The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 3 Chapter 149: Crime and Punishment… After (1/4)

“That won’t do.” [Willieris]

Willieris-sama stopped her.

“Sheesh, it’s just for a little. He came all the way out here. It would be a waste if we didn’t take this opportunity. Besides, if it’s here, then he won’t get hurt.” [Kirillel]

“No. Right now, Ryouma-kun might look like a human, but he’s actually nothing more than a soul. You may not be able to hurt his body here, but you can definitely hurt his soul. That is far worse. One step wrong and he’ll be an invalid. If you really want to do it, we should get Tekun to make him some equipment and consult with Fernoberia first.” [Willieris]

Willieris-sama seemed so peaceful just a moment ago, but all of the sudden, she wasn’t willing to take a step back. In response to that, Kirillel-sama openly showed her reluctance.

To be honest, I also don’t want to turn into an invalid due to an accident…

“Tekun. Fine. But talking to Fernoberia is a pain… Besides, there’s no way he’d cooperate…” [Kirillel]

“How about you teach him the Intimidate skill instead? Ryouma-kun, didn’t you say that you didn’t know how to use it?” [Rurutia]

“Yes. It didn’t work against the bandits, and I couldn’t use it when I wanted to.” [Ryouma]

“What do you think?” [Rurutia]

“As long as it’s just talking,” Willieris-sama nodded.

“I think it’ll be easier to learn it in practice, but I’ll be coming here from now on anyway, so I can just continue our lesson when we meet again next time. Honestly, though, the Intimidate skill is a difficult skill to learn for you.” [Kirillel]

“What do you mean?” [Ryouma]

Are my abilities lacking?

“It’s the opposite. Normally, someone as skilled as you should naturally be able to use it already. The Intimidate skill urges the instinctual fear and wariness of a target. Someone sufficiently skilled at it can use it to suppress his foes or use it to feint. It’s something expected of in a battle between experts.

…But you’re already skilled enough and can even use it properly when fighting. It’s just that when you don’t feel like doing it, you can’t do it at all. In that regard, those thugs whose voices are just loud are actually better off than you.” [Kirillel]

The Intimidate skill can be learned just by threatening others. But the level gained in such a case is only about 1 or 2.

“Right… Think about it like this. There’s a huge man in front of you. The man is crouching and shaking. He’s crying and sobbing loudly. All of the sudden, he goes and says that he’s going to kill you! Will you find that person scary?” [Kirellel]

“…Not really. No. If anything, I might find him creepy.” [Ryouma]

“Exactly. When it comes to scaring someone, words alone aren’t enough. Your actions and thoughts need to work alongside your threat or your Intimidate skill won’t work.” [Kirillel]

I see… So, how does that translate to my situation? I don’t think it’s my body that’s at fault. I did it resolutely back then. And I also have experience succeeding with the skill before. Admittedly though, it’s a bit wonky. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

“In your case, it’s probably an issue with your mindset.” [Kirillel]

A problem with my mindset…

“You were originally Japanese, right? Those guys who are always going ‘Let’s put down our weapons and talk!’ ’If we talk, we should be able to understand each other!’” [Kirillel]

“…That’s a rather prejudiced view, Kirillel-sama. It’s true that Japan is often said to be safer than other countries, but…” [Ryouma]

“Oh really? There were actually a lot of people like that among the Japanese that came here.” [Kirillel]

“There were a lot? …Wait, you mean there have been a lot of Japanese who came here before?” [Ryouma]

“Remember what we said earlier about choosing people according to a criteria? Well, we had a tendency to pick Japanese people more often.” [Rurutia]

“Of course there were people other than the Japanese too.” [Willieris]

“Most of them either adapted to this world or just looked away, but there were also those who died without fighting. I don’t get it, but they were pretty amazing in their own way.” [Kirillel]

There were people like that too? Oops, we’re digressing. Let’s get back on topic.

“So basically there are all sorts of people in Japan, but basically, it’s a safe country, right?” [Rurutia]

“Yes.” [Ryouma]

“As someone who’s lived in a safe country like that for many years, did you frequently intimidate others intentionally?” [Kirillel]

“…No, right?” [Willieris]

Although there were a lot of people who were afraid of the way I looked, I never intentionally tried to scare others.

If anything, because they were scared of me, I did my best to avoid scaring them.

But despite trying so hard, unfortunately, it wasn’t enough…

“And that’s why. It’s become a habit for you. You can use it when you really need it or when you actually mean what you say, but… While you may not realize it, you have a tendency to hold back or stop halfway through. In other words, you’re messed up.” [Kirillel]

As one might expect, I was concerned when she said that, but before I could say anything, Willieris-sama and Rurutia glared at Kirillel sharply. Apparently, they found her words to be improper.

“Anyway, that’s what we mean by it being a mindset issue.” [Rurutia]

The atmosphere started to become awkward, so Rurutia changed the topic. Because of that I couldn’t pursue the issue. It’s a concerning topic, but I think I’ll just ask about it again next time when an opportunity presents itself again.

