Chapter 80: 80



 
Sungwoo slowly slipped back and lifted the repeating crossbow and fired at the bare-chested orcs .

Pik! Pik! Pik! Pik!

-You have accumulated 2 points by hunting a Golden Orc . (Cumulative: 252)

-You have accumulated 2 points by hunting a Golden Orc . (Cumulative: 254)

A little later the stadium was calm and quiet .

-You have successfully cleared the second stage! (Rank: A+)

-You have accumulated 200 points . (Cumulative: 488)

Again, an arrow icon appeared on the floor . This time there appeared a slightly wider road that would allow a car to pass .

Two-story detached houses were lined up on both streets . When Sungwoo went along the road, an arrow was pointing to two places .

A red arrow was pointing to the right and a blue arrow to the left . It was literally a crossroads .

“Do I have to go to only one place?”

Sungwoo raised his head and looked at the end of the arrow . The red arrow was pointing to a small elementary school, and the blue arrow was pointing to a building that looked like an abandoned house .

-R: Very difficult

-L: Very easy

However, the difference in the level of difficulty was extreme .

After agonizing a bit, Sungwoo moved to the right .

‘Being difficult means a big reward . ’

He could not skip the very rare opportunity called the ‘Hidden Stage . ’ It was worth the challenge even at the risk of his life . He had to reach Level 15 as soon as possible, and the boss raid was just around the corner .

Of course, just because he wanted to protect himself right now, it didn’t mean his chances of survival would increase . Rather, it would only increase the likelihood of him not avoiding the death to come .


Sungwoo entered the two-story elementary school building, whose level of difficulty was very high . In the small lobby where the history of the school was displayed, he noticed the traces of the children hastily evacuating . Their slippers and school bags were strewn everywhere .

Kureuk― Kureuk―

On one side of the stairs was the body of a Golden Orc . And there was something familiar on top of it .

“Is it Slime?”

A lump of golden liquid . It was definitely golden Slime . Sungwoo burst into laughter before he knew it .

“Man, I think I’ve chosen the right way . ”

Slime was a very easy game for Sungwoo and skeletons because Slime’s acidity couldn’t melt the bones of skeletons .

It seemed that Sungwoo would be recorded as the worst guest who had ever visited the Hidden Stage .

He went straight toward the end of the Hidden Stage .

***

In the meantime, after Sungwoo disappeared into the golden portal, Junghoon boarded the helicopter and looked only in that direction .

He was embarrassed at the moment because Sungwoo disappeared when he was not done talking . On the one hand, the place called ‘Hidden Stage’ bothered him .

‘What kind of place is that? Is it a place that offers a huge reward?’

Junghoon has never heard of any information about the Hidden Stage from anybody else . Such information was not even posted on the community bulletin .

Of course, not all of the information was released because the game just started .

“Commander!”

At that moment, a Crusader in gray armor approached Junghoon . He was a man in his thirties wearing glasses attached to his face with a skein of thread .

“Yes, lieutenant . ”

His name was Minhum Jung . He was Junghoon’s aide-de-camp and the Crusader Team’s deputy commander . He had been with Junghoon from the beginning and had been playing a pivotal role in the guild with his experiences as a smart analyst .




“All of the injured members have been recovered . They couldn’t be cured with regular potions, so I used an antidote . ”

“Got it . It looked like a curse series . What kind of item do you think it is?”

Minhum sighed at his question, which suggested it was something negative .

Minhum recorded and sorted all the items that he obtained from the store, but he had never seen the bomb emitting black smoke .

“I honestly don’t know . Breath of the abyss? It looks like a black wizard series, but I’ve never seen an item that spread such a powerful curse even at the best shop . I think it’s an item we might be able to obtain from a store that is much superior to the existing one or some other routes . ”

Junghoon’s group, starting from south of the Han River, had become the largest among the entire Korean servers . This meant they had a large amount of intelligence about everything, but they didn’t know much about the southern part of Gyeonggi Province because they were not able to contact people like door-to-door vendors due to their movement restrictions .

“But that terrifying bomb didn’t work well against Sungwoo . Why?”

Junghoon still could not forget that scene . The moment his elite Crusader Team was momentarily disabled, Sungwoo moved forward proudly .

