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Chapter 14: Abyss Howls, The New Main Force

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Ever since the casino opened, a great amount of activity could be observed in Avalon every day. Our rate of acquiring repeat guests was high and so was our rate of acquiring new ones that heard of us and our casino through word of mouth.

One reason for such increases is the improved accessibility to our city given by the additional Hippogriff airports.

However, there was one problem arising from this.

 

“Wow, our casino’s overflowing with guests. It seems my estimate was indeed naïve. I’m so glad now that we didn’t build the building for just 500 people.”

 

Fafnir was built under the assumption that it would entertain an average of a thousand guests. Although it could host up to a maximum of 2,000 people, there were also the dealers and the staff members to consider.

The closer we try to go to the limit, the less the guests’ satisfaction would become.

For the moment, I was considering either rearranging the current layout, replacing some staff with more capable people, or just simply adding more space. Whichever we go with though, it would take some time before they would be implemented.

Because of that, I decided that whenever the guest count would reach a thousand, further admission would be halted. We would only admit additional guests when either current guests had exited or when several staff members would take a break.

It was a delicate balancing act. Thanks to this system and Conanna’s decision-making, we were somehow able to satisfy our guests.

 

That being said, this did raise other concerns.

For example, some of the guests—after all the trouble they went through to get to Avalon—would occasionally find themselves unable to enjoy themselves in the casino. To counteract this, the merchants and I needed to put extra effort in thinking up of other ways the guests could pass their now plenty free time.

Which shouldn’t be hard considering Avalon was already full of fascinating things gathered from all over the world even before the casino.

Another way to think about it was that it gave the other things in Avalon a good chance to develop.

 

“It’s surprising to see how much those wanting to immigrate here has increased after the casino has opened.”

 

The more recreational facilities were in Avalon, the more employees were needed to man them. Also, there were some people too into gambling in the casino that had chosen to settle down here. Whatever the case might be, they ultimately decided that it would more convenient to just settle here than to travel back and forth.

Because of that, the number of those wishing to permanently reside here were greatly more than anticipated.

 

“Things are going so well. It’s almost too good to be true, sometimes. There are miscalculations here and there, but they’re mostly for the better. Well, no use thinking about it for now. It’s better to focus my attention on testing the capabilities of an Abyss Howl.”

 

Abyss Howls were the monsters unlocked when I made Tiro. I was certain they were above norm, but what I wanted to find out was how above the norm they were.

Depending on today’s results, I could also include them in my deal for tomorrow’s meeting with Stolas where we would help each other’s forces grow stronger.

 

 

For the testing, I went to the [Mine] room.

It was devoid of humans—they would not be allowed entry even if they found the entrance—and it was spacious, thus making it a good place to go wild.

Even so and the fact that it had always been useful, I was thinking of removing this dungeon room in the near future. The [Mine] room was located in the same dungeon floor as the city, and Avalon had been becoming cramped. There was no easy way to deal with the increased population, so I thought why not relocate the [Mine] room in the newly added floor and in its stead place another [Plains] room.

 

“Oto-san, I’m so excited to see the new kid!”

“Gaugau♪”

“Fufu, the new kids would be fine. Yeah, no need to worry… ugh, I wish I had some money for alcohol right now. Hey, hey, when the new kid gets here–”

“…Ruhe-sama, please keep your gambling to a moderate level. You’re making even our lord feel dismayed.”

 

Four of my monsters were with me in the room.

The Abyss Howls could potentially form another main force of our war potential, so Kuina, the top monster, was here. Similarly, Duke was here because he was the commander of my monsters. Meanwhile, Tiro and Ruhe were present because they would be the ones working together with the Abyss Howls in the other dimension.

Additionally, a few Mithril Golems were here as well. They were to be the Abyss Howl’s test dummies. According to Rorono, so long as we don’t break the golem cores, we could go as wild as we wanted.

 

The always cheery Ruhe wasn’t so cheery today.

She had gambled and lost all of her wages and bonuses in the casino, leaving her penniless.

