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While he was alive, he was a man who never even imagined that he had a talent for combat or magic. Born to the servants of a nobleman, he was raised as a servant as well. As a child, he had admired stories of adventurers risking their lives on adventures and knights doing brave deeds, but he thought that such people were living in a different world from himself, someone who had no worth other than his ability to handle horses and carriages.
He became an adult without knowing how to read any runes used in magic, got married and had two daughters, but… after becoming an Undead and acquiring a certain Skill, he realized that he had what might not be a talent, but an aptitude.
That Skill was ‘Space Expansion.’ It was a Skill that kept the external appearance of the carriage the same while expanding the inside so that a lot of people and luggage could be carried inside.
As the name of the Skill suggested, it was clearly related to space. Thus, it was possible that he had an affinity for the space attribute. That was what he thought.
As a part of his own self-improvement, he succeeded in learning space-attribute magic and time-attribute magic as well.
“I have come this far, so I should be able to achieve this difficult goal as well!” Sam told himself.
He had already made offerings of curry to Zuruwarn and Ricklent’s statues at the Church of Vida, and he was now running across the land at full speed.
“I will definitely become a carriage that crosses both space and time, reclaiming my position as Bocchan’s airborne vehicle!”
It seemed that he was not satisfied with merely being able to fly through the sky; he was aiming to become a carriage that crossed spacetime… in order to surpass Gufadgarn and Legion.
Sam felt as if his position had been stolen from him, though the truth was that Vandalieu had thought that he would draw too much attention if he arrived at the city of Morksi with a carriage.
Once he withdrew from the city of Morksi, he intended to use Sam as his transport for Dungeons and traveling as he had done previously.
But Sam, unaware of this, was riding at great speed today as well, in order to accomplish his goal that his companions who were knowledgeable regarding magic had told him was close to impossible.
There were none around him who had tried to stop him… In fact, some were copying him – the Ghost Ship Cuatro, which Vandalieu had built by combining parts from four wrecked ships, and its four Undead captains.
“We can’t lose either! Follow Master Sam!”
“But trying to cross spacetime is impossible. Let’s aim to fly through the sky for now!”
“Wouldn’t it be most realistic to do underwater voyages?”
“If it’s just sinking under the surface, we can do it at any time! We are the Four Dead Sea Captains of the Ghost Ship Cuatro. If we are aiming for a goal, we should aim for the sea that is the sky!”
Cuatro let out what sounded like a groan of resentment as it traveled along the river.
Watching them from afar, the ‘Divine Spear of Ice’ Mikhail wondered if every vehicle-type Undead of Talosheim would become able to cross spacetime in the near future. Not that he could imagine what crossing spacetime would actually mean.
“Mikhail-dono, I would like to request one more match,” said Bone Man, who was training with Mikhail with practice battles.
“… I am sorry, Bone Man. But could you please wait until I finish reattaching my arm that you cut off?” said Mikhail.
The training had become quite heated and extreme.
“Juoh, my apologies. It is just that the thought of my brethren who are strengthening themselves in the presence of our lord makes me impatient,” said Bone Man.
Incidentally, the ‘brethren’ that he was referring to were Maroru, Urumi and Suruga, the three rat sisters. He felt a sense of fellowship towards them, as he had been a rat himself when he was alive. At the same time, as their senior, he felt that he must not lose to them.
“And I wish to no longer be an ‘emperor,’” Bone Man said.
His goal was to increase his Rank to remove the word ‘emperor’ from his race title of ‘Skeleton Blade Emperor’ so that it was no longer disrespectful to Vandalieu.
But as he was already Rank 12, a high Rank, he was finding this goal difficult to accomplish.
“… Are there only ambitious monsters in this country?” Mikhail murmured in exasperation, wishing that Bone Man could consider his feelings, as he continued carefully reattaching his severed arm.
The plaza at the main gate of Morksi, the trading city of thirty thousand people, was bustling with activity.
Many merchants, travelers and adventurers passed in and out of the city’s gates, and shopkeepers were calling out to them. But as the women passed through the plaza, everyone’s gazes turned towards them.
One part of their group entered the Adventurers’ Guild, and the two women remained outside, drawing more and more attention.
The space outside the Adventurers’ Guild was just a clear area marked by a painted line; there was nothing blocking the stares of the people in the building’s surroundings. The two women, mother and daughter, began talking in lowered voices.
“Couldn’t you have gone inside with them, Mother?”
“Don’t be foolish. We may be able to fool them initially, but it would certainly become a problem later. We must obey the rules.”
“According to the rules, familiars small enough to sit on the Tamer’s head or be carried in their arms are allowed to be taken inside. I think you could have gone in if you had Van carry you on his back or in his arms.”
“D-don’t be foolish! Basdia, do you wish shame upon your mother?!” a red-faced Zadiris shouted quietly at her daughter Basdia.
Her body had stopped physically aging in her mid-teenage years, so her dignity as an elder was lost when she lost her composure like this, as she simply appeared to be an adorable girl.
On the other hand, Basdia… Zadiris’s daughter, was a Ghoul Amazoness Night Queen. She had a composed expression and stood with her plentiful chest out.
“If it were me, I would have Van hold me in his arms. You worry too much about outward appearances, Mother,” Basdia said.
Basdia, who had both firm muscles and feminine curves, had the appearance of being in her mid-to-late twenties. At a glance, many would assume that she was the mother and Zadiris was the daughter.
“Youngsters these days…” Zadiris muttered.
The truth was that Basdia was around thirty years old, and Zadiris was around three hundred. There was no way to tell, as they were of a race that did not physically age.
Ghouls were one of the races created by Vida, but in human societies, they were considered and treated as advanced forms of Zombies – in other words, monsters. If they were seen in places inhabited by humans, they would be exterminated on sight.
And yet, these two Ghouls were standing openly in a human society, in front of the Adventurers’ Guild that was their race’s natural enemy. This was part of Vandalieu’s plan to spread the truth about Ghouls in human societies.
Though the events leading to their sale at food carts were a coincidence, Gobu-gobu and baked Kobold meat were dishes made using Ghoul knowledge. Within less than a month, knowledge of this fact had spread not only within the city of Morksi, but to nearby cities and villages as well.
Thus, the idea that Ghouls were a race with intelligence and civilization rather than beast-like Undead was spreading. There had even been people wanting to interview Vandalieu about the Ghouls from which he had been taught how to make Gobu-gobu.
But this wasn’t enough for there to be voices claiming that Ghouls were not monsters. Vandalieu and his companions believed that this was because the people did not personally know any Ghouls.
People were taught that Ghouls were monsters, but the majority of them spent their whole lives without ever seeing one. That was because Ghouls lived in settlements in Devil’s Nests, and the only ones that encountered them were adventurers, knights or soldiers sent out on monster hunts.
Thus, it was possible that the situation could be changed, even if only by a little, if people knew what Ghouls were really like… although there was no problem if this took some time, as all of the Ghouls around the city of Morksi had already migrated to Talosheim.
And after discussions, Vandalieu had decided to bring Zadiris and Basdia into the city under the pretense that he had tamed them.
… As for the concerts, it seemed that there wouldn’t be any for a while as Kanako was devoting her time into Legion’s lessons.
Incidentally, Vandalieu had brought Zadiris and Basdia rather than Tarea who was currently in the basement of the house. This was because if it became known that Tarea was an exceptional smith who supported the production of Talosheim’s arms, it was possible that she would become persistently targeted.
If she was killed and her body was taken away or destroyed, the military strength of the whole of Talosheim would be impacted.
Of course, it was possible that Basdia and Zadiris would also be targeted, and appropriate preparations had been made. Vandalieu could be contacted at any time through ‘Familiar Spirit Demonfall.’ The city was being watched by Gufadgarn as well as the Ghosts who had been stationed around the city. And there was also Miles who was lurking in the shadows.
At first glance, they appeared to be defenseless, but in a way, they were under a stronger defensive network than Vandalieu himself.
“Still, what a strange rule, using whether you can carry the familiar on your head or in your arms as the criteria for being able to bring it inside rather than the familiar’s size. The size of the familiars that can be brought in would be different depending on the Tamer’s race and build. Isn’t it unfair?” Basdia wondered.
The size of familiars meeting these requirements for Tamers of races such as Dwarves, who were only about as tall as the chest of a human, would be different from Tamers that were Titans, the tallest of whom could reach heights of three meters.
Large-build Arachne like Gizania would be able to carry monsters that were around three meters tall on her back.
“I do not think that this rule was thought out that far. Small familiars are mainly used for scouting, and many of them are weak. If they are left tied up outside, they could be stolen or killed. Perhaps the rule allowing familiars inside if their Tamers could carry them was made because of concerns voiced by a worried adventurer who was a Tamer.” Zadiris paused, fiddling with her staff. “And… the largest Tamers would be Titans, so the largest familiars allowed inside would be no bigger than a wolf or a goat.”
Even in the Orbaume Kingdom, which was relatively tolerant of Vida’s races, adventurers of races such as Arachne, who originated from monsters, were not accepted as adventurers. Thus, the Adventurers’ Guild’s rules had been made based on the fact that there were no adventurers of such races. This was what Zadiris was implying.
“I see. I suppose that makes sense… Leaving that aside, things are going surprisingly well, Mother,” Basdia remarked.
“Indeed,” Zadiris said in agreement.
