Chapter 281: Life Ethics
At the moment, the Slaves and Monsters are charging their magic through the Castle Plant.
I’ll use that magic to create a magic amplification device to create even greater magic, and use it to expand my base.
“Good. Until the expansion is finished, I can devote myself to my own goals.” (Naofumi)
I step foot into the center of the Lab, the area Rat used for her own research.
“I want to stay near Naofumi-sama.” (Atlas)
“Firo will… Go for a walk.” (Firo)
“Atlas, let’s get out of here already.” (Fohl)
“No way, Onii-sama.” (Atlas)
“I’ll go patrol the outside.” (Sadina)
Firo will inspect the laboratory’s interior, and Sadina will patrol.
“Then get to it.” (Naofumi)
On my orders, Sadina and Firo depart.
“Isn’t it obvious? My goal is to revive Raphtalia!” (Naofumi)
The probability this hair is from the fake is exceedingly low.
It’s something I got when Raphtalia was still but a child.
If only I can recover her soul, it should work out.
But reviving my lost Raphtalia is something I’m willing to risk my life for.
For that sake, I begin my experiments.
This is a ritual to perfectly resurrect my ideal Raphtalia.
Inside of the large culture tube in front of me, magic-made electricity races back and forth. The power of the land gathers. My dreams gather.
And in order to make it go off without a hitch, I take care of all bugs and problems personally.
“It’s fine, Naofumi-sama. Just being near you is enough for me.” (Atlas)
“I see.” (Naofumi)
“Atlas! What are you saying!?” (Fohl)
“Onii-sama, if you have free time right now, won’t you offer assistance to the people who Naofumi-sama just granted power to?” (Atlas)
Atlas and Fohl whisper together, and after a while, Fohl heads off to the slaves I had just treated.
“Now it’s finally quiet. Please research to your heart’s content.” (Atlas)
Perhaps 6 hours have already passed.
I finally finished the first stage of my experimentation.
When I turned around, Atlas waved her hand at me.
She was watching me the whole time, was she? She has too much free time.
“Master~ The food is really good.” (Firo)
“Yeah, though the taste has dropped a bit from when Niichan makes it personally.” (Kiel)
I installed an auto cooking function into the residential area’s dining hall.
With the push of a button, it can instantly make pre-set dishes.
At the moment, the menu is a bit lacking, but at least it’s edible.
“Niichan, what are you doing? Everyone’s already well rested.” (Kiel)
“I see. Just watch for a second.” (Naofumi)
Electricity fills the tube, and smoke rises. The Experiment finishes.
Firo tilts her head as she focuses her eyes on the dish.
Eventually the smoke wrapping around it clears, and the bubbles that formed in the liquid within subside. The form of a new Raphtalia shows itself.
“What is this?” (Firo)
I look upon my own results.
“Fumu… I guess this is the best I can do for a prototype.” (Naofumi)
(TL: Raccoon, Tanuki and Red Panda, images inserted by Translator.)
With that form, I guess letting it out won’t cause any problems.
Using the dragon pulse, I can rapidly elevate its level. This skill sucks up the experience lying dormant in the earth, and allows me to grant it unto people. It’s a higher form of an ability wild monsters naturally possess.
At the moment, the maximum I can grant is up to level 30.
The new life shakes off the excess liquid on its fur, and looks over at me.
It slightly raises its front leg to greet me.
“Is it a monster? Its Chi is somewhat reminiscent of Raphtalia-san. Somewhat.” (Atlas)
“Fumu, It’s a life-form born of my research to revive Raphtalia.” (Naofumi)
“Amazing, Niichan. You created a new type of monster!” (Kiel)
“Ara, Naofumi-chan is incredible.” (Sadina)
Don’t eat it.
If you eat it, I’ll modify your form to be the same as it.
