WM – Chapter 57-58: Takatsuki Makoto speaks to Princess Sofia + Epilogue

Even though I am currently at a loss with our talk with the Great Sage…

From all people, it had to be you, huh.

“Takatsuki Makoto, do you have time?” (Sofia)

A clear voice that travels well.

It makes me feel the coldness of spring water from it.

And as always, she has a cold and unfriendly expression. 

Princess Sofia had for some reason come to our table.

She has a knight as her bodyguard, but it is not the haughty knight of before.

“What is it?” (Makoto)

I can’t ignore a princess, so I ask reluctantly.

“I had him quit being my Guardian Knight.” (Sofia)

At first I couldn’t understand what she was saying, but after a while, I got that she was referring to that arrogant knight.

Wait, eh?

You fired him?

“It is the sin of displeasing the hero-sama that saved Laberintos. Can you please forgive us with this?” (Sofia)

“Forgive…? In the first place, I am not a hero though…” (Makoto)

“You are one of the heroes that came from the other world. That’s why, I want you to please continue staying in Rozes.” (Sofia)

This is surprising.

Would she go this far?

I am just an apprentice mage here though.

“Hey hey.” (Lucy)

Lucy tugged my sleeve.

I know. I am not going to be such a bully.

“…I like the city of Makkaren, so I will continue being an adventurer in Rozes.” (Makoto)

Hearing this, Princess Sofia made a relieved expression.

But she instantly returns to her previous expression.

“Do you wish for anything? If it is something I can do…” (Sofia)

Oh, how generous.

But I don’t really have much of a wish though…

Right, let’s give this one to my friend that has been helping me out all this time.

“Actually, this here is my friend, Fujiwara-kun.” (Makoto)

“T-Takki-dono?!” (Fujiwara)

Fuji-yan who was suddenly pulled into it was surprised, but my thoughts should be transmitting to him.

“I was wondering if you could back him up for the sake of furthering my work. He is also one of the heroes that come from the other world. My achievements are thanks to his support.” (Makoto)

“…I see. What should I do in detail?” (Sofia)

Fuji-yan, sorry for putting you on the spot all of a sudden.

He is looking at me with eyes of ‘I didn’t hear anything about this-desu zo’.

But, as expected of him, he must have thought of something, he began speaking.

“Then, please grant me the freedom to do business in Rozes. Especially in the noble districts.” (Fujiwara)

“Alright. I will give you a permit with my name. Please come to the capital later to get it.” (Sofia)

““Thank you very much.””

Fuji-yan and I lowered our heads.

Is this much okay?

“Well then, let’s meet again.” (Sofia)

Princess Sofia leaves with hurried feet.

 “Takki-dono, I didn’t expect you to suddenly throw the topic to me-desu zo!” (Fujiwara)

He was slapping me multiple times on the back.

“Sorry about that. But was that good enough?” (Makoto)

“It is great! Being able to freely do business under the name of the Princess of Rozes! With this, I will be winning it all in any businesses in the Water Country…” (Fujiwara)

Ooh, Fuji-yan is making an evil face.

“T-Takatsuki-sama, you do terrifying things…” (Nina)

Nina-san had a stiff expression.

“Did I say something weird?” (Makoto)

“Makoto…normally when royalty asks what you want, you normally refrain at first.” (Lucy)

“Goshujin-sama is also fearless.” (Nina)

I see, so that’s how the etiquette goes.

“Like I would know. I am an otherworldler.” (Makoto)

“Anyways, that Princess just now was pretty persistent in wanting Takatsuki-kun to stay.” (Aya)

Sa-san says this on the passing.

“Aah, about that, even though you took such rude behaviour, she still came here herself and listened to your requests.” (Lucy)

“Princess Sofia must have been angry inside her heart.” (Fujiwara)

“…”

If Fuji-yan says so, it must be.

Looks like the inside of Princess Sofia was burning. 

“The warriors and mages that Princess Sofia scouted ended up running to other countries, or would get injured and not serve as fighting force”, Nina-san explains.

Hoh, is that so.

