First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 1
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
This is a typical tutorial story. It may be long, but please bear with it for a few chapters or so.
“Ouch, what the hell happened…?”
I took a gander at my surroundings, but my location hasn’t shifted. It was the same unoccupied classroom at the university where I was a while ago.
However, something was amiss. The overall atmosphere was dismal. Furthermore, it was realistic to anticipate people’s voices and noises to be picked up from the surroundings at this time of day, regardless of where I was in the university, yet there was none.
[The Demon King’s metamorphosis, the deployment of skills, the transformation of the indeterminate’s destiny, and the modification of various laws have all been finalized. The tutorial for each Demon King will commence now.]
A mechanical voice, utterly distinct from the young girl’s voice that had emerged earlier, flowed in my head.
[Please refer to me as Help-kun from now on as I have been created to conduct tutorials for the Demon King.]
Help-kun… If possible, I would like you to enlighten me on how to return to my original state…
[Now, allow me to explain the transformation of becoming a Demon King. My master administers the Demon King metamorphosis to a random selection of people who have the potential to become Demon Kings, and there is no way to reverse it. Please give up. Moreover, I do not know why you have the ability to become a Demon King. Thus, any queries you may have about this subject will be fruitless.]
I would rather believe it was a bad joke, but this was the truth as of nowー
After all, I already had no recollection of my name from my previous existence as a human.
[Now, let me explain the effects of becoming a Demon King. First, there are two skills that are invariably granted to those who become Demon Kings.]
In this case, I would have to play by the rule. I will listen to what I can in the meantime.
[The first is ≪Dungeon Create≫.
This skill, when activated for the first time, is focused on you and generates a labyrinth within a radius of 5 km, and when activated for the second and subsequent times, it allows you to alter the structure of the dungeon you have created.
For further details on how to create a dungeon, please inquire after the tutorial.
Furthermore, following your transformation into a Demon King, the first activation has already been performed. Consequently, those who have been inside the labyrinth have all been ejected from it, and a barrier has been imposed between the labyrinth and the outside world that will last for a year. As a result, entering and exiting the labyrinth is now impossible.]
So that’s why there haven’t been any sounds in the area. A barrier, after all, is a fantasy, right? No, this circumstance itself is already a fantasy.
[The second is ≪Monster Create≫.
This is a skill to conjure up so-called monsters that are devoted to the demon kings. At this stage, only one type of monster can be created for each demon king, but by fulfilling various conditions, the types of monsters that can be created will be increased.
For further details, please inquire with me after the tutorial.
Aside from these two skills, each Demon King possesses a unique skill.
Please note that since the tutorial is still in progress, you will not be permitted to utilize any of these skills in order to prevent any complications.]
I had a feeling someone would try to use it, thus I can understand Help-kun’s feelings.
[Now, we will proceed to the explanation of the status. Please say ‘Status Open’.]
There is a status? This is more of a role-playing game than a fantasy. Guess I ought to catch up on the explanations.
Name: King of the Devouring Black Mist
Race: King of the Devouring Black Mist
Class: Demon King
≪Dungeon Create≫, ≪Monster Create≫, ≪Devouring Black Mist≫
≪King of the Devouring Black Mist≫
Mmm. I feel that my status has been boosted, despite the fact that I have no idea what the requirements are. Also, I have a feeling that my luck is low.
[It seems that some of you Demon Kings have not opened your status yet, but to save time, I’ll proceed with the explanation.
First and foremost, ‘Name’ is your name as it is. Please note that your former name as a human has already been erased. ‘Race’ is just that: race. As you can see, you have changed into something that is different from a human being. That is the identity of the present you.
As for ‘Class’, it is the so-called ‘Occupation’. However, in the role of a Demon King, you are fixed as a Demon King, and your HP, MP, and SP are increased by 10 times from the original value as a result of your occupation, and your status apart from luck is increased by 5 times. The skills mentioned above represent a type of occupational effect, and various other benefits and restrictions are also imparted.
As for HP and MP, I don’t need to explain them; if your HP reaches 0, you die; if your MP reaches 0, you faint. It is a very simple concept. SP refers to stamina, and if this also reaches 0, you will pass out. For further details on each of these specifications, please ask for detailed specifications of each on your own.
An average person has 40 HP, MP, and SP, and 10 in the other stats.]
As one would expect from the Demon King, that was an astounding correction.
Or it could signify that my luck wasn’t as decent as other individuals. It was reasonable that my luck wasn’t high after being transformed into a Demon King. Besides, my HP was not ten times higher than the average person’s… was it because my other stats have gone up?
I also have a feeling that Help-kun’s tone of voice was steadily growing more and more laconic…? It made sense, given that his master retained that little girl’s voice.
[Skill is as I explained earlier. Please grasp it by yourself as far as your unique skills are concerned. A title is exactly what it says on the tin. Since this field only denotes what remarkable things you have accomplished so far, there is no need to be bothered with the title.
In addition, you can check the details of the Skill column by touching them.]
So, once the tutorial was finished, the initial step should be to review the skills. This may be my final lifeline… or rather, my last lifeline as an existence of a Demon King.
[Finally, you, the Demon King, will have one year from now to create your own labyrinth, but after a year has passed, please feel free to do as you please.]
Hmm? What exactly does that imply?
[It is up to you to either destroy the world, dominate humankind, or escape from my master’s grasp and exact vengeance. Well then, all of you, this is the end of the tutorial. You are now free to indulge yourselves in the life of a Demon King.]
The HP, MP, and SP are calculated from the status, and the numbers are greatly inflated since the tenfold Demon King correction is applied at the end.
Labyrinth & monster are synonymous with dungeon & demon respectively in this novel
Check out other Outer World Story series in order: Outer World Story: The Black Mist that Devours (First series), Outer World Story: Pumpkin Sorcerer (Third series), Outer World Story: Basilisk of Ice Sculpture (Fourth series)
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