Hello, I'm writing a story called "Paradoxical Library". (1 Chapter/Day) Synopsis: If great power is given to the good, heroes are born. If it is given to the evil, villains are created. What happens if it's given to someone who's exactly in the middle? What happens when that someone coincidentally happens to be one of the laziest existences in creation? And why exactly does this power exist, and what purpose does it serve? Genre: Overpowered MC, Fantasy, Lazy Protagonist Edit: I completely messed up the ToC, so I'm going to redo that...right now. Table of (Dis)Content: Arc 1---Prologue Arc Spoiler: Chapter 1: The Beginning and Stuff (First Half) First person POV Let’s start from the beginning – I died. It was a gloomy August morning, and I had been killed by a speeding truck…was not what had happened. I wasn’t the victim of any crazed knife-wielding robber, nor did I die from a mistake of God. No. I simply picked a tall building, got to the roof, and jumped off. At this point, you may be curious about many things. But, assuming you aren’t, I’ll advise you to stop reading right here. Now, where was I? Ah. As I was saying, the reason for my death was – boredom. Simply speaking, there wasn’t much left to entertain me. Although, admittedly, being intoxicated at that time probably played a part too. I didn’t really have much hobbies of my own, neither was I heavily involved in any relationships. Family? Haven’t seen them for a while. Friends? Are they delicious? Anyway, after I jumped off and died, I ended up in the middle of nowhere. Literally. It was white everywhere, and there was absolutely nothing else here besides me. Hm? My necklace is glowing for some reason. "You have obtained the title of The Librarian...What?" 3rd person POV The Paradox Library. Besides its priceless collection of ancient texts, displayed proudly upon rows of solid mahogany shelves, the Library was also the keeper of an item that was of far greater value. One that was kept hidden, within the innermost sanctum. At the same time, this treasure attracted the attention of many powerful beings, most of which invaded the Library, desiring the treasure for their own. Despite that, the Library withstood…and evolved, wiping out waves of intruders. However, as time wore on, it was apparent that the Library had faded from the memories of people. Fewer and fewer intruders passed through its doors, until the Library wiped out its final intruder, and grew silent. It then stood still, undisturbed, for nearly 20,000 years. Until… On the first floor of the Library, a summoning circle blinked into existence, glowing with a powerful green light. MC’s POV Hey. It’s me. Remember how my necklace had glowed all of a sudden? Well, I sure found out why. Before me, rather than an endless expanse of white, was what I presumed to be the interior of a rather old library. There was a nice fire blazing in the fireplace, and cushioned seats were located around it. There were also an uncountable number of shelves, filled with rows upon rows of books. The only problem – I was the only one inside this library. And before you ask, I already sobered up, so no, I wasn’t hallucinating. I was standing in the middle of the grand staircase, which allowed me an unobstructed view of the whole library. Not a single soul in sight…don’t tell me, this entire place is managed automatically? [Presence of Lifeform confirmed. Activating welcoming programme. Welcome to the Paradox Library.] …Called it. So, this place is called the Paradox Library, huh. Why am I here? [Host has been chosen as the Librarian. The Library is now your domain. The Library hopes that the Host can bring the Library back into its former glory.] Uwah, sounds really troublesome. I don’t wanna be a librarian, it sounds way too tiring for me. [The Library shall provide the Host with adequate living necessities, as well as a monthly salary of 50 mana crystals. The Library will also provide the Host with combat and magic skills in order for the Host to grow stronger.] Like I said, I don’t want to be a librarian, skills or no — Are you even listening to what I’m saying? [Tutorial stage has been activated. Good luck, Host.] …I am so going to kill you once I get back. Wait, let me bring my sake~! [Location changed to: A forest in the middle of nowhere] A forest stage, huh. The wind here isn’t bad – great place to take a nap. I would have liked a drink too, but the idiot of a system took it away. [Tutorial Quest: Chop down 50 trees.] Nope, I’m not doing that. I’ll rather take a nap in the shade of this tree instead. Fuwah~ It sure feels good, with the gentle breeze blowing. If only I had some wine to drink… [Please chop down 50 trees to complete the tutorial.] Leave me alone. I haven’t taken a nap in forever, so let me sleep for a while. [Please chop down 50 tre—-] Shut up. I need my afternoon nap. [……] [……] [……] [Tutorial has been completed. Host has gained the skill: Ruler of Sloth, Belphegor] Mhm. So in the end, I actually didn’t have to do anything? —————————————————————— Ruler of