Overlord III – 09 – Paving the Way

Faced with the overwhelming, terrible power of Aura and Mare, Emperor El Nix can hardly ignore a demand to travel to the Tomb of Nazarick to apologize personally. Though El Nix is such a busy man, the ensuing trip ends up being a rare opportunity for an afternoon nap, as well as a quick assessment of his potential queens, from Princess Renner (“praiseworthy but somewhat sickening”) to an “old hag that stays young with magic.” Ah, to be an emperor…

But once he and his retinue arrive, they are immediately reminded how much more powerful Ains Ooal Gown is than them, from the Maids who can control the weather (and whip up some top-notch Tang) to a healthy supply of Death Knights (who are relegated to serving said Tang). Nix’s Head Wizard Flugel is both terrified and amazed, almost to the point of rejuvination. His laugher is both out of sheer awe and wonder, but also kind of an “Oh shit, we’re so screwed.”

Once Nix & Co. are finally given an audience, things are actually quite cordial until Demiurge (in an animalistic disguise) talks out of turn, taking offense to Nix thinking he can use honorifics as if he was on equal terms with Lord Ains. Ains uses Demiurge’s little diplomatic snafu as an excuse to forgive the emperor for allowing his lord to send Workers into Nazarick.

This comes as great surprise to the young but cunning emperor, and uses that to suggest an alliance, in which Ains would start up and rule a country, and the empire would assist in any way they can. Ains agrees to this almost too easily for Nix to believe, but decides he’ll take every concession he can get, especially from a would-be foe he has absolutely no change against.

Once the two parties part ways, El Nix is confused by the ease with which his head wizard decides to jump into a coach and accompany him back to the capital. Nix knows Flugel well enough to know he wouldn’t be able to resist sticking around to try to acquire some of the immensely powerful magic he witnessed during their parlay.

And El Nix is exactly right: behind his back, Flugel has already met with “Momon” and agreed to give him “everything he has” in exchange for becoming the student of a tenth-tier “god.” Not sure he can truly rely on Flugel, El Nix plans to bring all of the human powers together in an alliance against Nazarick, all while pretending to be a friend to Nazarick.

Everything’s all going according to plan…only it’s Demiurge’s plan being carried out, not Ains. Ains actually doesn’t really know quite where Demiurge is going, and since he’s the boss, he can get away with ordering Demiurge to explain everything…for now. If I didn’t know better, I’d say Demi knew how ignorant Ains was to his plan, and was moving against him.

Of course, I know better…Demi would never move against his lord…or should I say, Sorcerer King—the winner in the throne room brainstorming session for a new title for Ains once he has his own country to rule.

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Author: braverade

Hannah Brave is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

2 thoughts on “Overlord III – 09 – Paving the Way”

  1. One thing that I found kinda funny in the novels that the anime isn’t able to show is the other character’s inner monologues. There was a moment with Demiergue where the mere thought of not having a Supreme Being to serve caused an existential crisis haha. It does make me wonder how things would go if there was another Supreme Being though. I imagine Ainz wouldn’t bother to keep up his facade and would just be himself with his buddy or buddies.

    1. I’d definitely like more inner monologue from the Floor Guardians, but at the same time it’s kinda nice how Demiurge is so opaque. On the surface he’s unswervingly loyal and subservient, and there’s no concrete evidence that he’s anything else beneath that surface.

      And yet…there’s something threatening about him, which is bolstered for me in two key instances: last season, when he fought Momon one-on-one (even if it was just for show) and this season, when he has a plan so complex Ains has no idea where it’s actually going and has to simply play along.

      I’m also wondering if Emperor Nix were actually able to find another Supreme Being, i.e. Player. I know everyone is suspected to have logged off but Ains long ago…but what if someone’s still lurking around? It would be fun to have someone closer to an equal in power to Ains.

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