Friday, 28 August 2015

Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? Elro Great Labyrinth Abnormality Investigation Team 3

Abnormality Investigation Team 3.


Elro Great Labyrinth Abnormality Investigation Team ③

Author note: The middle-aged man point of view
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The 13th day after entering the labyrinth.
We arrived at the area that we aimed at first, and currently conducting the cause investigation and the cull of monsters.
But, we became puzzled.

「There's no monster」
「Umu. Although the number of monsters increased strangely in the report, there's no such presence」
「Ah. Like this, there's even more along the way」

There was certainly a lot of monsters along the way.
Although we usually evade combat as much as possible, the cull of monsters is important this time.
Whenever we find a monster, the knights will fight.
Because of that, the planned 10 days journey has extended to 12 days.
When thinking about the return, we have to advance the investigation as fast as possible.

「Well, it's still the first day of investigation. There's no need to be in a hurry. In addition, it's rather convenient that the monsters disappeared. That the abnormality has settled down and issue settled」
「I hope it's like that」

Although I say it to the captain lightly, it's not that I myself believe in those words.
This is because the unpleasant feeling that I felt after entering the labyrinth becomes more and more stronger.
Good things won't happen usually when I have such feeling.
It's better to be careful.



The 15th day.

「There's still no monster. Here, shouldn't we examine the large passage resolutely that we have avoided so far?」
「Hmm. The large passage, eh?」

There's no result in the investigation.
It's natural because the monsters that are said to be here are not here.
I hesitate to the captain's proposal.
It's hard to think that there's a Queen by chance, but there are also monsters of a different level than the normal passage.
Especially, the Earth Drake is a troublesome monster with great physical ability.
If possible, I don't want to step into the large passage, but when thinking about the purpose this time, I have no choice but to go.

「It can't be helped. Captain-san, if you judged that it's dangerous, retreat right away」
「That's right. Everyone, listen! We are heading towards the large passage after this! If you judged that it's dangerous, retreat right away! Have such intention!」

The unit advances by the captain's command.

「Here it is」
「Umu. Let's advance carefully from now on」

We move forward to the large passage.
I look at the surroundings carefully.
There's no figure of monster.

「There's no monster here either」
「Umu. From what I heard, this large passage should have a lot of monsters, right?」
「Ah. Such quiet large passage is the first time for me. This is eerie」
「It would be better to advance more carefully」

The unpleasant feeling that I feel becomes stronger.
My instinct is telling me that advancing ahead is dangerous.

「I don't like this. The unpleasant feeling won't stop」
「I'm the same too」

The captain breaks into a cold sweat.
Similar sweat streams down my cheeks.
I advance ahead slowly.

A certain thing caught my eyes there.

「This is a cobweb?」
「Is it the Taratect monster?」

It's a huge cobweb.
Only the nest and the master's figure is not seen.
This size, I'm sure that the master of this nest has grown into an adult form.

「Is the master of this nest the cause of this abnormality?」
「It might be so. Look at that」

At the place where I pointed, there's the half-eaten corpse of the Earth Drake caught in the nest.

「Even the Earth Drake is like this. This one might have evolved into the Greater class」

The Taratect species is the species that strength rises tremendously according to the evolution.
The highest rank Queen is Myth rank.
While the newborn child spider is the lowest F rank.
It's needless to say how big is the change by evolution.

Greater Taratect is the very rare evolution individual.
The strength is B rank that's near A rank.
When thinking that the Earth Drake is defeated, it's not strange even if it has reached A rank.

「Can we fight with a A rank monster?」
「It's impossible. Although it might be possible to subjugate it if you challenge it with the resolution of getting annihilated, such thing can't be done」
「You are right. We better go back. This is too much for us」
「I agree. It's better to escape as soon as possible」

The captain's opinion and mine match.
Both of us nod, and start to leave the place,

A very large chill attacks me.

I catch my breath.
The cobweb that I have turned my back to.
Something appeared there.
I exchange looks with the captain next to me.
I nod and look back slowly.

And, our eyes met.

A spider.
Although it looks like the Taratect species, it's slightly different.
It's a black small spider monster that has the hands of sickle.

I realize it in an instant.
This guy is dangerous.
Although I don't know how it appeared suddenly, anyway, it's dangerous.
My body becomes stiff because of fear.

Greater Taratect?
Not such level.
This guy is not a simple one.

