Vetus

October 27, 2010

307 – Resolve

Filed under: Updates — CanonRap @ 11:30 am

(Quite a wordy chapter.)



Kaede moves to stop him, but too late: Negi’s attack goes through Shiori, knocking down Homura and throwing Dunamis into the air.

Well done, Shiori. It is our victory.

He will fall.

Staring at the blood on his hands, Negi goes berserk and tries to attack again, only to be binded by Kaede’s ninjutsu.

While Ako and Akira are confused and frightened by respectively ‘Asuna’ becoming someone else and Negi falling into darkness again, Konoka runs up.

Adeat! Kochi no Hiougi!

I’ll heal Shiori-san! I won’t let Negi-kun fall!

Nodoka, Makie, and Kuu all grab onto Negi to restrain him, even while his body burns them. Chisame slaps him.

Settle down. You fool.

Negi, crying, slashes at her with his horns. Chisame grabs the horn, bleeding from a long cut on her face.

Stop flustering and look carefully.

She’s still okay.

Homura is supporting Shiori, who is clearly conscious.

Just… a scratch.

Negi-san turned his hand away… just before he hit…

Negi’s ‘shadows’ disappear while his legs begin to turn to stone, and he collapses.


Konoka tries to heal Negi with her artifact, to no success.

It’s no good…

Neither my Kochi no Hiougi (external damage complete healing) nor my Hae no Suehiro (status abnormality recovery) is activating.

And his body temperature is really low… his breathing and heartbeat are weak. And he’s not waking up, it’s like he’s half-dead.

And I can’t heal those cracks on his hands and feet, either…

Shiori explains:

Most likely, he cut off his own consciousness just before he was absorbed by the darkness – he’s probably keeping a very fine balance right now.

It wouldn’t do to move him now.

Makie suggests that they hold his hand like before, and Kaede agrees, but Chisame points out that they don’t know when he’ll recover… or if he’ll recover at all. And from the noise around them, Setsuna is clearly still fighting with Tsukuyomi; Konoka assures them that it’s all right, as Setsuna told Konoka to leave Tsukuyomi to her.


Fate’s girls, led by Homura (finally clothed) draw closer.

…Shiori, why did you help that boy – why did you help the Thousand Master’s son?

Kuu and Yuuna think that they’re here to fight, but Koyomi and Tamaki change back to human form, and Homura continues.

You were supposed to be the replacement for Kagurazaka Asuna, to spy on the brats! Why are you doing this?!

Shiori steps up:

I’ll explain now, Homura…

You know what our goal is – to ‘rewrite the world’, yes?

In these twenty years, Fate-sama and others have hurried with this plan because ‘the collapse of the magic world’ was closing in right before their eyes.

But… what if there was a way to stop this ‘collapse’?

Homura, Koyomi, and Tamaki are shocked.

We’ve already heard that! How can he be trusted?!

It’s just the babbling of a child!

Shiori’s reply:

But… what if, it’s true? Negi-san is one of the few people who even Fate-sama approves of.

Tamaki and Koyomi have no reply to this…

Please, Homura. Just think… what if it’s true?

But Homura refutes.

So what if it is true?! Even if this can really avoid the collapse, the world will just stay the same without improving a single thing! There wouldn’t be any less war orphans like us!

Shiori’s reply:

Well… that is true, but that is that, and this is this. If we start complaining about different things now, our talk will get complicated.

I spent one night talking to Negi-san.

And Homura… I… I’m going to believe in Negi-san.

Homura has a predictable response:

Shiori… you… you’re betraying us?!

But Dunamis stops her from attacking.

Wait, Homura.

There is no need to fight. It is our victory.

Heh… it is unfortunate that he did not fall completely, but in any case, he is now useless.

You have lost your trump card against us.

Meanwhile, the Princess of the Twilight and Great Grand Master Key are being guarded by Tertium in the deepest section of the Palace.

The final ritual has already begun – our plan will succeed in one hour and forty-three seconds minutes.

Without the boy… you cannot possibly oppose the Averruncus series.

Fwahaha! You have all failed!

It is a small cost to exchange one man for the Thousand Master’s son!

Fwahahahaha! This time, we win!!

Kuu shuts him up with a jab from her staff.

Don’t talk so big when you’ve only got a top half left -aru…


The rest of Ala Alba stands around Negi, wondering what to do next – and they think back to the friends they’ve lost back at Ostia. Kaede steps up:

Let’s go!

We can’t give up now!!



We don’t believe in despair!!

…but I do, and next week is indeed break week.

So, quite some progress. As I thought after 306, Fate’s Girls probably won’t be participating in the fight any more, at least, not against Ala Alba, and Dunamis is too banged up to do anything – “hey, let’s all make fun of the half-dead guy!”

I can’t imagine how things can possibly go except that most of the current team will fight Fate, end up in a losing battle, and Negi will have wake up and fly in at the last moment to finish the fight alongside them. How Negi can recover from this is a bigger question – another phantasmagoria battle will really disrupt the flow, considering we’ve gone from “breaching outer defenses” to “world ending in an hour” in several chapters and there’s already been a Poyo-sized distraction. Will a Pactio Artifact be the key to this problem? Will he just get up after some inner monologues, heroic resolve and Rakan-brand FIGHTING SPIRIT? What is Akamatsu planning by KO’ing Negi halfway through the most climatic battle in the series?

