“Over 7 billion players online now! Moving towards a future of
infinite possibilities - Create a story that is truly your own!”
From a broader perspective, our precious lives are but a game.
Just hearing that attractive slogan makes us want to imagine
being part of it.
Exactly as the title states, the game called “Life”, is truly an
epic game that lasts for a lifetime.
First, you cooperate with your parents and automatically begin
the process of character customization.
After receiving blessings from your father, mother and many
others in a touching opening cutscene, you can finally begin
controlling your main character.
Even though the controls take a while to get used to, you
eventually learn them, and you are thrown into a hub of social
competition - school.
The realm where this game takes place in - Earth.
We were thrown in a corner of this gigantic map, and faced a
massive sandbox game. We saw the slogan and were instantly
hooked, but we quickly noticed -
“We were tricked”.
Infinite possibilities - Well, this statement may not be false.
But the catch to this game was, no one told us that we could do
things our own way.
Disadvantages were caused by insufficient character levels,
experience points, funds and not to mention spawn location.
Seemingly endless shackles ruined the freedom allowed in this
However, we continued to work hard.
Trusting in the fanciful slogan, we constantly fell down and
picked ourselves up.
We truly believed that we possessed infinite potential.
So, we engrossed ourselves in raising our levels, farming
experience and earning money.
Despite our complaints about the unfair conditions given due to
the “Talents” or “Qualities” and other skills we received during
random character customization, we did not give up, but relied
on “Effort” to increase our experience points, endlessly
working hard - That’s the kind of game “Life” is.
This really is a story that motivates and touches the heart, isn’t
- But, that has no meaning at all.
No matter how high your score is, you will never be able to
beat this game.
This is because even though your level, experience points and
funds have reached the cap, you will still suffer - in this case
- Because of putting in “Too much effort”.
Because even if it is something acquired by “Effort”.
Others will still claim it is completely unfair.
When you own “Something that others do not”, they will
undoubtedly claim that it is unfair.
Because of that, we were “Punished”.
Receiving punishment from seven billion other players,
shackles were imposed on us.
At this point, a thought flashed through our heads -
- Does freedom truly exist in this game?
No matter what choices we made, we would still receive
criticisms from society, other players or from god-knows-
Even if we accepted the criticisms and continued on with the
game, as long as we once again wished to achieve success, the
same fate would befall upon us.
Looking back on it all, we realized -
Our actions were not carried out upon free will.
The path we have walked, was only a pre-regulated path built
according to a combination of the wishes and commands from
When we realized were merely - “Walking a path built by
Our suspicions were only confirmed.
No mistake about it, this massive scam called “Life” was no
doubt a massive and vast sandbox game.
The thing is - The players were not ourselves.
So we unconsciously lowered our heads and looked down at
- Looking at those hands bound by infinite but yet
infinitesimally small ropes, our suspicions turned into
So we unconsciously surveyed our surroundings.
- Looking at the others around us bound by infinite yet
infinitesimally small ropes, our confirmations turned into
As long as we shook our heads, we would hear creaking noises,
which was when the gamer siblings realized.
All the players were actually puppets. Everyone was adhering
to the countenances of others and fulfilling their preset role in
this game called “Life”. Just like puppets in a puppet show -
Just like NPCs.
So, after you’ve considered the above, let me just ask one
“For what reason are you living?”
- Is your answer to this question, truly based on your own free
- This is the world as seen through the eyes of a <Puppet
The <Puppet> did not question this truth in the ten years since
the game began.
The soulless <Puppet> did not feel anxious nor worried when
faced with that truth.
Just like <PuppetsPrayers>, we only look upon the faces of
others, and make requests to <HumansPlayers> though we are
not even sure if they exist.
All it prays for is that the tricks would one day bring about
some sort of benefit to mankind.
- Until that day.
Elven Gard - Tillnog County, Lower Miguel
This was merely a district within the territory of the faction
with the largest amount of land, stretching three continents and
Located southeast of the capital, close to the kingdom of the
Dwarves - Harden Lell.
- It is the city of those who were born in and would receive the
blessings of the forest, the elves.
The architecture found there was completely different
compared to the Imanity's - Elchea.
In the center of the city lies a “Heaven Tree” - With one
branch stretching up and beyond the clouds, an unbelievably
large tree towered, with its roots tangled at the forest floor like
blood vessels, expanded by the elves to form a network of
roads. Houses and street lights tangle and merge with the
stumps and vines growing from the earth, filling the cracks and
bumps between the pavements.
That fashion of architecture was completely unlike flattening
forests and reclaiming land to build “buildings” made of brick
This could only be done through well-practiced and potent
magic, truly a “Living City”.
Within the streets that were one with nature, there lies a
particularly large mansion.
That is the residence of the mayor - Ron Barter.
At that time, a young lady was passing by the the gates that
were embroidered with rosebuds.
She had a mane of silky golden hair with a few curls.
A pair of pointed ears signified an Elven heritage, and the ruby
on her forehead produced faint streaks of light when struck by
the sun's rays.
The person coming out to receive the girl was a man that
looked as if he had just entered old age, similarly had pointed
ears, and was dressed in clothes clearly meant for higher
echelons of society.
“Welcome, Miss Fii, or should I call you Miss Nilvalen?”
The girl known as Fii replied gently in a diplomatic voice,
“I don’t mind what you call me, Barter, for I have not
officially inherited the position of the head of the family.”
The man - Barter hearing her reply, curled up the corners of his
mouth into an evil smile.
He stepped back, spread out his arms, and invited Fii into the
mansion completely made of flora.
“To allow a young maiden to travel so far just to visit my
humble home, I offer my sincerest apologies.”
“Fufu, your talent for flattery sure has not deteriorated in the
slightest, I see.”
“I never thought you would say something like that. I may be
old, but I believe my ability to appreciate beautiful flowers has
not been lost.... Despite the fact that you are nothing but an
ugly weed compared to my garden, of course.”
“A flower that is being appreciated can still bloom, you know.
Oh, I should also mention that the time it takes to do so is the
same as well-”
While the two of them were walking, their smiles did not
diminish even by a fraction, however during the entire trip,
they did not look at each other at all.
Barter led Fii into the main hall.
In the center of the hall, decorated by various flowers and
plants, laid a table and two chairs.
As Fii sat down, Barter took a seat on the other end as well.
“This must be extremely boring for both of us, so let’s get
straight to the point.”
He jumped right into the main issue without beating around the
“For this round of senatorial elections - Nilvalen, may I
request that you withdraw?”
Barter addressed Fii by her family name directly, as though it
were a command instead of a request.
- Despite the fact that Fii had said she didn’t mind what she
was addressed as - There was an unspoken rule within the
circle of nobles in Elfen Gard, which was....
Addressing someone directly by their family name was akin to
However, Fii maintained her composure and continued smiling
with not even a twitch of the eyebrow.
“Is that all?”
“Of course not, I also request that you personally recommend
me for the elections, officially under your family name of
“Oh~ so that’s how it is.”
“Yes, the election deposits and earnest money would also be
your responsibility. Another thing, a close friend of mine, Sir
Castor Lesto desires your Golden Dragon Bone Harp, as long
as you give it to him, he will recommend me for this round’s
“Hmm... that's my family heirloom, you know! Previously,
an entire city was traded in exchange for it —“
“That is what I heard as well, I’m sure he would enjoy this
gift very much.”
The corners of his mouth twisted once again, revealing a
His eyes drooped downwards, with his line of sight directly
fixated upon her large and supple breasts.
“I won’ t force you to make the decision right away of
course, so why don’ t you stay over tonight. We need to sit
down nice and proper and have an rall-night J talk regarding
how our relationship should proceed from here? Hmm?”
“No matter how a person’s outward appearance is decorated,
the personality will remain the same you know?”
Fii replied, almost failing to hold back her laughter.
“Essentially you want money, land and women right? In this
current age, I would imagine that even mountain bandits would
have more reasonable demands.”
“That is because they know their place as small fries. Don’t
you think that a person of my position and caliber deserves to
request for correspondingly important demands?”
“I completely disagree, but if you want to think that way, then
it’s your own decision-?”
Fii continued to maintain the smile on her face, then replied:
“So, you think I would accept that kind of request, are you
drunk or something?”
“Haha, compared to being dmnk, I prefer being intoxicated
by the beauty of flowers. You should have known I would have
these kinds of demands, but you still came here, didn’t you?
Anyway - “
Barter snapped his fingers once.
As she sensed an Elemental Gallery being accessed, a tea set
with steam still billowing out of it appeared on the table.
A piece of tissue paper as though dancing through the air,
gently landed in front of Fii’s position at the table.
“ • • • As the current vice-congresswoman, you actually
attempted to liberate the slaves - If you’re not afraid of me
exposing you, you could always refuse the deal? Sounds good
Hearing the threatening words spoken by Barter, Fii continued
She merely inspected the piece of paper on the table
The content written on it was simple, merely a record of Fii
and her group’s affiliation with the act and also evidence
regarding the matter.
If the laws regarding slaves were removed, the society of the
Elves would not be able to remain stable, thus her actions were
likened to a crime.
If this list were to be exposed to the public, it would not be a
surprise if Fii and the others were convicted with treason -
“Since you’ve already dug up so much information about us,
why don’t you go ahead and expose us?”
“I personally believe in free will, and only do things that
would benefit me personally, what good would it do me if I
went ahead and exposed your little tricks?”
“So you’re using this to threaten me instead? Freedom really
is the best, isn’t it?”
“Threaten? There you go again with such strong words... I
am only offering suggestions to a silly woman. I will train you
properly, so how about you kneel down and beg like a dog for
“I appreciate it, but no thank you - How about we get straight
to the topic here?”
“Hah, you really can’t wait, can you? Hmm? - Fine then.”
After Barter spoke these words, he snapped his fingers yet
A complex-looking magical formation appeared out of thin air,
and a deck of cards materialized from the center of it.
“The game is rOracle CardsJ - I trust that this does not
A game popular among the Elves, where twenty-two magical
cards are used for combat purposes.
- It is also a dangerous game used to settle disputes.
For someone with weaker magical ability like Fii, it would be
By the rTen OathsJ , the challenged party, Fii, had the right
to select the game. But then -
“So, let us now decide upon what each of us are willing to
Fii carefully answered her opponent with her line of sight
directly fixated upon him, her expression ever unchanging.
Both were deciding the requests that would be fulfilled under
the absolute authority of the r Oaths j .
“Well then, I want all your personal rights - and you will
belong to me for the rest of your life, if I win, of course.”
“We want you to forget everything related to our efforts, and
assist us unconditionally to any extent.”
- This was a reasonable demand.
If Barter were to acquire Fii, he would acquire everything to
her family name and also her virginity.
On the other hand, Fii’s demand was for him to relinquish all
his evidence that he could use threaten them, and also to drain
his personal savings dry as revenge by acquiring his services.
“No problem - but for a third-rate thug like you, it’s best that
you don’t think about winning too much, you know... When
imagination goes overboard, it becomes fantasy you know?”
“Your obvious attempts at bluffing are really entertaining,
hmm? Does the disgrace of the Nilvalen family really think she
can beat me?”
After a brief exchange of taunts and loaded glances - Both
parties immediately swore on the pledges.
r r Acciente J J
As though corresponding with the spoken word, the spells cast
on the table were activated, and the game began.
Barter and Fii were both given twenty-two cards each.
Their cards automatically hovered in the air at fixed positions,
shuffling themselves at an angle where the opponent was
unable to see the card's face.
After, both would draw cards of equal amount and type, then
- This was the game known as rOracle Cards] .
The simple game played with tarot cards then began.
- When both parties of the game are elves, cheating with magic
is almost impossible.
Because both parties are able to detect each other’s spells and
Elemental Galleries, if any party attempts to use magic to
cheat, it would be impossible, thus Elves particularly enjoy
playing automatically controlled games powered by magic like
Among which, this game known as Oracle Cards, was
particularly popular for its entertainment value and for its
“Set two cards down.”
Fii spoke one simple sentence, and immediately two cards
disappeared from the deck floating in the air.
At the same time, those two cards materialized on the table
instantly in a face-down position. Barter smiled, and said:
“Set two cards down.”
This time, it was Barter’s cards that landed face-down on the
Both would use the two cards they had each drawn to decide
the victor of the match.
Barter then uttered, rather impatiently:
“How about we reveal our cards?”
“Fine- now then-“
The two competitors simultaneously spoke a single word,
r r “Draw” J J
Immediately after the word was uttered, both their cards
simultaneously flipped over.
In an instant - the surrounding air seemed to have imploded
upon itself, as massive amounts of energy were drawn out of
the Elemental Gallery.
The cards Barter drew were rStrength] and _ The Chariot] .
The combination of the cards was known as - rFame is
Fii’ s cards were rThe Fool] and TTheFover] .
rFove is Insanity] .
The cards belonging to both parties began to emit a bright light,
and semi-transparent images began to materialize in front of
Barter had summoned a fully armored knight that immediately
drew its sword and began its attack.
And the figure that was summoned from Fii’s cards was
instead a half-naked maiden with an expression of exquisite
The maiden moved gracefully as if she were a dancer, grabbed
the knight’s neck and softly spoke a few sentences into his ear.
The knight raised its head as though it was very troubled - then
turned his blade in the other direction.
He turned around while carrying the maiden, and slashed his
sword towards the one that had summoned him instead -
- Created by the seventh most powerful among the
rExceed] , and the most adept with magic, the elves.
This was the game of cards that could only be created through
the harnessing of that magic.
The rReturn Seal] spell that was triggered on the cards
harnessed the mindless violence emanating from the knight and
redirected it towards Barter.
His response to this was - Muttering a few words, stretching
out his palm, and instantly conjuring a defensive shield.
Two magical formations appeared from thin air, to block the
sword of the knight.
An extremely large noise echoed throughout the room, and a
jet of bright light burst forward.
Large amounts of spirits exploded and burst through the entire
courtyard progressively, then disappeared.
Despite bearing such a powerful counter-attack, Barter still
appeared to be unaffected.
“Actually using a combination to reflect my attacks since the
beginning, it appears that even the cowardly weakling is afraid
of being injured, hmm?”
Fii likewise replied with an unwavering smile.
“Avoiding risks in the first hand of cards is a perfectly
reasonable strategy, you know. And I would feel frustrated as
well if the victor was decided instantly in that fashion.”
“Hehe, that’s exactly the reason why others can’t put up with
you.... Using that sort of tricks in games, you clearly don’t
understand the style of play, so how about I teach you a lesson
about the methods that are up to standards truly befit for one of
noble descent, hmm?”
Essentially, this is a game of'Oracle Cards' (Magical Tarot
- This was the ultimate duel game played by the seventh ranked
race, the Elves.
Both participants have the same twenty-two cards, and every
turn two are drawn to form a combination.
Combinations not only consist of raw power, but also possess
different affinities, and the losing party will suffer an
r Attack] of power corresponding with the ability of the
And those attacks can only be blocked by the magic of the
Used cards will be dumped into the graveyard, and after eleven
rounds - meaning after all the cards are used, both parties will
be given the option of surrendering or continuing the game. If
the option to continue is selected, both players will be given
another twenty-two cards and restart the duel - as long as one
party is unable to continue the game, then victory will be
There are a total of two hundred and thirty-one combinations -
predicting and countering each one of them would be an
Hence the key to victory would be rDodging attacks] .
- Also a test used to gauge the standards of aspiring Elven
Those who are able to rQuadruple Cast] would be only the
best mages, despite Barter being incapable doing so, he was
still a very capable rTriple Caster] .
While Fii, on the other hand -
“ - You are only barely capable enough to rDouble Cast]
even after using that kind of runic magic and the support soul
gems used by beginners. Do you really think that with that kind
of standard, you, the disgrace of the Nilvalen family, can
triumph over me, hmm?”
- No doubt about it, in this game, victory is decided by the skill
of one’s magic.
The amount of spells that one can cast simultaneously - also
represents the strength of one’s magic and the times one has
Fii that could barely reach the standard of a Double Caster, to
wish of defeating a Triple Caster like Barter, would be an
However Fii merely laughed nonchalantly. “Yes, of course I do
think that way! You’re already becoming this cocky even only
after blocking this first attack. How about you land a hit on me
first before you act so savagely, hmm?”
Then, she glanced upward momentarily.
The movement of the spirits had not ceased, and the second
floor of the mansion was visible from the central courtyard
with petals still flying about from the aftershock of the
Fii glanced through a window on the second floor - a girl with
black hair and clothes - the shadow of her rPartner] walking
was visible, and the corners of her mouth faintly had a ghost of
No doubt about it, this magic game had absolutely no room for
the Imanity who could not use or detect magic.
As long as they took a single hit, they would definitely lose,
thus it wouldn’t even be considered a game.
But - images of two people flashed through her mind’s eye.
A young man and a little girl wearing expressions of pride and
condescension, but at the same time carrying a hint of sadness
- Why do you insist on taking on the opponent head-on?
“The game ended before it even began, you know?”
“ • • -Cheh, that bastard Barter.”
Observing the duel taking place in the central courtyard from
the second floor with a bird’s-eye view, Barter’s butler, Fritz,
- From his master’s deal, his ulterior motives were obvious.
Grasping his opponent’s weakness, forcing the opponent into a
game she couldn’t possibly win, and win over her personal
As long as he were to defeat that woman, the house of
Nilvalen’s vote, power, money and of course the one thing
more precious than gold - breasts, would all belong to him.
Despite Barter’s expression being generically villainous and
composed, he was almost certainly thinking of what he would
do after he achieved victory.
He most definitely was thinking how he would enjoy that
massive pair of breasts in bed at night.
How could he be so certain? Because he who was standing in
the blind spot of the woman, helping Barter block the
r Attacks] from her cards, was also thinking of nothing but
Also the most important things related to women were her
breasts, looks, butt, waist, and legs, and not to mention these
were only accessories as compared to her breasts for
accompaniment, valued just about as much as the napkins one
would receive at a restaurant for lunch.
Her intelligence? Her skill with magic? Those were completely
- Essentially, Fii was exactly Fritz’s type of girl.
“Ah, to meet in a place like this, it really is a coincidence.
Barter’s butler... Your name is Fritz, right?”
“ -?! You are Nilvalen’s —“
Fritz desperately turned around, and was staring at a black¬
haired and black-clothed Imanity... Nilvalen’s slave.
'Her name was Kurami I think,' Fritz thought while rendered
“Cheh, you flat-chested woman, don’t simply approach me.”
Just being spoken to by a pitifully flat-chested Imanity was
already bad enough.
Also he had no time to entertain her words.
Because he had more important things to do, those being to
simultaneously assist Barter and enjoy the view of Fii’s chest -
and as the flat-chested one probably couldn’t read his inner
thoughts, she continued to speak in a calm tone:
“To meet in a place like this must also be the doing of fate,
how about you fChallenge mej to a game?”
“• • • Watch your words, you lackey. At least let your chest
grow three times bigger before you talk, you inferior being.”
Hearing the words carrying condescending, insulting and
infinitely other meanings, the girl still maintained the smile on
“Words... huh? How about something like —“
Her glance immediately sharpened. “I wish to expose you and
Barter’s cheating - what do you think about these words?”
“• • • I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
“You were thinking of saying Imanity aren’t capable of
detecting magic - right?”
While remaining silent, the flat-chested girl instead shook her
head as though acting in a play.
“That definitely is the case, for example- • • Note that this is
merely an example. For example, for a Double Caster to defeat
a Triple Caster would of course be difficult, but not impossible,
but if you assist Barter in deflecting her r Attacks] , then this
game for you of course would be a r Guaranteed Victory] ;
and I who of course have no ability to detect magic would be
unable to prove it, thus my master - Fii is in a lot of danger
However - the flat-chested girl chuckled while covering her
mouth, and continued:
“Actually I have no need to actively expose you. Because you
will admit it anyway.”
‘T 11 say this again, do you want to r Challenge me J to a
game? Because if you refuse -
The girl revealed a cunning smile, and produced a small
gemstone. “You have been using Barter’ s funds to produce
rHighly concentrated magical potionj , and have been
secretly selling it to the Dwarves - the neighboring country, I
will report this to the police and ruin your reputation - what do
you think of this phrasing?”
Fritz let out a cry that sounded as if it were a wail.
Understandable, of course.
The gemstone that Kurami was holding in her hand, was
coincidentally the potion he was selling - a prohibited product.
“Compressing and liquefying spirits then absorbing them to
increase the amount of spirits in one’s body. This is a potion
created to boost magical powers, but it also has side effects -
no, it should be mentioned that it was exactly because of these
side effects that result in massive amounts of people abusing
this drug, and thus it was banned.”
And that side effect was -
“The adrenaline rush and feeling invincible after an overdose,
is just like those acquired from drugs.”
“You should understand the situation by now right? Quickly
challenge me to a game, or else you will have no other
Kurami spoke with an unbelievably sinister and cunning smile
on her face, and Fritz who was looking directly into that
frightful expression couldn’t help but twitch the corners of his
mouth slightly in fear.
Just end it here.
No, I must endure it, I can’t do it yet, must not laugh yet...!
Laughing at a pitiful flat-chested girl who thinks she possesses
an advantage despite only having a bit of information, would
be too shameful!
Fritz turned his back toward the flat-chested girl, and his
shoulders were shaking uncontrollably.
Don’t I look like a man that has no other options and has truly
been pushed to his wit’s end? - Stupid, this whole thing was
This duel was instigated by Barter challenging Nilvalen.
He adopted a close-one-eye attitude towards Nilvalen’s
schemes in attempting to free the slaves and used it as a
condition for the game to force her into accepting unfavorable
conditions, and to grasp an even more decisive victory, he even
made Fritz help secretly.
But - he recalled a sentence the super busty one (Fii) had said
-1 would feel frustrated as well if the victor was decided
instantly in that fashion...
(- So essentially speaking, their target from the start was not
Barter, but me instead.)
Fritz struggled to hold his laughter in, as he realized that Fii
accepting Barter’s challenge so easily was also part of the plan.
In a situation where his hands were tied in assisting Barter,
even a young Imanity girl could force him into a corner.
That sort of dirty tactic should have been obvious to spot.
Also he himself should have predicted that something like this
Him smuggling and selling magic potions, and that Fii and
Kurami would come into contact with him during the duel, all
these things were already notified in advance to him by Barter
Why? Because they had went to discuss the matter with him
- Your butler has been committing such crimes, and you are his
master, so as not to damage your reputation, we plan to secretly
make him admit to everything by himself, thus we seek your
assistance in this matter.
They created this situation, just so he would fall into their trap.
(... That is definitely what they had thought of- If s just too
What these two had not realized is that, the person that they
had sought assistance from, Barter, was the ringleader of the
Barter would not sell him out, because as long as Fritz
confessed, not only the smuggling pipelines, but even evidence
that Barter himself was the ringleader would all be leaked out.
Thus he had pretended to cooperate, and planned to acquire Fii
for himself in the process.
Barter himself had come up with the plan, and chose his own
mansion as the venue that the entire course of events would
take place. Since the premise was that the plan was a secret,
other than this flat-chested slave, no others had accompanied
- It was too easy.
So the Imanity with the pitiful chest and the busty Elf with the
pitiful brains - the two that had attempted to frame him, ended
up being trapped in the spider’s web instead.
“• • • You are really unexpectedly stupid, to let even an idiot
understand, I shall attempt to explain this again.”
The flat-chested girl’s voice was like a jet of ice-cold water,
sprayed at Fritz who was still trying to control his laughter.
“You have no other options, so do you want to play a game,
or have your life ruined? Do you understand?”
Hearing this hilarious challenge, Fritz clenched his teeth and
held in the urge to laugh uncontrollably, then raised his head.
His line of sight left the courtyard, and instead he turned to
look at his opponent.
Fritz tried his best to act calm, and sat down at a table located
at his side.
“ • • • Fine, however I am bored as well, so just end this
“What a coincidence, I cannot let this game drag on due to
my partner, so let’s just play a simple game.”
The flat-chested one sat across from him.
“Here is a perfectly normal deck of cards.” She drew three
cards and placed them on the table.
The cards were the Ace, Queen and King of Spades.
“King trumps Queen, Ace trumps King, Queen trumps Ace.”
As she said this she laid the cards face-down again, then
shuffled the cards multiple times on the table.
“We will each draw one card in its face-down position, then
draw our cards to decide victory. I’m sure even an idiot like
you will be able to understand this?”
“-Hmph, so what is your demand?”
“Isn’t that what you should be stating? Or do you want to just
beg for mercy?”
The flat-chested girl laughed in an insulting manner, and
despite feeling angered by her actions, Fritz conceded to her
requests just the same.
“ • • • Then I request the destruction and forgetting of the
information rYou both] have acquired regarding the
“Fine, then I request that you ^Confess] and ^Testify] ,
and not leave out a single detail.”
Hearing her request presented in a warm tone, Fritz’s brow
Her aim was - for him to confess all the details related to the
smuggling, and cheating by interfering in the game currently
taking place in the courtyard.
So, these two stupid and pitiful women may be foolish, but
they had thought out their own interests before coming here, as
if they hadn’t fallen into their trap from the start....
“OK, TAccienteJ .”
While maintaining the card he had drawn in a face-down
position, Fritz used a tiny bit of magic.
(So you think I cannot assist Barter and use magic at the same
And the opponent was merely the shame of Nilvalen.
Fii Nilvalen - The most incapable existence since the founding
of the House of Nilvalen.
Even graduating from school - ^Towering Alabaster Trees]
 proved to be too difficult a task for her, if not for the runic
markings on the back of her hand and her forehead, she
wouldn’ t be able to even Double Cast, being an
underachiever; on the other hand, Barter could Triple Cast, and
his opponent was a stupid busty woman overconfident with the
illusion that it was a false competition, even if he left
momentarily, what could go wrong?
- Using the spell known as rPerspective] , he saw that his
card was an TAce] .
Sadly he was unable to see through his opponent’s trick before
the game had started, however this was a game suggested by
his opponent, and cheating was to be expected.
He confirmed that he couldn’t feel the presence of magic, so
the only cheating method a species like Imanity would be
capable of is - Did she mess with the deck when she shuffled,
to control the card that she would draw?
No matter, the only card that the flat-chest could beat him with
- would definitely be a r QueenJ .
The predetermined cards were only three.
Even if he turned his ^AceJ into a ^KingJ , as long as the
remaining card was flipped open, his cheating would be
But, if that happened, all he had to do would be to ^Use
magic to swap the images on their cardsj .
Even if she messed with the deck during shuffling to control
which card she would draw, but that action itself would be
Also, even if Fritz used magic to switch their cards, Imanity
like Kurami that cannot detect magic would be unable to prove
- She would be thinking something along the lines of this.
(You puny species (Imanity), do not underestimate me.)
He used the bare minimum force required to use his finger to
tap the tabletop so it would not produce any sound.
In an instant, the spirits that flowed across the table told him
that the flat-chest’ s card was King] .
Essentially speaking, she guessed that her card would be
swapped with his - and intentionally picked a card that would
lose against him.
After all, it is the r Shame of NilvalenJ and her slave - • •
Fritz at this point didn’t bother concealing it anymore, then
burst out laughing.
“A dumb busty woman is better than a smart flat-chested one,
women’s vitamins rather than being sent to the brain, would be
even more of value if they were transported to their chests.
However - if one is both dumb and flat-chested, then it’s a
really incurable case.”
“ • • • It appears the rumor that character cannot be developed
without having it from birth is true.”
The flat-chest wrinkled her forehead in displeasure.
Fritz cleared his throat slightly, as he did not need to do
anything besides let his opponent fall into his trap.
“So, can we flip our cards now?”
“Fine, then it will be your loss.”
They flipped over their cards simultaneously.
Fritz’ s card, as expected, was an ^AceJ .
And the flat-chest’s card was -
- A r QueenJ .
“••• H-How could this be - !? This is impossible!?”
Fritz kicked away his chair and yelled.
How could this be possible? Impossible, it shouldn’t be this
way - hearing Fritz’s howls, a smile appeared on Kurami’s
- It was a gentle smile. Yes, spreading on her face like the sun.
“ • • • Heh, it was different from the card you peeked at, are you
- After the pitch of her voice changed, Kurami’s body appeared
“Magic, should be used only after you detect who you’re
using it on, you know!”
The black-haired girl disappeared as though she was a mirage,
and instead turned into a girl with a mane of blond hair, which
was to say -
“You.... You are Nilvalen!?”
Fii who had previously taken on the image of Kurami, returned
to her original form.
“Yes, I am Fii Nilvalen.”
Fii smiled indulgently, with the shape curling up into a
“You were saying compared to my brains, my vitamins had
all went to my breasts right...? Then I have a question for you,
in the case of you, where did your vitamins run off to - the
growth of your thing down there doesn’t seem that good
In an instant, spirits scrambled over Fritz’s body, inspecting the
condition of his body, and Fii smiled until both her eyes were
but tiny slits.
“Both the top and the bottom are not being used adequately, I
really feel sorry for the vitamins that you have absorbed, you
But Fritz did not take particular notice of her insults - He lost?
Lost to Nilvalen!?
“You do not need to be this bewildered, hmm? Despite being
both small and short "down there", there will definitely be
people that will like it... But if your brains and appearance are
both lacking, then I really have nothing to say~?”
- Then - t-t-then!?
“••• Impossible! Then the one currently dueling against Barter
-who is it!?”
“Kurami- I’m already done on my part-”
Fii Nilvalen stretched her body out from the balcony, and
waved towards the courtyard.
Instantly - the body of Fii Nilvalen that was currently in a duel
against him - no...
The one that was merely imitating her appearance - took off
her veil, returning to her normal appearance.
The black-haired and black-clothed girl that appeared in her
place - Kurami Zell, took a bow gracefully.
“- Thank you for your cooperation, Sir Barter.”
“• • • No, no, my servant has been doing illegal things behind
my back, I have to take responsibility for not realizing earlier,
Upon seeing the Imanity female that had bowed deeply, Barter
hid away his shock, and spoke with a wrinkled brow.
“No, but this is different from what we had agreed on earlier?
Hmm? You both agreed with me that this would be carried out
in secret... I had not heard that there was another accomplice.”
When she heard Barter’s question, the girl exclaimed “Hmm?”
and tilted her head in confusion.
“If I may speak, if there were any uninvited intruders in your
mansion, you would have detected them before anyone else
That was the truth, and Barter had nothing to say in return.
The mansion only had him and Fritz, Fii and Kurami, and
numerous other helpers in it.
It was his own mansion, as long as there were others inside, he
would have detected it, as within the mansion there were
numerous spells of this capability.
Not to say that he intentionally utilized this advantage to carry
out the duel in this venue, but -
Then how did this female Imanity, carry out the duel with him
The black-haired female chuckled and said:
“According to the deal, only the both of us came.”
“Yes, yes, forgive me for being rude... Then, then this game
will be considered null and void, so let’s end it now, hmm?”
-Not right, something was not right.
Barter felt a strong sensation of unease, and stood up from his
First things first just void this duel, and quickly plan what
needs to be done next -
“Hmm? Sir Barter, did you misunderstand something?”
- Hearing that line that chilled him to the bone, Barter quickly
The black-haired girl, Kurami, had stood up as well - with an
expression of extreme mockery on her face.
“Set two cards down.”
Two cards from the girl’s deck disappeared and materialized
again on the tabletop.
“I have not agreed - to end the game you know?”
In a situation where both parties have yet to agree to end the
game, the game will not end.
“You, you, what are you trying to do!?”
“To continue the game of course, please return to your seat, if
you wish to surrender, then I have no choice but to redeem the
Hearing the words Kurami spoke, Barter’s eyes opened wide.
He had previously thought that he would definitely win, so he
didn’t pay much attention to her demands.
- “We request that you forget all about our plans, and assist us
unconditionally and to any extent.”
Even though the phrasing was somewhat different, but it was
of the same severity as his request to Fii - no, even worse.
He would forget even the details of the game, and would
become their slave.
In comparison to this: Barter’s request was:
- “I request your personal freedom - and you must obey me for
the rest of your life.”
In this situation, the person that had agreed to the duel was
Kurami, and not Fii.
Even if Barter had won, he would only win an insignificant
slave belonging to the Nilvalen family.
He had initially believed that the opponent had agreed to
conditions advantageous towards him - but instead he was the
one that had accepted disadvantageous terms - ! ?
“You, you both!?”
“Barter! Your time is almost up, do you wish to surrender?”
In contrast to the emotionally unstable Barter, Kurami asked
the question nonchalantly.
- If one party has already picked their cards, and the other does
not draw theirs within a given period of time, it would be
regarded as the other party’s defeat.
Barter remembered this rule, and quickly yelled out:
“- ! Set two cards down!!”
Following Barter’s order, two cards disappeared from his deck
and materialized on the tabletop.
Kurami smiled with pride.
When the command was uttered, the four cards were
Barter’ s cards were The MoonJ and The High
r Within the robes lie Deceit] .
Kurami’ s cards were l~Justice] and The Emperor] .
rMy rule is Absolute] .
As compared to Barter’s combination’s ability which dispelled
the enemy’s attack and resisted the opponent, Kurami’s
combination’s ability was to carry out its own will over all
others while releasing all possible status effects upon the
enemy. The sword drawn by the emperor, revealed the true
identity of the high priestess, and relieved her of her position.
Removing the opponent’s power and influence, the emperor's
strength was then directed towards Barter who appeared to be
still in a daze.
He hurriedly casted a defensive spell.
Just as the emperor's sword was about to connect, three spells
activated at once.
But the hurriedly made defensive shield made a cracking noise,
and caused scalding damage to Barter’s Elemental Gallery as
the sword broke through.
After the explosion and blinding light had subsided, a voice
spoke behind the panting Barter.
“Oh no! It appears that strike had diminished your stamina by
at least half, hmm!”
Turning around, he saw Fii leisurely walking towards him with
his dejected-looking butler trailing behind.
“! Fritz - you actually lost to a weakling like Nilvalen!?”
Upon hearing Barter’s scolding, Fritz’s facial expression
twisted slightly, but he remained silent and bent his head
While Fii who was standing beside him spoke with a relaxed
“It was inevitable, wasn’t it? He let down his guard because
he thought I was an Imanity.”
“You shut up, Nilvalen! You bitch, how dare you lie to me!?”
“Sigh- what do you mean lying, such an ugly word...
Fii’s line of sight shifted towards Kurami who was still sitting
at the table.
And Kurami merely nodded her head once, a cold smile
appearing on her face.
“-You were the one that had planned to cheat us to gain
victory, weren’t you.”
Barter took a deep breath, and Kurami continued:
“You were the one that ordered your butler to smuggle
contraband and earn illegitimate cash - did you really think we
“As long as you pretended to cooperate and set a trap for us,
you could eliminate the evidence, and gain all the benefits —“
“When the plan fails you call off the game, and refuse to
admit anything - you really are a dirty person.” 
Upon hearing Fii and Kurami’s accusations, Barter’s facial
expression twisted violently.
The plan was a failure from the beginning, they clearly knew
his intentions, but instead they used it against him - .. .No!
“Heh, heh heh... You’re still one step behind, Nilvalen.”
“Yes? Looking for me?”
Fii opened her eyes wide and tilted her head to the side in
confusion while Barter confidently shouted:
“Since I’ ve found out that the one dueling against myself
was this little strumpet, then the evidence of you cheating is
obvious! Because a normal Imanity would never be able to
block the r Attack] of the cards, it was you who helped here,
-No mistake there, since the game began, they had already
contested three rounds with seven battles between them.
So in forty rounds, Kurami had been targeted by several
Barter clearly saw her using magical shields to deflect the
Since Imanity are unable to use magic, then it was definitely
Fii who was helping her - but...
Fii was speechless when faced with these accusations, instead
scratching her cheek and replying with a chuckle:
“The person who had instructed his butler to do the exact
same thing, shouldn’t have the right to say anything, right- ...”
“Also that wasn’t even considered cheating - you fool.”
Faced with a direct accusation, Barter was momentarily
“How about you take a moment to chew on the pledges
regarding the game - when I confirmed the conditions, I
clearly said ^WeJ
- At this point, Barter really opened his eyes wide, unable to
think of a reply.
Since the opponent had stated r WeJ , then the game would
be considered as a duel between Barter and a tag team
consisting of Fii and Kurami. The rules did not restrict leaving
the area during the course of the game, so even if Fii was
casting defensive barriers at a distance, it wouldn’t be
considered as breaking the rules - no, wait, before that.
(She changed their appearances so as not to let us find out, and
was simultaneously playing a game on the second floor while
casting defensive barriers -?)
Kurami sighed and frowned slightly.
“• • • Fii, it appears this moron has finally realized it.”
“Since he has an unfair disadvantage of blood overly
concentrated in his posterior area and not being transported to
his brain, we can forgive him for now right?”
Fii said that while chuckling, but her voice sounded chilling
enough to cut through bone.
“He fell for it even when using such a simple word game,
how disappointing. I had even prepared much more
complicated back-up plans, strategies and traps - for no
purpose since they’re all unnecessary now anyway.”
The underachieving girl standing in front of him sighed as
though she couldn’t take it anymore.
“Just a quick mention... Your cards were too easy to guess,
initially you would definitely take the offensive, and use a
curse combination if the attack were to be blocked. Since you
don’t like countering, you wouldn’t use it, and the combination
just now was just a result of your panic, to survive the round,
you attempted to use cards to rPrevent Attack] , even an
idiot could - sorry, if it was so, it would be normal if you
couldn’ t guess that.”
Barter’s shoulders were shaking uncontrollably due to anger,
shame - and a pang of fear that was almost painful to admit.
In the forty rounds of cards, Kurami only suffered very few
And that was only in the early phases where luck played a
much bigger role, in the later rounds - all his cards were seen
through by her.
This was not the doing of an Elf, but a puny species (Imanity)
had managed to -
Don’t underestimate Imanity, you useless old man.”
This unpredictable black-haired girl....
“• • OK - Let’s continue the game!”
• • • She said it with a laugh as though from a god of death.
Sharp and fast-flowing spirits bound Barter’s arms - disrupting
the nerve systems within his Elemental Gallery.
A pain too exquisite to describe, made the centuries-old man,
cry like a baby,
After the blow sufficient to scatter all the flowers growing in
the courtyard had subsided - The Elven old man had fallen
from his chair, writhing in pain, while the young Imanity girl
whispered to him gently:
“ - This concludes the fourth round, what do you plan to do
from here? Sir Barter.”
“Also, you should have noticed by now, Fii— my master (Fii
Nilvalen) - is a ^Hex CasterJ .”
When he heard that whisper, the old man’s skin turned whiter
than a piece of paper.
