“Tell me, what has happened?”

Naturally my voice also got strained. Just why these two came in haste with such desperate expression… hardly could it be due to some kinds of witless reasons, I suspected.

“It’s the Church of Darryl – they were going to pronounce an excommunication against Milady…!”

“Say what…!?”

To the turn of event which would not happen even in my wildest imagination, I involuntarily let out a scream-like voice.

My face was turning pale. A sudden wave of dizziness overwhelmed me as if I was suffering from anemia, and my heart was beating wildly inside my chest.

…In this country, the Church of Darryl is the official religion, with most of the population being affiliated as its followers. Strictly speaking, being regarded as representatives of God whom the citizens worship as the object of faith, the words of Darryl Church’s Pope and its Priests carry significant weight. At times, such can easily surpass the aristocratic authority.

As may be expected, it was set up so that the son of Darryl Church’s Pope should attend the academy reserved for nobles’ children only.

Meanwhile, a pronouncement of excommunication by the Church of Darryl means that the subject will no longer be recognized as one of its followers… or to be frank, they have been banished from the communion on moral grounds for good.

Almost every citizen in this country is a follower of the Church of Darryl. Conversely, non-believers in the eyes of the rest are referred to as merely “heretics.” Let alone being excommunicated, they are considered sinners to the Church as well as a public target of contempt.

For a noble’s daughter who should be a leading exemplar of the country to be excommunicated… this isn’t a matter on the level of giving me a bad name. It is something which should not have occurred in the first place.

Obviously, all credit and personal connections I have built up so far will also be gone.

To speak as an Earthling, perhaps this is rather similar to the event referred to as the Humiliation of Canossa. Without doubt, many would make use of this excommunication pronouncement to strike at me… just thinking of that already gives me a headache.

“The reason was?”

“For deliberately having a church destroyed. To disrupt the land devoted to God is an impudent act against Him, a sin which could not be forgiven… such were the reasons stated.”

“…For deliberately having a church destroyed…? Don’t tell me, the land readjustment project…?!”

Certainly, I did destroy one of their churches. It was the building served as an orphanage where Minae used to live. Nevertheless, it should not be a trouble since that place is no longer in possession of the Church, a plot of land currently belongs to no one. Furthermore, we already have a plan to build another big church as a replacement though.

This was totally against me… no, the more I think of it, this pronouncement is an attack directed against the whole Armelia Duke House.

…Was that son of Pope – Van – the one pulling the strings from behind? Or perhaps, the Church itself orchestrating this incident? Or again, this being another ploy of the Second Prince’s faction?

“As for the countermeasures… that’s right, let’s submit the construction plan and design of the new church to them. We need to clarify that it was not mere destruction, but a relocation of the old building to another place.”

In the meantime, our main concern is not to find out who did this. Certainly, it would be great if we knew their identities though… but for now, our priority is the reality presented before us.

Rather than putting any effort to search for the mastermind, it is necessary to deal with the excommunication in one way or another… Surely, I must apologize Father and Mother for the inconvenience I’ve caused, as anxiety spreads through town the fief’s affairs will stagnate, and damage to the Conglomerate will become immeasurable.

“Sebastian, please make preparation at once.”

“As you wished.”

Sebastian gave his bow, then immediately turned back, and left the library.

“And Tanya, what about your emergency?”

Nothing can surprise me at this point. Rather, I believe there is no such matter more devastating than having the Church declare you as a sinner.

“Milady, there are two things I want to report to you. First is the progress update on the investigation of the attack against Milady the other day.”

“That is not important right now.”

To put it bluntly, I don’t have the luxury to listen to the progress report on that matter at the moment, even though my life was in danger back then.

“I don’t think so, please listen to this, Milady. As I proceeded with the investigation, I found out that the fief, where the attack occurred, was in fact supporting the Second Prince’s faction. Still, it is unknown whether that and those bandits have anything to do with each other though.”

“I see. What’s next?”

Unfortunately, even though under normal circumstances this would become quite a bombshell, the impact from the previous report was so great that Tanya’s discovery seemed trivial at most.

“Yes, and here is the second report. That fief has announced an increase in trade tariffs and toll against the Armelia Duke House.”

“…Say what!?”

Again, I involuntarily let out a scream-like voice.

