Young Nudy - Hell Shell (Official Music Video) - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=lIPE62gmNYw
Marshmello & Halsey - Be Kind (Official Music Video) - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ePao0cTGG-o
Chuck D, Nas, YG, Black Thought & Rapsody - "Fight the Power" | BET | BET Awards https://www.bet.com/video/betawards/2020/performances/chuck-d-nas-black-thought-and-rapsody.amp.html?__twitter_impression=true
DaBaby & Roddy Ricch Make Powerful Statement In “Rockstar” Performance | BET Awards 20 - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yOcZSAxyVEw
Anderson .Paak & Jay Rock In Powerful “Lockdown” Performance | BET Awards 20 - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=Awv1-_zaZlc
Megan Thee Stallion Is A Hot Girl With “Girls In The Hood” & “Savage” Performance | BET Awards 20 - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Or-0emJG348&feature=youtu.be
Roddy Ricch Performs “High Fashion” & “The Box” Live! | BET Awards 20 - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2ask9rkLmT8
Chloe X Halle Virtual Performance Of “Forgive Me” & “Do It” | BET Awards 20 - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=s6lxN7-c8MY
Alicia Keys In First Live Performance Of “Perfect Way To Die” | BET Awards 20 - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=N3LDHy2nR9o&feature=youtu.be
Summer Walker & Usher Bring The Vibes With Performance Of “Session 32” & “Come Thru” | BET Awards 20 - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=BVqh9kCltAM
Mac DeMarco ft. Jon Batiste "Fooled By Love" - Late Show #PlayAtHome - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5X3c6et11UY&feature=emb_title
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There is some sort of indie-EDM conspiracy going on and I can’t figure it out. - indieheads https://www.reddit.com/indieheads/comments/hkvtd6/there_is_some_sort_of_indieedm_conspiracy_going/
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Sufjan Stevens announces new album The Ascension (out 25th September) - indieheads https://www.reddit.com/indieheads/comments/himwkj/sufjan_stevens_announces_new_album_the_ascension/
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Kanye announces he will run for President - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hlduml/kanye_announces_he_will_run_for_president/
[FRESH ALBUM] Legends Never Die - Juice WRLD - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hoi2r2/fresh_album_legends_never_die_juice_wrld/
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New Kid Cudi & Eminem single, “The Adventures of Moon Man & Slim Shady,” dropping Friday - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hnnms2/new_kid_cudi_eminem_single_the_adventures_of_moon/
[SHOTS FIRED]Freddie Gibbs - Fuck Akademiks (Freestyle) - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hkpdc8/shots_firedfreddie_gibbs_fuck_akademiks_freestyle/
Akademiks has been suspended from his job by Complex due to him disrespecting Chrissy Teigen - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hk7r0g/akademiks_has_been_suspended_from_his_job_by/
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[TMZ] Pop Smoke Murder Investigation Yields Five Arrests - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/ho6hxa/tmz_pop_smoke_murder_investigation_yields_five/
Pusha T responds to Young Thug after the latter criticizes his verse on the removed song from Pop Smoke's posthumous album. - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hmveu1/pusha_t_responds_to_young_thug_after_the_latte
Young Thug says he doesn't respect Pusha T for bringing his beef with Drake into a song meant to be on Pop Smoke's posthumous album - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hmq7f0/young_thug_says_he_doesnt_respect_pusha_t_fo
Pop Smoke's "Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon" sells 249K First Week (58K Pure). Gucci Mane's "Gucci Mane Presents: So Icy Summer" sells 19K First Week (1K Pure) - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hoxok1/pop_smokes_shoot_for_the_stars_aim_for_the_moon/
Freddie Gibbs is now selling “Fuck Akademiks” merch. - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hiu7z6/freddie_gibbs_is_now_selling_fuck_akademiks_merch/
Juice WRLD announces posthumous album “LEGENDS NEVER DIE” dropping on 7/10, posts trailer - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hmbngv/juice_wrld_announces_posthumous_album_legends/
VLONE called out for plagiarising Pop Smoke merch designs - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hlon27/vlone_called_out_for_plagiarising_pop_smoke_merch/
Future's FREEBANDZ Merch is a SCAM - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hpa991/futures_freebandz_merch_is_a_scam/
