May 19th

 

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CHAPTER 2

— Airborne Castle. The kitchen.

Having tended to her own wounds, KuroUsagi left the tower of the castle she was warded in and started helping out in the kitchen which was located in another tower.

Even in war time, tummies would be hungry. Hunger that returned from her relief of reuniting with her comrades motivated KuroUsagi to whip up some dishes for sustenance.

(Aiyaya. Everyone here is busying with the food preparations for the injured and the refugees too.)

Her usagimimi waved in the air as KuroUsagi moved in small hops around the kitchen.

Borrowing a corner of the kitchen that no one else was using, KuroUsagi placed some ingredients she found around the place together to boil a simple soup of egg and vegetables. Fortunately, there was a storage of a large quantity of spices and it posed no problem when it came to the matter of spicing the food for taste.

Following that, KuroUsagi stir-fried another dish of lamb jerkies and egg.

These dishes were a simple fare, but being a critical time for them all, one would be grateful for such a luxury.

(Although they have managed to buy some time with the authorities of [Host Master], it is not known how long that peace would last before the start of the battle again. KuroUsagi must prepare herself in the meantime as well.)

Currently, the convention for the battle strategizing was being held for the others and the next call for them would surely be the deployment of all able-bodied personnel. If that were the case, the likelihood for KuroUsagi to be counted within the strength of the main force would be very high indeed.

Thus, for the sake of carrying out her duties later, now was the time for her to replenish her strength as much as possible.

(Since these usagimimi have returned, KuroUsagi’s not a burden anymore. KuroUsagi will work hard to not hold back Izayoi-san, Asuka-san and Yao-san.)

Clenching her fists, KuroUsagi silently firmed her resolve. And just when KuroUsagi was about to carry away her completed dishes, a familiar voice came from behind.

“Ooh, that looks tasty. KuroUsagi-dono, may I have a taste too?”

KuroUsagi shook her usagimimi as she turned her head back.

As it was a voice that she recalled having heard before, KuroUsagi turned back without a shred of guardedness. Only to widen her eyes after seeing the owner of the voice.

(Woah Woah…..! Where, where did this beauty come from…?!)

KuroUsagi frantically took a step back as she took in the sight of the female whom she had not met before. She had seen quite a few beauties in her life. However, this person was a breed that she had not seen before.

In contrast to that set of strong and determined eyes that contained the sense of demureness and great intellect, those breasts which were bigger than the average being matched with a vertical striped sweater with a low neckline only served to give off an enticing feel.

Her slightly long flaxen hair were plaited wonderfully and it reached from her shoulder to lie between her breasts. And naturally, that would have attracted the line of sight of any onlookers.

Different from the vibe that Leticia exuded, this woman gave off the appeal of a grown woman.

(Shirayuki-sama and Willa-san possess sizable breasts, but these are also……!)

“KuroUsagi-dono. It’s okay to look, but shouldn’t you show some restrain?”

The mystery beauty chided with a wry smile. It was only then that KuroUsagi who was peeping into the other person’s cleavage was brought back to reality. Indeed, that was a truly unrestrained gaze. It is only because KuroUsagi’s a female that it could be laughed aside. However, a slap would have been reasonable if it were to be a guy doing that very same act of staring.

—But, who in the world is this person?

There was no way for anyone to forget such a beauty even if they had a glance.

Moreover, this person seemed to know KuroUsagi.

Ignoring KuroUsagi’s question, the mystery beauty combed back her hair to peer at the dish.

“Oops. Is that mutton jerky…..? And I just wanted to have a bite together, but now this is a little troubling. Cannibalising would be bad.”

“The same race as the mountain goats? Eh, could you be,”

“Mhm. This is my first time in human form. So allow me to introduce myself once more— I’m the mountain goat celestial beast, Amalthea. As a comrade of the same community, I will be in your care.”

Being greeted with a friendly smile in a polite fashion, KuroUsagi quickly responded in kind. And thinking about it carefully, it would not be strange that she was able to perform an anthropomorphization. After all, Amalthea is a celestial beast as well as a divine being.

KuroUsagi lifted her head as she recalled the legends of the female who stood before herself.

(This person is the elder of the Greek god faction. The nurse-mother of Zeus, the sky god. As well as a harvest goddess and the strongest shield.)

……even though it was a summarised description, it was already quite amazing.

Before a rare type such as Amalthea, the [Moon Rabbit]s and the pure blooded vampires were nothing in comparison.

Even though her spiritual level would have fallen somewhat, it was still unbelievable that someone as important as her would join [No Name]. Then, just what kind of contract could Asuka have made with her?

Sensing the intent behind KuroUsagi’s gaze, Amalthea then smiled as she pointed towards the canteen.

“Since it’s not often that we meet like this, let’s just go to the canteen to have a chat. I’ve always wanted to have a chat with our Community’s strategist, KuroUsagi-dono. Would that be fine with you?”

“YES! Let’s do that, of course!”

KuroUsagi’s usagimimi perked up as she replied. Seeing that the end of the strategic meetings were to be a little while longer, KuroUsagi also wanted to find a chance to have a chat with Amalthea.

The duo then prepared some tea and snacks before setting off in search for a space to have their meal.

Part 2

Having borrowed the use of a VIP room, KuroUsagi and Amalthea, who had finished their meal quickly, were seemingly out of breath as they downed their teas to continue their chat.

“But KuroUsagi-dono and master were actually able to pull through that sort of dangerous situation. When the two of you were teleported by Mazwell, even I had my hopes crushed then. Or should I say that this sure is expected of the [Aristocrat of Little Garden].”

Amalthea was smiling as she offered her praises. However, KuroUsagi was quick to shake her head.

“No, that’s not it. To be able to escape that sort of dangerous situation is really due to the endowment of protection from my patron god as well as the gamble that Asuka had taken to make that wish. This life was supposed to have been burn away as according to the legends of the [Moon Rabbit].”

When bestowed the Divinity of the War God*Indra, the body of the [Moon Rabbit], which had already been endowed with a strong body and strength, would then be sure to receive a power that would surpass any ordinary divine entities in strength.

However that would also be the enactment of the [Moon Rabbit]’s accomplishment where one would exchange one’s life for a miraculous forbidden power.

Originally as the price for the miracle, KuroUsagi should have paid her life.

“What had been bestowed wasn’t only the Gift. It was also my patron god’s past that was passed down to me in the form of a revelation. — “Herald of the War God, please stand for your comrades”. To KuroUsagi, that revelation is the true Gift.”

Placing both her hands before her chest with pride. As the patron god of her race had displayed an act that was only to be expected from a resident of Little Garden, there was nothing that she could be more proud of.

Although recently she had been called [Aristocrat of Little Garden”(lol)] and was taken to be a fool, the symbolic characteristic of self-sacrifice was the true face of the [Moon Rabbit]s.

“…… is that so. I actually thought that Indra wouldn’t have much positive points besides that which was said in the legends. I guess I should re-evaluate my opinion of him.”

“Mh Hm? I won’t be letting that comment slide like that. KuroUsagi heard that the elder god of the Greek faction is also quite playful, right? Especially with regards to his female relationships.”

“Aiya, wouldn’t that count as me slapping my own mouth? But the brave adventures of Indra is just as comparable to Zeus (that kiddo). Amongst them would be the story of being cursed after laying his hands on another’s wife. And I heard that the curse in revenge caused Indra to sprout many female parts all over his body,”

“Waaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! I don’t know, I don’t know, KuroUsagi don’t know! Talking about that stuff is a big taboo for a herald!!!”[magrefnote: Just noticed that 眷属 is not entirely a herald. It connotes a closer, more intimate bloodline /family relation similar to descendants. For simplicity sake, I will just continue using herald.]

Her usagimimi had completely reddened as she covered Amalthea’s mouth. Since it’s made a taboo, there should be some sort of punishment for it. Amalthea wished to continue the topic that sparked much happiness within her, but decided to close it on the account of seeing the frantic efforts on KuroUsagi’s end.

— Just conveniently mentioning on the side, that curse caused Indra to reach a whole new realm, but that is another thing altogether.

Revealing an elegant smile, Amalthea then sipped at her cup of tea before entering the main topic.

“Although it is rejected by many people, the system (origin) of the gods and human history is closely related. Because we are mutual observers who reside in separate universes, those who belong to the “gods most similar to humans” such as Indra and Zeus would then be easily affected by their human sides. Mah, among them are—- those who are born human but are supposed to have been born among the gods to rise as the leader of the gods.”

Hearing such words with a hinted meaning, KuroUsagi straightened her back and usagimimi.

Born human but becoming a leader of the gods. There could only be one person whom Amalthea referred to with that line.

“Could it be that you are referring to …… Asuka-san?

“Mhm. Her talent far exceeds that of a human vessel. However, the existence of master is, how should I put it…… strange. Not balanced. Hard to belief. Religious factions for the gods that have a human as its core do exist such as the Japanese mythologies and the bible, but her case can be called the real meaning of [Unknown].”

“……Indeed. But even though we are still unable to see clearly the origin of Asuka-san, the clues are still more than the other two.”

Sakamaki Izayoi and Kasukabe Yao were the exceptions outside the frame. Whereas, Asuka’s power was the exception within the frame. It was for certain that it would be counted as an unusual power, but it was still a power that was classified in a different direction from the other two.

“Moreover, we had heard from Garol-san of [Six Scars] that Asuka-san might be an “atavism”. A phenomenon whereby a divine spirit has manifest its “atavism”. A financial conglomerate that is in the top five tier of Japan…… Asuka-san’s bloodline, would be expected to have some sort of relationship to the Japanese royalty who bore a god in the form of a human,” [magrefnotes: atavism- the throwback of an organism to have a manifestation of a trait or character typical of an ancestral form usually due to genetic recombination (rephrased a little from Merriam Webster)]

“No, that’s not possible.”

Amalthea’s reply was immediate and KuroUsagi quickly shut her mouth after being met with a reply in such a self-assured tone.

Amalthea placed aside her tea cup before continuing.

“I understand where KuroUsagi-dono’s coming from. But the Japanese mythologies that have their origins tied to the royal family have undergone the ritual to forsake their Divinity after the end of the second world war…… [Universal Declaration of Human Rights].”

“YES. KuroUsagi’s usagimimi also heard that it is after that war that they undertook the ritual to descend their statuses as ordinary humans. And KuroUsagi thinks that it is those displaced Divinities which are now without a vessel that have chosen Asuka-san who may have some kind of bloodline relation…..?”

“Mah, ordinarily speaking, that thought would have sounded plausible, perhaps. The Divinity that she possess is similar and closest to the cosmology of the Japanese religion. The strength of master would be the real manifestation of the Yaoyorozu no kamigami (Eight hundred thousand gods)

“Then,”

“But, if that were the case, it would cause “Kudou Asuka”to become an existence quintessential for the country of Japan. However, according to the history of humankind when I last checked, that sort of turning point and scenario— the [Paradigm Shift] doesn’t exist.”

It was stated as simply as that. However, it was indeed the case.

If Kudou Asuka were to be an existence born to replace the core of the Japanese mythological god faction, it would then lead to the creation of a turning point, [Paradigm Shift], and cause a huge impact on the timeline of history.

However, that did not happen.

Besides, in Izayoi’s flow of time, the financial conglomerate of the Kudou family did not exist.

Amalthea propped her chin on a hand as she started to outline her conjectures.

“The ‘Kudou Financial Conglomerate’ that should not exist. This organisation was erased from history when it was dissolved by the departure of Master. We can then assume that the changing of the twisted history would be the command of master. But even if that were to be case, the powers obtained from the stars would be far too immense.”

“Mhm, indeed. If this is the case, Asuka-san’s power would just be as we initially mistook it to be. It would only at the level of controlling the hearts of people.”

It is true that Kudou Asuka possessed an immense power, but its existence in her body was completely disproportionate. Perhaps given time, KuroUsagi might be able to think up of a reason for the obtaining of such power, but even so, none of the proposed ideas would give the feeling of having hit the bull’s eye.

KuroUsagi’s usagimimi were bent downwards as she racked her brains over the problem. However, the answer would not come to her that easily.

Amalthea watched KuoUsagi with a quiet gaze before speaking hesitantly.

