CH 12 – “The Princess’s Prank” – Reincarnated as a Dark Elf ~The strongest magician conquers a parallel world

Thus, Celica’s elementary school days passed quietly.

Normally, elementary school is just a period to prepare before entering a higher level school.

They teach reading, writing, math and general education.

In Celica’s previous life, it is the period of elementary school and junior high school.

Celica was called a prodigy there and was groomed.

At the age of 10, she could solve college level math problems and create poems that made adults groan in jealousy.

She had more common sense than other boys and girls her age.

Celica had committed herself to studying everything about this world ever since she was an infant.

Celica was also favored by her teachers and was also popular with the boys and girls her age.

A girl who is good at studying, sports, and above anything else is beautiful would become a target of envy.

However, there were some that avoided her because of her dark skin.

Some also made fun of Celica for being a commoner.

But, she never gave those people any thought.

[If half of the people will follow me then it’s our win.] Celica

In this country democracy is not prevalent, but it is the same even in a despot government.

It is impossible for someone to be liked by everyone or to receive support from everyone.

Then if you have an absolute majority support then you won’t have any problems.

For example, suppose that there are hundred students in this school.

If you receive the support of 51 people then you would have overcome the opposing party, but in reality, you don’t need that much support.

The 51 students are not singular entities, they are divided into groups.

If you have the largest group among the 51 people, for example if you have a group of 26 people, you can monopolize that support. Therefore, you can become the biggest force among the 51 people.

Furthermore, if the 26 people are divided into two groups, then all you need to do is gain the support of 14 people among them.

With this Celica can take control.

Even though it looks like there are many groups, but in fact there are only a few people holding power.

That is the trick.

It is the basis of military tactics and Celica abides by it.

Defeat a small number group using superiority in numbers.

In other words, by borrowing the influence of Princess Lunelize Celica created her own faction within the school and crushed each troublesome group one by one and expanded her power.

A circle of people gradually formed around Celica and stories of the other boys and girls will be brought to her.

Celica generously granted the wishes of the boys and girls.

The nobility are shit. The capitalists are pigs.

This was Celica ‘s belief, but she do not avoid making friends with their children.

It may help her in her future plans.

Celica is gaining favors from the future ruling class.

After saying all of this, its only the wishes of students. It’s nothing serious.

The boys and girls who fell in love wanted her to help them.

Although Celica mostly deals with love advice, there were some who fell in love with their teachers, which was a bit troublesome.

If it wasn’t love talks then it was food.

This school is basically a boarding school.

Many of the students are living in the dormitory at the school, although there are some who go home everyday, due to security reasons, like Lunelize.

Although it is a dormitory where aristocrats gather, the food of this dormitory is something similar to British boarding schools from Celica’s previous life.

No, that may be rude to this dormitory?

However, the level of cooking at this school is a bit better than English cuisine, but honestly it made Celica, who is a commoner, wince in disgust.

In the school’s dining hall the words “vigor, simple, and frugal” are hung on the wall. But the cafeteria food can not be called delicious.

The upper-class children who were used to eating gourmet food are having a tough time.

So, it was inevitable that food imported from outside would become valuable.

A cake from a famous pastry shop in the center of the capital.

A hot dog from the stand at the nearby park.

Food that would spoil quickly was traded at a high price in the school and cookies and other food that would last more than a day were circulating as a form of currency.

Celica is in a position to take control of this system.

The one that could make this possible was Lunelize.

As explained earlier, she is a member of the royal family and goes to and from her home under a special arrangement.

There was no impudent teacher who would examine the body of someone from the royal family.

Lunelize could smuggle in food easily if she hid sweets among her clothes.

There is also the method of bringing in a large amount of lunch boxes and then distributing the food.

Celica made use of any and all means available and gained control over the economy and power of the school.

However, even with all of this there was one annoying thing Celica had to do.

That is offering love advice.

Of course, if it’s love advice for aristocrats whose heads are filled with cotton candy then all she has to do is give some random coaching, and if both sides are interested, then it’s possible to force them together. But there are cases where this cannot be done.

That is to say there are cases where Celica doesn’t want it to happen.

The fact that there were many of these cases troubled Celica.

At least 10% of love advice requests that were brought to Celica concerned Celica herself.

In other words, there are many students who confess to Celica.

Moreover, there were both boys and girls, upper and lower-class men.

During her time in school, she was to confessed more than 30 times. She refused every time, but each time she felt her face burn up.

Celica’s outer surface is that of a perfect girl, but inside of this girl is a man.

It was uncomfortable to be confessed to by a man, and it was weird to be confessed to by a woman.

SInce Celica has the mindset of an adult it is a little embarrassing to see the confession of beautiful boys and girls.

Of course it was absolutely embarrassing when she was the focus of interest.

Celica wanted to ask someone for advice, which was rare, but the only one she could ask is the Princess.

Since Celica had no other choice she asked Lunelize for advice.

And Lunelize said this.

[It cannot be helped, since Celica-sama’s beautiful face can be compared to a goddess of beauty. In the future, you will become a true beauty. Of course people would become infatuated with you.] Lunelize

[And,] Lunelize continued.

[Children at this age will acknowledge someone for being good at sports. Celica-sama is fastest in a race and you dance as well as a gymnast when we have floor exercises. In addition to that, you are the top prodigy at the school when it comes to studying, you are perfect. Telling someone to not fall in love with a girl like you is an impossible task.] Lunelize

[I see. You have a point there.] Celica

[It’s not just one point but a whole dozen of them. So please don’t be too cold when you turn them down. Im sure they must have mustered all of their courage to confess to you.] Lunelize

[I will think about it. But I won’t be able to stand it unless I turn them down. I can only take so much.] Celica

[Fufufu, I see. Even if it’s Celica-sama you cannot handle several people at the same time especially when it comes to love stories.] Lunelize

[Yeah.When it comes to combat 100 people is nothing.] Celica

When Celica said this Lunelize asked her a question.

[Well, Celica-sma, do not you plan on finding a lover?] Lunelize

[No. Unfortunately, I can’t even say I’m upset about it. I do not like men.] Celica

[Oh no, well, it seems you are not comfortable around men.] Lunelize

Celica was relieved she was asked “why?”.

However, she continued speaking while showing an expression like a mischievous fairy.

[Actually, I am not good with gentleman, as well. Isn’t that a coincidence.] Lunelize (TL Note: Oh shit!!)

[That’s a problem, since members of the royal family must be married in the future. Lunelize, you are of no exception. I will have you have a political marriage and become a political pawn.] Celica

[I know. Since I was born as a daughter of the emperor,I was prepared for that to happen. But, at the same time, the royal family is guaranteed the freedom to love who they want. My father also does not love the Empress, my father only married her out of a sense of duty.] Lunelize

[There seems to be a well known phrase among the nobles. Marry someone as a public official and love someone as a private person. That is why a life where you have dozens of lovers is glorified.] Celica

[Yes. So, at the very least I’d like to enjoy romance freely until I get married.] Lunelize

[That’s fine, I will ask around to see if there any interested people here at school.] Celica

[There is someone I’m interested in but I will refrain from having you do anything.] Lunelize

[Why? Do you want to realize your love with you own efforts?] Celica

[There is that. Also it seems that person is indifferent to love.] Lunelize

[Honestly, that person is a fool.] Celica

[Yeah, a true fool.] Lunelize

As Lunelize said this, she took Celica by surprise and lightly pressed her lips against Celica’s cheek.

[…………] Celica

Since it happened so suddenly, Celica stood there frozen.

She just stood there dumbfounded staring at Lunelize.

Lunelize smiled cheerfully and lastly said.

[See, Celica-sama is really a fool. Shouldn’t you say something clever at a time like this.] Lunelize

She laughed as she left with a light gait that made her seem like she was weightless.

Celica was dumbfoundedly staring at the back of Lunelize, with her hand on the cheek where the feeling of Lunelize’s lips remained.

 

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CH 11 – “Moment at School” – Reincarnated as a Dark Elf ~The strongest magician conquers a parallel world

(TL Note: I am sorry I have been sick with the flu for 2 weeks. I will be back up to full speed by next week.)


Even though Celica spent her school days like this dealing with unpleasant things, she did have peaceful days.

Lunelize was also attending this school, and the time she spent with her calmed Celica.

For example, during lunch time, Lunelize would bring her bento from her house and allow Celica to accompany her.

It’s the bento of a royal. It’s on a different level than the school’s lunch.

The sandwich has many layers of high class ham inside of it and the cheese is from a special farm for the royal family. The cheese comes from the same place.

Lunelize’s lunchbox is filled with the best ingredients made by the best chefs.

The ones who normally eat this are either those who are royalty or those who are loyal to them.
Celica looks at the blonde girl.
She is glad to have Lunelize working for her.
As she whispered this, Lunelize rebutted.

[Celica-sama you say that you have me working for you. But this is wrong.

I am just following Celica-sama’s will of my own volition.

Even though I am hesitant, even with the subjugation contract, I would still share my lunch with Celica-sama] Lunelize

As to why, Lunelize continued.

[I wish to be friends with Celica-sama. Even though all we are doing is eating lunch, is there any reason to hesitate.] Lunelize

As Celica listened to these words, she washed down the sandwich with some black tea.
Is this girl serious?
Celica used her magic eye.
Lunelize’s body was shining white.
Her wanting to be friends with Celica seemed to be the truth.
Celica wondered why?
She decided to ask her.
Lunelize answered her clearly.

[The first time I saw Celica-sama, I thought a servant of God had descended from heaven. Celica was that heavenly and beautiful.] Lunelize

[I am just a dark elf. It’s nothing rare.] Celica

[That is not true. There is no one as beautiful as Celica-sama.] Celica

[Thanks for that.] Celica

Even though she is a girl it doesn’t seem like she is the type of person to have an inferiority complex.

