HighSchool DxD Volume 21 (Khaos Disaster)

Continues on from Encounter The White Dragon and Black Angel
Continues on to Life.1 Amidst the Feast of the Imperial Beast

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Khaos Disaster


Part 1

Five days had already passed since Trihexa was resurrected—.

I — Azazel, and Barakiel were currently together in the capital city of the Devils’ side in the Maou’s territory [1], Lilith. Within the conference room in the city which belonged to the Maou, a summit was being held (Devils’ side, Fallen Angels’ side), to discuss the response to Trihexa. Sirzechs did not attend because he had other urgent matters to attend to. The Governor of my side, Shemhazai, was issuing commands at the Grigori Institute. Five days ago, after Trihexa revived, it destroyed the main facilities of the Fallen Angels’ Grigori Institute first, after which, it was transported to Heaven. It also devastated the First Heaven which acted as a frontline base, all the way up to the Sixth Heaven, the core area where the Seraphs resided. Those who were working at the main facilities of the Grigori, as well as the Angels who fought against Trihexa in Heaven had essentially been killed. The Cadres of my side — Sahariel and Penemue had both been severely injured, while their older subordinates had also died in battle. The damage which occurred in Heaven was even more serious. Three of the Seraphs had been seriously injured; Raphael had lost a leg while Uriel had lost an eye and an arm. Several of the Angels who had existed since ancient times had died. The final and uppermost Seventh Heaven was successfully defended, and the [System] which was left behind by the God of the Bible had been protected. …However, the sacrifices which were made for that were simply too great.

At that time, in the centre of the round table in the conference room, a video of that battle was played. The gigantic beast mercilessly sprayed out flames from its seven heads. The facilities of the Grigori, as well as the surrounding terrain were blown away in an instant. What happened in Heaven was an equally horrific and agonising sight. The bursts of fire that Trihexa spat out penetrated from the First Heaven up to the Third Heaven. The scene of Heaven was horribly tragic as it looked as though it had turned into a burning hell. Alongside it were the fake Sekiryuutei and mass-produced Evil Dragons, which caused even further damage. The leaders of this were the legendary Evil Dragons who were second to none, Aži Dahāka and Apophis. The extent to which their attacks went was even greater than what Rizevim had done. …Many black feathers and white feathers had fallen…. Even Michael was unable to take on Trihexa, and he had been defeated. That guy wasn’t in this conference room because he was still being treated, while also repairing the damage that was done to Heaven. After the main facilities of the Grigori and Heaven had been successively destroyed, the Imperial Beast of the Apocalypse transported again. On the third day after Trihexa had revived, the place that it had set its eyes on was—.

“…The Norse World was also enveloped in flames…”

Barakiel couldn’t help shuddering as he looked at the video which was displayed in the centre of the round table. There were three levels in the Norse World; the lowest level contained the Realm of the Dead and the icy region of Niflheim, whereas the highest level where the gods lived was Asgard — the Valkyries were also there. Appearing in that place was a beast with seven heads and a body several hundred metres long — Trihexa. After transporting to the lowest level of the Norse World, it began its destruction there, and after a single day, everything had been destroyed. Today was the fifth day after its resurrection; Trihexa had finally reached the first level — the uppermost level. Trihexa usually flew in the air, and only descended to the ground when it fought. Speaking of its characteristics, it was like a human — or perhaps it was more appropriate to say that it was like a primate; it leaned forwards, it had four stout arms, and two legs which were even thicker than its arms. Although it didn’t have any wings, it was able to fly in the air. Its body was covered with black fur, and things which were as hard as scales could be seen all over its body. A bright red colour resembling blood; it had these red protrusions throughout its body — they were similar to horns. Seven tails came out from its lower back, with each one being thick and long. They were also of different shapes. It possessed the features of a lion, dragon, and various other beasts. Everywhere that Trihexa and the Evil Dragons passed through became scorched earth, and the main buildings had been burnt to nothing but ashes. The Norse Gods, the souls of Valhalla [2] and the Valkyries were currently in a desperate fight to stop the advance of Trihexa’s brigade. …But, a single one the fierce and powerful fireballs that Trihexa ejected completely wiped out the beautiful scenery of the Norse World, while the warriors were vaporised….