…For now, wakarimasen lol.

12 Comments

  1. >Without the boy… you cannot possibly oppose the Averruncus series.

    I wonder if there’s a Dynamis series as well. I had two guesses for the hooded cloaked figure in Fate’s group: Zecht or the fourth Averruncus. Seems like Dynamis only recognizes Fate as an Averruncus, so the hooded cloak figure probably is Zecht… Fate is too much of a monster for anyone outside Negi to deal with. Maybe Kurt or Takahata will show up and help stall time. I don’t think we’ll get to see Mana and Zazie-Poyo’s fight, and I suspect they’ll show up to help fight Fate, and at the last critical moment, Negi will come and end it once and for all. About the hooded cloak figure… Kotarou will probably handle him.

    About the next arc… I do hope a fourth Averruncus will show up in the next arc. But, instead of it being the fourth, it’s actually Nulla (Latin for the number zero, or so I looked up). Nulla would be a female Averruncus–a little girl who’s rational, logical, intelligent, but merciless, unyielding, cruel, and a yandere for its other clones (for Tertium for being the only one left alive and active), and within her are the oldest sets of orders and priorities from the original Life-Maker, ones that the other Averruncus series don’t fully know about.

    Due to the events after the MW arc, a glitch in the system occurred, which was caused by Asuna, resulting in awakening the Averruncus (Nulla) that normally would only activate when Mundus Magicus was destroyed (because Averruncus is also the god of rebirth). Unsatisfied with what she sees, she sets out for the Old World with two magic knight attendants (both being from the age of gods) and with two goals in mind: to fulfill her role as the harbinger of the Life-Maker, and to establish a beacon that’ll notify her master the time of feeding, recalling him back from his never-ending journey of soul consumption (by consuming worlds, and setting up relays that transfers mana…which is what Mundus Magicus does) throughout the universe.

    Yeah…

    Comment by Anonymous — October 27, 2010 @ 12:59 pm

  2. >Rakan-brand FIGHTING SPIRIT?

    This is all you ever need.

    It makes the perfect inner monologue – Rakan ranting to Negi to get the hell over it.

    C’mon, you know it’d be awesome.

    Comment by Shiirn — October 27, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

  3. @Anon:

    I think it’s Zecht, personally. If it really is him, and depending on how long this ‘one hour’ in-story will last, there might even be time to finish up his backstory before the battle ends.

    Not so sure about the rest of your idea though, but the idea of a female Averruncus is interesting. ^^;;

    @Shiirn:

    Yes, yes it would. ^^

    Comment by CanonRap — October 27, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

  4. I know they show the Great Grand Master Key as a key and I’m sure that’s what it will be, but there’s a part of me that thinks, “What if the key is actually another person?” Just a very wild thought.

    Interesting chapter to make us wait a week on.

    Comment by AstroNerdBoy — October 27, 2010 @ 1:50 pm

  5. Negi won’t fight his darkness or seal it this time, or just try to coexist with it. He’ll do the Harbinger thing 🙂

    ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL!

    Comment by Carect — October 27, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

  6. typo? “our plan will succeed in one hour and forty-three *seconds*.”

    Comment by anon — October 28, 2010 @ 8:44 am

  7. CanonRap, you might have to take a talk with those from allmanga-spoilers.blogspot.com

    they’re stealing your reviews without creditting you

    Comment by Sian — October 28, 2010 @ 9:26 am

  8. @AstroNerdBoy:

    Yeah, I originally had this thought that Asuna might actually be the Master Key somehow. They’re always mentioned together…

    @8:44 Anon:

    *facepalm* Thanks. The worst kinds of typo – figures. Argh.

    @Sian:

    Yeah, AstroNerdBoy mentioned it a while back. Considering it’s basically a viral site making money off advertisements, I don’t really care. I’d be more annoyed if it was a group on a forum or imageboard copying this stuff and claiming it’s their own work, but… yeah.

    Still, thanks for the heads up.

    PS: Dunno why WP blocked your first comment…

    Comment by CanonRap — October 28, 2010 @ 12:28 pm

  9. wild guess would be url tagging :p

    Comment by Sian — October 28, 2010 @ 3:36 pm

  10. I was looking at the strength table and noticed this

    “30~50 Average Vetus inhabitant (without Qi)
    2 Average Magicus inhabitant (mage)”

    Is that perhaps, backwards?

    Comment by Carect — October 29, 2010 @ 8:11 pm

  11. That’s the right order… except there’s an extra zero next to the ‘3’. -_-

    (I copied this directly from the Research Institute without checking the manga first. Oops.)

    Comment by CanonRap — October 30, 2010 @ 2:42 am

  12. Ahh, k 🙂 I didn’t think it would only take 7 normies at minimum power to drop a tank 😀

    I suppose Average Vetus Inhabitant is a given, non-supernatural fighter then >_>

    Comment by Carect — October 30, 2010 @ 5:39 am


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