Overlord Light Novel Volume 13 Chapter 1

Overlord Light Novel Volume 13 Chapter 1

As this post is getting too long, i have separated it. This page contains part 1 to 4 only. Part 5 will be on another page (you will see the arrow button at the bottom of the page)

The Siege

It was a long way off until winter’s end, and so the air was very cold. Still, that was not a hardship for him thanks to the fur which coated his body. His body was swathed in a lustrous black pelt, and another layer of clothing on top of that would make for excellent insulation. HE would not shiver from the cold, even if he wore a suit of metallic full plate.
距离冬季结束还有很长一段时间,空气仍旧非常冰冷。但这对于他来说却并无大碍,这多亏了包裹着身体的体毛。光泽的黑色毛皮覆盖着全身,在这之上再穿衣服的话就能形成绝佳的隔热效果。就算身着着金属质的全身铠,也不会因为寒冷而颤抖。

However, he was shuddering for a different reason now.
不过因为别的理由他现在正颤抖着。

That reason was anger.
那便是怒气。

Calling that tremendous anger “wrath” would not be too far off.
那是将其称之为愤怒也不为过的强烈怒气。

A low growl escaped him, like that which a carnivorous beast would make, and then he clicked his tongue in embarrassment.
不由自主的发出了食肉兽般低沉的嘶吼,却又因为羞耻而啧了下舌。

For members of his race — the Zoastia — making animal noises like that was the proof that he could not control his emotions; a shameful display for an adult.
对于他——被称为兽身四脚兽[Zoastia]的种族来说,发出野兽般的低鸣是没能抑制住感情的证明,对于成人来说是不可取的表现。

However, that was only within the confines of his species.
不过,这仅限于他的种族。

Anyone else who heard that growl leak from between his sharp teeth would have either trembled in fear or froze in terror.
如果有其他人听见、那从尖牙下所流露出的嘶吼,保不准会被吓的胆颤心寒、因为恐惧而动弹不得。

He turned his back on the human city that he had been staring at just now, and returned to his camp.
他转过身去,背对直到方才还凝视着的人类都市,走向自己的阵地。

Even if their supreme commander was Jaldabaoth, their ruler who wielded overwhelming might, many pointless feuds still broke out every day between the many races gathered under him.
纵使站在顶点的是被称之为亚达巴沃的、拥有压倒性力量的支配者,在那之下也集合了许多的种族,可每天却仍然会发生着无聊的争吵。

The forces of the Demihuman Alliance were divided into three main groups.
超过十万的亚人联合军大致分为三路。

The first were the 40’000 troops ranged against the Southern Holy Kingdom’s military.
一路是正与圣王国南部的军队所对峙的四万。

The second were the 50’000 troops responsible for managing and guarding the camps which held prisoners from the Holy Kingdom.
一路是负责圣王国俘虏收容所防卫与管理的五万。

The third were the 10’000 troops responsible for scouting the Northern Holy Kingdom, recovering various resources, and other miscellaneous tasks.
一路是负责探索圣王国北方、回收各种物资等等杂务的一万。

The personnel here comprised 40’000 of the 50’000 troops allocated to managing the prison camps.
来到这里的是从负责俘虏收容所的五万中所选出来的四万。

It was only natural that their campgrounds would be bustling, with such numbers in attendance. Yet, nobody dared block his path, and so he could not stop or even slow his pace.
有那么多人在的话,阵地会闹腾也是实属当然。但是偏偏这时却没有出现敢挡住他去路的家伙,为此他也没能驻足、又或是放慢脚步。

Surely there was nobody in the world who would dare stand in the path of a massive, rolling boulder.
无论上哪也找不到敢挡在滚动着的巨石前的家伙吧。

Nobody here had the guts or strength of spirit to offend him, given the dominating aura that surrounded him.
这里没有人精神力强到肝招惹身缠霸气的他

He walked as though he were alone in the plains, and soon an especially ornate tent came into view.
犹如走在无人旷野的他,已经能够看得见一顶格外气派的帐篷了。

There were demihuman soldiers standing before it, but they were not guards. They were standing by to heed the orders of the tent’s occupants. In other words, they were servants.
虽然在出入口前有亚人兵站在那里,但他们并不是在警卫。他们是为了听候帐篷里的人吩咐才在那里待机的,换句话说就是仆人。

The guards trembled as he passed between them and savagely pulled aside the cloth hanging over its entrance, whereupon the five demihumans within immediately glared sharply at him.
从战栗着让开道路的他们之间走过,猛地掀起了帐篷入口的帘布,霎时在室内的五只亚人同时向他投来了锐利的视线。

The demihumans within could be counted among the top ten members of the demihuman forces, demons excepted. While he could feel the physical weight of their gazes upon him, his attitude did not change in the slightest.
在那里的是即使在亚人军中——不算恶魔的话——也能被数进前十的亚人们。虽然无论哪道都是能从物理层面上感受到压迫感的强烈眼光,但他却丝毫不改平然的态度。

As a fellow member of those ten beings, he simply laughed and made a show of filling one of the empty seats. That said, his bestial lower body meant that taking a seat was more like lying down.
同为十杰的他,反是哼笑一声,大大方方的坐在了空着的席位上。虽说是坐下,但因为他的下半身是野兽的关系,因此便成了像是躺卧着的形式。

Although one of the five nodded lightly to him, he paid them no heed, his eyes fixed firmly on the demihuman occupying the highest seat.
虽然其中五只中的一只向着他轻轻点了一下头,但他却将其无视掉,瞪向坐在最上座的亚人。

Said demihuman was a being that looked like a snake that had grown arms.
那是宛如蛇长出了双手般的存在。

The scales on its body gleamed wetly, throwing off a bizarre riot of colors that did justice to its nickname of “Rainbow Scales”. Not only were they beautiful, their hardness was said to rival those of Dragons. In addition, it possessed high-level magic resistance and was equipped with a large shield and a suit of enchanted plate armor. When one factored in its warrior prowess as well, said being might well qualify as the mightiest entity in the Abelion Hills.
身上的鳞片绽放着无愧于其别名“七色鳞”那样有如彩虹般的光彩、闪烁着湿滑奇异的光芒。而且不单只是美丽绝伦,据说其硬度更是可以与龙[Dragon]媲美。另外再加上高等级的魔法耐性,装备上魔法铠甲并持有大盾,算上作为战士所增添的实力的话,即使被看做那个亚伯里恩丘陵最坚固的存在想必也不为过吧。

This demihuman was Roxu, a Nagaraja. He was the demihuman who had been appointed to commander of this detachment by the Demon Emperor.
那个亚人正是蛇王[NagaRaja] 罗格修。是被魔皇任命为这支部队总指挥官的亚人。

Resting beside him was the powerful Trident of Dehydration, which was famous as his primary weapon.
而作为他的主武器闻名的、拥有着强大特殊能力的“渴竭三叉戟[trident of dehydration]”,正横放在他的身旁。

“–Why aren’t we attacking yet?”
「——为什么,还不进攻?」
He directed the question to Roxu in a very subdued tone.
他用压得很低的声音质问罗格修。

It had been a full three days since they had reached the city which the pitiful human resistance had taken over. But not even a skirmish had broken out since then.
抵达人类那可悲的抵抗势力所支配的都市,已经过了整整三天。但到目前为止却连一点点小纷争都没有发生。

“…I know the human walls are troublesome, but surely they’re nothing in the face of our numbers, aren’t they?”
「……我知道人类所造的城墙很麻烦。但在此等数量面前根本就无足轻重吧」

This was especially true for those members of the Demihuman Alliance who could completely disregard the existence of such walls. There ought to be no difficulty if said individuals were carefully managed.
特别是亚人联合中有着完全不把城墙当一回事的人。如果能好好活用那些家伙的话,应该并不是什么困难事才对。

“Frightened, are we?”
「怕不是怂了吧?」

“Demon Claw-kakka.”
「魔爪阁下」

A vicious expression bloomed on his — Wayja Lajandala’s — face as he was addressed with the title of “Demon Claw”. He swept his eyes over the other member of his species who was present before turning back towards the Nagaraja.
被称为魔爪的他——威贾·拉蒋达拉露出了凶恶的表情,将视线扫过在座的另一位同族,立刻又转向了蛇王。

The title of “Demon Claw” was known far and wide, and had been for almost two centuries now.
在丘陵地带“魔爪”这个远近闻名的称号,已经有近两百年的历史了。

This was not because Zoastias were a long-lived race but because the title was passed down through the generations.
这并不是由于兽身四脚兽这个种族很长寿,而是因为这是在某一族中代代相传的称号。

To him, this title was something he had inherited from his father. He knew very well that it was inappropriate for him at the moment. That was why he had to build his reputation in the upcoming battles. Yet, he had not been able to prove his strength — as the inheritor of the title — to the world so far.
对于他来说,这是从父亲那里继承过来的东西。他也十分明白这个称号对现在的他来说并不相称。正因为如此,才要在这一连的战斗中,把自己的名号打响。然而到现在为止,他都还未能向世人证明自己的——新的继承者的力量。

Everyone he had beaten so far was weak. There had not been anyone who could stop a blow from his enchanted two-handed axe, ‘Bladed Wing’.
打倒的对手基本都是弱者,不存在能撑下他所持的魔法双手战斧“刃翼”两回合攻击的人。

This state of affairs could not be allowed to continue.
再这样下去可不行。

He could not allow this war to end while others still knew him as a mere minion of the archdevil Jaldabaoth. He had to find some way to make a name for himself as a warrior, and that time was now.
在这场战争中不能让自己仅仅作为、被称为超越者恶魔的亚达巴沃的其中一名手下而结束。必须要找到机会在某处提高自己的武名,而现在正是那个时机。

However, Roxu still did not intend to attack. Wayja’s dissatisfaction with that decision was why he spoke to the former in that way.
但是、罗格修却还不打算进攻。正是因为对此不满,所以他才会表现出这样的态度。

“They say the Grand King used to hold that city. Don’t tell me you’re scared just because the enemy has someone who could defeat him?”
「听说那都市过去曾由那个豪王守护,该不会是因为对方有能把那种程度的强者打倒的对手在而怕了吧?」

The Grand King — the king who had led the Bafolk to greatness.
豪王——统帅山羊人[Bafolk]兴起之王。

He had been one of the top ten demihumans, like himself.
是与他同样居于上位十人中的强者之名。

Wayja was confident that he stood on even footing with the Grand King, despite the latter’s annoying martial arts which could break weapons. Anyone who could beat the Grand King must surely be a worthy opponent.
虽然知道他有着能够破坏对方武器的麻烦武技,即便如此他也有与豪王互相较量的自信。如果能够打倒那个豪王的话,肯定够格当自己的对手了吧。

‘I’ll deal with her, so why aren’t we attacking yet?”
「那家伙就由我来当她的对手,所以还不赶紧去准备进攻」

He could think of only one person who could defeat someone of the Grand King’s power.
说到能够打倒那个豪王的强者,在他的心中只有一名人选。

It must be that female human paladin. If the rumors are true, she might have been able to beat the Grand King.
(是那个传闻中的雌性人类圣骑士吧。如果传闻属实的话、说不定还真能胜过豪王)

He sketched a hazy image of a paladin with a glowing sword in his mind.
他模糊地描绘起了持有散发光辉之剑的圣骑士的形象。

“Wayja-kakka, the fact that you, a commander, would say such things despite coming in late without a word of apology makes me… don’t get so excited, I know, I know.”
「威贾阁下,迟到了连一句谢罪都没有还立刻说出这番话,我身为指挥官……别那么兴奋,我知道了、我知道了」

Roxu waved him off in a relaxed fashion.
罗格修以富有余裕的态度挥了挥手。

“Honestly, ignorant chicks make a lot of noise even when they know nothing.”
「真受不了,什么都不懂得雏儿还真会叫」

The person who was snickering just now had four arms. She was the queen of the Magelos known as “Iceflame Thunder” — Nasrenia Bert Kiuru.
发出了库库的笑声的是有着四条胳臂的、拥有名为“冰焰雷”外号的魔现人[Magelos]女王——纳斯蕾涅•贝鲁特•裘露。

