Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? Informal Conference – hidden

This is the final chapter in this mini-arc. A sting in the tail or…?

A little pre-translation note: in the spoken lines below the word “that” will come up a number of times without clear context. It’s generally being used to refer to a specific character indirectly. The word is not being specifically emphasised in the Japanese so I kept it that way here.

Informal Conference – hidden


Author’s note: The pope’s point of view.


I left the tidying up of the conference room to others, and headed towards my private room. I closed the door, confirmed that I was alone, then I sat down in a chair as if collapsing. My legs begin to shake, rather too late. I heave a massive sigh.

No matter how many times I experience it, I am still unused to the fear of death. I managed to survive this time, but I wonder what will happen in ten days time.

I am scared of death. But, beyond that, what really makes me anxious is if the world was destroyed while I was not around. At the conference I had boasted that it would be okay even if I wasn’t around, and in practice I’m sure the Divine Word Religion would not shake without me. Even still, I cannot shake the anxiety about something happening while I was not around.

I stimulated my shaking knees, then stood up, and picked up a particular wine bottle from the shelf. Normally I restrain myself, but I’m sure it is acceptable to open this after a day like today. That shows just how much I was cornered in mind and body by that short conference.

「Could you prepare two glasses?」

On turning around at the voice I suddenly heard, there was Black Dragon-sama elegantly sitting on a chair.

「It sure seems that even the likes of you, would be considerably terrified by that.」
「Peeping is hardly laudable.」

As I smoothly turned aside his jest with my honest opinion, Black Dragon-sama’s sweet smile became deeper. I swallowed a sigh before it could escape, prepared two glasses and sat down facing Black Dragon-sama. On pouring the wine I handed over a glass to Black Dragon-sama, and then poured my own glass.

「Well then, cheers!」

A sound resounded as we lightly tapped the two glasses together. I tipped the glass and poured the wine into my mouth, bringing stimulation to my aged throat. My first drink in a long time, seems to have been a bit too powerful a stimulus for my aged body.

「What did you think of that?」

For a while I silently concentrated on my glass, and Black Dragon-sama asked me that while pouring a second glass for himself.

「I do not know.」

I spoke that honestly. At the conference today, regarding that girl named Shiro who called herself an Administrator, I was not able to comprehend anything at all. As for what kind of personality she has, I could not even make a conjecture, and instead it was I who was being tested. The words she said at the end, “I have clearly witnessed your determination”, conveyed that truth more than anything. The one testing and the one being tested. It was like the manifestation of our power relationship right then and there.

「That figures. Even I don’t really understand that.」

Black Dragon-sama seemed to be in a good humour, smiling while swirling the wine.

「What that person said about being an Administrator, is it the truth?」
「It feels a bit unfair for me to reveal it, but very well. That is unmistakably an Administrator. Enough that she is even deeper into the System than me.」

While consenting to Black Dragon-sama’s words, at the same time I feel my tiredness increase.

「For that Administrator to take personal action, does it mean that the situation is that bad?」
「It’s bad indeed.」

Black Dragon-sama casually announced that, and put his hands on a third glass.

「However, don’t be so pessimistic about it. Will that succeed, or will I disappear instead? At the end of the day, those are the only two possibilities. While that proceeds according to the scenario she prepared, all I have to do is just pretend that I don’t know anything.」

When Black Dragon-sama said he might disappear, he indicated that he found that possibility to be pleasant somehow.

「You are okay with that?」
「With what?」
「About you becoming the next living pillar for the System.」
「Ahh. About that.」
「Indeed. After the Goddess-sama has passed on, you would lose your reason for staying in this world, surely. Much less to succeed in Goddess-sama’s role as well.」
「I’ve said this before, but after coming so far, it would be harder for me to abandon everything instead. Sariel would probably not wish for me to abandon things either. Besides, in a world without Sariel, there is no merit for me to be alive. In that case, to use this life of mine at the last for the sake of the world that Sariel loved, is not bad either.」

Even though he’s saying things here and there that worry me, even if I questioned him about it I’m sure this person would not talk about it. This person will not rely upon anyone. There has been nobody who would stand with him. Also, there has been nobody who he can depend upon. For these reasons, he is all alone. I don’t have the capabilities to stand with him either.

