Didn’t I definitely have to choose ‘Yes!’ in this situation?
In the 1st playthrough, I had seen many bitches who kicked away their once-in-a-lifetime golden opportunity by hesitating because of trivial reasons.
And what would happen if I lose the opportunity? There would be a crisis I didn’t want or need to go through. From that point on, it was me, the Hero, who would have to pick up the pieces.
The bitches, who ruined the opportunity because they hesitated, always said “Sorry. Because of me…” and that was it. They should’ve killed themselves if they were really sorry!
I was also annoyed with the colleagues who encouraged those bitches to hesitate while bringing up their shitty philosophy; “Taking revenge now would lead to having revenge taken on you later.”
“I don’t make such mistakes.”
Because opportunities don’t wait.
But still, I decided to look for a safe location first.
Because though I didn’t know how they would reconstruct from the root, there was also the possibility that I’d change into a pupa or an egg and be unconscious. I wanted to avoid risks and variables as much as I could. That gentlemanly Demon King didn’t seem like he would get in the way, but there was no harm in being careful.
“An uncommitted free elemental doesn’t have a name. Neither do I. Though there was a nickname the wicked friend used to call me with…”
“Call me the First Elemental…”
Land, fire, wind, water, heart. Don’t act like you’re not an auntie after giving birth to five kinds of sons.
“Elementals take from their soul with their power in it to make eggs. We don’t use that kind of profane method Mr Hero is imagining— I think there are some who do? Hm hm. Anyways, not me.”
“Auntie. Try to gather as many elementals as possible.”
“My kids? Why…?”
“To protect me from now on.”
The First Elemental, who was still peacefully lying on my head, pondered while groaning before she said, “Mr Hero. That’s a difficult demand. I hate to say this, but assembling free elementals is hard even for me. But it might be possible today since it’s a special day. If you throw a party to commemorate the First Elemental being released from the wicked elf’s chains, I think a lot will come to enjoy.”
“Yes. Elementals really like parties.”
“In these ruins?”
Though they were in the middle of diligently reconstructing the facilities destroyed by the invasion of the demon and demon followers, it seemed like it would take a really long time for the Elfheim Kingdom to regain its previous form.
“Don’t worry about that.”
“Well… do it if you’re confident. But, it must not take too long.”
For me, there was nothing to lose at all if it failed.
“Yes. Mr Hero. So! Guys! Let’s throw a party! Everyone who wants to hear the intense love story of Mr Hero who saved the unfortunate elementals, who got enslaved by the wicked elves, come on!”
There were topics that anyone regardless of the times, countries, genders, and ages liked.
The elementals were no exception.
The First Elemental promoted the party with lies full of exaggerations. Innocent elementals around Fantasia got fooled and came here in crowds.
Hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of millions… They came endlessly.
The elementals who came for the party didn’t come with nothing. They brought a lot of seeds of plants that became endangered as the Eastern Continent, Western Continent and Southern Continent got destroyed by the 5 Disasters’ rampage. Though most of them were common weeds, there were also some medicinal herbs and sacred herbs which were called as rare or legendary that only grew in a special environment.
The elementals planted those seeds all over the Elfheim Kingdom. And the seeds grew really fast like they were being fed EXP instead of fertilizer. The burnt forest and grasses looked even more beautiful than before in no time. It was more like a fraud than a mystery of nature. But it was natural in the fantasy world.
Every time a huge monster moved, the ecosystem would be destroyed. On days when powerful monsters had a fight amongst themselves, the terrain would be turned upside down. Didn’t the 5 Disasters wipe out the continent? As a result, in the Fantasia continent, the five kinds of elementals combining their strength together would have an effect of accelerating the rate of growth of animals and plants.
“Hoo~ quite good though?”
Elfheim transformed into a huge botanical garden as Fantasia Northern Continent’s rare plant seeds were also imported.
If this place was named, it would be ‘Elementals’ Paradise’.
