Volume 54 Chapter 2 – Dragon’s Attack
The users standing on the fort walls could see the monster horde tainting the earth black as they advanced. The ground shook with the monsters’ movements.
“Ugh… Those things are coming to attack.”
Many users had not yet returned since they all marched to the Garnav Plains. The current number of users at Miliam Fortress was approximately 5,000.
Compared to the usual number of over 30,000 active users around the fortress, it had significantly declined.
– Shred human flesh, consume them!
At the frontline of the monster horde was a creature named Butcher.
The boss of a horrifying dungeon in the level 700s. He had a grotesque form and black skin.
Butcher smashed the fort wall with his double-edged axe.
Each time, an ear-piercing thundering noise echoed and a fraction of the wall collapsed.
“We don’t have a chance here. We must run too.”
“That’s a good idea.”
The users of Miliam Fortress scrambled out through the rear gate.
– Kill all the humans!
The monsters quickly approached the walls that Butcher had destroyed.
They climbed the walls relentlessly, each with 8 long furry legs.
Some monsters dug underground and surged from inside the fortress. The users that did not get away in time were slaughtered.
< Miliam Fortress was overrun.
The national prestige of the Arpen Empire is decreased by 2.
The loyalty level and security of citizens near Miliam Fortress is decreased greatly.
The activity of monsters near these regions will become more frequent. >
The Arpen Empire had gained control of Miliam Fortress in the Central Continent and lost it to monsters within a week. National prestige spreads influence to various areas including foreign affairs, special products, and knights’ royalty level.
These locations fell under the hands of monsters in just a single day.
Kaybern’s activity disturbed a large number of monsters and the Versailles Continent was swamped.
“It is an honor to meet you. Weed-nim!”
“Mmm… It would be pleasant if I am promoted to a knight of the Arpen Empire.”
“It is great to meet you at a place like this. I was deeply impressed by the quest Great King of the Desert. If Weed-nim had not come to the desert, I also would have been absent.”
It was the capital of the desert. Weed commenced negotiations in a place filled with excellent users. The goal was to accept them under the Arpen Empire and acknowledge the individual tribes. He was worried that some of these tribes may have alternative ambitions, but the users of the desert region did not go against it.
“Ha-ha. Weed-nim spends all his fortune to upgrade the regions. Please develop the desert like you did for the Central Continent!”
“How much funding are you going to invest in the desert? It would be nice to have a large river that runs through the desert.”
“An amusement park! Build an amusement park, so that a lot of people will visit!”
Weed’s popularity was at its peak even in the desert!
Geomchi and the apprentices decided to completely merge into the Arpen Empire without a single doubt.
They even wanted to hand over the control over their associate warriors and tribe members.
“Being a man is all about trust. Loyalty.”
“Of course. You never know when you’re going to die. We must live admirably.”
Weed sighed quietly as he observed the tribe members brought forth by the apprentices.
“To think that it was this big of a mess.”
Geomchi and the other apprentices did not pay any attention to internal affairs. They were merely fetching food each time they thought that the members were going to starve to death.The security level of the desert region was quite low and had a low level of technology. Weed was taking on a poor tribe that had no concept of possessions. Weed sent a whisper to Mapan.
“Please deliver food supplies and necessities to the desert as soon as possible.
– Mapan : The cost of food supplies are increasing due to Kaybern. What is the quantity needed?
Weed quickly scanned his surroundings. He saw an endless number of people sitting on the sand. The desert tribe members with camels and sheep spanned beyond the sand hill.
“I need consistent amount for feeding about 100,000 people. Can you make the delivery?”
– Mapan : That is possible. However, Weed-nim. I believe that currently, you have insufficient funds…
“Can you put that on a tab?”
– Mapan : Tab works. But at a 3% interest weekly.
“Let’s not put that kind of thing between us…”
– Mapan : Weed-nim once said, give what you need to give and take what you have to. That is a long-lasting relationship.
“You have excellent memory.”
– Mapan : Also, you said there is no such thing as family when it comes to money.
Weed could not afford put it on credit and instead agreed to hand over the equipment gained from the Hermes Guild members at the Garnav Plains battle.
< A vast territory with numerous tribes supporting you. You have the 7th highest influence since the birth of the Pallos Empire. >
The 1st and 2nd places for influence were Geomchi and Geomchi2, and they were hunting in the north together with their girlfriends. The unification of the southern desert region was as good as decided already.
Geomchi smirked as he spoke.
“Youngest one, where are you headed to now?”
“I have to make a trip to the North.”
There was a sign of the Eye of the Sun rising in the Desert of Tranquility. When the night of the desert turns red and a day or two passes, the Eye of the Sun forms and creates a storm.
Weed could not wait idly at the Desert of Tranquility.
