Legend Chapter 100

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During the Inheritance Ceremony, Vel suddenly took out a dagger and tried to destroy the magic stone of the Ancient Dragon.

Although Rei rushed towards him as soon as he saw that, a magic spear was stabbed at him just one step before Vel entered the Death Scythe’s range.

He instinctively sensed danger at Vel’s words and forcibly shifted his body. Still, the magic spear that stabbed out from behind him still gave a strong impact to his side.

Fortunately for him, Rei was wearing a magic item, the Dragon Robe. At first glance it looked like an ordinary robe, but its true identity was of a highest quality item made by sewing two layers of dragon skin over dragon scales, it boasted one of the highest magical and physical defenses. Its defensive power was much greater than that of plate mail. Thanks to that, it didn’t become a situation where the magic spear penetrated into his flank.

「Damn, w-what!?」

However, even if it didn’t stab into him, the impact couldn’t be ignored. And for Rei, who was still trying to swing the Death Scythe, the blow broke his balance.

Nevertheless, he still didn’t fall to the ground, it was probably due to Rei’s extremely high physical abilities that he managed to keep himself up with his hands. When Rei reflexively looked back, the sight of Kuust thrusting his magic spear towards him filled his vision.

「Set!」
「Gururururu~!」

Set answered Rei’s shout and tried to slash his claws in from the side……

「No, Rei-dono! If Kuust is taken out of the magic formation now, there will be a bad effect on Elena’s ceremony!」
「Tch, Set!」
「Gururu~!」

Probably understanding what Rei wanted, Set stopped his attack from the side and slammed Kuust down into the magic formation instead, holding him down to stop him from moving.

Confirming that, he dashed forward again towards Vel……

「You’re a bit too late.」

With a ridiculing smile on his face, he swung his dagger down at the magic stone, which had already shrunk by 70%, without any hesistation.

「Stop ittttttttttt!」

Shouting out, Rei swung the Death Scythe even though he knew he wouldn’t make it in time……

「Oops. That’s dangerous, very dangerous.」

Vel stabbed his dagger into the magic stone, destroying it before jumping backwards and taking some distance from Rei.

「Vel!」
「Don’t get so angry. Even I didn’t like what I had to do. ……However, it’s a pity. It was the only hope to save the Mireana Kingdom. Now it will be impossible to compete against the Bestir Empire.」

Rei ground his teeth as Vel told him with a big smile.

「More than that, don’t you have to look behind you?」

Rei turned to look back for a moment. Maybe due to the fact that the ceremony was forcibly interrupted half way, he saw that Ara, Kuust……even Elena had lost consciousness and had collapsed on the magic formation.

Seeing that situation, he grasped the handle of the Death Scythe tightly in his hands.

(Calm down. Right now, it’s better to collect information than to kill him.)

Muttering in his mind, he calmed his raging heart.

「……Why?」
「Now then, what is all this for you ask?」

Rei and Vel. Vel was superior in ability as a thief, but if you considered pure fighting strength, Vel couldn’t even reach Rei’s feet. Even so, Vel had a smile on his face, he was smiling as if watching a fun performance.

While having doubts, he kept talking to try to gather more information.

「You were a member of Elena’s Knight escort? And yet, why would you come here and betray her?」
「What do you think?」
「I don’t want questions in reply to questions.」

Bang~, Rei wielded the Death Scythe threateningly.

「Whoops, I don’t stand a chance if we have to fight. I see, I’ll answer then. Well then, why do you think I betrayed Elena here?」
「If you think about the probable assumptions, you’ve turned to the Bestir Empire’s side.」
「Well, that’s only half of it. The correct answer is that not just me, but my whole house has turned to the Bestir Empire’s side.」
「……Your house, is it? According to the story I’ve heard, your house should have been nobles as well? I’ve heard that you also have a close relationship to Duke Kerebel, a central figure in the Nobles Faction, the second largest faction next to the Royalists.」
「That is the case. But my thoughts aside, my father does not believe that the Mireana Kingdom can compete with the Bestir Empire. There are several reasons for this, but the biggest reason is technology. Though I think you heard it from Elena after reaching the Altar of Succession, though it’s simplified, the Bestir Empire has established an Inheritance Ceremony and has already had a number of people undergo it. Ah, by the way, I can tell you that soldiers who endured the Inheritance Ceremony are called 『Demon Soldiers』. ……I think it’s simple.」
「Demon Soldiers. So you decided that there was no chance of winning and defected.」
「Yes. Well, that is my father’s opinion, I’m different.」

Vel kept explaining with a smile on his face.