Drifting alongside Trihexa were two Evil Dragons — one of which was the [ Diabolism Thousand Dragon ] [3] Aži Dahāka. Standing on top of Aži Dahāka was the [ Eclipse Dragon ] [4] Apophis, in a human form. Aži Dahāka had created a countless number of magic circles within the air (magic from various different mythologies). The myriad of magic circles encompassed a vast area and released huge amounts of flames, ice, water, lightning, and storms. All of this magic was directed towards the souls of Valhalla. Apophis raised a single hand in the air. Gathered in this hand was an extraordinary amount of aura. In response to this action, the sky became dark. The radiant light which poured down from the sky had actually been obscured by the power of that Evil Dragon. He then created a large dark ball in the sky, and even blocked out the sun, causing the ground to become a world of darkness. When he used that forbidden technique to block out the sun in the past, a tragedy would occur. Activating the forbidden technique which was engraved on his body, from that ball of darkness emerged [ Primordial Water ] [5] — the flow of a large, dark river. It would engulf everything. Even a god-class being would be seriously injured if they were to be engulfed by it. In order to prevent Apophis’ forbidden technique from activating, the Valkyries that Rossweisse was a part of activated their own magic circles, and used techniques to hold it back. Rays of sunlight were able to return through the sphere of darkness, but were stopped again. The defensive battle in which the situation continuously shifted back and forth began. The Valkyries opposed it desperately, but a smile emerged on Apophis’ face, clearly showing that he was enjoying this tug of war. Compared to Rizevim, these two Evil Dragons, Aži Dahāka and Apohis had even more power than him. The current situation had already far exceeded what happened during the attack on the Underworld by the Demonic Beasts [6].

The factions which had peaceful relations with each other sent aid and combat forces to the mythologies which had been attacked…. However, facing Trihexa’s brigade which could easily transport themselves anywhere regardless of the most powerful barriers in the world, every faction was so busy guarding against attacks and reinforcing their own territory that they were unable to move. Despite that, the Devils, Fallen Angels, and Heaven still sent over the combat support that they could. The anti-terrorist group [DxD] also went to the Norse World. After all, they had received a lot of care from that jisan Odin in the past. If they didn’t show up now, there wouldn’t be another chance for them to do so. Especially [DxD], they had been fighting all night these past three days. …If the fighting time was lengthened, they wouldn’t be able to support it either. Hopefully they could have some more time to rest…but it was very difficult at the moment. One of the Maous, Falbium Asmodeus said

“These Evil Dragons have not completely destroyed any of the factions; they simply think that they can accomplish their task by destroying some of it. After that, they immediately head over to their next target for destruction. Their strategy is simply too unrefined. …They’re able to transport themselves without any signs of preparation, which should be part of Aži Dahāka’s forbidden technique. That is also rather difficult to deal with. Could it be that those fake Sekiryuutei can use Boost and Transfer, which allows them to enhance the forbidden technique? If that really is the case…. No matter the time or place, they would be able to invade regardless of any barrier. That would make the cooperation between various factions quite difficult, after all, each faction places the protection of its own faction above all else.”

Falbium shared everything that he had thought of with a quiet voice. Serafall said

“Are the Evil Dragon-kuns moving according to someone’s directions? It looks like they’re just rampaging around, but it gives off the impression that they’re actually acting in accordance to some kind of plan. To some extent, it can be seen that they’ve been moving sequentially…”

Choosing the main facilities of the Grigori to be first was because they wanted to destroy it as soon as possible. Compared to the defence of other factions, even if it had significantly more advanced technology, the level of combat strength was insufficient. The size of the facilities was small in comparison to Lilith. If the defence was broken through, it could be destroyed in an instant. After destroying the Fallen Angels’ side in the Underworld, they would go to destroy the Devils’ side that was also in the Underworld. —That was what we originally thought; we never imagined that they would move to Heaven. It was truly unexpected. On the surface, it appeared as though they were just going on a rampage, but they actually had a plan of attack. Hearing this, Falbium spoke softly again.

“Indeed, I’ve already contacted the Greek mythology just in case. I asked them to monitor Hades. There were rumours that he was secretly in contact with the Evil Dragon Apophis, and it was also him who informed them of the shortcut when Rizevim attacked Heaven. If the situation is similar to when the Underworld was attacked, it won’t be good if he takes advantage of any loopholes. If Hades comes out again, the damage will be even greater, so it’s fortunate that we have help from the Greek mythology. Those who have been secretly associated with Rizevim are also being monitored. However, if the situation becomes chaotic, we’ll just have to ask those allied mythologies and associated organisations to get rid of them, even if they are a god.”

It appeared as though Falbium had already made a pre-emptive strike. It was only natural for Hades, as well as the countless number of associations that Rizevim had when he invaded Heaven to be monitored. Even before that, Sirzechs and I had gone to visit his side along with two Longinus wielders. Another suspicious god, Indra — Śakra had previously provided support to those against us, so it was not difficult to sense his hostility. Aside from the first generation Sun Wukong of Team [DxD], various other strong people had been sent over. …What was this God of War planning? Supporting us from behind was the God of Destruction Shiva, but what exactly do you want? …Well whatever, we’ll just accept his good intentions for now. …Or should we go back and think of our countermeasures against Trihexa? Anyway, every faction needed to strengthen their own defences. In order to prepare for a second attack, and strengthen the defences of the main remaining facilities, all important research data and results were being hidden deep underground. Really, among the facilities which were destroyed, my laboratory was included. There were also things which I hadn’t finished researching…. It looks like that part about research on Sacred Gears will have to be delayed. But the most important thing that was lost were those outstanding subordinates… Damn it, even if I live for a longer time, I won’t be able to get used to this guilt or regret.