Wayja wrinkled his brow,
威贾皱起了眉头。

He felt that he could triumph in a melee fight, but Nasrenia was adept at magic so he was afraid she could turn the tables on him in some unexpected way if it came to a fight. Even so, he — as an inheritor of the name “Demon Claw” — would not be able to face his ancestors if he meekly let someone call him a chick.
虽然肉搏战不感觉会输,不过因为纳斯蕾涅擅长魔法,所以有着胜负说不定会在想不到的地方一发逆转的恐惧。但就算是这样,继承了“魔爪”之名的自己要是被喊成雏儿还老实地让步,可就真的没脸去见祖宗了。

“And old hags who like to slack off cause trouble for the rest of us too.”
「老太婆真是慢条斯理叫人困扰啊」

The Magelos were quite long-lived, but she ought to be more than halfway through her lifespan, given that Wayja had heard of her throughout the hills while he was still a child.
虽然魔现人的寿命算是挺长,但从威贾还是孩子的时候那个外号就传遍丘陵这点来看,她的寿命应该也已经过半了才是。

He could not tell the age of her skin when inspecting her face due to all the cosmetics she wore, but the fact that she was covering it up meant that she had noticed it too. In addition, surely that floral fragrance surrounding her was a sign of using perfume to mask her old folks’ stench, was it not?
仔细观察面部的话,虽然由于有化妆的遮掩,不清楚实际的肌龄到底怎样了。但既然会去遮掩就说明自己也是有意识到的吧。而且洋溢的花香不也是用香水在掩饰着老人臭吗。

“–Ho.”
「——嚯」

Nasrenia narrowed her eyes and an icy chill filled the air in the tent. This was a physical, not psychological phenomenon.
纳斯蕾涅的双眼咪了起来,帐篷种充满了冰冷的空气。这并不是什么心理上的东西,而是物理上的现象。

“–I ought to be speaking the truth, no?”
「——我应该没有说谎才是」

Wayja straightened himself up somewhat as he said that. A Zoastia’s lower body was not a pretty decoration, but something which possessed a beast’s dexterity and explosive power. While his usual fighting style would have involved hunkering down to make full use of his physical abilities, he did not do that now. That was because he wanted to present himself as the one with the advantage, who had simply ceded the initiative to his opposition.
威贾边说着边稍微挺身。四脚兽型的下半身可不是什么花架子,而是兼具着野兽的瞬发力与敏捷性。虽然本来的战斗方式应该是活用身体的能力,压低姿势发动攻击,但是现在却并没有摆出那种动作。这是因为想要摆出自己才是有利的一方,不过是把先手让给了对方这样一种态度而已。

“This isn’t just a matter of lying, is it? I ought to teach you how to address ladies with respect. That’s also my duty as your elder.”
「这不是只要不说谎就可以的问题吧?也应该教教你这小子对待女性的礼仪了。这也是——作为前辈的义务啊」

Amidst all this tension, Roxu spoke up:
就在这一触即发的状况下罗格修开口说道。

“Contain yourselves, you two. This is a war council. If the two of you continue making trouble here, I will be compelled to report it to Jaldabaoth-sama.”
「你们两个都适可而止。如果再继续在军事会议上惹是生非,我也不得不向亚达巴沃大人禀报了啊」

Now that Roxu had brought up the name of their absolute superior, the two of them had no choice but to back down. Still, they continued glaring at each other, as though to say “This isn’t over yet” and “Bring it, granny.”
在被搬出绝对强者名字的仲裁下两人只得收手。不过还是没有忘记互相瞪着,那眼神好像在说「这事还没完」「要打架就来啊」

“Hah… I can’t help you with this even though I’m very strong, but you two ought to know what it means to work together.”
「哎……虽然身为强者的我很强也没有办法,但你们也差不多该懂得合作的意思了啊」

“Heeheehee, you don’t have the right to comment on others either.”
「嘻嘻嘻,汝也没资格说其他人不是吗」

A simian demihuman covered in white fur jeered at Roxu’s grumbling with a laugh.
身上长着白色长毛的猿猴亚人笑着吐槽着罗格修的怨言。

“Hm, that’s true. Now then, Demon Claw-kakka. About your question earlier, it is not that I am afraid. The Grand King was a valiant individual, but surely everyone present is his equal, am I wrong?”
「嗯,也确实是那样。那么,魔爪阁下。关于你刚才的问题,并不是说我感到害怕。虽说豪王确实勇猛过人,但在场的不都是足以与豪王匹敌的强者吗」

Roxu looked to Demon Claw and Iceflame Thunder, and then to the remaining three people.
罗格修看了看魔爪和冰炎雷,还有剩下的三个人。

One of them was a demihuman who was covered in long white fur and looked like an ape. He wore enchanted golden armor.
He was the king of the Stone Eaters — Harisa Ankara.
穿着多件金色的魔法防具,浑身长着白色长毛如同猿猴一样的亚人。
食石猿[Stone Eater]之王——哈利夏·安卡拉。

As a superior specimen of his species, he and others like him could gain various special abilities from eating raw minerals. For instance, by eating diamonds, they could temporarily gain physical damage resistance which could only be bypassed by bludgeoning attacks. Usually, only three such abilities could be active at once, but he could stock far more than that number. That was also a reason why he was called a mutant.
在他们的种族中到达上位种的人,能够根据吃下去的原石而得到各种特殊力量。比如说如果吃下了钻石,就能在一定时间内获得对除了殴打以外的物理攻击耐性。一般来说这种能力只能储存3个,但是他却可以储存远超这个数量。这也是他被称为变异种的缘由。

Then, there was the Orthros general who had nodded to him in respect.
之后是威贾进帐篷的时候对他颔首致意的半人半兽将军。

He wore a suit of intricately carved armor. His equally ornate helmet and his lance lay beside him. His name was Hectowages Ah Ragara.
身穿雕刻着精美纹样的铠甲,将同样气派的头盔与骑士枪横放在边上的男人——赫克托维杰斯·阿·拉加拉。

His nod to Wayja was not out of respect for Wayja’s personal abilities, but towards the Zoastia species as a whole. That was the reason why it displeased him.
会向威贾致意,是出于整个兽身四脚兽种族对其表示的恭顺,而并非认可了威贾个人的能力。让其感到不快的也正是这一点。

Still, he could not simply challenge Hectowages to a duel to prove his strength. Certainly, Wayja would be the victor in a one-on-one fight. However, Hectowages had not gained fame because of his individual might, but because he was a renowned general who could triumph despite having a tenth of his opponent’s forces. The tables would be turned if it came to mass combat, and there was nothing more shameful than crowing about one’s personal strength and saying “I’m stronger than you” while knowing this. That was why Wayja had a hard time dealing with that Orthros.
但是,也不是通过决斗战胜赫克托维杰斯来展示自己的强大就行了。确实拿起武器单挑胜利者会是威贾吧。但是赫克托维杰斯却并不是因为他个体的强大而知名,而是以即使相差十倍的兵力也能取得胜利的名将而广为人知的。如果是率领集团战斗的话优劣的逆转是十分明显的,在明知如此的情况下还夸耀个人的武力自满「老子更强」什么的,没有比这更差劲的了。所以威贾也捏拿不好与这只半人半兽之间的距离。

The last person was the fellow member of his species, who had remained silent all this while: Muar Praksha.
最后是闷声不发一言的同族——穆阿·普拉库夏。

Also known as “Blacksteel”, he was known as a guerilla who flitted from shadow to shadow.
外号“黑钢”的存在,是被称为在暗影中奔跑的影子的游击兵。

He was a rarity among the Zoastia, who often capitalized on their physical abilities and fought with brute force. Stealth and surprise were the hallmarks of the fearsome assassination techniques which he used to surreptitiously dispose of the opposition. His nickname came from his unshakable will and his determination to eliminate the quarry he had marked.
在活用被恩惠的身体能力,靠力量战斗的四脚兽中十分稀有的,使用隐藏、出其不意、悄悄地收拾掉对手的可怕暗杀术。坚定的意志绝不会动摇,必定会解决掉盯上的目标是他外号的由来。

While he did not think he would lose to them, every person seated here would be a troublesome opponent for him in straight-up combat.
虽然不觉得自己会输,但在座的都是些正面战斗的话会有些棘手的对手。
“Then let’s go back to the topic of why we’re not attacking them. That would be because I received orders from Jaldabaoth-sama in the city of Rimun.”
「那么回到为什么不进攻的话题好了。那因为我在被叫做里穆恩的都市,收到了亚达巴沃大人指令的缘故」

“Say what? Was that how it was?”
「你说什么?是这样的吗?」

Wayja’s question was due to the fact that Roxu was the only person in this army of 40’000 who had had direct contact with Jaldabaoth. By the time the others had been summoned to this city of Kalinsha, his men were already in fighting order and waiting to be deployed.
威贾会这么问,是因为这次的编成的四万攻击部队里,直接和亚达巴沃联系的就只有罗格修。其他成员被唤来这座叫卡琳夏的都市的时间,都是在部队已经列队完毕、只待出发的时候。

Jaldabaoth teleported constantly between multiple cities, so there were few opportunities to receive directions from him in person.
由于亚达巴沃不停地使用着转移在复数的都市间移动,所以才抓不住时机从他那里直接收到指示。

“Jaldabaoth-sama said to give the humans occupying the city several days’ time.”
「亚达巴沃大人说了,要给占领都市的人类数天的时间」

“Give them time? Whatever for?”
「给他们时间?为什么?」
“He said it was to frighten them. There are fewer than 10’000 people in that city. There are fewer still people among them who can fight. In contrast, all of us here can fight… how afraid do you think the humans holed up in that city will be?”
「说是要给与他们恐惧。那座都市里的人类连一万都没有。在那之中能战斗的也不会有那么多。与之相对这边则全都是能战斗的人……被围困在那都市里的人类们的恐惧又会是怎么样的呢」

“I see… so that’s it. Jaldabaoth-sama is truly fearsome.”
「原来如此……是这样啊。真是位可怕的大人」

“Hehehe. Indeed, That said, I do understand how you feel, Wayja-kakka. The question now is how much more time we should give them?”
「嘻嘻嘻。说得一点不错。虽说如此,威贾阁下的心情我也能够理解。问题是还要给他们多少时间?」

“No, we can decide exactly how many more days to give them. That said, we might have two months’ of rations stored up, but it would not be good to actually give them that long.”
「不,具体给几天我们自行决定就好的样子。话是这么说,虽然粮食够两个月的份,但真给他们这么多时闲的话可不妙啊」

“Is it because we still need to deal with the prisoners?”
「是因为还要管理俘虏们是吧?」

There were only 10’000 demihumans left to manage an overwhelming number of human captives. While demihumans were stronger than humans, quantity was a quality all of its own. It was very likely that they would not be able to deal with any riots or uprisings.
现在管理着压倒性数量的人类俘虏的,只有一万只相对少量的亚人。虽然拿亚人和人类
比的话亚人比较强,但数量就是暴力。发生了暴动之类的事态应付不过来的可能性相当高。

“Precisely. That’s why I have gathered all of you, in order to hash out our plans for the future. Personally, I think we can move in after another couple of days and finish things. Does anyone disagree?”
「正是如此。所以才会像这样把各位召集起来。就是想要把方针给定下来的意思。我个人倒是想差不多两天后发起进攻,把这件事给结束掉,有没有不同意见?」

None of the demihumans present — Wayja included — objected to him.
包括威贾在内,集合在场的亚人们谁都没有表示反对。

“Alright. We attack in two days. Until then, we will continue observing them.”
「好。那就再过两天进攻。但在那之前还是要保持监视」

There was the possibility the enemy might launch a counterattack, though he did not think it very likely.
虽然觉得不太可能,但是敌人反攻过来的可能性也不是没有。

“That would mean it’s about time to deal with the humans we’ve brought along, then.”
「这么说也差不多是时候处理带来的人类了呐」

Some demihumans ate human beings. Species like those preferred fresh food. The Zoastia had no particular preference for manflesh. To them, beef and horse meat were better. However, most of them would prefer fresh human meat to beef jerky.
一部分的亚人会食用人类。这类的种族大多更喜欢新鲜的食材。兽身四脚兽虽然并不会特别嗜好人※肉,真要说的话还是牛、马的肉更好。不过如果在是牛肉干和新鲜的人※肉中选择的话,多数还是会选择后者吧。

