Chapter 14: The Black Bird’s Abilities

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In order to check out the power of the B rank monster in Raph’s lineage, we—Kuina, Raph, and I—went to the [Mine] room.

The reason Rorono didn’t come with us was that this new monster was not the type that could use weapons.

 

“[I Shall Compose]”

 

I closed my eyes and uttered those words of power.

In the next moment, a thick grimoire appeared in my hand. It was my Demon Lord Book.

It was supposed to be the mark of a Demon Lord, but I was unable to summon it for a few days. And even though it was just for that few days, I did miss it.

 

When I thought about the B rank monster in Raph’s lineage, the Demon Lord book opened and turned itself to the corresponding page.

The name of the B rank in question was Black Bird Nevan.

Apparently, unlike “regular” angel monsters, there were no fallen angels in the B rank or lower. Because of that, the B rank monster in Raph’s lineage was a bird-type instead.

 

Alright, time to make our new comrade.

Thinking that, I paid the required 1,200 DP. After I did, I was notified that I had nearly 600,000 DP left. Amassing such an amount without any goal, even a vague one, in mind was not optimal. I would say it was even wasteful. I have to think of a good investment for these points as quickly as possible.

 

At any rate, particles of light were gathering in front me, forming the monster.

 

“So, this is a Black Bird Nevan, huh.”

 

It was a black eagle that had a somewhat feminine figure.

When it spread its wings, I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the wings’ beauty.

 

“Kuruu”

 

It was a friendly cry. It being a monster of the darkness attribute, I was cautious, but it quickly became apparent that it was unnecessary.

 

“Black Bird Nevan, impress me with your power!”

 

With that command, it flew to the sky. Because it not only looked like an eagle but also the size of one, it was the smallest of my monsters.

That said, I could feel undeniable power within that tiny frame.

Curious, I looked at its Status.

 

Race: Black Bird Nevan

B rank

Name: Unnamed

  • Physical Strength: E+
  • Endurance: E+
  • Agility: A
  • Magic: A
  • Luck: D
  • Special: B

Skill:

  • High-Rank Darkness Magic: Allows the use of high-rank darkness magic. When using darkness magic, receive a (small) bonus to magic. Also increases darkness resistance.
  • High-Rank Light Magic: Allows the use of high-rank light magic. When using light magic, receive a (small) bonus to magic. Also increases light resistance.
  • Cry of the Ominous Bird: A cry that lowers a target’s the magic resistance by one rank. It also has a certain chance to stun. It’s possible to choose which between the target’s darkness and light resistance to use in determining whether the stun would be applied. The effects of this skill won’t stack.
  • Kin of Angels: If there is a high-ranking angel-type ally monster within the same dungeon room (or within 10 kilometers when outside of a dungeon), increase the skill holder’s Magic and Endurance stats by one rank.

 

Black Bird Nevan didn’t have something like Raph’s absurd Dark Light Magic—which combined both darkness and light attribute into one attack and used whichever of enemy’s resistance was lower. However, combining the fact that darkness magic and light magic, individually, were useful already and that she had access to both, there was nothing to complain about.

In the first place, there were only a few monsters that were resistant to either the light or the darkness attribute, and there were fewer still monsters that were resistant to both. So, it was basically just a matter of guessing which one to use.

 

Its Cry of the Ominous Bird wasn’t bad either. A sound-based attack was quite hard to avoid in a dogfight. A stun effect was always useful, no question. Moreover, Black Bird Nevan specialized in magic, so a means to lower their enemy’s magic resistance should work wonders for them.

 

But then, there was Kin of Angels. I thought it was good, but a bit tricky to use for us.

Our only high-rank angel was Raph, and she was more geared more for offense than defense or support.

On the other side of things, having them help Raph was all fine, but assigning them to guard her, especially considering that skill of hers, was a bit suicidal for the Nevans.

 

“No, I shouldn’t mind these trivial points so much.”

 

The Black Bird Nevan I just summoned was still dancing in the sky.

Its maximum speed wasn’t as much as the Darkness Dragons’, but it was still worthy of being called fast.

Meanwhile, perhaps owing to its small build, it was much quicker in turning and maneuvering than the Darkness Dragons.

