bit flabbergasted. Never in my life had I imagined I’d be hearing these lines, which sounded as though they’d been plucked straight out of some ultra-classic romance drama. And why did I feel like I was the big bad villain, bent on ripping apart tragic lovers with brute force?
Are you kidding me? I’m the knight who came to rescue the princess, remember?!
My lord, the three hours of transformation are up. Do you wish to provide more blood to maintain the transformation?
I answered Dragon’s Saint Brigandine rather weakly, “No. In one month, I’ve already transformed three times. If this goes on any longer, I really will have anemia. That said, even if I were to continue my transformation, this sniveling duo makes it rather impossible for anyone to muster a killing intent.”
After coming out of my transformation, the first thing I did was threaten other people.
“The two of you are forbidden to reveal my real identity. You are also prohibited from speaking about my assassin’s disguise, or else…”
Alice was probably already frightened to death of me. She tightly hugged her beloved and wildly shouted, “I’ll do anything as long as you don’t kill Eagle!”
Before hearing the dark knight’s answer, I took a moment to sense my surroundings and realized that the dark element emanating from his body was draining away very quickly. It appeared that his wounds were in a really serious condition. If I let him go like this, there is a very good chance he will die on his way back, heh…
I performed Ultimate Heal and healed most of the dark knight’s injuries.
Probably because they were shocked by my kindness, Awaitsun and Alice kept silent. Taking care to maintain an air of mystery about me, I said unconcernedly, “Scram. I will escort your princess back to her mother’s side without harming a single hair on her head.”
Awaitsun hesitated, reluctant to leave. Very cautiously, he asked, “If I had moved back then, would you really have cut off the princess’ hand?”
“I would have. Otherwise, you would have done the same to me,” I promptly responded.
Awaitsun fell silent and seemed like he had no intention of leaving.
I continued, “However, after using the princess to incapacitate you and then beating you to a pulp, I would have rejoined her hand with the rest of her arm.”
At this, Awaitsun gave a long sigh and said, “I believe you, sir.”2
There’s nothing wrong with believing me, but what’s with the “sir?” Why are you showing me so much respect? A bit overwhelmed, I wondered, This guy isn’t putting me up on a pedestal to venerate as some kind of lifetime enemy or something, is he?
Awaitsun said to the princess, “Alice, wait for me, for I will definitely go to request your hand in marriage.”
In a tone suggesting that she had been deeply wronged, Alice replied, “But didn’t you say that the Silent Eagle could never marry? We eloped because the Cathedral would not allow you to propose marriage…”
Awaitsun gave a laugh and said, “Since ‘that person’ has already told me to propose to you, no one in the Cathedral will dare to say otherwise.”
That person? Is he referring to Pink? I furrowed my brow again. Who exactly is Pink, anyway?
Afterward, the two young lovers expressed their undying passion for one another, even bidding each other the whole eighteen miles worth of farewells,3 yet still they would not part. Their antics really made me want to go over and give each of them a nice slice of the sword and send them off to the highest lovers’ heaven of till-death-do-us-part.
I viciously growled, “Awaitsun, if you don’t hurry and go heal the rest of your injuries, you’ll lose so much blood that you won’t even last long enough to propose marriage.”
With that, Alice hurriedly urged her beloved to go, and only then did Awaitsun finally leave.
Alice continued to watch the back of her beloved, and only after what felt like centuries was she willing to turn around to tentatively ask, “Are we going to fly back now?”
“You think I can fly?” I demanded in an ill-humored tone. I sized Alice up and asked, “What level mage are you?”
“Advanced,” Alice answered timidly.
It seemed as though she had already taken me to be some sort of terrible ferocious beast. Her personality was also vastly different from Ann’s. Even if Ann was frightened by me, she would sooner confront me head on, ax in hand, than remain cowering in fear.
I smiled faintly. “Very good. Then, before Leaf and the rest arrive, you will teach me everything you know about wind magic.”
“Teach you?” Alice asked, shocked. “What do I know that I can teach you? Your magic is much more powerful than mine!”
I couldn’t very well say that, in fact, other than the dark magic Aldrizzt had taught me, I didn’t know a single incantation, could I? Besides, I couldn’t be sure that she wouldn’t sneak up on me while I wasn’t paying attention and use her magic to blast me to heaven.
I mulled things over, and, taking note of the fact that she was scared witless of me, deliberately adopted a most unpleasant demeanor and bellowed, “What are you asking so many questions for? I’m telling you to teach, so that’s exactly what you’ll do!”
Trembling, Alice squeaked a small “Yes.” She sounded for all the world like a pathetic stepdaughter being abused by her stepmother.
But I don’t want to be an evil stepmother, I thought with dismay. How did a knight rescuing a princess turn into a stepmother abusing her stepdaughter?
I’m a holy knight, not a stepmother!
Alice sobbed as she pleaded, “P-please don’t get angry, I will properly teach you, I won’t ask about anything, I won’t ask any questions ever again, sob sob…Eagle! I’m so scared…”
I am a holy knight. I came to rescue the princess, not to abuse the princess!
“Eagle…sob! Come save me…”
“Don’t cry!” I growled menacingly.
