Volume 54 Chapter 4 – Plan of Annihilation
The users that arrived at the desert through the teleport gate felt like they were going to choke due to the intense heat.
Geomchi nodded his head while riding on his two-hump camel.
“The weather is nice.”
“My spine is on fire.”
“Let us go now. Giddy-up!”
They charged through the desert heat and hills of sand with Geomchi in the lead.
The warriors that gathered to defeat Kaybern followed behind them on camels.Thus began the hell in the desert. .
Battle after battle.
They fought and fought, an endless engagement.
“All men, charge!”
The desert had many regions that had yet to be explored.
There existed mirages, underground worlds, and at times they entered the zone of fire.
Even the fragments of the ‘Great King of the Desert” quest that Weed accomplished in the past had been rewritten into a new history.
They were eager to fight battles anywhere they went.
They fed themselves on top of the camels and battled while on the move.
“As the youngest one said, we can battle every day without using our brains. How convenient is that?”
“The guys are fighting quite well.”
“They say levels make you stronger, and it seems to be true. Although they seem a bit too reliant on skills.”
“We gotta take them to more challenging battles. These guys said they’re alright with dying a few times.”
“It saves me from boring battles, so that is fine with me.”
Geomchi followed Weed’s advice and took the battalion to seek for more powerful enemies.
They tread through the murderous heat, fought against enemies with bodies of sand, and hunted for giant scorpions.
They even set foot in the mystic lands of flames and met the Sun warriors.
Deep in the desert, the population was low but full of strong warriors.
“This is a darn hassle.”
“It’s hell. The battles are tiresome, but above all that, the heat is driving me insane.”
“ Wow… I must have been half crazy when I agreed to join this quest.”
The complaints of users had already surfaced since starting the second day.
Even if they had high levels, they had never experienced this kind of battle.
Like usual, they put a lot of effort into the choice of the hunting ground much like Weed would have. They prepared for hunting grounds that were highly efficient and dropped many items.
In the event of hunting boss-level monsters, they would start preparing a few days earlier and gathered composure.
“Here, you roam anywhere and fight. It is reckless and frantic.”
“Coral died yesterday.”
“Seriously? This is too dangerous…”
“Shouldn’t we complain?”
“We did. But, they keep saying that warriors will get stronger when they know what it’s like to die. Words are impermeable to their heads.”
“In honesty, we cannot demand anything face to face. Their appearance is frightening. We have higher levels, but using brute strength over them might turn us into enemies of the Arpen Empire.”
“Even if a few more die from now, the hunting plans will not change one bit.”
After the third day, the users gathered around early in the morning and discussed their dissatisfaction. Some decided to quit.
“This is as far as I will go. Best of luck to you all, stay safe.”
“Yeah. I’m quitting too. I thought I was lending a hand in slaying the Black Dragon, but this isn’t the way I wanted it to be.”
A number of quitters sprang from the group, unable to withstand the rigorous schedule.
“I should have hunted alone.”
“Same here. If we talk about efficiency, there are better hunting grounds than this place. We don’t have to be here alongside people who are lower in levels than us.”
However, the entire scene was being filmed by several broadcast networks.
Weed was granted of all rights regarding broadcasting to all those who agreed to participate in the hunt of the Black Dragon Kaybern.
The quest signees certainly agreed because they desired to be on the broadcast, and imagined to being portrayed as brave heroes on TV.
The scene of themselves charging towards Black Dragon Kaybern!
Weed spoke with the broadcast personnel on the side.
“Please have a devilish producer on this broadcast.”
“Are you being serious?”
“Yes. Good footage will come through soon enough, but there will be some trial and error. I need someone who is going to edit “out of context” intentionally. A show needs a catch for it to be successful.”
“That is the way it works, but…”
“If we do not pull this off, the other broadcasts will get increased views.”
Weed’s influence in the broadcast industry was absolute. Even in the past, his fame turned all major broadcast networks to bow under him.
Now that he had control over the Central Continent and established domination, the broadcast networks surely knew well of his acumen.
“We shall find the most infamous producers.”
“Yes. But, it must be completely factual. No forgery. I do not like controversy smoking up among the viewers. A bit of seasoning is acceptable. It makes a dish taste rich.”
The captains and department chiefs of all broadcast stations took Weed’s words to heart.
“We can get a good shot right here where the users are taking off…”
“You bet. I think it will serve well for the intro.”
