Alpen Rose Episode 12 – There’s two Alicia!?

Another one bites the dust, I hope you enjoy this episode. I’ve got the next one done as well, but I’ll be checking over it before I release it. See you soon.

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Episode Description:
Arriving at the home of Jeudi’s grandparents, Jeudi is shocked to learn that there is another girl by the name of Alicia. To make matters worse, she cannot even tell her mother who she is because she might have a heart attack due to her weak heart.

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Alpen Rose Episode 03 – A whistle beyond death

Man, I’m really liking this show more and more. Especially since it’s got such a great story and not to mention characters, it’s nothing like all those throw away/garbage anime that get’s made nowadays. Anyway I hope you enjoy this episode and are eager for the next, see ya next time.

Episode description: Gourmont’s men raid the hospital at night, forcing Jeudi and Lundi to flee to a nearby town, where they find a clue about Jeudi’s past and the song “Alpen Rose”.

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Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey Book 01 – Beast, respond to my call

I’ve fixed some things up and compiled the translated chapters into a word document, PDF and epub. You can find all three versions of the first book in the link below, you can also read it online if you don’t feel like downloading.

Recent Developments

Just a little FYI for all those that actually read these posts, I have started a new job and naturally this means that some projects will be getting either stalled or dropped altogether. I’ll list them below:

Gilgamesh – Stalled.
Cantarella – Stalled.
Guyver – Dropped.
Those Who Hunt Elves – Currently working on releasing the entire of the next volume since it’s one big chapter, should be out before the end of this year.
Oldman – Will be released as usual.
Novel Translations – Whenever I have time.
Alpen Rose – Next episode out within a week.
Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair – Got to fix some mistakes in the earlier episodes, will get that done by the end of next month.
Robotech Remastered – I’ll try and get the next episode out within a week or two.

Anything that I haven’t mentioned is either okay or will have releases delayed for a little bit since I’ve got less spare time. If you’ve got any questions then just send them my way and I’ll get back to you.

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey Book 03 – Spectre, Sleeping on My Chest – Chapter 7 – Epilogue

