THE NEW GATE – Volume 1 (13%)

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Notes on story

The main character will never show off and reveal his true form, nor will he ever go around taking over countries, or kidnapping maidens, or founding an empire, or uniting the mohawks to build Southern Cross or anything. He just wants to get home, and explores the world 500 years after the game world as he does so. Don't expect anything more. If you want that kind of conqueror's story, read Re:Monster or something like that, idunno.

Even when people have disrespected him, he's mature enough that he just stays humble and incognito to avoid trouble. I personally hated this aspect of him, as it made for a more boring character in my opinion.

Notes on script and whatnot

I'm mostly using the webnovel out of physical convenience, but once every few paragraphs I'll see something a bit odd, and will open up the light novel for reference, and lo and behold, usually it's been edited or rewritten. Compared to other webnovels like Mushoku Tensei, the light novel edition of THE NEW GATE has been really drastically edited. A lot of sentences are rewritten. Even so, having to hold the book open and type one-handed is just so…

Anyway, I'll only be using the light novel to translate the really weirdly written stuff (once every few paragraphs), so yeah. For the more important scenes, like the Origin fight, interesting conversations, and the like, I'll be translating directly from the light novel. For all the other filler shit though (i.e. most of the novel), I'll be translating from the web novel.

Cause yeah.

Ah, and I'll be leaving katana skills as phonetic readings probably.

[]: TL Note
Will sometimes use to explain skill meanings, or used to annotate something
[※] means 'Google it'

{}: written kanji vs pronounciation

e.g. 'Rival{Friend}' means that written as 'rival', but read as 'friend'
e.g. 'Sky Shaking Earth Thrust{Sky Piercer}' means the kanji might say something like '天震地刺(スカイピアッサー)' and is read 'Sky Piercer'.

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01. A Beginning and an End  
[#AAA0] – Prologue

[#AAB1] – Chapter 1 – 1
[#AAB2] – Chapter 1 – 2 (0.0001%)
[#AAB3] – Chapter 1 – 3

[#AAC1] – Chapter 2 – 1
[#AAC2] – Chapter 2 – 2
[#AAC3] – Chapter 2 – 3

[#AAD1] – Chapter 3 – 1
[#AAD2] – Chapter 3 – 2
[#AAD3] – Chapter 3 – 3


[Note: As you can see from the below handiwork, this is why I'm not translating manga.]




The depths of the gate to another world 【THE NEW GATE】

There, two figures were squaring off against each other.

One was the figure of a monster.
The name of the Gatekeeper{monster protecting the gate} was 【Origin】, the very end of the VRMMORPG 【THE NEW GATE】, and its strongest monster.
It was a humanoid dragon type, with a humanoid body, a dragon's head, wings, and a tail.
It's total length was roughly 20m. It's eyes were dyed a sky blue, and its horns and the scales that covered its body glittered golden. A golden armour also concealed a figure like that of a trained warrior. The unadorned spear it held was also golden.
Though its colour scheme could be very possible taken as ugly, but though you could feel a sublime divinity from its physique and overwhelming pressure, there was no hate.
It was no exaggeration to call it a divine beast, and could be said to be a monster worthy of the title 'strongest'.

The other figure was a person.
His name was Shin, and his real name was Kiritani Shinya.
A veteran player who held top class combat ability.
His height was a little over 180cm. If you had to choose between bulky or skinny, he'd be the latter.
Black hair and black eyes. Despite facing off Origin, from his plain face that could neither be called beautiful nor ugly, not a shred of nervousness could be felt.
Around his neck was a light muffler, black-coloured with red zigzags. What he was wearing was a long coat with pants of the same design. His arms and legs were wearing crimson tekkou[手甲, arm guards] and kyakkou [脚甲, legs guards], but besides those there wasn't anything else that resembled armour.
As for weapons, there was only the black katana in his right hand. Both the handle and the tsuba were black, but the blade alone faintly sparkled red, as though it had rubies mixed in.

Shin took a step forward. In response, Origin readied its guard. In contrast to Shin who seemingly wore no armour besides his arm and leg guards, Origin was armed and guarded from head to toe. From an outsider's point of view, it was a sight that was the epitome of recklessness. You couldn't imagine anything except Origin turning Shin into a piece of meat with a single swing of its spear.

Once Shin took yet another step forward, Origin responded by thrusting its spear. With a speed unimaginable for its size, the attack with the spear was like a fast approaching wall.
The spear bore into the tiled floor. Where the point pierced the floor, not only were stone tiles sent flying, but the spear gouged even the floor beneath the tiles.

However, Shin's figure wasn't there.

Shin was by Origin's feet.
A moment before the attack, Shin had used the Support-Type Martial Skill 【Shingan [mind's eye]】 to predict the location of the attack, and furthermore relocated himself at high speeds with the Movement-Type Martial Skill 【Shukuchi】[※].

Aiming for Origin's right leg, having left its sight, Shin activated the Toujutsu-Type Martial Skill 【Kogetsusen [Arc Moon Flash]】. [Note: Here, Toujutsu = katana swordsmanship]
Together with the activation of the skill, the blade of his katana started to glow red. For just an instant, the sharpness and speed of his attack was amplified by 1.5 times, and he slashed into Origin with all his might.


