LDM – Chapter 234

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The Existence Named Leona 2

 

“I want to become the [Final Boss]!”

Leona said it a second time. It’s that important to her?
She kept on speaking when I was about to try asking what she meant.

“I, well, want to use my power how I want, when I want, doing what I want, selfishly, mercilessly, irresponsibly, and never have to think about whatever ties people down like apologies, reasons, compensations, or annoyances. I just want to enjoy myself… In other words, I want to live my life in this world doing whatever I feel like, I want to become the Last Boss! Fufufu.”

Leona laughed giddily. She still hadn’t finished, though.

“Haven’t there been circumstances altering Last Bosses recently like [He’s actually a good guy] or [There was no other choice but to] or [The evil ones were actually humanity]? That’s stupid, I hate stuff like that. Last Bosses should move in accordance to their desires and wield their strength how they want. An antagonist that overruns, pillages, plunders, and steals without ever feeling guilty about any of it. I want to be that sort of absolute authority.”

In other words, someone wholly engrossed by their selfishness. Looks like the Last Boss is the existence named Leona.

“There’s even a Demon King in this world, gods too. Well, even if he’s calling himself a Demon King, he’s a Dungeon Core. The Destruction God is the God of Light and the God of Darkness is the Evil God—the Creation God isn’t doing anything. They don’t feel like Last Bosses at all yeah? That’s why I’ll turn into one and that’s just how it is.”

It’s like that… well, it’s probably better that I don’t understand.

… Hold up. The God of Light is the Destruction God and the God of Darkness is the Evil God, the heck? That’s the first time I’ve ever heard that! There’s even a god called the Creation God? And he’s at the level of creating existence? Please don’t spout off something so crazy like it’s nothing…

“Aah, but I have my own policies though! I like to play my games with a few handicaps.”
“… Should I ask about them? What do you mean by handicaps?”
“Ufufu, there’s quite a few, but if I were to put it simply… I favor children that please me. I don’t get off on killing them, I actually give them blessings so that they won’t die.”

They’ve gotta be curses…

“I use some of my time to make sure that those children get strong and wise. I hope they’ll be able to kill me some day. So then when they do get strong enough to kill me, I’ll harvest them… Aah, I can’t wait! It’s my dream to turn those darlings that’ll someday get strong enough to kill me into pets unable to do anything but resent and vilify me! I just can’t wait to see what’ll happen when I still love on them… Hah hah!”
“That kind of love’s a bit much, kind of ruins the mood… was that called yandere?”
“Keima-san, I’ll raise your strength to the limit if you decide to be a candidate to be one of my pets. How about it, want to sign the contract?”
“Sorry, but I’ll decline.”
“Ah, unfortunate. Unexpected even, there’s a lot of people that want to get strong so much that they would even sell their soul to a demon. I’d put the probability at those who sign the contract with me after I offer it at about 80%, even. Ah, I also keep my promises. That’s another one of my policies.”
“… Leona, you’re a demon?”
“Oh dear, to call such a sweet and innocent human girl a demon… How praiseworthy. Well, there are a few heretics revering and worshiping me as the [Chaos God] or something, so I might actually be a demon.”

What a no-good girl, I have to do something and do it quick… but I can’t turn this into a fight.

“So then, it’s your turn now, Keima-san. As someone in a similar situation as me, what do you desire in this world? I might even make you my companion if you want half of the world.”

By similar situation, she’s probably referring to how I’m two things that should be hostile toward each other, how I’m both a Dungeon Master and a Hero.
Still though, my desire? I’ve already figured that out.

“I don’t want something outrageous like half the world. I just want to sleep in peace of mind.”
“Oh, how lovely. I think having a simple dream like that is nice. If you ignored how f*cking boring it is, I mean.”
“Thanks for the compliment. I think your dream’s amazing, too—if you took out how ridiculously troublesome it sounds.”
“Now that you mention it, it is troublesome. Yeah, we’re already friends! Better yet, we’re already close friends!”
“You do know that I’m not going to pay any friend charge or sign that contract, right?”
“Aw, unfortunate. Well, alright, Haku-san’s already paying for it anyway. This place is Haku-chan’s favorite, so I promise to not wreck it.”

So Haku-san’s paying some kind of friend charge… oh, is that why she’s had to hunt and attack dungeons for a long time? So that means… no, let’s stop there. It’s just my imagination.

