Sword God in a World of Magic – Chapter 177 Teacher Mervin’s Advice

Chapter 177 Teacher Mervin’s Advice

Shang looked at teacher Loran and teacher Mervin. Both of them didn’t seem to be in good spirits.

“Yes?” Shang asked emotionlessly.

Teacher Mervin had a calm expression on his face, while teacher Loran frowned.

Teacher Mervin looked at teacher Loran and then at Shang. “I am here as a mediator,” he said.

Shang scoffed. “Mediator?” he asked. “Weren’t you on his side when he tried to threaten me into following his demands?”

“No, I was not,” teacher Mervin said.

This surprised Shang.

Teacher Mervin wasn’t?

But hadn’t teacher Loran said that teacher Mervin was on his side?

Shang looked at teacher Loran with furrowed brows.

“I assumed they were on board, but they weren’t,” teacher Loran grumbled.

Shang narrowed his eyes.

Not only had teacher Loran wanted to threaten Shang into compliance, but he had also lied about the stance of the other teachers.

“While I agree with teacher Loran’s goals,” teacher Mervin said, “I don’t agree with his methods.”

“I believe following his advice is the correct choice for you, but I think he hasn’t communicated his advice correctly.”

Teacher Loran only snorted.

Shang had already learned that teacher Loran was basically a stubborn old man stuck in his ways.

Getting him to admit to a mistake was basically impossible.

“Shang, we three will not stand in your way if you want to pursue special training,” teacher Mervin said. “I also talked with teacher Olga, and she is in agreement. While we do wish for you to change for the better, we won’t force this upon you.”

“We are your teachers. You are our student. We can teach you what is right or wrong, but we can’t force you to follow our advice. Doing so would be denying your individuality.”

“We can use our experienced eyes to search for the best path, but only you can walk it.”

By now, Shang had calmed down a lot.

The fact that teacher Loran had essentially threatened him with his future had irked Shang to no end.

In Shang’s mind, this was basically the same as a girlfriend giving an ultimatum to her boyfriend. “It’s either your friend or me!”

In that case, the only correct decision was to get rid of the person giving the ultimatum.

Now, the ultimatum had been nullified, and everything was back at its old place.

“And what kind of path is best for me in your experienced eyes?” Shang asked in a weird tone. He wasn’t sure himself if that was mocking or serious.

On one hand, Shang had already gained quite a detailed understanding of the world, but on the other hand, the teachers had lived in this world for many more decades than him, and they had come further.

Shang was honestly not sure if he should believe them.

They were far more experienced than Shang.

However, they had also only reached the Commander Stage.

Sure, the Commander Stage was amazing, but Shang’s goals reached much further.

If their advice were so perfect, why hadn’t they reached the True Path Realm yet? Shang didn’t believe that it was impossible to change one’s habits, even late in someone’s life.

There had to be a path forward.

So, while their advice might be worth its weight in gold, it would only help Shang reach the Commander Stage, and even worse, it might actually stop Shang from ever reaching the True Path Stage.

Because of that, Shang was uncertain what he should make of their advice.

Teacher Loran didn’t like the tone Shang had used with teacher Mervin, but teacher Loran couldn’t be sure that Shang had actually ridiculed him.

It was somewhat confusing.

“Shang, what is your goal?” teacher Mervin asked.

“Power,” Shang immediately answered.

Teacher Loran wasn’t the biggest fan of Shang’s answer. People whose goal was only power were often people that committed the most horrible atrocities to satiate their own greed for power.

People like that essentially weren’t humans in teacher Loran’s eyes.

“Just power?” teacher Mervin asked calmly.

“Yes,” Shang answered after a bit. However, his voice had shown only the slightest bit of uncertainty.

“Alright,” teacher Mervin said. “What after you reach your goal?”

“After I reach my goal?” Shang asked with furrowed brows.

“Let’s assume you became the most powerful being in this world. Let’s assume there are no more enemies that can be a danger to you.”

“What then?”

Silence.

For a while, Shang was uncertain.

He didn’t know what he would do then.

