Chapter 230: Contagion

Chapter 230: Contagion

The village was silent. Everyone was holding their breath.
Dinner casually finished in silence without anyone lighting any lights. It was as if the entire village had already gone to sleep.

A large number of missing carriages arrived at once.
The Filo Rials pulling them and the slaves riding them were probably being controlled.
One by one, they stepped off of the carriages and began walking towards the village.
And then, carrying off the slaves who were pretending to be asleep, they returned to the carriage parked farthest from us.

There…

“That’s enough!” (Naofumi)

I stepped out of my hiding place from a nearby house.
At the same time, the slaves being taken away began to resist.

“Oh, Niichan. What’s wrong?” (Kiel)

Kiel stood in front of me, who responded as if nothing was wrong.
I opened up Kiel’s slave management screen and tried to activate punishment.
But… as if the battery had died, nothing happened.

“Kiel, I know that you can’t act. Tell me honestly. Is the mastermind controlling you inside of that carriage?” (Naofumi)
“Control? What are you saying, Niichan?” (Kiel)

Kiel’s eyes looked strange. She stared at the other controlled children, and they all tilted their heads in confusion.

“We were finally released from Niichan’s brainwashing. That’s why it is our duty to free the others as quickly as possible.” (Kiel)

I see… they were released.
That’s the lie Itsuki implanted in their skulls to control them.
With such a reason, it sounds like Itsuki is on the side of justice.
At least, within his head.
That is… If they were truly being released…
It would be just as Rishia said.

A while ago, when I proposed the plan, Rishia said as such:

“Naofumi-san. Even after all that’s happened, I still love the legends of the Heroes. When I was little, I would read about them whenever I could.” (Rishia)
“What are you saying all of a sudden?” (Naofumi)
“Do you know of the enemy that appears in the Heroes’ tales… The Demon King with the power of control?” (Rishia)
“The Hero of the Shield, right?” (Naofumi)

Rishia slowly shook her head from side to side.

“At least, within the world of fiction, he was called as such. But according to history, there were many Heroes at the time, and along with the heroes, much death came.” (Rishia)

Was that why people kept saying I have a Shield that can brainwash?

That means that it didn’t have to be the Hero of the Shield.
The people of this world just arbitrarily developed a grudge and arbitrarily placed it on the Shield. As long as they could shift the blame, then any weapon would do.

I’ve heard about it in Manga.
The Hero and the Demon King are just two sides of the same coin.
Yet here, they are one and the same.

All the bad things are the fake’s… The Demon King’s fault.
There’s no way that someone with such dark power can be a hero.
… A Hero rejected by history.

“And… According to legend, everyone working under the Demon King was a victim bent to his will.” (Rishia)

To summarize, it’s like this:
If I don’t get rid of Itsuki quickly, it’s going to get troublesome.
Worse comes to worst, I’ll have to capture each person in my Shield Prison one at a time.
I wonder just how much magic that would take.

I guess I should tell about Ren as well.
If Itsuki decides to show his face in the village, I want to capture him alive if possible.
If that turns out to be impossible, we’ll have to kill him. I’ll take responsibility for it.
That’s what I told him.

But Ren was opposed to killing Itsuki.
I feel that his emotions are getting deeper as of late.

Before, he tried to put up a… Cool, indifferent atmosphere. I guess this is better.
By the way, if he tried to use his dark past to elicit sympathy, I planned on kicking him out.
Though, it appears that there are no problems at this point in time.

No matter what happens, I don’t think he will kill.
Also, though I made him unlock the other reinforcement methods, his curse makes him unable to get materials or money, so he can’t really use them. It will be difficult to crush Itsuki, who is currently being devoured by his own curse.

“I’m home~.”

A carefree voice came from the coast.

“Is it already sleeping time? I planned on getting Atlas-chan and heading over to Naofumi’s place, but what’s happening?” (Sadina)

Sadina had a relaxed expression as she stretched her arms and walked towards me.

“Why are you coming back so late anyways?” (Naofumi)

It’s obvious that she had no idea about the emergency situation.
Why was this idiot waltzing in so easily?

“Why, you ask? …Didn’t Naofumi-chan ask me to try my hand at Salvaging?” (Sadina)

Ah, right!
Sadina told me that plenty of interesting treasures slept at the bottom of the sea, so I asked her to try her hand at them.
Recently, she had been coming back with things like old coins.
They were things that would drive collectors insane. We got a good price for them.
That’s why I got happy and asked her to do it on the spur of the moment.

“Today, I found some nice wine and a good harpoon.” (Sadina)

Sadina held out an ornate harpoon that looked as if it were made out of coral.
Is that really something that someone lost in the sea?

“It seemed like it’d been at the bottom of the sea for a while, but it still held its shape. Its blade is quite a nice one.” (Sadina)
“Ah. Anyways… Can you step back a bit?” (Naofumi)

Sadina playfully spun the harpoon around her body before returning it to the bag on her back. She looked around her.

“Sadina-neechan. Niichan is being cruel.” (Kiel)
“Ara? What could be the problem?” (Sadina)

Kiel slowly stepped towards Sadina.