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Lil Wayne implies Tha Carter VI is in the works and is his favourite from the series - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hlvsvz/lil_wayne_implies_tha_carter_vi_is_in_the_works/
[FRESH] Aminé - Compensating ft. Young Thug - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hma5tv/fresh_amin%C3%A9_compensating_ft_young_thug/
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Lil Wayne reacts to Gucci Mane being on Top 5 Rappers but not Eminem (Throwback) - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/himw2lil_wayne_reacts_to_gucci_mane_being_on_top_5/
[FRESH] Juice WRLD - Life's a Mess ft. Halsey - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hmdsyz/fresh_juice_wrld_lifes_a_mess_ft_halsey/
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G-Eazy's Everything's Strange Here: NOT GOOD - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hlfzu5/geazys_everythings_strange_here_not_good/
Pop Smoke – Shoot For The Stars Aim For The Moon ALBUM REVIEW (theneedledrop) - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hmlbs8/pop_smoke_shoot_for_the_stars_aim_for_the_moon/
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This is Carly Rae Jepsen, talking all things Side B with you. Ask me anything! - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hn0xi3/this_is_carly_rae_jepsen_talking_all_things_side/
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Flo Rida's bizarre chart run from 2007-2015 - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hothj2/flo_ridas_bizarre_chart_run_from_20072015/
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The US and Australia possibly banning TikTok - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hmrcxb/the_us_and_australia_possibly_banning_tiktok/
Kanye West Announces He's Running for 2020 Presidency - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hleb6w/kanye_west_announces_hes_running_for_2020/
Louis Tomlinson leaves Syco Music - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hpekle/louis_tomlinson_leaves_syco_music/
Katy Perry - Smile - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hodkx5/katy_perry_smile/
Katy Perry is starting a circus-themed teaser campaign for the KP5 album cover reveal - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hnm0p9/katy_perry_is_starting_a_circusthemed_tease
Katy Perry - Smile will have 12 songs and be 37 minutes long. Pre-order will be available at midnight local time. - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/ho3a63/katy_perry_smile_will_have_12_songs_and_be_37/
Ty Dolla $ign - Ego Death (feat. Kanye West, FKA twigs & Skrillex) - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hjd23f/ty_dolla_ign_ego_death_feat_kanye_west_fka_twigs/
Hot 100: "ROCKSTAR" stays at #1, "WHATS POPPIN" jumps to #2, "Watermelon Sugar" and "We Paid" leap into top 10 - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hmcfs6/hot_100_rockstar_stays_at_1_whats_poppin_jumps_to/
Hot 100: "ROCKSTAR" returns to #1, "WHATS POPPIN" 'hops in' to the top 10 thanks to crew cut remix, "Blueberry Faygo" becomes Lil Mosey's first top 10 - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hi501n/hot_100_rockstar_returns_to_1_whats_poppin_hops/
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The Weeknd - The Weeknd ft. Doja Cat "In Your Eyes" (Official Animated Video) - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QeRsc6pqdEM%2F&feature=youtu.be
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Kygo ft. Kim Petras - Broken Glass (Official Music Video) - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hopbhj/kygo_ft_kim_petras_broken_glass_official_music/
Why are artist’s merchandise always so bad? What can we do to fix it? - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hispwi/why_are_artists_merchandise_always_so_bad_what/
100 gecs "money machine" Official Lyrics & Meaning | Verified - YouTube https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Px44K3bEtdY
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Please do share your favorite popheads
reactions to the big pop events for us newbies! - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hhzhfn/please_do_share_your_favorite_rpopheads_reactions/
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Kanye West has reportedly dropped out of the presidential race - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hregf1/kanye_west_has_reportedly_dropped_out_of_the/
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BREAKING: Billboard is changing ticket bundling rules for album charts. "Forced" album + ticket bundles will NO LONGER COUNT. "Opt in" bundles WILL count (users can request to add the album to a ticket purchase). Details expected Tuesday. Effective for all tours from October 2, 2020 on. - hiphopheads https://www.reddit.com/hiphopheads/comments/hqof0y/breaking_billboard_is_changing_ticket_bundling/
