@legitpancake That may have kicked off a quantum dimensional crossover event. The multi-quofs are from different realities, connected by that common electricity-surge incident, and quof dutifully ensures that each version gets independent credit for work completed.
I'd say that it's more that parallel Quofs translate their version of Bookworm, then our @Quof converts it to our Bookworm (like, for example, the Quof that happens to translate about the boy who was born to a female soldier and a male dyer)
So after sleeping on it (literally) and reading the feedback in this topic, we will proceed with the suggested spoiler policy.
If someone makes a new topic and does not specify in the title it involves future content, or in the opening post that future content is present, I will treat them as volume discussion topics and remove future spoiler content.
Now that being said, unless someone specifically says the topic is a no spoiler zone, if someone wants to drop some ambiguity in a spoiler tag, I will leave that be, if they are direct about it I will do what I usually do, delete, and send a DM.
Please see the previously mentioned thread for an example, as I have edited some posts.
F: Well it mostly just takes care of itself.
F: After investing enough mana over sufficient period of time the baby appears before the mother as a complete being.
M: ...Excuse me?
F: Well obviously it's a little more involved. I presume the mother uses a magic circle of some sort to teleport the infant out of the belly. How else would you extract it from their person?
M: Oh Ferdinand. Oh no...
So does Ferdinand think that dying during childbirth is due to a teleportation error, or... X3
Nobles probably don't die during childbirth very often considering all the magic tools they have and considering that Ferdinand didn't seem to think it carried much risk when the grey priests asked him about it, and it is pretty clear that even Ferdinand doesn't know that much about commoners. We have heard a lot about nobles dying of illness, but the only instance I can think of where we have been told a noble died in the proximity of giving birth was Bezewanst and Veronica's mother, who was ill throughout the pregnancy with Bezewanst and may or may not have actually died during childbirth, I can't remember if that was ever specified.
Your insightful and I believe accurate comment killed @ShibariUsagi's joke more thoroughly than a childbirth-telefrag could a noble mother. XD
We have multiple reasons to believe that pavement was just mundane bricks and not actually part of the magical construct that is the temple. For one, if Myne had actually managed to break the protections imbued within a part of the city of Ehrenfest proper, Ferdinand's reaction would likely have been a bit more energetic than just throwing her into the repentance chamber. For another, all indications are these constructs don't have substance beyond that which is being maintained by the mana. If you broke a chunk off, you'd implicitly be cutting it off from the mana source powering it, at which point it'll just collapse into dust. And as a final point, if one had access to the amount of mana necessary to perform this breakage, it's probably more productively used directly in an offensive manner than any sort of roundabout way.
I think I found an inconsistency in P3V5 chapter Illgner's Harvest Festival.
When I entered the winter mansion, Fran was standing by the room normally used by blue priests.
“There was an urgent matter in the side building that I needed to address. I wanted to ask the gray priest planning to get married how he felt.”
Both refer to the same place. Asking from Hiroto he said that both terms are the same in Japanese and it is a hard term to translate. For consistency's sake I think here "winter mansion" should most likely be "side building" because the conversation seemed to take place where blue priests stay during spring prayer and harvest festival rather than in the winter mansion for commoners and the English translation differentiates between the two.
-- even now, a decade after her [Georgine's] departure.
In the same chapter it is stated it has been nearly 20 years. A few chapters earlier Ferdinand said she had left before he was baptized. (Minimum 15 years.) I questioned this on Discord and Hiroto checked it out for me:
Hmm, I'm afraid "a decode" is wrong. It is "more than a decade".
(I am compiling a list of possible errors on my current re-read and will send the full list at some point towards the support email address, but I'll report this one here now since it is a little bit newer one and think people might be looking through the correction forum before the first edition of books goes to print.)
@ineluki I feel that the lack of elderly characters in the lower city is most certainly a factor of them just not leaving the house much combined with disease. As for the prevalence of dead mothers, I assume that is likely do to dying in childbirth, or complications there of. Childbirth used to be the leading cause of death in women prior to the hygiene revolution in our world and I doubt that is much different in Bookwormverse, especially for commoners. There is healing magic, but i got the implication that being able to perform said magic is rare and difficult, likely in part due to needing to over come the injured person's own mana to effect healing, and I wouldn't be surprised if compatibility was also a factor. This all leads me to the firm belief that childbirth is the reason so many women are dying in Ehrenfest and to a certain extent explains why seemingly so many noble men seek 'flowers' because of the complete lack of pregnancy chance and that a commoner dying from childbirth would be way way less damaging to a family than the wife dying. Honestly I find it somewhat odd that we've seen implications that wives find it poor taste that their husbands would fulfill their needs elsewhere, if there is no birthcontrol, then it would be so much safer for the noble women that way.
This of course to a certain extent is off topic to the idea of dethroning or disposing of the nobility, except in so far as it being even more reasons why the current devaluation of commoners has arisen in Ehrenfest and elsewhere. I do have to agree with Rozemyne's assumptions that the temple used to be much more important and I have to wonder if in that time period if the gap in treatment between nobles and commoners was less brutal. We surely are seeing the eventual shift towards a more kind relationship between nobles and commoners, or at least a better educated relationship, via Rozemyne's actions in part three, and i highly doubt that they would not continue into part 4 and beyond. Frankly it has in a way been the moral delima of the entire story, that by our standards the way commoners are treated is wrong, but that the value difference in this world is absolute, or at least unavoidable. inequality is inherient in Bookwormverse, and frankly I find it somewhat refreshing that the story deals with it at all unlike so many other fantasy stories that seem to ignore how some people having magic would radically change social structures. It does though beg the question as to how the story will ultimately end up coming down on this major issue. Will Rozemyne adapt truly to the status quo as we've seen it presented choosing the easy path for her ascent into librianhood, or will she take a moral route of slowly and surely shifting the world to a more fair society for all? To me I can only hope that she does choose what is right over what is easy, but honestly her track record on motivation has been rather poor showing for her. At this point from my perspective we are being shown that her bookwormness is reaching the point of being borderline morally repugnant, and that I suspect she will at some point have to truly choose between books and the people she cares about and will have to forsake one of them.
@hiroto Yea, I've removed it from the list of errors. Still, the others on the list above, still not fixed in ebook version, almost a year now. The one that bother me most is calling Lutz, Gil (unless this is not an error).
The others, I could excuse as minor errors
@strangeattractor Thanks! It's gratifying to know that there are some who enjoyed my little story. In the alternate reality where I managed to deliver the abridged version, the part that you mentioned would have been one of the kernels that would have been kept 😊.