Overlord Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 1 Part 1

Overlord Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 1 Part 1

Overlord Light Novel Volume 12 Chapter 1 Part 1

 

The Demon Emperor Jaldabaoth

Part 1

The Roble Holy Kingdom was a nation which occupied the peninsula to the southwest of the Re-Estize Kingdom.
罗布尔圣王国是以里·耶斯提杰王国西南方位的半岛为领土的国家。

It was a highly religious country, led by a Holy Queen who could use divine magic and who was closely affiliated with the churches. That said, they were not as religiously-oriented as the Slaine Theocracy.
以行使信仰系魔法的圣王为顶点,与神殿势力交融实行统治的宗教色彩浓重的国家。话虽如此,但还不至于到斯连教国那种程度。

In addition, there were two special features about the Holy Kingdom’s geography.
而有着这般特色的罗布尔圣王国的国土,有两点稀奇的地方。

The first was that its land was divided into north and south halves by the sea, but the halves were not completely separated. Rather, a gigantic bay — four kilometers long and two and a half kilometers wide — made its geography look like a U turned on its side.
其一、是被海分割成南北的国土,当然了国土并没有被完全分隔开来。而是被巨大的港湾——纵约四十千米,横及两百千米——分割成一个横躺下来的U字型国土。

Thus, some people called them the Northern and Southern Holy Kingdoms.
为此有些人甚至会将其称作北部圣王国和南部圣王国。

Then, there was another feature.
而另一点。

The entrance to the peninsula sported a great wall, over one hundred kilometers long.
半岛的入口,从北至南延伸着的全长超过一百千米的城墙。

It was built to withstand invasions from the massed demihuman tribes which occupied the hills to the east of the Holy Kingdom, between them and the Theocracy.
这是为了防止住在圣王国的东侧、与斯连教国之间丘陵地带的诸多亚人部族的侵略而建成的。

This grand wall, built through the expenditure of a great deal of time and resources, was a silent testimony to how aggravating the existence of the demihumans were to the Holy Kingdom.
这花费了相当程度的时间与国力所砌起的宏伟城墙,无言的诉说着亚人的存在令圣王国是多么的苦闷。

There was a great power gap between demihumans and humans.
亚人与人类,其能力有着巨大的差距。

Granted, there were certain demihumans who were weaker than humans, such as Goblins. That was a fact.
确实,也有着像是哥布林一样,比人类还要脆弱的亚人。这毫无疑问是事实。

Be it in height, physical strength, knowledge, or the rate at which they produced magic casters, they were a race inferior to humans in every way.
无论是身高,体力、知性,以及诞生出魔法咏唱者的概率,它们是都比人类更为低劣的种族。

Still, even Goblins like that possessed eyes which could see in the dark, and if they carefully concealed their small bodies in dark corners — for instance, when launching a nighttime ambush in a forest — they would surely be troubling foes for humans.
可即使是那样的哥布林,也有着能够看透黑暗的眼睛,若是利用好方便潜藏在阴暗角落小巧的体格——好比在夜晚的森林发动奇袭——对人类来说也无疑会成为麻烦的对手。

Needless to say, most demihumans had more powerful bodies than humans, and there were also many races who were naturally endowed with magical ability. If they let the demihumans invade as they pleased, they would have to pay an incalculable price in blood to fight them off.
更别说大多数亚人都有着比人类更为强韧的肉体,再加上先天就具备魔力的种族也不在少数。若是放任亚人的侵攻,那为了迎击而付诸的鲜血怕是会多得难以想象。

Therefore, the Holy Kingdom chose to solidify its defense.
所以圣王国才选择固守了防御。

They did this to keep the demihumans from taking a single step onto their land.
为了不让亚人踏上这个国家的国土一步。

They did this to let the world know that this land did not belong to the demihumans.
为了让世人知道这片土地并非亚人之物。

They did this to make the demihumans understand that if they dared trespass on their domain, they would suffer a furious counterattack.
为了让其明白胆敢践踏我之国土必将受到我等疯狂的反击。

Yet, the wall built for that purpose possessed a few problems.
而这为此砌起的城墙,却也存在着一些问题。

In order to keep it operating at full capacity, they had to keep a great deal of manpower permanently on site.
要想完美的维持其机能,就需要将庞大的兵力时常驻守在那里。

The Holy Kingdom’s leadership had once calculated how much fighting strength would be required to defeat an invading tribe of demihumans. The answer was that the country would be in danger before the demihumans attacked them.
圣王国的首脑部曾经进行过试算,如果一个部落的亚人打过来需要多少兵力才可能将其打倒。
而结果就是,在亚人打过来之前国家就会先出现破绽。

While they did not have the luxury of raising troops which would go unused, there was a need to station an appropriate amount of manpower there.
虽然没有编制无用游兵的余裕,但也有着配置相应兵力的必要。

In the Holy Kingdom’s history — after the construction of the wall — the gravest invasion of their lands had come during an invasion which took place amidst the Long Rain.
在圣王国的历史——在城墙建起之后的——中,领土最为被蹂躏的一次是在长雨中的进攻。

