My death Flags show no Sign of Ending – Chapter 61

My death Flags show no Sign of Ending – Chapter 61

So, chapter 61, really liked it, hope you will too. I’d really like to thank Rucckus, who edited this chapter and did an excellent job 😀

Anyway, without further delay, here is chapter 61, enjoy!


Chapter 61

(Lifa’s Pov)
【”Is that alright?”】

Asked Elu doubtfully. Perhaps he was suspicious as Justus was willing to confess after claiming it was an important secret.
Though Lifa really wanted him to talk, she was also wondering if that was really fine.

【”I’m not going to say I’m being driven by emotions or whatever. It’s just that it doesn’t matter whether I talk or not as there is no record of anything that I’m going to say in anyone else’s memory. If you’re afraid to listen, we can end it here.”】

What Justus said was sophistry but it was probably the truth. It wasn’t likely that Lifa’s feelings had reached him.
However, not listening was not an option for Lifa.

【”Please hold back on the threats… Lifa won’t give up no matter what you say. And I won’t let her deal with this by herself so it’s the same for me.”】

【”Thank you, Elu.”】

Lifa was grateful to Elu for resigning himself and consenting to this. It was obvious that Elu thought it would be a bad idea to let Lifa listen to Justus’ story in her current condition. Elu was probably worried Lifa wouldn’t be able to handle the risk of knowing highly classified information.
And yet, knowing that, he went along with Lifa’s selfishness.

【”Then, let’s talk. Harold and I crossed each other’s paths five years ago.”】

(Justus’ story)

The first time Justus heard of Harold, he was working for the research center and had gone to the Royal castle to report on his study’s progress. There, he happened to overhear a group of knights who were chatting with each other.

【”I heard someone recently joined the knight order by taking some special test, instead of going through the normal procedures.”】

【”He probably has connections with some higher-ups, right?”】

【”No no, I heard he one-sidedly knocked down dozens of recruits in that special test they made for him.”】

【”That’s just because those recruit were weak.”】

【”I can’t deny it, but that newcomer is just a 13 year old kid. He’s the youngest genius to ever enter the knight order.”】

【”You mean he’s better than the vice captain?”】

【”What kind of monster is that?”】

【”If I remember right, his name was Harold Stokes…”】

They were saying various things about a boy who had become a new recruit. Because of his uncaring personality, Justus would have normally erased these trivial things from his memory after leaving the castle.
The reason Harold’s name remained in Justus’ mind at the time was because of one sentence.

“You mean he’s better than the vice captain was?”

Those words came from one of the men in the group, who was just pointing out a mere possibility. It wasn’t so easy to compare this Harold boy’s strength with the strength Vincent had when he was 13 year old.
However, there was still a chance that the boy would exceed him. The knight hadn’t brought up that possibility for argument’s sake, nor was it a figure of speech, he genuinely believed it could happen. That was unbelievable to Justus, for he was Vincent’s acquaintance and knew about his out of the norm battle power.
In the first place, for someone to even be compared to a great figure like Vincent, he or she had to be abnormal.

Vincent was strong. And that didn’t only mean physically strong, for he had a mind that wouldn’t yield to any hardships, a sense of justice that opposed all evil, and the kindness to hold out his hand to the weak. He was extremely reliable to his allies and stood like a mighty wall on the paths of his enemies.
Even in other countries, there wasn’t anyone else like him. He was what the world would qualify as a hero.
So Justus was curious about the boy who had a chance to become stronger than that Vincent.

I’d like to meet him some day. This thought crossed Justus’ mind.

At a later date, Harold’s name once again reached Justus, who was immersed in his research as always. Justus was completely cut off from his surroundings and wasn’t aware of whatever was going on in the outside world, yet even he had heard of Harold’s story as it was the hot topic in the royal capital.