He knew that it was not a bluff.
Because if it were untrue, it would be impossible to explain the
various things Fii was capable of doing.
Kurami crouched down, as though to console the pale,
shuddering old man and continued:
“No problem, even though you look as if you have no
remaining energy to cast defensive barriers - you still have a
good chance of winning, as long as you are able to predict all
my following cards and finish me without taking a single hit,
draining the power of the Hex Caster in the process.”
- After stating the one-in-a-trillion chance, Kurami laughed.
“There’s no problem even if you lose, it will only hurt a little
- you’ll only die if you’re not careful.”
- Yes, the exact feats entailed in that were - what Kurami had
pulled off just minutes earlier.
Even a puny species could do it, so it shouldn’t be too hard for
“I su-1 surrender! I’ve lost! So please, stop the game!”
“-OK, so it’s our victory then. It’s been hard on you, Sir
Kurami ignored the pitiful old man, stood up from her seat
while Fii embraced her with a cheer.
“You are amazing!! An Imanity besting over an Elf in this
game, it must be the first time huh?!”
“ • • • Beating this old fool has nothing deserved to be praised
so much about, after all, he was the weakest among all our
Fii looked as if she was comforting the unhappy Kurami,
stroking her hair gently, then turned around.
Fixating her eyes upon the still-prone Barter and Fritz who was
still standing motionless in shock.
“So Sir Barter, please adhere to the pledges, and forget
everything related to our business.”
And then - Kurami spoke with a large smile on her face.
“Continue your illegal smuggling and vending as per
“And then, Mr. Fritz! You will rConfess everything] in -
half a month ’ stime.”
- What is going on?
While Barter and Fritz were still in the midst of their
confusion, Kurami walked closer to the table.
“Now we should be taking our leave. But, before that
She lifted up the deck of tarot cards used in their game, and
shuffled them while smiling.
“I will predict your futures as a gift.”
Eh? Kurami, you actually know how to do this? It’s the first
time I’m hearing of it.”
“Yeah, because it’s the first time I’m trying it today, but -
these futures will definitely come true.”
Kurami said that jokingly but yet somehow sinisterly, and
began shuffling the cards -
“Oh, some interesting cards have appeared, um - let me take
After she said that, she flipped open the four cards one by one.
- ^Temperance] .
“After today, you will successfully continue your potion
smuggling and vending business with the Dwarves.”
- r The Tower] .
“But half a month later- • • Oh no, this is terrible, the Dwarves
doing business with you will confess rFor some reason] .”
- rThe Wheel of Fortune] .
“Also rVery coincidentally] , the butler will be found
implicated in the affair, your evil doings discovered one by one
• • • Then -
- r Judgment] .
“Sir Barter will be brought to justice by the government -
story ends, please restrain your grief.”
Ignoring the two pale-faced men, Kurami spoke to Fii as
though acting in a play:
“Heh, interesting isn’ t it, Fii. If Sir Barter is arrested, I
wonder who will assume position of head of his company that
so happens to be the top trading company of Elven Gard, Will
Andomoro ( A jV T A KY P)?
“Oh, coincidentally it happens to be the young master of the
Enrihl y!i t) family whom we r Played with] just three
- All this, was in their control. When he saw their sinister and
yet all-knowing smiles, Barter furiously roared:
“Nilvalen, you - no, what are you both planning!?”
Both replied with chilly smiles:
“Eh? It’s OK if we tell you actually-”
“You’ll forget everything anyway, which of course includes
this meeting we had.”
Barter couldn’t help but shudder upon seeing the innocent
smiles on the faces of the two demonic women.
- What kind of monster have I provoked?
“OK, now just like we swore on the pledges - Goodbye, Sir
“I will pray for your sake, hope your business thrives from
here on out-”
- Just like that.
With a snap, as Kurami and Fii snapped their fingers...
All their memories regarding the events that happened on that
day, vanished without a trace.
Kurami and Fii pulled down their identical veils to mask their
Both of them were not there, and were never there.
That was the way things worked.
Carefully avoiding the detection of the eyes and ears of others,
both of them leaped from the top of Sir Barter’s mansion.
The spell conjured by Fii caught them mid-air with a force
greater than gravity, lifting them both gently up and into the
- They overcame air resistance, and flew through the night sky.
Only the red moon, the starlight, and the light of the city were
left, illuminating the surrounding landscapes.
This was the city within the forest, a green metropolis woven
through utterly and completely trained magic. It was a sight
Kurami was used to seeing - but even for those seeing it for the
first time, and obvious despite the faint light, Elven Gard’s
different castes of civilization could be observed - the duo’s
hoods billowed in the wind as they cruised through the skies
above the city.
“Kurami was perfect just now-”
From the trees - no, from one building to another, as if hopping
from roof to roof, Fii said:
“You had to defeat that useless old thing without any help
from me, I was really worried you know.”
“••• Let’s drop the subject, Fii, are you OK?”
“Hey, it’s not a bad feeling to have Kurami worried once in a
while, you’ve really grown-”
Fii maintained the spell that allowed them to continue floating
in the air while replying with a mischievous grin on her face.
But even in the faint lighting, Kurami could clearly see that the
gemstone on Fii’s forehead had lost its usual glimmer and was
now dark due to overuse of magic.
Sir Barter and his butler Fritz...
They were ^Triple Casters] and rDouble CastersJ
respectively, although they were not yet considered top-ranked,
they were still exceptional mages.
But... Kurami glanced at the girl cruising through the night sky
beside her, and was immersed in thought. - Fii Nilvalen.
Kurami was serving her master as a slave, head of one of the
very few highly prestigious families in Elven Gard.
Due to poor results, she was expelled from the most prestigious
magical learning institutions in the land - rTree of White] .
She drew white runic markings upon herself and wore a
support gemstone used by beginners, while those not in the
know mocked her and labelled her as the most incapable
existence since the founding of the House ofNilvalen - calling
her r Scrap metalJ .
But, those who knew better (Kurami) merely snorted at the
insults, and thought of her as the most talented existence since
the founding of the House ofNilvalen - as though she were a
precious ingot of r GoldJ .
Fii had never intentionally revealed her true strength to
She had cast magic on herself and Kurami to disguise
themselves, and in order not to let Barter and Fritz realize, she
had also cast more spells on them to prevent them from being
recognized, even placing rDefenses] on Kurami from a long
distance during the game of Magical Tarot Cards, all while
dueling Fritz... She had casted six spells at once.
rHex Caster] - She was undoubtedly beyond the level of a
No, previously in their game with Sora and others - the game
of Reversi that was only made possible through the usage of
The Flugel, ranked sixth, possess astronomical power, and Fii
could actually conjure up a spell strong enough to deflect one
of their attacks.
Based on this fact, it is easy to imagine that the words
“incredibly talented” wouldn’t even be enough to describe the
sheer talent Fii possessed.
Considering that she is in such a high caliber, even the school
that had expelled her, might recruit her as a professor.
• • • She should at least be enjoying that sort of treatment.
“Hmm...? Is something wrong? Kurami?”
Her golden hair billowing in the night air, her skin white as
snow even in the darkest night, and her smile was even more
illuminating and attractive than the sun.
Fii Nilvalen, not only born to a normal family but also
possesses abnormal intelligence and adept magical ability.
What should be waiting for her would be a bright and hopeful
future - if she had not given it all up herself.
Yes, she had rejected a fantastic future that was within her
She had hidden her actual potential and portrayed herself as a
useless person, even choosing to defy her hometown, country
and even her race.
She did all that not for anyone else, but only for the sake of one
Only for her best friend.
Kurami silently bent her head down and exhaled loudly.
Choosing to call a mere slave and Imanity (herself) her best
friend, and oppose the rest of the world.
Slave liberation - how nice it sounds indeed.
However, that would be equal to releasing Elven Gard’s
national secrets. For if they attempted to free the Fairies and
such, who are being harnessed for their advanced magic, it
would be akin to selling out their country’s secret weapons to
If things got to that stage, the Dwarves - Hagenfell would not
miss such a great opportunity.
Elven Gard would probably lose a continental territory that has
been contested for nearly a thousand years due to a land
Even worse, the country would fall apart, and the inevitable
fate if that happened - would be obvious enough not to
- As long as it was for Kurami, it didn’t matter even if her
hometown were destroyed.
She swore it, and she genuinely meant it. To be honest, she had
already made several very dangerous moves.
For Fii to be like that, Kurami had only gratitude, and a feeling
akin to yearning that seemed to transcend race and age.
- But Kurami couldn’t help wondering, what about herself?
Even if it didn’t show on her face, Fii’s soul gem showed that
she was exhausted.
She couldn’t even win a game without relying on such a
remarkable person to bear such a heavy burden.
Whether or not she was worthy of being the rBest friend J of
someone like Fii -
- Suddenly she felt a bolt of pain shoot through her head.
Old memories flashed past, and Kurami stopped in mid-air
while holding one hand to her head.
- A pinky swear with a young girl, and a puppet that desired to
become a human.
Had he - the puppet - Sora ever thought that he would serve as
shackles to bind the young girl?
The girl had the ability to cruise the broad skies alone, but he
instead became a burden that tied her down to the ground -
“Eh... Kurami, is there something wrong?”
Her best friend noticed that she stopped and turned around for
her, while Kurami looked down and replied:
“• • • Fii, sorry. If I could do better...”
Elven Gard, with overwhelming affinity for magic as its
weapon, a superpower that controlled nearly 30% of total land
Its national power was over twice the size of the country of the
Dwarves, Hagenfell, that was ranked after the Elves, taking the
position of the largest country in the world.
Its foundation was as sturdy as a castle, just finding one
opening in its defenses was harder than attempting to reach
beyond the heavens -
• • • No, that was merely an excuse.
The images of two people flashed across her mind, and Kurami
clenched her fists even tighter.
“This time, if it had been rThose twoj - then magic
shouldn’ t even be necessary.”
Removing the high-ranking officials controlling transport,
trade and welfare step-by-step, secretly shaving off their
power, that would only create an opening smaller than a
needle, as though an ant’s nest.
But if this continued how long would they have to wait until -
“Not only that, they should be able to win even more!”
After many smaller games have been played, the loopholes will
If the higher powers were to detect their activities, their
existences would be wiped out in an instant.
What they needed was a move like Sora had used in the game
of chess - Using an unexpected strike to end the game in one
“But... all I’m doing is being a burden to Fii, and I haven’t
improved a single bit —“
Kurami’s clenched nails were almost piercing through her skin,
but a calm yet powerful voice stopped her just in time.
“Kurami can’ t possibly become TThosetwoJ .”
“•••. Yeah, I get it.”
Kurami looked down dejectedly. She knew, even if she
imitated Sora, it would have no meaning.
Sora and Shiro would only be j when they were together
- would only be Imanity ’ s strongest gamers.
She needed to find a method suitable for herself-
“No, you don’t understand at all, you know!”
Kurami who had her thoughts interrupted looked up.
“I don’t know what kind of memories Kurami received from
Sora-san, but what kind of person Sora-san is -1 believe I have
at least a slight understanding.”
In the hypnotic glow of the forest city, Fii said seriously.
“Sora-san had calculated that they couldn’t do it themselves,
which is why they chose Kurami instead!”
“• • • Yes, but considering I’m like this —“
“Also, they had calculated that Kurami alone can’t do it, so
they sent me as well!”
“Both us and them are two as one, and don’t even think about
not borrowing my power in order to win games, that would be
like trying to do alone what Sora-san and Shiro-san do together
“Kurami can borrow my power you know, it makes perfect
They are a team of two, we are a team of two as well.
If the result is the same, then there would be no need to feel
shameful - but...
“But I’ve always been a burden to Fii, and not
“It’s only because Kurami is around that I can do my best...
Fii grasped the hand of Kurami who was still looking
downward, then said while smiling:
“I know, of course! Kurami has been looking through Sora-
san’s memories daily, digging up all of Sora-san and Shiro-
san’s strategies and tactics, wanting to make them your own —“
Her expression changed, and her eyes revealed an expression
“Because of that, you haven’t slept for a long while, haven’t
“If Kurami doesn’t sleep, then I won’t sleep as well. If
Kurami does her best, I will do my best. If you think I am very
tired - then of course Kurami yourself must be very tired as
Fii said while looking into Kurami’s eyes.
- Rubbing at heavy eyebags that couldn’t even be shielded by
the night sky, speaking gently as though a mother lecturing her
“Kurami, if you’ re worried that I’ 11 stress myself out, then
I want you to promise me, tonight you have to sleep well- • • At
this rate, r Both of us J will collapse together, you know • • ”
“• • • Sorry, I’ve worried you so...”
“Hmph, of course not.”
Fii intentionally puffed up her cheeks.
“At this point there should be other things to say right?”
“• • • - Yeah, thank you, Fii.”
Fii smiled and nodded her head, took Kurami by the hand then
recast the spell to lift them into the air.
“Also, I think the reason why Sora-san gave us the mission in
Elven Gard, wasn’t for a particularly serious reason... am I
wrong to say this?”
Both of them recalled the face of that man - imagined his
bored expression, then simultaneously exclaimed:
“'Politics and power and whatnot, all that crap like dividing
up a country is way too troublesome, so Eli just leave you two
The duo laughed bitterly, then soared higher up into the night
At the roadside hotel where both of them were spending the
night, two beds were placed in a small room.
Fii that had removed her hood and put on her pajamas, repeated
again as though lecturing:
“So Kurami, you must get a good sleep tonight, OK?”
“• • - Then, may I request something?”
“What is it? Just say it, I won’t mind.”
Kurami hugged her pillow while awkwardly shifting her gaze.
“U-um... Co-could you sleep with me tonight?”
Upon seeing Fii’s satisfied smile, Kurami whose face had
turned red yelled:
“It, it’s not like that! I couldn’t sleep because I kept dreaming
of Sora’s memories! So, so what I wanted to say was, like how
Sora holds Shiro - just holding Fii’s hand will make me feel
better... All this is Sora’s fault, OK?!”
“Fine, fine, it’s all Sora-san’s fault, so don’t be shy. Just like
before, if you have a scary dream, there’s no need to be
courteous, just burrow into my side of the bed, hmm?”
“I’ve already said it’s not like that, right!? Ugh, this is all
Sora’s fault, why do I have to deal with such things
Despite her constant swearing, she still got into bed under Fii’s
Just like that, Kurami lay on the bed with her back towards Fii,
while Fii laughed and said:
“Kurami, is there anything else you want me to do for you?
Like singing a lullaby, for example!”
“I just want you to stop teasing me and let me sleep.”
“Really? Don’t you want me to pet your head or hug you?”
“.. If Fii wants to do it, I have no objections.”
“Yay~! Of course I want to do it, so let me pet your head for a
The touch of Fii’s hand made Kurami’s body gradually relax.
Kurami recalled previously when things happened - when she
cried, Fii would stroke her hair like this as well.
As a slave, being brought up at the Nilvalen household.
Despite Fii always standing by her side - there were a lot of
painful memories, memories that made her cry, make her feel
like dying, but she always told herself, she couldn’t immerse
herself in self-pity. Kurami frantically resisted the flow of tears
until she was safely inside the covers of her blanket - those
times seemed so far away.
Now after coming into contact with Sora’s memories... Now
when she was no longer the one crying -
“Kurami... are you asleep?”
Fii softly asked - with a volume soft enough so as not to wake
her up if she was actually sleeping.
And it was Fii’s voice that prevented Sora’s memories from
once again resurrecting and keeping her awake.
“ • • -Not yet, what is it?”
“Hmm~ if you can’t sleep, before you do, could you chat with
me for a while?”
“Of course, what do you want to talk about?”
Her casual words were at the same time spoken with a serious
tone, and Kurami curiously nodded her head, signaling Fii to
“Kurami appears to completely trust Sora-san.”
After which Fii worriedly continued:
“Honestly, this makes me worried...”
«... 5 )
“The memories that Sora-san passed onto you, are they his
- Sora had a Flugel by his side, so memory editing could
definitely be done through the power of the pledges.
Would he create fake memories and hand them over to Kurami
just so he could control her?
What Fii implied was this, but...
“It’s true that I may have been cheated, that is something Sora
Kurami smiled bitterly and continued.
Or at least, that’s what everyone seems to think.”
Seeing Fii tilt her head in shock, Kurami chuckled slightly.
“You should relax, the one that rThinks too highly ofj
Sora - is not me, but Fii.”
- A piece of his memories flashed through Kurami’s head.
Sora’s memories generally made others discomforted - but the
one just now was -
“Fii- • • do you know why the term rGenius] exists?”
“It’s to make others admit that they are different from other
humans. Puppets refer to the people they do not understand as
geniuses, those who are praised are known as geniuses, while
the reverse would be labelled as monsters; and to most of them
- it is an insult.”
- Because they are different life forms from us, so not being
able to compare ourselves with them isn’t very surprising
Most people would admit this, then give up - but that puppet
“Yes, he was really just a puppet.”
- He was merely normal (an idiot).
“But he refused to be just a puppet.”
- A genius that yearns for what lies before him (the real thing).
“So - he experienced things that makes one question how he
still managed to remain standing.”
Thus, Kurami in a state of being half-asleep and half-awake,
traversed through Sora’s memories.
To invent something that would allow something that was
bound to the ground to fly - how would one test whether the
invention had worked or not?
The answer would just be to try flying - to verify whether or
not one would crash, no matter how many times one crashed,
even if your body and soul were smashed to bits -
“ • • • He would still stand up, cheerfully, and pretended as
though nothing had happened.”
Bleeding inside, clenching his teeth, he looked at his sister,
then stood up again.
Any characteristic we would typically expect in a genius did
not exist in him at all.
- It’s true, having a capable sister really is hard, Onii-chan.
“Sora - is extremely stubborn, so you could catch up to him -
no, even surpass him without any problem. He’ s just at a
level that’ s definitely attainable, as long as you are
rHuman] . Just as he claims, he’ s just an idiot. Although
he ’ s an idiot, he ’ s also the real thing, constantly pursuing
what he yearns for, constantly struggling - a normal... idiot.”
• • • As she said this, Fii’s hand was still gently stroking her
Kurami’s consciousness was also gradually fading.
“What he needs is just a little bit of - but to truly understand
it is - a truth hard to comprehend...”
As she was falling asleep, Kurami recalled what Sora had said
during the King selection games in Elkia.
- When it comes to contests and brutal fights to the death, we
are veterans way more experienced than you...
This line spoken by Sora seemed to overlap with one of his
past memories -
- Emptily gazing down at both of his hands that were covered
in fresh blood...
Merely wanting to be human -
A puppet’s memories - “.. .Really.. .too stupid.. .can’t even...
tell a lie...”
• • • What replied to her call was merely the breathing of
someone in a deep sleep.
Still fondling Kurami who was muttering to herself in
dreamland, Fii began to think.
And, another thing - she gazed up at the ceiling, thinking about
Kurami’s unfinished sentence.
Fii remembered the face of the stupid man who according to
Kurami was unable to even tell a lie.
- Remembered the face of the man whose existence itself could
almost be substituted for the word “lie”.
The face that was always cocky and smiling, that made you go
on full alert at first sight of him -
At that time, Fii’s thoughts had finally run their course.
“So that’ s how it is• • • rThe liar that can’ t lieJ • • • So it’ s
something like this, hmrrr • • ”
The things that man had experienced, was enough for Kurami
to think that he had lived a tragic life, that sort of man -
Why - would he want others to feel apprehensive towards him?
The unease that Fii had been feeling for a long time suddenly
disappeared. The answer - the future that Fii, Kurami, Sora and
others had all been fantasizing about.
As her thoughts led her to reach a point of ecstasy, a small
smile gradually appeared on her face.
Immediately, a wave of sleepiness that she had not felt in a
long while came over her, and she closed her eyes.
-1 can’t wait.
Carrying these feelings within herself, she had for a really,
really long time - for an unclear amount of years, even, not fell
into such a deep sleep.
Chapter 1: Try
- The capital of the Elchean Federation, Elchea
The last fortress of the Imanity - The lowest-ranked among the
r Sixteen RacesJ
Until a mere few months earlier, it was a country on the brink
of extinction, being forced down to its last city.
However now it had annexed the large maritime country, the
rEastern Union] , and was expanding its territory at a speed
A sharp, loud scream of agony came from the capital of a
nation that was slowly turning from a Nation] to a
- In an instant.
The workers within the city that were extremely busy froze for
a moment as though time had stopped completely, but it was
only for an instant, and they soon resumed their work,
seemingly as if nothing had ever happened.
Yep - it was a normal occurrence, and everyone there was used
Everyone knew that r That person] was probably yelling
And the reason why that person was causing a commotion was
probably due to a reason as normal as it could get.
Sometimes a sympathetic atmosphere would billow over the
entire city, although everyone still had to return to their own
“Argh!! Are you an idiot? You’re an idiot! You are an idiot,
The red-haired girl skilfully reconstructed her sentence thrice,
and yelled again.
- Stephanie Dora, commonly known as Steph.
She was the head of the Dora family, possessing the title of a
duchess, and she was the granddaughter of the late king as
well, being a blue blood princess.
She would definitely be a ladylike woman with incredible
potential in the future - however those features weren’t present
at all at that moment, and she had absolutely no way to explain
away the situation she was in.
She sat on a chair, scratching her head furiously, looked up and
“•••Who’s an idiot, des?”
This query was raised by the Werebeast that was sitting cross-
legged on the floor beside Steph - Hatsuse Izuna.
Her age appeared to be in the single-digit range, being a young
yukata-wearing girl with huge fox-like ears and a bushy tail.
The book in her hand was upside-down, however Steph didn’t
bother correcting her.
“I mean Sora and Shiro, no, it’s me!! What did I say - leave it
to me - argh!! Am I an idiot? I’m an idiot!!”
She continued yelling with her arms spread wide.
“Find the real reason why the Seirens Empress is hibernating
from the library of the late king!! Leave it to me!! Isn’t this
what an idiot would say!? How many books do you think there
are here!? And, what I want to say is!”
She stopped for a count, and surveyed the bookshelves that
covered all the surrounding walls.
“Why and how would I accept a task like searching for a book
which existence is unclear so easily!!”
They were in the secret room of the late king - his secret
The late king had played the role of a foolish king in order to
research and find out the contents of the games of other nations
which involve magic or supernatural abilities, as well as how
the Imanity themselves could triumph over them.
The records that he had spent his life on - the inheritance of
this great man, was all displayed in this room, covering the
walls around them.
His great work was compiled in over a thousand books,
completely filling up the library.
Even though they were already arranged according to the date
written - there was yet to be any hint of when the late king had
approached the Seirens, so they could only inspect them one by
one. Steph let out an anguished cry upon realizing that was the
task they had to undergo, which was - what had happened
And the worst part was -
Steph pointed towards Izuna with a pained expression on her
face but no tears to fully express it - the Werebeast who was
holding a book upside-down.
“What the heck does Sora think Izuna can do? She can’t even
“Steph-kou, you’re really loud, des. Doesn’t it look like I’m
learning now, des.”  - What?
“C-could you please wait? What did you call me just now?”
“• • •? Grandpa said that Steph is a duchess before, des.”
“Why did you have to shorten it!? It makes me feel extremely
“•••Why, des? Steph-kou.”
Izuna looked over at Steph with her head tilted.
“Ah, aaaaahhhhh, don’t insult me with your round, ignorant
eyes!? If I open the door to a new world by accident while
sleep deprived, how are you going to make it up to me!?”
Steph banged her head against the corner of a table in
frustration, however Izuna replied coldly:
“Steph-kou, stop it, let’s get to work, des. Grandpa is still
waiting for us, des.”
“• • Gull.. .y-you’re right, there’s no use lamenting like this.”
Yes, her grandfather - Hatsuse Ino was being held hostage by
Izuna was tired as well, but even she was trying her best to
learn the Imanity language, so Steph had no right to complain -
Steph took a deep breath in an attempt to calm herself down.
After which she corrected Izuna.
“Speaking of which, Izuna.. .that book’s upside down.”
“• • •! I-I knew that, des. I-it was on purpose, of course. Des!?”
Izuna hurriedly flipped her book right side up, while Steph
continued to correct her.
“Also, even if you really didn’t mess up it’s fine, but the
Imanity language is different from the Werebeast language, it’s
“-? There’s a difference between reading horizontally and
Izuna widened her eyes with a curious expression on her face.
• -Izuna, I’ve never asked you before, but how old are you?”
Izuna began counting off numbers from her fingers slowly after
hearing the question.
She replied with an unconfident question:
“I.. .I’m supposed to start counting from zero, right?”
- Steph instantly understood.
It was completely reasonable that Izuna would be so close to
Sora and Shiro, because they were essentially the same kind of
They were geniuses at video games, however they knew
nothing else other than that.
Steph sighed and passed her another book.
• Tzuna, you should start from this one.”
“What kind of book is this, des?”
“It’s a book that I used while I was still studying to learn the
Werebeast language, it’s in a game format between the two
“Oh, I understand, des.”
Upon hearing the word game, Izuna immediately snatched the
book from her and began flipping through it at a furious pace.
Steph approved of her newfound motivation, and knew she was
actually trying her best.
But if she read that fast she probably wouldn’t understand
anything - Steph looked up at the ceiling and let out a long
“A.. .anyway I need to search one by one —“
Just as Steph was undergoing her solemn revelation...
She heard a noise and voice that made her revelation instantly
“-Steph-kou, I’m hungry, des. Bring food, des.”
As though a switch within her had been flicked, Izuna spoke
suddenly to Steph and closed her book with a loud smack.
She was motivated, energetic, and wanted to save her grandpa.
But despite that, she actually said - bring food.
Izuna requested that with her huge round eyes that didn’t carry
any malicious intent.
The young female Werebeast scratched her large ears with her
feet while continuously waving her bushy tail from left to right.
Steph was forced to make a decision upon seeing her
unbelievably cute appearance.
One, forget everything and just collapse.
Two, make food for this inexplicably cute creature.
After struggling with herself for some time - her sleepiness
finally succumbed to Izuna’s cuteness.
“A-alright... you can’t do anything with an empty stomach
anyway... I’ll just make something simple to eat with the
ingredients I have at hand.”
“Mm, I really want to eat fish, but I’ll restrain myself, you are
Just like that, Steph dragged herself slowly out of the library.
• • - Coming back to the main topic, you all still remember that
this is Elchea, right?
At that time Steph could have just collapsed without a care in
the world and leave Izuna’s meals to the chefs in the kitchen,
however she had completely forgot about this selection. Steph
lifelessly trudged out of the library, while Izuna followed her
with her tail still waggling, and no-one bothered to remind
them about it.
Let’s switch the scene - to twenty thousand meters in the air.
Sora began thinking at an altitude almost three times as high up
as the Himalayas.
How should he describe the scenery in front of him?
- First, please imagine a Rubik’s cube.
Then hand this Rubik’s cube that requires a certain level of
intelligence over to someone that is pretty far off from that
certain level of intelligence.
After being forcibly taken apart by a pair of pliers, the splinters
of the Rubik’s cube would then be splattered all about the
Now resist the urge to complain, and repeat those previous
actions about a thousand more times.
So? Do you get it now?
The scenery was arranged in such a fashion - which was the
scenery around Sora.
“Welcome to my hometown located on the back of the
Phantasmas, the floating city - Avant Heim.”
With her back facing the small mountain of splinters of
Jibril introduced her rCityJ with a sweet smile on her face,
while Sora responded dumbly:
“Um, I’m pretty sure that all the cities I know of at least have
roads in them.”
The scenery around them was knitted and woven with
countless gigantic cubes stacked upon each other.
In the eyes of a renowned artist, there would probably be some
meaningful theme to it.
However, regretfully, the eighteen-year-old mortal virgin Sora
could only describe it with one word.
Which was - chaotic.
“Anyway, Jibril - let me say this about the Fliigel.”
“• • • rUnobstructed spaces] • • • are important- • • ”
- Sora and others began working at the same time as Steph and
To discover the true conditions to awaken the Empress of the
Seirens - so, in order to carry out comparison and evaluation
with people that had underwent the same game, they had went
to the one place in the world that stored the most information.
Which meant - the city of the Fliigel, Avant Heim.
“Ah, Master, don’t stray too far away from me, as the air here
is somewhat thin.”
Sora and Shiro nodded complacently after hearing Jibril’s
Also Sora had absolutely no idea of how they should proceed
• -Right, if only the Fliigel stay here, there isn’t a need for
public transport services at all...”
In the rCityJ below them, there weren’ t any doors,
windows, nor roads. To be honest, beings that could move
about without any form of restriction didn’ t need those
things. Although they could understand that, the fact that the
entire place was constructed with huge, countless cubes denied
people any sense of perspective, and since they had nothing to
compare the place to they couldn’t gauge how exactly big it
• -It’s not like a city.. .it’s more like a jigsaw puzzle...”
Shiro expressed her easily understandable thoughts, after which
she mumbled while looking up:
“•••The sky is...blue?”
At twenty thousand meters up the place should be at the doors
of outer space, so they shouldn’t be able to see blue skies at
“Avant Heim is a Phantasma ranked second among the
r Sixteen RacesJ . This race is ranked even higher than the
race that is the source of the Elemental Galleries in this world -
the Elementals, and they are organisms completely independent
from all normal forms of reproduction. To put it simply...
Avant Heim is another world entirely, that’s all you need to
Even though the air in the atmosphere didn’t seem to be
enough for her Masters - Jibril still continued to explain.
Hmm.. .1 see -1 don’t get it.””
Sora and Shiro nodded as one with the same focused
“No matter the Fliigel or the Phantasma, you lot completely
refuse to work along terms comprehensible by others, and that
for some reason makes us feel relaxed.”
After a line of sarcasm, Sora looked towards the horizon, and
saw something under a particularly tall tree - could it be that
his eyes were deceiving him... probably not, there was
something underneath that appeared to be a dragon skull, and it
was decorated lavishly and carefully as well, then left there in
the open just like that -
• - Jibril, I don’t understand the art direction of this city at
“What!? This place will eventually be the throne of the
Masters, to think that you’d actually dislike it, it really makes
Hearing Sora’s grumbling, Jibril replied somewhat dispiritedly.
“Speaking of which, you should probably save this girl
Sora spoke while pointing towards -
“Aaaaahhhh, the sun! The sun! I’m going to melt! I’m going
to melt, burn and evaporate!”
Plum was crouching down with her body scrunched up into a
ball and her hood covering her face while crying continuously.
“Ah, I’m sorry... I completely forgot about you, are you still
“I’ll be dead in a few seconds! My power is decreasing
For a Dhampir like Plum the sunlight was fatal to them; and
she appeared to be barely fending off the sunlight with her
magic, but that magic itself seemed to be siphoning off even
more of her energy.
“That’s it, Jibril, it’s not good to keep Izuna and Steph
waiting, so just fly us over to the place where all the
information is concentrated. Also, for Plum, it would be best if
“OK, so please grasp my arms, and then
She appeared somewhat nervous - but yet her expression was
simultaneously unreadable as well, and she grasped onto Sora
and Shiro’s arms and spoke:
• -Masters, I understand that it’s extremely rude for me to
raise such requests - but could you please agree to two requests
• - What is it, it’s rare that you’re this serious.”
Please don’t be disappointed, and please believe.”
• • -Sora didn’t understand her at all.
And Jibril merely spoke this one sentence, then shouted: “That
thing over there.”
Plum who was referred to as “That thing over there”, replied
with only her eyes showing themselves from beneath her hood.
“I don’t mind leaving you behind here - so could you please
“Ah, I’ll be there right this instant, don’t leave me —“
Plum hurriedly stood up and dashed over, and in the instant she
grabbed onto Jibril - the scenery changed as well.
There - it was probably within one of the cubes they had saw
from a distance earlier.
The place they were in was even more solemn and immense
than the Elchean National Library Jibril had hogged for herself
- it was a humongous library.
The high-perched ceilings appeared to stretch up to ten stories
high, and the interior was designed like an ancient ruin, with
stone-made pillars and stairs, intersecting corridors and curved
walkways with intertwining vines growing all over them.
And - those things that looked like Pillars were actually
On the other hand, there was random memorabilia scattered
around the entire place as well, and stairs and walkways
arranged in impossible fashions like a surrealist M. C. Escher
painting were all over the place - and what lit them up was,
gigantic fixtures of painted glass that were definitely not on
any walls, as well as infinite amounts of floating lanterns.
It was a dream-like yet elegant place - but it was a
blasphemous library completely incomprehensible to the likes
of the Imanity.
But leaving that aside for now, Sora spoke while pointing up at
“—Jibril, that was probably your doing, right?”
It was probably the effect of the large amount of air that Jibril
had transported for the sake of Sora and the others.
The library (of sorts) appeared to be ravaged by strong winds,
and large amounts of books were dancing about in mid-air in
However Jibril looked over at that with a smile on her face and
“Don’ t worry about it, Masters, the owner of this place is
the creator of the ((Book Equality Law)) .”
Sora looked up at the dancing books, and remembered why
Jibril had took over the Elchean National Library - or rather,
the reason why she had left Avant Heim.
Due to the fact that they had collected too many books, the
books were overwhelming Avant Heim - and they chose to
deal with it by passing the ((Book Equality Law)) in the name
of eliminating unnecessary books.
“Her books are the Flugel’s books, I am a Fliigel, so her
books are my books.”
Her triple conjugations proved her Takeshi idealism, and she
continued with a smile on her face: 
“Even if this small accident here was caused by me - or was
it on purpose? I believe that she has to consider all these factors
before she can rDecide] , but of course she is extremely kind
and tolerant, being able to forgive my mistakes, of course.
Even if there are books within the stash there that cannot be
copied, reproduced and are the only remaining copies in this
world, that’s how it is V”
So she could only damage those books because she owned
them as well.
- Speaking of which, regarding the ((Book Equality Law))
from earlier, Jibril really couldn’ t forgive its existence.
After which -
“Aaaaaahhh-! The books! All the books I haven’t
Everyone looked towards the source of this outcry.
While the one standing there was -
Even Shiro couldn’t help but cry out in awe, and the person
standing there was - an extraordinarily beautiful young girl.
The halo spinning around on her head, and the wings stretching
out from her waist suggested that she was a Flugel just like
However the pattern drawn in the air by her spinning halo was
even more complicated than Jibril’s.
The largest difference between them was that she had a single
horn protruding from her jade-green hair.
Her wings that appeared to be woven from streaks of light
flapped in the air, and her appearance as she did so appeared
But her appearance as she was flying about and struggling to
collect all the books that were flapping about in the air, as well
as her expression that hinted she was about to cry, was
completely different from Jibril’s icy cold demeanour when
they had first met - instead she was extremely cute.
- Phew, phew...
She panted intentionally, then landed beside Jibril and spoke:
“Ugh- Jii-chan you’re mean-nyan~”
A saddened expression appeared on her face which
immediately shifted to an angelic smile.
“Is this what I think it is-nyan? Is it those pranks that people
play on their loved ones-nyan? Aww~ Jii-chan I haven’t seen
you in so long— nyaaaaa!?”
Jibril brilliantly teleported away in order to dodge her flying
lunge towards her.
Upon seeing her crash into a pile of books, Jibril spoke blandly
from behind Sora:
Masters, I’ 11 introduce her to you, she’ s the one that
approved the dastardly ((Book Equality Law)) , the head of
the r Council of the Eighteen Wings J of Avant Heim, the
rFull Representative of the WingedJ that has the right to
make the final decisions regarding the country’s affairs —“
She sighed and continued -
- She introduced the motionless girl with half her body buried
in books to Sora.
“ • • - How should I put this.”
“The Fliigel.. .are interesting...”
That girl was the full representative of the race that was ranked
in sixth place, brought death with them wherever they went in
the past, and used to be god-killing weapons?
Sora and Shiro mumbled to themselves, having had their
expectations completely crushed.
- At this time, the young girl that was buried in the pile of
books earlier, maybe because she had teleported, she had
already hugged Jibril tightly while rubbing her violently with
her cheeks over a span of time so short that no-one present had
“Nyan- Jii-chan is so mean-1 haven’t seen you for so long,
but you’re still as cold as ever-but! That’s fine too!!”
“Azrael-senpai is as annoying as ever as well.”
Jibril spoke with a smile on her face despite having her cheeks
violently jerked about.
- Although Jibril would usually reply sarcastically, this time
she outright insulted her, which was rare.
“Nyan- I’ve said I’m not your senpai, call me nee-san,
Azrael flew about in the air, drawing a figure-eight around
“Jibril isn’t a particularly good case but is it really ok for the
full representative of the Fliigel to be someone like this?”
“• • -Nii.. .you have the right.. .to say that?”
Shiro looked coldly at Sora, however everyone present ignored
On the other hand, Jibril spoke coldly while being pestered,
harassed, and having her cheeks rubbed:
“Azrael-senpai, I gave a request for today, please allow the
Masters to browse the library —“
“I refuse-nyan- unless you call me Nee-san, I’ 11 deny all
your requests- P ”
Jibril replied in frustration:
“If you explain why you’re rubbing my cheeks, and allow the
Masters to browse the library, I’ll consider it.”
“Because Jii-chan is cute! Explanation over, and I’ve allowed
them-nyan!! Alright, now call me Nee-san V
She spoke while lunging towards her, while Jibril teleported
away from her outstretched hand.
“So Masters, I’ ve already acquired her permission, please
browse this place freely. This is the personal library of the
rRepresentative of the WingedJ , among which countless
books have been acquired through the cursed law by taking the
books of others, so there’s not a single place with more
information than here.”
“Y-you’re mean!! Jii-chan went back on Nee-san’s promise
Azrael appeared devastated, and her voice was layered with
Jibril replied with a flawless smile once again.
“I said that I’ d consider it, and after some consideration, I’
m not going to P ”
“Waaaah- Jii-chan never used to cheat others like this-nyan~
- and whose fault is this-nyan?”
Her tear-filled eyes shot over to Sora.
The power in those eyes appeared as if that gaze alone could
“Nice to meet you, I’m Sora, this is my sister Shiro, please
take care of us.”
Those two completely ignored her gaze as they were used to it
Upon seeing their reaction, Azrael let out an interested “Oh?”,
while Sora pointed at Azrael.
“What does she mean by Nee-san? Jibril, you’re the sister of
the full representative of the Fliigel?”
Both of them replied without hesitation - and with truly sisters¬
like smiles - they replied with completely opposite answers.
Jibril sighed and continued:
“The Fliigel cannot reproduce, we have no sisters, no brothers
and no parents, there is only the order in which we were
“• • - Ah, so that’s why you call her Senpai.”
Which means, she was a being created even earlier than Jibril.
