Chapter 98: Chapter 97: Guerilla Warfare Part II
Fortaleza do Monte, San Tuan Guild’s headquarters in Macau…
A day had passed since the fight against Lee Jiwon at Hive’s auction house. Toh, Wanhu, and the San Tuan Guild’s officers were gathered.
“Fine, I’ll admit it. I…got too worked up,” said Wanhu, dejected. She had rampaged all around the conference room, swearing that she would have her revenge against Lee Jiwon, but as time passed, she finally cooled down. She realized she had jumped the gun in the beginning. “I never experienced such failure before. I was just so shocked at losing a host.”
“It’s fine. What’s done is done. We just need to focus on what to do next,” said Toh. Toh knew that they were in this together since the beginning and didn’t press the issue. “Qing, what’s our current situation?” Toh asked the guild’s chief of staff.
“Well, first off, Mistress Wanhu has lost all five hosts.” Upon Wanhu’s death, her Buddy skill released its hold on her five current hosts. Once they regained their free will, they took back the items Wanhu took from them and escaped Macau. “The good news is that since Master Toh didn’t die during the fight, your Swap skill hasn’t lost its effect.” The hosts still had their Stats swapped. They could only wait until the time limit was up.
“On top of that, we lost 127 members to Lee Jiwon, and the auction house is in ruins. However, the biggest problem here is…” Qing hesitated before continuing, “…that there were still VIPs staying at the hotel.”
Toh, Wanhu and the officers frowned. They knew what she was getting at.
“There were still quite a few VIPs still at the hotel thirty minutes before the fight, and the villa was just too close to the hotel. They saw the whole fight and how we got our butts handed to us.”
Even if it was late at night, the auction house, hotel and villa were just too close to each other, so it was obvious they saw everything. They couldn’t silence all of them. They were all VIPs, yes, but among them was also the guild master of Cheng Long Guild and Luana, the ruler of South America.
“Everyone knows that the San Tuan Guild lost to Lee Jiwon, and there are quite a few who are happy with that.”
No one liked the San Tuan Guild very much. They all blamed the guild for taking away their money, enticing them with casinos, hotels, and nightclubs.
“Gamblers have only one thing they care about. It doesn’t matter. Let them talk all they want; they’ll be back to lose all their money again sooner or later,” Toh said, brushing it off.
“I agree with you on that, but things seem more serious than we expected.”
“What is it?”
“The So Gyu Mo Guild is pushing back its payments.”
“Hmph, they’re getting too bold now.”
“They aren’t the only ones. Many other organizations are beginning to undermine our authority over Macau just because we lost to one man.”
“What do you suggest we do?”
“We have to capture Lee Jiwon. No, we don’t even have to actually catch him. We just need to at least go through the motions. We need to show everyone that Lee Jiwon is now too afraid of us to set foot on Macau ever again. It would be great if he really does never show up again. It’ll make it easier for us to sell the story.” Qing looked over at Toh and Wanhu before continuing. “We cannot let ourselves look weak after losing to Lee Jiwon.”
“Good, that’s all good and all, but there’s one thing,” Toh said while staring into Qing’s eyes. “It’ll work if he really doesn’t come back, but what if he does? Do you know how much we’ll lose if we do end up having to capture him and fail?”
“I do, sir. That is why I have planned out the perfect trap for him,” Qing replied confidently.
“Very well. Put it in action as soon as you can.”
“As you all know, our guild’s honor is on the line. Lee Jiwon is on his own. If we lose to him, we risk losing everything to those damn hyenas. The whole guild is to be on high alert for the time being. If he ever comes back to Macau, capture him at all cost.”
And so the San Tuan began their preparations to capture Lee Jiwon. However, they never expected him to employ guerilla tactics, and didn’t realize he was already back in Macau…
I soon arrived in front of the Tihwa Casino.
“It’s the middle of the night, but it’s still busy.” The surrounding area was light up with so many lights that I couldn’t tell if it was day or night. I noticed there were flyers posted all around as well. They all had my face on them.
Name: Lee Jiwon
Wanted for antagonizing the San Tuan Guild and killing multiple guild members. Any information on Lee Jiwon’s whereabouts or that would aid in his capture will be rewarded with 100,000,000 golden rings.
Call this number with any information regarding Lee Jiwon: XXX-XXX-XXXX.]==
“Damn, 100,000,000 golden rings…that’s too low. I can’t be worth that little, can I?” I never expected to see a wanted poster of myself. Then again, this place wasn’t exactly saintly.
“If this is their decision, then I need to move quickly.” I saw a few San Tuan guild members guarding the casino, but I wasn’t worried about them.
“Mana Conversion – Fire. Warrior’s Brave Spirit.” I switched to fire this time to create more chaos here.
==[Mana Conversion – Fire Attribute has been activated.
Increase ATT by 15%
Successful attacks have 10% of inflicting additional damage
Increase damage of all Fire-based attacks by 1000-5000
You must wait 24 hours before converting your Mana to a different attribute.]
[Warrior’s Brave Spirit Level 1 has been activated.
