Rejuvenation and Aging
——Seven hours must have passed since the start of
the game with the Old Deus .
Sora was currently running through an alley covered
by the darkness of the night .
——There were no stars in the night sky separated by
the squares of concrete .
Droplets of a small rain and rough footsteps were
hitting the hard asphalt .
A handgun was ready in his hands and the approaching
shadow reflected in his eyes——was only the [Enemy] .[————Chh!!]
He clicked his tongue once . Overlaying his sights on
the enemy, he pulled the trigger with machine-like
The hammer stroked the detonator, the explosives’
shell casing reacted and detonated——the shock caused
his hand to shake .
The supersonic gas born from the conversion to solid
phase pushed everything out from inside the gun and made
——The lead blown from the muzzle split the air . The
flash of light uncovered the shadow .
With a process in less than milliseconds, it turned into
a deadly weapon piercing through the dark night——the
lead and the light .
It shot the following shadow with a frightening speed
——hitting the body of the small Warbeast uncovered by
the flash of light .
——Yes, it was at the [body] . . . . . . He won’t aim at the[head] .
The firepower of a handgun from such a weird game
couldn’t be trusted . No, even with the handgun that Sora
knew from the old world, the bullet would slip on the
bone with the smallest angle of deviation . That was even
more true when it was the cranium, the toughest bone in
the human body .
Even more so when the [enemy] wasn’t human . . . . . .
they were Warbeasts and monsters greater than that .
The aim was the triangle made by the jaw and both
chests . It’ll steal the combat capacity no matter where it
hits and, if it hits the center, he can hope damage to the
vital organs——Now, what will a coldly and rationally
fired bullet pursuing the kill will do he wondered .
It teared into the small Warbeast who slipped on the
road with the same speed as when she followed——and
turned into a corpse .
——He killed it . That’s right, he killed it .
This game is really simple, Sora laughed darkly .
————If the traitor isn’t known, then it doesn’t
matter who it is .
Except his little sister, the only one who definitely
won’t betray him . . . . . . he can simply kill everyone else .
Remove everyone suspected to be a traitor——this
incredibly simple answer was this game’s
Yes, it’s a simple game, Sora covered himself and
smiled bitterly .
Simple——but also a game easily surpassing the very
a super degree of difficulty .
That’s because the [enemy] was a bunch of monsters
one couldn’t compete with normally .
Even then, I still can’t lose——he had survived until
now with that stubbornness .
Sora turned his gaze around and sorted out the
situation cautiously .
——It was a Tokyo like the one he saw in the game
with the Eastern Union——but, somehow different .
The height of the buildings, the complex back alleys,
the objects installed at each place of that map——
Making full use of those advantageous spots, he
managed to finish off a large-sized Warbeast, a Dhampir,
and a small-sized Warbeast .
All were done in through trickery and shooting:
feigning to be an ally, shooting at their back, luring them
out with lies, then sniping them .
While being called [dirty] repeatedly by Shiro, he
survived until now by not choosing his methods——but .
——That nasty monster who calls itself an angel .
Just that one alone——he didn’t feel like it’ll work
out somehow at all .
After sorting the situation out, he let out a sigh in the
back alley, covered his respiration and strained his ears .
Countless footsteps in the distance were slowly getting
closer, gradually closing in .[If I could at least regroup with my sister . . . . . . No, I
guess even that wouldn’t be desirable in this situation,
huh . ]
It was a hopeless speech——but, this kind of speech
at such a time was obviously a flag .
While thinking that half-expected, half-amazed, Sora’s
ears captured the footsteps firmly stepping in the back
——He reacted even faster than his thoughts .
Ahead of the aim was the figure of a red-hair girl——
Contrary to Sora’s will, the aim wavered .
The girl was suspicious . Rather than suspicious, it’s as
if it’s far harder to search for something that wasn’t .
But, Sora put aside those thoughts and eventually
spoke some words .[You, just how did you get inside this area . . . . . . No,
leave that for later . My sister’s together with you, huh . Did
you find a countermeasure——] [Yes . . . . . . we found it . ]
——There was no sound, only the shock conveyed .
He understood it in one beat . It seemed the bullet came
flying from behind the red-haired girl and pierced his
abdomen .[We should’ve just done this from the very start . . . . . .
Isn’t that right, Traitor-san?] [——Wrong . . . . . . that was a bluff . . . . . . ——!]
Contrary to his will, his body didn’t move, his blurry
vision captured the shooter of the devilish bullet that
pierced through him——
He gasped . The slightly red light from the fire burning
the gun barrel reflected the one approaching through the
gun’s smoke .
The white-haired girl . . . . . . for the sake of searching
for a way to survive this hopeless game .
She had accompanied the red-haired girl——it was
his little sister .
. . . . . . Putting Sora aside, whose thoughts
his mouth opened, dumbfounded .[If the one going around killing everyone isn’t the
traitor, then who would you say it is!?]
Hearing the infuriated scream, “Wrong” . . . . . . he
Or he tried to, but, a load of blood overflowed from
his mouth and spilled out instead .[That was . . . . . . because if I didn’t do so . . . . . . At the
time, you wouldn’t have, protected my sister——]
——Just like a revelation, Sora came to understand it
in an instant .
It was within predictions the red-haired girl would
But, the little sister——the one that definitely
wouldn’t betray him, had betrayed . . . . . . then the answer
was——[It was . . . . . . you, huh . . . . . . the real traitor——the
‘fake’ was you . . . . . . from the very start . . . . . . !!]
Exactly——Looking back at her slowly dying brother
with mocking eyes——towards that something .[With my sister’s appearance, with her face . . . . . . don’t
turn those trashy eyes to meeeeee————!!]
The red-haired girl swallowed her breath at his
wailing scream——but, it was too late .
The flash of light mercilessly illuminated the back
alley once again——two times, three times .
The figure of the red-haired girl collapsing on the
ground reflected in his already half-blackened vision .[ . . . . . . It’s a lie, right . . . . . . I only, believed——]
——in you, but, her lips stopped midway, the light
wouldn’t return to her dull eyes ever again .
The white-haired girl——the traitor with the
appearance of his little sister slowly approached him .
Hearing the sound of the shoes hitting the hard cold
asphalt as death approached, Sora finally——concluded .
——Ah . This is a shitty game .
A development where not knowing what will happen
is very good . But, super development, you’re no good .
When and where was the flag indicating that the
traitor was the
In the first place, what was that speech——“I only
believed in you”?
Say that earlier . A hint that’s only collected right
before the event can’t be called a hint![I wonder . . . . . . Where did I go wrong . . . . . . ? For what
reason, did I . . . . . . work so hard . . . . . . ]
Continuing even after having defined it as a shitty
game, Sora sharply agreed with that no-good line .
——Aahh, really, just for what reason did you work
so hard for .
Just one thing . . . . . . it was “for the sake of his little
sister” that he endured Inferno Mode and came this far .
But, if that single thing was fake, then, his efforts and
Just for what reason——had he piled up tricks,
tactics, and strategies——!?[Bye, bye Nii . . . . . . ]
Just a single shot . The impact told him so, but, the end
was slow——the white-haired girl’s last voice .
Isolated by the darkness . . . . . . lifelessly——echoed .
“ . . . . . . Nii . . . . . . how does it feel . . . . . . to die, a virgin?”
. . . . . . . . . . . . .
————Wait a second .
No, no, seriously wait a second!
“Hey, Shiro, that’s a lie, right! You’re randomly saying
whatever you feel like just because Nii-chan can’t
understand the Warbeasts’ language, right!! If you say such
reckless things, how will you take responsibility if I
accidentally end up crying, huh!?”
——And then, the black-haired young man lost
Sora yelled with teary eyes while gazing at that screen,
holding the controller .
■ ■ ■ ■ ■
——Now, it surely doesn’t need to be said .
What was reflected on the screen wasn’t Sora and
Shiro, obviously not Steph, either .
Of course, the Old Deus’ game——[Sugoroku] didn’t
have even the slightest relation to it .
——It was right at the beginning, soon after Sora
loudly made the [Traitor] declaration .
Sora requested everyone’s dice, but they all finished
writing their【Tasks】and left through the door .
As if it was obvious . No, extremely natural——saying[This fight, we’ll buy it] .
After each of them spoke out their words, feelings,
they all threw their own dice, proceeding as they pleased .
Likewise, naturally, Sora and Shiro threw their dice
and proceeded to aim for their outcome of  ——But .
Passing through one square, the moment they stepped
on the second square, they looked to the sky, then gazed at
the nearest house .
——[Ah, this is an impossible game . ]
After nodding to each other, they decided to
refreshingly forget about everything, confining themselves
inside that house——and
ran from reality .
. . . . . . Thus, suffering their first defeat, the
Kuuhaku[ ] is now over .
Please wait expectantly for Sora and Shiro’s next
——Those two went past the shell of the period of life
and rushed straight to the afterword .
On one hand, one could see eight dice——the siblings’
age had reduced by two-tenths and their limbs had shrunk .
But the Old Deus’ game had long since turned into a
memory of a previous world, already far beyond the
horizon of oblivion .
They found an Eastern Union’s [Domestic Game
Machine] in the house they confined themselves in .
——Was there a game? [There are . ]
——Was there a reason to not play it? [None . ]
Thinking for zero seconds, the two of them wordlessly
started the game machine and ran from reality refreshed .
Sora, who didn’t understand the language of the
Warbeasts——provisionally 14 . 4 years old, set the
subtitles to ON .
Shiro, using Sora’s crossed legs as a pillow while
playing with the Tablet PC——provisionally 8 . 8 years
old, read the subtitles out loud .
Seeing his sister’s unexpected acting skills, though
improvising, she translated all the characters’ lines with
rich representations——Why doesn’t she always speak
lucidly like that? Two hours had passed since he pulled
out such a profound question——But .
After finally throwing away the controller, Sora
grabbed the package and growled .
“Even though I expected the Eastern Union would also
have ‘Zombie Games’ . . . . . . what a shitty game . ”
The title was [Living or Dead 3 ~ The Price of
Silence] . . . . . . apparently . According to Shiro .
It also seemed its sequel was a spin-off called [Love
or Loved] ——the game they played against Izuna .
This is what happens when one expects something
from it and tries playing something from their screwed up
The setting goes like this——The Elves’ large-scale
magic experiment to resurrect the dead had . . . . . . well, it
was the usual super failure thing .
The out of control magic gave birth to the
dead~ and spread throughout the entire world~
traitors feigning to be alive were hidden among
their friends and~ a game with a high level of stupidity .
That was fine . A stupid game? It’s a favorite! ——But .
“Just what kind of decision leads to making a ‘Macho
Warbeast Zombie with Wings’ considered fine in the
Not a single attack worked, he growled after being
reminded of that nasty monster who called itself an
Yes——It was a nasty monster .
He was half-naked, no, that was pretty much fully
naked, wearing only a loincloth .
It was the extremely difficult and abnormally weird
shitty game with a shitty development at all times but, he
still endured it .
All for the sake of the only solace in his mind! The[Little Sister]! A white-haired loli with cute animal ears!
. . . . . . And the result was that——after Sora suddenly
remembered the protagonist’s speech .
“Where did you go wrong? It’s the brain of the staff
who made this game that’s wrong——”
Throwing away the package, Sora barked while lying
on the tatami mat .
Enduring it for the sake of the little sister character,
there was a super development where the sister was the[fake] .
As if that wasn’t enough, he was killed while she
looked at him as if he was trash——
. . . . . . . . . . . . Hmm?
“Hm~ . . . . . . Well, that part was fine . Yeah . On second
thought, that was a reward . ”
“ . . . . . . Nii, just how much . . . . . . do you plan on . . . . . .
being aggravated . . . . . . ?”
He let out a single cough after being looked by his real
sister as if she was looking at trash .
“ . . . . . . Nnnn! . . . . . . W-Well, as expected, the problem
surely must be this scenario, right . . . . . . ”
He looked at the screen while still sprawled on the
On screen, the protagonist had used his privilege——
no matter how many death flags he raised, they all turn into
survival flags, he’d wake up somewhere without
displaying any regrets, just like it was written .
But Sora already lost interest in the development after
that, so he rolled around and looked at the ceiling .
While emptying his head and spacing out, he once
again remembered that speech .
——[I wonder . . . . . . where did I go wrong . . . . . . ], was
“ . . . . . . Suspicion kills everyone——I wonder why’d
you think only you wouldn’t be betrayed . . . . . . ”
That kind of [
common sense]——It’s obvious
everyone will think the same thing .
“If you betray then, you’ll be betrayed . It’s just
inevitable . . . . . . ”
Exactly——Just like how those guys wrote
their【Tasks】after betraying so easily .
Sora clicked his tongue at the same time——he
thought about “this situation” .
“——Hey Shiro, I wonder where did I go
wrong . . . . . . ”
“If you’re seriously asking that, then shall I . Answer .
But the answer he got was a furious roar and——
“Even though you betrayed me and made it
impossible for me to return that betrayal! You threw
everything at me even after forcefully dragging me, so
Why . Are . You . Holing . Yourself . Up huh——!?”
A red-haired girl rushed inside the room after breaking
down the sliding door together with a cart .
Just like Sora and Shiro——with eight dice on their
chest——she had shrunk to 14 . 4 years old .
——The one whose breathing was coarse due to
yelling was Stephanie Dola .
“See! I acquired the ‘cart’ you wanted, didn’t I!?”
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . Uh . . . . . . m?”
“——What was that about again?”
“You said you wouldn’t move unless I brought a cart,
Seeing Sora and Shiro’s blank response, Steph roared
while scratching her head .
“Now, it’s fine if I pull it like a cart right, literally like
a horse pulling a cart, right!”
Yes, Steph turned the cart around inside the room,
taking no for an answer and urged Sora and Shiro .
Scooping the surprised two like a shovel to ride the
cart——following, literally, the principle of a carriage .
In a way, the BGM “Dona, Dona”
would fit really
Steph mercilessly dragged the two recluses out of the
room . . . . . .
■ ■ ■ ■ ■
——In the second square . . . . . . Steph left the cart she
was pulling and sprawled on the ground .
It was being used as a bed by Shiro, who was using
the tablet PC with hollow eyes .
Steph cried out to Sora, who, until about two hours
ago, declared the view before him as an [impossible
“So? Isn’t it about time for me to get a satisfying
“ . . . . . . About what? Eh, could it be . . . . . . about the
reason I declared to be the traitor? That was——”
“Yes, yes, it was to fool
the idiot, right~? I already
Sora answered evasively in an effort to reject the view
in front of him but Steph’s screaming continued .
“Not even I would fail to see through that stinking
so it’s really unsettling you thought otherwise!!”
——That’s right, there wasn’t even a single speck of
truth in Sora’s [traitor declaration] .
