My death Flags show no Sign of Ending – Chapter 74

My death Flags show no Sign of Ending – Chapter 74

Remember when I said I’d be done with college by Thursday? Well my college did not agree >< Anyway, starting from today, I’m free for real, so you can say good bye to the chapter delays, and welcome back to my nonsensical, yet existent, schedule 😀
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Anyway, here is chapter 74, I hope you’ll enjoy it!


Chapter 74

It was underground, out of the reach of the outside world’s light. Only some pale, and dim artificial light sources were lighting up the place.
Moreover, those sources’ original purpose was not to give off light, they were pods filled with a solution that just happened to give off a glow. The pods were arranged in line at a regular interval, and most of them had ―― human bodies in them.
There were no common points between the ages and genders of the bodies, if there had to be any common points to mention, it would that they were all naked and unconscious. And there was one other common feature that one couldn’t tell based on their appearance, they were all from the Stellar tribe.

Cutting through the atmosphere of that dark, ominous space were the sounds of weapons clashing and flashing. Each time the weapons turned, the pale lights were reflected on their blades.
The real source of those lights and sounds were a young man and a young lady who were crossing blades with each-other.

The young man, who had slightly purple hair, was holding in his hands a long spear, as long as his own body’s height. Even a grown adult would be unlikely to be able to wield the spear like the youth did, freely manipulating it while taking into account the spear’s weight and centrifugal force.
The weapon of the young woman facing him was a scimitar that she held in a reverse grip. The sword was already short as it was, let alone when compared to a spear. Moreover, even for a scimitar, the blade was quite short and it had a large curvature. And yet, despite being in such a disadvantageous situation, the young woman, who was holding the scimitar with both of her hands, was actually rivaling against the young man and was making many more attack moves than he did.

However, in contrast to that intense battle, both of them were fighting with expressionless faces devoid of emotions. They had no fear of pain or death, nor did they have any killing intent to show their will to kill each other. They were so indifferent that it almost looked as if they were apathetically carrying out some simple task.

Observing them as they did so was the owner of this place, Justus Freund.
Upon being given a certain signal by Justus who had been looking at the scene for a while, the two young people halted their extremely fierce fight and all their movements, as if they were robots who had received a command to stop their actions.

【”……That was so-so. Their fighting ability has room for improvement…”】

Justus had rather not continue developing them right now, not wanting to end up reducing the number of bodies he had in hand. Though the output of their strength was insufficient to start up the device, putting more efforts in getting more members of the stellar tribe would waste too much time. But there was someone who was fit to support those two, and Justus believed that if he put that someone in charge of managing them, then there would be no problem.
Having come to that conclusion, Justus decided to apply his decision to the development he was working on. If that person was able to get their abilities up to Justus’ expected standards, then it would show that his actions followed Justus’ wishes.

The moment Justus was longing for was finally coming. That was what he remained more than ten years in the dark for.
He was finally reaching the point where he could realize his dearest wish. Justus spontaneously leaked a laugh out of his mouth.

【”Hehehe, just a little bit… Just a little bit more until I can meet you… Just you wait.”】

Justus looked at an empty space with an ecstatic expression on his face. And his usually calm and almost emotionless voice was now quite differently filled with madness.
And so, the despair brought upon by the total destruction of the world was secretly starting to come to life.

Right now, there was a child in front of Harold. More accuaretly, it was a very recently born baby.
Of course, it wasn’t Harold’s child. Sleeping soundly in his crib, was Huey, Harold’s younger brother born of a different mother.

Harold got to know of Huey’s existence shortly after returning from the celebration of the engagement between Itsuki and Silvie held at the Berlioz family’s residence. In one of the letters that Harold’s father regularly sent him to persuade him to reconsider the break off of his engagement with Erica, he added one sentence【”Your little brother was just born, so come by to see him one of these days.”】
Upon reading his letter, Harold first admired him for being energetic despite being almost fifty years old, but when he thought about it carefully, he, who was originally supposed to be the Stokes household’s heir, had a bad reputation that was spread far and wide and had selfishly broken his engagement, so it was only natural that his father would get another son as an insurance, just in case.
Although it was a rare concurrence, it was allowed within the kingdom for nobles to get a concubine, and his wife, Jessica, was already over forty years old. In consideration of her health and the child’s, perhaps making an heir with a concubine instead was a reasonable choice.