In contrast, Iceflame Thunder had a look of revulsion on her face. Perhaps it was because the Magelos did not eat humans, given that they were visually similar to human beings.
与之相对地冰炎雷则露出了厌恶的表情。或许是因为魔现人并非是会食用人类的种族,外观上也与人类比较接近的缘故吧。

“Hehehe. How about killing and eating them in front of their city tomorrow. That ought to terrorize them, no?”
「嘻嘻嘻。那么明天,在他们的都市前杀了吃掉怎么样呐?那些家伙会感受到恐惧的吧?」

“An excellent idea. After that, we’ll declare that we’re attacking the next day…”
「那真是个好主意。在那里宣布第二天将进攻……」

“There’s no need to press them that hard. What’ll happen if they surrender? Fighting is only fun because they have hope, and thus struggle with all their might. Nothing’s more boring than killing people who have lost the will to live.”
「也不要逼得太紧了。他们投降的话怎么办?正因为怀抱着希望,奋力抗争才能让战斗变得有趣啊。没有比杀掉失去求生意志的人更无聊的事了」

Ultimately, Wayja wanted to fight strong foes. There was no point in facing weaklings.
对来威贾说还是想和强者交手。和弱者就算打起来也没意思。

“Indeed. Also, there is another important point. It’s an order from Jaldabaoth-sama. We mustn’t kill them all, but let a few escape. Therefore, my plan is to kill everyone guarding the western gate — our side — and chase away the ones manning the eastern gate.”
「也是啊。另外还有一点很重要。这也是亚达巴沃大人的命令。不能杀光他们,要适当的放跑一些。所以我打算我们这边——把守西门的人都杀光,而守东门的人则是赶走他们」

“In other words,whoever’s attacking the eastern gate needs to be able to keep firm control over their men, am I right? Otherwise, it feels like it’ll end in a complete slaughter.”
「换句话说负责东门那边攻势的人,若不能很好地指挥部队是不行的,是这样吧。不然的话感觉会全杀光的啊」

After Nasrenia said that, everyone’s eyes went to a single individual.
拉斯蕾涅这么一说,在场的视线都集中在了一个人身上。

“I see… Then you won’t mind if I bring all my kin with me, then?”
「原来如此……那么我把所有同族都带上也没关系吧?」

“Can you leave a few as messengers?”
「能不能留下几个作为使者呢?」

“Certainly, Roxu-kakka. In that case, Hectowage Ah Ragara and myself will be responsible for the eastern gate.”
「了解了,罗格修阁下。那么就由我、赫克托维杰斯·阿·拉加拉来负责东门吧」

“After that, we need some people on the north and south to give them some pressure. While there’s no need to actually take those points, we ought to kill off an appropriate number of defenders there. I’d like to send some ranged fighters there…”
「剩下的就是为了要给予压力,南、北两侧的城墙也要去点兵。虽然没有必要真的攻下那里,但还是要杀掉一定程度的吧。想派擅长保持距离作战的人选去……」

There were three people present who were adept at long-range combat. The person Roxu chose from among them was the silent Zoastia.
在场的人中擅长远距离战的有三人。而罗格修在其中所选中的是闷声不响的兽身四脚兽。

“Muar Praksha-kakka.”
「穆阿·普拉库夏阁下」

“–Acknowledged.”
「——应」

That was all “Blacksteel” said in reply.
“黑钢”只回应了这么一句。

“Everyone else will be on the western gate. While I don’t think there’ll be a chance for you to show your stuff, I’ll leave any strong opponents which show up there to you. After all, I need to command the entire army, so I won’t be able to make it to the frontline.”
「剩下的人就是负责西门那边。虽然不觉得会有你们出场的机会,但如果有强者出现的话就交给你们了。毕竟我还有要指挥全军,所以没办法上到前线去啊」

The remaining three demihumans — Wayja included — all nodded their heads.
包括威贾在内,剩下的三名亚人都点了点头。

“Since we are all in agreement, we shall attack that city in two days. I hope you will all get your rest and gather your strength before the humans wail in despair.”
「既然各位都同意了。那么就两天后攻下那座都市。在愚蠢的人类发出惨叫前各位就好好地养精蓄锐吧」

 

Neia swallowed the gastric juices rising inside her as she walked towards the Sorcerer King’s room. As she did, an intense sourness spread through her mouth.
一边朝向魔导王的房间走去,宁亚一边将从胃中涌上的酸液给咽回肚里。强烈的酸味因此在嘴里扩散开来。

She took up the pouch tied to her belt and drank the water within,
宁亚拿起系在腰上的皮囊,喝了口装在里面的水。
The water was hardly delicious, flavored as it was by leather, but it helped quell the burning sensation in her throat and the stench in her mouth. However, the anger still remained in Neia’s chest, and her face was still pale.
染上皮革气味的水虽说不上美味,但却能够抑制喉咙里的烧灼感以及嘴里的口臭。然而宁亚胸中怒气依旧残留,苍白的脸色也没有好转。

She recalled the stomach-churning scene that she could not forget, even if she wanted to.
宁亚回想起那她想忘也忘不了的、令人作呕的景象。

The demihuman army had encircled this city for a full three days now.
亚人的大军已经持续包围这座都市整整三天了。

The enemy had not attacked or attempted to parley, simply letting time pass. But today, the demihumans had brought out their captives from the Holy Kingdom to the outer walls of the Loys district, where Neia and the others were. If they had skilled archers or slingers present, they might have been able to attack them. Unfortunately, they had nobody like that on hand.
虽然敌人既不进行攻击也没有交涉的意思,仅仅就是让时间过去而已。但今天亚人们却将圣王国的俘虏带到了宁亚等人现在所在的位置、小都市洛依兹的城市外墙附近。要是有熟练的弓箭手或是投石手在场的话,想来是能够对其进行攻击的吧。可遗憾的是现场并没有这样的人在。

Neia was confident of hitting the demihumans if she used the Sorcerer King’s bow. However, launching a rash strike might have triggered an all-out attack. That would have led to a battle of 10’000 against 40’000, and they would have to open the city gates if they wanted to save those captives.
只要使用向魔导王借来的弓,宁亚也有能够射中亚人的自信。但要是在这里莽撞地发动攻击的话,就会导致战火一发不可收拾。事情演变成那样的话,那可就一万对四万的战争。而且如果要救出那些俘虏,无论如何都必须先打开城门才行。

Once the gates were opened, the demihuman forces would surely pour in like an avalanche. Such a thing could not be allowed to happen, and so all they could do was stand aside and watch.
城门一开,亚人大军势必有如雪崩般涌入,那样的情况当然不能让它发生,因此众人只能眼睁睁地袖手旁观。

There were less than 20 captives. They were made up of males and females, adults and children, but there were no old people among them. All the prisoners were naked and covered in scars and bruises.
俘虏的数量不足二十人。性别有男有女,有大人有小孩,但就是没有老人。俘虏们全员都赤裸着身子,身上满目疮痍。

Just as the gathered people of the Holy Kingdom began to think they had been brought out as collateral for some kind of negotiations, a tragedy had unfolded.
就当聚集在现场的众多圣王国民认为、俘虏们应该是被带来当做某种交涉筹码时,惨剧突然地发生了。

The demihumans began to massacre the captives.
亚人们开始肆意杀害俘虏。

A demihuman who seemed to be about three meters tall had decapitated a prisoner and then held up the severed head in an inverted position. Neia had clearly seen how the earth had drunk the vast quantities of fresh red blood spilled upon it.
看起来有三公尺高的亚人将俘虏的头砍断,再将其上下颠倒地拿着。宁亚清楚地看见大量鲜红的血液被地面所吸收。

After that, the demihumans began to butcher the prisoners’ corpses.
接着,亚人们开始将俘虏解体。

Neia had seen her father process animal carcasses before. However, the sight of such a thing happening to human beings had dealt a mighty blow to Neia’s psyche.
虽然宁亚也看过几次父亲将野兽解体的过程。但同样的事情发生在人类身上,却是截然不同的光景,这让宁亚的心灵受到强大的冲击。

After that, the demihumans ate the captives one after the other, while they were still fresh.
之后,俘虏们便被亚人给趁着新鲜一个一个的吃下肚里。

The most cruel part was watching how some people had been eaten alive.
尤其残酷的是,甚至有人是被活生生吃下去的。

Even now, Neia’s ears still rang with the wailing of a child and the sound of his innards being torn out as a demihuman chewed his belly open.
就连现在,宁亚耳边都还回荡着被亚人咬破肚腹的小孩发出的惨叫声。还有内脏被扯出时的声音。

Fortunately, Gustavo had been wise enough to keep Remedios from showing up, under the pretext of protecting the prince. Surely they would be fighting by now if she had seen something like that.
多亏了古斯塔沃清晰的头脑,以保护王兄为借口,没让蕾梅迪奥斯出现在现场,否则要是她看到了这样的景象,想必战端早已打开了吧。

Neia inhaled deeply, then took another mouthful of water and forced herself to swallow it.
宁亚深深吁了口气,再度将水含进嘴里、硬是咽了下去。

She had heard someone say that it would feel better to throw up if one was nauseous, but given that she was heading to the Sorcerer King’s room, it would be disrespectful to arrive with the stench of vomit clinging to her.
虽然听人说过,难过的时候直接吐出来会比较舒服,但自己接下来要去的可是魔导王的房间,如果身上散发着呕吐物的气味,那可实在是有失礼数。

After sniffing herself several times, Neia stood before the door to the Sorcerer King’s room.
在几次三番的确认气味后,宁亚站在了魔导王的房前。

There was nobody on either side of the door.
房门左右两侧都没有人影。

Now that the city had been encircled by the demihumans, there was nobody to spare on protecting — in truth, keeping an eye on — the Sorcerer King.
在都市被亚人包围的情况下,已经没有多余的人手来保护——实则为监视——魔导王了。

Neia knocked on the door to indicate her presence to the person within.
宁亚敲了敲门,向房内确认道。

“Your Majesty, I am Squire Neia Baraja. May I enter?”
「魔导王陛下,我是侍从宁亚・巴拉哈,请问可以入室吗?」

“Come in.”
「进来吧」

After receiving permission to do so through the room door, Neia quietly entered.
隔着房门获得了许可,宁亚安静地进入室中。

The interior was simply furnished since the demihumans had wrecked most of it. Even so, it was still more than what anyone else in the city had.
由于大部分的室内用品都被亚人破坏的缘故,房中摆设显得相当俭朴。可尽管俭朴,所摆设的用品恐怕还是比住在这个城市里的任何人用的都要更好。

The Sorcerer King stood with his back to Neia as he looked outside the window.
魔导王背对着宁亚,像是望着窗外似地矗立。

“It seems quite chaotic outside, given how I’ve seen so many people running around from up here. We’ve been encircled for four days, but this is the noisiest it’s been since the first day. That would mean… is it a sign that the enemy is preparing to attack?”
「外头的样子挺慌乱的啊,我看到很多人从这窗下跑过。被包围后已经过了四天,除了第一天之外,这么吵闹的情况还是第一次呢。这么说来……是有敌人准备进攻的迹象了吗?」

The Sorcerer King had shown no intention of participating in this battle, simply staying in his room without incident. He had not even shown up for the strategic meeting when the demihuman army began fanning out around the city.
对此次战役魔导王表现出不愿参与的态度,只是安静地在房中度过。就连亚人的军队在城市近郊展开时所招开的军务会议也没有出席。

Naturally, the Liberation Army’s leadership had not been happy about this, but they found it very hard to ask anything of the Sorcerer King after he had said, “Would it not be bad in future if the king of another nation stuck his nose into your business?”
解※放※军的高层对此当然没有什么好脸色,但是在魔导王「考虑到之后的事情,要是他国的国王不知分寸地出手,应该是不会有什么好事的吧?」如此发言下,也很难再开口向其要求什么。

Neia had been ordered to attend various meetings in his place. This was the Liberation Army’s plan to share what they knew with the Sorcerer King, and Neia approved of it. However, that had led to Neia witnessing the tragedy which had unfolded earlier.
取而代之的,宁亚则是受命去出席各种会议。这是解※放※军高层想要透过宁亚,与魔导王达成情报共享的企图,宁亚明白也认同这一点。但也因为如此,这才导致了宁亚亲眼目睹刚才所上演的那场惨剧。

