First Outer World Story Series: The Black Mist that Devours - Chapter 62
Translator: MadHatter Editor: MadHatter
Arc 2: 10 Years
This chapter will be like an entry into a brand-new one.
“Well then, let us first identify ourselves to each other. I am Kamogawa Sotaro, the human representative.”
The elderly man rose from his chair and bowed to us.
“Representative of the ‘Frozen Silver Snow Sage’. My name is Kanae Yuu, ≪Knight of the Snow Sage≫.”
Following that, he was greeted by a young man with a pale complexion and white hair clad in silver armor, most likely the ≪Frozen Silver Armor≫.
“Representative of the ‘Dragon Sovereign of the Caged Cherry Blossom Flame’. My name is Yae Michiru, a Sakurahijin.”
A strangely aged woman with cherry-blonde hair stood up and offered a similar greeting.
“Representative of the ‘Hundred Beast Clad Fox Princess’. I am Shiranui Inaho, the ≪Fox Princess’ Attendant≫.”
With golden hair and fox ears, the Kitsunejin woman politely expressed her greetings.
“Representative of the ‘King of the Devouring Black Mist’. My name is Yaharai Chirito, the ≪Analyst≫.”
Finally, I got up and delivered my greeting. Until I announced my greeting, there were a few eyes around me that were clearly mocking my young age, but that ceased to be the case when I introduced myself. Apparently, the title ≪Analyst≫ was more well-known than I expected.
“Ahem. Now then, let us initiate the third meeting of the Japanese Demon Conference.”
Kamogawa then cleared his throat with a single cough before declaring the meeting to be in session.
Slightly more than nine years have passed since Ichiko vanished into thin air after Kurokiri was defeated by someone who battled him until he was utterly tattered.
Although Ichiko’s whereabouts have been sought by Izumi, Houki, the Kitsunejin Shiranui Mugi, and even Lady Ryo, not a trace of Ichiko had been discovered.
However, there had been several developments in our country during the last nine years. Here’s what I’d say if I had to list them in bullet points:
・The battle that erupted between the Mist King + Humans and the Snow Sage was concluded. (Incidentally, the reason why Snow Sage’s subordinates marched southward was that the Snow Sage himself had not placed any restrictions on their conduct.)
・The seclusion of Dragon Sovereign of the Caged Cherry Blossom Flame was undone. (i.e., dragged out by the three Demon Kings: the Mist King, the Fox Princess, and the Snow Sage).
・A pact was reached between the four Demon Kings who were on the land of Japan, prohibiting them from launching a large-scale siege.
・The number of the Four Demon Kings’ kin has substantially augmented (Though their number is still less than that of human beings).
・The Fox Princess began to conduct trade with the “Sugar King of White Smearing” on the continent by using Long-distance Transportation.
・A meeting of Japanese demons has been held. The affairs of the country as a whole are now discussed here.
・The implementation of a societal system utilizing skills to ensure a stable supply of food and other necessities.
And so far, this was what was occurring in this country, while on the continent, this was what has transpired:
・The dismantling of the United Nations. The human countries have shrunk to the level of city-states at most.
・The war between the countries reigned by the Demon Kings has led to chaos on a grand scale.
・As a result, all sorts of problems have arisen.
・Figures claiming to be heroes repeatedly appear and disappear (presumably because they are at the level of self-proclaimed heroes, they are crushed the moment they claim to call themselves such).
・The number of Demon Kings who have been exterminated (I believe about 10 Demon Kings were hunted down, including the Ogre King and the Spice King).
・The rise of the Church of the Righteousness in some human settlements (they’re a decent fellow this time).
Well, to put it plainly, the world was shifting from a science-centered world to a skill-centered world, and according to the prediction of this conference, within the next 50 years, the majority of the technologies of the former civilization will be obsolete, and skills will replace them.