“Mental stuff like that aren’t my specialty, you know? In the words of your homeworld, I suppose you could say… You’re in need of counseling? I’ve never done something like that. And even if I could, it would take a lot of time. Besides, I’m way better at getting physical than talking… The same goes for my teaching.” [Kirillel]


Tl Note: Just to clarify, the releases aren’t getting shorter. I standardized the parts like a month or so ago, and they’re mostly 900 to 1000 words. This one is at 1007 words. The reason there have been more parts lately is because the RAW chapters have been getting longer. Since the parts are standardized now, more chapter parts is actually a good thing, as that means there’s more story to read. Just thought I’d throw that out there.






27 responses to “The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 3 Chapter 149: Crime and Punishment… After (1/4)”

  1. Belkar Avatar

    Thank you!

    1. twinnnn100 Avatar

      thanks for the chapter

  2. ReclusiveReader Avatar

    The fact that the chapters are in more parts doesn’t bother be, but it is a nuisance when novelupdates says that the entire chapter has been uploaded when only a fraction actually has. I don’t expect that you would be able to do much about it, and it isn’t that big of a deal, so no need to fret about it either.

    1. caudyr Avatar

      Hrm…could’ve sworn that it listed part releases properly before…so not sure what’s going on this time; only thing I can figure is that they aren’t properly differentiating parts. Maybe it’s a problem of the one putting the releases on NU (if it’s not Jiggly himself, that is), since I dunno if Jiggly’s the one posting the releases on there or not.

  3. Lion_hug Avatar

    Thanks for the update 😊

  4. Zax Avatar

    Most likely a lot of people need counseling for one reason or another.
    Thanks for the chapter

  5. mahotsukikonran Avatar

    Isn’t counseling usually used to curb violent tendencies, this would be the first time I have heard of it being used to increase them.

    1. joe Avatar

      Hahahaha our logic doesn’t apply ^_^

    2. kotarou inugami Avatar
      kotarou inugami

      That’s war goddess for you. She even says she supports “kill or be killed” attitude wholeheartedly.

  6. Ethereal Rainbow Canvas Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter!

  7. Philip Avatar

    After a couple days, or around one week, of binge reading, finally reached this point (at the moment it is the latest). Great story, even if a lot of extra details here and there. They may be boring, but I won’t accept a novel skipping them. Thanks a lot for all the effort to translate, it is quite entertaining. May God bless you, take care, and have a great day!

  8. hb98rml Avatar

    “You’re messed up.” Well, who isn’t? Thanks for the update and your hard work ❤️

  9. sfcipher Avatar

    Thanks for the treat.

  10. Anime Dragon Avatar
    Anime Dragon

    Thanks for the chapter

  11. kariageweb Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter! 🙂

  12. darkloki2 Avatar

    Thanks for the chapter, Ryoma use intimidate, it’s very effective

  13. Alef Gabriel Avatar
    Alef Gabriel

    Oh, I was thinking why the number of parts per chapter is getting bigger, but your explanation at the end solve my issue, thank you for such a nice translation

  14. miranda Avatar

    This is why I wouldn’t make a good time traveller. I’d just skip ahead a few years to binge read things I’m tired of waiting for. Itidakimasu!!!

  15. caudyr Avatar

    Just a heads up that there’s no link to the next chapter part in the link areas at the top and bottom of the chapter. ^^

    1. caudyr Avatar

      …………………………Weird…RIGHT after I posted this comment the links showed up. I even refreshed the page to make sure it wasn’t an old page. Not really sure what happened there. o_O

  16. Apo Avatar

    Its funny how japanese viewed themselves as peaceful peoples. In fact their army used to rap and tortre the people in every country they conquered. Idk whether they lived in self denial or feigning ignorance of their pastselves.

    1. 鵲ステイシー Avatar

      Every country does it. But Japan is really warlike country, so when some writer mention such nonsense in light novel, i want to punch him in his face with hummer off Justice for hypocrisy

  17. 鵲ステイシー Avatar

    Let’s put down weapon and talk in Japan? That’s made me lough really loud.
    So many wars was in Japan and around it…
    And they say it to descendant of samurai military person. Thats reduculus

  18. Lucian Snowden Avatar
    Lucian Snowden

    Besides, I’m way better at getting physical than talking….. Here mc scores one for the team harem :p

  19. Curry Ninja Avatar
    Curry Ninja

    This chapter is cringe…

    All Japanese are peace loving? You do realise world War 2 is quite recent in human history… And there is a reason chinies and korian have animosity, and America had to drop 2 nuclear bomb to stop as they called you “yellow Monkies” Before it was systematically changed to math Gineuses… Or all japanese gonna pretend ww2 did not happen just like r**e of nanking? Pease loving, bushido my foot.. Hippocrates.

    1. scubasam Avatar

      japan doesn’t teach what happened in ww2 in school at all. the author might not know depending on his age. and by not teaching i really mean they learn nothing about it pretty nuts.

  20. John Fritz Avatar
    John Fritz

    I could have let that pass by if you were Finnish. But I don’t think Japan is that peaceful after all the war they did with themselves and other countries. But I guess Japan is peaceful now

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