Chapter 121: The Message from the Hero

Chapter 121: The Message from the Hero

“IT’s good that we jumped on the Turtle, but…” (Naofumi)

The ground is shaking. More specifically, the Spirit Turtle’s whole body is shaking.

But its head can’t stretch far enough to look at its back. I don’t think it can concentrate on its shell.

I check my surroundings.

The place we landed is quite close to the ruined city.

The buildings give off a Chinese sort of feeling. Possible because of the Chinese legend that the Spirit Turtle carried the city of immortals on its back.

“Firo, can you sense where the army is?” (Naofumi)

“nn… Probably… that way?” (Firo)

Firo points to the mountain range outside of the city.

That direction is towards the back of the Turtle, so she’s probably correct.

“For now, let’s leave the city and meet up.” (Naofumi)

“Yes!” (Firo)

I get on Firo, and she runs towards the mountains.

… There are quite a few corpses littered around the ruined city. It seems the cause of death is attacks from the Spirit Turtle’s familiars.

The cause of all of this is those three idiotic heroes.

Why would they do such a thing…

The putrid smell of rotting bodies is making me feel sick.

“Master, please hold Firo tightly.” (Firo)

“Sure.” (Naofumi)

Firo runs while kicking Familiars that look like Gorillas and Yetis.

Along the way, a familiars that looked like floating eyeballs and bats also appeared. These ones seem to be more powerful than the others.

But none of them are a match for the speeding blur that is Firo.

We still have yet to get out of the city.

… For a while, I have been seeing nothing but carcasses.

As I think this, I see the shadow of a person.

I wonder if it is one of the Army Soldiers…

But it is definitely a corpse. The dead bodies on the turtle’s back have begun to move.

“Even after death, his body is being controlled by something… Something like that?” (Naofumi)

I’ve only ever seen Zombies in games. In reality, fighting them while looking at their decrepit faces is quite mortifying.

The only undead I have ever encountered before was Skeletons. Apparently, finding undead monsters that still had flesh is quite rare.

There’s no way I can fight these.

A child zombie appears and Firo is unable to kick.

“Let’s avoid it.” (Naofumi)

Even though Firo will happily eat most humanoid monsters, even she cannot bring herself to fight a child.

“I’m sorry master…” (Firo)

With amazing leg power, Firo jumps out of the swarm of Zombies that had begun to form.

If they were doomed to have such a fate after death, it would have been better if they had been hit by the Turtle’s lightning and been obliterated without leaving a trace.

But I’m just stating my opinion here.

“That girl… looked a bit like Melty” (Firo)

Melty is in the castle, but Firo’s imagination is running wild.

I couldn’t see anything in that child that looked like Melty.

“Why would this Turtle make that child do such a thing?” (Firo)

Firo looks down at the ground.

That’s right. I can’t seem to see the turtle’s goal.

It’s not eating anything, it’s just going around and killing as many things as it can.

As if killing in itself was its goal.

“We need to hurry to Oneechan.” (Firo)

“Yeah…?” (Naofumi)

I see a building that looks like a temple.

The architecture is not of eastern origin. It looks like a Greek temple from my world.

In a game, a building like this would usually contain a useful clue or key item.

“Please stop by that building.” (Naofumi)

“Yes~” (Firo)

I carefully peer inside.

Perhaps due to the Turtle’s walking, the temple is half collapsed.

Is this the statue that the other heroes supposedly destroyed in here?

I search the temple but cannot find any artifact with a relation to the Turtle.

I should have probably gotten more information from the queen.

It seems that I am wasting my time.

“This is…!?” (Naofumi)

On a mural on the wall, I see some writing.

… It’s in Japanese.

“What is this…” (Naofumi)

If anyone is once again summoned here from japan… if you are reading this, please… this.

Th…Monster was se… but the… Seven Eye seal will probably… ek someday.

From what we learned, his purpose is………… and to protect this world’s……………..

I pray that the blue sand…… and the seal never breaks.

Though having more victims may benefit this world.

Looking back, we have paid a large price by sealing this monster

But… be… greed. If you… read these letters… for the… living in this world… defeat… Monster.

…way to defeat it is……………………….

… and then use the eight… courage… -Keiichi

(TL: The Hero’s name, I don’t know the exact pronunciation, 桂一)


… The writing is faded and scratched out, so it is difficult to read.

But I can pretty much guess what is written by context.

Something like the seal we placed will someday break.

The dragon hourglass will turn blue and display a warning.

However, the Turtle’s objective and the ever-so-important sealing procedure are illegible.

More victims may benefit the world? Even though this was left by a hero, I cannot make sense of it.

And this isn’t an Anime or a Manga. Why is only the most important information omitted?

This writing seems to be very old, so I can’t really complain to anyone.

The only piece of info I really got was the person’s name, Keiichi.