The two of them had been discussing the Guild’s rules, but they were not seriously doubting the Guild’s integrity. They were simply exchanging idle talk in order to gauge the reactions of the people around them.
There were all kinds of reactions. Many people just gave them a curious glance, but there were adventurer-type people and mages looking at them with interest, and even what seemed to be a Dwarf craftsman who was looking more at their equipment than at them.
There were also some who were casting lecherous gazes at their grey-brown skin as if trying to lick it with their eyes, but… there were none expressing open disgust or hostility.
“… We’re apparently considered to be advanced forms of Undead, so I was quite worried, but… things seem fine,” said Basdia, looking relieved.
“Yes. I thought that there would be some trying to attack us without even questioning it, but things seem to be largely as the boy and the others said they would be,” said Zadiris with a nod.
Although it was common knowledge that Undead could not be tamed, and Ghouls were considered to be advanced forms of Undead, they could be put in slave collars and used as slaves. Basdia and Zadiris felt an urge to thoroughly question a Tamer or slave trader to understand how they could believe this.
“Even if there was someone who attacked you, you ladies could handle them bare-handed,” muttered the Schwartz Blitz Ghost Kimberley.
“No, our equipment is significantly worse than what we normally use, so I’m a little worried,” said Basdia.
Indeed, their current equipment was considerably inferior to their usual equipment. Basdia was wearing leather armor made from a monster’s hide, while Zadiris was wearing a robe. And although they were well-made, Basdia’s weapon was a simple iron axe and Zadiris’s was a plain wooden staff.
As people would be looking at them, they had not brought their usual equipment… though of course, their transformation equipment was stored inside an Item Box that let them carry it unseen, ready to be taken out at a moment’s notice.
“I am a mage, so it is not so bad for me, but your armor is just leather, so it cannot be relied on. Even though it weighs the same as the armor that you usually wear, the difference between the two is like the difference between steel and paper. It makes you feel as if you are naked, does it not?” Zadiris said quietly.
“You seem quite uncomfortable with your staff, too, Mother. It isn’t your beloved staff, so you feel like you’re unarmed, don’t you?” Basdia whispered back.
“Sorry to interrupt your argument, but don’t the stares of the people bother you two?” Kimberley asked.
“Not at all,” Zadiris and Basdia replied simultaneously.
The stares of the people around them didn’t make them feel nervous or shy. Though Zadiris had been doing it for longer, both of them had performed songs and dances in front of audiences on the stage created by Knochen. They had plenty of immunity against people’s stares.
“And today is our second day, after all,” said Basdia.
“There were more people staring when we went to the Tamers’ Guild with the boy yesterday to get these collars,” Zadiris agreed. “… Hmm?”
Zadiris suddenly realized that there was a heated stare being directed at them and looked in that direction. The owner of that gaze was a young woman who looked to be around twenty years old.
She was unarmed, wearing fabric clothes that were modestly decorated but sturdy. For some reason, she was watching Zadiris and Basdia with a brooding expression.
“I don’t feel any killing intent from her, but be alert,” Kimberley whispered.
At that moment, the woman began walking towards the two, now with a determined look on her face.
“I have a request! Please spit some venom for me!” she said.
TLN: In Japanese, ‘to spit venom’ is an expression for bad-mouthing someone. In this scene, the woman sounds like she is requesting to be verbally degraded.
“… A pervert?” Basdia muttered, bewildered by what seemed to be a request to be verbally degraded.
“She’s still so young, too…” Zadiris murmured with a pitiful expression.
“Ah! I phrased that badly, I’m so sorry!” the woman said hastily, shaking her head. “It’s not that I want you to degrade me, I want you to give me some venom! I’m an alchemist. My name is Jessie. I’ve recently begun some research on specialized antivenoms for paralyzing venoms, and I have recently become unable to acquire Ghoul venom…”
Ghoul materials were not in particularly high demand compared to materials taken from other monsters, so the Mages’ Guild had only stockpiled a tiny amount. Jessie’s research had used all of it up and still needed more, so she had been searching for a way to acquire some.
But recently, there had been a shortage of Ghoul materials in the area, including the paralyzing venom that was secreted from their claws.
With that being the case, she would need to order some from distant suppliers or put up a commission at the Adventurers’ Guild, but that would take money and time. The Mages’ Guild’s budget was not enormous, so she had been thinking about whether she should pay for it out of her own pocket or ask for her father’s help when she came across Basdia and Zadiris.
“That’s why… I’m sorry for being so rude earlier,” Jessie said.
“I see, so that’s the reason. I’m sorry for misunderstanding,” said Basdia.
“No, that’s because I said it in an easily-misunderstood way. I’m sorry,” Jessie apologized again.
“Our venom? What shall we do?” Zadiris murmured, paying little attention to the exchange of apologies as she thought to herself.
The reason for the Ghoul material shortage that Jessie mentioned was the fact that Vandalieu had invited all of the Ghouls living around the surrounding Devil’s Nests to live in Talosheim. Zadiris felt no guilt regarding that whatsoever. Though Jessie had been deliberately vague in her explanation, the acquisition of Ghoul materials meant that Ghouls needed to be hunted.
But at the same time, Zadiris did not feel any resentment towards Jessie for needing Ghoul materials. The Ghouls were not without fault either; they would use the corpses of defeated adventurers as food and capture human women to transform them into members of their own race.
At the very least, this was not a reason to indiscriminately hate all humans.
And the paralyzing venom that was secreted from the claws was not that precious to Zadiris. It was similar to sweat or saliva for her, and although it would be problematic if she was asked to provide large amounts of it, she wouldn’t mind providing some.
“But we cannot give it to you now,” Zadiris said.
“Can’t you please make an exception? I only need a little. Of course, I’ll give you something in return!” Jessie pleaded.
“No, it is not that we are refusing. It is just that this is not a decision that we can make on our own. We are familiars, after all,” Zadiris explained, pointing at the collar on her neck.
“I-I see!” Jessie murmured. “I’m sorry for my behavior… You need the permission of your master, don’t’ you?”
Like slaves, familiars belonged to their masters. Thus, doing things to someone else’s familiars without permission was a crime. Naturally, the provision of a familiar’s venom needed the permission of the familiar’s master as well.
There was no exception to his, no matter how intelligent the familiar was.
“Jessie, don’t you often get told that you’re careless?” Basdia asked.
“Yes, though it is embarrassing to admit… But talking to you two is no different from talking to people, so… I couldn’t help myself,” Jessie said with red cheeks.
Basdia and Zadiris’s stern expressions loosened.
At this rate, the improvement of the public perception of Ghouls could go better than expected. But at the same time, they gave bitter smiles as they noticed that trouble was approaching.
“Then would you mind if I wait with you two for your master to come back –” Jessie began.
“Hey, Missy. Are you the owner of these Ghouls?” said a voice from behind Jessie.
Jessie, not having heard the footsteps, turned around. “Huh, no –”
She let out a small scream of shock as she saw that it was a large, villainous-looking man.
There were numerous scars on his forehead and cheeks, and he was wearing a cloak made of monster fur on top of his metal armor. He wasn’t angry at Jessie’s reaction; in fact, the ends of his mouth curled upwards in a pleased smile.
It was clearly the behavior of someone who used violence and intimidation for his own gains. In other words, he was not a respectable person.
“Then this will be quick. I’ll have you hand these Ghouls over to me… They’re so pretty that it’s a waste for them to be used as personal guards for a rookie mage like you. Doesn’t sound too bad, right?” the large man said threateningly, pressuring Jessie with his words.
Some other unpleasant-looking men, who seemed to be the large man’s followers, sneered as they surrounded Jessie as well.
“It’ll be in your own interests to just shut up and nod while Gordon-aniki is still smiling! The name of the ‘Strong Arm’ Gordon is pretty well-known around here, isn’t it?!” one of the men, a man with his hair standing straight up, jeered.
“Why don’t you come with us as well? We’ll keep you company until the morning!” another man, wearing a helmet made from the skull of a monster, said with an unpleasant laugh.
Some of the people nearby, hearing the name of the ‘Strong Arm’ Gordon, stopped and turned around to see what was going on.
According to the information that they were murmuring to one another, it seemed that Gordon was an adventurer known in another trading city for his ability and, more importantly, his terrible behavior. It seemed that he had come here to the city of Morksi for the first time today.
He was C-class, and according to rumors, he was capable enough to have been promoted to B-class long ago if his behavior wasn’t so bad. Incidentally, he had gained the Title of ‘Strong Arm’ during a monster rampage when adventurers and soldiers had been deployed to deal with it together, and he had exterminated several dozen large monsters on his own.
“I have heard that some adventurers are no different from thugs, but it seems that this Gordon is one of the troublesome types, a thug that is useful when needed,” Zadiris murmured.
“I suppose that even though his behavior is terrible, he barely manages to avoid crossing any lines, and he can’t be dealt with too harshly because he’ll be a useful addition to fighting forces during emergencies. He doesn’t look too useful to me, though,” Basdia remarked.
“Hmm? … From your point of view, how capable does he appear?” Zadiris asked.
“He is definitely weaker than Kasim and Fester. I’m not knowledgeable when it comes to Adventurers’ Guild classes, but… he does look like he would be able to defeat monsters that are Rank 5 or 6. But I think it would be impossible for him to defeat any members of Vida’s races unless they were Rank 4 or below.”
