400! It’s been a long journey 😀
(400) At the end of the battle
The battle was over. I sent a message to Carol telling her that I was in My World. She replied that she would stay a little longer while Rarael reduced the monster numbers and return to My World within the hour.
Haru and Sheena No.3 returned too. As for Pionia and Neete, they stopped moving just like before immediately after Tet-sama disappeared.
Libra-sama regained consciousness and the four Goddesses were having a meeting in the log house.
I had recovered completely from the paralysis but I didn’t want to move for a while.
I sat cross-legged alone on the lawn.
“Onii, could I take a sit?’’
Miri sat on my leg after I gave her permission.
I was surprised but thinking back, Miri always sat on my knees when she was in primary school. She always did that when she had something important to say.
I kept silent and waited for Miri to speak.
Miri spoke after a pause.
“The Demon God is an opposite existence from the Goddesses.”
An opposite existence?
“In other words, it exists to destroy the world?”
“No. In the first place, does Onii know the role of the Goddesses?”
“Well, isn’t it to summon humans from other worlds to prevent the destruction of the world? Going by that logic, the Demon God’s role would be to lead the world to ruin?”
“No, their goal is the same, to save the world. Just that their method differs.”
“If the Goddesses summon, the Demon God sends away. Well, imagine the world is a car.”
“First a spinning top then a car. Go on?”
“The Goddesses’ power is to inject more fuel while the Demon God’s power is to lighten the car’s load. They both have the same effect of extending the distance in which the car can travel. However, what do you think will happen if the car is lightened too much?”
“The car will break down … no, the worst case will be that the car ceases to exist.”
Miri nodded at my conclusion.
“If all life in this world is sent to Earth, the world will not be destroyed – – well, it doesn’t change the fact that such a world can be considered to be over too.”
Sending the life here to Earth – – it would be chaotic if that happened.
That would be a monster film where dragons ravage Earth.
“That said, the Demon God’s strength now is not the same as the Goddesses’ strength so the most they can do is send the souls of the dead to Earth. Souls like mine.”
Miri said with a tinge of an apologetic tone.
“Like how my soul was sent to Earth as an experiment with Metias.”
I see – – I never asked how did Miri get reborn as a Japanese but now I know it was with the power of the Demon God.
“Sorry, I’ll delve into the specifics another time. At any rate, Onii shouldn’t be too bothered by it. The increase or decrease in numbers of souls does not affect the humans alive now. Of course, it might have some influence on the world after a couple ten thousand years but – – even the destruction of the world is a few billion years away.”
A few billion years – – that’s a huge number.
It has only been one billion years since the dawn of humanity so there’s a possibility that the humans of this world have a technological breakthrough by that time and figure out a different strategy to resolve this issue.
Miri’s words gave me some peace of mind.
“It isn’t that simple.”
It seemed that the meeting ended as Koshmar-sama came out from the log house and spoke to me.
I guess she overheard our conversation.
“Just now, you mentioned that the Demon God’s ability is the opposite of that of the Goddesses, right? You are correct. So they are capable of one other thing.”
“Something else? … No way.”
“Goddesses have another role. To transform the miasma leaking from humans into the form of monsters for humans to subjugate, disperse, and absorb into the goddess statues. And return it to the ley lines.”
Ley lines – – thinking back, Setolance-sama mentioned it when she was about to kill Tet-sama.
That her soul would return to the ley lines after she was consumed by the flames.
I didn’t know much about the ley lines but I guess that they form the world.
“In that case, the opposite would be that the Demon Gods could – – give birth to miasma from the ley lines and create monsters?”
That sounds exactly like what happened this time.
“You are right. And when the monsters destroy the world, the souls intended to be reincarnated would lose the bodies for them to reside in. When that happens, we would not be able to do anything. Apart from sending all the souls to Earth.”
That would truly be the end of the world.
Well, it was probably different from Metias-sama’s point of view.
To prevent the destruction that she saw, Metias-sama chose to become a Demon God and destroy the world to protect it.
Something that I, a human, could never understand fully.
“Well, we’ll try to do something about it so it has nothing to do with you guys. Furthermore, the Demon God side has to gather six members as well so although it won’t be a couple ten thousand years, it should take at least a couple hundred years. Only suitable people can ascend, regardless if it is to be a Demon God or a Goddess so she won’t be able to find them so easily.”
That was relieving to hear.
“On that note, Miri-san who is the top of the list to be suitable as a Goddess. I won’t force you but please put some consideration into it for the sake of saving the world.”
Libra-sama appeared and said.
“I know. But give me some time to think.”
Miri replied with a trailing voice and the Goddess-samas returned to their world.