Katy Perry - Smile (Performance Video) - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hr32z5/katy_perry_smile_performance_video/
Billboard Hot 100 Discussion - July 14, 2020 - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hr5c0o/billboard_hot_100_discussion_july_14_2020/
Billboard's New Chart Rules: No More Merch & Ticket Bundles - popheads https://www.reddit.com/popheads/comments/hqq7m7/billboards_new_chart_rules_no_more_merch_ticket/
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Spoilers and Detailed Summaries of Volume 16
Here is a long and detailed summary for Volume 16. The summary I wrote is a full 6 pages long. I felt like making it this long because this is arguably the most important volume of the series and begins to explain some of the secrets of the world. Sadly there is no full translation, and I couldn't do a full translation even if I wanted to, due to myself reading this entirely using Google Translate. I have experience reading machine learning outputs, and I feel I can communicate just about everything except for names which machine learning has trouble with. Anyone with experience reading the raw can feel free to tell me where certain details need to be changed.
Disclaimer: I read a Chinese fan translation using Google Translate. I cannot read Chinese, I cannot read Japanese. Specific details are not guaranteed to be exactly accurate. Names are my best guess based on how Google Translate translated the names. Google Translate does not do names well, it will spell a character’s name in 50 different ways including a string of random jumbled characters you need to guess at.
Light Novel Volume 16 Summary:
A young puppet master is fixing a tangled wire when an older gentleman comes up to the master and asks him why he controls the puppets with wire rather than magic? The puppet master answers that if the puppets are controlled with magic, they will act perfectly according to script. The puppets would not act according to their own will if completely controlled by the master. The old man and the puppet master seem to be acquaintances. The puppet master wonders aloud to the old man, what role the person who seeks justice will play on his grand stage. The puppet master remarks that the person is coming close to the truth of the world, but he is a pure madman and will never fully grasp it. On the other hand, the puppet master is more concerned with one specific fool, and the descendant of “that bloodline”. The members of said bloodline always seem to come close to reaching the truth. The puppet master continues by saying his dark angel is maturing and will soon fully awaken. The puppet master picks up his puppets that he has been trying to fix, one of an angel with wings holding a silver key, and another wearing a shirt, long pants and a tie.
The volume opens with a flashback to Celica’s friend from 150 years ago, one of the 6 heroes who fought in the mage war. This was the swordswoman nicknamed princess. The tip of her sword shines with a golden light that increases her swordsmanship abilities. She speaks for a few moments with Celica on the battlefield, there are dead bodies everywhere. This is war, and the enemy is approaching. The other heroes are all incapacitated, but the sword princess chooses to engage the enemy alone. She turns down Celica’s help, because she is stronger alone. Back in the present, Riel wakes up. She had a dream about a mysterious swordswoman. Due to the effects of project Revive:Life, Riel has a piece of the soul of the sword wielding hero inside of her. Riel will occasionally have dreams about the swordswoman. Riel is currently on a mission for the army to provide backup to the delegation representing the Kingdom of Alzano at the Grand Magic Festival.
Before the team representing the Alzano Empire competes in their 2nd match, they spectate the other semifinal match between the team representing the Kingdom of Rezalia, and the industrialized nation Galz. The mages from Galz wield magically infused mechanical creations. The head magician competes inside of a summoned robot, outer protective armor that is said to have been researched and discarded as a project elsewhere in the world. However, it is an overwhelming victory for the team from Rezalia. The team from Galz has many competitors with serious and potentially fatal injuries. The Alzano team, including Sistina, look on with fear at what they are witnessing from the Rezalian team. Especially the principal magician Markov, has firepower able to turn magic armor into dust. Sistina calmly commentates that their opponent in the finals has been decided, which soothes the team a little bit. But, they must first get past the eastern nation, the Rihoku Kingdom and their principal magician Sakuya.