“…No, the demihumans haven’t made any big moves like that. But… the demihumans, ah… how shall I put this, maybe they were trying to make a show of force, so their positions have shifted a little.”
「……不,亚人们没有什么大动作。但是……亚人们的、那个……该怎么说呢,或者该说是他们发起了一场示威活动吧,因此亚人们的配置产生了一些调动的样子」

“In that case, this standoff will only continue for a while more, no? The demihumans are trying to shake our troops and weaken their morale… come to think of it, can we win this battle?”
「这样啊,那么看来这种对峙的情况还会持续一阵子啰?亚人他们是想要藉着动摇我方军心,来削弱我军士气吗——话说回来,这场仗打得赢吗?」

No. Neia longed to say as much.
不可能。答案呼之欲出到宁亚可以当场回答的地步。

In the first place, there was a vast difference in the respective strength of their forces.
首先,双方兵力差距过大。

10’000 humans versus 40’000 demihumans.
人类一万对亚人四万。

Even that figure of 10’000 included the elderly and children, and then there were also the wounds — both physical and mental — and the fatigue they had incurred at the prison camps, which they had not yet fully recovered from.
虽说是一万,但这可是算上老人与小孩的数目,更别提全员在俘虏收容所所受的伤——包含精神上的——以及疲劳都还没有完全痊愈与恢复。

While the defenders typically had the advantage during a siege, that only applied when both forces were evenly matched
确实一般而言,攻城战中防御方是有利的一方,但那是指双方兵力相等的情况。

When one compared the average demihuman to a human commoner, the latter was so weak that even comparing them seemed like a foolish act.
普通的、一般的亚人与人类的平民。若是比较这两者就会发现,后者就是弱到连比较本身都让人觉得愚蠢的地步。

At the very most, the only people who could stand on equal footing with demihumans were the paladins, the priests, and professional soldiers, but they did not have many of those, and compared to the army of 40’000 strong army they were now facing, it was like trying to put out a dragon’s fiery breath with a bucket of water.
能够和亚人同等对决的,顶多就只有圣骑士、神官、以及职业军人的军士之流而已,但理所当然地,这些人的数量并不多,在亚人四万大军之前简直就像是对火龙的吐息泼水一样杯水车薪。

Still, one could not say this was an entirely unwinnable battle.
可若问是不是绝对不可能打赢这场战争,却也不是这么一回事。

There was one person who could beat back the demihuman hordes by themselves, even without counting the Sorcerer King.
就算不考虑魔导王这张王牌,也可能凭一人之力击退亚人大军。

Assuming physical exhaustion and lucky hits from the enemy were not a factor, the strongest paladin in the Holy Kingdom — Remedios — could take on 40’000 average demihumans and kill them all.
若是不考虑肉体疲劳以及敌方幸运命中的攻击,对手若是四万名普通的亚人的话,圣王国最强的女圣骑士,蕾梅迪奥斯应该还是能够将其全数斩杀的。

However, one could not say there were no powerful individuals in the demihuman army who could stand toe-to-toe with Remedios. In fact, it was very likely that they were out there.
然而亚人军中,不见得没有可与蕾梅迪奥斯相提并论的强者。不,有的可能性还比较高。

Neia recalled the demihuman king who had ruled this city previously, the Grand King Buser. While the Sorcerer King had killed him like he was nothing more than a pile of rubbish, that was simply because the Sorcerer King was incredibly powerful — Buser was overwhelmingly strong in his own right. Neia could not have beaten him, no matter how hard she tried.
宁亚回想起之前在这座城市里的亚人王、豪王巴塞。虽然巴塞被魔导王像是处理垃圾一样的杀死——但那是因为魔导王实在是太强了——实际上那可是个具备压倒性实力的强者。是宁亚不论如何努力也无法取胜的存在。

Demihuman kings like that might be Remedios’ equals, or perhaps even her superiors. They were all very strong in Neia’s estimation, so she could not accurately judge the outcome of a showdown between two such powerful beings.
像是那样的亚人王,或许就能够和蕾梅迪奥斯相提并论,甚至还在她之上也说不定。从宁亚的观点来说,他们都太过厉害,所以完全无法正确判断两者之间的高下。

In addition, from a practical point of view, one had to take physical exhaustion into consideration. No matter how strong they were, nobody could escape the spectre of fatigue. Magic could briefly ease it, but fatigue would continue to accumulate.
加上以现实而言,是不可能不去考虑肉体疲劳的影响的。不论是什么样的强者,都无法逃离疲劳的阴影。虽然可以利用魔法一时地消除疲劳,但疲劳依旧会再度累积。

Even after killing an army of 10’000, Remedios could still be attacked in a moment of exhaustion and weakness and be killed by an average demihuman. Quantity had a quality of its own, after all.
就算斩杀了一万大军,要是在疲劳困顿之际遭到袭击,就算是蕾梅迪奥斯也会被普通的亚人所杀。果然数量本身就是一种暴力。

However, if there was some being who could overturn that logic — Neia’s eyes went to the great ruler before her, who still stood with his back to her.
但是、如果,有能够将其推翻的存在的话——宁亚的视线投向了依旧背对着自己的伟大王者。

That person would be an absolute force.
那就是绝对的强者。
An entity who surpassed this world (Overlord).
超越这个世界的存在 [OVERLORD]
He was none other than the Sorcerer King, Ainz Ooal Gown.
魔导王、安兹·乌尔·恭,除此之外再无他人了吧。

As Neia gazed upon his regal back, she suddenly realized that she had not yet answered the Sorcerer King’s question, and she hurriedly spoke.
目光被那符合王者身分的堂堂背影所夺去的宁亚,这时才想起自己还没有回答魔导王的问题,慌慌张张开口。

“I, I’m not sure!” Panic caused her to exclaim louder than usual and she blushed before continuing in a normal tone: “–But I’ll do my best to find out.”
「我、我不清楚!」因为慌张的关系,声音不小心比平常大了点,宁亚一边红着脸,一边用普通的音量继续说道「——但是,我会全力以赴的」

The Sorcerer King seemed entirely unmoved by this, and continued asking another question.
魔导王看起来似乎无动于衷,继续抛出了新的问题。

“I see. Then, have you learned anything new about the enemy? Have you verified Jaldabaoth’s presence?”
「原来如此,那么有获得关于敌军的新情报吗?有确认到亚达巴沃的存在吗?」

“The situation on that front has not changed in the past few days. We have not yet sighted Jaldabaoth among the demihuman forces.”
「关于这点,和几天前的状况一样没有改变,敌军之中并未发现亚达巴沃的身影」

“Hm, that makes things difficult. It may be very hard for me to help you in this defense. I need to replenish the mana I’ve used up. After all, his plan might be to deprive me of mana. I must think on this point before deciding how to act.”
「嗯。那就对不住了,我怕是很难出手协助你们这次的防卫战了。不先把消耗掉的魔力恢复过来可不太好。毕竟那家伙的目的或许正是想让我陷入魔力缺乏的状态也不一定,必需要先考虑这一点再决定如何行动」

“But of course. Everyone is fully aware of Your Majesty’s opinion.”
「那是理所当然的,陛下的想法,大家都已经十分明白了」

During a strategy meeting, someone had once said they had spotted a demon who looked like Jaldabaoth, but when Neia said they had to make sure, that person had immediately said they had probably been mistaken. Given the mood in the air, it was clear that everyone present — with the exception of Neia — was planning to involve the Sorcerer King in the fighting by spreading false reports of Jaldabaoth’s presence.
曾经有人在会议中说看见了类似亚达巴沃的恶魔,但宁亚一说要加以确认,那人就当场回答很可能只是自己看错了。从当时现场气氛判断,显然除了宁亚以外的人,都已经达成协议,想要藉着散布亚达巴沃的虚假情报,诱使魔导王参与战斗。

They might despise the undead, but lying to the king of a nation means they have no integrity to to speak of. Even if forced into dire straits, wouldn’t it be right to display their resolve to someone who ought to be respected?
(就算是他们讨厌的不死者,但对于他国国王说出那样谎言的人,根本没有信义可言。就算身陷绝境,让理应受到尊敬的人物瞧瞧自己值得骄傲的一面,不才是正确的态度吗?)

“In that case, what do you make of the demihumans’ movements?”
「那么,你们怎么看亚人之后的行动?」

“Ah, yes, the demihumans had been previously massing at the west gate, but now they’ve split their forces and are sending some of their troops to the other — eastern — gate. We believe they’re about to make their move or preparing for a siege.”
「是。到目前为止只在西门展开大军的亚人,现在分散了兵力,在另外一道门也就是东门附近也派出了少数的军力。我们判断亚人军差不多是该有些动作了,或许是攻城战前的准备也不一定」

“That is to say, enough time has passed for them to finish building siege weapons, then? Hm, that’s probably a good thing. After all, the enemy isn’t trying to starve you out.”
「也就是说,已经过了足够它们完成攻城兵器的时间了吗?嗯,这可以说是好事吧。毕竟敌人没有采取兵粮战的打算」

Neia could not tell if it was a good or a bad thing, but they would have no solution if the demihumans did try to starve them out.
到底是好是坏,宁亚没有办法判断,但亚人军要是打兵粮战的话,我方确实没有任何对策。

If the demihumans attacked, then they would be promptly annihilated due to the opposition’s overwhelming advantage in military strength. However, if they were fighting from behind the protection of the city walls, it would not be such a lopsided battle. Of course, it was merely going from “incredibly bad odds” to “not so bad odds”.
要是主动出击的话,就是在平地作战,面对敌军的压倒性兵力,我方会立刻兵败如山倒。但是要是在城市外墙的保护下作战的话,至少战况不至于一边倒。当然,只是从压倒性的不利转变成相当的不利,这种程度上的差异而已。

“Of course, that might also be due to the fact that the demihumans aren’t aware of our supply situation. Then again, it’s more likely that they simply don’t care about a small city like this.”
「虽然这也有可能是因为,亚人军不了解我方到底有多少存粮。但更有可能的是,亚人们根本不把这种程度的小都市放在眼里的缘故吧」

“Well, the demihumans did conquer the fortress line we saw when we entered the Holy Kingdom, so it would be reasonable for them to hold a small city like this in low regard… if you give them a hard time during the defense and make them feel that a siege is to their disadvantage, that’ll draw the battle out. After that, you’ll have a very hard fight ahead of you.”
「亚人们可是攻陷了我们进入圣王国时见到的那座要塞防卫线,那么认为像这样的小城市没什么大不了也在情理之中……若是在防卫战让亚人尝到苦头,让它们觉得攻城战对它们不利的话,应该就会转换成持久战才对。那样的话之后的战斗可就非常麻烦了啊」

It would seem the Sorcerer King believed that they would have to win this unwinnable battle before the true fight began.
看来魔导王是认为,得先打赢这场没有胜算的战斗,真正的战斗才会到来。
“Your Majesty, may I ask your opinion of how you think the situation will develop?”
「陛下,请问您认为之后的情况会如何发展?」

“Future developments, hm. I don’t honestly know either. In truth, one could say that you’ve lost by being forced into a siege like this. Sieges are typically carried out under the pretext that reinforcements will arrive. Either that, or the enemy is operating under some disadvantageous condition, like a time limit. However, we are simply defending a city in enemy territory, so our chances of victory are despairingly small.”
「之后的发展吗?那我也不知道啊。老实说,会落到被迫在这里进行守城战的状态,这种状况本身就已经可以说是输了。所谓的守城战,必须是在会有援军前来支持的前提下进行的。或者是敌方具有某种类似时间限制之类的不利要素才行。然而我们的所在却是敌方支配的地域,只是单纯的守城,胜算可说是令人绝望」

“Still, we managed to send the nobles we released to the south before this, so we can’t say for certain that no help will arrive.”
「不过我们至少还有将之前被囚禁在这里的贵族们送往南边,所以援军来援的可能性也不能说是完全没有」

Neia might have said those words, but she knew in her heart that she should not be counting on reinforcements.
虽然宁雅嘴上这么说,但心里却很明白援军应该是无法期待的。

