Chapter 25: Hero Ruti’s night alone
Hero Ruti was alone seated in the middle of a tent as she continued to ponder with her eyes shut.
The Divine Blessing of the Hero gave all kinds of resistances.
Among them was complete immunity to sleep.
Ruti no longer needed sleep. She would never feel drowsy.
She would maintain a perfect condition 24 hours a day without needing to sleep at all.
But her companions could not do the same. Ruti understood that camping out was required.
(Nevertheless, this time is boring.)
The time where she did nothing but just continue seating.
According to the mantra she secretly held, normal resistance and complete immunity were completely different.
Normal resistance was to become stronger against something but complete immunity was to lose something.
In this case, what she lost was the ability to sleep.
(But it was better when Onii-chan was here.)
She wouldn’t get bored if she just stared at the face of her brother sleeping beside her.
She could feel his heartbeat just by placing her hand on his chest … she truly felt that she could even endure an eternity with that.
Well, she could also hug him a little … or nibble his fingers or ears or stomach. Small mischief … and those were her true feelings as well.
(That bastard Ares …)
Normally she wouldn’t even be satisfied if she tore him apart limb by limb. However, as long as her companions do not hold malicious intent toward her, she was incapable of harming them.
That was because she was the Hero. A Hero would not harm their companion over their personal grudges.
Furthermore, she had complete immunity to the berserk status even if she was angry so it was just to the extent of minor waves of emotion.
Hero Ruti had lost the majority of her human emotions and preferences due to the Divine Protection of the Hero.
However, that day …
“Ruti, don’t be alarmed and listen to me. Your Onii-san has left the party.”
One day, the Sage Ares came to Ruti’s room in the morning and told her.
Due to her complete immunity to confusion, Ruti calmly understood his words.
Due to her complete immunity to despair, Ruti was not shaken by those words.
That was why she only said a word.
That was all she asked.
“Gideon feels that his own ability is insufficient and instead of traveling with us, he feels that he would be more useful if he performed reconnaissance on the Demon Lord army and did guerrilla warfare. I initially stopped him but he was determined. Furthermore, his words were reasonable and were able to convince me. In the end, I decided to send him off with good grace. He even left all his equipment. Saying that it would serve us better. He was a man I looked up to.”
“Why did he tell that to you? Why did he not say it to me?”
“He probably didn’t want to show you his unattractive side. Even though he is drastically weaker than you, he is still your brother. It’s a charming pride. I can appreciate it too.”
(I see, so this guy chased Onii-chan away.)
Slipping through her various complete immunities, there was a slight fluctuation in Ruti’s emotions.
“Hiii … !?”
That alone caused a scream to leak from Ares. The intimidation emitting from Ruti intensely stimulated his survival instinct.
Nevertheless, Ares overpowered that feeling, knowing better than anyone else that he was competent through the guarantee from his Divine Protection and he went ahead with the action he planned for this occasion.
Ares clenched his teeth and hugged Ruti. His heart cringed in fear while the sweat flowing down his back was cold enough to freeze him.
Ares recited the words he had practiced repeatedly.
A Sage is excellent. He will accomplish any goal. Precisely because he is a wise man. That was Ares’ role.
“I know that you are uneasy now that your Onii-san is no longer here. You are a girl before you are a Hero. Although the time I have spent with you might be shorter than the time Gideon had, I will always be your ally.”
Even though he actually did that, Ruti could not thrust Ares away. She just glared at Ares with a chilly gaze and could only reproach him.
At that time, she sensed a presence.
He saw me! He saw me!! He saw me!!!
The Divine Protection is housed in the mind.
However, at that time, her 『human action』 was quicker than her thoughts. Before the information reached her brain, all the cells in her body screamed in despair and acted.
Ares body bent forward.
That sound was unlike one made by man but the sound of air leaking from a balloon.
The world strongest punch hammered into Ares’ abdomen, crushing his bones, bursting his internal organs and tore his blood vessels.
Ares’ body slammed into the wall and more of his flesh, bones and internal organs lost their shapes. If the wall was not a magic-strengthened wall of a room meant for VIP use, even if his flesh and blood were soft, they would have ground the walls to dust.