“This will grab some attention for sure.”
The infamous producers with their relentless editing skills sent on air the users that were complaining about the battles and food soon after they got to the desert.
Moreover, they added special effects to the scenery of the desert from which the users were drifting away.
The scenes of Black dragon Kaybern attacking Castle Evaluk, cities being destroyed by monsters, and civilians being slaughtered overlapped with the users that were leaving.
The devilish producers were stirring up emotional appeal with their expertise.
– I am watching the live cast right now, and I’m at a loss for words. They went all the way to the desert to slay Kaybern, but all they did was complain and now they’re just quitting?
– Why go there in the first place if you’re gonna do that?
– Did they expect to live in hotels at the desert or something?
– Dragon Slaying. They all gathered their strengths for that grand objective. They were too low-level to confront the dragon, hence they hunted with great effort. For them to quit so early though…
– Ha… That is annoying. They’re pissing me off..
– Bacus? That user led them to quit.
The aftereffect of broadcast was as substantial, no different from a live cast. The internet went viral, and Bacus appeared at the very top of the real time search.
3rd Bacus runaway
4th Bacus Level
5th Seoyoon Goddess
6th Bacus Character
8th Seoyoon School
9th Seoyoon Body
From 1st to 10th on the search engine, Bacus appeared 4 times.
It was the power of the media, but it was also that Bacus was a famous user over level 500.
On the next day, the users were battling on the hunting grounds without any other thoughts.
Due to the influence of the media, they realized what kind of negativity they could receive.
“Now they’re really up to the task.”
Even Geomchi and the instructors were satisfied.
Bacus and the runaways returned hastily in the morning.
“I apologize. Everyone. I will fight with my all from now on.”
In a few hours, his attitude had changed completely.
Weed commenced the monster eradication with those who gathered for the Kaybern hunt.
Mages and archers flew toward the monsters, riding on the backs of the Avians.
Numerous kinds of monsters spawned on ground level from the dungeons and were advancing towards human cities.
Weed’s shout exploded.
– Fire. Blast them away!
Thousands of magical spells of mages bombarded the ground, and archers fired arrows.
They were job classes most specialized in ranged attack!
– Kuuuoogh! Unleash the wrath of Kaybern-nim!
The skins of the monsters turned black, raising their defense and attack.
The ones that crawled out from the deepest parts of the dungeons were powerful, able to withstand several magical attacks.
They resisted by tossing boulders into the sky and activated their special abilities that raised winds.
Even so, the scattershot of magical spells were about to annihilate the monsters.
Weed summoned the undead.
A combination of mages and necromancers that never in any way seemed harmonious!
On top of the massive firepower, the undead that will draw the enemy were summoned.
The mages at the end of battle were amazed.
“I gained so many levels.”
“Combat achievements complete just like that.”
In a party of 5 or 6, the mages only use spells necessary in hunting.
The usual spells that they practice are types of spells that deal fatal damage to a monster or two.
By following Weed, they were able to spam AOE spells that caused mass destruction.
The lesser monsters were cleaned out by the undead, and the Avians willingly offered post-battle assistance.
The observing novice Avians were responsible for descending to the ground and collecting the loot.
For the mage attacks, it was impossible to assess who killed which monster. Therefore, it was decided on the method to sell all the loot at once and split the profit.
“Wow… This is miraculous.”
“Isn’t the leveling speed like 10 times faster?”
“If I followed Weed-nim since the beginning, level 600 wouldn’t be such a dream right about now.”
The mages and archers that were close to level 500 were overwhelmed with excitement.
The pace of leveling was unbelievably high, taking into account the fact that all the monsters have been scooped out by Kaybern.
Only Romuna and Pale were speechless.
‘The hunting speed is indeed quick. It will be mind-blowing. They will realize though, that speed isn’t everything.’
‘One will truly realize the potential of intense labor when observing Weed-nim firsthand.’
The hunting went on until the evening, but the mages were too overwhelmed with joy for them to complain. Nevertheless, the sun had set and stars were filling up the night sky with seemingly no end to the hunting.
“Excuse me… When are we going to take a break?”
Someone cautiously approached Weed riding on Wy-three.
“Rest on the backs of the Avians.”
“There will be a break for about 5 minutes.”
“We will rest during transport and will fight when we arrive at the destination.”
“Are you hungry at all?”
“I arranged lunch packs at the next battle location. Lively Avians are on standby as well. We can take flight right away.”
