The Man Picked up by the Gods Revised – Volume 1 Chapter 14: Studying at the Church (1/2)

Name: Ryouma Takebayashi
Gender: Male
Age: 11
Race: Human

HP: 11,052
MP: 198,000

Domestic Skills
Domestic Chores Lv10
Etiquette Lv7
Musical Instrument Lv3
Singing Lv3
Calculation Lv5

Battle Skills
Close-Combat Mastery Lv7
Sword Mastery Lv7
Knife Mastery Lv6
Hidden Weapons Mastery Lv7
Spear Mastery Lv4
Bow Mastery Lv6
Staff Mastery Lv6
Weight Control Lv4
Throwing Weapons Mastery Lv7
Stealth Mastery Lv7
Traps Lv6
Body Control Lv6
Spirit Cultivation Lv5

Magic Skills
(Note: All levels in this section were previously Lv1.)
Monster Taming Lv2
Barrier Magic Lv2
Healing Magic Lv1
Alchemy Lv2
Fire Magic Lv3
Water Magic Lv3
Wind Magic Lv2
Earth Magic Lv4
Neutral Magic Lv3
Electric Magic Lv1
Ice Magic Lv2
Poison Magic Lv2
Wood Magic Lv3
Light Magic Lv2
Dark Magic Lv1
Space Magic Lv3
Magic Perception Lv3
Magic Manipulation Lv4
Increased MP Recovery Lv2

Production Skills
Pharmacy Lv6
Smithing Lv1
Architecture Lv3
Woodworking Lv3
Molding Lv4
Drawing Lv4

Resistance Skills
Physical Pain Resistance Lv8
Mental Resistance Lv9
Health Lv7
Stench Resistance Lv3 (NEW)

Special Skills
Survival Skills Lv3
Focused Mind Lv5
Greater vitality Lv3
Greater Stamina Lv6
Super Regeneration Lv3 (TL change only. No change in raws. Previously, Greater Regeneration.)

One Who has Lived Through Misfortune
Favored Child of the Gods
Disciple of the Sage
Disciple of the Martial God

Blessing of Gayn, the God of Creation
Blessing of Kufo, the God of Life
Blessing of Rurutia, the God of Love
Blessing of Tekun, the God of Liquor


Well, the mana is about as expected. I was told beforehand that it would increase as long as I keep using magic, so there’s no surprise there. The skills, on the other hand… A lot sure have leveled up. Not to mention, that’s a lot of magic skills… Hmm? What’s with this disciple stuff? Oh, this must be the setting the gods provided to ensure that there’s nothing suspicious about my high skill levels. There’re also the blessings from Gayn’s group and the Liquor God. Anyway, let’s hide everything else except for the name, age, and gender just like I was told.

“Done.” [Ryouma]
“I’ll lead you to where your chaperons are waiting then. I suggest asking them if you want a more comprehensive answer to your questions.” [Nun]

When we left the baptism hall, I heard the sound of children coming from outside.

“Wait!” [Kid 1]
“Ahahaha! Over here!” [Kid 2]

I turned toward the source of that sound, and there I saw children dressed in old clothes playing.

“They are children under the care of this church. They’re always so lively, so after finishing their chores, they would go out and play just like that.” [Nun]

Not sure if they’re orphans or children who simply don’t know their own family, though.

“Please follow me.” [Nun]

I followed after the woman to a room in the church where Reinhart-san, the madam, Reinbach-sama, and the ojousama were eagerly waiting.

“The baptism has ended without any problems.” [Nun]
“Sorry to have kept you waiting.” [Ryouma]
“It’s fine.” [Reinhart]

After Reinhart-san said that, the woman immediately excused herself.

“I’ll be excusing myself now then. Please feel free to use this room until you leave.” [Nun]
“Thank you.” [Reinhart]

I also thanked her.

“Thank you very much.” [Ryouma]
“You’re welcome. Well then…” [Nun]

I saw the woman off as she left the room, then I turned to Reinhart-san with a puzzled expression.

“She seemed to be in a hurry… Is something the matter?” [Ryouma]
“The information within the status board is private information, so she’s being considerate.” [Reinhart]
“This room has also been prepared so that the baptized and his relatives may be able to talk among themselves away from prying ears.” [Madam]
“So that’s how it is.” [Ryouma]
“It’s best not to speak needlessly of one status, after all. Hiding one’s status board in the past was illegal, but because of that there were a lot of people who used that information for evil. As such, it’s currently common practice to hide it.” [Reinbach]
“Revealing one’s status information reveals one’s fighting style and abilities, not to mention HP, MP, and other battle-related stuff, so it’s usually only revealed to people one can trust. Blessings aren’t revealed for the same reason. Normally, only one’s name, age, race, and – depending on the person – titles are shown.” [Reinhart]
“I see.” [Ryouma]
“Which is why, Ryouma-kun, you should make sure to hide your information, ok? You can ask us if you have any questions, but if you don’t want to reveal something, you don’t have to.” [Madam]

These people really are so kind… I’ll figure out later what to show.

