Overlord (LN) - Volume 13.5 - The Vampire Princess of the Lost Country - Chapter Aft

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The author’s expression corner known as the Afterword has begun — since I didn’t write it there, I’ll write it here! Since I’m as excited to be writing here as I am over there, please understand if I make any minor mistakes! 

Hm? This isn’t written in the same style as the Afterwords to date? Hm. That might be so. After all, I didn’t even write in the thanks at the end! Perhaps all the author’s thoughts have always been like that! 

—And so, this is the 14th book to me. Therefore, while I apologize to those people who are looking forward to Volume 14, Maruyama’s heart is filled with the feeling that he’s finished Volume 14. The next one will be Volume 15~ How do you feel after reading this spinoff? 

Do you think Suzuki Satoru, as the main character of a Light Novel, feels different from how Overlord has been until now? 

The battle scene in this book might have ended up becoming confusing. Originally, perhaps there might have been a need to go “this is why he did so and so” but I deliberately omitted it. This work really does place a big burden on its readers. Perhaps I might have failed as a Light Novel author, but like I’ve said many times, I personally think “it doesn’t matter if you don’t understand.” 

Incidentally, while my editor keeps telling me “please make it easier to understand,” I haven’t heard him say that recently. Like how I don’t want to clearly refer to Mare as a man and all that. Though I’ve been using my own madeup terms, so I think “everyone who knows gets it, right?” But then the editor stopped me from doing that. Ah, how nostalgic. That’s a story from behind the scenes when I was writing the first volume. 

This was supposed to be a deluxe edition bonus, but I selfishly insisted that they publish it as a book. Does it feel like it could stand on the shelves with the other volumes? If so, that would make me very happy. Also, I originally wanted to add the stories of the first of the Thirteen Heroes at the end, but I felt that it would mess with the tone of the epilogue, so I removed it. I have the feeling Overlord will end without those stories ever being told! 

Now, my thoughts about the various characters: 

Satoru-san: He’s a man who routinely plays dirty to win. You should have seen how noble he was when fighting Shalltear. That said, this Satoru-san is the one who comes off as a good guy overall. Perhaps he would be this way if not for Nazarick. Does he seem like someone else? But he ought to have a personally that’s just as twisted as his main line incarnation. 

Keno-san: Did she achieve happiness in this story…? Very well, then … ahem! 

As for what will happen after the epilogue, Maruyama has a vague idea for that in his mind. But please, imagine it however you like, everyone. 

…But how will things develop? Will they fight? Will they run? Or will they meet? Or perhaps an even more different path? I would be very glad if you think “If I could write it” when you go to bed. I have the feeling that if Satoru-san shared his knowledge with them, the New Ainz Ooal Gown could finish off the Pleiades by themselves. They would be the world’s dream team. Well, as long as no other powerful beings join the battle. 

Cure Elim-kun: Anyone who saw the character sheet at the end of the book should understand that he’s five levels lower than Satoru-san, so Satoru-san can definitely beat him — well, if you think that, you’d be wrong. Even if they’re both level 100, Touch Me-san is much stronger than someone with 100 job levels. In contrast, as a member of the Dragon Race and with powerful job classes, Cure Elim-kun is actually more powerful than his 95 levels imply. Of course, thanks to level-based damage adjustment, his odds of victory are lower. Whether or not he really exists in the mainline novels is a secret for now. But if he does exist, his 200 years of study and accumulation mean that he will have fewer weaknesses than in this book. 

Well, that’s how I feel about all that. Well, I look forward to seeing you in the next volume, which comes out in the middle of this year in the Maruyama Calendar. 

Bye bye! 



Kugane Maruyama 

April 2019 


Character Profiles 

{Personel Character}

An alternate possibility for the girl called Evileye. Incidentally, the data shown on the right is for her appearance in the Epilogue.

Since her safety was guaranteed under the powerful protection of Suzuki Satoru, she is much lower level compared to Evileye, and the job classes she acquired don’t synergize very well with her overall build. This is the path she eventually chose after her adventures with Suzuki Satoru.

Her interests have also changed, so she didn’t develop any unique spells.

Instead, she opted to pursue class levels that would support and compensate for Satoru’s weaknesses (e.g. intelligence gathering), so naturally Suzuki Satoru values her highly. Of course, he also values her because she’s a guild member.

Her Talent is “the ability to store any spell that she has seen or been targeted with — but only one usage — and use it for her own.” She can even use it on Super-Tier spells or Wild Magic.

