Ex Strongest Swordsman 72 (Self Edited) – The Settlement of Affairs


The Settlement of Affairs

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Let’s talk a bit after that.

Whether the matter about Soma defeating the dragon had stopped, what following was the total collapse of the Kingdom of Veritas army.

Well, there were two Seven Heavens and the person who defeated the dragon on this side.

The army probably had seen it from the beginning to the end, so it was normal to think that they wouldn’t be able to win.

However, it seemed that there were some people who didn’t think so.

Despite of the dragon being defeated, these people thought that they had a chance.

As they thought so, Kraus saw a familiar figure of a person who was shouting for it, and… that was his last appearance of being alive.

Well, there were occasionally things like that in the battlefield.

…those who couldn’t read the air, and those who tried to do something unreasonable.

If that person was a superior, he would be killed in the battle.

There was a dragon raid this time in particular.

There were people who got unlucky to be involved in this situation, but there must be plenty just because Kraus didn’t know.

Every time such a thing happened, Kraus had to brace himself to be a good superior for his subordinates, but… that seemed pointless for this time.

Let alone bracing himself, he couldn’t do it for them.

After all, the soldiers who survived on his side were less than hundred people.

Those who stayed in the stronghold were annihilated, and only those who became the prisoners from the side of Kingdom of Veritas survived.

Originally, they were supposed to be taken as prisoners of war, but they probably gave priority to running away.

They were left out being taken in, and now they were receiving treatment.

The soldiers were also the same, but the damage on this side was enormous.

They had to rebuild the stronghold, but… not only money, it was also time consuming.

Honestly, he had to say that the situation was bad, but… it wasn’t necessary to worry about that. If it was about being lucky, maybe that was the truth.

By the way, why there was no need to worry? Well, it was likely that there would be a ceasefire with the Kingdom of Veritas.

Kraus wouldn’t know that until the countries signed a treaty, but at least, there was no mistake that skirmishes wouldn’t happen at anytime soon.

To begin with, it was possible to predict that their suspicious movement in recent years and it was probably related to that dragon.

As the dragon was defeated, he didn’t think that the other side would do anything further. Moreover, in addition to the Seven Heavens, it was obvious since there was someone strong enough to defeat the dragon.

And yet, everything together with the information was belonged to the Neumont household.

No matter how big their country was, their king wasn’t stupid enough to meddle with things here.


“I have something that I want to confirm, so I wonder if this is good enough.” (Sophia)

“Sure, there’s no problem. I was only reading what you had wrote about what happened so far.” (Kraus)

When Kraus raised his face from the report, the one who was there was Sophia, even though he already knew from the voice heard.

According to the original plan, she also had to return to the other territory, but here, not only the soldiers, the civil servants were also harmed. Hence, it was imperative that this place required manpower.

Kraus requested from the country and they pledged to give precedence to this territory, so she was asked to help him until things settled down to a certain extent.

“What you want to confirm is… well, it is about one thing whether I should entrust him to you, am I right?” (Kraus)

“Yes. It’s about Soma.” (Sophia)

While nodding, Kraus looked at the paper handed over.

What was written there was a fabricated story about a person named Soma who was treated as one of Neumont household members.

Based on the fabricated story, a person named Soma who shouldn’t have existed, would become existed again.

However, it didn’t mention the situation where Soma’s skill had been confirmed.

It was easy to make someone didn’t exist officially, but it was impossible to undo it.

As this was already announced to the public, there was no replacement for Lina since she would be the successor of the household.

There was a new addition of Soma, so that was why, it had to be fabricated.

And then, when Sophia wanted to know exactly he would like to do about–…

“Hmm, so you are saying, that he was a child I had because of my mistake, huh? Well, I guess it’s acceptable.” (Kraus)

It was a story about he went to see Soma’s family to thank after being helped at certain time.

Given the timing, Soma became a child of an affair, but that was because there was nothing else could be done.

Although they could change the age and made Lina to be older, it didn’t make much different.

“…You will be condemned though.” (Sophia)

“Hmm… it will not be a problem if it is at this level. Compared to Soma who is swayed by our circumstances, it is easy to face one or two stigmas.” (Kraus)

Despite of saying such a thing in general, it was a farce that everyone knew.

Regardless of the external image, it wasn’t similar to the damage Soma actually suffered.

For Kraus, it didn’t matter how much he had to endure it.

Anyhow, Soma once again given the name of Neumont.

No… was it necessary to rename him?

It was all because he killed the dragon.

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That, in particular, was fatal since it had been seen by the Kingdom of Veritas army.

It was possible to made them as the third party witnesses.