The southern armies would need to break through the demihuman army blocking their path to reach Neia’s location, and even if they did that, there was still an army of 40’000 demihumans to contend with.
南部军要抵达宁亚目前所在,大前提必须是得先击破亚人联军的对南部军。而且就算南部军真的突破了,在这里还得再对上四万的亚人大军。

Fighting repeated battles would be a huge drain on their combat strength. Abandoning the 10’000 people in this city would be a wiser decision.
连续的战斗对兵力会是相当大的消耗,与其这样,那不如干脆放弃这座城市里的一万人民,还算是比较明智的选择。

“That would be good…”
「若是那样就好了……」

It would seem the Sorcerer King did not believe it for a moment either.
魔导王看来是一丁点也不信。

But that was only to be expected. Given the circumstances, who could turn things around without sacrificing anyone–
那也是当然的,在这种状况下,哪有能够不牺牲任何人就能改变现状的办法——

Neia dispelled the notion rising in her head.
宁亚将脑中浮现的想法打消。

“His Majesty is here to fight Jaldabaoth, so depleting his mana on other matters and thus diminishing his chances for victory cannot be allowed.”
(魔导王陛下是为了和亚达巴沃决战而来到这里的,所以为了其他的事情而消耗宝贵的魔力、削弱陛下胜机的行为是不被允许的)

“…It will take me a while to cast the teleportation spell which I used on the Orcs again, but I can still cast the spell which I occasionally use to return to the Sorcerous Kingdom several more times. Taking a few dozen people with me would not be a problem… but I guess you can’t decide who to send, and you won’t.”
「……我用在那些半兽人[Orc]身上的转移魔法,要再次使用还得花上不少时间,但是我偶尔用来返回魔导国的转移魔法的话,还有不少的次数可用,数十个人的话应该还不成问题……不过你们是决定不了人选、也不会去选的吧」

“I am grateful for your understanding, Your Majesty.”
「感谢您的体谅,魔导王陛下」

Perhaps it would have been a better idea to ask the Sorcerer King to take Prince Caspond and flee, but that move had demerits of its own.
或许该请魔导王至少带着王兄逃走是比较好的选择也不一定,但是这个举动也着实有待商权。

When a king from another nation was willing to commit himself to a fight in order to face a fearsome demon, having a member of one’s own royal family shamelessly beg someone else to take them away from the battlefield was utterly disgraceful.
为了对抗恐怖的恶魔,他国之王都不惜只身投入战火了,而流着我国王者血脉的人却厚颜无耻地要求别人带他逃离战场,丢脸也要有个限度。

Just as Neia was pondering this information, the Sorcerer King turned to face her for the first time since she had entered the room.
就在宁亚思考着这些事情的时候,魔导王自她进入室内后,首次转过身来面对宁亚。

The red points of light in his empty eye-sockets looked straight at Neia. While they had once frightened her, Neia had grown used to them, and she had come to feel that they were quite charming.
那空虚眼窝中的红色光芒正面直视着宁亚。虽然那眼睛曾经让宁亚感到过害怕,但如今习惯后,却反倒觉得有些帅气。

“This is what I think, Miss Baraja. We have ended up in a confrontation with the enemy forces because of the stupidity of the Liberation Army’s leadership. Such a situation cannot be changed by the efforts of a single squire. How about focusing on your personal safety rather than the big picture? You do understand that my nation will accept your allegiance, if you are willing to give it? Given that you have been trained as a paladin, I am certain you will be able to fully exercise your talents in my country.
「我的想法是这样的,巴拉哈小姐。事情会变成得在这里和敌军硬碰硬是因为解※放※军高层的愚蠢所导致的结果。而这样的结果光凭一个侍从的力量是无法扭转的。比起大局,更加重视自身安危如何呢?……只要你愿意的话,我国是可以接受你投靠的喔?受过圣骑士训练的你在我国想必也能够有所发挥才是」

Neia was confused, and did not know how to answer.
宁亚不知道该如何回答,心中迷惘。

While she was grateful that the Sorcerer King was worrying about her, she trembled in fear as she considered what she might lose if she accepted the Sorcerer King’s proposal.
宁亚固然感激为自己担忧操心的魔导王,但一想到接受魔导王的提案之后,自己可能会失去的东西,便不禁恐惧颤栗。

The spirit of devotion which her parents had demonstrated.
父亲和母亲为了这个国家而呈现的奉献精神。

Her love for her hometown.
对自己故乡的爱情。

She might never be able to return to the nation of her birth.
恐怕再也无法回到祖国的未来。

There were memories of several friends she had.
与数个友人的回忆。

Many things circled in front of Neia’s eyes, and they disappeared one after the other with a poof, but among them was something that refused to shatter, that remained to the end — in other words, the most important thing.
宁亚眼前有许多的东西一边转着圈圈,一边一个一个啪地消失不见,但在那些东西之中,有一个不论如何都不会破裂,一直留到最后的东西——也是最重要的东西。

She was a member of the paladin corps.
自己是圣骑士团的团员。

While she did not yet know what was justice, it was the only thing Neia could say with her chest puffed out and her head held high.
虽然还不明白什么才是正义,但这是宁亚唯一一个可以挺起胸膛说出来的事情。

“I am deeply grateful for Your Majesty’s indulgence, but as a citizen of the Holy Kingdom, I feel I am bound to save as many of the people as I am able. That is because saving the helpless — saving those in suffering is common sense.”
「承蒙陛下厚爱,但身为圣王国民,觉得自己非得尽最大可能拯救人民才行。因为拯救弱者——拯救痛苦中的人民是理所当然的事情」

The Sorcerer King suddenly stopped moving, as though he had been frozen in place.
魔导王的动作突然停了下来,就像是被冻在原地那般急促停止。

“…Hm.”
「……哼嗯」

The Sorcerer King murmured to himself, and then he stroked his chin.
呢喃了一句,魔导王用手托住了自己的下颚。

It would seem Neia’s words had struck a chord with him, because he studied Neia once more.
宁亚说的话,似乎有什么地方让魔导王相当在意,他仔细地观察着宁亚。

It was just a throwaway remark, and Neia found herself fidgeting uncomfortably.
明明只是句再普通不过的话而已,宁亚不禁感到些许坐立难安。

“Am I correct to say that when the demihumans attack, you will be posted to the walls near the western gate, on the left side of the city? It is a very dangerous place, and counting on me to save you will be a mistake, you know?”
「亚人来犯之际,你被派驻的场所是西门城市外墙,从都市看过去是左边的地方吧?那边是很危险的地方,要是期待我出手相助的话可就大错特错了喔?」

I know that very well.”
「我很清楚」

Neia was skilled in archery, and given that she had been assigned to the thick of the action, there was no doubt that she would be killed in action. However, she had steeled herself for death, since she would be going onto the battlefield.
擅长弓术的宁亚被派驻的是会成为最前线的地方,那么可以说毫无疑问地,宁亚将会战死吧。但既然是要上战场,理所当然已有此觉悟。

She drew her lips thin, and Neia looked the Sorcerer King in the eye.
嘴唇一抿,宁亚眼神直视魔导王。

“Ahh, those are his eyes. I liked the look in his eyes.”
「啊啊,是他的眼神。是我喜欢的眼神」

The Sorcerer King’s self-directed mutterings made Neia blush. While the Sorcerer King did not mean anything else by his words, it made quite the impact to hear someone she respected say that he liked her.
魔导王自言自语般的呢喃,让宁亚不禁脸红起来。虽然魔导王说的喜欢并不是那个意思,但从自己尊敬的人口中听见喜欢这个字眼还是相当具有破坏力的。

“In that case, I’ll lend you several things, Miss Baraja. Please make good use of them.”
「那么,我就借几样东西给巴拉哈小姐吧,好好运用它们」

There was a don, and something huge suddenly appeared out of thin air. She had thought the same thing when the Sorcerer King had produced the bow in the carriage, but magic truly was a surprising thing.
腾地一声,一件大得惊人的东西凭空出现。之前在马车里,魔导王取出那把弓的时候也是也曾这么想过,但魔法这种东西真的很是惊人。

Neia had seen the magic item — the suit of armor — which had sprung forth from nothing. It was a suit of armor which looked like a green shell– it was the armor which the late Grand King Buser had worn.
凭空出现的魔法道具——那件铠甲宁亚曾经见过。那绿色的甲壳一样的铠甲,是之前豪王巴塞穿在身上的东西。

“This, this is–”
「这、这是!」

“This armor ought to be useful, by which I mean it will ensure your safety.”
「这件铠甲一定会派上用场的,我指的是能保护你安全的意思」

The armor was too large for Neia — and its dimensions would be quite sizable for just about any human being. However, given what Neia knew about enchanted armor, it would not be an issue if she tried it on.
对宁亚来说这件铠甲太大了——或者该说对人类而言这个铠甲的尺寸是相当大的。但宁亚依据自己所知有关魔法铠甲的知识,预测穿上去应该是没有问题才对。

Ordinary armor would need to be altered by a blacksmith in order to suit its wearer’s frame. However, there was a limit to how far such alterations could go. Such a large suit of armor simply could not be resized enough to fit.
若是普通的铠甲,想要合身穿着必须要透过锻造工法等手段才行。但就算如此能改变的幅度也是有限的,像这么大的铠甲,可以明白的说根本就是无法处理的。

However, it was different for magical armor. Anyone could wear it regardless of gender or race, provided there were no special restrictions on its use. While the changes would not be too drastic, the armor would automatically adjust its shape to fit its wearer.
但是魔法铠甲就不一样了,只要没有特殊的装备条件的限制,不论性别还是种族,都可以顺利装备。虽然不会有什么太大的变化,但铠甲会自动配合装备者的体型改变形状。

One could even have a giant wear a suit of armor no bigger than a thumbnail, but the durability of magic armor varied with the materials it was made with and their quality. A ring-sized suit of armor would be easily damaged if it was subjected to spells, acid or equipment-sundering attacks, and that would greatly reduce the potency of the enchantments upon it.
要是想做的话,甚至可以让巨人穿上只有拇指大小的魔法铠甲,但是由于魔法铠甲的耐久力会因为使用素材的品质和质量而有所不同,若是遭到魔法、酸性、或是防具破坏技的攻击的话,原本只有戒指大小的铠甲会被轻易的破坏,所赋予的魔力的一半以上也会因此而白白浪费掉了。

There was no such thing as a free lunch, and the easy road rarely was. Even so, Buser’s armor was probably quite tough, given that it was this size even without anyone wearing it.
毕竟天下没有白吃的午餐,所谓的捷径大部分也都是行不通的。但不论如何,既然巴赛的铠甲在没有人穿上的基本状态就是这样的大小,显然具备相当足够耐久力这点是不会错的。

“In addition, I will lend you three more things.” The Sorcerer King personally handed those items to Neia. “A crown, gauntlets, and a necklace. Are any of them redundant with your personal gear?”
「除此之外,再借给你三样东西吧」魔导王亲手将物品交给宁亚「头冠、护手、以及项链。有没有和你身上的道具是重复的?」

“No, not at all. I did not have any magic items to begin with.”
「没、没有。我身上本来就没有装备魔法道具」

“That is good to hear. Now, I will briefly explain the usage of these items.”
「那真是再好不过。那么我就简单说明一下这些道具的用途吧。」

As the name implied, the Crown of Iron Will defended the mind against charm, fear and other such mental attacks. Still, while the crown rendered one immune to magical attacks, it could only strengthen the wearer’s resistance against attacks derived from special abilities. Another thing she had to note was that the crown would also negate positive magical effects.
精神防壁之头冠如字面所示,是守护精神免于诸如魅惑、恐怖之类的精神攻击的道具。但头冠虽然可以完全防御魔法的攻击,但面对源自特殊能力的攻击,似乎就顶多只有强化装备者的抗性程度的能力而已。另外要注意的是头冠会连正向的魔法效果也会一并抵销的样子。

The gauntlets were Gauntlets of Archery. Out of all the spells in the world, there were some which could only be used if their caster possessed shooting skills, which was why the Sorcerer King had made that item. However, the Sorcerer King had abandoned those spells after making that item, and so the gauntlets were useless to him. They had languished in storage until now.
护手是射手的护手。在众多魔法之中,也有某些必须要具备射击技术才能使用的魔法,魔导王因此才制作了这样的道具。但尽管做了这样的道具,魔导王自己却将相关的魔法全都舍弃,因此护手便派不上用场的一直被保存到了现在的样子。