“Are you leaving the desert completely?”
“If the Eye of the Sun forms, I will come to destroy the storm and I will be able to meet the Sun Tribe.”
“The Sun Tribe… I’ve heard stories of them. They are the mightiest tribe in the desert.”
“Even if they may be, they wouldn’t be a match.”
“Of course. We are the best.”
Bard Ray was able to get away after tediously signing autographs to users in Morata.
‘I must hurry. I am never coming back anywhere near Morata.’
The vast Northern Continent.
Kaybern led to multiplying monsters, making it a rare case for one to encounter other users in the field.
“Hey, let’s go.”
He rode on the bull he purchased in Morata and travelled straight North-west. Monsters that resided only inside of bizzare dungeons came across his way occasionally, but they posed little threat.
Secret skill of the Sword Technique. It summons a flying sword. As it flew, Bard Ray charged closely behind its tail.
The coward bull was astonished each time a monster appeared, but quickly came to realize that its owner was powerful. After that, it kicked its four legs in a ragingtempo.
Bard Ray couldn’t believe his own state of riding on a bull.
‘A cow instead of a horse… To think that I’d end up riding on it. Average speed is slower, but it passes through mud really well and it has great strength.’
The Northern bulls were exceptionally comfortable for riding. He had a lot of money which led him to buy an expensive bull. The Morata head merchant of the Mapan Association spoke.
“You know of Yellowy that Weed-nim rides? This one’s the 3rd generation. It’s the best breed! The downside is that it eats a ton, but it’s stamina and strength are extraordinary.”
He pretended to listen, but the more he traveled, the more he realized the truth of the head merchant’s words. If he let the bull loose for a bit, it consumed all the grass nearby and walked to the woods.
It kicked a tree and snatched the fruits off the ground as they fell.
It would sometimes kick with too much force that even thick bulky trees would snap.
‘It gets scared way too easily, but would be amazing in combat. Though you don’t really rely on mounts the higher level you become.’
Bard Ray heard some news about the horse that he was riding until recently.
“Stuart is doing well.”
It was a legendary horse born from an extreme probability of one in several millions.
They roamed countless hunting grounds together, and he had lost the horse after being defeated by Weed.
“Ah. Maybe I shouldn’t have mentioned it. I thought you would have been curious. It is doing well on a ranch. It’s being fed a load of nutritious things and it has good relationships with the female horses. There are plains where horses can run freely even in the North, so I am planning to start breeding.”
In addition, he heard that there were many shepherds and ranch workers in Morata. The Emperor of Arpen Empire was a sculptor, so not a single job would be mistreated.
Bard Ray thought to himself as he rode the bull northwest.
‘I will definitely win the next battle. What’s more… Weed became a warrior? I also will become stronger.’
The farthest point northwest within the Northern Continent. The weather gradually turned colder as he passed through the Valley of Death and Purgol Fortress.
“Cover up with this.”
Bard Ray placed overa magic cloak with thermal functions on the bull.
If it was Weed, he would have said that the bull will grow used to the cold, but Bard Ray had a tender side. Conversely, he was merciless to his enemies during conquest.
He finally arrived at the village of the bulky barbarians.
“Halt. This is not a place for the average use5r.”
He had acquired this 1st-class information from the Hermes Guild. This village was the Barbarian village where he could advance into the Iron-Blood Warrior.
Under the command of the dragon soldiers, the monster horde passing through the Varq Mountain Pass in order to attack human lands was constantly growing in numbers.
There were many stray monsters roaming about, but the hordes sizeable enough to destroy fortresses and cities numbered11 groups.
4 hordes were gathering around Thor and one more was being assembled eat each of the Britten, Haven, and Tullen Regions.
For Haven, the powerful Hermes Guild was able to protect, but the rest required the protection of the Arpen Empire.
Rain followed over the heads of the advancing monsters.
– The acidic level is low but it’s rotten. Contaminated rain is drizzling down. The plants of the continent are suffering or dying out.
– Why is this happening all of a sudden?
– The exact cause is unknown but we can make a plausible assumption. It seems to be due to Kaybern. It is likely a characteristic by the Black Dragon… We can speculate that he is spreading poison.
The great lords that each govern over a region announced that there was a phrase in the quest about Kaybern’s cursed rain, confirming the speculations to be true.
– The continental danger can only be stopped by defeating Kaybern or the monsters.
-The plants are all dying… This is terrible.
-Yes. Fortunately, I have received reports that the trees in the Elven Forest are not affected.
– Humans are unworthy of living!
Black Dragon Kaybern appeared at the Free City of Somren after a week had passed.
It wasn’t the capital city of a kingdom, but it was both massive and industrial, a haven for many users.
“Agh. It’s a real dragon.”
