Chapter 139: Chapter 138: Time Attack, Part I
No one on the Ravi Guild’s side of the river moved a muscle. They all stood there as the heavy rain washed down over them. Soon, someone finally broke the silence in a booming voice.
“I, Lagus Aman, make my vow here! I will not rest until the caste system of the new world is ended! I don’t care if no one follows me, but I vow to destroy the caste system and create a place worth living for people!”
Lagus had been waiting for his father to step up and say something similar, but when Sandip didn’t, Lagus made his decision. He would no longer sit back on the sidelines and take charge on his own.
“I…I will follow Master Lagus!”
“I’m with you!”
Many had been waiting for Lagus to step up. Those that knew him the longest knew about his strength and his personality. That was the start… except this time, it started in India
“Mr. Lee,” Lagus turned to me.
We decided to keep what had happened as a secret between us for now. One way or another, people would find out later on, anyway. There was no way to keep our newfound abilities hidden from the public for long.
“Thank you for everything. We wouldn’t have made it here if it wasn’t for you.”
“I only did what I had to.”
“I will repay you…”
“Please, you don’t have to. In the end, we failed, anyway.” That wasn’t right, probably. Everything that had happened the past few days went just as Muskan had planned. “We already got enough out of this, anyway.”
“Thank you. I, Lagus Aman, swear to run to your side in your time of need.” Just earlier today, Lagus’s eyes were always shining, but now, they were filled with a deadliness and an unforgiving light.
“I’m also glad that we got to meet this way. It was an honor to fight at your side.” We shook hands, saying to each other that it wasn’t a final goodbye. We would see each other again, one day.
As Lagus turned around and left, he didn’t ask for more of my help. If I did, then he could reach his goal faster, but neither of us was willing.
-Am I finally done here in India?-
These were by far the toughest few days of my life.
“What’ll you do now, Mr. Lee?”
“This battle is not about to end any time soon.”
Han Kyungchul and Ebonene walked up to me.
“It’s time to go. Let’s go…” I was about to say that I wanted to go home now, but I stopped myself. I didn’t really have a home to back to. All I had in my name was that rooftop room that was probably destroyed now. All I had in Seoul was the hotel I stayed at every now and then. I didn’t have home to go to in Korea.
“Ahem. We should go back now.” It didn’t matter too much, anyway. I didn’t need an actual home to go back to right now. I was busy and would be kept busy for the years to come.
“Where will you go, Mr. Lee?” Han Kyungchul asked.
“I’m…thinking of going back to Egypt.” I turned to Ebonene before continuing, “I still do want to go to Alexandria.” The high-grade dungeon there was my original destination after the hidden dungeon in India.
“You are always more than welcome. We still have your room prepared over at the Myth Guild’s headquarters. Your personal chef is still there, as well. He’s always asking when you’ll return,” Ebonene said, chuckling.
I turned around to thank Han Kyungchul and the Sunbin Guild’s soldiers for their help, and that I would pay them back for their kindness today. I followed the Myth Guild out of the battlefield.
Han Kyungchul watched as Lee Jiwon and the Myth Guild leave. “Home…” Han Kyungchul didn’t like that Lee Jiwon chose the Myth Guild over the Sunbin Guild.
It wasn’t that he didn’t like Lee Jiwon for making that decision; it was that he didn’t like that Lee Jiwon didn’t have a home to return to in Korea. Lee Jiwon’s home should be in Seoul.
Han Kyungchul had come to India knowing that Lee Jiwon was powerful. Han Kyungchul had watched videos of Lee Jiwon’s boss battles countless times and seen for himself today the extent of the man’s strength. What Han Kyungchul saw today was almost unbelievable. At first, he thought that Lee Jiwon was using skills, but he quickly realized that Lee Jiwon was only using normal attacks. Lee Jiwon could easily fell a tank in only four or five hits. Nothing could stand in that man’s way.
And to let him go?
“It’s stupid. It’s the worst thing that could happen.” Lee Jiwon was a Korean from the start. It didn’t make sense to let him go.