It didn’t look like the sweet and resplendent land of the elves anymore. This would be a message the First Elemental conveyed to the elves and also a small revenge. Now we’re the masters.
“Mr Hero. You saw that right? This is the power of elementals.”
But not everyone liked it. Sieg, who saw his lover Sylvia dancing like a circus monkey surrounded by the elementals.
He was shaking as he shouted, “I can’t be in this kind of world anymore! Angel! You hear me right?! Please return me! I’ll knock down the Demon King like you wanted me to this time! Sylvia! We’ll see! I was wrong to begin with. I shouldn’t have treated a slave like a human. Keuk keuk!”
Sieg, who laughed wickedly, was completely out of his mind. I could tell just by how his Madness Skill was in the middle of a rapid growth spurt.
It wasn’t just me who thought so.
“Was he always like that?”
“I can’t believe a Hero is breaking down like that…”
“As expected, he was simply a pervert.”
Alex, Saintess A, and Aqua, who partly finished the elf relief work, said one after another while looking at Sieg. Then they stealthily looked at me.
Hope (B) → Hope (A)
Damn bitches. It puts me in a hard position if you pin your hopes on me.
Even in the midst of this, the Elf Kingdom Elfheim was turning into a jungle, a primeval forest untouched by humans.
Wasn’t this place the true fantasy?
On the contrary, Hero Sieg’s madness was only getting worse as time went by.
“Angel! Did you tell me to knock down the Demon King? Please return me! What’s the use of saving this ruined world! And I have no intention of going back to Earth. I don’t care about such things as friends and families who don’t know my real value… Angel? Are you listening? Angel! Angel! Daaamn~! Daaaamn iiiit~!”
… still, I just let Sieg go crazy.
Because not only Sieg couldn’t come at me because he was a coward, as Sieg’s mental illness got worse, the way those junks looked at me upgraded.
Hope (A) → Hope (S) → Hope (SS)
We could say it was a really desirable growth.
But I had no intention of keeping Sieg close to me forever. Because I would never know what he would do while holding a grudge while I reconstructed from the root with the Prodigy (ZZ) rank effect.
So I ordered Lanuvel.
“I need you to take him out and catch one or two demons.”
“Why should Lanuvel do that?”
“Because you summoned Sieg. You need to take responsibility until the end. I won’t tell you to marry him, so just get him out of here.”
“Take Alex with you too. Both of you might die in a day if I only send you two. Well, we can’t do anything if you all still die.”
“Mr Hero! Please pray for Lanuvel to return alive!”
I stealthily deported them like that.
The other two junks also left naturally.
Saintess A, who lost her confidence since she saw my Saintess H, voluntarily accompanied Sieg on his adventure. Mermaid Aqua who was flirting with me day and night was dragged away by Saintess A.
But it didn’t feel empty around me. Because countless elementals were enjoying the party. They were all in different forms depending on their surroundings, but I could tell the five kinds apart by the color making up their body.
Land, fire, wind, water, heart.
The energy of mother nature was concentrated on this place as the elementals gathered up.
This place was the core that was called ‘the eye of the typhoon’. The location was safe as it was surrounded by the elementals, and it was perfect according to feng shui.
In other words, it was an ideal place.
“It would be nice here!”
I activated my Prodigy ZZ rank effect.
Then a message was heard.
|▶ Question 1: What do you like the most?
② Super robot
…Didn’t they say reconstructing from the root?
Suddenly a multiple choice question popped out. And it was something like a psychological test where there was no definite answer, on top of that.
This way even God wouldn’t be able to predict. Since the result of the reconstructed root would be different following my choices.
But I needed to choose carefully.
What I liked the best.
But it was hard to pick the one I liked the most, since all five of the choices were things I really liked.
But I had to choose one since it said ‘the most’.
My head started to hurt as I had a serious problem with making decisions.
I chose number 4 after much consideration.
Because I hated doing free service without getting compensation. I was sick of Fantasia natives who were trying to boss me around for free just because I was some Hero.
