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LDM – Chapter 225

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In the Shadows

 

[And that’s what happened!]  
“So you were just watching that whole time?”
[I don’t have a body, it’s not like I could’ve done anything to stop it. And I can’t use Possession on you unless I have your permission either, Master.]  

I thought I’d headed back to the inn and had some good sleep, but it looks like I was charmed by the Succubus and lost my memory.
After hearing Rokuko, Neru, and the others’ testimonies I quickly learned that I’d blundered and got charmed. Moreover, my own written note was conclusive evidence on it. I’d written a note saying: [I got charmed and will be losing my memory]. Seeing the memo I’d left with Rokuko, I got some of my memory back.

The part of my memory that came back wasn’t the part of me talking with Suira but the bit about preparing the stage.
Since I couldn’t remember the parts concerning Suira, I headed back to my room and had Neru supplement my memories… heading back to my room first saved me. It was a secret that I couldn’t tell Rokuko after all.

[Rather, this is what you expected right?]  
“Well, something like it.”

The part about me being charmed was going as planned so far.
The strategy I thought up went like this:

Temporarily pretend to be charmed by the pink-haired girl.
Lure out her sister, expose that I wasn’t charmed, then be charmed.
Neru would then return me to myself if she could, else devote herself to gathering information if she couldn’t.
*Additionally, Meat would be hidden in the shadows, tailing them back to their base if possible.

As for getting charmed after revealing that I wasn’t charmed, that was to get my opponents to relax their guard.
And so, by carrying out this strategy, I got some insurance by sealing my memories and forgetting about the latter half of the strategy. My handwritten memo would act as the key.

The method I used to seal them was practically the same as what Suira used. I was commanded through a charm.
As a result of that, since I was charmed, I acted practically unconsciously.
Additionally, I was set so as to not spill anything big about the dungeon by being told that it was [Something not to discuss].
Neru—possessing the Doll—had me charmed under Rokuko’s supervision… but that’s another piece I don’t really remember… I didn’t do anything weird, right? Rather, you guys didn’t do anything weird to me, right?

“Still though, I put various things in the inn’s warehouse to appear to be weaknesses… but they didn’t get brought up at all. Grah, that didn’t turn out well.”
[I don’t think someone’s thought patterns when they’re charmed are that easy to figure out though? It all turns cryptic once the charm ends.]  

I wasn’t expecting to predict it perfectly though.
The only [Weakness I’d prepared] that made an appearance was that [I’d killed people (bandits) and had the dungeon eat them]. I’m just barely safe because of the way I said it. On the contrary, maybe its authenticity improved?

I headed back to the Master Room where Rokuko was waiting.
Rokuko looked up from some book she was reading when I entered.
Meat had returned as well. Looks like Rokuko collected her when she returned to the dungeon’s domain.

“Are you alright, Kehma?”
“Yeah. I’m pretty sure my memory’s filled in”

I removed the ring (Neru) and handed it to Rokuko. I’ve already finished my task so there’s no reason for me to have it.

“So then, how did it go on your end, Meat?”
“I found their base. I can clean them up whenever.”
“That so? Good job.”

Meat’s tail wagged back and forth when I started petting her.
… Seeing Meat like that, I suddenly had a thought: isn’t talking about cleaning them up worse for her education than building a brothel?
Rather, Meat, your way of dealing with things… it’s a bit brutal, you know? It’s good that you’re faithful to the dungeon, but you might end up as a smiling, bloodthirsty, knife-wielding killing machine if you keep it up.
You’re still going about assuming that the normal way is to clean them up… how’d you get like this?

“… Let’s go the peaceful route for now, okay?”
“Okay.”

It looks like they have some circumstances going on, so talking with them is important… let’s go with that.
Still though, charms are scary, they can even seal memories… I wonder if I could get a charm resistance skill from the gacha? It’s not in the catalog though.

“Peaceful, huh? Won’t you put the brothel under the dungeon’s control? I don’t mind though.”
“Rokuko… please help me think up an excuse for Haku-san.”
“What, couldn’t you just say you built it to shelter Succubi? They’re great for the dungeon right?”
“… Would that work?”
“Kehma, aren’t you too afraid of Haku Ane-sama? You even beat her.”

Alright, let’s try moving forward with building the brothel (Quivering Voice).
… Well, each of the Succubi are worth dozens of thousands of DP and there’s ten of them. If I can make them our comrades there’s no doubt that it’ll be a nice catch for us. It’s a bit of a problem that one of them’s a human, but I’ll figure that out after talking with them.

“Now then, Neru. Please tell me what the Succubi did to Kehma.”
[Okay! I’ll tell you everything other than what I was forbidden to say!]  

Oi, you just said there’s something you can’t say.

“… In other words, there’s something that needed to be forbidden? Looks like there’s some punishment in order for those Succubi…”
“Alright, how about we leave that behind? Oookay, the Succubi! They might get away if we aren’t quick!”

I rather obviously changed the topic.

“You will tell me later, right?”
“Well, if I still remember.”

… It’s troublesome in a number of ways, so I’d be better off forgetting~

 

*

 

Because of all that, Meat headed out for the Succubi’s base with the Succubus Ring on.
It’s a shack built here in the forest… is it a hut used by lumberjacks as a rest area or something?
I took control of the surrounding forest as the dungeon’s domain, the only area not included is the shack the Succubi are using.