[But, it’s not just you being beautiful. Celica-sama is strong. The way you instantly slaughtered the criminals was like a fallen angel from the legends.] Lunelize

[Is that your attempt at flattering me?] Celica

[Yes, it is. Whatever the case, the legends in this country state that a fallen angel was a hero who defeated an evil dragon that was rampaging in this country.] Lunelize

[So that’s why you easily fell to my threat and swore loyalty to me.] Celica

[Yes.] Lunelize

She responded with unwavering eyes.

[Honestly, you are a girl I do not understand. But, well. Keep believing in me. In 10 years, no in 5 years I will stand at the top of this country. Then I will reform this country, no the world. Then this place should become a bit easier to line in.] Celica

[In the country Celica-sama is aiming for, will there be hungry people?] Lunelize

[I will make a country where as long as you work properly you won’t go hungry.] Celica

[Will there be no more poor people or people afraid of violence?] Lunelize

[Criminals will be sent to prison. Even if they are nobles.] Celica

[What about the royalty? Will they still exist?] Lunelize

[If they are necessary for the people they will continue to exist.] Celica

As Lunelize heard these words, she let out a sigh.
Celica thought she would be happy to hear the royal family would continue but it was the opposite.
Lunelize was hoping to destroy the royal family.

[Why?] Celica

She asked.
And Lunelize answered.

[After the founding of the empire, for the several hundred years, the Grant family and those loyal to them have been living too freely. For the past several hundred years, the royalty has not worked, abused the results of people’s hard labor, and have been blatantly living in the lap of luxury. The royalty has done the same. Even in their wildest dreams would they ever think that their lifestyles are thanks to the support of the people. They plainly believe that people are supposed to be loyal to them.] Lunelize

[Those are some dangerous ideas. Especially since you are part of the royal family. Have you spoke to anyone?] Celica

[How could I? Until I met someone who could reform this country, I’ve kept these words a secret.] Lunelize

[The was smart of you. From now on, never speak these words unless you are in my presence.] Celica

[I understand.] Lunelize

She said this while smiling.

But, how did such a warm-hearted girl like Lunelize, become to hold such a strong anti-empire ideology. Celica became curious and asked her.

Lunelize cheerfully answered her.

[My father is monster who killed my mother’s lover. After seeing her by chance in town, the emperor wanted to bring my mother to his harem. So, he killed my mother’s lover, and stopped her from grieving for him.

Ever since I was young, my mother raised me and always told me this story.
She would say, your father is a demon.
And, you have half of his blood flowing in you.
Even on her deathbed she continued to spout these curses, then she left this world.] Lunelize

Lunelize told this horrible story as if it was nothing to fuss about.

[My mother told me all of this since I was young. She ordered me to destroy the emperor, no the imperial line. Then I met the person who could destroy the imperial line, that is you Celica-sama.] Lunelize

[…I see] Celica

The cause for this girls hatred is her mother. Celica thought that this hatred was deeply rooted.
But, for as deeply rooted as this was, Lunelize is tough and doesn’t seem to be easily broken.
Another option is after erasing all of the royal family, it might not be bad to have Lunelize take up the throne.
Then Celica could control her from the shadows and move the empire.
As Celica was drawing up these blueprints, she ate another sandwich.
Lunelize gazed at Celica.
Celica thought that something was on her face.
Or maybe Lunelize put something in the sandwich.
If it is the latter then this girl is really something. Celica thought this but she had it all wrong.

Lunelize didn’t put anything in the sandwiches, she was the one who made the sandwich in the first place.

It seems Lunelize want to know what Celica thinks of the taste.

(…This poorly made sandwich is from the princes, huh.)

Honestly, it’s impossible to make a bad sandwich.
Especially a tuna sandwich, anyone can make a good one.

But Celica simply said.
[Not bad.] Celica

This was her thought on the sandwich.

When Lunelize heard this, she showed a smile that would make a flower blush.

[I am honored to hear that. Celica-sama.] Lunelize

Celica was struck dumb by that smile.
Even though they are both girls, Celica thought that Lunelize was a very charming girl.

 

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CH 9 – “31 Selen” – The Deadbeat Master and Genius Disciple’s Misunderstood Workshop

――I’m out of money!

(This is very important so let me say it again…)

――I HAVE NO MONEY!

Huh? Just how poor am I?

Well, now…….

I am at the level where I can be called “dirt” poor.

If it were to empty my wallet, all that’s there would be stamp cards for several stores I don’t even remember, and only 156 selen in coins.

….Just how did I become this poor?

In regards to that, the reasons behind this are large and complicated and are as numerous as the stars in the night sky. But, I can basically summarize it into two reasons.

――The first reason.

So, It seems that I did understood and at the same time didn’t understand the proper cost it takes to maintain a single person’s well being.
If I say this then you might be thinking {your guess was completely off right?}, but you’re wrong.

The natural world has betrayed me, that’s all.

But isn’t that the case. The reason why all of this happened is because human beings can’t handle the cold of winter.

Because of this, I was compelled to pay for winter clothes for Shalltear who just became my disciple. I was also compelled to to prepare food of a slightly higher quality than normal.

I can’t believe this.
Just what is the purpose of winter?
Also, why are human bodies’ hair so thin even though they understand that it’s cold outside?

At the northern borders of the kingdom is the Macle mountain range I’ve heard there is a self-ruling group of beastmen and birdmen living there. I believe we, humans, can learn a lot from them.
It seems that they are able to become very fluffy or super puffy at will. What the hell is that?
――There are some humans who even lose the little hair they should have on their heads!!

(TL Note: Ok so the above sentence is kind of dumb, instead of saying they grow hair he says “気合で微フサになったり超モフになったり”. And since he is using cute sounding onomatopoeia I didn’t want to change the meaning of what he said. Granite is just mad that he had to blow money on buying clothes.)

Haah…

――Now for the second reason.

…In order to register Shalltear as my disciple I had to pay a fee.
{It’s your own fault for not doing your research beforehand.} is what I was told? No, that’s wrong. I just didn’t even imagine I would have to pay!

If the previous reason was the natural word betraying me then this time it’s human society oppressing me.

I can’t believe this. In order to pass on my techniques for the sake of this country’s future, that is why I took a disciple.
Despite this why is it that money is being taken away from me.
I don’t give a damn what the country’s reasons are! If anything they should be giving me funds!

I’m sure someone else must have felt this way.
Is tormenting the general populace really that much fun!

………

――Well, in any case these are the two reasons that I couldn’t do anything about.

Ahhh….Regardless, 156 selen…

At this rate, those brats that shine shoes around here would scoff at me…
Even if it’s me, the amount of money in my pocket now is too pathetic.
At this rate, I would only be able to buy 1 and a half Wild Pigeon legs. As crappy as that meat is….

…….If I complain and haggle about the meat….Could I get 2 legs…?

But that’s only one meals worth….and until I finish that I won’t have to work, right?
Hmmm? Then I should eat that for dinner…so for today at least I won’t have to work, right?
I can just….start working from tomorrow, right?

I placed my hand to my chin and seriously considered this plan.

….No no no wait. Just wait a moment Granite Range.

To complain and haggle isn’t something a man of my caliber who went to the trouble of making a child from the slums my disciple should do.
Damn. if I only had 1 more 100 selen coin, I could put off working until tomorrow.
Then, I wouldn’t have to worry right now. …I wonder if there is a stray coin lying around here somewhere.

As I thought this, I leaned forward in my chair all the while knowing that this was useless, and tried recounting the coins that were lined up on the table.

1 coin, 2 coins, 3 coins, 4 coins….

I moved each coin carefully with my finger and checked to make sure there weren’t any extra coins hidden underneath the other coins.
Nothing… Just as I thought there aren’t any. It was exactly 156 selen.
It seems there is no mistake that this is all I have to my name at this moment.

Ahh, after doing something as futile as this, I’m slowly starting to feel pissed off at something I would normally not care about.

You know, like the dull light that shines of these damned coins
It’s almost as if the coins are making fun of me.

Yeah, for example it almost like….

{Heeey, brother…! As I look at the shine of your soul I sense a feeling of camaraderie! Hey now, don’t make such a scary face. Let’s get along! Both us and you, are friends at the bottom of the barrel. Oh, that’s wrong of me. We can be used, but no one is going to use you. Gahahahaha! }

…It’s like they’re saying that to me…

Damn, I’m really starting to get pissed off.

Dammit, maybe I should just melt the coins down.
Since 156 selen isn’t even a round number, isn’t it just causing me to worry?
On the contrary if I was completely broke, wouldn’t I feel better?

No, I shouldn’t. Calm down…calm down. I could be executed.

In this kingdom, anything that deals with forgery of money, especially when it comes to the “selen coins” distribute by the kingdom, is followed by a punishment that is somewhat severe. Even though the forgery of selen coins is well-known to be impossible, thinking about this is bad for my nerves.

After thinking about what would happen if anyone found out, there is no way I could do something that dangerous because of a short-term impulse.

……I just keep thinking about useless nonsense…

Maybe because I have been financially backed against a corner, I’m starting to go crazy.
Vexing, this is truly vexing. I feel the corners of my eyes starting to burn…
There is no saving this world… Is there no god…?

I lean back in my chair and my body went limp.

After I let out a sigh, I stop staring at the coins lined on my desk and I look around the room in a daze.

The alchemy pot in the middle of my workshop is already lit, so it’s nice and warm. Thank god for that.
Also another stroke of luck, since I have all of those skulls, animal bones, if I extract magic from them I can easily maintain the heat of the alchemy pot. Furthermore if I extract bone oil, then even if I use up all the magic from the bones; I can still use the bone oil to warm up to some extent. With this I won’t be shivering from the cold for 1 to 2 months. This is all much cheaper than using firewood.

…….Then I thought.

Why did I prepare all of these bones?
It’s not as if the alchemy staff (which was fake) really needed all of these bones. Am I an idiot?
Even if it only costed me some loose change, with that money I could have put off working…

I shouldn’t be thinking this way.

I shake my head to reset myself.
So as I changed my mood, I finally turned my attention to direction where I had been hearing a noise for a while now. (You can also say, I was so overwhelmed it took this long for me to finally focus on the something else.)