While the Alzano team prepares for its next match, a member of the opposing team, Shi Yu, confronts Sistina and Glenn. Shi Yu wishes Sistina to go easy on Sakuya. He explains that Sakuya has a serious heart illness, and a destitute family. Sakuya is a magician in order to support her poor family, which puts herself at risk. If she puts too much stress on her heart, she could die. Sakuya overhears this, and rebuke’s Shi Yu for his lies, and reassures Sistina that there is no issue with her heart or her family situation, and that they are opponents. Shi Yu gleefully explains this was all psychological warfare, trying to lower Sistina’s guard and morale.
The competition begins. In this competition, each team alternates between attacking and defending a point position. Points are scored for a successful attack. The two teams seem to be evenly matched for the first part of the game, but as the game wears on, it looks like Sakuya is in pain. Sistina realizes that what Shi Yu had said, wasn’t a lie at all. At one specific moment on the defense, Sistina suddenly becomes afraid of killing Sakuya and hesitates for just a moment. This moment of hesitation allows Sakuya to get past Sistina and score a point, giving a lead to the Eastern team. Sistina starts feeling a little sympathy for Sakuya and makes plays that can only be called conservative. At this rate, they will fail to catch up the deficit caused by Sistina’s lack of resolve. It is obvious to Glenn that Shi Yu’s words have strongly affected Sistina. Lizzie sees what is happening as well and strongly reprimands Sistina. Sistina is currently being a hindrance to the whole team. Lizzie tells her to give up command.
Outside the arena, Glenn realizes what is going on. Shi Yu had used a mind affecting spell on Sistina. Each time Sistina would go to attack Sakuya, a voice in her head asks her if it is really the correct thing to do. This is the source of her hesitation, and conservative shot-calling. She is afraid that if she goes all out then Sakuya will die. The spell is a form of suggestion. Auto-suggestion, being the fundamental basis of magic in this world, being messed with is a very powerful passive spell. Eve comments that Sistina has all the gifts needed to be an elite magician, but she has not yet experienced the true dark side of magic. What it means to trample over the dreams of others in order to fulfill your own dreams. Eve says that the reason the suggestion spell is affecting her in the way that it is, is because Sistina is still too innocent. Glenn tries to figure out what he can do as coach to break his principal magician out of the lull she is stuck in. It is not easy to do anything, because the spectators and coaches are isolated from the players.
Glenn decides to do something overly flashy to get Sisitina’s attention. He shoots an Extinction Ray straight up into the sky. An explosion sound, and a pillar of light is plenty to get the attention of even the players in the arena, who are blocked off by a protective barrier. Glenn then uses a sound amplification magic to make his voice itself sound like an explosion. With everyone in the arena now focused on him, Glenn yells “The situation of others has nothing to do with you. No matter what you do, and no matter what anyone else says about you, I will always be on your side.” Sistina hears his message. No matter what choice she makes, Glenn will always agree with her and stand by her. Even if the whole world comes to hate her, she has her teacher. Sistina’s dream of exploring the Sky Castle might not be as deep of a reason to be a magician as Sakuya’s, but it is her dream, and it is worth fighting for. After hearing Glenn’s words, Sistina assures Lizzie and the whole team that she has once again found her resolve, and to trust her. In the last round, the Alzano team, with renewed morale and energy, scores to tie the game and force the competition to go to overtime. Sakuya, understands that at this moment, they have been beaten. Rather than compete in an unwinnable overtime, the Eastern team chooses to forfeit, sealing victory, and a finals appearance for the team representing the Alzano Empire.
After the match, the Alzano team was having a party to celebrate their victory. Glenn walks up to greet Sistina, and congratulates her on her victory. Sistina recalls Glenn’s words of encouragement. It was at this moment; she finally recognizes the feelings in her heart. Embarrassed, Sistina can’t look at Glenn in the eyes, but thanks him for his help. Sistina admits to herself that, yes, she has fallen in love with her teacher.
