The Deadbeat Master and Genius Disciple’s Misunderstood Workshop-Prologue

Prologue: An elixir that came from a reckless remark

Translator’s Note: One of the main characters is called シャルティア (Shalltear). Anyone who is a fan of Overlord will immediately recognize this name.  I wanted to see if I could spell it differently, but sadly this is the only spelling that makes sense. Also the author shortens シャルティア(Shalltear) to シャル,so I’ve decided to translate this to [Shar]; since shorting it to [Shall] will make translating harder later on. So this isn’t me just pushing Overlord onto this novel, the author himself chose this name. Anyway, enjoy!


 

My name is Granite Range

 

I’m a nice guy that turns 30 this year, and I am working as what one would call an alchemist.

No, I was working would be more accurate.

 

 

As to why, well currently I am living the lifestyle that I once could never stop wishing to be, a deadbeat.

 

 

What? Why am I prefacing my introduction with “Once”?

If I am to be frank and explain the reasons behind this.

 

 

That reason would be that the person I am currently raising has greatly overestimated the guy who doesn’t have much talent, namely me.

 

 

Yes, that person who has amazing skills even beyond anyone’s expectations has mistaken me for a “Great Master”.

 

 

[Master, I have just returned! …. What? Why are you in such deep thought? Oh, you’ve probably thought up of a recipe for a new medicine! Please teach me too!] Shalltear

 

 

A luxurious chair made from the down feathers of a young dragon, something I could never had dreamed of buying before.

As I sit and sink into the chair, I rub my temples and sigh internally. The door swings open with a bang, and an energetic voice came flooding in.

I was shocked, and I felt my body begin to shake.

Damn, I thought that person wouldn’t be back for a while, so I let my guard down. Shit, Now I’m thinking of a “recipe for a new medicine” ……like hell!

Calm Down, Calm Down

 

 

I am the master of Shalltear Range, an alchemist who works for the Royal F, who is only 13 years old.

I have no idea why I’m going through this, but if I say that…

I raise my head while completely suppressing my impatience that took me by surprise.

Then I met the gaze of a young girl who was staring at me after lightly ran up to where I was with a face red with excitement.

And there was I, who wanted to say, Who the hell are you? To the person majestically reflected in her green eyes.

 

 

[*Cough* Shar, that was fast. How is the condition of His Highness?] Granite

 

 

First, let me just stall for time….

Then in the meantime, I have to “bullshit” some materials and ingredient names for the “recipe” or whatever.

Remembering names was not going well, especially for me who doesn’t have that good of a memory.

But, even so.

Who would have thought the day would come where a poor town alchemist such as myself would utter the words “How is the condition of His Highness?”. You really don’t know what life has in store for you…..

 

 

[Ah, that’s right…. Actually, I wanted to ask master about something concerning that.] Shalltear

 

 

…. Huh??

 

 

W,W,What the hell !?!?!??

As busy as I am, don’t increase my problems!! Don’t bring me some disease that you and His Highness are worried about.!!

Shalltear is shaking while playing with her bright orange hair as if she is incredibly troubled and furrowing her brow.

Of course, she isn’t showing any of this in her face.

 

 

[Shar, that’s not good. Not good at all. You are now a full fledge Alchemist. You cannot rely on your master forever. You must solve this on your own. By doing so, you will reach even greater mysteries of Alchemy!] Granite

 

 

As I wondered what the hell are the greater mysteries of Alchemy, I was able to run away from advising someone by saying some random words.

Just then Shalltear quickly raised her head, and some tears gathered at the corners of her eyes.

…. Huh?

 

 

[Hic. I am sorry, Master…… Once again, I’ve relied on you…. 5 years ago, you saved me when I was starving to death in the slums…. Hic. Then Master gave me the name Shalltear Range, and even became my family…. Without me realizing, I have been spoiled by Master…. Hic. Being an incompetent disciple…! I am truly sorry….!] Shalltear

 

 

……Uh, I feel horrible.

Suddenly, this is too heavy…. Way too heavy!!

After hearing her words, I thought [Why did I help her?] as I reflected on that sequence of events.

