Chapter 111

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‘For Melpomene it seems that even if she’s definitely hit max level, she isn’t able to evolve further. Could evolutions have some sort of cap? Could it be due to the cursed necklace or maybe even her original curse? It might even be that there exists a certain limiter in our genes which don’t allow us to cross a certain threshold and challenge the Gods.’

It was an important fundamental question.

A Demi Human was at the end of the day a knock off of a real God. Such a half heartedness would never allow me to gain the power I required to challenge the High Gods.

Revenant sounded like one which involved an endless amount of grinding. If my goal was not one of vengeance against the gods, then perhaps it would have been a good choice.

All that remained was the Leader of the Fallen.

It was in fact the only viable option in my eyes. It was neither a race nor a profession and looking back through history there didn’t exist any record of it. Of course I had a certain amount of doubt towards it, after all to date I had blindly jumped into two evolutions. The first was the Enchanter, which although it was an interesting path, in the end it was quite useless. The second was the Demi Lich. I was completely caught unaware with its powers. Although it was indeed a strong evolution, if one is unable to properly control his powers, then it would only lead to his downfall.

Looking back in the past at those occasions where I had blindly picked my evolutions, I realised that I had been quite lucky.

I was once again in that very same scenario, so it was time to gamble once more.

“Yes, let’s do it.”

Recently my teenager spirit had begun to resurface.

“I guess that at worst I’ll be treated as a bigger pervert.”

I felt a rush as I finally decided on my evolution. Of course I did so knowing that I still had my Species Conversion ability as a trump card.

[Evolved into Leader of the Fallen]

[Levels removed]

[All skills have been lost]

[You have learned Destroyer of Creation Lv1 / Unlimited]

[You have learned Corrupt Immunity]

[Some titles have merged into Corrupt Lv1]

“What’s going on… this is crazy!”

I rushed to take a look at my status.

Status: Normal
Race: Leader of the Fallen
Class: Warrior/ Priest/ Mage
Rank: ???
Level: ???
HP: 999,999/999,999
MP: 222,222/222,222
Attack: 999,999,999 (+99)
Defense: 999,999,999 (+99)
Agility: 77,777
Intelligence: 33,333
✧ Unique Skills

[Destroyer of Creation Lv1 / Unlimited ] [Corrupt Immunity]

✧ (Hidden) Modifications
[Avatar Lv1] [Creation Magic Lv1] [Resurrection Song LvMax]
✧ (Hidden) Titles (Active)
[Wizard of the Pit] [Master of Magma Hall] [Guardian of the Fallen]
✧ (Hidden) Titles (Inactive)
[Rat Trapper] [Hit-and-Run] [Savior Lv4] [Coldhearted LvMax] [Dragon Slayer Lv1] [Ant Exterminator Lv14] [Spider’s Bane Lv3] [Giant Killer Lv2] [Scuttles’ Grief LvMax] [Goblin’s Slaughterer Lv8] [Valenor’s Husband] [Father of Unknown Potential] [Corrupt Lv1] [Companion of Slaves]

✧ (Hidden) Creation Magic
[Hidden Status] [Species Conversion(Human)] [Material Creation Lv8]

“Shit! No… well at least I still have my Creation Magic, losing that would have been devastating.”

Also those shameful titles have all disappeared and had merged into Corrupt Lv1

“So what the hell just happened?”

I was unconsciously grabbing onto the bed mattress when it simply disintegrated into dust.

[Destroyer of Creation level 1 ➢ 2]

“Just what is this destruction ability?”

I stared at the pile of dust which just seconds ago had been my bed mattress with a stupefied expression.

I then tried it out on some other items in the room before I became completely convinced.

“Johra it seems to be an ability which accelerates the decay of material by influencing time. I can detect a rapid decline in the emission of radioactivity in those materials.

“Yes I was also thinking along those lines.

It was a strange ability which could accelerate the decay of any objects I touched. Although it sounded like it was a truly powerful weapon, I wondered if it was one which I could control.

“Although it is very strong, it is meaningless against the Gods since they are immortal.

I muttered to myself unhappily as I left the room and headed towards my underground lab.

We still had to continue Melpomene cycle of death and resurrection.

“Master I heard that you finally evolved today right? That’s great news, but let’s continue!”

As soon as she said those words she instantly killed herself. We could only continue talking after she’d resurrected.

“I evolved but it isn’t anything special.”

This curse should be ending soon, so I asked her when she next revived.

“How much is left?”

“9812 times. These days our efficiency has dropped so it should take around 15 more days.”

I saw Melpomene die as I whispered to myself.

“Still 15 more days of this….”

We went on through the night like a couple of machines, an endless cycle of death and revival. Due to my recent evolution my skills had disappeared which slowed down our progress considerably.

“Let’s stop here, I’m tired.”

“I only died a few times today, at this speed I’m not sure when we can finish, 크크크.

Melpomene laughed weirdly, but her appearance had changed drastically compared to when we first started. She had deep dark circles around her eyes and her face was very pale.

Viezda would occasionally ask if I was overdoing it a little bit, but I couldn’t now fix this misunderstanding. Once you’ve started on a certain path with a lie, you had no choice but to see it through to the end.