The person who was making that noise, running up and down my workshop/atelier, is none other than the girl I named Shalltear who became my disciple. She was officially recognized as my disciple as of yesterday, at the cost of a small amount of money.

I have no idea why she is so worked up, but she is cleaning the floor even though she wasn’t asked to.
She rolled up the sleeves of her clothes and she goes from one side of the room to another pushing a rag and cleaning the floor. Since she was moving around and working she didn’t seem restless. Her cheeks were red and a bead of sweat ran down her forehead causing her bangs to stick to her face, (TL Note: OK so in japan it is customary for you to clean a room by pushing a rag with your hands while your bent over from one side of the room to the other. This is how they clean the inside of temples or dojo. And in schools kids are taught to clean their own classrooms this way. I’ve done it before and it kills your back.)

She is a worker.
Even though she tried to kill herself not too long ago, she seems to be in good spirits.

She realized that I was looking at her while she worked.
Shalltear then stopped working and stood up. She then turned toward my direction and smiled.
The sleeves she had rolled up immediately fell down.

[Pap…..Master! Did you figure out, what was troubling you? ] Shar

[Ah…uhm. I am finished….] Granite

[I see.] Shar

She was looking at me with sincere eyes that said, I’m sure he was thinking on something meaningful.
As her pure innocent eyes pierced my body, I started to groan as I used my hands to shield my eyes.

Aghh my eyes, MY EYES~! They’re BURNING!!!
The darkness in my heart, is being forcefully exposed to such pure light~!
NOOO! I’m being purified!!
I, WON’T, LOSE,…AGH!

[M,Master! What’s wrong?] Shar

I can hear Shalltear call out in a worried voice like before as she races toward me.

What am I supposed to do?
As I thought this, I weakly stuck out my head and gestured toward Shalltear.

[I’m f, fine. There is nothing….to worry about.] Granite

[Are you sure? Are you really really sure?] Shalltear

But it seemed I was a bit too slow, I could hear Shalletear’s voice a lot closer to me than I expected.
I opened up one eye as if I was looking at something terrifying….

There were the plain clothes of a town girl, the shirt was a bit too long.

But this young girl while only wearing such commonplace clothing, seemed to have this weird fleeting atmosphere of a fairy.
No matter how much her complexion has improved, she was originally very skinny and underweight. There might be another reason for this feeling I have now that I think about it…
….I was already enchanted with the young girl in front of me, I began to examine the girl in front of me.

She is just too beautiful. I am not talking about her looks, but her personality.
If I were to give an example, she is like a pure white canvas that hasn’t had anything painted on it yet. And this is….really strange.
In this day and age, even if its a child that’s not even 10 years old, you would expect for them to pick up something from the environment around them. Especially since the girl that is in front of me grew up in the slums.

It’s feels like she almost doesn’t exist.
When you put materials in the alchemy pot the materials are in the middle of transforming as you are creating something, this is what she reminds me of. A lump of unidentified ambiguous mass. An existence where if you interfere with it haphazardly or let it out of your sight for a second, it might disappear.
She might either disappear from in front of me or disappear all together, regardless I would be troubled since I’ve already invested in her already.

But, she seems better than the day before yesterday…
Well, leaving such an unstable existence in such an unstable state, is not good for my mental health.

But even though I thought this, I don’t want to be bothered with this. But, once i confirmed the small light in the eyes of the girl who is looking at me with an upturned gaze…

….I have no choice, I decided to compromise.

[Here now.] Granite

[Huh!? Ahh….] Shalltear

Ahh…I didn’t intend to “give” her anything more than what’s necessary… What a pain…. Well, I am used to compromising…

I patted the head of Shalltear who was in front of me.

[As you can see. It seems that you did some cleaning. Thank you.] Granite

[No…Um, yes… Unnn…] Shalltear

It seems that Shalltear can’t come to terms with what’s happening now. Her eyes were opened wide, her shoulders were shrugged, and she was shaking.
I can sense something strange with her.

[Haha, why are you huddling like that? You should be more confident. Also there is no reason to worry about me. Because I am a first rate magician, and a great and excellent alchemist. Also I am you master, do you understand?] Granite

As I said this, in order to lift up her spirits I put a little extra strength into rubbing her head.
As I did this, Shalltear finally was able to come back to her senses and raised her voice to respond.

[Y, Yes.] Shalltear

[Good. That’s the way.] Granite

[Hehehe…] Shalltear

[…hmm…] Granite

Shalltear showed a bashful smile.
Yeah, if I had a pet it would probably feel like this.

…To be honest, because I thought she was cute I feel like she got one over on me.

――And she seemed to be enjoying herself so much, I lost the timing to stop patting her head. I continued this for about a minute.

[[Gururu…]]

――At the same time both of our stomachs growled, snapping us back to reality.

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After awhile I bought some steamed potatoes.
So all the money I have left was 31 selen.

Damn.

Damn.

Side note:
{Beastman Race}

Actually, beastman and humans (which are actually called the pure human race) are the same on a genetic level (at the time of this story its unknown). With their special Hyle spirit vein, they could transform at any time, which makes them look like a different race at first glance. So mating between the races is possible… but only if there are no moral or cultural problems.

 

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CH 10 – “The Elementary School’s Baptism” – Reincarnated as a Dark Elf ~The strongest magician conquers a parallel world

So Celica entered Streim academy, a famous elementary school in the capitol.

 

Streim academy is in the in the middle of the capital.

It is a famous academy where only young nobles and children from upper society can attend.

Many children of nobles, study here from 8 until 15 years of age, then attend college.

(TL Note: In the past, there were times where high school was called college. So this wording does make sense if it’s a medieval setting even if there is magic.)

 

But, Celica won’t do something as leisurely as that.

Celica intends to graduate and enter the military academy as soon as possible.

In short, she has to graduate in 2 years, or achieve results that will allow her to be entered into the military academy.

This isn’t some outrageous declaration.

 

Excellent students who have mastered all subjects do not need to wait until their 15. They can enter college or enter even enroll into the military academy.

 

If anything taking two years is only due to the unwritten rule that no matter how excellent a student is they must be enrolled for at least 2 years.

 

Honestly, this is why incompetent humans are so troublesome.

The use their own incompetent skills as a ruler and create common sense from it.

 

But, Celica intends to follow this common sense. She will persevere, live in obscurity, and wait for her opportunity to enter the military academy.

 

 

In the meantime, even though it upsets her, Celica will make friends with these noble children.

This is what she thought.

 

Celica has had a biased opinion of nobles as being a bunch of vagrants since her previous world, but she never called them stupid directly to their face and she has no intention of ever doing so.

 

What kind of idiot would call out a dog for being a dog?

Where is there an idiot who would try and give a lecture to a cat?

She has already planned for influential people to involve themselves with her.

She already has the know how to curry favor with people in higher stations.

――But, this is only what she herself had planned.

A month after entering the elementary school, Celica was involved in some trouble.

 

The beginning of it all was when the most beautiful girl in the school started receiving letters.

The letters were always inside of her desk.

These are what you would call love letters.

There were letters from both boys and girls.

The young girl is just that beautiful.

Her hair looks like it was spun from melted silver.

Her face looks as if an ancient sculptor carved it out of black marble.

Her beautiful eyes were icy blue, as if an iceberg from the polar caps had been placed there.

 

Since such a beautiful girl had enrolled into the school, of course the original hierarchy of the school began to crumble.

 

Due to her looks she was idolized by both the boys and girls and she became the object of everyone’s worship.

But, there was one person who was not pleased by this.

That person was the former queen of the school.

She was the idol before Celica had entered the school.

She did not find this funny.

That a girl that was prettier than her had entered the school.

That the girl was younger than her and more popular than her.

On top of that she was nothing but a child of a commoner.

The former queen was immersed in these thoughts.

But, she had a sliver of reasoning left.

After Celica entered the school, the former queen ignored her in order to maintain her pride.

The new idol, Celica, received no direct harassment form the former queen.

 

Celica only started to receive direct harassment after she received a letter from a certain person.

 

That person was a male student that was 2 grades above her.

It seems the former queen, Elise, has a crush on this boy.

 

Basically, Elise could handle being jealous of Celica’s beauty and popularity, but she couldn’t handle the jealousy she felt from the one she loved falling for Celica.

 

Elise is very human-like in her actions.

But the biggest surprise is that the boy in question wasn’t even that good looking.

He has very common features.

He is a noble but he is not from one of the high ranking houses.

 

At this school where beautiful students are gathered, not only does he not stand out he isn’t even an afterthought in terms of looks.

 

Also he doesn’t seem to have special qualities, he isn’t good at studying nor sports.

 

But when it comes to art, especially drawing, he does have some talent. During breaks he is always in a corner of the school garden sketching trees.

 

After only looking at the tree once, he can sketch it pretty well.

Celica doesn’t think he is not good enough to have a 10-year-old girl attracted by his skills though.

 

Just what is it about that boy that has the queen so interested? Celica did think about this, but the real problem is what to do about the harassment she is receiving.

 

Celica’s school supplies are being hidden, her personal belongings are messed with, and of course her textbooks have had graffiti written all over them.

In her previous world she endured this level of bullying before, instead of being angry it’s more annoying than anything else.

Honestly, why are children so stupid?

Celica wanted to say this to Elise, but it makes no sense for a child to say this to another child.

So Celica decided to take revenge on Elise.

A severe and strict kind of revenge with no mercy.

Celica will take revenge on her without holding back.

 

Of course, Elise is the daughter of a high-ranking noble family. She won’t physically harm her. Of course, if it’s a mental attack though Celica has a number of ways to deal with her.

Celica began by getting rid of Elise’s followers.

She will bring Elise’s followers over to her side.

It is quite easy.

It’s not like her followers were enticed by Elise’s charm.

She subjugated them using the influence of her family.

So all Celica needs to is show off a stronger influence and her followers will bend easily.

Times like these, there is no reason to hesitate in using one’s connections and any means necessary.

Celica sought help from the princess who was attending the same school as her.

Lunelize replied twice and agreed, then she helped Celica.

