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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 264

Chapter 264 Strongest Sage, Notices the Oddity


"You mean those 『Warmongers』 would show themselves if we take on high ranking quests?"

"Simply put, yep."

I head to the guild.
But... Iris calls out to me.

"But we're rank E aren't we? Can we even take high ranking quests?"

...She's right.
We were rank A at Raginia Federation.

But we're only rank E here at Eis Kingdom.
It's higher than our initial rank, F, at the beginning, but not high enough to take high ranking quests.

We can probably get our rank raised if we contact the king... But that would take time.
Probably will take around three days even if the principal is involved.
Raising our rank the normal way is probably faster than going through all that.

"...Alright. First thing first, let's look for a suspicious looking quest."

"What if we can't take that quest?"

"Then we simply need to stalk the guys who do. We'll strike from the flank once the 『Warmongers』 bunch come out."

We went into the guild while having that conversation.
And then I look towards the quest board.

"Unn... I have no idea which is which..."

"There's so many high ranking quests, it's hard to pick out the suspicious one..."

There's a mountain of quests on the quest board.
The guild's walls are stuffed full with quest tags.

There's fewer rank B and rank A quests as expected... But the number still rounds up to around 30.
Guess it's only right for the adventurer city Haigia.

"We've got to look for suspicious quests among these?"

"Yea... Actually, I found one already."

I point at a quest tag while speaking to Ruli.
The quest was first posted two days ago.
There's no better quest to lure out adventurers than this one.

Type: General Quest
Quest Rank: A
Required Rank: A
Reward: 120,000 Elmi
Quest Spot: Senisye Plain
Subject: Subjugation of 10 『Giga Aegis』 monsters. Monsters' location will be informed once you have accepted the quest.
Client: Picas

"Err, it looks like an ordinary quest to me though..."

"『Giga Aegis』 are rank B monsters aren't they? Rank A should be fitting if the quest asks you to defeat 10 of them..."

"Yeah. Neither the quest rank nor the subject have anything wrong... It's the client that's weird."

Afterward, Alma and Ruli look at the client's name.

"Err... Picas?"

"The name doesn't sound familiar... What's wrong about it?"

"Would a commoner without a family name post a quest with 120,000 elmi as a reward?"
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Subjugation quests generally ask for monster exterminations.
The goals are usually to maintain public order or secure safe areas within a territory... But these kinds of quests are usually posted by either the guild or the noble who governs an area, not commoners.

And neither the guild nor a noble posted this quest.
A noble would have put up their house name on it.

In rare cases, there are some people who would post these quests due to personal grudges on monsters and such.... But the chance of them putting forward 120,000 elmi as a reward is pretty slim.
That amount of money would be enough to build a house after all.

"Excuse me, I need to take this."

A guild receptionist came by before the quest tag and said that.
And then she peeled off the suspicious quest tag and took it with her.

"Where are you taking that quest tag?"

"We're going to raise the amount of quest reward as requested by the client... Although I don't think anyone would take this quest even with higher reward..."

...Raising reward money just because no one took it in two days huh.
It's looking even more suspicious.

The receptionist seems to know about the reason... I'll go ask her.

"No one would take it?"

"Yes, I don't think anyone would. I mean, it's right after that incident after all..."

"That incident...?"

"It's the one about Relis-san, a famous adventurer, who went missing at Senisye Plain. That quest was posted by the same person as this one as well..."

...That'd be the first victim.
There's almost no doubt about it, Picas is a member of 『Warmongers』.
He probably got this much reward money from the victim.

『No doubt about it, the enemy is at Senisye Plain.』

『Then, our next destination is Senisye Plain!?』

『But Senisye Plain is very vast isn't it?』

Ruli is right, that plain is enormously vast.
The plain's circumference alone hold dozens of cities with more at the center.

Even just traveling from its end to end could take us a day at worst.
As such, knowing that 『the enemy is at Senisye Plain』 is practically the same as knowing nothing.

It'd have been simple if the guild would tell us about the client's info, but unfortunately Adventurer Guild has a strict policy on confidentiality.
We'd need the king's decree if we want to get info from the guild.

Doesn't seem like we can hope for someone to take the quest either--Guess we'll have to take on this quest ourselves in the end.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 263

Chapter 263 Strongest Sage, Searches Out


"But 『Warmongers』 won't lay their hands on those who are too weak, do they?"

『Warmongers』 won't fight those who are far weaker than they are.
It's not out of mercy but simply because the fight won't yield them battle experience.

The only opponents those 『Warmongers』 have any interest in would be demons, or monsters in the deepest layers of dungeons.
If they're gonna go out and kill demons on their own, their existence will actually be a plus instead.

"...That's the problem. I have personally confirmed 10 members of the 『Swords Members』 that have been revived--and all of them have been weakened compared to how they were before."


"Yes... They're about a good match against high ranking adventurers."

"...This is the worst."

『Warmongers』 would be a harmless group in this era if they hadn't been weakened.
But if they've gotten weak enough for high ranking adventurers to put up a good fight with--that'd mean the birth of a group of cold-blooded killers that only target high ranking adventurers.
Of course, those targets would include Second Academy students.

"Yes, it truly is the worst... I would have taken this upon myself if not for that Restriction.... The best thing I can do in this era is to help adventurers get stronger."

Grevil should be capable of defeating weakened 『Warmongers』... But he cannot kill ancient people and demons due to effect of a peculiar magic handed down in ancient royal family.
That Restriction must be still in effect even after his revival by the 『Broken Star』.
Hence his plan to spread chantless magic... and enable people to win against 『Warmongers』 somehow huh.

I present a simple solution of this matter.

"Well, in other words, we just need to eliminate the 『Warmongers』 and problem solved."

Even if they've gotten weaker, 『Warmongers』 are not an opponent we can make light of.
All members of 『Warmongers』 have used immortality magic on themselves, and they're people who keep piling up training.
At their perfect state, they're incomparably stronger than even Grevil.

But it's a good thing that the ones who got revived are 『Warmongers』 instead of other guys.

"Exactly... There may be other people who have been revived as well."

"We can think about that when the time comes... So do you know the whereabouts of 『Warmongers』?"

"I only know about one of them... They're right next to the Adventurer City Haigis... As the enemy is keep moving about, I don't know the exact spot though..."

Haigis... It's a town a few hours away from here.
If I remember right, many adventurers stay at that place since there's a lot of relatively strong monsters around the area.
The best spot for 『Warmongers』 to look for prey.

Good thing it's within the kingdom, we don't need to go through annoying procedures.

"Finding out one is more than enough."

"Let's finish them off before they cause any more harm!"

Thus, we decided to depart for Adventurer City Haigis.
Someone from Second Academy might fall victim if we dilly dally.

A few hours later.
We arrived at the Adventurer City Haigis without a hitch.

"So this is Haigis..."

"There's so many adventures like the rumors say..."

We survey the surroundings.
There's a lot of adventurers indeed, but it's not like the atmosphere here is bad.
You wouldn't have guessed that this is the stage for a mass slaughter carried out by the 『Warmongers』.

"What's the best way to look for them here?"

"I don't sense anything suspicious with Passive Detection... How about you, Mathi-kun?"

"...They're nowhere to be found. Looks like we'd better give up trying to pinpoint them with mana detections."

We can attempt to use 『Enforced Detection』 here, but it's probably gonna be proven pointless.

People experienced in magic combats are not stupid enough to fall for mana detections.
Letting your location known by mana detection means giving your enemy a chance to unilaterally launch a surprise attack after all.

"Then how are we going to look for them?"

"Right... We just have to be on the spot where our enemy is looking for their prey, don't we?"
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"Spot where they look for prey?"

"Yeah... At the quest posted by 『Warmongers』 themselves."

Ruli looked confused to hear me.
Then she throws a question.

"Would 『Warmongers』, serial killers post a quest?"

"I can't say for sure... but if we look from their side, that method would be more efficient than blindly looking for strong guys, no?"

Even if they've been weakened, there's not a lot of adventurers worthy of being targeted by 『Warmongers』 in this era.
If that were the case, there would have been many victims at Haigis already, causing a panic.

Posting a quest to lure out strong people was a trick those 『Warmongers』 occasionally used in the past.
They would post a false quest about an outbreak of strong monsters to gather powerful magic combatants and then challenge them.

It's possible that they're using a similar tactic now.
Since this Haigis is a perfect place to post such a quest.

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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 17-8

17-8. Growing Purple Mounds


※ Please note that the Recollection part is told in third person.

Satou here. I believe solving riddles have been a form of amusement since time immemorial. Doing that alone is fun, but having a group of friends sit together debating about it is also pretty fun, isn't it.

"It's grown so big..."

I looked at what was once a Purple Mound.
It's grown from a few meter big to dozens meter tall now.

"This thing is more like a purple tower than a mound now, isn't it."

Arisa spoke as we looked up at the tower.

I got back to the Capital with Unit Arrangement to join up with Arisa who called for me through Familiar Link, afterward we headed to the Purple Mound located at the capital's outskirts.
I've forwarded a message to Sera who's waiting at Duchy Capital's Tenion Temple through the previous head miko--currently miko apprentice Lily with space magic [Telephone], telling her that I've gone ahead to the capital.

"So what happened while I was away?"
"It's gonna be a long story just you know--"

Arisa said that as a preface before narrating.


