Chapter 1. Prologue
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Urt was furious.
He had no choice but to do it. The little man who cut off his wrist and took his beloved weapon returned.
Shamelessly holding the spear that belonged to him in his hand!
At that moment, there was only one emotion that dominated Urt’s head.
The will to kill that small guy right away, rip off his limbs, and crush his heart.
He ran away with a strange technique the other day, but now it’s useless. Because he plans to take him down in one hit before doing anything else.
Urt roared and charged with red eyes.
The ground shook at his gigantic steps. A heavy body rushed to the little man.
A little guy who couldn’t move because he was so frightened. With laughter, Urt swung his glaive.
He does not have one wrist, so he holds it with only one hand and swings it, but the momentum has not fallen at all compared to the past. His combat power was exactly the same as when he had both hands.
In fact, Do-joon’s combat power was very different from the past.
Do-joon attacked Urt just by slightly swinging his spear without any grand movements.
Urte’s scarred face flinched when he saw it.
Conversely, Do-joon swung the spear and sliced off his neck.
A spear is not a weapon suitable for cutting, but the mana overlaid on the spear blade made it possible.
The mana of cold air became a sharp blade and made quick work of Urt’s neck.
“Kreuk… … .”
Urt blinked, failing to understand what happened. Soon, his vision began to blur and his head fell and rolled on the ground.
The giant fell over, spraying blood into the air. Do-joon stepped back slightly and avoided splashing blood.
― If you go in there, you’ll be covered in blood anyway, so is there any reason to avoid it?
“But I don’t have to be beaten up.”
Do-joon answered and turned his gaze to the fence.
There was a door to the wooden barrier. It was a large gate that stood out like a castle gate.
― What are you going to do? What if there is a lot inside?
As he came down the hill, Do-joon saw it as well. The orcs were crowded inside this barrier. He also confirmed that there are quite a few Named ones along with just ordinary Orcs.
The situation is incomparable to the group so far, not only in number but also in quality.
Do-joon grabbed the spear and spoke.
“I’ll just go straight through.”
The barrier that broke apart with one kick. After stepping on the wood, Do-joon entered.
After a while, once the dust settled down, and, not surprisingly, the bustling orcs appeared. All those stared at Do-joon, the cause of the commotion.
An intruder who broke into their territory. In anger, the orcs towards him.
As the masses flocked, it was like a chariot of orcs rushing towards him where there was one head larger than the other.
Do-joon turned the spear as he gathered his breath. Mana was torn apart and stuck in his body and to his spear.
That magical power that soon began to swirl.
It was bombed towards the orc horde.
Dozens of Orcs were torn apart by the blow and flew away. Seeing that, the other orcs slowed in a bit of bewilderment.
― Wow! Cool cool! I mean, it’s really amazing who made this technique.
Kalish paints his face with gold.
Do-joon smirked. It’s said that no matter how old a man is, he is still a child inside, so it seems that it is right.
Struggle is the basic instinct of an Orc. They couldn’t help but have feelings as they were creatures after all.
A person who smashed dozens of compatriots in a single blow. The only emotion they had for such an opponent was fear.
Do-joon dug into it.
Do-joon moved without hesitation as if digging through a flock of sheep. Every time his spear shone, a couple of orcs fell down.
In addition, there now he did not spare the thunderbolt either. Of course, visibility of the Shear Shader.
― It would be ridiculous for them.
― They wondered if a spear-wielding warrior had attacked them, but he even used magic.
Lightning spear is not magic, but a weapon’s function, though it will look like magic from the standpoint of the opponent. It was a magical skill to go there.
‘At first glance, they might deceive me as a wizard.’
Do-joon smiled. In addition to that, he also has the skills to be a tanker because he has the Adamantine Form and the Resistances.
If it was a game, there would be no other crazy character like this.
A huge shout was heard then.
Incomparable to other orcs, it was a shout that resonated throughout the battlefield.
Hearing that sound, the orcs, who were terrified, began to come to their senses.
No, on the contrary, is it true that they have gone insane?
Fear washed away from their eyes, and frenzy began to fill them.
‘It’s the boss!’
Do-joon looked at the source of the sound with his eyes shining.
It was an Orc with a slightly firmer impression than other orcs.
He still had a large body, but his body was not filled with soft flesh, but with strong muscles.
If an ordinary orc is just a pig, could he call the boss a muscle pig?
He raised his axe and pointed at Do-joon, and shouted briefly. Then the subordinate orcs with red, bloodshot eyes rushed to Do-joon at once.
