Chapter 63: Chapter 62: To the Fourth Floor, Part
Had the wheel landed on a -1, 0, 1 or a 2, I definitely would have been all bummed out, but the wheel landed on a 3. I was sure that I was going to get a 3 every day from now on, and now everything made me happy.
I even happily watched a nearby crown of griffons while lying on the ground for more than two hours.
“Gahahaha.” The occasional fit of laughter kept escaping from me, and I had to make sure that I didn’t make too much noise.
The further I went in to Gangwon, the more I saw griffon crowns flying around. I had to be more careful. When the nearby crown flew off, I finally got up.
“I should take my time.” I kept my slow place, but I steadily made progress. Inje and Seorak Mountain weren’t far off now.
“Whew. I finally made it to Inje.” I arrived in the center of the city of Inje around nine PM. There were a lot of crumbling and ruined buildings around the city. I found a somewhat clean building and went inside. I took out some more bread and another beverage.
“I finally made it this far. I should be able to enter the dungeon tomorrow. It’d be nice if everything continued to go smoothly…” I laid down, staring up through a hole in the ceiling and watching the stars. As I wondered if I could safely enter the dungeon tomorrow, I fell fast asleep.
I woke up the next morning at six. I made my final preparations as I read my map.
“I’ve got about twenty-five kilometers left.” I just had to follow the mountain trail straight to Seorak Peak. Now that there wasn’t much distance left, my body tensed in anticipation. The only way to ease this tension was to enter the dungeon.
I took extra precautions as I left Inje and practically crawled my way to the mountain peak. After about five hours, I stopped by a large tree and huddled under it. At eleven AM every morning, this was going to be part of my daily routine. I waited quietly.
[Day Three. Shaman Kos Stupid Selfish Prick Roulette Wheel will now appear.]
I touched the roulette wheel without feeling any sense of burden.
[Shaman Kos Stupid Selfish Prick Roulette Wheel will now turn.]
This time, I didn’t watch the wheel spin. I closed my eyes and kept my composure.
[Day Three. You will receive Shaman Kos Roulette gift.
You have received three Stat points.
Total points: 9
The next roulette wheel will appear in 24 hours.]
I opened my eyes at the alert and stared at the message screen. I smirked.
“Time to go.”
There was no longer a need to make a scene by laughing and crying. I would now gain 3 Stat points a day. I no longer needed to try to convince myself that it was normal. It was going to be as common as the sun rising and setting. It was going to be as natural as breathing.
I came up from under the tree and continued my snail’s pace up the trail.
“Huh?” Not long after, I noticed signs of a fight. There were broken tree trunks and craters in the earth. The signs were pretty recent. The dirt in the craters was a different color than the dirt on the trail.
“What the Hell? Did someone else come up to the dungeon?” There was no other reason. They had to be beyond insane to try to hunt the twin-horned griffon and other griffons in griffon territory. Besides, if someone really did that here and not in the outer regions of Gangwon, then the sky would be black with griffon crowns fighting back.
“It’s not a small party, either. It had to be at least fifty? No, there must have been at least a hundred people here fighting.” The damage around the trail was extensive.
“It can’t be a raiding party, can it? No. They would have to come here secretly, not bringing this many people. Why would they be here, this deep in the twin-horned griffon’s territory? They had to have been discovered pretty easily. The only reason that somewhat makes sense is if most of them were trying to hold the griffon boss back for a smaller group. But what sort of idiot or psycho would willingly incur the death penalty?” I couldn’t figure out what had really happened just by looking at the scene. I thought for a moment if I should continue or turn back.
“Hmm…I should keep going. I got this far; it’d be a waste if I turned back now. And I’m curious as to what really happened here.” For some reason, I felt that the persons responsible for this scene were at the Seorak dungeon. There couldn’t be another explanation.
I carefully made my way through the craters that kept appearing farther up the trail, and headed straight for the dungeon without stopping. About five hours later, the entrance to the dungeon finally came into view. It felt good seeing the dungeon I had found four years ago again.
“What the Hell happened here?” The entrance of the dungeon was surrounded with crushed boulders and fallen trees. This scene looked worse than I saw coming up here. It was an absolute mess. Thirty meters around the entrance, the ground was completely flipped over. The fight must have been pretty damn fierce.
“Who did this? There can’t be that many guilds that would be willing to lose so much and go straight in to raid the dungeon boss.” No matter how much I thought about it, the only guilds possible were the Sunbin, Ojin and Yung Gong Guilds. The other guilds were too weak to even think about trying something like this.
“It’s not the Sunbin Guild. The Sunbin Guild isn’t stupid enough to take this much loss over a dungeon. Is it the Yung Gong Guild?” It seemed more plausible that it would be that guild than the Ojin Guild.
“If it is the Yung Gong Guild… I wonder if I can mess with them if they’re in the middle of the boss battle.” The signs of battle I saw on my way up the trail were fresh. I began to envision what I could do to make sure I royally screwed the Yung Gong Guild over.
I had quite the grudge against that guild.
