A Monster Who Levels Up - chapter-41
With a deeply astonished expression, Kim Yu-Rin shot up from her seat.
It was a Leviathan.
A gigantic sea Monster that made the Han River seem cramped; its body
like that of a snake and possessing a head similar to that of a dragon,
it was sometimes referred to as the â€کImugi of Oceansâ€™ – and more
importantly, it was a Monster that should not have existed in this river.
As implied, it was an oceanic Monster – not only that, a Monster dwelling
in the deep seas.
There could only be two reasons why such a Monster made an appearance
â€کItâ€™s either a summon or thereâ€™s a Fissure nearby.â€™
However, with the latter option, there would be a lot of accompanying
Monsters, so it seemed the former was the most likely scenario here.
Regrettably, though â€“ there was no time to debate on things like
possibilities and what nots right nowâ€¦â€¦!!
“I apologise, but I must go ahead. Iâ€™ll compensate for it later!!”
Kim Yu-Rin wrapped her body in Mana and dashed like a beam of light
towards the window.
*SFX for glass shattering*
Leaving the broken glass pieces behind, she rolled her body in the air
and descended towards the Han River below.
The magical beast of the deep seas, a Leviathan.
As all the countless tales and folklores have told, a Leviathan was a
Monster possessing incalculable strength. So much so, instead of calling
it a Monster, itâ€™d be far more correct to label it as a natural
However, that only applied when the creature was out at sea. Right now,
it was confined to a river with limited amount of room for movement.
Kim Yu-Rin, with her sword drawn, headed towards the Leviathan that was
raising its head out of the water.
However, her aim wasnâ€™t to kill the creature. No, it was about
cancelling the summon. She had to destroy either the summoning magic
circle engraved somewhere, or the summoning talisman.
But before all that, though – the priority laid with minimising the
confusion and harm to the city itself. Thatâ€™s why she set the purpose
of her first attack to â€کLeviathan, faint for five minutesâ€™.
This was only possible due to one of the special powers from the very
unique Trait she possessed, also known as The Desideratum. Within the
allowance of her Manaâ€™s capacity, Kim Yu-Rin could imbue her sword
strikes with special conditions. And that condition would, even if itâ€™s
only for a moment, become the reality that had to be carried out no
She bit down on her teeth at the sensation of energy deserting her body.
She wasnâ€™t even aiming to kill the dang creature, nor to knock it out
for an hour – it was just for a measly five minutes. Yet, the Mana
expenditure proved to be incredibly severe.
With its head already breaking out of the waterâ€™s surface, the
Leviathan let out a huge wail that sounded like a shipâ€™s horn.
Thankfully, that unbearable low frequency noise didnâ€™t continue for
An explosion shook the surroundings.
Her entire body covered in blue Mana, Kim Yu-Rinâ€™s sword strike
descended from the sky and properly struck the middle of the creatureâ€™s
The Leviathan that was already quite irritated from the sudden summoning,
crumbled back down to the waterâ€™s surface with whites showing on its
And as that giant body fell violently, water spray as vicious as a
hailstorm spread out to everywhere.
Kim Yu-Rin landed gently on the walkways on the side of the river, but
stumbled a little before finally kneeling down on one knee. She was
experiencing a bout of dizziness thanks to the depletion of Mana.
She still had around half of her total strength left
, but it was her first time spending that much Mana in a single strike
ever since her rookie days; back when she still hadnâ€™t got the proper
control of her own Trait down yet.
But there was no time to rest. She quickly wielded an artifact made out
of a crystal, and right away, the voice belonging to a Knight in the
Raven Order hurriedly leaked out from it.
“There is a Leviathâ€¦ What did you say?!”
However, it wasnâ€™t because they had already found out about the
Leviathan situation in the Han River.
â€“ Miss!! There are chaos developing in the areas of Nam Mountain in
Seoul, the Monster field in Gangwon Province, as well as in the city of
Busan!! The situation in Busan is the most critical, as a Fissure is
about to erupt there as we speak!!
So many incidents, all of them breaking out simultaneously.
This was an unprecedented situation in her career as a Knight. And as she
stood there, maintaining as much composure as possible while trying to
come up with a countermeasure, there was a voice calling out to her.
It was Yu Sae-Jung and Kim Yu-Rin.
“Do not come here! Itâ€™s dangerous!!”
Yu-Rin shouted out, but they showed no concern and came towards her.
“Are you alright? And what the heck is that thing?”
Kim Sae-Jin asked as he helped Kim Yu-Rin to stand up with the aid of Yu
Sae-Jung. Yu-Rin replied in a complicated expression.
