I Favor the Villainess 186

Exiled

Just like Achim had mentioned, there was a letter on his desk.
It was his confession that described the entirety of the murder case.

As you might have realized by now, demons had a lot of power.
If they were ever to attack a city, most human beings would not be able to fight back.
Despite that, you might be wondering why the cities in this world―― particularly the cities within the Empire that are close to demon territory―― have not run into any encounters with them so far. That was because there were barriers around them.

“T-The church provides most major cities with a barrier, all of which are extremely strong. N-No matter how powerful of a demon they may be, they cannot get past the barrier.”

According to Lily-sama’s explanation, the barriers were actually formed from magical tools that were concealed and installed within each city.
If a demon ever wanted to get past the barrier, they had no choice but to destroy those concealed magical tools.
It seemed that during the incident where there was an attempted assassination of the Pope, the reason why Rates managed to get in was through the guidance of transfer magic.

In other words, as long as we were in the Imperial capital city, Ruhm, we were safe for the time being.

“However, we’re merchants. You can’t just stay put in one city. Even if it’s a little bit risky, you still have to go out sometimes.”

It was then that Achim’s son was captured by the demons.
He had been taken hostage.

“Cato then said this to me: I have your son. Go and poison the groceries that get provided to the Bauer dormitory.”

It seemed that the Balser Company was the business that provided the Bauer dormitory with our food.
Although the people in the Bauer dormitory were already on their guards about potentially being attacked by the Empire and detoxified their own food, Achim somehow came up with a scheme of his own.
Apparently, ingesting a large amount of nutmeg could reduce one’s organs’ abilities to function, so he gradually started increasing the amount that was added into our food.
Since nutmeg was a commonly used spice, it could not be removed using detoxification magic.
However, it seemed that this also served to deceive Cato.

“It may take a while, but by gradually increasing the amount, the toxins will erode their stomachs and stop its ability to function.”

Achim bought himself some time by offering this explanation to Cato.
Even while being threatened by the demons, he struggled to prevent himself from turning into a murderer.

After he had bought that time for himself, that was when we dropped by for our investigation.
I thought that perhaps he had a slip of the tongue or something, but it seemed that it was intentional.
Apparently, he had a curse put on him.

“Don’t even think about betraying me. If I find out that you have or you try to attack me, I’ll have your entire body burned to ashes.”

It was like a geas.
Achim wasn’t afraid to die, but he wanted to do anything to save his own son’s life.
However, there was a vague realization that he had made.
Perhaps his son had already been killed.
Even so, he continued administering the poison while hanging onto that sliver of hope.

That was when Arnaud became an eyewitness.
Achim and Arnaud got into an argument, which ended with him killing the latter.

“Ahh….. It was my fault I got someone who I also viewed like my own son involved in this.”

While the conflict regarding who the next successor would be had never happened, Achim, who had loved Arnaud like he was his own son, had deeply regretted what he did.

“That demon said that he had my son, but he never said that he captured him alive, nor did he mention he would ever return him. So that ended up being the case…… My dear son and wife, I’m sorry, I’d like to join you both as soon as possible, but――”

Achim wasn’t happy with being made to dance in the palm of the demon’s hand.
He was fueled with determination and anger.

“I’ll have to drag something to the grave with me.”

The rest is as we know it.
Achim sacrificed himself to inflict some damage on Cato, and left the rest to us afterward.
He had committed an unforgivable crime, but I thought there was plenty of room to consider what had happened as an extenuating circumstance.
Upon further investigation, it had turned out that Achim’s son was murdered quite long ago.
He was another victim of the demons.

Since the demons have been looking for ways to influence the cities within the barriers, the incident ended up being reported and published in every newspaper available.
Because nobody involved in the incident spoke up about it, the existence of the rebellious forces managed to stay hidden in the darkness.
And since we were able to prove that the incident had nothing to do with the rebellious forces themselves, our investigation had not gone to waste.

“You did well. As promised, we will lend you our cooperation.”

After the case was closed, we managed to meet with Frieda again, along with representatives from Dana and Kico.
Although it was a meeting between the higher-ups of each religious organization, Philine was able to meet with them openly.
As a result of Philine’s growth, she had also promised that Arnaud, who had lost his life in this incident, would receive a proper burial.
It seemed that Arnaud would most likely become canonized within these religious denominations.

And just like that, Philine managed to get backing and a following from both the Ministry of Magic and the anti-government rebellious forces.

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“You’re here, Rei Taylor, Claire François.”

A few days after the incident, we were called to see Dorothea.
There were three of us that were invited.
Claire-sama, Philine, and myself.
This was the first time that this combination of people was called out together. I was slightly confused as to why.

“I-I’m here as well, mother!”

As if she was dissatisfied with not being acknowledged, Philine asserted her existence.

“Yeah, you’re right. You came too, Philine.”

Dorothea spoke to Philine with an unreadable expression on her face.
But even so, it made Philine happy enough to smile.

“You did well by fighting off that demon from the incident that had occurred. I’ll give you a reward. Name anything.”

As usual, Dorothea spoke arrogantly with her elbow resting on the arm of her throne, and her cheeks atop of that.
The elderly man standing next to her had a gloomy look on his face.
It seemed that he was getting sick of Dorothea’s poor behavior…… or actually, for some reason, that didn’t seem like that was the reason.
Huh?

