Chapter 181: Devised Decision, the Desert’s Dream

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“Next time, I am looking forward to the discussion on setting up a stall.”

“I will think about it. I do consider Lily-sama as an important customer after all. Today I don’t see the hero-sama though. Well with this, I will be taking my leave. Thank you for inviting me.”

“I will believe in those words.” (Lily)

I return the greetings of Princess Lily who went through the trouble of seeing me off at the teleport formation, and announce my departure.

From what I have seen, I don’t feel like putting a store in the Empire, but I didn’t voice out my rejection.

After giving the egg of Lancer to Grount who was rampaging and had to calm down, I returned to the capital when evening had come.

I didn’t expect a superior dragon to get angry when touching the topic of age. Because you know, they are dragons that have been living for hundreds to thousands of years, and reincarnating. In essence, they live forever, so I thought they had lost the concept of age already.

Its blaze, roar, tail, and the magic that utilized the advantageous desert terrain; she rampaged quite a lot.

After I incapacitated her, I was finally able to speak with her.

I apologized to Grount-san once again, and when I spoke with her, I learned that she is actually a dragon with an age comparable to that of an adult woman.

When living for long, their personality stops changing at some point in time depending on the person, probably.

If things like Oba-san, or Oba-chan which are related to age are not mentioned, she is actually quite the gentle one.

Regarding my studying of the dragon society Root mentioned, I thought he was referring to the Sand Sea.

Its appearance was a mystifying white desert, and that sand must have drunk quite the amount of blood from people as well, so it is some kind of stage where the history of hyumans and dragons has developed.

The other superior dragons have kindreds or people that serve them, so Root probably intended to show me those kind of things.

I wasn’t the only one who thought that his actions were of bad taste; Grount was also angry at Root.

It is great that nothing serious happened.

By the time I returned to Ruinas it was already dark, but Tomoe and Shiki had finished packing and were waiting for me. And so, we were now returning just as planned.

Tomoe and Shiki who were mimicking me by lowering their heads, lift them up the moment I lift it as well.

Now then, let’s head back.

“When you have any business, please contact Rotsgard. If there’s something our side can prepare for you, we will happily do so.” (Makoto)

“Please do give us a call. Well then, take care in your journey.” (Lily)

I couldn’t see any expectation from Princess Lily’s face.

I think she had some sort of reason when she had me meet the hero, but…Tomoki is not here right now. I just can’t read the actions of Gritonia.

They probably have some sort of complicated objective that isn’t related to defeating the demon race in the war.

When that time comes, it will be made clear.

At the very least, I slightly understand how the Empire views us, so the standing I will be taking has been decided.

In that point, I think it is a high plus for me in coming to the Empire.

Enveloped by the teleportation light, the scenery changes.

Let’s quickly move and leave Robin. If we do that, we can return to Asora without worries.

When we return to Rotsgard, next will be the place of the Demon Lord-sama huh.

I will be going to Kaleneon for a bit and meet with Rona, was it.

Tomoe knows the meeting point.

Talk about Kaleneon will definitely come, so it seems I will have to put that into order as well.

For me, that’s a desirable outcome.

Anyways, it was a tiring visit to the Empire.

I want to quickly go back and sleep.

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“I see. In that case, you don’t know what business Raidou had in going to the Sand Sea, right?”

“Sorry. He traversed through the desert at a baffling speed, so I was unable to follow him…” (Ginebia)

“I don’t think Grount will do anything, but the connections of Falz are really a mystery. To think that he is acquainted with a superior dragon. He told me that he had some business in the Sand Sea, so let Raidou do as he wishes, but for him to take such actions was outside my expectations. I have been one-upped.”

Receiving a report that the Kuzunoha Company had begun their teleportation, Lily called Ginebia to her room and asked about the details of the situation.

Even so, she only added a bit of information on top of what she had already reported when she returned. So the gist of it didn’t change much.

She lost Raidou at the desert and doesn’t know what he did after.

At the long distance, a loud sound rang out but it soon calmed down, and Raidou returned after a few hours.

Just in case, they are already trying to make contact with Grount and confirming her safety.

It was an abnormal situation.

“Tomoe and Shiki; those two followers of his were also lost from sight near the castle. The other party was not Limia or a demon race but a company, and yet, they really played us good.” (Lily)

“… Lily-sama, what do you think of them?” (Ginebia)

“The Kuzunoha Company? Right… they are an unknown factor. A bunch that I can’t tell whether they are allies or enemies. Regarding Raidou, from what Tomoki-sama says, he is a Japanese; in other words, an otherworlder.” (Lily)

“An otherworlder?! T-Then, is that person also a hero like Tomoki-sama?!” (Ginebia)

Ginebia was chanting her disbelief with an expression that didn’t hide her shock.

“It’s not sure. Tomoki-sama and Limia’s hero Hibiki appeared after receiving an oracle from the Goddess. But there have been several number of otherworlders that were not the case as well.” (Lily)

“This is the first I have heard of this. To think that there were people like that.” (Ginebia)

“Lorel has been hiding them from the foreign countries after all. It seems like they have taken in their customs you know? Have you heard about the Wise?” (Lily)

“Wise? If I remember correctly, it is a special rank in Lorel for people that possess special knowledge.” (Ginebia)

“Is how the foreign countries take it. In reality, it is Lorel giving special privileges to the otherworlders. That’s a Wise. Right now there’s not a single one, but there have been descendants from them, and that special knowledge is made as knowledge unique of that country.” (Lily)

“…”

“Anyways, Ginebia, good work today. You can leave now. Get a good rest.” (Lily)

“Understood… Excuse—” (Ginebia)

“Ah, you can’t go to Tomoki-sama’s place today either, got it? Please let him be alone for now.” (Lily)

“?!! U-Understood.” (Ginebia)

Seeing off Ginebia, the smile of Lily’s face was erased.

She was able to call Raidou and central people of the company to the Empire, but the objective they were aiming for was practically a blank.

For her, this is not a pleasant result.

Lily didn’t think that with just this conversation she would be able to take in Kuzunoha Company. But even so, she wanted to get information about them, and if possible, she wanted to attract at least one store from Kuzunoha Company into their Empire.

If she could make them place a store, they would be able to analyze the products, and it would make it easier to make contact with them.

To go to Rotsgard every time there’s business is something not that desirable for Lily. Also, currently the chances are low, but if Raidou closes the store in Rotsgard, they would have to go to Tsige which is an outrageously remote region.

They may pick up when contacting them, but it is certain that it will be inconvenient.

(The most that was accomplished was… Tomoki meeting with Raidou huh. In that point, it resulted just as planned, and the part about Raidou being an otherworlder was unexpected, but a favorable result. Otherworlder. Even so, I don’t feel the power of the Goddess from Raidou. It might be related to why he is not a hero.) (Lily)

In this occasion, Lily learned that Raidou was an otherworlder, a Japanese.

That forced deduction of Tomoki that was almost like a false accusation was easily proved right by Raidou himself.

(An unsightly appearance uncharacteristic of hyumans, and he is not a demi-human. Tomoki probably said this haphazardly with this as basis, and yet… I see, that his close aides were not flustered by this, it is possible that this may be a lie. It is certainly true that there’s few plusses in revealing his own background at that moment. Tomoe and Shiki have quite the sharp minds after all. But…is there a merit in lying about being Japanese? If his relationship with Tomoki is just as I predicted, then it is safe to assume that Raidou has no will to be taken into the Empire.) (Lily)

“Fuh…”

A small breath leaked out from Lily’s mouth.

Walking, she had left her room, and was now heading to the room of Tomoki.

After the talk with Raidou, Tomoki had shut into his room and was alone without even taking his meals.

Because he himself wished to do so, his party members were unable to enter, and Lily also prohibited it.

