WM – Chapter 56: Takatsuki Makoto speaks to the Great Sage

What should I do…? 

If I follow the advice of the Goddess, it would be better to not enter.

But, after coming all the way here?

“Are you here, Great Sage-sama?” (Sakurai)

There’s no response from the call of Sakurai-kun.

“Maybe she isn’t present?” (Lucy)

Alright, let’s go back! 

“Eh? Great Sage-sama, have only them enter? …Okay…okay…understood.” (Sakurai)

“…Sakurai-kun, what happened all of a sudden?” (Makoto)

I get scared by Sakurai-kun who was talking to himself all of a sudden.

“A thought transmission from the Great Sage-sama came. She told me that only you guys will be entering.” (Sakurai)

“Eeh?” (Makoto)

My uneasiness increases.

While I was hesitating, Sakurai-kun pushed us in.

◇◇

“Excuse the intrusion…” (Makoto)

The inside of the tent is dark, and there’s magic lanterns floating in the air.

It was overflowing with things making a pseudo-passage that led deeper inside. 

At the end of that passage, there’s a small mage in white robe sitting on a giant sofa.

Should we go there? 

“Come closer. It is hard to speak from there.” 

Despite her title, it was the voice of a young girl. 

I got a few meters closer to her just as she asked, and I could now see the pure white hair that was hidden within her white hood.

It certainly is the White Great Sage.

“I am the apprentice magician, Takatsuki Makoto. The ones here are my comrades: Lucy Walker, and Sasaki Aya.” (Makoto)

“Nice to meet you.” (Lucy)

“Hello.” (Aya)

“Fumu.” 

The Great Sage-sama walks over to us and looks at all of us.

Her red eyes that felt like they pierced through me were testament to her insight.

She has a pretty little girl face, but there’s a ghastliness to it that makes my back shiver.

How old is she? I don’t think she is as old as her appearance states.

“You, you are the half of an elf and demon, huh”, she says while looking at Lucy.

I was shocked.

I look at Lucy.

She stiffened in place.

“You there are a Lamia, huh. Moreover, on a level that can be designated as a Calamity. Interesting.” 

The Great Sage grins.

This is bad! 

This person has the Appraisal Skill! 

I looked at Sa-san, and it seems like she didn’t understand the situation and was dumbfounded.

Kuh, this is bad.

Demons and monsters are hunt targets! 

I should have listened to the warning of the Goddess! 

“Don’t get so on edge. You helped the Light Hero boy, right? Spirit Users in this day and age are rare. I wanted to meet you. Moreover, your comrades are quite the bundle of unique traits.” 

The Great Sage still had that grin. 

…Does that mean she doesn’t mind that they are a demon and monster?

“Looks like I scared you. Sit here. I will at least pour some tea.” 

There were old-looking chairs around a round table that also looked pretty old.

Are they antiques?

“You sit here.” 

For some reason, I was told to sit by the side of the Great Sage.

I-I’m nervous.

I thought that there would be a servant or something, but the teapot floated its way here, and the tea cups were placed in front of us.

When the tea was poured, a nice scent wafted around.

She does her daily life using magic?

People with mana to spare have it nice.

“For treats…well, this should do.” 

A big plate with a variety of pastries suddenly appeared in front of us with a loud thud.

Where did she bring these pastries from just now…?

“Is this Teleport?” (Makoto)

“Hoh, I am impressed you could tell.” 

C-Chantless Teleport Magic.

This person is on a whole other plane…

We must not fight her.

Or more like, I don’t think we can even run away…

“And so, what business did you have with us?” (Aya)

Sa-san was already munching on the pastries.

Hey, show some restraint! 

“I told you already, didn’t I? I was simply interested. I heard about this Spirit User that managed to drag out the Taboo Dragons with Monarch Magic. From my calculations, I predicted the Light Hero Boy would take 1 month to finish this task.” 

“I heard that if you helped, it would have ended in an instant.” (Makoto)

I remember the words Yokoyama-san said.

“That won’t serve as training. The Great Demon Lord will be reviving. Having the Light Hero getting troubled with 2 mere Taboo Dragons would be problematic.” 

I see.

So she purposely didn’t help.

“By the way…the red haired mage over there.” 

“Y-Yes?!” (Lucy)

Lucy seems to be nervous, she is not speaking much.

“You, have you noticed that your body is being burned by your own mana?” 

“Eh?” (Lucy)

Lucy had an expression of surprise, and me too.

“Did you think that was your constitution? That body heat of yours is the result of your mana running out of control, you know?”

“W-What should I do…?” (Lucy)

“I will give you this. Put it on.” 

The Great Sage gave Lucy a bracelet that was lying around.

“An item that calms down the flow of mana. It is an item that’s worth the price of a house. Treat it with care.” 

