Liam, Thirty Years Old

Usually when you’d think about a thirty year old, you’d imagine a fully grown adult.

But thirty years old in this universe is still the equivalent of an elementary school child.1

I had grown a little taller than I was before from sleeping and eating well.

Is this body not healthier than the one from my previous life’s childhood?

Everything is great, except for-

“-another failure?”

I sheathed the sword I held in my left hand as I inspected the surrounding logs.

Of the three that I set up, I was only able to cut through two.

And even then, all the cuts were extremely rough.

They were completely different from the cuts that Master showed me.

My jagged slices were an embarrassment in comparison to Master’s. His were cut so cleanly that you would’ve believed him if he had told you that they were cut beforehand.

Master had a perplexed expression on his face as he watched me.

Is he disappointed?

I lowered my head in shame.

“I’m sorry Master, I’m still nowhere close to reaching your level of skill.”

Master shook his head.

“The path of the sword is long and steep, there is no end goal. With that said, you’ve done well to progress this far in only twenty years.”

I’ve pondered hard about how I could emulate Master these past twenty years.

I didn’t think I’d be able to do it even after I became proficient in the basics, and then I remembered Master’s words.

Magic existed in this universe.

“That’s it! I need to use magic! Condense the magic power into a thin blade and extend it from my sword! Is that the correct answer?”

I thought that was correct, but the results were still far too different from Master’s demonstration.

While I was wondering about what I did wrong, Master started to applaud.

“If you’ve noticed this much, then you’ve gotten close to the truth.”

“I’ve gotten close?”

“Er, yeah, that’s right. Now that you’ve figured out that you need to use magic, you must now focus on mastering that magic.”

“I need to learn magic?”

I’m a noble and yet I’m also learning how to use magic…

In recent times, the magic power of an individual isn’t considered that important.

Magic would be powerless against a space battleship’s lasers after all.

Taking that into account, martial arts were pretty much in the same boat.

If taken to the extremes, I could be completely incompetent in those things and be fine.

Even so, these lessons will no doubt be useful in times of crisis.

“Yes, but in the end that’s just magic. It’s not enough.”

“Understood!”

I need to study many things in earnest.

“I’ll try to include some magic classes soon.”

Master nodded.

“This is good, but I’m going to have to seal that technique for a while. It’s true that you need to learn magic, but you’re not ready for it yet, so for the next decade I’m going to prohibit any training other than the basics.”

Even though I was finally able to achieve something!

I shouted those complaints in my mind, but I couldn’t go against Master.

If I tried to fight against this person, I’d be split into two in an instant.

“Okay, I understand.”

“Well for now, why not focus on your government affairs? If the lord of a territory solely focused on his martial abilities, then he’d be a failure of a lord.”

Is that what he’s thinking?

He must be worried about me.

“Its okay, while we’re still in the process of reforming the land, the results are finally starting to bear fruit.”

The military was reorganized.

The government was reformed.

Decisions were made to develop the territory, and the plans have already been set in motion.

In a universe that has already made advancements into space exploration, the development capability of society is insanely high.

Can you imagine skyscrapers being built in only a few days?

Machines and androids controlled by the architects can complete construction work at dizzying speeds.

“You’ve done well, but like always we can’t neglect the basics.”

“Yes!”

“It looks like doing it normally won’t help you develop any further, so for now I want you to continue while strapped on with weights and blindfolded.”

“You want me to wear a blindfold and weights?”

Master proceeded to tie weights onto the sword and blindfolded me.

“Keep swinging the heavier blade until it feels like you’re swinging a small branch, and the blindfold should help you learn how to not rely on eyesight alone.”

“Understood!”

It’s like the training sessions I’d see in a cartoon.

But everything that Master says is absolute!

…now that I think about it, the entertainment industry hasn’t developed that much due to the lack of time.

Should I try investing a bit more there?

◇ ◇ ◇

Yasushi watched Liam as he swung the weighted sword blindfolded.

(What the hell is this?! What the hell are you?!)

His cold sweat had been going on non-stop for a while now.

There’s no way Yasushi could’ve predicted that he’d actually transform his street magic trick into an actual secret swordsmanship technique.

