Rosetta

“From today onward, I’m no longer a prince. I’m just Wallace!”

 

After becoming my underling, Wallace had come up to my room to make a report. 

 

Kurt had also come over to visit.

 

“You look happy.”

 

“It’s all thanks to you, Liam. Because of you, I was able to safely escape from my position as a royal.”

 

He was talking as if he hated being a prince.

 

“I thought being born a royal would’ve made life super easy.”

 

Wallace looked amazed at my words,

 

“That’s only because you don’t know anything. Having the position of prince is actually really dangerous. My older brothers are constantly fighting amongst each other for the position of Emperor. Thus making our dark history repeat itself.”

 

Kurt joined into the conversation,

 

“I’ve heard a lot of rumours as well. People say that the rise of the Emperor is the dawn of all their siblings’ executions. There are many urban legends about such things.”

 

Wallace lowered his voice,

 

“…try to keep that to yourself. Those rumours are often true. Even with my father, all of his rivals seem to have died before his ascension. You need to be careful.”

 

Kurt’s face had gone pale.

 

I’ve heard about things like this in my previous life.

 

Family feuds aren’t an unusual story in feudal systems.

 

Wallace’s expression softened,

 

“In any case, I’ve safely retired from the race to be the successor.”

 

“It’s not like you have absolutely no right to inherit the throne.”

 

“But it’s different now. The situation in the palace is really complicated. Because there’s not just us kids, but also our mothers’ connections to take into consideration. Everyone in a faction is executed if they lose the succession. It’s happened before.”

 

“Really?”

 

“You better believe it. The inner palace isn’t the beautiful place the masses think it is. It’s a place where brothers kill each other for the right to be Emperor, starting all the way back in the ugly fight between their mothers.”

 

Death flags were raised that they had no control over.

 

Or rather, the palace was a place full of death.

 

The princes had to take this seriously.

 

Wallace said that the struggle for the throne two thousand years ago was particularly terrible and the effects of it could still be seen today.

 

“The Emperor of two millennia ago was especially terrible. There are a lot of stories of betrayal and death, so wouldn’t anybody be happy to escape from such a place?”

 

However, Wallace had a refreshed look on his face as someone freed from all burdens.

 

“I can finally live out my own life. Thank you, Liam.”

 

I only did it on a whim, but it looks like it meant more to him than that.

 

Well, the former prince was now my underling.

 

So I was satisfied.

 

Though there were still a few things I was worried about.

 

“Wallace, couldn’t you have just sent bribes to curry favour with the older brother you thought would win?”

 

The next Emperor had almost been decided.

 

If he was living in the palace, shouldn’t he have been able to predict who the winning horse would be by now?

 

Wallace looked away,

 

“There are many cases where the people who were supposedly confirmed to be the ‘next Emperor’ have died. What do you think would happen to the sibling that had tried to curry favour such a person?”

 

“They’d be executed?”

 

“Death would be a mercy. Life becomes unimaginably hard for those that backed a person that didn’t become Emperor. The Claudia house that Rosetta is from is one of such victims.”

 

It was surprising to hear Rosetta’s name being mentioned by Wallace.

 

“Rosetta?”

 

When I asked, Kurt also gave a look that said he didn’t know.

 

As we shook tilted our heads in confusion, Wallace began to explain Rosetta’s circumstances,

 

“A long time ago, there was a prince that had the backing of the Claudia Ducal house.”

 

That was the beginning of the Claudia house’s fall.

 

◇ ◇ ◇

 

The girl’s washroom in the first school building.

 

Standing in front of the mirror, Rosetta was looking at her reflection.

 

She was speaking to herself,

 

“I am the venerable daughter of the Claudia house, one day I will be the one to end our suffering.”

 

The Claudia family, which was a matriarchal household, was a complex place.

 

To put it simply, they were an infamous Ducal house.

 

They were the rulers of a single planet on the frontier.

 

Although they were originally classified as minor nobles, the Empire had promoted the Claudia house to Ducal status.

 

That was nearly two millennia ago.

 

The reason for this spans back to the dark ages of that time.

 

Back then, the Empire was in a very rough position.

 

The crown prince that was supposed to become the next Emperor, had died before his ascension.

 

The Claudia house that had supported that prince welcomed the brother who had ascended instead.

 

But the new prince was hostile towards them.

 

From then on they were subjected to an endless chain of hostility from the royal family and nobility.

 

Naturally, severe punishment was imposed on the Ducal house that supported the late prince, trapping them in a cage.

 

The Claudia house was stripped of their territory.

 

They were forced onto a ruined planet that had been driven to its last legs.

 

However, their status remained that of a Duke’s.

 

‘Anyone who stands against the Emperor will end up like this, no matter their status’– was the message they wanted to show off.

