Chapter 149: Chapter 148: I Don’t Have a Choice Part I
Kylie van Agassi came a long way to meet Lee Jiwon, but she privately believed that gaining his aid was an impossible task. If all of those who had connections to the van Agassi family had turned away the Werewolf Clan, there was no reason a complete stranger like Lee Jiwon would agree to help them.
Still, he was the Clan’s only hope. Lee Jiwon was the only person to ever defeat one of the Seven Monarchs, and had recently made sure his name was known all through the world via the Time Attack quest.
There was such a small chance that someone like Lee Jiwon would ever agree, but they couldn’t just sit idly by and wait for their end.
“I will…” Kylie knew that it was near impossible, but she held on to that sliver of hope. When Lee Jiwon started to reply with a frown, she knew what his answer would be. He was going to turn her down like the rest of them.
Tears fell to the ground. She promised herself that she wouldn’t cry, and that she wouldn’t hate him no matter what. He had no reason to help her Clan. The Duke was who she had to take her anger out on, but she couldn’t stop her tears.
“I’ll help you.”
“What?” Kylie thought she must have misheard him. She must have have wanted him to say yes so much that she was hearing things.
“I really do need to take this chance and stick that fat pig on a spit.”
Kylie choked up. She began to cry more tears, but these were tears of joy. Those words were the sweetest words she had heard in a long time. Kylie couldn’t help but run over to Lee Jiwon and embrace him in a hug. “Thank you. Thank you so much…”
I decided to help them. I couldn’t let this happen again, even if I didn’t want to.
-I don’t want that fat pig to get that big ever again.-
I just needed to kill him once. In the past, the Duke was only able to get that far as no one truly knew about his abilities at first, but if I could kill him once now, all of his hard work of five years would go down the drain. It would be impossible for him to ever grow stronger again.
However, this wasn’t going to be easy. In these past five years, he would already have grown strong enough from consuming countless people, especially the Werewolves.
“I really do need to take this chance and stick that fat pig on a spit… huh?”
I saw Kylie run at me and had she had any intention to harm me, I would have smacked her aside, but I saw that beaming smile she had. I let her get closer when she grabbed me in a tight embrace.
“Thank you. Thank you so much…”
I was taken aback again, but not because she was crying out in tears.
-Her fur…is like velvet.-
Pharos Dungeon’s 3rd floor FOB…
“Open Stats Menu!”
==[Name: Lee Jiwon
Level: 570 Death Count: 0
Title: Earth’s First Deva
HP: 8,815,700/8,815,700 MP: 347,800/347,800
Strength: 17,594 + 1,110 Agility: 13,251 Vitality: 14,051
Willpower: 3,418 Intelligence: 3,148
Unassigned Stat Points: 640 + 135
Special Effects: Luck Boost (X+1), immune to all Status effects, Dungeon Seeker 14 points, Fragment of the Destruction God
Physical Attack: 63,699 Physical Defense: 29,197
Magical Attack: 10,994 Magical Defense: 16,884]==
I had gained thirty-two levels in forty-five days. That was an incredible pace considering the fact that I was past level 500. In fact, I never heard about anyone doing the same in the past.
“It looks like it’ll be STR for the time being.” I gave up on getting my WIL and INT up to 10,000. Even if ranged and magic classes were superior to fighter classes, raising WIL and INT for me was wasteful. It would only get harder to get Stat points now; I had to use them wisely from now on.
“Let’s aim to get STR to 20,000 and see what reward I’ll get then.” I added all of my unassigned stat points and Shaman Ko’s points into STR and took out the item Kylie had given me.
==[Warp Scroll to the Werewolf Clan’s Sanctuary
Ripping this Activated Warp Scroll will teleport you to the Werewolf Clan’s Sanctuary.]==
Kylie told me that the Faroe Islands could not be recorded into Warp Scrolls, and the only way to get to the islands was to cross the sea. This Warp Scroll was the only exception.
“Should I ask the Sunbin and the Myth Guilds for help?” I kept thinking about this after accepting Kylie’s request. I had sent her off first, saying that I wanted to prepare first.
“Right. I’ll make that decision after meeting with the Werewolf Clan and hear what they have to say about the Predator Duke.” I ripped the Warp Scroll in half.
As soon as I arrived at the center of the Werewolf Clan’s Sanctuary, I noticed quite a big crowd of werewolves staring at me.
“It was true?”
“Lee Jiwon is actually here!”
“Hah. I know that there was no way it could be a joke, but it’s hard to believe he actually came!” someone in the crowd exclaimed, and stepped forward with Kylie by his side. “It’s a pleasure to meet you, finally. My name is Lod Schutt van Agassi, the head of the Werewolf Clan.”
“It’s nice to meet you too.” I took Lod’s outstretched, furry hand and shook it.
“Thank you very much for coming. I had heard from Kylie ,but I wasn’t sure you would actually come.”
