Chapter 41: Chapter 40: Searching for the Country’s Last Dungeon, Part II
“Open Stat Menu!” Finding four low-grade dungeons and one mid-grade dungeon should have netted me 27 points to each of my Stats. It was a total of 135 Stat points! “That’s a bonus thirteen and a half levels!”
[Name: Lee Jiwon
Level: 32 Death count: 0
Title: Earth’s First Deva
HP: 733,500/733,500 MP: 124,700/124,700
Strength: 1,487 Agility: 1,887 Vitality: 1,467
Willpower: 1,247 Intelligence: 1,247
Residual Stat Points: 0
Special Effects: Luck Boost (X+ 1), immune from all status effects, Dungeon Seeker 6 point
Physical attack: 4,911 Physical Defense: 1,567
Magical attack: 3,741 Magical Defense: 1,376]
My total stats were high enough that there wasn’t much of a noticeable difference from the bonus 135 points.
“It’s still worth it. I’m sure once I find enough dungeons, I can accrue more stat points than the amount I got from the Unrivaled skill.” The Unrivaled skill granted a total of 5,000 stat points. If I were to farm another 5,000 stat points from dungeon seeking alone…
“Hmm. I shouldn’t try to calculate it. I’ll just be optimistic that one day it’ll happen.” I raised my arms over my shoulders and stretched.
“I found all of South Korea’s dungeons, so that ends chapter one! Chapter two will start with Japan! But before that, I should go meet with Chairman Song Daechul.”
I found the nearest intercity bus terminal and took a bus back to Seoul. I decided to take a break for completing chapter one of my master plan.
The next morning…
“I should give her a call first. She said it was ok to call her any time.” After I washed up, I opened my wardrobe. I still had another five days left, but I didn’t want to put it off any longer.
I’ve already opened up all of Korea’s dungeons, and I had turned my sights to Japan. I didn’t exactly have good feelings towards Japan, so I was planning on emptying out its dungeons.
“Hmm…” The inside of my wardrobe was pretty miserable.
I had mostly spent my nights at the factory, so all I had were work clothes. During the year after my return, everything I did was in preparation for the day Earth changed, and I never really thought about clothes. During that whole year, I never took it easy.
“Still, it’s Korea’s largest conglomerate and ranked in the top fifteen in the whole world…I shouldn’t go meet the chairman in just jeans and a shirt, right?” I wasn’t really the type to care about formal things, or the type to go through empty formalities and ostentation. I never really cared for fashion, either, but I knew there was a time and place for everything.
I always believed that if I were ever invited to a formal event, I had to dress the part. Even on TV and in books, all those main characters that believed that their way was the only way didn’t come off as cool or anything. I always grimaced at those characters.
“The problem here is that I’ve never actually been formally invited to anything.” I wasn’t invited to stay at the hotel in Jeju; I paid for my own room and didn’t care about what I was wearing or how I looked.
“I know! I’ll get the most expensive suit tailored. I’ll get one so expensive that no one can say anything bad about me.” I still had about 90 million won left in my inventory.
“I’ll go to a brand name shopping mall!” I quickly got ready and left for the nearest and largest Future shopping mall.
“This… has to be my first time in a shopping mall.” Even after the world changed, this Future shopping mall was still full of people.
“It’s pretty nice here.” It was nice seeing all these people going about their ways, chattering and shopping.
“We only have three months left.” Even the news stopped reporting about the day they coined The Great Event, even though there wasn’t much time left.
The adaptability of humans was pretty outstanding for people to just accept it already.
“It’s not like I have any right to say anything. I did the same back then.” Soon, the news would be talking about the changes. Humans could no longer produce sperm and eggs, and devas were beginning to appear all around the world and didn’t really die. That would be the only thing on TV all day, every day.
Once people find out about the stat and skill menu, chaos would slowly ensue. And once monsters started appearing out of nowhere…
“That’ll be the end.” I shivered as I remembered that day.
I entered the department store, weaving in and out of the crowd.
“Hmm. The men’s clothing store is on the fourth floor.” I rode the escalators to the fourth floor.
The entire fourth floor exuded elegance that I had never experienced in any of the stores I had ever been to. My past self would have been intimidated by it all. But right now, I didn’t feel much. I wasn’t intimidated at all.
I slowly walked around the floor, taking in the sights.
It might have had to do with my current sad state of my clothes, but there wasn’t a single employee that greeted me as I passed by their stores. Well, that just means I can take my time looking around.
As I walked around, a suit in one of the stores caught my attention.
It looked like something the protagonist of a mystery movie wore. I walked closer to the store and checked the price tag.
“……” I really liked the suit, but I couldn’t produce any words when I saw the price tag. It nearly cost ten million won!
