Kill The Hero – Chapter 43
In June 2023, the Phoenix Guild made a public announcement.
[Park Yong-wan of the Phoenix Guild will challenge a 6 Floor dungeon.]
[Park Yong-wan ‘I will come back bringing hope!’]
Park Yong-wan challenged a 6 floor dungeon and the Phoenix Guild immediately grabbed the spotlight. It was an incredible moment.
[Will Phoenix Guild gain the 19th team of 6th tier players?!]
[Phoenix Guild is playing with their lives!]
Currently, the number of guilds that completed a 6 Floor dungeon worldwide hasn’t exceeded twenty. Although it was the second largest guild in Korea, it would not be easy for the Firebird guild to accomplish this task. With their current power and resources, a 6 Floor dungeon would be very dangerous.
“A 6 Floor dungeon? Isn’t that super dangerous?”
“Isn’t that suicide?!”
“Even the Messiah Guild recently failed to complete one.”
As shown by the Messiah guild who failed the challenge, failure to complete a 6 Floor dungeon meant only one thing. Death.
Unsurprisingly, Park Yong-wan used this opportunity to increase his fame by broadcasting his challenge.
[I support Park Yong-wan’s noble effort!]
[Park Yong-wan meets the President!]
[By taking up this task, Park Yong-wan is already a hero!]
The media was completely focused on the Phoenix Guild and Park Yong-wan, some were even comparing him to Lee Se-joon.
“How dare they compare this baby Park Yong-wan to Lee Se-joon?”
“Though you have to admit that he is still challenging a 6 Floor dungeon.”
There was no way to deny that Park Yong-wan was becoming a hero in the public’s eyes as it was a good thing for mankind if he managed to defeat the dungeon.
This was a chance for Kim Woo-jin.
‘He’ll come back alive.’
Woo-jin knew that Park Yong-wan would beat the 6 Floor dungeon.
‘Probably will take a month.’
He even knew how long it would take.
‘I can’t wait to see the face he makes when he returns.’
This was the best time to avoid Park Yong-wan’s notice, but it wasn’t the only plan Kim Woo-jin had.
“Hey, Woo-jin! Are you ready?!”
Oh Se-chan called out to him. Kim Woo-jin set the test date to be the same day that Park Yong-wan entered the 6 Floor dungeon.
When the dungeons appeared, the places where the land prices dropped the quickest, were the places with many hills. Sometimes it took a long while for the dungeon gates to be discovered after they appeared and the monsters who managed to escape had many places to hide, making them difficult to hunt. Therefore these places were not good places to live.
This was why a hospital was built at the foot of Mt. Keimyung, located in Anrim-dong, Chungju. In an operating room in the hospital, Kim Woo-jin stood, checking his equipment with a sharp glint in his eyes. He cleaned his knives, checked his armor and tested the strength of his bow.
A sense of dissatisfaction flashed through him.
‘I need to make a workshop.’
The reason for his dissatisfaction was simple. Kim Woo-jin was proficient in many weapons, so that he would know what to use to best hunt his prey. Now, he felt that he was currently limited by what he currently had.
His ability to properly utilize the Blood Weapon skill is due to his ability to make weapons by hand. If an ordinary person had gotten their hands on the skill they would have made lumps or bricks instead of weapons.
‘I didn’t even realise.’
In the past, the Messiah Guild had built a personal workshop for him. Of course, the Phoenix Guild had a facility for those who wanted to modify their weapons or order custom ones.
In the first place, it was usually difficult to use the items obtained from dungeons and most of them had to be modified to suit the player. Kim Woo-jin in particular, found it especially hard to find weapons that fit his hand. For weapons, even one centimeter was a huge difference.
However Woo-jin didn’t intend to use that workshop. If he made weapons there, that would expose his skills and the guild might become suspicious.The Phoenix guild would find it hard to believe.
‘I need money.’
His current funds weren’t enough to set up a personal workshop as the price wouldn’t be cheap.
‘If I get another loan after this, I’ll set up a workshop.’
In addition to that, there were many things he had to do that needed money.
‘I also need funds for auctions.’
As he was lost in his thoughts, Woo-jin heard footsteps approaching him. He stopped inspecting his equipment and looked up, but he didn’t put up his guard.
It was because he already knew who was coming.
As Kim Woo-jin recalled the name, a beautiful woman appeared in front of him. Even in the special forces equipment, her beauty was evident. Her short hair and great figure, made her a beauty that would grab the attention of men no matter where she went.
The beautiful woman looked at Kim Woo-jin and said,
“Lee Jin-ah has arrived.”
“Don’t stand on ceremony.”