(First I have to confirm with Tomoki huh. And with that, I will know what Raidou did. I might also be able to tell the depth of his power.) (Lily)

*Knock* *knock*

After a gentle knock, Lily confirmed that there was no reaction.

“… Tomoki-sama, it is Lily. The Kuzunoha Company has left. Please tell me about what happened the other day.” (Lily)

“Lily, right now I can’t meet you. Please let me stay alone for a bit, just a bit more.” (Tomoki)

A weak voice.

“Just what in the world happened? They are guests I invited. If Raidou did something, that is my sin as well. Tomoki-sama, I implore you, please let me into the room.” (Lily)

After that, Lily flattered Tomoki and thoroughly comforted him.

That state of self-depreciation from Tomoki is a state that Lily is familiar in dealing with.

After a while passed, the door that silently opened was proof of her expertise.

“… Please enter, Lily.” (Tomoki)

“Tomoki-sama… just what in the world happened? Being this depressed!” (Lily)

Changing her Noh mask expression into one on the verge of crying, Lily shows Tomoki worry with her whole body.

Entering the room, Lily sits beside Tomoki who is sitting at the bed. She kindly listened to the story between Raidou and Tomoki while giving signs of comprehension.

Being attacked by surprise, he tried to fight back, but being unable to, he received his threats and violence, is what Tomoki said. That he was unable to obtain Tomoe.

(Tomoki says this. In that case, not only did the valkyries not pose any threat, Tomoki himself was completely defeated by Raidou. The attack that made Sofia retreat can’t be used indoors, and his combat equipment was at its minimum at that moment, so it can be one of the reasons. Just that, Raidou himself didn’t seem to have anything resembling a weapon. Maybe he is a magician, or it might be that he has trained as a warrior. From what I hear of Tomoki, it might be reasonable to consider that it can be both of them. A magician with a trained body huh. A troublesome type. Also, even if he wasn’t at his best, to be able to overwhelm Tomoki, he is a more troublesome existence than I originally thought.) (Lily)

Lily analyzes Raidou from the story of Tomoki while chipping off the dramatized parts.

Contrary to her action of holding Tomoki’s hand gently, her mind was cold and composed.

(Adding to that, he has Tomoe, Shiki and Mio. His three close aides have out-of-boundaries strength. If only they had the thought of slaughtering the demon race, it is at a level that I would want to abandon this thing and change it for him. Is it because my patronage is weak? No, that’s not it. I don’t think that Hibiki will move according to my plans at all, and looking at Raidou’s behavior towards demi-humans, my hopes of pulling him in are thin. Doing war is actually the best situation. Because we can go around killing without any hesitation after all.) (Lily)

Lily was thinking about pulling in Hibiki or Raidou, but she soon erased that thought from her mind.

Even if it’s possible, it would still be an hindrance in her own plans.

“Tomoki-sama, Raidou is the owner of frightening power, right? What should we do? Should we try pulling him into being our comrade? If Tomoki-sama so wishes, I…” (Lily)

“That guy Makoto… are you telling me to lower my head to him?” (Tomoki)

“… It is only for your sake, Tomoki-sama. If he turns into an enemy, it might turn everything into a mess. If it is okay, Ginebia, Yukinatsu, Mora, and I can endure a bit of the burden.” (Lily)

She doesn’t know if Raidou wishes for women.

No, since he directly spoke with Tomoki, she understood that the chances of that are low.

If she were to think about it calmly.

“Lily…” (Tomoki)

“Also, if we bring Kuzunoha Company to our side, as a result, Tomoe will be brought to our side as well. It will also grant your wish.” (Lily)

“Tomoe!” (Tomoki)

“Yes. Then, I will quickly send a subordinate to—” (Lily)

“You can’t!!” (Tomoki)

Tomoki shouts at Lily who was about to stand up.

“Tomoki-sama?” (Lily)

(Right. There’s no way you would be able to stomach something like that. As a hero, you wouldn’t be able to stomach the existence of Raidou. If it’s Hibiki, it would be possible to do it with a smile though.) (Lily)

Lily laughs from within.

Tomoki who can’t stomach having someone above him, would never be able to allow Raidou to ‘come’ to the Empire.

Then, what should she do?

That’s Lily’s objective.

Using Raidou, she will lead Tomoki into reaching a decision he once hesitated to take.

For the current Tomoki, this will probably look like the web of a spider suspending in hell, is what Lily imagines.

And that image was not that far from the truth.

“I don’t need someone like that. I am a hero. I will bring down the demons and the Demon Lord; an existence that reigns over the world. It doesn’t matter if he is Japanese as well. Like hell I will rely on that guy.” (Tomoki)

The hero’s duty-or at least that’s the title the Goddess has given to them-was to defeat the demon race, that’s all.

The last part about reigning was something that Lily had taken her time to imprint in Tomoki’s mind.

“… But he is strong. At this rate, he might become an obstacle.” (Lily)

After this, she only needs to slowly lead him into it.

Lily was calmly leading him into a decision.

“Then I just have to get stronger. Right, there’s no need to hesitate huh. That’s all there’s to it.” (Tomoki)

“No way. Tomoki-sama is even using that power that chips away your very life to fight against the demon race. Just what other kind of power are you aiming to have in that body of yours?” (Lily)

The new power that Tomoki obtained.

Lily heard that this is a powerful magic that can defeat in one hit the person considered the peak of this world, the Dragon Slayer.

It has quite a large range, and without any decay in strength, it activates at its highest output; a shining flame. Moreover, if by chance the target survives, it will inflict a special poison. In a war, it is a power that is scarily effective.

It has the price of chipping off Tomoki’s life, so it is something that can’t be abused, but Lily is sure that he would be able to use it without hesitating when in need.

For Lily, this new power of Tomoki gave her incredible joy. But because of this reason, she was troubled by the possibility of Tomoki obtaining a new power. No, accurately speaking, she was scared of the risk that comes from the acquisition of a new power.

He has obtained a spell that shaves off his own life, so she is most likely scared of the possibility of gaining another power that might affect his life.

“Lily, about what you said before leaving to Rotsgard, you can still prepare it, right?” (Tomoki)

“… Tomoki-sama, that’s poisonous to the body. It is something involved with the Empire’s research team that does body modification to go against the demon race. I think that there’s no need for Tomoki-sama now that you have obtained such a splendid power.” (Lily)

“No. In the end, even my charm was useless with Tomoe. But… if it’s not enough, I just need to increase it. She is a dragon. Then if I get a dragon element in me like Mora and make it one with my power, I will be able to obtain a charm power that even she can’t go against! Also, if I obtain the aptitude for more powers, it will also affect my attack power. Any elements that will make me stronger, place them all in me!” (Tomoki)

“Tomoki-sama, you can’t! Even if you defeat the demon race, what would be the point if you don’t have life remaining by the time you will reign? Please take care of your life.” (Lily)

“… I will win. At the war and everything else. If it doesn’t end in my complete win, there’s no point. I don’t want to live by lying to myself anymore. I…will do whatever I wish and live without any regrets! I will crush Raidou and the demon race. I will make Tomoe mine. Like hell I will give up!! Lily, if you are not going to cooperate, I will do that method even if it’s without you. I will definitely reach it!!” (Tomoki)

The eyes of Tomoki were filled with a dangerous light.

“For you to be…this cornered…” (Lily)

Lily faces away and trembles as if overcome with emotion.

