Chapter 52. End (2)
It was an unexpected remark.
Yeon-woo’s eyes grew slightly bigger.
But Kahn shrugged his shoulders as if asking what was so surprising about it.
“While you were out there wrecking havoc, Doyle and I, we had a serious conversation. We can’t go to Section G like this. We’d just be eaten alive by those who’ve been watching thirstily for a chance to get us.”
Doyle then spoke right after Kahn.
“So we’ve decided to give up on this round and aim for the next one. Besides, there’s no point if we can’t be the first and second ranks.”
Yeon-woo nodded at their answer.
Those who clear the tutorial ranking first are given a handsome amount of rewards. It was the reason why Yeon-woo tried so hard to acquire as much Karma as possible. But it seemed like Kahn and Doyle were also after that.
At the same time, however, a question occurred to him.
“But do we get a chance to retry the tutorial?”
“Huh? You didn’t know that? There are quite a few players who try over and over again until they finally qualify to enter The Tower.”
Doyle had an innocent look on his face, as if stating the obvious.
Yeon-woo was lost for words. His brother hadn’t mentioned anything about this kind of rule. So all this time, Yeon-woo had thought that players only got one chance to pa.s.s the tutorial.
So it turned out that Yeon-woo had been going through a lot of unnecessary troubles.
‘It was fun though.’
He didn’t feel any regret.
There was no set time or interval at which the tutorial opened its gates. Thus leading people to say that ‘the tutorial opens whenever The Tower wants to’.
So no one knew for how long they would have to wait if they gave up.
‘I’ve met some nice guys, and I also got Bild’
Below his mask, Yeon-woo’s eyes were drawing two arcs.
“So, you want me to take this?”
“It’s better to give them to someone. Otherwise, we’d have to throw it away, right? Besides,”
Kahn replied as he turned up the corners of his mouth.
“I think you could give Phante and Edora a slap in their faces. Huhuhu!”
Doyle clicked his tongue next to him.
“You know, hyung?”
“You looked really hideous just now.”
“Shut up, you idiot.”
“You’re just making him do it just because you can’t do it for yourself. You seriously have an issue.”
“Come on, man. It wrenches my gut to think about them.”
Yeon-woo’s eyes glimmered as he watched the two of them squabbling.
Phante and Edora,
The names that had appeared repeatedly throughout the tutorial since he first checked the tutorial ranking,
‘The names of the players whom I must defeat in Section G.’
They were strong enough to kill Akasha’s Snake by themselves.
“Phante and Edora, who are they?”
Kahn thought for a moment how to answer and soon replied with one word.
Kahn, who was usually very playful, had a very serious look on his face.
“I tried so hard to surpa.s.s them, but I was unable to.”
Yeon-woo could see a sense of ‘inferiority’ in Kahn’s eyes.
He couldn’t tell how strong the two of them were just by his description.
As far as he knew, Kahn was also a very skilled player. It almost felt like he didn’t belong in the tutorial. But being such a player, he described Phante and Edora as monsters, to the point that it even made him feel inferior to them.
‘How skilled could they be?’
Kahn lifted one side of his lips.
“So take this, and take the first rank. Then, we can at least say we helped you win the first place, you know? How good does that sound? d.a.m.n!”
Yeon-woo couldn’t hold back his laughter as he watched Kahn stealing the show all by himself. Then he grabbed the pouch Kahn was handing him.
“All right. I’ll do my best, on behalf of you two.”
“Yes! This is what I’ve always wanted. The loyalty of men sprouting in the midst of a compet.i.tion, the friends.h.i.+p, and the sportsmans.h.i.+p! This is exactly the picture I was hoping for!”
“… You’ve gotta be kidding me.”
Kahn raised his middle finger towards Doyle who kept trying to pick a fight with him and then said to Yeon-woo.
“Give it your all, bro.”
Yeon-woo stood up as he nodded his head.
Then he took out Hargan’s Crown from the pouch and put it on his head.
A white mask with a crown on it. Yeon-woo looked a little silly with those two items put together.
Kahn and Doyle burst out laughing, and Yeon-woo laughed along. It might look funny, but he now felt more encouraged than ever.
And after a good laugh, Yeon-woo turned around.
