Chapter 281:Life Ethics

Chapter 281: Life Ethics

Now then, on to the next task.
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.

“You all should get to work as well. If you need food, then go to the residential area. I have some prepared.” (Naofumi)
“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)

Atlas will stay beside me, and Fohl will follow her.
Firo will inspect the laboratory’s interior, and Sadina will patrol.

“Then get to it.” (Naofumi)

On my orders, Sadina and Firo depart.

“Naofumi-sama, what will you be doing next?” (Atlas)
“Isn’t it obvious? My goal is to revive Raphtalia!” (Naofumi)

I concentrate my Shield’s power on a stone tablet, and the Castle Plant draws in more and more of the land’s power… Using Raphtalia’s DNA from the hair in my Shield, I began researching ways to recreate her body.
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.

It’s not like I’m omnipotent. Even if I have been granted a complete understanding of Alchemy, there is no precedent to reviving the dead.
But reviving my lost Raphtalia is something I’m willing to risk my life for.
For that sake, I begin my experiments.

I won’t make something half-assed like a homunculus.
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.

“From here on, I will be conducting research. Just watching will be boring, you know.” (Naofumi)
“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)
“Uu…” (Fohl)

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)
“Thanks.” (Naofumi)

I immersed myself in the research.
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.

“Naofumi-chan. How are things going on your side?” (Sadina)
“Master~ The food is really good.” (Firo)
“Yeah, though the taste has dropped a bit from when Niichan makes it personally.” (Kiel)

Sadina, Firo and Kiel drop by together.
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.

“Oh, you came at a good time.” (Naofumi)
“Niichan, what are you doing? Everyone’s already well rested.” (Kiel)
“I see. Just watch for a second.” (Naofumi)

I flip a switch, and the culmination of my research materializes before us.
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)

Inside the tube floats something like a… Raccoon? A Tanuki? A Red panda…? A life form that I can only see as a mix of the three is suspended in the glass.

(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.

I drain the liquid out of the tube, and take out the new life form I had created.
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.

“Um… What’s this supposed to be, Niichan?” (Kiel)
“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)

Firo approaches Raphtalia Prototype 1, and starts sniffing it.
Don’t eat it.
If you eat it, I’ll modify your form to be the same as it.

“Yeah, it’s smell is like Onee-chan. Its looks are completely different, but its tail and the feeling that I get are similar.” (Firo)
“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)

Just in case, I’ve given it the ability to fight. I tampered with quite a bit.
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.

“W-what?” (Naofumi)

I put my hand on a tablet to see what set it off.
What’s displayed is the figure of that fake, Ren and Itsuki infiltrating the first Tower Plant.

“What!?” (Naofumi)

They got the first one on the first try?
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.


Even if I send Motoyasu and His Filo Rials, it will be too late to stop the First Tower’s destruction.
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!”

Fu… How foolish. Don’t think the next one will be so easy.
I’ve prepared some things just in case something like this happened.

As soon as the device stopped functioning on the first one, the energy allotted to it flew towards the second tower. The power output on the second one greatly rose.
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.

“It seems my Emergency Line is functioning correctly.” (Naofumi)
“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)
“Boost?” (Sadina)
“Yeah, for about 20 hours, that energy will impede anyone trying to proceed to the next one.” (Naofumi)

The barrier was made for the purpose of buying time.
In that time, I’ll be able to prepare myself.
But I never thought I would actually be using these emergency measures.

“I was going to rest for a bit, but it appears that that’s no happening. I won’t let those Fakers destroy the second tower. Motoyasu, use your portal to jump, and bestow retribution onto those that oppose me. Take this with you.” (Naofumi)

It’s a memory crystal that I made with Magic Gem Production.
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.

“Understood, Father-in-Law!” (Motoyasu)
“Should we accompany him?”
“No, you guys should help supply energy to the second tower. Otherwise we’ll run out.” (Naofumi)

If the slaves leave the flow of magic, then managing the defenses and the system will be difficult.
The best option is to send Motoyasu to cut down their forces.

“Sadina, you go too. Motoyasu can’t hear the words of women, so use Midori as a translator.” (Naofumi)
“Got it.” (Sadina)
“Next is… right. Why don’t I present my new Raph race to them?” (Naofumi)

While waving her hand, Sadina flies off with Motoyasu through his portal.
Good, now I’ll be able to offer their sought-after retribution.

The sound from the display picked up.

“For there to be that sort of gimmick… Naofumi-sama sure likes being troublesome.” (Raphtalia)
“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.

“Motoyasu just naturally returned through his portal.Aren’t we supposed to be seiging them right now?” (Itsuki)

Hahaha. Fools.
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.

“By Father-in-Law’s orders, I have come for battle! Now fall before me for the sake of my promotion! ” (Motoyasu)
“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.

