137. A year of Progress (Part 1)

Dear readers, Clown here.

I apologize for the delays in getting the chapters out to you.  I initially planned to finish the whole chapter roughly 24 hours ago.  Sadly, some work came up that I couldn’t put up.  I was thinking of how I can give you steady releases, and this is what I decided:

I will be uploading chapters in parts, no more than 2-3 parts per chapter, which will hopefully mean an update once every 2-3 days!

I will try to finish this chapter by Thursday, 3/3 at 11:59 pm GMT -4.

The Empire’s Invasion Arc

137. A year of Progress (Part 1)

After Yuuki escaped, we were unable to immediately pursue.
As they say: haste makes waste.
One could say that Leon’s impatience led to Yuuki escaping, but the real reason is the fact that we couldn’t trust each other.
As such, I noticed that we need to establish order amongst ourselves first.
I mean, there’s no question that all of us desperately want to save Chloe.
But no good will come from acting rashly, and who could have excepted Yuuki to slip into the Empire.
Fighting the Empire along with him puts as at a disadvantage. We need to prepare.

I was tasked with handling Milim, while Leon would handle information-gathering. But that entailed basically waiting for his spy to report in.
With regards to the resurrected red knight, the blue knight was delighted and Leon thanked Ruminas. Thus we decided on our future actions.
Leon will collect information while refraining from impatient actions.
Though Leon’s anger was easy to understand, the fact remains that he let Yuuki escape.
Well, maybe he can just create a barrier around the battlefield—though whether a bearer of an ultimate skill would be affected is a different story—but I still believe that we should not act independently.
Sure, we won’t come to trust each other with our lives; but we do share a common goal.
This common goal is the only thing that binds our group together. Should that common goal disappear there’s no way I’ll be able to control the other two.
While Leon is gathering information, there are places which we must visit.
For now, we need to return and prepare our countries for an eventual confrontation with the Empire.

But first, I have to deal with Milim.
Life got a bit complicated for me once I separated from Leon and Ruminas.

Soothing the raging Milim.
Telling her that her pet was resurrected, and getting thanked by a delighted Milim.
And have her “guardian” come right after Milim anger was soothed.

In short, I had to prevent Milim from rampaging.
I guess you could even say that I needed to manipulate her.
Her “guardian” (Frey) should have come sooner. She seems to have come the moment Milim regained her composure, but I don’t want to think that Frey was just waiting for the right moment to return.
In short: my life sucked, and I couldn’t help but wonder why I had to suffer through this.
Right… Leon forced me into this.
Well, since Milim’s mood improved quickly, I guess it wasn’t that bad.

From within the orb I carried the Chaos Dragon’s soul formed into a small monster.
A dragon hatchling… a DATCHLING!!..
He basically appeared from within the egg the moment Milim came.

「… Gaia, is that you?」
「Kyuui!!!」

The dragon and the girl embraced each other.
A touching reunion.
After that, we “partied”… by going to the labyrinth and power-leveling Gaia.
What? No! We weren’t just playing around. I mean, we only got into our avatars—Ramiris, Milim, Veldora, and I—and delved into the labyrinth.
Since Gaia could fly, he followed close behind me.
And as you would expect from a Chaos Dragon,
The dragon got used to fighting after only a few battles, and quickly started using miasma breath against multiple opponents—miasma breath would drive our enemies mad.
The dragon also had a skill etched into his soul—gravity manipulation—which he used to create shield around us, thus becoming one of the most valuable members of our party.
The barrier is rather strong, and now, even if the enemy is a mage, my magic barrier and Gaia’s gravity barrier creates an impenetrable wall.
As a result, though we had previously struggled against the boss of the 30th floor, we have now cleared him with ease.

「Kua-ha-ha-ha! He’s no match for us now!」
「Yep! It’s only Gozule, after all!」
「Wahahaha! This made my day!」
「Kyui!!」

That was fun.
Hmm? No! We weren’t just playing around!
Stop saying such foolish things. We’re trying hard for Gaia’s sake!
As long as it’s for Gaia, what’s the problem with us having a bit fun?
But soon we… no, I couldn’t help but be overcome with worry over Chloe.
No matter how much you enjoy the present such thoughts just creep up unexpectedly.
But, no, I must not worry. ‘Tis not an emergency yet, and undue worry harms one’s heart.
I wonder if Milim and the rest suggested we come here because my worry was showing on my face?
If so, I would be very grateful.
As soon as we tried advancing to the next floor, Frey appeared.
And though Milim protested, it was useless.
Even though Milim was crying and wailing like a child not wanting to leave he arcade, Frey’s iron smile and words of “persuasion” won in the end.
Figuring that Milim came over to play, Frey made sure that Milim understand that she’ll be working without a break for a while.