"A change on the Purple Mound?"

Arisa first received the report at her Solitary Island's private room on the fifth day since Satou's departure.
Arisa put away a male shirt she had been burying her face in into her Item Box and got out of the room together with the House Fairy (Brownie) who brought the news.

"What kind of change?"
"The Purple Mound has grown bigger."

Arisa asked as they walked in the corridor.

"What about the other girls?"
"Mito-sama and Zena-sama had rushed out ahead right after they heard the news."
"Liza and the others are currently training at the Ancient Dragon's continent, and Sera's standing by at Duchy Capital's Tenion Temple, aren't they."

By [Liza and the others] Arisa meant Liza, Pochi, Tama and Karina.

"--And Nana?"
"Nana-sama went out to visit Borunean Forest together with Mia-sama this morning."
"That's rare. Wonder if she wanted to go meet the Winged Fairies there?"

The brownie had no clue about the reason for their outings.

"We have contacted Nana-sama, Mia-sama and Sera-sama, but since we have no means of communication to the Ancient Dragon Continent--"
"I know. I'll give them a call with 『World Phone』 once I arrive at the capital."

Arisa, who knew that Liza and the girls that went with her were gone for training, went through Solitary Island's gate while thinking, "I don't wanna get in the way of their training, guess I can hold off contacting them till after I confirmed the situation with the Purple Mound?"

"Arisa of 『Pendragon』. I've come per Duchess Mitsukuni's summon."

Arisa showed her face out of her carriage and said that, then the soldiers securing the perimeter pushed out the crowds and led the carriage Arisa was in toward the Purple Mound.
Arisa had judged that it was of a [Low Emergency] and came on a carriage instead of teleporting since Mito didn't send out an emergency signal.

"Arisa! Over here!"

Mito beckoned.

"Whoa, it's gotten pretty big."
"Around 20 meter tall, I think?"

The two looked up at the Purple Mound.
It's as big as a tower now.

"According to the people guarding the mound, it got this big in one night."
"But there was no report in the middle of the night?"
"That's err--"

"""We deeply apologize!"""

The guards in the area bowed their heads all at once while Mito was stammering.
Arisa asked about the circumstances, apparently they were assigned to guard the Purple Mound and none of them noticed any change until dawn.

"None of them noticed?"
"Well, the fog was pretty thick last night after all."

Mito told the reason as Arisa inclined her head.

"Where's Zena-tan?"
"She's gone out to check out nearby villages with flight magic."

Zena had gone out to investigate if other Purple Mounds had any change.

"I'll go check other Purple Mounds as well."

Arisa whispered in Mito's ears and called Echigoya Firm with [Telephone].
After all, it's the speediest place to gather information from all over the world.

『About Purple Mounds?』

General Manager Elterina asked back to Arisa whose call connected to her.

『Yes, is there any news about them?』
『So far we only know that the Purple Mound at the capital's outskirts has gotten bigger. Currently we're contacting the people who have been assigned to watch over Purple Mounds in the surrounding villages.』
『Thanks, I'll get back to you later.』

Arisa called off and conveyed what she learned to Mito.

"What do you think? Should we contact master?"
"I think it's still fine, no? Ichi--Satou had already predicted that there would be some changes anyway."
"Guess so and besides, it'd be bad if we called master at a bad time like what if he was talking with the gods."

Mito and Arisa had the same idea.

"So, does it only get bigger?"
"There's some differences as well."

Mito said that and gave a signal to the field commander.
One of the knights removed his gauntlet and put his hand on the Purple Mound.

"It's okay. Apparently it doesn't have the Drain effect."

The field commander boasted that they first tested it by using summoners, then slaves.
For an instant, Arisa and Mito were disgusted at the field commander who treated slaves like disposables, but neither the commander nor the surrounding people noticed it.

"Next, if you would."

The knight who had removed his gauntlet stood before the Purple Mound and hit it with the gauntlet.

"It's lost its physical permeability too?"

Mito affirmed Arisa's question.

"Would love to know if it's the same with the mounds near villages here."
"No worries, we'll find out soon."

Mito pointed at the sky where Zena had come flying back.

"I have verified the sites. There is no change on the Purple Mounds near villages around here. They're the same size as before, thrown stones still pass through them, and putting my hand on them also still drains my strength."

Zena gave a report to Mito.

"Hey that's dangerous. You should have tested it out with bugs or a chicken instead."
"I'm sorry. I was being too hasty."
"Now now, Arisa, let's leave it at that. Thank you, Zena."

Mito soothed Arisa who got harsher with her words out of worries for Zena's safety.

"Then maybe the permeability and the drain ability were for protections until it got bigger and to fill its energy?"
"Un, I don't think there's any mistake about that but we don't know enough to draw a conclusion yet, do we?"
"Well, yeah I guess."

Arisa looked at scholars who were having an argument while drawing and tracing something near the Purple Mound.
Their debate seemed to have heated up, a tall bespectacled scholar raised his voice hysterically.

"What are those guys doing?"
"Would be quicker to see for yourself."

The girls drew near the scholars.

Apparently the scholars were debating about a relief that had appeared on the surface of the Purple Mound.

"Relief of a tree?"
"Look at the tips of its seven branches. At the center of the circles on the tips."
"Colored stones? Bitter orange, blue, yellow, green, blue, red, blue--so many blue."

"Do you have holes for eyes?"

The tall bespectacled man stood before Arisa as she read out the colors.
He raised his chin smugly and spoke sarcastically.

Arisa found out that he was a researcher belonging to Royal Research Institute by analyzing him.

"Bitter orange, cyan, yellow, green, indigo, red, and blue. Those are the gems' colors. They're--"
"Colors representing the seven pillar gods huh."
"T-that's right. Looks like even holes know a thing or two."

The bespectacled man spoke like a sore loser in frustration for having what he wanted to say got said ahead.

"Stop that, runner-up! You're talking with the duchess and her companions you know."
"D-don't call me runner-up! I'm not going to play second fiddle to that guy! My luck is the only thing lesser than him! I just have the bad luck of not encountering an appealing subject! It is I who is fit to be the next chief!"

The other scholar's words seemed to have hit the bespectacled man's nerve as he got heated up by himself.

"Aah, he's someone we shouldn't get involved with."
"Rather, he's the type that must not be allowed to grope around delicate places like this."

Arisa shrugged next to Mito who looked like she couldn't believe it.
Zena only smiled wryly and refrained from commenting.

"Since the spots where fruits should be represent the seven gods, does that mean these mounds are the handiworks of gods?"
"Un, I wonder about that? The base color is purple after all--"


The bespectacled man cut in vigorously.

"A tree that signifies the gods appearing on a tower that possesses a taboo color! This must be something made by demons to release the demon god from its moon seal by sucking up the power of gods!"
"Runner-up! You're going to the extreme. Earlier too--"
"Quit calling me runner uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuup"

The bespectacled man heated up too much and became violent.
The guards couldn't stand it any longer and seized the bespectacled man.

"Let me gooooooooo. You'd find out if you just check the arrangements of these mounds on the entire contineeeeeeeeeeeeeeeent."

The guards dragged away the bespectacled man who wouldn't stop his tantrum.
The other researcher might have wanted this to happen that he kept saying [Runner-up].

"Our apologies. He may be haughty, eccentric, irritating and have a short fuse, but his abundance of knowledge is real at least."

The scholar talked to Mito while saying something that didn't help with the bespectacled man's case.

"The only thing we know is that the gems embedded on this tree relief may be of the same colors as the colors that represent the seven gods as depicted in the old documents belonging to the temples."
"What about the thing about demon god and arrangements of mounds?"
"It's just a delusion the runner-up has. It has no basis."

The girls came up with a question after discussing about the mound arrangement all over the world, "Perhaps it's some kind of magic circle?", but judging from the drawing of the mounds' locations they made by referencing a copy of Satou's Map information, they couldn't confirm if that was the case.

"And what about the cracked spot over there?"
"Ah, that's..."

The scholar looked at the place Arisa pointed at while looking like he was enduring a headache.

"That, you see--"

It was the runner up scholar's doing.
Despite having been strictly told not to do anything reckless by the higher ups, he came with a pickaxe from who knows where and broke the spot.

"What an idiot..."
"Un, I'll talk to Sete and have him removed from his post here."

Arisa and Mito had the same expressions as the scholar earlier.
Zena smiled wryly without commenting.

"So did you figure out anything?"
"Yes, that the surface of this mound was only about as hard as fieldstone, and that the broken pieces vanished into thin air like an illusion. Once it broke enough to fit a wrist inside, the pickaxe passed through it like it was before the change, and putting your hand on it drained your strength."
"Is it like the shell of an egg I guess?"

The method was rough but the results were intriguing.

After asking opinions from scholars who had gathered at this place, it was decided that they would add more guards to watch over the mound for a while.

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There was no change on the next two days--.

But the day after that, the morning Satou got called back, another change happened.

"It got even bigger again eh."

Arisa muttered as she looked up at the Purple Mound that had gotten more than 100 meter tall.

"The tree relief is the same as before--or not. There's a purple gem at the upper right now."
"The gems themselves are the same size as before, but the tree relief has grown bigger linearly with the mound's size."

