The Legend of Sun Knight Side Stories 15: “Pride”

The Legend of Sun Knight Side Story: Pride

Original novel in Chinese by: 御我 (Yu Wo)


“Pride” – translated by lucathia

Vival always raises his chin with pride.

However, this pride was nearly nonexistent before Lesus.

Even if the future Judgment Knight never lifts his chin, the expression on his face always remains a deep frown, and no one can have more pride than him.

Never go against Lesus. That is something only Grisia can accomplish.

“What are you so haughty about, hmph!”

Vival had his chin raised, barely glancing through the corner of his eye at the person who had approached him. Although the other person had given him a friendly smile, Vival had completely ignored the other’s action and walked passed him. Unsurprisingly, muttered swearing came from behind.

I’m sorry. Vival silently spoke these words to himself.

“Not bad!”

A man walked out from behind a tree. Although he had spoken words of praise, and he was even clapping with his hands, both his slightly raised chin and his purposely impeccable clothes made people feel like the praise was actually closer to words of mockery.

Vival let his chin drop. A smile appeared, his entire demeanor changing. “Teacher, thank you for your praise—”

Before he even finished speaking, his teacher rolled his eyes at him. Vival quickly raised his chin and changed his words, saying, “This is nothing for me!”

Hayseth Moon coldly snorted. “You sure know how to talk big!”

Despite his words, he extended a hand to rub his student’s head. At the same time, he felt somewhat saddened that his student had already grown this tall in the blink of an eye. Also, his student had his head raised, so it was getting more and more difficult to rub his head.

In addition, he didn’t know when the child would grow up to the point that he would no longer wish for his teacher to rub his head! Thinking of this, Hayseth quickly rubbed some more. Vival’s hair was soft and fine, very comfortable to the touch.

No matter how much the Moon Knight was worried about the future, at least right now Vival was still very willing to let his teacher rub his head. Still, Vival sometimes worried that he was acting like a spoiled child when he was already eighteen. It really wouldn’t do, especially since none of the others seemed as much of an attention seeker as he was.

Hayseth coughed and retracted his hand, returning to his prideful attitude with a straight back and a raised chin. He coldly said, “Vival, what is the first requirement of maintaining a prideful demeanor?”

“A neat and tidy appearance!” Vival immediately began combing his hair that had become messy from the rubbing. His hair only came down to his shoulders, so it was not very difficult to manage. At least, it was much easier to manage than Grisia’s long hair…

Once he thought of Grisia, Vival spoke distressfully, “Teacher, about my appearance, I do not think I can win against Grisia. It is very difficult to maintain a prideful demeanor in front of him.”

When he heard Vival’s words, Hayseth was struck speechless. That guy Neo was not the Moon Knight, so Hayseth really didn’t know why Neo had raised his child up to have an impeccable outer appearance—No, he really shouldn’t think about it too much. Neo most likely did it out of “amusement!” That guy had always been like that.

Winning against Grisia in appearance was truly too difficult. Hayseth coughed again and said, with a raised chin, “Grisia is the Sun Knight, the leader of the Holy Temple, the one who will lead you in the future. You do not need to be too prideful before him.”

“Okay.” Vival breathed a sigh of relief, but then he began worrying again. “Teacher, then what about Lesus?”

Seeing his student afraid of one person after another, Hayseth couldn’t help but be somewhat angry. However, he immediately thought of the both of them, Grisia and Lesus… and believed that his student’s reaction was nothing to criticize him about.

“Same logic. Lesus is the Judgment Knight under the Sun Knight, and he is the person you will directly take orders from in the future, so no need to be too prideful before him either.”

Suddenly, Hayseth used the corners of his eyes to glance around before he approached his student and lowered his voice to ask, “Vival, if you had to choose between angering Grisia or angering Lesus, who would you choose?”

“Teacher…” Vival helplessly asked, “Have you once again made a bet with someone?”

“Ahem!” Hayseth coughed loudly and said, “Just a small one. Tell me quickly. I still need to return and collect the bet from all of them!”

You mean pay the bet! Teacher, you always lose nine times out of ten! Vival sighed to himself and then wondered out loud, “Teacher, do you feel death by jumping off a building is worse or death by jumping into the sea?”

“What kind of question is that? You die either way, only by a different method.”

Vival looked into the distance and lamented, “Exactly. Both ways lead to death, so what does it matter how the death comes about?”