Apparently, the boy had disobeyed his superior and deserted in the face of the enemy. But it turned out that it was just an act and that Harold had actually betrayed the knight order, for he was a spy from the Sarrian Empire, who had handed them information which allowed their army to launch a surprise attack that led to great damages.
Although the knight troops had been cornered and were on the verge of annihilation, they had managed to exterminate the imperial forces thanks to the last minute intervention from the headquarters of the royal troops led by the supervision head, Harisson. At the same time, they had managed to capture the traitor Harold alive, even though he had been on the brink of death.
Nevertheless, more than half of the patrolling troops of the knight order had either been killed or injured, and if the royal army hadn’t been able to make it in time, the situation would have likely developed into a severe dispute between the Star Reader Stellar tribe and the knight order. There was no forgiving Harold, who had planned such a massive disaster, and he was eligible for the death penalty.

This was what was being said among the masses. Upon hearing of this, anyone would agree that it was natural for the situation to develop into Harold’s execution. However, that was only if the story was true.
When he heard of this, the first thing Justus felt wasn’t anger or even disappointment over Harold’s betrayal towards the knight order. What he thought was that the situation was too unnatural and felt too orchestrated.

From what little he had heard, there were several points that caught his attention. He wondered how a 13-year-old son of an aristocrat could possibly become a spy for the empire, and he felt that the royal army’s timing was too good. But what felt the most peculiar to him was how detailed the rumors were and how abnormally fast they had spread only a few days after the return of the expedition’s troops.

Normally, the information would have been kept under control until the situation could be sorted out and confirmed. Sorting out the situation didn’t sound like much, but it took time, and many efforts from many people.
It was strange for that process to end as soon as the troops came back. When he was arrested, Harold had been unconscious and in a critical state, his consciousness should have returned only a few days before the troops arrived at the royal capital. It was doubtful that he had been interrogated and had given all the information he had in that short time span.
The information could have been taken from the imperial troops prisoners, but it was hard to believe that all the prisoners had given the same testimony. Moreover, examining the information they gave would have taken time and effort, but the expedition forces’ hands were already full on their way home, as they had many dead and injured people to take care of.

Justus’ conclusion was that the rumors had been spread intentionally and were very unlikely to be true. Maybe Harold served as someone’s scapegoat? He thought.
But so what? Whether the rumors were true or not, it had nothing to do with Justus, and he didn’t have an ounce of concern for the life or death of other people.
Usually, he’d have cast that story aside without a second thought. If he hadn’t been concerned about Harold’s potential going to waste, he would have definitely abandoned him. He likely wouldn’t even have been aware that he was abandoning him.

It was luck that led Justus to get interested in Harold, it was luck that led him to hear the bad rumors concerning Harold, and it was due to luck that he happened to have a few connections among the knight order and the tribunal. Thanks to many coincidences overlapping with each other, Justus had the opportunity to visit and meet Harold. Well, they didn’t really meet him, not face to face at least. He merely observed him from a distance.

It was at the dungeon of the royal capital’s tribunal that Justus first saw him; a boy with black hair and red eyes, whose arms were chained to a wall.
He was Harold Stokes.

The first impression Harold gave off was that of a wolf.
Proud, sharp, aloof, and trusting no one but himself. That was the general atmosphere around him. He was imprisoned in jail, tied by chains, and waiting for his execution, but despite his hopeless circumstances, the fire in his eyes was burning without a glimpse of a shadow. His red eyes were like two crimson flames.
Before exchanging even one word with Harold, Justus was convinced: “Yeah, this guy’s definitely not a spy.” Harold looked as if, no matter the options presented to him, he’d always choose to stand true to his way of life. He seemed like he didn’t even mind dying to preserve his beliefs. That was how powerful his eyes were.
Justus wondered if calling this【”The aesthetics of the devil”】would do justice to the boy. And he intuitively realized that it would be too regrettable to let such a gem die.

