Volume 0 Chapter 3: Memories of an Unfortunate Princess

It took quite a bit of time and effort for Bella to bring the dame’s body back to St. Emilia church.

It would have taken much longer if it weren’t for the giant bone eagle that Angel had summoned.

“Hey, I have a question! Why does it have to be me that replaces her? Why can’t one of you do it?” Bella asked curiously, bringing the body to the empty area in the center of the church.

“Sister, the replacement must have a similar build to the original owner, so there’s no way we fit that criteria.”

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Mia helplessly explained it to Bella while ordering Angel to place various types of bones in formations on the ground for the ritual.

Bella then noticed that the height of the knight was at least 170cm, similar to her own.
The knight’s golden hair came down in waves down to her waist, and her cup size looked to be approximately the same as Bella’s.

It had taken Mia three hours to finish the array, even with Angel’s help.
“Alright, I finally finished the magic formation! Sister Bella and little Angel, make sure you stand where I tell you to.”

“Right here?”
“Yep! Sister, just stay there and don’t move! You too angel! Just stand there while I chant the spell and then give me a drop of blood when I tell you to.”

Bella grabbed the oddly shaped dagger and walked towards her designated position in the array; the three of them surrounded the body of the knight in a triangular formation.

Mia took out one of her thick tomes and began to rapidly chant a spell. Bella didn’t understand a single word of it, but from Angel’s attentiveness, it looked like she was able to understand.
Bella was afraid of exposing the fact that she had zero knowledge of magic, so she pretended to understand as well.

The spell sounded rather gloomy as she chanted. After listening for a while, Bella started seeing things; their surroundings were no longer the eerie church, but a bustling city. Bella immediately recognized it as her previous world. Did I crossover again? She was just about to move out of her spot when she noticed that Angel and Mia had not moved.

She then saw a drunk man walking down the busy streets and froze with shock. It was her in the previous world; she had gotten drunk at a dinner party and woke up after that in this one.

Bella quickly spotted a speeding sedan that had lost control fly towards the man, it looked like the driver was also under the influence. It was sure to be game over for the drunk man, but at that moment, Bella almost let out a scream and the world suddenly went black.

Bella looked nervously at Angel and Mia, but luckily for her, they didn’t react to what was happening in their surroundings, their eyes instead locked on the knight at the center of the formation. What Bella had seen was probably memories of her previous life, which the two of them didn’t see. This saved her a lot of explaining on why she was so worked up.

At this time, the chant that was so gloomy did a full 180, becoming a cheery, happy tone; the surroundings quickly turning into a forest flourishing with flowers and wildlife.
This was probably the memories of the female knight.
Mia looked around with a surprised expression on her face. It seems that she and Angel were able to see the changes this time, and the changes weren’t what they expected, but didn’t have an effect on what would happen.

Mia then gestured with her eyes towards Bella and Angel, and they each grabbed the odd dagger that Mia had given them earlier and cut their fingers to squeeze out a drop of blood. The blood floated towards the center of the array and combined to form one before dripping over the heart of the knight.

Bella was really shocked when she cut her finger; a single drop of black blood flowed from her wound before being immediately healed. She then looked at the blood of the other two and noticed that Angel’s drop was pure white, while Mia’s was dark blue.
It seemed that none of them had normal blood coloration, which actually made her feel relieved.

Octavio Felia, daughter of one of Coristel continent’s five most emperors. The illegitimate daughter of Octavio XII, emperor of the Octavian Empire(Knights). Held the title of 9th Princess, but her identity as the daughter of a simple palace servant caused the emperor to mistreat her.

Felia’s mother passed away soon after her birth and she’s been mistreated ever since.
After all, Felia was nothing more than a child born from a drunken stupor.

Felia didn’t have much talent, only managing to become a holy knight at the age of 16 through her hard work and exerting her body past its limits. Even if she hadn’t died here, her tattered body would not have allowed her to live past her twenties.

Felia worked herself so hard because wanted a chance to restore what had rightfully belonged to her mother, and to let her be buried in the royal cemetery as a member of the royal family.

The emperor was scared of people talking behind his back, so he had buried Felia’s mother in a cemetery for commoners. Only if Felia had become a dragon knight would she be able to obtain a favor from the emperor. After all, as the Octavian empire was known as the ‘Empire of Knights’, the emperor always put a large amount of resources into dragon knights since they’re the most powerful of the empire’s four ace knight divisions. Each and every one of them is a valuable resource.