 

They were nobles, but at the same time they weren’t.

 

It was a cruel fate, but they were still alive.

 

The past heads had struggled to one day escape this cruel destiny.

 

And Rosetta was struggling against it as well.

 

◇ ◇ ◇

 

The raison d’etre of elementary school was to train the noble children to a certain level.

 

Occasionally, there’d be the child of an aristocrat that didn’t know how the universe worked and brought shame wherever they went.

 

In order to limit such situations, the minimum amount of education they needed was given at the elementary school.

 

However, only the most excellent of children were assigned to the first school building for schooling.

 

The classes there were tough, but it was also a sign of how much expectations they had for them.

 

Rosetta was overjoyed when she was assigned to the first school building.

 

However…

 

(…I can’t keep up with the contents of the lesson.)

 

She couldn’t keep up with how fast the classes progressed.

 

Her house was poor and she couldn’t get a satisfactory education growing up.

 

The amount of times she was able to use education capsules was minimal as well.

 

The level she was at was clearly different from her surroundings.

 

She worked hard, but it felt like she was confronted with a wall that she couldn’t overcome.

 

(I can’t give up here. I’ll end this chain of suffering and free us.)

 

But whenever someone spoke, weren’t they actually making fun of her?

 

She had become paranoid with negative suspicion after seeing the difference between herself and her surroundings.

 

(No matter what, I need to be successful here.)

 

Rosetta was the only one who was desperate to pass while everyone else went through their school life leisurely.

 

The same was true even after she returned to the dormitory.

 

When she got back to her room, her body started to scream out for how much it wanted to just collapse on the bed and sleep. 

 

But instead of complying to her body’s needs, she forced herself to her desk to study.

 

Even if it was inefficient, she’d be totally lost if she didn’t review the topics of tomorrow’s lessons beforehand.

 

“…I won’t lose. If I fail here, then my future daughter will have to go through this pain as well.”

 

Her tears didn’t stop falling.

 

And as her consciousness slowly left her, she fell down and collapsed on the desk as she was.

 

◇ ◇ ◇

 

Rosetta was dreaming.

 

It was a nostalgic dream of her childhood.

 

The Empire had sent them an invitation for a party held in the palace.

 

Rosetta, who was still a young girl at the time, was delighted, but her grandmother’s expression was sullen.

 

Her mother was crying as she hugged her.

 

She didn’t understand why they were sad.

 

“Mother, grandmother, why are you crying?”

 

The two smiled at her innocence despite the tears.

 

“It’s nothing Rosetta. Let’s just enjoy the party. We’ll have as much fun as possible.”

 

“Yes!”

 

Her mother was poor, but she still prepared her a dress.

 

And her grandmother had set her beautiful hair into ringlets.

 

Rosetta loved this hairstyle.

 

But when she finally got to attend the party at the imperial capital she was looking forward to– she was met with ridicule.

 

She could still remember the voices of the nobility of that time.

 

“What’s with that dirty dress?”

“It’s another clown from the Claudia house.”

“Why do they even bother coming to the imperial capital?”

 

Different from the fun party she expected, she learned that they were only invited so they could be harassed and laughed at.

 

This was a scheme set up by the late emperor.

 

He wanted to regularly show off what happened to those that opposed him.

 

It was a custom that had continued for nearly two millennia.

 

The tradition had been held for far too long for them to just end it now– it was impossible.

 

Some aristocrats felt pity for them.

 

But none of them reached out to help.

 

After Rosetta learned the reality of things, her mother told her,

 

“Remember the gentlemen who showed mercy to us. In the future, they’re going to be the ones that’ll help you give birth to a child. Then the Claudia house can live on.”

 

The reason why the Claudia house was a matriarchal household was because they could never find a marriage partner.

 

As long as the heads were female, then there was a chance they’d still be able to have a child after bowing down to men of prestige.

 

“Rosetta… grow up beautiful. If you do, then men will reach out to you.”

 

“Huh?”

 

“This is the only way for the Claudia house to have children.”

 

–that was when she first learned of why her father wasn’t there.

 

Another reason why the Claudia house was a matriarchal household was because it was easier.

 

If the head was a man, there wouldn’t be any women who’d come as his bride.

 

Men could still make children as long as they had the money and equipment.

 

They just needed to buy an egg from a woman, but the problem here was the financial cost of it all.

 

The Claudia house as it was couldn’t afford it.

 

This expensive method was impossible for them, so the easiest option was to simply have only females become their heads.

 

Some of them had tried to end this miserable life.

 

However, they were constantly under watch by officials and were repeatedly denied of any chance.

 

The only way Rosetta could become free of this hell was to advance upwards.

 

◇ ◇ ◇

 

When she woke up– it was morning.

 

“No, this can’t be!”

 

After getting up in a hurry, she had found that breakfast time had already passed.

