June 13, 2020

Hills of Silver Ruins (1/6)

I've posted chapter 6 (book 1) of Hills of Silver Ruins, a Pitch Black Moon.

Shirei (使令) are youma subjugated by the kirin. They serve as the kirin's servants, messengers, and bodyguards. Older kirin may have dozens or hundreds of shirei at their command. Taiki had only two shirei, and the injury to his horn and being stranded in Hourai (Japan) resulted in him losing them.

According to the kirin's quid pro quo with the shirei, in exchange for the shirei's service during the kirin's lifetime, the shirei get to eat him when he dies.

A taika (胎果) is a person born in China or Japan because of a shoku event that transplanted the ranka (卵果) into the body of a pregnant woman. A child like Youko who is born as a result will genetically resemble her parents until she returns to the Twelve Kingdoms, at which point she "sheds" her outer skin.

A rike or rika (里家) is a foster home and school for orphans and the aged that also serves as a community center. The rike is run by the superintendent (閭胥).

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Comments
# posted by Blogger baihaki
6/15/2020 6:25 AM   
arigathanks!

# posted by Blogger WaterDarkE
6/15/2020 2:08 PM   
Thanks for the update once more! These chapters are amazingly dense, that sometimes they feel too articulate. I wonder what will happen next for every chapter.
# posted by Blogger Naides
6/18/2020 5:37 AM   
Your translation is beautiful! Thanks you!