TSKD 175

175. The Ten Original Tribes

「Hey, welcome.」

「Nn.」

The maid we met the first time we visited, Shara, led us through Aurel’s mansion and towards our destination, the dining room.

「Sorry it had to be here of all places. I was stuck in a meeting with a bigshot all day, so I haven’t really had a chance to eat anything yet.」

「Don’t mind.」

「Care to join me? My personal chef just happened to get back from Barbra last night. I’m sure his dishes will be able to catch your interest.」

Why the hell not? The fact that Aurel called the chef his personal one pretty much instantly convinced me that the person in question was incredibly skilled.

「Please.」

It looked like Fran shared the same sentiment, as she immediately consented to having another meal.

「Shara, make sure the chef makes enough for her as well.」

「Yes sir.」

It was only then that I finally realized the implication of Aurel’s statement. He was a pretty influential figure, but he was so busy that he hadn’t a chance to eat until the afternoon had come to pass. That could only mean that the person he’d been entertaining was even more influential than he was.

「Weird people outside.」

「Some sort of mercenary band, I hear.」

「Famous?」

「Well, it’s not a group I’ve ever heard of, at least. My guess is they want to talk to me so they can boost their prestige.」

「Really?」

「Yeah, it’s something that happens all the time. People love to make claims about how well known they are elsewhere. They’ll boast about slaying powerful demons and knowing influential nobles.」

Oh, I get it. So everyone new in town is just desperate to leave an impression on all of Ulmutt’s more important people.

「Aren’t they aware that I can tell how strong they are just by looking at them?」

「Blue Catkin mercs, all weaklings.」

「Gahahaha! That so? If so, then there’s only be two possible ways for them to truly be well known. The first would be because one of their members happens to be incredibly strong. The second would be because they were cruel.」

「Nn.」

「To be honest, I didn’t like their attitudes. Their leader had sent a representative instead of coming on his own. At first, I’d almost wondered if said leader was a noble instead. Either way, I ended up deciding to just leave them be. I was hoping they’d eventually give up and go home.」

Huh, so they really were just scrubs after all. I guess that makes sense given that they seemed rather weak.

「Aurel. This.」

「Hmmm… I see, I take it you’ve completed my request then?」

Aurel opened the pendant and confirmed that we’d delivered the letter he wrote.

「Want to ask about evolution.」

「Well, it does look like you did as you were asked and got the pendant to Rumina.」

「Nn.」

「I guess that must mean I’ll have to pay my dues.」

「Won’t need payment if told about evolution.」

「I’m not capable of providing you enough knowledge to have made the request I gave you worth your time.」

「Really?」

「I wouldn’t have sent you to see Rumina if I was capable of telling you what you wanted to know. I simply would have told you it myself. I myself have spent many years looking into the the Black Cat Tribe and its potential for evolution, but I’ve never been able to find satisfactory results. All I know is one has to do more than just reach a certain level.」

Damn… Not even Aurel’s figured anything out after spending several years researching the topic despite the fact that he’s an influential B ranked adventurer…?

「Then would like to ask about the Black Catkin in the past.」

「…Where’d you catch wind of that?」

「Radyer.」

「That loose-lipped son of a…!」

「Was told about incredible strength.」

「Yeah… She was quite the strong one…」

Aurel began speaking in a quieter tone as he recalled his youth. He told us about the Black Catkin he met, how she saved him, and how the two of them had hit it off.

「It’s already been 53 years since then.」

「That person. Couldn’t evolve?」

「She couldn’t. She, like you, had been out on a journey in search of a way to evolve. She’d even visited Rumina fairly frequently in hopes of finding a clue.」

「But still failed?」

「I presume so.」

Wait, he presumed so? Did that mean he wasn’t certain?

Fran had also caught onto his lack of confidence, and tilted her head in response.

「A few things happened, and she ended up leaving town. We haven’t been in touch since then.」

「Few things?」

「A few things indeed. Anyways, that’s enough of that. There’s no point talking about someone that’s been long gone. You’d best try talking to Dias if you’d like to know more about her. The two of them got along quite well. Anyway, why don’t we get back on track?」

I didn’t even need to activate the Principle of Falsehood in order to know that he was still hiding something, but I couldn’t figure out exactly what that thing happened to be.