There was already an evacuation order in the Free City of Somren, which was already apart of the name Arpen Empire.
To proceed with abandoning the city, the citizens were allowed to take as much treasure or expensive goods as they could carry, much like they did in Castle Evaluk.
“We cannot protect you all. Evacuate this city at once!”
Seoyoon came in person and took charge of the evacuation plan, however this also had a serious side effect.
“She is so pretty.”
“Really beautiful. Isn’t she unrealistically good-looking?”
“I am looking at her but I can’t believe it. She’s supposed to look even better in person… Sigh.”
The users were distracted and hesitant to leave!
Only after Seoyoon left the area the evacuation continued steadily.
Even so, it was impossible to move out everything and everyone that was inside the city within a single week. Approximately 20% of the users decided to remain. They chose to share the same fate as the city.
There were many users in the Free City of Somren that solely resided there since their days as a novice.
“Yes. Do not back down.”
Users stood on top of the buildings, firing arrows and magic spells at the dragon. Most could not reach and the few that could were unable to inflict any damage.
– Thick-headed fools!
Black Dragon Kaybern released a powerful skill, Dragon Fear.
Low level users perished instantly. Fear and paralysis effects activated for higher level users.
Kaybern flew over the Free City of Somren and slowly circled around it. Then it activated a magic spell.
– Burn without a trace to be left!
Dark clouds crowded and rained fire. It was a shocking sight as blazing fireballs fell down from the clouds onto the earth.
“There is nowhere to hide.”
The Rain of Fire was burning down the city.
Experiencing it firsthand was incomparable to seeing it on broadcast..
The city’s beautiful architecture fumed in black smoke and was set ablaze.
The buildings that were consumed by the flames soon lost their structure and crumbled down.
– I will erase all traces of human civilization!
The central square where sculptures and fountains were located were also stomped on and destroyed by Kaybern.
To protect the Free City of Somren and to see the last moments of their beloved home, the remaining users died alongside it.
The black smoke rising from the Free City of Somren could be seen from dozens of kilometers away.
<The Dragon’s Revenge
The Black Dragon Kaybern is on the move once again to destroy human civilization. The spirits and fairies are warning again.>
“A week later, Kaybern will be headed to Hillshade.”
Hillshade, the capital of the old Idern Kingdom. The city had high development level and many users owned houses there.
Weed could not protect the Free City of Somren. He couldn’t die in vain, so he did not head over. But, he was heartbroken nonetheless.
It was like a smelly lizard putting its claws first on a steaming bowl of delicious rice.
“Slay all of those that intrude my lands!”
Weed moved to Vargo Fortress of the North and raised the undead.
The eleven hordes of massive monsters threatened Versailles Continent.
Four monster hordes led by draconic warriors were created in the North and had to be taken down before they could take over the city.
“Everyone fire your arrows!”
“Do not go outside the walls and hold your positions! We need to fight all night.”
Users gathered and prepared Vargo Fortress for the siege. The Northern Continent lacked proper fortresses. If a few regions are overrun, the monsters would spread out and stampede on the midsize villages that had been flourishing in development.
The plains were rather vast, so the damage at the crop fields could not be restored.
“I will snipe down the ones that are capable of ranged attacks.”
“It’s too unfortunate that I cannot use fire magic in the mountains. However, I have wind magic at my disposal!”
Pale and Romuna also participated.
After the Haven Imperial Army had been defeated, many high level users from the Central Continent roamed around the North.
Wyverns flew across the sky. Weedlings 1, 2 and 3 have arrived too and opened a tactical discussion.
“Combat is similar to trade. You earn by striking the monster’s rear.”
“Mmm. Let’s strip them off from head to toe.”
“These monsters would be delicious as broths.”
These clones were greedy procrastinators, but they diligently slayed monsters while on top of the fort wall. They were capable of wielding all types of weapons like swords, spears and axes. They also acquired a wide range of production skills.
As they reached level 580s, their physical abilities were powerful but sadly they could not utilize secret sword techniques or sculptural techniques.
‘I should train these goons well. They will be great as servants.’
Weed assessed the status of the sculptural creatures and led them to battle at the Vargo Fortress. Just by summoning the undead, he was able to fill both the offensive and defensive positions in such a battle.
“Dwarves get to forging arrows with those stacks of metal! You all won’t be sent out to battle until the fort walls are destroyed!”
“It’s annoying to have a human ordering us around.”
The Dwarves that resided near the Vargo Fortress were all present and clustered at the news of war. While the Dwarves did not like combat, they were a race that stood firm against invasions.
The newly arrived Dwarves spoke.
“That tall and scrawny lad over there is our emperor?”
“He’s just taller than us. He’s just average among other humans.”
“A mere human…”
“By the looks of him strolling around with the undead, the empire’s end is not too far from now.”
