Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? The Human-Demon Great War – The situation of Merazofis

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The Human-Demon Great War – The situation of Merazofis

The man known as Merazofis is an ordinary person. Though his subordinates amongst the demons would surely laugh in disbelief if they heard that. Who could possibly call a man with enough strength to single-handedly overturn the course of battle “ordinary” of all things? Even still, he was undoubtedly an ordinary person. He was merely an ordinary person who had experienced an extraordinary life.

He has no special talent. No matter what he did he was average. Saying it the other way around, he could do everything to an average level. To put it in a positive way, he could do anything. To put it in a negative way, a jack of all trades and master of none. With that versatility that allowed him to be average at everything, he acquired various skills.

The sequence of events that led him to being like that, relates to his childhood. He came from a family that had served a certain noble house for generations. Naturally, it was decided that he would also serve that noble house. There, he had a fateful encounter.

It was with the young lady of that noble house. For her and Merazofis, they did not start out their relationship as master and servant, but growing up as childhood friends. During that stage, he held faint feelings of love towards the young lady. However, that was an impossible love. Since she was a child she had a fiancee, and on top of that she and her fiance were in love with each other. There was no room for him between them. He didn’t even think of coming between them. For him, so long as the person he loved was happy then he was content.

So that he could aid her, Merazofis continued to improve himself. Whenever he had time he would indiscriminately improve his skills in anything that seemed useful, making an effort to study. That work was recognised, and he was even trusted by her fiance. Thus, when she married into her fiance’s house, he went with her.

Her fiance was aware of Merazofis’s feelings. Precisely because he knew, he trusted Merazofis. Because he was confident that Merazofis would never make her sad. Between the two men who loved the same woman, perhaps there was some kind of understanding.

Precisely because of that, he was entrusted with their beloved daughter. It was already too late. Between the woman he loved, and her husband, there was nowhere to escape. Physically and mentally, he was trapped. That daugher, was entrusted to the highly dependable Merazofis.

Merazofis, accepted those feelings. Even if he couldn’t protect his beloved woman, even while enduring his own powerlessness, he would still protect that woman’s daughter, he steadfastly vowed.

Even that vow, was soon crushed.

He wasn’t able to do anything. Without being able to do anything, the end result was that he gained power from the one he should have been protecting. Even after throwing away his humanity, he was still overwhelmed by his powerlessness.

After the occasion when he was hopelessly beaten down by the bandits, he never failed to practice swinging a sword every morning. That would never make him dramatically stronger. Even still, wanting to reform his powerless self even a little bit, so that the next time he would be able to protect them, he put all his soul into continuing to swing.

Even all that effort, never bore fruit in the end. No matter how he struggled, Merazofis was an ordinary person. He wasn’t at all suited for fighting right from the very start, so waving a sword around when he had no talent, wouldn’t be enough for him to protect anything.

And yet, he didn’t die. Once again, he was saved by a certain spider. Or perhaps in a way, he had already died at that time. He had lost his precious and beloved sweetheart.

Afterwards, his life was spent protecting the child of the woman he loved. To watch over her development, to be beside her.

However, Merazofis’s ojou-sama, was no ordinary person. A reincarnator, and not even human – a vampire progenitor. Merazofis himself, became a vampire as well due to that ojou-sama.

Compared to the normal humans of this world, reincarnators have more ways in which to increase their status values and skills. In addition, the ojou-sama was forced to go on a rigorous journey when she was an infant, forcing her status values to grow. The time when status values grow the fastest, is during infancy. The growth rate of those values falls together with overall growth rates as one reaches adulthood. During her infancy the ojou-sama was put through a harsh environment that would normally be unthinkable, that could even be called abuse, resulting in her status values growing at a rate that vastly exceeded those even of her fellow reincarnators.

Merazofis’s status values, who was put through the same environment, also grew at a slower rate than the ojou-sama’s. The cause was due to him being a person of this world, and one who had already reached adulthood. Due to him being reborn as a vampire, his status values grew faster than when he was a human, but from the perspective of the irregular ojou-sama, even that was more like a minor blip in the measurements. Eventually, Merazofis became weaker than even the ojou-sama he was supposed to protect.

