100 – Final Chapter – The Wish

A certain nation of Earth had, by sheer happenstance, discovered a new planet. An extraplanar one. They had then begun to plan an invasion to this new world for its resources.

Especially for the unknown new form of clean energy called ‘mana’. Seeing the potential military applications, the government, as well as the defense industry, had ‘recruited’ unaware people to gather mana as players in an MMORPG game, as well as one hundred children as live testers for a military experiment.

All of them were orphans, and all possessed some form of special ability.

Through studying their powers, fields of science and medicine entered an unprecedented golden age. But once the children were no longer useful, the corporation deemed them ‘disposable pawns’, and used them as such in an attempt to develop mana-using weaponry.

 

However, the plan had been forcefully brought to a stop by a single girl, the final and only survivor of the experiment. Multiple research centers of the corporation and the accompanying research data had been destroyed. Even the army of the nation that boasted the most powerful military in the world had also suffered heavy losses.

The only facility to have escaped destruction was the game department, which had been left alone as her eyes to monitor the situation of Earth. Otherwise, facilities with either the equipment to connect to the new world or to collect mana, as well as the knowledge about the technology itself, had all been thoroughly wiped out. Now, even if they could revive the plan and keep it hidden, it would still take them at least decades to get back to the stage of practical applications.

Furthermore, those involved in the plan now feared the shadow of The Girl of White. The very idea of resuming the plan already terrified them.

 

Yet there were those who hadn’t known that fear. There were those who were unaware of The Girl of White that had returned to this world.

No matter how much they’d tried to control the information, the more people involved, the more chances it had of leaking. Secrets had a tendency to percolate, like water through stone.

They had been doing their utmost to defend themselves from foreign espionage. Industrial spies and similar infiltrators snooping around had been a constant threat, but the intelligence departments of the corporation and the military had always been prompt in their countermeasures. As such, there had been no major problems.

But the destruction of the chain of command by the girl of white had become a vulnerability to be taken advantage of by the foreign agents.

And today was the day a certain militaristic nation in the Orient began their first connection test to ‘The New World of Yggdrasia’. This achievement had been built from the information they had stolen, as well as the cooperation of the researchers they had bought off.

 

“Begin operation test.”

 

This nation sold a lot of cheap electronics as one of its main industries, and by hiding tiny organic chips inside their products, they’d learned of the secret of the new world that a certain Occidental country had been hiding.

Year by year, they’d slowly gained more and more of the related information and technology by bribing researchers and high-ranking government workers, and a few months ago, they’d finally succeeded in acquiring a researcher possessing critical knowledge of the technology.

Yet the equipment they’d developed were still several generations behind, as shown by their need of a facility so enormous it took up a whole baseball field. Perhaps the researcher they’d bought off hadn’t been that involved in the really important research.

If one of the main researchers of the Western corporation was here to see this facility and the equipment it contained, they would have thought it would be several decades more before the Eastern people could even begin sending avatars to the new world and gather mana.

But the Eastern country’s leader and higher-ups coming to observe the operation test hadn’t known that. They were only imagining the bright future waiting for them ahead with grins on their faces.

“So this will allow us to send more of our citizens…”

They had been making use of their overwhelming population to execute a policy not unlike a human wave attack, sending their people as immigrants to other countries and using them to take control of the country from within. However, these last few decades had seen fewer and fewer countries willing to take immigrants, and their overcrowding population was growing out of their control. They needed to find a new land to be their citizens’ destination.

None of them had been aware that they wouldn’t be able to send live people to Yggdrasia, much less that the atmosphere itself wasn’t even breathable to Earth humans.

They believed that their problem would be solved as long as they could send their people. They had proceeded with their plan upon that assumption, and finally, they began their operation test to connect to the new land today.

 

The enormous screen started to show images, albeit still blurry, of a gigantic tree that pierced the sky.

The room was astir with astonished exclamations. “…the World Tree…” whispered one of the governmental higher-ups. All were beaming, certain that this sight would soon belong to them.

But then, the scenery on the other side of the screen was suddenly fogged in white, as though covered by a mist.

 

“…what… is that…?”