「Retreat!」

I come to my senses by the captain's shout.
I run away at full speed.
The rank is no longer a matter.
I only move my legs desperately to escape from that earnestly.

While wondering how far did we ran, we got out from the large passage.
That guy didn't chase us even if we look back.

Sighs of relief leak from everywhere.
The captain breathe out once, and began a roll-call immediately.
There was no missing member.

「Let's get out of the labyrinth immediately」
「Ah. I must contact to my country. We can't do anything against such monster」

It's not like they actually fought it.
But, it's understood at first sight.
That is an outrageous monster.
The reason why there's a lot of monsters is the monsters are chased by that monster, lost their habitat and overflow the outskirts.
And, the reason why there's no monster around here is because they ran away from that.

No matter how I think, it's a monster that surpasses the A rank easily.
It might even be a S rank.
Only Hero-sama and the elites of each country can fight against such thing.
It's an existence that ordinary people like us can't do anything against it.

「Zoa Ere」

Someone muttered.

「What is that?」
「It's that monster. The spider monster that signifies sinister. But, there shouldn't be such a monster」

Apparently, that monster is a species called Zoa Ere.
However, I have not heard that such monster was generated in the Great Labyrinth.
Did it mutate suddenly from the Taratect species?
It seems to be obviously different from the normal Zoa Ere, so I'm sure that it's a mutation.
At any rate, we can't do anything further than this.

After that, we escape from the labyrinth immediately.

86 comments:

  1. This part has belongs to the timeline of Kumoko, isn't it?

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    1. Yeah it's a promised sideview at the timeline of kumoko. there will be more chapters without marking which are sideviews from human's point of view at kumoko.
      someone even describes how she looks! let's wait!

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    2. Ooh, this is getting me excited! For now, let us simply imagine Kumoko as a Fear-inducing big black spider in full pink Mahou-Shoujo outfit!

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    3. oh but let me remind just in case you forget, she'll evolve very soon so her look will be changed! next time she seen she will be already part 4!

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  2. Uwoooo! Kumo-chan is one scary motherf*cker now!

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  3. kumo-san intimidation in full effect

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  4. kumokooooooooooooooooooo

    you have grown so much.....

    Poor kumoko, she doesn't know....

    That she will be feared as such...

    but dis...

    Dis make me think.....maybe kumoko isn't the demon lord......the feeling it got from the demond lord is different after all~

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    1. I think kumoko isnt maou
      I think kumoko is shiro
      If we assume maou is d.
      And maou said shiro is her creation
      So kumoko is shiro....
      I think
      /full denial mode

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    2. My thoughts are:
      Shiro = Kumoko
      Maou = Administrator D, D as in for Death?

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    3. Hoo.. i like your guess eni, if shiro is kumo-chan then kumo-chan have a human body? And hell yeah!!

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    4. No Kuro is the administrator, I thought this was mentioned already? Or am I imagining things?

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    5. Kuro is the administrator in full black armor with black skin, black hair, and red eyes from chapter 120 that gets turned away after talking with Administrator D. I'm pretty sure of that.

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    6. Isn't this story merging in the Evil Average God story? If so, Shiro is the admin of the human, Kuro is the admin of the Demon, the demon lord is Kumoko and Admin D is the Evil God ruling fear. Kumoko having to do some kind of task for Admin D because something needs to be put back in order. Like the admin came up with some great idea to invite people from Admin D's world to take over the other responsabilities. So lazy~ :-D

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    7. Its just a baseless opinion.
      But it is possible.....

      I dont want our adorable kumo chan become a wicked demon lord.....

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    9. HAHAHAHA funny, so much wishful thinking...
      GUYS! WAKE UP! IT'S CLEAR AS DAY!!!
      You'd have to be blind and braindead not to realize that Kumoko is the Demon Lord by now.

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    10. Hey, we can still hope author-san fooled us all ! That would be both more interesting and satisfying ! ...C'mon, a man has to dream !

