‘This world is rotten, dirty, and ugly.’

That was what she realized when she looked at the weeping souls in the river of Styx and gazed into their souls.

Chaos was inevitable in this world. 

Pure good could not be achieved, and pure evil would break down. There would always be some evil in a good world. In the same way, that light always casts a shadow. That was why the world would continue to create ugly things. 

Yes — this world was extremely ugly and rotten. Neither dyed by good nor fallen into evil. 

“Father, if the world is like this, why do you protect it? Why don’t you join Chaos?”

She neither remembered how old she was when she asked this nor what prompted this discussion.

But she would never forget the answer of her father as he gazed at her, his usually crimson cold and emotionless eyes filled with love.

“Because of you and your mother.”

Gently patting his head, he continued. 

“Never forget. Even though this world is an ugly world filled with sins and under the control of some whimsical force called Fate, this world is still beautiful for the simple reason that my loved one lives in it.”

He smiled and hugged her, “I have been called by many names — Demon King, Necromancer King, Harbinger of Chaos, or even Rider of the Apocalypse. I have always hated this world and will still hate it for years to come…But, since I have you two with me, I am not willing to let this world get destroyed.”

“So…are you a hero?”

“Pfft! Hahaha! I am the furthest thing from what you could call a hero, nor do I wish to become one. You see…Heroes are indeed people worthy of respect. There’s no doubt about it but more than anything, heroes are nothing more than glorified murderers willing to kill the few to save the many.

They will say nice-sounding words as a necessary evil to stop a greater evil. But, what they forget is, either way, it’s still evil that wins in the end.”

Disdain was clear in his voice at the mention of the concept of hero.

“So you mean to say that all heroes are hypocrites?”

“All? I don’t know. Perhaps out of here, there are really some heroes who can save everyone without sacrificing anything or anyone. It would be nice if such a hero could indeed exist. 

But…one who stands as a hero for some would always be seen as a sinner for the opposite side. The moment a hero picks a side to protect, he stops being a hero and becomes just a weapon.”

Those discussions were pretty common between them. Even though she was nothing but a child, her father always talked seriously with her, always giving his opinion on the world and never dismissing her.

Sometimes, the two of them would even enter deep debates about things such as morals and religion. Of course, her father sometimes had very extreme views of the world.

“Why do laws exist?”

“Laws are created by the strong to control the weak and give some semblance of equality..”

“Does justice always win?”

“History is written by the winners and the winner is the one who represents justice.”

“The goddesses aren’t really good?”

“Those who stand at the top determine what’s wrong and what’s right. The goddesses are good because they won the war. If Chaos won, then she would have been good.”

“How are babies made?”

“*Ahem* *Cough* *Cough* Ask your mother when you will meet her next time.”

In the past, she did not really understand everything her father was saying. Mostly because she lacked the experience necessary.

But, on the day she reached the Phoenix’s territory, she understood everything.

As a necromancer, she should have been the most disgusting thing in the view of the other phoenix, something to cleanse — a stain in the world.

Even so, none of them dared to do so much as to even lay a finger on her.

Why? Her father once told her this answer. 

“Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god.”

Even though they hated her, they could do nothing because they were weak.

Even though they wished nothing more than to kill her, they decided to bend the rules because they were frightened.

When her father was weak, he was the number one enemy of the world and when he became strong, he was recognized as one of the pillars of the world.

This world was without a doubt rotten to the core.

But…

Looking at the back of this golden-haired boy that had appeared out of nowhere, 

Gazing in his sun-like Soul filled with warmth and tenderness. 

She thought back to the words her father once said and finally understood them.

Even if this world was ugly, even if it was filled with sadness, as long as it was filled with the people she cared for — it was worth protecting.

(AN: Well, I have to admit that this chapter holds more of my personal opinion than usual. Hope it doesn’t disturb you. Even so, I am really curious about your opinion on things such as justice and morals and what it means to be a hero. Also, what did you think of Anubis? Didn’t show much. But I wanted to introduce his personality a little more clearly.

Those two interludes show two sides. One with Nent, who was on the side of ‘good’, finding out that the world is pretty shitty. The other, Isis, born from a father that could be called ‘evil’ finding out that the world isn’t that shitty in fact. Basically one sees the world half empty and the other sees it half full.)

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5 Comments

Kingdom · 2022-01-25 at 10:47 PM

Because of you and your mother
Gently patting ‘her’ head

I believe it’s a mistake, correct me if am wrong

    taki · 2022-02-07 at 7:48 AM

    Good and evil are a paradox, they cannot live apart, and they cannot live together either

    They are concepts created from one’s own opinions and judgments

    The winner is good while the loser is evil, leading to the general belief that you are part of ‘good’. The cost, method, intention used doesn’t matter as long as you are the winner in the end. A few twists in the story and poof, you are glorified as the ‘hero’ who defeated the ‘evil’. Lose and well… your end will not be the best

    Good and evil are at the same time truth and lie, light and shadow. Behind every good there is evil, and behind every evil there is good. It is up to you to judge your own perception of the two, deciding what is ‘good’ and what is ‘evil’ for you.