Chapter 7 – Epilogue

Tap……tap……tap……
The footsteps were slow and rough. It was dark everywhere, looking into the darkness you would stare into nothingness.
The smell of the charred wood was intense, the entire mansion had been burned down to the ground, the only thing that remained was the basement. The smell of sewage remained, even though the heat evaporated the sewage water, the air was filled with a rancid smell. On the floor was pieces of a broken sink, shards of glass were everywhere, a peculiar body laid on the floor.
Tap……Tap……
The footsteps stopped at the entrance to the basement. The owner of the footsteps lifted his right arm, and chanted:
“I give birth to thee, tiny little spirits.”
With the sound of the incantation, a small fire appeared in his hand. The room was illuminated——and so too was the person. It was a young dark haired man, probably around twenty years old. Large bags were under his eyes, they had a sinister look, as he squinted them. The youth had a quiet demeanour, the air around him was strange.
His mouth slowly opened.
“I think something is wrong……”
He said in a questioning tone. Then someone answered.
“……You mean me?”
The voice came from a huge fish on the floor. It lay there motionless, its lower abdomen was torn off, blood was all over the floor, the air smelled a little like gas.
“You really are alive, Fonogorosu. I’ve got questions, three in fact.”
The youth——it was Orphen. He scratched the headband on his forehead.
“I’m guessing you don’t have much time left for questions, I’ll try and be quick. About the statue of the goddesses, I want to hear you say it, what meaning does it have?”
“…………”
Fonogorosu was silent for a moment, then he said:
“I was a heretic, an apostate——are you satisfied with that answer?”
“So you wanted the statue of the goddesses to be destroyed, I thought this place was originally some kind of religious meeting place. Maybe you cursed the gods, or lived in fear of them.”
Fonogorosu didn’t answer, he angrily asked the next question.
“I’ll ask the second question. Why did you want to make man-made beasts? Even the dragon race has exceeded their fighting abilities, and there isn’t even any war now.”
“……Like the previous question and answer. I’m afraid……an equal fighting force is needed.”
“……What are you afraid of?”
“I can’t say. He said I would die. Speaking of the dead——in any case, my body has already perished. Death no longer matters, but I want to die in their hands. I don’t want to know if the soul is destroyed. If you think you know the words——”
His voice was filled with emptiness, it echoed throughout the room.
“Then you might be able to understand it. I was in Kimurakku.”
“The Churches Headquarters in Kimurakku……?”
Orphen asked, but Fonogorosu was silent. Orphen sighed deeply, he also wanted to ask him about Ramon Fonogorosu.
He asked another question.
“……How are you able to speak?”
The fishes body lay there motionless, there was no sounds coming from it. It was exactly like a corpse. But then a sound echoed in the basement……
Fonogorosu didn’t answer. Orphen suddenly noticed that the belly of the fish was cracking open, he could see a vague silhouette——it was a skinny withered old man, he was wrapped in robes, he looked afraid. In the blink of Orphen’s eye, it disappeared.
……Maybe, maybe he became a true undead.
Orphen thought, as he quietly clenched his right hand. The fire in his hand disappeared.
“……Goodbye, Fonogorosu.”
Orphen said, he then turned around. He footsteps echoed in the basement as he walked away.
The only thing that was left in that room was darkness, pieces of glass, rubble, water marks, the dead body of a man-made fish beast, the lonely souls of the undead, and many lost secrets.
***
“Well, Dortin! Let’s take advantage of this opportunity!”
Vulcan shouted. He ran out of the Inn, jumping onto the road leading to the next village, Dortin chased after him. He whispered:
“……Who would have known things went so smoothly?”
Vulcan intended to get away scot free from the loan shark, as to avoid paying him the money he was owed. However, he was caught and mercilessly beaten for thirty minutes to the point where his joints were dislocated, but now he has recovered, and started running as fast as a rabbit.
Though his brother wasn’t as fast.
“Slow down, brother!”
Dortin was slowly catching up, but Vulcan wasn’t slowing down.
“Must we escape from this village?”
“That goes without saying!”
Vulcan simply answered. He held one finger in the air.
“Onward, to the hope of tomorrow! I am the Masmaturian Bulldog, Volcano Vulcan, I will be victorious!”
“In other words, that won’t happen.”
Dortin looked helpless. Vulcan hesitated for a moment, he was going to reprimand him, but he thought of something else.
“However, my brother!”
“Hey!”
“Listen to me!”