Yasushi even thought that Liam’s movements were better than himself recently.

Even though he had only taught him the basics, Yasushi couldn’t help but feel embarrassed by Liam who had developed an entire secret technique on his own.

(If he finds out that I was lying, I’d stand no chance! I’d be chopped up in an instant!)

With an atmosphere like that, there’s no way he could come clean now.

Liam was already several steps higher than himself as a swordsman, he had already lost what little confidence in the blade he had left.

(In any case, I was stupid enough to not save my money. I can’t run away anymore!)

The rewards were already exhausted because he already spent them on luxuries.

He’d sneak out to the city every now and then to play around, saying that he was going to check on the state on his other disciples in various other places.

There wasn’t enough money to escape.

(There’s no other choice, let’s save up the funds and disappear! Yes, that’s the plan. Let’s do it!)

Now that he was blindfolded, Yasushi could finally wipe his cold sweat in front of the steadfast Liam.

(I really only taught him the basics… could he be a genius?)

Yasushi was no teacher.

He couldn’t have possibly known Liam was this talented.

(Argh, I don’t care anymore! In any case, its earning time now. I need to research some ways to train him, or else I’ll be killed!)

Yasushi swore to endure living frugally for a while as he saved up enough money to escape.

◇ ◇ ◇

Does it really make sense to be blindfolded?

At the beginning I questioned this thought process.

But now-

“I finally understand what you were trying to convey to me Master! I can now perceive what it means to use my senses other than sight! You wanted me to know that it wasn’t enough to just see things with my eyes alone, right?”

I told Master as such while I was still blindfolded.

Master tried to walk away while I still couldn’t see, but amazingly enough, I could immediately discern his position just from the slight sounds of his footsteps.

Did I surprise you Master?

Is this not proof that I’m growing up?

“W-well, it’s quite surprising that you had gotten this far in such a short period of time. No, really. Just how were you able to learn this in just a few years?”

It seems like my growth was unprecedented.

I was now able to perceive people even when I wasn’t looking at them.

And I could easily swing the weighted sword with only my fingertips now, too.

“Look at my progress, Master! I can now swing it this easily!”

“Oh, umm… yeah! Don’t get conceited!”

“Huh?”

Master went on to scold me.

“While it may be true that you’ve refined your senses other than vision, that’s all you’ve done. You still haven’t learned how to perceive things with magic.”

After being reminded of magic, I couldn’t help but be surprised that there was still so much for me to learn.

“You’ve enlightened me, Master!”

“Of course I have! Now then, your current sword is too light, so I’m going to prepare a custom one for you.”

Excitement started welling up inside me after hearing that I was going to get a customized sword.

“I’m looking forward to it, Master!”

“Aw man, that was a close one…”

Huh?

It felt like Master was frightened for a moment there.

Was it just my imagination?

◇ ◇ ◇

(Give me a break already, dammit!)

Yasushi couldn’t feel anything but fear towards Liam who had turned towards him even while blindfolded.

A heavy sword was easily being swung by him with just his fingertips.

Isn’t that kid able to live normally while blindfolded now?

Even if Yasushi tried to run away, he’d find him.

(What do I do?! What the hell am I supposed to do?! I didn’t think that he’d actually learn anything from this!)

Yasushi intended to earn himself some more time, but his plans had already gone awry in just a couple years.

(Was this kid always a genius?! Then tell me something like that in the beginning!)

In the first place, Yasushi was never a teacher. He was just a con-man.

It was impossible for him to measure Liam’s talent and potential.

(I’ll order the heaviest sword I can find, I’ll extend its length as well. I’ll make it so it’s almost impossible for him to swing it.)

Develop his sixth sense, learn to see the unseen, strengthen his magic etc.

Yasushi pondered ways he could extend the training when another plan popped into his head.

(That’s it! I’ll use that!)

◇ ◇ ◇

Yasushi walked up to the mansion’s warehouse.

Furniture and fragile items that were removed from the demolished building were stored here.

Yasushi had sold the antiques he had stolen from here, even if most of them were fakes.

Among all the items was a very old humanoid aircraft, a mobile knight.