“I understand.” [Ryouma]

As I said that, Reinbach-sama nodded in satisfaction, then he spoke with a serious face.

“Now that you have a status board, there’s something I have to tell you.” [Reinbach]
“What is it?’ [Ryouma]
“It’s about your abilities. From what I’ve seen so far, your abilities should be extremely high compared to other children your age. Because of that I’m sure a lot of people up to no good will approach you. If you don’t want that to happen, you should hide your skills, and gain a position to protect yourself.

The problem is you’re too skilled, so it won’t be easy to keep a low profile; therefore, I think it would be best if you register at a guild as soon as possible and get a good position, or more specifically, a high rank. If anything happens, I’ll help out, but you should still exercise caution.” [Reinbach]
“Your abilities don’t match up with your age, so anyone can immediately tell that you’ve received a blessing from a god, but depending what kind of blessing it is, your life can seriously be in danger, so be careful.” [Reinhart]

…It’s true I haven’t really been holding myself back that much, but have I really done anything odd? It’s not like I’ve given my all or anything…

“I’ll be careful.” [Ryouma]
“…?” [Ryouma]

As I said that, it occurred to me that the ojousama was looking at me oddly like last time. I haven’t really done anything in particular this time, so I wonder if there’s anything she wants to ask?’

“Is something the matter?” [Ryouma]
“Eh!?” [Elialia]
“I thought there might be something you wanted to ask.” [Ryouma]
“That’s…” [Elialia]

When I said that, the ojousama started speaking honestly.

“Actually, I’m a bit curious about how much mana you have.” [Elialia]
“Mana?” [Ryouma]
“Yes. Ryouma-san, last time you used a lot of magic, but you never ran out of mana. According to father, the amount of mana you used that time was enough to make a normal person faint, so I was wondering how much you actually had.” [Elialia]

Mana, huh. It’ll probably be fine even if I tell these people. Especially, since they’ve already seen me use enough mana to make a normal person faint. I was only using it like I did back when I was living at the forest, though… Ah! That must be why I was told to hide my abilities. Now, I get it.

“Ah… I just checked awhile ago, and it seems I have 198,000MP.” [Ryouma]

When I said that the people of the ducal family all opened their eyes wide and the ojousama looked at me with a complicated gaze, but that was all.

Huh? Isn’t their reaction a bit lacking?

“198,000MP, and yet you could cast so many spells.” [Elialia]
“Well, the bigger your mana pool is, the more spells you can cast.” [Ryouma]
“Eh? O-Oh, that’s not what I meant. I mean you’re able to use magic properly.” [Elialia]
“Properly?” [Ryouma]
“H-Huh? D-Did I say anything odd?” [Elialia]

For some reason, the conversation was running completely parallel. The ojousama was starting to be troubled, so Sebasu-san interjected.

“Ryouma-sama, could it be that you don’t have any difficulties using magic?” [Sebasu]
“Difficulties? Is that supposed to happen?” [Ryouma]

When I replied like that, everyone was taken aback.

Apparently, while a bigger mana pool gives a big advantage, it also makes it very difficult to control it, making it difficult to learn spells.

Trying to release a small amount of mana, for example, would usually result in mana gushing forth like a broken faucet or something. Because of that, people with huge mana pools need to train more extensively on control compared to those with smaller mana pools.

…I think I have a clue why I’m like this. When I first came to this world, the first spell I used was Break Rock. At that time, the most I could do was to open a hole just big enough for my finger to get into.

It was my first time, so I didn’t realize it then, but I certainly did fail to control the mana I released, causing much of it to disperse. When that happens, the spell cast won’t have any effect. In other words, I was soiling myself with mana, and I was just using a tiny bit of the mana I had.

As I continued to use magic, that problem became apparent. And after more practice, I started to be able to control it better. Better control meant less mana consumption and more effective spells.

Three years later, I’d improved greatly, and the result were those spells I used when the road was blocked. Although it’s the same spell, my current earth magic is leagues above that when I first came here. From my perspective, it’s normal not to be able to use magic, so I didn’t find anything odd about it. I just thought I’d grown a bit, but it seems, this was a bigger deal than expected.

From the perspective of this world, someone who is able to control a vast amount of mana is a skilled person who’s gone through harsh training.

…It feels a bit weird calling myself skilled, but anyway, I get it now.

