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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })All Urano Motosu has ever wanted to do is read as many books as she possibly can. After she finally manages to become a librarian, her greatest friend suddenly betrays her: During an earthquake, the stacked up books near her fall down and crush her to death. Her dying wish is that she can be reborn and keep reading more books. Well, she gets half of what she wanted: Rebirth, but as a poor, illiterate and sickly child named Myne in the medieval period.Not only is Myne incapable of reading, there's almost no writing to be found. Books are a privilege of the wealthy as they have to be written or copied out painstakingly by hand and only the wealthy could afford such a thing. Fine. If there are no books, then she'll have to make them herself. Unfortunately, paper and ink are also much too expensive to get, meaning she'll have to invent them and anything else she needs. But Myne's read a lot of books in her lifetime, and has been doing crafts since she was a child (the first time around), so she knows what to do, and even how to do it sometimes. But her resources are limited and her knowledge isn't perfect, so that means a lot of trial and error. And a little help would be appreciated, which she gets in the form of a neighbor boy named Lutz.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })But her odd knowledge and apparent genius do not go unnoticed. Her rapid inventing and need for materials soon attracts the interests of those above her station. From merchants who seek to profit from her craft, to nobles and religious leaders who wish to exploit her for their own ends.And there's another problem, too. Remember the part about being sickly? That's important. Not only is Myne weak, tiny and prone to fevers if she exerts herself or is exposed to bad weather, but she's also prone to a mysterious fever that will rampage through her body. A fever that seems tied to how determined she is. It can be kept at bay through sheer willpower, but this "solution" won't work forever. More than the books, if Myne cannot defeat this illness she will truly die once more.The Light Novels are available in English from J-Novel Club and Bookwalker. An anime of 14 episodes produced by Ajiado was released in October 2019. A second season aired in Spring 2020, and a third has been announced.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })A Spin-Off manga series, Ascendance of a Bookworm Official Comic Anthology began in 2019.
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In Part 2, Volume 2, Ferdinand plays the harspiel, which mesmerizes Myne. When asked by Myne what she thinks of his play, she notes that if he were to play a love song, all women would fall for him and start to act like Fangirls. This is exactly what happens in Part 3, Volume 1, first with Rozemyne's attendants, then later again with the noblewomen during the charity concert.
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Supernatural Elite
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Supernatural Elite: Only nobles have easy access to the means to handle the Pent-Up Power Peril that manifests as the Devouring to which children born with magic are prone, and a child's mana level depends mostly on their mother's. Commoners who do get mana usually die of the Devouring before age seven. This results in magic use remaining something only found in nobles. There is a way to survive for non-nobles, but it boils down to pledging to become a noble's slave in exchange for an excess mana-absorbing item. Before the arrangement gets actually made and if the noble changes their mind, the alternative is to pay a lot of money for a defective or broken mana-absorbing item that only works once, overall making the option available only for people who already have a lot of money and connections to nobles.
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Pent-Up Power Peril: This is the how the Devouring kills its hosts. Someone afflicted with this condition (like Myne) generates more mana than he or she can release on his or her own. Once said mana overloads, it causes the sufferer to die. The severe symptoms include constant fevers, lethargy, hypersensitivity to harsh weather, and an ominously yellow aura with glowing rainbow irises in times of stress and despair. In fact, children with this illness are not expected to live beyond seven years old, at least in commoner households. Another sufferer, Freida, explains to Myne that it is possible to control the overloads so that they don't become lethal. However, this is largely unsustainable since the magical items needed to siphon the excess mana are rare, prohibitively expensive, and those available for sale to commoners tend to be damaged or defective ones that each works only once before breaking into little more than crumbs and powder.
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Tempting Fate
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Tempting Fate: In Part 2, Volume 1, in one scene Lutz leaves Myne at the temple, but none of her attendants are waiting at the gate to pick her up. Seeing as she doesn't know how a noble would act in such a situation, she just walks to her room alone. On her way, she thinks "...It's not like anybody will be there to get mad at me." Cue Ferdinand waiting in her room getting mad at her.
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Do You Want to Haggle?
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Do You Want to Haggle?: The main skill of any Merchant. Thanks to Benno's training, Myne has gotten quite skilled at it, even getting a great deal out of Benno for exclusive rights to her hairpins.
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Acceptable Feminine Goals and Traits
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Acceptable Feminine Goals and Traits: Women in this world do work for a living, but both commoners and nobles expect that a woman will be a wife in addition to anything else she does. Effa tells Myne that she won't be "a beauty" if she can't cook and sew, and after she joins the temple and is forbidden to marry, Ferdinand nonetheless tells Myne that she'll have plenty of suitors once she turns fifteen.
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Poor Communication Kills
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Poor Communication Kills: Part 1: Mark's first experience with Myne's collapsing without notice was due to Myne overexerting herself. Prior to that visit, Lutz asked Myne if she was able to get to Benno's. Myne thought the question was about if she knew the way. Lutz's intention was because of Myne's health. The reason that Myne ends up involved in temple matters is that the people who know the cause of her Devouring never properly explained it to her until after she mentioned suffering from it to members of the temple. Benno should have realised that there was a good chance of her collapsing during the baptism ritual and that if that happened there was a good chance her Devouring would have come up. However, it was not actually the Devouring that caused her to collapse, and she did not mention the Devouring until later. It was a massive oversight on Benno's part to not see the potential danger of not warning her about mentioning the Devouring in the temple. Part 2: At the end of Volume 1, Lutz ends up briefly running away from his family because he feels they aren't respecting his dream of becoming a merchant, are being too controlling and only thinking of themselves, especially his father. It's not until high priest Ferdinand steps in that he realizes that not only was his father thinking of him the whole time, but was even right about some of his concerns. He's just a gruff man who doesn't talk much about how he feels or what he's thinking unless forced. After that, the two finally get down to talking and figuring out a way to make things work. At the end of Volume 4, Delia takes her adoptive brother, Dirk, to High Bishop Bezewanst, who notices that Dirk suffers from the Devouring. He then gives Dirk to Bindewald, who makes Dirk his slave via a submissive magic contract. Myne knew Dirk had the Devouring, but didn't tell Delia, because she was advised by Ferdinand that if word got out, some noble would have immediately made Dirk his slave. Instead, she lies to Delia and tells her that Ferdinand looked for, but couldn't find a family to adopt Dirk. Part 3: Rozemyne's request for a workshop and orphanage in the style of the temple is approved by Sylvester, who orders Ferdinand to construct the chapel and monastery. Ferdinand, who usually acts as Sylvester and Rozemyne's Cloudcuckoolander's Minder, didn't interfere because he thought Rozemyne was plotting this from the start, and her goal was to satisfy him and Sylvester with a good meal to gain their approval. He didn't realize she still didn't know enough about noble society, and that she never wanted to put the town of Hasse in such a dangerous position where the unknowing citizens committed high treason by attacking a white building that was owned by nobles.
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Reality Ensues
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Reality Ensues: Someone might have been a bookworm who read countless books ranging from all different kind of subjects, but just reading about how something is done doesn't make you a master of making it. You will still need to practice before you develop the necessary skills, or use trial and error to work around the obstacles. If you reincarnate somewhere completely by chance in a medieval setting, you'll probably be poor. If you're poor in a medieval setting, you're almost guaranteed to be illiterate. Hygiene was also... difficult in those times, leaving Myne horrified at how "disgusting" her family is. People will start to wonder how a young girl who is usually bedridden by fever suddenly knows how to make so many things and use odd phrases. More so when she knows how to do something despite admitting she's never done it herself. Many of the products we have now are only cheap commodities because of the complex infrastructure we have. To people living in medieval times, where everything has to be handcrafted on the spot, things like shampoo and hair clips are extremely high-end luxuries. The clothing of Commoners in medieval times generally are for utility, not for show. Myne end up making her family stand out a lot with the decorations she made, which would have normally been seen as a frivolous thing for them. This becomes a minor plot point where the Temple Priest assumes she's wealthy. This universe's locals aren't immune, either. Lutz's romanticized idea of the traveling merchant life is shattered when Otto explains that it's a difficult and dangerous career, one which no one in their right mind would take up unless they were very poor and lacked citizenship (Lutz was born in this town, so even though his family is poor, he automatically becomes a citizen when he comes of age). And even if you wanted to do it anyway, the routes traders take are a closely-guarded secret. When Myne gets a younger sibling, a few lines of dialog from adults make it clear that high miscarriage and infancy mortality rates are the reason her family only had two children at the time at which she was reincarnated.
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Framing Device: The anime's first scene is the High Priest going back and examining Myne's memories. Presumably, this continues until the scene appears again at the end of the second season.
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Childhood Friends
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Watching the heavily implied Childhood Friends Ferdinand, Karstedt and Sylvester interact with each other is amusing in its own right, but it only gets better after finding out that all three of them are related to each other and Sylvester is the archduke of Ehrenfest, which means that both Myne and the reader have been watching family bickering between three very high-status men all this time.
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Panacea
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Panacea: Part 3's main plot revolves around gathering materials for a jureve potion, which is one of the strongest rejuvenation potions in existence. It can restore even a person on the brink of death, which is why Rozemyne needs one to fix the hardened mana that formed inside her body while the original Myne was overwhelmed by the Devouring.
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Chekhov's Gun: In the anime, Myne finds a book at a merchant's stall around the end of Episode 1. In the first OVA episode, one of the nobles doing research on Myne comes across the same book, and ends up buying it roughly 2 years later. At the end of Part 3, Sylvester leaves Myne a necklace with a black stone, as thanks for giving him a tour in the temple and the commoner forest outside of the town. He tells her it's a protection charm and that she should touch it with her blood if her life is in danger. It's a magic tool that makes Myne a part of Sylvester's family. By using it at the end of Part 2, Myne was adopted by Sylvester.
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In Medias Res: The anime begins with a flash-forward to the Blue-Robed Priestess arc with the high priest using magic to check Myne's memories, at which point the story chronologically begins.
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
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Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The head of the merchant guild and his granddaughter are very friendly to Myne, but they're also looking out for ways to exploit her knowledge. If she was in better health, they'd forcibly adopt her and take her from her family. However, it's later subverted in some side chapters: While Freida and her grandfather are both pretty greedy, they're also very concerned about Myne and Benno respectively but tend to alienate people.
