Everyone Else is a Returnee – Chapter 76: I, too, now – 2

Having returned to Korea, Yu IlHan immediately took the taxi to go back to Seoul, and entered his house. (T/N: There are no airports in Seoul). He subconsciously looked for his mother, but remembering that he became independent, he made a smile. (T/N: He can finally take the taxi while being seen! (He can actively cancel his concealment now))

“I’ll wash and go to sleep.”

[I wanna sleep together too, since I think Spiera might be calling for me at any moment.] (Lita)

[Rest together. BUT, mini-sized.] (Erta)

‘Fighting for several days without rest’ sounds cool, but in reality, it stank, and was unbelievably dirty. Especially since Yu IlHan was grinding in dungeons for 3 weeks before that as well.

He took off all his ‘armor’, which were no different from rags, threw away his inner clothing, and washed up.

It would be a lie to say that he didn’t want to check the spoils of war, especially that of Orochi’s, but no matter how his physical body was in top condition with the help of level ups and transcendent regeneration, since his mental fatigue had reached the maximum, he dived onto his bed without saying anything.

“Wake me up tomorrow morning.”

[It’s morning now though…?] (Erta)

“G’night…”

Bringing out the full powers of the Resting skill, Yu IlHan fell asleep in 1.5 seconds after he lied on the bed. He had gone into such deep sleep that even if the Orochi roared right next to his ear, he wouldn’t wake up.

[We didn’t even give him the rest of the quest rewards though.] (Erta)

[I will be sleeping here with IlHan, so go reap some quest rewards. Oh yeah, bring him some skills if possible, ones that can help him.] (Lita)

[Can I really leave you two here alone?] (Erta)

Erta looked at Lita in disbelief, but Lita did not say anything and instead waved her hands. In the end, Erta had no choice but to leave it to Lita’s conscience.

Of course, the conscience-less angel, Lita, stuck next to the sleeping Yu IlHan AFTER she had reverted to human size as soon as she saw Erta leaving, but she didn’t seem to have any other motives as she kept looking at the side of his face.

[His sleeping face looks so cute too.] (Lita)

Looking back, it did seem like his face did get quite neater as he levelled up continuously. She did feel a little disappointment since the face she had seen for a thousand years was disappearing, but what mattered to her was not his face but his existence itself, so she could shake away that disappointment soon.

[It would be good if we lived like this forever, right……?]

Muttering quietly, Lita pulled Yu IlHan’s arm and hugged it. If Yu IlHan heard it, he would have shouted “No! That’s a flag for separating in the next scene!” but since he was sleeping, he couldn’t retort.

She slowly closed her eyes. And like Yu IlHan did, she fell deep asleep.

Meanwhile, Erta was caught by the other angels as soon as she had arrived.

[Where’s Lita? Why isn’t she here with you?]

[Tell me about that human. The one that killed the 4th class mutant was your partner, right?]

[Introduce him to me too!]

[Shouldn’t we lure him into being an angel? Wouldn’t he become a higher existence very soon? We need to give him the bait right now!]

Since angels were nagging her from everywhere, her mind was in a mess. This incident had been that shocking.

4th class monsters only appeared in worlds that had experienced the 2nd Great Cataclysm at least, and for humans to defend against such beings smoothly, the 3rd Great Cataclysm would be needed to be experienced.
However, in a world that had only gone through a mere 1st Great Cataclysm, someone had blocked a 4th class with such little casualties, and a mutant one at that too!

[There’s something more important than that. The Overflow, did you find out who caused it?] (Erta)

When Erta asked one of the angels, that angel shook his head in defeat.

[There were quite a few angels in that place, but none had caught traces of them.]

[From how they used Traps of Destruction, it’s definitely a traitor’s doing. I checked and they don’t even know when the Traps were leaked out. Idiots!]

[Only Feyta, who couldn’t see through it despite being right next to it, is having a big time getting crushed.]

Oh my god, walking on the spot again? Even though the number of angels dispatched had been increased precisely to prevent these kind of situations? (T/N: I think it’s obvious that increasing numbers is exactly why such a thing had happened)

This was why they deserved to be insulted as ‘useless’ by Yu IlHan – thinking up to that point, Erta sighed.

[Erta.]

Just as Erta set foot into the Heaven City with the other angels, someone appeared in front of her. Lifting her head, Erta could confirm a brave angel with a spear of pure white on her back, Spiera.

[Spiera-nim. Lita is currently resting. She will probably come back up on her own later.] (Erta)

[Tell her, that there is no more special training.] (Spiera)

[Did her advancement get cancelled?] (Erta)

[No, it was approved.] (Spiera)

When Erta widened her eyes, Spiera replied with a bitter smile.

[The Wall of Chaos is opening. It’s as if it had waited for the moment for the forces of Heaven to be focused on Earth. There is no more time to leisurely do special training.] (Spiera)

Wall of Chaos, this was the front lines of the battlefield between the angels and evil higher existences that tried to devour all records of all worlds unlike the angels who guarded and managed countless worlds.

Normally, they could not pass the wall made with Heaven’s power, but sometimes, there were times when the strength of the walls became unbelievably weak.
These were moments that they were desperately waiting for, and also the moment when the angels go into battle with their life on the line as the true Army of Heaven.

Yu IlHan always told them that they were useless, but he shouldn’t be able to speak like that anymore once he knew what the angels were really doing in order to protect the many worlds.

Of course, that didn’t make the angels not responsible for what had happened to Earth.

[Will Lita be needed in battle?] (Erta)
[She is capable. If she didn’t strongly request herself, we wouldn’t have sent her to Earth.] (Spiera)

Thinking back to Lita’s 3000 aerial combo against the traitor, Erta subconsciously nodded her head. At that moment Spiera’s words continued.

[I have heard about what happened on Earth. However, unfortunately, Army of Heaven will not have the room to mind about a single world for quite a while. We will have to leave it to the humans.] (Spiera)

Erta’s mind became faint. Not mind? Even though Earth became to be in such a mess? She hurriedly replied.