One last section, within two days remaining. The end was near. He needed to rush because the timer was quickly counting down even now.
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The hidden piece requiring Hargan’s Crown was hidden deep under the ground, in the lair of the Spiny Moles.
Yeon-woo descended down the lair as Kahn told him to, and fought off every single Spiny Mole inside the lair. Finally, he was faced with the boss monster in the final room.
He was a strong monster. Almost as strong as Akasha’s Snake.
Had it not been for Hargan’s Crown, he might have been buried under the lair or eaten by the boss monster. But Yeon-woo managed to defeat him after a long fight.
At last, he was able to get his hands on the hidden piece lying in Section F.
Yeon-woo pulled out the sword that was stuck in a large rock.
The hidden card that Kahn and Doyle had thought of using to surpa.s.s Phante and Edora.
Then, Yeon-woo walked across the border leading to the final section as he hung the sword on his back.
It was just a half-day before the tutorial ended.
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“Ohyohyo. Aren’t you a greedy one? Akasha’s Snake, Arangdan, and now you have your hands on Vigrid.”
…But that doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s only a total carnage in Section G. Because if one gets exhausted after fighting against other players, they would soon get ambushed and end up losing their Karma.
To sum it all up, Section G is a brawl where players have to both fight others to gain more Karma and remain extremely alert to avoid losing it.
His brother described Section G with two words.
A battle royale and,
‘A brawl, was it?’
A place where only the highest ranking players partic.i.p.ate in a free-for-all battle.
‘But the rankings change so frequently in this section that players can aim for a final turnaround.’
As he trod on the last step, a large open stage emerged in front of his eyes.
At that moment, all the players around the edge of the stage turned their heads towards Yeon-woo.
“What? Who the h.e.l.l is he?”
“I thought it would be Blood Sword and Foxy Tail. I didn’t expect a weirdo to show up.”
“Someone said they gave up on the tutorial. Maybe it’s true.”
“Well, that’s gonna clear up sooner or later, so let’s not talk about that. Anyway, it doesn’t look like he’s anything special, showing up so late.”
There were approximately 70 players standing on the stage. Of them, about 50 were in the middle of a battle, and the remaining 20 stood in the safety zones at the edge of the stage as if they were injured or abstaining from battle.
The people who showed interest in the sudden appearance of Yeon-woo were those in the safe zones.
The stage of Section G can be roughly divided into two parts.
The outer safety zone where players can take a rest and organize their thoughts,
And the inner battle zone where players fight for Karma.
Players outside the battle zone were those who had already settled with their current rank. Their words were beneath Yeon-woo’s notice.
So Yeon-woo didn’t pay attention to what they said. Instead, he turned his gaze towards the battle zone to have a look at the situation.
“Oh. You’ve got time to look away, don’t you? Was I that boring? I’m sorry if I was. Uhahaha!”
When Yeon-woo looked at the battle, it a rather strange scene. It seemed like one male and one female player were fighting against the whole crowd of 50 players.
Or, to be exact, the woman was only standing at the back with her arms folded, and the man was pressing on the other fifty players in front of the woman as to protect her. Only with sheer aura.
“What the h.e.l.l! How is that a player in the tutorial? It doesn’t make sense!”
Despite the fact that the two players surrounded were vastly outnumbered, the players surrounding them could barely stand in the storm of aura that was raging like a typhoon. They clenched their teeth, gathered strength in their lower bodies, and tried desperately to not fall down.
But the man found their appearances ridiculous and he broke out in laughter. He laughed so loud that the sound seemed to resonate throughout the whole stage.
Hair with a violet hue, eyes with a golden glow. His canine teeth were slightly poking out of his lower lip. He had a very st.u.r.dy looking physique that was likely to exceed two meters in size. His clothes were also quite unusual. Players often wore armor to protect their bodies, but the man was wearing some kind of uncomfortable-looking ancient martial robe.
But the most noticeable thing was the horn that stuck out from his right temple.
Among the various demi-human races present in The Tower, they were called ‘the embodiment of martial arts itself’
The man had already set the whole stage under his feet, just by releasing his aura.
Yeon-woo already knew who the man was.
The second place of the tutorial rankings.
A wall that Khan and Doyle had tried so hard to jump over.
Such man took a step forward.
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