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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.

Associated Tropes:

  • 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. And yet, she's actually one of the most benevolent 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 Cat Tribe are so odious, it takes almost 200 chapters in the web-novel before even one is shown to be anything other than a Smug Snake Card-Carrying Villain, and the only reason why he even has any redeeming features at all 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 bloodthirsty sword, and a 12-year-old little girl who has to be given a reason not to 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 Goddess 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, Fran 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 to 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 Cat Tribe, it would be to either have a group made up exclusively of Black Cats destroy an S-ranked evil being, or for a solo Black Cat to destroy a kin of the Evil God. Doing so would remove the curse from all Black Cats everywhere.
  • Curse Escape Clause
    • If Trismegistus ever manages to slay the Abyss Eater, his curse of immortality will be broken and he'll finally be allowed to die. It's hinted that the beast is gradually weakening over time as the mortal races send in fighters to pick away at it.
    • To negate their own personal curse, a black catkin can slay either one A ranked evil beast or a thousand weaker ones. Ending the curse for their race requires a similar feat but on a much larger scale.
  • 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 Kraken. The fight with the Kraken draws the attention of a Midgard Wyrm which eats the pirate ship, the dragon, and at least one of the Kraken before moving onto the merchant ship. Then the Wyrm's actions draw the attention of a Leviathan which views Midgard Wyrms as its favorite snack. It winks playfully at Shishou before swimming away, wyrm still in its jaws.
  • Driven by Envy: After learning what evolved Black Cats are like, the main characters suspect that the reason the Blue Cat Tribe hates and oppresses them so much, is because anything a Blue Cat can do, a Black Cat can do better, especially post-evolution.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Though beastkin put a lot of weight judging people by their strength, even they find the blue catkin detestable for oppressing the black catkin despite how weak most black cats are. Rigdith even goes so far as put the black catkin under his protection while they rebuild because while such mercy isn't really typical of beastkin, they simply don't have the strength and numbers to pull themselves back up alone no matter how strong certain individuals may be.
  • 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 Beastmen tribes tend to be quite racist toward each other, especially toward the Black Cat Tribe (of which Fran is a member), who are looked down on by all.
    • The Black Cat Tribe is racist toward the Blue Cat Tribe in self-defense, as the Blue Cats are clearly trying to enslave or exterminate them, and have been for centuries.
  • Freudian Excuse: Blue cats as a whole have three. First is that anything an evolved blue cat can do the evolved black catkin can do better. Second is that they were literally forced into the role of slavers originally and those who disobeyed incurred the wrath of the current beast lord centuries ago. Third is that the black catkin back in the day were being dicks even setting aside the evil god stuff.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Food variant. Teacher's recreations of various Earth food dishes – curry and katsudon – become so popular that they kick off a bit of a culinary revolution.
  • Good All Along: Despite Dias and Aurel's suspicions and the Beast Lord's Patricidal title, he's actually a good guy. Turns out, it was the previous Beast Lord who had been a real bastard, so his son killing him is not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, the whole reason they were at odds to begin with, was because Rigdith wanted to end the Blue Cats' slave-trading and the discrimination against the Black Cat Tribe!
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The blue cats focusing on the slave trade for centuries has left them quite weak and unpopular among the beastkin. While people only feel vaguely sorry for the black catkin for being victimized so badly, they do find it unpleasant to deal with a race that sells their own kind into slavery. They've also weakened and grown less in number over the centuries because all the blue cats left now are typically the descendants of slavers, not warriors.
  • Honor Before Reason: Despite finding their beliefs repulsive, Zefmate still covers for Blue Pride at the risk of his own life because they're still his soldiers. After having their slave trading rubbed in his face he apparently finally gives up on them as hopeless.
  • 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 bathhouse. In the manga, the bathing is actually shown, with uncensored nudity (for the adults).
  • Might Makes Right: The primary reason Beastmen 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 Beastmen, 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-Cat 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 Cats. Well, it doesn't shock her that he'd say it, but what shocks her is that he actually means it.
  • Noodle Incident: The kingdom of Reidios is the first, and last, country ever to try conscripting adventurers into their army during times of war.
  • Old Master: Kiara is pushing seventy and in poor health, but she also had the blessing of god of battle for fifty years, which required her to engage in life threatening battle at least once a month. The benefit was a large boost to raw stats and double stat gains on level up, meaning that despite her age in pure stats she's probably stronger than Fran, even setting aside her vast experience and skill. Though this only gets her so far: She's unable to break past the royal maid in charge of caring for her.
  • Only the Chosen May Wield: Shishou, aka "Teacher", 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 an entire country, are very, very picky about who can wield them, and the consequences to try and force them are never pretty.
  • Reincarnation: The protagonist, Shishou ("Teacher"), is a sword in this new world, but was originally a middle-aged man in Japan who was killed by a hit-and-run driver.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Evil God was defeated and torn apart long, long ago, but while his pieces were sealed he's not truly dead yet. The black catkin five centuries ago broke at least one seal on him to siphon power from him, which incurred major divine wrath as this put the entire world in danger.
    • In the third light novel, Shishou is revealed to have something sealed into the wolf's head-shaped crest on his hilt. After running afoul of a magic-draining sword, that seal is weakened enough to where that something manages to escape for a split-second.
  • Sentient Phlebotinum: The protagonist is not the first nor 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 the death penalty, after due process in a court of law. The one and only country that welcomes slavery, Raydoss, is well-known to be a Wretched Hive.
  • Supreme Chef: While Fran and Master both have a maxed Cooking skill and the former even has a title boosting her Cooking prowess, the true master cook is Io, the lady that runs the orphanage in Bulbola. Using low-quality vegetables and no seasoning, she's capable of making soup on par with Master's best curry. It's implied that the curry she makes when she has the proper ingredients is also better than his, despite still not really using any spices.
  • Taking the Bullet: Fran tries cutting Zefmate's sister some slack since Fran considers him a friend, but when she gets pushed too far, she ends up taking a swing at her anyway. Zefmate jumps in front of her blade and Fran agrees to withdraw, but warns him that if the attitude of his men hasn't improved by the time she returns, there will be consequences.
  • Training from Hell: After Kiara shows how powerful Black Catkin can be, Beast Lord Rigdith comes to idolize her and asks her to teach him. Her training was apparently extremely difficult but paid off: He's easily the strongest character seen so far. Fran and Master are literally incapable of landing a blow even when he isn't paying attention.
  • Training the Peaceful Villagers: After evolving, Fran's status skyrockets and Beastmen are nearly in awe of her. She ends up visiting the Black Cat 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.
  • 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 Raydoss. 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 Archdukes vying for martial supremacy against each other, leading the country to the brink of civil-war.


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