Father

 

The dungeon cores all looked at the man that was displayed on the monitor at the same time. Naturally, this included Rokuko as well.

“Tou-sama… it’s been two years since I’ve paid my respects to your countenance.”

Other than [Father] and [Tou-sama], there were also people calling him [King] and [God]. The man had black hair and dark skin and was wrapped in a deep blue vestment. Although Rokuko said ‘countenance’, half of his face was hidden by an eye mask. None of his mouth was hidden, though, and he was smiling.
Not one of the dungeon cores here knew who he truly was.
However, at the very least, all of the dungeon cores here had been produced by him. This was an unshakable truth.

The standard leading theory was that he was [Dungeon Core No. 0] and all of the dungeon cores here were his [Dummy Cores].

Many of the dungeon cores that took human shape did so because he, as their [Father] had a human shape—or, at the very least, appeared in that form.
Therefore, Haku, who held a human shape from the start, was the object of envy of many of the dungeon cores.
… Another reason Haku lowered the ranking of Rokuko’s dungeon was so that she wouldn’t be targeted by others’ begrudging.

[Oh, are there fewer of you? That’s saddening. Maybe I should supplement it with some new children… What do you think, 1?]
“Sir! If father believes as such, should father not do so?”

The knight-formed Core 1 answered [Father]’s question. In this dungeon core assembly, the most influential person—excluding [Father]—was this person. The single-digit number wasn’t just for show.

[Hmm. That’s a boring answer. Is there any child that has another opinion?]

However, seeming as though Core 1’s answer didn’t satisfy him, [Father] asked the other cores for an opinion.
—However, no one said anything. No, they couldn’t say anything.
Because if they did say something, that was the same thing as speaking out against Core 1. And to begin with, reproving [Father] was a very awful thing to do.

“Could I give my opinion, Otou-sama?”

Among them, a single core raised their hand.
Who? Who was so reckless—thinking that, everyone looked towards the person.

[What is it? 89, what is your opinion?]

[Father]’s voice rose as though delighted. Core 89… Haku smiled.

“Approximately seventy percent of the 600 series are still alive. It might be somewhat premature to birth younger siblings. Would it not be more acceptable to wait for them to decrease a little longer?”
“What’s this [Betrayer] saying!?”

With a roar, a quaking voice shook the ground.
Core 5, a black dragon, interrupted the conversation between Haku and [Father]. However, [Father] gently chided 5.

[5. Right now, I am listening to what 89 has to say. You can speak afterwards.]
“E-excuse my impoliteness, dad! But!”
[Didn’t I say I would listen afterwards? 5 is wise, so could you wait patiently for me?]
“Y-yes…”

Told that he could wait as he was wise, he would have to deny that if he flared up again. Core 5 could do nothing but withdraw.
Then, [Father] asked Haku again.

[Now, 89, how much do you believe the number of children should decrease beforehand?]
“When the number of surviving members of the 600 series drops below fifty person, I think. It has been similar to that until now.”
[Indeed, that is an understandable opinion. Thank you for the consultation.]
“I am honored to hear your praise.”

Haku bowed reverently.

[Next, I will hear 5’s opinion. What is it?]
“Sir! Father, that 89 there is a [Betrayer] and hunts our brethren. Of the dungeon cores that died, the majority are due to 89’s guidance. That is likely why she has kept track of the fine details of how many dungeons have survived… she does not deserve having her opinion heard!”
[Hmph. 89, is this so?]
“Yes, I certainly am trimming away other dungeon cores so that I may live, Otou-sama. Is there a problem with that?”

Haku asserted herself, not shy in the least.

[None. Sacrificing others in order to live—that is the correct way. Huh? I get the feeling that I said that last year as well.]
“It has been said every year, Otou-sama.”
[That so? Well, even so, everyone here is one of my adorable children. Be moderate, alright?]
“Yes, I understand.”

Haku smiled.
Haku being disparaged as a [Betrayer] was a usual thing. [Father] lightly admonishing her was also a usual thing.

[So now, what is your opinion on birthing new children, 5?]
“T-that’s… I think it’s best for dad to do what he wants.”
[Yup, thanks. Maybe I should try asking some other children, too…]

Muttering as though bored, [Father] started looking for someone else to ask.

[Oh.]

His gaze swept towards Rokuko and stopped.
Rokuko trembled… Surely he wouldn’t ask her. Surely.

