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SL Chapter 1

Hi guys! Yes I know I shouldn’t be translating another series given how busy I am but I couldn’t help myself 😐 After all, I’m already catching up with the author in Growth Cheat and I’ll lose all my hair if I translate Invincible Saint only.

Anyway, I’ve been reading the raws for this webnovel and the writing flows nicely, the MC is likeable and according to the reviews, even though it is a slow life novel, there are quite a number of events and problems that happen and the characters have their own lives instead of just being there for the story. But fair warning, it is a slow life genre so do keep in mind that the start will be a little slow with the world and character building 🙂

The Table of Content page can be found here!

Chapter 1: Apparently, I’m not a true companion

Translator: Tseirp

It has been three years since the start of the invasion of the Avalon continent by the dark continent under the rule of the Demon Lord of Fury, Taraxon.

In just three years, four countries have been destroyed and half of the continent had fallen to the hands of the Demon Lord.

The humans were at wit’s end … but the Gods did not abandon them.


There was a prophecy that foretold the birth of the Hero.

And then, there was a young girl who commanded a local force in a land with barely any defenses and repelled the advance unit of the Demon Lord Army.

The Hero Ruti Lugnason appeared in the capital, evident to everyone to possess the Divine Protection of the Hero.

Having performed various acts like settling the capital’s chaotic underground thief gangs or obtaining the proof of a Hero from the ancient Elves who slumber in the ruins, even the King believed that the young girl was the Hero of legend.


Then, the Hero embarked on a journey to save the world with the people’s cheers and blessings.




Zoltan, a remote frontier far from the Hero’s hometown and far from the Demon Lord Army’s front lines.

Although rich in water sources, it is in the path of the storms coming from the southern sea so it is known by the North and East as the 『Wall at the end of the World』, with further exploration hampered by the Great Mountain Range. In addition, due to the widespread wetlands, transport was bad and development was slow.

Strategically, there was nothing worth noting.


With Zoltan’s abundance of water sources and the flooding of the river due to the storm, the fertile earth supplemented with nutrients with good drainage meant it was a prime agricultural land where one could obtain crops just by sowing seeds. However, trying to earnestly set up an agriculture plot there would result in everything getting blown away due to the storm in most cases so the people there naturally ended up with lazy personalities that hated putting in the effort.

Everyone working in the capital fears being relegated to the Zoltan, the land of laziness. It was an abandoned land where even criminals do not approach as there was no way for them to earn there.

The only people who went there were either fugitives, hermits or weirdos.


However, for the current me, there was no better land to be in.


“Three kilograms of Henbane (TN: Hyoscyamus niger/stinking nightshade/black henbane), two kilograms of Lycium chinense (TN: A boxthorn species from which wolfberry is harvested) leaves, and one bag of white berries …”


I strode up to the collectibles purchase counter in the Adventurers Guild with the medicinal grass I harvested.


“Thank you for your hard work as usual, Red-san … the total will be 130 Peryl.”


The receptionist lady skillfully and promptly completed the weighing and handed me the money.


“Please come again.”


The surrounding adventurers grinned and laughed as they saw me leave the counter.


“Hey Red, you went to harvest herbs again huh? Why not do some Goblin extermination once in a while huh?”

“Sorry. This is my nature.”

“But see, isn’t it time, that copper sword is not cool. I feel ashamed as a fellow adventurer if you don’t at least have a steel sword.”


I shrugged my shoulders.

Of course, it didn’t feel good to be made a fool of but it was nothing compared to that time.

These adventurers were just joking around and weren’t serious. After all, they were also adventurers with the lazy soul of Zoltan, only accepting simple requests.


As to why I would be an adventurer in a place like this … it would be a story from before I became an adventurer specializing in harvesting herbs.




In the past, though I say that but it has not even been a year, I was in the Hero’s party.

At that time, my name was Gideon Lugnason.

What’s there to hide, the Hero Ruti Lugnason was my younger sister.