An endless, rigorous battle schedule!
They flew over the sky of Versailles Continent and put down the monsters.
The following day, Bacus’ riot in the southern desert was exposed, causing the mages and archers that were talking joyfully to shut their mouths. They realized that they had no spare energy to talk.
The monsters in Versailles Continent were being swept out on a grand scale.
The outskirt villages and small villages that have just been established were rescued from the threats of monsters.
“Flip every stone and pebble. Don’t miss any phrases no matter how insignificant.”
“In the history field, we will make three confirmations. Expect to go all night.”
“Please return books and documents that you have read over to its original location. The volunteers will continue reading.”
Once Weed determined to take Kaybern down, the users incapable of combat began moving. The novice users and merchants of the North searched for information in Morata’s Great Library that contained massive amounts of data.
They searched meticulously for all related keywords such as dragon, Kaybern, breath, etc.
“This isn’t it. All the data we have covered until now are related to F rank quests.”
“Look for possibilities of linked quests.”
“They’re all simple quests like Search for the Dragon’s Pawprints. Or Telling Dragon Stories in a Pub.”
“There is lots of data from the North, but the Central Continent is lacking.”
“Understandable. It hasn’t been long since that region joined.”
“Separately classify the quests you feel suspicious of even in the slightest bit. We cannot afford to miss the tiniest details.”
If they could offer assistance in defeating the Black Dragon Kaybern, they could potentially become heroes.
On top of that, Weed and the Mapan Association made a public statement.
– Purchasing vital information for defeating Black Dragon Kaybern. The important information will be compensated with 1 million gold.
For ordinary users under level 200, 1 million gold was a massive fountain of gold that could never dry out. Even if they spoiled themselves with clothing, equipment, and accessories, it was difficult to spend even half of it.
Of course, it couldn’t buy ridiculously rare equipment, but they could buy a house or a farm and establish a comfortable standard of living.
The novices that started out in the North naturally headed to the Great Library and had little space left. They scanned through all stored books and data.
The adventurers of Royal Road also stepped up together. These users could not even dream of large-scale adventurers back when the Haven Empire dominated the CentralContinent.
“If it’s an adventure linked to Kaybern, I’m certainly doing it.”
“By just starting the quest, doesn’t that mean I can travel alongside Weed?”
“That will be amazing if it actually happens. Every single one of your days are going to be broadcasted live.”
After the Arpen Empire seized the territories, the adventurers were free to roam anywhere they wished, hence they began proceeding with quests they had kept to themselves.
These quests that had been stored away for a long time finally reached completion, and the resulting effects from the adventures began spreading from cities to villages and to even more remote areas.
Excavation of relics, treasure chests, historical books, skill books, and equipment brought a substantial economic boom.
Special relics that boosted crop harvest rates in the cities or mining rate in the mountains were sold at a high price.
Positive changes were occurring with the Arpen Empire in control of the Central Continent.
“The honor of an adventure with Weed… I would become the continent’s most popular user.”
“Wouldn’t Weed just complete everything the moment it starts? He’s incredible, honestly. He can do just about anything. He overcomes any adversity.”
“Even as a sidekick, it’s still great to be alongside him. You gain honor with that as well.”
“You gain money too!. Buy a house, buy a car. You might land a building if luck is on your side.”
“That’s right. We’ll probably earn a few million.”
“Few million? This is a dragon quest. With none other than Weed himself. You think there will be another opportunity like this one anywhere?”
This assumably was from revenue assessment of the guarantees and advertising profits from the broadcast network.
It was an opportunity to claim both money and fame, drawing famous adventurers from all over the continent.
Now that Weed decided to proceed with the True Savior quest in order to slay Kaybern, the entire continent was shifting.
“This is a disaster.”
Lafaye had arrived in Fenia Fortress. It was unofficially the western capital of the Haven Empire territories, which was massive in size and had a high development rate. Now, it was completely empty.
To be completely accurate, only the civilians and Hermes Guild users were roaming inside.
The users that were active in the Haven Empire territories were all in a crossroad decision of transferring to the Northern or Central Continent, as they did not want to follow the fate of the crumbling kingdom. When the Arpen Kingdom seized had only just the North, they sealed off the borders but now, that was meaningless.
– I am requesting a taxi from Milen. 5 gold.
Users posted on discussion boards and the Avian users came from the sky and took them away. It wasn’t a flight far into the Northern territories, but just to skip over the borders which wasn’t a difficult task.
