Saturday, June 13, 2015

Overlord Volume 4 Intermission




They were probably discussing something else in the meeting room behind him.
However, his duties in that room were over, which was why he had left.


That said, he still had work to do. Back then, he was merely giving a report, but now he had to fulfil his responsibilities as the First Seat of the Black Scripture — in other words, as its leader. This included resurrecting his dead comrades, picking temporary replacements for their positions, as well as training, conducting experiments, and so on.


After all, the Six Scriptures were a secret organization, so they led double lives, going undercover within the Theocracy.


Speaking of his personal life, he had to get married — and to multiple partners. Currently, there were only three awakened God-kin within the Slaine Theocracy, and so the higher-ups had hinted that he had to do his patriotic duty and reproduce.


All these demands on him piled up, and left him with hardly any free time.


“Still, I was hoping I could relax for today.”


After being liberated from the meeting of the Cardinals — a gathering of the highest appointment holders in the Slaine Theocracy — he worked his shoulders, and then his attention was drawn by a clack-clack-clack sound.


He knew who had made that sound before he saw it. There were very few in the Slaine Theocracy who were permitted to enter this place, and when he thought about the people who were not present within the meeting room, the answer leapt out at him.


As he had expected, there was a girl leaning against a wall.


She had a unique hairstyle, with the left side being a different color from the right. One was a scintillating silver, while the other was an all-consuming black. The color of her eyes was similarly mismatched.


Beside her was a war scythe that resembled a  cross-shaped spear, leaning against the wall.


Although she looked youthful, barely 15, her age did not correspond to her appearance at all. Ever since he had become the captain of the Black Scripture — its First Seat — the girl’s looks had not changed at all.


He turned his eyes to the ears under her hair — and then checked himself.


This was because he knew that the girl hated people looking at her ears.


The girl’s tender lips formed into a curve, as though she were reading his mind.


She was a cross-blooded child born of nigh-impossible odds, the Black Scripture’s Extra Seat, known as “Certain Death”. She was a guardian, responsible for defending the sanctum sanctorum of the Slaine Theocracy,  the place where the relics of five gods were kept.


The sound he had heard came from the toy in her hands. In the Slaine Theocracy, it was called a “magic cube”, and it had apparently been handed down from the Six Great Gods. The girl’s voice blended with the clack-clack-clack of its motions.


“One face is simple enough, but getting two faces right is hard.”


It was not difficult for him, but he had no idea if he should tell her that. In the end, he chose to smile bitterly by way of response. The girl did not seem to care about his answer and nonchalantly continued:


“What happened? Even the Cardinals showed up.”


“You were given a copy of the report, right?”


“Didn’t read it,” the girl replied without any hesitation. “Besides, asking someone who knows is faster. Did Thousand Mile Astrologer make a mistake? You were sent out to deal with the Catastrophe Dragon Lord… did something happen?”


Throughout all of this, the two of them had never met the other’s gaze. The girl’s attention was focused on the toy in her hand.


“...We engaged a mysterious undead creature that resembled a Vampire. There were two dead and one severely wounded, so we fell back.”


“Who died?”


There was no trace of sorrow for her fallen comrades in her voice. She seemed to be asking about something completely unrelated to her. Still, he did not mind. It was simply her way.


“Cedran, who was protecting Kaire-sama, and Beaumarchais, who tried to capture the unmoving Vampire.”


“Great Wall and Divine Chains, huh. The Miko Princess of Earth died in a strange explosion recently, and now the Black Scripture has lost two of its finest… when it rains, it pours, I guess. Who was wounded?”


“Kaire-sama. There seemed to be some sort of curse in effect preventing curative spells from healing her, so we fell back.”


“And what of the Vampire?”


“We left it there. The  Vampire entered an attack posture every time we tried to capture it or come close. We decided that it would be wiser to leave it alone.”


“But that doesn’t solve anything, does it?”


“...They decided to leave things as they were during the meeting just now,.”


That was the decision they had reached in the meeting room earlier.


It was judged better to leave it alone and gather their forces than to charge in rashly and take severe casualties. Besides, no other country ought to be able to defeat that undead creature. In fact, if someone like that did show up, that would make them a powerful being that bore watching, which meant that they ought to shore up their national defenses first. In the end, everyone had agreed on that course of action. They had decided to leave behind only those essential intelligence personnel and have everyone else retreat.


He agreed with their judgement.


After all, the only people who could defeat that Vampire were probably God-kin or Dragon Lords. Therefore, they would leave sentries in place and if they found anyone who could defeat that Vampire, they would be on their guard against them.


“Really now. So that monster wasn’t a Vampire, then?”


He concurred. That was why he had called it a mysterious undead being


“Could it be a Dragon Lord? The Vampire Dragon Lord or the Elder Coffin Dragon Lord?”