“KuroUsagi-dono. I have gotten an answer that I feel is the closest in possibility regarding the spiritual attainment of master. However…… that answer, might be cause you to feel pained in your heart.”

“Aie?”

KuroUsagi straightened her back upon hearing such a warning.

There was a tensed feeling in Amalthea’s gaze that wasn’t present in their conversation before and she leaned forward before speaking again to KuroUsagi.

“I heard from master that KuroUsagi-dono about your sacrifices for the sake of the Community’s continuity. For the sake of saving the fallen organization, you must have been worked to bones. And I would guess that the source of that strength in your heart is for the sake of reclaiming your lost Flag and Name …… and your previous comrades.”

“……Yes. I believe that together with Izayoi-san, Asuka-san and Yao-san, we will surely get them back some day.

“Then what if the existence of Asuka were to become the one thing that shatters your dream?”

Caught by such a sudden question, KuroUsagi widened her eyes.

Such directness in her words were unthinkable to have come from the lips of Amalthea who continued to have that quiet gaze in her eyes. However, there was no animosity in the gaze and it was somewhat closer to testing and probing for something. Although the question was sudden and rude, KuroUsagi remained calm as she digested those words.

Amalthea did not seem to have approached her to start a discussion on Asuka’s birth.

It was more likely that she had wanted to discuss with KuroUsagi with a bigger and more foundational problem.

The space between them was charged with an atmosphere of silence. However, it was also noticeable that the bustle within the castle had already subsided. That would mean the period of collecting and tending to the injured had come to a close.

Listening closely, one would hear the slight wind hitting the windows and doors in the castle and the unbearable silence that filled the entire room.

Their gazes had never left the other.

Even then, KuroUsagi’s words that broke the silence, were beyond the expectations of Amalthea.

“……that matter, would it be concerning the case of our comrades being thrown into the Outer World’s time stream?”

“……!?”

“Croix-sama said that he returned from the Outer World’s time stream and that gives credence to the possibility of other comrades being thrown into the Outer World’s time stream as well. Moreover, the possibility of them returning alive to our Community is of a low possibility. In a way, I’ve already prepared for the worst with regards to that matter.”

KuroUsagi’s calm voice was completely unlike her past self. One could easily hear the determination in her voice and it wasn’t just a matter of a temporary determination for a day or two.

If the possibility wasn’t considered from the day when it all started…… three years ago and given a fair share of acceptance for it to be a viable possibility, one would be unlikely to remain this calm. Her miscalculation of KuroUsagi’s determination caused Amalthea to turn her gaze downward in awkwardness and she apologized sheepishly.

“I said all that with a slight intention of testing your resolve and I’m truly sorry. I had been using the frail KuroUsagi-dono as my model of expectations.”

“No, it’s fine. It is also surprising to KuroUsagi that I’m able to take this thing all so calmly as well. If it were the KuroUsagi of a slight while before, she might have made a huge ruckus about this conjecture. Perhaps, this is also a side effect of obtaining Indra’s gift.”

KuroUsagi rubbed the back of her usagimimi while giving a feeble smile. It was impossible for one to be unshaken by such an impact and the current KuroUsagi was just strong enough to accept these stuff.

Amalthea closed her eyes as she continued.

“……is that so. As part of the endowment of Indra’s Divinity, the lotus of Buddhahood might have bloomed for your spirit and it is possible that you have gotten some revelation from the process as well. That might explain the quality of this calmness that KuroUsagi-dono’s exuding which feels as calm as a summer sea.”

“That, That’s exaggerating the praises for me. If I had not heard of Croix-sama’s experience earlier, KuroUsagi might have made a scene as per usual.”

“Hoho, I will just leave it as that then. —-Then, what would you think? If my conjecture were to be correct…… no, I would rate my confidence level in my hypothesis to be 80 to 90% accurate for myself to actually broach this subject with you. Will you then be able to bear the possibility of the fate of your comrades who were thrown to the other world?”

The hesitant probing gaze was once more reflected in those eyes of Amalthea.

And KuroUsagi returned a nod with a tranquil gaze of her own.

Part 3

On the other side at the same time.

Kudou Asuka, Leticia and Shirayuki-hime were huddled together while resting after the hearing of the discussion on Azi Dahaka counter measures.

Among the trio was Asuka, who was the palest in her complexion as the colour of blood seemed to have drained from her face. She was holding her hands tightly while having an expression of worry and a brooding silence. If it were the usual fiery Asuka, she would have voiced her dissatisfaction earlier.

Chewing her lip to keep calm, Asuka asked Leticia.

“……that’s unbelievable. Leticia, is she serious about that plan? That’s completely nuts. Are we really able to trust it?”

“Aah. In terms of the calculations for success rates, Lappy’s the strongest brain for that.”

“Mhm. Since it is the strategy designed by the [Laplace Demon], I will believe in it then. Although that would place a huge mental strain on Asuka……”

Shirayuki-hime had a serious expression as she concurred with Leticia with regards to the trust in Laplace’s ability. Hoever, the role that Asuka was about to play was much larger than what she had described it to be. Moreover, it wasn’t a humane plan to be carried out either.

“…… Bestowing mock divinity to the remaining strength count. The fire dragons and the ghost types should be able to withstand the process to some extent but how many would actually be left standing to continue to battle,”

“Shirayuki-dono.”

Hearing the chiding tone in Leticia’s voice, Shirayuki-hime covered her mouth quickly.

Asuka’s expression only became graver than before.

Mock Divinity was a double edged sword that granted an individual god level powers in exchange for the shaving off of one’s lifespan.

(In the past, Asuka was only using her power to twist the will of her opponents. Hence she was unable to effectively utilise the effect of mock Divinity enhancement. However, in the case when the target’s determination is aligned to the bestowed Divinity, the spiritual boost would be pretty significant.)

It might have been a necessary action to be undertaken for the operation.

However, Kudou Asuka who was to carry out that operation was only just a fifteen year old girl.

The thought of making others rush to their deaths and gamble their lives for the sake of being useful in battle should not have been a natural thought that crosses her mind on any usual day. It was a responsibility that’s too heavy for such a young person like her.

“……Leticia. Is that plan absolutely necessary?”

“Aah. Be it a plan to defeat or to seal Azi Dahaka, there’s a definite need to get that guy’s huge spiritual power…… no, I should just describe it as quantity for an easier understanding. There is a need to make him spit out all of those portions.”

“Thus, there’s a need to have enough strength in numbers to deal with the large quantities of clones. For that end, Asuka’s endowment of mock Divinity to the masses is absolutely necessary. Although we might not feel that good about having to force a young one such as yourself to carry out this plan…… but there isn’t any other method that would be more constructive than that. Looking in another perspective, this would give a huge boost to the success rate of the operation—“

“No, that’s not enough.”

Coming from the other side of the large VIP room doors was a voice of a male who interrupted Shirayuki-hime’s words— Mandra’s voice.

The sudden interruption caused the female group some slight dissatisfaction for being bothered, but it was followed by an apology.

“I apologize for the interruption. I had thought to enter for the final tying up of the strategy discussions, but it became an eavesdropping act instead.”

“……it’s alright. After all it does concern everyone too.”

The voices of both parties were stiff. After all, the people who would be betting their lives on the line in the upcoming battle were none other than them.

And everyone would have their own thoughts on the matter.

Having gotten the permission to enter, Mandra did not sit himself with them and opted to stand while making his request.

“Regarding the subsequent combat operation, we of [Salamandra] would like to make a request to the [No Names].”

“That, is it for me?”

“No, we would like to make a request from Leticia-dono.”

Hearing the unexpected words, Asuka turned her surprised gaze towards Leticia.

But Leticia seemed to have anticipated this in advance and cold sweat were already beading her forehead.

“Mandra-dono. Could it be that…… you are here to talk about the battle 200 years prior?”

“That’s right. As expected of one who had experienced the battle 200 years ago. Then, this makes things simpler. We would like to borrow your power once more for this current battle. The power of Little Garden’s Knights— the Vampires.”

Getting a hint of the meaning behind Mandra’s words, Asuka and Shirayuki-hime sucked in a breath of cold air.

— wanting to borrow the power of the vampires.

These words can only mean one thing.

“Could, Could it be that …… you intend to cause your comrades of [Salamandra] to undergo vampirification?!”

“What stupidity!! Vampirification is only a nice sounding term but that doesn’t change the fact that it is only just a step away from being zombified into a cannibalistic creature and is hence a banned technique! Needless to say, it is a restricted Gift of the dark side!  Are you planning to pollute the blood that holds the legacy of the strongest kind?!”

“I would know of that more clearly than anyone else!!!”

Mandra roared loudly in an intensity that rivalled Shirayuki-hime’s loud voiced chiding.

“Being bestowed mock Divinity……. Is indeed a large power-up. However, without a strong and durable physical body or spiritual vessel, it is impossible to maintain that form for a sufficient duration. In the end, that would only force the main force to have a limited time to draw a clear distinction between victory and defeat and have their choices greatly restricted. In that case, we would be giving a huge burden of responsibility to the frontline fighters.

“……that’s…”

Shirayuki-hime could not find a come-back for that point.

Originally, the three headed dragon is already a foe that’s out of their league.  Thus, for the sake of gaining a victory in this fight, there was a need to carry out the operation with a precision similar to the treading of a needle head.

“However, with us dragon types coupled with vampirification that strengthens our bodies, it would also serve to maintain our mock Divinity forms for a longer time in battle. As long as our spiritual capacities are boosted to that extent, even my useless self would be able to have a bout with that three headed dragon to sate my vengeance.”

If that power had been able to boost the Titan race from their previous encounter, one would definitely expect a similar result when giving that same power to the large sized Fire Dragons or to those with a less diluted bloodline.

However, it is just as Shirayuki-hime says, the act of doing so would defy moral grounds.

Allowing evil to consume them for the sake of victory would then invite an inevitable retribution.

And knowing the type of hazard that the curse would cause to the receiver, Leticia gave a big sigh as she levelled her gaze on Mandra.

“…Mandra-dono. Are you planning to be vampirified as well?”

“Of course. With Sandora missing at the moment, it falls down to me to lead the charge. Therefore, how is it possible that I’m going to be the only one to be spared from the curse?”

“I see that you have a great determination, but I presume that you have said that while understanding the meaning of your words, have you? This vampirification might actually cause [Salamandra] to be destroyed in its literal meaning.”

Leticia’s question was laced with a deeper meaning as she asked to reconfirm his determination.

And that tone was not lost on Asuka as she coked her head quizzically.

“Leticia. What…what do you mean? Could you be implying that it will be fatal?”

“Or rather, it should be said in another way. It will definitely give an effect like Mandra says it would. The spiritual power and the physical vessel, which is the body, would have a great boost in strength. However, that would require a price and that would be…… the truth behind [Salamandra]’s irreplaceable aging population.”

“Although Laplace tried to secretly change the battle proposal, we of [Salamandra] are facing a threat from a different direction altogether. The number of deaths is really astounding. But besides that problem…… would be direct threats of the short lifespans of vampirified individuals and the decline in fire dragon birth rates to become 1 in a hundred.”

At this point, Asuka, who learnt the truth, had the look of surprise on her face.

When compared to the sacrifices in battle, this might just be a reality that would make it all the worse with its serious implications.

The cost from the vampirification —-and the loss of their fertility.

If it is only a shortening of one generation’s lifespan, it might still be salvageable for their clan. However, it would be another matter altogether if they were to lose their fertility as well. The already small population of the fire dragons would then face a threat far worse than a plague.

“I heard that the current numbers of the fire dragon race is roughly five thousand strong. Whereas the numbers in the past, 200 years prior, was at thrice that amount. ……Although there were deaths in the great battle 200 years ago, the main reason of that decrease would still be the result of the curse of infertility and shortened lifespans of the vampirification process. Am I right?”

“……That’s right. If we wanted to be really precise about the matter, it would be that the vampirified individuals would need to take some blood from their own race if they wanted to have a longer lifespan. Whereas, even those who would reject the consumption of blood would be able to live for a dozen years or so…… However, using longevity to overcome the few numbers and low fertility rate is what makes the two curses fatal to our race.”

As a result, the strength of the [Salamandra] organization has been greatly decreased.

This is because the decrease in numbers for an army that comprises of a single race would be directly proportional to the decrease in its strength.