From there, he made his move very quickly. It had been a while since he had taken the initiative to take action for something other than his research.
Through his work acquaintances, he tried to appeal to the country’s big shots and influential people, one after the other, so that they would reconsider or delay Harold’s death sentence.

However, Justus was just a scientist. Nobody was willing to carry the burden that came with accepting his demands.
Therefore, he pulled out his trump card. Justus’ purpose was to save Harold, but that trump card was basically a curse, a taboo experiment, developed by himself.

Then came his second meeting with Harold in the dungeon. Looking at Justus who appeared before him, the first thing Harold said was Justus’ full name.

【”Justus Freund……”】

【”Oh, do you know me?”】

【”Why would a man like you come here?”】

【”…… Right, I’ll cut to the chase. If you don’t want to just sit here and wait for your death, join me, Harold.”】

Justus didn’t beat around the bush and went straight to the point.
Harold glared right at him, as if trying to see through his words. Justus knew this wouldn’t be easy. While letting Harold scrutinize him with his eyes, he waited for him to speak.

【”Bullshit. You’re saying you can overturn my execution?”】

【”Yeah, that’s right. I’ll definitely overturn it.”】

Justus affirmed confidently. He wasn’t bluffing, he was just that confident that the weapon he developed and his negotiation skills would be enough to free Harold.
If that weapon could be put to use, the kingdom would be able to get an invincible army. Nobody would hesitate to sacrifice one death-row prisoner for that. In addition, instead of killing him, Justus was going to use him, toy with him, torment him and then kill him, which would serve to relieve those who wanted Harold dead, too.
There would be very few people opposing this, so Justus wouldn’t be put under any real pressure.

【”However, I have to tell you. If you work under me, you’ll fall further down in hell.”】

【”…. What do you mean?”】

【”I’ve developed a certain sword that I had to seal away because of one big defect that goes with it. It’s a sword that rapidly raises the user’s fighting power by absorbing his magical power. But it has a side-effect that cuts-down the user’s life, eventually leading him to his death. If you’re willing to wield that sword, I’ll release you from here.”】

Justus was completely frank and didn’t hide anything. Harold was given two choices.
Was he going to accept his death without resisting? Or was he going to die a short while later, in exchange of many more hardships? It was a ruthless choice to give. And either way, the end result was the same, death.
Justus wasn’t going to claim that his conscience was hurting. If that had been the truth, he wouldn’t have given those choices to Harold. Justus never had a virtuous mind, his principle had always been to act for his own interests.

【”…..heh”】

【”?”】

【”Hehehe….. Ahahahaha!”】

Harold started laughing.
His voice sounded like it was coming from deep in the abyss. It was wicked, and would make any listener shiver. This much too out-of-place laughter continued to reverberate throughout the dim dungeon, showing no signs of stopping. It felt like Harold had gone completely mad.

【”…… What’s so funny?”】

Justus finally had the resolution to ask Harold, who was starting to look more like a devil to him. Thereupon, Harold suddenly stopped laughing, and the echo that resounded in the dungeon followed suit.
The silence was a radical change. Justus’ palms were sweaty. Only when he noticed it was actually cold sweat did Justus realize the boy in front of him had mentally overpowered him.

【”What’s so funny, you ask? How could I not laugh?”】

Harold answered while standing up. His arms were being pulled behind by the chains so he wasn’t able straighten up his back. Although he was on the verge of falling forward, his eyes did not separate from Justus.
The chains rang out in the dungeon’s silence. Without a care for the fact that he was chained to the wall, Harold struggled to walk forward, as the chains’ clash resounded even more.

【”Further down in hell? Cut down my life? The resolution to die?”】

The sound became louder and louder.
Blood started dripping from Harold’s wrists, where the metal cuffs were attached. But still, Harold did not stop advancing.

【”What the hell are you implying? Don’t you fucking look down on me, Justus!!”】

With one last loud sound, the chains were torn off at last. Harold took several steps and griped the jail’s fence with his hands.
The fresh blood from Harold’s wrists splashed on Justus, staining his white gown.

