KH Chapter 26
Kill the Hero Chapter 26
TL: Uncle Choi
One of the most annoying cases you could encounter while hunting was when the prey ran away.
Even the strongest predator rarely had success when chasing prey that immediately ran away.
And when one was chasing multiple prey, then there was no need to explain.
In that sense, the Skull Guild was a difficult prey.
They were several members, and their faces were concealed with masks.
They were also clever enough to throw away their colleagues and run away at a moment’s notice.
Ultimately, they were aware that Kim Woo-jin was a scary predator.
If Kim Woo-jin were to try to hunt them, they would undoubtedly run away rather than fight back.
Moreover, if they were to successfully escape, it was likely that they would hide themselves until the dungeon was cleared.
If they were to come out of the dungeon in a such way, Kim Woo-jin would certainly find himself in a lot of trouble.
So Kim Woo-jin played a trick.
He disguised his identity and hid among them.
Then he put a shackle around them, leaving them only one option — face him and kill him.
I know your identity!
For them, there was now an absolute need to kill Kim Woo-jin even if they didn’t want to.
Kim Woo-jin used the skeleton soldiers to distract the members of the Skull Guild and swiftly removed himself from their focus.
From that moment, the battle was virtually over.
Stats from just the Orc Lord’s Fang made a comparison between himself and players under level 20 pointless. The fate of preys that could not run away was already decided. They had to face the hunting dog equipped with the strongest weapon for his level range, the Orc Champion’s Scimitar, along with his five skeleton soldiers that behaved like him in every way.
All seven members of the Skull Guild laid on the floor while covered in blood.
Not all of them were dead.
Rather, only two of the seven died, and five were still alive.
Of course, Kim Woo-jin didn’t save them because he was full of mercy.
‘I got all the guys in his memories.’
When hunting preys that knew how to run, the crux of it was not killing them. Rather, it was making sure that they couldn’t get away.
Moreover, Kim Woo-jin didn’t have a reason to keep them alive.
Finally, the cleanup began.
“Hey, go away! Get away from me!”
As if understanding their owner’s wishes, the skeleton soldiers gladly finished the job in his place.
Then, a man came into Kim Woo-jin’s attention.
Lim Sun-joon, the leader of the group who was dealt with by him.
Though he could not even breathe properly due to the deep wound on his throat, he was barely able to stand and glare at Kim Woo-jin.
His eyes were filled with determination.
‘I’ll never give you any information.’
He was determined to seal his secret with his own death.
Lim Sun-joon acted his resolution right away.
With an arrow in his hand, he squeezed out the last of his strength, and stabbed himself through the neck.
Lim Sun Joon died in a such a manner.
Indescribable resolve could still been flowing out of him.
The Skull Guild’s members who were still alive gaped at the scene.
They didn’t think their leader would make such a decision.
They just couldn’t imagine that a player who didn’t give a shit about the world or their own well-being would commit suicide.
Kim Woo-jin showed little to no emotion despite the turn of events.
It was always good to see such a strong determination.
‘He has something.’
What mattered to Kim Woo-jin was that he had something precious enough to claim his own life.
That was all.
Then he read Lim Sung-joon’s memory.
‘This little bastard…’
At that moment, Kim Woo-jin’s face crumpled.
‘He belonged to the Yamato Federation.’
When the world turned into a game, many things changed.
A government’s structure and its authority changed as well.
The constitutions that mankind developed for over a century had to adapt in the face of players, monsters, and items.
It was none other than Japan that attempted the biggest changes.
After the right-wing government took office, the Japanese, who wanted to build an army that could invade other countries rather than maintaining just the JSDF, built an army that no longer the surrounding counties into consideration. In the process, war criminals who were hiding in society due to public opinions and pressure from surrounding counties began laying the groundwork for another war.
At the center of it was a household called the Yamato Clan.
With the ultimate goal of establishing Japan’s primeval nation, the Yamato Federation, they seized power within the Japanese government and planned to escape the boundaries of the Japanese islands.
The occupation of the Korean Peninsula was their foremost objective.
It was not a simple invasion.
Due to their defeat in the previous war, the leaders of the Yamato Federation realized that the war for territorial expansion would once again result in a defeat. Most of all, they thought that having a large territory would only hinder them in the end by obligating them to take care of all the monsters and dungeon gates that would spawn over a large area.
It was far more wise to capture only the Korean Peninsula, which would allow them to have an impact on the continent yet also have a favorable geographical advantage.
To achieve that end, the Yamato Federation plotted systematically and covertly.
Lim Sun-joon was a member of the Yamato Federation sent to South Korea to carry out the conspiracy. Kim Woo-jin was able to see Lim Sun-joon’s experiences through the Eyes of Anubis.
In addition, Kim Woo-jin experienced the results of the conspiracy they had planned.
I’ve seen firsthand that Korea’s flagship players sell valuable items and players to Japan, which were like national assets.
Of course, Kim Woo-jin had personally responded to it.
Those who carried out such ambitions were punished by none other than Kim Woo-jin.
‘From that point onward, the Messiah Guild’s influence was solidified’.
Under the name of Messiah.
‘Lee Se-joon became a true savior.’
And in front of the name of Messiah Lee Se-joon.
This event caused a great stir in the world’s order.
Japan, a powerful nation, initiated an invasionary war to occupy Korea. However, it was not only blocked but also prevented by the members of the Messiah Guild.
