Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? 274

This is one of those chapters that makes you wonder if the author planned everything right from the start…

274 – Hero Killing

Blow has died. Having confirmed that with my own eyes, I take a step forwards.

The Hero notices me. There is an expression of astonishment on his face. It seems that he has realised by instinct, that I am the same being as the Nightmare of the Labyrinth who once defeated him.

The Hero Julius also recognises my clones, as whenever he sees one he relentlessly pursues and gets rid of them. The non-combat orientated clones used for monitoring, cannot beat the Hero. Owing to that, I couldn’t keep track of the Hero through monitoring. Most likely, he has a strong impression remaining of not being able to even lay a finger on me, so I think he gained a sensitivity to my existence.

Therefore, it was in my expectations that he might immediately break into an escape on noticing me. Within the accelerated time, I gaze upon the Hero who has a desperate look. I’m sorry to say, but no matter how much he tries to muster his strength, the Hero can never defeat me.

I open my eyes. The least kindness I can do, is to give him a painless death. With my improved Evil Eyes, I assault the Hero with the Evil Eye of Extinction. There are two attributes that I didn’t lose once I became a god. Darkness and Corrosion. To be precise, Darkness and Death. The attributes that Evil God D rules over.

The Evil Eye of Destruction grants death to the Hero, and his body is destroyed. Compared to the power of D herself it might be weak, but it is still undoubtedly the power of god. There is no reason why the Hero could withstand it as he is not even a god.

The Hero has been finished off without a doubt, and also the comrades with him have been dealt with the same way. There was one person who withstood it, but that was also within expectations. What was unexpected, lies in a much different place.

「Take care of the rest.」
「Eh?」

Due to the emergency situation, I delegate all battlefield operations to Waldo-kun, and teleport. Where I’ve appeared is a huge room with an enormous magic circle filling it that looks like a geometric pattern. In the center, is the upper half of the body of a woman.

In the bottom level of the Elro Great Labyrinth, deeper within there exists the place where the Goddess is sealed. The core of the System that supports this world.

I quickly approach the Goddess. The top half of her body, has diminished since the last time I saw her. Much more than I had expected.

Suppressing the rage that feels like it might boil in an instant, I grab the Goddess’s chin. I would like to believe that I still have my composure since I didn’t just crush her with my hand like that.

「Do you actually realise, what you have done?」

I couldn’t hold back from using a threatening voice. I open my eyes, and glare right at the Goddess. With her vacant stare, the Goddess merely continues to murmur System messages.

「Don’t fuck with me!」

I didn’t use a loud voice. However, my voice probably contained as much anger as possible.

Just who, for what reason, and for whose sake, do you think this war is for? This Goddess has ruined all of that. All this groundwork was for none other than liberating the Goddess from the System, yet she’s fucking ruined that all by herself.

The purpose of this war, is for reducing the number of humans and demons who can fight, while simultaneously securing energy, and reducing the number of people who will be harmed by destroying the System. In addition, by means of defeating the Hero, I could delete the Hero related requirements from the System, and secure the energy related to that. I have various other reasons for doing this, but those of the two main ones. Both were plans to gather a lot of energy quickly.

However, despite that, the amount of energy collected was less than I had expected. It had been lessened. Because the Goddess had needlessly intervened. The Goddess obstructed the dismantling of the Hero System. Using her body, and a portion of the recent influx of energy.

Since her intentions can’t be communicated I can only guess, but most likely the Goddess fully understands what I’m trying to do. Well, since I’m hacking the System and various other things, it would be strange for the Goddess who is the core of the System to not know. The problem is, not only does she know, but she has begun to intervene against my actions.

「Do you hate it when people die that much? Even though you know just for whose sake it is that they’re all killing each other?」

I tighten the grip on my hand holding the Goddess’s chin. Even though the Demon King has taken actions while being resolved to die, this woman has rendered those actions futile. As if I could forgive that. What a fucked up situation.

「Take a good look.」

I project an image in front of the Goddess’s eyes. Projected there is a battlefield. The battlefield where the 1st Army are fighting. Even by itself it’s gruesome enough that I’m sure that for this Goddess it’s painful to watch.