“As expected from the humans.”
They had a salty attitude towards the emperor!
Even with a respected status and high stats in charisma, honor, fame, and leadership it was no easy task controlling the obstinate Dwarves.
The Dwarves were a race that lived how they want no matter the kind of penalties it may bring to them.
Weed never received the proper respect due to an Emperor, but he did not wish to end on bad terms with the Dwarves just because of something superficial like pride.
“I will host a refreshing beer party with a big barbeque after the war, so get on with those arrows.”
“K-hmm. You should have offered sooner.”
“I was just about to get on those metal lumps.”
“A cold beer is best in cooling sweat from blowing bellows.”
“You are fit to be Emperor.”
The Dwarves instantly began forging steel arrows that could pierce through the monsters.
Weed was dependent on the walls of Vargo Fortress in fending off the monsters.
An upfront battle seemed viable with the support from the users, but he did not wish to cause any casualties without good reason.
‘This has to be a battle without any casualties if possible. It is a loss when someone dies.’
At any rate, he had to reduce losses as much as possible in order to collect more taxes for the Arpen Empire.
Weed shouted out an announcement.
– The wounded gather here! You will be treated with bandages, so get over here!
He ordered the undead to fight and provided breaks to the wounded.
He had experience in leading small forces of Rosenheim Kingdom soldiers and fought against orcs, dark elves and the immortal legion in the past.
“Bandages? Who is he kidding? Recovery spells do the trick.”
“Shh. Weed-nim only know how to spam curse spells. He doesn’t know how.”
“He’s good at any Intensive labor. But, it’s just bandages.”
Those that were hurt during battle were healed by the priests. Sufficient forces from the Freya, Lugh and Minne churches were present in support of the Arpen Empire.
The Avians that dream of freedom.
They that were born in the Floating City of Lavias roamed every corner of the Northern Continent.
– Arms : This is Eagle 17. Ground level, respond.
– Chirping bird : This is ground. Over.
– Arms : Monster horde spotted. Numbers estimated to be over 500. Classified as danger level 2.
The Avians scouted the movements of the monsters in the Northern Continent.
Though it could be difficult to spot them in the mountains or forests, they were always within sight of the recon squad once they came out to the plains.
– Arms : Current position is about a one-hour flight east from Persimmon Flower Village. Pirinae Mountain Pass is visible… Tri-sector of Nalrun Plains. I can see a small village in the direction of where the monsters are advancing.
– Chirping bird : That location… Let’s see. It is Sapia Pioneer Village.Arms : It looks to be in grave danger.
– Recon : We have no forces to dispatch due to the monsters in other regions. You may need to distract the monsters in another direction for over an hour. Arms. This is a dangerous mission. Can you do it?
– Arms : I am an ex-pilot of the US navy. Take your time. I will wait for reinforcement.
The chubby eagle descended close to the ground.
A monster noticed the eagle and threw its axe, but the eagle lightly propelled its wings and avoided it.
“Try and follow my tail. You stupid goons!”
The monsters were enraged and chased after the eagle.
The Avians had developed a sense of pride from being Arpen Empire citizens since its beginning. Whenever a war broke out, they always took charge of the sky and they trusted Weed.
– Pallawu : Brothers. Celebrate. Weed-nim built us a hot spring this time.
– Dotin : Hot spring?
– Pallwu : Lavias is cold now because of the latitude. Especially when the winds are cold, it’s no joke. Back in Morata I told him that we could really use a hot spring.
– Kin : So?
– Pallawu : Weed-nim promised to build one for us. I thought he just said it to slide by the moment… But, he did remember that and made one for us this time around.
– Synth : That’s amazing. I’m a beginner that just came out of the egg, and I’m broke so I can’t go… I will surely use it in the future.
– Pallawu : There is no fee for using the hot spring. It’s a facility created for the Avians so we don’t shiver in the cold.
– Benjamin : K-ugh. I swear my loyalty! Forever loyal! As expected of Weed-nim.
Of course, Weed had long forgotten such promise. If he did build it himself, he would have collected entrance fees and even would have plucked their feathers if they didn’t have enough money!
Seoyoon had remembered that promise and kept it when she commenced the massive investment in the Arpen Empire.
In Lavias, the great landmark Wind Nest was being constructed simultaneously.
Under the blue sky over Vargo Fortress, Bingryong was in flight with its wings spread wide. Its icy skin reflected the sunlight and displayed a flourishing wave of colours.
“Bingryong has arrived!”
The Elves and the Barbarians that were protecting the walls of Vargo Fortress and the nearby hunters cheered.
The huge impact of its landing shook the fort wall that was quite a distance away.
“Tsk. A creature modeled after the great Kaybern-nim… Kill it!”
