A Monster Who Levels Up - chapter-111
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“A spar? Why, all of a suddenâ€¦” (Sae-Jin)
Kim Sae-Jin backpedalled. However, Kim Yu-Rin took a quick step forward
and got closer to him.
“Although I did give you my assessment before, I’ve never really fought
you with my utmost yet.” (Kim Yu-Rin)
“Eiii, don’t be like that and let’s do this thing once and for all.” (Kim
Sae-Jin took a quick glance at the clock. It hadn’t even been ten minutes
since he arrived at the training facility, and on top of that, he was
decked out in training suit as well so, to go home now was just a bitâ€¦
“C’mon now, let’s do this~.” (Kim Yu-Rin)
Kim Yu-Rin showed off aegyo which was quite unlike her, while she dragged
the helpless Sae-Jinto the middle of the training facility.
While still carrying an unsure expression, Sae-Jin went to pick the
practice sword, but Kim Yu-Rin shook her head in disapproval and handed
him a mace, instead.
“Look, here’s a mace you can use. You wielded it so well back then.” (Kim
Still carrying that smile of hers, she forcibly squeezed the mace into
He looked at the mace and fell into a thought.
Kim Yu-Rin was definitely suspecting something. Every single action he
takes from here on could flame her suspicions even moreâ€¦
Before he could organise his thoughts properly, Kim Yu-Rin approached him
like a bolt of lightning and swung her sword down. She didn’t load the
weapon with Mana, but the power and accuracy displayed were still
incredible, so Sae-Jin had to put all his effort to swing the mace and
That sudden burst signaled the beginning of the duel between a mace and a
Sae-Jin put just over a half of what he was really capable of during this
sparring session. But it proved impossible to completely mask all those
little habits that his body had accumulated over time, and now, Kim
Yu-Rin was sitting on a chair, seriously pondering about something while
her frown deepened further.
She spat out a sigh. Truly, she felt that there were parts that resembled
the Hero Orc. Definitely soâ€¦
Did that mean Kim Sae-Jin studied under the Hero Orc? Well, he did say
something about him being friendly with a subordinate of the Orc. But
remembering back to those times when she went to the Orc village, she
couldn’t recall ever seeing any traces of him thereâ€¦
She looked at Sae-Jin who was stretching his limbs at that moment.
Monsters that could change into humans were very rare, but they existed
fore sure. Called the ‘Monster Man’, she even personally hunted one
But Kim Sae-Jin definitely wasn’t like that. Looking at his history, no
one could argue that he was a Monster in disguise.
In that caseâ€¦ maybe, it was the opposite? In other words, ‘a human that
could change into a Monster’â€¦ And, there was certainly one ability
blessed onto the human race that could make such a thing plausible – the
“Mister Kim Sae-Jin?”
Kim Yu-Rin cautiously called out to him.
“Uhm, if it’s not too much troubleâ€¦ can I ask what your Trait is?” (Kim
“Ah, wellâ€¦ Yes. But if you feel uncomfortable talking about, then you
don’t have to tell me.” (Kim Yu-Rin)
“Really? In that case, I won’t tell you. It’s a taboo, after all.”
Kim Sae-Jin made his displeasure known and bounced out of the training
facility in hurried steps.
Kim Yu-Rin stared at his back in a dumbfounded daze.
Chilly winds were blowing now, and some regions had already welcomed
igns of snow with warm smiles. The sights of people walking around
wearing thick padding could be seen, and stores selling scarfs and gloves
increased in numbers.
The arrival of a new season seemed to possess the power to bring forth
such changes to the scenery.
“I hear that Portugal is on the brinkâ€¦ Won’t the world really come to
end at this rate?”
“Eiii, c’mon now.”
The conversations taking place on the streets were fused with the
seasonal Wintery chill. Just over a month had passed since that
earth-shaking press conference, and chaos had truly visited the world.
