51 – A Demon’s Awakening – B

My conquest of Xontdix’s castle was interrupted by more militarized monster avatars.

They looked similar to the crab-spiders I encountered that first time. Their design was seemingly less armored in comparison, instead focusing on mobility judging from their long legs. But higher combat power meant higher defense in the end, anyway. At least that’s what I thought.

They had around 4,000 in combat power. 1,200 magic, too, so they were going to be slinging quite a bit of spells. How did they get so strong? There were even fifty of them. I might have ten times the power of each, but that was enough number to overwhelm me.

Also, I’m surprised they sent so many monster avatars inside a human country’s barrier. There weren’t just humans here, there were tons of players too. What was that corporation thinking?

 

Oh, crap, all of them just started buzzing. I immediately jumped away. A blast of force exploded not a second later, shattering the frozen statues and turning even uninjured players and soldiers into minced meat, spraying the pristine castle wall with a new coat of paint.

Mute screams from the blood-splattered survivors and the spectators from inside the castle rang out, echoing, coming together to form a low rumble of horror.

I mounted an immediate counterattack, spraying out cold mist, but their response was no less prompt. Several spiders shot out smaller blasts of shockwave to blow away my fog.

Damn them and their training. So annoying.

My unique skill [Causality Alteration] was also not very effective against avatars. Sure I could force them to fail their actions just like always, but that was it. They had just been created, after all. Their past barely held any significant events for me to mess with, and Earth was still much too far away for me to actually try to reach all the way over there. Still, there was something I could do.

I created some more mist. The spiders attempted to blast it away once more, and I forced their spells to fail.

My mist touched and froze a few of them, but did no damage other than simply stopping their movements. Looked like they’d taken measures against the cold.

I instantly attempted to follow up and destroy them, but interference came in the form of more explosive bullets from the other spiders. I pretended to dodge the projectiles, swerving ninety-degrees to the side and utilizing my 40,000 combat power to accelerate towards a few of the spiders. My claws tore them apart as I ran.

 

…and even all that only netted me two kills.

They weren’t impossible to put down, but I had to expend too much mana in comparison.

This couldn’t continue. I couldn’t stay like this.

To pick a fight with two worlds and survive, I needed more than just power. I needed to change.

Just a little more… just one more, and my transformation would be complete.

 

***

 

“Deputy Director, what in the world are you thinking?!”

The secretary slammed open the door. Inside the room, Brian was setting up his personal VR device. He turned to look at her, a beaming grin in his face.

“Heeey, Audrey, what’s up?”

 

The individual thought to be No. 13, the girl who had attacked the facility on Earth, had begun destroying the corporation’s sources of mana over in Yggdrasia. Security and surveillance was more stringent than ever, and the top brass was demanding the white girl be captured as soon as possible.

And so Brian had requested more budget for his special plan, which was an operation to capture the girl by utilizing the players, as a surveillance network, and the guild. But just as soon as it began, every single one of the new militarized monster avatar models were deployed. The operation did not call for this.

 

“Why did you deploy the new models in front of the public?! And what was with that amount of magic and power?! That was far beyond the allowed value!”

“You’re asking me why…? Isn’t it obvious? I’m killing the bunny.”

“What…”

Seeing Brian’s twisted smile, Audrey clenched her teeth.

 

With the current technology, 800 was the limit for the militarized avatars’ starting magic power. Any further and the link between the user and the avatar would degrade, causing unpredictable behaviors on the avatar side and increasing the mental burden on the user side. Originally, the militarized models were supposed to be gradually building up their magic in a process similar to ‘leveling’. The corporation would then move to analysis for several years before beginning development of high-leveled monster avatars.

Pushing the starting magic all the way up to 1200 must have been Brian’s own unsanctioned idea.

Ever since the white girl had taken his leg, Brian had been displaying more and more instabilities with every single passing day, and now, he was even ignoring his orders. Vengeance was the only thing on his mind.