The Avians were able to make quite a decent profit out of these side jobs while the users that were active in the Haven Empire territories could escape. It was literally an escape rush.
It was the case for everyone, being drawn to the bright, dynamic atmosphere, and freedom of the Arpen Empire.
Lafaye leaned on the fort wall and gazed at the sky.
The clear, vivid blue sky and great weather squeezed out a bitter laughter.
By his calculations, the Arpen Empire was indeed making a huge impact by taking on Kaybern, but they themselves were also falling apart.
It was evident that there will only be the Hermes Guild users left in Haven territories.
“So this is how we are going down in history.”
The one that was getting the most from the preparation in slaying Kaybern was Weed.
< You gained a level. >
– Intermediate Undead Summoning Skill reached level 10 and transformed into Advanced Undead Summoning Skill.
You can call upon the legendary undead. You can raise the special corpses such as Elves and Spirit Warriors.
Reverence for the Dark Lord!
The undead and low-tier monsters look up to your presence. With sufficient reputation, you can command countless numbers of the undead in the Versailles Continent.
You can begin research on transforming into the body of the Lich.
The Lich transcends human limitations with increased efficiency in health drain and mana drain.
The Lich will not be weakened by sunlight. However, the allurement from the depths of darkness will intensify.
– You can proceed with quests of the undead left by the demon race.
< You have gained colossal enlightenment for magic.
Mana recovery rate increased by 25%.
Intelligence and wisdom are permanently increased by 10.
Insight additionally increased by 5. >
< Faith permanently decreased by 120. >
Advanced Undead Summoning!
Weed had advanced into a warrior and was expanding a variety of combat type skills. Though, it couldn’t be helped that he was still using Undead Summoning frequently.
Weed was satisfied as he looked over all the monsters that were collapsed on the ground.
‘Easy. All I have to do is take a spoonful after the mages wipe out the battlefield.’
He summoned the undead senselessly and engaged them in battle with the wounded monsters. The mages that took part in the combat were also without much complaint, as they could activate all their spells as long as they had mana.
– Kurgh! Humans. They must be driven extinct by Kaybern-nim’s wishes!
Weed enjoyed himself by charging with the Loa Sword in hand straight into the upper level 500 monsters that spawned on occasion.
Thanks to his combat experience and variety of skills, he could never fall into a dangerous situation.
“The power of the holy spirit, save the poor in pain. Healing Touch!”
Hundred rays of light beamed from the chest for even the slightest injury.
The priest unit was by the side of the Avian and were healing away madly.
Then, boss-level monsters around mid level 600 would spawn. Weed battled such monsters and received all the attention.
It was like a gladiator standing in a Colosseum, a showdown with the users on live broadcast.
“If it’s a one-on-one match… It’s a waste of time, but I will play along.”
Where the corpses of monsters lay like a pile of dominos, he encountered the enemy commander.
The monster was a grotesque fusion of man, bird and devil.
– Human. I will gnaw your head off and make you realize just how weak you are.
“Well, make me.”
Weed laid down the tip of the Loa Sword to the ground.
It was seemingly a shabby stance, but it was awakening his sense for retaliating against the rapid movements of the Behemoth.
‘Tons of users are watching right now… It would be pure embarrassment if I lose to some monster other than Bard Ray.’
Certainly, it was possible to lose to a monster. With that said, pride would be crumpled like a sheet of paper.
With Bard Ray, it was a deep relationship that they had built by losing to one another, earning honor and achievements!
In the long term, Weed thought of it as only a turf war and didn’t experience much pressure.
With the Hermes guild that had dwindled down to its current state, even if he were to lose in a one-on-one duel, there was no chance of the Arpen Empire falling apart.
However, if he were to lose to the monsters, that would be showing his limits.
If he proposed to hunt down Kaybern and could not overcome even the pawns, the disappointment from the users would be tremendous.
The moment Behemoth disappeared from sight, he flung his body to the side.
‘I cannot see it.’
It was a cloaking ability that hides the user for up to 10 seconds!
Furthermore, it had wings that allowed for rapid flight.
The overpowered trait turned away just about any warrior from confronting it in battle.
As Weed side-stepped to avoid, he heard a gust of wind.
He sensed that Behemoth passed through where he was just a moment ago.
“Sculptural Moonlight Sword Technique!”
