Chapter 1. Prologue
5 Advanced Chapters
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Do-joon did not go further into the cave.
Exploring the cave did not guarantee that it would lead upwards. Infact, it would be good if he didn’t get stuck in the middle.
‘I can just climb up the cliff.’
Do-joon remained near the entrance for that reason.
The cliff was quite high for climbing, but he was fairly confident. Even without the professional equipment, his physical ability has already surpassed far beyond the general public, so why not climb up with a knife or something?
But when he tried to do so,
“I’m here again.”
He frowned and kicked his tongue.
The dead bodies of hounds piled up around him. After defeating the first one, new ones continued to rush into the cave.
At this point, normal animals will know that their natural enemies and avoid them, but monsters don’t seem to have that much rationality.
“Keueong! Keuleuleu……. Keog! Kegeng!”
Helix’s hounds rushed to get a bite of him, as if their vigour alone could take him to the end of the earth.
However, after Do-joon axed a few times, they soon became a corpse just like their fallen comrades.
Do-joon sighed and wiped off the sweat on his forehead. No matter how much it was, fighting a series of B-class monsters was quite tiresome.
‘I’d rather kill them all at once if they grouped up like orcs.’
He had to go up quickly, but the hunting hounds’ attacks never stopped. Do they gather by smelling blood?
But obviously there was a finite number of monsters. So if they could be in a state of lull even for a moment, he can climb up right away.
At the barking of the dog from the within the cave, Do-joon sighed and grabbed the spear.
* * *
“Hold up your shield and block it! Sun-hee, shoot ice arrows right away!”
The party led by Kwak Dong-gyu managed to move forward safely.
Helix’s hounds. If they spot them, they’ll run straight ahead, not back and forth.
Firstly, the tank plants a large shield on the ground to block the charge, and the other party members pour out their skills to kill them.
A pretty standard route to dealing with rushing monsters.
Even if it is a B-class monster, the standard is no different. Focusing on Kwak Dong-gyu’s calm instructions, the party was doing reasonably well.
Of course, the biggest reason for that.
Kwak Dong-gyu’s unexpectedly monstrous power.
He gave the finishing blow to a hunting dog that would not die even with several hits from a skill.
The hound collapsed while being shaken awake by the impact that made the very air tremble.
“Oh my god…”
“Leader, were you this strong?”
“I can’t believe he is in D-level as us…….”
With Kwak Dong-gyu’s performance, they also took care of B-class monsters one by one, and they gradually regained their composure.
And when he saw the cause of it all, Kwak Dong-gyu, he felt elastic. If it was peacetime, it would have been suspicious, but now in an emergency, hope outweighed doubts.
The hope that they may be able to return safely.
‘Of course not. You idiots.’
Kwak Dong-gyu laughed at them inside.
If one looked at only his class and performance, he would be considered a D-class. However, his actual conformity rate is a B-class level and had a skill that he always hid, Masuhwa. He wasn’t the kind of person to be in trouble in dungeons such as.
“Don’t let your guard down and follow along well.”
Kwak Dong-gyu looked at everyone with a reliable expression. Fortunately, there seemed to be no one who deviated or caused panic.
All that remained was to find the right place because they completely trusted and followed him.
‘I mean, this kind of opportunity is rare.’
Kwak Dong-gyu looked around before moving forward.
Without knowing what he was thinking inside, the party just thought he was a reliable leader.
They had no idea that having that belief took away their thoughts and doubts.
‘Did my brother really do such a thing?’
Meanwhile, Hwang Hyun-woo was secretly crying.
While Kwak Dong-gyu said, he was a person who he only just met once a few days ago. Plus, it was also true to not trust such a person straight away.
However, didn’t Do-joon sacrifice himself to save the person he had only met once? If it weren’t for him, he might have taken the full attack and burned to a crisp.
This was the point that kept haunting Hwang Hyun-woo.
“Get ready right away!”
However, there was no room to think deeply.
Even if Kwak Dong-gyu was active, the fact that they were in a B-class dungeon did not change. It wasn’t a time or place to be mesmerized.
One by one, bit by bit.
Step by step, the group ran towards the exit. There were dangerous moments, but thanks to Kwak Dong-gyu’s presence, they managed to pass it with a minor injury.
Eventually, they arrived near the exit.
“It’s the boss.”
At Kwak Dong-gyu’s words, the faces of the party turned blue once more.