A single yell and strike.
Leaving behind a bright red trail, the blade bisected the armour around Origin's right leg.
The blade continued and cut apart the leg about halfway up, and the flowing blood dyed its golden scales red.
Origin's HP gauge decreased by 1/50. Considering it was a single blow against the strongest monster, it was a shocking amount of damage.


Origin let out a cry at the pain that assailed its leg.
A high pitched cry like the screeching of metal resounded through the room. Immediately reacting due to 【Shingan】's attack prediction, Shin swiftly made a big jump out of the way. The leg strength that had been strengthened to its limit made Shin fast enough that he left behind an afterimage.

Immediately after Shin moved, the butt of the spear smacked down like it was trying to crush the afterimage. Probably because it had weakened, there were fewer smashed tiles than last time. Even so, it goes without saying that even so, it was with force beyond the norm.

"How quick. As expected of the last boss."

Even seeing the fearsome strength of the spear, Shin had enough leisure to admire it. The final Gatekeeper. Filled with fighting spirit worthy of being an opponent.

Though Shin had a lot of leisure to spare, he was definitely not being careless.

If the HP gauge that floated in the corner of his vision emptied, he would die. Not only did he understand this, he had made it this far.

【THE NEW GATE】 had been turned into a death game, it was for the sake of clearing it that Shin was here right now.

The comrades he had fought along with weren't here in the death game, but people who supported him were.
Almost all of the gear Shin was using were his own creations, and though the items he had been given were basically all useless in boss fights. Even so,  the feelings of his allies that had supported them him with all their strength were important[heavy].

There was a girl who cried from missing her family. There was a boy who was at a loss having lost his older brother. There was a man who refused to lose, and challenged himself. There was a woman who would come running to help those who were troubled. All of them had struggled, given up, challenged, fought, and a number of them had disappeared.

It had ben a year since they had been trapped here. Shin wasn't sure if that was a long time, or a shrot time.

However, what filled Shin's heart right now was but one word――――


He'd defeat Origin, and he'd release those who had support him, and those who had pushed him forward, from this game.

It was because of this――――

"I'll take that head of yours!!"

Against Origin who glared over at him, Shin once again took a stance with his sword.


With a yell, his slash cut off Origin's wing from the base.

Toujutsu-Type Martial Skill 【Hazan [Mountain Crusher]】.

It was a vigorous slash from above.
And, as the as the name suggested, it boasted enough power to cut a mountain; a massive 2.5 damage to enemies larger than oneself.

The one-winged Origin fell to its knees from the damage it had sustained.

Shin thought 'Alright!', in his mind. The cooldown from the skill was covered by the collapse of the opponent.

The armour that Origin was wearing was now broken and cracked all over.
Not only was one of its wings missing, but its left arm had been cut off, and even the tip of its golden horn was broken off.
Only a little HP remained in its HP gauge.

"Hahh, hahh, hahh."

Origin was wounded all over, but Shin wasn't uninjured either. His equipment durability was still okay, but he had repeated warded off the huge Origin's blows, repelled its blows, and occasionally blocked its blows. Though his HP gauge was in the safety zone, he was mentally exhausted, so he was panting as though he really was tired.

"Hahh, hahh, suuuuuu haaaahhh…"

He breathed in, then out.

Even if it was needless because of the game system, to Shin, it was a necessary action.

As though to calm his anxious heart, he took control of his breathing.

With 【Hazan】, he'd need only need one more hit to finish things, but the cooldown[delay time] for this skill was long. It was long enough that if not the longest, it had at least the second longest cooldown of all skills. He probably wouldn't be able to use it again in this fight.

(It's not so easy an opponent that it'll just take huge moves one after another, after all. But that's only one of my skills. There's no reason to worry.)

He didn't only have the high damage 【Hazan】. If they lacked in quality, then he'd make up for it in quantity.

"Don't get hasty, me."

Though Origin had little HP left, it wasn't zero. If he got done in at the very end because he lost focus for a moment, it'd be terribly pathetic. [there should be limits to being pathetic]

There was still fighting spirit left in those eyes that stared at Shin. Though it should've been just graphics, that was what Shin felt.

Immediately afterwards, a monotonous female voice reached Shin's ears.

――――【Survival Instinct】 Activate: Attack and Speed increased
――――【Golden Wave】 Activate: HP, damaged parts, and broken armour, steadily recover

Shin's Autoskill, 【Analysis – Ⅹ】['analysis ten'] activated and let him know that Origin was reinforcing its abilities.

And at the same time, Origin's HP gauge began to recover just a little. At the subs of its lost arm and wing, a goldened light formed and grew just a little, slowly regenerating its arms and wing.

If he left Origin alone, at this rate it would return to its original status.
Of course, Shin wouldn't.

At the same time he received the information from 【Analysis Ⅹ】, Shin used 【Shukuchi】 to move, and came down hard on the still kneeling Origin.


In response to Shin's movement, Origin roared and at the same time mowed the spear in its right hand across.
GOU-!! rang the sound of the spear cutting through the air as it approached Shin.

