LV999 Villager – Chapter 1 P9

Xant: And so chapter 1 ends…is it 1? Or Chapter 9 arc 1? Idfk. Whatever. This is the last part of ‘Chapter 1’ as it’s labelled.


The Sprouting Grass Which Declares That “We Are A Party Of Heroes!” Part 9


“Is this…a theft of the Royal Family’s heirloom?”

“No, but…it’s not an exaggeration to say that the sword dropped in the Dungeon.”

“But the Royal Family considers this room to be a secret warehouse.”

Kagami’s forehead began to drip with sweat, as a retort rose up in his thoughts. “Who cares you damn idiot! It wasn’t made inside the Dungeon!”

It was an outrageous crime to steal things from the Royal Family. The Royal Family’s Princess being right in front of him made Kagami feel anxious.

As expected, with a member of the Royal Family in front of him, he couldn’t say, “Don’t put your possessions in a Dungeon like this, where anyone can accidentally enter and take it! It would be safer in the castle!”

“Well…it’s fine if it gets replaced, right?”

“That sword is priceless.”

Shut up! Although I had a merchant appraise it to confirm the price of the item, I idiotically sold that sword for just 300 gold. I feel like crying…

However, Kagami couldn’t protest because he couldn’t afford being labeled as a criminal.

Among the people who served as the Imperial City’s Magicians, there were some who could use magic to brand criminals.

Normally if you killed people or committed other crimes, you would be branded as a criminal and your Status Window would automatically be dyed red. However, people from the Imperial City could testify on your behalf.

On the other hand, if the Imperial Magicians marked the Status Window with a skull and crossbone, you would be denied access to all facilities in the country, be ruined, and chased out of the Imperial City.

People with faded crossbone marks could return to the Imperial City and show that they had atoned, getting a remission displayed on their Status Window. However, this would also cripple that person for life.

For Kagami, whose only goal was to enjoy his life, this was fatal.

“Well…what can I do to have this overlooked?”

Kagami, who was the quickest to respond, looked at Krul and asked her.

“From the beginning, that Holy Sword is the sword that was made to defeat the Demon King.”

“Meaning?”

“Would you like to join our party and defeat the Demon King together?”

The Demon girl twitched and frowned upon hearing Krul’s words. She scowled at Krul before staring at Kagami with an agitated expression.

Kagami faced her and opened his mouth widely, showing off a wry smile as if it were a genuine one.

“No, thank you.”

Kagami replied clearly, and the Demon girl looked relieved.

“Why!? If you have that much power, I’m sure you can defeat the Demon King! You don’t seem to be aware of the fact that nobody has ever accomplished this!”

“I don’t know.”

When Krul persistently tried to tempt him to join them, Kagami glared back and replied in a serious tone, as if to intimidate her.

Krul’s body instantly trembled and she was at a loss for words from the aura that did not seem to be from a Villager.

Understanding that it was useless to talk any more, Kagami began to move again.

“Don’t you agree that it will be fine if the Legendary Holy Sword is brought back? Since I’ll go find it again and return it somehow, please forgive me on this matter. I also have some responsibility for being negligent.”

Kagami said this firmly. If you thought about it, since he hadn’t named himself yet, he had no fear of being branded as a criminal. He perceived that he would be able to manage somehow if he got away from this place.

“Why…is that? Do you not want wealth or fame? Do you not want to save people that are suffering?”

“Hmm? I do want wealth, but I don’t really need fame. If there are people suffering…well, I’d save them.”

“T-then, at least you have a reason to fight! If you still say that’s not enough…when the Demon King is defeated, I’ll become your Queen!”

Everyone there let out a surprised “Hah!?” in response to Princess Krul’s unexpected offer.

“W-wait! Princess…are you saying that you will pledge yourself to a Villager!?”

Rex Chickyboy got impatient and lost his temper. Part of his plan had been to finally defeat the Demon King and, after becoming rich and famous, be pledged to the Princess and rule the country.

“Even so, I am still willing to do it. I’ve decided that this Villager is worthy of that much, since his power is so rare.”