“Well, my research isn’t over yet. Let’s call this one the first generation of the newly formed Raph race.” (Naofumi)
“Yay. Pleasure working with you, small Onee-chan!” (Firo)
“It should have some ability for battle as well. I’ll be continuing this until I can make the Real Raphtalia’s body. The number of Raphs will be multiplying until then.” (Naofumi)
Gene modification sure comes in handy here.
Honestly, to take over the world, I’m greatly lacking in manpower, so mass production is a possibility.
They’re based on a person I trust. The Raph Race may prove to be a great asset.
“Next, I’ll make a system to mass produce Raphs…” (Naofumi)
As I was preparing to give a fervent speech, the alarm went off.
What’s displayed is the figure of that fake, Ren and Itsuki infiltrating the first Tower Plant.
No, this isn’t the time to be wondering about that.
That tower’s defense mechanisms won’t be able to hold off against that fake, and those Heroes.
With their game knowledge, I can’t deny the possibility Ren and Itsuki figured out the towers.
I focus the display on the tower’s inside.
The fakes easily get through the tower and break the controlling device at the summit.
“Good! Let’s move on to the next one!”
I’ve prepared some things just in case something like this happened.
The Fake and her heroes gaze absentmindedly at the second tower.
And they head towards it upon Gaelion. But without accomplishing anything, they quickly return.
“emergency Line? Did you do something, Naofumi-chan?” (Sadina)
“Yeah, when one tower gets destroyed, it will send all of its stored energy to the next one, and strengthen it. The next tower gets a large boost.” (Naofumi)
“Yeah, for about 20 hours, that energy will impede anyone trying to proceed to the next one.” (Naofumi)
In that time, I’ll be able to prepare myself.
But I never thought I would actually be using these emergency measures.
I also gave him a video one with my proclamation of war recorded on it.
With this, I am officially waging war on those mongrels.
“Should we accompany him?”
“No, you guys should help supply energy to the second tower. Otherwise we’ll run out.” (Naofumi)
The best option is to send Motoyasu to cut down their forces.
“Got it.” (Sadina)
“Next is… right. Why don’t I present my new Raph race to them?” (Naofumi)
Good, now I’ll be able to offer their sought-after retribution.
The sound from the display picked up.
“How do we dispel that barrier? We’ll need to destroy all of the towers to proceed, right?” (Ren)
“I don’t know. But…” (Itsuki)
The fakes return to the village by portal to face Motoyasu, who returned in much the same way.
If you have no reinforcements, why would you initiate a siege?
Our forces have the option of going on the offensive at any time.
Eventually, Motoyasu begins carrying out my orders. He opens his mouth.
“Quit messing around, Motoyasu! You’re choosing the wrong people to side with!” (Ren)
“I’m not wrong. My enemies are Firo-tan’s, and Father-in-Law’s enemies.” (Motoyasu)
Taking a stance with his spear, Motoyasu begins running towards the fakes.
“Ku! Like I’d let you!”
Ren steps in front of Motoyasu, and his sword collides with the spear.
“No, Father-in-Law’s words are absolute. Meteor Spear!” (Motoyasu)
The blast makes a large crater as it comes into contact with the ground.
Raphtalia rushes in front, and consecutivey slashes at Motoyasu.
Since Motoyasu can’t handle Chi as well as me, he begins taking damage.
“What are you doing to my Mokun!?”
The damage itself isn’t particularily, high, but Kuu, Marin and Midori step up to protect Motoyasu.
And from behind her, the new Raph Race specimen flies forward.
“W-what is… that?”
Hahaha. Tremble before my technology.
“W-what is it…? It looks kinda cute, but it’s a monster I’ve never seen before.” (Ren)
“I wonder. It’s voice… sounds a little like Raphtalia’s.” (Itsuki)
The Raph runs forward, and releases illusion magic.
One by one, illusionary Raphs manifest, and cover the landscape.
Since they aren’t real, they don’t cause any damage, but the Raph’s target is only a single individual.
Damn! The faker finds the real Raph among the illusions, and slashes at it.
And it loudly proclaims.