【”Hand over that sword, that power. I’ll teach you what true resolution and true hell are, bastard.”】

【”……Magnificent, what a perfect answer.”】

Harold and Justus smiled at each other. However, by no means were they friendly with each other. Those treacherous smiles were akin to a mutual declaration of war.


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103 comments

  1. There’s more than one piece of trash in the story. Interesting, I thought it was Justus who framed Harold but given that the story was told in 3rd person, I don’t think he is lying when it is revealed it wasn’t him.

    1. You sure? Wasn’t J the mastermind…I recall that Harold said something about it beside isn’t J the last boss?

      1. that was Harold’s way to tell him: even without your help, i could get out of here anytime i wanted, i didn’t choose your plan over death, i choose your plan over escape

    2. The story was told in 3rd person but I’m quite certain it was simply the story told by Justus to the 2. It’s just more difficult to convey the story in dialogues so it was done that way.

  2. Wow, is his head already broke if I had to say here but this is the ticket for him to get out from that prison huh.

    1. Ever heard of lying? It’s a very simple yet complex skill whose value outlasts and outshines all truth. A skilled liar can even turn black into white and a great liar can turn half-truths into absolute truths.

      Of course Justus might not be lying… or worse. He might be one of those great liars who can even fool themselves.

      1. their is something said than i think you should know lying is hard to do but if you mix a bit of truth in, you have the perfect lie. Because when you said something true will all lie people unconsciously think its true.
        Harold know the truth of this story, he was one of the player of this game.
        (when you play a game for 2-3 years i think you understand almost all of the game) he knows who is god and who is bad he even knew 1 of the secret clan of the game, so if he says this is the last ennemy i cant think about him thinking bad.

        1. Unfortunately, lying is only hard to do if you lack practice. Over time lying can become as easy as breathing.

          While it should be obvious that Justus is the bad guy. His lies mixed with half truths and narration which lacks any unneeded banter makes it hard to find any clear cut truth by those who aren’t aware of the full picture like Harold is.

          We are expected to believe that Justus is the bad guy because Harold, the one who has the most information regarding the full picture says he is. If you take away Harold’s certainty of the game’s events then it’s difficult to see through the lies Justus tells, hence why even we in the real world are confused by how much of what Justus is saying is true and if he’s the real mastermind.

          That’s just good writing.

    2. Seems like Justus really is evil but he is not the last boss everyone (even Harold) thought he was, I wonder if in the original story there was something like a hidden boss….

  3. If the contents of J’s story is true, then the plot officially thickens and continues Harold/Kazuki’s unlucky/lucky streak of misunderstandings xD

  4. Thanks for the chapter! Dang, so Justus wasn’t the mastermind? But he is still the last boss. Meaning more enemies. Enemies all around

    1. it seems so, but there is much unknown, enemies and plot, it’s like justus collaborator, but maybe it’s just justus lie,
      by the way the story is good and make me wonder which is true which is lie, a bit confused here

  5. It’s most likely that the original Harold actually wielded the taboo sword in the game to catch up to the absurd Hero and his bravery break skill or whatever it’s called. Since the original Harold actually did work for Justus in the original work.

    I bet the real reason Harold laughed was because he was comparing the event to the original work like: “Oh man I can’t believe I get to use Harold’s ultimate equipment already. It’s like getting the ultimate armor at level 25. Although the life cutting property is dangerous I can easily slow it down with my alchemy knowledge! ….It’d be better if I got Lifa introduced to Erica as that’s how Lifa produces the hltimate healing item in the game…. This is so cool HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!”

    Justus thinks he owns me Harold as a chess piece when he’s actually making him stronger! Too funny. He’s going to show Justus ultimate despair by stealing/crushing all his assets this way.

