Chapter 17: The Creator’s Rewards

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We had broken the crystal and thus ended the [War].

Immediately after, I was being Transferred.

Which is it going to be? Am I being returned or am I being summoned?

 

 

I slowly opened my eyes.

I found myself sitting at a round table.

It didn’t seem like I was in the [Pig] Demon Lord’s dungeon anymore, to say the least.

 

“I know this place. I’ve been here before…”

 

It was the same place I was brought to after my [War] against three Demon Lords.

Suddenly, at what seemed to be the designated head of the round table, a light shined brightly and then formed the outline of a person. After a while, the light faded and revealed calm-looking old man.

The Creator had no fixed form, merely taking on the form of whatever the observer imagined the former would have. In my case, he was like this, an old man.

 

“[Creation] Demon Lord Procell, you’ve entertained me today as well. I haven’t seen a child of the celestial bodies as strong or as brilliant as you. Why, instead of being a child of celestial bodies, you might have ascended into being one yourself.”

 

The Creator, who had a coarse voice and a good mood, praised me so.

Even if I asked him what he meant by me ascending into being one of the celestial bodies, he might just dodge the question. If anything, to see how I would react might just be why he mentioned it and made it sound important. He was the kind of individual to enjoy such things, after all.

So, I decided to just ignore it.

 

“It’s an honor to have entertained you. Is it safe to assume that the reason why I’ve been summoned here is to receive your kind words?”

 

I chose to be respectful. This was the being that made me, after all.

 

“Indeed, but it would be stingy of me to give you just that. So, like all children of the celestial bodies that have managed to entertain me, I would be giving you a reward. But before that, it seems you still haven’t used the reward I’ve given you before. That saddens me, you know.”

 

The Creator was talking about the reward he gave me when I won against three Demon Lords.

Actually, because of the advice I got from Marcho, I had been doing the best I could to avoid using the reward that he gave me. According to her and my own experience thus far, the Creator was someone that enjoyed the suffering of us Demon Lords.

A power given by him was fascinating and powerful, but at the same time, it always came with some kind of trap.

If the reward was purely detrimental, us Demon Lords would resent him more than we have and be plunged into pure agony, which apparently was something the Creator didn’t find entertaining.

So, the system in place was one where we could potentially avoid the trap in the reward so long as we made correct judgements. If we make the tiniest of mistakes though, we would suffer for it deeply, maybe for the rest of our lives even.

And yet, even knowing that, I had used [Rebirth] two times. For I had not, I would have lost Duke and Marcho. I would rather suffer the cost for the rest of my life than lose them.

 

Fortunately, I haven’t been put in any dire situation where using the other reward I received was necessary.

 

“I just want to avoid overreliance on the Creator’s powers. Instead, I want to win using my own strength as much as possible.”

 

It wasn’t like I could say I don’t want to use your so-called reward as much as possible because it has a built-in landmine, now could I?

 

“How admirable. Sadly, it’s also boring. So, how about this to give you a reason to use [Rank Up]: if you don’t use it within two months, starting now, something unpleasant would happen.”

 

The Creator said such an unreasonable thing. Worse yet, he didn’t specify what he meant by something unpleasant.

[Rank Up] was the aforementioned reward I got from my [War] against three Demon Lords.

Just as its name would imply, one of the effects of this ability was to increase a monster’s rank by one. That much was plenty strong enough, but it also had the effects of healing the target monster’s wounds and restoring the monster’s magic power.

Because of that, I had decided to reserve it for when one of my monsters was on the verge of death. In those situations, on top of being restored to perfect condition, they would also grow stronger, allowing them to challenge in better terms a previously unbeatable enemy.

It was an ability worthy of being called a trump card. However, that only made me even more vigilant against the trap it had.

 

“Understood. I’ll use it within two months.”

 

I didn’t want to use it, but the threat of not using it gave me little choice.

The next question then was on whom to use it. I was curious what would happen when used on an S rank monster, but I had no desire to use it on Kuina and the others. They were my precious daughters and I was not willing to put them at risk.

 

“Umu, prudent choice. Now, to congratulate you this time, I’m giving you a new reward.”

 

One of the Creator’s fingertips shined with a light. That light then slowly floated toward me until it hit my forehead.

