Slave Harem – 189 – Motive

Hey guys,

mranon here.
Here’s your tenth (and seventh bonus) Slave Harem chapter for the week. (This is one long week)
You guys aren’t letting me have a breather. (Well, I did have one yesterday)
Oh well.
This chapter was translated by airsblue and edited by me.
Expect the next chapter tomorrow.
Without further ado, enjoy the read.

Yours truly,


Translated by airsblue
Edited by mranon

Motive

Somehow, the Duke is aware of my having the hots for Cassia.
Thinking back, the Duke has been excessively flaunting his relationship with Cassia a lot lately.
He really has figured it out?

“Since she is of noble birth, she has undertaken the ordeal to become a Wizard. She will be quite useful. And, if you do get a Wizard, Michio-dono, the day when you defeat a labyrinth will draw even closer.”

While I was sweating deep in thoughts, the Duke enlists the benefits of having Rutina.
He probably thinks that I am having trouble deciding if I should accept Rutina or not.
That’s right. At the moment, the focus is Rutina.
Should I have Rutina as my slave?

I would like to have Rutina, of course.
I do want to get her.
And make her my possession.
Not merely for the battle strength of my party, though.

I don’t know as to how much the battle strength of my party will increase if I get a Wizard.
There is already me, after all.
On the contrary, since he believes the battle strength of my party will increase if a Wizard joins us, it means the Duke doesn’t know I can use magic.
It is fortunate that the Duke hasn’t seen my using magic.

“Wouldn’t it be better for the Duke to keep her?”

I don’t understand as to why the Duke is being so expedient. It needs to be investigated.
First of all, even if he needs to go so far as to turn Rutina into a slave, there is no need for him to let go of her.
Even if he does, there is no need for him to give her to such a complete stranger as me.

“After overthrowing the Earl, would I keep his daughter who fell into slavery?”

He returns my question with his.
Enslaving the daughter of someone he ousted himself.
His reputation will get tarnished, certainly.
I can see where the Duke is coming from.

“It would indeed be bad.”
“It wouldn’t be that bad. Just that I and the members of my household are not allowed to. It applies to Cassia, too.”

Even Cassia isn’t allowed?
Since Cassia isn’t denying it when I look at her, it probably is true.

“Still, it doesn’t mean that it has to be me.”
“Being a noble daughter, she has a fiancé, of course; however, we cannot leave her in his care. If he enslaved someone who, until yesterday, was his fiancée, what sort of rumors would spread?”

It looks terrible in more than one ways.
Which would be better? Enslaving the daughter of someone you ousted or enslaving your ex-fiancée?
Well, it could work if they shared pure love.

“If she has a fiancé, doesn’t he has something to say?”
“The household of the Earl of Selmar will find a suitable candidate from within their family to be his fiancée. For them, it would be better than the daughter of a disinherited predecessor. Also, they have probably never met.”

They haven’t met yet?
Pure love story is out of question.
Such is the engagement of nobles, huh?
He won’t have any objection either, I guess.

“Is there no one else?”
“Since she has a fiancé, I cannot simply hand her to others. If they were inferior, her fiancé would lose face. The nobles and her own family are out of question. Furthermore, since I cannot hand her to a noble, I cannot hand her to other influential or ordinary commoners within her territory either.”

From the viewpoint of Rutina’s fiancé, it would be disgraceful for him if she were to become a slave of an acquainted noble.
As for the Duke, he cannot own Rutina. Also, he understands how difficult it would be to hand her to someone else.
However, am I not a commoner, too?

“You are right. It may certainly not be a bad choice to entrust her to Michio-sama.”

Cassia interjects such words.
Is that even possible?
I have received Cassia’s approval.

“I guess. Ordinary commoners have their own share of disadvantages compared to nobles. However, there will be fewer problems for an Adventurer who doesn’t belong to an order of knights. The reason being, they can freely run away from the territory. If I am not wrong, Michio-dono is a freeman.”
“Yes.”
“A freeman has the direct appeal right granted by the Emperor. Although it is a nominal right, it is honored, nonetheless. Even if a noble tried to meddle with Michio-dono, over having her as a slave, you would be able to exercise the Emperor’s direct appeal right.”
“The Emperor’s direct appeal right?”

Does such a right exist?
However, it gives the vibes of Sakura Sogoro, so I’ll pass.
He was executed for directly appealing to the Shogun against the feudal domain’s tyranny.
Oh well. Since it is a right here, I won’t be executed for appealing, at least.