With a purity rate of 100%, free of any intent to ever
add any element into it——a super lie .
being a Warbeast
needing the five senses to uncover the lie——
Even Steph knew it was a third-rate act .
But——That was exactly why .
Steph didn’t know what she was supposed to do .
——[I don’t know what Sora’s real intentions are . . . . . .
——[I believe——he won’t let anyone die or kill
each other . ]
She extended out her nine dice to Sora together with
such a lame speech .
——While trembling with a pale face . She transferred
her existence’s time——“her life” .
Knowing one’s life is fading away surely must cause
an incredible amount of fear . . . . . . but .
If this game was all about the [
life] decreasing as one
proceeds, then .
Which one was better . . . . . . That——or stealing from
those close to you and indirectly killing them?
Putting the fear on the scales, she swallowed her
patheticness, but, even so, she still decided to do it——
“When I finally decided to hand over the dice, it
backfires on me! Everyone keenly made that eloquent
——[I’ll buy that fight, desu!] Izuna spoke in a cute
——[It’s an honor for me to be able to challenge
Master . ] Jibril said so reverently .
——[I’ll make you regret throwing salt on my wounds,
got it?] Plum said mysteriously .
——And Ino said [Die] . . . . . . really, it was straight-
forward, without beating around the bush——
“There’s also what you said when you guys threw your
lives] unhesitatingly——when all I could do was
While that was happening, Steph already handed over
nine dice——nine-tenths of her life .
Basically, Steph had returned to a single die’s worth of
age . . . . . . [1 . 8 years old] .
Sora had gained nine dice’ worth of time and was now[34 . 2 years old] .
Together with Shiro, he smiled——a smile so nice it
even looked creepy, at Steph .
——[Hm, the amount of
age held only affects the body,
holding more than ten makes you grow older . ]
——[ . . . . . . Then, Nii . . . . . . now that you . . . . . . confirmed
that . . . . . . there’s no problem . . . . . . ]
——[Right . Then——now, we’ll have you “travel
together” with us, alright . ]
——[ . . . . . . If you don’t . . . . . . want to, then . . . . . . it’s fine,
too . . . . . . ]
——[But then, you’ll have to wait here all alone and
sad, with only one dice——]
——[ . . . . . . Because, we want to . . . . . . wait until,
everyone dies . . . . . . then . . . . . . right❤]
——[Ah, also . If no one gets to the top, then everyone
besides the leading player will die . Of course❤]
“——My feelings when you two threatened me and
used me! Answer everything within ten characters!!”
Hearing the roaring Steph, Sora went Hmm . . . . . . and
scratched his jaw .
Within ten characters, now that’s a quite a challenge
“ . . . . . . I think . . . . . . it’s . . . . . . ‘Not doing it’ . . . . . . ”
“Oooh, Shiro! That’s exactly ten characters!! As
expected of the Crossword Master!!”
“You . Are . Super . Correct~❤——I’ll snap if you
don’t cut it out already!?”
Steph rioted by rocking and rattling the cart when
Shiro immediately answered .
“Ahhhh wait, wait I say! That was obviously because
all that was absurd, right!?”
“Right, right, now that I think about it, it was obvious,
Steph shouted deprecatingly in a single breath .
“Even if Sora gathers the dice, you can’t be separated
from Shiro, isn’t that right!? Only a fool would fall for
such a bait, right! And I’m the only one who did that,
——Yes . From the start, Sora and Shiro were a “rule
left untouched intentionally” ——In other words .
04: In the case of [traveling together], after
declaring so, the travelers will only move in accordance
to the outcome of
the representative .
05 . In the case the number of players moving
together surpasses two people, an [Overall Number of
Travel CompanionsxAttendants]’s worth of dice will be
removed from the number of dice used .
——If the [traveling together] rule isn’t used, they
cannot proceed .
Even more so when there’s a reaction to possessing
more than ten dice by growing older .
Everyone’s dice——he would be [115 . 2 years old] if
the sixty-four dice were to gather at Sora——normally,
he’d become senile .
That’s why they followed the rule and added the [9
dice] he got by deceiving Steph to Shiro’s [9 dice] .
After declaring they would travel together, they threw
twenty-eight dice——it decreased by six, two per person .
“ . . . . . . Cheer up, already . . . . . . We properly returned
your dice, right . . . . . . ?”
It was redistributed in a way so each person would
possess eight dice——but .
“Why did you make everyone betray each other!! I’ll
keep making a fuss until I get an explanation, you know!?”
It indicated Sora’s objective was consistently——[to
draw Steph over to his side] .
. . . . . . And——
————To have [her assistance in betraying the
others], none other than that .
It was the same as Sora had said, where they would
kill each other——a situation he wanted to avoid .
While Steph was shouting why it did it “lead to this”,
Sora——did this .
“Hyaah!? W-What . . . . . . are you doing?”
Sora held her cheeks with his hands and forcefully
made her face him, then he gazed into her eyes .
Forgetting her anger, her face was red without
realizing, Sora, with a gaze full of sincerity——
“Believe and just leave it to me . With the power of
love, courage, and friendship, everyone will——prevail . ”
“ . . . . . . You’re waiting for a retort, right? Can I ask you
to reflect on your own past?”
When asked by one who
betrayed and made them betray intentionally, what would
be a sufficient reply to “please believe in me”?
Steph answered that question, that dilemma, while
looking down at him with an icy gaze .
“Wha . . . . . . Why, why don’t you believe me!? What are
you doubting about this purely-pure me who’s that pure!?”
“While I’m at it, I also want you to reflect on the
present, alright!? More specifically, where you’re
currently using me as a cart horse!!”
Sora’s expression was so filled with acting, Steph
continued pursuing .
He had held Steph’s head and spoke with sincerity
——Indeed, that sounded really good .
But in reality, he had forcibly turned her around and
was currently making her pull the cart so to speak .
——Her expression questioned whether there was any
element besides [distrust] in this .
“Right . That’s it . That’s the answer . ”
But, Sora spread his arms out and——exalted .
“Did everyone agree on a game where you can win if
you trust and cooperate with each other? Even though I’m
here!? In a game with Miko-san’s life as the price, would
everyone readily agree and believe in stuff like love and
friendship? If the winner can only be the one that reaches
the goal, then would they definitely move so
we[ ] end up
winning——even though I’m here!? Hmm~~!?”
——He emphasized it twice .
“Are you trying to say that everyone will believe in
me?” ——Using his own lack of trust as basis .
After being affirmed it was impossible to not betray,
Steph turned to the heavens and cried out .
“What should I do about this . . . . . . there’s nothing but
persuasion . . . . . . ”
This game held seemingly complicated rules and many
seemingly weird places——but, in truth, it’s quite simple .
Fifth of the [Ten Oaths] ——The challenged party has
the right to decide the contents of the game .
Since memories before the game aren’t there, they
don’t know whether the challenged one was the Old Deus
or not .
But, in any case, to begin the game——“everyone’s
consent” was a major prerequisite .
Did that lineup agree to a cooperative game with
memory loss and Miko’s death as compensation——?
——There’s no way such a prerequisite would be
“If the premise can’t be accepted, then it’s a simple
Rolling around in the cart once again, Sora put Shiro
on his chest and laughed .
If it’s based on the premise that there’s an “improbable
prerequisite” among the rules, then——
“It means that there are falsehoods within the rules . ”
“ . . . . . . Something . . . . . . that was in the first
explanation . . . . . . but wasn’t in the second one . . . . . . ”
“ . . . . . . The second one . . . . . . you say?”
“This is a game started by【Pledging the Oaths . 】It
started after confirming the rules, but the memories were
erased——There’s a dif erence between the rules
explained and the rules in the [Traitor]’s memories . ”
Yes, Sora answered without care .
Purposely starting the game after [erasing memories
before the game] and only disclosing the rules after that .
On top of that, clearly stating someone whose
memories weren’t erased was a [traitor]——it’s hard to
not doubt it .
“But, well, frankly speaking——something like that
doesn’t really matter . ”
——It didn’t matter who the traitor was . . . . . . No, to
be precise .
That lineup, everyone agreed and started the game
——and there were rusksacks on their backs .
The dif erence between the memories don’t matter,
since just that tells us everything . ——Sora laughed
Everyone cooperating with each other was
something impossible, far more stupid than the premises .
——It was far more possible for things to go this
“All of us started this game assuming we all would
betray each other——and,”
that lineup were to agree to something, it would be
with this, right?
“——Every single one of us prepared a scenario
where we, ourselves, would be the ones to win . . . . . . ♪”
Sora laughed pretentiously in a loud voice——
proclaiming that he was clean .
“——Therefore! Cleanly, correctly and beautifully!
Overflowing with sincerity! This humble me named Sora,
a virgin and 18 years——due to having eight dice,
provisionally 14 . 4 years old! Took the liberty to make an
oath, as the representative of the Players!”
He spoke with a smile while standing up and moving
around his hands in a huge act——In other words .
“Oath . We, in accordance with the rules hereby swear
——to betray fair and square, like that . ”
——No trust could win against their confidence that
“they will definitely betray them . ”
That’s why it was an oath to make them remember that .
Steph stopped and turned around without turning the
cart and yelled .
“I won’t accept, something like that . . . . . . In the end,
that’s just killing . . . . . . I won’t consent!!”
“Right? That’s why it also confirms the ‘falsehood
within the rules’ . ”
But, while still speaking like that, once again, he sat in
the cart and answered with a creepy, bitter smile .
Rules which not a single one of them would agree to
will all be [false]——In other words .
“We agreed on betraying each other . We even took the
initiative . ”
“We didn’t agree to kill each other——that was all . ”
. . . . . . . . . . . .
——Once again, the sound of the wheels of the cart
rolling echoed .
Sora laughed on the inside at Steph’s silence, who
couldn’t refute but wasn’t satisfied, either .
It’s natural for
someone with common sense to be
unsatisifed with that——if Sora’s principle was broken
down, after all .
In the name of her grandfather, if one looked into it
with uncovered and clean eyes .
——[All the mysteries were solved; the culprits are
us!] ——it’ll be like this .
Indeed, certainly it’s a game that would be impossible
to trust and cooperate with these members .
But, for Steph, it was too much to simply say that[betraying each other is the right answer], so . . . . . .
“There’s no choice but to betray each other——It’s
impertinently putting on the airs of a [Prisoner’s
Dilemma] . ”
Sora commented ironically, Steph turned around while
pulling the cart .
“ . . . . . . Prisoner’s Dilemma . . . . . . you say?”
——If everyone cooperates and someone manages to
win, then maybe everyone’s lives will be saved .
——But, if you betray, then you can win yourself .
——The moment everyone thinks that, the chances of
everyone losing increases . . . . . .
“It’s a famous example in our previous world, but . . . . . .
To put it simply——”
————A detective brings a certain possible deal to
Prisoner A and Prisoner B .
【1】If both of them remain quiet, then, both of them
will receive a [prison sentence of 2 years] .
【2】If one of them confess, the one who confessed will
be [released] while the other who remained quiet will
receive a [prison sentence of 10 years] .
【3】But, if both of them confess, both will receive a[prison sentence of 5 years] .
If the prisoners believe in each other and remain quiet,
they’ll get away with the better result——a [prison
sentence of 2 years] .
But as long as the prisoners pursue their own benefit,
it will definitely become a [prison sentence of 5 years] .
If one of them betrays the other and confesses, the one
who confessed will be [released] and the one who
remained silent will receive a [prison sentence of 10
Then the option of keeping quiet——in actuality,
doesn’t exist .
There’s no other choice but to bet on the possibility the
other will remain quiet while confessing . By doing that
At worst, the [prison sentence of 10 years] can be
evaded, if lucky, they’ll be [released] .
——This is the reason it’s called a dilemma .
On top of that, in this game, the Old Deus had politely
told them——there was a [traitor] .
Using that example, it would be the same as saying[however, one has already confessed] .
If someone had already betrayed before the game even
started, then believing each other was——“
“So that’s why you said to betray? Isn’t that exactly
what the [detective] wants?!”
Indeed, it’s meaningless to believe in each other and
there’s no other choice besides betraying each other .
But isn’t doing that exactly what the [detective]——
what the Old Deus wanted?
——That “pointing straight out the heart of the
problem” attitude really wasn’t like her at all .
But, she wasn’t even aware she was doing it so Sora
laughed——and corrected her .
“No, that’s exactly what we want . In truth, this
example doesn’t establish itself as a dilemma, you see . ”
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What?”
“By betraying and believing in each other, instead of
the ‘better result’, we get the ‘best result’♪”
Sora and Shiro gave a thin smile onminously distorted
——that is, and continued .
This game——No, this game, too .
Sora and Shiro, Imanity’s strongest gamer,
policy, their existence itself revealed everything .
Both past and future, no matter the opponent, it was an
unwavering fact of the present——Namely .
“No matter what game it is, even before starting——”
“ . . . . . . We’ve already won . . . . . . that’s . . . . . . all . ”
They pulled everything into their hands and all
attempts were within it .
Not even god was missing from the compilation thread
The eyes of the two who arrogantly said that,
fearlessly and irreverently, saw Steph’s trembling
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . Well, that’s only if we’re able to see the
end of the game, right . . . . . . hahaha, haa . . . . . . ”
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . Shiro . . . . . . can’t stand it, anymore . . . . . .
want to . . . . . . go home . . . . . . ”
——The next moment, they could see her shoulders
In Sora and Shiro’s sharp and irreverent eyes——in
their eyes that moved unconsciously .
It was the hard truth they avoided looking directly
upon——Basically, it captured the [Game Board] in the
In an instant, they left behind a voice tired of a cloudy
life and sank into the cargo .
“ . . . . . . Ah, Uhm . If you’re going to act cool, then, could
you please do it until the very end?”
Strength suddenly left Steph and she panted with her
eyes half open, but, Sora declared inside his heart .[
Death]——through the loss of all dice is
Losing due to stealing and betrayal is——even more
“The stealing and betrayal ‘doesn’t matter’ you
know . . . . . . there’s a different cause of loss for us . ”
With a raping eye, he threw away everything that
happened until now saying it “doesn’t matter . ”
But, without giving Steph any time to process, Sora,
with a pensive expression——continued .
“ . . . . . . But really, this isn’t even funny; that really is the
ending . . . . . . ”
Gazing at the interminably giant [Game Board], he
“——————[Starvation . ]”
————It was urgent .
They felt inside a cruel and merciless silence . . . . . . but .
“ . . . . . . E~Eeehh? Ahm . . . . . . What do you mean?”
“Ha, haha . . . . . . I vaguely doubted it, but, you really
haven’t noticed? . . . . . . ”
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . Ignorance is bliss . . . . . . those are profound
words . . . . . . right . . . . . . ”
Towards Steph who was tilting her neck, Sora and
Shiro smiled——but, with eyes of a dead fish——
“Ah, attention all passengers~! Could you please look
to your left~?”