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Textile Work Is Feminine: Textile work is generally the kind of work left to women. Lutz's mother, Karla, weaves fabric, while Effa works as a dyer (but is also a skilled seamstress), and Tuuli becomes a seamstress apprentice after her baptism, with her goal to become as good as Benno's sister, Corinna, one day. Myne is told that women who can cook and sew are viewed as beautiful, as it's a very useful and attractive skill to have in a family.
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Bilingual Bonus
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Bilingual Bonus: A lot of the names and spells are of German origin. People who know German will sometimes learn the meaning of things before they are explained.
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Pauper Patches
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Pauper Patches: Poor commoners such as Myne's family and the non-baptized orphans from the temple orphanage have patches on their clothes. This also applies to any background or bit character of sufficiently low status.
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Succession Crisis: Defied. As there can only be one heir to a duchy, the heir is chosen amongst the children of a duke's first wife. If they all come with similar mana levels, the more competent one is chosen as heir. This all needs to happen long before the current ruler dies, to prevent a crisis. Sylvester was the winner of the current generation, and thus became Ehrenfest's archduke. His older sister married an archduke from another duchy. Sylvester doesn't like this tradition, though, and he's decided from the start that Wilfried is his designated heir. Unfortunately, this makes Wilfried lazy and complacent, as he does not have to put an effort into earning his privileges. He drastically changes after Ferdinand threatens to make Sylvester disinherit him and instead train one of Wilfried's younger siblings, if he turns out to be completely incompetent.
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Misplaced Retribution: It is common practice for nobles to not just punish a person if they are guilty of a crime, but their entire family and anyone associated with them as well. At the end of Part 2, after Sylvester sentences High Bishop Bezewanst to die, all of his associates are to be executed as well. In Part 3, citizens of Hasse attack the newly built monastery, which is a direct attack on the archduke's family, as Rozemyne is Sylvester's adopted daughter. Ferdinand wants Rozemyne to destroy the entire town and kill its people, but changes his mind to let Rozemyne experiment on Hasse and have her learn how to become more manipulative.
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Deadly Euphemism
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Deadly Euphemism: "Climbing up the towering stairway" is a noble's way to say someone died. This is first mentioned in Part 2, Volume 4 by Fran when he realizes that High Priest Ferdinand had his head attendant Arno killed. It's mentioned again in Part 3, Volume 1, when a side chapter from Cornelius's point of view brings up Karstedt's deceased third wife, Rozemary. The explanation comes in Part 3, Volume 2, when Rozemyne has to write in a letter that Bezewanst was executed. The mayor of Hasse, to whom she writes, doesn't understand the meaning and thinks Bezewanst was promoted.
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You Didn't Ask
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You Didn't Ask: Happens to Johann. He really should have asked Benno what he meant when Benno said that Johann shouldn't worry about his patron ever running out of money. His patron is Myne; you either keep up with all the inventions she wants you to make or sink to the depths of despair. Benno is the one funding her, so money is not the issue; never before seen crazy inventions she wants you to make ARE!
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Tomato in the Mirror: Averted. Lutz assumes that the current Myne is actually the disease that killed the original Myne and took over her body. The current Myne makes it clear that she is not.
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Cooldown Hug: Myne can calm her raging emotions (and mana) if she embraces or is embraced by another person. She regularly receives hugs from Tuuli and Lutz and later Ferdinand. At the end of Part 2, Volume 2, after Ferdinand is clearly affected by the wave of emotions he just experienced, Myne gives him a hug.
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Exotic Extended Marriage: This has yet to be shown among commoners, but nobles are known to take both extra spouses and concubines. Karstedt had three wives at some point, one of them having died a few years prior to Myne meeting him. When shown Sylvester's home, Myne is explicitly told that there's a wing meant for his eventual second and third wives.
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Low Fantasy
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Low Fantasy: Played with an ultimately Subverted. Magic is such an unimportant part of commoners' everyday lives that outside of the occasional Fantastic Flora, it takes a long time for Myne to even realize that it exists. It doesn't actually affect people's lives most of the time and is generally only used for important things like religious rituals. This may be just a matter of perspective, as the nobles seem to hoard the secrets of magic for themselves, so the use of magic seems to rise the higher up the social ladder you are. This is more the case for people in the city rather than the country, as some of the biggest rituals magic is used for are performed on the fields during planting and harvest.
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Adapted Out
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Adapted Out: The anime just plain got rid of several minor characters from the novel: Shuu, Urano's Cloudcuckoolander's Minder and Only Friend, who by the nature of the plot only showed up in the prologue and his own Perspective Flip chapter. As a stepping stone between being home all day and getting her job helping Otto at the city gate, Myne is left with a babysitter named Gerda who otherwise watches over a bunch of toddlers. In the novel, Myne's cover story for already knowing how to make baskets is that Gerda taught her how to do it. Freida has parents, two older brothers, at least one aunt, and at least one uncle. Myne meets the parents and brothers during the novel version of her stay at Freida's house. The aunt and uncle are known of due to her grandfather's marriage offers to Benno's family that are only mentioned in the novels.
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Lap Pillow: Myne is given one at the beginning of Part 2 by Benno, after she collapses at the end of his meeting with High Priest Ferdinand. Discussed in Part 3. There is an incident upon which Rozemyne notices her attendant Fran is overtired, asks him to rest and makes him choose between two available options. She more or less threatens to have him sleep on the piece of furniture on which she's currently sitting and use her lap as a pillow if he refuses those options.
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Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You
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Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You: When Lutz figures out in Part 1 that "Myne" is actually another person entirely, he angrily tells her to get out of Myne's body. She calmly responds with a "Sure, but wait until we get home first or you'll have to explain why you have a corpse on your hands." He hadn't realized that the original Myne had already died, that the new Myne didn't want to be here at all, and that she could die at any moment if her will to live decreased even a little.
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Sex Slave
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Between the consequences of the recent purge of the nobility and human trafficking being technically legal in the setting, both blue-robes and grey-robes can leave the temple for positions in which they are no longer expected to be celibate. Ironically, some blue-robes were disqualified from properly joining noble society after the purge due to abusing the Sex Slave loophole while in the temple.
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No Body Left Behind: In Part 3, Ferdinand casts a spell on the Hasse traitors, which turns them into stone, then shatters the bodies, leaving nothing but dust behind.
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Secret Test of Character
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Secret Test of Character: It's implied that Sylvester accompanying Myne during the Spring Ritual was all a test. A test which she passed, as he leaves her with a necklace that would save her if she was in danger. Sylvester is in truth not a blue priest but the archduke of Ehrenfest. His teasing is him testing Myne's patience, he sees her capabilities and how well she could pass off as a noble, he gets to talk with Benno to discuss Myne's printing business plans, and he questions the gray priests about Myne's influence. After concluding that Myne is worthy, he gifts her the stone that would bind her to him if used.
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Literally Shattered Lives
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Literally Shattered Lives: In Part 3, this is how Ferdinand executes the mayor of Hasse and his collaborators. He casts a spell with which their medals are dissolved, causing the victims to turn into stone and then shatter, leaving nothing behind.
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Family Relationship Switcheroo
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Family Relationship Switcheroo: The story has a faked case involving the polygynous marriages common among nobles. Rozemyne is passed off as the daughter of her father and one of his wives, but her real mother is another of her father's wives. In reality, she's the daughter of neither of the two women.
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Magically Binding Contract: Myne signs one with the Gilberta Company, assigning them various financial and trade rights to her innovations, and carrying similar guarantees for her. This is as much to her advantage as the company's, since as long as she is under contract, she can't be "stolen" by nobility or other highly placed people, which would otherwise be a real danger for her and her "creations".
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Gem Heart
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Gem Heart: Feystones are the hearts of feybeasts crystallized upon their death. This can also happen to humans who have mana.
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Gag Echo
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Gag Echo: In the anime, after Myne gets the idea of making a picture book for a baby she knows to be coming, there is a montage of Lutz, Benno and Ferdinand all having the same bemused reaction to the notion of a picture book. Myne's reaction to Ferdinand's is the feeling she's hearing an echo.
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Adult Fear
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Adult Fear: Myne's parents and any adults closely involved with her life experience this. For her family, they have to face the harsh reality that she might die from her Devouring and they are powerless to help her. If Myne is abducted by nobles from another territory, neither Benno nor the highest ranked noble of their territory could do anything about it. When Effa enters labour, Gunther's prays for it goes well since the family already had two miscarriages before Tuuli and Myne were born.
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Neutrality Backlash
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Neutrality Backlash: The Ehrenfest duchy didn't take a side during the nobility's civil war. On one hand, it is in a better position in the duchy rankings than it was before the war due to the duchies who lost it being in worse position than the used to. On the the other, Ehrenfest has little to no influence on other duchies and only ally it has is one that was made through a political marriage.
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Game Changer
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Game Changer: Myne could accurately be described as a game changer engine due to her past life memories. Between being dragged into various arts and crafts hobbies by her mom, her education, and prodigious reading of various fields of study making her a polymath, she is primed for reinventing the various technologies necessary to achieve her goals. When discussing her first picture book with Ferdinand he is floored that she has already produced 30 copies. Myne summarizes the process of stencil printing to him and the explanation leaves him so stunned he freezes up like a crashed computer until Myne snaps him out of it. After receiving the metal letter types she commissioned Myne explodes in a joyous frenzy and outright declares that this is the moment history will be changed forever. A demonstration of what they are for and how they work causes most of the witnesses, Benno, the smith foreman, and Myne's bodyguard, to immediately grasp the gravity of the situation and agree with her claim. A later demonstration to Ferdinand yields similar results and he echoes, "This will change history... Yes, I understand that now."
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Wham Line: At end of Season 2 (which is an adaptation of scene that happens mid-way through Part 2 of the books), Ferdinand asks something that brings a so-far unexpected upgrade to Myne's prospects. At the very end of Part 2, Myne sums up what her life will be like as Rozemyne, her newly-minted noble identity. The Archduke then tells her she's mistaken about something neither she nor the reader saw coming:
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That's an Order!
