TSKD 206

Of Sin and Retribution

I returned the goddess’ gaze as I felt a fit of nervousness wash over me, to which she responded by raising a pair of fingers and speaking another line. [1]

「The Black Catkin are shackled, no, cursed, precisely because they’d incurred divine retribution. There are two manners in which this curse of theirs can be undone, each with their own unique conditions.」

I-I guess that must mean I’m not totally screwed? Whew! God damn, she had me shivering in my boots for a second there.

「The first of the two possibilities requires a single individual to slay either a single Evil Being ranked in at A or higher, or a thousand weaker ones. Fulfilling one of these two conditions releases that individual in particular from the curse, and allows them to evolve.」

Wait, is it really okay for me to know that? I could’ve sworn Rumina wasn’t allowed to say anything about it. Hadn’t the gods like totally gone out of their way to obscure the fact that Black Catkin could even evolve? Like I could’ve sworn they flat out deleted it from everyone’s memory.

「Your wielder has already evolved. Rumina isn’t restricted from discussing the topic with any other evolved Black Catkin, so she’s most likely going to tell you once time unfreezes regardless. Given that, I decided that I might as well tell you right now since that was what we were talking about anyway.」

『O-Oh, I see.』

But like, Urushi and I were kinda both there too, and neither of us were Black Catkin, let alone evolved ones, so wouldn’t Rumina ultimately not actually have to chance to tell Fran about the Black Cat Tribe’s circumstances? It seemed that they wouldn’t reach our ears even if the two ended up being able to discuss them amongst themselves too.

I mean, I’m not complaining or anything. I’m totally down for soaking up information because the goddess forgot she shouldn’t tell me or decided to be loose lipped or something.

「It’s fine. You’re allowed to tell any familiars you summon whatever you want, so the dog doesn’t count. And you’re one of my kin, so you don’t count either.」

Welp, she totally just read me like a book again. Wait. Did she just say what I thought she said? I kinda felt like I just happened to hear something that totally blew my mind.

『Did uh… you just say that I’m one of your kin?』

「Well, it would technically be more precise to say that I am one of the many individuals bound to you as kin.」

『C-Could you tell me a bit more about all that?』

「Nope, since we have to finish talking about evolution.」

Ugh… I mean I guess she’s right, but god damn did she get me curious.

「The other possible scenario requires the Black Cat Tribe to defeat either a S ranked Evil Being, or one of the Evil God’s kin without any assistance. Performing said feat would free not only the battle’s participants, but the entire Black Cat Tribe from their curse. They would once again regain their status as one of the Ten Original Tribes.」

Man, redeeming the whole race sounds kinda tough.

「It’s only fair given the graveness of their sin.」

『So uh, what exactly did they do to deserve all this anyways?』

I’d only just realized that the goddess kept going on and on about grave and mortal sins, but had actually refrained from mentioning exactly what it was the Black Cat Tribe had done.

「One of the Black Cat Tribe’s chiefs, or rather, one of the former Beast Lords, had undone the Evil God’s seal and allowed his clan’s members to absorb its power in order to bolster their combat prowess. It was a dangerous ploy, and one that had half succeeded.」

Wait, is absorbing the Evil God’s power actually different from turning into an Evil Being?

「It’s far worse than just that. A fair portion of the royal family’s members evolved into what I can only call a half Evil God, half-beastkin being. Half of the Black Catkin had succeeded in absorbing the Evil God’s power. However, many also became Evil Beings, lost control of themselves, and ended up being put down by their tribesman. We, the gods, couldn’t stand the sight of the Evil God’s powers being put to use in such a selfish manner. Thus, we eliminated the royal family and any other individuals that had obtained the Evil God’s power before administering the survivors with a punishment, one that hindered their ability to evolve.」

Well uh… apparently they did something much worse than what I’d been expecting them to do. Like, using the Evil God’s power to evolve into creatures that were effectively demi-gods clearly made it seem like they were picking fights with the actual gods. Like, I’m not really sure what else they’d expected to happen.

『Alright, I get that what they did was pretty serious.』

「You existing in your current state allows the Black Cat Tribe’s members to evolve without first atoning for their sins.」

The goddess didn’t glare me, but I kinda felt like she wasn’t exactly what you could call happy with me given the tone of her voice.

「I understand that the Black Cat Tribe’s members may consider evolution to be one of their greatest desires. That, however, fails to justify exploiting a loophole in the system and evolving without first making up for their mistakes. Continuing to circumvent their punishment is an act that can be regarded as yet another sin, one that would incur an even greater punishment.」

『An even greater punishment? Care to uh… elaborate?』

「Extinction.」

『T-That’s kinda…』

「I was just talking in terms of what ifs. I want you to understand just how serious the topic at hand is.」

『A-Alright, I get it.』

My interactions with the goddess led me to the conclusion that the gods were both terrifying and a huge pain in the ass to deal with. Yeah uh, her going out of her way to talk to me like this definitely meant I’d gotten myself into some deep ass shit.