The curve of her lips widened, a clear smile. That is, if the look on her face, like a splash of blood, counted as a smile.


“...Aren’t those two Dragons already dead?”


He felt a little awkward as he asked that, but she immediately replied:


“They’re both undead Dragon Lords, so we don’t know if they were really destroyed.”


The girl finally raised her head to look straight at him. Her mismatched eyes seemed to sparkle with what seemed like curiosity, delight, and battle-lust.


“Who do you think is stronger, between myself and that Vampire?”


He had expected that question, and met it with a prepared answer.


“You, of course.”


“Really…”


The girl looked back at her toy, as though she had lost interest in the topic.


Within his heart, he breathed a sigh of relief.


“What a shame. I was thinking I might be able to taste defeat.”


As he heard her mutter to herself, he wondered: Who would win, if they fought?


He had exchanged blows with both the girl and the Vampire, and he felt that the Vampire was superior. However, that Vampire would not be able to defeat “Certain Death”.


That was because of the difference in their panoplies.


The Vampire looked to be completely unequipped, which was a weakness in powerful monsters. They placed great pride in their strength, which meant that they did not make use of potent magic items.


In contrast, she was kitted out in the relics of the Six Gods, so he could conclude that she was more powerful.


However, what if both sides were outfitted in items of similar power?


Impossible.


He immediately rejected the question which arose in his mind. After all, it was impossible to find gear which rivalled her panoply, which had been handed down from the gods.


But what if it was possible?


If that happened… the mightiest, never-defeated Extra Seat of the Slaine Theocracy might be vanquished. In other words, that moment would be the end of all hope, when the defenders of mankind were finally laid low.


No, why was he assuming that she would be fighting by herself?


While he could not compare to her, he was still an awakened God-kin who also possessed many magic items. That Vampire might be powerful, but it was alone, and if he could make use of his panoply, they should be able to deal with it.


There was no way there could be more than one such powerful undead being.


As he sank into thought, he heard the sound of giggling . Then, he frowned and looked towards its source.


“Let’s talk about something else. When are you getting married?”


That was one of the topics that had come up during the meeting just now. In short, it was asking when he would find a suitable girlfriend. To put it nicely, they were talking about a marriage partner, but more crudely, she would be a baby-making machine.


“I haven’t found anyone yet.”


“Hmm, because you’re still young, huh?”


When the Black Scripture moved out, their members wore magic masks to hide their identities.


According to the laws laid down by the gods, the age of majority in the Slaine Theocracy was 20, but after removing his mask, his true age was much younger than that figure.


“Granted, after you’re married, your partner will be sequestered in a secret location within the Theocracy… but she’ll still be able to raise your child.”


“I know that. I am a member of the Scriptures, you know.”


“Oh yeah. Ah, still, you should probably tell your wife-to-be that you’re going to take other wives. The law says it’s fine, but they’ve all been brought up to dislike having multiple spouses.”


The Slaine Theocracy permitted the practice of polygamy as long as the nation sanctioned it. This was a practice which had been grandfathered from a time when bloodlines had to be kept pure due to a lack of powerful entities. However, under normal circumstances, the standard practice was one man to one woman, and there were only a few cases where national sanction had been granted. Even when it was granted, one man could only have two wives.


“Thank you for your kind reminder, but as for you… don’t you want to get married?”


He asked that question because she might have looked young, but her appearance did not match her actual age.


“Hmm, well, I could marry a man who could defeat me. I don’t mind if he looks ugly or had a bad personality… or even if he wasn’t human at all. After all, he’s the man who beat me. How strong would our children be?”


The girl was all smiles as she placed her hand on her lower belly. He was quite confident that answer meant that she would never marry.


However, would things change if someone appeared who could defeat that Vampire?

A wave of unease swept through his heart.


79 comments:

  1. Many thanks for the chapter, hope to see you guys next Saturday again...

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  2. Thank you for the chapter :)

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    1. So, ainz worry about being spied turn out to be useless.. ?

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    2. Yeah dude is overly paranoid in general but not in that case. Kinda hoping a player from a stronger guild or something shows up. Author is subverting all the curbstomps by showing fights from weaker perspective, but at the end of the day the only opponent to give him real trouble is his own floor guardian. These lizards are about to get facerolled.

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    3. LOL right
      and it seems like Albedo and Shalltear will gain a new love rival XD
      "It doesn’t even matter if he is not human if that man could defeat me."
      I wonder how strong is she,I hope she could put a fight at least 50% of Shalltear's

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    4. "if he is not human" then how are they supposed to have a child =,=?? I think that is the biggest mystery as of now

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    5. could be a demi-human, doesnt have to be an undead like ainz and i assume they dont know about genetics.