Sloth, Belphegor (EX Skill) Spoiler: Chapter 1: The Beginning and Stuff (Second Half) The Sleepy One (Passive): Gains a permanent stat boost proportionate to the amount of time spent sleeping. Productive Slacking (Passive): Gains 1 Exp per minute. Efficient, or Slacker? (Passive): Gain Max Mastery of Space Magic (Master). Gift from the Void (Active): Earns a randomly chosen treasure from the stash of Void. Cooldown time: 1 month. Grants the Title《The Lazy One》(Hidden): Projects a demonic aura that is detectable by beings of both the holy and demonic alignments. Identifies you as “Belphegor” —————————————————————— The Librarian (Hidden Title): This title will definitely help in some way. If not today, then tomorrow. If not tomorrow, then the day after. Endlessly repeating, eternal torture, given no place to spread your wings. —————————————————————— *Zzzz~* Spoiler: Chapter 2: Starting Off on the Left Foot I found out later that I couldn’t kill the A.I.; after all, it wasn’t a corporal being to begin with. Well, that’s too bad. I also obtained a really powerful sounding skill, so I’ll be merciful for this one time only. After all, such a generous person like me has to learn to forgive others. Now, I wonder what other functions the Library has? [……] Oi. You dead or something? [……] Whatever. I’m going back to sleep~ [Responding to host, this Library can also allow you to check and modify your status, as well as functioning as a map regardless of the world you are in. Other functions are currently locked and will be unlocked once Host completes the task requirements.] Oho? I heard something really good there. “Regardless of the world”? Is that implying that there is more than just one? [Correct.] Interesting. To be honest, I did always love to read novels relating to the ‘Reincarnation’ or ‘Other World’ genre. And now, it seems that I’m in a similar situation. In that case, let’s make the best out of this situation and satisfy my boredom while doing so~ I wonder, since there are game-like elements such as “Skills” here, is there also a character status page? Let’s see…[Status Open] It worked. Jeez. Miss Library Manager-chan, ripping off a game system is a very cliché thing to do, you know? Ah, whatever. I can’t be bothered as long as it works. —————————————————————— Human (Name: ???) Level 0 (0/100) Hp:50 Mp:50 Atk:10 Def:10 Spd:10 Int:10 Skills: Ruler of Sloth, Belphegor(EX) Magic Learnt: Space Magic level 10/10 —————————————————————— How should I put it – this is really an average status, isn’t it. Well, at least I have Space Magic at max level……wait. My mana pool……is too low to cast something like a Rank 10 Space Magic, isn’t it. Damn. Hmm? There's a skill labelled [Gift from the Void]……Once a month usage, so it’s something like a gacha, eh? Well, since I’ve got nothing much to lose……here we go. [Acquired ‘Blessing of Yggdrasil’] —————————————————————— Blessing of Yggdrasil (Epic Ring) Mana Boost (Passive): Adds 200 Mp, then doubles the existing Mana Pool. Growth I (Passive): Gains 1 EXP every minute. Life Boost (Passive): Adds 500 Hp, then doubles the existing Health pool. A 100 Hp/second regen is added. Tenacity (Passive): Survive any attack as long as you have the will to live. —————————————————————— So this is what would be known as cheat equipment, huh. Wait a minute…does the effects of [Growth I] and [Productive Slacking] stack? [Answering the host’s inquiry, yes.] Oh, dear me. 10 Exp per minute. Having to do absolutely nothing to level up using this ring……I’m just downright cheating at this point, aren’t I. Oh well, I’ll worry about that later. Though, this ring does looks quite cute with it’s circle of interwoven branches. The glittering emerald inlaid in the centre was what drew my attention the most, though. Can’t be helped, I’m still rather fond of shiny things. [Host is now sufficiently strong enough to enter the Scenario Stages. Scenario stages provide abundant rewards, including equipment, titles, and skills of varying tiers, depending on the difficulty level. Scenario stages are only available thrice a day.] Eh. [Since this is the first time Host is attempting the Scenario dungeon, a previously prepared reward shall be given on completion. Additionally, for the first time only, Host can't die in the Scenario Dungeon.] It’s here. The long awaited, overpowered tutorial bonus that usually provides some kind of unobtainable rewards---Wait, did you just say that after the first run, the subsequent runs carry a chance of death? Never mind. Let’s go. I’m rather curious to see what this little thing can do, and since the first run is safe, I should take the time to get used to the ropes here. [Scenario Dungeon ‘Twisted Labyrinth’ has been selected. Difficulty: Nightmare.] Does this system have a grudge on me or something? I’ve only encountered it for barely 2 hours, and it already dislikes me? C’mon, all I ever did was to ignore you a few…hundred…times…forget it. Spoiler: Chapter 3: Cloak and Dagger Business I know that this is a scenario dungeon, but they sure went overboard on the