「I’ll be back!」

Milim said, leaving.
In and out like a storm.
As for Gaia, he continued wandering the Labyrinth in his current form.
It was too soon, he said, to have Milim train him, so he planned to return to her side after becoming slightly stronger. The labyrinth has an magical energy level, and Gaia has Ramiris’ bracelet, so he should be fine.
And thus another companion joined us in our labyrinth adventures.
By the way, we didn’t know of this at the time, but our five member team came to be known as the unique bosses of the labyrinth. Inhabiting the floor above the first, a bosses of unbelievable strength, they say.
In other words, when we controlled our avatars, we were so strong that adventurers would just roll over and die.
I found out about this later when these rumors reached me.
This, though, is how we appeased Milim’s anger.

None of us would dare to have fun while Milim was away.
So we decided to actually do some work. Well… I’m not sure what I can do actually.
There was that thing, about doing a joint research venture?
I was supposed to supervise it and make any requests I could think of to them, I think.
Thanks to Gerudo’s efforts in building a road and setting up barriers along it, the preparations for our various joint ventures are going well.
We’ll soon have a road running directly from Sarion to Tempest.
We also have a plan to build a railway heading towards the dwarfs, so as to facilitate faster exchange of goods and materials.
But I worry—should the Empire invade, would these railroads not harm us in the end? That’s why we prioritized building a road to Sarion first.
By the way, the researchers have arrived: the Dwarf Artisans, Sarion’s Sorcerers, and Holy Empire’s Engineers.
Though the roads have not been fully paved yet, they could easily travel here already.
That’s why they arrived even before we completed the roads.

35 thoughts on “137. A year of Progress (Part 1)

  1. Hmm, have to say I’m not a big fan about releasing this in parts.
    First of all the chapters are usually rather short.
    Secondly, what about chapters like the ones about Hinata and Chloe? Splitting those up would just be a waste of time. It barely made sense when you read the whole thing, so you would have to reread the parts when a new one comes out some days later anyway.
    Third, context. When people translate they can stumble upon phrases, names, dialogue etc. that makes no sense to them. It only make sense in the context of the rest of the chapter. Will you still release parts where something doesn’t make sense to you?

    Obviously I could just wait until all the parts were out, but it’s not only about my preference. I’m also concerned that the quality will drop and overall release times will increase.
    I’m guessing you usually work in stages as most others. Won’t going through those stages three times on a chapter be more time consuming than doing it once? Technically it will be the same amount of work, but everyone who have tried doing stuff this way knows it certainly doesn’t feel the same.

    It’s obviously your choice and I don’t expect to sway you with this, but I wanted to voice my concerns and I hope you will consider my points if you haven’t already.

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      1. “But no good will come from acting rashly, and who could have excepted Yuuki to slip into the Empire.” Clown..is it “Excepted” or “Expected” ?? Thanks

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      2. For me don’t care that . For me something is more than nothing or my crazy impulse to put in page of translate and understand nothing😄

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    1. Dude, just wait patiently like a hibernating bear till stockpiled chapters hit the roof.

      Trust me, worth the wait.

      It is simply satisfying after being immersed throughout the whole night only to notice that the sun just went up and you simply have to drive to work in a few hours.

      Simply, DYING from satisfaction.

      Yes, speaking from personal experience.

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  2. Well well well~~ playing around is the best medicine after all~~ Btw it’s been a while since he actually did a meticulous job. Appeasing Milim should be a grade SS quest but meh, our MC settled it ever so easily making it not a meticulous job but an odd job(?)

    Thanks for the chapter~~

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  3. How will we know when the next part is completed will you use separate links or add the contents directly to this one and if it’s added to this one would what the link, where all the chapters are listed, say? Would it be part 1 still or something else. And when all parts are finished would it all be combined?

    Well I just realized that I could just wait and see. Well I bothered typing all that so I feel like posting it.

    Oh and just to voice my opinion is that I would not care in the least if it took you longer and posted the entire chapter at once. It’s like waiting a week for the next show of an anime. That’s just my opinion though.

    Anyways ほんとにありがと。Without you we wouldn’t even get this.

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