“…” Hayseth suddenly felt that his generation really wasn’t that tragic even though they had Neo. “No, I’ve made a bet with other people, so you have to give me an answer!”

“If I really have to make a choice, I’m probably more afraid of…”

“Holy knight Vival!”

When he heard his name, Vival immediately shut his mouth, returning to his cold and unperturbed expression. From the corner of his eye, he saw someone running toward him from afar. Once the person reached his side, a greeting was administered toward Hayseth. “Knight-Captain Moon, may the God of Light’s severity look after the world.”

Like usual, Hayseth did not return the greeting. He merely coldly glanced at the other person. “What?”

“Knight-Captain Moon, I am here for holy knight Vival.”

Hayseth darted his eyes at his student. Logically speaking, this had nothing to do with him, so he could leave right away. However, he hadn’t gotten to the bottom of the bet…no, the answer yet, so of course he didn’t really want to leave.

Seeing the unfamiliar face before him, Vival asked doubtfully, “Who are you?”

“I am Vidar Brigg.” The other person’s attitude was somewhat wary, but he paused and couldn’t help revealing a proud expression as he said, “I am Captain Lesus’s vice-captain.”

Surprised, Vival said, “Lesus has already chosen a vice-captain?” I thought we only just finished selecting our platoon?

“Yes.” Vidar nodded. Even though he wanted to maintain a calm attitude, his bright expression and his lips that kept quirking up were both betraying him.

Vival used the corner of his eyes to discreetly study the other man. He was somewhat curious why Lesus had chosen him. He looked a little… baby-faced, and he didn’t seem like he could hide his emotions well. Vival had thought that Lesus would choose someone like himself whose expression wouldn’t change even if the Holy Temple were to collapse.

After a moment of observation, Vival realized that the other man had not spoken anything more. He could only pretend to be impatient and say, “What in the world did you come here for anyway?”

“Uh…Ah!” Vidar jumped, finally remembering what he had been sent here to do. He quickly said, “I am here to relay that Captain Lesus would like to see you.”

Vival blinked. “Lesus is looking for me? Got it, I’ll head over right now. Lead the way.”

“Understood.”

Vival had only just turned to leave when Hayseth made eyes at him desperately, never to be satisfied unless he received an answer.

With a wry smile, Vival said, “Teacher, I feel that compared to jumping into the wide and open sea, neither floating nor sinking, not knowing when I would perish, death by jumping off a building is much cleaner and to the point.”

When he heard the conversation, Vidar looked back curiously but didn’t ask anything. It was not an uncommon occurrence for teachers and their students to chat, though the topic this time was rather strange.

Once he heard the answer, Hayseth furrowed his brows, but he knew that Vival wouldn’t joke around with him. After thinking carefully about the two children, Grisia and Lesus, and then comparing the methods of “death,” he immediately came to a realization and smiled as he said, “I agree.”

The bet was his!

Vival followed behind Vidar. Although he was a little puzzled over why Lesus wanted to see him, he thought it probably had to be a mission, so he didn’t plan to ask Vidar about it first.

They reached the Judge’s Complex, and Lesus seemed like he had just finished an interrogation and was now going through the confession. A few holy knights were cleaning up the place.

“Vidar, give this document to my teacher, and then take the others to the training grounds to practice our new series of swordplay. There will be a test in three days.”

Vidar answered in the affirmative and led the holy knights who had finished cleaning the place away from the Judge’s Complex.

Once everyone had left the Judge’s Complex, Vival finally relaxed a little. He rubbed his neck as he asked, “Why did you choose Vidar as your vice-captain?”

Lesus answered quietly, “When I asked if anyone wanted to be my vice-captain, he was the only one to raise his hand and say yes.”

The others probably only reacted too slowly, or even if they reacted in time, they wouldn’t raise their hands and say yes in such an outrageous fashion! It’s not like they’re kindergarteners!

Vival took several deep breaths and then asked, “Is he powerful?”

“He’s okay.”

Just okay? Vival opened his mouth but then recalled that it was Lesus who had said “He’s okay,” which probably meant that he must not be bad.

“There’s something I need your help with.” Lesus lowered his head and looked at the whip hanging by Vival’s waist. He asked, “How are you with a whip?”

Help? Not a mission? Vival looked at his whip in bewilderment and said, “I’m very good. I’ve already finished learning all the forms, and my teacher says that my control is even better than his!”

“Very good.” Lesus nodded his head. “Come with me.”