Weed swung his sword and the emitted light struck something invisible, shattering into pieces. For a brief moment, the grotesque appearance of the demon bird was revealed.
Behemoth relentlessly flung its forepaw that spanned over 2 meters. All Weed saw was a split-second reveal just before it began its attack, but he knew roughly where it was going to attack.
‘Its tendency is to go for the head and shoulder. Given the distance and composition of its body, thatis a high possibility.’
Weed raised the Loa Sword and blocked Mammoth’s forepaw.
A powerful impact from deflecting its claws.
Behemoth was capable of magic, flight, rapid movement and cloaking abilities, but it had a weakness and that was its lack of strength.
Even so, Weed did not think to attempt pushing it back.
It was advantageous to use a relatively more powerful force to create a weak point.
Indeed, using physical abilities was a way of victory, but that was for rather more reckless battles.
Then adrenaline kicked in and he felt nothing but instinct!
Weed activated his skill.
The holy flames imbued by Goddess Hestia lit up the Loa Sword.
The flames slid across the blade and latched onto Behemoth.
The flames were 5 times more effective against the demons and devils!
– I despise fire!
Behemoth screeched. Its personality was a mix of human, bird, and demon.
The type that it hated most was either fire or divinity!
Behemoth’s body set aflame by the holy fire was now clearly visible.
– Toxic Explosion!
In the midst of battle, Behemoth cast a magic spell and retaliated.
The poisonous marbles exploded and spread like a fog.
< You have been poisoned.
Your tempered body is resisting.
Health points are reduced by 960 every second.
Sky Ruler’s armor suppresses the paralysis effect. >
If it was another user, the damage would have been over 7,000 each second.
The damage was minimized by his stats and equipment!
As Weed activated the skill, the earth erupted and lava surged from below.
The crimson-red lava covered Behemoth’s body from head to toe and blew away the effects of the poison.
Behemoth’s resistance activated and caused a whirlwind.
< A lava region has formed.
You will take 1,800 damage every second.
You are immune to fire type damage due to the Holy Grail of Flames. >
The earth split apart and steam fumed through the cracks.
The level of destruction was quite different from the past. The force was upgraded by divine flames and there was also the added effect from the Holy Grail of Flames.
The lands melted away by the lava.
This was something that Weed learned when he slayed the Intermediate class devil Dalam in the past.
‘When devils start using special abilities, nothing could be more infuriating than that.’
Whether these devils were level 500 or 600, their combat level was not relative.
Fundamentally, devils had high health points and possessed traits that were difficult to deal with.
Compared to other monsters around level 600, devils displayed combat abilities that equalled a few dozen of those monsters.
Even the undead, a powerful combat tool, would not work against them.
It was only efficient to face them with pure combat abilities.
– I am unscathed.
Behemoth burning in flames struck down with its forepaw like a sword.
It was a display of fighting spirit innate in devils.
Weed passed through the dimensional gates floating in the air and performed over 5 short-distance rift travels.
“Sword Cloning Skill!”
Over 50 clones appeared during the rift travels.
A flurry of swords cut through the air.
Weed and his clones sliced away the Behemoth’s body fused of human, bird and devil.
“Geez. I’m high on that.”
“This is amazing.”
The users were continually surprised as they observed the battle between Weed and the Behemoth.
With Behemoth being impossible to confront alone, Weed was gaining the edge in a straight-up battle.
The battle of sword skills and secret techniques on top of the boiling lava field.
This kind of scene was the dream of all warriors.
“Now that I look at him, Weed-nim is really strong.”
“He’s different from the times he carried on with quests. That time, I thought he truly struggled and beat them by a straw, but he is undeniably powerful.”
“No wonder he succeeded with all those quests, being that strong.”
The users reassessed of Weed’s combat abilities.
“It’s certainly from all his new gear.”
Weed too was surprised by the effectiveness of his equipment.
In truth, he wasn’t this powerful until recently.
The Dimensional Gate Glove depending on how it is utilized, could allow the user to slip out of danger, provide them with an opportunity to attack and boost their combat level by several fold.
The Sky Ruler’s armor blended the touches of blacksmith masters.
It was created from Hellium, replenishing substantial mana and had great defense.
To top it all off, there were the blessings from the frequent visits of the gods!
If one engages in battle with a devil, the friendly gods such as Freya and Hestia would bestow blessings.
‘God’s blessing. There is no doubt that these are a result of faith, contribution and honor.’