[Warrior Captain Teruzan]
Fit rate of more than 10% higher than other orcs. Looking at it that way, he definitely is the boss… … .
The name took a while.
Since the name of the labyrinth is the Middle Orc Kingdom, he thought that the boss would come out with the name ‘King’ without fail.
‘You’re saying that you’re not the boss now, are you?’
If so, he didn’t know how long he had to explore this place again. The labyrinth where his fit rate is not increasing anymore.
Orcs that rush in. Teruzan, who ran to Do-joon at the forefront.
Do-joon made a simple conclusion.
‘Well, I’ll know when I defeat him.’
Teruzan jumped towards Do-joon. His axe flashed as it reflected sunlight. Do-joon aimed his spear pointing at him from below.
After a while.
[You have defeated Teruzan.]
[You have cleared the labyrinth. A reward will be given.]
The fanfare of clearing the labyrinth, which he hadn’t heard in a long time resonated.
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Before returning home, Do-joon first checked his spoils of war.
First, he went around and collected all the miscellaneous items dropped by the orcs. Poison bags to sell in the market and fair quality weapons with some offensive power.
【Orc Centurion Helmet (Set)】
【Orc Centurion Breastplate (Set)】
He found the other two parts of the set item he got the other day. And, he didn’t even copy anything today.
Do-joon copied the options of the two equipment to himself.
– Increases damage to Orcs by 30%
‘It would be worth it against orcs.’
The increase is a whopping 30%.
Orc is a species that appeared in various ways not only in this labyrinth, but also in other dungeons. He can’t believe he will be dealing 30% increased damage to all of them.
It wasn’t a bad option.
And next is an item box.
[Item Box (Random, Rare)]
This time again, a box that gives a rare item came out. Unlike the last time it was a choice, it’s random, but that’s alright!
‘I had a lot of fun with the thunderbolt I got back then.’
Do-joon presses the open button with a pounding heart. But what appeared in the box.
【Guardian Gerk’s Thorns Shield】
– Additional defence 81
– When erected on the ground, defence +52
A large shield with thorns.
The name and options were only related to defence. Considering that it took dozens of pieces of armour to achieve a defence of 200, the figure itself was very high… … .
‘Of all things, it’s defence…’
The problem is that defence itself doesn’t mean much to him anymore.
What he needs after getting the Adamantine Form is a way to prevent internal shocks or poisons, but the defensive option to block the outside was no longer attractive.
‘This is for So-eun.’
Well, if it’s not useful for you, you can give it to someone else.
For reference, So-eun’s current condition has full cold air resistance and raising vitality and resistance of other 4 elements.
He was copying the snake skins of the elemental island because he didn’t know when or what might happen.
If So-eun’s resistance is fully raised, he will copy it to Siewellin next.
Do-joon puts the shield in his inventory.
And the last reward is…
The key to the next labyrinth.
Most of all, it is a happy reward. Because of this one reason, he wandered around trying to clear the Orc Labyrinth.
‘Let’s go back now.’
After putting the key in the inventory, Do-joon returned home. He needed a day off or so.
After returning home, Do-joon headed straight for a shower first. He was covered in blood and dust as Kalish had said.
Do-joon came out shaking off his hair after washing off all the dirty things.
He turned on his cell phone while drying his hair comfortably. During the three days when he was not present, the messages piled up quite a bit.
He turned on the app to check.
<Son Chang-il invited Kim Do-joon and Lee Ji-ah.>
He was invited to a strange chat room.
<Lee Jia : ?>
<Lee Jia: Pre-, President of the Association????>
<Son Chang-il: Hello.>
<Son Changil: I heard that Jia is in charge of Hunter Kim Do-joon. Is that correct?>
<Lee Jia: Yes! That’s right! >
<Lee Jia: But why is that…….>
<Son Chang-il: Actually, we met recently for work. So, I created this room with the intention of strengthening our friendship ^^>
<Son Chang-il: At this age, I don’t have many opportunities to hang out with young people. I’m very happy ^^>
<Lee Jia: Ahhh~ I see! I’m so happy to be invited unexpectedly ^^777>
There was a lot of content after that.
Looking at it, Lee Ji-ah seemed to accept it somehow whenever the president of the association sent pictures of trees or the sky and said a word.
Do-joon laughed in vain. It was a very friendly sight just by looking at the content, but of course, whatever you see is not everything.
Suddenly being in the same chat room with the best boss… … . In addition, the boss invited him himself.
