This is Yukkuri demasu...
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For most part Souma speak with formal polite Japanese speech style. Don’t know to render it well to English, since my knowledge of formal English is limited. So I am asking for forgiveness beforehand.
National Enrichment Arc
Chapter 3: The King’s Brunch A
Nowadays, the great tumult from Souma’s gathering of talented people had calmed down.
But now, a ghost story about the land near Elfrieden Castle circulated in mass.
According to the story, 『In the dead of the night, a mannequin doll was loitering around』. In the story, the mannequin was a type of doll with joints in its arms and legs, had no face and was used to decorate a clothing shop, however this mannequin clutched a sword in both of its hands and hunted monster by itself night after night
A certain adventurer’s testimony:
『The other day, I was receiving a quest to escort a merchant and was walking in the highway at night, but unfortunately we were surrounded by Zelrin, a Gel subspecies. Although they were weak individually they are difficult to fight in high numbers, but at that same time, a mannequin doll, wielding a sword in both hands, staggered from the direction of the castle and started attacking the Zelrin. We became afraid of that eerie sight and started to run away as fast as we could... What the heck was that really?』
Another adventure’s testimony:
『It was several days ago. I received a request from the guild to intercept a group of hobgoblins that had crossed the border from the north and were heading towads the south. We had lain in wait to ambush them in a valley on their marching route, but they never arrived. Becoming impatient, we then conducted a search, but the hobgoblins had all been massacred and standing there, still in the midst of their corpses, was a mannequin doll. My swordsman comrade, who thought that it was a new Monster reinforcement, started to slash at it, but was repulsed with the doll’s two swords style. My mage comrade started to attack it with fire, but it was nimble like an eagle, and fled the place with unbelievable speed. That.... was perhaps some sort of new unmanned weapon made by the Demon Lord, don’t you agree?』
There were many sightings of it, so although it was called a ghost story, it almost surely “exists”. However, at the time the adventurer guild started to recognize its existence and officially gave out a subjugation quest to capture that mannequin, the reports of its appearances suddenly came to a stop.
Today, the people wonder whether or not the rumor was a deliberate prank by somebody.
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「......and that is what the story of the rumor that had circulated around.」(Liecia)
「Eh... Is that so... (in monotone)」(Souma)
Liecia, who was sitting on the bed, was telling me a story as I was leaning on the sofa. I replied without stopping my hand and then followed up with “Needle”. Her face became a bit sullen.
「What is it? Are you not interested in such story?」(Liecia)
「No, it’s not like that......」(Souma)
「As a king, I think it’s important to solve a potential problem on the castle’s land.」(Liecia)
「Ah.... Then it will be fine. Since that mannequin doll will never appear again...」 (Souma)
「......How do you know about it?」(Liecia)
「Hmm, Well.... You know...」(Souma)
I made a vague answer while continue to stuff “cotton”. Finally, after I sew the back, it will be complete.
「......That reminds me. What have you been doing this entire time?」(Liecia)
「What am I doing? I thought you knew after seeing that. It’s needlework.」(Souma)
「Then, why are you purposely doing needlework in my room?!」(Liecia)
「There’s no other way, right? Since my room is more like an office...」(Souma)
Thanks to the『Multiple Simultaneous Parallel Thinking』 and 『Telekinesis』 (the skill up version of 『Weak Telekinesis』, I could now manipulate objects that had the same weight as me, but only on inorganic things and not living organism), I was now able to make the pen continue working while the original body took a break. However, my room was, as usual, still established as an office. As one would expect, a place where government officials continuously go in and out of was not place where somebody could take a rest.
『Your Majestyyy!!!! Your Majesty , where are youuuuuuuuuuu?!』(Aisha)
「......Because of that DarkElf my heart has no time to rest.」(Souma)
「I can sympathize with you....」(Liecia)
Nowadays, Aisha was never separated from my side.
