“Aa~ww. Just ‘provisional’?” I saw Ursch-kun and Father-in-Law off to their carriage, letting out a huge sigh as they went home. Only a “provisional” engagement. Not that there was anything I could do about it. I should just be happy my father wasn’t completely opposed to the idea.
Father, Mother, and Father-in-Law discussed the topic amongst themselves, and at the end decided that should my and Ursch-kun’s feelings remain the same, then our engagement would become official when we turned 15. Furthermore, we wouldn’t be able to officially marry until after we graduated from the Magic Academy. This meant our feelings would also have to remain mutual during those three years of schooling. Nine years until the real engagement. Too long~
Not to mention the end of those nine years marks the official start of the game. Isabella from the game was only required to attend the Magic Academy for one year, but to marry Ursch-kun I somehow had to get through three years of school life and graduate.
Before I could even get to that point though, my first major hurdle would be to deal with the second prince. My plan was to use everything in my power to avoid being engaged to him, so as to safely enter school with Ursch-kun as my fiance. The next hurdle would be to watch over Ursch-kun like a hawk, scaring off any pests that might try to get close to him. At the same time though, I’d also have to avoid the other main characters from the game like a plague, especially the heroine.
In Version 1.0 of the game, all of Isabella’s bad end flags would disappear after the first year, which meant I’d finally have some peace of mind. So long as I could make it that far at least. Then, after the events of the second and third year, if Ursch-kun and I can make it out alive and graduate, we will have crossed the final hurdle.
…Now that that’s been decided, time for a “Game Review”. “Love☆Magical” was a female-targeted love simulation game. By interacting with the Love Interests you could raise your affection levels with them. Obviously a game geared towards girls.
Within this fantasy world where magic existed was the Rosereale Kingdom. The kingdom put great emphasis on training mages. So great that any citizens with magic power above a certain threshold would have to attend “Rosereale National Magic Academy” once they turned 15. As for the Heroine, she was the illegitimate daughter of a viscount.
The game was set within the walls of Rosereale’s Magic Academy. The school taught five different departments over the course of three years:
・The [Mage Department], which mainly focused on magic studies, was training for mages.
・The [Magic Department], which was centered around the study of magic for those who did not desire to become mages.
・The [Magic Soldier Department], which trained students in not only combat-centric magic, but also in weapon-based combat.
・The [Alchemy Department], which trained aspiring artisans in the art of crafting magic items, potions, and the like.
・The [Holy Magic Department], which taught those with an aptitude for Holy Magic, such as healers, priests, and saints.
At the start of the game, the player would be able to choose which department they’d attend, which would determine how their stats are raised when they interact with their chosen love target. By the way, if you were curious, I had chosen the Mage Department when I played the game in my past life. But after I met Ursch-kun, I wished I’d joined the Alchemy Department instead. Though I learned later on that even the Alchemy Department had no extra interactions with him other than just being another place to buy items from him.
The story was divided into arcs by year, for a total of three arcs. Isabella’s debut as the villainess occured in year one of Version 1.0.
Version 1.0: The story began in the first year upon entering the academy. At this point in time, there were three Love Interests:
・Love Interest #1 – The second prince, Christopher Ron Rosereale (4 rivals characters, including Isabella).
・Love Interest #2 – Son of the head of the Mage’s Order, Gijs Ne Torrend (4 rivals characters, including Isabella).
・Love Interest #3 – Son of the Head Knight, Brian Nic Underwood (3 rival characters).
Thus, there were a total of 10 rival characters, Isabella included. … Isn’t the disparity between the number of Love Interests and the number of rivals way too big? “Love☆Magical” was the only Otome Game I ever played, but wasn’t the ratio normally one to one? At least that’s how it was in the novels with villainous girls. Or maybe that was just in the novels I’ve read, what do I know? The number of rivals totaled 10, but with Isabella targeting two of the Love Interests, it might have been somewhere between 5-10 rivals. As for the difficulty of conquering a Love Interest, it all depended on how well you could manage your items, I think? It was often a gamble.
