V4 Epilogue

Translator: Silver  Editor: Namorax


⌈Epilogue⌋

The Northern Continent, just southeast of the Great Leburan Empire.

Through a narrow channel, the water from the Beak Sea flowed into the continent from the southwest.

Across that channel, on the shore opposite of the Great Leburan Empire, sat the Hiruku Theocracy, the holy land of humankind’s predominant religion.

Beyond the bay sat the Rooteos Mountain Range, which bordered the three adjacent countries. It was this mountain range that had protected the country from invasion before the religion had been established and obtained its influence over the continent’s other nations.

In the middle of the Rooteos Mountain Range was a particular mountain called Mt. Arthus, that housed a massive mithril deposit.

For centuries, the capital of the Hiruku Theocracy has taught its believers that the country’s capital was an utopia that never suffered from war or monster attacks.

While the patriarchal system of government from the time before the religion’s founding still existed, the king of this holy land was a king in name only.

The person that held the real power in the Hiruku Theocracy was the Pope, who resided in the temple halfway up Mt. Arthus. A temple that could only be reached by climbing the “Stairway of Faith”.

Those who make the trek up  Mt. Arthus come across a massive cathedral that had been built atop the overlooking cliff.

The dignified majesty emitted by the cathedral was at a level where even foreigners could grasp the Pope’s might.

Despite its size, only a few people were allowed to set foot inside the cathedral.

Currently, one woman’s footsteps could be heard as she walked along the gleaming white stone floor of the main hall.

The woman had graceful feature and long blond hair, her revealing white clothes emphasized her large breasts. At first glance, her sultry walk and revealing clothing made the woman seem like a dancer or harlot.

However, the luxurious bracelets and other accessories that adorned the woman’s body were things that those classes of women could never hope to possess.

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As the woman continued to walk towards the exit, someone else’s shadow approached her.

The seemingly mild-mannered man who walked up had neatly styled black hair, was dressed in flashy canonical robes and had a slight smile on his face when he recognized the woman he was walking towards.

Both of them stopped in the center of the hall and stared each other down.

The smiling man was the first one to speak, but his eyes remained locked with the woman’s eyes.

“Oh, Cardinal Castitas. It’s a rare sight to see you here. I was certain you were spending your time fishing for men in the Western Empire……”

The atmosphere around the woman named Castitas immediately changed at the smiling man’s insult, yet she still managed to maintain a captivating smile while showing off her large chest by crossing her arms.

In the Hiruku Theocracy, those who took on one of the several cardinal’s names were second to only the Pope in terms of power. The full  name of the scantily clad woman was Erin Luxuria.

Erin lustfully licked her lips as she stared at the man who held the same position she did.

“Ara, I was doing the work the Pope had assigned to me. Because there has been movement in the west I used a transfer stone to come back and make my report. Isn’t it unusual for you to be here as well, Cardinal Liberalitas? Normally you carry out your duties without fretting over the insignificance of the outside world, yet here you are having an audience with his holiness…… did something unexpected occur?”

At Erin’s prodding the smiling face of the man called Cardinal Liberalitas, whose true name was Palermo Avaritia, became discolored.

“Hmm! I will not be exiled to the Southern Continent like that fool Carlos. The two Ghost Knights I sent to collect monster stones suddenly vanished, so I’m here to appeal to the Pope for replacements.

After a brief moment of shock at what Palermo had just told her, Erin took a step towards him with a meaningful smile on her face.

“Hm〜m, two Ghost Knights vanished. Where did you dispatch them? Or did you simply take the knight as a mean to strengthen your personal forces?”

The practiced smile that had been on Palermo ‘s face disappeared as a blue vein began pulsing on his forehead.

“You……! Are you implying I would give the pope a false report!?”

It was a sudden injection of a calm voice that managed to break the tension between them.

“That’s enough you two.”

The two of them ceased glaring at each other and quickly took a knee in the direction the voice originated from.

The two cardinals respectively lowered their heads as the Pope of the Hiruku Theocracy approached.