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    6. "She was an interracial child born from almost impossible odds", so at least some races can interbreed. Of course, she might be sterile like a mule...

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  3. Hahahaha! Finally something regarding the Silian Theocracy! Thank you very much! Since chapter 3 is almost done, it'll be here by next saturday, right?

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  4. Many thanks for the chapter.

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  5. how im to hype for the next release /sigh

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  6. momon gonna take defeat that girl and that girl gonna chase momon back to his castle and have a fight with albedo and the vampire girl to get the seed. too bad momon can't give a seed.

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    1. He may not be able to give her his seed, but he can give her his bone at least.

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    2. He should have a regenerative spell like the add flesh spell from d&d. So he could recreate his lower parts to the size of their preference.

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    3. He can just simply change race to demon or human to give seed.

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    4. Yeah remember that earlier the floor guardians tackled normally about a future successor without even questioning if he could even produce one as a skeleton. I think from this we can assume that there is some way for him give his essence to a woman.

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    5. jajajajajajajaja
      ¡ Nice !

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    6. Rest assured, Lord Ainz will summon tentacles to impregnate women.

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  7. gotta love that foreshadowing

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  8. just wondering which vampire girl they mean?

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  9. Battle maniacs exist in every world no matter what. Most of the time they are huge problems too.
    Thanks for the chapter!

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  10. If she's really fight Ainz, all she get is taste of death though. LOL

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  11. Any idea who that certain death girl is?

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  12. just reread the chapter and shaltear owned them didnt she.... the only reason some survived was because she got brainwashed and even if that certain death girl comes she will probably own her :D

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    1. looking forward to the total destruction of black scripture :D

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    2. Yeah, he thought Certain Death would have the edge because of the equipment advantage but he obviously didn't see her in full battle gear like when she fought Ainz. Unless the relics are all ridiculous world class items, Shalltear got this.

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    3. Haven't they fought her plenty enough where they deemed that fighting her would only bring damage so they left her alone? And now that I said it, I just realized how scary that girl can be, well of course ainz can't be OP forever, the author must have at least created a character rivaling ainz...

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    4. Yeah... They "fought her plenty enough", and that means 1 spell almost killing 2 people, and another people being killed for trying to capture it after the "brainwash". They dont have any idea about the true extent of Shalltear's powers (or her items).

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  13. Cool, so we met what is probably strongest human alive if leader is calling her the guardian of mankind.
    Mind controller is dead and the god-kin got their shit kicked in by casual clothing.
    Scythe girl is likely stronger than casual clothing.
    Shalltear wasn't in casual clothing in between the time after the god-kin and before Ainz.
    Who did she fight then? I'll put my bet on the dragon lord(s) since they are probably stronger than scythe girl.

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    1. Looking at all that we have heard, including the vol 4 drama CD and the next volumes, Nazarick cannot be defeated by any known entity in this world.



      Aslo, if you want to know what dragon lords are capable, *Spoiler* Shalltear with her full gear one shots one of them. And she wasn't even using a strong move.

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    2. Holy Hell!! You serious? is that after the volume of the invaders?

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    3. either its on the 10th volume or his lying, taking into the account that the 10th volume isnt released yet, i assume the latter

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  14. I like how pretty much everything that guy said was wrong how that vampire couldn't have powerful equipment and how there couldn't be many powerful undead working together.

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    1. That's not all, if I recall correctly the Black Scripture fought Shalltear when she was in her true form, so even though she may have used more than purifying javelin while the reader is unaware, they have absolutely no idea about Shalltear's normal look which is how she equips her battle equipment.

      It's also very unlikely she was forced to use the same powers as she did against Ainz, there were tons of broken ass skills and stuff that would wreck havoc even if she were only wearing a dress.

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    2. Yes I agree, I love how they don't know anything. Shall tear is really strong whose defeated numerous players in all levels back in yddrsgl.

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  15. wonder how they will react when they hear how that fight turned out hue hue hue

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  16. Girl playing rubik's cube.
    Rubik's cube is made popular by 6 gods.
    Meaning the 6 gods are players.

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  17. is that lizard? its look like kangoro for me.

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  18. Kinda asking for spoilers here, but does anyone know these characters appear in volumes 5-7? They seem interesting, but it feels like it'll be a while before we see them again.

    Also, the 6 gods have been confirmed to be other players! Huzzah, that's one mystery out of the way.

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    1. If you don't mind spoiler, read the wiki. They have summary up to volume 8

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  19. thank you guys for the awesome treat

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  20. Much appreciation for your amazeballsness!!!

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  21. Thank you for the chapter

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  22. Who are the players (6 gods)?

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    1. Sora, Shiro, Tet are the only ones revealed yet...