“Please. I know it is conceited of me after rejecting it once already, BUT please lend me your strength! I wish for power. This is the first time I have tried so hard. I don’t want to give up!!” (Tomoki)

“…”

“Lily!” (Tomoki)

“Under…stood. Please rest for today. I will do the preparations.” (Lily)

“Thanks! Thanks, Lily!” (Tomoki)

“If you feel anything out of order in your body, definitely tell me please. Okay?” (Lily)

“Got it. I will show you that I can definitely bring victory to the Empire!!” (Tomoki)

“I will be waiting for that day with my whole heart. Well then, please rest Tomoki-sama.” (Lily)

Receiving the words of Tomoki with her back, the princess that had an expression as if resolving herself to a heavy decision, turned around and lowered her head.

A while after she left his room, Lily returns to her own room with her grave expression still plastered on her face as she walks the corridor.

The state of the princess that showed it was not a trivial matter had spread through the castle, and it created several speculations.

And then, when she returned to her own room which she had security increased around, and threw herself to her canopy bed facing up.

Covering her eyes with her right arm, her mouth crooked into a smile.

“Kufufufu… ahahaha!! Just how gullible can he be?! Even if we win the war, Tomoki has already lost his peace and his time for enjoyment. Good job cutting his last remnant of hesitation. Raidou, thank you. If I just bring out your name, the Tomoki from now on will thoroughly desire power. You have done at least this much, ufufu.” (Lily)

The monologue of the laughing princess continued.

More power to Tomoki.

More pain to the demon race.

A big fire will fall upon this time of war.

As if charmed by Tomoki- no- charmed by war, the princess repeats her crazed laughter.

“… Really, an ideal hero. We were really destined to meet each other, Tomoki. It is not Raidou or Hibiki but you who will be the hero that grants my wish. That’s how it is… that’s how it is, right Goddess?” (Lily)

Just once, she whispered coldly with blank eyes as she gazes at the distance.

After that, she continued her loud laughter for a while, and in time, she had gone to sleep.

◇◆◇◆ Makoto’s Dream ◇◆◇◆

<Two Makotos will be showing up. But you are already acquainted with this anyways.>

Uhmm…

A desert huh.

I certainly did go to a desert today.

Returning to Asora with Tomoe and Shiki, I received a report about the Empire’s hyuman body experimentation and its use in war, information about the Valkyries, and also about the research of guns.  

I did ask them to investigate the atmosphere of the city, but the two of them really did get quite the deep information there.

There was one point that was in my mind.

The guns.

Princess Lily who had heard about this concept from Tomoki was zeal in recreating them.

Just that she was unable to solve the problem of spontaneous discharges and its size. In the end, the result was that they were able to recreate a handgun and rifle that Tomoki knows of,  which requires a high amount of magic power. It couldn’t properly shoot a metallic bullet.

If we take it from a different perspective, a somewhat skillful magician would be able to utilize this weapon for self-protection.

The cost doesn’t match its performance and its usage in real scenarios is still low. Or more like, it just turned in a rare weapon.

Tomoe said that there’s practically nothing to expect from its combat performance in the future.

From the victims of the spontaneous discharges, she set her sight on gunpowder and has changed her plan into utilizing them as bombs and its utilization.

In this world they can use magic power to increase its power, but it is a tool that can be used even by normal soldiers and civilians. At the current state, it is actually taking form.

She is truly tenacious.

Explosives and hyumans.

I don’t think that’s a good combination.

If you ask me which one I think is more dangerous between guns and explosives, it’s something I can’t judge yet.

But well, this is just my impression from the report I received about the Empire.

—-

Right now, I am looking at a desert.

It is not the white sand sea.

I was sleeping at Asora after all.

I see.

In other words, this is a dream huh.

This time it is a quarter-view huh. How complex.

“Even in this world, the moon of the desert is beautiful. What do you think?”

A voice.

Low and masculine.

It sounded like the voice of a man at the prime of his life.

“Hah… is that something you should say at this moment, Makoto?”

Makoto?

Does that mean, it is me?

?!!!!

Eeeeh?!

When I follow the voice and look, there were two shadows at the desert’s night.

“Is it because it doesn’t compare to the one of the White Desert? It is sad to say but, I haven’t gone to the deserts of Earth. It is certainly true that someone like me shouldn’t be saying this huh.” (Manly Makoto(lol))

… A beard.

My wording of ‘boku’ has turned into ‘ore’, and I have a beard.

This… just who is this Raidou-san?

“Are you an idiot? This is a desert you created yourself. That’s why I am telling you what in the world you are saying.”

“No matter who has created it, a desert is a desert, right? Tomoki.” (Makotwo)

Tomoki.

Ah, certainly.

It is Tomoki.

There’s plenty resemblance.

Yeah.

“You go talking about people being crazy, but you know, you are the one that is the craziest. Would you normally go changing a country into a desert? And with only one hit of a magic spell.” (Tomoki)

“Tomoki, didn’t you also use a spell that copies nuclear bombs? I think that’s also inhumane you know. It is plenty into the madness territory.” (Makotwo)

“Don’t put me in your same level. Mine has a demerit of shaving my own life, and I use it with the objective of instilling fear in my opponents. If they surrender with that one attack, it is possible to avoid needless deaths in the war.” (Tomoki)

“…That’s your way of putting it. That power of yours was unnecessarily accelerated by the madness of Lily. And that…has made it impossible to return everything to how it originally was.” (Makotwo)

Things about nukes and creating deserts, what a dangerous conversation.

It was like that at the last dream where senpai appeared, but these dreams are way too violent.

I…do I have a dangerous ideology?

Maybe I just haven’t noticed it yet. Am I tired?

“Can’t return? Hyumans had to destroy the demon race. Because Hibiki died an early death, the weight of it all came onto Gritonia. If you are wailing about the acceleration of the war, go blaming that incompetent Hibiki.” (Tomoki)

“Senpai huh. That person too, if you or I were to go help her, there was a chance she would have been saved. We could have avoided her dying helplessly against Io.” (Makotwo)

“Stop the ‘if’ talk. At that time, we had to increase the defense of our own country. This was Lily’s decision as well. Also, don’t go assuming things. If I hadn’t picked your dying self from the border of the world, you wouldn’t even be existing right now, you know?” (Tomoki)

“You really bring out quite the old talk. About that case, I am actually grateful you know. Travelling through that desert for more than one week, I who was prepared for death, was given shelter by you guys. Looking back, I might have been happier if I just died at that time though.” (Makotwo)

“Keh. And yet, you did quite the big thing. What’s with this? Is this how you repay your benefactors?!” (Tomoki)

“It’s not like I went against your orders, right? This was Lily’s will. That’s why I haven’t gone against you until now. That’s if you didn’t give me any orders that would bring me harm, that is.” (Makotwo)

“… ‘Obtain Lorel’, is what I told you though?” (Tomoki)

“That’s why, I accomplished such an order that makes one question the sanity of it, and obtained it, right? This is Lorel. Do whatever you want with it. The people, history, knowledge; everything into dust. No, I turned it into sand, but this is without doubt Lorel Union.” (Makotwo)

“What happened to the Valkyries that were with you?” (Tomoki)

“Sadly, they became sacrifices.” (Makotwo)

“So you killed them?” (Tomoki)

“What a bad accusation. They were just dragged into the plan and died, that’s all.” (Makotwo)

I-Incredible.

From their conversation just now, this desert is all Lorel Union?

And this is something I did with some sort of magic spell?

That me in the other dream clearly used Sakai in a different way than me. No, even if I say that the person there was me, it still feels incredibly weird.

“What about Yukinatsu who infiltrated first?” (Tomoki)

“Who knows. If she escaped, she should be somewhere; if she couldn’t escape, she died. In wars, people die. Enemies and allies alike.” (Makotwo)

“Even so, there’s no war where it is fine for allies to shoot the back of allies.” (Tomoki)

“Hoh… These are not the words I expected to hear from the man that killed all the emperor candidates and the parties that supported them, and turned into the next emperor.” (Makotwo)

“The emperor candidates and the ones following them were the minority though!” (Tomoki)

“You had already charmed almost all the other people after all. The people that remained were the loyal retainers that weren’t bewildered by it. That charm of yours won’t make what you did right.” (Makotwo)

“… The citizens, bureaucrats, and the army as well; they were wishing for my enthronement.” (Tomoki)

“That’s also the charm. I don’t know why you made me increase the power of that charm and why you depended on it.” (Makotwo)

“… What did you say?” (Tomoki)

Uh.

