Sword God in a World of Magic – Chapter 312 – Ruiner

Chapter 312 – Ruiner

After a while, Shang walked over to the first barbarian that had been beaten up by the group and squatted down.

The barbarian’s body was slowly recovering. He didn’t have a warrior’s body, but as someone at the Peak General Stage, he could still recover with quite some speed.

Right now, the barbarian wasn’t moving as he kept lying on the ground in a fetal position.

Blood and dried spit were all over him.

“Why didn’t you resist?” Shang asked.

For a while, the barbarian said nothing.

“I’m a Ruiner,” the barbarian eventually answered.

Some more seconds of silence.

“Ruiners get beaten.”

“Says who?” Shang asked.

This made the barbarian move his head and look at Shang warily.

“It is normal,” he said.

“So?” Shang asked. “Does it mean that it’s the right thing to do just because it’s normal?”

The barbarian looked with confusion at Shang.

“It is known and normal,” he said.

“It is how things are.”

“This is what life is.”

The barbarian turned away from Shang again while saying these things.

“It is your life,” Shang said. “You decide what to do with your life.”

The barbarian didn’t look at Shang, but Shang could see with his Mana Vision that a confused expression appeared on his face.

Apparently, this barbarian had never heard of such a concept.

“I am a Ruiner, and Ruiners get punished,” the barbarian repeated.

“What’s a Ruiner?” Shang asked.

This piqued the barbarian’s interest, and he looked at Shang again.

“You don’t know what a Ruiner is?” he asked in shock.

Shang noted the barbarian’s reaction. ‘The word Ruiner seems to be common knowledge, but instead of doubting my words, he believed me and only asked for confirmation.’

‘A normal human would think that I am mocking them. After all, who doesn’t know what a Ruiner is?’

‘But he believed me.’

‘Sadly, it makes sense. The barbarians are raised to follow orders like slaves. The Mages don’t want them to think for themselves.’

“I don’t know what a Ruiner is,” Shang said. “I left my home long ago, and I’ve been living in the wilderness ever since. I don’t know much about how normal barbarians live.”

The barbarian’s expression became shocked and confused.

“But you are a barbarian,” he said.

“How do you not know how a barbarian lives?”

“You are a barbarian. You must know how barbarians live. You are living as a barbarian,” he reasoned.

Shang frowned. “How can I know what a barbarian looks like when I have never seen other barbarians live?”

The barbarian didn’t say much as he only looked at Shang with confusion.

For several seconds, he tried to understand what Shang had just said.

Shang was speaking of things that didn’t happen, and that confused the barbarian.

“But you are a barbarian,” the man said. “You know how barbarians live. You are one.”

Shang frowned. ‘Does he truly lack the ability to understand something that is even remotely abnormal? What’s so hard to understand about this?’

“I don’t know what a Ruiner is,” Shang repeated.

“But you-“

“Yes, but I still don’t know what a Ruiner is,” Shang interrupted him.

“Please, tell me what a Ruiner is.”

The barbarian looked at Shang for a bit longer in confusion, but eventually, he looked away again.

“A Ruiner is someone weak that tries to challenge the Tribe’s strongest,” the barbarian explained.

“Why are they called Ruiners?” Shang asked.

“A strong leader makes a strong Tribe,” the barbarian explained. “A weak leader makes a weak Tribe.”

“A weak Tribe dies.”

“A weak Tribe will turn to ruins.”

“A weak barbarian trying to become the strongest is someone that brings ruin.”

“He is trying to destroy the Tribe.”

After that, the barbarian turned silent again as Shang scratched his chin in thought.

‘Interesting,’ Shang thought. ‘So, proclaiming yourself to be the most powerful while not being the most powerful is akin to threatening the entire Tribe. Because of that, the Ruiner gets severely punished.’

“What if the leader loses? Will he become a Ruiner?” Shang asked.

“Yes,” the barbarian answered.

‘Wow, that means that as soon as you are on the top, it’s all or nothing unless you step down yourself.’

“What if the leader steps down?” Shang asked. He assumed that it was fine for a leader to step down, but he wanted confirmation.

The barbarian looked at Shang with confusion.

“What is step down?” he asked.

