[KR]Second Life Ranker

edited October 8 in Translations

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Second Life Ranker

Author: Sadoyeon

Translator: TeeKay

Editor: Nisaea

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Synopsis:

Yeon-woo had a twin brother who disappeared five years ago. One day, a pocket watch left by his brother returned to his possession. Inside, he found a hidden diary in which was recorded "By the time you hear this, I guess I will be already dead…."


Obelisk, the Tower of the Sun God, a world where several universes and dimensions intersect. In this world, his brother had fallen victim to betrayal while climbing up the tower. After learning the truth, Yeon-woo decided to climb the tower along with his brother's diary.


"From now on, I am Jeong-woo Cha."




Chapter 1. An invitation from a pocket watch (1)

March 21st, 2018. Incheon Airport.


Yeon-woo adjusted his clothes as he walked across the airport terminal.

A shaved head with a neatly arranged military uniform. A Korean flag shined brightly on his arm, indicating his belonging to a military contingent.

After organizing his backpack, he made a phone call.

*Click*

“Sergeant Cha reporting in from Korea.”

[Understood. Take it easy and try to comfort your parents while you are there.]

“Thank you.”

After expressing his gratitude, Yeon-woo ended the call and put his phone down.

Coming back from a three-year stay in Africa, he felt much warmer and peaceful in Korea than in Africa.

However, Yeon-woo’s mind was in distress.

With a cigarette in his mouth, he took out something from his pocket. It was a letter he received during his mission.

The word ‘Obituary’ was written on the letter. His younger brother had disappeared five years ago, and this obituary was now notifying him of his brother’s death.

*  *  *

The funeral had ended.

His brother’s ashes were scattered at the sea in front of Taejongdae, his brother’s favorite place.

Yeon-woo hadn’t heard any news him during the last five years, but now he had returned to him inside a cold urn.

“This is what he was holding when the body was found.”

The person who discovered his brother’s body took out a small box.

Yeon-woo opened it with care. The box contained two things.

One was a faded photograph, and the other….

“…A pocket watch?”

In the photograph, his brother was in front of a shabby looking house, wearing some kind of medieval armor, next to some people with unusual appearances.

Was he filming a movie somewhere? He thought.

Yeon-woo had roamed around all sorts of places, but he had never seen anything like this.

“Uhm….”

“Oh, I’m sorry.”

As Yeon-woo was unconsciously touching his brother’s figure in the photograph, the man’s interjection brought him back to his senses.

At the same time, a question came to his mind, but it wasn’t an appropriate place to ask it, so Yeon-woo only thanked the man and returned home.


*  *  *


He quietly looked at the photograph in his room. In it, his brother was still smiling.

They were twins. Born with identical faces and features, and yet they were so different.

His brother was a model student, but weak and introverted. He enjoyed reading books and watching movies.

Yeon-woo, on the other hand, was very extroverted. He was also athletic, thus he applied both to PE as a major, and to the military academy.

People around them were surprised by how different they could be.

Nonetheless, the two of them had always stuck together.

The little brother would hold onto his scatterbrained brother and teach him how to study, and the older brother would tell his brother lying in bed, about how fun and exciting things were outside, several times a day. Both of them were so devoted to one another.

But then, with only one day before the CSAT, his younger brother had disappeared.

And so many things had changed since then.

His mother, who was originally suffering from a chronic disease, had passed away. After searching for his brother for over two years to no avail, Yeon-woo had given up on everything. He enlisted in the military as a non-commissioned officer, volunteered himself to be dispatched to Africa and left Korea.

It was at that time that he became less of an extrovert and grew to be more cynical.

From that point on, contact with Korea had naturally been cut off. He thought he would never return to Korea, ever again.

But now, five years later, his brother had returned to him as an obituary letter.

“….”

At first, he had been mad at his brother, who disappeared without a word and now had become like this. The first thing that had come to his mind was that his brother was so self-indulgent.

But as the funeral began, he started to feel empty, as if his soul was being torn apart. And by the time he had scattered his brother’s ashes in Taejongdae, his heart had been bursting at the seams.

He wanted to ask what had happened to his brother, what had he been doing, and why did he have to return like this.

But his brother in the photograph did not say a word. Just like how he hadn’t said anything during the past five years.

“Ha….”

Yeon-woo put the photograph down and checked on the pocket watch.

It was worn out and badly thumbed, as if it were more than a hundred years old.

Only ‘XII’, the roman numeral for 12, and the hour hand was left of the watch, and it was not working. He took it to a jeweler to repair, but the only answer he got was that it was too rusty to fix.

‘This is the present that I gave my brother back then.’

When they were 19 years old, the year they became third graders in high school, the brothers gave each other a present on their birthday. The younger brother gave him a book for him to study, and Yeon-woo gave his brother a pocket watch to wish him luck on his CSAT.

This was that pocket watch.

Yeon-woo grabbed the pocket watch, it slipped and clung perfectly into his palm. It was just the right size.

‘I knew it.’

He remembered how he wandered around every jeweler, looking for a pocket watch that would perfectly fit in one hand.

Then Yeon-woo flipped the watch over, and on the backside saw a name written in cursive on one corner.

J. W. CAH


“Whoa! I really needed a watch. Thanks bro. Compared to a digital watch, this is way cooler.”

“Puhaha! How is it? Your big brother’s got a nice fashion sense.

“But what is this written on here? Looks like J. W. is my name, but CAH? *pft*”

“Hmm? That’s our family name, ‘Cha’.”

“How is this ‘Cha’? It’s spelled CHA!”

“What? Dammit! Give it to me.”

“Why?”

“I’m gonna talk to the guy from the jeweler to fix it.”

“It’s OK, don’t bother. I’ll take it. From now on, I’ll just write CAH whenever I write my name.”


Then, the younger brother confidently put the pocket watch into his pocket.

After that, the younger brother proudly wrote ‘CAH’ as his name when he went to apply for a passport.

At that time, Yeon-woo had felt both sorry and grateful at the same time.

Yeon-woo chuckled as he recalled his past memory.

While he was running his hand over the pocket watch, he pressed on a knob by accident.

*Click*

‘Huh?’

Wasn’t it broken? He thought.

The knob slid inside the watch.

Then suddenly….

*Tic* *Tac*

The hour hand that seemed to be stopped started to run.


To my older brother who will listen to this sometime in the future.


A familiar voice was heard inside his head.

“…!”

Yeon-woo subconsciously sprang up to his feet.

It was a voice he hadn’t heard in five years. It was a voice he thought he would never hear again. It was his brother’s voice.

*Thump* *Thump*

His heart started to pound like crazy.


By the time you hear this, I guess I will be already dead.


It was not a hallucination.

Yeon-woo checked if there was a recorder inside the pocket watch, but it was nowhere to be found.

The voice was clearly ringing inside his head.

How is this possible? He thought.


I am sorry. Everyone had a hard time because of me, didn’t you? I just wanted to find a medicine for mom. I thought I could return home soon, but time had gone by too quickly.


“What?”

It was at this moment when his eyes got strained.

*Whoosh*

Suddenly, in front of his eyes, a flood of his brother’s memories passed by like a panorama.

It, was a diary.


*  *  *


Oct 9th, 2013.

A strange text message arrived on my phone. It said it will fulfill whatever I wish for. Nothing else was written in it, only buttons to decide whether I want to join or not.

Normally, I would have ignored the message, but I couldn’t help thinking about mom in the hospital looking more and more haggard everyday.

So I pressed the ‘yes’ button just in case my mom would be cured.

Nothing had changed.

I felt very hollow. In the end, it was just a prank.

But from that day on, I started having a strange dream.

It was a dream about climbing what seemed like an infinitely tall, 99-story tower.


Oct 12th, 2013.

It was definitely not a dream!

Everything was clear. It was a real world.

A world where not only different races like elves and dwarves, but also monsters like orcs, trolls and dragons exist, and a world where several universes and dimensions intersect in one place.

The tower is sitting in the middle, waiting for people from all over the world to climb it. The moment when a person breaks through the ninety ninth floor, he or she will become a god, or that’s what I heard someone saying.

People pointed at the tower and called it,

The Tower of the Sun God,

Obelisk.

But that doesn’t mean a thing to me. Instead, the only thing that matters is that somewhere in this tower exists an elixir that can cure all diseases, the Panacea.

With that in my hand, I could save mom from her illness.


Oct 28th, 2013

I was able to team up with some like-minded friends and started climbing up the tower.

Still, it wasn’t easy at all.

We had to kill all sorts of monsters, and each and every time we faced mortal dangers. This place, it may look like a game, but it’s not. It’s reality. If you die, everything is over.

But my teammates and I are talented. Back in reality, my far-from-well body always caused worries for my family, but in this world, through runes I was able to see the light.

We were told that we were the first team to ever break through the first ten floors within four days.

Since then, I began to seriously consider.

I would not be able to live both my life in the real world and in the tower at the same time.


Nov 9th, 2013

I made up my mind.

I tried explaining to my brother about this place. But whenever I faced him, the words wouldn’t come out of my mouth. Do I say, ‘there’s a world named The Tower, and I’m trying to salvage some medicine in there’?

But my brother, even though he looks gruff on the outside, he has such a warm heart on the inside. What would he say? I bet he would volunteer to take my place instead.

That cannot happen.

So in the end, I decided to leave home. They will be looking for me, but it will only take about half a year.

I’m sure I can find the elixir by that time. And just like that, I disconnected myself from the real world.


Dec 1st, 2013

My teammates and I named ourselves ‘Arthia’.

Arthia is the best in every single way, both in teamwork, and in individual skills. We are at the top of our game.

We then rapidly broke through several floors, and there is no one in the tower who doesn’t know our name.

I might be able to get a hold of the Elixir much faster than I thought.


······


Sep 7th, 2014

Our climbing speed has slowed down. I thought I would only need half a year, but now I might need one more year.


Nov 11th, 2014

We had a fight with some high ranking clans who regards us as an eyesore. We now have more obstacles to overcome.


······


Feb 31st, 2015

Negotiations have broken down.

A war has begun.


······


Jul 2nd, 2015

The alliance of clans we fought against has just collapsed.

Arthia, which originally started with only twelve people, has now grown into one of the ten largest clans, all of our teammates have become high rankers.

And I, Arthia’s leader, have risen up to ninth place. It is said that I’m the fastest ranker to ever get into the top ten.

However, I can’t just stand here and celebrate.