I’ve already given up everything for this, crossing a line which human shouldn’t ever cross. I was also feeling the burden no more than ever after my latest evolution, so I simply headed to our bedroom to crash.

“Huh, what’s wrong Viezda?”

“Why’s the bed gone Johra?”

I had completely forgotten about disintegrating the bed earlier today. Viezda was now lying down on a futon which had stretched out on the floor. Vez was probably learning form Lena along with the other three.

“Sorry about that Viez, I had completely forgotten about it.”

“No worries, sleeping on the ground like this isn’t so bad, it brings back memories of the olden days. Well, I say olden days but it only really has been about two years. Come lie down, you look tired.”

“Yea, I’ll just take a quick snooze.”

I ended up sleeping for quite some time. I used to have skills which helped restore my condition and lower fatigue, but this was no longer the case.

When I opened my eyes once more, I woke up to the sight of Viezda’s charming sleeping face.

“That was quite the nap.”

“You slept for exactly 11 hours, 23 minutes and 17 seconds.”

Lena’s timely report soon followed.

“Ugh, and I still feel beat up.”

After some minor complaints, it was time for us to continue in the Killion dungeon.

‘So although I can’t gain experience, at least it doesn’t stop the other party members from receiving their share through the rings.’

“Did you evolve, Master?”

“Yes.”

“What was the evolution? Is it some continuation of a Meta Human? I wonder If I’ll one day get there a well,”Jillian continued.

“It’s nothing special, just the ability to crush stuff.”

I picked up a rock and gave them a demonstration.

“Oh~ that’s a pretty cool ability, Master!”

“Yes, but it’s quite useless.”

“Isn’t that ability strong though? Can you crush absolutely anything?” Jerna asked in admiration.

“I’m not sure, there doesn’t seem to be a cap on the skill level so…. maybe?”

I was still wondering if this effect would extend to Gods as well.

‘I guess I might as well grind it just in case.’

Whenever there was some downtime I would pick stuff up and crush them. Be monster corpses or stones, anything did the trick.

[Acquired ⦅Title: Corrupter of Creation Lv1⦆]

‘Corrupter of Creation? I guess it’s pretty self explanatory.’

Since then I continued to raise the skill Destroyer of Creation until finally the last day of the Melpomene killing cycle arrived.

“Johra this should be the last time.”

“Really?

The moment Melpomene died for the 10,000th time, a deathly black fog began to form around her body.

I hadt cast out Resurrection Song as a reflex, which might have interrupted her current transformation.

“I hope all goes well…”

The black fog and a certain golden light all began to circle her corpse. In the end the black fog began seeping into her body until there wasn’t any left.

Hhhhhaa

She came back to life, but her eyes were a creepy pitch black.

“Johra, I’ve become a God.”

The necklace reappeared around her neck as she looked at me with those eyes devoid of any emotions.

“I can now see that you aren’t a living creature, Johra.”

“Melpomene?”

“No, you shouldn’t call me by that name anymore.”

“What then?”

“My name is Thanatos, the one which embodies the will of Death.”

“Thanatos huh?”

“Johra there were some myths back on Earth in which Death was personified by a God. It’s symbol was that it projected suicidal thoughts.”

Even without Lena’s explanation I was able to guess this much. It was the birth of the God of Death Thanatos, after having experienced death 100,000 times.

I was no longer able to see Melpomene’s, or rather Thanatos’ status page or skills. It was clear to me that she’d become an existence which surpassed me.

“Hm… so what do you plan on doing now Melpo… no, Thanatos?”

“I don’t know, what ever you require of me, Master?”

‘Huh? Master?’

“Do you still regard me as your owner? Is this some kind of joke?”

“Not at all, you will forever be my master.”

“Even though you are now a God?”

“Didn’t you know? Among Gods it is even more important to stand by your word. I will forever be Johra’s slave, and this fact can’t be changed unless you decide to throw me aside.”

‘Jackpot! I now have a God as a slave.’

“Is that so?”

“If you think I’m lying you need only ask me to do something to prove my loyalty.”

I gazed at Thanatos but couldn’t help but think of Melpomene.

“No, that won’t be necessary. Can you see now?”

“I don’t think this is a human’s sight, but I can see in my own way.”

“Great!.”

“Then I’ll hand this over to you.”

Thanatos removed her necklace and handed it to me.

“Finally got it back, it’s certainly given me quite the trouble and could have caused my death.”

“If I didn’t have Master’s help I would have suffered at the hands of the Gods’ curse for all eternity.”

“I guess that’s true, but in the end you also underwent quite a traumatizing experience.”

“It’s fine, you can call upon me whenever you’d like, I’m entirely yours to command.”

“Uh… thank you.”

“You and I share a bond deeper than that of a Master and slave.”

“What?”

“You’ll know about it soon enough.”

“Go see sister for now. At the moment I can’t appear in front of humans. Except for when Vez is around, I’d negatively influence other creatures.”

“Influence?”

“Right, such as giving them suicidal thoughts.”

What a terrifying ability.

“Alright, but what do I tell the others?”

“I think it would be best to say that the woman name Melpomene ran away.

“Are you okay with that?”

“I’ve already disintegrated all which belonged Melpomene when I became a God.”

“Well….”

“I still have you. Which is the most important thing for me.”

I felt her burning desire behind those pitch black eyes..

 

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