The bottom part of the tree relief got low enough to touch the ground, while the upper part was now about six meter tall.

"And this pattern on the root--"

Mito reached out her hand toward the tree relief while saying that.

"Don't touch it!"

A scholar came rushing.

"Please don't touch it, it's dangerous."
"What's dangerous about it?"

Right as she asked that, there was a sudden smell of blood, then a bloodied man came out of the pattern Mito was about to touch and fell down.

"Runner up!"

It was the bespectacled man who should have been stripped off his position here.
The lens of his trademark spectacles were cracked, the frame was bent.

"What happened? Runner up!"
"D-don't call me Runner-up..."

The runner up fell down on the ground and passed out after murmuring that.

"People could apparently went inside through that door-like pattern over there, but no one who got in came back out!"

At first the scholar disappeared when he touched the pattern recklessly, and then soldiers went in to save the guy, but none came back out.

"What about summoned beasts?"
"Their magic paths got cut off the moment they went in. Apparently, it felt like they had been forcefully unsummoned."

They were currently in the process of transporting golems from the Royal Research Institute in order to investigate further.

"Look at that!"

Men came out of the door pattern.

They were soldiers.

"Only you three?"
"No, they should got out together with us--"

The soldier spoke in puzzlement and turned back.
But no one came out.

Mito stopped the men when they tried to go back in.

"Tell us what happened inside."

The soldier hesitated a bit before speaking up.

"It was very vast inside. We couldn't see well since it was foggy, but there's no doubt that the circumference was many times bigger than the outside mound's diameter. The ceiling was quite high as well and there were pillars that were thicker than if us three joined hands. We picked up that scholar at one of those pillars."
"What was it that made him turned out like this?"

The soldiers had no idea.

"There was a pattern similar to this on that pillar. He probably went inside that pillar."

The soldier pointed at the door pattern.

"Okay then, let's wake this guy up."

Arisa said so, took a magic potion out of her magic bag and sprinkled it on the man's face.
Despite the rough treatment, the man's wounds immediately went away.

"--He's not waking up."
"I'll make him to."

One of the scholar seemed to get impatient, picked up the bespectacled man and slapped his cheeks around.
He might be venting out his anger.

"W-where's the monster?"
"Monster? If you're really a researcher, describe what you see objectively!"

The scholar demanded an explanation without caring about polite speech anymore.

"A-aa. I found a similar pattern as the one at the entrance inside--"

Apparently, he found different patterns in all directions inside.
He went inside of those patterns to find himself in what looked like ruins, there he encountered the monster in question while investigating.

"It was a purple monster. It looked like a purple goblin outwardly, but that thing is no goblin!"

The purple goblin didn't even flinch when the bespectacled man shot it with four Fire Wands he brought with him and beat the two Living Statues the man came with as a replacement for bodyguards in no time at all.

Arisa and Mito looked at each others when they heard about purple goblin.

"Could it be, the Goblin King's been revived?"
"Must be a mistake, no? That Goblin Demon Lord wouldn't have let this man escape, don't you think?"
"Oh you're right..."

The two returned their lines of sight on the man.

"By Living Statues, you mean the ones stationed here to guard the mound?"
"That's right! Those Living Statues that could knock out several holy knights, like there's a goblin that could beat them in a flash! With bare hands to boot!"

Despite taking equipment without permissions and coming back empty handed on top of it, the man didn't feel responsible in the least.

"I'm amazed you even managed to flee."
"I was treading an unknown territory. Isn't it only natural to come prepared with a magic to protect yourself?"

The bespectacled man seemed to have interpreted Arisa's ridicule as a praise, he lifted up the center of his bent spectacles' frame with his finger.

Arisa asked what magic he used to protect himself, and the man recited the name of a mid-grade force magic famous for its defensive power.
That defense magic got destroyed by the purple goblin in two hits.
He suffered the injury earlier from shock waves of the second attack.


"There were more than one monster. I only saw it for an instant, but more of them were coming out of the back. There's at least 10, or maybe even more, I'm dead sure of it."
"In other words, are you saying that this is a labyrinth? With monsters that are many times stronger than ordinary?"

The bespectacled man gave an agreement to the scholar's question.

"Okay that's bad."
"Would be a huge disaster if those monsters came tramping out."

Similar mounds could be found in the outskirts of cities all over the world, and about 30 of them had potentially turned into labyrinths.

"Un, I know. This is one for Master."

Arisa nodded at Mito and got in touch with Satou through her Familiar Link.


"--The end."

That purple goblin inside the Purple Mound sounds like trouble, but there's another thing that intrigues me more.

"It's been seven days since I went to the Realm of Gods?"
"Yup, and?"

I myself felt like it had only just been half a day.
Excluding the time at the Rift, it should only have taken about six to seven hours.

"Could it be, passage of time flows differently in the Realm of Gods?"
"Yeah, seems right."

"Stop, stop! You two, you've got your priorities wrong."

Hikaru clapped her hands and stopped me and Arisa from getting derailed.


A voice called for me from the sky. It's Zena-san.
Looks like she was checking out nearby villages.

"I'm back Zena-san."
"There is no change with the Purple Mounds in the vicinity. Not only in sizes but also their characteristics."

Zena-san reported to us followed with, "This time I used bugs to test it out." as she faced Arisa.

"Looks like it's causing uproars in other cities too."

Using a combination of Map and space magic [Clairvoyance], I confirmed that the mounds caused crowds forming similar here.
I'm not sure if the purple goblins showed up in other Purple Towers, but at least it doesn't seem like those towers would spit out flocks of monsters en masse at the moment.

"Well then, I'll go check it out."

I walked forward toward the tower's entrance as I declared that.

※ Next update is planned for 3/31

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 262

Chapter 262 Strongest Sage, Learns About Situation


"Allow me to explain. About the threat looming over this world presently."

Grevil spoke in a room protected with multiple layers of barriers.
Looks like he's finally going to tell us the reason he was so eager in trying to spread chantless magic even at the cost of his life.

"Are you familiar with 『Broken Stars』?"

"I know they exist... They're fragments of space monsters, correct?"

I answered Grevil's question.
『Broken Stars』 are something that have existed since my past life, they're the space monsters'--fragments.

Around 5000 years ago, a fight broke out between two space monsters.
Despite the fact that it occurred more than 1 million kilometer away from this planet, the shock waves from the fight alone dealt a huge damage to the civilizations at the time, one country was even destroyed by the falling meteors.

I also got requests by friendly countries to create barriers to counter the shock waves there.

The fight that destroyed numerous celestial bodies, and painted the sky white ended after about a month.
The losing space monster broke apart and drifted off in space.

Its fragments are called 『Broken Stars』.
The fight I witnessed at that time was one of the reasons I decided to reincarnate myself in order to win against space monsters.

"Yes. One of those 『Broken Stars』 has fallen on this planet."

"...Fragments of space monsters?"

Space monsters are beings that are outside the laws of physics and magics.
Even its mere fragments--posses unknown influences.

"Yes... Its influences fortunately did not directly ruin this planet--but it was something that far exceeded the law of magic."

"Quit beating around the bush, cut to the chase."

I told Grevil off for being long winded.
This has been a bad habit of him since forever.

"...I understand. In short, it's revival of the dead."

--Revival of the dead.
I heard something similar not too long ago.

"Those demons at the Sixth Source huh?"

Demons who should have gone extinct were working together with Grevil at Saihill Empire's Sixth Source (In reality, they were used as pawns by Grevil).
Those demons said something about having been revived.

"Exactly... Those demons at the Sixth Source were revived by the influence of the 『Broken Star』."
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I see.
I get it now.

Revival of the dead is impossible with ordinary magic, but I'm not surprised if it's related to space monsters.
That's just how those beings are.

『Then I assume you too?』

I asked Grevil through comm magic to prevent the girls from listening in.
I thought he had been kept alive through immortality magic, but then I don't believe he would have survived the ancient civilization magic reactor breakdown even if he was.

『...Correct. I was revived by the influence of the 『Broken Star』 and even got younger for some reason... I was an 80 year old man on my death bed.』

『Rejuvenation too huh...』

『Yes... That said, I was the only one who got younger among those who were revived. As for the reason why... I'm unable to hazard a guess. My apologies.』

『No need for apologies. No one could comprehend phenomena caused by space monsters after all.』

While conversing as such through comm magic, I speak to Grevil.

"We've beaten all demons at the Sixth Source though--there's still more out there?"

"I only controlled a tiny portion of the revived demons. A great deal of demons have been revived--along with something even more worrisome."

"...Humans huh."

Demons from ancient civilizations are indeed dangerous, but the really fearsome ones are humans.
Since humans would group together and plan ahead to take on powerful foes.

Even if they're below demons in term of pure powers, they're way harder to deal with.
...Well there's a huge difference in strength between individuals though, it'll be over in a jiffy if they're just some small fry.

"Yes. I believe the most dangerous ones that have been revived by the 『Broken Star』... Are the ancient combatant group 『Warmongers』."

A group of 10 people that kept on fighting in their thirst for powers in my past life.

Their reason for fighting was similar to mine, but there was one little difference.
They didn't chose their opponent if it could get them stronger.

From military personnel to common people, they would challenge and kill them if it would got them stronger.
Those [Warmongers] themselves believed what they were doing was purely for powers, but what they had done were no difference to indiscriminate slaughter.