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    11. y must u asume that the story of the demon lord with shiro an kuro, aren't at the same time tha kumoko was on the middle layer?? i don't think it specifies it somewhere, and the author have never give any solid indication of how much time has kumoko been in the laberinth, think logically, the middle lager is freaking huge, kumoko had to travell it while avoiding monsters(the laberinth connects 2 continents, i mean travelling that far at a fast pace with no obstructions may take a year or more, and to reach the rare zoa ere mutation lvl19 it should take a lot of time, just think that the new hero(from jp don't remeber his name) took like 15 years? to raise his skills to some point lower than kumoko grinding them from when hewas a child

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  5. This is immediately after she got out from the middle layer.
    The demon lord stories into the future not right now

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  6. They fear her. And in turn, she was probably freaked out by them too.

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    1. You mean much like any spider you encounter in real life?

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    2. Only until she scanned them and saw how weak they were.

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    3. Kumoko probably got a good shock. She thinks humans are above dragons in power and teleported to her home only to be stared at by a group of heavily armed individuals. Who... immediately ran in terror from just looking at her.

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  7. hope she get's the telepathy skill after evolotion

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    1. Funny thing about that...... she can't communicate the people at all. She's an antisocial loner

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    2. and she doesn't know the language...

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    3. telepathy doesn´t have to rely on language, sometimes its like a transmission of feeling and pictures :p
      would have been funnier if she catched one of the and kept him alife until she gets telepathy and squeezes him for information

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  8. Oh my God! I love this chapter so much!

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  9. I bet Kumoko wished she had telepathy at this point.

    With heresy 9 and fearmonger I doubt it would help much though. :P

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    1. But she doesn't know the language tho. *uses the smartphone translater thingy*

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  10. And now our heroine knows the way out, assuming she followed them...

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    1. Yep, she probably used space magic to lock onto them and can follow without being seen. While simultaneously using stealth to stalk them to find the way out. Additionally, carelessly thinking about what food she'll have when she exits the labyrinth. All thanks to parallel will

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    2. She can use clairvoyance to track their movements.

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    3. well stealth probably can't hide the fear attribute she emits, and clairvoyance can't see around corners, but space magic might be a sound bet if she can make a tracker, or maybe she used shadow/dark magic to somehow follow them, not sure how she was able to hide from the dragon in the shadow, and why she didn't keep doing that instead or making her food run away.

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    4. Eh, why can't clairvoyance see around corners? The entire advantage of clairvoyance is that you can use it to see through walls.

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    5. Sorry i read clairvoyance as: "It's simply an extension of "Telephoto"." but just went back it also has the see-through ability so yeah it might be possible thanks

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  11. nice, the first side story in the same timeline as the main

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  12. I'm dying to know how old was she now and how long had it been since she left middle lv.

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    1. Several weeks or few months old most probably.

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  13. Noo!! Don't run away! Kumo-chan was only saying hi!

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  14. Hopefully she followed them so she can get out!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks so much for all your hard work!!!

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  15. Hmmm doesn't seem like she's interested in killing humans, despite her actually being an S rank monster lol, well now we know how powerful she actually is, hopefully they give us more reference material in the future

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    1. The urge to attempt to read ahead is back lol

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  16. haha,poor kumo chan she must be startled finding humans

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  17. I'm flabbergasted she's only S rank. Considering she can kill a dragon with a good amount of luck and being able to blast giant holes everywhere, having three ruler skills etc. you would've thought she'd be classified as over S...

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    1. Well it's her ability to think and obtain overpowered skills that allows her to take on a dragon, I'm sure normal monster of the same model are only S class.

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    2. They don't know exactly how strong she is obviously. She's ranked S class just on her species and aura. They don't know about her magic. Normal monsters can't/don't use magic.

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    3. i think she is already in over S rank like her mother

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  18. Wouldn't go with sinister there. For "The spider monster that signifies sinister." I'd probably go with "The spider monster that signifies an ill omen." You can also go with "bad luck" instead of "an ill omen".

    The other sentence "But, it shouldn't be such a monster" "it" -> "there"

    Last thing is for the title, you need a "The" in front of it. If we weren't so far into the story I'd probably also recommend changing it to "The Great Elro Labyrinth", but it's probably too late now.

    I'm pretty glad we got side stories that are concurrent with Kumoko's timeline. Unfortunately it seems we won't get more of these for a while, but up to chapter 145 of the main story there's only 3 chapters of side stories which is nice.

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  19. Looks like kumo-chan found a peeper.. Hello, police, i found a stalker barging into my bedroom!
    i wonder what is the emergency number in the other world?
    Thank you for the chapter :)

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    1. Omawari-san! Haha, very funny story. Thank you for the chapter.