[112, what do you think? Do you have an opinion?]

So that was it. He wasn’t looking at her. Realizing that, Rokuko breathed a sigh of relief.

“Aah… right, huh, I agree with No. 5, father should do what he wants… yeah. If I had to say something, new kids popping up would be interesting? Well, I’ll wait even if it doesn’t happen right now.”
[Heeh. Interesting, huh. That’s good.]

Forcibly using polite speech, something he wasn’t used to, Ontentoo sounded amusing in various ways. With [Father]’s laughing Core 5 sent Ontentoo a look as though to say [Good Job].

[Well, while we’re at it, 695. What do you think?]
“… Haeeh!?”

Suddenly talked to by [Father], Rokuko turned rigid.
… While thinking that she’d love if he stopped with the surprise attacks, she spoke slowly.

“U-ummm… I-I, um, right now, I’m the lowest ranked, of the 600 series… so if I could have juniors, I would be happy, umm, I think… If I were surpassed, I think that I would have mixed feelings about it.”
[Hahaha, mixed feeling, huh. People like you are alright, 695.]

Rokuko’s face reddened up like a balloon. [People like you], in other words [like Rokuko], which meant that he’d watched Rokuko enough to have an impression of her.
Likewise, she may have simply stood out by being last in the rankings.
Contrasting Rokuko, Haku was smiling radiantly.
Rokuko let out her breath. Even though she knew she was tense, she couldn’t help it.

He listened to several other cores after that. However, everything followed what Core 1 said in that [Father] should do what he wanted.
—I might not have stood out if I said something like that too?
Rokuko just now realized that.

[Un, how about we stop for this year? I’ll think about it again next year.]

Saying that, [Father] clapped his hands.
The tension in the air gently relaxed.

[Alright everyone. If anyone has a question, demand, or opinion, feel free to say it during the feast alright? I can’t interfere with you all much if it’s not on an occasion like this after all.]

[Father]’s mouth formed into a smile. Just then, a single dungeon core—one in the form of a man in his prime—raised his voice.

“Ooh, our god! May I ask for this one’s wish to be heard?”
[That was quick. What’s up, 380? But first, I’d be happy if you called me dad.]
“That’s impossible, for a diminutive child like me to…. I shall be god’s servant till my last!”
[Aaah, un, so what did you want to ask?]

Core 380 knelt, speaking his wish.

“—! A miracle that displays god’s power! I wish for the resurrection of the dead!”
[Oh? You can’t? The revival of your favorite child, that is.] [1]
“The one this one wishes to be resurrected is his brother, Core 379! During the winter season, he fell into the wicked 89’s machinations and was cast down by the evil god’s vanguard…”
[Ah… 379 huh. You were the twin cores, huh. Yep, sorry, but that’s no good.]
“Why!? Surely, with god’s strength…!!”

[No good] was not [Can’t]. There was a large difference between the two… With [Father]’s power, even if a core was destroyed, he could bring it back to life.
However, [Father] spoke heartlessly as though to warn Core 380.

[Because it is against the rules.]

Even [Father] appeared to be bound by some sort of rules.

[Aah, right! I’ll make a monster that looks the same as 379. The child would be able to take human form the same as you. It’d use just a bit of DP, but it’d be a monster that you couldn’t distinguish from you. 380 won’t be lonely anymore with that right? You could produce as many as you want.]

Core 380 looked astonished for an instant before bowing in worship.

“That’s… oh, god. This one wishes to express his gratitude.”
[Yep, glad I could help!]

Core 380 touched his head to the ground, trembling.
Was he really happy?
Did he truly want to express his gratitude?

Rokuko didn’t get it.

 

Footnotes:
  • Alright, so pronouns simply don’t exist in this sentence and I’m not sure exactly what [Father] is implying here. The raw, literally translated, simply says: “Oh? Huh, can’t? Favorite child’s resurrection.” Return

 

 

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28 thoughts on “Lazy Dungeon Master — Chapter 153

  1. Thanks 4 the chapter!

    Come to think of it, who’s Haku’s dungeon master? Was it ever mentioned?
    Sorry! I seems to forget a lot if things lately.

    1. He was a human knight that appeared in a side story, but apparently it was several years ago so we don’t know if he is still alive, personally I think he already died of old age

      1. I’m personally not so sure it was old age. I think he was killed. Something pushed Haku over the edge into killing other dungeon cores to save herself.