Vival was a little puzzled, but the person before him was Lesus, so there was no need to worry. If it were Grisia, then he might need to worry a bit. Rumor had it that even Demos, who made people really doubt if he even existed or not, had fallen in to a dizzyingly busy state, and the perpetrator behind that was exactly Grisia!

Lesus opened the door to the last interrogation room. The moment Vival followed him inside, he spotted a person tied to the interrogation rack.

Is this an interrogation? Although he had received a bit of training in interrogation, Lesus had never asked him to help…

However, when his gaze swept across the face of the criminal, he yelled in surprise, “Laica!”

Vival rushed forward. Laica was heavily chained; even his mouth was chained, and it was not going to be easy to free him. Vival immediately turned his head, asking, “Lesus, w-why have you tied him up?”

Lesus stood by the doorway, looking at Vival. Then, he reached behind to close the door to the interrogation room and even used a sword to block the way, barring outside people from entering.

“…”

Vival backed up and began to calculate how much of a chance he would have of winning against Lesus… No! It would be more practical to think about whether he wanted to die by Lesus’s hand or to kill himself off instead!

“Lesus, has Laica done something bad?” Vival shot Laica a worried look. Once he discovered that Laica did not seem to have many injuries, Vival couldn’t help but relax a bit.

Lesus slowly walked over and said, “No, he completed his mission very well. You can practically say he completed it perfectly.”

“If that’s so, why have you tied him up?” Vival was already starting to consider if he would be able to break the chains with one swing of his whip. With Laica, they would at least have a slightly better chance against Lesus.

Lesus stopped and began organizing the interrogation tools that were to the side. “A few years ago while facing the enemy, I poured everything into my sword aura. When I took a heavy step backward, I accidentally stepped on Laica’s foot, yet he showed a smile. From that moment onward, I felt that something was off.”

Vival didn’t understand. “It was only a small injury, so what’s wrong about smiling to show you that he was fine with it?”

“I stepped so hard I cracked the brick floor.”

“…”

Lesus said indifferently, “Several times after that, once he completed an assigned mission very satisfactorily, I would ask him what kind of reward he wanted. Although he said he didn’t need anything, he kept looking at my foot. So I kicked him.”

So you kicked him? Vival’s eyes were wide open, suddenly gaining a deeper understanding of his future Judgment Knight.

“And then?” Right after asking, Vival somewhat regretted doing so. He had a feeling that he might hear something he shouldn’t hear.

“Then, he fell to the floor and looked at me. He made no motion to climb back up, so I kicked him again.” Lesus’s tone was still very indifferent.

“…And then?” Vival was so shocked he felt numb.

Lesus picked up a short whip, turned to look at Laica, and then put the whip down. After that, he picked up a short stick, looked at Laica again, and started walking over with the stick.

“Whenever Laica completes his missions very satisfactorily, I would sometimes reward him.”

Reward? What’s with the wooden stick… Vival’s face twitched.

Lesus walked before the interrogation rack. Vival unconsciously took a step to the side to let him through. In the next second, he saw Lesus swing the stick at Laica who was tied to the rack. He nearly shouted out in alarm, but he saw that Laica hadn’t reacted much, so he must not have been injured too badly. Only then did Vival calm down.

“Sigh…”

Vival abruptly twisted his head. Did I just hear Lesus sigh?

“We started training when we were ten. The older we get, the stronger our bodies become. Using too little strength won’t even hurt Laica anymore, so now harsher blows are required. But it’s really hard to grasp the right degree, so sometimes clerics become necessary. It makes it easy for suspicions to arise.”

Lesus furrowed his brows and said quietly, “So, I’ve been thinking, whips should be a good choice of weapon. The degree of pain will be strong but the injuries won’t be deep, yet I am not good with a whip, so I could only come to you—”

Vival hurriedly interrupted. “Wait a moment! I don’t understand. Why do you need me?”

Lesus calmly said, “I need you to help hit Laica.”

“…Why hit him?” Vival nearly needed to force the words out.

“Laica likes to be hit, so whenever he completes his missions very satisfactorily, I would hit him as a reward.”

Are you joking… However, Lesus wasn’t one to joke; moreover, he wouldn’t joke about something like this. Vival started to hate his own understanding of Lesus. He couldn’t even say, “You’re kidding me!” to him.

“Vival.”

Vival lifted his head to look at Lesus. The other gestured at Laica and said, “Later, I have a battle I promised to attend, so please start immediately.”