Finally, the necklace was an item consumed mana to cast the 3rd tier spell 「Heavy Recover」. While one could use it indefinitely as long as one possessed sufficient mana, it consumed more magical power than casting it directly. Given Neia’s meager reserves of mana, it was best for her to consider it a one-use item. Therefore, she would have to think carefully about when to best use it. This item had not been made by the Sorcerer King or his peers; he had simply been taken with its appearance and had purchased it from somewhere.
至于最后的项链,是消耗魔力来发动第三位阶治愈魔法<重伤治愈>[heavy recover]的道具。虽然只要魔力足够的话,可以不限次数使用,但似乎会比直接使用魔法消耗更多的魔力,以宁亚浅薄的魔力来说,大概还是当成只能用一次的比较好。所以该何时使用这个道具必须谨慎考虑。这个项链并不是魔导王或其关系人制作的道具,而是被其外观所吸引,魔导王在某处购买的样子。

Indeed, a closer look revealed that the necklace was of very fine workmanship. It looked like a goddess holding up an emerald. Indeed, it was a very attractive work of art.
确实,仔细一看,项链上施有非常精细的工艺手法,看起来就像是手持着绿色宝石的女神一般。确实是件能够吸引人的艺术品。

Neia looked at these valuable items, and then shook her head in refusal.
面对眼前这些宝贵的道具,宁亚摇头表示了拒绝。

“I, I’m very sorry, Your Majesty, but I cannot accept these.”
「非、非常抱歉,陛下、我不能借用这些东西」

The magic items that the Sorcerer King offered were most definitely top-notch gear. However, what would happen if Neia died while wearing them? These items would fall into the hands of the demihumans, and they would end up strengthening the demihumans instead. Even if they did not fall into the hands of the demihumans, what would happen if her corpse went missing during the chaos of battle and her equipment vanished with her? More to the point, Neia already had the bow which the Sorcerer King had bestowed upon her, so how could she be discontent with that and borrow more things from him?
魔导王打算借给宁亚的道具,恐怕无论哪件都是超一流的物品吧。可如果宁亚装备着这些道具战死的话,又会发生什么呢?这些装备想必会落到亚人手里,结果反而变相强化了亚人的战力。就算没有落到亚人手里,在战乱之中,宁亚的尸体不知去向,导致装备遗失的话该怎么办呢?更何况宁亚手上已经有魔导王借给她的弓了,岂能甘于魔导王的好意,向他借用更多装备。

Speaking of which, she ought to return that bow to the Sorcerer King before going to battle.
话说回来,在出发前往战场前,就连这把弓也是不还给魔导王不行。

“Why is that? These items will be useful to you in the fighting to come, will it not? After all, you are a warrior-type, and you lack mana, so you might not even be able to use that necklace’s ability. Why don’t you take it and give it a try?”
「这是为什么?我认为在接下来的战斗中,这些装备可是一定会为你派上用场的喔?啊、毕竟你是战士系统出身的关系,比较缺乏魔力,也有可能无法使用那个项链的能力啊。干脆先来一次实验好了」

Neia confessed her uneasiness in response to the Sorcerer King’s question. The Sorcerer King heard her words and simply smiled.
面对魔导王的疑问,宁亚将自己的不安诚实吐露出来,魔导王听了,只是稍微笑了笑。

“How about this. Go onto the battlefield with the determination to bring these items back to me, no matter the cost.”
「那么这样吧,你就带着绝对要将装备还给我的决心,前往战场吧」

Neia had been resolved to do just that all along, but resolve alone could not break through her uneasiness. After hearing her answer, the Sorcerer King waved his hand in a grand fashion.
当然,宁亚本来就有此决心,但是光靠决心是无法打破现状的。听见宁亚如此回答,魔导王大气地挥了挥手。

“Oh, just take it. I have spells that can locate magic items, and I’ve already marked those items. I can find them even if they’re lost.”
「好了拿去吧。我有能调查魔法道具位置的魔法,而且已经标记好了,就算丢失了我也可以用那个魔法去找」

“Is that so?”
「是那样吗?」

“Yes, it is… alright, no need to stand on ceremony. Take them, use them.”
「就是那样……那么、没有客气的必要。拿去用吧」

If the Sorcerer King could make facial expressions, he would probably be smiling — those thoughts ran through Neia’s mind as she heard his words.
如果可以做出表情的话,应该是在边笑边说吧——听着魔导王那温柔的声音,不由自主得产生这般想象。

Now that he had offered them with such sincerity, rejecting them would be an act of rudeness. The notion of accepting his goodwill warred with the desire to apologize for incurring a loss to the Sorcerous Kingdom. Those thoughts swirled in Neia’s mind–
如果不接受这份亲切而造成的无礼。以及接受这份善意,而给魔导国带来损失时的谢罪。各种念头在脑海中盘旋着——。

“Well? Can you not make me a promise? A promise to return them all to me afterwards?”
「怎么?你无法向我做出承诺吗?之后得将这些道具权属归还给我的承诺」
“!”
「!」

Come back alive. That was the meaning behind those words, and they moistened the corners of her eyes with tears. Only her parents had ever treated her with such kindness before.
活着回来吧。含有这种意愿的话语,使眼眶不由自主地湿润。在宁亚的人生中只从双亲那里得到过到如此温柔的关怀。

The Sorcerous Kingdom is blessed to have such a merciful sovereign. As Neia thought that, she bit her lip and lowered her head.
有如此温柔的王来治理的魔导国是幸福的。如此想着宁亚紧咬嘴唇,低下了头。
“Thank you very much! I swear I will return them!”
「万分感谢!保证送还!」

“…Hm.”
「…………哦」

She lifted her head, and wiped away the tears
抬起头时擦掉眼角的泪水。

She could not wear her armor here after all. However, putting on the gauntlets, necklace and crown should not be an issue. She began by fastening the necklace around her neck.
再怎么说也不能在这里穿戴铠甲。但护手、项链和头冠就没什么问题了。首先将项链挂在了脖子上。

In the moment that she put it on, she immediately understood the abilities of the magic item and how to use them. It was as though the item was a part of her, and making use of it was as natural and effortless as using her own limbs
带上的瞬间,马上就理解了关于这个道具的用法和能力。仿佛道具就是自己身体的一部分,就像使用自己的手脚不会有任何不安那样,感到非常的理所当然。

Next was the crown. However, she did not feel anything special when she put it on. Still, according to the previous explanation, she would probably understand when the time came.
接下来是头冠。但是装备后并没有产生什么特别的感受。不过从说明来考虑的话,应该是在发生什么事态后就会明白的吧。

The last item was the gauntlets.
最后是护手。

They were a different matter. She could clearly and vividly feel the change.
这次可不一样,可以真切地感受到那变化。

Power coursed into her.
力量涌了出来。

It felt very much like the time she had strengthening magic cast upon her. Her muscles felt like they had suddenly multiplied and her movements were both swifter and more precise. In addition, she could make out tiny details, and even her cardiovascular fitness had improved. She felt full of energy.
这感觉很像接受肉体强化魔法时的那份体验。仿佛肌肉瞬间增加一般,可以感到动作变得更快、更精准了。不仅仅如此,还能看清微小的东西,连心肺机能也增强了,精力充沛的感觉。

It felt like every aspect of her physical abilities had improved.
就好像肉体的强度整整提升了一个档次的感觉。

“This is amazing…”
「好厉害……」

Strength gained through training accumulated slowly, so it was hard to perceive. However, she could clearly feel the intense augmentation of her physical capabilities. More surprising was the fact that she did not feel any awkwardness in controlling her body given the differences between her previous and present self.
通过训练得到的实力是慢慢增强的,所以难以察觉。但这种激烈的能力增强可以切切实实的感受到。
更令人感到惊讶的是,并不会因为和之前自己的强烈差异,而感到身体难以控制。

“Magic really is amazing…”
「魔法还真的是厉害啊……」

The Sorcerer King shrugged as he heard Neia react in awe.
听着宁亚的小声感叹,魔导王耸了耸肩。

“That’s true. In fact, I’ve been quite surprised by utility spells myself.”
「不错,其实我也有对生活魔法之类的感到吃惊啊」

“By that, do you mean those?”
「是说、那个吗?」

“Spells which can create sugar and pepper and ice. Then there are spells which can even create ores, though they’re not very mana-efficient. Some cities also depend on utility spells to supplement their water supply… It would seem utility spells are closely linked to the development of this world’s culture.
「可以制造出砂糖和胡椒,还能产生冰块。虽然就消费的魔力量来说似乎并不划算,但就连矿物也能制造。也有都市的水源是依靠生活魔法相关的魔法道具来补给的吧……生活魔法和这个世界的文化发展有着莫大的关系啊」

“Is… that so?”
「是……吗?」

Why would a great magic caster like the Sorcerer King be surprised by such trivial spells? Still, it must make sense, given that the Sorcerer King had said it. And indeed, utility spells had come to be of great use in many places; daily life might not be possible without such magic.
魔导王这般伟大的魔法咏唱者,为何会对那种程度的魔法感到惊讶呢。但是,既然魔导王是那么说的,那应该是很有道理的吧。确实,生活魔法在很多地方都起到了作用,如果没有那些魔法的的话就连日常生活怕是都无法保证了吧。

“Also, there are those drains which use slimes… or rather, coexist with them… ah, I’m straying from the point. Miss Baraja, pay me no heed and return to your work.”
「还有通过使用史莱姆的……或者该说是共存才更合适的下水道设备也……哎呀、有点扯远了啊。巴拉哈小姐也很忙吧,不必在意我回到自己的工作去吧」

In truth, there was no task more important than keeping the Sorcerer King company. However, it was true that they lacked manpower, and Neia had a surprising number of things to do, While said tasks were largely related to standing guard, which anyone could do, they were still very important.
说实在的不存在比陪同魔导王更重要的工作。但现状下人手确实不足,宁亚的工作也意外的多。虽然是以警备为主的、谁都能做得来的工作,但却是重要的职责。

“Thank you very much, Your Majesty. I will most certainly return alive.”
「非常感谢,魔导王陛下。我一定会活着回来的」

“Ah, if things get really bad, then flee to the east. In all likelihood, that’s the only place where you might have a chance to survive.”
「啊啊、如果真的不妙就往东门逃吧。恐怕、也只有那里才有存活下来的可能性」

Neia put away Buser’s armor and bowed before leaving the room.
宁亚收下了巴塞的铠甲、低下头后就那样离开了房间。

Inside the operations room, Remedios Custodio and three paladins studied a force distribution chart.
作战指令室内蕾梅迪奥丝·卡斯托迪奥与三名圣骑士一起思考着合适的兵力布局。

Remedios’ thought process was nimble and clear when it came to battle, in contrast to how she would make people sigh in exasperation most of the time. While her younger sister would say, “You’ve got a great body there, all you need now is to study a little more”, she could not have gained her present fighting skill if she had heeded that advice.
和平时令人遗憾的蕾梅迪奥丝相反,与战斗有关的时候就能看到她的敏锐清晰的思路。虽然被妹妹说过「明明本身素质还不错的,要是能多学学就好了呢」,但是如果听从那个忠告的话就无法得到如今的武力了吧。

That was because she was different from her sister, who had been blessed with three gifts — wisdom, talent and looks.
因为自己和被神赐予了三样礼物——智慧、才能、美貌——的妹妹不同。

Our fighting strength is 10’000. Theirs is estimated at 40’000. Our win conditions are to hold on until reinforcements from the south arrive, or the enemy retreats… we might actually be able to do it if there were ten of me around…
(这边的兵力是一万。对面推测有四万。胜利条件是坚持到南方的援军赶来,或者是敌军撤退……如果有十个和我一样的强者的话,说不定还有可能……)

If the members of the Nine Colors who had been chosen for their fighting strength were present, they might be able to put up a good fight, but the fact remained that the present situation was a tremendous challenge.
被称为九色的众人当中,由因实力被选上的成员们在的话说不定也能打场漂亮的战斗,但是现状则是非常的困难。

