The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 5 Chapter 38

“Tch, ‘Blizzard’!” [Mage Leader]
” ‘Shadow Wall’ !!” [Remiri]

Shiva swung his halberd, and the man before him tottered back, forcefully casting a spell in the nick of time, which Remiri blocked.

After the raging blizzard calmed down, the two sides glared at each other.

“Sigh… I know it’s wrong to cry foul during battle, but seriously… just where the heck did they get this absurd magic tool that can absorb magic power? Our offensive magic disappears before it can hit them, our defensive magic is weaker… Man, what a pain, seriously…” [Barrack]

Barrack grumbled and the lamp-using mage that was fighting Shiva spoke.

“And yet we’ve already lost three men while only one of you is injured.” [Mage Leader]

Despite the overwhelming advantage of the enemy thanks to that lamp of theirs, the ones currently winning were none other than the rescuers. That being said, however, the situation was no less grim thanks to the enemy mage. Remiri hypothesized the source of his strength being the lamp, and so, Shiva tried to destroy it, but the mage was no slouch and was able to protect the lamp.

The chain connected to that lamp rustled as the man looked to the rescuers’ only injured member, who was taking refuge under the cover of the armadillos while the girls nursed him. It was only for a moment, however, as he was immediately forced to turn back his gaze at Shiva.

He couldn’t keep his attention away for long lest he left himself open to an attack, but what really caught his attention was Shiva talking.

“It seems you have some skill… So why? Why are you wasting your strength in a place like this?” [Shiva]
“What are you…” [Mage Leader]
“You people are soldiers, aren’t you?” [Shiva]

Those few words shocked both groups, then Shiva continued.

“To be more precise, you’re former soldiers. Former soldiers who once aspired to be knights.” [Shiva]
“Why…” [Mage Leader]
“The way you handle your sword is something I myself have been trained in when I was once a trainee; it is also the same technique I drilled into my subordinates. I may be putting on the years, but I haven’t gone senile yet to not notice that.

With skills like that there shouldn’t be any need for you to turn to banditry. If you use them properly, even riches and honor isn’t far off.” [Shiva]
“Don’t lump us in with bandits…” [Bandit 1]
“We haven’t been so sullied by money as to have ever attack a defenseless woman!” [Bandit 2]
“Stop it! The only thing that matters is our justice.” [Mage Leader]

The enemy did not take kindly to Shiva’s words; they cried out with bitterness in response, and it was the lamp-using mage who stopped them. At which point, this time Barrack cried out.

“Justice? What justice would scum like you know!?” [Barrack]
“The concept of justice might differ from person to person, but… I don’t think there’s any justice to be found in kidnapping people.” [Oslo]
“I don’t expect you to understand.” [Mage Leader]

The lamp-using mage did not bother to argue as the situation reached a boiling point, and then—


It was curious who it was that moved first. Was it Shiva, the former knight-commander, or the mage, with his seemingly twisted sense of justice… but regardless, the curtains were once again drawn, and the battle resumed.



The enemy attacked with a ferocity that suggested they were ready for death, while the rescuers battled them calmly. Still, the battle was no walk-in-the-park, as the enemy mages made the battle that much more difficult.

“Ugu!?” [Bandit]
“Don’t underestimate us!” [Nell]
“Ka!?” [Barrack]

Nell wrapped her whip around the neck of one of the bandits when he let his guard down, pulling him down to the ground, and allowing Barrack to finish him off.

The lamp-using mage grit his teeth when he saw that, then he yelled to the four mages supporting them from the back.

“It’s gotten to this point! Do it!!” [Mage Leader]

In that instant, two of the mages at the back unsheathed their swords and ran to the carriage.