Now, of all the people I might encounter in the future, the second price, Christopher Ron Rosereale, was by far the most likely. In the game, Isabella had bullied her way into an engagement after falling in love with him at first sight. Thus it was inevitable that we’d meet at some point. Well, that and he is my cousin. Huh? Wait a minute… we’re cousins, but I don’t remember meeting any of the princes before. I hadn’t even met my uncle, the King. I don’t know if family values are different here or what, but isn’t it odd that I haven’t met my uncle and cousins yet? Well, I do remember hearing that the Queen of England was so busy she could only spare 30 minutes every morning to spend with her son. So maybe there’s just nothing to be done about it? Whatever, I dunno.
I’m so glad I got my memories back after meeting Ursch-kun rather than after getting engaged to the prince. The question then became when and where would I encounter the prince? I’d prefer it be after I’m actually engaged to Ursch-kun, so that when we meet I’m introduced as already affianced, but… It’s still 9 more years until that happens, so I could only hold my hopes until then.
Next on the list of people I’m likely to encounter is Giji ne Torrend. He’s the younger brother of my eldest brother’s wife. In the game, the Heroine was the illegitimate child of a viscount and thus grew up as a commoner, and received all the prejudice that came along with that. Isabella hated the idea of becoming relatives with a commoner and did her best to ruin Gijs and the Heroine’s relationship. But forget about whatever prejudices my other self might’ve had. I, for one, am hyped as heck to marry Ursch-kun. Thus I have no reason to go and rain on the Heroine’s parade. Despite that, chances are still good I’m going to get roped into some troublesome situations should we meet, so I’ll be better off just ignoring him altogether.
Now, as for the son of the Head Knight, Brian Nic Underwood, and I… Well, he and Isabella never really met. My second brother’s fiance was the daughter of the Imperial Knights’ leader, so our relationship was different to say the least. He could best be described as ‘My brother’s fiance’s acquaintance’.
All righty then. I think that’s as much as I can do about the Love Interests and Heroine for now. All that’s left is to get along well with Ursch-kun and prevent any annoying pests from latching onto him. I want everyone to think of us as a couple who are always together. If we’re able to do that, then we just might make it safely to graduation and the wedding shortly after. Wouldn’t that be nice.
Plus, I was planning to enter the Alchemy Department rather than the Mage’s Department, just to be with Ursch-kun. If I do that, then I shouldn’t get caught up in any incidents with the Love Interests or Heroine even two or three years later, right? Isabella was out of the game after the first year in Version 1.0. As such, so long as I can make it through that year without incident, the remaining years should be a walk in the park.
Well well… Maybe this won’t be so hard after all~? I’ll be fine even if I just spend every day loving and cherishing my Ursch-kun!! Even while studying at the academy, we can still fill out the pages of our youth one day at a time!! Forget that blasted game!! Rather than worrying myself to death over that stuff, I would be better off spending my time inviting Ursch-kun out on a date.
Ah, but before that, I should do a thorough check of the 【Closet】’s contents. It oughta be simple enough. Then I also need to see if any other systems from the game work here.
Okay, looks like this is it. To put it simply, I have every item from Version 1 through 3 and from all the superfluous after story episodes (which focused on all the lovey dovey dating events with the Love Interests).
… But what am I gonna do with this huge amount of items? Like these “S-rare” duplicates for example. By this world’s standards, having even one of these is already highly unusual. Like these, I have eight of these mythic-level Medusa-headed shields. I don’t even need eight mythic-level shields.
Just thought I should mention, Medusa in this world is the same as it is in the myths of my old world: a female monster with a petrifying gaze and poisonous snakes for hair. However, in my old world, only the youngest of the three Gorgon sisters was supposed to have lacked immortality. Now, I wasn’t sure if it was supposed to be the same here, but if it was then there’d be no way for me to have eight Medusa heads.