Naturally, an arrest warrant was issued for them, and they were ultimately killed at the hands of a magic combatant.
If they got resurrected in this era, they would have reigned as the worst group of murderers.

--Such Grevil explained.
I knew about it already but he explained still for the girls.

But one thing still bugs me.

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Okami wa Nemuranai 6.17


The day after, Lecan's legs felt heavy as he made his way to Shira's house.

She's probably going to make him drink poison considering she mentioned green potions yesterday.

But he's not sure if 14 pieces are enough. As she's taught him about 17 kinds of poison.

"Oh there you are. Now then, I have taught you 17 kinds of poisons made from herbs. You've memorized their smells and colors as well. Also how to use and detoxify them. Today, I'm teaching you five kinds of poisons. They're not made from herbs. But from snakes and spiders, see."

There are five small jars.

"First, it's the <Flat White Snake (Urasuruin)> poison. This is a poison used to assassinate nobles. It's highly lethal and immediately effective, it's also tasteless, odorless and fairly transparent, and you can take it with you into many dungeons. Hence, it's hard to trace back. Nobles won't use a poison no matter how effective it is if it can be traced back to its maker, you see."

This poison is tasteless and odorless and fairly transparent, but your skin will feel tingling if you get it closer to the poison. Moreover, it gives off a slight peculiar irritating odor when it's mixed in a tea above a certain temperature.

Lecan was made to take the poison in both the raw form and mixed in tea. He had to immediately take green potions afterward. This was to make him memorize the feeling of having the poison spread in his body.

He was made to learn several poisons in a similar manner. It was over in half a day, but he was already worn out by that time. The inside of his mouth and stomach wouldn't have been restored with just green potions, as such he also took some red potions, but the nausea didn't go away.

Noon break was the time to practice magic.

"Well now, try firing a <Flame Arrow (Beyart)>. Don't forget to reduce the power."

An extremely tiny <Flame Arrow> hit the center of the target fur.

"Very good. You've got a good control. This magic is very practical you see. You can make it explode on impact if you get to mid level. At advanced level, you can raise its destructive power even more, and depending on your mana quantity, you can put out dozens or even hundreds of it at once. I saw a magician used this magic against a 5000 strong army once a long time ago, half of the army was decimated in one shot."

Shira took the fur off the target and put it on the floor.

"However, <Flame Arrows> are not well suited for defeating dungeon monsters. Since it's got no penetration power. So the one I actually want you to learn is the higher version of <Flame Arrow>; <Flame Spear>. Watch closely."

Shira slowly held out her fingers, invoked her mana and when it all converged from every part of her body into her right hand, she recited the spell.

"<Flame Spears (Bandroux)>."

A spear of flame shot out of her entire arm, and it had blasted the target right as Lecan thought it just flew out.

Shira repositioned the target back, then she spoke to Lecan.

"Now, give it a try."

Lecan closed his eyes and recalled how the flow of magic went with Shira. It looked as if she projected the spear out of her finger, but it's actually not. She kneaded mana from her entire body and converged it in one spot.

Lecan controlled his mana just as he pictured.

"<Flame Spear>"

"Ah, you dummy!"

A huge pillar of flame manifested, a loud explosive sound echoed. Flying lump of soils hit Lecan's legs.

Cloud of dust enshrouded the surroundings, followed by raining soils. A huge hole has opened on the target fur along with a smoke rising out of it.

"Dearie me. Another rumor to go around the neighborhood it is. Like, the witch sneezed out or something."


"Well, it's way too late to mull over that. But I suppose there's no need for practice. Next is to test it out in a dungeon."

"Is that okay."

"You're the type that learns in real battle anyway, aren't you?"

That's exactly correct. Lecan is already devisings several ways to potentially use this magic in his mind.

Eda came by in the evening. Lecan taught her [Draw] for a while, but eventually Shira spoke out.

"It appears like space magic is not for you. Time to try out the next magic."

Eda looks dejected.

"Now then, Lecan. You're going in a dungeon right. There's no set days this time, so go venture out to your heart's content."

"That's great. It takes time since I can't avoid climbing my way out if I go down deep."

"Eh? Can't you just instantly go back to the floor you've been on already?"

"I heard that you can't."

"You can. There are several magic beasts that are about twice as big as the average monsters on each floor. Go beat two of them in a row."

"Two in a row?"

"Those big units spawn on the same spot you beat them, so beating two in a row is a simple matter."

"What'd happen when you did."

"You'd get the <Mark> of that floor. Then when you enter the same dungeon next time, recite <Floor (Sijmel)> at the entrance, floors with <Marks> on them will show up in your mind, afterward you simply think of the floor you want to go to and recite <Teleport (Palpu)>."

'That's it', Lecan thought. He saw adventurers who disappeared after reciting something when he first entered Golbul Dungeon. They must have recited the spell Shira told him just now.

"I had no idea. What should I do when I want to go back."

"Simply recite the same spell and pick <Ground Floor>. However, you can only use this spell in the pathways, or in other words, the stairways on other floors besides the <Ground Floor>."

"H-hold it right there! Lecan, you're going to a dungeon?"

He's got a bad feeling about this, but there's no point in lying here.


"Oh me! Me! I'm going with you too!"

Lecan absolutely won't take this encumbrance with him, thus he cuts it short.

"Do as you like. I'm leaving tomorrow."

"I'm going with you!"

"There's no way you'd catch up to my speed."


Afteward, Shira asked Ledcan if there was any way to take Eda with him, so Eda got on the momentum and threw a huge tantrum.

"You're just going to drop dead at the floor I'm going to."

"Eda-chan. You can find strong magic beasts in the neighboring forests depending on the spots. It's still not too late to hunt them down when you have time to spare between other quests and take on dungeons once you get stronger."

"But, but those arrows are so pricey. I can't afford them. I dunno how am I supposed to hunt."

Then how are you working as an adventurer, Lecan almost asked her that, but he refrained to. He can't afford to complicate this any further.

"Lecan. Don't you have a bow Eda-chan can use."

Lecan himself was eager to finish this unproductive talk. As such, he took out a bow from <Storage> and handed it over to Eda.

"T-this is?"

"It's a magic bow called <Bow of Ishia>."

"Magic bow?"

"Take a stance."

"Ah? And the arrow?"

"Just try taking a stance. Then pull the string just a bit. Good. Then put your mana in the core part, here. Good. Then recite this. <Dish>."

<Dish> means <Arrow> in Lecan's world.


"Not desh. Dish. Do not shoot."

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The bow's core emitted a faint light that immediately formed an arrow.


The surprised Eda let her hand off the string.

The arrow was shot out.

Lecan caught the flying arrow mid air. The arrow then disappeared in his hand.

"I told you don't shoot."

"A-amazing. I've never seen a bow with Grace before!"

"The arrow will disappear once it hits the enemy. You can shoot another arrow after that arrow is gone. Once you're used to it, you can shoot three arrows at once. Careful not to get ahead of yourself, shoot too many and run out of mana."

"Amazing. Can't believe I got stuff this nice."

"I'm just lending it. You'll give it back later."

<Bow of Ishia> is a useful weapon to attract attention of faraway magic beasts, but Lecan has gotten its replacement in the form of <Flame Arrow>. Thus, he decided to lend it to her. He's got nothing to lose even if Eda lost it.

Right as he thought that, he realized his mistake.

This magic bow might be something that stands out too much in this world. Or maybe something that doesn't exist in this world. He just realized that.

"Oh my. I'm not sure which dungeon you got that from, but that's quite a nice thing. Not to the point of being too conspicuous though."

Shira promptly and nonchalantly told Lecan what he wanted to hear.

"Un. It feels like Eda-chan will quickly lose that bow."

"That's not true at all. I definitely won't lose it."

She's probably going to show it off to everyone and then get it stolen, such thought Lecan.

But if that happens, Eda will also lose face to show up here, and that's a good thing, better even.

"Here, take this bag with you. This is a <Box (Luuf>), you see."

"<Box (Luuf)>!"

"Moreover, this <Box> is a special Box my friend made that allows only its first user to take items in and out of it. Don't let that bow away from your sight when you're awake. And put it in this bag and then wrap a string on it around your shoulders when you're asleep. Get it?"

"I got it!"

<Bow of Ishia> actually has a fatal flaw. Its arrows always go straight even in windy conditions, and never lose momentum. They fly straight within its range but immediately disappear the moment they go outside the range. As such, you'd lose sense of normal bows and arrows if you use this bow.

However, that's none of his business.

Now that the hindrance is gone, he can enjoy exploring the dungeon once again, freely and without a time limit.

That's the important thing for Lecan.

"Lecan, these are for you."

Shira held out five pills.

"These are?"

"These are mana recovery medicine I made. Leftovers from last year, see. Take them with you in the dungeon."

[Episode 6 Legend of the Witch] End/ Next Time [Episode 7 Golbul Dungeon Revisited]

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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 17-7

17-7. Reason Behind the Taboo


Satou here. There's usually a reason behind banned stuff. The problem is when a ban remains even after the reason for that ban has been renounced. Like irrational regulations in middle schools.

"Ceremony of Oracle shall now begin."

As God Heraruon finished making that declaration, silver lights converged between me and the gods, and then a complex frail-looking structure that seemed to be an old man showed up there.
An orange colored light, similar to that of God Heraruon, is shining in the core of said structure.

