Overlord Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 3 Part 12

Overlord Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 3 Part 12

Overlord Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 3 Part 12

 

Both retaking the city and freeing its citizens were trivial before the power of the Sorcerer King.
无论都市的夺还,民众的解放,在魔导王的力量面前都变得简单起来。

The attacking paladins and conscripts were virtually unhurt, and while some of the imprisoned residents lost their lives in the chaos, it was a shockingly small amount.
进攻一方的圣骑士和民兵们几乎没有损伤,被囚禁的居民中虽有人在混乱中不幸殒命,但数量惊人的少。

This outcome was only possible due to the Sorcerer King’s presence, to the point where some people thought, if only we had handed everything to him from the start, we might not have needed to lose anyone.
这正是因为魔导王的存在才获得的结果。要是最初就把一切都交给他,说不定谁都不用牺牲了吧,甚至到了让人不禁这么想的地步。

Whether they were rejoicing over being freed or shedding tears over a bowl of hot soup, everyone was smiling as Neia and the Sorcerer King walked down the street.
为解放而欢喜的人们,为一碗热汤而落泪的人们。涅娅和魔导王走在满是笑容的街道上。

Although they had been told that their freedom was thanks to the Sorcerer King’s aid, once they saw the Sorcerer King moving around in person, the residents’ eyes were filled with shock, confusion and dread, but that could not be helped either.
尽管听说了获得解放是多亏了魔导王的帮助,但在实际看到了魔导王行走的身姿后,居民们的眼中还是浮现出惊愕、混乱还有忌讳感,但这也是没有办法的事吧。

Of course, whether Neia could accept this state of affairs was a different matter entirely. While she wanted to do something in case the Sorcerer King was displeased, it would seem the man himself did not seem to mind. That being the case, it would be very rude of Neia to do something on her own.
不过,这件事能否被涅娅接受就得另当别论了。虽然想着要是魔导王感到不悦的话就采取些措施,但本人看起来并没有在意的样子。那么涅娅自作主张反而会很失礼吧。

Neia addressed the back of the Sorcerer King, who was walking in front of her.
涅娅向着走在前方的魔导王的背影搭话了。

“Your Majesty, where are you going now?”
「魔导王殿下,您这是要去哪里?」

The Sorcerer King was looking at his palms, and he did not look back at Neia.
看向手掌的魔导王头也不回地对着涅娅说明起来。

“Umu. I’m heading for this big building in the center of town. If that’s an enemy base, I’ll need to investigate it as soon as possible. The paladins are all tied up with tasks like freeing the captured residents, distributing food, treating the wounded, imprisoning the captured demihumans, and other things.”
「哼嗯。位于这座都市中枢的、那栋巨大的建筑物。如果那是敌人的据点就得尽快去调查一下。圣骑士们也在为了解救被囚禁的居民、发放食物、为民众疗伤,监禁抓起来的亚人们等等各种事情忙的不可开交啊」

Neia nodded slightly.
涅娅将头微倾。

“That building is quite large. If the paladins judged it to be a base, shouldn’t they have already investigated it?”
「那座建筑物可是相当的大啊。圣骑士们判断为据点的话,难道不是会在最开始就进行调查吗?」

While the Sorcerer King was the one who had conquered the city, the many assorted tasks after that were given over to the citizen-soldiers and the paladins to complete. In that case, surely they would have inspected the building that was the Sorcerer King’s objective.
虽然攻陷了都市的确实是魔导王,但那之后的繁琐事务都是交给圣骑士和民兵们完成的。那样的话,魔导王目的地的建筑物也就理所当然的被搜查过了吧。

The Sorcerer King stopped walking for a moment and then looked intently at Neia. Then he shrugged and continued walking.
魔导王一下子停止了脚步,紧紧盯向了涅娅。接着耸了耸肩,再次迈步前进起来。

“Ah, mm. Actually, I posted my subordinates outside to make sure the paladins did not draw near. So I doubt they’ve checked it yet.”
「啊,嗯。实际上,为了不让圣骑士们靠近,我将我的部下安排在入口处待机了。所以应该还没有被调查过才是」

“Eh? Then what you said earlier–”
「诶?那和之前说的——」

“–Baraja-san. I have told you many things until now, but from time to time it would be best if you considered matters on your own. For instance, the reason why we are the ones who are going to investigate the building.”
「——巴拉哈小姐。虽然至今我告诉了你各种事情,但有时还是自己去思考会比较好。比如、应该由我们作为代表前去调查的理由」

“Ah! Yes, Your Majesty!”
「啊,是的!魔导王陛下」

The Sorcerer King looked at his palm again. Within it was an item once worn by that demihuman — the late Buser. The Sorcerer King was evaluating the item as he walked, using the power of magic to carefully examine it.
魔导王再次看向自己的手掌。那里是那位亚人——巴扎装备着的道具。魔导王在行走的同时对这些道具进行鉴定,并用魔法之力仔细调查着。

From what the Sorcerer King said, the sword was called Sand Shooter, the armor was known as Turtle Shell, the shield was named Lancer’s Merit, the horn coverings were called Charge Without Hesitation, the rings were Ring of Second Eye and Ring of Running, while the cape was called the Mantle of Protection.
根据从魔导王那里听来的,剑是沙之射手[Sand Shooter],铠甲是龟之甲壳[TurtleShell],盾是兰萨的功勋[Lanza’s Merit],镶在角上的外壳叫毫不犹豫的突击[Charge of Without Hesitation],戒指是第二只眼的戒指[Ringof Second Eye]和疾奔之戒[Ring of Run],披风则是防护披风[Mantle of Protection]的样子。

There also seemed to be other magic items like the necklace and the like. Although he said none of them possessed any impressive enchantments, the Sorcerer King still seemed quite happy about them.
其他好像还有项链等魔法道具,虽然嘴上说着没什么了不起的魔力,但魔导王看起来却很开心的样子。

Neia shifted her eyes from the Sorcerer King’s back to the ground, and then she did as the Sorcerer King said, which was to ponder the reason why the Sorcerer King had to personally investigate that building. However, she did not reach any answer which made her think, “that’s it!”
将视线从那样的魔导王的后背移开,目不转睛地盯向地面的涅娅按照魔导王所说的,自己思考起魔导王亲自探索的原因。然而却没能找到「就是这个!」之类的答案。

However, if she asked the Sorcerer King for the answer because of that, surely he would be speechless. The thought of the Sorcerer King she so respected thinking of her as useless and casting her aside was far too frightening.
可是,这样就去询问答案的话不会让魔导王无语么。让尊敬着的魔导王觉得自己无能、将自己舍弃什么的太可怕了。

While she desperately tried to find the answer, the aforementioned building had already appeared before her eyes.
还在拼命考虑着的时候,提到的建筑物却已经出现在眼前了。

Two undead beings — High Wraiths — stood at the entrance to the building.
两只不死者——上位死灵站在公馆的入口前。

As the Sorcerer King approached, they stepped aside to allow the Sorcerer King and Neia to pass.
随着魔导王的靠近,那两只就让开道路、让魔导王和涅娅通过。

“This… seems to be the residence of the city’s former lord.”
「这里……好像是这座都市的领主的住所啊」

Neia was not too sure which noble had ruled this city. However, given the size of the city, he must have been more than a baron, but less than a count.
涅娅还不至于清楚统治这座都市的贵族具体是谁。不过,既然是这种规模的都市,应该是男爵以上,伯爵以下吧。

“Yes. Not even the undead have entered this place. Be careful. There might be more demihumans who have not yet been subdued.”
「是啊。这里连不死者也没进去过。我们是第一批。多加注意,说不定还有没被镇压的亚人」

“Eh!? Your Majesty! Then–”
「诶!?魔导王陛下!那——」

She hesitated over whether she should say “You should stop”, but the other Neia in her quietly said that it ought to be fine if it were the Sorcerer King.
犹豫着要不要说出“请停下”这句话。但魔导王的话应该不要紧的吧,心中另一个涅娅却如此低语着。

“I have to be here. This is the enemy headquarters, and it might be the lair of the demihumans’ leader. While the only reason for that conclusion is because this building is very large — there might be a powerful being on par with Buser ahead of us. I want to tie off all the loose ends in this city.”
「这里我不得不去。此处是敌人的大本营,也可能是亚人首领的休息处。虽然理由就只有建筑很大这一点——但说不定前方有着能匹敌巴扎的强者。我想要漂亮地为都市解放收个尾啊」

“Ah!”
「啊!」

After learning the answer to the question from just now, Neia suddenly pressed her head in realization. At the same time, gratitude flowed forth in her heart for the Sorcerer King’s compassion.
得知了刚才问题的答案,涅娅恍然大悟,按住了自己的额头。同时对魔导王的慈悲为怀心生感激。

He didn’t let the paladins get close because there might be powerful foes within! Unlike what he said just now, could it be that he wasn’t willing to tell me about this because he felt embarrassed about fighting as someone else’s shield?”
(因为说不定有强者存在,才不让圣骑士们靠近啊!和之前所说的不一样,是因为魔导王觉得让人瞧见、自己作为他人之盾而战斗的身姿会有些不好意思么,所以才不愿意告诉我吗?)

While Neia knew that thinking this way about the Sorcerer King was very rude, for some reason she felt the Sorcerer King was a little cute.
虽然涅娅很清楚抱有此种感情是非常失礼的事情,但不知怎么的总觉得魔导王有点可爱。

“…Well? Do you understand?”
「……怎么样?能理解了吗?」

The Sorcerer King looked at Neia’s face as he asked that question. Neia nodded, and the Sorcerer King seemed happy as he replied, “Ah, that’s good.”
看向涅娅的脸的魔导王如此问道。涅娅点头后,面露喜色的魔导王「是么,那太好了」这么说着。

He’s actually happy that I can understand him… what a gentle and kind person he is.
(竟对我能理解感到如此开心……真是温柔呢,这位大人)

“Your servant understands why Your Majesty does not wish to draw attention from others!”
「魔导王陛下不愿引人注意的想法,属下理解了!」

“…Hm? Ah… exactly. Then… you understand, right? I don’t wish to stand out too much.”
「……嗯?啊……正是如此。那……明白的吧?我不想太张扬」

“Understood!”
「谨遵钧命!」

The Sorcerer King looked like he was pondering something. For some reason that also looked very adorable.
魔导王看起来像是在考虑些什么。不知为何这样子看起来也很可爱。

“…Ah– let’s go then.”
「………………啊—,那么我们走吧」

“Yes!”
「是!」

As a squire, she felt it was wrong to let the Sorcerer King walk out in front, but the Sorcerer King did not allow Neia to walk ahead of him. Neia looked with admiration at the back of the generous and magnanimous person before her. Watching a king lead from the front was truly a sight to make her heart swell up.
虽然觉得作为侍从让魔导王打头阵很不妥当,但让涅娅走在前面是魔导王所不允许的。面对那宽容大量的背影,涅娅送去了憧憬的视线。看着王者身先士卒的身姿,作为下属果然会觉得胸潮澎湃啊。

After passing through the wide entrance, Neia asked a question.
走进广阔入口处的涅娅提出了疑问。

“Where shall we start looking from? There doesn’t seem to be any sign of others around…”
「要从哪里开始调查呢?好像没有其他人存在的迹象……」

“Mm… your eyesight and hearing are both quite keen, Baraja-san, but how about your sense of smell?”
「嗯。……巴拉哈小姐的视觉和听觉似乎都十分灵敏,不过嗅觉又是怎样呢?」

“Frankly speaking, I’m not too confident in my sense of smell. However, I think I’m better than most in that field. As for taste, I think mine is just average. However, I’ve never tasted poison before, so I can’t be a poison-taster or anything…”
「嗅觉的话,说实在没什么自信。但是,想来要比普通人优秀些。而味觉的话我想也是差不多的水准。不过,因为没尝过毒药所以做不到试毒之类的事情……」

“Really now. Then, can you detect the smell of death and hatred?”
「是么。那你有感受到这股死与憎恶的气味吗?」

As he said “death and hatred”, his kingly aura of dominion coiled up around him.
在将死与憎恶说出口时,魔导王身上缠绕着作为王者的霸气。

“Death and hatred?”
「死与憎恶吗?」

“–This way.”
「——这边」

The Sorcerer King set off. There was no trace of hesitation in his footsteps. He walked as though he was familiar with this place and what lay ahead of him.
魔导王走了起来。那步伐间感受不到一丝犹豫。那步伐简直就像已经熟悉了这里,清楚前方有着什么一样。

Death and hatred… these things should not have a smell… or could it be that His Majesty, who is undead, can make out such smells? That means whoever’s making that smell is waiting here!
(死与憎恶……那种东西不该有气味的……莫非,是作为不死者的陛下才能分辨的气味吗?那就是说发出这气味的家伙就等在这前面——!)

Neia clutched the bow she had borrowed from the Sorcerer King. Depending on the circumstances, she would have to serve as the Sorcerer King’s shield and step forward to fire her bow. Yet she had not been able to do anything during the battle with Buser. If she did not make herself more useful, there would be no reason for her to be here.
涅娅握紧了向魔导王借来的弓。根据情况有作为魔导王的盾牌,上前开弓射击的必要吧。和巴扎战斗的时候自己什么都没能做到。如果不派上些用场,自己就失去了存在于此的意义。

They did not encounter any demihumans along the way, and before long, they came to a door that was about the same size as the one they had passed through earlier. It was made of steel, and iron, and thus looked very sturdy.
一路上没有发现亚人的身姿,不久,前方出现了与之前氛围大相径庭的一扇门。因是由铁制成,看起来格外厚重。

There was what looked like a prison door in the middle of a regular noble’s residence. This juxtaposition filled Neia with a powerful sense of foreboding. It felt like she had been thrown into an unfamiliar and spine-chilling place.
在这一般的贵族风建筑里出现了一扇简直像是犯罪者收容设施的门。涅娅因为这非同一般的违和感而强烈地感到不适。这感觉像是被扔到了来路不明又令人毛骨悚然的地方。

“This is…”
「这是……」

“This is the place… you can stay outside if you want, you know?”
「就是这里面……不跟着进去也可以哦?」

That choice did not even exist for Neia. After seeing Neia shake her head, the Sorcerer King shrugged and opened the door.
那对涅娅来说是不存在的选项。看着涅娅摇头拒绝的魔导王耸了耸肩,接着推开了门。

The Sorcerer King’s strength opened the iron door with ease. However, it was surprisingly thick, so it must have been specially made.
靠着魔导王的臂力,铁制的门格外轻松地被打开了。不过,因为那厚度相当惊人,想来是特别定制的物品吧。

The Sorcerer King entered the room.
魔导王进入了房间。

Oh no! I can’t believe I actually let His Majesty walk into this unknown place first! I’m an idiot!
(糟了!竟然让陛下先进入这来路不明的地方!我这个笨蛋!)

Neia hurriedly entered the room as well.
涅娅也慌张地进入了房间。

While the heavy door had given her some inkling of what to expect, the interior of the room felt strange. It gave her the impression of being a torture chamber — although she had only heard descriptions of those.
虽然已经从那厚重的门上有所预料了,室内有种异样感。简直就像是拷问室——虽然只是听说过——这是间给人带来如此感受的房间。

For starters, there were no windows.
首先,没有窗户。

There were sticks set into the wall which glowed with a faint red light. This was not a natural occurrence, but a magical creation.
嵌入墙壁的棒上依稀闪烁着红光,这并非自然现象,而是魔法的造物。

There was a table made of wood and two wooden chairs. Further inside was another door, also made of iron.
木制的桌子一张,木制的椅子两个。深入的话还有另外的一扇——同样是铁制品的——门。

The Sorcerer King stood in the center of the room, carefully surveying every corner of it. This was when Neia noticed something on the table.
魔导王站在室内的中央,仔细地环视房间各处。其中,涅娅注意到桌上有着什么东西。

“…Your Majesty. This looks like a piece of paper, but what’s that written on it?”
「……魔导王陛下。这好像是张纸,到底写着些什么呢?」

The piece of paper Neia picked up was covered in illegible characters. They were certainly not written in Holy Kingdom script.
涅娅在拿起的纸上看到了不认识的文字。并非圣王国的文字这点绝对可以保证。

“Mmm… they seem to be written in words from the demonic language.”
「嗯……似乎像是恶魔们使用的文字啊」

The Sorcerer King took out a monocle from a pocket. Perhaps he had noticed the surprised look on Neia’s face, but he then proceeded to explain it.
魔导王从怀中取出了单片眼镜。是注意到了涅娅那讶异的目光了么,他对此进行了说明。

“This is a magic item that can decipher written languages. Because it drains a vast amount of mana — Baraja-san, do you know of any humans who can decipher these characters?”
「这是能解读文字的魔法道具。这道具我也只有一个。因为它会消耗庞大的魔力——巴拉哈小姐,你是否知道有能解读这类文字能力的人类呢?」

“The ability to comprehend languages?”
「解读文字的能力吗?」

“Indeed. Or at least, someone who knows what these letters are. Also… any humans who have a talent which lets them decipher languages.”
「没错。或是知道这种文字的人也可以。还有就是……因为有着天生异能而获得解读文字能力的人之类」

“My deepest apologies, I don’t know about…”
「非常抱歉,关于这些我不是……」

Neia was simply a squire for the paladin order. She had not had the chance to come into contact with news about people like those.
涅娅只不过是圣骑士团的侍从。完全没机会接触关于这类人物的情报。

Granted, she had heard some rumors from her squire friends. For instance, “My friend has a talent that lets him know exactly how hot water is. Of course, nobody knows the exact temperature,” or “My relative’s a boat pilot who can walk five steps on water, but more than that and he’ll sink,” and so on. Most of them were abilities which would make people sigh and fall silent. There was no information about people who possessed abilities which the Sorcerer King wanted to know about.
确实侍从的朋友那里有听说过一些传闻。比如,「我的朋友里有拥有天生异能的家伙,那家伙能知道热水现在具体是多少度的样子。不过真正温度什么的谁也不清楚就是了」或者「亲戚的船夫有着天生异能,他可以在水面上走五步,虽然超过的话就会沉下去呢」之类。大多是让人嗯一声沉默下去的微妙能力,没有关于魔导王想知道的那种能力的持有者的情报。

“Really now. What a shame. Do you think Captain Custodio would know?”
「是么。那还真是遗憾。那么你认为卡斯特迪奥团长会知道吗?」

Surely the Captain of the paladin order would have come into contact with all sorts of intelligence. However, Neia did not know what to think of Remedios. Would the Captain really allocate her headspace to information?
想来要是圣骑士团的团长这种地位,应该能接触到更多的各种各样的情报吧。然而,涅娅不知该如何评价蕾梅蒂欧丝这人。那位团长真的会为情报而分配她的脑容量吗。

“…I am not sure about that either. However, I feel it would be better to ask the Vice-Captain.”
「……这我也不清楚。但我想还是询问副团长会更好」

‘Well, that’s true. If I ask him…”
「嘛,也是啊。问他的话……」

The Sorcerer King was probably stumbling over his words for the same reason Neia had.
魔导王的话语会有些支吾的原因,应该是有着和涅娅一样的感想吧。

“However, what do you intend to do if such a person does not exist?’
「不过,要是那种人并不存在的话,您打算怎么办呢?」

“Hm? Ah, I did not intend anything. But if there was someone who could decipher the intelligence Jaldabaoth left behind, our future plans would change, no?”
「嗯?啊,并不是有什么打算。要是能解读亚达巴沃这边留下的情报的话,之后的行动方针当然也会改变吧?」

This was an obvious question she could have understood if she had just thought a little, yet she had needed the Sorcerer King to explain it to her. Neia was almost unbearably ashamed about asking such a foolish question because she had not even given it any thought.
明明是只要动动脑筋、就能明白的理所当然的问题,却还让魔导王进行说明。涅娅不禁因自己不经大脑就问出的愚蠢问题而感到羞愧难耐。

“If there’s nobody who can translate this, then I’ll just have to expend mana to decipher it. However, doing so would lead to a disadvantageous state where I would have to be more wary of Jaldabaoth. If I encountered Jaldabaoth after expending a great deal of mana, my only option would be to flee… although, this makes me quite curious. If it’s just one piece of paper, then I shall read it.”
「要是没有能翻译的人,就只能由我来消耗魔力解读了吧。但那么做我就会陷入不得不进一步警戒亚达巴沃这种不妙的处境。要是在魔力大量消耗的情况下遭遇了亚达巴沃,再怎么说也只能选择逃了啊……不过,还真是叫人好奇啊。只是一张纸的话就让我解读一下吧」

“Will it be alright?”
「不要紧吗?」

“Yes. I just need to pay more attention to my mana reserves.”
「啊。只要在魔力的余量上多加些留意就好」

The Sorcerer King put on his monocle and looked at the paper. Although there were no visible signs of activation, it ought to have taken effect. The Sorcerer King looked like he was deciphering it now. That said, the Sorcerer King had no eyes, so it simply looked like he was reading it.
魔导王戴上了单片眼镜,看向了纸张。虽没有以可见的形式发动道具,但应该已经在发挥它的力量吧。魔导王像是正在解读。话虽如此魔导王没有眼睛,所以只是觉得他大概在读而已。
经过了短暂的时间,魔导王摘下了眼镜。

“It was quite a bit of mana after all.”
「果然耗费了大量的魔力啊」

Neia had seen priests wobble around shakily after using a great deal of mana, but she saw no signs of that in the Sorcerer King. However, comparing the Sorcerer King to an average magic caster was the height of rudeness. Yes, it must have been because he had enormous stores of mana.
在见过使用大量魔力后摇摇晃晃的神官的涅娅看来,魔导王身上没有那种迹象,但把魔导王和一般的魔法咏唱者相提并论未免也太失礼了吧。恐怕是因为有着巨大得多的魔力,没错。

As Neia contemplated this, the Sorcerer King approached the door further within and gently slid open the vision slit.
在涅娅考虑着这些的时候,魔导王靠近了深处的房间,轻轻推开并向其中窥视。

Neia heard many weak breathing sounds from inside, and her nose picked up the scent of blood.
涅娅的听觉捕捉到了多道微弱的呼吸声,嗅觉则是辨认出了血腥味。

She gripped her bow tightly, thinking to squeeze between the Sorcerer King and the door, but the Sorcerer King stopped her with his hand.
涅娅张弓用力握住,想要跻身插进魔导王和门的中间,但魔导王在那之前用手制止了她。

In other words, don’t come here.
是不要过来的意思。

“Mm… Baraja-san. The people using this room were not demihumans, but demons. The reason why I say that is because this paper contains details on the experiments the demons were performing.”
「嗯……巴拉哈小姐。在使用这个房间的并非亚人、而是恶魔。之所以会这么说,是因为这张纸上的内容是关于恶魔们进行的试验的」

“…The demons’ experiments?”
「……恶魔们的实验吗?」

Even without further explanation, she was sure that these experiments were not decent or proper by any means.
说明之前就能确定绝对不会是什么正经的实验。

“Yes. They seemed to have done things like chopping arms off and then reattaching them to other creatures, or cutting open the subjects abdomens and exchanging the internal organs within. They started with blood relatives as a control group, and they branched out to combinations of humans and other lifeforms — not just demihumans, but animals too — and then they healed them with magic to see what changes occurred.”
「是的。似乎在进行像是砍下手臂再接上其他生物的手臂,或是切开腹部交换其中内脏之类的实验。从以血亲之间为素材的例子开始,还有在使用人类与其他生物——不只是亚人哦,包括动物等等的组合,似乎还会用魔法治愈后再观察其变化的样子啊」

“What frightening experiments! Especially that blood relatives and body swapping stuff, how could any sane person think of such things?”
「多么毛骨悚然的实验啊!特别是粘合血亲的肉体什么的,头脑清醒的家伙怎么可能会想得出来!」

“…Alright. After conducting these experiments, it’s natural that they’d want their test subjects to live. In particular, they want to keep them alive as long as possible until they find out why they die.”
「……好了,进行这种实验的话,理所当然的,必须让试验者们活下来才行。尤其是在知道会因为什么原因而死掉之前,要尽可能长的让他们活着、呐」

Saying so, the Sorcerer King turned around, his back to the door. Then, he indicated the door behind him over his shoulder with his thumb. For some reason, Neia knew what was coming next.
说到这里魔导王转过头来,背对着门,将大拇指越过肩头向门示意。涅娅不知怎么的就预测到了接下来的话。

“Some of those test subjects are in there. They’re still alive despite having their bellies cut open.”
「这里面有着那些试验者。就那么以腹部裂开的状态活着」

She had anticipated this, but the cruel reality still dyed Neia’s mind stark white for an instant. After that, she burned with hatred for the demons who had conducted such inhumane experiments.
虽然预测到了,但涅娅还是因为过于残酷的事实,而在一瞬间脑中变得一片空白。接着产生的是对进行着如此不人道实验的恶魔们的憎恶。

“Baraja-san! Get the priests right away! Fetch Captain Custodio too! Hurry!”
「巴拉哈小姐!立刻把神官们叫来!还有卡斯特迪奥团长们!赶快!」

“Understood!”
「遵命!!」

There was no need to question the reason why they had to be called over. Neia ran with all her might.
没必要去问叫他们过来的原因。涅娅全力地跑了起来。

In the corner of her mind, she heard a voice ask, “is it really alright to leave His Majesty here by himself,” but this was an order from a powerful man who was both trustworthy and wise. There was no need to worry. He would not be wrong. The voice vanished in an instant.
脑海一隅中能听到“让魔导王陛下一个人留在那里没问题吗”这种声音,但这是值得信赖又充满智慧的强者的命令。没有任何担忧的必要,不会错的。声音瞬时就被打消了。

♦ ♦ ♦

The priests opened the door and entered the room. The way their shoulders trembled for an instant illustrated the hideous conditions inside the cells better than words ever could.
神官们将门打开走进房间。那一瞬间肩膀的一哆嗦,这比言语更好的说明了屋内的景象是多么的凄惨而阴森可怖。

In front of her, the Sorcerer King showed the paper to Remedios and Gustav.
眼前,魔导王正把那张纸递给蕾梅蒂欧丝和古斯塔博。

“Have a look at this. This paper contains the names of the people in there and what happened to them. In addition, there are other papers with similar things written on them, or perhaps other things — Jaldabaoth’s plans, for instance. I’m not too sure about that. Can you understand what’s written on this paper?”
「请看看这个。这里写着里面人物的名字与他们的遭遇。除此之外也有着一定数量的纸,那些上面写的是同样的东西,还是说是其他的——比如亚达巴沃的计划之类呢,有关这点尚且不明。你们能读懂纸上的字么?」

Remedios looked at the paper and wrinkled her brows, then immediately handed it to Gustav.
蕾梅蒂欧丝只是看了一眼就皱起了脸,立刻把纸递给了古斯塔博。

Gustav shook his head too.
古斯塔博也摇了摇头。

“I have no idea. But Your Majesty understands it, right?”
「完全不懂啊。不过魔导王陛下读懂了这一张吧?」

“Ah, yes, by using the power of this magic item. However, that item drains a tremendous amount of mana. That mana must be conserved for the sake of doing battle with Jaldabaoth. And what I want to know is, do any of you know anyone who can read these characters? Anyone who might have the chance of understanding it will do.”
「啊啊,借用了魔法道具的力量。但是那魔法道具会消耗相当多的魔力。那为了与亚达巴沃战斗,而不得不保留的重要魔力。而我想知道的是,你们中是否有哪位知道能解读这文字的人物。解读系能力的持有者,就算是有可能性的程度也不要紧」

“No, I have no leads at all. While I feel there might be someone like them among the southern nobles… I think the possibility of that is very low.”
「不,完全没有头绪。虽然觉得南方的贵族也不是没有藏起这种人的可能性……但那可能性在我看来相当的低」

“I see… then how shall we handle this? To me, I would hope you would put more effort into trying to decipher their script.”
「是么……那这要怎么处理?就我而言,还是希望能由你们那边努力解读出来」

“Can we not borrow Your Majesty’s magic item?”
「不能把魔导王陛下的魔法道具借给我们吗?」

“I refuse. This is a treasure of my nation. It is just as how you would not easily loan out the holy sword at your waist. And to magic casters like myself, magic items like these are more valuable than swords.”
「我拒绝。这是我国的宝物。就像你不会轻易地把腰间的圣剑借给其他人一样。而对我这样的魔法咏唱者来说,比起剑还是这类道具更为贵重」

Remedios and Gustav looked at each other once more.
蕾梅蒂欧丝和古斯塔博对视了一瞬。

“I understand. Then let us work hard together. Also — we have a new problem. It would seem there are Orc captives. How shall they be dealt with?”
「明白了。那么就让我们努力一下吧。然后——我们又发现了新的问题、半兽人[orc]们好像被作为俘虏囚禁了起来。该如何处理呢?」

It would seem the Orcs had not attacked the Holy Kingdom out of their own will, but they were brought over by Jaldabaoth. They did not yield any useful information when questioned, and the paladin order was at a loss as to how to deal with them.
半兽人们似乎不是出于自己的意识来进攻圣王国,而是被亚达巴沃带过来的。就算询问也没什么有用的情报,骑士团正在为他们之后的处理而发愁着。

“Mm… I understand. Can you tell me where they are? Can you leave them to me?”
「嗯……我清楚了。能告诉我地点吗?他们的应对交给我也没问题吧?」

“Yes. Thank you for your trouble.”
「是的。就麻烦您了」

Gustav supplied a rough location. Since the city was not very big they would probably not get lost.
古斯塔博粗略地说明了一下地点。因为都市本身不是很大,应该还不至于迷路。

After sketching a rough map in her mind, the cell door opened and an utterly exhausted-looking priest showed up.
当大致的地图在头脑中画好的时候,里屋的门被推开,一位表情疲倦至极的神官出现了。

“Ohhh! What happened!? What about the condition of the people inside?”
「哦哦!怎么样了!?里面的民众们状况如何!?」

“We started by using healing magic on the survivors. Since this is the first time we’ve tried to heal the subjects of such inhumane experiments, so we’ll stay here and observe them. If they’re fine, we’ll move them outside. At least, that’s what I think.”
「总之先为幸存者们使用了治愈魔法。再怎么说也是第一次为受到、那样不人道实验的人们回复,我
们就暂时留在这里,观望一下状况。要是感觉没什么问题,就该把他们带出去到外面了,这是我的想法」

“Understood. Then, we’ll send some paladins and militiamen over to help you move these people out.”
「明白了。那就派几名圣骑士和民兵过来,协助你们把这些人运出去好了」

“Understood, Captain Custodio. Then, I’ll take my leave, Your Majesty.”
「了解,卡斯特迪奥团长。那么魔导王陛下,我就此失礼了」

The priest opened the door again and went back into the cell.
神官再一次推开门,回到了屋里。

After watching the priest leave and concluding that there was nothing left to do, the four of them each went to their respective destinations.
目送神官离去,做出这样已经无事可做的判断后,四人各自走向接下来的目的地。

Naturally, the Sorcerer King and Neia parted ways with the other two and headed for the location of the Orcs.
魔导王和涅娅当然就和另两人分开,前往半兽人们所在的地方。

“That said, since there are demons around, it would be good if we had someone who could see the original forms of shapeshifters,” the Sorcerer King said as he walked.
「话虽如此,因为有恶魔在,要是谁有着能看穿变身者原形的力量就好了啊」

一边走着,魔导王一边向涅娅搭话道。

While they could not verify the presence of demons in this city, the piece of paper with demonic characters on it suggested the possibility that there might be demons about, or that there might have been demons here recently.
虽然没在这座都市确认到恶魔的身姿,但因为刚才的纸上写有恶魔的文字,是考虑到了有恶魔,或者说曾有恶魔存在的可能性吧。

“Can demons transform themselves?”
「恶魔会变身的吗?」

“Ahh, demons like that do exist. They can shapeshift into men, women, or even animals.”
「啊啊,也有那种恶魔存在。男人或女人,有时会变化为动物的恶魔,呐」

“I see… Someone with the talent to see through shapeshifting… My deepest apologies. I have not heard of anyone with these abilities. Ah, no, I’ve heard legends about such things. I remember reading about them in a book. However, if you asked me if there were any of them around now…”
「这样啊……。持有看穿变身的能力——天生异能么。非常抱歉。我没有听说过关于那样能力的情报。啊,不,传说之类的倒是有听过。记得在什么书上读到过。不过,要说现在有没有的话……」

