Chapter 1. Prologue
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“Hurry up… Hurry up!”
The thick door of the shelter slowly opened.
As soon as there was enough space for one person to pass through, Park Tae-sang immediately squeezed in.
And closed the door.
The door was completely locked with a sound.
Park Tae-sang leans against the door and sits down. He breathed a big sigh of relief.
“Team leader Park Tae-sang?”
People were puzzled to see him like that. Why is the Hunter, who must have been fighting outside, in such a hurry?
Those who were quick-witted have already hardened their faces. What could be the reason for a B-class hunter to run over here and avoid his duty? Maybe it’s because a monster that he can’t even do anything about has appeared.
‘No way… … .’
‘Did any A-class appear outside?’
“Still, I’m sure it’ll be fine…?’
Anxiety is contagious. Moreover, it is inside Shelter, where seeds of anxiety prevailed from the beginning. People’s murmur began to grow.
However, Park Tae-sang was greatly relieved.
At that time.
The door rang loudly and the entire shelter vibrated. Park Tae-sang was frightened and moved away from the door.
The sound rang in succession. They thought the sound was getting louder.
The door twisted. A large, thick root, like the root of a World Tree, squeezed open the door of the shelter.
Soon after there was a hole through which one person could pass, Eldora stooped down and entered it.
“Why is it so hard? He was like that earlier, and the buildings are all rigid. Could it be an ironclad civilization?”
Eldora grumbles in.
The murmur of the people stopped instantly when a delicate handsome man came in. They, especially the women, looked at Eldora with bewildered expressions.
[T/N: So…… Finally, it’s officially saying that Eldora is a man. Then, he is a man.]
On the other hand, Park Tae-sang only stuttered with a blue face.
“Ha-, how did you get that door……. Do not come! Don’t come!”
Park Tae-sang hurriedly takes a step backwards.
Only then did people come to their senses as if they felt the situation going strangely. People following Park Tae-sang took their steps back.
Eldora approached them with a strange smile.
A wall was formed between him and the people.
“What else is this?”
Eldora frowned at once.
Boom! Boom! Bang!
He then raised his fist and hit the wall several times. However, the wall only trembled slightly and did not budge.
His face was distorted like an evil monster.
People felt even greater fear from the difference of the beautiful face. The evaluation that he is a handsome man they have never seen in their life has now echoed only by his face, so much so that he dropped vertically as a psychopath.
On the other hand, Eldora felt like he was going crazy when things weren’t going his way.
As a matter of fact, the human he met earlier gave him a struggle because he had such hard skin. He even had to call Silapé and nearly went past his limits.
Still, he came down here after dealing with him somehow this time, and a thick door was waiting for him. The seeds of the Hrebrukarita that he brought with him were sown and somehow opened the door and made the way for him.
But once again, his path was blocked by a wall.
‘Is it something to do with that dwarf?’
[T/N: Maybe he is talking about Do-joon. Maybe not. Either way, we’ll get to know it soon.]
All of a sudden, he even has doubts about it. But soon he shook his head. Such a thing could not have happened.
Eldora once again hit the wall in anger.
Naturally, people were terrified to see a madman with strange ears doing that. They were all clinging to the opposite wall without knowing what to do.
Eldora glanced at the people with fearful eyes.
Then, in one place, his eyes frowned. There was a woman emitting the same energy as this wall.
It was Siewellin.
He said, staring as if he were going to kill Siewellin. However, she remained silent.
Eldora calmed down and talked again.
“If you open it now, I’ll let you live for the next four years. What do you think?”
Siewellin hugged So-eun tightly with a firm expression. By any chance, she went over and hid the child’s face so that she could not see that man.
She wasn’t falling for words like that with only shells. Even if those words were true, she would never clear the wall.
Her face was full of worries.
What happened to Do-joon who was outside? He’s not dead. If Do-joon dies, she will not be able to remain in this world either.
So, has he been away for a while? In the meantime, did that guy come in?
But even that was unlikely.
So-eun and she stayed behind in this shelter. However, Do-joon couldn’t be away for a long time without saying anything.
She wanted to go check what happened right away. She wanted to go up to the ground and find Do-joon.
“Sister… … .”
The small child was tightly in her arms.
She couldn’t leave this child behind. In a place where such a dangerous person is.
― If my daughter and I are in a situation where only one of us can be saved, don’t worry. Save my daughter first.
Do-joon’s words, which she heard before, passed through her mind.
In the end, she had no choice but to wait. believing that he was safe
Siewellin bit the inside of her lips slightly.
Believing was her speciality, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t painful.
“Damn. Should I say it one more time?…. I’ll be loud later.”
