Was this so-called Domain also an Inner World?
Was Kazuko Ooike’s Domain ability the power to open up a portal to and control an Inner World?
Just as he was thinking about this, his system suddenly gave him a notification as words appeared before him…
[You have been rewarded for cleansing an Inner World for the first time. Soul World – Spirit House is now available.]
This new term caught Seiji’s attention.
He really wanted to immediately check the explanation. Unfortunately, now wasn’t the time, so he could only put it off until later.
Although, the term [cleansing an Inner World for the first time] was confirmation from his dating sim system that it recognized the Domain as an Inner World.
In that case, since Kazuko was able to open up and control an Inner World, didn’t that make her just like a game master who was capable of freely opening up and controlling an excellent cultivation ground!?
Seiji’s eyes instantly lit up when he came to this conclusion.
If he could obtain Kazuko’s assistance, it would become much safer for his friends to practice cultivation.
Going to a Spirit World would entail unknown risks. There might be powerful and terrifying monsters, clashes against other Spiritual Ability users, or they might get accidentally dragged into a dangerous Inner World.
However, Kazuko’s Domain could control the degree of risk. It would also be possible to leave immediately if one was injured?
However, the demons present here might be related to Hell. Would they bring a negative influence for the Awakened?
Seiji cooled his passion as he thought about this potential problem.
No matter what, he should finish what he came to do first.
The next area was the final destination of their little excursion-the place where Kazufuru Ooike resided.
Seiji and Shika left the auditorium and walked downstairs to open the final door. As expected, the final area was the student council room.
The student council secretary had a half translucent body and was wearing the Genhana High School boys’ uniform as he floated in midair and slept.
Kazuko was unable to enter Kazufuru’s area, which was why she didn’t fly here. If she was present and flying next to him, they would basically be like identical twin ghosts.
Seiji walked over and called out to him, “Ooike-san, it’s time for you to wake up.”
Kazufuru didn’t react.
“Wake up! Kazufuru Ooike!!” Seiji increased his volume.
Kazufuru twitched slightly. However, he still didn’t open his eyes.
“Student council secretary Kazufuru Ooike! Don’t sleep in the student council room!! Hurry and get up!!!”
Kazufuru twitched again and had an expression of discomfort as he slowly opened his eyes.
“Yep, it’s me. You’ve finally woken up.” Seiji smiled.
“I… What exactly…” Kazufuru had a confused expression as if he was still unclear what was going on.
“We went to great trouble to arrive here and wake you up. So, don’t be going back to sleep.” Seiji looked directly at him. “If you can’t recall what happened, just take your time slowly. The most important thing right now is to maintain your consciousness.”
Kazufuru blinked. “Was I… saved… by you again?”
“No, not me. All I did was wake you up. Someone else is responsible for saving you.”
“Someone else… who?”
“You should be able to remember. You signed a contract with her.”
“Contract…” Kazufuru furrowed his eyebrows.
“Sign the contract…” This sentence suddenly appeared from deep within his mind.
He then realized what was going on.
Seiji saw the light of understanding enter Kazufuru’s eyes. Then, Seiji’s vision darkened as he felt himself spinning. Soon, he returned to the spellcasting room.
Kazuko appeared in front of him with a red flash.
She retracted her hand, causing the portal to the Domain to close and the crack in the ground to disappear.
“I would like to have a private discussion with Kazufuru Ooike. Could you please arrange a quiet location for me?”
Seiji looked towards Natsuya, while Natsuya looked towards Mai. Mai simply smiled.
“Please follow me, Miss Ooike.”
Kazuko then followed Mai out of the room.
“How were things?” Natsuya asked out of concern.
“The process was a little dangerous. But as you can see, none of us are injured,” Seiji replied.
“That’s good, then. You’ve both worked hard. Have a rest here.”
As he rested in the guest room, Seiji opened up his dating sim system and inspected the new [Spirit House] option under the [Soul World] category.
The system’s explanation was “A spiritual house which has all sorts of functions. 33 points are required to open the door to this house each time. You may remain inside for six hours at a time. If you go over the time limit, an additional payment will be required.”
This simple explanation caused Seiji to widen his eyes.
This was just like a personal dimensional space! Was it an ability similar to Kazuko’s Domain…?
No Mana or Soul Energy was required to open the door to the Spirit House. Rather than calling it an ability, it was more like an “item.”
Seiji chose the [Spirit House] option to see that there were two options under it called [Living Room] and [Dojo].
The explanation said that the [Living Room] required a payment of 233 points to construct. This would allow any person who had a favorability and connectivity rating of over 70 with him to enter the [Spirit House] together with him. Each additional person entering would require another 23 points as the entry fee.
