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''I opened my eyes to find myself in another world. For some odd reason, I ended up as a sword. Before my eyes laid a plain full of magic beasts, and so, I launched my body and flew in search of a partner, a wielder (females only).

Wait. Absorbing magic stones gets me skills? Oh hell yeah! This be fun! More, more, give me more! Gimme all your magic stones! Okay, yeah no, but I am accepting anything anyone’s willing to give.''

This tale is one that follows your everyday nerd, normal as could be, save for the fact that he happened to reincarnate as a sword.

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  • Above Good and Evil: The Goddess of Chaos doesn't care about human morality, and creates dungeons that spew monsters to keep the world from stagnating. Turns out, she's one of the most benevolent of the Gods in the setting.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The light novel and manga have several events that don't occur in the original web novel.
  • Alien Sky: The world where the story takes place has at least 7 moons with a very complicated orbital pattern.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: The "monster" races are, at best, mindless beasts, unless they're a magician's familiar.
    • The Blue Catkin Tribe are so odious, it takes over 200 chapters in the web-novel before even one is shown to be anything other than a Smug Snake Card-Carrying Villain, and the reason he has any redeeming features is because he was specifically raised contrary to his people's philosophy by a slave caravan driver solely to hide the slaver's despicable activities from the general public.
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  • Black and Grey Morality: On the one side, we have a blood-thirsty sword, and a 12-year-old little girl who has to be given a reason to not kill people who antagonize her, along with the people who support them, along the entire spectrum of "good" morality, and on the other, we have genocidal maniacs, dog-kicking villains, and an actual god of evil.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The gods and mortals generally find it impossible to see eye to eye on things, which leads to some gods like the god of nature being super harsh by human standards. People like the god of chaos in part because she's actually pretty reasonable and merciful.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: When tutoring some low ranked but promising adventurers, she warns the archer Naria that she can't rely exclusively on her bow. She needs some type of light melee weapon to defend herself in close combat or she'll die when the enemy gets close.
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  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: The gods have a fondness for ironic punishments, though we only have two examples. One of them is the king Trismegistus who messed around with the Evil God and ended up creating a monster that destroyed an entire continent. His punishment was to be trapped inside a barrier with it while being granted perfect immortality. He can't die so long until the Abyss Eater is destroyed, but can't do anything but fight it. All the gods' punishments are apparently similar in that not only is it very specially tailored, but there's also always a way out. For Trismegistus, it's slaying the Abyss Eater with the implication that he'll one day succeed. For the black catkin, it would be to either have a group made of exclusively black catkin destroy an S ranked evil being or for a solo black catkin to destroy a kin of the evil god. That would remove the curse from all black catkin everywhere.
  • Disaster Dominoes: In an amusing Summon Bigger Fish way. At one point, a pirate vessel towed by a water dragon attacks the merchant ship Fran is protecting. This attack draws the attention of three Kracken. The fight with the Kracken draws the attention of a Mydgard Wyrm which eats the pirate ship, the dragon, and at least one of the Kracken before moving onto the merchant ship. The wyrm's actions draw the attention of a Leviathan which views Mydgard Wyrms as its favorite snack, winks playfully at Shisou and then swims away, wyrm still in its mouth.
  • Driven by Envy: After learning what evolved Black Catkin are like, the main characters suspect that the Blue Catkin hate and oppress them so much because anything a Blue Catkin can do, a Black Catkin can do better, especially post evolution.
  • Fantastic Racism: Amazingly, aside from the most arrogant of the nobility who look down on everyone, and the much later human-supremacist country of Bahadesh, the humans don't suffer from this, but the beast-kin tribes tend to be quite racist to each other, especially to the black-cat tribe, of which Fran is a member, who are looked down on.
    • The black-cat tribe is racist to the blue-cat tribe, in self-defense, as the blue-cats are clearly trying to enslave or exterminate them, and have been for centuries.
  • Good All Along: Despite Dias and Aurel's suspicions and the Beast Lord's Patricidal title, he's actually a good guy. After all, it was the former Beast Lord that had been a real bastard so his son killing him is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the reason they were at odds is because Rigdis wanted to end the Blue Catkin's slave trading and the discrimination against the Black Catkin!
  • Hotter and Sexier: The manga is considerably more explicit than either the web or light novels. For example, in the novels, it is only mentioned that Fran and the elf female receptionist bathed together, in a public bath house. In the manga, the bathing is actually shown, with full-frontal nudity.
  • Might Makes Right: The primary reason beast-kin tribes look down on the black-cat tribe, which lost its ability to "evolve" some 500 odd years before the start of the story, is that among beast-kin, it's normal to view the weaker person as "responsible" for whatever happens to them.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: To Fran's shock, the blue catkin leader of Blue Pride is actually a decent guy who apologizes for his subordinate's dickish behavior, demotes him and says he feels ashamed of how his people treat the black catkin. Well, it doesn't shock her that he'd say it, but it shocks her that he actually means it.
  • Noodle Incident: The kingdom of Reidios is the first, and last country to ever try conscripting adventurers into their army during times of war.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Shisou, aka "master," will kill anybody who tries to wield him without his consent, and he's not alone. The aptly named God Blades, each and every one of them powerful enough to level a country, are very, very picky about who can wield them, and the consequences to try and force them are never pretty.
  • Reincarnation: The protagonist, Shisou ("Master"), is a sword in this new world, but was originally a 40+ man in Japan before being killed by a hit-and-run driver.
  • Sentient Phlebotinum: The protagonist is not the first or only intelligent "sword" in the story, and is not likely to be the last.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Slavery is a capital offense in most of the countries in the world setting, aside from those who are condemned into it as an alternative to being subjected to the death-penalty themselves, after due process in a court of law. The one country that welcomes slavery, Reidios, is a Wretched Hive.
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: After evolving, Fran's status skyrockets and beastkin are nearly in awe of her. She ends up visiting the black catkin village only to find them a beaten down, timid group after living through centuries of slavery, so she spends a brief time explaining what they need to do to evolve and why, gives them a bare minimum of combat experience and then gives them some basic swordsmanship practice and tips on how to become mages with particular emphasis on wind and fire magic plus instructing them to raising their agility and magic stats: Wind and fire are necessary to use lightning, which along with hitting the level cap and having magic and agility is necessary to become the special Black Heavenly Tigerkin instead of a normal Black Tigerkin.
  • What Is Evil?: A rare protagonist example. "Shisou" often ponders if his actions are wholesome when he notices that the "good" races do the exact same thing as the "evil" races, in the exact same way, for the exact same reason(s). However, all such musings are quickly cut short when the "evil" races and God of Evil hold up a Card-Carrying Villain to be their representative and mouthpiece.
  • Wild Card: Adventurers as a whole. They don't want to be tied down to any one country or political system, and ally themselves to whomever they want, whenever they want, for however long they want. There is but one country that has ever tried to force their loyalty. Nobody else wants to follow the example.
  • Wretched Hive: The Kingdom of Reidios. The more that's told about it, the worse it sounds. To date, they've sent slaver caravans into neighboring countries to kidnap the citizens and enslave them for purposes of Human Resources, performed human experiments that make Unit 731 seem benign by comparison, and they're actively trying to channel the power of the God of Evil for their own ends, with the four arch-dukes vying for martial supremacy against each other, leading the country to the brink of civil-war.

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