“Sob!” Alice finally shut up, and promptly fainted dead away.
In the days that followed, the princess and I were confronted with some serious problems…
Even though Awaitsun had left a tent, neither the Sun Knight nor the princess could pitch a tent.
Even though Awaitsun had left wood, neither the Sun Knight nor the princess could set up a barbecue rack.
Even though Awaitsun had left game, neither the Sun Knight nor the princess knew how to cook anything except to burn everything to a crisp. Thus I found myself beseeching the heavens, my heart sighing with infinite regret. If I had known this was going to happen, I would have taken Awaitsun along with us. What was I supposed to do with this princess, this utterly useless thing who had nothing to offer but a pretty face?
“Awaitsun is so much better than you. He knows how to pitch a tent, start a fire, and grill delicious meat for me to eat!”
Alice was so hungry that she even forgot to be afraid of me as she cried and wailed, “You’re just a useless knight with a pretty face… No, Awaitsun is a hundred times better looking than you! Wahhhh~ You’re good for nothing, and you’re not even good looking! I want to go back to Awaitsun’s side… Awaitsun!”
“It’s he who’s too ridiculously handsome. It’s not that I’m not good looking!”
I was just as hungry as she was, and this did nothing to help my mood. I joined in with her shouting and yelled, “Like you’re one to talk! Why is your Spell of Flight so lame? Aldrizzt can fly all day and night, yet you have to rest a whole day after flying for only three hours! Not to mention, you fly so slowly; it’s no wonder we’re still not back yet!”
In a voice that was an octave above mine, Alice screamed, “I don’t even know who this Aldrizzt is! In the first place, advanced mages can only fly for three hours, and this is just how the speed was to begin with anyway! Waaaah! Awaitsun! I’m being bullied by a bad guy, so why haven’t you come to save me yet?!”
This pisses me off!
I snarled at her, “Shut up! I’m warning you, I forbid you from telling anyone I can use magic when we get back.”
And then I violated my status as a knight and began to employ large amounts of magical power.
It’s raining, and we can’t pitch a tent? Fine. I’ll use magic to blast a cave directly into the mountainside to sleep in.
We’re hungry, and we can’t set up a barbecue rack? No problem. I’ll gather the wind element, and levitate the meat to roast directly above the fire.
The meat will burn? No worries. I’ll set the meat a bit further away and have it bake slowly. Sooner or later it will be cooked thoroughly, and without being burnt!
Alice sat inside the cave nibbling on the roast meat while vaguely saying, “I’m sorry, I was wrong. You are somewhat useful, although still not good-looking.”
As I savagely wolfed down the meat, I gritted my teeth and said, “It’s your aesthetic sense that’s messed up! You’ve been staring at Awaitsun for too long, so your perception of beauty is all worn out. You’d better be careful; if you keep staring at him like that, soon you won’t even be able to look at your own reflection.”
Alice was so shocked that she dropped her meat onto the floor, and she screamed in panic, “Nonsense! I’m the kingdom’s most beautiful lady, even if I haven’t put on any make up in the last few days… I’m still very beautiful, right? Right?” As the last few words left her mouth, she was so overcome with worry that she sounded as though she was on the verge of tears.
I fell silent for a bit, and hearing her begin to choke up, I comforted her by saying, “Yes, yes, you’re still very beautiful!”
Upon hearing my words, she allowed a small smile through her tears and in a sudden reversal of roles even began to reassure me, saying, “Alright, you’re also very handsome. At least the color of your eyes is very beautiful, not losing to Awaitsun’s, and you have such nice skin…”
At this, she actually touched my face and cried out in surprise, “So soft and smooth! How do you maintain it… No wait, you’re a guy, don’t tell me it’s natural? How nice!”
At lightning speed, I recited, “Fermented milk dripped into ten drops of lemon juice, squeezed into an extract made from a total of thirty roses plus the juice of ten lavender flowers, and, lastly, mixed in a bit of flour – apply it to the entire body, steam for an hour, and do it at least once a week.”
“…Tell me again when we get back. Right now I don’t have anything to write it down with.”
I proposed, “If you properly play the part of a rescued princess and do not reveal my true colors to anyone, when the time comes I can tell you all of the secret recipes of skin care and whitening that I have. I guarantee that when Awaitsun comes to propose, your skin will be as white and smooth as a baby’s.”
Alice very excitedly answered, “Deal!”
The rain continued to pour down intermittently in the following few days. Because I wasn’t sure that I could find another stretch of mountainside within the forest to blast a cave out of, I figured we might as well stay in this one and wait for rescue to arrive. Sure enough, before the weather had even cleared, I sensed that Leaf and the others were already nearby.
Among the company, three had extraordinarily high holy element levels. One was Leaf, the other two… One of them had a high water element level, so it was probably Ice. The other had a high metal element level, but also had earth element, so it probably wasn’t Metal. This elemental composition belonged to… the Stone Knight!
One of the Twelve Holy Knights, he belonged to the cruel, cold-hearted faction and was famous for his stubbornness, which was as tough and unyielding as a rock. It was said that to crack his skull was a simple matter, but to break his stubbornness would be more difficult than overthrowing the Church of the God of Light.