“Mandra-dono. I hope that you will reconsider the matter. Let’s back up a hundred steps to consider it in this perspective. Even if I were to help you with the vampirification process, Sandora-dono is still missing and if the only one left to carry the burden of responsibility for leading your people were to be vampirified, it would be a total end to the [Salamandra] leader’s bloodline. It is the literal meaning of disbanding the Community…… Or do you mean that you want to beg Sala-dono, who ran away, to come back.”

Leticia watched Mandra closely as she implored his reconsideration with a weighty tone. In addition, within those words was a question that intended to remind him of his possible responsibility as a leader if he had not already realise that. After all, the organization of [Salamandra] was just pushed into such a tight corner in the current situation.

If one were to consider the rebuilding after the battle, it would be a minimum requirement for Mandra Doltrake to be living and unharmed.

(The understanding…. Of the continuity of one’s race or organization……)

Asuka watched their conversation intensely while gritting her teeth. No matter what the reason had been for Asuka, she had been one who ran away from that situation. Even though she had been seen as a terrifying witch for having the ability to hold sway over the hearts of people, it did not dismiss the fact that she was expected to be the next head to lead the financial conglomerate.

And she, who had thrown aside all that to escape into the other world, did not have a right to interrupt this conversation.

Leticia and Mandra watched each other tensely.

But unexpectedly, it was Leticia who lowered her gaze first while giving a sigh.

“……I just don’t get you, Mandra-dono. You are the kind who would even make use of other Demon Lords to bring glory to your organization, aren’t you? It should be your wish to glorify [Salamandra], isn’t it?”

“That wish has not changed one bit.”

“Then, treasure yourself. The blood that flows within you represents the future of the current [Salamandra]. Have you considered the thoughts of your comrades who are to learn that there is no future even if they were to score a victory here?”

Compared to her chiding tone earlier, her words sounded closer to an advice this time. Having known each other for a long time, she would also be hoping for a solution that did not involve an entire reconstruction of the organisation from its very roots.

Precisely because Mandra understood Leticia’s well-meaning behind her words, he had controlled himself from a usual hot-headed loud retort. Moreover, if Leticia weren’t a person who had contact with his Community even before his birth, she would not be wasting such lengths to give an advice as patiently as she did.

“……Actually, before coming here, I had gone to ask Laplace on the whereabouts of Sandora.”

“That’s…. Hm, and what’s the verdict?”

“And, it is determined that the reason for Demon King of Confusion’s control over Sandora is…… the unstable situation of our organisation, [Salamandra].”

“…………!”

Demon King of Confusion is an evil god that appears during the instability of a society. And judging by the situation of [Salamandra], it was only natural for Demon King of Confusion to appear.

“There are two conditions for Sandora to be released. First would be the development in Sandora’s own mind and body to obtain the capability and capacity to rid herself of Demon King of Confusion’s possession. Secondly would be targeted organization working as one to right the chaos and confront the Demon King of Confusion.”

“…… For that, you decided to defile the purity of your blood?”

“That’s correct. Although there are quite a number of respectable individuals in [Salamandra], there are quite a number of naïve people as well. It is those naïve people who would plan to use the opportunity to elevate me to the leadership position to maintain [Salamandra]’s operations. However, if they were to know that I’m infertile and unable to produce anymore heirs, they would definitely go to save Sandora.”

Saying up to there, Mandra suddenly broke into a bitter laugh.

Perhaps, that was a mirthless humour made at himself.

“We……. Have always been leaving bad impressions on her. An elder sister who left the organization and a useless elder brother who has a deformed Dragon Horn due to illness. Even though we are over a hundred years old, we as members of the family have only brought shame to our name. Those must be her thoughts of us. And the only thing that I can do now would be to protect the leadership position for Sandora.”

The deformed Dragon Horn— rather than the result of an illness, it’s better described as a fault in the developmental years.

And for the dragon kind, the horn would be similar in significance to the lion’s teeth or the wings of a bird.

Although it would not cause death to the individual, it was definitely fatal if one were to look at the importance of the bloodline’s continuity. Therefore, it was in that instance that he had to give up on the rights to the inheritance.

“I agree with your sound advice, Leticia-dono. However, clinging onto such a small sliver of hope is only similar to building castles in the air. The only way to boost our ranks of [Salamandra] would be to require a dragon king’s bloodline. May the dark clouds that surround our people be dispersed by our roars— Even if it is the last valiant roar before our demise, as long as our voices are able to reach Sandora, [Salamandra] will surely be awakened from the abyss of stars one day.”

[Salamandra], the descendents of the Demon Lord TaiSui and the reincarnation of the Equator’s celestial dragon.

Although the path of the Sun, as it makes its way across the skies, would welcome a period of sunset, it would not bring about a total darkness for the night. And that was the belief that was reflected in the depths of his eyes.

Staring into Mandra’s eyes and having recognised the strong iron-clad will within them, Leticia gave a laugh of nostalgia.

“……Fufu. Mandra, you’ve become a fine warrior after that gap of a hundred years, huh. If Canaria were able to see the current you, she would also be glad about the changes.”

“Who knows? After all it’s Canaria-sensei that we’re talking about. It’s possible that she would have a laughing fit before giving only a passing grade.”

“No, no, she won’t. Canaria said that you had the potential since the time that she saw you in your younger years. The exact words were {“Mán-chan is really capable and has the potential to be cultivated”}. It really is a waste that you were unable to develop into a full dragon.”

Leticia giggled as she said the Mandra’s nickname of his younger days.

Asuka and Shirayuki exchanged a glance upon hearing the nickname that did not suit the current person in question.

Whereas the person himself, Mandra, had fallen silent. He then feinted a cough as he searched for a way to reply.

“Hmph……. That’s all for my request. So, allow me to make that suggestion to [No Name] once more. May you endow us with the Gift of the Vampires.”

“I understand. But the vampirification process can only be conducted on those who have the bloodline of humans.”

“Then, there’s no problem with that. Although it may be of a far relation, it is said that the wife of the progenitor is a human and there should be some traces of the human bloodline in the fire dragon race.”

“Then, let’s get started with the preparations. It will take some time for the blood to intermingle and bind. So time would be precious.”

Saying so, Leticia stood to leave.

And having heard their conversation, Asuka was painfully aware for the first time.

(It was the same for all of them. Everyone is placing a lot at stake to enter the fray……)

Then what about herself, Kudou Asuka? Would she be able to obtain a similar determination if she exhausted all the reasons for her to participate in the battle?

Part 4

—— The airborne castle. Second VIP room.

“…………….. It’s~~~~~so slow.”

Kasukabe Yao was feeling lonely as she sat on her wheelchair with her face pouted in a little tantrum.

Besides herself, there was no one else in the room and no one to talk to pass the time. And if we were to list the things that she could do the pass time, it would be the simple play of making “Clack Clack” noises with her wheelchair wheels. And that was the only interesting thing that she could think off at the moment.

No, that’s not it. The problem wasn’t about that boredom.

It has been a few hours since her handing over of her [Genon Tree] to Croix and she had intended to talk to Croix to find out about Izayoi, Asuka and KuroUsagi’s conditions. However, Croix had not returned since then. In the end, Yao could only play with her wheelchair making “clack clack” noises to pass the hours of boredom. And ironically feeling frustrated that she was finding amusement in her little made up game.

No, the problem was not there as well.

(I learn the timing for the commencement of the strategic meeting and because of that I’m unable to leave the room as well. Besides, I do not know the time for the meals and there’s no one visiting me too.)

Clack. Clack. Clack. After many years, she was sitting on the wheelchair again and making it move back and forth for the sounds.

She was weighing the thought of simply going out in the wheelchair to wander around in search of Croix. However, the other thought of possibly getting herself lost in the multitude of corridors made her drop her previous idea.

Just as she thought that there’s nothing else to do but to continue clacking around, Yao finally felt the presence of people on the other side of the room’s door.

“…… that’s all for the details. But don’t be too careless. We are basing it off your current mobility so the possibility of a complete victory is not entirely lost.”

“Yeah, yeah Shinigami, I’ve gotten it the first time, so you needn’t repeat those lines like a broken record.”

An old man’s voice that had a suspicious quality to the tone and another voice that was starting to take on a familiar tone.

Yao immediately turned her wheelchair to charge out into the corridor.

“Izayoi!? Are you alright?”

Bang! Went the door as Yao let herself out of the room in a rush.

Izayoi had a look of slight surprise on his face but he soon recovered with a usual loud laugh while giving a nod of his head.

“Yo! You look fine as well….. or maybe not. You really can’t walk now?”

Izayoi’s smiling face turned serious as he expressed his concern. And it was evident that Izayoi had heard of Yao’s current condition from Croix.

On the other hand, Yao who was watched by Izayoi’s slightly worried eyes, mustered her voice to reply in a tone that was as energetic as her usual self.

“It’s fine. I just need my [Genome Tree] to return to normal. Then I will be able to stand in battle with everyone this time. …… Am I right, Croix-san?”

“Yes, of course. And as promised, I will return the [Genome Tree] to you. But, before that, I’ll have to ask you about some matters, is that alright?”

“……sure.”

“Really? Then I will just be frank about this. I’m sure that you’ve heard of the [Genome Tree] and its connections to your parents…… then, regarding the type of Gift that it is crafted into, I’m sure that you would also have noticed something about it by now, am I right?”

Kasukabe gave a light nod in response to Croix’s words.

It is said that the [Genome Tree] is a Gift created to defeat Demon Lords and it simultaneously acted as the Gift that would deny the existence of the theory championed by the creationists. And among the three problem children, Yao Kasukabe, who came from the furthest future, had some speculations on the techniques that would be closest to this Gift.

“…… I get it somewhat that because in my time, the general idea is that the theory of creationism and evolution exists as at the same time.”

“I see. So that’s the case…… Then, I have another question for you. In your world,—- no , I mean in your time, were there any Gryphons?”

“Nn Mhm, but thinking about it logically, it might be possible for them to have man-made gryphons. Although international laws would have forbidden it, that sort of technique would be possible with the technology of our time.”

“…… I see. I get it now. All thanks to you, my years of ponderings are finally quenched by your answers. The era that you come from is truly similar to the other time periods but yet different for it deviates largely from the end point of the time stream. Perhaps, it might even be considered as a world that works as an exception. Moreover, I believe that the series of events that I’ve experienced in the outside world might not even exist in the time stream that you belong to. And although it might be a coincidence, the philosophical perspective and techniques of your time is truly unique and apart from all the other observable time streams that I’ve seen. So, it’s truly a pity—“

“Oi!”

Swish! Izayoi lifted his hand to take a swipe at Croix’s bowler hat.

Being unusually serious in his conversation then, Croix was surprised by the sudden attack and he blinked stupidly for a moment before staring accusingly at Izayoi.

“……is something the matter, Izayoi-chan.”

“Is something the matter my foot. Although I can deduce a little from that rant, but please bother enough to put it in a way that I can grasp, okay?”

Izayoi stood at akimbo as he spoke in irritation.

However, Croix who adjusted his bowler hat, only looked away with a thoughtful expression before shaking his head.

“Well, it’s still not the time to tell you about this. But I did promise to have the talk you wanted after the fight with Azi Dahaka right?”

“Hmph. What’s up with this kind of person who brings the topic up but brushes it aside when asked to clarify his own words.”

“You are right about that please understand that this is a question that has bugged me for several hundred years too. So I do promise to spill all that I know to you people after you guys are successful in defeating Azi Dahaka.”

And in the end, the conversation stopped there.

However, if the Demon Lord Azi Dahaka embodies the [Eschatology of the world], one would then be suspicious about the existence of Kasukabe Yao. This is because from the few words that she had said about her background even if it lacked the details, one would be able to deduce that she was summoned from the distant future.

And if she came from a distant future that has avoided the end of the world, that would give an inkling into the reason for the survival and a key to figuring out the truth behind the spiritual source of Azi Dahaka.

(But there isn’t time to spend on pondering over such details currently. Although the causation of Azi Dahaka might be closely related to what they just discussed, Azi Dahaka isn’t an opponent who can be defeated just by wits alone.)

