Hero of Charity

施しの英雄


[in the hallways of Chaldea]

Mash:

Master, are you eating now? I’ll join you.

Fou:

Foh-foooh!

Mash:

You can come too, Fou… Oh? It’s… Karna.

  1. HEY YO, CHALDELUXE!
  2. HEY YO, CHALDELUXE!

Karna:

Hey yo, Chaldeluxe.

[KARNA HIGH-FIVES YOU! YEAH!]

Mash:

Huh, Senpai, Karna!? What was that!?

Karna:

I was the one who was surprised to learn that Chaldea had such a greeting.

Mash:

Wh-Who’s trying to spread such a strange greeting around…?

Karna:

Our Master.

Mash:

Wha!? …I can’t…
I can’t believe that you didn’t teach me such a wonderful greeting, Senpai…

  1. Well, I just thought of it yesterday.
  2. Sorry, I forgot to tell you.

Mash:

……
Please teach me, too.

  1. Eh?
  2. Really?

Mash:

That thing you said earlier, “hey yo” something with the high-five.

  1. H-Hey yo, Chaldeluxe.
  2. HEY YO, CHALDELUXE!

Mashu:

Yes, hey yo, Chaldeluxe.

[high-five!]

Mashu:

…I see, so that’s how it works. You feel a bit relaxed afterward.
But Chaldea is currently in a state of alert, so I must prohibit the use of this greeting.

Fou:

Foooh…

  1. …I’m sorry.
  2. …You’re scary sometimes, Mash.

Mash:

By the way, Karna, what are you up to?

Karna:

I’m on the way to buy something at the store.

Mash:

Da Vinci-chan’s store? It’s time for lunch, so why don’t we eat together…

Karna:

No, Doctor… Roman, was it? He asked me to buy him something.

Mash:

[her communicator beeps] ……
Doctor, it’s me, Mash.
Let me ask you a frank question. Why are you making Karna carry out such a request?

Dr. Roman:

Ahh, well, I was busy so I just had the idea to ask…

Mash:

Treating a Heroic Spirit as a menial servant… and just to buy you some bread…
At least give him a more… useful task.

Dr. Roman:

No, look, I was just kidding, okay!? But he just said “got it” and left!

  1. Really?
  2. Is that really okay?

Karna:

Yes, the Doctor is correct. There is not a hint of untruth in his words.
…Is something the matter?

Mash:

No, well, now I’m the one that’s bothered to hear you say it.

Karna:

I see. If there’s no problem, I’ll be on my way to the shop now.

[at Da Vinci’s shop]

Da Vinci:

Too bad!!! Da Vinci-chan’s Signature Revolutionary Delectably Handcrafted Pastries are all sold out.

Karna:

…Oh… I see.

Mash:

(He seems really depressed, Senpai!)
You’re always well-stocked, though. What happened?

Da Vinci:

Well, I’ve reached the last of our flour stock. Roman said not to waste so much.
Oh right, since you’re here, let’s open up a new supply channel!
You’ll help me, of course? They sell good flour right here in France.
If you take this special Da Vinci-chan Storage Sack with you, it should let you bring back their current crop. Somehow.
Normally I would just glitch out Shiva and Chaldeas and materialize resources from the rei-shift destination…
But apparently, using Chaldeas for such things will drain Chaldea’s savings. We’ll run a deficit, or whatever.
Anyway, that’s why at times like this, we have to resort to convoluted little workarounds.

Karna:

Acknowledged. Begin the rei-shift. Master, pardon me for imposing on you.

Mash:

An instant response!?

  1. O-Okay.
  2. Understood.

[rei-shift to the French singularity]

Mash:

…*sigh*
And now we’re here in rural France.

Fou:

Foh.

Dr. Roman:

Hm. What exactly happened while I was busy reading Magi☆Mari’s blog?

Mash:

It’s all your fault, Doctor!

Karna:

That village? …Hm?

[a commotion]

Villager:

Ah, travelers… Wait, that spear. Could you be royal French soldiers!?

Karna:

No.

Villager:

Oh, no…
Our village has been beset by bandits for three days already…
I thought someone had finally come to save us…

Karna:

That’s an urgent matter. Understood. I’ll help.

Villager:

Huh? A-Are you sure? But with your numbers…

Mash:

They won’t pose a problem. Karna… No, right now we need to hurry!

Fou:

Foh!

[in a camp]

Bandit:

Hell yeah! Bring the wine! And the women!!!

Mash:

Your pillaging ends here. For your own health, release the alcohol and the women.

Bandit:

Who the fuck are you? A couple of kids and a guy that looks like a leek…
Tch, you’re in for a beating!

[battle]

Karna:

That’s enough. Will you trade the rest of your lives to sate your momentary greed?

Bandit:

Wha… What the hell, these punks are way too strong!!! R-Run awaaaay!!!

Dr. Roman:

You relentlessly pushed through the enemy camp, destroyed their will to fight, and forced their immediate surrender…
That was so one-sided it was like a work of art. I learned something today.

Villager:

Thank you so much, travelers! What can we possibly do to thank you?

Karna:

Your gratitude is unnecessary. The loss of this town would have troubled us as well.
By the way, could you spare any flour? We will pay the market value.

Villager:

F-Flour? Please, take as much as you want!

Karna:

…I’ll just take enough to fill this sack. I was told I could use these silver coins for payment.

Villager:

Ah, yes… here you go. Are you sure that’s all?

Karna:

Yes. Thank you. I apologize for the disturbance.

Mashu:

Karna…

[Da Vinci-chan’s shop]

Da Vinci:

Okay! Batch number two of Da Vinci-chan’s Exclusive Revolutionary Delectably Handcrafted Pastries is finished!!!

Karna:

Such extraordinary skill. Or perhaps I should call it your craft? I can sense even a divine aura in the steam rising from the bread.
I have baked pizza and other such victuals before, but…
I expected nothing less from an omnipotent genius and her all-creating galley. You have my complete and utter admiration.

[in a hallway]

I’ve kept you waiting, Doctor. Did you bear your hunger? Here is the bread you asked for.

Dr. Roman:

Th-Thanks… Sorry for making you go through all that trouble.

Karna:

Not at all. It was a good experience. I’ll take my leave now.

[Karna leaves]

Mash:

Karna is… a little odd.

Dr. Roman:

The Hero of Charity… there’s a story about him giving up even the armor that was fused with his own flesh.

  1. Flesh?
  2. Armor?

Dr. Roman:

Yeah. Nobody can hurt him as long as his body is clad in that golden armor.
He was a hero that surrendered something as valuable as that.
Perhaps it’s a virtue of poverty… He’s the sort of man that’s attached only to the things he truly needs, and only as long as he needs them.

Mash:

Aloof and noble, yet empathetic… He has a truly heroic bearing.

And, our Doctor here is the one who saddled such an esteemed individual with a petty and trivial task.

Dr. Roman:

I couldn’t get away from what I was doing at the time, and he happened to be there…
I’m sorry. Really.

Guess I’ll ask Arjuna next time! He’s even from India, just like Karna!

Mash:

T-That’s exactly what I’m talking about! We can take care of the small favors!

Fou:

Foh!!

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