[It’s not that I don’t understand since the situation is like this, but the situation on Earth is very serious. If Yu IlHan wasn’t present during this incident, then Earth would have been doomed just like that. We have already committed a lot of crimes against Earth!] (Erta)

[However, since there was that human, Yu IlHan, the Earth was safe, was it not?] (Spiera)

Erta couldn’t believe what Spiera was saying.

Was she trying to push all the management of a world that the Heaven’s Army was in charge of, to a single human? With the reason being ‘capable’?

The difference in leagues between Spiera and Erta was very wide. Despite that, Erta became thoroughly enraged. Spiera looked and laughed.

[Is that it? Erta, do you also love that person? Quite the funny matter.] (Spiera)

[I only worry for my contractor.] (Erta)

[I don’t care what you name that emotion you harbor. What’s more important is that you harbor feelings to a lower existence that you have only met for 3 months.] (Spiera)

[Were you one that discriminated lower existences?] (Erta)

[I only differentiate them.] (Spiera) (T/N: I’m quite sure a similar conversation happened in Guilty Crown, Season 2)

Erta shut her mouth. Inwardly, she wanted to stab that rotten bitch’s stomach with a spear, but if she said that out loud, it was clear that she would get beaten up.

[Our duty is to fairly manage and protect all worlds. However, slaying predators from the Wall of Chaos is another one of our duties, and if we get pushed back on the front lines, then an according number of worlds will lose their light. Unless our bodies suddenly multiply by two, we need to choose a more correct choice.] (Spiera)

[I……I, also know.] (Erta)

[Fuu.] (Spiera)

Erta’s expression wasn’t that of understanding at all, so Spiera decided to explain the higher up’s decision in an easier manner. There was still a lot of time since the Wall of Chaos hadn’t opened completely yet, and Erta was also a contractor to the most important person on Earth.

Having chased away all the other angels that were eavesdropping, Spiera led Erta into one of the resting places of Heaven -one that many human imagine heaven to be: A boring and empty place where little birds chirped on top of lands made of clouds.

[I did panic since higher existences along with traitors were in this, but they also cannot do anything directly. All they can do is to connect gates to other worlds that take Earth to be a target of conquer, or cause Overflows…… They are, in the end, things that happen between lower existences, no?] (Spiera)

[They definitely are, but this is a crisis that’s two whole stages higher than Earth’s current levels.] (Erta)

[However, since it’s between lower existences, we cannot directly interfere. The only thing we can do is prevention, but is that happening properly?] (Spiera)

Even Erta couldn’t be free from those responsibilities. She was Yu IlHan’s contractor, but she was also, an angel.

[Even higher angels aren’t responding properly. Is this all simply because the angels dispatched to Earth are all useless? No, this is impossible unless our enemies have analyzed us meticulously, have procured enough traitors, and have calculated the future.] (Spiera)

[So, that’s why, you’re saying that we should wash our hands off this matter? Do you think that it will be all over once we sacrifice Earth?] (Erta)

[What is definite is that we will be playing into their hands even if we recklessly dispatch more angels.] (Spiera)

‘They’. As Heaven had a lot of enemies, they couldn’t find out exactly who was behind this. It might be the Destruction Demon Army, who are gritting their teeth right on the other side of the Wall of Chaos, or the Army of Brilliant Light, who have colored their wings with an ash grey color.

[That’s why we need to use another method. Not just simply defending Earth, but to protect all worlds including Earth.] (Spiera)

[By throwing it all onto the people of Earth, that is.] (Erta)

Erta retorted, but Spiera surprisingly nodded her head.

[Higher existences should do what they can do with their own power, and lower existences should do things within their own capabilities. At least, the higher ups think that this is more efficient, at the same time, being the method that can minimize damage. As such.] (Spiera)

[As such?] (Erta)

[We are planning to give as much support and reward as possible within the range of what our Heaven’s Army can do, to the ones that are proactively moving around to protect Earth. From what I know, there is an overwhelming first place on Earth.] (Spiera)

Speaking up to that point, Spiera pulled Erta towards her.

[We will open the treasury of Heaven. There’s something that just fits him.] (Spiera)

[Although I cannot acknowledge you and the higher ups’ decision, but I will gladly receive what I can.] (Erta)

[Why are you thanking me? It isn’t for you but for the one called Yu IlHan.] (Spiera)

Erta lost her words, and Spiera giggled. And then, softening her brows very slightly, she told Erta as if to advise her.

[Be careful of your emotions. The predators and the fallen angels were all once those that emitted bright light. Their corruption all stemmed from their emotions. Especially love, it’s dangerous. It’s sudden, strong, and undeniably charming.] (Spiera)

[……I will keep that in mind.] (Erta)

Erta grumbled. Then, she followed Spiera’s back, one that proceeded without a shred of hesitation.

When Yu IlHan woke up, the sun was nigh. He checked to see if he had slept for more than 24 hours, but he had only slept for 5. Even though he hadn’t slept for nearly a month, his mental fatigue, not to mention physical one, had all been cured!

“This is making me crazy. I can’t even sleep now.”

[That’s because your recovery is powerful. It’s not a bad thing.] (Lita)

Lita, still lying down while hugging Yu IlHan’s arm, replied with a smile. Yu IlHan finally realized that Lita was stuck against him, and was surprised, but with the reason that ‘he didn’t want to show ripples to his big sister-like existence’, he shook her off as if nothing had happened.

“I’m hungry so let’s eat.”

[You can do other things too, though.] (Lita)

It would be good if she assaulted him without saying anything, but if Lita had that kind of courage, Yu IlHan wouldn’t have been able to protect his virginity for a thousand years.

However, the moment Lita got up while sighing, Erta appeared in mid air. Lita shrunk back due to her sudden appearance, but Erta called her with a helpless voice.