Putting that aside. Harold believed that, if he were to return home now, his father Hayden would certainly nag him, once again trying to persuade him not to break his engagement. Besides, even if he were to survive until the end of the game’s story, Harold didn’t know how the Stokes family would do.
Though some parts of this world were different from the game, fundamentally, it was still very similar to『Brave Hearts』’s world. Although the LP farming method had made some profits for them, there was no change to Harold’s parents’ pure-blooded principles and the behavior that came with it, leading them to oppress their population. No matter how Harold thought about it, there was a high probability that their household would be crushed.
Therefore, in case he survived until the end of the game’s story and yet was still unable to return to his former world, Harold had considered the idea of leaving the household and throwing away the name Harold Stokes.
Fortunately, he had obtained strength that would make it easy for him to make a living as an adventurer or a mercenary.

Therefore, he had no interest in doing something as troublesome as voluntarily going back there, however, as Harold worried about that and looked at his brother, he realized something and froze up on the spot.
If the Stokes household was crushed and Harold left it, what would happen to Huey, who was only a newborn? He would be left in the street, and at worst, he would likely die.
The original Harold had no younger brother. He might have had one, but at least, there was certainly no depiction of such a setting within the game. In other words, there was no denying the possibility that Huey was born due to Harold’s actions that differed from the game’s story.
And even if it wasn’t for that, his brother was his brother no matter who his mother was. That’s how Harold felt in the part of his emotions that had no regard for reason.

Done with his worrying, Harold dealt with negotiating with Justus and got permission to return to his home for a few days, and so, Harold went back to the Stokes’ mansion after five years of absence. And as expected, he ended up receiving a huge scolding from his father and kept fending off his words for over an hour, until he finally got to meet with Huey.
But, standing on the other side of the crib, there was also a woman, Huey’s mother and Hayden’s concubine. She looked young and was probably of the same generation as Yuno. It looked like there was a difference of over 20 years between Hayden and her.
She did come to the rescue of Harold who had no idea what to do when Huey got unsettled, but, except for the exchange of greetings she had at the very start, she was silent from beginning to end, and it seemed like she did not intend to launch the conversation herself.
It wasn’t clear whether this was because she was nervous, terribly reserved, or simply because she did not like Harold.
So Harold tried to come in contact with her to test the grounds.

【”You’re called Dorothy, right?”】

【”Yes.”】

【”How old are you??”】

【”I’ll soon be 25 years old.”】

She was much older than Harold. So it would have been only natural if she looked down on him a little, and yet it seemed like Dorothy had chosen to use honorifics with him and to talk politely. Harold could not figure out whether that was normal or not.
In the first place, he was troubled enough not knowing in the slightest what kind of stance he should take while interacting with her. From Harold’s point of view, her stand as his father’s lover was fine enough already, but she was married in the family register so she could also be said to be his mother-in-law.
However, his father’s wife Jessica was also live and well so perhaps it was more accurate to say Dorothy was just his second woman? If that was really what she was considered to be, then Harold was not familiar with what that position represented in the hierarchy and was confused as to how to communicate with her. Harold’s mindset was still largely similar to the one from modern-day Japan.

【”You chose to become a noble’s concubine at that age, huh. Did your family throw you away?”】

While his mind was hesitating to talk, his mouth was completely straightforward. And Dorothy answered just as straightforwardly.

