Chapter 76: Chapter 75: To Egypt, Part II
The fifteen-man healer party was talking among themselves loudly enough that I could overhear everything they said.
-Hunting undead is perfect for a healer-only party like them.-
Undead monsters were largely avoided by most devas, but were also the best monsters to hunt for fire mages and healers. Healers especially loved hunting undead monsters; leveling was slow for healers when they hunted normal monsters with other classes, as they didn’t get as much EXP as everyone else. But when hunting undead monsters, healers could use their heal spells as attacks to get more EXP.
I was about to let the part where the party mentioned Khufu’s dungeon go in one ear and out the other until I remembered something from the past.
-Khufu’s hidden dungeon!-
While there were normal dungeons like the Bukhan Mountain dungeon and the Mt. Fuji dungeon, there were also other dungeons known as hidden dungeons. Hidden dungeons had the same characteristics as normal dungeons: dungeon monsters yielded twice the EXP and drops as field monsters. Hidden dungeons, however, had two extra traits!
First, while normal dungeons always remained open when they were found, hidden dungeons remained open for a limited amount of time. Once that time limit was up, the entrance to the hidden dungeon disappeared. Second, one could enter a hidden dungeon while under a dungeon blessing!
Obviously, I had never entered a hidden dungeon during my past life. That was probably why I had completely forgotten about them. I always thought that I was fated to never come across one.
-Damn…I really didn’t do much in the past, did I?-
It wasn’t like I knew much about them, either. Everything I knew came from rumors.
All I heard was that there was a hidden dungeon right next to the Pyramid of Khufu. That was all I knew. However, I did remember the hidden dungeon being discovered much later, so I was pretty confident that no one had found it yet.
-Should I go?-
I didn’t know the exact location of the entrance; just that it was right next to the Pyramid of Khufu. I wasn’t sure if I could find it if I actually made the trip.
“Now then, let’s go! It’s almost time for our flight to Cairo.”
“Did you all exchange contacts? If you do, we can all plan another expedition like this again in the future!”
“Yes, we have.”
“Good. Then let’s go!”
While I was contemplating on whether or not I should search for the hidden dungeon, the healer party stood up and left the café. I made my decision as they walked out.
I wasn’t sure if I could find it, but I wanted to at least try. I wouldn’t lose out on much if I couldn’t find it after a few days.
I followed the healer party out to the Incheon Airport.
-I wonder if the Messenger Guild hasn’t been formed yet.-
In the past, the Messenger Guild was one of the more successful guilds. Their business was teleportation. The guild would have one of their members in each large city around the world to set up teleport points in those cities. They would then teleport people to whichever city for a fee. The guild started off with points in eleven cities and before I jumped into the Sea of Reset, I remembered that the guild had expanded to have points in forty-seven cities!
Other large guilds tried to get in on the action when they saw how much profit the Messenger Guild was making, but they failed. The Messenger Guild had already solidified their position by offering the safest and most reliable teleportation service.
-They were pretty expensive, but using their services was always worth the price.-
I got on the same plane to Cairo as the healer party, wishing the Messenger Guild was around right now.
In ancient Egypt, the pharaoh was a vessel of a god. The ancient Egyptians believed that when the pharaoh died, he began a journey to return to godhood. At that time, the only methods of transportation were horse-drawn chariots and ships that sailed the Nile. When the pharaoh was buried in his pyramid, he was buried with his chariots and ships.
There was a chamber that stored the buried ships inside the Pyramid of Khufu. Inside that chamber was where the entrance to the hidden dungeon was located. Lee Jiwon did not know that.
Back at the Sunbin Guild headquarters…
“You say he’s on his way to Egypt now?”
“Yes sir. He just got a plane for Cairo.”
“Hmm…” Song Daechul had just received a report from Uno, an agent of his guild’s Intelligence Division.
“Are Song Haechang and the Hitman Guild still after Lee Jiwon?”