…At least, as far as the whole continent knew, anyways. However, this generation’s Stone Knight was slightly different… He was actually quite an amiable person and very easy to get along with.
I’d heard that the previous Stone Knight had taught him for three years, but had been unable to make the young Stone Knight more stubborn. Discouraged, the former planned to give up on him, and have the back-up knight take his place. (Not all of the Twelve Holy Knights were foolish to the point that they forgot to choose a back-up knight.)
But, other than the fact that he refused to become more stubborn, this young Stone Knight hadn’t done anything wrong. It was difficult to find a reason convincing enough to have him replaced, and so the whole controversy dragged on for a good six months, until the day of adjudication that would decide whether he stayed or left…
My teacher, then the Sun Knight, walked into the adjudication meeting and lightly sighed, “Even if he’s forced to leave the Holy Temple, he still refuses to become a stubborn person? To think that there’s such a person who would so stubbornly refuse to become stubborn… Sigh! What a stubborn child indeed!”
From what I heard from my teacher, after he said those words, the hundreds of people present at the adjudication were all overcome by the same expression, which was said to be one of the rarest spectacles under the heavens.
I asked my teacher what, exactly, that expression was. He thought for a while, and then wrote the character “囧,” 4 and told me to imagine hundreds of people before me, all wearing such an expression. After picturing the scene in my mind, I was of the same opinion that this was indeed one of the rarest spectacles under the heavens.
After this the young Stone Knight stayed, and never again did anyone propose to replace him.
After thinking about it for a while, I understood why Judgment had sent Stone.
Among the cruel, cold-hearted faction, the Stone Knight was the only one adept at handling diplomacy. Even though the Storm Knight of the good, warm-hearted faction was better, if he were to leave the Holy Temple, there would be a very good chance that the place would have to cease half of its activities altogether. Thus, Stone had been dispatched instead, so he could help Leaf resolve the diplomatic problems between the palace and the Monastery of the God of War.
If Leaf were allowed to handle diplomacy, he wouldn’t be able to do anything besides agreeing to any and all demands.
As for the reason why Ice was here, that was even easier to understand. Ice was very strong, and if we really came to blows with the Kingdom of Moon Orchid and the Monastery of the God of War and had to flee, having Ice with us would significantly raise our chances of getting out alive…
Leaf rushed into the cave, grabbed my shoulders, and began to shake me violently. “Sun! Sun! Are you all right? You’re okay? That’s wonderful! Oh, oh! Princess Alice is also unharmed… Thank goodness!”
He sounded as though he was dangerously close to choking up.
This made me suddenly feel rather guilty. It appeared as though he had been worrying about a lot of things ever since we’d set out on our journey… He truly was the mother of the good, warm-hearted faction…
“Don’t cry, I’m perfectly fine,” I assured him. “Look, the princess has been rescued too.”
Leaf tearfully said, “But, your eyes…”
I rolled my eyes and brusquely said, “My eyes are fine. You worry too much, Mama Leaf.”
“Knight-Captain Sun, I trust you have been well since our last meeting.”
I turned my head toward the cave entrance in the direction of the voice that belonged to the Stone Knight. Behind him followed the Ice Knight, who, in contrast, remained completely silent, as usual.
I donned a Sun-style smile, and gracefully answered, “May the radiance of the God of Light always shine upon you, Brother Stone.”
Stone stared at me fixedly, and then he asked, “Sun, how many fingers am I holding up?”
“…With the God of Light as my witness, the answer is zero, like the contents of your brain!” I responded peevishly. It seemed as though Leaf had already related to them the whole tearful tale, which had definitely been about me being “blinded,” or something to that effect.
“Indeed, that is correct,” Stone replied with a guffaw. He said to Leaf, “Leaf, you worry too much. Sun is just fine.”
After a very long while, Leaf finally responded with “mm,” but I didn’t know whether or not he really believed that my eyes were fine.
Not long after, Mike, Ann, and Austin also arrived, and behind them an entire line of warriors followed. The moment they entered, Ann cried out, “Alice!” and then ran to her sister’s side and anxiously shouted, “Did this despicable, shameless lowlife do anything to you? Did he hit you? Did he try to eat your tofu?”5
“Ann, what nonsense are you spouting?” Alice said reproachfully. “It’s thanks to the Sun Knight, who saved me from the evil miscreants and has been painstakingly taking care of me ever since, that I was able to escape from a dangerous situation. He is a noble knight; you shouldn’t insult him.”
Silence fell over the scene. With extreme difficulty, Ann repeated, “Sun is a—a noble knight?”
The whitewashing effects of the recipes for skin care and whitening were quite astonishing to behold; they instantly elevated me from a despicable, shameless lowlife to a knight of noble spirit.
“Yes.” Alice stood up, and in a slightly imperious tone, called, “Servants!”
At her summons, the ten or so people standing at the cave entrance immediately filed in. It appeared as though some of the attendants from the palace had also come. They marched to the princess’ side and proceeded to present her with towels, drape a clean cloak over her shoulders, and even arrange her hair.
Throughout Alice’s entire makeover session, Mike did not utter a single word. Yet I could understand very well why he had not. When I’d eavesdropped on Ann and Leaf’s conversation, I had learned that Alice had once attacked them. If I were Mike, I probably wouldn’t have a pleasant expression on my face either.
