Saturday, November 14, 2015

Overlord Volume 9 Epilogue

Translators: Nigel
Editors/Proofreaders: Namo-Namo, Rockgollem, Ferro, M, Noir-chan

The cold night wind whistled past.

It stirred up Brain Unglaus’ hair and ruffled his clothes as well.

“…It’s freezing out here…”

The cold wind swept away his pale white breath and his mumbling and carried them into the distance.

Even the deepest parts of his body felt like they were frozen.

Brain was staring aimlessly from atop the walls of E-Rantel, where the three of them had stood together before they had moved out with the army.

There was nothing out there except darkness.

During the battle― no, the massacre of the Kattse Plains, many of the Kingdom’s people had lost their lives.

He remembered what he had seen when he crawled off that battlefield.

The defeated people dragged their feet lifelessly, their clothes were tattered and they looked utterly wretched.

Even though Brain was a warrior who trod the edge of life and death on a regular basis, the image of that hellscape ―created by a single magic caster― was seared into his eyes.

Although E-Rantel ―protected by its city walls― could not be considered a safe place by any means, the fleeing soldiers, tired and worn out from exhaustion, collapsed like puppets whose strings had been cut. They curled up anywhere they could, and slept as if they were dead.

Upon this unmanned tower, Brain slowly exhaled again.

Then, he looked silently to the sky.

“I just keep thinking… nothing really matters anymore.”

Brain looked at his hands.

While he was carrying the lifeless body of that man, he felt a massive weight pressing down on him. Try as he might, he could not forget it.

He was a great man, and the greatest rival, who had always been a step ahead.

That man ―Gazef Stronoff― his death was a very real loss to Brain.

To Brain, Gazef was no mere rival. His existence could not be summed up by just that one word.

It was because that man fought him during the martial tournament, because he had roundly defeated Brain and his ever-growing pride, because of Brain’s burning desire to defeat Gazef, it was because of all of these that Brain had become the person Gazef was not.

Brain Unglaus lived, grew and refined himself because of Gazef. The strength of the man called Gazef was enough for Brain to invest his life into surpassing it. He had been like an impassable wall… and the closest thing he had to a father.

And then, the thing he should have surpassed no longer existed.

Gazef Stronoff stood tall, like a majestic mountain, even as he passed into death in front of Brain.

Brain once saw the true meaning of power in the form of Shalltear Bloodfallen. So for a time, he had lost himself in depression and could not free himself.

Because he was overly confident and relied on the fact he was strong, when Shalltear smashed his confidence, he knew he was weak. The Brain who stood here now could admit that.

But Gazef was different.

“Ainz Ooal Gown must surely be a monster of the same caliber as Shalltear Bloodfallen. And Gazef challenged him anyway.”

At that time, Gazef did not request the duel for a worthless reason like his own survival. The conviction he displayed was completely different from the way Brain had flailed his sword wildly at Shalltear while crying like a baby.

What on earth made him do that?

“I don’t understand. Why didn’t you run?”

Forcing the words out was like coughing up blood.

“Why did you choose to die? Wouldn’t it have been fine to run from that monster? Wouldn’t it have been like conserving your strength? Why?! If you had to die, I wanted to go with you!”

If he couldn’t surpass Gazef, then he wanted to die with him.

Brain turned his vision to the weapon at his waist.

It was Razor’s Edge, which he was temporarily allowed to carry.

Brain drew Razor’s Edge, and activated the martial art.

“「Fourfold Slash of Light」.”

The technique Gazef used to defeat Brain in the martial tournament.

Four arcs of light cleaved the nearby railing to pieces. There was virtually no resistance and the blade flowed through the metal like it was water.

“You… like this… I admired you… I wanted to die with you. Why wouldn’t you let me fight by your side? Why didn’t you tell me that I could die with you!”

Brain covered his face.

His eyes were hot, but the tears did not flow.

At this moment, a steady sound of footsteps filtered into Brain’s ears. Only one person would come here.

“I heard that when men get older, the tears don’t flow any more. I guess that’s true.”

