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Reincarnator – Chapter 96: Orange Zone (2)

“Hooh…”
Hansoo pondered for a moment.
Since the things he did were dangerous, the Immortal Soul wasn’t that bad.
No, the Elemental Outfit was good in terms of balance between attack and defense.
But he knew how to obtain these up above.
A skill like a Demonic Dragon’s Reinforcement was hard to get within the Otherworld.
“Let’s go random. Can you give it to someone else other than me?”
…I must calculate the possibility of getting a Lord-like skill of an already dead person.’
Skills with limits couldn’t match up to solo numberings.
He couldn’t fill up one of the seven spots with such things.
It was better to give it away to Sangjin or somebody else who was capable.
Because the affinity of the skill with the user can’t be ignored.
The fairy nodded at those words.
“Don’t worry. I will give it to you in a rune form. Wherever you want to use it is up to you.”
Then the fairy pulled out a small pouch.
“Here! Pick one from the bag.”
“…”
It was an act of hospitality.
Then a shining skill rune which was letting off a reddish purple light popped out and the fairy exclaimed in surprise as it saw this.
“Woah. It’s the Pandemic Blade.”
“Pandemic Blade?”
A skill which he had never heard of.
The fairy smiled as it spoke:
“It’s a skill of somebody who had destroyed a whole world. Heehee. That person had really entertained us well. Well. I’m not sure if it’s to your liking. Are you going to use it?”
Hansoo squinted his eyes after checking the skill’s options after hearing the fairy’s words.

…………………………..

Kuooooooo!
Beasts were charging in from all directions.
They had started to create the beasts again as the World Tree revived.
They’re doing good.’
Hansoo looked at those beasts and then nodded.
He had given a soul fragment to the young King, Tekilon, as well as all of the powers.
And after observing how he was doing, he was raising up the humans very well.
Overwhelming them but at the same time not enough to kill them.
Thanks to this the newcomers were endlessly hunting beasts without a break and were getting stronger.
Which was the same for him.
It will take another… 3 more days for the lake to open.’
Only when the World Tree collects more mana will the dimensional door to the orange zone opens.
There was only one thing he needed to do.
To get the qualifications to go up by gathering runes.
Ah, some rest finally.’
This could only be called rest.
Though he didn’t have any relics, Hansoo had advanced too far for the beasts of the red zone to threaten Hansoo.

Hansoo lightly swung the Forked Lightning in his right hand.
Chwaaaak
As the spear which was over 3 meters long swung in the air, the 5m tall gorilla-shaped beast instinctively raised its right arm and blocked the attack.
Due to its quick reaction it was able to run away with just a light wound.
But at that time something happened.
Bubble bubble
Something started to grow madly from the Gorilla’s arms.
Sofía, who had been watching Hansoo from afar, made an expression full of fear.
It’s… It’s that again.’
The yellowish fungi that had covered the wound grew out and then soon exploded.
Chiiiiiik
Kuuuuuuuhh!
The bright yellow spores that exploded out from the fungi covered the entire body of the gorilla in an instant.
Infinite repetition.
The spores grew out again as it melted down the gorilla’s body and from that location new fungi grew out.
The newly grown fungi exploded again as it spread more spores in all directions as those spores created more fungi.
Kuuuuhh!
Kyaaaah!
Soon the hundreds of beasts around Hansoo had been covered by the spore cloud.
Their body melted down as they rolled over the ground from the pain and slowly died while becoming a new source of fungi.
Hansoo nodded as he looked at the scene which looked like yellow fireworks exploding out in all directions.
Amazing.’

<Pandemic Blade.>
A blade of viruses and fungi.
The name was a blade but it was actually a skill which added a special effect to attacks.
The effect was very simple.
Creating fungi that infinitely spread out and infected everything.
It was extremely harmful and was hard to kill off since it was in such large numbers.
One could only persevere and hold on until the mana within the fungi ran out.
Of course there was a condition to this.
That mana needed to be supplied.
It would only grow and spread out from the mana it started off from.
On the other hand, as long as mana is  supplied… Wow. I can only trust the fairy’s word huh.’
Hansoo clicked his tongue.
He had thought that the words of it being a skill that someone who had destroyed a whole world had used was a bluff.
Since it wasn’t easy for one to go against a whole world unless they took control of a being that protected a whole civilization like the World Tree.
But he could only believe it after seeing the effects.
If this was to continue to spread infinitely then it could erase a whole world.
If Hansoo was to use the relics and the divine stone fragments to imbue it with mana and spread the Pandemic Blade then he would probably kill over half the people in the red zone with just a single slash.
The amount of mana that the guy who had destroyed the whole world had wouldn’t even be comparable to that which he possessed.
There was a limit to Hansoo’s mana and there was a limit to how much he could do but it was indeed a skill that was frightening enough to be comparable to Demonic Dragon’s Reinforcement.

