Chapter 1. Prologue
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Shin Yu-seong saw it.
A small wind began to blow from the Hood’s hand. That wind grew bigger and higher until it reached the sky.
Black clouds began to gather.
All of that happened in an instant, but there was no way that it would get missed from the eyes of an S-class hunter.
Even if that was a problem, he couldn’t think of a way to stop it even though he knew it.
“Ah! You must be a hunter who came to support.”
Then his subordinate approached the Hooded person. Shin Yu-seong grabbed his shoulder and pulled him behind.
“Who are you?”
Hiding his subordinates behind him, Shin Yu-seong asked.
It is a rare feeling for him. A mysterious discomfort by seeing him. He couldn’t figure out why he felt so uncomfortable.
But he considered that feeling important. This persimmon has saved his life several times so far.
That’s why half, no, more than 70% of his feelings already considered the opponent as an enemy.
Hood did not answer Shin Yu-seong’s words.
Aquila. The only thing he said while creating rain and wind.
And as he uttered those words again, the wind and clouds began to gather this time.
The collected rain and wind, and the fluid gathered to form a shape.
Shin Yu-seong’s eyes grew as if they were about to tear apart. It was the shape that was just growing larger and larger.
A summoned creature made with the power of nature. That’s exactly what that giant Aquila looked like.
If so, is the opponent a spirit warrior? Among registered hunters, the summoner’s line is quite rare. Among them, if it is limited to spirits, it will be even fewer. This will be a significant clue.
‘Among the high-ranking spirit summoners I know, there is no one who commands such a giant.’
It’s probably when an opponent is a person whose real identity is not registered.
At that time, the giant moved. A huge fist flooded Shin Yu-seong. Even though it was a fist made of rain and wind, there was ferocious energy that could not be ignored.
“Damn it! It’s definitely an enemy!”
At this moment, he is 100% certain.
Shin Yu-seong stood in front of his subordinate guild member in the form of surrounding him.
When he reached out, a white translucent membrane appeared and blocked the giant’s fist.
“Gi-, guild leader!”
The subordinate guild member shouted from behind. A rough sound was heard and Shin Yu-seong’s shield cracked.
The scene was a shocking sight for the guild member. Who is Shin Yu-seong? Wasn’t he an S-class healer?
He couldn’t even guess how powerful that giant was, to the extent that it was enough to crack his shield.
It is a situation where two giants are fighting for power.
But in the end.
Shin Yu-seong’s skill was not broken. It cracked, but it blocked the giant’s attack.
“It’s not as big of a deal as you think, is it?”
He uttered provocative words. He thought things would be easy for him if his opponent became a little angry
But the opponent remained silent. He didn’t even take off his hood.
Shin Yu-seong kicks his tongue. Such types were the trickiest to mess with when faced as an enemy.
“Hunter Shin Yu-seong!”
“What are you doing?”
“What the hell is that monster… … .”
In the meantime, hunters from other guilds in the vicinity flocked in. They ran to see the humongous giant.
Hood and the giant were quickly surrounded by dozens of hunters.
Shin Yu-seong, who looked for no way out, once again told Hood.
“Surrender. I wonder what you are and why you attacked me……. I’ll ask that calmly later.”
Hood looked around silently. His or her lips were still tightly closed.
The hoodie that calls for the giant once again. Shin Yu-seong was now suspicious of whether that hood could only say one word.
Hood put his hand in his bosom and pulled something out. It was a huge jewel the size of a fist.
‘Are you trying to run away!’
Shin Yu-seong had such a thought for a moment. Just as he was about to scream to stop him.
The hood broke the jewel. And talked.
“They are the ones who hurt our mother. Kill them all.”
Something other than “Aquila” that he mentioned for the first time.
Unusual energy poured out of the jewel, and the giant began to grow twice as huge.
His choice was not to escape, but to battle.
The giant, who was already big, has now grown to the point where they have to look up.
Hunters walking backwards in astonishment. From the center of it.