Would he return to Earth? No, definitely not.

Would he follow in the God’s footsteps and watch the world for entertainment?

But then what?

Wouldn’t he grow bored eventually?

Shang’s thoughts went towards love and romance next.

At the moment, Shang was not interested in a relationship. Having a relationship meant investing time and effort, which meant having less time and effort for his training.

A relationship could always wait.

But what after he had achieved his goal?

Sure, he could have a relationship.

Maybe learn about what’s beyond this world?

Maybe search for more powerful people outside this world? If there was an Earth, there might actually be more.

If there was one God, couldn’t there be more?

“Do you have your answer?” teacher Mervin asked after seeing that Shang had been quiet for over 20 seconds.

“Many things,” Shang answered. “Love, family, friends, discovery, all that kind of stuff.”

When teacher Loran heard that, his face relaxed.

He had feared that Shang had already become an isolated person only focused on their greed for power, but that didn’t seem to be the case.

Shang didn’t answer that he would search for even more power, which would be what these kinds of people most often said.

“But if you are the strongest being, will you be able to foster these kinds of relationships?” teacher Mervin asked.

This question took Shang by surprise.

As the most powerful person, Shang should be able to do anything.

His instinctual answer was yes.

However, Shang also realized something else.

Shang thought back to Earth. Power in this world could be equated to wealth on Earth.

Shang had heard that many millionaires had trouble finding friends and loved ones. They very often feared that their friends were only after their money.

They didn’t love them because of them, but because of their money.

So, wouldn’t something similar happen here?

What if the most powerful person held a grand election for their partner?

Wouldn’t only people arrive because of their status?

What if the most powerful person searched for a partner without any grand announcement?

Well, nearly everyone would probably be put off by their sheer power and reject any kind of genuine feelings.

“It’s difficult,” Shang said.

“It is,” teacher Mervin said. “However, if you have a close circle of friends, it shouldn’t be difficult. Maybe you will find someone in that circle. Maybe some of them could introduce you. There are plenty of opportunities.”

“Shang, power might be your primary goal, but you can’t forget about a time after.”

For a while, Shang remained silent.

Teacher Mervin and teacher Loran had the same opinion and same goal in talking to Shang. However, they went about it very differently.

“And what should I do in your opinion?” Shang asked.

“Get a team,” teacher Mervin said. “Join a team of hunters. Take part in group missions. Try not to deny an invitation if an acquaintance gives you one.”

“Just one thing, essentially.”

“Be more amongst people.”