 

“Come on, little bunny…” Brian chuckled darkly, “let me hear you scream…”

 

***

 

Despite the large-scale monster-repelling barrier, dozens of black spiders had suddenly appeared and began attacking people.

At first, many had thought the monsters were minions of Shedy’s, the mysterious rabbit beastman girl possessing an unknown mean of transport. Contrary to their expectations, however, the girl was no exception to the black spiders’ assault. Battle was joined between the two.

“Infighting?!”

“Regroup! Regroup while they’re still busy! Bring the magicannons, now!”

Those who had recovered from the chaos were beginning preparations for a counterattack.

The magicannon was an enlarged version of the guns that used magic to shoot out lead bullets. Due to the mana consumption, the cannons required a supply line directly from the Sapling in order to shoot. They had enough power to shoot down a flying dragon from several kilometers away.

As they expected Shedy to fight their soldiers and adventurers in a melee, their original plan did not call for the cannon. But now that she was busy with the spiders, there was no more reason to hesitate.

Three cannons were set up on top of the castle wall to point inward. With a roar of thunder, the whole courtyard was blown away, ground and all.

“Got you!”

“Serves you right, damn rabbit!”

“Fucking rabid demihuman, that’s what you get for biting your masters!”

 

Between the spiders and Shedy, who was more dangerous here? To humankind, the girl destroying Saplings was Evil, that much was true, yet it was not what had guided their aim in truth. No, it was simply the hatred they felt for the cattle that dared to rise up against humankind.

However, their decision had led to a tragedy. The cannon shots had damaged the black spiders, making them lose track of the girl that had been their objective. Abnormalities began to show in the monsters’ actions, and they started attacking humans with no discrimination.

 

“AaaaaaAAaRGhh!!”

“Exterminate those spiders!”

“Fuck, they’re toug-aaAAAAAAGH!!!”

The spiders clung to the castle wall, attacking the nobles standing behind windows or on terraces. Several black shadows descended upon the cannons, massacring the adventurers and soldiers nearby. In his desperation, the last soldier managed to fire a single cannon shot moments before his death. The projectile punched a hole through the castle wall. The spiders began pouring inside through the new opening.

 

“Your Majesty, please evacuate!”

Led by his knights, Tiz left the terrace. No matter how confident of his skills he was, Tiz could not stand up to the spiders and their 4000 combat power.

Still, he did not think Shedy would be so easily brought down. He looked back for a moment. In what remained of the courtyard, he saw a mass of white mist bursting out from the cloud of dust. It streamed through the hole in the castle wall as if it had a will of its own.

Something is about to happen, Tiz thought, and I’m not going to miss it.

“I’m going down! Follow me!”

 

***

 

“The secret beta testers are showing signs of mental collapses! The experiment can’t go on!”

The staff members monitoring the secret beta testers shouted, panic coloring their voices. Audrey hurried to give her order.

“I authorize the cessation of-”

“Oh no no no, Audrey, can’t have that now.”

The muzzle of a handgun was touching the back of her head, she realized. Audrey gasped.

“W-Why…”

“Oh, you sure asked some silly questions.” Brian laughed. “Anyway. By my order, freeze Audrey’s authority for today.”

With Brian’s voice, the green lights on Audrey’s mobile device all turned red.

The secret beta testers were showing signs of mental collapses much too quickly. Yet despite that, Brian seemed intent on driving them to their limits in order to kill No. 13.

Audrey stood, aghast. Brian took a look at her, nodded in satisfaction, then booted up his personal full-dive VR system.

“You just stay there and watch. I’m going to kill that little bunny myself.”

 

***

 

Inside, the castle was a mess.

I managed to turn into mist right before that surprise bombardment hit me. Once I flew into the castle, I returned to human form.

The militarized avatars had suddenly gone on a rampage. They weren’t moving mechanically like they did before; they were acting like a swarm of actual locusts, attacking anything alive and devouring humans left and right. Messy eaters, too.

