A Question of Necessity
This is something I've been wondering for a while now, but learning of the nature of Demons and Lambda has finally spurred me enough to ask: why is the Ratri Clan providing so much support for the Premium Farms?
See, the Promise was that Demons won't hunt humans, and humans won't hunt Demons, right? And that's only viable on the Demon side because they managed to capture a decent amount of humans on their side of the world, thus allowing them to be kept as livestock for provisions.
Thing is, even if no more humans exist in the Demon World, that does not violate the Promise.
So why is the Ratri Clan, even in the days before Minerva's leadership, still putting so much support behind the Premium Farms, and even build Lambda 7214 from scratch for the sake of developing more productive harvests?
Like, isn't it better if the humans in the Demon World all die out, so that the Demons will eventually starve and devolve and become less of a threat? Why is it necessary to support their farming endeavours?
Where's the profit in their excessive involvement? Or are they worried that the Demons would otherwise violate the Promise themselves and invade the human world out of food shortage and desperation?
The Future for the Cattle
Needless to say, things are looking contentious between the paths our protagonists should be taking.
He wants to start a revolution and exterminate all Demons. He believes they have the manpower, the smarts and the firepower to accomplish this.
For now, I will disregard discussing the morality of such a course of action, and examine how feasible an extermination is.
Here's a rough layout of those on the enemy side at the moment:
- Mass Production Farms
- The 4 Premium Farms
- The 5 Noble Families, first noted this chapter. I get the feeling that the hunters at Goldy Pond hailed from these families
- The Ratri Clan
I'll be direct: I feel that since Norman's faction had only dealt with the Mass Production Farms (as far as combat goes), he has sorely underestimated his mortal enemies. Every other major group out there will be stronger than them.
Heck, even if you factor in Emma's group's firepower, they only succeeded in breaking out of Goldy Pond after long years of scheming and a careful multi-prong assassination plan. They would've failed in a head-on confrontation.
The Ratri Clan will outmuscle them too.
Furthermore, the instability of the Lambda children is a real concern. They could go haywire on the battlefield at the worst moments.
There's just so many unfavourable factors that'd make his idea unfeasible.
Emma and Ray
Their main aim is to create a new Promise in which the cattle children won't be eaten and will be free to leave. Let's start by reviewing once more their plan as of Ch 97:
- Contact the Supporters
- Find the Seven Walls
- Meet the Promise Maker
- Make a new Promise
- Liberate Grace Field and escape to the human world
To that end, (1) and (2) are done, and as of Ch 103, they have the location and the means to actually meet the Promise Maker. However, the Ratri Clan is on high alert, so it's difficult for them to make the journey.
Also, they currently have less than 2 months before their scheduled deadline for liberating Grace Field.
It's worth noting that the escape route of the Premium Farms is contingent on the assistance of the Supporters, based on Minerva's recording. But they're all gone now, although the information about the escape routes should still be in Norman's possession.
At any rate, with the Supporters gone, and unless Emma succeeds in forging a new Promise to save themselves, escaping to the human world is far too unsafe. The instability of the Lambda children complicates this further.
For now, I can see the 3 of them all agreeing on pooling their strengths together to liberate Grace Field and save their family.
What happens after, no one can be certain at this point