Side Chapter 58: A third end and an unending problem

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Side Chapter 58: A third end and an unending problem

Rodcorte, the god who ruled over reincarnation, didn’t know whether to be sorrowful, impressed, or furious. All he could do was continuously groan.

Rikudou Hijiri had failed to receive Rodcorte’s Divine Message and finally put his plan into action. After that, ‘Balor,’ ‘Artemis,’ ‘Sahadeva,’ and more reincarnated individuals had died one after another.

That was fine. It was a battle between reincarnated individuals, so Rodcorte had expected that some reincarnated individuals would die. If they had started killing each other when he first had them reincarnated in Origin to gain the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to promote the development of Lambda, he would have been saddened. He would have been dejected and lamented the nature of humans to find conflict.

But now, Rodcorte’s objective was to kill Vandalieu, destroy the nation he ruled, and decrease the number of people in Lambda who were aware of Rodcorte’s existence.

To that end, the development of Lambda and the continued existence of Origin were no longer of any importance to him. To put it in an extreme way, even if the current battle resulted in all life in Origin being extinguished, he would not be bothered in the slightest.

He had already once tried to cut Lambda off from his circle of transmigration system, despite the fact that it would have come at the cost of having to cut off Origin and Earth as well. In other words, Origin was a world that he had already tried to discard. He couldn’t care less if it was destroyed or annihilated.

However, he was worried about whether Vandalieu would break souls or not. Although Origin was a world that Rodcorte didn’t care about sacrificing, it was still currently connected to his circle of transmigration system, so the system would be affected if souls in Origin were broken.

And most of all, he didn’t want the souls of the reincarnated individuals to be broken, as he needed to use them to kill Vandalieu.

But the situation had become far more out of control than he had expected.

The souls of ‘Balor’ and the others were intact, but Balor’s mind was broken. Even now, he was weeping in fear. Rodcorte wouldn’t be able to make him fight Vandalieu.

The minds of those who hadn’t been directly killed by Vandalieu – ‘Sleipnir,’ ‘Artemis,’ ‘Ares,’ as well as ‘Sahadeva’ who had been killed particularly quickly – were unharmed, but they were frightened by how broken Balor was.

And as for ‘Copy’… His soul wasn’t broken, but it was so damaged that he was on the verge of being completely unable to act. He would be of no use.

Well, Rodcorte would simply need to erase their memories and personalities before having them reincarnated in Lambda, but the first problem was Amemiya Hiroto.

Rodcorte had hoped that Amemiya would reject the death attribute like the ‘Mage Masher’ Asagi had. But although things between him and Banda weren’t so amicable that it could be called a complete reconciliation, they were not hostile to one another. Given that, Amemiya was unlikely to fight Vandalieu even after the incident with Rikudou was dealt with.

Although he wasn’t a prominent god, Rodcorte was still a god, and his perception was that religious values were very important to humans. He had expected Amemiya Hiroto to reject the death attribute out of a hatred for it driven by those sorts of values.

But in reality, Amemiya Hiroto’s hatred towards the death attribute was due to the fact that its research and the creation of mages capable of wielding it had caused a great number of people to be sacrificed. He rejected the death attribute based on ethical reasons, not a reason based in a hatred driven by religious values.

Thus, he had no intention of harming Vandalieu or his own daughter, who already had an affinity for the death attribute, nor the victims of the research. Rodcorte had never realized that this would be the case.

Rodcorte was able to learn everything Amemiya Hiroto saw and heard, as well as Amemiya’s thoughts in response to his experiences, but he didn’t understand his personality and ideals.

And now, Rikudou Hijiri had achieved his own reincarnation and attained the power of the death attribute.

“To think that Rikudou Hijiri would build a circle of transmigration system and become a god. At this point, it’s hard to tell if the divine protection and fortune I gave him are still functioning…” Rodcorte murmured.

Rikudou believed that he had become a god, and this was true. He had become Origin’s first demigod – a god with a physical body.

His Mana and strength were inferior to even that of a Colossus or Elder Dragon, never mind Vandalieu. But the essence of a god was not in their ability in combat – this much was clear, considering that Rodcorte was a god.

By carrying out reincarnation – the work of a god – Rikudou Hijiri had achieved godhood.

Given that, it was questionable as to whether the divine protection and fortune bestowed upon him by Rodcorte – another god – were still in effect. But given that his cheat-like abilities seemed to still be functioning, they were unlikely to be entirely lost.