Looking as if he was stomped on by a massive dragon, the Sage Ares fell to the floor.
“Onii-chan … !”
She wanted to chase after him. She wanted to resolve the misunderstanding as soon as possible.
However, her gaze fell on Ares who was on the brink of death.
A Hero does not abandon their companions. Even if abandoning them would save the world, even if it is an abominable person, she could not abandon them.
She clenched her teeth audibly. The fading presence burned her nerves.
But even so, she still tottered toward Ares.
Ares faintly retained his consciousness and stared at Ruti standing in front of him with fearful eyes.
Ruti held her hand over Ares.
Under the 『Healing Hands』, the dying Ares was healing before their eyes as his crushed body restored itself.
She could no longer sense the presence of her beloved brother. He had run off far away.
Even so, she only said this.
The Hero Ruti apologized to the Sage Ares.
Ares’ teeth clattered as he trembled.
Recalling that moment, Ruti enjoyed the slight waver in her heart.
It was one of the few memories she had of going against her Divine Protection of the Hero.
The pangs of painful emotions arising from her heart that slipped through the gaps of her encompassing immunity felt pleasant to her right now when she had too much spare time.
After that, Ruti wanted to chase after her brother immediately.
However, the role of the Hero was to save the people who were suffering. And defeating the Demon Lord Taraxon who was tormenting the people on the continent was a top priority that transcended all other circumstances.
A Hero could not stop their journey. Precisely because they are the Hero.
“But now I don’t have enough of Onii-chan.”
Ruti murmured softly.
Dawn was still far away.
TT.TT Poor Ruti…
I’m not crying, you are!
Thanks for the chapter!
Lol Ares gets more and more pathetic each time we hear about him
i hope he got very well acquainted with the term: balls (and internal organs) to the wall
on multiple occasions because of his own stupidity. he does realize that as soon as their journey is over that he is no longer her companion and that he has performed a despicable act against another person making him free game for a hero
Thanks for the new chapter!
So she knows everything. Kinda wish there was a bit more to that flashback scene.
“Sorry. But I need to vent my frustration.” Ruti goes on to punch and heal Ares into the night.
^ Something like that. Though with the Hero blessing compulsion, I get why it isn’t there even if I think it’s annoying.
Maybe she should try self hypnosis repeating “He is just a tool to vent my anger” countless times XD its better if she do it where he can hear her XD all night long…every night! XD
Thanks for the chapter! This is a truly horrific explanation and interpretation of what being a hero entails… kudos to the author for adding a fresh albeit shocking spin to the fantasy concept of hero vs demon lord. I kind of wonder if the demon lord has some sort of similar circumstance. No wonder Red worries about Ruti…
You know, in all the RPGs you only ever really have to deal with the combat potential of your party, this WN really shows you the importance of outside-of-combat support. I’m perfectly fine with my RPGs staying combat oriented 0_0
Thanks for the chapter 🙂
Thanks for the chapter.
Alright, that’s it, I’m waging war on God. A shitty God that forces humans, and especially a young innocent girl, to live like that doesn’t have the right to live.
Well, using this system, the world needs minimal management.
Everything will be handled by the geas/compulsion within their divine protection, and make the people who are supposed to be in certain roles perform as they should.
You will never have an instance of the hero turning against the world, when they are compelled to save those who are suffering.
The only ones who are truly free are the demons that don’t have the divine protection.
Though, I believe Red is able to teach people how to cope with their divine protection, and live as they would like.
What if it the world that causes the people to suffer? Would the hero not fight to change the world?
Problem with the setup is that those compulsions can easily backfire. Ruti is driven by her compulsion to slay the Demon Lord, but how much of people’s suffering is actually because of it? People are suffering elsewhere because of the drugs we saw from Red’s side, and we’ve seen that compulsions can cause people to behave violently and make poor decisions or even just completely ruin their lives. With all this suffering being caused by the system set in place to instill “order,” what do you think the hero, whose compulsion is to end suffering, will do once they realize this?