“Also, Azrael is the rRepresentative of the Winged] , not
the r Representative of the Fliigel J .”
• • Is there a difference?”
“She’ s merely the rSenator] of the Council of
Eighteen Wings J with nine members, herself included. ”
At this mention, Sora recalled what she had said earlier.
He remembered that before Jibril belonged to Sora’ s posse,
she was a member of the r Council of Eighteen Wings J .
“Basically she has the first say only when emergencies occur,
and another r Right J -
Which meant - Jibril shook her head and smiled bitterly.
“She’s not great nor brilliant, so you don’t need to respect her
in any way.”
• - You’re really mean even to your own kind, huh, you
really haven’t changed at all...”
Probably because she was unhappy with her response, Azrael
puffed up her cheeks in rebuttal.
“That’s not how it is-nyan!! All of us were created by Artosh,
so our father is Artosh, and the earliest to be created was me,
Nee-san! The last one to be created, Jii-chan, is my imouto!
Isn’t this an unspoken fact-nyan!?” 
Upon hearing her words, Jibril’s bitter smile turned into one of
mockery, and she continued:
“- She raised a suggestion like that during one of the
meetings, which was completely rejected by all of the members
of the council, that’s how pitiful her intelligence is.”
“Be~cause~ if I don’t do that, Jii-chan won’t ever call me
“Everyone knows that, which was why they turned it down,
unless you’re telling me this is the first time you’re hearing of
Jibril’s tone was as cold as ever, while Azrael hugged her once
again and began showing off her little sister with a smile on her
“Jii-chan she is- among the children created in the Great War
she is the Final UnitJ -nyan P”
She laughed cheerily, while Jibril on the other hand sighed
deeply in frustration.
“The children created in the later stages, since they were
created when Artosh-sama was at full power, have a power that
is completely indescribable by children like me created during
the middle stages of the war-nyan~!! However- the strong
children were all fighting on the front lines - so everyone died
in the r Final b attle J
Azrael’s spirits momentarily dipped, and if the person she was
hugging happened to be an Imanity, that person would
definitely burst like a balloon. She continued while hugging her
only surviving sister.
“Jii-chan is the only final-stage unit that survived after the
Battle J , and she’ s the Final UnitJ as well-nyan!
She’ s everybody’ s imouto, and what a cute imouto she is-
nyan! It should be made a law to call her that, so why doesn’ t
She once again began flying about in figure-eight shapes
Jibril squinting her eyes in disgust was a rare sight as well, but
“•Jibril.. .to deal with her.. .disturbing.. .precious
Shiro spoke while lifting up her smartphone, and began taking
a video of the angels.
On the other hand, Sora was pondering another question.
He closely observed Azrael’s innocent and cheerful smile -
“• • - This is a pain, at this rate I’ll need to change the plan...”
He mumbled to himself disappointedly.
Hearing his softly spoken words, Azrael kept smiling - but
then looked towards Sora with a powerful gaze.
So, are you the one that snatched my beloved Jii-chan away
“Huh, to say a virgin snatched a lover from someone, your
question is pretty hard to answer.”
Sora replied indignantly, with his head lifted and chest
protruding, at the same time appearing dignified, tragic and
Azrael stepped closer.
It was impossible to react to that, as it was a step that ignored
all boundaries of distance.
The step itself took multiple instants before Sora and Shiro
realized what was happening, and they cried out in surprise.
- In that instant.
A silent shock emanated from JibriTs body that caused the
library to quake.
Sora had initially suspected that she had used magic, however
after hearing what the two said after that -
“ • • • Senpai, if you even so much as touch a hair on my
Masters’ heads - I’ll just say you might want to reconsider it.”
“Really now- Jii-chan you don’ t need to be so tense- there
are the ^Ten Pledges] anyway-nyan.”
- Sora realized, she had merely unleased a slight bit of
rMalicious intent] .
Just how much did Jibril restrain her power under normal
As they got an extremely small glimpse of Jibril’ s rTrue
power] , Sora and Shiro felt cold sweat running down their
And Azrael didn’ t seem to mind that Slight malicious
intent] , instead she turned around to face Sora.
With those jade-green eyes - eyes that were impossibly
different from Jibril’s - she spoke while glancing at Sora:
“I wish to make something clear.”
Yeah, what is it?”
- Her gaze this time, was completely incomparable to her gaze
A sudden crushing sense of malice filled the room, causing the
air in the library to freeze, giving them the impression that the
very universe itself was being affected.
If they were to answer incorrectly - they would die
This world has the l~Ten Pledges] .
Jibril was awaiting their orders by the sidelines.
- Despite this, they were unable to relax.
Azrael’s gaze gave them that impression, after which she
“As long as you command it, Jii-chan will call me ?Nee-
chan yj right-nyan?”
False alarm - no, Sora felt a sinking feeling that gave him the
impression that as long as he were to relax, his very soul would
The very reason why he was barely standing was because Shiro
was clutching his hand in fear.
However, Azrael ignored him and continued emotionally.
“E-even like she licked the feet of the E-Elves, she could like
mine - or shower with me or something! N-no, I won’t force
her to do something like that!! For example you could allow
me to watch or something
- How could she have known that? Sora felt suspicious,
however he took out his smartphone from his pocket and
• -If you want videos of Jibril showering, I have videos
“I’ll bet the Fliigel’s race piece for that! Give it to me-nyan!!”
- An impossibly loud sound could be heard in that twenty-
thousand-foot high altitude.
“Azrael-san, please calm down, you don’t have the right to do
that. To bet the race piece, you need to consult the decision of
the r Council of Eighteen Wings J right? I think your request
will be unanimously denied once again V”
“U-ugh—...! - Nyan?”
Jibril’s tone of voice didn’t carry any sense of apprehension
despite her adding a small (giggle) at the end of the sentence,
however Azrael -
“Wait a second-nyan... noises of gears rumbling are coming
from my head! My brain is currently working at light-speeds,
it’s the most active it’s been in my, Azrael’s twenty-six-
- Azrael let slip her incredibly long lifespan just like that while
appearing as though considering something.
Finally she raised her head up all of a sudden, seemingly
having got an idea.
“- Right-nyan!! You.. .your name is Sora right!?”
“I’ll be your possession as well-nyan! My judgement dictates
that if that happens I can shower with Jii-chan!!”
“The worst idea you’ve had in twenty-six-thousand years,
great job on that hard work, Azrael-san.”
Jibril smiled a smile that couldn’t even be described with the
adjective cold, as it carried hints of disappointment as well, and
she mocked Azrael.
However - Shiro glanced silently over at her brother.
Azrael had nonchalantly raised her personal freedom as a
condition - just as Jibril had said, she wasn’t the representative
of the Fliigel, and so even if they were to acquire her, they
wouldn’t acquire the Fliigel race.
Although it would be no easy feat to play against the Fliigel.
Azrael even hinted that she would l~Intentionally losej , also
it would be a rather beneficial decision to have her as an asset.
Also her brother’s intention included absorbing the Fliigel as
On this train of thought, Shiro looked over at her brother as
though to confirm her suspicions -
She found that Sora had completely lost interest and had
calmed down, after which she looked over curiously at Azrael.
Her face still had that enchanting smile on it - an overly perfect
“• • - Ah...” — understanding what her brother’s expression
meant, Shiro nodded slightly.
Sora sighed unexpectedly, turned around and walked away.
“ • • -It’s rare of you to say such things, but this sort of thing
should wait until next time..
“Eh—... Jii-chan’s naked body —“
Azrael refused to give up, and Sora grasped Shiro’s hand and
“• • I bragged to Steph earlier that I would acquire three races,
but now I’ll have to apologize to her.”
Looking over at Azrael, Sora - glanced at her with a truly
disappointed gaze and said:
This one’s useless, Jibril alone is fine.”
Ignoring Azrael’s squinted gaze, Sora and Shiro proceeded to
the mountains of bookshelves.
“So Jibril, we can browse the books here right?”
• - Yes, Azrael-senpai has approved of it.”
Sora nodded and surveyed his surroundings.
Books, books, books... it was a giant city made up of nothing
And within his line of sight, he could see that on the back of
countless books, there was - writing of multiple languages he
“Since my original expectations were crushed, it looks like
we’ll have to tough it out... forget it, let’s try our best, Shiro.”
The two agreed and disappeared in the piles of books, while the
two Fliigel watched them go in silence.
Azrael sat cross-legged on one of the piles of books and put her
head in her hands.
“Mm~ I wanted to use myself as bait to get Jii-chan, could it
be that the bait was too big-nyan?”
She coldly revealed the reason why Sora’s expectations were
No doubt, Azrael’s thoughts were completely different from
her demeanour, as she didn’t believe nor trust Sora.
To get Jibril back, all she wanted them was to fall into her trap.
- As for why Jibril called them her Masters, she had no interest.
• - You really haven’t changed, Azrael.”
Azrael’s expression twitched slightly upon having her name
called directly like that, and she replied calmly:
“Jii-chan can even talk back to people such as me and Artosh-
sama, so it’s impossible that you would serve under mere
Imanity-nyan. As long as it’s by the pledges, sealing one’s
intentions or making one a puppet should be easy-nyan.
Anyway those two must have won by pure luck, so you’re
being forced to follow them, right-nyan? To be honest —“
She looked directly into Jibril’s eyes.
“- Jii-chan has changed.”
Jibril replied Azrael’s words with a cold smile.
“Yes, I have changed.. .whereas you can’t.”
“As for how I was defeated in that challenge, you have
nothing to say - my expectations were all for nothing.”
Jibril smiled faintly in betrayal, and continued coldly:
• - The reason why I defied my late Master (Artosh) and you,
is because -1 just can’t take your personalities anymore - too
She hesitated slightly, should she say it? Or -
Jibril decided to go with it.
She knew Azrael would take offense more than anyone.
Despite this - she decided that she would tell her, so she did.
“Which is why we lost, and until now - you still won’t
Hearing these words, Azrael’s smile completely vanished.
To be honest - Azrael’s expression was like a cold puppet.
No, it was a completely different existence with Azrael’s
appearance - and it spoke:
“- TFinalUnitJ , hast thou discovered the ^Answer] ?”
Jibril looked at that existence with a gaze of pure hate, and she
spoke to it, almost spitting her words:
Yes, or more correctly, I found it long ago, it’s just that I
didn’t have concrete evidence.”
“So now I must help the Masters find what they need, so -
Jibril turned away, leaving behind the silent existence.
“ • • - What do you think-nyan?”
-You had to ask.
• -Yes-nyan, but what if you’re wrong?”
-You don’t have to ask, you know already.
“ • • • That ’ s right-nyan...”
- rFirst UnitJ , I completely trust in your decision, not just
me, but everyone else.
“I know, nyan...”
I know... she told herself that repeatedly.
Azrael was speaking in reply to - the will of the Phantasma
(Avant Heim) residing within her.
Azrael merely looked at the people who were searching
through the books -
She could only ask again when they made a move.
. .No, we won’t make it at this rate.”
Standing before a gigantic pile of books, Sora realized that
their efforts were futile after a mere half-hour.
“Shiro, how many languages of this world have you learnt?”
“.. .Only.. .the Imanity, Werebeast and Elven languages...”
Shiro mumbled nonchalantly, and Sora caressed her head
For Sora who could barely learn the Imanity language, that
stunning learning pace just simply couldn’t be described with
r Only] .
But, despite that -
“Jibril, which languages are these?”
“It’s the Dwarven and Demon languages, I can vaguely
.. .Right, the only one that could understand all the books there
would be Jibril.
Even though Shiro could learn foreign languages at
incomprehensible speeds, the books here alone were in the
millions, so relying on this few people to search for
information here would be impossible, which was obvious
from the very start.
“There’s no time, if we take too long, Ino’s life will be in
danger. Even if we have a lifeline, if the Seirens think we’re
genuinely running away, we’ll be in big trouble - can’t you get
They had no time to sit here and slowly gather information, as
they needed to challenge the Empress once more as soon as
Because of that - Sora had originally intended to rely on
Azrael to gather help -
However his hopes were crushed as soon as he realized Azrael
didn’t have any intention of the sort.
The expression Sora saw on Azrael’s face, wasn’t that of a
knowledgeable Fliigel - nor was it something like Jibril’s who
was a collective of both curiosity and intelligence, nor was she
a trigger-happy person.
It - was only -
“.. .1 can get help, but I fear it may not be what you’re
Yes, that would be Azrael’s intentions, but -
“There’s no other way, so let’s do what she wants since we
don’t have the time to just sit here - Shiro.”
- Sora made a once-in-a-blue-moon fidgety gesture - he
nibbled on his fingernails, and Shiro replied as well.
Since your original expectations were crushed, we can only
adapt to the situation at hand, so we’ll need you to cooperate.”
Sora decided to call upon Azrael, but froze momentarily
- Probably because she had turned the scenery in the Eastern
Union or the things within her knowledge into reality.
She was just like the Japanese hikikomoris Sora knew - which
included Sora and Shiro themselves - exactly like that, she was
buried in a kotatsu-like thing, with her head covered within a
blanket, staring at a projector (television) that had only static
on it -
• - What is it-nyan...? What is it so important that you have
to bother someone useless like me-nyan?”
What a waste of energy - Azrael made the surroundings on her
appear dark and gloomy in an attempt to accentuate her
Faced with her overly exaggerated acting skills, Sora instead
felt admiration, after which he spoke with a deadpan
Ah~ um, you know about the hibernating Empress of the
“Nyaaaaa.. .that idiot that was influenced by fairy tales and
pushed two races including herself to the brink of extinction in
the span of a single generation, leaving even the shellfish
speechless? Everyone knows-nyan~...”
Azrael replied under her blanket.
- While looking at her halo that was spinning about above her
blanket, Sora continued while experiencing indescribable
“Y-yes, that’s her, we’re looking for the records of the
conditions she set before starting her game.”
“ • • If that ’ s you want, Jii-chan knows as well-nyan! It ’ s
r She will continue hibernating as long as she hasn’ t fallen in
“Yes, but - that’s fake.”
Hearing her words, Azrael’s eyes lit up with a sharp glint as
though forgetting her previous depressed act.
“Oh! Is that why everyone lost-nyan? So what’s the actual
- That fellow was a Fliigel after all.
“That’s what I want to know, so I’m looking for all available
records of people that have carried out games with her, and the
exact words the players were told for comparison.”
Azrael stared into space for a moment, after which she replied
“About that, if you’re looking for records, they’re placed in a
certain somewhere, look for it yourself, and I’ll inform you
again if you have a definitive goal.”
But - no doubt, she was different from Jibril.
“Yes, but there’s too many books, we don’t have time, so
where are all the related records
“I don’t know at all-nyan! Ahahahahaha~”
“Because of the ((Equality Law)) -nyan~ After lending those
books out countless times, even I don’ t know where they are-
nyan~ P ”
“Do you understand now? Master, this is exactly why I left
Probably because she had forgotten she was supposed to be
acting depressed, Azrael laughed cheerily while Jibril was
- Since you all live to collect books, you should at least
keep them properly...”
“Hmm? That’ s wrong-nyan, our aim is to collect
rKnowledge] , TBooksJ are actually nothing to us-nyan. I
even think that as long as we can memorise the contents of the
books, throwing them away is fine as well; but since the people
who haven’ t read them would be angry, we didn’t do that-
“Do you understand now? Master, this is exactly it! The
reason why I left my hometown.”
Jibril smiled a smile that indicated she would strike at any
moment as she explained to Sora once again.
- Sora now understood, all she was focused on was
r As for what that meantJ • • • Sora couldn ’ t restrain his
laughter, however he didn’ t bother explaining it, and instead
“So, what should I do?”
“Hmm~ just let the people that are in charge of the books’
locations to search for them! There are some others that are just
as close-minded as Jii-chan, so as long as they’re willing to,
you should be able to get all of them-nyan~”
“Mm, so I’ll leave it to —“
“I’m not in the mood-nyan~”
Seemingly wishing to appear sad once again, Azrael spoke
while burying herself under the blanket once more:
“I can allow my cute imouto’s toys to wander about
everywhere, but I have no obligation to take care of you all. I
have no value in being your companion, and even Jii-chan
called me an idiot, so I’m very depressed now-nyan~ I’m very
hurt-nyan~ So I don’t want to do anything-nyan~”
Sora slowly passed her his phone.
“Even if I show you videos of Jibril in the shower?”
“If you agree now, I’ 11 throw in the offer of her calling you
Azrael replied while sweating furiously, as though she was
engaging in mortal combat with something.
She squeezed out her words while breathing heavily, seemingly
undergoing some brutal training.
“I-I’m very— hurt now-nyan - something like that... ah, no,
I’m not dismissing Jii-chan as something beneath me-nyan! It’s
just that I’m too hurt, so I need something more than that - um,
you should know.. .what I mean right?”
Cheh - Sora grumbled silently.
He saw that amongst Azrael’s deception and lies - only her
devotion to Jibril was real, which was the reason why he
played his trump card but to no avail.
At this rate, his actions would be limited.
Facing an opponent such as the Fliigel? Having the opponent
have the upper hand in a game still yet unknown to them? -
What a joke.
To be honest, I don’t care what happens to you, so if those
stupid fish, mangy mutts and bald monkeys want to go extinct
just let them, at the most we’ll just get a few more books
describing their downfall-nyan. For me, it’s advantageous-
Her gaze fell upon Sora.
“To someone immortal like me - • - people like you who die in
the blink of an eye don’ t even deserve the value of a ^Fairy
talej . You want me to help? Why do I have to-nyan?”
- But he couldn’t let her have the upper hand, as if she did it
would be all over.
If Azrael insisted on playing mind games - bring it on.
“So that’ s how you really are, which is why I said you’ re
useless, can’ t you even detect my mockery? TDead
Sora replied with determination but at the same time in pride -
and hearing his words, Azrael’s expression changed.
“A tool used by no one, a puppet with no value, I’ll assume
that’s a pretty enjoyable life you’re living there.”
“It’ s fine, since when we’ ve taken over the world, people
like you would definitely say something like rPlease allow
me to joinj right? Because you all only know how to follow
along with where the wind blows. Jibril, we ’ 11 think of a way
ourselves, so let’ s go find your friends one by one
Sora stood up and turned to leave.
• - You dare to pick an argument with me, don’t tell me
you’re running away now?”
- She took the bait, Sora smiled to himself.
“Argument? Hah! Only equals can argue with each other.”
“Oh... I didn’t think that you’d be so self-conscious about it,
you’re worthy of some commendation after all.”
“- The one that’s on the lower rank is you of course, did you
get up on the wrong side of the bed today? Airhead.”
“... Very good-nyan, who’s afraid of who-nyan.”
After which she raised her hand and announced.
rKill and plunder for the things that you desire, for that is
tantamount to the decree of heaven J -nyan!”
-.. .Hearing her extremely crass words, Sora and Shiro half-
closed their eyes.
• • - What kind of words are those..
“Ah, Masters, that’s a Fliigel idiom so it’s fine if you don’t
“No, that’s not what I meant.”
“Not an argument - but we’ll play a game-nyan, it’s just that
Ignoring Sora and Jibril’s conversation, Azrael snapped her
r All of usj will play a game together with Jii-chan’ s
friends that you ’ re looking for, then you can ask for their
- In an instant.
Everyone present was teleported with a force that even Jibril
And what they saw after the scenery had changed was -
- A long banner with the words ‘ Kuuhaku T j Autograph
and Handshake Fan Meeting’ written on it.
Countless Fliigel were setting up the place -
“ • • • We were tricked -!! ”
As almost a hundred gazes fell upon them simultaneously, Sora
- She merely pretended to be provoked - which means, he lost
in the mind games department.
But, as compared to this, the gazes that were upon him nearly
made Sora and Shiro black out.
However - the questions that were festering in his mind caused
him to stay conscious.
It was a card that none of them had expected.
Although since Sora had already shut his ears and was prepared
to faint, he didn’t hear any of it.
It was probably the sound of a girl yelling for help, and the
sound covered the entire area like an explosion.
Under the countless approaching gazes, Sora asked in a
“Hey, Jibril, what...is this? What is this-aaaaahhhhh!”
Sora yelled while frantically hugging Shiro whose eyes were
already rolling up into the whites, while Jibril clapped her
hands once and replied:
“Ah, I forgot, in order for them to deal with the Eastern
Union, I took the Masters’ rBible (Observation Diary)J and
passed it to them, in order for faster transmission of
Jibril giggled and continued:
“I even gave them complimentary autograph vouchers,
handshake vouchers, date vouchers and sleepover vouchers,
don’t forget all the various and dream-like special items —“
“Don’t use that sort of dirty methods!! Like that even if
repeated buyers increase, the buyer penetration rate wouldn’t
“• • I see, I wanted to say that we would sell a large amount of
copies but there seems to be an eerily small amount of people
here, so that’s the reason. Next time I’ll think of an even more
profitable method - or rather, a more effective way of passing
Jibril’s face was full of determination, and she began furiously
writing down stuff on a notebook, however Sora continued:
“Wait a minute Jibril! You have to report to me when you’re
doing things like this!!”
-No wonder Azrael knew a suspiciously large amount of
information regarding them.
But since the reason for that was due to their own comrade,
how were they supposed to win at their mind games?
To make it clear, the hundred Fliigel present there were all Sora
andShiro’ s FansJ .
Looking over at them once more, Sora almost fainted again,
however Jibril smiled -
“No problem, Masters, you’ve won this time.”
- Jibril spoke while looking sharply over at Azrael.
- That was probably the Fliigel language.
The two of them were conversing in a language that Sora and
Shiro couldn’t understand.
But for some reason -
The hall that was filled with a woman’s screams of help since
The atmosphere suddenly changed, and what replaced it was a
Urn- Jibril-san? I have a bad feeling about this, what are
you guys talking about?”
“Ah, sorry Master, we’re done talking so I’ll tell you now.”
Jibril turned around.
“Just as Azrael-senpai said, we’ll recruit these people’s help
to find our information.”
Jibril spoke with a smile on her face to the trembling Sora and
“Essentially speaking, we just have to defeat all of them in a
game P ”
“Jibril, do you know how much effort we put into just
defeating you alone - who can beat such a large amount of
The two were demophobic and anthropophobic in the first
Not to mention that they had to face off almost a hundred
Flugel in Materialization Shiritori, so they would definitely not
be able to survive.
Just imagining it - made Sora and Shiro’s faces pale in fear.
“No, that means rDefeating all of them at oncej , luckily
the opponent’ s demands aren’ t that huge.”
“Yep, you just need to play against everyone here-nyan.”
“If you win, everyone will help you collect the books that
you’re looking for. If you lose, I’ll let the Masters choose
whether you want the autograph or handshake events. These
are the conditions we set down earlier.”
The hall was filled with women’s voices crying for help once
more, and Sora and Shiro were at the verge of fainting.
“Jibril.. .do you want us to die...?”
“• • • Jibril.. .we.. .trusted you...”
The siblings were trembling non-stop like newborn deer.
“Please relax - the Masters won’t lose, and —“
Jibril looked over at Azrael.
Azrael clapped her hands once.
“We can’ t possibly play Shiritori with this many people, so
let’ splay- rRed light, Green light J .”
“- Jibril, let me ask you again - do you want us to die?”
Playing red light, green light against the Fliigel?
They could fly and teleport freely, so if there was a place
beyond their grasps...
That was basically hinting at r The afterworld] .
While Azrael cut off his train of thought.
“But the normal version of red light, green light is too boring-
“In conjunction with the nature of the Fliigel - we ’ 11 use a
rWord GameJ to play it.”
Jibril raised up her palm as she said this.
On her raised palm, just like a vortex -
Forty-six characters woven from light appeared on it.
Sora knew those characters - those were the forty-six -
Jibril threw those characters over to Azrael.
“Hmm~? Are these the letters of your world? Are there
Azrael closely pondered the characters, then began moving her
hand about in a complex fashion.
- Although Sora couldn’t detect magic, the ground began to
shake about as if something was hoisting it up from
underneath, so they guessed that there was a gigantic spell
“Alright, I’m done-nyan, so let’s get started-nyan?”
As she said this, the katakana - the forty-six characters from T
(a) to (n), on Azrael’ s hand - converted to light- • •
And they dissolved simultaneously, automatically distributing
themselves individually amongst the hundred Fliigel females.
After ensuring that all the characters were assigned, Azrael
“The rules are simple, I have just transported the characters to
a certain location on each of the women present.”
- Forty-six characters, and with the participants almost entering
the hundreds, there was no way to tell who had which
“The game is Red light, Green light, so for your convenience
I’ve specially banned teleportation from being used within the
- After that...
“If you both get caught by these children you lose, and if you
manage to evade them for an hour it will be considered a
“As long as you touch the shifting characters - that is if you
manage to do it while not getting caught, the characters will be
transferred to the Masters.”
Jibril spoke with a smile on her face as if to continue Azrael’s
As she finished, she threw two characters over to Azrael.
“When characters combine they become ^Word Spirits] .”
Azrael raised her hand as an example, and the two letters -
r 3 (ko) J and T % (ta) J , began spinning around on her
wrist, and she said:
“After you touch the rWord Spirits] , their meanings will
become reality - no matter whether it ’ s a concept or an
object, you can even shift their states at will.”
In the instant that she said that, Sora and Shiro - saw the
Azrael combined the two characters in her hand - and then -
Nyaaaaaahhhhhh what is this, it’s disgusting aaaahhhhhh!
A gigantic - r OctopusTa • koj materialized and its
tentacles wrapped around -
The future Sora and Shiro saw became reality, meanwhile
Azrael rolled around on the floor while yelling.
“Ah, Senpai you really are something, what with combining
characters of a language you don’t know to entertain us.”
Jibril laughed coldly beside her, while Azrael probably
genuinely felt disgusted.
In an instant - with a huge boom, the space about them
exploded and the squid disappeared along with the characters.
“J-just like that, nyan?”
Sora and Shiro looked at her speechlessly with their eyes half
open, while Azrael pretended as if nothing had happened.
“You can turn the meanings of the words into reality-nyan, no
matter whether it’s a thing, a phenomenon or a concept, it will
appear just the same-nyan.”
“Also, since Senpai didn’ t know what the words I passed
her meant, what materialized was my impression of the words
that I passed to her. In the actual game, the ones that can use
the TWord Spirits] are the Masters alone P ”
She replied cheerily and nonchalantly, confessing that she had
played a prank on Azrael.
However Azrael didn’t seem to mind either, and she coughed
“But - once the words are used once they will disappear, so I
suggest that you use them carefully-nyan!”
“The explanation’s over, do the Masters have any questions?”
“A lot - such as how we run away, if you don’t know this by
now I’ll tell you. Humans can’t fly.”
“• • I apologize, Masters, I was originally going to help out -
but I cannot participate in this time’s game.”
Her two Masters appeared surprised, while Azrael laughed and
said to them:
“If you wish to borrow Jii-chan’ s strength it won’ t be
considered as a competition-nyan, since no one will be able to
catch you. It was already very generous on our part to allow
you to use the r Word Spirits] , so -
Azrael giggled and...
“The Dhampir hiding over there, please lend them your
• • - She looked over to the side.
- Just like that.
Plum was dragged out into plain sight as her invisibility spell
was crushed like glass.
“•••Eh? E-eh-!? W-why was I noticed!?”
“• • - You really are something - your presence was erased to a
- Even Sora and Shiro had forgotten her existence, and Jibril
Azrael stood beside Jibril and asked Plum:
“Hey, even if you’re a useless species that can’t even be
compared to a mosquito, if you put your back into it, there
shouldn’t be a problem in creating a spell that gives the user
- Azrael asked her question in a disrespectful tone even more
prideful than a god’s.
On the other hand, Plum replied boldly despite trembling in
fear of death.
“E-eh— i-if you want me to let them fly at a speed of a
Fliigel that would be impossible... The force of the shock
would disintegrate not just them, but me as well, also my
power is running out
Azrael continued to smile.
“If you’re tired you can just extract body fluids from those
“I will dedicate myself to create wings for you two!”
Plum’s attitude changed faster than the speed of sound, and she
bowed respectfully at the both of them, however -
“No, wait a minute, why do we have to agree to this —“
• • - As Sora was about to say that, he stopped at Jibril’s gaze.
- Please don’t be disappointed, and please believe -
He saw the girl that had told him that sincerely with an
expectant yet disappointed gaze.
And, as he shifted his gaze, he saw the empty girl who was like
an uninhabited shell, who was smiling but looked like a dead
“Kill and plunder for the things that you desire, for that is
tantamount to the decree of heaven - that’ s the kind of
rGameJ it is-nyan?”
The uneasy gaze with a soul residing within it, and an empty
What Sora saw there was - a scene exactly the same as earlier
- Game, this word made Sora and Shiro’s eyes light up, and
their brains cooled down at extreme speeds.
Rules, victory conditions, and AzraeTs intentions, all those
things swirled about and combined themselves at furious
speeds within their heads.
Shiro who was doing the exact same thing appeared noticeably
uneasy, however Sora nodded his head at her, and told her -1
It was a noticeably different rGameJ than they had taken
part in previously.
The game would have to end before it began.
Kuuhaku _ J followed this golden rule, however this game
It was a game challenged by the opposition, a game that they
had not taken into account for, which meant that it was a game
where the opponent had the upper hand.
It was also a game with undisclosed conditions that were
hidden in the Fliigel language.
It was also a game with rules intentionally prepared to be
disadvantageous towards them.
This game was too dangerous, too suspicious, they didn’t have
enough information, so they shouldn’t be agreeing to it at all.
“•••Masters...please, please believe me.”
Within her wavering gaze there lay a preparation to even
But - it was also a gaze that completely believed that Sora and
Shiro would win, and it was with that in mind that Jibril had
prepared the game.
Let me confirm the conditions.”
Sora glanced over at Jibril, and asked with his mind completely
And Shiro who was looking up at him uneasily since earlier,
upon seeing Sora so decisive, decided to follow along with his
The uneasiness in her eyes vanished, and she merely
concentrated in order to sharpen her thinking.
Just like that, Sora and Shiro ignored Jibril who closed her eyes
in a gesture of gratitude beside them.
The two began deducing all the things they needed to take into
consideration - their brains spun about violently, pondering
this game which they had not anticipated earlier, even
anticipating things that they wouldn’t be able to anticipate
First, Shiro and I will have to hold hands throughout the
entire game, and this is a definitive condition.”
“• • -Let Plum make.. .wings.”
“Yes, Shiro and I will each have one side of a pair of wings
that will move according to our thoughts, this is a definitive
• -Plum...you can do it...you have to do it.”
Shiro’s sentence turned from a question to an order, and Plum
replied with her head drooped low in sadness.
“Eh, that...? T-that will be an extremely complex spell, if
possible I don’t
“I don’t care what the shape is like, but over the course of that
period I will permit you to lick off my sweat.”
“Leave it to me!! I will show you the true power of the
Dhampirs - hah!!”
She replied with a completely unnecessary burst of energy.
In an instant Plum’s wings turned blood-red, and complex
patterns appeared within her eyes.
Plum began conjuring a particularly complicated spell, and
changed her appearance into -
The scarf billowed in the wind gently, and landed on Sora and
Sora and Shiro were connected to each other like two people
under a single long scarf.
“P-phew.. .1-1 disguised my existence on the physical
plane...!! A-at this rate.. .t-the two ends of the scarf.. .should
have the capabilities of a pair of wings -!!”
Just as the first time she had met Sora, she did the same thing
to their luggage as well, and Plum transformed herself into a
In that atmosphere where even the Fliigel expressed their
admiration, Sora could almost see Plum puffing out her flat
chest in pride.
- Although she was panting heavily.
The scarf connecting Sora and Shiro’s necks spread out at its
It drew a pattern in the air of blood trickling, and wove itself
into wings. Sora nodded...
And asked the remaining question:
After which... transform Avant Heim into a place where
Shiro, Plum and I can move about freely without restriction.
Also, even though we have wings, we don’t know how to use
them, so I request that after we leave - the game will only start
five minutes after.. .do you have any problems with that?
“ • • - Mm, no problem.”
- At this time all of them took a deep breath, and it wasn’t
because the two of them had experienced such a drastic change
Instead it was because he had only requested live minutes of
“There’s no problem right?”
Jibril turned around and asked Azrael and the Fliigel crowds
Using a never before used power, with a measly forty-four
characters as weapons, the Imanity would have to avoid the
onslaught of a hundred Fliigel.
If they could do it - all of them swallowed their saliva at once.
• -Mm, there’s no problem-nyan, although I feel it’s a bit too
Azrael spoke, appearing to be the only one that hadn’t grasped
Her fingertips shifted gently - after which a giant explosion
“-I’ve already turned Avant-kun (Avant Heim) into a place
befitting of your conditions - so now we can begin right?”
Azrael dismissed rewriting the appearance of another world
entirely as though it were as easy as drawing a sketch.
She snapped her fingers once more, and the walls began
shifting silently - and a gigantic hole appeared.
• • -From the hole in the wall, the entire city of Avant Heim
could be seen.
Maybe because Azrael had shifted the position of the sun, or
simply because some time had passed, it was night-time
There was no sunlight, which made it an optimal environment
They stuck their heads out of the gap to examine the conditions
outside - Sora and Shiro grasped each other’s hands tightly.
The scarf on their necks that was being blown about in the
wind - they could sense that Plum was resisting the urge to say
They couldn’t see anything done below.
However they felt a sensation as if their bodies were going to
be swept away in the wind, which meant that it was at
extremely high altitudes.
“So - now let’s begin the game with the two Master against
all the Fliigel present.”
Behind Sora and Shiro, Jibril announced respectfully.
And behind her there were the gazes of almost a hundred
Despite this - once they were to enter the game, those gazes
wouldn’t be able to affect Sora and Shiro’s thoughts any
“This is the map of this version of Avant Heim.”
Shiro took one look at the map that was flapping about in the
wind and nodded.
While Jibril took a step back and bowed deeply.
“ • • - Masters, thank you.”
“To be honest I’m not confident at all, but... we believe in
you, so you better not let us down!”
“• • It’s natural.. .to care about family.”
Jibril and Sora and Shiro were engaged in a conversation only
the three of them could understand -
- TAschenteJ -!!”
As Jibril and everyone else raised their hands and yelled this
Sora and Shiro leaped out of the hole in the wall.
In an instant, gravity took hold of the both of them, which was
a force no human body could resist.
Along with the strong winds outside, the two slowly -
descended at an increasing speed.
They couldn’t see what was beneath them, but whatever it was
there could only be one outcome - death.
When faced with this they were impossibly not uneasy nor
scared - why? Sora couldn’t help but smile bitterly.
Hearing his sister calling out for him, Sora looked to the side,
only to see that the other side of the scarf - had a single wing
growing out of it.
Sora confirmed that there was another similar wing on his back
through Shiro’s gaze.
-Yes - Sora smiled, they couldn’t possibly feel uneasiness nor
They grasped each other’s hands, and flapped their wings
together as one.
With a force even more powerful than an eagle’s - they broke
the shackles of gravity.
Chapter 2: Fail
At the same time - within the capital of Elkia, inside the late
• -Kou.. .Steph-kou, I’m hungry, des.”
Steph slowly regained consciousness as she was being
violently shook by someone.
She who was originally slumped onto a table and drooling
suddenly stood up and frantically surveyed her surroundings.
Eh!? Huh? Strange, when did I fall asleep!?”
“You fell face-first onto the table immediately after you
finished eating, des. I thought you were dead, des.”
-So she apparently had eaten her meal and filled her stomach
then- rFaintedJ .
“W-what time is it now...?”
Steph folded up the coat - that was apparently placed there by
Izuna - on her back, and asked sleepily.
After which she heard a cute rumbling sound.
Izuna placed a hand on her stomach, then looked up at Steph
and said sincerely:
“About six hours after you ate, des.”
• • - What a cute clock.”
The last time they ate was about two-o-clock at night - which
meant it was morning now?
There were no windows in the library so the sun couldn’t get
in, but by then the streets were probably beginning to fill up
“Steph-kou, Steph-kou, let’s eat, des.”
Izuna dragged one of Steph’s sleeves and requested for food,
while Steph replied:
“Ah.. .you’re right.. .so I’ll make breakfast then.. .huh?”
Suddenly Steph spotted a huge pile of books next to where
Izuna was sitting.
“Izuna, what is that?”
“• • •? Aren’t they books, des.”
“No, that’s not what I meant - why are they there?”
-Obviously because I read them, des.”
“- Huh? I thought Izuna can’t read the Imanity language...!?”
“I said that I would learn it, des. So I learnt it, des.”
It can’t be - Steph’s eyes widened.
Steph had passed her a book containing games comparing the
Werebeast and Imanity languages - a textbook for the
Relying on that book alone, she learnt the Imanity language
while she herself was sleeping, and even read such a large
amount of books -?
- She was terrible at anything other than games, so conversely,
as long as it’s a game -
Upon realizing that she not only had learnt the language in
such a short span of time, but also that she had read even more
books than she did, Steph’s hairs couldn’t help but stiffen in
“•••No wonder she’s always so close to Sora and Shiro.”
Sora and Shiro had made her forget this fact, and now Steph
Hatsuse Izuna, this child, this Werebeast girl that was even
younger than Shiro.
- She competed against Kuuhaku T j ; and even lost only by a
tiny bit, so her skills were definitely the real thing.
“• • - Izuna, when was the last time you slept?”
“• • -Huh? .. .1-1 ate five meals, so... hmm~... des?”
Izuna started counting with her fingers, then suddenly appeared
Black heavy eyebags were gathering underneath her eyes,
which meant that she hadn’t slept for quite a period of time.
- Upon closer thought, that was reasonable.
Even if it was the rReal thing] , it couldn’ t just come
Izuna had struggled without sleeping to - learn the Imanity
language, and she had read this many books as well.
- Sorry, Izuna, I’m the only one who slept.”
“Steph-kou, it’s fine, des. A piece of trash is a piece of trash
after all, if it wants to sleep it sleeps, des.”
Steph smiled at Izuna’s overexerting manner.
She had found a sliver of hope amongst this never-ending
assignment and Steph patted her own cheeks to wake herself
Anyway, she had to prepare a meal, and then - just as she was
exiting the library -
“• • •? Izuna, in what order are you reading these books?”
She realized the books on the floor were probably selected for
some reason or other.
“I selected the ones that have a nice smell, des.”
- Izuna said this incomprehensible statement with a matter-of-
fact expression on her face.
Suddenly, Steph became interested in the titles of the books on
the floor, so she held one up for a look.
Because they were - books related to where Sora and Shiro
rThe Fliigel, the weapons of a dead Master] • • • why are
you reading this?”
