Naze Boku no Sekai wo Dare mo Oboeteinainoka? - World 6.5
TL, ED: Pascal’s Wager
Please remember to only read this on neosekaitranslations.com. Also note the new chapter names I have for the website links are not necessarily indicative of what the chapters actually are called (like this chapter being called 6.5 on the website but actually is Continued), I just name things that way to keep them in the desired order.
Schultz Federation, southwestern part.
In a world where the sun had set and everything from the sky to the horizon was dyed black, there were burning buildings.
College town Ron=Ju.
The city that had been hit by the flames of the dragons when the sun was still in the sky was still engulfed in strong orange flames, spewing out countless sparks.
From ruins to dust.
The multi-story buildings that were the humans’ neighborhood burned down and returned to earth──
「No minor problems.」
The confidence that came from his assertive tone and strong mental fortitude spoke for itself. This was by no means a bluff.
「They’re ruins after all. A building dyed deeply with the stink of cryptids is worthless. All crossbreeds will be expelled, and I will create a new human land.」
The figure of a man emerged from the bright red flames.
The Mercenary King Archine・Sid・Collateral. Holding a heavy submachine gun in both hands, he looked back at the college town Ron=Ju behind him.
──The beast that fell there.
It was the sub-drake that had attacked the city that lay on the ground, spouting sparks.
How was it defeated?
The man with the name of Sid had no sign of any injuries. Even the flying sparks didn’t reach him.
「First the cryptid race. Then the demon race, the holy spirit race, the sidhe race……」
He looked up at the fire that vigorously burned in the night.
「But what does this mean?」
The man’s tough face distorted slightly.
「Eliminate the four races from this world. I thought you said that it was a victory condition for human glory.」
「Answer me, Light Emperor Ifu. What do you mean by a race that didn't exist in history?」
『Steel machine race. Sixth race.』
The stern old man’s voice echoed out of nowhere.
A huge『head』appeared vaguely in the sky, mixed with the lights of stars at night.
An ancient stone statue. It looked like the head was cut off.
『My prophecy is not a precognition. They are words that guide the future.』
「I know that.」
『The cryptid hero, Rath=IE, has broken a taboo that must not be broken. The world will soon collapse. That is why there are differences between the given prophecies of the prophecy gods.』
『The fateful counterattack starts.「Sid」, you must conquer your fate.』
In the white wilderness illuminated by the moonlight──
『For that is why we are the prophetic gods.』
『Past・Present・Future. We are the prophetic gods as symbols of each. Light Emperor Ifu, Prayer God Asurasoraka. And I──Fate Dragon Miscarshero.』
Under the moonlight, a girl emerged.
『But you are the winner, Theresia. My prophecy is supreme, and you who conquer with me will be the savior of mankind.』
「I intend to.」
Human Weapon Theresia・Sid・Fake.
Her bare feet in sandals, and her body wearing a sheetlike priest’s robe. Despite her shabby attire, her silver hair illuminated by the moonlight was transparent and beautiful.
White and pale silver like freshly fallen snow.
「No matter what race stands, I will free the humans.」
The girl with the bruise on her forehead that showed the manifestation of magic kept walking.
To the west.
「For that reason. I want to get it soon, the Code Holder.」
『The current holder is not worthy to be the owner of the Code Holder. Because he is not fit to be guided by us prophetic gods.』
「He wasn’t chosen. Is that so?」
『That’s how it is.』
「I feel sorry for him.」
She hummed as she started to walk.
「Such a weak person has been desperately protecting the Code Holder until now. I’ll have to take over for him soon.」
『From now on, the world will seek the Fate Dragon and you.』
The vast elf forest──
At the sanctuary, a mossy blue cathedral quietly located away from the sidhe home.
『Jeanne, don’t be afraid.』
A voice from a huge white goddess statue.
『You have me with you.』
One of the prophecy gods.
Prayer God Asurasoraka spoke in a quiet, discerning voice.
『You are not Sid. However, you are worthy to speak the future. You should be able to guide mankind.』
A voice that exuded deep compassion.
The image of a human female wearing a robe slowly continued her words.
『I don’t know why Sid hid the Code Holder in the Devil’s Graveyard……but I am truly thankful that you found it.』
As for that girl──
With the Code Holder in his hand──
How far will the boy forgotten by the world be swept up in the whirlpool of fate?