Like that, I received a new ability. At a glance, it seemed very useful, but…

 

“Thank you very much.”

“Umu, I’m glad you liked it. Just make sure you don’t sit on this one. I haven’t imposed a time limit on it, but if you take too long again, I will.”

“Yes. I’ll make use of it as soon as an opportunity presents itself.”

 

It seemed very useful, but like all of the Creator’s rewards, I first had to think hard on it.

Until now, I had the luxury to not use the rewards. For that reason, I had an inclination to acquire as much of them as I could, saving them up in case of a rainy day. There were the traps to be mindful about, sure, but knowing I had insurance made me feel better.

However, now that I was forced to use them, it might be necessary to win in such a way that it didn’t entertain the Creator.

 

“Then, [Creation] Demon Lord Procell, who shines noticeably brighter than the other new children of the celestial bodies, you may now return. I expect you to shine brighter still.”

 

My body was then overcome with the floating sensation of [Transfer].

In a sense, this meeting with the Creator has tired me out more than the [War].

I just want to return to Avalon and rest already.

 

 

The [Transfer] was over and I found myself on a plain.

This was where the [Pig] Demon Lord’s dungeon would have been if his crystal was still intact.

Upon seeing me, my subordinates gathered around me.

 

“I’m sorry to have kept everyone waiting. Let’s go back to Avalon, shall we?”

“Welcome back, Oto-san. When we get home, let’s have a party!”

“Mhm. The golems will help in the preparations.”

“Count me in too! After resting under the golden apple tree, I’ve recovered greatly!”

 

My [Monsters of the Covenant]—Kuina, Rorono, and Aura—were the among the firsts to rush to me.

Aura had returned to Avalon in the middle of the [War], but had been Transferred back to the place she was in before the [War] started which was here.

 

“A party, huh? Not a bad idea. Yeah, sure, let’s hold a victory celebration party.”

“Yay! Today’s gonna be feast too!”

 

The [War] this time had been so abrupt that the thought of such things hadn’t crossed my mind.

But since we have been holding a celebration party after each win to the point that it have become a sort of tradition, not having one this time would make everyone feel rather disappointed.

 

“Alright, let’s go grand this time. Ruhe, can you hear me? Go back ahead of us via the Abyss Howls and then cooperate with the ones in Avalon to prepare for the party.”

 

A nearby puddle of water rippled, and in the next moment, a blue-haired, beautiful girl appeared.

She was Ruhe the R’lyeh Diva.

 

“Eeeeeeh, I’ve already worked so hard though. And now, you’re giving me even more work. You’re really a slave driver, patron.”

“…I guess I should mention that sky’s the limit for the budget on this party. I’ve also been thinking of leaving you in charge of choosing which drinks to serve.”

 

Ruhe’s face then made a 180 turnaround from being displeased to being exuberant.

The bait worked.

 

“Yes, beloved patron, I’d love return to Avalon right away! Everyone, come on, hurry. Gufufufufu, I wonder which ones I should pick. There’s the vintage wine I’ve always wanted to drink, there’s also that, and that… Oh, there’s also those high-class brandies and whiskeys making the rounds in Avalon lately. I’ve always wanted to drink them, but they were just too expensive to buy with my own money. Oh, oh, oh, good drinks need good snacks! I have to be careful in selecting each item. So much to do!”

 

With a suspicious-looking smile, Ruhe returned to Avalon together with some Abyss Howls.

By leaving that task to her, I could expect the finest of drinks and snacks to be served in party. There were a lot of things to be said about her, but her palate and aesthetic sense were not among them.

Moreover, Duke was there in Avalon to assist.

 

“Alright, time to go home. Everyone, enter the containers!!”

 

My monsters all began to move.

While lining up, they were pondering on the aftereffects of the [War], being excited for the party, and generally just laughing with each other.

When I looked at them, a warm feeling spread within me.

 

“I’m so glad we won again. Otherwise… I would have lost them all.”

 

Looking at the flatland that used be the [Pig] Demon Lord’s dungeon, I felt pain in my chest.

Once a Demon Lord’s crystal was broken, their dungeon as well as their monsters would all vanish.

Not the city that was gradually getting closer to being my ideal city, not my important monsters who laughed with me, no, none of them would remain should it come to that.