In this world, every person is born with a Divine Protection. It showed the way the person should live and was a power bestowed upon by the Gods, hence it was called Divine Protection.

According to the type of Divine Protection like 『Warrior』 or 『Magic-user』, it would grant powers in the forms of level and skills.

I had the unprecedented Diving Protection called 『Guide』.

Its power was Starting Divine Protection Level +30.


I was Level 31 the moment I was born.

I had the level of the Imperial Guard Knight class.

Naturally, I was fawned over, actually went to exterminate monsters from the age of six and was scouted by the Knight Order when I was eight. And I was promoted to become vice captain at the age of 18.

When it was known that my younger sister was the Hero, we were hailed as the twin wings of hope for humanity.

After finishing the battle together with Ruti at the frontier, when it was time to depart from the capital to defeat the Demon Lord, I was naturally added to the party.

At the very least, I was stronger than my younger sister at that time and was the top five knight in the capital. Nobody opposed to my addition to the Hero’s party.

Apart from the Sage Ares who was also added to the party.


In the end, Ares was right.

My Divine Protection was 『Guide』. A Divine Protection meant to protect the Hero’s journey.

As the Heroes gained levels and acquired powerful skills, the problems of the 『Guide』 became clear.

The Hero Divine Protection had skills useable by a Hero, a Sage Divine Protection had skills meant for Sages, even the commonplace Warrior Divine Protection had skills prepared for Warriors but there were no skills meant for Guides.

The only skills I could choose from were the common skills everyone could learn.


Even though I was strong at the start of the journey, my companions gradually caught up to me, overtook me and I became baggage to the party.

My role was to aid the immature Hero but to step off the stage once the middle stage approaches.




“You are not a true companion.”


After the end of the fighting against Desmond of the Earth, one of the Four Heavenly Kings of the Demon Lord army, when we were at the celebration at the Lord’s house, I was called outside by my companion Sage Ares and was told that.


“What do you mean?”

“A true companion is a companion who shares the tribulations and fight together.”

“Am I not doing that?”

“You can tell it yourself right? To say it bluntly, you are a burden. The fight with the Four Heavenly Kings, Desmond of the Earth, what did you do?”

” … I was also wielding a sword to fight.”

“No, your sword did not deal any decent damage to Desmond. More importantly, Desmond ignored you. Even though you were caught up in area attacks, he never once attacked you.”


That was certainly true.

I was ignored by Desmond.


“You were not a threat to him and yet you could not avoid an area attack that wasn’t even aimed at you. Having been injured, Ruti had to heal you. Just that alone would cost us one move.”

” … That.”

“Your existence is a weight for Ruti. Don’t you think that is worse compared to just being a burden?”

“At the very least, I still put in the effort to be useful.”

“Effort? Are you an idiot?”


“Even if you put in the effort and succeed, it does not excuse being a burden. Do you think you can be forgiven for being a burden because you put in the effort? Don’t be selfish! You’re not a true companion after all!”


I couldn’t refute his arguments at all.

Maybe it was the right time. I thought.

I always had it at the back of my mind but … maybe today was the day.


“However, I am Bahamut Knight Order’s vice captain, being sent home because I was a burden would hurt the honor of the Knight Order …”

“So you place the honor of the Knight Order before the danger to the world huh? Hmph.”

“That’s why I will investigate the Demon Lord army’s status on my own from now on … and I will not return. At least let me do that.”

“I see, fine. I’ll match your story.”

” … Thanks.”


I tried to leave with my head down.




Ares stopped me.


“Leave your equipment, we were the ones who obtained them.”

” …… ”


Leaving behind the treasured sword on my waist 『Thunder Waker』, the Ring of Mental Defense, the Evasion Coat and other equipment, I received a few coins for travel expenses and a cheap copper sword as I left.


However, I had lingering attachment.

The next day, I wanted to see my younger sister’s face one last time before I left the party.