“… It seems I would be best served discussing this matter again with Captain Custodio, then.”
「……这部分也是再和卡斯特迪奥团长商量一下比较好的样子啊」

“Is shapeshifting a form of illusion? I’m more familiar with petty tricks like illusions.”
「所谓变身是和幻术在同一分类么?说到幻术的话小把戏的印象比较强就是了」

“For starters, shapeshifting is vastly different from illusions, but explaining that will take a long time so I’ll skip it for now. However, looking down on illusions is very dangerous, you know? Illusions are a type of spell that become scarier the more skilled the caster is. Also, there are those illusionists who aren’t satisfied with a surface understanding and choose to specialize along that path.”
「首先变身和幻术有着很大的区别,但要说明起来会花很长时间在此就先割爱吧。不过,小瞧幻术是很危险的哦?这是种会随着术者的机敏程度而变得可怕的魔法。还有就是术者并非满足于肤浅的水准,选择在这条道路上进行特化的状况」

“So it’s when they specialize?”
「特化的状况吗」

“Ahh, yes. For example, there are spells like 「Perfect Illusion」 which can defy all five senses. And beyond that, there are those who have refined their illusions to the utmost limit, who can use a certain skill once every few days to deceive the world itself.”
「啊啊,是的。举例的话像是<完全幻觉[Perfect Illusion]>这种连五感都能欺骗的幻术。而且在此之上还有将幻术修炼到极限的人可以在数日间使用一次的技能,所谓的欺骗世界的幻术技能」

An illusion that could deceive a world was beyond her capacity to imagine.
就算说欺骗世界的幻术,这已经是无法想象的等级了。

“Ah, how exactly does that worldly illusion work?”
「那个,欺骗世界的幻术是怎样的事情呢?」

“From what I know, it’s a spell that lets you rewrite any aspect of the world, I think. Well, simply put, using an illusion like that could even bring the dead back to life?”
「据我所知的话,是可以改写这世界任何系统的魔法、吧。说的浅显些,用那种幻术的话就连死者也能让他起死回生」

“Eh!? You’re talking about an illusion, right?”
「诶!?是说幻术对吧?」

“Oh yes. The worldly illusion — the ultimate secret of illusion. By deceiving the world itself, an illusion can be made real.”
「是的。欺骗世界的幻术——幻术的究极奥义。将世界欺骗了的话那就会变为真实了吧」

All she could think was wahhh~ Even if one said that the pinnacle of illusion could do such a thing, it was so incredible that she did not quite understand what he was saying.
哇—,只能产生这样的感想了。就算说将幻术修炼到极致可以做到这种事情,因为太厉害有点不明白在说些什么了。

“So, does nobody manage the inborn talents of this country?”
「那么,这个国家没有人在对天生异能进行管理吗?」

“No, I’ve never heard of it before. Does the Sorcerous Kingdom do such things?”
「没有,我从未听说过。在魔导有进行管理吗?」

“My country does not have that practice either. I plan to do so in the future, but that will require considerable effort… it might end up being a matter of ten or more years in the future.”
「我的国家也还没有啊。将来是这样打算的,不过需要相当的劳力吧……会变成十年、或者更长时间以后的事情也说不定啊」

The Sorcerer King had already envisioned the events of the next ten years in his mind. This was the difference between a king and a commoner.
魔导王好像已经预见了十年时间以后这样长远的事情了。这种地方就是王者和平民之间的差距吧。

In other words, a tremendous difference.
就是说——很巨大的差距啊。

♦ ♦ ♦

The Orcs were held in a building whose windows were boarded up from the outside. This was quite a big structure, probably the second or third largest in this city.
半兽人们所在的是个窗户从外面被木板钉上的建筑物。这是个相当大的建筑物,恐怕论大小在这都市里排的上第二、三名吧。

There were many paladins gathered at the entrance. It would seem they were on guard against what was inside.
入口处的门旁聚集着多位圣骑士,好像在警戒着里面。

After seeing the Sorcerer King approach, the paladins genuflected before him to express their respect.
看见魔导王在靠近,圣骑士们都单膝跪下以示敬意。

“I’ve heard from Captain Custodio that the Orcs are in this building. May I enter?”
「从卡斯特迪奥团长那里听说半兽人就在这建筑物里面。可以让我进去么?」

“Yes! Of course you may, Your Majesty!”
「是!当然可以,魔导王陛下」

“Then you should go from this place and return to what you should be doing.”
「那么你们就离开这里,去做自己应该做的工作吧」

The paladins looked up.
圣骑士们抬起了头。

“But the Captain ordered us to be stationed here. We may not leave our posts.”
「可是,我们收到了团长驻守于此的指示。不能离开半步」

“…Did she now. Then I take back my previous words.”
「……是么。那就让我收回刚才的话吧」

Saying so, the Sorcerer King passed between the paladins and pushed open the door. Naturally, Neia was following him.
魔导王这么说着,从圣骑士中间穿过,推开了门。当然,涅娅也跟在后面。

There was a sour odor in the air which seared Neia’s nose. This was not poison gas, but the smell reminded Neia of when she had once followed a paladin to a jail. In addition, there were other smells mixed into it — smells that made her want to throw up.
建筑物里面飘浮的闻起来很酸的气味刺激着涅娅的鼻子。并非是毒气,这气味让涅娅回忆起曾经跟随某位圣骑士前往监狱时的体验。除此之外还混杂着各种各样的气味——让人想吐的气味。

“This is…”
「这究竟是……」

When she heard the captain mention it earlier, she had thought about why the Orcs had been specially brought along.
从团长那里听说时就曾想过,半兽人们为什么会被特意带过来呢。

Neia knew that she was about to learn the truth, but at the same time she deployed the wings of her imagination. If this was not just a problem that the Orcs faced, if there was a grand alliance against Jaldabaoth, would the demihumans who wanted to fight back against him rally to their banner?
涅娅清楚自己马上就要知道真相,但同时也展开了想象的翅膀。如果这不仅是半兽人们面临的问题的话,假如有一面与亚达巴沃战斗的大旗,想要反抗的亚人们会不会也聚集到这旗下呢。

As Neia thought all this, the Sorcerer King kept pushing doors open as he advanced. One could say that letting the Sorcerer King go first was a matter of fact now.
涅娅这么想着的期间,魔导王也在不断地推门前进。可以说魔导王走在前面已经成了理所当然的事情了。

They crossed rooms and passed through corridors.
穿过房间,越过通道。

Just by walking, she realized that this place was filthier than a jail.
只要走走就能明白,这座建筑比监狱还要肮脏。

The place was filthy with blood, vomit and other detritus. The conditions here were so terrible that there was no way to imagine what had happened here.
血和呕吐物,污物将各种地方弄得脏兮兮的。无法想象这里都发生了些什么,真是太过恶劣的环境。

Orcs were demihumans around the height of a man, with porcine facial features. They were said to be a species that loved cleanliness. They would not be happy to live in such a place.
(TL Note: The pigman depiction of orcs apparently derives from Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso, where they had piggish features. Other depictions include the original corrupted-elf Uruks by Tolkien and the Warhammer greenskins. It seems Maruyama has decided to make them full-on pig beastmen. No, this is not a translation of the CN TL note below.)
所谓半兽人[Orc]是身高与人相近的有着一张像猪一样面孔的亚人,据说是一个喜欢干净的种族。他们是绝不会开开心心地待在这种地方的。
【译注:当托尔金所写的《魔戒》出版之后,Orc成了奇幻文学和角色扮演游戏中必然会出现的种族。在这些小说以及游戏当下,Orc和Goblin常常被想像成是哥布林类的远方种族。他们常常会被描述成有着猪鼻子外表的生物,即使在托尔金的作品里并没有这样子的描述。而这可能是因为在爱尔兰,Orc这个字有着“猪”的意思的关系。对于Orc “猪鼻子”的描述可见于Ludovico Ariosto的史诗Orlando Furioso】

Neia watched the hem of the Sorcerer King’s cloak. While she was worried about how his magnificent garments might be stained, she could not tell him to wait outside either. After all, nobody could possibly speak for the wise Sorcerer King.
涅娅看着走在前面的魔导王的长披风下摆,虽然很在意魔导王那华丽的服饰不会脏掉么,但也不能说让他在外面等着。因为谁都无法胜任睿智的魔导王的代言人啊。

Soon, Neia’s keen senses picked up traces of many creatures breathing and moving ahead of them.There was also what sounded like crying children and mothers trying to comfort them.
不久之后,涅娅敏锐的听觉捕捉到了前方传来的众多生物的气息和动静。还有孩童般的哭泣声和进行安慰的母亲般的声音。

Orcs…? Not humans?
(半兽人……?不是人类吗?)

Neia was confused. She had never considered the possibility that Orcs might have families and raised children. The Orcs who came to the Holy Kingdom were invaders. They were hated enemies. Therefore, she had stopped thinking about them in any other sense.
涅娅感到困惑。因为他们也是有家庭,会养育孩子的这种事情,至今为止从没有想过。来到圣王国的半兽人是侵略者。是要憎恨的敌人。所以才停止了思考,从未想过除那以外的事情。

As Neia sank into confusion, the Sorcerer King opened the door.
在涅娅混乱的时候魔导王推开了门。

The vile odor intensified, and there were several screams.
难闻的气味变得更为强烈,传出了好几声悲鸣。

“The undead!”
「不死者!」

“It’s a Skeleton! Why!?”
「是骷髅啊!为什么!」

“Those bastard humans! They sold us to the undead!”
「可恶的人类!居然把我们卖给了不死者啊!**!」

“They’re actually using the undead! Those filthy humans!”
「竟然使役不死者!肮脏的人类!」

“Mama–! Save me–!”
「妈妈—!救救我—!」

“Darling–!!!”
「孩儿—!!!」

The Sorcerer King stopped at the entrance. Surely even the Sorcerer King would be puzzled by this.
魔导王在入口处停下的动作。就算是魔导王也会感到困惑吧。

“Ah — ahem! Silence!”
「那——咳咳!闭嘴!!」

After the Sorcerer King bellowed his order, the noisy room fell silent. Of course, that was only for a moment. It immediately filled back up with a racket that was several times louder than before. They were wailing about roughly the same things. No, there seemed to be more voices bemoaning their fate and begging for mercy for their children, regardless of what happened to themselves.
魔导王大声发令后,吵闹的室内瞬间鸦雀无声。然而,那也只是一瞬。立刻就响起了比刚才大几倍的声音。内容和之前也没什么两样。不,哀叹命运的声音或是自己怎样都好还请放过孩子的声音似乎变多了。

“…Haaah.”
「…………哈」

The Sorcerer King sighed, as though he were tired. After that — he slammed on the door. His bony white hands possessed incredible power, and the door bounced away, swinging out until it struck the wall with an incredible sound. The demihumans fell silent immediately.
魔导王像是感到疲倦般漏出了叹息。接着——突然就捶向了门。白骨的手臂有着惊人的力量,活页被弹开,门朝着横向飞了出去。然后撞到墙壁的响起了大得惊人的声音。亚人们就像是打翻了水一样安静了下来。

“Shut up. The next one of you who speaks without permission had better be ready to die.”
「闭嘴。下一个不经许可就开口的家伙给我做好觉悟」

The Sorcerer King took a step into a room that seemed to have been frozen in silence — with some parents trying desperately to cover their children’s mouths — and the demihumans all retreated from him.
在像是空间被冻结了般的寂静中——其中还有像是拼命捂住孩子的嘴的父母的身姿——魔导王向房间内迈出了一步,而亚人们也随之一起退向了后方。

“I did not come here to kill you. On the contrary, I am here to save you.”
「我并不是为了杀死你们才过来这里的。与之相反,是为了拯救你们而来」

Usually, Neia the human would have a lot of difficulty trying to read the face of a demihuman such as an Orc. However, just this one, Neia was absolutely confident in herself.
想要从半兽人那猪一样的脸上读出感情,对于人类的涅娅来讲太过困难。然而只有这次涅娅可以说有着绝对的自信。

Every single one of them was going no wai~
骗人—,全是这么一副表情。

“Explaining to everyone at once is troublesome. Send out a representative.”
「对所有人一起讲也很麻烦。代表者,站出来」

A moment later, an Orc looked like he was about to rise, but the Orc beside him stopped him. However, he still took a step forward.
停顿片刻,一个半兽人打算站出来,却被旁边的半兽人制止了。可是他仍向前迈出了一步。

He might have been a skinny Orc, but he had clearly possessed a strong body once.
虽是个消瘦的半兽人,但看起来他曾经有着健壮的体格。

“…May I assume that you are the representative?”
「……我可以认为你就是代表吧?」

The Orc said nothing and simply nodded.
半兽人什么都没说,只是点了点头。

“…What’s wrong? Why do you not speak?”
「……怎么了?为什么一言不发?」

“Ah, perhaps it is because Your Majesty ordered them to shut up just now?”
「那个、说不定是因为刚刚陛下“闭嘴”这么命令过的缘故吧?」

“While I felt that I had given my permission, it would seem nobody understood it that way. You Orc who has stepped forward, I permit you to speak. Begin by stating your name.”
「虽然觉得给出了许可,但好像没有被理解的样子啊。站出来的半兽人,我允许你发言。首先把你的名字告诉我吧」

“I am DYEL of the Gan Zu tribe — Dyel Gan Zu.”
「甘·兹部族的狄叶尔——狄叶尔·甘·兹」

“Dyel, then. Here is my first question. Are there people here you do not know, or whose personalities have changed drastically?”
「狄叶尔啊。这是最初的问题。这里面有没有混着你们不认识,或者性格大变的人?」

“No, no, there’s nobody like that.”
「不、不,没有那样的人」

“Next, tell me why you were imprisoned here.”
「那么其次,告诉我你们为什么会被关在这里」

“…You know that demon called Jaldabaoth, right?”
「……你知道那叫做亚达巴沃的恶魔吧」

“Of course I do. He is my enemy. Rather, you could say I came here — to the Holy Kingdom — in order to kill him.”
「当然知道。那是我的敌人。不如说我正是为了杀死那家伙才来到这里——这个圣王国」

Their faces still said no wai, as expected. Indeed, Neia might have thought the same way before she had come to understand the Sorcerer King. However, Neia was different now.
果然还是一副、骗人啊,这样的表情。确实,要是在了解魔导王之前,涅娅说不定也会是同样的想法。然而,现在的涅娅则不一样。

Neia looked at the Sorcerer King’s profile, and then she spoke.
看着魔导王的侧影,涅娅开口了。

“It is as His Majesty says. I am a person of this country. In that case, you should be able to understand, right? Jaldabaoth led an allied army of demihumans to invade the Holy Kingdom.”
「事实正如陛下所述。我是这个国家的人。这样的话你们也就能够理解了吧?因为正是亚达巴沃率领你们的联合军入侵了圣王国啊」

Dyel’s face changed slightly.
狄叶尔的表情微微变化了。

“Wait, a human — probably, female.”
「等等,人类的——大概、雌性哟」

What did they mean by that, she thought, but to Neia, judging the sex of an Orc would be very difficult. It would probably be the same way for them as well.
大概,是什么意思啊,虽然这么想,但对涅娅而言想要靠外表区分半兽人的雌雄十分困难。对他们来讲也是同样的道理吧。

“We did not attack this country. Nobody from the Orc tribes should have helped Jaldabaoth. Because of that, he brought we — who defied him — along to this place.”
「我们并没有袭击这个国家。半兽人的部族里应该没有任何人协助亚达巴沃。正因如此,作为惩罚才会把反抗他的我们带来这里」

“Mm… and what did Jaldabaoth do after he brought you here?”
「嗯……亚达巴沃把你们带过来后做了些什么?」

The Sorcerer King’s question seemed to elicit a powerful reaction from Dyel and the other Orcs. The Orcs who looked like mothers clutched their children tightly. After that, there were sounds of moaning and vomiting.”
听到魔导王的问题,不只是狄叶尔,似乎所有半兽人都收到了强烈的刺激。像是母亲的半兽人紧紧抱住了孩子。接着响起了呜咽声,也能听到呕吐般的声音。

“…What did he do here, seriously?” the Sorcerer King could not help but say.
「……到底做了些什么啊、真的」魔导王不禁吐露出如此话语。

“Ah, it seems I’ve asked a question I shouldn’t have asked. Shall I bring some water? Or do you want something else?”
「呃,好像问了些不该问的事情。要拿些水过来吗?还是说有什么别的想要的吗?」

The Sorcerer King’s attitude seemed to have changed. For some reason, he seemed very nervous. Perhaps he felt guilty about asking the Orcs about a question that had dredged up bad memories. While it might be somewhat rude to think of him that way, the Sorcerer King looked like a parent trying to comfort another child which their own offspring had driven to tears.
魔导王的氛围一下子变化了。不知为何十分的慌张。恐怕是对于让半兽人们想起了不好的回忆而抱有罪恶感吧。虽然这么想有些失礼,看起来就像是父母在安慰被自己孩子弄哭的别人家的孩子一样。

This is something only a king who counted both humans and demihumans as his citizens would do…
(这是只有无论亚人还是人类都会视为子民的魔导国的国王才会有的行动啊……)

To the people of the Holy Kingdom, demihumans were the enemy. Therefore, under identical circumstances, they would not say anything kind or comforting.
对圣王国的人民来说亚人是敌人。因此,在同样的处境下他们就不会说出温柔的话语吧。

“We do not want anything else. But we beg you not to ask us what happened. It would displease you to hear it, and it was like hell to us. If you order us to speak of it we will do so, but I pray you will do it away from others. Please.”
「没有什么特别想要的。只是请您不要问我们身上发生过什么。即使听了也不会高兴,那对我们来说就像地狱一样。命令的话我会说的,但至少请在没有其他人的地方、拜托了」

After hearing the sobs and weeping of the female Orcs, Neia began to feel a little afraid of what had happened to them.
听着呜呜抽泣的雌性半兽人的声音,涅娅对他们身上到底发生了些什么感到了恐惧。

“…How vexing,” The Sorcerer King muttered to himself, but so much had happened that Neia did not know what he was referring to.
「……令人困扰啊」

魔导王如此喃喃起来,但因为发生了太多的事情涅娅也不清楚具体在指什么。

“Ah, erm, well. Since you seem to be enemies of Jaldabaoth, why not discuss the matter of joining forces with us, since we have a common foe?”
「那么,这样、的话。既然你们也与亚达巴沃处于敌对状态,那么同样是作为敌人不与我们联手吗,让我们就此谈谈吧」

Dyel shifted his gaze downwards.
狄叶尔的视线下移了。

“We had thought of fighting once, but now we no longer think of such things. We`ve been broken by the fiendish things which happened here. We no longer have the will to fight.”
「虽然曾经想要战斗,但现在已经完全了没有那种想法。我们已经因为来到这里后恶魔般的作为而心灰意冷。已经提不起战斗的勇气了」

“Then if I free you, what will you do?”
「那要是我将你们解救出去,你们又会怎样做呢?」

“If possible, we would like to return to our villages. If there are still people who are safe there, we would like to take them and run far, far away, until we find a place where Jaldabaoth cannot reach us.”
「可以的话想要返回村落,要是有还平安无事的人就带着他们远远地避难去。到亚达巴沃无法触及的场所」

The Sorcerer King nodded.
魔导王点了点头。

“Then, come to the domain which I rule–”
「那就到我所统治的领地——」

“–Please allow me to refuse! I am keenly aware that this will upset you, but even if we agree here, we will surely flee once we reach a place where we can escape. However, betrayal is a low and vile act. Then, we should refuse here, since what awaits us is a death that will not be so agonizing.”
「——请容我拒绝!我们深知这样会让您很不愉快。但即使在这里同意,等到了可以逃跑的地方我们一定会全力逃走的吧。但是,背叛是最低劣的行为。那么不如在这里拒绝,等着我们的也不至于是那么痛苦的死法吧」

“What…”
「什么……」

The Sorcerer King was probably a little baffled by this staunch refusal. However, Neia keenly understood what Dyel was thinking. That was because until she had met the Sorcerer King, Neia had felt that the undead were the enemy of all that lived.
面对这过于强硬的拒绝,魔导王看起来有些困惑。然而涅娅非常理解狄叶尔的想法。因为直到与魔导王相会之前,涅娅也觉得不死者是所有生者的敌人。

“…No, but my domain is not a fearsome place, you see? There’s many demihumans who live there, you know?”
「……不,我的领地并不是什么可怕的地方哦?有各种各样的亚人生活在那里哦?」

“You’re lying! It sounds like a lie! We, we won’t be tricked! You’re talking about demihuman undead, aren’t you?”
「你骗人!觉得是在骗人!我、我们才不会被骗呢!是在说亚人的不死者吧!」

Dyel seemed to have gone mad, but he was just like how she had been in the past. Then, as one who had some experience in these matters, she ought to tell him about the true face of the Sorcerous Kingdom.
近乎狂乱的狄叶尔的身姿就是曾经的自己。那么作为先驱者,就应该告诉后辈自己所看到的魔导王真实的姿态。

“His Majesty is telling the truth. He is a great man who, while being undead, also possesses a heart filled with compassion for all living things. He loves children, he rules demihumans fairly, and he receives the respect of his subordinates. As proof of that, they have even built enormous statues of him which astound all who see them–”
「陛下说的都是真实的。这位大人正是在身为不死者的同时,又有着对生者的慈悲之心的人啊。爱护孩童,平等地统治着亚人,还受到属下们的尊敬。作为证据他们还建造了让人震惊的巨大雕像——」

“–Baraja-san! Really, that, that’s enough…”
「——巴拉哈小姐!真的,就、到这里吧……」

“But, Your Majesty!”
「可是,陛下!」

“Please… say no more…”
「拜托了……真的拜托了……」

Since he had said “please”, she had no choice but to keep quiet.
既然都说了拜托就只有沉默了。

“Human, have you been brainwashed!?”
「人类,你是被洗脑了吗!?」

“I have not. I have seen His Majesty’s kingdom with my own eyes. The first demihuman I saw was a Naga.”
「不是的。我亲眼看到了魔导王陛下的国家。最先看到的亚人是那伽」

The demihumans looked at each other amidst a hubbub. There were voices asking, “what’s a Naga?” but they were ignored.
亚人们哗然间面面相觑着。「那伽是啥?」虽然也有这样的声音、无视。

“Also, I saw a rabbit-like demihuman. I am not a citizen of the Sorcerous Kingdom. Therefore, my time there was short. Even so, it was enough for me to understand what was going on. The people living there did not have pained and frightened looks on their faces like you do. And of course, none of them were covered in cuts and bruises like you.”
「其他还有脸像兔子一样的亚人我也看见了。我并非魔导国的居民。因此滞留的时间确实很短暂。即便如此,我也能明白。生活在那里的人们并没有像刚才的各位那样露出痛苦和恐怖的表情。当然也没有像现在的各位这样遍体鳞伤」

The demihumans looked down at their stick-thin bodies. Their muscles had shrivelled up, and they were little more than skin and bone.
亚人们低头看向自己消瘦的身体。肌肉萎缩,骨瘦如柴的身体。

“It is as she — as Baraja-san says. However, even if I say that, you will probably not believe me. However, once you become my vassals, I will never allow you to suffer such cruelty again. I can swear that to you upon my name, Ainz Ooal Gown. The reason for that is because all that I rule belongs to me. Should it be damaged, it is the same as damaging my property. And you may be at ease. If you do not wish to accept my rule, I will not force you to do so. Live as you please. In any case, I shall prepare to send you back to your homes.”
「正如她——巴拉哈小姐所言。不过即使这么说你们也不会信任我的吧。只不过,成为我的属下后绝对不会让你们遭受那样残酷的事情这一点,我可以用我的名字,安兹·乌尔·恭起誓。要说为何,在我统治之下的即是我的东西。它们要是受伤了,就等同于我个人财产的损失。而且放心吧。要是你们不想接受我的统治,我也不会强求。按自己喜欢地活下去就好。总之先为送你们回村落做好准备吧」

“…Why are you being so kind to us?”
「……为什么要对我们如此亲切?」

This was the first time Dyel had cast aside his preconceived notions. Neia could feel him looking at the Sorcerer King himself.
这是第一次,狄叶尔抹去了固定观念,正视了魔导王本人,涅娅如此感受到了。

“Kuku… I wish to defeat Jaldabaoth. Therefore, the demihumans under him are quite troublesome. Having you go back to your villages is also a way of eroding his power.”
「呵呵……我想要打败亚达巴沃。为此他手下的亚人们很碍事。因此,让你们回到村落也是削减其力量的一种手段」

“What do you mean?”
「那是怎样一回事?」

“Unlike Jaldabaoth, I am a merciful king. If you spread the word for me, that will surely spread unrest throughout his forces, and there might even be those who decide to turn coat and support us, don’t you think?”
「我和亚达巴沃不同是位亲切的君王,如果你们能这样为我宣传的话,就可以期待那家伙的军队出现内部不和,甚至有人会叛变投靠过来也说不定的吧?」

“I see, so that’s how it is.”
「原来如此,这样一回事啊」

It was difficult for people to put their faith in benefits offered to them with no strings attached, but a mutually beneficial transaction was more trustworthy. It would seem the same logic applied to demihumans.
单方面的提出有利条件难以让人信服,而互惠互利的交易才则更可信,这对亚人来讲似乎也是同样的。

“However, don’t you think that’ll be difficult? Many of Jaldabaoth’s vassals are bloodthirsty maniacs. Even if we spread the word in our villages, it would not have much effect.”
「不过,我觉得那有些困难哦?亚达巴沃的属下大多是渴求鲜血的狂徒。就算我们回到村落散布传闻也不会有什么效果的吧」

“That’s fine too. I intend to use everything I can use. And if Jaldabaoth carries out a reign of terror, there might be demihumans who will betray him too. Mm, speaking of which, will you not help me fight Jaldabaoth?”
「那样也没关系。我打算把能用的手段都用上。而且要是亚达巴沃在进行恐怖统治,说不定会也有背
叛他的亚人存在。嗯,话又说回来了啊,不来帮我一起与亚达巴沃战斗吗?」

“…We can’t. We’ve told you before, right? We don’t have the will for that now.”
「……做不到。说过的吧。现在的我们已经没有那种意志了」

“Huh. What a shame. And you still do not wish to come to the Sorcerous Kingdom?”
「是么。那真是遗憾。果然还是不想来魔导国生活吗?」

“Indeed, it would be a good thing to live under the protection of a mighty being like yourself. However, this is not a decision I can make alone. Depending on the result of my discussion with others, we might end up relying on you.”
「要是能在你这样强大存在的庇护下生活也确实不错。然而,这不是能仅由我们决定的问题。根据和其他人讨论的结果,说不定要受您照顾了」

“Dyel!”
「狄叶尔!」

“Donbass. I know what you want to say. However, with the appearance of Jaldabaoth, a fiend against whom we are helpless, we cannot protect our villages by ourselves. In the end, this is what will become of us.”
「冬巴斯。我知道你想说什么。可是,已经出现了亚达巴沃这样我们无可奈何的恶魔,这样下去仅靠我们根本无法守护好村落。是终究会变成这样的命运啊」

The Orc called Donbass bit his lip and looked down. He understood that point as well.
叫做冬巴斯的半兽人立刻咬住了嘴唇,垂下了视线。他也理解了这一点吧。

“Is that so. Then, if you come to my country, then I, the Sorcerer King will offer you my full support. Many species live upon my land. At that time, I hope you will work together with them — live with them as people of my country.”
「这样啊。若是来到我的国家,我、魔导王会全面地支援你们。在我的土地上生活着各种各样的种族。届时希望能与他们协力——作为我国子民共同生存下去」

The Sorcerer King’s tone softened.
魔导王的语气变得温柔起来。

Demihumans were viewed as the enemy in the Holy Kingdom, yet in the Sorcerous Kingdom they were seen as beings with whom one could coexist. From where did this enormous difference spring? As Neia thought about it, she immediately found the answer.
明明在圣王国亚人被视作敌人,但在魔导王看来却是可以共生的存在。这种巨大的差距是由何而来的呢。这么考虑着的涅娅立刻找到了答案。

It’s because of His Majesty, huh… Because His Majesty possesses such incredible power. As I thought… power is what’s important, huh.
(正因为是魔导王陛下、么。……正因为是有着强大力量的陛下啊。果然……重要的还是力量、么……)

“Alright, then after this, I will provide the rations you will need until you return to your villages. In addition, I will supply soldiers to defend you. Returning home safely with those bodies of yours will require much time and effort.”
「好了,那么接下来就为你们提供回到村落期间的食物吧。还有护卫的士兵。以那种身体想平安返回要花费相当多的时间和劳力吧」

“You would go this far for us?”
「为我们做到这种地步吗?」

“Of course I would. Do weep and wail at great length about the generosity and magnanimity of the Sorcerous Kingdom and spread my name. After this, Baraja-san, could I trouble you to leave the room? I am about to use a national secret of the Sorcerous Kingdom which I do not wish to allow anyone from another country to see.”
「当然会为你们做到这种地步。尽情地为魔导国之王的宽容大量而哭泣、好好地为我宣传吧。然后巴拉哈小姐,能请你先离开这个房间吗?我要使用不怎么想让他国人看见的,魔导国的秘法了」

“Understood.”
「谨遵钧命」

Neia stepped out of the room after answering, and she felt a little lonely. The Sorcerer King’s words made perfect sense, and while she could understand them, she could not accept them.
这样回答着退出房间的涅娅稍稍感到了些寂寞。魔导王所说的是理所当然的事情,自己可以理解却又无法接受。

As she stood outside the broken door, the breathing sounds of Orcs from within the room began to dwindle. It was as though they were vanishing from the room, but in truth that was probably the case.
站在坏掉的门外,从里面传来的半兽人们的呼吸声逐渐在减少。简直就像是在从房间中消失一样,然而实际上就是那样吧。

The Sorcerer King had once said that as long as he remembered a location, he could teleport to it. He must have used such a spell on them.
魔导王在旅途中说过,只要记得场所就能进行转移。就是对他们用了这种魔法吧。

Soon, the room was silent. A moment later, the sound of footsteps approached Neia. As her mind registered that fact, she saw that the only person on the other side of the door was the Sorcerer King.
不久,房间内变得悄然无声,稍过片刻后传来了一道向着涅娅靠近的脚步声,这么想着的时候,门对面就只剩下魔导王一人了。

“Forgive the long wait.”
「久等了」

“No, it was not long at all.”
「不,并未久等」

The room was empty. He must have used magic potent beyond the ability of Neia to imagine to teleport all the Orcs away. Or perhaps he had used some other means — he had teleported them with an item.
房间变成了空壳。是使用了涅娅这种程度无法想象的强大魔法把半兽人们全部转移了吧。或者说是通过其他手段——魔法道具来进行转移的吧

“Then, let’s meet with Captain Custodio and hear about our future plans from her.”
「那么就与卡斯特迪奥团长汇合,听听接下来的预定吧」

“Yes! Your servant understands!”
「是!属下明白!」

♦ ♦ ♦

After exiting the Orc internment camp, the two of them asked a paladin they met along the way about Remedios’ location. There was no sign of her at the building they were directed to, but Gustav was there.
走出半兽人收容所的两人向途中遇见的圣骑士问到了蕾梅蒂欧丝所在的位置。在被告知的建筑入口处虽然没有她的身影,但有古斯塔博在。

“Ohhhh! Your Majesty! We were just about to invite you over!”
「哦哦!魔导王陛下!现在,正打算去请您过来呢!」

Gustav seemed completely different from when they had met him. He was lively, as though the light of hope was spilling out from him, and his voice had perked up too. Had something appeared which had changed the currently-dire situation? Perhaps the Sorcerer King had the same question in his heart, and so he asked:
古斯塔博身上的氛围和之前见面时截然不同。就像希望之光从内部向外洒落般开朗,声调也上扬起来。是出现了什么能够打破严峻现状的东西吧。是抱有同样的疑问么,魔导王也发出了质问。

“What happened? Did you receive some good news?”
「怎么了?像是收到了什么喜讯啊?」

“Yes! There’s a very important person you must see. Come, this way.”
「是的!有一位请您务必见一面的大人。来、这边请」