What this me just said… I actually think the same way.

Why is this guy so stuck into charm?

This may be a dream, but the Tomoki that I met at the Empire was also dependant on it and seemed to be using it frequently.

“Instilling others to have a good opinion of you. That means you are dyeing others into your own colors.” (Makotwo)

“And what about it? What’s wrong with it? Using one’s own charm as weapon is not really something strange.” (Tomoki)

“This is not charm, you are charming them. To plant your own will into others. Putting it in another way, you are just mass producing people that follow your own image. Forcefully instilling deep affection into the minds of others, you make them your slaves. Someone narcissistic like you probably doesn’t pay it any mind, but from my point of view, this is not mutual understanding but masturbation.” (Makotwo)

“Y-You!!” (Tomoki)

“I won’t say that Hibiki-senpai’s charisma is any different from your charm. If I had to talk about personal relationships, the two are practically the same after all. But you grew too dependant of it. As a result, in the Empire there’s only you and your puppets. It became a country of zombies.” (Makotwo)

“Shut up…If I didn’t do that, people like you and Hibiki would be sprouting everywhere!!” (Tomoki)

“So you don’t need people that go against your will huh. I see. My olden question has been answered.” (Makotwo)

“… Talking all high-and-mighty. Then what about you? Lily, she was also one of my slaves. The first woman I turned into a slave. And you who were attached to her and turned a country into sand, what about you? Try saying something!” (Tomoki)

I-Is this a flow where I am in love with Princess Lily?

No, this me?

What a fantasy-filled development.

“Lily was not caught in your charm at all. Even in her dying breath.” (Makotwo)

“… What?” (Tomoki)

“She was only using your power. In the time of the Goddess’ silence, Lily had lost her mother. Unable to eliminate that sadness, unable to accept that reality, she had lived in the political world just like that. Those warped feelings must have made her view the existence of a hero as amusing. The Goddess that goes silent or saves hyumans at a whim, the Goddess that didn’t save her parents. A hero that was given so late. That’s you, Tomoki. Lily was wringing you, using you to slaughter the demon race, and then was trying to turn a mess of the Empire that let her parents die. No, in essence, it was fulfilled huh.” (Makotwo)

“Wring me out? Lily was? You… Makoto, what in the hell are you saying?” (Tomoki)

“If I had met Lily, if I had met her earlier than you, it might not have led her into such a road of madness and sadness. A stupid decision from indecisiveness that led to her death. I can’t lament it enough.” (Makotwo)

“So you go venting on me huh. In the end, you are just getting chained by the past, and completely ignoring the present and the future it will bring!! If you had such power, you would have been able to finish the war a lot more simply. Something like Lily, if you didn’t mind used goods, I wouldn’t have minded giving her to you if you just grovelled.” (Tomoki)

“… Can’t be helped. The moment I noticed my power was when I killed the Demon Lord after all.” (Makotwo)

“…Ah?” (Tomoki)

!!!

Killed the Demon Lord?!

I don’t think this way.

I don’t hold any affection for the princess, and I don’t have any intentions of killing the Demon Lord.

I am not thinking about any of these at all!!

Princess Lily is indeed an older and beautiful girl, and is slightly to my taste but!

“At that moment, I craved power for the first time. While you were pathetically lying down on the floor. The awakening that resulted from this, was neither a grateful thing nor a good timing at all. Because it was already all too late. Just like what you said, I am venting on you, and while at it, picking a fight on that trash Goddess. That’s the only thing I could think of.” (Makotwo)

“The Demon Lord…was killed by me with that spell…” (Tomoki)

“You only made the Demon Lord get serious. While you were comfortably sleeping, I killed them. The Demon Lord, and the demon race as well. And, I will be killing you now.” (Makotwo)

“What are you saying…” (Tomoki)

“If I do that, the Goddess will also come out. If she doesn’t, I will just have to create one or two more deserts. It is like increasing the size of the World’s Border. I wonder how long will that Goddess stay silent for. Looking forward to seeing that.” (Makotwo)

“This world finally finished its battle you know?! Isn’t it natural to create peace from now on?! You, did you go completely insane?!” (Tomoki)

“Having peace after a war, who decided that? Once war is over, another war will occur. Those kind of cases happen too.” (Makotwo)

“…Seriously, I shouldn’t have saved you at that time. Understood, I will be bringing you to hell here. Let me tell you, your spell won’t work on me. It will be one sided, but don’t complain.” (Tomoki)

“While it is night, right? Your immortality is also a power that the Goddess gave you. I don’t care. I will be killing you until morning. Go to the netherworld as the sun rises.” (Makotwo)

Hey hey hey, is it turning into a fight?

But how will this me be fighting? I have a slight interest in it.

Because he has an attack that can create a desert.

Also, I am interested in the sword he has in his hand.

I don’t have any knowledge in swords. But does this me have? If he does, just what kind of sword style will he swing with?

I want to see.

I want to overwatch this.

The previous dream had ended in the middle but this time…

Eh.

What.

My vision is fading.

The two fighting are growing distant.

A change of vision as if being lifted up.

The desert steadily shows a full picture. Ah…

“… Damn it, as expected, a dream. It is a dream I don’t see at the Empire or at Rotsgard though.” (Makoto)

I silently open my eyes in my sleeping face-up position.

“But I had turned into quite the stern-looking old man. He was even saying ‘ore’. As usual, Tomoe and the others were nowhere in sight.” (Makoto)

Also, I was in the wastelands for more than one week, was it?

If I were to totter that much, I certainly could die.

That time I was thrown into the borders, depending on where I stepped into, I might have ended up that way as well.

My back feels chilly just thinking about it.

“Since making archery a habit in Asora, this happened. I know that this is not a precognitive dream, but it leaves a bad aftertaste.” (Makoto)

I can’t go back to sleep, so while thinking that using the bow might not be a bad idea, I was somehow able to get up but couldn’t get in the mood.

I forcefully wrap myself in my blanket and closed my eyes to the dream funnel.

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404 thoughts on “Chapter 181: Devised Decision, the Desert’s Dream

  1. Damn this chapter was really fucking good, brought a bit of respect to lily, trashmoki is still delusional trash and let me see a new alter mako(makotwo) to solidify what could have been. Though i feel pity for these au makotos i still think they are pretty badass.
    ‘I’ll be killing you until morning’
    That line gave me shivers overall good chapt and good job

    P.S a chapt EVERY 3 DAYS, love u reigo-chan for this, dont work too hard though, need u healthy for more chapts 😉

    P.S.S dear god getting to the comment section to write replays on mobile was hard….it was like reading another chapt with all the intersting comments here, love u ppl

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    1. I kow how you feel, I spend more time reading the coment that I do reading the chapter, I think that aside for the fast rate of traslation thats what I like more in this page.

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      1. Well is there are sometimes a difference in a WN and a LN.
        Sometimes the LN is far more…..what’s the word for it…….ahhh “solid” in a meaning.
        It sometimes change the over-all plot of the story. One example of this is the LN of “OVERLORD” which is completly different from the WN where its like a gag-com.
        But sometimes the WN is better but that depends on your own views.

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    1. I believe that the presents that the other gods gave him, with the prerequisite of meeting the heroes, is that he will have dreams of what will happen if he continues the relationship with says hero, pushing him in the path of Godhood. Please someone correct me if I am wrong.