Because of the war, we haven’t had time to find the elixir. We need to pick up our speed and climb the tower.


······


Mar 4th, 2016

I’ve found someone I love.


······


Sep 19th, 2016

Another war has begun.

An enmity between Arthia who wants to climb higher and other high ranking clans who want to maintain the status quo has arisen. I’ve been trying my best to persuade them, but it isn’t easy.

To make matters worse, some of our teammates agree with their ideas. They just can’t voice out their opinions because they are worried.

Even though I was fully aware of this, I pressed on our clan to continue climbing up the tower, so we couldn’t avoid conflicts.

But even now, time keeps flowing.

I feel like I’m going crazy.


······


Jan 2nd, 2017

Arthia is now ranked in fifth place. However, the war hasn’t ended yet, and everyone is too tired.


······


Jun 6th, 2017

We found a traitor in our clan.

We were able to kill him before he could rise up, but it was enough to cause a rift amongst our teammates. Everyone has started to distrust one another.

Our members are leaving the clan one by one.


Jul 1st, 2017

My body feels heavier.

I have been poisoned.


Oct 30th, 2017

Half of our members have already left the clan. We keep on losing battles, and now we don’t dare to climb to higher floors. I tried asking all around to look for the elixir, but I couldn’t obtain any kind of information about it.

And my body is slowly breaking down.


Nov 1st, 2017

The person I loved left me with a dagger stabbed into my heart.

I was barely able to block it with my skill, but I was unable to continue suppressing the poison. My body is starting to rot.


Dec 30th, 2017

I miss my brother.


······


Feb 1st, 2018

I am the only one left in Arthia.

Why did things go so wrong?

Was it because I trusted people too much? Or was it because I was too absorbed in satisfying my own needs, and forgot to look after my teammates?

Or else….

Was it because I left my family?


Feb 28th, 2018

On the last day of February, I finally got my hands on the elixir.

Now I need to find a way to send it home, but there’s no way I can. I can’t leave the Tower even if I want to, I’m being surrounded by other people.

Maybe they think I will treat my poison with it if I leave.

Everyone is coming to kill me. There was no one left by my side.

Now I know.

The fact that there is only one person I can trust.

But I cannot show them my weakness.


*  *  *


So this is the end of my diary. I believe if I leave this diary, my brother will find a way to come to this place.

If it is you, older brother, you can retrieve the Panacea and bring it safely to our mom.




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Comments

  • Although this is just chapter 1, this story seems to have potential. Also, the translation is seemingly excellent, being well written and presumably well translated (though I can't confirm since I can't read Korean). I'm definitely adding this to my reading list.
  • Wow this looks very interesting. I really like it so far, it has great potential. Please release more chapters and I will try to spread it to more people.
  • edited October 8

    Once again, if you find anything funky with the translation feel free to PM me.

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    Chapter 2. An invitation from a pocket watch (2)




    The message ended there.

    “…!”

    Yeon-woo quickly examined the pocket watch again, just in case he could find another trace of his brother, or another message hidden inside.

    But he couldn’t find anything.

    *Flop*

    Yeon-woo sat down heavily on the sofa.

    He continued handling the pocket watch without saying a word.

    It had scratches in several places and was missing its minute hand. He felt like the experiences that his brother had gone through on ‘that side’ were being portrayed right in front of his eyes.

    Then Yeon-woo slowly rewound the knob.

    *Click*


    To my older brother who will listen to this sometime in the future. By the time you hear this….


    His brother’s recorded voice started speaking again from the beginning.

    After that, Yeon-woo once again rewound the knob.


    By the time you hear this….


    In the same place, Yeon-woo rewound the watch over and over again.

    And every time, he could hear his brother’s voice inside his head.

    The same voice, the same tone, the same diary.


    [Starting the succession process]


    At that moment, a small screen popped up under his retina.

    Interface system.

    This meant he was successfully connected to The Tower.

    And then, his body began to change.

    *Swoosh*

    Something was wriggling inside his lower abdomen. He felt as if there was a snake curled up in his stomach and it was raising its head up.

    It was a refreshing feeling, and yet, at the same time, it felt as if a weird seed was sprouting inside him.

    It was mana. The basic element that constitutes the foundation of the world. It is also the power that people from other worlds and The Tower dealt with.

    *Bang*

    A cluster of mana exploded inside him. Through an unknown path, it spread out in all directions throughout his body.

    He felt something was changing on the inside.

    And then,

    *Crackle* *Crunch*

    His body started to twist and convulse, followed by a fierce pain as if he were being torn apart.

    He felt like his body was being disassembled and pierced by countless needles.

    During military school, his tolerance against torture had been trained, but this was completely different.

    Even so, Yeon-woo held tight onto his sanity. Not even a groan came out from his mouth.

    He was sitting in place as he kept rewinding the pocket watch and listened to his brother’s voice again and again.

     

    By the time you….


    His skeletal frame was being altered. The joints in his body were readjusting, and his muscles turned soft and then hard again. A black substance was secreted out from his torn skin, which gave off a bad odor.

    All the impurities in his body had been eliminated, and his muscles and skeleton had been refined.


    *Crack* *Crack*


    He was in such terrible pain, but this was nothing compared to what his brother had gone through.

    And then, what seemed like an endless process finally came to its end.


    [Awakening finished]

    [Your awakening process is incomplete. Current progress: 5%]

    [Your current body is insufficient to complete the succession process. Refine your body to complete the succession process. As your body improves, the succession progress will also advance.]

    [Your current status is ‘Incomplete Dragon Body(龍體)’]

    [Your physical abilities have been partially improved]

    [Your traits have been confirmed]

    [Your skills have been registered]

    [You have acquired the qualifications of a player. You can only register once inside Obelisk.]


    Yeon-woo was in no condition to concentrate on what the strange voice was saying.

    After that abominable pain, some strong feelings lingered in his mind.

    “....”

    But Yeon-woo still couldn’t take his eyes off of the pocket watch.


    To my older brother who will listen to this sometime in the future….


    * * *


    As Yeon-woo rewinded the watch several times, he assimilated his brother’s memories left inside the diary.

    Five years' worth of memories.

    The memories of when he met his teammates and founded Arthia. The memories of when they were so happy after successfully clearing one of the hardest floors. The memories of when they stood back to back, fighting their war.

    The memories of himself drenched in blood, feeling worn out. The memories of when he kissed his love for the first time…. The memories of when he wept aloud because of her betrayal. And the memories of when he walked alone towards his enemies that were flooding in like water.

    As the memories were being embedded into his head, Yeon-woo could feel the happiness, sadness and all the other emotions his brother had felt.

    Inside, Yeon-woo had become his brother.

    And at that moment, when everything had ended,

    “....”


    [Player: Yeon-woo Cha]

    Trait: Cold-blooded

    Strength: 10   Dexterity: 15   Health: 12   Magic Power: 21

    Skills: Draconic Eyes, Sense Strengthening, Foresight


    Yeon-woo awoke from the overflowing thoughts. As he opened his eyes, a transparent panel popped up right in front of his eyes.

    ‘It was true. Everything.”

    He was hoping for it to be a lie. He would have preferred everything to be a dream or an illusion, but it wasn’t.

    It was reality.

    Yeon-woo’s expression sunk.

    Now he knew about everything his brother had gone through. Who put his brother to death, and the reason why his brother had to return like that after five years.

    The Tower was a place that could turn someone into a god.

    But to Yeon-woo, it was nothing more than a lawless area where everyone bites at each other’s throat.

    And his brother was bitten by the starving demons inside that place.

    If that’s the case,

    “I will pay you back.”

    Following their rules,

    “Equally to you all.”

    Yeon-woo was given his brother’s abilities as they were.

    A player. He had acquired the minimum requirement to climb the tower.

    And now it was time for him to come forward.

    Sadness disappeared from his eyes.

    “....”

    Only cold fury remained.


    *  *  *


    Yeon-woo silently stared at the transparent panel that was in front of his eyes.

    “So this is the ‘Status window’?”

    The status window was further classified into three tabs: Traits, Attributes, Skills.

    Traits showed the player’s personality or talents.

    The first trait his brother had obtained was ‘Psychometry’, the ability to communicate with his surroundings.

    His brother was able to overcome many dangers by using his Psychometry to communicate with objects or skills.

    In addition to that, Attributes showed a quantification of a player’s capabilities, and Skills showed the standardized skills that players could use inside the tower.

    ‘It’s just like a game’

    When talking about Obelisk, his brother had said “it may look like a game, but it’s not. It’s reality”.

    Now he understood why.

    ‘Currently, I have Cold-blooded as my trait.’


    [Trait: Cold-blooded]

    An ability to maintain rationality in any situation. Shows great immunity to mind control and brainwash class curses.


    This was a talent Yeon-woo originally possessed.

    It seems that it was created based on his training as a professional soldier.

    A power that helps him keep a cool-headed judgment in chaotic situations and command his army on the frontlines.

    ‘It’s not bad.’

    No, it wasn’t just ‘not bad’.

    It was perfect.

    It was very important to have a card in his hand that could help him protect himself in a world full of bizarre magic and skills.

    ‘Only, my attributes are too weak.’

    Even though he had gone through an awakening as a player and his body had also been improved, he was still just a normal human.

    On average, his attributes were all below 20.

    For climbing The Tower where all sorts of monsters existed, he was too weak.

    But it was no surprise.

    He had no idea how to handle mana, and he wasn’t particularly skilled at anything. Also, his knowledge of the concept of skills was too scarce.

    The only thing he could rely on was his instincts that had been honed by war.

    So was the Skill tab.


    [Draconic Eyes(龍魔眼)]

    Eyes of a dragon. Sees through the truth. Can partially peek into an object or person’s abilities.


    [Sense Strengthening]

    The five senses are greatly improved.


    [Foresight] (Special)

    The user can see a certain amount of time into the future.


    His Draconic Eyes were the only vestige his brother had left behind for him through the succession process in the pocket watch.

    ‘Jeong-woo was able to make contact with an ancient dragon(古龍) on the 11th floor by chance. Is this something left from that encounter?’

    The draconic species(龍種) are arrogant and ferocious by nature, yet are also beings that seek the truth.

    It seems his brother had been partly exposed to their nature and acquired the eyes that can peek through the truth.

    But how helpful this would be was yet to be known.

    ‘Seems like Sense Strengthening was generated according to my Trait.”

    It was a skill that allowed him to arbitrarily control his five senses, which are sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste.