Start what? Vival stood rooted to the spot, looking at Lesus who growled, “Swing your whip!”

Reflexively, Vival grabbed the whip by his waist and swung it toward the interrogation rack. When he heard a soft whimper, he abruptly realized what he had done. He looked up and saw a tear around the thigh area of Metal’s pants, and there was blood trickling from it.

I actually harmed a comrade! Vival paled, helplessly looking toward the person who had given the command, Lesus.

“Put more strength behind it.” It was like Lesus was trying to guide him with his words. “Carefully watch Laica’s expression and listen to him. It’s very easy to tell that this still isn’t enough for him, so you need to put more strength behind it.”

Vival hurriedly passed the whip over. “Lesus, you do it. I can lend my whip to you. If you don’t know how to use a whip, I can also teach you…”

Lesus didn’t take the whip. He merely turned his head and looked at Vival.

“…You want me to put more strength behind it? What kind of injury do you want me to inflict? Tell me, and I can accomplish whatever you want!”

“Don’t injure his bones, don’t make him bleed too much, don’t hit his face.”

“Understood!”

Teacher, I was wrong. Can I still change my answer? Actually, death by jumping off a building is very scary too~~

“Brat! What the heck are you changing your answer for? You made me lose the bet again!”

28 Responses

  1. Hurray for the contests winners giving us an extra chapter~ XD Thank you guys and congratulations again! And of course, thanks PR staff too! :3
    Wow, Moon is surprisingly easy to relate to.. Poor guy, what do you do when your bosses are terrifying even to your teacher’s standards? >.< It is cute that Moon is so childish though (attention seeking and whatnot).

  2. XD So I take it Grisia was ‘drowning’ and Lesus was ‘falling’? Ha, I thought it was the other way around.

    (Silly Moon, just don’t tell them he changed his answer!)

    At the beginning of the side story was this:
    “Never go against Lesus. That is only something Grisia can accomplish.”

    Would it be better to write “That is something only Grisia can accomplish.”? It flows better in my head, but I do not know grammar well enough to say it is right.

  3. Jasae Bushae

    Huh…So a young still in training Vival has fair odds of shattering steel chain with one blow of his Whip? Golly, just how strong is the present day Moon Knight? o.o
    And wah~! Now I more than ever wanna know how he found true love! XD

    Ah wells, this was an awesome sidestory that showed us how Vival first discovered Laica’s interests ^^

  4. Yay new chapter!!!
    Thank You PR and contest winners =D
    Wow…
    So I guessed right… Lesus was for the building and Grisia was for the sea…
    Moon is cute, like a kid >.<
    So that's how Lesus found out Laica was a M… How interesting!
    Thanks again -D

  5. If only Yu Wo would make a story about how will Grisia handle Laica… *Sigh* It would be so interesting..

    Thanks for the chapter! And thanks for the winners too~ I was really REALLY overjoyed when I see the list.

    • KuranNita

      @KuranNita
      They’re after all, a closet sadist(/pervert) and a closet masocist.. XD

    • @KuranNita
      Sounds like love XD
      They remind me of the classic gorgeous vampire with the disturbing servant…dunno why :p

    • @KuranNita

      Wouldn’t THAT be an interesting twist… I can’t really see Grisia doing it alone though. I can already see him roping one of his own into helping out, so he won’t be solely responsible… ahem. I mean, so he can help out multiple brothers at once. Maybe get Leaf involved with Laica’s situation, since Leaf’s kind of into some weird stuff too… Really, Grisia would either be terrified at the outcome or use this as an opportunity to make them both indebted to him… I’d like to hear your thoughts.

  6. Wow, never expected to see a side story about him! Are we going to read about every holy Knight? Can’t wait for Metal’s story then! lol

    Thanks for another great chapter!

    P.S. I would prefer to anger Lesus. I hate schemers like Grisia, so I would definitely attack him on sight. I would surely scar his pretty face a lot, which could bring me trouble with other knights.

  7. Jasae Bushae

    Well with Judgment, you can be certain of your death, you know how it is coming, when it is coming and it is certain and absolute. You can see it coming because it is dark and looming in its certainty.
    With Sun, You don’t know when he will get back at you because he revels in sneaking up on you. You can’t be certain how you will go because its just that cruel and chaotic, you will be despratly wondering how you will die and when you will die the entire time as his machiavelian scheme builds up to your doom.