If they wanted to show him somebody, he must be a powerful noble, or someone related to the royal family.
想要让我一见的话,是有权力的贵族,或者是和王族有关系的人物吧。

The Sorcerer King — trailed by Neia for some reason — was guided to a certain room by Gustav.
魔导王——不知为何涅娅也跟着——在古斯塔博的引领下来到了一个房间。

It contained several simple wooden chairs. Remedios was seated there, as was a skinny man.
摆着几张素朴木椅的房间里,坐着蕾梅蒂欧丝,和另一个瘦削的男人。

The two of them turned to look at the Sorcerer King as he entered, and they both rose in welcome.
两人看见魔导王进入了房间,就一同起身欢迎。

“This is the royal brother in whose veins flows the blood of our Holy King, Caspond-sama.”
「这位是流着我国圣王家血脉的王兄,卡斯邦德大人」

Indeed, his face resembled the profile of the second Holy King which adorned the Holy Kingdom’s gold coins. Neia blinked at the fact that someone like this had actually been imprisoned here.
确实说起来的话,看着和圣王国金币上的二代圣王陛下的侧脸有几分相像。对于这样的人物真的被囚禁在这里一事。涅娅瞪大了眼睛。

“Caspond-sama. This is the king of the Sorcerous Kingdom of Ainz Ooal Gown, His Majesty Ainz Ooal Gown, who has come to aid our nation.”
「卡斯邦德大人。这位是对我国鼎力相助的安兹·乌尔·恭魔导国国王、安兹·乌尔·恭陛下」

“Ohhh! Words cannot express my gratitude, Your Majesty. I am honored to meet you. As others have said, I am the brother who was eclipsed by my outstanding little sister.”
「哦哦!感激之情无以言表,魔导王陛下。很荣幸与您见面。正如现在介绍的那样,我就是被优秀的妹妹超过了的哥哥」

As the royal brother said something that was very difficult to respond to, Remedios had a put-upon look on her face which seemed to say, are you making fun of her? Still, he was the next successor for the late Holy Queen’s position, so she could not put on the same attitude she had held all this time. Thus, Remedios simply cast her eyes downward.
对着说起话来难以回应的王兄,蕾梅蒂欧丝摆出了,你是在嘲讽吗,这样无奈的表情。但毕竟是拥有着仅次于圣王女的王位继承权的人物,在其面前难以使用以往的态度,蕾梅蒂欧丝只是默默地垂下了视线。

“Ahhh, is that so. An honor to meet you, Royal Brother-dono.”
「啊啊,这样啊。很荣幸与您见面,王兄殿下」

Then, their eyes met again.
接着两人对视了一会。

Neia watched and wondered what they were doing, and a moment later the Sorcerer King extended his hand, which Caspond took.
涅娅想着这是在做什么呢,片刻后魔导王伸出了手,卡斯邦德将其握住。

Shaking hands was a practice that arose among those of higher status.
握手基本是由地位较高的人发起的。

When one compared a man who was simply in the line of succession to the throne to someone who ruled a country of his own, however small it was, the latter would be of higher status. The fact that the latter was also aiding the country of the former only served to heighten his importance. The fact that the Sorcerer King had not immediately extended his hand was probably a sign of respect to the other side.
一般来说只不过是有着王位继承权的男人,和或许有些小但却是一国之主之间,后者的地位会更高。而且还是提供了支援的人物,以其为重就更加理所当然,没有立刻伸出手来的魔导王是在向对方表示敬意吧。

Truly, he is a thoughtful and generous man.
(真是位心思缜密,宽容大量的大人啊)

That convinced Neia. Out of the corner of her eye, she saw Caspond was also nodding and making noises of approval.
涅娅为之折服。用眼睛的余光看得见古斯塔博也是同样地感叹着点头称赞。

“Your Majesty, I apologize for greeting you in this shabby attire. It would have been well if I could have changed before your arrival, but…”
「魔导王陛下。抱歉以如此不体面的打扮和您会面。要是能在您面前装扮得与之相应些就好了,但是……」

“There is nothing to be ashamed about. Mere clothes cannot degrade a man of class. You must be exhausted from your long imprisonment. Will you not take a seat before speaking?”
「没什么值得羞愧的。区区服装无以降低您的品味。那长时间的牢狱之身想来已十分疲倦了吧。不坐下来说话么」

“I am grateful for your kindness. Then please allow me to avail myself of your goodwill.”
「十分感谢您的关怀。那就让我接受您的好意吧」

The Sorcerer King was the first to release their handshake, and Caspond sat down after he did.
将手分开的两人以魔导王为先,古斯彭德为后的顺序坐到了椅子上面。

“I am glad to see Your Highness is safe and sound. Still, how did you come to be imprisoned here?”
「不管怎样殿下平安无事真是太好了。不过、为什么会被囚禁在这里呢?」

“That was because I happened to flee here. Baron Bagnen took very good care of me. –How is he? Captain Custodio. I believe you took him away after he spoke to me.”
「那是因为我刚好逃到了这附近啊。真的是受到了巴格内男爵许多照顾。——他的状况如何?卡斯特迪奥团长。他在和我谈话后被你们带走了呢」

“Baron Bagnen’s wounds are not severe, and his life is not in danger. However, due to his poor physical condition and great exhaustion, he is still sound asleep.”
「是的。巴格内男爵的伤势并不是很重,没有生命危险。不过,因为肉体在恶劣的环境下累积了大量的疲劳,现在还在沉睡中」

“Can the priests not use their magic to aid him? Now would be the time to draw on his intellect, no?”
「不能让神官们用魔法做些什么吗?正是想要借助他那智慧的时候啊?」

“The priests have exhausted their remaining mana on healing the wounded, and they are currently resting. I sincerely apologize, but if the situation is not critical, I feel it is better to let them conserve their mana.”
「神官们为了治愈伤者的伤势耗费了残余的魔力,当下正在休息。非常抱歉,不过要是没有紧急状况的话,我认为应该要让他们温存些魔力才是」

“If that’s the case, then it can’t be helped, Captain. However, he was the one who brought me here and fought desperately to protect me. If possible, please– you understand what I’m saying, right?”
「要是这样的话就没办法了,团长。不过,将我带到这附近拼命保护起来的正是他。请尽可能的——明白我的意思吧?」

It was not Remedios, but Gustav who nodded deeply.
并非蕾梅蒂欧丝,而是古斯塔博在理解后深深地低下了头。

“Alright, then there is one thing I must verify first. Is there anyone in this country who can see through shapeshifting or illusions?”
「好了,那么有件事必须尽早确认一下,这个国家有人拥有看穿变身或幻术的能力吗?」

“Why do you ask, Your Majesty?”
「为什么要问这个问题呢,魔导王陛下?」

“That is because I am wary of demons using magic to hide themselves among the imprisoned people.”
「因为我在戒备着会不会有恶魔使用了魔法潜伏在被囚禁的民众里」

Caspond looked at Remedios.
卡斯邦德看向了蕾梅蒂欧丝。

“Captain, can you answer His Majesty’s question?”
「团长。能回答陛下的问题吗?」

“Ah, my apologies. Please answer on my behalf, Vice-Captain. I do not recall anyone like that.”
「啊,非常抱歉。请由副团长的我来回答吧。在我的印象中并未听说过有那样的人物」

The Sorcerer King went “Mm–” and sank into contemplation. Caspond then asked Remedios another question.
魔导王「嗯—」的陷入沉思,卡斯邦德也再一次问向蕾梅蒂欧丝。

“If it troubles the Sorcerer King so, that clearly indicates that this must be a vital question. I shall ask you again. Can you swear to the gods that you do not know?”
「能让魔导王烦恼至此,就说明这是非常重要的问题。我再问你一次哦?能对神发誓说你不知道吗?」

The two paladins nodded, and then Caspond’s gaze turned to Neia. Surely he would not know a squire like herself, right? As Neia thought that, she hurriedly nodded as well.
两位圣骑士点头了,卡斯邦德的视线移向了涅娅。不可能会认识像自己这样的侍从吧,这样想着的涅娅也慌张的点了点头。

“So even Squire Baraja does not know… what’s wrong? You look puzzled. I’ve heard your name from the Captain. I’m very grateful that you can serve by His Majesty’s side.”
「侍从巴拉哈也不知道吗……怎么了?一脸不可思议的表情,你的名字我从团长那里听过了哦。对你能服侍在魔导王陛下身边一事我很感谢哦」

“My deepest thanks!”
「万分感谢!」

Neia hurriedly bowed to Caspond.
涅娅慌张地向着卡斯邦德低下了头。

“Just so. She is exceptional. I would like a follower like that.”
「正是如此。她非常的优秀。我想要的就是这样的侍从啊」

“What, surely, you must jest…”
「什,您在说笑些什么……」

Neia’s voice was trembling. As he saw her in that state, the Sorcerer King and Caspond laughed happily. Then, they resumed their — although the Sorcerer King had no facial expressions, of course — serious looks.
涅娅的声音在颤抖。看到她这个样子,魔导王和卡斯邦德都开心地笑了起来。然后立刻回到了——虽然魔导王毫无表情——认真的表情。

“While it shames me to admit my ignorance, do demons possess the power to transform into other people?”
「虽对显露出无知感到汗颜至极,恶魔有着变化成其他人的力量吗?」

“Demons can take human form to make people fall, but that does not mean they can transform into others. It is simply that they can take human form, not that they can imitate anyone’s looks. Therefore… if the people imprisoned are all unfamiliar… there will be a need to be careful.”
「恶魔虽然可以为了让人堕落而化为人形,但这并非是变成别人的模样。只不过是变身成人类。并不能模仿谁的面貌。所以……被囚禁的人里要是都不认识的人……就有警戒的必要」

“In that case, we will need to have the people who were captured vouch for each other…”
「这样的话有必要让被抓的人们互相确认一下啊……」

“Now, illusions are more troublesome. With illusions, one can take the faces of others. For instance…”
「至于幻术就有些麻烦了。用幻术就可以做到变成其他人的样子了。这样吧……」

The Sorcerer King cast a spell, and his skeletal face transformed into that of Caspond.
魔导王使用了魔法,那张骸骨的脸变成了卡斯邦德的模样。

“This is an illusion. However, low-level illusions like this one might be able to change one’s attire, but not one’s voice. Also, they cannot imitate memories and thoughts, naturally enough. Therefore, they will be immediately exposed if someone close to the subject speaks to them.”
「这就是幻术。不过,低位的幻术就像现在展示的这样,即使改变了服装,声音也不会变化。还有就是理所当然的,无法将记忆和思想一起复制下来。为此让亲近的人与之对话就会立刻被发现吧」

The Sorcerer King’s face resumed its skeletal form.
魔导王的脸回到了骸骨的模样。

“There are many ways to disguise one’s clothes and voice. Therefore, the best way is to speak to them and check for a sense of wrongness.”
「服装和声音有很多蒙混过去的方法。所以果然最好的方法,还是通过对话时的违和感来调查吧」

His questions to the Orcs must have been intended to guard against that, Neia mused.
刚才对半兽人们的询问就是在戒备着这个啊,涅娅如此惊叹着。

As expected of His Majesty. His considerations are surprisingly thorough.
(不愧是陛下。考虑之多真是让人吃惊啊)

“I see… well, you heard that, no? Go check it out immediately.”
「原来如此……听见了吧,立刻去调查」

“A moment please. You should also consider the possibility of a demon running amok once it is exposed. Do you not think that letting a powerful person like Captain Custodio stay by your side to protect you would be better?”
「请等一下。还要考虑到显露本性的恶魔大闹起来的可能性。不觉得让卡斯特迪奥团长这样的强者守在旁边会比较好吗?」

“I see. I understand. I will perform investigations with the Captain as a witness.”
「原来如此。谨遵钧命。会在团长的见证下进行排查」

Caspond bowed his head.
古斯塔博低下了头。

“Royal Brother-dono. That is all I wished to verify. If you have more to say, then by all means.”
「王兄殿下。我想要确认的就是这些了。还有什么要说的就请吧」

“Then — Your Majesty. As for our future plans, I feel it is necessary for us to head south, link up with the local forces and then launch a full-scale attack. That is because there were several nobles imprisoned with me, and I wish to ask them to see who can lend their strength to us. That is the plan I intend to adopt.”
「那么——魔导王陛下。关于今后的计划,我认为有向南方行进,与当地部队合流后再全军进攻的必要。因为有几位和我一样被囚禁着的贵族,就想详细地问问他们,看看有谁能把力量借给我们,打算这样制定作战计划」

“Mm. I do not understand this country’s nobles, so if you feel that is best, then by all means… Will you not attack the other prison camps and rescue the prisoners there?”
「嗯。我并不了解这个国家的贵族,你们要是觉得这样比较好那就这么做吧。……不去袭击其他的收容所,将俘虏们解救出来吗?」

“It is not yet time for that. Leading many people to areas controlled by Jaldabaoth is very eye-catching, and our rate of advance will become very slow. I wish to avoid an outcome where we lose more than we gain by helping others.”
「现在还不是时候。在亚达巴沃所支配的地区率领众多人马会十分显眼,行军速度也会变得很慢吧。想要尽可能避免为了帮助他们而失去更多的生命这种结果」

“…Then why not let the civilians flee south while we alone attack the prison camps?”
「……那么让民众们逃去南方,仅由我们来袭击俘虏收容所怎么样?」

“Captain Custodio. You were allowed to be present, but I did not seek your opinion.”
「卡斯特迪奥团长。虽然允许你同席,但我没在询问你的意见」

Caspond spoke in a tone that was completely different from how he addressed the Sorcerer King.
卡斯邦德发出了和刚才同魔导王讲话时完全不同种类的声音。

Remedios clenched her teeth as that comment got her blood up, banking the flames of her anger.
血气上涌的蕾梅蒂欧丝咬紧牙关,把燃起的怒火压了下去。

“I also approve of Royal Brother — no, Gaspond-dono’s opinion. However, you have already taken two prison camps, including this place. I imagine you can continue to skilfully apply the experience gained here, do you not?”
「我也赞同王兄——不,卡斯邦德殿下的意见。不过,包含这里,已经攻下了两座俘虏收容所。我想也有这种经验可以继续适用下去的可能性,怎样?」

“We shall do nothing,” Caspond shrugged. “I do not feel we can take this land back without deaths or wounded. The number of casualties will grow from the tens, to the hundreds, to the thousands. There is something else which is more important than this.”
「什么也不做」卡斯邦德耸了耸肩。「我不觉得能够不出死伤地将这片土地夺还。无非是那死者会增加到数十人、数百人、或者数千人的程度吧。比起这个还有其他更为重要的事情」

As they heard his words, which cast the people aside, Neia saw looks of shock cross Remedios’ and Gustav’s faces. As for Neia herself, all she thought was that this was how ordinary royals were.
听到这打算抛弃民众的发言,蕾梅蒂欧丝和古斯塔博那震惊的模样进入了涅娅的视野。至于涅娅本人则只是,果然普通的王族就是这种程度的家伙啊,这样无感情地感慨着。

“Caspond-sama, you’ve changed. In the past, you were a great man who was as kind to the masses as Her Majesty.”
「卡斯邦德大人,您变了啊。曾经的您是位与陛下一样对民众饱含慈悲的大人啊」

“What’s this, Captain Custodio? Are you disappointed? Hmph!”
「怎么,卡斯特迪奥团长?失望了吗?哼!」

Caspond’s face twisted. His lips curled, baring his teeth. His razor-sharp gaze was full of mockery.
卡斯邦德的表情深深扭曲了。嘴唇歪斜,露出了牙齿。锐利的眼神中满是嘲笑之色。

“Your heart would be as twisted as mine if you had tasted the same hell I did. I can’t spout empty platitudes any more, huh. How disgusting… what did they do to us… I guess you haven’t heard yet. Then go find someone and ask them. That way, you’ll know exactly how evil and blasphemous demons are.”
「你要是尝过那种地狱的滋味也会像我这样性格扭曲的吧。变得说不出好听的场面话了,呐。真让人恶心……我们到底被做了些什么……看来是还没有听说啊。那就去找个人问一问吧。这样你就会知道恶魔们究竟是多么邪恶而冒渎的存在」

He was like a completely different person, Or perhaps it would be more accurate to say that the inky black substance under his forcibly-repaired personality had emerged again.
简直就像是变成了别人。或者说他强行修补好的感情下面那漆黑的东西又再度冒了出来,才更为正确吧。

“If possible, I’d like to kill all those demihumans…”
「可以的话真想把亚人全都杀掉啊……」

He glanced at the Sorcerer King, who shrugged and answered:
向着魔导王偷瞄了一眼,而魔导王则是耸肩回答道。

“You may do as you please after you’ve questioned them. I’ve already liberated the Orcs.”
「问出情报之后就任您喜欢了。半兽人们已经被我解放了呢」

“That can’t be helped, then. What a shame. Well, the Orcs tasted misery alongside me… although, could you hand them over to me in exchange for the holy sword?”
「那就没有办法了呢。真的是非常遗憾。嘛,半兽人们也是品尝着同样痛苦的伙伴啊……不过,要是用圣剑来交换的话能把那些交给我吗?」

“I am a magic caster. What would I do with a sword even if you gave it to me?”
「我是个魔法咏唱者啊,就算把剑给我什么的」

Caspond chuckled at the Sorcerer King’s playful reply.
听到魔导王那含着玩笑的回答,卡斯邦德也发出了轻笑声。

On the other hand, Remedios’ blank face stood as a contrast to Gustav’s pale features.
而蕾梅蒂欧丝那消去了感情的脸和古斯塔博那变得铁青的表情则与二人形成了对照。

It sounded like a joke, but Caspond was probably serious.
听起来太像是在开个小玩笑,但卡斯邦德是认真的吧。

Neia’s body trembled. To think he hated those imprisoned demihumans enough that he was willing to hand over a national treasure just to get them back in his hands… what on earth had happened to him?
涅娅的身体颤抖起来。就算对被囚禁起来的亚人,也抱有着愿意交出国宝程度的憎恨,这究竟是被做了怎样的事情啊。

“So you will abandon this city?”
「那么要放弃这座都市吗?」

“I would like to if I could. But before that, I want to interview some of the prisoners and send messengers to the south. I think that will take a week at the earliest. When we take this land back, I shall offer you a gratuity corresponding to your kindness in addition to what Captain Custodio has already arranged.”
「可以的话我希望这么做。在那之前首先是进行被囚禁者们的回复,派遣使者前去南方吧。我想最快也要在这里等待一周左右。到了将这片土地夺还的拂晓之刻,包含卡斯特迪奥团长约好的东西,让我送上与您的恩义相应的谢礼吧」

“I do look forward to that.”
「那还真是,令人期待啊」

♦ ♦ ♦

The Sorcerer King left with Neia a minute later. Caspond went, “Alright. Since the Sorcerer King is already gone, let’s get to the main event.”
魔导王在涅娅陪同下离开的一分后。卡斯邦德「好了」这么出声说道

「既然魔导王已经不在场了,就让我们进入正题吧」

“Yes. Protecting this many people at once will be very difficult. If possible, I believe we will need to borrow reinforcements from the south, or perhaps obtain some sort of transport like horses and carriages.”
「是。要想在守护着这么多民众的同时移动是相当困难的。可以的话我认为有必要从南方借一些援军,或者说入手马车之类的移动手段」

Caspond smiled coldly as he heard Gustav’s suggestion.
听到古斯塔博的提案,卡斯邦德脸上浮出了冷笑。

“What nonsense are you spouting? Who said we’re talking about that?”
「你在说些什么蠢话。谁说要谈那种话了」

“Were we not supposed to consider how to move ourselves south?”
「所谓正题,不是要考虑如何向南方移动,这件事吗?」

“Let me speak plainly. We will not flee south right away. We will do battle with Jaldabaoth’s army here.”
「我就直说了吧。不会立刻逃向南方的。要在这里和亚达巴沃的军队打一仗」

“That’s far too rash!”
「太鲁莽了!」

As she heard Gustav’s words, Remedios continued speaking.
听到古斯塔博的话,蕾梅蒂欧丝也接着说了下去。

“While we have city walls, we’ll be finished once we’re surrounded and the food runs out. A siege would be foolish without reinforcements to count on.”
「虽说有着城墙,但要是被包围住之后食物耗尽的话就全完了。在没有援军的状况下进行笼城战是愚者的作为」

While Remedios might not be good at thinking, she was very reliable when it came to battle. Gustav nodded as he heard his captain’s confident words.
蕾梅蒂欧丝虽说不怎么动脑子想事情,但有关战斗是值得信赖的。听到团长那与她自信相符的话语,古斯塔博也同意的点头了。

“Even so, we must fight here.”
「即便如此也有在这里战斗的必要」

As the two of them turned questioning gazes on him, Caspond smiled coldly and explained himself.
受到两人询问般的视线,卡斯邦德将更冷酷的笑容摆在脸上,开始了说明。

“You heard it too, right? The Sorcerer King is conserving his mana for the battle with Jaldabaoth…”

After seeing Gustav nod, Caspond continued.

“That would be troublesome. After he defeats Jaldabaoth and takes the maid demons, the Sorcerer King will return to the Sorcerous Kingdom. Before that, we need to have him decrease the amount of demihumans who have invaded this nation. Therefore, we must place ourselves in dire straits.”
「你们也听到了,魔导王说要在与亚达巴沃战斗之前温存魔力……」看到古斯塔博点头同意,卡斯邦德把话继续了下去。「那就太困扰了。在打败了亚达巴沃,入手了女仆恶魔之后,魔导王就会回到魔导国。在那之前必须让他帮我们减少入侵这个国家的亚人的数量才行啊。为此必须要被逼入绝境」

“But our agreement with the Sorcerer King…”
「那么和魔导王的约定……」

“Everytime the Sorcerer King slays several demihumans with his magic, fewer people of the Holy Kingdom will be lost, no? Which will you choose? Your pact with the undead, or the lives of the Holy Kingdom’s innocent civilians?”
「每当魔导王用魔法杀了几只亚人,圣王国的人民的牺牲也就会相应地减少一些哦?你们要选那一边?和不死者的约束,还是圣王国无辜民众的性命」

Gustav had a bitter look on his face, while the blank-faced Remedios promptly answered:
古斯塔博露出了苦涩的表情,而面色不改的蕾梅蒂欧丝立即回答了。

“The innocents of the Holy Kingdom, of course.”
「那当然是圣王国的无辜民众们」

“That’s how it is, Captain. Therefore, you must make the Sorcerer King fight. Since we have made an agreement, there must be a good reason to break it.”
「就是这么回事,团长。所以才必须让魔导王战斗。然而,既然已经立下了约定,想要将之打破就必须要有相应的理由」

“And so we must fight Jaldabaoth’s army for that?”
「为此才要与亚达巴沃的军队交战吗?」

“Correct. Or rather — we began our work to flee to the south, but since we took more time than we expected, we were surrounded by Jaldabaoth’s army. With no options left, we had no choice but to seek the Sorcerer King’s strength. What do you think?”
「没错,正确的说——虽然开始了向南方避难的准备工作,但因为花费的时间比预期要多而被亚达巴沃的军队给包围了。结果就无计可施不得不借助魔导王的力量,怎么样?」

He’s right, Remedios and Gustav’s eyes seemed to say to each other. However–
不错,蕾梅蒂欧丝和古斯塔博的视线如此交流着。可是——

“I have a question. What if the mana that the Sorcerer King expends becomes a disadvantage during the battle with Jaldabaoth?”
「有一个问题。要是让魔导王浪费了魔力使得和亚达巴沃的战斗变得不利的话?」

“I hear mana can be recovered quickly, no?”
「可我听说魔力的回复用不了太长时间的啊?」

“My sister said so too.”
「妹妹也是那么说的」

Remedios’ little sister was a priestess. If she said, “I heard it from her”, nobody could refute it.
蕾梅蒂欧丝的妹妹是神官。若是说出“是从她那里听到的”这种话,就没有人能反驳了。

“We’ll release a few demihumans on purpose and lure Jaldabaoth’s army here. We need to do it before we run out of rations, remember.”
「故意放跑几只亚人。然后把亚达巴沃的军队引来这里吧。记得得在食物耗尽之前、呐」

“…But how many of Jaldabaoth’s men will come?”
「……亚达巴沃的军队会过来多少呢」

The three of them had already shared what they knew. After a series of battles, Jaldabaoth’s army was less than one hundred thousand strong.
这三人间已经共享了情报,亚达巴沃的亚人军队,在一系列战斗的减员之后,想来还剩下不到十万。

The army was formed of twelve species, as well as six other species who were not numerous enough to qualify as armies in their own right, for a total of eighteen species.
构建出军队的总共有十二个种族,加上达不到军队规模的另外六个种族,共计十八种族。

The twelve races were:
十二种族包括——

Snakemen — serpent-headed demihumans, considered close relatives of Lizardmen.
蛇身人[Snake man]。长着蛇头的亚人种族。被认为是蜥蜴人的近亲种族。

Armatts — a bipedal rat-like species with iron-like fur. They were considered close relatives of the Quagoa.
铁鼠人[Armot]。长着钢铁般体毛的,两脚行走的老鼠般的种族。被认为是掘土兽人的近亲种族。

Cabens — they resembled apes that were slightly larger than human beings, whose eyes had atrophied.
穴居人[Cavin]。像是比人大一些的猿猴,眼睛已经退化消失了。

Zerns — a slimy species with whose upper bodies were like eels with arms and whose slimy lower bodies were like blue-colored maggots. Some people wondered “are you sure they aren’t heteromorphs?” but they were affected by spells that worked on demihumans, so they were classed as demihumans.
蓝蛆[Zern]。上半身就像是鳗鱼长出了手,下半身就像是蛆一样肮脏的种族。虽然有人认为“难道这不是异形种么”,但会受到对亚人有效的魔法的影响,所以是亚人。

Bladers — an insectile species whose fingernails sprouted knife-like blades and whose bodies were protected by an armor-like exoskeleton. Much like the Zerns, they were also affected by spells that worked on demihumans, so they were classed as demihumans
刀铠虫[Blader]。手上的指甲部分伸出像刀一样的利刃,身体被铠甲般外骨骼包裹的昆虫一样的种族。这也是和蓝蛆一样,因为会受到对亚人有效的魔法的影响,就被分类成亚人了。

Horuners — demihumans with horse-like legs who were adept at sprinting. They could run for long periods without rest and possessed shocking mobility.
马人[Horuner]。长着马一样的腿,擅长疾奔的亚人。可以毫不休息地持续奔跑,那移动力十分的惊人。

Spidans — Spider-like demihumans with four long and slender arms and legs who resembled spiders. They could spit all sorts of silk from their mouths and make all manner of clothes and items with that silk. The silk clothing they made in this way were as hard as steel.
人蜘蛛[Spidan]。长着四条又长又细的手臂和腿,外形就像蜘蛛一样的亚人。嘴中能吐出各种各样的丝,用这丝制作着衣服等物品。这样做出来的丝制服装有着钢铁般的硬度。

Stone Eaters — armed with crude weapons, their most frightening feature was their ability to spit the rocks they ate. The stone fragments they could easily spit in excess of one hundred meters could put dents in metal armor with ease. However, they could only do so a limited number of times, so if one could endure through it, there was nothing to be afraid of.
食石猿[Stone Eater]。拿着素朴的武器。可怕的是能吐出吃下去的石头这一点。能轻易飞出百米外的碎石可以轻松地让铁铠凹陷进去。但是回数有限,所以能挺住的话就没什么好怕的了。

Orthrous — they were a version of Centaurs whose lower bodies were replaced by those of carnivorous beasts. They had better fighting power than Centaurs, but conversely they were less mobile.
半人半兽[Orthrous]。半人马[Centaur]的下半身变成肉食兽的版本。战斗力更高但相应的移动力比半人马差。

Magilos — born with the ability to use spells of up to the fourth tier. The spells they could use apparently appeared on their bodies like tattoos. Their more powerful members were covered in tattoos. Sometimes there were individuals who could develop skills as magic casters, and those were rumored to be able to cast spells of up to the fifth tier. They might be Lord-level entities.
魔现人[Magelos]。天生就有着能使用最高第四位阶魔法的能力。而魔法的种类好像会以刺青的形式呈现出来。强者身上刺青到处都是。这种族里有时会出现觉醒魔法咏唱者之力的个体,这种家伙传说可以使用第五位阶的魔法。说不定是王族级别的存在。

Pteropos — a species which lived on cliffsides, who were very adept at long distance gliding. While they could fly, it seemed to require a lot of strength, so they could only fly for a while every day, and after that they could not even glide. If they did not fly, they could rend armor with the wind, so defending against it was very difficult. They were a species which was strong when they could not fly.
翼亚人[Pteropus]。在断崖边居住的非常擅长滑翔的种族。姑且也可以飞行,不过好像需要相当的体力,一天只能在空中飞一段时间。而且在那之后连滑翔都做不到了。不飞行的话,可以用风割裂铠甲,抵御起来十分困难。是种不在天上飞会更强的种族。

And then, there were the Bafolk.
再加上山羊人[Bafolk]就是全部了。

The remaining six races were not particularly numerous, but each of them was quite powerful.
剩下的六个种族,虽然不成群,但却是每一只都有着相当力量的家伙们。

Ogres.
食人魔[orge]。

Buri Uns — an Ogre-like race with the power to control the earth that could be considered a superior species. They possessed special abilities associated with the earth.
土精灵大鬼[Buri Un]。和食人魔相似的种族,操控着土之力,可以称作上位种的存在。有着名副其实的土系特殊能力。

Vah Uns — Similar to Buri Uns, they were water-controlling beings. They had water-linked special abilities.
水精灵大鬼[Vah Un]。和土精灵大鬼类似,操控着水之力的存在。有着名副其实的水系特殊能力。

Nagarajas — they looked like snakes with scaly bodies and arms. They were a completely different species from the similarly-named Nagas, and they did not get along well with the latter. They were born with the ability to cast many spells, and sometimes they would even equip themselves with swords and armor.
蛇王[Naga Raja]。看上去就像是蛇长出了包裹着鳞片的身躯和手臂。和名字相近的那伽是完全不同的种族,关系也不怎么好。生来就掌握着多种魔法,有时也会用铠甲和剑来武装自己。

Spriggans — a species that could freely change their size from small to large. They were fundamentally a good species and evil Spriggans were very rare. That said, both good and bad Spriggans were unmanageable when they went berserk.
守护鬼[Spriggan]。可以将自己的体型从小型到大型自由改变的种族。基本上是善良的种族,邪恶的守护鬼非常罕见。然而,善良也好邪恶也好狂暴起来都会失控。

Zoastia — carnivores with the upper bodies of beastmen. They were relatives of Centaurs and Orthrous. They wore plate armor and carried round shields. They had no special abilities, but they were heavy cavalry with the savagery and strength of wild beasts. Just one of them was very powerful, and the Orthrous often relied on them. It was apparently a relationship like the one between Goblins and Hobgoblins. However, due to their lack of special abilities, they were not very strong foes against adventurers who could cast the 「Fly」spell. Still, in a head to head clash, even orichalcum-ranked adventurers would have a hard time.
兽身四足兽[Zoastia]。上半身是兽人而下半身是肉食兽。和半人马与半人半兽相近的种族。身穿板甲手持椭圆盾。是没有特殊能力,但却有着野兽般凶暴和臂力的重装甲骑兵。单一个体就相当的强悍,经常被半人半兽所依靠。说来就像是哥布林和大哥布林间的关系。不过因为没有特殊能力这一点,对于能使用<飞行>等能力的冒险者来说不是那么强的敌人,但要是想正面交锋的话即使是山铜级冒险者小队也难免一番苦战。

♦ ♦ ♦

“According to the Sorcerer King, your base might be under surveillance, right? Then if they know how many troops we have, they might not send too many troops over. That works to our advantage. However, there’s a problem.”
「据魔导王所说你们的据点可能被监视了对吧?那么这边的兵力应该已经被摸清了,不会送来太多兵力。所以对我们来说是有利的。不过还有一个问题」

“Food.”
「食物」

“Yes. While the priests can make food, they can only make very little even after exhausting their mana. They also can’t feed like demihumans.”
「是啊。虽然神官的魔法能做出食物,但即使将魔力耗尽也只能做出很少的分量。也没法像亚人那样把它们给吃掉啊」