That was three months’ worth of pay back when I worked at the factory!
“Please don’t touch it.” I didn’t even think about touching it because it was so expensive. But that judgmental tone really pissed me off.
A woman with a name tag that read Manager Park Soohui came up to me and stood next to the suit I was eyeing.
“You might end up wiping something on it,” she muttered loud enough for me to hear as she patted the suit.
My boiling anger quickly subsided and I could only smile at her attempt to embarrass me.
Huh? I’m not embarrassed? Isn’t it normal to want to hide in a hole somewhere? That’s how I usually felt. Those thoughts briefly crossed my mind.
Ah! I must have changed so much that such treatment can’t even faze me!
Calling a beggar a beggar is no doubt an insult. But calling a wealthy person a beggar was just a joke.
I was the wealthiest and strongest of anyone on Otadolon. To have someone as insignificant as her try to insult me was hilarious.
I was the only person who had golden rings right now. Normal paper currency was about to become tinder, technically making me the richest person on Earth!
“Hahaha!” I started laughing.
“Excuse me!” My laughter must have pushed her the wrong way and she glared at me. “Where do you think you are to be making a scene…”
“I’d like to buy this suit.” I was sure I wasn’t making a scene, but I didn’t want to listen to her voice any longer and cut her off.
“But not from you.” I took out two stacks of bills from my inventory as if I took them out from my pocket.
“I need a suit, a white shirt, and a necktie. Do you sell dress shoes as well?” I asked while slapping the stacks on my hand.
“…..” Her expression of looking at a bug quickly disappeared. I saw her eyes start to shake.
“I don’t like Ms. Manager here…ah! You there. The employee over there…yes, you.” I called over to a small female employee who was holding a large rag. Surprised, she pointed at herself with the rag and I nodded.
She walked up to me.
“I am…” she kept glancing over to her manager, unsure of what to exactly say.
“Are you unable to make sales here?”
“What? No! That’s not it…”
“Good, that’s fine, then. I really don’t want to buy anything from Ms. Park Soohui here, but I also really want to buy this suit. What should we do about that, then? You’ll just have to make the sale, right?” I said loud enough for the manager and everyone else in the store to hear.
“Right…,” the employee, Yung Jihye, replied while looking at her manager’s reddening face.
I took out two more stacks of 50,000 won bills. I had two million won in my hand.
“We’ll start with the suit. I’d like a shirt that will go well with it…can you pick one out for me?” I asked Yung Jihye.
“Yes! One moment, please!” I followed the flustered woman.
I noticed there was a man in his forties wearing a Brionir suit watching the whole exchange and approaching the red-faced manager as we walked away, but I purposely didn’t pay any more attention to it.
With the help of Yung Jihye, we picked out 2 shirts that cost ₩500,000, a ₩300,000 necktie, a ₩500,000 belt and a pair of shoes that cost over ₩2,500,000 to go with the suit.
“Can I wear it when I leave?”
“Of course you can.”
She gave me a pair of complementary socks, and I put everything on before leaving the dressing room.
“Wow! It looks really good on you,” said Yung Jihye, smiling at my reflection.
“Looks like clothes were made for you,” said the man from earlier. He was obviously the regional manager of the store.
“Thank you.” Even I thought I looked pretty cool. I puffed my chest at wearing such nice suit for the first time.
I never knew a suit could be this comfortable. I always thought that all suits were uncomfortable and dress shoes hurt your feet, but I was proven wrong today!
I walked over to the register while still in my suit. On the counter was a luxurious looking paper bag with the Brionir logo on it. My jeans and t-shirt were in the bag, neatly folded, along with my sneakers.
“How much is it?”
“Everything will come out to ₩14,180,000, but as an apology for what happened earlier, may I provide the belt as a gift?”
“No, you don’t have to do that. It wasn’t a big deal.”
“Please, I insist. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a suit fit someone so well, so I would like to gift the belt to you.”
“Well…if you insist.”
“Your total comes out to ₩13,680,000.”
I handed him three stacks of bills.
“Would you like a receipt of your purchase?”
“No, I don’t need it.”
As I left the store, I confidently walked past the still red-faced Park Soohui who was standing to the side.
I exited the shopping mall, sharply dressed.
I wanted to buy a few more suits, but I needed the cash for the next couple of months, and went home satisfied with my purchase.
Ed. Note: If you’re wondering, the exchange rate of Won to $ is about 1000:1. So just divide all numbers by a thousand. A million won is about a thousand bucks, 50,000 won is $50. Yes, he just blew fourteen grand on a very nice suit.
This also blows over into the value of currency. If you’re American, think of gold rings as pennies. It takes a lot of pennies to add up to anything of value!