“The Marvelous Adventure of Noel The Hero” / 『勇者ノエルの華麗なる冒険』(英訳版)
Noel - A hero who was chosen by the God to save the kingdom from the Evil Empress. Fights with sword.
Ashley (Male) - A mage who fights alongside Noel. Fights with magical staff.
Juliet (Female)- A priestess who fights alongside Noel. Fights with magical tome.
Selene (Male)- Juliet’s tome that thinks and talks on his own.
Eleonora (Female) - An evil empress who aims to take over Fortraire. Fights with magical staff.
Robert (Male) - Eleonora’s vassal. Fights with sword.
Jack (Male) - Eleonora’s butler. Fights with gun.
Bertrand (Male) - The current king of Fortraire. Fights with sword.
Retainer (Female) – Bertrand’s servant.
Young Man (Male) – A young man who lives by the Departure Street.
Servant (Female) – A low-ranked servant of the Evil Empress’s Force. Disguised as Young Man’s girlfriend, Anne.
Soldiers – Soldiers of the Evil Empress’s Force who appear in multiple scenes such as the Endless Plains and the Forest of Terror. It is recommendable to have approx. 3 to 5 actors for this role, but the number is indefinite.
Shaman (Female) – A shaman who protects the Forest of Terror. Serves the Evil Empress’s Force. Fights with magical tome.
Narrator – The narrator of this story.
◯ Palace of Fortraire / Audience Chamber
A chamber at the Palace with gorgeous decorations.
A king’s seat is set center-stage.
BERTRAND sits on the king’s seat, and RETAINER stands next to him.
NARRATOR (OFF-STAGE): Once upon a time, there was a large kingdom called Fortraire. In Fortraire, many people lived happily and peacefully.
One day, however, an evil empress who plots to threaten the peace appeared. Intending to take over the kingdom, the Evil Empress had stolen the “Conqueror’s Crystal”, a very precious treasure of Fortraire.
In deep sorrow, the king of Fortraire was looking for a hero, who can defeat the Evil Empress and bring back the Conqueror’s Crystal into his own hands.
Lights come up.
ASHLEY: Your Majesty Royal Bertrand of Fortraire, it is an honor to have a chance to meet you. My name is Ashley.
BERTRAND: Well, well, no need to be so formal. After all, I am the one who invited you here.
ASHLEY: I’m grateful for your generosity, Your Majesty. However, what made you summon a commoner like me today?
BERTRAND: As you know, Fortraire is currently facing a national crisis.
ASHLEY: The Evil Empress Eleonora… To make you say that, I suppose she must be a serious threat to our kingdom.
BERTRAND: She sure is. But more than the Evil Empress herself, we must keep an eye on the Conqueror’s Crystal that she had stolen. It is totally unacceptable for one with wicked heart to use that Crystal.
ASHLEY: Indeed, Your Majesty.
BERTRAND: So! Today I invited you, one of the most skilled mages in this kingdom, to ask you a favor.
ASHLEY: What might that be?
BERTRAND: For Fortraire, and for the world--- I would like you to defeat the Evil Empress, and retrieve the Conqueror’s Crystal!
ASHLEY: W-wait, me? Defeat the Evil Empress?
BERTRAND: Oh, don’t you worry! Of course I will not send you on your own; I have gathered several others I can count on. In fact, you’re the last one.
ASHLEY: Oh, great, that’s a relief. Then, I would accept your request with pleasure. It’s an honor to be able to help the kingdom, Your Majesty.
BERTRAND: And I am nothing but thankful for your enthusiasm! Well then, let me introduce you to your fellow members participating in this mission. Come on in.
JULIET and SELENE enter.
JULIET: Oh, so you must be the mage His Majesty had mentioned earlier! My name is Juliet. I hope we can be great team members.
ASHLEY: And I’m Ashley. Nice to meet you.
BERTRAND: Juliet was sent to me with a recommendation of the National Church. She is an extremely talented priestess.
ASHLEY: From the National Church? Wow, you must be really strong!
JULIET: (Chuckling) Compared to Noel, I am nothing more than ordinary.
ASHLEY: Noel? Who’s that?
JULIET: That is the name of the Hero, who will be leading us on this mission.
ASHLEY: Wow, the Hero…I wonder what kind of a person the Hero is. I bet it’s going be a really cool, royal, brave---
SELENE: Well, you’re gonna find out the truth sooner or later.
ASHLEY: What!? Ju-Juliet, your tome has just talked!
JULIET: Oh, I’m sorry for scarring you. This is Selene, my magical tome.
SELENE: Hey there, kid. Good to see ya.
ASHLEY: Kid? Sorry, but can you call me something else? I’m too old for that.
SELENE: What are you talkin’ ‘bout? From my point of view, you’re nothing more than an infant.
ASHLEY: Hey! A tome isn’t supposed to be so rude to people!
SELENE: This kid here, and that Hero… Unlike me, humans are always energetic, aren’t they?
BERTRAND: And where is that Noel you have just mentioned?
JULIET: It seems that Noel is taking some time preparing outfits.
BERTRAND: I see.
ASHLEY: ---Wait. What kind of a hero arrives late on a meeting with His Majesty, and is not blamed for that…?
ASHLEY: Excuse me?
NOEL: Good morning, Your Majesty Bertrand! You look just as bright as you did yesterday.
BERTRAND: Don’t go too far with those jokes of yours, Noel.
NOEL: Please, Your Majesty. I mean it! ---Oh hello there, Juliet and Selene! How is it going?
