Chapter 030: Third negotiation audience with the Pope and Object X
After returning from the labyrinth, Katria-san called out to me first.
“Welcome back. That expression … Well firstly thank you for returning safely.”
“Please stop doing that. If Katria-san who always takes care of me bows her head to me, I’ll feel uncomfortable.”
“Please stop with those mischievous eyes. Well then first of all, please convert my magic stones into points.”
“Mou. I wanted you to let me tease you a little bit more.”
Even while saying that Katria-san had already taken my card and was moving the magic stones into her bag. That’s right Katria-san had always used a magic bag with greater capabilities compared to mine to perform P conversion.
“It’s really amazing this time. 426,549P.”
“It was quite good. Nevertheless, this time could really be expressed with the bold letters ‘Seriously’ bad. Without 「Area High Heal」 I would have really died.”
” … To be able to cast 「Area High Heal」 at such an age, Luciel-kun are you sure you didn’t falsify your age?”
” … Eh? But when I registered at 15 years old I couldn’t even cast 「Heal」?”
“Or did you dabble with things like dubious drugs.”
“There’s no way I would … Ah?!”
“Let’s cleanse you by confessing your sins in front of the Pope.”
My arm had been firmly caught.
“I was thinking of going there as well. I have something on my mind so please bring me to the Pope this time as well.”
“Ara? Somehow you’ve become more aggressive. Was it because you finally defeated the 30th floor boss?”
“No. This time I just hope that the Pope knows anything regarding something that I have been drinking for more than 2 years.”
” … That’s very different from what I had in mind.”
“That’s because I feel like I’m very close to solving a 2 year long mystery.”
“I feel that the tension is somewhat higher as well. Perhaps you really almost died?”
“Hahaha. I was actually surprised at how the situation turned out. This time, I succeeded with no damage taken only because luck was on my side, allowing me to realise that Holy magic is effective against the Undead. If not for that, I might have died.”
“Luciel-kun, it’s a bad omen to keep saying that you will die so please stop.”
“I was saying it figuratively. Sorry.”
“Well then should we go?”
We continued our conversation while we walked.
“So then what monsters appeared this time?”
“3 Wights and 5 Specter Knights appeared and I truly thought that I would die. I was saved thanks to the fact that somehow I reached level VIII and became capable of using「Area High Heal」. But I am afraid that eventually beast-type undead like Undead Dragons and Dullahans would eventually appear.”
“I see. By the way dragons are classified as fairies and not as undead so Holy magic would not have any effect on them.”
” … Seriously?! I pray that this doesn’t become a flag.” (TL: In Japanese gaming terminology a flag (in this case a death flag or an encounter flag) is where a certain event is triggered by a certain choice made in a game; in this case by him mentioning about undead dragons he’s hoping that he won’t end up really encountering it)
“Don’t mind me.”
“By the way what have you been drinking?”
“Some extremely stinky and disgusting drink called Object X from the Adventurer’s Guild. They said that it was made for the adventurer’s by some sage in the past but have you heard of it?”
“Nope I’ve never heard of it. Is it well known?”
“Yes. Up to the point that I received nicknames because I continued to drink it.”
” … That seems fairly intense. Even so … Your holiness it is Katria.”
Thus my third negotiation audience with the Pope began.
Katria-san and I knelt down and bowed our heads down before the Pope spoke up.
“Is today’s matter regarding the 30th floor boss?”
“Yes. It is regarding the matter that he defeated the 30th floor boss.”
“Umu. Thank you for your hard work. Even so, to reach the 30th floor on your own, you have exceeded my expectations.”
“Thank you very much. This was also thanks to the equipment and tools I’ve received.”
“Hohou. However that is unlikely to be the only reason. I’ve heard that you have high magical powers as well.”
“I have something to report with regards to that. Apparently he has been drinking something called Object X said to be made by a sage.”
“This is it.” I extracted the barrel of Object X from my magic bag.
“?! Put that back immediately!”
” … Ugh, is that poison?”
Huh? Was it that smelly? Not only Katria-san, even the maids had frowns on their faces.
“No, it comes from a magic tool made by a sage-sama from a deal with the Adventurer’s Guild. Between adventurers they talk of it as something that even monsters wouldn’t approach.”
“There was such a thing? Wait … What is the official name for that?”
“I’ve only heard it called as Object X. It is something that novice adventurers must be able to drink.”
” … Maybe, that is not Object X but the pill developed by the adventurers made by mixing various herbs, the heart of a dragon, water from the spirits, root of the world tree and other items, and they somehow developed a magic tool capable of making something similar but for some reason it became a liquid so they renamed it. No, if that is the case then it shouldn’t be named Object X. Supposedly during the time when it was a pill, the assigned name was tasteless so the inventor renamed it as God’s Grief. That should have been written down in literature.”