 

And then the screen showed a life-sized silhouette of a girl with drooping long ears that looked like they belonged to a rabbit. A crimson crescent of a smile abruptly appeared where her mouth would be.

A white finger poked out of the screen. Somebody squeaked in fear.

Next came a pair of deadly sharp pin-heels, red as blood. Scarlet eyes, snow-white hair, and long rabbit ears poking out from her locks. The rabbit girl looked about mid-way through her teens, and she wore a crimson dress reminiscent of a tailcoat.

The girl of white gave a faint smirk, her gaze frosty. The researchers and engineers around her were frozen, spellbound expressions etched on their faces, and they crumbled into snowy powder.

 

Screams rang out the next moment, mixed with shouts of the soldiers.

“FIRE!”

There were enough bullets to pulverize the enormous screen behind the girl, but she stood unharmed. The girl of white gently spread wide her arms and clasped her hands before her chest as though in prayer.

 

“—[Nadir Beyond]—”

 

The next instant, all was white ice.

People, machines, grass, even the ground — flesh and iron froze all the same. The largest military compound of the country, together with many, many soldiers and high-ranking officials, were within the freezing sphere of dozens of kilometers in radius. All vanished as dust.

 

.The moment had been captured in real-time by the eyes of multiple military satellites.

But the instant the image of a girl standing in a desolate, white-colored crater appeared on-screen, her head turned to look at the satellites’ cameras. The last thing the satellites saw was her smile as she touched her index finger to her mouth. The very next moment, all the military satellites in orbit ceased operation, terrifying the operators affiliated with the armed forces.

 

***

 

Yggdrasia, the new world. A world held up by the World Tree and ninety-nine Saplings. A world slowly on the path toward ruination due to the human race monopolizing the World Tree’s boons, as well as the nations of Earth seeking to steal the unknown form of energy called ‘mana’.

 

Yet Yggdrasia’s fated end had been averted upon the appearance of the Girl of White, that small girl who had been called a ‘demon’, who had suffered from the cruelty of others. In time, she had walked through the door of godhood, and it had been by her hands that the Evil God summoned to this world by the sins of mankind was repelled. The path toward apocalypse had been closed shut.

The battle between the goddess and the demon had been truly fierce, and it had left behind a severe wound to the planet. But the reborn World Tree Saplings had healed the scarred lands, bringing new life to the world once more.

 

The human race that had monopolized the Saplings, those who had built their prosperity on the suffering of other life, had rapidly declined upon losing their blessing.

They had been dragged into the worldwide conflict, losing their barriers and their protection from monsters, and so it was no surprise that many lives had been lost. And with how dependent they had been on the Saplings’ blessings, many more would.

Still, it hadn’t been enough to make up for the crimes the human race had committed. Many demihumans and sapient life still bore a grudge against the humans. In a way, the humans’ true ordeal was only just beginning.

Nevertheless, their experience of this disaster had taught many among the humans to realize their sins.

These people had then gathered under the leadership of Tischlar, the former emperor of Touze Empire, and the Warrior Hero named Gold. They searched for the path of survival together with, and helped by, the elven and beastman people.

 

“So this is where you are, sir Tischlar.”

“Sir Gold…”

 

The two men said no more, standing in silence to watch over the town being restored.

Even if the settlement could be repaired, there was no longer any barrier protecting the people from monsters, and neither did they have the magic to power all the magitools of convenience that they once had. People once more survived by burning firewood for warmth and for cooking food.

On the other hand, it was fortunate that they still have a place to return to. Gold’s hometown, the desert country, was no longer an environment to live in. The overuse of magic had turned the land into a lifeless desert, and it would be centuries before people could make it their home again.

At the moment, the revived Saplings were beginning to regulate the environment once more, although now they no longer focused their blessings only on their surroundings, instead spreading it to the whole planet.

The people had been lucky to have survived, and many of them knew it.

That was to say, however, that some still didn’t.

Humans were weak. It had been the reason why the other races had allowed the humans to leech off the World Tree.

Among those who had gotten used to their former life of abundance, there were surely some who still hadn’t learned their lesson, who were thinking of taking the Saplings’ magic even now.