The capital of the Devils’ side, Lilith, was starting to deploy the military and police in major cities; high-class Devils, as well as ultimate class Devils and their servants were also on standby. But that was also inadequate. The news of my facilities being destroyed had already spread throughout the Underworld. The general population of the Underworld was afraid of the unrest like the attack of the Demonic Beasts again. The Devils had started to prepare emergency shelters, but under these circumstances, everything was very confusing and there was unrest everywhere. The video on the round table showed citizens who were planning to take refuge outside the city thus causing traffic jams due to the sheer volume of vehicles; they were Devils who were nervous and untrusting of the shelters.

The video display cut over to show other scenes in which Devils were causing havoc as they took advantage of the confusion, while the local military went to supress the situation. …No matter where, it was chaos. I was annoyed at the fact that I could only stay here and issue commands right now. If I knew that this would happen, with that legendary creature, I should have…made a contract with the King of Demonic Beasts Typhon [7] so that I could prepare a new set of artificial Sacred Gear armour. …It was a bit too early to retire from the frontlines. —At that time, the video returned to the battle in the Norse World. There were new reinforcements again. Oh! From the Hindu mythology, the Ape God Hanuman [8], and the God Ganesha [9] descended from the sky with an immeasurable number of warriors! Even the Asuras, and the King of the Asuras, Varuna [10] came along with his subordinates! Ever since their war against Indra, these Asuras had not been seen in the world! For them to actually appear under such circumstances, it was truly admirable! Amongst all the mythologies, the monsters of Hindu mythology were still incredible. After the gods entered the battle, the army of fake Sekiryuutei and Evil Dragons which were around Trihexa were attacked by the gods, and faded into particles of light. Despite that, a steady stream of mass-produced Evil Dragons still appeared all around Trihexa; it was truly a difficult situation. Rossweisse activated a technique to stop the mass-produced Evil Dragons, but, perhaps because there were too many Evil Dragons or they had already become immune to the effect of the technique, Rossweisse’s technique didn’t have much of an effect. …However, the fact that the number of fake Sekiryuutei didn’t increase was fortunate. While I was just thinking that it was fortunate…a change occurred in Trihexa’s dragon heads. What was it spitting out!? Lying on the ground was the dirt-covered object that it had spat out. —It was actually an enormous egg! I had a bad feeling about it…. All of the VIPs who were present were also thinking about the same thing, and our worst premonition was realised. The egg slowly cracked open, and from within it — a large volume of monsters encased in full red armour flew out! ……Damn it! We were completely speechless…! We simply could not understand the principle of how the dragon’s head of Trihexa was able to give birth to fake Sekiryuutei! …Just what kind of modifications did that bastard make!? That bastard, just how much malice did he have to leave behind to us before he was willing to rest…!

However, with the cooperation of the Norse Gods, as well as the Hindu Gods, there was already a significant improvement compared to when the war had just begun. With so many gods entering the war, Trihexa still had not suffered any significant damage, so I couldn’t help feeling amazed by its power. This was the true power of the legendary Imperial Beast which was on par with Great Red as recorded in the Apocalypse…! Even gods had to come forward to fight…. The enemy was a beast beyond the normal, and there were also the innumerable number of Evil Dragons and fake Sekiryuutei on top of that…. It was a scene which basically looked like the battle of the Apocalypse…! Such a scene had not been seen since the Three Factions were at war, no, this should be even worse than that—. At that time, Trihexa’s attacks suddenly stopped. A magic circle used for transportation appeared above its heads, and at the same time, its heads disappeared from the battlefield one by one. Finally, Trihexa’s enormous body completely disappeared from that location. Towards this unexpected occurrence, all of us who were in the conference room were taken aback. We then calmed down immediately, and sent units out to investigate where they had transported to. But, after a few minutes, there was still no news about their transportation. Rather, we had completely lost sight of them….

[Woooooooooooooooooooohhhh!]

Faced with the sudden disappearance which still confused us, the cheers of victory echoed out from the video stream. Indeed, it seemed the war in the Norse World had finally concluded.

“From the looks of things, the Norse World has been saved.”

Sirzechs said as he walked into the conference room. Once he had finished doing what he had to do, he finally sat down at his seat in the conference room. After watching us sigh in relief, Sirzechs made a wry smile and said

“Although we don’t know what they’re trying to do…in short, this battle can be considered to be a successful defence, which isn’t bad.”