“I did promise to help.”
“Then, I am all the more grateful. You’re the one person who agreed to save us from these desperate times.” He and the other Werewolves were looking at me with great respect, so much so that I was feeling a little guilty.
I had agreed to save them from the Duke, yes, but it was also true that I had an ulterior motive. It wasn’t to save the world from his cruelty before he got too big; it was to get rid of another obstacle in my own path to greatness.
Lod soon led me to the conference room. On the way, I noticed that there were a lot of mortals and normal devas around.
“Only devas can become Werewolves. Of course, it is all voluntary. No one is ever forced to become a Werewolf. Everyone here has been educated on what happens and once they are granted the chance, they have five years to decide,” Lod explained when he noticed me looking around.
Meanwhile, over at the Shetland Islands…
A lackey burst through large door to the Duke’s private room. “What is it?” the Duke asked, annoyed.
“Lee Jiwon just arrived at the Faroe Islands.”
“Are you serious?”
“Yes sir. I received several of the same report from our scouts.”
The Duke laughed loudly, the rolls of flesh under skin jiggling from the action. His most sought-after prey was finally at his doorstep. From the rumors, Lee Jiwon also had a lot of Stat points, possibly more than anyone in the world. The Duke would make sure to digest every single bone of Lee Jiwon so as to not lose a single point.
The Duke had left the wolf men alone all this time waiting for Lee Jiwon to come, even though he could invade the Faroe Islands anytime he wanted to.
The Duke smacked his lips just thinking about it, not caring about the saliva that was dripping down his fat chin.
The van Agassi family has a history of 800 years long. There were numerous branch families that had formed over the centuries, and these families were not prevented from entering the Faroe Islands.
These adverse situations always give birth to traitors, however, as history always dictates. Of course, Lod and his officers knew at least one existed, but they did not know who it was. Over the past few years, the Duke always knew how to win the battles and knew about each time the Clan asked for aid. He even knew about Lee Jiwon. However, they still couldn’t find the traitor and could no longer tell if they were from the branch families or the main family.
The Werewolf Clan’s conference room…
I was seated right next to Lod. It indicated how much they valued me.
“The Duke boasts insanely high defensive abilities.”
We were watching videos of all of the Clan’s battles against the Duke. The Duke on the screen seemed to be about five meters tall and weighed at least a couple of tons.
-If he’s only five meters tall…it might just be possible.-
The Duke I knew was over ten meters tall. If this one was only half as strong as the one from the past, I could take him on.
“The Duke is difficult to miss, but he is constantly guarded by four deities and has more than 10,000 devas in his army, making it difficult to attack him directly.”
Those devas in the Duke’s army were just like the devas who followed the Blood Prince. No one liked them, but they didn’t care, as long as they stood on the winning side. I wasn’t going to insult them, however, as they were doing what they believed would get them through this world. When it came to motivations, I wasn’t one to talk.
“Furthermore, the Duke’s exclusive debuff skill, the Predator’s Curse, is very difficult to deal with in battle,” Aaron, the head of Intelligence, continued.
“First, it sharply increases Fatigue. Second, the Curse slows down our bodies considerably. It’s like we just stuffed ourselves so much that taking one step becomes difficult. Third, it lowers ATT, MATT, DEF and MDEF,” another officer added.
“As Werewolves, we have a special immunity that lowers the efficiency of debuffs and the like by fifty percent, but even then, the Curse severely hinders our combat abilities.”
“The sharp increase in Fatigue also makes longer battles that much more of a disadvantage to us.”
“But for Mr. Lee…” Kylie said as she turned to me.
“Right. I have the Unrivaled Skill.” The Blood Prince’s curse didn’t work on me, either. “I also have a pretty powerful debuff of my own.”
==[The King Emperor’s Prominent Dignity
All enemies within a 10m radius (monsters included) incur a debuff that lowers ATT, MATT, DEF and MDEF by 6%.
All enemies within a 10m radius (monsters included) incur a debuff that lowers STR, VIT, AGI, WIL and INT by 6%.
Raises user’s Stats by 200 points.]==
==[The King Emperor’s Grand Dignity
All enemies within a 50m radius (monsters included) incur a debuff that lowers ATT, MATT, DEF and MDEF by 12%.
All enemies within a 50m radius (monsters included) incur a debuff that lowers STR, VIT, AGI, WIL and INT by 12%.
The user’s CRIT rate increases by 5%. The user’s CRIT damage increases by 200%
The user’s Stats are increased by 300 points while this buff is in effect.]==
The Prominent Dignity was the first debuff effect from when the Commitment and the Helm coalesced. But when I equipped the Mantle, the Commitment coalesced with the mantle instead, which formed the Grand Dignity. It was obviously one hell of an overpowered debuff.
“Reveal the King-Emperor’s Grand Dignity!” I decided to reveal it to my future comrades.