39 – A Contract and an Oath

My foggy vision slowly cleared up. I was standing at the World Tree, a giant so enormous it took up all of my field of view.

Good, I came back without any problems. Honestly, staying any longer on Earth would have been really dangerous for me.

*bounce!*

“I’m back, Blobsy.”

She rubbed herself on my feet. She’d been waiting for me on this side.

I scooped her up and put her on my shoulder. Exhausted from overuse of magic, I dragged myself toward the Tree’s roots and spread my arms.

“Here they are.”

The souls of the fifty-six secret alpha testers, children who had met their demise on Earth, flew off from my chest. One after another, they were absorbed into the Tree, as if following an invisible guiding hand.

Go ahead and rest, okay? You’ve earned it.

Through the Saplings, the souls of the other forty-three secret alpha testers who had lost their life in this world were already resting within the World Tree.

Except for me, all the ninety-nine children were together now.

No. 01, No. 08, No. 17… there was no way you could hear me now. Still, I wanted to say thanks. For saving my life.

 

The [Contract] I made with the World Tree had allowed me to reincarnate into a demon. I had been granted a new life on this world.

It was all thanks to the powers I inherited from my comrades. If I lacked even one, I wouldn’t have been standing here.

The contract had also granted me more power and maturity for my body. I now had the height and appearance of a fourteen-year old.

[Shedy] [Race: Bunny Girl] [Lesser Archdemon Lv. 1]
・The rabbit demon of Laplace. Trickster and guide of man’s fate.

[Magic Points: 730/12000] 6780↑
[Total Combat Power: 1930/13200] 7460↑
[Unique Skill: <Causality Alteration> <Cyber-Manipulation> <Absorption> <Materialization>] 
[Racial Skill: <Fear> <Mist Form>]
[Simple Identification] [Human Form (Wonderful)] [Subspace Inventory]

I gave up.

Sure, I might have already accepted the fact that I would be spending my whole life with rabbit ears and tail, but that [Race] was still going way too far, wasn’t it?!

And I might have had thoughts about just embracing the inevitable and getting an actual bunny suit, but that was no permission for [Materialization] to do such a stupidly good job. Now I had a weird outfit. I never even wanted it.

The design, except for the skirt, was probably influenced by the images I’d seen of those sorts of bunny girls.

…at least my chest and hips were covered up. Thank goodness I still had enough subconscious shame to stop the outfit from looking too outrageous.

My skirt was made out of layered sheets of fabric, which made it quite puffy. However, once I took out my cloak from [Packer] and wore it, the skirt magically flattened. How convenient.

Right, so [Packer] evolved too.

It turned into [Subspace Inventory] now, which allowed me to use it in human form, too. Turned out the items I’d been storing until now wasn’t actually staying inside my body like I used to think. They were staying in distorted space.

 

I was now a [Lesser Archdemon]. Apparently there was a big-shot called an Archdemon, and my class was based on it.

The World Tree must have given me the information. These weren’t knowledge I would have known otherwise.

However, my class didn’t have Low or High-Rank like before, but a level display instead. Did it mean there were multiple more steps before I could become an actual Archdemon?

Most probably, I wouldn’t be changing like in the Rank-Ups I’d done until now. I would only be gaining more power. I had no basis for my belief, but somehow I knew it to be true.

I had over ten thousand magic power now. Still, it wasn’t enough power for me to complete my [Contract] by my lonesome.

 

This was where my ‘Unique Skills’ came into play.

This was just a guess, but… perhaps my race had changed due to the evolution of my own unique skill, [Reroll].

It had become [Causality Alteration].

I was born with the power to unconsciously cause ‘bad luck’ to happen to other people. They would trip on flat ground. Their scratches would become serious wounds.

My newly-evolved [Causality Alteration] interfered with my target’s karma in order to change an event to ‘the most unlucky outcome’.

But even evolved, my skill was still governed by a chance of success. If the wound in their past was easy to avoid, or if my target was powerful, my chance of success and amount of magic consumed would vary greatly.

Those guards were formerly mercenaries. They were, quite literally, all lucky survivors, so the chance of granting misfortune to their past wounds were over 75% for all of them.

Although the magic consumption really surprised me. To worsen a single wound of a mundane human with no magic and only around 150 combat power, an opponent which might as well be an ant to me, actually took a whole 100 of my magic.