Elsewhere in Milano, a girl with a ponytail walks toward a house. This powerful illusionist’s name is Ilya Illuge (from volume 13) who is working for Eve’s father Azel Ignite and is currently considered missing as a prison escapee. The house she is walking up to houses the assassins hired by the extremist faction of the Kingdon of Rezalia, lead by Cardinal Ochapot, to assassinate Cardinal Feis and Pope Fresnel. Ilya’s mission is to kill all the assassins, because if war breaks out between Alzano and Rezalia, it would go against Azel Ignite’s plan. There are protective enchantments around the house that are commonly used by the Researchers of Divine Wisdom. Ilya praises the enchantments but says that to a magician on her level they are meaningless. As she walks closer to the house, however, she starts smelling blood. Inside the house there are corpses everywhere. Waiting for her is one Jatice Lowfan. Ilya and Jatice begin to fight. Ilya’s inherent illusion magic seems like it would give her the upper hand, but Jatice’s inherent magic allows him to see the world in numbers, so he isn’t looking at the illusions at all. Jatice defeats Ilya but chooses to spare her. Jatice leaves, but not before telling Ilya that “your wish will come true someday”
That evening the Alzano team was preparing for the finals match…sort of. The women of the delegation were indulging in hot springs belonging to the hotel, while a few of the men made an unsuccessful peeping attempt. Lumia noticed a mark on Maria’s shoulder that looked like a tattoo in the shape of the letter “Z”. To Lumia it looked ominous. While everyone else was screwing around, only Glenn was seriously trying to plan. However, he was interrupted by the archaeologist Fozell Etoria who Glenn had commissioned to help translate Queen Alicia the third’s notes. He showed Glenn a paper with repeated letter “Z”s on it. He says that he has translated the “key” to her notes. The key will open up a small world within the paper that allows the reader to actively experience the writings and memories of its author. Glenn excitably opens her notes and reads the spell. Suddenly he hears Namenlose yell at him that it’s a trap. Before he could stop the spell he hears a warning alarm in his mind and gets sucked into the paper.
Glenn awakes in a dim study. A woman who looks somewhat like Lumia is working at a desk. Queen Alicia the third notices Glenn. She tells Glenn that she won’t let him succeed, her notes will eventually find themselves in the hands of someone who will inherit her will. Then those will one day…. At this moment Alicia III takes a flintlock pistol and kills herself. Namenlose, who somehow managed to follow Glenn into this world, once again reprimands Glenn for being stupid. Namenlose implies that Glenn is important to her for some reason, and that she kind of understands what is going on, but she can’t tell him anything. He must find out the “truth” on his own. Glenn gives up with Namenlose and starts looking for a way out of the room. He reads the letter that Alicia III wrote. It is still all in code except on the last page there is a note that Glenn can read. Furthermore, its directly addressed to Glenn. The note says that Glenn must use the pistol to shoot the foreign object that is tampering with and shouldn’t exist in her world. This is the way out. The letter is addressed from Maybell. Maybell is the good personality of Alicia III after she went crazy. (introduced in volume 11)
Touching a book on the shelf allows Glenn to enter a memory of Alicia III. He finds himself at the excavation site of the dungeon underneath the Academy 400 years ago. This was before the city of Fejite and the school were built. A young Alicia III is with Roland Etoria (the author of the Mage of Melgalius) and her teacher Lucius. They are exploring the recently dug up ruins near the sky castle. It seems that Alicia is set to marry Lucius. As the three of them continue to explore the dungeon ruins and continue research, they come to realize that their discoveries are not good. The super ancient magic civilization was not a world of dreams as they had believed, but a world of nightmares and oppression.