“Well said ☆”

Compared to Serafall’s gleeful smile, Falbium suddenly made a sinister expression towards the Evil Dragons.

“…It’s because of the Holy Grail, right?”

…He was really sharp. Really, I also agreed with his view. I was afraid that the Holy Grail that they were manipulating had some kind of mutation or change, or perhaps…they had exceeded the time limit; that was what I thought. They could mass-produce Evil Dragons if they wanted, but it wasn’t infinite. In order to attain the infinite, it was only possible for the complete Ophis of the past. However, the rest that was attained here was extremely precious. Between the various factions, we were able to obtain combat strength, and time to finish compiling intelligence, which was a rare opportunity. Sirzechs stood up again.

“Next is to convey this news to everyone in the Underworld.”

The Maou Lucifer said that he had to convey that to the uneasy and confused public—.

(Part 1 of 2) (28/3)


Part 2

In the broadcast room of the Maou’s territory, Lilith, Sirzechs and Serafall were currently making an urgent broadcast. I was watching them from the listening next to the broadcast room. Using all of the channels in the territory, the two Maous were reporting this matter to everyone in the Underworld. The filming began, and of the two Maous who were sitting at the table — Sirzechs was the first one to speak.

“Everyone in the Underworld, currently, the entirety of the Underworld also includes the Fallen Angels’ territory; the world of Devils has been subjected to an unprecedented crisis.”

Sirzechs’ voice was very clear, and his tone was also calm. The Maou Lucifer recounted the events which had occurred to the public one by one. Rizevim was the culprit behind everything; he manipulated the Evil Dragons, revived the legendary Imperial Beast Trihexa, and right now, Trihexa was unleashing destruction upon the territories of various factions—. The video of the battle that only we in the top brass had just seen was then played — the facilities of the Grigori, Heaven, and the Norse World were suffering from Trihexa’s attacks.

“The beast that you are seeing right now is the legendary Imperial Beast Trihexa—”

Seeing that even gods were participating in battle, the ordinary Devils would feel as though it was truly the end of the world…. The video then cut over show that the Norse World had been successfully defended, and presented the image of our side which was cheering due to victory. How would the Devils feel when seeing such a scene?

“The ones shown fighting in this battle aren’t just Devils. There are also the Fallen Angels and the Angels of Heaven who have formed an alliance with us, as well as strong support from other mythologies that have rushed over to help us one after the other. Our opposing force against Trihexa and the Evil Dragons has increased significantly. Although they have been temporarily repulsed, they will reappear soon, and continue their destruction. The scale of this has already tremendously exceeded the ‘Demonic Beast Riot’ which occurred several months ago. Nevertheless, to everyone in the Underworld, please stay calm, there is no need to panic. That is because we have the star of hope.”

The next image which was shown was the talented youths. The Chichiryuutei Ise, Switch Princess Rias, the next head of the House of Bael Sairaorg, Heaven’s Joker Dulio, and the others. The citizens of the Underworld were all familiar with the people who appeared there one by one.

“—That’s right, this is the anti-terrorist group [DxD]. Right now, in order to protect the world of us Devils, as well as the citizens of the world, and in order to protect the worlds of other mythologies, these brave warriors who make me proud are now fighting fiercely with their lives on the line.”

Serafall, who was on the side also appeared in front of the camera and smiled towards it.

“That’s right! Everyone! I will also be going to the frontlines, so there’s no need to worry!”

Sirzechs couldn’t help showing a slight smile as he looked at Serafall, and then continued to elaborate.

“We will definitely protect everyone in the Underworld. Even if I have to bet my life on it, I swear that I will protect it even if it costs me my life.”

Sirzechs’ words were very firm. …Seeing the figures of Ise and the others who were just shown, how would ordinary Devils feel? At least compared to having a suspicious person like me on TV, it would give the people more peace of mind if Sirzechs personally said that. The broadcast of Sirzechs and Serafall then continued onto the topic of the future, and also the injustices of the Rating Games. For dozens of minutes afterwards, they continuously made such announcements to the citizens—.

After the broadcast ended, Sirzechs and Serafall got up from their seats and left. I said to Serafall

“You’re still the same even at a time like this, Serafall.”

Serafall made her usual peace pose with two fingers — and then she became even bolder.

“I should act this way even more during a time like this. —Well, I also have to go to the frontlines.”

Sirzechs smiled lightly.

“You and your servants always cause trouble.”

“Really, you don’t need to say such unfriendly things. Are we really good friends who have come together? Moreover, I only come out at these times, so I really get the feeling that ‘I’m a Maou’.”