“I-Is that okay?” (Makoto)

Being a wary person, I ask in fear.

Isn’t this person a bit too kind?

She won’t be demanding a crazy amount of money later, right? 

“We are currently searching for strong talents after all. We can’t let capable mages sleep. Oi, the lamia there who only eats.” 

This time she looks at Sa-san.

“Yeph?” (Aya)

Sa-san! At least swallow before replying.

“The [Change] Skill that you have is powerful. You don’t have to turn into that half-assed human form with bluish skin, you can transform into a perfect human. Not only that, it is a skill that lets you transform into anything. Even a Dragon or Demon.” <Switched Transformation of Aya to Change.>

“Hm? It was taught to me by my sisters as Human Transformation Magic though.” (Aya)

“That’s a skill that Lamias have. Your skill is above that.” 

“Hoh, is that so… Thank you very much.” (Aya)

That’s incredible. 

This person gives useful items and advice. 

Isn’t she a support character?

“So, the problem is you, Spirit User-kun.” 

“…I am a normal human.” (Makoto)

“Hooh.” 

The eyes of the Great Sage curved into a smile, and a hand was placed on my head.

Her fingers are cold like Sa-san’s.

“Let’s look at your Status. It is easier to do Appraisal when my hand is in contact… You have quite the one-sided Stats. Even though they are extremely low, your Water Proficiency is abnormally high.” 

It is kinda ticklish.

“Muuh…this ain’t good.” 

She suddenly grabbed my head.

“You…are the believer of an Evil God?”

Time froze.

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 ““……””

Lucy and I were silent.

Only the sound of Sa-san munching on pastry could be heard.

“No, you are mistaken.” (Makoto)

For now, I try to fool her with a smile.

An Evil God believer is guilty no questions asked.

It is the common knowledge of Fuji-yan, Nina-san, and Lucy.

“The believer of the Evil God Noah, huh… You are the second I have met.” 

The Great Sage is making a complicated expression.

Her small hand is still holding my head.

“No…as I said, isn’t there some sort of mistake here…?” (Makoto)

“If I remember correctly, 1,000 years ago…it was one of the 9 Demon Generals serving under the Great Demon Lord, the Forbidden Black Knight.” 

“Eh? The legendary Hero Killer?” (Lucy)

Lucy says.

What’s that?

“Lucy, who is the Forbidden Black Knight?” (Makoto)

“The sworn enemy of humanity that appears in the story of the Saviour-sama. It is said that he is the right hand of the Great Demon Lord, and a legendary warrior that slaughtered everyone except the Light Hero. In the end, he was defeated by the Saviour Abel… That is the Apostle of the Evil God Noah…?” (Lucy)

Lucy who was saying this began to feel anxious.

Eh, what are you doing, Noah-sama?

I didn’t hear anything about this.

“But…the Apostle of the Evil God was a lot crazier than you. At the very least, he couldn’t hold a proper conversation.” 

How was he, my Apostle senpai.

“You speak as if you saw him personally.” (Makoto)

“Yeah…I have the memories of 1,000 years ago after all.” 

Is it the so-called Inherit Skill?

“Will you continue being the Apostle of the Evil God?” 

The Great Sage-sama asks.

H-How should I answer this?

“No, as I said…I am not the believer of an Evil God…” (Makoto)

It is getting painful already, but I continue making the same excuse.

“Fumu…well, let’s leave it at that.” 

She let go of my head.

And then, she rustled my hair.

“When you guys come to Highland, come to my place. I will train you people.” 

Eh? Done?

“U-Uhm…is it okay?” (Makoto)

We are talking about a demon, a monster, and the Apostle of an Evil God.

It is triple the trouble and I feel like it is a red flag party though.

Is she gonna let us go?

“I said this before. I want to get as many talented people as possible for when the Great Demon Lord revives. If you guys turn into enemies, I will take responsibility and end you.” 

She smiles. Scary.

“We don’t have any intentions of fighting the Great Demon Lord though.” (Makoto)

“Eh, really, Takatsuki-kun?” (Aya)

Sa-san, why are you making a face as if it was unexpected?

I am not a hero, and I am not strong.

“When the Great Demon Lord revives, the people will fall into a war with the demons. If we lose the war, everyone will become the livestock of the demons.” 

“…”

Meaning that we can’t run away, huh.

“Spirit User-kun, I recommend you to stop being the Apostle of the Evil God by the next time we meet. Obeying that Evil God will only end in misery.” 

Saying this, the Great Sage-sama lies sideways on the sofa.

In the end, she was a good person who gave us items and advice.

If only the last part of the conversation wasn’t there, it would have been the best though…

We return to our table with hazy feelings. The banquet was close to ending. 

I sobered up already.