If I had to guess, I’d probably assume it was because she’d died off in a dungeon somewhere. If that were the case, then Aurel would probably find it rather difficult to talk about her. He also probably thought that Fran would end up mourning her predecessor’s death as well. I figured that there was no point putting a damper on Aurel’s mood, and that we could probably get Dias to tell us everything we wanted to know, so we just went with the flow and allowed him to change the topic.

「I’m sure you already know this seeing as how you’ve spoken to Rumina, but it used to be much less difficult for Black Catkin to attain evolution.」

「Nn.」

「That, however, has changed. It is exactly that change that leads us to our next question: why? Why did the circumstances change? I personally believe that the answer is that the change is most likely a result of divine retribution.」

「Divine retribution? Punished by Gods?」

「It’s something often applied to those that have committed grave sins or opposed the Gods. The most famous example would be what occured on the continent of Goldishia.」

Oh right. I remember hearing about that. Trismegistus, Lord of the Dragonmen, made use of the Evil God’s power in order to create a magic beast. Said magic beast went berserk and basically fucked the whole continent. Trismegistus was punished by being forced to fight his creation for the all of eternity.

「I know that it’s something that happened far in the past, but I still find it strange that there’s so little information that links evolution to the Black Cat Tribe. It almost seems to be exactly like the method in which one manufactures magic beasts in the sense that all pertinent information is simply gone. It’s like the Gods have simply erased all records of it. I dare say that they have even gone as far as to fiddle with people’s memories.」

Well I mean, that does sound like something a God would be capable of.

「Some beastkin tribes practice the art of keeping their evolutionary methods a secret, but it’s relatively easy for one to discover the methodologies so long as they refer to books or other works of literature. It’s not like that with the Black Cat Tribe’s evolutionary methods. Only a few works remain at best. I’ve also tried asking the Elves, but none of them seem to remember it at all. In fact, they seem to have completely forgotten the fact that the Black Cat Tribe was even capable of evolution to begin with.」

Okay yeah, that does sound pretty damn unnatural. I wouldn’t really be surprised if the Gods had just tinkered with people’s heads and forced them to forget stuff. Again, that sounds like something they’d be capable of.

I ruminated on it for a bit, but none of that God stuff actually served for anything more than an afterthought. I was much more focused on one of the other things that Aurel had said, as it simply couldn’t be ignored.

「Still some remaining literature?」

Fran had addressed the exact same point I’d caught onto. Aurel hadn’t stated that there were no longer any works of literature containing details regarding the Black Cat Tribe’s evolutions. He’d only said that most were no longer present.

「Truth be told, I did happen to find a single work that contained a few pertinent details.」

「What kind?」

「Calm down. What I found was not something that addressed the matter directly.」

Aurel smiled bitterly at the fact that Fran had gotten so excited that she ended up slamming the table while rising to her feet. Apparently the book he found wasn’t one that’d addressed the topic directly, but only mentioned it in passing.

「Have you ever heard of The Ten Original Tribes?」

「Ten original tribes? No.」

「The Ten Original Tribes refer to the first ten groups of beastkin that the God of Beasts and Insects had birthed into the world. Each is said to possess the power of a Divine Beast laying dormant within.」

「Divine Beast? Cool sounding.」

「Nine of the Ten Original Tribes have been known since ancient times: The Golden Flame Lionkin, The White Snow Wolfkin, The Yellow Dust Ratkin, The Purple Wind Elephantkin, The Orange Iron Foxkin, The Red Earth Horsekin, The Green Water Turtlekin, The Blue Life Snakekin, and The Cherry Blossom Cowkin. The tenth was, for some odd reason, unknown. For many years, its identity was thought of as one of the Beastkin’s greatest mysteries…」

「Last is Black Catkin?」

「Possibly, yes. The work I happened to procure stated that the last tribe was the Black Heavenly Tigerkin, and it just so happens to be that Rumina is of the Black Tigerkin race.」

「Black Heavenly Tigerkin same as Black Tigerkin? Then, Aurel, White Wolfkin same as White Snow Wolfkin?」

「Not exactly. We, the White Dog Tribe’s members, are capable of evolving into White Snow Wolfkin as opposed to White Wolfkin if we happen to fulfill a certain set of conditions. I myself was only capable of becoming a White Wolfkin.」

According to Aurel, his species, the White Dogkin, descended from a line of White Snow Wolfkin. Hence, its members were also capable of becoming a White Snow Wolfkin so long as they were qualified to do so.