I also said to Sirzechs

“The Cadres of my side will also be sent here to you. The Seraphim of Heaven will also come here. Ah, it’s almost as if Armageddon [11] has arrived early.”

Serafall asked Sirzechs

“What about you Sirzechs-chan?”

The intention behind this question was whether the Maou Lucifer would also be fighting. Sirzechs’ expression became stern, and he then said

“—I will go. Let me do something that a ‘Maou’ should do as well. …But before that, I have some things to deal with.”

Sirzechs would also be heading out—. I was afraid that I would be able to see his true form soon. That was because it would be a long and arduous battle. After Serafall confirmed his reply, she said

“Well, I’ll be going first then!”

And left early to go off somewhere. That left me and Sirzechs. Sirzechs asked me softly

“—The plan from before, it can be started at any time, right?”

That matter was centred around our Three Factions…and a certain ‘strategy’.

“That’s right, I’ve gotten the agreement of the other gods. The next step waits on the decision of you Maous. Even if you guys say no, it’ll just be us who will implement it at that time.”

If that ‘strategy’ was really implemented…it would be both difficult, and cruel. In fact, I did not want to involve Sirzechs and Michael in it. However, Sirzechs smiled at me

“When it all comes down to this, you could say that we all share the same fate, right?”

“…Actually, is this really for the best? Say, Sirzechs. You weren’t originally Lucifer. …Your real name is ‘Sirzechs Gremory’. I’m not saying this with any bad intentions, it’s just that—”

Do you need to bear the name of ‘Lucifer’ to such an extent? I always thought that. Sirzechs was still quite young as a Devil, he was a young man who hadn’t even lived a thousand years yet. However, he was going to put his own life at stake for the Underworld. …He was not born into the family of Lucifer. He was just the extraordinarily strong young master of an aristocratic family. Sirzechs looked up at the ceiling, and he narrowed his eyes slightly.

“I understand what you’re saying. It’s already been half a year since I’ve been able to talk to you, Azazel…so I also understand. Fallen Angels can be unexpectedly gentle.”

Don’t say that. Otherwise, at that time, your determination will dull…. Sirzechs continued

“I worry about what will happen afterwards. Azazel, we current Maous finally passed the proposal for the next plan yesterday.”

I see, they had even agreed on that. It’s really only at times like these that you’ll think and act seriously, you guys….

“Leaving Belphegor and Mammon aside, a new problem has been placed before us. That is time, it is necessary to have time for the citizens to accept it.”

“But, there isn’t anyone else is there?”

All of a sudden, Sirzechs revealed a lonely expression.

“The only pity is…I won’t be able to see it once the plan is implemented. I originally thought that I had to see it for myself, their match—”

I couldn’t help scratching the back of my head; you really can say it, Sirzechs.

“You definitely shouldn’t say that. You’ve also shaken my mind a bit. …But let’s leave it at that, this alternative work can be considered complete, right?”

“Yeah, he’ll stay behind.”

“I see, I understand so we can’t blame him for not being here, right? Then, there are no problems to implement that plan.”

Regarding the next matter, Sirzechs and I smiled at each other, and at that time, someone appeared before us. It was a blonde-haired girl. Her two eyes were a crimson colour like blood; she was a vampire. I recognised this vampire girl. That was because she was the girl that I met before the incident in Vampire’s country. Moreover, I was also looking forward to this girl’s appearance.

“Yo, Elmenhilde.”

Hearing my voice, Elmenhilde Karnstein also greeted us. Indeed, it was that vampire who was sent by the Karnstein family of the Carmilla faction, Elmenhilde. That lofty, high-class blonde-haired vampire girl. But compared to her arrogant attitude from before, she had a more vague atmosphere now. The Carmilla country had suffered serious damage, and was caught in the difficulties of having to rebuild from scratch. Also, the nobles of the Carmilla faction no longer tried to cover up the crisis that the country was in, and they began to accept help from the rest of the world.

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This young girl was sent to other places as a vanguard, but I heard that it was also a rather difficult job. When Ise happened to meet her at that time…I saw her become completely astonished. Elmenhilde turned to look at Sirzechs; she intended to start the conversation in here. I waved my hands and said

“There’s no problem.”

And allowed her to start speaking. She handed me a memory stick. …They did indeed have it. Elmenhilde said

“As you said Former Governor-dono, this is the research data that Marius Tepes had hidden.”