From Basdia’s perspective, he seemed to be in the middle or upper area of C-class, judging from the atmosphere around him, his presence and movements.
The rumors that he could have been promoted to B-class seemed to be nothing more than rumors.
In addition to being members of a race created by Vida, Basdia and Zadiris were Rank 11. To them, he was nothing but a small-fry. They would be able to defeat him with ease, even without their usual equipment.
“Hmm, so what are we going to do, Mother?” Basdia asked.
“If possible, it would be best to resolve this peacefully,” said Zadiris.
This was a difficult situation for the two of them to beat Gordon down directly without killing him.
“The two of you are being treated like tamed familiars, after all. If he doesn’t act first… If he doesn’t come with his fists or weapon raised, and you end up hurting him, everything will become Boss’s responsibility since he’s your master,” said Kimberley.
Indeed, familiars were treated more like pets or livestock rather than people in human societies.
Thus, Basdia and Zadiris couldn’t knock Gordon down over an exchange of words alone… even if it would be easier than taking candy from a baby.
“Well, Boss would probably be able to pay any fine, but…” Kimberley muttered.
“It’s best to see how things turn out until they start getting dangerous. If possible, it’s best to rely on Jessie to sort it out,” said Basdia.
The three of them were hoping for Jessie to be able to resolve things peacefully, but this seemed quite difficult.
“I-I’m not a Tamer… My father is the Guild Master! I’ll call someone over if you don’t back off!” Jessie stammered.
Though she was an alchemist, she seemed to be an ordinary person with little tolerance to violence, the type who mainly focused on research and the compounding of medicines. She was standing between Gordon and the Ghouls in order to protect Basdia and Zadiris, but her voice and her knees were shaking.
“You’re a bit old to be going crying to daddy, Missy. This is a conversation between adults. There’s going to be a problem if you don’t make proper decisions on your own, you know?” Gordon said, approaching Jessie threateningly.
It seemed that he was a rebellious person who didn’t back down even from a Guild Master’s relative… though it seemed that he had been unable to hear Jessie’s stuttered claim that she wasn’t a Tamer.
“But you’ve convinced me. If you’re the Guild Master’s daughter, then it wouldn’t be strange for you to have tamed a Ghoul Warrior and a Ghoul Mage. I’m sure you pestered your daddy to have a capable adventurer capture them alive so that you could control them with slave collars, right?” he sneered, his misunderstanding of the situation deepening even further.
He had mistaken Basdia for a Rank 4 Ghoul Warrior and Zadiris for a Rank 5 Ghoul mage, and was under the impression that Jessie was controlling them with slave collars.
But Gordon wasn’t the only one who had mistakenly assumed Basdia and Zadiris’s Ranks. The city’s people and even Bachem, the Guild Master of the Tamers’ Guild, had made the same mistake.
In this world, people discerned the Ranks of monsters based on their own knowledge and the monsters’ characteristics such as appearance, behavior and special abilities.
The ‘Appraisal’ spell existed, but its effect was merely efficiently evaluating the target based on the knowledge in the user’s own mind. It did not grant any new knowledge that the user did not already know.
There was apparently a Magic Item that displayed a monster’s Rank when held in the air, but… this was a legendary Artifact given to humans by Ricklent in the age of the gods, when humans did not possess much knowledge regarding monsters. There was no way that an adventurer like Gordon would possess such an item.
That was why there were cases of ordinary people, inexperienced soldiers and rookie adventurers meeting their ends because they were unable to tell that a Goblin was in fact a Goblin Soldier or a Goblin Barbarian.
The same was the case for Basdia and Zadiris. The existence of Ghoul Amazonesses and Ghoul Wizards was documented in texts, but… since they were not seen on the Bahn Gaia continent, these records existed only in the rarest texts within the Mages’ Guild’s archives.
The patterns on Basdia’s body simply looked like tattoos or paintings. The gemstone-like third eye on Zadiris’s forehead had likely been mistaken for a decorative accessory.
Thus, seeing Basdia and Zadiris for what they really were would be impossible without the knowledge of a Ghoul specialist who had researched Ghouls extensively.
If Vigaro had come to this city, people would immediately have known that he was no ordinary Ghoul because he was a Ghoul-Tyrant-type with four arms.
The Tamers’ Guild didn’t conduct thorough examinations on familiars such as touching their bodies or sampling their fur or bodily fluids. Even Bachem had groaned that something was suspicious about Zadiris and Basdia, but there was no evidence that they were not a Ghoul Warrior and a Ghoul Mage.
That was why there was no way for Gordon to know what Basdia and Zadiris truly were.
But their movements might give away that they were masters of combat, so the two of them had been standing completely still. However –
Even with our own circumstances, putting Jessie through any more of this would be bad. We’ll just have to apologize to Van later, Basdia thought.
But as she went to make a move, another man who had been waiting for Jessie to handle things stepped forward.
“Excuse me, could I have a word with you?” said the man – Miles… the ‘Starving Wolf’ Michael.
“What the hell do you want, you bastard?” Gordon spat, raising his fists as he turned towards him.
Jessie’s face turned completely pale.
“Those two are related to my master. So… could you please get lost, unless you want your clavicle broken?” said Miles.
He was nearly two meters tall, with sturdy muscles and a wild-looking and yet well-featured face. And, for some reason, crimson lips. Gordon and his followers were almost overwhelmed by his bizarre appearance and the pressure he gave off. Jessie was completely engulfed in it and on the verge of fainting.
“I see… So, you’re this missy’s caretaker. I don’t know who you are or where you’re from, but you’ve got balls, trying to threaten me,” Gordon smirked.
Naturally, Gordon didn’t know who the ‘Starving Wolf’ Michael was, as he had come to the city of Morksi for the first time today… and even if he had known, it was highly likely that he would have looked down on Miles as a ringleader of a group of thugs.
“Wait a second. Aren’t you misunderstanding something?” said Miles.
“Let’s make things nice and simple. I challenge you to a duel! Let’s have a man-to-man fistfight with these Ghouls on the line, you homo bastard!” Gordon declared with pride in his voice.
From the very beginning, his goal had been to acquire Basdia and Zadiris without paying anything for them, so the appearance of the ‘Starving Wolf’ Michael was a convenient development for him.
“… Well, that doesn’t bother me, so it’s fine,” said Miles.
This was convenient for him as well. Simply beating Gordon down would have been an incident of violence, but the guards wouldn’t interfere if it was a duel.
There were no laws in the Alcrem Duchy stating anything regarding duels; it was nothing more than a custom. There were many cases in which one would be charged as a thief or murderer even after having challenged their opponent to a duel.
But duels between adventurers or mercenaries would often be overlooked as long as they didn’t result in deaths and the terms of the duels were not extremely malicious. With a duel between Gordon, an adventurer who was extremely close to being a thug, and the ‘Starving Wolf’ who had recently become more respectable, it was likely that many guards would internally side with the ‘Starving Wolf.’
“Duel! It’s a duel!” one of Gordon’s followers shouted, keeping the curious onlookers back so that they wouldn’t interfere.
“The ‘Starving Wolf’ Michael of Morksi’s slums and red-light district versus the C-class adventurer, the ‘Strong Arm’ Gordon! Bets, make your bets here!” someone shouted, acting as a bookmaker for people making bets.
There were also store owners trying to sell goods to the people who had gathered around. The guards were wearing bitter expressions, but made no attempt to stop the commotion.
“Do your best, ‘Michael.’ Go and fight for our sake,” Basdia said with a smile.
“That’s my job, so it’s fine!” said Miles.
“I-I can’t let y-you two be taken by those beasts…!” Jessie said in panic, her legs shaking.
“You do not have to fight for us, Jessie! Calm down and get a hold of yourself!” said Zadiris, reaching out to steady her.
“That’s right, Jessie. He’s called the ‘Starving Wolf,’ but he’s the good kind of beast!” Basdia said reassuringly.
“Is Miss Jessie already stepping down from the three-way duel?!” the bookmaker shouted to the crowd.
Miles glared at him, but an even more fearsome development was waiting.
Vandalieu pushed his way forward through the crowd and put Juliana down.
“Then I suppose I will take her place,” he said, joining the duel.
“Do your best!” Juliana said.
“What?!” Miles shouted in shock.
“Who the hell is this brat? So creepy… I see, so you’re the rumored Dhampir of this city! The Goblin-eater. Why are you interfering?!” Gordon demanded.
“I have a feeling that the rumors about me are a bit mistaken. But leaving that aside, I’m interfering because I’m the Tamer who tamed those two,” Vandalieu said.
“What did you say?!” Gordon clicked his tongue. “But even if you are, I don’t care. To hell with Alda’s peaceful faction! A half-blooded monster being served by Ghoul women doesn’t sit well with me!” he said, spitting on the ground.
Vandalieu took no notice of him and began punching the air to warm up.
“Do your best, Van!” Basdia cheered.
“You should go and bet what you have on the boy, Natania,” Zadiris said to Natania, who had come out from the Guild after Vandalieu.
“Wait a second!” Miles screamed, his face pale.
For some reason, this duel had become a three-way one. At this rate, he would be forced to fight Vandalieu.
There was no real reason to play along with the bookkeeper, but… it was possible that Vandalieu would turn to Miles after dealing with Gordon and say that they might as well take the opportunity to have a practice battle.