“!! ‘Water Cutter’ !!” [Sebasu]
” ‘Fire Arrow’ !!” [Rheinbach]

When the rescue group saw what was happening, Sebasu and Rheinbach casted their magic, but it had no effect. Shiva then stepped out to try and break through, but…

“Gu!! You’re not… going anywhere!” [Mage Leader]

The lamp-using mage ran after Shiva to stop him despite the wound in his body, but then all of the sudden—

The sound of explosion resounded throughout the tunnel as the carriage was blown away, giving rise to dust and smoke.


“You’re… kidding…” [Kanan]

The carriage her friend was riding on just exploded. It was only natural she would be anxious, and in fact, it wasn’t just her but the whole group whose countenance had gone pale.

“They’re making a run for it!!” [Bandit]
“Damn, they saw us! Hurry!” [Male Adventurer 1]
“Tch, doing whatever he wants…!” [Marol]
“Let’s go already!” [Girl who was sitting on Elia’s Right]

One of the bandits running to the carriage was blown away, while the remaining one managed to survive. When he saw the two male adventurers running from the carriage unarmed along with the three girls, he called out in alarm. Elia was among the runaways, but the rescuers did not have the leisure to heave a sigh of relief upon seeing her safe.

With the runaways having no armor on, a single blow was all it would take to fatally injure one of them. The remaining 2 mages at the back casted strengthening magic on themselves before giving chase, while the rescuers attacked even fiercer to try and stop them, but the lamp-using mage would not let them pass.

” ‘Fire Wall’ !! ” [Elia]
” ‘Thunder Bolt’ !!” [One of the runaways]

The unarmed runaways had no choice but to run where there were no enemies. They casted a spell or two as they ran, but it had little effect past annoying the bandits.

There was not much distance between the runaways and those fighting next to the carriage to begin with, so it came as no surprise that the bandits were able to close the distance in no time at all.

The runaways prayed as they ran. Every step they took, every breath they took… echoed loudly in their ears. When they turned around to look, they saw two men bring their swords up. Elia glared at them as she inadvertently braced herself for death, then one of the men struck her with his sword—

“Huh?” [Pursuing Mage 3]

—But before he could land that blow, an arrow had suddenly found its way through his head.

As Elia saw the man tumble to the ground after losing his life, she tripped over herself and fell as well. When she turned to look at her remaining pursuer, she noted that he too had stopped. And in the next instant, a man wielding a blood-smeared katana stood between her and her pursuer.

“GYaAAAAA—-” [Pursuing Mage 4]

That man cut down her pursuer with a stroke of his blade, at which point Elia finally realized who it was that saved her.

“Ryouma… san?” [Elia]
“Looks like I made it.” [Ryouma]

Ryouma ignored the wary gazes of the female adventurers with Elia, looking instead to where the rest of the battle was unfolding. Ryouma was relieved to have finally caught up to Elia, but the lamp-using mage was not happy; he yelled as he crossed swords with Shiva.

“Don’t get in our way!!!” [Mage Leader]

Seeing the pursuing mages be defeated finally pushed the lamp-using mage past the end of his patience, as he cast another blizzard and left the frontline to rush to where Ryouma was.

“Step back!” [Ryouma]

Ryouma implored the female adventurers and Elia to move back while he fought with the lamp-using mage. He crossed swords with him once, then twice, and then thrice. When their swords locked, the lamp-using mage cursed.

“Cleaner! If it weren’t for you!!” [Mage Leader]
“Of course, I’ll get in your way. That’s the very reason why I came here, Alphodo!” [Ryouma]

The lamp-using mage did not expect Ryouma to know his name, and so for one moment, he froze. Ryouma did not let that opportunity pass, as he made full use of it to send the man flying. The lamp-using mage quickly picked himself up, but he was clearly more vigilant now than ever.

“Why… do you know that name?” [Alphodo]
“I learned a lot of things before coming here. I know that you planned all of this, and I know your goals too. Really, who would’ve thought that a member of the Dark Guild would try to crush the very organization he serves.” [Ryouma]

Ryouma knew from the kidnappers he interrogated that the tunnel had been blown up, so he took a different route and went via one of the other hideouts of the Dark Guild to meet Elia’s convoy from the other side. Thanks to that Ryouma managed to gain a lot of information after crushing said hideout.

