A Monster Who Levels Up - chapter-29
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At first, he panicked. As easily demonstrated here, Sae-Jinâ€™s identity
wasnâ€™t worth much to dig up. What troubled him more, though, was
Hazeline. Under the context of having a friendly relationship, he had
shown her his real face, after all.
Of course, he was not worried about his secrets being exposed as Dark
Elves hated meeting people in the first place as well as placing a huge
importance on being trustworthy, but still, he did feel somewhat
uncertain as there had never been a precedence of an alchemist
moonlighting as a Hunter on the side.
“â€¦.But man, this is so weird.”
Whatever the case may have been, his name, face and the job description
was exposed here for all to see in the top portal site of South Korea,
Neighbour, and he found all these oh-so-strange. And the photo of his
face taken from the side was showing his ungainly chin line as wellâ€¦â€¦
(TL: to be honest, Iâ€™m not sure if I TLed the last line here correctly.
The author wrote “his chin from the side seemed fatally jutting out.” I
took it as MC not liking how his chin is shaped or some such.)
â€کAfter becoming a Mid Tier ranked Hunter at the young age of 22, Kim
Sae-Jin is acknowledged by other Hunters as one of the top prospects of
the future, having already received the title of the Heavenly Gifted.â€™
The journalists seemed to love fabricating stories. He had no clue just
who had acknowledged him as a top future prospect. But he had to concede
that reading such rumours about himself was a fun thing to do. Likewise,
he found the words written in the article itself, as well as the comments
in the comment section, rather interesting too.
â€“ Heâ€™s got a nice enough face, got a good build, his height is just
about right, so he matches up well with Yu Sae-Jung, me thinks. [Upvoted
983] [Downvoted 482]
â””Matching up well, my a*s. You really think a romance between a regular
Hunter and an unobtainium spoon is possible?
â””Me agree. The Dawn ainâ€™t the name of your pet dog. They are duking
it out for the top position in the country. Plus, Yu Sae-Jung is still a
sophomore in a high school.
â””Oh and BTW, whatâ€™s Yu Sae-Jungâ€™s real height?
â””Saw it personally, itâ€™s between 159~160. But me thinks sheâ€™s got a
complex about her height, always insisting that itâ€™s 164.
â””م…‹ م…‹ That was really cute. “I told you, itâ€™s 164!! Not 159!!!”
Obviously, not every comment posted would be of nicer opinions but still,
he found it fun just reading all the replies.
That night, Kim Sae-Jin stayed awake while reading all the articles
related to himself and the accompanying comments sections.
In the following afternoon, Sae-Jin headed to the Yoseon Alchemy House to
meet up with Hazeline. Since he was going to ask her for another big
favour, he took along 9 bottles of potions as well.
He handed the potions over as soon as they met, and he waited until her
face was glowing with ecstasy and happiness before bringing up the real
reason for his visit today.
“The rest of the moneyâ€¦. can I repay you slowly over time? Right now
Iâ€™m running short on fundsâ€¦”
Hazeline showed a brief panic, but soon, nodded her head with a
magnanimous smile on her face. Her reason was simple enough – the
alchemist she was going to work together for a reall
y, really long time shouldnâ€™t be left destitute, after all.
She immediately transferred $1.7 million US out of $4.2 million accrued
from the sales of the potions so far. She even added that he could take
his time to repay her.
Sae-Jin thought that she was really one cool woman.
[The persuasion has been successful. The Skill Proficiency Level for the
Passive Skill “Pleasant Voice” rises.]
And there was an unexpected bonus to boot as well. As Sae-Jin was glowing
in the satisfaction, Hazeline remembered something and asked him about it.
“By the way, what was that reality TV show all about? I was really
surprised to find that you are a Hunter. And also, friendly with the
granddaughter of the Dawn Corporation Chairman, too.”
“Ohâ€¦ that? Thatâ€™s my side job. I was getting a cabin fever stuck in a
workshop churning out potions, so was trying to de-stress when I
accidentally ran into Miss Sae-Jungâ€¦. thatâ€™s about it.”