“And so, that includes our classmates?” (Makoto)

“Right. It looks like the life in the royal castle of the Water Country didn’t fit them well.” (Fujiwara)

“Thanks to that, there’s rumours saying that Princess Sofia doesn’t have an eye for people. On the other hand, at the place of Princess Noel, there’s a lot of talents gathered around.” (Nina)

Hohoh, that’s quite the shameful rumor to have.

“That’s why she is trying so desperately to have the apprentice mage -she once gave no concern to- stay, huh.” (Makoto)

“As a result, you didn’t get exiled from Makkaren. Isn’t that great?!” (Lucy)

Right, it is as Lucy says.

“Then, let’s go back to Makkaren.” (Makoto)

“Okay!” (Lucy)

I want to go back and eat skewers.

And in this way, our adventure challenging Laberintos ended.

But my heart is not clearing up.

The words of the Great Sage.

The suspicions towards the Goddess remain.

Chapter 58: Epilogue (Second Arc)

I am dreaming.

I am in the space of the Goddess.

…I did expect her to call me here.

I see the Goddess sitting on the ground with laps touching. 

What is she doing?

Even when I got close to her, she didn’t meet eyes with me.

“Goddess-sama?” (Makoto)

“Makoto, do you plan on stopping being my believer?” (Noah)

“I haven’t said anything yet.” (Makoto)

“You are worried about what that white one said, right?” (Noah)

White…she must be talking about the Great Sage-sama.

“Goddess-sama, were you the ally of the Demon Lord 1,000 years ago?” (Makoto)

“…Who knows.” (Noah)

“I didn’t say I would stop being your believer.” (Makoto)

It would trouble me to not be able to use Spirit Magic.

I wouldn’t be able to do anything.

“Even if you stop being my believer, the Spirit User Skill will stay, you know.” (Noah)

“Eh? Really?” (Makoto)

“Gods are not so narrow-minded as to take away what has been given.” (Noah)

…Is that so.

“What will you do? Quit?” (Noah)

“As I said, why are you so persistent about that?” (Makoto)

“After hearing about what that white one said, you are suspicious about me, right?” (Noah)

“I have been suspicious about you from the very beginning.” (Makoto)

You did things like not saying your name, and hiding that you were an Evil God.

Let’s try asking her stubbornly.

“Why did you make my predecessor Evil God Apostle ally with the Demon Lord?” (Makoto)

“A lot happened.” (Noah)

She doesn’t want to tell no matter what?

“Goddess-sama, what is it you truly want? Please tell me.” (Makoto)

“…It is normally the other way around, you know. Why is the believer asking for the wish of the Goddess?” (Noah)

She looks at me with a defeated look.

Our silence continued for a while.

The Goddess began to speak weakly.

“…By the time I gained awareness, the Titans had already lost the battle of the God Realm, and there was no one around. Everyone was trapped in Tartaros, and I was alone.” (Noah)

“I lived together with the God Giants for a while, but they too fought the Holy Gods, and they were either killed or sealed…” (Noah)

“Since then, I was always alone for more than 15,000,000 years. I tried a variety of things to save my comrades, but in the end, I ended up getting imprisoned in the Deep Sea Temple…” (Noah)

“I couldn’t do anything by myself anymore…” (Noah)

“Even so, I wanted to save everyone…” (Noah)

Saving her Titan God friends.

 Is that her true wish as a Goddess?

But the Titans apparently have been sealed in a place that mortals can’t go to.

In the first place, was all the Apostle did something that helped out the Titans in some way?

“1,000 years ago, why did your Apostle kill the heroes?” (Makoto)

“The Devil bunch said that if I side with the Demon Lord and kill the heroes, they would save the Titans.” (Noah)

D-Devils?

This is the first time I heard of them, but there’s even those guys, huh.

“The Devils, the Gods that created the demons and monsters. They were also battling the Holy Gods. But, in the end, they didn’t keep their promise though…” (Noah)

Noah-sama says this in sorrow.

“Then, this time around, you won’t be asking me to kill the heroes, right?” (Makoto)

“In the first place, do you think you can defeat them, Makoto?” (Noah)

 I remember the figure of Sakurai-kun defeating the Taboo Dragon in one hit.

…There’s no way I can.