List of Chapters
Chapter 1 - Shooting Stars
Chapter 2 - Alex
Chapter 3 - Dream?
Chapter 4 - Death
Chapter 5 - Mages
Chapter 6 - Shang
Chapter 7 - New Body And New Surroundings
Chapter 8 - Watching
Chapter 9 - First Kill
Chapter 10 - Mana
Chapter 11 - Sword
Chapter 12 - Moment Of Peace
Chapter 13 - Training
Chapter 14 - Power!
Chapter 15 - Small Expedition
Chapter 16 - Fruit
Chapter 17 - Going Further
Chapter 18 - Payoff
Chapter 19 - Progress
Chapter 20 - Conviction
Chapter 21 - Hegemon
Chapter 22 - The Enemy Is Complacency
Chapter 23 - Cold
Chapter 24 - Bear
Chapter 25 - Thing
Chapter 26 - Ethereal Spire
Chapter 27 - Experiment And Trade
Chapter 28 - Affinity?
Chapter 29 - Human
Chapter 30 - Whirlwind
Chapter 31 - Memory Loss
Chapter 32 - Leaving The Wilderness
Chapter 33 - Bad Habit
Chapter 34 - Money
Chapter 35 - Meeting The Village
Chapter 36 - Old Man
Chapter 37 - Frozen Lake Stag
Chapter 38 - Antlers
Chapter 39 - Pity
Chapter 40 - Affinity?
Chapter 41 - Plateau
Chapter 42 - Stupid Idea
Chapter 43 - Aftermath
Chapter 44 - Dark Iron Ore
Chapter 45 - Usage Of Mana
Chapter 46 - Silent Danger
Chapter 47 - Warning
Chapter 48 - Bandits
Chapter 49 - Actions And Intentions
Chapter 50 - Reasons
Chapter 51 - Alex And Shang
Chapter 52 - Ice Wood Origin
Chapter 53 - Gamble
Chapter 54 - Officer
Chapter 55 - Recruits
Chapter 56 - Reward
Chapter 57 - Sparren
Chapter 58 - Money!
Chapter 59 - Farm Line
Chapter 60 - Storm Eagle Zone
Chapter 61 - Affinities
Chapter 62 - Finally Here
Chapter 63 - The Sleeping Man
Chapter 64 - Different World
Chapter 65 - Amnesia
Chapter 66 - Pen
Chapter 67 - Sword, Yes?
Chapter 68 - Michael
Chapter 69 - Battle With Soran
Chapter 70 - Flaws
Chapter 71 - Feedback
Chapter 72 - Pain
Chapter 73 - Smile?
Chapter 74 - Not About Can, But Should
Chapter 75 - Realms
Chapter 76 - The Dean
Chapter 77 Purpose
Chapter 78 Trust?
Chapter 79 Temperature
Chapter 80 Not Temperature
Chapter 81 Balance?
Chapter 82 Second Gift
Chapter 83 Subjects
Chapter 84 True Path
Chapter 85 Room
Chapter 86 Rules
Chapter 87 Schedule And Grade
Chapter 88 Training Resumes
Chapter 89 Sword Feelings
Chapter 90 Practice
Chapter 91 Numbers
Chapter 92 Outside
Chapter 93 Stars Gerbon
Chapter 94 Market
Chapter 95 Older Student
Chapter 96 Intimidation
Chapter 97 Guilt
Chapter 98 Astor And Elver
Chapter 99 Teacher Loran
Chapter 100 Soldier To General
Chapter 101 Astor’s Power
Chapter 102 Experience
Chapter 103 Mattheo
Chapter 104 Counter
Chapter 105 Beast
Chapter 106 Weapons
Chapter 107 Plan
Chapter 108 Beast Missions
Chapter 109 Vanishing Snake
Chapter 110 Power Of Magic
Chapter 111 Swamp Millipede
Chapter 112 Hunting
Chapter 113 Circling
Chapter 114 Green Bird
Chapter 115 Blade
Chapter 116 Metal Mana
Chapter 117 The Last Moment
Chapter 118 More Potential
Chapter 119 Idiot
Chapter 120 Teacher
Chapter 121 Celebrity Autograph
Chapter 122 Teacher Niria
Chapter 123 Psychopath
Chapter 124 Crossroads
Chapter 125 Water Mage
Chapter 126 In Control
Chapter 127 The Pest Cat Problem
Chapter 128 Help
Chapter 129 Darkness Affinity
Chapter 130 Not An Affinity
Chapter 131 Private Lesson
Chapter 132 Refined Uses
Chapter 133 This World
Chapter 134 Ice Ore
Chapter 135 The Other Vice-Dean
Chapter 136 Day Of Chaos
Chapter 137 Merchant
Chapter 138 Hunting Guild