‘…But it does indeed take up a huge amount of mana. I need to find out a few different uses for this later.’
He could feel his mana emptying out despite him only slashing a few times.
It was a skill that had clear pros and cons unlike the Demonic Dragon’s Reinforcement which had amazing balance.
But Hansoo didn’t change his expression while his mana was emptying out, he remained normal and slashed a few more times to cause a massacre.
I should warn them just in case.’

………………………………..

Sofía made an awkward expression while looking at Hansoo from afar.
I worried for no reason.’
The one who had been the most shocked when Hansoo threw away the relics was Sofía.
Since though he was almost invincible with the relics, he wasn’t unbeatable without them.
Since she had way more skills with higher masteries and had a stronger trait.
His ring and armor were extremely powerful but she had more artifacts herself.
She could only worry.
Since she being able to barely contend with him meant that he was on equal ground with the other Departed Souls.
He might’ve created some friction between those from the Six Pillars since they didn’t really like him.
Jongsang looked at Hansoo with a slightly disliking expression as well.
But that was a story of a few days ago.
After seeing the strange golden spear and the suspicious skill, they were making an expression which told that they didn’t want to go against him.
And the people who were watching from the distance were making expressions full of fear as well.

Sofía looked at Hansoo, who had gathered up all the runes and was walking towards her, and asked:
“How would we fare if we go up?”
They were strong.
But they had been stuck up against a wall for 5 to 6 years now.
Since it had been years since they gathered the best skills that could come out from this place and had raised their masteries to the brim.
And their battle experience could not increase since they didn’t have any more opponents.
But those people who had gained better skills and artifacts in the upper zone and had fought with stronger foes will be stronger than them.
Since there will also be people who had been there for 4 to 6 years and had not left like the Departed Souls here due to some circumstances.
The artifacts they had were close to invincible here but could not be used above and the orange artifacts they gained from the Branch weren’t that high of a quality.
Well. How would he know?’
She had asked because of the difference in strength between herself and him but there was no way for him to know.
But unlike Sofía’s thoughts, Hansoo was calculating things meticulously within his mind.
Though she isn’t weak… Sofía is a strong 5th year. Departed souls are between weak 6th and normal 6th years. I should be around 7th year.’
The artifacts they had were merely those of the lower level in the Orange Zone.
The usual duration for people to go up from the Red to the Orange zone was 4 years.
They wouldn’t be like 4th years who had just gone up due to their skill masteries but it would be hard for them to fight against those of the Orange Zone who were armed with better artifacts and runes.
Well that’ll be solved when we go up.’

Hansoo finished his thoughts and then looked at the giant lake, Mirror, which was filling up in the distance.
He would leave as soon as the mana of the lake filled up since his runes were almost filled up.
Sofía, who had been watching Hansoo until now, asked something that she had been curious about:
“How did you know all of that by the way?”
“What do you mean?”
“That giant tree and the relics.”
Sofía’s actual personality was quite competitive and full of curiosity.
But there weren’t many things that drove either of these aspects of her personality lately.
She had gotten as strong as she could so there wasn’t anyone to feel competitive against.
Though the other six departed souls were stronger than her, they had been here for 7 to 8 years longer.
According to talent, she was much better.
There wasn’t much to be curious about.
Since there wasn’t anywhere in the Red Zone that she hadn’t been to.
And the places she hadn’t been to were too dangerous for her to go in just from curiosity alone.
But the recently met Hansoo was constantly driving these two facets of her personality in a crazy manner.
Hansoo shrugged his shoulders as he spoke.
“Psychic powers.”
“Don’t speak nonsense. Your trait isn’t that.”

Hansoo had hunted in order to fill up his runes but Sofía didn’t really have much to do for the past few days.
Playing with Camille was getting boring.
Sofía had invested the rest of the leftover time in observing Hansoo and made a conclusion from her trait, Library.
He isn’t a omniscient type like me.’
Omniscient type.
A word to call traits which helped the user know things that they couldn’t possibly know with their current knowledge.
But as Hansoo laughed and refused to answer, Sofía’s eyes squinted down.
It’s a secret huh.’
There was something more to it but she could not figure out what.
Hmm…Hmmmm.’
Sofía pondered inwardly for a moment and then made her decision.