Without a pause, Shin activated the Toujutsu-Type Martial Skill 【Shirahanagashi [Drawn Sword Diversion]】 and the Barehanded-Type Martial Skill 【Steel Repel】.
Lowering his centre of gravity, using 【Shiraha Nagashi】 he blocked the spear with his katana, and shifting the top of the blade, he diverted the power of the spear strike away. On top of that, his right hand propped the blade, and using 【Steel Repel】, he reduced the power of the spear.
However, because the strike was strengthened with 【Survival Instinct】, Shin was unable to fully ward off the blow, and a little of his HP gauge was shaved off.


Whilst taking damage, the moment he part his blade from the spear, from his crouched position, Shin increased the power of the strike of the spear above him.
Because of that, the spear struck faster than Origin had intended, and as a result, Origin's posture was destroyed.

Shin immediately activated the Toujutsu-Type Martial Skill 【Gekkou Zanmai [Moonlight Beheading Dance]】. Silver light like the light of the moon wrapped the blade katana, and took the form of a silver blade. The blade length would be temporarily extended by two times. [Note: The pre-edit webnovel says it extends to 2 metres]


The light blade struck into Origin's defenceless torso.




Each time the blade swung with a speed that left afterimages, a trail of silver was drawn in the air. The three strikes had whittled away the amount of HP that 【Golden Wave】 had recovered.








The seven strikes that followed depleted Origin's remaining HP in one go.

The moment ten silver trails were etched into the air, the light disappeared from the blade, and let Shin know that the skill had completed.

【Gekkou Zanmai】 was a skill that increased the attack speed and range for ten strikes. The speed of the attack would be increased 1.3 times, and the range by 2 times.

Though the damage given by one of the strikes wasn't that high, because of the increased range and number of strikes, the combined damage taken from the attack was greater than a simple power-increased skill.

Though it certainly didn't reach a 【Hazan】 that was performed with Shin's STR, weapons and attack power, it was able to deal damage close to it.

And truly, the intense attacks from the 【Gekkou Zanmai】 ten-strike combination left Origin's HP gauge with almost nothing left.

"This finishes it!!"

Shin ran up to Origin, who was collapsed from 【Gekkou Zanmai】's damage. Even in this time, Origin's HP had recovered a little, but Shin judged that he would make it.

Perhaps as a final struggle, Origin's right hand let go of his spear, and let loose a backfist. Shin leapt over it, and set up a joudan guard in mid-air. [Note: Joudan no Kamae. Oberhut. Vom Dach.]

His eyes met with the collapsing Origin's. Despite the fact that this blow would truly spell the end for it, for some reason Shin felt not anger in its eyes, but a quiet calm.

However, even if he could feel no animosity from those eyes, the power in shin's blade didn't let up an inch.

Having decided on victory, his heart didn't waver.

"This is the end!"

Along with those words, Shin brought down his blade blade on Origin's forehead.


――――『You have defeated Gatekeeper 【Origin】. Accordingly, you will be given the boss defeating bonus.』
――――『You have gained Gift(s) 【Limit Breaker】, 【Accomplished One】 and 【Liberator】.』
――――『You have learned Skill(s) 【Wave of the Dark King】, 【Focus Wave】 and 【Scattered Wave】.』
――――『You have gained Items(s) 【Corpse of the Guardian】, 【Soul of the Guardian】 and 【Heart of the Guardian】.』
[Note: First of all, 'gifts' are what would be called 'titles' in other games. The kanji says 'title', but in the light novel, the furigana reads 'gift'.
Also, I have seen 臨界者(rinkaisha) used before in D. Gray Man as well, but the translators there couldn't find a good English equivalent either. In light of the rest of the series, will write it as 'Limit Breaker' for now. It more literally means something that has hit the critical point. Ah, also, Dark King (冥王) sort of equates to Pluto/Hades in a sense, esp. planet (冥王星).]

Hearing the voice of the announcer, Shin stood still.

The place filled with light.

Origin's body turned into light and scattered, and filled the room with light.
The light glittered for a few moments, and disappeared. After that, all that remained in the tattered room were an undamaged door, and Shin.

When the light faded, the announcer spoke again.

『The Gatekeeper of the Depths of the Gate to Another World, 【Origin】, has been defeated, and the dungeon has been cleared.』

It announced Shin's victory to his companions.

『Accordingly, all players are now able to log out.』

It let all the players that fought in THE NEW GATE know that they were released from the game.

"It's over…"

Right, it was over.
The death game they had been trapped in for a year was now over.
Just to be sure, Shin confirmed that at the very bottom of the menu, the 【Log Out】 command was certainly there.
Shin opened up his friends menu to see, and even at that moment, the names of the players were changing from 【Online】 to 【Offline】.
It seemed that everyone was able to log out safely.

"I kept my promise. Right, Marino?"

His chest brimmed with a sense of accomplishment.
Would the girl who had fallen in this world have praised him?

So wondered Shin.

"Now then! Shall I wait to make sure everyone else has logged off?"

Deciding to stop thinking about the depressing, Shin switched his mood and sat down on the floor.
Shin had decided to make sure everyone else made it home before logging out himself.