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That's an Order!: Invitations are only invitations in name, if the person inviting another is of higher status. Myne for instance cannot refuse an invitation from Corinna or Benno, as they are higher-ranked people than Effa and Tuuli in the Tailors' Guild. The temple invitations that Myne hands out to Lutz's parents in Part 2, Volume 1 are also basically subpoenas. This is basically what the High Bishop at the end of Part 1 says to Myne's parents, when he demands to hand her over. As commoners, they have no right to refuse a noble, but Gunther does so anyway and defends Myne from the High Bishop's attendants. It's only after Myne Crushes him with her mana that High Priest Ferdinand takes over, who explicitly requests for Myne to join the temple.
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Do Well, but Not Perfect: Myne sells the formula she uses to make shampoo, which at one point contains the necessary step of filtering oil through a ragged cloth. When the buyer tries to use her recipe to make oil, she tells him that the cloth he's using is too high quality and won't work for making shampoo. She has to tell them an alternate recipe for shampoo instead, which does end up higher quality than the first stuff she sold them.
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Book-Ends: The last episode of Season 2 of the anime has Ferdinand preparing to read Myne's mind with a magic tool, which was also the first scene of the first episode of the series.
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They're Called
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They're Called "Personal Issues" for a Reason: Defied. When Myne is unable to focus on her work because of Lutz' issues with his parents, she tells Ferdinand that it's not his problem and she'll be able to work just fine. Ferdinand responds that she's not working fine, and if her problems are interfering with her work, then they are his business and he'll help resolve them so that his assistant can do her job.
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Achievements in Ignorance
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Achievements in Ignorance: Mostly involving Myne and her use of mana, because for most of the books her knowledge of magic starts and stops at "If I wear a magic ring and invoke the name of god or goddess and spend some mana, then magic happens". As the most egregious example, she is able to invoke the blessings of the divine Mother and Father of the pantheon (Goddess of Light and God of Darkness, respectively) and all 5 main gods (including the God of Life) during one spell, despite the fact that invoking more than one god is extremely taxing and makes the chance of success drop sharply, thanks to the gods having sharply delineated areas of influence and not liking to "play" together - doubly so when invoking the God of Life in a blessing with any other of the divines, since he's the pantheon's Black Sheep and nobody likes him. In Part 3, Volume 1, during Rozemyne's first magic lesson, she restores a feystone that burst into tiny pieces by gathering the pieces and imagining them to be clay, which she can then put together again. Ferdinand, who moments ago told her that what she's doing is futile, is left dumbfounded and ends the lesson immediately because he's getting a headache after witnessing what Rozemyne just achieved. In Rozemyne's second lesson, she manages to create her highbeast. The form of the beast however is a flying car, which she imagined based on something she remembered in her past life. Nobles assume that a highbeast needs to have wings to fly, but since Rozemyne's imagination is not limited by this thought, she created something that was deemed impossible. Come Part 4, more people at the Royal Academy see her highbeast. Since they have already seen that it's not impossible to create highbeasts without wings, some start to imitate Rozemyne and achieve similar results.
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Snark-to-Snark Combat
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Snark-to-Snark Combat: Once Myne and the High Priest get to know each other long enough, a lot of their private conversation devolve to this.
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Call a Rabbit a
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Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Tends to happen when the people of this world are confronted with Myne's futuristic concepts. Her shampoo gets branded as "rinsham" (a portmanteau of "rinse" and "shampoo"), and everyone refers to libraries as "book rooms." Even the "potatoffel," a plant that seems identical to a potato, sounds like a mix between "potato" and its German equivalent "Kartoffel".
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Forced to Watch: Justified in Part 3. Ferdinand forces Rozemyne to watch how the mayor of Hasse and his faction are executed. The entire story of Hasse is meant to be a learning experience as a noble for her.
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How Is That Even Possible?
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How Is That Even Possible?: Everyone's reaction around Myne when they see just how much mana she has.
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Doorstop Baby
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Door Stop Baby: In Part 2, Volume 4, a baby is found at the entrance of the temple. Myne gives the baby to Delia to take care of and names him Dirk.
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Secret Secret-Keeper
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Eckhart, Karstedt's oldest son, gives a much more muted welcome to Rozemyne than his younger brothers do. It later turns out that Eckhart was one of two people asked by Ferdinand to investigate Myne while her spot as a blue shrine maiden was being set up. This means that he was a Secret Secret-Keeper the first time he properly spoke with Rozemyne and up to the point where he was formally added to her roster of helpers precisely because he was one.
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Serious Business
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Serious Business: Do not get between Myne and her precious reading time, as her attendants find out.
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Fantastic Flora
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Fantastic Flora: The first indication that Myne was reincarnated in a fantasy setting is the paru tree, a strange tree made of ice that grows coconut-type fruit that can only be harvested in the early hours of the morning during winter. Once the sun gets too high, the tree flings its fruit an incredible distance and melts. Another is the taue, a fruit that swells with water during the summer, and is used by the people of the town as water balloons for a wedding festival. But if a person with Mana touches the fruit, it suddenly transforms into a Trombe, an invasive, mana-hungry, fire-resistant woody plant that grows extremely fast (as in, after the seed cracks, it immediately lays roots and grows almost a couple of feet in as many seconds). Lutz calls his brother and cousin to immediately cut it apart before it can keep growing, as its rapid growth sucks up all the nutrients in an area and, if it grows into a tree, ruins the soil in a large area for other plants afterwards and takes entire teams of knights to take down (it also seems to shoot off its seeds like the Paru). Said wood is also noted to be unable to burn. However, it turns out its bark is actually one of the best materials for Myne's paper. Even cooking ingredients aren't exempt. A radish can scream or a mushroom dance.
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Missed Him by That Much
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Missed Him by That Much: The anime bonus episode that adapts Justus and Eckhart's investigation of Myne in the lower city (a fact only revealed to Myne in Part 3, Volume 2 in the novels) adds this element to the story. Much like in the original, Eckhart is being The Load due to the lower city's stench literally making him sick while Justus does most of the work. In the anime version however, Justus comes very close to seeing Myne twice. The first time is outside of Benno's shop, which she had left seconds before. Later, near the end of his search, he walks right past her without noticing, because she's carrying a huge loaf of bread in front of her face.
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Here We Go Again!
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Here We Go Again!: Pretty much the reaction of anyone close to Myne when she does something outrageous without realizing it.
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Darwinist Desire
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Darwinist Desire: Due to the child's mana usually coming from the mother, Ferdinand states that when Myne comes of age, it is very likely a large number of Noble male suitors will be after her due to her very large amount of mana reserves.
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Stern Teacher
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Ferdinand, the Stern Teacher to whom other people's feelings are frequently an afterthought to getting desired results, is the Superego.
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Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: The whole "starting apprenticeships at age seven" practice includes High-Class Call Girl type jobs. This results in the story showing no less than two different girls whose ages are still in the single digits talking about how they are going to be someone's mistress or concubine later. As someone who knows what those positions entail only because she's essentially an adult trapped in a child's body, Myne is quite disturbed by this. To most people, Myne's ability to converse intelligently with adults on business matters is impressive. To Lutz, it's a sign that she's suffering from Demonic Possession.
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Crime of Self-Defense: The setting's society is stratified enough that when one person attacks another, law will always favor the person with higher status. Unsuprisingly, the higher in status one is, the better they are at Playing the Victim Card.
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The Oldest Profession: Bar waitresses also work as prostitutes.
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One of the means by which Damuel's Impoverished Patrician situation is established is via mentioning he had to borrow money from his older brother's mistress' family to be able to pay a hefty fine. The mistress turns out to be Myne's friend Freida, a young girl from a wealthy commoner family who is already known to be destined to become an unnamed noble's mistress once she reaches adulthood.
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Armor-Piercing Question: Damuel receives one as part of the "The Reason You Suck" Speech he gets from Ferdinand after letting the higher-status Shikza bully Myne for being a commoner. "Would you have done the same if you were ordered to protect a member of archduke's family?" The question is relevant because Damuel had both the time and the means to get someone of higher status than Shikza involved, and Ferdinand considers that he didn't do so because deep-down, he viewed Myne as someone of lower status than him despite otherwise treating her nicely enough to have no problem explaining things to her.
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Psychic Link: The archduke possesses a magic tool that allows a person to search the innermost memories of another if they share the same or similar color of mana. It is usually used on criminals to get a foolproof testimony, but Ferdinand is given the device at the end of Part 2 to ascertain who Myne truly is and what her intentions are. Due to the link they also share emotions, and Myne's emotions deeply affect Ferdinand to the point that he begins to cry when Urano is overwhelmed by her feelings to see her mother again.
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High-Class Call Girl
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The whole "starting apprenticeships at age seven" practice includes High-Class Call Girl type jobs. This results in the story showing no less than two different girls whose ages are still in the single digits talking about how they are going to be someone's mistress or concubine later. As someone who knows what those positions entail only because she's essentially an adult trapped in a child's body, Myne is quite disturbed by this.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: At the end of Part 2, Delia takes it upon herself to find someone who would adopt Dirk. She brings him to the High Bishop, who sells Dirk out to Count Bindewald, who forces Dirk into a slave contract, as Dirk has the Devouring. If Delia had waited until Myne had been adopted as a noble, she could have been able to take care of Dirk. The entire mess with the town of Hasse in Part 3 happens due to some unfortunate decisions Rozemyne makes based on a few misunderstandings. First, she asks for a workshop and orphanage, similar to the already established workshop in the Ehrenfest Capital temple. Second, she takes in orphans that were about to be sold, in the belief that this would save the orphans from mistreatment and relieve the townspeople of a financial burden. However, the orphans were already promised to other nobles and they are considered the shared property of the town, which she just stole from them. The mayor thought he would have former High Bishop Bezewanst's backing, which incited him to retrieve the orphans that were taken from him. By sending a few of his citizens to attack the monastery, he committed high treason. While Rozemyne manages to prevent the entire annihilation of Hasse and its people, she has to isolate and execute the mayor's faction, and the town must pay more taxes for the next decade with no help from priests to revitalize the land for next spring.
