½ Prince V1C6: A Normal Mage?

½ Prince Volume 1: The Beginning of a Legend

Original novel in Chinese by: 御我 (Yu Wo)


Chapter 6: A Normal Mage? – translated by Erialis

Upon returning to Star City, I headed straight for the inn where the team had agreed to meet up. As soon as I entered, I discovered an extremely somber atmosphere. The other members of Odd Squad were seated about a round table and all of them wore stiff expressions that seemed to suggest that they were actually seething inwardly.

As soon as they saw me arrive, everyone gave me a brief nod, and Wolf-dàgē indicated for me to sit down. I quickly pulled up a chair, not daring to fool around.

“Everyone, what do you think of the letter of challenge sent to us by the Dark Emperor?” Wolf-dàgē said, first asking for the team’s opinion on the matter.

“…?” Confusion was written all over my face. What letter of challenge?

“Prince has only just returned, so he still doesn’t know what happened, right?” Lolidragon had noticed my confusion and quickly explained. “We just ran into four members of Dark Emperor at the rebirth point and they… That Ming Huang in particular really deserves a verbal thrashing…”

“No, a PHYSICAL thrashing, for actually daring to call me a pervert.”

You mean you aren’t? I asked silently in my head. Gui’s icy expression surprised me though. He actually looks pretty cool…

“Yeah, and they even said that Doll was a weird necromancer…waaah!” Doll said, teary-eyed.

That…seems to be the truth as well, I thought. *Sweat*

“…We began to fight with them again at the rebirth point, but this time, the city’s NPC guards came rushing over. We had to stop and flee,” said Wolf-dàgē, hammering his fist on the table in indignation.

“Hmph! If not for the guards, we would have killed them all the way back to level one.” Gui had clenched his fist so tightly that his knuckles were cracking.

“After that, Dark Emperor PMed Gui, sending him a letter of challenge. They’re setting the date for our face-off as next month’s Adventurers’ Tournament.” As she finished speaking, Lolidragon too pounded the table a few times with her fist.

Looks like while Wicked and I weren’t present, the conflict between our two teams sparked into a blaze! It was as Wicked had said – we had become sworn enemies. Sigh! It’s all the fault of the word “girlie”… (It’s not MY fault!)

I considered sharing what Wicked had told me earlier. Would it help to lessen everyone’s negativity towards Dark Emperor? I wondered. After all, it was all a misunderstanding…

Sigh! All that hard work that we put into fighting those dragons has gone to waste now – we didn’t even manage to get those dragon XXs! That fight probably cost us at least fifty gold coins,” Wolf-dàgē lamented, heaving a deep sigh. He thought, To think that after everyone fought so hard that they were bone-weary, something like this would happen and leave us without so much as half a piece of loot…

My dragon’s XXs… We didn’t manage to collect them? I thought. My mind went blank for three seconds. Then, I rose to my feet. With two loud thuds, I created two holes in the table with my fists.

DAAARK EMPEROOOOOR, EVEN IF IT KILLS ME, I’M GOING TO DESTROY YOU GUYS!” I roared, livid.

“…Well then, we’ll accept their letter of challenge and train extra hard this month. That way, at the Adventurers’ Tournament next month, they’ll be able to see for themselves just how strong we – Odd Squad – really are,” said Wolf-dàgē.

“What’s the ‘Adventurers’ Tournament’?” I asked, looking at Lolidragon uncomprehendingly.

As usual, Lolidragon rolled her eyes and began to explain. “Twice a year, Second Life will hold an Adventurers’ Tournament. Through PvP1 combat, the most outstanding team will emerge. Each team must have six members and the reward is a piece of land.”

“Not only must we defeat Dark Emperor, we must also emerge as the champions. Then the whole of Second Life will know who Odd Squad is,” Wolf-dàgē added in a mighty voice.

“Prince, do you still remember our promise? We’re going to create a legend!” Lolidragon PMed me. “This is a good opportunity. Besides, by creating a legend, I didn’t mean simply becoming the top player, but…”

“I know. After all, if it’s just a matter of becoming the top player, then I wouldn’t have picked the current training method. Lolidragon, I no longer want to create the legend of “Prince” alone. I want to work hard alongside every member of Odd Squad and create a legend together,” I said, fixing her with a resolute look.

“Right!” Lolidragon replied with a smile.

“Let’s all work hard together, to create our own legend in Second Life.” I stretched out my right hand.

Lolidragon immediately placed her right hand on top of mine. In turn, Wolf-dàgē stretched out his large wolf paw, which was followed by Doll’s small hand, and Gui’s long and slender hand.

“Create a legend!” we roared.