The reincarnated individuals who had become Rodcorte’s familiar spirits were watching him.

“I have to ask – What will happen to Rikudou now?” asked Aran.

But Rodcorte had no answers to this question. “I do not know.”

He normally never granted humans divine protections or fortunes. He had no idea what would happen if a human with his divine protection became a god.

In addition to that, there was no Status System in Origin. Thus, there was no way to confirm whether Rodcorte’s divine protection and fortune were still in effect for Rikudou.

“They do seem to be in effect for now. His escape from the clutches of Vandalieu’s split entity is clearly something that was only possible because of his fortune. But whether they will stay in effect… More importantly, even if Rikudou were to die, would I be able to recover his soul?” Rodcorte wondered out loud.

Not only had Rikudou become a god, he had created a new circle of transmigration system that he now belonged to. Thus, Rodcorte wouldn’t be able to do anything to his soul as long as that system was functional.

But because Rikudou was the one who ruled over that system, it was possible that it would be destroyed when he died, and if that happened, Rodcorte would be able to recover his soul.

In other words, there was no way to tell until it happened.

“Why is everyone doing things outside my expectations!” Rodcorte shouted in irritation.

But he couldn’t give up on Rikudou now and pass up the chance to use him now that he had become this powerful.

And it seemed that the moment of Rikudou’s death was finally about to come. Rodcorte thought about reaching out while keeping an eye on the situation and recovering his soul… but in the end, he gave up on the idea, as he was afraid to touch Vandalieu’s dome-shaped ‘Embodied’ soul that surrounded Rikudou’s headquarters.

I’m sure he has some other scheme. I must be careful and keep an eye on him, Rodcorte told himself as an excuse.

Not having expected Rikudou to sever his own limbs, Banda was a few moments late in chasing him. He hastily threw aside the limbs that were still impaled on his claws, and extended his tongue and tentacles to try and seize Rikudou again.

“Explode!” Rikudou yelled as he manipulated his blood to gain some distance.

grab him. The temperature of

this, Banda had no choice but to use his membrane to cover Rikudou’s limbs in order to prevent the

and smoke rose out of

the blood surging out of Rikudou’s body suddenly


he produced a powerful wind that swept away the poison.

screamed, releasing

Mari were to provide additional protection, and

at a time like this. Surely, even Rikudou was

screams could be heard – coming from the


with transformation equipment. Up until this point, Rikudou

Rikudou had deliberately

his subordinates now that he’s done

scratching at the floor with the claws of his jointed legs in

limbs, let out a triumphant laughter. “I am

mid-air, and the three

become Ghosts, and they were smiling now. Their worship

imperfect?!” Rikudou shouted at Banda, madness in his eyes. “Now, the

no irritation or

try and explain why, Rikudou wouldn’t even try to understand. In fact, his greater concern was that by not killing Moriya and

who had known Rikudou for

be prohibited, you told me: ‘The death attribute is the same as the other attributes. In other words, the problem lies in the people using it.’

gown, radiated a sinister aura that was not at all

a special being. Vandalieu had sent a split entity to protect the daughter of his own

good and who was evil, and Rikudou was the

who were now Ghosts,

than your ridiculous number of abilities, and you’ve

you as his puppet, you would never

decoration that’s good

such a form, you guys

of Rikudou-san’s power! We’ve been freed from our physical

said was what they truly felt; their


Yazaki, and began wielding their power. Ironically,

of Mana provided to them by Rikudou was but a small fraction of what Vandalieu provided his Ghost

had cheat-like abilities that Princess

his lost limbs, and a black armor

round two!” Rikudou shouted,

the others. But he hadn’t missed the fact that

so the shockwaves of death were certainly

of your sleeve that will turn things around, but have

bullet form, while Banda fired

barrier. Amemiya’s ‘Life Radiance’ bullets were capable

the Mana of ‘Life Radiance,’ which

the ones who are forgetting!”