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Humble Pie
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Humble Pie: Wilfried's "High Bishop for one day" day in Part 3, Volume 2 ends up being one. Neither the attendants nor Ferdinand are willing to spoil him, and due to his illiteracy and laziness, he and Lamprecht end up being humiliated. The cherry on the top is when he returns home, when he hears his father seriously considering to disinherit his son. Wilfried vows to change and with Rozemyne's help improves drastically in only a few months.
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Magitek
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Magitek: Registered merchants carry a magic-powered debit card.
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Worthless Yellow Rocks
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Worthless Yellow Rocks: Shumil "mana crystals" to commoner children. The never realize they are selling off tiny feystones. After Johann presents to Myne the first type letters that she ordered in Part 2, Volume 3, she jumps for joy and gets so excited that she loses consciousness. After Gil demonstrates how they can be utilized in a printing press to rapidly create books, Benno, Johann's foreman, Lutz, and Damuel realize how revolutionary this is, yet Johann is still left clueless. Many blue priests and non-scholar nobles have been shown to not care much about books. Myne even won a few points with Ferdinand early on because she showed interest in books while many of the people around him couldn't care less.
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Crystal Dragon Jesus
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Crystal Dragon Jesus: The religion in the world worships a pantheon of multiple gods note  two creator gods, five inheritors of the planet and multiple subordinate minor gods under jurisdiction of the main five . The Church is led by blue priests, who are of noble origin and have mana. They fill objects with mana for a bountiful harvest and ensure prosperity for the people.
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The Social Darwinist
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The Social Darwinist: How nobility run their succession process, even more extreme in this world due to children being born with different mana capacity. Blue priests are actually children disqualified from inheritance for having too little mana.
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Too Long; Didn't Dub
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Too Long; Didn't Dub: Many of the traditional-Japanese-papermaking terms like "suketa" and "tororo" are left untranslated in the English novels, as there's no real equivalent to them. This also happens in-universe—whenever Myne mentions something that can't be translated to the local language, it's written in parentheses, like "could you tell them to bring some (simple all-in-one shampoo) with them," to show that from the perspective of whoever she's talking to, she basically threw some incomprehensible nonsense into the middle of a normal sentence.
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Double In-Law Marriage
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Double In-Law Marriage: The Ehrenfest and Frenbeltag archducal couples are in such a marriage. Ehrenfest's archduke's wife is the younger sister of Frenbeltag's archduke, whose wife is the older sister of Ehrenfest's archduke. Ehrenfest being led by the younger siblings all while having been less damaged than Frenbeltag by a recent civil war results in its leaders having trouble saying "no" to requests for help from Frenbeltag.
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Protagonist-Centered Morality
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Protagonist-Centered Morality: The more the story advances, the more Myne finds herself in situations in which she's actually the villain. The embryonic stage of the trope happens when she reforms the orphanage. While her reform gives the orphans jobs and allows them to get more food overall, the system is changed into one where, at least on paper, the orphans have to work for their meals. Myne's issue with the previous system was that the only orphans that were fed decently were those made attendants, while all the others were given insufficient food. The narrative still presents the reform as a good thing. When Rozemyne tries to export her new orphanage model elsewhere, she forces the town's mayor to hand over orphans he was about to sell. It takes her a conversation with Benno to realize that the town's mayor was counting on the money from the sale for the town's budget, and that from his point of view, she just plain stole municipal property and got him in hot water with his would-be buyer. Rozemyne responds to the situation by making sure the transaction gets properly cancelled and giving the mayor money for the orphans she took, but other than that she still needs to execute that very same mayor sooner or later as punishment for having townspeople attack her orphanage in his initial effort to get the orphans back.
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Perspective Flip
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Arno's actions throughout Part 2 are best appreciated after reading his Perspective Flip chapter, which reveals several seemingly unfortunate mistakes to have been made very much on purpose.
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Cerebus Retcon
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Cerebus Retcon: Gunther coddling and seemingly overprotecting his daughters is very heartwarming and funny, but gets harsher once the reader learns that Tuuli and Myne aren't his first children, they are his third and fourth one, and he lost two more after Myne before Kamil was born. Mortality for newborns from low commoner families is high, and Myne has been a weak girl from the beginning.
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I Need to Go Iron My Dog
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I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Invoked; after Myne washes Otto's wife's hair, Otto suddenly wants to have a "private moment" with her and asks if Myne has any reason she needs to leave immediately.
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Swapped Roles: In Part 3, Volume 2, Rozemyne swaps with her adoptive brother Wilfried for a day as a means to get him to understand his duties and pay attention to his education. A side chapter from Wilfried's view in the same volume is shown to contrast how much work Rozemyne puts in every day.
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Adopted into Royalty: At the end of Part 2, Myne signs a contract with Sylvester, turning her into Rozemyne, the daughter of Karstedt and adopted daughter of Sylvester Aub Ehrenfest.
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Wham Episode: Part 2, Vol. 4 — The High Bishop makes his move on Myne, forcing Ferdinand and the Archduke to accelerate their plans, meaning Myne has to be adopted immediately and separated from her family.
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Overly Long Name: Nobles need to have names that are a bit longer than commoner names, which is why Myne is asked to choose a new name for her new identity as an archnoble. Nobles also all have family names that state their relation to the families they were born/adopted or married into. As an example, Rozemyne's full name is "Rozemyne Tochter Linkberg Adopti Ehrenfest", which means "Rozemyne, daughter of House Linkberg, adopted into House Ehrenfest".
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Microts
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Microts: The temple's bells will ring throughout the city after a certain amount of time has passed, based on the sunlight. The bells ring roughly every 2-3 hours, which is how people arrange the time for meetings.
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Demonic Possession
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To most people, Myne's ability to converse intelligently with adults on business matters is impressive. To Lutz, it's a sign that she's suffering from Demonic Possession.
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Art Shift: Myne's Imagine Spots are done in a Chibi format, to differentiate from the reality around her. Downplayed, but used in the anime, as characters who use Myne's shampoo formula with have hair highlights rather than flat colors to indicate the hair being clean. This shift usually happens after Myne finally befriends them.
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Feminine Women Can Cook
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Feminine Women Can Cook: Along with sewing, low commoners rank cooking as one of the most useful and attractive skills to have for a woman, which makes them especially attractive.
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Utility Magic
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Utility Magic: One of the temple's most important duties is using magic to enhance the harvest. Which is a problem before Myne shows up, as she and Ferdinand are the only particularly powerful mages the temple has available.
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Sexual Euphemism: Within the temple, women (and girls, and boys as well on at least one occasion, including very young ones) serving as concubines are said to be "offering flowers". The term "goddess of water" is commonly used as a term for lover.
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Aristocrats Are Evil: It is hinted early on (and then seen later) that Nobles are above the law in this series. Tuuli is worried at one point that her parents would be killed as she was told that Nobles can have peasants executed for simply annoying them. Then when Myne visited the Church with her parents, the High Bishop's personality goes from nice to cruel when he sees he will be dealing with peasants, leaving Myne shocked and wondering if this is how nobles truly are. What's worse, in volume 2, it is noted that the High Bishop isn't even a true noble - he had too little mana to be considered part of the nobility, and was forced into the Church. This is one of the reasons he has such resentment against Myne - she gets to act like a noble, because she has so much mana that only the High Priest, an actual noble, is the only one who can match her. At the end of volume 2, a noble from another duchy plays this trope to the letter. He sneaks into the Church with the help of the High Bishop, and forces, what is effectively, a slave contract with one of the orphans who has mana, and attempts to do the same to Myne.
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At the end of Part 2, it's peculiar how quickly Sylvester and Karstedt make it back to the temple; they arrive just when Ferdinand defeats Count Bindewald, at which point they can arrest him and Bezewanst, when they are supposed to be in the Sovereignty at the Archduke's Conference. This is a subtle hint that Teleportation magic exists, which is introduced in Part 3, Volume 2 and Volume 3.
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Rewatch Bonus
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Rewatch Bonus: Many story elements are introduced via Cryptic Background Reference and sometimes mentioned repeatedly before being actually shown to Myne or observed by the occasional alternative point-of-view character. Re-reading early scenes with knowledge from later in the story on hand can reveal a few hints not seen during the first reading. Ehrenfest's archduke gets several mentions before his proper introduction, always in the context of his high-responsibility position. The man's "out of the public eye" personality turns out to not exactly be the sort one would associate with a leadership figure, to the point that Myne has a "Really?" moment when she finds out. A first-time reader won't think much of the fact that Ferdinand's highbeast is a lion, since he's far from being the only character to use something other than a horse. It later turns out that only members of the archduke's family are allowed to give their highbeasts a lion form. Watching the heavily implied Childhood Friends Ferdinand, Karstedt and Sylvester interact with each other is amusing in its own right, but it only gets better after finding out that all three of them are related to each other and Sylvester is the archduke of Ehrenfest, which means that both Myne and the reader have been watching family bickering between three very high-status men all this time. One of the means by which Damuel's Impoverished Patrician situation is established is via mentioning he had to borrow money from his older brother's mistress' family to be able to pay a hefty fine. The mistress turns out to be Myne's friend Freida, a young girl from a wealthy commoner family who is already known to be destined to become an unnamed noble's mistress once she reaches adulthood. Arno's actions throughout Part 2 are best appreciated after reading his Perspective Flip chapter, which reveals several seemingly unfortunate mistakes to have been made very much on purpose.
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The Needs of the Many: In Part 3, Rozemyne is faced with a problem where she can either stay passive or actively cause someone's downfall to save lives. Hasse is set for execution after they rebelled against the archduke. Ferdinand orders her to cause the mayor's downfall, but this goes against Rozemyne's values and makes her sick. After a talk with Benno, Mark, and Lutz, she realizes that Ferdinand is soft on Hasse, whose citizens attacked a building of the archduke, and gives her the choice to save the town from being eradicated. By fulfilling the task she is given by Ferdinand, she can at least save some lives by only bringing down the mayor and his faction.
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A Day in the Limelight
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A Day in the Limelight: The light novel and manga have extra chapters that are narrated from different character's perspective. In the anime, the OVA focus on characters other than Myne.