The total number of Monsters were increasing explosively, and Boss-level
Monsters constantly popped up. As if the Monster bird incident of Korea
was just the beginning, stronger and scarier Monsters turned the world
The situation had worsened so much, it became no longer possible to
maintain a functioning government in regions that fell behind in terms of
forming an acceptable defense against Monster threats as well on the
development of Knights Orders – regions such as Southeast Asia and the
continent of Africa. This triggered an unprecedented refugee crisis and
thus became another big worldwide issue.
However, from that incident with the Monster bird, and to the recent
Flesh Golem, the Republic of Korea suffered little damage to itself while
it fought off those threats when compared to other nations.
And one of the reasons for this was, unlike others, all because of a
certain mysterious supernatural force.
The Leviathan. A being that the world took to calling as the Azure Dragon.
“â€¦But something is strange.” (Sae-Jin)
Kim Sae-Jin quietly muttered to himself as he read the words off the
pages of ‘A Deity of Four Directions, Azure Dragon’. Quite different from
the name that sounded like a swindler’s operation, the website itself was
thoroughly well designed and laid out.
The Azure Dragon-related notifications, open forums, noticeboards, etc,
etcâ€¦ The simple but luxuriously decorated site didn’t have much
traffic, but at the same time, it seemed that there were a few dedicated
individuals keeping things going steadily as well.
“It’s like the site is in a sleep mode, but still, the Azure Dragon is
fast becoming the guardian entity of the Korean peninsula.” (Kim Sun-Ho)
Kim Sun-Ho replied with an energetic voice. Sae-Jin came to see Kim
Yu-Sohn, but the illness of the old man had flared up and so, he was
having a meeting with his son, Sun-Ho, instead.
“Okay, fine. Butâ€¦ just how are you planning to utilise this Cafe?”
“Ah, about that. So, I’ve got this idea – how about we do it like this,
sir? There is this old movie called the ‘Spider-M*n’, you see, and in it,
it uses roughly the same idea as mineâ€¦”
Kim Sun-Ho continued with his words in a somewhat happy voice.
His suggestion was rather simple.
The owners of the website were Kim Sun-Ho, Kim Sae-Jin and Kim Yu-Sohn.
And among them, Sae-Jin was the Leviathan. And soâ€¦ Sae-Jin would
‘inform’ them of the next place where the Leviathan was going to appear,
and that info would pop up on this website. (TL: There was a thing like
that in Spider-Man movies? Hmmâ€¦)
Through this method, which implied that this website was in some sort of
communication with the Azure Dragon, it would earn a huge amount of fame
and people’s trust. And they would be able to instil the idea of the
Leviathan – or in this case, the Azure Dragon – being the ally of
“â€¦However, when looking at the big picture, isn’t that fraud?” (Sae-Jin)
“Pardon? Well, that, uh, wellâ€¦. No, it likely isn’t. It’ll probably be
okay, as long as we are not found out, Guild Master.” (Kim Sun-Ho)
This whole thing about not getting found out didn’t sound kosher, so
Sae-Jin narrowed his eyes and glared at Kim Sun-Ho.
“W, well, if such a thing is a fraud, then, uh, acting as the Lycan, the
Guild Master would end up serving multiple life sentenâ€¦ Oh. Sorry.”
Kim Sun-Ho hurriedly tried to come up with an excuse, before lowering his
head and scratched the back of his neck.
Sae-Jin looked at him and chuckled slightly. Although Kim Sun-Ho seemed
to be scared of his boss in the beginning, it was as if he had gotten a
lot more comfortable now and his attitude had lightened up. Sae-Jin
preferred this, as it was like dealing with a friend.
Also, Sae-Jin didn’t expect to see the father of a child to be so
immature as well, either.