Remedios and Gustav had looks of distaste on their faces. All three of them knew that demihumans preyed on humans.
蕾梅蒂欧丝和古斯塔博表情变得难看起来。然而这三人很清楚有亚人会捕食人类。

Therefore, even if they tried to starve the invading demihumans, they all knew they would lose in the end. That was because the demihumans’ prison camps could be considered larders for them.
所以即使对侵略的亚人们发动粮草战,输的也会是自己这方,这一点他们都早已理解。因为所有的收容所都可以说是亚人们的粮草贮藏库啊。

“Go check how long our food can hold–”
「食物最久能挺几天,去调——」

“We’re checking already. We’re also looking for any blacksmiths who might be able to modify the demihuman gear for use by humans.”
「已经在调查了。还有是否有能把亚人的装备调整到人类可用状态的铁匠被囚禁着也在调查中」

“I expected nothing less of you, Captain.”
「不愧是你啊,团长」

The three of them continued discussing their preparations for the siege. After another hour, they reached a conclusion which all of them could accept, and the three of them smiled.
三人继续进行着关于笼城战准备的讨论。又经过了一小时以上的时间,是得出了可以接受的结论吗,三人互相看着脸笑了起来。

“Alright, then let’s prepare for the siege.”
「好了。那么就面向笼城战开始准备吧」

♦ ♦ ♦

One week later, as their food supplies dwindled and it was about time for them to move, the demihuman army appeared from over the horizon.
在那之后又过了一周,食物数量减少,差不多必须开始移动的时候,地平线的另一端出现了亚人军队的身影。

However, it was a massive army whose scale far exceeded their expectations.
然而,那却是完全超出了预期的大军。

Part 5

Ainz looked out over the city, which was in a panic over the appearance of the demihuman army, and he slowly collapsed.
眺望着因亚人们大军压境而慌乱起来的都市,安兹缓缓崩塌了下去。

This was not a figure of speech.
不是在比喻。

Ainz’s heart and soul were stretched to their limits by fatigue, and despite his undead nature, he fell to his knees from spiritual exhaustion and grabbed his face.
心神疲倦积压到了极限的安兹,身为不死者却因为精神上的疲倦而跪倒在地,两手掩面。

What should I do… what should I do after this…
(怎么办啊……这之后我该怎么办啊……)

Fundamentally, Ainz had been following Demiurge’s script.
安兹基本上都是在按照迪米乌哥斯写好的剧本在行动。

Of course, not every word and action was scripted, so he had improvised a fair bit, but even so, Ainz was planning to follow the developments of Demiurge’s plan.
当然,并不是一言一行都有指示所以即兴环节比较多,即便如此安兹也打算沿着迪米乌哥斯计划中的发展行动。

Or rather, the problem was that he had improvised too much.
不如说即兴环节太多了才是问题。

Frankly speaking, the operational directives he had gotten from Demiurge basically said: “Please adapt to the situation” and other things like that.
说白了,从迪米乌哥斯那里得到的作战说明上基本就只写着「还就请您随机应变」之类的东西。

This was too much. That was what Ainz had thought when he first looked at the instructions.
这也太过分了吧。这是第一眼看见作战说明时安兹的感想。

If Ainz was an excellent person, perhaps he could follow those directions and play the role of a perfect Sorcerer King. However, much to his regret, Ainz’s abilities were perfectly normal, or perhaps even worse than that.
如果安兹是个优秀的人,那么还有可能按照那说明来演绎出一位完美的魔导王。然而非常遗憾安兹身上就只有很普通的,或者说比那还要劣等的能力。

He recalled things going like this: Ainz had pleaded, “I don’t understand, write in more detail”, whereupon Demiurge had humbly replied with “How could I possibly do something that rude to the sagacious Ainz-sama”, and this had led to an intense back and forth. He had roped Albedo into this battle halfway, and Ainz — who had begun at a great disadvantage — ended it at a complete loss.
概述起来就是这样:「这样子我看不懂啦,再写得详细些嘛」安兹的如此哀求,和「对睿智的安兹大人怎么能做那样失礼的事情」迪米乌哥斯的这般谦逊之间激烈地攻防着。途中把雅儿贝德也卷进来的这场战斗,以最初就很不利的安兹的完全败北的形式迎来了终结。

And so, the operational directives granting him complete discretion ended up in Ainz’s hands.
就这样,被全权托付的作战说明留在了安兹手中。

If this was a prank on Demiurge’s part, he might be able to deal with it in some other way, but this was the fruit of his subordinate’s trust and respect.
如果这是迪米乌哥斯在欺负人,说不定还能有其他的应战方式,但这是部下的信任与尊敬的结晶。

In particular, that was made very clear by such pronouncements as “You will surely be able to reach a better conclusion, Ainz-sama — how could one as insignificant as myself bind you with my words and deeds?”
特别是「要是安兹大人一定能得出更完美的结果,怎能让区区我等的言行举止束缚住大人呢」这种考虑简直看得一清二楚。

If you went by common sense, why would the king of another country come over alone… what an unreasonable argument… still, I’ve come all this way. Although I stirred up some problems along the way and got careless a few times, I still came all this way…
(常识来讲他国的国王怎么会一个人过来嘛……多么不讲道理的狡辩啊……可我还是走到了这一步。虽然途中,几次胡搅蛮缠,几次粗心大意,但我还是走到了这一步……)

He did not believe in the gods, but he wanted to pray to them with all his heart.
虽然不信神,但心里全是想要向神祈祷的想法。

Couldn’t Demiurge and Albedo consider my abilities before dumping missions onto me…
(迪米乌哥斯和雅儿贝德就不能至少考虑到我的能力,再把任务丢给我嘛……)

Being asked to do the impossible made his motivation shrivel up.
必须达成不可能的指标啥的,干劲会被连根拔起啊。

…Alright, pull it together, me. It’ll be easier after I get through this.
(……好了,加油,我自己。挺过这里之后就轻松了)

Ainz poured his strength into his legs, and then he stood up.
将力量注入双脚,安兹站了起来。

The plan had come to the vital middle stages, but that was also a bad thing.
计划也迎来了关键的中间阶段,然而,这同样很不妙。

According to Demiurge, if they formed a defensive line at this city, they would attack until there were 85% casualties.
从迪米乌哥斯那里听说,要在这座都市构建防线的话,会攻击到出现85%的死伤者为止。

Ainz had no idea what he was talking about.
对此安兹毫无头绪。

Since Demiurge felt it ought to be this way, then it should be a better answer than anything Ainz came up with. If all those deaths brought benefits to Nazarick, then let them die. Rather, Ainz would think about whether killing more would bring even more benefits to Nazarick and such things.
迪米乌哥斯觉得应该如此的话,那就是比安兹的考虑更正确的答案吧。死这么多就能为纳萨力克带来利益的话,那就死吧。倒不如说安兹还会考虑是不是再多杀些纳萨力克的利益会更大呢,这种事情。

However, the problem lay in the fact that Demiurge had asked Ainz for humans here which could not be killed.
可问题在于,迪米乌哥斯希望安兹能给出、不要在这里杀掉的人类。

Frankly speaking if that was all, then he would randomly select a few and be done with it, but there was one more thing to note.
话要是就这么结束了那随便提几个人名就好,可是有一条注意事项。

That was humans who were devoted to Ainz, or who might be persuaded to join Ainz’s side.
那就是仅限心醉于安兹,或者有可能加入安兹一方的人类。

『I feel that there must be several humans who are as devoted to you as those Dwarves, so please tell me their names, and when I make my move, I will take care not to kill them off.』

When he received that message from Demiurge, he had even thought, “Are you kidding me?” as he doubted Demiurge’s thinking.
『因为觉得是安兹大人的话应该已经像那群矮人一样出现几个为您心醉的人类了,请您告诉我那些人类的名字。我行动时好注意着不杀掉他们』当接到迪米乌哥斯的这般联络的时候,心里甚至“这是在说风凉话吧”这样怀疑起了迪米乌哥斯的想法。

“…There’s nobody like that.”
「……没有啊,那样的家伙」

Those despondent words escaped Ainz.
安兹不由得说出了丧气话。

There were no humans here who were devoted to AInz.
心醉于安兹的人类完全没有。

Rather, he had keenly experienced how much the undead were hated in the Holy Kingdom.
不如说能切身体会到不死者在圣王国是怎样地被深恶痛绝着。

Under these dire circumstances, how many people would be devoted to his undead self?
在这种逆境下不死者的自己要如何让人为自己心醉啊。

Thus, he had told Demiurge that there were none.
然而,对迪米乌哥斯说不出一个人也没有这种话。

Demiurge sincerely believed that Ainz could fascinate several humans. So what would happen if he told Demiurge that he had not managed to do so with anyone?
迪米乌哥斯是真心相信着安兹可以让好几个人类为之心醉。这样的话,一个人都做不到,这种话说出来迪米乌哥斯会怎样想呢。

My stomach hurts…
(胃好疼……)

The Dwarf Demiurge was speaking of must have been Gondo Firebeard, but that had simply been lucky. He had scored a critical hit on a weakness in his heart by pure chance, and such luck would not repeat itself.
迪米乌哥斯所说的矮人是龚德·法雅比奥德吧,那位说到底是因为运气好。碰巧自己的攻击在他内心脆弱的部分暴击了而已,这种幸运是不可能反复出现的。

And it was precisely because he had the font of information which was Gondo that he had managed to strike a chord in the hearts of the runesmiths. However, there was nobody like that in the Holy Kingdom.
而且正是因为有了龚德这一情报源,才能对矮人的卢恩工匠打出会心一击的一手。然而,在圣王国并没有那样的人物。

There was one person with whom he had formed a friendly relationship, Neia Baraja, but that was all.
唯一一位,和侍从的涅娅·巴拉哈到了构建友好关系的程度,但也就到这种程度为止了。

Besides, he had given her a magic item to improve their relationship as well as for another reason, but how effective it had been was still unclear.
姑且,含着进一步提升友好度的意义,以及另一层意义,把魔法道具借给她了,但其成效还是不明。

She kept looking at him with murderous eyes, so he probably should not expect anything good to come of it.
因为总是在用杀手般的目光盯着自己,恐怕还是不期待为好吧。

What would Demiurge think if I told him there was only one person, Ainz asked himself.
(只有一个人,这么说的话迪米乌哥斯又会怎样想?)

安兹质问自己。

Would the image of Ainz which Demiurge held in his heart not crumble completely?
迪米乌哥斯心中的安兹像不会彻底崩塌吗?

And then, what would happen in the future?
那么今后究竟会变成怎样啊。

In the Dwarven Kingdom, I told Demiurge that I wasn’t that smart, but at that time it didn’t seem like he believed me completely… this is bad. How great a person am I in his eyes? Or rather, it seems I’m getting greater and greater; am I imagining things? Normally, wouldn’t it be the other way around?
(在矮人国对迪米乌哥斯说,我没那么聪明哦,的时候好像完全没被相信……不妙。在那家伙眼中我究竟是怎样伟大的存在啊……不如说好像还变得越来越伟大了,是我的错觉么?普通来说不该反过来吗?)

The wait hurt. It was not weighty; it just hurt.
期待好疼痛。不是沉重而是疼痛。

In the past, he had pondered how heavy and painful the word “duty” could be. In particular, the part where his subordinates viewed Ainz as a great being was the most painful of all.
曾经的自己未曾想过忠义一词是如此沉重,痛苦的东西。特别是部下们把安兹看着伟大的存在这一点最为痛心。

I guess I should take this opportunity to tell Demiurge that I’m not really that amazing, but what would happen if I did? What should I do if it caused the plan that Demiurge labored for so long over to end in failure? If I spent several years courting a big client, only to have it fall through because of a word from a bastard boss who didn’t care about all that…
(这时候果然,就此机会告诉迪米乌哥斯,我不是那么了不起的家伙,怎么样呢?但那要是导致迪米乌哥斯长时间苦心策划的计划以失败告终该怎么办?要是自己花费数年才搞好关系的大客户,毫不顾虑这些的**上司的一句话就让一切泡汤的话……)

Ahhh, Ainz said as he scratched his hairless head.
啊啊啊,这么说着的安兹挠起了一根头发也没有的头。

What should he do?
怎么办才好?

What was the best answer he could give?
怎么做才是最好的答案?

No matter how he tried to simulate it, it all ended in Demiurge looking at him in disappointment. He could not reach a conclusion that he could accept.
无论再怎么进行模拟,都会是让迪米乌哥斯失望地看着自己的结果。得不出能够接受的结论。

He’s expecting too much of me — the higher the climb, the longer the fall. That’s why I said i”m nobody amazing…
(期待太大了——爬得越高摔得越痛。所以我才说自己不是什么了不起的家伙的……)

And then, Ainz’s own plan had been quite the failure.
而且安兹自己的计划相当的失败。

Ainz reached into his pocket space and drew a sword.
安兹将手伸入空间,拿出了一把剑。

It was an ordinary sword inscribed with runes.
刻着卢恩的平凡的剑。

However, it contained power comparable to the bow he had lent to Neia.
然而它却有着可以匹敌借给涅娅的那张弓的力量。

Of course, these were not Dwarven runes. The runes carved on it had no power at all. This was a piece of equipment made with YGGDRASIL techniques.
当然,这不是矮人们制造的卢恩武器。刻着的卢恩什么力量也没有,这是用YGGDRASIL的技术做出来的装备。

“Haaaa…”
「哈……」

Ainz sighed. He had several weapons like this. The original plan was to lend these weapons to the Holy Kingdom.
安兹吐出了一声叹息。这样的武器安兹准备了好几把。根据当初的预定,是打算把这些武器借给圣王国那边的。

The people of the Holy Kingdom would be awed by the overwhelming power of the sword and think, “so this is the power of runic weaponry” which would in turn improve the reputation of the Sorcerous Kingdom’s rune weapons.
对着因为剑那压倒性的力量而吃惊的圣王国的人们「这就是卢恩武器的完成品」这样,提高魔导国制作的卢恩装备的评价才是安兹的目的。

This was the other reason why he had lent Neia the weapon.
这正是把武器借给涅娅的另一个理由。

He felt that the people of the Holy Kingdom would see that weapon and secretly borrow them from Ainz.
本觉得看到那武器的圣王国的人们,会偷偷地过来问朝安兹借武器的。

However–
然而——

Ainz grabbed his head.
安兹抱住了头。

Why didn’t anyone borrow them? I even thought people would talk about it because it was so flashy… I guess I should have forced her onto the frontlines and made her fight, huh…
(为什么谁都不来借啊?还觉得看上去那么华丽所以肯定会变成话题的……果然,即使强硬点也应该把她送去前线,让她战斗么)

Just then, there was a tok tok tok as someone knocked on the door.
这时,咚咚的敲门声响起了,安兹的肩膀抖了一下。

He quickly checked his robe and other messy places before putting the sword back into his pocket dimension. Then he put his hands behind his back, looked at the door like a sovereign, and spoke loudly:
对下摆之类凌乱的地方进行高速检查。将剑放回空间,把手背在后面,以支配者的姿势向着门高声放话。

“Who is it?”
「来者何人?」

“Your Majesty, may your servant enter?”
「魔导王陛下,属下可以入室吗?」

There was no way to tell if it was a male or female voice through the door. Normally, he should have asked the visitor’s name, but Demiurge had already told him that someone was coming, and so Ainz granted his permission without any hesitation.
听到了因为隔着门,分不出是男是女的声音。普通来说应该问问名字,但因为从迪米乌哥斯那里听说过要来了,安兹毫不犹豫地给出了入室许可。

“Ahh, it’s fine. Come in.”
「啊啊,没关系。进来吧」

The person who entered AInz’s room closed the door behind himself, and his body changed as well.
进入安兹房间的人物关上了门,外形也随之改变。

It had an egg-shaped head with a mouth and two eyes that looked like sunken holes. Its three-fingered hands were as slender as stick insects.
它有着在眼睛和嘴的部分陷进深洞的蛋一样的头部。三根手指像是竹节虫一样细。

It was a Doppelganger.
二重幻影[Doppelgänger]。

It was a Doppelganger he had lent Demiurge at his request.
经迪米乌哥斯拜托而借出的异形。

SInce it was a monster Doppelganger, it was not very strong.
因为是作为魔物的二重幻影,所以不怎么强。

Even when transformed, it could only copy level forty abilities, and it was even weaker without transformation. It’s more potent abilities was how it could freely make use of karma-restricted gear. That said, it could not use magic items above relic-class.
即使变身也只能模仿四十级程度的能力,变身前就更弱了。谈到比较强的能力,也就是能随意地使用带有罪恶值等限制的装备了吧。话虽如此遗产级以上的魔法道具也是无法使用的。

Its vacuous hole-like eyes turned to Ainz, and then it bowed deeply.
空旷的洞穴一样的眼睛朝向了安兹,然后它深深地低下了头。

“Your servant sincerely apologizes for the many offenses he has caused you during the course of his duties. He prays you will forgive him.”
「任务中对安兹大人多有冒犯之处,属下在此诚挚向您致歉。还望恕罪」

“Don’t worry about it. You were just doing your job. I have nothing to say about that.”
「别在意。你只是做好了你的本职工作。对此我没什么好说的」

“Your servant is grateful for your generous words.”
「感谢您宽宏大量的话语,属下无胜感激」

Ainz looked at the room’s door.
安兹看向房门。

“Aren’t you busy now? There ought to be many things you need to direct, no? And is there anyone outside? If there’s anyone, we’ll be in trouble if we don’t keep our voices down.”
「你现在不是非常的忙碌吗?有很多不得不去指挥的事情吧?还有门外面有人吗?有人的话不把声音压低就不妙了」

“It is fine. Nobody will object to your servant going alone to see you, Ainz-sama.”
「没关系。说要一个人去会见安兹大人的话,谁都不会有意见的」

“Is that so…”
「这样啊」

Oh yes, the Doppelganger replied. However, it was still important to be careful.
是的,二重幻影这样回答。不过小心谨慎还是有必要的。

“Then, Ainz-sama, please inform your servant of your decision.”
「那么安兹大人。请您告诉属下吧」

“Inform you of what?”
「告诉、什么」

That said, Ainz knew very well why the Doppelganger had come here.
话这样说但安兹实际上很清楚,这个二重幻影过来的理由。

Or rather, it was time to tell this Doppelganger.
或者说,应该告诉这个二重幻影了。

Yes, the question of who he had enthralled.
是的,那个让谁心醉了的问题。

“Forgive me. This one speaks of the matter from earlier — the matter of those humans who are devoted to you and whose lives must be spared, Ainz-sama.”
「失礼了。是之前的愿为安兹大人尽忠的——必须留他们一命的人类的事情」

“Mm…”
「嗯……」

Ainz nodded forcefully, and began to walk.
安兹大气地将头一点,慢慢走了起来。

Of course, he could not leave the room. Ultimately, he could only pace around inside this room. There was no telling where the Doppelganger’s eyes were looking, but Ainz was certain that they were following his movements, Ainz was certain. In truth, it would be quite scary if they did not look his way.
当然,不能出去房间外面。到底只能在这房间里踱步。二重幻影那分不清是在看哪里的眼睛正在追随自己移动,安兹确信着。说起来要是它不看着这里也挺恐怖的。

Time was running out. As Ainz thought with all his might, he suddenly stopped in place.
时间不多。拼命考虑着的安兹忽然停下了脚步。

–He could not find the right answer. Naturally, he did not have any ideas to allow himself to continue covering things up any more.
——找不到正确的答案。然而也没有能让自己继续掩饰下去的主意。

Surely a human heart would be pounding by now, but his body lacked any organs which could move in that way..
要是人类肯定会心脏砰砰直跳吧,可这具身体没有那能跳动的器官。

A powerful emotion welled up, causing his emotion override to take effect, and as the small ripples bounced around inside his heart, Ainz told the Doppelganger the answer.
强烈的感情沸腾而起,使得强制压抑特性开始生效,微小的波动反复冲击过来的时候,安兹将答案告诉了二重幻影。

“Umu. I’ll be frank. There are no human beings who need to be saved. Leave a few alive as needed.”
「嗯。我直说吧。没有必须救下的人类。适当地留几人就好」

Overlord Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 3 Part 11

Overlord Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 3 Part 11

Overlord Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 3 Part 11

 

Still, that raised a question. Where had the Sorcerer King learned such tactics from?
只是,那样就有了一个疑问。魔导王是从哪里学来的这种战术呢。

A being with a demihuman’s tough skin would not wear armor on top of it. With sharp claws, one would not need swords. Humans wore armor and carried swords because of their fragile bodies.
像亚人一样拥有坚硬皮肤的存在就不会再穿着铠甲了。拥有锐利的尖爪的话,就不需要剑了吧。人类之所以穿着铠甲拿着剑,是因为只有脆弱的肉体吧。

If there was no need to rely on one’s wits, then tactics would naturally be unnecessary too. Why did the overwhelmingly powerful Sorcerer King know of siege tactics?
没必要去依靠小聪明的话,这样战略自然也就不需要了吧。那么,拥有压倒性力量的魔导王,是出于怎样的理由、才会知道攻城之类的战术呢。

“Your Majesty, where did you acquire such knowledge from?”
「陛下、如此程度的知识,您是从哪里学来的呢?」

“Hm? By knowledge you mean– ah! My predictions just now? Umu.Those tactics came from long influence by one of the friends I mentioned before. After that, I tested them out in live combat. Well, there’s a lot of them, but I didn’t expect them to be put to practical use here.”
「嗯?所谓的知识是指——啊啊!是刚才的预测么?唔嗯。那样的战术是从之前提到的、我的朋友哪里受到了很多熏陶呢。之后就是在实战中去确认了,嘛、总之有很多啦。可我是没想到在这里也能适用啦」

“…Since he was Your Majesty’s friend, surely he must have been very strong too?”
「……毕竟是陛下的朋友、果然那位大人也很强吗?」

“Oh yes. Well, his strength was not in melee or magic, but in another field. In that sense, I have not yet attained his level of strength yet.”
「也是啊。嘛、虽然他的强大并非表现在对殴或者魔法对轰、而是在除此以外的方面上。就这种意义上来说,我现在也还达不到他的那份强大吧」

Huhu, the Sorcerer King laughed mirthfully. It was the kind of laugh one had when reminiscing about the past.
呼呼,魔导王开心地笑着。那是沉醉在回忆之中的人所特有的笑法。

Right now, he seemed just like a human being.
在这里的简直就像是一个人类。

Could it be that the Sorcerer King was once human…?
(难道说,魔导王过去也曾是人类……)

Perhaps he had transformed himself into one of the undead, but that would be a perplexing matter. That should not have been possible. To Neia’s knowledge, the undead were not naturally-occurring things. However–
因为魔法的力量而变成不死者什么的,不过是让人皱眉的故事。这本应该是不可能的。在涅娅的知识里,不死者并不是自发产生的东西。但是——

The world is large, after all.
(毕竟世界很大啊……)

Neia’s journey with the ambassadorial delegation had let her realise how tiny the world she once knew had been.
在这次使节团的旅行,让涅娅认识到了、自己曾经知道的世界是多么的狭小。

Across the ocean, beyond the mountain, and in the depths of the forests — there ought to be something out there. The sages who could scoff at Neia’s problems and tell her the answers ought to be out there too.
海的对面,山的那一边,森林的深处。在那里应该存在着些什么吧。能对涅婭的困惑嗤之以鼻、并告诉她答案的贤者也应该是存在的吧。

“What are you thinking about?”
「你在想些什么?」

“Ah, my, my apologies.”
「啊,失、失礼了」

“No, I am not blaming you. I was a little worried when I saw you spacing out on horseback… the battle is about to begin, and I understand if you’re uneasy.”
「不,我并不是在责怪你。看你在马背上一副发呆的样子,稍微有点担心……接下来马上就要开始战斗了。我很明白你的不安」

“Th-thank you very much, Your Majesty.”
「非、非常感谢您,陛下」

Just then, Remedios planted her banner in the ground and drew her holy sword.
就在这时候——将旗帜插到地上的蕾梅蒂欧丝拔出了圣剑。

“Everyone! The first battle to save this land from Jaldabaoth is about to begin! Justice shall triumph!”
「各位!为了从亚达巴沃手上拯救这片土地的初战就要开始了!正义必胜!」

There was a heated response of “Justice shall triumph!” to Remedios’ shout. Once they gathered, they began their charge.
随着蕾梅蒂欧丝的口号,周围出现了「正义必胜!」这样热烈的回应。随即聚到一起开始了突袭。

“So it’s begun. Baraja-san, would it not be better to move up if you wish to fight?”
「已经开始了么。巴拉哈小姐如果要参加战斗的话,稍微再往前一点比较好吧?」

“No, I have a duty to squire for Your Majesty. Abandoning Your Majesty to fight–”
「不,我有着作为陛下侍从的义务。丢下陛下去参加战斗什么的——」

Is something I cannot do, Neia shook her head.
做不到,涅婭这样摇着头。

“Hm, mm, is that so. Then, then let’s talk about something else… You haven’t lent that weapon to anyone else, have you?”
「唔、姆,这样啊。那、那么改变下话题吧……你有没有把那个武器借给其他人呢?」

“Not even once! This is a weapon I borrowed from Your Majesty! I would not dare allow anyone other than myself to touch it!”
「那样的事一次也没有!这是从陛下那里借来的武器。我怎么敢随意将其借给我以外的人!」

“Ah… really now. Umu, I suppose. I thank you.”
「啊,……是么。唔姆,也是”呢。对你表示感谢」

His voice sounded a little depressed, but there was no way to divine his intentions from it.
感觉音调有些下沉的样子,但还是没办法读出其中的意图。

Have I done something to offend His Majesty? …I’m not too sure what’s going on, but perhaps I should apologize?
(是我做了什么对魔导王陛下失礼的举动么?……虽然不是很明白,但还是应该道歉?)

While Neia was waffling, the Sorcerer King changed the topic.
在涅婭迷惘的时候,魔导王改变了话题。

“Ah — this is a rare opportunity. I looked around our surroundings, but I did not discover any demihumans hiding with invisibility magic. Perhaps we should move forward a little to observe the battlefield conditions. I doubt there’ll be any problems with leaving the priests here… What do you think?”
「啊——难得的机会。仔细观察了周围一圈,也没发现有用透明化魔法来隐藏的亚人。不再稍微往前一点,到能看清战场情况的地方么。把神官们留在这里过去也没什么问题吧。……怎么样?」

“Understood.”
「遵命」

It would be very disrespectful to tell the Sorcerer King — who possessed matchless might which far exceeded her own — that moving to the front would be dangerous.
对远比自己远拥有无比强大力量的魔导王,说出到前面会很危险这样的话,会显得很失礼吧。

While the sound of bells rang through the prison camp, she stayed close to the Sorcerer King as he moved up. And so, the battle began in these conditions.
随着收容所想起咚咚的钟声,紧跟着魔导王向那边靠近。而就在这样的情况下,战斗开始了。

The angels attacked the watchtowers on top of the gate, and the Bafolk there met them with their spears.
天使们袭击了门上的瞭望塔,在那里的山羊人们拿着枪开始迎击。

The archer towers launched arrows. They were not aiming at the angels, but at Remedios as she led the charge. It was only natural to aim for her, given that she was not carrying a shield and there was no chance of hitting friendlies.
箭塔开始放箭了。瞄准的并不是天使们,而是在先头冲锋的蕾梅蒂欧丝。会瞄准没有射中友军的可能性、而且也没拿着盾的她,可谓是理所当然的。

However, her strength was far removed from the others.
不过她与其他人相比,却有着实力上的差距。

She easily cut down all the arrows coming at her while maintaining her speed as she ran.
轻易的用剑将射来的箭矢全部就斩落。并维持着原来的速度奔跑着。

As if to counterattack, several angels rushed the archer tower. Shortly after that, three Bafolk corpses fell from the tower.
就像是对此作出反击的一样,数只攻击瞭望塔的天使一齐向箭塔冲了过去。随即箭塔上便落下了三具山羊人的尸体。

This was when the paladins reached the gate and began pounding on it with the battering ram.
这个时候,圣骑士们达到了大门,开始用破城锤进行撞击。

The log doors began to shake, and there was a faint sound of cracking from inside, along with the cries of the paladins going, “One more time!”
用圆木做成的大门开始摇晃,稍微能听到些滋啦滋啦的声音了。以及圣骑士们「再来一次!」的喊声。

The gate shook again, more violently than before.
大门再次开始摇晃。这次晃动变得更大了。

And then the battering ram struck again.
紧接着又是一击。

One of the logs making up the gate was heavily bent, and they could hear the paladins’ cries of triumph even from here. While it was not big enough to let people in, they ought to be able to break the gate down completely after several more tries.
构成大门的圆木中其中一根已经大大的弯曲了。圣骑士们的欢呼声在这里都可以听到。虽然还没到能让人通过的程度,但再来几次应该就能把大门完全破坏了吧。

Several angels flew past the gate. Neia could not see what they were doing from here, but they were probably trying to hold off the Bafolk defenders.
数只天使进入到了大门内侧。从涅婭的视角虽然看不到,但恐怕是在阻止想要来守门的山羊人吧。

“–Get back, all of you!”
「——都退后!」

All eyes went to the source of the great cry.
视线被这响起的巨大声音所吸引。

It came from a watchtower above the gate. The angels should have taken that place. Yet, a single Bafolk appeared there. However, the problem lay in what the Bafolk was carrying.
那是大门上方的瞭望塔。天使们明明应该已经占据了那里才对。可在那里却出现了一只山羊人。
然而问题却出在那个山羊人手上的东西。

“Get back!” the Bafolk shouted again.
「都退后!!」

山羊人又重复了一遍。

The Bafolk was holding a girl, aged around six or seven, and he had a sharp blade to her throat.
那个山羊人的右手上有着少女——年龄在六、七岁左右的孩子,并将一把利刃抵在她的喉咙上。

“If you don’t back off, I’ll kill this human!”
「要是你们不退后,我就杀了这个人类!」

The girl was dressed in somewhat filthy clothing — her face looked dirty too — and her body shook from side to side. Was she still alive? They could not detect any signs of life from her. It seemed to speak of the state of everyone inside the camp.
穿着有点脏的衣服的少女——好像脸上也是脏的——她的身体左右摇晃着。还是活着吗,感觉不到生气。就像是在向诉说着这个收容所里的人们被怎样对待着一样。

“You’re despicable!” one of the paladins shouted.
「太卑鄙了!」

圣骑士中有一个人发出了怒吼。

“Hurry up and back off! Look!”
「快点退后!看啊!」

There was a commotion among the paladins. What had happened? Even Neia could not see what was happening at this range and at night. However, it was different for the Sorcerer King.
圣骑士们发出了吵嚷声。到底发生了什么呢。就算是涅婭离得这么远,再加上又是在夜晚,不可能看得那么清楚。但是,魔导王可不一样。

“…The child’s throat seems to be bleeding.”
「……孩子的喉咙好像出血了」

“Could it be!”
「难道说!」

“It was just a nick; she is not dead yet. Otherwise her value as a hostage would–”
「仅仅是受伤而不是被杀了吧。不然作为人质的价值会下——」

“–All of you, fall back!”
「——全员后退!」

The paladins obeyed Remedios’ command and moved back.
听从蕾梅蒂欧丝命令的圣骑士们开始后退了。

Although the priests in the rear had a hard time grasping the situation, they still understood what was going on, and they pulled the angels back. At the same time, the priests ran up to Neia and the Sorcerer King. They had probably come closer to see what was going on.
虽然在后方的神官很难把握到状况,但还是能明白发生了某种异常事态,也让天使们后退了。与此同时,神官们也跑到涅婭这边来了。缩短距离是想要确认到底发生了什么吧。

“Not good enough! Further back!”
「还不行!再往后退!」

After the Bafolk said so, the paladins began retreating slowly.
随着山羊人的声音,圣骑士们开始一点点往后退。

They could see the Bafolk hurriedly swapping positions atop the watchtower. They swapped the people who had been wounded in the earlier battle with the angels for fresh fighters.
能看到瞭望塔上的山羊人们慌慌张张地交换了位置。把之前和天使战斗的伤员替换成了状态良好的成员。

