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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyusoukyoku Volume 6 Intermission 5
Intermission: Satou’s House Name
“House name is it?”
I was called to Nina-san’s office to have me decide the house name for myself as I had been granted honorary knight.
“Isn’t honorary noble title only applied for one generation? Is house name necessary?”
“Yes, it’s certainly only for one generation, but there are surprising amount of honorary noble house which continue to produce more honorary nobles successively.”
“Even though honorary nobles are only limited for one generation, most of them are wealthier than fallen nobles or poor nobles. They could pay for education of their children, and depending on the territory, one could buy titles with money.”
Arisa who always hang around Nina-san’s room during the day joins the conversation between her documents work.
“It is like that. If it continues for 10 generations, then your house would be bestowed normal chevalier or baronet title.”
“It’s impossible to decide immediately right? We’ll do it in 2-3 days, so decide carefully during that time.”
“I recommend Tachibana.”
If I’m not mistaken, the family name of Arisa past life is Tachibana.
“I’ll refrain from that.”
“Right, I believe there’s already a chevalier called Tachibana. Please check if a name is usable for your house name or not on Yuyurina the civil official. She’s more knowledgeable about it than me since she’s studied them in royal capital.”
“I understand, if I get the candidates to some extents, I’ll check on her.”
I’ve talked to Yuyurina-san several times before, she’s a calm and taciturn official with brown braided hair. I was vigilant since she was flat, but fortunately the flag wasn’t raised.
Since I catch the sight of lady Karina walking on the corridor toward here, I say my farewell to Nina-san and proceed to leave the room.
“Satou-dono, I understand that you’re running away from lady Karina, but you’re still a noble even at the furthest end. Stop going out from the balcony.”
“I’m sorry, Nina-sama. Please overlook it.”
I jump off the balcony of Nina-san’s office located on the third floor.
In exchange, I hear the voice of Nina-san getting angry at lady Karina who has just gotten there. She came in without knocking again huh. What an obstinate person.
Well then, house name huh. The proper one would be Suzuki, and I would also change my name to Ichirou Suzuki. However, that would be the same as declaring myself as a Japanese, and it’s probably safer to not do that.
If I’m to take one from my titles, if it’s god slayer, then how about [Kamisaki], or [Kanzaki]?
It’s not bad, but it’ll be hard to answer Arisa if she asks about the origin of the name.
Then, from dragon slayer, let’s try to take [Ryu] word, or Dragon if it’s in western styleshall we?
Not quite there.
I’ve thought of using hero’s name from games, but since there are people who would understand where the inspiration comes from, like Arisa or that Saga empire’s hero, it’s difficult.
How about using holy swords’ names?
Something’s not right.
What about the name from Japanese katana.
They don’t sounds right. Or rather it feels like combining modern world with period drama… those are rejected.
Hah, maybe Satou Satou is good enough~
Not good, I’ve hit the roadblock.
If this continues, I’ll come up with a weird name. I’ll go and consult this with other people to change the mood.
“Turtles are delicious nodesu!”
<TLN: House name=kamei, turtles=kame.>
I asked Pochi and Tama since they were the closest from where I was, but they didn’t even understand the meaning of [House Name].
The two are sitting beside lady Soruna while eating rice crackers shaped like bones. Recently, beside the time when they’re training, they’re always getting snacks from either lady Soruna in the baron living room, or the maid-san in the waiting room. You’ll get fat you know?
“House name is it? Alright then, it’s fine to use Donan name if you marry Karina.”
Lady Soruna said so mischievously. Looks like that name is the one baron-san has used before succeeding Muno name.
It’s not bad, but if it comes with lady Karina, I’ll pass.
If she gets a bit calmer, I feel like she could become a friend, but right now she’s an acquaintance at best. Of course, I won’t say something impossible like her becoming ladylike.
“I will refrain since that sounds dreadful.”
“Oh my, Karina’s future is rocky huh.”
I get out of the room while the lady is giggling.
“I recommend Nagasaki. It was the name of my previous master.”
“How about Kishreshgalza? It is the name of my family, there shouldn’t be anyone who call themselves so.”
Those are remarks from Nana, Liza and Mia in turns.
Or rather, Liza, and Mia, aren’t those your family names?
“What are you guys talking about?”
Lulu who has just come back to the room greets. Her eyes are shining when she hears about the decision of my house name.
“Oh my! House name is it! How about Kubooku?”
I believe Kubooku is the name of Arisa’s and Lulu’s kingdom.
“As expected, it’ll be bad if I use Kubooku. It’ll look like I’m picking a fight with the country that has invaded Kubooku.”
“Then…. Ah, no, it’s nothing.”
Lulu who seemed to have thought of something stopped halfway. When I urge her to tell me, the name [Watari] comes out.
“It was the family name of my grandmother. She was from far away country, but the country where I was born forbade anyone besides nobles to have family name, so it wasn’t used by anyone.”
That sounds like Satori.
When I tell Lulu that I’ll put it to candidate list, the other three are booing, so I also put the names from the three to the list. Liza wasn’t saying any complaint, but I could feel it from her atmosphere.
“How about asking Yuyurina-dono? She should know many kinds extinct house names y’know?”
I asked knight Zotor and retainer Hauto, and although there weren’t any good name that came out, I was told about a person that I could rely instead.
I check on the map and head toward where lady Yuyurina is.
She’s in the dining room.
“I’m sorry to disturb you during your meal.”
“That’s right chevalier-sama. In the first place, servant’s dining room isn’t somewhere you should often step your foot into.”
I called out Yuyurina-san who had stuffed her mouth full like a hamster, but I was immediately scolded by the head-maid who was nearby.
Head-maid-san said that if a noble came close to servants’ area, they would get nervous and wouldn’t be able to get works done. I don’t understand nobles. If it’s a company, won’t the executives use staff canteen?
Haah, someone’s troublesome has come. I’ve thought that she would come a bit later, but it seems she’s taken a shortcut. I had noticed her, but I wasn’t able to run away since I was being lectured by head-maid-san.
“Now! Let’s have a match like usual desuwa! I’ll get a hit on you today!”
Lady Karina takes a stance while declaring so.
She’s getting pretty good in this one week. Maybe due to the grappling experience with me, she’s acquired [Fighting] skill level 1.
Of course, we haven’t ever actually fight during all this time.
“Karina-sama! Please consider the place!”
Head-maid-san thundered off. Lady Karina, you should have been more aware of your surrounding. She’s a relative of Toruma (Ossan) in that regard.