『Kai, I wish I had met you sooner.』
Urza Federation, northeastern part──
The wilderness surrounding the devil’s graveyard was once again shrouded in a black veil.
A deep night when both plants and insects slept.
「It’s about time.」
It was the succubus, who was petite but had a voluptuous body, who broke the tranquility.
「And good work. Everyone.」
Succubus Princess Hinemarill beckoned.
With that as a signal, the demons that had been floating in the sky descended to the ground all at once.
A total of twenty imps. All of them were several tens of centimeters in length, and if they stood, they would only be up to the height of Kai’s knees.
They were the weakest of the demons and had a small amount of magic. They could only use one magic. However, that magic was time-space interference, which was considered the most difficult of all magic to use.
The little imps descended on the ground in a line.
Jeanne looked at the figures from one end to the other, twisting her mouth into an unpleasant expression.
「Jeanne, are you really okay?」
「Thank you Kai. If I said I was okay, I’d be lying. I can’t shake the reluctance……」
Jeanne gently smiled.
She still had an unpleasant expression and her fist was still clenched.
……Because they had been tormented by the transfer spell for a long time.
Now the opposite was true.
It was the proposal of the demon Hinemarill to transfer to the royal capital Urzak with the transfer spell of the little imps.
……The transfer spell could only transfer to places known to the caster.
……The imperial capital had been dominated by the demons for decades, so that condition could be resolved.
It was an ironic proposal.
And undoubtedly, Succubus Princess Hinemarill must have read the feelings of the humans and proposed the idea as a way to return the favor.
「Come on, you guys.」
Succubus Princess Hinermaill snapped her fingers.
「Show your power to these humans.」
Tinkle, tinkle, the clear sound of bells ringing.
The little imps held up their bells one by one and formed a circle. Within the circle, a dark circle emerged.
Reirin was watching the scene carefully.
「I’ll repeat, can those demons really be trusted?」
「You saw it in the elf forest. Traps using transfer magic are fiendish. We don’t even know where the small imp’s transfer spell will send us flying to. We could be flung into the magma of a volcanic crater, or flung into a nest of magical beasts.」
「──I can hear you?」
Hinemarill turned around.
Far from getting angry at Reirin for expressing her doubts openly, she instead had a bouncy tone as if she was comfortable with it.
「I’m not saying that I’ll go with you. And remember. The demons, unlike you sidhes, don’t use those kind of roundabout tactics.」
Demons were the most belligerent race.
They didn’t use traps. They overwhelmed and overran with their powerful and unrivaled magic. Hinemarill’s statement was consistent with the characteristics of the demon race Kai knew.
……I don’t think it’s a lie.
……She’s really trying to send us to the imperial capital Urzak.
「The imperial capital Urzak is far away, so it’ll take time to connect. By the way, Kai?」
The circle of the transfer spell expanded.
Then with a sidelong glance, the Succubus Princess turned her head to me.
「Did you think I didn’t notice that you’ve been staring at me for a while now? Hmー, maybe the charm is starting to take effect.」
「The Succubus’ bewitching charm is something that activates through direct human contact. I have never been touched by you.」
「Well, aren’t you well-informed.」
The teasing wasn’t worth it.
In such a situation, the second in command of the demons shrugged her shoulders exaggeratedly.
「Well? It looks like you want to say something.」
「I’ve heard it many times before. Who gave you orders before?」
Hinemarill had a fearless smile.
She was enjoying the gestures of concern Kai was making, as if she found it irresistible.
「I already told you earlier. What? Are you so bothered?」
「There was no way I wouldn’t be bothered.」
“I’ll send the three of you to the imperial capital.”
“That’s what I’m ordered to do. So don’t worry humans, what I want from you isn’t compensation.”
There wasn’t anything but an uncomfortable feeling.
This Succubus Princess was ordered to do this? By whom?
Who ordered the hero class demon, the successor to Dark Empress Vanessa?
……And gave an order to cooperate with humans?
……It’s unrealistic no matter how I think about it.
Or they’re empty words. Did she want to enjoy the sight of me being troubled like this?
They stared at each other in silence for a while.
Kai turned his eyes towards the graveyard.
He turned his back on the demons and walked a few steps ahead.
「Is the staring over?」
「You forgot something.」
I looked down at my feet.
It was hard to stare at the ground in the dark night, but fortunately, the transfer spell flickered as a light source.
