Chapter 216: I heard from a whale

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You thought there wasn’t going to be a chapter today?! Well surprise!!! (Actually, I barely made it.)


I was able to get the meeting with Zef at the night of this same day.

I apologized to Eva who had regained consciousness, and since I had the chance, I also visited Ruria.

Before heading back to Asora, I contacted Zef via Rona, and it turned into meeting him tonight.

What a flexible schedule this king has.

Since it was sudden and they have a variety of matters at hand, they couldn’t throw a warm reception, but I don’t wish for something like that in the first place.

I am the one who requested it, so I fully intended to go to their capital myself.

But they said something about the preparations of welcoming blah-blah-blah, and I felt like they dodged the topic when they refused. In the end, we are going to be meeting at the place where I met with Rona and Io the time when I went to visit the demon race territory.

Why is it. Even though I said that I would arrive at the promised time if they just wait. Maybe they didn’t trust me?

Is that the reason why they went through the trouble of designating a meeting point that is close to our location?

Zef is the Demon Lord, and yet, the moment I asked him to make a moment where I can meet with him, not only did say he would come meet me in person, it was even in the same day I asked him, which makes me think I am not being treated badly.

I think that way, but…

Oh well, worrying about it won’t progress anything.

Anyways, if there’s useful information for Kaleneon, I want to know, and it is also true that I want to try throwing him the question that I had in Limia.

“Waka, I heard of it!”

“Tomoe huh. I heard that you have been shut in with Shiki when you find the time. Just what are you doing?” (Makoto)

Lately, I have only seen Tomoe in meal times, but she has now come to where I am.

Right now, I am in the Elder Dwarf workshop to tell them about the remodelling of the drill spear.

That she has come all the way here to talk to me must mean that the two have reached some sort of result, or maybe they have thought of something that is not concrete yet?

I don’t want to think it is the case, but there’s the chance that something bad has happened.

The chances of it being a good happening is…none.

“Oh, I have gratefully read the memories of the archives of Waterfall. Later, please give me a report…wait, right now that doesn’t matter, Waka!” (Tomoe)

“Yeah…” (Makoto)

It doesn’t matter?

Even though you were browsing it pretty happily…

“That Serwhale said that Waka had gone to the snow mountains of Kaleneon and dug up a hot spring!” (Tomoe)

“Y-Yeah, I did. It can be used as a countermeasure for the winter, and I thought that it can used as a selling point as well.” (Makoto)

“Hot springs, taking a bath, restorative properties! HOT SPRINGS!” (Tomoe) <草津に箱根に熱海>

“You are rebounding Tomoe.” (Makoto)

“I want to take my time and soak in it.” (Tomoe)

Tomoe suddenly falls into a tranquil tone.

But something was still welling up from her whole body.

“I understand how you feel. But first we have to confirm the components of it to see if it is a hot spring that we can enter just like that, and that’s after we finish the construction work of it. Well, I think we can manage something by spring. When it is currently in its source, it has too high of a temperature to bathe in, so there’s the need to dilute it as well. In that case, it might be easier to draw the water all the way to the river. At any rate, it is impossible to use it currently.” (Makoto)

“If it’s fresh water, it is fine if it’s warm. It is not on the point of boiling. I can manage.” (Tomoe)

“Won’t do. Also, even if we make a hot spring like that in a hurry, the only ones who would be able to use it are people like you.” (Makoto)

“Uh~, is that a no?” (Tomoe)

“I’m telling you to wait. If you want one that much, why don’t you go find one in the volcanoes of Asora. If you do that, it would be easy to gather the people and work on it.” (Makoto)

“…I have already searched the volcanoes, but I just can’t find a good one, Waka. When I open a hole in a place that looks like it might work, the most that comes out is ores.” (Tomoe)

To think that she has already tried looking for one.

As expected of Tomoe.

It is impressive that she already had a grasp of the existence of hot springs, but that she went into action is also impressive.

But is it that difficult?

I did it on the first try though.

Maybe there’s no hot springs in Asora?

Just in case, I should try asking the surroundings.

Serwhale-san and the Neptunes seem to know of the real deal, so there might be something similar to it in the bottom of the ocean.