Is her compulsion to save people or kill Demon Lord?
And then lets begin God of War..
I was already of that mindset, after we heard about children feeling existential dread, unless they think about wielding weapons.
Does God have an obligation to protect us or to decide how we live our daily live like not have the choice to not worship God. Under what system should such protection operate. The best kind where the ideal hero is picked after a certain age? What are you willing to pay for such a system.
You didn’t get the ideal system so now you want to murder God. Sounds like a Demonlord. Now some little girl is forced to become a hero to dispatch you. The system is at fault so destroy the system, or the world, but that still leave the first Demonlord to deal with.
Lol, I wasn’t really sure about this “yandere sister” setting but now I am, “hero divine protection”? Sounds more like a horrible curse to me, not only it robbed most of her emotions but also stops her from looking for her beloved oni chan and forced her to help the garbage that chased him away
Seee.. The divine protection especially for hero was quite crazy…
That’s one heck of a scam.
Divine Protection? More like Divine Interference, with a big SCUMBAG before the word Divine
Divine…Prosecution, Guidance…Divine Enforcement, of specified societal roles. Yeah, I think it’s either a Divine Protection (of free will, or of decidophobia), or that Divine Intervention in the lives of all, since even the animals have a Divine Protection.
Well, basically everyone is saved from rampaging bro-con(?) By hero divine protection.
But still poor ruti.
Damn ares is a wiseman who not wise enough to understand ruti’s feeling
He’s a complete idiot no matter what angle you look from – his scheming wouldn’t fool a preschool kid. “He went to harass DL forces alone because he can’t keep up with teamfights” might perhaps convince someone, but if you add “oh, and he left all his stuff”, you kinda remove any possibility of anyone – no matter how naive – taking your words at face value.
thanks for the chapter!
Wait… since she can only harm her companion if they have malicious intent towards her, doesn’t that mean the fact that she able to punch Ares at that time means he have ” malicious intent”?
She has next to no free will does she?
Here divine protection is forcing her to take actions that are against her feelings, as well as being the exact wrong action in the short run, not just the long run, because they are the actions of a “hero” who lives only in the moment.
Also, does it seem that Ares has horrible compatibility with his divine protection, or just massively miss-understands what it means.
I think the stronger the Divine Protection, the stronger power it exercises over the owner. For other common Divine Protections, the person may act against it, but will fell bad while doing so. (wasnt something like that explained to the children from the village? I remember only part of it, and Im too lazy to read it again XD)
It is in chapter 12.
He basically tells the kids that it is (strong) impulses and a part of you, but you do not have to let it control you.
Though the comments about the church in that chapter are a bit unsettling.
I think normally strong feelings could be used to help counter or at least guide the impulses from a Divine Protection. The problem is that the Hero’s DP mutes most of her ability to feel strong feelings, since so many forms of mental manipulation work by invoking or otherwise using strong feelings. So she cannot really resist the impulses, only (sometimes) barely manage to slightly redirect them.
She reminds me a lot of the childhood friend in Sevens, who had strong feelings but was constantly prevented from acting on them, was constantly forced to – with a smile – encourage a harem, even as she screamed inside herself in anger and despair at the idea. Except Ruti is unable to even feel enough emotion to even have such rage or sorrow inside – just irritation and a slight depression.
The world strongest punch hammered into Ares’ abdomen, crushing his bones, bursting his internal organs and tore his blood vessels.
It feels so good to read this
THIS IS BAD GUYS I SMELL A BROCON HERE AND A LITTLE BIT YANDERE MY SENSE IS TINGLING… IF SHE EVER KNOW THAT HER BROTHER HIS LIVING WITH A PRETTY GIRL EVEN WITH HER RESISTANCE/IMMUNITY SKILL SHE MIGHT GO BERSERK…
little bit? it seems like a full fledged Yandere to me XD
the only thing that saves “Oniichan” is her Hero Divine Blessing keeping her away.
Honestly, I don’t see how Ruti couldn’t become a bro-con. Red is the only person that treats her as Ruti, not the hero. To him she is his little sister who happens to be the hero.