Even so, what Merazofis needed to do did not change. When they were separated by the Demon King so that they wouldn’t become too dependent upon each other, his thoughts were focused on the ojou-sama. To protect the ojou-sama, nothing more.

Therefore, he needed to be strong. The ojou-sama already possessed a strength that he could never reach. While that might be true, that in no way implied that it was unnecessary for him to become strong. At the very least, he needed to be strong enough so that he wouldn’t hold the ojou-sama back.

And thus Merazofis never failed to train himself every day. That training was so harsh in practice, that it would make an average person doubt their own eyes. Enough that for an average person, either they would quickly damage their own health or harm their own mind. What allowed him to do that, was the experiences from the harsh journey along the way to the demon territories. The aberrant training conducted by an aberrant spider. Using the skills that he had gained while training during that journey to the full, Merazofis continued to put himself through hellish personal training. Without himself realising it, he had strayed from common sense.

By using the Abnormal Condition Nullity skill, he no longer needed to sleep. By using the automatic recovery of HP and MP he didn’t spare himself from even damaging his body. When he damaged it he took joy from being able to raise his Treatment Magic skill level. Even in the midst of work he would devote himself to strengthening skills that would make no sense to others, like Magic Manipulation and Fighting Spirit.

Eventually, Merazofis’s average status values had risen as far as 5000. Such values were more than enough to be on par with a low ranked dragon, a level of strength that would be more than sufficient for this world. But even that did not satisfy him. Because the ojou-sama had about triple that.

 

「Report to Balto-sama.」
「Yessir!」

Merazofis sent a subordinate to report on the defeat. Even for Merazofis as an individual, considering the overall battlefield, this battle was a defeat.

The circumstances were bad. Having to fight two reincarnators, with support from a human mage of the highest class. On top of facing the three of them, it was a clear day with bright sunshine.

There was no way he could kill the reincarnators. While being weakened by the sunlight, he had to fight his opponents without killing them. That was quite a difficult order to make of an ordinary person with no talent for battle. Therefore, despite having an advantage in status values over his opponents, the fight dragged out, and he couldn’t even assist with the worsening condition of the battlefield.

It is certainly true that both reincarnators were strong. Merazofis also retained the Appraisal skill. That was the spider’s policy, and because of its usefulness he also kept it up for many months and years, slowly raising the level. The status values of the reincarnators as seen with Appraisal, were in the top ranked drake class. Considering their skills, it was even conceivable that they could reach bottom ranked dragons. The boy was physically orientated and had average status values of about 2500. The girl was more magically orientated, but like the boy had average status values of about 2500. Status values don’t simply add up together, but those two combined had values about equal to Merazofis.

In addition, there was supporting magic being fired. Appraisal couldn’t be used because of the distance, but Merazofis estimated that the magic offensive ability was probably at least 2000.

For humans, the line that determines whether they’re top class or not is having a status of 1000. Having to face three opponents with well over that, it can be understood why Merazofis was having a hard fight. Actually, before Merazofis became their opponent, the two reincarnators were routing the demon troops, and the mage was using great magic to cause massive damage. Without being able to rally the troops from the damage those three had caused, losing the battle could be considered good enough.

「Commander, you are injured.」
「It’s just a scratch.」

Merazofis’s chest had been pierced. Due to carelessness at the very end, he was sniped. But, as he himself said, after penetrating the armour, the damage to the body itself was nothing more than a scratch. Merazofis’s magical defence ability was roughly 5000. Even when suffering a direct hit from that magic, it only pierced the skin, and didn’t even reach his heart. Then again, even if it had reached his heart, that probably wouldn’t have been enough to defeat Merazofis.

「I still have a long way to go.」

As for his muttering, his subordinates ignored it with a faraway look.

The man known as Merazofis is an ordinary person. He did not have a single outstanding talent. However, if there is one talent he could be said to posses, that was the talent to endure. The talent of hard work was not enough. Having surpassed the likes of hard work by reaching hell, that’s what he has now. Who on earth would keep on deliberately tormenting himself until on the brink of death every day? To say that someone who would do that as having the talent of hard work seems somewhat insufficient.

As an example of that, there is a certain skill he has recently obtained. The skill called “Patience”.

The man known as Merazofis is an ordinary person. However, it is not always the case than an ordinary person stays ordinary, as seen in his story.