Nevertheless, the A in Agility that both possessed was nothing to take lightly.

 

In order to demonstrate its capabilities to me, the Nevan followed a complicated flight trajectory.

While doing so, it was also firing off its spells.

A lump of dark power gathered in front of it and then began to drop to the ground, which was several meters below. Because it was a dark attribute attack, rather than crashing into the ground and then destroying it, the attack seemed more like to land on the ground and then devoured it. Either way, a large crater was formed.

Immediately following that, a pillar of light pierced through a certain faraway rock. The revealed cross-section was unbelievably smooth. We just bore witness to such a quick and powerful light magic. Granted, its [Kin of Angels] was in effect because of Raph’s presence, but even without that, it should still be amazing.

 

After thinking about it more calmly, I had gained a better grasp of their talents.

To simplify, their speed, flight, and magic gave them overwhelming advantage over others.

A simple yet great tactic would be to make them fire their spells from a great distance and height. If their enemies tried to close the distance, they could either run away or run toward the enemy to use their [Cry of the Ominous Bird].

 

There was no way such monsters could be called weak. As such, they held great potential to be one of our main forces.

That being said, they were not perfect.

For one, they had a paper-thin Endurance of E+. One blow from a B rank or higher monster could take them down. Actually, with such an Endurance, it was possible some C rank monsters could also take them down in one hit.

Secondly, they were small and only had a Physical Strength of E+. Making them carry bombs was out of the question. Moreover, their form also makes them ineligible for any of our current weapons.

Next, their main form of attack was their magic. But if ever an enemy that was highly resistant to magic, like Kuina who was completely immune, there was nothing they could do. Sure, they could use their claws and beaks to physically attack, but their Physical Strength of E+ would make that just as useless.

 

Perhaps it was because they were in the same lineage as Raph, but they shared her weaknesses as well.

It seems that rather than make them form their own unit, I should make them work in tandem with the Darkness Dragons and the Tempest Wyverns.

 

“That’s enough, Nevan. I have seen what you’re capable of. And we can use a lot of it in Avalon. Yes, I’ve decided to make your kind another of Avalon’s main forces. Kuina, Raph, Tiro, I hope you’re all fine with this decision.”

“Yup! They look promising!”

“Uh-huh, uh-huh. It’s as to be expected of a monster in my lineage. …you know”

“Gau!”

 

Nevan descended, landed on my shoulder, and then brushed its face against mine.

What a friendly kid.

 

“To celebrate your kind’s inauguration, I’ll now buy some [Maelstroms]. I think two will do for now.”

 

I had expected the new monster to be useful for defense, but now that I have seen it in action, I was certain that this little thing was a weapon instead of a shield.

The problem with the Darkness Dragons and also the Tempest Wyverns was that their huge size could prove to be disadvantage in tight dungeon rooms. A lot of the times, before asking if the space was wide enough to let them fight, we had to ask whether the space was wide enough to let them just pass through.

Obviously, such wouldn’t be an issue to the Nevans. Even if the ceiling was set too low, they could still contribute a lot just by perching themselves to an ally’s shoulders and becoming an artillery battery that fired off magic attacks.

 

“Wow, you’re so generous, your majesty.”

“Uh, thanks. Though truth be told, I wouldn’t really mind making one more if we had at least one other angel on our side. Especially if that angel had something to offer in terms of defense so that the Nevans’ [Kin of Angels] could be used more effectively. I guess I’ll just try to aim for one the next time I make a monster.”

 

Currently, our attack force was solid. It was now time to improve our defenses.

I could buy new dungeon rooms using the remaining DP. It could get expensive, but just adding a room full of traps can bolster our defenses a lot.

 

“Oto-san, do you already know what kind of monster you’re going to make next?”

“Just a vague idea. If I use an imitation of the [Holy] medal I used to make Raph and [Creation], I think high-ranking angels are guaranteed to show up as possible results, but I’m not sure about everything else. I don’t know what to use for the third medal or which specific monster I want.”

“Well, it’d be really handy if we had someone like Rozelitte!”

“Ohh, Rozelitte… yeah, her powers are quite helpful.”