However, when casting the spell, its effects are calculated from her own stats, and all spellcasting mechanics still apply. For instance, if she were to cast the Super-Tier spell [Fallen Down], it would take the standard amount of time to cast but it would work off of her lower ability scores, so it would be less damaging than the same spell cast by Ainz. However, she will always be counted

as having met the ability requirements to cast the spell.

Also, she cannot willingly dismiss the stored spell. She can only release it by using it once, which can be taken, as a stretch, to be a weakness. As for whether a spell is stored, that depends on whether or not she wills it to be so. However, like the “ability she could use with limited potency” mentioned in the Epilogue, it is impossible for Keno to use her Talent to its full efficacy, and this description is merely founded on possibilities.

The reason why she did not become a Zombie but instead a Vampire is because she unconsciously used her Talent to replicate Cure Elim’s Wild Magic spell and absorbed the souls of the people around her, becoming the undead being that Cure Elim had originally planned to be — another Cure Elim. However, she is only able to preserve her sapience by sustaining the spell (strictly speaking, it’s not quite the same as Cure Elim’s spell). Therefore, her Talent can no longer be used for other purposes, and if this Talent — or perhaps the tainted Wild Magic — were dispelled, she would become a mindless Zombie.

While she holds the Second Seat in the New Ainz Ooal Gown, she is the weakest fighter and lowest-levelled member. However, her knowledge and experience accumulated over many years earned her the respect of all the other members, and she is hailed by many as a sage. In addition, she is very adept at helping the monstrous Suzuki Satoru. She is the assistant leader in everyones's eyes.

{Personel Character}

Among the many Dragon Lords, there is a faction of those who banded together and strengthened themselves in order to deal with Players, and another of those who remained autonomous. There were six Dragons (at the time of its founding) who joined the former faction. Were they to fight a level 100 Player, the outcome of their battle would be in doubt.

As part of this Alliance, Cure Elim developed Soulbreaker Breath, one of the most powerful and most vile techniques in Wild Magic. There are only five other known Wild Magic spells (though it is uncertain whether users of those spells still exist) that can contend with it.

Incidentally, the accuracy of calling it the “most vile” remains open to debate, but we will ignore that exception for the moment.

Soulbreaker Breath was derived from the Deep Darkness Dragon Lord’s Wild Magic, but it should be considered a much more abhorrent variant. Apart from a handful of people who have the protection of the world, anyone else would be instantly slaughtered without any hope of resisting it. The death caused by this magic also results in the permanent destruction of the soul, making it impossible for conventional methods of resurrection to revive the victims of this spell. However, the spell is also extraordinarily cost prohibitive, meaning the undead Dragon Cure Elim could only use this spell three times consecutively.

Usually, after dying — after becoming undead, in other words — a Dragon Lord can no longer use Wild Magic. But Cure Elim exploited a loophole, using its Wild Magic to absorb a great number of souls from the surrounding area and using the stolen souls to compensate for the limitations of the undead transformation, thus giving the undead Dragon the ability to use Wild Magic. However, it is like casting spells from an MP bar that does not regenerate over time, and every time it casts, it utterly destroys a fixed number of souls. Therefore, once it consumed all of the souls in its collection, it would be reduced to a mindless Zombie Dragon. For this reason, it always reserved a portion of its souls, so that it could still use less intensive Wild Magic in the event of an emergency.

Dragon Lords cannot cast tier magic, but since Cure Elim transformed itself from a Dragon Lord into an undead being, it could cast tier spells from the Necromancer class. Cure Elim used this loophole to strengthen itself.

It lacked fighting experience, looked down on tier magic with contempt, did not appreciate the importance of gathering information, and failed to cooperate with its fellows; all of these factors contributed to its defeat. Still, defeating Cure Elim cannot be considered an easy task, as one must be able to unleash enough damage to kill millions of Zombies first. The only people capable of such a feat are probably other Dragon Lords or World Class Item holders. One could say that it would be almost impossible for an individual to defeat Cure Elim. However, fighting it in a group would lead to the party being instantly annihilated by Soulbreaker Breath.

From the point of view, Suzuki Satoru can be considered Cure Elim's nemesis.

As an aside, Cure Elim would not have been able to use Soulbreaker Breath while it was alive. But if it were willing to destroy its own soul in the process... perhaps it could have cast it once?


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