Perhaps that is why. For Black Dragon-sama to be in an unusually good mood. Because an existence that is worthy of standing beside him has appeared.

「That is fascinating. Do you know how that secretly refers to me?」
「Well now, I cannot even imagine.」
「”Loser”」

Dear me. To refer to an existence at the top of this world as “loser”. Is that audacious or what. Compared to the calm and neat image she had at the conference, that sounds like coming from a completely different person.

「I do have the self-awareness that being called so is inevitable. I have continued to avoid making choices. For that reason, I’ve lost the right to make choices after all this time. I will simply proceed according to the prepared scenario. Will that complete her scenario, or will she stumble along the way and fail? I shall watch to the end. Whatever the outcome may be I won’t mind.」

At Black Dragon-sama’s words, it can be inferred that Shiro-sama may accomplish something greater than I had thought. In addition, by telling that to me, he is likely indirectly indicating to me that I should not get in the way.

「In this scenario you mentioned, I can only pray that it is not something that will bring harm to the humans.」

With my response the matter is settled. Even if Black Dragon-sama is trying to warn me, if it is something that goes against the sake of humanity, then I cannot abide by it. I have already lost the right to make such choices. The choice to take an action that goes against the sake of humanity that is.

「I see. It’s been a treat.」

Before I knew it, the contents of the wine bottle had gone. I have only taken a single gulp from my first glass. It seems that the majority has been drunk by Black Dragon-sama. When I had noticed that fact, he had already vanished from the seat in front of me.


 

Translation notes:

So yes, Kuro refers to Shiro as “that”. It could be considered rude but within the context maybe it implies a sense of mystery or wonder or otherness.

“Loser” – the word used here is “hetare”, which generally means something like “loser”. It can also mean “incompetent”, “lazy”, “good-for-nothing”, “weakling”. Shiro used this word to describe Kuro in chapter 255 – her little Q&A with Wrath.

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Sancturil
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Thanks a lot for this awesome chapter.^^

Reaper Phoenix
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Thanks 4 the chapter!

No one can truly understand Shiro. She is an enigma.

kirindas
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Thanks for the new chapter! Kuro just coming around to nick alcohol. XD

Yukino o
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Kuro probably think of Kumoko as an fathomable existence and not sure what she is. Although our Kumoko view Kuro as someone who’s stronger than her, Kuro likely also view her in the same way. He got trap in that spatial trap and misunderstood that Kumoko could already accelerate time even though she just throw in something she found in D room.

SubZole
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But after that she really learned to affect the flow of time (at least in the dimensions created by her). She used it to slow down time when she met Wrath and first talked with him.

Amuris
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remember that, though she did learn it, she wasn’t really able to trap Kuro on her own, even if space magic is her specialty. It was an artifact from D she used to do it.

KuRuuRuu
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Thanks for the chapter!!
Fufufu..Well, Pope, witness the greatness of Shiro-sama!!!
Change your religion to Divine Spider Religion!! XD

sapasssde
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thanks for the chapter

zadas
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im pretty sure that shiro called him incompetent when they were talking with ariel

Gilliam
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I’m surprised that you didn’t just translate ‘that’ as ‘her’. I mean, its obvious who they’re referring to, and the current wording is kind of awkward.

Mesaphrom
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Is because is not to hide WHO he’s talking about but to make clear that he don’t know WHAT Shiro actually is.

Yander
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if i not mistaken was said… what Kuro meed D once… so how he can feel it when see Kumoko with almost same face?) (we not have kuro POV… so idk what he really think)

Anibal
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I think kuro know more or less what she is, he know she isn’t human and before she was reincarnated she wasn’t either.

Amuris
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I think it’s more a matter of feeling. Kuro sees Shiro as more a wild animal or a force of nature rather than an actual person.

NZPIEFACE
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“When I had noticed that fact, he had already vanished from the seat in front of me.”
Smooth criminal….

GonZ555
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Meatbun delivery~
Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

Hahaha.. the loser drink and dashed..