In an extremely courteous manner, the Stone Knight asked me, “Knight-Captain Sun, we’ve only just arrived and are therefore unclear about the current situation. Could you perhaps share any thoughts you have concerning the way things presently stand?”
Without hesitation I replied, “We can discuss that after we return.”
Stone remarked, “Knight-Captain Sun always hits the nail right on the head6 with his words. I trust no one holds any objections?”
This doesn’t have anything to do with ‘hitting the nail on the head.’ I only want to take a bath… How it stinks! By that point, I smelled so disgusting that I had begun to hate the God of Light for not taking away my nose as payment at the time!
Returning to the palace proved to be a much easier task, because among those who came were the mages of the royal household. They had brought with them a magic circle that could provide instant teleportation, and this magic circle had already been set to connect to another magic circle within the palace. By infusing enough of the wind element, we could instantly teleport back to the palace.
After returning to the palace, it was essential to make myself presentable before going to meet the queen, so taking a bath was not an issue. However, after taking a bath and eating some food, I felt refreshed and content, and the soft bed seemed to earnestly beckon me…
Even though I knew I still had to report to the queen on everything that had happened, I was unable to resist the temptation… I crawled into bed, feeling as though I hadn’t fully slept in a month, and immediately began to drift out of consciousness…
In the midst of my daze I thought I heard someone calling me, and I immediately grumbled, “Oh, what do you want? I’m so tired, keep it down…”
After a while, that person said, “Never mind, go ahead and sleep.”
A few days later, I received the queen’s commendation.
The reason for the commendation was for having performed the deed of rescuing the princess, and the reward was a completely useless knight medal of honor. At the same time, Princess Alice was withholding the medal, and she wanted me to bring the recipes for skin care and whitening in exchange… Does she take me for an idiot? What use is that medal to me?
I refuse to go exchange. I’ll wait for her to come begging me to swap, hmph!
However, that afternoon I was informed that the medal had been carved from precious stones and was worth a fortune… Therefore, I had no choice but to go ask the princess to complete the exchange.
The Son of the God of War cancelled his engagement with Princess Alice.
Although the queen actively tried to prevent the engagement from being cancelled by switching the bride and having Ann marry Mike instead, the two had looked at each other with the same disgusted expression and simultaneously declared, “If I have to marry him/her, then it will be my turn to find someone to elope with.”
The queen had looked very troubled, but right at that time the little princess of the Kingdom of Moon Orchid, who was barely ten years old, bounced up before her mother, the queen, and, using an incomparably cute voice, announced that “after she grew up she wanted to be Brother God of War’s bride.” Thus the problem was easily solved.
Mike and the little princess went ahead and got engaged, and the marriage was set for when the little princess turned sixteen years of age.
Among the masses there inevitably spawned rumors along the lines of “the Son of the God of War is actually a pedophile.” However, being able to switch for a bride that was ten years younger than oneself was completely worth the accusations of pedophilia. At least Mike himself was deeply engrossed in planning the education of his future wife.
It appeared that Resurrection had indeed left behind certain after-effects.
After Leaf noticed, at a glance, that a fly flying more than ten meters away had tiny holes in its wings, he discovered that things had become quite serious.
After undergoing repeated experiments (namely, I forced him to count the number of flies crawling on a pile of dog poop more than thirty meters away), it was ultimately confirmed that he possessed super-human eyesight.
As an archer, having super-human eyesight was the same as possessing super powers… Simply put, his extraordinary skill with the bow and arrow had become even more unbelievable.
On a related note, when I pointed out the pile of dog poop that was thirty meters away and had him count the number of flies, he was finally led to believe that I was not blind.
At long last, we had finally returned to the Church of the God of Light.
1 “Witch”: Previously in V2C10, we mentioned a demoness. ‘Demoness’ has been changed to ‘witch’ and the previous ‘undying witch’ to ‘lich.’ The LSKV5 title will be changed from ‘Undying Witch’ to ‘Undying Lich.’ There will no longer be a conflict between the terms.
2 “Sir”: In the Chinese version of this sentence, Awaitsun uses “您,”a respectful form of the pronoun “you.” However, in English there is only one form of the second person pronoun. Thus, “sir” is used to convey the added sense of respect.
3 “…the whole eighteen miles worth of farewells…”: This is an allusion to the Chinese legend 梁山伯與祝英台, which in English is written as “Butterfly Lovers.” In this love story, a young woman named Zhu disguises herself as a man to attend school and eventually falls in love with a fellow student, Liang. Later Zhu’s father tells her to return home, and Liang accompanies her for eighteen miles of her journey, during which she tries to reveal her true identity to him. The reference is used to convey the actions of two lovers who cannot bear to be separated; hence, Sun’s exasperation.
4 “囧”: Pronounced “jiǒng,” this is a Chinese character that looks like a person’s face. It is often used as an emoticon representing moods such as annoyance, shock, embarrassment, awkwardness, etc. It can also be used together with OTZ (a sideways person on their knees), replacing the head and forming 囧TZ.
5 “Eat your tofu”: Taking sexual advantage of a woman.