Titus Kullo, the supposed sage king from the stories they had been told, and who, the legend stated built the sky castle, was not a good king. He could really only be known as a demon king. The sky castle was built as a large ritual facility in order to obtain the Akashic Records. The ritual must use the lives of a very large number of human sacrifices to fuel the spell. The spell itself calls the outer world gods. The outer world gods were legendary evil beings who supposedly were fought against in the mage war 150 years ago and repelled by Celica, the Sword Princess, and the 4 others of the six heroes. The trio’s research showed that the dungeon was known as the “Tower of Sighs” and behind the door of the 89th floor (from volume 6) is the dominion of the demon king himself where the demon king performed his research. Roland Etoria believes that the ruins should be sealed, all of their research destroyed, and the ancient mysteries should never be spoken of again. The ancient civilizations, the demon king, the evil summoning, none of this should be touched by humans. Alicia agrees to halt the research, and commissions the building of the Alzano magic academy on top of the Tower of Sighs in order to prevent people with wicked intentions from continuing the research.
The problem was, Alicia’s curiosity was too much. She secretly continued to study the taboo scripture. The evil outer-world gods are named (according to Google Translate) “Cthugha”, “The Golden Thunder Emperor”, “The Wind god Ithaca”, “Pure Darkness”, “The God Killer”, the “Sky Twins”, and the all-powerful “God of the Gate”. The Sky Castle is a magical facility used to communicate with the outer-world gods. At this point, the memory was interrupted and Glenn was thrown out back to the study. Somehow the memory of the outer-world gods has been tampered with. Glenn goes to back the bookshelf and moves on to the next memory. The next memory pops up with Lucius and Roland speaking alone to each other. Roland says that the mark with the letter “Z” printed multiple times is the mark of “Pure Darkness”. A mark imprinted on the mages who have the ability to summon the outer-world gods. The family of priests serving the demon king were previously defeated by the hero, the Envoy of Justice. However, the mages containing the bloodline who have this ability likely still exist. Roland chooses to make a trip to the Kingdom of Rezalia in order to search for the mages with the mark of “Pure Darkness” in order to protect them. He never returns. (In a previous volume it was said that Roland Etoria was executed by the government of Rezalia)
In the next memory, Alicia continues to study the ancient civilizations. Glenn can hear Alicia screaming in despair. For as long as Alicia III can remember, her family has only given birth to women. She learns that her family has been cursed by the demon king, cursed to only give birth to daughters. The Alzano royal family is destined to eventually give birth to monsters, the Sky Twins. In the future, one of Alicia’s descendants will have power strong enough to reincarnate the Sky Twins back into the world. The demon king will then use the Sky Twins power to claim the Akashic Records. The people of Alzano, will then be used as living human sacrifices to power the ritual to re-summon the outer-world gods. Alicia’s bloodline will at some point in the distant future, bring an end to the world. It was at this moment that Alicia III went crazy. Her husband Lucius hears the screams and enters the room of the despairing Queen Alicia. Suddenly, Alicia realizes that if the Alzano royal family’s existence is to provide children for the demon king, then that means her husband….Alicia grabs a pistol and points it at Lucius. Glenn hears a gunshot and the memory fades.
Alicia spends the rest of her life trying to fight against the coming rebirth of the demon king. She creates a secret organization inside the empire called “The Celestial Cross”. Alicia begins Project: Revive Life to save the spirits of heroes who can compete with the demon king. The Megido’s Fire incident that Glenn had to solve (In volumes 9 and 10) was also a precaution set up by Alicia III. Lastly, Alicia is afraid that people who have shown special abilities (like Lumia Tingle’s) is a sign that a person might have the power to become a reincarnation of the Sky Twins. Alicia chooses to declare to the public that special abilities are a sign of demon incarnations. She starts public executions of people who have a special power like Lumia’s. Her goal is to sew fear of special abilities among the general population. This public fear is secretly another precaution to prevent the coming end of the world. It can be said that every conflict that Glenn has dealt with so far was directly caused by Queen Alicia III trying to protect the future of the world.