When Alphodo heard that, his grim countenance became even grimmer.

“The Dark Guild is a den of evildoers. An organization like that that torments the innocent without cause deserves to be destroyed.” [Alphodo]
“Which is why you targeted Elia. By kidnapping the duke’s daughter you planned to incite a calamity upon the guild, which is also why you went out of your way to contact me, so that you could leave proof that Elia was in fact kidnapped.” [Ryouma]
“It had to be done. The Dark Guild has supporters even among the nobles. The only way to call a calamity upon it is to taint its name with a sin so grave it couldn’t be pardoned.” [Alphodo]
“In other words, the bigger the issue became the better it would be for you… And you found a way to do just that. You made it so that the kidnappers that contacted me would eventually lead to the discovery of the Dark Guild’s storehouses, allowing you to push all the blame onto the kidnappers. You sure used them well, didn’t you, Alphodo? Even me… Unfortunately…” [Ryouma]

Ryouma suddenly looked toward the lamp dangling at Alphodo’s chest as Alphodo chantlessly casted an ice spear toward Ryouma. Ryouma managed to dodge by a hair’s breadth thanks to detecting the trace of magic power, but Alphodo continued with a sword strike to his neck. Again Ryouma dodged, but this time an ice arrow came flying at Ryouma, which he canceled out with his own fire arrow.

In the next instant, Alphodo lifted his sword and slashed down at Ryouma. In response, Ryouma stepped diagonally to the left as he raised his katana up vertically to meet Alphodo’s descending sword. The moment their swords clashed, Ryouma’s katana vanished from Alphodo’s sight, leaving him with nothing to hit but thin air, then the katana that vanished suddenly descended on his head.

“aA!!!” [Ryouma]
“—!!” [Alphodo]

Right before their swords clashed, Ryouma twisted his body, and as he supported his right hand that was holding his katana, he drew a circular motion with his katana as if he were rowing a boat.

The slight movement of his left hand lifting inclined the katana downwards, allowing him to hit back after shifting his stance.

Alphodo had no backups left. And with his body wounded from his battle with Shiva, though he pushed his body back as soon as he noticed Ryouma’s descending katana, he could not make it in time. As the ki-reinforced katana descended, slashing diagonally downwards until his right side, the chains holding the lamp were cut along the lamp and his armor.

“Huff, huf…! A…” [Alphodo]

Blood spurted as the chains fell down. Alphodo kept his sword facing Ryouma, but being wounded, his gait remained unsteady.

It was then that two shadows suddenly came—

“*Cough!?” [Alphodo]

—Piercing through Alphodo’s neck and heart.

“Ryouma’s not the only one you’re facing.” [Shiva]
“Surely you expected this, right? I mean you did turn your back on us.” [Oslo]
“Ah…A….” [Alphodo]

The two shadows were none other than Shiva and Oslo.
Following after them were Barrack and Nell.

In the midst of all that as the rest of the rescue group gathered their weapons and stood in row, Alphodo quietly took the last of his breath.


Tl Note: And with this we’ve finally finished the first version of TMPG.

To all my readers, thank you for your continued support, the donations, for reading, and for sticking with the series despite the translation sometimes slowing to a crawl. 😛

There are still some leftover donation in the bar, but rest assured, those donations will be carried on to the revised version of TMPG. For the record, I did post some extra chapters after receiving those, but I never counted them against the donation bar because of the lack of a regular schedule…

TMPG Revised: For those of you who don’t know, TMPG or The Man Picked up by the Gods was prematurely ended here due to writer’s block. The author has been writing a reboot, which I will be picking up. If I recall correctly there shouldn’t be a lot of changes in the reboot until Volume 3, at which point, the series will begin to branch off. As of now, there are 113 chapters, 40 of which belong to the 3rd volume. From the date of postings, the series seem to be updated monthly.