“I think the pain of losing someone precious to you has nothing to do with age.”

It was the hoarse voice he expected.

“…Forgive me, Climb-kun. In the end, I left everything to you.”

Brain rubbed his eyes, and sheathed his sword. Climb stood before him, a bizarre expression on his face.

“However…well, even if I was there, it would have been useless, right? Under these circumstances, nobody’s going to try and kill the King. Tell me, what happened after that?”

“Yes. Because Prince Barbro hasn’t returned until now, they decided to send out a search party for him.”

And because they couldn’t spare enough soldiers for this duty, they were planning to use adventurers instead.

“After that, there was the matter of ceding E-Rantel ― it was a unanimous decision. All the nobles approved. Even the King agreed.”

Even the nobles of the Royal faction had approved.

During the demonic disturbance, the power of the royal faction had grown. Although this increase in power meant that they could mobilize the vast army they had sent to the Kattse Plains, it also meant that the grievous losses they suffered there would have massive consequences. And if they gave away E-Rantel, which was directly administered by the Crown, then the royal family would be the ones losing the most. This was probably done purely out of the desire to survive.

This time round, the royal faction had been severely weakened, while the noble faction had grown stronger.

What would all of this mean for the future?

He inadvertently glanced toward Climb, and saw his body shaking.

He wasn’t trembling in anger, but in fear. He must have remembered the horrific sights from back then, and his trembling was probably a sign that he was screaming internally. That absolute despair must still be coiling around his body and heart.

“…Even now, when I think about them, my body shakes uncontrollably.”

‘They’ must have been the inhumanly strong things at the battlefield.

In his memories, he saw Climb standing with him, against the Sorcerer King. Maybe he knew the answer, he thought.

“Hey, tell me something. Why did Gazef ask for the duel?”

Climb’s face was a picture of surprise. Just as he was wondering if he hadn’t spoken clearly, and was about to repeat himself, Climb answered him.

“This is just my personal opinion, is that all right?”

“Ah, well, it’s fine, go ahead.”

“…Could it be that he wanted to show it to us?”

“…Show what to us?”

“The power of the Sorcerer King, Ainz Ooal Gown. And then… he must have wanted to give us a future.”

“A future?”

“Yes. It was so that we’ll have some tactics and information in case we have to do battle with him in future.”

That was a bolt from the blue.

It fit perfectly. Climb had the right answer.

That man had bet his life in order to squeeze out what little information he could for them. Although, he didn’t think that the Sorcerer King, as a magic caster, would willingly enter melee combat again without bodyguards by his side. Even so, he still staked his life on the miraculous, hope-against-hope possibility that it might happen again. Then, who would he entrust that opportunity to?

Brain laughed at himself. I never even thought that might be the case.

In that case… how would he live on, now that he knew what Gazef’s thoughts were.
As Brain lost himself in thought, Climb asked a question, as though he were unable to bear the silence.

“…If I’m not wrong, Stronoff-sama won’t allow himself to be revived?”

“Gazef was that kind of man.”

Even if they used resurrection magic, it didn’t necessarily mean the dead would come back to life. The legends said that people who were happy with their lives would refuse resurrection.

“The King doesn’t seem to have accepted that yet.”

“That’s only to be expected. However, that guy won’t be back… Still, it’s quite a surprise.”

“Yes. I don’t understand what Gazef-sama was thinking. Shouldn’t he come back to life and continue pledging his loyalty? It’s what I would do.”

“Is that so? As for you, Climb, I think you would do that. As for me… don’t bring me back after I die. I’m not happy with how I lived and… I don’t think I could bear to go on with it.”

“For my part, I would still choose to return. I want to grind this body to dust in service to Renner-sama, if I can afford to.”

Only one person in the Kingdom could use resurrection magic. There was no doubt the price she would ask would be staggering… but that was the price of defying the grave.

During the demonic disturbance, all the adventurers technically belonged to the same team so there was an exception, but under normal circumstances, resurrection would cost a sizeable amount. It was a sum that would make one’s eyes pop out, and normal civilians or soldiers could work their whole lives and never be able to afford it. The same went for Climb.

