Chapter 194: Dragon Sanctuary

Chapter delayed due to physical injury (not mine).

Anyways, the results of the Best Waifu are still coming in, but it seems Raphtalia is set to take first. Kookie and Atlas are in a close fight for second and third, with Kookie leading at the moment.

Here’s another.

Oh, and I just realized that Fohl is the reason for Kiel’s gender ambiguity. This makes me think the author will pair them later.

On a side note, Rafatalia is now Raphtalia. She isn’t fatal anymore (Pun not mine either)

Chapter 194: Dragon Sanctuary

“The problem is…” (Naofumi)
“What is it, Iwatani-dono?” (Female Knight)
“Will Ren go out of his way to target a lone dragon chick?” (Naofumi)
“Isn’t that the entire basis on which this plan is relying?” (Female Knight)

But he seems like the type of person to immediately pick a fight if he knows it’s an opponent he can beat.
Gaelion looks like a child. He’ll probably attack.
As long as Gaelion senses Ren, things will probably go fine.
As long as he pretends not to notice, he can launch a surprise attack.
If that sword is of the curse series, then the sin that would make him attack the lone Gaelion would probably be…

Gluttony… Ren may attack him to sate his desire for EXP.
He seems to like to have a high level, and Solo Players like him generally have such tendencies.
If those feelings of desire were to reach their peak, then he would definitely attack any lone enemy.

Another possibility is Greed… The fact that he’s become a bandit leader, and is collecting treasure may come from his desire for wealth.
I want to say that I have a monopoly on Greed, but I never unlocked that series.
It may be that each weapon has a different curse it can unlock.

Last is perhaps pride.
People who believe that level is everything, and look down on those of low level are common in Net Games.
Perhaps his lone wolf-like attitude is actually a form of conceit.
No, that’s probably Itsuki.

There’s also a possibility it’s of the older variant.
The 7 deadly sins have changed over the years. There were original 8.

Gluttony, Lust, Greed, Dejection, Wrath, Sloth, Ostentation, and Pride.
(TL: Ostentation is pretty much showing off. This list is from Evagrius Ponticus’ Logismoi (A.D. 4th Century). The version listed in the bible is once again a different one (Proverbs 6:16-19).)

Envy wasn’t present, and Dejection and Ostentation were in its place.
Eventually, Dejection was fused with Sloth, and Ostentation with Pride. Additionally, Envy was tacked on.

If it’s the old version, then Ostentation, devoting yourself to showing off your possessions to others, is possible.
In Online Games, strength is merely an illusion, but an individual’s attachment to such strength may be considered as such.
Of course, one can also gain true experiences and strengths through games as well.

In my former world, it was possible to find work with online connections. I had an online friend who asked me whether I wanted to work for them when I graduated college.
I had met him before in real life as well.
I’m not sure his true intentions, but he said something like, ‘Your upfront personality and Guild master Charisma are wanted in this company.’
Now that I think about it, perhaps he was merely praising me to make me work harder down the line.

But from Ren’s personality and relationships (lack thereof), it doesn’t seem likely that he’s had such an experience.
I can imagine him being a lone player going around and showing off the rare items he got off of a boss.
It’s not like he was the strongest, so having him brag over every little thing would just get annoying. As I guild master, that’s my opinion.
But there are plenty who find joy in doing as such, and that’s one of the very reasons for the profitability of the Net Game Industry.

Perhaps Ostentation is the one that fits Ren best. But Itsuki fits it as well.
The activation requirements for the Curse Series are still a mystery.
Perhaps it’s an explosion of emotions equivalent to the destruction of one’s heart?
But… If I don’t discover the specific triggers, I may be in trouble.

Greed is especially dangerous.
This is something I can understand well.
I have learned to control my Wrath, and I have companions to help me.

But Greed would make one covet wealth, right?
When I think of the pile of treasure behind me, a dark desire stirs in my heart.
And an unquenchable desire at that.

… I get the feeling that if I keep thinking about it, my mind will get corroded, so I switch my train of thought.

Anyways, the Curses that Ren is likely to have are Gluttony, Greed, Pride, and Ostentation.
Based on this, he will probably attack the lone Gaelion, as all of these sins deal with the gathering of EXP.
The problem is that he assaulted me, the Hero of the Shield.
Even if he beats me, I don’t think he’ll get much EXP.
And there are way too many risks involved in killing humans in this country.