Izayoi got hold of himself and focused on the priorities once more. Although he might have been heavily injured before the fight then, his opponent had still left him hapless in the one to one duel. Stray thoughts of these sort would only serve to hamper his movements and invite a counter from the enemy. Therefore, Izayoi chose to shut his mouth and lean on the wall for now.

Just as Croix took out the [Genome Tree], voices that were familiar were echoing down the corridors.

“You, You shouldn’t be up yet, Jack-san! Your wounds are too severe to rejoin the front lines!”

“……Oh, this? It’s no problem at all. Because my body is immortal after all. Lily-ojou-chan should hurry to take care of the other wounded instead.”

Having noted the familiarity of the voices, the trio exchanged a glance before heading briskly to the adjacent corridor.

And it was there that they saw Jack with his body swathed in bandages and leaning on the wall facing the fox girl Lily who was to coerce him to rest.

It was evident enough what the duo were arguing about along the corridors and no questions were needed to further clarify their speculations.

Interrupting their commotion, Izayoi scratched his hair while walking towards Jack with his usual smile.

“Yo, Jack. Thanks for the help that was a little on the side of being late. It’s the first time that I’ve seen you in your human form, but it seems to be more troublesome than your pumpkin form huh? If you do plan to quietly return to the sick bay, I’m willing to lend you a shoulder, you know?”

“……Izayoi-dono. You are already up? And here I was thinking that your injuries looked worse than mine when I last saw you.”

“Ah, don’t worry about me. It’s as you see it. I’m alive and well. It’s said that one’s daily actions are really important because this is all the work of the Unicorn Horn that was given to us during the course of our adventures and it turns out to be a really great Gift that is able to heal my injuries of that extent. However, it’s a pity that it’s only usable for a person.”

And Izayoi completed his story before Jack could ask the questions.

So Jack, whose unasked questions had been answered, could only shake his head with a wry smile.

“Is that so?…… I would also like to rest in the sick bay for a while, but it really is despicable for me to face my back to the enemy when I’m one of the Hosts.”

“Your opponent would never care for that sort of naïve words. …… Mah, if I were to speak my mind, I’m truly interested in your Game—- in fact, it’s to the point where my heart quivers with curiosity and I would salivate in anticipation. However, we can’t afford to lose you in this place now, so please leave it to us to handle the rest.”

Izayoi said flatly and he was unusually honest about his words.

After all, if we were to talk about the search for the truth behind the mysterious killer whose identity is unknown to all—Jack the Ripper]’s Game to search for his true identity, Izayoi would never say no to that challenge. In fact, he would be excited and perhaps even to the extent of trying to make an enemy out of Jack if it weren’t for the Alliance forged between their Communities.

But putting aside that curiosity, it would really be a waste to lose Jack.

And that was high praise coming from a self-proclaimed hedonist.

Waiting by the side, Yao also wheeled herself over to coax Jack.

“Jack, it’s just as Izayoi says. If you die now, many children would be sad about your passing. The current you is Jack the clown and not Jack the mass murderer.”

[Jack o’ lantern].

The most welcomed character in the Halloween festival, and the most loved monster by the kids. His fans were not limited to his own Community and even Asuka was one of them.

If he were to die, many kids would cry for his loss.

“Jack-san……”

Lily held Jack’s hand as she coaxed him to return to the room.

Getting coaxed in three different ways by three different individuals, Jack closed his eyes while hanging his head dejectedly.

Then, Jack broke out in a self-mocking laughter.

“…… Hoho. Jack the clown, is it? If that’s the real me, it would be all so good.”

“Aye?”

“Izayoi-dono, Kasukabe-chan, and Lily-chan, I’ve killed before. Be it young boys, girls and kids, I’ve killed them all. Not for a greater goal but to sate my own desires for achieving art in murders.”

“…….!?”

“The me of those days would take a young child who was screaming for his daddy and mummy and chopping off his arm to form an arch while attaching it to a decapitated head with its expression frozen at its moment of death to form a lantern. The last agonizing screams before their deaths would be my lullaby before my sleep and that is the existence that is the source of the monster named “Jack” before his reincarnation…… Even after knowing all that, would you still call me a clown?”

The trio were stumped for words as the ghastly scene painted by his descriptions made it impossible to find a praise or compliment to overshadow his deeds. However, the Jack that he described was entirely impossible to figure out from his recent actions in the battles that they had.

During the battle against Leticia who demonised in her form to attack [Underwood], Jack had been the first to protect the kids in the airborne castle.

When Sandora had fallen into the hands of Demon Lord of Confusion, Jack’s anger had also been roused in the battle that ensued.

The one who protected and loved the kids and the one who is loved and cared for by the kids, this pumpkin monster had his spiritual source stemming from a mass murderer of children. And that was something even Izayoi did not expect.

Croix pressed his bowler hat as he spoke.

“…… I see. It has been passed down in folklores that the legend of [Jack o’ lantern] is a person who has been through many reincarnations. And among them all is a commonality of “Jack being a villain who is beyond salvation”. After all, it had the same for his second chance. The Jack who cried to plead for a second chance at turning a new leaf for his next life, continued to be tainted with his evil ways in his second life.”

“That’s right. My real identity is “Jack the Ripper” who plunged London into fear. I’m unable to wash off my bloodstained past.” Jack stared at his bandaged hands before covering his face in anguish.

He, who had experienced the warmth of human’s innards, was now leaning on a wall for support as he trembled from his emotional breakdown.

“In his rage of having been lied to by a person like me, Saint Peter then sentenced me to be thrown into a void that left me in a state of neither life nor death. Without light or darkness and it was a void world that served as a prison for me.”

“……”

“And within that hell devoid of all things, I was not even allowed to take my own life. I was left there for such a long time that it felt as if I was melding and assimilating with the void zone.  It was then that a young girl appeared to gift me a small flame. That was the young demon who happened……. My master. Willa The Ignis Fatuus, a semi-celestial spirit who fell from candidacy.”[magrefnotes: As from translator HongLian: Due to the distinction mentioned in volume 3 on the difference between “born” and “happened”, we will retain the original word of happened to stick to the idea of the author]

A young girl who manifested from the breath of the Earth to be the embodiment for the demon who holds sway over life and death.

Although her spiritual power may not be of the level similar to Great Sage who Unifies Heaven who was born from the depths of the planet’s abyss, it was an undeniable fact that she was a child created by the planet.

“Begging the young demon who just happened without much understanding of her surroundings, I managed to leave the hell of emptiness to get back to the surface

. By then, the layers of my soul had already been weathered away by my experience in the void zone. And it was then that watching the smile of that innocent baby, Willa…… that I finally understood the enormity of what I had done in the past!!!”

Having spent sufficient time in the void to lose the outer layers of his soul, Jack’s insanity had been stripped with time’s passing. And if we were to convert the time spent into the concept of time in human sense, it would be a period that is close to being an infinite amount of time. Therefore, this led to Jack developing a third person persona that allowed himself to introspect his deeds during and before his imprisonment.

To introspect on the ‘him’ who had the same face as a certain someone. He who was drenched in the showers of blood, taking delight in helping them draw their last breaths and their looks of despair.

However, what awaited the reformed him was a hell that was far worse than the void prison that he had escaped.

It was the conscience that he had gained from the erasure of his insanity that was able to comprehend the enormity of his crimes. He understood that he would never be able to make up for his sins even if he forsook his life.

“When I took on my human form for the battle…… I was shown a dream. A dream of my past self, killing Willa, Aisha and Asuka and playing with their corpses to desecrate them further……!!!”

Perhaps, that dream is a punishment given to him by Saint Peter.

To bring the persona that revelled in its evil insanity to be judged before the kinder self that had awoken from its insanity.

And there couldn’t be anything else that would be able to top that sort of torture to the current Jack.

“My sins are so heavy that it would never be paid in full even if I were to offer my life as the price. So I swore to myself then to become a wandering spirit…… and offer my whole lifespan to pay for my sins. That is the vow I had with Willa when she handed me the pumpkin mask. Putting on the Pumpkin body and throwing on the worn tattered rag, I then gave a smile that would be seen and remembered by thousands as a way to atone for my sins of having caused thousands of regretful screams. And if there are people who would obstruct our way…… I swore to transform my entire existence into a weapon to take down out enemy.”

Jack lifted his head to watch the others as a steely determination backed by an abundance of emotions was reflected in his eyes.

And thus no one coaxed him to rest any further. No, that’s not it. It was the situation that everyone understood that no words would be able to change his mind even if they wanted to get him to rest. For it would not be to no avail to try change the mind of the man who swore to devote his all to protect the smiles of the children.

As a result, Kasukabe Yō had chosen to look down as she found herself at a loss of words to say; Baron Croix chose to press down his bowler hat; and Lily was wagging her two tails while having a pale look on her face.

Only one person…… Sakamaki Izayoi, continued to look at Jack straight in the eye without any expression on his face.

“—–”

And having heard of Jack’s past, Izayoi moved over to place Jack’s arm over his shoulder while maintaining his straight look.

It was not the case that Izayoi is not an expressive person. But it was impossible to guess at his thoughts from his current expression. Perhaps it is rage? Contempt? Or even other types of emotions? Who knows? However, Izayoi who lent his shoulder to Jack, stood his ground for a moment……and seeming to have remembered something suddenly, Izayoi spoke in a low voice.

“……Jack”

“Mhm.”

“I, respect you.”

—Wha? Jack let out a small surprised gasp.

Jack widened his eyes as he did started to doubt if Izayoi had heard his story correctly.

It was plain to see that Izayoi’s words were really unexpected.

“Izayoi-dono……that’s”

“Don’t get me wrong. If it were the old you from before, I would immediately erase your existence, Jack. Regarding the crimes that you have committed and the punishment you received, I have not a shred of sympathy for that.”

In Izayoi’s eyes, young boys and girls were part of the vulnerable population in a society. They who had not stabilized their concepts of the world, did not deserve to carry the burden of choosing between the good and the bad. There is not a need to use words to chide such an individual who would mercilessly slaughter the hapless children.

Such an individual would only require the punch that would shake the stars to rain down harshly upon their body.

Therefore, the respect that Izayoi referred to would be his appearance while seeking to repent and pay for his sins.

“What we know of as the Human race is actually a breed of creatures that tend to favour themselves in the decision making process. To continue fighting to pay for your sins when it is evidently impossible to clear that debt, is something that isn’t possible for most people. Because in addition to that, your case would be a constant nightmare when you continue to stay in that battle state.”

A determination to continue the battle to protect children and that would mean the same transformation into his murderous appearance for every battle that a strong foe appears. And that would be accompanied by his nightmares.

—-For the same of giving the children a future and a blessed life.

It did not matter that he would have to face his past once more to experience the pains that would have buckled anyone’s knees. It was this sort of determination of facing one’s sins and working to pay the debt that Izayoi refers to as the radiance that caught his eye.

“Jack, I understand your determination. But no one will have an issue with this if you were to leave the rest to me from here on.”

“…… Is that okay?”

“Ahh, but if there’s an opening for you to target that lizard’s head, please do so. After all the opponent is a godly being named “Absolute Evil” and hitting him might just reduce the nightmarish punishment right?”

Izayoi laughed as he cracked the joke in a light-hearted tone.

It was then that Jack’s expression softened as he used the same light-hearted tone to reply.

“Yahoho…… Mhm, sounds good. I also do not want to be shackled down by that old pervert all the time. It would be for the best if I can serve my time completely and break away from any relations with him.”

“…… he’s an old pervert?”

“Mhm. After all, the body that was given to me during my reincarnation…… No, I guess I will just leave it at that.”

Jack’s eyes were distant and it seems like he was remembering some really bad memories.

However, their situation was far from optimistic.

Kasukabe Yō called out to Croix and stretched her right hand to him.

“Everyone’s joining the battle with their various convictions. It’s just not possible for me to be the only one who sits out on the battle.”

“…… you are right about that. We will be needing the power of you and the [Genome Tree] in the upcoming battle.”

And saying so, Croix took out the [Genome Tree] from his right breast pocket to hand it to Yō.

The feeling of the [Genome Tree] in her hands filled her up with the sensation of its spiritual power. Clutching the necklace tightly, Yō then directed the strength to her immobile legs.

Simultaneously as she felt the boost in strength across her entire body, Yō could also tell that there was a familiar warmth in her heart as she used the power.