「In that case, why did you turn traitor? Haven’t you also been acquainted with Elena for a long time?」
「That’s right. It’s been roughly five years since I joined Duke Kerebel’s Knights.」
「If you’ve lived with each other for such a long time, then naturally there should be feelings. Besides, aren’t you Knights that also serve as Elena’s escorts?」
「Ahh, that’s no mistake. But……」

As he said that, Vel’s smile suddenly changed.

If it was said that his smile up until now had been an amused smile, now it was like the smile of a madman.


「I just thought about it. It’s nice to kill people from the Bestir Empire by being part of the Mireana Kingdom as it is. But a person on the Bestir Empires side seems to have more possibilities to kill people.」
「A sadistic murderer.」
「Oh? That title is good. Yep, in the future I’ll use that. Vel Sails, the sadistic murderer.」
「……It’s not something I can say but, what is the fun in killing people?」

Rei himself had killed all the members of Dark Night’s Star during the attack on the Orc village. Even in the rank up test, he had killed bandits. However, he only killed them because it was necessary. He had never felt pleasure in the act of killing people. Because of that, he couldn’t understand the man before him.

「Eh?  It’s fun. Ending a person’s life with your own hands, touching their skin and cutting it and their flesh. The scream that comes out when you stab your knife into a living person and break their bones! And the face of their despair when you cut out their organs and show them their lungs! ……Ahh, I can’t bear it any longer.」
「……I was an idiot to talk with a madman.」
「Madman, I don’t need you to compliment me so much. Of course, you’re wondering why I would side with the Bestir Empire. As I said earlier, there is a technique to make Demon Soldiers over there. Also, it isn’t a low level technology with a high failure rate like here in the Mireana Kingdom, but a technology with a high success rate. If I became a Demon Soldier over there, what kind of abilities would I gain? Could I dissolve a person with strong acid? Mentioning that, there’s also the tentacles like the Emerald Wolves. It isn’t too fascinating though to be able to change my body size like a Spriggan……no, it might not be so bad to enjoy the looks of despair if you pretend to be a small child to approach them and then transform into a giant in front of them.」
「He’s definitely a madman.」

While muttering, he turned to look at the unconscious Kuust, whom Set was still holding down just in case.

「So, what did you do to Kuust?」
「What? Originally, Kuust hated you, isn’t that right?」
「……It’s different. Certainly he disliked or hated me. However, his love and respect of Elena was still greater than his dislike or hatred of me. Do you think he would obstruct someone who was attacking someone else who was likely to cause harm to Elena, who was his superior?」

Though Kuust thoroughly despised and spurned Rei, the respect that he gave to his superior, Elena, was genuine. Maybe it was feelings of love, or that he was attracted to her fame as the General Princess, or maybe because she was someone as the center of the Nobles Faction, Rei didn’t know. However, he had no doubt his respect was real. If that wasn’t the case, perhaps Kuust would already have been slashed by the Death Scythe by now.

「I see, I see. It’s unexpected that though you disliked each other, you still believe in him. Let me give you a hint. What’s this?」

Saying that, he removed a bottle of water from his waist pouch.

However, when he saw that bottle, Rei recalled some things.

Hadn’t he seen Vel hand over a water bottle to Kuust, then drank from it, several times after entering the dungeon?

「Did you use some sort of magical potion?」

Rei muttered, but was puzzled in his mind.

(I recall Vel handing that bottle of water over to Kuust. However, at that time, Vel had drank from it himself as well.)

「Congratulations, correct answer! As you said, Kuust’s actions became strange after drinking this magic potion.」
「But, you ought to have drank from that bottle as well?」
「Ahh, you were paying attention. But, do you not know that there are antidotes for magic potions?」
「So you manipulated Kuust without the effects of the magic potion affecting yourself.」
「Yes. But I only made Kuust drink the magic potion, I can’t do anything if the person rejects it in his mind. There must be a desire to do something in his subconscious, like the first time I ordered him. Well, I didn’t think that Kuust’s unconscious hatred against you was that great.」

Roar-!

Rei swung the Death Scythe in his hands. A roar echoed around as its speed split the air.