If we want to buy time, we need to counterattack the enemy hard during their first offensive. That’ll put them on the back foot and give us the time we need. After all, the enemy doesn’t fully know what forces we possess, right?
(如果要争取时间的话,必须在敌人第一次攻过来的时候用反击给他们个大打击才行。那样敌人就会警戒起来能争取到些时间。因为对手应该也没能完全掌握我方的兵力、吧)

She had also seriously considered the proposal of launching a first strike.
由我方主动进攻的提议也认真地探讨着。
They could gather their forces at the east gate and crush the enemy there in one mighty blow before wheeling around to head for the west gate.
在东门集中兵力,一气呵成地进攻击破敌人。之后再向西门转进。

However, she had quickly reached a conclusion — all would be lost if they failed. It was very likely that the west gate would be lost to the enemy’s main force before they defeated the small detachment positioned at the east gate, and thus the city would fall.
然而结论立刻就出来了。一旦失败就全完了。打败在东门布阵的少量地方别动队之前,与敌人本队对峙的西门可能就会被攻破,从而导致都市失陷。

And of course, there was the disparity between their forces. They had to compensate for that gap if they wanted to win.
果然兵力差是问题所在。要取得胜利的话必须要想办法缩小这个差距。

But that’s impossible.
(这种事不可能做的到)

Remedios wrinkled her brow and looked at the tokens placed on the map.
蕾梅迪奥丝皱起眉头,适当的移动着地图上所放着的棋子。

She hoped for a flash of inspiration to descend from on high. However, no such thing happened.
期待着会有灵光一闪的降临。然而那样的灵感却并没有出现。

“Do you lot have any ideas?”
「你们有什么好主意没有?」

“Yes. Personally speaking–”
「是。就我个人而言——」

She listened to the paladin’s proposal, struck it down, then asked for more ideas, and the process repeated until none of them could come up with anything. Just then, a knocking rang through the weighty silence of the room.
探讨了圣骑士说出的方案,否决掉,再次征求意见,重复同样的过程直到全员都想不出新的点子。就在沉重的寂静降临房间时门被敲响了。

“Captain, you’re here.”
「团长,您在这里啊」

The person who entered was the deputy commander — Gustav Montagnes. It felt like she had been saved by the bell. It would seem the other paladins in the room also felt that way, as one could see a faint glimmer of hope on their crestfallen faces.
进来的是副官——古斯塔沃·蒙塔涅斯。简直就像是拯救的钟声响起。在这个房间里的其他圣骑士似乎也是相同的感受,能在暗沉的表情中看到象征着微弱希望的小小光明。

“Ahh, you came just in time. I wanted to ask if you had any ideas.”
「啊啊,你来得正是时候。正想向你借点好主意呢」

Remedios gestured to the map sprawled across the table with her chin. It would seem Gustav had gotten her meaning, because he nodded.
蕾梅迪奥丝下巴指向的地方,是在桌子上展开的都市地图。想是理解了她想说的话,古斯塔沃点了点头。

“I can supply a suggestion or two, but can I discuss a few things with you beforehand?”
「能借的话想要多少都会借的。不过,在那之前有几件事想要商量下可以吗?」

“Hm? What is it? Go ahead and tell me.”
「嗯?怎么了?没事你说」

“Ah…” Gustav continued in a more subdued tone. “Actually, things have gotten quite bad. Some of the people want to know if the Sorcerer King will be taking part in the fighting.”
「那么……」古斯塔沃稍稍降低了音量「实际上稍微有点变得糟糕了呢,一部分民众想知道这次魔导王是不是也会参加战斗」

The Sorcerer King would not be fighting in this battle. This was both to recover the mana he had expended until now, and in case Jaldabaoth’s plan was to make him expend mana here.
魔导王不会参加这次的战斗。因为既要恢复迄今为止所消耗的魔力,也是警戒着在这里再次消耗掉魔力是不是亚达巴沃的计谋。

Remedios had difficulty accepting the first reason, since her little sister Kelart could restore her mana within a day. However, everybody else felt that the Sorcerer King could not be held to the same standards as human beings, given that he had taken back the city single-handedly, and so Remedios said nothing more. Come to think of it, there had been priests present as well, and so the others had accepted it as the way things were.
因为如果是妹妹葵拉特的话一天魔力就能恢复,所以前一个理由蕾梅迪奥丝至今仍难以接受。但是其他人都相信,魔导王仅靠一人就夺还城市所消耗的魔力量不是能和人类相提并论的说法,蕾梅迪奥丝也就没有再说什么。说起来也有神官在场,其他人都认为确实如此的话也只能认可就是那样了吧。

However, even Remedios could accept the second reason.
后者的理由则连蕾梅迪奥丝也是认同的。

Who could tell if Jaldabaoth was hiding within the enemy ranks?
谁能说亚达巴沃没有藏在亚人的军队之中呢。

They had brought the Sorcerer King here to fight Jaldabaoth. While it would be best if both of them ended up bloodying the other, she had no wish to see the Sorcerer King defeated. Therefore, it was only natural for her to back the Sorcerer King up so he could fight to the fullest of his ability, even if she intensely despised the undead.
原本魔导王就是为了对抗亚达巴沃才带回来的。虽然想着他们两败俱伤就最好了,但也并不是说希望魔导王被打败。所以为了让魔导王能全力以赴地去战斗而提供协助,即使是对非常讨厌不死者的她来说也是正常的。

Even so, there had still been some who wanted the Sorcerer King to take the field. Some of the nobles who had remained in the city had offered huge sums of money — which had made even Remedios’ eyes go so wide that they looked like they might fall out of her empty head — to induce him to fight, but the Sorcerer King had not accepted their offers.
在即便有那些理由依然希望魔导王参战的情况下,虽然在这座都市里的几名贵族们尽全力——提出了连蕾梅迪奥丝都惊讶得眼珠要掉出来的金额——约定好作为谢礼支付,然而魔导王还是没有点头。

“What’s wrong with that? The Sorcerer King won’t be fighting in this battle. You should know that too, right? Just tell them and be done with it.”
「那有什么问题?魔导王不会参加这次的战斗。这事你也知道的吧?直接告诉他们不就好了」

“Captain. We can’t tell them about this. If things go badly — no, even if all goes well, it’ll cause a huge uproar.”
「团长。不能把这事告诉他们。弄得不好——不,弄好了也会引起大骚动的」

“Why is that?”
「为什么啊?」

She could not understand it. What was wrong with the Sorcerer King not fighting?
无法理解。魔导王不参加战斗会有哪里有问题。

After seeing the questions written all over Remedios’ face, Gustav frowned and replied:
面对着把疑问直接写在脸上的蕾梅迪奥丝,古斯塔沃皱起脸回答道。

“That’s because the people who watched us take back the city know that there are things which we paladins can’t do, but which the Sorcerer King can accomplish with only two people.”
「因为见过这座都市夺还战斗的民众,知道了我们圣骑士做不到的事情,魔导王仅靠两个人就轻易地办到了」

She still could not understand what Gustav was trying to say.
古斯塔沃说的话果然还是无法理解。

“That may upset some people, but that’s how things are. What’s wrong with that?”
「虽然这稍微有些令人不快,但实际上就是那样吧。那有什么问题?」

“No, what I’m trying to say is, they think of the Sorcerer King as being more trustworthy than we paladins. If the people of this city learn that the Sorcerer King — the most reliable and powerful asset we have — is not fighting, morale will plunge to rock bottom.”
「不,所以说,比起我们圣骑士,魔导王更被信赖着。这座都市的人要是得知,最为可靠、也是最强的魔导王不参加战斗的话,士气就要一落到底了」

“Trustworthy? …You do realize the Sorcerer King is undead, don’t you?”
「信赖?……魔导王可是不死者啊?」

“It doesn’t matter if he’s undead. The Sorcerer King freed the city and rescued the people in bondage. So to them, the Sorcerer King is a hero.
「即使、他是不死者也一样。解放了这座都市,拯救了被囚禁的人们的是魔导王。所以对他们来说魔导王就是英雄」

“A hero?”
「英雄?」

Remedios repeated Gustav’s words back to him, unable to comprehend their meaning.
蕾梅迪奥丝不明所以的复述道。

“The people think he’s a hero? But he’s undead, no? They hate the living and love death. He abandoned the hostages — no, he killed them off without so much as blinking, didn’t he?”
「人们觉得他是英雄?那可是不死者哦?憎恨活人、喜爱死亡。舍弃人质,不,不仅如此,是毫不在意地杀了人质的啊?」

“It’s all the same to them. Also… it would be one thing if they simply regarded him as a hero. If this goes on, people will start thinking of the Sorcerer King as their savior. If things go wrong, it might affect the Holy King’s–”
「就算如此、也一样。而且……如果只是觉得是英雄的话那倒还好。再这样下去,就会有人觉得魔导王是救世主了吧。一个搞不好对圣王的——」

“The Holy Queen’s, you mean,” Remedios’ face twisted into a frown. “I’ve said this many times already, but Calca-sama must be locked up somewhere for breeding. There were paladins and priests collapsed everywhere after that battle with Jaldabaoth, but we couldn’t find Calca-sama and Kelart anywhere. He wouldn’t need to move her if she was dead. I’m sure she must have been taken hostage. “
「——是圣王女大人,的」蕾梅迪奥丝不快地扭起了脸「虽然说过很多遍了,卡儿可大人一定是被关在了什么地方。和亚达巴沃的那次战斗之后,圣骑士和神官们都倒在了那里,但是哪里都找不到卡儿可大人和葵拉特。如果是已经死了的话没有必要运走。肯定是被做为人质带走了吧」

“I misspoke, Captain. I feel that it might be a problem that could cause problems for Her Majesty’s reign.”
「是属下失言了,团长。那是足以会对圣王女大人今后的统治带来阻碍的问题」

“Problems for her rule?”
「对统治?」

“Yes. … Our fortress line has been smashed and nobody can stop the demihumans from invading. There will start to be people who want to flock to the side of a supreme being who can protect them.”
「是的。……我们的要塞线被攻破,没能阻止亚人的侵略。所以应该会有想要跟随在能保护自己的绝对者身边的人出现才是」

“But he’s undead… you know?”
「可那是不死者……啊?」

“I say again, it doesn’t matter if he’s undead. He did save them in their hour of need, didn’t he?”
「我重复一下,就算是不死者,也一样。他们可是在受苦的时候得到拯救的啊?」

Remedios still could not understand that point.
在这点上蕾梅迪奥丝仍然没有明白。

“But the Sorcerer King wasn’t the only one fighting, was he? We fought too, under the Holy Queen’s flag.”
「在战斗的可不只有魔导王啊?在圣王女旗帜之下的我们不也参与了战斗吗」

“Yes. You’re right. We all fought, even the common folk. But even with all that taken into consideration, if the Sorcerer King does more than us, then there might be people who would value him over the Holy Queen and seek to make him their new ruler.”
「是。您说的对。包括我们还有民众,大家都战斗了。但是即使考虑了这点,如果魔导王拿出了在此之上的结果,恐怕就有取得比圣王女更高的人望,希望他作为新的支配者的人出现的可能」

“Hah!?” Remedios unconsciously raised her voice. “How did that happen? Not only is he a hero, how is that undead creature being placed above the Holy Queen? Do you even know what you’re saying?”
「哈!?」蕾梅迪奥丝不禁提高了音量。「为什么会变成那样!?不仅成为了英雄,那个不死者还会站在圣王女之上?你知道自己在说什么吗!!」

“No, that’s from the people’s point of view–”
「不是,从民众的角度来看——」

“–Good or not, he’s still undead! How much suffering and effort do you think Her Majesty had to go through for the sake of the people? How could the people–”
「——好死不死偏偏是不死者!圣王女大人为了人民的幸福操碎了多少心,花了多少力气啊!民众怎么——」

“–Please wait, Captain!”
「——请等一下,团长!」

“What do you mean, please wait!? What the hell are you talking about, Gustav? No, is that what you truly believe?”
「怎么等得了!古斯塔沃,你丫在说什么!不,你是当真这么想的吗!」