“We might not be able to do anything about it now, but we can’t let him go again in the future. We have to make it so that he’ll choose the Sunbin Guild over the Myth Guild! A home… we need to give him a home first. We need to give him a home he can come back to anytime, and it has to be in Seoul. The closer the better!”
The Myth Guild’s headquarters in Old Cairo, Egypt…
“It’s good to see you again, Mr. Lee!”
“It’s good to see you, too,” I greeted Shin. The Myth Guild was still the same. It was nice to have a place to come back to.
“Master! I heard about what you did in India. I see you’ve made the whole world your playground!” It was even better to see Sunghoon again.
“Hehe. It’s the least a man should do, ain’t it?” I joked. I turned back to Shin and continued, “You’ve all really helped me out a lot this time. Thank you.” Both guilds were a big help today. I didn’t even ask for their help, and yet they were more than willing to step in. It was thanks to them that I could obtain Absolute Destruction.
“It was nothing. We’re friends. We can’t just sit idly by when a friend needs help. Isn’t it the same with you, Mr. Lee?”
“Haha. I suppose so.” It made sense. Even if their reasons were solely political, it was still wise to help to maintain our relationship. We had to help each other out now and then if we wanted to remain allies until the end.
“Anyway, I came back because I wanted to get to Alexandria’s dungeon now.”
“Of course. I said it before; all of Egypt’s dungeons are open to you. But, I have to say, tackling a high-grade dungeon on your own is…”
“I know. I wanted to at least see what I would go up against.” Obviously, I had never been to a high-grade dungeon before in my past life. I couldn’t afford the fee, nor was I strong enough. But now, it could be different. My body ached in anticipation. I stayed as humble as possible, but I was actually pumping with confidence.
“You truly are amazing. But I’m sure you have time for dinner and to talk before you go, right?”
“Of course I do.”
Together, we left to enjoy ourselves at dinner, Sunghoon included. I also decided to rest for the next couple of days. Everything that happened in India really took a toll on me.
A few days later, I was on Alexandria’s Pharos Island. I was standing in front of the Qaitbay Citadel that stands where the Pharos Lighthouse once stood. The dungeon here was known as Pharos’ Dungeon.
“If only Korea had its own high-grade dungeon.” Any large guild needed at least one high-grade dungeon in its possession. It’s actually quite impressive that, in the past, the Sunbin Guild actually managed to get that large without its own high-grade dungeon. “Let’s see what it’s got!” I took a step forward to enter the dungeon.
“Mr. Lee, hold on a moment!” I heard someone call out for me from behind. I turned around, and saw members of the Myth Guild running towards me.
“That’s a relief. We decided to come here first before calling you on your Comm Link!”
“What’s going on?”
“About five minutes ago, a quest dropped at the Stores, and we wanted to show you. Have a look at this!”
I took the paper the guild member handed me.
==[Time Attack (No Rank)
‘Set the best record!’ Set a higher record than anyone else and receive an astounding reward.
Two types of dungeons will be revealed:
1-person dungeon: enter alone and get to the top dungeon.
16-person dungeon: enter with a guild or party of 16 people and get to the top 50.
You can enter two dungeons a day, regardless of dungeon type.
Even if you give up on one dungeon, that dungeon counts as one for the day.
Your record will be evaluated compared to the current highest record.
Time Attack starts now and ends in 30 days. That’s 60 dungeons a day.
The reward will be based on the highest record. The reward could either be: A Rank 8 random chest, a skill random chest, golden rings random chest, a skill point random chest or a stat point random chest.]==
I couldn’t believe what I just read. I remembered it happening in the past. I clearly remembered hearing about it, but I didn’t give it too much thought. It took place in a country too far away for me. There was also no way for me to ever reach the top ranks.
“People are going crazy over this right now.”
“They have every right to…”
Those 16-man dungeons were going to be the most sought after, especially by guilds wanting to get to the top ranks. It was the best way to show off their skills. There was a chance a large guild could fail to get to the top 50 and a smaller guild could rank even higher than any other guild.
This was the perfect chance for me, especially since my new ability could really turn the tides. I swallowed as I thought about what was in store for me.