“Anyhow. I’ve already uploaded the coordinates where you will be for
today. Of course, no one will believe us now, but I already called up a
friendly news network, soâ€¦ I’m pretty certain that they will send
someone over.” (Kim Sun-Ho)
Sae-Jin nodded his head. But then, Kim Sun-Ho’s expression hardened
“Ah, also, it seems like that Bathory woman is showing signs of movement,
Master.” (Kim Sun-Ho)
“Yes sir. Not sure what’s gotten into her, but for someone who doesn’t
want to breathe the same air as humans, she’s been seen walking around
the outside quite a lot lately. But what’s odd about her behaviour isâ€¦
that she’s been seen wandering around the coastline. Looks like she is
thinking about the Azure Dragon, Guild Master.”
“In that caseâ€¦ if I’m lucky, I might get to meet her, then?” (Sae-Jin)
Sae-Jin’s eyes shone brightly. As long as Leviathan was not on solid
ground, it was basically invincible within the ocean. After all, the
ocean was like an infinite source of Mana to him.
“â€¦No, Guild Master, if you are ‘unlucky’, then you’ll get to meet her.”
However, Kim Sun-Ho’s rebuttal was rather blunt.
“What do you mean?”
“It’s still too difficult against the Bathory woman, sir. She alone
brutally slaughtered dozens of Highest Tier Knights back when the war
between races was still a thing. Even with the Leviathan Form, as a baby,
you’re asking for the impossible.” (Kim Sun-Ho)
“â€¦She’s that powerful?”
Currently, his Leviathan Form was strong enough to fight against the
Flesh Golem, albeit by using a special technique. But even that was not
enough to stand up against this Bathory woman?
“That’s correct, sir. The descendants of the Bathory family enjoy this
unique Trait passed down genetically where, by paying the price of fellow
Vampires’ lives, they become much more powerful than before. Not sure how
that works, but well, that weird story about ‘Bathory bathing in blood’?
That story came about because of this Trait, sir.”
Kim Sae-Jin understood then.
Back then, the number of Vampires who died during the war between the
races easily went past a hundred thousand worldwide.
After ending the meeting with Kim Sun-Ho, Sae-Jin changed into the
Leviathan and swam in the East Sea.
Currently, even at a casual glance, his length and weight had blown up at
a crazy rate. He only swam in the East Sea three times a week, but
stillâ€¦ It seemed that his growth accelerated due to him using this
Form’s abilities rather vigorously of late.
Most importantly, though – he still hadn’t felt the dangers of his ego
being overtaken by the creature’s instincts, not like with the Orc or the
This led to Sae-Jin questioning the veracity of the widely understood
“nature” of the Leviathan that people accepted as fact. He even thought
that maybe, this powerful creature of the ocean wasn’t a Monster, but a
being sitting on a higher plain of existence than mere humans.
They said the Leviathan would turn violent when its territory was
breached, butâ€¦. well, wouldn’t humans do the same too, under the
circumstances? There was no creature alive that allowed others to freely
break into their homes, after all.
“There it is!!”
Hearing the voices coming from afar, Sae-Jin quickly assumed a serious
facial expression and corrected his posture. The appearance of a baby
Leviathan being pushed around by the waves had suddenly transformed into
an omnipotent deity.
“Be quiet. Carefully take its photos. Easy, easy.”
The camera lens pointing towards him was located on top of a yacht. In
other words, there was a boat carrying people in this dangerous part of
the East Sea. If it was in the past, this would’ve never happened in a
million years – they probably had to cross areas filled with sea Monsters
to get here.
“Well, everyone. There it is, the Azure Dragon. Looks like it has grown
in size a little, but it still exudes that noble and unwavering auraâ€¦”
A reporter whispered to the other passengers. Sae-Jin glanced at the
label stuck on the camera. They were from the station KNS – a friendly
broadcaster, the one Kim Yu-Sohn secretly gave a heads-up to, as a thank
you for all the favourable articles written about The Monster Guild.