    Yeon-woo liked this skill the most.

    It’s unpredictable what could happen on a battlefield.

    He might have to locate enemies that are out of sight, or he might have to trace out a faint smell of oil. There was also a time when he had to listen to the distant footsteps of the enemy.

    If he could handle such senses freely, it would be very helpful in his attempt to climb up the tower.

    ‘What bothers me the most is this one,’

    Yeon-woo’s eyes were fixed on the last skill.

    ‘Foresight.’

    Yeon-woo looked at the pocket watch in his hand.

    ‘Is it because of this?”

    Skills were given according to players’ Traits, but sometimes they were given according to the player’s environment or their most precious object.

    Especially skills with the word ‘special’ attached behind, it’s safe to say that it was a skill of his own.

    ‘OK. For now, let’s just do it.’

    Yeon-woo took a deep breath.

    It was clear that compared to other players, he was starting on a better foothold thanks to his brother’s help.

    But even so, there was a long way ahead of him.

    The ones who brought his brother to his death are the strongest amongst all rankers.

    They had grown stronger and stronger throughout the course of several years, some even hundreds of years.

    He had a long way to go if he wanted to catch up with those people.

    The image of his brother in the photograph came back to his mind.

    ‘You only wanted me to find the elixir and live the rest of my life peacefully, but….’

    He clenched his fist, causing his veins to stick out.

    ‘I’m afraid I don’t think I can just let things go.’


    *  *  *

    Yeon-woo proceeded to sort out his personal affairs.

    [Sergeant Cha! what are you talking about? You’re leaving the army all of a sudden?]

    He heard the commander’s furious voice over the phone.

    It was no surprise.

    Upon hearing about his brother’s death, the commander had sent him back to Korea to allow him to get himself sorted out, but now he was applying to be discharged without any prior notice. If Yeon-woo were the commander, he would also be mad.

    Yeon-woo, however, did not give any specific excuses.

    [Did something happen? Or did you have any complaints? If you did, just tell me. If ‘Cain’ leaves, what am I supposed t…! ]

    “I’m sorry.”

    Yeon-woo hung up the phone right after saying that.

    His phone rang again, but he turned off the phone and threw it into a garbage can on the street.

    The commander had cared for him like a son, so he had to cut off the connection even more adamantly.

    The only thing left was his house, but he also put it out on the real estate market.

    Anyway, the house had been unused since he got dispatched, and now there was no reason to leave it any longer.

    He didn’t want to have a place to come back.

    With the money he had, he bought several items.

    He filled his newly purchased backpack with some basic clothes and as many combat rations as he could; Equipped himself with dozens of knives that he used back in the army and some tools for survival like medical kits.

    He once thought about buying firearms and bombs from the black market, but soon shook off the idea.

    ‘The Tower is a place that was built to test a player’s skills. It’s better to avoid such things. Besides, if I can’t continuously supply myself with the ammunition it’s just going to be cumbersome.’

    And once everything was ready, Yeon-woo came out to a lonesome park early in the morning.

    He was wearing jeans and a black hoodie with his hood drawn over his eyes, and he carried a backpack full of luggage on his right shoulder. He had already burned the uniform and the bag he used to carry before coming out.

    ‘Considering the time difference between Obelisk and the real world,  is it about a week after the last round began?’

    To enter The Tower, he had to go through this one place first.

    The tutorial.

    The place to test players who want to enter The Tower. It was disadvantageous to enter such a place a week after it had already started.

    But Yeon-woo still decided to enter during this period.

    ‘Players who start late are also given advantages. The more I catch up with the front runners, the more points I get, and there’s also a hidden piece that is only given to latecomers.  Moreover,’

    Yeon-woo’s eyes let out a bleak glow.

    “I’m sure it’s around this time that ‘that guy’ shows up.”

    As Yeon-woo organized his plans step by step in his head,

    *Click*

    He wound the knob of his brother’s pocket watch backward.

    Then, a cluster of lights spread in the middle of the park, and a shadow suddenly sprang up.

    The shadow swirled around and formed a lump.

    A door(門).

    It was a gateway to the world where The Tower was located.

    Yeon-woo stepped inside the gate without any hesitation. His eyes looked colder than ever.

    “From now on,”

    ‘I will make sure to let the people beyond this gate know who they messed up with.’

    “I am Jeong-woo Cha.”


    And so, the gate closed.






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  • edited October 8

    Chapter 3. Tutorial (1)

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    Whoever desires to become a god, climb up The Tower!


    *  *  *


    [You have now arrived at floor 0, The Tutorial Hall.]


    *Swoosh*

    Yeon-woo frowned due to the bright light that pierced his eyes.

    His eyes were tingling and his vision was shaking violently. He felt dizzy as if he was going through a high-altitude flight.


    [Your trait ‘Cold-blooded’ has helped you maintain composure]


    He felt something wriggling inside his body, holding the previously spinning world straight. The motion sickness soon subsided.

    Yeon-woo was able to look around more comfortably.

    He found himself in a passage that ran all the way in a straight line.

    The walls were made of hard stone, and the ceiling was studded with stones emitting light at regular intervals.

    But overall, the light was too dim, so he could only see things two meters ahead.

    Beyond that was all darkness.

    ‘I’m really in’

    Yeon-woo clenched his fists. It was the same scenery he saw from the diary.


    The Tower serves both as a gateway and as a trial to test the participants that wish to become a god. Naturally, The Tower refuses to accept anybody and everybody, so the trial takers have to prove themselves worthy.

    The place to test such qualifications is the tutorial, often called ‘floor 0’.


    ‘Beyond this place, are the people who hurt Jeong-woo.’

    Yeon-woo that, just by closing his eyes, he could recall the numerous scenes he had seen in the diary, the ones who had betrayed his brother and drove him to death.

    But he didn’t get agitated.  He kept his head as cool as he could.

    ‘Just wait a little. I’ll be there soon.’

    To enter the tower, the first thing he had to do was to pass the tutorial with a high score.

    It couldn’t just be a high score.

    ‘An overwhelmingly high score. I have to take the first place.’

    Of course, it wasn’t going to be easy.

    The Tower is connected to numerous dimensions, spaces and worlds, and among them, only those who are highly capable have the chance to participate as players.

    Yeon-woo could also be considered strong if only looking at his planet Earth.

    But the universe was infinitely wide, and so were the strong.

    Yeon-woo, who had focused only on physical abilities and instinctive senses, had many weak points compared to the already existing players. If he tried to get through the tutorial like this, he would be dead without even being able to take a few steps.

    However,

    ‘The tutorial, at the same time, is a place where I can obtain that kind of qualification.’

    His brother have had a very weak body before climbing the tower. Nevertheless, he proved himself by passing the tutorial, and ended up achieving the incredible feat of reaching sixth place in the rankings within the shortest amount of time ever.

    The tutorial isn’t just a test for physical abilities. It tests various aspects such as players’ talent, judgement, agility, resourcefulness, and decisiveness. It summed up the results, and rated the players.

    Naturally, there's always have been a number of deaths in the process.

    No, most of them had been overconfident in the little capabilities they had and rushed into the tutorial, only to end up dead.

    Fortunately, Yeon-woo was aware of the dangers of the tutorial. And he was also aware of the value this place had.

    ‘Hidden pieces can be found everywhere. I have to gather as many of these as possible to finalize the incomplete succession.’

    At present, Incomplete Dragon Body (5%) was displayed on Yeon-woo’s status window.

    His brother’s achievements(業) had not been completely passed onto him yet. Yeon-woo intended to refine his vessel as much as possible in order to replace the word ‘incomplete’ with ‘complete’.

    ‘To make my vessel as complete as possible. Let’s focus on that for now.’

    After organizing his thoughts, Yeon-woo then quietly took out a white mask from his bag and put it on his face.

    He would have to face a lot of people, so he covered his face in advance. Yeon-woo then slowly walked forward along the passage.


    *  *  *


    Who knew for how long had he been walking.

    In that moment,

    “Ohyohyohyo. A guest at a time like this. I almost missed you and let you go.”

    Suddenly, as a blue glow flashed in the air, a portal opened up, and someone dropped down from it.

    In an instant, Yeon-woo instinctively stepped back and took a combat stance with two daggers held crossed in front of him.

    It was because the appearance of the sudden intruder was too strange.

    A small stature that looked like only reached his waistline. Its skin was full of bumps and looked scabrous, its eyes were long and slanted. In particular, the glistening fangs that came out over its thick lips, piercing all the way through his mouth, stood out.

    The mere sight of it filled him with disgust.

    A monster.

    It was a creature called goblin.

    However, it gave Yeon-woo a very different impression from the normal goblins he saw in the diary.

    Unlike the normal goblin which usually has low intelligence and is only faithful to its instinct, the goblin in front of his eyes was wearing a strange monocle on one eye and a smart looking tuxedo.

    His well mannered behavior gave off a dignified atmosphere.

    “No matter how broad-minded I am, if you act like that, it does hurt my feelings. So why don’t you put down your daggers?”

    Contrary to his words, the goblin was smiling delightedly and winking one eye.

    Only then did Yeon-woo seem to realize what the goblin before his eyes was.

    ‘The guardian’

    Those who manage and oversee each floor and trial in The Tower.

    “Greetings. I am the guardian of the floor 0, Yvlke. Meeting like this is also destiny, why don’t you give ourselves a round of applause? Ohyohyohyo.”

    Yeon-woo lowered the two daggers.

    The guardians belong to The Tower and lead the players throughout the trials. There was no reason to keep his guard up against him.

    “Ho, you believe me?”

    “That's because it’s good to keep the guardian's advice in mind even if it sounds like a trivial thing.”

    “Oh my. I guess you know about us a little. Since you were wearing a mask, I thought you were just shy. Anyway, it should be much easier to talk now.”

    Yvlke began explaining with some light jokes.

    “The tutorial is divided into seven sections, from A to F. Each section has a different environment, and a different challenge. You will be given scores depending on how you perform these challenges over a given period of time. At the end of the tutorial, all the scores will be added up and the results will be announced.”

    Yeon-woo was already roughly aware of the rules thanks to the diary.

    However, in order to avoid attracting too much attention from the guardian, and to confirm the rules he knew, he asked some questions.

    “Do I have to pass all 7 sections?”

    “Not exactly. The tutorial is a place where you simply need to prove you possess the minimum qualifications. If you think your score is already high enough, you can simply stop there, but it'll be good to pass every trial to get a higher score.”