 

Thanks to Kuina’s words, I remembered about Rozelitte, the angel that Stolas had lent to me before.

She had the ability to communicate telepathically to any and all monsters that belonged to the same army as her even if they were in different dungeon rooms.

Moreover, she also had a seemingly unique skill that unconditionally boosted all the stats of all her allies within the same dungeon.

 

Her own stats weren’t high, but in terms of supporting the entire army during a fight, she was probably the strongest monster there was.

As such, I wanted someone like her.

Though it might be impossible to get the angel herself, I could negotiate about getting a [Wind] medal as well as an imitation of the other medal she used for Rozelitte. Combining those with [Creation] should give a monster that had similar abilities as her.

 

“Thanks for that great idea, Kuina. Alright, let’s buy another [Maelstrom]. Assuming that Stolas’s army will find more value out of the Nevans than us, offering Stolas the monsters produced by the third [Maelstrom] on top of my [Creation] medal should be enough to convince her to hand over her medal and also reveal what the other medal she used for Rozelitte was.”

 

Stolas’s basic strategy was to make Rozelitte lead the defense force while a copy of Rozelitte via [Omnipresence] led the attack force.

In other words, be it offense or defense, the Nevans’ [Kin of Angels] would always activate.

Through our previous deal, Stolas was receiving some of my Darkness Dragons in exchange for some of her Tempest Wyverns. There was no question that the Darkness Dragons were powerful, but because her side didn’t manufacture bombs or had a monster that could strengthen monsters of the [Death] or [Darkness] attribute, she was unable to draw out their full potential.

On the other hand, drawing out the full potential of the Black Bird Nevans should be easy for her.

 

“But your majesty, aren’t you offering too much? …you know”

“Not at all. I mean, I’m pretty much bribing her into giving me her trump card. There’s no way that’ll come cheap.”

 

If anything, I was worried that she would ask for more. Because then, I would gladly pay it. That was how much I wanted Rozelitte’s abilities.

 

Moreover, she was my ally.

I wanted her to have another S rank monster besides Enlil.

 

Until I graduate from being a new Demon Lord, I could produce four more [Creation] medals.

My plans were:

To give one to [Wind] Demon Lord Stolas.

To give another to [Viscosity] Demon Lord Ronove.

To make a new angel-type monster.

And the last one, I was going to give to [Despair] Demon Lord Belial. Provided, of course, that I could confirm he was truly an ally.

 

“Kuina also thinks it’s a fair deal. If the deal succeeds, Avalon will get stronger again!”

“Yeah, and it’s not just us that’s going to get stronger. Stolas’s side as well. I really want this deal to come through.”

 

While we were talking idly like that, a large, white bird with a letter attached to its leg flew to me.

Because it wasn’t the blue bird Stolas and I were using to communicate with each other, it was unlikely that the letter came from her.

I received the letter and then began to read it.

 

“…Marcho did warn me that the enemies were moving. Is this how they intend to get their pretext to wage [War] on me?”

 

Belial wrote that the anti-Procell alliance has attacked him simply for joining my faction. Despite doing all he could to fight off the hordes of monsters making their way through his dungeon, he feared it would not be enough. As such, he was asking for my assistance.

 

The enemy side has made an interesting move.

Until we have graduated from being new Demon Lords, we were protected by a rule that prohibited older Demon Lords from initiating an attack against us.

However, Belial wasn’t a new Demon Lord and was thus fair game to them.

If I helped Belial and attacked them, they would be given the justification they needed to be able to attack me without repercussions.

 

On the other hand, abandoning Belial was not really an option for me.

It wasn’t that I thought abandoning an ally in these circumstances was unforgivable, it was that if information of me abandoning him spread, all hopes of getting others to form a faction would be lost.

 

“Kuina, it’s sudden, but we’re going to go to Belial’s dungeon. We mustn’t give the enemies the justification they need, and I have just the plan. So, go tell Duke to prepare 10 Darkness Dragons within 15 minutes!”

 

If the enemy was going to make use a bizarre tactic, then so shall I.