    • @Jasae Bushae
      I have a slight thought that you would be surrounded by a lot of people (Sun’s platoon) or a lightening or an ice berg would fall in your head

  8. well, it makes sense

    Death by jumping off a building is more direct, one second you´re dead————> fits Lesus
    Death by downing at the sea is longer, more anguishing and lots of suffering: cold, preassured and gasping for breath before you complete drown——–> fits Grisia, He is twisted anyway and would make you suffer longer indirectly ( tecnically its not the sea nor the water what kills you, is not breathing oxigen and the coldness/pressure what kills you)

    LOL

  9. Best side story ever. X’D Can definitely see why this one had to wait a bit though, lol. I love how Lesus so easily passes off torture duty to Vival. Looking forward to reading more translations! ^__^

  10. This was released on my birthday<3 Or at least, in my timezone, it was my birthday – though it seems to have been released a day earlier in whatever timezone Prince Revolution works in. THANK YOU for giving me a beautiful birthday present<3 This whole month is wonderful… so much Sun Knight<3

    I, too, would much rather anger Lesus than Grisia. I'd much rather have a clean death over a torturous, drawn-out, and uncertain death any day. Also, it's interesting how Judgement and Sun both are equal to each other – no one other than those two can go against them and win.

  11. Im confused its says here; everything into my sword aura, i thought it was called battle aura or was that the wrong one?
    Lesus didn’t take the whip. He merely turned his head and looked at Vival; I don’t get it, did he stare at him or something?
    theoretically speaking, even if you angered Lesus, as long as it isn’t too grave and you do something for him as an apology, you wont get hurt. Grisia, on the other hand, once you anger him, he sends his platoon after you to beat you up, but I suppose if you saved his brother’s life, or anyone he cared about for that matter, he wont hurt you… i think?
    I would rather anger Lesus… at least then there is still a chance I wont have my life turn into a hellhole. Grisia is… its just to dangerous angering him, its like making Neo, Pink, Scarlet mad at you and you cant do anything to save yourself..

    • Ah, I’ll have to check the original Chinese to see if they’re the same thing!

      I think Lesus just looked at Vival, yeah. He gave him The Look. Must be a severe one. Like. “I’m disappointed in you, Vival.” Of course Vival would want to do Lesus’s bidding, yeah? :3;;

  12. thanks for the chapter♪ It came out faster than I expected(^-^)
    Well… still can’t get over the fact that Metal is a masochist… Ah well, everybody has their quirks.

  13. Because it was Lesus, Moon asked whether Metal have done anything wrong. The situation would be complete opposite it was Grisia instead of Lesus. The news will say that the Twelve Holy Knights was killing his own leader…..or perhaps the result of power struggle between warm-hearted faction and cold-hearted faction?

  14. Reading about Lesus from Laica’s point-of-view makes me realize just how well Grisia knows the current Judgement Knight all over again. Without Grisia’s insights into Lesus’s personality, it’s difficult to get a grasp of what the man is thinking when he has no expression on his face and talks in a monotone voice. Not to mention the topic is torturing a masochist of all things. Wait a minute. Is torturing a masochist an oxymoron? Well, whether it is or it isn’t, I sympathize with Laica.

  15. True true! I would never have thought that there would be an actual masochist among them, but then again if leaf and cloud are so obedient due to the what everyone knows about the the holy knights… I guess it was bound to come up on someone else.
    I Agree that I would rather die by the hands of Judgement than Sun’s. I would guess that prolonged torture would be Sun’s method for death, I would prefer a quick and boring death thank you very much!
    Thanks for the latest side story too!!!

  16. NanoLaughing

    Oh my gods, I’m crying right now! AHAHAHAHA!

  17. Thanks for the chapter, that was fast!
    I just love every single chapter of LSK!!
    And I thought Metal were one of the slightly normal ones^.^

    • adrimiz7

      @Jan
      To be honest, I think Roland is the most normal. You know, other than being dead.

  18. SniffingYou

    Good guy Laica, making the cold-hearted fraction work together as a team ^_^

  19. Star Knight

    To anger Lesus versus Grisia? I like Lesus’s character better, so I wouldn’t do anything to make him mad at me. Grisia… is a like a little kid, but he finds out a person’s weak points. When he goes for revenge, he prrys preys on those weak points. I think I could outrun his platoon if he wanted to beat me up, and I only get bothered by three things. Even if he somehow figured those things out, he would probably end up hurting himself.

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