It was without a doubt a cheat item. But the world would have been fine without such a strange item.
“That liquid form of God’s Grief, Object X might be the source of my success. True, it is so disgusting that even the gods would lament it, the sense of taste and smell would be damaged for 1 hour after consuming it and there is even slight amounts of poison mixed in. However, I’ve learned that the body’s immunity is capable of detoxifying the poison such that the poison doesn’t accumulate. I drink a mug of this in undiluted form after breakfast, lunch and dinner. I started drinking this 2 and a half years ago and I may have reached this stage thanks this.”
I lightly tapped the barrel of Object X kept within my magic bag.
” … Have you really been drinking that?”
“Yes. That’s because this a world that one loses life easily. I wouldn’t feel at ease without doing things that can be done to prevent that. Without any risks, if just by drinking it one can become stronger then of course I drank it. Ah, with the exception of the nicknames gained and pitying gazes obtained from drinking this.”
I felt slightly sad when I said that.
“I understand. Your extraordinary growth was due to your hard work and suffering.”
” … Luciel-kun is amazing.” Oh? Katria-san has returned to normal.
“Umu. If that’s the case then there’s no issue. Although the sage had really neglected to think about how it would turn out taste and smell-wise.”
I totally agree.
“Well then, what were the monsters this time?”
“Yes. 3 Wights and 5 Specter Knights. I defeated them while on the run using 「Area High Heal」.”
“Hou. To be able to reach such heights at such a young age, you might one day even ascend to the rank of Archbishop.”
“I will work hard.”
“Well then take them out.”
I took out all the items I picked up and passed them over to the maids.
As usual, the Pope looked at the items handed over by the maids and suddenly muttered.
“This belongs to those 3 girls … That’s enough for today. I will pass the rewards to Katria, good luck with the labyrinth capture.”
Her voice sounded slightly stiff and gloomy. Looks like it was a setting with those 3 being her acquaintances. (TL: He still thinks that they are acting out the setting for the ‘game’ = labyrinth he is assigned to clear)
After leaving the Pope’s room, I went to the dining hall for the first time in a long time.
“Ah, oneesan, long time no see. Please give me a generous serving for today’s dinner.” (TL: Oneesan = Elder sister or a polite way of calling a woman who is younger than aunty but older than a young girl)
“Erm knight-sama, how much do you desire?”
The oddly stiff manner of speech left question marks hanging above my head.
“What is with that manner of speech? I am Luciel.”
I checked my surroundings before quietly whispering. Obachan stiffened, before her face thawed out and was replaced with a gentle expression. (TL: Obachan = aunty)
“Ohhh so it was Luciel-kun. With your hair tied up and your equipped armour, I totally had no idea who you were. I will immediately go prepare your food.”
After that the kitchen was fairly hectic. “Thank you for waiting. Eat up and regain your energy.” A plate that had slightly more than my usual was prepared for me.
“It looks delicious. Great job.”
“Thanks for the compliment. I’ll pass it on to the others.”
“Thank you. I’ll leave it up to you the next time as well.”
After taking a seat and while having my warm meal, I thought “Do the waiters here have it tough? They look so tense.”
“Thank you for the delicious meal. I’ll be back tomorrow.”
“Then I’ll prepare plenty tomorrow.”
“Yeah. Thank you.”
I conversed with obachan and returned to my room.
“There hasn’t been any harassments, maybe everyone knows that I do not stay here. Maybe they can’t openly challenge me because not only is it impossible to intimidate using force within the church headquarters, I have also had multiple audiences with the Pope.”
While I considered that, I read the magic spell books for the first time in a long time and concentrated on fundamental magic training before falling asleep at the place I laid down upon.
The next morning, I had a filling meal and collected my bento. Right when I wanted to enter the labyrinth, Katria-san was unusually already there.
“Katria-san, good morning.”
“Good morning. Luciel-kun the Pope gave you this …”
A piece of parchment was handed to me.
“It seems like records of God’s Grief, or Object X’s, effects.”
God’s Grief aka Object X was written in detail.
“There’s quite a lot written down, oh well. I’ll be entering the labyrinth then.”
“Good luck. If you have any troubles come discuss them with me.”
” … ? Okay. Thank you.”
Katria-san had unusually displayed eyes with pity and quickly hid them away or was it my imagination?
I thought about that as I entered the labyrinth.
After defeating the monsters from the 1st floor to the 20th floor, right before sleeping I read the parchment I received and got a shock.
Below is word for word what was recorded in literature regarding God’s Grief aka Object X.
There was a trend that the occupations related to the church like knights, healers and priests was on the decline due to mankind’s three greatest desires, the desire to sleep, the desire to eat and the desire for sexual pleasure.
Although I feel immensely regretful that I was forced to name it God’s Grief, I created this remedy so that they would not be treated unfairly in this world and so that they would not lose the joy of living as people.