Shortly thereafter, Doll suddenly held out her small hand. Counting on her fingers, she said, “Prince-gēgē’s one, Lolidragon-jiějie’s two, Wolf-gēge’s three, Gui-gēgē’s four, and Doll is the last one. That’s five! I don’t think we have enough people in our team to take part in the competition!”

…!

“Let’s find a mage!” Wolf-dàgē suggested. “Were it not for Dark Emperor’s mage, Ming Huang, we would have won a complete victory over them this time. Unfortunately, his Wrath of the Nine Heavens left our side pretty badly off as well. Therefore, I strongly suggest that we find a mage.”

“Agreed!” Everyone approved of the idea, but I thought darkly, The last time we looked for a mage, we found a necromancer like Doll. Then, when we were looking for an archer, we ended up with Gui, a bard… This time, what will our search for a mage yield? What other strange class/race combination do we not have yet?

“Let’s go search at the Adventurers’ Guild then?” Gui suggested.

“Objection!” The other four members replied simultaneously.

Gui tapped his nose with a finger. “Then how are we going to find one?”

“Hmm…” Everyone looked troubled. With only a month left, it would be best to find a mage quickly, so as to build up the camaraderie between members.

Just as the members of Odd Squad were knitting their eyebrows together tightly enough to squash a mosquito to death…

“Excuse me, but are you looking for a mage? I was standing nearby, so I overheard…” A gentle voice reached our ears.

We turned our heads to look as one and a lovely young woman immediately entered our view. She reddened unconsciously under the scrutiny of five pair of eyes. Stammering a little, she said, “Um… Le-let me introduce myself. I’m called Yu Lian and I’m a human mage. My primary element is fire, secondary element is earth…and I’m level thirty-eight.”

We were all astonished. A human mage? Such an ordinary class and race? That’s not possible.

“You are female?” Lolidragon demanded, her gaze fixed on the girl’s chest. Yep! And it’s pretty substantial too.

“Yes…”

“You like men?” I asked sternly.

“…Yes.”

“You like love and justice?” Doll inquired, her face shining with love and justice.

“…?”

“You’re not allowed to snatch the beautiful and noble Prince from me!” Gui exclaimed, his expression anxious. A flying kick from me sent him soaring out the door. I thought he’d become cool, but looks like his damnable personality hasn’t changed one whit.

“Why do you want to join us?” Wolf-dàgē asked in an extremely serious voice.

Yu Lian’s expression revealed her admiration. She replied, “After witnessing your conversation, I was very envious of your camaraderie and I wished I could be a part of your team.”

For such a normal reason? The members of Odd Squad wondered, Could it be…?

“Have we…found ourselves a normal…teammate?” I asked, stuttering.

“What spells do you know?” Wolf-dàgē inquired in a level-headed manner, not yet giddy with happiness.

“I know Flame Arrow, Fireball, Pillar of Fire, Wall of Flames, Flame Surge and Meteor Shower. I don’t know as many earth spells, only Jaws of Hell, Earthquake, and Armor of Earth.”

Wolf-dàgē immediately stood up. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, Miss Yu Lian. We’re Odd Squad, with five members. Prince, warrior; Lolidragon, thief; Ugly Wolf, priest; Doll, necromancer; Guiliastes, bard – but just call him Gui. We welcome you to our team.”

Without delay, we dragged Yu Lian to the valley to practice, and to see for ourselves just how great the benefits of having a mage could be…


I leapt back, even as a pillar of fire seared the centaur. I carefully blocked the centaur from the rest of the team, so as to prevent the mob from charging off and attacking our mage Yu Lian. In a short amount of time, there was a line of flame-seared centaurs lying dead on the ground. It actually took no longer than five minutes for us to defeat a centaur, which was even more powerful than a small dragon. Just so you know, it took me ten minutes to kill a small dragon. Having a mage is a pretty good thing after all!

“It’s been tough on you, Yu Lian,” Wolf-dàgē said. He patted the mage on the back.

“Not at all, this is what Yu Lian’s supposed to do, after all,” she replied bashfully, blushing.

“We finally have a normal teammate. I’m touched!” I was overwhelmed. After all, there’s finally a NORMAL person in Odd Squad. How can I not be thrilled?

“Beautiful and noble Highness, you are also very normal.” Gui, who had recovered his irritating personality, had once again begun to address me with all those revolting terms of endearment.

“He’s the most abnormal person of us all, since he is the only tranny in the whole of Second Life,” Lolidragon muttered under her breath and I shot her a glare.

“Doll is very normal too!” Doll said with an innocent and uncomprehending expression.

