Chapter 48.1 – How to Stand Against the World (2)
Translator: WH Editor: Sasha
[T/N: Hi, from this Chapter henceforth, I will be taking over this Novel from the previous TL, the godsent, HH. I hope to be in your care from now onwards and there might be some differences from the previous translations, but please bear with me. Alright, enough with the gibberish from me, I hope you enjoy it!]
The so-called Sword Emperor (劍帝) was a man who was likely to pop out if you mixed a psychopath and an oldie in a 5:5 manner. Thanks to this perfect ratio, 99% of the time, what the Sword Emperor said to me was either crazy or useless.
-When I swing my sword, it wasn’t just my skills that mattered.
In other words, the 1% contained the essence of the psychopath-oldie.
-Faith! Confidence! Having faith in yourself is what’s really important.
Bae Hu-ryeong had a solemn expression.
-Even your bullshit is the same.
It was a thundering criticism that came from his real life experience.
-I fooled myself to be able to deceive my opponents! You have to believe in your own lies. Have confidence! No matter how convincing your lies are, if you do it without confidence, your opponents won’t buy it. But no matter how ridiculous it is, as long as you have confidence, you’ll be able to lure them in.
-I know because I’ve done it a lot myself!
Maybe the psychopath-oldie ratio was around 6:4 instead.
–Of course, if it was 100% a complete lie, your opponents wouldn’t believe you, nor will you believe yourself. So mix your lies with some truth! Mix 10% of the truth with 90% of the lie!
–That’s right. That’s the beauty of lies. If you believe in your 10% truth, the remaining 90% lie will flow naturally on its own!
–Remember, zombie. Lying come downs to having confidence!
I looked at what was in front of my eyes.
Troops came from all over the continent to capture Estelle the Devil King. Among them, the soldiers of the Aegim Imperial Army, who were in charge of the vanguard, along with the general leading the soldiers were staring at me.
If I didn’t deceive them, I would be in danger.
“Why is the emissary of the Founding Emperor….”
“But that sword is definitely….”
“Why is the emissary in a place like this?”
Some of the soldiers suspiciously glanced at me. The Aegim Imperial Army was gently bowing its head, but that was all. The soldiers who belonged to other divisions didn’t have a sliver of doubt on their faces. As expected, even the Imperial Army couldn’t stand up against the Holy Protection Sword.
“By-, by the way, are you the emissary of the Founding Emperor…?”
The very leader of the Imperial Army carefully examined my complexion.
“Can I ask you a stupid question?”
“What is it?”
“The reason we’re here today, as I mentioned before, is to defeat the witch. Why is the emissary of the Founding Emperor here at this place…?”
I closed my eyes for a moment,
‘Lying’s all about confidence.’
I exclaimed with my eyes wide open.
“Gentlemen from the Imperial Army! I’ve already defeated the witch!”
My aura-filled voice resounded loudly on the Acacia field.
General Sarbast Aegim was shocked.
“Hu-, huhhhh? What do you mean you’ve already defeated her, What are you…….”
I cleared the way. Then the vengeful ghost who was hiding behind me was revealed. Whether they had already known about Estelle’s appearance, some recognized her and shouted.
“Es-, it’s Estelle!”
“It’s the Witch of the West!”
“I’ve seen her before! It’s that woman!”
“Burn the witch to death!”
The vengeful ghost’s mouth wailed and flinched.
But I said without a care.
“Come and kneel before them.”
A firm command.
The vengeful ghost, who was reduced to becoming a part of my Hundred Ghosts, had no power to disobey my orders. She stumbled and knelt.
That wasn’t the end.
“Bow your head down.”
The vengeful ghost bowed her head.
“On the floor.”
The vengeful ghost touched the floor with her trembling hands. Was it because of anger? Or was it because of disgrace? Either way, she couldn’t speak, or she was biting her tongue, the two cheeks of the ghost had a deep pouted look. A little later, blood fell down her jawline to her lips.
“Place your forehead to the ground.”
The vengeful ghost followed my orders.
The soldiers watched, holding their breath, as the former Devil King bowed her forehead on the ground. Even more anger and disgrace mingled with the sound of the vengeful ghost’s breath. Nevertheless, to protect her little paradise, she obeyed my orders.
In a way, it was an imposing scene.
To the vengeful ghost, I ordered solemnly.
“Just like that, straining both your feet, kick the floor, and do a forward roll.”
Silence dawned on the Acacia field for a moment.
The vengeful ghost turned her head and looked up at me.
She looked as if she had just heard something wrongly.
“Didn’t you hear me?”
“Uh, uh huh…? ”
“Go ahead and do a forward roll!”
The vengeful ghost flinched and reluctantly obeyed my orders. That is to say, she placed both her hands on the ground and made a forward roll.
[T/N: Korean sound effect of rolling forward.]
A small body rolled down the field, and her blonde hair which was even longer than her body fluttered away and swept up the acacia petals on the floor. After one such lap, the vengeful ghost still had an expression as if she didn’t know what or why she just did, what she did.
“Now do a handstand.”
The vengeful ghost looked back at me one more time.
She seemed to doubt the mental state of her new owner.
Of course, I didn’t lift even an eyebrow.