“Ah, that’s right.” (Naofumi)

I approach the bandits we tied up.

“When your leader fought, did anyone die?” (Naofumi)
“No, there were no deaths. He knocked them unconscious without dealing the finishing blow, and left them in the middle of a field after stripping them of their equipment.” (Bandit)
“I see…” (Naofumi)

So he still has the conscience not to commit murder. Even though he tried to assassinate me from behind.
Perhaps he was thinking rationally, and first tried to weaken me, the one with the strongest defense.
From that train of thought, Gluttony is out.
The other possibilities are…

“Iwatani-dono!” (Female Knight)

My thoughts are interrupted as Female Knight calls out to me.

“What’s up?” (Naofumi)
“That!” (Female Knight)

Female Knight points outside the cave to the spout of fire streaming above the forest.

“So you found him?” (Naofumi)

That’s probably Gaelion’s signal.
I thought this would take a few days, but it seems Ren’s still close by.

… Transfer Sword has probably finished cooling down.

Even with the Curse Series eroding his mind, he’s thinking quite well.
He hasn’t lost his rationality.

“The problem is… we can’t help until the preparations are done.” (Naofumi)
“Yeah.” (Female Knight)

The idea Gaelion suggested required some time to set up.
If we approach before that, then Ren will simply run away.

“Hey, can you use any concealment magic?” (Naofumi)
“I’m not Raphtalia. I never learned how to do it.” (Female Knight)
“I see…” (Naofumi)

I thought we could Use Ren’s strategy and sneak up on him to unleash a powerful attack while he was distracted with Gaelion.
I never thought Raphtalia’s absence would be this irritating.
Taniko is skilled at some magics, but I don’t think she has any concealment magics.
… Wait, we have Rishia.
She’a a jack of all trades. She may have something.

“Rishia!” (Naofumi)

I exit the cave, and approach Taniko and Rishia. Both of them look troubled.

“W-what is it?” (Rishia)
“Can you use any concealment magics?” (Naofumi)
“I know some low level ones…” (Rishia)
“What sort of effects do they have?” (Naofumi)
“Um, the range is me, and one other person. The time limit is one minute.” (Rishia)

That’s surprisingly low.
Even when she just knew the basics, Raphtalia was able to hide for quite some time.

“So it’s a different magic from Raphtalia?” (Naofumi)
“Raphtalia-san’s magic affinity is different, so…” (Rishia)

It seems that Tanukis specialize in light and dark magic.
Even though it’s a low rank, I guess it’s amazing that Rishia even knows it.
On top of Hengen Musou, she can use almost all types of magic.
I guess it’s fine.

“Then Me and Rishia will approach Ren and Gaelion to observe the situation. If the plan succeeds, I’ll call you so be prepared to come over.” (Naofumi)
“Understood.” (Female Knight)
“Will Gaelion be alright?” (Taniko)

Taniko looks worried.

“Yeah, he’ll be fine.” (Naofumi)

Though he lost once, the current Gaelion is several times stronger than the other one, at least according to the older one.
I don’t think he’ll lose too easily.
It will be troublesome if Taniko rushes over in worry.

“Then, let’s go Rishia.” (Naofumi)
“Yes!” (Rishia)
“Be prepared to come to our aide.” (Naofumi)
“I shall also assist.” (Atlas)
“Got it.” (Naofumi)

I leave Atlas, Female Knight and Taniko, and depart with Rishia to observe Gaelion’s battle.

We reach what I think is just beyond the edge of Ren’s perception.
Keeping as low a profile as possible, we watch from the trees.

“Tei! Derya!” (Ren) (TL: Sound of putting effort into swinging a bladed object)

Ren and Gaelion are locked in a bout of fierce combat.
Gaelion is in his giant form. He avoids Ren’s attacks as he fires his breath. He’s putting up a good fight.
Ren is moving at quite a fast pace. His style probably relies mostly on speed.
Since I’m in charge of defense, I also focus on speed, and physical ability is a must. But people don’t seem to understand this.

Ah, I started complaining.
Well, if they can get past the shield, then there’s no real point.
Anyways, if we get any closer, Ren will probably notice us.

「Hide… Sword!」 (Ren)

Ren instantly disappears.

“Fool… Did you think such weak abilities would make me lose track of thee!?” (Gaelion)

Gaelion shouts out as he swings his tail at the area to his right which appeared to be empty space.
If I strain my eyes, I can see dust clouds rising as he steps.
There is also a trail of broken grass. Even from here, I can get an idea of his location.
It seems that Gaelion can sense him fully.