The effects are increased appetite, increased sexual desire and activated autonomic nervous system. As a by-product, I learnt that various abnormal status resistances are gained, and dormant cells are activated resulting in various statuses becoming easier to rise.
When I introduced it to the church, I was consecutively criticised for the smell so it was deemed inappropriate by church and disposed of.
I was depressed. At that moment the Adventurer’s Guild headquarter’s master Crius was interested in its effects and wanted to make newbies drink it.
Thus my research was instead harnessed by the Adventurer’s Guild.
I’ve decided to concentrate all my research into one day developing a remedy that can be introduced to the church as well.
Subsequently within the church, every time the sage-sama made a new adjustment to the remedy it released a nasty odour, so the therapeutic medicine was never completed.
After I finished reading I understood. That pitying eyes from Katria-san was because she saw me as an asexual (TL: no sexual desire. She thought that he had low sexual desire so he drank Object X to boost it XD). Wait.
And then I realised, I could converse with females and I do have interest in them but I’ve never felt horny.
“Note to self, once I clear the labyrinth, I will go fall in love with someone.” I somehow mustered energy from my tired body, only after reaching the 30th floor did I finally recover from my shock.
The next day, while exploring the 31st floor, I also had combat with the Specter Knight squad. Incidentally they disappear with only 1 cast of purification magic so, without being unreasonable, I gradually increased the numbers that I faced and I began training within my labyrinth training ground.
Thank you for your work!
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Hahahaha! Luciel is asexual even after continous libido boost
"The effects are increased sexual desire…" eeeerm nope, Luciel is totally asexual, he hasn't make the slightest comment about all the beautifull oneesans in the church or the adventurer's guild…
Thanks for the chap~!!!
Object X is always Object X! Don't change the name since Object X sounded more ominous XD
yeah, its just like something from Youjo Senki….;D
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thank you for the chapter!!! please keep working like this
Maybe! He's also been running himself ragged, relatively speaking, and getting a bit traumatized for just about the whole time that he's been using Object X. That may well be playing an important part there.
Also, thanks for the chapters and enjoy your break, Tseirp!
It’s been almost a year and a half since this comment…but I figured I’d reply since it is probably pretty close to the truth.
On top of that, with how hard he IS working…he’s probably been working off any actual sexual desire his body has (y’know, how some people do it in the real world and stuff, heh).
It’s probably not that he has no sexual desire, but that it’s all being ‘pushed into his training’ instead, making it SEEM like he has none.
Thanks for the new chapter! I don't really get why the creator was worried about priests drowning in lust and made Object X that stimulates sexual desire even more.
A bit late, and dunno if this has been addressed in later chapters, but what the raws say is that: “the 3 great desires (sleep, food, sex) had a tendency to decrease amongst those in occupations related to the church”.
It’s their desires that were decreasing, not the numbers of knights/healers/etc.
No mention of effect to levels it seems…
and Hey!? he forgot about his rewards didn't he =.=
>floor 10 is now a [Checkpoint]
>floor 20 is now the [inn]
>floor 30 is now the [training room]
>floor 40 is now the [Boss room]
I think the sage designed [Object X] to not affect libido for adventurers. They're already a rowdy bunch who does what they want after all.
Lol yea his reward this time was only the Object X literature record =.=
Yea now that I come to think about it, that's weird …
Whattt so Luciel is a gay??? LoL!!
Ah! he's asexual~~~~ really
RIP desire for sexual pleasure xD … well, Object X it's supposed to boost it, so that means that his asexual skill xD was from before Object X… maybe a side effect from the blessing of the God lol… Let's hope he gets it back after one more year or so of Object X 😀
Thank you so much for the chapter you are the best of the best 🙂
Until now i was thinking the Object X was made of monster semen, now it actually made more sense.
I think that Object X is in truth not only blocking his level up but the sexual desire too. His desire to eat too isn't so great either and can be explained with how hard he train. I can't see him as a glutton.
Or maybe he isn't affected by the collateral status, or [Purification] negates them?
Because of Katria-san pitying gaze now I hope that he saves the Valkyrie squadron and then they give him a good reward ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)
My thoughts too, I figure it affects him differently because he’s level 1 and none of the others it’s ever been tested on were. If you need a combat skill to become an adventure then chances are every newbie before him was at least level 2. After that first growth of leveling up I figure there are physiological changes that he hasn’t experienced yet and those changes react with Object X.
My thought would be that Object X suppress it which would make sense. If not, then a temporary high with Object X to increase 'monk time' is the other possibility I'm thinking of.
He eat 5 times normal serving tho
thanks for the chapter /o/
Maybe preists dont reproduce enough, and their numbers are dwindling.
what would be the reactions of the Adventurers if he were to show them that parchment about the origin/purpose of Object X . . .