It was a proof that Messiah guild’s power outweighed the government itself. Cheers for the Messiah Guild spread all over the world, and the influence of the Messiah Guild across the world reached a point that could not be stopped even by the government.
The popularity in Korea was even more evident.
The Messiah Guild, which prevented Japan that couldn’t bear even losing at rock-paper-scissors, was revered like a deity by Koreans.
Only those who spoke in favor of the Messiah Guild were elected in the general election and even the presidential election was decided based on who was the candidate backed by the Messiah Guild. ‘It was pretty good back then.’
Kim Woo-jin was happy recalling those events.
If the Messiah Guild could shine so brilliantly, he was more than willing to give up his life for it.
But it was different now.
‘Maybe even this was planned by the Messiah Guild…’
Kim Woo-jin had no choice but to hypothesize that even that might have been planned by the Messiah Guild.
‘I’ll have to confirm it first.’
It was necessary to confirm the hypothesis.
‘Anyway, I’ve got a lot more useful information than I thought I would.
At the same time, in Lim Sun-joon’s memory, Kim Woo-jin was able to obtain valuable information.
A list of spies from the Yamato Federation who were in Korea. Their plans and the routes they used for smuggling items…
‘To think they made such a detailed assassination list.’
He even got the the list of people they wanted to assassinate!
It was a situation where Kim Woo-jin had gained far more from one person than he could get from just the dungeon.
‘I guess there’s no reason to stay in this dungeon anymore.’
In other words, he didn’t have anything else he wanted in the dungeon.
‘Now, I will clear the dungeon.’
On the second day of the battle, players who gave up on their primary goal of killing the Orc Champion were forced to set a new goal.
‘The only thing that’s left for us now is to hunt the thousandth one.’
‘Kill everything no matter what. Kill every one of them you see!’
People put everything on the line to fulfill the second reward condition, being the thousandth orc hunter.
“Since there is no Orc Champion, there is no need to worry about the Orc Champion! Let’s just kill them all.”
They poured all their anger and frustration from not being able to hunt the Orc Champion onto the other orcs.
The third day of the battle was extremely bloody from the moment it started.
“Just go in! There’s no Orc Champion anyway!”
Players who no longer had a reason to fear facing the Orc Champion pushed forward without looking back.
Everyone stepped on the acceleration with full force.
Likewise, the difference that was not seen until they were driving at 150 km/h was starting to become apparent.
“Those guys from the Phoenix Guild are certainly not normal.”
“Items are items, but their skills are undeniably on another level.”
Of course, the members of Phoenix Guild were among the leading runners in the race.
Korea’s No. 2 guild. In front of Korea’s most promising talents who were equipped with the best equipments, orcs were nothing more than sacrificial lambs.
Of course, there were others who were even faster than them.
“Did you see the Messiah Guild?”
“They’re monsters. Every one of them is killing an orc by themselves.”
“I saw them hunting 30 orcs without any injuries.”
The Messiah Guild’s hunting speed was even faster than the Phoenix Guild.
It was only natural that they were faster.
“The scarier difference is that they don’t seem to care whether they get injured or not.”
“I saw their warriors just throw themselves against the orcs.”
“I’d rather just drive into a wall. At least an airbag comes out when that happens, right?”
The top priority for the players of the Phoenix Guild was taking care of their bodies.
On the other hand, the Messiah Guild’s members, armed with a sense of purpose, threw themselves aggressively without caring about their well-being.
“Fucking Messiah bastards.”
In front of such stupidity, even the Phoenix Guild players could not be help but to stick out their tongues.
“Those crazy bastards just can’t wait to die, huh.”
Break time. A player from the Phoenix guild thought of how fast the Messiah Guild hunted and stuck out his tongue.
Soon after, a colleague next to him chipped in.
“It’s better this way. They’re fanatics who just can’t wait to die.”
Everyone lost their words after thinking of that expression.
When they thought of what kind of god the Messiah Guild believed in and what that god’s goal was, they couldn’t help but feel that they really were selfish trash.
Finally, one person came up with another subject to avert the truth.
“Anyway how do you think he’s doing?”
“Yeah, you know, that guy. That bastard who’s renowned for backstabbing others.”
To the Phoenix Guild, Kim Woo-jin was like a chewing gum meant to be chewed when bored. Immediately afterwards, everyone chipped in one by one.
“Why the hell did that bastard come as our kkakdugi?” What if he stabs us in the back?”
“Isn’t that why they put him in? We, of course, and guys from the other parties won’t work with him.”
“Well, by that standard, there’s no one more reliable than him. I wonder what he’s doing?”
Soon, the conversation went to the part about what Woo-jin was doing.
“Well, maybe he’s dead.”
“From what I’ve seen, I think he will hold on and hide till the dungeon is cleared.”
“Why would the guild accept such a scumbag?”
Of course, none of them could really predict what Kim Woo-jin was doing.
Kim Woo-jin was catching orcs as if he were catching rabbits. The truth was that he was just casually leaving the orcs he captured behind for the skeletons behind him to kill.
The startling reality was that he was also using 120 percent of his newly acquired skills.
‘Since they couldn’t have killed a lot of orcs on the second day, the number of orcs they caught so far should be around 700 to 800… If I assume that only about 200 are left then… two hours will be enough.’
No one expected the dungeon would last only about two more hours.