It was a night attack, launched by a race called the Srush, who possessed sucker-cup hands and venomous tongues which could stick out a long way, and whose superior members could even change their skin color as though using the 「Camouflage」 spell.
有着带吸盘的手和能伸出很远的毒舌,其上位种甚至能够令其皮肤变色,就像是使用了<溶解(camouflage伪装)>魔法一样的,叫做斯拉修(スラーシュ)的种族所发动的夜袭。

The Srush scaled the wall, and headed west.
翻过城墙的斯拉修就这样西进。

Many villages had been lost, and until this day, there were still rumors that the Srush still survived within the borders of the Holy Kingdom, such was the tragedy which had unfolded back then.
好几座村庄成了牺牲品,时至今日仍有斯拉修是否还潜藏在圣王国境内的传闻。当时所酿成的惨剧就是到了如此地步。

They wanted to fully man the wall in order to prevent such a tragedy from occurring again, but stationing troops at every single point along its length would strain the nation. The solution they came up with was to build outposts at fixed intervals along the walls. These strongpoints would then be overseen by gigantic fortresses.
为了防止这样的悲剧再次发生,虽然很想要配足十全的兵力,可若是在所有的监视点都配置兵力国家又会因此疲惫。而为了能够两立国家所采取的方法便是,在绵长的城墙上每隔一定距离建起一座据点,以及统领几座这样要塞的巨大要塞。

They stationed a small number of troops in these bases, their purpose being to fight for extended periods, to the last man. If they encountered an enemy attack, they would launch flares to request reinforcements. In addition, there were companies of soldiers who would staff and patrol the fortresses, serving as reserve troops during emergencies, to be deployed as the situation required.
配置在据点中的是为了将持久战进行到底的寡兵。有向他们下达遇到敌袭立刻升起狼烟,申请援军的命令。以及巡回各要塞负责警备城墙的,在紧急情况发生时能够将作为预备战力的中队,组织起来进行随机应变的对应。

After putting these measures into practice, the demihumans had not managed to penetrate the wall again.
在实施了这措施之后,城墙的这一面便再没有被亚人入侵过。

However, the diligence of the Holy Kingdom’s leadership back then had turned into an obsession. Even such a carefully-planned defensive line of fortresses could not reassure them.
只是,当时的圣王国首脑部门非常的谨慎甚至到了偏执的地步。即使如此深思熟虑构筑起的要塞防卫线也难以令他们安心。

Indeed, it was an incredibly massive wall — to human beings. Yet, it was no threat whatsoever to races who were several times taller than humans or who possessed the ability of flight. For that reason, there was no way for them to rest easy when faced by demihumans and their many abilities, even with such sturdy fortifications.
对于人类来说那确实是压倒性的巨大城墙,但对于有着比人类高出数倍身高的种族或者是拥有飞行能力的种类来说却无法构成什么威胁。为此无论坐拥何等牢固的要塞,在亚人各种特殊能力的面前也是无法保证绝对的安心。

The Holy King at the time was a prudent man, and he had even prepared for the eventuality of the wall’s breach. His solution was to mobilize the entire nation.
当时的圣王是位果断之人,就连城墙被越过时的对策也都着手进行了准备。那就是颁布国家总动员令。

For that reason, the citizens of the Holy Kingdom were conscripted as a form of national service. So long as they were adults, all citizens, male and female, would become soldiers and need to spend a certain amount of time being trained, after which they would be assigned to sentry duty on the wall. The hope was that they would become manpower with which to protect their land in case the demihumans crossed over the wall.
至此圣王国的公民便需要履行征兵的义务了。只要是成人,无论男女都要成为士兵进行一定时间的训练,然后被配属到城墙上执行巡哨任务。希望通过这项举措,能在亚人翻越城墙时,以此为兵力来保卫国土。

All residences of a certain size were also fortified. This gave the local villagers enough fighting power to hold out until the regular army could arrive, and allowed said villages to serve as military outposts. In the end, the villages of the Roble Kingdom were far better protected than those of other countries, and they could also function as military bases.
在拥有一定规模的居住地上,也实施了防御强化的措施。这也使得当地村民拥有能撑到国家军队支援到来的战力,也能作为兵站来使用。结果使得圣王国的村镇都拥有着其他地方无法比拟的坚固,并兼备着能够被当做军事据点来使用的机能。

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The Holy Kingdom’s defensive lines was made of three linked walls. There were only three fortified gates along the full length of the wall, which was in excess of one hundred kilometers long, and they also functioned as garrisons to dispatch troops to the surrounding strongpoints. If the demihumans invaded and an overall mobilization order was given, they would become staging areas where the troops would gather in order to attack the enemy.
圣王国的要塞防线是由三座巨大的壁垒连接而成的。那既是有着连绵上百公里的巨大墙壁仅有三个的城门防御设施,也是一个能随时派援军赶往周围据点的驻扎基地。万一国土被亚人们入侵国家发动总动员令时,这里便会成为与集合后的大部队一同夹击敌军的据点。