If that happened, the public would see a scene of a child who was around ten years old fight evenly against the ‘Starving Wolf.’ This would be a terrible blow to the reputation of Miles, who was not quite fully respectable yet and had only just recently started his security service business.
Miles looked around and spotted Simon. “Simon! You owe me a debt, don’t you! You take Jessie’s place!”
“Huh?! Me?! Master Michael, I couldn’t take on a C-class adventurer who has a Title with my bare fists… or I guess I could,” Simon said indecisively. “I don’t have to take my artificial arm off, do I?” he asked, as his artificial arm was made of iron.
“Hmph, a washed-up bastard with one arm. While you’re at it, why don’t you get that Beast-kin girl behind you as well? Two half-people can be counted as one person!” Gordon sneered provocatively.
His followers snickered.
Accustomed to such ridicule, Simon showed no signs of discomposure. “I won’t hold back,” he said, stepping forward with his artificial arm attached.
Natania gave a sarcastic, angry laugh. “He’s so funny! I couldn’t help laughing when he called us ‘half-people’… I’m going to fight, too!”
“What?!” Simon shouted in shock.
“Natania-san, fighting for your pride is most respectable!” Juliana said encouragingly.
“Juliana-ojousan, you should be stopping her!” Simon groaned.
But Natania forced her way in, and a four-way duel began.
There was someone watching the duel from the sky.
It was something that Vandalieu, Miles, the spirits, the Golems and even Gufadgarn could not detect… the air itself.
What are those guys doing? Are they trying to put on an act to draw us out? wondered the ‘Sylphid’ Misa Anderson, who had turned her body into a colorless, odorless vapor as she simply observed… making sure not to look at Vandalieu directly.
TLN: ‘Read the air’ is a commonly-used Japanese expression that means ‘read the mood’ (of a room/situation). The chapter’s title should make some more sense with this context.
There is too much people and gods seeking to be eaten in this book 😒😒😏😅. Is that so attractive as a perspective, having your own soul digested or am I missing something?! 🤔🤔There is a saying in French :”le ridicule ne tue pas” (ridiculousness does not kill), well it’s a stupid adage! Pretty much every silly person /god or monster who foolishly attack him or his pple ends up dead, or deader than dead, and the ones who are not dead yet, are just in waiting
street fight almost thought this was a side chapter
It isn’t a side chapter
It’s great that the very beginning of this story, a hundred people getting super powers, and the setting of lambda with three groups of gods fighting each other, provides for a lot of strong ennemies for Van, even tho he’s such an OP protagonist. Really well made. And all the caracters have their own personnality and motives, even side caracters don’t get forgotten, the growth of the caracters is logical, this novel is such a gem.
omg so muchh extra stuff lets just c the fight lol
damm I caught up….. this is probably the first novel i read too, not including the ones i merely read a chapter ortwo about… the emptiness the void Awww~!!!
Nooo! At long last I finally caught up.
I wonder what the Japanese release schedule is like because the author loves to write paragraphs reminding us of who everyone is.
I’d thought from the last chapter that the “visitor’s tamed monsters” referred to the 3 rats or Fang, but the madlad actually brought the strongest ghoul mother-daughter with him, bruh
“He was nearly two meters tall, with sturdy muscles and a wild-looking and yet well-featured face. And, for some reason, crimson lips.”
Lipstick huh, that’s “The Kisser” Miles for you. GO GET’EM MAI-CHAN
… technically that’s a spoiler, even if it’s not a very important one. Also, isn’t it most probable the you just read chapter 228 wrong? Also, why are you posting multiple comments in a row? Just make it one comment.
It make me thing simon is instead of michael
Why in this chapter, micheal said:”Simon! You owe me a debt, don’t you! You take my place!.”
I know, I can’t wait to see how it happens in the next chapter, but I accidentally read a short spoiler on what happens to a certain character in the future chapters, so I don’t feel as excited as I would be, trying to avoid spoilers as much as possible.
So… Gordon wants to be the next Agar eh. All kidding aside, I couldn’t wait how Van would destroy his former sensei and Inui Hajime.
Heinz should just choose either he’s gonna continue on being naive or just accept that he doesn’t have a choice but to follow Alda now. I mean, Alda’s peaceful faction wouldn’t work because Alda’s true goal is to eradicate all living races other than the ones who have been there since the first Demon King appeared.
He should have joined Vida’s side because Vida accepts all from the very beginning rather than creating a faction that isn’t recognized by Alda himself as that god truly doesn’t care about Ghouls, Scyllas, Titans, Vampires, Dhampirs, et cetera. But that wouldn’t happen now, right? He’s been declared as Mortal Enemy after all. He’s naivety caused that much.
Well Alda had already been independently convinced by Nineroad to at least accept Vida’s races that don’t originate from monsters and Evil Gods. Though she apparently hasn’t realized that the only way for that to happen is if Vida loses her status as a goddess and dies.
As for Heinz, he isn’t naive. He just chooses to interpret things in a way that is in his favor. He has a similar ideology as Asagi who also interprets things in a convenient manner to himself. Well I’m sure that at one point, Heinz actually did want peaceful coexistence between everybody but that very quickly changed to being basically selfish and self-centered that he disguises as compassion and righteousness. By going around saying that they should all coexist, Heinz gets all this support from Alda’s Peaceful Faction without actually trying to better the actual treatment of Vida’s races. He’s also been made an honorary noble of the Orbaume Kingdom because of this and also quickly promoted to A and S Ranks. Meanwhile he acts like some wounded champion of justice to get more attention by claiming that he couldn’t save a dark elf being burned at the stake instead of actually revealing he was part of the group who captured the dark elf and sold for pocket money to a religious fanatic that then burned her at the stake and orphaned her half-year old dhampir son in the process. Also it seems very suspicious how he just so happened to arrive at the nick of time to rescue Selen from evil vampires but not before her parents were killed and wouldn’t be able to protest Selen being taken in by Heinz and his party. Since then we’ve seen Heinz actively uses Selen as bait to draw out Alda extremists that he can then “guide” to more moderate views with him as their leader though as was discussed at one point between members of Alda’s peaceful faction if something were to happen to discredit either Heinz or their faction, all those people that Heinz “guided” would immediately radicalize again so it seems pretty clear that Heinz hasn’t actually changed their minds. Basically all Heinz has done is either lip service and pretty words or calculated actions that actually do the bare minimum for his espoused ideals all so he can look good. Edgar and Delizah sure as hell haven’t helped either since they keep telling him to keep doing what he’s doing because he’s right and a great hero and whatever.
Now that I think about it, maybe it was rash of me to call him naive. Maybe he was back then when he was still a rookie, I’ve completely forgotten about that he’s also a Guider like Van.
Well, it wouldn’t change anything as Van is completely fixated on taking Heinz, especially when the only person who could convince him to forgive- which is Darcia- declared that Heinz is their enemy. Whether it was Vida’s will or merely Darcia’s declaration because of her emotion on what had happened to Van is up to the author.
In Selen’s case, let’s give Heinz a benefit of a doubt (the remaining respect that I have on Heinz would vanish if your suspicion is correct) In his perspective, what he had been doing prior to their battle against Van was right and he was on the right track, while I really do not want to take Heinz’s side, Van has Zadiris, Darcia, Basdia and the others to give their thoughts on what Van had been doing. Set him straight if he was wrong and reprimand him. Like what you’ve said, Edgard and Delizah were no help. No, scratch that, nobody in his faction is useful in that aspect.
He could declare that he’s converting to Zuruwarn’s doctrine of “nigarundayo” and follow the example of Noah and Super Sense.
True, that might not save him in the long run but it could put him a lot lower on Van’s priorities.
But he can’t stand the thought of not being the main character of the world, so there’s zero chance of that.
With the statement made last chapter I’m a bit leery of real speculation(I’ve been know as a real good guesser) but this is about to become a big deal isn’t it?
If you’re actually speculating, not spoiling to sound smart, I wouldn’t worry about it. Nobody’s being super hair-trigger about it, and there’s a huge difference between accurate guessing and “predicting” a highly unpredictable event without any sort of reasonable thought process behind the prediction. The guy who got banned was being really obvious about it and had totally ignored multiple requests that he stop.
GHHRrhRH I NEED MORE!
I have a problem with Vandal and the reincarnated individuals.
I mean is anyone a threat to him at this point? Given the things he can do it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that he’s way more dangerous than Guduranis himself. He needed to focus on the soul shattering process, one by one, while Van can springle several people with some good ol soul acid and boom, yo soul got eaten.
He has become too resourcefull and his companions, dam. Most of the individuals that accompany him are disaster level monsters, things that are only known in legends and are said to even hve destroyed entire armies and kingdoms in the past (knochen I’m looking at you). I mean the sisters and Bone man have Aura skills that can make people faint or even die if they’re too weak!!! Hahaha like dam…
If I’m not mistaken van is way weaker than gudaranis at his current level. But i agree with he’s way more dangerous he’s very dangerous
Van is definitely weaker than Guda was at his prime. Yes Van has a better control of Soul breaking and maybe even Death Attribute Magic, but Guda ruled over one entire world of evil God’s and drove another ones to the edge. He also managed to survive and fight off the combined attacks of the remaining God’s and 7 champions. Van has been winning his fights handily, but he also has only been fighting one at a time.
From what we knoew Guda basically relied entirely on brute strength to beat others into submission. He pretty much treated soul break almost like a passive effect that just made it so his attacks destroyed more than just the body.