I planned to help Belial in such a way that the enemies wouldn’t gain the pretext they wanted. It wasn’t without risk, but the most I stood to lose were the ten Darkness Dragons.

 

“Roger! I’m off!”

 

…Belial… Time to see if you’re really an ally.

 

My strategy was based on the assumption that Belial was an ally.

I wanted to believe he was one. And so, we were taking such a risk.

Alright, here we go, off to save a friend.


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22 thoughts on “Chapter 14: The Black Bird’s Abilities”

  1. 600.000 DP, is that a lot or something? The author has always described the DP as “a lot of DP”, whenevrr he earned a bigger sum it was “a huge amount of DP” or “even more DP” etc, this is the first time that weve seen the more exact amount instead of something vague.

    I dont know whats going on here but i hope the author keeps it up, i really hated the vague description of the more important parts in this novel…

    Thank you for the chapter and the treat! (^_^)/

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  2. Aguinaldo "Cursed Lich" Silvestre said:

    Procell could just lend some golems and no monster at all and he would not be breaking any rules. Golems are not born from medals or maelstroms so they are outside of the scope of repercussions.

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  3. Thanks for the chapter desu~

    For some reason, this feels like a trap.

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  4. Hevensdragon said:

    A smart move would be to send in marchco, just tell belial that you made a deal with her to get her to help him as it would be bad to lose the rest of the protection. As no one knows she is his monster and not a separate demon lord they wouldn’t know they have justification preventing them from using it. And remember she is one of the big three, her backup would be way more than enough.

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    • I think it would be weird for a Demon Lord to show up unannounced by herself and throw herself into danger like that. Even if they were small fry, she could send her subordinates along with Procell’s to take care of them.

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      • Hevensdragon said:

        You completely missed the entire point, if any monster gets traced back to procell it invalidates his pertection. There is also nothing weird about her showing up, the older gen isnt allowed to directly assist the newborn demon lords but can indirectly. We have seen lots of indirect assistance, and this would be how this is taken, helping a allied figure to her ward. Remember that no one knows she is his monster. Her and her forces are also far greater than procell’s, so if he was enough for backup she is overkill with the plus that procell keeps his one year protection as long as no one realizes she is his. Remember that the rules set by the creator are only enforced when someelse other than him notices they were broken, he doesn’t care as long as its entertaining.
        Your statement about it is weird is so arbitrary and baseless, the demon lords are free to make alliances and do what they want, she also is supposed to die of old age within the year as far as anyone knows, whats weird about her jumping into a fight? What do you think her help will get declined? Imagine being cornered by those wanting to kill you, then one of the three strongest beings in the world offers help because your friends with her son and as far as you know she has nothing to lose. Seems like a rather good deal that sould have little to no strings attached, you would be a idot to refuse that. Whether its weird or not shouldn’t even be a factor in this, the factors here are the pro vs cons, the pro is less risk of his monsters and half a year of prep time. the only con is procell’s monsters not under beast won’t get exp of this war, but he has other ways to gain that. Better to spend half a year gaining it more safely before launching into full on war vs everone. Ether way he will fight the alliance against him, its just a matter of does he keep that half year prep time, that he really does need.

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      • I think all that matters is the Creator noticing it. But as long as the action is within the limits (even if it is on the very limit) of the rules he set, it’s all good.

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      • But even if she is close to having nearly lived all of her life span, I don’t think it’s her nature for her to interfere in another Demon Lord’s business, especially if they’re unacquainted. Demon Lords tend to follow their own whims, I agree with you there, but even assisting someone they aren’t acquainted with would be going a little too far to just call it a whim, since there would be no merit to helping a stranger that might not even compensate them for their efforts just because they didn’t ask for her help. She would also want to live longer and avoid getting into any trouble for Procell’s sake. Even if she is strong, I don’t think she would be too overconfident with her own abilities. On the contrary, I would understand if it was an ally they’re coming to assist with without prior notification. Also, even if she does have the power to interfere in a person’s battles, there is no justifiable reason for her to do so. That would end up with her earning the ire of other Demon Lords unless it was Procell that asked for her assistance, but there might still be Demon Lords that would be annoyed by this and gang up on her army to attack like once before, except with an even bigger army with more prep time, I suppose. Procell intends to assist the Despair Demon Lord so his protection against the enemy army would already be invalidated if he were to send in his own forces, and I think a part of Marcho’s own forces is already a part of his main force.

