3. [The Book of Names]
UNTIL THE MOON SETS #3
tl by danluffey
3. [The Book of Names]
2: No one's there! It's deserted!
4: Hey! You mongrel!
5: Where did they go?!
6: I...I don't know! They were here in the morning!
7: If I knew, I'd tell you! How could I lie right now?!
1: Do you have any idea as to where they might have gone?
2: I...I don't.
5: hear anything about this...
6: Master, how could you?! He cut me out of the deal!
7: I don't believe it!
8: He's trying to steal all the profit for himself!
9: The White Child has weak legs, so they couldn't have gone far.
10: I always did my best for him...!
11: I know that. We've already shut off all routes out of here. We won't let them get away.
12: We'll hunt for them in the mountains! Send a messenger to summon more people.
13: Calculate how many we'll need.
14: Yes, Secretary General? Did you find something?
15: I don't know if this will be any help,
1: This is the journal of the late thief, Bel Fran.
3: I can't prove it,
4: because no actual names are noted within,
5: but the dates are all very old, so I doubt it belongs to his son, who we believe to be the kidnapper. And in the beginning, this is written:
6: 'This is the journal of a criminal.'
7: 'I will not name any names,'
8: 'but everything written here is the truth.'
3: Guess we can't light a fire.
4: We'll dye yours tomorrow.
5: This is sarde powder, an Eastern agent used to dye white hair.
6: It dyes well, but you need to be careful.
7: For some reason, when the full moon begins to set, the color fades.
1: You look like a wounded beast. Get out of there.
2: What are you afraid of?
3: You look
4: like you a stranger.
6: It's just hair.
7: It's the same color as yours.
8: Is that what you're afraid of?
9: Do as you like, then!
1: I look like a stranger, huh?
2: That's a good one.
3: But the truth is,
4: you know me well.
5: When I was still a small child, I was separated from my parents.
6: I barely spoke to anyone, and hardly anyone ever spoke to me.
7: I simply looked down and read the bible over and over again.
8: I answered questions with my fingers.
9: I drank their holy wine and emptied myself.
10: I was a nameless White Child.
1: The same as you.
2: And I didn't think anything of it.
3: But one day,
4: a man came to me.
5: He was an infamous thief,
6: so he wasn't allowed to receive a prophecy from the temple.
7: His son was lost in a storm at sea during one of his journeys, and he had been traveling the land looking for him.
8: His wife died long ago,
9: and he had no other family.
10: His son was all the man had.
1: He asked me to ask God where his son was, but
3: ..you understand, don't you?
4: I couldn't do anything.
5: Then I started having fits. I covered myself in my own vomit,
6: but he desperately tended to me.
8: "Hang in there!"
9: "You can't die here!"
1: He suddenly started calling me by his son's name.
2: Soon, it became mine.
3: I couldn't do anything,
4: but he never scolded me.
5: He called me Zeal and patted my head.
6: He called me Zeal and gave me the world.
7: Then, when he died, he held my hand.
1: "Zeal. Where are you?"
2: "I'm sorry."
3: I don't know who he was calling to,
4: or who he was apologizing to.
5: The White Child he kidnapped?
6: Or the son he lost to the sea?
1: "Where's Zeal?!"
2: Watching his dying face pissed me off for some reason.
3: I wonder why?
4: Then, the next thing I knew, I was in a temple.
5: And you were there,
6: looking down, just like I once was.
7: Drinking that terrible holy wine and emptying yourself.
1: You were sitting there just the same, as if nothing had happened.
2: As if my name, my father's life, and what we had both lost meant nothing.
3: I couldn't accept it.
4: And I never will...
5: It's sacrilege...
6: It's all bullshit!
1: Being a White Child doesn't mean anything!
2: It sure as hell doesn't mean I'm a stranger!!
3: Just who do you think
4: you are...?!
5: /Is he...
6: /going to kill me...?
1: /Is that
2: /why he brought me out here...?
3: /Zeal...if that's the case...
4: /then you're wrong.
5: /Because I...
6: I'm not an empty child!
1: /I'm filled
2: /with pieces of you...!
4: /if that isn't enough.
5: /Then I'll close my eyes
6: /and empty myself...
2: /I'll spit everything out and become a White Child for you. If you truly need to kill me in order to survive...
3: You're kidding me, right?
3: That hurts...
4: If I...
5: shouldn't be alive
6: then hurry up...and stop me...
3: No...that's not it, dammit...
4: What am
5: I doing?
6: You haven't done anything wrong.
7: That's not it...
1: Hurry up and get these men along the Southwestern side! As soon as preparations are complete, we'll immediately head for the mountaintop. We've received orders to begin searching the mountains.
2: Haah...look at all of them...
3: I wonder if Master's gonna be OK...
5: Heh! What am I doing, worrying about that rat?
6: I just need to focus on getting myself outta here..
7: A journal?! Bel Fran's journal?!