Since van started out as a helpless baby he had to be more versatile with his abilities and use them to their fullest.
To put it another way Guda was basically a level 9999 demon king while van is maybe like level 1000 or so. But Van’s stats and abilities at 1000 are far far greater than Guda’s were when he was 1000. So while van is technically weaker it’s only because he hasn’t had enough time to reach Guda’s level.
Van is better at destroying souls than Guda. From what I remember it was said that Guda actually need time dedicated to destroying a single soul.(I think it was measured in minutes)
Guduranis couldn’t break a soul as a side effect of his other attacks. He had to specifically focus on doing so, and I would imagine had to gain control over his opponent first, kinda like the way Van broke Sercrent’s soul.
However, in pure combat abiity, Guduranis was still way stronger than the current Van.
He had to focus on it but I don’t think he could attack the soul as directly as Van. If he could he should have been able to eat them. I think what he did was just use raw power to preassure the soul until it broke. Like squeezing a balloon until it pops.That’s why it took him so much longer than Van to break souls.
We also don’t know for sure if any soul like effect was applied to his normal attacks although it’s likely they are least had death attribute.
Either way the point is he was stronger is pure combat and mostly used his death attribute and soul break effect through brute force. So he was a complete muscle head.
Van had to survive as a baby alone and was tortured for years in Origin. So he’s used to using his powers to their greatest effect without relying on brute strength.
Yeah they could do damage to him. These guys have the mighty and powerful Plot Armor by their side. We have established this during the Bravers vs Eighth guidance side chapter arc. This BS thing will allow them to survive as long as it is a possibility. Those that are in Murakami’s group and Inui will most likely be unable to do s**t because they are a bad match, but others might be dangerous for Van even if they are weaker.
The plot armor definitely has limits though. That was what Hijiri figured out when he got the first three reincarnators killed. It takes a bit but it can be overcome. Another part is its just a helpful push from Destiny. There is nothing reality warping and Van has already overturned Destiny a few times.
I honestly have some expectations for Murakami. He is definitely a schemer and he wouldn’t pick a fight he couldn’t win. I’m still not sure what his plan is though. From what I can see they lack any decisive weapon or blow to use against Van through their powers alone. Maybe they have spent the last few months whipping up an explosive with some serious fire power.
That could make some sense if you use Odins power to see a few seconds into the future to what the result would be if you mix these two chemicals. If it will cause a giant explosion you got the ticket. They could probably then delay the reaction with Murakamis power and put more of the ingredients together at once. We know that Murakami killed the truth seer and supercomputer Bravers with a Bomb on Origin. So he has at least messed with explosives.
Add in that Rodidiot doesn’t care a bit about going against Aldas words and I’m sure he would share with Murakami any bomb making knowledge he’d need even if it goes against Alda. He’d just apologize after the fact like always. Alda would probably Okay the plan as long as Murakami doesn’t share any of it and everyone assumes it was just some unique skill.
This strat also would make sense adding in Death Scythe and Gungnirs powers(guessing that was the power Rodidiot decided to share with Murakami a few chapters back). Use Gungnir to get through Vans shields and Deathsythe to hold him in place. This seems like a fairly legit strategy overall.
Murakami’s goal has always been to kill Van and nothing else. He doesn’t want to fight Vans allies or worry about any of that. They also don’t need to live after the fight. To make things even better maybe mix into the bomb Holy Water as well. Basically try to destroy the main body with the explosives and cleanse the soul so he can’t raise himself or come back as a ghost afterwards.
If Murakami is working with Fitun or at least they cooperate some the start could be improved even more. Basically you could bomb Van after he exhausts himself fighting Fitun, or you can weaken him up before his fight against Fitun. Best would probably be to do both.
The thing that makes Murakami dangerous in my opinion isn’t his powers but his mindset. He is not half assing this like Asagi. He won’t falter like Hiroto would. He is locked onto his goal and will fo anything to achieve it.
I mean yeah, he can ignore the plot armor if he puts them in a situation where it is impossible for them to survive. The hard part will come if any of the other Bravers has an ability that is perfect for avoiding deadly situation like instant teleportation with unlimited range. That is going to be a pain in the neck for Van to deal, but nothing impossible.
I think you’re giving him way too much credit, though. He’s trying to kill Van not because he thinks he will easily, but because he thinks he’s been driven into a corner due to Death Scythe’s unprovoked attack. But if he’d take 10 seconds to look over all the evidence, he’d know that’s a suicide mission because if Van is constantly gaining power, the more steps it is required to actually beat him.
See, Murakami isn’t a genius tactician or anything. He thinks he is, but he’s not. We don’t know who exactly did what in Origin, but we know his defection was actually spurred on by Rikudou and the betrayal of Death Scythe and Marionette was ordered by the government he was working as police for.
That leaves the only plan he could have made being the assassination of Michida and Izumi, which sounds clever, but if you take a step back you realize his plan was to use an assassin’s weapon to kill the only two people who could track him. The only thing you can call genius about it is hiding Gungnir’s grenades, but even then he didn’t use it outside its intended purpose. The Bravers just didn’t know about it.
But as soon as he is up against an actual counter-planner (Rikudou), he’s dead before he can make a single move against him. And why? Because he somehow thought that the guy who has taken part in the assassination of about 5 super-powered people to cover his tracks would not also be paranoid enough to kill him.
Murakami isn’t stupid, sure, but he’s not a schemer. He’s too dependant on the surface level readings of someone to form a plan without contingency. I mean, he’s been betrayed three times because he can’t actually understand the motivations of other characters.
I think you’re not giving Murakami enough credit honestly. He isn’t trying to kill Van because he feels cornered by Deathscythes actions. He was planning to kill Van from long before and after that. If he was truly afraid of Van he would of taken the run away option or defection option. The fact that he still plans to fight Van is not due to fear but because he feels he can win.
For planning I honestly feel Hijiri wasn’t that hands on with the plan. I will also say while Murakami did fail to spot the final betrayal before it was too late, he did in fact spot it.
For Venus’ betrayal I wouldn’t actually blame him on that one. I mean she tricked a God who could read her mind and a familiar spirit that could see through lies. I’m not going to blame Murakami for not catching on after she fooled those two parties first.
On Super Sense I think she might of had a change of heart mid way. Letting her go doesn’t affect the bottom line anyways and it’s not like she was also going to join Van.
Now don’t get me wrong I don’t think his plan will succeed. The opposing side lacks way to much info about Van to succeed. Part of that is that Alda and DK armies remains won’t and can’t share info. So anything revealed to one side is still hidden from the other. Add in Vans constant evolutions and yeah they really can’t keep up.
I will say Murakami isn’t stupid enough to throw away his soul in a fight unless he has formulated a plan with at least some chance of success. The thing that makes Murakami a bit scarier than Birknye is that Murakami isn’t as cornered as Birknye was. He can take his time and choose the environment to attack in. Something Birknye rushed quite a bit. Birknye also gave up the initial surprise attack advantage by talking Vans ear off giving Van plenty of time to setup and plan.
Jonathan, I promise you I’m not trying to insult you, but it is explicitly said why he’s aiming to kill Van. Side Chapter 21:
“… Though this is an obvious question, why are you guys thinking about killing Vandalieu? You guys are clearly at way too much of a disadvantage,” said Aran.
*After some exposition*
“Our ways of thinking are different,” Murakami said in response. “I don’t think there’s much of a point in keeping this quiet from you, so I’ll tell you. That guy intends to kill us. He was looking at us when that useless Konoe attacked him. That’s why we have to kill him no matter what, before we get killed…”
As for Rikudou’s betrayal, I’m sorry, but that isn’t impressive foresight. At all. You may as well say Death Scythe and Marionette also saw their deaths coming as they were occurring, so therefore that’s got to be a little impressive.
I’d honestly say Murakami has less of an excuse. The two of them were betrayed by allies they had worked with extensively. Murakami realized that Rikudou wanted him dead only after:
1. Being told a game-changing secret by Rikudou himself (Mari) that serves as an amazing weapon to drive him and Hiroto apart should the need arise.
2. Having committed the same act twice to Death Scythe and Marionette.
I’m actually with you on Kanako and Super Sense. He’s not an idiot for not seeing it coming (I doubt you and I saw it coming either). But I will point out the fact that he failed to see it shows he doesn’t have the foresight a talented strategist needs.
I’m sorry, Murakami is not a schemer. It’s not that he isn’t a threat to Van, or that he’ll rush in blindly without a solid plan, but he is not nearly as dangerous as you made him out to be.
Determination? Desperation? He’s got those. I’m with you there, but that’ll only take you so far. You need talent and skill, both of which Murakami is lacking.
I agree with you on Murakamis motives. I think he might of said it somewhere in that side chapter as well that he’s going to kill Van to take out the even 1 percent chance Van will come for him. That is honestly a very rational and smart way of looking at it. Compared to Asagi’s and Heinz’s yammering about good and evil. I mean Van plans to kill Heinz to avoid the even one percent chance Heinz kills his mom again. When you go into the fight with the resolve to kill you don’t have to waste the initial surprise yammering on about doing the right thing and you can just attack.
Another part of the reason he wants to kill Van is he wants off Lambda. He’s seen Rodidiots stupidity and selfishness too much to have any deep religious feelings towards God’s. He sees them more like the Olympians super powered jerks just messing with humanity. He realizes that Van might be at the head of the volcano brewing under the surface, but he realizes even without Van all out war is coming and he wants no part in it.