“Back at that place——
“What!”
“They tied a rope to your feet!”
“My feet?”
“Yes, a rope……”
By the time Vulcan knew what he was saying, his face hit the ground. It seemed someone pulled on the rope.
“You are such an idiot……”
“I’m sorry, but you didn’t give me time to tell you.”
Dortin said, staring at Vulcan on the ground.
“What bastard did this prank……I’m going to dice him up and cook him with some dried mushrooms……”
Vulcan slowly stood up, and grabbed hold of the rope, it was tied to a black silhouette not far away.
“Hehehehe……”
“L-Loan shark!”
Vulcan shouted. The silhouette——Orphen, grinned wildly.
“Seems like you forgot about someone.”
“D-Damn you, Dortin! You were the one who said I wouldn’t succeed.”
“When did I say that……?”
Dortin said, but no one was listening.
The loan sharks eyes were full of energy, he lifted his arms up.
“Okay! You owe me money plus interest! If you don’t pay me I’ll be forced to have you arrested.”
“You should have some compassion when it comes to money.”
Dortin whispered to Vulcan.
“Come on, a little further and we’ll be out of here.”
“No.”
“Hey……just give me a second to……”
“I don’t think so.”
The black sorcerer smiled. Vulcan looked very frightened.
“I know, you can use my body as payment.”
 “Sure, I’ll bring you to a butcher and sell you.”
The sorcerer smiled.
Vulcan was so scared he couldn’t talk.
At that time——
A black figure suddenly appeared on the road. The persons long black hair was full of sheen, the tall beautiful woman was wearing a full body leather outfit. Orphen noticed her, he turned away.
“Don’t bully him, pity him.”
The woman threw a flirtatious wink towards Orphen. Vulcan thought this beautiful woman was here to save him.
“It’s a goddess!”
Vulcan said to her, she lifted her leg and kicked Vulcan in the face. Her hand moved to her mouth, she couldn’t hold back the laughter, the sound of a metallic object came from her bag.
“I want you to have this. Stop avoiding me.”
“What is this, Hirietta?”
The sorcerer asked. Hirietta replied:
“It’s your reward for helping me.”
“Oh……”
It was a leather bag, it was full of coins. The coins looked a little different from what was normally used on the continent, regardless of this fact, the value isn’t diminished. He didn’t know if they were copper or gold, but he didn’t care as the bag was full of money.
The sorcerer wondered for a moment, but he shook his head.
“I don’t want it.”
“Me me me me me……”
Vulcan said.
“I bet you don’t need a woman to give you money. Stop trying to be such a gentleman.”
Hirietta shot Orphen a puzzled look.
“Just take it, this isn’t dubious money. It’s money that I’ve saved since running away from home.”
“Dubious money, that sounds about right.”
Vulcan was now trying to stand up, he tried to reach for the money, Hirietta kicked him back to the ground.
“It’s alright, I don’t need it.”
“Why is that?”
“Because I didn’t do this for the money.”
Orphen got closer to Hirietta, nearing Vulcan on the ground. 
At that moment——
“I have you now!”
Vulcan jumped to his feet, he hit Orphen in the foot with the blunt side of his sword. The sorcerers face instantly turned white, the pain was intense, he groaned out aloud.
“Hurry, Dortin!”
Vulcan screamed, as tried to break free of the rope.
“I should have expected a move like that……”
“The money……”
“I’ll make you scream so much you’ll be having nightmares in the middle of the night……”
Hirietta then stepped in front of Orphen, but he shook his head.
“How about I make it more interesting.”
“What have you got in mind?”
Dortin said, wondering if it was something mischievous. Hirietta smiled.
“Well, this man——he is very talented, even though he’s a little awkward. Help him out a little.”
Orphen was perplexed.
“No, I won’t accept any kind of him from them two. Besides, I’ve already got a partner.”
Orphen flatly refused. He then looked around, he saw that the rope was cut, and Vulcan had already started running away.
“…………?”
Orphen smiled.
“Hey, Majic! Did you get that rope ready?”
“Yes!”
There was a tree across the road——a rope was tied to the tree, it lead to another tree across the road, Majic pulled it and Vulcan ran straight into it, sending him face first into the ground.
“You beast!”
Vulcan struggled, but he was too exhausted to move.
 “It worked? It worked!”
Hirietta and Orphen laughed together, this would probably be the last time they did this. Nevertheless, both of them valued and cherished the moments they spent together. Later in life Orphen would reflect on this village, and the scary ghost stories that he left behind for all the children of the village.
End of Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Rogue Journey Book 03: Spectre, Sleeping on My Chest
Translated by Ciaran Hillock aka Dirk Diggler
Do not replicate or copy this work without permission.