This was one of them.
而这里便是其中之一的中央据点。

As the sun slowly sank beneath the horizon, the red-tinted land was slowly soaked with the color of night.
当夕阳从地平线的彼端缓缓沉下,被染红的大地正逐渐地被夜色所支配。

A powerful-looking man stood with one foot on the battlements, looking out over the land — at the western foothills. After that, he put his foot down.
有一个筋骨健硕的男人正单脚踩在墙檐上,凝视着这片大地——西边丘陵地带。随后,他放下了脚。

His neck was stout, and his chest muscles bulged enough that one could feel them through his thick armor. His mighty-thewed arms protruded from his rolled-up sleeves. There was no better way to describe him than “fuarking joocy brah”
粗壮的脖子,即使穿着厚厚的铠甲都能感受到其厚实的胸肌,从卷起的袖口露出的健壮胳臂。无论从哪个部位来看都只能用健壮来形容的男人。

His face was stern, a veteran of harsh conditions, and his thick brows and unkempt moustache spoke of a savage, wild nature. His mighty body and his stern appearance ought to have matched each other, yet his eyes broke that trend.
有着饱经风霜洗礼的严峻外貌,宽厚的眉毛以及从不打理的胡须都让其充满了粗犷的野性。强壮的身体与严肃的外表本该有着和谐统一的感觉,然而他的双眼却打破了这一平衡。

They were tiny and round, beady like those of a small animal, and they felt almost comically out of place.
那又小又圆,仿佛像小动物一般的豆豆眼,酝酿出一种甚至可以说是滑稽的违和感。

Such was the man who now looked to the sky.
就是这样的一个男人,他仰望着天空。

The wind carried the thin clouds at incredible speeds, but even if he could see the stars beyond their gossamer veil, they wcould not illuminate the land.
薄云以惊人的速度随风飘着,即使能看到这层薄纱之后的满天星辉,也无法像满天星那样照亮大地吧。

The man’s nostrils flared, and he took a deep breath, smelling the breath of night through the early autumn air, which was flavored with a hint of winter chill. The magenta night sky was swallowing the faint light of dusk upon the horizon with a speed visible to the naked eye. The man turned his back to the hills, and looked at the men around him.
那个男人张开鼻腔深吸一口气,从初秋的——少许混了写冬寒的空气中感受到了夜晚的气息。
已经仅仅能触及到地平线的光霞正在被紫罗兰色的夜空以肉眼可见的速度迅速占据着。
背向丘陵地带的男人看向他身遭的士兵们。

They were veterans warriors who trusted him and who had followed him. It was because he was surrounded by such warriors that he permitted himself a moment’s laxity. After all, the day’s work was done, and nobody could dispute that.
这是信赖着他、追随他的身经百战的战士。而即使是这样的战士,也用露出了一丝松懈的神情。
毕竟这一天的工作已经结束了,实在是无可厚非。

“—Oi, has anyone asked the forecaster about tonight’s weather?”
「——喂,今晚的天气预报,你们有谁向天候观测士问过吗?」

The question was asked in a mighty voice which befitted his powerful body. The soldiers looked at each other, and one of them spoke up on the group’s behalf.
对于男人以和那强壮身体相称的雄厚声音所发出的质问,士兵们互相看了看,接着其中一人作为代表发言道。

“My deepest apologies! Corporal Campano sir, it seems none of us have heard the report in question!”
「实在万分抱歉!坎帕诺班长阁下,看来我们中并没有听过相关报告的人」

This man — Orlando Campano — was a fairly low-ranked man in the Roble Holy Kingdom’s military hierarchy.
这个男人——奥尔兰德·坎帕诺在圣王国的士兵阶级中属于相当下位的位置。

From bottom to top, the Roble Holy Kingdom’s military ranks went from Recruit, Private, Private First Class, Corporal, Sergeant, Platoon Sergeant, and so on. Of course, different ranks existed in different units, and these were simply the ranks for the regular infantry.
圣王国的士兵阶级由下至上划分为、训练兵、士兵、上级士兵、班长、队长、士兵长……这些。当然,根据所属部队的不同,也有不同的阶级存在着,而一般的士兵阶级就是这些了。

Usually speaking, a simple corporal would not need to be addressed as “Sir”.
通常来说,班长绝不是一个需要被加上阁下来称呼的地位。

However, Orlando’s men did not call him “Sir” to tease him. Their respect for him was evident in their attitude and tone. Neither was it just that man; every soldier present, each carrying themselves with the bearing of a skilled veteran of many battles, felt the same way about Orlando.
但是,称奥尔兰德为阁下的这名士兵却并非是为了捉弄他才那样叫的。从士兵的态度和语气中能够感受得到对其的尊敬之念。而且并非只有报告的这名士兵,这同时也是周围所有散发着历经战事的强者气息的士兵、全员面向奥尔兰德的感情。

“Really now.”
「是吗,是吗」

Orlando slowly stroked his moustached face.
奥尔兰德慢慢地来回抚摸长着杂乱胡子的脸庞。

“Sir, if time permits, will you allow this one to go and ask immediately?”
「阁下、若是时间允许的话,属下立刻去问一趟怎么样?」

