＜ Yve ＞
Among the all-purpose maid corps, there was a maid nicknamed the “White Demon”, and was rumored to be the “most dangerous among the Ten Great”.
She was one of the ten people directly under Yukari, a girl named Yve.
Always silent, always expressionless, almost as if she was a doll. Coupled with that otherworldly beauty of hers, some called her the “Assassin puppet doll”.
Yes, she was a top-notch assassin, a proud member of the all-purpose maid corps.
If the 『El Squad』 could make a crying child shut, the 『Yve Squad』 would physically shut it ‘down’.
That would mean…… without sound, without anyone noticing, in just an instant. No traces nor corpses would ever be found.
And as such, the Yve Squad was given a stare a bit different than the El Squad. And their captain was the White Demon herself.
If one would ask the maids who the strongest among the maids was, with the exception of chief maid Yukari, nine out of ten would answer―― “That would be Yve-sama”.
She was that frightening.
This time, the story will focus on her.
Demon child―― That was my nickname.
I had no friends. Not even acquaintances. I only ever spoke to mommy and daddy.
I was always locked up at home. This way is better, that’s what mommy and daddy always said.
Still, I could hear the voices from the outside. Voices calling out to me. Yells. “COME OUT, YOU DEMON CHILD”―― they said.
A certain night. Mommy and daddy invited me to go outside. It was the first time, so I was confused. But they were always smiling, so, I was a bit glad and followed them.
I was then placed inside a wagon while all the villagers yelled abusive words.
The two of them didn’t come with me. They just received something from a fat man. At that moment, they had a smile I had never seen before.
And so, the carriage left. But the abuse didn’t stop. And now mommy and daddy were also on their side. Ahh, I see. I noticed it. I was sold off.
Was I betrayed? That’s probably right. Was I sad? I think I was.
But. At the time, I didn’t understand it well enough.
I just found out later.
I’m different from others. My skin is white. So is my hair. And my eyes are red. It seems I was too scary. Almost like a demon.
I just found out later.
Both mommy and daddy kept me at a distance. They never spoke to me more than necessary, and when they did it was like a mechanical voice, awkward… weird… But they were the only ones who talked to me, so I thought it was normal. How weird.
I just found out later.
I became 17 this year. The same age as Master. Apparently, this is when my life properly began.
“１． Preliminary investigation. ２． Speed. ３． Corpse disposal. The results of the assassination are determined by these three steps.”
Hi, Yve here. Today is Yukari-sama’s assassination lecture, this is my 19th lecture. Obviously, out of 19 lectures, full marks. Looks like this time it’ll be a review lesson since there are many first-time participants. I have bad eyesight, so I sit in the front row.
The attendees were the Ten Great, all the other girls from my team, and a few other girls I haven’t seen before. Everyone listened very attentively.
“Investigation is a game of perseverance. Blend into the air, never stand out, collect information about the target without letting people remember your face. I may be unsuitable for this. I’m a dark elf, so I naturally stand out.”
Yeah, I’m not suited for it either. After all, I’m pure white.
“The speed in assassination, you acquire it with technique and experience. Kill decisively, not making a sound, without the target being able to speak. For it, you can use skills such as Assassination and Thread Manipulation. The point is to not get too worked up. Like cutting in half an onion, or crushing a garlic with the side of a kitchen knife. Do it as if you were doing something you normally do.”
I wonder if Yukari-sama is hungry……?
“For the corpse disposal, it should ideally be done with a group. Several people working together, be it burying it, chopping it to pieces, or cremating it. You need to make a plan and stick to it. And be sure to leave the premises without being noticed by anyone. I will not allow you to cause trouble for Master. If you don’t need to dispose of the body, try to leave the spot as soon as possible.”
Oh, hearing the basics after all this time. Yup, indeed, the most important thing is――
“These three points are the basics of assassination, but the most important thing is the preliminary investigation. Target selection, behavioral patterns, intrusion routes, escape routes, people coming in and out, dead times, hours of little guarding, effective assassination methods, and corpse disposal ways. Everything depends on the investigation.”
Yup, preliminary investigation. I can’t do that, I’m ashamed to always have to depend on the others for this. And because the proper assassination work hasn’t started yet, I’m not doing anything at present. Maybe this is the reason why I feel out of place?
“……We’re all aware that currently there are suspicious movements in the Capital, right? From now on, we will need to focus more on research and information gathering. That’s why you have to learn about investigative work.”
See? I’m being left out more and more.
Yukari-sama then said “Aside from Yve, the other Ten are dismissed. Yve, you stay a bit more”, and then, she gathered the remaining maids and began to teach them how to train for preliminary investigation. Ahh, I’m the only one left out again.
“You have it hard, Yve. Because I have no talent in assassination I have stay behind, but let’s do our best. Sorry, hahaha.”
El talked to the gloomy me. I know she’s just joking. But I’m happy!
“Ah……yeah……uhmm……-o my best.”
“Huh? Sorry, what was that? I couldn’t hear you at all.”