“Thank you for your presence, Thanatos-sama.”

The Pope’s approach was almost undetectable as he walked along the polished floor without making a sound.

The Pope held a decorative staff that was representative of the power he wielded and wore an even more luxurious robe than the cardinals.

On the Pope’s head sat a mitre with multiple holy symbols sewn into it that only he was allowed to wear. The mitre also had a veil attached to it that completely concealed the Pope’s face.

He was none other than the man the entirety of the Hiruku Theocracy united behind, Thanatos Shirubiwes Hiruku.

Without removing his veil the Pope began speaking to the two cardinals.

“Palermo, I’ll believe what you say about the missing Ghost Knights, there are a few spares in the basement. Erin, don’t ridicule your colleagues so much.”

The two cardinals lowered their heads even further at Pope Thanatos’ comments.

“According to Erin’s report, the Western Empire’s army has been mobilized in response to an attack by the Eastern Empire. The West’s defenses will be spread thin for a while. I ask that the two of you continue your patronage in the coming days.”

“We understand.”

The Pope gave the two a satisfied nod at their reply before turning away from the two.

While his footsteps made very little sound, the Pope’s humming could be heard as he walked away.

When he passed by a window a sudden gust of wind blew in and lifted the veil from the Pope’s face.

However, not a single person has ever seen his face.


Namo’s Explanation Blurb:

I don’t have any Idea if the author is just getting heavy-handed with his name-calling, or if this was supposed to be subtle… In any case, the names of the peoples in this chapter are mostly Latin and carry quite some… let’s say “religious” connotations. Coupled with the way these Cardinals have a public and a private name, I believe that most will agree with me that something is afoot.

Based on the last names of the characters introduced, I believe the author is playing with christian concepts here, the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Virtues (notice the capitalization^^).

Luxuria Castitas

Avaritia Liberalitas

“Luxuria” originally means ‘extravagance’ or ‘excess’. At first, when you hear about the Seven Deadly Sins, you would connect this with Greed, but “Luxuria” as a sin originally referred to “feeling an intense desire in the body”. Think of “feeling hungry/thirsty”, “wanting to have sex with a certain someone” or “wanting to have a better house/field”.

Over the centuries, the sexual connotation became the dominant one, and “Luxuria” went from “wanting to have things (in excess)” to “wanting to have (unbridled) sex”. Which became the Deadly Sin of “Lust”.

Since Lust is a Sin, it’s opposite would be the Virtue “Castitas” aka “Chastity”. I don’t think chastity needs any lengthy explanations… a person encompassing Lust is sleeping around with everyone, desires power and/or expensive objects, while a person of “Chastity” is pure, or clean in a physical and moral sense. Or (if you get away from the sex), someone with integrity, morals and faithfulness. Virginity is optional…

“Avaritia” is more straightforward to explain: It is latin for “Greed” and stands for the “inordinate desire to have/acquire more than one needs”. In essence, it means that one has already covered their needs but still wants more in order to fulfill an unfulfillable wish of satisfaction.

“Liberalitas” is the Virtue opposed to Greed, and might be better known as “Caritas”, “Charity” or “Generosity”.

It means to give freely onto others and it should be obvious why it stands opposed to Greed, since you give from yourself so others might feel better. At its root, it stands for the love one feels towards humanity (and god of course).

With that in mind, one can see some foreshadowing here, considering that the seven second-most powerful people of the Hiruku religion has a family name that stands for one of the Seven Deadly Sins, while publicly they are called by the name of their opposing Virtue. If one knows the Seven Deadly Sins, one can make an educated guess what the other 5 Cardinals will be called!

PS: Thanatos is greek and the name of the personification of Death. The greek predated the romans, so keeping this in mind, one can read the following into the situation in the Hiruku Kingdom:

Thanatos(aka Death) stands above the seven Sins/Virtues (since he is their boss) AND he predates them. Being “Death” also implies that he will outlast them by a long time!