The draconic warrior that was leading the monsters gave the command. Then, the monsters that were attacking the Vargo Fortress changed target and charged at Bingryong.
< Winter’s Root >
Bingryong activated a magic spell.
Nearby monsters gradually froze, starting at their feet.
< Glacial Blade >
Bingryong flung its foreleg and a blade of ice about 20 meters long flew across, striking the monsters all at once.
“It’s extremely powerful.”
When Bingryong was first born, it had such low strength and stamina that it could barely move, and its magic was insignificant.
It was an inherent flaw of life bestowal. It was so disappointing that Weed restricted himself from animating large creatures for quite some time.
However, after steady growth, it demonstrated a combat level fit for representing the sculptural creatures, thanks to its ice and magic attributes.
“Scatter and attack!”
Monsters regrouped around Bingryong. There were at least several hundred, but they struggled with the temperature change as they got closer to Bingryong.
The cold winds that could only be felt in the winter mountains caused the temperature to fall, and their feet froze to the ground with every step.
< Cold Fog >
Bingryong activated another magic spell and a thick fog hazed among the monsters.
An ice magic spell that blocks vision and lowers temperature.
< Blizzard >
Bingryong did not desire close combat unlike the Black Dragon Kaybern. Since its birth, it stuck to a hunting style that prioritized utmost safety.
If it were like any other situation, it would have not even descended to ground level where the monsters were present. Fighting moderately from above fit its cautious and passive personality.
“Go down to the ground, and fight.”
Weed’s thought process for this command was questionable. When Bingryong asked, he answered in the same peculiar manner.
“The dolls modeled after you are selling really well nowadays. Bingryong skateboards and tricycles for kids are ready for launch too. Shouldn’t you appear on broadcast more often at a time like this?”
Bingryong was always among the top 5 most popular sculptural creatures!
Bingryong hastily activated the most advanced spell in its arsenal.
The blizzard swept the monsters from within the dense fog, immediately killing those with low magic resistance.
Bingryong took a deep breath and…
Bingryong his breath swept over the entire horde.
Starting from the closest monsters, all of the enemies froze solid in a chain reaction!
“That’s enough for now!”
Bingryong flew up into the sky without any regrets after hearing the voice of its master.
The monsters that died revived as undead with chunks of ice still stuck to their bodies.
< You have acquired experience. >
< You have acquired experience. >
< You have acquired experience. >
< Heroic Combat Achievement!
The loyalty of Vargo Fortress citizens is increasing. >
Weed took charge of the siege war against the monsters and swept up experience points.
The efficiency was 3 or 4 times higher than hunting in dungeons, and it was also great for building prestige and combat achievement.
Aside from Undead Summoning, arrows fired from the high grounds of the fort wall pierced straight through the throats of monsters.
“Hmm. I think this side is pretty much wrapped up.”
Weed assured victory as he scouted over the field.
The monsters around level 500s and 600s had pushed aside the Undead and were battering away at the fort wall.
The ones with enough force to shake the wall were focused and taken down one by one by the mages and archers.
“Killed ‘em. I did it!”
The morale of the defending users was at its highest.
Fundamentally, Vargo Fortress was a solid, strategic stronghold between the mountain pass. Furthermore, endless streams of Northern users joined the battle.
Whenever news of Weed in battle spread, users gathered like a swarm of bees!
They pushed back the monster legion in an intense battle at Vargo Fortress, and another battle was in progress further up the Northern region.
“Everyone, pull yourselves together!”
Seoyoon joined the battle with the gigantic sculptural creatures like King Hydra, Phoenix, Death Worm and the Countryside Snake.
Along with the Northern elite users that defeated the magic corps, they struck down the monsters on the cold plains.
It was not an easy battle and all the gigantic sculptural creatures except for Bingryong were mobilized.
– Eliminate them all.
The Baraags were responsible for handling the two streams of monsters heading for Castle Vent.
They were an excellent air force and reduced the monster count steadily by breathing fire. The users defending Castle Vent could see that the when the monsters had approached close to the wall, they have already been taken down to a third.
Moving away from the battles, there were many monsters roaming in the Northern Continent.
Excluding the major cities, there wasn’t a proper defense line of strongholds and fort walls. Therefore, the Avians and the architects combined their abilities.
“If the monsters were to approach, let’s start an avalanche.”
“That should be the way to do it, yes?”
“This is a rock mountain, so it should be very effective. If the plan works, we can buy some time.”
The architects and the novice users that had joined for the 2 gold payment, changed the terrain. They took advantage of the monsters’ tendency not to scout even in the mountains and collapsed a cliff.
Stronger monsters were less likely to die in the avalanche, but it would damage them and slow their movement speed.
“It’s fun around here.”