But how does the Duke know that I am a freeman?
Did he research to that extent?
I did show my Intelligence Card once to the Earl of Selmar’s subordinate knight. I wouldn’t be surprised if he checked it later.
Or, maybe Gozer concluded that when I had a duel in front of him?

“Even if such a case were brought up with the Emperor, they would rather decide in favor of the noble than an unknown freeman.”

I don’t know the Emperor nor does he know me.
The Duke, too, knows that very well.
Because it isn’t known to the public, is it a trap?

“In other words, it is possible for a noble to have something to say.”
“It is necessary as just a pretext warrant. Such a thing won’t happen for it is equivalent to picking a fight with the household of the Duke of Harz.”
“I see.”

That’s true.
Because it is the Duke’s decision, no one will object.
A power that could oppose the Duke of Harz would have no relation to this matter in the first place.

When the time comes, the Emperor’s direct appeal right will act as a deterrent.
Besides, if the matter is brought up, I will test as to how much of an acquaintance I am to that hentai Emperor.
This conversation has grown unnecessarily long.

“As for the condition of entrusting her to you, I would like Michio-dono to defeat a labyrinth. I would like you to become a noble as soon as possible. When someone newly becomes a noble, they cannot tell right from left. However, with a former noble’s daughter, you won’t have to face such a situation. If you like, you can force all the bothersome tasks on her.”

The Duke adds a strange condition.
The usual push for nobility, huh?
It is troublesome.
More than that, will it be fine to force her?

“To me, he is the enemy of my father. I cannot bring myself to join him.”

Rutina speaks.
Forcing her doesn’t seem possible.
No, maybe Rutina’s mind has already been pushed to the brink?

“Still, it is better, Rutina. You will be able to live freely.”
“Ane-sama.” (TN: Elder sister)
“It would be harsh there even for me. Still, it wouldn’t be as harsh as fatal hostility from elves.”

It doesn’t look like the Duke has an ulterior motive in rejecting her.
And, it looks like I will be in his faction if I become a noble.

“I don’t think it would be as such.”
“Is Michio-dono aware of the Lords’ Assembly?”

I have heard to some extent.
In an assembly, the more people you have in your faction, the better, right?
If every decision is based on majority vote, it will of course be better to have more people.
Whichever world you go to, you will always find some form of parliament.

“Politics is power, power is numbers, isn’t it?”
“Ho, you do know, huh?”

Politics is power, power in numbers, numbers is money; is what I wanted to add.
In this world, however, I don’t have to be bought with money like in Japan.
There is no need to use money for elections here.

“What if I don’t move according to your expectations?”
“If a person whom I personally recommended to the Empire Liberation Society defeated a labyrinth and became a noble, he would belong to my faction in the eyes of other nobles.”

Oh, really?
I try to threaten him a little but he threatens me back.
If you recommend someone to the Empire Liberation Society, you become their guardian, it seems.
If you find someone with potential and recommend them to the Empire Liberation Society, they receive support from the Empire Liberation Society and defeat a labyrinth; consequently, you gain yourself an affirmative vote of a backbencher.

That he recommend me to the Empire Liberation Society, did he foresee this?
He is unexpectedly a politician.

First of all, even if I became a noble, the freedom of my actions would be considerably restricted.
Whatever I did, it would be taken as if I moved per the Duke’s instruction.
If I did something idiotic, I would be considered a separate entity.

Second, it would be impossible for me and Rutina to revolt against the Duke.
If I did, I will be treated as a traitor by everyone.
If I tried to form an alliance in the assembly, they might not trust me due to betrayal.

Even if I went my own way, I would never be able to break away from the Duke no matter how many years passed.
Most of the nobles who belong to the Duke’s faction likely carry the same risk.
That may be the extent of tolerable limit as a duke.

To begin with, I will probably need a lot of help from the Duke at first.
And, at the same time, I will be taught as to how things work in the Duke’s faction.
I wonder if I will be able to manage it.

“In the first place, will I be able to defeat a labyrinth?”
“If a Wizard joins your party, it will not be a problem. Of course I am not telling you to do it right now.”

The Duke hasn’t seen my using magic, after all.
Also, since there is already someone in my party who can use magic, it wouldn’t get as strong as Duke thinks it will even if a Wizard joined.
We must be able to reach the 50th floor, at least.
It is quite difficult.

Frankly speaking, I don’t want to become a noble.
If I became a noble, it would only add to my troubles.
There is also the risk of their investigating my birthplace.
I don’t want more troubles.

But I want Rutina.
I want to obtain this beautiful elf that resembles Cassia.
This dignified and elegant lady. I want her.
Honestly, Rutina can be my three bowls of rice. (TN: Must be some proverb. I know this note didn’t help much)

Right now, this chance is hanging in front of me.
Should I sell my soul to the devil or not?
Actually, who says it is the devil?