『So uh, what exactly should I do? I mean, I understand that I shouldn’t use my powers to evolve anyone other than Fran, and I can swear I won’t.』

「I know that you really do mean what you just said, but, that alone isn’t enough. The fact stands that you’re a magical item capable of granting your wielder the ability to use the the Awakening skill, an item I cannot possibly allow to exist.」

She can’t allow me to exist? Does that mean she’s going to…

「Calm down. I don’t have any intention of doing anything as violent as eliminating you.」

『A-Alright!』

Whew! Holy shit, and I glad she’s telling me that. She had me really worried there for a second. Man, that situation just there was probably the most dangerous one I’d ever been in.

「I’ll fix everything right away.」

Snap

『Huh? What’d you just do…?』

The Goddess of Chaos snapped her fingers and caused my blade to momentarily begin shining. I could tell that she’d done something to me, but I wasn’t too sure exactly what that something was.

「I’ve made it so you’re bound to your wielder.」

『Bound?』

「Yup. I’ve made it so you can only have one wielder at once. No one else will be able to equip you until your current wielder dies. Anyone that forcibly does so anyway will receive retribution.」

『Whaddya mean by retribution?』

「Anyone that tries equipping you will be met with a form of punishment. Those that don’t know of your circumstances will just be slightly shocked. Those that do know of your circumstances will likely lose their lives as compensation.」

That’s hella terrifying, but it kinda didn’t really matter anyways because I hadn’t planned on letting anyone other than Fran equipping me to begin with. Hence, the end result was basically like me gaining a built in anti-theft device.

「I’ll also be taking the Awakening skill away from you just in case, and making it impossible for you to obtain it going forward.」

I was a bit disappointed by the fact that I wouldn’t get to use the skill myself at all, but, I didn’t really mind because I didn’t want to disobey the goddess, especially given how thorough she was being.

「Awakening only works on Beastkin to begin with, as it allows them to unleash the powers that lie dormant within them. There’s no point in you using it to begin with.」

『Oh. Right.』

Welp, I guess there really isn’t any point in me having the skill at all then.

「I’ll also make it so Rumina won’t be able to ever summon another Magic Beast capable of Awakening — not that she’d be able to for several hundred years anyway, given how much it’s exhausted her.」

『Oh, so does that mean Rumina was only all frail and stuff because she had to summon that magic beast?』

「That’s right. Rumina, as one of my kin, has been restricted in her ability to aid Black Catkin. She’s unable to speak about the subject, but that isn’t nearly all. I’ve also banned her from creating items capable of conferring the Awakening skill, and made it so that she’ll destroy herself if she helps any Black Catkin fulfill their evolution conditions.」

『Huh?』

Wait, you serious!? Doesn’t that mean Rumina’s going to—

「Calm down. She’s not dead, nor will she die from what she’s done.」

『Even though Fran’s managed to evolve?』

「Yes, and though she provided assistance, it wasn’t direct assistance. She didn’t directly give the girl what she needed. She’d instead helped you help her. She’s lost a great deal of her power as a result, but she won’t die.」

Whew. That’s good. Fran would’ve felt really bad if she’d learned that her evolving had caused Rumina’s death.

「That said, I cannot allow the same thing to occur in the future, which is why I’ve now restricted her even further.」

Rumina seemed to have pushed herself quite a bit to make everything come together the way it did. I guess this also means that she wasn’t kidding when she’d asked Fran if she’d be willing to kill her in order to evolve.

「It would be unfair of me to take a skill away from you without compensating you in any which way, so I’ll switch your Awakening skill out for a different one.」

The goddess snapped her fingers once again.

I immediately looked at my stats because I was curious as to what had changed.

『Uhh… Evolution Concealment?』

「The skill does as its name suggests, and allows one to hide the fact that one has evolved, most notably from other beastkin.」

The Extra Skill I’d obtained seemed like a pretty damned good one. Having people find out about Fran’s newfound evolution would probably kick up a huge fuss, so it looked like it’d be one we could put to use immediately.

There was, however, a bit of a problem.

『Err… I think I just lost 5 Self-Evolution Points.』

「Just saying, you caused a problem significant enough to necessitate my interference. It’s only natural that I still do take something from you. Just be glad I did you a favour and decided to give you a new skill to replace the one I took away.」

『S-Sorry.』

Eh, you know what, the skill I got was worth it, so I guess I’ll just call it even, especially since I doubted anything would come out of me bitching and complaining anyways.

The goddess nodded as if satisfied after verifying that I wasn’t going to voice any more complaints. She then started floating into the air and growing transparent.

「My business here is done, so I’ll be taking my leave.」

Realizing that the goddess was totally leaving caused me to immediately begin questioning her.

『Hey wait! There’s still something I want to ask you! Just what the hell am I? You must know, right? Given how you said I’m one of your kin and all that?』

I couldn’t help but ask her about myself seeing as how she was one of the first people to have a clear idea as to exactly what I was.