So I liked loot.
It was rewarding since it was a fair compensation for my work.
|▶ Question 2: What do you hate the most?
① Pincer movement
③ Free service
④ Faculty staffs
It didn’t end with just a single question.
They asked what I hated the most this time.
“Ah… this question is pretty hard.”
They picked out the things I hated like a ghost and put them out as the choices. It was too much to only choose one.
But I couldn’t not choose forever.
It couldn’t be helped.
I was sure this choice would have an effect on my reconstruction. Then I had to choose intelligently.
If I chose number 1 or 2, I would have a great immunity and ability to counter the moves for the ‘power of friendship’.
Number 3 had something overlapping with ‘loot’ that I chose for the previous question. If I chose this, wouldn’t it get strengthened even more?
Number 4 and 5 would be against the fantasy education system.
Then my choice was,
If I returned, everything was reset. I could preserve my Skills using Blackbox, but a person can’t just live with Skills alone.
What about the interpersonal relationships I had built so far?
Social retards like Sieg would like it, thinking “I’ll do well this time and marry that person!”, but I didn’t.
We can’t move forward to the future if we turn ourselves away from reality.
So, it was number 5.
|▶ Question 3: What do you do the best?
① Slipped neck disc
② Slipped lower back disc
③ Killer smile
⑤ Embodying justice
This question was too easy.
Slipped discs were enough with my Skills now, and I didn’t know why the options killer smile and finger were there.
Therefore, this was it!
|⑤ Embodying justice|
A specialty that fit a righteous Mr Hero like me.
|▶ Question 4: What are you the most scared of?
This was pretty easy too.
Every time I used Master Mollang’s teachings, I couldn’t help but feel scared of this great being. But there was no need to worry because Master Mollang was good-natured.
Therefore, number 1 was ruled out.
What would I get by winning against my mother? So number 3 was also ruled out.
The choices left were number 2, 4 and 5.
I was always afraid of death, but it was useless to just not die. It was better to avoid the dying situations itself by getting stronger. So number 2 was ruled out.
Number 4 was also ruled out for a similar reason. I only needed to get stronger so that it would be no problem even though my fantasy stats got taken away.
The huge universe got more and more marvellous the more I got to know it. Since in the universe time, even an eternal being could only experience a single moment across the existence of the Universe.
A magic to make a blackhole?
It was bullshit said by con artists and braggarts who didn’t know that if it was really made, the planet would get compressed into the size of dust.
I was scared of the universe the most.
|▶ Question 5: What do you find most impressive?
After scanning all the five choices, I found number 4 to be unexpected.
The daughter of the Demon King. A cowardly bitch.
That was all I knew about the female demon called ‘Ssosia’. But I didn’t know it would leave the strongest impression on my life.
But I couldn’t deny it.
Because I still remembered her name.
My choice was number 3.
My sex might be changed into a woman if I chose number 1 or number 4, right? I just wanted to avoid that.
Number 2 was also dismissed for a similar reason.
The Oblivion Dragon King Noebius was my beloved colleague, but I didn’t want to be a flying lizard.
Number 5’s temptation was powerful, but the reason why I didn’t choose it was simple.
I also didn’t want to be an eunuch, as much as I didn’t want to be a woman.
▶ Prodigy ZZ: You’ve worked hard. Thank you so much for answering the Q&A sincerely. If you reconstruct from the root, there will be no way to undo the process, including regression, and no one will take the responsibility for the result. If you have understood the content, please agree. (Yes/No)
They were making me anxious until the end!
But still, my choices and decisions would not change.
Now, let’s shout it out loud.
▶ Prodigy ZZ: We’re starting the reconstructing from the root.
A drowsiness I couldn’t fight off came over me.
I fell into a deep sleep while surrounded by the elementals’ blessings and love.
PR/N : There is an illustration page for some of the characters, be sure to take a look !
Translator : Gruesomeblue
Editor : Shruggy, Luci