[Lita.]( Erta)

[I didn’t do anything.!] (Lita)

[You should have.] (Erta)

[Huh?] (Lita)

While Yu IlHan was tilting his head in confusion due to the conversation between the two angels, Erta declared with a sigh.

[The Wall of Chaos is opening. You are called for the battle between us and the predators this time. Rejoice, you will advance without a test. You will receive a new name I guess.] (Erta)

[What about you?] (Lita)

[I need to protect Yu IlHan’s sides.] (Erta)

Lita’s eyes glistened with frightening light. Erta shivered after seeing Lita’s expression, which was that of murder.

[I, it’s the higher ups’ decision. I was against it.] (Erta)

[I know. So I will go kill them.] (Lita)
[Hold it. It won’t end with a joke!] (Erta)

Yu IlHan didn’t know exactly how the situation was playing out here, but he did understand that Lita would have to leave his side once more. Well, since Yu IlHan could now use mana, there should be no need to be close to the two angels any more but…… he made a bitter smile.

“Will I not be able to see you for a long time?”

[No, that kind of battle, I will finish it off quick and come back.] (Lita)

Lita completely erased her murderous intent before hugging Yu IlHan’s head and declaring confidently. Yu IlHan also lightly patted her back.

“Yes. I will be waiting for you so come back quickly.”

[Yeah.] (Lita)

Lita seemed to take a step back after the hug before kissing Yu IlHan’s cheek lightly. Then, she looked towards Erta.

[If you make any progress while I’m not here… you get it, right?] (Lita)

[You’re scaring me. Really, you’re scary!] (Erta)

After lightly threatening Erta, Lita disappeared after a sigh. Only after she had disappeared did Erta sigh in relief and approached Yu Ilhan.

The thousand year virgin Yu IlHan, who would never realized that Lita and Erta had affections for him, and one that people had for the opposite sex, tilted his head and asked Erta.

“What progress? Are you dating someone on the ground or something?”

[It’s just some code between us angels so don’t mind it. Rather than that, here are your rewards.] (Erta)

How could he predict that this was something romantic but not understand that it was about himself? Even while retorting, Erta sighed.

Meanwhile, after seeing Erta blatantly changing topics, Yu IlHan decided to see through those secret codes later, and extended his hand.

The moment Erta softly touched his hand, green text appeared in Yu IlHan’s vision.

[Heaven’s Quest 005, Dungeon Wave, Complete!]
[All status have increased by 7. 10 magic increases additionally.]
[You have acquired the skill, Higher Curse Resistance.]

“This is…”

The rewards weren’t simple. Not to mention the absurd amount of status points, higher curse resistance? He felt unsettled since he felt like he could ‘safely’ ‘suffer’ in the future.

[This isn’t the end.] (Erta)

“There are more?”

As Yu IlHan had already enhanced the capabilities of his Cross Bag as a part of the reward, he was suspicious as to why they were being so generous. This was something he could think of since he himself did not know how amazing of a feat he had accomplished.

[It’s this.] (Erta)

Erta opened up her hand. On top of it was a small hourglass, and the sand inside it was solidified and didn’t move. Yu IlHan replied with a soft smile.

“You picking a fight?”

[Check the information.] (Erta)

With a sigh, he grabbed the hourglass. At that moment, the following message appeared in Yu IlHan’s eyes.

[Hourglass of Eternity.]
[Rank – God] (T/N: Those of you that read the ‘weapon rank’ spoiler on NUF finally know why I said it will appear soon, right?)
[Options – Once a month, the user can deploy a barrier on the surrounding space and freeze time. Time will not flow outside even if it does on the inside. It can be used for a maximum of 2 months in the wielder’s standard. Those not permitted by the owner cannot enter the barrier.]
[User restrictions – Permanently owned by Yu IlHan.]
[Durability – Infinite.]

This was the appearance of the artifact that would make him the true loner.


Author’s notes

  1. It isn’t that the Earth is isolating me, but it is me that’s isolating the Earth!

Translator’s notes
Btw, it isn’t mentioned yet but the delay for using the Hourglass of Eternity is 1 month. (So he can practically increase one month into 3 months)

Proofreader’s Note

Sorry if there are many mistakes guys… I worked on this immediately after I got off work so I’m quite tired… Anyways, enjoy the chapter!

Translator: Chamber

Proofreader: Kerrigan

 

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115 Replies to “Everyone Else is a Returnee – Chapter 76: I, too, now – 2”

  1. Inbetweenaction

    Lita: “BRB, just going to overthrow heaven and tear down hell. There is food in the fridge if you get hungry, and your laundry is in the dryer. hugs and kisses <3"

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    1. Jonathan Hurd

      That battle would be hilarious to watch. Hell’s minions being like “We will overthrow heaven and gain more power!” Then Lita all of a sudden jumps down and starts whooping everyone screaming “Don’t stand in the way of this woman’s ROMANCE!”, lol.

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        1. Pan

          100% agree!! ROFL

          She will definitely use that 3000 aerial combo of hers to whomever stand in the way of her romance! And with her leveled up, it’s possible that scary combo of hers got upgraded too!

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  2. Easykiln

    Oh no, if Lita stuck around just a little longer, she could have made him use that and made use of the separation as pressure to attack Ilhan.

    Given his capabilities he should be able to have sex for two straight months right?

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  3. HapUgMata

    the artifact doesn’t make yu ilhan true loner…if yu ilhan just invite some girl alone then they can have a private 2 months in an instant…and you know the next of the story guys…

    thanks for the chapter…

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      1. Jonathan Hurd

        He can use mana now so of course! Sadly Lita has to go, but from what the story said Erta specialized in magic combat so she can probably help give him pointers.

        That and he will probably also start doing some blacksmithing. He needs a whole new armor and repairs on all of his weapons at this point. I am also willing to bet money he got at least one 4th class Magic Stone from the Orochi (I have no clue if it could have more since it had 8 heads…).