        1. At the very least its well over 500 years. since Haku’s dungeon master came before there were even 100 in dungeon core numbers and Ontentoo has been building his dungeon for 500 years.

  2. I think this is a pretty amazing chapter, it shows quite a lot…

    Wait, it’s just a game of chess between the two gods, isn’t it?
    Kinda reminds me of Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer

  3. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    Meatbun: *ask that dungeon core No.0* “can you make a meat tree or a monster that regenerate tasty meat for meatbun?”
    No.0: “what number are you again? I don’t think i remember making you?”
    Meatbun: “…” (oh shoot.. he noticed!)

      1. Workship the hero of the shield and his genetic magic Creepe tree if you workship the shield he will bring no sorts of food trees.

  4. This otou-sama……….. don’t tell me he and god have some competition or something goong on ?
    Based on how god keep sending dungeon wrecker to those world I think it’s a valid point that he need to somehow toned down this otou-sama action ? But ironically the Heroes are meant Only to be used by haku and betrayed by keima, poor god.

  5. About your footnote, yea it is a little unclear. The line basically translates to:
    “What? You weren’t able to do that? Resurrect your favorited child that is.”

    favorited child is a bit clumsy…

    The issue that is making the line a little confusing is the fact that Core 380 didn’t say what he wanted to have revived, Father made a reply that assumed he wanted to revive one of his named monsters and used a sentence structure that referred to reviving the dead without saying it explicitly and promptly mentioned reviving the dead explicitly. This back and forth does confirm that named monsters can be revived, probably for a DP cost, and Kehma has just not figured out how. Gobusuke is his only named moster that is dead though so he hasn’t looked into it too much.

    It is very likely that Father knew that 380 wanted 379 revived but wanted 380 to spell it out so he could deny him. Father is fairly playful with his cores and seems to know just about everything related to them. How much is something for the future chapters. All the yesmen cores do bore him though.

    Correction:
    “Of the dungeon cores that, the majority are due to 89’s guidance.”

    You are missing an action there, unless you want us to play madlib and fill in our own actions. I vote for “party”. (not a translation)

    1. Wouldn’t the Father be asking for the revival of one of His/Its favored children?

      And I suspect guidance is the wrong word. I wonder if a better translation would be something like: “Of the dungeon cores that fell, the majority were due to 89’s actions” or “89’s machinations”. Guidance generally has a positive connotation.

      Thank you for the chapters!

      1. Guidance is acceptable to me, since it would refer more to Haku guiding the Hero’s actions in order to get rid of dungeon cores.

      2. Father has a great deal of power and is likely a god like some of the other readers have speculated. He is capable of spawning 100 dungeon cores on a whim and is fully capable of reviving a destroyed core. He seems to be in the middle of a contest of some sort though, that has set rules. The god of light has their followers destroy any and every dungeon core that they can. If there wasn’t a rule about not reviving dead cores then Father could just revive the destroyed ones with a lot of DP shortly after they were destroyed. They had proven that they were capable cores after all.

        As the creater of the Cores, Father is probably responsible for setting up everything related to the menu, all of its features, what monsters and treasures are displayed, and what can be done when and where. Can’t give examples though, would be spoilers. Would suspect that the features that are added to Kehmas display are there because Father heard him grumbling.

        If you simplified the back and forth between 380 and Father it would become:
        “I want you to revive the dead” (380)
        “What, can’t you revive your dead?” (Father) (implying that he gave him that ability and asking if it was not working properly)
        “I want you to revive a core” (380)
        “Ah, not allowed to do that, sorry” (Father)

        Would lose all the character of the speakers though, as well as not being author intent or a proper translation of what was written.

      1. Heh, I know, it was just such a nice set up for putting in an action word of your choice I couldn’t resist giving an example. =)

  6. Thanks for the chapters.

    “Of the dungeon cores that, the majority are due to 89’s guidance.”<- of the dungeon cores that what?

  7. For the footnote, just read the raw (why is it super hard to find?!) and it seems to be something like “Huh? Eh, I can’t do that. Resurrecting my beloved children.” The last bit might also be “resurrecting for my cute children”. Both works… *hides into a corner before the yoshi hunts me down or worse*

  8. Seeing all those strong dungeon cores. I can’t help but be dissatisfied because kehma is too weak compared to then and he is at risk.

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