“No! Sadina-san! Get away from Kiel-kun!” (Rishia)

It happened the second Rishia shouted out her warning. Kiel changed into dog form and bit the space Sadina was in.
But at that moment, Sadina backed off at a surprising speed and created some distance between her and the dog.

“Damn… I missed.” (Kiel)
“… What are you trying to do? Based on your answer, this Onee-chan may have to issue out some punishment.” (Sadina)

Sadina immediately readied herself for battle as she pointed the harpoon at Kiel.
Kiel’s attack put her on high alert.
I should have warned her quicker.

“Hypothetically… If like in the story, we slaves were just moving at the Demon King’s whim, then…”

Rishia’s words echo in my mind. I can imagine the worst possible outcome.

“I see. Itsuki isn’t directly issuing brainwashing. He’s made a status effect that can be spread… Atlas, what can you sense from Kiel and the others?” (Naofumi)

I asked Atlas who was in hiding.
This is merely a single possibility, but I should have Atlas look into it.

“The dark energy that is wrapped around Kiel-kun has begun extending tentacles towards Sadina-san.” (Atlas)

Damn. This is troublesome.
Kiel, the controlled Filo Rials, and the controlled Slaves took offensive stances.

Currently, Kiel’s level is 70.
Just based on stats, she falls short of Raphtalia, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t strong.
Due to her race, Kiel can make quicker movements.

However, I can probably withstand her attacks.
The problem is the infectious nature of this brainwashing.

It’s like a game where you have to defend single a point from countless enemy units.
And there’s nothing we can do about it.
Neither side will seriously try to hurt the other, but when any of my side gets infected, they’ll become enemies.

“Is there anything I can do here?” (Naofumi)

Ren should also be in quite some danger right now.
I guess I should warn him.

“WAOOOOOOOOOOON!” (Kiel)

With Kiel’s battle cry, the slaves began their assault.
… The slaves I trained as soldiers have turned against me.

I had planned to end this by capturing Itsuki.
Of course, I had considered the possibility of fighting Kiel and the others. But what the hell is it with this contagion factor.
It’s even worse than a plague.

“The stories told of the Hero’s companions having strong wills and being able to withstand the control. It was quite a touching tale…” (Rishia)

Rishia answered as she blocked Kiel’s attack.
The village has already been swallowed by battle.
Though I shouted out a warning, the enemies’ preemptive strike rendered quite a few of my combatants unconscious. We were doing worse than I predicted.

I stepped in front to protect the slaves to the best of my ability, but still, I can’t handle everything.

“Are you alright!?” (Naofumi)
“S-somehow.” (Slave)
“It seems that the effect isn’t that contagious, but if we continue to take attacks, then it will definitely spread.” (Naofumi)

I have confidence in my own defense, but when facing an army of Kiel-class enemies, there’s no way either side will come out unscathed.
If I want to use my Shield Prison trump card, I’ll have to gather them in one place.
Though, the quickest solution would just be to find and capture Itsuki.

“Atlas! Can you still not sense Itsuki anywhere?” (Naofumi)
“…It’s no good. An ominous aura is filling the area, and I can’t pinpoint anything.” (Atlas)
“I see…” (Naofumi)

I guess I shouldn’t get my hopes up.
Damn. Everything is turning on me.
I got the idea to defeat Itsuki and end everything from Motoyasu, but that seems to be impossible.
If the brainwashing is infectious, then it will just spread naturally.
Itsuki doesn’t even have to be anywhere near the village.

“Niichan, prepare yourself! How dare you use all of us!” (Kiel)
“Ha! Just go eat a crepe covered in dirt!” (Naofumi)

From my bad habits, an angry line escaped my mouth. The line of a cheap villain.
I really shouldn’t be provoking her right now.

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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129 Responses to Chapter 230: Contagion

  1. Karami says:

    So, just curious, what happened to chapters 223-227 and 229? Is someone else handling those?

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  2. Hell Satan says:

    good for you your still translating I’m in a gaming limbo right now I can’t stop playing games

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  3. ryllonceras says:

    thanks!!,, and welcome back!

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  4. Anononon says:

    Thanks and welcome back! Look like shield is in a really big trouble this time uh?

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  5. sinonne says:

    thanks for the new chapter!!

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  6. GonZ says:

    thank you for the chapter

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  7. kirindas says:

    Thank you for the release! I want to smack Itsuki so hard right now for being an idiot!

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  8. Cookies! says:

    Haha everyone is almost praising the sun for Yorai’s return. Aim for those 4’s and 5’s based JK

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  9. heiashi says:

    Thank you very much for the translation translators! Many thanks towards the Author!!

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  10. lol says:

    The commenting thing asked for what’s on my mind.
    What’s on my mind is AHHHHHH I NEED THE NEXT CHAPUTERR

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  11. DeDT says:

    Welcome back , nice to see you again . Thanks for translation.

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  12. Tee says:

    Good luck Yorai! Keep fighting and please dont die yet! Thanks for the translation

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  13. Haha says:

    Thnx ren,and all the donor. .. oops!