8: They actually found such a thing?!
9: Yes...the Secretary General is reading it to the General in the tent as we speak. What should we do?
1: What should we do? If the details of a certain incident are written in there, we're finished...go and confiscate it at once!
2: But...it's in the General's tent!
3: I've an idea, masters!
4: How about I go and fetch it for you?
6: And how could you do such a thing?
7: Despite how I look, I happen to be an established thief. There's no way I'm going to escape through their encirclement, anyway...
8: Well? How about it? If you'd just untie these ropes, I could be of great help to you.
9: And then, if all goes well...
10: I hope you'd be generous enough to return the favor.
11: I hear they're planning to execute me, of all things!
1: "Hagre 4, 16th of the Horse's Moon. Stole from a fief lord who had been taxing his people double the standard.
2: What? Who in God's name was doing such a thing?
3: Like I said, there are no names written here. "On the 17th, I returned the spoils to a neighboring village."
4: "In the same year, on the 7th of the Wind Moon, I stole a golden effigy from a noble's villa. On the 8th, I melted it into a long sheet."
5: "On the 10th, I bought wheat and pigs with the gold,"
6: "and delivered them to a village that had been sealed off due to a plague."
7: Oh, I heard about that!
8: He charged through the blockade with wild hogs, and then ate them with the villagers.
9: What are you laughing at? He makes a mockery of our army!
10: Bel Fran was infamous in his day, you know...
11: I don't like your tone!
12: He was a lone wolf, a man amongst men! I grew up pretending to be him with the other boys.
13: And I can see that made you into a fine civil servant of the Empire!
1: "Hagre 5, 3rd of the Bull's Moon."
2: "My wife gave birth to a baby boy, and then died due to childbed fever."
3: "I am a criminal, so this must be my punishment."
4: "My heart has lost all its light,"
5: "but I will go on living now for my son."
6: The poor soul...and he's actually writing about his feelings for once...
7: Hey, why are you reading all this out loud?
8: What happened to that speed reading you claim to be so good at?!
9: Everyone told me to read it aloud until I got used to his writing style.
10: You've read more than enough! Just check and see whether there are any clues written in there!
11: Where are you going?
12: The High Priest has ordered me to gather what we need to take care for the White Child upon her return.
13: You may pass.
2: Please empty the room.
3: Now then.
4: I haven't found any clues, exactly. But I did find something shocking within.
5: What is it?
6: First, in Hagre 17,
7: he reported losing his son in a storm at sea.
8: Then...he searched for his son for two years, believing he was still alive. But he never found him...
1: "Hagre 19, 23rd of the Bull's Moon. In order to find my son,"
2: "I kidnapped a White Child."
4: Let me see that! Was that really ten years ago?!
5: That can't be! I never heard about anything like that! This must be some mistake!
6: The temple hid the incident...go on, please read the rest.
7: "On the 24th, the White Child became sick, and couldn't tell me a prophecy."
8: "On the 25th, the White Child threw up his food."
9: "On the 26th, the temple reported that the White Child had been taken by God. On the same day, they installed a new White Child."
10: "He isn't a White child anymore."
11: "They seem to have abandoned him...?!"
1: "On the 30th, he ate a bit."
2: "On the 7th of the Great Festival's Moon, I dyed his hair. When he saw that his hair had become black, he started crying."
3: "On the 10th, I bought clothes and toys for him. On the 15th, I bought him a sweet. He ate it, kept it down, and looked happy."
4: "On the 29th, I carried him on my shoulders, and he smiled for the first time."
5: "On the 31st, I cut his hair."
6: "Hagre 20. On the 8th of the Cock's Moon, I taught my son how to use a slingshot. On the 14th, the painting I had commissioned came. On the 25th, we ate a bird my son hunted."
7: "On the 11th of the Fish's Moon, I lost to my son in cards."
8: "On the 22nd of the Goat's Moon, I was followed in town by a man who seemed to be a spy from the temple."
9: "I decided to take my son on a journey. I may never return here."
11: "will go on living with my son."
1: That's the end. He probably hid this journal in the trapdoor I found and then left.
2: Then...the criminal in this incident, Bel Fran's son...was the previous White Child?!
3: A White Child was kidnapped by a bandit, raised...and then went back to kidnap another White Child?!
4: Secretary General, you come from a common background.
5: Tell me what you think would happen if the public found out about this...
6: They would realize that the White Child, a vessel of God, was raised up by a public hero...and all clout the temple and the Empire now carries would be negated...
7: I suppose...
8: "This place is not fit"
9: "for the word of God..."
1: And then...?
2: It would give them a great excuse
3: for all manners of rebellion.
4: And so...?
5: Why are you making me explain all this?!
6: We need to hurry up and kill them before the truth gets out!
7: General! The soldiers have assembled. We are prepared to begin searching the mountains.
8: Alright. I'm going too.
9: Yes sir...additionally, something happened to the High Priest.