Level 1: 8 hour cooldown. For one hour, raise your ATT by 20%, CRIT chance by 1%, CRIT damage by 50%, movement speed by 5%, and ATT speed by 2.5%. For one hour, Slightly Awkward Indomitable Spirit effect is placed (Slight Awkward Indomitable Spirit decreases chance to avoid damage by 10%). Fatigue does not rise while skill is in effect.] ==
Ten minutes. My plan was to create enough chaos for ten minutes. I had other places to hit, and it would take at least that long for reinforcements to arrive.
“Let’s begin.” I sprinted towards the casino.
“Wait… you’re…!” A guard noticed me coming and pointed his finger at me, but couldn’t finish his sentence.
My Harrier pierced his chest and he rolled back three times from the force of the blow. I then jumped to get over to him and stabbed him three more times. I needed to be quick. I needed to cause enough damage here within ten minutes.
“You idiots! Not even Mistress Wanhu could kill him! The ten of us can’t do anything. Hurry up and notify base!” the guard shouted to his comrades with my spear still in his chest. I have to say it was commendable, but there was no time to show mercy.
“Heel Kick.” I pulled my spear out and struck him two more times.
“Shit…why are you here…?”
“This place just seemed better.” I stabbed him one last time, killing him.
“Get out of here and contact headquarters! We can’t stop him with the guards here.”
I watched the guards run as their captain died, but didn’t give chase. My target was the casino, not them. I sprinted for the casino and rammed through its outer wall. My momentum torpedoed me all the way through three walls.
“What was that?”
“Is war breaking out or something?”
“What was that sound?”
Everyone in the casino began gathering where I had entered the building. Gamblers, dealers and waiters on all three floors stared at me standing in the middle of rubble.
“Isn’t he that guy?”
“That’s Lee Jiwon!”
“The hundred million bounty!”
“Good evening, everyone. As you all know, I am Lee Jiwon with the hundred million golden ring bounty on my head.” More than a thousand people were watching me, but I confidently addressed all of them. “The San Tuan Guild has decided to make me their enemy. Unfortunately for them, I am a very deadly enemy. Don’t you all agree that I should act accordingly?”
The spectators tilted their heads in confusion. No one understood what I meant.
“From now on for nine minutes, I will destroy the Tihwa Casino. After that, I will target all businesses owned by the San Tuan Guild.” I raised my spear and swung it to the side, destroying five slot machines.
“Just like that. I know many of you are here to have fun and play some games. Still, what I’m about to do here will get in the way of your enjoyment. I humbly ask for your understanding.”
“Pwahahahaha!” I heard someone laugh loudly from somewhere on the third floor. “How commendable. Really. You’ve been marked as the San Tuan Guild’s number one enemy and yet here you are…I, Weiban, captain of Cheng Long Guild’s Assault Team One and son of Cheng Long Guild’s master, acknowledge Lee Jiwon and his endeavors. The Cheng Long Guild will not interfere. Is that clear?”
“Leave Tihwa Casino at once and do not enter any of San Tuan’s casinos until Lee Jiwon is finished here.”
“Yes sir!” A huge number of devas replied at Weiban’s orders. About a hundred people began to leave the casino.
“I look forward to seeing how far you can go, Lee Jiwon,” Weiban said to me as he left. I nodded in thanks.
“Let’s go, too!”
“Yeah. I have lost so much money to the San Tuan Guild these past years; screw these guys!”
“We’ve all been scammed one way or another by them, haven’t we?”
“True. Besides, there’s nothing more fun than watching a fight.”
I smiled as everyone else began to follow Weiban’s lead and filed out of the casino. Even the casino’s employees mixed in with the crowd and departed, but I didn’t care about them.
In about two minutes, the whole casino was just about empty. I noticed there were still a few hiding, trying their best to conceal their existence from me.
“I’ll assume whoever is still here, hiding, is part of the San Tuan Guild and are therefore my enemies. I won’t show any of you mercy.” I wasn’t about to leave after smashing a few slot machines and tables. I wanted to bring the whole building down.
I raised my spear and began smashing the casino’s pillars. This casino was built specifically for the San Tuan Guild’s VIPs and cost quite a bit of money.
“Stop, you fucker!” A guild member finally caught on to what I was doing, and leapt out from behind a wall and attacked me. Unfortunately for him, I already knew exactly where he was. I turned around and stabbed him with my spear.
“This casino will fall, no matter what you do. It’s a warning for Toh and Wanhu. I’ll show them what it means to piss me off.” I pulled my spear back out and stabbed him again. This attack flashed yellow, killing him instantly. I turned around and continued to destroy the building’s pillars.
Soon, I began to hear the building crumble and groan. The sounds grew louder after every pillar I broke.
“I wish I had an AoE skill right about now. If I did, I wouldn’t have to break every single one of these.”
“Stop right there! If you keep it up, you’ll get buried in the rubble as well.” There were still a few more guards left.
“Who, me? Do you really think that’ll happen?” At that moment, a huge chunk of the ceiling came crashing down. The building began to shake.
“Shit! It’s coming down. Get out of here!”
I watched as they made a break for it. I whispered a single word as the building came down around me.