“HEY! El-ane, don’t bully Yve! “
“What! ? I’m not bullying her! “
“Don’t give me excuses! You were! “
…………Ahh, I’ve done it again……
I want to get along with everyone, but this always happens. All because I never had any conversation with people other than mommy and daddy until I was this age. This is troubling……
Because my voice is so quiet, people can’t hear me even if I speak over and over, so they often mistake me as being silent. It’s impossible to talk to others. I only have myself to talk with, and even when I tried laughing, they just get scared of my face. Haa……I’m just a shy, withdrawn, silent and expressionless White Demon puppet doll of assassination after all.
Even coming this far, is it still impossible for me to make a friend? Or rather! Would it be impossible for me to speak with my Master for my whole life! ? Ugh……
“Yve. Come this way.”
Coming back to my senses thanks to Yukari-sama’s voice, I answered while looking down, and followed her.
Our destination was the garden. Yukari-sama always teaches me how to use 【Thread Manipulation】 in this place. And since I can’t go investigate, this can’t be helped.
“You don’t have to be so depressed. You are the second greatest user of Thread Manipulation that I’ve ever seen. Be more confident.”
Nicely done, me! I was praised by Yukari-sama. It’s good that I’ve been messing around with all the threats that were sitting around in my cell since I was little.
Ahh, but there’s someone who’s better than me…… I wonder if that’s Yukari-sama?
“You have a face like you care about the first place.”
“The greatest one is Master. He hasn’t learned it yet, but I’m sure of it without even seeing it.”
Whoa, how can that be so? Yukari-sama sure is good at joking. But when she talks about Master, I feel a bit happy. A warm feeling that can reach out even to me. I feel a laugh will escape!
“…………Is this that boring? I see.”
E-Eh? That’s totally not the case! It was interesting.
“Be prepared for today’s training, Yve.”
Thank you for reading.
Next chapter is another Idle Talk.
- HP Hit Points
- MP Magic Points
- SP Stamina Points
- STR Short range attack skill power, strength, physical power.
- DEX Long range attack skill power, dexterity, hit rate.
- AGI Quickness, avoidance rate.
- INT Attack Magic skill power.
- LUK Good luck, critical rate.
- VIT Simple defense.
- MGR Magic defense.
Types of combat skills
Named after shogi pieces (The word in bold is the one being used in this translation). From easier to acquire to harder.
- Pawn/Soldier (Fuhyou)
- Knight (Keima)
- Silver General (Ginshou)
- Gold General (Kinshou)
- Bishop (Kakugyou)
- Rook (Hisha)
- Promoted Bishop/Dragon Horse(Ryuuma)
- Promoted Rook/Dragon King (Ryuuou).
List of Swordsmanship skills
- 《Soldier Swordsmanship》 Normal attack.
- 《Lance Swordsmanship》 Piercing attack.
- 《Knight Swordsmanship》 Precision attack.
- 《Silver Swordsmanship》 Strong single-target attack.
- 《Gold Swordsmanship》 Small-range attack to all directions.
- 《Bishop Swordsmanship》 ???
- 《Rook Swordsmanship》 ???
- 《Dragon Horse Swordsmanship》 ???
- 《Dragon King Swordsmanship》 ???
List of Shieldmanship skills
- 《Soldier Shieldmanship》 Normal defense.
- 《Lance Shieldmanship》 Piercing deflection.
- 《Knight Shieldmanship》 Defense + knockback.
- 《Silver Shieldmanship》 ???
- 《Gold Shieldmanship》 Ranged guided defense + knockback.
- 《Bishop Shieldmanship》 Reinforced defense (Temporarily boosts VIT and MGR)
- 《Rook Shieldmanship》 ???
- 《Dragon Horse Shieldmanship》 ???
- 《Dragon King Shieldmanship》 ???
List of Archery skills
- 《Soldier Archery》 Normal range attack.
- 《Lance Archery》 Piercing range attack.
- 《Knight Archery》 Precise sniping range attack.
- 《Silver Archery》 Strong single-target range attack.
- 《Gold Archery》 Weaker range attack with added knockback.
- 《Bishop Archery》 Strong piercing range attack.
- 《Rook Archery》 Very strong single-target range attack with scaling % damage.
- 《Dragon Horse Archery》 Powerful piercing range attack.
- 《Dragon King Archery》 Powerful on-impact range attack.
Types of Magic skills
They use the “Form” or “step” system of martial arts. From lower to higher.
- First Form Regular attack
- Second Form Extended range attack
- Third Form Strong single target attack
- Fourth Form Strong extended range attack
- Fifth Form Extremely powerful extended range attack
- Their cast time becomes longer in this order First→Third→Second→Fourth→Fifth.
Ranking of the skills
From lower to higher, then it changes to the “Dan” system of martial arts, which means Grade.
- 16th class
- 15th class
- 14th class
- 13th class
- 12h class
- 11th class
- 10th class
- 9th class
- 8th class
- 7th class
- 6th class
- 5th class
- 4th class
- 3rd class
- 2nd class
- 1st class
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Grade 6
- Grade 7
- Grade 8
- Grade 9