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It wasn’t an easy task to become one among ten thousand. She became a holy knight at the age of twelve, but she had been unable to advance any further for four years. Since she lacked talent, she wasn’t given access to any renowned teachers or masters to teach her like the other princes and princesses.

What made her more depressed was the 10th princess, Octavio Lisha, who was also an illegitimate daughter. Theoretically, the two of them should have good relations since they had similar circumstances, but this 10th princess was spoiled and arrogant, the very definition of an unreasonable lady.

Even though Lisha was similar to Felia in the fact that she also lacked talent, she was too lazy to train as a knight. Felia couldn’t bring herself to get mad since they were both so pitiful, so why should they hurt each other?

Then, when Lisha was eleven, she fell into the lake out of the blue. Even though she was rescued, she was comatose for a year. During this time, Felia would often visit her on her sick bed, but apart from her, none of the royal family cared very much about her condition.

Lisha finally woke up a year later, but apparently she lost all of her memories. Felia didn’t question this though, instead patiently answering all of her questions like how the world works. Lisha seemed like a completely person; she was a lot calmer and well-behaved.

Lisha’s talent had suddenly grown off the charts, and it only took her a year to become a holy knight. After this, Lisha became much more ambitious, and feeling that Felia had nothing more to teach her, she decided to be affiliated to those who were stronger. Although this left a sour feeling in the heart of Felia, she couldn’t do much about it since Lisha was stronger than her.

In the most recent promotion exam for dragon knights, the two of them were the favorites and made it all the way to the finals. During their fight, Feli was caught off guard when Lisha, a holy knight, suddenly used non-holy type magic.

The judges on site decided that Lisha was a rare genius among knights since she demonstrated a capacity for both magic and the sword. They immediately judged her as the victor and completely ignored Felia. She hadn’t even lost yet, just really surprised, which counted as a lose to them.

Later on, the Octavian Empire(Knights) heard a rumour that large amounts of treasure was discovered on Alfred continent, so they decided to send a fleet to explore. However, these kinds of rumours have been spreading for the past three thousand years, and like in the past, they were all false.

The superiors originally planned for Lisha to lead the expedition; Felia’s master knew that this was them trying to nip the genius Lisha in the bud before she could threaten their positions, but he was also Lisha’s master as well.

When he had to decide between his two disciples, he had chosen to abandon Felia, who had already peaked and would not progress any further as a knight. On the contrary, Lisha was an extremely rare magic knight with outstanding proficiency in both swords and magic, and had a bright and limitless future. Paired with the fears of angering his superiors, he decided to trick Felia into taking Lisha’s spot as the commander of the fleet that was sent to die.

What happened next was exactly what Bella had seen.
Felia had brought her fleet to Alfred continent and as soon as they neared shore, they were surrounded and assaulted by a large number of monsters, completely eradicating the fleet.
Once she finished receiving Felia’s memories, Bella felt a fiery ball of anger build up in her chest as she looked at her body and the crisscrossed wound under the armor. This world was too unforgiving; this was a story of love and hate between a genius and a normal hardworking student with no talent.

Bella carefully examined Felia’s memories of Lisha and felt like something was off. Her behavior was very stereotypical of the MCs of most reincarnation novels. No matter what you tell her, Bella was convinced that this 10th Princess isn’t the original. The original most likely passed away while she was comatose and was replaced, just like the 9th princess was about to be.

‘This isn’t good!”
She never thought that she would be able to find a ‘peer’ after reincarnating.
However, she was rather troubled on deciding whether to join or oppose the righteous powers. She knew one thing though, she was aligned with the dark powers, so she definitely wouldn’t lower her head towards the righteous force and become their dog.

When she thought about the unfair treatment that Felia was met with, Bella decided that she would help recover what was rightfully hers. Even if Lisha was another reincarnator, she shouldn’t have stolen something that belonged to Felia.

Once she made up her mind, Bella no longer hesitated as she followed Angel and Mia’s directions and walked up right next to Felia. A strong force suddenly pulled her towards Felia’s body and her vision went black and she entered a short sleep.

“There shouldn’t be any problems, right? Sister Mia, the vision of the forest isn’t something that should appear from an enchantment with our power. There won’t be any deviations, right?”

“It’s no problem, that vision won’t affect the final result!”

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