If we find one, we can just remove the water from the surroundings and create a hot spring-like place at the bottom of the ocean.

…The problem is if Tomoe can accept that though.

I can also try asking the bears and the wolves to see what they have to say.

Can’t throw the possibility that one has already come out.

In my original world, there were animals like deers and monkeys entering the hot springs after all.

“You wanted to enter a hot spring so much that you came all the way here?” (Makoto)

“Please! And then, I will bring a warmed sake and gaze at the snow as I drink! That kind of first experience in a hot spring would be extreme bliss for me! Knowing that Kaleneon is currently covered in snow, and there’s already a hot spring on top of that, I…I am already…!!” (Tomoe)

Tomoe writhes as if suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

Lately, Tomoe has been in a serious and languid mood, but…Tomoe is still Tomoe huh.

These days she has been hooked on *Certain kill monk*, so it must have made her have even more interested in hot springs. <必殺鍼灸医の坊さん.>

In those times when I read all that stuff about the healing properties of hot springs, I was the same. Looking at Tomoe, I am beginning to crave entering one as well.

Postponing the plan of putting the hot spring to practical use, we should first investigate if it has the components of a hot spring and learn if it’s okay to bathe in it. If that’s the case, let’s make a bathtub for it.

“Well then Tomoe, go check if the properties of the hot spring are ideal. If it can be used, gather the people that can be mobilized and create a bathtub of stones or something to begin with. However! The people that participate in it will have to participate in the public works related to the hot springs of Kaleneon as well, no questions asked. Also, make sure not to force yourself.” (Makoto)

“!! Of course! We have been in a stalemate on our side, so this is a convenient happening!” (Tomoe)

“…Is that related to what you said a moment ago about a report?” (Makoto)

“Yes. I spoke with Shiki as well, but it has reached a point where we will need the permission and cooperation of Waka in order to proceed. Well then, wait for me, hot springs!” (Tomoe)

Just like how Tomoe entered, she ran towards the door.

She is boisterous, but when Tomoe has those eyes, she is reliable, so it helps me out a lot.

But that report related thing seems to be troublesome enough to leave for later huh…

“Oh, Waka.” (Tomoe)

Is what I was thinking when Tomoe places a hand on the doorknob and turned to look back.

“What?” (Makoto)

“Is this Waka’s permission, order, or request?” (Tomoe)

“…Well, I don’t intend to push you guys, so a request.” (Makoto)

“It’s been awhile since we have received a request from Waka. The goal is: finish in two days-ja!” (Tomoe)

This time Tomoe actually left.

When she said the goal is two days, did she mean making the hot spring?

That’s not it, right?

Because I asked her to check it out just now, and it is not like Asora has so much free time.

The first town that is close to my house is still continuing its construction, and the port town is still in the middle of soil preparation.

That mountain has bad visibility as well, so the work will be rough.

She probably really said that with the intentions of finishing in two days.

“Waka-sama! I have heard of it!!”

What’s this feeling of deja vu?

There’s a slight difference in the voice and words, but it is practically a replay of just now.

“Ema?” (Makoto)

This is again an unexpected one.

When I meet with her, it is mostly in moments when we have already planned beforehand.

From my part, I normally just go talk to her when I find the time to, but when she comes to me, she properly makes an appointment first.

It is extremely rare of her to come rushing so suddenly in this manner.

Moreover, all the way to the workshop of the dwarfs.

…Is it an incident this time around?

“Ema, what’s wrong?” (Makoto)

“I heard from Serwhale-san!” (Ema)

…Even Ema with the hot springs?

Hot springs are super popular huh.

There should be one in Asora somewhere, so maybe I should try searching seriously for one?

“About the hot springs? If it’s about that, I have already given permission to Tomoe, so you can just cooperate with her and…” (Makoto)

“I heard you used a Draupnir?!” (Ema)

“Eh? Dra…?” (Makoto)

Upnir?

Ah, I was mistaken, it wasn’t about the hot springs.

“I heard that you threw it into a reservoir.” (Ema)

Ema has a serious face.