So, It’s not like I saved her because I have heart overflowing with mercy, or that I sympathized with her since she was starving to death, I did it for myself.

Through and through It was only so I could live comfortably.

To be accurate, “I randomly kidnapped…., No, I scouted a kid with no problems, so I could teach them alchemy and have them support me for the rest of my life” is the reason I saved Shalltear.

To be honest, anyone would have been fine.

It just happened that the first one I laid eyes on was that little girl (at the time I couldn’t even tell the gender).

Furthermore, even the name Shalltear, when I applied at the town hall saying she was a distant relative was just for convenience sake. I didn’t have a single inkling of wanting to become her family or calming her down.

I am such a bastard that you can help but be repulsed, but that is how much I didn’t want to work.

As to why, at that time I constantly muttered “I don’t want to work. Why is that that in this world you have to work to get money? Who the hell thought up this system….? I wanted to be born as a royalty or noble who didn’t have to work and could live a life filled with debauchery.”.

Well but then who would have thought the girl I scouted from the slums would be such a find, and she would be the beginning of me living a live well beyond the means of a small-town alchemist such as myself, it is as if heaven and earth were turned on it’s head.

As I thought back on this, I had to do something about Shalltear who went from sniffling to bawling. Since I am the type of person that speaks before he thinks, I once again started spewing random words.

 

 

[Shar…, Don’t cry. You are still an amateur, BUT!! You are the sole disciple of I, Granite Range, and my one and only daughter! I, who is your master and father, shall always be by your side….  Don’t ever forget that even for a second….] Granite

 

 

I don’t know what the ”BUT” part was about, my mouth just came up with a nice way to complete this conversation. How should I put it, when it comes to Alchemy skill, Shar is already dozens of levels above me and if anyone it is I who is the amateur.

Then Shar, while wiping away her tears, listened to every word I said, even though I thought what I said didn’t hold much value. As I finished talking, Shar’s small body began to shake, then right after that she tackled me, who had been sitting so gaudily in my chair from the beginning, with tremendous force.

Ugh! I,I’m gonna die…!

Even her physical abilities, thanks to her magical circulation. Shar is pretty dangerous.

Even as a I thought that several of my ribs had broken (they hadn’t), I kept a calm face as to maintain the dignity of being a “Master”.

 

 

[Mu,Muwasteer!! Hic. I, I… I… I am truly happy that I became MMaster’s disciple… I am so happy… For MMaster’s sake I will do anything. I will do anything… … Right…, The county that doesn’t accurately gauge Masters great abilities, First I will ….] Shalltear

!?!!??

 

As I was patting her on the back, suddenly in a small voice Shar started to whisper, Dark magical essence brought on by her dark emotions started to seep from her body.

Now what’s wrong!??!?

I don’t know what’s going on, but the country has accurately gauged my abilities.

As I think about it, it seems I can never remove the mask that is being the “Great Master”, I thought about what I would say next before opening my mouth, something that is rare for me.

 

 

[R,Right Shar. Let’s get back on topic, earlier you asked if I had an idea for a new recipe. Actually, it’s just as you said. Do you mind helping me get my ideas organized?] Granite

 

 

As I said that, Shar shook as if shocked, while still clinging to me looked up.

[Y,Yes! I,I don’t know if someone such as I can be of any help, but please ask!!] Shalltear

 

 

[Um, Well then. I was thinking of a new medicine where “Salmalia grass rhizome”, “Yugrena fire stone”, and “Grendola liver” is used. Do you understand what I mean by this?] Granite
By the way I don’t understand.

Well, I just lined up whatever I thought of, you know.

 

 

[“Salmalia grass rhizome”, “Yugrena fire stone”, and “Grendola liver” … correct? That is a very weird combination…] Shalltear
As Shar slightly increased the strength she is holding me with, I flinch at what she said.

What, Is it no good? Is this one of those “you should never mix” combinations? I could feel cold sweat running down my back.
[“Salmalia grass rhizome” is a plant ingredient that has a large amount of earth magical power, as an alchemic ingredient it is exalted for having growth properties, as well as having nutritional effects. “Yugrena fire stone” if I’m not mistaken has the effect of stopping miasma from building for a short period of time in regards to magical circulation, and if ingested the blood vessels will expand to their limits inviting death, a truly dangerous poison. Or so I believe. With that combination and then adding magic power, a new effect never before seen will be born…. …W,Wait! I got it!] Shalltear

R,Really?