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      • I think I replied to the wrong person oops

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    • Miserys_End said:

      Dont think sending Marcho or her monsters would work. Even if she is a demonlord in her own right, she is one of Procell’s monsters. So having her lead the attack would not only give away her new status of being claimed by him(which only a few know), if would also trigger the exact event the Anti-Procell faction wanted.

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  5. kirindas said:

    Thanks for the new chapter!

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  6. Thanks for the treat.

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  7. Miserys_End said:

    Timing is ever so convenient…
    Otoh, I find it amusing that as a newbie demonlord, Belial was able to defend himself from an alliance of older demonlord before. Not only that, but turn it around and destroy them. So why is the anti-Procel faction finding it so much easier a task after he has had time to establish himself as a dungeonlord.

    Tbh, the events in this novel don’t feel sustainable. If these events happen every few generations, there would be fewer then half the dungeons there appears to currently be. Even if it’s just because there has been a major shift in the top 10 dungeons, it is something that forcibly happens every few generations. So should be a rather common issue, ergo would have policies in place to break up such self-destructive behaviors.

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    • I don’t think it would necessarily be the case to say these things happen every few generations. Sure a power balance would shift, but that doesn’t mean it would be an extreme one. There could be a massive deadlock between the factions where they’d need someone like Procel to gain the upper hand (which is probably the case). So all in all, I’d say it’s the newbies that determine the power plays. Besides for all we know after the new Demon Lords have lived for a year or so the blood lust dies down, and the DLs stay peaceful and only wage war when they’ve been wronged by another one. Or things have been deadlocked for a while and this new generation being as powerful as it is, is just shaking the board more violently than it would have otherwise.

      As for the dungeons, well if you recall a dungeon doesn’t have to be destroyed to kill a Demon Lord, so I’d expect a few of the smarter ones would have simply killed the DL and kept their dungeon as a training ground for new monsters (like Marcho did with the Fire dungeon. I mean she can’t be the only one to have had that idea).

      On the Belial needing help, yes it is quite curious, but I can see a few plausible reasons. The first of which being the Anti-Procel faction is far stronger than that faction was. Another reason is he could handle it but would be far too weak after, and wants the help to mitigate the damage. Or as is most likely, he’s lying about how bad it is and is testing Procel.

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      • I’m half expecting Belial to be being attacked by the anti-Procell alliance, but then once Procell is there, he switches to the side attacking him as was the original plan, and go after Procell with the rest of the swarm.

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      • Miserys_End said:

        Despite all that, it still feels unsustainable. The biggest proble from my POV is that there are only 10 new dungeon seeds every ten years. In just the last year, two of the fledglings have died and three or more of the adults have followed. Here soon there will be even more deaths once procel moves to defend belial. These are just deaths they have inflicted on themselves. It doesnt count DLs that starve to death due to incompetence or those wiped out by adventurers. Let’s also not forget the the creator also likes handing out backhanded gifts that are just as likely to kill their recipient as it is to be helpful for the DL…

        On a side note, The fire dungeon was formed by a person Marcho considered a friend and likely a lover. The fire DL was killed by a rival and she took over guarding it as a memorial.

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      • I think Procell’s generation is the exception rather than the rule. Supposedly, newly born Demon Lords aren’t even given a crystal until they were 1 year old. Maybe only a limited number of Demon Lords are supposed to exist and this whim of the Creator might just be a culling

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    • Seve0wns said:

      You are forgetting, that Belial wasn’t able to fight off that faction in the past, as he himself said, he went to the [Light] demon lord to ask for help, and it was [Light] that dealt with the faction, not Belial himself.

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      • Miserys_End said:

        That’s only if you believe what he said is true. I forget if Marcho said one way or another on how those battles went down, in either case, I would have trouble trusting without reason, especially when a guy like Black could be running around.

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  8. ReEternity Zero said:

    more like… off to a trap…

    Thx for the chap!

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  9. Thanks

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  10. Thank you!

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