Krul spoke normally, since she had come to the decision with her calm judgement. This was the strength of her desire to defeat the Demon King.

Kagami felt her implacable desperation behind her stern, serious expression and was impressed that she thought about others and not herself despite her young age.

“However, I refuse.”

Still, he refused the offer. He had only been impressed.

Although it was not a bad offer for Kagami, whose goal was to gather gold, he had a policy of never replying “Yes” to such requests.

He wasn’t worried about somebody defeating the Demon King, since he expected the Demon King to be defeated eventually. However, agreeing to defeat the Demon King himself was a different matter.

“Please…tell us the reason.”

“First of all, you are fundamentally mistaken.”

“A misunderstanding?”

Everyone concentrated on listening to the seemingly irritated Kagami, who proceeded to explain thoroughly.

“I don’t really think that the Demon King subjugation is an achievement. That is the reason that I won’t help you fight. That’s all. By the way…since these are only my opinions, you don’t have to worry about it.”

“I don’t understand…what you’re saying.”

Everyone else shared Krul’s feelings. They could not understand what he was saying.

Nobody had ever completed a Demon King subjugation. The Demon King was the largest cause of the production of Monsters, and removing such a danger would be a huge achievement for humans.

“Well, it’s fine if you don’t understand. Since you don’t understand, it’s nothing bad.”

Kagami finished talking and resumed walking, putting a foot outside of the room.

“Please wait. Even if you leave, I won’t be satisfied with not understanding. Although I understand that you are incredible, at least tell us the reason that you won’t fight the Demon King.”

Palna finally spoke, genuinely concerned. She had chosen the path of fighting to enjoy a fun life while obtaining wealth and fame, but this Villager did not seem to have the same desire for power.

“Good grief. It’s difficult to try and explain it. It doesn’t mean that you guys are mistaken, so ain’t it fine if you ignore me? There’s no point unless you realize it yourself.”

“At least…just a hint…”

Next, the timid Tina asked a question. The moment Kagami looked back at her, her body trembled and she tried to look away with an “eek!”.

“What has the Demon King done to humans? What have humans done to the Demon King?”

After Kagami finally answered, he left the glowing room and disappeared into the darkness of the dimly lit cave.

Everyone left inside puzzled over the mysterious words that he had left them.

Things the Demon King had done to humans? The Demon King spawned Monsters, which brutally murdered countless numbers of people. Things humans had done to the Demon King? They tried to kill the Demon King in order to release the people from their suffering. That was all. That was the only reason.

As for whether it was funny or there was a reason not to fight, they couldn’t understand it at all.

The Villager had also said that “It doesn’t mean that you guys are mistaken.”

It wasn’t a mistake to try to defeat the Demon King. However, it wasn’t an achievement either. It wasn’t a reason to fight with the Demon King. It wasn’t a reason to obtain wealth and fame?

“No more! I don’t understand it! What is that guy!”

Tina was unable to understand the reason and puffed her cheeks in response.

“That Villager…is probably a Villager who is stronger than any other Role.”

Whether or not she felt depressed with those unbelievable remarks, Palna sighed and stated her thoughts. She then noticed that Rex was glaring at the entrance of the room.

“Rex? What’s wrong? Staring at the entrance of the room like a beast…if it’s about the Villager from earlier, I am fairly certain that he isn’t in this area anymore?”

“That guy…when he passed me, he said something strange.”

Krul, who was slightly depressed from being rejected, showed interest in Rex’s words.

“What…did he say?”

“‘You…still don’t know the System of this world’…is what he said.”

“Sys…tem?”

When they heard this, the mystery of the Villager grew.

“That person…what exactly does he know?”

“I don’t know, but one thing is clear.”

Rex responded to Krul, who had put a hand on her chin while staring at the doorway that the Villager had left through. He began to walk towards the cave’s darkness, just like the Villager had, with resolve.

Certainly, he did not know the System of this world. If that was the case, then it would be fine if he learned about this System…and surpassed that Villager. It was impossible for a Villager to be able to do something that he could not.