Silver’s thoughts:

If I had to sum up this volume in one word it would be Transition. For now the slave rescuing has been shelved, Arc has his body now, his relationship with the elves and Chiome’s  clan is being strengthened, the centuries long cold war between empires is starting to heat up, the battle for the throne is about to start, and overall the world and it’s machinations were explained in greater details. I would have been satisfied with that much and waited for Arc’s story to heat up again. However, when I saw the Pope’s name and reread chapter 13, it was like everything clicked into place and I could see a way this novel could end. With everything that we learned in the background story, it’s clear that this world is heading for a World War and Arc’s actions have set things into motion.

Had he not resurrected princess Julianna, killed the Hydra, and damaged the slave trade the war might not have been as bad as it seems like its gonna be. I believe that the next couple of volumes are gonna see Arc becoming more experienced with his powers and him gathering more allies as the situation just becomes larger and more out of control. Up till now the only thing that was missing was a credible enemy for Arc to face, but that changed with the introduction of Thanatos. Now the only thing that needs to happen is the death of Rhoden’s current king, who hasn’t even been shown once, and the civil war that initiates the whole cluster fuck will begin. And at the end of it all the fate of the world will be decided by the final battle between the Necromancer that shepherds humanity with a cruel religious doctrine and the free-spirited Heavenly Knight that champions the demi-humans and the helpless. I really hope I’m right.

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61 comments on “V4 Epilogue

  1. Silver says:

    One last thing. That insult the male cardinal gave the female one was a bit more clever than you’d think. Fishing for men in a religious contexts means to put sinners (anyone not following the religion) into the church. I would have made a note in the chapter but a third of the release was already from me and Namorax.

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    • Dark Jackel says:

      An interesting hypothesis you have there. I wouldn’t have called that direction, but I might be underestimating the author’s skill… OK, a question: do you think Arc, as a character, is compatible with the setting of full-scale war? He really pushes the individual excellence of an adventurer, and hasn’t really shown any skill in leadership or even being a follower/supporter. Or would you see it differently?

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      • Silver says:

        It’s more along the lines of the people he cares for being drawn into the war and him stepping up to help. And whose gonna appose the one man army that’s trying to fight for your cause?

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      • Dark Jackel says:

        I’m not talking about the plot, per se, I’m talking about Arc as a character. Sure, he could be drawn into a battle, but it would turn into Arc vs. the faceless mooks, because as you note, he is a one man army. So it won’t be a “war” story anymore, it will just be another adventure for Arc. (An awesome adventure, don’t get me wrong. 😆)

        The author is setting up what seems like an interesting, politically charged war story, but the MC doesn’t suit that kind of story, as a character. I’m interested in how well the author can make him mesh, you see? 😉

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      • benjor1 says:

        I feel like Arc hasn’t quite settle in this world. I think he’s still quite confuse on what to do and just going along with the flow. Him becoming part of the village might be a push toward him becoming more involve and maybe find a purpose or something. I feel like we haven’t seen his real self yet.

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      • lowlightt says:

        Its even simpler than that. Arc is now part of the elven village. Elven village gets attacked by empire (which they set up already) Arc confronts entire empire force and like a boss goes. None shall pass. Empire fights arc. Arc wins and saves village. Suddenly Arc goes from semi behind the scenes to “OMG THE ELVES HAVE A NUKE” scenario.

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      • triopsate says:

        He’s very compatible with full scale wars. He doesn’t need things like leadership or followers since he’s a one-man army himself. There’s a point where one side has more than enough power to crush any sort of scheme or tactics the enemy employs and Arc has easily reached that point when compared to the rest of the people who live in the world.

        It’s entirely at the point where I feel like he can probably AoE an entire army of 100,000 people to death with spells by himself.

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  2. Seinvolf says:

    Thank u always for ur great work…
    ^^…

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  3. thoraxe41 says:

    Your probably thinking to deep into it. This series is just going to turn into a slice of life about Arc going tomatoe shopping while gett ing a elf waifu.