“Anyway, it was a great success for Sungwoo . In my opinion, there was a buff working on it . When he used that, his pupils got bigger and he smiled unwittingly . It’s a kind of arousal response . When I checked it, there was even an increase in stats . ”

Minhum’s job was a 3-star “Scout,” so he could know the opponent’s level and job through his exclusive passive skills .

In addition, he was able to see the opponent’s detailed stats by consuming a lot of mana, but the moment Sungwoo emerged from the black smoke, his stats slightly increased .

“Commander, why did you decide to hand out the boss raid rewards to that guy?”

“I couldn’t help it . Without such rewards, he said he would not participate in the raid, but losing him would be a huge loss for us . Haven’t we all witnessed his fighting prowess?”

Minhum suddenly felt tired, so he opened his mouth, rubbing his eyes .

“Commander, our ultimate enemy may not be a monster . Don’t you know it? At the end of the day, we may end up fighting people, not monsters . ”

Junghoon shook his head slowly .

“Not right now . We need people right now . Someone like a necromancer . ”

“Hmm…Then, please leave the details related to the contract to me . The contract can mean different things, depending on the people involved . Let me subtly propose a suggestion that promotes our best interests . You know how important it is to get raid rewards, right?”

Junghoon nodded after agonizing a bit .



“Just go ahead . Instead, you should not make Sungwoo turn against us . ”

“Of course not . He won’t notice that I’m pulling the wool over his eyes . ”
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Nodding at him, Junghoon gazed at the direction where Sungwoo disappeared .

“Necromancer…”

***

At that time, Sungwoo was facing the final phase of the Hidden Stage .

And again this time he stood at a crossroad . Immediately after climbing the corridor and stairs on the second floor, he found the arrow pointing to the left and right .

‘On the right is a box…’

At the end of the corridor on the right was a small box .

‘There is a box on the left, too . ’

And there was also a box at the end of the left hallway . The difference was that the box was large enough to be 3 meters wide and 2 meters high .

No matter how much he compared the two, it seemed that the left box was a more risky choice, yet one with a greater reward .

Rattle- Rattle-

With the skeletons walking ahead and surrounding him, he walked toward the large box . In fantasy games, a trap was usually installed near such a treasure chest, but nothing happened until he got closer to the box .

‘I feel nervous . Very strange that nothing has happened like this . ’

He stopped about 5 meters away from the box . Then, he lifted the repeating crossbow and fired arrows at the edge of the box .

Pik! Pik! Puck! Puck!

At that moment, the lid of the box flung open suddenly, revealing vicious teeth like a crocodile’s .

There was no treasure in it . It was a Mimic, a human-eating ghost disguised as a box to eat humans .

Quack! Quack! Quack!




The Mimic began to approach him threateningly, gnashing his large teeth .

‘I can’t get to that monster . ’

It had a huge mouth with a considerable jaw strength .

If bitten by a Mimic, it seemed that even a skeleton would be crushed immediately . Moreover, since its whole body was a wooden box, there was no chance that arrows or javelins would be effective .

“If that’s the case…”

-‘Death Response’ begins in the area .

Sungwoo summoned ten zombies, then had them charge towards Mimic with full force .

But these weak zombies couldn’t stop the Mimic . Soon, it opened his huge mouth and swallowed up two zombies at once .

Quack! Quack! Quack!

With a bloody scream, the bodies of the zombies began to shatter and disintegrate .

But that’s exactly what Sungwoo intended . He took a step back and hid behind the Werebear skeleton .

“Hey, if you eat anything like that, you’re in big trouble…”

Kwaaaaang! Bang! Bang!

A series of explosions occurred inside the Mimic’s body, shattering it to pieces into the air .

It was a Corpse Explosion attack based on the corpse of a zombie .

-You have accumulated 200 by hunting the super-large Mimic . (Cumulative: 1,084)

-You have successfully cleared Step 4! (Rank: A+)

-You have accumulated 350 points . (Cumulative: 1,434)

So, Sungwoo achieved the final stage . Then, a golden icon in the shape of a gift emerged from the classroom at the end of the hallway . At first glance, he felt it was time to exchange all the points that he accumulated so far .

-You entered the Room of Reward .