Halfway through I had no Idea what she was saying, but I am so happy she got it. As she looked at me with her eyes opened in surprise, I felt relief looking at Shar as she stared up at me.

Well, I hit it big believing in the excellence of my disciple.
[It can’t be, Master knew of His Highness’s “illness” from the beginning……. were you there!?! Did you foresee that I would be at a loss of what medicine to use, so you went to the trouble of thinking one up!? ] Shalltear

 

 

[Wha! Uh, Yes Yes. You are correct. Heh, it seems I still have a ways to go….huh. Even though I push for you to be independent, I just wind up helping you so easily. It seems that the previous lecture I gave you should probably be given to me. Since I am a master that can’t let go of their disciple, you being a disciple that can’t let go of their master is only to be expected. I am sorry.] Granite

 

 

[No…! There is no way…! But I, am so happy…! Just how much Master is thinking about me, of course I thought I knew… To think it was more than what I thought. I’m just so happy…! I lov… Wait, no! Um, Of course as to be expected of my Master!] Shalltear
As Shar spoke with some dried tears remaining and a beaming smile and I breathed a sigh relief as I, once again, was able to overcome a dangerous trial.
Well…, I am spent….

Compared to this, the days where I halfheartedly made some potions scrapping by day to day might have been easier….

As I felt Shar’s child-like warmth, without realizing I began to have these thoughts as if pulling the cart before the horse

….By the way, The new medicine Shar discovered “elixir “completely cured the incurable disease that was plaguing His Highness. At that time there was no way for me to know that our house would soon be moved to a mansion that doesn’t fail in comparison to a High Nobel’s residence. And the lower middle class person that is I would have his heart troubled more and more.

 

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Prologue Reincarnation 1

When I awoke I was in a space with nothing in it.
If there is no sky, then there can be no earth.
If there is no warmth, then there can be no cold.
No darkness or light. That is the kind of place I was in.

[Why am I here?]

Suddenly, such a philosophical question welled up inside me.
There as someone to answer that question.
A voice resonated inside of my head.
It was a voice that was too low to be a woman’s and yet too high to be a man’s.
That voice, which was androgynous, called itself God.

[God? Don’t fuck with me.]

At that moment, anger started to build up inside of me.

God is dead.

There is no need to even quote the words of Nietzsche, the 19th century philosopher.
From the beginning, there was no such thing as God.

 

When humanity discovered the means to treat illness by removing the cause, God wasn’t there.
When humanity spread unparalleled wars throughout history, God wasn’t there.
When humanity left earth, God wasn’t there.

In the several hundred thousand years humanity has appeared on this earth and civilization being built in the orient, during that time, where was God?

What was the transcendental being called God doing?
What did that being bring about in the world?
The answer is nothing. God brought nothing about it the world, that’s all.

God never intervened with humanity. God only ignored humanity and watched over our foolish actions.

With that kind of existence appearing out of nowhere, even if it calls itself God, I’m troubled with how to deal with it.

[God is dead. Don’t talk to me.]

As I spit out those words, the conversation didn’t end as I wanted.
The being that called itself God spoke to me.

[So you hate God. Is that right?]

[I do.]

[What exactly do you hate?]

[I hate the way you bluntly enter someone’s mind just like now.]

Besides…, as I continued.
[God killed me. I am not an idiot who would be friendly with the person that killed me.]

[Are you saying that I killed you?]

[Am I mistaken? If so, I’ll apologize.]

[There is no need to apologize.]

[Just as I thought, you did kill me.]

Before I knew it, I clicked my tongue
Memories came flooding in like a muddy stream.
Memories of being a salaryman in a country called Japan.
Memories of working like a horse.
Then the memories of collapsing at that company.
I know I didn’t die from overworking.
My health management was perfect and naturally my body was healthy.