…………………………………….

Forked Lightning in the right hand.
Nurmaha’s Ring on the left hand.
Thousand Soldiers Armors over the whole body.
Hansoo, who had filled up his runes, now looked at the filled up lake.
It wouldn’t only open once a month anymore.
Since energy was overflowing throughout the World Tree.
It’s time to go up.’
Hansoo, who had been looking at the Mirror which was ready to accept anybody at any time, thought of Sangjin who he would meet up soon and then spoke towards Sofía standing next to him.
“You want to go with me?”
Sofía nodded at his words.
“I know that your trait isn’t that of the Omniscient type. Let’s have a win-win. You won’t know what’s above, it’ll be good for us to help each other.”
Though following him was due to her curiously, she couldn’t say this out aloud due to her pride so she made an excuse of survival and waited for a reply with a nervous mind.
Is he going to refuse?’
This could happen.
No. It felt like he was treating me well, no way.’
Observing for a few days, she found out that he was rather kind to her.
He kindly answered everything she had asked.
‘I guess beauty works again.’
Though strength was the main part in the Otherworld so most people didn’t approach her with ease but in the real world there was a truckload of boys who had followed her around while she was attending college.

Hansoo chuckled while looking at Sofía who was praising herself inside.
Because of old memories.
Sofía Vargera.
Member of the Final Brigade which consisted of the 100 most powerful people.
His comrade.
And a woman who had led him around like a teacher when he was roaming around the Otherworld.
<Well. If you want to follow then just follow. We should help each other.>
These were the words Sofía told him when they first met.
Of course the situation had changed a bit now.
Sofía, the person who had found his and Miyamoto’s treasure while they were barely holding onto their lives while going up against the Six Pillars and the Twelve Roots of the Red Zone and had gone up due to not having any people to contend against.
This was something that should happen 2 years from now.
It’s nice to meet you again.’
“Sure. Let’s go together.”
Hansoo laughed as he looked at Sofía.


Proofreader’s note

This is a sponsored chapter.

Hansoo finally got to rest for a few days!

Preemptively corrected a though/but situation…


Translator : Ekdud

Proofreader : coyotte508

TL Check : KobatoChanDaiSuki

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51 thoughts on “Reincarnator – Chapter 96: Orange Zone (2)

  1. babbo3d

    I have to say none of how this played is something i saw coming, with the author usual writing style all it should have been skipped, he really got me there i also didn’t see pandemic blade coming.

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  2. moridain

    Wow, that is not a skill I suspected he would get.

    Massive crowd control possibilities, and nearly impossible to stop without torching everything and everyone infected.

    I wonder if he can limit the spread though, perhaps send it to specific people or groups of people? ‘Target only those with DNA similar to this bit of blood’ for example?

    Otherwise friendly fire would be a bitch.

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  3. Rob Engranajes

    Thanks for the chapter!

    Lol, normal people using four years to go up to the orange zone… Hansoo did it in what, four weeks? xD

    And he calls “resting time” to exterminate whole groups of monsters… yay farming time! xD

    Onwards to the next map!

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  4. babbo3d

    I couldn’t myself from tsukuming when he said he was finally getting rest “aren’t you fighting a gigantic gorilla”, and had he possessed pandemic blade from the beginning everything would have been a breeze.

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  5. Psycho

    Dunno.. Useful skill indeed, but kinda underhanded, even worse than poison types.
    There is also doesnt seems to be a lot room for grows and evolution of skill. What will be better? Effectiviness? Penetration? Can’t see it to be comparable to DDR.
    Immortal soul was way to go.

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    1. coyotte508 Post author

      He said that he already knew how to get Immortal Soul anyway.

      Also, it’s an incredibly useful skill when farming runes to quckly increase level or when facing large groups of enemies.

      As for evolving… well mana usage can be reduced, it can be set to avoid friends or the cloud of spores can be sent towards a direction. Maybe even finer control over the spores, different effects (like toxicity/controlling the infected) and so on.

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      1. Psycho

        In fact, I do not understand why he needed farming at all? Could not he request runes from clans? He should have done that before fighting ouroboros, it was obvious thing to do!

