Chapter 118: Chapter 117: Bringing up the Past, Part I
==[You have received a blessing for clearing the quest dungeon, the King-Emperor’s Tomb.
Granted skill ‘Create Safety Crystal’ for 30 days. (After 30 days, this skill will be removed.)
The ‘Create Safety Crystal’ skill does not consume skill points.
Hunt field monsters for 30 days and a Safety Crystal will amass experience points. On the 1st, 10th, and 30th day, the crystal will take form and you will be able to receive the Safety Crystal.
You will be restricted from entering another dungeon for 30 days.]==
I was removed from the treasure room after five minutes. As I was admiring my new earrings, the dungeon blessing message had appeared. “Tsk. It’s not a normal dungeon; do you really have to do that?”
I had even declined the Myth Guild’s offer to raid the Khufu’s dungeon boss since I didn’t want to lose out on a month’s worth of dungeon EXP. But soon, my smile returned as I looked at my new earrings.
“I got 2,774 extra Stat points, more than 1.3 billion golden rings, and a Rank 10 item. Dude, this is awesome! Open Stats Menu!”
==[Name: Lee Jiwon
Level: 470 Death Count: 0
Title: Earth’s First Deva
HP: 6,069,700/6,069,700 MP: 257,700/257,700
Strength: 13,550 + 765 Agility: 6,150 Vitality: 8,559
Willpower: 2,517 Intelligence: 2,447
Unassigned Stat Points: 3,174 + 6
Special Effects: Luck Boost (X+1), immune to all Status effects, Dungeon Seeker 10 points
Physical Attack: 50,712 Physical Defense: 16,054
Magical Attack: 8,891 Magical Defense: 9,382]==
“Hmm, what should I do here?” I was beginning to have second thoughts about getting my VIT past 10,000. I still needed 3,591 points to do that and my VIT was technically already high enough. I wanted to put those points towards STR instead and get it past 20,000. “But, if I come to regret it…okay. I’ll wait until I have 3,591 points and make my decision then.” I closed my Stats menu and opened my inventory to take out a Warp Scroll that had Seoul’s Store recorded. Song Myungsoo had given it to me when he paid me, while leaving a few quick words.
“Jiwon, can we still meet later on?”
“Good. Then I’d like you to have this. It’s a Warp Scroll with Seoul’s Store location recorded. I assume you have a Comm Link as well?”
“Then connect it with this one. It’s the Sunbin Guild’s priority hotline. Use it whenever you need.”
“I will; thank you.”
“Well, I can’t enter a dungeon for a month now. I might as well meet with him if he wants to that badly.” I didn’t have a reason to avoid them, anyway. There was another thing to check out with them, as well.
“I should pay the Hitman Guild a visit as well, shouldn’t I?” I had avoided them all this time, but now I was strong enough to get some answers out of them.
I put my hat and sunglasses on, and ripped the Warp Scroll.
I was warped to the outside of Store 72 in an instant. As always, there was a huge crowd outside. I could hear many of them talking about one thing.
“Did you hear it was cleared?”
“The King-Emperor’s Treasure quest.”
“Oh, that. It was cleared already?”
“It just came up, though.”
“Really? What happened? There was so much talk that there was 100% chance that an item of Rank 8 or higher would come out.”
“I only heard that the Nayuta Guild was chased away when the Sunbin Guild and the Cheng Long Guild teamed up for this quest.”
“Yup. Both guilds teamed up and defeated the dungeon boss together and got six random chests. Three went to Sunbin and three went to Cheng Long…”
“Hah! Only one Rank 8 and one Rank 9 came out, and it was Sunbin who got them.”
“Yup. Both sides put in all that work ,and only one of them got everything.”
“That’s some shit luck.”
“Well, that’s good. It’s better if it goes to Korea and not China! Hehehe!”
“But that’s not the important part.”
“Huh? What else happened?”
“I only heard this from a rumor of a rumor, but apparently the guilds had a huge fight over the items.”
“Random chests are a lottery. Why would they get mad over that?”
“You’re completely right, but apparently the Cheng Long Guild wanted one of them for fighting alongside Sunbin but Sunbin turned them down.”
“Then what happened?”
“What do you think happened? Wai Chung threw some insults, swore that it wasn’t over, and left. The whole atmosphere turned sour after that.”
“Che. If they were the ones who got the two items, they would have done the same. What the hell is that about?”