That’s right, I was looking for that; the information about the Holy Grail that even Rizevim did not know about. As the Prince of Vampires, Marius Tepes had been investigating Valerie’s Holy Grail. I always had doubts about it. Was all of the information that Marius had on the Holy Grail really taken away by Rizevim? Marius was indeed the type of person who would be manipulated and deceived by Rizevim, but as a pure-blooded vampire, and as a vampire who had inherited the royal bloodline, would he really commit such a stupid deed to allow other races to take away all of his research? I thought that he would have hidden at least one or two pieces of information about the core of the Holy Grail. Thus, I sent investigators through my own network to investigate it together with the Carmilla faction there. Everything was investigated, from the Tepes’ Palace to the all of the personal belongings of Marius. Elmenhilde said

“Marius Tepes’ ingredients — one of the humans who had their blood sucked by vampires had previously undisclosed information about the Holy Grail. …He had a technique engraved on his body.”

So that’s how it was, Marius had actually engraved the hidden information and techniques onto the body of a human.

“Before Rizevim Livan Lucifer was received in my country, it seems like he freed that person, and exiled him to live abroad. We also expended a lot of effort to find him.”

—Elmenhilde added.

Oh, I didn’t expect that Marius would actually have such elaborate preparations. That bastard Marius, he had actually sent the hidden information abroad before Rizevim even arrived. …That’s why it could never be found. I looked at the memory stick in my hand as I thanked Elmenhilde

“Thanks for your effort, you’ve been a great help.”

“Do you also want to see Ise while you’re here, he’s currently receiving treatment in the hospital here…”

I teased Elmenhilde, and that girl’s face instantly became bright red.

“W-W-Why did the Sekiryuutei’s name come up here!? I, h-he’s got nothing to do with me!”

Hoho, that was a good reaction. I heard that a lot of things happened when she met Ise again; I just said that, but it actually hit the bullseye! Really, that guy Ise, he’d very naturally made a girl fall for him again. That kid really only gets non-human girls, and girls with strange personalities to like him. Elmenhilde recomposed herself, and said farewell to us

“I’ll be returning now.”

And then left from there. Well, I’ll immediately try and understand this new information about the Holy Grail now. Also, Slash Dog — Tobio had brought back something from Agreas that I wanted to investigate if I had time. I had already secretly asked Tobio to investigate it first…as expected, it actually turned out to be that thing. Incidentally, the Evil Dragons had already been swept clean, and Agreas had been recovered. It was then returned to its original place — and it was given to the people in the Agares’ territory to begin the investigation. Sirzechs said to me

“Well, I’m going to talk with my peerage next.”

“Well, I’m going to go see those kids again.”

Ise had not awoken since the fight against Rizevim. I was also quite concerned. It was rather strange that there weren’t any signs of him awakening even though he should soon. The members of [DxD] who had gone to the Norse World were also very concerned about Ise’s situation, and would also be going to the hospital. …After I sighed, I said to Sirzechs

“It appears as though we’ll be in contact for a long time.”

“If it’s you, Azazel, I won’t feel bored.”

“Although I’ll still be following a slightly annoying Angel.”

After we both laughed, we left that place. I looked at the memory stick as I walked down the stairs, and I couldn’t stop the corner of my mouth from making a smile. Look, Livan. You sure gave us a lot of awful things to deal with. We met in the Vampire’s country, and after that, Agreas was taken, and Heaven was attacked. But, always being on the road that you’ve set doesn’t suit my style. Nor is it what we do. I’ll stop it for you to see this time. Even at the expense of my life—.

(Part 2 of 2) (29/3)

[1] In this case, it is referring to Sirzechs’ territory.
[2] The souls of Valhalla are the souls of those who have died in battle, and are ruled over by Odin. Their purpose if to assist Odin when Ragnarök comes.
[3] Kanji was Forbidden Dragon of Demonic/Magic origin, hiragana was Diabolism Thousand Dragon.
[4] Kanji was Primordial Darkness Dragon, hiragana was Eclipse Dragon.
[5] Primordial Water seems to originate from Egyptian mythology as the ‘thing’ that existed before all creation. Apophis supposedly swam in these primordial water before the creation of the cosmos.
[6] Refers to the events of V11-12 in which the Demonic Beasts of [Annihilation Maker] were unleashed upon the Underworld.
[7] Typhon is a beast from Greek mythology known as the most fearsome and often has links to snakes.
[8] Hanuman is a Hindu god with the face of a monkey. He is a devotee of Rama and sometimes portrayed as an incarnation/avatar of Shiva.
[9] Ganesha is a Hindu god with the head of an elephant. He is revered as a ‘remover of obstacles’, and associated with intellect, wisdom, arts and sciences. He is also the son of Shiva.
[10] Varuna is the Hindu god of water and the ‘celestial ocean’ and also the King of the Asuras. The Asuras are known as demigods in Hindu mythology.
[11] Armageddon in Christianity is the location at which armies will gather to fight at the end of the world.