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  6. Timcampy

    Thanks for the chapter. I didn’t expect the secret skill to be a mass murder one, I wonder how it will evolve with his trait

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  7. Aure94100

    The Red zone arc was well written but recently I begin to be a little annoyed. Don’t know why but there’s something that bugs me with this story.
    I have realised I don’t understand anything anymore with skills, trait, runes, artifacts. Could somebody brief me ?

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    1. coyotte508 Post author

      Hansoo’s artifacts:

      – dimensional pouch, useful for keep food fresh (as otherwise the moon burns it) and storing items
      – Nurmaha’s ring, Solo numbering artifact with one skill for each level and 2 for now: Power Destruction and Hemorragy
      – The King’s Spear, Forked Lightning, a powerful homing spear
      – Thousand Soldiers Armor, a Weapon Eater armor that can improve itself and defend against specific weapons (that it ate)

      Hansoo’s runes: all beginner orange

      Hansoo’s skills:
      – Demonic Dragon Reinforcement, improves defense/offense (the mana emitted can strengthen weapons or have its shape manipulated), improves regeneration. When using Racial Metamorphosis (a subskill with a long cooldown and heavy toll for now), he transforms and gets huger boosts, scales, and three hearts (that can also detoxify him).
      – Pandemic Blade, one scratch and you become a source of infection, by exploding and contaminating others and so on until the user’s mana runs out. With enough mana someone can wipe out millions with one scratch.

      Hansoo’s trait:
      – Seven Stars (I think), limits to seven skills but levels them up a lot quicker and can go over the skill limits
      – Fragment of Seven Souls, Gives all his fighting abilities to a limit of 7 people, can communicate and transmit memories even over dimensions and can control those with a fragment if they’re weaker

      Hansoo’s special ability:
      – Awesome Battle Sense, can sort of predict the next few seconds of a battle by analyzing previous movements, can keep aware of the whole battlefield

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      1. Aure94100

        Thanks ! ^^
        As for the runes, if he is an early orange, what would be the level of others like Sophia, the Departed Souls or the ones in the orange zone ?

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        1. coyotte508 Post author

          He got early orange towards the latter part of the chapter, by hunting (or maybe red 99.99%). Sophia and the departed souls are also at that level. The ones in the orange zone are naturally in the 0.01%-99.99% range of orange runes, taking several years to cross the gap.

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        2. Shadow Lurker

          They haven’t said how long it takes to advance past the Orange zone but it usually takes 4 years to finish the red zone. Right now Hansoo is the equivalent of a 7 year and the departed souls are the equivalent of 6 years.

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          1. coyotte508 Post author

            That is in battle power (with artifacts/skill masteries/combat technique/etc.), their runes are still at the beginning of the orange zone.

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        3. rudimous

          My friend, you forget the soul fragment skill, where he share part of his soul, memories and strength, let him control anyone who he share part of his soul.

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    2. Shadow Lurker

      start here: https://kobatochandaisuki.com/novel/reincarnator/reincarnator-glossary/

      It doesn’t cover Hansoo’s traits but he only has two. The first one is Seven Stars which limits him to 7 total skills but allows those seven skills to evolve past their limits. An example would be a lizard essence skill that he had in his past life that evolved to the point that it made him practically immortal from the regeneration it granted. I don’t think it’s mentioned in the glossary but skills have a mastery rate that increases their strength/efficiency as it gets higher but generally once someone hits 100% mastery on a skill that skill can’t get any better. Hansoo’s trait allows him to surpass that 100% and evolve the skill into something better.

      His second trait that was just introduced recently is the Seven Departed Souls trait that Miyamoto had. He got this as a reward for completing the first gate of the final dungeon of the tutorial that was on top of the tower. This trait allows him to share some of his strength (by allowing them to draw on his runes, skill runes, and traits) and memories with at most 7 other people in exchange for being able to exert control over some of their actions and maybe even thoughts.

      As for Hansoo’s specific skills he only has two of those right now as well. The one introduced in this chapter: Pandemic Blade. And the one he got for completing the third gate: Demonic Dragon Reinforcement. The reinforcement when active buffs his stat runes and provides a defense in the form of a mana shield around him. It also has a special skill that allows him to transform himself into a demonic dragon and human hybrid. As far as we know neither skill has advanced as a result of his trait yet.