6 “…hits the nail right on the head…”: The original Chinese expression, “一針見血,” literally means “to draw blood with a single prick.” It basically means to be right on target or to the point with one’s words.
I loved this chapter, I hope that we get more of LSK soon!
I actually like LSK better for some reason… probably that the manga of 1/2 Prince is so far ahead.
Actually the novel has passed the manhua now for 1/2 Prince.
Still confused on if Sun is actually blind or not. And had to laugh at Ann and Mike saying the exact same thing when mentioned about marrying lol. Guess they are too similar for it to work out between them lol.
next chapter (or the epilogue, whichever) answers that question
XD Who knew that the recipe would be useful for something other than beauty? Wonderful chapter, I wish you guys more luck with your self-set deadlines this month!
Also…I wonder what body Pink will take this time?
These days, whenever I see tofu… *gag*
Stone is awesome ^_^ I just wish there was a female knight floating around.
lol! but tofu is amazing! ^^
hey not all the knights have introduced yet… right? well if they haven’t then there might be a female knight… somewhere… but then again… this seems to be set in medieval England (or somewhere like it) … so its not really likely… TT^TT i wish there was a female knight too!!!!
There’s no female knight in this series ^ ^;
Before Stone being introduced, I had high hopes of one of the Twelve Holy Knights being a girl in disguise, but Stone was the last… sob.
That would be waaaaay to cliche and dramatic besides I’d feel like I was reading a ‘girl turns in to a male for male privellages such as better education and falls in love cheesily, making the guy think he’s gay’ (I- I feel lie I’m criticizing 1/2 prince but the love’s not cheesy atleast and the reason was funny! XD). (and I’m pretty sure that *shudder*, the older knights checked that matter very… thoroughly…)
But then we won’t have our 12 bishies~
Lol. Why does “Eat your tofu”, sound so much worse that “try to molest” you?
Is Sun blind? I’m confused now.
I bet Pink is the one being worshipped in the Church of the Shadow God.
*spoiler removed – dahlys* probably maybe *suspense*
My theory hasn’t changed. I think Sun IS blind, but in the next chapter, somehow, he won’t be anymore.
Omg! Thank u so much for the awesome chapter! I was right after all, pink was the undying witch (now litch xD) i’m dying to see what kind of body will she take from now on o.o and what is she to the cotSG? Ugh, wanna know, wanna know, wanna know.
i laughed my ass off when sun exchanged his secret for a perfect skin for saving his reputation, lol, and at being nearly as useless as a princess at a camping ahahaha.
Nice job, translators!
Am I safe in guessing that Pink is the Shadow God based on this chapter?
I always suspected that she had an enormous secret.
but gods are not allowed to interfere with the world. so she can’t be the Shadow God, right? maybe she’s the counterpart of the pope in the church of light
Been waiting for this! haha. I laughed at the effects of the whitewashing recipes of skin care. XD
Even in the end Sun Knight is fantastic! Even told if one is a low-life that would ‘Eat your tofu’, he would be enlighten with the title of a Noble Knight! Fit for the Sun Knight! The God of Light shines on his for given the secrets of ‘fairness’ and to be given back a medal, (one worth a little too much) of honor! How fantastic! The Sun Knight is truly well, perfect!
but simply he is a vicious and merciless devil, whom would be more perfect to be a Demon Lord!
He’s already a Demon Lord. He is just so good at being a Demon Lord he has everyone fooled into thinking he is a Holy Knight!
*sigh* Poor kid. I bet by the time she’s 16, she’ll have grown to either
a. adore Mike and truly love him
b. (probably more likely…) grow irritated at her young self for saying something so rashly
Sun is blind
*spoiler removed* – dahlys
Heh, and it all works out again for Sun. Love it.
aaah~ so awaitsun was the head of the shadow knights~ so thats why it was head honcho vs head honcho~
and im guessing pink is the eqivelent of pope within the shadow gods temple :3
so pinks gone from being a zombie necromancer via a form of ressurection to a lich who eternally comes back to life? O.o
and pfft XD its amusing to see pink trying to save people while sun is acted dasterdly XD
My guess is that Pink is the Cathedral´s Dark Lord or representative of the Shadow God. When Sun finally confronts the undying lich (Pink) she will fake her death to get out of her duties finally. As the one who ¨killed¨ their leader, the Cathedral will demand Sun become the new Dark Lord.
Small problems though…
a. Is it possible for the overflowing-with-holy-magic Sun Knight to also be the representative of the Shadow God?
b. That means twice the paperwork, doesn’t it?! Who will handle the Shadow God side of the paperwork?!
c. Wouldn’t at least one other person in the Cathedral know that Pink is a lich?
d. (… All with Grisia as a leader shall be cursed for eight generations of misery.)
e. Maybe the God of Light would finally grow so irritated at Grisia, that Grisia will get struck down by lightning. And then what?
f. The Kingdom of Forgotten Sound and the Kingdom of… Wherever the Cathedral of the Shadow God is, should be rather far apart. Can Grisia really stand being separated by such a distance from his brothers? Can he stand being unable to access Ice’s sweets freely? Request Judgement’s help in buying blueberry pie? Bullying Leaf as one of his few pleasures in life?
you DO realize that — is already stated in the sypnosis in this site, as well as the twelve holy knights –, right? Sun will — in the last chapter, — as part of some plan…
Lucathia: *coughs* I edited some parts of this out. Some people purposely avoid the synopses page so they don’t spoil themselves! Think of it like… choosing to read the back of the book or not choosing to read the back of the book.