Dark Elves had a law that they were proud of that said that they will protect and stay at the side of the person they had pledged allegiance to until their life had come to an end. That’s why I acknowledged Aisha’s position as my Guard. Now, whenever I work, whenever I take a meal, whenever I’m sleeping, even whenever I’m in the bath and toilet, she always tried to say by my side. Although it was a problem for a person not yet officially employed to stand beside the King, since she was both beautiful and extremely loyal, the Imperial Guards under Ludwin had given their tacit consent for her conduct. Nowadays, even the one who distinguished himself as my Right-Hand Man, Hakuya, said:
『It doesn’t matter if it’s with Princess Liecia, Aisha-dono or Juna-dono, please quickly make some children. If you had some children, even their births can become a diplomatic card that we can use.』(Hakuya)
He said this in a calm voice. Well, even in my previous world’s history, diplomatic marriage gave birth to 『The Empire Where Sun Never Sets』 or the Habsburg House Dynasty, or the 『Dual Empire of Austria-Hungary』. However, nowadays for Japanese (even if they enjoy Harem Romance), such notion about producing children for the sake of the house was an outdated concept and they refrained from it.
Rishia glared at me with scornful eyes.
「People with high social status is a magnet for beautiful women, right?」(Liecia)
「...Please leave me out of it. Even when I finally can take a good rest...... Huh? That’s right, where is Tomoe-chan?」(Souma)
「Ah, Tomoe is with my parents. Mother really adores her.」(Liecia)
Ever since Tomoe-chan became Liecia’s stepsister several days ago, she had been living in this castle. Of course as promised, she is together with her family and baby brother. By the way, Tomoe-chan’s mother become a day-care worker in the experimental newly introduced 『Castle’s Day Care Nursery』 that is established to stimulate female social progress. It also mixed with the duty of Wet Nurses to nurse babies along with taking care of the other people’s children. Since the current society didn’t have concept of maternity leave, if the castle’s maids have children then they must retire. Unless they were ‘touched’ by the King, the majority of the maids will end up unmarried in life. But with this nursery, the young maids could have peace of mind to find marriage partners, so this institution had become very popular.
The talks had veered away... But basically, Tomoe-chan had two mothers inside the castle. At first they were quite confused, but nowadays both of them cherished her as their daughter. Liecia stood up and put her hand on the back of the sofa where I sit down as she took a peek at my hand from the back.
「Even if you say you have free time, to spend that time sewing is...... Is that possibly, a plush doll?」(Liecia)
「Ah this? Papapapan ♪ 『Mushashi Boy-kun』♪」(Souma)
I had finished sewing the back so I took the doll in my hand and presented it a manner similar to a certain robot cat took out his tools.
「Yes. In my world...It can be considered as a rare animal?」(Souma)
『Mushashi Boy-kun』is a mascot character of the town where I live; it was a cute deformed two head talls of the Musashi’s follower, Monk Benkei. The head is covered with a white hood and it wore a waist-long Juzu on its shoulder. It was a really dignified figure of Benkei. However, peeking below the gallant thick eyebrows were adorable acorn-like eyes that utterly erased any majesty it had. Because of that Gap that stole the hearts of the citizens, it became unexpectedly popular. By the way, the city where I live “has absolutely no relation” with Musashi’s Monk Benkei; the reason why they chose Benkei was because the Saitama prefecture was formerly called as 『Land of Musashi』.
I had boorish thoughts like「Then isn’t Miyamoto Musashi or Musashimaru also acceptable?」 or 「Do you want to introduce the enire Saitama if you bundle it as Land of Musashi?」. But since it's just a mascot character; I should really just relax. Anyway, I had already sewn the 40 cm tall Musashi Boy-kun doll.
「Kuh... This is unexpectedly too cute for me to get angry with.」(Liecia)
「But why this kind of thing?」(Liecia)
「My ability is really versatile. See.」(Souma)
The Musashi Boy-kun in front of us started to move by itself. Then it started to skillfully break dance with its short arms and legs. Then, with its head on the floor, both of its short legs spread out and started to spin like Spinning Back Kick. It was really skillfully done but also incredibly surreal.