「Ne ne Kai, what’s wrong?」
「What did you drop on the ground?」(TL: I think Jeanne is saying this, but I’m not sure. The sentence before this one is definitely Rinne though.)
Rinne chased after me from behind.
Crouching down in front of it, Kai picked up a black piece of debris lying on the ground.
「It’s a piece of the steel machine that we fought during the day. Most of them disintegrated into small sand, but I’m glad this one was left……Even this kind of evidence is better than nothing at all.」
「Evidence of the battle?」
「If we were the only ones who fought something like that, we wouldn’t have to worry about it.」
Even one of those things was a tremendous monster.
If any remained, they would be an equal threat to all five races.
In addition, the steel mechanical lifeform was moving underground. I didn’t know which federation it would invade and when.
“The Great Founder has tampered with fate.”
“You’ve also been searching for the source of this world’s reincarnation, haven’t you?”
That vicious sixth race were those born under the influence of world reincarnation.
That is, if I believed the words of Fang Emperor Rath=IE.
「Does the Great Founder sound familiar?」
I whispered, trying to keep my voice down so only Rinne could hear.
「It’s what Rath=IE said, right? The reason he allied with the rasterizer was to take revenge on the Great Founder.」
「Yeah. But I don’t know who the Great Founder is.」
He’s not in the canonical history.
At least, there were no records in the Human Protection Agency that would be analogous to the term.
……Were there such circumstances?
……Because Fang Emperor Rath=IE said「the world reincarnation happened because of the Great Founder.」
The world reincarnation happened in the canonical history.
If so, then「the Great Founder tampering with fate」should also be an event of the canonical history. In other words, the Great Founder existed in the canonical history.
「It gives me a strange sinking feeling in my gut that Rinne and I don’t know. It’s too ominous that there are no clues in human records.」
Rinne’s gesture of tilting her head.
「The canonical history of the Five Races War was the history only Kai and I were a part of, right?」
「Does Kai believe that beastman?」
「You saw it too, Rinne. His serious face made it seem like he wasn’t lying.」
“He is the ruler behind the history.”
His ghastly voice overflowing with bloodthirst. There was no reason to tell a lie with such spirit.
……If Rath=IE wasn’t lying.
……The source of the world’s reincarnation was its Great Founder.
I finally traced back to the source of world reincarnation, though only in name.
Then the five races were just involved?
Fang Emperor Rath=IE accepted the rasterizer for revenge on the Great Founder who caused the world reincarnation.
「Wait. If that’s the case, what was the position of Prophet Sid?」
I looked up at the thinly inked sky.
The heroes of four races had spoken of the canonical history’s Prophet Sid. But every word was too fragmented. (TL: Like not understandable)
Dark Empress Vanessa looked after Sid’s sword.
──He had foreseen this cataclysmic event in the world.
Heavenly Lord Alfreyja received some secret from Sid.
──It exists. No,『it should have existed.』That’s what Sid had said.
The Original Spiritual Lord Rikugen Kyoko heard Sid’s atonement.
──The counterattack of fate begins. It was all my fault. The future was the result of my mistakes.
Fang Emperor Rath=IE pointed to Sid’s sword and said:
──That’s right. With that sword, Sid broke history.
All of them were as irregular as puzzle pieces, and nothing was perfect.
But at the same time, one.
Some things could vaguely be seen. The testimonies of Original Spiritual Lord Rikugen Kyoko and Fang Emperor Rath=IE suggested.
That was「Prophet Sid regretted his mistake.」
I didn’t know what kind of mistake it was.
……Sid, what did you regret?
……Why did the hero who led the humans say「my mistake?」
Furthermore, Sid knew the world reincarnation was coming.
The reincarnation of the world was caused by who Fang Emperor Rath=IE called the Great Founder. If so, what could I think from that?
After a long, long silence.
「……Maybe the first question was the most important after all.」
「I think. After all, what I did in the canonical history was not in vain.」
Rinne looked up at me curiously.
Kai nodded a little.
「What I have to look into is neither the world reincarnation nor the rasterizer. It’s the canonical history’s Prophet Sid. What did that hero do in the canonical history? I should have investigated that first.」
「Probably because he’s the only witness.」
I pointed straight ahead.
Kai replied, pointing to the jet-black pyramid that was darker than the darkness of night.
「Wasn’t Sid the only one who witnessed the Great Founder in the canonical history?」