「Well… Telling you that isn’t something I’m supposed to be responsible for, so I guess I’ll just give you a hint. Go meet the god-tier blacksmith that resides in the Beastkin’s Country.」

『You mean the one the Beast Lord rules?』

I recalled that Old Man Gallus had stated that all of the god-tier blacksmiths were MIA…

However, the goddess’ words seemed to imply that his words hadn’t necessarily been correct. Did that mean that the Beast Lord secretly had one serving him or something? Heading to the Beast Lord’s country didn’t exactly sound easy. It was on a different continent, and led by one of our enemies. There was no way I could go, especially not with Fran in tow seeing as how it’d put her in danger.

「The Blacksmith in question may be able to provide you with additional information, though, I cannot say for sure this will really be the case.」

『So not even you know?』

「I don’t. Not even we, the gods, can predict the future.」

『Even though you’re gods? Being able to see into the future totally seems like a god-like thing to do…』

「The fact remains that we can’t. You, and many others seem to have made the mistake of assuming that gods are capable of determining one’s fate and reading into what’ll happen later down the road, but that isn’t the case. Despite that, many believe in destiny. They think that the gods govern the precise ups and downs of their lives.」

You know, that is kinda true. Even I kinda ended up thinking that me meeting Fran was an act of fate.

「They think that the gods have all under their control, that the world follows a precise, predetermined blueprint.」

『Yeah, I get what you mean. I mean, a lot of people don’t actually believe in something that exaggerated, but there are a good deal of people who believe in something kinda along those lines.』

「But you see, there wouldn’t be a need for me to appear to you as I had if that were the case.」

『You’ve got a pretty good point, now that you mention it.』

「Destiny doesn’t exist. Fate is nothing but a series of coincidences. What I mean is, you are responsible for what happens to you, regardless of whether that thing happens to be good or bad.」

I guess that means that me meeting Fran was just a coincidence?

「Exactly. You meeting her was just a coincidence. You two being capable of working together as well as you do is also a coincidence. Likewise, you meeting all the right people along the way was also a coincidence, one I would even call a miracle.」

For some odd reason, hearing the goddess’ declaration kinda made me feel a bit embarrassed.

「I’ve already said quite a bit, but I’ll throw in one last statement. I, as the goddess of Chaos, am expecting something great from the two of you.」

Her words made me kinda happy, an emotion I actually wasn’t really sure whether or not it was okay for me to be feeling given the current circumstances.

「Fufufufu. That’s a question I don’t know the answer to.」

『Hey, wait up!』

「Farewell. I bid you a nice, healthy dose of chaos.」

The goddess disappeared after voicing one final, sinister-sounding line. I couldn’t help but feel as if she’d totally just cursed me.

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[1] Localized. What she actually does is raise a finger as she talks. This normally involves placing it near one’s face, and in general is an action that’s supposed to have a bit of cuteness to it. I couldn’t figure out how to make this work in such a way that its meaning could be intuited by an English reader, so I said fuck it.

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147 thoughts on “TSKD 206

  1. thanks for the chapter, didn’t expect for a double release today but grateful for it because of the anticipation from previous chapter

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  2. Huh, interesting. The prediction on Master being Fran’s one and only exclusive sword was correct, after all. That punishment of trying to use a wielder’s sword is quite severe, yet effective. (Heck, can Master weaponize this in the future?)

    Well at least she didn’t undo the Fran’s evolution. That time in the tournament was just disabling Evolution Concealment after all. And boy, looks like Fran pretended to use “Awakening” in the tournament.

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      1. Wait, I’m trying to get hang of what you meant…

        Awakening still remains within Fran while Master does not have it, correct? And Awakening disables Evolution Concealment automatically, right?

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      2. isn’t it just concealment…the awakening skill is still with fran just concealed to others so that’s why the impact to others was great when she awakened in the tournament as they didn’t expect(also us) that kind of reversal…

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    1. Concealment is not “sealing” the skill away you know, like if you “conceal” a knife or a gun with a blanket or a bag, no one outside will know if what inside is a gun or a knife, but its not like they stop being a gun or a knife when inside the bag.

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  3. Thanks again for the fast release.

    Well it’s a bummer that awakening is taken away but TBH it already served it’s purpose in letting Fran evolve so the next thing to do is to get Fran to beat a S rank Evil God Minion to release the tribe from the curse which is most likely what the later story line would lead to.

    It’s nice that the author let Shishou have the evo conceal skill just to justify why Goldafa doesn’t know that Fran had evolved.

    I wonder when will the latest Fran, Shisou’s and Urushi’s stats will be displayed again since it’s been a while since the last one.

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    1. No it’s just shishou who lost awakening, to make sure he cannot share it with anyone else. And the goddess even mentioned that it was useless for a sword (or any non-beastkin) to have it anyway.

      The way I understand it, Fran still has it. I mean she even uses it in the tournament that takes place after this flashback (iirc).

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    1. fair?
      the gods are anything but fair but then again that is because im a beliver of you dont pay for your parants crimes, and that is exactly what the gods punnishment of the black cat tribe is so there is no way in hell i can call any of the gods fair

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      1. There’s also how that alchemist dude almost destroyed an entire city while trying to unseal part of the evil god, yet the gods don’t seem to be doing anything to him.