During the medical examination I had last month, The doctor said I had the body of someone in their early 20’s. And the doctor gave my health a stamp of approval.

There is no way I would die suddenly.
Some supernatural power at work is the only thing that can explain me dying.
In reality, my guess wasn’t wrong.
On top of confirming this, the being calling itself God began to explain why he killed me.

[You who detests God, you have committed several sins.]

[Oh, What sins?]

[The seven deadly sins. {Gluttony} {Lust} {Greed} {Wrath} {Sloth} {Jealousy} {Pride}, you are a sinner that has committed all of them.]

[You may have a point.]

Gluttony. I was a gourmet. I ate what I liked as much as I liked with within the means of my income.

Lust. As much as anyone else.
But, having a wife would be troublesome, when it came to women I used money to deal with it.

Greed, there was some of that.
Being in my 30’s and having a decent position in my company was all due to my greed.

Wrath, I’ve experienced this as well.
Incompetent superiors, self-indulgent workers, I constantly detested that company that had no order.

Sloth, there was also that.
As I learned of those superiors and workers that I detested, I didn’t strive to reform the company. All I did was feel contempt and looked down on them.

Jealousy, there were also feelings like that. I remember being disgusted seeing incompetent people be given prominent positions in the company.

Pride. ——well there is no need to explain that, now is there.

In short, I am in violation of the original sins of an Arabic based monolithic religion.
So, what of it?
How many people in this world are free of sin?
The answer is zero.
There is no such person.
If there was such a person, then they wouldn’t be human.
I am a prideful person and I am aware that I am a bad person.

Compared to people who aren’t aware of their sins or people who are aware yet won’t admit their faults, I am a lot better than them.

As I concerned myself with such thoughts, an applause rang out in my head.
The one applauding was God.

[Why, are you applauding?]

[Because I think your arrogance is magnificent.]

[Well, that is an honor.]

[A normal human cannot be that arrogant. Much less after dying and in the middle of meeting with God, no one could behave in that way. Some are struck with fear, some try to curry favor, people normally fall into one of these 2 groups. In this, you have transcended these choices. Such great {Pride}.]

[Pride that has received the approval of God, huh. Then allow me to pridefully ask; God, why did you kill me? Why did you speak to me? If I am the very incarnation of Pride, then wouldn’t it have been better to drop me into Hell as is.]

[Indeed, that also isn’t a bad option. But, don’t you think that Hell would be a bit lukewarm for a man as prideful as you?]

[Now, I’ve never seen Hell before, so I don’t know.]

[Lukewarm. For a man like you, even the fires of Hell would be tepid. That’s why I have prepared another route for you.]

[Another route? Is there a place more painful then Hell?]

[There is.]

[Oh, I would love to hear what that is.]

[It’s {Reincarnation}.]

[Reincarnation?]

I scoffed as I heard those words.

[Is there something funny?]

[Of course it’s funny. While talking about the seven deadly sins of an Arabic based monolithic religion, the next thing out of your mouth is reincarnation. Anyone would laugh at that.]

Reincarnation is a Buddhist term.
…is what I declared.

[I see, you do have a point. But, even though I am a being called God, as I am unique I am not the only one. Such beings do exist together in a faraway place.]

[If a monolithic religion follower heard this, those words would throw them into a rage.]

[Yet, it is the truth. Thus I, as one of the numerous gods that exist, has decided that you should not exist in this world. I’ve decided you belong in another dimension.]

[Another Dimension?]

[Simply put, a parallel world.]

[I see, this development is just like a cheap novel.]

In recent years, it seems if you go online you will see countless stories with the events that I’m currently going through.

This is too rich. I suddenly started to laugh.
As I laughed to myself, I asked god.

[In short, I have died by your hands, and I am to be sent to another world?]

[Indeed]

[And what am I to do there?]

Am I to work like a corporate slave, as I did in Japan.
As I asked, God denied this.

[By no means, as If I would waste a genius such as yourself?]

As God said this, the next words were unexpected.

 

[I will have you become a dictator.]

 

The moment God declared this, I was enveloped in light.

This being the sign that my body and soul had completely vanished from earth is something I would only realize after I began my journey in a parallel world.

 

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