The backs of books never give good summaries. *sigh* It’s why I don’t seem to pick up new books often.
Well… I guess all of those problems could actually be solved if they killed Sun and he came back as an undead. Of course, everyone in the Church of the God of Light would have to believe he’s dead as well…
wahahhaha … to think that Sun always remind us that he is a Holy Knight instead of what he do … why he not just admit that he is a Holy Knight that is capable on doing anything that is contrary to knighthood as well ?
Who is it that called Sun in his sleep I wonder…. and, heck, I don’t think Sun is satisfy with his revenge like that. I mean, he IS blinded. To have someone make him blinded and kill his knight, would Sun let Alice get away with that? So far, only Eagle got a beating to near death, and Pink lost a very hard to find body ~.~, while Alice get the special treatment (except the spell teaching part). Sun would not be so kind to left her unharmed… right?
i definitely think it was leaf who called on him in his sleep… because notice, after a long silence, the voice gently just let him do what he wanted. it is leaf personality XD
on the princess part. of course sun wont leave her alone. He is quite petty and revengeful, but you will have to wait for another chapter to see it XD it is hilarious!~~~~
*reactions in reverse order*
Sun’s eyes: ;.;. Somewhat gratifying that there was a net positive result of sorts (though there’s the question of his peripheral face archiving being affected…): the various removed spoilers in the comments give me hope regarding the future.
‘Go ahead and sleep’: Wonderment. Unfortunately tantalising. Perhaps Pink contacting him? Whoever it is will hopefully do so again later. Somehow reminded of him seeing the back of Hell Knight and that much later being developed as important.
Stone Knight: /So wonderful!/
Pink: Very pleasant. I’m reminded of a poll a while back about what class one would want to be in Sun Knight’s world. I was conflicted at the time, because on the one hand the honest answer would be ‘Necromancer’, but the problem was that one didn’t want to be just any necromancer with middling powers–the necromancer one wants to be is the one of the age and influence and power witnessed in the fiction itself, namely Pink. I’m amused at this chapter’s very interesting semi-revelation, and can update my previous reaction to be “Yes, I would want to be a necromancer, but only if I could be the Shadow God.”. *great amusement* …assuming normal abilities instead, what I wonder..? Presumably something safe and comfortable, with a good stipend without any particular danger. Cleric might be good at a base level, though of course age-fixed near-immortal Pope is ideal… ahh, the wonderfulness of immortality… ah, but that would be if I were actually living in the world, and priorities for a computer game would presumably be different. *drags mind back* In any case, very pleasant, and I look forward to Sun Knight hopefully learning about all sorts of things currently being beaten around. …hmm, there’s still that treasure that the retired Sun Knight has him holding onto as well… in any case, lots of potential for following arcs!
(*great enjoyment*) (And, stressing again, so much Stone Knight backstory wonderfulness!)
no, like someone said before, sun is blind. he can manage to ‘see’ was because of the sensing element ability. From what I gathered in the past chapters about his ability, he see sort of like an x-ray or infrared vision screen in 3D. So he can tell thing by their element and the shape of the element. He said it before, everyone is composed of different elements and it is unique, plus he had super good memories so he can distinct them all. When he look at people/thing, he is looking at a palate of elemental color that form a 3D object. With this ability, he doesnt need to actually look to know how something shape like, even the inside. 1 thing though, he cant tell color, but element tend to have their own color so he can somewhat guess it.
Hello! I just created an account today but I had been reading 1/2 Prince and LSK for a long time already…
I love these novels!!! can’t wait for the other chapters^_^
………Sun is blind…………. huhuhu……………..
I think Leaf Knight got Sun’s eyesight…
awaitsun…. hahaha…. nice name ☺
Awaitsun is a really weird name, but if you read it as “await” “sun”, I think Sun means that “this is not over” since he just give Silent Eagle a good beating to near dead (did not get the chance to kill him). Still, that is an awkward name. ~.~
His name is 等阳 (děng yáng), which literally means ‘Wait for Sun’. Yup, so it’s not over yet. The name doesn’t sound that strange in Chinese as it is quite similar to 太阳 (tài yáng), which is Sun. But if anyone can think of a better name than AwaitSun that means the same thing please suggest it to us ^o^
A literal name interpretation of ‘Wait for Sun’ would be ‘Deadmanwalking,’ or ‘Fateworsethandeath.’
Awaitsun works really well though, the only alternatives I can think of don’t have the same ring (Expectsun, Prognosticatesun, etc — I’m starting to think Sun isn’t the most imaginative guy).
i think Sun just found another one he could bully with name-calling, just like what he does with calling Leaf Strawberry instead of Elmairy.
i don’t know why, but “wait for sun” reminds me of twilight (not the movie, but the time in between dawn and sunrise or between sunset and evening)
And I actually went and looked it up and it turns out I was wrong. I always thought twilight only applied for sunset to evening.