Even though the ones riding on something were Sora
and Shiro .
Steph turned her gaze to beyond Sora’s left hand, who
was extending it like a bus guide .
What laid beyond it was “land” ——and the Eastern
Union’s countless islands visible on the ocean .
——It was on the left . Not below or above . There was
a land to their left .
“Continuing, could you please look to your right~?
——Now, I wonder what do you see?”
What she saw was what the Old Deus had created, the
absurdly huge——[Sugoroku] game board .
continent floated on air without any support, drew
a spiral, pierced the clouds, and stretched high into the
——It was something that’s seen a lot on television
games where the stage was set in a fantasy world .
A load of rock going against gravity and floating on air
——a field where one walks forward atop it .
Be it F〇9’s last dungeon or Ra〇n or Ji〇
, well, anything is fine .
Now then, walking above that rock, let’s slowly try to
turn it sideways by 90° .
If it obeys common sense, we would fall . But since
this lacks common sense, let’s assume we won’t fall .
That stupid load of rock goes around picking a fight
with gravity, pretending to be a [square] . After each of
them stretch itself to the size of a city, extending throughout
space, overlapping a few hundreds of them in a spiral
——The boldness of it to pretend it’s a [Sugoroku Board]
——Well, you see the image, right?
The impression leaving your mouth, even though you
try to hide it, wasn’t [beautiful] even by mistake——
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . It’s an absurdly huge game board
. . . . . . ”
That’s right, it’s absurd . It’s also huge .
“Ye~s it’s an absurdly huge game board! Now, what’s
our current position after we’ve walked for five hours!?”
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . The second square, right . ”
Yes, the second square——In other words, they were
on the [second rock] .
“That’s~~ ri~ght~! Basing on the above——Now!
Let’s fully answer the question that you asked when you
broke through the house’s door a while ago!!——In other
words! ‘Why did we confine ourselves there?’!!”
After sucking in an incredibly long breath .
“It’s too uselessly huge and slowwwwww! If we
crossed a single square after walking for five hours——
Just how many days, how many months will it take until
we set foot on the dice’s outcome, the [62
——aree, ree . . . . . .
. . . . . . ee . . . . . .
In the space called uselessly broad .
Sora’s useless complaint uselessly piled up
echoes . . . . . . and uselessly disappeared vainly .
“It’s the Old Deus’ game, so, it’s obvious it’ll be
ridiculous . . . . . . ”
Indeed, Sora scorned at Steph’s cursing as she pulled
the cart .
“Haahn!! She must be a really shitty game maker to
mistake a map uselessly big and cool as something
interesting . Did she think replacing [
money ] with[power] would complete
a spectacularly shitty game!?”
That’s exactly what you’d normally think of when a
capital is purposely created in the sky of a fantasy
Indeed, it’s impossible to imagine how much power
was necessary to make something like that possible——
Why! Especially! Must that continent! Float in the
To sell a good fight with gravity is definitely a [waste
of power] when there’s no need to .
Sora affirmed before the deed that could literally be
called a [work of God] .
——Wouldn’t a virtual space be enough?
“Moreover, even with all these fields, there not even a
‘straight road railway’, and as if that wasn’t enough, ‘the
road is long’ . . . . . . this is the worst landmine pretending to
be an open world . . . . . . ”
——In the end, it isn’t load-free .
About two hours ago——before Sora and Shiro
declared it to be an [impossible game] and confined
While aiming for the outcome of the dice——the[62
] square, they walked away for five hours .
After finally crossing the first square, at the square’s
end——he stood at the division of the land .
They moved onto the next square with the time used in
a cup noodles’ timer .
As they moved onto the [second square], Shiro, faintly
——[ . . . . . . The number of footsteps, until here . . . . . .
were 20,834 steps . . . . . . ]
Mathematics, too, were out of Sora’s area of expertise,
but, any words beyond that point was unnecessary .
Shiro’s current height was 131cm——her step length
was about 0 . 48m
The size of one square calculated from there is——
surprisingly, about [10km
The several kilometers between each square is moved
through teleportation . The [ascending squares] are
excluded as crossing isn’t necessary .
This game board piercing the heavens in a spiral has
—— squares——In other words .
“ . . . . . . It’s [3,500km
] until the goal . . . . . . walking
with your own feet . Without any fast travel . ”
Seeing Steph’s expression as if it still hadn’t hit her,
Sora turned towards her with a difficult smile .
Then, will she get it if I say it this way?
That it’s almost the same distance as crossing
America or making a full lap around Honshu in Japan
——No . . . . . . ?
For an inhabitant of this world, I should make this
kind of comparison, huh .
“ . . . . . . It’s the same as going from Elkia’s western
the Temple of the Priestess——do you get it this
After Sora said that, this time for sure, the lights
disappeared from Steph’s eyes .
There’s no way for Steph to not know about it when
she was in charge of politics, diplomacy, and trade .
It was a distance even Elkia’s open sea sailing ship
which took pride in its max speed would take on average
——half a month .
Naturally during that time, it’ll be on of -roads,
outdoors, in direct sunlight; furthermore, if the dice
decreases, with a child’s feet .
With such conditions, you’d ask ‘Why did you
If I had to say it, it was a question as stupid as
asking why do moles dive into the ground——
“ . . . . . . This game . If you have only one die left, you
cannot proceed any further . Basically, unless someone
ascends or everyone has only one die left without reaching
zero——it won’t end . ”
It was a super drawn out war game continuing
endlessly . . . . . .
The more it’s prolonged, the greater the probability of
that absurd living being who
needs no food or sleep .
Yes, he let out a dry smile that was almost giving a
rustling sound .
Why did Sora forget about it all, threw everything
away, and confined himself? ——He now announced the
“For starters, there’s no way we can
walk such a distance, right!? I’m a
flesh and blood human, you see!? For
a person, a living being who gets
hungry and tired, it’s a distance that
would normally and inevitably kill
——In the distant past, starting from the southern end
of Africa, humanity had crossed the majestic Eurasia .
It’s said they reached the
New Continent beyond the
Pacific Ocean by going along Indonesia on a wooden boat .
But, the strength of such a primordial humanity had
long since been lost by its descendants .
Much less when it led to the poster child of
civilization——the hikikomori gamer, there isn’t even a
residue left .
One square . . . . . . They almost died walking 10km——
this is the modern human . This is reality .
It didn’t matter if they already confirmed their
victories before the game even started .
That only applied if they managed to see it to the end,
Low physical abilities, due to the time elapsed,
elements unrelated to the game itself——“self-
To Sora and them, this was the most unreasonable,
therefore realistic, hypothetical
conclusion they could
Once again facing despair with Shiro, he glanced at
Steph who just now also fell into the same despair .
He smiled bitterly, suddenly, the protagonist’s speech
of that game floated once again in the back of his brain .
——[I wonder . . . . . . where did I go wrong . . . . . . ]
He answered Steph’s question about why he had
confined himself, but——it was different .
——They’re challenging a god .
——They’re in the middle of mutual betrayal .
——They lose their life if all their dice is lost .
——They lose their life if they get defeated .
Even if such fearful sentences were heard and lined
——They’ll die if they get hungry .
Before this single too realistic line——and therefore,
easily understandable sense of danger .
Sora questioned that, which allowed him to put
everything else aside with just a “it doesn’t matter . ”
——Just where did I go wrong to agree with such a
■ ■ ■ ■ ■
——Still on the second square .
Nine hours had passed from the start of the game . . . . . .
there was quietness .
Inside the long and continuing silence, all that echoed
were the rustling of trees and the chirping of birds .
The sound of the cart wheels rolling couldn’t be heard
Before the irrefutable reality, even Steph had stopped
pulling the cart and crouched down .
Confronted with reality once more, Sora laid in the
cart and watched the dusk without moving an inch .
Contrary to the calm scenery, if that view was made
into a painting and a title is added on——it’d be [The
But, a small voice above Sora’s chest rejected
decorating a museum with it .
——Until now, it was only working endlessly .
The small hope was using the tablet PC the entire time,
with the resolution to exhaust the battery .
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nii . . . . . . I finished, calculating . . . . . . ”
Saying so, she showed the dazzling tablet PC’s screen
to her brother——with a smile shining several times
——Showing to her brother a hope that released more
light than the stars .
“——Woaaaaahhhh damn yeah!! Both the Old Deus
and Tet should just eat shit!!! Ah, whose line was it again?
——God is always in my heart——or more specifically,
on my chest!!”
“Hyaaaaah w-w-what’s going on! I-It hurts, you
Sora had raised a strange voice from above the cart
while carrying his little sister, correction, a goddess, up .
The cart tilted and the handle had bounced strongly
and hit Steph in the face .
But, he was sure the “harm” would be treated as
“negligence” by the [Ten Oaths] ——therefore!
Sora splendidly ignored her protests, giving Shiro a
piggyback ride, he smiled and turned the tablet to Steph .
——He should’ve apologized for the negligence but,
since those two were the antonyms of common sense,
Steph made a resigned face——
“ . . . . . . A ‘world map’? What are those . . . . . . red,
“The map of this game board——It’s the drawing of
the ‘part of the land the Old Deus copied’!”
The [first square] they crossed and the currently[second square] ——
The two and the potential squares forming the spiral
were joined together as seen from the land drawn on the
Shiro indexed the distance ratio and the spacing of all
350 squares and, just in case, the overall length of
It was a map that indexed this game board, copied
from the land, from its starting point to the end .
“ . . . . . . This . . . . . . Is it really something that great?”
Seeing such a pitiful and ordinary person who couldn’t
understand the feat of the goddess, Sora screamed
“Y-You, look carefully——There are no mountains,
straits, or deserts!! Not to mention, this is a farming
——Exactly, if one goes by the map Shiro indexed .
This game board was the Eastern Union’s former
continental territory——north-northeast from the center of
Inviolable Area, it crossed the territory of
Elven Garde and lead to Elkia .
With Sora and the other’s equipment . . . . . . the terrain
wasn’t “physically impossible for one to travel by foot”!
Even more so——this [second square] was Eastern
Union’s former territory that’s now Elkia’s farming region
on the southeast border .
“Then, we still have a
chance to win
Sora, who had overcome despair, was ready start
walking, jumped down from the cart while carrying Shiro .
I see, it still won’t change that it’s a journey of
Although unfortunate, we don’t have any residue of the
old humanity’s strength——but .
“In that case, let’s just go like a modern person would .
With the method of making something else walk for us!!”
“It’s about me, right, it’s about me, isn’t it!?”
“Listen to me, cart horse! It’s about catching a ‘leg’
and making it pull the cart!”
“As expected, it’s really about me, isn’t it! You said
‘cart horse’ just now, didn’t you, so you already caught
Putting aside Steph who making a fuss, Sora picked up
something stacked in the cart——In other words .
“Alright, Shiro——Let’s go ‘
capture’ a horse or
maybe a cow . ”
“ . . . . . . Got it . . . . . . Understood . . . . . . ”
He let a dangerous smile float on his face as he held a
hoe and a rope .
“Y-You’re going to steal!? That’s——N-No, good or
bad thing aside, with the [Ten Oaths] it’s——”
But, the restricting voice of common sense was
answered with the smiling embodiment of the lack of .
“ . . . . . . Hey, how about you look back to our actions
Property invasion, unauthorized use of equipment .
The presumption is——
“Even you ‘stole’ that cart and committed ‘property
destruction’ by flashily destroying that door, right?”
“——Gahh! . . . . . . H-Huh?”
Steph finally seemed to have noticed and Sora smiled
——If the Old Deus created this
game board from
nothing, then——it’s not supposed to have a house .
But, “gouging it” from the ground wouldn’t end with
just an uproar on rights infringement, it’d violate the[Oaths] .
Even if it’s an Old Deus, the [Ten Oaths] are absolute,
then this place——
“It’s a stage the Old Deus ‘copied’ from the
ground . . . . . . everything existing here is a ‘replica’ of
what’s on the ground and as such, it’s no one’s possession
——That’s why the [Ten Oaths] didn’t apply . ”
——Therefore, there aren’t any other
targets of the [Oaths], in this place besides the game
——Therefore, there are living beings exempt from
the [Oaths] here——like birds, trees, and since it’s a
farming region, cows and horses .
With the exception of the participants——you’re free
to burn or cook everything inside this game!
“There~fore! Let’s first go catch a ‘leg’ to tie to this
cart and make it pull it . ”
. . . . . . Although, doing that isn’t as simple as saying,
but, he swallowed those words .
“Ah, so you really didn’t plan to make me pull it all
the way . . . . . . ”
“ . . . . . . Are you thinking that I’m the kind of person who
would make someone pull a cart for 3,500km?”
“I thought so without a doubt until a while ago . Now,
I’ve slightly changed my opinion of you . ”
“You know . . . . . . If I did that, you would become
exhausted, right . . . . . . ”
——If he were to commit such a mistake——
“Then who would pull the cart
next!? You should try to think with
some common sense!!”
“Isn’t that right~❤ I knew it, let’s just say goodbye to
that change of opinion ♪”
——Everything was decided by games——It was a
world Tet reasoned was a utopia .
It was extremely unwilling the two hikikomoris
accepted physical labor .
——But, if it was to win the game, then, it couldn’t be
If it’s made into a demonstration in the previous
world, they wouldn’t even confine themselves, thinking
. . . . . . Sighing, looking to the left outside the game——
gazing at the ground surface of the sea, Sora stood alone .
“Speaking of which, I wonder when Kurami and Fiel
will be joining this game . ”
“What? It’s a game starting by ‘pledging to the oaths’,
right? They can’t join in the middle of——”
“I’ll be troubled if they don’t . Besides, intruding in
the middle of a game is a form of art, right?”
Steph asked dubiously, but Sora answered
meaningfully while only smiling——
“——Alright, I wonder which farm animal will
thereby become Imanity’s sacrifice?”
“ . . . . . . Nii . . . . . . Shiro, likes horses . . . . . . but, like cows,
even more . . . . . . ”
Making the rope creak, Sora and Shiro looked around
for a target not included in the [Ten Oaths]
They were searching for a pitiful livestock stripped of
its [right to live], becoming prey for the
“ . . . . . . Shiro, Shiro~ . . . . . . won’t you wipe your
drool . . . . . . ?”
Steph’s eyes, seeing the
predators, changed into the
way one looks at demons, but——she was ignored .
Overwork them as legs, eat them when starving——!!
That was why it was limited to horses or cows .
This game, the first and absolute condition was to
live . . . . . . it’s time to show the humans’ dirty way of
living . . . . . . !
■ ■ ■ ■ ■
A large flower bloomed in the open sea .
The giant flower spread its petals on the sea’s surface
as if to cover and conquer the waves——it was a [ship] .