Shin took out something like a rolled parchment from his item box; the Survivor's List, and quietly spread it. This list was an item that showed the names of the surviving players in real-time.
A companion alchemist who sympathised with Shin's thoughts had spent 7 days and 7 nights coming up with the item. If the player died, or otherwise logged out, their name would disappear from the list.
Whilst feeling grateful towards that alchemist friend, Shin continued to watch the list for a short while longer.

The time it took was roughly 3 minutes. Finally, the only name left on the list was 【Shin】.

"I'm the last one, huh?"

He unconsciously let out those words.

While he was fighting, he did nothing but focus on what was ahead, but now that now that he was about to end things, it felt somehow deeply moving.

After logging out, he probably wouldn't return here again. For a game that had been turned into a death game to continue running; no matter how you thought about it, it was impossible.

(It ended up as a death game in the end, but excluding that, I really had a lot of fun times with it.)

For Shin, the time he had spent playing THE NEW GATE actually equated to a 1/3 of his life. For better or worse, he had spent a long time in this game.


Muttering words of farewell, Shin made to log out, but at that moment, the door before his eyes let out a groan.


Preoccupied with the gate, the finger that made to touch the words Log Out, stopped.

The gorgeously decorated, and dignified doors were slowly opening with a groan. Light shone from the opened gap, and from where Shin was, it was impossible to tell what was happening beyond the doors.

"What's this? There shouldn't be anymore events…"

Shin was bewildered.
Besides Shin, the door continued to open, and the overflowing light dyed the room white.

"Something is wrong."

Feeling a sense of abnormality, a moment faster than Shin's finger managed to touch the words 'Log Out', the light filled the room.
As though swallowed by the light, Shin lost consciousness.


Chapter 1

The first thing he felt was wind.
Shin's consciousness faintly grapshed the feeling of the warm wind blowing on his skin.
What he felt next was a hard sensation on his back, and faintly, a sweet smell tickled his nose.
Was the reason his sight was dark because his eyes were closed?


Shin opened his eyes as he sat up.
What spread across his field of vision was a broad meadow, dotted with tree groves.
White and pink flowers bloomed where Shin had been sleeping. It seems that what Shin smelled earlier were these flowers.

"This is…"

To solve the mystery of why he was here, Shin worked his mind.

(Today I fought Origin, the boss monster at the Depths of the Gate to Another World, and won. Right, I cleared THE NEW GATE. Because of that, we could log out, everyone was released, and in the end it was just me…)

Gradually, his mind became clear.
The scene Shin had seen at the end; that was,

"The doors… opened?"

Right, after defeating the final boss mosnter 【Origin】, logging out became possible, and just as he was about to do so himself, the closed doors had opened, and he lost his consciousness.

"The heck was that? And this is…"

Even looking around again, what he say was a broad meadow, and groves of trees. There was nothing else he could find.

"Could it be, I'm still in the game?"

Shin wasn't sure whether or not he had managed to touch the words Log Out in the end. Wondering if only he hadn't logged out because of an event, he made sure by calling up the menu.

"…Oi, oi."

Translucent screen behind his eyes, and the menu items lined up there; it was unmistakably the menu screen of THE NEW GATE.

"What, I was still in the game?"

Man, that was shocking, thought Shin, as he brought his gaze down the menu.
There, the words Log Out were――


The words Log Out that should have been between 'Owned Gold' and 'Help', were nowhere to be seen. The six letters that he had made sure were there when he had defeated Origin, had disappeared.

"Oioioi, this is a lie, right!?"

He opened up every menu item from start to finish, but as expected, the words Log Out were nowhere to be found.
It was like when it was a death game.

"Tch!! Right, what about everyone else!?"

Was there anyone else besides himself? Thinking about that possibility, Shin look out the Survivors List from his item box. If there was any other player left behind, the list would show it.

"What… the hell?"

The only one on the list was 【Shin】, but below that in the white space,

――――『Cannot display due to lack of network connection.』

was written.

The Survivors List was a way of having the avatar that used the item, access the network of THE NEW GATE, and checking which players still survived, said his alchemist friend.
Considering that, it meant that at present, Shin's avatar was disconnected from THE NEW GATE's system.

"Can't connect to the network. Then why can I move my avatar?"

Even though he couldn't log out, he was connected to the system―――― was something like that possible?

In this situation, Shin shouldn't have been able to move his avatar. It wasn't as though Shin was well-versed with VR technology, but at any rate, that was how THE NEW GATE worked. Thinking about it normally, being disconnected from the network, yet being able to move your avatar was contradictory.

"I don't get it. The heck is happening."

The feeling of relief he had up until a while ago had disappeared in one go, and Shin once again lay down on the ground.
He didn't feel like getting up, and he worked only his mind, but no matter how much he thought about it, he couldn't come up with an answer.

(It's no good, huh. In these situations, I should empty my mind for a little.)

It was Shin's way of calming down when the inside of his head was a mess. When there was something he couldn't understand, he'd temporarily let go of everything, and then rebuild this thoughts.

① He couldn't connect to the network.
② It was possible to manipulate his avatar.
③ The two points above were not reconcilable.

① could be confirmed through the Survivors List program, and the message that appeared on the list.
② was also confirmed since he was certainly moving hsi avatar.
As for ③, it was a reality that a network connection was essential for the act of moving ones avatar. There was no mistake that players who had lost connection to the network due to a bug found themselves unable to move their avatars.