「That’s good enough, shut up. I only know one thing after I listening to your story.」
「What? You should kill me before I escape to the Bestir Empire because I’m dangerous?」

Isn’t that natural? Vel seemed to say as he questioned Rei, but Rei shook his head.

「No. I don’t mind that. Just watching you makes me feel uncomfortable. That’s why I’ll kill you here! Flying Slash!」

It was the easiest skill to use from the Death Scythe, in addition, the power of the skill was relatively high.

The Death Scythe was swung down, slashing through the air towards Vel.

While watching death approaching in the form of that slash, Vel still smiled crazily……

「What!?」

It was not Vel who said that……but Rei.

Rei unconsciously gave a cry as he looked towards Vel. Some sort of vividly purple tentacles which had appeared to block the slash from Rei were torn apart.

The tips of the tentacle that tried to block the Flying Slash were cut and soon fell to the ground. However, another one immediately took its place and stretched out to defend Vel. The source of the tentacles was the inner pocket of Vel’s leather armour.

「Ahahahaha. That’s too bad. This is a magical creature made by the alchemists of the Bestir Empire to serve as escorts. It will be hard to deal with this fellow if you have too little strength.」

With a look of ridicule, Vel turned to look at Rei.

In his eyes, he had a look of distorted pleasure as the powerful person in front of him would soon become prey to kill.

But……

「What about it?」

He was not confused or panicking. At Rei’s extremely calm reply, Vel frowned his eyebrows unpleasantly.

「What are you talking about. Your attacks can’t reach me, why are you so calm?」
「Well then, I wonder. Certainly my attack had no effect on you. However, you seem to have forgotten that the skill you blocked isn’t the only one I have. In addition……even if my attack was ineffective, your attacks would be the same. Even though Kuust ambushed me, I didn’t take any damage. Your attacks are overwhelming inferior to Kuust’s, what are you going to do?」
「Certainly, but that might not be so. However, you only blocked Kuust’s attack because of your robe right? If that’s so, I can just aim for the face, and limbs that the robe doesn’t cover.」

He took a dagger out from his chest. It was obvious from the purple blade that it wasn’t an ordinary dagger.

「Poison Knife. It’s a high level magic item. It has the wonderful effect that if you are even scratched, your body will be paralyzed for about ten minutes……can you counter that Rei?」
「Well, even if you say that it’s a powerful magic item, there will still only be an effect if you scratch my face, hands or feet. In the first place, do you even think you can fight me in melee combat? With your bow and knife, you could only attack from the rear, but now there’s no one to act as a shield for you. Are you going to leave that to your tentacles?」

Rei provoked Vel by clearly pointing out his weakness.

However, Vel still kept his smile as he heard Rei’s words.

「Yes, you’re right, that is true. In that case, I just have to make a vanguard.」

Pachi~, Vel snapped his fingers. And the next moment.

「Gururu~!」

Set’s somewhat confused cry could be heard and Rei immediately jumped to the side.

The next moment, something went through the place Rei was at just a moment before. And as Rei avoided it, that something passed him by and stood between Rei and Vel.

「……Kuust.」

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47 Responses to Legend Chapter 100

  1. Guest says:

    My only comment: Wow Vel looks different from what I had in my head. I really need to read the character descriptions more.

  2. lazygeko says:

    He should just kill Kuust, makes it so much easier… /sigh

  3. sapassde says:

    thanks for the chapter

  4. Anonymous says:

    thanks for the chapter. . .
    but well. . . why do they always have to explain their cards here and there. . . .
    and just eats up a chapter. . . .
    now to the long wait again. .
    sniff*

    • Krozam says:

      I know the feeling, last chapter’s cliffhanger forced me to go to the raws… Now I no longer have to suffer from the cliffhangers, but on the other hand, now I suffer because I have to choose my words very carefully in order to avoid spoiling anyone, I can’t freely speculate in the comments anymore. It’s usually a big part of my fun when reading web novels. 🙁

      • Hopeless Monolingual says:

        I can’t even READ the RAWS -3- Curses, why did I have to only learn Engrish!

        • Krozam says:

          I’m not fluent in Japanese either, I use google TL and if necessary, Jisho. It helps that I’ve studied Japanese a bit, so I have a basic grasp on grammar and stuff, but I know very few kanji.