‘I’m a little sorry…….’
Meanwhile, there was also a personal message from Lee Ji-ah.
<Lee Jia: When did you meet with the president of the association, Do-joon? ㅠㅠ>
<Lee Jia: It’s a chat room all of a sudden… … .>
<Lee Jia: Can you do something about it?>
And so on.
<Kim Do-joon: I’m sorry;;; If I see you later, I’ll give you the hints about it.>
Unfortunately, there was nothing he could do right now. He can’t say no to his face just because he made it for friendship.
Meanwhile, there was also a personal message from the president of the association below it. The message from the president of the association was about work.
<Son Chang-il: The corpse you handed over went to the lab.>
<Son Chang-il: Research is still in progress, so the results have not been released, but so far, it is said that there is no significant difference from a human body structure.>
<Son Chang-il: Except for the long ears.>
Do-joon nodded his head.
Below that, there was also talk about the ‘stem’ of the World Tree that appeared this time.
To sum up roughly, it seems to be through somewhere else, just like the roots.
However, it is still preventing anyone from going through.
It is said that they are discussing with each guild on how to organize the initial exploration.
‘It must be a sensitive issue.’
It is extremely dangerous to go on an expedition there for the first time. Because it’s about exploring a completely unknown place.
There may be more acquaintances of those elves inside, so they need to be more careful.
But at the same time, it could be the best opportunity. It could be an opportunity to preoccupy information that others don’t know.
<Kim Do-joon: Thank you for letting me know.>
<Kim Do-joon: By the way, it’s a little different talk, but when is the special promotion? Guess I’ll have to adjust my schedule… … .>
As soon as he sent it like that, he immediately got a reply.
<Son Chang-il: I put the application in. I’ll let you know as soon as I have a specific schedule.>
He replied saying ‘thank you’ and put down his cell phone. Other than that, there were no other important messages.
Do-joon has finished all his work with it. The rest of the day was spent on family service.
It’s usually a labyrinth, a dungeon, and he’s busy, so when he’s not working, he tries to spend as much time with his family as possible. Because he didn’t really have any hobbies either.
And the next day.
[You have entered the “Sky Road“.]
Do-joon entered the next labyrinth.
The mountain that tore up the clouds and the endless stairs placed on the mountain appeared in front of him.
* * *
[In the event of Hwaseong, the government announced that some kind of terrorist group was responsible. They are people with long ears who dress up just like the elves in the movie.]
[Yes. It was a terror not only for us, but also for the whole world. It is known that there are about 50 cities that have been damaged.]
[What’s their purpose?]
[Well……. No statement has been released yet, so we can only guess. Let’s take a look at the cities they’ve attacked in…….]
The forest of grey buildings.
Thousands of people were watching TV reflected on a huge electronic board. It was a program about the recent disaster in Hwaseong.
And in the meantime, there was a barefoot woman wearing a hood.
Unlike those who took a rough look and went their way, she looked up and stared at the billboard.
A terrorist was appearing on the screen, summoning a giant rainstorm.
“What do they mean by elf looking? Doesn’t the video show it taking off its hoodie?”
“Because it’s an elf, you must be thinking of weird things again. Why? Because you think it’ll be pretty?”
“What a weird idea……. It’s because they’re afraid of getting called a terrorist.”
The ear of the hood twitched as she heard noises coming from nearby.
She soon escaped from her place and went through the dark alley of a building.
However, there was another person at the place where she escaped from people.
“There, sister, we have a spot here, so go back.”
They were students in school uniforms. However, there were cigarette butts and beer cans all around them.
Hood tried to pass them without much of a thought. From her point of view, there were still more people in front than in the back.
“Hey~, that’s really bothersome. Or what? Do you want to play with us?”
A young man who stands up and stumbles. He grinned and took off the woman’s hood.
Then the brown skin and the long ears she was hiding were revealed in it.
Young people with their eyes wide open looking at ears that are not human.
Her eyes narrowed as she saw their contemplative faces.
“Is it the one from the TV…….”
“Ugh, ah ah ah ah ah!”
Even before they could say anything, she moved first.
It didn’t take much time to silence the five men.
In a little bit.
The woman came out of the building alone.
“What did they say about my ears? Liars.”
Then she called out a name.
Black shadows wrapped around her ears and soon became as small as ordinary people.
A brown-skinned woman walked through the grey forest, gently fiddling with her new ears.
Now, even if she took off her hood, there was no problem.
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