It seems it was the wrong topic.

“Ah, about that. It is true that I did throw it. It splendidly blew up and it was a big failure. I messed up that one.” (Makoto)

“I heard you tried to use that ring to heat the water of the pond?” (Ema)

“Yeah. I tried it thinking that it could be used to automatically heat things up in the winter.” (Makoto)

To think that it would turn out that way.

The pond was gone and maybe because of the waves of the explosion, a mass of hot gale collided onto us.

Thanks to that, the snow on the surroundings melted and the ground was a mess.

When that freezes over, it will be a problem again. I truly did something bad.

“I reported it before, but me and a number of others have been thinking about a way to utilize the scrapped Draupnirs that have Waka-sama’s magic power stored. But the utilization of the ring is hard and just trying to dispose of them is a chore, and there’s also danger to it.” (Ema)

Right right, I remember now.

Ema was thinking of a method to utilize them aside from simply disposing of them.

If there’s a mistake in the disposal process, there’s times when it might turn dangerous, so the disposal of Draupnirs is difficult.

From what she has thought, it seems like she plans on using them for things like the town’s lighting, to power the workshops, and to maintain the barriers in the several points.

“I should have asked for confirmation before using it. I tested it with one just in case and it didn’t go out of control, so I got overconfident. I should have tested it not only in my hand, but by throwing it inside of water as well.” (Makoto)

“We are talking of Waka-sama, so I don’t think you were hurt, but I did get slightly worried there. The Draupnirs are troublesome rings that are incredibly hard to deal with. Please be careful.” (Ema)

“As I thought, even the way of dealing with it is special. It is certainly true that it was strangely unstable.” (Makoto)

“It goes well until the point of giving it a function. The problem is that when it surpasses a certain point in power, the moment it leaves the hand of the person doing the process…” (Ema)

“It goes out of control in an instant.” (Makoto)

Seriously, what a ring, even if I do say so myself.

“If it’s on the level of having it in hand and utilizing when it is still there, it’s incredibly useful. But once it reaches the dangerous point, the element and function it is given is transformed into output power in an instant, and just like that, after repeating the process of increasing its own power, it surpasses the limit it can take and explodes.” (Ema)

H-How picky.

I see.

When I made it a heating tool, the moment it left my hand, it turned unstable and increased in power instantly.

It feels like a baby that begins to cry the moment it leaves your arms.

Hm?

Hm hm?

Something is bothering me here.

“Wait Ema, wait for a moment please. When I did it, the ring didn’t break, you know?” (Makoto)

Right.

“That’s it! That’s why I rushed all the way here!” (Ema)

Ah, so that’s the reason of the strange action of Ema.

What I did was bad, but it was also an irregular result.

“Please tell me about that moment in detail!” (Ema)

“Is it okay if I am present for this as well, Waka-sama?”

“Elder-san?” (Makoto)

“Currently, we have been cooperating with Ema-dono and finally found one way to utilize the ring of Waka-sama. But if we can hear in detail about what Waka-sama has experienced, we might be able to find a future for the utilization of it. Well, it is simply the instinct of an old craftsman though.” (Elder)

“…By the way, what is this use you found?” (Makoto)

“It would be best to demonstrate it. Hey.” (Elder)

Taking the opportunity when Ema makes her request, the Elder joins the conversation.

It is in the matter of the uses for my rings, so I was interested in what they have accomplished and when I asked the Elder, he called someone at the deep parts of the workshop.

The voice of the Elder wasn’t that high, and yet, a response with good energy soon came.

Then, one dwarf showed up.

When he notices me and Ema, he lowers his head deeply.

“Bring that.” (Elder)

“Understood!”

The dwarf who went inside again, returned to where we were with some sort of package.

“Show it.” (Elder)

“Yes!”

He takes the cloth off the package, and what came out of it was a spear.

But even if I say spear, it is not the drill spear.

It is a strange spear.

The bladed part looks like the lances that are used in horseback, a cone-shaped one.

Even so, the handle is long.

The lower part of the cone is shaped like a bowl, and as if protecting it, there’s transparent crystal-looking spherical part attached to it, and from there, the handle is adhered to it.