“The situation is completely different from 1,000 years ago. At that time, the mortal plane was ruled by the Great Demon Lord and demons. The people despaired, and the faith towards the Holy Gods had weakened. That’s why I thought the Devil’s side was in the advantage.” (Noah)

“Hmm…I see.” (Makoto)

“Maybe they learned from that. Now, everyone in the mortal plane is obligated to enter the religion of one of the Goddesses the moment they are born! With this, I can’t get any believers!” (Noah)

The Goddess raises her voice.

“That’s why, when your classmates came to this world, I thought it was my chance. The japanese were all without religion.” (Noah)

“But everyone got scouted.” (Makoto)

“The remaining one was you. Moreover, my charm magic didn’t work. It was totally outside my plans…” (Noah)

My Goddess is a real schemer.

“What are you talking about? All Goddesses do something like show their believers good dreams, you know?” (Noah)

“…Is that so.” (Makoto)

It isn’t something I really wanted to hear though.

“So, what are you going to be doing from now on, Goddess-sama?” (Makoto)

“…The source of the Holy Gods’ strength is faith. The stronger and plentiful the faith from their believers is, the stronger their control. On the other hand, if the believers fall into despair, their faith lowers, and the strength of the Holy Gods lowers.” (Noah)

A situation where humans despair…

“The revival of the Great Demon Lord?” (Makoto)

It is apparently going to happen in a few years from now.

“But I don’t want to become a pawn of the Demon Lord.” (Makoto)

“I know that. I won’t trust them anymore.” (Noah)

Hm, this is complicated.

“Right right. Just like the white one said, if the Great Demon Lord rules over the mortal plane, the humans will receive treatment lower than that of slaves. 1,000 years ago was a terrible state.” (Noah)

I would like Sakurai-kun to be the one doing his best on that front.

Maybe there really is the need to gather the strength of everyone?

“There’s a lot of scattered information, so I will arrange it.” (Makoto)

I place a hand on my head, and arrange the pieces of information one by one.

“The wish of the Goddess is: 

  1. Do something about the threat of the Great Demon Lord that will be reviving in a few years.
  2. Weaken the faith for the Holy Gods to lower the strength of the Holy Gods.
  3. Once the strength of the Holy Gods is weakened, we might be able to save the Titans.

Is that how it is?” (Makoto)

Can I do something like that?

It sounds crazy difficult.

“I don’t plan on asking such unreasonableness from my only believer. I am letting you be free, right?” (Noah)

It is true that if I were to be asked that the moment I left the Water Temple, I would have immediately withdrawn.

“The reason why I told you to go to Laberintos was out of good will of wanting to have you meet your friend.” (Noah)

‘Isn’t that right?’, is what Noah-sama says with a cute face.

“But it is my chance now. In these 1,000 years, the faith towards the Holy Gods has been one-sidedly rising. The Devils that don’t find it agreeable are putting strenuous efforts to have the demons attack the mortal plane. You might be able to slip in well in that.” (Noah)

“Slip in, as in what exactly?” (Makoto)

“You will be doing greater achievements than the heroes the Holy Gods chose. By doing that, they will begin thinking: ‘The Holy Gods are unreliable. Isn’t the God that Makoto believes in better?’” (Noah)

“Do you think it will go that smoothly?” (Makoto)

I am not sure.

The Goddess must have read that sentiment of mine, her expression softens.

“Well, I won’t force you. Do as you please, Makoto.” (Noah)

Fumu.

So, choose yourself, huh.

But the Great Sage-sama said something that bothered me a lot.

“My Evil God Apostle senpai apparently had gone crazy.” (Makoto)

“T-That was…her putting it in an evil way. It was just that my believer got a bit crazy after falling way too deep into my charm! The person himself looked really happy, you know?!” (Noah)

Hmm?

Is that considered happiness? 

Isn’t that the pattern where only the person himself is happy when falling deep into an evil cult?

“Charm doesn’t work on you, Makoto, so it shouldn’t be a problem with you.” (Noah)

“That’s true, but…” (Makoto)

“So, what will you do?” (Noah)

The Goddess looks up at me while still sitting there.

[Will you accept the invitation of the Evil God Noah and turn around the system of the world?]

Yes

No ←

…This is the hardest choice to make in my whole life.

I once again look at Noah-sama.

She looks divine, beautiful, and lovely. 

(She continued to challenge the Holy Gods all alone…) (Makoto)

Since mythological times. 