As for me, I’m in the Master Room deploying Golems to the areas we gained control of.
I used the Messenger Golem, Euma, and had him stand in front of the shack and will be talking through him. I’ll be contacting them like this since it looks like I’ll be charmed again if I meet them personally.
In other words, I’m raiding them as the Dungeon Master… rather, as a Dungeon Boss.

[Aah, aah. Let’s see, you guys are surrounded. Resistance is futile, so please come out.]  
“Who is… —! W-w-w-w-what the heck!? A Golem sea!?”

By the way, I’d deployed fifty Stone Golems, enough to encircle the small building.
Now then, let’s have a peaceful chat… surrounded by Golems.


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40 Responses to LDM – Chapter 225

  1. GamerNetDragon says:

    nao vem dar um de chapolin (melhor frase do chapolin “todos os meus movimentos são friamente calculados”)

    • sodemas says:

      kra, tenho certeza que o tradutor não entende portugues… tenta em ingles ^^’

      • Darkaeluz says:

        he’s referring to an Mexican show called “El chapulin colorado” (I don’t speak portuguese but that phrase is really striking) where the protagonist says “todos mis movimientos estan friamente calculados” every time he falls or does something by accident and ends well, which roughly translates to “All my movements are coldly calculated” meaning that all he does is on purpose (although it isn’t)

      • GamerNetDragon says:

        eu sou brasileiro e nao sei falar ingles e o tradutor do google é horrivel

  2. SaMu says:

    This was planned? And here I was all panicky

    • ModoTheGreat says:

      Rather than planned, I’d say “incalculated” seems more likely? Either way, it’s not like he doesn’t have ways out of the situation. He’ll probably turn stuff around as usual, no?

  3. sodemas says:

    Thx for the chapter o/
    so that was planned?! give back my worries!! xD

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well it makes sense to expect to be charmed if he was going to meet a real succubus besides the loli

  5. Newface says:

    All according to plan huh

  6. Dark says:

    Rokkuko watched that? R.I.P. Suria

    • Barnaby says:

      No, the meeting and conversation with Suira was outside the dungeon’s territory so She couldn’t peek at it. If Rokuko ordered Neru to say what happened however…

  7. Shiro says:

    Oh dear me~~ Is that Haku-anesama smiling? She sure is beautiful~~

  8. CreamBeast says:

    so rather than a guardian, Neru is more like a spy, or more accurately an eavesdropper? well played Kehma

  9. Felipe says:

    I thought it was weird kehma going alone to such obvious dangerous place, I thought that maybe he had meat following him stealthy ready to beat and capture those sluts (I hate brainwashers and charm users) but to put himself in transe and have meat follow them to their hideout, as always kehma is even more smart than we imagine he can outsmart people without them ever realizing that they were tricked!

  10. svnhddbst says:

    the image of her reaction to the sea of golems was hilarious, i haven’t laughed that hard in a couple weeks.

  11. k says:

    thank for the update

  12. Zeth says:

    Thank you Ziru, for the images too!

  13. Magnetic magnet says:

    What if the new charm would have overwritten the old “Don’t tell about the dungeon” charm? Seems a bit risky.
    Also, can’t wait to see how Haku reacts to the new addition.

    Thanks for the chapter.

    • Dark says:

      I guess that’s only a risk if the second command is mutually exclusive with the first. Like, “tell me everything you know about that dungeon” would have been a dangerous question.

  14. Rawr says:

    That’s some Lelouch vi Britannia level of bullcrap there, Kehma.

  15. Dark says:

    Awesome chapter, addresses so many questions. Niku is ruthless.

    “each of the Succubus are worth dozens of thousands of DP”
    That. . . can’t possibly be right.

    Correction:
    “I’ll tell you everyone other than”
    everyone -> everything

    • Magnetic magnet says:

      I think that Meat would still somehow manage to be adorable even with blood splatters all over her and a knife on her hand.

    • Dark says:

      Never-mind he’s talking about how much it would cost to buy them here, not their daily DP worth. Derp.

  16. MrTrixer says:

    He’s finally doing something DM-ish, I get that monsters needs to eat etc but only having golems in his dungeon is kind of boring, i rather he start working on a deeper dungeon and putting more monsters in it after all this time.
    If i remeber correctly he was planning on having a Coliseum along with a giant safe area for building a town inside the Dungeon.
    Im really curious what hes gonna do with all this DP theyve been working out trough daily income and the rewards from battles, he used 30k for the ring but he should have at least 20-30 times more than that i believe, especially since he made those prison-blocks.

    Anyway, thanks for the chapter!
    Im looking forward to how the negotiations will turn out. ^^

  17. Random Internet User (tm) says:

    Thank you kindly for the chapter!

  18. Mikan says:

    [“Kehma, aren’t you too afraid of Haku Ane-sama? You even beat her.]

    jajaja rokuko is so cute…

    [Now then, let’s have a peaceful chat… surrounded by Golems.]

  19. Abyssal says:

    Thank you for the chapter~

  20. Oak says:

    Thanks for the chapter

  21. Alln says:

    Our Angel-chan is growing up so quickly and well on her way to the Yandere side. Super moe, smiling, bloodthirsty, and knife-wielding killing machine in a maid outfit.

    What would the guild receptionist think of her now?

  22. A random passerby says:

    If rokuko knows what suira did to kehma then i guess its the end for her…….ganbatte suira

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