There wasn’t a mast or a paddle, not even the sound of
a propeller, much less a flag indicating its affiliation, but .
The flower bed’s carving trajectory on the sea’s
surface——That diverse scenic view eloquently spoke of
its affiliation .
——Elven Garde .
Woven with the magic of the Elves——riding on the
drifting “fragrance” instead of water——a flower .
Floating above the flower, the land, the sea, making
flowers bloom to further advance, the floating flower——[
It wasn’t just a single ship elegantly and soundlessly
conquering the harsh ocean .
A countless number of
flower vessels from the west
turned toward the eastern sea and were now crossing the
They formed orderly ranks, speeds aligned, and their
trajectory drawing multicolored flowers on the sea’s
They formed a
giant fleet extending for dozens of
kilometers, from the first one to the last one .
Large, red roses was leading the fleet——a single
flower vessel .
On the bow of that vessel was a black haired human
The sea breeze disturbing her black hair and veil, the
dark girl glaring sharply at her destination was——
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . *hik-choo*”
She was repeatedly letting out a cute sneeze .
“*Hi——hik-choo*! I-It’s cold . . . . . . it’s cold here,
“Kurami—? Stop trying to look cool and come
inside~You’ll catch a cold, you know?”
She said towards the black-haired Imanity girl
trembling with her nose running——to Kurami Zell .
The golden-haired Elf girl, Fiel Nirvalen, hugged her
closer and spread her shawl .
While coming down from the bow, the black-haired
girl asked .
“Uu . . . . . . a-and then, Fii? Just how much longer it
looks like it will take?”
“Hm~ with this progress . . . . . . it seems it’ll take more
than half a month~”
“Ugh . . . . . . even though it’s a distance that normally
wouldn’t take even an entire day to reach . . . . . . ”
flower vessel, you know? It took time to both
gather them and make them move~”
——I know that .
Going by air, not sea——The Elves’ principle
transport, any place on earth would be like their
For Elves, something like a ship moving above water
was nothing more than an obsolete antique of a distant
But now, these slow antiques were extremely
necessary——Kurami clicked her tongue .
——It must’ve been a few months since she started
acting separated from Sora and the others .
Meanwhile, she endlessly piled the collapse of Elven
Garde——the culmination was this .
The greatest marine trade port in the Elven territory
——Tilnog, where influential merchants and related
companies established a force in the province, reaching
even the Govenor .
She tricked them into a game then, gripping their
weaknesses, changed the leaders and silently attacked
In order to transfer the Senate and make the province
move, she even took the majority of the guilds, the House,
and the Senate’s consent vote .
——Everything was for this moment .
occasion when those two were
challenging the Old Deus .
For the sake of the siblings moving far beyond the
assumption, she too, had to accomplish quite the
That also applied to the numberless dangerous bridges
she had to run through——But——
“ . . . . . . If we don’t make it in time, it’ll all go down the
drain——if that happens, then everything will——”
“It’ll be too late for anything . . . . . . I understand that,
Kurami . . . . . . ”
Fiel hugged Kurami, who was biting her nails from
impatience, as she replied as if to soothe her .
——That’s right . This game won’t end without us
Kurami glared at the giant land floating on the horizon
——the Old Deus’ game board and bit her lips .
The destination she was leading the huge fleet to was
below it——the Eastern Union .
In the spiral’s center——She won’t allow it to end
without her in the center of the game .
“ . . . . . . Fii, can you see what those two are doing right
“Yes I can~ Obviously, I can see it~♪”
At Kurami’s words, the irises of Fiel’s eyes and the
gem on her forehead glowed faintly .
Her tone of voice and smile spoke of her extremely
natural, yet, arrogant confidence .
——With her using
the Six Layers Formula, there’s no
event within the horizon she couldn’t see through .
. . . . . . But .
“I ‘see’ them, you see~ but, I don’t really~ understand
‘what they are doing’ . ”
“ . . . . . . Huh? What does that mean?”
“Hmm, they’re stabbing a horse with a rod——ah,
they found a stray dog——now they’re running while
crying . ”
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
“————————Really, those guys, just what the
hell are they doing?”
Not even Fiel could see the answer for that question,
which Kurami accidentally let out .
■ ■ ■ ■ ■
th square . . . . . . it’s been forty-two hours
since the start of the game .[
The square] the horse-drawn cart loaded with Sora,
Shiro and Steph was running through a moist plateau .
According to Shiro’s map, the duplicated surface was
a farther eastern surface of Elkia’s reclaimed eastern
The Forest of Spirits——a land virtually grazing on
the territory of the Elementals, known as the [
Inviolable Area] .
——Now . Sora had no way of knowing about the
murmur faraway on the horizon, but .
While the cart swayed violently, Sora started thinking
suddenly, just what the hell am I doing?
I’m playing a game against an Old Deus? I’m
surviving? ——No .
If he had to say it, then——he would be[philosophizing] . The theme was . . . . . . correct, it was
about “rights” ——
——The [Ten Oaths] .
It guaranteed the rights, while forbidding all kinds
of killing and pillaging——basically, the [Violation of
But——“living” by itself meant infringing upon
someone else’s rights .
. . . . . . No one can live alone . They cause trouble for
each other and protect each other .
By violating each other’s small rights, holding
others’rights, having their own rights taken——they
finally “live” .
And——there’ll be a time where they’ll definitely
reach a certain line which they must definitely protect .
The clash between that [contradiction]——those two
rights couldn’t be avoided .
That’s why the Oaths avoided it——That
contradiction should be solved through
But, still——as long as one is “living,” that
fundamental contradiction cannot be solved .
The contradiction where one can’t live if they don’t
eat——if one doesn’t violate the
maximum rights, one
can’t maintain the
minimum rights .
That’s why the Oaths solved it——The guarantee of
rights only apply to
intelligent lifeforms .
That’s why the right to eat anything besides the
Sixteen Races was guaranteed——it solved even that
fundamental contradiction .
Aah, just how wonderful the [Ten Oaths] are——!!
——But, I want to wait a little on that praising .
Aren’t the [rights] that are being guaranteed——
something that was worked out mutually?
Isn’t the [right] to not be harmed, at the same time, a[duty] to not harm?
Then, wasn’t the [right] to harm, at the same time, a[duty] to be harmed?
Ahh . . . . . . how profound, Sora indulged, deeply moved .
“Free will and rights carry responsibility and
duty” . . . . . . in the
previous world, those words are still
being discussed .
But, in this world——if one puts it in a simpler and
easily understandable way .
It can be expressed with a single sentence——In
————[You can eat if you want, but, don’t
complain if you get eaten, alright!?] . . . . . .
“Uwooooahhhhhh! Hey, can’t you raise the cart’s
“It’s a cart made in a hurry, you know!? If the speed is
raised even more, it’ll flip and fall downnnn!”
“ . . . . . . N-Nii . . . . . . ! Fire, need more . . . . . . fire . . . . . . !”
Behind the sprinting cart——was a swarm of
monsters in pursuit while baring their fangs and claws .
Sora——Maybe it was the last time he held that
philosophy in his heart .
th square] in
pursuit and now——
“Hey!! Could it be if you take one step outside the city
in this world, it’s a world of serious swords and magic!?
I’ll complain about that Tet bastard to JAR〇
deceptive advertising saying ‘A utopia where everything
is decided by games’ you know!?”
——Sora shouted after painfully experiencing the[Fantasy World] for his first time .
But, it was a field where one’s heart seemed about to
break just proceeding through that square .
Even so, they thought there was still hope if it wasn’t
on a terrain impossible to cross by foot . . . . . . but .
They didn’t hear anything about “Monster Encounter:
The distance between the monsters and them were
closing in and the hastily made cart was making noises,
like it was about to fall apart .
If that happened, the only fate left for them would
be . . . . . . a dead-end route as [food] . . . . . .
“Normally, there’s no such monsters like thissss! Just
where is this place!?”
“ . . . . . . We’re currently . . . . . . in the
Inviolable Area . . . . . .
near, the ‘Forest of Spirits’ . . . . . . ”
“Ah! Good news, Sora! The reason they’re appearing
is because we’re on the outskirts of the ‘Forest of Spirits’!
If we leave this place, we’ll be fin——like I’ve been
saying, please don’t try to jump down from the cart!!”
“ . . . . . . Nii . . . . . . Nii, stay alive . . . . . . ”
Sora, due to having too much fear, was about to
unconsciously let go of his life and breathed roughly .
——Calm down .
When they were thrown into a super fantasy world
——How did the people from another world survive?
. . . . . . The trend was use the ultimate cheat of fighting
with a chosen power or something similar . . . . . . isn’t that
But . . . . . . Sora took a single glance at the monsters
pursuing them and smiled bitterly .
Here we have a hikikomori sheltered girl and a clearly
obvious NEET gamer .
They didn’t have any experience with such primitive
killing intent directed at them, much less being chased as
In modern-day Japan, just what kind of lifestyle
would one need in order to grow enough guts to face
these monsters head on?
——A cheat-like sword technique? Cheat magic? Or
was it superpowers? ——Wrong, right .
It’s wrong, isn’t it, it wasn’t like that, right, definitely
Humans——we——aren’t a race that fights like that,
Facing the oncoming death, Sora put more strength into
the hand holding his little sister’s .
“ . . . . . . Shiro . If I return to Elkia . . . . . . I’ll make them
develop the technology of [sniper rifles] . . . . . . ”
With distant eyes, he raised such a flag .
——It would from a distance, one-sidedly, without
allowing counterattacks, certainly, reliably——kill them .
That’s how the animal called human fought, Sora was
convinced of that——but .
“ . . . . . . Rejected . . . . . . ”
She instantly rejected her older brother’s proposal .
“ . . . . . . Nii, how about we burn this place . . . . . . ? Let’s
drop highly efficient explosives on it . . . . . .
, every day?”
Sora felt a shiver at the suggestion she made with her
eyes shining unnaturally .
——Don’t say something as naïve as firearms .
——Shall we burn down this forest every day from
——Let’s just bomb this area with an aircraft, plow it
and turn it into an empty land?
She’s really a genius, huh——As expected of my
prided little sister .
Right, that’s exactly how humans——
————An impact .
His thoughts escaping out of control were brought back
to reality .
The reality where the claw drawn by one of the
monsters teared through the wooden cart like butter .
Hmm, it seems like it really won’t end up simply as a
joke, he thought .
“My bad, Shiro . . . . . . seems like I messed up somehow .
It really seems to be ‘Game Over’ . ”
Murmuring that, Sora started analyzing the result, the
reason of their defeat with no light in his eyes .
——Where did I go wrong?
For challenging God? Did he take the handicap
known as survival too lightly?
Or was it that he dared to be born even though he
was just a mere virgin? ——
While Sora was fading into dusk with a dry smile,
Shiro quietly spoke .
“ . . . . . . Nii . . . . . . how does it feel . . . . . . to die, while still
a virgin . . . . . . ?”
“Ah~ . . . . . . It’s a regret so huge, it makes me feel like
dying, to say the least . . . . . . haha . . . . . . ”
Aaah . . . . . . humans are weak .
They lose and lose again, keep losing, then they bite
the dust in disappointment, just to look back at the cause
of their loss, full of regret .
Even so, they still think “next time, next time without
fail” and keep walking forward——until the day they
finally win arrives .
Sora collected his reflections and problems——
In the next world, first, let’s aim to graduate from being
a virgin .
I have no clue how I’ll do that, but . . . . . . well, let’s
entrust that to the me of the next world . Fight .
——Sora threw out his limbs with no strength,
conclusion of his life .
“Nii . . . . . . ”
Sitting across from Sora, Shiro whispered thinly .
With a distance so even her breathing could be felt,
she lowered her face to hide her red-dyed cheeks .
“ . . . . . . Then . . . . . . before dying . . . . . . since it’ll happen,
anyway . . . . . . ”
Shiro exposed her white skin underneath her clothes
while her moist eyes were burning——
——Now, then . Sora the virgin, age of death: 18
years old .
What should be done normally in this situation——
his immediate reply: do nothing .
It’s Shiro . His little sister . 11 years old——right now,
she’s down by two dice so, provisionally 8 . 8 years old .
Would there be an uproar over how she’s out of
elements for that role or drop into a preach about a
But——facing real death before him, Sora asserted
without even noticing he was confused and confirmed .
——It was in a weekend movie theater .
Those shitty people satisfied with their real lives
deliberately have sex when under extreme life or death
The mood breaking behaviors of the viewers and the
production, Sora was doubting for quite a while .
It would be fine if they just died like that, or so he
thought——but, he was the one who was wrong .
I see——Those guys . . . . . . everyone——
——They were all virgins——!
If I’m going to entrust it to the next world, then,
certainly, I would think about it before dying, right!?
Sympathizing with Hollywood more than ever, Sora
extended his hands towards the warm skin before him .
“Hey, you thereee! What are you doing in the rear at
such a time————”
It happened in an instant .
Twice——a roaring sound resounded, making the cart
jump as the group dance in the air .
What happened——without even being granted time to
consider the question, he hugged Shiro on reflex .
Falling to the ground, rolling with the momentum . . . . . .
he raised his head while in pain and saw .
——The real monster was here .
A huge crater was drawn in a perfect circle in the soft
In its center——there was a single monster exhausted,
breathing heavily .
It was a young, small, and cute beast with the
appearance of a human on all four limbs with their head
“ . . . . . . I won’t share Izuna’s meal, desu! S-Sora is the
one at fault, desu!!”
The little girl was dressed in a kimono with fennec-
like ears, shouldering a rucksack while swinging her big
Facing their way while glaring with her eyes half-
closed while in a bad mood was——Hatsuse, Izuna, but .
. . . . . . . . . . . .
“ . . . . . . Hey, let me hear about the reason you said such
monsters shouldn’t be here?”
He confirmed the safety of Shiro in his arms with her
eyes spinning, then checked his own body .
That he was almost unharmed was almost a miracle,
considering he fell off a running out of control cart .
Seeing Steph hadn’t suffered any big injuries, either,
Sora——asked a question he could already guess .
“ . . . . . . Nearly all large animals became extinct during
the [Great War] . . . . . . The rest is just like you’ve guessed
——As for what happened, the current situation
explained it all .
The “one step” Izuna took——the ground shook .
Next, a single punch——no, a “one stroke” ——made
the ground roll up and changed into a crater .
Most likely, she attacked what she called a [meal],
although——it no longer retained its original form .
The swarm of monsters ran away without even a single
one left behind——just like how small spiders scatter .
That was only natural, so long as the peak of the food
the predator] was there .
“Excluding Imanity, the other races . . . . . . predations
and defenses, various outbursts of anger——yes,
well . . . . . . ”
Indeed, said Sora, looking up at the sky .[Rights] are something that worked out mutually,
and, at the same time, it was a duty .