Liecia opened her eyes really wide and looked dumbfounded.
「Nooo...... What is this⁉」(Liecia)
「By using 『Multiple Simultaneous Parallel Thinking』and 『Telekinesis』 I can completely move this doll like some sort of clone. It feels like I can sense myself inside this stuffed doll?」(Souma)
「Do you want to become a street performer?」(Liecia)
「I think that’s a good idea. Can I earn money that way after quitting as King?」(Souma)
「Don’t say stupid things. I won’t forgive you if you quit halfway!」(Liecia)
「... I understand. Let’s leave that aside.」(Souma)
I passed two knives to Musashi Boy-kun. Then the Musashi Boy-kun, that was only made from ordinary felt cloth at the outside and a lump of cotton on the inside, could hold them like the way an adult holds combat knives. Musashi Boy-kun then brandished the two knives like Musashi Miyamoto.
Liecia was amazed by it.
「No way... This is a doll right?」(Liecia)
「No matter what kind of things the doll take, they are still counted as parts of the doll. I feel he stress that comes from the weight of it, but the doll won’t get crushed by the weight. As an experiment, I manipulated another doll to carry weapons and battle with monsters, but there were no problems in fighting with them.」(Souma)
「Doll and monsters, wait a moment... Could it possibly be that the rumored mannequin was a result of Souma’s action⁉」(Liecia)
「Ah. I was just experimenting with a different doll inside the castle.」(Souma)
But I never thought it would become a rumor. Even though I was deliberately hunting monsters at night in order to avoid attention, but I think that because of that it had became an unwanted ghost story.
「But because of the frequent battles with the monsters, I have discovered something: Just by receiving experience points, the doll’s movements improved. The doll can even use the Intermediate Level Dual Sword Skill【High Speed Rotational Cut】」(Souma)
As soon as I was saying that, Musashi Boy-Kun spread both of the knives in its hand and then started to rotate with high speed with 『Gyuiin』 sound effects. It looked like a giant spinning top, but anything that approached it from the side will surely get cut into two.
「Perhaps the experience points from the doll also are given back towards the real body?」(Liecia)
「Then can’t that be considered as a Cheat ability? Because it’s like the experience points automatically rose by themselves.」(Souma)
「That didn’t happen?」(Liecia)
「Sadly yes, there was no experience point feedback. Even if the Doll can use a skill, I can’t use it. For that reason, I don’t really get any boosts in physical strength or spiritual power. Thanks to that, the real body is still weak.」(Souma)
「Then how about you train it a little?」(Liecia)
「Then I think I will be able to use the doll more effectively. Even if I’m alone, I can be very strong, since I can surround myself with three strong dolls standing beside me.」(Souma)
「That is not how a Hero should fight, right?」(Liecia)
Liecia told me in astonishment. I’m sorry to say but I can’t refute her opinion.
In the fantasy genre of my former world I think that my “job” can be called 『Puppeteer』, 『Doll User』 or 『Dollmancer』. The main gist of those types of job was 『Mid-Range Support Type』. It was very different from a Hero who gave more of an impression of being a 『Near and Mid-Range Attacker Type』. Well, it seems that in this country the Hero had a meaning of『Someone who Leads the Age of Reformation』.
「Seeing you, the image of a Hero inside my heart has been thoroughly shattered.」(Liecia)
「Don’t worry. I also feel the same.」(Souma)
Not only had I managed the country’s domestic affairs for a month, I also don’t really have any plans other than managing domestic affairs for the next several months. Can I really be called a “Hero”? No, I am “One” *irony*.
Suddenly, a knock came from outside the door.
「Yes, come in.」(Liecia)
「Please excuse me」(Serina)
The person who said it while bowing her head was Liecia’s chambermaid, Serina-san. She was three years older than Liecia and wore glasses that really suited her appearance as an intellectually beautiful woman. It doesn’t mean that I really know her, but I know from Liecia’s story that she was a woman Liecia considered as an older sister.