templates, didn’t they. “CHARGE! For the Kingdom!” No. Just no. “Yeah! We are all gonna survive this!” That’s a death flag you know? “Ohhh! When this war is over, I’m gonna start my own family!” Somehow, the number of death flags are piling up…… 5 minutes ago. [Scenario dungeon ‘Twisted Labyrinth’ has started. Complete the dungeon to receive your rewards.] When my vision returned to normal again, I was standing atop an outcrop jutting out of a mountain, granting me an unparalleled view of the entire mountain region. “Sir Lodorick?” Eh? There was a girl standing behind me, dressed in a maid getup, with her head bowed low. Huh? I could see cat ears protruding from her hair. So, this is the famous beast-kin? She seems to be trembling ever so slightly, and there was an iron collar around her neck. A slave? She looks quite cute, though. Still, somehow… “What’s a lowly slave doing here?!” As I thought. The typical human supremarcist template, huh? A group of rowdy men ambled over. They were dressed in full suits of metallic armour, with kite shields on their backs and broadswords on their waists. The only thing I could think of upon seeing them was “knights”. On further inspection, I was also wearing a similar suit of armour, but I had a red mantle draped around my shoulders. Alright, so it seems that I have occupied the body of this person, huh. I wonder what position he held? Musing, I took a look through his memories. “Hmm?” Lodorick Guyar, aged 32, Knight-Captain of the Ferunia Kingdom. I had been expecting something like it, but his memories were filled with crimes. Murder, theft, violence. Most of it was directed at non-humans……that was the cat beast-kin in front of me that he whipped, wasn’t it. As I was pondering, one of the knights knocked the maid over, gave her a savage kick, and verbally abused her. “For a lowly slave like you, you should be glad to serve us humans for your entire life!” Disgusting. For a human to commit such inhumane acts. Furthermore, to go to the extent where you are rewarded for doing so. Disgusting. Every last one of them. I wish I could kill them all. “You could, you know. Just put them all down like the dogs they are.” Hmm...this is a scenario dungeon. And if what little game knowledge I have still holds, they usually have a hidden objective beside the main objective. I don't know what the main objective is yet, but I can guess at what the hidden objective might be. The Library told me that Scenario Dungeons are also a way for people to see and judge their true self by themselves. In that case, whatever rewards I obtain from this place is going to be determined by my actions. Since I can't die the first time around, I can afford to take more risks; let's see how this turns out. … The expedition team, consisting of 100 knights and 50 slaves, was en-route to Lisandre, the Twisted Labyrinth. The knights were split into 4 groups, 25 knights each. As a Knight-Captain, I was in charge of one of the groups, with only the Knight-Commander surpassing me in terms of authority. “Hurry up with the food! I’m starving over here!” Shouted an unsightly, pot-bellied man. He stumbled around, barking orders, as the sunlight reflected off the insignia on his coat lapels. The insignia of the Knight-Commander. Seriously? Of all the people they could have picked, they chose an imbecile like him to be the Knight-Commander? Never mind holding a broadsword – he looks like he would faint from taking a few steps. Of course, I knew the reason for his position perfectly well. The memories I browsed through told me more than enough. When even a bastard like Lodorick thinks that he is incompetent, it’s pretty much the truth already. Currently, the son of a bi—sorry, the ‘Knight-Commander’, was beating up a group of slaves for failing to perform satisfactorily. “We don’t have the resources to spare for useless people! They should all just go and die!” It’s ironic that you are the one saying that, you know? Those slaves that have been beaten look really scary, especially their eyes. It’s almost as if they are staring at a walking corpse. Oh well, if the objective turns out to be what I think they are, this occurrence could turn out to be a very useful one. Inside the Twisted Labyrinth Like its name suggests, this labyrinth is rather twisted. The corridors were covered with overgrown plant life, and arching black spirals with sharpened edges. I’m assuming the stains on those edges aren’t tomato sauce. We quickly discovered that maps were useless in this place. “Dammit, the last turn ought to have been the right one!” You’re noisy. But I get how you feel, at least. Most people would go insane when the winding corridors go on forever and something breathes down your neck the entire time. It's about time that the objectives of this scenario dungeon are made known to me. After all, we're already inside the dungeon. —————————————————————— [Twisted Labyrinth Dungeon (Scenario)] The Labyrinth is hungry. It demands sacrifices. Nobody is allowed to leave alive. Everyone must be sacrificed to