Thursday, 17 September 2015

Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? The Divine Word Religion and the Goddess Religion

The Religions.

The Divine Word Religion and the Goddess Religion

Author note: The Pope's point of view.

「Then, the Nightmare perished?」
「Yes. Although the perpetrator is unidentified before, the place where the Nightmare made as its territory was blown off completely. The surroundings were searched secretly, but there was no monster that seems to be the Nightmare」
「However, it's said that the Nightmare can use Transfer. Isn't it early to conclude that it perished?」
「Yes. This is still an unconfirmed information, but there's a report that there are traces that "Abyss Magic" was used  in the site」
「"Abyss Magic", huh?」
「If it receives a direct hit from the magic that's said that it can even destroy soul and return everything to nothing, even if it's a monster that can use Transfer, I think that evading from perishing is next to impossible」
「I understand. I don't mind that you move with the assumption of the Nightmare has perished. And, how is the movement of the Sariera country?」
「Yes. That country is advancing the war preparations steadily. It's the situation that the soldiers are gathered at the vicinity of the border now」
「Are they manipulated by us? Or, did they know our purpose and get manipulated? Either way, it's convenient, huh? According to the plan, send reinforcements to the Outsu country」
「It's already done」
「It's good that you are fast in work」
「It's because we can defeat the Goddess Religion which is our longtime enemy in this war」
「You are right. The God of Divine Word will be pleased. Will you also join the line of battle?」
「Yes. I want to judge the heretic who's called the Goddess with my own hands before the God of Divine Word」
「I see. I expect from you. You may go」
「Yes. Then, excuse me」

My subordinate is sent out, and I sink my body deeply on the chair.
How funny.
The God of Divine Word should not hope for such a thing.

I look at the report.
It's the document of the monster referred as the Nightmare that appeared suddenly in the labyrinth and repeated mysterious actions.
The first eyewitness information was when the empire investigates the abnormality in the labyrinth by the request of Outsu country.
The investigation team encounters the Nightmare, and withdraws.
After that, the empire carries out the Nightmare subjugation operation by the elite unit.
The result was miserable that almost everyone of the unit were slaughtered.
Furthermore, it emerges to the ground in the form of following the guides who ran away.
The fort protecting the Elro Great Labyrinth entrance is destroyed.

While repeating such slaughter and destruction, there are also the scenes of it saving people.
At first. it saved the adventurers who were attacked by a monster in the Great Labyrinth.
After that, it appears in the Sariera country, and save lady Seras Keren who was attacked by bandits.
It makes a nest in the Count Keren's territory, and begin it's actions here.
Furthermore, it exterminate the bandits in the Count Keren's territory.
In that case, it was a serious wound that my manufacturing unit that I made them to disguised as bandits and lie hidden was annihilated.

It seems to be able to use considerably advanced "Treatment Magic", and it deals with the treatment of the people.
From such action, the Goddess Religion says that it's the spider messenger of the Goddess, and it begins to be worshiped as a Divine Beast-sama in the Sariera country.

From the ability of the Nightmare that's pulled out from the confidential information of the empire, it's presumed to be Over S.
It has multiple unknown skills, and the Appraisal was obstructed halfway.

If the information that the Appraisal was obstructed is true, it's a serious situation.
Because it means that the born of a new Ruler, and it's a monster.

However, the Nightmare is considered to be perished from the report that I heard just now.
The existence that uses "Abyss Magic" alone.
The only one that comes to mind is the oldest Ruler.
However, I don't understand the reason why she moved.
The Nightmare is a spider-type monster.
So that means, wasn't it her subordinate?
Why did she have to crush her own subordinate that has reached the Ruler?
She hid her figure all the time, and she should not have acted.
Why did she move about this time?
There's a lot of things that I don't understand.

The worst case, it's possible that she will intervene in this war.
Then, it's hopeless no matter how the people struggle.
The only one who can stop her is the Administrator.

Recently, there are too many uncertain elements.
The details of the previous Hero's death is not understood either.
The movement of the Demons becomes active.
And yet, it's a young boy called Julius who was newly appointed as the Hero.
The oldest Divine Beast that starts to move.
The mysterious new Ruler that was killed by the Divine Beast.

The world is confused.
Even if the information network of the church is excellent widely, there's a limit.
What on earth is happening in the world?

「Excuse me. A visitor has come」

A voice is raised with the knocking.

「Ah, wait!?」

The door is opened before I answer, a woman who covered her head with hood enters.
Although the secretary tries to stop her in a hurry, the woman gets into the room rudely.

「It's fine. You can withdraw」

I send a signal to the secretary, and the secretary leaves the room.

「So? What is your business, Potimas Hyphenath?」

The woman removes the hood.
A beautiful face and pointed ears can be seen from there.
It was an Elf.

「Despite this is a reunion after a long time, isn't it cold?」
「We are not in a relationship of renewing our old friendship. If you stand before me with the main body, I may welcome you warmly」
「That's scary」

Potimas who doesn't show the state of being perturbed even though my killing intent is pointed at her.

「So, what are you here for? I'm busy here. I don't have the time to care about an existence like you」
「Then, I will say it without beating about the bush. The two people who you are sheltering. I want you to hand them over to us」
「I know it that you are sheltering the children that have the mysterious skill」

I fold my arms to Potimas's words.
Certainly, I shelter two children who have the mysterious skill 「n%I=W」, and place a person under surveillance.
Just when I became busy, the mysterious skill that appeared that's said that the effect is unknown and I'm troubled with the treatment, but why do the Elves want them?