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      1. I don t think so its a diffrent road that would have happened if he made other choices if he didn t ema and still go on walking in desert and was picked up by the hero

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      2. He’s having dreams about alternate universes, the ones that have pretty much gone to ruin already.

        Begin dream explaination

        The last one, i dont quite know what the setting for that one was (gotta reread it). But this chapter was him if he was never found by ema and instead tomoki found him and they nursed him back at the empire. He would have became aquaintences with tomoki amping his charm to effect the whole empire, he fell in love with lily. However he did not realize the power of his sekai so he used a sword it seemed.
        Looks like lily and hibiki would have both died in the demon’s two prong attack(instead of him saving everyone) and he went off to fight the demon lord with tomoki.
        The would defeat the demon lord but only after tomoki uses his final explosion ability and makoto awakens to his sekai. After that tomoki would become emporer(with makoto’s help) believing that he killed the demon lord in the explosion. Somewhere along the line makoto starts to blame the goddess for everything that happens and begins to take things out on her world until she appears (desertfying cities) he even planned to kill tomoki there so that she would come out of hiding and he could kill her.

        End of dream explanation

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      3. One addendum.
        Makoto and Tomoki are both old here, so Lily and the Demon Lord’s death could be future events from this timeline’s perspective.
        Hibiki probably died at that time though.

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      4. Hibiki dead happened much earlier, the read from demon possible the cause since Makoto mentioned Io attack as for Lily dead I doubt about it happened in that two pronged attacks since she didn’t found any need to go to rosgardt to scout talented individuals (cause Makoto never become teacher here) from how Makoto talked it possibility Lily dead going crazy because the experiment or died when they raided Maou castle after all Lily goal at this point only one to take revenge to the world itself who take her mother life away

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      5. @mcdex : did you read properly or misunderstand ? susanoo and the other didn’t detroy the alternate world, shiva (oldman god) only say something like ”i hope he can be any help in erasing the alternate world posibility” not exactly say that but alike, because athena also say the world that ruined by god is sad.

        @psychronia : lol it is clearly a future event but not for the current makoto(story with tomoe and company) it is clear an alternate when he was abbandoned in wasteland and picked by tomoki, which is diferent from the current story he is in now.

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      6. That comment was when there were a lot chapters for me to read. Thanks for the rectification, but please, enough with the “stoning the ignorant” unwritten policy. Peace.

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      7. @kagami73

        “「It’s like a hammer and chisel, isn’t it. If the humans stimulate his potential even a little, Makoto will drive it in and open it. Disposing of the countless parallel worlds expanded by the two humans was truly troublesome. Makoto’s acceleration of the process played no small part in it, either.」(Daikokuten)

        「The cleanup after that disposal work. You told Makoto that you’re giving him a gift but you’re planning to have Makoto to do it, aren’t you, old man? Payback for being made to do such troublesome work?」(Susanoo)”

        Are you sure you aren’t the one who misread/misunderstood? Shiva and Susanoo were clearly talking about removing parallel worlds that popped out due to the two heroes’ actions and interference with the world and with Makoto also playing a part in increasing that load since he’s basically affecting the whole world now. The gift that’s mentioned is likely related to these dreams since Shiva is shown to be holding a grudge and is basically having Makoto do a clean up of the rest of the mess, whatever they may be.

        The part where they’re talking about a world being destroyed due to a god’s interference is not until the very last paragraphs of the chapter and is talking about the world possibly leading to ruin if bug keeps on acting the way she is.

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    1. What do you mean? There is a new side stories? I didn’t see that, I only know side story 1 and 2 and while Lighnovelbastion said he will pick up, he has still not released any.

      Also I excepted Makoto to be forced/accidentally killed the dragon (she was going to suicide) and Makoto would have to raise the 5 dragons (Lancer, Shadow, Fire, Sand and Water) by himself. Plus it would be fun to rise the power of Makoto faction even further. (So now, everybody from Asora has 6 dragon blessings, 2 more than Sofia.)

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      1. Spoiler-sans…..

        Well, I read the spanish SS-s with google translate. It seems that the greek gods were using Tsuki-god’s automated system for their office work, and almost rioted when they found out he was MIA. Tsukiyomi is a super-salaryman of the Gods???

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      2. All the gods will try to revive Tsukuyomi, Amaterasu approved it to get less work.
        Poseidon gave the idea. (Tsukoyomi is very appreciated by all for his automated systems)
        It seems that Susano and other gods talked with Tsukoyomi in the dream´s world (I think is called Takamagahara).
        That page had many spelling mistakes.
        Even me, who speak spanish, I did not understand much

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      3. Se lo que quieres decir, realmente le agradesco por lo que hiso, pero realmente necesita trabajar en sus conjugaciones y buscarse a alguien que le ayude a editar. Pero estoy seguo que solo van a mejorar las traducciones.

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    1. If he reliabls what is happening is a possibility for the future, study and gather information from it( as everything that happened in the dream are all true, the post events) then he can prevent that future from happening.

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  2. i wonder if these possibilities would end up meeting each other. since y’know, “the only way to defeat a monster is use a same kind of monster”

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  3. This chapter went real dark within sentences..

    Anyways, would really like to see Tomiki be destroyed again upon learning that Tomoe is on a Contract with Makoto~

    Also, where the heck is the fight scene of Makoto with Grount? I was actually expecting that to show in this chapter.

    Finally, thanks for the chapter

    PS Loved the dream sequence, seeing the theories that it provides a lot of insight into the future(?) or an alternate reality(?)

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    1. Well, when you think about it, something like a misunderstanding and tangle with an ok-strong dragon, is not something important to Makoto. He did get the misunderstanding fixed, after all.

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  4. Here’s my conclusion:
    What makoto sees is a his life’s timeline where everylife of his has a different storyline,just like the first dream,makoto is the one that kills the hero’s,second he was found in the border by the empire and attached to lily.
    I think in some of his timelines he didnt create asora or met Tomoe,Mio and Shiki.In his present time this makoto now,is obtaining a bit of each makoto’s timeline memories….

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    1. dream series makes people reread the story as
      Ilum survived because Mio didnt messes with him yet Raidou still powerful enough to save Hibiki party without getting himself cornered by Sophia
      so he came to kill goddess by cook Hibiki with microwave

      2nd dream, Goddess didnt throw him because he were already support a hero team => Hibiki died
      Lily became the first beauty that he met as the only one not controlled by charm so he fell inlove and became her HolyGodFather of All Bomb
      so he decided to HGFoAB Tomoki to die to kill Goddess

      so … even without Asora, Raidou can still raise his power hight enough to kill Sophia at the suprice attack then murder the hero party before kill goddess

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      1. Hahaha thanks for the share….
        Sorry its really troublesome to type it down the dream series…..thanks anyway…

        I also think that if he’s present timeline there is Tomoe,Mio and shiki also asora….unlike the others…maybe…

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  5. “While it is night, right? Your immortality is also a power that the Goddess gave you. I don’t care. I will be killing you until morning. Go to the netherworld as the sun rises.”

    Did Makoto just obtain intel on Kuso-moki’s powers? Yes! Yes he did!

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  6. Thanks for the chapter!! I don’t know wether somebody have mentioned this or not. But can you change the comment section into disqus? I think it’s more convenient and easy to use imo.
    Anyway i’m just glad that you are back. Wish that money would grow on tree so that i can donate you everyday to make it a daily update lol.

    Also, what will the happen to the side stories? Is there anynews of someone tl it?

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    1. I kind of prefer this system though. Discus annoys me for some reason.

      I think it’s that a single comment + replies can cause all other comments to need to load, and it takes way too long to read through them all.

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      1. I don’t mind the current system either, though I would have liked it better if you could have more levels of nested comments.