That realization hit me once again.

 

And so, I renewed my vow to never lose. To that end, I needed to grow stronger.

Which reminded me that when I broke the [Pig] Demon Lord’s crystal, I obtained the ability to use his [Pig] skill, as well as the ability to select his [Pig] medal as the medal to produce for a given month.

Being able produce another kind of A rank medal meant a lot to me and my [Creation] medal.

His [Pig] skill was extremely useful as well. I didn’t care for its function to gain control over female monsters via violating them, but its function to strengthen my body was very welcome. After all, if a Demon Lord dies, it was all over.

 

While I was on it, I remembered that I had obtained three other Demon Lords’ skills from breaking the respective Demon Lord’s crystals.

 

[Steel]: Allows the user to summon and to freely shape steel. Such things as weapon generation is also possible.

The power to make steel weapons was extremely irrelevant to me. I had no need to make weapons made from inferior materials.

 

[Viscosity]: Freely produce mucus. Also allows the user to harden mucus.

Other than having shock absorption and magic resistant properties, this mucus could also be used in place of antifreeze and fire-spread-inhibiting materials. It’s a surprisingly useful ability that could even help in the healing of wounds. If made to harden, it can be as tough as steel and thus be used as a weapon. All that being said, I haven’t found the chance to make use of this ability.

 

[Evil]: Can impregnate females. The strength of the born monster is relative to the mother’s strength. The burden the skill places on the mother is severe.

…how the hell am I to use this? Using this on my girls is out of the question. I didn’t want to use it on other Demon Lords’ monsters either. And since I was aiming to coexist with human beings, I didn’t want to use it on them too. This one would be locked away for the rest of my life, unused.

 

With the arrival of the [Pig] skill, I finally gained something I could use.

After reviewing all of the skills though, I realized once again just how absurd my [Creation] was.

 

“Oto-san! We’re ready to leave!”

 

Kuina beckoned to me.

It’s time to go, huh? Better not keep them waiting.

While I thought that, I once again promised to myself that I would never lose, that I would never part with my city or my monsters.

I would get so strong that this would be the last time we would have such a close fight.

Now, time to go home. Back to Avalon.

 


TL note:

I changed Children of the Planet to Children of the Celestial Bodies, as Planet might imply the world they’re living in. Aura’s skill will also change. Yes, I might be thinking too much into it, just like what the Creator wants.


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36 thoughts on “Chapter 17: The Creator’s Rewards”

  1. Minh Hieu Dao said:

    He should rank up kohaku to get a s rank, then he can build another maelstrom

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  2. Sight, another hidden gift…
    That rank up, why not use it on a wind dragon that can level up? Having an A rank second in command next to Duke would be a fine asset to his forces.

    Also, would someone rape him already!? Im getting sick and tired of hearing him say that “they are like my daughters” or “i will NEVER lay a hand on my girls” and so on..
    Werent we told that they took the form of young and beautiful girls because of his inner desires? He even played around with the wolf girl to his heart content when he lost control of himself.
    He is really getting on my nerves on this subject, and considering all of those skills that need some kind of female… Yeah..

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

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  3. Viscosity (B) + Dragon (A) + Creation (S) + Rank Up
    turn Creation into Regeneration
    Kill it upon birth
    Have Duke up-rez it
    Trade it to Viscosity as a faction join thing, whereas Procell can still make lower ranked ones that would come out of a maelstrom as S

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  4. Thanks for the chapter desu~

    And Procell the perma-virgin continues to get sex related abilities…

    The Creator’s a total bastard lol
    Adding deadlines to the powers he gives…

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  5. Can’t believe I forgot how big of a mega pussy Procell is when it comes to women. *Continues to acquire sex-based abilities* *Continues declaring his eternal celibacy*. I’m not saying he should use these abilities but then why has the author bothered even giving them to him? Guess he really enjoys the extra clicks his story gets from maintaining that R-15 huh.

    Didn’t he marry Marcho? Where has she been? What has she been doing? This prick is only worried about his city and how cute and amazing his daughters are. YOU HAVE A WIFE DICKWEED.