I don’t know his last name, but there was definitely a Hero of that name.

Apart from the cracks caused by the turtle’s walking, this was already an old piece of writing. There isn’t much else I can learn from this.

There’s a high possibility he comes from a different Japan than me.

I don’t know how long ago this Mural was painted, and I’m not sure that this world even records its history accurately.

But thinking about this won’t really help anything.

Is the number eight connected to something? I can’t read any of the text around it.

“Can Master read this?” (Firo)

“Yeah, sort of.” (Naofumi)

“hm… these letters are a little weird.” (Firo)

“Yes, these are not letters used in Melromark.” (Naofumi)

By the way, it seems that the countries around here all have different languages and writing systems.

The shield acts as a translator, so I can probably manage with the language barrier, but as for writing…

“There doesn’t seem to be anything else of interest, we should be on our way.” (Naofumi)

“Yeah!” (Firo)

We leave the temple and continue towards the mountain.

“It will be difficult to locate Rafatalia and the others.” (Naofumi)

We enter the mountain range and continue heading towards the turtle’s rear.

It looked like a rocky mountain from afar, but the base of the mountains are surrounded by dense forests. It will be difficult to find the army squadron.

From what I know, the legends say that there is a cave that leads into the Turtle somewhere around here, so the army is probably searching for a cave as well.

There is also a possibility the entrance was somewhere in that village.

And where are the other heroes, anyways?

They could be inside the Turtle fighting, but they could just as easily be lost searching for the entrance on top.

“Firo, can you sense the others?” (Naofumi)

“Over there I think.” (Firo)

I leave navigations to Firo

Occasionally we find a soldier’s corpse lying around.

“We need to hurry.” (Naofumi)

“Yes!” (Firo)

Firo speeds up, and we find the army squadron locked in battle.

Since their forces are very large, it is difficult to miss them.

Rafatalia is on the front lines destroying the familiars one after the other.  Those that can still move are aiding her in battle.

Rishia is frantically casting support magic from the rear.

There are also many who have deserted due to the onslaught of monsters.

“Alright Firo, We’re helping them!” (Naofumi)

“Yes!” (Firo)

Firo rushes in at the speed of sound and sends the familiars in front of Rafatalia flying with a kick.

“Naofumi-sama!” (Rafatalia)

“Yep, we’ve finally met up. What’s the situation?” (Naofumi)

“We are in the middle of looking for the cave.” (Rafatalia)

“You still haven’t found it?” (Naofumi)

“According to the magic brigade, it is impossible to locate it with magic because the Turtle is constantly moving.” (Rafatalia)

“Fumu…” (Naofumi)

So the troops have been manually searching for it whilst fending off attacks from these monsters.

The number of familiars seems to be infinite. That must have been difficult.

As I think this, an army recon squad comes running in.

“We have located a cave that seems to be the one we are looking for. Its appearance matches the one spoken of in legend.” (Recon Person)

And the Reson squad leader points deeper into the mountains.

“That’s good. I’ll hold off the attacks, please lead us there.” (Naofumi)

“Understood” (Recon Guy)

“Everyone, Follow the Hero of the Shield’s lead!” (Army person)

“SIR YES SIR” (Entire army)

We continue to drive off the familiars and proceed to the cave the Recon Squad found.

About Yoraikun

A college student who really should be doing something more productive with his time. Also, he can read a bit of Japanese.
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135 Responses to Chapter 121: The Message from the Hero

  1. roger says:

    Thanks for the chapter!


  2. Dual Blades says:

    Thank you for the chapter!
    Interesting chapter. Could the turtle’s purpose be population control? I can’t really think of any other way the world would benefit from it mass murdering so many.


    • Alex says:

      The waves could be due to overpopulation and greed as the waves at a first resort and the turtle is a second resort so there may be more lethal monsters who only want to kill.


      • Cesaltionius says:

        It is possible that it kills people and claims them as familiars which it then uses to combat the waves, which is great but of course many people have to die for it to build it’s army so it could be better to let it rampage but you have to think about the consequences.


  3. Anonymous says:

    merci beaucoup pour ce chapitre ^^
    thank you very much for this chapter :)


  4. Fallen says:

    I REALLY want to know what punishment those other heroes get O,..,O

    Liked by 1 person

  5. turtlebeech says:

    Thank you very much


  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the chapter! I think his goal is global population balance. Maybe there is a risk that this balance is threatened by humans (or monsters). Anyway, it was a good translation, i’ve already tried to read te rest of the battle and i can say that surprises are coming.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Carl says:

      Idk, in a world where magic is a real thing the idea of balance is a little far-fetched.. because things like the magic seed can be brought into existence that offset things that we experience on Earth (like hunger/deforestation/etc)


      • kanetman says:

        My guess from what is said on the wall is that the turtle can give you XP.
        The message say that the turtle can help you against the wave but at a high price.
        It’s a theory, but i think that every person who are standind near the turtle heart gain XP for each of his kill.
        You must be vaguely able to control the direction (that would explain why he avoid the biggest city and go for the monster area.)