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    2. Ok. Either you're fucking with us, or the six gods are all from no game no life.

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  23. I wonder what this captain will think once the theocracy gets news that Momon defeated the vampire.

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  24. let me ask a few question here, so the one that brainwashed shaltear already dead? and if i'm right is the order of event like this= black scripture brainwash shaltear -> but shaltear couldn't be controlled and went rampage -> and they left her alone until ainz fought shalter
    CMIIW

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    1. 1. black scripture tried brainwash shaltear 2.Shaltear retaliated before the mind control fully take place 3.the world item user is seriously wounded and shaltear became neutral npc but because of her evil alignment she attacked anyone coming close 4. black scripture are unable to capture her

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  26. ummm who is the girl in this intermission? she seems to be really strong and says should would marry who could defeat her? anyone know who she is? i dont see a name

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  27. so she becomes part of the harem ehh...

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  28. I don't think she's stronger then shalltear. At the most level 70

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  29. We're did yu get tht info bout shaltear killing a dragon lord at one shot?cos it all sound new to me

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  30. Well, he had best hide all reports of her defeat by Momon then ;)

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  31. A great and very informative intermission.

    Now we can understand just how the Kingdom of Re-Estize is weak compared to its neighbours (even without considering the political troubles with the nobles):

    -The Empire is on the verge of invading them, so they probably have an army greater than them. Furthermore, they have more mages and I heard that a more than 200 years old humain could use 6th tier magic there (well compared to Narberal he's still weak).

    -In this chapter it becomes obvious that the strength (at least on the individual level) of the Theocracy is overwhelming, by human standards I mean. Clementine was only an ex-9th seat of the Black Scripture but was already considered a little stronger than Gazeff (supposedly the best fighter in Re-Estize). So just imagine the 1st seat. Shalltear said that some of the humans she saw could beat Solution Epsilon, that's probably the power of some humans in the Black Scripture. And Certain Death seems to be on a completely different level than the others, with a strength approaching a Floor Guardian. Not bad for a human (?), probably the strongest existing by far.

    Still, they remain of course very weak compared to Nazarick. But I was surprised by the strength of the theocracy in this chapter, I didn't think the Black Scripture was to be taken so seriously.

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    1. But consider the following:

      1: As mentioned by the author, Shalltear is not a warrior and is unable to make accurate assessments of the fighting strength of others. It is entirely possible that, like Ainz throughout the series and Entoma in the later story arc, Shalltear grossly overestimates the strength the Black Scripture as she did with Brain Unglaus.

      In short, the people of Nazarick generally assume that the power level in the New World is on par with YGDRASSIL unless proven otherwise.

      2: The Pleiades are not even close to being the strongest in Nazarick. The strongest, Narberal, is L62, while L75+ minions are common. However, the author mentions that strength alone doesn't determine the pecking order in the Great Tomb; relationship to the Supreme Ones carries a great deal of weight.

      3: Poor writing. There are many inconsistencies throughout the novels, so it is possible that such a high evaluation is either a mistake or a clumsy attempt at "The Worf Effect".

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  32. Ainz must be getting the shivers somewhere right about now. ( ´ ౪ ` )

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  33. Did the author have to make it so obvious the girl's gonna be added to the harem? Figured he'd be 'above' that sort of stuff

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    1. She isn't, Ainz/Momon actually hates her with a passion because of... stuff. Spoilerous stuff. The best kind. :P

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    2. Wtf man you don't know that its the light novel.so stop trying to ruin it for everyone else. If you can read then translate it. Don't ruin it for those who are waiting to read

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  34. Nekokoko from the Overlord wikia here,

    Just his work of making reports was done though, he still had his (job) as the first seat of the Black Scripture, which is the captain, to complete.

    Please change (Job) to (responsibility)

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  35. The way I read this, the Captain of the Black Scripture tells "Certain Death" that she could beat Shalltear to keep her from running off and getting herself killed.

    He knows from his encounter with Shalltear that she would crush "Certain Death" like a bug, given the ease with which she dealt with the entire Black Scripture.

    We know that Shalltear can do this because we already know her stats, courtesy of the author.

    But the Captain probably realizes that "Certain Death" is a valuable asset for the Theocracy and doesn't want to be responsible for another desertion like Clementine's.

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    1. No, thinks Shalltear will only win if they had similar level equipment. This is wrong, since this guy has no clue about the existence of 9th/10th tier powers, or what a level 100 character is capable of. Even a naked Shalltear's powers should be enough to overcome full Divine equipment worn by a level 70-80, or whatever Certain Death is.

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  36. If we have a power ranking between the guardians, butlers and maids, what might it be? The only thing I remember is that the strongest ones are Sebas and Albedo.

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  37. Ooooh! Another one of Ains' harem candidate just appeared :3

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