Chapter 38: Chapter 37: First Meeting With Sunbin Group’s Chairman, Song Daechul, Part II
The next morning…
“Ahk! My head.”
My vitality may have been higher after becoming a deva, but after all that drinking, I still got a hangover.
“I might be immune to all status effects, but looks like I can’t do anything about alcohol.” I placed a hand on my nauseous stomach and sat up.
“Huh?” When I placed my other hand to prop myself up, my bed felt damp.
“What is that? Did I spill soju?” Uncomfortable at the damp touch, I quickly took off my sheets. “At least it doesn’t seem like I threw up.”
I ran my sheets and blanket in the wash for at least an hour and left the house at 10:27 AM after taking a shower.
“I think I fell asleep at around four PM yesterday, so I must have slept for about fifteen hours.”
I had just about slept the day away.
“I should get something to eat to sober up.” I had a quick brunch to ease my nauseous gut and went back to the house.
“I won’t ever forget it. But I also won’t regret it. Not yet,” I said to myself while staring at my reflection in the mirror.
“I took a whole day off yesterday. Time to get back at it again!” I wasn’t done with finding dungeons. I was just beginning!
I wasn’t going to be able to enter anymore dungeons for a month anyway, and field monsters wouldn’t be spawning anytime soon, either.
“All I can do now is to find as many dungeons as I can. I won’t have time to rest.”
I walked over to my desk and took out my notes from my inventory.
“I’ve already found Bukhan Mountain’s dungeon. There are four more dungeons left in South Korea.” I checked the dungeons’ locations that I had written down in my notes.
[Mid-grade dungeon located by the Baengnokdam (TL Note: literally White Deer Lake) crater lake on Hallasan Mountain in Jeju.
Low-grade dungeon located at the Peak of Seorak Mountain in Gangwon Province.
Low-grade dungeon located in Eulsukdo Island, at Saha District, Busan.
Low-grade dungeon located at Oksunbong Peak in Danyang County, North Chungcheong.]
“I’ll probably need more than a day.”
I knew the exact locations of three of the dungeons. I knew where Seorak Mountain’s dungeon and where Oksunbong’s dungeons were exactly. I used to hunt there before.
I had never gone to Jeju’s Baengnokdam dungeon before, but it was South Korea’s only mid-grade dungeon and a lot of people went there and talked about it. I could probably find it just by the rumors I had heard.
I had no idea where Eulsukdo’s dungeon was, however. That was the dungeon the Yung Gong Guild had controlled.
“I’d have to be crazy to even think about trying to go there. I would have been kidnapped. It was supposed to chock full of Yong Gong guild members.” I stared at the word Eulsukdo, and thought for a bit.
“Should I give up on it? Or should I chance it and look for it?”
Most low-grade dungeon entrances were five meters tall and four meters wide. Therefore, if I wanted to go looking for the dungeon, all I would have to do was attack the air every four meters.
I didn’t know how long that would take, but I would eventually find it.
“Oh, that’s right! The Bukhan Mountain dungeon!” At that point, I remembered something about the dungeon.
“There’s a giant hole on the side of Bukhan Mountain’s peak; someone’s bound to find it sooner or later.” You’d have to be blind to miss that entrance.
“Ah, whatever! Only devas can enter anyway. Let’s just leave it so someone can level up.”
I had a penalty of a thirty-day dungeon restriction, but I wasn’t stressing it. It wasn’t much of a penalty, anyway.
“It’ll be a good thing if more and more devas can grow stronger.” No one would ever know what the endgame here would be.
I had heard about a keyword known only as the Judge’s Continent during my past life. I was too low on the power spectrum then, so I had no other information about it.
“It doesn’t matter. It’s going to be different this time. I’ll go to the places I know of first. I’ll work my way from the top to the bottom. I’ll start at Gangwon Province and make my way to Chungcheong. Then I’ll take a plane from Chungcheong Airport to Jeju Island.” I’d be satisfied if I can make it to one of those three places today.
“But Eulsukdo…” I looked at my notes once more.
“I’ll look for it, too. Eulsukdo has to be where the Yung Gong Guild set its foothold. I don’t even want them to have the five bonus stat points.”
I had already killed Yung Gong Guild’s ally, Oh Hyungjae, with my bare hands. I was probably even strong enough to kill Yung Gong Group’s chairman, Shin Changil, if I wanted to.
“But…it’s not like I can kill all the bad guys from before. Even if I kill them, more will take their place. It’s not like I want to be some sort of hero, either.”