[magrefnotes: picture of Kasukabe looking at the [Genome Tree].]

“…..is that so. It was dad who repaired the [Genome Tree] right?”

“Eh, that’s……!”

“It’s alright. I understand. After all it is this sort of situation and there should be things that Dad needs to do. So, I’ll have to just concentrate on my part of the fight.”

Yō rested the Genome Tree on her chest.

Knowing that her father was near and fighting for the same goal, just that knowledge was able to give Yō such a happy smile.

And seeing that smile, Baron Croix quietly took a vow.

After the end of this battle…… even if I need to tie a rope around that neck of his, I will also drag that coward of a father to face his daughter.

—End of Chapter 2—

Going back to Chapter 1 after primary edits….

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181 thoughts on “May 19th

  1. StarlightAT October 25, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    Agh you reminded me of a project coming up…..

    So did you read Last Embryo yet magref?

    Also as of late I have been annoyed with Izayoi…I wanna see him suffer a bit. My sadist side is begging me haha! XD Or it’s just my growing dissatisfaction with not understanding his character perfectly enough to write.

    Though I expect volume 10 to be completed before the end of the year!! XD YAHOO

    • Frozen October 25, 2015 / 5:17 pm

      Nuuu! Dont make him suffer >.> Izayoi is meant to be a Badass with cool personality… xD

      • StarlightAT October 26, 2015 / 2:28 am

        Well I am annoyed with him. I wanna see something…I don’t know. I get he is genius but as a person I feel he is missing something…He’s perfect in the annoying way. He is a really good character but…AAAAH I can’t put my finger on it and methinks seeing him suffer will help me grasp it..Yes I am needlessly and vain. But he is too good of a fully developed character. I feel like the only enjoyment I can get out of him is him being a badass and not a person…

        -_- It’s annoying…I got more depth with the girls than the main protag…what the fuck I see this in harem anime other than Date a Live and World God only Knows…..

        I really wanna find out what I find annoying about him….

        So this chapter is the infamous Black Rabbit hugs Izayoi moment yay……oddly enough I find my desire for the Black Rabbit x Izayoi pairing is also dying….WHAT THE F*** IS WRONG WITH ME….

      • magref October 27, 2015 / 8:51 am

        Well, I would have to say that I’m not a KuroUsagi X Izayoi kind of worshiper. It would be nice if Izayoi could know more about Yo and Asuka and help to support them in their development as well. But alas, things will not go my way. ;]

      • Frozen October 28, 2015 / 7:09 am

        How can you find Iza annoying…. -_- Star, don’t even thing about making Izayoi suffer in one of your fanfics xD i will kidnap Makie if you do! LOL

        I’m not KuroxIza fan as well, haha. But then again, i like that Mondaiji focuses on action then on romance~ that’s what makes it a fun read^^

        On a side note: i was translating Last Embryo Prologue but when i stopped and re-read it, i got embarrassed at my grammar xD how do you guys manage to translate that stuff so well, LOL

      • StarlightAT October 28, 2015 / 4:49 pm

        …Frozen if you translate Last Embryo I will willingly be your editor!!!

        And well…there will be suffering in my fanfic, though Izayoi won’t suffer as much as Makie. XD But all joking aside I used to like Izayoi but now it seems there is a part I dislike about him. Maybe I see him as being too perfect and without flaws. Though really he does have Flaws just….I guess not very strong ones that hinder him….

      • Frozen October 28, 2015 / 5:40 pm

        LOL, thanks, but I’m just translating it for fun and for practicing Japanese. I’m sure many things are off the mark in my translation XD (Since i’m not really all that good in Japanese :X).

        Well, Izayoi is pretty much a Gary Stu… but well, personally i like that type of characters if the plot is interesting… and Mondaiji is surely one of the LNs i enjoy the most. If Izayoi was any different than he is now, i dont think i would’ve enjoyed it as much as i do now.

        I wonder when Volume 2 of Last Embryo comes out >_< there are so many things left unanswered in Volume 1….

      • StarlightAT October 28, 2015 / 5:49 pm

        Tell me what happens in the prologue….on the wikia please please please!!!

      • Frozen October 28, 2015 / 6:46 pm

        You already read it with Machine Translation and i saw you on Imouto’s blog where that summary was posted XD i don’t think i can tell you anything new but sure, i will tell you a bit when i translate a bit more…(since i read as i translate) btw, its chapter one, not prologue(it was a mistake in my post)… it starts with chapter 1.

      • StarlightAT October 29, 2015 / 4:23 am

        Yeah well I can only do so much with machine translations. Besides google translates sucks with dialogue and I want a good idea of how Homura acts and speaks….

        Using magref’s blog as a talk spot though….sorry about that magref….X’D

      • magref October 30, 2015 / 12:52 pm

        It’s okay, this blog is rather quiet anyways. ;3 interesting to hear some conversations, if you don’t mind my eavesdropping (it’s my habit) :p

      • StarlightAT October 30, 2015 / 3:37 pm

        Nope don’t mind at all! XD

        …Hey magref what would you say Izayoi’s flaws are? I feel like I am glancing over something.

      • magref October 31, 2015 / 4:33 am

        What do you think are his flaws? :p I think I’ve said the flaws once and rather than repeat what you already know, I would like to hear yours first. :X

      • StarlightAT October 31, 2015 / 4:45 am

        You did?? Then I can’t find the comment…..XD

        Well for starters he can’t seem to just let people in. Perhaps he feels because of how strong he is he can’t rely on anyone and has to shoulder the burden but he might also feel it is his only way of showing he is strong.

        Secondly, he is too blunt in his words. He doesn’t sugarcoat thing and says it as it is regardless of how the person feels, yet he willingly chided Gry’s older brother for his own worlds. Izayoi may not know how to properly talk with others and he can’t seem to on an emotional level.

        But that is a big problem because of he decides to be a hero it means so much more than saving a persons life. He knows that many people look up to him and admire him for his strength which fuels into the first flaw. But at the same time there is a sense of displacement in that people begin to create a gap that he has become accustomed to. And the gap is growing wider because everyone feels they have to match up to him somehow or earn his approval. But he doesn’t seem to be much of the encouraging type.

        To be frank Izayoi may seem like a good friend but sometimes even he can be a poison because of his own words and he doesn’t realize it. He doesn’t let people in, he follows his own rules based on his own experiences, is rather prideful and hedonistic to the point he will even claim justice is with him even if he claimed at one point to not care about it. He isn’t there to hold someone’s hand and drag them along. But he isn’t much for physical contact and even seems awkward when people do hug him or hold his hand.

        He is damaged in a sense. Hopefully this long ass reply gets through I am on iPod.

      • magref October 31, 2015 / 11:17 am

        Hahaha! It did get through.
        1. yes, his heart is quite shut off, but this condition is changing ever since his institutionalization in the orphanage and the arrival in Little Garden. Perhaps it is due to his loneliness in his younger days and the feeling that he is too strong to depend on anyone else weaker than him. A lone wolf attitude in his younger days would definitely play a role (something that is a problem for me as well.)
        2. yes. he is blunt and loves to tease others. However, it seems that his teasing is only limited to the people he feels close with. Perhaps it is cultural differences as well. I’m not to sure about their gender and culture interaction but it does seem that the main characters of animes and light novels may have bluntness as their attributes if they are portrayed to be confident. Perhaps it might be just personality as well but I just wanted to point out that it might have a cultural reason behind it. Sometimes, frankness is also needed to break through the personal fable that people tend shroud over themselves.(just that we see it more often in this series and not enough of his normal interactions with the kids which he may have another side of himself. I believe that humans have a different side for every individual and that would determine their type of interaction as well.)
        3. His bigger problem would be his ideals. He have many ideals that he expects the world to follow. When things do not happen according to his ideals, he is somewhat disappointed. His ideals like not wanting to hurt children, things are only done through effort, wanting to serve justice and protecting everyone. It is heroic in a sense. However, we do see that these have given him lots of problem in his process of growth through various interactions with others. Such as having His Highness as an opponent or realizing that he is unable to protect everyone if he does not rely on them and allow them the opportunity to develop. Moreover, we do know that justice only exists because of the existence of crime. According to Emile Durkheim, crime also acts as a social function to remind the society of what is the acceptable boundaries of behavior and what is to be condemned. Righteousness is only possible when you label other activities as wrong. Right religion is only possible when you name others as heresies. Heroes only exist if there are tyrants or evil doers. In short, looking from the idea of Taoism, yin and yang, right and wrong are just two sides of the same coin. This is also defines the concept of fate that he would not want to accept for it negates his belief of things that work out through effort. Perhaps, it is also an unspoken desire to be normal that would push his desire to belief that things work out by effort.
        My conclusion: He is damaged in a sense, but are who are we to say that a person is damaged? I always wonder about the concept of being damaged. If the person functions normally and is able to carry out activities of daily living, will the person be functional? What happens if it is just the process of going through the motions and continuing to live without a good emotional or psychological health? Is that functional? Or let’s just consider it another way that he is still a young person who is in search of himself. Being at that age where his frontal lobe is still developing(brain), could we just say that he is still in the process of development and not be too harsh? It would be interesting to note that the development of identity is actually getting drawn out to the age of 25 now(actually, I’m not too sure where I learnt this, might have been a year ago in one of my psychology mods). He isn’t much for physical contact might be due to the ‘lone wolf’ problem mentioned in part 1. With little socialization, one will be awkward and his hedonism might be due to the same root cause of part 1 as well. With great strength, comes solitude. ;] Just like what we see from Asuka’s case— outcasts of the typical societies.
        Yo is also one of them. ;p

    • magref October 26, 2015 / 1:58 am

      I’ve not even read volume 12 :X

      • ssj12366 October 28, 2015 / 9:17 pm

        You da real MVP homie

  2. StarlightAT November 5, 2015 / 2:17 pm

    T^T I wish I could talk psychology with you more but I decided to let you know mondaiji has a new chinese translator!!

    • StarlightAT November 5, 2015 / 2:18 pm

      Ehh let me rephrase that. Chinese to English, using the sites that translate mondaiji from Japanese to Chinese….XD

      • magref November 5, 2015 / 7:43 pm

        oh, sounds good 😀 thanks for the update! that method is the same as mine jap-ch site and ch to eng

  3. Frozen November 5, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    Ohh, a new translator~

    Thanks for all the translating you’ve done till now Magref~ Your translations were always great, so yeah… thanks again and good luck with your studies. and with confession as well, haha^^

    btw, are you gonna keep this blog running?

    • StarlightAT November 5, 2015 / 8:43 pm

      Duuuuude!!! What!!! DX We get one new translator and lose another!? TAT dammit I shouldn’t have said anything……t^T at least finish the epilogue!!! DX TAT *cries a river*

      Dammit Imma miss you translating….

      • Frozen November 6, 2015 / 6:51 am

        Lol, well… I’m also saddened by the fact that he is quitting but he did say that he was translating until a new translator picked it up.. So this was kinda expected. *cries rivers anyway*

      • magref November 7, 2015 / 2:56 am

        hm, how should I say this, currently just making myself mechanical to focus on my studies. Translation will have to be stalled anyways until I can figure out about my situation as well. ;3
        I’ve not confessed to anyone before and the first one that I felt so strongly to do so is one whom I see as my friend…. and I think she’s attached. (friend being the highest that a person can be for my definition hierarchy as most people I know are only classified as acquaintances) At the same time, I’ve got another friend who is experiencing the troubles of having a third person in his relationship as well which kind of make me feel guilty if I were to do something similar.
        Anyways, once my mind is cleared of work and emotions, I will get back to you people about my decision to continue or stop completely. :]

    • magref November 6, 2015 / 8:47 pm

      I’m not sure. I was just translating to keep in touch with my second language. Well, I think I will finish up this last epilogue if and only if my term papers are over and I still find time for it. Otherwise, I would just be an editor.:p

  4. Rezel November 5, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    … *sob* *sob* Magref, dont withdraw… we dont even knew translation`s quality of new one =\

  5. StarlightAT November 7, 2015 / 3:41 am

    ….aaah well when you tell us all of that we now have to back you up. Granted you have to definitly suceed now. It can be rough letting another person into your life in that way. I can’t say about what comes after, but i can say trust in yoursef. You need that befpre you can trust someone. Its the same way with love. If you cant love yourself you cannot love another. I recall that as a saying and I say go by it.