Dang! So Resurrection rewards the one resurrected, but robs the caster? Poor Sun! Hurray, Leaf!
That’s not always the case. This happened only because Sun willingly chose to sacrifice anything and everything of his just to resurrect Leaf.
oh, i see… i hope Sun doesnt willingly sacrifice anything again just to resurrect someone.
really? i thought it was because he didnt have enough holy light to offset the cost.
Nah, the cost of resurrection is definitely mentioned somewhere in a previous chapter. There is always a cost, but if you’re okay with a lower resurrection probability (25% for Sun), then the cost is lower and you can choose what you want to lose (e.g. sight in only one eye).
D= There’s always a cost?!
I thought that it was: the more holy light you have, the higher odds of a complete resurrection. But if you don’t want to sacrifice anything, then you only have a lower complete resurrection probablity rate.
@[email protected] At least it wasn’t Sun’s hair… It’d be hard to pretend nothing went wrong while you’re bald and unemployed…
*spoiler removed* -dahlys (I’m sorry but spoilers are not allowed in comments, even if you tell people not to read it beforehand =[ )
Well, it was very intresting and funny this chapter!!!=D
That you for uploading this!!!=D
I’m really confused, is Sun blind or not? I mean, he keeps denying it, but at the same time it seems that he really doesn’t see… but is dealing with it fine. Can he sense the world around him with his powers, like Paul from “Dune”, or what?
Think about it real hard. What awesome, uber-rare, inborn ability does Sun have? Hint: he used it to look for Roland in V1.
You really tempted me to skim through V1. Alas, I give up…
Do you mean his ability to sense elements? But this would explain only how he knew it was Stone and Ice approaching him, it doesn’t explain how he knew how many fingers someone was showing. Not to mention, um, the poop.
everything is composed of elements, even things like fingers and erm.. pile of poop…. he dont just see a shapeless mass…. it just voided of light and color…
Oh, I see… Sun is even more powerful than I thought :) He’s really like Paul from “Dune”… Or Neo in Matrix Revolutions.
“observing knighthood”. I tought usually in literature that I read, it usually observing the code of knighthood.
i hope that ann and alice will suffer in the future. I hate them both. I hope that Sun will get his revenge and they will be forever scared of him. I really hope that neither of them would be quenn.
I agree they have to suffer, but it’s better for the Church of the God of Light (and therefore, better for Sun) if the kingdom of the moon orchid has a queen that is scared of Sun than a queen that is married to the Son of the God of War.
yes, you are right . i think woman in this novel are not very likable, i would very like to see a woman who would understand Sun and love him, so her is the question: what character of woman would love Sun and wished to marry him?
that kind of woman is the kind that will be teh opposite of Sun and will ultimately die early because Sun is to never be married, remember? ^^
*spoiler* Why does everyone keep wondering if he’s blind or not? If he’s not, then that would be very strange. The wording throughout indicated he was blind, and the way the chapter was presented, it is almost definite. He does have incredible senses, which explains his understanding of the world around him despite being blind. My question is, will he regain his eyesight? Probably not, because as someone else pointed out, it looks like Leaf gained his eyesight in the resurrection.
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Awesome! Love your translations, they always manage to light up an otherwise gloomy day!
Thanks for the chapter! I really want to see what Sun will do to the princess. She got away with everything so far, and Sun is not the type to forgive and forget that quickly.
I laughed when I saw 囧TZ
Thanks for the translations ^^
You know… I am beginning to wonder something…. Who exactly is Grisia?
I mean… well, for one thing, he was constantly getting attacked by dogs when he was little. ..Is that normal? He is also very handsome (ok, well, maybe he’s not the “I want to kill you and decrease my rivals” kind of handsome, but he is still really handsome, right? Though, hehe, I feel badly for him for having to be compared to so many outrageously handsome men…). He has an incredible magic affinity that we now know is better than a very amazing (judging by what Alice said) mage (he could apparently beat Aldrizzt in magic element gathering just like he did with Alice… though we now also know that Pink can beat Sun specifically in gathering dark element). He also has an incredibly rare gift called mage sight. Isn’t this really, really weird?
I’m currently wondering if maybe Grisia (this kid with zero back-story before he joined the church of light) might turn out to not be human. Perhaps he actually is the amnesic child of a fierce magic using demon or something… >.>;; Fat chance right? Haha… It’s probably just as likely as… a cute immortal Lych that loves the color pink, teddy bears, and strawberry flavored lollipops… hrmm.
Sun is actually a god that was exiled into being born as a human and lost all memories of his past life as a god. It’s the only thing that makes sense really lol.
Actually Sun is “I want to kill you and decrease my rivals” handsome as seen when he entered the town in the wood and got the completely wrong directions. In V1C2 we get:
“Although I can never seem to make it onto the “The Man Women Want Most as Their Husband” poll, I am still the long-term conqueror of the number one position on the “Sunshine Beautiful Men” poll. It is absolutely not a problem for me to make a woman quickly forget the man she wants most as her husband!”
Considering this he’s very very handsome and only got a problem picking up chicks because of the reputation the Sun knight holds and his speaking manner that usually makes women misunderstand his intentions when he tries to flirt.