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  7. regardless the alternate universe that shitty tomoki did not learn anything after the beating. maybe makoto should have leave his injury and make him reflected for a longer time.

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  8. Thanks for the Chapter!

    Damn, Makotwo is bad-ass!… And insane!

    The good part is that the real Makoto got a huge source of spoilers from his dreams, he now knows Lily’s plan, back-story and Trashmoki’s nuke ability.

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  9. Makotwo answered a question I had since the Hero summoning : “I won’t say that Hibiki-senpai’s charisma is any different from your charm. If I had to talk about personal relationships, the two are practically the same after all. But you grew too dependant of it.”
    I knew it her charisma is the type that makes a somewhat charismatic person into a protagonist, armor plot more or less.

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    1. So that’s why Hoplace guy was good when he was with Hibiki and turned into a douche when he left her side.
      But Hibiki doesn’t know about this power right?

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      1. The hoplace guy was drugged by the demons while he was distraught over love. Makoto thought he was planning to do something bad to the girl, so he basically spent all his time unknowingly co*kblocking him. It was kinda sad when everything was revealed. Even though someone in story wondered why he didn’t just send a letter.

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      2. Its something similar to Tomoki’s charm but in a different vector, Tomoki enslaves while Hibiki is turning into either Saint or Messiah thanks to her “aura”.”Plot armor” is the best explanation I can think right now, unless she says something outrageous nobody will doubt her.

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  10. Awww… now I feel like I want lily to be saved by makoto saying a cool line like:

    “Stop, Lily. I’ve seen how this will end”

    Then throws a memory crystal rolling towards her.

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    1. And it turns out to be the wrong memory crystal. He meant to give her the one with memories of her Bad End’s, instead he gave her the one of that one dream where he was just an OP pervert, and the crystal shows Makoto secretly observing Lily while she eats, bathes, sleeps, and how the OP Pervert him secretly steals her underwear and adds it to his collection in Asora.

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  11. I’m guessing in the first dream, he sided with Hibiki but never met his current 3 servants(shin, spider and lich), then regretted it and became a psycho killer who hates hyumanity. And in this desert dream, he sided with Tomoki and similar shit happens when he finds out how fucked up the empire is.

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    1. Well either he was alone and that made him darker/evil or they died because of the goddess and now Makoto seeks revenge in the first dream.
      I guess that in the second one he either still hates that bug for almost killing him in the wasteland (though it was already many years ago) or she did something stupid again to Makoto to make him want to kill her again.

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      1. I think in Makotwo’s case, it was Lily who caused him to pick the fight. He didn’t have any good impressions of her to begin with, but Lily actually hates Bug so much she’s somewhat insane.

        The dream implies Mankoto (lol) was pretty attached to Lily and lamented her death, so he’s trying to fight the Bug since there’s nothing else he can do.

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      2. In the second dream it appears that he had fallen in love with Lily who seemed to resent the bug for one reason or another so it’s also possible that Makotwo took on Lily’s revenge as well.

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      3. To be honest, I’m not sure I trust master manipulator and functionally insane Lily to actually love someone, even someone like Makoto. It’s actually a nice thought, personally, but I think it’s at least equally likely that Lily was leading Mankoto by the nose too.

        Regarding knowing her past…well, it’s not like it’s a particularly hidden event that Lily’s mother died that way, is it? The dream made Mankoto’s feelings towards her fairly explicit, so I feel like he’d be able to piece the truth together much more easily than Tomoki, who’s too self-centered to even understand people he charms are just pieces of himself.

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      4. Well lets just go ride and say she was in love with makoto since makoto was attach to lilly even when he knew her true personality right? Not even the kings knows that part about her.

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  12. thanks for the chapter!

    “After that, she continued her loud laughter for a while, and in time, she had gone to sleep.”
    remember kids, 10min of evil laught before going to sleep keep the doctor away! (be warned: may attract cops)

    and another proof that makoto is fucked up

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    1. I think its more like that he too has the capability to go to the wrong path not only the other heroes. He just has way more power than them so he can create a lot more desruction.

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  13. Now everthing is clear like what i said before in the previews chapter the 1st dream if mio dint erase completely the mutant knight makoto will be the one killing it along with Hibiki and priestess-chan with a microwave attack and now this 2nd dream if makoto dint meet ema and save his clan he will become a super villain who wants to kill the Goddess and all beings along with Princess Lily help who also hates the world and the Goddess. Meaning to say this that Makoto has the Power of Choice reminding him if he dint choose the good option destruction and slaugther will be the end result. What a nasty power i say that.!

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  14. Is there is a possibility that his two other self from alternate timeline come to the come to his timeline since I remember that root say that he can go to past and future ?
    Since it look convincing that they would come in order to kill bug right?

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  15. I remember those three gods (Athena, Susanoo, and the other scary god) complaining about having to destroy other worlds that were created because of Makoto, so maybe these dreams aren’t dreams but visions of those other worlds, those parallel world where Makoto is much much crueler than he is in this world

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    1. I thought it was mentioned somewhere that the root cause of multiple worlds is because of hibiki & tomothrash? The other god wanted to dump the task of destroying those worlds to Mankoto?

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  16. Uhmmm, ok I think i get what’s going on here…..
    Parallel World Foresight or some shit like that maybe?
    Ok what if Makoto now has the ability to see the future of a different timeline?
    Something like the butterfly effect, every single decision he makes will cause an effect whether it’s good or bad but the ones he is seeing right now are the disastrous ones.
    I mean sure Makoto has beef with the bug but not to the point of straight up killing her as far as I know…

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    1. Hahahaha yhea rightl…..this second dream is when he met lilly and fell in love with her. It seems Lilly is also in love with him since he knows about her past that tomoki does’nt. Lilly hates the Goddess as ever and Makoto was almost dieying at the wasteland, where he was picked up by tomoki or lilly. Some shit happens and Makoto lameted Lilly’s death and plans to kill the godess because of her death. Probably.

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  17. Well reading through the comments, I’ve gained so much understanding, insight and well, knowledge.
    In the main timeline, Lily advancing her mad cynical plan. Well Motoko knows about to and extent but still, she building up the hero to war……..a lot of interesting things are set for the future and I’m quite looking forward to them.
    On a side note. I’m extremely glad that that second version didn’t happened. Motoko falling for the princess Lily or getting used by her, I really really don’t want that to happen. I just don’t like her character, but I do hope that she can be changed or reformed. That death isn’t the only remedy to ease her suffering and personality. As even if she gets her revenge and her way (I hope she doesn’t get her way), she will still be empty and suffering.
    Do note, I’m not on her side.

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    1. Makoto’s dreams are alternate realities. Alternate realities where certain events changed. In the first dream, Makoto is enemy of hyumankind and Hibiki . Obvious events changed include Mio did not kill the mutant knight. (Note: the mutation in the academy city did happen since the knight was a mutant and he regained consciousness. How it actually occurred and what exactly happened doesn’t matter or is mentioned. Just that certain events did or did not happen) In the second dream, Makoto kept wandering, never met Ema and joined Tomoki and had a romance with Lily.(Note: because Makoto never made Asora and joined Tomoki, the goddess never kidnapped him to save Hibiki)
      In Alter Lily’s defense, it is completely possible that she was a changed woman, but by that time it was too late. As Makotwo knew a lot about Lily that she wouldn’t normally reveal and as he mentioned things may have been different if she met him before Tomoki.

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  18. Thx for the chapter. Apparently his dreams are about an alternate reality where he didn´t met Tomoe, Mio, Shiki and Co. and was picked up by the Empire instead. But these chapters are really bringing memorys back from when I read the WN of Mushoku Tensei where the Rudeus from the future shows up. God were those chapters intense, especially when Rudeus read his “Mirai Nikki” which was really f%&@§d up. But why the Goddess did they have to exclude the fight against Grount I ask. It was a promising fight after all!!