Continues on to Life.1 Amidst the Feast of the Imperial Beast

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74 Responses to HighSchool DxD Volume 21 (Khaos Disaster)

  1. Tim white says:

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    I decided not to read it till 4 parts are done but the anticipation is killing me

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    hey triple zx the link linking this chapter to life one isn;t made. the only way to axcess life one draft it threw the update link.

  3. Marllon says:

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    obrigador por trazer esse capitulo  para os pais que não vendem a novel

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      No worries. I thought that was español but I couldn’t understand it, though Portuguese certainly looks similar.

  4. Anonymous says:

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    continuation please… ?

  5. NeoAnkara says:

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    Where is Thor anyway? Only Valkyrie defended Asgard.

  6. DxDHunterDxD says:

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    The suspense is going to killed Me, ヽ(`Д´)ノ I need more…..And thanks for the update zx you are my idol lol

  7. Ariel_Saeba says:

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    I find it interesting at how the first Hindu-Buddhist backup team leaders mentioned in this volume are associated with Shiva (Hanoman and Ganesha do). I guess this really means that Shiva himself is not that jerk of a God as he is just doing his job, and reduces his possibility to be the final arc’s villain.

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Indeed, it feels like Shiva is genuinely supporting them at this point.

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      Which I think will add more twist for how the final arc will turn out.

    • Ariel_Saeba says:

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      Oh, I have a question.

      Is Xenovia’s mistranslated name intentional or not [for example the Japanese could not spell X]?

      The last time I check, the kana, ゼノヴィア, is read “Zenovia” as well as the Japanese dub. I suspect that Ishibumi actually meant it to reference the famous Romano-Levantine Queen Zenobia, but intentionally used the modern form. This caused a bit confusion to me when her son’s name, Zen, is revealed. In this sense, his name should be Xen instead of Zen, but that would lose its dual-meaning nature).

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        I don’t actually know about her name. It could simply be one of those things which were translated as “Xenovia” rather than the direct reading of “Zenovia”, similar to how “Saazekusu Rushifa” is “Sirzechs Lucifer”. I read about it somewhere in the Baka-Tsuki talk page and it was decided on rather early on and has simply continued.

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        I see. Thanks for the info.

  8. foggydrake03 says:

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    Hey zxzxzx will you, when you have time of course and your done with everything else, translate the side story “Worldly Desire of Steel”?

    I apologize if it seems like I’m being pushy, I was just curious. I know you probably have a lot on your plate.

  9. lykaon says:

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    Could someone tell me the name of the story where Ise met Elmenhilde again?

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      they met the first time in volume 14 and the second time in volume 16.

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        There was another meeting between them in the side-story where he had that discussion with Seekvaira Agares about Mechas and stuff. Elmenhilde apparently showed up too and it was around that time that she fell in love with him.

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          Is there a link to the side story… And does the side story have a name?

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            Foggydrake mentioned it.  “Worldly Desire of Steel”. Seekvaira is definitely in it, but Elmenhilde might not be.  I’m not completely sure.  I’ve just heard from somewhere Elmenhilde was also in that SS.

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            Ahhh, thx!

  10. harnoes says:

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    I wonder when I see that Trihexa can’t be beaten by a couple of gods. Seems to be a last boss. Then how can our Ise become in the end the hero who saves the day in a way that’s not utterly ridicilous?

    Also I’m missing some harem action for a while …

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      dude the harem is right there.. its just way too chaotic now in the story.. :/ go read a side story if you want a little bit of eye candy.. 😀

  11. aw454wtr says:

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    looks like a battle that leads to end of the world, shouldnt midgardsormr wake up now?

  12. foggydrake03 says:

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    Thank you for the translation!!

    Elmenhilde’s reaction was a surprise I guess she fell in love with Issei in the side story she was in.

  13. Cardinal Crimson Queen says:

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    Thanks for the chapter!

    The “settings” button (the one you use to change colors and stuff) is a bit annoying on my cell phone. It’s in the way of the text and it doesn’t work on mobile devices anyways. Is there perhaps a possibility to get rid of said button? Sorry for bothering :c

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    Damn. Looks like sirzechs is gonna die. “Wish I could have seen the fight between them” or am I reading too much into this????

    Thank you soooooo much for the translations

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    Just checking the footnotes and I want to add some info:

    – Egyptian Mythology (where Apophis is based on) actually has recorded the concept of Primordial water in their creation stories (“The lifeless waters of chaos, called Nu” (Wiki). However, this concept is more popular with Tiamat in the Sumerian myths). Considering that the original Apophis is a deity representing chaos/primordial darkness (The “Light Eater” as with the concept of night and eclipse, and some artifacts depicted him as a golden snake figure swimming in waters), him using that kind of forbidden technique makes sense.

    Also, in reality, the Greeks based their creation myth from the concept of the Void (Chaos, nothingness), which is different.