“This is bad.”
「不妙啊」

“Yes, very bad.”
「是的。很不妙」

Neia slowly drew the bow she had been lent. The Bafolk seemed to be using the girl as a shield. Therefore she had a very small space in which to aim for. Killing it in one hit would be very difficult.
涅婭慢慢地把借来的弓拿了出来。山羊人好像是把少女当做了盾牌。因此,能狙击的范围相当的小,想要一击必杀的话,还是相当的困难。

Even so, if she did not do it, who would?
即使如此,自己不去做的话,又有谁来做。

I wish I’d practiced my bow skills more, Neia thought as she drew an arrow from her quiver.
如果再多训练下弓术就好了,涅婭这么想着从箭筒中取出了箭。

Just then, the Sorcerer King swiftly held out a hand, as if to block her shot.
这个时候,魔导王就像是要阻碍射击路线一样,迅速地出手了。

“I don’t mean to say this, but you’d better stop. There’s no longer any point to it.”
「虽然不是这种意思。但还是先住手吧。已经没有意义了」

Just as she was about to ask what he meant, the Sorcerer King headed over to where the paladins were gathered.
到底是怎样的意义,刚想要这么问的时候,魔导王向圣骑士们聚集的地方走了过去。

There was an argument raging there about how to save the girl.
那里正为怎样才能救助少女而争执不休。

Priestly magic could freeze the enemy in their tracks. Many people approved of that, but spells had an effective range. Although many ideas were proposed and blended together, nobody had the inkling of a solution which would let them get close enough that the hostage would be killed even if there was resistance.
神官的魔法可以封住对方的行动,虽然很多人赞成使用这个方案,但魔法有着有效距离。能够接近到那种距离么,如果抵抗的话,人质会不会被杀呢,各种各样的意见混在一起,完全没有得出答案的迹象。

Just then, the Sorcerer King and Neia arrived.
而就在此时魔导王和涅婭也到达了。

“How long are you going to twiddle your thumbs about this? The situation looks bad.”
「想为了那种事情磨蹭到什么时候。很不妙哟」

After he spoke, the others turned to look at the Sorcerer King as one.
随着魔导王的声音,其他人的视线一齐转向这边。

“Of course we know that–”
「这种事情,我们当然知道——」

“–Captain… please calm down. The enemy is over there.”
「——团长……请冷静下来。敌人在那边」

“No, Captain Remedios. You know nothing. Since the enemy knows that hostages are effective, they’ll show that this is not a threat, and they’ll use her as an ex–”
「不,蕾梅蒂欧丝团长阁下。你什么都不明白。既然对方知道了人质的有效性,就会让我们明白这并不是在威胁、而杀鸡敬——」

As though waiting for those words, the girl hostage’s head was hacked off. They could see her bright red blood spurting even from here. The Bafolk tossed the girl’s body aside, and the lifeless body fell to the ground like a puppet whose strings had been cut.
就像是等着这句话一样,人质少女的头被砍了下来。就算在这里也能看到那鲜红的血液喷发出来的景象。山羊人把少女的身体放开、毫无力气的身体就那么倒了下来去。

Everyone was silent.
周围鸦雀无声。

Their minds refused to accept what had just happened.
突然发生了什么事,大脑在拒绝接受这些。

Remedios’ was the first to regain her senses, and as she shouted, Neia recovered as well.
随着最先取回意识的蕾梅蒂欧丝的怒号,涅婭也取回了理性。

“You bastard! You actually did it! Even after we obeyed your demands!”
「你这家伙!!竟敢把人质!!明明已经听从了你的要求不是吗!」

“Hmph!” The Bafolk dragged a boy in front of him this time. “That’s why I’ve got another one, see? Now back off!”
「哼!」山羊人这次又把一名少年挡在了前面。「所以才又带过来了一个人哟?来,赶紧往后退!」

“You shameless scumbag!”
「卑鄙小人!!」

“Hmph. You really are a Narberal, aren’t you? Perhaps you’ll understand after I bring another over?”
「哼。你还真是愚蠢啊!不再带过来一个,你是不会明白吗!?」

Remedios’ clenched fist trembled mightily. Then, as though to vent her feelings, she ordered:
蕾梅蒂欧丝紧握着的拳头在不住地颤抖着。然后就像是要发泄一样,下达了命令。

“Everyone, fall back!”
「全员,退后!」

“Also, gather up the people on horses around the sides! Move it!”
「还要下令把周围那些骑着马的人也聚集过去!动作快!」

She could hear the sound of grinding teeth from Remedios. It was loud enough that one might think she was crushing her teeth.
能从蕾梅蒂欧丝那里听到牙齿咯吱咯吱的声音。声音大到让人觉得她要把牙齿咬碎了一般。

“Vice-Captain. Order them to gather here.”
「副团长。命令他们到这边来集合……」

“B-but–”
「可、可是」

“If you don’t do it, the child will die. Move!”
「不这样做的话,孩子会被杀啊。快去!」

“Everyone fall back!”
「全员,退后!」

“What a poor move to make. You’ve shown the enemy that hostages are effective and given them so much time to prepare. If the enemy demoralizes you again, won’t that cause even more damage?”
「真是一步坏棋啊。已经让他们知道了人质的有效性,在这之上又给了敌人这么多时间,敌人再使用让我们丧失战意的手段,会产生更大的损伤哟?」

A red-faced Remedios glared at the Sorcerer King like she was looking at the enemy.
满脸通红的蕾梅蒂欧丝以一副看敌人似得的目光瞪向魔导王。

“If this goes on, your surprise attack will be pointless. Also, I can hear the sounds of something moving over there. If they set up roadblocks, breaking them down will take more time, and things will be more troublesome–”
「再这样下去的话奇袭就变得毫无意义了。而且那边好像能听到在搬运什么的声音。如果做成了路障,想要破坏就需要花更多的时间,事情就会变得麻烦——」

“–Shut up!” Remedios interrupted the Sorcerer King.
「——闭嘴!」

蕾梅蒂欧丝的怒吼着打断了魔导王的话。

“Who’s got an idea? A way to solve this without anyone dying!?”
「谁有好主意吗!?不用死一个人就能解决的办法!」

Nobody said anything.
没有谁说得出什么。

Of course nobody had such a convenient solution. If there were someone was good at infiltration, for instance, this situation might not have arisen. However, there was nobody like that around.
不可能有那么方便的方法。如果这里有、比如说擅长潜入的人在的话,状况说不定会发生改变,
然而并没有那样的人。

Even Remedios should have understood this. If her animal-like instincts analyzed the battle situation and told her there was no way, then such a method did not exist.
这即使是蕾梅蒂欧丝也应该明白的吧。根据战斗时的情况判断,拥有野兽般直觉的她没有办法的话,那就不存在那样的方法了。

Even so, why did she refuse to admit it?
即使这样,为什么,仍不愿意承认呢。

Why was she hung up on not letting a single person die?
为什么,要拘泥于一个人都不死呢。

The Sorcerer King’s words flashed through her mind — was this not one of those necessary sacrifices which he mentioned? There was no way to come out of this without losing a single person without an overwhelming advantage in strength or a great deal of luck.
魔导王的话语从脑海中闪过——这难道不正是所谓的必要牺牲吗?如果没有相当的实力差距或是运气,是不可能会有一个人都不会死的方法的。

“Captain Remedios,”

Neia’s voice sounded abnormally loud.

“Right now, can we not finish the fight with only a few casualties?”
「卡斯特迪奥团长」涅婭的声音显得异常的大。「现在的话,不是能以少数的牺牲就结束战斗吗?」

Remedios’ intense gaze shifted to Neia.
蕾梅蒂欧丝那酷烈的视线转向了涅婭。

The powerful emotions boiling off that mighty warrior’s body made her tremble, but Neia was sure that she was right.
从强大的战士身上发出的激烈的感情,让身体像是要颤抖一样。但是,我应该没有错。

“There’s no justice in that!” Remedios shouted.
「那样做没有正义可言!」

蕾梅蒂欧丝大喝一声。

Justice? That justice–
(正义?所谓正义——)

The surrounding paladins remained silent. It would seem nobody was prepared to say anything. Neia felt like she was surrounded by enemies and she unconsciously backed off, and then she felt someone’s hand supporting her from behind.
周围的圣骑士们都闭口不言,好像没有人准备说些什么。涅婭感觉周围就像在包围敌人一样,不禁向后退去,后背不知被什么人的手支撑住了。

Looking back, she saw the Sorcerer King, as she had expected.
向后面看去,在那里的——果然是魔导王。

“–I support Baraja-san’s opinion.”
「——我支持巴拉哈小姐的意见」

He had affirmed her in a quiet voice. But to Neia, it was like a hundred-million strong ovation.
用平静的声音表示赞同。但是,这对于涅婭来说,却宛如能够匹敌亿万人的支持。

“Shut up!”
「闭嘴!」

Remedios barked again. However, this was not something she should be saying to a king from another country who had come all this way to save her. There were actions which were acceptable, and actions which were unacceptable.
蕾梅蒂欧丝又喝一声。然而,这不是该对特地从远方为了救援而来的、他国的王说的话。有能被允许的行动和不能被允许的行动。

Anger welled up in Neia’s heart.
涅婭的内心涌现出愤怒的感情。

“What you need right now is to change the situation, not sit around and butt heads in frustration… Ah, what will I do with you. I shall turn things around, then.”
「此时此刻所需要的是改变局面,而不是让焦躁相互碰撞的时候……真没办法。就让我来改变状况吧」

After muttering to himself, the Sorcerer King turned away from them — towards the gate — and began walking. Due to his sudden movement, nobody managed to call out to him before the Bafolk shouted a warning.
魔导王这么嘟囔着,向着一行人的反方向——大门那边走了过去。由于突然的行动,在被谁叫住之前,就先听到了山羊人愤怒的警告声。

“You there, in the mask! I told you to back off, didn’t I?”
「那边那个戴着面具的家伙!不是叫你们后退了吗!」

“I will not back down! What do you think a single human life means to me!?”
「我不会后退!你觉得一个人类的性命有怎样的价值!」

“W-what!?”
「什、什么!」

“Our aim is to kill every single one of the Bafolk here! It doesn’t matter what happens to the humans! 「Widen Magic Fireball」!”
「我们的目的是将这里面所有的山羊人屠杀殆尽!人类什么的怎么样都好!——<魔法效果范围扩大化火球(Widen Magic·Fire Ball)>」

The Sorcerer King extended his hand with a shout, and the fireball that flew forth blew away the Bafolk and the boy he was holding.
大声呵斥着的魔导王伸出了手,手掌上出现的火焰球把大门上的山羊人和少年一齐轰飞了。

After that, the enormous burst of flame also consumed the watchtower.
然后,巨大的火焰爆发把瞭望塔也卷了进去。

Everyone on top had been slain by that attack. The Bafolk and his hostage fell onto the Sorcerer King’s side of the wall.
在那上面的人全都被这一击给击落。抓着少年的山羊人和少年一起栽到了大门这边。

“「Maximize Magic Shockwave」”
「<魔法最强化冲击波(Maximize Magic·Shock·Wave)>」

The next spell blasted away the half-ruined gates. In addition, it scattered the Bafolk who were erecting barricades behind it, blowing a huge hole into their defenses.
接下来的魔法攻击把半毁的大门整个吹飞了。不仅如此,山羊人在大门后布置的路障也一同吹散了,就像是开了一个大洞一样。

“Come, you paladins! Attack! Kill the Bafolk inside to the very last man!”
「来吧!圣骑士们哟!开始突击!把里面的山羊人一个不剩的杀光!」

As though awakened by his voice, Remedios came to and replied:
像是被这个声音弄醒,回过神的蕾梅蒂欧丝做出了反应。

“You son of a bitch–!”
「你这混账——!」

“–Captain!”
「——团长!」

“Grrrrgh! –Charge!”
「咕咕姆!——突袭!」

The paladins moved forward in response to Remedios’ words. Or rather, it might be more accurate to say that they had abandoned all attempts at thinking and fully subordinated themselves to her orders.
随着蕾梅蒂欧丝的话语,圣骑士们开始了行动。比起这个、说不定是放弃了思考,全部委身于命令这样才更接近正确答案。

“Thank you, Your Majesty!”
「魔导王陛下。感谢您!」

Gustav left those words behind and moved on. After that, there the paladins and priests — the more sensible ones, at least — directed grateful looks at him. Remedios was the only one who was staring at the Sorcerer King with open displeasure.
古斯塔博仅仅说了这些就走了。接下来从圣骑士和神官里面——从稍微懂点道理的人那里都传来了感谢的目光。明目张胆地用不快目光看着魔导王的,就只有蕾梅蒂欧丝一个人。

The Sorcerer King addressed Neia in a quiet voice.
魔导王用平静的声音向涅婭搭了话。

“–Baraja-san. Did you think I would save the boy with a spell beyond your imagination?”
「——巴拉哈小姐。你是觉得我会用你们无法想象的魔法救下少年么?」

Indeed, the thought had crossed her mind. However, the Sorcerer King must have had some reason for his actions.
确实有这么稍微想过。但是,魔导王这么做应该是有着某种理由的。

“Ah, yes, I did. It is as you say.”
「啊,是、是的。就像您所说」

“Hm, perhaps that might be so.”
「呼姆,或许是这样吧」

The Sorcerer King nodded, and Neia listened in silence.
魔导王点了点头。涅婭就这样沉默着保持倾听。

“Indeed, I could have done so. By using the various spells I have learned, saving a single boy would be a trivial task. However, I could not do that. That was because I could not allow the Bafolk to see me rescue a boy.”
「确实,这样的事是可以办到的吧。如果使用我所习得的各种各样的魔法的话,救下一名少年这样的事还是很容易的。但是,那办不到啊。因为决不能让山羊人看到救下少年的这一幕」

Doubt crossed Neia’s face for the first time, and the Sorcerer King gently explained to her.
对初次表露出疑惑的涅婭,魔导王温柔地进行了说明。

“If I allowed them to know that hostages were that effective against us, the prisoners inside would be used as meat-shields to block our attacks in battle.The paladins would be at a loss, and they might end up as casualties. Due to our dire lack of manpower, even one fewer paladin would constitute a great disadvantage… at least, according to Lanchester’s laws.
(TL Note: Lanchester’s laws are mathematical formulae designed to calculate the relative strength over time of a predator and prey pair. They’re usually used for military modelling. In this case, even one loss can lead to more losses over time.)
「如果让他们知道人质有着这种程度的效果的话,里面的俘虏就会被当做肉盾,在战斗中会被当成挡箭牌吧。那样的话,迷茫的圣骑士里面也有出现被害的可能。在这边兵力很少的状态下,即使缺少一名圣骑士也是巨大劣势……名为兰彻斯特的法则上是这么写的」
【译注:兰彻斯特定律描述敌对双方交战过程中兵力变化关系的微分方程组。该定律主要有三种形式,包括第一线性律、第二线性律与平方律。用以揭示在特定的初始兵力兵器条件下,敌对双方战斗结果变化的数量关系。主要用于作战指挥、军事训练、武器装备论证等方面的运筹分析。】

The Sorcerer King walked to the gate, and Neia hurried after him.
魔导王向大门走去,涅婭也追了上去。

“On the other hand, once they know the hostages are useless, they will become useless to the Bafolk. Now, when they are being attacked and the enemy is about to come through the walls, do you think they have the time to leisurely kill off their prisoners? Murdering people who can’t resist ought to be a very low priority then.”
「相反,如果知道了人质没有效,对山羊人来说俘虏就变成了碍事的存在。然而,在遭受到攻击、敌人快越过城墙的时候,又真的有那么多的时间去悠哉的杀害俘虏吗?杀害无法抵抗的人的优先度应该就会变得很低」

“It is as you say.”
「正如您所说」

“Indeed. Rather than waste time killing people, they would prepare to stop the enemy incursion instead. Therefore, it was necessary to use a method that would clearly illustrate the pointlessness of taking hostages.”
「就是这样。比起去做杀人这样浪费时间的事情,更会去做阻止敌人进攻的准备吧。所以说,才有必要使用、能让他们清楚的意识到人质是无效的方法」

He was right,
正是如此。

If Remedios had her way, she might end up being unable to save anyone in the end.
蕾梅蒂欧丝的行动,到头来很可能一个人都无法拯救。

The Sorcerer King slowly lifted up the body of the boy by his feet.
魔导王把脚边的少年的尸体慢慢抱了起来。

“Your Majesty, let me–”
「陛下,让我——」

“–This is a job for me.”
「——这是,我的工作吧」

Neia accompanied the Sorcerer King as he carried the boy to the place where Remedios had planted her banner.
和抱着少年的魔导王一起,涅婭回到了蕾梅蒂欧丝插着旗帜的地方。

The Sorcerer King laid the boy on the ground. Neia wetted a cloth with water from a waterskin, and wiped away the grime on the boy’s face.
魔导王把少年放到了地上。涅婭用布袋里的水把布打湿,清理掉了少年脸上的污秽。

His cheeks, his wrists and his thighs were all shockingly thin.
脸颊,手腕还有大腿都消瘦得惊人。

It clearly illustrated the harsh conditions under which they lived.
让人明白了这个孩子是在怎样恶劣的环境下生活着。

“Those Bafolk bastards…”
「可恶的山羊人……」

“Perhaps this should not be said, but do allow me to say it anyway. I am the king of the Sorcerous Kingdom, and not the king of the people who reside in this country. Thus, I can calmly make this decision. I would choose to save a thousand people’s lives over a single life. But if this boy alone were a citizen of my nation, I would prioritize saving him instead. If you cannot accept that—”
「或许这是不应该说的话,但姑且还是让我说吧。我是魔导国的王,并不是生活在这个国家里人民的王。所以才能做出冷静的判断。比起一个人的性命更会选择去救上千人民的性命,这样。可如果只有这个少年是我国的国民的话,我会优先救助这个孩子吧。如果你没法接受的话——」

“–No, thank you very much. I can understand how you feel… Your Majesty is just.”
「——不,非常感谢您,陛下。我能够理解、您的感受。……陛下才是正义呢」

“…Hm? What do you mean?”
「……嗯?你在说什么?」

“My apologies. Ah, maybe it should be, Your Majesty is performing righteous deeds?”
「非常抱歉。啊,那个、陛下是在做正义的事吧?」

What on earth am I saying, she could not help but wonder.
到底在说些什么啊,自己也不禁这么想。

While she felt that this left him with nothing to reply with, the merciful and compassionate Sorcerer King still answered her.
虽然觉得让对方无语了,但慈悲的魔导王还是回答了她。

“…Eh? Ah, no, I do not feel that I am just. And frankly speaking, justice ought to be determined by others. The motives for everything I do are very simple. Well, I have thought of spreading my reputation too…”
「……诶?啊、不是,我觉得我并不是正义哟。而且说到底,所谓的正义不是该由他人来判断的东西吧。我所做的事情非常的单纯。嘛、也有想让名声传播的更广这一层感情在……」

Neia recalled the matter of the statues.
涅婭的脑海里回忆起雕像的事情。

Does wanting to spread his reputation mean the Sorcerer King is an egomaniac after all?
(想要把名声传播的更广,果然是魔导王的自我展示欲很强么?)

“That said, I now feel there’s no need to try so hard with that… I ended up talking about pointless things. All I desire is to live in happiness with my children. That is all there is to it, but at the same time, it is also everything to me.”
「话是这么说,现在觉得已经不用那么勉强也行……说了些无聊的事情啊。我的愿望就只有能和我的孩子们一起幸福的生活下去。仅仅如此、但同时这也是我的一切」

She did not think the undead Sorcerer King could have children. Therefore, it was probably not a child in the sense of carrying on his bloodline, but in a broader sense. It felt like he regarded the citizens of his nation as his children.
不觉得身为不死者的魔导王会有孩子。不是继承了自己血液这种意义上孩子,应该是更广义上的孩子吧。还是觉得自己的国民就像是孩子一样呢。

He is a kind man in every sense of the word… indeed, what a wonderful world it would be if even the frailest child could live in happiness. What had he thought when he took this boy’s life…
(不管是哪种意义,都是一位温柔的人……确实,如果是身为最弱者的孩子都能幸福生活的世界的话,那该是多么美好的世界啊。这样的人究竟是以怎样的心情夺走了少年的生命呢……)

As she looked at the profile of his face, she saw something like the grief one would feel after killing a child.
看着眺望着大门的骸骨的侧脸,侧脸上就像是露出了杀害了孩子之后而感到的悲伤一般。

“Well, that was pointless. In that case, let’s drop the topic here. Baraja-san, while I am not qualified to speak pretty words, I hope you find the justice that belongs to you.”
「说了些无聊的话。那么、这个话题就到此为止吧。巴拉哈小姐,我虽然没有说漂亮话的资格,但希望你能找到属于你的正义」

“…May I ask one more question? If your own subordinates had been taken hostage like that, would you have done the same thing?”
「……最后能再让我问一个问题么?陛下自己的部下如果像之前那样被当成了人质,您会采取之前那样的行动吗?」

“…Well, this might be grumbling on my part, but my subordinates are very troublesome in more ways than one.”
「……虽然是发牢骚,但我的部下在别的意义上也让人非常困扰啊」

“What exactly do you mean?”
「这究竟是、怎样的意义呢?」

“In the past, I asked them out of curiosity, ‘what would you do if you were taken hostage to force me to negotiate’. At that time, every single one of them promptly said they would rather kill themselves than inconvenience me in any way. ‘No,’ I told them. ‘Can’t you say you’d wait for me to rescue you’ and things like that… While it pleases me to see their staunch devotion, this is still, how shall I put it. My subordinates are all a little too fanatical.”
「过去我曾经出于好奇问过他们,如果被抓作人质用于和我交涉的话会怎么做。那时,所有人都立刻断言,为了避免对我造成妨碍、会採取自杀的手段。不,我说你们就不能做出多等一下、好让我派出救援之类的判断吗……虽然我很高兴他们忠肝义胆,但是这也稍微,怎么说呢。我的部下有点过激了啊」

As he rotated his wrist, the Sorcerer King continued in a tired voice.
边转动着手,魔导王陛下一边显得相当疲劳似地说道。

Just as Neia began to think, weren’t these unnecessary worries for someone in his position, Remedios appeared at the gate, carrying a bloodstained longsword, her armor similarly splattered in blood. Though she had removed her helmet, her hair was stuck to her forehead by sweat. She looked utterly exhausted.
正当涅娅想着、那种事对位于高位者而言,这不是种奢侈的烦恼吗的时候,带着沾满血糊的长剑,穿着同样满是血渍铠甲的蕾梅蒂欧丝出现在门口。虽然脱下了头盔,不过额髮因为汗而粘在额头,一副精疲力竭的样子。

After saying something to Gustav, Neia sensed that for a moment, Remedios’ eyes had met hers. No, it was less that she had locked gazes with Neia, but rather, she had been looking at the Sorcerer King and Neia was in the way.
在向身后的古斯塔博交代了什麽事情之后,涅娅感到有那麽一瞬间,蕾梅蒂欧丝的视线和自己对上了。不,与其说是和涅娅目光交汇,正确地说应该是蕾梅蒂欧丝望向魔导王的视线上刚好站着涅娅吧。

Remedios said nothing, simply went back inside with a blank look on her face.
蕾梅蒂欧丝什么都没说,面无表情地再次走回门内。

Gustav, on the other hand, approached the two of them.
倒是古斯塔博却向着两人走来。

“Your Majesty, I wish to express my thanks. While there were some slight losses, we were able to minimize them thanks to Your Majesty’s power. While the Captain ought to be thanking you in person, the Captain is somewhat distraught at the moment due to the tragic condition in which we found the people, so I pray you will forgive me for taking her place.”
「魔导王陛下,我向你表示感谢。虽然稍微出现了损害,但是我确信多亏了陛下的力量才把它抑制到了最小程度。虽然原本的话必须得由团长向您亲自道谢才行,不过团长因为人民们的悲惨状况而心情激动,所以还请原谅由我代为提及」

Gustav sneaked a peek at the boy, and then he looked back at the ground.
古斯塔博偷偷向少年看去,然后又望向了地面。

“It is fine. Go tend to the Captain.”
「无妨。就请去劝慰团长」好了

“Thank you very much.”
「非常感谢」

“Come to think of it, what were those tragic conditions?”
「说起来所谓的悲惨状况是怎么回事?」

“Yes. We questioned several of the people we rescued, and they said that ‘they were skinning the prisoners’. It would seem ‘they’ were not demihumans but demons sent by Jaldabaoth…”
「是的。我们询问了救出的几人,他们说那些家伙正在剥取俘虏的皮肤。看起来不是亚人们,而是亚达巴沃派来的恶魔干的……」

While she felt that the Captain being distraught was an excuse for her rudeness, that did not seem to be the case.
虽然觉得那是为了帮「因为悲惨状况而情绪激动的团长」的无礼行为善后而编造出来的借口,不过看来并不是那样。

Just as Neia was starting to feel surprised, the Sorcerer King beside her tilted his head in bafflement.
就在涅娅感到惊讶之时,一旁的魔导王却像是感到不可思议般地歪过头去。

“Why the skin? Why that? Are they going to eat it? Like chicken skin?”
「为什么是皮肤?为了什么?是要拿来吃吗?鸡皮?」

“No, we have no idea either… although, the demihumans did not seem to have taken part in those activities… Does Your Majesty know anything about this? Could this be for some kind of demonic ritual?”
「不,我们也完全不明白……虽然亚人们好像并没有参与那样的事……魔导王陛下有什么头绪吗?比如恶魔的仪式之类?」

“No, I apologize. I have no clue either. Why would Jaldabaoth do such a thing?”
「不,抱歉。我也完全不明白。完全无法推测。亚达巴沃为什么要做出那种事呢?」

The Sorcerer King’s puzzlement seemed to stem from the bottom of his heart, and after that everyone looked at each other, but they still could not unravel the mystery. Even so, since it was the work of demons, they might have done so just to make the humans suffer.
魔导王好像从心底感到不可思议的如此回答后,众人你看我我看你,但依旧弄不明白。尽管那么说,毕竟是恶魔的所作所为,很有可能只是单纯地想让人类痛苦吧。

“…I’ll ask the priests later. Then, Your Majesty, we are now trying to figure out the demihumans’ hiding places in order to clear them out, so I would like to monopolize a bit of your precious time afterwards.”
「……等下去问问神官们吧。那么魔导王陛下,因为要扫荡亚人,正在搜索它们会不会躲在什么地方,所以想再稍微占用一下您宝贵的时间」

After saying so, Gustav went back inside the gate.
古斯塔博那样说完之后就回到了门后。

About ten minutes after that, scattered human forms began appearing at the gate.
在那之后过了十分钟左右,门边开始零零星星地看到人影。

They were the captives.Just like the boy who had been taken hostage, they were dressed in tattered, threadbare clothing that did not look like it could resist the winter chill. The paladins who should have escorted them to the door simply went back past them and vanished behind the gate. Had they done this because they had too few people to handle the prisoners, or was it because the suppression work was still ongoing, or both of them?
是被囚禁的人们。他们跟被作为人质的少年一样,穿着不觉得能抗拒冬天寒冷的破破烂烂的衣服。应该是把他们护卫到门边的圣骑士的身影只是一闪而过,然后再次消失在门后。是因为人数少所以采取往返连续运送呢,还是因为镇压尚未完全结束呢。抑或两者皆是呢。

The prisoners had looks of delight on their faces as they rushed toward Neia.
被囚禁的人们一边从全身表现出欢喜,一边朝涅娅的方向走来。

However, they suddenly stopped in their tracks.
但是他们的步伐在一定距离时突然停下了。

That was probably because they had seen the form of the Sorcerer King. And then, some people continued to approach them. Perhaps they felt that the Sorcerer King was just wearing a mask or something.
恐怕是因为看到了魔导王的身影吧。然后又渐渐有人开始向这边走来。说不定是觉得魔导王是戴着面具还是什么东西。

A man ran over from amidst the walking crowds.
从步行的人群中,一个男子快步跑来。

Panting heavily, the man knelt down beside the boy which Ainz had laid at Neia’s feet. No, it would be more accurate to say he collapsed like a puppet whose strings had been cut.
上气不接下气跑过来的男子跪倒于被安放在涅娅她们脚边的少年。不,应该说是瘫坐才对。

The man caressed the boy’s cheek, and after seeing for himself that the boy was dead, he burst into mournful tears.
男子抚摸着少年的脸颊,确认到他已经失去性命后,开始发出了犹如悲鸣一般的哭声。

Clearly, he was the boy’s father.
显然他就是少年的父亲。

Neia bit her lip.
涅娅咬住了下唇。

As the father cried his son’s name while he wept, the Sorcerer King calmly said:
向一边喊着儿子名字一边哭泣的父亲,魔导王沉稳地说道。

“I was the one who killed that boy.”
「杀死了那孩子的是我」

Neia looked at the Sorcerer King in surprise. Was now the time to say this sort of thing?
涅娅大吃一惊地看着魔导王。现在是应该说那种话的时候吗。

However, surely the wise Sorcerer King would not have suddenly said so for no reason.
但是,聪明到那种程度的魔导王不可能没有任何目的就突然说出那种话。

“Why, why did you kill him!?”
「为、为什么杀了他?!」

The fires of hatred burned in the father’s eyes. Faced with that–
抬头向上望的父亲双眼发出憎恶的火光。与此相对——

The Sorcerer King replied with a mocking laugh.
魔导王发出了嘲笑声。

“To save you, of course.”
「当然是为了救你们的命了」

“What, what did you say!?”
「你、你说什么?!」

For just a moment, the father’s eyes filled with fear. That was because he realized that the Sorcerer King’s face was not artificial. Then, his eyes roved to the sides in search of help, and they settled on Neia.
仅仅一瞬间,父亲的双眼出现了恐惧的色彩。那是因为他理解到魔导王的脸绝对不是人造物了吧。然后,左右移动视线寻求帮助的父亲的双眼望向了涅娅。

However, before Neia could say something, the Sorcerer King spoke first.
不过,在涅娅要说出什么之前,魔导王发出了质问。

“Then may I ask you something? Why did you not protect your son? Your son was brought before me as a hostage.”
「那么让我问下你吧?你为什么没有保护好自己的孩子?这孩子可是被当成人质带到了我们面前哦?」

“I protected him! But he was snatched away! Those bastards were stronger than me, so I couldn’t do anything!”
「我保护过!不过被抢走了!那些家伙们比我厉害所以什么都做不到!」

The Sorcerer King laughed again.
魔导王再次发出嘲笑声。

“Then let me ask you — why are you still alive?”
「那么我继续问你,你为什么还活着?」

The father did not know how to answer, and froze in place.
父亲不知该怎麽回答,愣在原地。

“I am asking you why you did not die to protect your child. Not all lives are equally important. You should have been the one who valued that child’s life the most of all. So why did you not struggle wildly to protect him to your last breath?”
「我问你为什么没有因为保护儿子而死。生命的价值并不相等,为那个孩子的生命附上最高价值的,从刚才的态度看应该是你。那么你为何、没有疯狂地以死相护?」

The people looked at the Sorcerer King from afar as they eavesdropped on the situation here.
民众们远远地围绕着魔导王等人,窥探这边的情况。

They must have felt unease, fear, and anger at the Sorcerer King who had taken the boy’s life.
他们感到的是不安与恐惧,以及对夺走了孩子性命的魔导王的愤怒吧。

“What, what are you saying…”
「你、你在说什么……」

“You are the one who failed to protect him. Do not push the blame onto others. You, who were weak, are at fault. Also, you seem to be mistaken about something… you do realize that I am much more powerful than the Bafolk you claim to be stronger than you, no? …Although I can forgive some insults because I pity you for the loss of your child, I will slay you if they get out of hand.”
「没能保护他的是你,别把错推到别人头上。是弱小的你不好。然后你应该误会了一点……我可是比你口中所说的、那些比你强得多的山羊人更厉害哦?……虽然看在你失去自己孩子的可怜份上,多少的恶言相向还在可原谅的范围,但是超过限度的话就杀了你」

The Sorcerer King reached out a bony index finger and rested it on the father’s face.
魔导王伸出了白骨的食指,扎在父亲的脸上。