 

 

[Renee-san, Maria-san if you hurt my friend, it is the same as hurting the dignity of the empire.] Lunelize

 

After Lunelize said these words, the 2 girls started to shake.

Elise’s followers all ran away from her.

But, Elise didn’t give up after that. Honestly, she is really something.

Elise did not stop harassing Celica.

If anything, it escalated.

Since Elise couldn’t use her female followers anymore, she gathered male followers.

Elise charmed these stupid yet strong boys and made them her pawns.

Elise’s plan was to use those boys to attack Celica.

Basically they intended to rape Celica and make it so she couldn’t come to school anymore.

This wasn’t a grudge anymore, now Elise is acting out of pure spite.

This is what Celica thought.

But, it’s not like Cleica is going to sit there and let herself get raped.

The very idea of being intimate with a man makes Celica’s hair stand on end.

Celica decided to resist.

First, Celica followed Elise’s plan and met her at the place she was called out to.

 

There the boys were waiting, eager to defile the dark elf girl; or that is what was supposed to happen. But things didn’t turn out as Elise planned.

 

The day before all of the boy’s met with “unforeseen” accidents, and became unable to come to school.

 

Some had their arms severed, others their legs, some had all of their front teeth ripped out.

 

The strange thing is none of them saw the attacker.

Or possibly they saw who did it but it was so terrifying that they didn’t dare tell anyone.

 

The attacker was said to be as beautiful as an angel, and viciously attacked like a devil.

(TL Note: If no one said they saw the attacker then who is the person that said all of this. Ugh I shouldn’t think to much on this…)

 

Now, the boys Elise enlisted have chickened out no one will come to her aid. But even after that Elise’s hostility towards Celica didn’t vanish.

 

At this rate Celica will be targeted until she graduates, so she used her trump card.

Celica, in a cute voice, called out to the queen who had been attacking her and showed her a certain item.

It was an item that belongs to the boy that Elise has a crush on, his favorite brushes.

Celica broke all of them in half.

Celica whispered to Elise just like a demon.

 

[This time it’s just paint brushes. But if you come after me again, I just may break his fingers one by one. He might never be able to paint again.] Celica

 

The effect of these words could be seen immediately.

Elise stopped her prideful queen-like laughter, and all that was left was a weak little girl who was shaking.

Good, that is the face Celica wanted to see.

After this, the noble’s daughter known as Elise came under Celica’s control.

 

Many years from now, Elise will become a treasured pawn in a political marriage, but that is a story for another day.

Right now, Elise is just a shaking and obedient lamb in front of Celica.

 

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CH 9 – “Academy Enrollment” – Reincarnated as a Dark Elf ~The strongest magician conquers a parallel world

Celica made a private alliance with Lunelize and returned to the Dreahit family right after.

In order to return the large sword, she is riding.

When she got back to the mansion, as expected, the mansion was in an uproar.

The Dreahit family was in a horrible mood after finding a bloody corpse in the men’s restroom. Having a murder occur on a beautiful wedding is a bad omen.

The people are in a rage to search suspects.

Of course, an adorable 9-year-old girl was never questioned.

Meanwhile, Celica waited for the chance to come so she could return the large sword back to its original place.

Then the aristocrats and soldiers who planned to assassinate Lunelize were arrested.

Celica confirmed the moment that the clock in the hall was pointing at 12 o’clock the presence of soldiers hastily entering from the entrance.

The soldiers push the local police who are inspecting the corpse and capture the criminals who were bragging on the balcony earlier.

The criminals screamed out what family they are from, what high nobles are backing them, and making threats of what would happen if the lay their hands on them. But once they heard the princess was still alive they resigned themselves to their fate.

They criminals quietly let themselves be tied up.

Incidentally, it was Celica who informed the authorities about the ringleaders of the imperial princess’s assassination attempt.

There was nothing in the way of evidence, but since they are the perpetrators, she told them if they captured the ringleaders they were sure to find some evidence.

In fact, according to interrogation, the men confessed, from the movement of money in their accounts to kidnappers they hired, everything was revealed.

Thusly, the case of the attempted kidnapping of the Imperial princess formally came to a close.

All the ringleaders were arrested, there was an internal dispute and one of them had their throat cut in the bathroom. That is what the story became.

But, the real culprit, this country’s “prime minister”’ of this country escaped capture.

He was cautious and one could not arrest the prime minister of the Empire without any evidence.

The Prime Minister of this country, depending on the circumstances, has more power than the Emperor. And now it is one of those circumstances.

Compared to Emperor Lambert who is sick and bedridden, the Prime Minister Elric holds more power.

Even if he is the mastermind behind attempted assassination of the royal family, the law of the land cannot touch him. In order to knockdown Elric, one would need a lot of power for that.

[In order to do it, I will need to acquire more power.] Celica

As Celica whispered this to herself, she left behind the bustling mansion.

On the way home, my mother’s hands were trembling.

I guess the murder case was terrifying for her.

She keeps whispering, “Thank god my daughter is ok.”.

There is no way she could imagine that her daughter was the actual murder.

Celica gripped her hand in order to calm her mother, but she will only be able to hold that small hand for now.

In a few days, Celica enters a prestigious school where only nobles are permitted to enter. So, once she learns the basic education and knowledge, Celica plans to enter the military academy.

Both schools are full-boarding schools.

Of course, you may be allowed to return to your home during long holidays, but knowing her personality, who knows how many times Celica will come home before she graduates?

The elf girl will be lonely, it wouldn’t be too hard to write a letter…

Celica walks down the night road of the imperial capital with thoughts on the near and the distant future.

Due to the illumination of the full moon, and a long shadow of the mother and child could be seen.

Later, a letter was delivered to Celica ‘s house.

It was a notice of enrollment to a prestigious school in the capital.

As Celica’s mother laid eyes on the letter she frowned.

Even for her, a woman who is unaware of worldly affairs, she there is no way that her daughter would suddenly be able to enter that school.

Moreover, these words were attached to the admission notice.

[Celica Desself, due to your excellent grades, you have been accepted to our school]

Well, let’s suppose that this part is ok. Indeed, Celica does have excellent grades.

The problem is the words that follow.

[We wish you the best in not only your studies, but in being school friends with the imperial princess.]

These words were also written there.

On the next day, a large amount of money was transferred from the Empires Household Department, Celica’s mother was increasingly confused by the situation.

She asks Celica.

[Celica, what is the meaning of this?] Celica’s Mother

Celica put on her innocent girl act and answered.

[Perhaps, it is probably because of the essay I wrote caught the eyes of the imperial princess.] Celica

[Essay?] Celica’s Mother

[Yes, I wrote it at school. It was an essay honoring the Emperor. Because I won and was awarded, I think the princess saw this and wanted to become friends with me. Maybe, I’m not sure.] Celica

[I see, I see. That’s what happened. Celica never talks about what happens at school, so I was suddenly surprised by this.] Celica’s Mother

Well, there might be a need to apologize.

However, after saying this to myself while coming up with that complete lie right on the spot, I asked my mother.

[Mother, I want to go to the same school as the princess. I’d like to become school friends with her.] Celica

After her mother remained silent for a while she responded.

[It will be difficult for you to become friends with her highness because you are a commoner.] Celica’s Mother

If Celica remains in the lower district nothing will change.

People avoid the sight of her light brown skin.

That is what Celica wanted to say, but in return she replied with this.

[I, want to be a soldier. A soldier who defends this country. A soldier who protects you, Mother. In order to do this, I have to enter the military academy. Please, let me be at the side of the princess.] Celica

[……Celica.] Celica’s Mother

After long silence in thought, her mother permitted Celica to become the princess’s school friend.

Her mother gave her consent to Celica to become a soldier in the future.

She seems to have wanted her daughter to live an ordinary life, to become a maid of a noble family, to have a happy marriage, to live a life without any disturbance. But maybe Celica’s mother may have realized.

Her daughter’s exceptional talents.

Her eyes that hold an ambitious light in them.

Her daughter is still only nine years old, but it maybe it’s time for Celica to be more independent.

Celica’s mother, who realized so, strongly hugged Celica and said.

[Please do not inconvenience the Princess. And make sure to write a letter every now and then.] Celica’s Mother

Celica’s Mother wished for her daughter’s successful career.

 

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CH 8 – “Intent and Wish” – The Deadbeat Master and Genius Disciple’s Misunderstood Workshop

(TL Note: This whole chapter is from Shalltear’s POV. But it mixes up the past and present sometimes so I tried to leave a note so it doesn’t seem weird.)


[….By the way, are you satisfied yet?] Granite

[…Ah!] Shar

Master called out to me.
Thanks to that voice, my vague consciousness was snapped back to reality.

――I then witnessed it.

[!?!?!] Shar

――Master’s face was very close to mine!!

Huh? What? Why?

My face was becoming redder and redder by the second and I was in a full panic.
There was my stern and cool master with a face with an ever so slight, even miniscule sign of being troubled.
Not being able to withstand the looming master in his eyes anymore, I hurriedly looked down.

[Huh!?] Shar

I saw the unbelievable position I was in.

――For some reason I had winded up embracing Master’s right arm with my whole body.

…I had thought something was off. I really did think so.
Because Master’s voice which was softly reminiscing about the past, was slowly but surely getting closer.

But. But Why? Why did I wind up like this?

I desperately, desperately searched my memories for the answer.
Among the innumerable fragments that make up my memoires an image surfaced.
As I grasped the closest fragment, it shattered and the memory I was looking for replayed in my mind.

[Um… So, could you please……hold my hand?]

[Hmm. I don’t mind, but what’s wrong?]

[You know, “I will take your hand” …]

[From today on your name shall be “Shalltear”.]

[Sharuteea…? That is…my name…]

[…Papa……]

…My body began to shake due to embarrassment.

Oh my god! Oh my god!

My earlier wish to hold hands.
My master who spoke with me about our past as he listened to my wish.
And I, who was overjoyed from happily continuously reminiscing, not being satisfied with just holding hands――,

――And the state of steadily increase the degree of contact. Doing all of the unconsciously.