“Well then, I’m going to be living here in the dungeon for a while. I’ll take some strolls now and then, but you don’t mind, do you?”
“… I don’t mind since you look more or less like a human, but please don’t say anything that could cause trouble, alright? That includes to your grandkids.”
“It’s the same for the Succubi, though. They aren’t any different from humans if they just hide a few things. Like that waitress girl you have over there… ooh? Why’s her attack power at 0? That’s suuuuper interesting!”
“Cut it out.”

With that, Leona snapped her fingers again. The surrounding clamor returned.

“Well, thanks for the meal. Put some rice in our provisions next time, okay?”
“I’ll consider it.”

Returning her dishes now that she finished eating, Leona left the dining room.

“… Holy crap, I thought I was going to die…”

I suddenly started sweating.
I might’ve even fainted if I had [Blackout Resistance] set to OFF.
… I need to start using [Super Transformation] even here in the inn from now on, don’t I?
I ate my now-cold dinner and returned to my room.

By the way, after turning into the Succubi’s meal, Setsuna and Nayuta rolled out of the dungeon with vacant eyes the next morning. Well, our Golems were what rolled them out though.
Try not to catch a cold out there alright?

 


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59 Responses to LDM – Chapter 234

  1. Nnelg says:

    May I ask, what the original for [Final Boss] was? I thought it was supposed to be the same thing as [Demon King]…

  2. SaMu says:

    Holy fragging fartnuggets, Batman!! It’s a super She-Joker!

  3. Drakuro says:

    well, lately we have all those isekai web novel where the MC get super cheat skill and decided to do whatever he wants without having a care about the world.

    I think this is the authors jab at that.
    It basically means that from another people’s POV, you’re just the main villain.

    • anonymous says:

      it is also a jab at anti hero/villian novels since nowadays they arent the real villians due to betrayal plot or forced circumstances

    • CreamBeast says:

      you mean some MC who can transfer between worlds, can instantly travel around the world and space, have 7 golden knights and some silver knights, and finally trying to kill the local gods because they hurt his lolis?

  4. 4crosses says:

    And kehma is like “I´m so glad that i have no plans to become a hero~”

    • Dark says:

      That reminds me, Kehma is rich as hell now. Dude should go buy out the Sia slave district. Set up a shanty town, have Kuro and Ichika train them up as village guards and the like. Easy DP for a good cause.

  5. sodemas says:

    Thx for the chapter o/

  6. BlackElite says:

    LoL
    The Boss….
    And denied

  7. Wolf says:

    ….
    Can I straight up say that she’s insane and a freakin walking nuclear bomb!?

    • Rawr says:

      Rather than a nuclear bomb, I’d say she’s a genuine planet cracker…

    • Barnaby says:

      You can say that. In fact, if you were to say it to her face she would just smile sweetly while saying “Yup~ Thanks for the compliment!”

  8. Abyssal says:

    Thank you for the chapter~

  9. tnyhy says:

    … So she basically asked for her grandchildren to be raped… joy.

    The only point I like of her, is that Haku hates her and I hate Haku.

    • ModoTheGreat says:

      No, she ordered it. And as a side note, she intends to raise her grandchild(ren?) until they grow strong enough to surpass heroes and then break them into powerless pets.

  10. FTxNexus says:

    That Leona sounds like an useless teenager/shut-in gaining absolute power, thus making her disillusioned. Yet this kind of person dare to judge others dreams? Based in what?

    I really to see ger being stripped of her powers

  11. Tinchen says:

    o m g
    that sounds troublesome
    ty for the chap

  12. Oak says:

    Thanks for the chapter
    That’s one broken thing

  13. Jack the Ripper says:

    Kehma brought in by the creation god???

  14. Finn Skiler says:

    Now that i think about it..
    Isn’t the MC of “The Lazy King” is a mixture of Leona and Kehma?

  15. Newface says:

    Thanks for the Update!!

  16. k says:

    thank for the update

  17. bloggbigg says:

    This is making me think that the direction this novel is going in is not the same as when it started.
    I’ve seen some bs implausible villains before, but this is ridiculous. Scripted, sensational, self-aware, purposeful but hypocritical evil? I so want this arc to end already, but I want to have faith in Author-san…

    Who seems to like having Kehma watch various characters being raped and be unaffected/unconcerned… wtf? (sigh).

    • Dark says:

      The succubus don’t really bother me much either… yet. As far as I can tell they feed off of desire and lust by giving people erotic dreams or visions. They can’t even work with someone like Nerune. So they may tempt, infatuate and dis-inhibit but anything forceful would likely be counterproductive.