  5. replay says:

    thanks for the chapter. . .
    but well. . . why do they always have to explain their cards here and there. . . .
    and just eats up a chapter. . . .
    now to the long wait again. .
    sniff*

  6. kirindas says:

    Congrats on chapter 100!! Definitely didn’t expect Vel to be a psychopath…

  7. KneelToMeHuman says:

    I thought he could use all fire magic from the guy that brought him to this world… am I wrong? I thought the only reason he didn’t use those crazy magics was because he didn’t want to burn the forest or something like that since he has mana for days… he could have burn this dude and his tentacles in a second but oh well… maybe I misunderstood and he can’t really use all fire magic other than the weak ones…

    • Anonymous says:

      He can, but remember that they are in a room, not sure if small or big one though

    • Kenjo says:

      He should be able to draw out the memory of those spells if you think about it, but…I don’t see him doing that

    • Nakakure says:

      They are in cave right

    • Anonymous says:

      Ya that was what I remembered too… kind of feel like this novel is like superman, all kinds of power but to stupid to use it effectively.

    • shorty says:

      Magic still requires chanting, and that can be easily interrupted by being attacked. So it’d pretty much be a waste of time to try.

    • SilentNumber says:

      Saw this as an interesting question so I thought I’d try to answer it. Basically he technically knows all of Zepairu’s high level magic but only the incantations that Zepairu would have used to activate the magic. Magic in this world is based on your visualization of the magic and incantations only support it. This means that it is possible for two people to have two entirely different incantations to create the same fireball. Rei knows the incantations, but if he can’t visualize how the magic is supposed to be, he can’t use any of them. Hope that explains it.

  8. Petrox says:

    100% sure that he’ll escape. Foreshadowing deployed, he will turn into a monster for another battle, and will escape with trump card number 5, against the naive, overpowered, superbody MC. Cuz how the fuck can kuust released itself from seth.

    • viscusris9 says:

      it looks like he is bound to him with that water.Well all Rei needs to do is make him sweat and gg:)

  9. bry19an says:

    Thanks for the chapter

  10. Daitengu says:

    oh, generic villain monolog. And generic assistant inexplicable escape to help the villain.

    It was a promising story till this chapter happened.

  11. Anonymous says:

    A milestone indeed…congrats for the 100th chapter

  12. Dakkar says:

    I guess the author wanted to write a Shonen Jump story, but decided to bait the readers with the recently popular “protagonist strong from the start”. So, instead of the protagonist stepping up to the overwhelming odds and clinching an unlikely victory by the virtue of plot and power-ups, we have him stepping down to turn what should be an easy win into a close struggle drawn out for several chapters every single time.
    The justification provided for all those lapses in ability holds about as much water as that for the shonen characters’ sudden prowess, but here we also have to deal with who knows how many chapter spent on advertising how fabulous and sparkling the duo is, which is at best demonstrated in situations of no consequence.
    The author should put his money where his mouth is and have the character deliver, or the entire premise starts to fell like a fraud.
    Writing a decent story featuring an overpowered protagonist is no easy task, but if an author can’t do it right, then they should just pick that average nobody they can adequately portray instead of trying to mislead the readers.
    I might sound harsh, but it’s hundred chapters worth of accumulated irritation by this point. I can only salute to Silent for keeping translating this story that long.

    • Krozam says:

      It gets better. It’s a slow process, but the author does eventually learn how to write more engaging fights. They are few and far between, but there are some individuals and monsters who can genuinely push Rei to his limits.

      That said, I feel people are underestimating Vel here. Rei can’t roflstomp him because he has several tricks up his sleeve, causing Rei to become cautious, not because Rei isn’t using his full abilities. Vel’s motivation being that he’s a psycho killer feels like a very weak character moment to me as well (not to mention the clichéd villain monologue), I’ll admit that, but when it comes to this fight in itself, I think it’s getting some undeserved criticism. Especially since it’s not even over yet.

      • Dakkar says:

        My issue’s not really with this fight/scene in particular, but the personality of the protagonist and the story so far. It’s just that this scene does well in pressing all the wrong buttons, and the fact it’s the milestone chapter doesn’t help: a hundred chapters is sufficient to draw some conclusion on the story.

        For example, I can’t comprehend why the protagonist decided to seal off the inherited knowledge. Even if it doesn’t directly grant him Zepairu’s magic (which wasn’t really made clear, btw), it’s still the entire life experience of the greatest mage who’s ever lived. Whether it’s the magic theory, or ways to practice it, or combat strategies, or all little tricks that can be useful in and out of battle: just this alone is something invaluable. I’m pretty sure there’s some experience of interacting with nobles, other mages, knowledge of politics and many more. The protagonist is willing to spend days in the library or reading books, yet rejects the treasure trove of knowledge just because some pieces are outdated.