Through extrapolation, one could then assume that it was possible for Black Catkin to either evolve into Black Heavenly Tigerkin if they too met a certain set of conditions. Else, they do as Rumina did and simply evolve into Black Tigerkin instead.

As a tribe that descended from one of the ten, White Dogkin were and are to this day respected by their beastkin peers.

「And that is why I believe it to be odd for the beastkin to have simply forgotten about the Black Cat Tribe, which has likely also descended from one of The Original Ten Tribes.」

「Nn.」

Many tribes have performed investigations in order to determine which of the tribes was supposed to be the last of the ten, many of which ended in an assertion of the superiority of one’s own lineage. Naturally, most of these assertions were false. Had he not known of Rumina, Aurel would have disregarded the work that made mention of the Black Heavenly Tigerkin as one of these false claims. But he didn’t. His knowledge of her made it so he simply couldn’t. Instead, he’d been convinced that the work he came across spoke merely of the truth.

But that, again, begged a question. Why exactly had that one work been left behind if all the rest had been purged?

「And that is all I have come to know.」

Aurel’s face twisted in what could only be expressed as deep rooted frustration. He’d evidently thought at length about the topic, quite possibly because of the Black Catkin girl he’d known in the past.

「However, I do still have one thing to say. Divine retribution comes not without salvation. Even Trismegistus may one day be released from his curse if he simply defeats the magic beast he spawned. By that logic, the Black Cat Tribe must also be capable of the same. There must be a way for you and your kin to release yourselves from the fetters that bind you.」

「Nn.」

「But again, that is the extent of my knowledge. I’m sorry I wasn’t able to be of much use.」

「Not useless. Helped lots. Thank you.」

「You really think so?」

「Nn.」

「That’s quite comforting to hear.」

Fran’s words caused Aurel’s expression to blossom into a heartfelt smile.

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47 thoughts on “TSKD 175

  1. Yaaay! Double release!
    And some nice news. Guess, gods erased option of evolution into simple Black Tigerkin, and one must to fulfill evolution into Black Heavenly Tigerkin to unlock evolution for other black cats.

    Only thing that bothers me is that all types of beastfolks have one original species, while catfolks have both lion and tiger types.

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      1. Red Cat becomes Lion.

        Black Cat becomes Tiger.

        Blue Cat becomes what?

        Predictions:

        Tiger is stronger than Lion, so the Black Heavenly Tiger is the Original Beast King.

        No idea about the intervening Beast Kings or how many have lived and died by the passage of time.

        Level Cap 99 regular evolution.

        Level Cap 999 origin evolution.

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      2. >Blue Cat becomes what?
        Blue Cat becomes curry rice. They don’t seem to be good for anything else.
        A race of spies? don’t make me laugh, they can’t enter a tavern without getting wiped out.

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  2. Make it triple! Jk.

    Gods again. There’s some wolf god that has a connection with the sword, and he’s under some sort of restriction. Then there’s a crazy chaos goddess, and she restricted Rumina from talking about her evolution.

    Looks like a conspiracy.

    > But that, again, begged a question. Why exactly had that one work been left behind if all the rest had been purged?

    Maybe it was done by some low-level god / Divine Beast and not the God of Beasts himself. If so, they were just unable to erase all the data created by the original creator.

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  3. I’m just afraid that the someone from the ancient black cat kin had aligned him/herself with the Evil god for a higher form of evolution which led to the other gods pulling a ban hammer on all future black cat kin to evolve normally

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    1. Or it could be the evil god seal is part of the evolution process. Like evolving could break part of the seal or the evil god biggest foe is the black catkin. So he seal the memory of evolution with him, hoping that one day a black catkin looking for the method will break his seal.

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  4. I imagine that the one book was made after the erasing of records and maybe was made by someone that evolved, making it vague as a effort of hoping it eould be overlooked by the gods but still recording that they existed. also, i imagine the “element” related to the race has to do with it, maybe reaching max profficiency with it or praying at some related temple could trigger the evolution.

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    1. The deities seem very thorough, so my guess is that they left a few clues to at least allude to evolution so that way someone (Fran) would come along and have the potential to make things right. Seems the surest way to find out evolution is to have an audience with a deity and ask directly (the issue is actually finding a way to chat and them being chatty enough to answer and tell the truth).