“Now, the East Sea trade route has been stabilised thanks to the
influence of the Azure Dragon. All the regular sea Monsters as well as
the flying Monsters previously found near here are busy migrating away
from the East Sea, after being thoroughly suppressed by the Dragon’s
presence. Right now, the economic value added to the country because of
the Azure Dragon cleaning up this region has been calculated to easily
exceed $1 billionâ€¦”
Of course, not all ocean-bound Monsters ran away. Every now and then, an
aggressive sea Monster did appear and challenged him.
â€¦Just like now.
The yacht began swaying uncontrollably as the heavy waves rose up all of
a sudden. At the same time, darkness seemed to descend on the world, and
a Monster revealed its ugly mug from under the water’s surface.
Red eyes and horrifying fangs jutting out from its maws – it was a
Monster called ‘Ness’, the dominant creature of this area, before the
Leviathan showed up. (TL: Korea is pretty far from Scotland, so not sure
how the Loch Ness Monster has ended up there, but this is a work of
fiction, so anything goes, I guessâ€¦)
“That, that, thatâ€¦.” (Someone from the yacht)
As expected, it became a state of full-on panic on the yacht. The escort
Knights belatedly unsheathed their weapons, but everyone knew very well
that no Knight could defeat a sea Monster when on the sea. The reporter
looked at the Leviathan with a pair of pleading eyes.
Kim Sae-Jin the baby Leviathan snorted dismissively, and slowly moved his
body. The Ness Monster growled and expelled Mana in a threatening manner,
but well, it was all kind of laughable, really.
He was planning to use his Breath and easily blow the creature away, but
then, he thought about the camera. It was true that one wanted to show
off a bit if there was an appreciative audience watching the action.
He thought for a bit on what he should do, before a good idea popped in
his brain. He then quickly poured his Mana into the ocean.
*SFX for a sudden gust of heavy winds*
Violent winds suddenly whipped up like a thunderstorm and shook the sky,
and on the body of water where the Ness was swimming, the ocean began to
split open. And after all that mass of water parted away as if a world of
vacuum had formed there, the previously-hidden main body of the Ness was
dramatically revealed to the world.
Unfortunately for the Monster, the sea water was basically its life. The
Ness desperately pedalled its limbs in the air where there was not a drop
of water as it began drying up from the tip of its tail, until finally,
even the red light circulating in its eyes dissipated away.
This should be enough, then.
Kim Sae-Jin returned the violent storm of winds and the massively-split
ocean back to their original calm state, and then took a quick glance at
the yacht. Even while experiencing events exceeding his wildest
imaginations, the cameraman showed off his true professionalism and
continued to film everything away.
Inside the minds of these folks, who were all dazedly staring at the baby
‘Azure Dragon’, this creature had become even more wondrous to behold.
To split open the sea like thatâ€¦ they had read that before – but, that
was from the Bible. And more importantly, the one who performed that
miracle was the omnipotent ‘God’.
Sae-Jin took one more glance at the dazed group of people, before diving
deep into the water. He was going to absorb the Ness’s Mana Crystal.
[Overall Growth: 10% achieved] – Acquired the Skill ‘Ness’s Evil Eye’.
Lifeforms coming in contact with the Sea Monster’s glare will be unable
to move for a short period of time. Divine Creatures will be unaffected
by this Skill.
– This Skill can only be used during the Sea Monster Form.
< Although it was an alert window he hadn't seen in a long while, rather than feeling happy, Sae-Jin found himself utterly stunned at its contents. 'â€¦This is only 10%?!" To think that such an overwhelming strength was only 10% of its true mightâ€¦ Sae-Jin couldn't help but praise the greatness of the Leviathan. Fin. (TL: Somebody just shoot me. Really. Because I made a huge mistake and didn’t even realise it until now. In previous chapters’ TL notes, I said “$0 out of $50 left” when that’s not true at all.) (TL:â€¦. Wellâ€¦. it’s actually $50 out of $50 left for this week’s first sponsored chapter. So, uh, if you don’t get to read an extra chapter – or two – this weekend, you can all blame me. Sorry.)