「The reason?」
「For us Elves, those who have this skill can't be welcomed. Having said that, we can't kill them. Therefore, we decided to keep them till they die.」
「Do you know the effect of the skill?」
「Nothing more than a guess」
「Can you tell me the contents?」
「I may tell you if you promise to hand over the children」

It's unnecessary to think.

「I refuse」
「No matter what?」
「I can't do thing that's good for you Elves. Know that there's no one who will give harm to the world any further」
「What a cruel remark. We only want to live peacefully」
「Which mouth is that to say such nonsense. How unpleasant. Don't you mind that I can even execute the moving body in this place?」
「That will be a trouble. Well then, excuse me. If you change your mind, you can come anytime」
「If there's a time when I will stand before you voluntarily, that time is the time to kill you」
「How scary」

I see off the leaving back figure of Potimas.
You Elves who make the world as your food.
Someday, I will destroy that barrier, and the Elves must be exterminated.

However, the first priority now is the Goddess Religion.
That religion is dangerous.
Because the recited legend is true.
I want to smash it somehow while I'm alive.
That is my mission as the Divine Word Religion Pope.
Even though both the Divine Word Religion and the Goddess Religion worship the same God, it's a laughable.


  1. [Woman] + [ Potimas'elf scum] = ork bait.

    Also very interesting that they worship the same God.
    I'm pretty sure this Pope has taboo if he knows that much

    1. >divine goddess
      >divine word religion
      >both worship same god
      >mysterious woman in shuns dream speaking about status
      I wonder ._.

    2. ..... yeah I know I read some of the raws ahead but I actually didn't catch that.

      Well I'm not really that far ahead and I'm going to stop reading now

    3. Going by the conversation, wouldn't that mean this Elf woman is just a shell? Like how Kumoko can control her mother, through parallel wills?

    4. how so, muslims, jews and christians all worship the same god and they know it they just disagree on HOW you shall worship said god and that is the same issue here.

    5. From what it looks like it seems that they don't think they worship the same God.
      The only people like the Pope know the irony of it.
      He just thinks that that group is dangerous

  2. Ew the elves are jerks. More so than the church for once

  3. in the end , the religious war also happen in Kumoko World..
    Religious the most taboo thing that ever exist since most people dont try to persuade the opposite party yet goes to destroyed it....
    Violence no jutsu triumph over talk no jutsu

    1. No from the perspective they're both worshiping the same God but one side of them is more radical than the other

    2. pay attention to the conversation and not the fact that it's a pope speaking.

    3. License, it also depends on *type* of religion. The Judo-Christian-Islam religions are very active, which leads to some of the problems you mentioned. Atheism is also an active "religion" ironically.

      In contrast, the "strict Buddhism" belief that the world is illusionary means that to get them to go out and chop heads is really meaningless to them since it's like asking you to go out and kill Indianna Jones or Batman, since the world is illusionary in the first place.

      So you have to be a bit more specific. *Some* religions have a tendency to violence. Those that don't usually don't make the news.

  4. So the elves really are lying scum. Although Sensei is probably a victim too and they've lied to her from the very start. She did say she "explained her situation" so it's doubtful they've ever considered her one of their own.

    1. Nai wai. Sensei is too scary to be a victim. She must be a mastermind, a mastermind I tell you. Like a boss~

    2. Keep clam and Let Kumoko purge this world.

    3. It should be noted that this is all from the perspective of the pope and just like how sensei doesn't have all the info, he might not too.
      Still imo, I gotta agree with the elves seeming as the bad guys what with how that admin dude from awhile back talking about how he hates the elves and now with the pope hating the elves too.

    4. Everything Laclongquan says so far has been idiotic nonsense.

  5. Based on the conversation, feels like Kumo-chan's and Ariel's battle is recent. I'm like WTF?

    1. agreed. does not make sense in time flow

    2. it does make sense. The chapter should take place at the same time as the main story and one of the two people that the church is sheltering is yuri who is a saint candidate and should still be a baby.

    3. it seems the hero that had myteriously and recently died is the one who came before julius.

    4. If you look who the new hero is (Julius) you can see where in the timeline this chapter takes place.

  6. so what i am reading is that kumoko is not the demon lord yet and all the "S" chapters were talking about ariel as the demon lord. Am I right?

  7. Thanks for the chapter!

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  9. Wait, judging by how the Admins use the world's souls as food and Elves apparently feed off the world, doesn't that make the Elves the Administrator's Chosen Race?

    Well, now we know who Kumoko's mortal enemies are.

  10. Worship the same God... Irl... Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have the same God. So... why can’t they just live peacefully with each other? 😢 Why do many people use religion as a political tool and wreak havoc? The world is strange. It is laughable.

    1. Its because religion is merely a tool for them

  11. am i the only person that doesnt read chapters that arent Kumo?

    1. I know the feeling, but there are a few mysteries hidden in the non-kumoko chapters. Though it's even more fun trying to figure them out in the LN version, there's more clues there and less straight up answers...

  12. The pronouns for Potimas Hyphenath is incorrect in this chapter, elves have a feminine look to them and he was wearing his hood up covering his ears, resulting in the secretary thinking it was a woman.

    But after he pulls it down the pope recognises him as Potimas on look alone.

    Japanese tends to be gender neutral so the translator just saw the secretary refer to him as a "woman" and continued the female pronouns, but it's clear even at this point in the story that Potimas Hyphenath is male, and looks like himself.

    Besides the proof in this chapter alone, I've read the LN up to book 5 and can say for certain that he is male and should have been referred to as he/him in this scene after the secretary leaves.