  6. Question: Would the extra chapters be translated?I know hey’re from the LN and not web, but the chapters I heard were interesting. Also does the translation follow the WN or LN? I was told that they are some changes in the LN (not significant, though one is at least from what I have heard)

  7. So the story is half bullcrap of Justus and half truth. He was the one who did all the preparation after all and this chapter is more or less like what He told Lifa right?

    PS:
    once of concern = ounce of concern?

  8. I imagine that Harold finds the whole thing amusing because he knows from the game that the “shaves away your life” effect of the sword is nonsense. Or something like that.

      1. Well, maybe there is an effect and Justus just changed his mind and gave him a fake version, or het told him how to avoid the effect… or they found out it doesn’t work on Harold… I mean, Harold actually trains with the sword, I doubt he’d do that if it constantly absorbed his life

      2. It probably does have that effect, it’s just not permanent.

        That is in “game terms” the effect is likely something like

        – The user loses health based on 5% of all damage dealt.

    1. Well wasn’t he the one who orchestrated the whole thing. He needs the sample of the people(forgot the name) and he was also the one who made the execution order so that he can get a hand to the a new sample named Harold.

  9. Did Harold manage to evade the Death Flag? Well, he got to another Death Flag anyway…

    When will the Death Flag stop? Until Harold manage to woo Erica?

  10. “Although the knight troops had been cornered and were on the verge of annihilation, they had managed to exterminate the imperial forces thanks to the last minute intervention from the headquarters of the royal troops led by the supervision head, Harisson. At the same time, they had managed to capture the traitor Harold alive, even though he had been on the brink of death.”

    ….seriously how worse could it be ? Damn That fatass Harisson (actual traitor)

  11. Damn. I thought Harold couldn’t get more badass than he already is. Even so, Justus is spewing lots of bullshits in those truths :/// Thanks for the chapter!

  12. Justus’s genius is really shown in this one, where he only TOLD A SINGLE LIE in that exposition of his. Some of US even got CONVINCED by HIM.

    The only point of Justus lie:
    The effect of Harold’s sword.

    For anything else he just hide a little bit more truth from Elu and Lifa.

    Especially the truth about the whole of Harold’s ordeal (The imperial troop incident and the death penalty) was orchestrated by Justus, that Harold is Justus’s scapegoat for when his plan failed, and that he cursed everybody else so he can go away scott free.

    See my friend just carefully concealing a little truth is enough to make yourself innocence.
    Truly a Master Liar that is in caliber of Joseph Goebbels.

    Now some sweeter words.

    Go Harold woo Erica!
    She loves you!
    Really, really loves you that she hold her emotion from burdening you.

    Take her on a Date!
    Give her present!

    Harold!
    Be faithful to Erica!
    She is waiting you!

    1. Too lazy to look up previous chapters… But what if Justus’ involvement in Harold’s ordeal was all Harold’s assumptions? We’re talking about Harold here who thought Erica hated him…
      Justus was, afterall, the main villain in the game. But what if…
      What if…

      1. do you really believe that ?? when you play a game 1 time you can be surprised like that:
        “oh so he was the villain” but when you play a game for so many years and you know TOO much of the truth, like who is good who is bad , what will happens. When you know a scenario too much the galez change to a film not a game.
        Harold isn’t the hero of the story but the story will continue like it should be(theater lines are so good sometime), but there are so many change of the story,
        1) the servant’s family should be dead,
        2) Erika’s family shouldn’ be on Harold’s but on the hero one.
        3) There should be dead people who aren’t dead. ( yeah i can’t understand myself on this one)
        .
        .
        .
        .
        But what i think is .. harold should be with no ally normally but he is (in the game) one of the strongest caracter. What if the road our Harold has chosen was the one Harold has chosen in the game?? Well cant be truth cause now there are so much changes in the story.
        Destiny is a word than can attract even the death angel. There are so much things than have change than we can’t think anymore about what isi true what is false. But a ennemy can’t turn into an ally immediately ( some will say the ennemy of my ennemy is my ally….. STOP its ANOTHER ennemy not an ally. Look about the 3-4 kingdom on the chinese history back stap asw.. Well what you think is certainly thinkable, but can’t be truth.