"By will of my great master, this Laluloluliluheaph shall preside over this ceremony. O human who has passed God's Trials, you have been given permission to profess your wish now."

Even though these gods are right in front of me, apparently the Old Structure will act as a messenger to convey my words to them.
These gods aren't much different than those in higher positions like nobles.

"Insolent fool. I see that you wish to have your soul be erased here!"

The Old Structure sent out scolding words along with a scathing heatwave at me.

A torrent of raging flame swallowed my astral body whole. I don't feel any pain, but it's blinding and tingling.
Words in this world, particularly those with strong emotions appear to carry physical--or rather, astral shock wave or raging flames with them.

My thoughts would leak out if I let my mind wandered off during the God Mingles when I was taking on the God's Trials back then, I've gotta be careful here.

"Please pardon me."
"Unscathed after getting a direct hit of my divine punishment?!"

That was a divine punishment huh.
Guess this Old Structure is a familiar of god?

"Laluloluliluheaph, we're going in circle, just leave it at that."

God Tenion shut the Old Structure out.
Gods' words are apparently absolute, the Old Structure turns toward me again without looking disgruntled in the least.

"--Profess your wish."

The Old Structure said haughtily.
I don't really get their gestures, but there's no doubt he's holding his head up high while looking down on me right now.

"I wish to know the reasons behind the taboo that resulted in divine punishments being handed down unto ancient Genma Empire and Weasel Empire."

I ask the main reason I came here.
By the way, Genma Empire was the name of a country that King Mummy, Corpse of the Labyrinth's lower layer once ruled over.

The Old Structure translates my words and conveys them to the gods.

"It is not a matter men ought to be privy of."

God Heraruon brushed it off in one sentence.
The Old Structure's translation was way too long so I ignored him.

"In other words, you would not tell me the reason for the taboo?"

Like I'd let him end it with that one sentence after I went the trouble of clearing all those annoying trials.

"You've got an objection to God's Decisions?!"

God Zaikuon roared while scattering psychedelic yellow lights around.
The nymphs who seem to be his familiars are frantically trying to soothe and stop him from jumping out of the spot where the gods sit.

"Oh isn't it fine to tell him."

God Tenion whispered as her green aura fashioned like a hagoromo of a celestial maiden blinked.

"He has passed our trials for this occasion after all, I think it's fair to tell him that much, is it not?"

God Tenion advocated for me while facing the dissatisfied looking God Zaikuon.

"Granting one wish we can grant to those who have passed our trials. That's what we have agreed upon. We ought to upkeep the agreement. Karion said so as well."
"I didn't. But I'm in agreement with what Urion said."

God Urion and God Karion advocated for me as well.

"See, Karion said so as well."
"No. Urion, you should learn about chronological orders."

These two gods sure get along well.

"--It cannot be helped."

God Heraruon reluctantly gave his approval, and then he turns toward God Garleon and God Parion who have been keeping silent while ignoring the shocked god Zaikuon.

"Garleon, Parion, any objection?"
"Do as you like."

God Garleon gave his agreement displeasedly, while God Parion made a gesture like she was nodding lightly in silent.

After confirming that, God Heraruon turned toward me.

"It is for the sake of world peace."

--That's it? That's the reason?

What a shitty explanation!!

"You insolent fool!!!"

The Old Structure shot out a tsunami of crimson flame along with reprimanding words at me.

Whoops. I had reflexively let loose of my mind's shackles since his reply was just too much.

--Pu, kusukusu.

God Parion who had been keeping silent appeared to find the flow of events funny, she burst into laughter with a small, small voice. I'm not sure about these gods' expressions, but she has this cuteness like that of a small animal.

"Parion just laughed."
"Parion's smiles really are the best."
"It's been awhile since I last saw Parion smiling. Karion should laugh together with her."
"I won't. That sounds a bit fun, but I won't laugh just because Urion told me to."

The other gods were surprised to see Parion laughing as well.

"In honor of Parion, I shall forgive your discourtesy."

Once the gods calmed down, God Heraruon forgave my gaffe.

"Be grateful for the vastness of God Heraruon's mercy."

But I can't let this over yet, I should press them a bit more.

"I understand that the reason behind the taboo is for world peace, but as someone unenlightened, I am unable to connect the dots that lead to those. Could you please tell me what those dots are?"

I can't even start with negotiations if I don't at least get that part, and I have no idea how lenient or strict the taboo is.

"Truly indeed. What fools humans are. Asking for answers without even attempting to find out themselves. Trying to grope out the depth of god's generosity, their impudence truly knows no bound."

The Old Structure followed after God Heraruon's disparagement.
I ignore him since he's starting a rally about the ugliness of humans or something.

"Can I go back now?"
"No. You too Heraruon, you should stop dodging the question by throwing unnecessary abuses. Tenion, we leave the rest to you."

God Karion who had gotten tired of the grumbling fluttered as she tried to leave the place, but God Urion stopped her.

"--Me? Is that fine with you, Heraruon?"

God Tenion asked for God Heraruon's approval even while seemingly startled by God Urion's irresponsible remark.

"Very well. Enlighten that fool."

God Heraruon gave his generous permission.
God Tenion's [Is that fine] was for [Is that fine to tell him], it appears.

Looking at the course of events, God Heraruon seems to be soft against God Tenion and God Parion.

"You sure Heraruon?!"
"Silence, Zaikuon."

God Garleon unpleasantly slapped the roaring God Zaikuon with words.
Like, he literally slapped using words as God Zaikuon's body shook.

"I never asked you!"
"Who would. Why don't you understand that's precisely why everyone is making a fool out of you."

Since words carry effects with these gods, I'm not sure if they're quarreling or just having an argument.

"Shut up? Won't you two."

Rebuked by God Karion who kept her own pace, God Zaikuon and God Garleon fell silent awkwardly.

"Satou of man, I shall answer your question."

After surveying the surroundings once, God Tenion began talking after her hagoromo-like aura changed shapes.
That may be the gesture signifying her fixing her sitting posture and clearing her throat.

"If you humans 『Science』 civilization sees a progress, people's faiths will see a degradation."

God Tenion's calmly narrates.
I could only nod at this since earth has similar history.

"And if faiths were to lessen, the barrier that protects the world shall be weakened as well."
"What kind of science would lessen faiths?"

Some terms intrigued me, but since this was my chance to get to the point, I asked her about the exact sciences that would violate the taboo.

"Generally speaking, it would be the likes of constant personal and immediate means of communication between individuals, mass transports, mass manufactures through industrializations, and mass consumptions, I think?"

Just as I expected--no wait, it's a bit different.

It may have been included already in one of the stuff God Tenion mentioned last, but I should ask just in case.

"Is there no prohibition on printing technology?"
"Yes, we did not prohibit it."

God Tenion said it clearly.
Then why hasn't printing spread through all over the world?

"Is that all you want to ask?"
"No, I have one more question."

I pressed on like the protagonist of a long-lasting police drama.

"I forgot to ask before, you said [World Peace] would be in danger if the barrier got weakened, what is this thing that endangers [World Peace]?"

This is the thing that intrigued me earlier.

God Tenion peered at God Heraruon instead of promptly answering my question.

The number of halo rings and intensity of lights on God Heraruon's back increased.
Looks like he's going to give me the answer in God Tenion's place.

"It's the Outsiders."

You mean like Outer Gods?

A sanity check-required horror mythology crossed my mind.

"The Unending, Invaders from a Foreign World, World-Eroding Monsters."

God Karion told me several aliases as I muttered.
Guess they're like otherworld invaders?

"You don't get it?"
"It is outside comprehension of mere humans after all."

God Heraruon disparaged me followed by God Garleon when I fell silent to think it through.

"Is it the same as parasitic bizarre creatures that live off the World Tree?"

The jellyfish are ordinary stuff, but the squids and the asteroid-scale black octopuses that predate on them are quite a menace.
Hence I asked but--Oh?

The outer structures of the gods stir about, their fractal patterns have stopped changing.

--Huh? I got it right?

"...Those are the tips of the tips, they are but mere shadows. If we suppose 『Outsiders』 as dragons, then those parasitic jellyfish are nothing more than skink lizards at most."

God Garleon affirmed my question using an analogy.

"Would you lift off the ban on scientific development if I were to eradicate those 『Outsiders』?"

It's a piece of cake if that's all I need to do.

"You fool!"
"Don't get cocky, you human!"

God Heraruon and God Zaikuon disparaged me.

"Those creatures are mighty. They posses size as vast as the ground you live on along with dreadful speed. No weapons or magic you mere humans possess work on them."

Yup, the jellyfish ones managed to dodge my attacks, and the octopus ones regenerated themselves when they were damaged and even absorbed my magic.

"I understand however--"
"You don't. Fool."

I got unexpectedly disparaged by god Karion.

"It's just as Karion said. Demon God said the same thing once, went to challenge them and came back in a mess. The world faced a light crisis back then. You must not act recklessly."

God Urion deciphered God Karion's expletive.

Unexpectedly enough, the demon god who seem to be an upgraded version of me was no match for those Outsiders.
Apparently there's a lot more of those creatures more powerful than the Black Octopus lurking in the depth.