Metallic screeches reached my ears.

Some of them had found me, and they promptly attacked. Their combat power hadn’t changed, but their movements had gotten much smoother, displaying a kind of animalistic nimbleness.

I immediately froze one of them, gouging out its head with my claws.

They might have gotten individually stronger, but they’d lost their cooperation in exchange. One on one, they posed no threat to me. Well, the humans being attacked probably wouldn’t think so, but it wasn’t like I had any obligation to save them anyway.

At any rate, I needed to deal with this group. Just as I finished off the last of them, I noticed a few humans approaching me from behind.

 

“Shedy!”

“…Tiz.”

He was still here? I thought he’d skipped town already.

Well, it wasn’t like I cared what happened to him anyway. I made to return to my search for the Sapling, when Tiz called out to me again.

“Are you so set on killing humans that you would even recruit monsters to do your bidding, Shedy?!”

It was his tone of voice, not what he said, that made me stop. I quietly turned around.

“…no. The spiders are enemies. I’ve nothing to do with them.”

“Then-”

“But,” I looked into his eyes and declared, “destroying the Saplings is my wish. Humans are just reaping what they sowed.” If you must hate, then hate me. That’s the only thing I can do for you. For humankind.

Tiz heard what I left unsaid. He scowled. After a few moments of thought, he raised his hand toward a direction.

“…Xontdix’s Sapling is over there. The path’s tricky, so go through the walls if you’re in a hurry,” he said, his words bordering on treason.

“Boy!” The old butler raised his voice in rebuke. The young emperor paid no heed to him and continued.

“I’m taking Xontdix’s royalty family to escape. I won’t stand in your way, but do something about those spiders until we can get out of here.”

“…understood.” I quietly nodded.

 

I didn’t care all that much, but if people I knew were to die, I’d prefer they at least do so away from my sight.

 

We shared one final glance, then turned away from each other and ran.

I took his advice and simply went through the walls. Several minutes later, I arrived at the Sapling.

 

I was greeted with a cackling laugh.

“Did you think you could save them?! Too bad for you, rabbit!”

Salia, the supposed bodyguard of Tiz, was standing there together with the knights of this country.

Below her feet lay dozens of beastmen and elven corpses, all cut into ribbons and charred black.

“How’s the taste of despair?! That’s what you get for getting in my way and making me look like a fool… t-the hell is that look for?! Brazen vermin!”

Salia had killed the demihuman slaves of this castle. Apparently, her grudge had convinced her I was trying to rescue them.

I supposed it wasn’t surprising people would think so. I had saved demihumans, even if it was all on a whim of mine.

 

“Out of my way.”

I clenched my right hand. The knights, including Salia, instantly had their arms and legs broken. They collapsed into pools of blood, howling cries of agony.

I leisurely walked through them. Salia still struggled. She reached a hand toward me, eyes full of hatred. I froze only the surface of her face.

The woman renewed her screams and scrabbled at her iced-over skin. It only made things worse. Oh well, I’d be spending some time with her later on anyway.

 

“…sorry I made you wait.”

I whispered. Xontdix’s Sapling scattered into light, and I grabbed hold of the white magic stone inside.

 

***

 

“Where, oh where are you, little bunny…”

 

While the dozens of spiders were ravaging the castle interior, an enormous monster appeared outside. A bluish-black centipede twenty meters long and one meter in diameter went through the castle wall, crushing the fortifications with claws and the sheer weight of its armored body. Whoever could use [Identification] despaired, when the skill revealed its combat power to be over seven thousand.

At that moment, the barrier protecting the castle disappeared, announcing to the world the destruction of the Sapling. All hope was gone for the humans.

From inside the ruined castle, the source of the calamity quietly walked out. The white rabbit showed herself.

 

“There you are!!”

The giant centipede attacked as soon as it caught sight of Shedy. The knights ran towards her in a last-ditch attempt of revenge.

“Gah-”

And as she raised her right hand, everything stopped moving.