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      2. I was looking for someone to say exactly that! Im also very much against ‘The sins of the father’ stuff and any god that believes its justified needs to be overthrown. No matter how manny black catkin were guilty back than, nobody innocent should ever have to pay for the sins of their kin.

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      3. Just imagine Gods as mere human beings but with tremendous might at disposal.

        So, one of them suddenly went cuckoo and attacked their mother, the god of creation. They use anything they could to stop him, and when they finally managed to somehow seal him, one ungrateful tribe suddenly showed up and weakening that seal. It was one of the Ten Heavenly Tribes, to boost.

        Retribution was very natural to happen. Nah, I think it was even weirder how they didn’t choose to just exterminate all of Black Catkin once for good.

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      4. I think it’s a bit more complicated than that. Everything they’ve done to the Black Catkin have been specific, quantitative measures, which is why Rumina/Shishou were able to circumvent the punishment in the first place. This implies that the Gods are not omnipotent or omniscient, they’re more like scientists – they can only do something on purpose, which is why the seal on the Evil God could be broken in the first place (otherwise they’d just make an unbreakable seal).

        If there was a plot to revive the Evil God, it’s possible there are still sympathizers or documents hidden away in the world. Since the Black Catkin benefited the most from absorbing power, it would be reasonable to assume that the Black Catkin race is the most at risk for again breaking the seal.

        Is the punishment harsh? Yes, very much so. But if the risk of the Evil God reviving is large enough, the other Gods could have reasoned that this was equal to the crime committed while also acting as a preventative measure against elements they don’t know about.

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      5. It’s awfully convienent that one of the members of the tribe that unsealed the evil God was given a sword that basically absorbs the evil God’s power via stones. Putting the ownership restriction, Fran would be seen as some sort of chosen hero.

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  4. With the goddess of chaos being the patriot of this world why would anyone think something as orderly as fate have a chance of existing

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  5. Thaks fot the chapter!
    “I am one of the many individuals bound to you as kin.”
    Sounds like she is sword’s kin and context implies that many gods has sword as a kin, not the other way.

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    1. Shishou has “kin summoning” ability. He summoned Urushi with it, but it looks like he can summon Goddess of Chaos if he really tries.
      On the other hand, kinship always works both ways and is transitive, isn’t it? If so, MC might have a lot of god relatives. And the Goddess of Chaos might summon Shishou and Fran to fight in her battles.

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      1. I’ve never known being kin is a symmetric relation, more like “underling among relatives” but OED agrees with you, so live and learn, huh.

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  6. Regarding your foot note, you could just say ‘she put a finger to her cheek’ or something like that.

    Also, looks like everyone that was wondering about shisho using awakening himself just got their answer. This author seems almost like a mind reader with a whole lot of foresight. The readers get the answers to most of their questions as soon as the next chapter comes.

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    1. >This author seems almost like a mind reader with a whole lot of foresight.
      He’s probably just answering people who commented on his previous chapters. Internet is cool like that.

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  7. The first condition – be more powerful than it’s actually possible without evolving.
    The second condition – do an impossible feat without assistance.

    Huh. That’s totally fair to the unrelated and enslaved descendants.

    Fuck the gods.
    And fuck the sword because of how eager he was to kiss her arse.

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    1. Gods had right to give severe limitation to Black Catkins due to some of them committing grave sins of using Evil God’s power. It’s a collective punishment. It was fair. However, the previous Beast Lord took too far to suppress the Black Catkins into slavery.

      And Master had a right to be afraid of Goddess of Chaos. Normally, you would be pissing in fear when a god descends upon you with powers you don’t know about.

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      1. The gods didn’t took up responsibility for their own crimes for allowing the Black Cats to be enslaved.
        This really blows. She didn’t even noticed her own shortcomings.

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      2. the only right the Gods have is their power that makes anything they do united into being right.
        calling it anything other then their might makes right is wrong

        and why is limitations on the black catkins that had nothing to do with the crimes commited by some of them anything to do with fair or morally correct?

        then that is saying that every german should be punnished for hitlers crimes against humannity.

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      3. Making the black catkin unable to evolve is the same as demilitarizing Germany after WW2. The gods didn’t order for them to be enslaved.

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    2. Though I agree with you for the most part (including the fact that the blackcatkin only tried to get more power and utterly failed while the bluecatkins did horrible things to them and no god says anything because it doesn’t affect them and the descendants should be totally inocents, etc…) the first can be accomplished with coperation with other people, so it might be to force the race to become more positively interactive with the others (though they never said they did bad things beside that), and the second can be fullfiled once you already acomplished the first, since they seem to be quite powerful and there are a lot of pretty strong equipment around the world, like the nuke sword, it could even be some kind of self-sacrifice to redeem the species. But again, what does it has to do with the poor descendants that are in slavery?