    • magref November 7, 2015 / 9:40 pm

      Hahaha, that’s true. Learnt it in my first module in uni that says without developing our identity or accepting out identity, it would not be possible to accept another. However, I do see many of my friends continuing to search for themselves in another and results aren’t that great. Oh, do me a favor of alerting me when the person does translate the chapter before me. I would like to have a look as well. ;]

      • StarlightAT November 8, 2015 / 4:55 am

        *Salutes* Roger Admiral!

  6. metable November 7, 2015 / 8:38 am

    Thank you for your service magref! We appreciate it

    • magref November 10, 2015 / 3:20 pm

      Thank you, actually, I would just take it as a break and become editor. :]

  7. zenkichi352 November 7, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Thanks for all the hard work in translating the Mondaiji novels.
    Good luck on whatever you plan to do now especially on your studies 🙂

  8. zenkichi352 November 7, 2015 / 5:30 pm

    Thanks for all the hard work in translating this series.
    Good luck on whatever you plan to do now especially your studies 🙂

    • magref November 10, 2015 / 3:22 pm

      Thank you, well after my studies, I intend to work a little or to just rush on with further studies. Aiming for some counseling/social work career.

  9. NH November 8, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    So in regards to this, does the new guy have a blog or is he just going to translate it and upload chpater straight to BT?

    • magref November 10, 2015 / 3:08 pm

      I have no idea who the person is. ;] Actually, I think no one else knows as well. :X
      If I’m fast enough, after my sch projects and all, I might even release it faster. But, still prioritizing my studies, because it is fun. :X (At least, I think this is part of school life that is fun… reading articles and writing essays. )

  10. Muryai November 10, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    Magref, you da real MVP. If not for you, Mondaiji wouldn’t have become my second best light novel read. After Toaru if y’all got complaints on my rankings. Thank you for everything Magref.

    Who da new translator tho ? Do she got a booty ?

    • StarlightAT November 11, 2015 / 2:20 am

      XD We haven’t got a clue if its a he or she. All I know is they are wanting to translate and I gave them the links and raws. XD

      • StarlightAT November 11, 2015 / 3:12 pm

        Wow I feel like when I said ‘All I know’ it was blatantly ignored….>.>

        No links.

        Eclipse09, kind of obvious no need to speculate. -_-

        No website.

      • magref November 14, 2015 / 4:20 am

        I’m going to be back in action.
        @ Muryai Thanks for the praise. Just a slight reminder though, no insulting others in the comments area. ;] Even new translators should be given time to learn their trade. (I was a total newbie once as well.)

      • StarlightAT November 14, 2015 / 4:41 am

        So…you are back to translating mondaiji? Awesome!

        Wait, does this mean the new translator went AWOL? And What chapter do you plan on starting with?

        Also, if I wanna talk more psychology with you and breaking down characters, if you are interested, can I do so through here?

      • StarlightAT November 14, 2015 / 4:45 am

        *Realizes the top portion has been changed, feels like an idiot*

        Well….can I join you in the baka boat magref? I just went straight to comments I Don’t even notice the page had changed until after I replied. OTL

  11. Rezel November 15, 2015 / 5:44 am

    Welcome back, our God.

  12. StarlightAT November 24, 2015 / 5:44 am

    Looks like Eclipse9 realized you were doing volume 10’s epilogue and moved onto doing chapter 1 of Volume 11…..

    • magref November 24, 2015 / 11:17 am

      eh? lols anyways, I got 2 exams tomorrow, everything’s been halted until I clear my exams+ help my friends clear the exams. (not by cheating, just studying double to be able to recite it at any moment) I’m still wondering who is Eclipse9 though.

      • StarlightAT November 24, 2015 / 5:46 pm

        Ahaha good luck I got an education final to take next week….ahahaha…..so much to know….

        You and me both I wanna know who Eclipse9 is also……

  13. StarlightAT December 18, 2015 / 5:36 am

    Hey magef I think it is a good thing you got all your translations on here because from the looks of things Baka Tsuki will be moving its servers…..TAT and Baka Tsuki recieved a DMCA for mondaiji….

    • majorfoley December 21, 2015 / 1:12 pm

      I saw that 😦 And I was just gonna start reading from volume 1-5 😦

    • NH December 21, 2015 / 6:29 pm

      Thank god i downloaded most of the series….

    • magref December 22, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      what is DMCA?

      • StarlightAT December 22, 2015 / 4:37 pm

        Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Basically it means that if a person sees their own material being used to make money or in an unfair usage they have the right to call out the responsible party. Kadokawa books called out Baka Tsuki and threatened them with the DMCA. As a result Baka Tsuki has to take down any and all series mentioned by them to be removed from their sight, because Baka Tsuki is unfairly hosting the translations to a series (Despite any and all claims made that they do not won or intend to sell translations under law and even had it on their site), basically giving out the series for free. That is the summarized version. XD

        As such Mondaiji is no longer allowed to be hosted on Baka Tsuki in any language. The site owners are trying to salvage the situation and plan to possibly move the servers outside of the States. But there is this…they said mondaiji and not last Embryo. Earlier they were asked to take down Index, but not New Testament for some reason. So they only asked for mondaiji to be taken down and not Last Embryo.

        I am hoping this means that Kadokawa plans to officially release the books on their app Bookwalker since they have one in the USA….but the problem is….they may not. Campione was also asked to be taken down by another brand of books. And I fear the attacks will continue. A lot of us are a bit peeved…Especially since this screws with half of my plans for the wikia….TAT WRRRRYYYYYY

        So basically Magref your translations cannot go onto Baka Tsuki T^T. Land of the Free….try Land of the Corporate. The USA is not a democracy anymore. Hey how is Singapore? Is it a good place to live?

      • magref December 23, 2015 / 5:54 am

        ok ty, lols learnt something new. Hmm Singapore is great, but like any other country, we have rules. The rules and law keeps us safe and that gives us another type of freedom. There was never anything called total freedom anyways. It is always a trade-off. However, if I were an author who intends to get my works translated, it would really be a problem to have all these translation communities around…

      • Frozen December 22, 2015 / 6:14 pm

        LOL, relax will you 😀 it’s not like this is the first time something was hit my DMCA. Well, yeah this time it was a big hit cuz the target was Baka-Tsuki but i dont thing BT will go down just like that. Moving the servers is also an option. I hope they release those LNs in English but i’m somehow doubting that as well :/ even if they don’t do it. i do think most translators will continue TLing on their own blogs. something like *cough**cough*Mahouka*cough* 😀
        And yeah Mondaiji and LE, also Index and NT are 2 separate series so hitting one doesn’t really affect the other.
        but honestly, a lot of stuff was hit recently. Everyone is running around collecting the removed volumes XD. My PMs are full of requests xD

        *cough* Anyway, Magref. Are you planning to continue TLing Mondaiji after this happened?

      • magref December 23, 2015 / 5:57 am

        I might delete the stuff, just giving a notice now. :p
        2 days from now?
        And if I do continue to release translations, I will do it on the first of the month, 1 day periods? I always prefer to be safe… :3

      • StarlightAT December 23, 2015 / 12:12 pm

        Please increase that time to 3 days I still got work and my laptop finally crashed for good!! TAT

        …translation speed went down but THANK YOU FOR CONTINUING!!

        Though to be honest…I highly doubt mondaiji will be officially translated….and if it does it will end up like Aria the Scarlet Ammo….would rather read a new chapter once a month than wait a year or two for the next book….wait a minute–with the number of chapters in volume 12 I will be waiting a year for a full translation!! DX Dammit…

        Yeah but does your government screw your basic rights and spy on you with an official law through your IP address? A law that costs 1 trillion dollars? Our government is driving us into the ground with our debt as it is and then they do that……accept to do a bill to stop cyber terrorism and raise our debt….because apparently that is much more necessary to stop than real world terrorism….

      • majorfoley December 23, 2015 / 12:38 pm

        Australia soon to follow unfortunately. Along with our failure of upgrading our internet infrastructure. God I hate my government right now.

        Really? volume 12 is that huge?

      • magref December 23, 2015 / 6:13 pm

        Hmm what are basic rights? Breathe, Eat, Drink, move? My sense of basic rights are much more basic than any one else.
        But yes, I do understand that your basic rights’ definition does include privacy on the Internet. Anyways, it’s getting too political(a) for a person like me.
        @ all whom this message may concern
        I will just correct myself then. I will try my best in translations, when I can. And whatever comes out in just a month will be posted. I will not increase the speed or slow it down because of anyone else. Unfortunate that it might be, but I will not want to promise something that I may not be able to give. My words tend to hint at possibilities of a yes and no, because that is the point that I’m trying to get across. My perspective of life is one that is uncertain and it is usually reflected in my words.
        Then again, in the blogs that I have here, I would also like to keep it politically neutral as possible. We are all here for the fun that we find in books and fantasy. Let’s keep it that way.
        Sounds strict? :p Well, every single word on (a) written here makes the blog a bigger target for scrutiny. We all know why and let’s just stick to entertainment and escapism. 🙂

      • Frozen December 23, 2015 / 1:38 pm

        well, if you make it 1 ch per month, it will take a year to translate it. it has quite a lot of chapters (you can see that on BT at well)

      • magref December 23, 2015 / 6:31 pm

        hahaha, I think they hit my source too :X now wondering if it will ever be translated.
        Oh and if you do have another source, do not tell me. It will most likely be hit if you put it here. ;]

      • Frozen December 23, 2015 / 10:58 pm

        Damn it! so many Chi LN sites are down T_T

        Magref, I’ll pm you the link on FB if you want

  14. StarlightAT December 24, 2015 / 1:34 am

    YOU GOTTA BE BLOODY KIDDING ME THEY HIT THE CHINESE SERVERS ALSO?!

    TAT Nooooo………..>.> So much work tonight….So much for relaxing…..

    • StarlightAT December 24, 2015 / 2:34 am

      I guess the big question right now is, are you going to finish the epilogue magref??

      • magref December 24, 2015 / 3:44 am

        ;] I answered this question when I started the translations. Just deleted the post that I gave the answer though. Just wondering, are you able to contact me via the same means Frozen mentioned? Rather easy to find me with the use of BT community in FB comments section.

      • StarlightAT December 24, 2015 / 3:59 am

        Uhm….All I got is wikia, skype and email….X’D Oh and a facebook I rarely go on anymore. Though..if the one pasterbin I found is the accurate DMCA that hit Baka Tsuki…..for mondaiji…they only asked for the removal of illustrations for volumes 1-9 and several chapters in different languages….and those chapters…..nothing of volume 10-12…or last Embryo…………wtf….>.>

        Anyway if you got a skype I can send you my skype name. As for Facebook….well it would be a bit more of a hassel to find me. XD So many people with the same real name…..

      • Frozen December 24, 2015 / 9:00 am

        2 more Chi sites went down in a DAY! what the heck is happening O_O

      • FateXeroSaber December 24, 2015 / 1:28 pm

        it certainly doesn’t look very good for us D;

      • StarlightAT December 24, 2015 / 1:39 pm

        Guess I will have to find you on Facebook then XD. An I got my laptop working and saved the Chinese Raws of Last Embryo…I am sad to say I did NOT get 10-12…..TAT dammit….I had no way of typing in the Chinese characters….

        But dear lord what the hell is happening!? This is hitting all sources!?

        Okay I know I shouldn’t get my hopes up but could this mean that Kadoka really intends to go through with that!? Is that rumor true!?

      • Frozen December 24, 2015 / 1:52 pm

        Someone posted Chi LN link on Wiki a few days ago and it was taken down the next day… I dont know if that had any relation to it but in any case, avoid posting links anywhere, if someone needs it just PM them.

      • magref December 24, 2015 / 2:17 pm

        lols my sources were posted here 😛 and I’m glad that I’m sourceless now :X Will continue to delete my own blogs too ;p rather than wait for them to hit me XD

      • StarlightAT December 24, 2015 / 2:41 pm

        Well I did get volumes 10-12 TAT And I have found you on facebook with the help of Frozen!! HAHA!