My own stockpile of magic was dropping like a rock just by maintaining myself on magicless Earth. Combined with my attempts to hurt the Deputy Director from a distance, which only had a 12% success chance and which I only succeeded after multiple failures, my remaining magic had dropped to under a thousand.

The minimum combat power I could have was ten percent of my maximum magic power, so I was practically invincible when facing mundane humans. Still, seeing my magic going so low got me a bit worried.

…I mean, I couldn’t help myself. I really wanted to get at least a hit in on those guys.

 

Unlike before, the mist was no longer the real me. My base form had switched over to being the ‘bunny girl’, while I gained [Mist Form] as a racial skill.

It didn’t really change my combat style. Still, if my body was destroyed, I wouldn’t be able to reform myself into mist again like I used to. I’d need to be more careful.

Especially when I would have to take on the whole world in order to fulfill my contract with the World Tree.

 

Everyone, from the people of this world to the corporation, all believed in the same thing. That the World Tree and its Saplings sustained the world with infinite mana.

 

But that was wrong.

Mana on this world was created from the souls of living beings.

As creatures died, their souls were then gathered by the Saplings and then sent to the World Tree.

The World Tree was the maintenance system created by the world of Yggdrasia. Among the gathered souls, souls that had gathered a large amount of experience would be allowed to retain some of it and reincarnate as a higher form of life. Souls not as accomplished would have their experience absorbed by the World Tree, and then reborn as a normal living being.

And finally, souls with only a miniscule amount of experience were completely recycled into pure mana, becoming materials to create new souls.

 

The mana filling this world all came from converted experience of living beings.

The mana kept inside the World Tree and the Saplings were for creating new life.

But the human race of this world was squandering it for their own luxury. The Tree wasn’t able to keep up with the conversion. It even had to begin dipping into the mana storage set aside for creating life.

With less and less new life being born, this world was slowly heading toward destruction.

And now, even another world came to steal the mana. Mana used on Earth would not return. Yggdrasia was, quite literally, having its lifeblood drained.

 

The contract I made with the World Tree was one of Destruction and Rebirth.

The human race had built countries around the Saplings, stealing mana like blood-sucking parasites.

My goal was to destroy the ninety-nine Saplings all around the world. And then, with new, strong souls, the World Tree Saplings would be reborn.

Souls possessing power and purity… I would help my comrades, the ninety-nine secret alpha testers, gain their second lives as the World Tree’s new Saplings.

Their souls had known as much. They still decided to go with me.

 

Once humans lost the Saplings, their civilization would crumble. While individual human thoughts might vary, the countries would surely come to prevent me from completing my quest.

War was inevitable. War between me… and all ninety-nine human countries.

And as Earth was planning to lean on this world to solve their energy problems, they would certainly interfere.

 

I would destroy this world’s civilization, and I would shut down the meddlings of Earth. I would make enemies out of two planets.

I looked up at the World Tree, at the new home of my comrades. Here, I swore an oath to myself.

I shall become the demon of death. The shatterer of worlds.


wxbvbj2g

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43 thoughts on “39 – A Contract and an Oath”

  1. And here ends Arc 2, which means we’re now finished with 40% of the novel.

    My translation speed will probably drop a bit now as I spend more time studying. Still, considering I never gave a precise schedule for my batch uploads (and I won’t ever), y’all probably won’t notice much of a difference :D.

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    Noice. But… what is it with collecting power from souls through experience? I’ve seen this in Kumo desu ga, nani ka? but it still makes little sense to me.

    But still, nice to see that we’re going to be going on a massacre :-D

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    1. Think potential energy of unstable elements as the experience in the souls and the souls as the stone carrying the element. The stone collects more of the unstable element over time and the trees remove the majority of it after death and then disperse it, then the soul is reincarnated. There is a limited amount in the system at any one point. Now the humans are spending the energy faster than it can be replenished and Earth is stealing large parts of it to. With this the system will collapse in on itself eventually.
      This is my take on how the whole process works and is likely wrong so take it with a grain of salt.

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    2. I think it’s just the logical way of explaining exp. The more you collect the stronger you become. The more powerful a being you kill the more you get. Thus the most logical conclusion is that exp is energy that souls collect from killing other beings.

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  3. I wonder if Shedy is gonna task herself in bringing the demons back to earth as well since they are so important to the circle of life of this universe.