     

  16. Read DxD says:

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    I was coming here to say, shouldve waited a day, but since the email said 3/29 I get to assume you live in the future and this still counts as my birthday present.

  17. ShadowDragon says:

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    Thanks for the TL!

    Also, I don’t know what appeared in the novel, I believe it should be Sahariel (サハリエル) not Sariel (サリエル) for the Fallen Angel Executive/Cadre. Ishibumi gives Sariel as the name of one of the six lesser Seraphs who are not the Four Great Seraphs.

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      Thanks, I’ll check over that. I was just looking up that name in Google and Sariel, Sahariel, and Shariel all seemed to be different names for the one person.
      Edit: Thanks, it is Sahariel.

  18. Maze says:

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    in which volume ise met elmenhilde for second time ?

  19. D3M says:

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    Thanks for the TL. Though I’ll read it when the TL reaches 100% (I usually like to read in one go and in a flow) but thanks for the amazing work.

    Also, for some reason, the cover illustration makes me think there might be a gender-bender Vali chapter soon…

  20. (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon) dragon - maou says:

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    Extra info on Hanuman and Ganesha

    Hanuman is one of the avtars of lord Shiva and Ganesha is the son of lord Shiva

  21. Ariel_Saeba says:

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    As a side note, Azazel here acknowledged that he should make a contract with Typhon (again). More tidbits of EX being included in the main volume is always a welcome one.

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      He seems to be saying that he “should have” formed a contract with him.  This might just be confirmation that he’ll do it later.

  22. dragonosman2 says:

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    Thanks for the update, TripleZerox!  Much appreciated.  I’ll go ahead and mention typos I’ve noticed.

    “From the looks of things, the Norse World was been saved.”

    The “was” in there should be changed to “has”.

  23. Nematoda says:

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    too bad neither the Great Red or Diabolos Dragon come out to Show Off….. or they will come?

    but this is like a flag for Azazel…. damn it…. i hope it doesn’t…..

  24. primo says:

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    Thanks for this, you’re awesome as always.

  25. kapuk2 says:

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    Thank you very much for starting the translation so soon, because after reading the spoilers I seriously was dying from curiosity.

    One question, have you already read the whole volume?

    • zxzxzx says:

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      Nope. So no spoilers please. I always read it as I translate.

      • kapuk2 says:

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        Wow, you seriously the best translator there is.

        Could you clear up something for me please?

        In the part where it was explained about Norse’s levels, the first was Niflheim, the third was Asgard, which one is the second level Valhalla?

        • zxzxzx says:

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          It says that the first and uppermost was Asgard. The second level wasn’t mentioned, and that the third and lowest level was Niflheim / Realm of the Dead.

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          I believe Ishibumi-san intends for Valhalla to refer to the entirety of the Norse world.  Such as referring to entirety of the Angelic realm as Heaven with its 7 levels, so this would be Valhalla with its 3 levels.

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            For those who haven’t read the Norse Mythology (or didn’t watch Thor :D), Ishibumi only includes three here to minimise the hassle instead of the usual nine. The first one is Niflheim (the Norse frozen realm of the dead) combined with Helheim (Hel’s realm, the Norse god of the dead) the second is Midgard, (the human world), and finally Asgard (separated from Midgard by Bifrost and includes Valhalla).

            Also, the souls of Valhalla here refers to the Einherjar, souls of fallen heroes who are commanded by Odin should Ragnarok comes.

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            +1

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    Thank you very much.  Your work is excellent.

  27. Judge Fidler says:

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    Good lawdy…..Trihexa is no phacking joke. OI, GREAT RED! GET YER SONG-LOVING CRIMSON ASS OUT HERE!

  28. kralamr says:

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    Thanks for the translations! I have been anticipating this volume greatly. I just want to ask if the arc will end with this volume or there will be another volume? Thank you for your hard work!

  29. Grafia_Fanboy says:

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    Do you have the link for the online Chinese translation?  Not super accurate, but I can usually keep up with Bing and Google translate.

  30. (Cardinal Crimson Promotion Diabolos dragon) dragon - maou says:

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    Thank you zxzxzx,I never in my dreams thought that I would see vol 21 so soon after reading vol 20

    I have a question, what is name of this volume

    Also is the next arc ,destruction god Shiva arc

    • zxzxzx says:

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      The title is “Lucifer of the Optional Attendance”. I haven’t read ahead yet, so I’m not sure what the next arc will entail.

  31. Anonymous says:

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    One word…. AWESOME!!!! ????

  32. Mr. K says:

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    WHERE IS IT GOING!!!! damned cliffhangers. Thanks for the update! ?

  33. Simon Rothman says:

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    Thanks, mate! Really thanks!! 😀

  34. Otaku101s says:

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    Thanks 4 the Update!!!!!