The edge is thin, and if it were a normal spear, it would be like the throwing type, a javelin, but…what is this?

“I have named it *Bakusou*. I plan on distributing it to the Winged-kin.” (Elder) <爆槍. If there’s a suitable name in english, let me know.>

“Bakusou…” (Makoto)

“I think you can see the transparent spherical part.” (Elder)

“Yeah.” (Makoto)

“There, we will set the Draupnir that was planned to be disposed.” (Elder)

“I see.”

“And after that, you simply throw it. When the lance part detects impact of a certain degree, the ring will activate and create an explosion.”

So that’s why it is called Bakusou. <Because bakuhatsu equals explosion.>

I see, if it is for the use of weapons, explosions are welcomed.

It is also the most simple of directions.

I think that reaching the level of practical use was quite difficult though.

“When Waka-sama said that you used the rings to increase the power of Brid, this is something that was worked on by the dwarfs as an armament to put this principle into use.” (Ema)

Ema gives a supplemental explanation.

It is certainly true that I combined it with Brid and increased its destructive power.

It is difficult to use as a weapon, but if we use it by throwing the unstable ring, it is pretty simple to understand.

“If there’s no battle, it can’t be used, but in a battlefield, one attack can dispose of one ring.” (Ema)

We were planning on disposing them from the beginning, so it is fine to just use it with the intentions of throwing it away as well.

It kinda sounds…reasonable.

If Ema says it this way, it must mean that from the beginning, she saw worth in them and was thinking about a way to utilize them.

“But…” (Ema)

Ema continues.

“The Draupnir that Waka-sama threw into the pond seems to be stable even within the lava. I want to see the real thing in person. If a method to restrain the ring from going out of control is born with the information of the circumstances and what Waka-sama did…” (Ema)

“It would be possible to utilize it for the livelihood that we were originally planning to use it for. If that happens, the Draupnir will turn from a troublesome article into an incredible resource. It would be a dream come true.” (Elder)

And then, progress will be made for the tool that will be able to deal with them.

I am the main culprit for the production of these rings, so this is quite the pleasant talk.

There’s no way I won’t cooperate.

“It would be nice if I am of help though…” (Makoto)

Saying so, I spoke to the two about my big failure in a truly detailed manner.

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319 thoughts on “Chapter 216: I heard from a whale

    1. now that you mention it, we have 3 horsepeople so far, shiki as death, mio as famine, tomoe as war? so we just need pestilience now and above them the makoto apocolypse
      wonder how the heroes will react to flying units lobbing mini nukes

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      1. oooh that’s an interesting theory! Ever since Chiya-chan saw the “dark thing” within Makato, and the definite direction he’s taking towards godhood, I’ve been wondering if he would end up being a god of death (you know, something befitting his the terror he inspires in others) although a pretty relaxed one xD, and being followed around by four avatars of the apocalypse would be very fitting.

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    2. I think if serwhale becomes his follower he can be considered as war. I thought if levi would become his follower when they first introduced her, but after the latest chapters it feels more liek serwhale

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      1. I think we’re forgetting about Sari. Though a slave and not exactly a follower, she is a former demon general. She would make a great god of war.

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    3. Death, famine, war & conquest/pest… Their roles don’t fit the 4 Knights…

      Shiki as death doesn’t make sense because his specialty is healing plus his weapon is a sword
      Mio as famine… Can fit with her past but not sure if now as she is even a cook now
      Tomoe doesn’t fit war or conquest/pest(don’t really understand why somewhere it’s translated as conquest and in other places as pest…)…

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      1. Nah, they can still fit. You can twist the roles of the horsemen, to make them opposite too, as it makes sense that the horseman who “controls” death can deny to death too, if he so chooses. Also Shiki still fits as he is undead, and Mio still is a glutton, Tomoe can be considered war or conquest with her warrior/knight personality. In reality the last member will be the one to make/break the theory.

        Also, just a small note: Makoto himself fits the description of Conquest REALLY well: Conquest is crowned, white archer and Makoto is an archer, is white (according to Chiya’s vision), is the king of Asora AND “conquered” his 3 followers so far (lets be honest conquering Mio and Tomoe is about as difficult as conquering a country lol).