        Erta did say a while back that all dragons have Concealment naturally. I am predicting Yu Ilhan uses a 4th class Magic Stone, the record, and scales of the Orochi to make himself a new better armor. One of the abilities of the armor I would guess is going to copy the ability to set itself on fire the Orochi did in its second form.

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  4. ADE

    I like how Ilhan’s reaction was “You’re picking a fight?”.

    He suffered time dilation of 1000:1 year already and now he was blessed with another time dilation artifact?

    One can only have so much sweets before getting diabetes.

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    1. Jonathan Hurd

      I think it was 100:1 since he experience 1000 years and everyone else experienced 10.

      Still that is a freaking mean thing to give the guy who was forced to go through that. Helpful as hell, but mean.

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      1. extasse

        Not really though? If you go through a thousand years like that, a few extra months is nothing. I mean, he’ll probably be so engrossed in training and blacksmithing that it’ll only feel like a few days for him.

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        1. Jonathan Hurd

          Oh don’t get me wrong it is helpful as hell and knowing Yu Ilhan he will make full use of it. The thing though is it is kind of insulting that they are now giving him an item that mimics the thing they accidentally did to him.

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          1. extasse

            It wouldn’t speed up the growth rate of monsters or the Great Cataclysm, would it?
            Just saying…

  5. triopsate

    So it’s basically the hyperbolic time chamber. Well Ilhan’s probably going to spend the entire 2 months making stuff

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    1. Jonathan Hurd

      I am going to mentally nickname it the Hyberbolic Time Watch, hehe. I think its a bit better than the chamber though since from what it said it actually freezes time instead of lengthening it.

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  6. Senjiro

    Fuck…..
    Hourglass of eternity? Sooo OP….
    And poor Lita….
    she is forced to go to the war… while she has to let the others girls aiming MC free to eat him….

    Also thanks for the translation, atm this is my favourite wn….
    I like the most the straigh man act Mc performs with the angels….

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    1. extasse

      lol, it’s funny when you say it. It’s like she got conscripted to the military. I can sympathize with her to a certain extent.

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    1. BobbyWibowo

      Time stops outside of the barrier. Once a month, he can make a barrier in which time will still flow for 2 months, but the outside’s time will stop. Basically, another way for him to advance faster than the rest of the world. Though I guess he can only make stuff or train by himself inside. If the barrier’s radius can be extended so much, he can cover a whole dungeon inside to train against monsters. But as far as I remembered, he can annihilate a single dungeon in less than a week, so 2 months is utterly unnecessary. Though this item appears at the exact moment he gathered SO MUCH materials, so he can spend more time to make new toys with them all. I mean, there are already blatant foreshadows of incoming calamity, so if he can get more time to prepare, I bet he’ll be happy inside anyway.

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      1. Jonathan Hurd

        Another thing he could potentially do it bring other people in to train as well since he gets to decide who can enter and who can’t. The thing he has definetly been lacking though is time. Considering how the foreshadowing points to the 2nd Great Cataclysm happening soon.

        His list of things to do includes: making new weapons and armor for Vanguard, preparing his own weapons and armor, training with mana, disassembling thousands if not a million corpses now, cooking, and preparing to go to Reta’s world. Without these extra months he would probably be screwed time wise.

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    1. Jonathan Hurd

      I’m be sad if she is T.T. I like her personality and kind of wanted her to meet Ilhan. She seems to also use the spear so it would be cool if he gets some training from her.

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      1. BobbyWibowo

        Well, I mean, he already maxed spear skill, so I don’t think he can learn from anyone anymore. His analyzing ability is already too frightening as well that he can find the best way to do literally anything, so I don’t think he need a teacher. Even Lita was more like a sparring partner in the end. Although I suppose it could have been evolved still? Not that it matters, since he’ll only need to fulfill the requirements to evolve it.

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        1. Jonathan Hurd

          Yu Ilhan is basically as good with pure Spearmanship as he can be, but he just got mana to add to that. So someone like her who has been combining Spearmanship and mana together for a long time could help him learn new tactics and speed up his growth.

          He also definitely needs to unlock the evolved version of Spearmanship. Especially after he got the requirements reduced for it twice (once for job advancement as Blurred Lancer and other from throwing it like crazy as Susanoo).

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          1. extasse

            I wonder if it was mentioned how much it was reduced by? I have a feeling he’s probably almost fulfilled all the conditions already.

    2. BobbyWibowo

      Unless it wasn’t her choice to open the treasury, I don’t think she’s a traitor. If she voted in to open the treasury for Ilhan, then she was definitely a short-sighted traitor.

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      1. James

        But now, we got to ask, what does she get out of it? With less angels focused on Earth and putting Yu llHan at the forefront, she just sounds like a big sister that had her heart broken more times than ever.

        As well, Earth is now the Grand Central Station of the Universe. Anyone who has control of it, can transport any army anywhere.

        I don’t think as well, she can be a traitor or a defector. Plus, a 2-month Time Stop with a 1 month recharge? Sounds like she’s worried as much as Lita and Etra, even when she doesn’t show it.

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  7. Sebastián Moya Riquelme

    Can’t this be used to kill any enemy? I mean, if he find a enemy way too powerful he can just stop time and attack until he kills it

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    1. bludvein

      Doesn’t work like that. If an enemy is in barrier then they won’t be affected by the time stop, and if they are outside then he won’t be able to attack them. He’s cut off from the rest of the world for the duration. He can use the time to heal, plan, and make specialized gear though if he’s in a tight spot.

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    2. James

      Rules of Time Stop; anything that’s not affected by Time Stop, cannot be harmed or enacted on.

      Any AoE, projectiles, or ranged-based attacks can leave the user, however they will stay still till the end of the Time Stop.

      Dungeons and Dragons did a very through breakdown on this move. So, a person can throw a thousand projectiles at one monster or hundreds of monsters, but it won’t move till the ability has ended.

      In every sense, this is a serious upgrade from his Concealment ability. Point blank shots, on every monster, and he can end a cataclysm before anyone knows it.

