Chapter 1 – I tried out using Dark Magic at the end of my life
“──So this is Dark Magic….”
Watching the writhing black miasma in my hand, I let out a deep sigh.
I felt the vast amount of magic power I had never used before gathering at my fingertips.
Dark Magic is a forbidden magic.
If a human tries to use it, they will be overwhelmed by Dark attributed mana and turn into a devil without fail.
“Even so….I can’t just die without trying to use it even once.”
It happened thirteen years ago.
When I, Alec Arnotes Luxia, was seven years old, I received this writhing black mark from the gods ─the crest denoting the blessing of Dark Magic─ on the back of my hand.
Thanks to that Dark Crest, the entire world scorned me as the cursed prince ever since.
Despite that, I did not give up on trying to learn magic. I diligently did my best to learn Holy, Fire, Water, Lightning, Wind, and Earth Magic; everything aside from Dark Magic.
However, I’ve reached a plateau in every one of those magic attributes in the end. I could only gather enough mana for low ranking spells with those.
That’s why I wanted to use the Dark Magic I had a blessing for, even if only once.
“So this is that darkness── what a tranquil color.”
I almost feel like my body is being pulled into the bottomless darkness.
Is this what they call becoming a devil?
Those that become a devil gain enormous mana capacity and inhuman physical capabilities.
However, they also lose their very selves, leading to them indiscriminately attacking everything around them.
I of course don’t want to end up like that.
My only redeeming qualities were that I was diligent and did not cause harm to anyone in my life.
Therefore, before trying to use Dark Magic, I drank some poison that will kill me for sure.
It took some courage, but I will certainly die today.
I got caught up in a revolt by the citizens of the empire and was left behind at the palace.
“Well, even if I managed to escape….”
There is no place for the cursed prince anywhere. So I will just keep to the shade, as always.
I just got tired of this too bright world. So I decided to die today.
That being said, I don’t want to end things by getting torn apart by an angry mob. So I thought I would fall into an eternal sleep while watching my Dark Magic.
I wasn’t even afraid. I felt calm looking at the swirling black mist instead.
“Finally, I can sleep.”
The words escape from my mouth without my intent.
“But….what’s going on? Shouldn’t I have turned into a devil by now?”
According to the incident records where someone turned into a devil, they all started turning not even ten seconds after starting to use Dark Magic.
This was already a minute…..no, two minutes, since I started using it.
I don’t see my vision being engulfed in darkness, nor can I hear the whispers of a devil──or wait, I’m starting to hear something now.
‘Why!? Why can’t I take over this body!? Get out, I said get out you bastard!!! This piece of junk!!’
The whispers turned into screaming by the end there. I guess that’s the devil, who, for some reason, can’t take my body over.
──Who are you calling a piece of junk?
Anyway, it seems I was too hasty.
Who would think that I wouldn’t turn into a devil? That I was special like that?
However, the poison kept eating into my body without remorse. My vision started to tremble and my consciousness started to fade.
If I’d known that, then I would’ve mastered Dark Magic before this.
“It’s already too late for regrets now….”
I had not questioned this world until now. This is the limit for me, who simply lived according to the rules of this world.
“Aah….if only I could redo it all again.”
I gave voice to my wish amidst the dying light.
Then, an everlasting darkness arrived──
Or that should’ve been the case.