Reference data from the time of the elf village war:

Shun: average status values of 3000
Katia: average status values of 1800
Sensei: status values of 1500 in magic types, 500 in physical types.

Kunihiko and Asaka would be stronger than Shun if he didn’t have the Hero title. Because sensei put her effort into searching for the students rather than combat, she was in fact surpassed by Shun and Katia.


 

Translation notes:

“Ojou-sama” – I thought it would be a bit confusing otherwise, so when the chapter is using “ojou-sama” to refer to Sophia’s mother I translated it as “young lady” and when it’s referring to Sophia herself I left it as “ojou-sama”.

On a side note, I decided to change “Orel” to “Aurel” in the previous chapter, based on reader feedback.

Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? The Human-Demon Great War – The situation of Kushitani Asaka and Aurel
Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? Before The Human-Demon Great War - The situation of Ronant
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Oak
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Thanks for the chapter,
Even the most average persons becomes abnormal after Shiro-samas teachings

Anonymous
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Hmm..first?

Gwylon
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Patience has reappeared in the world.
Gotta say that Mera is an amazing POV.
Thanks for the chapter!

Granitefish
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For reference so you don’t have to go back and search Patience will take from your MP instead of your HP if you are down to 1 HP. “Conviction”, which Karinosugata2 mentions, will Deal damage that can’t be resisted proportional to the cumulative total value of crimes against those who accumulate crimes within the system in the soul.

Also as Ruler of Patience he would get: Every ability of defense and resistance rise. Opening of evil eye-type skill. A+correction whenever resistance-type skill proficiency gained.

Sancturil
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Wait… so Mera is going to get some Evil Eyes? HELL YEAH!!!!

Mesaphrom
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There goes the average guy becoming a shuni trought training from…. I would say hell but that place may be cozyer than traveling with Shiro and Ariel.

CountryMage
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Traveling with Ariel is like taking a luxury cruise, all expense are paid, the food is delicious, and even the monsters in the area know to be scarce lest appearing on the menu. It’s Shiro that invites the krakens and leviathans, eats up all the food, and changed the training level at all the gyms to hell mode.

Anonymous
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Conviction may be OP af. The system basically recycles souls and encourages combat, causing the souls to accumulate sins. The system has been around for millennia now, so everyone from ancient dragons to newborn humans all have a laundry list of sins built up.

Sancturil
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What’s more, it should be VERY powerful against Potimas and the elves in the know of what Potimas is doing.

SubZole
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I don’t think it works like that. After death they lose the accumulated skills, stats and titles to turn it into energy for the system. That should reset their “infamy” or accumulated crimes too. I think only those crimes count here which they accumulated during their current lifetime.
That is if there is no other skill or outer interference that changes this. Like ruler skills and other tampering with the system.

Katshu
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a very average man indeed….

almost as average as Mile/Adel actually

Kisato
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Cross-Promo!

And there was a Average chapter before this too.

Mesaphrom
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Well… He is average by Shiro’s scale. Kinda remind me of a certain average evil god.

zerorider
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Who’s this average evil god?

Anonymous
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Evil God Average – good stuff 🙂
espiecially the special chapters with POV from other people ;p

https://oniichanyamete.wordpress.com/index/evil-god-average/

SubZole
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Anri from Evil God Average.

Long Nguyễn Bá
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who’s this Mile/Adel that you speak of?

I guess
Guest

Sounds like rock lee to me

ICZephyr
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So..that leaves with what ruler skills again? Humility & Chastity right?
Really didn’t expect Mera to get the Patience skill though..the author never ceases to amaze..lol

Mesaphrom
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If Imouto-chan get Chastity then most probably Felmina will get Humility.

CountryMage
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Really gonna be pissed if the custom made Wisdom goes to Potimas though, unless it fries his brain, then it’s okay.

Solpower
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Wisdom is probably with Ronant no?
I have not read ahead, it’s just…he worships Shiro and trains magic like mad. So Shiro would want him to get it, would even tell(order) him to get it and Ronant would be only too pleased to do it.

Arnold Jayeola
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Detection + appraisal 10 = wisdom

xacual
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It’s not surprising that Shun’s stats are so low. He lived a carefree life and didn’t even really start taking his training seriously until Yuugo attempted to kill him. Kunihiko and Asaka both lived much more dangerous lives in comparison.