A memory of Alicia then speaks directly to Glenn who is watching these memories. Alicia tells Glenn, the demon king will someday return to the world along with the Sky Twins. They will use the people of Alzano Empire as human sacrifices to obtain the Akashic Records, summon the outer-world gods and destroy the world as we know it. The magic Envoy of Justice who can fight the demon king is long gone, but Alicia hopes the people in the future can become a new Envoy of Justice. She wishes Glenn can become the savior of the world. Then the memory ends.
Now Glenn must figure out how to escape the room. He thinks about who shouldn’t be present in the memories, like the note from Maybell said. He thinks about the perspective of the memories. They seem to be in the third person. One scene in particular is strange, the scene where Roland and Lucius speak, and Alicia is not present. How is this possible if these are Alicia’s memories? He also remembers what the Alicia who committed suicide said. She told Glenn that she won’t let him succeed. Glenn picks up the pistol and points it at himself. This means that the person who should not be present is himself, the viewer. He chooses to pull the trigger at his own head. To Namenlose’s shock a spirit exists Glenn’s body. A spirit that looks like Lucius. The person who wishes the memories to remain hidden. The memories of himself. Lucius’ true identity is the demon king. Lucius chooses to confirm this, to Namenlose’s surprise. This is a memory of when the demon king was a human named Lucius. Lucius traces a mark of letter “Z”s in the air which transports everyone present into a dark space filled with monsters. Glenn cannot fight them all.
All of the sudden Sistina, Lumia, and Riel invade the dark space. Somehow, Fozell has managed to find a way to enter the world of the notes to save Glenn. Lucius is stunned to find that his monsters can be defeated by Riel’s sword. Riel admits to being able to see a golden light at the tip of her blade, a light that she feels if she sees it, she cannot lose. Lucius then looks at Sistina and her wind. The hair color and that wind, it must be a descendant of the priests of Ithaca. Lastly, Lucius looks at Lumia and her Silver Key. He smiles that his angel is finally complete. Glenn casts Extinction Ray. As he is about to be defeated, Lucius seems happy. The priest of Ithaca, his lovely angel, the sword princess, and the successor of the one who uses Extinction Ray. This is going to be interesting.
The next morning, before the finals of the Grand Magic Festival, the political summit between the governments of the Alzano Empire and the Kingdom of Rezalia are going on. Due to Queen Alicia 7th’s adept negotiating and discourse, along with the help of Cardinal Feis and Pope Fresnel, peace talks are moving forward. Discussions seem like they are going to resolve smoothly when finally Cardinal Ochapot speaks up. He asks about how these peace negotiations will go after Feis and Fresnel have been assassinated by Alzano. Azel Ignite had foreseen this and sent Ilya to kill the assassins, but it turns out that was a diversion itself for the real attempt. Ochapot is going to do it himself. Ochapot activates a spell from his ring. As the fight breaks out, fake angels break the windows of the building and start beheading members of the Rezalian delegation including its King. Cardinal Ochapot’s body suddenly explodes grotesquely. This is clearly the doing of one Jatice Lowfan. Jatice calls everyone present hypocrites. He says Alicia VII has dirty blood. He then asks Azel Ignite how many “heroes” he already possesses? He asks Pope Fresnel, your ring looks like it’s used for demon summoning? Jatice says that if Alzano and Rezalia start a full scale war, the world will be destroyed. He proposes instead to force peace between the two nations by using the “Pure Dark Witch” to summon the evil gods and re-enact the mage war from 150 years ago. This way the two countries will be forced to ally preventing the true destruction of the world.
At the same time, the finals of the Grand Magic Festival had just begun. However, instead of the Alzano team facing off with Markov and his team, they were instead confronted by corpses. The bodies of the 10 members of the team from Rezalia had all exploded. Sistina, having experienced this before from the incident with Leos and Jatice, realized instantly that this was the effect of Angel Dust. As the team was trying to regain its composure, Luna in angel form confronted Maria. Luna requests Maria to come with them, and then calls her Miriam Cadiz, aka the Pure Dark Witch.
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