Steph recited the words written in the writing of her
grandfather - the late king.
Izuna sniffed it and replied:
“There’s the smell of Sora and Shiro on it, des. They read it
about a month ago, des.”
“Those two read this...?”
- On the beach after their return from Oceande.
Sora announced that he would proceed to Avant Heim and
acquire three races.
As for the methods he would use - as usual - Steph never
heard him mention them. She flipped open the book.
A month ago - which means, they read it before they attacked
the Eastern Federation -
Steph read the contents of the book that were, as for all the
other in the books in this room, written by her grandfather.
r The Fliigel - in the ancient great war, they were a god¬
killing species created by the [God of War Artosh] -J
r The Fliigel - they don’ t gather knowledge due to their own
Those were records gathered by her grandfather - the late king
from his observations of the Fliigel.
Which means, they were observations of Jibril, at least they
should be... but...
rThose are actions for them to survive - no, for them to not
In Steph’s mind’s eye, that hard to understand person appeared.
rLiving weapons of a deceased Master- • • They are just empty
walking slabs of meat.]
She recalled that person with the smile that seemed to hide her
emotions, the person that would do anything for her curiosity
and her Masters, the person that could be gung-ho at times.
rThe reason why they ’ re living, no, what is the evidence to
deduce as to why they’ re still alive?]
The Jibril in her grandfather’s observations was completely
different from the Jibril she knew.
This apprehension caused Steph to stop unconsciously merely
after reading a few pages, and she slipped into deep thought.
• • -Sora and Shiro had proceeded to Avant Heim after reading
What were those two thinking -
“Steph-kou, now’s probably not the time to be reading that,
“Huh? Ah, right, yes.”
What was important wasn’t the Fliigel, but information
regarding the Seirenes - Steph rallied herself.
At this time, the grumbling noise started again.
“We should eat now, des.”
Izuna spoke with a fire burning in her eyes.
Steph smiled bitterly, and as she placed the book back on the
shelf- possibly due to overwork, she felt dizzy.
The books began to fall off from the shelf she had placed them
The books they had read and the ones they haven’t would be
mixed together - as she was about to collapse and begin crying
- A gust of wind blew past her.
That was the limit of what she could detect, as it was a speed
that Steph couldn’t react to.
Izuna sped from the door in an instant to the corner of the
room, and in her mouth - was a single book.
“•••? What is this, des?”
• I-Isn’t that my question? What’s up with you.”
Ignoring Steph who was widening her eyes in surprise, Izuna
curiously sniffed the book in her mouth.
“This is the smell offish, des...? No, des...ah!”
She uninterestedly threw away the book and said:
“This book smells of Seiren, des. I can’t eat this, des.”
- In an instant, a lamp turned on within Steph’s muddled brain.
Regarding the order of the books she read earlier, Izuna said
she read them according to how nice they smelled.
Why did she select the books Sora and Shiro had read - no, the
real question was -
“W-why does my Grandpa’s books smell of Seiren?”
“Who knows, des. Maybe a Seiren touched it, or maybe
someone who touched a Seiren touched this book as well, des.”
Izuna spoke with her head tilted slightly.
“Is it Sora or Shiro... or us!?”
“• • •? No, des. All the books here smell like an old man, des.”
It wasn’t Steph’s smell, nor was it Sora and Shiro’s smell.
Speaking of which, since Sora and the others went to Oceande,
they shouldn’t have been here - so -!?
“D-do you know when this person touched the books?”
Steph asked while leaning forward, while Izuna began counting
on her fingers once more with difficulty and replied:
“Not enough fingers, des.”
- However that was enough to conclude that that smell was
from more than ten years ago.
• -W-wait a moment, how can you tell?”
“Doesn’t Steph-kou know, des? There’s a smell left behind,
Who would know that sort of weird thing, although she yelled
this to herself, but - the riddle was solved.
The reason why Sora wanted Izuna to help, and the reason why
she chose the books Sora and Shiro had read, and - all this
proved that ten years ago her grandfather came into contact
with the Seirenes!
Now all that was left was -!
“Can you find the books written after that?”
Izuna sniffed about then tilted her head and said:
“ • • - The smell is weak, des. But if I try extra hard... I can
probably do it, des.”
- The world was filled with light.
If so, their search range would be narrowed significantly!
“Really now- if you had that sort of convenient ability you
should have used it earlier-aaaah but thank you-aaaaaahhhh
finally found the exit from hell —“
Steph hugged Izuna in a sudden burst of emotion and began
petting her non-stop, however Izuna jumped back all of a
Her hair stood up as if she was going to bite at any time, and
she hissed at Steph.
“Eh? U-um.. .s-sorry, did I do something wrong?”
“•••Steph-kou, your petting skills are horrible, des!”
Steph surveyed her surroundings in panic as she noticed that
Izuna was still on full alert.
What she saw was -
“Ah, r-right, t-this is for you, can you please forgive me?”
What is that, des?”
“i-it’s a biscuit I made for myself, h-here.”
Steph ate one to prove to her that they were safe to eat - and
then she nervously passed some to her.
Izuna sniffed the biscuits she passed her.
• -Not bad, des. But I want to eat rice, des. And fish, des.”
- She took a biscuit in her mouth, and her mood instantly
Izuna shook her bushy tail like a hamster and began gnawing
on the biscuit.
“Ah, s-so I’ll go make food! Grilled fish, steamed fish,
sashimi... which would you
Izuna began drooling with a longing expression on her face,
and Steph -
“-Fine then! I have a reliable companion now anyway, so I’ll
do my best to prepare all the fish dishes I know how to!! In the
meantime, could you please search for all the books my
grandfather wrote around that period!?”
Izuna stood up after answering energetically.
Finally, she saw the exit! As Steph was about to exit the
library, behind her -
She heard an explosion.
- The reason why Steph knew it was the sound of Izuna
breaking the sound barrier was because -
It was because her heart uttered a low roar, and began beating
so fast that it seemed it would burst from her body. She held
almost ten books in her hands, and her shoulders rose and fell
along with her breathing - Izuna who was dyed completely
blood-red from using TBlood Devastation] , reported her
Hah, hah -1 found all of them, des -! Is the fish not
prepared yet? Des!”
• • Tf she tried really hard.. .she could probably do it.
Izuna did try really hard as she had announced earlier.
- She had tried hard enough to challenge the laws of physics,
and she had used her physical abilities to overcome those very
She saw Izuna with her blood vessels bulging, with her mouth
drooling and her eyes having the gaze of a predator looking at
its prey -
“• • -C-could you please help me go out and get groceries?”
Steph chose rDelaying tactics] ■ • ■
- On top of Avant Heim that was engulfed in the night sky.
Only the faint glows emitted from the cubes and the moonlight
itself lit up the scenery of countless cubes scattered about.
Sora and others flew about shakily and clumsily in that scenery
itself- no, they floated.
“U-um.. .can we really win...?”
“Please don’t talk to me right now, you’ll mess up my
“•••Nii...like this...a bit more...”
They looked as if they would fall and crash at a single mistake,
appearing extremely dangerous.
Plum who was connecting the two as their wings mumbled to
herself upon seeing their antics:
“T-the opponent are the Fliigel! Even if you borrow my
power, um, both of you have never flew before.. .it’s
impossible to contest against the Fliigel in speed...”
Sora’s tone remained relaxed even despite struggling to control
“Relax, it’s definitely an advantage to be able to run away fast
in a game of red light, green light - but it won’t guarantee you
“That’s true.. .but even if so...”
Plum in scarf form sighed upon looking at them.
- The Fliigel, even disregarding their ability to teleport, their
existence itself was already defying all laws of physics.
Although Plum had never seen any of them flying at full speed,
she could easily imagine it from their physical ability.
If they used their full strength - don’t even mention the speed
of sound, they might even be able to travel faster than that.
Even though red light, green light wasn’t a contest of speed, it
would be impossible for a turtle to race against a horse anyway.
No matter what, with their crass flying skills -
To achieve victory - wouldn’t be -?
“ • • - Huh? S-strange?”
As Plum thought to herself, she felt a sudden sense of
Sora and Shiro’s posture as they flapped their wings had
stabilized and she hadn’t noticed.
Their speed began increasing slowly, and the scarf - the winds
attacking Plum became stronger.
“ • • -Urn, why did you want me to allow each one of you to
control one wing?”
Plum asked them this as she suddenly remembered.
The siblings had in an instant slowly changed the wings she
had woven for them to their own wings.
They looked at each other and smiled.
“Of course - because if we didn’t do so, our victory wouldn’t
Conversely, if they were to do it they would definitely win, and
they both said this while holding each other’s hands.
- As long as our hands are holding onto each other.
- We won’t lose to anyone.
Empty-shelled weapons - merely objects - merely puppets -
They were originally tools created by their master to
But it has been over six thousand years since they lost their
master - why does the Fliigel race continue to exist?
In order to search for that rAnswer] , they had roamed about
with Avant Heim for an extremely long period of time until
And - Jibril who had left alone herself but had returned just as
suddenly - seemed to have changed visibly.
It was just as if- • - yes - it was as if she had found the
Azrael used her hands to cup her cheeks and looked up at the
In concurrence with Sora’s conditions, on the balcony earlier -
the hundred Fliigel that had been waiting there for five minutes
were looking in the same direction as well.
The images that appeared in the night sky - Sora and Shiro’s
“• • • Jii-chan, the final order that Artosh-sama ever gave me -
if there ’ s anyone who can find the _ Answer] , I believe it
can only be the rFinal Unit] Jii-chan, nyan.”
- She had a reason for that.
However that wasn’t the real question, and Azrael continued
with that very question in mind.
“If Jii-chan’ s ^Answer] was implanted in your head
through the Pledges by the Imanity -
- They had discussed the matter in their native Fliigel language
so as to not allow Sora and Shiro to know what was going on.
As though attempting to warn her again, Azrael smiled a smile
so fake that it made it look like she was wearing a mask, and
she said to Jibril:
“I will use my rSpecial Right] - you do know what this
“Yes, but -! Only stupid people ask questions to which they
already know the answers! Senpai.”
Upon hearing these words, the Fliigel that were looking up into
the night sky suddenly tensed up, making the atmosphere much
heavier in an instant.
- The rRepresentative of the Winged] - the head of the
rCouncil of Eighteen Wings] , Azrael -
The only special right Azrael possessed for not being the full
representative of the Fliigel was...
It was something that was agreed over six thousand years ago
with an unanimous decision from everyone.
rThe right to order all the Fliigel to commit suicidej ...is
there something wrong?”
Azrael’s gaze sharpened instantly at Jibril’s dismissive tone.
“It was a right originally created by Azrael-senpai while we
were still discovering our purpose to continue living after our
master was killed in order to prevent us from committing
suicide, so if you think that we have no reason to continue to
exist - please feel free.”
At this point the emotion that swept through the crowd was not
fear - the Fliigel did not fear death in the first place.
They were a race created as weapons, so to them death would
even be considered an honour.
Despite this, the reasons why the participants felt tense was
because they were r Anticipating] .
-For something to start, or possibly for something to end.
That was the only difference, but -
Everyone only felt anticipation at that sort of prediction.
“—It’s good that you know-nyan...”
While the only one present that didn’t seem to understand what
had happened was Azrael.
Jibril looked at her somewhat disappointedly upon realizing so.
- Her gaze slowly corroded Azrael.
“ Azrael-senpai, you of all people should know, we - the
Fliigel have a very basic misunderstanding.”
- Sora and the others didn’t know.
But it was because Jibril had met them - after which she had
Before losing to Sora and the others, Jibril - even if she was
the type to act immediately after something went amiss, she
was pretty much the same as Azrael.
Turning the unknown into known - that was the only thing that
was meaningful to her.
She had to reverse the unknown, and there was no ulterior
motive behind it, all she meant was - it was an rEnemyJ she
had to exterminate.
Jibril was probably hungrier for combat than any other unit
against that r EnemyJ .
- However, her views changed on the very day she lost to Sora
“The knowledge that we spent thousands, tens of thousands of
years gathering was completely obliterated by the Masters who
have barely walked ten years upon this earth, and the meaning
behind this, the very significance of it - Senpai, you just don’t
Her face was filled with a passion that Azrael had never seen
According to her memory, she had never seen Jibril do that, not
even to Artosh.
“It’s a perplexing feeling, even more intense than the passion
of eliminating the unknown. It’s a way of life, continuously
reversing into unknowns that led me to follow my Masters by
my own will - it’s completely unrelated to the pledges.”
Azrael remained speechless at fibril’s words.
Because to be honest, she had no idea what they meant.
Turning the known to unknown? - Wouldn’t that sort of thing
cause a person to feel horrified?
Maybe because they were moved by fibril’s words...
Upon hearing her brief speech, the hundred Fliigel that couldn’t
wait to get moving had a tint of excitement in their eyes - and
their wings trembled.
- Azrael couldn’t understand why that was, and she once again
cupped her cheeks with her hands.
At least that wasn ’ tthe rAnswer] .
She looked up into the empty skies just like that - at the
clumsily flying pair.
“I know Azrael-senpai cares more than anyone about the
future of the Fliigel, but
She glanced to the side, only to see Jibril with an expression of
utmost determination on her face, and she spoke in an almost
“The answer you’re seeking for isn’t where you think it is.”
“Hnnnnnnnnggg-. hnnnnnnnnnnnnngggg —.... I-I’m at
my limit.. .too tiring, I wanna give up...”
“Hey, it’s not even been three minutes! Even Ultr*man[l] is
tougher than you, you know!?”
Plum (scarf form) was complaining since almost the very
beginning, while Sora provided her with words of
“I’m different from those Fliigel monsters! Overcoming the
force of gravity and your weights combined is harder than both
of you can imagine!! I even have to lend you my wings as well
- please spare me
“If you’re gonna talk about sweat, I’ve sweated a lot already,
so you can lick it off for all I care!”
“For you two, how could I possible give up! - Right, let’s
“You’ve completely ruined the atmosphere!!”
The sensation of his neck being licked sent an unpleasant tingle
down his spine.
The scarf that Plum was disguising as ...
It was a disguise on her rPhysical appearance] , in order to
give others the impression that she was connecting Sora and
Shiro in the form of a scarf.
The two ends of the scarf moved along with Sora and Shiro’s
wills, and they served the same purposes as a pair of wings.
“Hey, to us this looks like a scarf with wings, but what does it
actually look like?”
“Lick.. .ah, how blissful V - huh, what? Urn- I’m currently
hugging Sora-dono’s neck and licking it.. .and using my foot to
hook onto Shiro -dono’s neck.”
“Heh, isn’t this a perverted way to fly!”
“•••Nii, that joke was bad, you’re noisy...and it’s lame...”
“I was just saying, did you really have a need to go that
A streak of tears flashed past Avant Heim’s night sky.
However Plum rebutted impatiently:
“Let me make this clear, it’s the special right of the Elves to
cast multiple spells at once! A magic such as turning myself
into a flying scarf while allowing you both to fly at your own
will is extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeemely worthy of praise, OK!!”
Plum uttered this extreeeeeeeeeeeeeeemly long sentence.
“Also, this is more tiring than I expected.. .if my supply of
energy gets cut, I’ll probably die within a few seconds.”
• I’m surprised you’d agree with something this
“Huh? Because if I do this I can lick Sora-dono’s neck to my
heart’s content...slurp- delicious, delicious.”
“AHHHH! I’M TAKING THIS SCARF OFF RIGHT
As Sora was considering ignoring the consequences and
stripping off the scarf altogether -
“•••Nii, the time.”
Five minutes had passed - Sora’s gaze sharpened upon hearing
Which meant at this time, the Fliigel that had a late start would
begin attempting to catch them.
Right, Plum, our lives are in your hands now, so don’t you
go mnning out of energy halfway!”
“No problem. Our fates are tied, so if I do run out of energy
halfway we’ll just die together at most.”
“We don’t need to think about that!! Let’s go already!”
As he said this, Sora and Shiro immediately began flapping
their wings mightily and simultaneously - dropping their
altitude at once.
“ Ky aaaaahhhhhhhhhh! ”
They accelerated in that instant so quickly that even Plum had
to cry out.
The speed of their descent and the power of the wings caused
them to accelerate endless, and the strong winds rushed to meet
As they were about to hit the ground - the back of Avant Heim,
they began flying laterally.
(They’re attempting to shake off our pursuers with the
momentum from our descent.. .probably.)
Plum didn’t say anything but merely thought to herself, after
which she grumbled: But -
A presence came up from behind, as the Fliigel that had just
left were already catching up to them.
Sora and Shiro really had completely mastered control over
their wings with an astounding speed.
But - no matter how they were to commandeer the wings
woven by Plum, they would still be unable to overcome the
laws of physics.
It was already a blessing that they could reach two hundred
kilometres per hour, however the Fliigel on the other hand were
an existence that simply threw the laws of physics out of the
(A-at this rate they’ll catch up to us in no time aaaahhhh what
do we do now!?)
Plum began yelling to herself, however Sora and Shiro merely
turned around to look calmly -
“Four of them, no formation.”
“•••Letters, one, three...”
“ • - -One bottom of the wing T ~j- (na) J • • - three left side of
stomach (a) J .”
“- Shiro three, let’s move!”
- They had a brief conversation which Plum completely
couldn’t understand, as they had completed their discussion
within a minute -
Huh? As Plum let out this curious expression, Sora and Shiro
had already veered their courses slightly.
- In an instant.
“Hehe- I’ll be the first-!”
“I’ll take that!”
As they expected, the five minutes of waiting time had meant
nothing to them, as two Fliigel were already approaching.
Their hands closed in on Sora and Shiro - but missed.
“” - Huh!?””
The two that were unable to catch Sora and Shiro couldn’t
seem to comprehend how they managed to vanish from their
eyes in an instant, causing them to utter a confused
exclamation. At that time -
- Behind them.
On the bottom of the wing and the left side of the stomach
respectively - the characters inscribed there were touched, and
both of them let out a gentle moan.
The other two behind them were slightly late and ended up
losing their quarry, and they began surveying their
That was no surprise, as by then Sora and Shiro were already
flying towards the connected cubes in a spiral pattern.
They darted and wove through the cracks - through the streets
of Avant Heim - towards the connected cubes.
The two rCharacters] were already on their respective
• - Huh? Just now.. .what was that!?”
It happened in such a short instance that even Plum who was
wrapped around their necks couldn’t comprehend what had
On the other side of the disguising magic, Plum widened her
eyes in surprise, and Sora said to her:
“Barrel roll - isn’t this one of the basic techniques to avoid a
flying unit that is faster than you and is flying in a straight
- As Sora and Shiro noticed that they had company, they drew
them in as close as possible then slightly veered their course, in
order that among the four of them - the two inscribed with
characters would take the lead, and they merely had to turn
And in the instant as they were about to be caught, they spread
their wings, and merely - rolled over in a diagonal fashion.
So, with their general direction remaining the same, Sora and
Shiro decelerated as they spun spirals in the air. On the other
hand, the Fliigel thought that Sora and Shiro had simply
disappeared as they were too fast - simply speaking, they
merely r OvershotJ .
They were still unused to their wings, and they would never be
able to reach the speeds of that of a FliigeTs no matter how
hard they tried, so -
“Since we can’t control our wings we just have to stop in our
tracks, and for the Fliigel who completely ignore aerodynamic
studies at the like - they are merely fighter planes flying along
a fixed path...”
“ • • - Even if they know.. .they never bothered about it...”
Both of them smiled mischievously, and on their hands were
exactly what Shiro had declared earlier - the characters T
(na) J and T (a) J were swirling about there.
Plum was speechless, having just realized what had happened.
“ • • -Don’t tell me - you memorized the positions of all the
Sora smiled bitterly and replied:
“Plum, are you underestimating my glorious sister?”
This sentence alone made even one such as Plum feel
pressured, and she shut her mouth.
“Anyway.. .Shiro, the words we really need.. .you should
know them right?”
“So we need to get hold of those people, also our opponents
aren’t exactly dimwits, so our aerial strategy won’t work all the
• - Mm, understood...”
- Get hold of. Those two declared that naturally as if it was
bound to happen, causing Plum to widen her eyes in shock.
They were clearly playing a game of red light, green light
against the Fliigel, however they themselves acted as if they
were the pursuers.
Sora and Shiro flew about in the city of Avant Heim just like
rPassing through cracks J .
- On the floor where only two people remained after the rest of
the Fliigel had left.
Jibril and Azrael stood together and watched the events
unfolding in the air before them.
The feelings within Jibril’ s chest - turned into rShock]
Shiro had memorized all the characters and the people who
possessed them, and even where they were.
That was why they could pull off the avoid and recover
maneuver so flawlessly earlier - however, what shocked her
even more was that they knew the city like the back of their
hands, as they were flying about as if it was their own
backyard. Jibril couldn’t hide her shock at her two Masters.
The city of Avant Heim with countless cubes stacked up in
complex formations was lit up extremely dimly under the
moonlight in the surrounding darkness, however they could
still duck and weave throughout the spaces between the cubes
like skilled weavers passing threads through needles.
They were still lacking in speed, however in this case if their
pursuers were to go too fast they would lose them instead.
The narrow, dark alleyways and cracks that were formed
between the cubes -
Even the cracks that could barely fit a single person through
were easily overcome by the flying two, so if their pursuers
were to go too fast - if they were to let down their guard they
would crash into the cubes, leaving them a clear escape route.
(.. .They’re really something.. .but if so -)
There was one part she couldn’t explain, and Jibril began
Jibril couldn’t deny the fact that the Fliigel as a race - did have
the tendency to achieve victory through brute force.
But despite this, they could still rCoordinate] . If they
couldn’ t, they wouldn’ t deserve the right to be called
Even if they dkhT thave rSpeed] , they would switch to a
r Surrounding] strategy - and -
“Huh!? Huh, why-!?”
A Fliigel female uttered a lamenting cry, as they were all
standing guard by the crack Sora and the others flew into
which had only one exit - however both of them flew out
through a way they hadn’t expected.
Sora and Shiro avoided their grasp easily.
They had only caught an extremely short glimpse of the map,
and they had gotten such a deep understanding of the entire
city (Avant Heim) within that period of time?
- Impossible. If it was one of the Masters - Shiro, there was a
possibility that she could memorize the map within seconds.
However the city was built from various, countless complexly
stacked cubes of different structures and heights, so it would be
impossible to truly master the alleyways and shortcuts of the
city with the map alone, if so how did they do it -
Just like that, even Jibril who was observing them for the
longest time finally realized that she suspected her own
explanation more than anyone else.
(Huh? Y-you’re joking right?)
Sora and Shiro’s tightly interlocked hands - Plum saw that
their fingers were moving about intricately.
Plum was resisting the urge to moan pitifully as hard as she
could since earlier, and as for her theory behind how those two
could duck and weave between all those narrow caves and
alleyways - it could even be called fallacy - and this fact made
Plum so shocked she was unable to say a word.
Which meant, possibly, probably, although somewhat
unbelievable - it could be the case.
Shiro would fly along the streets according to her memory, and
confirm the average size of the cubes.
After which she would calculate mentally to decipher the order
of the patterns of the stacked cubes, then find the small
passageways created due to those height differences.
And she transmitted that information to Sora not through
words, but instead through hand signals.
While Sora would reply with ways to shake off, trick, bait, and
deceive their pursuers.
- What other response could Plum have other than remaining
To Plum, no, possibly to anyone, that would be beyond
Communicating using finger movements, but it wasn’ t
information on a mere level of rMove herej or rGo
there J .
From the touch of their hands, they could decipher each other’s
intentions, as these two Imanity that had a wing each flapped
their wings in the air and moved seamlessly, without any form
of hesitation, as though their clutched hands were a combined
part of their reflexes.
There was no doubt about it that they still weren’t completely
used to the procedure.
Their flying still carried a slight hint of jerkiness - and because
Plum was even more surprised at this unbelievable sight.
Holding each other’s hands - the two formed a pair of wings.
When a wing on one side were to master the wing woven by
Plum more efficiently and overcome the forces of gravity.
The other wing would simply master the other half s
movements and play along just before being thrown off.
Throughout the span of each flap, they learnt from each other
and passed down their knowledge between them as well,
without any mistakes nor hiccups.
- They were endlessly improving at a stunning speed.
Upon seeing this, Plum sensed a chill rolling down her spine,
those two - were more than she imagined -
- At this time, the previously silent two spoke.
“Left four, four pull.”
“•••Left if (sa) t (to) (o) A (su), right yb (ka) w 7 (ma)
A (nu) A (ku) missing one.”
“Return, top, twelve?”
“• • - Character five, complete.. .but dangerous.”
Both of them conversed in a code-like manner, however Sora
finally replied cheerfully in a normal fashion.
“Even if it’s dangerous we still have to do it -! Let’s begin our
“• • -Understood! Shiro left Nii right, left shoulder right wing
left hip left arm!”
Immediately as she finished -
They spun about a breakneck speeds as if their wings - which
meant Plum - had split into two, and they flew into a narrow
“-! We’ve finally got them cornered!”
“Pincer attack, this is my time to shine!!”
Sora and Shiro accidentally - according to Plum’s point of
view - stumbled into a wide road.
What awaited them was four Fliigel on their left and right
respectively - and as they had said, it was a perfect pincer
However Plum suddenly remembered what they had said
- r Left right four, four pullj • • - Draw them out - then attack?
The Fliigel which were a total amount of eight were closing in
at an extremely rapid pace, but - if so -
“Let’s move, Shiro!!”
- Who exactly were the ones driven into a comer -
Sora and Shiro clapped their open palms together, forming a
TWord Spirit] .
The characters that were originally on their respective hands
combined - and emitted light.
Facing the onslaught of the eight Fliigel, the two - yelled with
their palms facing opposite directions:
- rpiole ana) J !” ”
- In an instant.
The eight Fliigel that were charging towards Sora and Shiro -
Passed through them, and them appeared on opposite sides.
Leaving behind eight moans, Sora and Shiro once again flew
into the cracks between the cubes.
In a narrow passageway that could just about fit one person,
Sora flew horizontally and laughed.
“if (sa) c t (to) ir (o) A (su) - what do you think, Shiro, I
got all of them!”
“•••# (ka) (ma) % (nu) A(ku)- • -now we have eight-
The both of them confirmed the four glowing characters that
were spinning around on their respective palms in a matter-of-
- Plum asked them fearfully.
• -Urn, just now...what was that...”
“What else, it was a THoleJ , a ^ Word Spirit] that would
take effect on anyone it comes into contact with - which is the
rule of this game.”
-So-•-we opened a hole-•-in rReality] .”
Plum began recalling what had happened.
They had opened holes on their left and right using themselves
as the center, then connecting them together in order to avoid
Once they were to emerge from it they would of course be
facing Sora and others with their backs - and to return the
rCharacters] - however more important than that - • •
-Could it be, you’re only baiting the people that have
characters on them!?”
“Of course, but we haven’t got all the ones we want yet.”
Sora admitted nonchalantly, and he looked up in satisfaction
after looking at his wrist that had various letters strung up
around it like beads.
- Plum looked up along with him.
• • - After which four, five, eight - twelve Fliigel began darting at
them at an astonishing speed.
“Waaaah what are we going to do-aaaahhhhh!”
“Return, from the top, pull twelve - everything’s going
according to plan, don’t panic.”
“ • • -Nii, can you make it?”
Sora and Shiro flew at high speeds through a crack that could
just about fit one person.
Which meant, when they were to reach the next open space, the
amount of Fliigel that would be swarming them at once would
be - twelve.
While Sora smiled cockily
“Yep, no prob-lem-aaaaahahahhhhhhhhh!?”
Sora’s body lost its balance as his neck was being licked by
Plum all of a sudden.
They reached the open space - and in front of twelve oncoming
Fliigel, Sora had lost his balance, and because of that his center
of gravity -
As he was about to be thrown off, Shiro frantically flapped her
wing in an attempt to maintain their balance.
However Sora who almost crash-landed had no time to
properly capture the figures of the oncoming Fliigel.
- Sora immediately made a decision, as he had no time to get
back in position.
Sora stretched his hand out to Shiro - he trusted that Shiro
could understand his intentions, and passed his r Word
Spirits] to her.
Shiro grasped Sora’s hands, allowing the characters to move,
after which she let them go and threw them into the sky -
“- TNo entry ( b toosanu)] •••!”
- As she said this, the twelve approaching figures, just as they
were about to come into contact with Sora and Shiro, suddenly
Pitter-patter - no, it wasn’t such a gentle noise.
A huge, cannon-like explosion was heard, and the Fliigel all
violently slammed into an invisible wall.
But the problem was -!
Shiro looked over at Sora, and according to the plan - they
were supposed to spiral upwards rapidly.
- TNo entry] . She was forced to create a barrier with these
four words in order to prevent their enemies from passing
And in the instant when that would occur, they would only act
on the five that had characters inscribe on them, or at least that
was the plan -
- He made it, Shiro thought while appearing immensely
While he left the activation of the r Word Spirits] to Shiro,
he spent that time to regain his composure and turn to his
Sora even began sweating cold sweat, and he flapped his wing
while Shiro cooperated -!
As the twelve Fliigel slammed into the invisible wall and were
stopped in their tracks, the two passed through the Fliigel
“Dammit, Shiro - it’s up to you!”
Shiro didn’t manage to tell Sora which one of them had
characters on them.
Shiro stretched out her hand, and then -
Since it still wasn’t enough, she used her two legs - and even
her wing to gather up all the characters.
“Uggghhhhhh-don’t think about running —“
Shiro’s wing was nearly grabbed onto, however Sora flapped
his wing and shifted their centre of gravity.
They had avoided a death trap extremely narrowly, and the two
landed below the invisible wall - flapping their wings just as
they were about to hit the ground - then flew into another
narrow corridor.. .before they could say they were safe.
Sora’s shoulders convulsed violently as he breathed, and he
finally managed to regulate his breathing, just as Shiro was
about to ask about his condition -
“A-about that... are both of you alright?”
- The culprit that had brought this crisis upon them (Plum) did
it before her.
Sora bit onto the scarf and yelled with his voice muffled.
Plum-! Do you want us to die together!?”
“I-I-I-I-Tm sorry! It was because of that sudden spiral, my
mouth left Sora-dono’s presence - and I even previously said
that if I were to lose a source within a few seconds I would
die!! So of course if we’re going to die we might as well die
together, see you all in hell!!”
This fellow must have a huge amount of courage to say things
While Shiro managed her own violently breathing heart - and
spoke while looking the characters on her hand:
“•••Nib" y (so) V (wa) (ke) ^ (yu) 7 (ra)---we have
them-•• so now-”
“Yep, we’ve finally completed it.”
r 7 (ra) zl . (yu) (su) w 7 (ma) Y (ku) *7 (ke)
y (so) yb (ka) V (wa) J - the two chuckled upon
thinking of the r Word Spirits] those characters could create.
As they exchanged glances and nodded at each other - they
flapped their wings mightily.
The two who were darting through the cubes earlier, were now
- climbing up into the skies.
Ah, found it!”
“Hmm.. .are they changing their strategy again?”
They were spotted immediately. However their pursuers
reacted more vigilantly this time at Sora and Shiro’s
They didn’t travel in a straight line, and instead approached
their circuit in a circular formation as if to surround them.
-No one had probably thought of it.
Because Plum didn’t manage to predict it either.
In front of the Fliigel that surrounded them, the two clasped
their open palms together to form a r Word Spirit] .
- As three characters disappeared, they touched them and
Not only the pursuers.
Even Plum and Jibril who was spectating the entire thing were
From the beginning of the game, from the time they got their
wings, barely fifteen minutes had passed.
They were merely two Imanity each with a single wing created
- They merely left behind a shockwave while they themselves
were already long gone.
- They had charged straight through the oncoming Fltigel, who
could have predicted that?
Although, if it was an acceleration created by the r Word
Spirits] , it could actually happen.
That was why they could overcome the limitations of physics
upon their wings.
Acceleration, speed, light speed - the two had planned to
collect and form those r Word Sprits] before the game had
even began. If not, facing an enemy that could adapt to and
change their strategy according to Sora and Shiro’ s actions -
essentially an opponent that could rTeam] and _ Adapt] ,
they wouldn’ t be able to survive for an hour. Thus they flew
about between the cubes at a speed, focusing more on baiting
and collecting - as Jibril saw this, her eyes narrowed as if she
had just seen the light
- Because it meant that the two trusted in the Fliigel.
“Hah! This is fun!”
Both of them soared and spun about in the air like dancers, and
their laughter - spread across Avant Heim.
This term sprung up from JibriTs mind.
However - this term didn’t seem quite right, and she shook her
What she was looking at wasn’t the figurative kind of lovebird.
She was sure that it was the true, original meaning of the
The males and females each had one eye and one wing and
would fly together with their bodies combined, a fictional
(.. .And a being just like that is flying happily right over there.)
Jibril watched them closely and seemingly proudly - but...
Azrael who was gazing from them afar, appearing rather bored
and disinterested, still didn’t seem to manage to grasp the
meaning of it.
- Upon seeing her like that, Jibril said silently:
“Senpai, do you know the reason why I’ m against the
^Equality LawJ ?”
“•••Because Jii-chan is close minded and doesn’t like other
people touching her books-nyan?”
“No, it’s because -1 enjoy reading the same books over and
- It was the first time Azrael had heard of such a thing, and she
stared at her in shock.
“• • - Why is that so-nyan? Wouldn’t it be fine if you just
“Yes, I knew you would say that, which is why I never said it
Jibril sighed, and she continued again in a fit of determination:
“Even if you’ve read a book once before, after you gather
more knowledge, you’ll learn even more things even after
reading them again.”
“So if you want to read them again you can’t, wouldn’t that
be annoying - don’t you get it?”
“...Don’t get what-nyan?”
“- Once you memorize it, it’s over.”
Jibril bent her head low while giving her this painful piece of
advice - however...
- Azrael still seemed extremely confused.
Ignoring Jibril’s opinion for now, what she didn’t understand
the most was -
“- What does have to do with what’s going on now-nyan?”
• • - Jibril looked into her eyes - extremely sadly.
Her gaze wasn’t that of underestimation, nor was it a mocking
It was one of betrayal at her anticipation being ignored, a gaze
of gradually increasing disappointment and sadness at having
her anticipation being betrayed every single time.
- She couldn’t understand her sister’s anticipation, which
pierced her heart even more than anything else.
“What is it-nyan.. .what did I do wrong-nyan...!”
Above Avant Heim, a single silver trail cut through the night
The sound barrier had been left behind long ago, and the flying
Sora and Shiro - couldn’t be caught by anyone.
“Now as long as we don’t get too careless, we won’t get
Sora and Shiro held each other’s hands and sped through the
night sky, and although Sora said this, but -
“ • • - But, the collecting - • - of the rCharacters]
“Yes, I know, although we want to play, we definitely have to
collect all the characters to finish this level perfectly, and...”
Sora agreed with Shiro’s words, after which he continued
“- f ve already figured out a TWord Spirit] to retaliate
“That person...? Who are you referring to?”
Plum asked a question, however Sora ignored it and turned
Relying on speed to increase their distance between them was
good - but in order to collect the rCharacters] they had to
get close, and that always came with the risk of being caught,
not to mention that their opponent was the Fliigel. Also - Sora
thought to himself in a cautious tone:
- Don’t forget, this game was something we didn’t expect - it
was a game on their home turf.
No matter how much they kept their guard up, it was
impossible to completely avoid it.
“• • -Huh, interesting.”
Sora mumbled to himself, very good - this is truly a game that
deserves to be played!
So let’s decrease the risk as much as we can - so we had better
collect as many characters as we can.
That was sort of their insurance policy, which was increasing
their r Word Spirits] , so even if they get into an
unpredictable situation - and Sora who was facing behind -
suddenly had a glint in his eye.
Shiro let out a curious mumble upon seeing that glint, but -
This was the Unpredictable Situation] Sora was thinking
about earlier, and to this Sora had reacted in advance.
He took himself as a pendulum and swung downwards - and
while still going along the same direction, he shifted their
rAxisJ , and spun around in a curve.
“U-um, what are you doing - kyaaaaaahhhhh!?”
A burst of light shot through the rPosition] they were in
previously, cutting off Plum’ s words.
- Shiro was just about to praise her brother’s unbelievably fast
reaction speed and judgement time, however before that -
“Jibri-1111!! What is that! I never heard you mentioning
anything about that! We can attack!?”
•••His composure earlier had completely disappeared, and Sora
yelled suddenly, and above his head - with a small poof...
A tiny Jibril of about four heads tall appeared to explain the
“No, Masters, that wasn’ t an attack, it’ s a rCapturing
Magic J that stalks its target.”
“Are you telling me that wasn’ t a rBullet] ?”
“No, that thing does no damage at all, as it’ s just a magic
that binds the enemy and pulls him to yourself, it doesn’ t
have any potential for destruction as its aim is merely to
capture its target. So it’ s different from the _ Bullets] in the
Masters ’ world —“
Sora scratched his head and roared in response to Jibrihs
“So let me rephrase my sentence, you never mentioned that
long-distance tools could be used! Don’t we have any? Plum!!”
“Don’t go so hard on me! Double casting is a talent natural
only to the Elves, also if I continue to use another spell, Pm
actually going to shrivel up and die! Eve licked Sora-dono’s
neck so much that it’s starting to swell!”
“I don’t care whether it’s swelling or not! Pm covered in cold
sweat anyway, so why don’t you just lick my back!”
“Really!? Let’s eat~! Ah~ mm V”
Her wails suddenly turned into groans of pleasure, and Sora
turned around, speechless at Plum’s actions.
Being a match on the Fliigel’s home turf, Sora was just
thinking about unforeseen circumstances - and as he thought
about that they occurred immediately!
The opponent did say they would rBan teleportation] - but- • •
- They never said to rBan magic J -
“Dammit -1 realized it too late!”
“• • We should have expected it_!”
- Regarding the r Word Spirits] , the rules would be too much
in their favour if they could win through the r Word Spirits]
When they realized their mistake of not realizing that earlier,
Sora and Shiro - no, Shiro gnawed on her fingernails, feeling
Rules to attack the opponent... this language loophole was her
responsibility to discover since she was the one that would
memorize everything word for word.
Sora stroked Shiro’s head and said:
“It’s normal for games like these that we couldn’t anticipate,
so there’s no use crying over spilt milk, what’s important now
- Being a surprise game that they didn’t have complete
knowledge about, it was reasonable to think that unpredictable
things like that could happen.
Despite this they could still win - because adapting to their
opponent’ s actions extremely quickly was the true ability of
Kuuhaku _ J - there was no time to regret!
Jibril, how many shots can that thing fire?”