Honestly speaking, I can’t even begin to imagine it.

Several millions of times more loneliness than my lonely training of around 1 year since coming to this world.

Noah-sama is the first person that called out to me when leaving the Water Temple. 

Even if she had ulterior motives.

The reason why I survived when fighting the Griffon was thanks to the Divine Protection of Noah-sama.

Spirit Magic was something Noah-sama gave to me.

I managed to reunite with Sa-san and Sakurai-kun.

(I have been receiving all this time.) (Makoto)

I haven’t given anything back yet.

“What will you do?” (Noah)

Noah-sama was resting her chin in one hand as she looked over here.

I once again look at the options.

[Will you accept the invitation of the Evil God Noah and turn around the system of the world?]

Yes ←

No 

This world is being controlled by the Holy Gods.

Different from my predecessor, I have to go against the Devils. 

I am the only Evil God believer in this world.

In other words…the enemy of the world.

(The difficulty balance is messed up…) (Makoto)

But fine.

The answer was obvious from the very beginning.

“Goddess-sama, let’s make your wish a reality together.” (Makoto)

I kneeled in front of Noah-sama and, while making eye contact, I answered her.

…Aah, maybe I have also been charmed?

“Thank you, Makoto.” (Noah)

The smile of Noah-sama was radiant. 

And in this way, I officially became the Apostle of the Evil God Noah, aiming to overturn the world together.

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77 thoughts on “WM – Chapter 57-58: Takatsuki Makoto speaks to Princess Sofia + Epilogue

      1. I see… so we have navigated thrue the Fjords and have found an area to set up camp and rest for a bit. Maybe restock some supplies at a village or do some hunting in the nearby forest… must be prepared to scale the next set of cliffs that will inevitably appear before long…

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  1. Oh my oh my! What an ending to the arc!

    And so Takki-dono and Noah are to become a third independent power that stand against the demons and devils! I like this setting.

    Didn’t someone say before that the previous apostle fell too deep into charm? Spot on sir. Good shout.

    I believe someone also nailed Sofia’s actions. When I first started reading these chapters I thought she may be a kuudere but apparently not. Well as it stands I feel I can understand her motives more than Noel’s ones and I still feel unease at Noel.

    Now what does the future have in store for our intrepid heroes?

    I can’t wait to find out more

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  2. I was about to head to bed when I found this. Sleep?? Whats that?? Can you eat it??? Thanks for the chapter as always. Well he finally made it up, I like that he is developing slowly but wasn’t all the levels he has been gating help his stats in some manner, so far he still pretty weak, outside his increase control, the other areas haven’t developed at all.

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  3. So Sofia does seem to want to connect with Makoto for selfish reasons since it seems like all the other Japanese left her because they weren’t managed properly. Well as long as she doesn’t try anything more and she stays at a distance from Makoto then I guess that’s fine.

    So it sounds like the gods are more human than I expected. Noah had gotten tricked by Devils because she believed them when they told her that they would help her rescue her titan brethren and so she sided with the Demon Lord. Meanwhile she apparently underestimated the strength of her charm and it made her believer crazy. Well apparently all gods operate like that. Anyways she seems to have learned her lesson and won’t side with the Devils and Demon Lord this time but still wants to kick down the other gods a few pegs. They do sound like assholes like their real world Olympian counterparts.

    Looks like Makoto is gonna have to go all God of War. The most recent one does have some RPG elements anyways.

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      1. When I read that she dismissed the knight my first thought was there will be a revenge chapter or arc. I cant imagine an arrogant fellow like that just letting his disgrace go that easily. And the MC is a perfect target for that angst.

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  4. So when she became aware of herself the Titans were already sealed, if I was in her place I would have avoided making the Holy Gods into my enemies. That said, maybe she got influenced by the Giant God’s hatred.
    They keep saying Goddesses, are all the Holy ones females?

    Sa-san’s Action Game Player skill got the extra lives function when she hit level 30, so it’s possible that RPG Player has new unlockable abilities too, can’t wait to see.

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    1. RPG will probably be a bit more complex than sa-san’s AGP. I mean, usually you need some prerequisite/quest to unlock the abilities/title then you need to invest in the abilities/title (either in point to increase the level of the skill or in grinding for the titles), unless is a WN/LN and the author is lazy. Then the MC is OP AF ASAP.
      But in WM we see an author with will and grace to write. A true gem!