Then, what would have to happen to reconcile these two facts―――― what Shin came up with was this.

There was the possibility that the Survivors List had malfunctioned, and there really was a network connection. It wouldn't be strange for something like this to happen.
The next possibility was that he couldn't connect to the network, but it was possible to move his avatar. That kind of technology might ahve been developed.

"The last possibility would be that… Fantasy."

Shin smiled wryly at the thought that had by chance crossed his mind while he was thinking seriously.

Shin was a pure net-gamer. He was bad enough that his friends called him a net-game addict. And at the same time, he also reached out to anime, manga, light novels and web novels.
Stories where the protagonist ended up in a world exactly like the game had already become a staple for such fiction, and he had also read a number of these. The reasons for this were varied, but Shin had read many stories where they came to the world of the game with their menu intact.

What had come to mind just now was exactly that. He had suddenly wondered if the place he was in now wasn't the game, but the real world of THE NEW GAME.
Losing his network connection, and being able to move his avatar; both of these could be explained by it.

'As if', thought Shin. He decided to stop thinking for a while, and looked up at the sky. The wide blue sky filled his vision, and small clouds slowly moved by.
He could see the groves of trees in the corner of his eyes. Turning his sight that way, he could clearly see each leaf.


He could see them. He could see them clearly. He could see them distinctly.

He could see too much.

He could see more clearly that when it was a game. It was as though they were the real thing.

With the development of VR, certainly they could create a world that was the spitting image of the real one. Not only in sight and sounds, but it was possible in touch, and taste as well.
However… However possible it was to reproduce these things, technology still hadn't reached the level of the 'real thing' yet. Technology was only at a level where if you'd seen it in reality before, you'd know for sure that these were affected fakes. In the end, they were just pretty graphics.

However, what was reflected in Shin's eyes were the movements of clouds, the colour and gloss of leaves, the figures of flowers blooming in the field; all of this looked like nothing but the real thing.


Shin slowly held his own hand above his face. There were wrinkles and fingerprints that hadn't existed when it was a game.

"Is this… the real thing?"

After noticing this one thing, he started to understand things one after another. The scenery before his eyes, the rustle of the leaves, the feel of the wind on his skin, the smell that tickled his nose; all of these were different from how they felt in-game.

"After a death game, is a trip to another world…"

Shin experienced two VRMMO player urban legends in succession. Depending on the person, it might've been a delightful situation, but Shin was thinking that he'd have preferred some time in-between them. The only indication that he bore these thoughts that were pretty far off the norm, was his calm expression.

"Ahhhhhhhh… What the heck is going on~~?" lazily said Shin, as he rolled around on the ground.

Just where had the valiant figure from the fight with Origin gone?
On top of the fatigue from the fight with Origin, just when he thought he could log out, unbelievably he ended up on a trip to another world. At any rate, his mind sought rest.
If you had to describe it in one word, he was languid.
He was a little bit burned out as well, so for a while the feelings of wanting to take it easy filled Shin's heart.

"Ah~~~… Hahh…."

For a while he'd roll about as though he had reverted to infanthood or something, and then stop that, endlessly repeating the two. Little though it may have been, perhaps because he had abandoned the act of thinking for a while, his weariness had become somewhat better than before, and he began to think again.

The situation was filled with unknowns. There was nobody else around, so he couldn't gather even a little information. Still feeling a little heavy, whilst he sat up he considered what he'd do from now on.

(At any rate, I don't have enough information. For now, since the menu still appears, I'll check my status and items, and then shall I search for a place that would have people?)

Summoning the menu, he displayed the status menu.
On the left hand side was a 3D graphic that displayed the avatar that was Shin's other self, and on the right were entries like 【Ability Points】, 【Equipment】, 【Gifts】, 【Skills】 and the like.

The displayed avatar had black hair and black irises, with no notable traits outside of some slightly sharp looking eyes; the face of a young man you could find anywhere.
The face on the avatar was Shin's real one, and because the physique was made to reflect that, though it was 180cm tall, it gave somewhat of a lanky impression. Shin's friend in real life who had been in an athletics club [at school/university] had always told him to train his body more.

When he made to confirm his 【Equipment】, he found that they had changed a little since his fight with Origin, and his muffler, his arm guards, and his leg guards had been unequipped. What he still had equipped was the red-lined black long coat, 【Overcoat of the Dark King】, the pants that had become a set with it, and accessories.
In the weapons column were the words 【Shingetsu [True Moon]】. It seemed that his beloved and prided blade was in good shape.
When he checked his inventory, the equipment he had worn to fight Origin was in there. He had verified his items and money at the same time too, and it seemed there was no problems with his belongings.

Next was 【Ability Points】.
Originally all stats except LUC were maxed out with 9s, and he prayed that he hadn't weakened.

01 01stats


He looked away from the screen, and for a while gazed far away before returning to the screen.
There was no way that doing something like that would change what was being displayed before him.

"Hangon, just hangon!"