Krabbe
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He forgot he had ordered meatbuns, of course he had to run.

Anonymous
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thanks for the chapter!

Sabishi desu
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I think Shiro is struggle with all is going on, i mean she is just a spider the world’s problem is too much for her. Sometimes she just not thinking anything but poeple around misinterpret it with something else!! 😀

k
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thank for the update

Stelvis
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Shiro-chan is really overestimate buy his enemy
Ty for the chapter^^

Anonymous
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thanks for the chapter!
when oni asked shiro who kuro is during the q&a session didnt she answer hes an indecisive loser god lol ..so he peeped even that..the gods sure do love peeping on this adorable spider!
nice to see that kuro still adore shiro to some extent despite what he says in his secret conversations with ariel

an
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thanks for the chapter!
when oni asked shiro who kuro is during the q&a session didnt she answer hes an indecisive loser god lol ..so he peeped even that..the gods sure do love peeping on this adorable spider!
nice to see that kuro still adore shiro to some extent despite what he says in his secret conversations with ariel

Nekomimik
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Haaa~ such a nice chapter. Before anything, thanks for the hardwork nyaa!

Now then, this chapter is really nice. Not only we found out how dustin feels about shiro but we also got a sneak preview of how gyurigyuri sees shiro. Not only that but with how he spoke, it seems gyuri knows or at least has a good idea of what shiro is doing/aiming for.

Now I can’t wait for oni-kun’s pov about the conference nyaa!

Random Internet User (tm)
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Random Internet User (tm)

Thank you kindly for the chapter.

Elhessan
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Can’t wait to see what will be unfold next. Just how strong is this elf? I hope he will not disappoint me

SubZole
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While they tend to overestimate Shiro’s actions they are right to fear her because she won’t mind disposing of them if they become more annoying than useful.

Thanks for the chapter 🙂

steve stevenson
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Would probably be easier to read if that was changed to /that/ or “that”

steve stevenson
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What if Kuro took over for Sariel supporting the system before she completely died? Sariel would be weak, but Kuro would be able to support the system until Shiro’s plans came to fruition. Happy ending for all the Gods.

Anibal
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She is already half dead, Sariel I mean. Her divinity has already exhausted so much she’s only functioning with the help of the system

Kyata
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Thanks for the hard work releasing the new chapters so frequently 🙂
Don’t burn yourself out now.

Kensei Seraph
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Thanks for the chapter.

nemestrinus
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i’m so glad i decided to check one last time before dropping this series, got tired of checking back day after day with no updates that i stopped, now there are like 12 updates!

Zeth
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Thank you!!!

Albedo\'s Ahoge
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Thank you~

negatempest
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I do believe shiro made that reference to Dragon being a loser good for nothing when Shiro learned he lacked motivation. Earliest reference to this I think was way back to the Demon Lord loli first appearance in WN. Chapter that followed was the Hero older brother death.

karina
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even people will overestimating when shiro act cool.
its fun to know her mind and appearance completely different
she is just spider with copy personality of evil god

chaoton
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Sometimes it’s really hard to tell if someone who look expressionless in front of you is irritated, in deep thought, disturbed, or just simply don’t know how to continue the conversation.

Demon Reader
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We use she/her because we think she is she.

But really, should we use ‘she’ when talking about _the_ spider? More, that is really spider? Because it’s mixture of earth spider’s soul + D god’s strand of soul + this world’s evolution + that false memory of earth.

Poor Shiro.

Hakurei06
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What is it with gods and their love of alcohol?

Bondo
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It might be a reference to the myth of “soma”, a drink that can make you got hook up, not all gods love alcohol, but those who have tasted soma are probably hook to it and if they can’t get their hand on it they will find alternative such as alcohol, or so the logic goes.

Nothing
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oh Kuro , if you like drinking that much, just ask Shiro to drink with you again. Leave that poor old man alone
Shiro is still a little kouhai as a God after all. While she was trying to keep this a secret , he just stand there in the dark and ” better act like I know nothing” lol

haazhell
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thanks you for the spider-god-sama dose Ô greats dealers

Gippett0
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Thank you for the chapter, and all the hard work!

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