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  8. Celica Sylphil

    Okay , so , i’ll share this theory / conclusion of mine with everyone / i want you to read this .
    The author does realize that from all the information we’re given right now it’s safe to assume that heaven is , rather than ‘heaven’ as we know it is rather , a faction .
    A faction with a guy who calls himself god as its head . not the absolute ‘ God ‘ as in reality . Lemme guess how it must have proceeded .

    The first world , since the universe was created, to achieve a higher rank than all other worlds , named itself Heaven , with god as its leader . As we can see that heaven’s resources aren’t infinite , god isn’t omnipresent or omnipotent .
    It now self-righteously ‘protects’ other worlds from the evil known as monsters , who , just like any other living creature want to live .
    But what do they get from protecting other worlds ? My guess is , like its hinted upon in this chapter , to recruit stronger ‘ angels ‘ from those worlds and maybe take its resources .
    The other ‘ evil ‘ factions might just be the other races / worlds which are dissatisfied with heaven and want to be independent .

    They claimed themselves ‘ higher existences ‘ and I believe rather than not being able to ‘help’ Earth directly they just don’t want to since it would hurt their pride or something . But as we see they do send so many treasures so its not like they can’t . They won’t.
    ( another circumstantial evidence Lita had to acquire permission to rank up . Meaning there wasn’t a clear boundary defined by levels . i.e. all these ranks and stuff are arbitrary rather than defined by the Akashic records or something .

    This kinda reminds me of ‘ the church ‘ faction in quite a few other novels / media .
    I know a lot of people might not agree with this , but if you do decide to say my claims are wrong give proper reasoning .

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    1. emumu

      I think you are misunderstanding some thing, but i think the same on some parts too
      – yeah, the god isn’t omnipotent and omnipresent, that is obvious since the first day when he forgot the mc.
      – “It now self-righteously ‘protects’ other worlds from the evil known as monsters , who , just like any other living creature want to live .” on this part you are wrong, the other living creatures don’t just want to live, each different species want to EXTERMINATE the other, the ones being self-righteously(which i also think) helped are the ones that begin with a higher intelligence and aren’t hell bent on extermination, like elves and humans.
      -there are rules, they can’t simple break without any repercussion(it is obvious, or Lita would have done something already), also higher existence is any existence of and above 5th rank, that is above the mage and the orochi, they are however helping to the extent that they can bear.
      -the akashic records is true and absolute information, and completely neutral, the more of it you have the stronger you become, so what i think is there a way(very limited) to help push more record into someone and level them up faster(consequentely getting to the boundary and also some help on the mission of rank up), thus with this limit they must need some permisson to get the help

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    2. Jonathan Hurd

      So I agree with God in the story probably not being the Omniscient/Omnipotent person that Christianity claims him to be. Though to be fair its hard to really know his true intentions at this point since from what we know currently most Angels never really get to meet him. Even Lita who has a pretty high position has never met him. It could be he really does have a overarching plan for all this it just can’t really be explained or that he prizes peoples free will. Therefore he doesn’t really step in to stop peoples choices. Hard to really know since we haven’t directly seen him yet.

      I also completely agree that from the looks of things Angels seem to recruit from the worlds they protect to reinforce their ranks. I would put forth that that their protection of these worlds in a ways is kind of self preservation for the Angels. It seems like their enemies are Undead and Breakers. So if they don’t help the human races and let them die they lose their recruits and allow their opponents to potentially be reinforced.

      I get the feeling that you are right for some of the factions when you talk about them wanting to be independent from God. There is definitely signs of frustration for some of the people about following God who they never meet and feeling like tools. I got that feeling especially from that Male Traitor Angel that Lita captured. I think, however, from the way Reta Kari’ha acted after becoming a breaker that a decent portion of the enemy just wants to kill and spread destruction. This can also be seen a bit from how the Dragons of Reta’s world acted as well. Destroying and stepping on humanity without a care.

      For me I think you are wrong on saying the Akashic Records don’t exist. Honestly if the Angels were truly the ones pulling the strings behind all this then I don’t see how they would let animals become so powerful. I would also have to ask where their power is coming from and if they are the masters why the heck make so many enemies and give them power.

      For the ‘higher existences’ thing I don’t think that is a self given false title. I think that is truly a ranking. From what Spiera was saying it seems that the reason there is a distinction between ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ existences is to keep the higher ones from interfering and destroying the lower. Look at how much power the Yammato Orochi had and he is still one class lower than a Higher Existence. If one 5th class was released on a new world that place would be gone before anyone could step in. To me the reason Angels who are 5th class or higher can’t interfere is because either….

      There is a literal stopper to keep them from abusing their power on these worlds.

      Or…

      Like in the Dresden Files. If one side with that much power interferes that opens the door for the opposing side to do the same.

      I would personally guess the case is probably the second. This is from how Lita and Erta were talking about using their power to save Yu Ilhan in the fight against the Orochi if things turned bad. That speaks more to they won’t rather than they can’t. The thing to keep in mind though is that the enemy sides 5th classes also seem to be under the same limits.

      Spiera said it herself. The other factions cannot directly interfere. They can only give lower existences with bad intentions the opportunity to act on them. This is similar to what the Angels do for those with good intentions.

      There is a giant problem I would foresee occurring if one side broke that agreement. If 5th classes and above started fighting on under developed world how long do you think that world would last? I again point at the fight with the Orochi. One fourth class fighting by itself was enough to completely ruin Tokyo and that was with Yu Ilhan trying his best to limit property damage.

      The wars would also not be limited to that first world but could spread to all the other worlds as well. It would potentially lead to the destruction of all the worlds both sides rely upon to gather recruits from. They would also be actively losing people in the process.

      The way I see it is 5th classes acting is like using a Nuclear bomb. Once one is fired then that means another has to be fired in response and then another is shot from that and so on…. After all of them have been fired all that will be left is mutual destruction so no one can be the first to pull that trigger. This to me is the reason the Angels don’t get directly involved. If they did it would honestly lead to more harm than good to everyone.