      2. Your opinion is possible. Because my opinion is all just based on circumstantial evidence and it is possible that there is a greater villain behind Justus that is not covered in game so Harold does not know. Justus is just your usual successful cold mad scientist after all.

        For a quick recount.

        In earlier chapter, Harold have explained Justus need the Starchild tribe people for some of his experimentation.
        Starchild conflicting with Kingdom would make the procurement of specimen easier for Justus. (This is Ishval level of conspiracy, I tell you).

        In even earlier chapter it is mentioned by his own mouth that Justus want to get his hand on Harold.

        On between both of the aforementioned chapter we also caught a glimpse of the patrol planning council where a council member of bad renown decided to send Harold on the soon-to-be-doomed-patrol.

        When Harold knew he was sent out he also pointed out how unusual it was but he took it for granted and went along with it so he could prevent Starchild massacre and stop Cody squad members from being annihilated.

        Another thing.
        It’s late but I still want to offer my gratitude to you, Defiring.
        The translation is really smooth in my humble opinion.

        1. Thank you very much, I’ll try to make the future chapters even better! + Glad to see some people remember what happened in the earlier chapters ><

  13. Justus your the man. You just freed the True evil that will bury you. LOL
    Thanks for the chapter 🙂

  14. Even if I didn’t know beforehand, there’s obviously a bunch of bullshit in there. Justus in his telling just seems way too innocent and passive, it doesn’t match his displayed temperament at all.

  15. Wait what. I mean ors obvious the Harold was framed, but those rumors made less sense. And Justus is less hate- worthy now, but I still dislike him.

  16. Mmmmmmmmm,Justus’s viewpoint.. So that means Justus’s thought and views on the whole situation.
    So Justus went out of his way to save Harold?
    But Justus is evil..? And theres also that soldier Vice-captain was interrogating who started going crazy. And all the evidence pointed to Justus. And plus Justus is evil.
    Why would Harold willingly risk his life by using the sword?
    And. Doesn’t Harold have enough power to escape prison?
    Thats what I seriously thought last volume. Harold was going to run from his execution and become a vigilante who is still trying to protect the world form the Maou.
    THIS ALL DOESNT MAKE SENSE.
    Just give us Harold…ugh… All these plot twists and plot holes. Ugh. like what.
    And another note, is this “viewpoint” is told from how Justus is thinking when he is telling Elu and Lifa the story. And Justus is evil, wouldn’t that make this whole story false? Like why is he even telling it.
    And ugh, to be honest I rather dislike Lifa, so naive, and immature.
    Ruining a lot of things and plans.
    She’s really in the way *^*, I really dislike reading her viewpoints. Too naive.
    Sorry (o-o”) She’s really naive and a bit annoying orz ORL

    1. Well, Harold was the antagonist in the game, so the antagonist being saved by the main villain because of his potential isn’t all that weird

    2. I wouldnt calle them Plot holes, but more like paralell plots, there are many, and what Is cool about this novel Is this:
      “Not everything you read Is true, if half Is, that Is plenty, specialy now, were EVERYONE Is lying except Lifa (and that Is why she Is the simple and naive one, normaly, un other circunstances she wouldnt look soo bad, but she Is always un the dark, por thing…

      Resume, everyone lies, Lifa Is in the dark, soo she Is prone to be manipulated, the Villian Is not that detestable, in fact he isnt, he IS really manipulative tough. The Plot Is yet to show a real hole, but Is hard to see the real situation.