The [Dojo] required a fee of 666 points to construct. This location would allow the user to practice cultivation. There would be an hourly charge of 16 points for each person practicing cultivation. Those who spent less than an hour’s worth of time would still be charged the full price per hour.
Damn it, this was a true gold sink!!
Seiji’s eyes started twitching.
Previously, his system had introduced the brand-new [Character Reward Card] random draw system which was an obvious attempt to lure him into spending money! He had been so conflicted and pained as he finally managed to restrain himself from wasting his own carefully hard-earned points.
He’d never expected that it would be such a short time before this damned system introduced yet another new product in an attempt to make him spend his points!
“An extravagant personal space where I can cultivate safely and efficiently at any time, even together with my friends. You only need a first installment of 899…” Seiji felt as if he was hearing such an advertisement.
Dating sim system: “Heehee, I’m not afraid of you not spending points.”
Seiji was feeling too helpless to even imagine his system as a fairy that he could vent upon.
This [Spirit House] was truly expensive! But when considering the future, he felt that it was definitely necessary to buy it.
It was an entire personal dimensional space! So many main characters in so many stories relied on this for great convenience! Pricing such a function at only 899 seemed actually quite cheap?
No, no, wait!
He forced himself to change his way of thinking.
Upon closer consideration, did he really need this [Spirit House]? He could go to a Spirit World to cultivate or ask for Kazuko’s assistance. Was this really necessary?
But, the Spirit World was dangerous, while the demons in Kazuko’s domain were problematic. Plus, it wasn’t a sure thing if she would be willing to help.
Besides, all things the system had provided to him so far had been quite valuable. It could even be said that they were worth far more than their price tag. Perhaps this [Dojo] in the [Spirit House] would help him to cultivate with extreme efficiency, or give him access to even more powerful functions in the future…
Seiji thought about that as he checked his current points count before sighing.
“In the end, I’m still too poor.” Chapter 583: Are you usually fighting for the sake of justice?
Translator: imperfectluck Editor: Kurisu
Cultivation required points, the random draw required points, and the [Spirit House] he wanted also required points… Even though he obtained a large number of points from the popularity of “Brother Monogatari”, he still didn’t have enough points.
Although he really wanted to see what the [Spirit House] was like, he decided to leave this huge gold sink alone for the time being.
Seiji closed his system’s menu as he thought about this.
Seiji went to the living room and saw that Kazuko and Natsuya were sitting there and quietly sipping tea together.
“You’ve finished discussing things with Kazufuru?” Seiji inquired.
“Yeah. He’s accepted my presence, but he doesn’t want to forever remain like this. He wants to separate from me,” Kazuko told him.
“Is there a way to separate the two of you?”
“I don’t know. Theoretically speaking, there needs to first be an appropriate new body as a vessel, and then someone needs to split my soul from his to transfer one of us to the new body. This should be quite difficult, don’t you think?”
Seiji looked towards Natsuya.
“It’s not merely difficult, it’s basically impossible,” Natsuya stated. “At least, it’s impossible from what I know. I don’t know of anyone who’s capable of splitting souls like this. Separating a single soul into two independent existences? This is no different from splitting a living person into two living persons. It’s ridiculous.”
“It’s possible to split an earthworm into two living earthworms,” Seiji mused.
Everyone fell silent for a moment.
“I apologize, that was a terrible joke.” Seiji sincerely apologized.
“It’s alright. Besides, it’s Kazufuru that wants to separate, not me,” Kazuko spoke calmly. “I feel that living like this is fine, but he can’t accept the situation.”
Something flashed in Seiji’s eyes.
If he loaded back to yesterday and prevented Kazufuru’s kidnapping, he could probably prevent this from happening to Kazufuru.
But, would it really be alright to “delete” Kazuko from the world?
Preventing her birth was different from killing her. However…
Kazuko was the true individual responsible for saving Kazufuru, and she currently existed right here and now! Although her origin was quite mysterious, she seemed like a nice girl. Kazufuru himself had accepted her as well. The part that he couldn’t accept was that he and Kazuko now shared a single body.
“Perhaps that kidnapper’s faction has a method to separate the two of you.” Seiji folded his arms. “Although that man is dead now, it’s quite likely that he belonged to a faction. Maybe we can find something out if we investigate this faction.”
“That sounds reasonable, but how are we supposed to investigate?”
“That man is dead now… he’s gone missing, so the faction he belongs to will surely send someone to investigate. You can catch their members when they come looking for Ooike-san…”
“So, you’re saying to catch anyone that comes for an interrogation?” Kazuko blinked.
“That’s exactly what I mean… although the prerequisite is that they come.”
Everyone fell silent once again.
Was this so-called Domain also an Inner World?