Alpen Rose Episode 01 – Prologue to the torrent of love

Ah, smell the roses. I’ve decided to take on Alpen Rose (Alpine Rose) as my next project, though that’s not to say that I’m done with Jeanie, I’ve still got to fix some glaring mistakes I made in the earlier episodes. With that aside, I’m very pleased with the first episode of Alpen rose, it’s really a great start to an awesome Shojo anime. I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here. Anyway, have fun.

Also, I’m not sure when I’ll have the next episode out since I’m busy with other stuff.

Lost Universe Book 1 – Chapter 1 – Awakening Dream

Chapter 1 – Awakening Dream

Mars
“Finally completed——”
Kane finished with his operations, he stretched immensely. Then he turned to Canal, who was standing behind him.
“Phase drive has been implemented, do we still have some time?”
She asked.
Phase drive——a device which allows space ships to go faster than the speed of light.
“Yes. According to our present rate, and taking in standard time calculations, we’ve got eight hours to go.”
Standard time refers to the flow of time relevant to that of Earths, since mankind’s home world became a backwater planet, people commonly use it as a reference.
“Okay. Easy as she goes. During this time, we should gather information relevant to our mission……what was that organisation called again?”

“The Dugole Connection.”
“Alright, let’s get that relevant information.”
“Prior to proceeding, I recommend you get yourself some coffee. And don’t spill it this time.”
“Okay.”
Kane got up from the operator seat, and moved to a small bench behind him.
A mini table appeared out of a hole in front of the seat, it was filled with steaming cups of coffee.
Naturally, they were filled with sugar, Kane loves sugar and super-hot coffee.
He rested for a while, he then suddenly found himself alone, Canal had disappeared somewhere.
“……I really hope we don’t get dragged into something.”
Kane whispered while holding a mug in one hand.
(Hopefully we’ll be able to bring that smelly kid back without much trouble……and get paid.)
Kane thought.
By the time he had finished half of his cup of coffee, Canal appeared again.
“For more information on the Dugole Connection, I’ll need access to a police computer. It’ll take a while.”
“Okay.”
It seemed his causal tone offended her, mostly because she detected that he didn’t care.
“Done. Would you like to hear the relevant information?”
“Sure.”
“Understood. The Dugole Connection was founded on the solar systems fourth planet, Mars is used as their base of operations, and their influence spreads throughout the solar system. The founder of the organization Duras Dugole died twelve years ago, it’s now ruled by his son Derleth. And——”
Reading, Canal began to frown.
——Now, they are considered ready to enter the criminal organization Nightmare——
“Nightmare!?”
Kane unconsciously said out loud.
There are few people in the Milky way Galaxy that don’t know the name, some say they don’t exist. But nevertheless, they are: the galaxy’s largest criminal organization.
On the surface, they used a organization called Gazer Concern as a front.
It seems to be a fairly common business, dating back forty or fifty years.  The head of the company is a man by the name of Albert von Stargazer.
“……Nightmare……could they be behind this?”
Canal whispered.
“Although they are a force to be reckoned with, they are still afraid of the interstellar police”
“We best keep out wits about us then.”
A moment of silence filled the room.
Kane then sipped the rest of his coffee, and spoke:
“Please give me a printed copy of all the relevant information.”
Having said that, Kane got up.
“Where are you going?”
“Back to my room. I’ll wash then get some sleep. Yesterday, I didn’t sleep too well in detention. Wake me up when we gone out of phase shift.”
“Understood. Sweet dreams.”
Kane then left for the residential zone of the ship.
“……Now.”
Canal opened up a communications channel.
“Rail, there’s an interstellar communication for you.”
He received the phone call in his hotel room.
It wasn’t an ordinary business hotel, it was without a doubt, a first class hotel.
“……An interstellar communication?”
The front desk attendant on the phone said to him, he frowned slightly.
“Okay. I’ll accept the call.”
“Incoming transmission from Sword Breaker accepted.”
The front desk attendant’s voice soon faded.
The video phone on the wall started ringing, he looked at the screen and saw a static image of Kane’s face.
“……Kane……”
Seeing who it was, he unconsciously moaned.
 “……Well……”
A smile appeared on his face.
“Long time no see. Canal of Sword Breaker.”
As he envisioned the contrary, a picture of an adorable smiling girl appeared.
In the past he usually met her face to face with her, he always found it more difficult talking through a phone. 
“…You’re not…Kane.”
Rail quietly mumbled.
“Well, Kane is indisposed at the moment……anyway, about our commission fee, there’s something we need to talk about.”
“Didn’t Kane tell you?”
“He did say something, but he wasn’t entirely clear.  He said he got caught up in a bar fight and you helped him out, and he accepted a job, right?”
“That’s the gist of it.”
“……Is there enough to charge him for a crime?”
“Well, he did send some people to the hospital.”
Rail answered calmly, Canal looked slightly worried.
“——Hey!!!”
Just then, Canal’s attitude changed.  With a cheerful voice, she said:
“To put it bluntly, you used your relationship with the local police to get a criminal off scot-free.”
“Where are you going with this?”