…At any rate, the neighboring fief located at the north is the major route from our Armelia’s fief to the royal capital. With the east side facing the sea and the west side totally occupied by rugged ranges of mountain, there is no choice but to make a detour should we choose to travel on southern roads to the royal capital located northwest. Inevitably, most of the exports from our fief had to pass through that northern neighboring fief to arrive at the royal capital.

“The reason was…?”

Nonetheless, that neighboring fief is small to begin with, having half of its northern area being just mountain. Moreover, since they have become an important point of trade, they have been putting more effort in developing inns and tourism rather than field cultivation – hence the number of arable land wasn’t much and they have to rely on grain export from our fief. To think such circumstances have made me completely overlook this possibility…

For their lord being an excommunicated sinner, is what they stated. And also, to protect our domestic agriculture.”

“To protect their domestic agriculture…!? They only have a few plots of cultivated land for such a huge population!”

Their food self-sufficiency rate is terrible, and without the affordable agricultural products from our fief, I doubt they can even manage to feed themselves… I wonder, is this an attack by the Second Prince’s faction?

“How come… for both of these to happen at the same time…!”

With the announcement of the neighboring fief, the current situation has become dire. Other fiefs… especially those belong to the Second Prince’s faction, would take advantage of this development. Besides, it is not only the export to the royal capital. The Conglomerate’s process of getting new shops established in other fiefs will also be affected as well…!

Gradually, we are trying to expand the scope of commerce, not only to the royal capital but also to other fiefs and foreign countries. That is, in case an internal strife occurs at the royal capital, we can still make good income out of the business.

However, it can’t be helped if other territories decide to impose tariffs on our goods.

“Rehme, please do some research on how long the transport will take and the cost incurred should we switch to the alternative route from the south, then make comparison and report to me. And Tanya, please ask Moneda and Sebastian to come see me as soon as possible.”

After Sebastian finished making preparation for the previous matter, we can discuss the impact of current situation on our fief’s affairs. At that time, I will also summon the fief’s main bureaucracy to the meeting.

“As you wished.”

Tanya once again departed. I also left the room right afterwards.

I almost felt like collapsing on the way back, but still struggled to stand firm though… Now is not the time I can allow myself to pass out!

The road to the study is strangely long for me today. It would be great if everything happened so far was just a bad dream.

Nonetheless, cold sweats rolling on my cheek and back made me realize that this is the reality.

At any rate, I have to quickly return to the study…

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    1. Thank you so much for this translation and good luck with your Finals may all your hard work bring you good results.

      The surveillance shes under mustve worked hard to dig up that little tidbit to screw her with, I think it will be cleared up easily and she will be able to recover, I can see the alternate route will be her option regardless of the cost, I think she will be able to make it work and maybe a silver lining maybe found in that direction.

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      1. I’d even guess that the fief that raised its toll against her fief will be at a loss. As she mentioned; they certainly don’t have enough to feed themselves – maybe it’ll cause a rift between those fiefs/fieves (eeeeh?) and hatred will rise.

        Would you guess that Baron-Bitch has anything to do with it? She already somewhat caused a rift between the commoners and officials with her expenses. And now a conflict of fiefs in the country plus church vs fief … 😏
        Would be a great move for an enemy spy who has the boys lining up for her 😝

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  1. Thanks for the chapter!
    That escalated quickly.
    What will the first prince do on this?
    How will Iris fare through this unpleasant time?
    Will have to wait till the Translation team is free from examinations. Best of luck Translation team!!

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  2. Eliminating a neural side that had a good reputation just because it impose danger to them? I smell conspiracy. Also, the church just bringing their own downfall eh? Good, good blasphemous idiots, keep it up, eat your own filth.

    It may be rocky ride right now, but it really is worth it and satisfying in the end….. I think?

    P.S. just a prediction, I didn’t really read ahead. It’s just it kinda feels like that

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      1. Duke Armelia’s House has been showing signs of supporting the First Prince ever since that idiot Second Prince broke his engagement with Iris for that retarded Yuri..
        So when Iris refused to have anything to do with the Second Prince’s faction (other than business), the decided they’d rather have her out of the way than let such a gem go to their opposition (even if Duke Armelia’s House are still considered on the neutral side)..

        But yeah, I smell corruption at the church..
        Either Van is personally making a move, or the the Second Prince’s faction bribed someone at the church to testify against Iris..
        Though if Van is making a move, then perhaps the time for him to open his eyes to Yuri’s true nature is soon..o

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  3. Wow!! Another chapter!!