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    3. Seink

      This is how I understand:
      Traits came mostly ‘inborn’, they came from inside the person, not from runes. Most humans have their own traits, but the traits stay inactive until they gain some experience that wake it up😉. There are exceptions like the Hidden Quest the MC completed, but those are…exceptions😄
      Unlike Skills, Traits cant be passed over(skills can drop as runes when the person die)

      Skills can be learned by absorving a skill rune. Skills are like Traits or Abilities of another rare that were converted into runes by the ones who are controlling this whole ‘game’.
      Since they were converted into runes, they can be gained by absorving runes. When a person absorves a skill rune, they gain the skill that was inside the rune in its weakest form. As the person trains this skill, the skill effect gets stronger up to the ‘real deal’, that is the original trait from where the skill was extracted.
      The MC has an inborn Trait that removes that limit in exchange of only been able to have 7 Skills(Others have no limit to the number of skills they can have). So if MC had some skill like troll regeneration, after training enough, his regeneration would be stronger than the one from a troll, while all others would at best have the same regeneration as the troll.

      Runes, I imagine their form like Japanese chess pieces😄. They have something writen that says its effect.
      Atribute Rune have rank, starting from colorless, red, orange and so on. If you absorve a rune that is lower rank than your attribute, it wont have any effect.
      Skill Rune: Im not sure if they have rank. It seems to only have the name of the skill on it. After absorving it, you gain the skill.
      When a person dies, part of the atribute runes the person has will came out, as well as any rune that the person has stored on his/her arm and all(?) skill runes the person absorved.

      Artifacts: Weapons and tools made by other races. The ‘game’ balances the power of the artifacts you encounter in each zone so that the next zone has always stronger artifacts than the one before.
      There are special artifacts that evolve by absorving runes or other materials like the MCs rings and armor. Those artifacts will gain new powers as they reach higher ranks and will usually have better effect than normal artifacts of the same rank.

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  8. -_-

    What an OP skill but to me it feels like one of those cheats in games to auto lvl up. One slash , many runes (exp) drop . Runes ( exp bar ) full, well then off to the next lvl. The author probably gave the skill to shorting grinding, speed up the story, and fill in plot holes.

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    1. Anonymous

      it’s probably one of the best grinding tool
      go into monster den
      hit once
      run away
      ???
      rune ahoy
      if he could reduce the mana cost + create a source of constant infection near the monster spawn, he’ll have a reliable rune collector

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  9. Stoneslide

    If someone already had 8 or more skills and then gained Hansoo’s Seven Stars trait through a hidden quest, I wonder what would happen… Honestly they would probably just be incompatible with the trait and wouldn’t be able to get it in the first place

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    1. -_-

      You’ll never know unless u try. My guess is u will lose all skill expect for seven for it the take effect

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  10. Anonymous

    Thank you for the chapter.

    I’m not sure what the original intent of the below text was, but maybe it should be changed from this:

    ‘Though strength was the main part in the Otherworld so most people didn’t approach her with ease but in the real world there was a truckload of boys who had followed her around while she was attending college.’

    To this:

    ‘Though her strength was the main reason that prevented people from approaching her with ease in the Otherworld, there were many boys who had followed her around while she was attending college.’

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  11. Anonymous

    Sofía looked at Hansoo, who had gathered up all the runes and was walking towards her………

    Sofía looked at Hansoo, who had gathered up all the runes and was walking towards him.

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  12. Co2

    7 star is a trait not a skill. You can kill monsters and other people for a chance for them to drop skills but not trait. Trait is something unqiue to everybody and I suppose not everyone has a trait or awaken (know that they have a trait)

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  13. Co2

    7 star may sound OP but infact it isnt. Remember that theres tons of OP skills around and other people can easily farm/get/kill for them while Hansoo cant coz he’s limited to 7. That would make other people more versatile in diff situations. However hes building up realli nice with how hes going.🙂

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    1. -_-

      But it was thanks to 7 star that he could survive as long as could, well that and his battle sense. With only 7 skill restriction , how can it not give u something good to balance it. I mean it turns common skill past max lvl into skills that can compare to the top ranking and that’s just common skills. But ur right in a sense, Since in a world where everyone is fxcking strong but ur enemy’s fxcking super strong . U can’t call a skill or trait OP if it’s not overpowering ur opponent

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  14. AnimeLover

    With this I’ve ascertain Sophia personality. Its very cute. Conceited but in a good way. This is probably the first heartwarming moment in the Novel. I wish he would had given her that Rune though… Or share your memories to her.. Hopefully it will come soon.
    I am also happy he is finally saying things like “Want to fallow me?” back then it was “I don’t care but I won’t protect you”

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