“That, that’s because you’re strong — that’s why you can say that! Not everyone can be as powerful as you!”
「因、因为你强——才能那么说!又不是每个人都像你那么强!」

“Well said. I can say so precisely because I am powerful. Then, it is precisely because you are weak that being taken from is your lot in life, no? The strong preying on the weak is a very natural sequence of events.”
「说得没错。因为我是强者所以才能这么说。那么,正因为你们是弱者——被掠夺就是理所当然的吧?弱肉强食是非常自然的事」

The Sorcerer King turned his eyes to the people around him.
魔导王的视线转向了在周围的那些人民。

“Have you not also experienced suffering because the Bafolk are strong?”
「你们不也是因为名为山羊人的强者,而在那儿亲身经历过那种事吗?」

“Are you saying the strong can do what they want!?”
「强就可以为所欲为了吗!」

“Exactly. The strong do what they will, and the weak suffer what they must. This is the way of the world. The same rule applies to me. In the face of a more powerful opponent, I would have no recourse but to suffer. That is why I seek strength.”
「正是。只要足够强大就能为所欲为。那就是这个世界的真理。同样的事对我也适用,在比更我厉害的对手面前我也只有被掠夺的份吧。正因如此我才会寻求力量」

Neia understood why the Sorcerer King sought Jaldabaoth’s maids.
涅娅明白了魔导王想要亚达巴沃的女仆的理由。

His Majesty must be seeking strength because he wants to protect his nation, to protect the children of his country. So strength is the most important thing after all…
(这位大人是为了守护自国、为了守护自国的孩子们才想要力量。果然……最重要的是力量……)

“Originally, the weak like yourselves should have been defended by the Holy Kingdom, those who should have been strong… I really do pity you. If you were under my protection — under the protection of my country, the Sorcerous Kingdom, something like this could not possibly happen. That is because I would have used all my strength to protect the people and strike down the Bafolk.”
「本来、作为弱者的你们该置身于,本应是强者的这名为圣王国的国家的庇护下才对……我真是为你们感到悲哀啊。如果是处于我的——名为魔导国的国家的庇护下的话,就不可能会发生这样悲伤的事。因为我会倾尽全力保护人民,击退山羊人们」

Everyone around them was silent.
身处周围的人都没有发出声音。

The Sorcerer King’s arguments were calm, cold and cruel, but at the same time they expressed the truth of the world.
虽然魔导王的意见冷静透彻且残忍,但它是在叙述着的是这个世界的真理。

If they could not oppose his words with reason, would they choose to protest with their emotions? However, their fear of the Sorcerer King stopped them from doing so.
想要对抗这个意见的话不能靠理性,而是该靠感情来控诉吧?但是,出于对魔导王的恐惧却阻止了那种行为。

“You, isn’t he one of the undead? What are the undead doing in a place like this?”
「这、这家伙不是不死者吗!为什么不死者这种东西会在这种地方啊!?」

The father could not say anything to the Sorcerer King because he feared the latter, and so he directed his wrath at Neia instead.
因为惧怕魔导王而什么都说不出的父亲把矛头指向了涅娅。

However, before Neia could answer, the Sorcerer King stole a march on her, as expected.
但是,在涅娅想回答什么之前,果然还是魔导王要更快一步。

“To help your country, of course. And the fact is, you were all rescued by the undead of which you speak. If you are unhappy with that, why not save this nation by yourselves?”
「那当然是因为要帮助你们的国家啊。而且事实上,你们也是被你口中的不死者所救的。要是你们不高兴的话,不如靠你们自己拯救这个国家如何?」

As he heard that, the father questioned Neia with his eyes. However, she could say nothing.
听到那个宣言的男人以双眼询问着涅娅。不过,她什么都说不出来。

That was because it was the truth.
因为那也是事实。

If the people of this country were enough to defeat Jaldabaoth, the Sorcerer King would not be here.
如果只靠这个国家的人类就能打倒亚达巴沃,魔导王也不会出现在这里。

The man hugged the boy’s corpse, like he was afraid, then turned and ran. The people to which the man ran had frightened looks on their faces as well.
男人就像是好像害怕着一样紧抱着少年的尸体,转身跑去。处于男子奔跑方向的人们脸上出现了害怕的脸色。

Neia heard the Sorcerer King say something, but she did not know if he was addressing the fleeing man or himself.
涅娅听到了魔导王不知道是对那个男人的背影所说、还是自言自语的话语。

“Even I would be oppressed if I were weak. Therefore one cannot forget to seek strength. I need to engrave into my heart the fact that beings of comparable power to myself most definitely do exist.”
「就算是我,只要弱小的话也会处于被掠夺的立场。正因如此才不能忘记寻求强大。必须要铭记在心,拥有与自己同等程度力量的存在是绝对存在的这件事」

Part 3

After attacking the first prison camp and freeing the liberation army troops imprisoned within, they wasted no time in going after the next prison camp.
袭击了第一座俘虏收容所,解救了被囚禁人们的解放军,第二天就马不停蹄地赶向了下一座俘虏收容所。

This was not a sweeping advance, but rather, because of several reasons which meant they had no choice but to do so. The most pressing one was because the food stocks in the prison camps were less than they had estimated.
这不是乘胜追击,而是因为更加走投无路的几个理由。其中最为切实的一个,就是俘虏收容所储备的食物比当初预估的还要少。

This, in turn, was the result of the twin policies of the demihumans had not fed their captives enough, and regularly shipping food in from a small city nearby.
这结果是由于、亚人们并未给予俘虏足够的食物,以及他们采取着每经过规定日数、就会从近郊小都市运来食物的系统这双重原因导致的。

In addition, the demihumans who accompanied the food shipments were also responsible for inspecting the prison camps for any abnormalities.
而从那座小都市过来运输食物的亚人们,同时也担任着确认俘虏收容所是否发生异常状况的监察团的职责。

Even if they killed all these demihumans and took all their food, the opposition would definitely conclude that something had gone wrong at the prison camps.
即使把这些亚人全都杀光抢走食物,只要他们并未回到那座小都市,对方毫无疑问就会做出俘虏收容所出现事故的判断。

Of course, Jaldabaoth would learn of that as well. That being the case, it was very likely that he would dispatch a huge force which Neia and the others would have trouble dealing with.
当然亚达巴沃也就会得知那个事实吧。这样的话,就有很高的可能性会将涅娅他们难以招架的大军派遣过来。

After standing behind the Sorcerer King and participating — but obviously not speaking — in meetings, after a long argument that made her legs hurt to stand on, Neia had finally arrived at two possible courses of action.
站在魔导王身后,参加了会议——虽然一言未发——的涅娅,经过了让她的脚都站得痛起来的漫长纠纷后,最初拿出了两种方案。

The first was to flee to the south with the fruits of the liberated prison camps, throwing in their lot with the armies that ought to be stationed there.
其一、捧着解放了一座收容所的战果,前往南方避难,投靠应该驻扎在那里的军队。

The second was to strike first and conquer that city.
其二、就是先发制人、前去小都市将其攻陷。

While both of these completely antithetical opinions had their own merits and flaws, they eventually went with the latter, after the captain of the paladin order, Remedios Custodio, shouted for it.
虽然这两种完全相反的意见无论哪种都有着各自的问题,但在圣骑士团团长蕾梅蒂欧丝的一声咆哮下、最终还是决定为后者。

Remedios had a top secret reason for choosing to assault the city.
蕾梅蒂欧丝选择强袭小都市背后有着极为秘密的理由。

After questioning the demihumans — and naturally, killing them afterwards — the town which was their target apparently contained a nobleman with royal blood in their veins.
根据从亚人们口中得来的情报考虑——当然在那之后已经将其杀掉了——现在作为目标的都市里似乎囚禁着流有王族血脉的贵人。

If they were truly of the royal bloodline, it was very likely that the situation would improve. Even if they were not royalty, it would be a godsend if they were a great noble with a certain degree of status and connections. They could bank on the fact that they had saved his life to ask the southern armies to apply pressure, and possibly ask for reinforcements.
如果真的是王族的话,事态会好转的可能性很高。即使并非王族,只是个有着一定地位和人脉的大贵族那也是谢天谢地。以救命之恩为盾,就可以向南方的军队施加压力,也能要求支援了。

However, Neia had her doubts.
然而涅娅仍是满心疑惑。

“Your Majesty, do you really think there will be a member of the royal family or a powerful noble there?”
「陛下,您觉得真的会有王族、或者说是有力贵族存在吗?」

Neia had been allowed to ride a horse out of deference to the Sorcerer King’s status. Otherwise, the sort of horse which a low-ranking squire like Neia would have been allowed to ride would have been taken for use as a pack animal long ago.
涅娅会被允许骑马是为了符合魔导王侍的身份。否则像是涅娅这种地位低下的侍从的马,最开始就会被抢过去当成驮马吧。

“It’s probably a trap. Even if it isn’t, the city will be garrisoned with many troops, and depending on the situation there might be demons present. Captain Custodio ought to be very aware of that. Even so, she has decided to fight an uphill battle like this. Sometimes, you need to wager everything on one bet.”
「怕是陷阱吧。就算不是,也会驻扎着防御牢固的兵力,根据情况说不定还会有恶魔存在。关于这些卡斯特迪奥团长等人应该也是很清楚的。是即便如此也决定背水一战吧。有时也需要像这样孤注一掷」

If they did not seek the aid of the south, people would begin to starve soon. If that happened, Neia knew that the Liberation Army would not be able to carry on.
不向南方求援的话,不久的将来肯定会出现饿死者。如果变成那样的话解放军是不可能还维持得下去的,这点涅娅也明白。

Soon, they saw their objective, the small city, in the distance.
不久后就在前方看见了目的地的小都市。

From her horse at the tail end of the column, Neia looked at the citizen soldiers marching ahead of herself.
在最末尾骑着马的涅娅看向了走在自己前方的民兵们。

They were citizens of the Holy Kingdom who had been rescued from the prison camps. The reason why they had pressed them into military service when they should have been resting was because they discovered that there were far more demihumans in the town than in the earlier prison camps.
他们是从在之前的俘虏收容中救出的圣王国平民。让本有休息必要的他们拿起武器行军,是因为发现小都市里亚人的数量比之前的俘虏收容所要多得多。

There were many more weakened people than expected, so they were not expected to make foot soldiers. Even so, it was better than nothing, and so they were mobilized.
身体衰弱的人比预想中多,作为士兵没什么可期待的。即便如此也还是有胜于无,便将他们动员了起来。

Neia’s level of skill would be hard-pressed to hide such a large force from the eyes of the demihuman scouts, so they needed to move as quickly as possible.
只靠涅娅程度的技术、难以让这种规模的军队逃过亚人侦察部队的眼睛,因此要抓紧时间尽快行动。

And the result of doing so was that the people only became more and more exhausted, and the number of adults sitting on cargo wagons only grew. The fact that they could actually sleep on the bumpy, uncomfortable wagon beds, only served to show how tired they were. In turn, the children were running energetically. The priests were probably not used to long journeys on foot either, given how they would look enviously at the cargo wagons from time to time.
而这样做的结果,使得民众们的疲倦愈加严重,随着时间流逝坐上敞篷载货马车的成年人数量也逐渐增加。在那咣当咣当晃得让人难受的载货马车上也能睡得着,说明他们积攒了相当多的疲劳吧。相对的孩子们都很精神地走着。神官们也不习惯这样的长途跋涉吧,有时会羡慕地看向载货马车。

Even in this state, they’re going to be thrown straight into a battle once they arrive. Is it really alright?
(即使是状态也不得不在到达后立刻投入战斗啊,真的不要紧吗)

During their strategy meetings en route, they had decided to immediately attack the city upon reaching it. That was because they lacked both provisions and time.
在途中的作战会议上,已经决定了到达后立刻开始都市攻略战。因为时间和食物都已经没有余裕了。

Attacking a city with enemies lying in wait during daytime was extremely dangerous.
在天还亮时就攻进有敌人等候着的城墙内部非常危险。

It would be easier to approach at night, but it would be very disadvantageous to humans, who did not have nightvision abilities. In particular, night battles were very dangerous for the citizens, who only had what combat training they had received as conscripts.
夜间接近敌人会好些,但对没有夜视能力的人类来说又很不利。特别是对于只在征兵的时候受过战斗训练的平民们来讲,夜晚的战斗危机重重。

With that in mind, they had decided to attack at dawn.
考虑到这些因素,最后决定在昼间发起进攻。

The battle lines had already been formed up ahead of them. At the head were the paladins. Behind them were militiamen holding wooden walls they had made after wrecking the prison camps, and at the back were the priests.
前方的战斗队列已经整备好了。最前线是圣骑士,他们后方是拿着通过破坏收容所而弄出来的木墙的平民。最后排的是神官们。

The plan was the same as last time, using the angels to suppress the enemies on the walls while the paladins broke down the gates, a tactic which relied on brute strength for everything. The citizen-soldiers’ job was largely limited to frightening the enemy through weight of numbers. Therefore, they had ordered the civilians to avoid fighting, and if they had to fight, to gang up on their opponents, among other things.
作战和上一回相同,在天使们压制住城墙卫兵的期间,圣骑士们将门破坏,用这种靠蛮力解决的战术。至于平民们的任务,则更多的是滥竽充数以人数来威慑敌人。为此,对平民们下达了尽可能避免战斗,如果战斗也尽可能以多数来应对一个敌人,这样的指示。

“…Now then, show me how you will do this.”
「……那,就让我见识一下你们的手段吧」

The Sorcerer King muttered to himself.
魔导王低声喃喃道。

As an observer, the Sorcerer King would not be involved with the battle.
作为观察者的魔导王和战斗无关。

While they wanted to draw on his strength for a siege like this, nobody opened their mouth to ask him during their meetings. The Sorcerer King paid no heed to the pleading gazes directed at him, and he was now positioned in the rear echelon.
虽然正是这种攻城战才想要借助他的力量,但会议中没有人开口提出来。无视了那些含着乞求的视线,魔导王现在正待在最后方。

The battle began like it had the last time.
战斗和上次一样地开始了。

It might be a small city, but it was very large for the region. Its wooden gates were reinforced with bands of iron, and there were murder holes above it, while the walls were not built of wood, but stone. The walls and gates were also much better made than those of the prison camps, which had largely been scavenged from materials taken from the villagers. However, because this city had less than ten thousand residents, it was still not impregnable.
虽说是小都市但在这一带也算是很大的都市了,木制闸门被用铁加固,上面还有落石口,城墙的材质也并非木头而是岩石,城墙与城门和用村子里的材料制作出的收容所相比都要完善许多。不过因为这个都市的人口也未过万,还达不到称得上固若金汤的高度和厚度。

The attackers found it troublesome, while it left the defenders uneasy. That was probably a more appropriate evaluation of the situation.
让进攻者觉得麻烦,让防御者有些不安,这样的评价比较妥当吧。

Remedios led the paladins in a charge, while the angels attacked the demihumans on the walls.
蕾梅蒂欧丝在先头带领着圣骑士们开始突击,天使们也袭向了城墙上的亚人。

However — the angels occasionally winked out of existence after being hit by enemy attacks.
只是——在天使中间不时能看到有的天使受到亚人攻击后化作光点消失。

It would seem the demihumans were the same Bafolk they had encountered previously in the camps, but as expected, the ones defending this city were extraordinarily skilled troops.
亚人们看上去是和之前的俘虏收容所一样的山羊人,但果然守护着都市的都是些非同一般的强兵健将。

The most obvious of them was a Bafolk on the walls — hiding behind a battlement — and holding a very long spear. He had already impaled many angels.
其中最为显眼的是一只在城墙上——躲在墙垛后面——手拿卓越长枪的山羊人。他已经屠戮了许多的天使。

That Bafolk emitted a roar.
那只山羊人发出了一声咆哮。

Perhaps it was some kind of skill, but it did not affect the angels or the paladins breaking down the gates beneath him. Was it because of a narrow area of effect, or was it only effective on allies? The details were unclear. However, it would be good to remember that he possessed some sort of skill.
恐怕是某种特殊能力吧,但却没有影响到天使和在下面破坏城门的圣骑士们。是范围狭窄么,还是说仅对友方生效呢,具体还不清楚。不过还是记住他持有着某种特殊能力这一点比较好。

Looking down, both sides were fighting fiercely outside the gates
将视线下移,两方在大门处激烈地战斗着。

The Bafolk thrust their longspears from the other side of the gate — from inside the city — at the paladins, who blocked them with spiked shields, prevented the enemy from attacking the paladins with the battering rams. Remedios, on the other hand, directly cut apart the longspears they stabbed at her.
山羊人们从闸门的对面——都市内部——刺出长枪,而上前一步的圣骑士则用手中那下部带有长刺的盾将其挡下,防止敌人攻击到拿着破城锤的圣骑士。至于蕾梅蒂欧丝则是直接就把刺过来的长枪整个砍飞了。

The demihumans dumped boiling water on them through the murder holes. However, the paladins already had 「Protection Energy Fire」 cast on them in anticipation of this, and so no matter how much water got on them, the paladins were unscathed.
亚人们从落石口倒下开水使得下方蒸汽四溢。不过因为已经料到这种攻击而施加好<火属性防御>,无非是被水淋湿的程度,对圣骑士们来说无关痛痒。

Of course, since this was winter, things would be troublesome if they were drenched and then the temperature fell, but it was fine for the moment.
当然,因为现在是冬季,要是把开水的温度降低就会变得非常棘手,但当下还不成问题。

If they had used boiling oil instead of water, their swords would have slipped easily from their hands. Perhaps oil was precious to the demihumans but they did not make such preparations.
要是用热油来代替开水的话,剑会很容易从手里滑脱吧。是对于亚人来说油很贵重么,似乎没有那样的准备。

The slowly-advancing civilians carried the wooden walls which they had brought along to use as shields. While it would have been better if they had been made out of metal, it could not be helped given their lack of proper arms. It might not have been terribly sturdy, but it was better than nothing, and the citizen-soldiers hidden behind them began winding up their slings. They were aiming at the demihumans fighting with the angels. Of course since they were not used to combat, the stones they threw struck the angels more often that not.
慢慢前进着的平民们手里举着从收容所运来的当做盾牌的木墙。虽然事实上用金属制品会更好,但这是在没有足够武装的状况下的无奈之举。在这也许不可靠,但又聊胜于无的墙壁后方隐藏着的民兵们开始摇起了投石索。目标是在和天使们战斗着的亚人。当然了,因为他们并不习惯战斗,投出的石头打中天使的情况要更多。

Even though they were taking friendly fire, the angels were resistant to unenchanted attacks, so it was not a problem for them. Of course, it was merely resistance, not immunity, but still, the citizen-soldiers did not do that much damage to the angels. They were used simply because they would hurt the demihumans more if they hit them.
虽然算是友军伤害了,但因为天使们对未附着魔法的攻击持有耐性,所以不成问题。当然了,只是减轻伤害,并非完全无效化,不过民兵的投石也造成不了多大的伤害。这样做的原因只不过是亚人被击中会有更大的损伤罢了。

Every time an angel fell, the priests would summon a new angel and throw it into the fray. While there were very few of them, this inexhaustible and untiring supply of fresh troops kept pouring on, and the demihuman resistance began to falter,
每当天使倒下,神官们就会召唤出新的天使,再让他们投身前线。虽然数量很少,但因为这不会疲劳也不会损失的生力军源源不断地追加着,亚人的抵抗看起来也似乎衰弱了些。

“…Mm. After considering the opposition might use defensive magic, they ought to have splashed cold water on them. Combined with the cold of winter, it would make their opponent’s body temperature plunge… after all, most people would cast spells to protect against fire.”
「……嗯。以对方会使用防御魔法为前提考虑的话,应该泼些冷水才会比较有效吧。配合着冬天的冷空气可以一口气降低敌人的体温……因为正常来说都是会施加对火焰的守护魔法啊」

As the Sorcerer King looked at the battlefield, he muttered to himself like he was analyzing it.
看向战场的魔导王像是在分析般淡淡低语着。

It was hard to respond to those words. While nobody had died yet, there were those who were already wounded, so she could not bring herself to speak.
多么难以回应的台词啊。虽说还没出现死者,但在出现了负伤者的战斗之中,确实如此,这种话真是说不出来啊。

“Speaking of which, is it really alright if you don’t participate in the battle, Baraja-san? You ought to be able to make a good accounting of yourself with the bow I gave you.”
「话说,巴拉哈小姐不参加战斗没问题吗?有我给你的那张弓的话,一定可以收获相当的战果哦?」

Neia was assigned to stand watch by the Sorcerer King’s side. Using her own body as a shield for him was her duty. Therefore, she had not been ordered to fight. However, just like before, the Sorcerer King seemed very eager for her to use that bow of hers.
涅娅护卫在魔导王身旁,用自己的身体充当护盾就是她的职责。所以没有收到参加战斗的命令。
不过,之前也是,魔导王似乎很想让自己使用这张弓的样子。

Does he want me to use the weapon he lent me? I could try taking a shot from here, but missing the first shot with a borrowed weapon would be a little too–
(是想让人使用他借出的武器吗?在这里射击看看倒是也可以,不过借来武器如果第一下就打空了未免也太……)

Just as Neia was hesitating over how to answer, a mighty noise came from the vicinity of the city gate. Looking over, it would seem the gate had been broken down. The noise was a combination of the paladins’ rejoicings and the demihumans’ anxious cries.
犹豫的涅娅正打算回答时,城门处传来了巨大的响声。看过去的话闸门好像被破坏掉了。响声的正体是圣骑士们的欢呼,和亚人们焦虑的悲鸣。

Once the city gate went down, the paladins flooded into the city like an avalanche.
城门一坏,圣骑士们就像雪崩般涌入了城内。

After seeing Remedios’ skills, the shaken beastmen grew more and more frantic.
见识到了蕾梅蒂欧丝的妙技,动摇的山羊人们的焦躁感愈加强烈了。

After that — the paladins retreated amidst great clamour.
接着——圣骑士在喧闹声中一齐后退了。

Neia’s keen vision saw within what was inside the narrow aperture of the gates before the paladins made it there.
涅娅那敏锐的视力在杀至门前的圣骑士间的狭窄缝隙里捕捉到了那里的状况。

It was the same as before.
是和当时同样的状况。

A Bafolk was clutching a child, even younger than before, and issuing orders to the paladins on the other side of the city gate. While his voice did not carry over to them, one could imagine the orders which had been given.
抓着比当时那位更加年幼的小孩子,一只山羊人正在对着城门另一侧的圣骑士们命令些什么。
虽然声音传不到这里,但能想象出命令的内容。

The paladins began falling back and leading the retreat were Remedios and Gustav. After that, they told the priests to “have the angels fall back, otherwise they’ll kill the child.”
圣骑士们开始向后撤,在这之中带头撤回的还是蕾梅蒂欧丝和古斯塔博。接着对神官们下达了
「让天使们后退。不然的话他们就会把孩子杀掉」这样的命令。

“Here we go again. I can’t listen in from over here, I want to go over there and take part in their conversation. How about it?”
「又来了么。这里不方便听取情况。我想过去那边加入谈话、怎么样?」

“You have no need to seek my opinion, Your Majesty.”
「您没有征求我意见的必要,魔导王陛下」

Neia and the Sorcerer King walked towards Remedios, who was stationed some distance — between the Sorcerer King and the city gates — and discussing something under the eyes of the uneasy citizen-soldiers.
涅娅和魔导王一起,朝着稍远处——城门和魔导王中间的位置——在民兵们不安的视线中讨论着的蕾梅蒂欧丝的方位走去。

“We should negotiate with them, after all,” Remedios said, but the one who was frowning after taking off their helmet was someone else. Perhaps it was because they knew what had happened at the first prison camp, but all of them had “How can we approve of this” written on their faces.
「果然还是应该和那群家伙交涉」

这么说的是蕾梅蒂欧丝,摘下头盔皱起眉头的的是其他人。因为知道在最初的俘虏收容所发生了什么,他们满脸都写着,怎么可能赞同呢,这几个字。

Even after the Sorcerer King came, they still had not found an answer.
即使魔导王已经过来,也还是没得出任何答案。

No, everyone was trying to think of how to talk Remedios down from her position of “in any case, we need to save that child”, but that seemed unlikely.
不,对于蕾梅蒂欧丝总而言之应该把孩子救下的言论,剩下的人则是在想法设法地说服她、那不可能吧。

After proposing a few vague compromise plans that were ultimately a waste of time, several people exchanged looks, and soon Gustav raised his voice to shout, “Captain!” as he poured strength into his eyes.
应酬着提不出具体方案的白费功夫意见,几人交换起视线,不久古斯塔博就双眼有力地「团长!」这么提高了声音叫道。

“We’ve gone over this countless times already! Even back then, no matter how we discussed things, it didn’t work out! We can’t save that child!”
「不都已经那样反复讨论过了么!就算有时间,就算再怎么讨论,也没有办法的。那个孩子我们救不下来啊!」

After hearing Gustav’s lines, Neia knew that the Captain had continued the strategy meeting even after the Sorcerer King had left the command tent. At the same time, she knew that the paladins would not be able to solve this problem without spilling blood.
听到了古斯塔博的台词,涅娅这下知道了当时魔导王从作战会议的帐篷离开后团长们还是反复地进行着会议。同时也知道了圣骑士们绝对没办法不沾鲜血地解决这个问题。

Remedios bit her lip and remained silent. However —
蕾梅蒂欧丝咬紧了嘴唇,一言不发。但是——

“Captain! We can’t win this battle without sacrifice! Right now, we ought to sacrifice the few to save the many!”
「团长!已经没办法不出牺牲地赢得战斗的胜利了!现在应该牺牲少数,以拯救更多人才是啊!」

Neia saw Remedios’ eyes flare with crimson flame at those words.
涅娅看到蕾梅蒂欧丝的眼中因这句话而燃起了红莲之火。

“–That is not the kind of war Her Majesty would wage! We are Her Majesty’s swords! We serve the Holy Queen, she who wants the people of this nation to live and work in peace!”
「——那不是圣王女陛下的战斗!我们是圣王女陛下的剑!那位希望这个国家全部人民都能安居乐业的圣王女大人!」

“But the Holy Queen-sama is…”
「可是圣王女大人她……」

Is dead, but before Gustav could say that, Remedios shouted to interrupt him.
已经去世了,在古斯塔博这么说下去之前蕾梅蒂欧丝发出了怒吼。

“The next Holy King hasn’t been appointed yet! Shouldn’t we protect the ideals of the Holy Queen-sama to whom we pledged our swords until then? What does a vow of loyalty we made mean when we break it ourselves!?”
「下任圣王还没有上任!那么不就应该去守护我们为之献上手中之剑的圣王女大人的理念么!以忠义起誓又要自己去将其打破算些什么啊!」

Ah, I see. Neia understood.
啊,这样啊,涅娅理解了。

Remedios had been bound, bound by the wishes of the person to whom she had pledged her loyalty.
蕾梅蒂欧丝被束缚着。被献上忠义的对象的愿望所束缚着。

A knight of the Holy Queen who loved the people could not do anything which could harm the people. That was what bound her.
侍奉着爱护民众的圣王女的骑士团,决不允许做出割舍民众的行为,这样的束缚。

The only one who could break her bonds was the next person to whom she offered her loyalty.
能将此打破的,就只有下一位她献上忠义的人物吧。

“What’s wrong with that? Who did you pledge your swords to? You all went through the ceremony to be ordained as paladins! Who do you think the paladin order serves!?”
「有错么!你们是把剑献给了谁!经过了什么仪式,才作为圣骑士被认可的!你们以为这个骑士团是在侍奉着谁啊!」

When a squire became a paladin, they would meet with the Holy King and ritually offer the sword they held to him. Similarly, when there was a change of Holy King, the paladins would meet with him and offer their swords to the reigning Holy King while swearing their loyalty. Therefore, everyone in this band of paladins had pledged their swords to the Holy Queen.
在成为侍从这个阶级时,会去谒见圣王,举行将手中之剑为其献上的仪式。同样的圣骑士在圣王更替的时候也会去谒见,为当代圣王献上手中之剑,发誓自己的忠诚。为此所属于这个骑士团的所有人,都将自己的剑献给了圣王女。

“Or did you not?” Her tone changed in an instant. After heating up, she cooled down right away, and her voice was filled with freezing chill. “Was the Holy Queen-sama wrong to want to give the smallfolk happiness and build a nation where nobody would need to cry?”
「还是说并非如此?」语气一下子变了。变成了热度瞬间冷却,寄宿着要冻结般寒冷的声音。「给予弱小民众们幸福,建立谁也不会哭泣的国家,难道是圣王女大人的这种愿望错了吗?」

“She wasn’t wrong! But.. depending on the situation… things might need to change.”
「并没有错!只不过,根据情况……有着改变的必要」

“Who? Who needs to change? Tell me, then. Is there a higher form of justice than ‘not having to sacrifice anyone’!?”
「谁?谁要改变?那就让我听听吧。难道还有比“谁都不用牺牲”更为崇高的正义吗!?」

Gustav shut his mouth.
古斯塔博闭上了嘴。

Neia realised that she had made a mistake just now.
涅娅注意到了刚才的考虑是错误的。

She was not ruled by her obedience to her loyalty to the Holy Queen, to whom she had pledged her loyalty.
并不是被献上忠义的圣王女的意志所支配着。

Remedios said that one ought to carry out justice. However thorny the path, however difficult it was to walk, one ought to trudge through all the difficulties in one’s way and continue forward without heed for what was around oneself.
蕾梅蒂欧丝说应该要执行正义。即使那是怎样的荆棘之路,想要踏破是如何的困难,也应该心无旁骛地只是一往无前。

Sacrificing the few to save the many, and saving everyone no matter how great or small; which of these was truly just?
做出牺牲舍小求大的考虑和无论大小全部拯救的想法,到底哪一方才是正义呢。

That much was obvious.
无需多言。

Clearly, it was the latter. However, it was far too idealistic, and a normal person would immediately give up on it. However, even after knowing this, Remedios still insisted on saving everyone.
可以断言、是后者。然而,那太过理想,一般的人会立刻放弃吧。而理解了这一点的蕾梅蒂欧丝还是如此诉说着,要将所有人拯救。

She held firmly to an ideal that a normal person would abandon immediately.
她坚持着一般人马上就会放弃的理想。

That was why she was the captain of the paladins, the highest-ranked paladin of them all.
正因如此,她才会是圣骑士团的团长,最高位的圣骑士吧。

Remedios was the only one seeking her lofty definition of justice; those who could not understand this were the pitiful ones.
仅有蕾梅蒂欧丝一个人在追求着孤高的正义,没能理解这点的自己才是可怜的存在吧。

Perhaps they understood her, but several paladins lowered their heads in shame.
是有着相同的感受吗,圣骑士中的几人也羞愧地低下了头。

If one considered the Sorcerer King’s justice of “killing one to save a thousand” to be a king’s justice, then Remedios justice of “one or a thousand, they are all the same” was an ideal — a shining form of justice.
把“一”割舍来拯救“千”的魔导王的正义是作为王者的正义,“一”也好“千”也好都想拯救的蕾梅蒂欧丝的
正义是理想的——闪耀着光辉的正义吧。

Both sides were just. Neither was wrong. Even so–
无论那边都是正义。谁都没有错。即便如此——

Is there no justice without strength?
(没有力量就不算是正义吗?)