Things like the Holy Sword didn’t matter anymore. Now, there was something inside him…a reliable power that didn’t need such things.

The absolute confidence to take down the Demon King…to gain this power. He could do it. He definitely could.

“I…must become the strongest of them all!”

A burning desire to obtain the power to surpass the Level 999 Villager lit up inside of him, as if it had become his new obsession.


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75 thoughts on “LV999 Villager – Chapter 1 P9

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        1. subzole

          Then read Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku too. The MC there is little similar to Kagami as he reached lvl 310 right after arriving to that world. There even the strongest demon lord was only level 140.

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    1. I don’t really hate him too much. He was basically brainwashed his entire life to be a prideful moron, and yet when his pride was shattered and stepped on by the MC here he only increased his determination to become powerful regardless of the tools at hand. I can’t blame him for not knowing anything, because he wasn’t taught any better, and along the way to 999 he’ll probably figure out the symbiotic hateful relationship between demons and humans, as their battles level each-other, creating stronger monsters, giving more money and EXP, making stronger humans to make demons even stronger.

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      1. I hate him since i read the chapter when he’s looking for companions.. how arrogant he is, how he’s looking down on other people. He’s too full of himself for being a hero.
        And i doubt that moron ever figure out the system.

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        1. I think for now the Hero has some potential now that the MC so efficiently, mercilessly, and completely stomped on the Hero’s pride and worldview with his absolute strength, and showed him how insignificant and weak he really is. He might fall to the flattering bullshit of everyone around him once again, or he’ll maintain his resolution and maybe one day join the MC in knowing how things REALLY work. At this point only time can tell.

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            1. I think the word here is that they’re naive. The hero isn’t particularly innocent with his blatant ulterior motives in the forming of his party, his hunger for glory, and his need to stroke his own pride(at least up until where the MC shattered it like fragile glass dropped at terminal velocity into giant titanium plates), but definitely naive.

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          1. IamMe

            Yea, when you are told everyday by most everyone that you meet that you are special and destined for greatness, from a young age, it has a tendency to inflate your ego and warp you personality. Having everything he knew shattered so thoughly and also being told that he can gain the same or greater power if he can figure out how it all works gives him a goal.

            He is not likely to have his ego inflate up like a baloon again after leaving there. Even if people start telling him how great he is the image of watching a villager rip a massive stone pedestal out of the ground and throw it to the side will probably surface in his mind and let him keep his perspective.

            On the Demons, all they are doing is existing. The question is where did the come from and why. The demons are seen as an object of fear but most of the people are not trying to understand why the system is the way it is or how it came into being, they just accept that that is the way things work and ignore the possibilites.

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            1. People exist.
              Demons exist.
              Demons spawn monsters.
              People kill monsters and demons.
              People gain levels.
              For ??? reasons monsters spawn of variable levels.(it has something to do w/ the magic power demons give off, but we don’t really know the exact characteristics)
              People become powerful enough to explore and grow within the surroundings of the world.
              Demons thrive due to the monsters being mostly neutral or friendly towards them, spawning more monsters.
              People become powerful to equalize this, and the cycle of hatred is completely pointless due to the economy being heavily based off of the cycle of monster spawning and increase of adventurer strength.

              My guess on the spawning mechanics for this world is that, like most other world systems, the magic power given off by demons, usually called miasma, modifies the strength of the monster spawned. This means that there’s a buffer zone of lower miasma density, allowing low level monsters to spawn closer to human settlements and making extremely high level monsters spawn around demon settlements, preventing proper offensive warfare from either side due to high casualties from the humans and the fact that monsters usually remain within their spawn zone.

              There’s also the fact that there are probably very few to no demons who can reach the point of spawning monsters with their individual miasma outside of long-term saturation of an enclosed area, making it extremely impractical for demons to increase their territory even with understanding of this.

              Add in that the gods are probably manipulating people’s birth classes to maintain a power equilibrium and any attempts to expand the power base of either humans or demons would result in tweaks of the human class composition to equalize the powers over a long term. There may be temporary victories and settlements in demon territory for a generation or two at most, but at that point there would probably be less power-classes born and thus less power-base for the humans, forcing them back into a defensive position with only enough strength to protect what they originally had.