"After all, those things get more powerful the more you attack them. If your attacks work on them today, tomorrow they will posses a different ability. Getting rid only a few would only prolong the battle forever."

Looks like those things excel in self-evolution.
They're the bothersome type where if you don't beat the entirely of them, they will keep getting stronger endlessly.

I guess that's why?
The gods won't touch the parasitic jellyfish living off World Trees needed to circulate mana in the entire world, it's to prevent them from learning gods' powers.

I've beaten those jellyfish twice and did not see any change in their ability though?
I don't believe they're evolving instantaneously anyway, I should prepare weapons or spell arts powerful enough to eradicate those bizarre creatures all at once.

"Satou of man. Your eyes tell me that you have not given up, have you?"

God Tenion completely saw through me.

"I will tell you an old tale."

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The world began to be filled with living creatures 100 million years ago.
People were thriving in a prosperous world incomparable to that of present.

(I listen carefully to God Tenion's words.)

Have you ever tried tracing back human history?
Have you ever seen history from before 30,000 years ago?

(History only traced back to Lalakie Dynasty 30,000 years ago at most.)

It's only natural that you don't.
As the world had been destroyed once before that.


There were problem children that found excitement in challenging the [Outsiders] who came from a foreign world. The Dragon God and dragons.

(Ah, I can just picture the images in my head.)

Dragon God destroyed the ringleader of Outsiders and returned.
Then it fell into a deep, deep slumber at the [Dragon's Valley] to heal the wounds it suffered in the battle.

However, [Outsiders] had not perished.
A new ringleader made its entrance, seized the powers of dragons, and even more gigantic [Outsiders] came raiding.

They easily pierced through the barrier we Gods put up and infringed upon the land.
Were Heraruon who had realized our disadvantage did not instruct Karion and Parion to shelter World Trees in the Realm of Gods, we would have abandoned this world and departed to another world.
The Dragon God woke up and exterminated [Outsiders] that had polluted the world down to the last one.
However, only the dragons and a group of Mythical Beasts remained on the ground by the time it was over.

(I see, the Dragon God unleashed about as much or even more destructions than the [Outsiders].)

With our divinity, we covered the whole world with a barrier, a cocoon that makes it invisible to the [Outsiders]. To prevent that tragedy to befall on the world once again.

Those [Outsiders] are still spreading out their fingers over a vast area, seeking a rich land to be sacrificed.
If our powers were to weaken, their fingers would slip through the cracks of the weakened barrier.

(God Tenion must be using fingers to express the parasitic jellyfish preying upon the World Trees.)

This is the truth of the world.

The reason we hand out grave punishments to those who cannot protect the taboo, for the sake of the world peace.

"Human, go back at once."
"Human, refrain from acting out."

After listening to God Tenion's old tale, I was carried to the God Ark by God Urion's and God Tenion's familiars, the nymphs, and was forced out of this place.

I asked the gods about a way to ascend to godhood before I left the place, but that seemed to have been a bad move.
The gods including God Karion and Urion disparaged me and even God Tenion felt like she was rebuking me for being conceited.
God Parion was the only one who didn't say anything, but the gaze she was giving like she was looking at a problem child was a bit painful.

Due to that, I missed the chance to ask them about the [Demon God's Seal] and the Purple Mounds.
I probably have more shots at this later, gotta carefully select the questions next time.

"Satou of human!"

High elf Sillmufuze-san was waiting for me at the waters of Realm of Gods.

She seems panicked somehow.

"This is bad, Satou of human! The body you should get back into has disappeared!"

Sillmufuze-san approached rapidly like she was about to bump on me.

"It's my fault as a guide. I should have been more careful when the nymphs who hate lower world asked me to show them the way to the 『World of Rift』."

--I see.

Not sure which god they belong to, but it seems there's a god who's trying to take my body hostage.
The mysterious little girl's advices were for this situation.

"You cannot return to the lower world with just your soul. As such--"

Sillmufuze-san is looking at me sorrowfully.

"I will give up my body to you to make up for it."


"Although the fact that it's a different gender and race may be an inconvenient, you'll be young forever, and you'll have a plenty of mana."
"Umm, Sillmufuze-san--"
"I understand. I'm fully aware that it's not a substitute for your original body. But this is the least I could do."

I'm amazed by the fact that you can swap bodies, but there's no need for that.
If it were a male body, I would gladly take up the offer since I could marry Aze-san then, but saying that here would make things messy so I refrain myself.

"It's okay."
"I see, so you're fine with my body!"

Sillmufuze-san went and said something that could lead to a huge misunderstanding.

"Not that. There's no need to take your body."
"But, then--"
"I'm saying that my body has not actually disappeared, you see."

We went down the light waterfall and headed to the place we left our bodies.
I wanted to test out many things on my way back, but she'd surely get super mad if I did that in this situation.

I touch the bed where my body was with my astral hand and took my body out of Storage.

"Your body showed up!"

Sillmufuze clapped her hands in delight.

Sillmufuze-san looked a bit displeased when I told her that I was hiding my body just in case, but she quickly cheered up since that act ended up keeping my body safe from pranks.

We got back to our bodies and treaded on the path back.


Arisa's familiar link reached me.
She sounds really worked up somewhat.

『Bad news! The purple mounds--』

Those things ended up being a source of trouble after all.
Good thing it's just right as I got back from the Realm of Gods.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 261

Chapter 261 Strongest Sage, Ends Fight


"True magic knowledge?"

"Yeah. True magic that doesn't need to be chanted... In order to spread that, I was planning to have you guys defeat me and be known as heroes... But that plan has ended up in a failure."

Grevil stared at the malfunctioning wide area magic tool as he said that.
Apparently, those tools were used for that.

He used that magic tool to grandly declare war and show off his power by destroying the capital's Great Barrier.
He must be setting us up to be heroes by defeating him after all that.
And then there would be an influx of people trying to learn the techniques those heroes used, popularizing chantless magic all over the world... or so was the plan huh.

...To be honest, I can't say that it's a good plan.
Royal Academies would have spread chantless magic even without all this ploy anyway.
It could even have the opposite effect if the public ended up cognizing chantless magic as a [Technique for heroes, not for common people].

But I suppose that's just like Grevil.
He's always been a guy who puts everything for his country.
Hence I was absolutely baffled to see such a guy cooperating with demons to declare war on humanity.

But I get it now.
Grevil had taken these drastic measures in order to retake the lost magic knowledge.

"...Regardless of my objective, there's no denying that I have manipulated demons, declared wars on humanity, and destroyed the barrier that protected humans from demons... I fully intend to atone for my sin with my life, but before that, I implore you to listen to my request... Please succeed the true magic knowledge."

"By true magic knowledge, you mean these [General Magic Textbooks]?"

I took out the [General Magic Textbooks] as I said that.
Books that are somehow often can be found at places related to Grevil.

I found that fact strange, but it's clear now why if he's trying to teach chantless magic.
Although the quality of [General Magic Textbooks] can't be called high by any standard, they were the most commonly used books in that era after all.

"That's right... But those books you have are written in ancient language, it would prove difficult for humans of this era to decipher it. I have prepared ones that have been translated in the language used in this era... Would you please take them?"

He's even done that far huh.
With his efforts in consideration--I gave my answer.

"I refuse. Like I'd take the translated version of this stuff."

"...Please I beg you. If humanity does not learn the real magic, they have no hope of surviving in the near future. You guys may be able to use true magic, but you will eventually hit a roadblock without a guide... These books contain all the wisdom of ancient mages including Gaias-sama. I'm sure it will help you--"

"I reiterate; I refuse."

Grevil is still attempting to push the books even after I refused him.
So I talk to him through comm magic.

『I'm that Gaias himself in the flesh. These books are unnecessary.』


Grevil looks like he cannot believe what he heard.

『I sent you a letter, didn't I. It was, 'I'm reincarnating. Please don't look for me.' if I remember right... Did you not get it?』

『I-I did have that letter delivered to me... It can't be, so you're telling the truth?』

『Who else would know the content of a letter I sent myself... I never would have thought the day would come where Grevil would try to teach magic though. And with these mess of books to boot.』

I look at the [General Magic Textbooks].
These books would have proved useful if I weren't present, but the book I wrote is far better suited.

『...Aah, Gaias-sama. To think you were really reborn...』

Grevil shed tears as he said that.
The girls were confused to see the unfolding situation.

"Eh, why'd this person break down in tears all of a sudden?"

"Must have been quite a huge shock to have his books refused..."

I'd better stop talking through the comm magic.
With that in mind, I open my mouth.

"...I don't need the books, but you'll have to pay for your sins."

"I understand. I shall atone with this life--"

"I refuse... What's there to gain in you dying."

I interrupted Grevil's speech.
It'll be bad if I let him die.

"Live and make yourself useful... Presently we have a shortage of workforce to teach chantless magic, you see."

After all, someone who has learned ancient magic well like Grevil is practically an endangered species in this era.
Moreover, since Grevil is completely hopeless with magic, his understanding of chantless magic exceeds that of talented ones.
There's no one better fit at teaching chantless magic, including me.

Grevil opened his eyes wide after I said that.
Like he can't believe it.

"Me, chantless magic?"

"Yeah. But you're gonna use this one as the textbook."

I hand over the Second Academy standard textbook to him.
Grevil shouted out loud when he read the content.