For instance, if Remedios were stronger — if she possessed godlike power which Neia could not imagine, she could save the child, and save the inhabitants of the city. In that case, there would not have been any problems.
假如蕾梅蒂欧丝更加强大——有着涅娅无法想象的神一般的力量,就能救下被当作人质的孩子,也能拯救都市的居民了吧。那样的话应该就不会有任何的问题了。

However, that was not the case.
然而,现实并非那样。

She was stalled here because there was no way to carry on without sacrifice.
正是因为没有不牺牲任何人的办法,才会在像现在这样停滞不前。

Carrying out justice requires strength. Ahhh, I want to become strong… that way, I can wipe away Jaldabaoth’s taint from this country…
(执行正义需要力量。啊啊,好想得到力量……那样的话亚达巴沃对这个国家的玷污也就……)

“…Forgive me for interjecting while you are at a deadlock, but you will not reach a conclusion this way.”
「……抱歉在这意见不一致的时候插嘴,但这样下去是得不出结论的」

That exceptionally cold voice blew away the building heat in the air.”
这格外冷静的声音,使得现场的热气烟消云散了。

“Your Majesty…”
「魔导王陛下……」

“Captain Custodio. If this goes on, you will only serve to make the enemies know about the effectiveness of hostages. In my view, you will not be able to conquer this city without sacrificing anyone.”
「卡斯特迪奥团长。就这么下去只会像之前那样,让更多敌人意识到人质的有效性。就我看来不牺牲任何人是无法攻陷这座都市的」

“Certainly not. There ought to be a better way to do this. A way where nobody needs to be sacrificed and where nobody needs to be hurt!”
「没有那样的事。应该有着更完美的方法才对。谁都不用牺牲,谁也不会悲伤的方法!」

In response to that voice, which sounded like it was being bled out of her, the Sorcerer King gave a flat reply.
对这仿佛在滴血般的声音,魔导王平淡地做出了回应。

“I doubt it… we’ve wasted too much time. If this goes on, we will only make the same mistakes again.
「不觉得会有啊……花费太多时间了。这样下去只会重蹈覆辙」

Remedios bit her lip tightly. A tiny rill of blood flowed down it.
蕾梅蒂欧丝紧紧咬住了嘴唇。看得到那嘴唇上溢出了一丝鲜血。

“…Then… Captain. Just sacrifice that child.”
「……那么……团长。就牺牲那个孩子吧」

“That–!!”
「那——!!」

“Mm. Leave the rest to me. Since so much time has passed, I doubt you will be able to resolve this with a tiny sacrifice.”
「嗯。接下来交给我吧。既然已经过了这么久,即使你们抱着必死的觉悟进攻,恐怕也难以用微小的牺牲解决吧」

“Is that really alright!?” It was Neia who could not help crying out. “Your Majesty has been conserving his mana to fight Jaldabaoth; won’t using that mana make the fight against Jaldabaoth unfavorable?”
「这样没问题么!」不由得叫出声的是涅娅。「陛下的魔力是为了与亚达巴沃战斗而温存着的,使用这份魔力不会在与亚达巴沃战斗时变得不利吗!?」

“It is as you say, Baraja-san. However, there is no other way in order to save more people… while I cannot possibly guarantee that there will be no losses, at the very least, there will be far fewer than if you try. How about it? Will you leave it to me?”
「正如你所说,巴拉哈小姐。然而为了救助更多的人民我别无他法……虽然不可能全无牺牲,但和让你们上比起来牺牲会少很多吧。怎样?要交给我吗?」

“So there will still… be sacrifices…”
「还是会出现……牺牲啊……」

“Unfortunately so, Captain Custodio.”
「很遗憾,卡斯特迪奥团长」

Remedios bowed her head and left without a word. She walked toward the city — where the citizen-soldiers were looking with uneasy eyes.
低着头的蕾梅蒂欧丝一言不发地走了出去。向着都市——不安地观望着的民兵的方向。

“My apologies, Your Majesty. In the Captain’s place, please allow me, Gustav, to beseech you to aid us.”
「失礼了,魔导王陛下。代替团长,请由我、古斯塔博拜托您助我们一臂之力」

“Mm… Well, it’s a pointless question, but you will thank me for it, right?”
「嗯。……虽是无聊的问题,你们会感谢我的吧?」

Everyone present was puzzled by the Sorcerer King’s question, but they immediately responded in agreement. Neia did not miss the uneasiness in their hearts over why he had asked such a reasonable question.
在场的人都对魔导王的问题感到不可思议,但都立刻做出了同意的回答。为什么会问这么理所当然的事情呢,涅娅没有看漏他们身上的这一丝不安。

“Really now. Then I will pacify the city by myself. You gentlemen should keep an eye out for any fish that slip the net and kill the or take them prisoner. Personally, I would rather take them captive in order to question them for information. Also, I will be using the undead, so don’t get too excited.”
「是么。那就由我一人对都市进行镇压吧。你们就负责在发现漏网之鱼后将他们杀死或是俘虏起来吧。就我而言因为想要获取些详细的情报,还是俘虏起来更好些。还有就是我会使役不死者,别太兴奋了哦」

Saying so, the Sorcerer King set out for the city gates without waiting for an answer.
说完这些的魔导王不等回答就走向了大门。

“「Greater Magic Seal」, 「Mass Hold Species」.”
「<上位魔法封印>,<集团全种族束缚>」

The Sorcerer King did not stop walking as he cast his spells.
脚下不停的魔导王开始使用魔法。

After incanting those two spells, he waced a hand and conjured several flickering shadows.
咏唱完两种魔法以后,挥了挥手,就唤出了几道摇曳的影子。

There were ten of them in total.
数量是十道。

They radiated an aura unique to the undead, one which the living could not abide. Their translucent forms displayed expressions of misery.
它们释放着不死者特有的,生者难以接受的气息。半透明的它们露出了苦闷的表情。

They were Wraiths. Neia had once heard that they would take the shape of the species who saw them from her monster lore lectures. However, their bizarre appearances looked like three people’s shadows stuck together.
是死灵[wraith]。它们会变成和目击者的种族相同的模样,涅娅曾在魔物讲习中听到过。但这像是三个人的影子混合在一起的怪异模样,却和讲义的内容不同。

“You High Wraiths,”
「上位死灵[High Wraith]们啊」

The monstrous-looking shadows followed the Sorcerer King as he walked. The grass by their feet wilted rapidly. Already brown from winter, they shrivelled up rapidly as they lost their water content.
追随着步履不停的魔导王的几道异形之影。它们脚边的杂草迅速的枯萎着。在冬天本就变成褐色的草叶急剧地失去水分干瘪了下来。

“Go over there and wait for my instructions.”
「过去等待我的指示」

The undead moved in perfect unison, unconstrained by gravity, and they floated swiftly into the air. In seconds, the undead melted into the azure sky overhead, and the fact that she could not see them with her eyes of which she was so proud of only intensified her shock.
不死者们用看上去像是不受重力般的动作整齐划一地迅速升到了空中。仅过数秒不死者们就融入了天空的蔚蓝之中,涅娅因自豪的双眼也无法捕捉到它们的身影而倍感惊讶。

While she wondered if it was really alright not to explain in detail to those summoned undead, the Sorcerer King who could make such perfect battle plans would surely not have overlooked that point.
虽然想着不对召唤出的不死者们进行详细说明真的好吗,但能建立那样完美作战的魔导王肯定是不会疏忽的没有错。

“Those, those were…”
「那、那是……」

“High Wraiths. Since they are incorporeal beings, they can pass through walls and other obstacles… of course, they can’t pass through things without limit… you probably don’t want to know the specifics, do you? Well, they’re part of my preparations for taking the city. Now then, please wait here, Baraja-san…”
「上位死灵。因为是没有实体的存在,可以穿过墙壁等障碍行动……当然,也不是能无止境地穿越下去……具体的也不怎么想知道的吧?嘛、这是为了攻陷都市而做的部署的其中之一。那么巴拉哈小姐就在此……」

“—Please allow me to accompany you.”
「——请允许我随您同行」

“Mm… in that case, please wear this item around your neck.”
「嗯……那么就把这个道具戴在脖子上吧」

“This, this is?”
「这、这是?」

The Sorcerer King produced a necklace with a five-pointed star pendant, set with a large ruby in the center.
魔导王从怀中取出了一条以大块红宝石为中心,四周围了一圈五芒星的项链。

“This item grants immunity to fear. High Wraiths have the ability to spread terror… let me get this out of the way first. Afterwards, you will be walking into complete chaos. People driven by fear can sometimes show terrifying strength. Even I might not be able to protect you, so if you still wish to follow…”
「这道具能附加对恐惧的完全耐性。上位死灵有着散步恐惧的能力……有一句话我先说好,接下来要进去这完全的混乱之中。被恐怖支配而袭击过来的家伙们有时会发挥出可怕的力量。说不定连我也无法保护你,即使这样也要跟过来……」

“—Please allow me to accompany you.”
「——请允许我随您同行」

“Mm, mm. Is, is that so. I understand.”
「嗯,嗯。这、这样啊,我知道了」

Neia fastened the necklace around her neck.
涅娅把项链戴到了脖子上。

“Even so… good grief, they are at war, you know. How could there be a war without casualties?”
「即便如此……哎呀哎呀,他们可是在战争啊。没有人牺牲的战争怎么会存在呢」

Neia smiled bitterly in response to the Sorcerer King’s slightly jovial tones.
听到魔导王带些玩笑的话语,涅娅露出了苦笑。

Of course, Remedios was not talking about that. The Sorcerer King could not possibly have understood the meaning of her words. This was probably the Sorcerer King’s way of cracking a joke, but even so…
当然,蕾梅蒂欧丝说的不是那么一回事。魔导王不可能没有读懂那番话的意图,恐怕这是个魔导王风格的玩笑吧——话虽如此——

His Majesty does not seem particularly talented at cracking jokes.
(魔导王陛下好像、不怎么有开玩笑的天赋啊)

Perhaps this might be the Sorcerer King’s sole weakness. Just as that thought came to Neia’s mind, they had reached the vicinity of the gate.
说不定这是魔导王陛下唯一的弱点呢,正当涅娅这么想着的时候,已经来到了大门附近。

“Fall back, paladins. I am going to conquer this city now. Move to the rear… I believe you ought to get at least that far back, no”
「后退,圣骑士们哟。现在开始我要攻占这座都市了。你们向后撤吧。……我看看、要后退到那附近哦?」

The Sorcerer King indicated the rearmost paladins and then, he walked into the city gates, like he was strolling into no man’s land.
魔导王转身向着最后方的圣骑士发出指示,接着就像是迈入无人之境般走向了城门。

“Get back! If you don’t move quickly, this brat will–”
「快点后退!再不快点,这个小鬼就——」

Soon, the Sorcerer King ran into the Bafolk who was holding the child hostage.
很快魔导王就和把孩子当做人质的山羊人碰面了。

It was hard to tell what kind of expression the demihuman was making. It was probably shock. The other demihumans around the Bafolk probably had the same looks on their faces. Well, even Neia would be shocked if she suddenly saw the Sorcerer King.
亚人的表情很难分辨,好像是在惊讶吧。挟持着人质的山羊人周围的其他亚人也是同样的表情。嘛,即使涅娅突然看到魔导王的身姿也会惊讶吧。

“…The, the undead!?”
「……不、不死者?」

With that, the word “undead” rippled through the demihumans.
话音一落,「不死者」一词就在亚人中间像是涟漪般地传开了。

“Indeed. Ah, I believe they are called ‘The Living?’ I heard that once, but I do not quite trust my recollection.”
「正是如此。啊,是叫做The·Living吗?曾经听说过一次,没什么自信啊」

“Wha-what? Why are you? What on earth… wait, a human?” The Bafolk’s eyes turned to Neia. “You! You control that undead creature, right? What a creepy guy he is!”
「什、,什么?为什么、你会?到底是……等等,人类?」视线移到了涅娅身上。「你!是你使役着不死者吗?真是让人毛骨悚然的家伙!」

Thoughts like, “I’m not a necromancer” or “You’re being rude to the Sorcerer King’ ran through Neia’s mind, but she remained silent.
虽然心中涌出了“我不是死灵法师[Necromancer]啊”又或者“这对魔导王也太失礼了”之类事,但涅娅还是贯彻了沉默的态度。

“Sorry to intrude while you’re in chaos, but–”
「抱歉在你们混乱的时候,不过——」

“–Get back, undead! Or else this kid gets it!”
「——退后,不死者!这个小鬼会死掉哦!」

The Bafolk gripped the boy’s throat.
山羊人用力握住了少年的喉咙。

The boy’s face lost all signs of life. His cloudy eyes reflected the Sorcerer King’s visage, but he did not react. Even so, he still gasped after his captor grabbed his throat.
少年那死人般的脸上失去了生机。浑浊的瞳孔里映出了魔导王的身姿,却没有做出一点反应。即便如此喉咙被捏住后还是微弱地喘息了一下。

“Fuhaha! You’re actually trying to use the living as a hostage against the undead? Honestly, honestly.”
「呼哈哈!竟在身为不死者的我面前把生者当做人质吗!?这真是、这真是」

The Bafolk’s eyes went wide. His expression’s kind of disgusting, and Neia mused that the reason she had the room to calmly think like this because she was backed by the mountain that was the Sorcerer King.
山羊人瞪大了眼睛。有点恶心的表情呢,涅娅能产生这样冷静思考的余裕,是多亏了有魔导王这位巨大的后盾吧、

“Human! Call this undead off!”
「人类!让这个不死者后退!」

It’s not like I’m controlling him…
(又不是我在使役……)

“Umu. Now then, shall we begin?”
「哼嗯。那就开始吧?」

“What? Stay back! Get back right now!”
「什么?后退!赶紧后退!」

Perhaps it had sensed something, but the Bafolk took a step to the rear while still holding its hostage.
是察觉到了什么吗,山羊人就那么抓着人质后退了一步。

When she looked around closely, she could see the forms of other children; had they been brought here as hostages as well? Even so, they did not seem to want to kill their hostages to teach them a lesson. They probably thought, would living hostages really work on the undead, who were the enemy of the living?
注意看的话周围还有其他小孩的身姿,是被当作人质带过来的吗。即便如此他们也没有杀死人质来做教训的打算。对于生者之敌的不死者来说,拿有生命的家伙做人质真的会有效吗,他们是产生了这样的疑问吧。

Neia sensed something like a black wind curling past her. In that moment, all the Bafolk froze in place. Ever since the Sorcerer King had shown up, everyone present had remained still, studying him so as not to miss a single move he made, but this change was far too extreme. Their eyes and mouths gaped open, their faces twisted in an ugly manner. Also — it was not just the Bafolk. Even the near-lifeless children showed a dramatic response to this. While she could not read the demihumans’ faces, Neia understood human expressions. Fear was written on the children’s faces. And it was an unimaginable, fragile, crumbling fear.
涅娅感到空气中像是有漆黑之风席卷而过。那一瞬间,山羊人们的动作停止了。本来从魔导王出现开始,所有人的视线都为了不看漏丝毫动作而死死盯在了他的身上,可这变化也太极端了。眼睛和嘴巴大大张开,表情丑陋地扭曲。还有——不仅是山羊人们。毫无生气的孩子们也做出了剧烈的反应。
虽然亚人的表情看不懂,但人类的表情涅娅能明白。孩子们的脸上露出的是恐怖。而且是超越了想象的摧枯拉朽的恐怖。

“Aiiiieeeee!”
「咿咿呀呀呀!」

The Bafolk screamed in a strange way–
山羊人们发出了奇怪的叫声——

“–Hmph. Release, 「Mass Hold Species」.”
「——哼。解放、<集团全种族束缚>」

A magic circle appeared, and some kind of spell flew forth from the Sorcerer King. In the next moment, the numerous demihumans and their child hostages froze in place like hideous statues, their faces still twisted. However, they did not look like they were dead. She could hear the faint sounds of breathing — quite ragged, it would seem.
随着魔法阵的浮现,某种魔法从魔导王这边飞了出去。接着一瞬间,那为数众多的亚人和被当做人质的孩子们,就保持着扭曲的表情,像是令人毛骨悚然的雕像般静止了。不过,似乎还没有死。能听到微弱的呼吸声——而且相当凌乱。

And then, above them — countless cries rang out from near the wall. After that, the thump, thump sounds of meat being bludgeoned rained down on Neia.
然后上方——城墙的附近传来了众多的悲鸣声。接着咚、咚的肉被砸扁的声音一起落到了涅娅的身后。

“Alright, let’s go.”
「好了,走吧」

She was briefly distracted by that sound, so when she looked forward again, at the gate–
一时间被那声音吸引了注意力,而向前看去的话闸门——

“「Greater Break Item」.”
「<上位道具破坏(Great·Break·Item)>」

–A shrill noise rang out. It was the sound of the pieces of pulverized gate falling like rain.
——尖锐的声音响起了。那是碎得七零八落的闸门像雨一样洒下来的声音。

“As I thought, destroying buildings with this drains a lot of mana… although I didn’t use it like that over there… I guess all I can do is accept the fact that I need to pick my targets for best effect. You can’t look down on small things, after all.”
「果然用这个破坏建筑的话魔力消耗会很大啊……虽然在那边还不至于这么用……只能用小可作大用来说服自己了。毕竟大不能兼小啊」

The Sorcerer King muttered to himself as he walked over the hill of the gate’s debris and passed through the city gate, with nobody to block his path.
一个人嘟嘟囔囔着的魔导王越过了堆成小山的闸门碎片,通过了无人阻拦的大门。

The rapidly changing situation left Neia confused and unable to move. Once she regain her calm, she smiled to herself.
接连变化的状况让涅娅混乱得无法动作。恢复冷静后脸上露出了小小的笑容。

The Sorcerer King had destroyed in seconds the gate which had given the paladins so much trouble.
让我们那样耗尽心思的大门,在魔导王的手下仅需数秒就解决了。

The strong really are unfair…
(强者还真不公平啊)

Neia jogged after the Sorcerer King, and he turned around in front of the immobile Bafolk and went, “So, how about them?” while indicating the motionless demihumans and the children they were holding.

“It’s only temporary, you know. Go tie up everyone here.”
涅娅小跑着追上了魔导王。他在硬直着的山羊人们面前转身看向涅娅「那么,这些家伙呢」魔导王回过身指向了静止着的亚人和被囚禁的孩子「说到底不过是暂时的静止了。就把在这里的家伙一个个绑起来吧」

“Then I’ll call the paladins over.”
「那就把圣骑士叫来好了」

“An excellent idea. Unfortunately, I am still radiating a fear aura. Everyone who steps into it will be filled with fear. Therefore, please ask them to take the appropriate measures. I believe priests ought to have 「Lion’s Heart 」 while paladins have… hm, ask them to use 「Under Divine Flag」, how about that?”
「那就太好了,不过我现在,正释放着播撒恐惧的灵气。进入范围内的人都会被恐惧所支配。为此请他们准备好应对手段。神官的话有着<雄狮之心(lions·heart)>,圣骑士的话……就用<在神之御旗下(Under·DaveAin·Flag)>吧?」

“You actually knew about that…”
「您知道的真是清楚……」

The Sorcerer King chuckled, and then walked through the Bafolk, as if to fill the gaps between them.
魔导王留下小小的笑声后,像是要填补山羊人间的空隙般走了出去。这时——

“Gooooohhh!!”
「嘎哦哦哦!」

A strong-looking Bafolk fell from above with a growl, holding a spear. He had probably jumped down from the castle wall.
随着低吼声,持枪的山羊人强者从上方降落了。是从城墙上飞跃而下的吧。

His eyes were red and he was foaming at the mouth. He was clearly not in a normal state of mind. He looked like he had fallen into madness.
眼睛变得通红,嘴边浮起泡沫。不是正常的状态。简直就像是陷入了疯狂。

“I see. Savagery… no, berserking? Certainly, that would negate fear and other mental effects — oho.”
「原来如此。凶战士化……不,狂乱么。那样确实恐惧等精神效果就——哦吼」

The Sorcerer King dodged the stabbing spear with practiced movements. It was a crisp, efficient movement, one unique to trained individuals. However, the Sorcerer King’s evasion meant that a Bafolk who had become a statue ended up being stabbed by his compatriot’s spear instead, It pierced straight through him, and he collapsed to the ground, spraying blood everywhere.
刺过来的枪被魔导王用洗练的动作闪过了。是受过训练的人所特有的干脆利落。然而因为魔导王的回避,一只化作雕像的山羊人被友军的长枪命中,贯通,鲜红的血液播撒向四周的同时,山羊人倒下了。

The berserk Bafolk no longer seemed to hold the concept of allies in his head.
狂乱的山羊人脑子里似乎已经没有友军这种概念了。

“Give me a break.”
「这可真是」

The Bafolk raised his spear. Was it a sweep? However, Neia could not launch an arrow.
山羊人挥起了枪。是横扫吧。然而涅娅无法射出箭矢。

The Sorcerer King approached the Bafolk, like he wanted to block her shot.
魔导王就像是要挡住射线般上前接近了山羊人。

Certainly, it was wise to close the distance given the spear’s length. However, the Sorcerer King’s next move deviated from common sense.
确实考虑到枪的长度缩短距离是正确的。然而,接下来魔导王的行动却偏离了常识。

With a swift motion, he pressed down on the Bafolk’s head from left and right.
他以迅速的动作左右按住了山羊人的头。

Perhaps it was because the Sorcerer King was surprisingly strong, but the Bafolk could not escape the Sorcerer King’s grasp no matter how it thrashed. Having given up on that, the Bafolk thought of something else; it gripped the front portion of the spear and drove it through the Sorcerer King. No, to be precise, it looked to Neia like he had driven it through him.
是魔导王的力量格外强大吗,不管再怎么闹腾山羊人也无法从魔导王手中挣脱。死心的山羊人另寻他法,握住了枪的前半部,贯穿了魔导王。不,准确的说是在涅娅看来贯穿了。

However, the Sorcerer King remained unmoved. Perhaps a defensive spell had stopped it.
然而魔导王纹丝未动。是用防御魔法挡住了吧。

“You’re not like that Troll, after all.”
「毕竟你和那个食人妖(Troll)不一样啊」

With a sickening crunch, the Bafolk’s eyes flew out of its skull; a clearly lethal injury. No, one could say that this was even worse than a fatal wound.
随着啪叽这讨厌的声音一起,山羊人的两个眼球飞了出去,一目了然的致命伤。不,或者说这副模样要不是致命伤还更可怜。

The Sorcerer King let go, and the Bafolk collapsed on the ground. Its limbs twitched around on the ground, but it was hard to say that those movements were consciously driven.
魔导王松开手,山羊人就那么倒在了地上。它的四肢啪嗒啪嗒地乱动着,但很难从中感受到意志的存在。

“May, may I know what you did?”
「您、您做了什么?」

Neia nervously asked from behind, and the Sorcerer King waggled his hand as he nonchalantly replied:
涅娅战战兢兢地在后面询问,而将双手抖来抖去的魔导王若无其事地回答了。

“I crushed its skull, of course. Sometimes, berserk individuals don’t die when they are killed. Still, if you destroy the brain, it should be fine… Still, it really was weak. Barely harder than an eggshell… are you kidding me?”
「捏碎了它的头盖骨。对狂乱的家伙即使加以致命伤,有时也不会倒下。不过只要破坏了大脑就不会出什么问题了吧……可是还真是脆弱啊。也就比蛋壳硬那么一点——开玩笑的哦?」

Neia’s face twitched.
涅娅表情抽搐着了起来。

His Majesty really doesn’t have any gift for making jokes…
(果然这位大人没什么开玩笑的天赋啊……)

“Alright, Baraja-san, call the paladins. Tell them to secure this area so I — we can continue forward together.
「好了,巴拉哈小姐。去把圣骑士们叫来吧。让他们把这里确保下来,我——我们就可以继续前进了」

“Yes!”
「是!」

Neia ran back outside at top speed, to where the paladins were. When she looked there she saw several Bafolk fallen at their feet.
涅娅全速冲回了外面圣骑士所在的位置,到那里一看,几只山羊人倒在了圣骑士们脚边。

Since they could not have run out from the gate, they had probably been Bafolk who, in their attempt to flee the font of fear that was the Sorcerer King, had chosen to jump off the walls, and this was the result.
因为不可能是从城门跑出来的,恐怕是城墙上的山羊人为了逃离魔导王这位恐怖之源,直接跳了下来的结果吧。

After reaching the paladins, Neia hurriedly relayed the Sorcerer King’s instructions. After that, she rushed back at top speed to the Sorcerer King’s side . After Neia returned, the Sorcerer King said, “Then let’s go,” and entered the city streets.
在到达了圣骑士们身边以后,涅娅急忙地传达了魔导王的指示。接着再次全力冲向了魔导王的身边。
涅娅返回以后,魔导王「那么就走吧」的走进了都市的街道。

The question of why no new Bafolk had come after the city gates had been breached immediately faded away.
为什么,明明已经突破了城门却没有新的山羊人过来呢,这种疑问立刻就消解了。

Neia heard groan after groan. It made her think that this unliving city was moaning.
涅娅的耳边传来了一声又一声的悲鸣。让人觉得简直就像是都市这一无机物,在发出悲鸣一样。

“This, this is…”
「这、这究竟是……」

“I ordered the undead I released to spread fear. This is the result. Some hostages might have been trampled in the confusion… well, all you can do is treat it as a sad story. Give up on them.”
「我对放出的不死者们下过播撒恐怖的指示吧,这就是结果。在混乱中也有可能会有人质被踩踏到的可能性……也只能当成令人心痛的事故了、放弃吧」

She cast her eyes outward, and a Bafolk was running towards them with all its might (probably). It looked just like a harried prey animal, and Neia even found it a little pitiful.
放眼望去,有只山羊人正满脸拼命的——大概——表情向着这边跑来。就如同被追赶的小动物般,那模样甚至让人觉得可怜。

It must have been exposed to extraordinary fear. Otherwise, why would it run towards a being who was even more powerful than the undead creature it was fleeing from?
是被暴露在了非同一般的恐惧中吧。不然的话,又怎么会跑向比那不死者还强的存在身边呢。

“Hm… no signs of humans,then? In that case — 「Maximize Widen Magic Fireball」”
「嗯……没有人类的身影、吧?这样的话——<魔法最强效果范围扩大化火球(Maximize Widen Magic·Fire Ball)>」

The Sorcerer King discharged a fireball into the Bafolk’s midsection, and it erupted into a massive blaze. After that vanished, demihuman body parts rained down everywhere.
魔导王手中放出的火球落到了山羊人中间,瞬间产生了巨大的爆炎。在那消失以后,亚人们的尸体倒得遍地都是。

“While waiting here might be the best thing to do… the enemy seems to have a leader. He’s waiting in a plaza near the center of the city, and he’s resisted the fear of the High Wraiths, so let’s move on… what do you think?”
「虽说在这里等着也许是最好的做法……不过敌人似乎有着首领。正守在都市中央附近的广场,抵抗着上位死灵的恐惧啊,那就继续前进……怎么样?」

“I believe all will go well if we do as Your Majesty wishes.”
「只要按魔导王陛下所想的去做就好」

“Really now. Then let’s go.”
「是嘛。那么走吧」

Every time they took a step forward, soul-chilling cries seemed to echo from everywhere, as though a great slaughter was taking place. Also, due to the demihumans’ lack of hygiene, their rubbish and wastes were everywhere, which made Neia wrinkle her nose.
每前进一步,就有像是灵魂发颤的悲鸣从各处传来,如同在发生一场大屠杀。而且因为亚人们在卫生上不怎么讲究,到处都是垃圾和排泄物,涅娅不由得皱起了脸。

“…Speaking of which, Baraja-san, what should be done about those?”
「……话说巴拉哈小姐,那些要怎么办?」

She looked in the direction where the Sorcerer King was pointing at. There were a group of stark naked people there.
看向魔导王指示的方向,那里有一群赤()身()裸()()体的人。

Regardless of gender, their hands had been nailed to wooden stakes that had been driven into the ground. In their efforts to flee their fear, they had struggled violently, and their arms were coated with fresh blood.
不分男女,他们的手被钉到了木桩上面。这些人为了远离恐惧而拼命地扭动着身体,两臂被鲜血染得通红。

In all likelihood, those were probably fences made out of human beings
大概、是用人类制作的护栏吧。

They were exhausted, bone thin, but their lives did not seem to be in danger.
他们疲惫不堪,瘦骨伶仃,但应该没有危及生命的危险。

She had attacked this city in order to free the people. Even if she continued following the Sorcerer King, Neia would not be of any use. In that case, helping them now and taking them to a safe place was the right thing to do. However, there was one thing which made her uneasy.
我们是为了救助民众才来进攻这座都市的。即使继续跟着魔导王,涅娅也派不上任何的用场。那么现在选择帮助他们,带他们去安全的场所避难才是正确的行动吧。然而,还有着一个不安的因素。

What should she do if the people were attacked by demihumans while they were evacuating?
如果避难中途被亚人袭击了该怎么办啊。

What a joke. What am I hesitating for? The Captain would have chosen to help them without any hesitation. And the reason why I can’t is… is it because of strength… after all?
(可笑。在犹豫些什么啊。要是团长就会毫不犹豫地救助他们吧。而我做不到的原因……果然……是力量吗……)

“You’re hesitating, hm. Then, just leave them here for now. There shouldn’t be any demihumans nearby. Leaving them here should be safer. Let’s go.”
「犹豫了啊。那么,就这么放着为好。这附近应该已经没有亚人了。放置在这里会比较安全吧。走了」

“Yes!”
「是!」

While she still had her doubts, Neia continued following the Sorcerer King to the city’s plaza. Why was it that the Sorcerer King could advance without the slightest delay? Though she had her doubts, she convinced herself by saying, “he must have cast a spell.”
虽然还有些犹豫,但涅娅还是跟着魔导王走向了这座都市的广场。为什么,魔导王能毫不迟疑地前进呢,这样感到了疑惑,随后又拿“是用了什么魔法吧”这种理由说服了自己。

Soon, the two of them came to a plaza which looked like a market with streets everywhere.
不久后两人到达了道路四通八达的市场一样的广场。

“Mm… as I thought, there was no way this could have been resolved without loss of life.”
「嗯……果然没有牺牲就解决是没可能的吗」

She followed the Sorcerer King’s eyes, and there were human corpses mixed with demihuman corpses. They were probably people who had been trampled to death in the fear-induced chaos.
看向魔导王目光所指的方向,在亚人的尸体中混杂着人类的尸体。大概是在因恐惧产生混乱的时候,被踩踏致死的人吧。

“…It can’t be helped.”
「……这是没办法的事情」

While the Sorcerer King was joking, attacking this city by brute force would probably have caused a matching number of casualties. Going by that, letting the Sorcerer King use his overwhelming might to conquer the city minimized the number of lives that were lost.
虽然魔导王是在开玩笑,但想靠蛮力攻陷这座都市肯定会出现相应的牺牲吧。这么考虑的话,以魔导王的压倒性的力量来攻占都市已经将牺牲者减至最少了。

The Sorcerer King shrugged silently, and then he indicated the center of the plaza with his chin.
魔导王沉默地微微耸起肩,用下巴指向了广场中央。

There was a demihuman there who was larger than all his peers.
那里有一个比正常大一圈的亚人。

His curled horns resembled those of a mountain goat, and he was covered in silver fur. His excellent physique clearly showed that he was not an average demihuman.
卷曲的角像是山羊,浑身银色的体毛。优越的体格看上去就营造出不是一般亚人的氛围。

The tips of his horns were encased in a shell of gold which was socketed with jewels, and he wore a breastplate that had turtle-shell patterns on it. He wore a reddish-brown cape made from worked animal hide. His left hand held a large shield with a topaz socketed into it, while his right hand held a heavy sword whose blade was light yellow. His panoply vividly illustrated the courage and ferocity of a striking warrior.
角的尖端镶嵌着装饰有黄金和宝石的外壳,身上穿着绘有龟甲般纹路的护胸甲。背后披着用动物毛皮加工而成的红褐色披风,左手持着中央嵌有大颗黄宝石的大盾,右手握着拥有浅黄色剑身的重剑,这一身装备,很好地体现了威风堂堂的战士的勇猛。

He was the most fearsome and well-trained of the demihumans. He was probably a Lord or some kind of similarly-ranked special being.
这是在亚人中最为可怕,最为训练有素的亚人了。而且大概是王之类的地位的特殊存在吧。

If Neia were alone, she would have fled this opponent with all her might.
只有涅娅一个人的话,在这对手面前毫无疑问会全力逃开。

“Wonderful. I wonder which of your items stopped the fear.”
「那么好了,真好奇是哪个道具压制住了恐惧感呢」

The Sorcerer King’s words referred to the magic items adorning the demihuman. He had rings on both hands and jewelry hanging from his neck that covered his entire chest. There were things dangling from both sides of its waist, things which might have been a set of three baby skulls strung together.
魔导王这句话,指的是亚人装备的道具,加上两边手指上的戒指和从脖子上垂下的能把胸口完全盖住的项链等物吧。在腰部左右垂下的,像是把人类婴儿的头盖骨三个串在一起的东西说不定也包括在内。

The green-eyed demihuman studied the Sorcerer King as he approached, and then his gaze shifted to Neia.
用绿色的眼睛观察般窥视着魔导王的亚人见到两人接近,一下子瞪向了涅娅。

“Newly-appeared undead… and is that a necromancer in the back?”
「新出现的不死者……后面的是死灵法师吗?」

The demihuman obscured itself behind its large shield, as though wary of a gaze attack like the kind a Medusa would launch.
亚人把身体的一半隐藏着大盾后面,警惕着类似蛇发人[Medusa]的凝视攻击。

“Not bad. You managed to push this city, my tribe to this point… You, who controls the enemy of all life, the user of fearsome magic. State your name.”
「挺能干的啊。能把这座都市,我的部族逼到这种地步……操纵着生者的公敌,骇人魔法的使用者啊。告诉我你的名字」

The Bafolk pointed his sword at Neia.
山羊人用剑指向的是涅娅。

“–No, wait, hang on. You’ve gotten it wrong. It’s not me!”
「——不,不对等一下。你搞错了。并不是我!」

“…What?”
「……什么?」

She looked to the Sorcerer King for help, and he folded his arms and looked to Neia.
看向魔导王求助的话,他正把手放在胸前,看着涅娅这边。

“You do get it. That’s right, it’s her. She’s my master.”
「很明白啊。没错是她、这就是我的主人」

“No, no! Wait, wait!! Your Majesty!!!”
「不、不!等、等一等!魔导王陛下!!」

What on earth was he saying? Truly, he had no talent for making jokes at all.
这个人在说些什么啊。这个人真的是一点开玩笑的天赋都没有。

As he saw how Neia flapped her hands around in panic, the Sorcerer King chuckled.
对着焦虑到啪嗒啪嗒地晃起手来的涅娅,魔导王笑了。

“Mm. Feeling relaxed now?”
「嗯。稍稍放松点了吗?」

“Eh?”
「诶?」

“Ah — it was a dumb joke.”