【”I wasn’t married and it was too late for me to get married, so I am alright with it.”】

According to Dorothy’s words, it seemed like she was a former young noble miss from somewhere, but her family had a falling business and had to sell their title of nobility so as not to become poor to the point of not being able to live. Though around ten years had passed since they had reluctantly passed from being aristocrats to being simple commoners, they still were not able to stop their downfall towards extreme poverty.
And at that time, a proposal was made towards Dorothy. Dorothy’s father had jumped on this occasion. Apparently, the effect of that proposal made it so that the Stokes family took care of Dorthy’s family’s financial difficulties, therefore allowing them to regain their noble title, which they had sold off.
It was in gratitude for that favor that Dorothy became Hayden’s concubine. She was basically sacrificed.
Because Hayden had used such vicious methods to have his way with her against her will, she probably did not have good thoughts about him, or even about Harold, who was the reason why Hayden took her to the household. Even when it  came to Harold’s engagement with Erica, Hayden had never resorted to any methods that went as far as that proposal.
Well, given the high importance Hayden attached to noble blood and given how Dorothy was a “former noble”, that proposal was likely the result of his maximum and ultimate concession.
In any case, Harold’s heart was full of apologies for Huey and Dorothy.

【”Humph, look, your thoughts are of no interest to me. As long as you don’t annoy me, do as you like.”】

Though he wanted to transmit those his own feeling ever so slightly, it was an impossible wish for him to put them into words properly. However, Harold was concerned about the future education of Huey, who was going to be raised in such a household, and especially about his future views regarding commoners. As he worried about that, Harold looked at his younger brother’s sleeping face from the side, and finally left the room.
Although Harold had yielded to temptation and had come to meet Huey, it could not be said to be a good encounter for the emotional side of Harold. Watching people who were thrown around at the convenience of their families and their surroundings was obviously depressing for him, espescially since he was part of the cause behind that.

And if the household were to fall to ruin, Dorothy, who was married to the Stokes family, would also go through hardships once again. Due to Harold’s actions, it was almost decided that the destiny of Huey and Dorothy was to be unhappy.
But that was only as long as Harold stayed true to his plans to desert the Stokes’ household.

(What should I do?)

The downfall of the Stokes’ household was not necessary for Harold. He was just thinking that it would be fine since it was supposed to happen anyway if the flow of the game’s story was thoroughly followed. That was why Harold was considering leaving the household and did not feel the need to make a move or do anything about its ruin.
It could be said that he could not afford to worry too much about the household as he had rather focus completely on protecting himself.

However, because of Harold repeatedly acting against the world’s original story, a change had occurred in the situation.
There was no particular meaning to helping Dorothy and Huey. If he just discarded the issue as being someone else’s problem, that would be the end of the matter.
Though he understood that in his mind, Harold could not bring himself to be ruthless enough to abandon those with an unhappy future for the sake of his own future. He could not choose that method even though it would make things much easier for him. In a word, he was soft.
That day eight years ago, Harold had reprimanded Erica, telling her her kindness made her too soft, but he did not have the qualifications to say that.

But that didn’t mean obstructing the collapse of the Stokes family would necessarily have a bad effect on Harold’s death flags. Perhaps that was an irresponsible thing to say, but it was the goal he had determined for himself and that he would do his best to accomplish.
But he still couldn’t do the impossible. It would be good if as a result of his efforts he could help Dorothy and Huey avoid the unhappiness that was going to visit them. If he found himself unable to do that, then at that time, he’d think of what to do next.
Besides, Harold also had some vague feelings towards his family. Harold wasn’t the type of person who was very fond of discrimination, but despite that flaw of theirs, Harold’s family had raised him with great care so far, and he was quite thankful to his parents who did not abandon him, even when the people of the world turned their backs on him.
He believed it would be best if the Stokes family could survive.

Though that was going to give Harold some new issues to carry on his shoulders, the more occupied he was, the less time he had to be worried.
The next day after arriving at his parents’ house, Harold received a summon as a message on the machine attached to his wrist. Naturally, the sender was Justus. Unable to take his leisure time, Harold directly returned back to the research center and unwillingly dragged his feet towards Justus’ location.
The time when the game’s story would start was very close. Harold wanted Justus to avoid giving him missions that were too time consuming if possible.

While thinking so, Harold entered inside Justus’ laboratory without knocking. That was the standard procedure whenever he entered the room, for Justus himself had complained that answering the door every time was troublesome.
Harold had put himself on guard, not knowing what to expect. And he was right, for Justus was not the only one who had been waiting for him, as there were also a young man and a young woman, that Harold had never seen, in the room.
The young man with purple hair was probably around 20 years old, and the young woman, who had light blue hair, was probably 17 or 18. Both of them were expressionless, as if they had no emotions.
Without giving Harold the time to ask who they were, Justus skipped over any explanations and solely declared the role that Harold had to play.