      • NH December 24, 2015 / 6:06 pm

        Then, we all find out that it was all the work of Hackers. BWT, does this mean we may never see a english for mondaiji?

      • magref December 25, 2015 / 7:19 am

        I got no idea… I do hope that they have a chinese for Mondaiji at least :X They(my bookstore) are slow with the chinese ones too… not too popular in Singapore maybe… T.T

      • starlightat December 25, 2015 / 2:59 pm

        Well that is kinda sad….TAT I worry if an official translation is started…

        Though now I wonder…hey Magref are you going to drop mondaiji and Last Embryo after this chapter is finished?

        Also I found you on Facebook and messages you!! XD

      • magref December 25, 2015 / 9:27 pm

        2 days from now :]

      • starlightat December 25, 2015 / 9:37 pm

        Huh? What about two days from now?

      • magref December 26, 2015 / 7:39 am

        b4 I delete epilogue too. :]

      • NH December 24, 2015 / 6:10 pm

        I also forgot, maybe this has something to do with that Manga Bust they did a couple months ago as well?

  15. majorfoley December 24, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    Does this mean stopping 100% completely? It really sucked that i wanted to get back into these and read from voulme 1 and this happened. What a fantasic christmas present this was 😦

    On that note. Merry christmas at 1:38 AM from the land down under!

    • majorfoley December 25, 2015 / 2:33 pm

      Forgot to also say will you still be active on the wiki?

  16. starlightat December 26, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    So two days before you delete the epilogue…wish I knew how to make a PDF……but to be honest that freakin DMCA is weird….it like has nothing about translations in English or about volumes 10-12, or Last Embryo…….wtf…..

    • fatexerosaber December 26, 2015 / 3:27 pm

      i made a makeshift epub…. poorly done cause im bad at it haha, but at least i can read vol 10 on my ipad now

      • reinm December 30, 2015 / 1:24 am

        can you share me the epub? i’m too late in saving the epilogue 😦

      • magref December 30, 2015 / 7:13 am

        Well, it might appear for new year for 2 days with some other chap. :p
        Might appear….

      • starlightat December 30, 2015 / 7:21 am

        There is that might again XD I have a pdf form of volume 10 thanks to a friend.

        Though I am curious what you plan to do Magref…..also where the hell can I contact you besides Facebook and wikia? Because apparently your reply rate to messages is a year on average (the guys working on Facebook are too damn bored sometimes). XD

      • magref December 30, 2015 / 5:02 pm

        oh yeah right… hahaha, hmmm I got to start getting into the habit of checking my facebook too T.T
        People contact me through Wikia? Uh, oops, didn’t know that… hahaha, I don’t really go Mondaiji wikia nowadays.
        Well, my reply rate is high for this place because I pinned it on the browser. :p
        And whether it is permission, eh it’s okay as long as there is no magrefnotes in the text anywhere :X….

    • Frozen December 26, 2015 / 7:35 pm

      i already made a PDF… I’ll send it to you later LOL

  17. Mondaiji Loli December 26, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Why, magref. Why? I love your translation and thank you for all of your hard work, so please don’t abandon us. Many fans have waited so long for volume 11 to read the most epic story and battles and in all of Mondaiji thus far. I believe reading Izayoi, Asuka, and You’s story that reached a closing chapter or sort in volume 12 is the wish every fans would like to see become a reality. Only two more volumes to go!

    I would hate and rage if Yen Press or some other publisher licensed MDJ light novel. I detest the former’s overly localized/Americanized translations especially. Honestly, I’ll probably if it got licensed to prevent superior fan translations indefinitely.

    • magref December 27, 2015 / 5:26 pm

      Hm, I’m still wondering why those later volumes are still there. To be honest, I am a coward. If it looks dangerous, I bail. The only reason for me to get aggressive is… well, it would never apply in this context ever. :p About how everyone has waited for vol 11 and 12, I’m sure they did and they still do. However, as always, I’m a translator for fun and out of gratitude for other translators who helped to translate my favorite titles.
      What I can say for now is I’m not sure as well. I’m confused. :3
      Let’s see what happens after confusion. :/

      • fatexerosaber December 28, 2015 / 10:11 am

        To be honest, being uncertain of the future of the project is a given. No one wants to get in trouble with the law over these issues, especially if it could affect you personally with school/work etc. Of course none of us want to see you end without the rest of it being completed, however we are all grateful for the work you’ve put into it thus far. Without you, the translation of this series wouldn’t have come as far as it has. Not in this short time anyway. The issue thats going on right now IS a confusing one. We’ll just have to wait and see what comes of it.

      • SoWellThen December 28, 2015 / 10:54 am

        So…, after you delete the epilogue, can we count on more translations? Only avaible on, like, 1st january b4 you delete it from here? Or are you planning to lie in wait a bit longer and see how will BT reslove their crisis?

      • magref December 28, 2015 / 3:21 pm

        lie low :] Roll on ground and perhaps wag my tail? 😀
        Well, fatexerosaber kinda gave a very good summary of my thoughts. I have a clue on what is happening but not clear enough of a picture to give me the full green light of safety. What I know about the situation is what I have heard from Star and Izayoi. Um, I’m very lazy to read up more actually… :X Just read my book of by Pittacus Lore. Well yeah, just gonna catch up on my book reading in the meantime while listening in to the online chatter. If you noted, you couldn’t count on my translations from the very start. I started by saying book 5 only and then book 6 only and…. yeah…. somehow somewhere I got to this stage… :/ so strange.

  18. BartzBB December 28, 2015 / 9:35 am

    Just wondering if this wil still be posted in BT?

    • magref December 28, 2015 / 3:10 pm

      That will be up to any brave soul who wants to do that…. XD

  19. SoWellThenWhat? December 28, 2015 / 10:58 am

    So, after the deletion of the epilogue, Wil you post new chapters on 1st of every month and then delete em (well, you are 100% safe till you personally get a warning, because what you are doing is perfectly legal)starting on 1st jan? Or are you planning to lay low and wait how will BT resolve their crisis 1st?

  20. fatexerosaber December 28, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    speaking of Pittacus Lore, i still have yet to finish reading the last half of The Fate of Ten….

    • magref December 29, 2015 / 3:10 am

      lols I thought I said that book title, but I think I deleted it by accident. Yep, same book. :]

  21. starlightat December 29, 2015 / 3:51 am

    Well as it stands, only the illustrations were to be taken down…but the actual translations themselves were taken down for Indonesia, French and Espanol….

    Oh another note….MY HUSBANDO (Jekyll/Hyde) IS IN FATE GRAND ORDER NOW AND I STILL CAN’T FUCKIN PLAY IT! WAAAAHOOOOOOO *Goes to cry in a corner*

    How far are you in Mondaiji magref? As in actually reading it?

    • magref December 29, 2015 / 7:59 am

      1 volume ahead of translations. 😛 But gonna read [The Isolator realization of absolute solitude Book II] now. It’s by the same author of SAO, Accel World–Kawahara Reki

      • Frozen December 29, 2015 / 3:00 pm

        Ohh, i’ve heard about that one. That was another WN Kawahara was writing along with SAO. IIRC it was called “Absolute Solitude” before getting published as a LN

      • magref December 30, 2015 / 7:12 am

        Hahaha yep, it is that [Absolute Solitude]. If we look at the type of theme in his works, we can see some sort of darkness actually… XD

    • FunkyBacon January 8, 2016 / 9:52 am

      Is it possible for you to share the PDF of volume 10 on a mediafire site or somewhere where I can download it? Thank youuu

  22. starlightat December 30, 2015 / 12:15 am

    All gone……wishing i could put the epilogue onto Baka Tsuki or my blog….Oh well. XD

    • NH December 30, 2015 / 6:35 am

      In my own fear copied/pasted that into my wordpad since I had been to busy working to read it.

    • magref December 30, 2015 / 7:14 am

      Hahaha, if you did that, you would really be a brave soul 😀

      • starlightat December 30, 2015 / 7:21 am

        Is that permission? :3

      • NH December 31, 2015 / 3:14 am

        More like a very big Fool who has a bad habit of not asking for permission who might end up not doing anything with it since I’m too busy and lazy to look at it… Plus not not paying attention to what folder I put it in when i put it in my 2TB hardrive while cleaning my computer to let it run faster.. need to find that haha.

        Also, I more than likely won’t share it unless the person who originally created it says it’s okay. Which, from you’r reaction I dont know if i should or not.

    • fatexerosaber December 30, 2015 / 2:07 pm

      i still have the it in a wordpad too, from when i made it into an epub… i’ve actually been debating on putting it up there for a while, just dunno if i should D:

  23. Kurax December 30, 2015 / 10:50 am

    is there still a way to get hold of the Volume 10 Epilogue? i missed the chance to read it before it got deleted.

  24. RageEnder December 30, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    paste in on pastebin or sumtin

    • magref December 31, 2015 / 1:46 am

      what is a pastebin? :X I’m really bad at technology…

      • Carlos December 31, 2015 / 6:27 am

        pastebin.com

        Kind of a notepad online

      • Frozen December 31, 2015 / 10:45 am

        pastebin.com <- something that people use to post text/codes etc. Some translators post the chapters/summaries there as well sometimes LOL.

  25. reinm January 2, 2016 / 3:46 am

    *In a hurry saving the epilogue*
    *Done*

    Thanks for the revival, magref

  26. NH January 2, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    So… do we have any explanation as to why the DMCA thing only applies to the first few volumes and most of the Illustrations?

    • Rezel January 3, 2016 / 1:31 am

      It`s not ever applies to any text-pages. Don`t know why B-T admins del them

    • magref January 4, 2016 / 3:28 pm

      Illustrations are understandable. We did not draw them sadly. Then it is really a case for copyright. Well, If you need the pictures, try to visualize in your mind from now on 😀
      Personally, that might just be more awesome! 😀

  27. jorgelotr January 8, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    After checking online the DMCAs sent, I believe B-T removed mostly the directly targeted content and only part of the related content, as the notices only mentioned random volume/chapters.

    Also, it seems that the recent DMCA spree has nothing to do with English Bookwalker launching, which may only make them to lose potential customers who would have gleefully bought them otherwise.

    • jorgelotr January 8, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      As a side note, the last of these random DMCAs, skythewood’s Gfting, has yet to be processed as such (meaning that while it’s a notice pertaining copyright and claiming to be a DMCA notice, it hasn’t been processed yet as DMCA).

      • Frozen January 12, 2016 / 3:39 pm

        Too bad Gifting got hit….But dat “Fanfic” looks so interesting XD.

  28. Hitokiri_Ace January 13, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    I’m not really sure what happened.. I guess DMCA’s hit hard. 😦

    Thank you for all your work Magref!

    • maximiliar January 14, 2016 / 9:52 am

      i just dont know the order of illustration from epilogue onwards so .. idk

  29. Germ January 15, 2016 / 1:08 am

    argh i lost the chance to read the epilogue… can anyone share it in pdf/notpad/anything?

  30. urizieli January 16, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    You know that this DMCA has nothing to do with your blog (unless they sent it to you too, which I’m pretty sure they didn’t)?

    • magref January 18, 2016 / 11:52 am

      No I do not know and I did intend to delete the posts after they were up on BT anyways.

  31. Frozen January 18, 2016 / 2:17 pm

    Since you are planning to release them monthly, maybe you should talk with Firebird since he also plans to release chapters monthly? (so that you guys wont translate the same chapter or something)

  32. starlightat January 18, 2016 / 4:50 pm

    so a chapter a month then…dangit…now i wish i could understand Chinese better I would join in on the translating…or at least Japanese…or get a program that does accurate translations XD Personally I would do a certain number of translating words per day and set that up as a goal. I also do the same thing with writing, but as of late i have been slacking a bit…XD

    Anyway, thank you for returning to Mondaiji magref! Btw, i finally have a wordpress account! XD

  33. starlightat January 25, 2016 / 2:33 am

    Hey Magref just to let you know I got into contact with Eclipse and he is doing volume 11 chapter 1 yet!

    • magref January 26, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      you mean he is 1)still doing or 2)have not started yet?

      • starlightat January 26, 2016 / 2:12 pm

        Still doing it.

      • magref January 28, 2016 / 1:17 pm

        So I should do chap 2 in the meantime? :3

      • starlightat January 28, 2016 / 1:32 pm

        I would say two but what is Firebird going to do??