    “What are the benefits of getting a higher score?”

    “Players are given better rewards in proportion to their score. Shouldn’t there be some motivation for players to get better results? The Tower and us guardians are very thorough in regard to that. Ohyohyohyo.”

    “How long does the tutorial last?”

    “Players are given 30 days, one month. How you divide the time you spend in each section depends solely on the player. However,”

    Yvlke smiled as he adjusted his monocle.

    “It's been around a week since this round started. There’s only about three weeks left of it. What do you want to do? Will you join in from the next round?”

    It's only been a week may sound like something simple. However, a week in the tutorial was by no means a short time.

    A period of time equal to one-fourth of the whole tutorial.

    ‘During that first week, the front runners must have already run far ahead. To a point where latecomers could never catch up.’

    The higher the score, the better the reward. It also increases the probability of passing the tutorial.

    For Yeonwoo, who was planning to achieve a lot within the tutorial, this was a very unfavorable start.

    However,

    ‘That’s what I expected anyway.’

    A slight smile rose from Yeon-woo’s lips.

    Not caring about his reaction, Yvlke went on explaining.

    “Although this place is called the tutorial, it’s still quite difficult. Normally, when passing through a section, we advise players to organize a party with at least three to five people. That way, players can proceed smoothly.”

    “That means I get a higher score if I pass a section alone, right?”

    “Yes, but it will be much harder.”

    “If a late solo player catches up with the leading parties, do they get any benefit from that?”

    Yvlke’s eyes shone behind his monocle.

    He realized what Yeon-woo was thinking.

    He gave off a broad smile, which made his fangs stand out even more.

    “The Tower grows based on players’ achievements(業). The score calculation will be adjusted accordingly to the player’s individual achievements, so you don't have to worry about it.”

    “Understood.”

    After he finished confirming, Yeon-woo started to lightly warm up.

    *Crackle*

    ‘No matter what, I must kill ‘that guy’. If I miss him, it will mess up the whole plan.”

    Yeonwoo recalled the biggest of the hidden pieces that could only be obtained within the tutorial.

    The guy who only appears during certain period of time.

    Only by killing him, would the succession process become much easier.

    *Crunch* *Crackle*

    His muscles began to tighten, his blood began to circulate faster, and his mind became lucid.

    Yvlke took a step back.

    He had already noticed that Yeon-woo wouldn’t listen any more to his advice.

    There had been players like him before, and in the end they were one of two kinds.

    The ones that were too confident in their abilities, rushed forward and got fucked, or the ones that were truly a sight to behold.

    Whatever it was, Yvlke thought it would be fun to watch, so he did not stop Yeon-woo.

    “If that’s what you want.”

    *Snap*

    Yvlke lightly flicked his fingers, creating a huge panel in the air.


    [Beginning the trial of floor 0.]

    [Trial: You, a participant who aims to become a god, must prove yourself worthy of climbing The Tower. During the given time, pass through 7 gates and 7 challenges.]

    [Requirements: achieve a high score within the time limit.]


    “Let the trial begin.”

    Yvlke said goodbye with a dignified look as he disappeared like the wind.

    Then, a timer appeared in his place.


    [549:37:88_96]

    [549:37:88_95]

    ······


    ‘There’s about 22 days and 21 hours remaining?’

    Yeon-woo clenched his dagger and stepped forward.

    ‘Let’s do this.’

    A new message popped up as he crossed the line that seemed to divide the starting zone from Section A.


    [You have entered Section A]

    [Either break through or deactivate all the traps in this section]


    A straight passage.

    He felt like the darkness was beckoning him to go that way.

    Yeonwoo carefully took a step forward, keeping his nerves on edge.

    But although he kept his guard up, nothing happened even after a considerable amount of time.

    As if nothing ever existed.

    An ordinary person would have relaxed a bit by now, but the further in Yeon-woo went, the more alert he became.

    Yvlke said it would be easy to pass through as long as players formed a party of 3~5 people.

    If that was correct, he shouldn’t underestimate this place.

    Above all, danger comes without any notice. And when it comes, it always wipes out everything like a raging storm.

    Like right now.

    *Thwish*

    Out of nowhere, an arrow shot across the darkness.

    Yeon-woo instinctively turned his body aside.

    The arrow brushed past his left forearm. He could feel a scorching pain. Blood splashed as his clothes were torn.

    *Twing*

    ‘A steel arrow!’

    He came back to his senses. Yeon-woo frowned while looking at the arrow that was deeply embedded into the wall.

    The arrow was not made out of wood, but steel.

    His arm would have been torn off if he had allowed that arrow to hit him. If it had hit his head or abdomen it would have been deadly.

    The diary had warned him about the various traps in Section A.

    However, the location of each trap was different each time and they were randomly activated, so his brother's experience wasn’t of much help.

    All he could do was staying alert and dodge his way through.

    *Swish* *Swish* *Swish*

    Steel arrows flew towards him in succession, all from different directions.

    It was impossible to track them with the naked eye.

    Yeon-woo crouched low and rolled forward. At the same time, he grabbed onto the backpack he was carrying on his back.

    Because it was thick, filled with clothes and various tools inside, it was useful as a cover.

    He had brought it for this purpose in the first place.

    *Puck* *Puck* *Puck*

    Three steel arrows stuck into his backpack.

    The impact was so strong that he felt as if his arm was coming off each time an arrow hit his backpack. Two of them even pierced through the backpack and poked out as if shyly showing their faces.

    He somehow managed to straighten himself up and stuck closely to a wall.

    In a situation where he didn’t know where he was being sniped from, he had to reduce his physical exposure as much as possible. It was a rule he had learned the hard way.

    However,

    *Shlickt*

    Some traps seemed to have been installed not only at the front, but also at the back and at the very bottom.

    Before he knew it, there was an arrow stuck deep into his left thigh.

    “Hup!”

    At that moment, Yeon-woo felt like he saw a spark right in front of his eyes.

    In spite of the terrible pain, he gritted his teeth and tried turning his body around, but

    *Puck* *Puck* *Puck*

    Once again, arrows came flying in, they ripped through his backpack and penetrated his left shoulder, forearm and ribs.






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  • edited April 10
    Thank you.
    I have tried promoting the novel on my end on discord and reviewed on NU. Please keep up the good work!
  • This is rather interesting so far! Please continue and thanks for the chapters!
    My dao is the Dao of Structure.
  • edited October 8

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    Chapter 4. Tutorial (4)




    [A fierce pain overcomes you. You have been afflicted with ‘Stun’.]

    [Your trait ‘Cold-blooded’ has helped you maintain composure.]

    [The status effect ‘Stun’ has been removed. You have developed resistance to pain.]


    He felt as if his arm was being torn apart and he couldn’t breathe.

    Yeon-woo was familiar with this sensation.

    He gritted his teeth and held tightly onto his consciousness.

    He had suffered this kind of pain many times in Africa. Back then, he had been shot and his life was in danger. This pain was nothing compared to that.

    He then quickly checked on his condition.

    ‘The parts where the arrows are stuck are my left shoulder, forearm, and thigh. My ribs… were only grazed. The wounds look bad, but I can still move.’

    As soon as his decision was made he carried out his actions immediately. Raising his, now completely ragged, backpack up, he stepped back as fast as he could.

    ‘Apparently, traps were activated at the same time when I passed through a certain point.’

    That meant there was a particular area where the traps were concentrated.

    He had to flee until he reached that place.

    Even as he retreated, the steel arrows kept flying towards him.

    At first, it was only one or two arrows, but past a certain point, four or five started to fly out at the same time.

    Still, he moved while refraining from exposing himself as much as possible.

    A long blood trail spread from his wound, staining the wall. In the meantime, two more steel arrows were inserted into his calf.

    When he reached a certain point, steel arrows no longer poured down on him.

    Yeon-woo leaned his back against the wall as he threw the backpack filled with steel arrows on the floor.

    His vision was spinning round and round.

    An unpleasant, stuffy smell lingered in his mouth.


    [Your wounds are bleeding severely. You have been afflicted with ‘Stun’.]

    [Your trait ‘Cold-blooded’ has helped you maintain composure.]

    [The status effect ‘Stun’ has been removed. You have developed resistance to bleeding.]


    Yeon-woo barely managed to hold onto consciousness.

    It was almost by instinct that his body had brought him to this point. If he lost consciousness here, he would die instantly.

    Yeon-woo plunged his hand into the torn backpack.

    The stuff that once filled the backpack had spilled out and rolled around randomly, and the steel arrows took their place instead.

    Fortunately, the medical kit hadn’t been lost during the action, and it was quickly caught by his hand.

    Yeonwoo opened the kit and took out disinfectant, bandages, pre-connected needle and thread,  oil-fed cotton and a lighter.

    Because he could hardly use his left arm, it took him a long time to pick up all the items.

    Once all his preparations were finished, without any delay, Yeon-woo moved his hand towards the steel arrow stuck in his left shoulder.

    And he pulled it out.

    “Keuk!”

    As expected, a fierce pain followed. He felt as if his arm was falling off.

    The hand that was holding the steel arrow was trembling. Blood gushed out from the wound.

    With blood-stained eyes, Yeon-woo lit the cotton on fire and pressed it against the wound.

    *Tsss*

    The smell of burnt flesh filled the air.


    [Your skin has been set on fire. You have been afflicted with ‘Stun’.]

    [Your trait ‘Cold-blooded’ has helped you maintain composure.]

    [The status effect ‘Stun’ has been removed. You have developed resistance to burning.]


    The wound healed quickly leaving behind only a scar.

    In the same way, Yeon-woo pulled out the steel arrow stuck in his leg and stopped the bleeding. Then he applied disinfectant on it.

    Thankfully, none of his bones were broken. It was the result of moving his body instinctively.

    He could barely catch his breath after treating all of his wounds.

    “Ha…Ha…Ha…!”

    All the strength drained out of his body. His left arm and leg felt weak.

    “Such a rough start from the very beginning. This is nuts.”

    Yeon-woo was so dumbfounded that he wanted to curse himself.

    He knew it would be dangerous, but he didn’t think it would be this bad.

    There was such a big difference between knowing it in your head and experiencing it for real.

    ‘I’m glad I have this trait”

    An ability to maintain rationality in any situation, ‘Cold-blooded’.

    Yeon-woo felt grateful for the effect of his trait.