Eldora scratches his head when there was no sign of removing the wall at all.
Siewellin stared intently at him as if she wouldn’t miss any of his movements.
He looked at Siewellin and put his left hand against the wall.
And then, he called out the same name when he was destroying Do-joon’s interior earlier.
The wind blew in his hand. It soon metastasized to the space beyond the wall. In this shelter, the entire atmosphere of this space was placed under his will.
Siewellin was the only one who noticed the strange feeling. Obviously, the wall was built, but his energy began to penetrate the inside.
Not just a wall. Judging this, she started preparing for her next move.
Trying to create another wall inside, or if it doesn’t work, she can put an individual shield on each person here. There were many things she could try.
Siewellin, who was clutching her mouth while preparing to prevent “something” that was coming.
At that moment, her eyes opened wide.
From the entrance of the twisted shelter, a blue spear of lightning was flying in.
“What… … !”
Eldora turned around in surprise. It was an accurate and a direct hit, but there was still no damage.
But, as before, his sight and hearing were taken away for a brief moment.
And in his immediate sight.
Do-joon bleeding from his mouth, walked in.
The sound of grinding teeth rang out of Eldora’s mouth.
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“Wh-, Who is it?”
“I guess he must have come to kill him!”
People began to buzz at Do-joon’s appearance. Because the appearance that appeared while throwing a thunderbolt seemed like a high-ranking hunter.
Relief passed by Siewellin’s face when she saw him.
‘Thank God. You’re safe.’
It looks like he’s hurt a lot, but as long as he’s alive, he’ll do something. Because she believes in him.
In relief, her arm loosened momentarily. In the meantime, So-eun looked back.
She then shouted in fright.
So-eun saw Do-joon. He was covered in blood, was breathing heavily as if he was exhausted, and still had bright red blood flowing from his mouth.
The child started crying. She ran out of Siewellin’s arms and ran towards Do-joon. However, there was a hand that held her urgently.
It was Siewellin.
“Sister! My dad!”
Siewellin shook her head and hugged So-eun again. So-eun struggled in her arms, but she could not escape.
“So-eun’s father! How… … !”
Meanwhile, Kwon Soo-young stomped her feet next to her.
That crazy guy in front of the wall is the guy Park Tae-sang, a B-class hunter, was scared and ran away. How can Do-joon, who is an E-class, deal with it?
They seem to be safe thanks to this strange wall, but Do-joon is outside the wall!
“Ru-, run away! It’s too much for an E-class hunter!”
Kwon Soo-young shouts at Do-joon. When the people around them heard this, they began to panic.
“Didn’t he come to save us?”
Of course, those who thought Do-joon was a talented hunter. But when they heard that he was E-class, their facial expressions worsened at once.
This disaster is not over yet.
However, no matter how people buzzed, the two outside the wall didn’t care.
They were only conscious of each other.
“You’re tenacious, you’re persistent. Silapé stirred your intestine, but you’re still alive? And you followed me like this?
Eldora laughed as if he were in dismay. But soon a frenzy swirled in his eyes.
An opponent at whom he was careless at first but abandoned his mind of carelessness after clashing several times.
And at this moment, his mind has risen to the level of vigilance.
Do-joon rushed in, pulling the spear towards his body. The appearance of attempting an attack, that doesn’t work, without getting tired.
Eldora kicked his tongue and raised his left hand.
Silapé has already been summoned to this space. A spirit that visible only to his eyes.
Now all he has to do is put his hand on him like before.
However, things turned out unexpectedly. Of course, he thought he was going to swing the spear, but isn’t the opponent just raising his hand?
They held each other’s hands as if in a struggle.
Eldora’s eyes twitched. He has to touch his chest to send it with certainty… … . Well, it doesn’t matter. It would be nice to blow an arm first.
The spirit of the ferocious wind turned Do-joon’s arm upside down.
All the capillaries were cut off and the entire forearm bruised black.
Do-joon clenched his teeth to break. It’s where his daughter is. He can’t just show the ugly appearance of screaming away.
As a father, he must remain resolute in front of his child.
In the next moment, Do-joon lets go of his hand and take a big step back. His arm was stained blue all the way to the shoulder and was dangling.
― Are you okay?
‘Be patient… … It’s worth it.’
― You foolish kid!
Do-joon broke out in a cold sweat and smiled. Kalish’s shouting always felt friendly from some point on.
‘But it worked.’
Of course, he didn’t extend his arms without any plans.
One ring that was taken out of the inventory at the moment the hands overlapped. He succeeded in inserting the negative option attached to the ring into him.
The effect was immediate.
“What have you done to me! Why is my body so heavy?”