keep the Labyrinth going. Depending on your actions, you may gain bonus rewards. The beastkin slaves look kind of dissatisfied with something. —————————————————————— Like I thought, this whole expedition was a trap—-this country’s higher ups intend to sacrifice troops to the labyrinth every year in exchange for keeping it running. Labyrinths are valuable sources of revenue; it’s impossible they will let one disappear if they could help it. Not that I can blame them. Everything follows the law of the jungle; if you are weak, you get eaten. In the same situation, I would have doubtlessly made the same choices. However. The main objective here is to survive. As for the hidden objective, the message already hinted at it. Helping the beastkin leave here alive, huh? That's slightly tricky. With this borrowed body, I have higher stats than before, and what's more, I have Space Magic with me. But, I'm not that familiar with using Space Magic, so if I mess this up, there's a chance that my secret will be revealed. Hmm...24 knights, excluding me. 25 beastkin slaves, and the cat-eared maid I saw earlier is one of them. I have the [Map] to check exactly where we're going. Can I do something with these conditions? Spoiler: Chapter 4: The Mercy Shop is Closed Today Knight Commander’s POV My name is Garok Vortius, second son of the Vortius House, one of the most powerful Duke houses in the Ferunia Kingdom. Borrowing my father’s authority, I was granted the title of Knight Commander. This ‘Labyrinth Exploration Task’ was given to me as my first mission upon being a Knight Commander. This mission is a simple, yet important one. The Labyrinth is an important asset for the Kingdom. If I do this right, Father may even name me the successor of the Vortius House. Although, why does a Knight Commander like me have to put up with the likes of beast-kin? Mere slaves don’t deserve to be a part of this glorious mission! Never mind. If things go awry, they can be my meat shields. As long as I complete this mission, it doesn’t matter how many people die. MC’s POV That was difficult; slowly killing off people in a labyrinth sure is annoying, especially since I'm limited to just scheming. With my [Map], I had managed to discover the exact positioning of the traps scattered around, and silently made the other knights walk right into the traps. When there was just one more knight left, I stabbed him in the back with a blade, watching him gurgle up blood as he turned to stare at me, struggling to speak before he perished. It was the first time I got blood on my hands. It felt great. I never felt more alive. The group of huddled slaves were shivering, as they looked upon me, who was covered in blood, and tried to make themselves as unnoticeable as possible. I deliberately approached the cat girl, sword unsheathed, causing her to freeze up. *Clank* I broke the chains that were binding her hands together, seeing the fear in her eyes turn into confusion. "There's a room 50 metres ahead, where monsters don't spawn. Lead your group to there, and wait for me. Don't move from the room, even by a single step, alright? It's safe inside there." Watching the cat girl nod, I handed her a dagger, gestured to the other beastkins' chains, and then left, proceeding to where the closest group of knights were. The blood on my armour was quite convincing when I told them that the whole of my group was wiped out. By doing this three more times, I managed to get a sizeable number of beastkin freed. Still, if I didn’t use the Space Magic, this could have taken hours. I better get a lot of rewards from this. Speaking of rewards……I haven’t seen that pig of a Knight-Commander yet……so he is in the 4th group, huh? Hmm, [Map]. Aha, found you. There also happens to be a conveniently located nest of wyverns nearby……this could come in handy. Knight Commander’s POV “Please wait!” Behind us, hurrying out of a side corridor…that’s the 2nd Group’s Knight-Captain, isn’t it? Why is he here? “We were ambushed by a pack of wolves!” Tsk. Useless. For a whole group of Knights to be wiped out by wolves…what a moronic bunch. “However, we found a map that showed the layout of this place. Here.” A map? Wait…this spot is..! We must hurry immediately. If we found the treasure buried here, I will gain even more recognition! This is my chance to become famous! Back to First Person POV Look at him, grinning like an idiot. As I thought, a fool. Don’t get me wrong. I have no enmity against fools; in fact, I rather like them. After all, they are the easiest to manipulate, all that muscle and not a single brain cell. And when you eventually betray them, the look of shock in their eyes……simply priceless. Still, being a fool has it’s own perks. You live in ignorance, but also bliss. Life isn’t so serious, as they say. Unfortunately, this particular group didn't seem to have too many beastkin slaves remaining. There was only 3 of them left alive by the time I met up with them, 3 young beastkin children. It's a wonder how cruel humans can be, but taking into account my own actions, I don't think I'm in any position to judge them. Knight Commander’s POV That wasn’t a real map! We were attacked by wyverns, as soon as we approached the spot located on the map! Leaving my subordinates behind as meat shields, I ran for my life. It was truly a blessing that Father had given me a piece of magic equipment for this expedition—it saved my life. However, that Knight-Captain……He did this on purpose, didn’t he? “As soon as I get back alive from this mission, I will arrest him for treason!” “That’s a death flag, you know? Also, who said you were getting out of this alive?” 