“Yes, sir. The Hitman Guild attempted to kidnap him, as per Song Haechang’s request, but failed. They are still looking for Lee Jiwon with the promise of being paid thirty times their usual fee.”
“Pathetic…” Song Haechang had no idea that Song Daechul already knew everything about his illicit affairs. Nothing escaped the eyes of the Sunbin Guild’s guild master. Song Daechul knew that his grandson was working with the gangster guild and occasionally passed on information, but allowed it to happen.
There must be evil in the world so that the good could prove its purity above it. A large city such as Seoul had to have trash on the corners of its streets so that a cleanup crew could pick it up. That was why he allowed the Hitman Guild to exist.
Song Daechul and his Intelligence Division knew that Oh Taeshik knew his place in the city. Oh Taeshik never made too much noise, and did his best to stay under the Sunbin Guild’s radar. That was why the Sunbin Guild left him alone. Of course, Oh Taeshik and Song Haechang had no idea of this.
“Haa…I don’t know if this is the right decision to make.”
“…” Uno didn’t reply.
“My grandson… my only grandson.” He knew about Song Haechang’s inferiority complex and the hatred he felt towards Lee Jiwon. He knew about Song Haechang kicking Lee Jiwon out of the building the second he woke up. He knew about Song Haechang’s order to have Lee Jiwon kidnapped and why.
“Men are blind to their own causes.” Song Daechul got up from his seat and looked out his window.
The Sunbin Guild became even more powerful once the Otadolon stage kicked into full gear. There was no other entity that could ever come close to rival its power. The Sunbin Guild already had twenty thousand of its elites hunting in a mid-grade dungeon in China and one in Mongolia. Only Sunbin Guild members were allowed to hunt there.
The guild had even set up safe zones and rest areas in each floor the two dungeons so that all guild members could focus on getting stronger. It had been five months since they began.
The guild also had ten thousand guild members on rotation to clear out the fields surrounding Seoul and for the territory in Siberia it had received from Russia.
Song Daechul knew that this was all thanks to the information Lee Jiwon provided when they first met. However, if he had to pick between his grandson and his benefactor, he believed that he would choose his family.
“Tell me… how did Lee Jiwon get so strong?” At first, Song Daechul and his Intelligence Division made the judgement call that it was the end for Lee Jiwon. It was why Song Daechul ordered him to be protected as a final favor to him.
“That’s…” Uno had always been able to clearly answer every single one of his guild master’s questions, until now. Only Uno, the Intelligence Division, and Song Daechul knew about the fight between Lee Jiwon and the Hitman Guild’s specialist. Not a single one of them expected the fight to turn out the way it did.
“It also doesn’t make sense that he slept for four years straight,” Song Daechul didn’t rebuke Uno for being unable to answer. If Uno didn’t know, no one could know. He knew it wasn’t because Uno was slacking off.
“Haein still doesn’t know he’s up, does she?”
“No, she doesn’t.”
“When is she due back?”
“She and the Shire Guild have completed the boss raid and are currently hunting at a hidden dungeon.”
“Then she should be back in a month or two at most.”
“Yes sir, it would seem so.”
“Good. Continue to collect as much information on Lee Jiwon as possible.”
“You may go.”
“Yes sir. Oh, and should we continue to track him?” Song Daechul had the Myth Guild keep track of Lee Jiwon’s movements while keeping its distance. Uno asked if they should follow him all the way to Egypt.
“…” Song Daechul quietly thought to himself for a while.
“It’s… about time to put an end to it and our old ties.”
“Understood. I’ll have the Myth Guild cease at once.” Uno then disappeared into a cloud of smoke. Song Daechul continued to look out his window and watched the city below him.
“I’ve… changed a lot as well. I didn’t die when my time came, and it seems I’ve become a monster…” Song Daechul walked out of the conference room, removing the ward that surrounded the room as he left. The ward was there to repel the prying eyes of the Gnosis Guild.
The Gnosis Guild members were gathered once more at their Han Dong building in Yeouido.
“He’s not trying to hide his ward from us now.”