My appetite is gone too.

I was spacing out with a blank head.

“Takatsuki-sama, there’s a guest”, Nina-san pokes my shoulder.

The one there was the Water Oracle, the Princess of Rozes, Sofia Rozes. 

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67 thoughts on “WM – Chapter 56: Takatsuki Makoto speaks to the Great Sage

  1. Takki-Dino cannot catch a break!

    First Noel, then Great Sage who is a scary scary person and NOW! Oh boy…

    Also great Sage is eccentric and interesting it appears. I wonder… who thinks that Makoto May be able to become a 3rd party in all of this. An independent group who stand against the demon lord and apart from the new gods and he somehow drags Noah into joining him? That would be pretty cool.

    I can sort of see him looking at Noah with cold eyes whilst she does dogeza… again. And setting ground rules or something.

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  2. Heh I like how oblivious Sa-san was during the whole thing. Just munching on snacks even when the great sage was revealing everybody’s secrets.

    So the great sage is a loli apparently. OK then. At least she seems like she can be reasoned with. It doesn’t sound like she would try to eliminate them just because of what they are. She probably still wouldn’t do anything to Makoto if he still is Noah’s believer by the next time they meet as long as he doesn’t become some evil mass murderer or something.

    Damn it. Now Sofia is here. Just drop kick her out of the bar.

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    1. Despite her attachment to her lamia mother & sisters, Sa-san seems to be treating this world like a game.
      Except her skill is meant for FPS and this is RPG where you can’t get a redo on your interactions with NPCs.

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  3. wow! Seinvolf not being first is is amazing. I feel like I’ve seen him as a top comment on multiple translations for years.

    Thanks for the chapter

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      1. I don’t know, Google Maps may be expecting you to KoolAid Man it, it tried to get me to run a Police barricade a couple times, and tear through an overpass, couple walls, someone’s house….

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  4. Oya. Sa-san is Calamity class? Or should I say, she’s Calamity class already? That’s unexpected. Calamity-class monsters like doughnuts.

    Looks like Great Sage-sama just wanted to give a little advice to the talents of the new generation. A wise decision all in all, I’d say. It sounds like she has her own agenda, but is mostly trustworthy and non-hostile.

    Rather, maybe you can use this extra information to pressure Noah a bit for information. As for miss Water Princess..let do our best to tell him nothing.

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    1. Well she was born as a named monster… but i think her unique abilities, from being reincarnated got her a good ways into Calamity Class, and getting those magic stones pushed her over…or the Sage is seeing Mother’s stone….

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  5. So the Great Sage first forcefully summons them and then she appraises Makoto and the others like it’s the most normal thing in the world. I know people with appraisal skills tend to breech privacy for their own curiosity but that’s bound to generate a lot of grudges and it’s not like she is in the Sun Country.

    So what’s the reason for Makoto’s low stats in the end? If it’s because his life force is weakened from the time of the initial transfer, shouldn’t that be remediable? Especially considering resurrection magic is apparently a thing.

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    1. Could be due to life choices, like other stories where the characters get points based on how they lived their life, perverts and gamers usually get a lot of extra points, but this isn’t that type of story. So maybe him not being athletic in the other world, translates to him being born here as a sickly baby.

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      1. That would make sense except how come it doesn’t apply to Fuji-yan or Aya? It doesn’t sound like they were athletic either. Also to some Fuji-yan would be classed as a pervert with his interest in animal eared girls.

        Another factor I think goes against that theory is that otherworlders have been transferred over several times and not every single one could have been athletic or super peak form. Yet it isn’t just normal but expected that every single one of the otherworlders would have higher than normal stats.

        Takki-Dono being so outside the norm, being even weaker than those from isekai when he isn’t sickly at all is frankly strange to an absurd level. And completely unexplained.

        I don’t know if there is a consequence of the whole resurrection abilities in the isekai but that they seem to be used and not recorded as a double edged sword but merely as super difficult to have done implies that that may not be the reason for the low stats.

        My money (a small amount) is on some kind of interference

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      2. As I said it depends, it could be that his life choices put more emphasis on his gaming, so he got some very high rank game skills, but nothing was left over for his stats. Everyone else had some mixed interests, even kemonomimi fan Fuji-yan had skills or inclinations that meshed with being a merchant, and Aya had at least the interest to get Takki to play with her like one of his rpgs.
        So who knows what could have led to these stats.

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    2. i assumed his stats are low because its an RPG ability, meaning he can level up in some way, we already saw how his water magic can grind at a constant pace unlike the diminishing returns of regular people so i am assuming there are conditions for the skill to evolve, like the Galge Player ability
      But i also wonder if the spirit magic cunts as team effort, which could decrease his grinding speed

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      1. That would be awesome, an effect from one of his skills allowing him to have more of a choice in how he specs his character. Although I feel if that were so then when he tried to train his body he would have seen his stats go up as well but they didn’t. Unless there is some additional unknown condition for improving each stat.