    Thank you for letting us breathe a bit after previous cliff hanger, although now I’m nervous for Iris. Wonder what first prince and e Queen dowager gonna do to help Iris.

    I feel that Yurie is just a small pawn used to secure stupid 2nd Prince by a group of ppl.

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  4. I know this not romance, but this would be a good time for a romantic interest to pop up and support her. At least translator-san has the support of her/his readers on the finals. Good luck and thank you 😀

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    1. Actually, the novel is tagged big as a romance novel..
      Plus the romantic interest is already there, just waiting for him to return back, which I’m sure he’ll do as soon as he hears about this, even from midway back to the Royal Capital..

      Which reminds me, I wonder what he’s going to do?

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    1. That plot of land that the church was on belonged to no one, in other words, the Church of Derryl didn’t have any authority on it, whatever happens to it, they shouldn’t be able to say anything..
      Plus, since the plot of land belonged to no one, the ownership then should return to the fief, in other words, Iris is free to do with it as she sees fit..
      Moreover, the Church should not announce something as big as excommunication without proper investigation, which leads back to the fact that either the person from the church who sold the land away was bribed to testify against that, some other person at the church was bribed to eliminate such a record, or Van, as someone high up, is bypassing all procedures and making a move..

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      1. And in case of objection an ivestigation or conclave is supposed to be called (atleast in our history), and with this weak evidence it would badly hit back on church, especialy on church x nobility relationships. Combined with complete destruction of one small fief. Pretty cunning, win-win plan for any 3rd side

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  5. i guess this is what they say when calm weather before the storm.
    and here i thought that things will be good too since Dean already indirectly propose to her.

    anyway thanks for the chapter and good luck for your finals.

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  6. Thanks for the chapter.

    Seems to be following those poorly worded spoilers that were posted for a short time on the other blog, so the excitement was somewhat dampened and the results obvious (well, more obvious than it would have been if those spoilers weren’t posted).

    Still, I am looking forward to how Iris handles this disaster, and how she’ll end up putting the others into line.

    After all, she herself can starve the other fief through her own tariffs and restrictions, and a church picking a fight with her is bound to end up backfiring on them given how good her intelligence network is (not to mention, how good the fief’s own military is compared to regular army).

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  7. thanks a lot!
    well, this is incredibly ridiculous! this is more politics than religious, obviously! anyway, how dare they! well, the first prince’s faction shouod be assisting, keke! they have to crush the second prince’s faction. but anyway, iris has the support of the grand empress(was that what she’s called? lol)!

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  8. “let assassins swarm out an kill those bugs!”
    “Milady, we have no assassins…”
    “SAY WHAT! I-I was sure we definatley have assassins…?!”
    “No Milady, thats not the kind of protagonist you are”
    “….shit.”
    little 4thWall break would be funny xD
    Thanks fpr the chapter

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      1. She has an assassin for a bodyguard, and two of the Kingdom’s strongest men directly under her command, who have not only turned down repeated offers by the Kingdom’s regular military and Royal Guards, but beat down their best without really getting serious.

        She also happens to be in charge of the fief that has the strongest ground military of the entire Kingdom, who’s members are often directly recruited for the Royal Guards. And a grandfather who still scares the crap out of anyone else in the Kingdom’s military.

        And to top it all off, she has the public and personal support of the Queen Dowager herself (and who still is a power in her own right).

        So while she “could” go on a revolution of her own, it’d be more interesting to have her break down the church and the other would-be rival fiefs through tariffs and trade restrictions of her fief’s specialties. I do expect she’ll get some shadow help from Dean though; given that he’s made his intentions clear and is working to reform the stagnant Kingdom his own way.

        Still, I think much of this is due to the last Yuri lover; the religious buddy of the 2nd prince and the shameful knight, as well as the fact that the fief in general has actually gotten more progressive and stronger with all the reforms that were passed, thus providing fair grounds to try and “shame” them back into place.

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  9. Thanks for the chapter! I’m telling myself that I’m taking a break from studying for my finals at the moment. Iris keeps encountering more and more problems. I wonder how she’ll resolve these.

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  10. Given all that has transpired, it almost makes me wish an ambassador or even a royal from the rivaling nation they are at war with, would come and try and sweep her off her feet and out of this hell hole country. And unless ‘Dean’ pulls a magical solution rabbit from out of his hat, it feels like no matter what she does, the royal and common people are just going to do everything in their power to defame her out of spite, jealousy or fear.