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  14. chaosoulg says:

    Thanks and welcome back Yorai!

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  15. Sant4 says:

    Thanks for the chapter.
    Naofumi is fucked

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  16. Yukino says:

    Thanks for the chap and welcome back Yorai sama~

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  17. thedefend says:

    I thought this was from nasir again. turn out it was yorai. good day indeed. (nasir, if you read this, get someone to edit for you. ASAP)

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  18. Spartanunit117 says:

    welcome back dude 20 days is really long day

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  19. YamatoEX says:

    Do you best in the Exam sir! We don’t mind waiting the new chapter later your life is more important sir!

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  20. Thank you! and good luck on your exam!

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  21. Joe16 says:

    Thanks 😃

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  22. Pyro says:

    Thank you for another chapter :) may your exams shine down upon you with great scores.

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  23. Incognito6 says:

    good luck on your finals. may you look up to find inspiration, look down at desperation and left and right for information ;)

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  24. Unknown says:

    Thanks for the chapter. Hero disease in the end is still the worst. Looking forward to when Naofumi kick Itsuki ass. But for now I will just sit back and wait till the time come.

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  25. thx alot and dont worry you will pass on your exams for sure =D

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  26. Mario says:

    Hmm…Where is rat?

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  27. somedude01 says:

    Welcome back and thank you

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  28. Thanks for the translation!!!

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  29. madmann135 says:

    EXAMS!!! the bane of existence.

    SPOILER:

    The Wiki says that Sadina becomes a hero, specifically the hero of the spear. My question is has the spear found her?

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  30. Good Luck with your exams!

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  31. Anon says:

    Hi, Yoraikun. Could you remove the link to the front page image? So that we who are on mobile don’t consistently hit the image link while trying to go to updates or other things. For specificity sake, I’m referring to the Year of the Ram picture. Banner is no problem. Thanks. (P.s Should be noted it’s only an issue as it loads last and clicking any link before it loads will get the picture instead)

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  32. rap says:

    Yoraikun when you will translate knw ch 27????

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  33. blazx777 says:

    Yo Idk if this is the place to ask but I feel like I could help because I want to help with the translations (though I am not that great at editing), if I can help where can I find the raws?

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  34. Omnipwnage says:

    Thank you Yoraikun! Good luck with your tests today, and don’t burn yourself out!

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  35. Firo's Ahoge says:

    THE HERO OF THE TRANSLATIONS HAS RETURNED!!! *Fan girls and boys scream* “Yorai-sama, KYAAA!!!”

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  36. dar says:

    thanks for update

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  37. lazypioneer says:

    Yoraikun is back <3
    can't describe how happy i am ( TwT)/")

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  38. Danna says:

    Glad you are back. I’m appreciate what you are doing to this story by translating it to us. This is awesome and I pray that you’ll get an awesome result from your exam. Thanks Yorai-kun.

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  39. Mark says:

    This is just awesome. Thanks again for translating!!! -thats three exclamation points just so you know how much we appreciate your work xD

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  40. k says:

    thank for the update
    and welcome back

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  41. heavenjudgement says:

    Welcome back Yorai kun!

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  42. spartanuni117 says:

    I know that it’s good if you welcoming people to help you edit and admin option but you must give them like qualification like make the make at least edit 5 – 10 chapter no deadline but at least that much and they can be admin of the page and secondly backup your page sometime some people are troll or selfish and for certain issue your page could be deleted by them or the boy/girlfriend but usually girlfriend this has happen to one famous youtuber called seyrenlk he was one of the first guy that post hatsune miku song (world is mine 25million view lol) and suddenly dissapeared because of his girlfriend http://www.vocaloidotaku.net/index.php?/topic/35113-what-just-happened-to-seyrenlk/

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    • wen2jia1wei3 says:

      O snap is that what happened to Seyran!? He was the one who got me into Vocaloids in the first place. Real shame that happened.
      I kinda agree with you, yoraikun is really trusting ^_^ maybe a little too much. I don’t think admin powers should just be given out–it’s Yoraikun’s blog after all; the name should stay yoraikun.wordpress :)

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      • Spartanuni117 says:

        yep he was the one that got me into vocaloid too it’s shame it all because of girlfriend things . Well it’s not that yoraikun cannot give trust to other people but my sugesstion is to make them being qualified first as well as make backup as anything could happen when you make things like this.

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  43. jzzay says:

    Itsuki is really starting to piss me off… I don’t care if he’s retarded

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    • Spartanuni117 says:

      he does really retarded in fact i found almost all hero retarded except naofumi.I find this is like what author want to make that all other hero except naofumi is a bad guy and i kinda find that really so cheesy and wish at least ren not becoming bad person too as the author make him a villain for a little while just to make some story and make the main character seems more better although ren is one of the among the three hero as he doubting and kinda trust naofumi when he was being accused

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  44. Seven Inch Hazard says:

    Thank you and more power

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  45. goblinrou says:

    Seems like Naofumi needs to mass produce Magneto’s helmet for his slaves.

    Thx for the chapter yoraikun

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