 

She rushed over to the school building, but she was still late.

 

Her uniform was sloppy, and her hair was a wreck.

 

When she had finally entered the classroom, her peers started laughing at her.

 

And when John saw Rosetta,

 

“Rosetta, don’t be late. Wake up on time.”

 

“…yes. I’m sorry.”

 

He wasn’t as harsh with her as he was with the other students.

 

Normally, he was the kind of teacher that’d start yelling at late students, but it looks like he had already given up on Rosetta.

 

(I’ll show you all.)

 

Her classmates gazed at her with eyes full of various things; ridicule, pity, interest– in any case, they looked at her like she was some kind of rare animal.

 

The boys’ voices could be heard,

 

“Even if she was late, how can she look that bad? Like, what the hell is that?”

“At the very least, you’d think she’d keep up appearances.”

“…no, Tom. Those words have no persuasive power coming from you. Just look at your hair.”

 

She was in a hurry and didn’t have time to take a shower, and as she approached her seat–

 

–the girls started covering up their noses.

 

“What a terrible smell.”

“My nose is going to fall off.”

“I always knew that she was stupid, but I didn’t know she smelled too.”

 

Rosetta knew she was the worst in the class.

 

Then she passed by the honour student Liam.

 

(…Banfield.)

 

She clenched her teeth.

 

He was currently looking at John with an uninterested expression.

 

It was an face that said he wasn’t interested in her at all.

 

But it couldn’t be helped.

 

At such a young age, he had already been recognised as a Count skilled in domestic affairs, and had fully mastered a martial school, earning his swordsmanship license.

 

On top of all that, he had earned himself the second name of ‘The Pirate Hunter’.

 

Status, honour, and skill– he was a child who had everything. He was complete opposite of herself.

 

Liam was the only person John never shouted at.

 

To be specific, he never had a reason to.

 

He was the top of the grade in his studies.

 

His practical skills were excellent as well.

 

But his true specialty lay in his martial skill.

 

He always won, even against the second strongest Kurt.

 

Liam was incorruptible, and no one could stand against him.

 

He was the one person nobody ever tried picking a fight with.

 

Because they knew they couldn’t win.

 

–He was completely different from Rosetta. He was a person that had everything.

 

Rosetta hated Liam– she couldn’t help it.

 

(Does someone like me even register in your eyes? I hate people like you that have everything in life. I can’t help but hate you.)

 

◇ ◇ ◇

 

–A dark alley in the imperial capital.

 

The guide was there.

 

He was clenching his teeth as he watched the sight of two vagrants digging through trash.

 

“Damn it, how did I get like this?”

 

The current guide was no different from them.

 

His connection to Liam was so strong that only negative emotions related to Liam could be efficiently absorbed.

 

The current state of the guide was equivalent to him desperately drinking muddy water.

 

All the pain he felt in his heart was because of Liam.

 

He was grasping at his chest as he walked around, gathering the surrounding negative emotions.

 

However, the absorption rate was dismal.

 

It was very inefficient because of the constant pain caused by Liam’s gratitude that drained his power.

 

As to why the guide wanted revenge on Liam— it was so he could break out of this situation and be freed of this suffering.

 

To that end, he was now collecting negative emotions.

 

That’s when the vagrants in front of the guide started fighting.

 

“That’s the food I found!”

 

“Shut up! It’s mine because you drank my alcohol last time!”

 

However, when the guide passed them by, the two’s stern expressions softened.

 

“…sorry, that’s my bad. I’m hungry too though, so can we split it in half?”

 

“I’m sorry too.”

 

They apologised and shared the food.

 

It was the result of having their negative emotions absorbed.

 

The guide spoke,

 

“Look out Liam, I’ll be sure to send you to the deepest depths of hell.”


Brian(´;ω;`) “It’s painful. Rosetta’s situation is so painful… but Lord Liam had a hard time too, you know!”

Written by Mishima Yomu/Wai (三嶋 与夢)

Translated by KuroInfinity at slothtranslationsblog.com

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48 thoughts on “Rosetta

  1. Low key surprised. The guide is actually starting to become *helpful* towards people by absorbing their negative emotions. Now if only that was the kind of person the guide *intended* to be.

    Regarding Liam, I think we can all tell what’s gonna end up happening between him and Rosetta.

    Rosetta gets in trouble (prolly with that one Pirate Lord kid, by instigation of the guide) -> Liam saves her -> Liam starts to resolve the misunderstanding she has, and interacts more with her -> she falls for Liam.

    BTW, all this is pure guesswork.

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    1. I am really hoping that Liam can more than one fiance or that he can take one wife and once concubine. In this way, he can create a solid Bloodline and bond with a Duke house. Plus, we can all see that she is the type of disappointing and surprisingly plan woman that Liam loves

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    2. He wanted to break Rosetta pride and watch her experiencing a mental breakdown, only to get her turned into a “Dere”.

