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It’s back again! The Adventure of Hero Flute (勇者フルートの冒険; yūsha furūto no bōken) by Mrs. Asakura Rei (朝倉玲).
In Flute 1 (following the prologue or Flute 0), which is called “Battle of the Black Mist Swamp” (黒い霧の沼の戦い). 11-year-old Flute’s training begins, so does his significant role as the hero with the golden stone.
Again, let me explain. “Battle of the Black Mist Swamp” (FLUTE 1) has forty chapters total divided into five parts, each with its own number of chapters.
Here is the first part’s seven chapters: 第１章 金の石の勇者 (Hero of the golden stone)
- １．Training (稽古; keiko)
- ２．Black Mist (黒い霧; kuroi kiri)
- ３．Departure (旅立ち; tabidachi)
- ４．Hero volunteering (勇者志願; yuusha shigan)
- ５．Opening to the public (謁見の間; ekken no aida)
- ６．Fortune Telling (占い; uranai)
- ７．Sword and guard gear (剣と防具; ken to bōgu)
Note: Romudo is the country of Flute’s home town, Sill.
Last time, we did chapters 1 through 3. This time we’re going to do 4 – 5.
6 Days of travel for Flute.
Without traffic, due to the fear created by the black mist, Flute rides to the castle. Seemed to take long, even nights; Flute slept on the roadside, and continued road travel after breakfast. Three days after departing his hometown, Flute reaches the town of Biske to resupply, and in the next three days, he reached the castle of Romudo’s King, surrounded by a town. As expected, the town was lively; leading towards the castle entrance was a long line.
The line seemed to be packed with warriors. When Flute asked what’s going on, he’s mocked:
おやおや！ 君が金の石の勇者なのかい？ これはまた、かわいらしい勇者もいたもんだ！」
“heyhey, are you the hero of the golden stone? This is, again, a cutie pie hero!”
“You are ten years too early. Come again.”
Does it turn out there’s more than one “Stone hero”? Skepticism is everywhere as there seems to be this idea that the hero is an “old man” with a gold stone; Flute is even called “chibi” (little one). Indeed, there is fraud. It’s said that the King wants a strong brave man and that there is an upcoming war with the Ester Kingdom. The fog was probably created by said Kingdom.
When Flute reached the castle, and it was time for is turn, his eyes fluttered at the noble sight of the King’s room. He was in the presence of the old king of Romudo (ロムド国王). The King did not turn down Flute, much to his surprise, who was the brave man with the face of a boy.
Alas, the King showed a face of disappointment, and expressed it after all. He says that the black mist is connected to tragedy and was told by a fortune teller that the Hero with the Golden Stone is the only one who can dispel it. The King thinks it’s all a mistake and that Flute is just another imitation of the other applicants. Flute tries to convince the King that he had the true stone from the elder of the spring.
When the King turned to leave, one of the nobles in black clothing tells the King to listen to Flute.
It was none other than Goris, a retainer of the King. Apparently he is refered to as Golantos (ゴーラントス; gorantosu or Gorantos).
“You have come Flute. I’ve been waiting!”
Suspicious hung onto the King for a while, wanting some proof that Flute and his stone were genuine. Goris grins and provides the evidence – he wounds himself with his sword. Even though there was a ton of panic, Flute hurried and placed the stone on Goris’s bloody wound. Goris is healed, and the wound is gone, surprising every witness, including the King.
Despite Goris being fine, Flute in tears angrily scolded him, saying that not even if Goris could be revived by the stone. There was no more doubt.