Once again, he looked away from the screen, and gazed into the distance. Furthermore, he rubbed his eyes, and then having made sure there was nothing blurry about his sight, he returned his gaze to the screen.
It was like he was in a frame of a manga where the character couldn't believe their eyes, Shin thought.

"…I didn't see wrong… huh?"

In the end, having looked upon it for the third time, Shin finally accepted that he hadn't seen that wrong.
The reason was simple; except for LUC, those ability points were very different from what his stats used to be.

The VVMMORPG 【THE NEW GATE】 was different to other MMORPGs, and if you spent a long time, you could raise every stat except LUC to the maximum.

Shin who had spent massive amount of time on it since the Closed-β days, on top of aiming for maximum hunting efficiency, and who would repeatedly use the rebirth[reincarnation] system, was the only player who had capped all stats.

There were other players who had almost maxed out, but none of them could reach Shin.

When it was a game, Shin's HP and MP were 9999, and besides LUC which was 36, all other attributes were 999.

The reason LUC was low was because on top of it having a cap of 99, it was determined and fixed from when the character was created.

But right now, all of Shin's statuses save for LUC were displayed as over double their original values.

"The game's specs have been… smashed by this…"

There was already nothing left he could do but be amazed.

The numerical values were too large, and right now he had no idea how great his own strength was.

"…As you'd think, I'm exhausted from the surprise…"

Because of all the surprises he'd had recently, he was sure that he looked hilarious, he thought mockingly about himself.
Even so, staring at the menu was unproductive, so for now he'd move on to other entries.

(There are things I've never seen before, huh.)

Looking at it from start to finish, he found out that new Gifts and Skills had been added.

The Gifts 【Limit Breaker】, 【Accomplished One】 and 【Liberator】, and the Skills 【Wave of the Dark King】, 【Focus Wave】 and 【Scattered Wave】 had been added.

He should have heard it when he defeated Origin, but Shin had completely forgotten.

To find out what effects they had, he chose the three new Gifts from the menu.

【Limit Breaker】
With this power, you can exceed the limit.
The upper limit for all statuses has been removed. Statuses will rise according to how many ability points were discarded prior to limit removal.

【Accomplished One】
Blessings to the one who has reached the ends of Samsara.
The moment this Gift was received, all ability points were doubled.

You are the hopes of those who have been imprisoned.
Acts of restriction and subordination are restricted. Forbidden magic, traps, items etc. are made invalid.

"…The heck?"

Every one of the Gifts he had gained were beyond expectations. Even Shin who knew of almost every Gift in the game didn't know of such balance-breaking Gifts.

It was fine that he had solved the mystery of his increased statuses, but these were basically cheats. They weren't even in the dimension of having a rare item, or starting on a high level.

…Having said that though, that LUC was still the same as ever (in accordance to the game's setting), it kind of felt like he was being mocked.

"Stories where they go from an MMO to another world usually have cheat characters but… this really feels like they're overdoing it, huh…"

Shin, whose original statuses could be called cheats, had been enough to demolish a group of max level Lv.255s once (a group of 12, with no rebirths). He was strong enough that when he killed them all, they screamed "You freaking cheater!" as they died.
Against players who had rebirthed dozens of times and almost capped their stats, even Shin wasn't undefeatable, but even so, he could fight on par with 4 of them at once. In the first place, players who fought with Shin head on were rare though.

Those stats had now been even further increased. As long as he didn't suffer an instant death from an ambush, in fights against people he probably couldn't lose anymore. Of course, this was assuming that there were other players in this world in the first place.

Whilst thinking about needless worries, Shin prayed that these titles weren't possessed by heaps of other people.



After that, besides titles, Shin also checked all his skills and magic from start to finish, and even activated a few for real to test the effects. Thankfully, there was nothing in the surroundings that would've been bad to destroy, so he was able to test the skills and magic to a certain extent of his real power.

As the result of mass producing large craters, he found out that the paralysis frames and cooldowns for Martial Skills had disappeared, and that it was now possible to control the intensity of magic.

Up until now, though it was realistic, since it was a game it was natural to have such restrictions. However, it is obvious that such things wouldn't exist in reality.

And so, in exchange for these unnatural things that were characteristic of games, instead, you now couldn't move without considering trivial injuries like hurting your tendons, or spraining your joints. These sorts of things would be obvious in reality. At any rate, right now Shin wasn't in a game world. If he took an enemy's attack, it wouldn't just end with his HP gauge dropping. If he didn't think carefully about his movements, when it came to crunch, there was the risk that he wouldn't be able to take action.

Shin was once again reminded himself of the reality that this wasn't a game.

Noticing that he was bewildered at the differences between this world, and the game world that he knew, Shin thought that at some point, the virtual reality 【THE NEW GATE】 had become his 'second reality' before he had realised.
'In that case, should the place I'm in now be called a 'third reality?' thought Shin with a wry smile.
It took him quite a long time before that second reality (the world of the game) to start feeling real, but as expected, it seemed that he was adjusting to this third reality quite quickly. As though the weariness from just a while ago was a lie, he was amazed at himself for moving about like this.

"Well then, I guess it's about time to go."

Whilst saying this, Shin took out a single bookmark. He brought this ordinary white bookmark above his head.

"Go home!"