      Leona on the other hand plays Mr. potato head with people, which IS a violation gross and terrible on the level of A.M. Unfortunately she’s also incredibly powerful like A.M.

      I agree that this is a somewhat uncomfortable place in the story to linger. Leona is terrible and I want her gone… but I don’t find her all that implausible. Take your average modern day troll, plop them in magic mid-evil Europe with Dr. Moreau powers and give them several hundred years to get bored. Over the long haul, ending up with someone like that seems more an inevitability than an improbability.

      • bloggbigg says:

        I don’t care about the succubus. Leona being one is incidental and almost irrelevant seeing as she’s OP in super-alchemy and could probably do all ‘succubus powers’ if she liked anyway. Leona’s succubi friends definitely can (and will) ‘eat you’ while awake, so there’s more to it than ‘happy dreamtime’.

        Playing ‘Mr. potato head with people’ (as you call it 🙂 is a level beyond what you’d normally consider alchemy to be capable of- so that says a bit about what she might be able to accomplish if she put more than casual effort into it. (Read: can mess you up).

        As much as I’m unhappy with the various levels of uncomfortable the author’s decided to conjure up, that I can (grudgingly) put aside so long as the story is good. In my opinion, the background here is suggestive of a less than good (forced) arc. She is pretty damn implausible actually. As you note- several hundred years is plenty of time for people you’ve been pissing off to get it in gear. She’s just walking around with her entourage like she owns the place, and everyone seems to have a long standing ‘long as she doesn’t mess with me’ attitude about her. Completely ridiculous. Ok- so let’s say she was always ‘too powerful’, or there’s other reasons why ‘whatever’. She’s walking around with all the Succubi she’s ‘protecting’- but doing things which will draw fire to her. No way in a few hundred years can the idea ‘some other wanna-be villain’ might use the less risky (and not innocent anyway) succubi to get to her. They could even monologue her with her own stupid- no, retarded spiel.

        Anyway, all that aside- to introduce her into Khema’s area is just to make a distasteful wildcard into the story that is ‘at best’ a gimmick- one which occasionally reminds how stupid and powerless everyone else is to put up with her shit.

        So many other problems are introduced by this as well. Dungeon cores and their like are relatively ‘much less’ powerful away from their dungeon. She’s also more powerful than a core _in_ their dungeon. Ask- ‘How?’ Why bother?- apparently no one else can get that powerful (for whatever reason)- at least not in a few hundred years (or they are also selfish/unconcerned/villains).

        I dunno- it just doesn’t ‘fit’. I’m sure the author will shoehorn it in somehow, but I guess this is a heavy-handed motivator to find her long-lost dungeon maybe? Or maybe he’ll just randomly please her somehow & she’ll go away. Who knows? Not many good ends to this mess.

        • Dark says:

          Hah, well yeah it’s a dungeon and succubus are still monsters. Just somewhat preferable to ‘pit full of snakes’ or ‘shanked by goblins’.

          I don’t think anyone is ‘unconcerned’ about Leona. Haku said to kill her if possible, but seems to have some restriction* that prevents her direct interference. Setsuna tried confronting her and Kehma’s working out how to get rid of her.

          I doubt Leona was always ‘too powerful’ to deal with, but similarly we don’t know when she started to potato-head people. Also it’s got to be hell trying to track someone that can shape-shift and probably teleport in a world that barely has snail mail.

          Is she a gimmick? Too early to tell, but it’s implied that she’s got some history with Haku. I don’t like Leona but wouldn’t write her off as a villain of the week just yet.

          Leona isn’t powerful because she’s a core, she’s powerful because she’s a ‘Hero’. The dungeon core element just gives her a functionally unlimited amount of time to level up, and she’s reached the point that she’s manufacturing her own mobs to grind on.

          * ˙uoʎן ʇɔɐɟ uı sı ɐuoǝן ʇɐɥʇ ʇno suɹnʇ ʇı ɟı ‘sʇɥbıɹ puɐɯɯoɔ ǝʇnןosqɐ ʎןqɐqoɹd

          • bloggbigg says:

            Well, a lot is unknown- but no matter her title/origin, she’s a force no one opposes.

            I don’t consider complications like this a matter of like/dislike for the character- it’s just a complication that’s so high above the story, the only solutions often end up ‘ridiculous’ or ‘magical’ (deus ex).