“Fueee… Gaelion-chan is speaking.” (Rishia)
“Ah, so Rishia didn’t know either.” (Naofumi)

I didn’t really tell anybody. And of course I keep it hidden in front of Taniko.
Raphtalia probably doesn’t know for the same reasons. I wonder how surprised she’ll be.

「Flashing Sword!」 (Ren)
“That again!? You really don’t learn!” (Gaelion)

Gaelion uses his claws to hide his face as Ren uses his skill.
The area is illuminated for a moment.

“You keep using small, superficial skills… What are you trying to accomplish?” (Gaelion)
「… Rakshasa Meteor Sword!」 (Ren)

Gaeloin twists his body to avoid the black projectiles coming out of the sword.
He’s putting up a really good fight.
Will he just win like this?
No, Ren will run when he is at a disadvantage. There must be a reason why he hasn’t run yet.

“There!” (Gaelion)

Gaelion unleashes his breath attack on Ren.
At that point, I clench my fist, thinking it was Gaelion’s victory.
But I was naïve.

Ren knocks away the Breath with his hand.
So an attack of that caliber isn’t going to do it.
Should I really be doing nothing and watching?

If I get closer, I’ll get in Gaelion’s way, and I may miss a chance.
Thinking back, it was quite good luck to have encountered him so quickly anyways.
If we let this opportunity get away, Ren probably won’t approach us carelessly again.

『I, Gaelion now order the heavens and the earth. Cut and fasten the knot of reason- 』 (Gaelion)

While battling, Gaelion continuously chants magic incantations.

『The Creation of my territory, the reason of my existence-』 (Gaelion)

It seems he’s building up quite a spell.
Ren seems oblivious to this, as he continues to unleash his skills.
The previous Ren would have noticed by now… So the Curse Series does deplete one’s wisdom.

If he were a simple wild dragon with no fragment, I guess Gaelion would have fallen by now.
I don’t know what sort of expression he has under his mask, but I think Ren’s getting impatient.
Using his game knowledge, he must be thinking something like, ‘This species of dragon shouldn’t be anywhere near this tough.’

Even so…

“… Hey, Rishia.” (Naofumi)
“What is it?” (Rishia)
“When you look at the Hero of the Sword’s stance, does anything come to mind?” (Naofumi)
“Let’s see… Is it some sort of style? His footwork is strange.” (Rishia)

Is it something from Kendo? He’s using a shuffling movement, and I think I can see the Jodan Stance.
(TL: one of the stances of Kendo, I’m not really that familiar.
But am I imagining it? Something’s strange.
Recently, I’ve been sparring with Atlas and the castle soldiers so I can tell.
In a real battle, Kendo isn’t all that useful.
Of course, I can’t really tell you its shortcomings, but Ren’s swordsmanship and footwork seems a bit awkward.

He probably learned a bit of Kendo, and mixed in his own style.
Based on his age, he probably didn’t get that far in it, and he spent a lot of time on VRMMOs, so he probably didn’t devote too much time on it.
And so, after seeing masters such as Granny and Female Knight, his style seems a bit sloppy.

I look at Ren’s movements.
His strokes are full of confidence, but he isn’t putting his back into it, and he’s swinging his blade quite recklessly.
He’s relying on the abilities of the sword, and not displaying much of his own skill…

“Um, Female Knight-san can fight with much more elegance.” (Rishia) (TL: Nicknames are spreading)
“Right.” (Naofumi)

Female Knight’s straightforward personality can be seen in her blade, and she has no wasted movement.
I’ve seen her and Raphtalia cross blades before during training, so Ren’s swordsmanship looks childish.
Gaelion seems to have gotten a sense for it, and none of Ren’s attacks are hitting.

But I guess there’s no helping it.
Even if he’s a hero here, he was originally a civilian from peaceful Japan.
In this uncivilized world, Ren would have his share of troubles.

『And here, I proclaim the creation of my sanctuary. The dominion of a Dragon.』 (Gaelion)
“It seems it will be over soon. Rishia, let’s get closer.” (Naofumi)
“Ah, yes!” (Rishia)
“I, who has understood the source of power commands. Let the truth once again be read forth and manifested. Hide our form from the world.” (Rishia)
「Faust Hiding!」 (Rishia)

The magic calls forth a rain of leaves that wash over us, and cause us to become invisible.
The time limit was one minute, right?
We start running forward as soon as the magic finishes.