I understood that I put myself in this position.
Then, even then, I was stirred up by my desires, and without realizing it, I did all of this.
After that I snapped back to my senses, this is…some kind of surprise attack.
It’s almost like if I set a surprise attack against myself….

[Nh~….Nhhh~~~] Shar

Without thinking, I started to groan.

I want to disappear. No, I just want to melt away.
I want to be disintegrated to the utmost limits in an alchemy pot and be returned to magic.

Today, I think something is really wrong with me.
Even though I am supposed to be at my best since I am disciple of my great master.
Even though I know I can’t always be spoiled. But, but there are some things you can’t help.
Because, because――.

As I was being engulfed in the overflow of emotions, Master began to casually speak above my head.

[…My disciple Shalltear. I sometimes question… Why do people have such abundant emotions to this extent… …Everything in the world exist while depleting limited resources. In that case, when it comes to emotions, if humans could suppress their emotions to the level of animals, wouldn’t humans reach a higher level of intelligence. Wouldn’t you or I reach the depths of alchemy that we should be seeking even faster.

―― But I am sure things are never that easy. I come to think this as I watch you. You are a person that has more unnecessities then I, which sometimes makes my stomach hur… wait, never mind. I think that you are impatient. But――in spite of this, in my opinion you have left impressive results. In that case, I am certain that you’re s,search for knowledge is not hindered and only benefited from your overflow of emotions.

…Um. That is why, you um, struggle as much as you want and face yourself. Uh, your master will pour you another cup of tea. ――So, can you…..please let go of my arm?] Granite

Here I am being weak-minded and showing no signs of growth, and here are the kind words of my master who doesn’t scorn me and only accepts me.

I am always the one who receiving his kindness.

I drank some of the tea that Master poured for me, I close my eyes and think.

The promise i made with Master, at that time.

“What, I promise, as long as you are useful to me, I will continue to take your hand. I promise I never let you feel “alone”.”

Have I been able to respond to all of the things that Master has given me up until now.
Whether it was a promise, or a contract, if it only one party follows through then nothing will be fulfilled. ――Am I actually becoming someone who is useful to Master?

…The words that Master spoke to me are a treasure to me.
But despite this, there is a part of me that is impatiently worrying if I won’t eventually be thrown away for being pathetic.

But maybe Master has realized that I have been thinking about this.
Maybe that’s what he meant when he said “struggle as much as you want”…

――Then maybe, my true training will start from now on.

Yes, I am sure of it.
Now that I think about it, i may have been slacking off since I became the Royal Family alchemist or something the like..

Being the Royal Alchemist doesn’t mean a damn thing, I am Master’s…..disciple.

And now is the perfect chance for me to step up.

In order to learn just how Master viewed things in the past, and to reconfirm my beginnings.
This chance that my master has gone to the trouble of giving me, I should make use of such a rare chance.

…Ah.

If I remember correctly Master did say that “I am sure it won’t be a waste of time”.
I wonder, is it possible that Master realized that I was slacking off?
And he made this chance for me.

I’m sure he would deny it if I ask him straight out.
But, I’m sure that he did this for me.

My body shakes at the mere thoughts of the heights of the man that I am aiming for, and my hands have become sweaty.
Yet nevertheless, I thought I must do my best.

§

In this way, Master is always several steps ahead, as if he was a amazing strategist.

But, Master rarely ever tells me the answer in an easy to understand way.
This isn’t just how he graciously treats me, his disciple, but also other people as well.
Master sets clues casually in his actions and words, and is testing to see if we can realize these hints.

But since I had just become his disciple at this time.
Master unusually gave me the answer itself, this is what I think now.
Of course, at this time I had yet to realize this.

――Yes, that was.
The day after I received the name Shalltear, actually…it started before that, the trouble that was occurring in the capital and the answer for it.
Master only told it to me.

――”Stagnant Magic”.

As I think back on it now, that was the answer to everything.

§§§

It was early morning on the second day after Master had taken me in.
On that day, i woke up earlier than Master.

There was a reason for this. Even though barely any time had passed since we had met, even I was worried at how strange Master had been the day before.

Indeed, after we had left the town hall, Master at that time seemed to have had the spirit sucked out of him.
And this did not change even up until he went to sleep.

[Today, you will again sleep in the bed. If we sleep together…if that happens… It would look like I’m really that…. …ugh… (crash).] Granite

As he said this he fell asleep as if he had passed out, I think anyone would be worried seeing that.

As I rummage around and get up from the bed, I make my way to the sofa where Master is sleeping.

[….Huh? ..!] Shar

But as I stretch to peek on Master’s face, I realize that someone else was already there.

Something that was translucent and squishy…
The scary thing that thoroughly bullied me two days ago…

As Master was sitting up in the sofa, there were tentacles (hands?) stretching and poking Master’s face, especially his mouth and nose.

[Ah…Um…Sorry for, disturbing you…Pochi-san?] Shar

I gave a greeting while being confused but the situation going on.

Then, the symbol of my trauma stopped poking Master’s face and――

――Changed it’s tentacle into a fist and recreated a hand giving a thumbs up.

“Oh oh it’s the newbie! Morning !”

Seeing that energetic “fist” I subconsciously think I hear these words.

[G,good morning. ]

After getting caught up in what’s happening in front of me, I tried speaking to it.
I don’t know why, but I think it understands what I’m saying.

Then Pochi-san goes from posing with all 5 fingers stretched out to a clenched fist.

[Uhm….] Shalltear

….I didn’t understand what it was trying to say this time.

Maybe I was just imaging what happened earlier…?
Wait, that doesn’t matter! I have to check on how Master is doing!

As I thought this, I make sure to properly take a look at Master.
Ah…the color in his face looks better than yesterday…

[…Papa…are you ok? Um…] Shalltear

Mmm… That’s kinda nice…
The old me was kind of cheeky, huh…?
(TL Note: Shar form the present is jealous of how her past-self called Granite papa. It’s kind of hard to understand.)

……….Wait a minute!

Um, I was relaxed to see he was calm.
[Guh!] Granite

Then suddenly as Master started to show a pained expression, I jumped up.

[Papa!?] Shalltear

[Guuh!] Granite

[Papa, are you ok!?] Shalltear

[Guuuh!] Granite

Master suddenly has a pained expression. He is still not doing ok.
It’s like I can see some black essence coming from his mouth. I almost screamed out.
Then as I tried to cling to him, something was getting in my way.

[Hmm?] Shalltear

Then Pochi-san stuck out one more tentacle and points it at me.

Then he (?) takes the first tentacle and once again cover’s Master’s mouth. He then gives me another thumbs up.

“Burp. It’s all right!”

It looks like that is what it’s trying to say.

I look on in confusion with watery eyes.
And with a sense of a finishing up one’s work, Pochi-san retracts its tentacle and slides its way back to its jar.

After seeing off Pochi-san, I once again look at Master’s face.
He face is still twitching, but it seems he looks better than before..I think?

[Papa….?] Shalltear

[….ugh…!]

He seemed like he was having a nightmare up until now, but now I don’t feel as worried as before.

[Pochi-san, must have done…something?] Shalltear

Thinking this was strange, there was no way for me to know what was happening.
Then as a I call out to Master at time, I wiped his face with a damp towel.

§

Since the water in the pitcher has gone done, I immediately went outside to retrieve some more water.
Yesterday, when we went to the town hall, I was told there is a well in Master’s house, he calls it his’ workshop, which is covered by a brick fence.

Yes, at that time I went outside without a single afterthought.

The cold wind cut right through me.
But, now I have warm clothes that protect me from the wind.
This gave me a somewhat strange feeling.

To be honest, I want to indulge in this warmth.
But if I do that, I will start to feel a sense of guilt.
I would be doing something unforgivable. I can’t stop myself from thinking that.

During the night it began to lightly snow and you could hear the sound of footsteps digging into the snow.
Thanks to the shoes my feet don’t have the usual sense of warmth being taken away. This was truly rare for me.

In the slums, it is not unusual for someone to lose a tow to the cold.
Thankfully, I seem to be a bit sturdier than normal people so this never happened to me. Out of all of the seasons winter was the one where my stamina was drained the most.
Is it really ok for me to be this comfortable? I was truly bothered by this.

Earlier when I was in Master’s home I didn’t think of such things.
Yesterday, when I went outside with him I didn’t think of such things.
But, when I go outside for just a bit by myself, I cannot help but to be tormented by a sense of guilt.
Yes. This is what I thought at that time.

―― I should know my place and realize that someone like me, would never be nonchalantly involved with someone who could be the main character from a proper tale.

――Shouldn’t I go back to the place where I belong.

I am not thinking about this rationally
But for just an instant, I was assaulted by such thoughts.

But the “scream” I heard next did snap me back to reality.
The voice that for the past couple of days has carved itself into my very being, comes flying into my consciousness.

That voice surprised me and made me feel worried and desperate.
An important thought blows away all of my troubles. I felt overcome with emotions.

――At least it’s a place where I belong.
――And maybe, it isn’t a place where someone like me should be, but.
――I really want to stay here.
――I know I only have a trivial amount of strength, but.
――Even then, I want to become of use to that person.

Maybe this the time when I first had a clear sense of my own wishes and will.

As I think back on the past, this is what I thought.

――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――――
Master [You’re reading too much into it! Please stop!]

Extra: Master’s Patterns

1. He just says whatever comes to mind. (Shalltear’s emotions are pretty intense.)
2. He randomly attaches theories to everything. (Intelligence is trending.)
3. He is desperate to think like how a master should think, and it’s all unnecessarily long. And he always forgets what he wanted to say.
4. He tries to always sound good while trying to get things to go his way. (It doesn’t matter just move your hand. Can you stop hugging me? It hurts, ya know?)
(EX. To be honest, sums him up in a nutshell.)

 

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CH 3 – “Log” – Shingan no Yuusha

(TL Note: After reading this chapter you’ll never look at a tree the same way again.)


[I was fighting with logs as a weapon, just like one of my favorite “manga”…huh.] Makoto

But in those manga the enemies whom the hero was fighting were not zombies but vampires or demons.