“This is the truth! You intimidated and belittled a criminal to benefit yourself, this is unbecoming of an office of the interstellar police. These charges should be enough to get your dismissed, right?”
“You have no evidence!”
Rail’s face was full of panic, Canal smiled.
“But I’ll be willing to let this slide if you do be a favour.”
“A favour?”
He knew he wouldn’t get out of this situation easily.
“What about our original commission fee and some hush money, that should be around 10,000 credits.” (Currency in space, the author stated that the ratio is 1:1000 when compared to Japanese Yen.)
“What!!!!”
“Alright, I’ll admit that Kane messed up, but you could us 5000 credits now.”
“That’s far too much!”
“……Alright, 4000.”
“I’ll give you 2000.”
Canal smiled, both of them nodded in agreement.
“Understood. 2000 credits it is. I’ll send you my account number, thank you for your patronage.”
A smiling blur was left on the screen, as the picture disappeared.
“——2000 credits……that’s nearly double the market rate……”
Rail said, while staring at the screen.
“We’re almost there.”
Kane returned to the control room just in time.
“5 minutes until arrival.”
Canal said in a cheerful voice.
Naturally, she mentioned the conversation she had with Rail.
“Route setting and system check is complete. Awaiting orders.”
“Alright, let’s get this part started! Onward, to Galactic coordinate 1-3-A, the solar system!”
“Aye aye, phase transfer system is starting up!”
The control was filled with a low-frequency vibration, the main display emitted a blue light. And then, the stars began to shine, and space started to distort.
Boom!
For a moment, all the stars that were reflected on the screen started to fade away, this moment made Kane feel wonderful.
A dark blue picture reflected in his mind.
“We care currently in FTL. Proceeding without error. We’ll reach the target in 30 standard time.”
She spoke in a directing like voice.
“One day……”
Kane left his seat, and headed towards the door leading to the residential zone.
“Later, I’m off to have something to eat and then sleep.”
“Sleeping again?”
Canal said in surprise.
Kane’s face then went serious.
“Sleeping during the day is nothing but a man’s dream!”
“A man needs to keep his mind fresh!”
“If that’s the case then why don’t we play chess, I think level 2 should be enough.”
“Don’t do that……”
Kane openly frowned.
“I’m always concerned when I play chess, I know I’ll probably lose, do you secretly raise the difficulty be chance? Sometimes it suddenly gets harder.”
If she was a human, then surely cold sweat would be flowing down her forehead, but she was very calm.
“I don’t do that. The second half of a level 2 game is slightly harder than the first half.”
“……Really? Anyway, I’m off to have some food before getting some sleep.”
“Understood.”
Canal watched him disappear behind the door, Meanwhile Kane thought——
(Wonderful……looks like she doesn’t think I know that she’s a cheat.”
Hum…
Along with a low-frequency vibration, the main display went dark.
Then, the stars slowly started to appear.
“We’ve successfully entered normal space, the whole system is operating normally. Interstellar coordinates, we’ve arrived at the outer solar system.”
“This is……the birthplace of humanity.”
Kane muttered.
“——Kane.”
Canal interrupted him.
“The radar has picked something up. There’s two spacecraft at eleven o clock, they’re heading right for us.”
“Just give them the standard greeting.”
Kane said calmly, but Canal shook her head.
“……This seems strange, based on its registration and license it’s a transport vessel. However, there’s an unusually high energy reaction.”
“What’s going on?”
Said Kane, as he straightened his posture.
“Maybe it’s just transporting energy……”
“Highly unlikely, it’s most likely a combat ship.”
“Can you put it on the screen?”
“Putting it on screen.”
Canal said right away, as a two space ships side by side appeared on the screen.
“The first one looks like a frigate.”
It was obviously very far away, but the picture was very clear.
“A two hundred meter class frigate manufactured by Leclerc Corporation. Armament, very strong.”
The screen switched to the second ship. It was a four-hundred meter transport of the same class, but they couldn’t find this model in the database.
As she spoke, a foreboding feeling came over her.
“Should we investigate?”
 “……I guess.”
Kane’s answer was a little ambiguous.
“The Leclerc Corporation is affiliated with Dugole Connection, I don’t think this is just a coincidence.”
 “……Hmm……”
Kane folded his arms.
——Wait a minute, we’ve got a voice communication, patching it through.”
After a moment’s delay, a voice could be heard, it sounded cold.
“This is the frigate Uranus of the Leclerc Corporation. We wish you a safe voyage.”
The voice echoed throughout the room, Kane then opened a communications channel.
“——This is trouble-Contractor Kane Blueriver of Sword Breaker, I wish your vessel a safe journey.”
After the transmission had been sent, he closed communications.
“……What are you doing, Kane? We only have sixty seconds until they reach us……”
“……I’m not afraid of them.”
Kane whispered to himself.
“……Anyway, we both know this isn’t a casual greeting. Prepare to expand the barrier. Continuously monitor the frigate and the transport ship, put them on the screen too.”
“Understood. Preparing to expand the electromagnetic barrier——“
“——Wait!”
Kane interrupted Canal.
“Expand spirit (PSI) barrier.”
She was surprised for a moment, she could tell by looking at his face that he was thinking of something.