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Quite a scary effects on Object X tho.. wonder how the increase of sexual desire will be shown Σ(￣ロ￣lll)
There is also a high chance that continuous intake of Object X is having a negative impact on certain aspect of his emotions….in other words…..he starting to become asexual 😛
nop he was from the start XD
bruh, level up already.
Thanks for the chapter.
Maybe his level up notification is broken or something because of the other world god blessing,
This way he can powerup more freely and without limit the levels can give
What does she do to take care if him,and why can’t he accept praise for his work,and are the female knights and adventures built and toned as they should be,and why haven’t they tried to do the labyrinth? Is he truly so stupid and naive that he doesn’t realize he’s being taken advantage of,why does he believes this is a game yet believes he reincarnated? Whose to say everybody doesn’t power up a little for training he was forced into the perfect profession as he behaves as a monk
well the problem is it's actually making him weaker though, his stats can be high but if his level is low then it's pretty worthless in comparision to something that can level
It's actually a good thing his level is supressed, he's unintentionally Min-Maxing his stats due to「Great Luck」, once he raises the below list of stats to X:-
「HP Increased Rate of Growth X」
「MP Increased Rate of Growth X」
「ST Increased Rate of Growth X」
「STR Increased Rate of Growth X」
「VIT Increased Rate of Growth X」
「DEX Increased Rate of Growth X」
「AGI Increased Rate of Growth X」
「INT Increased Rate of Growth X」
「MGI Increased Rate of Growth X」
「RMG Increased Rate of Growth X」
and start levelling up from there, his basic stats will go through the roof for every level.
To be fair, what more could he ask for as a reward? The church views the labyrinth as problematic and has been equipping him with what is probably the best gear they can supply for that purpose, so he already has a large collection of spell books, an OP magic rucksack, assorted mithril weapons, enchanted holy armor (with matching shield) and robes with high magic resistance. All he hasn't been given is a group of followers to help clear the labyrinth, and that's only because they don't have anyone else with the required resistances, he did ask.
I do agree about the Object X, though with different reasoning. It is probable that increased desire would effect an adventurer's ability to complete their job so the effect might have been removed or cancelled out.
There'll finally be some romance in this novel ahahah
1. The equipments he received combined is garbage compared to any boss drop, which they are forcing him to give up.
2. This church is corrupt as hell! Gold hungry priests everywhere, buying your rank with gold.
3. Op rucksack? Nope it's not, the labyrinth shop girl even got a better bag.
4. So far they have only given him 3rd and 2nd rate items.
5. The entire church mafia organisation is forcing you to do their dirty job, no other choice.
Also, this MC got no brains, he still got spell books he havent red and he goes in the dungeon for 3 months? Why does he think the pope is lying to him about the labyrinth? Does it even matter IF it's an illusion or not? He will still die if he mess up, so why is he afraid if it's real (which it is) but not afraid if its a illusion where you can still die?????
1. Yes the boss drops are all super OP. Because they all belong to past leaders and high ranking personnel from the church. The Pope can't possibly leave these church items in the hands of Luciel who is just an lowly exorcist
2. That is the premise of the story 😀
3. Yes Katria's bag is better but if you read SS4 you will know she is the highest ranking Knight in the church. It's not surprising she has more OP items.
4. Yes they have but he will get his share in the future chapter
5. He is not forced to explore the labyrinth. His job scope is only to make sure no zombies crawl out of the labyrinth. It is his own choice to advance into the labyrinth
And he has read all the spell books. Which haven't he read? It matters if it is an illusion because even if you die in an illusion you will get revived (in Luciel's thoughts)
Thanks for the chapter Tseirp!
So she thinks he drinks it because he has no sexual desire? Well I hope this doesn’t lead to a polygamy relationship but have a power op couple
This truly made me sad and wished for the protagonist to go on a harem making spree…
A drink really meant for Saint….
I’m imagining him coming into the specter’s room, and them wondering which one has to spar with him this time.
Whats wrong with being asexual ;(. I’m asexual and nobody pities me.
I am asexual but its a joke so don’t take it too seriously.
O don’t see why they would putty him because if that if anything she and the others like her should be outside as they’re basically slaves and most likely virgins if being one of them breaks marriagrs
What does she do to take care if him,and why can’t he accept praise for his work,and are the female knights and adventures built and toned as they should be,and why haven’t they tried to do the labyrinth? Is he truly so stupid and naive that he doesn’t realize he’s being taken advantage of,a and why does he still view this ad a game hasn’t he accepted he reincarnated
What does she do to take care if him,and why can’t he accept praise for his work,and are the female knights and adventures built and toned as they should be,and why haven’t they tried to do the labyrinth? Is he truly so stupid and naive that he doesn’t realize he’s being taken advantage of,why does he believes this is a game yet believes he reincarnated?