If they pass over there, they can leave. Only if they go over there.
A huge boss monster guarded the way outside similar to a gatekeeper.
“Uh, what should we do?”
With a head like a hound, but walked on two feet. It was the mythical Minotaurus who changed only his head into a dog shape.
There were two thick chains wrapped around his arms. The thickness of the chain alone was far thicker than their forearms.
“Well… … .”
“We need to break through that… … . Um, can we get out safely?”
One of the party members, Kim Sun-hee, asked with a trembling voice. Kwak Dong-gyu squinted and observed her.
“That’s pretty much enough……. Good…. Then slowly….”
“Yes? What did you say?”
As Kwak Dong-gyu muttered to himself. Kim Sun-hee approached and asked back.
Kwak Dong-gyu’s arm plunged through her chest.
It was already an arm that changed into the shape of a demonic beast, not a human being.
“I think now is the perfect time.”
Kim Sun-hee seems to have not even felt pain in the sudden situation. Kwak Dong-gyu grinned and twisted her neck.
“What… … !”
“What is this… … !”
Kim Sun-hee collapsed, spraying blood from her neck and chest. Freshly spewed warm blood soaked Kwak Dong-gyu’s clothes.
【Masuhwa (Magical Beast)】
【Derived Skill No.1 – Humans should be enemies of magical beasts.】
【You have killed a human. Experience (EXP) increases.】
【The fit rate has increased.】
“Wow… This is it. This is it. It’s so easy to raise my level.”
He was lucky.
In the usual dungeon, he only had to take care of a couple of people while being as cautious as possible.
It was hard to deal with all the party members at once, and wouldn’t it be suspicious if they were killed but not him?
But it was different now.
Because it’s an emergency. Because no one can escape due to the double-rooting situation, no one would find it strange if everyone came out as dead bodies.
That said, there was absolutely no need for him to be conscious at all.
“Wha-, what are you doing?!”
Naturally, the party panicked and stepped back. The reliable leader who had led them all the way to this point suddenly put on his sword.
In a bizarre and hideous manner that they have never seen before.
Kwak Dong-gyu glanced at them and smirked. Then not only the arm but also his whole body began to change.
With the sound of bones breaking and muscles strengthening, his body gradually began to deviate from human beings.
“Uh, uh… Aaaahhh!”
Seeing this, one person couldn’t get a hold of himself and tried to run away. At once, Kwak Dong-gyu kicked the ground.
His figure rose and slammed on the back of the fleeing person.
Blood burst out of the runaway’s mouth with the sound of a broken vertebrae. It was blood that was brighter than lava.
Someone sat down. Not only that, but the others couldn’t even think of running away.
“Wa-, wait, my brother… … .”
“So what are you going to do?”
Hwang Hyun-woo muttered with a dark, dead face.
Kwak Dong-gyu became unhappy when Do-joon’s name came out. However, he soon relaxed his expression and talked. After all, he wasn’t here.
Hwang Hyun-woo glanced back at him. In the back, there was the boss with chains, and in front was Kwak Dong-gyu, who turned into a monster.
Perhaps he thought the same thing, Park Seok-joon, the party’s tank, fell to the ground and started to beg.
“Sah-, save me! Please save me! My girlfriend who promised to marry me is outside…….”
Kwak Dong-gyu put his foot on his head. And
He stepped on it and squashed it.
【You have killed a human. Experience (EXP) increases.】
“I have no interest in hearing things like that.”
Kwak Dong-gyu groaned with satisfaction when the message that his experience had risen was received.
Hwang Hyun-woo put his hands on the ground in half panic and half defense. A thorn rose from the ground and attacked Kwak Dong-gyu.
Kwak Dong-gyu raised his hand to block the attack. It was a blow aimed at the body, but it could punch only a hole in the palm of the hand.
The attack works. Then how would he be able to get through it?
It was Hwang Hyun-woo who had such hope.
Soon, when he saw his hand regenerate and return to normal, he couldn’t close his open mouth.
Seeing that, Kwak Dong-gyu laughed. In the state of beast form, he had a regenerative power comparable to that of a troll. The wound on the shoulder that Do-joon engraved was now in a better condition.
“Come to think of it, you were the loudest bast*rd, weren’t you?”
Kwak Dong-gyu set his next target as Hwang Hyun-woo. The guy who took the side of Kim Do-joon from before and the most annoying one.
When he raised his fist and striked at Hwang Hyun-woo.
