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For the tenth light novel volume, see Homesteading the Noosphere (Novel).

Homesteading the Noosphere (ノウアスフィアの開墾, Nouasufia no Kaikon?, incorrectly translated as Novasphere Pioneers by Crunchyroll) is the name of the twelfth expansion pack (追加パック) of the extremely popular MMORPG Elder Tale, which was released at midnight on May 3, 2018.[1] Soon after its release, it caused an event that trapped 700,000 players worldwide—including 30,000 from Japan—inside of the game.

The Homesteading the Noosphere expansion pack was a large update that added new items, quests, zones, monsters, and battles to Elder Tale. It also increased the level cap from 90 to 100.[1] The monster bodies used by the Genius are raid bosses meant to be introduced by the expansion pack.

By the end of Log Horizon 10: Homesteading the Noosphere (around May of the year after the Catastrophe), no server besides Yamato has received the expansion pack's updates.

Opening Text

Mamare Touno posted the opening text for the Homesteading the Noosphere expansion pack on his Blogspot around the time of the first light novel volume's release.[2] Due to the complexity of the language used in it, there is no completely-translated version available yet.

Japanese English
見よ。流れて行く大河のごとき暗雲を。

いまこそ七つの橋は落ちたり。七つの塔は崩れたり。
見よ。大鴉の羽根より昏き雲海から、青白い稲光が駆け上がる様を。
あれなるはいまやその名を知るものも失われた名も無き城。
いと気高き三人の騎士に守られし大理石の大城塞。
七の七倍の尖塔と回廊に、七の七乗の部屋を備えた眠れる英知の城。
終末を避けるために作られた避難所。
終末を迎え撃つために反抗の要塞。
それはいまや終末の存在を明かす墓標となりはてた。
狂気のみが作りだせる歪みし柱の列と数々の回廊、階段、尖塔、神殿。その羅列の果てしないつながり。
“はじまりの時”より隠されし城なる都は天に眠る。

聞け。吠え猛る風のうなり声を。
いまこそ七つの橋がかかりたり、七つの塔は空を突きたり。
聞け。無慈悲なる炎の剣は振るわれる、竜の咆吼に似るその音を。
失われた城にかがり火が灯り、新たな名付け親を迎える。
旧き魂の騎士を召し出すために供されし異界の殉死者よ安らかれ。
五の五乗なる墳墓のひとつひとつに姫菊の花の絶えぬことを。
呪われた民の眠る傲慢の墓所。
呪われた民を幽閉する永劫の祭壇。
しかし墓守は気付く。自らの罪の欠片がまたもや夜に放たれたことを。
忘れ去られた終末が真紅の流星にも似て地上へと降り注ぐ。それは目覚めを約された八十二の典災に宿りて終末時計を進めるのだ。
かくて旧く新しき物語の幕が開く。
願わくば、その鍬が幸多き実り《ルビ:ノウアスフィア》を切り開かんことを

Behold. Dark clouds flowing like a large river.

The seven bridges now fall; the seven towers crumble.
Behold. The feather of a large crow falls from the vast ocean of clouds, pale lightning running through them.
A castle known only by its name, but the name is lost as well.
Three noble knights guard the castle of marble.
七の七倍の尖塔と回廊に、七の七乗の部屋を備えた眠れる英知の城。
A refuge created for the sake of avoiding the end.
A stronghold created to rebel and fight against the end.
It is now a gravestone that marks the existence of the end.
Rows of distorted pillars that can drive one to insanity, along with numerous corridors, stairs, towers, shrines. The number of them is endless.
Hidden since "beginning of time” the capital sleeps in the heaven.

Listen. The fierce howling of the roaring wind.
The bridging of seven bridges is now. Seven towers pierce the skies as well.
Listen. The merciless swing of a blazing sword, sounds like the roar of a dragon.
The bonfire illuminates in the lost castle, a new godparent is called for.
The old soul of a calm knight who died as a martyr is summoned from the next world.
五の五乗なる墳墓のひとつひとつに姫菊の花の絶えぬことを。
Graveyard of arrogance where the cursed people sleep.
Eternal altar where the cursed people are imprisoned.
But the grave-keeper notices. Fragments of sins have been released into the night again.
The forgotten end, like crimson meteors, rain down upon the earthen world. They dwell within the eighty-two Geniuses; their awakening advances the hands of the doomsday clock.
Thus a new act begins in this ancient tale.
I pray that this hoe will reap an abundant harvest (noosphere).

Trivia

  • The expansion pack derives its name from "Homesteading the Noosphere", an essay written by open-source software development activist Eric S. Raymond.[3]
  • The noosphere is a concept about the sum human consciousness, mental activity, and their effects on the biosphere and evolution. ノウアスフィア is the official Japanese translation of the word, making the term "Novasphere" an incorrect translation.
  • The Catastrophe happened after the release went live; Shiroe mentions that after he updated the game, he was playing regularly with Minori and Touya when the Catastrophe struck.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Log Horizon Light Novel: Volume 1, Chapter 1
  2. M2lade JAM, http://m2lade.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-post.html
  3. @marmalade_macro, https://twitter.com/marmalade_macro/status/409196753624121345
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