      1. I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE.
        She looks really bad.
        The only time I didn’t mind her character was when she saw Harold half naked.
        Only time I ever liked reading from her viewpoint.
        (Its probably because Harold was in it, Harold isn’t in much of Lifa’s pov though… She’s mostly just thinking about him in her rather roundabout way)

      1. Its just me not liking Lifa that much to be honest.
        I was seriously hoping for the vigilante route.
        He’d get out of Erica’s engagement to protect her and the sumaragis’
        And he’ll be able to work in the down low and be undercover, and especially have an easier time making that group of vagabounds, that the original character from the game was going to make.
        And the only downside he’ll get from being on the run from the empire is to not be able to show his face.
        Harold’s reputation wasn’t even that good so it doesnt matter if he doesnt show his face.

  17. justus really knows how to twist the truth to make him look good, And Harold declaration of war is the great, badass way of doing it, thanks for the chapter. =)

  18. Thanks for the chapter! From what I gathered reading the previous chapters,wasn’t it that the sword is actually real and shaves life,but Harold is too op to have to use it? Or was I mistaken o_o

      1. It’s JP novel, sure as hell they wont ask him directly, well atleast not before 100 worth of drama.

  19. If i remember correctly, harold is supposed to be defeated by liner, then because of his desire to be stronger he came to justus which then led to his demise. So i think that “power” was the sword that was given to him by justus? So either way this is just the main story progressing itself because of the will of this so called “world”?

    1. You make it sounds like a certain story with a certain pair of duke’s daughter and his brother servant. The will of the world is too strong. Plz nerf!

  20. 8 REASONS WHY Justus’ POV = BULLSHIT

    You should NOT believe Justus, a master of lies and deception, and if you did should quit doing so before you turn into a brainwashed puppet to do his bidding. So let’s start with:

    #1 The validity of Harold’s game knowledge is absolutely the truth, unrefutable and cannot be contested to be false. This pertains to the plot, characters’ background and personality, skills, etc.

    #2 Specifically, which game knowledge are relevant to the current issue?

    – Justus’ character. Harold describe him as a genius manipulator. The game itself tagged him as the main antagonist, villain who experimented and killed countless people to further his personal desire and the mastermind of various machinations to destroy the world, and even the FINAL BOSS.
    – Justus orchestrated the whole Star Aria Tribe affair. It even led to a conflict between the tribe and the knight’s order.
    – Harold’s resolution to avoid his endless DEATH flag. Will be explained soon.

    #3 Now, which are ‘most likely’ the lies in Justus’ POV in this chapter?

    – The first lie started as soon as “When he heard of this, the first thing Justus felt wasn’t anger or even disappointment over Harold’s betrayal towards the knight order. What he thought was that the situation was too unnatural and felt too orchestrated.” Of course you do Justus even the game said you’re the mastermind behind it.

    – ” If he hadn’t been concerned about Harold’s potential going to waste, he would have definitely abandoned him.” Yeah right… his potential. Don’t you mean to lose the chance to kill and silence him if he ever escape?

    – “It was luck that led Justus to get interested in Harold, it was luck that led him to hear the bad rumors concerning Harold, and it was due to luck that he happened to have a few connections…” Day of the word: “It was luck” The most ridiculous lie in his POV.

    – “And he intuitively realized that it would be too regrettable to let such a gem die.”

    – “Justus’ purpose was to save Harold, but that trump card was basically a curse, a taboo experiment, developed by himself.”

    As for the others, it’s a mixture of truth and falsehood. For example, Justus using his trump card sounds like a lie but at the same it’s also true. The whole scenario he cooked up might be one of his trump card (i.e. controlling the higher ups) but ultimately its purpose isn’t to save Harold but to gather information and kill him.

    #4 What is Justus’ objective for “saving” Harold?

    – Most likely, surveillance and probing. He wants to know how does Harold find out about his plan to attack the tribe and how much does Harold knows about his secrets and connections. You have a perfect plan and no oone knows about it but someone out of nowhere who’s totally irrelevant came out and stopped your plan. Much more it’s a 13 years old child. So you couldn’t wonder which person or organization is backing him.

    It also puts a leash on Harold so he couldn’t save in case they tried to decapitate him due to treason.