50 minutes later, Outside the Twisted Labyrinth [Scenario Dungeon Complete] Finally. That’s was really tiring, I could use a nap when I get back. The group of beastkin slaves were with me. Even though 100 of them had gone into the Labyrinth. I was only able to get 60 of them out alive. The rest had perished as fodder for traps. "What do you intend to do with us, freeing all of us like that?" An elderly-looking beastman with leopard ears questioned me. Despite his age, his eyes were still sharp, and they were focusing on the sword still attached to my hip. Good grief, it's not good to be so wary, seeing how I saved the bunch of them. "Well, I don't have any plans for you guys...actually, these are in the way. |Remove disguise.|" The masquerade of the knight fell off me, like a curtain covering a tapestry, and my true appearance was revealed. "A human girl? Then, that knight..." "He doesn't exist anymore. Anyway, I'm not planning to have you guys do anything. In fact, this is as far as I'll take you. What happens next is entirely up to you guys now. I don't care if you choose to settle in some foreign country, or cause an uprising, because my role in this is over." The magical signature that was native to the Library was starting to surround me, preparing to bring me back to the Library. "Please wait! Please tell us your name! You saved us, after all, even though you are a human!" Ah, the cat girl. She's pluckier than I initially thought her to be. "Hmm...I highly doubt we'll meet again, and besides, I had my own motives for helping you guys, so I don't really deserve that gratitude. Therefore, it's not necessary for you to know that." That was all I could get out, before the spell activated, and I was forcefully brought out of this world. [Twisted Labyrinth Lisandre has been completed. Main and Hidden objectives have both been met.] —————————————————————— Scenario Rewards: Wolf Bloodline: Allows Host to change their Race to Wolf. Merciless (Rare Title): Grants a permanent ATK boost. Saviour (Rare Title): Grants a permanent HP boost. Betrayer (Rare Title): Your lies become more believable. Solitary (Passive): All stats double when alone. Feather Boots (Rare Equip): Adds SPD when worn, grants ‘Featherfall’ Skill First clear rewards: 200 Mana crystals: Currency for purchasing items from the Library’s Hoard. 1 Skill Point: Used to level up Skills immediately. Beginner’s Elemental Magic Kit: Use to obtain a beginner’s ranked elemental magic (Pick one from Fire, Water, Earth, or Air) Mysterious Random Box x1 (Consumable): Use to obtain one random item. —————————————————————— Ehhhhhh! That’s too little rewards for so much hard work! I demand a refund! Also, what's with all those titles...Merciless...Betrayer..."Under the most demanding conditions, you schemed, and succeeded. Let the world fear you, who has the gift of a glib tongue." Glib tongue my a**! Who's a betrayer? Meanwhile, in the depths of a certain Library, a shadow that was watching from numerous large computer screens cradled her head in her hands. Spoiler: Chapter 5: Beginner's Luck Well, Library-chan? Do you have anything to say for yourself? [……] C’mon now, don’t be shy…it’s not as if I am such a Merciless person now, am I? [……] Now, now, you don’t have to remain so silent, yanno~ After all, I can‘t kill you, so no need to be so scared~ But honestly, having seen the consciousness of the Library in a human form was mildly surprising. There was a girl sitting in seiza before me. Light blue hair, neon yellow eyes. She was trembling ever so slightly though. And her clothes……Mhm, is this what they call gothic lolita fashion? *Sniff* *Sniff* Oh dear. I only meant to joke around with her a bit, but she’s already crying…Oh well, I’ll go take a look at the other rewards from that scenario. Hou? She’s getting up from the floor? [This one……will bring you there.] Did she already get over her fright? That was quick…looks like she is more resilient than I thought, huh? Although, why is she glancing back at me every so often? It’s quite dangerous if you don’t pay attention to where you a— *Bam!* Yep, she tripped. What a klutz. At this rate, we won’t be going anywhere until Ragnarok rolls around. I grabbed her shoulders, causing her to stiffen up. |Unfathomable void, bring me to where I desire. Teleport.