“There is nothing that I want in particular, but if you can, please continue training Alea in her swordsmanship abilities.”
“Ahh, Alea, huh. She’s got great aptitude. She might just end up being the one to succeed me when it comes to sword-fighting. She’s definitely worth teaching. I’d continue doing so even if you didn’t ask that of me. Training her provides me with quite a bit of amusement.”

I felt a bit strange that she considered training Alea amusing, but regardless, it made me happy that she was praising Alea.
Claire-sama also had a proud smile on her face.

“I also don’t want anything in particular. I’ll put it off for now.”
“I’m scared of being indebted to you, Rei Taylor. Well, whatever. I’ll just write this incident off then.”

Dorothea said something I couldn’t quite understand.
She’ll write this incident off?

“And you, Philine.”
“What I would like to ask from mother is――”
“No, I’m not giving you a reward.”
“…… Huh?”

Most likely, Philine saw this as an opportunity to propose a change within the Empire’s foreign policies.
However, it seemed that a wet blanket had been thrown over her.

“Philine Naa.”

Even though she was speaking out to her own blood-related daughter, there was no trace of emotion on her face whatsoever.

“You are hereby exiled from the Empire on account of committing high treason.”

Dorothea’s cold voice was heavy and echoed through the entire audience chamber.


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25 thoughts on “I Favor the Villainess 186

  1. I know full well that almost nobody thought about this, but:

    1) That’s not how nutmeg poisoning works: Nutmeg has a high quantity of myristicin that, when broken down by the body, enhances the production of norepinephrine, which in low quantities is not dangerous. However, norepinephrine is a so-called “stress hormone”, it increases heart rate and blood pressure, it increases alertness and, something that could’ve tricked Inori into writing that, it decreases blood flow in the gastrointestinal system. But a simple blood flow decrease doesn’t “erode” a stomach. Usually, symptoms of nutmeg intoxication are dizziness, anxiety, delirium, dry mouth, amnesia, etc., and rarely it causes death, and that happens when you take nutmeg with other drugs.

    2) The intoxication method is impractical: As said in the chapter, nutmeg is used because it cannot be eliminated through detoxification magic. But, again, there are a couple of problems. Usually, cases of nutmeg intoxication happen after someone takes something around 20g of nutmeg in one serving (could be a milkshake, could be something else). Obviously the majority of the time, nutmeg was put voluntarily in large doses, but when put in the servings of a large group of people without them knowing, it’s hard to not have someone notice it. The only way to not make it suspicious is to make every single dish nutmeg based, which in itself is suspicious. Also, to my knowledge, nutmeg doesn’t have any permanent effects on people, if taken at low doses every day, so to intoxicate someone you should give them at the very least around 15g at once to make them have any kind of serious adverse reaction.

    And yes, I may be wrong, and yes, I just spent ten minutes of my life writing why 2 paragraphs of a story where magic exists and where things could work in totally different ways, but since it is a game made by humans it’s not unreasonable to think that things work like here on Earth. They have 1 sun, like us, they have 1 moon, like us, and probably their Earth has the same gravitational acceleration of ~9.8 m/s² since apparently humans have evolved to be similar to our bodies, which are built to withstand Earth’s gravity for God’s sake I just restarted with my nonsense, didn’t I? Let’s just stop here before I say anything else.

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    1. kolyu7771
      Well, I don’t know what your profession is but I am not sure if you can write something this long and detailed just in a mere 10 minutes. You have a lot of free time, don’t you? But still, it was amusing to see how you are racking your brain on such a thing. You remind me NASA-kun from tonikaku kawai. hahaha! ( ‾́ ◡ ‾́ )

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    2. Correct me if I’m wrong but wasn’t the guy just bullshitting the demon to buy time? He never intended to kill anyone.

      Like it literally says, “However, it seemed that this also served to deceive Cato.”

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      1. He was definitely bullshitting the demon, and it was probably easier than you’d expect.

        Why? Because what does a demon know and/or care about the fine details of human biology? Their goal is literally total annihilation.

        From his point of view, some corpse-to-be claims to be trimming down the time for these others to become corpses too. Says it’ll take a while, but that way he can keep making more corpses and nobody will know enough to stop him. Sure, whatever. Take your time, I have other corpses to make elsewhere.

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  2. Istg I JSUT KNOW THAT HILDA FUCKING SNITCHED ON PHILINNE TO GET DOROTHEA’S FAVOUR SKJDKFJFKF GODDAMnit DOROTHEA/PHILLINE IS OFF THE MARKET AND I HATE HILDA/PHILINNE SO I GUESS TS JUST FRIEDA/PHILINNE NOW HUH OR IS THERE SOME OTHER LI IN THERE LIKE HOW REI GOT CLAIRE ISTG JDMXKCNSNDND

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    1. Yeah Hilda probably betrayed her.

      Then again getting the anti empire forces on her side was a stupid idea to start with.

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  3. I have to say but Inori is starting to not make sense about cities protected by barrier made with magical tool that so powerfull that it can prevent even Higher rank demons while magical tool invention started only not long ago and isn’t so advanced.

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  4. Not sure that Hilda snitched: it could be that the empress was already aware of Frieda’s matter, and deduced Philine’s betrayal from her helping Frieda…

    Moreover I think all that domineering attitude the empress has with Philine, and the whole bringing her to an execution thing was actually to make Philine stronger, to make sure that when she made a stand, she would make it for real and go all out.
    Not sure if I make sense and I havent got any clue to back that, though, it’s more of a hunch based on Dorothea’s personality

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