Since I didn’t want to become a noble anyway, there would be no reason for me to mind being a backbencher if I were to become one.
Besides, I have no issue with being considered part of the Duke’s faction.
Also, I can push all the bothersome tasks to Rutina.
I have the approval of the faction’s leader, after all.

“I, too, would like to ask of you. Please accept Rutina.”

I have received Cassia’s approval, too.
I have to accept her, no?
Have I ever declined any request from Cassia thus far?

If there were a problem, my information might reach the Duke and Cassia through Rutina.
However, since Rutina seems to have hostile intentions toward the Duke, it should be fine.
And, even if it weren’t fine, I could remove her from the party and have her stay at home.
Her level is low anyway.

Rutina can partake only in household activities.
If it is inside the house, I can expect great performance of her.
I’d like to ask outstanding performance of her.

“O-Oh well.”

It won’t end unless I accept.
If my information leaked to Cassia and the Duke, there would always be the option to silence the Duke.
However, I couldn’t possibly kill Cassia.
I would have to silence her with something else.

“Ooh, as expected of Michio-dono. Just as I expected.”

I don’t want you to expect anything of me.

“I can have a peace of mind now.”

Or rather, isn’t it complicated for Cassia to be thanking me for taking Rutina in as a slave?
It isn’t envy.
However, is such a reaction appropriate?

“Let’s see. I would like Michio-dono to be her owner for at least two years.”
“Two years?”
“Two years; or rather, pay her tax for two years, at least.”

Ah, I see.
So, it was like that, huh?
Of course that was it.
How could I misunderstand.

Although she has become a slave, it isn’t like she has become a sex slave.
There is no excuse for me to do as I please with her.
Although I have her, it isn’t like she is my possession.
She is only temporarily under my custody.

I will have to protect her since she is under my custody.
In order to remove her legitimate succession name, she has to be turned into a slave and released immediately.
That is why it was easy for Cassia.

Why two years? Because the tax in the very first year of slavery differs.
That she is a slave now, her tax will have to be paid.
Is it required as a formality?

“Wouldn’t it be better to release her immediately.”
“It could be seen as rigged if that were the case.”
“Would there be a problem if it were seen as such?”
“This is a message to all the nobles who have been neglecting their duties, particularly here. I cannot deny that there is an air of tension amongst the elven nobility. It was precisely this air that led the Earl of Selmar to leave the advancement of labyrinth subjugation alone.”

Punishing a crime to set an example for others, huh?

“And, because of that, I cannot release her unless I pay a 10,000 Nars tax.”
“As for releasing her, it is up to Michio-dono whether you want to or not. As far as I am concerned, I will ask of you the favor of releasing her.”
“There is no obligation to release her?”
“Of course. I hope you be strict with her. If she proves troubling, I wouldn’t care if you sold her to another party.“

It doesn’t look like she has to be released immediately.
I have no idea whether Rutina likes me or not.
And, it doesn’t look like I can ask her.
The fait accompli strategy will be effective, I guess.


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MuteWilly
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Yay! Got my fix for the day. Now I can sleep. I dread the coming weeks when you go back to 3 chapters a week. I’ll suffer so much withdrawal.

Kurogami
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Why did I get hard in this chapter…

Seinvolf
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Cz the chapter is hard?
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Anonymous
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Should we expect the 3 chapters from last weekend and 3 from this weekend in addition to the 7 extras? So like 6 more by Monday or Tuesday?

Seinvolf
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Thank u always for ur great work…
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Politic is troublesome…
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enslaving you ex-fiancée?
enslaving your ex-fiancée? ???

Zalpha
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Rather intresting chapter, I enjoyed the different thoughts put forth. I wonder how his will play out. I hope she doesn’t betray him.

atrie94
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after he´s done with her she won´t be able to move anyways XD

Nantoka
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Thanks for the chapter <3

Anonymous
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Thank you for your great work. This Chapter is a bad filler, though.
Nothing happened. Absolutely nothing T_T

Mauzel
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Nothing happened? the wand rose and fell. that’s enough of something happening from words ;p

Kemm
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Thanks for the chapter.

“Honestly, Rutina can be my three bowls of rice. (TN: Must be some proverb. I know this note didn’t help much)”
^-I have heard it, but never an explanation. Since “a bowl of rice” is the staple meal, “three bowls of rice” is roughly the same as “three meals a day”. What he means by that, I’m not sure, but it’s either that he will “‘have’ her for breakfast, lunch and dinner” (most likely) or that she would become his most priced possesion.