            Well, whatever- I’m hoping it works out. Apparently though, this author is rubbish with maintaining the line between ‘ecchi’, and physical assault. Apparently making the victims rape ‘resilient’ is his answer. Is it just me or does anyone else find these deviations weird considering the tone and lightheartedness of the rest if the story?

          • Dark says:

            Oh yeah, no argument there. Best case scenario she gets bored and leaves so the story can move on.

            Keep in mind, it hasn’t been a tonally pure story from the beginning. It’s quite dark at times. Kehma’s still got those “Rich Family First Knight Order” fellows dismembered and sealed up cask of amontillado style, for example.

  18. Magnetic magnet says:

    Leona has a bad personality.

    Also, the god of destruction and the god of evil? I like how there’s not generic good vs evil setting this time. LDM is doing a good job surprising with the non-generic stuff and that’s a good part why I like the series.

    Thanks for the chapter.

  19. Ugluks Flea says:

    So… if Leona has been in-world for 500 years or so, why would she be aware of current (to Kehma, anyway) pop culture stuff like her dislike of trends in Last Bosses essentially having backstories that humanize their last boss-edness? Does she have access to the original world? I guess it could be explained by her merging with newly xfer’d and gaining their knowledge but how many heros would have to be brought over just for her to stay up to date on current trends?

    • Dark says:

      I don’t think she can access the origin world. She’s just talking about tropes, and those will have overlap in any world. Worth noting – 500 years in this world isn’t 500 years in origin world, going by Wataru.

      • bloggbigg says:

        I think it’s an author oversight. Language is based on context. In this world, ‘Final Boss’ would refer to a dungeon dive- very likely little else. Since she’s not in a dungeon or seeming to want to make one to be in, she’s ‘using the word wrong’ for other residents of this world. Using it like a gaming reference _should_ be unfamiliar to her (unless she’s ‘origin familiar’).

    • I wanna sleep says:

      I think that everyone summoned from Earth comes from the same time.

      So even if they summon a Hero 1000 years later, then that Hero will be from the same time as Keima.

      • bloggbigg says:

        That makes for more problems than sense.

        • Anonymous says:

          Not really. It seems like time passes much faster in the current world than in Earth. Like so much faster Earth seems like it is standing still from the perspective of the current world. The Earth time difference in summonings between Leona and Keima could be only something like 5 seconds. Not the 5 centuries that have passed here.

          That is why She, Watou, Keima, and that Food God Hero all share the culture of modern say Japan.

  20. Yomi El says:

    She kinda reminds me of Root/Flaz/Vegan/orWhateveritcallsitself(Moon-led Journey). She is like Root but more Chaotic and Self-centered, truly fitting for a last boss.Thanks for the chapter.

    • Yomi El says:

      Oh I mean Falz not Flaz..srry for the typo

      • Fui-desu says:

        Isn’t Makoto more stronger than anymore else in that novel right?

        • Anonymous says:

          iirc he’s less powerful and significantly less skilled than the gods.

        • Dark says:

          He’s weaker than the gods and less skilled than many of his underlings. He has more mana than Root, but he also only stopped Root’s flashy AOE attack with assistance, and that attack wasn’t even directed at him.

        • Yomi El says:

          Fui-desu the “Similarity” I am referring to is the self-centered personality of both characters and not the Last Boss part. In my opinion I think the last boss of Moon-Led journey will either be a “Parallel World/Timeline Makoto(Who became his world’s Devil)” or some form of Eldritch Abomination. I do not see the Bug,Root,or even ‘Trashimoki’ as the Last boss though.

  21. Zeth says:

    Thank you Ziru!

  22. Random Internet User (tm) says:

    Thanks kindly for all the hard work!

  23. Fui-desu says:

    Thanks for the chapter!!

  24. A random passerby says:

    after turning into the Succubi’s meal, Setsuna and Nayuta rolled out of the dungeon with vacant eyes the next morning.
    I was wondering when they’d be finished eating them lol

  25. Anon says:

    Not really. It seems like time passes much faster in the current world than in Earth. Like so much faster Earth seems like it is standing still from the perspective of the current world. The Earth time difference in summonings between Leona and Keima could be only something like 5 seconds. Not the 5 centuries that have passed here.

    That is why She, Watou, Keima, and that Food God Hero all share the culture of modern say Japan.

  26. Blitzarc says:

    So basically she is Shou Tucker but instead of doing it for a mere experiment, she did it to make them hates her for eternity in order to kill her. Damn thats dark.

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