Being penniless wasn’t a real, life or death problem for her, considering that she was a monster and thus didn’t need food to live. But then again, without alcohol to enjoy, she was in a rather bitter mood.

I felt sorry for her, but I knew I mustn’t help her. For if I did, she would only get more and more addicted to the casino.

 

“Once I get next month’s salary, I’m going to win it all back! With interest! It’s just a couple of days more of waiting. I’m so excited!”

 

After hearing her say she say she was going to win back her losses, I knew Ruhe was the type that shouldn’t gamble at all.

 

Ruhe wasn’t the only one of my monsters that would come to the casino to take a breather.

For example, Rorono had also gone to it. Out of curiosity, she went to see the building made by her followers, the Dwarf Smiths, despite being busy with the development of the Avalon-Ritters. And even though she just intended to have a bit of fun, she completely dominated on the card game that was much like blackjack using her incredible memory and calculation skills.

One could theoretically be unbeatable in some card games like blackjack if they memorized the cards that had been played and then calculated the odds of the other cards showing up. But then again, memorizing and predicting which of the 312 cards—from 6 decks comprising of 52 cards each—was going to be drawn next was no easy feat.

 

By the way, the chips used in our casino could be turned into cash or into gift prizes, depending on the guest’s preference. The gift prizes included things that could be procured in nowhere else but Avalon, making our casino even more popular.

 

“Ruhe, keep it in moderation, ok?”

“…but maybe bribing the Darkness Dragons beforehand might be the ticket…”

“Ruhe, listen, don’t do that, you hear? It’ll ruin the races for everybody, including you.”

“Ahahaha. I was just joking, patron. Just joking. I will never do such a thing, you know.”

 

I was absolutely serious. Meanwhile, Ruhe just looked sideways.

Well, whatever, it’s not like there’s anything she can offer the Darkness Dragons that is worth more to them than the prize of the race.

For the Darkness Dragons, there was no prize better than being able to feast on the wild animals of the [Forest] area as much as they wanted for a whole day.

In other words, even if I left her alone, Ruhe couldn’t find a bribe that the dragons would accept.

 

“Why don’t we get started on today’s agenda? We’re going to make a new comrade, right?”

“Yes. Thanks to a certain someone, we got a bit distracted.”

 

Unless we moved on, it would be dark before we even began.

Alright, let’s start.

 

“[I Shall Compose]”

 

Upon reciting the words of power, my [Demon Lord Book] materialized.

And when I thought of the Abyss Howls in my mind, the book opened to the page that was about them.

Featured on the said page was an image of an Abyss Howl, some simple description of them, and the cost for buying them with DP.

They looked a size smaller than Tiro, but they gave off the impression that they were just as ferocious.

When I read the description on the page, I had confirmed that on top of having excellent physical capabilities and sense of smell, they also possessed [Transfer] and an other-dimension-related ability.

 

“Now, show yourself, Abyss Howl!”

 

I paid 1200DP and summoned the demonic dog.

 

“Gau!”

 

From the magic array in the air, a huge dark-blue dog appeared.

It had fangs protruding from its mouth that matched its fiendish eyes.

Its ears were relatively small which suggested it didn’t have outstanding hearing. On the other hand, its nose was big which suggested it had the disposition of a hunter.

 

“Woah, it’s a tiny Tiro-chan!”

“Guruu ♪”

“While it is a tinier Tiro, isn’t it more the case that Tiro is just too huge? This one will be generally regarded as huge itself.”

“Hahaha, it looks fierce, doesn’t it? It looks reliable, alright.”

 

The Abyss Howl seemed to have made a good impression on my monsters.

 

At any rate, being dog-like, the Abyss Howl seemed to be a monster that understood the concept of hierarchy. It obediently sat down in front of me and waited for my instructions.

I took that opportunity to use my Demon Lord powers and look at its stats.

 

Race: Abyss Howl

B rank

Name: Unnamed

Level: 57

Physical Strength: B+

Endurance: D

Agility: A

Magic: D

Luck: E

Special: B+

Skills:

Dark Roar

Transfer

One Who Lurks In The Shadows

One with the Pack

 

 

As was normal for a monster that had other-dimension type abilities, the Abyss Howl’s stats were low overall. However, given its specialization in Physical Strength and Agility, it would still be pretty easy to utilize.