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  4. woozlak says:

    With this, arc’s nightmare has a explanation, i think im not the only one who related that necromancer of the nightmare with the faceless pope

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  5. Matti says:

    No, you’re wrong, Silver-san.
    Arc won’t give a rat’s ass about anything, just idly living his life with the elves and furries, dipping in his onsen and enjoying some pasta on the side, until the human war burns down tomato field and he unleashes hell. Remember that old saying, Hell Hath No Fury Like A Tomato Scorched.

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  6. Pun says:

    It’s not Erofu, I’m sad.

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  7. kenjinn says:

    this chapter was like the shortest ever!

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  8. djonez41 says:

    Pope is super light footed, and no one has seen his face? Hmmm, maybe pope-san is another skeletal player.

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  9. Zerokuem says:

    Thanks for the Chapter~!!!

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  10. zarvii says:

    thanks for the chapter

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  11. Apocalypse.exe says:

    Liberalitas sounds like something America suffered through the last 8 years.

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  12. Thanks for the chapter.

    “It was this mountain range that had protected the country from invasion before the religion had been established and obtained its influence over continent’s other nations.” Add the word [the] after the word [over].

    “While the patriarchal system of government from the time before the religion’s founding still excited, the king of this holy land was a king in name only.” Replace [excited] with [existed].

    “The Pope held a decorative stuff that was representative of the power he wielded and wore an even more luxurious robe than the cardinals.” Replace [stuff] with [staff].

    “The two cardinals lowered their head even further at Pope Thanatos’ comments.” Change [head] to [heads].

    “While his footsteps made very little sound, the Pope humming could be heard as he walked away.” Change [Pope] to [Pope’s].

    “When he passed by a window a sudden gust of wind blow in and lifted the veil from the Pope’s face.” Change [blow] to [blew].

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  13. Nematoda says:

    never ever trust religions in fantasy world guys ~ just never ~

    but that boobs is worth to all of my faith ~
    damn i’m confused

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  14. S4TY4 says:

    Thanks for the new chapter

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  15. stardrago says:

    in the illustrations for vol 4 it had shown Ariane imagine herself close to Arc in his dark elf form but I did not see any mentioning in the chapters, was that not included?

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  16. ricco7 says:

    Quick question, can anyone think of any Pope in any LN when it turn out he *wasn’t* evil or corrupted? XD

    Also Luxuria, is very close to the French “luxure” which is the French name for the sin of lust, from there the other names seemed evident. well at least to me.

    Really the names are… Odd to say the least, they might all be demons or something, since I doubt many humans have last names like that.

    Unless a previous human player called himself Lucifer or something and gave his top vassals sin based names or something *thinks of the Canada forest* You know what? That sounds totally possible!

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    • Rjeik says:

      Luxuria comes of the Latin… that’s why is very close to French or any romantic language…

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    • demon king & hero, iInvincible Saint ~Salaryman, the Path I Walk to Survive in This Other World~
      maybe kumo desu ga nani ka?
      evil is subjective for that one
      oh another one is Hachinan tte, Sore wa Nai Deshou!
      I’m a NEEt but when I went to Hello Work, I got taken to another world
      Tilea’s Worries? I am not too sure there is anyone who is really a pope though
      thats all i could think of after looking through my reading list… but theres probably more

      on another note, maybe the pope themselves is a player and they end up meeting and reminiscing about their times when they were in the same guild or something like that… considering that their name is freaking thantos… a god of death

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  17. Rjeik says:

    Then we have to wait for: Gula (gluttony), Superbia (pride, hubris), Tristitia (sorrow/despair/despondency), Ira (wrath), Vanagloria (vainglory) and Acedia (sloth) <— original one's or the most recient one's? like Invidia (Envy) in place of Tristitia, and Sloth be Tristitia or Acedia…

    Thanks for the chapter…

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  18. Kensei Seraph says:

    Thanks for the chapter, the information about the names and the interesting speculation.