The younger sister who said Onii-chan, Onii-chan as she hugged me.

Of course, I was a lot weaker compared to her now but I was still worried how my younger sister would be on her own after that, moreover … I was hoping … to see if she was distraught now that I was no longer there.


But … the scene shown in my eyes when I secretly peeped into the window was that of Ares hugging my younger sister with his hands around her shoulder.


“I see … so that’s how it is.”


I was no longer needed. It became clear to me.

Just like he said, I was not a true companion.

Damn it, for some reason, tears came out.


You may no longer need Onii-chan but I would be happy if you would occasionally think of me … while muttering pathetic words, I left town at the break of dawn.


After that, I changed my name to Red, became an adventurer with a boring herb harvesting specialty and flowed to this abandoned land, Zoltan.




“It was tough then.”


Being alone, I sobbed despite being a man.

Having been kicked from the party, I had no drive to do anything for some time. After snatching money by swiftly defeating the bandit group that was plaguing the town I stayed in, although unaccustomed to it, I escaped reality through liquor.

But doing things like that made me stand out.

If my true identity was revealed, I would probably inconvenience the Captain and Lord who took care of me.


I psyched myself up, traveled to the frontier Zoltan as the adventurer Red and decided to have a new dream here.


“I will start a herb store as a business here at Zoltan and leisurely have a slow life on my own! I have no talent in fighting, I will live in peace from now on!”


I was worried for my younger sister but being weaker than her, there was nothing I could do.

I wasn’t a true companion after all so I’ll leave the Demon Lord to them and live for my own sake here!


For that sake, I gathered money through herb harvesting requests and drew a map for myself to show the distribution of medicinal herbs according to the season.


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SL Chapter 2


  1. .   ∧_∧
     ======== \Thanks!!

    Do anyone agree that the Sage should be punched really hard ε٩(。•ˇ₃ˇ•。)۶з

    • Robbini

      Seeing the novel description I was like

      ‘That sage is totally an asshole who went for the hero and kicked out the brother because he was in the way.’

      Probably faked his death to get her angry or closer to him, but that kind of guy would never make her defeat the evils for the common good, he would take advantage of her as long as he could

      • Khaj

        Honestly, it’s a miracle that he didn’t die after that “jerk” kicked him out. He was in the middle of demon territory and any stragglers that they missed on the way in could have gutted him without issue after the tool took away all of his gear.

        • Fuxy

          Yeah. Taking his gear is very suspicious and questionable.

          I pretty certain he earned at least that much just by protecting the hero in her early growth period.

          I certainly wouldn’t have given it up if it were me.

          • Sinfish

            Lol, the point is that’s exactly what we do to guest heroes in RPGs. Strip them of all their equipment because we know they’re leaving.

    • Lacerus

      If I were Gideon, I wouldn’t be satisfied by a mere hard punch. I would dish out a world of pain for the bastard’s douchebaggery.

    • Easykiln

      He wasn’t wrong, but he obviously has ulterior motives. Smells like scum.

    • Tasha

      Totally a-hole who’s aim was to crawl into the Hero’s pants. Hope he didn’t make it!! (and that the Demon King or one of his Generals turns him into meat paste!!)


      Oh my god, I could not agree more! But instead of just a single punch, I feel a more karmic punishment is better fit for a scumbag like him.

  2. Nyamsus

    If you lose your hair, you will get a cyborg editor and scary face reader with scar on his face

  3. CJ Carlet

    Thanks for this novel….
    I think the Sage just kick him out because the hero’s attention who is the MC’s little sister was on him…

  4. Legs

    That sage… I hope he dies a miserable death.
    And thanks for the chapter.

  5. SaMu

    It was the sage again?! Why is the sage becoming the go-to guy when the hero’s party need an asshole?
    MC don’t let that prick sink his teeth into your little sister, darn it!

    Thanks for the chapter

  6. OhMarioWV

    Thanks for the chapter.