But——as for whether those rights and duties were
guaranteed or not, without the Oaths——
“ . . . . . . Nii, this world . . . . . . isn’t gentle . . . . . . with
anyone, other than . . . . . . the
Sixteen Races, right . . . . . . ”
As the ones who escaped from becoming prey, Sora
and Shiro thought——Humans are calculating living
To think they would feel pity for the ones threatening
their lives just a little while ago .
Would that be the ego of the survivors, they
wondered . . . . . .
■ ■ ■ ■ ■
“I-I really don’t get it, desu! I-Izuna is angry, desu!?”
. . . . . . Though, if you really insist, it’s not like I can’t
share it .
Seeing Izuna’s eyes wavering like that, Sora and Shiro
raised their thumbs with a smile——
“ . . . . . . It’s, fine . . . . . . Izuna-tan, is . . . . . . our savior . . . . . .
and besides . . . . . . ”
“To eat something like this——as a human, let’s think
about it when we’re on the brink of starvation, alright?”
They refreshingly refused the creature that was
something out of a bio〇zard .
——A few minutes ago .
While lifting up the cart, Sora questioned Izuna sitting
formally in front of her prey .
“ . . . . . . Hey Izuna . Why did you kill only a single one?”
——Just like Sora and the others, starvation was also
a danger for
the Warbeasts .
You would want to secure even a bit more food,
wouldn’t you, Sora asked so .
“It’s forbidden to hunt for more than you need . . . . . . it’s
a bad thing, desu . ”
Saying so, Izuna——It must be an etiquette of the
Eastern Union .
She politely joined her fists and bowed, deeply
thanking the life she took .
Seeing that appearance, both Shiro and Sora, and even
Steph——they honestly felt ashamed .
Those who lived surrounded by civilization tend to
forget that meals were the ingestion of another life .
Was that girl just really attentive to her food education
or was she a saint——
“*Spit*!? Y-You, you taste so damn bad to an
unbelievable degree, desu!? Just what did you eat to grow
into this【*BEEP*】’s【*BEEP*】of a taste that’s almost
——A single bite .
They really would’ve thought like that if it weren’t for
all the booing and spitting ruining everything .
“H-Hey . . . . . . as expected, no matter how you look at it,
it’s not edible, right . . . . . . ”
“I-If you hunt it, then you must eat it all no matter
what, desu! . . . . . . *sob* . . . . . . ”
Yeah, while Izuna’s face distorted with large tears,
let’s at least do this much as thanks for saving our lives .
They sorted out their feelings and took out some spices
from the luggage bag——
“Let’s cook this . . . . . . wait, for starters, just what
would this be!? W-Where should I start considering
——Rather, is it really fine to eat this!? Hiiiih, S-Sora!
Some weird, blue liquid has——!”
——They made Steph do it and heard screams raised
for a long time .
If a Warbeast’s sense of smell determined it was
edible, then it must be——Sora and Shiro were feeling
sorry about it, but . . . . . .
Thus, Steph handled grilling the skewered meat around
a bonfire .
“ . . . . . . Anyway, Izuna, why are you still in this kind of
Their current position was on the [38
th square], almost
from the starting position .
Around Izuna’s chest were nine dice——though her
age decreased by one-tenth .
With that overwhelming physical ability . . . . . . to them
——it’s unthinkable her speed was inferior to a horse’s .
Izuna, who was supposed to be much further ahead,
just growled at the question with her eyes half-opened .
“ . . . . . . Izuna is angry, desu . . . . . . [Answer the choice
Sora playfully took when picking a bride during his first
playthrough of Dragon F5 . ] . . . . . . It’s obvious, Sora was
the one who wrote this task, desu!!”
Ahh . . . . . . understanding, Sora and Shiro laughed .
The【Task】that Sora wrote——In other words, it was
on the 38th square” .
Naturally, it meant she hadn’t been able to answer and,
in the end, was [forced to wait seventy-two hours] .
And after seventy-two hours have passed, one die will
be stolen by
the Question Master——
Maybe her anger came back after remembering it since
Izuna stood up and suddenly growled intimidatingly .
“I don’t get it at all, desu! Give me the rules and
follow them, desu!!”
12: However, all【Tasks】that include any of the
following will be considered invalid:
12b: Instructions impossible to accomplish by
anyone besides the Question Master or impossible
for any of the Players .
That’s right, the rules certainly defined it like that——
“O~iii, oi . . . . . . you failed, it’s a real failure, you
know? Oh dear kemonomimi . Shiro~?”
Giving a nod, Shiro took out her cellphone——
answering while typing in a way Izuna wouldn’t
“Super correct!! Shiro also knows——that’s why
this【Task】is valid, you see♪”
——Any task that cannot be accomplished by anyone
or only by the Question Master are invalid .
For example, if Jibril were to write something like[Perform a spatial shift with your own power] .
Or maybe [Answer your
year of death] and so on, it
was a rule forbidding impossible instructions .
But, on the other side——It meant it’ll be valid so
long as it’s possible for at least one more person .
“Ah, putting it simply!? The other【Tasks】I wrote——
like [Answer the name of the three MODs where you kill
the f*cking b*tches who ordered to kill Paarthurnax
or [Answer the title of the first exciting and heart-
landmine Sora purchased in commemoration of
th anniversary]!? Without knowledge of the other
world——no, even if you had the knowledge, it’d still be
super improbable you could answer are all OK!!
Sora answered, dancing with a face similar to as if he
had smacked Siddartha
once with the palm of his
“ . . . . . . Nii, you’re so dirty . . . . . . super, cool . . . . . . ”
“——You’re the worst . . . . . . it’s just obvious for Izuna
to be angry . . . . . . ”
Looks of admiration and gazes as if seeing something
filthy poured onto him——But .
“It’s following the rules——it finished grilling, Izuna .
I hope it’s a little better, but . ”
Seeing Izuna’s pouting face, Sora laughed and
extended out the skewer——in an instant .
“ . . . . . . It’s a little better now, desu . It changed from
damn bad to simply bad, desu . ”
After she stuffed the skewered meat into her mouth, her
mood became better and her tail started swinging .
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . ”
Steph furrowed her eyebrows dubiously while Sora
noticed it observantly and laughed .
——Sora understood like the palm of his hand why
she was found it so mysterious inside her mind .
Following the rules or not, it was certainly a cruel
pattern for the【Tasks】 .
After seventy-two hours have passed, what Sora will
steal from Izuna will be a dice——her [Life] .
Sora “killed one-tenth” of her life, yet even so, no
matter how you look at it——Izuna helped him .
Why could Izuna stay in such a good mood without
watching him get killed?
Why did it become just like Sora suggested, even
though they betrayed, they didn’t kill each other——
“ . . . . . . Sora, Shiro . Izuna——haven’t lost, desu . . . . . . ?”
Izuna declared in a “question form” ——as if she was
asking to confirm something .
But, Sora and Shiro extended out all the remaining
skewers and answered .
“We returned the favor of saving us, you know? Don’t
expect an admirable repayment like letting you win,
“ . . . . . . Izuna-tan, too bad, but the ones . . . . . . who will
win, the prize . . . . . . will be us . . . . . . ”
“It’s incredible how you guys can say it like you’re
better than her when she’s the one who saved us from
dropping out not only from the game but, from life . . . . . . ”
Steph went past amazement and groaned, impressed,
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . Yeah! Bring it on, desu!!”
——Maybe Izuna saw the answer she wanted in their
Instantly, she stuffed all the skewers inside her mouth
and gave a full smile .
“*chomp chomp* . . . . . . I’ll pass you guys soon, desu!
Prepare yourselves, desu . ”
Saying that with her stuffed cheeks, she hugged her tail
and curled up .
Since Izuna implied she would sleep as she waited for
seventy-two hours to pass, Sora and Shiro stood up again .
“Then, shall we hurry up? Does the cart look fine?”
“Eh, yes, somehow——wait, are we going to leave
Izuna-san here and go on!? It’s dangerous!?”
“Yeah . . . . . . It’s really dangerous, isn’t it——for us . ”
After Sora murmured that, Steph’s face changed in one
If they strained their ears——they could faintly hear it .
The presence of
those guys who scattered with the
the strong, waiting for her to sleep .
And their target, of course, wasn’t the sleeping
tiger . It
made no sense for them to go after the predator .
The ones they must want to hunt, naturally, are the ones
borrowing the tiger’s authority——
“ . . . . . . Let’s indulge in Izuna’s kindness——let’s get
out of here while she’s still awake . ”
——Yes, while a sleeper’s breathing isn’t raised,
Izuna overpowers the surroundings, who gave a small
Seeing her smile——Sora’s voice could be heard
trembling slightly .
The three of them jumped onto the cart without
hesitation——and departed .
■ ■ ■ ■ ■
th square . . . . . . It’s been seventy-eight hours
since the start of the game .
The horse-drawn cart holding the three people was
running along the edge of a grand cliff endlessly .
According to Shiro’s map, the
terrain reflected the
earth’s surface beyond the edges of Elkia’s northeastern
Everything——seemed to be
this world’s greatest
canyon known as [
Star’s Rift] .
The azure fissure extending into the sea and the two
continents in the great war’s final stages——was said to
be an after-effect of the [Decisive Battle] .
Traces of the power to mow down a star——Listening
to the thunder roaring at the bottom of the ravine even now,
Sora thought .
——It’s been 21 squares since we parted from Izuna,
the Forest of Spirit’s outskirts seem far behind us
According to Steph’s information, besides the Forest
of Spirits, the monsters don’t seem to inhabit anywhere
In other words, it seems we’ve escaped the danger
zone a long time ago . It’s probably safe now .
Seems to, appears to be, probably seems to——!!
“Don’t believe it won’t believe it!! Where are the
pursuers! . . . . . . No~ne——Trying to put me off guard!?
“ . . . . . . Shiro, won’t be, deceived . . . . . . Where? Where,
are they . . . . . . hiding . . . . . . !”
——Continuing to be vigilant, but with teary eyes like
a new gamer playing a horror game .
Fearing immobile corpses endlessly, it was a template
that didn’t change itself at all .
The two kept fighting against an enemy that can’t even
be seen with a cellphone camera’s zoom above the cart
“ . . . . . . I know how you feel, but it’s already a day and
a half, you know? Even if you aren’t alert for
monsters . . . . . . ”
That’s right, it’s been thirty-six hours since they last
noticed a monster .
They ran day and night since they’d be attacked on
both sides when resting or when the horse and
the cart-horse reached their limit .
When that happened, both Sora and Shiro took turns
staying awake and patrolling, but the monsters didn’t
Nevertheless, seeing the two still jumping at shadows,
Steph just about had enough and was about to complain
“——Shiro, what do you think? I feel it won’t be that
bad to think it’s already safe but, how about you?”
“ . . . . . . Shiro, will . . . . . . believe, in Nii’s,
judgement . . . . . . ”
——Hmm . Then, the conclusion .
“——————We survived, Shiro”
Murmuring that, Sora and Shiro, the two embraced
each other and fell into the cart .
With a huge amount of large tears dropping, they
nodded as if confirming their lives .
. . . . . . Ahhh, the sky is so blue .
Even that hateful sun only felt lovable right now as the
two people narrowed their eyes .
“I allow it, everything——All living things, may you
be blessed . . . . . . ”
“ . . . . . . Hallelujah . . . . . . Sleepy . . . . . . ”
“Wai, eeh, hey!? I’ll be troubled if you just follow the
flow and go into a deep sleep, alright!?”
Steph was bewildered by the extreme mood swing and
proceeded to shout while steering the cart .
“After three squares we’ll reach the
62nd square, you
know!? A different danger——a【Task】is drawing near!”
——Danger? 【Task?】——Hmm, Sora tilted his neck .
I see, so we’ve proceeded going after the outcome of
the dice——until the [62
nd] square .
If we stop at that square, a【Task】that someone wrote
will be activated, but——
“ . . . . . . Compared to being chased by monsters, no
matter what【Task】it may be, it’ll be an easy game,
right . . . . . . ”
Sora declared so with a serious face after pondering
about it, with Shiro nodding in agreement .
Indirectly killing each other by stealing their [
——it was this game’s greatest danger . . . . . . the【Tasks . 】
Imanity, compared to starvation, overwork,
and predation, it was probably a third or fourth
danger . . . . . .
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . Even if it makes sense for me, it still
doesn’t change it’s a danger, right!? Because——”
Immediately after, their vision blackened out as if to
interrupt Steph’s voice .
Maybe the cart crossed the edge of the 59
because it was swallowed by a weird space filled with
black mist .
——It was the first reason for Sora to call this game a
shitty game——the [
Square Movement] .
It must be for the sake of forbidding illegal movement
and withdrawing from the game through magic .
If they touched the “invisible wall” in games existing
land’s edge, they would be moved to the next
Not being able to turn back, all they could do was
obey the outcome’s value and continue onward .
As if that wasn’t enough, they made this damn long
reading happen during the square movement .
It was a power that killed off Jibril’s spatial shift,
unilaterally coordinating the transfer .
Surely a highly sophisticated,
ridiculous power must
be at work for that, but——
“ . . . . . . Nii . . . . . . I finally, remembered . . . . . . this . . . . . . ”
“Ah~ what a coincidence, my little sister——This this
loading’s slowness and sound . There’s no doubt”
Much less magic and spirits are outside the
commoners who can’t perceive space .
However, the scratching noise couldn’t be heard as
anything but “the sound of a disk spinning” .
If they silently starred at the undefined distorted view,
an illusion of [NOW LOADING] with “juggling monkeys”
could be seen at the edge of their view——Sora and Shiro
murmured quietly, remembering even the killing urge .
——[This is Neo Geo] .
“ . . . . . . C-Can I continue . . . . . . the talk?”
To the two people were clicking their tongues and
tapping unconsciously, Steph timidly——
“I-If the【Task】——if [Die] is written on it, we’ll
die . . . . . . won’t we?”
Her body trembled as she asked perhaps just noticing
that danger in the rules .
“Oh? . . . . . . How unlike Steph . . . . . . aren’t you wide
07: The Dice Holder who’s stopped on the square
will be forced to follow any instructions
——Any kind of instruction is permitted .
Yes, even instructions designating to throw away their
lives or similar can’t be denied——but .
“This game has ma~ny mysteries, right? One of them is
this【Task】rule . ”
Although irritated, seemingly giving up, Sora
explained dispassionately .
“I said it, right . We didn’t agree to kill each other .
Even if you don’t worry, a death task——no one will
“J-Just why is that so, because——”
12: However, all【Tasks】that include any of the
following will be considered invalid:
12a: Words limiting the【Task】to a specific
“Targets can’t be specified . Writing an unconditional
instant death【Task】, what happens if you step on it?”
“——————Ah . ”
Smiling wrly at Steph, perhaps she felt embarrassed
for being told with a smiling face, who lowered her face .