This was not proven theory, but he was certain of it.
Furthermore, the title ‘The one who defeated the devil’ gave him an additional effect.
It was a rare title that he obtained after slaying the Intermediate devil Delarm, and its effect was a 16% attack boost if engaging in combat with monsters or subordinates related to devils.
Plus, it even identified their weaknesses and was great at attacking more efficiently.
In sum, he could become at least twice as powerful than when he would fight against normal monsters.
<You have gained a level.
Warrior Behemoth from the devil clan of anguish has been laid to eternal rest.
The Great Accomplishment awarded 3,500 honor.
Charisma increased by 1.
Strength increased by 1. >
He even gained combat achievements and stats!
Weed thought to himself that focusing entirely on hunting devils could not be half bad.
There could very well be many dungeons related to devils hidden somewhere in Versailles Continent.
Since they would be well hidden, he would need the assistance from excavators or thieves, although it would be extremely dangerous it would offer high returns.
“We will move to the next location.”
The users mobilized in perfect order at Weed’s command and climbed on the backs of the avians.
They flew over the Versailles Continent restlessly and slayed every monster in sight.
Aerial combat broke out occasionally, and a flurry of magic spells were bombarded on massive hordes of monsters on ground level.
The merciless power of magic spells concentrated on the monsters.
“Ugh. I am about to collapse completely.”
“I can’t go any further…”
While the mages lay on the backs of the avians to rest, the lesser monsters were wiped out by the undead summoned by Weed.
They gained experience from the death of wounded monsters, and the loot after combat was picked up by the avians.
All the mages had to do was cast spells as soon as they recovered enough mana.
“For me, I think I’m farming experience 9 times faster than usual.”
“It was fortunate to have invested in mana recovery. I’m at about 13x.”
“Yeah. It’s not like a few monsters at a time… We’re using AOE offensive spells as much as our mana allows for. The hunting times are really extensive too.”
“If we did this from the beginning, we would have crushed the Hermes guild with brute strength.”
The mage users were in awe of Weed’s hunting method.
They thought that this was an extremely efficient method of cleansing the lands overwhelmed by the monsters.
“Do not rest! We will fight until the last monster is slain!”
“Look at the enemy, lock your aim precisely and fire. The arrow suppliers are working their backs out.”
The archers unlike the mages had no rests and continued to fire arrows endlessly.
The dragon soldiers and powerful monsters usually had high magic resistance, and the archers were responsible for sniping them down.
At times, together with the avians they engaged in a fierce aerial battle against incoming monsters in flight.
“I have no more strength left in my arms…”
“I can’t. I’m at my limit.”
“They’re filming us right now.”
The archers were shedding tears during the hunt.
Even Weed joined with the archers and fired arrows on monsters that the undead struggled against.
“He shoots as well as we do. The broadcast footages were not edited at all.”
“No special abilities there. Just basic archery.”
“Still, he’s as accurate as us.”
“Yeah… He’s good.”
“He can use magic and is excellent in combat. That’s scary.”
“He was a sculptor to begin with. Also a blacksmith, tailor and chef.”
“Doesn’t he make ships too?”
The large groups of monsters in the Northern and Central Continent were taken care of and the cities became a bit safer.
It was all thanks to 400,000 users risking their lives on the line.
Weed too displayed prowess alone riding on baraags.
Having advanced into the warrior class, he landed right in the middle of the monsters.
He pummeled the boss level monster all by himself and conquered the rest by summoning the undead!
< You have gained experience. >
< Combat Achievement! You have been awarded the title brave brawler.
Maximum health increased by 50. >
< Strength increased by 1. >
He had accomplishing a new combat achievement.
He hummed as he wrapped his body with bandages and moved to the next location!
“What a wretched man…”
“I have to doubt whether or not he is human.”
“You have to be as rigorous as him to win against the Hermes Guild.”
“I just wanna take the easy life. Anymore and I’m going to die.”
The users came to realize Weed’s true side.
From afar, he seemed to struggle in protecting the continent from the monsters, but up close he was enjoying the endless hunting and growth.
“I think we can pull it off too.”
“If we arrange a decent composition… It will be useful in slaying the monsters.”
Necromancer Jean and the other mages joined forces with the avians and organized a hunting squad.
Their combat level was not to be compared with the forces led by Weed, so around one or two hundred users gathered.