A man appeared behind the woman. With a height of 190cm, forearms the size of a woman’s waist, a full beard and eerie eyes that seemed to pierce straight to the soul. The aura of the man immediately dispersed the imposing presence of the woman.
“Lee Jin-ah, but don’t feel pressured, just call me brother.”
He was Lee Jin-ah.
‘Immortal Lee Jin-ah.’
In Woo-jin’s memories that was how Lee Jin-ah was referred to, literally a player who couldn’t die and it wasn’t an analogy.
‘You must’ve already obtained River Styx’s Blessing.’
Blessing of River Styx, a legendary skill that could only be obtained by those with the halo of the Undying Fighter.
The ability to not die even if your throat was slit or your heart removed, almost like true immortality.
In fact, Lee Jin-ah was initially given the nickname ‘Zombie’ and it was only due to Kim Woo-jin that his nickname changed to the incredible name of ‘Immortal’.
‘I failed twice back then’
After being targeted by ‘The Hunting Dog’ Kim Woo-jin, Lee Jin-ah managed to survive twice, giving him the nickname ‘Immortal’.
In other words, he was the enemy of the Messiah Guild.
It was evidence of his ability when none other than Kim Woo-jin who hunted him and still failed to kill him twice. And there wasn’t a third time.
‘After that, I was betrayed and killed by Johann Georg in the 8 Floor Dungeon.’
He’d started the dungeon but was betrayed by his team and killed.
And now he got to meet him again, in a completely different situation than in the past. It would be a lie to say he wasn’t curious as to how things would turn out this time.
Woo-jin hummed the name. This caused Lee Jin-ah to be a bit uncomfortable.
“Hey, the fuck.”
Kim Woo-jin realised what he’d done and apologized.
After he apologized, he continued.
“You asked me to call you big brother? Not Mr?
It was a blatant provocation. Lee Jin-ah’s face was fierce, with no sign of backing down or apologizing. He shrugged his shoulders then pointed his finger to Woo-jin and said,
“I wanna see if you’re so brave in the dungeon.”
Of course, Kim Woo-jin ignored him, instead he turned to one of Oh Se-chan’s staff who came together with him.
“Can you contact Oh Se-chan?”
The man nodded and immediately took out a radio and handed it to Kim Woo-jin.
‘The same radio again?’
It was the radio that he had used last time.
“How many times do you intend to use the same radio?”
Lee Jin-ah also seemed to be very familiar with the radio.
Kim Woo-jin turned it on.
“Does this thing even work?”
Oh Se-chan’s voice was heard from the radio.
“You need to use this radio a bit longer. But let’s change to the main subject. What’s the problem?”
“It’s about the judge who will be screening my test.”
“Why? You want a beautiful woman? This way is natural. If a man and a woman go together in a dungeon will you still be focused on hunting? It was specifically set this way so that you can concentrate.”
“No, it’s not that.”
“What happens if the judge you sent dies during the dungeon run?”
Woo-jin turned and made eye contact with Lee Jin-ah who narrowed his eyes.
“Are you going to hunt monsters or players?”
“I think both options are viable.”
As he listened to the conversation, Lee Jin-ah’s expression subtly sank and he said,
“If you say go on your knees and apologize right now and beg to serve me for the rest of your life, I’ll let you live.”
“Did you hear that?” – Oh Se-chan
“Just tell me if there is any penalty for the judge dying or not.”
“I won’t deduct any points for it.”
The conversation was over, Woo-jin passed the radio back to the worker but Lee Jin-ah quickly grabbed it from him and spoke into the radio,
“I heard the stories about a psycho and thought it was just rumors, I didn’t expect them to be real. I’ll take care of it if you don’t have a problem with that.”
“He does sound like a psycho huh. More importantly, I told you to eat moderately at the rest area!”
“So? I just ate some cheap Udon, what’s the problem?”
“You ate five bowls!”
“What can I do if one bowl isn’t enough to fill my stomach? I have to eat 10,000 calories a day.”
“Then buy cooking oil and drink it! 9,000 calories per litre! I’m turning the radio off!”
Lee Jin-ah’s expression sinks again as the connection is lost. He once again caught Kim Woo-jin’s eyes and his face became fierce.
“You shouldn’t do anything stupid. I can’t say for other places, but in a dungeon, I never spare someone who dares to threaten me.”
However his warning was completely ignored by Kim Woo-jin.
‘His fighting ability is pretty good, it’s good to use him like skeleton soldiers since he won’t die, even if his limbs are cut off.’
In Kim Woo-jin’s mind, Lee Jin-ah was already being treated like one of his skeleton soldiers.
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