      Actually, Guide can just instigate Liam citizen to wear stupid hairdo to anger him, poor guy.

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    3. Looking at the chapter titles, Fiance Rosetta then Mistake, I wonder if Rosetta will be manipulated by the Guide like Liam’s wife was in his previous life.

      Would be terrible for Liam to get burned by a women again but it’s hardly like he hasn’t really pissed off a lady or two. As they say hell has no fury like a woman scorned.

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    4. And she is ideal if done right. She is the very definition of miserable and if Liam did save her, or even want her as servant, she couldn’t object or seek help because of her status (not that she will in the first place in certain scenario)

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    5. That sound similar to Day Watch by Sergey Lukyanenko and Vladimir Vasilyev. Good guys (Night Watch) take power from good emotions, making people forget happiness, Day Watch making people to forget their sufferings and take power from it (and also ridicule Night Watch because it’s them who making people happier, while Night Watch forcing people to be less happy so that they can keep defending them).

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  2. “He was currently looking at John was an uninterested expression.”

    Small typo here. It should be “looking at John with an uninterested expression”.

    Also, this is one sad chapter. The Claudia title of Duke is nothing more than just a mocking label from the past emperor. I’m also guessing that the empire tossed Rosetta into the honor class knowing that she was ill prepared just to watch her suffer and fail; thereby, dropping her further into hell. The empire sure can hold a grudge for a long time.

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    1. i don’t think so, yes they are mocked but the one current in control of the empire is the prime minister and he looks to be decent guy, so i think the reason she was admitted to the first building is because PM thinks she has potential or that she could find someone giving her hope like liam, the prime minister and head maid still believe that liam is a virtuose leader

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  3. Damn, that’s some harsh and really sad backstory, it’s just sickening how the claudia duke household have suffered for this long, all thanks to a sick and disgusting emperor, ma’am, you’re right that this chapter is a sad one, inhumane treatment is what nobody deserves
    Dutch nutcase, signing out silently
    (I need to light a candle and cheer up my sullen mood)
    Thanks anyway for your hard work and this chapter ma’am, i’m grateful for it, even for how heavy the content was, it was a good read, having a lot more background info, it’s always fun to know more of the lore, even the heavy ones….

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    1. Well, more than anything else, I don’t like people being blamed for stuff they didn’t do. Here we are several generations on (remember 2k years would be suprisingly few generations in this setting), and this family is still suffering because of the actions of someone they never met, who died hundreds of years before they were born.

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      1. I hope that their misfortune will be annihilated by liam, because the backstory like this deserves a better ending than all that wickedness and unfairness they had to deal the last 2k years

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  4. thank you for the chapter.

    so sad for rosetta but never fear for the Evil Lord Liam will end your suffering in the most evil(good) way possible

    “…no, Tom. Those words have no persuasive power coming from you. Just look at your hair.”

    who wants to guess Liam said these words

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  5. [They were forced onto a ruined planet that had been driven to its last legs.]

    Liam: “Wow! You guys really know how to suck your people dry! Fellow Evil Overlord! I admire you!”
    Claudia: “er… thanks…?”

    I suspect him seeing her as a fellow evil overlord is going to be the turning point in their relationship.

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  6. This is simply me guessing.

    At first, they didn’t understand why Liam chose to be Wallace’s patron then they just brushed it off as him being a good guy. But when he took the blonde ringlets under his wings, it rubbed the current monarchy in the wrong way.

    The empire saw Liam’s action as boldly throwing mud to their face when he saved Rosetta, who was their example of a clown. Then, they started to perceive the whole picking-up-prince as trying to spark a coup. They thought that Liam was going to put Wallace in the throne as his puppet.

    Liam, who’d take every fight they brought to him, didn’t really read into it when out of nowhere the empire fleet and their supporters were knocking on his door. All he knew, it was a fight some pirates asked.

    Soon, he would literally rule over the whole galaxy.

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  7. I don’t understand how this chapter is sad.

    Is it the about the tsundere’s family? They simply place their bet on the wrong person and reaped what they’ve sown.

    Is it the tsundere herself? She fucking hate someone because of their competence. Taking their own inadequacies onto someone else, how can anyone sympathize with that kind of bullshit behavior.

    Is it the Guide? Cause I kinda feel bad for him honestly, the poor bruh sign a contract with the duration of eternity where he only gain things that are detrimental to him. The poor man just wants to see some people suffer(kinda similar to me).

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  8. Thanks for the chapter. Now Liam just need to intiate the prince in the onw slash sword school and he would have a proper sla…I mean vassal. Poor Rossetta, the guide wants to feed on your resentment!!!!!!!!!

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