Chapter 77: Chapter 76: Minor Contact? Part 1
Over by the Babylon Fortress in Old Cairo, there were signs of a huge fight.
“It’s time to go. The Myth Guild will be here soon to investigate.”
“Hah. Are you afraid of those insects? Insects are insects, no matter how many there are.”
“Yes, I know. You’ve told me many times before, but right now, your men are anxiously waiting for the return of their captain. They may be in this for the money, but they don’t enjoy carrying out dangerous missions.”
Um-nefer, one of the 114 deities turned away. Um-nefer had a different name he was known as: the Blood Prince! Those that knew him called him the Blood Prince, whether they were deities, devas, or mortals.
“Must we contract devas?” the Blood Prince asked Ang-te, another deity.
“Yes. We need them, regardless if they’re helpful or not. If we take on all the devas on our own, we will be evenly matched. But if we have devas on our side, we can pull ahead and they’ll be too busy fighting one another.”
“It’s exactly that kind of political thinking that’s preventing us from advancing. We don’t need to split them up when we have absolute power.”
“Only those as strong as you can think like that, captain. Besides, didn’t you get clocked real good not too long ago? I can still see you running away with your tail between your legs when you got caught in the Myth Guild’s trap.”
“Whatever. Let’s go back now. Hasn’t the countdown started anyway?”
“Tsk! But I’m not fully warmed up yet to go back now. Is the Giza Pyramid still guarded by the Myth Guild?”
“I suppose so. It is the Myth Guild’s biggest source of income. Why? Do you want to go there, too?”
“I’m not warmed up yet. Besides, isn’t it better for all of us if I kill at least one more of them?”
“Haa…fine. But be careful. The Myth Guild is most likely on full alert after getting hit that hard. I also don’t want to deal with Shin’s temper…”
“I get it, I get it. You worry too much. Shin thinks about too many things to freely go anywhere. She’s probably in a middle of a hysterical fit right now,” the Blood Prince interrupted Ang-te, annoyed.
“I understand. I’ll take the men back to base.” Ang-te gathered the 950 mercenaries and returned to the safe house to await the start of the Myth Guild Invasion.
“Now then, I suppose I should make my way over there.” The Blood Prince began to head towards the Pyramid of Khufu, the primary source of income of the Myth Guild, where Lee Jiwon was earnestly in the middle of searching for the hidden dungeon!
“Damn, this is tough.”
I had no trouble digging through the pyramid itself. There were devas everywhere and none of them paid any attention to me. No one else probably expected there to be another dungeon here when there already was one.
“Is this the wrong way to look for it?” I was looking for the hidden dungeon the same way I found the dungeons in Korea. I kept punching at the air while going around.
I rapped my knuckles here and there while taking care not to attract any attention towards me, but couldn’t find any sign of the dungeon.
-If I remember correctly… hidden dungeons were found through quests or scrolls found in random chests.-
-I’ve got no information about the hidden dungeon’s entrance at all. Can it only be found if I fulfill certain requirements?- I continued to knock at the pyramid’s walls while thinking to myself.
All of a sudden, I heard a loud crash echo through the pyramid. I turned my head towards the sound and heard a voice. It didn’t sound very far away.
“Ahahaha! This place is about to come into my possession! Who said you can go around collecting golden rings like this?” A man right outside the pyramid entrance was holding one of the guards by the neck.
-The Blood Prince!-
I had never seen him face to face, but had seen him on multiple news reports, so I knew it was him. On the way here, I had thought that there was no way that I would encounter him like this, but there he was, right in front of me.
“You’re just another descendant of the loser, Ay!”
“Burning Black Dragonfire!”
“Solid Sand Chain!”
“Summon! Sand Warrior!”
The Myth Guild guards began attacking the Blood Prince.
“Ha! Good, good. Struggle as hard as you can. It’ll make crushing you that much more fun!” The Blood Prince took all of the attacks head on, but it didn’t look like he received any damage from them. He just stood there, smiling.
“Hahahaha! It’s almost a crime to control Egypt when you’re all this weak. Blood Pool!” Blood began pouring out from the ground beneath the Blood Prince like a geyser of blood. Soon, the whole area around him was covered in blood.
“Don’t get caught in the Blood Pool!” The guards quickly jumped away to get away from the pooling blood.
“Where do you think you’re going? Steel Chains of Blood!” Chains covered in blood shot out from the pool of blood and wrapped around the ankles of guards that jumped away and pulled them down in the Blood Pool.
“Cut them away! The Blood Prince can’t move away from the center of the Blood Pool. Just cut the chains away.”
“We just need to stay away from the Blood Pool. The Blood Prince will have to lift it sooner or later.”
The Myth Guild guards started to attack the chains that were dragging them deeper into the pool little by little. However, the Blood Prince remained where he was and the chains remained intact, no matter how hard they struck at them.