“It is quite a refreshing scent indeed. Quite giddy as well.”
The Central Continent users had ascended to the Northern Continent with expectations. Some of them enlisted and became knights of the Arpen Empire.
Upon being promoted to a knight, they had several other advantages like being able to accumulate honor and prestige, as well as contribution points.
Even if they had no money, they could become lords by accumulating contribution points. These users had faith in the future of the Arpen Empire and became knights as a long-term investment.
The Central Continent users eagerly participated in the battle and contributed to the protection of the Northern Continent.
“Let’s use the river here to our advantage.”
Architect Mibullo devised a daring plan.
The monsters had a tendency to not cross rivers as much as possible. They were alright with walking in shallow water, but hated swimming.
They used that fact and built a bridge, luring the monsters to tread on top of it.
The monsters marched proudly above the installed bridge.
They were relaxed and even enjoying the scenery, and that moment Mibullo activated his skill.
“Building demolition technique!”
The bridge crumbled instantly and the monsters were swept away by the current.
The Avians roamed the sky endlessly and scouted for any movement of monsters, luring them into a location that was advantageous for the users.
All the users of the Northern Continent were carrying out their own tasks.
“Bring it on scum!”
“Kaybern is stupid!”
Even so, some monsters that were difficult to crowd control were personally lured back by users on horses.
“How dare they insult Kaybern-nim. Go after them!”
The draconic warriors leading the monsters were loyal, but did not use their brains.
Vargo Fortress, Castle Vent, Morata, Varna and the Earth Palace!
The battles continued every day at these choke points in order to defend against the waves of monsters.
Reverse unexpectedly got the chance to observe Weed from a close distance.
‘To meet Weed after Bard Ray in Morata, what are the chances? I mean, it was more surprising to see Bard Ray in the North, even though it was from considerable distance.’
Weed was patrolling the vital locations for defending against the monsters in the North.
Even in Morata, he stood on the peak of the fort wall and made a speech to the public. The content of the speech was ridiculous.
– Everyone, I have great news. The monsters are headed to this city. To offer us experience points and various collectibles. Leather, horns, meat!
“Leather, horns, meat!”
– Eat. Scavenge. Get rich!
“Eat. Scavenge. Get rich!”
The origin of the Grass Porridge Cult, the cradle of the Arpen Empire was Morata, and those members were obsessed fanatics. Anything Weed said, they would follow with zeal, as though they had been hypnotised.
Their behaviour was that which the leaders of all pseudo-religion Cult leaders around the world wished for.
“His abilities as an orator are extraordinary.”
Reverse stood at a distance and continued observing.
He was tired of whipping dummies, and such an event was a good spectacle to watch.
‘Those stupid dummies. It takes too much effort and I’m just fed up with this.’
He was feeling hungry as well. That moment, a man with unbelievably thick belly fat approached him.
Reverse thought that his identity was exposed when he was approached by a stranger.
Even within Unicorn Corp, there were only a handful of people who knew of him. But, that would still mean that he would have been revealed inevitably.
“Haha. It looks like you’ve just begun Royal Road. If you are hungry, would you care to eat this?”
The item that the man brought forth were grapes.
They were so ripe, the dark grapes were almost as if they were slick and shiny.
‘This is the Morata grape that I could only look at around the market!’
Reverse could not stop his mouth from watering despite his pride.
“Why are you offering this to me?”
“Pardon? It’s just helping out one another. This is the common culture in Morata.”
In Morata, if someone was in need of assistance, people willingly offered help no matter if they were novice users. There were well-spread theories that claimed the reason for the sudden growth of the Grass Porridge Cult was due to this culture created by novice players in Morata.
Compared to the Central Continent where users discriminated according to level and connections, users could experience the consideration and warmth of the people in Morata.
“If that is the case, I will gladly accept it.”
Reverse obtained grapes and convinced himself that this did not hurt his pride because this was the culture of Morata. He could taste the sweet and sour flavor upon placing a grape into his mouth, and that was the best thing he ever tastedin his life.
< You are consuming nutritious grapes.
Stamina recovery speed is increasing.
Strength is temporarily increased by 1. >
In the novice period, one was grateful for even the smallest change while eating.
‘Yes. How many years has it been since I last ate grapes? I must buy a few boxes right now.
I have no money in Royal Road, so I should in real life…’
Cocoa had already stacked up boxes of treats from all around the world and was picking away at them. From now on, he would collect and eat grapes as well.
Then, he heard the soft voice of the man.
“Sir. If you ever consider building a shack in the future, give me a call.”
“A man ought to have a home in Morata, no? At Mapan construction, we will take it upon ourselves to guide you through the process of construction.”
Weed commanded the war at the fort walls of Port Varna after his patrol over at Morata.
He raised the Undead and heightened the morale of the users with his shouts.