…That’s actually debatable.

“But in any case, Prince, you’ve got it wrong,” Lolidragon told me.

“I got it wrong? How?”

“Basically, if someone can remain unaffected by your or Gui’s looks, then that person can’t be considered normal!” Lolidragon replied critically. “I initially thought that she might have joined because of you or Gui. However, ever since we left the city, she has spent a far greater amount of time talking with Wolf-gē than she has looking at you guys.”

The four of us turned our heads as one to look at Wolf-dàgē and Yu Lian, who were talking animatedly.

No matter how I look at it, it appears that Yu Lian is…blushing? And a little shy? And her expression when chatting with Wolf-dàgē seems rather girlish… It can’t be, right?

The four of us looked at one another. Then, with an expression which said that she was determined to uncover the truth, Lolidragon marched over and dragged Yu Lian back. With the excuse that it was a private chat between ladies, she forbade Wolf-dàgē from following or eavesdropping. She then grabbed my face with her right hand and Gui’s face with her left, and shoved our faces in front of Yu Lian.

“Yu Lian, what do you think of Gui’s looks?”

“…?” Yu Lian was taken aback, her confusion clear on her face.

“Just say what you think,” Lolidragon replied firmly.

“Gui’s looks are…very neat!” Yu Lian hesitated, as though she was fishing for the right words to say without hurting anyone.

Very neat? What sort of description is that?

Lolidragon then asked, “And what do you think of Prince’s looks?”

Yu Lian smiled cheerfully and patted me on the head. “Prince is very adorable!”

Adorable… That was the first time I’d heard anyone describe me like that. You’re describing this incomparable handsomeness – which nearly left me a narcissist – as “adorable”?

“Then what do you think of Wolf-gē’s looks?” Lolidragon asked, her tone cautious.

Upon hearing Wolf-gē’s name, Yu Lian actually turned bright red and stammered, “Wolf-dàgē’s looks are ve-very unique, and also mature, and composed.” Saying that, she seemed to be caught up in some kind of fantasy… “Even his fur is a beautiful silver, my favorite color.”

Silver? We turned to look at Wolf-dàgē’s very messy gray fur…

“…He is the most handsome, most masculine man I’ve ever met,” Yu Lian said, her face filled with loving admiration as she looked at Wolf-dàgē. She then turned back to look at Gui and me and spoke in an apologetic tone. “Don’t worry, your looks are pretty okay. Some girl will definitely like your looks, so don’t give up!” She said encouragingly in her gentle voice.

“What a mystifying sense of beauty!” I said in realization.

“As expected, it is impossible for Odd Squad to have a normal member,” Lolidragon concluded calmly.

[½ Prince Volume 1 Chapter 6 End]

Footnotes

1 PvP: This is an acronym for “Player versus Player” and is used to describe in-game activities in which players are in direct competition with another real player (the Adventurer’s Tournament being a prime example). On the other hand, PvE (“Player versus Environment”) involves competition against AI-controlled monsters or other elements that are built into the game itself.

Comments (50)

  1. 3:04 pm, June 10, 2009Vielfras  / Reply

    My eyes nearly popped out of my head once I saw the new chapter.
    As usual a great translation and a wonderful story. May the force be with you!

  2. 3:37 pm, June 10, 2009Alantin  / Reply

    Wohoo, this is nice.
    I didn’t expect to see a full chapter at once.
    Thanks alot :D

  3. 4:21 pm, June 10, 2009pseudonym  / Reply

    asdfghjkl I love you guys. Thanks so much for the translations again! and the amusing footnote number 1. XD
    and Odd Squad ftw yes. lol.

    Is there any word of someone picking up the manhua translation again after the previous group dropped it?

    • 10:09 pm, June 10, 2009erialis  / Reply

      It’s been picked up by Odd Squad Scanlations, which is headed by Noobzilla (from MF.com). The raws for volume 6’s chapters aren’t exactly available now, though.

      • 1:18 pm, June 11, 2009pseudonym  / Reply

        oh okay, good to know. thanks! :)

  4. 4:37 pm, June 10, 2009Xinnie  / Reply

    OMH thanks for the release! I really like this novel! it is a bit different than the manga. so I really like to read this novel .D thanks again!

  5. 7:06 pm, June 10, 2009Daywalker  / Reply

    wuhuuu cool chapter, but what the hell is camaraderie? i never heard that word.. is it even real? Butt hell… i looked it up and it exists… Now im flabbergasted…

    well good work!!!