Even with cruise control, you still need to steer.
damn i almost cry
poor ruti hope she can reunite with her onii chan
and fuck with ares and their god
DP just look like slavery for humanity by the god for their amusement
I thought the divine protection supposed to guide you to your talent but this. It’s like rob you to your free will
It’s likely she knows he will be ok so she follows her dp which means before she can run off she needs to deal with the demon lord. As someone else said his dp is likely ment to guide the hero and party in a correct path on how to follow their do. I do wonder if ares had any plan beyond it seems making the hero depend on him only at least that seems like it was his plan.
In chapter 12 Red mentions that the church treats denying your diving protection as blasphemy, worth of an inquisition.
It would not surprise me if as soon as she was discovered to have the “Hero” DP they “educated” her so she could follow that right path. making it harder for her to reject the immediate impulses her DP gives her.
Which is really bad since blindly following could lead you down the wrong path, especially if the impulses are all right now, and not what serves the role in the long term, which is what happens in the flash back. The impulse makes her save Ares who is replaceable and sabotaging the party/quest in favour of his own ego and pride. when the correct action would be to go after Red, or better still force Ares to convince Red to return, since Red was probably the only non-replaceable party member.
“But now I don’t have enough of Onii-chan.”
I think the day she discovers her brother is living a peaceful lovely dolly with that princess, she will transform her Divine Protection from “Hero” to “Yandere”.
I wouldn’t be surprised if in the end, after the Demon Lord is defeated, Ares’ M-side awakened.
Thanks for the chapter, a really interesting take on the role of a Hero. Ares deserved all he got.
No, he didn’t deserve to be healed.
While an agreed upon true statement, we need something later to stir the pot.
The problem is that while Ruti is bound massively by her DP, Ares is not – at least, not in the way she is.
He can accomplish some of the goals he has set for himself, while Ruti can only move forward and accomplish the goals she is supposed to complete.
And really she can’t even do that, one of her compulsions is that she cannot abandon her comrades, so if they decide they don’t want to leave the group but also don’t want to advance then neither can she, and if someone is stupid and gets themselves kidnapped and/or taken hostage she has to go save them by any means necessary.
Not looking forward to the day Ares screws up and Ruti ends up being turned into a seedbed because she can’t defeat a demon general on her own.
I’m hoping that wasn’t a spoiler for later, but that looks to be highly likely (not considering the author’s tendencies) with Ares being as he is
I really wonder what the role of the sage divine protection is. That piece of shit Ares basically has free reign and does whatever he likes. Isn’t there supposed to be a great compulsion with a great divine protection? The sage is basically second only to the hero so the no compulsion part really confuses me.
Maybe what you are interpreting as him doing whatever he likes is a compulsion from his divine protection?
He is a sage, second only to a hero, the only one who should be capable to stand alongside the hero. So why is the hero still depending on some guide?
His divine protection may force those thought on him. Him being incompetent and a scumbag is just him being an individual called Ares.
It’s probably something simple like a thirst for knowledge that doesn’t really interfere with his original rotten personality.
Mind you not everyone is fully compatible with their DP and by that logic this one is neutral.
Not well suited for his DP but neither is it bad for him.
Everyone is forgetting family pressure in this discussion. If we assume that his divine protection makes him book-smart but conceited, AND the other major influence in his life was restoring his family and honor, then his actions make more sense.
He’s still a jerk, but a very stressed one, in over his head, and in constant danger from fighting demons and dealing with the scary hero.
So stronger divine protections have stronger compulsions. Guess its one way of limiting those in power.
Thanks for the chapter
She shouldn’t have apologized.
That is wrong though… one of the more important jobs of the hero is managing her companions eliminating troublesome ones and keeping beneficial ones.
Keeping a sage like that around is bound to lead to betrayal and backstabbing… not something that should be allowed in the hero party.
She may be able to manage her compulsions by changing her point of view.
But I guess nobody really thought her that…
But that is not the primary job of the Hero: the primary job is to defeat threats that endanger great numbers of people, such as the Demon Lord.