“Motoyasu, snap out of it. There’s no way Naofumi would think of things like that. We should be resolving this incident as quickly as possible.” (Ren)
“No, Father-in-Law’s words are absolute. Meteor Spear!” (Motoyasu)

Ren parries the spear that came flying at him.
The blast makes a large crater as it comes into contact with the ground.

“Move aside!”

Raphtalia rushes in front, and consecutivey slashes at Motoyasu.


It’s most likely a Hengen Musou skill that ignores defense.
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.

“Motoyasu-chan ran forward too fast. You need to cooperate better, or you won’t even win battles where you have the upper hand.” (Sadina)

Sadina follows up close behind, and holds up her harpoon.
And from behind her, the new Raph Race specimen flies forward.

“W-what is… that?”

The fake, and the heroes. Everyone left in the village points their fingers.
Hahaha. Tremble before my technology.

“It’s something Father-in-Law created… A new breed of monster!” (Motoyasu)
“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)

Itsuki looks at the Raph race specimen, and points at Raphtalia.
The Raph runs forward, and releases illusion magic.
One by one, illusionary Raphs manifest, and cover the landscape.


The illusionary Raphs begin their assault.
Since they aren’t real, they don’t cause any damage, but the Raph’s target is only a single individual.

“There!” (Raphtalia)

Damn! The faker finds the real Raph among the illusions, and slashes at it.


It dodges by a paper thinmargin, and does a flip before landing on the ground. It points its paw at the fake.
And it loudly proclaims.


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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316 Responses to Chapter 281:Life Ethics

  1. dany says:

    he’s too powerful… i guess the only chance is the true raphtalia to reach naofumi after defeating an identical one and simulate being the clone.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sodemas says:

    thx for the chapter o/ damm i need to improve my rank, havent been on top 10 yet =/


  3. zorr says:

    soooo how long till the demon lord phase ends? for some reason i just can’t take this kind of development


  4. Corey says:

    Awsome thanks for the update


  5. Vayne says:

    I feel sorry for Naofumi.


  6. Zeb says:

    Thank you for the chapter.

    On an unrelated note I’m very sad that baka-tsuki is down. =(


  7. mahlightning says:

    “I cannot even stand to look at a counterfeit that a faker has created.
    You piece of trash. You have nothing real within you.
    An imitation made by copying people should be turned to junk.”

    So when did Gilgamesh replace Naofumi? I mean really he even called them Mongrels in this chapter. The gold armored demigod has come and there is none who can escape his wrath.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Aegisto says:

    Epic !


  9. shira says:

    somehow, i have a feeling that Sadina is acting as double agent and keep tricking Naofumi, she just really sly and can’t trust her. (oh my, possible spoiler?)

    anyway, thank you for the translation….!! i can’t wait to see Naofumi fight face to face with those “Mongrels”


  10. AdWingsx says:

    raphs everywhere
    prepare for world domination by raphtalia
    all hail the superior race


  11. muh.reza says:

    apa dicerita ini bukti bahwa
    the raph ni suatu monster yg bisa jd apa saja & fohl jd pengajar jurus untuk para slave yg baru ya? sesuai chrismast arc hehehehe


  12. ggfbank says:

    Seem like a funny short event judge from the chapter title after this.

    BTW, overlord Naofumi is fine if he didn’t plan to eleminate everyone that’s unfit to this world.


  13. Mich says:

    If anyone’s interested in what Raph-chan looks like, there’s an image on the wiki

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Tulius says:

    Fake ! (Raph)
    Bitch ! (Raphtalia)

    Liked by 1 person

  15. fuew12 says:

    Can’t help but laugh at this chapter


  16. Horny Firo says:

    Horny Firo is the best character


  17. Felipe says:

    First he build a floating castle and now he can even create new minions, naofumi seems to have become somekind of overlord….thought it’s intresting how he still cares about his subordinates (expecialy raphtalia) even whille planing world domination……


  18. maltygos says:

    if the fake says fake i will selfdestruct XD, that battle is so mess up hahahaha


  19. Omnipwnage says:

    Thank you for all of the great work, Yoraikun!

    And for those of you that don’t understand why baka-tsuki ‘doesn’t work,’ they’re using https now. so just replace the “www.” with “https:” and you should be right as rain ;)


  20. Great thanks for the chapter :D however what happen with the KnW ch ? U_U


  21. kingk says:

    Wait til naofumi gets back to normal dude won’t be able to look anyone the face this is just embarrassing.