    • 10:08 pm, June 10, 2009erialis  / Reply

      O_o I thought it was a pretty common word, if long… Now “combat gnosticism”, that one’s rarer…

      • 11:04 am, June 11, 2009DreamscapeLegend  / Reply

        Ah, the word gnosticism reminds me of the old days in clinical neurobiology.

  6. 8:47 pm, June 10, 2009noobzilla  / Reply

    Wow, thanks so much for the whole of chappie 6! i never thought wolf dage had grey fur!

    • 3:34 am, July 13, 2011Ozzers  / Reply

      @noobzilla
      OMG IKR!! I always thought his fur was like a deep chocolate brown colour and he had blue eyes….cute puppy :3

  7. 9:09 pm, June 10, 2009Alaris  / Reply

    Erk~ I was sure not expecting translation in the middle of exam period. Kudos~

    Glad to be the first to land a comment.

  8. 9:36 pm, June 10, 2009Odinn  / Reply

    is that the full chapter? seems short.
    in any case thank you very much for another great chapter. keep it up! also saying “it is subject to debate.” could be say as “it is debatable.” although both are correct the latter sounds better imo.

    • 10:11 pm, June 10, 2009erialis  / Reply

      Yes, it’s short… As for the “subject to debate/debatable”, debatable IS the more common version, but I’m not sure if it sounds better. I think it’s more of a “which version you’re more used to” thing. :\ We’ll see if anyone else wants it changed.

      • 4:26 am, June 11, 2009serao  / Reply

        I actually made that change, but undid it right away. I didn’t think there was a strong case for changing it, as it wasn’t inherently awkward. That call would have been made based on local usage rather than actual correctness. The strongest case would have been if the tone of Prince’s speech/thought was consistently informal, but it just as often isn’t, and ‘subject to debate’ doesn’t sound all that formal to me anyway.

  9. 10:22 pm, June 10, 2009Alaris  / Reply

    btw. the game is so new. wondering how the author have the idea of ‘twice a year’ competition.

    • 11:54 pm, June 10, 2009Faelights  / Reply

      She’s a hidden GM. =P

      Thanks for the chapter!!! ^_^ Definitely beats trying to read it in Simplified Chinese on my own when I’m trying to learn Japanese at the same time…

    • 9:17 am, June 11, 2009Odinn  / Reply

      its more likely that their friendly gm (lolidragon) was told, along with many other players that they would be having biannual tournaments.

  10. 3:53 am, June 11, 2009ensis  / Reply

    today’s my birthday.

    i’m 19 now.

    happy birthday me.

  11. 3:54 am, June 11, 2009ensis  / Reply

    where i am it’s still june 10th. not 11th.

    time zones hate my birthday.

  12. 5:28 am, June 11, 2009Almatt  / Reply

    ““You like love and justice?” Lolidragon inquired, her face shining with love and justice.”

    Don’t you mean Doll here?

    Keep it up.

    • 10:03 am, June 11, 2009erialis  / Reply

      LMAO. I could have sworn that I wrote Doll, but when I went back and looked at all the files, they all said, “Lolidragon”. Must have been really spaced out when I translated. Thanks for spotting it!

  13. 6:40 am, June 11, 2009Pichi  / Reply

    Thanks for the translation! Though, I believe that in the part where they meet Yu Lian you wrote Lolidragon instead of Doll, asking if she loves love and justice.

  14. 8:12 am, June 11, 2009melika  / Reply

    Thank you for Translating the novel. :) And for getting this chapter out so fast.

  15. 1:31 pm, June 11, 2009xDannab  / Reply

    thx 4 translating!!
    btw i hav 2 questions-
    1. Does anyone know what happened to the manga?-it’s not being updated anymore =(.
    2. Just out of curiousity, does anyone know which book/chapter we’ll see Kenshin?

    • 8:05 pm, June 11, 2009erialis  / Reply

      Check the faq for the answers (which I will post in approximately… five minutes). (:

      • 8:46 am, June 17, 2009xDannab  / Reply

        thx! XD

  16. 11:31 pm, June 11, 2009yuchin4life  / Reply

    Thanks for the translation!~

    but this chapter seems like the shortest so far~
    but very nice,Yu-Lian~~~

  17. 4:33 pm, June 12, 2009Phall  / Reply

    Thanks!!! :o)

  18. 5:41 am, June 13, 2009crazyblacklab  / Reply

    yayayaya new chapter woooooo hooooooo thnx!!!!!!!!!!!! XD XD

  19. 6:12 am, June 13, 2009Houka Ryuu  / Reply

    WoW! This was fast but very short. Good job in translating and keep up the great work. :D

  20. 7:38 am, June 14, 2009Rev  / Reply

    Thanks for the translation, was very excited when my feed says there’s a new chapter. Though I think, instead of ‘sicko’, Queer might be a more accurate word?