Managing her companions is not even a consideration, other than preventing her from killing / removing powerful allies that could aid her in defeating the great danger, as was shown in this chapter.
Thanks for doing this chapter!
Thanks for the chapter.
Though I prefer more Red and Lit, seeing things from Ruti’s POV makes you feel sorry for her. Her divine protection is more of a curse than a blessing. But man… Ares screwed things up even while getting his divine retribution. Thanks to the so-called “wise sage”, the party lost the one thing that kept them going. Red… or should I say Gideon was the one who acted as the ambassador for them. He also was the one who would do the cooking, making sure that everyone ate healthly meals that were to their tastes. Without Gideon, the party fell apart. That’s why Ares’ divine protection of “sage” is more of a cruel irony. If he were actually a wise man, he would had known that separating Ruti from her “onii-chan” was the worst move. He screwed up any chance he would’ve ever had of getting with her.
Actually, I think his DP is working as intended. It does not make him wise; it makes him find a (mental) path to a desired outcome. Not necessarily the best path, but if a path exists at all he will find it. If more than one path exists, then I think which one he finds is random – or perhaps most similar to what he is already considering. The problem is that he is usually using his DP selfishly rather than to forward the party’s interests – to remove Gideon from the party, in this case.
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Hmmm…. What happens after her role as a Hero ends?
I don’t think it can end.
Once the current maou is dealt with, so long as there is *anything* that can even *potentially* be a threat to humanity as a whole, her Role will demand she seek to defeat it.
Honestly, what is worse is that if Ares can come to understand her Role well enough, he could get everything he wants just by manipulating a situation so that her Role forces her to go along with his wishes. That said, I don’t think he has the insight to realize this – or at least not well enough to sufficiently manipulate a situation to get what he wants.
The hero divine protection is more curse from the sounds of it im going to guess shes going to change her divine protection when she can
First, bro-con girls are always the best girls.
Second, Jesus Christ that Hero’s blessing is horrifying. It’s like losing half your soul.
Why did Red get so convinced that he is useless? Wasn’t he a captain or general? Isn’t he in the Hero Party? He should have confidence in himself and he is way more experienced than anyone. It should had been pretty hard for him to get convinced he is useless/burden to the party.
Well, he WAS pretty much useless in the most obvious and visible aspect: fighting. In the last boss battle he was a burden and his tactical insight into enemy Divine Protections became useless once they reached the stage when all the relevant enemies were working off a different, incompatible paradigm he had no way of analyzing. He underestimated how useless the party was in non-combat-oriented things, though (including maintaining some semblence of amicable atmosphere – now two members have left, one is despised by everyone else and the Hero sucks at communicating and is feared rather than liked).
I repeat do not chase away the only hero wrangler. He seems to be her best anchor to human life. Ares dp probably allows him to create plans based on information, but looks like there was a miscalculation in his plan, he though that he would be able to take Gideon’s place but hero does not like those who chase brother away. So I didn’t follow hero sister’s train of thought, how did she know Gideon was chased out? What suggested it, the lie was mostly true? The only thing that could be a tell would be what was that the specific event that caused him to realize he was not helpful was not said, which realistically would not necessarily be shared, or the comment that the brother was trying to keep a certain pride, if I did not not see the events from Gideon’s perspectives I would be spucisious but would have no way to prove it. Also Hero sister is creepy at night with no sleep nibbling on her brother. Something also tells me he knew that was happening and just let her express her childishness though some means.
Like Red puts it, it is a matter of the perosn’s thoughts and how to apply their urges caused by the blessings. A DP thief might be compelled to steal, but they don’t have to steal from other people. They could steal from monsters, demons, or even dungeons.
Another way to think about it: if you are starving, you could drink lots of water or even eat dirt to to feel full. Though in reality, health wise, those aren’t good options, they will still satisfy the urge.
If I recall, it is said earlier that ignoring or going against the urges (using a sword instead of an axe) could lead to mental problems. In this sense the church isn’t wrong to say it is a sin, but they probably go to far and twist it to suit their own needs.