Its skills were overall easy to utilize too.

 

Dark Roar: Launches a roar filled with magic power. If the target is successfully inflicted, its body will be stiffened and weakened. Chances of success will be halved for Monsters of A rank and above. When this skill is simultaneously used by a group of skill-holders, there is a bonus to the success rate.

※Do note that the potency of the weakening and stupefying effects don’t receive any bonuses, just the success rate.

 

Transfer: Allows the user to relocate to any location of their home dungeon. By preparing a pair of transfer arrays—one for the port of origin and one for the destination—then and only then can transfer outside of the dungeon be possible.

 

One who lurks in the shadows: Allows the user to enter and exit the other dimension through a shadow that is larger than the user. It is possible to exit the other dimension instantaneously, but when doing so, the shadow to be used for exit must be within a hundred meters of the shadow used to enter.

 

One with the Pack: When at least ten skill-holders of the same race are present in the same dungeon room (or within a radius of 1 Km when outside of a dungeon), this skill will activate, thus granting those skill-holders the ability to share senses with one another while also increasing their Physical Strength and Endurance by one rank.

 

There was no further need to state the usefulness of Transfer.

Meanwhile, entering and exiting the other dimension through shadows was wonderful. Despite the requirement of the shadows having to be bigger than the Abyss Howls themselves, the fact that shadows were almost always present made it easily accessible.

However, their skill was different from Tiro’s in the way that theirs needed the exit point to be within 100 meters of the entry point. The Ocean Singers’ skill too was limited in such a way when instantaneously exiting from the other dimension. Maybe for monsters whose rank is lower than A rank, such limitations are applied.

 

As for Dark Roar, if the enemy was a small fry, it was great. It could be used to disrupt the activity in a wide area via sound. However, against A rank monsters and above, it was a skill that could bring ruin to the user. But then again, I never had thoughts of making the Abyss Howls battle against such monsters.

 

Lastly, One with the Pack. This was, in my opinion, the centerpiece. It improved their already impressive Physical Strengthen alongside their rather questionable Endurance. And, by sharing their senses with one another, they could not only eliminate their blind spots, but also be able to launch perfectly coordinated attacks. If they were to form another main force, I needed to prepare many of them anyway, so this skill was basically just a very delicious cherry on top.

 

“…But as expected, they had the same weak points as Tiro did.”

 

The Abyss Howls had very little magic power.

For the sake of today’s experiment, I had summoned this Abyss Howl to have a static level, meaning it was already level 57. Even then though, its Magic stat of D meant it could use [Transfer] about only four times a day. Transfer consumed a lot of magic power, after all.

And considering the magic power consumption of going to the other dimension, it was probably better to limit the use of Transfer to two times a day. Such a strict limit could be worked around though by just making more of the Abyss Howls, which once again I was going to do anyway if they passed today’s experiment.

 

Well, that’s enough looking at the specs. It’s time to test it.

 

“Abyss Howl, it seems you have exactly the abilities I was hoping you’d have. It’s time to show me your speed and strength. You see that Mithril Golem? That will be your enemy. Show me you can defeat it.”

“Gau!”

 

The Abyss Howl barked so and then took distance.

Meanwhile, the Mithril Golem readied itself. Being a Mithril Golem, it had power comparable to a B rank monster. With it as the opponent, we should be able to have a better understanding on how effective as a monster the Abyss Howls could be.

 

A moment later, the Mithril Golem fired the Browning M2 heavy machinegun it had hanging from its shoulder.

Its base form was so good and popular, it was used even by the American army. The one fired by the Mithril Golem, however, was a model mass-produced by the Dwarf Smiths to be the Mithril Golems’ standard weapon.

It spat out ten 12.7mm bullets per second, and the speeds those bullets flew travelled were at three times the speed of sound. Basically, it was one hell of a weapon.