    He was already mentally strong before, but now, he felt much stronger thanks to being able to make quick judgments in a terrible situation like this.

    In addition, the extra "resistance" had also helped him relieve his pain little by little.

    He didn’t know whether his trait was being enhanced, or his body was slowly adapting.

    He didn’t know how the system worked.

    The only thing that was clear to him was that it was helpful to Yeon-woo.

    Then, he quickly put his thoughts in order.

    Yeon-woo cast his eyes toward the passage still buried in darkness.

    It felt as ferocious as the jaws of a beast, but every beast had its own weakness.

    ‘There’s a specific timing for each arrow being shot. There was also a signal, although very subtle.’

    Yeon-woo narrowed his eyes.

    ‘I have to figure out the timing.’

    Traps loaded with steel arrows were a combination of multiple devices.

    Sensors captured someone approaching, cogwheels spun to measure direction, and finally, steel arrows were spewed out of the muzzle.

    ‘Because of the darkness, it is impossible to spot the steel arrows with the naked eye. But before that, the cogwheels activate. I have to pick up the sound of the cogwheels spinning. That's the only chance I have to find the location and direction of the steel arrows.’

    However, it takes only two to three seconds for the cogwheels to spin and the steel arrows to be fired. The sound is really quiet too.

    In that brief moment, he had to pinpoint the origin of the small sound.

    It might be easy to say, but it was impossible to execute without very fine senses and reflexes.

    But luckily, Yeon-woo had a new weapon with him.

    ‘Skills… I have Sense Strengthening.’

    With this skill that allows him to handle his five senses freely, there should be a way.

    The reason why all players are given basic skills that fit them is that they should be able to use them to break through their challenges.

    The key is how well they could use their skills.

    Yeon-woo quietly closed his eyes and focused on the sounds around him.

    It wasn’t too hard to concentrate.

    He was used to this kind of thing anyway.


    [‘Sense Strengthening’ has been activated. Your auditory sense has been enhanced.]

    [‘Sense Strengthening’ skill proficiency has risen. 0.8%]


    Yeon-woo tried to concentrate on everything he could hear amidst the silence.

    But it was extremely difficult. It wasn't easy to differentiate the sounds he needed from between dozens of small noises.

    *Plop*

    *Plop*

    He heard some droplets of water dripping somewhere from the ceiling.

    *Rattle* *Clink*

    He also heard the slight sound of steel arrows being reloaded into the traps.

    Other than those, he also caught a lot of other noises throughout the passage.

    Still, he tried to pick out the sounds he wanted, one by one.

    Long-time passed since.

    *Creak*

    ‘This is it!’

    Something let out a squeaky sound due to its rust. It was definitely a cogwheel.

    Yeon-woo opened his eyes and threw one of his daggers to one side.

    *Puck*

    *Crunch*

    The dagger struck deep into one side of the ceiling, and soon a broken mechanical device and steel arrows fell down.

    ‘Yes! I can find them.’

    Yeon-woo’s eyes sparkled.

    Of course, there were downsides of getting rid of his other senses and only focusing on hearing, but the important thing was that he found a way to go through the passage.

    Yeon-woo forced his creaking body up. His body still screamed in pain.

    He could barely move his left arm, and he was limping as he walked. It was crazy to move such state.

    Even if his footsteps were slow, Yeon-woo managed to get to the place where the next trap was installed.

    *Swish*

    Steel arrows were shot once again.

    ‘Right shoulder!’

    Yeon-woo had already heard the sound of a cogwheel, and turned his body sideways, measuring the direction from where the steel arrow flew in.

    *Puck*

    The steel arrow that narrowly missed his shoulder, was stuck deep into the wall.

    ‘Yes!’

    Yeon-woo clenched his fists.


    [‘Sense Strengthening’ skill proficiency has increased. 1.5%]


    After feeling certain that it would work, Yeon-woo did not delay any longer and moved on to the next spot.


    *Swish* *Swish* *Swish* *Swish*

    ‘Four.’

    In order from top to bottom, each one aimed for his temple, heart, abdomen, and knee.

    Yeon-woo dodged by turning his head sideways and taking a step forward at the same time.

    The arrow that was aiming for his thigh flew right past his leg and struck the floor. At the same time, he used the flat of his dagger to block the arrow that was coming towards his abdomen.

    *Clang*

    The dagger trembled, producing a pleasant sound.

    His hand was hurting from the impact, but the thrill of it filled him with adrenaline.


    [‘Sense Strengthening’ skill proficiency has increased. 2.1%]

    [Your Strength has increased by 1 point]

    [Your Dexterity has increased by 1 point]


    The messages notifying him of the increase of his skill level and attribute points filled his retina.

    ‘If my Strength and Dexterity increased… Status window.’


    [Player: Yeon-woo Cha]

    Trait: Cold-blooded

    Strength: 11   Dexterity: 16   Health: 12   Magic Power: 21

    Skills: Draconic Eyes(0.0%), Sense Strengthening(2.1%), Foresight(0.0%)


    ‘As I thought.’

    Yeon-woo had a satisfied smile.

    In the real world, it takes a considerable amount of time and training to boost one's ability, but here it's different.

    ‘I can gain achievements as long as I exert myself. There can’t be any other place like this.’

    It was all thanks to this interface system that had enabled his brother’s fast growth. Yeon-woo closed the status window and calmly judged the situation.

    ‘Now, it’s somewhat possible to dodge the arrows. But my reflexes are still slow.’

    His dagger was half a beat too slow after spotting the arrows. Even if he noticed the arrows, it was meaningless if he was too slow to react.

    Yeon-woo divided his consciousness that was previously solely focused on hearing into his right hand.


    [‘Sense Strengthening’ has been activated. Your haptic sense has been enhanced.]

    [‘Sense Strengthening’ skill proficiency has increased. 2.3%]


    Yeon-woo took another step forward.

    *Swish*

    An arrow aiming at his forehead.

    He quickly struck the arrow aside.

    It was a speed neither slow nor fast.

    ‘It's only my hearing and right arm that I have to focus on, but it's hard to split my senses in two at the same time.’

    His eyes swept past the darkness.

    ‘Slowly, but not too much.”

    Yeon-woo began to proceed slowly once again.

    *Swish* *Swish* *Swish*

    With each step, steel arrows poured down on him.

    Yeon-woo avoided the arrows with minimal movements or cut off their routes with his daggers if avoiding was too difficult. Next, he refined his blocking technique a little more. He deflected arrows with the flat side of his dagger or lowered his head to avoid them. He also twisted his body sideways or walked forward to clash with it.

    *Puck*

    There was a case where he missed an arrow and was struck on his back.

    But Yeon-woo indifferently pulled out the arrow without giving out a single moan.

    After stopping the blood, he went straight ahead with limp steps.

    Yeon-woo silently kept on walking just like a machine.


    [‘Sense Strengthening’ skill proficiency has increased. 3.1%]

    [Your Strength has increased by 1 point]

    [Your Health has increased by 1 point]

    ······



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  • Thank you for the chapter :D
  • Edit: Changed 'Mana' in his attributes to 'Magic Power'. Blame TeeKay for that.
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  • You should capitalize attributes my opinion... Strength, Health. so they don't get confused with the adjectives... ex: His Strength points were over 9000. His strength failed at the very last second.
  • Pixyfell said:
    You should capitalize attributes my opinion... Strength, Health. so they don't get confused with the adjectives... ex: His Strength points were over 9000. His strength failed at the very last second.

    Hey, thank you for the suggestion! We even found some errors while we were changing them XD 
  • Are you guys using a discord? If not, can you make one. I'd love to come and chat sometime. I'm sure there are others also like that.
  • Finally, a reason to visit this forum!!!
  • edited October 8
    Pixyfell said:
    Are you guys using a discord? If not, can you make one. I'd love to come and chat sometime. I'm sure there are others also like that.
    We are considering making one, but we are not sure if other people are interested in joining. If more people voice their interest we'll surely make one.


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    For some reason, from chapter 4 onwards, the Author starts using 'stats' when referring to Attribute Points. We kept it as 'Attribute Points' for consistency but we might start using both if we see the word being repeated too much to make reading less awkward.

    So, Stat = Attribute Point.



    Chapter 5. Tutorial (3)




    At some point in time, after walking for a long time, Yeon-woo noticed that there was some kind of pattern to the traps.

    ‘There’s a difference in how attribute points are given depending on how I deal with the arrows.”

    For example, if he struck a steel arrow, his Strength rose, if he dodged, his Dexterity rose, and if he was hit, his Health rose.

    It seemed to work that way because of the different ways he handled arrows stimulated different attributes. However, it wasn't always accurate.

    Moreover,

    ‘Arrowheads with different colors were sparsely mixed within the other arrows.’

    As his stats were steadily rising, he became more and more sensitive. And before he knew it, he could actually ‘see’ the arrows.

    At first, he thought he was wrong.

    It was very small, but various colors were painted on the tip of the arrowheads.

    But the light was too dim to tell the colors apart, and it was hard to check all the arrows at once when they all flew from different directions.

    And the fact that most of the arrows had only normal arrowheads also made him think against it.

    However, as his vision strengthened and his ability to see dynamic objects increased, his suspicion gradually turned into certainty.

    The colored arrowheads were there for certain.

    ‘The colors I’ve seen until now… was it red, blue and yellow?’

    Yeon-woo was lost in thoughts.

    ‘What on earth is it? Why do they have different colors?’

    Then he remembered what he had seen in the diary.


    Now that I think of it, nothing in the tutorial was made for no reason, even the smallest little thing.

    Everything had a certain meaning to it.

    And the most curious thing was that. The colors painted on the arrowheads.


    ‘Jeong-woo hadn't found out the secret behind this either. Is this some kind of hidden piece?’

    His brother had barely passed Section A with his teammates, but Yeon-woo had been going at it by himself. This difference seemed to have helped him find the hidden piece that no one had found before.

    Yeon-woo resumed moving, thinking he should try it out.

    *Swish*

    Just in time, out of six arrows that were fired at him, there was one with a blue arrowhead.

    'What I can check right now are my Attributes and Skills. If so.’

    Yeon-woo avoided all the other arrows and only struck the blue one.

    *Tang*


    [Your Strength has increased by 1 point]

    [‘Sense Strengthening’ skill proficiency has increased. 4.2%]


    The messages informing him about the growth of his Strength stat and skill proficiency appeared.

    It wasn't ineffective, but.

    ‘This isn’t it.’