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  19. Thanks for the chapter!
    This is like splitting road from mushoku tensei, so dark and so badass yet I really hope it didn’t happen to our current MC, in short it’s a good complicated feeling.

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  20. I think makotwo’s change trigger is losing his asora family due to some big event that make him lost in desert of nowhere. Umu, and till now I still think this ‘premonition power’ as amaterasu’s present.

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    1. It is not exactly premonition as his dreams are not HIS future as Tomoki explicitly mentions a different past. If Makoto wandered in the desert and never met the orcs he would never have met Tomoe and Asora would not be made (Makoto’s Sekai and Tomoe’s illusion world)
      This is clearly a new gift from another God since language was Buggodess and Sekai was from Tsukiyomi) Makotwo or at least the one in this chapter( since the Makoto in the first dream killed Hibiki and this one Io did) was dyed by Lily’s hatred to the Buggodess

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  21. Hey Reigokai, I really appreciate all the work you’ve put into the series. I don’t know where else to put this message as I am not aware of any other medium to contact you with. That’s why, I sincerely hope you would see and read this message. I understand that you operate a free, voluntary service where you either get donations (for more translations, which is great) or passively earn via advertisements. While I am all for supporting you, recently I noticed a sudden surge of *video* adverts which would play videos that are at least 15 seconds long (which might be even longer, minutes even. I closed it as soon as I saw a video loading). The reason I’m mentioning this is because I normally read your releases when I’m out and about on my phone via limited mobile data. As I’m witnessing a sudden spike in data usage due to these adverts, I am now actively taking steps to avoid them which (unavoidably) blocks other static or flash adverts as well. I do understand that I am just one of the many readers and while it pains me to deny even a fraction of your advert income, I would not be able to support such a data-demanding advert. Whilst I am not asking for any actions to be taken, I would just like you to note that such a concern do exist. I’m sorry for taking your time by making you read this and once again, thank you for all the hard work. I hope you would continue translating this series and will be looking forward to future releases.

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    1. Hello there bystander.

      Thanks for this comment and notifying me of this problem you have.

      I am aware that the ads here are beginning to show, problem is, I didn’t know they were so annoying.
      To be completely honest with you, I don’t get a single cent from these ads, like literally I don’t have a single cent from them unless people actually click them. Which means, no one actually clicks them, like seriously, who would click those anyways.

      Sadly, I can’t actually take those adds away completely. I can make it so that registered people don’t see it, but that’s as far as I can go as this domain is actually a wordpress one.

      Edit: Nvm, I found the button to turn them off. Haha, how silly lol. Hope this solves the issue.

      Sorry for the inconveniences this has caused you, and once again I thank you for sharing your problem!

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      1. Hey Reigokai. Thanks for the swift response. Was pleasantly surprised as I thought it would take longer, if ever.

        For now I don’t notice them so I too hope that solves the problem. While I don’t actively press ads, my fat fingers would more often then not accidentally press on them scrolling to get to the comments. Well, not that I mind though if that’s how you actually receive anything from them. Thanks again =D

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  22. Thank you Reigokai-san~
    And my wish about Tomoko-bitch sulking chapter is granted >:D but i hope that dream just a mere dream, it’s not fun if this series gonna be Drama with tragic ending T_T

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  23. Wow, Trashmoki is still after Tomoe after all the beating he received? He still wants to “obtain” her like she is a new toy. Just how obsessed is he? He is pathetic beyond salvation…

    Thanks for the chapter 🙂

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    1. That’s because she’s the first one he couldn’t actually obtain. He has his charm power, his rank and if necessary, his relatively overwhelming power, so he can get whatever he wants. People like him quickly get bored of the things they get and always look for more stuff. He’s still obsessed with Tomoe, because he wasn’t able to satisfy his desire, and therefore doesn’t have the means of getting over her (getting bored of her).

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    1. Also, Spoiler-san either didn’t pick up on the parallel world thing or just forgot about it. Don’t forget, Spoiler-san had to read through incoherent clumps of text brought by Google Translate. So Spoiler-san isn’t sure if he picked up on it or if he just forgot like Spoiler-san said earlier.

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      1. It wasn’t it was someone else enterely, they post the link in the comment of a couple of chapters back, I guess it was the one where Makoto met Tomoki

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      2. Yeah, this is not Spoiler-san’s work. Whomever is doing this is evil. I know about this as I read that far in the raws, but still. Even I abandoned a little project that Spoiler-san wanted to do, which was un-clump the incoherent clumps of text from google translate and post them. But that would be a disrespect for Reigo-senpai and all translators out there. I think that the person responsible is disrespectful, all there is to it.

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  24. I don’t think anyone’s mentioned this, but it is interesting seeing how far Gritonia progressed in their firearms research. I’m pleased to see that Tomoki doesn’t know the exact recipe for gunpowder, otherwise, they wouldn’t have needed to use magic to make up for the deficiencies. Although, I am still concerned about the bombs.

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    1. I don’t understand the need to focus on gunpowder specifically. This is a world with magic. Surely, they must have something along the lines of a crystal they can store magic power in, then release it / make it explode by adding a little more, or by shattering it (or whatever other mechanism you can come up with).

      That would be better for them, since magic is something they understand (at least better than what they’re dabbling in), so it would be more reliable. They should just use the concept of the gun and think of how to make it work better through magic instead.

      Also, it shows that Tomoki is not the thinking type. He can only share the pieces of knowledge he picked up, but can’t (or won’t) try to fill in the gaps himself.

      Not to mention making his super power a fission bomb (minus the actual bomb part). If he wanted destructive power, he should have, at the very least, asked for the ability to trigger matter annihilation, like when matter and anti-matter interact.

      Sorry for the rant, but I still can’t get over the fact that he could pick any power at all, and he went with an “Atomic bomb”, because he doesn’t have any imagination himself, and can’t make up something better.

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      1. You have a point about the guns. But either this world doesn’t have a way to store magic, or the residents have never found it (which I find hard to believe). But otherwise, the entire purpose of the guns was to make weapons that non magic users can use to slaughter people. While magic is cool, one must never forget that in some cases, science is superior. I’d bet that Lily doesn’t even understand why guns have such superior stopping power, even though she practically has wet dreams over them.

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      2. @coatl45

        That’s why I suggested that the stored power could be released by shattering them, probably even by a similar mechanism as our guns trigger the gunpowder.

        And Lily doesn’t know why guns are so good, because Tomoki doesn’t understand it either, which is in line with my earlier rant. I’m guessing all he knows is: bullets have powder that goes boom and makes the bullet fly really fast.

        He’s at least on the right track, that the faster something goes, the harder it hits, he just doesn’t know about stuff like rifling, or what it actually does.

        IIRC, Makoto did consider guns, but found them impractical in the current world, because of magic, and more specifically, that the world’s inhabitants are generally not as squishy as us humans. At least the ones the guns are supposed to be used against aren’t (soldiers, rather than civilians).

        He only considered using the guns as an instrument of war, where it would be used against soldiers, who he probably assumes have enough training in magic to make the non-magic guns useless. Then again, he only considered guns as they are on earth, and probably didn’t give it much thought about adapting the design for this world.

        I don’t blame him for that. He’s not a warmonger, and he finds the stuff that’s already around more than good enough for his needs.

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      3. I think Lily was so obsessed with guns because it was a new kind of weapon. As we can see the Empire is heavily invested in researching new weapons and improving their soldiers.
        Lily also likes the idea of guns as they are a weapon which show the same attack power regardless who is using it. The idea is that even weak and untrained soldiers can be turned into a force to be reckoned with.