I will also agree I don’t think he is the sharpest tool in the shed, but then again the people we have to compare him to among Vans enemies are…
Gungnir who went in with no plan or recon and died, Death Scythe who ignored warning signs of harm and jumped into death, Rodidiot who has half assed every move he has ever made, Alda who ignored the problem til it became life threatening, and finally Hihrushakyu and his crew who fought each other harder than Van even up to the very end.
Compared to all of that, Murakami who is actually scouting and not going to throw away the element of surprise by randomly killing people stands a much better shot of actually doing anything than the previous bunch have done. I’m not saying Murakami is a master strategist or that his plan will succeed or even come close. I’m just saying I don’t think we should completely write him off as harmless quite yet.
The major reason why Van has won against all the previous foes is because they thought the fight against him was an easy win and took it for granted. Every time that has come back to bite them in the butt and end up with them losing a soul. This is honestly Vans second fight against a sane foe (I’m putting Marshakul as the first one) things might get interesting. Then again all of Murakamis efforts might flip spectacularly and we get to laugh at his futile efforts while Van munches on his soul. A few chapters will probably tell!
Basically, Heinz. There was the fight where the newbie from the evil destroying swords’ weapon dealt a lethal wound with holy damage. Holy is the light and life element mixed. That was damage done to a human that was impossible for Van to heal.
Heinz is a Holy guider. I’m betting his followers will learn holy magic easier, and they’ll all have ranks in undead killer. He’s pretty much uniquely suited to train a holy army to lead a crusade on Van, though at this point I don’t think he would. He hasn’t pushed Van into the enemy category in his mind the way Van has with Heinz.
I fully expect Heinz to level up his Holy armor technique and banish the blood cloud by flexing, or wave it all away with a holy sword technique.
I feel like Heinz has firmly put Van in the too dangerous to live category. Vans making monsters, absorbing DK fragments, and raising the dead kind of firmly puts Van in the put down category.
He will definitely have figured out a countermeasure for Bloodlust by the time they next fight, though I’m not sure how important that will be if Van has his subordinates. The main flaw in Bloodlust is that it doesn’t distinguish between friend and foe.
I think that flaw no longer applies. Bloodlust turns his blood into microscopic Vans that he can control with his Long Distance Control skill and now after rebuilding his soul and also taking the Demiurge job it seems every piece of Van is treated as Van himself so the microscopic Vans made from Bloodlust could selectively choose who to attack.
Well Van had absolutely wrecked Heinz and his party when he was seriously weakened with a majority of skills being unusable and much less mana than his true amount. If Heinz confronts Van again, it would be without all the limitations that had been placed on Van inside the trial dungeon and he’s also been constantly getting stronger since then.
I think the problem for Bloodlust is the microscopic Vans don’t have enough intelligence or senses to really sense the outside world. They worked more along the idea of recognizing similar cells and not attacking those. A neat new potential work around could be with the new Familiar Spirit Demonfall ability he’s given out to his followers. Being under that might work to mark them as part of Van. Though the downside would still remain that they would be eaten if they run out of mana.
Thanks for the chapter. This Gordon guy, just made his bad situation into a shitty one, isn’t Van to into the duel already???
Lol. I thought it was too funny too. Plus, I find it hilarious that Sylphid is being super cautious after seeing what happens to those who spy and target him directly.
Really. I knew this series was missing such cliché scenes. Isekai without cliché is not isekai.
Dark angel of Armageddon
Thanks for the chapter.
After reading the previous chapter I was like it was orchestrated by the thunder god but it’s just random idiots seeking death big time while the reincarnated individuals are waiting for their turn to seek death. But man did this situation turn out to be this hilarious.
Right now van is more worried about his reputation i dout he’s gonna mess them up too bad while everyone is watching. key word is “while everyone is watching”
Vans not going to kill some random thugs. He is probably going to break a few bones, but death is definitely not on the table for something this minor.
Damn, I’m late!
OK, so Jessie was just an unfortunate in the wrong place at the wrong time. Good. I was wondering why anyone would be so stupid, but I guess that’s my fault for assuming.
Anyways, I’m more excited for Sam’s spacetime powers growing. If he can pass through time and space, it wouldn’t be impossible to go to Origin. Can you imagine Van showing up with his entire posse, given Sam can transport so much within his carriage!
…For some reason, I’m now imagining Van flying in Sam like a fantastic mixture of Jack Skellington and St. Nick, giving kickass monsters to the nice kids and eldritch horror to the bad ones.
Vanta Claws. Yeah.
“He sees you every second,
Whether asleep or awake.
He knows your incremental sins,
So don’t be bad OR ELSE HE’LL EAT YOUR SOUL AND COMPLAIN ABOUT THE TASTE!”
Got us in the last half of 226 not gonna lie
He is there isn’t he in the form of Banda? I don’t think Sam will travel through time at best he can speed himself up
I feel like traveling through time and space should probably be dimensional travel. Else it is probably time traveling. Either way Sam’s goals have come so far since they were just flying in the sky, lol.
Before he does this though he needs to get the Pale Rider job. Then Van can literally be the harbinger of the apocalypse riding to Origin, lol.
Thank you Yoshi-sama! Praise be your almighty and generous fingers as they have graced us with another wonderful chapter! Van-sama, please play nice is what I’d like to say but really I have a different recommendation today: GIVE THEM HELL!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. Doom-sama how was I?
P.S.S. Thanks for the quick new chapter, nothing really happened in the last one so I was a little disappointed.
Another chapter! Awesome Yoshi is awesome!
Looks like Van’s fighting prowess will finally be made public. For a 10yo child to beat up a C – class adventurer, more strange rumors will pop up for sure
Now that you mention it that is definitely true. People know Van as a genius business man and tamer. Adding fighter to that list is going to probably blow some minds. I feel like the fight is going to get interrupted before that point sadly.
Thanks for the chapter!
Oh my. A new chapter already? We are so blessed.
Oh no. I don’t even want to imagine the kind of shenanigans that could happen when a carriage like Sam learns how to travel through space and time. Meanwhile Cuatro wants to learn how to fly. Then it’ll be like a Final Fantasy airship.
Anyways it seems things are looking good for ghouls since nobody is attacking Zadiris and Basdia on sight. Spreading knowledge of gobu-gobu and kobold meat has helped. Meanwhile Bachem has some suspicions about the supposed ranks of Zadiris and Basdia. If only he knew that they’re rank 11. He’d freak out. On another note, so Zadiris’ third eye looks like a gemstone? I always assumed it just looked like a normal eye.
So Jessie seems fine. I think she would get along well with Luciliano, Tarea and Van since she’s both a researcher and makes things as an alchemist.
So Gordon and his men are idiots. They still try to threaten Jessie even though she’s the guildmaster’s daughter and even if they really didn’t hear it, they’re still assuming she’s from some well-off family that could probably erase them if they threatened their daughter yet they still continue with their threats. Anyways, regardless of their stupidity, I think that Fitun should have chosen these guys instead of the Flame Blades. They’re stronger, they didn’t have any connection to Van until just now and nobody liked them so if they disappeared nobody would care or raise a fuss about it.
And now it’s time to D-D-D-DUEL!!! Loser get’s sent to the Shadow Realm. Van looks like he just wants to have fun since he’s over there shadow-boxing while Basdia cheers him on. Zadiris is telling Natania to go bet all her money on Van. Juliana is egging on Simon and Natania to fight. Miles is desperately trying to back out of the duel so he doesn’t potentially have to face Van. Meanwhile during all this, Misa the Sylphid from Murakami’s group is spying on them while trying not to directly look at Van I guess as a counter to his Abyss skill.
I can’t help but imagine sam doing the delorean things when he’s about to teleport
Eh at best I imagine he can cast the same spell as Eleonora, I doubt he can zip through time otherwise there’s not going to be any treath against Van
Now that they cleared things up about zadiris’s third eye i imagine it’s a compound eye like the ones the arachne have.
On another note i think this will be van’s debut as an adventurer he already has a party (zadiris, basdia, natania, simon and maybe Juliana). The whole reason van started the food cart was just a roundabout way to become an adventurer without having his status checked, i imagine he could use his status as an s class adventurer to spread propaganda to gather people over to vida’s faction darcia will probably be involved but can’t think of how. Oh and the rats and fang are gonna be part of the party too! i can’t believe i fogot them.
I believe the third eye for Zadris is less for seeing and more of a magic focus.
Not sure Vans really going to start rising as an adventurer quite yet. He still needs to have the all out battle with Murakami and Hajime first. Depending on how that goes he might need to hastily leave Morski.
Technically Van could already be an adventurer. He was told that just being an official member of another guild would be enough for him to get his adventurer card without his status being checked and Van is already an official member of the Tamer’s Guild. He actually doesn’t need to finish his assignment from the Merchant’s Guild to become an official member of that guild anymore but I think he just hasn’t realized it and likes the food cart too much to just quit.
My guess would be that he is still baiting Murakami’s group.
After all his goal was to finally become an adventurer through a different guild, in this case a merchant guild, and bait out the Birkyne and Murakami.
Though I wouldn’t count it out that he just started enjoying the foodcart and forgot that he could already become an adventurer through tamer’s.