In the grip of her powerful emotions, Remedios slammed her fist down on the table. The furious blow — delivered by a heroic individual — crushed the area of the table beneath it and gouged a chunk out, which fell to the ground. The bizarre damage pattern looked like some giant had pressed out the edge of the table, and it indicated how angry she truly was.
受激烈的感情驱使,蕾梅迪奥丝一拳砸在了桌子上。踏入英雄领域的人愤怒的一击,把桌子被拳头打中的部位砸落到了地上。就像是巨人按住了桌子边缘取走了中间部分般异样的破坏痕迹,诉说着她的怒火究竟有多强烈。

“Please calm down, Captain. We all know the greatness and kindness of Her Majesty as a matter of course. There’s no way the Sorcerer King or any other undead creature could compare to the great Holy Queen. But we only know that because we stood by the Holy Queen’s side.”
「团长,请冷静一下!我们当然知道圣王女大人慈悲为怀,有多么得伟大。魔导王之类的不死者什么的根本无法和伟大的圣王女大人做比较!但是,因为我们是呆在圣王女身边所以才知道的啊」

“Are you retarded? Even if they’ve never had an audience with her before, there’s no way anyone would respect the undead of another country more than the ruler of their own nation! You’re delusional!”
「你丫是笨蛋吗!就算是没有谒见过,也不可能存在尊敬别国的不死者会超过尊敬处于这个国家顶点的大人的人。是你想得太多了!」

“Captain!” Gustav exclaimed in a tone that was close to a wail. “Even if the Sorcerer King is undead and the king of another nation, he was still the one who freed them from torment! And that is something… something that Her Majesty, that we could not do!”
「团长!」古斯塔沃发出了近乎惨叫的声音「就算魔导王是他国的国王是个不死者,但也是把他们从苦难当中解放出来的人!而且那是……是圣王女大人、是我们没有做到的事!」

Gustav spewed those words out in one big burst, and the room echoed with the sound of him trying to calm his flustered breathing
古斯塔沃大声地一口气把话说了出来,房间里响起着调整纷乱呼吸的声音。

“…What do you all think?”
「……你们怎么想?」

The paladins who had previously been in the room all looked at each other as they heard Remedios’ quiet voice. After that, one of them spoke up, a look of mortal determination on his face.
听到蕾梅迪奥丝宁静的声音,一开始就在房间里的圣骑士们面面相觑。之后一个人摆出做好了觉悟的表情开了口。

“Naturally, we paladins do not consider the Sorcerer King a hero. However, we also know that the common folk might feel that way.”
「我们圣骑士当然不认为魔导王是英雄。但是我们也知道平民之中有这样的观点和氛围」

After that, another person spoke.
接着又一个人开口了。

“Most of the people know that the Sorcerer King conquered this city with the strength of just two — no, one person. Those who have not seen the Sorcerer King’s power in turn exaggerate these rumors, further deifying him.”
「大多数民众都知道魔导王仅靠两人——不,是一个人就把这座都市给攻占了下来。那些没有见识过魔导王力量的人们则谣传得更厉害,似乎进一步加剧了他的神格化。」

The last one added:
最后的那人继续道。

“It is a fact that the Sorcerer King stepped forward by himself to offer aid to a country which was neither an ally nor one that was friendly to him. If we disregard the fact that he is undead… those actions would qualify as heroic.”
「魔导王只身前来,对既不是同盟国也不是友好国的国家提供帮助是事实。如果不考虑他是不死者的话,那确实是……会被称为英雄般的行为吧」

It would seem Remedios was the only one who could not accept this state of affairs. In that case, how could she respond to Gustav’s question after all this had sunk in?
无法接受的似乎只有蕾梅迪奥丝。那么在理解了这些之后,如何回答古斯塔沃的问题才是正确答案呢。

It was true that not having their hero take part in the fighting would cause morale to drop, and thinking about the reasons for that would lead to a commotion. The enemy was an army which outnumbered them four to one. It was only natural that they would be in that frame of mind when they thought about having to fight something like that.
确实如果英雄不参加战斗的话会令士气下降,思考缘由会引起大骚动的吧。不要说敌人是四倍于我方的大兵团了。考虑到想着必须要和那个战斗的状况下的精神状态,这也是当然的。

“…Then why don’t we paint the Sorcerer King as a villain and kill two birds with one stone? How about telling the masses that the Sorcerer King won’t help us any more?”
「……那把魔导王塑造成恶人不就一箭双雕了吗。告诉民众魔导王不会再帮我们了如何?」

“Lying would be a very bad idea,” Gustav said. “The mood of the people is like a dam just before it bursts. If they learn the truth through one channel or another and discover that we were trying to hide the truth, the matter would spiral out of our control.”
「说谎会非常糟糕的」古斯塔沃说道。「现在民众的精神状态有如决堤前的堤坝一般。如果通过什么渠道得知了真相,知道我们想要把实事隐藏起来的话就会变成无法挽回的事态了」

“Well, we don’t have to tell a flat-out lie. We can do it in a roundabout way.”
「不要说得太假,婉转地告诉他们就行」

“If the people think it’s a lie, then it’ll become a lie.”
「只要民众觉得那是谎言的话,就会变成谎言的吧」

“Then all we need to do is keep them from seeing the Sorcerer King, no?”
「那绝对不要让他们见到魔导王就行了吧」

“…So if a riot breaks out or if someone wants to plead with him in person, we’ll kill them off?”
「……发生暴动的情况,或者是有人要直接向他请愿的情况,要把那人杀掉吗?」

“…I don’t want to do that.”
「……不想那么做啊」

Gustav sighed heavily.
古斯塔沃深深地叹可口气。

“This is frustrating. The Sorcerer King showed too much of his strength. I feel we wouldn’t be like this if we had taken this city back under our own power… If the worst comes to worst, the country itself might be torn apart. Who’s going to stop the Sorcerer King if he declares this land an enclave of the Sorcerous Kingdom?”
「真是让人困扰。魔导王展现了太多的力量了。我们能只靠自己的力量就夺回这座都市的话,我觉得就不会有这种事了……最糟糕的情况是国家会分裂也说不定。如果魔导王宣布要把这片土地化为魔导国的飞地时,又有谁能阻止得了呢」
【译注: 飞地,一种特殊的人文地理现象,指隶属于某一行政区管辖但不与本区毗连的土地。通俗地讲,如果某一行政主体拥有一块飞地,那么它无法取道自己的行政区域到达该地,只能“飞”过其他行政主体的属地,才能到达自己的飞地】

“This nation belongs to Her Majesty and the people who live upon it! Not to the undead! And besides, do you think the surrounding nations will accept that!?”
「这个国家是圣王女大人的,也是生活在这个国家的人民的!绝不是不死者的!而且说到底,你觉得周边国家会认可吗!」

Remedios pounded on the table again. However, Gustav’s face did not change, and he interjected:
蕾梅迪奥丝再次击打了桌子。但古斯塔沃表情毫无变化,断言道。

“They probably will. Captain, you saw them too, right… the monsters in his city. No other nation would want to become the enemy of the Sorcerous Kingdom, which possesses such frightening military power. It would be wiser to simply turn a blind eye to the Holy Kingdom, which is now impotent… and if this place becomes an enclave, the Sorcerous Kingdom’s defensive strength will be halved, and many of the nearby countries will agree that it is a good thing. And if the people wish for this to happen as well, the Sorcerer King will have just cause for his actions.”
「会认可的吧。团长也见到了吧……在都市里的怪物们。不会有国家想成为拥有那么可怕军事力量的魔导国的敌人的。比起那样还是无视失去力量的圣王国要来的更聪明……而且如果这里成为了飞地,魔导国的防卫战力就会一分为二,觉得这样更好的周边国家肯定会很多。再有如果民众也期望如此的话,魔导王就有了大义名分了」

“…So being a country of the undead is better than being a nation whose people can’t even defend themselves… is that how it is, vice-captain?”
「……比起连自国国民都保护不了的国家,还是不死者的国家要来的更好一些……是这样吗,副团长?」

Gustav nodded at the paladin’s question. “Just so.”
对于圣骑士的问题,古斯塔沃点头表示「就是这样」

“Gustav. Did I make a mistake in bringing the Sorcerer King back here?”
「古斯塔沃。我把魔导王带回来是做错了吗?」

“Of course not, Captain. It was the best choice at the time. However… it is true that we’ve relied too much on the Sorcerer King’s power. Like I said just now, if we had taken back those prison camps with our own strength, we would not be in this situation now. For all we know, the people might still fear and hate the Sorcerer King, being that he’s one of the undead.”
「没有那样的事,团长。那个时候这是最好的选择了。只是……太过于依赖魔导王的力量也是事实。刚才也说了,如果两个收容所都是只靠我们的力量就解放了的话,也就不会出现这样的结果了吧。民众们现在也会对身为不死者的魔导王感到恐惧,保有敌意也说不定」

“…What should we do?”
「……要怎么办才好?」

“We need to deal with the people, buy time, and defeat the enemy army by ourselves. If we can’t even do that, then even if we defeat Jaldabaoth… the war might still continue.”
「总之先尽量应付下民众,争取时间,只靠我们去击退大军。如果连这点都不去做的话,就算将来打倒了亚达巴沃……战争说不定也会继续下去」
Remedios looked up to the ceiling.
蕾梅迪奥丝抬头仰望起了天花板。

“…Then that’s what we have to do. Damn that Sorcerer King… did he plan all this out beforehand?”
「……那就只能这样了。可恶的魔导王……这真的不是他事先算计好的吧?」

“I don’t know… I really don’t know. But he might have.”
「不知道……真的不知道。但是说不定这种程度的事还真是计算好的」

“Maybe he desires to expand his domain. Is the Sorcerous Kingdom very small?”
「说不定有着扩张领土的野心么。魔导国的领土很小吧?」

“I wouldn’t say it’s very small, but it’s true that the Sorcerous Kingdom is only his city and the land around it, as well as that plain which is rumored to spawn large quantities of the undead.”
「我觉得虽然还不至于说很小,但确实,魔导国的领地似乎只有都市和周围的土地,外加传闻会出现大量不死者的那片平原」

So that was why he had his eyes on the Holy Kingdom’s land. There was certainly more than enough evidence to lead to that conclusion.
所以才会觊觎圣王国的领土,引导至这个结论的证据已经足够了。

“That damn undead creature! We should have asked for Momon’s strength after all!”
「那个可恶的不死者!果然还是应该只去借用飞飞的力量吗!」

“Perhaps things might have ended the same if Momon had come. The shock would simply not have been as great as the impact which the Sorcerer King had. A king conquering a city by himself is an incredibly striking image. The fact that said king is one of the undead who are our nation’s sworn enemies is also very influential.”
「可能就算来的是飞飞也会导致相同的结果。只是不会有像魔导王那么大的冲击吧。王单人攻城,实在是给人过于强烈的印象了。而且还是本应该是我国仇敌的不死者,这点影响也很大」
换言之就是当一个坏人做了好事,会看起来比一般人做得更加好的效果。

“…Dammit.”
「……可恶」

Now that silence had returned to the room, Remedios — who finally realised that Gustav was asking for her opinion — gave her orders.
恢复安静的房间内,明白了古斯塔沃在询问自己意见的蕾梅迪奥丝下达了指示。

“We’ll discuss this with Caspond-sama. If, perhaps, though I feel it’s not too likely, just in case, Her Majesty has passed away, then he is the most eligible person to be the next Holy King.”
「和卡斯邦登大人商量一下吧。如果、是的,只是如果,虽然觉得不可能,只是以防万一,圣王女大人已经去世的情况下,他可是最有可能成为下任圣王的大人了啊」

“Since we have not yet found any other members of the royal family, that will certainly be the case. We’ll go ask his opinion of all this, then.”
「既然现在还没有发现其他的王族成员,那确实会变成那样的吧。那就去征询下他的意见吧」

Remedios left the paladins in the room and led Gustav to Caspond’s room.
把圣骑士们留在屋内,带着古斯塔沃,蕾梅迪奥丝前往了卡斯邦登的房间。

In the end, things turned out just like Gustav’s predictions. The conclusion was that they would delay answering the people and if the enemy should attack during this time, they would face them without the assumption of the Sorcerer King’s assistance and beat them back, thus showing the world that the strength of the Holy Kingdom was still undiminished.
结果和古斯塔沃说的一样,结论是推迟给民众的回答,在此期间如果敌人攻过来了就在不依靠魔导王力量的前提下击退他们,要向世界展示圣王国的实力依然还健在,这样的答复。

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