Your Princess-sama would gladly pay up, Brain didn’t say. Instead, he replied, “Is that so?”

The silence descended on them again. This time, Brain broke it.

“I really wanted to defeat that guy…”

Climb didn’t answer. And Brain didn’t want him to answer either. No, if he thought about it rationally, these words were useless to Climb. However, he didn’t know why, but he had to say them, all the things he’d been piling up in his heart.

“In the past, I lost to him. So I thought I wanted to beat him. But now, that’s impossible… Ah, I let him get away,” Brain said as he looked to the night sky. “Dammit…”


What should I do?

What should I do about Gazef’s will?

“No, it should be like this. What am I confused about? There’s only two choices. Carry it on, or don’t carry it on. I want to… triumph? Ah, is it like that…”

Wasn’t there only one answer, in the end?

Brain’s face sported a fierce smile, and he raised Razor’s Edge to the sky.

“Hmph! Anyone can carry it on or whatever!”

Brain shouted loudly, from the bottom of his heart.

“You chose to die! How dare you take the easy way out! Go regret it in the other world! I ― I will, I will surpass you in my own way! Climb! Let’s go drink! Let’s get some wine and have some fun!”

He didn’t know what to do.

However, he knew that he didn’t want to simply inherit Gazef’s will. If he did that, no matter what he did, he’d never be able to beat him.

Besides, in future, he’d probably end up thinking about Gazef over and over again. But for now, he could lose himself, and forget.

He clapped his hand on Climb’s shoulder, and forcefully stepped forth. The weight on his hands seemed to lighten, if only a little.

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  1. T_T this is the last one, wish you all the best skythewood. Shame we can't go underground T_T

  2. volume 9 was awesome . thanks sky

  3. thanks you epic translate team

  4. MY GOD 3 Chapter at once Thank you sky team you guys are the best

  5. Thank you Skythewood team . I never wrote anything, but with overlord coming to an end i really feel like i have to say it at least once. Thank you for all the good memorys.OFC Im gonna support all your new stuff (im down for genocide reality). I wish everyone a nice day,

    1. What is that ''genocide reality'' you speak of?

  6. thanks so much really

  7. Thanks.. i'am from indonesia..
    saya selalu membaca setiap volume yang keluar...


  8. Thank you for all your hard work! We will all miss this wonderful tale.

    1. Isn't volume 10 going to be published this month?

    2. hopefully someone, somewhere , will keep translating it. maybe in 4chan...

  9. Thank you, for everything. It had been immensely enjoyable.

  10. Aww i wanted to hear the nobles say "should had listen to gazeth" lol

  11. Thank you for all your hard work up till now!

  12. the sadness looms over us, as many sad things has happened by reading this chapter T^T

  13. Thank you this translate. I enjoy this.

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  15. And we come to the end of an amazing journey. Thanks Skythewood it has been incredible.


  16. Thx for the chapters again enjoyed the ride while it lasted hope I the best & looked foward to future translations.

  17. Thanks for the translates! It's been fun, this was really the only series one I thoroughly enjoyed to be honest - far better than the anime so may not be back since SAO isn't being translated either.
    So long! And thanks for all the fish :)

    1. São is but at a extremely slow paste... It can't even be called translating since how slow it is so I see where your going. But at least defan is taking it...

  18. Thank you for your time and hard work, it really is appreciated.

  19. thank you very much

  20. is going underground a thing because i dig reading it underground for volume 10 (dat pun tho) only problem is how do i go about it(ex:where do i find after v10 is out and stuff)

    PS: as a lurker since the start of the translation i wish you the best and i will be sure to keep following your stories

    1. There are places underground that do novels that are licensed. Like Mahouka.

    2. Please tell me. I was looking for Mahouka, but didn't find it

    3. I don't dare to risk linking directly here. There are trails here and there. Google is your friend.

    4. If you should ever find this being translated underground I implore you to mention it in the comments, but not the link or anything like the translator's group name of course that would be far too risky.