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      1. extasse

        I disagree regarding your last theory on how Angels ‘won’t’ rather than ‘can’t’ and agree the first about an actual limiter. I don’t think it’s due to an agreement but rather a limiter that has been placed by either God or the Akashic Records to stop instant destruction of all worlds as you said. My words are a bit confusing but basically it’s not because they don’t ‘want’ to or aren’t ‘allowed’ to. My reasoning is firstly the words used to describe this clearly states can’t. Also, it was mentioned during the fight against Reta that Erta was really about to die. If she merely isn’t allowed to she would probably still be allowed to escape or use a bit as self defense. It states she is weakened and unable to do anything (useless). The power they have now is probably limited to non-combat stuff like mana crafting so I’m guessing what they meant by help Il Han in the fight against Orochi is just to help him escape (not sure if that is mentioned)

        There is a possibility that the system used for rank ups for higher existences are different than those below (leveling)

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        1. Jonathan Hurd

          I personally put forward that the time with Reta is a special case. Erta specifically said that she was cut off from the source of her power as an angel. Something that only happens in Abandoned Worlds. That was less of a restriction placed on her coming down to Earth and more specific to that environment. In that particular case, yes, Erta was truly powerless. I however find from the way they talk that it doesn’t seem to be true outside of that kind of environment.

          A big example I will point to that they do actually possess their full power on Earth is when Lita beat up the Rogue Angel. It said she was prevented from going all out on Lower Existences but in a fight against another Higher Existence she could use her full strength. This to me says that Lita and the other angels have their power and access to it they are just forced to not overstep that line for fear of the consequences.

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          1. extasse

            I don’t think Lita would fear anything if it’s for her Il Han. Not much to say since there’s no concrete evidence apart from the abandoned world and what you say does make sense. But I’m just basing this off the flow of the story and the choice of words of the two angels.
            My other reasoning is that only one higher existence would be needed to wipe out an entire world so if a few were to just sacrifice themselves, they would literally wipe off half the existing worlds within a day.
            Of course, there’s unwillingness to sacrifice themselves for nothing and lack of personnel to consider.

          2. Jonathan Hurd

            I agree completely that, if its for Ilhan, Lita is not going to hold back. That is why Erta and she flat out admitted they would break the rules to protect him if shit went bad with the Orochi. I feel that points to more of a won’t than a can’t on their power use, imo.

            They are willing to use it, but the moment they do they have effectively become rogue angels. That means they won’t be able to watch over Ilhan anymore and probably be hunted by their own peers. It is a dangerous bridge that will only be crossed as a last resort.

            I also completely agree that one 5th class can easily wipe out a world like Earth or any other fledgling one. The big problem with doing that though is really there aren’t any big benefits from doing so. Nuking the worlds would mean for the Fallen Angels and the Angels both sides aren’t really able to get new recruits.

            The problem remains with the enemy on the other side of the wall of Chaos. The Chaos crew don’t seem to be getting their reinforcements from the worlds under heavens watch. So if the Angels stop renewing their forces eventually they’ll just die out from sheer attrition. From the way I see it 5th classes getting directly involved would probably be counter productive to everyone but the people who just want to watch the whole universe burn.

      2. Celica Sylphil

        My apologies for the late reply but .

        Yeah , you do get my main point which was actually that ” Heaven ” is just a faction . They aren’t an absolute good or absolute evil .
        Other thing , I didn’t say the Akashic records didn’t exist , I said exactly the opposite , the Akashic records are probably the only thing that is absolute and rules over all , like the laws of physics / the universe .
        Another theory , I realized this when you mentioned it but maybe it is truly because of ‘ balance ‘ . BECAUSE Yu Illhan is there , is the reason why overpowered monsters like that spawn like the orochi as practically ONLY Yu Illhan could defeat them , BUT they spawned in the first place because he’s there .
        It’s like the curse of the protagonist to be overpowered but also face equally overpowered enemies , which in its own right seems pretty logical .

        That aside the next part is just pure hypothesis .
        So this kinda reminds me of Egyptian mythology where everything begins from pure chaos , as it says , an island of order over a sea of chaos , the chaos constantly trying to destroy the order but it stays strong .
        The order itself has its own factions and problems , but on a whole they are all united against pure chaos which is unending , monsters made out of sheer magic power therefore endless in numbers , monsters who want to return everything back to the way it was , only chaos .
        Sounds familiar to the setting in the story ? It sure does to me , tough I’m pretty sure the author doesn’t know about egyptian mythology but it’s fun to draw parallels .

        my next comment will probably be on the latest chapter

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    3. James

      You on point with some, but if you look at all the angels, most of them are past the LVL 300 mark. With Yu llHan on the roaster of recuitables, just says that all the angels were made from mortals/lower existences, not given birth.

      But your right on the “Other Factions”, it’s just like religion. One religion says the others are false. 3 Major factions are present.

      1. Army of Heaven, commanded by Lord God.
      2. Destruction Demon Army, commanded by a Devil (Unknown on name but I vote, Lucifer).
      3. Brilliant Army of Light, Commanded by a Nephilim (Everyday hybrid of angels and mortals, think they are the balance of the group, they have ashen-feather wings).

      Just seems like DDA is just begging to be let out and rain some Hell here (Warheads). While the Brilliant Army of Light might be those that didn’t like either side and said, “Just leave us alone!” (Loners on purpose).

      Wouldn’t be surprised if Lita and Yu llHan left to join them since Army of Heaven’s management is in the pits now and Lord God hardly shows his face like the “God of Blacksmithing” (Name might be Vulcan or Hephaestus).

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      1. James

        Sorry, 4 major factions.

        4. Garden of Sunset, Unknown on leader (Must be composed of World Caretakers that get really touchy if any of their worlds are messed with.