    • 10:20 am, June 14, 2009erialis  / Reply

      Not really. Queer means… homosexual in certain places. That’s not what Ming Huang means at all – he’s not saying that Gui is gay per se. If we go by the regular meaning of “queer”, as in odd, funny, abnormal, that’s not right either, because what Ming Huang means is actually far more extreme. As I said, the word (in Chinese) really has no proper equivalent in English… it’s more like a blend of many words, and sicko – which doesn’t have a fixed meaning… per se – fits it better than other words that DO have a fixed meaning.

      • 4:28 am, June 15, 2009fg109  / Reply

        I agree, “bian tai” doesn’t actually have any homosexual connotations at all. It is pretty hard to describe… I’d say it means freakish, grotesque, disgusting, etc.
        An example would be if someone called a criminal a “bian tai” killer, that means he/she mutilates/dismembers the victims’ bodies.
        A necrophiliac also fits the bill.

        Erialis: This comment has been edited. Sorry fg109, but I have to think of the underaged readers. ^^;

        • 5:07 am, June 17, 2009ASDF  / Reply

          Hmmm you 2 are not native Chinese speakers are you? In Chinese “bian tai” is used on people who has any sort of fetish(s). “Bian” means change/tranform and in this case it means abnormal so either that or perverted would work

          • 2:03 pm, June 17, 2009erialis 

            *dryly* I am a native Chinese speaker, mon ami. Bian = change, tai = attitude. Bian tai can be used on anyone who has fetishes, BUT the modern usage of the term varies, like when someone says “chao zi wu di bian tai”, it doesn’t refer to fetishes at all. The word, as such, varies in terms of its meaning, and some of its meanings are NOT always as mild as “perverted” or “abnormal”. Knowing Ming Huang’s personality, do you seriously think that when he calls Gui “bian tai”, he’s saying, “You’re so abnormal” or “You’re perverted?”

  21. 10:12 am, June 14, 2009John  / Reply

    Thank you, all of you for another nice translation :)
    Finals are over and it looks like u have a surplus of workers and free time, I think it will be a great summer :)

  22. 11:16 am, June 18, 2009steshin  / Reply

    Once again, thank you for your hard work! :)

  23. 10:10 am, June 21, 2009Lalita  / Reply

    OMGG when I saw the new chapter, I was sooo thrilled!! But then I want more now :(

    I certainly do wish technology has created some kind of machine that translates the Chinese/Japanese characters into English.

    • 4:00 pm, June 21, 2009ASDF  / Reply

      There is. Babelfish ring a bell? You mean “a program that can perfectly translate any language in another one”.

      • 1:33 pm, June 22, 2009Eia  / Reply

        BABELFISH IS A LIE.

        So is google translator.

        Entirely unreadable. Humorous, nonetheless.

        • 2:54 am, June 25, 2009Fan  / Reply

          It doesn’t matter what book, chapter, or paragraph. Even if you’ve read the comic, the translated text makes absolutely no sense in any translator I have ever found.

          It’s hilarious but depressing, because I really want to read as much as possible. That is why I like this site.

  24. 11:25 am, June 25, 2009colorful me  / Reply

    Who came up with the english trans for the names? Like how long little dragon girl became lolidragon?

    • 4:03 pm, June 25, 2009erialis  / Reply

      Errr, that, you will have to ask TLC/-IW, the group that used to scanlate 1/2 Prince.

  25. 3:08 am, June 27, 2009DR4G00N  / Reply

    So how is the next chapter coming along? Will a part 1 of Blood Tiara be available soon. I appreciate all the hard work you guys/gals do looking forward to more of your translations.

    • 11:40 am, June 27, 2009erialis  / Reply

      It depends on our translator Erihppas. V1C8 is pretty much done, so it’ll be out a day or two after V1C7.

  26. 4:00 am, June 28, 2009nessa1234  / Reply

    thank you so much for translating!!
    this story is so good how did the writer came up with this story i wish i could have that kind of creativity!!

  27. 7:25 pm, January 1, 2010Abby  / Reply

    I love it !! I laughed my butt out!!><

  28. 2:06 pm, July 29, 2012Dokidori  / Reply

    Ummmmm…….I happened to notice this but shouldn’t whit be bit
    ” I thought he’d become cool, but looks like his damnable personality hasn’t changed one whit.”
    Oh and this series is awesome i just wish that the manhua would update
    Keep up the wonderful work! :3

    • 7:22 pm, July 29, 2012[PR]dahlys  / Reply

      whit is a word, and it means “a little bit”.

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