      Whatever, not like I expected the story to be perfect since is kind of the begining of the author in a webnovel without editors, if you ask it promises a lot since even this with all the plotholes is quite great, just wait until the author gets more and more experience in writing (suposing he gets better, no we can’t know, just look at what happened to Kumoko-chan [I don’t call her Shiro since is around that point that it kind of started getting worse]).

      Reading it back, why did I write so much and with as much inside a parentheses as otside?, well whatever, it’s 4:00 a.m. here, who cares?.

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    3. Though I agree with you for the most part (including the fact that the blackcatkin only tried to get more power and utterly failed while the bluecatkins did horrible things to them and no god says anything because it doesn’t affect them and the descendants should be totally inocents, etc…) the first can be accomplished with coperation with other people, so it might be to force the race to become more positively interactive with the others (though they never said they did bad things beside that), and the second can be fullfiled once you already acomplished the first, since they seem to be quite powerful and there are a lot of pretty strong equipment around the world, like the nuke sword, it could even be some kind of self-sacrifice to redeem the species. But again, what does it has to do with the poor descendants that are in slavery?

      Whatever, not like I expected the story to be perfect since is kind of the begining of the author in a webnovel without editors, if you ask it promises a lot since even this with all the plotholes is quite great, just wait until the author gets more and more experience in writing (suposing he gets better, no we can’t know, just look at what happened to Kumoko-chan [I don’t call her Shiro since is around that point that it kind of started getting worse]).

      Reading it back, why did I write so much and with as much inside a parentheses as otside?, well whatever, it’s 4:00 a.m. here, who cares?.

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      1. Exactly. Regarding the self-sacrifice as one thing that could liberate all the Black Catkin, the sin itself was originally something just one individual’s feat. A life to pay another one. For the gods who think all the souls worth the same, it was very much a fair deal. It also won’t be a problem even if the one who fights that Evil being doesn’t die, since at least one of those annoying creatures gone. Heck, he might even kill another one! The gods are basically telling them “Clean this world from the Evil beings your ascendants brought”.

        What does it have to do with the poor descendants? Well, you can say it’ll become their hope. Quite simple.

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    4. We saw in the story before that killing evil beings isn’t actually all that hard for a skilled warrior. It might take a while but it is certainly possible to kill 1000 evil beings over time, assuming you know that is what you need to do. While defeating an A rank evil being may be incredibly had, but there is no restriction on the amount of help they can have. Either would let the individual evolve. Then that evolved individual would have to fight and defeat an S rank evil being without any assistance at all to redeem the entire Black Cat-kin race.

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    5. Even today many people still believe the sin of the parents are inherited by the children.
      Is it fair? No. But it’s not without basis. It’s not unheard of that children of convicted criminals or traitors to try and avenge their parents even when the parents are guilty of said crimes. There’s a reason why in the old days treason is punishable by execution of the entire family.
      And unfair as it may seem, I can see why the gods did what they did here. Only why did the knowledge of the sin got erased? It won’t act as a deterrent if no one knows why the Black Catkin we’re punished. So either someone else erased the knowledge, or the gods made a dumb mistake.

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      1. If they didn’t erase the knowledge, people might think, wait we become half-gods by taking in parts of the evil god? I wanna try that

        erasing the way to redeem does seem like a mistake….

        I wonder if the reason why the beast lord evolved into the advanced being of red cats is because he killed his father who was into slavery N’ stuff..

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    6. Punishing the descendants is something very much in style of gods. They’re mean like that.

      But the release conditions are rather reasonable. It only took so long because the black catkin were enslaved by the Beast Lord of the time eager to take their throne, and the conditions were hidden by him and his underlings.

      Not that the punishment was all that severe either – not that many people in the setting reach level 50 anyway, right?

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    7. Killing 1000 evil beings is not an impossible goal. Even slaying an A rank is not out of the question. You can even have help.
      It’s lifting the tribe curse that must be done alone.
      I’m fact I seriously feel like Fran should have cleared the personal trial when she killed the monster the evil priest became.

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      1. exactly, remember that one time rumina dungeon spamming out goblin and the like? goblin definitely part of evil being, knowing fran already massacring goblin here and there until she got bunch of title from it, i bet even if shishou didnt get awakening skill, fran would get it her self not too far in the future

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      2. You have 3 choices: 1) Kill a rank S evil being, 2) Kill a rank A evil being, 3) Kill 1000 rank B evil being.

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      3. Forgot to say, option one unlocks the curse for all black cat kin, options 2 and 3 are individual.

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    8. At least get your facts right before talking shit.

      Killing 1000 goblins is perfectly possible. And the second is a damn tribe quest. (“The Black Cat “Tribe” to defeat either a S ranked Evil Being”)

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      1. Except, they’re talking about Evil Beings, as in creatures that actually show up with that written in their race when you appraise them.

        I mean, there’s no way the old lady who taught the Beast Lord himself killed less than 1000 mob-tier monsters like goblins and orcs.

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      2. It’s still the same, these evil beings are still goblins, orcs and other things in the end.
        A bit stronger and rarer than normal but still very much killable by normal black cats.

