Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? Oni 16

Back to the introspective mass-murdering oni of justice.

Oni 16 – Justice?

「That is precisely the reason why I must avoid piling up a mountain of corpses for no reason.」

The pope’s words still reverberate in my ears. That old man, abiding by his own unshakable will, has continued to kill the very people he should protect by his own hands. So that the many will live the few will be killed. He has the will and power to implement that, without even hesitating for an instant.

To murder is wrong. Doubts like “how?” and “why?” have no point. The reason why to murder people is wrong, is not something that can be explained by theory. What must not be done must not be done. That’s all there is to it. Not because of some theory, but the reason why people are people is precisely because they avoid such actions.

However, then, what if you had to do what must not be done because you had people you wanted to protect? What if despite knowing that it must not be done, that there was no other available option?

What the pope is doing, are actions to transform the way the world should be for his own convenience. However, it is not being pursued for his own personal benefit, but out of genuine concern for the world. For the sake of the world, denying himself, even while sacrificing many, he is saving even more people.

Are such actions, an act of justice? Or are they, an act of evil?

Trying to save someone is surely an act of justice. To kill someone is surely an act of evil. In the case when it’s both of them, then how on earth do you determine the correct interpretation?

I don’t know. Is that something right, or is that something wrong?

However, there is one thing that I do understand. That for that pope, even if you try to tell him to his face that it is wrong, I’m sure he will still not waver from his path. While having that gentle expression on his face, that old man harbours in his eyes a conviction that borders on insanity. No matter what happens, I can declare that he will not stop. If he does happen to stop, I’m sure it would be as he himself said, only when the world is saved, or otherwise when his body and soul fall into ruin.

Is the path the pope has chosen right, or is it wrong? For the sake of argument, even if he made a mistake, I’m sure he would use that as a source of motivation to stand up once again. Until his body and soul fall into ruin.

He’s terrifying. That belief that goes to extremes, is not something expressed in status values or skills, an absurd power. If we fought directly I would surely win. However, that victory would totally meaningless. Even if he dies he will rise up once again. Again and yet again. There is nobody with a more unyielding heart.

What about me then? In that sense, I’m terribly weak. To the extent that I briefly wished for death, being unable to tolerate the crimes I committed myself. In spite of that, once I was saved I didn’t want to die, that’s just how wretched my feelings are, and how weak I am.

My status values and skills, are probably high even at a global level. Although I have been made to realise that there is always someone better than you, even still I’m well above the average. Despite the power that I hold, my heart is far too weak. I’m unbalanced.

I have got to get stronger as well. Unlike that pope, I cannot reach the level of his madness, nor do I think I can even aim for it. Even still, I will take responsibility for the path I have taken to get here, and I must take actions to make the most of it. That is, the line I will draw for myself. For the weak-hearted me, that is the excuse I will use to forgive myself.

My status has already fully recovered. It is time that I stopped idling in this mansion. I must take action. From now on, I must also find out, just how the world should be.

I will talk to Shiro-san. To ask Shiro-san where she is heading to. To ask what methods she will use to reach there.

If that overlaps with my own path, then I will gladly cooperate with Shiro-san. If it’s not, then… I shall pray that it’s not.

At the time when I had made that resolution, even though it was mealtime, it was unusual for Shiro-san to have not returned. Instead, like a shadow of her true self, Sophia-san was sitting here having barely touched her food.

I think she is probably also wondering about many different things from meeting with the pope. What’s on her mind is likely so mixed up that I couldn’t even guess.

She was originally born in a country that followed the Goddess Religion, and I heard that her hometown was destroyed by the Divine Word Religion. I had also experienced my goblin village being destroyed by humans, so I can well understand her feelings. That fury, strong enough that you could forget yourself in anger and hatred.

In my case I achieved revenge by my own hands. However, Sophia-san cannot do that. It’s not that she can’t even try, but more like that she won’t. Because, she realised just how determined the pope was in that conference. Nevertheless, having seen his unstoppable belief, I’m sure even Sophia-san would realise that it would have been totally meaningless to kill the pope in that place.

Is revenge an act of justice? I don’t know that. However, because I have experienced it myself, what I do understand is that without achieving revenge it is not possible to move on.