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    • Lmao this is why his name Procell stands for Professionally Celibate XD hahaha I can’t remember who it was that said it, but it fits perfectly XD

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    • I mean… He didn’t say he would stay a virgin… He said he wouldn’t use the mind control/brainwashing or ability to impregnate women(Normally the demon lords can’t make children. Only monsters and they occasionally adopt younger demon lords.

      I’m pretty sure he can do the deed, without using the side affect littered abilities. >_>

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      • I think his main problem with those skills is that they puts a strain on the mothers or take one’s free will. As such he either forces himself on a woman to get control/offspring or he uses it to make offspring with someone that agrees, however he wouldn’t use that on someone he likes/values due to the sideeffects. So he can’t use either of the abillities, as he is to nice to do so. Also he’s a rational guy, so having sex without getting offspring would be pointless to him, plus i think he’s afraid to lose to his desires so doing it would only put him at risk.

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  6. Since procell used rebirth on marcho can we assume that he can use rank up on himself and create s ranked medals and upgrade his creation attribute?

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    • I don’t think the concept of rank is directly applicable to demon lords. He shouldn’t be able to use it on himself. The rebirth thing directly transformed Marcho’s essence, it isn’t really the same.

      Rather, I don’t want it to be possible narratively. Demon Kings often focus on their personal strength, but it’s the wrong path as a demon king. They’re supposed to follow the path of a ruler. Their strength comes from their subordinates. In the case of Demon Kings this is actually literal, as their subordinates getting stronger leads to an increase in their personal strength.

      There are a few different things I want that the reward could be, and a couple are increases to his abilities, but not as an individual but as a king. The ability to tie his origin to those core members aside from the first three, the ability to give extra names, the ability to subordinate demon Kings directly such that their dungeons are extensions of his own and not truly separate despite existing in different places (king rank up to emperor.) I wouldn’t want to see a direct increase in strength, the creation ability, or accessibility of the awakened state.

      I have a sort of theory for the awakened state and what it represents. I think the attributes a demon lord has affects their personality. Procell’s core attribute is creation. He’s a dad who cherishes his family. He is the platonic ideal of platonic love, which is probably why it’s so frustrating to see him interact with Marcho. On the other hand his awakened form contains the inversion of those values, the normal parts of him as a person that have been suppressed by the power of the concept of creation that he carries with him. Until he can integrate his awakened form more with himself he will remain incomplete as a person. But. Every crystal he breaks adds to him an additional Concept. These have not been digested. They become part of the awakened form of the rejected self. Due to the nature of his enemies there comes a trend in the new concepts gained. They oppose the nature of creation strongly. Most notably Evil and Pig. Probably the next major increase in his strength is when he manages to accept and integrate steel, which is relatively compatible and low rank, into his surface persona and into his creation ability, strengthening it in regards to metals. Probably his final form as a god is that of Chaos. It involves both creation and destruction, but all things are born from it. It is a complete and balanced attribute rather than one doomed to stagnancy like creation alone.

      It also seems quite like the creator to lay a trap like that within the strength gain from defeating another demon lord. Eat too much without properly digesting and your very essence will become twisted.

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  7. Since procell used rebirth on marcho can we assume that he can use rank up on himself and create s ranked medals and upgrade his creation attribute?

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  8. Thanks for the treat.

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  9. I really curious how strong a ranked up s rank monster would be. For their attributes I’m pretty sure one of Marcho’s attributes is ranked EX. So with that in mind, we can assume the rank up for an S rank would be EX Rank.

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  10. Aguinaldo "Cursed Lich" Silvestre said:

    Thanks for the chapter!

    I guess Kohaku is the one most likely to receive the rank up since using in the S-Rank people would be too risky. And now a new secret reward that we don’t know; sometimes I think the author wrote this way because (s)he wanted time to think what to give when writing the WN.

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    • The Author missed the skill of the demons more who Procell Miller Insite Marco dungeon like Bow and Bird Demon Lord .

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      • He didn’t directly break the crystals of those 2 demon lords, it was astaroth who went to attack the dungeon of those 2 so procell wouldn’t have gotten their abilities

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      • Aguinaldo "Cursed Lich" Silvestre said:

        No, you’re right about bird but he does have Arrow’s ability and tested it with a gun when he awakened near Marcho and she said to test Evil’s ability on her.