And perhaps it would be the demihumans this time, of which some had already turned the tables on the humans and had become oppressors themselves. Perhaps one day, they would be the ones to desire the Saplings. If it happened, it would be a true war between all the races, one that would spell doom for this world.

But Tischlar and Gold knew that such a future would never come.

Their eyes were drawn toward the new temple that had been erected in the reviving town. People were praying, wishing that they would never see war again. They prayed in front of the statue of the Girl of White.

As long as the new Goddess born of this world still existed, they were sure that such a future would never be.

 

“As long as Shedy’s here…”

“Indeed. She would never allow it.”

 

Men would always desire. But the new Goddess of this world would surely not forgive fools.

 

“Sirs, the conference is soon to commence,” said a voice behind them. Tischlar and Gold turned around.

It was the elven princess and her brother, the prince. Near them were demihumans that seemed to be their bodyguards: Selille, the former leader of the rural resistance, and Isaac, the young man who had introduced himself as her adjutant.

 

A connection from Yggdrasia to Earth still remained. A small group of players were continuing to log in even now.

The MMORPG game World of Yggdrasia had had their ties to the defense industry cut completely, and the scale of the game had been dramatically reduced.

The country never wanted to let go of their access to the new world, of course. Regardless, the development team, which had since gone independent from the corporation, continued to maintain the game. Their expenses were paid with donations from those who knew the truth, and a neutral observing organization to watch for invasion attempts from both sides had been established.

The game was now completely pay-to-play with a service fee, no longer freely opening its doors to anyone as it had before. Nonetheless, the more respectable players such as Sandrea and Weed continued to enter the game, helping to keep the peace for the locals by hunting savage, unintelligent monsters.

As the representative for the players who knew the truth, Isaac had come to this town together with Selille.

 

On their way to the joint human-demihuman conference, Tischlar spoke.

“Which reminds me, sir Isaac. You have gone to inspect the countryside, if I’m not mistaken. Has peace still not yet return?”

Isaac smiled as he replied.

“There hadn’t been any conflict between demihumans and humans. The region had calmed down, relatively. There’s been rumors of a swordsman going around subjugating dangerous monsters with a horde of women behind him… would you happen to know who he is?”

“No?” Tischlar said, tilting his head in puzzlement.

Walking behind him, Gold wryly smiled in remembrance.

 

*

 

Upon defeating Fiorfata, I returned to my home. The World Tree.

“I’m back…”

The World Tree replied with a gentle shake of its vast canopy, welcoming me back.

The World Tree. The one single green giant that held up this whole world. I squinted, looking through the swaying leaves and the rays of dappled sunlight that danced as though a kaleidoscope, and I gently took a seat on the immense root.

 

I had been an unwanted child.

Born with my albinic looks and the power to bring misfortune to others, I was shunned by my own birth parents, scorned as the “demon child”, and thrown away as they told me they “never wanted me”.

I had wanted to be irreplaceable to someone. I had wanted a place where I belonged, a place just for me.

But nobody looked at me.

I never knew how to communicate with others.

That corporation only ever wanted me for my power. It was why once they finished analyzing it, they could so easily throw me away and into another world as a disposable pawn.

Even when I became a demon, even when I became a Dark Lady, the demihumans only wanted me for the power I could wield.

I knew nothing of people’s feelings.

I had only ever known humans as creatures that did nothing but bring suffering to others. But slowly, as my opportunities to talk with them became more and more frequent, I’d learned that it hadn’t been all that they were.

All the same… the only one who would hold me dear, who would protect me, was you alone.

 

*boing.*

“Ook.”

“Yes, yes, you too.”

Blobsy and Panda leaped into my chest as soon as they returned. I kissed them, lightly and full of gratitude, and I gently brushed the white sword faintly trembling on my hips.

 

The only ones I could trust in this world were Blobsy, Panda, Palesnow, the secret alpha testers… and you

“…the World Tree…”

With my kins in my arms, I closed my eyes, surrendering myself to the world.

I’ll protect Yggdrasia.

Now that I’d become the goddess of this world, I would protect you, forever.

 

Embraced by the World Tree, I dreamed.