However, I’m not done yet. To that battlefield, I summon a Queen Taratekt. Next, I give it an order to trample down the demons and humans indiscriminately.

「Don’t you avert your eyes okay? Because you did something unnecessary, I’ve been forced to take even more lives. This scene, is due to your desires, and what you caused.」

There is no objection. However, a slight action of her shaking her head in denial can be seen. So that she won’t be able to take her eyes off the images even for a second, I put my strength into the hand holding her chin.

What a foolish Goddess. While wishing for peace more than anyone else, she more than anyone else is the perpetrator who is forcing the people of this world to walk down a blood smeared path. Even if it means taking D’s malicious salvation. This time was also the same. If she’d kept quiet then I would never have had any intention to commit this atrocity. I still had many things that I had wanted Argnar to do after all. I’ve been unexpectedly forced to crush them.

The reason why I didn’t crush the 2nd Army or 5th Army, was because I thought it was better that way considering what happens next. The 1st Army demons are the elite. And so is the human army that they’re facing. That being the case, by annihilating them the amount of energy that can be recovered is large. In order to recover the most amount of energy with the fewest number of deaths, the only option was to crush the 1st Army.

Sorry, Argnar. In order to grant the future you wish for the demons, the only option was to abandon you. Even then, depending upon the situation I still might not be able to grant your wish.

Without sparing her anything I make the Goddess watch the trampling of every living being by the Queen Taratekt. Even when everything is finished, for a while I forced her to continue watching the scene filled with corpses.

「Don’t do anything uncalled for. Realise that each time that you do the number of casualties will increase.」

I roughly release my grip from her chin. Somehow, those eyes of hers that were vacant from the start, seem to have become even more like eyes of a dead fish. Serves you right. Even still, my irritation doesn’t calm down. I’m so angry that I can almost talk normally. For such a pathetic reason, I was forced to sacrifice Argnar. Damn her.

Leaving that aside, I must quickly find out who the new Hero is. I gotta get in touch with the Divine Word Religion, and have them search.

While thinking about future plans, one of my clones detects an abnormality. It’s the clone that is keeping watch on Yamada-kun. While in class, Yamada-kun suddenly stood up and began to act suspiciously.

It can’t be. It can’t be, it can’t be, it can’t be!?

「You, you!」

I punch the Goddess, hard.

「Just how much do you have to interfere until you’re satisfied! Just how badly will you crush people’s feelings until you’re satisfied! Do you really want to save people’s lives that much!? Why can’t you understand that is exactly what is driving people to their deaths!?」

I resist the urge to kill this Goddess right here, right now. If I actually did that, then what was the point of all the things I’ve done until now.

This Goddess, in addition to continuing the Hero System, specified the next fucking Hero to be Yamada-kun. Yamada-kun, a reincarnator. She definitely chose a reincarnator knowing that I can’t or won’t kill him. Even though the Goddess should know why it is that I’m trying to decisively revoke the Hero System. To recover energy? That’s certainly one of the reasons. However, the biggest reason, is to prevent the Demon King from being killed. Due to the System, a Demon King can always be killed by a Hero. Even if that Demon King has status values that are vastly superior to the Hero’s. In order to get rid of that fear, that’s why I’ve been doing all this to try to get rid of the Hero System.

「Do you want the Demon King to die that much!? The Demon King who, more than anybody else, has been trying so hard for so long for your sake!」

I hear my teeth grinding. If I stay here any longer, I really will start wanting to kill the Goddess. I turn my back on the Goddess, and teleport away from that place. I didn’t even want to see what kind of expression the Goddess had.


 

Translation notes:

Evil Eye of Destruction was last mentioned in 214.

It’s probably worth pointing out that the one survivor from the Hero’s party (Hyrinth) had a “phoenix feather” to protect him, as mentioned in S19.

Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? 273
Kumo desu ga, Nani ka? 275
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Mashiro
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Thank you for your hard work~ Dont give up on the Maou Shojou! Shiro-chan! She deserves to live too! t-t

Metazoxan
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Sadly unless the author dues ex machinas it she can’t be saved. Shiro already stated that Ariel’s soul was at the brink of collapse and couldn’t be saved.