“Hm? No, no need for that. Our job is over now. What happens next is the business of the others.”
「嗯?不、用不着那样。我们的工作就到此为止了。接下来就是那些人的任务啦」

Orlando Campano.
奥尔兰德·坎帕诺。

He was a man who, by relying on his fighting skill alone, had earned the honor of being named one of the Holy Kingdom’s Nine Colors by the previous Holy King.
那是有着仅靠武力、便令前代圣王授其为荣誉的圣王国九色中的一色,这般实绩的男人。

The reason why such a man remained at such a lowly post stemmed from two problems which Orlando had.
之所以那样的男人只能停留在班长这样低下地位的原因,在于奥尔兰德有两个问题。

The first was because he was very free-spirited — he hated taking orders.
第一是他那我行我素的性格——他非常讨厌听从别人的命令。

The second was because he was obsessed with fighting skill.
然后第二点就是相当注重武力这一点。

When these two points came together, they led to a way of life that said, “If you want to tell me what to do, beat the crap out of me first.” If he met a worthy foe, he would say, “You look pretty strong. Show me your moves,” and then they would fight until one of them passed out.
将这两点融合起来之后、就出现了「想命令我的话,先在战斗中把我打得仰面朝天再说」这样的行动。若是遇到强者「你看起来很强啊。和我比划比划吧」这样说后,战斗到直到其中一人失去意识为止。

This personality of his had led to him using force on nobles and his superiors, and so he had been demoted over ten times already.
由这样的性格而频繁的引起对贵族和长官暴力相向的事件,因此被降职的次数已不下十次。

There was no need for people who could not obey orders in the military, and they were universally loathed as well. Under normal circumstances, he might have been jailed or dishonorably discharged. However, he had not met with such a fate simply due to his strength. In addition, there were people who admired people like him.
在军队中不听从命令的人是不被需要的、且是被厌恶的。若是一般情况的话无论是被矫正还是被开除都不奇怪。但是他并没有遇到这样的对待,其原因单纯就在于他的强大。还有就是也存在着正因为是这样的男人才会对其怀有憧憬的人。

To the rough sorts who were unhappy about being ordered about by destitute nobles, Orlando’s way of living by the strength of his arm was nothing less than joy itself.
对于那些觉得被贫弱的贵族们使唤而不满的粗暴者们来说、以腕力而我行我素的奥尔兰德的生存方式似乎就是痛快本身。

His unit was a squad composed of such hoodlums — no, they were more of a gang.
他的队伍就是为那些粗鲁者们所集结的愚连队——不、是愚连班。

They were quite numerous, so calling them a company would not have been out of place. In addition, its members might not have been Orlando’s equals, but they were all skilled fighters, which led to his assuming an unofficial post which his superiors could not tolerate, but which they could do nothing about.
所属人数过多,有着即使称其为队也不奇怪的人员,再加上班员们虽然比不上他但也都是相当孔武有力的人的关系、使得他构筑了一种长官们虽然相当看不过去,却又无法触及的有如治外法权般的地位。

Orlando glanced around, and after verifying the identity of the man approaching them, a smile appeared on his face, like that of a carnivore about to pounce its prey.
奥尔兰德瞄了瞄周围、当确认到正向这边接近的男人时,慢慢浮现出了像要袭击猎物时的食肉兽般的笑容。

That man seemed quite slender in comparison to Orlando’s brawny form. However, his was not the scrawniness of a twig. Rather, he had a wiry, steely look about him. If one forged and reforged a man, burning away everything unrelated to his intended function, it would produce a textbook slimness of the kind he embodied.
与奥尔兰德那样身材粗壮的男人相比,那个男人相当纤细。但与树枝的那样纤细不同。应该说是钢铁般的纤细才对。重复锻造再锻造、完全剔除了无用之处,配合用途而创造出一个人类的话就是这样的一个如同范本般的纤细。

In addition his narrow eyes were keen, as though he was about to attack at any moment. Then there were his narrow pupils, which did not look like they belonged to anyone engaged in a legitimate enterprise. In polite terms, he was an assassin. In less than polite terms, he was a mass murderer.
并且他那细小的眼睛锐利得如同会立刻袭击过来。再加上那细小的瞳孔、无论怎么看都不像是做正当职业的人。说的好听点是暗杀者,但往坏了说根本就像是个杀人魔。

“Speak of the devil, and here he comes. Fancy meeting you here, night shift-san. Thanks for your hard work~”
「真是说曹操曹操到呢。到你出场了吗、夜班先生。真是辛苦——啦」

The other man made no sound as he approached them with silent footsteps. He was dressed very differently from Orlando.
完全没有发出一丝声音、以那样沉静的步伐现身的男人,打扮的与奥尔兰德大相庭径。