“——Understood. Ready to expand spirit barrier.  Range of distance from the frigate is five seconds——“
Kane had been watching the screen. The frigate kept moving.
“We’ve entered within range of the frigate. It’s taken no action.”
Canal said, then sighed.
“This seems suspicious……”
“——We’re not done yet.”
Kane said suddenly.
“——Huh?”
“Maintain current status. From the very start I’ve had a bad feeling.”
“Understood. Ten seconds until the transport ship arrives.”
Kane kept staring at the screen.
At his point. The transport ship started to change.
Looking a flowing in full bloom, boom, the exterior of the transport was blown away.
(An explosion?)
Kane thought to himself, but he was wrong.
From the insides of the ship emerged ten large combat ships!
All of their guns swung around to target their ship.
“Expand barrier!”
Kane yelled.
(Damn it, they hid combat ships inside a transport ship.)
“Understood. Expanding barrier!”
As soon as Canal finished speaking ——
The ship shook as it was impacted by full gun salvo. Everyone monitors were full of bright white light.
“Target have been eliminated.”
After hearing the crews report, Captain of the Uranus smacked his lips and smiled.
Particle Cannons, missiles and rail guns. All of them hit the target at such a close distance. Regardless of how powerful their magnetic barriers are, they cannot resist.
“Hmm. Excellent work, though I didn’t expect it to be over so quick.”
He said with a sneer on his face.
But——
“The enemy is still alive!”
Upon hearing the report, his smile disappeared.
“——Impossible!”
On the screen, the light faded to the background of stars, Swordbreaker could clearly be seen.
“What! This can’t be!”
According to his understanding, nothing should have been able to withstand that attack.
“What……What do we do? Captain……?”
There was no way he could prevent the crew from panicking.
“Did we sustain any damage?”
Canal answered the question almost instantly.
“——We’re intact, no abnormalities……but ……]
“What’s wrong?”
“That attack was stronger than my shock absorbers could handle, a lot of the cutlery may have been smashed.”
“……Those bastards……what the hell! Have they no mercy!”
“Who knows……anyway, what next? Should we retaliate?”
Kane thought for a moment. He then saw the hostile ships preparing to run away.
“——They mustn’t be allowed to escape.”
“Understood. Lifting barriers! Increasing engine output!”
“Looks like they don’t want to get caught by the police!”
“Enemy fleet is turning, ready to give chase!”
Kane thought to himself for a moment, he had completely neglected the presence of the frigate!
“Shut off the engine! Expand spirit barrier!”
“Understood!”
At the same time she said that, they could hear the ship being hit. It wasn’t just projectiles, but a spacecraft too, the electromagnetic barrier didn’t stop it, it was sinking through it.
But——
This powerful defence force known as a spirit barrier also has its weaknesses.
When expanding the barrier to meet an oncoming attack, the engine cannot be used. Though the energy from the barrier can be used to move the ship a little.
“Canal! On my orders, eject the barrier particles from the YZ axis in any direction, then close the barrier! At the same time start give the engines all you’ve got, and commence Evasive maneuvers!”
“Understood! I hope you know what you’re doing!”
Kane remained silent for a moment.
“GO!”
Kane cried out.
The barrier around Sworbreaker disappeared, at the same time, the engine emitted a dazzling white light.
“The enemy fleet is shooting……”
Boom!
Canal’s voice was interrupted by the sound of the hull being impacted.
“——We’re hit! Damage report?”
“Upper port side! A particle gun was graved by the attack! Minor damage!”
“Understood. Accelerate progress!”
The light from the universe started to turn into a blur, Swordbreaker continued to accelerate. The distance between them and the enemy fleet started to widen, although the shelling continued.
“The enemy is still in range……the shelling is continuing.”
“Don’t worry about them, onward to Mars.”
Sixteen hours later, they arrived at a port near Phobos, a satellite of Mars.
When they entered the port, the young male control operator on their display screen couldn’t hide his curiosity.
“All your paperwork is in order. ……What’s with all the marks on the hull? It looks like you were in a battle.”
Kane instantly muttered something.
“We were in the neighbour and got caught up in a fleet battle near Pluto! We were lucky.”
After a moment of brief silence, Canal calmly spoke.
“……It really is eye-catching!”
She said with a smile.
“Six months ago, in the Lubasi star field. The interstellar police and some organizations have a little dispute, remember?”
“Yeah. Anyway……”
Canal tried to distract the control operator from looking at the screen.
“It was careless of you to get involved……you should contact your insurance company because we might need to do an investigation.”
“……Right……an insurance company!”
“Would you like us to repair the damage? We’ve got some premium plans.”
“Hey, Kane, is that alright?”
“……Yeah……sure.”
Kane nodded.
“……Also, you’ve only applied for one person heading to the surface of Mars. Mr. Kane Blueriver, is that right?”
“Yeah, I’m not going, I’m ship keeping.”
Canal winked at him.
The control operator’s serious expression disappeared, as he fell backwards.
“I don’t……I……I understand. If there’s anything you need, just contact the control room and ask for Thomas.”
 Communications were then closed.
“That control operator……I think he’s interested in you.”
Kane said angrily.