Flaring his cape with the regal motions of a king, the Sorcerer King turned to regard the demihuman before him.

“I am the entity who sent the undead to your side. I am the the undying king who rules a country to the northeast, the Sorcerer King Ainz Ooal Gown of the Sorcerous Kingdom. And what is your name?”
「那么——说了个无聊的笑话」用那与王者之身相应的动作掀起披风,魔导王转身面向了亚人「我就是将不死者派遣到你们身边的存在。我乃不死者之王,统治着自此以东北方向的国家、魔导国的安兹·乌尔·恭魔导王。你的名字又是什么?」

“My name is Buser — the Grand King Buser… O Sorcerer King, how about the woman by your side?”
「我的名字是巴扎——“豪王”巴扎。……魔导王哟,那么你身边的女人是谁?」

“She is my follower. Well then, what do you want to do? Would you rather be killed by me? Or kneel in servitude? Choose as you wish.”
「她是我的侍从。那么、想怎样?想被杀掉吗?还是跪地臣服呢。选你自己喜欢的吧」

“With my name as Lord at stake, kneeling once in subservience will be enough!”
「赌上我的王之名号,跪地臣服一次足以」

Buser raised his shield and advanced, raising his sword into a horizontal position. He looked like a goat about to charge.
巴扎把盾前举,将剑横架。身体缓缓放低,摆出像是要用头突击的山羊的姿势。

“Mm… Then I shall play with you for a while. –Baraja-san, you just sit back and watch. Speaking of which, goat. You’re equipped with all kinds of magic items, but I detect no magic from the item at your waist. Is that some kind of special item?”
「嗯……那就陪你玩玩吧。——巴拉哈小姐看着就好。话说山羊哟。你好像装备着各种各样的魔法道具啊,但在挂在腰上的东西里我没感受到魔力。是什么特别的物品吗?」

“Fuhahaha. They call it fashion. They’re bones.”
「呼哈哈哈。这就是所谓的时尚,骨头哟」

“Mm… that does remind me of my subordinates.”
「嗯……让我想起了我的部下啊」

Neia shuddered from behind as she heard that. So he had such subordinates…
在后面听着的涅娅愣了一下,还有这样的部下啊。

“They’re well-shaped, no? I carefully selected them from this city, you know.”
「相当不错的形状吧。这可是在这都市几经挑选才选出来的逸品哦?」

“…I see. I understand. I sympathize with your feelings. It seems this fashion thing is quite important. The maids have taught me that very well… alright, let’s begin. 「Create Greater Item」.”
「……原来如此。我理解了。你的心情我很能体会。所谓时尚好像是相当重要的东西。女仆们把这一点很好地教给了我……好了,那么开始吧。<上位道具创造(Create·Great·Item)>」

After casting his spell, a jet-black sword appeared in the Sorcerer King’s hand.
使用了魔法后魔导王的手中出现了一把漆黑之剑。

Why is His Majesty using a weapon?
(为什么魔导王陛下要用武器?)

The Sorcerer King should have been an arcane magic caster. And a top-rate one to boot.
魔导王应该是魔力系的魔法咏唱者才对。而且还是一流的。

In that case, weapons were to be used only after he ran out of mana and options. Arcane magic casters knew that well, which was why they did not touch any weapons.
那么武器之类,应该只会在魔力缺乏后,别无他法时使用吧。会因为很重这种理由而不碰任何武器的正是所谓魔力系魔法咏唱者。

The Sorcerer King must have chosen to fight with a sword for some reason.
魔导王是因为某种理由才选择用剑战斗的吧。

–Could it be that he’s expended a great deal of mana? That would be bad… His Majesty came here to do battle with Jaldabaoth…
(——是因为至今为止已经耗费了大量魔力吗?那就不妙了……明明陛下是为了与亚达巴沃战斗才来到这里的……)

After the repeated casts of 「Fireball」, the spell which had immobilized a large group of the enemy, and then — his mass summonings of the undead — she could understand if his mana had been heavily depleted.
数发<火球>,还有封住大群敌人动作的魔法,再就是——召唤众多不死者的魔法,魔力减少了许多也可以理解。

The spell to summon those undead must have been of quite a high tier…
(召唤那些不死者的魔法,应该也是相当高位的吧……)

While she did not know how powerful High Wraiths were, they were most definitely stronger than Wraiths. Therefore, summoning so many High Wraiths would have required a great deal of power.
虽然不知道上位死灵到底有多强,但比死灵强是肯定的。那样的话召唤这么多上位死灵应该会使用非常多的力量。

Under normal circumstances, every time a priest cast a spell to summon angels, he would only be able to summon one at once. If they were willing to summon weaker angels, they could call forth multiple entities. By that logic, he must have used a very high-tier spell — possibly a unimaginably potent spell of the sixth tier.
通常来讲,神官们召唤的天使之类每用一次魔法基本只能召唤一只。要是弱小的天使就可以复数召唤。按这道理可能是用了相当高位的——说不定是第六位阶魔法这种难以置信的力量。

…The sixth tier…
(……第六位阶……)

Neia gulped.
涅娅咽下一口口水。

The sixth tier was a realm where none had explored before. According to legend, the Holy Queen could use spells of the fourth tier. This was two tiers above her.
第六位阶魔法是前无古人的领域。传说圣王女能使用的是第四位阶。比那还要高两位。

It might have been a realm beyond common knowledge, but the Sorcerer King might have been able to make it a reality.
虽是超出常识的领域,但魔导王的话也许就能将其变为可能。

Maybe, if he used a sixth-tier spell for his summons, that huge expenditure of mana would be understandable. But in that case, wouldn’t it be better for me to help the Sorcerer King?
(如果,是用了第六位阶魔法进行的召唤,魔力的大量消耗就可以理解。但那样的话由我来帮助魔导王陛下才更好吧?)

Neia looked at the Sorcerer King’s back as he squared off against the demihuman. The demihuman she could see over the Sorcerer King’s shoulder was very strong, and even several Neias would not be useful. However, the Sorcerer King carried himself with a forthright and open attitude, with no sign that he was picking a fight he could not win.
涅娅看向与亚人对峙着的魔导王的后背。越过魔导王肩头看见的亚人似乎非常的强,有几个涅娅都很难派上用场。然而魔导王摆出了一副与王者相称的堂堂正正的态度,完全没有在挑战毫无胜算的战斗的感觉。

Could it be that His Majesty is a mystic knight of some sort?
(难道说魔导王陛下是魔法剑士型的魔力系魔法咏唱者吗?)

There were benefits and drawbacks to improving one’s swordsmanship and spellcasting. The benefits included being able to use many fighting methods, but the drawbacks were that it was hard to achieve true excellence in both.
同时提高剑与魔法两方面本领既有优点又有缺点。优点是能使用多样的战斗方式,缺点是两方面都难以做到专精。

Then what was the Sorcerer King like?
那么魔导王又是如何呢。

The two of them studied each other, and then they slowly began.
两者互相观察着慢慢开始行动。

They closed the gap between them, until they were in sword range. Buser was the first to make a move.
两者间的距离随之变窄,用剑交手已经足够。先动起来的是巴扎这边

“「Shield Bash」.”
「<盾突击>」

A sudden charge, made with a shield held in front of himself. And the Sorcerer King took it head on with his sword.
将盾架在正前方然后就那么突进。而魔导王用剑将其正面接下了了。

As expected, there was no way to take the force of that massive body suddenly charging forward. The Sorcerer King sent flying. No, his feet were still firmly planted on the ground when he landed, so that did not quite fit. Rather, he had been knocked back.
果然好像没办法将那巨大身躯的全力突进完全承受住,魔导王向后方远远飞了出去。不,因为两脚还完美地着地了所以很难懂,应该是被吹飞了吧。

While the fact that the Sorcerer King — who could crush a Bafolk’s skull with his bare hands — had been knocked back was quite surprising, surely a body of bones would not be able to completely defend against that attack. From what Neia knew, there was an advanced martial art called 「Fortress」 that could completely nullify the force of an impact, but that was a technique only a veteran warrior could use.
虽然能空手捏碎山羊人头盖骨的魔导王被吹飞让涅娅很吃惊,但骨头的身躯到底是无法完全地防御下来吧。就涅娅所知,有种名为<要塞>的上位武技能将冲击力完全抵消,但那是只有相当老练的战士才能使用的。

The two of them stepped forward, and both swords collided.
二人同时踏步上前,两把剑互相碰撞起来。

Their back and forth was too fast for Neia’s eyes to follow. The only thing she could see was the brief moment when their blades hit each other and froze in place.
因为两者的攻防太过于迅速,涅娅的眼睛无法完全捕捉。能确认的就只有两把剑碰撞时那一瞬的硬直。

If Neia joined this battle, she would surely be hacked to death.
如果,涅娅参加了这场战斗,那毫无疑问会被一刀砍死吧。

Steel clashed with steel at high speeds, and the ear-piercing sound of metal echoed all around.
钢铁与钢铁高速碰撞,刺耳的金属声响彻四周。

Both of them had equivalent arm-strength, so when they crossed blades, their attacks and defenses took place simultaneously.
两者的臂力不相上下,所以两者在用剑交锋时,攻击和防御是同时进行的。

Should she be impressed by how Buser could swing such a heavy blade with one hand, or show respect to the Sorcerer King for wielding a two-handed sword while being a magic caster?
是该为单手挥动重剑的巴扎感到惊愕呢,还是该为身为魔法咏唱者却挥舞着双手大剑的魔导王致以敬意呢。

This was a high-level battle of the sort she had never seen before, and Neia was certain that she could not possibly interfere.
至今从未见过的,超高等级的战斗,涅娅确信了自己毫无插手的余地。

In order not to get in the way of their fight, Neia slowly shifted behind a piece of cover and hid herself.
为了不妨碍两人的战斗,涅娅慢慢移动到障碍物后面躲了起来。

They’re swinging at each other like that, but neither of them is hurt… speaking of which, the Sorcerer King seems a little too strong…
(剑都已经挥舞成那个样子了,两方却谁都没有受伤……话说魔导王陛下、有点强过头了吧……)

Neia’s brain could no longer react to a magic caster who could fight with a sword to this extent.
面对一个能用剑战斗到如此地步的魔法咏唱者,涅娅的脑袋已经反应不过来了。

Did he use some kind of amazing spell?
(是用了什么厉害的魔法吗?)

All Neia could do was attribute it to some super-powered spell she had never heard of before.
只能当做是用了什么涅娅不知道的超强魔法了。

Even so–
即便如此——

If this keeps up, there’s no doubt that the Sorcerer King will win. No, was he planning to draw out the battle for that aim?
(这样下去无疑会是魔导王陛下的胜利。不,是瞄准了这点打算拖入长期战吗?)

The undead did not feel fatigue and they would not be shaken in combat. All of these were unfavorable to Buser. Buser seemed to realise this, because his face started to contort.
不死者不会感到疲劳。在战斗中也不会有什么动摇之类的东西吧。全都是对巴扎不利的因素。而巴扎似乎也明白了这一点,表情慢慢扭曲了。

If he had some sort of trump card–
(要是有杀手锏的话差——)

Neia was shocked. The Sorcerer King had suddenly thrown his huge sword at Buser.
涅娅震惊了。突然,魔导王把手中大剑投向了巴扎。

After that, a hemisphere of light appeared around Buser and blocked the thrown sword.
接着以巴扎为中心出现了半球状的光罩,挡下了投来的大剑。

The bubble of light vanished, and the thrown sword had only slightly scratched Buser.
光罩立刻就消失了,而投出的大剑也只伤到了巴扎一点点。

This is bad!
(不好了!)

Neia prepared herself to rush out from behind her cover. The Sorcerer King was empty-handed now–
涅娅准备从障碍物后面冲出去。现在的魔导王是空手——

“–Eh?”
「——咦?」

At some point, a jet-black halberd had ended up in the Sorcerer King’s hands.
不知何时,一把漆黑的斧枪被握在了魔导王手中。

Buser must have felt the same way as Neia. His eyes were as wide as saucers.
巴扎也是和涅娅相同的感想吧。他的眼睛瞪得溜圆。

“You didn’t incant a spell, how did you do it… And where did that sword you threw go to…”
「魔法也没有咏唱,是如何做到的……。还有你扔过来的大剑又去了哪里……」

“I simply cast a silent spell. Don’t worry about it… Alright, my subordinate taught me this, but I’m not very confident in my skills. I apologize in advance if I end up fumbling around.
「只是无咏唱化罢了。别介意。……好了,虽然我的部下有指导过我、但不是很有自信啊。大概会很蹩脚,就事先表示下歉意了」

The Sorcerer King readied his halberd. He radiated a strange sense of oppression.
魔导王架起了斧枪。散发出一股莫名的压迫感。

Warriors often favored weapons within the same broad classes. Swords, axes, maces, that sort of thing.
战士们大多会将自己的得意武器统一到同一系统里。剑、斧、锤之类的这种情况。

The Sorcerer King used momentum to swing his halberd. He attacked Buser’s feet — which were hard to defend — with a sweeping motion. This was a technique one could only perform with a hafted weapon.
魔导王利用离心力挥舞起斧枪。滑动握持的手,攻击向巴扎难以防御的脚部。这是只有握柄很长的长柄武器才有的技术。

Just as Buser brought his sword low to try and block the attack, the halberd suddenly jumped up.
在巴扎将剑放低打算挡下攻击的瞬间,斧枪又突然向上挑起。

It was a feint.
是假动作。

This was a move that would require considerable arm-strength to perform, but Buser raised his sword to block it in an instant.
这是有着相当臂力才能做到的技术,但巴扎瞬间用举起的剑挡了下来。

As expected, the Sorcerer King favored the sword, and he did not seem very skilled with the halberd. While he elegantly replicated textbook attacks, there seemed to be something strangely off about his attacks, and even Neia could spot it with her eyes.
果然魔导王擅长的武器是剑,斧枪并不是那么熟练的样子。虽然是漂亮地沿着武术门路的攻击,但动作里微妙的有些别扭,即使是涅娅也能用眼睛捕捉到其动作。

After blocking the halberd’s momentum, Buser leapt back.
接下了带着离心力的斧枪后,巴扎跃向后方

“「Sandstorm」!”
「沙尘岚!」

The sand particles from within the sword spread out like a wall, rushing towards the Sorcerer King. it had probably obscured the Sorcerer King’s vision completely.
从剑中掀起的沙子就像墙壁般扩散开来,袭向了魔导王。魔导王的视野恐怕被完全遮住了吧。

While she doubted if the Sorcerer King had eyeballs, having one’s vision blocked was a tremendous disadvantage.
虽然关于魔导王是否有眼球这点还有些疑问,但视野被完全遮住是压倒性的不利。

“「Brief Seal」!「Grand Power Strike」!”
「<素气捆封>!<刚腕豪击>!」

One was a martial art Neia did not understand, while the other was an advanced technique, a power strike that would inflict additional damage. After using both of them, Buser charged out, faster than before.
涅娅不了解的武技,再加上增加伤害量的豪击的上位武技,发动了两者的巴扎用比刚才快一倍的速度冲了出去。

Buser’s horn decorations glowed with a bizarre light, and he looked like a shooting star.
巴扎角上的装饰渗出了奇妙的光芒,看起来就像是流星一般。

“Yeeeeeeaaart!”
「嘎啊啊啊啊啊!」

“Hmph!”
「哼!」

The Sorcerer King caught the blow on his halberd–
魔导王将这挥下的一击用斧枪接下——

“Haha!”
「哈哈!」

–And Buser laughed.
——巴扎发出了嘲笑。

The sound of metal being shredded rang forth.
金属被切削般的声音响起了。

Neia’s eyes went wide.
涅娅瞪大了眼睛。

“Could it be! A sunder attack!”
「难道说!武器破坏!」

Sunder attacks directly damaged a foe’s weapons, but the amount of damage done was greatly affected by the composition of both weapon and its damage potential. Buser’s martial arts were probably intended to strengthen these two attributes.
武器破坏会直接对武器造成伤害,但它的伤害会受到材质差别和武器持有的伤害量两个因素巨大影响。巴扎的两个武技就是为了强化这两个因素吧。

Neia began to feel anxious, but in the next moment, she froze as she saw Buser staring with wide eyes.
涅娅感到了焦躁,但下一瞬间,就因为察觉到巴扎那睁大双眼的表情而停下了动作。

“It’s unharmed!”
「居然毫无破损!」

Buser cried out in shock.
巴扎也发出了惊愕的叫声。

“What the hell is that weapon!?”
「什么啊、那个武器!」

As Buser scrambled back, his expression completely changed and with no intention of pressing the attack, the Sorcerer King spun his halberd, tracing a beautiful arc in the air.
面对没有追击神色大变地后退了的巴扎,魔导王转动起斧枪,在空中划出一道优美的弧线。

“… You do know I made this weapon with my magic, no? How could it be so easily broken?”
「……不是,这可是用我的魔法做出的武器哦?怎么可能那么简单就被破坏啊」

“But weapons made by magic are fragile, right?”
「魔法做出的武器都很脆弱的吧!」

“Oh, it seems you’ve had experience fighting opponents with summoned weapons, but it’s dangerous to be bound by such a fixed worldview, no? In other words, there might be opponents who can make weapons which you can’t break.”
「哦。似乎有过和召唤武器的对手战斗的经验,不过被固定观念禁锢可是很危险的哦?也就是说有时会有能创造出你无法破坏的武器的对手啊」

The Sorcerer King let go of his halberd. The halberd then vanished, like it was melting into the air. The same thing must have happened with the sword from just now. After that, the Sorcerer King made to grab something from the air, and this time he had a black sword in each of his hands.
魔导王将手从斧枪上放开。然后斧枪就像融入空气般消失了。大概和刚才的大剑是同样的原理吧。
接着魔导王做出像是在空气中抓住什么的动作,这回他的双手中各自出现了一把黑色的长剑。

“…Now then, what will you do? Don’t tell me that attack was your ace in the hole? Can you help me gain more experience?”
「……那么,接下来会做些什么呢?总不会说刚才这一击就是你的必胜之策吧?能再让我积累点经验吗?」

The Sorcerer King took a step forward, shortening the distance between them,
一步,魔导王缩短了距离。

“…If you’ve got any more trump cards, it’d be better if you hurried up and used them, no? I’m not kind enough to let a useless enemy live.”
「……要是有隐藏的杀招,快点用会更好哦?我还没有温柔到会让毫无用处的敌人活着」

“Ku, kuku! What are you saying, undead one! Indeed, I’m very impressed by how you managed to fully defend against my attack. Very well done. However, that wasn’t because you were focused on defense. I know you won’t get tired, so you feel that you can beat me if you grind me down!”
「呵、呵呵!说什么呢不死者!确实能完全防御住我的攻击很值得钦佩。真是漂亮。但,那不是因为你专注于防御了么。我是知道的哦,你不会疲劳。所以觉得只要消磨时间的话总会战胜我的吧」

He saw through it!
(被看穿了!)

Neia felt nervous again. Even she had noticed it. Buser, a better warrior than herself, could not have failed to noticed that.
涅娅感到了焦虑。就连自己也察觉到了。原本作为战士就比自己强大的巴扎不可能察觉不到。

“I see. So that was what you thought. Indeed, you would be correct to think so. But unfortunately, that’s not all.”
「原来如此。还有这种考虑啊。确实是正论。然而遗憾的是并非那样」

The Sorcerer King spread his arms and approached. The swords in his hands vanished like smoke.
魔导王张开双手无防备地靠近了。手中的剑也像烟一样消散了。

“Look–”
「危——」

Buser had already stabbed that unprotected body faster than Neia could shout.
比起涅娅的叫喊,巴萨更早地向着那过于无防备的身姿挥下了手中的剑。

After that–
接着——

“…What?”
「……什么?」

Buser frantically, repeatedly swung his sword.
巴扎慌张地,反复地将剑挥下。

“Why! Why!! What is this!?”
「为什么!为什么!这是为什么!」

He shouted with every swing he took. That was because the Sorcerer King was unharmed despite taking every blow.
每次挥动都会喊叫一声。因为不断受到攻击的魔导王依旧平安无恙。

“In that case–”
「这样的话——」

Buser braced his shield and used a martial art. Yet, the Sorcerer King remained unmoved despite taking a shield bash.
巴扎将盾架起,发动了武技。然而受到盾击的魔导王仍旧纹丝不动。

Instead, it was Buser who stumbled back.
反倒是巴扎不禁后退了。

“Why… wh-why…”
「为……为什、么」

Humans had a hard time reading demihuman expressions, but right now it was very easy.
亚人的表情人类很难分辨。然而现在却非常得好懂。

On his face were the emotions of terror and despair.
在那里的是恐怖与绝望。

“…Martial arts are an unknown technique to me. Did martial arts derive from skills, or are they a warrior’s magic? Even until now, I still don’t know. Still, don’t you feel that when fighting an opponent of equal ability, victory might be decided by experience and knowledge of martial arts? That’s why I will take your attacks head-on. However… You’ve shown them all to me, haven’t you?”
「……武技对我来说是未知的技术。是特殊技术转化成了武技吗,又或者说相当于是战士的魔法吗,现在还不清楚。但正因如此在与同水平对手的战斗中,不觉得由武技得来的经验和知识可能会决定战斗的胜败吗?为此,我才会从正面接下你的攻击,不过……你已经把全部都展示给我了是吧?」

The Sorcerer King shrugged in an exaggerated fashion, and at the same time he plucked one of the nine rings he wore from its finger.
魔导王夸张地耸了耸肩,同时摘下了手上九个戒指中的一个。

Nothing else happened. That was the only move the Sorcerer King had made. However — an abnormally frightening and cold air filled the entire area.
除此之外什么都没有做。魔导王的行动就只有这些。然而——异常可怕而冰冷的空气席卷了周围。

Neia hurriedly looked to the sky. She had almost thought that the sun in the sky had frozen and shattered. However, the sun was still there, shedding its radiance.
涅娅慌张地看向了空中。她差点以为是天上的太阳被冻住,然后破碎四散了。然而,太阳还好好地在空中放射着光辉。

–Then could this frigid and jet-black emanation be something released by the Sorcerer King? Could a single individual produce a presence like this?
——那么这寒冷而漆黑的气息难道是由魔导王放出的么。这样的气息难道是由单一的个体生成的么。

This, this is the Sorcerer King. This is the true form of the magic caster who slew an army of tens of thousands…
(这、这就是魔导王。杀死万人以上军队的魔法咏唱者的身姿……)

“And now it seems — there is no longer any need to fight you.”
「这样看来的话——已经没有和你战斗的必要了啊」

He took a light step towards Buser.
轻轻一步,向着巴扎迈出了脚。

Buser, on the other hand, took a trembling step back. It was like he was being pushed back by an invisible pressure radiating from the Sorcerer King.
而巴扎则是颤抖着后退了一步。就像是被魔导王放出的看不见的压力逼退了一般。

Buser could feel that abnormal presence more keenly than Neia. He was very clear on the fact that the Sorcerer King was not an opponent he could fight. The way his fur stood on end proved that.
那异常的气息巴扎能比涅娅更强烈地感受到吧。他很清楚地知道,魔导王不是自己能与之一战的对手。全身体毛倒竖的模样证明了这一点。

“Wait, hang on. No, wait a second. I’m begging you, just wait a bit!”
「等、等等,不,等一下。真的求你等一下」

Buser raised his right hand and let the sword he was holding fall to the ground.
巴扎抬起了右手,让握着的剑掉到地上。

“Sur-surrender. I surrender.”
「投、投降。我投降」

“mm.”
「嗯」

“I have news about Jaldabaoth. How about it? That should be very useful, right? It’ll definitely be useful.”
「我有着关于亚达巴沃军队的情报哦。怎样?应该很有用吧。绝对,能派上用场哦」

“I see.”
「原来如此」

“…Also, there’s more. You want to fight Jaldabaoth, right? I’m much stronger than human beings. I can arrange to bring my tribe along to help you fight Jaldabaoth — that piece of shit Jaldabaoth. How about that?”
「……还、还有啊。打算和亚达巴沃战斗对吧?我比人类要强很多。我可以约好再和亚达巴沃——亚达巴沃那个狗屎玩意战斗的时候带着部族的家伙们打头阵。这怎么样?」

“Oh.”
「哦」

“…Wait, please wait! That’s not all! If you want, I can give you part — all of my collected treasure! That ought to be enough for my life, right?”
「……等,请等等。不仅如此!如果想要的话我收集的宝物可以分——全部奉上。要换我的命的话我觉得是相当足够的哦?」

“Is that all? Is the sale over?”
「就这些了么?促销结束了吗?」

“Oh, uwah, eh,” Buser frantically looked around, and then looked at the Sorcerer King once more. “Yes, yes. No, that’s not it. I, I have more, much more besides that. I can help you get whatever you want — no. I’ll definitely get it for you! Really! Please believe me!”
「哦,哇,诶」巴扎慌乱地四周张望,然后再次看向魔导王。「对、对。不,不对。除、除此之外还有很、很多。有想要的让我帮你拿到也可以——不对。肯定会拿到的!真的!请相信我!」

“Mm. What I really want is something you will never be able to obtain.”
「嗯。我真正想要的东西是你绝对无法得到的东西啊」

Neia sensed the unhappiness in the Sorcerer King’s tone. Naturally, Buser, as the one staring him down, must have felt it even more strongly.
涅娅从魔导王的语气中感到了不愉快。而与其对峙的巴扎就感受得更为强烈了吧。

“Wait, wait-wait, wait a minute. Seriously, wait a bit. Aw, heh, heheheh.”
「等,等等,等一等。真的等一等。呐,嘿,嘿嘿嘿」

He was laughing like a minion. The kingly attitude he had shown off when he had faced them at the plaza was nowhere to be seen.
奴才般的笑法。在广场对峙时那自称王者的风范已经荡然无存。

“I’m sorry if I said the wrong thing. No, I apologize. Really. It was my fault. Really.”
「对说错话这点我向你谢罪。不,向您谢罪。真的。我错了。真的」

“Hm…”
「嗯……」

“Then, then, how, about it? I. I, this one feels, this one can be useful to you. Hehe. Ah, how stupid I was to make an enemy of the great undead king. Therefore, if you would give me a chance to make up for that mistake, I would.. hehe, you won’t regret it!”
「那、那么,怎、么样。我、我,在下觉得自己能为您派上用场。嘿嘿。哎呀,与不死者的王者大人为敌的我真是愚蠢。因此,要是能给我挽回那错误的机会的话,我觉得……嘿嘿,不会让您后悔的!」

Buser got on both knees and clasped his hands while praying for mercy.
巴扎双膝跪地,紧握两手祈求着慈悲。

What a pathetic pose that was. Yet Neia did not think that way at all. No, she had already accepted that this was the proper action an enemy ought to be taking when faced with the true form of the Sorcerer King. At the same time, she vividly recalled the words of that Naga they had met in the Sorcerous Kingdom: “A wise man would immediately throw himself at his feet and beg for mercy.”
真是悲哀的身姿啊,涅娅一点点都没有这么想。不,这才是在展现真正姿态的魔导王面前的敌人应有的行动,心里这样接受了。同时鲜明地回忆起了在魔导国见到的那伽的话语「立刻将身体跪倒在那脚边祈求慈悲的人才是贤者」这句话语

In that case, the fate of those who did not kneel right away was–
那么,没有立刻将身体跪出去的人的命运是——

“I see… well, I like those who understand they were wrong and work hard to correct their mistakes.”
「原来如此……领悟自身的错误,并努力将其改正的人我很喜欢」

“That, that means!”
「那、那么!」

Buser’s face lit up with joy. However, that joy was snatched away in an instant.
巴扎变得满脸喜色。然而,那喜悦转瞬之间就被夺走了。

“–However, if I let you become one of my subordinates — Pestonya and Nigredo would not be happy. Also, I will not do anything wasteful like only using the skull. I’ll make full use of every part of you.
「——但是,让你成为部下的话——佩斯特妮和妮古蕾德怕是会讨厌的吧。还有放心吧。我不会做只使用头盖骨那样浪费的事情。就让我尽可能把全部都好好利用到吧」

Now die, the Sorcerer King said as he erected a slender fingerbone.
死吧,魔导王抬起了纤细的指骨。

“Aiiiieee! No, no, nooooo! I don’t want to die!! Wait!! I’m begging you!!! Please, I’m begging you!!! I, I still, I still have some value!!!! — I’m useful enough to make you happy!!!! Really!!!!! Believe me!!!!!”
「噫!不,不、不要啊!我还不想死!等等!求求你!求求你了!不要杀了我!我、我还有,有一些价值!——有能让您喜悦的价值!真的!相信我!!」

“All things which live must die. The difference is in how early or late they meet their fate.”
「生者皆会死亡。差别就只有早一些,还是晚一些而已」

“No!!!!! Don’t look at me that way!!!!! Don’t, don’t kill me!!!!!”
「不要啊!不要用那种眼神看着我!不、不要杀我!」

Buser rose to his feet, then turned around and ran off.
站起来的巴扎转过身子,跑了出去。

Neia stared dumbfounded at how fast the living could run when one’s demise was at hand.
死到临头的生者的全力狂奔是这样的快啊,尼亚这样呆呆地瞠目结舌了。

However, the Sorcerer King’s spell was faster still.
然而,魔导王的魔法却要来的更快。

“Worthless — 「Death」.”
「无聊——<死 [Death]>」

Nothing happened. There was no big explosion, no cataract of roaring lightning.
什么都没有发生。巨大的爆炸也好,狂暴的奔雷也好。

Buser simply fell to his knees and keeled over.
巴扎只是、就那么干脆地倒下了。

That was all.
就只是那样。

“Well, it’s a shame about the information… well, that’s how it is. Do you object, Baraja-san?”
「情报有些可惜了……嘛,也就这样吧。有什么不同的意见么、巴拉哈小姐?」

“Eh, no, not at all, Your Majesty’s decisions are flawless.”
「诶,没、没有,魔导王陛下的判断没有一点差错」

“Really? Well then… go find the paladins. Tell them I’ve taken care of the demihumans’ leader. Although… this is kind of bad…”
「是吗?那么……去找圣骑士们、告诉他们这个亚人头领已经被我讨伐了吧。不过……有一点不妙啊……」