“Hurry up, can’t you even do a handstand?!”
The vengeful ghost trembled and touched the floor with both her hands. And as she slowly tried to do a handstand, “Ackkk!” perhaps she didn’t have enough strength, but she stumbled and fell. “Sobs sobs…” As if swimming on the bare ground, the vengeful ghost was floundering in tears.
Either way, I continued to order in a stern voice.
“Do twenty jumping jacks!”
“Ten squats, start!”
“10 push-ups as soon as you’re done!”
“I order you to do 20 sit-ups!”
“Stay in the plank position for 20 seconds!”
After a while.
“No, no more, Lord…I, I can’t move my body…”
The former Devil King didn’t have the power to lift even a finger and laid down on the floor.
Tears filled her eyes.
I looked at Sarbast Aegim.
“Do you understand now?”
Sarbast Aegim had his mouth wide open. Not only the general but also the soldiers under his command had a similar expression. The Continent’s army looked dazedly at the vengeful ghost, who was crying like a mere child.
“Ho-, holy emissary. What exactly is this……”
“As I just said.”
I widened my eyes and stared fearlessly.
“The witch has already been defeated by me. Now, no matter what happens, the witch cannot go against my orders!”
Of course, I added.
“It is no longer possible for her to cause any harm to the people of the continent. Gentlemen. You may rest assured about the witch!”
The soldiers cheered.
Then the soldiers shuddered, the commanders of the army were confused along with them.
“Uhmm, If the holy emissary… If you say so….”
“No, wait a minute!”
Sarbast Aegim, who was subservient to the authority of the Holy Protection Sword, seemed to be trying to somehow believe what I said, but the other commanders had a ‘what a load of bullshit’ expression on their faces.
Among them, the Chief Holy Knight took a step forward and shouted.
“What the hell are you doing?! We came here to defeat the witch.”
“I mean, the emissary of the Founding Emperor already said, the witch has already been defeated…”
“How can we believe that?!”
“On-, on the contrary, how can I not trust him? The emissary of the Founding Emperor ordered me to……But did you not see the witch do all those things?”
Sarbast Aegim was angered. The power of the Holy Protection Sword was indeed amazing.
The Chief Holy Knight had a face that said ‘I’m going to jump up and down crazily.’ He shouted while jumping.
“How can you believe that……No, no, no, no, in the first place! Isn’t that one sword the only thing that could prove that the young man was the emissary of the Founding Emperor? You’ve been going at it since just now just for that one mere sword……”
“One mere sword you say?”
Sarbast Aegim’s voice rose.
“Did you just say that one blade!? Oh my God. Right now, you dare doubt the authority of the Founding Emperor, who founded the Empire?! The evidence that we are favored by the goddess is that Holy Protection Sword. How dare you!”
The Chief Holy Knight flinched.
“No, General. Calm down… I didn’t mean it to that extent,”
“The Founding Emperor took that sword and left for the wilderness! Running through the fields, leaving a legacy in every city he went, climbed volcanoes, burned down waterfalls, and even pierced mountains! Just to establish the Empire! All our ancestors stood with the Founding Emperor, and all of us owe him! But did you just say ‘just for that mere blade’?!”
“No, that’s not what I meant……”
“If not, then what the hell were you talking about?!”
“Yo-, Your Holiness, the Pope had given me orders. I was given a strict order to defeat the evil witch at all costs… But just because of one word,”
The general of the Empire screamed.
“What do you mean just because of one word?! You are indirectly questioning the words of the Founding Emperor’s emissary using the order of the Pope!”
The Chief Holy Knight shut his mouth.
It took exactly two seconds for his bewilderment to turn into anger.
“Back at you, you dare doubt the authority of the Temple of God!”
“Didn’t you first doubt the authority of the Holy Protection Sword?!”
“Oh ohhhh, good! I got it! Seems like the Third Prince that you are loyal to doesn’t need the Pope’s declaration of support.”
“Ha, what declaration of support?! The emissary of the Founding Emperor has already turned up and defeated the witch. What does the Goddess’s love have to do with looking over the sovereignty of the Empire?”
“So is that really the will of the Third Prince’s faction?”
The Empire’s General and the Knights of the Temple were squabbling fiercely.
I was grinning happily inside.
There was something you must be careful about when groups of people band together.
If an internal strife was revealed even once, it becomes a straight-road rush towards destruction.
‘They wouldn’t be able to go far.’
When we Hunters went up to the 12th floor. At that time, it was unfortunate, but there were exactly eight different power structures.
Me, Sword Saint, and the top five guild masters all represented one power structure each. And the minor forces that were in a contribution by the 8th to 10th place.
We were together for the external purpose of ‘Clearing the Tower’, but we were never a solid mass.
There was something piled upon each other. There was distrust.
That was why we pathetically self-destructed even though there was only one unexpected variable called [The Devil King’s Reward].
[Warriors, those who climb the towers.]
As soon as the 11th floor was opened, I recalled what the hologram of the goddess said.
[From the 11th floor to the 20th floor, you will face a test. A test of faith.]
I grinned inwardly.
The test of one’s good faith.
‘Not only the Hunters, but probably also the residents of the tower would have to go through it too right?’
Wouldn’t that make the world a little more fair?
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