I saw humans aware of their crimes, sweating as they fixed up the streets with their own hands.

I saw demihumans handing out bread to human refugees, even when their own grudges were still yet to clear.

I saw monsters trying to protect the Saplings, trying to keep history from repeating.

I saw the secret alpha testers smiling as they greeted me in my dream. They took my hand, pulling me into their circle.

 

—thank you—

—you’ve worked so hard—

—rest—

—and let’s play when you wake up—

—we’re here—

—we’ll always be here—

—welcome home—

 

My eyes turned watery.

 

“…I’m home.”

 

I had been an unwanted child, a ‘demon’, and now, with my transformation into a goddess of this new world…

 

…finally, my wish, the wish I’d had for years, had been granted.

I had a true family. I had a true home.


Author’s Note: Apotheosis of a Demon — a Monster Evolution Story ends here. Thank you for following me all this time.

I wrote this in a bit of a hurry, though, so there might be some fixing later on.

 

This story is about a girl who’d lost everything and her journey to find a true family and a home to return to. I might have gotten distracted a few times, but I think the story pretty much went how I planned it to.

A lot of my stories are comedies, so this one might have been a bit unexpected to some, but a departure could be interesting once in a while, right?

While this is the end of the main story, I’m also thinking a bit about writing an after-story kind of thing.

 

Well then, let us meet again in the other stories that I am and will be writing, too. And if it’s not too much to ask, I hope to see your comments and rating.


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64 thoughts on “100 – Final Chapter – The Wish”

  1. The author wrote this chapter on the 6th of January, 2019, so you can guess what current event the author incorporated in describing that country. I thought it was hilarious.

    Anyway, that’s the end of this novel. There are still a few (two, right now) after-story chapters which I’ll be doing, but as the chapters are on a cliffhanger that hasn’t updated, I’m waiting until the author finishes with the writing and revising. Don’t want to have to do it twice.

    This translation originally started as a way for me to practice localizing, but I kept forgetting what my goal was once in a while, and I barely have any practice in writing anyway. If you noticed anything funky in the writing, that’s probably my fault. At the same time, there are a few things that should be touched up that I likely won’t; it’s not the best, but on the other hand, I think it’s decent enough to not need a revisit, which I’m not really excited to do all that much anyway when I can use the time to do another novel.

    So that’s it. See you later.

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    1. How does it feel having kept traffic to this site running for the last 9 months? Also, will you continue to post here? If so, then I’ll hold off on removing the bookmark for a little while longer. ;)

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    2. I’m totally not crying.

      Thank you for your hard work. It’s a rare blessing to read a completely translated series and with such quality. It’s an amazing novel, but your translation made the experience of reading it a pure joy. Thank you for making something worth looking forward to for the last ten months.

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    3. Thank you for translating this. It’s IMO one of the best WN’s I’ve read.

      The story doesn’t drag out for too long (100 chapters and finished), and though it’s premise is fairly simple (humans destroying the world), it was well executed.

      Also, I can say for certain that I’ve never seen any translation of a WN as good as yours. I don’t know who you’re comparing your writing to, but it’s certainly not funky in any way.

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      1. At first I tried (emphasis on “tried”) to make this a localization, that is, pretending as though this has been written by an English author in the first place, so I was comparing my writing to other English novels. After a while, however, I had to accept that I lacked the writing experience to make it read more like an actual English novel rather than a liberal translation, so that’s what I compromised with.

        No wonder so many translators I’ve heard of are writers first, translators second. Writing is fucking difficult.

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    4. Somewhere far far away, or perhaps as close as the shadow under the lamp, a wide crack spreads slowly, a distorted smile appears.

      “So she’s almost as strong as the butterfly in my dreams …”

      Apologies for the lack of writing skills, I’ve never ever wrote anything.
      I do think it’s highly likely that Fiorfetta (or whatever) was just a temporary body with a very watered-down amount of strength compared to his real body. Unless they really managed to summon his body, and not something like the materialization done by humans.
      And he was only one of seven, too.
      While I don’t think there will be a sequel, there is space for more in the same universe I suppose?
      I wonder how it really is.