But who knows, I don’t exactly remember the explanation, but it could be that since merchant by default is Not related to combat directly and in normal cases indirectly, they are the only guild that can get a plate without the necessity of checking the status. I mean for tamer’s skill and such is clearly measurable on their status, with skills like strengthen subordinates and such. So to appraise upcoming members such skills need to be shown/seen.
I don’t know if it’s the same for every Tamer Guild but the one in Morksi you can become a unofficial junior member without having your status checked as they give you a special guild card to signify you’re a junior member by showing you can tame a low level creature like equivalent to rank 1-2 if I recall. Then once you showed you could tame a stronger creature or you made your current creature increase their rank up to a certain point you just need to turn in your junior guild card and pay a small charge to get your official Tamer’s Guild card.
I want to read the battle between Murakami’s group and Van’s Group, honestly if Van it’s not alone it’s going to be a one side slaughter and if Van is alone maybe they can inflict some wound’s to Van.
My money is on a one sidede slaughter anyway.
Although i do want a one sided slaughter i also want their souls spared maybe van turn the onto undead or something but as soon as he kills them they’ll got to rodcorte. But the reason i want thier souls to be spared is because they’re just misguided and they aren’t as unlikable and repulsive as kaido kanata.
They’re admittedly not degenerates like Kanata, but they are aiming for Vans life. If Van let’s them go Rodidiot can just reincarnate them again and they can try to kill Van once more. Van won’t kill those who just want to talk, but he can’t and won’t leave enemies to regroup and get stronger. Better to nip them in the bud.
They might not be degenerates like Kanata but they are adamant in killing Van because they are selfish bastards who want their reward of a blessed 4th life if they kill Van. Van can’t afford to spare them because of the possibility that Rodcorte could revive them and they would again come after him. Also even if they end up charmed by Van after death, they would still be too much of a risk. The death charm just makes you loyal to Van but doesn’t change your personality or how you operate and if by some miracle you manage to shake off the charm then you might find yourself in the perfect situation to attack Van or his allies. It is because of concerns like that that Van broke the souls of Riley, Gordan and Ervine instead of using them once they ended up charmed.
Thank you Yoshi-sama for this chapter
Well my predictions fail but I think that Jessie it’s going to get along very well with Luciano.
I hope Van takes down Misa but it would be kinda boring if it’s an instant kill.
Jessie definitely sounds eccentric enough to get along with Luciano.
For Misa it seems Vans surveillance has spotted her so I think she’s going to be safe for now. If she tries to do something though no assurances.
Since Murakami’s group has finally shown up, let me remind people of the members and their abilities:
Junpei Murakami – ‘Chronos’ – Human Male – Can delay the activation of abilities. Rediculous mana recovery.
Misa Anderson – ‘Sylphid’ – Elf Female – Can turn her entire body into a gas. Proficient in magic.
Akira Hazamada – ‘Odin’ – Human Male – Can see a few seconds into the future. Proficient in physical combat.
And while we’re at it, Fitun’s new puppet:
Hajime Inui – ‘Marionette’ – Human Male – Can control people’s nervous systems through touch or electricity.
Chronos… Isn’t easy to disarm but I can’t imagine Van being helpless in front of delayed spells or attacks ?
Sylphid… Clearly a bad match against Van who’s nearly immune to poisons and bad statuses.
Odin… WIth Van’s Blind Spot, his visions won’t really help.
Marionette… If he learned how to control Electricity itself or how to shut down a target’s consciousness, he’ll probably be a little dangerous.
Paradoxe : I’m waiting for a beating and a public humiliation here… -__-
That’s another subject.
You do have to give the author credit for this set up. All their abilities are useful. Often I find myself reading about an MC who has the most OP ability or plot armor. Not here. Those guy are reasonably OP with those abilities but it is such a bad combo against Van that it would be weird if he doesn’t win.
Paradoxe : Oh the irony of being given OP abilities by God only to be killed by the natural abilities of an enemy of that God… Seriously though, the Death-Attribute is too much of a Cheat, even compared to the abilities given by that One.
Which one ?
Paradoxe : The stupid One.
Paradoxe : No. The One who thought it was a good idea to make an enemy of the only one who had the potential to destroy Gods.
You mean… One of Alda’s sub-gods ?
Paradoxe : No. The One who cursed him.
I don’t have any memory of that God. O_O
Paradoxe : Rodcorte-
Just try to pass him as a God.
Paradoxe : …
I mean yeah Van is pretty much the natural enemy of creation because he is the abyss given a body and a soul.
You mean “a patchwork-soul” ! ^^ <His soul was made of the fragments of 4 other souls !)
5 other souls! Guduranis may have been a cruel, heartless beast, but he can be hurt by words! He too had soul ;(
Van’s soul was made from only the 4 creation-minded champions. Guduranis’ soul wasn’t involved. I’m not sure why people get confused on that.
He now has a fragment of the DK soul after he defeated Birkyne. He now officially has it.
I don’t really see that as the same at all, but I get what you meant now anyway.
Bruh there was that whole talk between Van and the DK soul fragment. It’s now part of Van and that is final.
To be fair it’s such a small part so it’s understandable that it won’t be included.
not exactly it’s more that he ATE it. The shadow property merged with him but any traces of Guda were digested and absorbed so it’s still only 4 souls merged into one.
Even if it did merge with Van the way you describe the part of Guda’s soul that was in the shadow was more like a husk or remnant. Not like shattered pieces of a soul but the imprint of a soul left in a shadow. So it’s still not substantial enough to be counted as a true soul.
It’s why the shadow needed a host as it needed their soul to complete itself.
Not patchwork any more van rebuilt his soul brand new and sturdy unlike the shoddy work of some god of reincarnation.
Speaking of shoddy work i wonder what’s going to become of edger
I honestly don’t see Odin and Sylphid as a threat to Van. They were so meh and lackluster that they were killed off screen back on Origin. Chronos may give Van some trouble but that’s all. Marionette should be much harder to deal with since Fitun is now the one behind the wheel and he’s a war god who should also have access to all the modern knowledge of Hajime now that he’s more or less possessed him.
Marionette still isn’t much of a threat especially if you count his powers. The problem is Van has soul form so he can bypass Marionette’s electrical signal control he uses to hijack bodies.
So without that it’s just Van vs a god controlling his body to an unkown degree and he’s already beaten that TWICE. So while Marionette is certainly the most threatening it’s not by much. It’s like the threat difference between a mouse and a rat. One is certainly bigger and more dangerous but ultimately the difference is minimal.
I would think it’s about how it’s used that could make Marionette dangerous. Fitun is a war god with 50,000 years of combat experience compared to Hajime’s who probably only has maybe 30-40 years of combat experience. Plus Fitun would now have access to modern knowledge from Hajime’s memories like modern combat tactics that he could adapt to use Marionette with. I mean look at all the things Birkyne could do with the Demon King’s Shadow just because he had knowledge of the brain and brainwashing that he got from Zakkart and random manga knowledge about shadow users from Hillwillow that he was able to adapt and replicate with his power.
But I remember there was another member who betrayed them
Do you know his name?
She was the Super Sense I think her name might of been Kaori. Her ability was amazingly heightened senses making it hard for people to sneak up on her.
Her name is ‘Super Sense’ Kaoru Gotouta.
It’s good to see Zadiris and Basdia again, and I’m glad Jessie’s not actually a problematic person like the previous chapter’s cliffhanger made it seem. She seems like she’ll probably get along with Van’s people in the future. And finally, Murakami’s group has shown up… I look forward to finding out if Van gets their cheat-like abilities when he devours their souls.
They’ve not really show up, Sylphid is just observing Van while we don’t know where the two others are.
Come on bro it’s recon the others have to be some where near by
Vandalieu next chapter:*Saitama mode* XD
Thank you Yoshi-sama!
I feel like that gordon will lose in a second with 3 punch at the same time. one on the face, one on the chest, and one on the stomach
(just my imagination since i don’t doubt their stregth but i can’t measure their speed…)
Hahaha Poor Gordon. He doesn’t know he is just a fooder
It’s concerning how immediately things escalated once Van arrived on the scene; also, didn’t get the impression it was supposed to be a three-way scrap until someone called out Jessie for almost stepping down? So now, with Van subbing in for her, Simon subbing in for Michael, and Natania just chucking a hat in herself (wasn’t Gordon’s barb more towards them fighting together rather than each other?), Gordon… is probably an afterthought, isn’t he? Also, which group was Sylphid with? iirc, Murakami’s group has bled out to just him and one (or two) other person at this point, and I don’t recall Sylphid’s name being mentioned alongside him.
I think Slyphid is a member of Murakami’s group. The two groups who are trying to fight Vand seem a little lackluster except for their main leaders. I think Asagi has the guy who is only good at spying and a human lie detector. I think Murakami had the smoke girl and some other guy who I think was code name odin. Not really a great nickname, since it could mean a lot of things. What cracks me up was Murakami’s group had about 8 members at the start and they dwindled down to three.
Syphilid is definitely in Murakmis group. Odin has the ability to see a few seconds into the future and is also part of Murakamis team.
For Asagis team that’s him with magemasher which cancels spells around him, Tendo(I think that was his name) the clairvoyant who can see from far distances, and Ifrit a girl who has complete control of fire.
The person who can see through lies is currently working as one of Rodidiots Familiar spirits. The other two Familiar spirits are the guy who can make calculations like a super computer and the Oracle which is kind of useless as a familiar spirit.