Arnold Jayeola
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Those aren’t Low. By this world standard they are strong

Jeg
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By human standards, they are strong.

Nekomimik
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And by Shiro-sama’s stanards, they’re weak! They only can beat a drake or perhaps a low-level dragon at best!

Anon
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Poor Mera, he’s too far gone now.

Long Nguyễn Bá
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Yay not first

IcyClaw
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nai wa~

Merazofis is somewhat like a protagonist who starts off ordinary, but gradually becomes something greater. he would make a good mc in any other story.

Sigh
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Kenichi!

Mesaphrom
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Common Japanese Protagonist Archetype #31!

Dutchwonder
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Thats what I like about Kumo Desu. Most of the side characters could function as the MC for this story and Shiro is often enough portrayed as a nothing more than a side character in their stories.

Which is fantastic. Way to often side character POVs in other novels do nothing but to showcase the MC in a different way and are side characters in their very own stories.

Mesaphrom
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In that you are right, one could make at least 1 entire volume with any side characters. Unless your name is Hyugo. Potimas is still interesting enough.

Long Nguyễn Bá
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who’s Hyugo?

Sancturil
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I think he might have meant “yuugo”.

Mesaphrom
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Sorry confusing it wtih the other tl in wich he is called Hugo.

Anonymous
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True, we have Wrath, who is a justice-obsessed tragic heroic character, like Emiya Shriou (even has his own Trace On ability); Sophia who is a OP dense person who trained under a cruel, all-powerful, and abusive mentor, like Negi Springfield; and Shun who is a generic video-game fantasy harem-king protagonist. And now Mera, the hard-working normal guy who becomes OP through slow, grinding training, like Kenichi.

blackfive
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I love these POVs. They make the story more colorful 🙂

JFSaucisse
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The level is akin to Balto’s, but the battlefield is different
Don’t give up, Mera ! Or should I say, keep it up ?!

RoflCat
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>Who on earth would keep on deliberately tormenting himself until on the brink of death every day?

Well, a certain spider, the ‘apprentice’ magician who observed her, and now Mera?

…Is THAT how Kumoko trains her troop?
“You all, hit yourself with magic attack and heal yourself back up, also do this while practicing ninja maneuvers”

Sancturil
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Hahahaha.^^ And that’s probably also how Ronant trained his own students.

Mesaphrom
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And that’s probably only warm-up.

CountryMage
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Hang upside down from a tree by one leg, on a windy day, while simultaneously lighting yourself on fire and pouring water magic to douse the flames.

Guest
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[kumoko]*points at the lava flow* “training” [10th army] “eh?” [K]So annoying, I will have to teach them to train themselves… “How to train with lava?” *points at the a large woman with a double-headed spade* [10] “avoid it?” [k]”Eh?” How would that help? *points at a middle-aged man with a long beard* [10] “Should we build a sauna?” [k] Maybe later? So annoying though. *Points at a short woman with a grey hat* [10] “uuuuh, cook with it?” [k] So useless, I will have to ask my best soldier. *points at a pair of buck-toothed siamese-twin hunch-backed men with odd-shaped… Read more »
accountmadeforants
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Haha, Mera actually pulled the ” ’tis but a scratch” card.

In any case, this POV was far better than anything I could’ve hoped for. Merazofis has always been an interesting character, so seeing the author pull out all the stops and definitively turn him into a central character was very satisfying.

Mesaphrom
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So I was not the only one waiting for him to say it!

Sodemas
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thx for the chapter Kari sama o/
out of curiosite how many chapter we stil have? also great job Mera, keeping up that hellish traning~

Solpower
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Two more chapters remain until the translations have caught up to the releases. This could change at any moment however as the author has been releasing fairly frequently lately.

Arnold Jayeola
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Patience virtue + Vampire makes him a very hard person to kill plus the evil eye actually matches with his vampire powers

Arnold Jayeola
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Also a reminder that the virtue of patience is probably the only non booby traped kill in the entire system.
And the rightful reason too

Ebrie
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Thanks for the chapter! It seems like Mera caught the masochist bug from Shiro. It’s a shame he doesn’t get more time in the limelight.