Mashiro
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I know but.. at the least she can protect Ariel until then end, rather then dying before then to someone with the Hero title. Or who knows, she was able to shelter that one guys soul after Oni-kun killed him. Shiro-chan might still be able to shelter hers as well? She might forcefully keep it together like she did Sensei’s? Even if its unlikely theres been plenty of surprises and twists so far, she might still have a method. And Ariel’s soul is half Shiro’s too, which was after she had got a ever so slight fragment of D’s soul…… Read more »
LoliStalker
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I personally would just sacrifice the stupid goddess ,who knows the surplus energy might be enough to save Ariel’s soul,welp poor Kuro but nah he deserves it,one is a hypocrite and the other one is indecisive bastard,a perfect couple,they should just go die together

Rowd
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From how the story is going. Feels like its setting up shiro for a self sacrifice ending where she is awakened to her humanity and sets up a new system so ppl dont get wiped out or something

nyaaa
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so that’s why shun became hero.

Anon
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Wew lad, Sariel sure done fucked up now.

HeraldC
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Thanks for the chapter. That was really intense! Was wondering why Hyrinth survived the massacre, and I totally forgot he had a phoenix down. Lol

Surely Shiro won’t let Ariel die, but this Goddess is just too meddlesome. Nai wa

xacual
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She won’t let Shun ever get near Ariel. She’ll let Wrath or Sophia handle him, they both have quintuple his stats anyway or she’ll kill him herself. She doesn’t want to kill the reincarnators but she also mentioned before that if absolutely necessary she will do so.

Personally I think the only reason she didn’t immediately go kill Shun is because she suspects the Goddess might recreate the hero system again afterwards.

neotzu
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also since shun is a reincarnator the energy need to empower him would be much less than a native whose soul’s are already weak hence saving energy by allowing him to continue being the hero.

RoflCat
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Nope, the reason she doesn’t kill him is much simpler.

It’d make Oka sad.

Same with why she chose to work so hard to save the Goddess she hate, because Ariel want to save the Goddess.

KuRuuRuu
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Could the reason for Shun’s having max taboo be a manipulation from Shiro’s side?
So he’d stop with his naive ideals and realize how the world is going on right now

Caudyr
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It’s possible. It’s quite possible that she manipulated events so that it would become maxed. With Taboo maxed, she could probably easily persuade even the naive and WAY-TOO-KIND Shun. If not, she can just teleport him right in front of Sariel and kill him RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER. Then forcefully stop her from intervening with the system right then and there. If I were her, given how angry I was…I’d probably do that if I ended up having to kill the Hero again in the end. I’d forcefully transport them right in front of her and do it right… Read more »
HeraldC
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You. I like the way you think

Arnold Jayeola
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So angry she can talk normally

Dutchwonder
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Shiro has trouble speaking because she puts too much thought into it.

Its why she has no problem when drunk nor with prepared speeches.

Metazoxan
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In this case you could say she was drunk with rage. If he was still a part of the system and Wrath didn’t already have it she would have gotten the wrath skill right away.

Kvetha
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Thank you very much for the chapter!

Sodemas
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Thc for the chapter o/
Nai wa!!! This chapter was just nai wa~~

IcyClaw
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nai wa~

omg, that goddess is actually conscious of what’s happening and yet she still doesn’t want to do what’s necessary to save lives. that world is such a goner that it’s hard to tell how much worse it can get. i wonder if that entire fake hero arc was all because of this?

Metazoxan
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Probably. Shiro is already in control of Yuugo so everyone Shun thinks he controlled was either not really controlled or was controlled by Shiro using Yuugo as a proxy. Either way Yuugo can’t go against Shiro even if there is anything left of him in that head of his. The question though is why? Was she trying to push shun and his group to the elven village in order to collect all the reincarnators into one place? What about the two adventurers? They were still free during the war so the elves just suddenly captured then after that point? Seems… Read more »
Setsuyume Edenfault
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Wow, just… Wow. Nai wa.

