Chapter 104: Chapter 103: The Next Phase Part 2
As soon as I left the dungeon, I headed straight for the Myth Guild’s headquarters. I could have gone straight for the Messenger Guild’s Teleport center instead, but thought that I should at least say goodbye to Shin and the others.
I went straight up to the command center, where Shin greeted me as I entered the room.
“I’ll have to leave Cairo again for a while. I wanted to say goodbye to everyone before I left.”
“I understand. Cairo and all of Egypt will always welcome you back with open arms. Please, come back any time!”
“Why not just make Egypt your home?” Ebonene asked jokingly. I laughed it off.
“There is another thing…” I had another reason for coming all the way here. “Would it be alright if I go to the high-grade dungeon in Alexandria?”
“By all means, Mr. Lee. As I said before, all of Egypt’s dungeons are open to you.”
“You don’t have to worry about anything. Anything you need is yours.”
“Thank you. Then it’s about time I go.”
“Very well. I hope we see you again soon.”
I shook hands with Shin and Ebonene and left the building.
After Lee Jiwon left, Shin turned to Ebonene and Edwifu, who was also in the room. “You said he didn’t leave the dungeon for three months?”
“Yes ma’am. Every day for three months, he hunted for twenty-four hours straight before resting for five hours and going back to hunting for another twenty-four hours,” Ebonene replied.
“Is that even possible?”
“Normally, it isn’t. I also don’t see how shouting ‘Give me more EXP!’ while slaying monsters is normal, either.”
“I heard that rumor, as well,” said Edwifu.
“Hmm… don’t let our members stay in a dungeon for any longer than a month.”
“That sounds like a good idea.”
The decision was made to prevent Myth Guild’s members from staying in a dungeon for longer than a month. While Shin saw Lee Jiwon as a friend, she had to admit that his behavior was bizarre.
I paid the 100,000 golden ring fee and teleported to Seoul, heading straight for the nearby Store 72, weaving through the huge crowd of devas and mortals.
-Hmm…I might have jumped the gun here.-
Before I stepped onto the Teleporter in Cairo, I put on a hat and sunglasses in case people would recognize me in Seoul. But that wasn’t the case at all. No one even gave me a second glance.
I entered the Store and headed straight for the skill shop.
“Welcome. Oh!” Sleng greeted me in surprise.
“It’s been a while. I want to delete a skill.”
Unrivaled: 20 skill points
Shaman Ko’s Selfish Prick: 1 skill point
Heel Kick: 1 skill point
Warrior’s Brave Spirit: 2 skill points
Mana Conversion: 3 skill points]==
I selected Heel Kick.
==[Deleting a skill will not return the golden rings spent to learn the skill.
You will also lose all EXP the skill has gained.
Are you sure you want to delete Heel Kick?
I clicked Yes and went to the skill shop’s menu. I selected the Physical tree and searched up Judge’s Gavel.
==[Judge’s Gavel (3/3), (Active)
A skill that belonged to a Judge who controlled the world around him. The Judge’s Gavel is a command from the Heavens and the hand of death from the depths of Hell that punishes any who stray from the Judge’s teachings and laws. The first attack after using Judge’s Gavel will always be a critical hit.
Level 1: 3,600 second cooldown. Base damage increases by 5,000. The damage of the User’s next attack increases by 300% and CRIT damage increases by 500%.
Level 2: 3,600 second cooldown. Base damage increases by 7,000. The damage of the User’s next attack increases by 400% and CRIT damage increases by 700%.
Level 3: 3,600 second cooldown. Base damage increases by 10,000. The damage of the User’s next attack increases by 500% and CRIT damage increases by 1000%.
Required skill points: 3
Required golden rings: 1]==
“What the f…?!”
My mouth dropped as I read through the skill’s description. It was so overpowered! As soon as I saw how many golden rings it cost, I quickly bought it.
At that moment, an unexpected message appeared before me.
==[The system will now check to see if the buyer has the proper requirements to learn Judge’s Gavel. If the buyer fails to meet the requirements, the buyer will not be able to learn Judge’s Gave.]==
“This is a thing?” All of the skills I had learned were all skills that I had seen for myself or were famous enough skills that I knew what they did. I knew that the Warrior’s Brave Spirit was one of the best skills for fighter classes, and that Mana Conversion was a well-rounded skill that everyone knew. That was why I learned them all as soon as I had enough skill points.
However, the most I knew about Judge’s Gave was from a rumor I heard that said it was a one-shot skill. I did have a backup skill to learn in case I couldn’t learn it, but now, I wanted it more after seeing the price.
-I have no idea what the requirements are but please, please let me learn it!-
I clasped my hands together and prayed.
Soon, another message appeared. My eyes went wide as I read it.
==[You have the proper requirements to learn Judge’s Gavel. You may now learn the skill.]==
-Yes!- I covered my mouth as to not draw any unwanted attraction. “I’ll buy Judge’s Gavel.”
“Judge’s Gavel costs 1 golden ring. With your 20% VIP discount…” Sleng trailed off, unsure what to do. There was no way to give him an eighth of a golden ring.