JULIET: Wonderful. Thanks to you, Noel.
SELENE: Yeah, it’s been awesome.
NOEL: I am glad to hear that. I sincerely hope that my precious fellow members are living at peace.
ASHLEY: Ju-Juliet, did you just say Noel?
NOEL: My, my---I never knew that His Majesty had hired such an attractive Young Miss for his servant! How about we go out for a cup of tea some other time?
RETAINER: Uh, well, I---
ASHLEY: Hey! You! You there! Stop this nonsense at once!
NOEL: Oh, so you are that mage we’ve been talking about!
JULIET: His name is Ashley.
NOEL: Greetings. I am Noel, the great Hero who was chosen in order to defeat the Evil Empress!
ASHLEY: So it really is you… I wish that you were someone else with the same name.
NOEL: Hmm, is there anything about me that happened to displease you? Since it is a request from one of my precious fellows, I will try my best to improve.
NOEL: That…is something difficult to change, actually.
ASHLEY: Besides, are you even a real hero?
NOEL: What might you mean by that?
ASHLEY: Such affected ways of greeting people! Asking His Majesty’s retainer out! And that clothes of yours? You must be just playing around!
NOEL: Well, this is the formal attire for a hero.
ASHLEY: Pardon me, Your Majesty, but shouldn’t we exclude this person from the plan? Having a hero like this is too injurious to public morals!
BERTRAND: Be careful with your words, Ashley. Noel was selected by the revelation of the God himself!
ASHLEY: What!? Is that true?
NOEL: Yes, I did hear the holy voice with my own ears.
JULIET: I believe that there is no better way to find a hero. Isn’t that so?
ASHLEY: This is the first moment in my life that I want to doubt the teachings of the God…
NOEL: Who knows what lies ahead, Ashley? We might really get along!
ASHLEY: You shut up!
BERTRAND: Please, Ashley. For the sake of Fortraire.
ASHLEY: ---All right. Understood.
BERTRAND: Well then, on your way, Heroes! Defeat the Evil Empress Eleonora, and bring the Conqueror’s Crystal back to me!
NOEL: Nothing to worry, Your Majesty! Under the name of Hero, I shall achieve this mission for certain!
JULIET: Yes, please leave it to us.
ASHLEY: I’m not sure if I can fit myself into this group…
SELNE: Well well, I wonder whether these guys can get along with each other or not.
NOEL, ASHLEY, JULIET and SELENE exit.
BERTRAND: ---Well, I guess it’s about time.
RETAINER: Your Majesty, Where might you be going?
BERTRAND: Just for a walk. Will be back soon.
BERTRAND and RETAINER exit.
◯Fortraire Kingdom / Departure Street
A large street with various shops on both sides.
Several citizens, including YOUNG MAN, stand here and there,
calling for customers or having casual chat.
NOEL walks around while talking to them.
Lights come up.
ASHLEY, JULIET, and SELENE enter.
NOEL: Excuse me Sir, care for a little chat? Oh, this Young Miss here too is outstandingly beautiful, aren’t you? If you don’t mind, I am happy to recommend you to the Palace---
ASHLEY: Stop it, you fool!
NOEL: What, Ashley? Thanks to you I’ve just missed my chance!
ASHLEY: Tell me, Noel. For what reason did we come to this street?
NOEL: To gain information and reveal the location of the Evil Empress’s Castle.
ASHLEY: Then why are you asking out literally everyone here!?
NOEL: Well, I must say…that is the Hero’s duty.
ASHLEY: I don’t know if you’re trying to be one, but you’re far from a cool hero.
JULIET: We’ve done this much and haven’t even found a clue yet… It seems like there is still a long way to go.
SELENE: Well, the Evil Empress shouldn’t go that easy on us. Surely she wants to hide the whereabouts of herself, I bet.
JULIET: I suppose that’s true.
NOEL: Well then, off to more investigation!
ASHLEY: What you’re doing is not an investigation, but flirting!
NOEL: Oh, good afternoon, Sir!
YOUNG MAN: Um, yes? Me?
NOEL: Just as I thought… How beautiful! Would you mind going out for some tea with me?
YOUNG MAN: Um, I appreciate your offer very much, but I have a---
SERVANT: Hey! You!
SERVANT: Get that dirty hands off my man!
ASHLEY: Oh well…
JULIET: My, my.
SELENE: That Hero is quite troublesome, ain’t I right? Eh?
ASHLEY: I’m sorry, This Noel here has a horrible habit of flirting with---
SERVANT: Huh? Who the heck are you? Have you got anything to do with this fellow?
ASHLEY: Oh, um, I’m a party member of Noel.
SERVANT: Then you pay for what your party member has done!
SERVANT grabs ASHLEY’s shoulders.
SELENE: It’s no use being so serious on those kinds of brats, you fool.
NOEL: Well, I politely ask you not to disturb him too much.
SERVANT: What!? You---Gwaaaah!
NOEL slays SERVANT with sword.
SERVANT falls to the ground. <DEAD>
SELENE: Ooooh, so you did it.
YOUNG MAN: Anne! How dare you!
NOEL: Here, take a look. Is your beloved one--- dressed with such tattoo?
YOUNG MAN: …No, no she isn’t! Then who is this woman here…?
JULIET: This pattern…seems to be the sign of the Evil Empress’s Force.
NOEL: It is likely that she was disguised as a normal citizen and investigating in town.
ASHLEY: And how did you realize that?