【”Harold, you’ll be the leader of these kids.”】

【”Huh?”】

Harold responded by reflex, unable to understand the meaning behind Justus’ words. What did he mean by leader? Or rather, who were these two people?
If he wasn’t under Justus’ control, he would have immediately refused, however, that was not an option. Either way, for now, the priority was to clear out any doubts Justus had about him.

【”What’s with them?”】

【”They’re dolls of my own design.”】

【”Playing with dolls at your age? That’s quite a weird hobby.”】

【”There is more to them than just being dolls. They are faithful servants that follow any commands given to them.”】

【”……Did you brainwash them?”】

【”Well, something like that. The people of the Stellar tribe can use some unique magic, they have special organs that allow them to use astral bodies in a different way than we do. While making them into dolls, I removed the unnecessary parts, such as emotions and the like. But although I’m saying I removed them, I didn’t completely eliminate them, I just made it so that they wouldn’t appear on the surface…”】

Although Justus was giving a long lecture, Harold’s consciousness was gradually straying away.
Dolls that obeyed orders, stellar tribe, removed emotions.
By assembling those key words, a hypothesis assembled itself within Harold’s mind. He had a very bad premonition.


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40 thoughts on “My death Flags show no Sign of Ending – Chapter 74

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  2. Thanks for the chapter, oh boy, did Harold just sit the villains plot down on a rocket sled while giving the heroes only a rusty wagon? I do not see this ending well for all parties involved. So what does Justus want to see anyways? Is it his mom, his dog, a evil god, an evil god that tricked him into thinking it was his mom in order to be revived into the realm of mortals? I’m slightly interested now.

  3. Wow, I DID NOT see all that coming. Harold’s got a baby brother and two possible disciples that are brainwashed star tribe members?

    I can’t predict what is going to happen now…Thank you for the chapter!

  4. The plot is unpredictable, really da best!
    But Harold get younger brother is something good, with this Harold will a bit bond to Household. Then of course, Erica ship will got strong backbone.

  5. Who does he wanna meet? Interesting plot point.
    And now it truly starts, Wonder what Harold has exactly changed accidentally.

  6. Thank you for the chapter.

    “I removed the unnecessary parts, such as emotions and the like. But although I’m saying I removed them, I didn’t completely eliminate them, I just made it so that they wouldn’t appear on the surface…”

    Now this is fridge horror: They may be screaming in rage, despair, etc on the inside – even as they show no emotion on the outside.

    I have to admit I was surprised by the star tribe pod-people; I thought he had successfully prevented their mass abduction. Or is it that he prevented most of their abductions, but many were still abducted? Or even that the abduction-prevention was successful, and these are from a previous abduction? (Perhaps the one he prevented was meant to restock, since it seems most samples were not suitable and are still ‘sleeping’?)

    I wonder about his premonition. Is there some side story of the game he is just recalling, or is the premonition bad because it involves a story he is utterly unaware of – one that never appeared in the game but became possible in this world due to his actions?

    Maybe the villains somehow got as much of a power-up by his world-altering actions as the heroes?

    1. I suspect “repressed” would be a better word for what Justus did to them. I read it as Justus warning Harold they might behave unpredictably in a high-stress situation. Basically Justus imperfectly stripped them of their free wills and emotions, turning them into fleshy robots. Which is horrific in its own way, just not on the scale of I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream.

      As for Harold’s reaction? I don’t know (’cause I’m not a part of Defiring’s patreon), but Harold had the exact same reaction back in volume 2, when he was meeting the knight squad that was supposed to be wiped out during Cody’s backstory.

      1. It’s not quite clear yet what he did to their emotions, he just said that he made it so that they wouldn’t show up, Justus keeps everything he says as ambiguous as possible, but there’ll be more talk on that emotion thing pretty soon in the novel if I remember right

      2. Just to be clear, I don’t doubt the translation. I just question how forthcoming Justus would be towards Harold. You’ll notice Justus gives Harold the bare minimum required for the task at hand. We know as much as we do because of Harold’s game script knowledge.