… As we’re running, I can see that we occasionally become semi-visible.
It seems that the quality is lower in comparison to Raphtalia’s.

“Mu!?” (Ren)

Damn. Ren noticed us.

「Transfer-」 (Ren)

“Too Late! 「Dragon Sanctuary!」” (Gaelion)

With Gaelion’s magic, a barrier like field is deployed around the area.
What is it specifically? I think as I look at it. Suddenly, I feel a light jolt on my skin. I get the feeling that something intangible just passed through my body.

「- Sword!」 (Ren)

Ren shouts out.

“What!?” (Ren)

Ren’s words are colored with surprise.
Gaelion had used his experiences ‘til now… As a Wrath Dragon and an Emperor. He managed to make a skill that blocked off the use of teleportation.

“The game of tag ends here, Ren.” (Naofumi)

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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164 Responses to Chapter 194: Dragon Sanctuary

  1. Kookiecastle says:

    ADbaloon needs more votes o3o
    While flying in the sky itll produce mini ad balloons, leaving them to float on their own. Careless breeding plus abandonment; the perfect father( for a manga mc or a pokemon trainer)


    • Seanna says:

      Jodan Stance.
      Defensive stance with a wide range of defensive possibilities, but not too great in offensive ability.


      • Seanna says:

        Sorry, my mistake for mixing them up.
        Chuudan Stance
        Defensive stance with a wide range of defensive possibilities, but not too great in offensive ability.
        Joudan Stance
        Highly aggressive stance, also known as the Ascension Stance, which you see a lot in Star Wars Jedi fights, where the sword it lifted up above and slightly to the back above the head in readiness to attack from above in a downward strike.


  2. ian says:

    Thank you very much for your great translations on this seires! Hope you can keep it up!


  3. Rinda says:

    Slave dealer :<


  4. Squirrels says:

    “Your upfront personality and Guild master Charisma are wanted in this company.”

    Feel free to correct me. But didn’t Nogu-sama mention in one of the first chapters that he never played online games?


  5. logan says:

    just read 196 and realized Naofumi is one of the most pissed of characters i have ever seen. Wrath suits him so well and i have no idea why i can relate to him.


    • The Tinniest Snowman says:

      Best part is that if he had attack power he would straight out kill Ren, but because he has almost zero attack power he has to order others to do it and when they don’t there is nothing he can do, except Iron maiden or the other hard to spell one. I mean the final option is to slowly beat him to death with punches. I am all for him punching Ren to death.


    • Mr. Richard Wang says:

      u can relate to him? get off the internet with your teenage drama


  6. The Tinniest Snowman says:

    Hlentai is on a roll. 197.


  7. GumGum says:

    Best Husubando should be Yoraikun,right?


  8. ianzay23 says:

    Chapter 197 Flash:

    maybe you’d like to read chapter 197 :)


  9. thx alot for the amazing work =D


  10. Perdol19 says:

    Naofumi is becoming obsolete. His slaves fight better than him, and can beat him. With the current opponents nobody needs a shield.
    The only things he can do is power wrath mode of Gaelion and cook for them.


  11. mony122 says:

    hey Yoraikun it there problem because you didn’t post anything this day i hope you are okay


  12. excuse me, but says:

    who is doing 198?


  13. pusslicker says:

    Just read 197 and I wanna thank the guy(s) who did the translation. It’s awesome to see people dedicated to this story


  14. sandmanny says:

    i chose motoyasu for the poll. even though he’s retarded, he can be sweet ^-^’


  15. Trash says:

    Ha! Rigged poll.


  16. grass_porridge_cultist says:

    Next poll should be best Waifu, well.. Naofumi would still win hands down hahaha ^w^


  17. jayce says:

    Moyotatsu number 1 (once you read the spear hero arc you’ll love him)


  18. Mark says:

    HAHAHAAHAH seems Naofumi-dono won by a landslide. Followed by Old Man, then Bakahou…


  19. migx says:

    Can someone explain to me, why Ren’s greed is considered to be inferior to the wrath of Shieldbro (if u actually can compare different sins) in ch. 195?


    • l0st0n3 says:

      Well, with reference to Naofumi, his definition of the sin greed is the endless desire to obtain everything and anything even the unobtainable. Ren’s greed is only limited on the greed to become the strongest. With Naofumi, his wrath is due to the betrayal of the people and the world itself. So when he activates the Curse series shield, the desire to destroy everything including the world is present. Can’t remember which chapter as the reference of this statement though. Sry.