“Is that true? How mysterious. But well, it really doesnâ€™t matter what
you do on the side anyways. And with Yu Sae-Jungâ€¦ Keheum.”
Fortunately, Hazeline didnâ€™t try to dig in deeper.
To her, who knew about Sae-Jin, it was understandable to a degree – since
the near-crippled Yu Sae-Jung was able to quickly recover soon after
taking the potion brewed by none other than the alchemist Kim Sae-Jin
â€کHave the Dawn made contact with him already?â€™
While making such wild guesses, she inwardly accepted why Yu Sae-Jung and
Kim Sae-Jin were so friendly with each other. It was a totally plausible
scenario. No matter what other people said, the Dawn Corporation was the
biggest company in the country. And if they wanted to find someone, it
wouldnâ€™t be hard for them at all.
“Ah, right. Sir Alchemist, you do know that, by law, direct dealings
between people are prohibited, and you must go through an Alchemy House,
yes? If you receive a sales request, please, you must inform us first.”
Hazeline was sincerely asking for something that made no sense from
Sae-Jinâ€™s point of view.
“Huh? Oh. Of course. Iâ€™ll do just that.”
Kim Sae-Jin bought a detached single-unit house near the Monster field of
Gangwon with the money received from Hazeline. But the house cost him a
whopping $1.6 million, instantly depleting his bank account and making
him feel bitter inside.
The house had two floors above ground and one basement floor. He decided
to use the above ground floors as the living space, and to convert the
basement into a workshop where he could do his blacksmithing and alchemy
With the remaining funds, he went around and bought various furniture.
Besides the obvious things like a bed and a set of couches, he also got
himself proper potion crafting tools and storage cabinets to store both
the ingredients for potions as well as the metal ingots for blacksmithing.
Although he purchased so many things while feeling excited for the
future, there was still a week left before he could move into his new
home. He had to learn the hard way that the dates of buying a house and
then moving in, could be quite different from one another.
After all that, the remaining money was around $2600 US.
Currently, Sae-Jin was inside his cave.
Inside this dark, gloomy cave, he was concentrating on making the next
weapon for the 2nd Round of the Blacksmiths Tournament, which would take
place in a weekâ€™s time as well. He initially thought that once some
leeway was found, heâ€™d not want to do this thing again, but no, he was
getting really fired up for this. The reactions of the media and the
general populace were like a drug to him. He wanted to be praised by them
some more. He wanted these people to see his hard work and go bonkers mad
And his desire helped him to find the true value of the Orcâ€™s Smithing
Technique – the potential of this incredible skill.
And that is the “bestowal of special characteristics.”
It meant, as the words implied, to enhance an armament with special
powers. At first, just like those simple minded Orcs, he only thought
about one dimensional special traits like “sharper”, “sturdier”, but
things were different now.
The flexibility, fluidity, flammability, density, melting point, boiling
point, electrical and heat conductivity, viscosity, spectrum of colour
for the materialâ€™s absorption of light, magnetism, and etc, etcâ€¦.
there were numerous chemical properties to consider. Depending on the
Proficiency Level, the Orcâ€™s Smithing Technique could combine these
properties and bestow them.
The blade that could bend like a snake to attack the enemy at the will of
its user, the whip sword; an invisibility cloak that manipulates the
refraction of light to fool the eyes, etc, etc – the possible types of
armament he could create through the Smithing Technique were truly
Of course, the weapons with such added attributes that were made by human
smiths could be found every now and then out in the market. But they were
simply the results from nothing more than lucky accidents. As an Orc,
though, Sae-Jin could bestow all these special attributes at will.
But for now, his Skill Proficiency Level was too low, so he still had a
long way to go. There wasnâ€™t a single sign of the Orc Warrior evolving
to the next level, and no matter how many Mana Stones he absorbed, the
amount of Mana he possessed remained the same as before.
[The Smithing Technique has been completed.]
[Hardness Level: D]
[A new attribute has been added: Flame Damage Level D] (TL: the author
wrote here “Level D Fire Start”. Since Iâ€™m not 100% sure if thatâ€™s a
correct translation, or indeed what he wanted to convey, Iâ€™ll go with a
game-y sounding Flame Damage for now.)