People taking that medicine makes so much sense now.
If they can change their divine protection or even remove it would be a blessing for them.
Both sound like terrible drugs, one forced you to act in your role but force your impulses and another free you of your role in life but does not restrict your impulses.
Such pitiful child… And stupid to boot. She just pushed everything she wanted to do but didn’t on her divine protection. When you read about Red explaining DP, what I end up understanding is that as long as one doesn’t try to go against their DP, they can live a normal life without being too much affected. The main reason about her inaction is most certainly because of the endoctrination she received when she was found out to possess the Hero DP.
That likely contributed, but it sounds more like the greater the DP, the more strongly and innately it affects the mind. Think about it: this is a person who has never in her entirely life been *capable* of feeling a strong emotion, who has never slept or experienced a dream. Unlike Red, whose impulses were rather weak and nebulous, hers are very specific and direct – and she has had these since her infancy. While indoctrination likely helped cement this mindset, the foundation and brick walls were already there in her mind, already built.
It would depend on if immunities are skills or not. If they’re skills, they were probably gained with levels which would mean at one point she was normal.
Which could be seen as even more cruel; she either lost her emotions all at once when a level up gave her immunities, or gradually lost them as level ups added individual immunities.
The second theory would even be downright sadistic.
thanks for the chapter <3 <3 <3 <3
hah! i hope that bastard sage ares will get more chapter like this. feel more near death experiences. 😀
Okay, after reading this chapter, all I can say is ‘Wow’. Divine protections are both far more potent and far more insidious than even I had expected. And I suspect that the greater the role, the greater the power granted, the harder it is to resist the role and impulses it places upon the person.
I agree with Ruti – from how she describes it, having an immunity is truly a case of losing part of what it means to be human. And yet because so few have even one form of immunity, perhaps only those with the Hero role can truly understand that. And perhaps her brother, because he seems quite perceptive regarding divine protections. I really pity Ruti after learning this.
And speaking of Ruti, she is far more of a bro-con than I had expected. I think the only reason Lit may survive when Ruti learns of her moving in with Red is due to Ruti’s Hero immunities muting her reactions and feelings. Which is disturbing as much as it is hopeful for Lit.
While some make take this view to mean that the deities are evil, my take is that they are non-good. Nor are they necessarily evil. They are simply pragmatic. Divine protections grant humans the super-human abilities to survive as a species in a harsh magical world, but they are not all good / useful – they come with trade-offs, and the greater the gain, the harsher the trade-off. Perhaps because Red’s is so simple and non-directing – a mere +30 to his level – he was less affected by this than most.
The author seems to be making a Reconstruction of the Hero genre.
Look at it another way, it was the very same god(s) that granted them those powers that made the world require them to have said powers. That’s not dissimilar to Jigsaw from the Saw movies, shackling people to pipes and being kind enough to give them a saw so they can cut off their foot to escape. Actually, it’s worse than that because they don’t even have the choice to not use the saw.
Divine Blessing? I say its more like a Divine Curse!
Did that god whoever that is Just made Ruti a Human Fleshed Terminator?
I guess the Demon’s who wants to rebel against the god has their own justified causes.
Thanks for the treat.
Thanks for the chapter.
While I was reading the part that details what Ruti does while Red sleeps, what I was thinking was “Ruti is sooo gonna butcher Lit…”
This is a super interesting story and a neat take that these “blessings” are in of themselves their own curses. It’s interesting to see the various coping mechanisms and lack thereof between the different characters. Some embrace it as a part of who they are, others wish to fight it.
Thank you so much for taking on this story. All the best to you.
This makes me wonder though, if stronger divine protections and stronger immunities are essentially sacrificing your humanity then wouldn’t the main difference between the demon lord and the hero be…perspective?
If humans were to begin fighting amongst themselves after the defeat of the Demon Lord then what? What happens when the greatest threat to the masses is the leaders of humanities? What would the Divine Protection of the Hero compel her to do?
“Ares recited the words he had practiced repeatedly.
I don’t know if that is Ares interpretation of the role or the correct description, but there nothing in it about evaluating the goals.