When Shin chanted this, light gathered around the bookmark, and when the ball of light had reached the size of a baseball, it took the shape of a falcon.
The falcon made of light lightly floated in the air, and turned its head to a certain direction.

What Shin had used was an item called 【Guide】; an item that would point out the direction to a registered location. Normally it was used to mark the location of a rest spot in a hunting field, but a certain group of players, would like Shin, register their homes as the location.
[Note: Um, what the Japanese calls the item is 'Guide of Guiding' 導きのしるべ, but it sounds quite a bit more stupid in English.]

Shin didn't know where he was because the map wasn't functioning, but he saw the 【Guide】 in the items column, and since the only location registered was his home, he decided to head there first.

Incidentally, the fact that the ball of light had turned into a falcon was due to Shin's taste. The light could turn into a form the player liked.

"Onwards, to my house!"

Shin began to run in the direction indicated by the light. At the moment he had chosen the destination for the 【Guide】, it indicated that the distance to the location was 67 kemels away. 1 kemel was roughly 1 kilometre, so it was 67 kilometres ahead.
Normally it would be quite a long way away on foot, but Shin's reinforced leg power was very far from the norm. He could move fairly quickly just by walking lightly.
The running Shin had already reached 70km/h. On top of that, because he wasn't riding a vehicle, he could continue running regardless of if it was a thick forest, or a rugged rockland.


Because it felt nice to cut through the wind as he ran, Shin let out a large scream as though to dispel the anxiety he had felt since waking up.
Though he didn't know how much endurance he had, it hardly felt draining at all; he felt like he could run forever, and so he continued running without rest.

On the way, he spotted a four armed bear (Tetra Grizzly), a two headed snake (Twinhead Snake) and a boar with a mane like fire (Flame Boar), so to test out his strength, he fought them one by one. The levels of the bear, snake and boar were 87, 68, and 79 respectively.
Since he had confirmed there names and levels with 【Analysis Ⅹ】, there was no mistaking it.
All of them fought with basic patterns, and were monsters that beginners would often hunt, so for Shin they were foes he could defeat with one hand[defeat without needing to care].

However, unlike when it was a game, Shin caught a glimpse of the spontaneity and will to live[desire to help themselves] which had given him a chill.

[Note: At this point, take a break and search google images and wiki for "hokora/祠" and "暖簾/noren". I'll be leaving hokora as it is, since it's uniquely Japanese, and Shin is largely Japanese themed.]

An hour later, after cutting through meadows, jumping over rocks, and running through forests…
Around the time he started to see a large rampart[castle-wall type wall], the falcon of light started to blink, indicating to him that they were close to the target destination.

He dropped his speed, and stood still. The direction that the falcon indicated was slightly off from the wall. It seemed that it was inside the forest that spread before the wall. If Shin's memory served him right, then there shouldn't have been a town enclosed by a rampart near his home.

"Just when the heck was that built?"

muttered Shin, as he looked at the wall.
The size of the rampart was around the size of a six-story building. It looked like it was built from cut stone, and it brought about a dignified atmosphere.

Were the parts broken here and there because of monster attacks, or where they because of war?

In the game, there had been siege war events that large numbers of people had taken part in, Shin included. The ramparts had been enchanted with monster-repellent, fortification, and magic-resistant enchantments, so Shin felt it would be difficult to attack.

Shin suspected that it wasn't a town inside, but he couldn't tell at all what was really inside. Well, since it was surrounded by these reinforced walls, it probably wouldn't be a deserted ruin.

At any rate, right now he didn't have any business with it, so stopping his thoughts, he returned his gaze to the forest, and walked in the direction that the falcon indicated.

After walking for about 100 mels, there was a clearing that was different to the surroundings and vegetation. Unlike the trees up until now that had diameters of 30 or 40 cemels at best, in the clearing stood a tree whose diameter exceeded 1 mel.

In the midst of the atmosphere exuded by the massive tree, stood a building that was nostalgic to him.

It was a building built of stone and wood, and above the curtained[noren] shop entrance hung a sign that read in large letters, 『Yorozuya Tsuki no Hokora』. [Jack of All Trades Hokora of the Moon]

"It looks pretty much the same, huh."

It was unmistakably the same as before his fight with Origin. Seeing his unchanged home, Shin's heart felt like it had found support.

In the game, 『Yorozuya Tsuki no Hokora』 was a weapons, armour, and items shop run by Shin, that also doubled as his home. Fundamentally, it sold items that were things that Shin had picked up in fields or dungeons, and when he felt like it, things that Shin crafted himself.

The places Shin visited were almost all fields and dungeons where high level monsters would saunter about, so it was easy to obtain rare items and materials, and as a shop that sold these, Tsuki no Hokora was a hidden, but well-known shop, famous primarily amongst advanced players. The cause was probably because the goods being what they were, had fairly hefty prices, and thus the ones who could buy these were limited to advanced players.

Whilst reminiscing about his shop's bustling business (though it was really rare that it was bustling), Shin passed through the noren, and opened the door. Just how was it doing, that shop with nothing but a reception desk, and shelves lined with goods?

Inside the shop stood a number of men and women, wearing a mantle over their armour. Among them, a number of them had noticed Shin's entrance, and two of them approached him.