[Although the degree of completion is exemplary, the current Skill
Proficiency Level limit for the Orc Warrior is D, and thus the Level can
not be raised any more.]
â€کâ€¦So this is the best I can do.â€™
The weapon Sae-Jin crafted just now was a sabre. Beautiful patterns on
the surface of the sleek, smooth and ashen-coloured blade imparted the
feelings of noble elegance.
The attribute bestowed to the sabre, the Flame Damage Level D, did not
mean that flames were literally lit on the blade itself. When a Knight
breathed Mana into the weapon, only then the effects of ultra high
temperature would show itself. In other words, the melting power
comparable to a furnace would be added on top of the Mana-enhanced
He was really chuffed at this weapon, completed after dozens of attempts
over the last several mornings.
But his head was getting dizzy now. So, he promptly lied down on the
cold, hard floor and fell into a restful slumber.
That night, he dreamt of a dream where he was receiving a lot of praise
from the mass media.
It was a clear afternoon. And it was finally the day for him to move into
the house of his dreams. Sae-Jin was busy placing the furniture with the
aid of the workers from the moving company, whenâ€¦
The phone he placed in his back pocket silently vibrated.
â¸¢Letâ€™s go hunting today at 2 PM.â¸¥
It was a text message from Yu Sae-Jung.
In the three weeks following the broadcasting of that TV show, he went
out on a total of five hunts as a pair with her. And everytime that
happened, the attentions of the world focused on him. Hell, there was
even an incident where another Hunter took a paparazzo shot of him and
uploaded it to a SNS.
But Yu Sae-Jung didnâ€™t seem to mind that at all. She concentrated only
on hunting and treated Sae-Jin no differently from before, regardless of
whether they filmed her or not.
â¸¢No can do. In the middle of moving house today.â¸¥
And somehow, Sae-Jin could speak to her without using honorifics now.
From their second hunting onwards, he felt that they have become friendly
enough so he started omitting the honorifics every now and then, but at
that time, Yu Sae-Jung didnâ€™t like it and became rather curt with her
response. So, he replied in kind.
Initially, he just wanted to test the waters, but then, even Sae-Jin
became stubborn about this matter and ended up not using the honorifics
at all for the rest of the huntâ€™s duration. He thought it was par for
the course. After all, he was older than her by 4 years.
The hunt that was supposed to last for two hours was cut in half as a
result. Actually, she became pretty peeved and returned home early
without saying anything. Howeverâ€¦. she called him back precisely after
a week had passed by.
Well, thatâ€™s how the human relationship generally worked – the one in
need would make the approach first.
From then on, Yu Sae-Jung resolutely endured Sae-Jin speaking without
honorifics. Nowadays, her face colour remained the same even if he spoke
to her without one.
When he asked her how she felt about it, she said that initially at
least, she didnâ€™t want to see him ever again but it became unbearably
frustrating when teaming up with other Hunters – so she gave up and
called him in the end. Sae-Jin naturally felt quite proud of his own
skills after hearing her confession.
â¸¢Will take too long to finish up here.â¸¥
â¸¢But thatâ€™s no good. I donâ€™t have any other free time beside today
â¸¢Letâ€™s hunt next week, then. I canâ€™t today.â¸¥
During this exchange of texts, it was plain to see who was in the
Yu Sae-Jung didnâ€™t send any more texts as if she got peeved again. Not
really caring about that, Sae-Jin pocketed the phone and went back to
work. After all, sheâ€™d call him again in her own time. Indeed, this was
only possible because this lady Knight had become too dependent on the
abnormally talented Hunterâ€™s abilities.
“Thank you for all your hard work~!!”
And finally – 4 PM. The placement of furniture was completed with only
one hour of human-time remaining.
This was his home. Even though he had to take on a debt to purchase it,
Sae-Jin was still overcome with emotions and he took his time surveying
the spacious house.
Each of the rooms here was as big as his one room apartment. The longer
he gazed at his house, the closer he got to shedding tears of happiness.