Even after Andragoras’s departure from the battlefield, blood continued to flow…
Notes under the cut:
And the first chapter comes to a close! (Sorry for the wait.)
An addendum to my commentary re: “Continental Highway” from the last update — only after I’d written up that bit did I realize that the closer equivalence is not the Silk Road as I had automatically assumed, but rather the Persian Royal Road. Doh. So another possibility for translation would be “Royal Highway”, I suppose… but for now I’ll stick with Continental Highway as the most accurate to the text.
And for this time’s update, the Lusitanian god Ialdabaoth (イアルダボート) seems to be named after the Gnostic figure whose name is also spelled as Yaldabaoth and Yaltabaoth. The more you know!
In the meantime, I hope you are all as excited as I am about the new manga adaptation of Arslan by Arakawa Hiromu (of Fullmetal Alchemist fame). And hi any incoming readers whose interest was piqued by said manga! *waves* As is probably obvious, this is very much a personal, one-person project, and I’m pretty anal about getting the terminology right, so updates will be unfortunately very inconsistent. I apologize in advance for that.
(On that note, if renewed interest from this new serialization results in an English license for the novels — hey, one can dream — I will probably pull these down. It’s not very likely at this point, given my admittedly shallow understanding of the market and how imported fantasy like Moribito and 12 Kingdoms have done in the past, but just as a heads up in case it does happen.)