“Let me think.. .it varies for the abilities of different people,
but about six shots I guess?”
It’s hard to handle, but since there are only six shots our
opponents won’t waste their ammunition, thus —“
“Ah, it’s not like that, Master.”
At this point Sora who was facing behind saw multiple
shadows land on the cubes - the Fliigel.
They raised their palms - and the night sky turned so bright it
was like daylight.
“If s that rpjp to six shots can be fired at onceJ , there’ s
no limit to the amount of shots!
“I actually thought that monsters like you would have such
things as r Limitations J for a moment there, I’ m so
“•••Nii, over here -!”
This time Shiro was the faster one to react, and she flapped her
Sora immediately left behind the mini-Jibril and followed Shiro
without reply, and they accelerated together.
The rBinding Light] drew a complex pattern in the air as it
approached - although if it was homing as Jibril had said -
Shiro flapped her wing once as hard as she could, and Sora
played along, having understood her intentions from her hand
Countless streaks of light approached them, and even Sora and
Shiro who had used the acceleration rWord SpiritJ from
earlier couldn’ t escape their clutches.
And as the light approached their backs - r ChandelleJ .
They turned diagonally upwards at a forty-five degree curve
from flying straight, turning their speed to altitude, and
climbed upwards - since the rBinding LightJ would
probably activate its proximity fuse as it reached a certain
distance away from them - a flash of light burst from behind
them as their sharp ascent caused their speed to decrease which
allowed the rBlinding LightJ to approach - and it triggered.
Ignoring Plum’s cries, Shiro immediately cancelled their
original sharp ascent with a slight flip of her wing.
She didn’t turn around, instead she flapped her wing again and
once again began their ascent, distancing themselves from the
exploding lights behind them.
- They dodged it. Just as they were catching their breath,
streaks of light once again surged at them, and Shiro attracted
them all to her then swapped her direction.
She baited them with the exact same method from earlier,
however this time she darted diagonally downward, changing
altitude to speed. As for the countless lights that exploded
behind them, she escaped them with the same momentum, and
she acquired speed from this -
Y aaaaaaahhhhh! ”
Plum who was still in wing form let out a cry, as being in a
state of ultra-high speeds had caused the wings to stop
They spiralled about in the air, drawing circles with their
bodies, dodging the countless lights that exploded within close
proximity of them.
However this time they spun about in the other direction while
flapping furiously to avoid the remaining lights.
Sora and Shiro flew together in a horizontal fashion, and they
flew into the cracks between a slightly larger cube - after
Countless explosions and flashes of lights occurred at the
opening of the crack.
- Since it was a THoming device] , they just had to rLure J
It was Shiro’s responsibility to calculate the paths of the lights
they had to avoid -
However Shiro was sweating cold sweat and panting
uncontrollably as if she had just survived an Itano Circus,
It was as if she had these words written on her face: I must do
all I can in repentance for not realizing that they never
prevented the usage of magic.
And that sense of responsibility caused her to still appear
unsatisfied even after that glorious display of skill from earlier.
Shiro, I’m really proud to have you as my sister.”
Sora fondled his sister’s head while flying through the narrow
cracks, and he complimented her, after which -
“I can’t take this anymore, I want to withdraw from this
game, if this goes on my body won’t be able to take it!!”
In order to keep up with their movements, the wings - Plum
was extremely exhausted.
That pressure caused her to cry out like that, and from her teary
tone it was evident that she was at her limit.
And - Sora pondered with cold sweat running down his back
as well - after they were to get out of the alleyway...
There would definitely be a large amount of Fliigel lying in
From the way the Fliigel were able to adapt that Sora had
observed, he was sure that they wouldn’t pass up this chance.
- They would definitely account from their previous evasion
method as well.
The rBinding Lights] would undoubtedly come in multiples
and with slight time differences between them.
If so even someone like Shiro wouldn’t be able to avoid all of
them, not to mention that Plum was at her limit.
So - Sora and Shiro looked down at their wrists.
- They had only the r Word Spirits] to save them, but the
characters they had were - r y (ra) ^ (yu) A (su) ^
(ma) (ke) V (wa) J
All of them were characters extremely hard to use in a word
Sora cursed to himself anxiously. They had only a few more
seconds in the passageway before the exit.
In a few seconds, he had to think of a word that could allow
them to avoid or shield them from the oncoming countless
flashes of light -!
TDefeat] !No...Nii, I’ m sorry -
Shiro unconsciously uttered the first word she thought of, after
which she immediately corrected herself.
Although in reality, it was the r Word Spirit] that was the
most likely to take effect.
How could they use the characters to block the attacks?
Barrier, shield, reflect, avoid - they lacked the characters
needed for all of those.
(A way to reverse this situation - to reverse it -!)
Sora clenched his jaw and worked his brain at a speed that as if
it was going to overheat, they had six characters, and all of
them were extremely hard to use.
The TWord Spirit] needed to reverse the situation - reverse
Reversing the situation... that’s my job -!”
Shiro replied curiously to Sora’s mumblings.
In an instant - in Sora’s mind, gears began whirling and
meshing together, and multiple thoughts began overlapping.
- As Jibril had said, it was a capturing magic that would
activate in extremely close proximity to its target like a
- At a speed even faster than the Fliigel, which Sora and Shiro
definitely wouldn’t be able to avoid.
And as the light was about to be fired, what Sora saw was - as
those memories combined into one, Sora smiled.
“Why do we have to avoid it - isn’t this a great opportunity!!
If they were to ascend they would be hit by the rBinding
Light] , however Plum was the only one that let out a cry of
agony at Sora’ s words.
Shiro flapped her wing and rose upwards - since her brother
had reached that conclusion, she needed no other evidence.
They continued to ascend at high speeds, and flew upwards
along the tunnel - then exited it.
As expected -
A rain of light that dyed the night sky bright white fell upon
“ Waaaaaaaaaaahahahhhhhhhhhhhh!! ”
It didn’t have any destructive power, however it was still a
magic of the Fliigel.
If they were caught the game would be over, and the only way
they could gather information regarding the conditions to
awaken the Empress would be -
- Plum cried out once again as she was worried about these two
Although in reaction to this, Sora fearlessly allowed three
characters from his wrist to disappear to form _ Word
And as he was about to be hit by the rBinding Light] , what
happened instead was - • •
What happened was - the Fliigel that shot out the light had
While the ones that had left the passage as well and had fired
the lights coming at them collapsed as well.
Leaving no exceptions - everyone was standing on the cubes.
- They couldn’t shoot without being on the ground, so - there
was no need to evade.
Amongst the oncoming beams of light, Sora climbed onto the
exit of the passageway.
He threw the _ Word Spirits] he formed onto the ground with
all his might - and yelled.
rFlip] -!!” 
- After a short delay -
Ignoring all the laws of the physical plane, suddenly -
-AvantHeim’ s entire horizon ^Flipped overJ .
Not only Plum, but the Fliigel who had fired the rBinding
Lights] as well - even the people watching from afar, Jibril
yelled out in surprise.
What would happen if the entire arena (Avant Heim) were to
Everything in the skies - the rBinding Lights] moving about
in the air and the Fliigel there would remain the same.
Even their high-pitched yells followed the Doppler Effect,
and the ones that stood on the arena - the people on the floor -
which were the Fliigel, Sora and Shiro.
- Their positions were swapped and reversed.
Y aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! ”””
“Even the ones that fired the lights won’t be able to evade
them since they’ll appear in front of them in an instant!”
Sora spoke while smiling, and only Shiro saw the corner of his
mouth curl up ever so slightly.
r - Spin Avant HeimJ ■ ■ ■
If they didn’t spin it from the position they did, the light would
merely come over in a different direction.
Sora’ s smile was that of a gambler who had just won an
extremely risky hand - although if the rBinding Light] as
Jibril said it would -
Her brother called upon her without hesitation, and Shiro
having immediately understood his intentions, replied:
“ • • • Twenty-five characters...! ”
Yes - the rBinding Light] did work as Jibril had explained.
- It captures its target, and pulls it back to the source of the
shot, however if the position of the source is reversed!
“W-wait a minute, eek—!!”
- The massive amounts of Fliigel were pulled over to Sora and
“It’s all up to you, Shiro!!”
- All this was in accordance to Sora’s plan - and it was a risk
they could only take once.
From the rThirty-eight] Fliigel they dragged over - they
acquired twenty-live characters.
A (ta) • A (ho) • v 7 (si) • T" (te) • A (ki) • A
(me) • A (ya) • /V (ru) • ^ (e) -4 (i) • Tr (mo) ■
V (tsu) • ^ (he) • L (re) • 3 (yo) -A (ne) -A
(se) • A (ni) • "7 (hu) • A (no) ■ -A (mu) • A (n)
A (u) • (ri) • 3 (ko) - But- • •
Shiro called out in confusion.
- It was a stunning result, as thirty-eight Fliigel were pulled
over in various positions.
However only Shiro knew the positions of the words, not
considering the time limit.
In such a short period of time, to collect characters from
twenty-five people, for one person alone it would be - although
Sora immediately smiled and -
“First we need to consider the ratings! rSteamJ !!”
Billows of steam began covering the area extremely quickly,
covering all the Fliigel that had been drawn there.
After which - Sora smiled from cheek to cheek, and used
another rWord Spirit] .
He splashed it at everyone in front of him - Shiro still didn’t
bother reading her brother’s actions, and she had her eyes half
At the same time, Sora and Shiro flapped their wings mightily
and flew away as fast as they could - and then -
Since everything’ sin place- TNakedJ !!”
The Fliigel that were jumbled and tied together in various
positions by the rBinding Light] • • •
- Their clothes all vanished at once, thus Sora could now tell
where the positions of the characters were.
Sora had an expression of - absolute glee on his face - and he
closed his eyes and said:
“Ah, I can see it, Shiro, I can see so many things!!”
• *Nii take the left, Shiro... the right.”
“Ah! Leave it to me, my sister! Hahahahahah! Roar, my left
The sister glanced at him with a gaze so cold that even the
atoms around hit absolute zero temperatures, while the brother
had a gaze so fiery that the magnetic fields around them would
- If the temperature of people’s gazes could cause effect, the
entire planet would probably be engulfed in a typhoon.
But luckily -
- The only thing the scene was engulfed with was the chorus of
twenty-five Fliigel’s moans.
Although he wanted to continue listening to that choms, Sora
and Shiro could only pass through them quickly and leave them
After which they accelerated up high into the skies once again.
“- How should I put it, your actions were so fast that even I
“Heheheh, you can compliment me more, Plum! Heheheh.”
“•••Nii, your pervertedness is as long as a parsec...”
“Did I just get scolded with an astronomical unit!? Your
brother worked very hard for all this!!”
- Sora had collected twelve characters, and Shiro thirteen.
Also, Sora had enjoyed some unnecessary skin-on-skin contact
and had made some disgusting noises, to which Shiro scolded
The brother was rather upset at the sister scolding him with a
unit that represented about 3.26 light years, however Shiro
didn’t stop there.
“•••Nii, rSteam J and ^NakedJ •••youwasted"-three
“Hey, my dear younger sister, stop fooling around, how was
that a waste? Imposible.”
Sora smiled a smile so exaggerated even an American would
be proud, and he rebutted Shiro’s words:
“There were three glorious aims to that action: collecting the
characters; preventing them from chasing us again since they
will now have an aversion to flying naked; and most
Sora stopped for a while - and continued with an incredibly
He declared determinedly:
“It was the choice of Steins;Gate[l 1].”
“•••More like the Gate ofNii’s desires...”
Shiro continued to comment in an icily cold tone, while Plum
detected presences behind them and she yelled out:
“Waaaaahahh— they’re coming at us from behind without
“What-!? I didn’t think of that!! ...They’re coming from in
front too, Shiro?”
Shiro replied somewhat unpleased, as multiple completely
naked Fliigel who had escaped the binding lights as well as
three others were approaching from the back and front
Sora intentionally faced the oncoming Fliigel, prepared his
camera and constructed a r Word Spirit] .
After which the two gracefully dodged their outstretched hands
- and threw the Word Spirit] over.
“- ^Fondle breastsJ ” ••• they yelled.
After which they did a backflip in the air, and Sora used his
wing to cover Shiro’s eyes and activated his camera.
“Now these people will help me trip up our
pur suers... phew...”
The clothes-wearing Fliigel began to fondle the breasts of the
naked Fliigel, slowing down their pace.
“Phew -1 finally saw Nirvana with my very own eyes... what
a glorious sight, but sadly if s at night so I wonder whether the
camera did get those shots?”
• I’m speechless to the point where I don’t know whether to
feel awed by Sora-dono anymore...”
- The Masters who were dancing about in the skies appeared so
cheerful and energetic, and they could even smile in the face of
However looking at those shadows projected in the night sky,
Azrael still couldn’t seem to understand.
Jibril didn’t know how many times she had sighed at Azrael
who merely had her brow furrowed in confusion.
• • • At this rate the Masters would win - although there would
be no meaning in that.
Azrael would betray the Masters’ expectations without
knowing anything -!
“• • -Senpai, why can’t you just understand...”
“You want to order everyone to commit suicide just like that?
To die just because of you?”
Azrael still couldn’t understand the heavy undertones of worry
within Jibril’s voice.
- Why should the Fliigel fear death?
The Fliigel shouldn’t even possess that emotion.
And she wasn’t afraid of her own death - she was afraid of
“You saw the Masters’ faces, those children’s faces, and you
still don’t understand a thing? If you seal those children’s
potential just because of your own stupidity and stubbornness,
and waste this six thousand years —“
- Please, please understand.
“The one that wasted these six thousand years - is you!!”
Tears were almost appearing in Jibril’s eyes, and her voice
sounded as if she was trying her hardest to squeeze it out.
But Azrael still couldn’t understand, what was it that she didn’t
understand? What is it? What is it...!
“Ugh-1 can’t catch them!!”
“Go around the other way and surround them! Fire the
binding magic in a cross shape! As long as we make them
waste their words, we have a chance!”
“Huh~? But they’ll still avoid it anyway.”
“Just try it, if we can’t we’ll just think of another way, let’s
The Fliigel began dancing about in the air after a brief
discussion, and for some reason -
On their faces were pure, unadultered - smiles.
- ... What made them so happy?
Sora and Shiro once again spiralled downwards as they
realized they were firing at them in a cross shape, and avoided
the shots entirely as expected.
“Really, look, they did dodge it.”
“Heh, so let’s fire at them simultaneously from above and
below! Everyone scatter and fire at my signal!”
- ... What made them so happy?
How could they possibly smile like that while chasing an
enemy they couldn’t beat?
Azrael seemed frustrated at herself for not understanding,
while Jibril spoke softly to her:
“Senpai, do you remember my battle record?
“ I remember all of it-nyan, I remember everything my cute
little sister has done.”
She bent her head down and appeared to look into the horizon
- somewhere that wasn’t where she was - and smiled with a
“Gigants, you helped to take down nineteen of them, and
killed one of them by yourself; and the Dragonias, you helped
to take down three of them, and killed one of them by yourself
- The severed heads of the Dragonias that were hanging on the
humongous tree on the outskirts of the city were JibriTs
And that skull was to celebrate her results, Azrael had put it
there intentionally - it was a decoration, and -
“Phantasma, you helped to kill three - and killed one by
Just the same, Jibril was the only one that had managed to kill a
Azrael smiled while recalling their past - that smile had
nothing sinister to it, nor was it fake.
“The final unit had had such amazing results in combat
merely throughout two hundred and forty-five campaigns, and
survived.. .how could I possibly forget?”
• - -That was in the distant past, where all their cherished
memories were - when they still had a future.
Seeing Azrael talking about their past with a pure smile on her
face, Jibril tipped her head slightly and asked:
• - So, do you remember how many times I got injured so
badly that I needed emergency spell repair?”
“A hundred and forty-six times, nyan.”
Her reply was instant.
Jibril had always returned from the brink of death, which
worried her to no end.
• - And all those were caused by your solo campaigns-
- The Gigants, Dragonias and Phantasma - she had killed one
Jibril had killed three members of high-ranking species alone.
Although the times she had failed to do so were twenty-nine
times more than that.
And what that signified - why couldn’t she just understand,
Jibril clenched her jaw.
“So - do you know why I insisted on campaigning solo all the
- That was the final hint, and Jibril’s tone carried a strong
indication to this.
Amongst her determined tone, there were slight dashes of fear
of betrayal and anticipation.
However... Azrael could only shake her head.
“• • -To be honest, I’ve never understood Jii-chan’s actions,
and speaking of which
“Yes, speaking of which they were unconquerable enemies.”
- Yes, they were all high-ranking beings that they could never
hope to conquer alone.
Because when the Fliigel were created, they were never given
- This was the last chance, if she still couldn’t understand -
“That’s why -1 wanted to break that mind-set.”
• T don’t understand, nyan, why is that so-nyan? What did
Jii-chan see in those two-nyan?”
Jibril was speechless.
- It was as though she was saying she had given up all her
- If she could understand it, it was impossible that others
couldn’t - that thought slowly crumbled.
And her heart bled for Azrael, harder than she could bear, and
“••• Jii-chan, Jii-chan is special-nyan...”
“Jii-chan doesn’ t know it, but Artosh-sama gave Jii-chan a
r Special Ability] , so what Jii-chan understands, everyone
else might not-nyan.”
Jibril remained silent, while Azrael spoke as though a
“I want to know the rAnswer] as well, I don’ t want
everything to end like this!! If that happens, what would these
six thousand years have been to us!? But I just don’ t
understand I’ m at my limit, I just can’ t lie to myself any
- The first unit, Azrael.
Being the first Fliigel to have been created, she was created by
Artosh in search of rPerfection] .
She didn’t possess the ability to cry, but maybe because they
were the only two there...
Azrael cried out in an almost pleading fashion, and her first
truly truthful words carried an almost moist undertone to them.
- Someone please tell me.
- What are we living for?
- Why do we survive?
- What are we searching for?
- What do we have to find to prove that we have truly lived -
please tell me.
Jibril looked at her speechlessly.
- However she intentionally spoke in an icily cold tone, as if
pushing her away heartlessly.
- Just like that, she spoke words that her Masters would
“• • - That’s how you’re making use of me - making use of
your limits as an excuse.”
“ _ !!”
“No matter you or me, the ones that survived are all losers,
and we have lived as losers for six thousand years.”
Azrael bent her head low, and her fists were clenched tight.
“We didn’t learn anything the entire time, and it’s not because
we’re special - it was because of your laziness.”
Jibril clenched her fists as well.
• "She suddenly recalled, although she had been in multiple
near-death situations before, she had never felt more tense.
She told herself, get your fake expression right, don’t tremble
your voice, and don’t shift your gaze.
She forcefully tied down the Spirits that made up her body, and
- Could she do it? That uneasy thought flashed past her mind,
but she shook her head in denial.
It wasn’t a matter of whether or not she could do it, but she had
to do it - that was what she had learned.
She absorbed what she had learnt from her Masters, then acted
upon what she had learnt from them.
- Jibril wasn’t used to it.
She decided to make a gamble - and that was...
(Masters, I will follow you to the very bitter end, so please
forgive Jibril’s incompetence.)
She thought to herself, and with her final silver of anticipation
(So please allow me to continue believing in what the Masters
have all this time.)
Jibril imitated the most - underestimating expression she could
“For this rCowardly, utterly weak] you, I have only
disgust from the bottom of my heart - Azrael (trash).”
Throughout her six thousand, four hundred and seventh years
of her life, it was the first time - she told a lie.
Azrael’s face suddenly became devoid of all expression, and
she spoke weakly, almost exhaustedly.
In an instant - the skies and the earth began to shake.
Chapter 3: Learn
(...I was wrong.)
How could she not have expected this - she had went out to get
groceries to prepare sashimi as they had promised, and as
Steph brought Izuna to town, she felt extreme guilt at her
Fear, hateful gazes, scornful insults - those negative feelings
rained down on Izuna who was walking alongside Steph.
She couldn’t possibly not have noticed them with her
(Although we are a Federation j , it really isn ’ tall that
easy to accept different races, but still - • •)
She had a very clear image of it in her mind.
It was true that Izuna - the Werebeasts were conquerors and
tyrants to the Elkians.
However that was only because of the rTen Pledges] .
The troubles and suffering of the Imanity all stemmed from the
fact that they had lost in a game.
If it was hatred towards an end result that both parties had
agreed with, it meant they were just being sore losers -
“Why doesn’t Steph-kou hate Izuna, des?”
• Izuna was the one that took away your continent, des; so it
should be perfectly logical for you to hate me, des; but Izuna
caused your grandfather to be called a foolish king as well, des;
so why don’t you hate me, des?”
Izuna looked up at Steph and asked, and Steph’s hand in hers
How could she be so rude - Steph felt angered at her own
Izuna was too smart.
She had faced off against Sora and Shiro, with the continent -
the fates of the Imanity and the Werebeasts on her back, with
such responsibilities on her.
- She couldn’t possibly have read nothing about it in the late
The effects her actions could have on the Imanity, and how she
would be treated after that, she had already predicted and come
to terms with those, and the only one who didn’t realize it -
(It’s just me again...)
Looking back, since Steph had woken up - which meant right
after Izuna had learnt the Imanity language, she had covered
Steph with a coat as she slept, which was a rather large change
in her attitude.
Why didn’t she realize why her attitude had changed - Steph
got angry at herself once again, although she shook her head
upon looking at the young girl’s uneasy gaze.
Since she was asked a question - she had the obligation to
Walking on the streets like this, facing all those hateful gazes
Izuna might begin to wonder whether Steph might hate her as
well - she needed to sweep away those unimaginable thoughts
from her head.
(Yes.. .that’s right, normally speaking...)
If they were angry at the nobles that had belittled Steph’s
beloved grandfather, must they hate those that had been the
cause of it, the Eastern Federation - Steph didn’t know. And
although she didn’t know why - she could confirm positively
that it wasn’t like that.
Suddenly, the corner of Steph’s mouth curled up in a smile.
“Why? I don’ t know either P ”
“Is Steph-kou an idiot, des.”
“Heh, maybe, but -1 don’t think it’s that way.”
Steph said this while looking into Izuna’s large eyes.
- She was a young black-haired girl with stunningly obvious
ears and a tail that was even younger than Shiro.
She had faced off at an almost equal standard against f J ,
with the orders of the third largest nation in the world on her
back - she had unlimited potential.
She was smart, diligent, pure and obedient, and she had a
stunning amount of maturity and intelligence as well.
Steph smiled cheerfully at that girl, and smiled even wider.
“Because Izuna is a good kid, and you’re cute as well.”
Steph spoke her mind, thinking that was the simplest way to
express her feelings.
Izuna widened her eyes in shock, after which her hair stood on
end and she averted her gaze expressionlessly.
She bent her head low, not allowing Steph to see her face and
“Steph-kou’s such an idiot, des.”
- Even though she said this, she clutched Steph’s hand
Steph smiled somewhat bitterly at Izuna’s easily readable
attitude, and just as she was about to step forward once more -
“Ah~ it’s Izuna!”
The two turned around at the sound of that loud roar.
Multiple figures cut through the crowd, and rushed in their
direction - those were young kids.
As Steph was frozen momentarily in shock, the kids
After which they began cheering loudly.
“It’s Izuna! How awesome! It’s her in person!”
“Hey, Izuna, let’s have a showdown! You’re really strong
“You idiots, you stupid idiots, you need adults to come along,
you bald monkey!”
“Who are you people.. .des?”
Izuna asked confusedly as she was being overwhelmed by the
crowd of children.
As Steph was considering how to stop those kids - all of a
sudden, she noticed an animal ear and a tail in the crowd -
Werebeasts were amongst them, and she hurriedly asked:
“What are you all doing?”
“We’re playing! Together!”
One of the kids - a young girl with a pair of fox-like ears
replied as though she was just learning to speak.
“Are you.. .friends? With the Werebeast kids as well?”
Steph asked immediately in confusion, while the fox-eared girl
asked confusedly with her head slightly tilted as well.
And the Imanity boy beside her said happily:
We became friends through playing games!”
Upon hearing this simple yet pure sentence...
Steph felt inexplicably emotional.
In that time, the kids surrounding Izuna were still blabbering
“Let’s have a showdown, I definitely- won’t lose to you!”
• I’m hungry, des. We’re going to buy fish, des. I’m very
Izuna looked impatiently at the young boy that was grabbing
on her clothes and was demanding her to play a game with him
and said -
• I’ll destroy you painfully next time, des.”
Izuna’s mouth curled up in a smile.
That especially obnoxious boy punched his fist into the air and
cheered upon hearing that.
“That’s great! So it’s a promise! Izuna! You better follow it!”
“I already said we need adults as well, you bunch of idiots! -
Izuna-sama, I apologize.”
Just like that, the bunch of kids disappeared just as swiftly as
they had come.
Even after all the commotion had subsided, the raging
emotions within Steph had not, and remained like ashes of a
“Heh.. .the answer turned out to be just like that...”
• • - The atmosphere around them had turned into that of
confusion without them realizing it.
It may be too early...
But in the near future, when those kids turned into adults... the
fact that the races used to hate each other would probably be
treated as a joke.
Steph smiled with those hopes residing within her.
“It’s not very often that we get to play games - I’m sure it’ll
be more fun that way.”
“• • -Steph-kou, you aren’t an idiot after all, des. You’re
probably pretty smart, des.”
Steph appeared as if she had just seen a god after hearing those
“Ah, Izuna! You’re the only one that doesn’t call me an
• -But you act like one, des.”
Izuna smiled a bitter smile as Steph hugged her tearfully.
- The world would change, was changing, and would continue
If it didn’t feel like it was changing - that would mean - you’re
just not paying attention -
The world around them had changed completely.
“Waaaaaahhh, what is this!?”
Sora and others that were flying about in the night sky yelled as
they plummeted from the impact of the explosion and the
But compared to that - the one that was screaming the loudest
among them at that turn of events was Plum.
“W-what is going on!? This Spirit power - it’s impossible
even for the Fliigel!?”
The burst of energy was so strong that even Plum could feel it
behind the guise of her scarf, and she shivered in fear.
If it was someone who could use magic, he would feel
abnormal upon seeing that - this force that shook the earth, this
force that was from another dimension entirely, bent the world
to its desires with its power, switching about the scenery
forcefully - no, it repainted it entirely.
“Ah~ Plum, is the situation that bad?”
They didn’ t restrict rChanging the stageJ • "Sora asked
with that in mind, while Plum replied with a panicked moan:
“It’s not just bad -!! T-this power is from an Old Dei, if not —“
As Plum was halfway through her sentence - she suddenly
stopped as she remembered where they were flying over.
- The Phantasma that were ranked second among the r Sixteen
Races] - Avant Heim- • •
“• T don’t understand, we can’t comprehend it.”
- Azrael was floating in thin air.
On her face was no longer that angelic, perfect - overly perfect
It didn’ t even have that sensation of _ Impending death] one
would experience when being stared at by a Flugeb • - no - • •
Sora felt a trickle of cold sweat run down his body, and he
smiled bitterly, for he was facing an overly powerful force - he
couldn’t even feel anything.
A power beyond comprehension and imagination, a power that
made Sora and Shiro’s skin riddle with goosebumps.
The existence that had Azrael’s appearance - spoke slowly:
Final Unit] - we cannot understand what kind of ideals
you all possess.”
She then spoke in a hollow, emotionless voice:
Thus, we bequest of you to tell us the answer directly.”
rThe existence] declared to them as the scenery finally
settled down. Sora and Shiro were speechless at this turn of
The broken skies were dyed blood-red, the swirling sands had
reached even the stratosphere, and the cracked soil stretched
across the horizon.
The skies and earth were all cracked, the seas were dry -
everywhere was full of death.
Countless splinters of rocks floated around them - those were
the remains of the earth.
The Fliigel that had participated in the game, and the countless
battleships that emitted a menacing aura all appeared like a
weirdly shaped fleet of airships -
“W-what exactly is this?”
Sora asked as he recovered from his shock, however neither
Shiro nor Plum were able to answer.
The Fliigel that were still flying about in the air - they had
pained expressions on their faces, seemingly familiar with this
emotionally scarring scene unfolding before them.
- Six thousand years ago - which was the final stages of the
Great WarJ .
The Old Deus that had created the Fliigel collected the
combined energy of the r AirstrikesJ of the Fliigel, and
unleashed a single blow.
And that blow that crushed the earth, split the skies and even
destroyed planets and stars -it was a truly Divine Strike] .
They were standing in the very aftermath of that strike, and
Azrael spoke with the apocalypse behind her:
Previously we fought, and we lost.”
And behind that apocalyptic world - a huge piece of sinister-
looking land appeared.
Could it be that this was - Avant Heim’ s appearance before
the Great Warj .
That slab of land looked just like a floating whale - and this
flying fortress was not made of cubes, instead it was riddled
with countless cannons and it had a pair of blue eyes that were
filled with killing intent.
Our Master released his most powerful strike - however it
was rReflected back at him] , and we were completely
annihilated, which was how our Master died.”
- What had changed Jibril?
“Why did we lose? Why did we lose our Master? Why did we
- What had allowed her to discover the reason why they were
Plum frantically attempted to keep herself conscious when
faced with this violent interrogation -
“Why did we survive, as empty weapons of a dead Master?
Answer me —“
- yahou) j - 
A bolt of light pierced through Azrael’s chest.
In an instant, a glow of light lit up the evening, and the
immense explosion that came slightly after made even the
Plum croaked dumbly, and the reply -
“You! Talk! Too! Much! Dialogues must be kept within forty
words, or else you have to include a setting to skip the text!”
“• • -Don’t underestimate...the impatience of...an STG
Sora and Shiro blurted impatiently -
When exactly had they landed on the ground and combined
their r Word Spirits] - the two were clutching onto a metal
Plum didn’t know.. .no, more correctly speaking she wasn’t
looking at them.
The two had used three characters to materialize a five-
millimetre Howitzer which spat fire and released a bullet which
travelled at a speed even greater than the speed of sound,
piercing through Azrael, after which the fifteen pounds of
Composition B explosives contained within it blew her body to
bits with an explosion that propelled the pieces at eight
thousand miles per second, which then turned into smoke and
scattered - 
Huh— WHAT ARE YOU DOINGGGGG!?”
Plum cried out as she realized what had just happened, while
the two glared at her and replied: “Skipping dialogue.”
“• • - That guy looks like a prick.. .disgusting...”
“D-d-do you know who that was? That’s
“Of course, that was Azrael - and the Phantasma Avant Heim
Sora sighed impatiently, shook his head and continued:
“Azrael is different from the rest of the Fliigel, she has horns,
so I’m guessing that’s why - essentially speaking she is the full
representative of the Phantasma Avant Heim as well, although
I don’t quite know the full details.”
“• • - Which means.. .Azrael is the same as.. .a Phantasma...”
The two had figured out the situation completely unlike Plum,
and spoke in a rather bored fashion:
• -Jibril said it earlier, the Phantasma Avant Heim is an
entirely different world.”
Sora recalled her explanation she made as they arrived, and
“Changing the scenery means changing the entire world, but
if it’s an independent world of its own, I don’t think it can
affect the outside world entirely. Which means - it changed its
own world (within Avant Heim), but when that happened she
who should have been r On top ofj Avant Heim appeared in
front of us - which is to say, that was an illusion.”
- The fact that they were able to deal damage to her proved that
she was an illusion, as if she was the real thing the r Ten
Pledges] would prevent them from touching her.
• - Alright.. .Plum...here’s the question...”
Why do they look so happy? Plum didn’t seem to understand.
Sora and Shiro were truly overjoyed, while Sora continued:
“The stage just changed drastically, a scene that looks like
some sort of fortress for a final weapon appeared in front of us,
and we just listened through some long final boss-like speech -
and among the rHour] allocated for the game there is only
• -Nine minutes and forty-four seconds left.”
“What could this possibly mean? You may now answer!”
- Plum didn’t have the knowledge Sora and Shiro possessed
from their world, so this was a rather demanding question for
But - as she saw the approaching thing.
Plum with an expression of despair on her face, by chance -
spoke the r Correct answer] .
• -Does it mean it’s The End?”
“Huh? I’d never thought you’d guess it.”
The huge, violent rBinding Curtain] fired at Avant Heim- • •
Sora and Shiro clutched each other’s hands and said with a
“Basically it ’ s the Final Stage] -the ending’ snear!”
“ • • - Climactic scene - • - great performance - • • P ”
The two stamped on the ground, flapped their wings, left the
huge burst of noise generated from their r Acceleration]
behind them, then smiled as they flew towards the curtain of
“HOW CAN YOU STILL BE LAUGHING IN A
SITUATION LIKE THISSSSSSS!!”
They sped forward at extreme speeds towards the curtain of
light that spread across Avant Heim.
- Their numbers were large, but the lights didn’ t have the
tracking ability that the rBinding Light] fired by the rest of
the Flugel had, so it was a curtain that merely relied on its
numbers and speed to crush its opponents - the two smiled
“Shiro, have you figured out the pattern of the curtain?”
• - Almost there.. .Nii?”
“You know it right? I’ m the kind that - _ Dodges by pure
Sora flapped his wing once more, while Shiro flapped
according to his beat without faltering.
They were like aerial dancers, weaving through the countless
approaching rays of light while whistling a tune, proceeding
“Compared to Touhou this really makes me wanna yawn, can
we really rely on Jibril?” 
“• • -If this is what the final boss is like.. .we won’t.. .the
Fliigel.. .are harder to deal with.”
They nimbly dodged the curtains of light with actions Plum
Sora and Shiro could even look down at their hands to make
sure as they dodged the lights.
“••• Total of l~Forty-six characters J . ”
“•••We’ ve collected ^Forty characters] •••”
“We’ ve used ^Twenty-two] ?”
The characters floating on Sora’ s wrist were - % (ta) • iy
(si) • T" (te) • (ki) • JV (ru) • ^ (e) • 4 (i) • "J
(tsu) • ^ (he) -
The characters floating on Shiro ’ s wrist were - U (re) • 3
(yo) • ir (se) • — (ni) • T 7 (fu) • 7 (no) • U (n) •
]J (ri) • 3 (ko) -
They were stocked up well enough, but Sora said instead:
“Hmm~ ^ (ha) , ^ (ko) , ^ (mi) N 7 (wo) , 7*
(chi) N t (hi) • • -we haven’ t got these six ones.”
“• - -But we have.. .the trump.”
Shiro indicated that was more than enough.
1’ ve said it before, I’ ve figured out the rWord Spirit]
I’ m going to use on her, so I’ m short of three.”
“• • - Under these circumstances.. .collecting characters
The fact that they could dodge and weave about the rain of
light was already beyond Plum’s comprehension.
But if they were to deal with the Fliigel under these
circumstances, it would probably be too impossible for even
“• • • We can’t go on like this, Shiro, I’m sorry, but we’ll have
to use the trump.”
• -Mi, how many characters will you need?”
Shiro widened her eyes, which was a rare sight, and she
examined her brother’s face closely as though to read his
“Fourteen, that’s the least amount of letters we need, however
we lack three of them.”
However on Sora’s face - was an expression of pure
- A r Word Spirit] that needed fourteen characters?
The rTrumpJ that Shiro mentioned - it was probably a
rWord Spirit] that could tide them through any disaster.
Although it could only be used once - it really should be used
as a last resort. However -
“• • - Mm, I understand...”
Since her brother said he _ Needed] it, it meant that _ They
needed it no matter the risk] , so Shiro nodded her head in
Since she herself had no way to decipher her brother’s true
intentions, which meant her brother was correct - that was all
there was to it - !
- Sora’s left hand and Shiro’s right hand, the two intertwined
hands - four characters slid and fell off those hands.
After which - Sora arranged them and formed a r Word
He raised his hand high, and -
r^lfr (d? y 'y setsudan) J - !! ” (TL note: Cut, split
He violently swung his arm horizontally - and in an instant...
The infinite curtains of light that were hovering over Avant
Heim’s airspace were suddenly cut in half as if by an invisible
- Making imagination reality was a rule of this game, which
was the rWord Spirits] .
rBarrier] and _ Cut] were two words that could easily be
made reality as long as they were spelled out.
An omnipotent word that could attack, defend, and even both,
one that could deal with all possible situations - that was their
Also the importance and usefulness of the letter r (n) ] in
word games like these was common knowledge.
The consequences brought about by them being forced to use
that omnipotent Word Spirit] - according to Sora’ s plans -
- Everything before him was just like a bad joke - rSplit into
Space, scenery, everything including Avant Heim itself was
sliced into half - even the cannons.
- After that? Just as Plum was about to ask, Sora and Shiro -
Plum cried out in surprise, as amongst the crumbling landscape
and the interrupted curtains, the Fliigel were approaching.
“ • • - Eighteen - more than I thought, how many of them have
characters on them?”
“• • -Six.. .all present.. .but...”
- The real question was how would they collect all of them?
Since they had used cut earlier, they had only TFourteen
characters] left; and according to what Sora had said, the last
rFourteen] had already been reserved.
He had also said, among the rSix] they had not collected,
rThree] were important.
Even if they did collect them all, they could only use three
more, and now all they could use on them were rThree] .
Alright, this is our final bet, let’s go, Shiro!”
As they said this, the two did a backflip and landed in a
parrying stance - facing the oncoming Fliigel -
They were just about to flap their wings, but -
Plum cried in surprise, no, Sora and Shiro felt the same way as
Because the oncoming Fliigel, just before Sora and Shiro -
One of their numbers bowed respectfully towards them just as
Jibril had when they had defeated her.
“The two of you need this one right?”
• • - As she said this, her palm was cupping the r^ (ha) J
inscribed on her chest.
As though in imitation, five more that had characters on them
revealed them as well.
Sora and Shiro felt confused as they didn’t understand their
intentions, while the Fliigel simply smiled and said:
“Because we’ve already had a lot of fun spectating
“To be honest it’s really disappointing that we won’t get the
handshake, signature, date and sleepover vouchers though-!”
“But since we ’ ve got the chance to play games with you
both, we ’ re all content P ”
They heard the last one say -
“We’ll leave Azrael-neesan to you, in the near future - our
Sora and Shiro understood the trap Jibril had laid within the
Both of them stretched out their hands towards the characters
while repressing the urge to laugh out loud.
• -Hahah, Jibril’s got a few tricks up her sleeve now!”
-Jibril-•-omega good job- •• P ”
Sora and Shiro said teasingly, and touched the final six
• -U-um, what’s going on here?”
Plum asked, being the only one not understanding the situation,
while the Fliigel laughed and replied.
“Did you forget, little bug, that we’re
“We are the Fliigel, and although we are under the command
of our sister Azrael.”