 

In reaction to the rain of bullets sent its way, the Abyss Howl ran away from the line of fire using its Speed stat of A and headed toward the shadow of a nearby building. Using that shadow, it entered the other dimension.

…yup, other-dimension monsters sure are great. So long as they stay there, they’re pretty much invincible from attacks made in this dimension.

And then, as the golem was searching for the Abyss Howl, the latter jumped out from the former’s shadow. Thanks to the current time of day, that shadow was large enough to be used for the Abyss Howl’s skill.

In the air like that, the Abyss Howl went for a bite at the back of the Mithril Golem’s neck, thrusting its fang into the golem’s heavy armor. The golem swung its arm, but the Abyss Howl simply did a flip before it could be hit.

After the Abyss Howl adjusted its posture in mid-air and landing safely, I interrupted the fight.

 

“Alright, Abyss Howl, Mithril Golem, you can stop now. We’ve seen enough.”

 

Now that I had seen not only the Abyss Howl’s stats but also its performance in actual combat, I no doubt had a deeper understanding of it.

It was definitely a monster that could benefit a lot from the numbers that a [Maelstrom] would provide.

That said, I also found some flaws. One was that they could use more attack power. When the Abyss Howl thrusted its fangs into the golem’s neck, the bite was rather shallow. Ideally, I would like them to have enough attack power to destroy even the Mithril Golems.

Maybe when she’s done with the development for the Avalon-Ritters, I’ll go ask Rorono for some help.

 

“So, what are your impressions?”

 

I asked so to my monsters who had been watching.

 

“They pass! Kuina has no objection to making them be another main force!”

“Gaugau!”

“Well. they’re not bad. If they were to cooperate with the Ocean Singers, our dominance in the other dimension will be secured more than ever.”

“My lord, I think we can use them even outside of the other dimension. They’ll make fantastic land units with their mobility. Moreover, having monsters that can use Transfer will surely widen the range of strategies we can employ.”

 

I was of the same opinion as them.

So, the pros far outweighing the cons, I decided to buy a [Maelstrom] that would continuously produce Abyss Howls. In fact, once I’ve earned enough DP, I intended to buy one more [Maelstrom] so that the Abyss Howls could be used both as other dimension combatants and land forces.

120,000 DP per [Maelstrom] was indeed a large expenditure, but even with just the casino, I could swiftly recover it.

 

And so, following the Darkness Dragons which were our aerial forces, I had obtained a main force in the form of the Abyss Howls. From here on, it was just a matter of steadily increasing their numbers and using their powers for the future of Avalon.

 


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38 thoughts on “Chapter 14: Abyss Howls, The New Main Force”

  1. thediabolicalgenius said:

    Thanks for the translation.

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  2. Misery's End said:

    Couple of thoughts and a question.

    Honestly I’m waiting for Procell to realize that he could be naming all his B Ranked monsters at a very high rate compared to other demonlords. Granted some like Duke’s wife deserves special names, but the vast majority of B rank monsters could receive more mundane names based on achievements. All three of his humanoid races have proven they are worthy of such an honor as well.

    LoL I forsee a future expansion being a theme park with many thrill rides and attractions just to give the casino goers something else to do when not spending money. Would use a good portion of the land freed up when the surface mine is moved below, but I could see it being a big success in terms of emotions.

    And now the question. Since Marcho is now considered his monster what is the lesser monster that can be summoned? Also if I’m not mistaken, she is an SS ranked monster, does that mean they will be rank A upon creation?

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    • Iirc, there is no monster under Marcho. She is still an S rank monster, just that she’s at the very high end of it.

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      • dragoonofinfinity said:

        Wasn’t her main ability that she still counted as the master of her dungeon while being Procell’s monster?

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      • I wouldn’t call it main ability, but yes. However, her new race is just so special that it’s the sole monster in its lineage

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  3. Mychael Dark said:

    Thank you for the translations. Loving the treats. 🙂

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  4. Thanks for the treat.

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  5. philippespalla said:

    Thanks for the chapter xd

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  6. dragoonofinfinity said:

    I like the restriction on dimension hopping, but it feels like a watered down version of Marcho’s dimension monster.