KuRuuRuu
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Thank you for the chapter!!!
Poor Mera..Well your common sense won’t stay intact if you spend years with a certain spider Goddess and an unique maou shoujo😂
Let’s pray that the limb eating ritual when drinking alcohol won’t be added to his training menu ~
Ganbatte, Mera!

Anto
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Well he is the butler of the story, since batman butler has been known to be badass.
Thank you for the chapter!

Jeg
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“While being weakened by the sunlight, he had to fight his opponents without killing them.”
And the 2 were already fighting for their lives.

Magnolia
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The Ultimate Hard Worker God trained the Champion of Hard Working Bulter

Anonymous
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Hmm… Didn’t Shiro gain a level in Taboo when she obtained Patience?

mnmega
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This chapter reminded me of a youtube video “The royal scientist is no fool” Maybe the author happened across it as well.

mikan
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thanks, translator/editor/proofreader-san

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

Patience…
Requirement: borderline Masocist

Mana
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Merazofis said his Abilities Average!
like a certain girl.

Neil
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I wonder why Shun got the Hero title if there are two stronger adventurers out there…. It must be D then… lol

ModoTheGreat
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The Hero title seems to select the person with a high potential and hero-ish mindset, who also happens to be pure Human. Considering Shun’s growth rates (I blame his unique skill) and mentality (He’s such a goody two-shoes that he obtained Kindness)…

On which note, I think Kindness is the reason Shun cannot show negative feelings or killing intent against Yuugo. He was naive from the start, but Ruler skills kinda screw with your soul when you use them enough to get Taboo 10.

libraryrocker
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So…. how’s this gonna work? Is she gonna just kill everyone right before world end (and herself) so they’re all safe? I really wonder….

Mera-saaaaaan!!!! You’re totally my type!!!! You’re my boyfriend for this novel!!! The succubus can’t have you!! She doesn’t deserve you!!!!

Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!!

zerorider
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Why should Kumo has to kill herself? She is a god and not even from that world…

SubZole
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Yep and she is not even part of the system any more so she shouldn’t be affected by its destruction (at least not like the regular residents with their skills extracted).

Aule
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Mera may be an average person when it comes to talents, but he is a enious of Hard Work!

Now, he just has to wear green spandex)

lygarx
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The adventurer duo is much stronger than I thought they would be. Of the Humans, they would be one of the stronger reincarnators

ICZephyr
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Anyone kind enough to update who has what ruler skills? I don’t quite remember & I’m lazy to do it but I want to know~

IB
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You’re on fire 🙂
Thank you so much!

NZPIEFACE
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What the spider is thinking:

“WHY THE FUCK DID HE HAVE TO GO AND GET [PATIENCE] OF ALL SKILLS?! HE SHOULD KNOW THAT IT’S A PAIN INT HE ASS TO MANAGE ALL OF THESE SKILLS AND THAT IT THROWS A WRENCH IN MY PLANS! At least the damned Elves won’t get it now.”

ICZephyr
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Umm..I think it’s a good thing that Mera got it right? As long as it’s an ally..Kumo was trying to get Imouto-chan or Felmina to get the ruler skills as well,but I bet it didn’t cross her mind that Mera was able to get it instead, with him being average.. haha.. Poor Mera.. -_-‘

SubZole
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I think Shiro is pleased that Mera got it. She wanted to secure the remaining ruler skills anyway by making the people she can trust (or are disposable like Yuugo) attain them.

Reaper Phoenix
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Thanks 4 the chapter!

The birth of an M.

haazhell
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thanks for the chapter

ZettaiZero
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Merazofis:”Who on earth would keep on deliberately tormenting himself until on the brink of death every day? To say that someone who would do that as having the talent of hard work seems somewhat insufficient.”
Me: Ahh…. Merazofis-kun if you’re asking who that someone is. I would say that it was the Kumo-chan we all loved and know you know? and she do it on her daily routine the same as eating breakfast

Seemstress
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“And thus Merazofis never failed to train himself every day. That training was so harsh in practice, that it would make an average person doubt their own eyes. Enough that for an average person, either they would quickly damage their own health or harm their own mind.”
Ironic, considering the fact that his specialty is being average.

D.O.G
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Thanks for the chapter!

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