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Foreshadowing: When Myne learns that nobles are the only ones who can afford books and libraries, she wishes she could become a noble so she could read books. She also learns there is religion in the world, which is why she definitely wants to avoid the temple. She ends up becoming a blue shrine maiden of the temple (who are normally of noble origin) and later on becomes a noble for real. A side chapter in Part 1, Volume 1 introduces shumils. They are small feybeasts with blue fur and golden eyes, which are relatively weak and not confrontational, but become extremely aggressive if their family is attacked, at which point their eyes turn into rainbow-colored ones. The boy who compares Myne to a shumil recalls the day he accidentally trampled on Myne's clay books, which made her so angry that he almost couldn't breathe anymore. This is exactly what happens at the end of Part 1: The High Bishop threatens to kill Myne's family, and she begins to Crush him with her leaking mana. After Myne and Lutz encounter a trombe and later realize how good the paper made from trombe wood is, Myne wishes she could cultivate trombe. As she learns in Part 2, Volume 1, trombe seeds can be cultivated from taue fruits that are charged with mana, which she starts utilizing in Part 3. In Part 1, Lutz notes that it's weird how a trombe has appeared in spring, when they usually show up in autumn. He also scolds Myne for thinking how cool it would be to cultivate trombe, as they are very dangerous plants and if they aren't dealt with immediately, they make the ground completely infertile and grow so big that the Knight's Order has to be called. Come Myne's first autumn as an apprentice blue shrine maiden in Part 2, she and Ferdinand are called for help by the Knight's Order to deal with a dangerous trombe and revitalize the land with mana. In Part 1, when Myne shows off her fine baptismal dress to Gunther, Gunther says that people will think she's someone really important. When she goes to her baptism and finds herself trying to join the temple, the High Bishop and the other priests think she's a richer than she actually is. In Part 2, Volume 1, Ferdinand somehow discovers that Myne caused a stir in the temple that slightly moved the stone pavement and calls her out for it. This is a hint how white buildings are created by archducal magic and are connected to the one who supplies them with mana (as Rozemyne learns in Part 3 when the monastery in Hasse is attacked), which in this case was Sylvester. Sylvester noticed the disturbance and informed Ferdinand that something happened, so Ferdinand investigated the area and saw that the stone pavement was moved. A not-so-vague reference that Myne would eventually act as Johann's patron is brought up in the first chapter they meet in Part 2, Volume 1. Two volumes later, he appears before Myne and Benno's feet to ask for their patronage. Most people won't pick up on this on their first read, but there are several hints left behind that show Fran had a traumatic experience in the orphanage director's chambers and that Arno is subtly trying to harass Fran. Myne early on notes that it's strange how her chambers are located in the boys' building of the orphanage, when the previous director was a woman. She has a subtle idea that something uncomfortable happened that makes Fran hesitate to talk about it. In Part 2, Volume 2, Ferdinand plays the harspiel, which mesmerizes Myne. When asked by Myne what she thinks of his play, she notes that if he were to play a love song, all women would fall for him and start to act like Fangirls. This is exactly what happens in Part 3, Volume 1, first with Rozemyne's attendants, then later again with the noblewomen during the charity concert. The apprentice chef Ella gets a side chapter in Part 2, Volume 2, which heavily implies that she will eventually become romantically interested in fellow chef, Hugo. While making Damuel notice that he's holding more prejudice against Myne's commoner status than he realizes, Ferdinand asks him how would have managed Shikza's bullying of Myne differently if she had been an archduke's duaghter. Rozemyne is one by adoption. In hindsight, it's obvious that Sylvester can't be a blue priest and that his real job is more leadership-oriented: A more subtle one. Due to the shortage of mana Ferdinand sometimes acts as a knight instead of a priest, and is shown to have items knights get only after graduating from the Royal Academy when helping the Knight's Order late in Myne's seventh fall. Suddenly, during the following spring, Myne meets a blue priest she has never seen before, who has at least as much mana as Ferdinand and a magic wand. This begs the question of where Sylvester was when the Knight's Order needed extra hands and why Ferdinand and Myne were providing most of the mana for the winter dedication ritual. The blue priest robe Sylvester wears is described as loose, badly fitting and looking somewhat messy on him. The similar description is used for clothes Lutz procures for him to go hunting in commoner's woods, with Myne commenting that he looks like a noble having fun pretending to be a commoner and fitting in, despite not really fitting in. Sylvester is too skilled in the arts for a blue priest. Blue priests or blue shrine maidens have neither the motivation nor the funds to be well-versed in sword dances or play harspiel on par with Ferdinand or Christine, who are noted to be exceptions, as they grew up like nobles. Myne gets to see Sylvester's room in the temple at some point, and finds it strangely lacking in personal items for a place occupied by someone with his personality. Damuel and Benno look very scared when they see Sylvester, which is a hint that they recognize him as Ehrenfest's archduke. In a similar vein, when the Spring Prayer starts involving direct interaction with nobles, Sylvester stays behind in the carriages without protest, despite having shown to be quite an attention-seeker earlier on. When the carriage carrying the attendants is ambushed near the duchy border, Myne responds by preparing to launch a powerful mana-based attack. Sylvester promptly gets worried about the attackers potentially being Ehrenfest citizens and the possibility that the attack will spill into the other duchy on the other side of the border, which would be considered an act of war. In his panic, he lets the fact that he's able to reinforce the magic protecting the border slip, and has an interaction with Karstedt that makes it clear that he's technically Karstedt's superior. At the end of Part 2, it's peculiar how quickly Sylvester and Karstedt make it back to the temple; they arrive just when Ferdinand defeats Count Bindewald, at which point they can arrest him and Bezewanst, when they are supposed to be in the Sovereignty at the Archduke's Conference. This is a subtle hint that Teleportation magic exists, which is introduced in Part 3, Volume 2 and Volume 3. Eckhart, Karstedt's oldest son, gives a much more muted welcome to Rozemyne than his younger brothers do. It later turns out that Eckhart was one of two people asked by Ferdinand to investigate Myne while her spot as a blue shrine maiden was being set up. This means that he was a Secret Secret-Keeper the first time he properly spoke with Rozemyne and up to the point where he was formally added to her roster of helpers precisely because he was one.
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Continuity Nod: Elvira and Eckhart are first seen in Part 2, Volume 3, when Ferdinand visits Karstedt to discuss Myne. Karstedt notes that his wife and eldest son seem to like Ferdinand much more than him. In Part 3, when Rozemyne and other characters like Cornelius narrate the story, they make the same observation.
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Japanese Politeness: Myne initially still exhibits unique Japanese etiquette like bowing down to superiors and elderly people, though she quickly realizes that this is a very uncommon practice. Nonetheless, at the end of Part 2, she deeply bows to her family after finalizing her adoption into Sylvester's family and saying her goodbyes. While Sylvester doesn't recognize the gesture, he knows it must have been a sign of respect and gratitude.
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As the most egregious example, she is able to invoke the blessings of the divine Mother and Father of the pantheon (Goddess of Light and God of Darkness, respectively) and all 5 main gods (including the God of Life) during one spell, despite the fact that invoking more than one god is extremely taxing and makes the chance of success drop sharply, thanks to the gods having sharply delineated areas of influence and not liking to "play" together - doubly so when invoking the God of Life in a blessing with any other of the divines, since he's the pantheon's Black Sheep and nobody likes him.
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Giving Radio to the Romans: Myne eventually starts moving up in status as she starts reinventing things, though she only makes them in passing because she needed them for something else. However, it's very difficult to even make things like paper, which keeps her invention making at a slow pace as she struggles with the trial and error necessary to make things.
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Really Royalty Reveal: The end of Part 2, Volume 4 reveals that Sylvester and Ferdinand are actually nobles, specifically the archduke of Ehrenfest and his half-brother respectively. There are several hints in the previous volumes that make it obvious, such as Sylvester and Ferdinand's proficiency in magic, as blue priests are usually children of nobles, who do not have enough mana to be recognized as nobles. Damuel and Benno are also really scared of Sylvester, as if they knew who he is. The Knight's Order, including an archnoble like Karstedt, also bowed down to Ferdinand and referred to him as a "lord", which means that Ferdinand was even higher in authority than the commander of the order. Starting with Part 3, Rozemyne is made out to be this. The fake story is that Karstedt feared for her safety and let her be raised in the temple with Ferdinand acting as her guardian. That she is a commoner who was merely given blue robes was a misunderstanding spread by High Bishop Bezewanst, who incidentally was highly corrupt and was thus subsequently executed. Myne was just a nickname to keep her identity hidden, and they thought the time was right when she was old enough to be baptized. While Rozemyne bemoans that no one would believe such a ridiculous story, Ferdinand notes that this is very believable because there is precedent, as Sister Christine had a very similar backstory.
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Rozemyne's request for a workshop and orphanage in the style of the temple is approved by Sylvester, who orders Ferdinand to construct the chapel and monastery. Ferdinand, who usually acts as Sylvester and Rozemyne's Cloudcuckoolander's Minder, didn't interfere because he thought Rozemyne was plotting this from the start, and her goal was to satisfy him and Sylvester with a good meal to gain their approval. He didn't realize she still didn't know enough about noble society, and that she never wanted to put the town of Hasse in such a dangerous position where the unknowing citizens committed high treason by attacking a white building that was owned by nobles.
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Oh, Crap!: Part 2: Multiple times in a row during the trombe extermination mission in Volume 2. First, Shikza and Damuel realize they screwed up when a second trombe appears. Second, Karstedt realizes that the guards he assigned to Myne endangered her life and neglected their duty, and that Ferdinand is furious. Third, Shikza realizes Ferdinand does not accept his non-excuse for hurting Myne and that he just blatantly admitted he committed insubordination. In Volume 3, Benno visits the Myne Workshop, as Myne wants to introduce him to a few visiting blue priests. He sees Sylvester and gets so scared that he immediately gives away he knows Sylvester's real identity is Aub Ehrenfest. In Volume 4, Bezewanst and Bindewald realize they are in deep trouble when Ferdinand pulls out his wand to fight Bindewald. Bindewald was not aware Ferdinand was not a lowly blue priest, but a graduate of the Royal Academy. He also breaks out in a cold sweat when he learns the identity of Sylvester, who moments later arrived, even more so when Sylvester reveals that Bindewald attacked Myne after she already made an adoption contract with Sylvester, which means he directly attacked a member of the archducal family. Part 3: At the end of Volume 1, Rozemyne realizes she is going to get hell from Ferdinand for printing and selling illustrations of him without his permission. An off-screen moment in Volume 2, when Fran unambiguously tells the mayor of Hasse that after infuriating Ferdinand for protesting against him and Rozemyne, the temple will not send any priests for Spring Prayer to revitalize the land with mana.