Kortodo
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Hmm, what if:
Rutina – Rice
Miria – Fish
Vesta – Eggs (because dragon = lizard = eggs? I know it’s a stretch. Why eggs? Raw eggs mixed with rice of course)
Shery – Sake
Roxanne – … (can’t think of anything, or rather, can’t decide what fits her best).

That sounds like a menu he’d enjoy.

schthaxe
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Roxanne – probably meat?

Scint
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Same, I’m sure I’ve seen this sort of usage before, but I don’t know the exact meaning. I believe it’s an extension of how the word for side dish (お菜, okazu) can be used to refer to masturbation material (that is, who or what you are imagining when performing that act). It’s the flavoring that makes the meal more enjoyable, you could say. I suppose the metaphor would continue as the main dish (say, a big bowl of rice) being the fulfilling part of the meal. If the side dishes are the tasty bits to keep up your appetite, then… Read more »
Anemoneus
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Aw man, I was waiting for this chapter so much because of this whole Rutina joining the gang thing but it looks like it hasn’t concluded properly yet.

Hopefully we’ll get some Rutina reactions in the next chapter.

Falbon
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I think it would be good for her to be forest ranger and use a bow with magic interruption to hit enemies in the back row.

IamMe
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Never seen bows mentioned in any of the visits to the weapon shops. I have to wonder if they exist. Its possible that the job is a 2 weapon class that uses smaller weapons. Would need to see what skills it has when its unlocked. I think its mentioned with Rutina unlocks it.

StealthAria
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I think bows were mentioned early in the series, they don’t exist in this world IIRC.

Falbon
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Elves without bows? What blasphemy is this.

an~on
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I wonder about her position in the party, one extra round of magic isnt quite worth the trouble, I think it would suit her the healing role as shrine maiden and let Roxanne level the beastmen job but there is the issue of trust with Lutina for that role, maybe there is some racial elf job too

Diysorra
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What just for 2 year? Isn’t rutina just a burden?

Kortodo
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After having her common sense destroyed by Michio’s cheats, and being brainwashed by Roxanne’s “Because it’s Master”, I doubt she’ll want to leave after those 2 years. Especially after seeing how quickly she’ll become stronger, compared to how slowly everyone else improves.

She’ll also become the de facto head of Michio’s house once he becomes a noble, since he’ll push all that stuff on her, so she’ll probably enjoy more power by his side than if she left.

schthaxe
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i think de facto Roxanne will be the eternal head of Michio’s house, for Rutina – she will be representative de jure.
Also, Michio is pretty honest with his slaves, he’s not cheating, rather seducing. Of course he’ll seduce Rutina into sex, but how he’ll do it, i wonder.
i also think she’ll not leave after 2 years but the story is rather slow so i don’t think we’ll see 2 years passing.

jethrohimura
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Anything can happen in an hour, that’s plenty. some guys even blacks out and when they wake up, there is someone beside them. (the plot thickens)

C Y
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more plz

Anonymous
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Ha! I am first …thanx for the meal

Frenzy85
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Another session of “because it’s Master” incoming!

Falbon
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LMAO, MC such a sucker for beautiful women. There’s like no benefit of having her. Everything about her is trouble.

-Comes with conditions of having to become nobility, which limits one’s freedom
-If he become nobility, he’ll be duke’s puppet forever
-She’s not much war potential, since MC is already a wizard
-She has a grudge against you and is not strange for her to backstab
-Extra tax
-If she is released in 2 years, there’s a good chance she’ll leak information
-She’s good to look at, but you can’t fuck her.

Seriously MC why would you say yes…

Sage
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She’s good to look at, but you can’t fuck her should be the main point of refusing. well worst come to worst Roxane in Yandere mode gonna finish Rutina and Cassia for Michio, and he should stop thinking with his dick like a virgin, no sex, no war potential, no housekeeping potential and big Politician puppet Potential(Sherry can probably help him with managing territory or the Society could recommend another slave) = Go to Hell Duke.

ShadowSamurai365
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I agree with your statement. If I have to give Michio any credit, at least he ‘attempted’ to get out of getting her to being a slave (along with actually ‘not’ ignoring the consequences of getting her to be a slave). This duke must’ve planned this for a while. Looks like Michio being cautious of not openly revealing what he could do might become useful in the future.

Inuzuka
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? Sherry and Miria didn’t exactly have war potential either, he just changed their jobs to something more suitable.