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  20. Eh? Why you guy run away?
    Kumoko just want to say hello after didn't see any human for a long time you know!?

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  21. Kumoko goes: OMG humans? This is bad, I don't even know how strong they are. Body in charge prepare for take off. Eh? hey, wait! Why're you running away? I swear to whatever you're praying to that I won't harm you. HEY!!???

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  22. Thanks for the chapter.

    I need to read the next chapter NOW!
    Tomorrow 5:00 pm is so far away.

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  23. LOL I just finish watching "Until Dawn".
    I imagine The atmosphere and the BGM from the game when I read this, it's PERFECT !!

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  24. This is like the alien movie lol. Human troop exploring a tunnel then found this unique xenomorph which is Kumoko. And kumoko can even use predator skill invisible to track and slowly hunt then down =}

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  25. kumoko used Greeting.
    knights fled.

    It's Super Effective!!

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    1. Epilogue...
      Information in charge "I forgot to turn off intimidation"

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  26. You know, guys... perhaps you haven't realized it yet, but...

    Judging by the names of the following chapters (127 to 130), it's obvious that Kumoko-chan, after getting over the initial surprise and hesitation, will slaughter all these puny humans for the experience points. ^_~

    And then she will reach lvl 20 and evolve. Tee hee.

    Oh, and also Taboo lvl 10. (Gulp!!!)

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    1. The next 4 chapters:

      127 Show me the power of a human being!
      128 Mercy... is not an option.
      129 I'm going to evolve! Part 4
      130 TABOO

      Whoa, I think you are right. She's gonna kill them all for xps. Eep. And we are gonna find what happens with Taboo 10!

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    2. Ohdamn, indeed. Maybe she hurts one by accident, then she has to kill em all so no-one finds out.

      Also, i'm thinking the taboo lvl10 skill will just evolve in maou/darklord lvl1

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    3. I think it's more likely that after these guys go back and report, their country sends some people to kill her. I guess we'll see though.

      Darklord? There's already a Demon King does there need to be a darklord?

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    4. They said they should contact theircountry, so I think those who are gonna get killed by Kumoko are the subjugation team with far more power, leading to enough EXP to compare to a Drake and opening the way to evolution Part 4

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    5. why don't you guys think she will heal poor weak humans got injured while travelling in labyrinth? she can do it obviously and get a lot of new titles.

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  27. Kumoko makes man's hearts goes doki doki <3

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  28. Thanks so much for the chapters! :)

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  29. she has been looking for an exit, if she follows them she could find it

    also, I wonder if humans can evolve at a high enough level.

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    1. No. My impression is that humans and demons don't evolve. Only monsters evolve.

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    2. Spoiler: sorry don't hate.just correcting you
      They do evolve at level 100 but most of them never reach it in their lifetimes

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  30. Please release 4 chapters tomorrow instead of 3.
    I want to finally see taboo

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    1. yeah that chapter is kinda confusing

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  31. im guessing taboo will evolve when she eats a human and im kinda hoping that human tastes nice so that kumoko chan will hunt them to extinction? lol

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    1. Eating humans seems like a stupid reason to gain taboo. It's possible that the level up or evolution skill bonus puts it over the top.

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    2. moreover since she's a monster she don't get a taboo from eating humans! all the over monsters are quite ok with it so why kumoko must be punished for it?

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    3. Nah, she wouldn't kill human as long as they don't attack her first, but if they did she will massacre them without any guilt.
      She probably will be cold blooded murderer soon enough.

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  32. What I find funny is that the humans did not think of something obvious, the Zoa Ere did not give chase. It is safe to theorize that the Zoa Ere did notice them but at the same time it did not see them as prey, they are weaker than it, but the Zoa Ere completely ignored them. We readers know why but they should be thinking about that.

    The efforts you put in translating this series is not wasted.

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  33. The best part any series with a ton of growth is that moment, that reward when you see the main character through the eyes of others.

    I'm amazed. Even though the translation is poor I still felt it. That fear. How this grizzled veteran came to immediately understand the scope of Kumo's powers. And that he should fear them.

    Kumo currently is something straight out of a nightmare.

    The little ramarks about how the little spider species as viewed were also really cool from a worldbuilding perspective.

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  34. Nuuuuu~! Kumo-chan's wants friends too! Go say hi! I'm sure she'd be delighted.

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