Orlando and the men around him wore suits of heavy leather armor, made from the hides of monsters called Lanca Cattle. In addition to that, they carried small round shields and single-edged swords, the standard outfit of the Holy Kingdom’s superior troops. Incidentally, Orlando was the only one who had two of those swords at his waist.
奥尔兰德及周围部下们的武装,是将好几张被称为兰卡牛的魔物的皮重合在一起的重装皮甲以及小型的圆盾、再配上单刃剑的所谓圣王国的强兵的装备。顺便说一句只有奥尔兰德在腰间佩戴了八柄同样的剑。

In contrast to that, the other man wore a suit of enchanted leather armor. There was an owl stitched on his right chest, while the emblem of the Holy Kingdom adored his left.
与此相对的那个男人穿着附有魔法的轻装皮甲。右胸部纹着猫头鹰、左胸则是刻有圣王国的纹章。

“…Orlando. I haven’t received your shift report yet. Also, is that the attitude you ought to be taking with a superior. That’s practically insubordination. How many times do I have to remind you of that?”
「……奥尔兰德。我还没有接到你班上的报告。还有你那就是对待长官的态度吗?简直是不敬至极。到底要我提醒你多少次」

“Well, do forgive me, Platoon Sergeant-sama.”
「这真是失礼了,士兵长大人」

As Orlando saluted him sloppily, the men under him saluted as well. It was a proper salute, the kind which they would never give a nobleman or any mere superior officer. It was a salute which showed genuine respect.
当奥尔兰德随意的敬了个礼时、他部下的班员们也同时敬了礼。部下们所展示的是绝对不会向贵族或单纯只是长官的人行得真挚敬礼。那里面包含着明确的的敬意。

The man sighed with a “haaah”. It was a sigh made by one who knew that this was intolerable, but who also knew that lecturing him about it would be pointless.
男人「哈啊」略微夸张地叹了口气。那是虽然无法接受,但理解到即使再说什么也没意义时所发出的叹息。

Sorry, boss. Old habits die hard, as they say.
(抱歉了老大。但是性格这玩意从以前开始就改不掉了呐)

The reason why Orlando saluted this man, however reluctantly, was because he had defeated Orlando.
之所以奥尔兰德虽有些不情愿但还是对这个男人表示了敬意,是因为他即使面对奥尔兰德却也依旧取得了胜利。

I’d like to beat you once before I leave this place. On your terms. Don’t you think, Platoon Sergeant Babel Baraja?
(在离开这里以前还真想赢一次啊。就在你的场地上。对吧、帕贝尔·巴拉哈士兵长大人)

The man — Babel Baraja — was nicknamed “The Night Watchman”. Like Orlando, he was one of the Nine Colors. The massive, beautiful bow on his back gleamed with the faint light of magic, and the quiver hanging at his waist glowed in the same way. He was an archer, just as his appearance suggested, with a reputation of perfect accuracy.
男人——帕贝尔·巴拉哈——的别名是夜之番人。与奥尔兰德一样是被授予了九色之一的男人。
在其背负的巨大而漂亮的弓上寄宿着魔法的微光、悬挂在腰间的箭筒上也散发着同样的微光。正如此其所示的一样,他是一名弓兵。并且还是个被誉为百发百中的超级名手。

“I think this all the time, but working at night sure is hard. The demihumans do just fine in the darkness; but it’s hard enough just finding their traces, let alone fighting them.”
「虽说每次都这么想,晚上的工作还真是不容易啊。亚人们大多在暗处也不要紧,别说是战斗了就连发现其行踪也没有那么简单啊」

“Enter people like us. The only way to gain magic and talents comparable to demihumans — their vision aside — is through training. And we’ve received that training.”
「正因如此才会轮到我们上场。想要获得与亚人相同视力除去天生异能和魔法,就只有通过训练了。而我们就接受过那样的训练」

“Yes, yes. Same goes for that daughter you’re so proud of, right?”
「知道了知道了。你那自豪的女儿也是那样对吧?」

Babel’s face twitched, and Orlando instantly regretted his poor choice of words.
帕贝尔的表情抽动了一下,奥尔兰德不禁为自己的失言感到了后悔。

This was a man whose expression remained unchanged even in the midst of a drinking party. The only exception was when the topic of his daughter and wife came up. Therein lay a fatal problem.
能让这个即使在酒席上也毫不改色的男人表情变化的,基本上,就只有谈及其女儿和妻子的时候。而这里存在着致命的问题。

“Oh yes. She’s an outstanding girl.”
「是啊。是个相当优秀的女儿」

–It was happening. It had already begun.
——开始了。已经开始了。

Babel paid no heed to Orlando’s regret and continued speaking.
毫不在意奥尔兰德的后悔,帕贝尔的话语还在持续着。

“That said, I honestly have no idea why she wants to become a paladin. She’s just a gentle, fragile girl, certainly not the type who thinks of fighting power as everything — honestly, she’s even been scared to tears by caterpillars in the past — and while I did say that might was everything just now, that doesn’t extend to my wife… although my wife is a little similar — and she’s adorable because she grew up like me, no, I should say that it’s a pity she ended up growing up to look like me — but the true shame is that she doesn’t have any talent for using swords. However, she’s adept at the bow. If only she could hone her skills in that respect, but then here she is wanting to be a paladin and whatnot–”
「话虽如此,她为什么会想要成为圣骑士这件事,我还真是搞不明白。那孩子是个柔弱的女孩,绝对不会觉得武力就是全部——那孩子还被毛毛虫吓哭过——虽然刚才有说过武力就是全部,但那说到底还是是除我妻子以外的……虽然我妻子也有类似的地方——长得像我真是可爱,不对,和我长得像真是叫人可怜——可惜的是,那孩子没有用剑的才能。但她有用弓的才能。要是能够在那里多加锻炼就好了,可圣骑士什么的——」