      • migx says:

        Youre right, according to the analysis of Naofumi. But Ren’s monologue was actually like this (quote):
        “I will become stronger than anyone. Yes…my desire has no limit…I will awaken to even more power in this place and defeat you, my desire has no limit! Feeding off of desire, I will become the strongest. Awaken power, triumph, prepare equipment, collect gold, increase power, become the strongest of all, everything wishes for me!”

        He is greeding for more than just power. Ignoring the part with “my desire has no limit” since saying “no limit” doesnt always mean no limit, he wants to “become the strongest” (=power, like Naofumi said), to “collect gold” (=wealth), to “triumph” & “everything (to) wish(es) for” him (=bascially acknowledgment from the world).
        Also, considering that Naofumi describe that desiring only one thing is only a transient greed, concludes that the value of “how much u desire it” is less worth than “how many things u desire”, which cant be true because we dont have a standardized benchmark for these kind of things.

        I hope, I could convey where the problems are and why I have so much difficulty to simply accept it. Maybe Im just putting to much thought into it … but thanks for the answer.


        • shirayuki says:

          This comment is from forever ago, but I’ll post my thoughts anyway. It’s not the sin necessarily so much as the cause or the suffering involved. Like Naofumi always says about Itsuki (and sometimes Ren), their sense of justice is rather cheap. They act on what they believe is correct and ignore other factors. Is that really justice? Not really. So what does being “powerful” mean? Who f*ck knows? The more specific a goal is, the more focused and potently someone can act upon it. Ren definitely just gives off the feeling of needing to nurse his own self-satisfaction rather than any deeper meaning. For example, if he had faced the deaths of his comrades and instead gained Greed from his need to stop any further casualties, then he would probably be a lot stronger by now. (And when I say facing the deaths of his comrades, this means seeing them as people he really cares about rather than just mostly faceless casualties.)

          To put it more simply, it’s like Ren’s saying “I want all the money in the world!” He’d be better off saying “I want to start with a goal of one million” and gradually work his way up from there.

          Also, Naofumi is slightly different from Ren, since his doesn’t stem from a desire. I don’t know if he would have any desires that would really merit the curse series. Instead, his stems from strong emotion: Wrath. And I can 100% agree with his opinion that his situation is more f*cked up than Ren’s was. In my honest opinion, the only thing in this world worse than a rapist is someone who falsely accuses a person with rape. It’s completely f*cked up. Hell, even I felt Wrath when Bitch did what she did, and of course I’m just an outsider reading a piece of *fiction* for goodness sake. Plus, Naofumi’s had to fight an uphill battle from the start, unlike the others. I mean, you can argue that Ren’s situation CAN warrant a similar level of emotion (and it kind of has). But his denial of reality and responsibility and the insistence to only view this world as a game is what makes his emotion shallow. It would likely be more potent if he just grew the hell up.

          In other words, the sins themselves would be equal if the emotion felt was equal. It depends on the user.


    • it’s because Ren’s greed is too shallow to be considered greed and is ironically weaker than Naofumi’s greed. true greed makes you consider everyone and everything as your possession. Ren is still not considering to take advantage of all the heroes methods to get stronger like Naofumi has done.

      if Naofumi wasn’t attached to his slaves……he might just have a greed shield.


    • VanZans says:

      in the divine comedy Wrath was considered the last layer of hell i think and thusly looked at as obviously more dangerous to ones mind and soul than greed. Nafoumi also said his greed was kind of an empty emotion to the point it cant be compared to wrath. Think in rens case everytime he uses it, his wealth gets taken away, which is why his specials probably wont do much once he’s used it a billion times and lost everything. While nafoumi lost his stats momentarily to dish out crazy powerful hits.


  20. laclongquan says:

    Reread chapter 197. ooooh Eclair! You are so manly! Please let me be your waifu!

    It’s a great pity that Naofumi didnt have chance to associate with her during his many times to the capital. now it’s too late, since there’s so many competition she get squeezed out.


  21. The Tinniest Snowman says: 198 for all you waiting on this page, done by Hlentai.


  22. Shizaru says:

    Shadow’s degozaru annoys me.


  23. Yahtzeee says:

    Haven’t read since chapter alot of chapter to read nxD xD
    Btw, what happen to Bakahou @@”


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