Thank you for the daily chapters!

Oak
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Thanks for the chapter,
What an absolute idiotic hypocrite

Oak
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Thanks for the chapter,
What an absolute idiotic hypocrite

Anonymous
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Wouldn’t Argnar need to die anyways later since he’s rather strong for a demon and therefore wouldn’t be able to handle the system going away? In fact unless Shiro can extend her protection for the reincarnators towards people like Merazofis, they basically all have to die cause they are strong, especially guys like Ronant.

IB
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Not just die – their souls are going to be erased completely

Anonymous
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Well, I think she wanted Agnar to do more things for her before he were killed. Like trapping the elves, lengthening the war, etc. She could even shelter his soul if she wished to do. But because of this, she had to kill him early.

SpiralBaka
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thank you for the chapter

AnimeLover
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I don’t think beleive Shiro is doing anything wrong but standing up for her friend! Now Shiro has more on her plate. Maybe she can force the Hero title out. Yamada I hate him and his “Justice heart” he’s so ignorant and unaware of everything while living idly

AnimeLover
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I don’t think beleive Shiro is doing anything wrong but standing up for her friend! Now Shiro has more on her plate. Maybe she can force the Hero title out. Yamada I hate him and his “Justice heart” he’s so ignorant and unaware of everything while living idly

Metazoxan
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To be fair it’s later implied a lot of his naiviety was due to corruption caused by his ruler skills kindness and mercy. That plus his somewhat sheltered royal life and you can’t really blame him.

chibi
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The hell man?! Did that goddess really want to save the world? Seems like she wants it to end! And also drag down all her friends with her! She not only don’t have brains but also don’t have heart! What if the system ends? Kuro will still be there to help the people! And also her! People have a great power of adapting to different situations! Why maintain a fake and closed world that’s doomed to end really bad at the cost of many souls? What about the last civilization that was technologically advanced that was making havoc? Didn’t they… Read more »
Metazoxan
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The RPG system was needed. By having people cultivate skills they’d return more energy upon death than they took when being burn.

A sims system would mean nothing! The Hero/Maou system was likely added to encourage war and thus the cultivation of skills.

The Goddess likely interfered on impulse. She doesn’t want so many people to die and knows what Shiro is doing. She has given her life for the system and even though waiting for gradual recovery is now impossible she’s fooling herself into thinking the situation will still fix itself so she’s resisting Shiro’s attempt to dismantle the system.

Ebrie
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Thanks for the chapter. What a way to cut off your most loyal servant. I didn’t think Sariel was so cold.

Heshefell
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I actually prefer if the author planned from the start. Too many web novels get off track and convulsed. Planning is how the pros do it.

Metazoxan
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I don’t think it was all fully planned like this given how long the author took a break for but the author definitely pulled the plot together really well.

JenS
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I think the main parts were planned but the little things like realistic conversations weren’t. Those would be really hard to write even knowing where you want the story to go.

Anto
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Well like most God, this one is also good at being incompetent.
Thank you very much for the chapter!

Reaper Phoenix
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Thanks 4 the chapter!

I think the Goddess is in self denial.

Jeg
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You know, saving the goddess and destrying the system is actually plan B. Should go back to plan A.

RennasS
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Sariel is a genuine Hero same as Shun.
A type of Hero who won’t abandon minor to save the major.
A naive who will eventually fail logically.
But it’s also this type who could create miracle defy possibility.
Can’t wait to see Sairel pov.

zerorider
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The ones who create miracles aren’t those.

Zeldukes
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So, Shun became a hero was planned by the goddess huh..

I wonder if the goddess has another plan, probably with the elves.. something about the reincarnators..

NZPIEFACE
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And then she makes him reach [Taboo 10].

Brilliant fucking job mate.

