The Man Picked up by the Gods – Volume 3 Extra Chapter 1: Trial of the Gods and Sereriputa’s True Intentions (2/4)

Gayn was fed up with Sereriputa, his gaze boring into him.

That was true for the other gods too.

“How long do you think we’ve known each other?” [Grimp]

“As much as I hate it, the truth is we’ve spent more time with each other than I could count.” [Willieris]

“And you’ve been nothing but docile today.” [Kirillel]

“Just hearing the slightest bit of ‘sorry’ from your mouth gives me the creeps.” [Fernoberia]

“You’re not someone who would say something so admirable, after all.” [Rurutia]

“A sourpuss like you has never been one to apologize.” [Tekun]

“If anything, you’d act defiant and try to push the blame onto someone else.” [Kufo]

Grimp, Willieris, Kirillel, Fernoberia, Rurutia, Tekun, and Kufo… Before the merciless remarks of seven different gods, Sereriputa’s face could only cramp.

“You’re going that far?” [Sereriputa]

“It’s the truth.” [Grimp]

“Hurry up and spill the beans. What are you hiding?” [Kirillel]

“I haven’t been lying, though.” [Sereriputa]

“We’ll decide that after you spill everything.” [Fernoberia]

“Hopefully, it’s not for something stupid. Or else—” [Willieris]

“Ah, alright already! Sheesh! I’ll talk, I’ll talk…” [Sereriputa]

Sereriputa sighed, then started talking in a complaining manner.

But…

“I don’t think there’d be any point even if I told you, though.” [Sereriputa]

“We’ll be the ones to decide that. Just answer what you’ve been asked.” [Fernoberia]

“…Fernoberia… I know it’s you we’re talking about, but don’t you think you’re being too rude? We may be equals, but I’m still much older than you! For someone who fancies himself to be an intellectual, I see you don’t know your manners.” [Sereriputa]

“Those aren’t the words of someone who broke the rules and is now awaiting his punishment. This is precisely why old people who’ve nothing going for them but their age are a problem—” [Fernoberia]

“Enough!” [Gayn]

As the two gods started glaring at each other, Gayn’s loud voice resounded.

“Fernoberia, please calm yourself. And Sereriputa, don’t try to change the topic. Otherwise, this will never end.” [Gayn]

“Tch.” [Sereriputa]

“Excuse me.” [Fernoberia]

“Sigh… I need to watch some idols live to heal my soul…” [Gayn]

Gayn was the one burdened with the task of ensuring this gathering went smoothly, so no one bothered to say anything to those few words that leaked out.

Sereriputa spoke once more.

“So I left out some things about Ryouma or more specifically about the God of Earth who sent Ryouma here. You see, after fiddling with Ryouma’s soul, I found out something about the Earth God. I found out that the guy has some really twisted hobbies..” [Sereriputa]

“Twisted hobbies?” [Gayn]

“From what I’ve heard from Gayn’s group, he seems to be trying out all sorts of things.” [Kirillel]

“Yeah, I think it’s related to those, but… Are you guys familiar with ‘Life Simulation Games’? It’s a game from Ryouma-kun’s world. Putting it briefly, information is inputted into a special machine to make it possible for humans to play with fake nonliving humans and animals.” [Sereriputa]

“Sounds like a game made after us. At least the part where we’re watching over humans, animals, and nature.” [Willieris]

“Oh, hey. We agree on something, you don’t see that often, but you’re exactly right. Just that in these life simulation games, the ‘target doesn’t have a life or a soul’. The only thing being reared in these games are lumps of information. No matter how closely they resemble the real things, they aren’t alive. And that’s exactly why, you can do anything with them.

A lifeless lump of data can be toyed with however one wishes, and in the end, everything could be reset back to square one. No matter what you’ve done, you can make everything seem as if they didn’t happen. That’s the difference between games and reality, but… To the God of Earth, that difference may as well not exist.” [Sereriputa]

“!!” [The rest of the gods]

“Are you saying that the God of Earth used real living people to enact a life simulation game in real life?” [Rurutia]

There was a quiet anger exuding from Rurutia’s voice, but Sereriputa just matter-of-factly answered her.

“At the very least, that seems to be the case with Ryouma. You were in charge of his transmigration in this world, so you know that he’s always had certain talents, right?” [Sereriputa]

“Yes, he’s been given several talents, but most of them appear to have gone to waste in his previous life.” [Rurutia]

“You see those talents are just one part of what he’s been given. In fact Ryouma has been given other talents, only they’ve been hidden so deep inside his soul that unless you directly peered into it, you would never be able to find them. In other words, the talents you noticed were nothing but a diversion meant to draw our eyes away.” [Sereriputa]

“What!?” [Willieris]

“Hey, I’m being honest, none of these is a lie.” [Sereriputa]

“There’s no reason to tell a lie like that anyway since it’ll easily be revealed if we just investigated Ryouma-kun’s soul. Moreover, we don’t directly investigate souls without a reason, so the depth of one’s soul indeed makes for a great hiding place.” [Kufo]