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      1. Simply wait till the full moon. The sword hasn’t had a chance to talk to his “creator?” yet, but was promised to be able to meet during the next full moon. The one this tournament/ festival celebrates.

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  5. Thanks for the chapters.

    So the path to normal evolution is impossible (for now) until some Black Catkin (Fran) evolves to Black Heavenly Tigerkin, in other words, the only possible evolution is Black Heavenly Tigerkin.
    This became more interesting (not like it wasn’t before).
    Can’t wait to see her evolve and the jaw-drops from every beastkin that underestimated her and her kin (mainly the Blue Catkins) *insert evil grin here*

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  6. Golden Flame Lionkin – fire
    White Snow Wolfkin – ice
    Purple Wind Elephantkin -wind
    Orange Iron Foxkin – lava?
    Red Earth Horsekin – earth
    Green Water Turtlekin – water
    Blue Life Snakekin – life
    Cherry Blossom Cowkin – forest?

    what is left for the heavenly tigers?
    sandstorm and fran‘s BELOVED lightning, would also match the „hint“ from the master kitten

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    1. I’m more curious about the fact that there are 10 original tribes, 9 are known, and yet only 8 are listed in this chapter so what is missing?

      「Nine of the Ten Original Tribes have been known since ancient times: The Golden Flame Lionkin (1), The White Snow Wolfkin (2), The Purple Wind Elephantkin (3), The Orange Iron Foxkin (4), The Red Earth Horsekin (5), The Green Water Turtlekin (6), The Blue Life Snakekin (7), and The Cherry Blossom Cowkin (8). The tenth was, for some odd reason, unknown. For many years, its identity was thought of as one of the Beastkin’s greatest mysteries…」

      If Heavenly Black Tiger is 10, then what is 9? Aurel made it seem like he had said all 9 known, but he didn’t. Can only assume that author or translator needs to make an edit.

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    2. Foxkin needs skill fox fire to evolve so might be fire related, but if you step out of the normal iron is usually an element as is wood. So cow is porbably nature/wood/flowers.

      Someone mentioned lightning cus of the skill that was used during fight, but it should also be noted that the Chaos god is their deity. So darkness/void might also be good choices.

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  7. Thanks for the two chapters ^_^
    Well, it seems the black catkin did some really bad stuff, to the point where the gods prolly told the beast king/ lord to enslave them all. Maybe cause one of the black catkin(g) unlocked their heavenly beast or something and tried to debunk the gods power (foolishly) and this folly lead to the divine punishment. Lol

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  8. Been following your blog for a while now. Thanks for the double release. I’d donate if I could, but I’m unfortunately financially unstable right now. Nonetheless, keep up the good work.

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  9. it seems to me that there was either

    1) a black catkin who aligned himself/herself to the Evil God and caused the other gods to punish the whole race as penance

    or

    2) a black catkin offended one of the higher gods or the goddess of Chaos causing them to undergo severe hardship to evolve & erase all hints at how they would do that

    either way, makes for an exciting story arc. and makes me even more excited to read about book 2 where Fran is prancing around as a black heavenly tigerkin and its sword/Master’s story of trying to achieve “divine sword” status.

    and then book 3 of the trilogy where they face up with whoever/whatever is blocking the black catkin evolution and set things right 😀 all good stuff and things to look forward to…

    thanks for the chapter btw!

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    1. Things is, divine sword what it is for its’ conductivity in magic at rank S+ and above but we know Master is already at rank A++ or something. The road to become a divine sword or even stronger is not too far off. I’m more worried about how to achieve Heavenly black tigerkin. Thing is, I read spoiler about fran’s evolution but you don’t even need to be spoiled to know that she will get what she want, it is, after, foreshadowed. However, I don’t like it when “Gods” attempt to interfere with things and it will happen again once Master found a way to help Fran evolve. I just hope that in the future, they just beat the **** out of the Gods or may be evolve beyond the Goddess’s system of evolution.

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  10. why there is no Dragonkin? and Bird related divine Beast like Phoenix, Vermillion, Garuda and so on ?

    well, maybe Author forgot include those that have wings ? it will be complete if the Author included The Powerful Dragon with Dragon Magic and Dragon related Power&Ability, it can even can transform to humanoid form with wings in their back, The Powerful Phoenix with their Phoenix Magic and Phoenix Related Power&Ability. 😀

    Thx for the chapter ^^

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    1. “God of Beasts and Insects created the ten original beasts.” Just so we get things clear, Birds and Reptiles are not Beasts, only mammals are beasts. Dragons are reptiles.