Over the last nine years, research on skills had progressed remarkably, and it had been ascertained that parent-child and sibling relationships tended to develop similar skills. It was also discovered that children between kin of the same Demon King were born as kin, while children between kin of different Demon Kings or humans were randomly born to one of the parents’ races.
While on the subject, the birth rate of kin was lower than that of normal humans, and Demon Kings were reported to be either unable of producing offspring or exceptionally unlikely to do so.
…Yeah. Regarding the Demon King, the source for this is Kurokiri-san. That Demon King is seriously… When you think he’s earnestly training and engaging in work, all of a sudden he starts womanizing….
Yes, that’s right. Also, it seems that when you become a kin, your aging speed slows down according to your level. To be specific, it seems to be 1/(your level). Thanks to this, having been transformed into a kin in my first year of high school, I am still physically less than 20 years old.
So, that’s all I have to say about what has unfolded over the past 9 years or so; let’s concentrate on the conference now, shall we?
“With that, the Japanese Demon Conference’s meeting draws to an end.”
“The laws, and so forth, remain as they are, and I will watch out for the Demon Kings of the sea and the sky. Well, it’s the same as usual.”
I was in the “White Mist and Black Swamp Forest” with a report from Chirito, but the contents of the report were the same as usual: “Nothing happened”.
Well, the Japanese Demon Conference was nothing more than a mere formality, and the only thing that has actually been settled in the conference to date was the prohibition of large-scale invasions between Demon Kings.
Now, my level had elevated over the past nine years as a matter of course. Thanks to that, my status was now like this.
Name: Kurokiri (King of the Devouring Black Mist)
Class: Demon King
Race: King of the Devouring Black Mist
Agility 57 ↑1
≪Dungeon Create≫, ≪Monster Create≫, ≪Devouring Black Mist≫, ≪Circulation≫, ≪Mist Plosion≫, ≪Bewitching Mist≫, New! ≪Sharp Aqua Pillar≫
≪King of the Devouring Black Mist≫, ≪White Mist of Ambush≫, ≪Lord of the Kirijin≫, ≪The Demon King Who Has Looked Outside≫, ≪Demon Slayer≫, ≪The One Who Vanquished the Demon King≫, ≪Miracle Deceiver≫, ≪King of the Kirijin≫, ≪Agitator≫, ≪Wordsmith of Sweet Poison≫, ≪Purger of the Mist≫, New! ≪The One Who Encountered the God of Calamity≫, New! ≪Ruler of Japan≫, New! ≪The One Who Revolts Against the God of Calamity≫ etc.
Now, moving on to the introductions as usual.
First and foremost, ≪Sharp Aqua Pillar≫ was a water-attribute magic skill that attacked adversaries by summoning a ferocious pillar of water from the ground. The momentum was so tremendous that it can pierce an ordinary steel plate with ease.
The greatest advantage of this skill was that it can be employed even if no water source was available nearby since it converted magic power into water before releasing it.
In other words, even if I had to engage in a battle under the worst-case scenario where the surroundings were devoid of water, I will be able to fight without any problems, even if only temporarily, through the process of ≪Sharp Aqua Pillar≫ → Water generation → ≪Mist Plosion≫ → Mist generation.
Now, as for the titles, there were three new titles that were noteworthy. However, since the titles, ≪The One Who Encountered the God of Calamity≫ and ≪The One Who Revolts Against the God of Calamity≫ were literally as it meant, I will skip them.
Regarding the title of ≪Ruler of Japan≫, I supposed it was due to the wide range of activities I had recently undertaken for this country. Like abducting people to cut down on the number of mouths to feed, sending Kirijin to the army to have a joint fight against the Demon Kings of the sea, and lifting the level of humans by utilizing the third level of “White Mist and Black Swamp Forest”.
And the truth is, there’s a lot more to it than that… but yeah. Let’s ignore that. There are simply too many to list.
Well, that was about it for me personally, next I should move on to the dungeon…
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