Harveston's Kelkkarotu/Story/Episode 4-8

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This translation was based off the scripts from the Japanese version of the game.
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4-8: You Are All Wrong
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Harveston - Assembly Room
Cuckoo! Cuckoo! Cuckoo!
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Marja
Marja
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Alright now, it's about time we ended this party no matter how much fun it is.
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Grim
Grim
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Fnagh?! But I still wanna play!
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Epel
Epel
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Didn't you hear the cuckoo clock just now? It's already 11 at night, so it's time to sleep.
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Marja
Marja
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You lot must have been tired out from today, so please rest well tonight now.
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Grim
Grim
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Well, I'm not sleepy at all! I'm gonna keep playing!!
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Marja
Marja
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GO TA SLEEP!!!

What are you all going to do if any of you mess up during the race due to lack of sleep then?!

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Grim
Grim
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Fnagh?!
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Marja
Marja
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Even if tha're not flaggin' or still want t' play! Tha're going t' sleep!

Even the apples themselves spend all the time they need in winter to store nutrients so that they can bear delicious fruits! Have I made myself clear?!

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Grim
Grim
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I-I don't really get it but…got it…
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Jade
Jade
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She truly does a complete 180 whenever it comes to the sled race.
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Epel
Epel
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Ahaha…

Grandma, thanks for hosting the party tonight!

It was real fun!

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Epel
Epel
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Looks like grandma and the rest have all gone home already. Shall we get ready for bed then?
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Sebek
Sebek
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Yeah, let's.
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Jade
Jade
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Gentlemen, I'd like your attention please. Although Madame Marja had indeed ordered us to go to bed, there is still one more thing left for us to do.
What?
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Epel
Epel
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Something for us schoolmates to do before we sleep together, which means…we're having a pillow fight, right?!
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Sebek
Sebek
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No, surely he means we'll be working out before bed!
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Idia
Idia
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You know the Love Sled heroines held a pajama party in the anime right?
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Jade
Jade
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You are all wrong. The correct answer is "strategy meeting".

We should flesh out our strategies and protocols for tomorrow's race.

After all, we cannot afford to lose to Royal Sword Academy, can we.

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Sebek
Sebek
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I see now.
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Epel
Epel
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That's true, then let's do so.
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Jade
Jade
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During the party, I borrowed a copy of the race's rulebook from one of the villagers.

Let us first review the rules as we flip through its pages.

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Epel
Epel
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Wh-When did you… You're truly ever-prepared, Jade!
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Jade
Jade
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Rule Number 1 in the rulebook - If any one member out of the team of four were to be absent, the team becomes disqualified.

Rule Number 2. Winners are determined based on the cumulative time taken for all four members of the team to complete the race.

And rule number 3. The time taken for an individual member to complete the race is defined as the moment when the tip of the plushie's nose reaches the finish line.

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Sebek
Sebek
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So the record is based on the time taken for the plushie to reach the goal and not the sled or musher, huh? That was unexpected.
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Idia
Idia
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S-Sir Sebek… Friendly reminder that this is the Plush Sledding Race…

S-So the key players would be the plushies… We mushers act as their power supplies that enable them to move.

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Epel
Epel
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After all, honouring the animals is the heart of what the Kelkkarotu is in the first place.
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Jade
Jade
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Which means to say that the plushies cannot be hurt unlike our opponent's sleds.
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Epel
Epel
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…Jade, I have a feeling that your logic is leaping a bit too far there.
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Jade
Jade
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Rule Number 4 in the rulebook. Each participant will be responsible for any physical contact and crashing caused between sleds.
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Sebek
Sebek
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Mmm, better be careful then!
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Idia
Idia
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Which means… You won't get disqualified even if you just crashed only into other opponents?
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Jade
Jade
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Correct. There should be zero issue as long as we crash into our opponents' sleds while taking care to ensure that our own sleds do not get damaged.
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Idia
Idia
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Fuhee! Roger that!
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Epel
Epel
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Wha-?!
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Jade
Jade
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Rule Number 5. As mushers race along the course, they are not allowed to do so in a manner that would hinder the movements of other sleds.
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Sebek
Sebek
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Yeah, that's an obvious one!
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Jade
Jade
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In other words, creating pitfalls in the racecourse beforehand is perfectly okay according to the rules.
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Idia
Idia
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Doing it beforehand means that it'd fall out of the scope of the rule since it wouldn't be constructed while everyone is racing anyway, so it's safe to do for sure.
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Jade
Jade
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Indeed, you have a point! Now, on to the next rule…
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Epel
Epel
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S-Stop right there! Why don't we win without doing such tampering instead?!
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Idia
Idia
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Hah? But it's perfectly fine according to the rules. These aren't cheats or glitches~

Taking advantage of loopholes in the rules is literally Basic Game Strats 101. Boom, checkmate!