The human lie detector is Izumi, and she’s one of Rodcorte’s familair spirits. Asagi has Shouko ‘Ifrit’ Akaki and Tendou ‘Clairvoyance’ Tatsuya with him.
Yeah, kind of hard to keep track of all of the powers. I did remember infrit. She was the idiot that attacked the reflector in Origin and burned to a crisp due to the curse. I thought Asagi had asked someone to verify Vand’s words when they met, but I could be mixed up. If I am right the heroic spirits of rodcorte are the lie detector, the calculator, and the one with access to all human knowledge.
They’re familiar spirits, not heroic spirits, but otherwise, yeah, that’s right. As for Asagi, you’re remembering it wrong. The only thing remotely like that in that encounter was when Asagi wouldn’t listen to Legion, until Hitomi started talking.
‘Sylphid’ is Misa Anderson’s codename. She’s with Junpei ‘Chronos’ Murakami and Akira ‘Odin’ Hazamada.
Miles running from this duel was as fast as me running to F5 when there’s a new chapter. Thanks as always, Yoshi !
praise YOSHI!! banzai! banzai!
YO HOLY SHIT, WHAT?! 2 Chapters in less than 24 hours?! Yoshi, you’re too kind!
Place your bets! Place your bets! How many seconds do you think this duel will last?! I’m betting on 3!
I’m going with it gets interrupted before it’s able to start.
I think the reason we have 2 chapter in less than 24 hours is because its been like 2 weeks since the last post and yoshi tries to do at least 1 a week. As for how long the battle will last. Due to van going easy I say 20 secs
Nah man. Even with Van going easy I’m still for either 3, or he gets one shot. One punch to the head, one to the gut and one to the crotch and then Goirdan here is out of the ring leaving two sad, confused, and scared disciples in the ring with Van-sama.
Jessie was an eccentric person after all. Perhaps a new disciple?
Iirc pervert can be read as eccentric, is that in any way right?
Damn who’s this Misa again? Is she the “super sense”? Or one of Murakami’s goons?
Thanks Yoshi and co. ～(つˆДˆ)つ｡☆
Misa is the Sylphid, I don’t remember if her cheat was well explained but apparently she can turn into air our maybe gaseous form, I think she is with Murakami’s group.
Yeah, I think that super sense did the smart thing and ran away. Not like anyone can get the drop on her except god level beings, and they seem busy already. Of the anti-vand reincarnators, there are the girl who can turn into a gas, a guy who can stop time for objects or something like that, and a third guy who I can’t really remember his power. I think asagi’s group had the magic canceler, the observer, and some other guy whose power I don’t remember, I think he could detect lies or some nonsense like that, I might be forgetting a fourth member. These guys aren’t bright, they went up against the members of legion and died, and now they want to go against them, an army of god level monsters, and a supreme deity that eats other gods. There are a couple who are still in the wind such as the one that could carry infinite items and three others that went the baby route. There is also Fitun. I do wonder if any other reincarnators are going to start dying again.
Murakamis power works more by delaying activation of stuff. A big one was delaying activation of spellcasts. So he can kind of save spells and make bombs with them or mess with his opponents activation.
Murakamis teammates are Gas girl and Odin who can see a few seconds into the future. Not the most impressive line up, but I will hand it to Misa for successfully spying on Van.
Mari who had the item carrying last I read made herself a ferrying business and secured the ability to get anyone who wants out the means to get off the continent.
For the babies, two of the three are actually already accounted for. One is Talshiems Prime Ministers nephew. He and his family have already moved to Taloshiem. The second is Baby Seig the first child of Zods new wife. I don’t think we’ve seen the third quite yet, but considering Rodidiot tried to reincarnate them in situations that would force them to fight Van. I think the last might be related to Thomas Palpak.
I think you confused Shihouin ‘Metamorph’ Mari and Mao ‘Noah’ Smith. Mao can carry stuff. Mari is the shapeshifter who’s currently brainwashed in Origin.
The third member of Murakami’s group can see a few seconds into the future, not stop time… perhaps you confused him with Samejima ‘Perseus’ Yuuri, who reincarnated as a baby in the Legston family and can paralyze people? Also, the third member of Asagi’s group is Shouko ‘Ifrit’ Akaki, who controls fire.
No I was talking about Murakami’s power. So odin can see a few seconds into the future. I guess with the right power like Angel’s backing that up, it could be useful. Sharing the future trick with teammates could help with coordination. Still a little weak by itself.
Is it just me or do idiots multiply quicker than normal people?
thanks for the chapter~!
So the Red-head and Blonde were Basdia and Zadiris? Did they dye their hair? I thought natural ghouls were all black-haired?
Anyone else think the electric ghost is female at this point? I remember that it was mentioned to be a guy in other chapters, but Kimberly is a girl’s name
Probs just a disguise, I don’t know why tho ┐( ∵ )┌ for the reincarnators maybe?
Kim is a guy, who used to be a Shield-Merg(?) scout iirc
I thought the red and blonde was referring to bellmond and eleanora, why are basdia and zadiris hair colors different?
Kimberley is a gender neutral name (for both men and women), also used as a surname.
Most of the spelling variants (e.g. Kimberlee) are in general feminine names though.
I think the red and blonde haired females are Bellmond and Eleanora. This chapter pointed out this is only the second time Basida and Zadris have come to town and obviously most people didn’t know about them. I would also say if someone was going to talk about those two they would most likely say “Vandalieu is being followed by two ghouls” rather than their hair color.
It also makes sense that the two women would be Bellmond and Eleanora because the underground organization they were running is coming into the light. Isla can’t come out because she’s a zombie.
If you read the previous chapter more carefully, the ‘red-haired and blonde beauties’ and the ‘women outside’ weren’t referring to the same people. The redhead is Eleanora and the blonde (the actual japanese word used here literally means ‘silver haired’ and has been translated that way in some chapters) is Bellmond. The ‘women outside’ were apparently Basdia and Zadiris.
*Gordon immediately gets blasted through a wall.*
*Vandelieu playfully officiates Simon and Natania*
*Natania gets knocked down*
*Vandelieue activates the nameless mob technique: “Dramatic dive”*
Hahahaha! Ultimate Mob-fu Technique: Dramatic DIVE!!!! I’m sorry I’m reliving the Eminence in Shadow Manga.
Wow, that was quick work getting this chapter translated, I thought there was a mistake, but I am happy with the result. Poor Gordon, this is the second one that has fought Vand, and I doubt this one will do much better. I am curious about which of the newer allies of Vand are stronger. Misa is about to see just how strong Vand is, kind of. I suspect Vand will use a total of 2-5% of his power against this moron. Mind you he might pull a Tsunade, and beat him with a finger flick to the forehead.
Thank u always for ur great work…
PRAISE VAN-SAMA, OUR LIRD SAVIOR, OUR CHAMPION, OUR DEATH GOD, AS HE ENTERS A RANDOM DUEL FOR THE FUN OF IT?!?!?!? THE SACRED MESSAGE TODAY IS:
Let’s have a practice match!
And let us all say, AMEN
C’mon Guys, release that burning spirit of youth!
Yes another chapter, thanks Yoshi, for me this was two chapters in one day, that was quick, wasn’t expecting this. Van, Simon, Miles and Natania are going to fight that guy, this went from bad to worse for Gordon. Also Murakami’s group is spying on Van, is he planning on confronting Van soon?
But didn’t that Misa girl, run off from murakami’s group? I can’t remember who did it.
That was super sense Gotouta Kaoru who deserted Murakami’s group
The one who ran off is running away from Van. No way she would be the one spying on him.
An incident involving vans tamed monsters….we’ve been bamboozled.
I really wasn’t expecting this, I though the guild master’s daughter would want the rats as pets or something
THANKS FOR THE UPDATE, YOSHI!!!
Okay, Jessie has given me nothing to be suspicious about, so she’s fine for now. But I REALLY want Van to drop kick this Gordan idiot next Chapter. Also, FINALLY, it took FOREVER for the bad reincarnates to show up…!!!
But didn’t she defect from Murakami’s group? I forgot who it was because it was like maybe 3 volumes ago.
Nguyen Tran Duong Hoang
I think Gotouta Kaoru in chap 190
WHen I say “bad reincarnates”, I mean all the ones that oppose Van, even Asagi and his companions.
The one who defected was Supersense
Yeah I remember in a previous chapter she turned the air into a fake body and left Muraksmi’s group a note saying not to look for her. I don’t know if she really defected or is just out doing her own thing and will eventually head back but I’m guessing at this point she’s all on her own.
Nope, that was Kaoru ‘Super Sense’ Gotouta. Misa ‘Sylphid’ Anderson is still with Murakami.
It was super sense who defected Murakami’s group last volume, I want to see the battle between those guys and Van, honestly if Van is with his people they got no chance against him and even if Van is alone I don’t really think that they can give him a serious wound
yup, it is even spicier than what I expected
Thanks for the chapter it feel soo refreshing finally reading a translation I can actually read without having to make a puzzle out of it. (I read DM with google translate for a while but stopped reading it) Now I understand what was going on here I knew that the Strong Arm guy was challenging them to a duel and trying to get the ghouls I just didn’t understand who was joining in the fray
A new chapter just a day after the previous one? Praise Lord Yoshi for his quick work!
Thanks for the update