    Yeon-woo shook his head.

    'There must be something else. A distinct difference that separates them from the other arrows.’

    After a long time, another colored arrow flew in. This time it was red.

    Yeon-woo turned around and dodged all the arrows except for the red one, which he then parried.

    He could feel a twinge in his wrist from parrying the arrow, realizing it was heavier than the rest.


    [You have blocked a red arrow]

    [Your Strength has increased by 3 points]


    ‘This is it!’

    Yeon-woo felt himself sobering.

    A drastic increase in Strength.

    It was a big difference from the usual slow growth.

    ‘Status window.’


    [Player: Yeon-woo Cha]

    Trait: Cold-blooded

    Strength: 19   Dexterity: 19   Health: 14   Magic Power: 21

    Skills: Draconic Eyes(0.0%), Sense Strengthening(4.3%), Foresight(0.0%)


    Yeon-woo faintly smiled.

    As time went by, the growth speed of his attributes had been slowing down little by little.

    Now, he found a way to increase his attributes once again.

    ‘Each color must be related to a different attribute. Red was Strength. Then, what about the other ones?’

    When he blocked the blue arrow, nothing happened. This meant that different actions are required depending on the color.

    As soon as Yeon-woo came to a rough understanding, he proceeded much faster.

    *Swish*

    The blue arrow was faster than the others.

    This time, he didn't strike it but narrowly avoided it.


    [You have dodged a blue arrow]

    [Your Dexterity has increased by 2 points]


    The yellow arrow was sharper.

    Because striking and dodging actions were already assigned to different colors, he put out his left arm just to see if it worked.

    *Puck*


    [You have been hit by a yellow arrow]

    [Your Health has increased by 2 points]


    “This is crazy.”

    Yeon-woo barely managed to pull out a portion of the arrow before his expression turned into a frown due to the pain. Feeling as if his arm was falling off.

    He inhibited the nerves in charge of transmitting pain as much as possible and had only exposed the parts where the bones and joints wouldn’t get damaged, but it was clearly something a normal person wouldn’t do.

    He started feeling dizzy again because of the loss of blood.

    He was barely holding himself together thanks to his increased Health. But without it, he would have already fallen.

    And then,

    *Cough*

    Yeon-woo coughed a mouthful of blood. The blood dripped down from the palm that was covering his mouth.

    Inhibiting his nerves didn’t make the symptoms go away.

    The pain was spreading along the nerves in his left arm throughout his whole body.

    He kept retching.

    He was on the verge of fainting.

    His body was warning him that he couldn’t endure it anymore. That it was already crazy that he had endured so far, and that if he didn’t have some rest right away, he would actually collapse.

    Yeon-woo, however, gritted his teeth again.

    ‘This pain is nothing compared to what Jeong-woo went through.’

    Even though Yeon-woo had not experienced it himself, he was well aware of the pain his brother had suffered, because he had watched the recorded images in the diary over and over.

    If he couldn’t stand even this, there was nothing he could do for his brother in the future.

    Yeon-woo forcefully pulled out the yellow arrow from his left arm.

    His body had already reached its limit, but in the process, he had achieved what he desired.

    Red is Strength, blue is Dexterity, yellow is Health.

    Then, all he needed to do was to act according to each color.

    There was still a long way to go before reaching the end of the passage.

    Through his senses, he could feel that there were still lots of traps. Which also meant that there were lots of attribute points he could still raise.

    Once again, blood gathered at the bottom of his jaw.

    Yeon-woo swallowed it back and moved along. His eyes blazing like flames.

    One step at a time.

    Yeon-woo rushed with tottering steps.

    *  *  *

    "Ohyohyohyo. He is truly an amazing participant. I don't think I've ever seen such a character."

    Thousands of screens were floating in several rows in front of the guardian Yvlke, Showing all players currently participating in the tutorial. They all had different looks.

    However, Yvlke’s eyes were fixed only on one screen located in a corner.

    In there was Yeon-woo, who was trudging down a passage as if he was about to fall any moment soon.

    ‘Originally, he shouldn’t be such an eye-catching individual.’

    In fact, this tutorial round had a lot to see.

    Not only the siblings from the Cheong-lam family, the most anticipated ones among the One-horned tribes, but also the dumbass duo who are aiming to become rankers, and a swordsman of Marcusian descent.”

    Each one of them was strong enough that even if they started climbing The Tower straight away, they wouldn’t fall behind.

    They had already entered Section E early on and had been carrying out missions. Some of them were already in Section F.

    It was unknown who would be the one to achieve the highest score in this tutorial.

    However, Yvlke's eyes were strangely fixed on Yeonwoo, who had been stranded in Section A for days, rather than those in Section E.

    He thought Yeon-woo was going to die after a few steps when he first showed up.

    And that this little fucker without any ability would get above himself and get fucked.

    But Yeon-woo completely exceeded his expectations.

    Others would struggle to pass through or even be annihilated in Section A, even if they formed parties, but Yeon-woo gradually made progress by himself and even found the hidden piece hidden in the arrowheads.

    And with an iron will, he was steadily raising his stats by taking advantage of the hidden piece.

    Even though Yeon-woo’s body was clearly in a state where it wouldn’t be strange for him to fall down at any minute.

    'This guy, he's the real deal.’

    After being a guardian for such a long time, he could feel it intuitively.

    Other frontrunners were also great, but this was the guy who was going to turn the whole tutorial on its head.

    "There will still be a lot of dangers waiting ahead even if he manages to break through this section, but if he can pass the other sections as wisely as he is right now…."

    Yvlke adjusted his monocle.

    Yeon-woo was already reaching the last part of Section A.

    "I think this round of the tutorial will be a lot of fun. Ohyohyohyo."


    *  *  *

    [Player: Yeon-woo Cha]

    Trait: Cold-blooded

    Strength: 29   Dexterity: 33   Health: 30   Magic Power: 21

    Skills: Draconic Eyes(0.0%), Sense Strengthening(8.3%), Foresight(0.0%)


    While he was walking down the passage, Yeon-woo checked his status window and clenched his fists.

    ‘All the attributes except for Magic Power have risen sharply.’

    Compared to when he first arrived, he had earned a total sum of 55 attribute points..

    ‘In order to raise their attribute points, one has to train regularly or push themselves over the limit. Even though I’ve been tackling it as a solo player, the number of achievements I’ve made so far in one day should count as decent.’

    No, actually it was not just decent.

    It was a great accomplishment.

    None of the other players were able to improve their attribute points by this much in such a short term.

    ‘It’s not just this. My muscle strength, mobility, endurance, explosive power, and power has increased in general.’

    It might have been physically difficult, but the result made him satisfied.

    he was a little disappointed that he couldn't raise his Magic Power, but he erased the idea from his head because he didn't feel the need for it right now.

    *Grin*

    Yeon-woo pushed the iron gate in front of him with a slight smile on his mouth.

    *Creak*


    [You have arrived at the arrival point.]

    [Your wounds will be healed.]


    It was the moment when he reached the iron gate that what seemed like an endless passage ended.

    Yeon-woo was already as exhausted as he could be.

    His body was riddled with traces of blood, and there were a couple of arrows that hadn’t been pulled out yet.

    His head was burning from continuously focusing too much on his senses.

    He didn't know what other traps were waiting beyond the iron gate. Still, Yeon-woo opened it and stepped past.

    Then, what appeared in front of him was a room of around 10 pyeong[1] of space.

    At the same time,

    *Whoosh*

    A swarm of white lights rose along the wounds where bloody pus was forming.

    The wounds started to slowly heal and the pus subsided. His worn-out body was also being filled up with energy.

    The base was designed to allow players who were hurt and tired from passing through Section A to recuperate.

    Yeon-woo felt both relieved that he could catch his breath, and satisfied that he had grown to this point.

    *Sreuk*

    And he fell asleep without realizing it.


    *  *  *


    ‘Did I fall asleep?’

    Yeon-woo’s body felt stiff.

    As he saw in the diary, it was possible to recover one's physical condition at the arrival point.

    When he noticed his wounds were being treated, he felt a sense of relief and only wanted to take a nap for a while.

    But he slept more than intended.

    And when he opened his eyes to check the time.

    "Peekaboo?"

    Suddenly, a man whose face was covered under a robe waved his hand towards Yeon-woo.

    Yeon-woo was so surprised that he quickly stood up and jumped backward. He quickly brought his hand to his waist.

    Cold sweat ran down his back.

    'This man, what is he?'

    How come he never noticed a person being right next to him?

    His Sense Strengthening skill was clearly active.

    The skill was scanning the entire room, but this guy was the only one to avoid it.

    As if he was isolated from the world.

    At that moment, a description from the diary rushed upon his mind.


    Occasionally, merchants would pop up at the arrival point, and they sold items that players needed for a price. Ranging from ordinary food to potions, skill books, and all kinds of different artifacts, the merchants sold everything there was.


    "The mysterious merchant?"

    "Hoho!"

    The man in the robe let out a chuckle and clapped his two hands.

    *Clap*

    Then, the space behind the man distorted, revealing shelves stocked with miscellaneous items.

    "I'm glad you know who I am. Salutations, my gullibleI mean lovable customer! I am A, a passing merchant."




    [1] 10 Pyeong(평) = 33m2





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    Here's another chapter. I apologize in advance if there's any wonkiness as I'm in exams/thesis period and haven't had much time to spare.


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    Chapter 6. Tutorial (4)




    Yeon-woo didn’t know what to make of this mysterious merchant. He had just said ‘peekaboo’, and ‘gullible’.

    He couldn't read the merchant’s expression because of the robes obscuring his face, but he seemed to be enjoying this situation.

    Yeon-woo slightly knitted his eyebrows.

    'I've been too complacent.’

    The mysterious merchant, like the guardian, was absolutely forbidden from intervening with the players.

    That's why the merchant didn't hurt him while he was asleep.

    'But even though I was exhausted, I shouldn’t have slept like that."


    [503:20:19_53]


    He checked the time and saw that 12 hours had passed since he arrived at this base.

    It had taken him about a day and 10 hours to get through this first half of Section A. In total, approximately 46 hours had passed since arriving at the tutorial.

    It was pretty fast for a solo player.

    There was no doubt as to why his body was so exhausted. After all, he had forced himself to power through the section with his body on the verge of collapsing.

    However, Yeon-woo didn’t like this situation.

    He knew, of course, that after any kind of intensive training, sufficient rest was necessary to allow for growth. Because the human body was not a machine.