“I know, right? They probably just prodded the Sunbin Guild because they know they’re stronger.”
“Do you really think both guilds are going to fight it out?”
“I don’t know but if they do…it’s not going to be a simple fight. It’ll be an all-out war.”
I left the Store’s vicinity as I overheard the conversations.
-The Cheng Long Guild versus the Sunbin Guild?-
Wai Chung did have enough reason to be that mad, even if it was towards the powerful Sunbin Guild. He’d be even more pissed off since he saw Korea and Japan as barbarians.
-Damn. If they really do fight…the battle between the Blood Prince and the Myth Guild will pale in comparison.-
I was slightly worried as a Korean. China had many powerful guilds that could replace the Cheng Long Guild. Hell, all of them were probably waiting for a chance like this so that they could take its place. But Korea only had the Sunbin Guild. If the Sunbin Guild fell, Korea was done for. The Ojin and the Yung Gong Guilds were nothing compared to the Sunbin Guild.
-Well, I’m sure they know that there are more entities out there that will benefit from their fight than either of them.-
I brushed it off as there was probably a low chance of it happening. I took out my Comm Link from my inventory and dialed 3 to call the Sunbin Guild’s hotline.
“This is the Sunbin Guild.”
“This is Lee Jiwon.”
‘Oh! Hello. I was told to expect a call from you. Just tell me where you are and I’ll send someone over to pick you up.’
“No, I was curious about something and I was wondering if you could help me out.”
‘I see. I’ll be more than happy to help you out.’
“Do you know anything about the Hitman Guild?”
‘The… Hitman Guild?”
“Yes.” I purposely left out the part that they were mobsters in Seoul. I didn’t want to wound their pride yet.
The other person on the line was silent for a moment. About a minute later, the person spoke again.
“Yes, we know about the Hitman Guild.”
“Could you tell me where they are located?”
‘Their headquarters are… at the Luna Hotel in Gangnam.’
“Excuse me?” I was surprised that they were so close to here. If they were in Gangnam, then they were smack dab in the middle of the Sunbin Guild’s territory. “Well, thank you for your help. I’ll call back.”
The Sunbin Guild wasn’t that high up in the skies to be blind to what was going on beneath them. I decided not to think about it too much. I’d see for myself what was going on.
“Blink 1, Blink 2!”
I zoomed over the rooftops towards the Luna Hotel.
Kim Jihan was sitting with his feet up at the Luna Hotel’s lounge. “Damn… Lee Jiwon really gets around.” Kim Jihan was reading through a popular leaflet as he sipped on his coffee. The leaflet had an article about the recent King-Emperor’s quest, and Lee Jiwon’s name had come up. There was no way that no one could keep quiet about such a powerful deva.
“He got to be one of the 25 to raid the boss, and he got to be one of the seven to enter the final room. I guess even Wai Chung and Song Myungsoo have to acknowledge him now. And they wanted the Specialist and few guys to kidnap him? Tsk tsk tsk…”
After failing to kidnap Lee Jiwon, Kim Jihan was ordered by his guild master to find him. He did try, turning over every single rock in Seoul, but could find no trace of him anywhere. Then, just when they were about to give up, reports came in that shook the Hitman Guild in its boots. They learned about Lee Jiwon’s victory over the legendary Blood Prince and the infamous San Tuan Guild. The Hitman Guild quickly realized that trying to find Lee Jiwon was suicidal, and ceased all actions related to him.
“He should have forgotten about us by now, right? He’s so famous, I doubt he has time to care about a distant…”
Kim Jihan put down the leaflet he was reading and looked out the hotel’s window. He couldn’t finish his sentence, like he had seen a ghost. He was so shocked that he let go of his coffee cup, which broke as it hit the floor. He began to tremble in his chair.
“Huh?” Just as I was about to jump onto the roof of the Luna Hotel, I saw a familiar man sitting in the hotel’s lounge through the window. It took me a second to remember who he was.
“Kim Jihan?” He was the guy who was with the Specialist person. I changed my destination to him.
“Blink 1.” I passed through the window in an instant and came up next to the chair Kim Jihan was sitting in. I plopped down on the chair opposite him and smiled at him as if he were an old friend.
“It’s been a while. How long has it been? 8 months?”
“What? We’ve met before; at least act friendly. I’m sorry I couldn’t come with you back when you invited me to your home. I was too busy, but that’s why I’m here now.”
Even at my reassuring words, Kim Jihan’s face was still completely frozen.