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    • YouLaAi said:

      Beasts weak than Dragon but have more deversify. Dragon have Power (physic/magic) and Endurance but too big. If u count Hydra as a kind of Dragon u will know how hard to kill it. And if each head have a kind of atk it will far more than bad luck for who’s challenge it.
      Beast have many type of abilities except magic power. Like Chimera monster, every part of if has a different ability, and each Chimera are unique base on it appears.

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      • dragoonofinfinity said:

        Ok first of all I don’t understand HALF of what you said because it’s a garbled mess. Second, beast medal is stronger than the dragon medal. Why? 2 reasons:
        1. That’s its only trait. It doesn’t do anything except boost pure destructiveness.
        2. Dragon’s trait is berserk which does increase power, but unless you have some really special medals to keep its drawback in check, they can barely be controlled and have 0 coordination or strategy.

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      • YouLaAi said:

        Beasts, Time and Dragon each had a S rank monster beforehand. I don’t count Fel cause Procell just new DL. If u count Time elites he has 50 A-rank, 2 A-rank (Fel and Dragon Time monster). Dragon elites we’re 19 A-rank, 1 S-rank.
        1/ Dragon has a trick (I won’t spoil about this) to control berserk monster. That mean he can roaming any Dungeon with just his elites alone.
        2/ Black choise to attack Beasts cause she is weakness between 3 great DL. It’s not just because she is Procell’s parent. He always make his dirty trick on new genius DL. If it’s not Procell than it will be Wind, like what he did with Flame

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      • dragoonofinfinity said:

        You don’t have to spoil. He’s already mentioned he has a dragon king. One stronger than Duke in fact. That doesn’t make dragons stronger than beasts, though. He had to use his S rank medal in order to create it.
        She’s the “weakness” because they could use her life as a bargaining chip. Black knew Time was in love with her (it’s not a very well hidden secret). Sparing her for an alliance with an ancient demon lord that many believed would live beyond his natural life because of his abilities would make sacrificing the dozens of allied demon lords he used in the assault worth it. The fact that she was only being pushed back by the sheer volume of…6 I think…demon lords is a good testament to her strength. She is also the way to get to Procell (either the same way he’d get Time or by getting him to attack and release the “no old demon lords can attack” rule). He thought that if such a “novice” demon lord were to join the fight, he’d either die easily (in which case he’d just have to kill whoever got his medal) or he could send forces to raze Procell’s town (and kill whoever got his medal). Notice that both of those possibilities were exploited and just as quickly stopped?

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      • Wander said:

        I think 2 of you just talk about different type. Dragon-type monsters have highly destruction power than any Beast-type monsters. But Beast-type has multipurpose to use that Dragon-type can’t compare. And just think about that suck Creator, he like to see they kill each other. WAR between Dragon and Beast, Dragon will win cause his destruction power army. But work-kind like asassinate, spy… there no dout Beast will win

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      • YouLaAi said:

        1/ 3 great DL won’t help other cause they promise in name of Creator. Ever Time and Dragon want to help they just can’t do it themself. Beside, Procell can save her due 6 DLs still won’t use full force.
        2/ “I have been preparing for this past several decades and now is the time to act. Almost. Oh how it annoyed me that the others disregarded me and yet praised those three to be the strongest Demon Lords. [Beast], [Time], and [Dragon], soon, your generation and the problems you’ve caused us will be made to vanish. I’ll start with the weakest of you three. Now, will he be a proper Demon Lord and be able to discard his parent or will he be a fool that doesn’t know his place and wage war against an old Demon Lord, only to end up being crushed? Which one shall he be?” – Volume 5, Chapter 1.
        3/ Black try to take down Procell Dungeon first, new DL will have new Crytal if they alive. Black surely make a deal or fully control Procell when he lose all power. Black true power was move his soul to another body, I don’t know if he can use female body. Normaly DL unique power need some conditions to use.