To be honest, I was scared and close to falling into a state of confusion. That’s why I thought to take a log as a weapon. If it was calm at this time, I would not have decided to use a log as a weapon.

A log is too heavy, they are as big as a person’s torso, and there is no way for an ordinary people to swing as weapons … I am sure I thought so.

I probably would have guessed immediately that there was no way I could not lift something as big and heavy as a log, and given up using it as a weapon.

However, I was really confused at this time.

I could not think calmly, and so I grabbed a log.

And…I was able to pick up the log. Furthermore, I was able to swing the log, although I was all over the place.

Despite the log being over 2 meters long, and heavier than me.

I heard somewhere that Japanese swords and Western swords weigh only a few kilos. Even so, I was able to wield a log as weapon even though it’s dozens of kilos in weight.

Is it because my stats like “power” is twice that of the general populous in this world?

Or maybe it fight-or-flight response.

But anyway, in order to try to drive away the encroaching zombies, I swung the log with all I had. It kept swinging it desperately.

Crack!!!

The log that I waved around hit one zombies.

It was mostly coincidental, but I smashed the side of zombie’s head…defeated it in one blow. More than half of the head was crushed and the most of the brains scattered. The zombies continue to convulse as it fell to the ground.

It does seem…like it will get back up.

Perhaps…I can get out of this?

 

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… Just how long did I swing the log?

I was out of breath and even standing was hard. I do not have any more stamina left to keep swinging.

I supported my body with the log that I had stabbed into the ground and my shoulders where heaving because I was out of breath.

But…I was able to annihilate all of the zombies.

Around me, at least 50+ zombies were sprawled around. Almost all of the zombies had their heads crushed. Half of them were completely immobilized, and the other half were convulsing.

[Hmm? Among the convulsing zombies, there is a strange zombie woman.] Makoto

Unlike the other zombies who wore commoner’s clothes, it was wearing clothes you would expect an aristocrat from medieval Europe to wear.

Although it’s limbs are thin, for some reason it’s stomach was strangely inflated.

[Did it…just finished eating something?] Makoto

I do not want to think much about what this zombie woman ate.

But compared to the other zombies, the damage to the woman zombie’s head damage is relatively shallow.

However, even if it is left unattended, it will sooner or later perish. As I came to this conclusion, I left the woman zombie on its death bed. The expression “on its death bed” when used on a zombie seems a bit strange.

[I should come back and finish off the other zombies, including this zombie woman, after I walk around the town, I should pierce… Right now, it is too troublesome.] Makoto

Even if the zombies got up, I can easily beat them.

Anyway, the fear I had of the zombies has mostly faded.

No, I’m still scared of them.

I feel that it is physiologically horrendous. However, the zombies as monsters are not that strong after fight them.

First of all, their movements are very slow. And as more defensive maneuvers, for example protecting the head from a log, the was little defensive behavior either. They did not have intelligence, they just followed the instinct of a zombie, and just slowly approached me in order to bite me.

Their movements were too slow and monotonous and I honestly felt they were “weak”.

I am an absolute amateur in regards to fighting. Even when it comes to fighting another human I would be rather weak. But even I could destroy dozens of zombies.

Perhaps in this parallel world, zombies are the grunts you would find near the bottom of the list of monsters in this world.

[Even their status had “Level 1” written there.] Makoto

As long as I don’t lose myself to fear and my body can move, then they are an enemy I can do something about.

I also thought that I got “a powerful weapon with excellent reach and destructive power known as a log”, which is why this time I was able to unbeatable against the zombies.

Fighting bare-handed, it would not have turned out like this.

No, although it is a grunt monster, there were a large number of zombies. Even if I fought with a knife, a wooden sword, a bat or the like, I would have been buried and crushed by the zombies, unable to overcome their strength of numbers.

I have survived because the log has reach it has the power to defeat zombies with a single blow.

If there happened to have been a sword or spear lying there, I think that I still would have been killed by the zombies.

In the first place, if I picked up a sword that I never used before, I am skeptical if I could even use it as a weapon.

 

It is only natural that I, an ordinary high school student (on top of being not attending school), who has not learned swordsmanship or spear techniques has never held a Japanese sword or anything the like. Besides, I’m clumsy and my motor skills are non-existent. If someone like me grabs a sword with a blade, I won’t be able to use it properly.

If an amateur holds a real sword without proper training, and cannot properly handle the sword, they can cut their own hands and feet with the tip of the sword… I have heard such a story before.

Especially, I, who is always distracted, panicking, and confused constantly, don’t think I will be able to properly use a sword.

Also, in the case of a sword, I feel that after cutting down several zombies the sword won’t be able to cut anymore, or possibly the sword would be broken after having an amateur swing it around aimlessly.

Even if a spear, which I have never practiced with before, was lying there, I think that I could not properly handle it as a weapon. Besides, if you swing a spear aimlessly or thrust it recklessly, even if you defeat a few zombies; in the case of a spear, I feel that the handle will break in the middle of the fight.

However.

A long, heavy, and powerful “log’” was sufficiently useful as a weapon just swinging it recklessly. A thick log, just like human torso, defeated 50 zombies without breaking.

If there were no logs in that place…just the thought gives me chills.

Picking up the log there, I was truly fortunate.

 

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After a while, I started breathing normally.

I wasn’t sure if I should keep exploring the town.

If I was to tell the truth I just want to leave this town right now. Because there might be zombies still be lurking somewhere in the town.

Even in zombies are not that strong, I do not know what will happen if I caught in a surprise attack by a group of them.

[But … the people who are possibly alive in this town are perhaps, five people.] Makoto

In the information of the town I “saw” with the <God’s Eye> there were five inhabitants. If possible, I’d like to find them and protect it. I want to escape from this town together.

I had become somewhat confident and full of myself because I defeated dozens of zombies on my own.

In the end, I decide to continue exploring the town.

Even if a zombie comes out again, I will manage somehow.

[… As long as I have this log.] Makoto

I started to realize that if I learn how to use a log properly, it can be quite an effective weapon.

Speaking of which, how is my “status” now?

After defeating so many zombies. As with computer games, my level or something could have gone up and my stats might have risen. I expectantly check my status.

Name: Makoto Maruta

Race: Human

Age: 17 years old

Strength: 22 Dexterity: 16 Agility: 18 Intelligence: 20 Vitality: 21 Mind: 17 Magic: 22

Job: Barbarian Level 1

Skill: God’s Eye

Acquired Magic: None

Soul Rank: 5

Oh, it has gone up. “strength” increased from 20 to 22, “vitality increased from 20 to 21, “Mind” rose from 16 to 17 respectively. Also, my “soul rank” or whatever went up from 1 to 5. The moment I thought about the soul rank as something suspicion “The radiance of the soul, expressing the strength of the hero. And depending on the “experience” will increase its radiance.”, this information appeared in my head.

That soul rank went up to 4 in one go, and my basic stats, such as strength and so on, increased by 4 in total. As my soul rank rose by 1, basic stats also increased by 1 point. I wonder if it will increase?

Is the basic stat that increase chosen at random? Or perhaps my actions have some sort of influence on it?

Somehow, I feel like it’s the latter.

I swung around the hefty weapon (log) until I almost ran out of stamina and defeated all of the zombies. It also explains why “strength” and “vitality” are rising, and not “dexterity” or “intelligence”.

“Mind” has also gone up, because I continued fighting against horrible zombies as my opponent. My fragile spirit might have been trained to some extent.

By the way, “job” has turned into “barbarian”, huh.

Until fighting the zombies, the job was “no job”.

I do not want to remain unemployed, but barbarian is a bit much.
(TL Note: I’m not sure if this is a shout out to Mushoku Tensei or not)

I don’t want to be thought of as some savage from a undeveloped area, it’s kind of upsetting.

Well, without a sword or a spear, the sight of me frantically swinging a log and fighting, I probably looked like a barbarian warrior.

But whatever, if the job was hero, that would have been nice…

 

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…After walking for 7 to 8 hours, I finally saw a town.
Night had fallen, and the surroundings have become quite dark. In the night sky, many stars and the 2 moons were shining.
…After walking for such a long time, I am not even that tired. Even after walking this much, my legs haven’t cramped.
Even though I do not have confidence that my strength and stamina are superior to normal people, however, after walking for this distance and time I am hardly tired.
Perhaps, in this parallel world, because of my stats my “vitality” is quite high. I wonder?
Even though the standard seems to be 10, my “vitality” is double that at 20.
In this parallel world, physically speaking, I may be really amazing.

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The town seems to be surrounded by a wooden fence taller than me. Is it a fence to prevent wild animals or thieves from entering? Perhaps, it may be to prevent monsters from attacking.
Speaking of which, if there are herds of pegasus in this world, then it does not seem strange if there are monsters that attack people as well.
I have not encountered even one monster so far. Well, it may be because I have been walking on a safe road that humans frequently use, a well traversed road. On such a road, the encounter rate for a monster is probably also low. Maybe.
…By the way, what was the name of this town?
Huh?
(Town of Rua The Holy Garp Empire Population: 5 Main Resources: Lumber)
When I was looking into the town over the fence, a translucent frame with this information came floating into view.
This is also the power the <God’s Eye>. If you can easily learn the information you want to know, this power is quite convenient. The <God’s Eye> is quite the useful skill.
But is the Holy Garp Empire the name of the country that this town is in?
I think that the place I am now is also within the territory of the Holy Garp Empire.
That is good and all, but isn’t the town’s population being only five people a bit too low? In the Middle Ages, there seems to have been many cases where the villages and small towns in Europe had a population of a little under 100 people. But no matter how you think about it, 5 people is too low for a town like this.
I wonder if something happened in the town?
No…perhaps a large number of residents relocated, and now only the remaining residents are few in number, but that is what I think. That is what I hope happened.
While worrying what will happen next, I entered the already open gate and proceeded into town.
The <God’s Eye> appears to have a night vision effect, so even in a town in the middle of the night with no lights, I could see to some extent.
There seems to be many brick buildings similar to the ones from the Middle Ages in this town. Even though it’s the middle of the night, there was only silence to be heard. The town had a somewhat sad atmosphere.
I wonder in which house are the 5 townsfolk living in.