Her cold, impassive eyes swept through the men and monster standing stock-still as if frozen in time. Her hand clenched into a fist, and corpses of knights fell down in bloody showers.

 

Brian, sitting in his VR device, was forcibly logged out when both his eyes and arms were suddenly pulverized.

 

And Shedy began her silent transformation.

Pale skin, yet still faintly pink of flesh and blood, was now being bleached of all color, turning alabaster white. Scarlet pupils bled out to stain the white of her eyes crimson-red.

An enormous cloud of fog billowed, exploding to cover the whole capital city in a blink of an eye. All living creatures — including the human population of one hundred and fifty thousand — were turned into ice sculptures.

 

Tiz looked back from the airship that had just barely cleared the blast zone. He saw Shedy standing in the center of a wasteland of frost, of deathly silence, as though the ice had entombed even the resentment of the deceased. He thought her cold gaze was pointed at him. He forgot to breath for a moment.

 

And so, Shedy had shown herself to be the worst Evil of this world. People started calling the sorcerous rabbit something else.

Whitehare, the Dark Lady.

 

[Shedy] [Race: Bunny Girl] [Archdemon Lv. 10]
・The rabbit demon of Laplace. Trickster and guide of man’s fate.

[Magic Points: 56,000/56,000] 19,800↑
[Total Combat Power: 61,600/61,600] 21,800↑
[Unique Skill: <Causality Alteration> <Cyber-Manipulation> <Absorption> <Materialization>] 
[Racial Skill: <Fear> <Mist Form>]
[Simple Identification] [Human Form (Wonderful)] [Subspace Inventory]
[Dark Lady]

A/N: Readers who have read my other work might think something’s a bit strange. That’s because Shedy isn’t the ‘savage’ or the ‘hedonistic’ kind of demon. She’s a ‘ruthless’ demon.


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60 thoughts on “51 – A Demon’s Awakening – B”

  1. First, the terms in the author’s note are also used in Lax Demon. 残虐, 愉悦, and 冷酷, respectively. I’m not aware how the translator of Lax Demon does the terms (or if the story over there had even gotten to that part yet), so I’m noting this down for anyone interested. For reference, Rinne was the ‘savage’ type while Yurushia was the ‘hedonistic’ type.

    Second, I’ll be busy with a job the next few weeks. I might not have time to translate at all until I’m done with that one. It’s going to be a loooong while before the next chapter goes up.

    Third, my god that title sounds so silly. You can’t make White Bunny sound ominous in any way.

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      1. I actually had already taken quite a lot of creative licenses with this series, but it’s always when I understand enough of the author’s intention behind a name so that I can reconstruct it into something better than the author’s Engrish. This one I have absolutely zero idea. I’m not sure if the author even wanted it to sound cool or if the silliness was intentional.

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    1. Thanks for the translation. Actually, this is a good moment for a hiatus.Good luck with your work. And what Is the name of the authors other work?

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            1. Not a “Shared Universe”. A “Shared Franchise”.

              It’s not quite the same thing. As far as I’m aware there’s no actual crossover between them, though.

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    2. Thank you for translating this series, it has been very enjoyable. I also hope your job is doing well, but that you’ll be able to come back and return to translations soon.

      In the mean time, I wanted to know if you would permit me to post my own translations of chapter 52+ to NovelUpdates until you or someone else can return to this series? I think I can translate about 1 chapter per week, and just finished ch 52 today. It is not my intention to “poach” the series, I mainly wanted to practice translating and was motivated to do so with this series and your short-term hiatus. I plan to switch to “Dual Life~ Hero Party by Day, Demon King by Night~” (n3043dl on ncode.syosetu) once you come back.

      I apologize if this is not the preferred way to contact you, but I couldn’t find any other way and couldn’t tell who/if you were on the group’s Discord.

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  2. Jesus Christo, Brian, you didn’t need this in your life. At the rate he’s losing bodyparts to her he’s going to be a brain in a jar by the end of the story.