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      • dragoonofinfinity said:

        1) pay attention next time. I said he would use her as a bargaining chip (i.e. he would offer Marcho to Dantalian in exchange for either an alliance or non-intervention pact. I know they can’t directly help each other.
        2) that is the conjecture of someone bitter over their own position and may or may not be completely accurate. He is also considering every angle (he can keep himself safe if he guarantees at least one of the other old demon lords won’t attack him, Marcho’s power is very compatible with his since dragon’s monsters can’t be controlled as long as he has his king and time is time i.e. one of the strongest forces in the universe).
        3) his power is to control anything “black” (in both the physical or metaphorical sense). He dyed one of the younger demon lord’s hearts black (possibly more than one as insurance) and used that as a way to possess them after his death.

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      • Misery's End said:

        Most S rank monsters that the older demonlord possess are gifts from the creator himself. Other then Procell, the other demonlord’s can at most only produce A rank medals. In turn, they can only reliably produce A rank monsters, with a very rare chace for low S rank if they get lucky when combining two A rank medals. Procell on the other hand, can reliably make S rank monsters due to his creation medal being able to combine three A rank medals AND being able to consciously choose what monster he will make.

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      • dragoonofinfinity said:

        @Misery’s End: no demon lord other than Procell can make S rank monsters without the creator’s intervention. Procell’s medal is busted on 3 fundamental levels:
        1) any medals he uses, it can create a monster 1 grade higher than than the sum of the medals used (for instance, 2 A medals and a B medal have 33% chance to be B or 66% chance to be A. Procell’s medal would make that an S/A split instead, if the second part didn’t exist)
        2) he can choose out of every possibility what he wants that monster to be (so those percentages? Yeah just throw them out. He gets 100% chance of the highest tier possible with the medals he uses).
        3) so long as he hasn’t made the medal before, he can use his medal to create any medal (including ones that likely don’t exist, such as hero medals).

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    • YouLaAi said:

      P/s: when I say dragon is too big it mean size of monster.
      ATK = attack
      And I think Chimera monster should have few parts that different with it mythology models.

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      • YouLaAi said:

        I just thought what if Hydra in mythology was an A-rank or B-rank monster. Then S-rank Hydra should have more kind of attack then just poison. A kind like five heads Dragon 😤😤😤

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  7. Aguinaldo "Cursed Lich" Silvestre said:

    Thanks for the chapter.

    Only Procell can be fairly dissatisfied with B-rank monsters since he is spoiled with S-Ranks.

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  8. Abyss Howls attack a bit weak, it can use space ad shadow to escape, but it can’t use it to attack like Shadow Claw, Shadow Scar, Space Cutter, Space Scar and so on 😀

    Thx for the chapter ^^

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  9. Thanks

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  10. Reaper Phoenix said:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Isn’t that counting cards? I think it’s illegal in most if not all modern casinos.

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    • Pedro Ferreira said:

      Procell doesn’t care about the money, so you can cheat as long as it isn’t too obvious

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    • Aguinaldo "Cursed Lich" Silvestre said:

      Counting cards isn’t illegal if no other person or device help you with it; is reproachable in a casino standpoint so they send you away and ban you for entering its premises and put you in their shared register of “cheaters” for face recognition.

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    • dragoonofinfinity said:

      Sure, in modern casinos. In post-apocalyptic casinos where the understanding of math dropped to…well, almost nothing? I’m not sure if any of the dealers understand what card counting is.

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  11. kirindas said:

    Thanks for the new chapter! I feel like Ruhe will definitely find a way to bribe them. XD

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  12. THE DOG THAT GUARD THE GATE OF HELL said:

    why not a 3 head dog

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  13. Exfernal said:

    Looks like these dog (wolf?) monsters would also need paw mounted claw weapons.

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  14. -mokelo- said:

    Oh here i thought they will become dog-eared lolis! ~nanodesu!

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  15. jinxs2011 said:

    “It spitted out ten”
    should be
    “It spat out ten”
    Spitted would mean that it put 10 bullets on spits a second. Like, rotisserie style spitting. Which makes no sense.

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  16. Thanks….. Nepu…..
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    (;´Д`)
    (  八)       ∫∬
     〉 〉      0□

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  17. Belkar said:

    Thank you!

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