Come to think of it, where on Earth did Ursch-kun even get eight Medusa heads from? They must’ve been super expensive for him to obtain. Did he buy them himself? Wait, did Ursch-kun even buy them? Or maybe… I can’t even imagine my fluffy Ursch-kun mowing down Medusa with a smile, just to synthesize a shield through alchemy. Oh wait, I just did. He’s too awesome……
Agh, it only cost me 200 yen to buy this item in the gacha, but just how much money would I make selling it in this world? The mere thought made me shiver. But I can’t just get rid of them, they’re perfectly good items. However, no matter how appealing the item may be, I don’t want a repeat of the lemonade incident. At least with consumables I can use them in private where no one would notice.
And speaking of Medusa, there’s that “Monster Subjugation Expedition Class Trip Event” that occurs every year at school. …It was just a class for learning how to exterminate monsters, but the danger was enough that the 15ish-year old students would have to get permission from their guardians first.
In my experiments, I also found that I didn’t even have to speak to summon 【Closet】. I just needed to think about it and it would appear. I didn’t even need to summon it to see what’s inside or select items. It was even easier to move stuff in and out now compared to when I’d played the game before. The only drawback now was that I had no idea how close it was to reaching capacity. I don’t think its storage space is unlimited, but that just made me even more curious how much I could actually fit inside. It’s kinda scary really.
Now… were any other usable game functions? “Of course, 【Status】 check!!”
Et tu, 【Status】?! I swear I wasn’t actually trying to summon you-!!
Yep. That’s right. It appeared. The 【Status】 window appeared. And there I saw… “Ah! So… that’s where you all went.” They were listed under 【Status】. You know, those things that disappeared from the 【Closet】. The “Magic Eyes of the Seven Deadly Sins” series. I was honestly relieved when those guys disappeared from the 【Closet】, but they’d simply moved here, hadn’t they?
I thank my lucky stars that none of the cosmetic “effects” had activated in my life thus far. Depending on my mood the effects could range anywhere from having flower petals dance around me to making my body sparkle, or even making black holes appear. I doubt I’d be considered human anymore if anyone saw that.
And it wasn’t just limited to items from Version 1-3. I’d collected a lot of points while supporting Ursch-kun financially and constantly played his minigames. And, thanks to that, I collected a lot of experience, and thus levels. Items I’d bought. Items I’d traded for. I had more of them than I could ever conceivably use, and all because my forte was playing minigames more than anyone else cared to. And, because of that, my level was pretty high.
My friend who invited me to “Love☆Magical” even said, “This is the first time I’ve met someone crazy enough to hit the level cap all while ignoring the Love Interests. You know you’ve gotta advance the story at some point…” How nostalgic… Back then I didn’t even know what she meant by level cap. I thought she was complimenting my ability to capitalize on my levels and make the most of them. So imagine my surprise when I found out it stood for the ‘maximum attainable level’. Once I figured out the real meaning, I had to agree that ignoring the story and hitting the level cap was certainly out of the ordinary.
As for why I never bothered advancing the story, to put it simply, it was torture. I didn’t need anyone other than Ursch-kun. I only wanted to be with Ursch-kun. Those other sparkling pretty boys gave me the heebie jeebies with their sickenly sweet lines and irritated me more than anything. Not only that, but it felt like I was cheating on Ursch-kun, even though it was just for the sake of progressing the story.
That’s why, even if it turned into a grinding game, with demonically difficult puzzles or giant monster hunts, it was still better than working towards conquering those pretty boys. Plus, I found spending points on Ursch-kun and playing his minigames to be much more enjoyable. That mindset is what led me to raise my level so high and was also how I found myself with these stats after reincarnating.
And that’s why my 【Status】 ended up looking like this:
But even so… these skills are outright villainous for a 6-year old. 《Duke’s Daughter》 was only at level 3, while 《Assassin》 was at the level capped 99. What was my main Job supposed to even be? And was there even a way to get 《Duke’s Daughter》 up to level 99? I kinda wanna see that: a girl with 《Duke’s Daughter》 at level 99. Incidentally, what does the 《Duke’s Daughter》 skill even do? I had no idea what that or the “Magic Eyes of the Seven Deadly Sins” did.