– Retaliate, my subjects… Defend our territory!
“Use up all the arrows.”
Warriors, mages, fishermen, and merchants all fired arrows at the monsters from the top of the fort walls. To be shooting arrows on the swarm of monsters was also a great opportunity for a large amount of experience points.
The monsters were cluttered up against the hastily built stone walls and the gate.
Tens and thousands of monsters screamed and climbed in order to invade Port Varna.
“Conquer them. Bring glory to Kaybern-nim!”
The monsters under the command of the draconic warriors attempted to break through the gate. Each time the monsters with big builds over 5 to 10 meters smashed their bodies into the steel gate, the shock was formidable.
However, the gate constructed by the architect Mibullo himself did not break so easily.
The fort walls were also thrown up in a rush, but the users stood in tight rows and shot their arrows.
Weed activated his curse spells on the monsters that were trying to destroy the gate.
“Enfeeble! Bottomless Swamp!”
The effect of the magic spells were significant in preventing enemy attacks.
There were various types of monsters that shifted away from their usual habitat after being incited by the draconic warriors.
It was truly a total mobilization of monsters!
A monster could not disobey the command of the dragon which absolute authority and control over them.
Poison type magic spells were specialized against monsters with large amounts of health points or those with dense, armor-like skin.
There are many undeveloped lands and dungeons in proximity of Port Varna, resulting in monsters swarming in from all directions.
They increased in numbers as time passed!
The Northern mages and shamans with the assistance of the Avians arrived from flight.
“The reinforcements are here!”
“We can do this!”
“Grass Porridge, Grass Porridge!”
The fort walls were the final lines of defense for Port Varna.
The architects displayed their abilities by hastily installing defensive traps such as trenches, pits filled with steel spikes, and poison swamps.
At the waterfront of Port Varna, massive ships with wide sails approached at full speed, then stopped.
“We are pirates, but we are fond of fights.”
“Aye. We didn’t come because we were afraid of Weed-nim’s threats. We just came to fight monsters. I really had nothing else to do anyway.”
Hye, Fractal and Board Mir.
The 3 mad sharks of Becky Nin joined with the fleet of pirates.
“To the fort walls!”
“Do not turn your eyes to the shops. I will kick out whoever strays to pillage!”
Users wishing to defend Port Varna continued to gather up. They were users that returned to defend their homeland, and when the monsters advanced they were eager to build combat achievements.
“Fall back if it gets too dangerous. We can send in the reserve troops!”
“We will continue the battle. Even if there are reserve troops, they are just novices.”
“Use boiling oil. Also, focus fire-type spells on them. Their greatest weakness is fire!”
The battle went on for a whole day and night.
“May you live and come back to this land. Come back to this place, a dark and corrupt land. Do not disappear. In the law of darkness engraved to you. Undead Rise!”
Weed commanded the Death Knight Legion through Undead Summoning.
“Van Hawk. You must fight at the heart of enemy lines.”
The Undead fought intensely against the monsters outside the walls and dissipated away.
Consequently, the waging siege war led to an increasing number of corpses and the Undead could be summoned back at any time.
< You have leveled up. >
After Kaybern’s movement, the lands overflowed with monsters and Weed’s level was increasing much more quickly.
“This is truly… amazing.”
“The necromancer is the strongest. Take into account the war against the Haven Empire not too long ago.”
“Seriously. When he raises the Undead, he just wins against thousands.”
Weed received the envious attention of the users all to himself.
‘As a warrior… I want to fight alone in the middle of the monster horde, but that is too inefficient. It can’t be helped.’
He could endure a fight in the middle of enemy lines, as he became a warrior.
Withstanding at the center of a hundred thousand enemies with pure strength!
However, the Undead Summoning was much more effective in a siege war backed up inside the fort walls.
Weed consoled his disappointment by shooting arrows restlessly.The few that climbed the walls, he hacked away with the Loa Sword.
The sharp sword swung through the monster’s weakest point.
Through countless battles, he could instinctively determine the weakest point of a monster he encountered for the first time.
Pirates, merchants, fishermen, adventurers, divers, ship mates, and ship builders.
Users of different job classes fought to defend Port Varna.
To these users, the port was their home and base over other cities. They retaliated against the monsters on an extensive scale.
“We did it once again!”
The defense of Port Varna was successful!
The swarm of monsters that targeted Morata and Castle Vent were also protected by the active support from the users in each region.
There were losses, but the Dwarves, Elves, and Orcs pitching in helped them hold against the enemy.
“This is a fun fight. Sheek!”
“Tsschwik. The ferocious orc in this neighborhood is me!”
The orc legions proved their worth for all the food they ate away.
The east and northern regions from Castle Vent were dominated and secured by the orcs.