Chapter 139 Javelin
Chapter 140 Environmental Planning
Chapter 141 Life Scarab
Chapter 142 Spire Mire
Chapter 143 Scammed
Chapter 144 The Night
Chapter 145 A New Day
Chapter 146 Upgrading The Sword
Chapter 147 Nobility
Chapter 148 Mattheo’s Troubles
Chapter 149 Rematch
Chapter 150 The Result
Chapter 151 Quota
Chapter 152 Time To Learn
Chapter 153 Practice
Chapter 154 Learning
Chapter 155 Monster
Chapter 156 Protection
Chapter 157 Eternal Spires
Chapter 158 The Start
Chapter 159 True Power
Chapter 160 Boat In A Storm
Chapter 161 Hunters
Chapter 162 Exploding Mountain Turtle
Chapter 163 Someone
Chapter 164 Betrayal
Chapter 165 The Plan Around The Plan
Chapter 166 The Day Of Chaos Ends
Chapter 167 First Semester
Chapter 168 Rise
Chapter 169 Falling Out
Chapter 170 Trash Bird
Chapter 171 Chase
Chapter 172 Shut Up!
Chapter 173 Invitation
Chapter 174 Icy Wisp
Chapter 175 The Plan
Chapter 176 Four Dead Beasts
Chapter 177 Teacher Mervin’s Advice
Chapter 178 Applicable Advice?
Chapter 179 The Thing
Chapter 180 The Last Moments
Chapter 181 The Procedure
Chapter 182 Success!
Chapter 183 - Abominations
Chapter 184 - Natural Mana
Chapter 185 Antimatter
Chapter 186 The Second Question
Chapter 187 The Important Secret
Chapter 188 Space and Strength
Chapter 189 Preparations for the Trial
Chapter 190 Viera
Chapter 191 First Fight
Chapter 192 Growth
Chapter 193 The First Mage
Chapter 194 Advantage of Mana Source
Chapter 195 Against Mages
Chapter 196 Prepared
Chapter 197 The Trial Begins
Chapter 198 Joke Turning into Reality
Chapter 199 Climate Weasel
Chapter 200 Accumulated Power
Chapter 201 Explosiveness
Chapter 202 Tiger
Chapter 203 Metal King
Chapter 204 Light Affinity
Chapter 205 Inexperienced
Chapter 206 Price
Chapter 207 Death
Chapter 208 Advancing
Chapter 209 Power of Practice
Chapter 210 Poison
Chapter 211 Gulf of Power
Chapter 212 Waiting
Chapter 213 First Mage
Chapter 214 Genius
Chapter 215 Destruction
Chapter 216 Fear
Chapter 217 I Have to Kill!
Chapter 218 Affinity
Chapter 219 Jester
Chapter 220 Entertainment
Chapter 221 Not What but How
Chapter 222 The Trial Is Over
Chapter 223 New Plane of Fighting
Chapter 224 Faction
Chapter 225 Group of Warriors
Chapter 226 Four Groups
Chapter 227 Numbers Talk
Chapter 228 Hardfire Spider
Chapter 229 Jobs
Chapter 230 Strength
Chapter 231 Outpost Taking Form
Chapter 232 Deaths
Chapter 233 New Mission
Chapter 234 Positioning
Chapter 235 Ambush
Chapter 236 Attack!
Chapter 237 Report
Chapter 238 Defense
Chapter 239 One's Plan
Chapter 240 Ploy
Chapter 241 Underestimated
Chapter 242 Superior
Chapter 243 Inquisitor
Chapter 244 Excellent Work
Chapter 245 Back to Warrior's Paradise
Chapter 246 Return
Chapter 247 - The Ore
Chapter 248 - New Shang
Chapter 249 Friend?
Chapter 250 Path to Commander Stage
Chapter 251 Old Friends
Chapter 252 Flying
Chapter 253 The Caves
Chapter 254 Professional Hunting
Chapter 255 Conflict
Chapter 256 Who?
Chapter 257 Poison Adept
Chapter 258 Chase
Chapter 259 The Cleaning Service
Chapter 260 Magic Contract
Chapter 261 Returnal Point
Chapter 262 The Guilty Party
Chapter 263 Simon Wilbury
Chapter 264 Helpless
Chapter 265 - Waiting by the Gate
Chapter 266 - Good Ruler
Chapter 267 - Kiva Orvis
Chapter 268 - Duke Whirlwind's Path