        It is odd that he can only seem to level up water magic proficiency and nothing else. Especially if the low stats are because of the effect of his RPG skill.

        I do hope we find out why his stats are so low though. I want to know!

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  6. Thanks for the Chapter~! And I was right it was a Loli grandma! She was also willing to train them as expected~ Also the fact that the previous Apostle was like that means that there really is a chance that Makoto and Sakurai will end up fighting in the war~ Also I smell an interesting relationship between the Saviours Abel and the Forbidden Black Knight~ I blame Persona 5 R for making me see through these lens…. Wonder what the princess is gonna say? She’ gonna apologize? Nah, at least not sincerely. Then maybe try to recruit Makoto? Probably

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      1. I thought the first light hero was an otherworlder? Didn’t they state that somewhere? Or am I simply projecting.

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  7. So the great Sage is the typical loli baba trope….But it could still be the hidden trap since most traps are lolis though I don’t think I’ve seen a trap loli baba yet before.

    Also Aya is oblivious lol.

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  8. Is it me or Aya the whole time just made me mad, like yea food is good but the person in front of you just revealed you and your friends secrets and you sat there and continued eating. Lucy was visibly shocked and Makoto was on edge after that, i felt that she really didn’t take it seriously and lets not forget that Sophia has come too. Like this doesn’t bode well that someone knows exactly what you and your friends are and Makoto is right to be worried.

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    1. Aya actually reminds me of Mio, from Tsuki Michi.
      She is a glutton, but due to her surroundings, she is probably sensitive to things like killing intent. Since she didn’t sense that from the Sage, that’s probably why she didn’t show any worries.
      I am sure the moment the Sage showed she was hostile, Aya would have been completely different…or maybe she just went socially numb after all that time with the lamias, who knows.

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      1. Glad I wasn’t the only one getting the whole Mio vibe from Sa-san.

        It may well be that after all that time her priorities have become skewed. She was living on nuts and raw fish and now she is capable of having the equivalent of feasts so much. Potential danger (which all apart from an absurd ambush whilst asleep, that was brought about due to a traitor, with an invasion of the equivalent of an entire army, Sa-san has never faced something she couldn’t beat) versus succulent, delicious and glorious food that she hasn’t eaten in months maybe even close to two years… my inner glutton agrees wholeheartedly with Sa-sans actions

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      2. I mean if i think of aya like the calamity spider Mio then i can see it a little more fair, still at least lucy showed some concern when the sage mentioned information that other people shouldn’t know.

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    2. She’s a Lamia. Remember how her mother ate a person whole? She’s trying to feed half a dozen offensive linemen worth of muscle mass on cocktail wieners and crab puffs.

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  9. Hmm…

    The sage can see people stats, skills and titles.
    So, why didnt she comment on their job?
    Hmm, are those job the first of their kind?

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  10. So, Lucy is suffering from something similar to what Makoto got when he tapped into her mana then? She may have a harder time mastering control of her magic because exerting the necessary control would cause severe backlash. Like trying to control the explosion a firecracker creates by closing your hand around said firecracker just leaves you with fewer fingers. Having that item could be a real boon for her to learn control on manageable volumes of mana.

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    1. It sounds like what Lucy actually needs is a mana sink of some kind. A magic weapon she can pump her energy into, equipment or blessings that suppress it, or even a monster or cursed item that drains it.

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  11. What… is the Takatsuki Makoto some sort of idiot or someone who has no sense of caution? Or maybe he is someone who keeps himself getting pulled around by the nose of events and won’t exert a strong will? Well, the last part is somewhat true but will this all he will ever be? Find out next time on the future chapters of Weakest Mage

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  12. Author teaching Makoto-kun how to handle the harem right now. Nishishishi. I just wonder what will they talk about next chapter?

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  13. Is Makoto going to stay in the Water Country? I hope he stays independent without being attached to any country … It’s annoying to see other countries start to pull him, while he struggles without them to be strong

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  14. Thanks for the chapter! ^^
    The next conversation with the Godess will be interesting, will he be able to extract more infos and truths from her?
    I don’t see him forsaking her, but serving her at his own conditions.
    I suppose it is time for another trope with the Water Princess? Will she show a complacent/conceited behaviour or earnestly negociate to keep a talent?

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  15. Thanks for the chapter, its funny how his interactions go. Really MC can’t take a break. I kind of whant him to go training with the sage, to see where her training will lead him.

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  16. Now, this chapter made me doubt Noah-sama unintentionally.
    I hope she start to explain some thing to MC as soon as possible so she didnt loose any follower(s).

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