    About Anubis, he may not have appeared much, but he will probably become my favorite character, based on this chapter

    Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

Anonymous · 2022-01-23 at 8:29 PM

The morals of a society is an interesting concept to explain. The basic way of humans is to judge things on a personal basis, unless we have experienced something for ourselves, we generally don’t accept it as true. Society is a gathering of several people following a tradition. In a society older people can teach younger people to not make some of the same mistakes. However young people will still make these mistakes, sometimes out of ignorance, but rather, to know why older people call it a mistake.

As an example, that many people might have different views on, cheating on a significant other, polygamy and, age of consent. Simply through reading about history you can realize these things happened a lot and most have changed with the times to fit a modern moral standard. Time for a hot take but… cheating on a significant other isn’t necessarily a bad thing, yes, someone who toys with another person’s emotions is in the wrong, however what about other scenarios. What if the unfaithful spouse was cheating in an already loveless marriage, only maintaining the marriage for the sake of their child, who might think the divorce was their fault? In this cheating is still seen negatively but, not for the same reason, how this is viewed leads into polygamy. Polygamy is to have many spouses at the same time, and most countries law support monogamy, so why do these countries support monogamy? To make a long story short, the answer is status, in history queens and concubines would plot to poison and kill their cohorts, to make sure that their children would receive more favor. Despite this polygamy was continued to curry favor between vassals, ensure that even if disaster struck there would still be a successor, and to satisfy their vanity. To ensure there were children to succeed, it was common to have one’s parent engage the child with another, marrying when the female child could bear children, regardless of age. In light of this women were not permitted to marry twice, because no one would know who the father was, and as medical technology was improved, miscarriages were less frequent thus there was no longer a need for polygamy or arranged marriages and the tradition stopped.

So why have the laws established monogamy? Honestly, there are many answers to this, as law is integrally tied to politics and philosophy. In my opinion, law is a tool to measure standards, standards of what, you might ask and, standards of ethic is my answer. Law is a tool to balance discipline and freedom, if you can’t get good grades, you won’t get a good job, if you can’t get a “good” well-paying job you won’t have the luxury to spend money wantonly. Conversely, if you get good grades, you will get a “good” well-paying job and have money to spend as you please. It is a matter of having strict disciple now to gain more freedom later, as most people can quote “discipline without freedom is tyranny, freedom without discipline is chaos.” As Hikaru mention in the authors notes, the world isn’t strictly white and black, this is one of the reasons why I don’t really like the internet, people get swept away by trends and celebrities and stop thinking for themselves and, I find these people rather foolish. That isn’t to say I want to have a scholarly debate every time I talk to someone, but to say I would rather talk to people, instead of sheep that continuously meeeh about things insignificant to the way they actually live.

If you would like a better example of a more gray outlook on life, I recommend ‘Saihate no Paladin/ The Faraway Paladin’, slight spoiler warning here. /// Most people don’t like the idea of undead, because have your deceased relatives come to give you a hug is a bit creepy, but for the god of the dead to see so many people die in war and not receive proper burial was disheartened, so he gave the deceased a chance to be buried, but this kindness of his wasn’t seen well by those still alive and thus the god of undead was classified as an evil god./// The difference here is the way of thinking, most people think ants are rather simple creatures only eating, sleeping, and fighting to survive, while humans struggle slightly to enjoy luxuries, all while being aware of problems such as homelessness and prostitution and doing nothing about it, but if you think about it gods are more worried about the overall direction life is progressing towards, thinking that individual lives are mundane and insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Humans are gods to ants, and humans are ants to gods, this is why in many stories there is a ‘hero’, a person chosen by god to convey the god’s will to humans in a way that other humans can understand and accept.

All in all, humans are creatures that need a goal to get anywhere, whether that is to avoid something bad or achieve something good, humans dream to have a greater purpose than fading to nothing in a hundred years, this is why kings sought immortality, and how man set foot on the moon. Without dreams and aspirations creatures with a high level of emotional and logical intellect would become more and more like trees as they grew old, even if one had a lifespan of ten thousand years, without something to live that long for, they would simply stop eating or commit suicide out of boredom. Writing all of this makes me feel like I am in school writing an essay again, but at least the topic was interesting, sorry for the long rant.

VolticCloud · 2022-01-23 at 12:18 PM

Nah, don’t be Genji. I find it enjoyable to explore the complexity society’s moral standards.

As regarding the concept of “heroes” and “bad guys” alike, I would put it in same pedestal as how our media giant can easily paint black and white in reverse.
A devil can be praised as a saint, a Hero can be painted as a monster.
All in all, we can’t escape the fact that society is flawed in general, in fact enough to the point that a genuinely selfless hero is a target of scrutinity by society for not kowtowing to “their perceived image/expectation”.
In short, a fools errand to try to please a society XD

So I can at least see where Anubis came from, he stops caring about how people/society view him so long they stay away from his personal space since the popular views/expectations are already ridiculous right at start. In the end, Anubis only focuses on building his foundation(which is power) so that he can do what he need/want in the future without being pushed around, although he might not be sure of his future prospect given his “cursed birth” as a necromancer in his younger time.
And looks like he already found his light after his long bleak journey 🙂
Hmmmmmmmmm, just what are the Cringe of Freedom thinking to target his sole few loved ones? XD

Also, Lil Isis is mighty adorable.
Asking deep philosophical questions, and ends it with asking how babies are made. Gahahahaha

Anonymous · 2022-01-23 at 12:05 PM

Honestly a bit of a shame he passed the ball to his wife to answer that question I would have loved to see how he would answer that.

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