Soon, the six guards were completely submerged in the pool of blood. And that was it; they never came back up.
“Whoa! Hey, does that mean we can enter the pyramid for free?”
“Come on, let’s go.”
“Let’s get inside before the Myth Guild gets here!” The normal devas that were waiting to enter the Khufu dungeon began to move towards the entrance. They seemed confident that the Blood Prince was only here for the Myth Guild and wasn’t going to attack them.
Spears of blood protruded from their chests.
Most of them were Healers. The spears pierced through them without much resistance.
“You insects are pretty bold to think you can just enter my dungeon without permission!” The Blood Prince didn’t hesitate to strike at the non-guild devas that tried to enter the dungeon.
Seemingly unsatisfied with just the Blood Spears, the Blood Prince charged at the devas to attack them.
“Gaahhh! Please! We’re not with the Myth Guild!”
“He’s right! We just want train in the dungeon!”
“We have nothing to do with the Myth Guild!”
The devas didn’t attempt to stop or counter the Blood Prince’s attacks. Instead, they opted to beg for their lives.
“Gahahaha! I don’t care. You’re all insignificant insects to me. You’re all insects trying to come inside my dungeon. Isn’t it obvious that the owner exterminate any insects invading his home? Struggle for your lives and make it interesting for me. It’s boring if you just go straight to begging. React a little like the Myth Guild.” The Blood Prince cut down the devas while smiling. It was a complete massacre.
-I need to get out of here.- I turned away after watching the Blood Prince. The devas that were around me were thinking the same and started to inch away from the Blood Prince. There were still a few staring at the Blood Prince in shock, frozen in place.
I wasn’t about to fight with the Blood Prince.
He saw devas as lower than insects; words were of no use to him. Challenging him was pointless.
I haven’t made myself his enemy yet, and I didn’t want to step in to save any of these devas. It’s not like anyone would thank me if I did, and I had nothing to gain from fighting him.
“Stop there!” The Blood Prince, however, thought otherwise. “I’m far from done yet. It looks like there are still more insects to exterminate. Hehehehe.”
The other devas began to book it, and I was right there with them.
I still had Blink from the Lightning Boots, but I decided not to use it yet. It did have a cooldown of five minutes, but I also didn’t want to needlessly attract his attention. The Blood Prince was looking around, deciding who would be his prey.
“Good. Running away is the best you insects can do.” The Blood Prince charged at one group of devas. Unfortunately, that group was right next to me.
“We need to work together!”
“We have a chance if we combine our power! We’ll all die if we abandon each other!” A few devas shouted out and took fighting stances when they saw the Blood Prince charging at them, but it was all in vain. Everyone else was more focused on staying alive. Once they saw the Blood Prince pounce on the group, they sped away. Others even ran in the opposite direction of the Blood Prince and into the dungeon.
“Blood Wave!” The Blood Prince’s attack swept the group of devas away and continued straight for me.
There were a lot of healers here in the Khufu dungeon. Healers could actually gain more EXP than any other class by killing undead. However, healers are mainly supposed to be on the back line supporting, not on the front line taking attacks head on. The group of devas next didn’t have anyone to protect them from the Blood Wave and were swept away without any resistance. But not me.
I turned to face the incoming Blood Wave and swung my greatsword down in front of me in an arc. The attack split the wave in half and the blood washed away from me to the sides, soaking into the sand.
-I did not mean to do that…-
I only tried to block the attack because I didn’t want to just stand there like an idiot and take it to the face.
I wasn’t afraid of the Blood Wave. I was an Unrivaled, a deva that could stand up to a deity, and the first one at that. But that still didn’t mean I wanted to be some sort of defender of justice for these guys.
-I really don’t want to needlessly fight this guy…-
The other devas around me couldn’t avoid or block the Blood Wave and were swept away by it. Most of them died, and those that survived were either screaming on the floor in pain or running away.
“You’re different.” The Blood Prince stared me down, ignoring everyone else, and walked towards me.
“I don’t want to fight you,” I said, looking right back at him.
“I don’t think you’re a deity…”
“I’m a deva.”
“It’s been a while since I’ve felt such power from a deva.”
“I’ll say it once more. I don’t want to fight you, but I won’t run if you attack me.” What’s done was done. I lost my chance to get out there with Blink. The Blood Prince would follow me wherever I went. The only chance I had was to fight back.
“Is that right? But I don’t care about what you have to say!” The Blood Prince formed a sword out of blood and charged at me. Now I really had no choice!
The blade of my sword met his with a clang. I felt the strongest force I’d felt from an attack so far, but it wasn’t enough to push me back. My HP did fall, however, even though I blocked his attack.
==[You have been afflicted by Blood Curse.]==
==[Blood Curse removed due to status immunity.]==
==[Damage received from deity reduced by 50%]==
==[You are the first Unrivaled. Attacks against deities increased by 25%]==
“You…! You’re an Unrivaled?!”