“But what talent could possibly necessitate being hidden that deeply?” [Fernoberia]

“‘Murder'” [Sereriputa]

“!?” [The rest of the gods]

“That’s not all. There’s also burglary and larceny. In fact, pretty much anything you could think of when the word ‘crime’ pops up, he has a talent for. Oh, but he doesn’t have any talent in sexual crimes. That’s probably because it wouldn’t help further that god’s objective. There seemed to especially be a lot of that ‘Murder’ from earlier, though. There was even ‘Butchery’ and ‘Indiscriminate Killing’… Lots of killing-related specializations—” [Sereriputa]

“Wait just one moment! So what are you saying? Are you saying that the God of Earth tried to raise Ryouma to become a bloodthirsty killer?” [Gayn]

“…You know, I’m explaining here, so I’d appreciate if you could let me finish first, but… Fine, whatever.

My personal take is that Ryouma becoming the worst criminal possible was ‘convenient’ for the Earth God’s goal. He wanted to make him as unhappy as he could, keep all that pressure building up, until one day he goes, BOOM! Bloods spurt, heads start rolling… You know? The works. He wanted to push him to a point of no return.

And seeing how Ryouma specializes in old weapons like katanas and bows, but with no talent whatsoever for guns, though it seems the Earth God did make him have some interest for them… I think Ryouma was basically an experiment of ‘How far could an expert warrior from the olden times go against modern weapons?’  After all, if he were to become a criminal, the cops would have given him chase, and if he kept resisting, the special unit with gun training would have eventually been dispatched.

Of course, none of that ended up happening, though.” [Sereriputa]

26 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Wow… That god’s revelation is truly unexpected…. Anyway…. I doubt Ryouma would become a blood thirsty killer now that he’s satisfied in his new life.. Also he is being watched by several gods…

  2. Thanks for the chapter.
    So if he hadn’t died early enough, he might have become the uncrowned emperor of the criminal world

    1. No, it seems like one of those niche mass killing guys, like the ones that wandered around in full military battle armor, and an armory’s worth of guns in LA, or the guy that had a standoff with the cops while stabbing people with a broadsword. They’re saying that the Earth God wanted to see what happens if you throw a samurai/ninja on the edge, against the police, and military. Or in other words, Japanese Rambo, First through Last Blood.

    2. Nah, you don’t really deify mass killers, and Ryouma would have just been one of the niche ones, like the guys that wore full body kevlar to standoff against the cops in LA, or the guy that ran around town attacking people with a broadsword. They’re saying Earth God was playing real life TABS, throwing a single samurai/ninja against an army of trained soldiers with guns, or making a real life Japanese version of Rambo, all the Rambo movies, but mostly First Blood.

  3. Wew.. That one really twisted God, and the story seems to take different route from the previous version?

    Looking forward to reading the next chapter ^^
    Thanks for your hard work (>.<)

      1. No this is a fair turn from the previous story, we got a bit more of his background (or rather the brutality of it) then currently but it only really was taking a bit of a turn at the end. The chance it would have turned out similar to this though is pretty high

      2. Original version

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    1. Twisted god versus the people you see playing sims games and trapping people in burning buildings, pools, or just walls to kill them off. [just a game, well maybe the god thinks so to]

  4. Feels a bit odd. Maybe Ryouma was something like an experiment, but somehow I don’t think he would resort to crime so easily, since he was also, well, something like a tank (the RPG role). So, more like the Punisher, but with blades and other cold weapons(yet the same objectives). Taking in account how sererifool was talking earlier, this might be his new distraction, painting Ryouma as a ticking time bomb of a super dangerous criminal. Oh well, that’s for the future.
    Thanks for the update! Awesome translation! God bless you!

    1. Forgot this: [“Excuse me.” [Sereriputa]] – {“Excuse me.” [Fernoberia]} ~ or the other line of dialogue

  5. It would explain Ryouma’s sadistic tendencies in a few areas. When he was protecting Eliaria in the market (letting out his bloodlust against a pickpocket), breaking the bones of that adventurer group to protect the slum kids, etc. He only lets it out when he believes that it will be the shortest way to a resolution.

  6. Earth’s God using its people for simulations? God’s playing plague Inc. Right now I guess

  7. Hmmm. I’m suddenly thinking that maybe Sereriputa is wrong about this. Maybe the Earth’s God is making something like Paarthurnax’s “What is better – to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort” and by giving our MC a talent for evil deeds and resisting it then maybe the MC’s soul would evolve. Which might explain how the MC is able to resist the Gods power. I’m probably wrong though.

  8. Thanks for the chapter desu~

    So in the other world, Ryouma has the qualifications to potentially become a tyrant Demon King, huh? That’s interesting.

  9. Thanks for the chapter. I don’t think Ryouma would crack though. His massive mental etc resistances would have kept him in line and he would of just ended up poor and sad.

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