    What’s more, I get that the royal family and the church are usually very close to one another as a means of co-dependency, but isn’t there anyone else that thinks the Church should have excommunicated the second prince or Baroness Yuri for acts of infidelity? Also… who else here thinks Yuri and Edward still don’t know that Iris runs the conglomerate?

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    1. I can’t say about Yuri because it’s still not clear if she is an idiot or genius spy, as for Edward… if noone told him he probably still doesn’t know. The Church will do nothing to them as Yuri got her hands on the son of a pope and are BFFs.

      I kinda hope that she would just gather everyone back to the fief and declare independency. I think it might work out as the Kingdom can’t just move majority of their army to deal with the “rebels” as it has to be ready to defend against the rival Kingdom, though with idiot prince and Yuri everything is possible.

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  11. Thanks you a lot for this translation !
    Seriously what is that ? ” to be excommunicated because she has destroyed a church” ?
    She just wants built a new one for children !
    It must be a dirty tricks from Second Prince’s faction…

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  12. what the fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck?!?! How completely uncool. She’s working so hard and then this bullshit!!!!! ::tableflips::

    Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!! I prayed to my gods for everyone’s success in finals. I’m going to take mines in about an hour or two… 😄 tehepero~~

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  13. Thanks for the chapter, so our “lovely” heroine (the otome one) wants to crush the amelia household? and regarding the trading fief she should just starve them into submission.

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    1. Dean is his incognito, for safe stay and operating inside kingdom, and my guess for “normal” life (i think he also graduated academy with that name).

      As for the throne, didnt made much sense to me as he is first born and usualy thats a thing, but it has something to do with his mother death and her possition at court + the king didnt specified his heir and is on sickbed now + curent queen (former concubine) secured her position on court tightly, especialy for the purpose of HER son to inherit the throne.

      Politics >_>

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      1. I’m pretty sure he is in hiding because the other faction has effectively taken over the royal palace through shady means which don’t care about standard succession rights.
        As is I suspect that the second princes faction is being supported and run by a foreign power who sent a certain “heroine” as a spy/destabilizing action -_-
        She is too… lucky/precise (not sure the right word ) to be as clueless and stupid as she “seems” to be on the surface. At this point I wouldn’t say Yuri is a true spy per-say, my personal guess is more along the lines of raised to serve as a destabilizing agent even if she doesn’t know the full extent of the plan.

        If it is a foreign influence trying to destabilize the country then aiming at and targeting any potential stabilizing factors regardless of affiliation wholly makes sense. Divide and conquer as they say.

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  14. Her Parents will be rooting out those that are trying to mess with them, it was obvious that there were dealings going on in the background that she was made to understand she was to take no part in.

    Personally I think her Father will be able to ferret out those responsible for all the crap in the background, he may have even orchestrated this to expose them more clearly.

    Could the Church be vying for more power than it already holds? sorry getting crossover residual from Release that Witch huehue.

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  15. Wow, that really did escalate quickly. Just last chapter I was squealing that it might be a development involving Dean… boy was I dead wrong. o.o Also, you got to love… only in a novel with a focus on accounting and economics would you ever hear about a tariff having similar gravity to social disgrace and widespread scorn(the result of excommunication). Good luck Iris! >o< I really hope this gets cleared up soon (or that the church will allow it to be cleared up…. and not give some lame excuse like "ah, yes, this certainly looks to be in order.. but we already excommunicated you and can't undo it. sorry. *shifty eyes to Van staring from the corner*".

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    1. You know deep down you want Van to make an appearance again >o>
      Like, he didn’t make much of an impact before, but this time, you know you wanna see him either be the reason, or the solution.

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  16. Well, the excommunication would be an issue, but in terms of tariffs, didn’t that fief just self-destruct? They have no way of feeding their people now, and their entire infrastructure is basically useless and they have no economy now. Just sit back for a month or two and let the riots start, meanwhile focus on expansion to other kingdoms via sea route.

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  17. Yay a chapter…frankly the years of finals are lomg behind me unless I do a PhD but fighting to ya’ll!

    You can beat them! You will deal a devasting blow once it’s proved 1) they abandoned orphans 2) you took on the cosr 3) they abandoned the building 4) you’re building a bigger church

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