"I-I can't believe there's such a perfect textbook out there... Where in the world did you get this book?"

"I wrote it."

Hearing that, Grevil looked like, "Of course!"
And then, he got down on his knees while tearing up.

"...I will fully dedicate this life of mine as a magic educator."

"Yeah. I'm counting on you."

--Thus, our fight with Grevil closed its curtain.

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Two weeks later.
A new magic teacher assumed a post at Second Academy right as the destroyed barrier finished getting repaired.

He got to be a teacher this quick thanks to me pushing principal Edward.

"Today, this academy welcomes a new teacher...  Grevil-sensei!"

Grevil climbed the podium amidst students' applause.

Only the girls and I know the fact that it was Grevil who declared war on the capital via the wide area comm magic.
Him disguising as a demon paid off in this form.

"Hello, I Grevil will be your new teacher from today on. Please don't hesitate to ask me anything about chantless magic."

Grevil constructed a relatively complex magic after saying that.
That he stopped just before it went over students' level of comprehension instead of going to the extreme and constructed a needlessly complex magic truly shows his affinity as a teacher.

Of course there were oppositions against hiring someone of unknown origin like Grevil as a Second Academy's teacher.
But even teachers who were against it rethought their stance once they saw Grevil's overwhelming magic knowledge, like "He's a necessary talent to be a magic teacher of Second Academy."
In fact, the stuff the students here would learn would be on a completely different level with Grevil around.

He's probably not trusted yet, but trusts can simply be gained from here on.
I'm sure he'll earn it in no time.

The next day.
I came to the Second Academy together with the girls.

We were asked by Grevil to come to his room since he had something to talk about.
Second Academy's teachers have their own private rooms...

"...This is pretty strict security."

I murmured so as we arrived at the room Grevil led us to.

There's an excessive amount of barriers put over the room.
Around 100 barriers of all kinds, ranging from simple defensive barrier to interception prevention and mana isolation have been put over this room.

More than half of the room is occupied by barriers.
The floor has risen by a meter from the stack of barriers.

"And I'm still not sure it's sufficient even with all this."

"...Just what's all this for?"

"I called you all here to talk about that matter... It's related to the reason why I took such a drastic measure to achieve my goal of spreading chantless magic in this world."

Grevil invited us into the room.
This means he hasn't talked about it up until now because he can't do so without the anti-interception barriers put over this room.

If the enemy was just some half-baked demons, Grevil could have just destroyed them with the [Light of Destruction] he possessed.
Also, there's no need for such a strict countermeasure if the opponent is just some ordinary demons.

However, Grevil did all those absurd actions and even attempted to set us up as heroes at the cost of his own life in order to popularize chantless magic.
It's safe to assume that it was because no other means would suffice.
The barriers here also must have been deemed necessary for that.

I can't imagine an opponent that would force Grevil to go that far... But it should be clear soon.

"Got it. Let us hear your story."

I faced Grevil as I said that.

...The commotion caused by Grevil might be over but it looks like we can't rest easy just yet.

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Shikkaku Mon no Saikyou Kenja Chapter 260

Chapter 260 Strongest Sage, Infers Goal


I'm not gonna prolong this fight like the fight with demons earlier.
Grevil isn't as sturdy as demons nor is he able to use defensive magic to cope with that.
This would be over if I could just strike his neck at the right spot with my magically enchanted sword.

--But that's an extremely tall order.
From the exchange just now, I could tell that he would immediately cover up any opening I made using petty tricks.

I might succeed if I could just set up a trap that would create a huge opening--but he must have anticipated most traps already.
Guess I have no choice but to use that hand.

『I could try launching a surprise attack, what do you think?』

Alma offered that suggestion when she saw me pondering how to attack.
But Alma's arrow is too slow to get in between our fight.

『No, this is not a battle where surprise attacks would make a difference.』

To begin with, surprise attacks are impossible against Grevil's sense at this range.

『By the way, you'd better stop using comm magic, he's probably listening in.』

『Exactly. Your comm magic is quite something for this era, but it'll only get intercepted with me as an opponent. Better be careful with it.』

Grevil cut into the comm magic after I said that.
The comm magic we're using doesn't look much different than simply talking with our mouths in the face of a skilled magician.

We'd need a comm magic that's ten times as complex than the one we're using now if we want to avoid Grevil's interference.

『Cutting in comm magic... is he a monster?』

『I'm a human, not a monster... Or rather, I'm actually on the talentless side. Originally that is.』

Grevil looked disappointed as he said that.
However, his disappointment looks more like it's directed at the weakened state of humans in this era than of him being weak.

...Think I get what Grevil is trying to accomplish.

『Well, there's no point in talking about this. Let us resume this fight.』
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『...You're right.』

Grevil readied his sword once again.
This time Grevil lunges forward toward me.

"My turn to defend now huh."

I took the parrying posture as I said that.
But this isn't a defensive posture.
Instead, it's one for the end game.

It seems Grevil thinks I haven't noticed, but I know he's got one fatal weakness.
Though it's dangerous, I can create an opening big enough to end this fight if I can exploit that weakness.

I stare fixedly at Grevil's sword, observing him while holding my sword diagonally.
And when Grevil's sword reaches its maximum momentum--I let down my sword and expose my neck toward his sword.


Grevil sounded bewildered.
And then--Grevil pulled back the sword he was swinging, with all his might.

It's as if he was trying to protect me, an unreasonable feat during a battle.
A fatal opening.

I thrust my sword before the neck of Grevil who had taken an awkward posture since he had to forcefully pull back his sword.
Anyone would have won when your opponent took such a move.

"You never intended to kill me, did you?"

I had noticed that Grevil didn't want to kill us.

Since the demons we met in our way here had some little tricks put on their wings.
As if those magic arts were inserted to prevent those demons from killing us.

"...How'd you find out"

"I was certain of it after seeing the magic put in those demons... So what's your goal really?"

"For that is because, killing you shall not--"

"Aah, you can stop your act now. I've taken care of that magic tool already."

I point at the magic tool installed in the corner of the room.

I might not be able to break the magic tools themselves, but making it so nothing gets transmitted to the capital is a simple matter.
Hence, that magic tool had practically lost its functions the moment we set foot in this room.

"...My goal is to spread the true magic knowledge in the whole world."

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Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku 17-6

17-6. To Realm of Gods (2)


Satou here. I imagine the world of gods to be like a place with lots of Parthenon-like temples in a carpet of clouds, with gods relaxing around in toga. This might be influenced by the fact that the first western myth I read was a Greek one.

Realm of Gods was a world filled with lights.

An intense glimmer of rainbow colored lights that changes its form every moment like a kaleidoscope, creating a torrent of undulating lights.
Since I don't physically have eyes, I'm able to enjoy such an intense light.

I feel like I can spread my consciousness as far and wide as I want and still be able to perceive things, it's quite an odd sensation.

A world of countless glimmers is spread near the intense light.
When I try to spread my consciousness, I feel a weird sense of omnipotence, like I can grasp every inch of this world.

『Aah, I want to melt inside this light.』

That idea is filling out my head along with euphoria.

--Keep yourself together, my hero.

Someone's voice slipped in my mind.
That voice secured my consciousness from trying to melt into the world.

--For you are my partner.

My awareness became clear as I recalled the soft sensation on my lips.
Looks like I was saved by the mysterious little girl's protection.

"--Tou, Satou of man."

As I came to my sense, I could hear a voice of someone besides the mysterious little girl's.

I look around and find no one.
Come to think of it, I don't see Sillmufuze-san who came here with me.

--Or rather, I can't even see myself due to the rainbow-colored lights.


The faint voice I've been hearing for a while sounds similar to Sillmufuze-san's.
I try to look for Sillmufuze-san inside the light since she's saying something about light.

Wonder where she is?


--Hm? Suppress?

I concentrate on the Sillmufuze-san sounding voice.

"Satou of man, suppress the light!"

Her voice suddenly became clear like I had tuned in the right radio frequency.

"Is this light, maybe, caused by me?"
"It is. Suppress it quick! At this rate--"

Her disappearing voice sounds pained.
This situation doesn't seem good.

Suppress the light huh...
I try to suppress the light like I did with Spirit Light.

The light gradually gets weaker.

--Oh, it's working.

My focus seemed to have loosened up due to that as the light regained its intensity in an instant then.


The scream is becoming distant.


This time I carefully squeeze down the light.
It's harder than with Spirit Light, maybe because of I'm in astral body.

I wasn't able to completely suppress the light to zero like I did with Spirit Light.

"Satou of man, it appears that have succeeded suppressing the light."

A small light with a green outline came closer from a distant while blinking weakly.

"Yes, it's me."

As I stared at the light, a half transparent body of Sillmufuze-san looked like it was overlapping the light.
I'd better not look too much.

"This place is quite dreamy, isn't it."

Maybe it's due to the disappearance of the intense light I emitted, the world seems a bit darker.

There are countless glittering small lights beyond the clouds of faint lights.
Those clouds change form while undulating, the whole things are made to look like it's comprised of a single flow.

There is no land, we're standing on top of a section of that flow.

I opened the Map and as expected it was, [Area without Map].
I can still use Unique Skills in Realm of Gods, but my level and status have been grayed out.