“But more than that we are huge fans of Sora-sama and Shiro-
They were all smiles - beating Plum down mercilessly with
Sora and Shiro smiled bitterly as they sent them off, and once
again - flapped their wings and accelerated.
They flew towards the split open Avant Heim - towards the
place where Azrael was.
“• • It appears others have understood as well.. .now are you
still going to call me special?”
Jibril said with a bitter smile.
Azrael remained emotionless, although underneath that mask
was torment and bitterness.
- What was that? What just happened? I don’t understand at all.
Azrael continued to ponder the scene that had just occurred in
front of her.
Amongst the slowly crumbling Avant Heim, the two were
gracefully dodging the debris.
They were heading directly straight - at them, as though they
knew her exact position!
No, they did know! They had used a cannon to dispel her
illusion, then cross-referenced the rOriginal landscape] with
this broken and crumbling land, then deduced her and Jibril’ s
original positions, assuming they didn’ t move - no, they were
sure of it!
- A bitter memory flashed through Azrael’s mind upon
Artosh was killed in the same fashion back then.
All his defenses were overcome, all his actions were saw
through, all his barricades and obstacles were slipped past by
the enemy, and in the end - her Master was murdered.
Why did we lose? Why did we survive! Why are we still
“Plum! You’re being too noisy!!”
As Avant Heim slowly crumbled around them, they weaved
about the countless debris faster than the speed of sound.
If they were to miscalculate even the slightest, they would die -
under those circumstances, the two flew at breakneck speeds,
causing Plum to cry out.
“AAAAAH-ARE YOU TWO CRAZY-
“I’M TIRED OF HEARING THAT LINE! SHIRO!!”
The scenery in front of them crumbled, countless cubes fell,
tunnels were blocked, and turning around was impossible - at
this rate they would crash.
“ WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH! ”
Plum cried out once again, while Shiro calmly assembled a
TWord Spirit] beside her.
r ^ ^ (mini) J
Eighteen characters remained.
The TWord Spirit] activated as it came into contact with one
of the cubes in front of them.
One of the cubes shrunk, creating a small gap, but the crack
was just too small for two to fit through -
Sora who was assembling a r Word Spirit] at the same time,
immediately pointed at the hole and yelled:
r^/P(heru)J !!” 
- Sixteen characters left.
The two continued soaring after passing through that gap as
small as a pinhole.
As Plum was beginning to be astonished by their astounding
adaptability, Sora suddenly said:
“Plum, could you stick out your teeth for a sec?”
“No! I have a bad feeling about this, so no!!”
“Really? How disappointing -1 wanted to give you some
“Sorry, I was wrong! I will place my teeth on Sora-sama’s
shoulder, you’ll be able to tell from the sensation!!”
r^L(^chi)] ” 
- Fifteen characters left.
The blood flowed out from his uncut fingertips, dripping onto
Plum managed to absorb blood without even biting with her
“Oh, what is this stuff!? This thick, rich, sweet yet bitter
texture and a smooth, refreshing tone, the bewitching sensation
of a soul is flowing through my body! If a comparison needs to
be made, it’s like a turtle shedding tears after giving birth under
a moonlight night V”
- Sora smiled bitterly as Plum began yelling out some rather
incomprehensible food review.
“Are you energized yet?”
“Of course-! My strength is coursing through me! Now I feel
like I can do anything!”
Plum - no, huge amounts of flowers began blooming on the
scarf, and floated about in the air.
Sora and Shiro smiled evilly at her cries of joy.
“Isn’t that great, so —“
“ • • • You can do... anything right...”
“- Yeah.. .that’s what I thought as well...”
Six thousand years ago - Artosh was being conquered.
The Fliigel were desperate at this unbelievable yet inarguably
true turn of events.
They were god-killers created by Artosh - a sword to eliminate
They would give the throne of the One True God to Artosh - a
sword for this very purpose.
But as they saw their Master murdered in front of them, his
lifeless body with no purpose of existence, the one and only
sword lost its meaning to live.
They were a sword that was always swung by the command of
others, so they never needed to make any decisions, although
then - questions surfaced.
The race created by Artosh and its acolytes had come up with a
conclusion in their desperation - which was to stop thinking.
She did not know who started it, but she had concentrated all
her strength - and pierced through her own body.
They were a tool created to fight for the throne of the One True
God, and since their Master whom they would give it to was
gone, the tool had no reason to exist.
As she saw her sisters piercing themselves through one by one,
Azrael - the first unit, in pure desperation, told a lie.
No, to be precise, it wasn’t a lie.
It was just that as she witnessed her sisters piercing themselves
through and losing the lights in their eyes, she couldn’t bear to
- The orders of the Master were not yet completed.
It was impossible, but if, just if, he were to fall in combat - you
must replace me and find out why I, the god of war, fell to an
unknown power - that was the final order of the Master.
- It was a command given to Azrael alone - an order.
However she lied and said it was an order for all Fliigel, after
which she continued:
- After we attain this goal, the final order of the Master would
- So when that time comes please let me decide whether or not
we are still of use.
• • - It was a lie of convenience.
And despite this - the Fliigel began pursuing the
rUnknown] that had defeated their Master.
At the same time as the war ended, they had gathered all their
knowledge, as though they were going to transform all the
unknowns in the world to their knowledge.
And as time passed, after six thousand years - they still had not
found the answer.
Azrael had thought that if there was one person that would be
able to find the answer, it would be Jibril.
Those were the Master’s final words, the Final Unit is a special
Sora and Shiro reached the main hall where Azrael may have
• • -It was very dark, so Sora assembled and activated a rWord
r t (hi) j !” 
- Fourteen characters left, just nice.
Now they just had to use up the final fourteen, and they could
finish the level with all forty-six perfectly used.
“But, we can’ t use any more r Word Spirits] until then- • •
• -As long as it’s Nii.. .if your judgement deems it.. .Shiro
Along with this line that made the brother unbelievably blissful
- rLight] lit up the floor.
We searched for six thousand years, but we were still
unable to find the r Answer]
There was an empty throne in the lit floor.
Azrael stood in front of it, and -
“Who is ‘we’ referring to? Aside from you, it seems that a lot
of people have understood already!”
Sora said while looking over at Jibril who was sitting next to
her with her eyes closed.
“Searching for a non-existent rAnswer] , I’ m already
tired of floating around without a purpose in this boring
That was Azrael - and the Phantasma Avant Heim located
The two - no, a puppet and an illusion’s confession.
If the r Answer] of the rFinal Unit] is the same as our
After a short pause, she looked at Sora and Shiro with a gaze of
despair deeper than a crater and said:
“We will consider the cause for the Master’ s death to be
rSimple coincidencej - and end the entire Fliigel race. ”
“That would be a problem.”
- Jibril is...our...comrade.”
The two replied nonchalantly in a relaxed manner, intentionally
avoiding the subject while Sora slipped into thought.
“I see, so you guys crammed huge amounts of knowledge into
your brains just for your so-called r Answer] , I understand
that part. To be honest, I don’ t understand the meaning and
emotional drive behind that, but could you just let me ask one
After which, in the exact same manner as he had rejected
- He looked at her with eyes that clearly revealed he was truly
bored with the subject matter, and said:
“ • • - Have you ever relied on yourself to think and write
Azrael widened her eyes, and beside her Jibril bent her head
low. Jibril was holding onto a book that she treated as a bible, a
book that garnered fans even in Avant Heim.
It was a hand-written - observational diary of Sora and Shiro -
detailing the story of an incomplete future...
“But, I see now. If Shiro and I win, you will help to collect
books for us, and if we lose we have to do an autograph
session, but you’ve actually made other wagers beyond our
knowledge other than this one. Jibril actually bet her life
without discussing it through with us, so we’ll have to punish
her later, but
- Sora grabbed Shiro’s arm tightly and spread his wing.
“Do you really not know why Jibril would agree to a bet like
“- Because she believes that you can reveal an r Answer]
we will be agreeable with -
“Look, you idiot! You’re really a huge idiot!! You even dare
to call yourself a sister!?”
Sora yelled - his face filled with Tpure ragej , and Sora -
It’s because she believes in you! She put her life on the line
because she trusts that you, as a sister, would be able to
Sora and Shiro focused their strength on their legs -
assembling the final rWord Spirit] .
“You can’t even understand something as simple as this, and
you dare to ask her to call yourself her sister!?”
“• • -It’s just too hilarious...sleep-talk should be said when
At the same time - the two kicked the ground and jumped.
- So fast.
It was a jump boosted by the acceleration r Word Spirit] ,
and the two approached at an astonishing speed.
However Azrael had the power of a Phantasma within her, and
to her - their movements were as slow as a snail.
“• • I see, Jii-chan believed in me so much that she even bet
She realized that she had failed to understand something as
simple as that, and she wasn’t even able to deduce her
intentions - so...
Yes, just end everything...”
Azrael said this as she kicked the ground and lifted off as well.
Within the hall where the ceiling was barely a few hundred feet
high, the two would clash in but an instant as they were
traveling at supersonic speeds.
- The ending was predetermined, Azrael would stretch out her
hand and grab them, and everything would be over.
She really couldn’t find the answer in the end, but someone
found it - so - that’s enough.
Just end in like this - this six thousand - meaningless years -
“AAAAAAHHHH I’M SORRY I’M SORRY PLEASE
DON’T KILL ME—!”
Azrael bent her head down, and a loud cry echoed throughout
the room as she grabbed onto her target.
She should have caught Sora and Shiro, but the one that was
yelling was - that, um, what was her name again?
• • - Huh? Had she ever asked for her name in the first place?
- It was some Dhampir girl she didn’t know.
- It was a rDeception SpellJ - she understood this just a little
bit too late.
The deceiving magic of the Dhampirs - it was a race-exclusive
magic that could fool even the Elves or the Fliigel at its
If it was just after absorbing a powerful Spirit - blood - maybe
it might even fool an Old Deus?
But if so, Sora and Shiro’s wings were - where did they go
after they accelerated - !?
- Azrael’s mind began racing.
She felt a presence swooping by her at a terrifying speed, and
in an instant it was almost as if time had stopped.
Everything became slow-motion, and Azrael saw it.
Without Plum - without the scarf - the Imanity without their
As they met briefly, Sora’s fist landed upon Azrael’s shoulder.
rff v) - “ 
- Zero characters left.
Azrael widened her eyes in shock, but what she was surprised
at wasn’ t the _ Word Spirit] she was hit by.
It was - the two who were flying at high speeds - managed to
remove their wings and allow Plum to disguise herself!?
fNo restrictions on magic usage] -right?”
After that brief exchange, Azrael heard a voice that should
have been impossible for her to hear - as she turned around she
confirmed that it was indeed Sora who said it.
But - at that sort of speeds, if a human body were to lose its
wings - and hit the ground, they would definitely die -
A sentence that utterly stunned Azrael and yet answered all of
her doubts rang in her ears.
Approximately sixty minutes.. .game.. .over.”
- Without any clocks nor other tools.
Just as Shiro recited the numbers that existed only in her mind
Jibril teleported, and gracefully.. .respectfully caught her two
That turn of events made Azrael feel extremely distant, while
the rWord Spirit] previously placed on her activated.
rForever burdened] . Within Azrael, even Avant Heim’ s
strength was sealed as well.
As the colossal amount of energy that could rewrite worlds was
released, the hall and even the landscape began shattering like
Freefalling under such circumstances, Azrael’s eyes remained
wide in shock.
She didn’ t need to think hard to remember - no doubt, this
feeling was the same as when Artosh - her Master was
conquered - a true sensation of ^FearJ .
• • • She didn’t understand.
There were too, too, too many things that she just couldn’t
Scary, how scary, how much do they actually know, they
actually could make such a dangerous bet.
No matter how much I gather knowledge, make battle plans,
how much I prepare, in the very bitter end it’s still an unknown
Within the darkness of all these variable elements, how could
they - how could they possibly step on a silk wire like this
She had seen so many extraordinary things in quick succession.
The freefalling, continuously descending Azrael lost
In her dream, Azrael saw her Master Artosh’s memories.
The everlasting chaos would only bring strength to the rGod
of War J Artosh.
The Old Deus that fed on battle hunger, hostility, hatred and
blood - the God of War Artosh.
And now he and the splinters of his eighteen wings - the
feathers (the Fliigel) and his follower the Phantasma (Avant
Heim), with such a small army, one god, one Phantasma, and
one race - waged war on the entire world, and had achieved a
The throne of the One True God was in Artosh-sama’s
grasp.. .it was unquestionable.
A Master like that, had only ever mentioned the possibility of
“There’s a chance I might be defeated.”
- You’re joking.
“I’m very strong.”
- Of course.
“Nobody’s strength is greater than mine.”
- Of course.
“That’s why there’s something I just can’t understand.”
Something you can’t understand?
“I can’t understand it, because only the weak are able to. It’s
the unknown possibility that I may lose to one stronger than I.”
“That’ s why I wanted to create - a unit that has the
rImperfection] one strong as I am does not possess.”
“The imperfect unit will use its full power - whether or not it
can exert its power and overcome adversities, I won’t
“But no matter whether I win or lose - in the end they will all
be ^Causes] .”
“The first feather of my eighteen wings, first unit Azrael.”
“When I fall in combat, please be my witness as the loser, and
mourn for me.”
- Azrael doesn’t know what Master saw.
But at the same time as he hinted at the possibility of defeat,
the Master wasn’t scared, instead he had appeared like a true
God of War-
Anticipating the appearance of an unknown enemy - and
despite this he strived to overcome this unknown -
A smile of simple courage yet of true happiness.
“So, let’s now create this special unit.. .her name shall be —“
Just like that, the Master Artosh...
He finally produced his last work - the r Special UnitJ who
became the rFinal UnitJ - the imperfect unit.
In the end, it was also the unit that was able to witness the
answer at the end of the horizon where even the Master could
The Master called out her name.
“• • -Senpai, are you finally awake?”
- My body is so heavy, that was Azrael’s first thought as she
My wings can’t move, and I just can’t seem to be able to use
force - no!
She realized that she had never known how it felt to use the
strength of her own body.
How does my body move? Isn’t it just like teleporting?
The so-called earth - is this how it limits the presence of my
Raising her head that felt heavy as a rock, Azrael looked down
at her own shadow.
And looking down at her was Jibril - and the two Imanity Sora
The lowest ranked among the r Sixteen RacesJ , the weakest
species looked down at her and said.
“You attempted to play a game with the status of I m the
strongest] , then you decided it was a crappy game just after a
single loss, now that’ s just ridiculous.”
Shiro smiled as well as she heard Sora’s words - however
Azrael couldn’t understand what they meant -
“Now you’ re going to replay the game with the status of
rThe weakest] , and if you still think it’ s a crappy game -
• • We’ll play with you.. .as many times as needed...”
She understood that the r Word Spirit] that used on her -
limited her abilities to that of an Imanity’ s.
The very smiles of the siblings told her this - Azrael bent her
head down and smiled bitterly.
- So, she couldn’t fly, she didn’t have magic, and she wasn’t
even able to see spirits.
Distance, gravity, all these concepts that she had never
experienced were now tying her down.
She rolled to the side, focused her energy on her restricted arms
and stretched towards the sky.
- So high, the skies are so high, and the earth so wide.
The power that was acting on her body was as if an infinite
wall had been built up between her and the sky and earth.
She couldn’ t even imagine what it felt like to _ Fly]
Even if one were to tell her she could fly, she didn’t have any
intention to. And that scared her.
While the two Imanity that were restricted in the same way -
laughed as they soared through the skies, and had said they had
“• • -The taste of the earth.. .isn’t that bad.. .right?”
“If you don’t crash to the ground, you’ll never have the urge
to fly again.”
They had soared in the skies so freely, and yet they were able
to say that crashing once wasn’t bad.
Right, you can climb up after you fall down, so there’s a
next time, isn’t it?”
Sora smiled as he stretched his hand towards her - for that was
what they had done all this time.
- Finally, in Azrael’s mind, everything connected seamlessly
and she couldn’t help but smile.
Too late, she was just too late, it was but reasonable that they
called her an idiot, Azrael thought as she grabbed onto that
“• • -Senpai’s brain is just too stubborn.”
Jibril looked at her with her eyes half open yet caring, and
welcomed Azrael as she stood up.
Artosh’ s final work - the imperfect unit. She was the
r Special UnitJ , and the ^Final UnitJ .
Her imperfections merely meant that - she would strive to be
Because she was imperfect, she would naturally strive for the
unknown, the future and hope.
- Azrael finally understood - the reason why Jibril insisted on
“• • • Jii-chan’s brain is too active-nyan...”
She had destroyed the Elves’ city and brought all those books
back with all smiles even without being ordered to.
She had conquered all the higher ranked species alone despite
being told it was impossible, and had returned near death every
She had deserted the council, left her hometown, and even
brought new Masters as she returned -
It was exactly because she was imperfect - that’s why she
would - become stronger than anyone.
“• • I see, so there really are things that can’t be understood
just through reading-nyan...”
The so-called understanding wasn’t just reliant on
memorization and increasing knowledge.
It was through actualization, personal experiences, it was only
when it assimilates into your very soul that one can truly
The thing that neither Artosh nor Azrael could understand -
r The unknown] .
That was the rPossibility] - the characteristic that could turn
the impossible into possible.
It was exactly because they were the strong ones, exactly
because they absolutely couldn’t fail, exactly because they
couldn’t lose - that they were unable to understand this.
“It’s obvious that when one becomes a loser one is no longer
perfect...however I...always feared that-nyan.”
Only Jibril had slowly understood that every single time as she
- Whenever they lost, no matter the Fliigel or Avant Heim, they
were unable to grasp this imperfection.
While - never once faltering in her footsteps, it was no surprise
that Jibril had left.
The Fliigel - Azrael and the others could only gather
Only Jibril freely pursued her curiosity, created knowledge,
and left behind everything she needed to know.
She was a truly strong person, yet she was always striving
towards an even greater goal - she even had respect towards
the rUnknown] .
- That could only mean one thing.
“Nyahaha, nyahahahaha.. .how boring, I’d never thought that
it would be this boring after I understood it.”
She looked down, and she could only laugh - which meant...
“Have you finally understood?”
“Yes, I get it now - there’s nothing particular to be
- How could she not laugh at that?
The answer that they had been searching for over six thousand
years - in the end there was ?No answer at allj -
“The unknown will definitely never be reversed into
knowledge, because our knowledge will eventually transform
into the unknown, there is no end to this as what may be
common knowledge yesterday may not be common knowledge
It was because that she had never lost, so after her first loss,
she was truly able to fear - the unknown.
The more she tried to understand it, the further it shrank away
“So the important thing is not to MemorizeJ , it’ s to
rLearnJ - and even enjoy the risk that comes with adapting to
Thus - the only way was to continuously strive forward -
“The reason why we lost in the Great War was because we
were unable to accomplish that. Azrael-senpai, when I lost to
the Masters and kneeled in front of them to acknowledge my
subservience, Artosh’s final order - was completed.”
Azrael looked down and mumbled:
• • Artosh-sama...did I accomplish your final orders as
- Did she not have to lie anymore?
Azrael looked up at the distant skies once again as she wiped
away her tears.
She had never realized that she had the ability to shed tears -
was this enough to appease Artosh-sama?
Sora looked at her face.
“• • I’m not really sure what you’re getting at, but that
expression isn’t half bad.”
Finally - Sora spoke to Azrael with a smile on his face.
• -May I ask you four questions? Imanity - no, So-chan, Shi-
- There was no answer in the first place, they merely had to go
back to square one - which meant that she had some things to
“You both.. .what do you live for?”
“For Shiro, of course.”
“What if one of you were to die?”
“If we die we die together, so there isn’t much of a big deal.”
“Why.. .what keeps you living?”
“I have no idea!”
“We don’t have time to be considering this sort of thing,
we’re different from you anyway, life is short.”
- They didn’t hesitate throughout, Sora replying with a smile
on his face while Shiro replied rather seriously.
But - those weren’t the answers she was looking for - she
could only reference them.
So at last - Azrael asked:
“Can I.. .can I be like Jii-chan as well?”
“That’s impossible, you can only be yourself.”
- They replied without hesitation as well, which was to be
She had known that since long ago, but as Azrael began
looking increasingly melancholy, Sora instead -
“But what’s wrong with that?”
Completely cheerful - his smile was, without a doubt -
“Your expression now is excellent, I love it when you’re like
- He spoke with a smile as wide as the skies.
• • -Nyahahaha.
“The answer that we ’ d searched for over so long turned out
to be rGoing back to square onej , I can’ t take this, even
people who can live forever get tired you know-nyan.”
Yes - thinking for oneself, which was their - reply.
She had to look for it herself, then find her own answer that
belonged to her and her alone just like Jibril had.
- As long as she knew she could accomplish it - it was enough.
Azrael said tiredly, however -
Suddenly, she heard Jibril apologizing to Sora.
• -Masters, I put my own life on the line on my own accord,
and even had to rely on your strength in the end.. .1 offer my
sincerest apolo —“
“Ah~ about that, Jibril.”
Sora scratched his head, seemingly not knowing where to start
“This fellow over here doesn’t have the rights to order all
Fliigel to commit suicide!”
Ignoring the speechless Jibril, Azrael said bitterly:
“Huh? The cat’s out of the bag!”
She stuck out her tongue evilly and laughed.
“Banning the act of suicide without permission - doesn’ t
actually mean I can order you all to commit suicide! Hmm~
I’ d never thought that this lie would go unnoticed for over six
thousand years, nyahahaha P ”
Shiro continued even more directly -
• - And even if she did.. .Jibril belongs to.. .Nii and Shiro...”
She had dragged her masters in, and had prepared to die -
As Sora noticed that Jibril’s shoulders were beginning to
tremble in anger, he sighed and said:
“- But if it’s just Azrael alone, she can do it.”
Jibril inhaled sharply as she heard that, while Azrael
immediately erased her smile.
“This fellow over here bet herself and only herself from the
very beginning, as no matter the consequence she was prepared
to die alone. What kind of sister would tell her beloved imouto
to go kill herself? She’s JibriTs trusted sister after all!”
- Azrael remained silent, then sighed and replied.
And that reply was more convincing than any form of protest
she may have made.
If there was an r Answer] , and if the Fliigel could find that
answer, even if she were to exercise her rights for all of them to
commit suicide, no one would want to die. Even if there was no
answer, with Jibril at the head of them, if they could all find a
reason to continue living, they wouldn’t want to kill themselves
as well anyway.
- At that time, Azrael whose purpose of living was to prevent
anyone from committing suicide, would have completed her
“• • -So-chan, have you ever pissed people off by not minding
your own business?”
“Yeah, many times, and I pissed them off a lot as well.
However I decided long ago that I won’t let anyone die in this
world (game), so
- She heard a single clap.
“Let’s play a game.”
Sora clapped his hands and spoke while laughing.
“It would be a pain if we had to start from scratch, huh?”
-No doubt, so let’s play a game.
“So, things are simple now, anyway let’s switch a game first.”
- It would definitely be an extremely interesting game.
“We want to make this world - even more interesting.”
- A game that would never get boring.
“As for whether or not we can do it - so, which side will you
“Nyaha.. .nyahahah, nyahahahahahhahahahah!!”
In six thousand years, no, possibly for the first time in her life,
she laughed sincerely.
Maybe because her physical abilities were being restrained by
the Imanity - she laughed too hard to the point where her
stomach began to ache.
Azrael laughed so emotionally that she even started to cry, and
she raised her head - and then -
- She grabbed onto Sora and kissed him.
“What - M, Master!? A-Azrael-senpai!!”
• • - For a full few seconds, Azrael tongue-kissed Sora and
“Nyahaha- if both sides bet that r It’s possible] , the bet
won’t be valid V”
Sora appeared lost, while the other two looked at them with
gazes that could kill, and Azrael spoke, ignoring them:
“We...as for me who wanted to die, you gave me a chance to
have fun with you all, and so I’m extremely overjoyed at your
request-nyan. But -1 don’t yet have the right to walk alongside
So-chan like Jii-chan does.”
She waved and turned to leave.. .she felt the gravity that
restrained her body and continued forward.
Her sister worried about her, the Imanity worried about her,
comforted her, and even prevented her from committing
No matter what you were to say - if this were to go on, I would
be relying on them too much, and she smiled bitterly.
“But this is fine as well, since I bet it ’ s ^Possible] too-
nyan? Before the results come out I’ 11 try my best to wait
for it, since Jii-chan believes in me-nyan, I hope that you all
can just wait for me a while more. ”
“• • -Nii.. .you let her kiss you.”
“Just wait a minute here, no matter how you look at it, she
forced herself on me right?”
“You say that, Master, but because of the TTenPledgesJ it
isn’ t possible to abuse another’ s rights, so unless the Master
had allowed it subconsciously there was no other way that
Azrael-senpai could have kissed you.”
“Wait a second, if I were to deny a beautiful lady like that
unconsciously that would be disastrous to me as a guy!”
• -Nii is fine with anyone...as long as it’s a girl...”
“You’re just like Ino-sama.”
“Come on already, no matter how you look at it, I’m the
victim! Right! Hey!”
Azrael’s mouth curled up in a smile as she heard the
commotion behind her, and she spoke softly as she was
“ • • • Speaking of which, Jii-chan-nyan.”
“• • You finally added a -nyan to that. Ignoring the fact that
you were mde to my Masters and that you’ve been lying to us
for so long - even someone as tolerant as I am almost about to
get angry. What is it? Azrael-senpai.”
Jibril teleported beside her and spoke unhappily.
Azrael asked her a question that she had thought of.
“Jii-chan-nyan, why do you think the Imanity had survived
during the Great War?”
“It was because...”
That was a question that had nestled inside Jibril for an
extremely long period of time, and it had begun to trouble her
even more recently.
The Imanity were seen as too weak, so no one had paid
particular attention to them and thus they had survived.
But after meeting Sora and Shiro, Jibril felt confused.
At the end of the Great War, the entire Elkian continent was
the territory of the Imanity, was that just by pure chance -
The Imanity - Azrael attempted to guesstimate the source of
“Let’s say that they keep losing until they can’t lose anymore
- that’s the Imanity.”
- They continued rLearning] by using defeat or loss as their
premise, not fearing the unknown, instead happily diving into
Because they were more imperfect than anyone, they were a
race that strived to be even more perfect than anyone - if so...
Azrael smiled bitterly, and the reason behind it was not
because of the reason they survived, but...
• - Why didn’t I take notice of a race like that during the
- Jibril inhaled sharply.
Ignoring the two Masters for now, the late king that had
exposed the Eastern Federation’s game, and Kurami who had
collaborated with an Elf.
The potential they had shown was almost scary - Jibril had
experienced this personally.
They were sometimes borderline insane, and at times even not
afraid of death - despite this, they were able to bring in the
“A race that continued to learn continuously - why did I not
take a threat like that into consideration —“
That would mean that no matter how weak one was, as long as
one could keep on collecting knowledge, that person would
become an unavoidable threat.
If she had noticed the full potential of that race earlier, what
would she have done during the Great War?
It was obvious - they would be rToo dangerous] , and she
would have eliminated them immediately.
And all our records of the Imanity - they were completely
erased, and why is that?”
Yes, all the records of the Imanity during the Great War had all
been destroyed - it was almost unnatural.
“Nyahahaha-1 just thought of it randomly-nyan, maybe we -
As Azrael said this, she looked towards Sora and Shiro.
“The battlefield isn’t just on the Elkian continent anymore.”
No doubt, that was something that looked like they would have
“The Ex-Machinae that killed Artosh-sama were acting
suspiciously during the final stages of the Great War, if-“
Halfway through her sentence - she smiled without a trace of
humour in her eyes, and concluded.
“Could they have been manipulated by the Imanity -?”
If so - the death of Artosh that was the ignition fuse for the end
of the war -
-Was intentionally manipulated by someone - ?
“Just joking— I must be thinking too much? Nyahahaha”
As she said this, Azrael left behind Jibril who was standing
motionless and continued forward.
- She should have had walked for a quite a distance, but she
didn’t reach anywhere.
Jibril who should have been behind her long ago was still
beside her nonchalantly, making Azrael feel rather awkward.
“Jii-chan-nyan, I’ll do as they say and live shackled
temporarily-nyan - and then...”
“During the next council meeting I ’ 11 propose for _ Avant
Heim to join the Elkian Federation] -nyan.”
“• • I don’t think that proposal will be approved for now.”
It was something that Jibril clearly desired -
As she considered this, Azrael smiled cunningly at her.
“Observing and learning from those kids (Elkia). The
rAnswer] that we found - it will merely be a _ Superficial
Alliance] created in order to allow everyone to fulfil Artosh-
sama’ s final order - how does that sound? Nyaha”
Her expression seemed to say: I didn’t lie for six thousand
years for nothing.
“• • - That’s pretty hard to turn down...”
Avant Heim was originally a completely neutral faction,
without land nor resources.
If it was a figurative alliance, and there was no moral duty for
them to help out Elkia, they only had to participate when their
own interests were at hand -
Also they would have the assurance of the Representative of
the Winged that it was an alliance for Artosh - so they should
have no reason to refuse.
• • - Her mind’s clearly so sharp, but why - Jibril sighed.
Suddenly - Azrael looked at her solemnly in stark contrast
from her previous appearance.
“All the Fliigel including myself, before we judge whether the
potential of Elkia (those two) is worthy for us to believe in, I
won’ t allow them to refer to those two as their _ New
Masters] - understood?”
“Of course, everyone needs to understand this themselves,
thus I’ll continue preaching from today onwards, don’t worry.”
As long as she were to continue preaching her Bible
(observation diary), increase their amount of fans - disciples it
would be fine, Jibril told herself.
Azrael smiled bitterly and turned towards her once again.
• -Before that, can I entrust those two to Jii-chan-nyan?”
Those two were a yet unknown combination, so Azrael could
understand why they were so full of charisma.
But at the same time - she was afraid for them, as if they were
to die before she were to make a conclusion, there would be a
lot of trouble, after which she said:
“I’m not asking this as the Representative of the Winged, but
merely as a friend - please?”
- Jibril smiled as she always had.
“I’ve always believed in protecting my masters even if I have
to sacrifice myself - so I refuse.”
Really, now.. .nyahahaha...”
Which was hinting that they weren’t friends - which was but of
course, after doing all those outrageous things, she still dared to
call herself a friend -
“But if you keep dragging your feet like this, you’ re going
to miss all the most interesting parts - rOnee-sanJ ."
- Jibril said this while smiling at her rSisterJ .
“N-no problem-nyan... I’ll hurry over to my cute imouto’s
side as fast as possible-nyan/”
Nyahahaha, she laughed and walked away in an attempt to
restrain her tears.
She had changed in the short period of an hour as well, so she
figured it wouldn’t take long -
As she was leaving, she suddenly stopped and surveyed her
surroundings - she sighed and waved.
“Everyone- can someone carry me-! Also we need to hold a
meeting ASAP-! I’ 11 need at least a road to get home with or
else it ’ 11 be a big problem for me, so could you all please
build some- nyahahaha P ”
Walking home with her powers sealed away from her.
She couldn’t even do that - that sensation felt overwhelmingly
Even something as stupid and boring as this - felt interesting,
and she couldn’t help but laugh at herself.
Placing her feet one after another on the ground, with the same
line of sight as those two had, looking at the world at the speed
of an ant’s crawl.
- After living for twenty-six thousand years - this isn’t that bad
for a change.
-You want to have them as your new Masters?
“That’s not my decision-nyan, so spend a little time to think
about it yourself as well, Avant-kun (Avant Heim).”
- .. .Although it’s a tough decision, Ell try.
“To be honest I don’t think it’ll be all that bad serving under
those kids for a while.”
- Because of their potential?
Azrael could only reply by flapping her wings that couldn’t lift
her into the sky.
“Because it seems oh so fun-nyan! Nyahaha-!”
-You seem truly happy.
I wonder what I’ll play with them next time, she began
- On the other hand, within the capital of Elkia, the late king’s
Izuna was tucking into a huge portion of sashimi, while Steph
sat reading beside her.
Steph looked at Izuna who was enjoying the food prepared by
• -Izuna, you’re a really big eater.”
That made her smile - but as she remembered her grandfather
as he was on the brink of death, Steph felt confused instead.
Izuna tries so hard, and she’s helped out so much - but...
Impossibly - from her expression she couldn’t detect any hint
of urgency, anxiousness nor unease.
“About that, it’s hard for me to start but.. .Izuna, aren’t you
worried for Ino-san?”
- Izuna paused momentarily.. .with a chunk of fish still lodged
in her mouth, she replied without hesitation:
“Of course not, des. Why would I be? Des.”
“•••You asked why...”
“Sora and Shiro will save him, so there’s no problem, des.”
- She once again replied without a single hint of hesitation,
after which she continued eating.
Steph sighed and looked at the book in her hand again, then
continued with a complaint.
It was a small question she was worried about since a long
while ago -
“Why do both Miko-san and Izuna trust that rLiarJ so
It was true that Sora and Shiro would always end things off at
the very end brilliantly.
But throughout the process they would lie and deceive, so one
wouldn’t know when to believe them or not.
As Steph was thinking, Izuna tilted her head and said:
“•••Sora and Shiro aren’ t TLiarsJ , des.”
“- Izuna can read the Imanity language now, but you haven ’
t rMastered] it yet. ”
Iftheyweren’ t TLiarsJ , who would be - Steph smiled
bitterly and said, but -
“The smell of a liar- the smell of someone hiding his true self,
they don’t have that smell which I hate the most, des.”
Steph was speechless. Back on the day when Sora had said she
would save Izuna’s grandfather.
Izuna smelt Sora by the seaside - Izuna smiled as she recalled
that relaxing odour.
“Sora and Shiro have a good smell, des. They do tease people,
deceive them, or even play pranks - but, the only thing they
won’t do is lie, des - so Izuna likes Sora and Shiro, des.”
- Steph inhaled sharply as she realized she had been lectured by
a young girl with her age still in the single-digit range.
It was hard to believe, but she somehow understood now - an
impossible explanation flashed across her mind.
Sora - he told lies as easily as breathing, being a born liar.
But for some reason sometimes - Steph would unconsciously
overlap his figure with her grandfather’s.
Upon thinking closely, there wasn’t anything that surprising
If he could really lie that well...
Then why - would he want to act in such a way that people
would believe he was lying?
- Why - why didn’t he just act like a kind person - ?
At this point, Steph noticed that Izuna was looking at her with
her eyes half open.
“•••Steph-kou smells nice as well, des. But sometimes you
have the smell of a liar, des.”
“W-what!? W-when did I ever tell a lie!?”
“Whenever we mention Sora, you have the smell of a liar,
des. I don’t like Steph-kou when you’re like that, des.”
“T-that was because Sora forced me to fall in love with him!
Of course I have to reject him right!?”
Steph attempted to defend herself while still teary-eyed, while
Izuna’s expression suddenly turned rather complex.
“You’re lying again, des.. .but your normal smell is good, so I
forgive you, des.”
Izuna began eating again as soon as she finished, while Steph
thought to herself’
-1 see, let’s say I go back a hundred steps - no, a thousand
steps, I trust that Sora isn’t a liar.
But despite that -
“That doesn’t mean he can use the pledges to restrain my love
life! Isn’t that a twisted sense of logic!?”
Steph clutched her head and cried, while her gaze settled upon
a single book.
It was slightly further away from her - an ancient-looking
“ • • • rThe Treasure of the Prideful Princess J • • • is this a fairy
It was a book written in the Imanity language - a book with a
rather childish title.
As she flipped it open, this was written on the inner cover
- rThis is a tale that has circulated amongst the ElvesJ -
“Is this a translation? The translator is - isn’t this Grandpa!?
Why would this book be..
Steph mumbled to herself as she flipped to the next page, after
which she suddenly inhaled sharply.
Because this was written on the very first page:
- This is a place even further than the sea.
A rFairy TaleJ further away than anything and anyone else
After which she saw a familiar scrawl underneath...
Which meant the late king’s handwriting, and it read:
- According to my observations, the hibernating Empress of the
Sea went into slumber after reading this story.
- The Empress is just like the Princess in this story, being loved
by everyone, and has everything in the world.
- Thus she.. .wishes to pursue things unknown to her.
- It’s exactly because she has everything, she wishes for the
unknown - a love she cannot acquire -
“I FOOOOOUUUUNNNNDDDD TTTTTTTTTT TTTTTTTTT!!”
Steph yelled and kicked her chair to the side, while Izuna
leaped up in surprise.
- Avant Heim - within a slightly larger cube in the centre of it.
It was JibriPs previous residence, which had been turned into a
Important items, books and the like had probably all been
moved to the Elkian library, so there was a lack of homeliness
The Fliigel didn’t appear to need sleep, so there weren’t any
beds nor windows within the place.
There was a secret room that held things other than books, and
for Sora, Shiro and Plum who didn’t like going outdoors, the
place was just right for them.
“Ah, Masters, please don’t touch those, because there’s a
possibility that, no, you will definitely die.”
After this warning, they made note not to take particular notice
of all the trophies and skulls Jibril had collected during the
Great War, which was a blessing in disguise, but -
Within the middle of the room, there was stacked a pile of
books that had been collected from almost a hundred Fliigel
who had sworn on the Pledges.
Buried in that mountain-high pile of books, Sora felt exhausted
and began mumbling to himself.
Shiro who was sitting on his lap began writing something in a
notebook as well, after which she began drawing squiggly lines
unhappily and groaning impatiently.
• - Masters, would you like to take a rest?”
The two were frustrated at the speed of their progress, while
Jibril advised them to stop.
- After the game had ended, the two had begun reading the
extremely large amount of books they had won over, looking
for information in the process.
Jibril only suddenly noticed as she was writing in her
Observational Diary (Bible), that the last time Sora and Shiro
(Masters) had slept - was before Plum had arrived.
As she realised that was about five days ago, she advised them
again, while Sora simply scratched his head as though he didn’t
hear her at all.
“There are clearly nineteen types of rOaths j - but why
isn’ t there any difference between the awakening
“Could it be.. .we came here.. .for nothing...?”
At the end of the game, Plum had activated a spell, deceiving
even Azrael who had the power of a Phantasma within her.
Plum was extremely exhausted after that feat, so she moaned
while lying on the floor and breathing weakly.
They had did so much, could it be that there was no meaning in
it - Plum began to appear despaired, but instead Sora -
“• • -The problem’s even more serious than that.. .I’ll
straighten it out for you!”
Sora sighed and turned to Plum to explain:
“The Empress of the Seirenes is their full representative, so
the fact that she bet all her rights in order to enter a slumber to
the Seirenes would mean that as long as someone else were to
wake her up, their Race Piece would be taken which would be
tantamount to death - so they hid the condition to awaken her.”