[Among the dozens of buildings, which one are they living in?] Makoto
While muttering to himself, a habit of mine, I look for a house with lights on. As I make my way through the town that is paved with cobblestones, on the way, I found a mountain of wood (logs) piled up high.
[Logs… speaking of that…there was a manga where people fought vampires using logs as a weapon.] Makoto
I whispered this while looking at the mountain of logs.
By the way, since I love that manga, as I looked at the logs I found myself reminiscing.
In addition, according to the information I saw with the <God’s Eye>, I remember that the specialty of this town is lumber.
From the mountains behind the town, someone must be cutting the trees down. I wonder if out of five of the residents that are remaining in this town, if at least one person here is a woodcutter?
In any case, it would be nice if they are a kind person. I hope they are nice enough to feed a person they don’t know and let that stranger stay with them in their house. Well, there are so many empty houses in this abandoned village, so I should be able to find a place to stay. But even if it’s an empty house, is it ok for me to just stay there without permission? Well let’s put this aside

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Walking around the town for a while, I found a square. It is a square with a small fountain. Near the fountain … someone is standing there. Even though the person’s back is turned, it’s probably a woman standing there.

[I finally found someone.] Makoto
I feel relieved as I approached the woman.
[A,Ah…excuse me.] Makoto

As to not alarm the woman, I approached her while calling out in as gentle of a voice as possible. Since I have a communication phobia, I am really not good at this.
The woman turned around, !!!
Makoto’s heart almost stopped.
The woman’s face … was rotting. There were several maggots squirming in her face and her right eyeball was hanging out of the eye socket. It looked like it would fall off at any moment.
There was a big laceration on her head and from there … her brains were protruding out….
Besides, as I approached her, I noticed the woman smelled like rotting meat.
The woman was… just like a “zombie”. She looked like a “zombie” that appear in zombie movies, which are also called the living dead.
W,Who are you?
As I thought this so, I could see a translucent frame in front of me.

Zombie (minor zombie)
Level:1
Weakness: Sunlight, Salt (especially purified salt), All holy attribute attack magic

This was written in the frame
This woman is…a zombie?

If this is a parallel world where there are monsters, even if there are zombies, the poster boy of famous monsters, it isn’t such a surprising discovery, but…

[Aaaaaaaaa, u, uuuu … ah …] Zombie

The woman, no zombie, let out a groan that you cannot think came from a human and began to approach me.
I instinctively felt I was in danger.
At this rate, I…may be killed…by this zombie woman. My heart was screaming.
I couldn’t stop my legs from shaking.
I fell into a panic as I bent down and picked up a palm-sized stone. And to the slowly, but surely approaching zombie, I threw the stone with all my might at the zombie’s rotting face. The stone had more force behind it than I thought.
Bang!
Even though I had no confidence in my control, since the target was close, I hit it right on the mark. On top of that, I hit the zombie in its remaining left eye.
Because of the stone throw damage, the zombie crumpled right there on the spot.
[For now, “Command: Escape”!] Makoto
I ran away from the plaza in a panic. And I didn’t have a single thought of going close to the zombie and finishing it off. The zombie was so scary there was no way I was going to go near it.

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I felt like I ran quite a distance.
I realized I ran all the way back to a place where there was a mountain of logs stacked. In order to catch my breath, I decided to sit on one of the logs and grasp the situation at hand.
[Who would have thought…that zombies…are real.] Makoto
In this parallel world, zombies are just a type of monster?
Besides that, … why are zombies wandering through the town… What happened to this town?
Hmm?
Suddenly, an image appeared in the back of my mind. A bad quality black and white image.
A black and white movie, like a classic movie from a long time ago, was fast forwarding in my mind.

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In the middle of the night, several zombies crawled out of the graves in the community cemetery of the town.
Several of the inhabitants were attacked by the zombies as they slept.
And some of the humans who were bitten by zombies, became zombies and attacked the people of the town one after another.
After one night… the town was overflowing with zombies.

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It was just like scene out of a classic zombie movie.
W,What is this? I guess…this is also the power of the <God’s Eye>?
I feel like Goddess Liana said that you can also “see” the past with the <God’s Eye>.
So, what just played in my brain, is what actually happened to this town in the past?
The tragedy that occurred in this town in the past…
Slam!!

[Ahh?] Makoto

I suddenly cried out.
The doors to dozens of houses opened at once, and a lot of zombie-like dead bodies came out. From the houses that I thought were empty, the living dead shuffled out.

[W,What the hell is going on] Makoto

…This is not funny…
My face stiffens up. Looking with the <God’s Eye> everyone here is really a zombie. I…was surrounded… by dozens of zombies.

[I’m so scared I might piss myself…hahaha…] Makoto

At this rate, I will be attacked by dozens of zombies. And I’ll be eaten alive. Or, I may be bitten and turned into the very same zombie that attacked me.
[…To hell with this!] Makoto
I almost gave up right there, but I was somehow able to snap myself back into reality.
I have to run away…no, it is impossible now. I’ve been completely surrounded.

[Then… I have to defeat them? Something like that…it’s impossible for me…I don’t even have a weapon.] Makoto

There are a few small stones scattered around, but with just stones, there is no way I can take on dozens of zombies.
While I am hit a few zombies with stones, I will definitely be bitten by the other zombies.
If only…If only I had a proper weapon, if there was a weapon with a long reach.
At that moment, my eyes fell upon the mountain of logs.

 

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CH 1 – “Goddess Liana” – Shingan no Yuusha

(TL Note: The MC questions himself A LOT and there are a lot of sentences that repeat themselves. So, I am trying to add to it, so the text makes sense without changing the meaning. Also, this chapter was a pain. But what’s new.)


There are two moons.
There is a horse with wings flying in the sky, is that what you would call a Pegasus?
So, this is truly…a parallel world.

The next time I awoke, the evening sun that was burning in the sky had flew into my sight. In the dusk sky, you could see the thin outlines of the two moons and a herd of Pegasus flying in the sky.
It seems I am laying down in some unknown field of a parallel world.
Was I thrown in this field by that selfish goddess, Astena?
I pinched my cheek……yeah, it hurts.
If I feel pain, then—-t,then this isn’t a dream?
As I started to realize this is real, I started to panic. I don’t know what to do now. I’m so nervous I can’t stand it. Even if I wait around I doubt the situation will improve. That’s why I decided to travel until I reach a place with people.
Luckily, there was a road nearby. If I follow this road, I might reach a village or town.
In the meantime, I decided to walk in the direction of the setting sun.
—-After walking for 30 minutes, there was someone crouching down on the side of the road.
It was an old woman. On top of that she looked very dirty. After looking closely, she has her eyes closed. I doubt if she is sleeping.
I was confused if I should call out to her or not.
I do want to ask her if I keep going on this road will I reach a town with people in it?
But for a guy like myself who has communication phobia finds it difficult to talk to someone I don’t know.
Also, this is a parallel world. There is the worry of “not knowing the language”.
But, before I could decide whether or not to call out to her, the old woman called out to me first.

[Hello…the person over there.] Old woman

I stopped several steps away from the old woman. She still had her eyes closed. Is it possible, that her eyes are bad?

[Since you are walking, would you happen to be a traveler? Could you find it in your heart to spare some food for this poor blind old woman…I haven’t eaten for 2 days. I’m so hungry I feel like I’m going to die.] Old woman

The old woman begged for food from me in a voice that invites pity.
Food…huh. I check the pockets of the track suit that I’m wearing. I found the box of calorie mate I had planned on eating later. It’s the type that has 4 pieces in one box. (TL Note: calorie mate is this weird meal replacement biscuit in japan. Imagine a dry, crumby cookie in a stick shape. It has a weird taste, but it’s not bad.)
Is it a good idea to give this blind old woman my calorie mate?
I’m in a situation where I don’t know how long it will take to walk to a town or a village? Should I give a complete stranger my precious food supply……?
I’m at a lost as to what to do.
I was hesitant…but in the end, I gave her half of the box.
Since she told me she hasn’t eaten anything in 2 days, as a person, I can’t just ignore this woman.
By the way, my nose is stuffy, and I can barely smell. But even with all of that, I could the smell the foul odor coming off the old woman as I handed her the calorie mate.

[Hmm, this is such delicious food. Thank you so much.] Old woman

The old woman showed her thanks as she ate the calorie mate I gave her.
Being thanked after doing a good deed isn’t a bad feeling at all.

[Uhm, Ma’am. I want to go to the nearest village or town. Will I reach a town if I keep going this way on this road?] Makoto

[Yes, if you walk for half a day you will reach a small town called Rua.] Old woman

I was depressed when I heard I would still have to walk for a half a day.
It might be better to be more positive now that I know there is a town here.
But sadly, I am not a very positive person.

[Thank you for giving me directions. Well then, I will be on my way.] Makoto

I gave the old woman my regards and went to leave.

[Can you please wait a moment?] Old woman

As the old woman called out, I turned around.

[Actually, I was heading to Rua myself. While I was traveling I injured my legs and I couldn’t move. While I was panicking, the sun had already set……I am truly, truly sorry for this, but could you please find it in your heart to carry me to town?] Old woman

The old woman asked me in a depending tone.
……What should I do?
The old woman looks light, but carrying someone om my back for half a day would be tough.
Also, and I know this is bad of me to say, but the old woman looks so filthy. Carrying this old woman while walking a half a day is just…

[Please. I will die here in the wild. Please I beg for mercy. I beg you. I beg you.] Old woman

In the end, I couldn’t abandon the old woman, so I carried her. If I abandoned her and if she really dies, I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.
I walked for 30 minutes while carrying the old woman.

[Thank you so much… You are a real lifesaver.] Old woman

The old woman was grateful as she thanked me again and again.
As I carried her, I also spoke to her.