“I hope this guild did something like turn over a new leaf. I really wish I was able to get some information on them and Lee Kangchan from the Gnosis Guild.” When I woke up after four years, I noticed that there was a lot of differences in the world than back then. The Sunbin Guild’s borders reached all the way up to Paju, and they had even set up an outpost in Namyangju. There was nothing like that in my previous life.
“Screw it! I’ll get in their way first and figure it out later.” It was going to be really worth it to mess with the Yung Gong Guild. There was only a 0.00000001% chance, but if they actually became one of the good guys…
“I know! I’ll cover my face with a bandana or something. I’ll even make my orc armor visible and pretend that I’m a newbie. I have to make sure they don’t ever find out it was me.” I decided to conceal my identity in the very faint chance that the guild was actually a good guild. But I knew that there really was no chance that the guild had changed. How could it have, when it went through with its boss raid while so many people had to have taken death penalties coming here? There were no way the guys in the dungeon right now were good people if they allowed such a thing to happen.
I’ll be their judge, jury, and executioner. If I don’t like them, then I’ll just beat the crap out of them. I’m strong enough to. I’m not the weak guy I was before!
Still, I decided to cover my face before doing anything. Soon enough, people would know who I am.
Time to go! I thought to myself, once I made my final preparations. I didn’t see any signs of griffons or the griffon boss nearby but I still carefully crept my way towards the dungeon entrance. I wasn’t about to have to run from them after I made it this far. I had to be careful until the very end.
I crept closer to the entrance until I was about fifty meters away. Once I was close enough, I sprang up and practically dove inside.
Back at the Han Dong building in Yeouido, three people were having a discussion on the third floor. They were analyst Lim Gina, the seer Jay, and Alpha of the Gnosis Guild.
“What do we do now? He actually went inside the dungeon.”
“There’s nothing we can do. I can’t use Clairvoyance to see inside the dungeon,” Jay replied as she turned off her Clairvoyance skill.
“The Yung Gong Guild and Lee Jiwon are about to meet. What do you think will happen?”
“I don’t have enough information, so I don’t know. I can’t even believe that this Lee Jiwon guy actually slept for four years straight under the care of the Sunbin Guild. He took down a smilodon easily by himself? After sleeping for four years? Hah! If that’s true, then I’ll sleep for eight years! Besides, beauties always need sleep, so eight years won’t be more than enough for me,” Lim Gina snorted and retorted to Alpha. However, Alpha was looking at Jay, and not at Lim Gina.
“Use your Clairvoyance on the Yung Gong Guild master, Shin Chang Il. The result of the raid will soon be revealed. See if Lee Jiwon had anything to do with the success or failure of the raid.”
“Ugh. Fine. I see you’re not going to give me time to rest.”
“Oi, you, hey. Are you listening to me?” Lim Gina asked while watching Alpha and Jay talk to one another.
The Gnosis Guild was able to find out the identity of the man in one day. It was Lee Jiwon, the man who slept for four years straight under the care of the Sunbin Guild! The reason they could only presume it was him was because that the person they saw just couldn’t be the person they heard about.
How could he easily kill a smilodon after sleeping for four years straight? It only took him a few hits! The Gnosis Guild couldn’t believe it, and continued to investigate, but they didn’t find anything else.
Well, no; they did find something. They found more evidence proving that he actually slept for four years. The more they investigated, the more mysterious he was. He basically dropped out of the sky after not making a single sound since the beginning of the Otadolon stage.
Lee Jiwon made the Gnosis Guild panic for their first time.
During my previous life, I had managed to hunt a few times in the Seorak dungeon before all of Gangwon became infested with monsters. I really liked hunting here, as there were monsters that easily fell to magic. It was great for a fire mage like me. It really was a shame when I couldn’t hunt at the dungeon anymore.
“Nice to see you again, golems.” As soon as I entered the dungeon, I saw golems made of dirt called Clay Golems. It was kind of nice to see them again, so I called out to them.
Clay Golems were difficult for melee fighters to kill, but were easy prey for mages. First, they were damn slow. Their movement speed was only at 50. Secondly, while their physical defense was high, their magic defense was just as low. These guys were my favorite monsters to hunt back when I was a fire mage.
“I might be a melee fighter right now, but I’m not afraid of you. If I was afraid, I doubt I would have been able to make it here in the first place. Open Stats Menu!”
[Name: Lee Jiwon
Level: 62 Death Count: 0
Title: Earth’s First Deva
HP: 977,500/977,500 MP: 124,700/124,700
Strength: 3,734 Agility: 4,200 Vitality: 1,955
Willpower: 1,247 Intelligence: 1,247
Unassigned Stat Points: 40+9
Special Effects: Luck Boost (X+ 1), immune from all status effects, Dungeon Seeker 6 points
Physical Attack: 11,652 Physical Defense: 2,055
Magical Attack: 3,741 Magical Defense: 1,376]
My level went up by 2 when I killed the smilodons on the way here, which gave me 40 Stat points to use. The extra 9 points were from the Stupid Selfish Prick skill.
However, for some reason, the 9 points weren’t completely added into my unassigned Stat points. I had no idea why…