        Another thing is the lack of any ambition or goals that the protagonist shows. He just goes with the flow, choosing the path of the least resistance, conforming to his surroundings. With the ability he’s supposed to possess, he has no reason to tie himself to the nearest city, or this particular country, or even the society in general. He doesn’t seem to seek social interactions all that much, nor does he appear proficient with them, so he could just as well go live in the forest while training his magic instead of being an errand boy for the aristocrats. But all he seems to care is about fitting in and trying not to stand out too much, as silly as it sounds when he has an A-rank beast in the tow, not to mention other peculiarities.

        As others commented, he’s like a robot (with some broken logic), which perhaps makes him a perfect Japanese salaryman material, but not a particularly great character. All that he seems to do is go on assigned quests, bruteforce things using his weapon and high-spec body, and sometimes recall he can use magic as well. At best he tries to collect magic stones to upgrade his pet or his scythe to provide the author with some low-level abilities to add to the hack’n’slash repertoire. Learning magic? That would probably make him to competent for author’s tastes.

        • Krozam says:

          Okay, first of all, what? “seal off the inherited knowledge”? No such thing happened, Rei frequently accesses Zepairu’s knowledge when he need it. It’s just not at the surface of his memory, because it’s not his own memory, he has to consciously access it. I think you’re right in that he could gain valuable knowledge by diving into those memories more often, but it’s not like he doesn’t use them at all.

          Secondly, Rei has a very clearly defined goal, and almost all decisions he makes are made keeping that goal in mind. His goal is simply to get stronger, to become a worthy successor to zepairu and his organisation of geniuses. It may sound like a boring goal, but it is what it is. His decision to stay in giml is precisely because it’s a frontier city with plenty of adventurer work where he can earn a living while killing new monsters for their mana stones and gaining battle experience along the way. It’s not like he doesn’t go anywhere else: right now he’s in a dungeon, and later on he’ll travel to different towns and dungeons. Giml is his home base, that’s all.

          As for doing requests for aristocrats, that’s something he can’t easily avoid. He needs to advance to higher ranks as an adventurer in order to get highers ranked requests, and the higher he goes, the more attention he gains from aristocrats. Some of those acquaintances are very useful to him, as the nobles are able to offer him rewards such as useful magic items. Yes, he does need to “conform” to a degree, but the rewards are worth it.

          It’s not like I don’t understand the feeling that the MC is “mechanical” and lacking personality – hell, I agree. I believe the impression is caused by the facts that he’s a very calm and calculating personality, as well as his lack of skill or interest in socialisation. But it gets better. The fundamentals don’t change much as far as I’ve read, up to 470 chapters, but there’s a gradual change perhaps bet seen in how he slowly gets closer to Elena.

          I’m not saying this novel is a masterpiece, but it’s not too bad. I like it, and I think some of the criticism is undeserved, that’s all. I do understand some of the criticism and why some people won’t find this novel to be their cup of tea. I have my own problems with this (god, the repetition… we get it, people are surprised by his magic items, his rank, Set, etc. There’s no need to write out the same interaction every time he meets a new character, damnit…) but ultimately, I chose to go to the raws and I’ve been well entertained so far. Point is, there’s a gradual but consistent upward slope in the quality of the story.

          • Dakkar says:

            He does access Zepairu’s knowledge occasionally, but it’s always described as something he’s nearly forced and not particularly happy about doing. There’s no valid reason for such attitude, more so if he really looks up to Zepairu and intends to succeed his organization.

            Perhaps his intent to restore the magic beast arts and the glory of the organization is something that was declared, but that’s the problem: there are too many things we’re told, but not shown. If after a hundred chapters I don’t get a feel for what the protagonist is like, that’s a sign of either most of it being a filler, or author’s inability to properly convey his ideas and characters’ personalities. I’m sorry, but I don’t think many people will wait for nearly five hundred chapters for characters to finally start to shape themselves.