  22. TheTruthOfPerfection says:

    Great work as always, yorai-kun, we all appreciate your work. Now, some comments on those polls….
    Uh-oh!!! Someone used Bitch’s previous name in the polls! Better get that changed quick. :P
    For the polls, I went Best -> Naofumi | Boy -> Old man | Girl -> Raphtalia
    I love Naofumi’s train of thought, because I would likely make very similar choices if I were placed into his situation. Especially with the slaves. I have always thought it was fine to have slaves as long as you treat them well.


    • 阮鄧雄心 says:

      Yep, if the slaves were to be asked “Do you want to become free or stay as shield hero’s slave ?” I bet most of them would happily stay.


  23. Burban says:

    im the only vote for Windya on the first poll xDD. I´d really like to see more interactions between Ren, Gaelion and her :)


  24. kousann says:

    Some Laputa bullshit right here. Although, instead of a horde of death robots, it’s a bunch of adorable raccoons…


  25. John Doe says:

    “Tremble before my technology”


  26. ! says:

    Absurd – on the poll, Naofumi’s most popular. For the first time, we have a male waifu.


  27. larc345 says:

    is it wrong that I imagine Soujiro Seta when I read Ren’s lines? Sou has a HAREM for a guild while Ren is like…
    this really bugs me. =.=
    it was like that even when I first stated reading Tate… I mean, when someone says Hero of the sword I imagine Sou not Ren. Is there something wrong with me?


  28. Ga says:

    Sadina confirmed

    Liked by 1 person

  29. goblinrou says:

    Will Naofumi’s racoon army take over the world? Find out in the next ep of dra…shield overlord!


  30. masadeer says:

    Ad balloon has a strong following (17 votes) BOW BEFORE THE ALLMIGHTY AD BALLOON


  31. Alex says:

    Just out of curiosity in the ” Who do you like the most?” poll which Shadow is male and which is female?



    Damn! The faker finds the real Raph among the illusions, and slashes at it.


    It dodges by a paper thinmargin, and does a flip before landing on the ground. It points its paw at the fake.
    And it loudly proclaims.


    FAKE lololol


  33. GonZ says:

    Cute Rafu use “fake~” it’s super cut..effective


  34. Santa says:

    It sucks that Raphtalia died at some point off-screen and was replaced by a fake.
    I hope Naofumi succeeds in reviving her so we learn how she died.

    I bet it was granny.


  35. salahadin_pl says:

    So we all think that our Evil lord will be betrayed by Sadina but is it so simple ? :>


  36. Anon says:

    Okay , gotta vote for Waifu


  37. Dester says:

    I really like how this series has played out. It’s undertones are its strongest feature.

    Naofumi from power is that of nearly unlimited (even godlike) defense. Yet from the start he is ostracized, demeaned, and set up for failure so that others vindicate their own worldview and beliefs.

    For a man that can withstand the assault of men,monsters, demons, and gods; “Rejection” is something for which he has no defense.

    I also like the undertones illustrating how often the consequences of the heroes actions are manifested completely free of the good intentions that caused their fruition.
    Famine, civil unrest, plague, animosity, and faithlessness all brought about the haphazard good intentions of each of the hero.

    Even Raphtalia being saved from her likely fate of death, abuse, and exploitation as a slave is removed from the reasonings Naofumi chose her in the first place.

    I do kinda wish Raphtalia was narrating this plot twist segment. The story gives you a lot of inference for her mindset; but a lot is left to the reader.
    I still kinda cringe when Naofumi call her a child because in truth reasoning, understanding, and self reliance make you more an adult that simple physical age. (Without those things you have a fully grown child)

    In my mind Naofumi traded Raphtalia’s child hood so that she would not die and he would not be alone. There is nothing he can do in earnest to give it back to her. So he really needs to stop calling her a child when he peddled her childhood away. (irony intended)

    Thank you
    To you and all the other translators that have worked so diligently to bring us this story Yoraikun.
    I “PATIENTLY” look forward to the next chapter.


  38. metable says:

    Thanks for the translation!


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  40. Seven Inch Hazard says:

    Haha. Funny Raph

    Thanks for the Chapter


  41. shieldbro says:

    “Who do you like the most” -> Fohl
    “Which boy is the most popular” -> Fohl
    “Which girl is the most popular” -> Fohl <-What? *Shrugs, and clicks post*


  42. tomeraz says:

    My little Rafu can’t be this cute~
    Thanks for the chap!


  43. Sebazu says:

    So, how long until Naofumi returns to his senses?


  44. aristo999999999 says:

    Thank you for the mad scientist chapter. 😊


  45. k says:

    thank for the update

    Liked by 1 person

  46. Seriously says:

    ROFLOL! I can just imagine Raphtalia’s anger meter reaching the boiling point after that “Fake~”.


  47. ATNightingale says:

    for all the pols i voted other and typed ” the guy who got beat up because Naofumi signed his shirt” yea that guy. respect”.


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