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Be Careful What You Wish For: Urano used to joke that the way she wanted to go out was crushed under an avalanche of books. Then one day it happened. When Myne tells Benno that another blue priest, Sylvester, wants to visit her workshop, Benno is excited to meet him and wants more information about him from Myne. When he gets to meet Sylvester, he freezes up and gets scared because he has already met Sylvester before on official archduke business and recognizes that Sylvester is incognito. In Part 3, Volume 1, after a very successful meal at the Italian restaurant, Sylvester asks Rozemyne how she wishes to proceed regarding the printing business. Rozemyne wants to create an orphanage and a workshop, similar to the temple in the capital, so she can send gray priests over. Sylvester approves and, in addition to her request, orders the construction of a chapel and a monastery. What Rozemyne doesn't realize is that by asking for a miniature temple, the building has to be created by archducal magic and is maintained by Rozemyne's mana. Thus, the building is the direct property of the archduke and his family, and attacking it is treason punishable by death. After the citizens of Hasse attack the monastery, Rozemyne has to deal with the consequences of their treasonous actions and execute the perpetrators, which clashes with her own values. At the end of Part 3, Volume 2, Rozemyne manages to free up Ferdinand's schedule a little and suggests that he use the extra time to start training a successor as High Priest, hoping it would result in her needing to do less work for him and Ferdinand taking up her High Bishop duties. Ferdinand admits it's a good idea, only to promptly set his eyes on Rozemyne. A craftsman asks Rozemyne to say everything that goes through her mind when it comes to improving the printing press, in case it helps him get new ideas. Rozemyne decides it's a good time to mention the most far-fetched ideas she has. After she reminds him that if one person cannot replace him, they could always train more than one, Ferdinand decides on training two blue priests as his successors as High Priest. Then Rozemyne notes that the plan for her life is not to stay in the temple forever and that she will have to go to Noble Academy in a couple of years. Ferdinand suddenly gets thoughtful, with a very scary look in his eyes... Come next meeting, he reveals that he won't be taking Rozemyne's position as a High Bishop: He will be returning to noble society in a couple of years himself, once the blue priests he is training now are good enough to become both High Bishop and High Priest. Rozemyne gets a headache.
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Loophole Abuse: After Ferdinand forbids her from selling prints of him, Rozemyne continues providing illustrations of him to people via means don't technically qualify for what she was explicitly told not to do. A common practice with magical contracts, since breaking them can have dire consequences.
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Coming-of-Age Story: This is the story of how Myne spreads literacy and books throughout the world to eventually become a librarian. However, it is also the story of how Urano Motosu, who was still much of a Womanchild despite already being in her twenties, slowly matures and takes over responsibility.
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Make an Example of Them: In Part 3, Ferdinand and Sylvester allow Rozemyne to spare the citizens of Hasse who bear no ill will and manage to pass through Schutzaria's wind gate. However, he executes those who cannot pass in front of everyone's eyes to show them what will happen if they ever defy the nobility again.
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Gossipy Hens: The neighborhood around Myne's family is a tight-knit community, and the wives love sharing stories about their families and rumors.
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Mundane Luxury: After being stuck in a home without a single piece of writing in it for days, Myne is overjoyed merely from seeing what is essentially a price tag. The lack of things to write on also makes posession of a stone slate a big upgrade. For Urano, shampoo was a basic fact of life; for the people of the new world, it's completely unknown. The lack of shampoo drives Myne to make a homemade version, and the others whose hair she washes go nuts for it.
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Politeness Judo: Myne doesn't initially notice it, but Corinna can get a lot of information for free by acting polite and friendly. She at least notices this when Corinna attempts to steal Myne's hairpin technique by asking Tuuli (who admires Corinna) nicely instead of going to Myne or her mother. Nobles always use euphemisms and polite speech when speaking officially, which Ferdinand attempts to teach Rozemyne as well, as she has a tendency to be too direct. This is how he presses the scholar-official Kantna for information regarding Hasse in Part 3, Volume 2.
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Metaphorically True: At the end of Part 2, Volume 4, Myne's family tell their neighbors that Myne is gone and that the nobles took her. This is technically not a lie, as Myne was adopted by Aub Ehrenfest. Myne, the commoner, is dead, and the person that was Myne is now Lady Rozemyne, daughter of Karstedt and adopted daughter of the archducal house Ehrenfest.
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Aerith and Bob: Runs the whole spectrum from real world names like Otto, Mark and Ferdinand, names that sound like they could be variations on real names like Benno, Tuuli or Myne herself to full fantasy names like Bezewanst (the given name of the High Bishop).
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Sadistic Choice: After Myne collapses at the end of Part 1, Volume 2, she is saved by a magic tool Gustav and Freida give her. However, Freida makes it clear that Myne only has one year at best to live, which leaves Myne only with two options: Either die from the Devouring or leave her family and sign a contract with a noble who can provide her with the tools she needs. After thinking it over, Myne decides to stay with her family, even if that means that she is going to die soon. She ends up Taking A Third Option by joining the temple, which allows her to stay with her family and get the tools to release her mana safely without submitting to a noble. The apprentice chef Ella seemingly faces one, but it's subverted. Once she comes of age, she would have to work as a waitress at her uncle's bar (and waitresses also work as cheap prostitutes). During a visit at the Eatery Guild she sees Benno looking for chefs who would eventually work in his restaurant, but they have to train at the temple, which is notorious for treating its commoner workers like slaves (including for sex). She quickly learns that neither Benno nor the blue shrine maiden she would serve have any need for sexual services, and since Ella always wanted to become a noble's chef, she takes Benno up on his offer and becomes Hugo's assistant. A minor case with Myne's attendant Rosina: Myne tells her to either study under Fran and start doing more than playing instruments or be sent back to the orphanage. After a talk with Wilma, Rosina decides to stay and learns how to do paperwork. High Priest Ferdinand gives Myne a similar choice in Part 2 regarding her future: Get adopted by a noble or face execution. He even forbids her to expand the printing business until she has the backing of a noble, yet Myne refuses to leave her family. It takes an attempted kidnapping and an attack by a hostile archnoble to make Myne accept the adoption immediately. In Part 3, Rozemyne is ordered by Ferdinand to execute the mayor and his faction. This is him being soft for Rozemyne's sake, as Hasse's citizens attacked a building owned by the archduke which would usually lead to the entire annihilation of the town and its people. If Rozemyne doesn't act, all of them will die. She makes the people of Hasse aware of this, and the citizens consequently isolate their mayor.
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Crapsaccharine World: A downplayed example fueled mostly by perspective. The Slice of Life of a peasant six-year-old often plays as simple and idyllic as any childhood, but as Myne reaches out to accomplish her goals, she runs into darker elements of the world around her.
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You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Many people in this world all have very bright hair colors. Myne and her father have blue hair, her mother and sister have green hair, and her only female friend's hair is bright pink. Myne notices this as soon as she reincarnates, implying that her original world was not like this.
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A side chapter in Part 1, Volume 1 introduces shumils. They are small feybeasts with blue fur and golden eyes, which are relatively weak and not confrontational, but become extremely aggressive if their family is attacked, at which point their eyes turn into rainbow-colored ones. The boy who compares Myne to a shumil recalls the day he accidentally trampled on Myne's clay books, which made her so angry that he almost couldn't breathe anymore. This is exactly what happens at the end of Part 1: The High Bishop threatens to kill Myne's family, and she begins to Crush him with her leaking mana.
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Fictional Currency: The world uses a Gold–Silver–Copper Standard, further subdivided by coin size. However, currency is also measured in "lions," and a quirk of the system is that there isn't a 1-lion coin (a small bronze is 10 lions).
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Cool and Unusual Punishment: In Part 2, after the debacle attempting to punish Myne by confining her to the repentance chamber, Ferdinand is informed that a much more effective punishment is to deny Myne access to the library.
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No Longer with Us: Inverted. After High Bishop Bezewanst dies, there is an attempt on Rozemyne's part to inform one of the deceased's commoner allies of the fact. The first message she sends uses the standard noble Deadly Euphemism, "Climbing up the towering stairway". When the commoner ally responds by trying to contact the deceased with an actual letter, Rozemyne correctly guesses the euphemism wasn't properly understood and mistaken for the news that the deceased got a promotion.
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Nice, Mean, and In-Between: The Gilberta Company trio of Mark, Benno, and Lutz act this way towards Myne. Mark is always friendly, Benno is loud and keeps scolding her, and Lutz may sometimes scold Myne, too, but he is always there to give her a hug.
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Don't Split Us Up: After Myne reforms the temple's orphanage, plans are made to export its model to other towns. In the first town that gets an expansion of the temple orphanage, local orphans are offered the choice between moving to the new orphanage or staying in the current set-up for them. The four who accept to move from the get-go are two pairs of siblings in which one half was about to be sold off by their caretaker.
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After Myne collapses at the end of Part 1, Volume 2, she is saved by a magic tool Gustav and Freida give her. However, Freida makes it clear that Myne only has one year at best to live, which leaves Myne only with two options: Either die from the Devouring or leave her family and sign a contract with a noble who can provide her with the tools she needs. After thinking it over, Myne decides to stay with her family, even if that means that she is going to die soon. She ends up Taking A Third Option by joining the temple, which allows her to stay with her family and get the tools to release her mana safely without submitting to a noble.
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Irony: Cosmic. When introduced in Part 2, Volume 1, Johann's master mentions to Benno that Johann is looking for a patron. When Benno glances towards Myne, the master dismisses the suggestion because "she's too much of a twerp" and that the patron needs to be an adult and have enough money to support someone. One guess as to who becomes his patron within a year.