To this day, Sophia-san has lived without being able to achieve revenge. Isn’t it precisely because of that, that she has easily crossed over the line that people should not cross, and run down the path of injustice? The flames of revenge that remain in her heart, might have warped Sophia-san’s personality. I’ve come to think that way.

And now, if she tries to confront him as a target for revenge, she knows that she won’t be able to achieve revenge no matter what. Normally she would be able to gain satisfaction from sending him to his death. However, that pope is an exception. Even if he’s killed, there’s no meaning in it. If you want to achieve revenge against him, it will be necessary to break his spirit. I’m sure that Sophia-san also realises, just how difficult that would be.

While still barely having touched her food, Sophia-san stands up.

「How about you eat a bit more?」

I called out to her totally without thinking. Totally, out, I think. Because in Sophia-san’s eyes, I saw an unconcealable irritation.

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Hummm~ He revealed to be weaker than I thought.


He’s just an ordinary person, after all … ordinary persons usually need time to properly grow into somthing stronger; if that specific individual able to do that to begin with, that is.


As a person? I think so but a lot of people are “weak” in terms of resolve. Oni-kun is right, Dustin-ojisan has conviction that’s bordering insanity and this arc is one of my favorites. That conference truly shows there’s no black or white in Kumo-chan’s story; only either a lighter shade of grey or a darker one.

From the point of a living being, his conviction is indeed insane (sacrificing everything that’s necessary to accomplish one’s ideological cause – “to make humanity … and the world … survive no matter what” – … complete ideological fanaticism) … from the point of view of logical analysis, it’s at worst “insane logic” (due to involving various ideology based fallacies like the sunk cost fallacy) … and really, what to expect from someone who’s soul might already been completely corroded by the “Diligence” skill (that alters the deeper areas of the soul itself). To that end, that pope might actually… Read more »

Yup, and his soul being completely corroded by Diligence makes it so that he always go toward the same path in all of his lives/reincarnations. He did call himself Dustin the 61st, imply himself to also predate the Divine Word Religion. I personallly think he achived the Ruler title of Diligence in all of his lives and that one of the abilities of Diligence might be that it gives him the memories of all of his previous lives. Heck, he might have even been the one who created the Divine Word Religion.

Finishing re-reading everything so I can find the stuff I missed…. Dustin-ojisan is the Ruler of Temperance rather than Diligence is something I wanna point out as that’s what’s written at the TL for the part 8 of the conference mini-arc. (Well, I would check the chapters yo be sure but I’m too lazy = w=) At any rate, I agree at Schattenbach’s point. Dustin’s resolve mightn’t be positive or negative at this point. It’s just a “resolve” to follow the choice he made. As a human, I find that admirable as he won’t stop at nothing to what he… Read more »

constant f5 paid off


Thanks for the chapter!!!
Shiro-chan is still holing up herself in her room (dimension), refusing to meet anyone~ lol
She should take all the food first though!!! XD
Btw, we can see that Wrath opinion about Sophia is changing~ ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)


Thanks for the new chapter!


Thanks for the hard work and I can’t wait for that surprise from Sophia’s point of view, I really like this story coming together so far. The characters aren’t just 2nd cutouts but explained what they’re thinking, their beliefs and etc through their own point of view, making me attached to them. Heck, even Shun is in my list!

From what I can say… I think the interactions between Sophia and Oni-kun will be interesting. They were intimate enough to talk casually to each other by the elf village arc nyaa~


Pretty sure Sophia is thinking something else though
But yeah, they’ll probably have a meeting of the minds somewhere.


Thanks for the chapter

Reaper Phoenix

Thanks 4 the chapter!

Hello! Shiro is unavailable for the moment. Please use an interdimensional communication system to contact her.


Thx 4 the food


I’m guessing you recently read “The Girl Who Ate Death”? Hail Schera!


Thanks for the chapter!


thank for the update


W-w-why am i smelling romance in these last few lines ?!


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

Then does killing animal for food is evil? ..suddenly i don’t want to be good..
justice can go be a vegetarian ?
i want meat~


So you wanna kill plants? That’s evil! Kill animals instead xD

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

Thank you kindly for the chapter.

Past One/Hikari to Kage
Past One/Hikari to Kage



You can tell how mentally immature he is when he spouts childish philosophical rants and believes in absolutes like evil vs good.