| Rank 8 Space Magic, Teleport. It allowed me to visit any location as long as I had knowledge of it. In this case, I borrowed Library-chan’s memories to get us here. It’s a costly spell with a cost of 50 mana points per cast, but my mana pool is large enough...and also because walking is a pain. Additionally, it seemed that spells could be invoked by just chanting the name; completing the full chant makes it more powerful, though. I unknowingly stumbled on this fact when I tested the Rank 4 Spell, Black Hole. Although, the full chant for that was quite short to begin with – |Devour, infinite abyss. Black Hole.| Never mind that. Now…where are we? We were standing in the middle of a room that resembled a nuclear plant’s control room (and don’t ask me why I know how a nuclear plant’s control room looks like). There was 2…glass tubes? that were filled with a strange, fizzing liquid. It glowed radioactive green, too. [D-Don’t suddenly invoke Teleport like that! It’s disorientating!] LIbrary-chan was glaring at me, flustered. Gomen, gomen, teehee. Although, it is really tiring to keep calling her Library-chan… "Yosh, from now on your name’s Liza!" [Don’t go about deciding important things like that on your ownnnnnnnn?!] Yeah, I don’t think she will ever bore me. “Still, you can drop the white lotus act now. It doesn’t work on me.” [Tsk…got found out. I thought so.] “You were observing, weren’t you.” [Yes. I needed to know just what kind of person the future Librarian is.] “Oho? And you thoughts about me, then?” [I exercise my right to keep silent.] Tsk! … After that, I was rebuked by the Library Girl, who insisted that 1) She already had a name, Rufilia and 2) She definitely did not want to be called Liza. Even though I spent so much effort thinking of a good name, too! Just kidding, besides, her eyes were already brimming with tears when she glared at me. Cute. I was strictly not interested in yuri, but the way she looked tempted me to push her down……That was dangerous, I nearly lost myself in pink thoughts. (Author’s note: I think you are already long past the point of simply being lost.) Anyways… [This is the Evolution Room. Inside here, you can obtain newer races from fulfilling certain tasks or as gifts. Some races require you to merge the races you already currently have to unlock them, while others have strict conditions to be equipped, so be careful.] [Since this is the first time the Librarian has entered the Evolution Room, this one shall pick a suitable race as a welcoming gift…Please wait…] [Obtained Race: Spirit] I subconsciously stare at Rufilia. Really? Of all the races you could have picked, you picked that? And you still said you didn’t hold any grudges? —————————————————————— Race: Spirit (Common) Grants minor bonus to all stats Grants Spiritual Vision (Passive) when in spirit form, as well as enhanced smell and hearing Minor Spd bonus Can be imbued with magic Can be combined —————————————————————— Imbued with magic? Uh…ok, do this, and then this…press this…done! [Race: Spirit] has been imbued with Air Magic (which I chose from the Beginner’s Elemental Magic Kit) to form [Race: Gale Spirit (Uncommon)]. Beside the base effects of the Spirit Race, it also granted higher Spd and a high Air Affinity. Besides imbuing, there also seemed to be a combination effect…What’s it do? [This one suggests that Librarian try that out herself to understand it.] ……Fine then. This girl, she really is one of those quiet and vengeful types, isn’t she? Well, might as well do it. After all, you only live once. (Author’s note: But you are living a second life rn lol.) Click. [Combine Race: Wolf with Race: Gale Spirit?] Yes. Click. Now, what will I get……? [Congratulations, you have obtained a Legendary-ranked Race.] Eh? Beside me, Rufilia’s mouth hangs wide open. Spoiler: Chapter 6: Gap Moe It took a while before Rufilia was able to undo the [Petrification] status on herself. For reasons unknown, she was now sulking in a corner while mumbling incoherently. [Impossible……none……why……] Eh? [Impossible! First of all, how low do you think the chances of obtaining a Legendary-ranked item is?! Moreover, you even got it on the first try?! Do you know that even this one has not seen a single Legendary-ranked item for the past 18,000 years?! And what’s worse, it’s a Legendary-ranked Race that will automatically grow on it’s own! Not even the Library has one of those in stock! Boo-hoo, apologise to this one’s shattered dreams……] What is there to fuss over? Isn’t it just a somewhat decent item? There is such a thing known as beginner’s luck, you know? [What do you mean by “somewhat decent”?! It’s a Legendary-ranked item! L-E-G-E-N-D-A-R-Y! The chances of getting one of these are so low that even top-class gods do not have many of these! Even this one only possesses a Legendary-ranked equipment!] Oh. So getting one of these was actually quite good? Speaking of which, let me check the stats on this thing. —————————————————————— Race: Storm Fenrir (Legendary) Patron of Wolves (Passive): As the ancestor of all wolves, you gain the right to summon any and every wolf to your aid. Stormbringer (Passive): Grants usage of Storm Magic (Advanced) even without using