Serina looked at my face and then politely bowed to me.
「Your Majesty, Hakuya-sama want me to pass a message to you : 『Poncho-sama had started assembling everyone.』」(Serina)
「It came at last! I have waited for this for a long time!」(Souma)
I immediately stood up and took Liecia’s hand.
「Let’s go, Liecia!」(Souma)
「Eh? Wai-? Wha-!?」(Liecia)
We left the room as quick as the wind as Serina-san bowed and saw us off.
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En route, we picked up Aisha and then went to the conference room where several people were already assembled.
In the middle of the room was a round table where Hakuya (who had succeeded Marcus’s position as Prime Minister), Tomoe-chan, Juna-san, and at last Poncho Ishizuka were sitting. As Ludwin and Marcus were busy with another matter, they couldn’t come right away, so all the assembled people in here were the talented people I had scouted earlier.
「Ah, please sit down. I just came here on my own accord!」(Souma)
Seeing that everyone tried to stood up, I raised my hand to stop them before Liecia and I took our seat. It was only Aisha, who for some reason, immediately stood beside me when I took my seat. Honestly, this was bothering me but I couldn’t do anything about her since when I ordered her to take a seat, she firmly ignored my command. Wasn’t I a ruler? ...Well, let’s just leave this matter aside for now.
「I deeply express my thanks to everyone for your efforts in coming to this place.」(Souma)
「T-t-there is no need for it, Your Majesty! I-I-I am deeply sorry to cause this inconvenience!」(Poncho)
「Your Majesty, I wish for you not to lower your head so easily.」(Hakuya)
Hakuya, who stood beside the flustered Poncho, began to frown.
「If someone like Your Majesty, who stands above others, starts to debase themselves, it might cause others to humiliate Your Majesty.」(Hakuya)
「I don’t need to act in such a grandiose way and keep my dignity in here. After all, I think everyone in here as a friend rather as a retainer or a citizen.」(Souma)
「I think that words is unworthy of us, Your Majesty.」(Juna)
Juna-san softly bowed. Juna-san was behaving in was that were really picture-perfect.
On the contrary, Tomoe-chan was very nervous to the point where she started chattering her teeth.
「Am-Am I also a friend of the king?」(Tomoe)
「That’s wrong. Tomoe-chan is my sister-in-law, right?」(Souma)
「Ah, that’s right.」(Tomoe)
「Yes. That’s why, don’t refer me as King but as 『Nii』 instead.」(Souma)
「Ah, not fair! Then, also call me『Oneechan』!」(Liecia)
「Etto...」*staring at us with upturned eyes* 「Souma-nii. Liecia-oneechan!」 (Tomoe)
Looking at Tomoe-chan’s adorable behaviour, I and Leichia spontaneously made a Guts Pose.
Our head were immediately hit by a harisen. The one who had done it was Hakuya.
「Both of you please stop doing this foolish thing, since the talks can’t continue on like this.」(Hakuya)
「「We are sorry(;_;)」」(Souma)(Liecia)
We gave an earnest apology. By the way, that harisen was something that I gave to Hakuya when he assumed the prime minister’s position. 『When my conduct becomes intolerable, don’t hesitate to strike my head with this.』 One way or another, the intention was for the formal Hakuya to calm down with a snappy joke, but, as expected of the unparalleled genius in all of the history of Elfrieden (according to Marcus), he used the harisen splendidly.
「...How do you feel being a retainer who hits the head of the king in such a dignified way?」(Souma)
「My heart is pained by this, however this is also the “King’s Decree”」(Hakuya)
Hakuya replied nonchalantly. I am delighted to be able to see his honest side, otherwise I would regret it if he had turned into a strict overseer... I was worried about this.