  21. Thank you so much guys for translating this. It's such a unique tale and is probably now one of my favourite series of all time. It's such a shame that it's over now, and as many people say, it may take a long time for Yen Press to catch up. I do hope to read volume 10 one day though, so I really hope that Yen does a quick job on those books. I would buy them all day one if they did volumes 1-10 right away. Anyway, thanks again Sky, it's been great!

    1. Sadly, they do 4 volumes a year max per series. So it's a min of 2.5 years. So I would say in 3 years... T_T

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    3. dont buy anything from yen press, youll just support them doing this to light novels and translators over and over again. their quality will be lower than skythewoods anyways lol

  22. The journey was a blast. Been reading since start of volume 2. Gazef died, translation stopped. Soo many sad things.

  23. Man, it's finally over. I'm actually really sad that it has to end this way, in fact if yen press released them in English at a fast rate I would purchase all of the light novels out of respect for the author and the amazing story they have made. :'(

    1. naw i wouldnt give yen press one cent, i hate what they do to lns and translators

  24. Thank you for everything! This volume was awesome


  26. Really, thanks so much for the superb quality translation and choice of novel. Thanks for introducing this great novel for our enjoyment!

    Wonderful work, skythewood team. I offer my sincerest gratitude ^_^. Looking forward for more in the future :D.

  27. Thank you so much for the translations. This series was something I looked forward to every week. I've been reading this series over and over since volume 2. You guys have done such a great job and kept such high quality.
    Again Thank you so much d(^__^)b two thumbs up.

  28. So this is it. The end of our journey. It's been great in this last couple of month. Thanks to to and the team for all their work in translating Overlord week. Nothing that I can give you guys except this words of thanks and gratefull for all the work you guys has done. Best of luck in the future.

  29. Thank you so much for the work you guys put in on this novel.

  30. Thank you see you in the near future

  31. crying coz of Gazef.... thank youuu

  32. and theres the end of what i look forward to every week :( Guess i have to drop this now, been reading this since volume 1, thank you much for all your hard work.

  33. Thank you sky-sama team~!
    Really appreciate the great quality and fast translations you guys did.

  34. Thanks for all the hard work, hopefully I can read volume 10 someday

  35. all that world building paid off. Made you really understand the costs of this fight. Thanks for the chapter

  36. Thanks for all of your hard work, it's been an absolute pleasure to read so thank you, to the whole translating team.

  37. I also have not commented on anything but seeing how this will be the last volume. I want to say Thank you for all you're hard work. This story is different than the typical hero saves the damsel. Ain'z-sama acts like a real a person should. With vengeance not like those wimps that day thing like "if I kill them it would make me no better than them" even after the enemy killed their friends or parents. Enough said. Well Thank you again.

  38. I also wish to give thanks to those who have put great effort to give me access to such a great story. I will be sure to support the official release in your name.

    You have my sincere appreciation,

  39. After realizing this would be the last I'd read of Overlord for a long time, I fell to the ground, like a puppet whose strings had been cut.

    Seriously, thanks to everyone involved in translating this. You guys are awesome.

  40. Thnx sky first post consstant reader thank you for all your hard work

  41. Thank you for translation... ._.

  42. Thank you for the hard work!!

  43. For six months Overlord was the only thing that drew a smile over my Face now that it end temporary I'll re-read all

  44. Thank you so much for your work on overlord so far. Sad to hear about the thing with yen press. Hopefully we can read vol 10 onwards somewhere. Good luck in your other endeavors and thanks again for translating up to here so far. <3

  45. Thank you for these AMASING! Chapers that sky-sama and team have given us the world we shall never forget what you have done for us to this day, All hail AINZ OOAL GOWN! All hail SKY!!!

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  47. Thank you all team sky!! I hope you get to experiente as many good moments as you gave us!!

  48. Thank you to everyone involved in translating Overlord!

  49. thank you for everything, i have received joy from reading this, my passion to read was ignited again. again thank you.

  50. Hy guys. Volume 10 will be released at the end of may. Its an official info.
    It will take a month until the chinese raw will be available so probably we will have the next volume in july