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      1. then The Green Water Turtlekin is not reptile ? the turtle is mammals ? it’s so funny since when turtle is mammals 😀

        in the first place all animal is beast, in some novel they have beast core when you killed them, even the Beast Bird and Aquatic Beast.

        and if search in google the word beast, you will find “The Beast (Greek: Θηρίον, Thērion) may refer to one of two beasts described in the Book of Revelation. … The second beast is described in Revelation 13:11-18 and is also referred to as the false prophet. The two beasts are aligned with the dragon in opposition to God.”

        so Dragon is 100% Beast.

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      2. In fantasy, Insects are clearly not Beast. Even Dungeons and Dragons define Insects separately as Vermin.

        You’re correct that the author forgot about the Mythical Beasts.

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    2. Well, that’s because the Dragonkin are a different species. Did you forget that they are the species that was cursed for their king making the Abyss Eater chimera out of the Evil God’s heart? It was also already stated that the rest of the species is still on that continent(in the few habitable locations) and continue to fight the chimera, and that the countries from all over the world send them resources.

      Plus, considering how Dragons are usually considered as a separate kind of beings in Fantasy, it likely is the case here as well. A Dragonkin isn’t a Beastman, but instead just a Dragonkin.

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      1. Maximum generation difference would be Great Great Grandma since they (black cats) become adults at 12, and 54 ÷ 12 = 4 r 6.

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      2. well… i mean… the wolf jii-san is over 70 year old but he still look like middle-aged man….

        but yeah probably her grandmother…

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  11. The black cat probably receive divine retribution when she discover how to evolve hence he only manage to tell the knowledge that she discover to Aurel before she ‘died’ or silenced by the curse. Cant wait for one day Fran and Master will fight the system of the god like Rimuru and Kumoko.

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  12. Catching up again. Here’s corrections for up to the latest stopping point (chapter 176, actually, but no corrections for that chapter).

    Chapter 169

    I knew that we were in a in town right now and all that, but still, weren’t the people inside of the damn thing being you know, a bit too careless?

    were in a in town ⇒ were in a town

    Chapter 171

    The Beastkin’s Country itself was located on another one of the world’s continent, but considered the Kingdom of Kranzel friendly regardless.

    continent ⇒ continents

    History was stained with acts in which people used others as scapegoats and forced them into slavery and the other poor social circumstances in order to use them as scapegoats and appease the masses.

    and the other poor ⇒ and other poor
    * Repeated use of ‘scapegoats’. Review intent of sentence.

    I figured it would best for me be on my toes if we ever happened run into it.

    happened run ⇒ happened to run

    It must’ve been because of that contrat Rumina asked him to fulfill.

    contrat ⇒ contract

    Its contents probably mentioned touched on having dias do his best to help any Black Catkin he happened across.

    mentioned touched ⇒ touched
    dias ⇒ Dias

    Chapter 172

    Fran casually nodded along and affirmed Erza’s statements as brought out the materials she wanted to sell.

    as brought out ⇒ as she brought out

    Erza enjoyed his team in a much more elegant manner as he watched over Fran with a smile.

    his team ⇒ his tea

    Chapter 173

    Apparently many of magic beasts one could find in dungeons meant for newbies were actually edible.

    many of magic beasts ⇒ many of the magic beasts

    Chapter 174

    I figured I could always just teleport us through the gate If worse came to worst.

    If worse ⇒ if worse

    All their immediately ended up springing to their feet in surprise before sending their glares in Fran’s direction.

    * All their immediately: Sentence structure is messed up. Not sure what the details should be. All their companions?

    Chapter 175

    The maid we met the first time we visited, Shara, led us through Aurel’s mashion and towards our destination, the dining room.

    mashion ⇒ mansion

    Aren’t’t they aware that I can tell how strong they are just by looking at them?

    Aren’t’t ⇒ Aren’t

    I didn’t even need to activate the Principle of Falsehood in order to know that he was still hiding something, but I figure out exactly what that thing happened to be.

    but I figure out ⇒ but I couldn’t figure out

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