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  4. In the end she really did become a bunny huh…I even have this hope of those bunny ears were actually demon horns now shattered to pieces~

    But really “causality alteration” damn even if nerfed its still one hell op skill she got there thought still along way for “causality manipulation” perhaps?

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    1. I am kind of sad about this. There are so few stories about properly inhuman protagonists. Gas-mode was fun, fun then she got human form, and now she is stuffed full of organs and goo and stuff and, well, it is still a decent story, but feel more like one-of-many now…

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  5. A pure white girl. Reborn as a monster in a parallel reality. Taking on the whole world due to an agreement with a deity. A game system, but the world is real. Souls recycled through a system for energy to sustain the world.

    Where have I seen this before? And why am I covered in spiders?

    Thank you for the chapter!

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    1. It’s similar but once you get in to the specifics (spoilers) it isn’t at all. I am happy tho that Kumo came along and open a new branch of female Isekai stories. Honestly words are inspired by what the author read. I am just happy that we have good novels 4 days.

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    1. She just gained quite a boost in total combat power, her soul probably requires time to adjust to the newly gained experience. I imagine it as something like trying to over-inflate a balloon, except the balloon is Shedy’s soul and the air is EXP/Mana.

      From now on, every sapling she takes down will probably give her an equally large boost in EXP/Mana. It won’t be all that long before she becomes basically unstoppable.

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      1. well, but right now she is reaaaally vulnerable. the entire world will start hunting her down + organization with unkillable monsters + the ‘heroes’.

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        1. Sure she’s vulnerable, but she’ll recover quickly, and she’s not just going to charge off without a plan. The corporation can’t send their secret beta testers at her right now since she’s in the protected area of the world tree itself, and none of the human nations even know she’s there right now.

          And even if they did, none but her and the world tree know her mission. She has time to build a power base and gain allies from among the Demi-Humans. After all, the world tree hasn’t specified her to immediately go on the attack, at least as far as we know.

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  6. Welp, those pesky humans only have their greed to blame. Definitely all the humans there are guilty as heck.

    For over “here” its doubtful that everyone will return to soil, only having the stolen souls “reacquired” that is if the technology does not spread and everyone becomes guilty of using an energy source/power they do not know the origin of.

    But well, the future is already a bit spoiled with the title… not that I’d mind revering such a being~

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  7. Thank you for your work.
    The function of the world tree I expected. But not that the 99 secret Alpha testers get to be the new 99 sapplings. I don’t remember how the connection between Earth and Yggdrasia came to be but I assume she has to destroy something on Earth.
    P.S. You know the world is nearing the end when genocide becomes the best solution.

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    1. Isn’t Genocide always the best solution?

      Edginess aside, the Worlds Connection came to be thanks to No1’s Mother (who is now dead I think)
      She had the ability to manipulate the Cyberspace (like No1, but more powerful since she was older), and discovered a portal to Yggdrasia in the cyberspace.

      Since that portal exists in the Cyberspace, Earth can send people by using VR.

      So I suppose she would have to destroy whatever the Humans use to stay connected to that portal.

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  8. She was tasked with destroying the world, in order to save it. Talk about a thankless job. Well, at least she’ll look cute doing it…

    It seems like it’ll be pretty hard to do alone, so I wonder if she plans to work with the various demi-human races to stage some kind of revolution? At the very least I’m looking forward to seeing the elves again since I’m sure they’ll show up eventually.

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  9. Thank you very much!!
    Yes! A Crusade against humanity !! from both worlds xD

    I honestly didnt notice that there were just 99 saplings as alpha testers :0 the author gave an unnoticed hint there xD

    So Is it a Given that sheddy from now on will command those elementales ,water dragons and others? :D

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  10. Thanks for the chapter !
    I think we can see the world tree as a tax system which take a fixed amount of the dead’s soul for making it into New soul because every populations grow but if the Mana is drained than the world tree can’t produce enough souls for the newborns. And the one with the bigger soul will born with more potential whereas if the soul is equal or smaller than the “tax” than it will be completly converted.

    I think it make even more sens than in Kumo desu ga (web novel ), it’s not suprising because the background of Kumo is way more complicated and i think this novel has been created as a whole whereas Kumo is the first novel of it’s author ( i’m not sure)

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  11. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Humanity using up non renewable energy, and stealing them from someplace else? Nothing new.

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