    Well, slow life novels have their own charm. Besides, it’s not like the MC was NTR’d or anything. Just some jerk who wanted his sister and proved a point.

  7. Paps

    Thanks for the chapter, it seems like this can be quite interesting. But really the atitude of the MC and the “Saint” is just dumb as heck, I wanted to bash both their heads toguether.

  8. Operatix

    But what’s wrong with MC? He could at least say farewell to his sister, but why didn’t he do it?? I don’t get it, his head made the dumbest reason to not to do it. That Saint gonna be new onii-chan… as if you dumbass. You’re family, it doesn’t matter who has more power. Could have at least wished her all the best luck. Ahh, I hope this doesn’t get more attention later on, it’s hard to surpress myself.

  9. kirindas

    He really should have said goodbye to his sister. The Sage obviously has ulterior motives and tricked her.

  10. SFcipher

    Thanks for the treat.

  11. Treyon

    Wow…. This guy is fkng stupid, he left her sister with a poisonous wolf…. If I were him I would have spoken to my sister and beat the crap out of him if not killing him

    • ishira

      And making the party weaker & awkward? I think his choice is the best in that situation, because if he report to his lil sis, he will get backed up, and it will only increase the ripple in the party between the Sage and him, with him still weighting them because he can’t use any unique skill.

      Between his feeling and world safety, it’s clear which one more heavy.

      • Man_in_a_bearsuit

        Now now, let us put ourselves into the shoes of Onii-chan. His whole life he spent protecting his little sister doing his very best the whole time. However the world itself is unfair. Despite starting far ahead of everyone else his growth multiplier is x1.0. His sister however probably sits at x5.0 as the hero, and the other specialized classes anywhere between x2.0 to x4.0. However despite the increasingly obvious gap he still does his very best to contribute while nursing a growing inferiority complex. Then after a difficult fight where he didn’t rise to the occasion as much as he would like, his “ally” comes up to him dumping salt on an open wound. I know, I know sage is obvious asshole, right? But this asshole is also someone Red risked his life alongside so even if he is an obvious asshole to the audience, this is someone Red entrusted his life to. This brother in arms told him that he is a burden, something Red himself has been struggling to overcome. Red then, well, breaks because being told that one is worthless or a burden by someone you trust is incredibly painful. And then when he is truly at his lowest and seeks the support of his family, he sees that she doesn’t need him anymore thus affirming his feelings of worthlessness. With the foundation upon which his life is built crumbling, he no longer sees the point in staying. So he leaves. I would too under that kind of emotional duress. I actually find it rather admirable that despite losing everything he found a reason to live on, that he still strives to find his own happiness. At least that’s my take on Red’s character, to each their own.

        • Mhilas

          Almost everything you said was right, except the sister part. He assumed she didn’t need him, that was his mistake. Yes the sage probably set the hero up not to talk to him or cheated in a way that his departure was for some very different reason. As brother-in-arms and especially as a blood brother, he was obliged to talk to his sister and explain his reasons, this talk of assuming without confirming anything is one of the things I hate most in novels, a lazy way of weapons plots through misunderstandings pretty ridiculous.

    • johnhallow

      Exactly! I wouldn’t beat up the Sage, but I’d keep the items and warn my sister to stay way from him because he’s obviously an asshole at heart. THEN I’d go, instead of getting sh@t on, going, “Oh OK” and leaving like a complete pussy.

      Too, too many pussy JP MCs with problems that aren’t even problems.

      • Dfdf

        Eh, would still beat him up 100%, defiling my sister in his head, how… do you expect me to like him…?

    • ladojastoputi

      He is the weakest aming them, how will you beat him LOL…..

  12. tempe0

    “You’re not a true companion after all!” so forced eh..this author is trying very hard to insert his title in his story.

  13. Rawmeat

    Well a new novel to read
    Well the MC worried about his sister, but if he showed up before he leave the hero’s party… It would change the course of the story

    Well thank you for the chapter!