        The only problem is that this world has magic and the inhabitants are much stronger. Unless they find a way to improve the firepower efficiently to balance this out guns will remain useless in the war against the demons who have even higher base stats than the hyumans.
        Just don’t forget that Lily also plans to wage war against the other hyuman countries after they defeat the demons. Against weaker hyumans the guns could be useful.

        About using crystals and such. Even if they have them they might be too expensive to make it worth using them in guns. Or they are too rare to enable the mass production of guns with it.
        They already have a gun that uses magic. The problem is that it needs a skilled magician to be usable and its too expensive. They want a gun that can be efficiently mass produced and can be used by everybody while still having the needed stopping power.
        If they make something like grenades instead it could be better. In the current situation if the are against strong demons or monsters guns are as usable as shooting with a pistol at a tank. Explosives though can allow even a common foot soldier to blow up a tank.

        Probably they already tried what they could but don’t forget that the hyumans are not that advanced. They all this time relied only on the blessings of the goddess and were too lazy to improve themselves in any significant way. The demons are way ahead of them.

        About Tomoki. I don’t think that an average 15 year old japanese could really come up with something better than a nuclear bomb when he searches for the most destructive power. After all the japanese experienced its power up close and know its terror.
        Tomoki also said that he used it as a deterrent too against the hyumans to make them surrender.

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      4. I’m suddenly reminded of Sophia’s claims about the influence of “the individual” compared to the masses.

        Even if Lily manages to pull off mass production of guns, the major damage wouldn’t be against the “boss” types, would it? Granted, making your “majority” better than the others is valuable, and closing the gap towards the individuals even more so, but the value of guns is kinda empty isn’t it?

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      5. Makoto did tell Mio about the guns. And she somehow created her own pseudo-magic guns with her own body and black magic. They don’t seem to be effective against that half-dragon general Reft, who had that BS “reflect” ability.

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  25. Yes, keep showing him tragic AUs until he realizes how lucky he is and properly kisses his girls.

    Also I think he should forcefully save Lily. He doesn’t take responsibility for the world and his other self’s feelings are not his own, but he should be able to do that much for the sake of what might have been.

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    1. I want to take it a step further and show him AUs where he actually does have a relationship with any of his girls(or Shiki, if that Makoto is into that) to make more more overly conscious of them.

      Honestly, yeah. This doesn’t seem to suit a series that’s focused on pragmatism and neutrality, but Makoto starting to shoot for a best end for all parties using these visions(of course still prioritizing Asora) doesn’t sound bad.

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  26. Thanks for the chapter. It makes me wonder if these dreams Makoto is having are dreams that could have been. If he was found and rescued by one of the heroes in the desert when first arrive in that world.

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  27. Wasn’t the time that hibiki got a second power like the atomic bomb from tomoki, that “thing” (Idon’t remmember what was it/him/her) explain her that there was a power that creates paralels worlds, I got to look for that chapter again, it was the time shiki caught hibiki in a shield so she couln’t be damaged

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    1. The power of Hibiki is like a power UP that use the toughts of the poeple about her
      “A power that is passively activated. To change the concept that people place on her into power, huh. She is a charismatic girl so, I wonder, just how much will this enlarge her? The price was only to decrease her amount of magic power, so it is something she would soon get back anyways”

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      1. yeah I know, but don’t you remmember that there was a power that creates parallels univers? hibiki refused it, I was wandering if makoto have that power by accident

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      2. Not quite. Hibiki was offered a time traveling “reset” power, which she refused. It would have caused a lot of parallel universes to get created if it was used.

        Makoto sees dreams of these AUs, but he’s still in a place with a set history.

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  28. i think

    first dream : how about makoto alliance with demon race.
    because this line :
    “Senpai and the young priestess saw this sight as soon as they arrived here, and now they’re glaring at me.
    With eyes full of anger and hatred.
    I can’t blame them, since they just saw one of their companions die right before their eyes.
    But was Ilumgand an ally of Senpai’s known as the black knight? Not only that, but I think the hatred towards me in the eyes of those two is clearly not something that was only just born from this event.
    There’s no signs of surprise or confusion; they started glaring at me with loathing and fury straight away, which means that from the very beginning…” (chapter 176)
    and maybe because he doesn’t destroy the gate in chapter 06 and doesn’t meet shin(tomoe) and meet with demon race instead.

    second dream : how about makoto alliance with empire (at first)

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    1. What? 5 days? I caught up in 2 days though. Well it was at chapter 150 to 160 or so during the school teacher ark. Its pretty easy as hell to catch up if you dont have anything to do and juat read your way through it all.

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    1. How…DARE you!? What kind of sick depraved scum would spoil such things for other people just for kicks?
      I hope you’re happy with yourself, because probably everyone else is ashamed to even have ever spoken to you.
      You’d better learn what a terrible offense this is and not spoil the chapter that comes after 182!

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  29. Paralel time lines based on choices he could make in the past? He fell for Lili there? Seriously?
    Hmm… still he said she is his type… I wonder how Mio would react to that… Also it is obvious that it is a parallel time line, he didn’t know just how strong he was in that line untill he faced the demon lord

    On a side note, his dreams are giving him the Empire’s side of the background, if only he noticed that instead of wanting to watch the kinds of attacks the He over there can use

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    1. Well in this we could say He fell in love with lilly because she was not affected by charm and it seems lilly was also in love with him. As he said things that even tomoki does’nt know.
      In this time he did not met Ema and the orcs, He met the empire instead and well shit happens i guess the rest of the story is above this sentence.

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  30. Thank you for the chapter.
    Also, it seems that the parallels are coming to fruition already. While the first dream was negligible, I really hope he does something with the information from this recent dream. I may be alone with this one, but I want him to save Lily from this self-destruction, and Grittonia and Tomo as well. If he talks about her past next time they meet, if she doesn’t die before then, I feel that possibly, along with the cure and resistance against the charm, his fight against the goddess will be much more than just Kuzonoha and friends. Well, that’s just my thoughts anyway.

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  31. Ok this has nothing to do with this chapter but I just read one of the extras in spanish, and I want to make sure I understood rigth, it is true what happened with Makoto mother and the demon guy before Makoto parents came to earth. The father actually was able to reconcile with her???

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      1. In fact I don´t, I mean YES NTR is my guilty pleasure I hate the rush that stuff gives me. But well it just that it irks a little I always have the same problem with that situation, but it served the purpose to see a new side of the Goddes and its interesting how that information will play in the future.

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  32. creo que los sueños no son premonitorios creo que son un modo de mensajes ocultos de lo que esta pasando ya que haste que el sueño paso makoto no sabia de la habilidad de tomoki de ser inmortal a la nocho lo unico que sabia por el lado de tomoe era el encanto ademas el quiere engatuzar a tomoe y va a ser imposible porque tomoe esta bajo un contrato con makoto solo makoto la puede liberar jajaja

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  33. Dayum him seeing his alternative version is nice, i wonder how his others versions will be.
    Still shitty fake hero kun is still shitty even in others timelines xD
    In truly need to die. I hope it’s possible to save Lily in a way too.
    Maybe Makoto will create the better timeline this time (one where shitoki dies).

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  34. With these 2 dream chapter, we now know that Ema is the real heroine!

    Without Ema, Makoto won’t met Shen, Black Calamity, Lich, and Asora never exist, the basic requirement of he being himself.

    On the first dream, Makoto managed to survive by himself on the wasteland, making him the ‘calamity that hate the goddess’. The black knight still live because he never met Raidou, thus, not one of the mutant.

    2nd dream is where he go empire route from the beginning.

    Demi-human/Mamono path is the true route!

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  35. this must be what shiva and susanoo did to makoto lol. gave him the ability to see the parallel worlds. pretty fucked up but at the same time gives him insider information that no one would know. like lily’s madness, tomokis nuke power and other shit like that.

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