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    5. “This nation sold a lot of cheap electronics as one of its main industries, and by hiding tiny organic chips inside their products, they’d learned of the secret of the new world that a certain Occidental country had been hiding.”<- conspirancy theories everywhere.

      I wonder if she'll ever meet the elf boy again, since he's the one who can prove her last musings wrong.

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  2. Thanks for finishing this masterpieces novel. It been an long journey to finish this novel. Nothing to say other than thanks. Will you finish the extra chapter also? Or can you tell me which novel will you translate next?

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  3. Current events? What’s that?

    Whenever I happen to watch news, it’s always the same “Climate change this, climate change that and some culture wars in between but all the same acts that are akin to terrorism”.

    In any event, loved it, that’s all I can really say since it can’t be put into words otherwise how splendid this work is. Obviously I hope the after-story will be updated, and endlessly so~

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  4. Thanks for the chapter.
    This is seriously one gripping story. I’m amazed at how the author managed to hold your attention to the story. And good job on the translation too!

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  5. Thank you for your hard work all this time

    And knowing that casanova is still alive and even has his harem makes me unable to feel anything but jealousy and respect

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  6. Thanks for the final chapter and the series 😆😂😭

    Darn blademaster! He might repopulate the world with the human race again! Stop him, Goddess Shedy!

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  7. Fin~ Thank you for sticking with the translations and sharing with us the story. Like many other WN there was a time I actually thought this would never get finished getting translated, if any such a short time.
    XOXO (づ ̄ ³ ̄)づ

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  8. Thanks for the chapter and the story! It was a great read and thank you for letting us poor English reading folk have a chance

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  9. Thank you very much for all the work til now
    It was a nice ride.
    Woah..to think that Calimero survived,that mdfk xD i hope the side story Is about him

    It was a fitting ending ,although i wrongly expected a Yurushia cameo xD well
    Thank you for all,this Will be in my reading list till finishing the extras.

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  10. Yagdrassia, became a boring world!!!?? Tsk this is what happen when a goodie two shoes take over the world, it lose all its worth!!

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  11. Thanks for chapter.
    I glad for you Shedy, you finally have place called home.
    As there many people who discriminate someone who different than rest, there some odd people who received him/her and treat them as normal people.
    Btw that harem maker is still alive as I expected, protagonist halo will always save him.

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  12. This has been a wonderful read. Thank you for translating it.

    It took me a bit of searching to learn what you were referring to:

    Dec 8, 2018: coldest Dec on record in China going back to at least the year 2000, snow falling from Beijing to Shanghai

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  13. Thanks for the great ride you introduce to us all, really appreciate it~.

    The ending is is overall good, though it’s quite unexpected for me that there’s some extras after this.

    And story wise, glad that Shedy have what she wished for the entire time, truly.

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  14. Thanks for translating this is great novel.
    I really liked the way of you translating batch and release it at quick rate.
    Hope you will pick up a new good novel soon

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  15. Damn, that hurts.
    I just waited a week to see if there are more chapters and then I realize that it ended with 100 chapters.
    A very nice read, I really have to admit it.
    I really hope that I will find something as good as this again. (It really is hard to come by something good)
    Thank you for your hard work with translating almost every day.
    And I will be damned if you aren’t one of the better translators with your english.

    [ If someone is looking for something great to read and hasn’t already read “Everyone else is a returnee” go there, is a bit long with 300+ chapters but you will be satisfied ]

    Once again, I thank thee for translating this and i hope to see you again on some other novel, so I wish you good luck and some other blessings, (naturally from some weird otherworldy dietys, shedy too) wich I don’t really recall.
    C ya.

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  16. This was a great novel.
    Sorry for the lack of comments but I had to go full steam. I’m glad the skirt chaser is alive and well.
    My heart hurting and yet is happy at the same time.

    Thank you for the novel

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  17. Thank you.
    I felt hatred when she was helpless, was smiling when she got stronger, and had tears in my eyes when she met the other 99.
    The story is excellent. And touching.
    I’m really grateful to the author and the translator. Thank you guys

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  18. I cried. Cute Shedy made me cry. Wow, not many wn managed to do this. I’m really looking forward to those extra chapter. Thanks for the translation!

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