            And about all the adventuring stuff: the society is clearly behind Zepairu’s times, particularly on the topic of magic. If his objective is to master magic, then he would be better off just secluding himself in the forest and grinding while constantly exploring Zepairu’s memories. As mentioned, he doesn’t seem to need the company of others, so the only reason he has to stay in the city is for the sake of having a soft bed and perhaps better meals. Considering all the trouble that comes with being ordered about, is it really worth it provided his goal is as declared? After all, if he were to acquire the ability comparable to that of Zepairu, things like guild’s rank and connections with nobles wouldn’t matter much: as much as I’m not a xianxia fan, someone with an overwhelming power can have their way in a society like this one.

          • Krozam says:

            I don’t really understand why you think Rei should just become a recluse and grind monsters on his own. In my view, there’s already too much grinding in this story. While the socialisation in general isn’t that great, I think that without it, the story would hardly be worth telling, it’d be boring as fuck.

            Well, other than that, there’s not much I can disagree about what you said. All I can say is that it slowly gets better. I’m probably just not as much bothered by the problems that you mention: I acknowledge them, but I still enjoyed the first 100 chapters, though not as much as I’m enjoying now, after nearly 600 chapters.

            The war that takes place somewhere between ch 250 and 300, that’s where the story gets good enough to be recommendable, IMO. That’s where we finally truly get the feeling that Rei is OP, and the action becomes more enjoyable than the mostly simple monster grinding we’ve had so far. While there’s still plenty of “filler” after that, there are also arcs that actually feel like important plot development. The Labyrinth City Exil arc starting at around 370 is where we take another considerable step up, as there are some great characters introduced in that arc, and the climax of the arc is actually emotionally engaging for once.

            Sadly, at this pace it will be a long time before we get to the really good parts. Although, ch 112 is pretty nice… and the next arc after the ongoing Altar of Inheritance arc is at least plot-relevant, and shows that if powerful people become too belligerent, Rei won’t just take it lying down. It’s pretty satisfying.

          • Dakkar says:

            Let’s get it straight: I’m in no way interested in reading about Rei grinding monsters in the forest. But that doesn’t change that if that scenario is more feasible, then that’s how the story should go, with time skip if so necessary. Given the circumstances as described and Rei’s personality as portrayed, that would be a more natural and logical development. Perhaps there are more fitting scenarios, I just picked the first thing that comes to mind.
            If the direction of the story is in conflict with what would be a logical development, and the protagonist is neither impulsive nor irrational, that’s it, the author has utterly failed with his writing.

            And to be more practical, chapter 250 is, at the current pace, nearly three years away. Considering that I can’t think of many examples where translators kept working on a project for four years straight, moreover when the translator is a student who’s going to graduate and experience all the related life changes before that time comes, it’s more than likely that this translation will be discontinued before that. Will it be picked up by someone else? As of now, I doubt the story will enthuse anyone else to put in the required effort.

          • Krozam says:

            I don’t know, it’s not like Rei hates people, he’s just not that good at dealing with them. Even with Set by his side, I think living as a recluse would get pretty stressful even for someone as unsocial as him, so I think it’s makes more sense for him to live in a city than somewhere without any other people.

            Sadly, this author seems to hate time skips, we barely get to skip few days every once in a while. Hence we have so much filler, so many pointless little requests painstakingly described.

            And yeah, I don’t know how long Silent will keep this up, and if they stop, would anyone pick this up? I might, for practise, but if I were to start TL’ing a web novel, chances are I’d find a better one.

          • Dakkar says:

            If we had been shown Rei trying to live by himself, then running into psychological issues and deciding to increase his interactions with other people, I would have had zero complaints. In fact, it would have added to his character and helped to better establish his personality.
            Instead, we had him immediately relocate to the city despite having Set around, then tie himself down to the guild. Seeing how his primary goal for now appears to be magic stones collection, this just stunts his progress: he has to wait for assignments that could yield useful magic stones to come up, he has to hide how he uses those stones, he has to hide his and Set’s abilities, he has to run pointless errands, etc, etc. Hunting monsters as he likes, then coming to the city to sell the spoils and relax every now and then could be a much more practical approach.

            Well, the main point is not this specific issue, but the fact that we’re not given solid motivation for the decisions that the protagonist makes. This not only makes the story feel forced, but also misses the opportunity to establish characters’ personalities through their experiences rather than the author’s narrative, leaving us with a bland MC.

