an English translation of the novel

Page 238-239

“During the Dark Age, there were no groups apart from those four, right? So which one…?”

I finally understood. We were direct descendants of one of the four groups.

“The first to die out were the bandits.”

Hearing this, I was slightly relieved.

“Each family of bandits were made of about twenty or thirty related members. Because they did not hesitate to use PK, and sometimes massacred entire villages, they were highly feared. However, this lifestyle was extremely unstable. {To the bandits, the slave empires and nomads were prey, but to these two groups, the bandits were nothing more than a nuisance, so they used every possible method to exterminate them.}”

“Every possible method?” Satoru asked, though I wished he hadn’t.

“The bandits’ preferred method of transportation was by automatic two-wheeled vehicles. Although in that time there were no longer any means to produce engines and tires, they used PK to revive iron production techniques. They used hundreds of kilos of iron to make wheels and used PK to propel them at speeds of three hundred kilometers per hour. They tore through the plains, sparks flying from the wheels, ransacking villages as they went. Whenever the villagers saw the dust clouds and heard the roar of their engines, they knew the death gods were coming. In defense, the villagers dug pits lined with sharp bamboo spears and strung thin wires up at neck-height. They also used other simple yet effective traps such as planting land mines, putting slow-acting poisons in food set out as bait, infecting young women with deadly diseases and letting the bandits rape them, and more.”

Once again, I was so disgusted I had to fight the urge to throw up.

“Of course, the bandits retaliated by attacking mercilessly with PK, but their downfall ultimately came from infighting. Since they were all related by blood, the bandits were formidable against enemies from outside the group, but within the ranks, there was always the fear of being killed by a fellow bandit. To survive, they had to be wary of  any sign of hostility from another member. This kill-before-you’re-killed mentality escalated to the point that dissolution of the group was inevitable.”


4 Responses to Page 238-239

  1. Thanks for the translation! I’m loving it :)

  2. john doe says:

    infecting the women and letting them be raped…..damn that came out of nowhere. just like..oh yeah, spikes. oh cool..but creepy…wire yeah. then bam infect the women. kind of seems like the LAST thing a functioning society would do, but aye, i guess if you want to kill your enemy by any means, it’s kinda creative to say the least. “HERE TAKE THE WOMEN! BUT YOU’LL REGRET IT!”

    but seriously, that’s brutal, like…more brutal for their own people than the enemy lol. strange….

    • eerabbit says:

      yeah, that totally came out of left field. I had to triple check to make sure I was reading it right haha
      pretty sure that’s not the last disturbing thing we’ll see though

  3. It’s amazing that you can do all this with only 3 years of Japanese. Keep up the awesome work! My friends and I are greatly enjoying your translation!!!

 
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