“Obviously, it’s because of my appearance……but in this case, I really feel sorry for the guy.”
“Then why didn’t you do anything? There’s probably going to be an investigation now!”
“It’s alright……I’ll get them to categorize it under a theft report.”
“Theft report?”
Kane said.
“……It’s not like they stole anything.”
“The investigation will progress much smoother if we just do that.”
“Would you rather say that we were attacked over a personal grudge?”
Kane remained quiet.
“Anyway, be careful when you get planeside. Try not to get into any trouble, and make sure you take the appropriate weaponry with you. Take a communicator and a handkerchief too.”
“……What am I in, primary school?”
“Just hurry up and depart.”
“Alright.”
He said as he raised one hand, he then left the control room.
Kane went through the residential area to get to the shuttle hatch.
“Mars……”
He softly murmured, as he opened the hatch.
Aruba City, this was the first base built on Mars after it had been terraformed, now it has become a city.
Kane had just docked in the port.
“——Ah——”
Thud, thud, he heard this a couple of times.
“……Seems a little different.”
The gravity on the Swordbreaker was 1g——basically it was the same gravity as on Earth, in contrast to Mars which is only half of that. Suddenly Kane felt like he had lost half his weight.
The first thing he did was find a cheap hotel.
He locked the door to his room, he was ready for anything. Although he did bring a credit card with him, he thought it was better to bring a little cash. He also got a map from Canal.
And also——
His opponent is a dangerous organization, he couldn’t forget to bring a weapon.
Hidden in his hair was a thin strip, and a little box. Inside was a small metal tube about twenty centimetres. 
A spirit (PSI) lightsabre.
It saps on the human spirit through the amplifier on his wrist, this results in energy being pushed out of the end of the metal cylinder.
It’s a great anti-personnel weapon but it does have its drawbacks. First of all, if your opponent has a gun it’s obviously a better weapon than a sword.
This is the biggest reason why the lightsabre isn’t a popular weapon——not to mention people don’t like that fact that lit saps on your mental energy.
Therefore, due to various reasons, the lightsabre is only use by in close quarters by military and by military enthusiasts.
“Now……”
Kane said as he checked his watch.
“First……I’ll check out the local bar. It’s still early.”
He took a seat at the hotel bar, he got sandwiched between two women, when he went to take a drink of his watered down wink, Kane finally remembered his original purpose.
(——Ah! Now isn’t the time to be drinking!)
“I hope you don’t mind if I ask a silly question, but do you know this guy?”
Kane deliberately spoke in a frivolous tone, he reached for one of his chest pockets, and pulled out a picture.
Clay Roberts.
The guy looked around twenty years old, he had a grim look on his face, and his eyes glared at you from the picture.
“Yeah, this guy owes me 100 dollars.”
He showed the picture to both girls, to his right and to his left.
“He ran away from home after he couldn’t pay the debt.”
“……No, I don’t know him.”
“What a guy! Come on, let’s drink in peace.”
“Yeah, back off.”
Kane had just been triggered.
——The result——
He left the store with three bottles of wine, two of which were empty.
“……Next……I’ll head to another bar.”
While Kane looked up at the dark sky, before entering into another bar.
“……Do you know this man?”
The fifty year old bartender looked at the picture as he cleaned some glasses.
“——Kid, are you some kind of student?”
His expression didn’t change one bit.
“No, but I’m not a local.”
Kane said, as he handed out some banknotes.
The bartender’s expression didn’t change, even when he took his money.
“That guy does come in here sometimes, where can I contact you if he does come in?”
“…At the——”
Kane almost blurted out the name of his hotel.
It wasn’t clear whether the bartender was friend or foe. He couldn’t afford to tell him his place of residence.
“Sorry, I’m just passing through.”
Kane put his drink and a tip down on the table, he then stood up from the bar stool.
“At least tell me your name.”
Kane heard as he went towards the exit, he then stopped and turned around.
“Kane, Kane Blueriver.”
Then, Kane pushed open the bar’s door.
As he left, the door swung open for a moment.
Kane didn’t know this, but one of the bars patrons was watching him the entire time.
After he finished his drink, he ran over and used the phone.
The next night, Kane checked out another bar, it stank of alcohol and cigarettes, and so did its patrons. The music was loud and bombastic.
“I heard you were looking for someone.”
This place didn’t look very friendly, but then again these places were the best places to get information.
The man looked like he was in his mid-thirties. His face was bearded and he wore dark glasses. He was wearing a dirty coat, his hair was unkempt, this guy was anything but clean.
“……And you are?”
 “Who I am is not important. But then again, I might be able to help you, if you’re willing to talk to your wallet.”
The man exposed a vulgar smile.
——He was an information broker.
“I’m looking for someone, this is my second day on the search.”
“Well, that’s quite the outfit. It makes you stand out.”
 “Stand out? How so?”
Kane looked at the man in amazement.
“……Listen here……every day all kinds of shady characters walk around town, how am I any different?”
Kane said, he had an angry look on his face.
“That goes without saying, your walking around with a freaking cape——but then again, that shows that you have a wild personality.”