——That wasn’t all, Sora continued in his mind .
Indeed, this game is [Sugoroku]——[one person can
ascend] no matter what happens .
Not to mention, if no one ascends, then the only one
who would be saved is the [Leading Player] .
Thinking it with common sense——It’s a good a thing
there’s only a few opponents to compete with .
Killing all the other players would be the promising
and certain option .
——Big miss, Sora laughed .
Since killing means——we can’t steal their dice .
Much less when it’s impossible to ascend without
“For example, if a【Task】indicates an instant death,[the task is accomplished] when they die, right . The
Question Master loses one die, moreover, they can’t
collect the dead guy’s remaining dice——a poor move
going in the opposite direction from victory . ”
In the rules, this【Task】rule forces any kind of
unreasonable possibilities upon others .
But in fact, “in order to win” ——the things one could
write were restricted .
“Directions only you can do are invalid——If
written【Tasks】are somehow doable, then the
to steal a die will also be a
danger to have one stolen
instead——If it’s ‘instructions stealing but not be stolen’,
Square Movement] making even cup
noodles become soggy ended,
“ . . . . . . 【Tasks】like that will be the limit . ”
Sora gave a small laugh, pointing ahead to the empty
field of vision .
At the 60
th square’s starting coordinate——At the
continuously changing precipitous cliff’s edge was a
Glancing at the sentence written there, Steph muttered
“ . . . . . . What is it, that”
. . . . . . . . . . . .
“Hey, we’ve moved through dozens of squares until
now, you haven’t noticed it even once?”
10: Each【Task】will be described on a billboard
arranged irregularly on the square’s board
“They were always around until now, weren’t they!?
Those billboards with【Tasks】written on them!!”
“Was there even a single free moment to worry about
that tattered billboard until now!?”
. . . . . . . . . . . . Hm, well, frankly speaking, there wasn’t .
It wasn’t just Sora, even Shiro readily accepted
Steph’s rebuttal .
Even the two in question, with all the escaping and
sleeping, could only read a few books .
In any case, this was what was written on the
billboard Sora pointed to .
——[Count all the strands of hair on your body,
including the tail, and answer the correct number of
strands, desu . ]
. . . . . . Izuna, even in writing, you have this way of
talking, huh, Sora said pleasingly .
“It’s a【Task】anyone can do——but the ones who can
actually do it in seventy-two hours are really limited . ”
——In the first place, the only ones who have a tail
are Ino, Izuna, and Plum .
bunch of absurdities
five senses of the Warbeasts, they could
probably immediately count their body hair .
But, for the ones without a tail, let alone those five
senses——more specifically for them, they have no
choice aside counting all the stands of hair from even that
horse tied to the cart, including its tail, one by one .
Doing so for seventy-two hours——it would grow
instead, there’s no way they could do that .
. . . . . . That’s quite a harsh【Task】 you wrote, huh,
“In any case, regardless of the【Task】, [stopping the
target for seventy-two hours to steal one die] is the limit . ”
Would it be like Sora and Shiro’s, stopping them for
seventy-two hours with questions only answerable by a
Or would it be like this one, giving instructions only a
restricted amount of people can do in seventy-two hours .
——As long as someone’s trying “to win,” it’s a fact
they can’t write anything besides those two patterns .
“ . . . . . . The, tasks . . . . . . until now, too . . . . . . were mostly,
like that . . . . . . ”
Shiro listed some of the tasks she had memorized .
——[Complete a hundred laps on this square, from
one edge to the other, with your own feet, desu . ]
This was also Izuna’s【Task】——It meant go walk
2,000km within seventy-two hours .
Though, too severe even for a Warbeast . . . . . . to begin
with, there’s no need for Izuna to complete her own tasks .
It’d be easy for Jibril, insanity with the risk of death
for Ino, and the others are slowed down by seventy-two
——[If there are two or more people present besides
the target of the task, immediately pledge to the Oaths and,
according to it, be victorious in a game . ]
This must be Jibril——Normally, it would be[invalid] without any coercive power at all .
So long as there isn’t a third person, the conditions
can’t be met and becomes a “task impossible to do . ”
But if the conditions were met, then it’d surely be
a【Task】of the highest difficulty, but——In any case .
“Well, one more mysterious thing . 【Tasks】only the
Question Master can do are forbidden——Why?”
“ . . . . . . Hah? Isn’t it because the game can’t be
established otherwise . . . . . . ?”
I see, a common answer, Sora laughed .
In the quiz programs, if participants were to design
only questions they could answer, what would happen?
Surely, that shitty program would immediately cut
and the one in charge would be fired .
But Sora, with a nice smiling face towards Steph who
spoke of such common sense——responded irrationally .
“So? Why is there a need to establish the game?”
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . Wha~at . . . . . . ?”
“This game, if the Old Deus is the [host] aiming for [us
to kill each other], a
binding like this would be in the way,
right? Letting us force unreasonable demands, or even
impossible tasks and instant deaths is better, right?”
Then, what’s the reason for not doing so?
——At that moment .
Sora and Shiro, on both their chests——like growing
from the void, the dice increased by one .
From Izuna who stepped into Sora’s task, one die
moved to Sora after seventy-two hours have passed .
Likewise, someone who had stepped into Shiro’s task
must’ve lost one die after the time limit .
Obeying the number of dice increasing to nine, their
limbs extended slightly .
While Sora (provisionally 16 . 2 years old) and Shiro
(provisionally 9 . 9 years old) gloated together——he
“I can even affirm it . 【Tasks】which only you can do
are invalid——The one who said that was me♪”
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Whaaaaat~?”
Sora said with not a single trace of guilt——exactly
why his smiling face was a devil itself .
This【Task】rule, although restricted to Sora and Shiro
alone, was too much of an advantage .
Just like Izuna said——only
those two[ ] moving together
can make tasks impossible for anyone but
those two[ ] .
. . . . . . W-Well .
When you consider this
journey, it’s still a tepid
“handicap,” but let’s put that aside .
“N~ow, let’s ima~~gine, commoners!!”
Sora stood up exaggeratedly above the cart .
“Our memories before the start of the game are erased!
Let’s imagine, after confirming the rules, we seem to cry
out, ‘You’re fucking kidding me, that’s like Jibril writing
“use spatial shift” kind of impossible game, right!?’”
After Sora shouted that loudly, everyone gathered——
and thought about it .
——I wonder why, even Sora thought that .
“Following that, ‘Tasks only you can do are forbidden,
banned an~nd prohibited’——Can you imagine it!?”
——That should have been the erased memories .
But . . . . . . they could easily imagine it as if they had just
seen it .
Shiro nodded deeply as if saying that’s how her
brother was while Steph’s eyes were wide opened .
“Thus, I changed it to an advantageous rule only for me
Sora was in a good mood, but——boldly continued .
“Let’s recall again, shall we? This game started after
everyone consented . There——”
It had a condition everyone was unlikely to agree with .
Therefore, clearly there were fake rules among them——
“No matter how you think about it, there are rules
prepared by me . . . . . . Absolutely interesting, right?”
If this game wasn’t about making them kill each other
with the Old Deus as the host——then .
“This game, on whose circumstances, who began it, on
what intentions——Who do you think holds the
Saying that, Sora played with the dice in his hands and
laughed, but .
Steph, dissatisfied, muttered quietly .
“ . . . . . . But, if you’ll die once the dice reaches zero,
then . . . . . . isn’t it the same thing?”
If the dice keeps being stolen, eventually that “
will be forced on someone .
In the end, isn’t it the same as killing each other by
ordering death——Steph’s eyes appealed so .
“Certainly, you’ll die if you lose . On the contrary,
you’ll die from starvation, or get eaten by reliable
monsters, conversely, if you eat carelessly, you’ll die from
poisoning without exception, an instant☆Go to Heaven,
“ . . . . . . Nii . . . . . . for, us . . . . . . it’ll probably . . . . . . be hell,
instead . . . . . . ”
Sora replied in an easygoing manner to the bitter end,
Steph’s face turned into a frown——
“But even so, it won’t become a killing spree . ”
Turning, Sora announced with a tight face, Steph
faltered with a “Why?” while staring at him .
Indeed, there’s a coercive force working on the rules
surpassing our own wills .
It would be the same as if we had consented into
betting [our everything] and putting it on the plate .
We may easily die, even if you put aside the tasks and
the dice as something irrelevant——But, even so .
“——After all, Shiro and I will win anyway♪”
. . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . .
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fufu . . . . . . yes, that’s right!”
——Winning absolutely naturally, in our scenario
——there’s no such plot .
A rather refreshing arrogance bursting into laughter,
before long the anxiety disappeared on Steph’s face .
The natural swindler that was Sora and Shiro who
unconditionally believed him——But just one thing .
For this reason, Steph also had faith in them and felt
proud of it .
That, for sure, was the reason why Steph entrusted her
dice to Sora before the game started .
Kuuhaku[ ] does not know of the word defeat .
And because winning means [perfect victory] ——
therefore, they won’t recognize anything less .
Someone’s death or sacrifice as a condition——they
won’t permit a “victory inferior to defeat” and so forth .
“ . . . . . . It’s the 61
st square soon, just one before our
destination . Let’s carefully look for the billboard . ”
——Sora turned his face away from the embarrassing
gaze, pointing ahead of the cart that kept running .
Pretending to not notice the tepid mocking gazes from
Shiro and Steph,
“In that case——I’ll show you how I instantly find out
who wrote out the【Task】ahead . ”
Saying with a posed look, at the same time .
The continuously running cart was, once again,
enveloped by the thick fog .
From the 60
to the 61
st square——Ignoring the
grating noise, they waited for their view to clear up .
Thus, after the long
transition ended, as expected, at
the square’s boundary before the transfer point——
As expected a sentence——a【Task】was engraved on
an old billboard, standing as if discarded .
Yes, such a sentence was written, the
billboard . . . . . . . . . . . . ,
——[Pluck out your pe〇is while smiling and die
refreshed] . . . . . .
. . . . . . *swagger swagger* . . . . . . *roll roll* . . . . . .
On the precipitous cliff’s greenery, under the clear
skies, only the horse’s hooves and cart wheels resounded .
“Sora~It seems I’m a little tired~♪ I just saw a word
denying everything we just talked about❤”
Behind Steph who asked with a bright smiling face
singing as if rejecting reality .
In a poised state with a face wearing a tepid gaze——
was Sora and Shiro whose time was stopped .
——Well, well, well .
Wellwellwell, c-c-calm d-d-down .
Calm down, Sora, virgin, nearly 18 years old,
provisionally, 16 . 2 years old!
Eh~, for now there’s something that must be done
first, right? Right . . . . . . just like the billboard declared
“Geezeer!! I hope you’re listening this
is definitely your’s right! What the
hell are you writing did you finally go
senile! Rather even if you don’t open
your mouth isn’t there something
besides dirty jokes you doggg!?”
Guessing the offender right instantly, Sora’s roar
resounded to the heavens .
——A reply came from behind the giant game board
forming a spiral .
The offender’s reply resounded on the game board in a
straight line from a nearby distance .[Oooh what good news! To think Sora-dono would
stop at my【Task】and——what!?]
They couldn’t see his figure . However, perhaps the
Warbeast’s eyes captured them .[What . . . . . . To think Shiro-dono and Stephanie-dono
are also going together . . . . . . I’m sure it must be painful
sight to see a gentleman drawing something out with a
smile as he dies invigorated . . . . . . But!! Not only for the
pest control, but for the sake of world peace!!
Please somehow understand this isn’t a way to sacrifice
“We didn’t stop at it~ We’re passing by! Bastard, what
did you plan to do if you stepped on this square, huh!?”[I was prepared for the worst? But for you to be
passing by——*tsk*, damn stubborn cockroach . . . . . . ]
. . . . . . *swagger swagger* . . . . . . *roll roll* . . . . . .
The cart continued advancing as Steph rode with a
hollow smile while time was stopped for him and Shiro .
Sora, the only one who could still think, enduring a
headache, groaned as if wringing it out .
“ . . . . . . Geezer . If I died to this, you understand you
would lose, right . . . . . . ?”
He just said instant death【Tasks】are the worst moves,
the farthest from victory .
But the returned reply was——plain and simple .[I wonder? If the [
Traitor] who screwed us and killed
Miko-sama were to drop dead, it’s obvious this game
would work out somehow——I’ll fulfill my
duty as a retainer and crush
the world’s enemy . . . . . . how is
that a loss?]
. . . . . . . . . . . .
“ . . . . . . Sora . Sora~ . Of course, this is also within your
expectations . . . . . . isn’t it? Right?”
Sora replied to the imploring-like voice, but in his
mind——It’s clearly unexpected .
Ordering death meaninglessly, the justifiability of
betrayal, etcetera . . . . . .
But all of that was——“the case only if everyone
considered it upfront . ”
Either he was a real idiot or Miko’s death greatly
shocked him——No, it was probably both .
At any rate, what he really wanted to snap at was the
fact his brain’s fuse seems to have completely flown away .
Despite having the five senses to see through lies, even
Steph could see through Sora’s [
He still accepted his words of all things as the truth
“ . . . . . . I, I see, that’s quite the admirable resolution you
have there, I’m no match for it”
But——There’s no problem .
Regaining composure, Sora secretly wiped his
perspiration and spoke for revenge as well as self-
“To go as far as risking your ‘
grandchild’s death’ . . . . . .
must be the extremity of loyal retainers . ”[ . . . . . . . . . . . . What?]
In a suspicious voice, he had used his remaining scant
reasoning to come up with——“tasks where only males
die . ”
Targets cannot be specified——but while he wants to
kill Sora, he won’t let Izuna die .
Thus he wrote a
death utilizing “something only males
have”——or so he intended .
——Good grief, it’s too much .
“If a female——and I mean Izuna, were to step onto
this【Task】, they’d have to extract something suitable from
an animal as they smile and die invigorated . . . . . . It’s a
harsher idea than me dying by doing so, I’m amazed . . . . . . ”
. . . . . . The writing for this task cannot be restricted to a
Just like how Izuna’s task must have [including the
——If it doesn’t exist on oneself——it’ll simply bring
in something else .
. . . . . . . . . . . .
——In the long silence, an idiot interrupted, crossing
the interval within .
The scream ripped through the sound of the still
running horse-drawn cart without caring about anyone
——[S-Sora-dono what should I do!? Izuna carries no sin
please show mercy on Izuna! Make use of the normally
meaningless unscrupulous fiend’s wisdom! Please a plan
to save Izuna——!!!]
The pathetic petition tembling with tears uselessly
resounded as an echo in the sky corridor .
“ . . . . . . I guess it’s fine . Spit out what other
stupid【Tasks】 you wrote without exception . ”[Yes~~and also~~~blahblablahbah]
——And so .