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Vow of Celibacy: In an extremely technical sense, this is the case. Clergy are forbidden to marry, but not forbidden from taking concubines. Between the consequences of the recent purge of the nobility and human trafficking being technically legal in the setting, both blue-robes and grey-robes can leave the temple for positions in which they are no longer expected to be celibate. Ironically, some blue-robes were disqualified from properly joining noble society after the purge due to abusing the Sex Slave loophole while in the temple.
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Internal Reveal: Each book has a prologue, an epilogue and various side chapters told from the point of view of characters who aren't Myne. This can result in a significant lag between the moment a reader is made aware of something and the moment Myne is.
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Shout-Out: The ridiculous-looking prayer pose used by the priests is a reference to (of all things) a specific billboard advertisement◊ for Glico, a Japanese food company, which has been on display in Osaka since 1935. When throwing out Trombe seeds, Myne usually calls out "I choose you!". In the novels, she describes a newly-purchased outfit as "comfy and easy to wear" (a meme-reference to Pokémon Gold and Silver, and probably a joke from the translator).
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Will Talk for a Price: Myne can't do much physical labor, so the main source of her income initially is selling product ideas and recipes to Benno or Freida for the right price.
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Breach of Promise of Marriage: Damuel gets a double blow after failing to protect Myne. One of the indirect consequences includes his fiancée breaking their engagement after he had spent all his savings on her. When he hopes to get some of that money back because she was the one to end it, the response of his ex-future in-laws is basically "you're the one who messed up, you're not getting a single small copper back".
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Logical Latecomer: Whoever joined Myne's circle the most recently will frequently have a least one scene of witnessing the group's strangeness as a newcomer before becoming part of it themselves. Those who have quirks of their own before joining aren't necessarily immune.
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The Magocracy: While it isn't generally known to the public, virtually all nobles are mages, with the primary duties of the nobility being to build, charge and utilize magical devices (those without sufficient magic to do so are cast aside). While there are common-born mages, having enough magic to be useful can be deadly to children if they can't discharge their power somehow, and the only commonly known way to do so is through the magical tools used by the nobility. Which means that most common-born mages die before anyone realizes that they have magic, and the rest end up pledging themselves to a noble house in exchange for access to the tools they need to survive.
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Orphanage of Fear: The temple's orphanage before Myne takes it in hand. Its sustainability depends on there being a certain number of blue priests in the temple to dribble down food and money for its upkeep. Circumstances over which the temple had little-to-no control resulted in the population of blue priests dipping below that number, resulting in the orphans getting less food. The pre-baptism children, who are fed after all other orphans and aren't considered human beings by the blue priests before they are old enough, are literally starving to death. Things are so bad that turning it into a workshop, that by modern-day standards is using child labor, is a step up because the money made is actually going towards providing better care for the orphans.
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Cassandra Truth: At the end of Part 1, Otto tells Gunther how amazing Myne is, and how her products are so unbelievable that Otto eventually will have to quit being a soldier to help the Gilberta Company. While Gunther appreciates the praise, he values labor and materialistic things more, so from his point of view, Effa and Tuuli deserve more praise for the hairpins and rinse shampoo respectively. He therefore doesn't think Myne is that incredible, until Otto tells him that Myne rakes in and manages huge amounts of money with her ideas, just like Tuuli told him before, but which he dismissed because it sounded too ridiculous. No one believes Rozemyne's achievements or how hard she is working in general. The products she invented, how she saved and educated the orphanage, how much work she has every day, it all seems too ridiculous for a child that was just baptized. Even Sylvester initially believes she doesn't do much work and it's actually Ferdinand who takes care of most things and then lets Rozemyne take credit for it. He's shocked when Rozemyne tells him that Ferdinand is overworked and he can't possibly handle her work on top of all that.
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Living Is More Than Surviving: Myne would literally rather die than live in circumstances that entail losing her liberty and/or separating her from her family.
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Religion Is Magic: When casting a spell, the caster always calls on one of the gods in the world.
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Taken for Granite: There is a spell archduke candidates can use, which Ferdinand demonstrates in Part 3. This is how Hasse's traitorous citizens are executed. They are first turned into stone, then they will shatter and leave nothing but dust behind.
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That Came Out Wrong: Early in Part 2, Myne needs to change outfits in the Gilberta Company, but the fact that the employee changing rooms are in the attic doesn't mix well with her low stamina. Benno's solution is to have a screen set up in his office and call a female servant to help Myne change. When Lutz comes down from his own changing room and sees Myne in her new outfit, her explanation is that "Benno helped". In Part 3, Ferdinand mentions the fact that he (unwillingly) ended watching Myne take a bath while he was visiting her Urano memories in a way that makes it sound like he and Myne took a bath together.
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Please Spare Him, My Liege!: Shikza's mother indirectly pleads for her son to be spared by asking High Bishop Bezewanst to use his authority as Archduke Ehrenfest's uncle. While Bezewanst does ask to lighten Shikza's punishment, the archduke ignores the pleas and makes Shikza's family pay for Myne's replacement robes if they don't want to be punished along with Shikza. At the end of Part 2, Myne has to plead with Sylvester to spare Delia. She can convince Sylvester by making Delia stay in the orphanage for the rest of her life, which Sylvester accepts as a satisfactory alternative.
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Loads and Loads of Characters: Not to an insane degree, but enough to avert The Main Characters Do Everything. Over time, Myne's activities expand into more and more fields, with each one requiring a couple new characters to oversee/develop/teach it.
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What the Hell, Hero?: Lutz is quite pissed when he figures out Myne was lying from the start when she said she would just rest after walking to the forest for the first time. It meant she broke a promise to someone who was only worried about her well-being.
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Backhanded Compliment: In Part 2, Volume 1, when Myne confesses that she doesn't trust her new attendants from the temple to deliver her donation, Benno manages one of these: In Part 2, Volume 3, Rosina is about to come of age, and Myne wishes to gift her a present. When she asks Ferdinand for help, he murmurs:
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Denied Food as Punishment: A common practice in the temple, where access to food works on a trickle-down system from blue-robed priests to their grey-robed attendants. Myne turns out to have been doing this to Gil by complete accident due to skipping lunch to have more time to read the temple's books before returning home. Fran and Delia were being properly fed by the temple higher-ups to whom they report information about Myne.
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Fictional Age of Majority: Children have their baptism around their seventh birthday. During that ceremony, children enter their local temple for the first time and are officially made citizens of the city in which they were born. All children officially start their vocational training after their baptism. Getting orphaned or running away from home after one's baptism is also just slightly less painful than before it, as employers are expected to have housing space available for employees and apprentices with no other place to live. Working pre-baptism children are akin to child labor in modern times in that they're technically illegal by temple rules, tolerated if they're children helping with their parents' business, and paid less than a seven-year-old just getting started. It's also mentioned that children aren't considered human beings by the temple before their baptism. All of the above is problematic for Myne because she's still as small as a 5-year-old long after her 7th birthday has passed, causing people who first meet her or only know her by sight to not realize that she has already been baptized. Adulthood ceremonies happen around fifteen years after one's birth. The new rights acquired after the ceremony include no longer needing parental approval do to things, getting married and starting a formal concubinage. However, it's implied to not be any sort of age of consent; when Ferdinand hears rumors that the adult Benno and the seven-year-old Myne are in a sexual relationship, he mentions that that's not uncommon. Fifteen is also the age at which people are expected to settle in their permanent workplace (vocational training starts at age seven) and graduate from the equivalent of a temporary employee to the equivalent of a full-time one if it hasn't happened earlier. Some trades require the person to have proven that they can bring money into their new workplace by completing a special order for a customer by the time they reach adulthood.
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Training from Hell: To be allowed to go to the forest, Myne has to take regular walks to the city gates to build strength and stamina. As she's an Ill Girl, even this much is a major undertaking.
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Vitriolic Best Buds: Benno actually likes arguing with Myne quite a lot since few people can keep up with him. It also seems to remind him of his deceased fiancée.
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Love You and Everybody: Myne says she loves Mr. Otto. She meant it as a platonic-if-intense friendship, but her father thought that Myne was in love with him.
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Little Professor Dialogue: A common criticism of the story is characters like Lutz and Tuli are only about six or seven at the start of the story, but often used much more advanced vocabulary than you'd expect for their age, which isn't helped by their high mental maturity and complex thoughts. Some of this can be explained by children being forced to mature more quickly in medieval times (such as being apprenticed to learn a trade or helping in the family business while still young), but not all. With Myne however, the fact that she does this in universe is intentional, and indeed becomes a plot point.
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Contrived Coincidence: In Part 2, Myne, Lutz and Benno visit one of Benno's go-to carpenters to make their diptychs and karuta cards, where they find Lutz's older brother Sieg working as an apprentice. Neither brother was aware their employers knew each other up to that point. A side chapter in Part 2, Volume 2 reveals that the apprentice chef Ella was in a desperate situation where she eventually would have had to become a bar waitress/prostitute once she came of age. The only way to escape her uncle was by either getting enough money to open her own store or by becoming a noble's chef. She coincidentally was sent on an errand at the Eatery Guild on a day where Benno was present, whose job offer was basically a godsend for her. Incidentally, no one at the Eatery Guild but Hugo wanted to take Benno's offer, due to the temple's bad reputation, so Benno was lucky to find Ella. Johann at one point needs a patron to sponsor his apprenticeship graduation task, but the urgency couldn't have happened at a better time for Myne, who needed a skilled smith to make her type letters.
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Medieval Universal Literacy: Averted. The story has a realistic level of literacy and Myne is reincarnated as one of the large majority of poor and illiterate people in the population. Add in that books are created one at a time by trained craftsmen plus both paper and ink being expensive, makes books rare and expensive. One book costs roughly what Myne's father would earn in 40 to 50 years. Myne does however retain her memories of reading and writing in Japanese.
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Don't Tell Mama: In Part 1, Volume 2, Myne collapses after overexerting herself, giving Mark the shock of his life. She wakes up in Corinna's home, where she asks her to not tell her family she collapsed while Lutz wasn't with her. Corinna flat-out refuses, because Myne deserves that scolding.