"Sorry, but the shop is busy with us right now, see? Could you come back later?"

The one who said this was a blonde haired young man clad in a very extravagantly decorated armour. His height was around Shin's but probably because he worked out, his arms and legs were thicker than Shin's.

"Did something happen?"

"It doesn't matter, we said get out!"

The one who ordered Shin in a strong tone when he asked about what was going on was the brown haired young man who had approached Shin with the blonde man. Just like the blonde one, he was clad in an excessively decorated armour. He was a head taller than Shin, and had a firm build that balanced with his height.

"But I've also got stuff that I need done by today."

"You're noisy. Adventurers like you shouldn't fucking talk back!

"Oi, stop it, Iran!"

Iran was probably the name of the brown haired man. Having judged that he didn't need to use keigo, Shin used his normal speech style to object to Iran.
[Note: Shin's first line was using teneigo, but by second he's using plain speech.]
Perhaps because Shin's unwillingness had pissed him off, Iran had made to forcefully push Shin, and thrust his palms at Shin's solar plexus. Seeing that Shin didn't particularly react, Iran's mouth curved into a smirk.


However, Shin didn't even twitch at the hands that came at him, and in contrast, Iran lost his balance and fell butt-first to the floor. His armour hit the floor, and a sound too loud to ignore rang out through the shop. The eyes of those around them fell on Shin and Iran.
There was Iran, dumbstruck and unable to process what had happened, and Shin who was wondering what was up with him.

"Ku-, you fuc-!""

Just as Iran moved his hand to his sword in a frenzy, he cowered with a start at the loud voice that resounded through the room.

"What's the racket!?"

Thinking about how things had become a bother, Shin sighed in his mind.


The crowd of people naturally parted, and the figure of a single man appeared. He was a handsome blonde haired, blue eyed man, who, as expected, was also wearing a needlessly glamourous set of armour, and was glaring over at Shin and Iran from a few mels away.
Unlike before, Iran had suddenly become quiet.
As for Shin, seeing the man part the crowd, "Moses, huh…" he said, feeling that he seriously didn't give a shit.

"I thoguht I told you not to let anybody in."

"My deepest apologies, Loost-sama!"

Iran bowed without delay. Seeing Iran's behaviour, Shin suspected that this man was fairly high ranked.
Without sparing a glance at Iran, Loost approached Shin. His eyes looked Shin up and down.

(Uwah, someone more annoying than Iran appeared.)

Ignoring Shin's thoughts, Loost clunked over with heavy steps, and stopped before Shin.



Seeing Loost remain silent, Shin tilted his head in wonder, when Iran yelled out angrily,

"Oi! What do you mean by standing in front of Loost-sama, without even naming yourself!?"

It seemed that Loost was standing silently before Shin because he was waiting for Shin to name himself.

"My apologies. I am Shin, a wanderer."

Since it would be annoying if someone who was addressed with -sama had his eye on Shin, Shin named himself with a bow. According to Shin's experience, Loost was the type of person who would let a lot of things go if you humbled yourself, even if only for form's sake.

"Hmph, it seems you don't know etiquette. Well, that's fine. Since you're a wanderer, I can't expect you to be cultured."

Ignoring the words of Loost who nodded arrogantly to himself, Shin smiled wryly inside at the fact that this technique worked in other worlds as well.

"Our business here is done. We're leaving."

With that, Loost started walking straight forward. Since it seemed they would collide, Shin immediately moved to the left.
Apart from the blonde young man who saw Shin's movement, a number of other people narrowed their eyes at his nimbleness.


Including Iran who left with a tsk, the men and women who seemed to be subordinates followed Loost out of the shop. Because of that, only three of them remained in the shop.

"Iran did something unpardonable. I'll apologise in his place."

The one who spoke to Shin was the blonde man from earlier. The other two made apologetic expressions as well.

"No, it isn't like anything really happened."

"Hearing that is a relief. I'm Ardi. Ardi Sheil. If you ever need to rely on the knight order, come visit me."

"I am Shin. If the opportunity presents itself, I shall take you up on your kind offer."

Shin replied as he shook the right hand Ardi held out, with his own. It seemed that the group from earlier were knights. Considering that, they were pretty haughty, thought Shin, but seeing Ardi and these two made him rethink that.

Ardi left the shop, and the two left behind gave Shin light nods, and followed him. They were probably Ardi's subordinates.

Now that all the knights had left, the shop felt spacious. Shin noticed the shelves and goods that he couldn't see before.

(The weapons are almost all copper or iron, and at best, silver. The armour is also just leather, copper, iron or silver, huh? As for items, they're low ranked potions[HP recovery] and ethers[MP recovery], and also a few status-fixing pills. And there are no raw materials.)

[stuff for later:]

spoilers and whatnot

01 48 tiela
01 92 tiera





23 thoughts on “THE NEW GATE – Volume 1 (13%)”

  1. This was a really good translation. it felt like I was actually reading a book. The sentences were much more coherent than most LN’s I’ve read and they flow together very well. It sounded like it could have been naturally English. Great job translators!


  2. Trying to read the rest of The New Gate on shintranslations, but it’s not letting me get on the webpage. Is there a problem with it? :c please help


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