He let the meandering monologue flow in one ear and out the other, making the appropriate noises in response when they were needed, but it would seem he had still been found out.
虽然在让漫长的话语左耳进右耳出的同时,不时地适当做出了回应,但好像还是被察觉到了。

“Oi, are you listening to me?”
「喂,你有在听吗?」

That question was only to be expected.
投来了理所当然的质问。

No, I wasn’t listening. I think I stopped after the third time.
(不,没有听。大概,从第三次开始)

After hearing the same thing about five or six times, under normal circumstances Orlando would have unhappily retorted “hell no”. However, taking that tone with Babel would be a terrible mistake. That was because he knew that he would surely reply, “Then I’ll tell you again”.
五、六回地听到同样的话语,如果换做平常的奥尔兰德毫无疑问会不高兴地「没听啊」这么回答吧。然而,面对这个状态的帕贝尔那种回答简直大错特错。「那我就再说一次」因为有着被这么说过的经验所以他很清楚。

There was only one correct answer he could give.
正确答案是这个。

“Of course I did. What a lovely girl she is!”
「我听到了啊。真的是非常可爱的女儿呢」

Babel’s face changed dramatically. While it was an ugly, fiendish expression that put Orlando on his guard, the fact was that the other man was simply embarrassed.
帕贝尔的表情产生了急剧的变化。虽然那是让奥尔兰德也防备起来的恶鬼罗刹般的表情,但实际上只不过是在害羞罢了。

If he did not seize on the way Babel’s mind was savoring the joy of hearing his daughter receiving praise from others and seize the moment to overcome his desire to begin praising his daughter once more, he would be plunged into that hell once more.
要是不抓紧帕贝尔的大脑因为要细细品味女儿被别人称赞的喜悦,战胜了想再次开始夸赞自己女儿的欲求的这一刹那,就会又一次陷入那个地狱中去吧。

“Also–”

Only one thing could trump the topic of his daughter. That was work.

“Doesn’t night work mess with your biological clock? Won’t you body get weird?”

The slaughterer’s expression on Babel’s face returned to his usual killer’s expression.
「还有啊——」能胜过女儿的话题只有一个。那就是工作的话题。「夜晚的工作不会让生物钟错乱吗?身体不会变得奇怪么?」帕贝尔那大杀戮者般的表情,恢复到了平常的杀戮者的表情。

“…How many times have you asked that question already? The answer’s the same as always; it’s nothing to concerned about. Still, why are you so obsessed with that question? What are you really getting at?”
「……这问题已经是第几次了?答案一如既往。没令人在意的。不过,为何、要拘泥于同样的问题到这种地步?你的真心话是什么?」

He knew the cause for it, but still, this rapid shift in attitude still had him speechless and staring.
虽然清楚但还是会为这急剧的变化而瞪目结舌。

Where did the you from just now go, he wanted to say, but Orlando did not want to return to the hell from just now.
刚才的你哪里去了,虽然想这么吐槽,但奥尔兰德也不希望再次回到那地狱般的状况中去。

“…Hah. You mean, what I really want to say? Well, that’s a surprising question… I was just thinking that it’d cause a lot of trouble for me if the man who beat me ruined his body and ended up having to retire over a trivial thing. Of course, once I win, such minor things won’t be of importance any more.”
「……哈。你是说,真心话吗?这问题还真是够不可思议的啊。……我只是觉得战胜了我的男人,如果因为无聊的事情弄坏身体就此隐退,会让我很困扰罢了。当然等我赢了以后,这种小事自然也就无关紧要了」

In the past, Orlando had been full of himself when he had first been assigned to this fortress, and thinking back to those days embarrassed him. Skilled soldiers gathered around him in admiration, fuelling his ego ever further, and somehow or other, the had ended up fighting a mock battle with Babel. Orlando favored the sword — close combat. In contrast, Babel favored the bow — or ranged combat.
过去,刚刚被分配到这座要塞的奥尔兰德自以为是到、让他回想起来都觉得羞愧的程度。有本事的士兵因为仰慕而聚集到自己周围,愈加助长嚣张气焰的时候,不知怎么的,事情就演变为与帕贝尔进行模拟战了。奥尔兰德的得意武器是剑——近距离战。与之相对的帕贝尔的得意武器是弓——远距离战。

If the two of them clashed, the question of engagement range would be extremely important. However, Babel had proudly declared that he was perfectly fine with close combat.
两者发生战斗的话以什么程度的距离战斗变得非常重要。然而帕贝尔却宣言称即使是近距离战也可以。