10: The thief escaped...and stripped him bare?
11: Tie him up and bring him to me!
1: /After that, I think I fell asleep.
2: /When I woke up, my head was resting on Zeal's chest.
3: /I enjoyed moving up and down as he quietly inhaled and exhaled,
4: /watching as our hair melted together.
1: /I...can understand Zeal...
2: /I know I can see the true him...
3: /I can understand the White Zeal...
4: /like no one else can.
5: /And that...makes me happy.
6: /I'm glad I was a White Child...
1: Haaa...you sure are warm.
2: It's funny, though.
3: How can you sleep on my chest like this after what just happened?
4: It make no sense...
5: No sense at all...
7: And now you're growling.
1: A bright...
2: full moon...
5: That's your name.
3: That's right.
4: That's what they call the moon in a distant country.
5: There, the moon is known by the name "Natori."
6: They believe that when a person dies, their soul shatters into fragments and floats up to heaven,
7: and that's what keeps the moon so bright.
1: When the moon phases out, those pieces split back into light and become souls that fall down to the earth
2: and enter the bodies of newborns.
3: They also enter rocks, grass, trees, and earth.
4: Bugs, beasts, men.
5: They give all things souls.
6: Natori. Through life and death...
7: the moon is filled...and emptied...
1: Nice name, isn't it?
3: /My name...
4: /At the same time...
5: /the ones who were searching for the missing White Child spread fragments of light all over the mountain.
1: According to the thief,
2: Bel Fran's son is a tall man with black hair.
3: You'll identify his face for us.
4: You're familiar with his face. Even if he's dyed his hair and changed his countenance a bit, you should be able to recognize him.
5: What are you talking about? Why would I know the face of a brigand?!
6: Floundering at a time like this will only worsen your status, you know.
7: Floundering?! I...have given my all to serve God and the Empire for as long as I live!
8: You think you'll get away with treating me like this?!
9: Woah...what happened to the High Priest?
10: The thief surprised him and got away, apparently.
11: Why is he tied up, then? Is he alright? This whole incident seems to have really pissed off the General...who knows what would have happened if it I had been one of us who let him get away.
1: Keep your spearheads up when checking the bushes!
2: This thief has committed a severe crime!
3: Don't just stab your weapons into suspicious places! The White Child must not be harmed!
4: If you find him, you are to kill the thief at once!
5: They're over that way, too.
6: I guess we'll just have to charge through their most vulnerable spot.
7: Come on, Natori. Get on my back.
8: I'll drop you if we get into a fight. But we'll crawl until then.
1: Zeal...I can run, you know.
2: No. If you start running you may have another fit. And if it happened to be a big one...
3: /I'm so weak.
4: Hold on tight.
5: /I'm just a useless child.
6: The White Child must not be harmed!
7: Kill the thief at once!
9: /We're both White Children! You're the ones who made us this way!
1: Get off, Natori!
1: Is he dead?
3: Either that, or his neck's broken.
5: What's so funny?
6: I dunno...
7: You're the one making a funny face.
2: It's alright. Cover up your hair and get on my back. They may be able to see you from afar if the moonlight shines on your head.
3: Zeal, please...
4: Just leave me and run.
6: I...I'm holding you back. At this rate, they'll catch both of us.
7: And then...
8: they'll kill you...
9: How could you say such a stupid thing?
10: It...it's not stupid!
11: Zeal, please! Just listen to me!
12: No matter how strong you are...
13: you won't be able to escape from all of them with me!
1: That's why...you need to escape on your own...
2: They won't kill me.
3: And then? You'll happily return to being a living corpse in the temple?
5: What do you mean no? That place is a graveyard to you, isn't it?!
6: Not anymore...!
7: You gave me...
8: a name...
9: From this point on, even if I sit back on that throne again,
10: I will no longer be a White Child.
2: will never forget this name.
3: The time I spent with you,
4: everything you gave me,
5: everything you told me...your words..I'll never,
6: /never forget them!
7: /No matter what...!
2: Get back here, you fools!
3: There they are!
4: They're chasing the White Child!
5: Don't shoot, you may hit her!
1: I got her!
4: What the hell was that? Where were you aiming?!
5: B-but General, he...
6: He...might be related to the White Child somehow!
7: The hell he is! You idiots!
1: His light blond hair probably just looked silver in the moonlight!
2: Or it could have been a disguise to try and throw us off guard!
3: Why did you order them to fire?
4: If he had been killed like that, they would have found out for sure.
5: I panicked. Did you see his eyes?
6: We should withdraw here. Many of them have already seen him.
7: I know that, dammit!
8: Where is the White Child?
9: With the priestesses we brought form the temple.
10: White Child.
11: I'm overjoyed to see that you're alright.
12: /And so
1: /the light disappeared from the mountain,
2-3: The White Child has returned!
sfx: clang clong
4: /and bells began ringing, signaling my return to the temple in the Holy Capital.
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