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Urban Segregation: Ehrenfest Capital is split into multiple segments, with the highest ranked nobles living in the north, while the lowest ranked commoners live in the south. The northern part of the city is the Noble's Quarter. The archduke's castle and archnobles are locatee in the far north, while laynobles live closer to the gate to the lower city and the temple in the south. High-ranked commoners in the lower city like Freida or Benno live closer to the Noble's Quarter gate, while poor commoners like Lutz and Myne live very close to the south gate of the city.
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Translation Convention: The people of Myne's current world are actually speaking a completely different language that Myne is unable to understand until she gets her body's original memories back. For convenience, the audience hears or reads people speak in our language. But since the original Myne couldn't read, she can't read the local language either until she's taught.
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Mama Bear: Ella's mother fully supported her decision to work in the temple as a chef, despite Ella's uncle's protests, as she didn't want her daughter to end up like her and become a bar waitress (i.e. acting as a prostitute by night).
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Sylvester, the Manchild who gets away with it because of the low number of people who are allowed to even try keeping him in check, is the Id.
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Cruel Mercy: Subverted. At the end of Part 2, Myne tries to spare Delia for being associated with High Bishop Bezewanst, who is set to be executed. Sylvester only accepts life imprisonment in the orphanage after he sees Delia's shocked reaction to this, deeming it a fitting and cruel punishment. Delia though is actually thankful because despite being sent to the place that she never wanted to see again, she can watch over her adoptive brother Dirk and raise him. In Part 3, Volume 3, Sylvester asks Rozemyne how she intends to punish the people of Hasse if she has no intention to raze the town to the ground and kill them all for attacking the archduke's family. She responds that she would raise their taxes for the next 10 years. Sylvester finds this especially cruel, as he thinks it would be better to just kill them immediately instead of letting them slowly starve.
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Sylvester's words while telling Myne how the Protective Charm he gives her works are "If you're in a bad spot, press your blood against the dark gem part and I'll come save you.". While Sylvester is a little too far away to respond as promptly as he first made it sound like he would when she ends up using it, it later turns out that the charm has another effect that takes place as soon as Myne activates it: it legally makes her the daughter of Sylvester's real identity, Ehrenfest's archduke, which means that whoever is causing her trouble can no longer be protected by their higher status and she no longer risks getting herself and her allies executed for self-defense.
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Sent Into Hiding: Sister Christine was a blue shrine maiden who hid in the temple, as she was the daughter of a mistress. However, her mana capacity was unusually high, which is why her father wanted her to be formally made a part of the family. After the purge, she left the temple and attended the Royal Academy, leaving all of her attendants in the temple behind. At the end of Part 2, Karstedt, Ferdinand and Sylvester claim that Rozemyne was similarly hidden in the temple like Christine. However, they claim that her identity was hidden so well that the High Bishop mistakenly believed she was merely a commoner who was given blue robes. Since Bezewanst is a convicted criminal, his accusations are made to look like Malicious Slander, silencing all other blue priests who protest against Rozemyne's appointment as the new High Bishop.
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Mechanical Horse: The highbeasts used by nobles are essentially magic-powered moving statues shaped like winged horses or other ridable animals.
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Not Blood Siblings: There are a few scenes in which Rozemyne suspects that her adoptive father is planning to have her marry her adoptive brother.
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Emotion Suppression: Nobles are taught from the start that they must never reveal their true feelings and stay stoic. This also has practical reasons, as mana begins to leak if they get agitated. Myne clearly struggles with this, as she is very open about her feelings and she is a Bad Liar on top of that.
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Freudian Trio: Ferdinand, Sylvester and Karstedt tend to become this when they are in the same room: Sylvester, the Manchild who gets away with it because of the low number of people who are allowed to even try keeping him in check, is the Id. Ferdinand, the Stern Teacher to whom other people's feelings are frequently an afterthought to getting desired results, is the Superego. Karstedt, who meets the fairly low bar of being both more mature than Sylvester and more relaxed than Ferdinand, is the Ego.
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Exact Words: Sylvester's words while telling Myne how the Protective Charm he gives her works are "If you're in a bad spot, press your blood against the dark gem part and I'll come save you.". While Sylvester is a little too far away to respond as promptly as he first made it sound like he would when she ends up using it, it later turns out that the charm has another effect that takes place as soon as Myne activates it: it legally makes her the daughter of Sylvester's real identity, Ehrenfest's archduke, which means that whoever is causing her trouble can no longer be protected by their higher status and she no longer risks getting herself and her allies executed for self-defense. Ferdinand had forbidden Myne from selling or making prints or drawings of him. He didn't forbid her from loaning the artist drawing them to somebody else. Or that somebody else may open their own print shop and sell the prints.
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Improbable Antidote: Myne stumbles on a cheap treatment for the Devouring by accident: taue fruits. Just handling one is enough to drain some of her excess mana off. Of course, the fruit then sprouts and becomes a dangerous trombe plant, so it's not a treatment that can be used casually.
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Big Damn Heroes: In Part 2, Volume 2, Ferdinand arrives just in time to save Myne before the trombe that has sprouted absorbs too much of Myne's mana. In Part 2, Volume 4, Ferdinand appears in time and stops Bezewanst and Bindewald's attempt to kidnap Myne and turn her into their slave.
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Spotting the Thread: At first, Ferdinand only thought that Myne was a smart young girl. After he saw her distill the holy scriptures into a kids' version, he realized that even a brilliant seven-year-old couldn't possibly do something like that, and it was more likely that she was an educated woman from a foreign country - and yet, it was clearly established that Myne was a seven-year-old from Ehrenfest. That was part of why Ferdinand had to probe her mind, because the facts in evidence simply did not make sense.
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Tricked Into Signing: An element of the climax of Part 2 as a whole is Delia turning out to have been tricked into making Dirk sign an enslavement contract that was presented as an adoption contract. Myne herself gets tricked into signing her adoption contract with Sylvester, mostly by the fact that it doesn't look like a contract at all.
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Mundane Utility: Trombe, a malicious magical plant that grows impossibly fast and tries to ensnare humans, turns out to be ideal for making paper, if you survive the process of killing it (a freshly-sprouting trombe can be cut apart by children with knives if they're fast, while a full-grown tree takes magic-wielding knights to put down). Benno doesn't take it well when Myne tells him about this secret ingredient.
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Instant Messenger Pigeon: Nobles use feystones or magic parchment, which then turn into ordonannz, white birds that will fly to the intended receiver and then either play a recorded message or turn into the written letter.
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Anger Born of Worry: Pretty much any time Myne gets ill from not taking care of herself, her family and friends will yell at her. Benno is especially prone to yell at her due to her ignorance of social norms.
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Unkempt Beauty: Played with. The women in Myne's family have naturally good looks, but there's really only so far that can get you when you don't even have access to things like regular bathing or indoor toilets. However, just a little shampoo gets Myne's mother looking wonderful even without any of the fancy clothing and accessories a noble would have.
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Facepalm: Myne frequently causes those around her to perform this.
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Glad He's on Our Side: Each time Myne sees how ruthless Ferdinand is against his enemies, she's very grateful that he's one of her allies.
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Comically Missing the Point: In Part 2, Volume 1, Myne enters the temple and her room without an attendant. She sees High Priest Ferdinand waiting in her room, who scolds her for walking around without an attendant who would open her door. Myne feels he's overreacting and the lecture goes on for a while, at which point Myne gets bored.
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Killing Intent: People with enough mana can start releasing it like an aura that suppresses everyone around them and can choke people out. Mana users also do this subconsciously if their emotions run rampant. This usage of mana is known as Crushing, and it is first demonstrated by Myne after Fey and his friends trample on Myne's clay tablets. At the end of Part 1, when the High Bishop begins harassing Myne's family, she gets fed up and releases her mana that terrifies everyone there in a fit of Unstoppable Rage. The High Priest manages to calm her down before she accidentally kills someone.
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Department of Redundancy Department
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Department of Redundancy Department: Myne attempts to list the Head Priest's positive qualities, but gets stuck on the last one because it involves... well, you can probably guess.
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Burying a Substitute: Myne's funeral replaces the body with posessions of the desceased because she's not actually dead. The fact that the buried possessions are her commoner clothes is fitting to the real situation, however.
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With Friends Like These...
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Pet the Dog: Freida and her grandfather, the guildmaster, are portrayed as being untrustworthy at best. However, Freida genuinely considers Myne a good friend and gives her one of the magic tools she herself needs, putting her own life at possible risk. While this is also partially motivated by self-interest, even that self-interest carries a note of "It's for her own good anyway if she feels indebted to us emotionally or literally since she'll need treatment only we can help provide."
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Identical Stranger / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Improbable Antidote / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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In Medias Res / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Innocently Insensitive / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Internal Reveal / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Killing Intent / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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King Incognito / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Like a Son to Me / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Little Professor Dialog / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Living Is More Than Surviving / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Logical Latecomer / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Mage Born of Muggles / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Mama's Baby, Papa's Maybe / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Mechanical Horse / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Medieval Universal Literacy / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Mistaken for Spies / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Neat Freak / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Neutrality Backlash / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Never Got to Say Goodbye / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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No Longer with Us / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Not Blood Siblings / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Original Position Fallacy / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Orphanage of Fear / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Overt Operative / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Pauper Patches / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Perspective Flip / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Please Kill Me If It Satisfies You / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Pragmatic Hero / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Prophetic Names / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Protagonist-Centered Morality / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Puppy Love / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Renaissance Man / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Rewatch Bonus / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Secret Keeper / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Signature Headgear / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Spotting the Thread / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Stern Teacher / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Supernatural Elite / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Supreme Chef / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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That Came Out Wrong / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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The Bore / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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The Kirk / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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The McCoy / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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The Mistress / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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The Power of Legacy / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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The Social Darwinist / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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The Spock / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Too Important to Walk / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Tricked Into Signing / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Troubling Unchildlike Behavior / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Undignified Death / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Unwanted Assistance / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Vow of Celibacy / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Worth Living For / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Wrong Line of Work / int_363b09d5
 Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Young and in Charge / int_363b09d5