“Y-yes.. .that’s true...”
“The ultimate form of concealment is not letting anyone
know, which is why Plum couldn’t find out the condition
“The current Empress had entered slumber before becoming
the Empress, so the Seirenes should have tried all possible
methods to awaken her already - which means, previously
someone knew how to awaken her, but those conditions have
probably been modified by someone now.”
Can you understand everything up to here? Sora asked, to
which Plum nodded in confirmation.
“In the previous eight hundred years, there were of course
people that played games in attempts to waken the Empress,
among which nineteen of them were recorded by Avant Heim
over five races, and they had found the rOathJ back then. As
long as we can find that information and cross-reference it with
everything we have, we can retrace back to the past and find
the conditions to wake the Empress - that was my initial plan.”
Shiro let out a lining- a tiny moan, and collapsed on Sora’s
knees - she had overworked her brain.
The r OathJ written in the languages of five different races,
they had even cross-referenced the meanings of all the words -
“- rThe person who can wake the Empress] - that’ s the
limit to which we can retrace.”
The person that could wake her - which would mean, rIt
would be fine even if you don’ t let her fall in love with
To acquire everything - rWin all the rights] , that was the
only victory reward the two could affirm existed, but at that
point that meant nothing to them.
What was most important was - Sora said impatiently:
“Why isn’ t there a rVictory Condition] - they hid the
If rAll their rights] were taken before the previous Empress
had died, it wouldn’ t cause them much danger to their
They should have revealed the victory conditions in order to
allow people to beat the game as fast as possible - despite this,
there were no records...
“• • - The worst.. .possibility...”
As Plum heard Shiro mumble, she looked at her in despair,
pleading for her to explain.
“• • - From the very beginning.. .no one.. .knew the
“ • • -Even the Empress doesn’t know, the possibilities of a
victory condition that isn’t specific - for example...”
Sora took a deep breath and spoke, almost squeezing his voice
“• • • rAmuse me. I don’ t know how you’ re going to do it,
but you have to do it in a specific way.J - Something like
- Plum’s eyes rolled up into whites and she collapsed, and to be
honest, Sora felt just like her.
If that was the truth - the reason why no one could awake her,
the reason why Plum was unable to find the condition - the
reason why the love magic worked properly but was unable to
wake her up, and -
Even the reason why they could completely hide the conditions
- everything could be explained.
Since no one knew from the very beginning, there was no
reason to conceal it.
Which meant they had to search for r What was the Empress
looking for when she went into hibernationj - back to square
“Ah~ dammit, what’s wrong with that woman!?”
Sora yelled out in a voice saturated with heavy frustration, after
which he collapsed.
Even Shiro gave up and began yawning on Sora’s lap, while
Plum - fainted.
This scene could be titled rDespair] and framed in an art
“• • - So for a change of mood, can I tell you all about
something that happened in the past?”
Jibril snapped her fingers lightly, and instant the walls and
ceiling of her home turned as transparent as glass.
Sora lay on the floor, and what he saw was a night sky - no,
They were on the edge of the atmospheric layer - the divide
between the universe and planets.
Which meant that was the universe. As he understood that, he
suddenly heard a calming sound, like the call of a whale.
“It was r HimJ - the sound of the Phantasma Avant Heim.”
As she said this - Sora recalled a huge whale-shaped slab of
land during their game against Azrael.
• • He was on his back right now, and as that was too ridiculous
to consider, he figured he would forget it soon anyway.
“ THeJ was a disciple of my late Master, the Old Deus
Jibril spoke with a nostalgic glow in her eye.
“Artosh died at the end of the Great War - but r HeJ
couldn’ t accept it, so he drifted from place to place in search
for him, approaching any single presence of Old Dei he could
Jibril looked at the sky - the red moon.
“The red moon (up there) is the dwelling place of the
thirteenth-ranked rLunarians] , as well as the Old Dei that
created them.” 
- Maybe because it was bigger than the moon of their original
world, or because they were closer to it, it was a gigantic red
moon he had seen countless times before.
Sora had never considered that there might be rSixteen
Races] up there.
Whenever Avant Heim sees the red moon, he will attempt
to raise his altitude upon detecting the presence of Old Dei, but
Jibril smiled a complex yet sad smile.
“Avant Heim can’t do it.”
“•••Can’t do it?”
“Avant Heim doesn’t fly in the sky, he revolved about the
planets - he swims within the Elemental Galleries that the
Imanity cannot see, so he can’t go into space where there are
no Spirits - so...”
Sora’s gaze shifted up along with Jibril’s, and he remained
- He had never seen the Milky Way up close.
But compared to photos online, it was way more epic than he
thought it would have been, a glittering river of stars suspended
Suddenly a flash of light streaked past as though to cover the
red moon up.
“He’s looking at the red moon.. .and crying.”
The light emitted an afterglow that shimmered faintly as it
passed, and swam away.
Earlier they had heard the call of a whale as well, and now - it
sounded rather lonely to them.
• -Do the Phantasma have feelings as well?”
- The rPhantasma] that were ranked second among the
rSixteen Races] .
Sora then thought, it was of course reasonable that Azrael had
called upon them so emotionally as she was ranked as well.
But it just seemed rather impossible to believe that a floating
slab of land could have emotions.
Then - Sora remembered something all of a sudden, and he
“ • • - Even the Phantasma know rLove] , but I don ’ t - • • ”
“Huh? Why do you say THe] knows love?”
“He knows to cry for his Master, and he has a Master to love
- even if it isn’t love, doesn’t that mean he knows love?”
- Jibril suddenly said thoughtfully.
“Master, is there a person whose absence would make you
“So the one you love is
“Shiro - ah~ so if I know love and I know how to love, does
that mean I know how to fall in love?”
Love differs from person to person - what a troublesome
What was the Empress searching for before she hibernated? If
it was truly related to love, then he could do nothing - Jibril
was thinking of something else at the same time.
“ • • - Is it really like that?”
When Artosh had been conquered, Jibril had felt crushing
despair along with the rest of the Fliigel.
After that, the Fliigel had begun gathering information, they
didn’t know what they were searching for, but they still
The reason to live, the reason to exist, the reason to not die -
Searching for those rAnswers] thatcouldn’ t possibly exist
- but Jibril found it.
It wasn’t a common answer, but it let her find - her own reason
“• • •? What is it, Jibril?”
Itwasn’ t for knowledge, but instead for the ^Unknown]
ahead of her that confused her, if -
“M-master, forgive me for asking, but could you listen to a
single request of mine?”
“Yeah, what is it?”
“Could you please say r Jibril you useless fellow, I don’ t
need you anymore] ?”
• -L-let me just say something here, I don’t get where this
conversation is going at all.”
“Just don’t ask - please.”
As he saw Jibril press her forehead on the ground while
bowing deeply, Sora accepted her request reluctantly.
“- r Jibril you useless fellow, I don’ t need you anymore] -
is that alright?”
She teleported so close to Sora that their heads almost
connected, which caused Sora to cry out uncontrollably.
“W-why is this? I’m currently feeling the same sensation of
my spine tingling as I licked the feet of that long-eared one
under Master’s orders, and the time where I stole Shiro-san
from you during the FPS in the Eastern Federation - and a
feeling as if my chest is being constricted! What exactly is this
“I don’t know! I don’t know, but aren’t you adding too much
weird elements into this!?”
Sora replied with his face set in stone as Jibril looked at him
while panting, blushing and almost drooling.
Although, Jibril suddenly seemed to have understood
something - she nodded, and then -
“Master, in the six thousand, four hundred and seven years
since my birth - Jibril has finally understood what it means to
fall in love.”
• -Huh? Are you serious?”
“Yes, I can finally help Master out - and what love means
Jibril kneeled down solemnly in front of Sora and reported.
“Master commanded Dora-chan to rFall in love with youj ,
and ignored her aside from that one time; as for Dora-chan that
was a declaration of love, so! The feelings placed within me as
the Master I ’ ve been serving under for so long with all my
heart said he doesn’t need me any longer - which is pity,
bitterness, relaxation and all other sorts of feelings that make
chills run down my spine, that’s love -!!”
“ Jibril, could you please just calm down, you’re just making
things more complicated —“
Sora said with his expression still carved in stone, at this time -
with a loud slam! -
Shiro stood up.
“Huh!? W-what was that, Shiro, my heart nearly leaped out of
However she completely ignored Sora’s response.
“•••Unknown sensation-•-I don’ t kn ow ••can’ t reach-••
yearning- • • Azrael couldn’ t find it- • - Jibril found it- • • Steph felt
it• • • the unknown• • • the future • • • HopeJ
- She was pretending to sleep earlier, so she had heard
She mumbled a string of words - recited, as she suddenly
began flipping through the books.
“• • - The Empress that deceived everyone... - the
Empress.. .victory condition.. .wasn’t changed.”
She suddenly lifted up a book - and said:
“• • *Nii.. .1 know.. .the condition.. .to awaken the Empress
- As they heard this, Sora, Jibril and even Plum leaped up
together and looked at Shiro.
And only Shiro - appeared happy, no...
“• • -Nii as well.. .judgmental error.. .you do that sometimes.”
Her expression was completely different from the usual, as she
actually seemed happy and laughed.
“•••Nii, Nii- haha---Nii-•-messed up-- - P ”
Shiro shook her shoulders from side to side, her feet couldn’t
help but swing about - and she smiled victoriously.
Sora didn’t get her meaning, but he did moan suddenly -
“W-wait a second, huh? I made a judgmental error? B-but
situational decisions are...”
“•••Yes, Nii’ s---forte-• -but this time-• -Shiro won P”
- She appeared truly happy.
In that game, Sora only felt dizzy as it was the first time Shiro
had beaten him at it.
“H-how is this possible...I lost in judging situations,
deduction, strategy, my reason for existence...”
-If J - They were the strongest Imanity gamers, two in one,
and if he as the strategist were to lose in terms of judgment -
Ignoring Sora who was almost in tears, Plum immediately
“W-what is it!? What do we have to do to awaken the
As everyone bated their breath in anticipation - and as Sora
looked at her tearfully.
Shiro - revealed the answer.
Chapter 4: Retry
"...So it's...like that, huh..."
"W-well there aren't any contradictions with Grandpa's
work...wait, huh, is that it?!"
"My assumption was right after all, heh...ah, love is such a
"...We...nearly went extinct for a stupid reason like that...I'm
gonna cry, you know...?"
"Phew W This is a great opportunity, Plum Tr Amira's feeling
really energetic V"
"..S-Sora, Izuna doesn't understand at all, des."
"Sorry Izuna, but I'm just a useless eighteen-year-old piece of
hikikomori virgin trash that's dragging Kuuhaku f J
down, so I don't understand as well. But Izuna's smart, so you'll
understand it in the future. Now please excuse me so I can
make my way to the garbage dump."
"Sora is getting thrown away, des? Can Izuna go and pick him
"...Absolutely not...Nii belongs to Shiro. Let's change the
subject...Nii go get ready."
"R-ready? O-other than getting in the way, is there really
something else I can do...?"
"...This game...Shiro can't beat it...only Nii...can do it..."
"Alright then, let's go, Shiro!! If Shiro and I both can't do it,
I sighed unconsciously.
Oceande is the birthplace of all the Seirenes.
Located at the very bottom of the ocean's depths, its endless
foothills that were connected with triple seamounts and so forth
were lit up by half-moon shaped streaks of light. 
Away from the unclean, filthy solid ground, the calm seawaters
were like castle walls, having no direct passage towards
Aside from countless unnamed fish and whales, there was only
an extremely small amount of people that were able to reach
The treasures located within the city were piled up in glittering,
dazzling mountains, and the protections placed over them by
the water elementals added a beautiful layer of oceanic blue
It was a stunningly colorful paradise created from the magic of
But, it was also a prison.
“Oh come on- really now, isn't there anything else more fun
I pursed my lips, as everything seemed to be making me
I'm getting bored of singing and dancing, not to mention that
I've gotten bored of eating all those delicacies.
Oceande, the eternal paradise, beauty, wealth, love; everything
was present there.
From the very instant that I was born, those things were all
And it's exactly because of that - that I'll never be satisfied.
That's because I myself am the prettiest, most valuable piece of
treasure and not others.
Even the most beautiful things in this world cannot reach my
If there's something that this place doesn't have but yet
something I truly wish for...
That is...love! Pure love!
A partner just as perfect and unchangeable as I am! An
impeccable treasure that even the gods would desire.
I won't let anyone invade my pure soul - I'll wait for rHim]
in this dreamy city.
The one that can give everything he has to me - an eternal
The prince that can satisfy all my inner desires.
I fell asleep while waiting for rHim] ...huh? How long ago
“...Never mind, it's not important.”
If rHe J doesn't come for me, things like time don't matter at
If my desires aren't satisfied, my entire existence would be like
an empty shell -
- TAschenteJ -
Suddenly I heard a voice, and I gradually regained
It seems someone has arrived, a shallow man that has come in
search of my love.
With one little smile from me they would immediately fall
before my irresistible charm, such cute idiots.
This man probably isn't the one I'm looking forward to as well,
rTrue LoveJ doesn't come easily anyway.
But, after waiting so long, even I'm getting impatient.
“...Fine, since I'm bored anyway, I'll play with you for a
No matter how boring this man may be, he can at least pass
Right - I'll be gentler to him this time.
I'll smile sweetly, flatter him a bit, then watch him fall head
over heels for me.
After that, at the very last moment, I'll dump him as brutally as
I can and toss him to the side like a soulless corpse.
This way, even an idiot might learn the meaning of T True
“Do you - ?”
A young man's voice drifted to me from the sky.
“- Do you want love -?”
You're asking me if I want love? Of course.
“...Yes, I do, but can you give it to me?”
“So - I'll give it to you!!”
“You- are- shock-!!” 
A shock that shook the oceans resounded, and I looked up - to
see that the sky had shattered.
There's no other way for me to describe it; I could see it even
from where I was in the ocean, as the sky gradually cracked
and crumbled, falling like huge pieces of broken glass,
crashing into the ocean - dying the seas and skies blood-red.
After which the owner of the voice fell into the ocean along
with the splinters of the glass sky.
The sky- it fell because- of love...—...you know?”
He was a male, black-haired, black-eyed Imanity wearing a
shirt with the words _ I V HumansJ emblazoned on the front.
And beside him, almost in contrast to him, a white-haired, red¬
eyed young Imanity girl.
The two had draped on them a jet-black cape that instantly
would remind people of the kind villains would wear, and they
spoke with evil smiles:
“Greetings, Sleeping Beauty. Sorry for disturbing you every
single time before you go to rest. We're Sora and Shiro.”
...Hmm? They're using a different tactic this time.
Many men have attempted to seek my love in various sorts of
ways, but this would be a first.
No, wrong - what I want is TTrue LoveJ - not just something
flashy and original like this.
“Greetings, visitors of my dream. I welcome your arrival.”
It would be over after this sentence, my voice - no man can
resist its charm -
“Ah, we apologize. The real versions of us aren't here right
“...Useless, useless, useless...”
“So we can't hear your voice, forgive us for that, and now-
The man smiled mischievously, then continued singing:
“You are shock - me and- a few other things- fell from the
- A shock rang out once again, at the same time the seas parted,
and in the red skies...
I cried out unconsciously.
It was a sky covered in hateful, fear-inducing, giant - monster
A girl flew above that sky, with a halo on her head and light-
woven wings stretching from her waist.
“You're an idiot, and you look cute while you're sleeping, but
to think that idiots that can cause trouble even when they're
asleep exist - the world really is a huge place.”
- Behind her were hundreds of - personifications of killers, the
symbols of destruction - rThe FliigelJ !?”
“...Nii, sense of despair...doesn’t seem enough...”
“Hmm- That’ s right, I need to perfectly recreate ending B
of rThat game that scarred me the most emotionally
(Drakengard) J , so I should have brought the real Fliigel
along, but - Azrael ’ s power has been sealed so the council ’ s
definitely in a huge mess right now, as other than Jibril the rest
are all just figureheads.” 
“Please take it easy, Master. It’ 11 be just fine as long as I
command about hundreds of manpower P ”
That man looked down at me while conducting a strange-
“Alright, let’ s begin the game - rMake me fall in love with
The man said that, and then pointed towards the highest tower
of Oceande - the hall of the Empress.
“We’ll be right there, and as soon as you do, if you manage to
make me fall in love with you, the game will be over.”
- The skies were twitching, and countless gigantic babies
(monsters) began descending from its blood-red void.
The Fliigel flew about with their wings spread wide.
...Y-you want me to move under these conditions...!?
“Speaking of which, Master...is it really fine for me to destroy
the city just like that?”
I froze as I heard that Fliigel ask expectantly.
“Yeah, no problem. Including the Empress as well, since this
is all in a dream everything will return to normal in a matter of
seconds anyway. Jibril, no matter how much power you use -
the source is rInfinite] , so just release as much as you
“Hehe, hehee, heheheheh- Jibril’s full of energy V”
- After which, the two Imanity turned around to face me once
“Also, when we created this setting
“...We brought your...friends, best friends...relatives as well.”
As I heard this I looked around desperately - when did they
Mum, Grandma, my servants and sisters that I can’t even
remember the names of - they were all crying and sobbing.
“Which is what you’re looking at...”
He smiled bitterly, scratched his head briefly and said:
“You along with the babies that your relatives would have
given birth to being cut to pieces, exterminated, eliminated by
Jibril, and you have to proceed while experiencing many other
hardships...looking back at it, this setting really is pretty
“...That game...Nii said it would be a touching fighting game
and let Shiro play it, Nii...I can’t forgive you.” 
“I’m so sorry, because it’s just too unbearable for me alone to
carry that much emotional burden - so I just had to...”
The two finished blabbering, and they who called themselves
Sora and Shiro spoke as one -
TNow you will
Not receive any help
You will only face death
So let us see
How far you can struggle.]
After which - they spoke with smiles on their faces:
TGo to hell. J
The Fliigel then continued as she heard this:
“So, IT1 start. First Unit, Jibril.”
The halo on her head began shifting and twisting into various
complicated patterns, becoming bigger, multi-layered, just like
a magic formation.
Her wings appeared to emit light, and they lost their shape - a
spear-like thing began forming in her hands -
“To my Masters who have given me the opportunity to do
this, I dedicate my utmost gratitude -”
Concentrated, full powered, 100% - TAirstrikeJ - it’
coming for you V”
She said this, and the entire world was engulfed in light.
On the other hand - in the hall of the Empress in Oceande -
“YEAH ☆ Jii-chan’s so cool- V”
Amira cheered at the underwater projector which was
displaying the state of the Empress’ dream.
While beside her were countless other Seirenes who were
cheering and dancing maniacally as well.
Sora, Shiro and Jibril’s bodies lay on the floor almost lifelessly
along with Plum and the other Dhampirs who had used all their
strength transporting them into the dream world.
Beside them was Steph who was rolling her eyes, as well as an
elderly Werebeast - Hatsuse Ino, as well as Izuna who was
hugging onto him.
Looking at the three unconscious bodies on the floor, Ino
“Um, about that...what exactly is going on here?”
“We’re here to save Grandpa, des. You have to kneel and
express gratitude, des.”
Izuna said this while rubbing her face against her grandfather’s
- Ino’s stomach, while Steph continued:
“A lot of things happened while Ino-san was here in
Oceande...a lot of things.”
- But he couldn’t possibly understand anything from an
explanation like that.
Ino fondled Izuna gently while expressing his confusion.
“...I would appreciate it if you could explain more
“Don’t worry about it...since I don’t actually get it either...but
Sora has a message for you.”
Mm-mm, Steph cleared her throat.
r We found the way to awaken the Empress, so we told
the Seirenes who in exchange gladly gave you up in exchange
for it, which is exactly what we’ re doing nowj ...that’ s
“Now I’m even more confused...”
“Let me continue... ^Don’ t worry, we’ 11 awaken the
Empress and we won’ t let the Seirenes and Dhampirs go
extinct, which is what we wagered on in the beginning of the
game. As for what’ s going on, you’ 11 have to wait until the
game’ s over before you find out.J - and...”
Steph smiled thinly and continued yet again:
“... rLastly, Izuna seemed really lonely so we left her here
with you. You have a really good granddaughter,
Gramps.J ...that’ sail.”
Ino smiled as he felt his granddaughter fondling him lovingly,
but he thought to himself:
- Now I don’t understand Sora even more.
Sounds of cheering erupted once again as Jibril ’ s second
TAirstrikeJ was fired.
The Seirenes were feasting merrily while watching the events
unfolding within the dream, while Plum instead advised them
“A, Amira-sama...I completely- understand how you feel, but
could you please at least be more self-conscious
“Huh? Come on Plum P You don’ t need to be so formal all
the time so just say what’ s on your mind, it’ s fine ☆ ”
Amira smiled a saintly smile and continued:
“It feels so great watching that idiotic woman suffer-!
- Her smile was pure, but her eyes weren’t smiling.
“Amira was originally against the idea of repressing pain- so
I would say I ’ m already being rather self-conscious here-
- It’s true, it was a dream, so in reality no one would get hurt.
Also, when Sora and Shiro had entered the Empress’ dream,
they had requested Plum to repress the pain sensors of the
It was a dream anyway, so there wouldn’t be any pain, but
despite this he had emphasized it time and again - which
meant, there was a meaning behind his series of actions -
“...We really shouldn’t have brought Izuna there, huh.”
“Yeah, Sora-san managed to pass judgment that this isn’t a
scene a small child like her should be witnessing, so I guess
I’m rather in awe of his morals.”
“...? Is something going on, des?”
Izuna had her head buried in Ino’s chest the entire time so she
couldn’t see the projection, but then she asked curiously.
Regarding the events unfolding in front of her - Plum replied:
“To put it bluntly...that’s hell...no, that’s a true nightmare...”
Undoubtedly, it was a scene that seemed to defy all laws
governing the natural world.
- Steph had heard about it as well, the strongest attack of the
Fliigel - r AirstrikeJ .
That spear of light could evaporate oceans in a single shot, and
turn Oceande within the dream into a mere crater.
But - since it was a dream, everything would return to normal
in a matter of seconds.
The babies crumbled immediately just like porcelain figurines,
while Jibril relentlessly continued her onslaught with renewed
The endlessly disintegrating and repairing scenery along with
JibriTs smile - or rather her murderous sneer, as she coldly,
mechanically swung her arms.
With each swing, mountains were leveled, seas were spliced,
and the ocean floors buckled and caved from the shock.
- That alone was sufficiently traumatizing to be considered a
And it wasn’t only Jibril as well, as the fake Fliigel were
destroying everything in sight along with her.
The baby-like monsters were simply characters that incited
natural hatred and fear from onlookers, and they feasted on the
various other people within the dream.
While the Seirenes were actually watching those events
cheerfully, in an almost overjoyed fashion - everything was in
a chaotic mess.
“...A-about that, since they know the reason why all this is
happening, it’s hard to blame them for their reaction...but...”
“...D-did they go a bit overboard? ...although I don’t really
understand what’s going on...”
Steph, who knew the cause of the events up to this point yet
didn’t understand Sora’s intentions, couldn’t help but agree
“...Although, not a day passes where I don’ t hate that Tet-
sama who created the ^Ten Pledges] ...”
Plum seemed as if she was going to faint anytime soon, and she
said this with her face almost horrifyingly pale.
Because what she saw might actually be - no, it must be.
It was something even before the rTen Pledges] - a scene
that seemed directly ripped out of the rGreat War] .
“My ancestors actually survived through things like these...I
respect them even more now.”
“...More precisely, how exactly did the Imanity survive
through conditions like these?”
“Before all this, were there any differences between the
Imanity and the Werebeasts...? After I get back, I’m going to
look through that bit of history again.”
The three of them slipped into their own thoughts, but deep
down they were all thinking of the same thing.
- The One True God (Tet), thank you for creating the rTen
- The seawater had completely evaporated just after the first
strike, and Leila could only crawl on the cracked, dried ground.
She couldn’t breathe, and the sunlight corroded every pore of
her body on the naked sea floor.
She couldn’t feel pain, but her energy was being endlessly
sapped from her.
The continuous assault of the Fliigel didn’t even give the
seawater time to grow back.
The seawater evaporated, returned, and evaporated yet again,
removing the Empress - removing Leila of her marine
After which, the baby-like monsters that descended from the
blood-red skies crept towards her, threatening to feast on her.
She had no water, she couldn’t swim, so even if she belonged
to a race loved and protected by the ocean - if she didn’t have
seawater she couldn’t even disguise herself -...
“...P...phew...a-am I...finally there...?”
- How many days had it been? Or how many minutes?
Leila dragged her body to the front of the tower.
Behind her she could hear countless explosions, and the fires of
hell were burning passionately there as well.
Above her were broken skies and cries of laughter, while on
the ground were countless screams of terror and agony.
Leila fearfully opened the doors of the tower with all her
might, and charged into it - at the same time...
She felt a shock that once again leveled the city behind her and
yet another explosion - but Leila merely sat down in relief.
Because within the tower - there was water.
Probably because Sora and Shiro were there, it was the only
place that even the attacks of the Fliigel couldn’t destroy.
As long as she had water, she could breathe and seduce...
A..Ha, hahaha....hehehehehe...you’ve got some guts - to dare
to do something like this to me!”
Leila gasped for air, and from within her - surged torrents of
- r Make me fall in love with youj ?
“...Fine, since you actually dared to play a fool with me this
far, I’ll make you pay.”
- With a swish of her tailfin, Leila surged up the water-filled
tower at a stunningly fast speed.
-1 am the Empress of the Sea, I have everything, no one will
resist my rule.
They actually dared to show such disrespect towards me -
although I don’t know what he wants -
“Don’t think kneeling down and begging for forgiveness will
Just one sentence, I just need for him to hear the slightest bit of
my voice, and it will be all over.
-I’ll sing a song, capture his heart, and make him kneel before
me and lick the floor.
After which I’ll reject him as coldly and heartlessly as I can,
then push him into a bottomless canyon of despair.
I’ll seduce him then push him aside, so when he leaves the
dream - he will think the real world is the actual nightmare, and
he won’t be able to live with himself.
With these thoughts in her head, she smiled evilly, and swam
through the waters - not long after...
She reached the topmost floor - the hall of the Empress - and
stood before the gates to her own room.
- The doors immediately swept open along with the water
current, almost as if they were forced open by her voice.
There was no doubt that Leila was the absolute ruler over the
oceans, as all beings in the sea could only bow before her
power through the fWater Elementals J within her. It was
simply natural, it wasn’ t something one could fight against, it
was a magic that surpassed even the boundaries of her species.
Because even if her opponent was an Elf, the spirits used
within their magics would obey Leila.
In this world - there was nothing she could not tame.
Carrying an immense amount of self-confidence - no, with
absolute belief, Leila - finally arrived.
Sora and Shiro - the two had dressed up like demon kings.
Sora seemed to be enjoying himself, even allowing himself to
receive her with a cocky smile.
You’ve finally managed to get here...
Your stupidity really is entertaining...
But things seem to be going exactly as planned...
‘\..Nii, you can stop that now...”
“Come on- Shiro, don’t cut me short halfway through my
lines, I spent a lot of time preparing them you know.”
Leila could only look at them with a raging fury in her eyes as
the two quarreled.
Although their actions were unbelievably foolish - it was about
time for them to pay the price.
And then, the Empress - Leila - wove her words with a voice
even the Gods would be smitten with.
“Alright, are you done playing? Now kneel down and kowtow
- I’ll make him kneel first.
After that, I’ll be sure to drag him so far in his brain will melt -
- However, as she heard his reply...
Leila couldn’t believe her ears.
“Hey, didn’t you hear what I said about the rules at all? Make
me fall in love with you - can’t you even flatter me or
- Leila was speechless.
The young man and the girl before her - merely stood smiling
even after she had used her voice that could hypnotize both
genders regardless, and even managed to reply mockingly.
- They’re fighting against it. Leila thought to herself in panic.
Because as long as she was in the water, they would definitely
fall in love with her without exceptions, and their brains would
So let’s try it out - let’s see how long they can keep up their
“...Yes, sorry, I was too excited, so I apologize for being so
Leila looked at them passionately with teary eyes, and
continued almost pleadingly:
“I hope you can hear my true feelings -1 want you, please
reciprocate my love.”
Not just her voice, but her every action - had a hypnotizing
power that even brainwashing could not beat.
Behind her pleading words, it was almost as if she was entering
commands - orders that were impossible to deny.
When faced with her irresistible charm, Sora merely - shivered
slightly - and replied.
“...Ugh- I’m sorry, I’m getting goosebumps, nope, can’t do
“And to be honest, you’re not even my type.”
“Also the rules clearly said that you need to make me fall in
love with you, but you went and told me to kneel in your first
sentence, apologized in your second, then finally said that your
previous words weren’t actually what you meant? Are you one
of those tripmine girls people see on the internet? I’d never
thought that people like you actually exist, that’s quite a
...Leila could only stand there speechlessly.
They weren’t fighting back, it was just that her magic wasn’t
Why - was her dream being tampered with? No, even the Elven
magics couldn't touch it.
She couldn’t figure it out, but only one thing was truly
This man came here with the firm belief that he wouldn’t fall in
love with me.
- Just then, the man turned to the young girl beside him for
some sort of confirmation - and she nodded.
“Ah~ I can finally say it now, since previously everyone
thought this was some sort of romance game, this is probably
the first time someone has said something like this to you
right? So including that Gramps from earlier, I’m going to take
everyone’s frustration out on you!”
After that - Sora inhaled deeply, and released a rapid-fire
torrent of words:
“You’re a grown woman for goodness sake, and here you are
daydreaming and stuff. Are you stupid or something? Who do
you think you are? An idiot? Do you really think that everyone
has to treat you well? Even the kindergartners nowadays are
smarter than you! Also do you have any idea how long you’ve
been sleeping? Eight hundred years! Eight, hundred, years!
Don’t tell me you think you’re some sort of sleeping beauty
waiting for her prince? You’re over eight hundred years old!
You goddamn old hag! I said you were pretty old earlier, but
you’ ve got to have a limit somewhere! I confess, I do prefer
older women, but they at least need to have some brains you
know!? Also, the thing that I hate the most about you is your
rAll men will definitely fall in love with mej attitude!
Women should know their place! Sexiness must come with
some sort of humility and restraint before it has any meaning!
Unless you’ re thinking something like this? That when
people ask you to take off your clothes you just strip off
everything without a doubt. Do you really think of yourself as a
woman? Or that! Are you one of those people who try to get
starring roles in AV's but when the actual shooting comes, you
just take off your clothes and everything, one of those idiots
with romantic stats of below twenty!? If you think all that
matters is how much skin you show, you might as well go be a
nudist! You bloody halfwit! Also, why do I have to suck up to
a woman I don’t like? With any semblance of common sense,
one would immediately realize it’s just a waste of time and
effort! Are you genuinely an idiot!? If so, I might as well go
chase some 2D girls, which would probably be more
meaningful, less time-consuming, more appealing, and
probably won’t damage my wallet and break my heart!
Furthermore, I want to say one last thing -1 don’t know
whether you call those things water elementals or whatever but,
you only have the ability to seduce and hypnotize when those
things are around - so to be honest your looks are only at a
medium standard; you’re only going to be a third wheel in my
crew, which you should have realized long ago if you would
just look in the goddamn mirror! You sponge-brained idiot!!”
Not allowing his opponent to reply at all, Sora blabbered on
and on - finally appearing somewhat pleased with himself.
“Ah- that feels better...right, so I’ ve said everything I
wanted to say. I ’ m done here so I ’ m ending the game now,
bye P ”
“I’m not waiting-! Are you having fun playing this game,
making people run around for no particular reason? Thanks for
having us over, idiot, goodbye-!!”
Sora and Shiro immediately disappeared after that, so maybe
the game ended after all.
After that - the explosions she heard up until then stopped -
Different noises began quietly resounding within Leila’s heart.
“Hahaha, to think we would go that far. She’s probably
furious - is that enough? Shiro?”
“...Mm, Nii...Omega good job.”
The brother nodded in satisfaction, while the sister raised her
thumb at him.
- Meanwhile, within the hall of the Empress, a thunder-like
torrent of clapping began to resound from the Seirenes who
were watching the show.
Almost in comparison, their friends, who were led by Steph,
merely rolled their eyes in silence.
Sora and Shiro had made the Empress go through a horrible
nightmare, and then left the game behind without even any
words of comfort.
In that situation where no one seemed to know what they were
trying to do - only one person...
“Phew- that was entertaining...if I tell this to them (the
Fliigel), they would definitely be so jealous...”
Jibril, who had caused extreme havoc within the Empress’
dream and returned to reality, spoke.
Her skin appeared to be radiating a faint glow, which probably
wasn’t their imagination.
But - with Steph at the head, everyone else who didn’t seem to
understand what they were doing had the same questions in
- So what were they intending to do? - Sora laughed heartily at
their confused glances.
He then said -1 don’t know either!
Sora had merely acted according to Shiro’s orders - which
“...Nii, just do it...like you normally would.”
Only one sentence.
“...Use every possible way you can think of...taunt her, and
taunt her again, make her incredibly angry...just continue
- Just that.
Although, Sora did feel rather sad at the fact that her sister said
that those were his normal actions.
Since Shiro said so, he needed to be confident himself, as that
was the way to conquer her route, which meant he had to
follow her orders to the end without question - without a single
- Suddenly, cracking sounds were heard.
The Empress’ ice block had cracked slightly.
Ignoring the speechless crowd - Sora and Shiro excluded, the
crack merely began expanding.
At the same instant as the transparent, crystalline ice began
cracking all over, its surface and emitting a bright glow ...
Stardust-like seeds floated from it and splintered.
Within the reflective, cracking, moving splinters of ice - the
Empress slowly opened her eyes.
Everyone could only stare speechless at that.
“Hey! Hey! Over here! You can’ t hit me due to the TTen
Pledges] anyway! Hahaha!!!”
Aside from Sora who was still following her sister’ s orders to
r Aggravate the opponent] .
“...S-so strong...to think that Imanity could be this
Even Steph couldn’t help but begin to respect Sora, while the
Empress slowly stood up from her throne.
“...NiL.you can stop now.”
“Huh, really? And I was having fun too
The Empress flapped her tailfin elegantly once - and
approached Sora slowly, trailing light behind her.
Within this dreamlike turn of events - the Empress, who was
approaching Sora, had her face dyed blood-red in anger -
No - as she slowly swam before Sora, the Empress - suddenly...
“I’ve been waiting for you all this while...my prince V”
Falling before Sora’s feet, with heart shapes appearing in her
eyes - she said this.
While everyone else was shocked speechless, only Sora
remained on guard.
“...Hey, hey. Shiro, what’s going on? Is this some sort of
Sora asked Shiro nervously.
Suddenly, Sora recalled something.
- Once when he was playing an online game he cheated too
much and therefore won too much as well, so his opponents
managed to find his address to look him up, causing the
siblings to move to another house in a hurry. It was a bitter
memory - one from their old world.
Sora was afraid that he had went too far due to this emotional
trauma, while Shiro beside him said nonchalantly:
“...Nope...now you can... ^Beat the gamej ...”
“...Ah, so that’s what’s going on.”
Steph, Plum, Jibril and Amira finally realized what was
happening as Shiro explained it.
The Empress - Leila continued:
“Ah, my beloved emperor...please scold me more V”
H, hey, does this guy have some mental problem?"
Sora asked while pointing at Leila who was at his feet, but
Steph instead recalled a discussion they had before the game
The thing they had found in the Late King ’ s library - _ The
Treasure of the Proud Princess] .
Cross-referencing to the rEnding] of the book - she finally
understood Shiro ’ s intentions.
“...I see, so that’s what’s happening.”
A beautiful princess.
A fairy tale about a princess who had everything, beauty,
riches, love, simply everything..
She wanted more - her desires surpassed all, as the Princess
Those desires were ground to a halt due to a certain man.
The Princess had acquired everything in the world from
But her desires were still unfulfilled, and her wish -
-By a ^Dagger] -wielding man...
- The princess let her desires for this curiously beautiful
- End along with her death.
- Yes, that fairy tale was a story about a princess who was
exterminated as desires plagued her.
But, the Empress feared -
“So Grandpa found the fairy tale that caused the Empress to
hibernate, and after some observations...because she has
everything, what the Empress wants is something unknown -
probably an unachievable love...but...”
But, the late King’s - her grandfather’s explanation was rather
poetic, Steph thought as she sighed.
After that she turned to Shiro - the one who had orchestrated
the entire game.
“...I see...the Empress...that everyone loved, she couldn’t
understand the value of things just because she had
every thing... which is why she pursues...”
Ino appeared to be undergoing some sort of revelation, and he
“I see...which means, what she is looking for is someone that
even if she falls in love with - that person won’t love her in
To be frank - according to Shiro’s explanation, it meant -
Essentially, she is in love for the sake of love...she wants an
^Unobtainable LoveJ .
No, to be even more honest - it meant...
“...She wants to be bullied...yes, just like Steph.”
Steph cried out in shock, while Jibril clapped her hands as she
realized in the same instant.
“I get it now. According to that fairy tale, the man who killed
the princess wasn’t after her love - so that man, and that man
alone, was the only man the princess couldn’t get.”
Huh? Is she frozen there or something?”
Sora cried out, because that basically meant -
She wanted someone else’s property - which meant she would
repeatedly become that someone’s slave.
- Wasn’t that a perfect example of an incorrigible woman?
“So you’re telling me that even if I fall in love with her she’ll
immediately get turned off since she actually got my love?
What an annoying bitch.”
“Yessss V I’m an annoying bitch- I’m sorry ¥”
The Empress who was receiving a brutal scolding (Leila)
smiled blissfully while twisting her body from side to side.
- r I will offer everything I havej -
Everyone should pay more attention to the meaning behind that
sentence, and Shiro appeared to be the only one who noticed,
so she said:
“...Nii has all the rights...of that person...”
Huh? Oh, right...”
“Ahahaaa V P-please be more forceful with me V”
- Plum and the Dhampirs were speechless all the way up until
“...So just for something like this...she hibernated for eight
hundred years and nearly caused us to go extinct...?”
Even though she wasn’t exactly clear of the details herself,
Plum sighed a huge sigh as though she was going to puff out
her soul itself after that explanation.
After that, the Empress cried out in apparent surprise at Plum
and the Dhampirs’ reactions:
“...Huh? Did I really sleep for eight hundred years!?”
- She then continued:
“This game - as long as you don’t fall in love with me and
kick me to the side or something you win. Are you all idiots?”
