So in your opinion how may end the entire story?
-Ainz will die and awake in the real world?
-Ainz will rule everything for eternity?
-Ainz and all his allies will die, becoming just another "God-like being" remembered only in legends?
Well back in the day, Maruyama had originally planned to end it in 18 volumes or so. However he also said that if fans countinue to support it, he has enough material for up to 50 volumes if he tried.
Now plans have certainly changed, for one thing both vol 10 as well as 13 were not planned as they were made due to him realising he needed additional information to keep the story in check. Also Kadakowa the one's who publish his story might also pressure him to countinue it as it is a big series both in Japan and the West right now.
However let's just say he still is planning the orginal ending he wanted with a few + volumes. Most likely it would end with the Conquering of the Slane Theocracy and become the supreme overlord of all the human nations in this region. It did seem that way in the beginning at least.
The way I can see Ainz ruling the whole world for all eternity is if he pretty much makes every nation a vassal state to the SK and allow most, if not all, the nations to self-govern themselves like how Jircniv is still governing the Baharuth Empire.
My bet is that the Staff of Ainz Ooal Gown will be destroyed, causing the death/disapearance of all the NPCs of Nazarick. Ainz survives, but this is the end of the Overlord series.
What comes after? Perhaps Ainz decides to travel the world, or destroy all the races that fought against his guild. :) That could spawn a whole new sequence of novels.
He realizes his NPCs are fucked up and are no true substitute for his guildmates and his long journey to let go of the past, the game, and his friends ends then and there. Ainz orders Momon (Pandora's Actor) to kill him and destroy the guild Staff as the whole world rises up against Nazarick. And then Ainz rips off Rigante: Stormrider or Code Geass. Probably.
Personally, I like happy endings and I would be happy to see one. Realistically, we're going to get a tragic or bittersweet ending.
My biggest worry right now is the probability of a large time skip resetting all the relationships we have.
Ok I know that this thread is very old but here are my predictions:
1.Everything is his dream- He actually closed his eyes seconds before the clock hit 00:00, he could've dreamt the whole thing. Imagine him waking up and "Thank you for playing Yggdrasill" then an annaucment would appear " Yggdrasill II in development"
2. Stuff of Ainz Ooal Gown will be destroyed - Destruction of this stuff would destroy the whole guild as well as all NPC's
3 Stuff of Ainz Ooal Gown is a key to escape virtual reality - Momonga or Ainz if you're fancy, uses this stuff to gain administraor console, what if it could actually bring him back ? What I think would happen is really simple. Ainz has two choices: Leave this game and wonder wheather all NPCS loose their memories etc. or not or he can stay of course.
4. There are more players in the New World - Ainz is not alone in this worlds. As we all know, there were many guilds in Yggdrasill than Ainz's
I see this as a cycle he will reach a certain amount of power and have the thirteen heros take him down like the 8 greed Kings took down the god of death(who also had his own version of Nazarick)
What do you think?