Auto-mapping and Radar also work, let's prudently proceed ahead while hoping that the gods haven't prepared a grand trap for me.

"Follow me, Satou of man."

I follow after Sillmufuze-san's light.

Out of curiosity, I tried taking out a little wooden bird craft from my Storage.
I wanted to see what would happen to physical objects here--.

Unlike in the physical world, the wooden bird transfigured into what looked like a cubic painting before instantly swelling up all the while transforming into bizarre shapes, and eventually ruptured off into nothingness.

"--What are you doing! Satou of man!"

Sillmufuze-san got mad.

"I will leave you behind if you keep needlessly acting up!"
"I'm sorry, I won't do it again."

Sillmufuze-san finally agreed to continue leading the way after I promised her to never do it again.

Yup, let's test other things out on my way back.

After passing through interweaving veils inside mist of light, we arrived at what looked like pitch black waters.

"It's the barrier wall of the God's Realm."
"Do we have to go pass this?"
"A god not cannot pass through this."

Then will the gods come meet me here?

As I thought that, I could see a golden light coming closer from beyond the waters.

"That's the God Ark coming to fetch you."

Sillmufuze-san told me what that golden light was.

It looked like a golden dot of light from afar, but I understood that it was actually cylindrical shaped as it got closer.
I'm not sure if it's a trait of this world or something, but the ark's shape keeps changing even while the impression of it being cylindrical stays on my mind. It kind of looks like soft animal shaped candy, I bet it's tasty.

The ark is bigger than I thought.

If I use myself as the basis, the God Ark's total length might reach several kilometers.
Apparently, it's having a musical performance while sailing, I could hear an elven-like melodious tune conveyed to my hearing-like sense. It sounded quite solemn.

As I enjoyed the tune while gazing at the ark, three white light orbs that were orbiting the ark like satellites drew closer.

"Somethings is coming."
"Those are nymphs who serve under gods directly. Mind your manners."

As they got closer, I saw that these three light orbs had a different outline each, which were bitter orange, blue and yellow .

"Is this the man who cleared the trials?"

The bitter orange outlined light murmured.
The voice sounded dignified somehow.

"He's bearing the marks of gods, so he must be."

This time the blue outlined light replied to its comrades after orbiting around me while blinking.

"What seedy light. Nothing compared to my master."

The last yellow outlined light orb moved like it was turning away after saying something rude.

"High elf, purify him at least."
"Good grief, what would you do if he sullied God Ark with earthly impurities."
"Eww, what a lowly high elf."

Even though she was being haughtily ordered by the nymphs, Sillmufuze-san put me under a light shower without looking particularly bothered.
Though I don't feel anything different in particular, the nymphs seem to be satisfied with that.

"Come, human."
"Be grateful to our great gods as you board."
"Be grateful for god's mercy."

I follow after the nymphs toward the God Ark.
When we got to a certain distance, some kind of invisible force field wrapped me and carried me to orbit the God Ark. It was like how the nymphs were like when the Ark was coming.

The music changed and the God Ark embarked once again.


Only the nymphs and me are boarding the God Ark, Sillmufuze-san is standing by on the waters' bank.

"Is Sillmufuze-san not coming with us?"
"You are not allowed to ask questions."

The bitter orange light denied me of questions.

"Oh fine, since I'm kind and all, I shall tell you."

Despite the content, the blue outlined light orb's word had maliciousness in it as it turned toward me.
The part with a patterned bright light on the orb seems to be its face.

"High elves are the administrators of spots that come into contact with the lower world, hence they cannot come."
"She's got lots of dirts on her, of course she can't board God Ark."

The yellow outlined light orb added to the blue outlined orb light's explanation in mean spirit.

Looks like discriminations exist even in the realm of gods.
Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be a paradise or heavens where everyone is happy.

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"Guess we've arrived?"

The God Ark stopped moving, and the valiant sounding tune slowly changed to a more calm tune.
The force field that was wrapping me disappeared, the thin light membrane cleared away.

"Hee, incredible."

Countless star-like lights have gathered together to form a great number of geometrical-shaped structures.

"Come, human."
"Stop dawdling around."
"Come quick or we'll leave you behind."

The nymphs are calling for me.

I went after the nymphs and landed on a floating monorail-like corridor.
The same force field like on God Ark wrapped me again here, then it gently put me on the rail line before carrying me forward. The locomotion feels like I'm on a linear motor train.

Although I expressed it as monorail earlier, the rail line turned into what looked like a jet coaster created by an innocent child along the way, the track was quite acrobatic.
Felt like I would get motion sickness were I was not in astral body.

I saw a Moebious strip like ring at the end of the rail line.

"Be silent, human."
"This is the great God Gate."

As I muttered, the blue outlined orb ignored me, the bitter orange outlined orb responded in irritation, and the yellow outlined orb told me what it was. That ring seems to be a gate.

The scenery underwent a complete change after we passed through the ring.

That ring seems to be a teleport gate.
The Map's name has changed as well.

This place that's flooded with lights appears to be the [Garden of Gods].
It feels like the morning sun coming down stained glass in a temple or a chapel, makes me feel solemn. The music playing in the surrounding area has changed into something heavy like it's jolting my body.

The rail reached the terminus of [Garden of Gods] and we had to go ahead in the air by ourselves once again.

We passed through several rings along the way.
This time, they were not teleport gates, they were just for accelerations.

The fact that I enjoyed moving like I was in the masterpiece game of Mega Saturn [Nights (YoRU)] when I got through them is a secret.

Every time we accelerated, I was made to witness wondrous scenes of getting lines of lights in the surroundings zoomed past me.
It's like seeing the SFX of [Watching the stars as the space ship entered a warp] in an SF I saw in the past.

While slightly enjoying the journey, I passed through a dense wall of light thing together with the nymphs.


Before I knew it, I had arrived at a place with seven giant floating lights.
Each of the seven lights have mysterious flower-like geometrical patterns that gradually change shapes as if pulsing.
Innumerable lights are orbiting around them like satellites.

Curiously, just looking at the seven lights prompt me to offer my prayers in solemness.
I checked the Log just for sure, but I had not received a mental attack or anything.


Countless silver lights with stern geometrical patterns float between me and the seven lights.
These aren't nymphs, I believe they're the apostles I saw during the divine punishment.

As I go forward, the geometrical patterns turned sharp-pointed, silver thorns formed one after another, forming a passage-like thing.
I think it kinda looks like a saber arch?


There's a 3D magic circle-like area at the end of the passage.
That seems to be the [Ring of Audience].


Those giant lights seem to be the seven pillar gods.
Since AR readings display [UNKNWON], it's not clear which is who, but I could hazard a guess from comparing their colors to the lights I saw during the trials.

A force field gently stuck on me as I arrived at the [Ring of Audience].


I almost took the pose of a certain confectionery company character, but they'd get mad at me if I joked around here so I offered my prayer like I would at a Shinto shrine.
The [Ring of Prayers] I sat on shone golden. Quite pretty.


Apparently, it's not enough.
I wouldn't have met with Liza and the girls if I didn't come to their world, so I guess it wouldn't hurt to offer my thanks.
The light on [Ring of Audience] changed into golden light with a tinge of rainbow colors.

For some reason, the pulsing lights differ from that of gods.
The orange and yellow colors are especially conspicuous.


Alright, this time let's thank them for Aze-san.
After all, I wouldn't have met Aze-san had they not arrived in that world riding the World Trees from the Realm of Gods.
My gratitudes seem to have been transmitted, the [Ring of Audience] begins to emit glimmering golden particles while vibrating intensely.

Now then, let's give it my all to offer--.

"We have received your prayers, Satou of man. Any more than that is unnecessary."

An echoing voice from the gentle-looking light green light stopped me from praying any more.

I've got a feeling that the owner of this voice is God Tenion.
Having numerous images transmitted along with words seem to be the standard fare, thankfully I've gotten used to it during the trials.

"Tenion, gods we are do not heedlessly call out to those of lower world at 『Temple』."
"Yeah, yeah, Tenion! Heraruon is right! You're dragging down our level."

The orange light that shines like the sun--God Heraruon--shot out ripples of lights containing words toward the light green light--God Tenion.
I believe the psychedelic yellow light that rode on God Heraruon's coattail is God Zaikuon.

"Silence, Zaikuon. Why have you not understood that your manner of speaking degrades our dignity."

The blue light rebuked the yellow light--God Zaikuon.
It kinda sounds like a character from a classic masterpiece robot anime that's still running even today.

Their tones are different than during the trials.
I guess this one is more like how they are originally?

"Shut up, Garleon! This great me is not wrong!"
"That's exactly why, you!"

Between the quarreling God Zaikuon and blue light--God Garleon, a wave of indigo light vigorously ran through the space between the two.

"Garleon, Zaikuon, both of you quiet down. Right now is the top seat, Heraruon's turn to speak. We ought to watch in silent. Karion said so as well."

The serious indigo light mediated between God Garleon and God Zaikuon.

"I don't. Urion's delusion."

The vermilion light with a very complex shape--God Karion--denied God Urion's acclaim while pulsing slowly.
These gods sure have striking personalities, more than I imagined.

By process of elimination, the light blue light who's snuggling to God Tenion must be God Parion then.

Now then, I should get down to business as to why I come here.

※ Next update is planned for 3/17

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