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  5. Wow, I know that Sofia’s been scouting and training the heroes but I didn’t expect that ALL of them would run to other countries! So much for being the oracle of water goddess.

    Overturn the world? It seems Makoto has bigger ambitions now.

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  6. Yay! My binge-reading flew over all the cliffs and landed on this nice safe patch~

    An awesome story! My favourite isekai and the most engaging I have read so far 🙂

    Thank you very much for your translation! This is the smoothest translation I’ve seen in a long time, extremely well written and a perfect compliment to the story!
    The chapter pace is incredible as well!

    Looking forward to following along~

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  7. Not bad, at least Makoto stood up for himself, however, it seems that Noel is still holding back and hasn’t really stopped scheming behind his back. Let’s see where this goes. I love the development of Makoto becoming a 3rd faction. Thanks for the translations!

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    1. Yup, I think Noel is still scheming .And the way she says she did it out of good will doesn’t really sound like. She chose him because he was the only one left after everyone got scouted .She uses her charms again after knowing what happened to her previous apostle. It was also stated that she is not confident about his capabilities but she still tries to support him cause she has no other choice (no other follower). Makoto says she is supportive but she is only being supportive because of her reasons not of goodwill. Poor MC doesn’t realise or doesn’t want to realise that the Goddess is using him .Noel tries showing her goodwill by telling him to go to Labirintos but doesn’t mention why because we have to read the novel to know that it was to meet his friend . And Noel continues to hide information from him and hopes him to help her . Pathetic or manipulative ,I don’t know what to say but that’s for sure Makoto that she is doing nothing out of goodwill . That’s her using you for her objective .
      Don’t know about the other Goddesses about how their characters are or are they like Noel or more manipulative then her?
      From earlier chapters we have come to know about the war between the Old and New Gods which took place because the Old Gods became arrogant and started looking down on others .But that’s what everyone knows so we are yet to know who is actually in the wrong and why did the war actually take place.It will be interesting to see how Noel comes to accept and start having confidence in the MC (cuz she is a harem member😂).

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  8. Thanks for the chapter~! Finally the end of arc 1~ Now Makoto is the enemy of both the Holy Gods and the Devils~ Truly the enemy of the world, neither justice or evil will he side with~ Wonder what’s gonna happen next arc? Maybe the eldest Lamia sister’s gonna end up as one of the great demon lords general?

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  9. Uhmmmmmm…. That was a really tricky request. One would have hesitation at first, but if has a calm mind, then continue to support your superior…

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  10. Called it on the charm overload

    And since the devil gods created the demons and monsters Makoto could try to convert the more intelligent demons who are capable to form societies and commerce with humans, this strengthens Noah and weakens the devils so it wont be noticed as fast by the holy gods and they cannot simply oppose them as the demon king is near

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  11. Ooooh. This is interesting. I was so sure that Noah’s previous follower was the demon lord, but it was actually just one of his boss generals, and now our goal is to beat the Great Demon Lord before anybody else does it.

    What a devious schemer this goddess is. She’s been using charm abilities on him this entire time-the same charm skill that kinda broke his predecessor. That’s…concerning, though clearly not a deal breaker for him.
    Rather, the fact that even a goddess can’t charm him should indicate that Takki isn’t just resistant to mental effects but outright immune, right?

    I gotta say, the RPG Player skill is cheating here. Phrasing the choice as [Will you accept the invitation of the Evil God Noah and turn around the system of the world?] sounds so badass there’s no way I wouldn’t accept.

    As for the princess…ha. I wonder if she was internally freaking out during the encounter before then. Her country and personal reputation was in a tight spot and she was doing her best to bring in the unclaimed talent that could subdue two Taboo Dragons. And then it turned out that she had already gotten on his bad side from the start, and her bodyguard knight dumped fuel on the fire by snapping at him like a dog off his leash. It actually made me feel a little pity for her position.

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    1. I’d almost feel more pity for her disposable fall guy / guardian knight. If all the people she scouted fled or were injured then it sounds like the princess is used to treating others as disposable tools.