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  19. TsukiNoHono says:

    They say arc will save the world for justice,valor and heroism but they did not know that when a certain psycic checked what he’s thinking…

    “FOOOOOOD… OONSSENNNNN…..FOOOD…ONSSSEN”

    … Ok i slipped it again

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  20. thymee says:

    epub plz

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  21. Thanks for the chapter. I’ll always welcome more sexy characters.

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  22. I don’t really understand the link between chap 13 and this epilogue.

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  23. redcolonel says:

    damn! being that hot should be illegal!

    yeah connecting to the chapter 13, the pope is most likely the dark sorcerer from the chapter “nightmare”. both are necromancer (ghosts knights), named thanatos, and all the others small hint.
    tho since it probably a long time he is in that world, if he come in the hotspring, he will probably die…

    on another note, was there nobody who peed his pants this volume? did the author got bored of his weird fetish?

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  24. guidedicicles says:

    Any chance Thanatos is something like Arc’s other half? Since he’s supposedly incomplete. At the very least, I think there’s a skull behind that veil.

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  25. thediabolicalgenius says:

    Thanks for the chapter guys.
    Yeah, with a name like Thanatos, there might be a chance that the pope is the necromancer from Arc’s dream. Especially given that no-one has ever seen his face and all the cardinals have names on the Sins/Virtues themes from our world.
    The question is, is it another player who didn’t die of old age like the others since he was a skeleton? Or is he related to Arc somehow? Alternate character that he played maybe? So they both have the same soul and memories up until manifesting in that world and diverging there? In which case, why did Thanatos arrive so much earlier? Earlier enough to found the religion and theocracy.
    It’s an interesting idea. Especially if it means that they are will clash to make their soul whole again, with it going to the victor. Even if that’s not the reason, they seem bound to be on opposite sides regardless…….

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  26. Vinex says:

    Silver-sama banzai! ≧﹏≦

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  27. dielinearts says:

    I forgot which version this is.. Is this the web novel or the light novel? Also does anyone have access to the other novel, I can’t seem to find it online.

    Pretty sure that the skeleton from arc’s dark memory/ dream is the Pope himself, however I am interested how this person became pope himself… still hard to hide a skeleton face behind a veil, unless the veil isn’t transparent compared to thin (silk) veils are.

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  28. Paps says:

    Now after reading the notes, I want to read this story even more, this kind of forethinking is what makes a good story and author, with out forcing the developments in new directions and disconecting with past events.

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  29. Nyururin says:

    When is voulme 5 going to start getting translated?

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  30. Nyururin says:

    When is voulme 5 going to start getting translated???

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  31. Arc VS Ainz (Overlord), who do you think the winner?

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    • Vaughn Cain says:

      Ainz hands down. Not only is he a powerful mage that easily surpasses Arcs magic, Ainz specializes in pvp, or rather is very skilled and experienced in fighting other players. SPOILER ALERT:

      He managed to beat shalltear who should’ve been a more powerful fighter thanks to Ainz being able to analyze his opponents abilities and prepare countermeasures. Arc sometimes uses abilities without properly considering the consequences. Like when he summoned Ifrit to fight the Hydra.

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  32. Law Man says:

    Arc is on his way to rebuilding the Elvan Kingdom.

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  33. Nanashi says:

    Thanks for the chap. Ohoh I was not the only one who had this fearful thought about the pope when we saw his name. With the name, the Ghost Knight thing and the hidden face thing it is 99% likely that he was the other litch that we saw earlier in the novel.

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  34. Null says:

    D’oh. I was really hoping that you wouldn’t explain the names, so I could chuckle about them to myself. Oh well.

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  35. inconnue97 says:

    Rather than because greeks predate roman. Why not roman after greek?overthrow the pope? As if there’s not enough conflict here already why not pit the cqrdinals against pope and themsleves. And I am still sturgling to remember where is where.

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  36. Aaron says:

    I agree with silver, the necromancer from previous chapters was what came to my mind when the pope was introduced and that the “ghost knights” are in their group.

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  37. kuroiame24 says:

    where’s the part in volume 4 wherein Arianne imagines kissing Arc? there’s an illustration but couldn’t find which part in the story

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