              The additional factor of it being an extremely tough psychological block to go outside the bounds of your class’s “role” makes it so that humans, fearing change, refuse to go outside their role and perform unexpected actions, allowing easier management due to increasing the predictability of humans. Kagami is clearly an extreme outlier and a wrench in the entire system, making him a proper fulcrum upon which to lever the entire story.

              Also, for handling that currency is infinitely spawned by monsters there’s also the world store which seems to “consume” currency in exchange for consumable/temporary goods, maintaining an economic balance of sorts.

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  2. Hartesya

    System of this world…
    Hmm..
    Should the monsters of the world decreases with the defeat of the demon king, the effects would be:
    1. A lot of people especially adventurers will lose their jobs.
    2. Do they hunt monster for their meat? If so, less food source.
    3. Decline of public security due to lotsa jobless people.
    4. With no one keeping the remaining monsters in check, will they rampage and breed uncontrollably?
    5. Without a common enemy (demon king and monsters), humans will turn to each other and wars will happen.
    6. With less threats, human population will greatly increase and upset the balance of the world or something.
    So, maybe the system created the demon king vs human thing to keep the balance and human population in check?
    Hmm…
    Will this story be really deep?

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    1. Actually, I think that the Demon King is just something small in the larger scheme of things.

      Think, if the hero party thinks that he can easily kill the Demon King since he is level 999, what did he do to get to that level…?

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  3. triopsate

    Time to queue the training montage and time skip? I can’t imagine any other way of showing the hero grinding his way from like 999 without a training montage and time skip :|

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  4. Kensei Seraph

    Thanks for the chapter.

    The below is pure speculation.

    Things the Demon King has done:
    Hole up in an area free of the humans that the monsters that spawn around him would attack.

    Things the Humans have done:
    Send a countless number of assassins to kill the Demon King.

    Imagine what would happen if the Demon King and the other Demons were to march on a Human city.
    Monsters would constantly spawn around them, enough monsters to wipe out any human city.

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  5. Hahhhh…………. why are they so dumb?
    Defeating Demon Lord will bring nothing, but trouble. I bet the human king had realized this as well, but he decided to send his daughter to her grave to maintain the image of royal family. And the sword, I bet it was fake and have no power.

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  6. fronttide

    well, the reason why human want kill demon lord because monster spawn… and the reason why kagami refuse is because even if they defeat demon lord that won’t change system world (monster spawn)

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    1. k

      And i doubt the hero would truly surpass the villager even when he excel him in level. He lack true experience fighting high-class boss with villager’s stat

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  7. gloom

    though as hateful as he is…
    objectively speaking this is only his starting point so it’s just expected that the hero is immature and naive. true he has some nasty kind of pride but it’s just to be expected since he was born with the tittle not gaining it.
    i really start to wonder did yuusha words really can be translated into hero since being a hero is great achievement first tittle came after not the other way around.

    if i may say personally i think this hero childish enough since all his dream were become a hero that defeat the maou and then become a king that rule the kingdom. not that he seems to understand what kind of deeds a king usually need to do.

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  8. stupid hero, before meeting the man seeing someone pass 250 was almost impossible, and 300 a dream, but now suddenly you think you can surpass someone level 999 even when he’s the weakest class?
    also, i’ve been wondering about that the entire time: ‘does the demon king actually actively attack humans? or is it just that he/she (more probable) simply has the curse of monsters spawning around her? because if so, the humans are assholes”

    thanks for the chapter

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  9. Celestial Flame

    The question is, which burns stronger though? His determination to become stronger than the villager or his lust.
    It has already been shown he puts his life at a lower level considering his recruitment. (It is one thing to be bias towards women, its another to have that as the sole condition)

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  10. Corsad

    Just finished reading Chapter 1 and there are a few thorns I would like to remove from myself.