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  12. “Now, everyone in the mortal plane is obligated to enter the religion of one of the Goddesses the moment they are born!”
    Well Makoto, your path is clear. Make more believers.

    Hm, how does that work though? What about monsters like Aya? Actually, what about the other members of his party?
    To some extent Noah seems like she got railroaded into the evil god path by association, but she also seems weirdly devoted to these gods she’s never met, and scrambling peoples brains with charm magic is an out. I’d want to know a lot more about the wars in question before taking the side of unknown gods. That giant god seemed all-right though.

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    1. Just to organize what we know about the system with the gods a little, the timeline seems to go:

      1. The Creator God created the world
      2. The Creator God had children, which are the Evil/Old Gods and left the world to them before disappearing off somewhere
      3. The New Gods came and took control of the world from the Old Gods and imprisoned them
      4. The Giant Gods raise Noah as the last and youngest member of the Old Gods
      5. The Giant Gods tried to fight back against the New Gods, but lost and also got sealed away or killed.
      6. Over 15 million years since the end of the Giant Gods, Noah tried to resist in her own way until she got sealed away too.
      7. A restriction was imposed on Noah so that she could only obtain one believer every hundred years.
      8. A thousand years ago, Noah joined forces with the Devils in hopes of freeing the Giant Gods that raised her, but lost.

      I think that’s everything. At some point, Devils appeared as actual evil gods and created monsters and demons, and we don’t really know when that is, but I’m going to assume it was after the disappearance of the Giant Gods for now. Or perhaps, they were originally part of the New Gods as a fallen from grace sort of thing.

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      1. So assuming it’s not a simple ‘fall from grace’ distinction it seems possible that Noah is actually a new/holy god that was raised as an old/evil/titan god by their subordinates the giant gods to fight the new/holy gods?

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      2. I mean, we don’t have the information to refute that, so maybe?

        I think it’s more likely that she’s simply the youngest and only survivor of the old gods though.

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  13. Thanks for the chapters! ^^
    Well, The Water Princess is not half as bad as we could have expected and can put the country interest first so it is a plus. As for the Sun country, I was midly enthusiastic about it since they revealed their human supremacy’s ideology.
    With that in mind, we could be confronted with a situation where the Sun Princess revealed to be more shadowy than her first impression lets suggest. There is without a doubt a lot of politics going on behind the scene between the princesses.
    And with the Holy Gods being seemingly all Godesses, we might be in a matriarchal world with the Queens and Princesses ruling in the politics.
    I really love how the author is writting this story and the way he is leading it. ^^
    Will Makoto ending up defeating the Demon Lord and taking his throne like in his favorite game’s ending? x)

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    1. On rereading that conversation, you definitely get that sort of vibe.

      Princess Sophia first greeted him in a way that tried to implicitly say he would be working under her country from then on. Maybe partly to secure talent and partly because Princess Noel was there and she wanted to prevent her from scouting.

      …and then her knight who lacks all tact took an arrogant stance and more or less barreled through that conversation with all the grace of Lucy in an obvious trap.

      This all too conveniently drives Takki away from Sophia and Noel wasted zero time exploiting the opening and making her offer. Hence the princess’s desperation now.

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    2. Not all of the new gods are female. At one point Noah names some of them and one of them is Jupiter which is the Roman name of Zeus and the pantheon is clearly based of Greco-Roman mythology since the original gods were Titans, they’re now imprisoned in Tartarus, and Noah calls the new gods Olympians. Well there’s also the possibility that the new gods then had another power struggle among themselves and the female goddesses won and took over the remaining gods and set up the current religion.

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  14. Too many points are missing here … Because I have read Mushoku Tensei, for some reason I am somewhat sensitive to believing in a goddess. It was clear, however, that Noah tried to deceive and captivate Makoto in his plans, if it were me I might get distressed when she said you were free to do anything, but instead she gave Makoto orders sometimes. Maybe she tried to get absolute trust from Makoto until she would later betray him (This is just a personal opinion without basis). Yes, whatever Noah is not trustworthy, I hope Makoto understands this …

    And Sofia is more annoying than I thought, I still can’t accept that Makoto will be attached to the water country (I prefer Noah over her). Next Arc maybe Makoto will show his magic, which makes the water country dragging it down further … It’s really annoying if Makoto accepts it too

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  15. I just hope this story doesn’t end up where the protagonist declare war on the holy gods and make the old Gods/Evil Gods becomes ruler.