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    1. I thought he only lost limbs and eyes of his Avatar?
      Not that isn’t trauma enough.

      He should have been retired 10 chapters ago.

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      1. His avatar was a centipede…so I’m pretty sure she just actually affected him in his world, instead of the centipede itself.

        I imagine that we’ll find out for sure before too long, though.

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  3. I am waiting for the time when our bunny girl became demon lord bunny WOMAN….loli is ok and all but i prefer big boob

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  4. t-Hanks for the chapter!

    is dark lady a title or a skill?

    I’m curious, what type of demon would shedy qualify as at the end (i.e beast, demon lord, or devil) I assumed demon lord at first but, at least where I’m at in the translations, I’m still not entirely sure what makes a demon a devil in the first place, so I can’t rule that out. i guess because of the whole rabbit thing she might also qualify as a beast?

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    1. Yuru is a golden cat, Rinne is a black panther, the maid+butler quartet are all animals too, basically in pure spirit form all demons seem to be animals from what I can see in Lax Demon.

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    2. Well, Yurushia is a Devil AND a Demon Beast so it should be possible for her to turn into both. By the way, a Demon Beast is the “savage” kind like Rinne, specializing in brute-force combat. A Devil is the opposite, specializing in trickery and complex magics. And a Demon Lord is the one between these two that most generic demons turn into. What makes Yurushia so OP is that she has both a Devil and a Demon Beast form. Also, a good way for you to understand is by comparing Yurushia’s servants: Tina is a Demon Beast candidate and is the strongest in combat among them, the twins Noa and Nea are Demon Lord candidates and are more balanced and Fannie, a Devil candidate, is the weakest in head-on combat, while being the best in space manipulation and stuff that affects the enemy’s mind like illusion and such.

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  5. Rinne is Dark Beast
    Yurushia is Golden Beast.
    and for that reason I think the grat title for shedy is White Beast instead of Dark Lady

    but well she didn’t have beast from, but i wanto call her that.

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      1. Technically she didn’t die a second time, she transferred bodies only. The one death I’m referring is when she is still a whitish slime.

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        1. He isn’t referring to the time she became salt and reincarnated , he is referring to the time when she was faking becoming braindead to the corporation when the berserkers hunting event was going on , that is the second death in which she evolved after that

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  6. Thank you for your work.

    Now they despair when they see something with over 7000? And they ignore the fact that a bunny girl easily kills monsters with 4000?

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  7. So ia Salia still alive? The fact that she wasn’t killed right away deapite the frost explosion following her beat-down makes it out as if the story doesn’t want her to die just yet.

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    1. In the end “All living creatures … were turned into ice sculptures” and Salia was at the center. Doesn’t sound survivable.

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      1. who knows, she got some hint of a avenger type that coming back stronger.. perhaps as brian experiment? *winks*

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  8. I feel like Shedy is power creeping too fast. It’s a bit jarring to see that at this rate she’ll be close to or as powerful as Yurushia in such a short time span.

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  9. looks like some shitty machine translator is trying to steal your shine, no comments on his site either so I can’t even flame him

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  10. Thanks for the chapter. I hope work is going well and will become less busy soon. In the mean time, may I have your permission to post my translation of chapter 52 to novel updates? I want to practice translating with this series until you return before I switch to a new one.

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  11. I’m probably weird because I’d like to see Tiz be the human with authority who realizes that it may be impossible to stop Shedy from destroying the saplings, and prepares to set up a human nation not dependent on vampirizing the world tree for unlimited free mana. I dunno, he’s obviously not a good guy in any sense of the term, but it kind of feels like it would be in-character for him to make the plans for a worst case situation.

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  12. WOwow Lets continue translating this story please its a little better than the lax demon Yurushia because the monologue and level system

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  13. Thanks for the Translation!
    Yuru and shedy are eerily similar. I wonder if the author is obsessed with demon girls. I wanna see them team up!

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