    First of all, I hate this MC and I believe Chicky is a more suitable protagonist(I do hate Chicky’s Harem tendency).
    Chicky, in his own way shows that he can focus on a goal. When he found out someone stronger than himself, he tried to get the information to become just as strong as the MC (Although he chickened out). Due to his fault that his team is weak, but he tried to make use of his teammates in a fight and leveling them so they can become useful(Our MC are more likely to handle everything by himself).

    The MC? Too many useless actions with no purpose at all. Why did he even try to save the Demon girl? That girl didn’t care about him, she threw 3 level monster 70 to a guy in plain clothes with no weapon and didn’t take a look back. Now ignore why he wanted to save her, what is his purpose to stay behind and talk with the hero team? Why won’t he just picked her up and ran out during the smokescreen, since he was fast enough that the hero team only recognized him as “something”? He just has to stay act like a Chunni boy that scream out loud: “I’m strong due to my sad past, sympathy with me. Also, praise me”
    In a sense, Chicky acts like a smart human while the MC isn’t.

    Moreover, he talked about how people don’t understand Demon. In my case, since the princess said her country which used to be japan is actually one of the last 3 kingdoms. Then what happened to the majority of the world now? Probably ruled by demons. To normal people, the Demon is the invader, using the weapon called Monster to destroy the human race. So far, I didn’t read anything about demon aimed to co-exist. And even if they do, such thing is only possible when both sides are equal. All I read is that the demon tried to destroy the human race’s chance at getting an equal footing by attempting to destroy the Hero Sword.
    You might say the Monster that the Demon spawn is useful. Our MC wants to eat sushi, crab and beef, which are normal food and since the monster are humanoid, Human probably not going to eat the Monster as their main meal. For better weapon and armour? If there are no Monster and Demon, people won’t need them to begin with. Hey, they drop valuable drop and money? The only drop I see is the horn that can attract more monster with no other use. And why money’s value wasn’t dropping like fly when there is an excess supply of coin from killing monster which doesn’t represent for anything? Did some country decide to trade the food and other goods they made for copper, silver and gold coins to make shiny silverware for every citizen?
    To sum up, I wouldn’t say that the Demon should be terminated. However, either the Demon allow human to have a Hero that could fight him equally, or the current undefeated Demon King need to die. If not, there is no justification our MC can use to explain why he keep trying to protect the demon race just to make more money for himself.

    And the world’s system to be strong? Is “Instead of being locked up in my crib or my room. My parent decided to put their 2 years old child to the backyard where there are lethal monsters and didn’t even checking on their son while he take his time throwing rocks at slime every single day” the rule for being stronger? Whether that is the rule or not, MC’s really has a bad household. Then again, that could explain why he is an attention seeker.

    Anyway, sorry for the ranting, but I normally tried to put myself into the MC’s shoes so I like it when everything is believable. This kind of story where the author only tried to show the MC off without thinking about the scenario bugged me so much that I want to make this post.

    P/s: I do agree with the MC that the Royalty wasn’t very smart to keep that sword in a dungeon. What’s the point of putting the sword in the dungeon and not storing it inside the treasury?

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  13. ……how do u surpass a lvl 999, regardless of the fact that the MC not having a job title that boost his strength? Assuming the hero manages to reach lvl 999, will he still be able to beat the MC? His stats should be a bit higher right but in terms of lvl he can’t really surpass the MC…..

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  14. Isn’t it easy to get out of being branded a criminal? There was no door let alone a secret entrance and no warning or sign stating the sword was royal property. He just found an open room in a dungeon containing a cool sword, what adventurer wouldn’t take it if they were capable of doing so? Even if the royal family says they own it, they keep knowledge of it a secret despite it being in a place anyone could wander into. Sure, you need absurd stats or the Hero Role to take it, but so what? How does that equate to being royal property, especially when needing the Hero Role is a hidden requirement?

    Even if she threatened to still have him marked, he could get to town long before them and either request mediation from the Guild or start spreading the story of how he found it and how he’s now being unreasonably branded a criminal. Public opinion is powerful, even in such a society.

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