        Well you must be a real jerk to sacrifice thousands of people just to gain XP but that won’t surprised me from this kind of trash heros.
        So, in the next chapter I guess we will find Motoyasu, Ren and Itsuki eating Dorito’s while counting the XP.


    • zicco says:

      where do you read raws? i can’t find it :(


  7. endra waskito says:

    with this chapter I can following more . Indonesia translate so long long time.


    • Hi! How rare to find a fellow Indonesian reading this. Since this is an English forum so i will use English here. By the way, do you know how to register as translator at Baka-tsuki? I would like to help translating this light novel to Indonesian.


      • Anonymous says:

        i try to register too, but they something that my ip is not private so i cant register
        i would love to help translating the web novel for my fellow indonesian to read


        • Deadman says:

          I think if you just send a message to bakahou / yoraikun then they can help out because they aren’t exactly putting this on baka-tsuki. They are using it baka-tsuki as a registration page to plan who is doing what chapter and just post their written text on pastebin or on their blog.


        • Yoraikun says:

          Send a message to Pablo AS, he’s the edittor that gave our accounts permission to edit the registration page.


  8. thank you for this chapter i really love this novel,


  9. Anonymous says:

    thanks for the chapter
    i don t think its purpose is population controll, after all the turtle goes for zone with high concentration of monsters


  10. azyrion says:

    thanks for the chapter!

    just a question: how come I can’t seem to see the full content on my mobile rss feed reader anymore ? Did you make it so or is it an issue on my end?


  11. Guys you are sooooooooo good in your work!


  12. Anonymous says:

    i couldn’t ask this in the previous chapter, but how exactly did Naofumi pin the turtle? I can’t imagine something as big as a mountain be pinned by a small human.


    • Cyltea says:

      same with me. I don’t understand how can Naofumi hold the leg, he doesn’t have any STR right?


      • Yoraikun says:

        I’m not 100% sure as I did not translate that section, but I imagine him Shield-prisoning it. That would make chains coming out of the ground, so it is imaginable.


      • Zeb says:

        I think it’s something along the lines of he has lots of strength but because he lacks an offensive weapon it doesn’t translate to attack power. At least that how I understood it.


    • kookiedreamer says:

      The chapter doesn’t explain it explicitly, it just says he ‘used his whole body to grasp it’
      I’d imagine it as Naofumi jumping onto the turtle’s foot and it feels the added weight or something and therefore feels the need to get rid of the extra burden, hence the lightning attack, and that it’s more a psychological thing than anything. It doesn’t seem like the turtle’s very smart anyhow.


      • Terminally Enraged Black Man says:

        From the context, it’s safe to assume he was dodging the stomp and then grabbing and holding down the foot with all his might. He even says a few times that if his concentration broke, the turtle would break free. The turtle was smart enough to realize this and blast its foot off along with Naofumi. The turtle is far from dumb, as it is fully aware of what it can do and takes advantage of it.


      • kookiedreamer says:

        Okay, so ignore what i said about the jumping on the foot part, he’s still on the ground.
        And the turtle seems to be acting more on instinct or NPC-follow-a-certain-pattern mode.
        It does say that he doesn’t really have enough strength to keep it from lifting its leg though – if turtle actually tried to, naofumi would be sent flying – so i’m still sticking with the assumption that part of it is psychological or otherwise NPCness.

        But I don’t really know~ I’m just converting what the jap says into english so that other people can read it and interpret it themselves.


        • Anonymous says:

          I noticed that Naofumi uses Meteor shield a lot. Say if the meteor shield is a barrier shaped like a dome around him, maybe it can trap the turtle’s leg in place.


  13. thx alot your work its amazing =D


  14. ajmc93 says:

    Along the way, a familiars that looked like a floating eyeballs and bats also appeared.

    It should be:
    Along the way, familiars that looked like floating eyeballs and bats also appeared.

    Thanks for the chapter.


  15. Peter says:

    thank you for the chapter.


  16. Daniellah says:



  17. Anonymous says:

    Can you skip to the three stooges punishment, I believe everyone is curious.


  18. unknown says:

    seems like yoraikun has finished chapters 125 and 126. because he already registered to ch 129.
    Am i right yoraikun? :)


  19. Anonymous says:

    let them work at there own pace i rather them take a break than kill themselves translating Bakahou and Yoraikun have been putting out two or more chapters a day and i happy for whenever they get them done they are alot faster translating than most people


  20. Yoraikun, if you already finish Ch.125 or 126, can you please post it ^_^
    Thank you very much ^_^


  21. Anonymus says:

    post the chapter !!!!!!!
    i want moaaaar !!!


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