this class. Ancient Aura (Passive): Your presence alone intimidates most foes. Lupine Howl (Passive): You are able to communicate or inflict status effects depending on your howl. Wild Blessing (Passive): Massive boost to all stats. Retaliation (Active): If injured, returns 1000% of damage dealt to attacker. Once per day, stacks up to 3. This class is capable of further evolution. This class allows user to switch between Human (50% stats), Fenris (75% stats) and Fenrir (100% stats). —————————————————————— If I'm to be honest, this probably classifies as Endgame Boss Material. Although, most of the skills here sound horribly complicated...I'm going to need some time to get used to them. [Do you understand how good Legendary-ranked items are now? Be grateful, many have gone for their whole lives without seeing one. In fact, getting this would have probably spent all your luck, so be careful from now on.] Rufilia puffs out her cheeks while she complains. Unexpectedly childish, huh? Well, I should probably open up my other consumable stuff while I’m at it. This [Mysterious Random Box] should work out fine. Click. [Congratulations, you have obtained a Legendary-ranked Equipment.] ……Erm…… This time, Rufilia falls to her knees in despair. ……Seriously? What happened to being hard to get? … Right now, I was ignoring Rufilia who was sobbing away in the corner. [It’s not fair…! This one worked so hard for this one’s one legendary equipment, yet you easily got two after only 4 hours…! *Sniffles*] How noisy. It’s just another piece of Legendary gear, what is there to be upset about? —————————————————————— Dual Elemental Clawed Gauntlets (Legendary Armament) Left hand: Midday Gauntlet, Amaterasu Blessing of the Sun Goddess (Passive): Left claw deals fire and holy damage with each strike. Claw of Antares (Passive): By injecting mana, fire off mana blades of fire and holy element. Sacred Flare (Passive): Chance to set target on fire. Unbreakable Right hand: Midnight Gauntlet,Tsukuyomi Blessing of the Moon Goddess (Passive): Right claw deals water and darkness damage with each strike. Claw of Polaris (Passive): By injecting mana, a mana grappling hook grabs the target, pulling you to them or them to you. Gloomy Frost (Passive): Chance to freeze the target. Unbreakable —————————————————————— I know that any hard-core gamer out there would probably be cussing at me for not properly appreciating this, but I don't really think these are any special. Injecting mana? Darkness damage? How am I going to utilize them properly if I've never had much experience with moving my mana to begin with? Also, to get another piece of Legendary item so easily, what happened to being nearly impossible to get? Is this the main character correction? I’ve thought about this before, but I’m really a cheat, aren’t I. Like that, it’s understandable for someone like Rufilia, who has worked on improving her gear constantly, to feel jealous about that. Well, gomen’ nasai. It’s not my fault. 5 minutes later, in the Library’s training arena… |Melt the flesh and char the bones! Incinerate!| |Pierce, Holy Thunder Spear! Gungnir!| |Purify, divine light! Dispel!| Ahh….she snapped. Why are you casting Dispel on me, though? Doesn’t that only affect demonic or undead beings? Each of those spells carried enough power to be worthy of the category of Master magic, but with my insane mental defences, I barely felt anything. It doesn’t hurt me more than Garok’s (Chapter 5) trump card, Flame Arrow did…Let’s test something out. She's charging up for a big spell, anyway. |Freeze everything in your path! Icelight!| |Burn, crimson flames. Flame Arrow.| Rank 1 Fire Elemental Magic, Flame Arrow. It was the weakest of all magic, compared to the Rank 7 Icelight from the Frost Elemental Magic. By all means, the frost should have overcome the flames, yet the two struck each other head on…and dispelled each other. [That’s impossible?! For a measly rank 1 to have dispelled my rank 7 magic…You cheat existence!!!|Burn, undying flame! Devour everything in your path! Hellfire!|] With a gentle swat of my hand, the purple flare was knocked aside. This girl…she was really trying to kill me, wasn’t she? So she is the type that lets their emotions get to their head? What a disappointing beauty. [DIEEEEEEEEE!] And so, the afternoon passed with Rufilia trying to kill me with her entire arsenal. Spoiler: Chapter 7: Setting Off Today, I was subjected to an hour of lecturing regarding the exact details of my job, how I should be expected to behave while on duty, how I would be able to utilize the faculties available in the Library…Midway, I fell asleep, and was awoken with a fist to the face. [Did you actually remember a single thing this one said?] The girl who had taken care of the Library for over 300 centuries was glaring at me. “Um. Nope. Do you mind telling it to me again?” [Haaah….] I was given another hour-long lecture, this time under extreme surveillance of the girl to ensure that I was not dozing off in any way. Well, the results of that explanation was: Guard the Library treasures and repel invaders. The remaining time is up to you to spend. [That’s it?! This one told you much more things than that!] “It’s fineeee~ You can always tell me again later, especially since I’ll probably forget it in the next few seconds, anyway.” Rufilia sighs. [This one is convinced that letting you here was a mistake…even more so now…] “Hm. So, my job was to guard this place, right? Against who, again?” *Wham* The girl projected a transparent mallet, and smashed me into the wall with it. Surprisingly, there was no feeling where the pain should have been. [Dammit…Legendary Races and their overpowered physical stats…] … Rufilia seems to have created an alert system to warn of incoming invaders. Apparently, one shows up every other week, on Friday morning. “Did they agree to a pre-scheduled timetable?” [That isn’t it. The entrance to the Library is only open every Friday morning, and no more than one group can enter at once. There is also only one entrance, so no more than one world can be connected to the invasion gate at any one time.] “One group? Isn’t that way too little people to invade this place? Do they have exceptionally strong equipment to be able to get here in a small group?” [There isn’t technically an upper limit to the group size. Your job is to hunt down every one of them.] “So, advantage in numbers and human wave tactics, huh? How annoying…so the frontrunners are usually cannon fodder, correct?” [Yes. The next group shall arrive in about 35 hours, so you have about 30 hours of free time before that.] “And why exactly is there an entrance for invasion? Couldn’t you have blown up or sealed the entrance to prevent the invasion from occurring?” [Well…that worked in the past, when the Library was still in a hibernating status due to the absence of the Librarian, but now…uh…] My eyes narrowed. [Um…that’s it! Yeah, because not having reactivated the entrance after the Librarian shows up would cause a paradox in the time–space continuum and create a massive explosion capable to removing every trace of creation and…uh…] “Your eyes are swimming, you know?” She reactivated the door precisely just to screw with me, didn’t she? [Shut up! Ahem! Anyways, your job is to just kill off all the nuisances that approach here. At other times, you’ll be free to do as you like.] I guess I’ll let her off for now. “Noted. Now, you did mention that books in this library can be…experienced? How does that work exactly?” [In short, you can pick to enter the plot of the story as either one of the characters, or as a completely new character. Rewards will be given for meeting the objectives of the original story, or for changing the story’s plot by your own actions.] Oho? That is a really interesting concept, if it works the way I think it does. “Does it work for any story? Are there any penalties in particular?” [Well, yes, it works for any story. The time flows at a different speed inside story worlds compared to here, at approximately 1/2 the speed of normal time. You can also leave story worlds of your own violation, and the time flows shall be halted until you visit those again, so don’t worry too much about that, too. In fact, there's pretty much nothing to worry about...except the fact that you can die in the story world, too, so you have to be careful. Extremely careful.] Rufi drew herself up to her full height, standing ramrod straight and placing her hands at her hips, as she wore an extremely stern expression. [If you die in the story, you die in real life.] *Wham* [Ow! What was that for?!] "Did you think this was some sort of messed up MMORPG? Why would I even read any of those if I could die inside them?" She stiffens. [Uh...um...you get some really good rewards, particularly if you manage to discover the secret in each story.] Potential rewards versus possibility of dying. Great. This is the kind of situation where 99 of 100 people would turn away from it, for goodness sake. But I'm part of that 1%. If I'm going to die one day, might as well go out knowing that I've tried. “I’ll go attempt a story since I have nothing better to do, I guess. Say, Rufi, pick me a good story.” [Rufi?! This one thinks that your treatment of this one is getting worse over time…*Sniffles*…Ok, this one shall pick an easier one for you…] [Nightmare Mode – ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ (Role: Wolf) Objective: Don’t die] …Nightmare mode…This girl...she really hates me a lot, doesn’t she? Even if I have these overpowered equips and technically should not die, there's still a margin of error, especially with that high a difficulty level, you know. Arc 2: Paradoxical Library Side Story: Paradoxical Library Arc 3: Paradoxical Library Arc 4: Paradoxical Library Arc 5: Paradoxical Library Author's Note: This is my first writing project, so any feedback/tips are extremely appreciated! I have no clue whether the length of each individual chapter is too short or not, but generally, it's 1000~ words per chapter. May include some references that are slightly obscure.