[Ho ho, you were summoned from a place called earth by the Goddess Astena, huh. But, she deemed you to be useless and threw you into a field… Honestly, what a horrible person.] Old woman

As I told the old woman what happened, she immediately believed me.
According to the old woman’s story, in this world there are “Goddesses” as well as beings called “Gods”. They regularly show themselves in front of people.
It seems the Gods are existences that have superior powers over humans. But they seem to act arrogant, careless, and make mistakes. There seem to be some gods who enjoy competing over who has the most influence. There are many gods who love having authority and gods who love to have physical relations with humans.
They are gods that act just as humans, just like the Grecian Gods.
The Goddess Astena also has a personality that is as prideful and selfish as a bad person.
Shit. Just remembering that woman, has me upset again.
…Someday, I will pay her back for what she has done.

[Honestly, that goddess is rotten to the core. Although she has many believers and has a large amount of “power”, what a nasty woman.] Old woman

[……] Makoto

[It is true that bitch goddess is summoning humans from another world to be her disciples. Then if she summons a human who isn’t that worthwhile, she uses “teleportation” magic to throw them in some random place, just as she did to you.] Old woman

[……] Makoto

[That fucking bitch of a goddess is the worst…] Old woman

The old woman I am carrying on my back continues to curse the Goddess Astena. It’s as if she has a personal grudge against her…… I don’t know why, but the old woman’s way of talking has started to change.

Her voice seems to have changed from the raspy voice of an old woman to a youthful voice.
The horrible body smell that almost made me vomit has disappeared. Now, if anything a rose-like aroma is tickling my nasal activity. What is going on?

[It’s fine. Please let me down.] Old woman

[Huh? O,Oh.] Makoto

As I kneeled to let the old woman down. After letting the old woman down, I turned my neck to look my behind me.
Then—-I was left speechless.
Because a beautiful young woman was standing there instead of an old woman. A beautiful girl with silver hair who looks like she is in her teens.
Her right and left eyes are silver and gold in color. In short, she has odd eyes.
Her feet are also floating several inches of the ground.
The clothes she is also wearing changed from the filthy gray hemp robe she had on to what you would expect a goddess from legends to wear, pure white silk without a single mark on it.

[I am the one that governs over the “Eyes of the Gods”. The Goddess Liana.] Liana

[……] Makoto

[I am called the <God’s Eye> Goddess Liana.] Liana

The beautiful young girl who as floating in mid-air introduced herself while smiling me.

[A vacancy has appeared among my followers and I was looking for a good person. I transformed into a filthy, ugly, pitiful old woman. Because to become my follower the first condition is to have the kindness to be considerate to others and a charitable heart.] Liana

Is this silver hair, odd eyed, beautiful girl the old woman from before…?
Is she also a……goddess? She is floating in mid-air and her atmosphere is very godly. Maybe…she really is a goddess?

[These past couple of days, among the humans traveling on this road, there were only a few people who spared food to the old woman. You are truly a nice person.] Liana

[A,Ah.] Makoto

[Also, you are the first person to carry me. You are truly a kind person.] Liana

The woman that introduced herself as the Goddess Liana smiled with a grin,

[You, the kind person who has been summoned from another world. As a goddess, I shall grant you power.] Liana

[G,Grant me power?] Makoto

Being praised for my good deeds and receiving “power” from a goddess. It reminds me of the developments in the tales of heroes from Greek legends or video games and manga.
To me, this is a good deal, but she might be up to something.
I have to make sure I’m not being fooled.

[Yes, a fraction of my power as a god.] Liana

[……] Makoto

[But, depending on whether you become my follower or not, there is a big difference in the “power” you will receive.] Liana

[……] Makoto

[First, in the case of you not becoming my follower—-you will be able to see things from very far away. And in a battle, I can make sure you can fully grasp the movements of your opponent.] Liana
[……And then including my kinetic vision, only my eyesight will improve, right?] Makoto

It doesn’t seem like that great of a skill, I’m losing my motivation.

[Well, that’s about it. Humans who don’t become my follower, are not granted a strong “power”.] Liana

[Then, if I do become what you call a follower, then?] Makoto

[If you do become a follower, you will be granted an even greater “power”. Even…the <God’s Eye>.] Liana

[<God’s Eye>?] Makoto

<God’s Eye>…eyes of a god…it sounds amazing.

[If you have the <God’s Eye> you can see your status as well as the status of others. It is also possible to see the events of the past and even future events, although it is random.] Liana

[T,That’s amazing.] Makoto

[So, will you become my follower?] Liana

[Even if you ask me right out of the blue like that. Just what exactly is…a follower?] Makoto

I am wary of it being slavery-like subordination.

[Among the Gods and Goddesses, there are many different conditions.] Liana

[……] Makoto

[By the way, I am of the belief that a god should not recklessly interfere in the fate of humans. That is why I do not put strict restrictions on my own followers. To live freely, and enjoy one’s fate is best.] Liana

[……] Makoto

[If you happen to do anything heroic, I would like for you to tell others that you are my follower.] Liana

Even if I become a follower or the like, it doesn’t seem like I will be forced to work.
And, there doesn’t seem to be any demerits…

[It seems you are at lost as to what to do. That’s fine, I have a suggestion.] Liana

The Goddess Liana showed one finger and,

[How about becoming a temporary follower for one month. During that time, I will lend you the power of the <God’s Eye>.] Liana

[Temporary?] Makoto

[Yes, a temporary follower. Even for me, choosing someone to be a follower solely on their personality is out of the question. This is also I can evaluate you with my “eyes”, ok.] Liana

Is it something like a trial period?
After thinking about it for a bit. I agreed to become a temporary follower. I am interested in the amazing power called <God’s Eye>. I also believe that the woman in front of me isn’t a bad person.

[Now please close your right eye.] Liana

The Goddess Liana asked me to close my eye, and I honestly followed her instructions.
With her beautiful hand, she softly touched my closed right eye.

[With this, your right eye now has the power of the <God’s Eye> within it. That’s right…to start with try strongly wishing to see your own status.] Liana

I did as I was told.

!?

A half transparent frame appeared in front of me.
This is…a “status screen” or something of the like that you would normally see in computer games.
Inside of this frame my, Makoto Maruta, status info is,

Name: Makoto Maruta
Race: Human
Age: 17 years old
Strength: 20 Dexterity: 16 Agility: 16 Intelligence: 20 Vitality: 20 Mind: 20 Magic: 20
Job: No Job (Level 0)
Skill: God’s Eye
Acquired Magic: None
Soul Rank: 1

Even though my abilities have been quantified, I have no idea if this is good or bad.

[For normal humans, strength, dexterity, and magic are usually around 10. For someone with 20, your abilities are much more superior than a normal person’s.] Liana

The Goddess Liana told me about my status, as if she could read my hind.

[Going by the numbers, the average of my abilities is closer to 20 than 10….] Makoto

That’s strange.
I have no confidence in myself. I thought my skills would be below average. Even if my strength and Intelligence are at normal human standards, I am aware that I am a slow, bumbling person.
There is no way my abilities, status, are this high.

[Your base stats are quite something. Strength like yours only shows up in 1 in a 1000 people.] Liana

[Do I really have the strength that appears in 1 in a 1000 people? In my previous world, I was a human who was below average.] Makoto

[That fucking bitch of time and space Goddess Astena summons people who have higher stats than the people of this world. But it seems that whoever is someone from that parallel world is chosen at random.] Liana

A normal person from earth may have stats equal if not greater than mine. Then, if someone who is below average from earth like me, that person is considered excellent here.
……This is might be a good world after all.
This might be an amazing world for me.

[If you want details on the specifics of your stats, then just wish for it and you can discover some extra information about it.] Liana

Is it like a help function?

[So…. there are some things I must take care of, I need to return to heaven. I will make sure to check on how you are doing occasionally with my <God’s Eye> from heaven.] Liana

[Huh? Wait..please wait a moment.] Makoto

I called out and stopped the Goddess Liana as she was floating high and heading toward the heavens.

[Can you please use your power and send me back to my old world?] Makoto
On top of my stats being good, if it’s this world I may achieve a lot. This might be a world that’s perfect for me.
But still……I wanted to go back to earth.
Because earth is where my “family” is, that’s including my sister.
That’s why…

[I am sorry to say this, but I don’t have the “power” to send you back to your original world…. I’m sorry.] Liana

The Goddess Liana ascended to Heaven.
Since I was left by myself, I had no choice but to walk by myself and continue to the town I was told about.
But, why did all of this happen to me.
I, who lived a boring life, did wish to be summoned to another world as a hero. By performing heroic acts in another word, I wanted to be thought of as a necessary person by the people around me.
It is true that I imagined and wished to be summoned to another world.
But……my current situation is completely different from what I imagined.
I did not want to be deemed useless the moment I was summoned. I did not want to be looked down upon and be thrown away like an unwanted item.
I remember the cold stare the Goddess of time and space Astena gave me.
Those scornful eyes as if looking at garbage.

[……Dammit.] Makoto

Dammit……dammit……dammit.
No.
I’m just becoming more and more depressed.
Besides the “Goddess of space and time Astena” who decided I was unnecessary. I met another goddess called the “God’s Eye Goddess Liana”.
And it seems I have received the special power <God’s Eye> from the Goddess Liana.
To receive a power from a god or goddess…I think this is amazing.
It just like the main character from a hero story.
Yep.
This the hero story where I am the main star. Yeah, there is no doubt. I’m sure that’s right. Let’s just think that way.
Because…. if I don’t I won’t be able to stand it.
If I don’t think this way, I will be crushed by all of my own negative thoughts.
But, it seems that if I’m in this world then, my base abilities are quite good. Even though I’m very nervous I might be able to survive somehow. No, I will survive.

[Dying out here in the wild…no thanks.] Makoto

I have been summoned by a goddess to another world, so I should be a protagonist.
Because of that, I won’t die so easily. I am sure everything will be fine. As I was thinking on this, I somehow set forward with heavy steps and continued walking.
Because, if I didn’t think that way, I would break down right there in the middle of the road.

 

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