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  1. A reusable Explosive weapon Behemoth class detected.
    Recharge sources: Makoto Misumi.
    Weapons name: Draupnir.
    Description:
    A curse-type Mana absorption device that design for the tremenous daily Mana leak-out occur on Makoto’s body. Upon Disposion, one item reach to certain point and completely intact after use. Resuable is imminent.
    Anyway, thanks 4 the update. 5, i guess??

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    1. I forgot, is that pic from the first Civ game or the second? From the graphics I say the first, but I could be wrong. My copy of the game was damaged a long time ago. Even before the switch from floppy disk to CDs.

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      1. Ah… that’s right Tomoki did possess Nuke as his trump card.
        Well at least asora brand Nuke is environmentally friendly, no need to worry if you ever need to nuke a country… twice.

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      2. Well tomoki nuke power could be classified as atomic bomb, most likely the smaller “little boy” while asora nuke have exceeded the common sense of modern technology

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      3. @ Ultrawin: Scary part about modern weaponry. USA was called before the UN council back in the ’80’s with an accusation of violating the nuclear weapons testing agreements of the time. Turns out it was a purely chemical bomb with a yield tens of times larger than the recorded yields of advanced nukes of the time. Funny part is that the slurry used to power that explosion is now commonly used in airbag inflators. So if you can get your hands on about 1,000,000+ airbag inflators and empty the explosive portion you have a bomb more powerful than most openly tested nukes in history.

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      1. Yeah, the ‘hidden agenda’ stuff, right? Now I can see that they’re similar, but Civilization series’s Ghandi is more… how to say… eccentric. Bipolar even.

        Makoto in the other hand, really have good intention in everything he did. Things just ended with bad result, not quite to his intention. He really has bad luck in that dept.

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      2. I mean, Makoto has that sudden merciless mode too. The white eggshell and the “HOLY SHIT WHAT THE F*CK IS THAT” eldritch thing inside. There’s a consistency, but I say it matches well enough.

        The main difference i that all the other civilizations went out of their way to provoke him during the development stages…

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  2. Thanks for the chapter!

    Winged-kin armed with draupnir will be terrifying, affter all makoto used those rings to create a lake using brid.

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  3. I think people are failing to realize that the rings are a new power resource equivalent to nuclear energy. It would be interesting to see them build a power plant or steam powered machine. I believe Makoto may have just brought forth the industrial revolution to asora.

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      1. It depends on the application. You may not want the unstable power source located close to where you’ll use it, esp. if you only need a little power. Also, if they can figure out a way to transmit power efficiently (and since we’re talking about magic, it can possibly be more efficient than steam turbines and wires – for instance, have the Draupnirs generate electricity directly) they might even be able to export power. Industrial Revolution, anyone? 🙂

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      1. Ah well… I like Tomoe but her having less screen time is a temporary consequence of her Flag Break. That or maybe she’s more prominent in the side stories.

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    1. In Brightest Day
      In Blackest Night
      No Evil shall escape my sight
      Let those who worship Bugdess might beware of my Power
      Draupnir Corps Mi– *Kaboom* (the ring explode first before the enchantment be said *Tehe Pero*)

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  4. I think the 4th follower would be human robot (remember first chapter or second maybe). Makoto dream about it, and come to this new resources from ring ( re: nuclear). Maybe he can make it.

    Thanks for your hardwork, ganbate~~

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      1. Zef, to me, is the greatest representative of a victim of circumstance in this story. From what I can see, he doesn’t really like any of what he’s doing as the representative of the Demon race.
        He’s making the best of what he has, making the hard choices, and doesn’t have anything personal against most of his enemies.

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      2. I kinda like and don’t like Zef.
        As a character, he seems ok, and has plenty of potential, but i don’t see him really working well with Makoto being who he is, and taking screentime from stuff i am more intersted in.
        I may be wrong though.
        And i could see Zef being a great side character for Makoto to interact with, but only after Makoto grows a bit, right now, i think he will just highlight Makoto’s inadequacies.
        That said, Zef might work as a catalyst to make Makoto grow, in which case awesome.