“Yeah. I’m a wild cat, okay? ……Come on, let’s head to the bar.”
“His name is Clay Roberts, do you know this man?”
After a moment of silence, the bearded man spoke.
“……Alright, 50 dollars.”
“…Oh…”
Kane sighed.
He didn’t want to pay the commission fee, it was too high.
“I’ll find him myself.”
Kane then turned to leave.
“……Hey, don’t do that.”
The man thought for a moment.
“What about forty?”
That’s still expensive.
“……I just can’t afford to spend that much.”
“Wait! We’ll settle at thirty!”
Kane ignored him.
“Twenty!”
“……That’s still too high……”
Kane said with a tired face.
“What about fifteen? Then we’ve got a deal!”
Kane stood still for a moment.
“I still don’t think it’s worth that much.”
Kane then pulled up his sleeves, and took out ten dollars.
“What! Ten dollars, you’ve got to be fucking kidding me!!”
The information broker cried.
“Fine. You’ve got yourself a deal.”
“Okay, where is he?”
“He usually wanders around this area, I’ll help you find him.”
The man took the bills from Kane’s hands.
“Come on, let’s get going.”
Kane and the man walked around for ten minutes.
The man then lead Kane down a small street, it seemed that the hustle and bustle of the city’s streets had disappeared. This place was somewhere normal people didn’t go, and even if they did enter, they probably wouldn’t leave alive.
“Ah……there’s another bar, maybe he drinks in there.”
The man didn’t even turn his head back, he just continued walking.
“……Oh?”
Kane didn’t ask any questions, he quietly followed the man.
“We’ll be there soon.”
They walked for a few more minutes.
In the dirty little road, the man stopped in his tracks.
In the distance, there was one operational street light among darkened buildings.
“……Hmm.”
Kane looked around with a bored expression.
“……Is this it?”
“Yeah. This is it.”
A voice came from somewhere.
Several men came out of the shadows near the buildings.
Three in front of him, and three behind him.
“……Hey.”
The informant walked towards the three in front of them.
“……I can’t blame him, this is part of the job.”
Kane revealed a fearless smile.
“Oh, is that so?”
One of the three men in front of Kane said in a husky voice. He stood into the light, he was far taller than Kane.
“I was under the assumption that I would be getting the information I paid for.” 
“You were foolish to come……you may act confident, but……”
The man tried to pull something out with his right hand.
“In that case——”
Hum!
Before the man could finish, a bright white light cut into the night.
Bang!
The blunt sound of a shot rang out.
Something fell onto the ground——it was a shiny black pistol.
Just as Kane saw the pistol fall onto the ground, all the muscles in his arm that was holding the lightsabre tensed up.  
(Everyone will understand who I am, Kane!)
“Ahhh!!!!”
One of the men was aware what was happening, so he screamed.
But before the others realize the same, Kane had already sprang into action.
Thud…
He chopped the second man’s wrist off, he fell onto the ground.
Kane then struck the other man in the gut and the back of his foot.
He fell to his knees, he couldn’t feel a thing anymore. The information broker watched in horror.
“I’ll let the rest of you guys go.”
“Sure…we won’t hold a grudge.”
Kane then carved a V-shape into the man’s chest.
Since Kane was used to heavier gravity, he did this action in a flash.
The three men behind him turned away in a panic.
But one of them turned around with a pistol, he wasn’t that far away.
Kane aligned his lightsabre in the man’s direction, he then thought of a dazzling bright light.
Hum!
The light which was emitted shot through the man’s wrist.
“Ahh!”
“W-What the…”
“That guy has a laser gun!”
One of them shouted, then he ran away from Kane. The other two people followed after him.
“……You’re really unprofessional……leaving your comrade like that……”
Kane wasn’t prepared to run after them.
“Next.”
Kane turned around to the man who had his wrist cut, it wasn’t bleeding, but he was in severe pain.
“Hey!”
“Ahhh!”
He pressed down on his wrist, a dying man like him wouldn’t lie.
“I’m begging you……please, call a doctor……an ambulance.”
Kane sighed loudly.
“……Don’t worry. If you don’t want to die, then you’ll answer me question. Then maybe I’ll send you to the hospital.”
“G-Good.”
The man said, Kane sighed again.
“Answer me, why did you attack me?”
The man shook his head.
“I don’t know……I just do as I’m told, the guy you were with told us to get rid of you.”
“So that guy……”
Kane grabbed the man’s collar.
“Tell me! What else do you know?”
 “……I……don’t know.”
“You don’t know? Then I might as well cut your head off!”
“I’m serious! I just run errands!”
“For who?”
“An organization.”
“——Dugole Connection?”
Kane said quietly.
(But why?)
“Why do they want to get rid of me?”
“I don’t know! They tell us to do errands and we do them! If we are ordered to kill a guy, we do it without question. If we ask any questions or refuse to do the job we’d be killed.”
“Oh……”
Kane stared into the man’s eyes.
He saw a look of terror in his eyes.
(Even if that guy was selling information, it’s not like this one knows much about the organization he works for.)
No matter how many times Kane questioned him, he would never reveal a name.
Kane gave up.
“What else do you know? Anything about Dugole Connection will do.”
“I don’t know! ……A small fry like me never meets the big man!
“Okay. But one more thing……”
Kane said, as he let go of the information broker.
“That information costed ten dollars, give it back!”

End of Chapter 1