If I had a choice, I would’ve rather had the same 《Appraisal》 skill as Ursch-kun. It would be especially beneficial since I planned to enter the Alchemy Department with Ursch-kun. All right, starting today, it’s time to figure out how to activate and use my skills. Especially since the skills I already knew how to use had a different activation technique compared to back when it was just a game.
Okay, it’s now been two months since I met Ursch-kun and got my previous life’s memories back. During that time I didn’t get to see Ursch-kun at all!! What the f-!! Even if it’s still just provisional, he’s my fiance!! Damn you, you miserly old man, Father, not letting us get together!! At least we were allowed to exchange letters, but still… I’m going through some serious withdrawals. Let me see him——
In this country, children attend primary school at the age of 10, so for a 6-year old commoner to be able to read and write was quite rare. But, as expected of a merchant’s son, Ursch-kun had already perfected reading and writing. As for me? Being a noble, I’ve had a home tutor since I was 5-years old.
Now, did knowing the Japanese language interfere with learning the Roserealian language? I’d have to say no. That’s because I didn’t remember a thing about my past life for the first six years of this one. Of course I remembered Japanese now. So, if I ever wanted to write, say, a secret note, I could do so using Japanese.
And so, during those days when I couldn’t see Ursch-kun, I focused on trying out my various skills. Firstly, the “Magic Eyes of the Seven Deadly Sins”.
《Superbia》, Pride, was some kind of clairvoyance skill. I could use it to see across vast distances. 《Ira》, Wrath, sounded dangerous, so I hadn’t inspected it yet. If I suddenly shot laser beams out of my eyes or something it’d cause pandemonium. 《Gula》, Gluttony, was a collection skill. By using this skill, anything within my field of vision would swiftly disappear. As I tried to figure out where it all went, a quick check into my 【Closet】 revealed the answer. This would have been so useful for quickly collecting and dismantling both drop items and raw materials back when I was playing the game!!
《Invidia》, Envy, I attempted to use, but so far failed to activate it. It made me wonder if there’s some condition I have to meet in order to use it. 《Acedia》, Sloth, I have no clue. Even after using it, I’m still not really sure what it does. 《Luxuria》, Lust. It’s X-ray vision. I tested it out on the house’s youngest maid to see what kind of underwear she was wearing today. From top to bottom it was white, with white garterbelt, and black stockings. This was the first method that came to mind to test it out. Eh? Surely I’m not the only who would think that way? 《Avaritia》, Greed. This! The “appraisal” skill I’ve longed for. Yes! Now Ursch-kun and I have matching skills!!
However, after secretly testing it out on the people around me, it made me realize just how superhuman I truly was in this world. It was honestly depressing. Take for example my first victim of the 《Lust)》 X-ray vision, the young white-underwear wearing maid:
She had been working here since she was 15, and was on her way to finishing her third year on the job. Not to mention, she easily and thoroughly performed her maid duties without any hint of clumsiness. Yet, her Maid level was only 1. If two years of honest work couldn’t raise a level, then what could?
Also, that 10 HP was the the averagest of average for people Marie’s age. I’m sure it’d be different compared to, say, a knight’s apprentice who’d been training their body, but for these maids the average was around ten . … Meanwhile, I’m just a Duke’s daughter, and yet my HP is 999. Think about it, wouldn’t Ursch-kun see me as some kind of gorilla if he were to appraise me and see that my HP was 999?! No, at that point I’d be Kong. No wait, King Kong! Just great… If my beloved Ursch-kun ever looks at me as some King Kong woman I’d have to go into hiding for five years out of embarrassment!!
… After I got a grip on myself, I looked at the other skills. But after seeing the “Job Skills” and “Skills” I came to the realization… couldn’t I be a “Ninja” with this skillset? With the 《Presence Obfuscation》 skill, even if I called out to someone, or was in their line of sight, wouldn’t I still remain unnoticed? Since I have nothing else to do for the next ten days, I’ll ninja my heart out.
TL: Solistia Cosmopolitan
TL Assistance: Bad Bunny Tea
Editor: Comrade Vodka
QC: Solistia Cosmopolitan