Demon King of Phantom Thief Chapter 21 Part 1

Long chapter again so I will divide it into two parts. And just want to say something… those conversation is just… aaahh… that’s killing me slowly. Well, fortunately I survive(lol). Oh right, this novel will we be adapted to light novel! Woohoo! Buy the books if you can. It’s in Japanese though. I’ll tell you the release date if there is already information about it. I hope the author doesn’t stop the web novel version like I Want to be a Power in the Shadow. And if someone buy the book, you can also share the illustration here or in your own website so that I can link it.

That’s all, enjoy the chapter.

Demon King of Phantom Thief, Make a Kingdom

It’s good to take the initiation in a conversation, but someone couldn’t overdo it.
Such a meeting would become a problem instead.
Someone had to talked equally – but they had to make that kind of impression.

“First of all, we didn’t come here to fight.”

Keith said.

“Of course it’s not a threat either. After all, I’m not going do anything than can turn this negotiation into failure.”

Then one of the nobles stood up.

“Where is the guarantee that we will be safe!?”
“There’s a guarantee. You’re still alive. That’s it.”

Keith’s glass glowed.

“If I want to, I can take over this Kingdom by killing all of you here. Think of not doing that as a sign of my sincerity.”

The nobles sat again on the chair.

“Don’t hesitate to say any objections during the discussion.”

Keith drank a glass of water prepared by Diana.

“We came here to form diplomatic relation with the Tristram Kingdom”

The whole conference room became noisy.

“Before that, I want the Demon Kingdom to be recognized as a country.”
“That, that’s impossible! The Demon King is humanity mortal enemy! If we recognizes them as a country, then Tristram Kingdom will have no standing position!”

Another noble shouted.

“I guess you will.”

Keith answered.

“The Ashtran Empire and the Allies of the Republic of Colden and the Duchy of Raden are in a state of war. Prior to the war, you created an alliance with those two neighboring country. But destroy it shortly aftet the war broke out.”

Skill [Rule] drew the history in Keith’s mind.
The vice general called out.

“Naturally! No matter which country we chose, we will breach one of the treaties!”
“That’s right for you, but what about them?”

When Keith said so, the vice-general was speechless.

“That is……”
“Yes, you no longer have standing. For your kingdom peace, you have abandoned it.”

Next to Keith, Diana smiled.

“It’s not without downside, but it’s still good during the war. The problem is when the war ends. Whoever wins, the Empire or the Allies, will declare war on the Tristram kingdom because of the sudden abandonment of the Alliance, you know that right? Given the current situation “

Saying that, Keith laughed.

“An army after victory is scary. Those who had tasted blood are starving for more and more blood.”

This was a word often heard by boss.

“So you should prepare for it now. Fortunately, the Kingdom of Tristram is a rich agricultural nation, and it will be easy to increase your weapons. But you lack the essential minerals. Minerals are a lifeline for a war-torn country, no matter how much it can be piled up, even if imported from neighboring countries. So why is the Demon King a mortal enemy of human in the first place? That’s where the story begin.”
“… Before that, can I say something?”

Gordluff said that, he showed his presence at least.

“What do you want to say?”
“The territory of the Demon is endowed with abundant minerals, but demons are hindering its mining. The demon’s leader is the Demon King. In short, we always want your minerals. But if we send the army, the army will be destroyed instead. Because the more humans come, the demons that gather will increase exponentially. “

Gordluff told what the vice-general said earlier.
Keith spread his hands.

“So that’s why you send the hero instead. That’s our bloody history. Today I’ve come to change it.”

Keith grasped the bread on his hand.

“In short you are hungry. We’re hungry too. We are hungry for the agricultural country. With a lot of minerals to trade. Isn’t that good enough reason to make diplomatic relations? But our standing position will be in the same ground. The time to end the war is just around the corner … Diana. “
“Yes.”

Diana took out a scroll.
When Aleira’s wand shone slightly, the scroll fly in the air, then fell to the hand of Margrave Gordluff.

“This is our proposal for the diplomatic relations.”

First, recognize the Demon Kingdom as a country.
Second, declare the official recognition of the Demon Kingdom to other countries.
Third, starte a trade of foods and minerals.

The trade rate was explained in the scroll.
Margrave Gordluff looked at the scroll, licking his lips

“……………”

The scroll was handed from hand to hand and from minister to minister.
There was a list of minerals that Tristram wanted so bad.

“……………”

After a secret talk between the ministers, everything was finally decided.
The king, who only said, “Demon King scary” the whole time, gave his approval.

“Okay … let’s accept your request. By agreement, the Tristram Kingdom has decided to recognize the Demon Kingdom as a country!”

When the substitute King Gordluff declared that, Keith said.

“… I want to talk a bit more about trade rates.”
“Then negotiations have begun.”

After the Demon Kingdom was officially recognized, the discussion went smoothly.
Probably because this was discussion of two countries, not human and the mortal enemy.
Nobles and ministers were still politicians.

