OverLord – 10

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News from Albedo that “Shalltear has revolted” was definitely a nice stab to end last week’s battle with Clementine and Khajit, and left me with a complex response. On the one hand, if it’s true that Shalltear revolted, it means this world is a lot more dangerous than had been apparent thus far.

But if Albedo was simply overreacting based on her latent dislike of and rivalry with the vampiress, it still speaks to a trend of internal court strife that started out playful and harmless but could spell big trouble, even for the Supreme Lord.

I’m pleased, then, that the actually answer to the question of what happened with Shalltear fell somewhere between those two possibilities, with qualities of both.

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I’m also pleased that OverLord’s quality of storytelling did not falter greatly just because Momonga was out of the picture for the vast majority of the episode. He’s a powerful, dominant presence both in the world and show, so his absence, while felt, was mitigated by giving us a closer look at Shalltear, including her downright frightening “attack” form.

Like Albedo and Narbarel, she looks about as far down as humans as one can, but goes further, looking upon them as food, or, at best, an entertaining “playmate.” But someone who considers humans even more as mere food and toys is the accompanying maid Solution, who is beautiful and seductive, but in reality is a shape-shifting slime monster whose boobs turn into a mouth that swallows a hapless dolt whole.

But interestingly, it’s not a total cakewalk for Shalltear & Co., at least not as much as it was for other Nazarickians thus far. Shalltear not only comes across the redhead to whom Momon gave a red potion (which she uses to save herself), but a well-coordinated force of NPCs manages to hold off a few of Shalltear’s attacks, and may or may not have taken temporary control of her mind.

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It’s that event, and its registry on the master screen, that causes Albedo to suspect a revolt. We can be reasonably clear she’s mistaken, however, and that the reality is more complicated; another mystery Momonga has to figure out with that big bony head of his. I appreciate the nuance of the situation, which is far more interesting than if Shalltear had suddenly decided to rebel against the lord she’s always loved (long before Momonga altered Albedo’s personality to love him), which would be way out of character.

And that’s also something the show keeps present in our own heads: the (anti-)heroes of Nazarick who serve Lord Ains Ooal Gown are the product and offspring of their creators, “supreme beings” like Ains who just happened to also be his friends (at least friends within the game, if not outside of it in the “real world”). As such, aside from his love hack of Albedo which was his doing, everyone who serves Momonga is acting in accordance with the parameters set by their creators, i.e. those friends of his.

So if it was Shalltear’s creator’s will that she revolt against Ains, so be it…but neither I nor Momonga are willing to concede that absent further information. For now, he simply has to find Shalltear…and hope whatever she has doesn’t spread to his other generals.

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

7 thoughts on “OverLord – 10”

  1. No mention of Brain Ungulas? He starts off as a mob chara but by Vol 7. He became my favorite from the humans side haha.

    1. Yeah, he was kinda just…there. Not a very strong first impression, though I give him credit for managing to survive Shalltear’s initial attacks and even escaping her clutches. Yeah, his men saw him running away whimpering, but that’s any sane human being’s reaction to Shalltear in her monster-form.

  2. So it does turns out Shalltear’s ‘rebellion’ was just a misunderstanding by her ‘rival’ Albedo, and that the vampire loli is acting on the ‘misunderstood’ interpretation of her Lord Ains’ will and intentions for the world they are presently in.

    I don’t know why the female adventurer, who met Ains and Nab, used that potion given to her the way she did. But it did save her from being a ‘dessert’ for Shalltear. She did survive? Hopefully. Too many meaningless deaths and cruelty has been done to the relatively ‘good’ folk of the series.

    But someone who considers humans even more as mere food and toys is the accompanying maid Solution, who is beautiful and seductive, but in reality is a shape-shifting slime monster whose boobs turn into a mouth that swallows a hapless dolt whole.

    Slime-time!

    I did not recognized Solution until her name was actually mentioned. She and Shalltear kinda become turn-offs when they reveal their monstrous traits, and unlike Ains and Nab I feel sorry for the opponents they ruthlessly slaughter.

    1. True, we definitely saw a darker, more sinister side of Nazarick…and considering how Ains killed Clem that’s saying something!

      I’m reminded of a great line by Sloan to Dr. Bashir in DS9: “These are not nice people we’re dealing with here!”

    2. “I don’t know why the female adventurer, who met Ains and Nab, used that potion given to her the way she did.”

      The warriors recognize Shalltear as a vampire and have countermeasures. Of course, they’re way too weak to make a dent in her despite those countermeasures, but they are probably aware that the undead are weak to positive energy, so to a vampire, a potion of healing is deadly poison.

  3. “but a well-coordinated force of NPCs manages to hold off a few of Shalltear’s attacks”

    There are no NPCs, maybe you missed somehow, but he is in a real world now.

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