“Ummm… … .”
It was one of those rare cases when Shin Yu-seong felt a cold sweat flowing down his spine.
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The first impression was that the facial lines were very thin.
Looking at the shape of his face, he’s probably a man. But at first glance, he thought he would believe it even if it was a woman. Especially because of the long dark brown hair.
A dense facial feature on white skin that shows blood vessels. Beautiful enough not to be considered the same person.
Originally, his face was enough to burst into admiration, but strangely, there was only an eerie feeling of displeasure.
‘The Valley of the Unpleasant.’
Okay. To put it bluntly, it just felt like that.
Instinctive disgust is felt when a non-human being resembles a human.
“Let go of Hyun-seung!”
The leader pointed his weapon at him and shouted. But he couldn’t get close to it. Because he doesn’t know what he’s going to do to the hostage.
However, surprisingly, the guy put his team member down with ease.
“Uh, uh… … ugh.”
The team member called Hyun-seung crawled on the ground. His eyes were out of focus and saliva was dripping from his mouth.
Nevertheless, he desperately tried to come this way with both hands. There was a smile hanging around his mouth that meant he was alive.
The guy stomped on his back.
Hyun-seung’s body stopped. It wasn’t even strongly stepped on. He just pressed Hyun-seung’s back with his foot.
But that alone prevented him from moving. Hyun-seung’s eyes began to tremble, like a fish caught in a net or a butterfly caught in a spider web.
That guy was looking around in that state. While turning his head around, he finally saw a place and his eyes lit up.
It was a place where the roots of the World Tree could be seen.
“This is a new place to take root, Mother.”
Is this what a devout shepherd looks like when he meets God? He muttered in a very emotional expression and tone.
While still stepping on the person
“What do you want?”
With a frown on his face, Do-joon asked, keeping his composure as much as possible.
“What is it that you want?”
At his words, the man twisted and turned his head. He thought something for a while and replied.
“The natives here seem more intelligent than I thought. Do you know how to grow plants?”
What is he talking about all of a sudden?
Words without context. But he didn’t pass it roughly.
There may be clues about the purpose of the man in nonsense.
“If you’ve ever grown one, you’d know that plants are prone to get twisted by bad bugs. Sometimes there are even beneficial bugs.”
“What are you talking about!? So what do you want!?”
The team leader next to him couldn’t bear the words that seemed to go round and round and shouted.
“Well, to put it bluntly… … I wish there was some pesticide to get rid of bugs. It’s a hassle to catch and kill them one by one.”
He looked at Hyun-seung under his feet like a bug. And then.
He gave strength to his feet.
Hyun-seung’s scream echoed along with an ominous sound as his spine was dislocated.
The team leader opened his eyes wide.
In the meantime, Do-joon was already moving.
Do-joon rushed forward with a spear.
“Bring it on, I guess you’re as smart as I thought.”
Seeing Do-joon like that, he raised the corners of his mouth. There was a deep sneer on the face.
― You have to suppress him with a single blow.
Do-joon’s eyes darkened.
The time when the odds were the highest was right now, when he was careless and didn’t know anything about Do-joon.
The spear exploded from his hand. A blow so fast that the team leader behind him could not even see it.
But he responded. Raising his hand to block the spear.
“What is this?”
Looking down, he saw an awl rising from the shadows stabbing his body. There is no pain or injury, but it was Black Thorns that binds him.
His eyes opened wide.
‘I got you!’
And Do-joon’s spear hit him.
Dust rose from the floor with an unusual sound.
Dust that blocks the view for a while. But soon it subsided in the pouring rain. Inside it.
“You know how to do some tricks.”
That man with a frown stood there. In a good condition without any wounds.
Do-joon was shocked.
It is a blow delivered with all power, believing in the power of thorns and ignoring defense. Did he get hit by it and not hurt anywhere?
Immediately after, he drew a short sword from the scabbard on his waist and swung it at him.