“It’s when you are still the strongest, but you don’t want to lead anymore and give the position to someone else,” Shang said.

Surprisingly, after hearing these words, the eyes of the barbarian became filled with rage.

“Weakling!” he said with an angry voice.

Shang noted the reaction with interest. “Is a weakling worse than a Ruiner?”

“A Ruiner has power.”

“A Ruiner can go back and help.”

“A weakling is worthless!”

“A weakling eats food but doesn’t bring food.”

“A weakling brings enemies but doesn’t fight enemies.”

“Weaklings must leave or die!”

Shang watched the angry barbarian with interest.

“You called the other barbarian weakling,” Shang said.

This took the wind out of his sails, and the barbarian looked away again as he continued lying on the ground.

“Why?” Shang asked.

“I thought I was stronger,” the barbarian said.

“And if you were, would the other barbarian be a weakling?” Shang asked.

The barbarian looked at Shang again in confusion.

“I am not stronger,” he said.

“Yes, but if you were,” Shang said.

“I am not stronger,” the barbarian answered with furrowed brows.

Shang sighed. “I know that you are not. What I am asking is, theoretically, if you had somehow won. I know that you didn’t, but what if? What if you won?”

The barbarian looked at Shang with furrowed brows for a while.

“I didn’t win!”

For the first time in a long while, Shang actually got angry.

‘Does this guy not understand the principle of a hypothetical?!’ he thought with frustration. ‘It’s not even that complicated!’

“Fine,” Shang said as he stood up.

“I know that you are not stronger than him.”

“But do you want to become stronger than him?”

The barbarian looked at Shang with furrowed brows, and Shang could even see some anger and disdain in his eyes.

“Are you saying you can teach me?” he asked.

“Yes,” Shang answered.

The barbarian narrowed his eyes, and he slowly stood up from his lying position. He was still injured, but he had healed enough to stand up.

After standing up, he was quite a bit taller than Shang, and he looked down on him.

“You say you are stronger than me?” he asked in a dark tone.

Shang scratched his chin in interest.

‘Even though he was severely beaten and disrespected, as soon as I even slightly challenged his power, he got angry.’

‘That means that, even though he accepted the humiliation, he still has pride in his power.’

“Yes, I am saying that,” Shang said calmly.

The barbarian narrowed his eyes, and he took a strong breath through his nose.

Then, he stepped back and lowered his stance.

Obviously, he intended on charging at Shang.

“Wait!” Shang said.

“You say you are stronger!” the barbarian shouted with anger. “We will fight!”

“You are still injured,” Shang said.

“I am still stronger,” the barbarian answered.

“Just wait for a bit,” Shang said as he lifted his gigantic sword with both of his hands.

When the barbarian saw Shang move his sword, he became a bit nervous.

That sword looked very heavy.

“Look, we can determine who is stronger without fighting,” Shang said.

“Impossible,” the barbarian said.

“It’s not impossible. The one who wins is the one that has more strength, right?” Shang asked.

“Yes,” the barbarian answered.

“Stronger people can lift heavier stuff, right?” Shang asked.

“Yes,” the barbarian answered.

“So, if I can lift something that you can’t, it means I am stronger, right?” Shang asked.

The barbarian didn’t answer.

His mind tried to comprehend Shang’s words, but it wasn’t that easy.

Yet, somehow, he managed to understand what Shang was trying to say.

“Fight without fighting?” the barbarian asked.

Shang smirked. “It’s not a fight. It’s a competition.”

“Com-pe-ti-tion?” the barbarian slowly repeated.

“Right, a competition,” Shang answered. “We are comparing our strength without fighting.”

The barbarian was trying his best to understand this foreign concept.

“How?” he asked.

“Watch,” Shang said.

Then, he lifted his sword and performed a chop.

The chop was quite fast, and Shang even managed to stop it before it hit the ground.

“The one who can swing this weapon more times is stronger,” Shang said.

BOOOOM!

Then, he threw his gigantic sword to the ground in front of him.

The barbarian looked with shock at the sword.

That sounded very heavy.

“Lift it and swing,” Shang said.

For a while, the barbarian only looked at the sword.

Then, he stepped forward and grabbed its handle.

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