Moriya to create an artificial spirit of purple ice, then used

but water-attribute Mana as well. Its charge deflected the Demon King’s horns away from

has become more adaptable

do that,

I’ll combine my strength with your

behind Amemiya

fact that I have become a god, I had to prepare myself for death! I can’t deny that.

and enlarged it with ‘Issun-Boshi’ as

Joseph, making plants sprout from

stand up to the inferior god!”

the others from the deadly

cursed Youdou, who was trying

really think this

reached him. Youdou’s ‘Sandman’ had no effect on Moriya, Nabeshima, and Yazaki

releasing a wave

‘Mana Bullet’…

‘Mana Bullet’ than the last one he had sent

longer…” Rikudou began to say, but in

blue-white flames created by Moriya, but he was forced to hastily

of the armor of death-attribute Mana he had created using

more troublesome than

proud of my


part of his armor, and Amemiya had taken advantage of the distraction

of seeing that

more and threw it at Amemiya. Even with the Ghosts obeying him, being wounded

the poison; he closed the gap and


its armor was cut off and sent flying. And

on the cape, providing Amemiya’s transformation

aid your own killer?!” he shouted, realizing

ptui, ptui. ‘Death by Fire,’” he said, igniting the flammable

more, but Banda ignored

help Papa do

I’ve given him quite a lot of Mana,

myself, but… th-that might

caster. Hiroshi had managed to fire an extra-large ‘Magic Bullet’ and accidentally released a ‘Hollow Cannon’ by spending

was almost

Do you think you could fire that

just used? I-I don’t know. My arms started shaking after I used it, and

Mama’s ‘Angel,’ there’s a chance that you’ll

on Amemiya’s cape. This coordination had been made possible due Banda being able to relay his thoughts

Amemiya were connected through ‘Angel,’ but it seemed that despite being


to break the bones in my arms and fingers every time I

huh. But is Dad really going

were mentally connected to him through Narumi’s

that this weakness had been overcome, Rikudou was forced into a close-range

abilities, using the same concept as ‘Dead Spirit Magic,’ but because he wasn’t


either. Rikudou was learning death-attribute magic and

Banda had used ‘Mana Transfer’ for Amemiya once already,

they would be able to defeat Rikudou before they ran

kill him myself, but… unless I catch him

defeat Rikudou. He was considerably more troublesome to deal with now that he

kill him instantly. And he had already used the trick of switching places

his companions, leave Mei and Hiroshi in their hands, and

so happened that he was protecting this world while protecting them. Even Vandalieu’s soul, which had descended upon

reality, the worshipers of the Eighth Guidance, and the other people he had seen through Banda’s eyes – the people in the

of obligation towards the God of Origin,

Rikudou keeps releasing shockwaves of death every so


really want to know, but

very annoying. They even started dropping incendiary bombs to turn

sent flying back at the aircraft that fired them. Deciding that weapons that weren’t self-propelling

of the surrounding oxygen was burned up by the

the bomber aircraft and sent them back as

have been turned into seas of fire themselves now,” said Mari,

no choice but to have my physical body come as

differences in the laws of physics between the two worlds.

end of all of the effects, but there was no

natural disasters, then it was worth doing

and genuinely began crossing the boundary between

the decision to grant its divine protection

the deities that made up the God of Origin began clamoring: “The world is better off

had different values. Because they were based on the gods of the religions that people

reincarnation no longer taking place, it wouldn’t matter to them. The very humans that worshiped

the gods would accept these as trials that they had given.

body will be descending soon,”

Guidance’s worshipers in Origin, not the Pluto that was reincarnated in Lambda.

Vandalieu in this world was

that even she

in anguish,” said a new

existing religions trembled, and there was an


mouths. “But I am a being that the people believe is me, and they offer their prayers to me under that belief, so there is no way to argue that I am not me. Therefore, I can declare that the me that has come into existence

become a part of Vandalie. Now, he granted Amemiya his divine protection – one so

emanating from

is… overflowing from

limits. The light shone on the other Bravers, healing their wounds and restoring their Mana

you telling me that some kind of miracle has occurred?!” shouted

or not, but… it’s like a new

glowing as brightly as

though I’m so much superior to you?!” Rikudou screamed as he watched

respond to the resentment of the

and discarding them without a second thought? Or would he

right to say anything.

sword continued along its path to cut Rikudou in half,

dying scream. But he

not finished yet! I’ll

you’d try

Blade’ once more – targeting his spirit

second time, Rikudou’s spirit and body faded

too dangerous. I can’t leave

indiscriminate, global-scale massacre solely for the purpose of increasing his own

out at a rapid speed like

Vandalieu, and because he was still suppressing the

small gasp of

down and broken Rikudou’s soul, he realized


me. I didn’t expect them

who had protected him. Vandalieu’s main body had acquired ‘Knight’ and ‘Issun-Boshi,’ and he

recovered Rikudou and Moriya’s

that they would

is the end of the

and they finally felt relief. But what Banda

and the other people that Rikudou used as experimental subjects into my care,

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