“I never had anyone to compare myself to, so I never noticed. Sorry.” [Ryouma]
“Ryouma-san, don’t you know how amazing you are for being able to use magic so easily? I’m the same age, and yet I can’t use magic at all.” [Elialia]
“Huh?” [Ryouma]
“…Actually, my mana pool is at 200,000MP” [Elialia]
“200,000!?” [Ryouma]


Tl Note: Made some changes to the site. It seems to load faster now. Hopefully, this significantly reduces the 508 errors… or better yet, fixes it altogether.






28 responses to “The Man Picked up by the Gods Revised – Volume 1 Chapter 14: Studying at the Church (1/2)”

  1. Dark Jackel Avatar

    Thanks for all your hard work! 😄

  2. sunflowers. Avatar

    What the heck? a double release for this chapter? Feels like a bright sunny day!

    Thanks for the chapter 🙂

    1. sunflowers. Avatar

      well…, this and last chapter, but screw details 😛

  3. Riceball Avatar

    Ahhh that made my day! And Ni no Kuni 2 just finished downloading overnight. What a great day.
    Thanks for the chapter!

  4. Treyon Avatar

    I remember reading that the author is uploading the reboot chapters at the rate of 1 chapter per month… and i just read the previous novel to compare and there are only some changes but overall it stays the same, how can he upload 1 chapter per month with changes that can be done in few min? 1 month to review and edit a chapter….

    1. Kazuya Avatar

      I think its a case of him keeping these beginning chapters with small changes stockpiled and releasing them slowly while spending most of the time writing up the latter part of the story that needs to be done from scratch. Since if he just let out dozens of chapters that he finished we would have to wait weeks if not months for other new chapters to come out.

      1. Kazuya Avatar

        And there is also real life to take into account, with a job the most a normal person would be able to spare is 1 or 2 hours at most per day if taking social and personal life into account.

  5. Hyouka Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter!

  6. hexwolfx Avatar

    I enjoy this novel

  7. hina-sama Avatar

    Thank you for those chapters ! 😄

  8. sfcipher Avatar

    Thanks for the treat.

  9. S4TY4 Avatar

    Thanks for the chapters

  10. Hog Avatar

    thanks for the chapters!

  11. 😅 Avatar

    It’s over 100.000 😱

  12. Erik da swede Avatar
    Erik da swede

    thx for the chapter ^^
    hmm i might re read the old version later in order 2 compare the 2 versions 🙂

  13. Polished Silver Avatar
    Polished Silver

    At least I now understand way the Eli who went to a Magic academy was so pathetic after 3 years when she meet up with Ryouma again. Thanks for the chapter.

  14. caudyr Avatar

    Huh. So Elia’s unable to use magic at all atm, eh?

    I thought she’d had real trouble at first but she was able to control it by this point or something like that in the other version.

    Wonder how they’re gonna tackle that spell learning session that’s to come in a bit, then. That is, unless Ryouma teaches her a trick that suddenly helps her become able to at least CAST spells. =x

    Anyway, thanks for the chapter part~ Looking forward to the second part~ ^^

  15. GM_Rusaku (@ Avatar

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    ┃Thanks! Nepu!┃
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  17. Chuo Avatar

    Where was the oracle skill lvl? Or it maybe I just didn’t see it.

    Thanks for the translation.

  18. SanitaryCockroach Avatar

    Lol, this just shows efficiency beats raw volume most of the time. (Belated) Thanks for the chappie!

  19. CCaprice Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter.

  20. darkLoki Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter I never happen to bump in error 508

  21. johnson Avatar

    She easily surpassed him if she able to control it. Thanks giggly

  22. SBJ Avatar

    What’s with the Usurper-title though? That doesn’t seem fitting at all. I mean who or what did he usurp? Was it the home he made in the woods? That about the only thing I can think of. The definitions of usurp per Merriam Webster dictonary are as follows;
    #1 ; to seize and hold (office, place, functions, powers, etc.) in possession by force or without right.
    #2 ; to take or make use of without right.

    If it is, indeed, the cave he made. Then Squatter feels like a more appropriate title than Usurper. That title really have me confused as it generally has a bad connotation.

    It’s a really fun novel to read though, so thanks for translating it for us to read. 🙂

    1. Jigglypuff Avatar

      It’s this usurp ‘take (a position of power or importance) illegally or by force.’ Original text was probably gekokujou, which refers to juniors overtaking their superiors.

  23. MarkM Avatar

    Is the Oracle skill missing? The gods seem to thin he would be lvl 2 or 3 in it.

  24. drunkendevil94 Avatar

    It’s over 9,000!!! Sorry. I’m re-reading and this just came to my mind

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