Lightning fell from the dark red sky.
* * *
Do-joon climbed the cliff when the hounds no longer rushed out. It took a little longer than he thought because it was such a high cliff and he was not used to climbing.
But after that, he was able to easily run towards the exit. This was mainly from Kwak Dong-gyu with his party, who went ahead, and cleared out all the hounds.
Do-joon reached the exit thinking that everyone was still safe. But what he witnessed there.
They were being trampled on by a certain monster.
The identity of the monster was immediately known. As his name was reflected in the insight.
Seeing that he was trying to use his hand on another person, Do-joon hurriedly pulled out the thunderbolt and threw it.
The spear flew through the wind and struck Kwak’s shoulder. The spear immediately regained its form and inflicted lightning damage.
He staggered and stepped back. With this, Do-joon was able to pull him away for a moment.
(T/N: Hyung-nim means big brother.)
Hwang Hyun-woo turned towards his way with tearful eyes, shouting. Do-joon quickly assessed the situation.
From seeing how many people had already been killed, Do-joon’s forehead became slightly distorted.
“You [email protected]!”
In the meantime, Kwak Dong-gyu recovered again. Obviously, it penetrated his shoulder and even became electrictrified, but his wounds were healed.
He slammed the ground with both hands and jumped straight up. The giant’s body fell, aiming for Do-joon.
Do-joon barely rolled to the side and avoided it. The ground he was standing on was completely dug and broken, forming a small crater.
The one who stood up immediately rushed to Do-joon. While swinging his arms recklessly.
Do-joon avoided his arm and stepped back, flowing through the spear. He had a higher speed stat than him and a speed-up buff.
When Do-joon couldn’t be caught like a loach, Kwak Dong-gyu’s eyes caught on fire.
“How long do you think you can run away?!”
At that time, Do-joon stopped standing tall. Something caught his ankle. When he turned around, his shadow rose and was tied to his ankle.
He had such a skill!
“Ah ha ha ha ha!”
With Do-joon trapped, Kwak Dong-gyu laughed like a classic villain and sliced Do-joon.
Do-joon reacted quickly. He took out a short knife and scratched the arm of the beast.
“Kik Kik Kik! What are you going to do with a few scratches?!”
Do-joon took a couple of steps back and widened the distance. Blood continued to flow from the deep wound in his chest.
[The effect of regeneration (Advanced) will be applied.]
“…… You seem to have a lot of regenerative power.”
Glancing sideways at the message, Do-joon said. It was a story from a while ago when just being directly hit by the thunderbolt killed even B-class monsters.
Kwak Dong-gyu laughed when he brought it up.
“Yeah. Is that spear your secret weapon or something? Unfortunately, a wound like that means nothing to me!”
“Then what’s that scar on your arm?”
Only then did Kwak Dong-gyu observe his arm.
The wound that Do-joon simply scratched with a knife. The wound, which was nothing more than a scratch, showed no signs of healing at all.
Kwak Dong-gyu was bewildered by the incomprehensible situation. While in a state of panick, Do-joon pointed the spear again and threw it.
This time again, he couldn’t avoid it. Or could he say that he didn’t even think about avoiding it? This was because he had never competed with a Hunter of the same class, and it was common to believe in his super-regeneration and hit others.
Kwak Dong-gyu was getting exhausted again.
The flow changed due to this blow. Do-joon did not let go of the offensive once he got the chance.
Occasionally, he threw the thunderbolt and takes out all kinds of weapons from his inventory and puts them into his body. Spears, swords, and axes were all taken out and used.
“F*ck you! You fu*king [email protected]!”
Kwak Dong-gyu tried to counterattack, but it was futile. Do-joon inserted a knife into Kwak Dong-gyu with the eyes of a predator hunting a giant beast.
He smashed him in the head with the axe of the Kujika tribe. There was no creature, even like that hedgehog, that could withstand the splitting of its head with weapons stuck in its body.
“Kkeu, eoeo, eog…….”
The heavy giant fell to the ground. Only then could Do-joon take a breath.
【You have defeated the Beast. Experience (EXP) increases.】
Then a message window popped up. Questions arose over Do-joon’s face. What does it mean by a beast? Was Kwak Dong-gyu even a person?
However, trivial doubts disappeared over the shocking object that appeared next.
A skill rune, which appears only very occasionally from monsters, protruded from Kwak Dong-gyu’s corpse.