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Jade
Jade
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Quite true. After all, we are supposed to prioritise victory above all else.
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Epel
Epel
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No, this is a fight that Royal Sword Academy picked with us…
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Jade
Jade
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I don't recall them doing so, however?
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Epel
Epel
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I want us to teach them a lesson by winning with our true power! Otherwise, it just wouldn't sit well with me!
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Sebek
Sebek
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Yeah, same, Epel!

It is by fighting head on and winning with one's true strength that one is able to truly experience the joy of winning.

Even if we did win, it'd still be a hollow victory if we didn't play it fair. Is there even any meaning to such a disappointing victory?

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Jade
Jade
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The first years are quite the soft-…wholehearted bunch, it seems.
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Idia
Idia
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God no… This is why muscles for brains are so…
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Idia
Idia
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W-Well then… Could everyone please pay attention to yours truly's tablet for a bit.
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Epel
Epel
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…I-Isn't this a video of the Plush Sledding race course?!
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Idia
Idia
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I-I used a drone to record an aerial view of the course during our afternoon practice…☆
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Epel
Epel
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A drone?! You seriously brought such a thing along with you here?!
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Idia
Idia
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Yup… It's for videorecording the locations used in Love Sled since it can take wide shots~

And to think that it ended up being useful in this way.

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Sebek
Sebek
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I did think that his luggage was excessive, but I guess…
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Epel
Epel
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W-Wow…
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Idia
Idia
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I mean, it's not like the racecourse is hidden or anything, right? Preparing for tomorrow with this doesn't count under foul play in this case then.
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Epel
Epel
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That's true… This should still count as following the rules.
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Jade
Jade
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Pitfalls, too, fall within the scope of the rules.
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Epel
Epel
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Please don't treat the village's beloved Kelkkarotu as if it were an NRC event!
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Sebek
Sebek
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This is quite the convenient video recording. You can identify which passages will become deadlocks in a single glance.
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Jade
Jade
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Indeed. This will allow us to think holistically about the progression of the race.
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Sebek
Sebek
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Mm… We went through this area during practice earlier. There's three consecutive curves here and I ended up falling over while trying to get through.
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Epel
Epel
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For this part, you have to charge at full speed until you get to the start of the corner, and then make a sudden brake right before the curve.

That way, you can make use of the centrifugal force to quickly get the sled to face the exit of the corner.

Your deceleration will be minimal and it's effective for sharp turns, so even the triple curves can be cleared just by counting on your speed!

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Idia
Idia
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Ohh! That's what you call drifting in racing games, right!
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Epel
Epel
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Drifting is an actual driving technique, though. It's not just racing game jargon…
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Jade
Jade
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But it does seem like a gaming term in Idia's eyes.

Epel, wouldn't the musher end up slipping out of their sled if they were to speed into a corner as you described?

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Epel
Epel
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It's true that mushers would be prone to understeers that way since the ground's surface is also frozen over.

That's why you will need to counter steer so that you can correct your sled's movement.

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Grim
Grim
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…I don't get what you're sayin' at all.
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Jade
Jade
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe they are jargon used in motor racing. Epel does appear to be quite familiar in that aspect.
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Sebek
Sebek
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Now that you mention it, we did talk quite a bit about cars and magical wheels back at Harvest Highway.
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Epel
Epel
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Yeah, I'm a fan of magical wheels plus I watch races often, so I became familiar with driving techniques over time.

And then, I'd test out the techniques I learnt from the races while I'm sledding.

I think they could be applied in tomorrow's Kelkkarotu, so I'll make sure to teach everyone all sorts of tricks later!

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