Done listening to Ino’s confession thoroughly, Sora
nodded seriously .
“——Yeah, I see, I understand now . Relax, I found a
countermeasure so Izuna doesn’t die . ”[Oh, ooooh . . . . . . !! There was meaning in the error that
was Sora-dono’s birth! Ooh, I’m really grateful!!]
With the same understanding——Shiro took out a sack
from a bag and wore it on her head, they nodded——
“But I won’t tell you, bastard——!!!! Shit yourself
“ . . . . . . Geezer . . . . . . go count, your sins . . . . . . aside
from, being born . . . . . . ”
Just like Gedo and
Fukumen——The two people
thrust their middle fingers out as they replied .
A BGM of an abusive language with unclear meaning
was above the advancing cart .
“Wai, you two!? Y-You won’t teach him the
countermeasure!? If someone were to step on it——”
“ . . . . . . Plucking . . . . . . Nii’s, nii . . . . . . Geezer, ten
thousands of deaths, won’t be enough . . . . . . ”
Steph’s mouth closed at Shiro’s slur holding about
four-tenths of real killing intent——but, as for Sora .
He laughed after drawing out all the【Tasks】from one
player and, in Imanity, carved such words on the cart .
——[It was a lie to make him reveal his tasks . No one
would die with his tasks]
Ino’s【Tasks】were all——subjective, objective, and
All phrases were incredibly lacking indications about
target and period——There wasn’t any coercive power to
It’s the same as contracts that don’t specify things
like who will, by whom, what, when, and how .
It’s fine to wait seventy-two hours, you can
accomplish it if you’re a male by dying, only Ino’s dice
will be plucked .
The guy who did something so stupid is the Eastern
Union’s high of icial? . . . . . . He should be dismissed .[T-Then, let’s make a deal! I’ll introduce you to a few
While the proposal resounded——Sora breathed
deeply and ridiculingly disregarded it .
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . Nii, ni-ni-nii, wha, wha, what’s,
wrong . . . . . . ”
“Sora, a-are you alright!? Did you hit your head when
you fell from the cart!?”
Shiro and Steph, with a face like they saw a ghost,
gasped as their voices trembled .
But Sora, with a gentle smile, shook his head elegantly
and replied .
“Both of you calm down . . . . . . Men are beings that
grow up every day, you know?”
That’s right, until a little while ago, I’d have bit into
the bait in zero frames .
But now the Eastern Union has merged! There’s as
many kemonomimis as lights in the skies to take
Sora, 18 years old, still a long way——But! He’s no
longer a man hooked by cheap baits![There’s a fan club infatuated with
Elkia’s King who
call themselves “I want to be embraced by Sora-sama”
Association that’s puzzling the Eastern Union with some
incomprehensible testimonies about——]
“Oooh friend, don’t be so cold!! We’re comrades who
pledged eternal friendship just now, aren’t we!!!”
——But if the bait is expensive then it’s a different
Biting into the bait in zero frames, Sora exalted while
thrusting his palm passionately and winding the air .
All the while, he received Steph and Shiro’s amazed
——no, relieved, gazes upon himself .
“If it’s my unworthy silly wisdom, then I will share it
as much as you want and as such, come on, hurry up and
let me hear in details about it please, oh my soul mate
But, Sora’s voice continued without caring while he
shouted overly pretending to be some kind of actor——
. . . . . . . . . . . . *silence*
His answer was only a calm silence——no .
There was only the sound of the disk spinning and the
darkness, which already became something usual after
being repeated 61 times in a row .
The running cart had crossed the 61
st square and,
before they noticed it, they reached the edge of the square .
“~~~Now, it’s ‘Event Load’!? It’s aiming too much for
Sora was breathing coarsely through his nose while
growling at the [
Square Movement] that ignored the mood
and Steph questioned him .
“ . . . . . . More importantly . You haven’t forgotten the next
square will be the one with the【Task】, have you?”
“You, don’t make me repeat! I just said that something
like that hardly matters, didn’t I!?”
“But, I also just happened to see your prediction
getting wrong and having a task written ‘die’, didn’t I!?”
——Sora stopped laughing and ridiculed it as
“something trivial . ”
Just having one person in charge of being a fool was
already good enough, but, they even found out his entire【
Task】was completely harmless .
No matter what kind of task it may be, it’ll just slow
them down by seventy-two hours——In other words .
There’s too much time for him to inquire with more
details about the interesting organization known as the “I
want to be embraced by Sora-sama” Association——!
And like that, the cart that had Sora, who was in high
spirits, and the other two riding, finally reached the square
of the outcome of their dice .
——The load——correction, the movement to the [
62nd square] finished——and, in their view was——
. . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Erm, yeah .
“Aha, ahaha~ hey, Gramps? About the details about
the girls that want to be embraced by me——”
“ . . . . . . Nii . . . . . . Nii . . . . . . ! Look at . . . . . . reality——!”
——Reality . What about it, Sora laughed with a
troubled face .
Occasionally, Shiro, who was his prided little sister
and a genius girl, would say weird things too far from the
understanding of commoners .
It was her brother’s duty to strive to understand it, but
——He would often be troubled by it . . . . . . well then .
——He was riding the cart . Or so he was supposed to .
And yet .
He had been thrown out, abruptly, without any context,
and, on his own, far up into the sky .
He was literally in the middle of a bungee jump
without any rope and was currently falling towards boiling
Could this realistic situation, that’s lacking the letter[re], really be called [reality]?
. . . . . . . . . . . . Hahahaha, no wayyyyyyyyyyy——
His thoughts ran idle but the【Task】being read
mercilessly hit Sora’s earlobes .
——【The task’s target should instantly be
teleported into midair, fall into the magma below, and
burn . 】
“Ah, I see♪ Sora, Sora~? As expected, I’m not an
The voice continued, right by his side .
“It seems like you can just make it so that they will die
if they can’t accomplish it——just like this❤”
Hearing Steph’s words, laughing while taking a walk
in the middle of the air alongside him with eyes reflecting
no light, Sora smiled .
“Hahaha, you really are an idiot, huh . That way there’s
no change to the fact it will become impossible to collect
all dice but one, right . By the way Shiro, listen to your
brother’s great deduction . . . . . . won’t we die with this!?”
“ . . . . . . Welcome back, Nii . . . . . . but, soon . . . . . . it’ll be,
bye bye . . . . . . ”
——It’s said when people are right before their
deaths, they’ll see a revolving lantern .
They would search through each and every memories
and knowledge, looking for a way to escape the
It was said to be a phenomenon which caused an
aberrant activity——making the brain overcome its limits .
That, it even stopped time .
An enormous amount of memories crossed Sora’s
accelerated brain .
The kemonomimi girls hugging Sora saying with a
shrill voice they want to be embraced by him .
The geezer——making a muscular pose while making
the muscles of his chest move and twitch .
His own smiling face telling the kemonomimi girls
fighting over him “you girls, please get along . ”
The geezer——enthusiastically showing his muscles
while prostrating with his fresh uniform with an afterglow .
The geezer——making the kemonomimi girls curl near
his loins while he puffed a cigarette . . . . . . *fuu* .
The vermillion-colored cloth waving .
The loincloth swaying with the wind . . . . . . red——
(Are you stupiddddddddddd as if I’ll allow myself to
die with such a revolving lantern, you shitty geezerrrrrrr!)
Using those forged memories that I now want to
erase, just what the hell did this head of mine planned to
save me from?! He was completely confused at the
turbulent waves of flashbacks, but .
“ . . . . . . Nii . . . . . . ”
A single drop——just like a drop of water .
It was a faint voice and the hand holding his wasn’t
trembling——The eyes looking at him also didn’t think
they would die .
——The older brother won’t allow that to happen .
Her eyes were certain of that and with the words that
“ . . . . . . Calm, down . . . . . . ?”
While time was still stopped, his rippling thoughts
became calm .
He roared once at his instincts that raised a scream at
the heat of magma burning his skin .
——Disappear, you’re in the way, Sora ordered .
He got an answer from the warmth of the hands and the
light of eyes that looked at him .
In order to instantly uncover the [meaning] of this
magma——this unnaturally slow death——
Fear is a hindrance——!!
Sora clenched his teeth hard enough to break them——
and, sure enough, he reached the answer in an instant .
——Originally, he would’ve found the one who wrote
this【Task】through process of elimination .
And from there, he would list and test the methods for
breaking through and uncover the moves he could make
——But, there weren’t even a few seconds left until the
magma and, if someone could do that in that small amount
of time, it would be Shiro not Sora .
As such, Sora undid the string in his own way——In
other words, he shouted towards the boiling and bubbling
magma which was approaching . . . . . . towards the “malice”
floating and could be seen there——
“——That’s quite the nerve you got there, huh, you
bastard!! I’ll remember it, alright!?”
It was the young boy who once induced them without
telling a single lie, used them and, in the end, planned to
turn them into food .
The Dhampir——who simply harbored pure harmful
intent, deeply etched into his pale face’s smile .
——Having decided on his own it was Plum’s thin
smile, he postponed proving his intuition and——
“Give me your panties . ”
“The panties, I’m talking about your panties!! Panties,
shorts, scanties!! Your panties——It’s a panty made of
linen with 0 . 8mm of thickness of a natural light pink dye
with a red frill ribbon attached to it, right, isn’t that so!?”
While baring his canines, he asked——no, he simply
confirmed it .
——The view was etched deeply into his heart since
he did a continuous loop to [remember] it——confirmed
That instant, where Shiro had lowered down Steph’s
The way it stretched, the shape of the wrinkles, the
sewing and even the string used to sew it——without a
doubt, he remembered it all!!
“You keep up with the sexual harassment even on your
death bead . . . . . . it’s wonderful how you keep being
yourself until the very end——”
“ . . . . . . Nii . . . . . . even though, you’re a DT . . . . . .
why, do you have, such . . . . . . knowledge, for identification
Amid the sensation of boiling magma burning their
skin, with resignation and consternation flying about——
he answered inside his heart, it’s because I am a DT .
“Enough——Just shut up and give me those easily
burnable panties already——!!”
Sora roared with a face befitting of a crisis but before
Steph could even reach, much faster than her——
Shiro noticed Sora’s intention and inserted her hands
inside Steph’s skirt, plucking out her panties .
The remaining force made Steph spin around——but,
he couldn’t afford to mind it .
Shiro took out some food from the pouch and wrapped
Steph’s panties around it——then, she threw it down at
the magma right before their eyes with all her strength .
——It seemed so slow, it was abnormal and it was
clearly visible inside their view .
After the reason finally caught up to the intuition, Sora
lined up the basis for having “decided that by himself . ”
——Why did it have to be Steph’s panties?
——That’s because it would be bad if it wasn’t
something that “burned” faster than they were falling .
This【Task】made the target of the task get teleported to
midair, and inevitably, fall——but .
But, that sentence didn’t restrict “what had to fall into
the magma and burn” ——!
At the same time the panties touched the magma——
no, before it even touched it .
The fibers made of thin linen got engulfed by the heat
raised from the magma’s surface, which easily surpasses a
thousand degrees Celsius .
*pow*——and in the instant that a small fire lighted
on the panties (packing a meat) ——
——【The task has been accomplished . 】
The magma disappeared along with the echoing of that
voice, and, in its place, the watery surface of a lake
appeared, where the three of them fell .
While he was sinking in the water, Sora laughed
ferociously at the last basis——Plum’s intention .
——The degree of freedom for this【Task】rule,
contrary to the words, was incredibly low .
Designations only one can complete are invalid, so
what will happen if one were to write it in a way one
would only steal while not having any stolen?
As long as one’s trying to win, they cannot write
anything besides those stopping others for seventy-two
But——what if “you’re not trying to win . ”
They would give【Tasks】which, when noticed, anyone
can instantly accomplish——so, there’s only two
possible intents behind it .
So, did he fool around like always and ended up
messing up, or would it be——
(I won’t wait for seventy-two hours, so please just
hurry up and steal my dice . . . . . . or something like that?)
Right——while making face like it was saying [Or
else you’ll die~] while adding a heart mark to it .
That Plum surely must’ve written those tasks while
making that annoyingly thin smile on his pale face, Sora
smiled bitterly .
——Just him . Just for Plum alone, having the dice
stolen from him was more convenient——
“——Puhaa! Haa . . . . . . haa . . . . . . are . . . . . . are we
Hitting the water, Steph asked while peeking from
above the water’s surface .
But, Sora grinned at the voice he could only hear
faintly and answered inside his mind .
——[NO . ]
The bubbles surging violently on the water’s surface
were saying things beyond translation .
“D-Don’t bother with me! Please, at least save my
little sister, Shiro!!”
“ . . . . . . Shiro . . . . . . until the very end, wants . . . . . . to die,
together . . . . . . with Nii . . . . . . ”
Those two were the strongest when it’s about games
and the weakest when it’s about anything else .
Their lives were thinner than Japanese paper, as if
they were the embodiment of [fragility] .
But, they were steadily sinking towards the bottom of
the lake, as if they were, literally, heavier than a
hammer . . . . . .
■ ■ ■ ■ ■
“——Shiro, I promise . . . . . . I won’t run away from
reality anymore . That’s why . . . . . . ”
“ . . . . . . *nods* . . . . . . yeah . . . . . . Nii, Shiro, too . . . . . .
won’t, ever, run away again . . . . . . ”
The two had sunk, but, barely got salvaged thanks to
Steph’s desperate salvaging operation .
Hugging each other and filling their drenched faces
with tears, they firmly pledged to stand against reality
——Let’s learn to swim .
“Now, Sora! What kind of repetitive talk you’ll distort
saying I got it wrong!?”
While being completely drenched, her breathing
disturbed by weariness and exhaustion, Steph suddenly
stood up and shouted .
She pulled up not only the drowning Sora and Shiro,
but, even the sunken luggage at the bottom of the lake——
Her amazing lung capacity and inexhaustible stamina
that still let her shout raised even a sense of respect for
——But, if respect recovered stamina, then, they
wouldn’t be having such a hard time .
“ . . . . . . No, it’s fine like this . . . . . . it’s just like I
“Are you really saying that you expected yourself to
spit out water from your mouth like a fountain while
trembling together with your litter sister, raising a crying
voice!? Was it also within your expectations to turn into an
artificial fishing reef decorating the bottom of the lake!?
You really think about nature, right~!?”
. . . . . . Maybe she really snapped this time, her
criticism is many times sharper than usual . But . Sora
grinned——and, while lying on his back and spitting out
more water, he laughed .
“Why would you create a fishing reef in a freshwater
lake . . . . . . if it’s about protecting nature then you should
create it in the ocean——”
“It’s-not-about-thaaaaaat!! How is there anything
‘expected’ about this disastrous situation!!”