        Case in point, if Harold is to make use of the Star Tribe pair, he needs to know the pair won’t express emotions. The reason why they’re expressionless is unnecessary information for Harold, so Justus just glosses over it.

    2. Most likely there were already several abductions before Harold intervened in that disaster and some were also probably abducted during said disaster due to the fact Harold was also held up for some time before intervening and the problem escalated to some degree. Also it is without a doubt that he has changed the story (For better or worse) into a new direction. Although the main course(The conflict with Justus and his plans) are still the same he is still discovering things in the world that he didn’t discover before and thus have changed them completely that could seriously impact the world. I believe it was something called the butterfly effect or something to that end where you change potentially one thing in an event and it could cause irreversible effects on the future.

    3. Can’t help but think that those two were the same two who broke into Ryner’s/Liner’s house…

      Also, Justus might not have abducted Star Tribe People when Harold interfered last time, but he could’ve gotten them probably anytime before or after that

  7. Welp.. harold oniichan? Hahah, im laughing when i imagine his brother say that..

    Thanks for the chapter >.<

  8. dude i cant help thinking the death flag for harold(or maybe it could be liner who is the victim this time considering harolds strength with the two brainwashed dolls) encountering the hero party because of a friggin sword trap set by the conniving justus,

    “the two thieves who barged in to steal the sword from the griffith family, the young man and woman brainwashed, the over emphasized sword harold is wielding, now harold is in charge of the aforementioned.”

  9. in my mind, the author singing to harold:
    “I thought from the very start
    I’d made it quite clear I fear
    Now you’re righteously fucked
    As you swing from the rope
    At the top of the stairs”

  10. I know I’m really late to the party but… Eventually, I can’t help myself : just too much for not react.

    “that one couldn’t tell based on their appearance, they were all from the Stellar tribe”… I don’t know why but I was sure the Stellar tribe was some kind of elf >< Well, my misunderstanding I guess (last survivors of an old magic race, who "exiled" themself in the deep forest).

    "was a scimitar that she held in a reverse grip" and "the young woman, who was holding the scimitar with both of her hands" seems not really compatible to me.

    "【”I’ll soon be 25 years old.”】
    She was much older than Harold."…. Errr, really? He is 18, didn't he?

    "his father Hayden would certainly nag him, once again trying to persuade him not to break his engagement." Man,seriously!? It was several YEARS ago, give him a break. It baffling me, at this level. And you too, Itsuki, with your annoying shenanigans.

    Speaking of wich, I see all these comments about the ship HaroldxErika but I'm surprised no one actually comment about that, because personally, I am sick of the Sumeragi family : I mean, they seem to consider him their saviour. He repeteadly and insistently ask to cancel the wedding. And yet, they try to force him to marry their daughter, against his will? They try to selfishly bound him to their family, not reward him (despite acting all nice and proper).
    Maybe they think it's for the best, but you can't just disregard the will of the MC ffs.
    Or it's Erika who didn't agree? She purposely let open this roundabout way? It's kinda hard to believe, considering her personality and her feelings. Beside, she is cute, sure, but they barely have any interaction after all.
    So yeah, I can't just ignore and justify all that, and it piss me off every time. I understand why Harold is mad with that too.

    "Harold’s mindset was still largely similar to the one from modern-day Japan." You don't plan a wedding before falling in love. You fall in love (by learning to understand each other and deepening your relationship), THEN you plan the wedding.

    Rant off. Still 20 chapters (of this great story) to read so.. Thanks again for the chapterS and see you soon!

    1. Well, I’m glad you’re enjoying the novel 😀 For the Scimitar, there are different kinds, search for the two handed-ones on google and you’ll see how that could work, as for the age, 25 is very old from an 18 years old’s perspective, I think ><

  11. The story is progressing to fast.. but it will if we’re that close to the game events…
    But… you should just let that household collapse or make your parents not have discrimination …. that seems like a good choice…
    But new mobs to fight!!

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