            And honestly, I think there should be better WNs that aren’t being translated. While the premise of this one is interesting, and it does give a feel of having potential (which is why I’m still here), the execution is plain poor. I partially blame the web novels format: while it’s good for authors to be able to write arcs of arbitrary length without having to fit them into a single volume with a specific pages count, some writers outright abuse it. For example, look at the Otoko Aruji WN: in terms of premise, setting and story it’s fairly decent so far. Problem is, if the author is writing a scene, he feels the need to explicitly write down everything what goes through the protagonist’s head. So, it starts with evaluating circumstances, then going into trying to guess all the possible causes that led to them and speculating on all the possible developments, then stating that most of them, already described in detail, are unlikely, then going on a tangent, then going on a tangent to that tangent, then what feels pages later concluding that all of this is unimportant for the moment. Which is the point in the narrative where you get an irresistible desire to find the author and punch him in the face 😀
            So, when picking a story to translate, it’s important to confirm that the author can both make a point and get it across using a reasonable number of words…

          • Krozam says:

            Well, the reason why he immediately went to a city is pretty obvious, IMO: he needed information. About this world. He already noticed that Zepairu’s knowledge is outdated. As for tying himself to the guild, it’s never outright mentioned, but it seems pretty clear to me that he enjoys the lifestyle. He’s never particularly complained, has he? I honestly still don’t understand why you think it runs contrary to his goals or how it doesn’t make sense. It may not be THE most efficient course he could have take to develop his strength, but it’s working pretty decently so far, and well, it’s a living. Generally, having a job gives people a sense of purpose, even if they may have other goals to the same effect.

          • Dakkar says:

            It’s mainly about efficiency. All his current worries are centered around people learning more about his and Set’s special qualities, then dragging him into their schemes. His progress, due to faithfully playing the adventurer’s role, is also basically capped by factors that he can’t influence much.

            If it’s information gathering, he’s got all that he could easily learn early on, and that very information suggests that working for the guild is far not the most advantageous, but, in fact, quite troublesome option. Still, he doesn’t consider simply cutting ties with them and going his own way even when speculating the consequences of his secrets leaked and nobles trying to play him.
            The fact that he’s just content with how things are suggests precisely what I mentioned before: he’s a conforming character who lacks ambition and chooses the path of the least resistance. It’s not a protagonist material, basically, not for this genre, at least.

          • Krozam says:

            Well, I can’t really disagree with that. He doesn’t have many qualities that’d normally make for an interesting protagonist, particularly this early on. There’s improvement in that regard, but it’s subtle and slow.

  13. Sigh~ it was going so well. says:

    This chapter is pretty disappointing. The betrayal + I was a lunatic the whole time is pretty dumb if you ask me. He spent 5 years with them and they didn’t notice that he was a psycho killer?
    Also If the MC is so much more strong than vel why isn’t he faster than him and able to kill him easily. And what is the point in asking for the motivation of the villain just kill them or capture them and interrogate when everyone is safe.

  14. Ryan says:

    Bullsh*t cliche that came abut because of incompetent protagonist.. oh joy how original.

  15. LogicBindsUs says:

    Thanks for the chap!

    Man at this pace we will be caught up in over 25 years 🙁

  16. LogLauncher says:

    Thanks for the chapter !!

  17. ZaX says:

    Congrats on reaching 100! Thanks for the chapter and get some well deserved rest.

  18. Elena's Unconscious Butt says:

    Finally some action!
    Too bad instead of Elena or Ara lewd pics we got an illustration with this retarded mug.

    Kuust should do the right thing and just kill himself.

  19. Angel says:

    Congratulation for reaching 100 chapter!!!

    and this chapter really interesting 😀

    thx for the chapter ^^

  20. sergioGM says:

    thanks 😀

  21. SFcipher says:

    Thanks for the chapter

  22. Shadowtrap2010 says:

    FKING NOOB… he should have just chop off the enermy limbs before asking question… breaking people that under mind control should also help too he act too much like 10yrs old who have never read a novel or play any game with plot, it feel like he just a standard robot with no thought of his own it feel slightly empty to me!

  23. Seals says:

    Thanks!

  24. Thousand Skeleton says:

    Am I supposed to care about this lame predictable betrayal and the OH SHIT HE’S SO EVIL Vel? Jesus chist make this arc end already.

  25. Wes says:

    Okay, ignoring the fact he’s evil, why choose now? there were several other chances of him killing her and even getting away with it that were much better; sleeping, in the midst of battle, while helping with food.

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