    #5 The sword’s real purpose.

    – The sword shortens one lifetime – no use lying to this function when ultimately he plans to kill him Harold because if Justus can’t extract information from Harold who wants a huge potential risk that could ruin your plan right in your backyard? The higher-ups of the order wants him dead too so it’s the perfect scenario.

    #6 So what’s the catch with the sword?

    – A lot of user believe that Harold is dying and worried about ut but there’s a reason why I completely disagree with this claim. Everyone understands Harold’s goal right? That is – to aboid his DEATH flags. Harold doesn’t want to die. So why the freaking hell is he using a sword that would kill him even before the game begins (Ryner’s adventure)? It doesn’t make sense.

    So what’s happening? Basically, the sword is ineffective somehow. Either Harold found out a loophole in the item’s effect and thus the life absorbing effect was nulled (remember Harold asking Justus about how the sword works), or he wasn’t using the sword’s ability to give him Herculean strength at all. The so-called Herculean strength, most likely, is Harold’s true strength after 5 years. I’m actually going to be surprised if he’s not atleast this strong after a timeskip since Harold’s potential was repetitively emphasized many times.

    #6 What is Justus’ objective for inviting Elu and Lifa?

    – The seemingly empty room.
    – The researchers are all gone.
    – They are suppose to have a meeting.
    – The door to his personal is *conveniently* left open.
    – Harold was away doing a mission.
    – IMPORTANT CLUE!!! Harold received a strange message from Justus which he thought was “INTERCEPTED” and MEANT to a 3rd party (3rd party = Lifa and Elu OMG) which also happened to be overheard by Elu & Lifa as soon as they try to eavesdrop.
    – Elu thought it was a trap.
    – Justus is lying in his POV.

    What wrong could there be FFS??? Nothing’s wrong right? Right? My theory is simple. Julius sent Harold to a mission.

    #7 So did Justus really become a good guy in his POV?

    – POV is not always the truth, atleast in this case. Notice the format of Justus’ POV. All of the suspicious lines are all told in 3rd person perspective rather than 1st person. The only time Justus talked in 1st person was during the prison cell scenario. I doubt the author would waste time making an illustration if this scene was falsified or didn’t happen.

    #8 But he’s a good guy!!!

    – No. He ain’t. By acting good and reconfiguring the story as if he cared for Harold was part of his plan to ‘soften’ them up and ‘drop’ their guard. “Their” is the wrong word here. He’s specifically targetting Lifa because she’s the easiest to manipulate. He planned the whole scenario, sent Harold away, arranged a meeting, removed the researchers and perfectly timed the “he would die soon” message so Lifa would get ‘shaken’ which she did.

    #DISCLAIMER
    And no damnit this is not a spoiler if some people feels like this makes too much sense. I haven’t even read past this chapter. This is simply the result of carefully reading and analyzing the given information.

    1. Yessss, I think so too. His POV is so bullshit that alarm sending in my head when I read this chapter!!

    2. Actually what you said about Harold not using the sword is basically true from what I’ve seen in the previous chapter when it was said that Harold used “switch” to defeat the hydras

  21. About Harold dying. In the previous chapter when Harold recieved the message from Justus that the others overheard, didnt he say himself that the life-reducing effect of the sword was a lie?

    1. He said the message was a lie, he didn’t go into the details as to why it was a lie. The important was that Justus had no reason to tell this to Harold since they both knew it was a lie.

  22. MAGNIFICENT!!!!
    If the astral form thingies are true then the sword is taking the life force of Harold not Kazuki…… and it seems that the mutual destruction was accepted by both of… I am still wondering what Harold has thought that time…

  23. So, game story was incomplete
    and mastermind /final boss was hidden!!!!!!!

    And THIS CRAZY SCIENTIST WAS ONLY JUST A ODD GUY AND NOT THE FINAL BOSS!!!!!!!

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