Well about his origin it’s really kinda fishy considering he got so many rare gifts, on the other hand we know nothing of the other knights aswell… All we know is that the former Judgement knight had a terrible childhood and wanted to punish his own father.
I thought it was Lesus that had a terrible childhood and wanted to punish his own father not the previous Judgement. And none of the knights can stand up to Grisa anyway which is why they have the rule of not ruffling the Sun Knights feathers.
Lesus’ childhood was never told as far as I can remember.. but it is said that he wanted to –.
Lucathia: edited for spoilers. We haven’t actually released Lesus’ backstory yet! That is coming soon. (perhaps we should introduce coding for hiding spoilers in comments…)
I thought the previous Judgement mentioned that he wanted revenge on his father, so he became the Judgement Knight to exact revenge. Then when Lesus told his teacher why he wanted to be the Judgement Knight, he said there was someone he wanted to punish, but wouldn’t say who it was to his teacher. He didn’t want that person to be punished, however, he did not want any criminal to commit a crime twice.
Yeah I went back and looked and that’s what happened. But I think the person Lesus wanted punished he wanted to do the punishing himself and thus that is why Lesus did not reveal the name of the person to the previous Judgement.
Well, since he is an orphan, one can really wonder who might have been his parents… Probably a pair of highly dangerous entities, but I don’t have any particular guess.
I don’t know… I think that Sun is an extremely lucky and talented person. (Because making him the progeny of divine beings is just too mundane. >.>)
But speaking of his parents… If they were normal people, what happened to them? And how was Grisia’s life before becoming the Sun Knight…?
I know this is extremely cliche of me but I think he’s theson of the sun god or something (except that his sword skills suck *shot*)
I really, really want to read the chapter when it is actually clear whether Sun is blind or not.
But I’m still thinking he is.
But this chapter was nice. Sun is really, really amusing whenever he insists (to himself) that he is a knight. hahaha. So cute. ♥
I know how every one feels about wanting clarification regarding Sun’s eyes! In both this and the previous chapter, as soon as I read it I actively searched for ANY eye-sight related description (color, shadowing, reflection, anything related to sunlight or light in general) and got nothing… :(
We didn’t even get a description of what outfits Alice or Pink were wearing…. the best we got were “robe-like” or “cloak-like”… And he never describes anyone’s facial features…. “Alice’s voice sounded” .. “Alice sounded” .. “It was a woman’s voice” .. “hearing her begin to choke up”etc. There is no mention of anyone “looking” like anything (we get general shape description but besides that most of the description is based on sound…) :( Oh, SUUUUNNN….. If his sight really is gone, I hope he gets it back soon….
…if anything so that he will not be punished by his teacher who had forbidden him from using his alternative “sight” (element sensing ability) around other people. >.<;;
naw, his teacher just does not want him to abuse it. Honestly speaking, even if the public know that sun do know magic, it will not make much of a stretch in his reputation if not making him much more fearsome. However, since his teacher is fearing that he will abuse his magic and perhaps one day will get his revenge, he imposed that rule on him. At the same time, it make everyone underestimate him so it protect him and not make him out to be the target of attack. it work out either way.
Oh, and perhaps, it also got to do with sun identity that we will discover alter on why his teacher so activtively forbid him not to make it known.
yea. As andi said above, there r no longer any descriptions related to sight. So that pretty much tells you about his eyes.. However he has his other sight which allows him to see vague sillhouetes as if im correct the whole body radiates elements – hands, legs fingers etc. However, it seems like anything like colour and beauty is lost in his eyes. Well this is my opinion, but i highly doubt sun will ever regain his true eye sight. This is different than a common injury – it was sacrificed to the god of light…
sun had to purify a dark land, ressurect leaf and beat the crap out of the kidnapper =(reward) knights medal (useless to a magic user)
leaf got kill and was ressurected=(reward) superhuman sight
son of the god of war god cant rescue the princess and got his ass kick =(reward) a 10 year’s old wife
THAT IS SOOOOOOOOO UNFAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
does sun want to get a 10 year old wife?
sun would probably overjoyed that leaf got super eyesight.
either way, sun is happy that all is well.
I wonder what the speaker was about to say when Sun was sleeping?
I was wondering about that too
Lol, as far as we know, it will probably be something that decides his fate or something.
With Sun’s luck, that will probably definitely happen
loved it, thank you for translating!
“Even if he’s forced to leave the Holy Temple, he still refuses to become a stubborn person? To think that there’s such a person who would so stubbornly refuse to become stubborn… Sigh! What a stubborn child indeed,” sounds better.
Thanks for the suggestion!
I normally wouldn’t advocate changing the author’s words but….. “Eat your tofu” is just too strange a euphemism to me, I really think a Shakespearean or other western euphemism should replace it for the sake of the readers and the original line should be placed in the notes like you guys did in the earlier chapters.
We’ll consider it~
Mike is really unlucky when it comes to brides, huh?
So in the end, why exactly did Pink help them elope? A disgraced princess wouldn’t really help spread the faith of the shadow temple, so what was her motivation for assisting them? As far as I can tell, there wasn’t any benefit for her no matter how that turned out in the end.