Steph firmly pointed that out so Sora thought about her
so-called “disastrous situation . ”
——He was lying on his back, Shiro was lying on top
of him and Steph was screaming .
The rucksack had sunk in the lake as they had before
——but that, too, got pulled up by Steph .
Most of the contents should be safe .
It was a waxed
water-proof bag since he assumed
from the very start “this kind of thing” would happen .
Their smartphones, tablets, and the like, too, were all
water-proofed products that could be used inside the bath .
And, since they accomplished the【Task】——the dice
floating around the three’s chests increased one by one .
——That’s all of the current situation called
“disastrous . ” I wonder, what’s wrong about it——
“They are killing each other, aren’t they . . . . . . just
which mouth was saying that it’s within
expectations . . . . . . !”
Steph said so with a regretful voice, as if blaming him,
although Sora noticed it a little late .
Sora said they wouldn’t end up killing each other——
and yet .
She called it “disastrous” ——“this” situation where
both Ino and Plum had nearly killed them .
“ . . . . . . . Hmm, even if you ask me ‘which mouth,’
unfortunately, I only have one mouth, so . . . . . . ”
Sora murmured so and stood up and turned to Steph,
who was glaring at him accusingly .
He said it as carefree as always——but .
“Regardless if I spit out water or fish from this mouth,
I’ll say it as many times as necessary——it’s all within
my expectations . ”
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . !”
He declared with a gaze that didn’t waver in the
Steph faltered involuntarily but Sora continued,
completely aloof, while squeezing his wet shirt .
“This game started after everyone consented . . . . . . with
improbable conditions . ”
——That’s right, with improbable premises .
They’d believe in each other, they wouldn’t betray
each other, they’d kill each other, and the price was
Miko’s death .
There were many improbably conditions to be
accepted——and there’s one more thing at that .
“‘A game with an Old Deus’ . . . . . . me and Shiro would
participate unconditionally . Jibril would participate——
either due to obeying us or by curiosity, I guess . If it
involves Miko-san, then Ino and Izuna would also
participate . Steph, well~ I guess maybe you would
participate by going with the flow . ”
Sora once again wore the shirt he had wringed and,
while showing a thin smile——he spoke .
“——And? Why would Plum be participating in this
. . . . . . Those words made Steph choke .
It was a game with improbable conditions——but
started with the consent towards the ones that were,
But then, what about Plum who from the very start
didn’t have any reason, motivation, or obligation to
“In this game,
a Dhampir’s survival is more
Imanity’s . Every place in this field are
open plains, after all . It’s a long-term battle where the sun
is fatal . Forget about bloodsucking, there’s no way to even
replenish the bodily fluids . ”
Since it was almost impossible to ascend, there
wasn’t even any significance for Plum to participate .
“What did he aim for and under what conditions did he
consent to participating? ——It’s simple, right Shiro?”
Every one of them, at the very least, wringed out and
dried their clothes——Sora had pointed to the dice that
had increased by one——due to accomplishing
the【Task】prepared by Plum which anyone could do .
Seeming to have finally caught on to her older
brother’s thoughts, Shiro answered happily .
“ . . . . . . Plum’s . . . . . . aim, is to . . . . . . ‘win without
ascending’ . . . . . . ”
Saying that, the two of them played around with the
dice they stole——No, that Plum made them steal .
Imanity’s strongest gamer,
Kuuhaku[ ], showed a thin smile,
fearlessly, irreverently——and declared .
——If you forgot, then, we’ll say it as many times as
it’s necessary .
Kuuhaku[ ] does not know of defeat .
Just like this declaration, everything was within
Everything lined up correctly towards victory, just like
“ . . . . . . . . . . . . That’s right . Fufu, that’s how it is, right!
There was no longer anxiety spilling from Steph’s
Her face broke into a relieved smile as if she had
remembered something she was about to forget .
She took a deep breath and then pointed at Sora and
Shiro——No, to behind them, in other words, “beyond
them . ”
“ . . . . . . Would you please let me hear about the scenario
Elkia’s prided two Wise Kings expected? About what will
happen from now on . . . . . . and along with it, what I should
do about my underwear so I don’t end up with my heart
——Steph pointed out with an empty smile, her eyes
still dead .
The scenery got temporarily overwritten due to the
task and, on top of that, everyone got teleported high in the
Maybe it ran away, since both the horse and the cart
they were riding in earlier had disappeared without a
They have no other choice besides to walk on foot,
through the pathless fields still extending far into the
While they were making a posed look . . . . . . the single
teardrop running down on the yet silent and immobile Sora
and Shiro’s cheek silently spoke it all .
It’s like a lie .
It’s the first move and yet, something like this
nd square] ——this place, where they were
standing on after going through hardships and dying
The place they were aiming for was after more [289
squares], after throwing the dice many more times and
piling up many more hardships .
——This place was about one sixth of the total . . . . . .
he cursed at the him who agreed to the rules .
Couldn’t he do something more about it!? At least
about the means for moving, you know——!?
“~~~A journey of a thousand miles begins with a
single step!! Come on, gather the dice at me one more time
and let’s [travel together]!!”
Sora roared as to inspire his heart which seemed it
would easily break down if he were to lose focus .
And just like the first time——they [traveled
Leaving [one die] with Steph and Shiro, all the
remaining dice were gathered at Sora .
04: In the case of [traveling together], after
declaring so, the travelers will only move in accordance
to the outcome of
the representative .
05 . In the case of the number of players moving
together surpasses two people, an [Overall Number of
Travel CompanionsxAttendants]’s worth of dice will be
removed from the number of dice used .
When [traveling together] as three people, six dice
will be lost per move, but——it can’t be helped .
The number of dice thrown will be greater that way,
the outcome would also be bigger, and the number of
squares with a【Task】they will have to stop at decreases .
Steph grabbed eight of the dice floating around her
chest and handed them over to Sora’s extended hand
——Or so she was about to, but, she halted .
Noticing something, she lowered her face and asked .
“ . . . . . . It might be a little too late for this, but . . . . . . why
are you bringing me along?”
——————Wh . . . . . . at?
“M-My bad . . . . . . to be honest, I looked down on
you . . . . . . are you saying that, on your first look of the
game, you wanted to [play it by traveling alone while
being the weakest character and without raising any
levels] ——!? Damn you! You must be a pro masochist,
“ . . . . . . Nii, that’s, just . . . . . . because, it’s a series tagged
with uploader missing . . . . . . ”
“I-I don’t understand what you’re saying!? I-It’s not
that . . . . . . ”
In the first move, Steph was borderline intimidated
and was forced to [travel together], but, her face distorted
in doubt and said .
“This [travel together] rule . . . . . . it would be far more
ef ective if you left me behind, wouldn’t it . . . . . . ”
——So why did you force me into traveling together
Maybe she finally noticed it, since she spilled that
fearfully while feeling something was wrong .
Sora and Shiro turned and looked at each other .
. . . . . . It really was too late for that, they exchanged
smiles, amazed .
At first, they intimidated Steph, stole and used the[nine dice] ——but .
If they brought Steph along and [traveled together],
each one would lose two dice per move——a total of[six] dice would be consumed .
Furthermore, if they failed on accomplishing a【Task】,
it would decrease by one for each person——at worst,
they could even end up consuming it all in a single move .
Even if the value of the outcome increases along with
the number of dice, if the consumption also increases then
the result would be negative .
Let alone that——
“ . . . . . . If it was only Sora and Shiro then——you could
get away with just having [two] dice consumed, couldn’t
That’s right——Going by the rules, the consumption
would increase if the number of people moving together
“surpasses two . ”
Surpassing two people——it’s “exceeding . ”
It’s not “two or more” ——so two people aren’t
included in that .
If it’s Sora and Shiro [with just the both of them], they
could get away with having only one die consumed for
each of them, totaling only two .
But, if they add one more person to that——from that
moment on, the consumption would triple .
“Basically, me and Shiro have no other choice besides[traveling together], but, with this rule, there’s little
meaning for anyone else besides us to use it . In addition,
just me and Shiro is fine, but, it would be disadvantageous
for us if we were to add one more companion . Our
chances to win would be come thinner, so we should leave
you behind and go on——is that what you’re trying to
“Y-Yes . . . . . . ”
Steph said troubled, but, the voice that answered was
From the one who was in possession of [27 dice],
having received nine from Shiro and eight from Steph .
“——Then, too bad, but, you’re [wrong] . . . . . . isn’t it
It was a low and sharp voice laughing fearlessly——
in the late 40s .
“This [traveling together] rule, too——The one who
attached it was undoubtedly me . Then——”
——This [traveling together] rule was completely
meaningless for everyone besides Sora and Shiro .
There’s a [traitor] weaved in, so even if two people
moved together, there weren’t any advantages to it .
If they moved together with three or more people, it
would simply be disadvantageous . . . . . . it was a rule
meaningless for anyone to use .
But——Since that rule was essential for Sora and
Shiro, Sora must’ve attached it .
——If you say it’s something convenient like “like
there won’t be any penalty if it’s just
two at most
Sora and Shiro,”
then basically, it means that there are “those kinds of
circumstances,” right God?——
“Rather, I see it as you can’t win if you don’t travel
together——please [declare] it . ”
He anticipated it——at the end of this giant game
board, far beyond the horizon .
The words Sora spoke while laughing, as if mocking
and inciting the Old Deus that awaited there .
He would bring down a god with only a human body
——he said so with his
future voice and face as if he had
already shown it many times .
Both Shiro and Steph’s faces involuntarily turned red .
While still being prompted by Sora, they took his
hands——and declared .
——They’re [traveling together] ——
As the words echoed, Sora grabbed the [
Life] from his
chest and threw them in the empty space .
From the moment they all rolled on the ground and
revealed their numbers——they could only proceed until
that value .
The lives of those three——At the price of two-tenths
of their lives .
The place they would reach after proceeding while
consuming their life, their existence time, their age——
just where would it be?
Sora and Shiro laughed .
Steph trembled .
Then, they looked at the destination that their
revealed—— . . . . . .
■ ■ ■ ■ ■
——Thirty minutes have passed ever since they stared
at it .
“I also asked the same thing during the first move,
but . . . . . . what are you doing?”
“I think I also answered the same thing during the first
move, but!!——It’s a ‘ritual’!!”
“ . . . . . . ‘Random number analysis’ . . . . . . ”
——The nervousness and the like had already became
a distant memory .
Steph (1 . 8 years old) asked while sitting in a triangle
while Sora and Shiro answered instantly——in other
It was a situation where a nearly 50-year-old NEET
virgin hikikomori gamer was doing a handstand with his
upper half naked while taking along two little girls .
If the police passed by, then in one shot, with just the
circumstantial evidence and the boiling smell of an
offense, he would be arrested and certainly charged for it .
It was a bizarre situation that would surely charge him
as guilt .
“ . . . . . . Nii, next . . . . . . keep moving the torch, to the left
and right, while making squats . . . . . . then throw it . ”
“No, erm . . . . . . can I ask you to explain it in more
——His figure had looked like that of a reliable and
stern father for a moment, but, when one looked attentively
like this, it was just
an older brother with a sorry odor
drifting around .
“The invalidation of tasks that can only be done by
yourself and this travel together rule . I told you that I was
the one who made both of them, but——”
02: The Dice Holder can only move across the same
amount of squares as the outcome of throwing all the
dice they possess .
03: The result from throwing the dice is random
and, after throwing it, [one] die from the used ones is
“These dice rules were probably also designed by
me . ”
“ . . . . . . Nii, next . . . . . . return, one step . . . . . . and throw
it . . . . . . while making, a bridge . ”
He made a bridge, looking pained, just like Shiro
instructed and once again threw one dice .
——All of them were showing [six] .
“Anyone can do a
hand movement of this level . . . . . . to
manipulate the outcome, right!”
. . . . . . Like hell they can .
Shiro seemed to have heard the voice in Steph’s heart,
but, actually it really was something anyone could do .
Like those with paranormal five senses, Izuna and Ino,
and those with magic, like Jibril and Plum .
It was unclear as to who was the first one to say that it
was forbidden, but——the older brother continued .
“But, if the manipulation of the outcome was
forbidden, and you were to leave something as ambiguous
as [Random-san] up to that Old Deus, the outcome would
be manipulated in a way that no one would be able to
ascend . It would be a cheat impossible to prove and we’d
surely lose . As if I’d overlook it . ”
“ . . . . . . Nii, next . . . . . . make a dent, on the, ground . . . . . .
and throw . . . . . . ”
Just like she instructed, Sora stuffed his face to the
ground and threw another dice .
“On top of that, even if you say [random], there’s
someone who can concretely specify that [Random-san] . ”
He said while turning his gaze to Shiro .
“——Here, without fail . ”
He said while staring at the surface of the dice, where
the floating numbers were shown before rapidly
Shiro replied with a smug face while raising her
fingers and making a V .
If the manipulation of the outcome was forbidden so
that “even the Old Deus wouldn’t be able to do it,” then .
Then, we have no choice but to specify the random
function——through a specific pseudo random number
If the erasure of memories is the initial condition,
then it’s a fact they’ve made a random no one can
operate on .
“However! If Shiro could specify it, then——certainly
it was specified under ‘some certain conditions’!!”
“ . . . . . . If you, calculate . . . . . . the ‘reference value’ . . . . . .
you can adjust the random value . . . . . . and specify it, to get
the number you want . . . . . . ”
And so, this is the basis for saying it was something
we prepared, the older brother laughed wickedly .
“Proceed by throwing all the dice you possess——but
there’s no rule saying to throw all of it at the same time,
Then——by altering the conditions and throwing it
one at a time, you can calculate the reference value .
“I already knew it, but . . . . . . as charlatans, you both are
so reliable that it’s even tiring . ”
“ . . . . . . Then, Nii . . . . . . Next, undress your bottoms,
too . . . . . . take a step back . . . . . . ”
“——Shiro, I think it’s about time for me to question
it, but, is there really a possibility the lack or possession
of clothes are part of the reference value?”
Sora let that out with his eyes half closed, Shiro
answered in her head——There’s no way that’s true .
The [random] Shiro specified had the same deviation
characteristics of Ro〇Saga3’s
The [reference address] also had a [number of steps]
and [elapsed time] Shiro could completely memorize . But
“ . . . . . . There is . . . . . . because of . . . . . . Shiro’s
taste . . . . . . ”
“Just what kind of taste is that . . . . . . what do you think
would happen if the random number adjustment required
me to be completely naked!?”
“ . . . . . . ? It would be fine, if you just stayed, fully
naked . . . . . . ?”
“If a middle-aged man was fully open while bringing
around two little girls, the police would go crazy, right!?”
. . . . . . It might be too late for that already, Shiro
thought quietly .
Maybe she had already given up, but, Steph, after
plucking out some grass, was blowing a grass whistle
while gazing at the blue sky; the only thing echoing was its
languorous sound .