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  8. The first of the two possibilities requires a single individual to slay either a single Evil Being ranked in at A or higher, or a 1000 weaker ones.

    Should probably either go with just the 1000 or ‘a thousand’. As it is now, that reads, ‘a one thousand’.

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  9. “[1] Localized. What she actually does is raise a finger as she talks. This normally involves placing it near one’s face, and in general is an action that’s supposed to have a bit of cuteness to it. I couldn’t figure out how to make this work in such a way that its meaning could be intuited by an English reader, so I said fuck it.”
    Maybe not the cute part, but I think that most of us get the general meaning. There are similar gestures in other countries too.

    Thanks for the chapter, and the blessing of the goddess, well, it is already something that the pair Fran/Master get constantly. I don’t think it will change anything.

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  10. >「Well, it would technically be more precise to say that I am one of the many individuals bound to you as kin.」
    So he’s a divine sword after all, eh? Or something greater.
    >that resides in the Beastkin’s Coutnry.」
    Typo.
    >It was on a different continent, and led by one of our enemies.
    That’s before they the beast lord, right?

    Thanks for the chapter!

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    1. given that he still call Beast Lord “enemies”… yeah…
      probably this event happen the day before she going to blue pride’s camps….

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      1. so it even further away from my prediction… LOL
        so it happen after they meet Beast Lord at first time.

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  11. [『Did uh… you just say that I’m one of your kin?』

    「Well, it would technically be more precise to say that I am one of the many individuals bound to you as kin.」]
    damn…. so Master is loved by many Awesome beings… can’t wait to see the other of his “kin”….

    may the chaos be with you ~

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      1. probably summon part of the God’s Mighty…
        if he fully summon God-like being the world balance would crumble….
        and probably need some heavy price for that as well…

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  12. to be fair, wouldn’t this match make Fran famous? Is there any point in concealing her evolution anymore?

    Thanks for the chapter 😉

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    1. This happens days before the tournament began (as Ch.204 title stated), so it’s sometime before her match agaisnt Zefmate. If Master didn’t have the Evolution concealment then, Zefmate and other beastkins could’ve noticed that she evolved (beastkins can tell at first glance if another beastkin is an evolved species), ruining the surprise, because everyone thought (us readers included) that she was fighting while still being a normal Black Catkin.

      PS.: this chapter solves a doubt I had since she first awakened: Why nobody noticed that she evolved until then, mainly Goldalfa (her opponent) and the Beast Lord and his guards?

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  13. This was one of the events that leaves a sour taste in my mouth after I read it.
    The gods not only didn’t take up any responsibility, but was totally stupid to begin with.
    Not to mention the punishment they choose was totally undoable.

    I hated her with a passion, and the MC for his boot licking antics was only second to her in this chapter.

    At least we moved on from this real quick, and we can only hoped that she doesn’t show up EVER in the future.

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    1. the Gods did take up responbility…
      like take care the Half evil God Beast Lord and the minions directly.
      as she herself come down to mortal plane just to warn Master and take care of things.
      the punishment is acceptable since they already “Heavenly” but greedy for more power then they go to “Evil God” power to increase it. all tribe participate you know, its a mercy that they didn’t get eradicated and become extinct.

      what do you mean Undoable, as long Fran or other black catkins can defeat S-rank Evil being, all of their tribe’s curse can be lifted, or defeat single A-rank being and Fran almost do that in previous arc… it just she still not strong enough to defeat it herself.
      but it just lifted their curse, as for awakening, they can do that like other tribe can when the curse lifted, but Fran Directly Awakened immediately the moment she defeated evil being.

      as punishment for Master, it just his awakening skills get taken away, and that skill itself useless for him. since Fran already “Awakened”, the skills already done its purpose.
      and his bound to fran is a “blessing” in disguise, since now he don’t worry he got stolen when they careless

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    2. first, they took care of the resulting evil being when they ran amok, i think, that’s part of taking responsibility already, and i dunno about the other gods, but at least, the goddess of chaos save the black catkin by the curse, or else, they would be extinct already from being purged

      the curse can be break by 3 thing,
      defeat s class evil being as a race
      defeat A class evil being alone
      defeat 1000 lesser evil being

      the last one seems not that impossible to me, it’s only become impossible because the shitty beast lord of the previous age enslaving the black making them even weaker

      and yeah, here’s a being that can disperse your very being to tiny little particle just by blinking, lets pick a fight, how genius…

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    3. licking her but antics is proberly a smart move here for him as he is dealing with a being that can destroy him and all he holds dear, he is simply to weak to do anything else, was he more powerfull it would be different at least my opinion of the act would be

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  14. when the goddess of chaos, have great expectation of you~

    anyway rumina too also took advantage of the loopholes huh..
    gods: “i forbid you to help the black catkin”
    rumina: “well yeah, i only help a certain moving sword, no idea what he do next~”

    anyway, 1000 lesser evil being, that mean , sooner or later, fran will evolve anyway huh, i mean, goblin are evil being, how many goblin she already massacred anyway, to have that ikkitousen (match for thousand) title

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  15. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    I’m surprised that she didn’t enforce Shishou and fran to slay an S ranked evil being or evil god kin..