    I only wish is that the old gods and the holy gods are able to be in a harmonic relationship without killing or sealing each other.

    And one more thing, hopefully Noah’s god friends aren’t psychopaths that will immediately declare war on the holy gods

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    1. Faith. Unless Noah is actually a holy god* since Makoto had to pray to her to give her strength for blessing.
      * Which I’m not ruling out since
      a) she was imprisoned separately.
      b) she seems to slot into the holy god’s existent elemental pantheon.
      c) For a Titan god that supposedly loves freedom she charms the hell out of her believers.

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      1. I’m thinking it is kinda like in World Reformation where the gods didn’t originally need faith and prayers but that it could make them stronger and overindulged in it until they couldn’t exist without it. I’m thinking the same thing has happened with the goddesses where they kept taking prayers until they can’t function without it and so now they institutionalized everybody into believing the goddesses and made it obligatory for everyone to join the religion of at least one goddess. Noah is probably imprisoned in a place that saps her strength so she needs Makoto’s prayers either so she can attempt to break out herself or so she can continue to exist in her prison.

        As for Noah, maybe she is a Titan goddess or half Titan half Olympian. Since the gods in this story seem to draw heavily on Greek and Roman mythology then I thinks it’s possible. Some Titans in Greek myths sided with the Greek Gods like Helios and others had children with the Greek Gods and their kids where recognized as Olympians like Zeus fathering Apollo and Artemis with a Titan which thus makes them half Titans but are considered Olympians.

        As for Noah charming her believers, it seems to be something all of the Goddesses do to their champions so Noah probably thinks that that’s normal though she apparently underestimated the power of her charm and it made her own believer crazy.

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      1. This very much. Over the one year he spent in this isekai, Noah was literally the only one with anything good to say to him. Not good in the “be careful, you can’t even kill a goblin” sense, but in the “you can do it, I believe in you” sense.

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  16. Sofia takes responsibility for not only her own mistakes, but also her subordinates. Instead of blaming others.
    She was an inconsiderate bitch when she first met Makoto.
    At the time, her job was to recruit heroes to strengthen her country and she had lost the strongest ones to the Sun Country. He was a useless otherworlder while all the others had amazing skills.
    It wouldn’t have taken much of her time to be kinder about it. But how many of us would have the energy to console a loser who couldn’t even play in the juniors while stressing over losing the best draft picks to other teams? In her own arena/temple.
    Be interesting to see her POV

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  17. Heh, eat crow, princess. Either she has no eye for people, or she just plain suck at human relations. Makoto wouldn’t have been Noah’s believer if he wasn’t essentially abandoned after all. And now, she’s basically invited a potential enemy out of desperation. I do still think that Makoto’s abandonment might not have been malicious, but bringing along that shit knight was also a bad move to begin with. Without sir shit-eater Makoto’s impression of her would probably not be so bad. I wonder what Fuji saw in her mind.

    Noah…, while some still suspect her (warranted, I have my suspicions too), I do think she’s rather pitiful. Assuming she’s telling the truth, she was basically born orphaned and mostly alone, from there attempting to free her family. No wonder she was clumsy doing it. In that regards, getting a believer immune to her charm is good for her. That way she has a second head to bounce ideas into rather than just a clumsily operated sockpuppet.

    And the gods here are about as bad as Forgotten Realm’s when it comes to rounding up believers aren’t they. Hell, In some ways they’re probably worse.

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    1. Re-reading : the epilogue nicely encapsulated the relationship between Makoto and Noah, as well as Makoto’s motivation. He doesn’t need to be driven into single-minded madness to be loyal to Noah, the one person who supported him in his darkest times, and the one person he felt has suffered much than he has but in a similar way. He likely knows the difference in sheer magnitude between what she did and what he plans to do, but feels too indebted and grateful to just walk out on her.

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  18. Maybe Sofia can redeem? Idk for sure but is a possibility. I like that he realize is charmed by her, but for Noah herself instead of a charm. Also, considering they are Romans gods is actually pretty logic that they mess the things a lot.

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