Also, whether he can have sex with her is purely decided by Rurina herself. With two years of living together, he might be able to convince her.

maracas
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miria had war potential, while it was only against aquatic she had, sherry i dont remember, she was a explorer if i remember correctly so i think she was more like a secure escaping material than anything else. not been a sex slave is pretty troublesome, she needs to have another room (cuz i doubt mc will have her sleep on the floor) because she will be un-confortable sleeping next to a group of 5 people having sex XD she can actually escape as well (remember when the dragon girl mentioned about a place for slaves that run away?) she… Read more »
BobTheEverLiving
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A male wizard went for over 1 million at the auction. She’s a beautiful elven virgin female former noble that can become a wizard. How much do you think that is worth? He can sell her and be set for life. As far as being a puppet of the Duke that’s going to to be true no matter if he takes her or not. He’s already way too deep with him after this. She needs to be handled carefully and given time to grieve, but I don’t think she’s unusable. The trouble with multiple wizards is Incantation resonance. Since Michio… Read more »
Falbon
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The problem with her lack of war potential while being a wizard is the fact that she needs to chant, and there’s no way around it. While she is chanting, Michio is firing magic chantless and simultaneously casting 3 spells at once. By the time she fires one magic, Michio has already used 6 spells.

Even though the Duke said it’s okay to sell her, how would Cassia look at him if he actually did so? And I doubt money is a problem for him at this moment.

Merdwyn
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Worst case, they PL her to Wizard L50 in a month ot so, and she drops an extra paralyzing AoE lightning every couple turns, while making the Liberation Society not question how they manage to suppress labyrinth bosses that are known for destroying equipment & thus being very hard to defeat without magic users. Its not a bad addition to the party, we just need to wait until Michiro and Roxanne break her logic & play to her fallen noble’s sense of duty in being able to defeat labyrinths with the OP hero party (and Michiro’s OP night battle class).

Anonymous
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Do not forget that if she becomes a wizard she can be used as a cover to protect his secret, which would at least give him some more flexibility regarding his use of magic, notably so for emergencies and special cases.

Also, since he can cast without chanting, there will be no chanting interference, so the reason for only one caster falls with it.

And finally, the int increase from another wizard in the party, which is shared by the group, will help with his MP pool and magic power, magnifying his strong points.

Merdwyn
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Plus she’s an elf, they probably get spirit magician or summoner or some such as a racial class, and so far those have all been fairly strong (in one way or another).

deadtoxic
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Thanks for the Chapter 🙂

Addikted
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Rutina will be the wizard which will free Michio to level his other jobs.

Maelstrom
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Three bowls of Rice – Exquisite Porcelain you use to show your wealth and your standing?
I think I heard of this somewhere. Maybe I am just pulling it out of my… Take it with a grain of salt… Like the Rice in the Bowls. 😀

Puru.The.Great
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Excited for the next chapter

skeletal blanket man
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Man Michio reached a new level of pathetic. Should’ve just told the Duke to go fuck himself.

ShadowSamurai365
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…..Do people really not know how quickly a noble/duke can screw with people over petty reasons?

GonZ555
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Meatbun Delivery train~ Choo~ Choo~
Thank you for the chapter ?

Politic is power, power is numbers, numbers is confusing.
So, Politics is confusing!

jethrohimura
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the hate in math can be sensed in this. the struggle is real

BakaGrappler
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Iyo.
“To me, he is the enemy of my father. I cannot bring myself to join him.”
“I have no idea whether Rutina likes me or not.”
Michio is a complete idiot.
https://bakapubs.wordpress.com/

IamMe
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Thanks for the chapter. Since there seems to be a fair amount of confusion about it I’ll try and give the background of the “3 bowls of rice” reference, from what I have picked up reading various things. Rice is mostly eaten with the sidedishs of a meal (Okazu). Assuming that the amount of a sidedish eaten with a single bowl of rice determines how much of that sidedish you can eat without growing tired and bored of the taste of the sidedish, being able to finish off 3 bowls of rice with just that one sidedish leads to an… Read more »
Albedo\'s Ahoge
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Thank you~! That’s been a lot of chapters this week…

PS: Two years is not enough~

Methos
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After leveling up she should come in handy when preparing the bath at night.

Oak
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thanks for the chapter

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Anonymous
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3 bowls of rice (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). He wants her for every meal

Kasinki
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Thank you for the chapter as always~
We know how it’ll be in the end – she takes a liking on him or something
Best Regards!

Midas
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“three bowls of rice” : breakfast; lunch; dinner =))

Anonymous
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and here i thought that this was a easy going novel….but he have to succumb to some f**king noble and his wife….(basically his wife…)
thanks for the hard-work!!

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