Even if they left it, the story would spread around, and… if that was happened, the Kingdom of Radeus wouldn’t leave Soma.

And if that happened, Kraus and Sophia would have to decide on how to deal with it.

No, even if they didn’t do anything in particular, the Kingdom of Radeus would try to win Soma over, but… was that the best resistance they could do?

For Soma, it might be a story that possessed no harm.

“…You mean, this kind of story to Soma?” (Kraus)

“Of course. …Well, he said it would be one way or another.” (Sophia)

“Is that so? …I can’t really understand what he is thinking.” (Kraus)

Especially, it was beyond saving, but with this, Soma thought that he could get in touch with his parents again.

As far as her child thought in that way, Sophia would probably be the same.

Kraus couldn’t helped with it.

“However, no matter how bad we are, the things that we need to do are not going to change.” (Kraus)

“…You’re right. No matter how Soma and Lina would think about it, we can’t stop it anymore.” (Sophia)

But, even if they knew that, they couldn’t stop thinking about it… was it because they were getting tired because of thinking too much?

Or maybe–…

“…If  ‘they’ were in this country, it might be different again.” (Kraus)

Even if it wasn’t because of feeling down, that was just a silly talk.

However, Sophia seemed to understand what exactly he was saying.

The words that came after his nodding was exactly as she thought.

“If ‘they’ were here… well, it was certain that there was a possibility it would be different. No, it was highly likely. While talking about it, that ‘boy’ won’t forgive that country for doing that, and ‘she’ also would be the same. …But, that is…” (Sophia)

“Yeah, I understand that. That is a story of the unlikely future.” (Kraus)

They were the central figures of the rebellion plan that once occurred in that place.

The two of them were leading people for the suppression of the Demon King.

A boy and a girl who were once called heroes.

They went away somewhere without seeing the founding of this country.

For example, no matter what kind of circumstances happened in this country… there was no doubt that they wouldn’t forgive the other country, but again it was a fact that they weren’t there.

That was why it was only an unlikely story.

“We were nothing but taking the supporting roles, but… even so, they left before it happened. If that’s the case, we only have to do our best.” (Kraus)

“Yes, you’re right… no matter how many people were abandoned along the way… Our hands are not big enough to hold everything.” (Sophia)

“Aah… Or maybe–” (Kraus)

He was thinking if it was Soma, but he didn’t say it.

That was as a human being, as a man or as a husband, or as a parent… but more importantly, it was no mistake that he was the head of Neumont household in the Kingdom of Radeus.

Toward the son who was abandoned for the second time, who had to bear the consequences of their mistakes, they felt truly ashamed.

Sophia didn’t say anything. It might be because she also thought of the same thing, but… rather than thinking further, she stood up.

“Well, then.” (Kraus)

“Oh my, is the report already good?” (Sophia)

“The part that I need to look through is already over. I have to go on to the next job.” (Kraus)

“…In this condition, this will be over in the first or second month.” (Sophia)

“I would like to finish it before the year ends, but… I wonder how to do that. Now, the report still haven’t reach the center of the country, but it seems to be noisy over there.” (Kraus)

“Aah… with that matter, is it?” (Sophia)

There were already reports about people witnessing that Evil Dragon that was known as Fafnir in various parts of this country.

Apparently, the seals of each place were unraveled almost at the same time, and it seems to be the cause of this time.

Various things happened such as the village near the seal was destroyed, many capable adventurers suffered devastating injuries, but the reason for doing such thing remained unknown.

Because of that, the distinguished figures of the country became a bit noisy.

Whether they didn’t think that such things were happening in the country or not, Kraus was in a situation where it was impossible for him to receive assistance to investigate whether situation there was fine or not, or having others to search for it.

However, once they heard about Soma, they became quite. Even if they wanted to target him, it would be already the new year.

By the way, Soma’s group remained in this place.

There was no other meanings but to resume their trip.

Perhaps, he would keep doing that until the time to go to the academy.

Unfortunately, the freedom of Soma to do whatever he wanted was gone.

Should he say that it was fortunate because Soma told him that he had no problem with that. In fact, he was planning to do so.

“After this, I also must do this a bit more magnificently.” (Kraus)

“You’re right… although it is not going to be like the previous stronghold, it doesn’t look good.” (Sophia)

The place where Kraus was actually a building of a hurried construction.

It was constructed with timbers, but it was at least a place where he could stay.

The building was made for emergency purpose. It was a hastily made building.

Although it wasn’t necessary to build something too big, this building was bad if it was this much.