Chapter 269 - The Empress CobraZone
Chapter 270 - The AdamantiteBehemoth Zone
Chapter 271 - The Thunder HorseZone
Chapter 272 - Thunder Horse
Chapter 273 - Survived
Chapter 274 - Skythunder Zone
Chapter 275 - King Skythunder'sCastle
Chapter 276 - King Skythunder
Chapter 277 - Punch
Chapter 278 - Barbarian
Chapter 279 - Discussion
Chapter 280 - Decision
Chapter 281 - What AreBarbarians?
Chapter 282 - Dark Pillar
Chapter 283 - Adult Shang
Chapter 284 - Flipping a Coin
Chapter 285 - lce Demon vs.Adepts
Chapter 286 - The Reason
Chapter 287 - Black Gleam
Chapter 288 - Surrender
Chapter 289 - Bounty
Chapter 290 - Plans
Chapter 291 - Slide
Chapter 292 - Bottom
Chapter 293 - Calm Area
Chapter 294 - Black Wall
Chapter 295 - Falling
Chapter 296 - Danger
Chapter 297 - Price
Chapter 298 - Death and Hope
Chapter 299 - One Eye
Chapter 300 - How Did He Do lt?
Chapter 301 - Looking Around
Chapter 302 - Things Going Out ofControl
Chapter 303 - Trouble
Chapter 304 - Punishment
Chapter 305 – Disguise
Chapter 306 – Isolated Barbarian
Chapter 307 – Village
Chapter 308 – Slavery or Vacation?
Chapter 309 – Different Front
Chapter 310 – Camp
Chapter 311 – Barbarian Customs
Chapter 312 – Ruiner
Chapter 313 – First Lesson
Chapter 314 – Basics
Chapter 315 – Solo Performance
Chapter 316 – First Goal Achieved
Chapter 317 – Three Techniques, One Technique
Chapter 318 – Deciphering the Technique
Chapter 319 – Blackshadow Kingdom
Chapter 320 – Summoners
Chapter 321 – Lash vs. Mole
Chapter 322 – Closing the Gap
Chapter 323 – Mana Tranquility
Chapter 324 – Lifting
Chapter 325 – Contract
Chapter 326 – Special Mission
Chapter 327 – Force
Chapter 328 – Plague
Chapter 329 – Researcher Veral
Chapter 330 – Global Politics
Chapter 331 – Commander Stage
Chapter 332 – Third Question
Chapter 333 – Abominations Everywhere
Chapter 334 – Controlling
Chapter 335 – Deep Lake
Chapter 336 – Three Months
Chapter 337 – Blind Fight
Chapter 338 – Mind Battle
Chapter 339 – Trial Starts
Chapter 340 – Level Six and Seven
Chapter 341 – Lioness
Chapter 342 – Ice King
Chapter 343 – Relentless Attacks
Chapter 344 – Using Everything
Chapter 345 – Power Hierarchy
Chapter 346 – Warrior Trials
Chapter 347 – Second Strongest Class of Warriors
Chapter 348 – Teacher Mervin
Chapter 349 – True Path
Chapter 350 – Forsaken Future
Chapter 351 – Five Years
Chapter 352 – Warrior Category Over
Chapter 353 – Darkness
Chapter 354 – Underestimated
Chapter 355 – Difference in Growth
Chapter 356 – Fire
Chapter 357 – Different Mage
Chapter 358 – Universe
Chapter 359 – Strange Mage
Chapter 360 – Star Map
Chapter 361 – Fruits of Training
Chapter 362 – The Plan
Chapter 363 – Destruction
Chapter 364 – Icicle
Chapter 365 – Bombardment
Chapter 366 – Last Push
Chapter 367 – Negotiation
Chapter 368 – Blue-Haired Man
Chapter 369 – Was It Right?
Chapter 370 – Focus on Power!
Chapter 371 – Escaping the Grandmountain Kingdom
Chapter 372 – Another Search
Chapter 373 – Hiding
Chapter 374 – Growth
Chapter 375 – Shang
Chapter 376 – The Way
Chapter 377 – Map
Chapter 378 – Return
Chapter 379 – Bad News
Chapter 380 – Unfamiliar Face
Chapter 381 – Terrifying Message
Chapter 382 – Meeting an Old Friend
Chapter 383 – Duke Whirlwind's Thoughts
Chapter 384 – The Scheme
Chapter 385 – Diamond
Chapter 386 – Cross Comprehension