Chapter 174 – Don’t Upstage Me

Translator: Makisima

Proofreader: Nevermind

After releasing my magical power into the sky, I wanted to attempt something new – use a mysterious power to strengthen the soldiers.

Winning a battle with the help of a mysterious power was very common plot in many stories. Namely, the plot of investigating the mysterious power while asking the question “what is it…”

Reinforcing the soldiers from a distance was also a test for my abilities.

At first, I would release the magical power into the air in the shape of Black Rose. Then I would scatter it, and infuse the magic into the soldiers with the petals to temporarily reinforce them. Up to this point, there was no problem.

The problem was, the soldier’s body could not bear such strong magical power, if I infused it into their bodies sharply.

Although they could be reinforced, the effect would be weak. The effects would not be enough to fight with the magic swordsmen.

So, here was the test.

When the magical power entered their body through the petals, I created magic lines in their bodies that could withstand my power. I reinforced everyone in the [Vow of Black Rose], so I had to focus my full attention on the ultra precise operations. I almost thought that my brain would explode.

In short, I could reinforce the soldiers from a distance, and I named the skill [Shadow Marionette].

“Haha!! What a strong power!! I killed three people at once!” 

“Ora! Ora! Ora!! Can you keep up with my speed!?”

“Huhuhuhu!! Who dares to stop me! I will send you flying to the other side!!”

Now after my reinforcement the [Vow of Black Rose] got a new momentum to break through.

The small amount of soldiers that was surrounded, somehow had suppressed the enemy, which was commonly thought of as impossible.

“What’s going on? Quickly, stop them! No matter what, you have to stop them!”

If the enemy breaks through their defences right now, they would be defeated.

So, obviously, the magic swordsmen were sent over.

“Humph! It is you again!”

“Poof! You have blocked my spear!”

“Humph! You have remarkable skills!”

As expected, the three ojisans were stopped again, and thrown into a disadvantageous position by the magic swordsmen.

Although both sides were around the same power level thanks to my enhancement, ojisans were amateurs, and the magic swordsmen were professional soldiers. Basically, ojisans were not a match for the magic swordsmen in both skills and experience. They were doomed to fail.

However, it didn’t matter. Now, it was time for [Shadow of Marionette] to shine.

I started to manipulate the magic lines spread in everyone’s body.


“What’s this? Why is my body moving!?”

Ojisans movements changed drastically. I improved their spear fighting skills through remote manipulation, which made them superior to the magic swordsmen in fighting with a spear.

“Why am I blocking attacks from blind angles? I can’t see the enemies too!”

It didn’t matter even if they couldn’t see the enemies clearly. They could receive blows from any direction.

“It’s no use escaping from me! You can’t dodge my spear!”

It had an automatic tracking function that could predict the enemy’s future actions.

The magic swordsmen were defeated by the ojisans with improved skills thanks to my remote manipulation.

The magic-swordsmen were doomed to fail.

This was the overwhelming power of [Vow of Black Rose].

“What’s going on? Is this the power of the [Black Rose]? Contact the headquarters in the capital!”

“The [Black Rose] appears! The [Black Rose] appears!”

After we broke through its encirclement, the enemy army collapsed soon.

Since their commander run off, within a few seconds the [Vow of Black Rose] completely suppressed the enemy soldiers at the square.

“Stop chasing them! Occupy the castle first!!”

“With this power, we can do it!”

“Everything is possible for use!”

Then, the [Vow of Black Rose] burst into the city with this high morale.

While thinking about the battle, I follower behind ojisans and acted like a mob.

It was hard to describe the new skill. It was ‘problematic’ or ‘unsatisfactory’, because of two problems.

First, it was really a heavy burden for me.

So far, I had never even tried to control nearly a hundred soldiers with magical threads.

Using my magical detection to understand and master the whole battlefield information was already a heavy burden for me. What’s even worse is that I had to control every soldier’s every action using the magical threads at the same time. There were only a few soldiers that I could focus on controlling at the same time. To tell the truth, my brain feels like it’s going to explode.

Secondly, what I wanted was the “What is this power…” play, in which people investigated the mysterious powers origin as the story gradually developed.

At this stage, this power should still be a mystery. The truth wouldn’t be revealed until the [powers in the shadows] came to stage at the end of the story – that’s how the story should proceed correctly.

But why…

“The [Black Rose] is at our back!”

“Yo! The [Black Rose]!” Please lead us to a victory!!”

“Go! Soldiers chose by the [Black Rose]!!”

… Why would the fairy tale of the [Black Rose] take away the chance of my show?

Chapter 173 - Vow of Black Rose
Chapter 175 - Do Not Kick the Platform

Makisima is the translator of To Be a Power in the Shadows!. She likes Japan and Japanese novels. She is shy but you can talk all about Japanese novels with her.


mbombok Posted on6:52 pm - Jun 21, 2019

Thanks for the chapter

Zax Posted on7:12 pm - May 21, 2019

Using the black Rose image was too attention grabbing. Thanks for the chapter

Nayfa Posted on7:37 am - May 20, 2019

Thank you for chapter 😜😜😜😜

Giovanni Posted on12:07 am - May 20, 2019

Thanks for the chapter.
When is chapter 175 gonna come out?

anon Posted on8:51 am - May 19, 2019

thank you!

AceMin Posted on5:54 pm - May 18, 2019

Oh boy. I hope the 3 ojisans don’t get cocky with that power Sid’s Reinforcement

Anargya Posted on2:27 pm - May 18, 2019

Thanks for the chapter~

bronzerfire Posted on7:43 am - May 18, 2019

“Yo! The [Black Rose]!” Please lead us to a victory!!”: Need to be “Cheers! The [Black Rose]!” Please lead us to a victory!!” right?

    bronzerfire Posted on7:45 am - May 18, 2019

    or “Praise!” word

Kucing Terbang Posted on5:16 am - May 18, 2019

He actually become a power in the shadows… Though he didn’t realize that.

thanghe Posted on2:26 am - May 18, 2019

Well, obviously the role of the investigator must be a beautiful girl. Who would want some old oji-san to investigate the mystery?

    Asurfa Posted on3:57 am - May 18, 2019

    You got that right! hahaha

Sim Posted on10:46 pm - May 17, 2019

Thanks for chapter.
Sid is manipulating those high spirited ojisans to overpower top warriors. This is hilarious 😆.

Paps Posted on9:58 pm - May 17, 2019

Thanks for the chapter, HAHAHAH poor Sid he can’t conciously be a power in the shadows!!!!!

Rexzero Posted on9:40 pm - May 17, 2019

Thank you

Raihan Posted on8:49 pm - May 17, 2019

Thanks for the chapter.

Ultimate boredom Posted on7:12 pm - May 17, 2019

“Black Rose is one of the flower of Shadow Garden” – Sid, trying to salvage his position as the power in the shadows.

    ImBored Posted on8:49 pm - May 17, 2019

    That might be viable or you just know what’s coming and you already read the raws.

      Passerby Posted on6:36 am - May 18, 2019

      Maybe each country have a symbol of flower in the “past”.

      And then, Shadow Garden just became an excellent “fitting” to connect all of them.

Rissira Posted on6:44 pm - May 17, 2019

Thank you for the chapter! Really appreciate the hard work!!!