  14. Cutie Meow


  15. Alex

    This looks promising. Please,just please, tell me that this is not a harem

  16. Habib

    Thanks for doing this chapter!☺

  17. Rax

    I don’t get him. MC just left as a pathetic idiot. Sage, saying that he drags down his party is ok, it’s pretty much valid point. What I don’t is MC not talking to his sister about it and just disappear. This is number one problem, he should tackle with family. Leaving like that leaves his disappearance open to anyone to warp as they seems fit. Second is dropping all of his items… Like seriously? Wasn’t he the one who was pulling up this whole party, before they beefed up more than him? Talk about gratitude. The only reason I can see is that snake like Sage wants to use these items to stage his death by putting these things on some random unrecognizable corpse and ‘comfort’ his sister.

  18. Laharl8080

    That fucker sage, he is probably tell something else to his sister, I hope he the MC beat him upater…

  19. Jun

    I just want to say thanks.

  20. DaBear

    Thanks for the chapter bro
    sage dude is a total bitch who does he think he is just coz bro is fodder meat shield doesnt mean he has to be treated that way
    No tank wanna tank a party with shitty members coz they are unappreciated

  21. Hollow

    I am normally all for slow life and stuff……but this guy needs to train hard and kick some ass

  22. Anon

    Ok first of all mc leaving is a matter of course, as things are mc will be the one in the most danger.

    It’s too early for any1 to be the bad guy and all events were unfold under the mc POV so it’s obviously biased.

  23. Semopomune

    There’s a word for you MC…


  24. Yago Coca

    I can agree with the Sage about the dead weigh thingy. Putting effort is useless if you are not useful. Cold, hard reality. But asking him to return his gear was low as fuck.

    Still, everything that happened to the MC after that (accepting the shitty sword, not talking with his sister, leaving town to live as a bottom-barrel adventure, etc) is fully the MCs fault for being an overprideful pushover.

  25. Yago Coca

    Well, i can agree with the Sage about him being dead weigh no matter the effort he is putting in it. They are out there to save the word, not for a picnic, and having comrades that weigh down the whole party is more dangerous than strong enemies.
    But then, when he orders the MC to return his gear and in exchange he gives him some useless sword and a few coins… Thats just being an a$$hole.

    Still, him accepting giving up his gear, him accepting the shitty sword and some coins, him giving up saying his good-byes to his sister, him being too prideful and coming up with some lame excuse to save face then running to the boonies… All that is the MCs fault, not the Sage.

    • Yago Coca

      Woah, double-posted coz i thought my first comment didnt submit. My bad. You can delete one of them.

  26. Dimensionist

    Ruti Lugna*son*, a *female* hero? If you’re going to use Norse naming conventions, at least understand how they work. It should be Ruti Lugnasdottir. Don’t just toss a fantasy sounding name, they have meanings.:/

  27. Azulor

    Thanks for this. Came here from the manga. It’s a nice story to follow

  28. I’m working on the manga’s translation from english to brazilian portuguese and this novel have been supporting me so much, you have no idea. Thank you Tseirp!

  29. The hero’s big brother uh. With his power, he should be able to “guide” a new harem quite nicely ?

  30. TruthSpeaker

    Thing is, was that really what being a guide meant? Rather, simply appearing from time to time in random locations and providing the hero party with training, advice as well as magical potions should be his real purpose. I mean there is no need for him to be on the frontline, but his unique skill guiding pretty much would make him a useful version of Navi… In fact it might be that the hero party might make bad decisions without him. I.E height truly be essential for the hero.

  31. Meatbun delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    Big brother got a small inferriority complex~

  32. johnson

    MC is such a loser. He only belive that bastards voice. He is not believe his sister. First he try to confirm sage’s words. Then act according with that is the best he could done.

  33. sabazurc

    So MC is a bit stupid, huh? Leaving just because of one party member’s words…wtf.

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