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      3. Yeah I did say I don’t hate him, but I cannot view him to be Makoto partner or something.
        The current Zef are already did it portion as character, he gives a different pov from the rest of the world, I can also consider him quite wise, a heavily burdened with responsibility but still maintaining his position in the right place.
        If he were to bow to Makoto maybe I will stop liking him, he is fine the way he is now.

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  5. Hibiki: “we need to deploy ABM system to the front of Kuzunoha shop …”
    Trashmoko : “Kuzunoha didn’t required the right to develop nuclear weapons”
    both princess: “we demand Kuzunoha company to unveil the number of nuclear warheads in their arsena”
    Raidou Matoko replied the Hyuman Today’s reporter : “Goddess within our warheads reach”
    a random Hyuman : “i built a Underground Survival Shelters, in the case that nuclear war happen, my family could live inside it for 20 years…”

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    1. To last random hyuman I have bad news for you, this new brand tools from Kuzunoha co. “Giga drill spear” Can pierce any underground shelters, it you have enough magical powers it can pierce through the heaven!
      Order now so you wont ever need to fear enemy attack again, remember the real article only sold through our Kuzunoha company network!

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    1. It’s lake maker tools, one is enough to make beautiful lake, use two if you want a lagoon, use three if you really hate everyone in your country.
      Available via Kuzunoha company special mail order, order now and get this Mio-sama pin up poster as bonus !

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      1. He did use all ten rings he’d been wearing during his fight. He also amped it even higher by taking off his coat/armor and really unsealing all his powers. So feel safe in saying most people would need ten just for the small lake.

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  6. Misumi Makoto has unlocked [Nuclear Warfare].
    has been unlocked.
    has been unlocked.
    has been unlocked.
    route has been unlocked.

    OPTIONAL CHOICE:
    is now unlocked and can be an optional choice.
    – Nuclear Warheads and Long Range Tactical Balistic Missiles gets a bonus of 100% Chaos Damage.
    – Tactical Nuke’s speed has increased by 50%.

    Woukd you like to spend 1 point on ?
    (YES/NO)

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    1. Misumi Makoto has unlocked [Nuclear Warfare].
      (Nuclear Warhead) has been unlocked.
      (Long Range Tactical Ballistic Missle)has been unlocked.
      (Tactical Nuke) has been unlocked.
      (World Domination) route has been unlocked.

      OPTIONAL CHOICE:
      is now unlocked and can be an optional choice.
      – Nuclear Warheads and Long Range Tactical Ballistic Missiles gets a bonus of 100% Chaos Damage.
      – Tactical Nuke’s speed has increased by 50%.

      Woukd you like to spend 1 point on ?
      (YES/NO)

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      1. OPTIONAL CHOICE:
        (Nuclear Holocaust) is now unlocked and can be an optional choice.
        – Nuclear Warheads and Long Range Tactical Ballistic Missiles gets a bonus of 100% Chaos Damage.
        – Tactical Nuke’s speed has increased by 50%.

        Woukd you like to spend 1 point on ?
        (YES/NO)

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  7. I found it fun that he was not worried that they were giving the winged kin such a deadly weapon but instead oh that is a good way to destroy the rings.

    Also when he made the lake he had a fraction of the power he does now have because he has been increasing it for a while to get ready to fight the bug.

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  8. If he’s using 10 rings a day and has been n Asora , a year or better that’s a whole lot of power, maybe he can give them to his troops for a power up; just like he did with Shiki earlier. If Ema wasn’t an Orc,she would of been his girl. Super efficient Dark lord secretary. She’s changed since the beginning.

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  9. Thanks for the chapter, just read all three and you really gave me a heart attack making me think you might take a week off this novel – inner heart tone

    Too much thrill last chapters so these are actually a refresher also that girl Ruria? Don’t think we’ve seen much of her and can’t think of what role she can take. Several years? Makoto how long do you plan on laying back? Hot springs!!! Tomoe seduction begins soon and hopefully this might help in Makoto seeing them as women or it might reveal he already does so can’t wait.

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