Schedule Change: Now, with TMPG finishing there will be a change in schedule. I’m going back to my old schedule of having one main project, which I will be updating frequently. TMPG will be continue to be translated along with KMF, but they’ll be both relegated to side projects until I finish with GK, at which point, I’ll be looking for a new main project.

New Schedule:

1.) GK 4 chapters weekly + at least 3 extra chapters; (For GK fans more info tom. Donations are still closed, I need to fix some stuff.)
2.) TMPG 1 chapter monthly (Note: the chapters are a lot longer than these last chapters. Really.)
3.) KMF 1 chapter monthly + nadenadeshitai’s translations





44 responses to “The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 5 Chapter 38”

  1. Sternav Avatar

    Thanks for the Fast Chapter update!! <3


      he can continue the story make the story up a fake..cmon make the story up ,
      c,mon make fake story

      1. Shiory Walker Avatar

        In novel updates? or is there a link?
        Thank you for all the translation



      1. André Milani-Martin Avatar

        that is the obvious final ending. What matters is how it got until there.

      2. Procrastinate Avatar

        Clearly He gets a harem as well

        1. Toastpi Avatar

          you mean the harem elia did gather for him?^^

  2. mecharos Avatar

    Thank you for your hard work so far.
    I’m looking forward to the rewrite version of TMPG~~~

    Thank you! ^ ^

  3. caudyr Avatar

    Thanks for the hard work up to this point! It does make me sadface that the TMPG rewrite will only be monthly, but maybe you’ll change your mind once GK is caught up/finished and release it more then.

    One can hope~ 😀

  4. GM_Rusaku Avatar

      ( *๐_๐*)
      U   U Thanks..
    / ̄ ̄ ̄ ̄\ Nepu…..
    |二二二二二二| Working……
     |    |  Delayed…..

  5. Puru.The.Great Avatar

    Ryouma is here!!!
    Thanks for the chapter.

  6. The One Above God Avatar

    Welp, that’s been a great ride. Thanks for the translations.

  7. sapassd Avatar

    thanks for the chapter

  8. Zax Avatar

    At least it kind of ended on a good note. Thanks for the chapter

  9. GonZ555 Avatar

    Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    Hmm.. was this series the kind of novel where the characters are easily killed? This chapter seems a bit out of tune with the previous volume isnt it? Maybe that was the author’s block thing?

    1. ME Avatar

      He wouldn’t have rewritten it if the story was going well, would he?

  10. Law Avatar

    Thank you it has been a great read. Hopefully not much is change in the new version.

  11. Paps Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter, and thank you very mutch for continuing the work in this project. But really he must have been really blocked to end it like this I mean at least deliver them safety home. Well thank God he relaunched it.

  12. James Williams Avatar

    Question? Is the rewrite gonna be posted under the same link on novel updates or will it have its own page?

    1. Matthieu Caron Avatar
      Matthieu Caron

      I have the same question and another one, if you do not translate the rewrite, will you make a list of all the changes that happened? Like the major ones at least, it could help us understand the rewritten story you it has a big outcome in the incoming chapters/books. As for the details as you’ve said you could do the same 🙂
      If you do it thank you in advance, and if you don’t I won’t blame you haha ^u^

  13. pokeperson1000 Avatar

    i loved all the little details of the original version, especially in the early parts of the story, so i really hope that the reboot/rewrite doesn’t change them too much. I really especially liked the contents of books 1-4, and number 5 here wasn’t far behind.

    It’s been quite a ride, and said ride seems to have it’s roads end abruptly. Though it technically resolved, I still ended up crashing into the metaphorical “road ends here” sign and flying off the cliff behind it. I’ll be looking forward to your translations of the reboot, and I hope the core of our beloved characters’ interactions don’t warp too much.

    Thanks for the chapter, thanks for the ride, and thank you in advance for your translations of the reboot. Best of luck!