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      1. The matrix, where every human is a cannibal. Yes, when someone dies in the matrix, their body is used to feed everyone else.

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  16. Why is beast lord considered an enemy?
    when the misunderstanding between Blackcat kin and the beast lord has been resolved.

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    1. Might be because of Shishou, since he is a kin to a god (and possible many others), him granting awakening might unleash all your hidden potential, or maybe Fran herself had that power in her the whole time, she was many times refereed as a genius in the story, and considering all she accomplished so far we can’t rule this out, we might get a clear answer soon, or much later too.

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  17. But can you spread this knowledge on how to evolve?
    It seems the requirement to evolve or lift the curse is to kill a demon of high rank. Why a big mystery?

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    1. the only one that make it a mystery are the previous royal family of the beast kingdom, because they afraid if the black catkin gain back their power, they will take back the royal position

      the document it self are still exist a little, protected by the royal family

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    2. It is not made clear, but it seems that the knowledge was hidden by mortals. That is, by the lion tribe beast king of the time.
      Also, the Goddess of Chaos didn’t put any restrictions for spreading information on Fran and Shishou – only Rumina has these restrictions because she is a dungeon master (and thus GoC’s underling), so they can probably spread it around.
      With the new wave of Evil God’s minions unleashed upon the world, there are going to be a few black catkin who awaken anyway.

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  18. Thx for the chapter o/
    For all of those who are protesting against the Gods punishment, you have to get off your high horse and start thinking in terms of culture and times. I don’t think it’s fair either, but that’s based on my values. You can’t judge everything only based only on yourself, you have to see the bigger picture. In that world the Gods are absolute in power and we don’t know how far their authority is valid.
    Also you guys are thinking in terms of individualism, in the past much more important than the individual was the “family”, it existed before you and will exist after you. You moved in it’s name and was it’s limbs. Many works of the past show this, that’s why those crimes of killing so many members of a family were used, because not only it prevented vengeance as well punished the one thing you valued the most (supposedly). That’s why the Gods punished the race, because their Representative committed a sin big enough to maybe destroy the world, so they imposed on then a penalty. but the suffering that followed were the results of other mortals been assholes, witch the Gods might not have the authority to intervene on.

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    1. They don’t intervene unless the events are really big so far. They didn’t move even when their temple was being destroyed.

      People will get blessings at most.

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    2. Sure the gods don’t have a hand in the black cat slaving but…so what?
      The suffering they experienced should have given them a release from the gods.these gods are asshole,period.

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    3. Just because it’s their culture doesn’t make it all right, being someones or a time periods culture doesn’t give a free pass to do whatever the fuck you want with no scrutiny, how are we meant to judge something if not with our own moral values? there is no right or wrong hard coded into the universe we have no choice but to constantly refine our own morals and to judge people and the world around us with that. Also, why are you mentioning vengeance that has no play here if the gods are powerful enough to mess with the black catkins ability to evolve and peoples memories then the gods have no worries about them seeking revenge and even if they do, I believe punishing the race rather than just those guilty makes it far more liking that the entire race seeks revenge rather than just the immediate family of those guilty especially since the gods lost the ability to say ‘we just punished bad people for doing bad things’ now they have no moral high ground were they can say it was their own fault since now innocents that have nothing to do with the crime have lost the ability to evole normally and suffer as a result. Also, we have zero evidence that what the guilt black catkin did could have possibly destroyed the world.

      Also, the gods are responsible for the slavery thing, though not fully, why? because it was a direct result of something they have done, while they didn’t enslave them themselves, the black catkin could only be enslaved because of there actions and yes everyone is responsible for the consequences of their actions when the consequence are obvious to them (which to the gods it should be considering their age they should have seen relatively similar things happen many times).

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  19. WOW these God’s are really trashy.i mean,the back cat have already suffered a lot from their sins.now their attitude is just asholish.i want them put down

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    1. What do you mean? They needed to pay and the price was fixed. Black Catkin suffered not from gods’ divine retribution, but from Red Catkin and especially Blue Catkin envy and hatred. It’s like: if someone(not your close friend or family member) ows you quite a lot of money, will you forgive them their debt just because they’ve been robbed?

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    1. i like to know what a sword could do at this moment i mean the god stop time for everyone but him just to talk to him… what is the sword going to try to anger a thing that kill him with just a snap of a finger….? thats just stupid

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  20. So as expected the gods really are the bad guys here, I’d say I hope Shishou kills them all to remove the curse but I know that will never happen since the author is painting the god’s actions as just instead of stupid, cruel and childish like it really is. Collective punishment is really fucking retarded because with that not only do innocent people get caught in the crossfire, it often also means that more innocents will suffer from the punishment than the crime that they are punishing them for. It also shows that the gods have no desire to prevent the crime from happening again since they seemed to remove the memory of what happened, like if the memory is gone how are they meant to ‘repent’ or learn from their mistake? This shows that all the gods are concerned about is lashing out at those they believe to be spiting them rather than doing it for the sake of the world.