“You’ re the idiot here! We can’ t do something like that
due to the TTen PledgesJ ! You sponge-brained dumbass!”
“Aahahahhhahh V yes! I’m an idiot! I’m a sponge—!!”
- Also not counting the rTen Pledges] ...
She had a irresistibly powerful hypnotizing ability that even
Jibril or Miko couldn’t resist...
There was a possibility that it was an all-powerful magic, so
not falling in love with Leila in that state would be directly
It was something that neither the Dhampirs, the Seirenes nor
anyone else could consider doing.
Which meant - to give her a hard punch in the face. Who would
have guessed that she would have thought of such a strategy?
“...Now do you understand why the Seirenes are so happy?
“...Yeah, this...what should I say...”
“Hehe- ☆ So-chan, you put on quite a show earlier, but
could you please on Amira’ s behalf beat up that ### as
hard as you can-? Mm! If s OK even if you cause permanent
brain damage in the process
“Ah, I beg of you, husband - please beat me V hit me- ¥”
Amira was smiling - but at the same time, her look at Sora was
As well as Leila who asked for the same thing, but instead
looked at Sora in expectation.
“...Hey, Jibril - what exactly is love?”
Sora looked up at the ceiling and asked, while Jibril smiled and
“Isn’t it exactly what Plum said? As long as one confirms the
presence of love, it’s love
Slightly further away, Ino was conversing emotionally with
“There really are many types of love...hmm, it appears I am
not matured enough either.”
“...Grandpa...Izuna still doesn’t understand it, des.”
“Don’t worry, Izuna. You will one day.”
Sora sighed and thought - will that day ever come?
“...I don’t think I will ever know.”
- Just like that, except for the Empress - Leila, under conditions
that no one could approve of...
That stupid game was over for the moment -
Within the capital of the Elkian Federation, Elkia - in the
middle of the night.
Steph appeared to be burning the midnight oil in one of the
offices in the castle of Imanity’s final territory.
“...I knew it, this time Oceande’s going to be merged with us
- With her workload increasing, Steph’s eyebags were
increasing in density as well.
Other than that, even Avant Heim had shown interest in joining
the Federation, albeit only in name.
The mountain of documents in front of her increased by the
day, and Steph quickly averted her eyes from it in fear as she
imagined it getting even larger - but then she thought:
“...At this rate those nobles will finally shut up.”
- Faced with this undeniable truth, Steph looked at the
documents again and sighed.
Every single day, those nobles that came to challenge them in
games for their own benefit - had now completely disappeared.
Now the documents from Sora’ s conquest of Oceande’ s
humongous territory and resources were already this much -
enough to deprive Steph from all sleep - and Elkia’ s
federation with the Eastern Federation.. .the rFederation
Concept] that had initially been thought impossible due to the
vast differences of power between nations was now a reality
due to their efforts, and the situation had thus changed as well.
The territory of the Seirenes - meant that they could now utilize
the resources in the oceans...
Because they had acquired the ^Underwater Resources J that
neither Elkia nor the Eastern Federation could utilize, the
disadvantage both nations previously had now disappeared.
What a stupid game, and that conclusion - Steph mumbled to
“...From the very beginning, that was their aim - so this
shouldn’t be possible...right?”
It was by pure chance that Plum had visited Sora and the
others, allowing them to acquire Oceande.
But in the final game, Miko - which meant the Eastern
Federation did not participate, so Oceande’s resources had
become the sole property of Elkia. It was the deciding factor
between the strength of the two nations, so the situation had
reversed from the two countries from being extremely far apart
in terms of strength to almost equals, so Steph was still
somewhat in disbelief.
- More importantly, they had acquired two nations at once.
Besides that, even Avant Heim was preparing to join.
After the Werebeasts - the Seirenes, the Dhampirs and even the
Sora had kept to his word, acquiring three birds with one stone.
Like this they didn’t have to take their Race Pieces nor cause
any damage - no, even giving them benefits, they had annexed
four races without a single drop of blood shed. This made
Steph recall something.
When Sora and the rest had conquered the Eastern Federation -
Miko - she had a rather ridiculous thought, and although she
wanted to chase it away, she began feeling that the thought
began having some truth in it.
“...The tenth of the rTen Pledges] , Everyone should get
along while playing games...”
Steph’s mouth curled up in a small smile - was that finally
Previously all they did was fight amongst each other, and the
rSixteen Races] had disfigured the planet in their wars, so
leading the rSixteen Races] against the One True God
without killing anyone, without anyone dying - was that really
“...? Speaking of which.”
Steph recalled the day that Sora and the others had bet the
rRace Piece of the ImanityJ at the Eastern Federation
The rSixteen Races] each had a rRace Piece] , and if one
were to acquire them all that person would then have the right
to challenge the One True God.
Suddenly, Steph shifted her gaze towards the distant horizon.
The gigantic chess piece that was still visible even in the
darkest night, appearing as if it would block the moonlight,
piercing the clouds.
- If that was the piece the One True God owned...
Did the respective Race Pieces have their own role to play as
Although she had yet to see the other rRace Pieces] , but the
rImanity Race Piece] that Sora brandished was -
The King in Western chess was - rThe weakest piece] .
It was the most important, but the abilities of a King were even
lower than a r Pawn] , that was common knowledge -
“Oh well, I’m probably thinking too much...sigh, back to
work, back to work.”
At the same time - within the main hall of capital Elkia.
Relying on the building capabilities of the Eastern Federation,
Sora and Shiro’s castle was finally complete - which was a
small wooden house.
Within the tatami-covered room that Sora and Shiro requested
for, were countless games and books scattered everywhere.
On top of it, the siblings were sleeping silently on a mattress
within that tiny space.
- At this time a shadow silently approached them.
But that shadow -
Hey, Plum, is there something you need at this time?”
Their voices sounded as if they were holding back laughter,
and Sora and Shiro stared into space, giving up on their act.
How did a normal Imanity manage to see through an
invisibility spell of a Dhampir?
Plum dispelled her magic and smiled sheepishly, then bowed to
“Are you here to reveal to us your true identity?”
As Sora said this - Plum’s smile froze.
Sora and Shiro ignored her reaction, then sat up straight - their
smiles were just like that of little kids that had succeeded in
pulling off a humongous prank.
“I don’t usually compliment others but I really want to show
my utmost respect towards you, your strategy really was pretty
amazing, to think you would actually
Sora complimented her sincerely, but -
“You actually managed to deceive us to the very end without
lying at all, Plum - no...”
Sora’s mouth curled up in a small smile, and he looked at the
female Dhampir - no...
“The final male Dhampir - Plum-san, I should be calling you
- He looked at the young boy.
- ...A sigh was heard.
The beautiful, bishoujo-like boy sat down cross-legged as his
identity was revealed, and sighed.
His expression was that of disappointment - but hidden in his
eyes were a piercing knowledge sharper than any sword.
“...Ugh...did I mess up somewhere? When did you find out?”
- Ah, so he sounds like that, huh, Sora thought as he replied.
“From the very start - well that’s what I want to say but...”
Sora glanced at Shiro.
“I don’t really want to admit this, but Shiro was the one who
noticed it, even before the time we went to the beach.”
Shiro raised a victory sign, appearing very proud of herself.
And Sora seemed rather unhappy at her, so he cupped his
cheeks and complained.
“Because of that, I nearly sexually harassed a guy, and let you
lick my sister’s feet, I messed up that badly...dammit, I should
have realized earlier...(mumbling)”
“Ahaha...thanks a lot for that, I was dying anyway...”
Sora choked slightly, as he saw the bishounen say that without
a single hint of remorse.
So, let’s continue the questioning regarding that night at
the beach - shall we?”
“...—... TpiumJ ...”
As she finished her sentence, Shiro immediately continued to
recite out that memory just like a tape recorder.
- rPlease let the Empress fall in love with you! I prepared a
strategy for that as well! J
Yes, that was the initial request that Plum had raised the first
time he encountered Sora and others - but...
“I felt that there was something wrong about that, because
you didn’t say: please awaken her. From the very start all you
said was - you prepared strategies for her to fall in love...”
“We prepared Two] tests for you with Miko-san’ s
- r I know about your sure-win plan, but why didn’ t you
guys just do it yourselves?]
And in contrast, Shiro continued.
“...—... TpiumJ ...”
- r The final male of the Dhampirs is still young. J
- rWe need to at least a male with reproductive abilities.]
“First, we emphasized that it was a plan definite to succeed,
but you never said it was so at all.”
“Which meant - you knew from the very beginning that even
if we manage to get her to fall in love we can’t win right?”
Plum merely smiled bitterly, while Sora continued:
“Now for the second point...I asked why TYou guys]
didn’ t do it.”
Sora indicated that “this is the part I’m pissed about”, and he
continued with his brow furrowed:
“I was talking about you guys! But you didn’t mention
yourself as well, instead you only said that it could only be a
male, then talked about a young male from an unclear
He couldn’t lie before a Werebeast, so he could only make the
So it would be referring to you who has no reproductive
No doubt, the person who realized that was Shiro, so -
“Do you remember the time I saw Shiro ’ s phone and it said
rLike that even if it’ s not Nii it’ s OKJ ?”
“...Yes...but is there a problem with that?”
The young boy didn’t seem to understand, so Sora smiled and
“Actually all that we had said earlier was already recorded by
“ | i->
“I intentionally recited differently from what was displayed
on the phone - which was lying to send a signal to Miko-san.”
Yes, Plum - the final male Dhampir - _ Intentionally avoided
making a statement]
Every time he was faced with a disadvantageous question, such
as rIs it A or B?J , he would always reply i"It’ s not BJ ,
which would not count as a lie because it didn’ t mean _ Thus
it is Aj .
So since he was not lying yet telling the half-truth all the time,
even the Werebeasts wouldn’t be able to figure out such
“But, that instead made things even more interesting.”
“Let’s arrange everything.” Sora clapped and began pacing
around the room, then continued cheerfully:
“You wanted to free the Dhampirs, that was the truth, and the
fact that your magic could make people fall in love was true as
well, but you knew it wouldn’t be sufficient to awaken the
Empress. That means you were using us to free the Dhampirs
despite all that - hmm, you thought really highly of us, thanks
Sora smiled, and Shiro smiled as well and replied:
“...—... TpiumJ ...”
- rP-please wait! I can only rely on Sora-dono and the rest of
you now! J
“Yes, that was true, we were the only ones you could rely
Which means, the people that Plum’s plan required were -
which again meant...
The people that could find out the r Conditions to awaken the
Empress] that even Plum could not.
The people that would acquire all the rights of the Seirenes
after awakening the Empress.
If they were to fail, they could also be sent to the Seirenes as
TFoodJ by Plum.
- Which left the only race that even the Seirenes could look
down upon - the lowest-ranked race, the Imanity.
Additionally there was Jibril - or furthermore, Avant Heim had
only Sora and the others as companions.
But Sora had Izuna, or to put it further, Miko - the problem was
the presence of the Eastern Federation.
Before the senses of the Werebeasts, any lies would be
immediately detected - thus...
“You could only perfectly deceive us without using any lies at
all, then commanding us to act according to your will.”
Sora clapped sincerely.
“Ah, the fact that you thought so highly of us and trusted that
we could do so much makes me feel really good, honestly. To
be honest the fact that we couldn’t rely on a fixed tactic to
conquer Avant Heim forced us to charge in without any plan.”
“...Yeah, about that
He then scratched his cheeks, that poor-looking young boy -
who was actually a master strategist smiled.
“If not, that sort of game - how could I possibly help?”
He smiled boldly as if to declare: But of course!
Faced with the final male of the Dhampir who could say that so
easily - Sora smiled.
For the sake of his plan, he was willing to put himself on the
What a perfect rGamer] , Sora could only speak his mind.
“But, even though we were able to see through you this far,
we were still played a fool by your strategies - no, we could
only act that way, and even though I ’ m still not too happy
about it, I can only commend your efforts - guess we ’ 11 call it
a r DrawJ ?”
“...Plum, well done...”
Sora then sat down cross-legged, but Sora and Shiro’s faces
were all smiles.
- On the other hand...
“Ahaha, you ’ re wrong - this _ GameJ ’ s only winner is
As he said this, his expression was still pitiful, but he glanced
at them condescendingly.
- It was just like - yes, it was like he had his eyes set on a huge
feast and was prepared to tuck in, Plum smiled in a twisted
- Sora felt his life was threatened so he went on full alert at this
I see, so my plans were uncovered, but - that’s not enough, and
Plum continued mockingly:
“The Queen bet rEverything she hadj ! Have you not
As he heard this - Sora’s face twisted, and he backed away.
Has he finally realized? The cold smile on Plum’s face
widened even more, and he continued:
“Yes...not only her TpowerJ , but even her
rResponsibilities] were transferred onto you guys.”
“- Ah - w, wait a second...that means - !!”
Sora finally understood the situation, and he hurriedly shielded
Shiro with his own body, and cried out with eyes bulging in
Since he had rEverything] that belonged to the
representative of the Seirenes - it didn’ t just mean power ...
Responsibilities - which means the responsibility to supply the
Dhampirs blood - !
Plum - the bishounen with a pair of sharp, even seductive eyes.
That pitiful appearance of his was gone, and now - he was
living up to the name of a vampire - a _ King] - the final male
of the Dhampirs bared his fangs in an evil smile befitting of a
“So, no matter how things develop, only the Dhampirs (I)
benefit - understand? You inferior species.”
! W-wait, that’s - !!”
Sora was so shocked he turned pale, and he cried as though
pleading for his life.
Instead Plum spread his blood-red wings, then smiled in a
beastly manner with his glittering, seductive fangs opened
-Asa courtesy before a meal, he spoke softly:
“Thank you for the food - P ”
Then, he charged straight at the terrified Sora’s neck, and bit -
- He couldn’t bite.
“...Huh? Um , what? Er, what’s going on!?”
...His king-like composure disappeared in an instant, and the
King of the Night - turned back into Plum.
“...Nii...your acting was rather exaggerated...”
“Huh? Nah, I should be acting more outrageously here,
- His terrified expression had completely disappeared
somewhere along the way.
The two smiled thinly as they looked at the flustered Plum.
“Plum, you’re quite something, and that’s something I don’t
mind repeating. To think that you could conjure up such an
amazing strategy, but you didn’t consider - if we actually
awoke the Empress, how were you going to free the
“Just like how you thought so highly of us, we - think highly
of you as well.”
In an about-turn of expressions, Sora glanced at him sincerely -
yet that gaze carried the challenging arrogance of a gamer.
“That’ s why I said, this rGameJ - is a draw.”
As he heard this - Plum opened his eyes wide in surprise for
the very first time.
But Sora merely spread his arms cheerfully, smiled and
“You’re really good, I mean it. You actually set a trap that
would activate automatically if we were to win - a time bomb -
this is the first time I’ve been set up so beautifully in my entire
career as a gamer!!”
- Once again - Shiro recited accurately:
r N iiJ ...”
- rThe Empress bet - _ Everything she hadj ...am I
“You merely looked down without saying anything - not a
word of confirmation nor denial, so we were able to confirm
everything including the presence of the trap.”
Sora said, but as he heard the next sentence...
Plum actually felt sweat dripping from his cheeks, and he felt
shock - no, pure horror.
“-So! Let’s reveal the time bomb we set on you as well.”
“...—... TpiumJ ...”
- rI heard that Sora-dono and the others are planning to
conquer all the races.]
Sitting on Sora’s lap, Shiro happily recreated that sentence, that
was one of the very first things Plum had said to Sora -
“f m sorry, you rMessed upj there, we never planned to
get anyone’ s piece.”
“So, when you weren’t around -1 told the Empress.”
Sora narrowed his eyes and smiled as if he was reciting a
humorous joke to a friend:
Which was -
“Aside from the responsibilities held in helping us, we return
everything, your Race Piece included.”
But Sora then continued weakly: “She said rMy beloved
husband, please don’ t return the right for you to continue
bullying me !j ” So that was the only thing she refused.
...Plum collapsed weakly onto the ground and sighed.
“...What does that matter to me...if one messes up the first
step in a plan, everything is lost...”
The greater a plan was, the first step would decide even more,
Plum couldn’t possibly not know this.
But how could one detect a screw-up in the very first step of a
plan - Plum thought.
“You only made one mistake, and it was a common mistake,
but aside from that - everything was perfect.”
“The Dhampirs were weakened due to the Tien Pledges] ,
you realized that, and even raised measures to counter that...but
despite that, you weren’ t conscious enough of the weaker
ones, so at the most crucial stage
Sora replied bitterly:
“You called us the inferior races right? ...That was the
As he heard that - Plum understood, and he sighed.
“- Ahaha...to think I still have that sense of pompous pride
even after I got this far...something that shouldn’t have been
there, I was wrong all along...you guys actually...”
Reverting to his usual pitiful expression, Plum looked up at the
ceiling and said:
“...You guys actually intend to challenge the One True God,
who would have thought of that...”
Sora and Shiro smiled in satisfaction as they heard that.
- Yes, that person - Plum, the final male of the Dhampir had
He had found the way to conquer this world (game).
“This world would be a much better place with more people
like you around, and this time you were only one step short.”
“...Let’s play again next time...Plum-san...”
Next time pay more attention - the two had even gave him
advice, and as he heard them say this without even the slightest
bit of apprehension in their voices...
Plum - ...sighed deeply and collapsed onto the floor.
“Aaaaahhhhh, how disappointing! Everything was perfect
from the start...I was wary of the Fliigel and the Werebeasts,
and I took close attention to you both as well, despite that I
began to have a bad feeling at Avant Heim...”
- The thought that briefly flashed across his mind that the both
of them were too dangerous was correct.
“...Sigh...how is this a DrawJ , it’ s just things returning
to square one.”
- Yes, what had Plum’s plans changed?
The awakening of the Empress saved them from becoming
extinct, but they were still the slaves of the Seirenes and had to
continue coexisting with them just like before; and if the
Seirenes wished to assist Sora, the Dhampirs who were in a
mutualistic relationship could not disobey.
- They had perfectly used Plum’s plan against him, reversing
And this was still - a situation where no one actually lost
“Ugh...you achieved an rAbsolute Victory] but then said it
was a draw, are you mocking me?”
Plum glared at them who had manipulated his plan as if he was
throwing a tantrum.
“Let me say this first, I won’t let the Seirenes be our masters
Then he continued: so -1 must say this.
“...Do not underestimate the Dhampirs!”
With the eye of the King of the Night that would petrify
anyone gazing into it, he looked at Sora and Shiro -
But the two merely dismissed it and raised their thumbs
“Of course, how could we possibly win if we underestimate
our opponents, let’s play some other time, I’m waiting for
“...I had a lot of fun...Plum-san.”
- They merely replied with smiles praising each others as
Seeing that he was merely wasting energy, Plum gave up
thinking and collapsed once again.
“...Speaking of which, the matter of the outcome of the game
is settled right? I have a request."
Plum looked into Sora’s eyes extremely solemnly, and -
Sora-dono...please let me lick your sister’s feet
“Good, you up for Round 2 right!? Fine with me, give me
your best shot, Dhampir!!”
Sora yelled at the perverted boy who had become a slave to
nothing but mere drops of sweat.
“Ah, even yours is fine!”
“You don’t even care about the gender!? You cross-dress,
you’re addicted to sweat and you’re bisexual in terms of
feeding, you’re a humongous pervert, you know!?”
Goosebumps began surfacing on Sora’s entire body, and he
unconsciously grabbed Shiro and backed away slightly.
“After having the taste of you both, the taste of Seirenes
blood isn’t enough for me anymore, so please, I beg of you!”
“You just said don’t underestimate the Dhampir, but look
what you’re doing kneeling in front of me without hesitation!”
“Huh? No, because I’m the one that’s licking...” 
“I’m not referring to that - hmm?”
- At that point Sora appeared to recall something, and he spoke
in response to Plum slowly.
“...If you’re looking for an exchange, Shiro’s out of the
question, but my sweat is all yours since you’ve licked it back
in Avant Heim anyway.”
The perverted young boy looked at him with overjoyed eyes,
but Shiro tilted her head in confusion.
“No, it’s just that I still don’t understand what love is at all,
and Shiro and everyone else seems to understand what is, so I
didn’t get a chance to play a part....s-so!”
Sora who was originally about to fall into depression violently
shook his head and made a suggestion to Plum.
“How about you cast that rLove magicJ on me, then let
Shiro put her hands on my chest?”
“That’s nothing! Here, I’m all set! Let’s go!”
A complex pattern surfaced within Plum’s eyes as he prepared
to cast the spell.
But Shiro appeared to be considering something, and placed
her hands underneath her chin -
She appeared to have come to a decision...and she continued
“Yes, Sora-dono, since Shiro-dono has approved of it, let’s
begin! So give me sweat...hehe
“Alright, I get it, calm down a little
After that, just like the time he cast it on Miko - Plum’s black
wings suddenly turned blood-red.
The red spell that corroded into his arms shrouded Sora -
At the same time - after the sound of an explosion was heard, a
red light began emanating around Sora.
“Phew - phew - right, n-now all that’s left is for Shiro-dono to
place her hands on Sora-dono’s chest! Let’s go! And then...b-
before I die of exhaustion, g-give me some bodily fluids...”
- It appeared to be a spell that drained quite a lot of energy.
But he appeared to be willing to do anything for the sake of
Sora’s bodily fluids, and he hurriedly pestered Shiro.
Shiro merely placed her hands over Sora’s chest, and simply -
“...Nii...h-how was that...?”
Shiro asked nervously, while Sora merely tilted his head.
“...No, don’t ask me...”
Sora looked at Shiro - yep...still Shiro.
She was still unbelievably beautiful with pure-white hair and
gemstone-like eyes, she was still his pride and joy, his cute
“Hey, Plum, nothing seems to have changed, what’s going
Sora asked somewhat unhappily, while Plum attempted to fight
off his exhaustion and replied -
“Huh? H-how is that possible - ah, ah~...so it’s like that...”
After that - he seemed to have noticed something, and he
“I see...that’ s why you allowed me to use magic right? Oh~
“...What are you talking about...I don’t get it...”
Shiro averted her gaze coldly - only Sora didn’t seem to
understand what was going on, and he couldn’t keep up with
But Plum - had a look of utter revelation on his face, as though
he had just solved the greatest rule of the universe.
“I see, so that’s why the seduction of the Empress didn’t
As long as he was in this world it would be impossible for him
to not be affected by spirits, but Sora wasn’t affected by the
Empress at all.
Plum’s magic had the effect of changing the definition of the
feeling to love someone into an actual emotion, but after the
magic was cast there was no effect.
Which meant -
“Shiro, what’s going on?”
Sora still didn’t seem to understand, but Shiro simply turned
“R-right, I kept my end of the deal, now g-give me sweat
“...U-um, fine, no use avoiding it.”
Sora stretched out his arm, at which Plum immediately cried
out and leaped onto it.
- The magic had appeared to have been used, so he had no
reason to lie, but there was no effect.
“...What does this mean? Does that mean I can’t fall in love
even with magic, is that what this world is trying to tell me?”
Sora mumbled in disappointment, but Shiro didn’t reply.
“Aha V that’s it! Ah it’s so delicious, I wonder why V”
Looking down at the noisy pervert who was busy licking the
back of his hand, Sora rolled his eyes and asked:
“...Shiro...what is love?”
“...No idea... P”
She turned away - Shiro replied softly with her face crimson
“...Hey Steph, what is love?”
“That topic again? Isn’t it over
“I seem to have given birth to a baby girl.”
...Steph told herself to calm down.
Within Steph’s office where she continued to busy herself with
national affairs, Sora, Shiro and Jibril suddenly appeared.
After which Sora immediately began with that line.
...Mm, I see.
Even after she calmed down, she still didn’t understand
“...Is your mental state in order?”
- At that point Jibril began explaining.
“The Seirenes are a very fertile race - especially the Empress,
she can probably have a child with just a few strands of hair
from Master, so as long as the Empress isn’t asleep again you
can probably tell why they’re such a peaceful race.”
But then Steph asked, fighting back a surfacing headache:
“- T-that’s not the important thing here...huh? A girl?”
“I did say it was a girl, but since it’s a Seirenes, she can’t
come out from the water right? So I can only go visit her,
which is why I’m now puzzling over whether or not I should
go - could this be paternal love?”
- Steph had witnessed a miracle.
- The virgin appeared to be exuding paternal love.
“...No point in...going...”
“No, but that’s my daughter!?”
“To be precise, the Empress had acquired an extremely small
amount of Spirits from the Master’ s hair and created a clone
of the Empress (Leila) from it...so basically that’ s how
Seirenes rReproduce! .”
In the midst of the chaos, Izuna appeared.
- She had a huge fish in her mouth - no, a young female Seiren.
“...S-sora, there’s a tiny little Seiren here, des.”
The first word from the tiny Seiren’s mouth was:
- Sora felt an electric shock pierce him.
“Aaaahhhh, my daughter, yes, I’m papa-ugg g hhhhhh!”
Just as Sora dashed up in an attempt to hug her, Shiro punched
“Funny, the Seirenes shouldn’t be able to come out of the
“That guy called Plum came as well, des.”
“Ah...is it the magic of the Dhampir...but if you don’t place
her in water fast, she’ll die!”
“Steph! Get a bucket immediately! Ah, there’s a pond in the
courtyard, right! Will that work!?”
“Anything! Could you all please settle this outside!? Or could
you actually do some work!!”
Looking at the chaotic office, Jibril began thinking alone.
There were Imanity, Fliigel, Werebeasts, and - even the
Seirenes and Dhampirs.
- They weren’t quarreling.
Azrael - and even Avant Heim were about to change as well.
Everything in the world was slowly but surely transforming
into something impossible to happen after the creation of the
rTen Pledges] - no, even something impossible before it.
And it was centered around her two Masters -
“The day that the Masters’ Bible finally becomes a
legend...doesn’t seem to be very far off.”
Jibril nodded in confirmation, and added to the Bible - to her
observational diary of Sora and Shiro one single sentence.
Year — Month — Day - Master gave birth as a virgin -
- The capital of Elven Gard, the Nilvalen residences.
“...I lose again.”
Kurami sighed as she was playing games with Fii, and took out
“Kurami, you don’t seem to be as adamant now when you
“...How could I not be adamant, that’s why I’m doing this.”
Kurami said unhappily, and what she was recording down was
the reasons as to why she lost.
That notebook dictated all the patterns and strategies she could
have predicted but didn’t.
Since the day she played chess against Sora, she had filled in
fifty copies of the same notebook within half a month.
- Under normal circumstances, it would be impossible for an
Imanity to beat an Elf in a game that involves magic.
So - she would have to find an abnormal way to win.
Looking at that steadily growing pile of notebooks - Fii felt
happy at Kurami’s growth.
“- Ah, Kurami, some information (secrets) just arrived, let’s
pause for a while.”
Fii said, then touched the Spirit Gem on her forehead.
...Calling the information she gathered from spying on other
countries through the ^Elemental Corridor Network] secrets
was really an exceptional act of hypocrisy.
Kurami smiled bitterly and thought, but as she heard the
information - Fii widened her eyes in shock.
“...Fii, what is it? Emergency?”
“Ah, it’s not...it’s just hard to believe...”
She then uttered that piece of news in disbelief.
“Sora-san and the others managed to get Oceande - the
Seirenes and Dhampirs to join the Elkian Federation.”
- Is that something really so shocking? Kurami smiled and
asked, but then Fii continued:
“And the ^Council of the Eighteen Wings J ofAvantHeim
decided - to join the Elkian Federation as well.”
-1 see, that’s something to be surprised about, Kurami smiled
Like that, after the Werebeasts, the Seirenes, Dhampirs and
finally the Fliigel were serving under the Imanity now.
Sora and Shiro were completing an impossible task at an
impossibly fast rate, which caused Fii to feel puzzled, but -
"...They’re faster than we thought, let’s pack up our luggages
“...Kurami, did you know this long ago?”
Fii seemed to be saying sadly: Did you not share information
with me? But then Kurami laughed.
“Of course not, Fii, didn’ 11 say it was predicting? Their
tactic is rAdapting to the situationJ anyway.”
- If their aim was merely to annex all the races, it was only a
matter of time.
“The problem is - they’re too fast.”
- Yes, they were too fast - if only the Seirenes and Dhampirs
(Oceande) were involved, they would probably be ignored. But
after the Eastern Federation, if Avant Heim were to be
annexed, the situation would be viewed completely differently.
In a short time, they had annexed a huge nation and a high-
- The Elves, the Dwarves and other important nations would
probably stop surveying the situation and would begin
heightening their guard.
They would finally begin an assault against Elkia - but - no
“We seem to have made it just in time, so I guess there really
was a reward for us rushing through all that.”
“What I wanted to say was you’re trying too hard
Despite that, Fii smiled faintly and began packing up, then -
“Alright Fii, let’s go, I imagine we won’t be back here any
“Heh, if they really succeed it would be a world-changing
piece of news, we can’t very well miss it.”
Leaving the Nilvalen residences, walking along the path they
wouldn’t be able to return to for a long time, Fii asked:
“Kurami, so the thing you mentioned before - what’ s the
rSomething elsej ?”
Although Fii already had an answer, she still asked.
It’s not to tell lies, he doesn’t lie because he doesn’t lie to
Fii appeared as if she knew long ago, and she smiled as she
merely confirmed this.
- “I’m at my limit”, “This is below me” were words he would
die before saying.
- Because the person who had given the puppet (himself) life
was way beyond that.
- Because lying to himself was tantamount to rejecting
humanity (his sister).
Suddenly, THis J ideals surfaced within her head, and
Kurami smiled and said:
“Fii, do you know the common method all things use to
achieve their goals?”
“It’s planning, predicting, preparing completely, challenging -
“...Is failing necessary?”
“Yes, then analyzing failures, thinking of counter-strategies,
once again preparing, challenging yet again - then failing yet
again as well.”
“This process - if it were to continue again, there would be
nothing unachievable in this world.”
“...What a shocking thesis...”
Fii was rendered completely speechless, even feeling respect,
while Kurami smiled and nodded in agreement as well.
“Yes, it’s a ridiculous thesis - but I do kind of like it.”
There was nothing unachievable.
If one couldn’t do something, it would merely mean one did
not yet have the ability to do something - all that was left was
to compete against age (time).
But even that competition itself could be passed down to
generations like the next - that was the Imanity (the weak).
“Neither Sora and I are superheroes, we aren’t genii, but we
have no reason to be.”
It was simply -
“The desire to become a genius is the important part.”
“Our countless failures, will light the way for our successors -
become the lantern brightening the night ahead.”
For him it was - a lantern for Shiro, for herself it was a lantern
for Fii, and it was the same with the countless failures of the
In the end they would definitely become - the lantern for all
Imanity, for all the races -
Suddenly, Fii asked Kurami what she thought about the man
who had influenced her this much.
“...Kurami, what kind of person is Sora-san to you?”
As she heard that question, what flashed through her mind was
- the world he saw -
“He’s just a man wanting to be a gamer, a man refusing to be
- After that, no doubt about it, what she really wanted to say
was - Kurami continued:
“Someone that we will surpass someday - right?”
Fii smiled and took her hand as she heard Kurami say that with
the uttermost conviction.
The capital of the Eastern Federation, ^MilaJ -Miko’ s
Under the moonlight, the golden-haired fox girl and the white-
haired elderly Werebeast - Miko and Hatsuse Ino sat face-to-
They sat on the bridge stretching over the pond in the
courtyard, and in Miko’s hand was - the Werebeasts’ Race
- Holding the rPawnJ -shaped, faintly glowing chess piece,
“...Gamer...I heard that there are two meanings for this word
in the Imanity language.”
Which were - rPlayer (challenger) J - or r Prayer (someone
who prays) J .
Following his own will, striding forward - someone who
pioneers into the unknown and challenges the future.
Entrusting his own will to others, and closing his eyes -
someone who turns his back toward the unknown and leaves
“Hatsuse Ino, to be honest, I was considering leaving you
There was no tone of apology in her voice, because she had no
right to say that, Miko told Ino determinedly:
“That way, your sole sacrifice would cause the Dhampirs and
Seirenes to decline, then we could control them without any
“...Yes, I completely understand.”
- What Ino couldn’t understand was Sora’s motive.
Why was he saved?
Hatsuse Ino completely understood Miko’s motives, and he
was prepared to die there.
Which was why he couldn’t understand - couldn’t comprehend
“- That game was won, but it was an unnecessary game.”
- It was a boring game that produced boring results.
But if they were to mess up even slightly, both the Eastern
Federation and Elkia would suffer greatly.
The worst situation - Plum’s nefarious plan would have
succeeded, and the Imanity would have suffered irreversible
“It was an unnecessary risk, but despite that, the two still
went through with it.”
Ino thought there was a reason they didn’t tell them of - but...
Miko laughed and replied:
“...He and Hatsuse Izuna made a _ Promise] that they
would save you.”
Ino wasn’t expecting that - just for that, they bet the survival of
their own species -?
“But as gamers, one of their reasons was probably that they
didn’t like to win without a fight.”
“In conclusion, because of an idiot’s game the Imanity nearly
became prey for the Dhampirs, although Sora was able to
calculate that and turn their plan against them...but they must
have known the magnitude of the risk they were taking.”
“Hatsuse Ino, what do you think of Sora?”
“...To be honest, I have no idea.”
Ino looked down, but Miko laughed as well and said “Me too”,
“- That man is a liar, a master of deceit - but he doesn’t lie,
no, he can’t lie.”
If - Miko continued:
“If he could lie to himself, he would probably be a bad, easily
Miko didn’t know anything about what happened to Sora
before he came into this world.
But it must have been hard on him, that was what she thought
as she surveyed Sora and Shiro from a distance.
She had no evidence, and if she was forced to, she could only
say it would be her instincts as a Werebeast, or probably
instincts from her personal experiences.
But - for some reason, she knew.
Why would someone as good at psychological warfare like
Sora be unable to get into a relationship in real life, that was
probably because -
He couldn’t lie to himself.
Since he couldn’t lie to himself - he couldn’t say he liked
someone that he actually doesn’t.
So - the reason why he had no regrets leaving behind his
previous world, now that’s an interesting one, it’s probably -
The world that couldn’t accept the only girl he loved - he
would be unable to accept it either.
- Only this one thing, even if he had to face the entire world, he
would never be able to accept it.
“So...I am fully prepared - Hatsuse Ino.”
Miko smiled confidently, and on her face - was an emotion that
Ino had not seen for years.
“Even when I gave up on you, that man didn’t, and he fully
trusted in himself - why didn’t you believe in yourself then?”
Ino looked down once again when faced with this query, then
If you could once again pursue your dreams, if you could
allow me to dream once again.”
As she heard this, Miko smiled, and she took the Race Piece of
the Werebeasts - that pawn which appeared to be woven with
She flicked it upwards into the sky with her fingers.
Sora, let me witness the continuation to a dream of which I
have never seen before.”
A mere chess piece - could rise above the board and become a
At the end of that dream which was once dreamed yet given up
on halfway - that never-ending dream -
- In a certain meeting room of a certain anime production
agency on a certain day.
The director was holding a script that had been read almost to
tatters, and asked MF (the publishers):
“...Ah~ what exactly is the setting here?”
The original writers’ gazes immediately - settled upon Kamiya
who was currently immersing himself in the deliciousness of
the snacks provided.
As he noticed everyone’s glances, faced with this sudden
problem, Kamiya nearly choked but still stood up and said
“Hmm, it is not yet confirmed!!”
Despite the fact that everyone’s icy gazes were raining down
upon him, Kamiya spread his arms wide and continued:
“If everything was decided from the very beginning, I can
only write adhering to that! Adapting to the situation then
presenting one’ s work in the most effective and entertaining
manner to the readers is true rEntertainmentJ ! ”
But, as he heard Kamiya declare this, the director nodded
slowly instead and smiled mysteriously.
“So to say, ?No Game No LifeJ this piece of work - r IS
COMPLETE BULLSHIT J , is my explanation correct?”
“Absolutely correct! With bullshit and courage, nothing in
this world is unachievable!!”
“Hmph...you brat, what’s your name?”
“Kamiya Yuu, these snacks are delicious (om nom nom).”
“I like you, Kamiya, you seem to be a good drinking partner.”
The two shook each other’s hands vigorously as though they
were old friends, while the chief editor could only watch them -
- That might have happened, or it might not have happened.
“Please don’t use an entire page for your tall tales.”
No, there’s nothing wrong with the central message here right?
It’s the editor (you) who wanted me to publicize the anime and
mention all parties involved right?
But since the tone and even personality of everything has to be
fabricated, the lines are of course fake as well.
“If the lines are fake, then isn’t the so-called central message
fabricated as well?”
(Ignores) Hmph, that director...is a complex character.
Since all the information he’s given me are all filled with his
bluffing, it’s exceeding beyond even the original author’s (my)
But if you want me to carry those over into the manga as well,
I’ll run away at a speed of 64fps.
- Alright, Chief Editor S, oh wait, nope, the Fishcake] editor
that joined MF Publishings because he likes fishcakes.
You told me to subtly advertise the anime, is this alright?
“Other that the subtle part, what’s wrong with it (smile).”
So let me greet you all once again, nice to see you again, I’m
This fifth volume was finally released miraculously, which of
course took a lot of work off me.
“But the submission deadline was rather scary.”
Oh, about that, I have something horrifying to tell you.
Did you know? Writing novels, drawing illustrations, drawing
manga, and attending meetings at the same time is something
impossible for humans!
“About that, isn’t that obvious?”
Right, so under this premise, please look through this itinerary.
-So? Anything astounding?
“Novel, illustrations, manga and all the stuff related to the
anime seem to be completely overlapping each other, are you
referring to that?”
Dear readers, I imagine that you’ve understood by now.
The fact that this fifth volume itself was able to be published is
impossible in its own right.
“Ah- this world is filled with so much unknowns.”
Yes, every day I went through things that made me question
my own prior knowledge, I could say I lived a productive life
(rolls eyes and glares).
- So, how did you all feel about this fifth volume of _ No Game
The anime is already in production, and the first volume of the
_ No Game No LifeJ manga is out as well by me and Mashiro
Hiiragi is in stores right now, so I hope you all can give it a
look. I hope that the contents in both will appease you readers.
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Finally I wish to use this situation to express my deepest thanks
to all my senior colleagues aside from Fishcake.
“Huh? Why am I the only one being left out!?”
Because of this. Because of this crazy email right here, you
want me to submit the manuscript for the sixth volume by this
“Huh- If it’s Kamiya-sensei it should be fine, you can do it,
since giving up lightly isn’t like you...”