Fort Varden established in advance by Seoyoon was preparing to fend off the monsters advancing from the mountain pass in the northwest.
The monsters were descending through the steep passage between the mountain range.
Weed joined up with Seoyoon, the sculptural creatures and a large number of ordinary troops fighting in the war.
The users that followed them from Morata, Vargo Fortress and Port Varna all joined for the upcoming battle.
“I’m fighting mindlessly, following Weed-nim.”
“This is fun though.”
“It’s safe too. Barely anyone is dying.”
“Is that so? It was really dangerous when we were fighting. I was concerned that the city might be taken over.”
The Central Continent users checked for the others that fought alongside one another, and they were extremely surprised.
“You’re right. The battle was intense, but almost everyone is alive!”
“They always said that if you follow Weed-nim around, you will never die. From hunting parties to just about any battle, it was rare for someone to die. Though there was terrible hardship involved.”
“Of course. That is why he can clear all those quests with ridiculous difficulties.”
“He’s been named officially the Cockroach King.”
Although he was against an enormous amount of enemies, he minimized losses for the users with his wide range of vision and adequate management of the Undead.
At times he daringly gave up on the wall and lured the monsters in, annihilating them.
But after that, architects and users fixed the walls.
Weed thought that it was essential and his duty to prevent the deaths of the users that followed and fought alongside him.
‘They are all my financial resources… If they die, they will become weak and unable to hunt. I will protect these people who will work really diligently like Yellowy.’
To become an exploitative boss, he will take care of them in battle and also offer an opportunity for growth.
Weed shouted for all citizens of the Arpen Empire.
– Everyone, listen to me. We will be victorious yet again.
The morale of these users that have experienced victory skyrocketed.
Even if a sizeable swarm of monsters were to invade from the undeveloped lands beyond Fort Varden, they were confident.
Phoenix, Bingryong, the Baraags, King Hydra, and other fearsome sculptural creatures were present.
The war power of the Arpen Empire had assembled at Fort Varden.
The Northerners and the rest of the users had faith in victory after having seen Weed in battles.
Weed shouted once again.
– However, this battle is not for the peace of this continent!
Including Bard Ray, all the famous users were present.
“Not for the peace of the continent?”
“Then, why are we here?”
“We have to stop the monsters. We are here to do exactly that, so why isn’t it for continental peace?”
Confusion among the users were completely resolved with the next shout.
– The peace of this continent? You might as well trade it away for whole-wheat bread. Give up living righteously! Slay those monsters and scavenge the spoils! Skin their leathers and get those treasures. Let’s take a shot at life!
The users that gathered at Fort Varden and the mountain pass all raised their hands high after hearing Weed’s shout.
“Simple is best.”
“Kya-Ha. Very good profit.”
The response was explosive, but some shook their heads. With teary eyes, they looked at Weed afar.
“Every time, Weed-nim lies to us.”
“He tells us to take all the profit we can, but he himself always stresses over the peace of the continent.”
“Yeah. He takes all the difficult quests on himself.”
The users looked with rose-colored eyes.
Mapan amongst the users nodded his head.
‘This is why fraud can never be rid from this world. The real talents can make the victims feel happy about being cheated. They knowingly fall for it, and they feel even better not knowing.’
What was interesting was that Weed’s fraud still has not resulted in victims yet.
He always stepped up first, sacrificed himself, and created a better future.
‘He isn’t a hero for no reason. He might get himself a historical biography with his zealous frauds.’
The battle of Fort Varden commenced.
– Slaughter has been granted by Kaybern-nim.
– Drench in this bloody carnival!
With the carnivorous tribes at front, giant monsters like the poisonous spiders and centipedes advanced after them. In response, the powers of the North mobilized.
Farmers, architects, divers, lumberjacks, sheppards, and cooks joined as well and carried out their tasks.
– Fight! We can overcome them!
Under Weed’s encouragement, the users gathered in Fort Varden fought through the battle against the army of monsters for many consecutive days, finally succeeded in defending the fort!
Meanwhile, 17 major cities in the Central Continent including Miliam Fortress were destroyed.
Monsters multiplied frantically and pitch-black rain fell from the sky.
The raindrops weren’t warm like the spring rain or the summer rain that cooled down the heat. With the full-scale movement of the Black Dragon Kaybern, the auras of poison and darkness spread out across the world. The influence caused such natural disaster.
< Corrupted black rain is falling.
The dull and dark fog surrounds the environment.
The plants are withering away and drying out. >
The grass and trees withered away slowly due to the rain pouring the entire day.
The bees and butterflies avoided the flowers and the ripening crops became tainted in black.
“Black Dragon Kaybern… It’s getting on my nerves.”
Weed observed the scenery dying out under the dark rain from the fort walls.