「Putting those matters aside, Your Majesty. Could you care to enlighten everyone as to the purpose of this meeting?」(Hakuya)
「Ah. That’s right...Poncho」(Souma)
Perhaps because he was called so suddenly, the plump Poncho knocked over his chair when he stood up. His round body was the same as ever, but looked different from the way it looked at the audience several days ago; his body was completely tanned dark. There was a reason for this: recently, he literally flew around the whole world.
「Have you prepared what I had requested from you earlier?」(Souma)
「Y-Yes! Thanks to Your Majesty’s cooperation, the places that I needed to spend 20 years to visit, were able to be visited in just several days.」(Poncho)
「...What do you mean?」(Liecia)
Liecia looked puzzled.
「I lent “Air Force 1” to him for the transportation.」(Souma)
「Royal Family has flying dragon right? I lent that to him.」(Souma)
It was the Royal flying dragon that the king uses when travelling abroad. Due to the army’s prohibitions, there were no other flying dragons, just the one. Because rapid transportation was necessary for Poncho’s errand, I lent it to him. There were objections about lending the Royal Familys exclusive flying dragon to a mere commoner. However, since it couldn’t be substituted with one of the flying dragons belong to the Air Force led by one of the Three Lords, Castor Balgas; they were forced to accept this decision. By now, it will be futile to oppose my loan and request. Really... They are standing in my way.
「...It would be great if they were destroyed. Three Lords’ territory that is.」(Souma)
「D-Don’t say something so rash!」(Liecia)
「Even if I’m thinking about this seriously?」(Souma)
Liecia let out a gasp when she saw my expression. I wondered what kind of face I was making right now. Even Poncho and Tomoe-chan became frightened by it. Maybe this is not the right occasion to speak about this.
「Well then, Poncho, can you please show us what you have gathered?」(Souma)
「Y-Yes! These are what Your Majesty requested 『The Ingredients not used in This Country’s Cuisine』!」(Poncho)
Poncho said it while taking out the big bag with great haste. Yes, I made use of Poncho’s plethora of food knowledge and appointed him to search for foodstuffs.
Seeing that bag, Liecia opened her eyes wide in disbelief.
「Isn’t that the Royal Family’s treasured possession the『Hero’s Bag of Holdings』?!」(Liecia)
「Ah. I can store a lot of things without changing their appearance, that’s why this bag is convenient for storing foodstuffs since they won’t go bad. Since I thought that it was useful for collecting foodstuffs, I lent it to him.」(Souma)
「That’s why..... Argh, whatever!」(Liecia)
Well, since the milk had been spilt, Liecia gave up and dropped her shoulders.
「So what are these? The ingredients not used in this country’s cuisine?」(Liecia)
「More accurately, these are 『Food that are eaten only in another country or in a locality in our country and are not a particularly popular cuisine on this country』」(Souma)
Different places have different goods, so different people also have different tastes.
Something that is not eaten and thrown away in one place could be considered as a delicacy in other places. This is a story that I hear often. Even in Japan, there are some localities that made us surprised.「Eh? That sort of thing could be eaten?!」: That is what the Ken*n Show on TV had taught me.
「Right now, our country is changing from planting cash crops, such as cotton, tea and tobacco, to planting food crops. However we will only get results during autumn. To guarantee that the citizen s right now don’t get starve, we need an immediate effective measure.」(Souma)
A long term earnest reform was necessary to fundamentally resolve the food problem. However, in the meantime there might be people suffering from starvation and they were in danger of starving to death if it went on too long. Furthermore, the ones who would perish first will be the ones with meager vitality. That is, infants who require a large amount of nutrition. Children are the treasure of a nation. A country that couldn’t protect its own children would have no future. However, even if we delivered the nutrition to infants inside of Elfieden, there will be some part of the land that can’t be reached by the country’s aid. That’s why while we are executing our long term plan, we also need a short term immediate effective measure.
「Those are the ingredients not usually eaten?」(Liecia)
「Food that is eaten in another country but not usually eaten in this country: If we incorporate that food into the cuisine, it will be harder for the people to starve, since we would have simply increased the availability of food.」(Souma)
「Does something that convenient actually exists?」(Liecia)
「That’s why we need to make sure of it.... Then, let us move on from this place.」(Souma)
I smiled at the confused Liecia and said.