Eldora began to panic.
That’s right, he’d be taken aback if his agility rune suddenly got cut as much as he did. Wouldn’t it feel like riding a latest sports car and then a rented compact car?
“I can’t believe there is still a lot left in you even though I did that…….”
He gritted his teeth and talked. He felt that his vigilance became stronger.
Actually, he can’t do it anymore. The ability to copy is once a day. This was the end of the negative option for him to hit.
‘It was about avoiding an attack from the air. That would mean that his ability wouldn’t come into play when he is in the air.’
Then there is no need to reduce the defense. Furthermore, he can’t regenerate.
If he had enough regenerative power as a troll, he wouldn’t have avoided the attack by twisting his body like that in the air.
‘Although the fact that he avoided it in the air itself may be a way to deceive me …… … .’
If that’s the case, there’s no way he can do anything about it.
In mid-air, his irrational defense power is not displayed. He had no choice but to bet everything on this hypothesis.
Do-joon grabs the spear with his remaining arm. Seeing this, the corners of Eldora’s lips twitched.
“Huh. What are you going to do with that broken arm? Casting a curse or something seems to have succeeded, but if you do, the result is the same.”
“Oh, is that so?”
Do-joon shows off his strange confidence.
Eldora wiggled his eyebrows, and then his eyes widened as they ripped open.
One of Do-joon’s darkened arms was recovering quickly.
And when he noticed it, the blood that was flowing from his mouth had now stopped.
Eldora quickly turned his head.
Beyond the wall, the woman from earlier was staring this way. With a white flower blooming in one eye.
He was of a kind that liked anything about plants, but only that flower felt strangely unpleasant. To the point where he wanted to grab it and tear it apart.
“Damn… … . She was also a healer.”
He kicked his tongue and looked at Do-joon. During this short time, Do-joon’s condition improved considerably.
Eldora smashed the ground. Then his new form glided to Do-joon. It was very fast, but for Do-joon now.
It was too slow. Compared to the previous one, it looks like a creeping slug.
Do-joon threw out his spear. In a straight line towards the approaching Eldora’s forehead.
However, apparently, the spear that touched the forehead could not penetrate his skin. It’s just moving away with it.
Eldora reaches out while receiving Do-joon’s blow.
Do-joon avoided that hand. Even with Siewellin’s healing, he had to avoid dangerous things.
Eldora swings his hands recklessly without holding a sword. But he’s in a state where his speed has dropped quite a bit.
In addition, Do-joon has received the blessing of Siewellin again.
Thanks to this, there was a significant difference in speed between the two.
Whoosh! Swish! Swish!
Eldora’s hand continues to cut through the air.
Do-joon moved around, avoiding all of his hands. In the meantime, he tried to pierce the spear in between, but there was no effective blow.
In the end, the same lull continued as before, with no damage to each other.
Eldora reached out with a triumphant smile.
It’s not Do-joon in front of him.
It was beyond the wall where So-eun, the people, and Siewellin were hiding.
“Silapé! Kill that girl!”
When fighting an opponent with a healer, it is natural to aim for the healer first. From the beginning, his target was Sewellin.
Eldora reaches out to the wall and summons the spirit.
“I got you.”
There was no way Do-joon didn’t know that it was natural to aim for the Healer first.
<The Thorn of Sheer Shader>
A black awl extending from his shadow pierced through Eldora’s chest.
Eldora stopped with his hand outstretched and his back turned from Do-joon.
Do-joon swung his spear wide and blew him into the air.
“Keug! You punk!”
He can’t do it in the air. If he’s floating, if he doesn’t step on the ground, he becomes defenseless.
However, like a famous knight, he can’t just ignore his weakness unattended.
Posture control in the air was the area in which he was most confident. It’s over when he turns his body and lands like before.
It was a little different from before.
Earlier, it was Do-joon, who lifted the thorn while he was floating and then released it. He had already caught it the moment it floated in the air, and he thought that maintaining the thorn was a waste of mana.
But now it’s different. Now, instead of just pouring more mana, he was holding the thorn tightly.
― Great! It’s now!
Kalish shouts cheerfully as if now this is an opportunity.
Do-joon lowered his body and grabbed the spear. The cold mana released from his body tore into two, three, and soon ten strands.
Mana, like a thin thread, was fluttering around his body.
― Just do what I taught you! Let’s finish it with this one time!
Kalish is as excited as his own work.
Do-joon was also in favour of having to finish this at once. Because maybe there won’t be any more opportunities.
Like that, Do-joon.
‘This may not be enough.’
Now his limit is ten strands. However.
He tore the mana grain once more.
Do-joon’s eyes began to brim with blood.