And then, Orlando had lost.
然后奥尔兰德却输了。

Orlando respected Babel for that reason. At the same time, he harbored the desire to beat him next time. In addition, he wanted to fight Babel in his field of expertise, ranged combat, and emerge the victor there.
正因如此奥尔兰德尊敬着帕贝尔。与此同时也怀揣着下一次要取胜的愿望。并且这次还要给出与帕贝尔的擅长领域、与远距离战相应的距离,并在此之上取得胜利。

“Is that so. You want to fight me, then? While I’m at peak physical condition, with no handicaps on my part.”
「这样啊。想要战斗么、和我。而且是和全盛期、身体各处都还没有异常的我」

Orlando was very excited by Babel’s words, which were spoken as a bestial smile crossed his face.
奥尔兰德对浮现出有如敏锐野兽般笑容的帕贝尔所说的话十分兴奋。

Oh yes, definitely. Isn’t that obvious? I want to fight you. I want to put my life on the line against you. However, that can’t happen, can it? Even so, if possible, I’d like us to have a battle where both of us could die at any moment. That’s how I want to fight you.
(是啊,一点没错。这不是很明白吗。想要和你战斗。想要以命相搏。但是、那是没法如愿的吧。即使如此、若是可能的话,想要进行说不定会失去生命般、九死一生的战斗。想要与你,进行那样的战斗)

However, Orlando remained silent. That was because his instincts said there was no telling where the beast before him would go. And in fact, what Babel said after that confirmed those instincts.
但是,奥尔兰德一言不发。因为直觉到眼前的野兽会去往不知何处。事实上,接下来帕贝尔发出的言语也肯定了其直觉。

“Still, I have to apologize. You should know why too. You can count the number of people who can beat you as you are now in melee combat on the fingers of one hand. I’m not one of them.”
「但是,很抱歉啊。你也是知道的吧。能以白刃战战胜现在的你的人屈指可数,而在那其中并不包含我」

Then let’s settle it with ranged combat. Those words did not issue from Orlando’s mouth. That was because he knew it would only be an insult to a worthy opponent.
那么就以远距离战进行胜负吧、这样的话并没有从奥尔兰德的口中发出。因为他清楚地知道那个对于尊敬的对手而言只是侮辱。

He recalled Babel’s bow skills. He was still not confident that he could evade his attacks and close the distance at the same time.
回想起帕贝尔的弓箭实力,现在的自己还没有边回避攻击,边缩短距离的自信。

–No, not yet.
——还、没有。

“Well, if that’s all, time to make your report.”
「那么,如果话就到此为止了,就进行报告吧」

“No need to rush, boss. It’s not time for the shift change yet, right? Look, the bell hasn’t rung yet.”
「不用这么急也没关系吧,老大。还没到换班的时间吧?你看,钟声还没响」

Indeed, the chime that signalled a shift change had not yet sounded.
告知换班时刻的钟声应该还没到。

“You still need to prepare to change shift, right? There’s things to do before the bell goes. You ought to be getting yourself ready so you can change over the moment the bell rings.”
「交接的准备也要做吧。还有在钟声响起之前该做的事也是。为了在钟声响起时能马上进行任务,应该进行准备才是」

“It’s still too early even for that, right boss? Come talk with us for a bit.”
「就算那样也还早吧,老大。再陪我们多说些话吧」

“Then, may this one make a report to the Platoon Sergeant’s second-in-command?”
「那么就由属下这边先向士兵长的副官进行报告吧?」

The person who spoke was one of his men.
搭声过来的是自己部下的其中一人。

“Oh, that’s a great idea. Good job, you. How about that, boss?”
「这可不错啊。你这家伙,真是最棒了。那样如何呢,老大」

“…Hah. You really are being a handful today. You want to say something right? Honestly… if you want to say something, come out and say it.
「……哈啊。你今天可真难缠呢。有什么话想说吧?真受不了,如果有想说的话就直说」

As if he could say that.
怎么可能说的出那样的事。

While he had acknowledged the other man as someone he could talk with because he respected him, Orlando was the type who did not speak to people precisely because he respected them. In other words, he was a tsundere.
虽然有着因为尊敬才选做为交谈对象的情况,但奥尔兰德属于正因为对方是尊敬的人才不能交谈的类型。因为想被看成一个能独当一面的男人。

“Well, that’s why you’re the boss. You get it, don’t you?”
「不愧是老大,很明白呢」

“…Hahhh. So, what is it? I won’t let you off lightly if it’s some trivial nonsense.”
「……哈啊。那么到底有何事。如果是无聊的事可饶不了你哦」

“Well, about that…” Orlando took off his helmet and scratched his head. The cool air felt strangely comfortable on his heated scalp.
「那个啊」奥尔兰德将头盔摘下挠了挠头。冷冽的空气吹在发热的头上感觉莫名的舒服。

“The truth is I wanted to go on a warrior’s pilgrimage. So could I leave this place?”
「老实说、我想着要出去进行武者修行呢。所以我能离开这里吗?」