  34. urizieli January 26, 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Can we get 10th epilogue on baka-tsuki?

    • magref January 28, 2016 / 1:18 pm

      Sure, someone can post it up if they want to. :]

      • NH January 29, 2016 / 11:46 pm

        I would feel scared if not hesitant to try putting it up there, but i did think about it haha.
        I think Magref puts it up himself, and edits the chapters himself.

      • magref January 30, 2016 / 6:52 am

        Used to be Bionic Meerkat who helps put it up there since originally my IP was banned. Then it was only in recent months that I was able to do so myself. And now I lost my password…. or perhaps it is banned.

      • urizieli January 30, 2016 / 12:17 am

        I’m pretty sure Magref’s IP is banned. Also why would you be scared, this is all between Kadokawa and Baka-Tsuki’s admins and it never mentioned later volumes in DMCA.

      • magref January 30, 2016 / 6:50 am

        1. It was banned, or
        2. I really forgot my password again…. cos I can’t get in.

      • urizieli January 30, 2016 / 12:24 am

        Also there’s huge possibility it was all about pictures anyway, and chapters were requested to be deleted just because they embedded miniatures disregarding it being actually a translation

      • starlightat January 30, 2016 / 1:57 am

        Do you still need the chapter Urizieli? Also it was also taken down in other languages, mostly indonesian, italian, french and I think the portugese one….but oddly enough it was only volume 1 to be requested to be taken down. See this makes no sense as they didn’t do like with the others where they requested volumes but only illustrations and volume 1 of translations in everything BUT English and Russian….

      • urizieli January 30, 2016 / 9:04 am

        I’m pretty sure they used some tool, like google image search and requested takedown on pages found there, thus only indexed ones went down?

      • urizieli January 30, 2016 / 9:05 am

        Oh, I forgot – yes I do need the chapter still.

    • starlightat February 1, 2016 / 5:42 am

      Okie dokie then if you like go to my blog and you will find a link that will get you volumes 1-10 downloaded as PDF files, or if you could give me your email address on my blog that would be awesome too!

      • magref February 1, 2016 / 4:02 pm

        If he/she comments on your blog, you will see the email on comments area. No need for him/her to type it out. :] Urizieli did type the email out in this area but I censored it.

      • starlightat February 1, 2016 / 4:06 pm

        But it’s because it went poof that I asked for it XD

        So you can censor comments too!? Huh, wordpress has a whole lot of features…..

      • BionicMeerkat February 2, 2016 / 3:58 am

        Hmmm been a while huh? Been trying to stay on the quiet side since I wanted all the details to come out before proceeding. Everyone/where I look, it seems like the only stuff the put the DMCA was on the first couple volumes. Since I can’t find anything regarding the later volumes, I’m just going to bite the bullet and proceed with the epilogue.

        Based on what you wrote magref, I guess I won’t put your name in the credit. Um, I probably will update some stuff, but for now I’ll try to be discrete. Anyway, expect the chapter tonight. Any questions feel free to contact me. Cheers~

  35. eziax February 2, 2016 / 12:38 pm

    So is the LN stil being translated? Because i havent seen any updates for more than 2 months

  36. ssj1236 February 8, 2016 / 4:37 pm

    You, sir, are awesome

  37. starlightat February 8, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    You have changed the title of this post so many times I am surprised you simply didn’t make a new post. X’D

    • magref February 8, 2016 / 7:46 pm

      plain laziness ;P

  38. starlightat February 15, 2016 / 11:14 pm

    Dammit shit place it back up I didn’t save it! TAT bah never mind

    • magref February 22, 2016 / 10:57 am

      will be out on march as well… ;p I will try my best this time.

  39. Frozen March 5, 2016 / 11:45 pm

    Oh, nice! a new chapter~ LOL. Your post titles are getting shorter and shorter XD

  40. starlightat March 6, 2016 / 1:32 am

    One: Why can’t you make anew post? XD

    Two: Author-san……you and I need to have a chat…Almathea is NOT THE ORIGIN OF THE GREEK MYTH! She is the strongest shield, yes as her other name is Adamanthea, but not the origin of the greek myths….HISS HISS HISS *Goes on a rampage* ALSO, the Golden Fleece should NOT have been used to revive her, the SHIELD Aegis should have been as Aegis IS her skin that was shaved off after her death. Though her power to control the lightning is accurate given her name can mean She-Goat or stormy weather so…..

    So yeah two inconsistencies but otherwise….Golden Fleece and her being origin…no no no no no….

    • Rezel March 7, 2016 / 6:33 pm

      You are right about that she`s not the origin. Kanji and furigana was 長 おさ
      (n) head; chief; leader; elder; the greatest of all; the most excellent

      Dunno better call her “elder”.

      • magref March 8, 2016 / 12:36 pm

        Thanks Starlight and Rezel! 😀

  41. BionicMeerkat March 8, 2016 / 4:12 am

    Hey magref!

    Long time no talk haha! In any case, I hope you are in good health since I see portions of the Chapters are up. I had asked you a question over twitter quite some time ago, but I figured you are no longer active there since that was quite a while back xD

    I will follow the schedule you put up and will check in periodically until I see it is done. Cheers~

    • magref March 8, 2016 / 12:34 pm

      T.T sry, I’m seriously bad with any kind of social media… I don’t remember the last time I logged into FB or twitter…

      • Subhan Shahid March 11, 2016 / 1:53 pm

        I envy you 😥 I’m a slave to the social network

  42. natsumiloves April 10, 2016 / 1:06 am

    just found this site. Keep up the good work xD love your TL

  43. Frozen April 25, 2016 / 11:57 am

    …Just noticed that this was being updated from time to time XD. The unchanging title/description made me think it was not updated orz. XD

    • magref April 26, 2016 / 1:39 am

      yeah, I’m just very lazy with the title already… since it is going to be the same chapter. Anyways, my semester is ending, 1 exam tmr and one next week and I will have more time 😀 Phew, the four projects I had were crazy sleepless nights!~ I’m still in disbelief that I survived. ;P

      • Frozen April 26, 2016 / 12:59 pm

        Haha, i see. *cough*lazy nakama discovered xD*cough*. Great,lol. Good job surviving them :D. I also had Azi level exams last week… uhh :X Had several exams each day and didn’t know which one to study XD.

        So i guess you wont be taking this down anymore right? That DMCA is probably long gone already anyway. (No signs of it on my blog either so far :D)

      • magref April 26, 2016 / 10:38 pm

        Well, my translations is a give back to the translations community. So as long as I’m reading another translation of another light novel, I will find ways to give back in translations. (Hahaha, Grimgar is interesting.:P)

      • Frozen April 29, 2016 / 11:30 am

        haha, gotcha~

        Yeah Grimgar is really good^^. The anime ruined stuff tho. Just like it ruined every other LN adaptation like KonoSuba and Antimagic this year ;~;

      • Frozen May 15, 2016 / 3:23 pm

        Hey magref, do you have Discord? I’m translating V11 there so wanted to ask if you’d join.

      • magref May 17, 2016 / 5:47 pm

        To sum the rest of the paragraphs, and answer your question directly, “No, I do not have that book. I can help edit, just minor edits, since my English isn’t perfect as well.”
        The first question in mind when I read your comment was “What is Discord?” And yep, that means I do not have that series. I think it did not make it to the chinese Kadokawa translations to be circulated to the Asian countries(not popular enough in Singapore). I also see that the volumes for Chinese Mondaiji had also stopped in their circulation(ie. Singapore stores are not selling the latest volumes). The better known titles are still dominant though. Eg. Sword Art Online. (Although the books are really slow in selling. Resulting in the latest discounts) Books in Chinese are just not warmly welcomed by Singaporean youths. And our older population wouldn’t touch LN. Sigh….
        Pretty busy in the upcoming months as well. I kinda got myself in a heap of fun trouble. Participating in an orientation camp as one of the student volunteers to conduct the camp. A self-proclaimed shut-in is out of his house and interacting with ppl??? And I actually got through their interviews??? Fun because I feel that I’m helping my friends who asked me to apply for it. But troublesome. Yep, fun trouble. Then training for my physical fitness as army annual physical fitness test is coming up for me. Also going to have quite a packed schedule in my school modules. But still pursuing my reading of light novels and anime/manga :p

  44. shiro usagi May 15, 2016 / 4:28 am

    magref could you please first finish with chapter 1 ,because we cant read chapter 2 without finishing the previous chapter ,i know it being long is demotivating but….

    • magref May 17, 2016 / 5:33 pm

      Oh, chapter 1 isn’t up yet? XD

      • starlightat May 17, 2016 / 6:17 pm

        Well Eclipse did vanish for six months, but apparently they are still around they changed their Baka Tsuki page a few days ago….still no signs of a translation from them.

        And Firebird….I am going to assume he had a set schedule and is now behind. So I doubt be will be touching Mondaiji for a while. >.> I am starting to regret donating.

        Oh well, if it helps out his daily expenses then I guess its not a loss.

        Anyway, chapter 1 and 2 have not been touched on yet, and it seems you are going to be busy huh? XD I kind of wish I had the work ethic you do.

      • magref May 18, 2016 / 5:21 am

        there’s donation? I thought it was not supposed to be paid? And me training in cooking recently :p
        My speed is so slow because the words are boring me too…. all the backstories. I tend to speed up at fight scenes. hahaha. okay, I guess I will try my best today to finish up chapter 2 and then I’ll be off at camp dry run for 2 days :[. Just praying for no casualties because I’m one of their medics on the team.

      • starlightat May 21, 2016 / 12:50 am

        Its just a donation thing for Firebird with translated chapters as a bonus. Ah so the backstories bore you? Interesting. Though I can understand why you work faster at fight scenes. XD

        Also good luck with the camp!!

      • shiro usagi May 18, 2016 / 12:28 am

        Nope unfortunately not 😭

  45. Brainanda Talydeppa Alirahman May 20, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    Oh… another part is up!– is what I’m shouting in my mind. Even when I’m away, a little bit of part manifested. I can only support you through the word, Keep Spirit!! magref.

    • magref May 21, 2016 / 5:04 pm

      Thank you, but all these stuff are really unedited, I even feel like puking at this quality. Oh my… XD and I’m finally done with chapter 2.

  46. jorgelotr June 26, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Thank you very much for your work.

    Looking forward to chapter 3.

    • magref July 2, 2016 / 6:09 pm

      They have done chapter 3 and all, just editing stages…. I think Frozen did up to vol12 already

  47. Captain Coton July 24, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    Magref,

    Thank you so much for your had work and time that you have put into these stories over the years. I am sure you have received numerous “thank you’s'” over the years. Whatever people say it seriously is not enough to truly express how thankful we are for all of your work and the other translators and editors work. Whether it is bionic meerkat, DrinkingWater or Edenhall I hope they also know that us fans truly appreciate all of the work they have done in the past for us. To you, Frozen, if I have read correctly, welcome to the team!

    I hope we could all work together to make it to the end of the series but, if anything happens, life comes first. Nobody will be mad at you guys for stopping your translations we will be disappointed we didn’t get to finish the story but hopefully one day, one of us will step up.

    Also, I would love to hear about yourselves! What are you currently studying? What brought you to Singapore? How did you find the story? If you don’t feel comfortable don’t answer these questions, just I have been reading the Mondaiji forums for years and I legitimately respect you all so much.

    • magref July 29, 2016 / 2:12 am

      You are welcome. It’s the support of you fans that I’ve continued beyond the ones that I said I would stop at. Initially planned to stop at volume 7 or 8. :p
      Haha, I was brought to the world in Singapore. I lived here all my life. I am Singaporean and so are my parents. Currently majoring in Psychology and Sociology.

      Don’t worry, they have received lots of ‘thank you’s along the way and are working to translate the series to catch up to its recent release. Well, I doubt Frozen visits here to call me anymore, I’m just studying at the moment and stopping translations, only appearing to look at them at times but not saying anything too. I found the story boring after translating so much. Or perhaps it just feels like the story can actually end at volume 11 to me since they completed the objectives of the summons.

      On a side note, this blog is dead, do not expect any new posts on this blog, try finding for Frozen’s blog instead, hm, but I don’t remember what his blog address is. XD

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