Though they could not hunt monster hordes with draconic warriors among them, they were still able to slay a significant number of monsters.
The users that were scattered across the Northern and Central Continent were also actively on the move.
While Weed was leading the massive number of users and cleaning up the monsters, Kaybern’s activity continued.
Castle Hillshade, the ex-capital city of the Idern Kingdom was destroyed, and the monster invasions razed 27 villages and 4 cities.
– This is miraculous defense.
– Yes. The damage is low despite the overwhelming monsters stirring up the Versailles Continent. The damage is much lower than what users from the Hermes Guild had predicted.
– It was predicted that over 20 cities would be destroyed every week.
– That is so. However, Weed and the users reduced the number of monsters greatly, and they have defended well behind the tall and thick fort walls at siege.
– Of course, the city destruction was prevented but not without any damage. Outside the walls, the damage is severe.
Sieges occurred simultaneously at over a hundred locations, resulting in heavy losses.
Black Dragon Kaybern is on the move to erase human civilization.
The spirits and fairies are warning once again.
“Kaybern will head to Herom in a week.”
Castle Herom of the old Nest Kingdom.
The time-honored castle in which the beautiful River Verona flows through, became the next target. After Castle Hillshade turned into ruins, huge number of monsters sprang out from the dungeons across the entire continent.
Especially in the Northern Continent, monsters flowed out from the wild lands and users were assembled to defend against them.
“No. Not yet…”
Rage waged from the depths of Weed’s heart, but he suppressed it firmly.
“Just wait until I finish the hunt. From teeth to tail. I will loot everything.”
Although time was ticking away, he was also gaining levels.
But, the security of the Arpen Empire was worsening, and cases of demolished merchant councils or travelling users dying to monsters became more frequent.
“I have to conserve time. I have to move efficiently. Kaybern cannot be stopped at this moment.”
< You have gained a level. >
Weed slayed groups of monsters and trained himself as well as the other users.
Meanwhile, the meticulous search for records on Kaybern went on in the Great Library of Morata.
– Mapan : I have obtained 37 data records related to Kaybern.
Weed received the records brought by Yurin and read them over.
< You have obtained information about Kaybern.
Black Dragon Kaybern.
Also known by the famous nicknames: the Tyrant and the Dark Dragon. This dragon is estimated to be around 1700 years old.
In its youth, it travelled to many places around the continent and was involved in historical events.
Papuakin’s Bloodbath (Record Confirmed)
Generd’s Contempt (Record Confirmed)
Slayer (Record Confirmed)
Black Warrior (Unidentified)
Blue Moss (Unidentified)
The birth of Dark Magic (Unidentified)
Humiliation of the Nippleheim Empire (Record Confirmed)
Kaybern is prideful and violent.
It likes jewels, drinks and delicious food.
At times it breaks pacts through devious methods and cannot be trusted.
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Papuaquin’s Bloodbath and Generd’s Contempt were events recorded in the history of the Versailles Continent.
Cities disappeared in a single day and they were all related to Kaybern.
– Papuakin’s Bloodbath. #2
O, the heavens fury,
The black smoke billowed, the city a fire,
On the ground, rats spread their filth and poison
The continent’s greatest city was but a burning pyre.
The cause of all this is Kaybern.
One year ago, that dragon descended,
One year ago the dragon demanded:
– Collect gold and build a castle as a tribute for me. Then, I shall reward you all with the power to conquer all kingdoms. If you choose to break it and refuse to build a castle, you will brace severe consequences.
Mayor Manheart trembling in fear accepted the offer right then and there.
After all, who could possibly refuse under the dragon’s might?
They melted down gold for the dragon’s lair,
Alas, the construction was stopped, the people lay sick and dying…
The year was up, only half of the castle was complete.
On that day, all the people held their breath and stared at the sky.
– Immature humans. You have failed to stick to my most gracious offer. I will forgive you all despite having broken the promise.
The almighty Kaybern spared their lives,
We were stripped of all the gold collected for the castle but gave our thanks,
When the scared and scattered citizens of Papuaquin returned to their wives,
When they felt safe again, happy again,
it was only then that ,
Kaybern descended again.
– Your kind deserve to be annihilated!
“Oh mighty dragon… You said that you would not punish us!”
– I do not punish for breaking promises. However, you are beings that deserve extinction.
Mayor Manheartraised his head to beg
A moment later he was dead,
We all realized then.
All this was the dragon’s devious plan.