    No, even machines needed plenty of rest to prevent overheating.

    But Yeon-woo couldn't afford that right now.

    For him, The Tower was no better than a battlefield, and on a battlefield, there was no room for rest at all.

    He had to be wary of enemies that could come out from anywhere at any time.

    And the same could be applied to the arrival point.

    Even if he was no longer under the threat of the steel arrows, it was still a place where other players were free to enter.

    Even if the mysterious merchant couldn’t, it wouldn’t be strange for other players to try and harm him while he was sleeping.

    'Even if I was too exhausted….’

    Yeon-woo put his thoughts together.

    He had to admit that after being away from the battlefield for some time, he had become dull.

    So he decided to sharpen himself.

    To revert to what he used to be.

    ‘Cain’.

    Yeon-woo opened his eyes as he thought back to the code name that was used to refer to him but was now left unused.

    His eyes were shimmering with cold determination.

    In that instant, the mysterious merchant had a strange expression on his face.

    Although it didn’t show because it was hidden by his robes, he seemed to have noticed a big change in Yeon-woo’s mindset preceded by his psychological struggles.

    And he asked with a light smile.

    "Did you find yourself in need of anything on your way here, sir? I'm the merchant who sells everything that exists in this world. If you need anything, just name it. Need any artifacts, or slaves? I’ve got some information too. I’ll sell them at a proper price."

    The mysterious merchant flicked his finger lightly.

    Then, a window popped up in front of Yeon-woo.

    The items he had for trade were listed and divided into multiple categories.

    Yeon-woo lightly clicked his tongue as he touched the window.

    ‘Medusa’s Venom, Horn of the Golden Mountain Goat, Left eye of Tiamat… and Nightmare of Walpurgis too? He deals with this kind of items in the tutorial? This is insane.”

    The items that occupied the top of the list were items that rankers would fervently jump at if carried to upper floors of The Tower.

    The list was also full of things that could easily help you put an end to the tutorial.

    However, this was nothing but a wild-goose chase. There's no way that players who were going through the tutorial could afford items like these.

    Thankfully, items of lower rating were also found as he scrolled down.

    He could find good items for beginners here and there.

    'Arhan-style Swordsmanship Manual, Introduction to One-Circle Magic, and Success Formula to Elemental Sorcery. These are the skill books that might come in handy. But it will also require some effort to attain proficiency in their respective skills.'

    In particular, a dagger named ‘Venomous Fang of Barma’ grabbed Yeon-woo’s attention.


    [Venomous Fang of Barma]

    Attack power: 25

    A dagger made by smelting the teeth of a serpent that inhabits the swamps of Barma. Poison is applied on the edge of the dagger, causing a certain chance of poisoning the opponent when hit. The poison’s effect is random.


    ‘To be exact, it’s a dagger that deals with curses, not poison.’

    The weapon cursed its target as soon as it came into contact.

    There was a wide variety of curses that could be given to the target. Poisoning, burn, freeze, electrocution, hallucination, stun, blind, and so on. One of the curses would be randomly applied to the target.

    If the opponents couldn’t find a proper way to fight against this erratic curse, it was possible to easily take them down amidst their confusion.

    Moreover, it was made from the teeth of a mystical creature, so even after reaching the higher floors, he could continue using it as a magic item.

    If he bought it, he would be able to put it to good use.

    However, Yeon-woo took his eyes off of the dagger and moved on to the next categories.

    ‘It would be good to have it, but right now I need to focus on physical training. There’s no need to rely on artifacts yet.”

    A long time passed while he was looking through the list.

    Then, at one point Yeon-woo stopped scrolling.

    ‘Found it.’


    [Reset ticket]

    You can return to any place you desire.


    Yeon-woo looked at the mysterious merchant with a grin.

    "What's the price for the items?"

    "We are conscientious merchants who offer only reasonable prices. We never overcharge players for items they need. We can't rip off those who don't have money….”

    "Make it brief."

    "The attribute points you have. That's all you have to pay."

    Conscientious merchants?

    Yeon-woo placed his hand on the "Mineral water" at the bottom of the list.


    [Mineral water]

    A bottle of drinking water required when thirsty. Be sure to have some with you.

    Price: Strength 2


    Mere water costs 2 Strength points, and what? Conscientious?

    Yeon-woo was so dumbfounded that he burst out laughing.

    Of course, given its ludicrous price, he could just ignore it and not buy it.

    But the problem was that humans needed water to live, and there was no way to supply oneself with drinking water or even food during the tutorial.

    "3 Dexterity points for one day worth of food.’

    Even if someone brought enough food and water from the outside, it could be lost on the way, or even be stolen by other players.

    In addition, players who barely managed to get through Section A often found themselves in need of better equipment.

    ‘There’s a boss room beyond this point, so players have no choice but to fully equip themselves for the fight.”

    So the players would have to bite the bullet and buy items from the mysterious merchant.

    But then, with their lowered attribute points, the next fight would be even tougher, and they would have to trade the attribute points they had just barely manage to pile up again to buy the next set of equipment, throwing themselves into a vicious cycle.

    And here he is, calling himself a ‘conscientious merchant’.

    He was no better than a thief.

    Yeon-woo smirked a little.

    ‘I don't know who designed the tutorial, but they are truly evil.’

    After closing the category window, Yeon-woo said.

    "There’s something I want to buy."

    "Yes. Say it."

    "In exchange for all the attribute points I got from Section A,"

    Yeon-woo had already decided what to purchase.

    "I'd like to buy tickets to reset Section A."

    The rules didn’t allow players to re-attempt a section after clearing it. But when he heard that there was a rare ticket that could send a player back to any chosen place, a thought came to his mind.

    If he could stack up attribute points by repeatedly going through Section A, wouldn't it be much easier to proceed afterward?

    In that brief moment, the mysterious merchant’s eyes gave off a strange glow under the robes.

    Eyes filled with interest.


    “Do you mean the reset tickets?”

    “Yes.”

    “I do have those, but I've never seen anyone interested in that item. Usually, after surviving Section A, players would ask for things that can make the next section easier for them, and not something that will make them go through Section A all over again."

    “Well, I personally have something in mind."

    "If you say so."

    The mysterious merchant chuckled and then clapped his hands.

    *Clap*

    All the shelves at his back disappeared.

    And then.


    [Attribute points acquired through Section A will be paid in exchange for the purchase.]

    [You have acquired ‘Reset ticket for Section A’ x10]


    Yeon-woo felt his body deflating like a balloon. The battle hardened body he had just a moment ago felt almost like a dream.

    Instead, his hand was now holding 10 pink colored tickets.

    “The method to use the ticket is very simple. Just tear off your ticket whenever you want, and you'll be teleported back to the starting zone.”

    Yeon-woo shoved the tickets into his pocket.

    "I’ll use it well."

    "I'd appreciate if you do. I must be off. I hope we meet again."

    The mysterious merchant gently turned around and melted away leaving no trace.

    The room surrounding Yeon-woo also started to disappear like a wave, and he found himself in a different place.

    Unlike the empty passageway he came through, ahead were dozens of scarecrows standing in a row. There were also some people other than Yeon-woo in that place.

    Far in the distance, about five people were blasting away all kinds of skills against the scarecrows.

    He also heard people screaming in anger, signifying that the scarecrows weren’t so easy to deal with.


    [This is Section A’s boss room. Do you want to enter?]


    Yeon-woo took out a ticket

    He wanted to experience the difficulty of the boss, but with his current body’s condition, just one mistake and he would be toast.

    He tore the ticket without hesitation.

    *Whoosh*

    He opened his eyes and found himself in a familiar place.

    It was the starting zone where he had arrived before.

    He drew a dagger from his waist and held it in his right hand.

    'I must raise my attributes as high as possible while I’m here.’

    This time, he intended to make Section A entirely of his own.



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    Chapter 7. Tutorial (5)




    [355:59:32_11]


    *Swish* *Swish*

    Steel arrows were flying at Yeon-woo. 15 in total, it was more than usual.

    It was the result of Yeon-woo deliberately activating more traps by running in zigzag.

    Each one of them came from different angles and at varying speeds.

    Before, it would have been impossible for Yeon-woo to dodge them by relying only on his senses.

    *Pat*

    Yeon-woo swung his dagger to strike an arrow that came from the front and spun his body. At the same time, he stretched out his empty hand.

    One of the steel arrows which was passing right by his chest was caught in his hand and, as he was spinning, he quickly swung the arrow to deflect another one coming from the back.

    Then he raised his left foot and kicked another arrow that was coming towards his ankle.

    *Clang*

    It may have been a long explanation, but everything took place in a split second.

    It was something beyond human capabilities.

    Nevertheless, Yeon-woo showed no sign of exhaustion.

    Rather, he was driving himself into more dangerous situations out of sheer frustration.

    He had now risen to a point where he didn't have to consciously search for the arrows. He intuitively captured the position of the projectiles with his developed senses and unconsciously dodged them thanks to his reflexes.

    He also didn’t feel pain anymore when blocking the steel arrows.

    *Tak*

    Yeon-woo stopped running as he reached the arrival point.

    He could hear some noises coming from the boss room up ahead. The same scene had been going on for days.

    However, Yeon-woo didn’t pay much attention to the boss room and checked the time.


    [351:48:11_78]


    “Hoo! This time it took me around 4 hours?”

    It was the time it took him to get through Section A.

    It was an astonishing improvement considering that it had taken him more than 34 hours on his first try.

    After spending ten reset tickets, Yeon-woo had been able to make tremendous advancement by going through Section A several times.

    Every time he reset Section A, the position, timing, and potency of the traps changed.

    Therefore, during his first attempts, Yeon-woo had to be on high alert to identify the directions from where the steel arrows were coming.

    Moreover, under such circumstances, he also put restrictions on himself to reduce the time spent traveling back and forth.

    He had been in near-death situations several times.

    There was a moment when he miscounted the number of steel arrows and one had almost hit his head and another moment when an arrow skewered through his right hand, causing him to nearly lose his entire arm.

    He had to go through all sorts of things, however, every single time, Yeon-woo had somehow managed to escape death and achieve his goal.

    It's been six days ever since.


    [Player: Yeon-woo Cha]

    Trait: Cold-blooded

    Strength: 51   Dexterity: 56   Health: 55   Magic Power: 21

    Skills: Draconic Eyes(2.1%), Sense Strengthening(15.1%), Foresight(0.0%)


    ‘They’ve gone up by a lot.”