“There are plenty of things that I should do.” (Kraus)

“Well, yeah… but surely we are still lucky.” (Sophia)

“…Yup.” (Kraus)

If the dragon went on rampage as it was, not only this place, this country would also devastated and damaged. It wasn’t amusing if the country disappeared in the worst case scenario.

Needless to say this again, the one who prevented it was–…

“As expected, it is pretty sad because we can’t report who it was…” (Sophia)

“The extent of that matter is probably considered as punishment. Whatever we say about it, it doesn’t change the fact that boy is carrying various things on his shoulders.” (Kraus)

Even so, there wouldn’t be any changes in doing things.

When Kraus walked away in order to shake off the bearish feeling, Sophia also arrived next to him.

Then, they left the room as it was.

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  • I had some difficulties in translating this chapter because of two reasons. First, the raw is not clear in a way that author explains things after conversations. Second, in addition to those vague explanation, it combines with political stuff.
  • I’ve made some improvisation to make the story flows better. If there is a mistake, please let me know.


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29 thoughts on “Ex Strongest Swordsman 72 (Self Edited) – The Settlement of Affairs

  1. Z@It0 Post author

    “that”, “that guy” , “them” hmm…. are they object or tool. this chapter make me confuse and need read again and again to understand…

    Thx FOr CHapTER!!!


  2. Reaper Phoenix Post author

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Having to weight the good of the country against their own family. I don’t envy them.


  3. DarkWolf908 Post author

    Thanks for the chapter

    I just want to see Soma’s dialogue again, so i just need to wait patiently


  4. Blehhhhh Post author

    So from the start, his parents didn’t even hate him or think of him as trash, but this country sure has some messed up laws and social standards if they have to lie to hide Soma’s existence, and then lie again to bring him back into existence.


    1. ftxnexus

      They are part of the problem, they even agreed to make that decision. I dont blame them for making those decisions, but i blame them for failing to take proper actions to reduce the amount people/potentials.

      Not only did the stamp low tier skill olders as trash, they even deemed unique/unknown title/skill holders as trash. They didnt even put resources to research it. Soma even asked some questions at the start, but his “teacher” failed to answer him.

      All in all. I just want the people in that country to learn that Soma was abandoned because of his non-special rank skill, but ended up being far stronger than any special rank holder. I bet those who were discriminated would start a rebellion


      1. SaintLucifer Post author

        Personally, as far as I see it Soma should have let the country and his to DNA donors burn and die that country and those sorry excuse of DNA donor have no right to keep breathing. They do it for they’re country?, Bullsh** they do it to save they’re own reputation credibility nothing else. Any country that forsakes it’s own children DOES NOT DESERVE TO HAVE A FUTURE. such a country should be set to fire and left to burn.


  5. Fujibachi Post author

    I don’t relly understand soma’s fake parents what their thinking. They think of him as a tool or a thing. And don’t want to recognize him. Why not make an anouncement that there is a strong wanderer that its sole purpose is to annihilate the remnant demons and be with it. Instead they want all the praise and give all the shit to soma. I really wiah that they died from the dragon before soma arrived.

    As always the author is vague to the point it makes your head hurts.

    Thanks for the chapter


    1. bayabusco Post author

      His parents are not treating him like that. It’s just that they involved with the foundation of the country. One of the important value (probably similar to Constitution) is to emphasize people with skills because the country gained independence not very long time ago. That itself to recruit talented people to stay in their country.

      Now, what if the next successor of the founding fathers household doesn’t have skills. I guess it will bring huge disgrace to them since they are important figures.

      To make things worse, if the fact that people without skills may be better than people with skills is publicized, especially the son of the founding fathers, that will break the value. People will start questioning the treatment toward people who have no skills. That can explain why Soma’s parents took that kind of measure.


      1. Drakensji Post author

        Removing him from succession due to this reason is fine and dandy, but treating him as if he doesn’t exist is just ridiculous. You can publicly announce that your child is a disgrace and can’t inherit, but that is no reason to act cold in private. I don’t like what the author did here as an excuse for Soma’s childhood. In the end he just undid the past with this reinstatement when the parents personality isn’t as evil as he made us think at the beginning.
        The cold treatment of his childhood means literally nothing to Soma or the story all it does is make his parents guilty when they could easily have just treated him nice in private.
        I really don’t like what they did here.


    2. bayabusco Post author

      I assume they don’t want to publicized is as strong wanderer because many countries will try to recruit him and he will be further away from the parent.

      They might as well announce him as another distant son so that anyone with interest need to go through the parents.


  6. Nyesh Post author

    Thank you for the chapter.