“We did take a lot of information from him.” X, the wielder of the Nearly All-Seeing Eye, spoke up for the first time.
“Do we need to conceal ourselves now?”
“We do. My Eye is telling me to not underestimate Song Daechul.”
“Really?” Alpha asked X.
“The old man’s found some new desires after escaping death. Or maybe he’s found something new to latch on to. Either way, he’s gotten too strong and I’m sure he knows it, too. Soon, we won’t know what he’ll decide to do. One wrong move, and we’ll become his new target.”
“Damn.” Alpha swore at what X just said and began to think. Soon, he came to a decision.
“Cease all intel operations on the Sunbin Guild. Don’t even accept requests that have to do with the Sunbin Guild. Turn over all profit we made using the Sunbin Guild over to Song Daechul. We need to make ourselves as scarce as possible.” No one said anything in objection. They all knew this decision was based on what X just told them.
“But… do we really need to turn over everything? It’s not like he knows exactly how much we made,” said Lim Gina.
“This meeting is adjourned.”
“I guess we’re huddling in for the storm.”
“Damn, it’s getting scary. Do you think I should leave Korea for a while?” No one paid attention to what Lim Gina said.
“Hey. Hello? Excuse me? Can you guys hear me? Are you guys actually ignoring me again?”
I arrived at Cairo International Airport in a record six hours, thanks to airline companies using wind magic to speed the planes up without having to make any mechanical improvements. The Healer party got on a bus right away, as if their itinerary was already planned out ahead of time.
I didn’t set out to follow them to the Pyramid of Khufu right away, as it wasn’t my target destination. I left the airport and walked around Cairo to see what the general situation of the city was.
I bought a map to see where the dungeon location was, but the map said it was only fifteen kilometers away from me. Hell, I didn’t even need a map; I could have just followed the crowd of devas that was heading towards the dungeon.
-Damn, that’s a lot of devas.-
There was not a single mortal in sight. Of course it did make sense, since it was pretty close to the dungeon, but the fact that there was not a single mortal around meant that the place was pretty dangerous.
Cairo was not a safe place for mortals to live in. In other words, there was a high chance that Cairo was pretty lawless, and that whatever power resided here was too weak to properly maintain the city.
I was alone in this unfamiliar place, but I wasn’t nervous or afraid. I looked around some more before heading to the Pyramid of Khufu. I did take my time, but thanks to my high movement speed, I arrived in no time.
“It’s pretty big.” The Pyramid of Khufu, also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza, was surrounded by smaller pyramids and was truly a sight to behold. However, the best part was the dungeon entrance. The dungeon entrance stood in the middle of the pyramids and there was a line of devas waiting outside, with another group of devas blocking the entrance. They were part of the guild that controlled the dungeon and were collecting entrance fees from devas in line.
“That mark…” It was a normal sight to see members of the controlling guild collect entrance fees, but I noticed the insignia on their shoulders.
“Isn’t that the Myth Guild?” It was one of the famous guilds I had heard about in the past.
-If the Myth Guild is here, then is this place connected to the Blood Prince?-
I didn’t know about the Myth Guild just because it was famous. Well, it was famous since it was Egypt’s number one guild, but it was famous because of the deity known as the Blood Prince.
-That’s the guild that was obliterated by the Blood Prince.-
Deities; 114 beings that were chosen by the Creator Himself. Seven of them were known as the Seven Monarchs. These seven were considered to be the strongest out of all the deities. The Blood Prince was one of them.
The Blood Prince and ten of his followers completely annihilated the Myth Guild. That was why I remembered the guild.
-Damn. The Blood Prince, huh…-
I had never meet him in person. The Blood Prince never really came to Asia, especially South Korea. But everyone had heard of his evil reputation.
Countless mortals and devas died by his hand. Everyone all the way to Seoul knew about how he killed without discrimination.
-I suppose I don’t have to worry about that yet.-
I didn’t put too much thought into it, as it was bound to happen to someone else, and not to me. Besides, if it did already happen, these Myth Guild members wouldn’t be here!