「We will need to examine whether or not we could use the food, so the place we should go to of course will be the dining room, right?」
Author note (digested version, since I’m too lazy to translate everything):
The author realized that Souma’s cheat that should be only useful for paperwork, can actually also used in an OP way like funnels (Gundam reference), but the author decide to against using it in such way. So no One-Man-Many-Doll-Army Souma.
Next Chapter: TASTING THE FOOD!
Next chapter will come out in December. Sorry. I will be very busy in late November.
 エルフリーデン : Erufuriiden
 ゼルリン: Zerurin
 リーシア : Riishia. This name reminds me of someone, but I forgot who.
 複数同時並列思考 : Fukusuu Douji Heiretsu Shikou.
 念動能力: Nendou Nouryoku
 弱念動能力: Jaku Nendou Nouryoku
 アイーシャ: Aiisha.
 ルドウィン: Rudowin
 ハクヤ: Hakuya.
 殿 Dono: A very formal polite way to refer someone. Mainly used in official letters and or situation. Actually means Feudal Lord / Master.
 ジュナ: Juna. This is like a Korean name. Larvyde transliterate this name as Gyna.
 Remember that it was the Personal Union between the Kingdom of Scotland and Kingdom of England that gave birth to the British Empire.
 This maybe explains one of the reasons for the low birthrate in Japan....
トモエ: Tomoe. ちゃん: Chan. An informal familiar way to refer a child or someone younger.
 母上 Hahaue: A very formal polite name for Mother. It can be also translated as: Honored Mother.
 Refers to the period of time that a new mother takes off from work following the birth of her baby. In Indonesia, this is three months and considered as a paid leave.
 ムサシ坊やくん: Musashi Bouya-Kun. Bouya means Boy
 Deformed: A Japanese term for a character with unrealistic proportion; mostly 1:2 or 1:3, the so called chibified character with a large head. Like Gundam SD (1:2)
 This means that the mascot’s height is two times the head height.
 Gap: a Japanese concept of a character that had an unexpected side that is different from what they usually shown to others, related to Japanese concept of Honne and Tatemae, like a girl who is really taciturn, composed, and always glaring at MC, but actually really shy and likes cute things. Just.... expose yourself to some Japanese popular media....
 武蔵 Musashi is also the name for a historical region consisting of Tokyo, Saitama and Kanagawa.
「スピニングバードキック」, Chun-Li’s move from Street Fighter.
 双剣の中級スキル【高速回転斬り】: Souken no Chuukyuu sukiru 【Kousokukaitenkiri】
 Standard JRPG Hero party consists of 4 people: one Hero and three comrades that stand side by side a la Final Fantasy or Dragon Quest style. Since Liecia didn't know about it since she was from another world. I previously mistranslated this line. Thanks to the kind anon who pointed this out.
 It was『人形遣い』 (ningyoutsukai)、『絡繰り使い』 (Karakuritsukai)、『くぐつ師』 (Kugutsushi). Same Job different name.
『時代の変革を導く者』: Jidai no henkaku o michibikusha.
 セリィナ: Serina. San. A formal polite way to refer someone.
 マルクス : Marukusu. Either it Marx or Marks, or Marcus.
 Picture-perfect, adjective: lacking in defects or flaws; ideal.
 Upturned eyes are considered to be cute in Japan.
 This is a pun in Japanese: 世界中を飛び回らせた Sekaijuu o tobimawaraseta. Could be a figurative way to say: “Circling the whole world.” Or “Traveling the whole world” like “80 days around the world”. The pun was Tobi literally means Fly.
 A nickname or moniker for the personal plane of President of the USA
 カストール＝バルガス Kasutooru Barugasu
 Nope. I don’t know what kind this TV Program is... Any reader know? It start with Ken and end with n, and the genre is documentary or reality show I guess.