    I’m sure Lina will be disappointed that Soma is being called her half-brother instead of the child of an unknown and deceased retainer (which is another possibility they could have chosen). After all, she is a bro-con, and if Soma is her (supposedly, legally) half-brother then he is still too close in terms of blood, while if he is (supposedly, legally) the child of some unknown retainer then she could have pursued a relationship.

    So for now it seems the potential harem will continue to be limited to Aina and Sheila.


    1. Galiron Post author

      Well he is already her half brother. And no harm will include her as well. Realistically the risk of defect for a baby between brother and sister full blood at that is barely above 2 total strangers assuming of course it’s not a family habit that is but a one off relationship wouldn’t be a risk genetics wise.


    2. Ririina Post author

      Don’t worry, knowing Souma and his making the impossible possible, he can probably just change his own genetics or blood with his swordsmanship because after all he can easily heal fatal wounds and broken bones with his swordmanship.


  7. Nyesh Post author

    It occurs to me that they may be claiming Soma as half-son so to allow them some influence over his future – specifically to be able to block other nobles (or even royals) from controlling or manipulating Soma’s future. Given the two of them are famous, they could not claim him to be the son of a relative without the lie sooner or later being found out, and if they claimed he was the son of a retainer then the king could claim greater sovereignty over Soma’s future and place Soma under his own control. But as a son of Kraus – even the son of a supposed mistress – then Kraus and Sophia retain final say over Soma’s future (well, at least to the extent that local customs and laws allow).

    As I recall they are required to send their children to a certain school – one Lina was avoiding by pretending to be too ill to attend. With her presence at the battle, that lie is probably revealed (or likely to be revealed), so I guess the next arc will send the two of them to the school (the institute?). I’m not sure what will happen to Aina and Sheila, but perhaps the parents can use their influence to make sure their children’s friends can attend the school with them?


  8. DMR Post author

    Just a few issues I noticed.

    “would become existed again.”

    Should be “would exist again.”

    “It was easy to make someone didn’t exist officially, but it was impossible to undo it.”

    Should be:
    “It was easy to make someone not exist officially, but it’s near impossible to undo it.”


  9. David Post author

    Hey sorry for asking this here but is World teacher on break? I saw that the translator was going on holiday in june but i have not seen any chapters for world teacher just for ex-stringest.


  10. zarvii Post author

    is it possible to change to “boy” or “kid” instead of “guy”
    when the parents are referring to Soma?
    its just feel very distant, it feels like Sophia is treating Soma as an stranger adult instead of a child.
    or will the nuance change so you can’t?


  11. Zach K. Post author

    About the behavior of Sophia and Kraus: It’s a Japanese thing…

    Disinheriting a son who is seen as unfit is a real thing there: The owners/presidents of companies like Suzuki and Toyota usually disinherit their biological sons and adopt an adult subordinate, which is made to marry the daughter of the president and replaces the biological sons as heir… They don’t go as far as to make the real son “disappear”, but you can bet if a son were considered shameful for some reason, he would be hidden from the world just like Soma…

    As for not speaking with him and acting like he doesn’t exist anymore, that’s a thing too: In Japanese culture, if something is too painful, uncomfortable or shameful to bear, they often try very hard to act like that thing doesn’t exist, and that includes people too…

    Children in Japanese orphanages aren’t usually real orphans, but children whose parents can’t or don’t want to take care of them, and leave them there “temporally” (because openly admitting that they are abandoning them forever would be too shameful), and never come back (again, because they are ashamed to tell that to the officials, and because they try very hard to not ever think about those children ever again…).

    Heck, Japanese society as a whole tries very hard to ignore those children exist at all…!

    Many hikkimoris are largely the same thing… they often are kids with serious personality disorders or who go into depression or who suffer bullying, and the parents try to ignore the problem rather than seeking help, and when one day the kid locks themselves in their or her room, they 1.-blame him and 2.-eventually pretend they don’t exist and stop interacting with them…

    Not everybody reaches that level of of jerkassiness, of course, but on the other hand, nobody finds any of that unusual or bizarre or abnormal… it is just something that happens…

    As for Soma, I hope he doesn’t allow his parents to take advantage of his skills and goes to some other country…


  12. Zach K. Post author


    “Children in Japanese orphanages aren’t usually real orphans, but children whose parents can’t or don’t want to take care of them, and leave them there “temporally” (because openly admitting that they are abandoning them forever would be too shameful), and never come back, not even to legally give up their custody (again, because they are ashamed to tell that to the officials, and because they try very hard to not ever think about those children ever again…).

    Those children can’t be adopted, because legally speaking they still have parents, and are kept in institutions until they are eighteen, and then they are a kicked out, completely unprepared to survive in the outside world…”



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