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  11. can...he.use..evil..skill..on..marco..went..have.sex said:

    CAN,,HE,,USE,,,THE,,,EVIL,,DEMON,LORD,,SKILL
    WENT,,HE,,HAS,SEX,WITH,,MARCO

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  12. Reaper Phoenix said:

    Thanks 4 the chapter!

    What would happen if an S ranked monster used Ranked Up? Has it been mentioned before?

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  13. What would happen if he used rank up on himself?

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  14. dragoonofinfinity said:

    Brings up “Evil’s” ability, then completely writes it off even after Marcho suggests using it (on her)…will he ever remember that he basically married her and that many married couples have kids?

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    • Yeah even though it feels like Marco was written straight out the story or she’s just going to have cameos from time to time because Pro/Loli/Pedocell hasn’t done much of anything at all with her

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      • i hope the landmine for marchos rebirth goes off and she beats the ever living shit out of him.

        marcho: i want your baby

        “daughters” ‘: we want YOUR babies

        procell: i must protect my professional celibacy! i shall never make babies no matter who asks.

        marcho: fine… at least pay attention to me?

        procell: hello piggy bank, goodbye piggy bank.

        procell is such a douche canoe.

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      • Misery's End said:

        That has always bothered me about Procell, he “worked” so hard to keep her around and then basically ignores her there after. He only pays her any attention when she either throws herself at him or he goes to collect her medles/dungeon points. It almost feels like he suffered from Asperger’s or something similar…

        Honestly, i think the whole blueballed MC trope is nearly as bad as ntr. It’s like the author cant handle their creations getting what they will never have.

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  15. Thank you very much for the chapter!

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  16. Thanks for the new chapter!

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  17. It seems to me there’s no way the healing factor of the rank-up isn’t gonna be used. So I’m not sure who will get it. I also suspect negative effects from increasing the rank of S ranks is part of the trap and should be avoided. Something relatively controlled and not a random result of battle that could greatly injure one of his sub-S creatures… Possibilities I can think of: that tiger whatshisname that’s A rank and largely forgotten needs to push himself to the very limit to break through for some reason, then gets healed. Dwarf Smith gets pregnant but her body isn’t strong enough to bear the child of an S rank dragon with the berserk trait as just an unnamed A rank. Not involving healing: that chief succubus in Marcho’s dungeon. Having her rank up gives Marcho more freedom to move and once their dungeons are somehow bridged together more solidly she would be excellent as a combination night district manager and head teleporter.

    Unlikely but would be interesting: Dantalian gets caught in a trap and circumstances prevent his allies from being able to help. Dantalian manages to send the heavily wounded Fel to Procell and transfers ownership. Resigned message about how it wasn’t so easy to flout the world’s laws: fate conspired to correct the imbalance. Fel gets rank up heal, dangerous because of her rank. Now with a dark revenge arc and yet another strength boost ability for his team that wears on her sanity. Black, the main culprit, escapes again. However, the direct culprit who is a fanatical servant of black is a woman and HIS woman and Procell is pissed and finally justifies using his NTR breeding powers, probably while awakened. That was too detailed. Something about this series tempts me to write it for the author.

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    • I know the temptation too well lol

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    • dragoonofinfinity said:

      As it stands, route A is the most likely. Kohaku has become lazy and (maybe just my imagination) a bit listless, perhaps from being surrounded by monsters that even the oldest demon lords would call trump cards, but are increased once a month by his new master. Maybe he gets himself into trouble trying to prove his existence in this sea of overwhelming talent and gets himself injured?

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  18. “The burden the skill places on the mother is severe.” Has that always been a part of the skill? I don’t remember.

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    • The wording’s a bit different, but yes. Lower ranking monsters might die from it, but S rank monsters might be fine in the long run.

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      • Tbh even normal pregnancy places a heavy burden on the mother, but S-ranks probably could shrug off a normal pregnancy and maintain the fighting strength of an A rank while protecting the baby. My going theory is that rather than presenting an actual threat to the health of mature S-ranks it reduces their strength to that of a mortal during the pregnancy and thus takes them out of commission. No evidence for that except for thinking it’ll probably get used at some point though. Not sure if on an impatient Marcho or on a subdued enemy that hurt his family enough to bring out his dark side.

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  19. Thank you!

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  20. Thanks

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