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  9. Jonathan Hurd

    I just keep thinking to myself how much fun Ilhan could have with this Hour Glass if he gets into a fight that is over his head. He finds out the enemies abilities and activates it. Then he spends the months blacksmithing himself weapons and armor against that guy and training strategies. Time pops in and all of a sudden your enemy is wearing completely new armor and weapons, lol.

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    1. BobbyWibowo

      Hell, that’s an interesting way to use it. But I guess the plot won’t be so convenient that he will be allowed to fight against a super strong enemy at the right moment he can use the item again. From the way I see it, he’ll use it immediately after the cool-down ends to get more time to make new toys. After all, he can’t simply make new toys anywhere he wants, his tools are in his blacksmith (especially, the fire, don’t forget the fire). Well, I guess if he can put them all inside the Cosmos Bag..?

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      1. Light

        Plus he can use it to train. He spent a thousand years on his body so it probably won’t help too much there, but he could probably train his magic really well in that time. Additionally, he could use it to heal in a fight.

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      2. Jonathan Hurd

        Yeah that was a big problem I was somewhat thinking about is to truly Blacksmith he needs to be near his actual forge. He could do mana crafting and shaving of bones which would be nice…

        I swear at some point he is going to ask the angels to make the cross bag have its own room and put his forge inside there, lol.

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    2. extasse

      I was also thinking up uses for the Hour Glass as well. There’s lots of stuff to consider such as range and if he can control the shape of the barrier. The strategy one is probably useless for him since he would probably figure it out in a millisecond (lol). I was thinking along the line of something like:
      Time stop – Readjust position – Critical hit in the best possible position by slipping through its guard (i.e. Eye, heart)
      Also, can he use a barrier on half of a monster’s body? It’ll be uable to use part of its body and can’t move from the spot… The movable part is exposed so he can attack it.
      Next is expanding on your idea of blacksmithing. He can make a hundred pile bunkers and aim them at the monster, time restarts, activate all at once…

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      1. Jonathan Hurd

        From the way the item was described I kind of doubt you can partially unfreeze something since it said “Those not permitted by the owner cannot enter the barrier.” Seems like a pretty all or nothing your in or your out of the barrier. I like that idea though of partially unfreezing someones body. Be pretty nice way to torture someone to just unfreeze their face while leaving the rest of their body.

        A nice aspect of him freezing time and re-positioning is that would definitely be more than enough time to redeploy his Concealment so he can make that perfect critical strike a surprise attack too, hehe.

        A fun use of the thing could actually be he makes a giant scaffolding by piling materials. Climbs to the top of that, then he jumps to his highest height he can. Recovers all piled things back into the Cross Bag while he is up there. He then positions for a falling spear attack and puts all the weight into the spear while time is still frozen. Right before he hits the end of the fall he lets time flow again… Ultimate undodgable surprise attack imo.

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  10. Niinka

    There is a bug or loop in the artifact?
    Because if what I think is right then If every time he uses it he spend at least a month inside would it not mean that he can use it inifinitely?

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    1. extasse

      That shouldn’t be the case. An hourglass is one way. That means that when sand is falling one way (sand being used to stop time), other sand won’t be flying back up through the same hole (can’t be recharged at the same time)

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    2. James

      He uses it, 2 months he spends in that Time Stop. Afterwards, once the Time Stop ends, not 1 second has passed in reality. The recharge is 1 month in reality, not Time Stop.

      But it’s a barrier, so there might be a catch to it. However, we won’t know till he tries it.

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  11. Light

    With the reason being ‘capable’? -> With the reason being ‘capability’?
    Earth’s current levels. -> Earth’s current level.
    wash our hands off -> wash our hands of
    the sun was nigh. -> the sun was high.
    Yu IlHan’s sides -> Yu IlHan’s side
    who would never realized that Lita and Erta had affections for him, and one that people had for the opposite sex -> who would never realize* that Lita and Erta had affections for him, let alone one that people had for the opposite sex

    Thanks for the chapter! Also lol, that last line XD

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  12. Pan

    Thank you for the chapter.

    Poor Lita, even Erta is agree that she should have do ‘something’ to Ilhan…
    Umm, if Ilhan use that godly artifact, wouldn’t he aging faster? I mean, he go through time faster each time he used that artifact, right? Or his regeneration skill enough to offset the aging? But, each cell can only divide 60 times, so, wouldn’t his body met the limit faster? Or maybe this is novel and they didn’t had that cell limit? hehehe… sorry

    I would love to see Lita’s upgraded 3000 aerial combo, though LOL

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    1. Bystander

      I would assume it functions the same way the 1000 year dilation worked. Time is literally stopped but cell activity still continues in the stopped time. In the 1000 years he still has to eat but that didn’t mean his cells aged and died in those 1000 years. The danger is just like how he grew within the 1000 years animals also evolved (not physically) which resulted in intelligent and experience in the new monsters. Although a few months worth of training/ living is nothing compared to 1000years for both the wildlife and him
      The other question is whether objects will revert back in the barrier like in the 1000 years, since he lost all his weapons except one spear when all the returnees came back or can he actually blacksmith and dismantle for real and more than just for experience

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      1. Jonathan Hurd

        I am guessing there will be no reset on the items and things that happen in this time stop. Since last time the reversion was because God reset everything to the instant before humanity left. That was why everything Yu Ilhan affected and made went back to its original spots it was so everything would be at that time again. This Hourglass’ ability seems to primarily be about just freezing time and then letting it run again so I doubt there will be a similar effect especially since the stop is limited to around him instead of the whole world.

        For aging I would personally guess he will still age, but its only two extra months for every one month. He would have to use it constantly for years to probably have some serious effects, and considering the rate he levels I feel like he will transcend aging before it becomes a problem.

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    2. bludvein

      Leveling slows aging on it’s own. Exact limits aren’t defined, but even a normal 4th class can live for 1000 years or so at least. 5th class and above can live much longer and maybe even indefinitely. Il Han is unlikely to run into any trouble in that regard even if his regeneration didn’t null it.