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  21. I am surprised that black catkin are still around in this world. Imo, the gods curse should have lead to their extinction pretty fast.

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  22. Let me guess. Master is made from the injuries the Goddes of Chaos receive during the annihilation of the half evil beings half beast-kin war. Looks like the Gods fought and Resealed the Evil God.

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  23. It actually says: “Awakens the power sleeping inside the blood” in the RAW. And since Master has no blood, he has no means to use it.

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  24. Thanks for the double release

    “a problem significant enough to necessitate my to interference” -> “enough to necessitate my interference” or “enough to necessitate me to interference” (I think require is better than necessitate though)

    “「Hey wait! There’s still something I want to ask you! Just what the hell am I? You must know, right? Given how you said I’m one of your kin and all that?」” -> the ‘」’ here are used for normal speech no? instead of ‘』’ ? (missing a line break just before that too btw)

    “had stated that all of the God-tier Blacksmiths were all MIA” -> remove one of the ‘all’

    “Did the Beast Lord potentially secretly have one in his service” -> “have one at his service” (and having both “potentially secretly” feels a bit too much… I would remove “potentially” since the sentence starts with a question “did” anyways

    “The future isn’t something even the Gods can predict” -> “Even the future isn’t something the Gods can predict” or “The future is something even the Gods can’t predict”

    “reading into what’ll happen later down” -> said by the goddess. Is she (in the original text) the type to abbreviate “what will”? (not that important, but since she said she was dignified or smt before)

    By the way, unless they are ‘God’ (not ‘a god’/the goddess of smth) the ‘G’ should technically not be Capitalized..

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    1. TIL. I’d always thought it was one of those words you were supposed to capitalize. GDI English, making exceptions for Christian stuff.

      Interestingly enough, the goddess sounds really chill as opposed to being dignified.

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      1. I also searched on the internet and found that both goddess’ and goddess’s is used, with “goddess’s” being the right one (unclear)
        goddess’ feels better to me though

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      2. If the last letter is s or z with a clear s sound, then an apostrophe is enough. If the sound is not an s sound, apostrophe s is needed.

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  25. What if Sword bro makes a clone and equips himself? What if the clone skill gets to the point where it is a ‘human’ (or beast-kin), and since he know of his circumstances…

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      1. The clone spell has a time limit. Death of the clone does not matter since sword could also use the spell again oncesword has enough magic points.

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  26. I don’t know how i feel about this god of “chaos”. in terms of what “Chaos” or “chaotic” means in an rpg setting, it is the opposite of lawful. it fallows the natural order, generally ignores the notion of laws made outside of the natural order. A goddess of chaos should not be upset that a law set by the gods was broken, rather she should be offering to cover it up to aid the law breaker while laughing her ass off that the other old foolish lawful gods missed the loophole.

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  27. As much as I agree that the gods’ actions is severe when it comes to increasing the difficulty for the Kuroneko-kin to evolve but considering the fact that the Evil God is an existence that threatens all of the current world existence, the actions of the former Black heavenly tiger tribe’s selfish desires to obtain more power by weakening the evil god’s seal is justifiable.

    Even Evil God followers have no intention to revive the Evil God since imminent destruction of all creation that follows.

    Besides like how others have iterated, The Kuroneko-kin sins can easily be dealt with the extinction of their entire clan but instead they only increase the difficulty of obtaining evolution which they could just simply do away with in the first place. This was made worst by the prejudice of the former beast lord who wish to prevent the Kuroneko-kin from obtaining their rights to the throne since they were the original monarchs of the beastkin kingdom

    Even with such disadvantages, it is possible for Kuroneko-kin to achieve evolution since reaching the level cap can be achieved if they band together and level up efficiently and then proceed to get the 1000 kills of lesser evil beings or to team up and beat an A rank evil being to achieve evolution.

    From there an evolved Kuroneko-kin can just level up and acquire more strength to solo an S rank Evil being to reset back the difficulty for evolution for the rest of the tribe. IMO, the god’s literally asking a single Kuroneko-kin to be a Hero who slays a Evil being which not only help improved their standings among all other beastkin but also as form of preparation to have strong heroes to fight against the advocates of Evil Beings.

    Sorry for the long rant, just felt that the hate on gods was unjustified so kinda have to take their side since they pretty much have a ‘Laissez Fair’ approach apart from the whole incident with trigimetus and the black cat evoluton thing

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  28. I expected her to remove or seal his awakening skill but, having done that, is there any need to also soulbind him?

    What I find interesting in the conditions is the “defeat an S-rank evil being *or one of the Evil God’s kin*” clause for freeing the entire race. Ordinarily you’d expect kin of a god to be above S-rank but, if Shishou is counted as kin of the god of chaos then that is clearly not the case as he would have been easy to defeat when he first awoke and has nearly been defeated a few times since.

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