Godwin and the Chancellor, part 1

Words/kanji covered: 今夜: tonight, this evening 決行: carrying out, doing 2度: two times 僅か: a few 兵: soldier 出陣する: go into battle 押さえる: pin down, hold down 手の打ち様がない: seems to be a phrase that means “be helpless”

I have returned! Today we will begin a relatively lengthy bit of dialogue between two characters. We don't know their names yet at this point, but in English they are later referred to as Godwin and “the chancellor” so I'll call them that until I encounter their 日本語 names.

As a reminder, モニカ is listening to 声 (one or more voices) from the 玉座の間. We, the player, now both see and hear the dialogue that she's listening to.

Two characters in a throne room, having a private conversation in Japanese

Godwin: 「今夜、決行しよう。」 Chancellor: 「ええ、こんなチャンスは2度とありません。」 Godwin: 「ミカエルはわずかな兵と出陣している。 このロアーヌの町を押さえてしまえば、 ミカエルも手の打ち様がない。」

That should be a good amount of work for today at least!

今夜、決行しよう。 今夜(こんや): tonight, or this evening. 決行: carrying out, doing. しよう: need to figure this out via verb conjugation. Godwin is saying something will be done this evening.

ええ、こんなチャンスは2度とありません。 ええ: yes こんな: machine translation gives me “like this”. チャンス: pretty clear English loan word here 2度(2度 or にど): two times ありません: polite negative form of ある. So the chancellor politely says “Yes, we don't have two chances like this.”

ミカエルはわずかな兵と出陣している。 わずか: a few, a little. Can be written as 僅か, with identical pronunciation. 兵(へい): another word for soldier. We already learned 武人, which also means soldier, when we chose our 宿星 earlier. 出陣(しゅつじん)している: this is a conjugated form of the verb 出陣する, which means to go into battle. 陣 can mean “camp” or “battle array”. 出 is taught very early on WaniKani, so you probably know it means “exit”. The conjugation indicates that the verb is an action that is ongoing. Mikhail-topic, a few-adjective soldiers-and, presently going into battle. Mikhail is going into battle with a few soldiers.

このロアーヌの町を押さえてしまえば、 この: this introduces a new 日本語 concept to me, the “determiner”. It attaches directly to a noun – see this site for a useful breakdown. If you know Esperanto, この functions very much like “tiu”, instead of “tio” or “これ” which is a pronoun that stands by itself. English would use “this” in both instances. 町(まち): village. 押(お)さえてしまえば: connective form of the verb 押さえる, which means to pin down or hold down. The てしまえば part seems to mean “once you (do the verb)”. Once we hold down this village ロアーヌ, ...

ミカエルも手の打ち様がない。 手(て)の打(う)ち様(さま/よう)がない: this one's giving me a hard time. 手 is hand, 打 is hit, and 様 is “like” or “similar to”. The phrase can be found several places by searching for it, but it's hard for me to parse it out. Machine translation gives me a few possibilities, that the entire phrase means “be helpless” or “beyond one's control”. Mikhail also will be helpless.

That concludes the first three screens' worth of dialogue for this scene! There's about 3-5 more screens to go.

Author: @WolfeReader@freeradical.zone

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