Shy stranger
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Random tought: what if, the hero cycle is happened because of the work of that elf. They might have a way to backdoor the system and forced the godess to keep the hero system going. Wellp, they have a good reason. The only one who know that the elf are bad is the demon lord and the pope. Demon lord have an absolute reign over the demon, while that pope only rule over his believer. Because of the system, the only one who could naturaly kill the demon lord is the hero (and administrator ofc). If the maou died, he… Read more »
KuRuuRuu
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Thanks for the chapter…
It’s been a roller coaster of emotion lately here (。•́~•̀。)
We can see that for someone she really care, Shiro is willing to almost do anything~
For Ariel, she even dirtied her own hands

Sdarkpaladin
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Shiro now looks like the main antagonist of an rpg. And i still have no idea who is this argnar.

xacual
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Argnar was the commander of the 1st Demon Army. He was also working with the elves until Shiro visited him and terrified him into submission. After that point he thought of Shiro as the Demon King. So back in the earlier chapter of the war when we got his point of view and he saw the Queen Taratect appear and he thought “So I have served my role Maou-sama” he was actually referring to Shiro rather than to Ariel.

Hitsugi Hime
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Okay. I cried when I read this chapter.

libraryrocker
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*wipes away tears* awwwwwww Shiro loves Ariel!!!!

Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!

IB
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Well, guess they are some 30% the same being

Anonymous
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man I’m really starting to hate that stupid goddess. I don’t want Ariel to die.

Aiden
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Man I´m really starting to hate that stupid goddess. I don´t want Ariel to die.

whisper
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thanks for the chapter 🙂 well i kinda guess what goddess thinking. basically the world is still in medieval age right? and theres alot of monster stronger than humans. if the system gone, the weak humans probably dies alot more easier. the science is lacking behind except potifas robot and i doubt he will share his knowledge to human anyway. its probably to the point its not surprising humans will gone or so and extinct if theyre in normal condition well the problem is, goddess loves human too much, to the point of obssesion? that bitch didnt even see people… Read more »
dash
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ahhh the goddess are the same as certain “king of kings” hahaha

SubZole
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There is a chance that most of the stronger monsters will die too as they also possess a lot of skills.

me
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if i remember right, the monster are this much more powerful now because of the system, so if there is no system they will go back to what they were before, and as said the strong(like evolved) ones will have their souls riped.

beltort
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So the robot by elf was somekind of lost technology, makes me wonder how worse the previous war before the system installed.

Arnold Jayeola
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We know how bad it was. Enough to literally blow up the planet

Maddin
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It didn’t blow up the planet. It has taken all of the universe energy up to the point of the only remaining part of the whole unI verse being that little planet

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

😢 ….*sniff* …

LoliStalker
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This is so intense

but sigh….it’s like out of pity she releases the bandit she caught and told them to repent without giving any punishment,no instead she is the one who gets the punishment
Nai wa,so naive,that won’t work,they will just attack more innocent people ,she let few people live and in consequence ,a lot more people will suffer and die instead,that is not kindness,it’s cowardice

superdbgtfan
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this chapter was really depressing.

haazhell
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thanks for the chapter

Gary of Cards
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Maybe the goddess has her protocol that she always sticks with no matter what? Like hardcoded programming , rather than an evolving sentient AI???

IB
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WTF 1st army’s are elites and strongest demons?

Shiro’s 10th army stats are way higher, no?
Maybe 10th army numbers are small, I guess.

SubZole
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I don’t think she counted her or Kuro’s army. Apart from those two the first is the most elite army.

Kyujuu
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I’m actually really afraid since Kumoko went and said all these things about pride. That maybe, in the end, she will be the one that will sacrifice herself for the sake of everything…

sierra117
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Shiro-chan snapped

Peridoritoblog
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WHAT A TURN OF EVENTS! Poor Shiro,all what she’s done is like it was for nothing…I actually enjoyed to see Shiro do that to the goddess,I would do the same if I was in her shoes
Thanks for the translation

mea
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I found the author’s comment on Ariel’s reaction to the events on this chapter here: http://mypage.syosetu.com/mypageblog/view/userid/595431/blogkey/1521362/
A quick translation of the top part:
Shiro cha-n! Why did you use a queen!? That wasn’t in any of our plans? Balto is glaring in my direction! Kuro-chan too! Help mee!

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