The whole thing was a contradiction. I prevented one thing by killing Oh Hyungjae, but there were so many like him in the Yong Gong Guild. The only way I could prevent the Yong Gong Guild from ever forming would be to kill every single one of its members.
“It’ll be a pain in the ass if I become wanted by the police.” If someone reported Oh Hyungjae’s death, it would still take a few months for an investigation to get underway. The society I remembered was going to fall in three or four months anyway, with everyone scrambling to become devas.
“It’s still going to take another two years for some stability to take hold.” Absolute chaos. The spiral of chaos had barely started yet.
“If I were to take out all of Yung Gong Group’s main family…” I was sure I could get away with it if I ran from the cops for a few months, but I’d probably have a pretty high notoriety for a while after.
“I don’t particularly care about notoriety, but I doubt that it’s smart to go looking for it.” I decided it was probably for the best to leave the Yung Gong Guild alone for now.
The whole spiel about running from the cops was probably just a lame excuse to try to convince myself. I was strong enough to not really care about the cops.
I knew it was only hard in the beginning and that it would only get easier, but I didn’t realize how bold I could be with the whole Oh Hyungjae business.
I never knew I had it in me. I would never forget that I had killed a man, but I wasn’t going to become some kind of serial killer.
It was my decision that killed Oh Hyungjae. But just because I killed him doesn’t mean I’m going to go around doing the same to other bad guys. This isn’t about justice or equality. I’m a person, too. I’m no god. I can’t be condemning myself like this. My decisions have consequences, I thought to myself, shaking my head.
“But once I’m strong enough, I’ll definitely hassle them. Anyway, I’ll find Eulsukdo’s dungeon as well. It probably won’t take me long with my stamina.”
If it meant spending a couple days, then I was definitely not going to let the Yung Gong Guild have that bonus.
“Looks like I’ll be busy for a while. I should hurry.” I set out and took the express bus to Sokcho. From there, I took a cab to Seorak Mountain.
I sprinted up to the peak. No steep or dangerous path could slow me down.
“Ah. Open Stat Menu!”
[Name: Lee Jiwon
Level: 32 Death count: 0
Title: Earth’s First Deva
HP: 722,500/722,500 MP: 122,500/122,500
Strength: 1,465 Agility: 1,525 Vitality: 1,445
Willpower: 1,225 Intelligence: 1,225
Residual Stat Points: 340
Special Effects: Luck Boost (X+ 1), immune from all status effects, Dungeon Seeker 1 point
Physical attack: 4,845 Physical Defense: 1,545
Magical attack: 3,675 Magical Defense: 1,354]
I had 340 leftover stat points from gaining 17 levels after beating the Red Orc boss.
“Hmm. Let’s put these in AGI as well.” I wasn’t going to be hunting monsters for the time being and decided to put all my points on AGI to help me move around faster. The faster I moved, the faster I could find the locations of dungeons that I didn’t know exactly.
“With my stats right now, getting more hits in is going to be better for me.”
Soon, I’d be able to enter dungeons again, but I had no plan to enter Jeju’s dungeon for the time being. Jeju’s mid-grade dungeon would have monsters that were higher leveled than me and while I could gain more experience points from hunting them, I’d have to be strategic and careful about it.
If I hunted in dungeons that were at my level, then I could just rush through them, like the way I did at the Bukhan Mountain dungeon.
So, what did I need the most right now? Speed. I could raise my STR and VIT from the levels I would gain while doing the actual hunting.
“It won’t be too late for me to raise my STR and VIT then.” I entered my leftover 340 stat points into AGI.
“Open Stat Menu!”
[Level: 32 Death count: 0
Title: Earth’s First Deva
HP: 722,500/722,500 MP: 122,500/122,500
Strength: 1,465 Agility: 1,865 Vitality: 1,445
Willpower: 1,225 Intelligence: 1,225]
I smiled, thinking that all these Stat points were way too much for level 32.
“Perfect. Let’s go.”
I wondered if it was the effect of the extra 340 AGI points, but I climbed the mountain far more easily.
I soon arrived at the Peak of Seorak Mountain.
“I think it was around here…”
The entrance to the dungeon was going to be overrun by monsters in the future.
The Sunbin Guild and the Yung Gong Guild would send raid parties to sneak past the monsters to fight the dungeon’s boss and then sneak back out. The other four dungeons were maintained by the guilds. Compared to them, the Seorak Mountain’s dungeon was often referred to as abandoned.
I walked around the area, occasionally hitting the air around me until I heard a resounding clink!