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その表情から察する魔剣を所持している人は少ないみたいだ。

I'm having trouble figuring out what に does here. Does it have the same meaning as と?

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That's right. This kind of won't always be replaceable with , but in your case it basically is.

From デジタル大辞泉:

[接助]活用語の連体形に付く。
あとの叙述の前置きとして続ける意を表す。…と。…ところ。
「考えてみる庶民のための政治は当分望めそうにない」

The marks a lead-in to the main point which follows.

  • その表情から察するに〜 Judging from the expression…
  • 私が思うに〜 The way I think of it…
  • 彼が言うに〜 According to him…

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