  14. Ryuu-kun Avatar

    And so, Ryouma begins his adventure.

    1. pokeperson1000 Avatar

      well… technically… rather than having it begin, it ended here… this is the point where the author gave up and decided to reboot/rewrite the story.

    2. Ricardo Aguilar Avatar
      Ricardo Aguilar

      For those wandering, the reboot is almost the same as this version until volume 3-21(vol 3-117 on the reboot), just after the battle against the treants finishes, and before the time skip. From there, the reboot changes, or more like goes into a lot more detail, instead of the time skip in this version.
      I still recommend reading from the beginning because the author add some chapters to complement the story.

  15. Dark Jackel Avatar

    Thanks for all your hard work, and congrats on reaching this (somewhat premature) ending! I might have to think about starting Goblin Kingdom again… 😅

  16. chopin124 Avatar

    Thankee for the chapter~
    Weird tonal shift this arc xD

    1. caudyr Avatar

      Yeah, it was definitely kind of jarring, lol.

  17. kuroiame24 Avatar

    Looking forward to the rewrite, We’ve come this far sadly it didn’t get finished. But every sudden ending like this makes for a new and better beginning. Thank You for the hard work!! I’m always checking your site everyday now I have to check twice a day because of the excitement

  18. A New fan Avatar
    A New fan

    i am saddened.

    thanks to Ryouma-san, i have learned to respect the power of slimes.

    now…i don’t know what to do anymore….

    i guess i will find my apex and climb it, because i am not a frog in well and I do see mt tai!

  19. sfcipher Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter.

  20. Matthieu Caron Avatar
    Matthieu Caron

    Thank you for your translation unti now 😉
    You have done a good job!

  21. hein Avatar

    thank you for this serie
    It was good, sad that is finish
    well for the rewrite with one by month it will take ten years for 113 chapter… that seem a long time

  22. LayZzz Dave Avatar

    Thank god this got continued (though it got revised) I’m still happy to know that the firsf LN I ever read didn’t get abruptly ended without closure

  23. 梅花 Avatar

    Why… why, author-sensei…

  24. Paul john Avatar
    Paul john

    Love this!! Thank you for everything!!

  25. Gin Hindew 110 Avatar

    I wanted to thank you for the translation but then i got commentator’s block and decided to reboot the thanks for the new version

  26. ironyisnotdead Avatar

    Reaching the drop of is as bad as catching up with the author at a cliff. 😟
    Thanks for your efforts. 👍

  27. darkloki2 Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter! snif

  28. André Milani-Martin Avatar

    Thanks for translating this story. I will be waiting and hope that there rewrite doesn’t stay at only 1 chapter per month.

    I can see why the author did what he did, afterall he somewhat wrote himself into a hole.
    He failed to introduce new ways for the story to continue and grow since everything adventure related already has been done. Now what is left is writing the story around the girls and the kingdom (trouble with nobles and war).

    But since the author didn’t introduce other countries, cultures, nobles and factions previously he hit a wall now.

  29. Isaac Avatar

    I think the author should of done at least the bit after the rescue, he could of even put romance in it but he just restarted the damn novels to stop the romance lol

  30. Vongprachanh Virathavone Avatar
    Vongprachanh Virathavone

    I want to see a mithril slime, oriculum slime, and adamantian slime

  31. exxp Avatar


  32. AJ Avatar

    More likely the author’s writing block occurred after not getting a lucrative publishing contract. Maybe the author then received feedback about how to write a version that appeals to a publisher’s needs more. So it’s time to do a rewrite before abandoning the story. It reminds me of all those korean manwha webs stories that continue for awhile until the author realizes there isn’t a book offer coming for that story. But the author doesn’t have writer’s block and will immediately start work on a different story in hopes that story will get an offer from a publisher.

    1. HeyDul Avatar

      Ummmm… this chapter was from 2017 and it says that you will release a chapter per month but it’s it been 3 years(or less). Can I ask where are the next chapters?

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