“Now, this conference room would be unsuitable for the signing ceremony. We will prepare another place so please wait a moment. It was a sudden discussion after all.”

Keith nodded from the words of the minister.

“Aleira.”
“I understand!”

As Aleira lifted her wand, the silver light covering the conference room disappeared.
The nobles and ministers sighed in relief.
Some ministers and nobles had left.
Among them was the hero party.

――Keith’s eyes met Mary.

TN: take that. Wahahaha. We reader and translator must feel the same pain together. Wahahaha. Wait tomorrow for part two while you suffer, wahahaha… J

Just kidding here.

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13 thoughts on “Demon King of Phantom Thief Chapter 21 Part 1

  1. “We reader and translator must feel the same pain together. Wahahaha.” Oh really? *Loads Edits with Malicious intent.*

    Naturally! No matter which country we chose, we will breach one of the treaty! >Naturally! No matter which country we chose, we will breach one of the treaties! (two treaties, hence plural)

    “Yes, you no longer have position. For your kingdom peace, you have abandoned it.” >“Yes, you no longer have standing. For your kingdom’s peace, you have abandoned it.” (both standing and position can mean status, but you would use standing here, also possessive on the kingdom.)

    “It’s not without pressure, but it’s still good during the war. The problem is when the war ended. Whoever wins, the Empire or the Allies, the winner will declare war on the Tristram kingdom because of the sudden abandonment of the Alliance, you know that right? Given the current situation”
    To
    “It’s not without pressure, but it’s still good during the war. The problem is when the war ends. Whoever wins, the Empire or the Allies, will declare war on the Tristram kingdom because of the sudden abandonment of the Alliance, you know that right? Given the current situation…”

    That first line is off, not sure what it is supposed to mean. The pressure would be something putting tension or looming threat kinda thing. If that word is pressure in the original, it has a different meaning in the English context and makes no sense there. I would think it would be something like “It’s not without downsides” due to that second part of the sentence stating it still works, but I am not sure if that is the tone of the original. Secondly, this is a dialog about a current war, therefor the war still has to end, thus ends instead of ended (aka, already over), tense issue. The second winner in the third sentence is redundant, the “whoever wins” part has already established who would declare war on them. Finally, an ellipse is ok here because he is continuing the same train of conversation in the next few lines.

    “Those who had taste blood are starving for more and more blood.” > “Those who have tasted blood are starving for more and more blood.” (Tense issue, he is stating in general so it is have instead of had, and tasted instead of taste because that is something that happened before they went bloodthirsty.)

    “Fortunately, the Kingdom of Tristram is a rich agricultural nation, and it will be easy to increase your weapon.” > “Fortunately, the Kingdom of Tristram is a rich agricultural nation, and it will be easy to increase your weapons.” (Tense issue again, alternatively you can use weaponry here, means a collection of weapons but still singular, though that may be leaning more into British English than American.)

    “In short, we always want your mineral. But if we send the army, the army will be destroyed instead. Because the more human came, the more demons that gather will increase exponentially.”
    To
    “In short, we always want your minerals. But if we send the army, the army would be destroyed instead. Because the more humans come, the demons that gather will increase exponentially.“

    First, minerals and humans need to be fixed to plurals (as there are many of both). Secondly, will be changed to would. This is one of the really complicated tense things in English, but if you are talking about something that happens if something else happens (aka, it’s a conditional event), then you use would when referring to the future event. However, “will” would be used if it’s just something that happens if they do this, IE: Any army that gets sent to the demon realm will be destroyed. Finally, the more is redundant as the increase exponentially already covers it in better detail.

    “This is the proposal for the diplomatic relation.” > “This is our proposal for diplomatic relations.” (It’s an ownership thing here, as in diplomacy you are expecting a counter, your proposal vs their proposal, saying “the proposal” isn’t allowing for counter and, ironically, being incredibly undiplomatic. Also, plural again as it isn’t a single diplomatic treaty, but how all of them will be established going forward.)

    First, recognized the Demon Kingdom as a country. .
    Second, declared the official recognition of the Demon Kingdom to other countries.
    Third, started a trade of foods and minerals.

    To

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  2. Thanks for the translation! And lol, yeah indeed!

    I think it’s pretty much alright, though I’d change the mentions of “human” to “humanity”.

    Cheers!

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  3. First, recognize the Demon Kingdom as a country.
    Second, declare the official recognition of the Demon Kingdom to other countries.
    Third, start a trade of foods and minerals.

    Tense things, they have yet to do any of this, so it should all be as current rather than past.

    And that is all I found. Interestingly there is a word cap that auto-posts, so sorry for that random transition between the two.

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  4. Kuh, you make me want to burn my brain power reading the raw Japanese version right now, but considering I enjoy reading your translation for it much more I’ll let that last line slide for now…

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  5. “We reader and translator must feel the same pain together. Wahahaha.”

    Ha! Jokes on you. I translate as well. I enjoy stories that throw the whole “Demon King is the enemy of Humanity” for a tangent. Creates interesting scenarios to work off. Let’s s the world react.

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