It was a lumbering giant that stood 24 meters tall in comparison to the recent 14 meter-tall models.

It was an ancient aircraft that was hundreds of years old, something that had fallen out of use several generations ago.

It was the aircraft that Liam’s great grandfather had piloted.

Yasushi had come to the warehouse with Amagi and pointed towards the knight.

“Prepare this old aircraft. It’s going to become Liam’s new training equipment.”

Amagi turned a suspicious gaze towards Yasushi.

“This is a very outdated aircraft, should I prepare a current model instead?”

“That would be very bad!”

Yasushi knew that modern knights were easier to maneuver.

As new models and generations came out, movement and other actions became much more user-friendly.

Their performance had also been dramatically improved, so if someone like Liam started piloting one of those, he’d be able to master it in no time.

Yasushi wouldn’t be able to buy enough time at all.

“This is also for Liam’s sake, I want him to use this one after its been repaired.”

“But the parts aren’t even in commission anymore, it’d only delay the repair time. Its universally accepted to use 14 and 18 meter-class models, so there aren’t that many factories that can even handle something of this size.”

Amagi only responded politely to Yasushi because Liam recognized him as his master.

If Liam didn’t, then her response would’ve been far more vulgar.

(You don’t think I don’t know that?! I’ll make you spend what little money you have left on this, then you won’t have the time nor the funds needed to chase me. I’m a genius!)

Yasushi knew the basic mechanics of the old knight models.

He knew that they were built to be very sturdy.

“The old aircrafts are solidly built, with some new parts it can be far more robust than the current knights.”

“I’m telling you, it’s not that simp-”

As Amagi tried to deny it, Yasushi pushed through with his opinion.

“This is final! Repair this aircraft! This is all for Liam’s sake. The control method is ideal because its a manual. It’s not good to rely on the recent model’s auto-assistance.”

Amagi reluctantly consented after he continued to spout on for a while.

Liam had told her to respond to Yasushi’s instructions to the best of her abilities.

“I’ll make the arrangements immediately.”

“Also, make sure to spend as much as you can. Remember, this is all for Liam’s sake!”

Even though he knew they were in debt, Yasushi put in various orders to further tighten the house’s finances.

◇ ◇ ◇

Inside the warehouse that Yasushi had already departed from.

Amagi looked up at the mobile knight, designation: [Avid].

There were many exposed parts that showed the basic frame, and some parts of the armored frame were rusted.

Looking up at the tattered Avid, Amagi couldn’t help but think,

(Is that person even qualified to teach? I’m certain that my Master is stronger than him, and he doesn’t give off the feeling of someone that special.)

Just by looking at his way of way of living, Yasushi definitely didn’t look like he was qualified.

But he produced results.

In addition to that-

(No information comes out about him no matter how much I investigate him. Rather, that’s just even more unnatural…)

With that said, it was difficult to dismiss Yasushi because he produced results.

Besides, there’s no problem as long as his suspicious sides didn’t interfere with his job.

Amagi was exasperated as to how things came to this.

“…it’s an order, so I’ll just do it.”

In current times, large twenty-four meter class knights weren’t widely used.

Therefore, if they were hoping to maintain it, they couldn’t hire just any factory.

They had to bring in a large factory that had the superior facilities capable of making the needed parts.

To give an example, it’d be like taking a classic sports car to a small garage workshop. If they didn’t have the parts, then they wouldn’t be able to fix it.

“I need to call in a manufacturer from the Empire.”

It was one of the Empire’s weapon factories that were responsible for building Avid.

They still existed, so they were the only place where the repairs could really be trusted.

Amagi double-checked Yasushi’s request.

“That’s a big demand, but it is possible to secure a budget. I should call someone in first though…”

She wanted to have a mechanic check on Avid’s condition before contacting the factory.

As she left the warehouse thinking about what to do, she found Liam walking around blindfolded.

Her mood instantly brightened.

“Those footsteps have to be… Amagi!”

“You are correct, Master.”

He was walking around as if he could see the surroundings clearly despite the blindfold.

“Master, it’s dangerous to walk around in that condition.”