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    1. extasse

      I never considered training others but that’s a really interesting idea. I would really like to see Lightning God Clan going through hellish training. Though since the author mentioned Loner, that probably wouldn’t happen anytime yet (at least for the first use). He probably didn’t think that far.

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      1. Jonathan Hurd

        This is Yu Ilhan we’re talking about. He is someone who refuses to associate with others on general principle. Especially if he feels like he will be used by them. Seems like unless it becomes painfully apparent that just equipping everyone is not enough hes not going to be training anyone.

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  13. Leafyeyes417

    I think the most important question would be if he can move the location of the barrier once it is activated or if he is stuck in one location.

    Thanks for the chapter!

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  14. libraryrocker

    I totally thought it would be a spear >:D

    Thanks so much for all your hard work and I hope you have a great New Year!!!!!

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  15. ambi

    Thanks for the chapter Chamber and Kerrigan! The standard is in the user’s time right? When they told him everyone would be back soon he spent 1000 years by himself so shouldn’t his “two months” be more around decades in Earth time?

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    1. Jonathan Hurd

      What would be pretty funny is if he loses track of time and that ended up extending the frozen two months. Like for instance when he was swinging his spear and thought he did it for three hours and did it for three days if that made the time that officially passed three hours that would be kind of hilarious.

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    1. Jonathan Hurd

      The foreshadow is real, lol. I do love how the author always seems to come out and use the things he has foreshadowed before.

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        1. Jonathan Hurd

          I realize my comment is a bit misleading. I will say I have not read ahead. I have no clue if the Akashic Record is for certain the final boss. I meant that comment as foreshadowing in the story often comes true. Sorry about any confusion.

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          1. extasse

            Nah, the foreshadow does seem real lol. Judging by every last foreshadow in this whole novel, I’d say there’s an 80% chance the Akashic Records will gain a form or something… This still considering the absurdity of this event happening

          2. Jonathan Hurd

            It definitely seems like a possible and likely outcome considering the author, hehe. Just making sure its clear that I have no clue if this is going to happen. Since I really dislike people randomly spoiling the story for me, when I am trying to guess shit, I don’t want to do that to others, lol.

  16. Jonathan Hurd

    So I’m just remembering way back to when Yu Ilhan first started doing Mana Crafting and Erta was explaining you can use magic stones or things with magic… Like a ‘dragons heart’. I wonder if the Orochi’s heart is going to be used to enchant some sort of weapon or Accessory now…

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    1. extasse

      How is your memory so good… I think it’ll be his spear rather than the sword. Anyone thinking he’ll melt the sword though? I’m not even sure if the heart is usable anymore since he just stabbed its heart with that last attack.

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      1. Jonathan Hurd

        Reread and obsess enough and you start noticing these things, lol. I would laugh so hard if he melts the sword down, but not really sure he has a need to do so. The main reason for melting the scythe was he is completely unfamiliar with that so it was basically useless weapon to him.

        He has shown he uses things other than just spears and I don’t think he really needs a second spear. Having an alternative type of weapon could be good especially if the weapon has a specialized ability. He seems to use Spear for serious boss fights, Hammer/Axe for durable ones, and Swords for sweeping away little opponents.

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        1. bludvein

          His current spear is already showing it’s limits though during the fight with Orochi. It’s a fine 3rd class weapon, but considering he’s about to go fight a bunch of dragons an upgrade is necessary. He can use other weapons, but the spear is definitely his best. It’s either melt the sword for material or make one entirely from Orochi’s body, and we know he works better with metal.

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          1. extasse

            There’s also the mana crafting to consider though. If he does melt the sword, he’ll be making an alloy and the effects of the spear might even change.
            Extremely unlikely to happen (at least any time soon) but…
            What about making a spear with the hourglass? I’m imagining him breaking it down to create a God-ranked spear
            [You have made Time Piercing Spear… Capable of piercing space and time…] nah. Just went Chinese Manhua for a sec. I don’t even read it.

          2. Jonathan Hurd

            Personally I kind of wonder if his current spear hasn’t evolved from finally slaking itself on some Dragon blood. The angels did say that weapons made by a top tier blacksmith can evolve and collect records so seems possible.

            For melting down the hour glass and making it into a weapon… That seems cool, but I think just having a weapon that pierces things through time might be a down grade from the current ability. Also don’t think there is enough material in a hourglass to make into a spear, lol.

  17. Tony T

    I worry that with IlHan’s sense of time that 2 months by user standards will turn into 5 years as he thought 1000yrs was only 150yrs.

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    1. Jonathan Hurd

      If it works like that this is going to be hilarious. He is someone who learned to lose himself when hes doing things he finds fun or interesting. So extending time wouldn’t be hard at all if that is how the rules work.

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      1. extasse

        On the other hand, he might miss out on how long time actually passed. The time might start again and he could still be making weapons for another few months before he realizes what’s going on.

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        1. Jonathan Hurd

          Lol, just imagining…

          *Starts the time freeze*

          Okay time to do a little crafting….

          100 years later….

          Yu Ilhan: “Well that was fun. Feels like maybe a week or two has passed. Ah well time for a quick nap and then back to work!”

          Lol.

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  18. mercenary

    It says it can be used a maximum of two month of the users standard. Does that mean a maximum of two months then it is useless or is it reusable every month and can be used to the maximum of two months before having to be reused/recast?

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  19. Nakiami

    If Ilhan ever got into a fight he couldn’t win, he could freeze time, spend 2 months thinking about how to win and train (along with any party members), and then pop out stronger and whoop ’em.
    It feels like that could happen.
    Now didn’t he promise a reward to the Lightning clan if they helped?

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    1. Vadelent

      *Edit* How dare they. Those jealous, greedy angels. Planning to ruin his potential upon his ascension to being a higher existence by convincing him to be a mere angel…

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  20. Sage Hidden Bear

    I cried a little and became extremely sad when I read the Hourglasses ability and the last line.

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