    Yeon-woo had a gratified smile on his face as he looked at his attribute points. They had increased by an average of nearly 40 points in comparison to when he arrived.

    Although his Magic Power was still the same, his other attributes could not be compared to what they used to be.

    "It's a shame that the growth speed of my attributes has decreased after the eighth attempt."

    His training method that took advantage of the colored arrows had resulted in a steep increase in his attributes. The change in his body was so drastic that Yeon-woo almost couldn’t get used to it.

    However, after a certain point, his attribute points didn’t improve much anymore.

    It seemed that there was a limit to the number of points that could be gained from the hidden piece. And the fact that the arrows were no longer a threat to Yeon-woo also contributed to slowing down his improvement.

    'But now I should be able to hold my own against most players. Though it’ll still be hard to catch up with the frontrunners.'

    He was already getting accustomed to his skills.

    Now he could control not only his auditory and haptic senses but also his visual, olfactory and gustatory senses quite freely.

    He had also learned a unique way to improve his ability in a short period of time by amplifying all of his senses at the same time whenever he had the chance to.

    He was able to acquire ‘Synesthesia(共感覺)’, which was something he had only heard about before.

    ‘Same with the Draconic Eyes.’

    Draconic Eyes, a skill that allowed the caster to borrow, to a certain extent, the Ancient Dragon Kalatus’ Eyes of Truth.

    When Yeon-woo used the Draconic Eyes for the first time, he was shocked by what he saw.

    In the vision that Draconic Eyes granted him, everything lost its color.

    The world was composed of only black lines in a white background.

    Objects consisted of only a black line illustrating their outline. If there was a separate structure inside something, it was also shown on a smaller scale.

    It looked like a croquis on a white canvas.

    'No. It’s more like an X-Ray picture. Almost like clairvoyance.'

    The eyes that erase outer appearance and projects both form and interior.

    It seemed to reflect the 'real' image that things originally had. The lines that formed the basis of things.

    His brother had referred to them as 'flaws(缺)'.


    When I first came to have the Draconic Eyes, I was very surprised by the sight of this new world. And it was only later, that I realized how much it meant to see 'flaws'.


    Yeon-woo had tried an experiment before. He experimented by cutting a small rock.

    He observed and stabbed a flat rock that was originally designed for players to rest on at the arrival point.

    Normally, the dagger shouldn’t have been able to penetrate the rock, but contrary to expectations, the rock was easily cut apart. Like cutting tofu with a knife.

    He knocked on the rock to see if it was soft to begin with, but it was as hard as the stone that formed the walls of Section A. The cross-section was smooth as if it had been sanded down.

    Since then, Yeon-woo had steadily been using his Draconic Eyes to train himself to distinguish flaws that were easy to attack.

    It was a level of growth worth to be proud of.

    It was all thanks to the fact that he had pushed himself to the point of not even sleeping.

    Yeon-woo, however, was still not satisfied.

    'If I had started along with the frontrunners I would have already reached Section E by now. If I stay behind any further, I will never catch up to them.’

    It was natural that the gap would continue to widen as they advance to higher sections.

    Yeon-woo could not delay any longer.

    He turned his eyes towards the boss room.

    He presumed it was time for a full-out race.


    *  *   *


    Before leaving, Yeon-woo took a brief moment to meditate and put his thoughts in order.

    It was a habit to do so before stepping into the battlefield.

    He had learned it from an Indian soldier when he was in Africa, and afterward, it had become a routine.

    The advantage of doing so was that he could get rid of distracting thoughts and be completely focused on combat.

    Just like right now.

    Yeon-woo organized in his head everything he had been practicing.

    Things mainly related to the changes in his body caused by the improvement of his stats, and adapting his skills and senses to his newfound body.

    Yeon-woo wanted to analyze the movement of his muscles and skeleton in response to each different action he took.

    Before, he had set his senses to only feel his surroundings.

    He did not know when or from where an arrow would fly in, so he had to pay close attention to the outside in order to survive.

    However, now that he had some leeway, he decided to focus part of his senses on his own body.

    He tried to observe as many physical changes as he could.

    The motion of his muscles when stimulated from the outside, the reaction of his nervous system, the sound produced by his skeleton, the changes in his body in accordance with different movements, and the differences generated from using a skill.

    He tried memorizing one by one every minute detail of his body.

    In case he found himself in an extreme situation, in order to escape danger and survive, he had to make sure to control his every movement down to a cellular level.

    And of course, in order to do so, he first had to have complete control over his body.

    *Crack*

    And that’s probably why.

    At one point, Yeon-woo was able to sense something very faint flowing through his body.

    It was easy to figure out what it was.

    'Magic Power.'

    It was mana.

    Although very feeble, mana was definitely present in his body. And as it cycled through it over time, it was slowly affecting his body.

    When a skill was activated, mana moved along with it.

    When he used sense strengthening, mana gathered around the specific part of the body he was focusing on. And when he used draconic eyes, mana seeped into his eyes.

    Yeon-woo tried to trace the mana back to the path it took in order to imitate its movement as closely as possible.

    But at some point, mana disappeared as if toying with him.

    He had fully focused his senses inside his body and followed after the mana, but it disappeared without leaving a trace.

    Yeon-woo felt a little heavy, but he decided not to push himself.

    He discovered the fact that mana constitutes the basis of skills, and was somehow present in his body, but in a dormant state.

    If so, he only needed to take things step by step. Then one day, he might be able to handle mana freely.


    *  *  *


    [348:25:10_01]

    Yeon-woo opened his eyes after finishing his meditation. He felt refreshed as if he had a good night’s sleep. His body felt lighter than ever.

    And after finishing his preparations, he opened the iron gate carrying his backpack on one shoulder.


    [You have entered the boss room of Section A]

    [There are 88 scarecrows along with several traps that will try to stop you from advancing. Cut through the scarecrows and beat the boss room]


    As soon as the message popped up,

    *Swish*

    A steel arrow flew in as if it had been waiting for this moment.

    *Clang*

    Yeonwoo instinctively turned the dagger sideways and struck the steel arrow.

    The steel arrow bounced upwards and flew back in the direction it came from, and got itself stuck in the trap.

    Broken pieces of the trap fell down from the ceiling.

    It was a movement he had practiced in his ninth attempt through Section A.

    He liked this method because he could train both accuracy and technique at the same time.

    Yeon-woo observed the scarecrows that filled the passage.

    They looked like ordinary scarecrows, commonly seen in the countryside.

    But the scarecrows in the boss room were moving little by little.

    Their two feet and two arms were unrestrained so they could move around on their own, and they could hinder the players that were trying to pass by their side.

    'They seem pretty solid, too.’

    There had been a team trying to beat the boss room for a week.

    Every time Yeon-woo reached the end of Section A, he could see them being blocked by the scarecrows without making any progress.

    The scarecrow did not attack the players, but only blocked their way forward.

    But even that was enough to hold them back.

    Every time the players tried to break through the scarecrows, it didn't work. They didn’t fall down when attacked, and they didn’t move an inch when pushed.

    The only traces left on the scarecrows were mere scratches and soot. This meant that hitting them with neither physical strength nor skills would do any good.

    Plus, there were a lot of traps all over the place.

    The traps in the boss room were different from those in Section A.

    In addition to steel arrows, a variety of other traps were also added, including poison arrows, fire arrows, pitfalls, spear traps and so on.

    If players were too busy avoiding the scarecrows, they might get caught in the traps.

    But Yeon-woo was confident.

    ‘I have to get to Section B immediately.’

    Yeon-woo held the dagger in his right hand and sprang forward.

    *Swish* *Swish*

    Then five steel arrows poured down on him.

    However, Yeon-woo did not even lay his eyes on the arrows and lightly swung the dagger to the side.

    *Tang* *Tang*

    'I have to go faster. Never slow down.’

    Yeon-woo put more power into his legs.

    *Papat*

    *Rumble*

    Then the ground sank down in front of Yeon-woo.

    But Yeon-woo was also familiar with this kind of trap.

    And he had already 'read' through it with his strengthened sense.

    *Ta-dak*

    Yeon-woo leaped high into the air right above the sunken ground.

    Right beneath him, there was a bottomless abyss opening its jaw.

    'If I fall, I would be instantly dead. Then.'

    Yeon-woo softly somersaulted over the gap, as if he were performing acrobatics.

    Drawing a long arc in the air, Yeon-woo tried to land beyond the hole, but two arrows came flying from both sides.

    It should have been hard to avoid them in midair, but Yeon-woo twisted his body like a spinning top and easily bounced off the arrows that came at him.

    *Clang* *Clang*

    The arrows that were aimed at him fell down helplessly into the hole.

    *Tak*

    Yeon-woo was able to land safely across the hole.

    And this time, he felt heat coming from the ceiling.

    As the fire descended along a hidden wick, it fluttered its red tongue to devour Yeon-woo.

    *Rush*

    But Yeon-woo has already gained some resistance against burning through his trait.

    He quickly covered his mouth with a handkerchief and ran through the fire.

    Even if some cinders got onto his clothes, he only shook them off and kept running without much concern.

    He slanted the dagger to its side and swung it, creating a gust of wind that pierced a path through the flames for a short time.

    He ran through the path wasting no time.

    *Swish* *Swish*

    Besides the steel arrows, various other arrows also poured out.

    Arrows lit on fire, arrows coated with poison, arrows with a hooked tip, etc.

    Whenever the arrows flew at hi, Yeon-woo either avoided them, parried them, or blocked them.

    Despite pouring in from all sides, the arrows could not even touch Yeon-woo’s hair.

    It was as if he had eyes all over the place.

    Despite the obstacles, Yeon-woo did not slow down at all.

    On the contrary, his clearing speed was gradually increasing as his Health attribute rose.

    The other traps also made no difference.

    Pitfalls, fire traps, spear traps, rolling rocks, all of them failed to stop Yeon-woo.

    At that moment, the scarecrows started taking action.



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  • edited April 16
    Thank you once again for another chapter :D
  • Yay! Thanks!
  • thank for the chapter!
  • Thank you!
  • edited April 17
    This story and the translation are damn good.
  • Where did you find the raws?
  • Mr_Catzzz said:
    Where did you find the raws?
    I found them at Kakao Page.
    Here's the link to the raws: https://page.kakao.com/home?seriesId=50353143
    You'll need an account to read them though...
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