“It’s no problem, this is just practice. Anyways, I heard that you were going to prepare a knight for me?”

Amagi began to talk about the knight Yasushi recommended,

“We’re planning to bring in one of the old-fashioned knights, but in my opinion it’d be better if we budgeted for a fourteen-meter class instead.”

Liam started to rub his chin while tilting his head.

“Its my Master’s idea, so I’ll talk to him about it, but for now I’m going to continue walking around the estate as is.”

Liam then began to walk away blindfolded.

Amagi couldn’t help but feel uneasy when looking at such a sight.


Written by Mishima Yomu/Wai (三嶋 与夢)

Translated by KuroInfinity at slothtranslationsblog.com

  1. They explained this before, but I’ll explain it again so you don’t have the wrong image. (Small spoiler) Once Liam turns 50 (the official age of adults in this universe), its explained that he still looks like a 13 year old, so he probably only looks about 9-10 by our standards right now. The extended lifespans, anti-aging tech, and various other factors kinda skewed this universe’s perception of physical and mental aging.

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25 thoughts on “Liam, Thirty Years Old

  1. Spending 50 years as a child… I hope they have a good medical thingamabob to control his hormones for that long.

    Liam learns to drive a stick. I approve.

    Thanks for the chapter.

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  2. It’s interesting how in governance he leans heavily on the taboo AI, but meanwhile trains himself to be strong entirely through manual means… If any mech can be considered manual.

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  3. Siriously, that con artist will be known in the future as the best tutor of the biggest war lord ever!
    Oh how i long to see the tears of fear for our liam, and i really like to see if he can escape this unescapeble future haha

    On another note, refrigerator?
    That is a amusing thing to type
    Thanks for the hard work ma’am!

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      1. Well, you’ve quality translations so i like to read them, so it’s only natural to comment and leave a small thank you for the hard work the translator have done on translating the chapter you’re reading, although i don’t usually have the time to comment, i’ll try to comment if i have time in between breaks on work, i’m working in a grocery store in the netherlands, but even if i’m a fulltime employee, because of my autism and the laws here in the netherlands, i’m not allowed to earn as much as a normal person, because of some financial help i get, thanks to that, the government department that goes about it are quite black and white (see as in quite cruel) about the numbers at the end of the month so meh, i can’t donate, so at the least i can do is comment as much as i can to give a thank you for the hard word you’ve done, anyway, i’m glad thad you’re looking forward for my small comment ma’am, i really appreciate your hard work you do haha
        Have a nice day ma’am!

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  4. Thanks for another wonderfull chapter of this series, I hope it keeps the ligth comedy tone. HAHAHAHAH That con-artist of a master will be creating a freak Swordmaster, now he will include perception through mana as well, I can totally see the future assasins cursing his master for creating such a monster, wondering how mutch will he develope his magic as well.

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  5. i see, the teacher wants to hone the MC’s body, mind and magic so his sensitivity and control are off the charts, which will make him perfectly compatible with the manual mech

    Sasuga sensei!

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  6. There are next to no details about the magic in this world. Can the author write some details, like how is magic used,what can and can’t be done with it, what does Liam use it for, etc? I love fantasy stories and I would like for more fantasy elements to appear other than just sci-fi

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  7. Wow they have mobile suits! A bigger than average mobile suit means that it’s probably more a mobile armor! Ah… the dream is expanding…

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  8. As she left the warehouse thinking about what to do, she found Liam walking around blindfolded.

    Her mood instantly brightened.

    Interesting, so she has some kind of an emotion programming that makes her act and think like a human, even being capable of liking and hating someone? One has to wonder where to draw the line between what can be considered “life” and what can’t. I actually believe that a machine, an A.I., that can develop itself on its own by experiences and which has the ability to take decisions based on both emotions and logic could be considered a form of life rather than just a machine. After all, aren’t humans just something similar in the end?

    Still, if it’s a world where souls actually exist, which it obviously is seeing how he transmigrated, I guess that it needs to actually possess a soul to be considered real life. Maybe this android will get a soul later on? Maybe she already has one. I wonder what that creature was which slipped into the gate in the prologue.

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