I took a single golden ring out and handed it over. “Keep the change.”
==[You have learned Judge’s Gavel.]==
As soon as the message appeared, I heard a door slam open off into the distance and could hear someone run down all the way from the fifth floor.
“Lee…Ji…won.” I turned around to see an astonished Anton staring at me, and waved at him. I was used to it by now.
“Did you really just learn Judge’s Gavel?”
“Mhm,” I said, as I sipped my tea.
Anton had dragged me all the way up to his office on the fifth floor to interrogate me.
“Really really,” I calmly replied to his question he asked for the umpteenth time.
“Wow…I really can’t believe you. I couldn’t ever since you learned the Unrivaled skill. How are you able to find all these good things? You really are a selfish prick.”
-Was I ever this greedy?-
I wasn’t like this during my past life. I had learned the hard way as an orphan that wanting too many things and being greedy was very bad for one’s health. I never complained when I couldn’t get another promotion, and never complained when my coworkers pushed their work on to me at the factory. I always lived the simple life, even after the Great Change.
But now? I wanted everything.
“Yeah, I guess I am,” I said, nodding.
“Anyway, thanks for being the first to learn Judge’s Gavel from my Store,” Anton said, cackling.
“Master Anton, I think it’s a good idea to give Master Lee that item now,” said Marie.
“Okay. Here, it’s a reward for being the first to learn Judge’s Gavel. Choose one from the list.”
I read through the piece of paper Anton handed me.
=[Increase STR by 1,000
Increase AGI by 1,000
Increase VIT by 1,000
Increase WIL by 1,000
Increase INT by 1,000]=
“You’ll give me whatever I choose from here?”
“Yup. We’ll, it’s not from me. It’s the actual reward I’m supposed to give to whoever learns Judge’s Gavel first.”
I smiled widely at what Anton just said. What a bonus!
“Can only one person learn Judge’s Gavel?”
“No, but it can only be learned by someone who is qualified.”
“That I don’t know, either.”
I decided to stop my questions. I wasn’t that curious, seeing as how I had managed to learn it.
“Then I’ll choose STR.”
“Okay.” Anton looked over at Marie, who left the office for a moment and returned with something in her hand.
“Here you are.”
“It’s a pill.”
“That’s right. It may look like that, but it’s really precious, you know?”
Obviously, if it could raise my STR by 1,000 points. I put the pill in my mouth and swallowed.
==[Will of the Judge – You have absorbed the Weak Essence of STR.
Your STR is now increased by 1,000 points.]==
“Whoa!” I couldn’t help but shout in amazement as I saw my STR jump by that much. The message didn’t stop there.
==[Your base STR has surpassed 10,000 points.
Your total STR points: 12,705
Your base STR points: 10,740
STR points increased by items: 1,260
STR points increased by skills: 705 (Shaman Ko’s Stat points)]
[You will be awarded a bonus for surpassing 10,000 points in STR before anyone else.
STR will be increased by 1,000 points.
This bonus is awarded to the first person to accomplish this achievement.]
I was floored. I wanted to get up from my chair and do a little jiggle. I was that happy.
“Yeah, yeah. I suppose you’re happy. You got free STR points just for being the first to learn a skill. What’s not to love?” Anton thought I was happy just from the pill, but I just got another extra 1,000 points!
I burst out laughing. I just couldn’t hold it back anymore.
“Are you that happy?”
I stayed a little longer for some small talk before finally leaving his office. As soon as I left, there was a huge crowd waiting outside, staring at me.
“Whoa! It really is Lee Jiwon.”
“I knew it was him when Anton burst out of his office.”
“Lee Jiwon is in the upper ranks now, isn’t he?”
“Yeah. The only two Koreans in the top 50 were Song Myungsoo and Song Haein, but now he’s up there with them. Someone finally pushed the Japanese out.”
“Song Myungsoo and Song Haein have the Sunbin Guild supporting them, but isn’t Lee Jiwon on his own?”
“Yup. That’s what makes him that much greater. You saw the video from Egypt, right?”
“There was that fiasco in Macau with the San Tuan Guild, too.”
“Aren’t people saying the battle was close?”
“They’re only saying that because they were paid to. The San Tuan Guild was nearly destroyed and surrendered because they couldn’t handle it anymore.”
“That’s right. That’s what my friend in Macau told me.”
I could hear what they were saying to each other as they watched me. I was half-relieved when no one noticed me when I arrived earlier that day, but having all of them stare at me like this was almost suffocating.
-Is this what it’s like to be a celebrity?-
I quickly weaved through the crowd and left the Store. As soon as I exited the Store, I used Blink to get the hell out of there.
“Well, I suppose it’s time to start!” I put my hat and sunglasses back on and left for the nearest restaurant.
Two organizations became busy once Lee Jiwon returned to Seoul; the Sunbin Guild and the Gnosis Guild! Both organizations had abandoned Lee Jiwon before, in a sense. Song Haechang had tossed him to the curb, while Song Daechul let it happen, and Han Yong Suk had turned him away when he came knocking.