He could hear the gasps of surprise from all around him. However, the expression on the slender man in front of him remained unmoved.
虽然能听到周遭发出的吃惊喘息声。但是、眼前这名纤细男人的表情却一动也没有动。

“Why tell me?”
「为什么对我说?」

“That’s because you’re the man I trust the most in this nation, boss. If you won’t stop me even for that, then I won’t have any lingering attachments.”
「那当然是、在这个国家我最为认可的男人就是老大了啊。如果那个你也不阻止我的话,我可就毫无留恋了」

“…Aren’t you an NCO? If you’ve finished your national service, I can’t possibly stop you.”
「……你并不是军士吧?如果过了征兵期间的话,我没有办法阻止你」

The Holy Kingdom practiced conscription. Therefore, they sometimes called those people who chose to be career soldiers noncommissioned officers, in order to differentiate them from those people who had been conscripted. Babel and all his men were NCOs, while Orlando had some NCOs and conscripts under his command.
圣王国采用征兵制度。因此为了区别被征兵而来的士兵,有的时候会将职业军人称作为军士。帕贝尔以及他的下属们全员都是军士,奥尔兰德的下属有军士也有着被征兵而来的人。

“In that case, you don’t mind if I quit, right?”
「那么。就算辞职也可以吗?」

This was the first time Babel’s face had changed apart from when the topic of his wife and daughter had come up. Orlando had barely managed to discover it by dint of his extraordinary powers of perception gained from being a warrior. Nobody else around them had noticed it.
这是问道、帕贝尔除了女儿和妻子的话题以外首次改变表情。奥尔兰德凭借着卓越战士的洞察力才好不容易察觉到的那个表情变化,周围并没有任何人发觉吧。

He was someone that Orlando has acknowledged as a man of steel, but he was actually perturbed by the question of his staying or departure. His heart swirled with a mix of delight and sorrow.
奥尔兰德认可的钢铁男人,因为自己的去留而动摇了感情。心中旋绕着该说是喜悦也好悲哀也好的感情。

“…Well, legally speaking, I have to accept that. I can’t stop you… That said, we’ll sorely feel the absence of a strong man like you. You should have gone on your warrior’s journey earlier, right? Why now? Is it because there aren’t any more demihuman attacks?”
「……就法律来说我认可那个权利。没有办法阻止你。……话虽如此,如你这般的强者不在的话……会出现很大的缺口。武者修行的话应该在之前就去过了吧,为何、是在现在?果然是因为没有了亚人的袭击吗?」

Ever since about half a year ago, the demihumans had stopped attacking this fortress. In the past, they had attacked about once or twice a month, with about a few dozen people each time.
的确大概在这半年吧。亚人们不再袭击这个城寨,明明至今为止每月都会以一两次、以数十人程度的规模进攻过来。

While they only numbered a few dozen, they were still demihumans, who had superior physical abilities compared to mankind, and many of them possessed special abilities on top of that. Those were numbers which could easily slaughter an entire outpost wholesale.
虽然只有数十人的程度,但也是比起人类有着更优异肉体的亚人,而且有特殊能力的人也很多。如果是小据点的话,那是就算士兵全员被杀光也不奇怪的人数。

Both Orlando and Babel had experienced many situations where they had to send out elite troops for relief operations.
不论是奥尔兰德也好帕贝尔也好,每每送出精锐部队作为援军的情况也有很多。

“You know I don’t enjoy slaughtering the demihumans, right? I like fighting strong people and becoming strong.”
「我并不是喜欢杀亚人哦?我喜欢的是与强大的家伙战斗、让自己变强」

“So how about the Grand King, then?”
「那么以豪王为对手?」

“Ahhh, that guy…”
「啊啊、那家伙吗……」

“Oh, and then there’s the Devil Claw, the Beast Emperor, the Ashen King, the Burning Frost Lightning, and the Cyclone Lance.”
「不止如此,魔爪、兽帝、灰王、冰炎雷、然后还有螺旋枪」

Babel had mentioned the nicknames of several notable demihumans, but apart from the one he had mentioned first, none of them could move Orlando’s heart.
虽然举出了有名的亚人们的绰号,但果然除了最初出现的名字以外,没有一个能够让奥尔兰德的心跃动起来。

The Grand King Buzzer.
豪王巴扎。

He was the king of a certain demihuman tribe, a being known as the Lord of Destruction.
那是某个亚人种族的王,也是被称作破坏王的存在。

That nickname came from the fact that he was skilled at martial arts that destroyed weaponry and his fighting style which revolved around such sundering techniques. He was a mortal enemy of the Holy Kingdom who had defeated many famed warriors, and he had fought Orlando in the past. Back then, he had destroyed Orlando’s longsword, his backup weapons of a shortsword and handaxe, and even a billhook used to cut trees for firewood.
那个绰号,是来自于善于破坏武器的武技并确立了以那为主轴的战斗方法。这个圣王国的仇敌击败了多数著名的战士们、在过去也曾与奥尔兰德交手过,手持的长剑、作为预备武器的短剑和手斧、就连作为砍树用的柴刀也都被尽数破坏了。