It is essentially a steamroller that gets you to your current goal, consequences and things along the road be damned.
As soon as you consider a goal your Divine protection kick in and you start destroying anything along your road.
Think of what would a child do with that DP.
Or, if it isn’t the intended definition, it is the way Ares has found to “guide” his DP.
“I want a way to do whatever I want while keeping my DP happy, how should I do it?”
“Repeat: A Sage is excellent. He will accomplish any goal. Precisely because he is a wise man. That was Ares’ role.”
A perfect way to cheat a system full of bugs.
I think that is more likely the system playing him.
Sage is probably supposed to be intelligent, wise and knowledgeable. so his DP makes him think he is, causing overconfidence in his own abilities.
He is probably very wise in certain aspects (magic) with his DP not affecting anything else. but He thinks since he is a wise sage he must be the smartest in everything.
You can find to many examples of similar issues in the real world where you have someone who is an expert in a highly specialized area of knowledge (doctor, lawyer, engineer, PHD, etc) who thinks sine he is so good at one field, he must be someone to listen to and respect in other (even completely unrelated) areas since he is good in 1 high difficulty area he must be smart enough to be competent in others. you can even see people reinforcing these delusions.even though they worked their asses of to get that specialized knowledge and have not put any effort into the other area (nor do they plan to in most cases).
When we last saw Ares the Hero party was complaining that he was not doing (or horribly failing at) the necessary functions Ares had volunteered to take up from Red. Ares having put no effort into learning the functions feeling they were beneath him and not worth his effort. To me this reads as he booted Red thinking he would be able to trivially do all red’s functions, failed at them and is making excuses for his failure rather then putting in effort to learn.
My goodness… that’s a dark twist on Hero occupation, that. And now imouto hero-sama is going the yandere route…
His heart was in the wrong place but honestly Ares probably did Gideon a huge favor.
so shes not a hero…just a slave/puppet
lol, think about it, if the hero is forced this hard into the role, what would it be for the demon king? These “divine” things sound more and more like curses xD
maybe theres an even greater demon out ther,e that need to be slain?
thanks for the chapter
ok read up to this point, the lil’ sis is the most miserable existence of the series
Poor Luti. TT_TT
even though, she OP enough to see though the lie and presence of her bro.
She could not do anything.
Oh boi, the more i come to know about this world’s Divine Protection system, the more fucked up i find it.
Makes me wonder if her actions are restricted by man made hero rules or by god’s divine protection. If both her emotions and actions are restricted by the divine protection, then the god of that world is one damned asshole
Yandere… Freakin Yandere!
Watch out Lit!
Ok, I’m satisfied now.for a minute I felt her reaction to her brother leaving was to cold , but now I completely understand………. poor little sis,this was more of a divine curse than a divine blessing.
Look, I totally understand your please, but you’re a total brocon, miss hero.
The ‘misunderstandings’ seem a bit extreme here. I understand that the author is trying to frame the regular behavior of a normal player playing an RPG into the context of consistent story. Generally, when the player gets rid of one member of the party, they remove all the equipment (and if the system requires that a weapon be equipped, gives that character the cheapest weapon available). But there’s no clear explanation given why he had to leave without saying goodbye to the rest of the party.
I understand he might have been ashamed, but disappearing is also very rude to these people he claimed to be his companions. It’s a bit grating to have to look the other way to accept the character’s strange behavior at a critical juncture, and then have it highlighted by the author later.
And the lack of communication is specially weird since Ruti knows he is alive, but other members seem uncertain. They apparently haven’t even had a single conversation about the issue despite all the time they spend together. And Ruti claims that her class won’t let her abandon her companions, but she abandoned her brother despite knowing he was hurt by a misunderstanding. So when do they stop being a companion?
It was also funny for Red to mention that he felt Lit might have joined if different words were spoken. As in, Lit was a potential character but the ‘player’ failed a conversation choice and missed the chance to recruit her. It’s interesting to think of the world as following the choices the player makes, and the characters rationalizing those choices when they execute them.