[T/N: A scabbard is a sheath for holding a sword, knife, or other large blades.]
It is not just simple swordsmanship. A sharp wind was hovering around the blade.
As soon as he saw it, Do-joon jumped back significantly.
Do-joon’s body flew away. There were no wounds on his body either.
The wind resistance offset the energy of the blade, and the Adamantine Form blocked even the blade. As soon as he saw the sword, he jumped backwards, so the shock was not significant.
“It’s a pretty hard bug.”
Kicking his tongue, he looked at his short sword.
It is a small sword made by a fairly famous craftsman, if not a famous sword. However, there were some teeth on the blade.
Looking at it, his momentum changed somewhat.
With him at the center, the wind began to blow like a whirlpool.
― Be careful. Now, this place has become a battlefield advantageous to the opponent.
Kalish spoke in a firm tone.
The swirling wind is affecting him as well as Do-joon, but he will be used to fighting in places like this.
Do-joon grabbed the spear with both hands and firmly aimed at him. In order not to be swept away by the wind, he has no choice but to have a harder wick.
Soon the two kicked the ground at the same time.
The man rushing quietly like flowing water and Do-joon rushing roughly with all the wind ripping apart.
Two people collided in the middle of the battlefield.
Dust rises with the same sound as before. In the midst of that, the guy’s attack unfolded. Do-joon was not pushed back at all.
Both power and speed whistle.
If there is a difference, the wind that is favourable to him is flowing here. On the contrary, Do-joon had the thorn of the Shear Shader.
All of them cancelled out, and one attack after another came and went.
‘Oh my gosh… … .’
And from outside, the team leader was looking at the scene in astonishment.
Is it because the battle is so fast that he can’t even look at it? No, it’s not such a problem but actually, he’s horrified.
It’s because both of them are not blocking each other’s attacks at all.
Neither that guy nor Do-joon is moving completely excluding the opponent’s attack. As if they were not interested in anything other than hitting each other.
‘I can’t believe there’s such an ignorant fight like that…….’
It was a fight that could only be described as ignorant.
Nevertheless, it is just amazing that both sides have no wounds.
However, even though they seemed ignorant at first glance, the eyes of the two were sharply exploring their opponents.
What kind of ability makes the bare body so hard, or whether there are any weaknesses or destruction methods.
― Doesn’t that guy have skills or something like you, master?
‘I don’t know. I just thought that bare skin wouldn’t be this hard, but… … .’
Do-jun’s thoughts were moving quickly.
The first thing to think about is what kind of curse item to put on him.
‘I can only use it once a day for one target. I can only give him one option.’
Of course, a contender that comes to mind right now was the negative defense capability. But it’s not without problems.
Even if he was able to inflict damage by cutting down his defense, what if his recovery is also at an unusual level?
It would be too late to try to hit the non-regenerable at that time. There’s only one chance for a curse item.
‘First, I need to check his resilience.’
In order to do so, it was necessary to hurt him.
In the end, there are two ways.
First, find the opponent’s weakness and stab him there.
Second, attack as much as he can.
‘The first is still a long way off. then… … .’
A skill he learned from Kalish.
The Spear of Knox, The God of War and Storm, First Move.
That might be able to break through his defense.
But… … .
― Doesn’t that take quite a bit of time?
It’s still a skill that takes time. That was the problem.
‘If you need time, then take it. I’ll make the timing.’
― That’s a good spirit! It’s possible if it’s you!
Kalish, who rarely encourages. Was it just to give him confidence? Or is he really looking at the possibilities?
Either will be fine with him. He just does what he has to do.
Do-joon was hit hard by the unwitting attack. His stomach churned at the sensation of his intestines being shaken.
― What’s going on? Why are you spacing out!
Kalish screams right away. Do-joon spoke with a devastating look.
‘I didn’t space out.’
― Then why… … .
Do-joon gritted his teeth and answered.
‘Siewellin’s blessing is over.’
The balance has been broken.