“â€¦Itâ€™s a Leviathan.”
At the words containing a mixture of emotions, Yu Sae-Jung became
speechless for the moment.
A Leviathan. That mythical Monster shouldnâ€™t even be hereâ€¦
“But fortunately for us, itâ€™s only a summon. I just need to find the
summoning medium which Iâ€™m sure is nearby. However, chaos is breaking
out not only here and because of that, the available manpower isâ€¦. Can
you guys lend me your help?”
A temporarily summoned Monster would be sent back to where it came from
if the creatureâ€™s powers were exhausted to a certain degree, or when
the summoning medium disappeared, or when the summoning time expired. So,
if the summoning medium were to be destroyed, then this disaster would
easily be put under control.
And it was not too difficult to figure out where the medium could
potentially be hiding; at the bottom of the river, of course.
The real issue was the time. With only five minutes, or ten with one more
attack from Kim Yu-Rin, it was just not enough to scour the entire
riverbed. But waiting for the summoning time to expire would cause too
much harm to the city.
“We will help!!”
Yu Sae-Jung and Kim Sae-Jung replied in sync.
Yu-Rin gave them some simple instructions and then dived into the river.
Yu Sae-Jung too, followed her right after.
However, only Sae-Jin took a step back.
He had no idea what this medium thing might be, but he figured that there
would be some form of aura coming off of it.
As Sae-Jin took in the panoramic view of the river from a distance, his
eyes changed to a golden colour.
The world brightened, and everything became much clearer. From the
Leviathan, a green aura signifying the fainted state rose up. But seeing
that the richness of the colour was becoming less vibrant, there didnâ€™t
seem to be much time left.
He hurriedly searched the surface of the river for any signs of nearly
He couldnâ€™t see anything on the surface.
That only left the possibility of the underwater.
He continuously lowered the level of his gaze until he finally found it.
On the opposite side to where he was, a thick, wavering bluish aura â€“ a
fair distance away from him.
He ran towards the spot without a momentâ€™s delay, and then, jumped into
As expected, the Whirlwind Dash was an incredibly useful skill that could
be activated even while in water. He created powerful waves as he swam
He needed three minutes to get to the spot where he detected the aura. As
soon as arriving here, he quickly dived underwater.
The Wolfâ€™s eyesight was incomparably bright even while below the
waterâ€™s surface. Sae-Jin could see without trouble, the mysterious
magic circle drawn on the bottom of the river, and a strange scale rooted
in the middle of it.
He swam down and downwards, and when he got to the bottom, he first
activated the Wolfâ€™s Claws. Since the magic circle was drawn with Mana,
he thought that in order to destroy it he had to slice it up real good.
But before Sae-Jin could swing the extended nailsâ€¦
The river water violently churned and vibrated.
The Leviathan was waking up. That horrid wail mimicking the shipâ€™s horn
However, that wail was cut short with a Ppuck, a sound of powerful
impact, and soon after, another set of rough waves travelled across the
â€کâ€¦What the hell was that all about?â€™
Sae-Jin was slightly surprised by this sudden and strange development,
but returned his focus back on the magic circle. Because he was under
water, his movement was rather slow.
*SFX for swinging oneâ€™s arms around underwater*
Sae-Jin swung his nails around several times, but there was no change.
â€کMy Skill Level is too low to do this in the humanâ€™s appearance.â€™
Reluctantly, he transformed both of his arms into that of the Wolf
beastâ€™s. Almost instantly, his arms grew bigger and black fur sprouted
The Wolfâ€™s brutal attacks were vicious enough to cut through water.
He swung the claws as hard as he could.
And like that, the water was really cut apart.
In that brief instance, the water in contact with his claws evaporated.
But again, there wasnâ€™t enough time to blankly admire the power of his
claws. He swung his claws towards the magic circle like a madman.
Every time he swung the claws, the aura became weaker until eventually,
it disappeared completely without a trace. When he took a glance at the
bottom, even the magic circle had disintegrated.
And at the same time, the gigantic Monster threatening to cause an untold
amount of damage had also vanished. Sae-Jin reverted back to his human
appearance and tried to get back to the surface.
Howeverâ€¦. that small scale at the centre of the magic circle entered
his eyes. A sort of curiosity took hold over him. So, he reached out,
grabbed it and swam back up to the surface.
As he broke the surface of the water after completing his mission, the
chaotic scene on the river banks assaulted his eyes and ears.
The sounds of sirens pierced the heavens; the soldiers in their green
camo gear and their tanks were positioned above the bridges; and there
were numerous Knights clad in Mana getting ready to jump into the battle
littering the riverside.
Even though their attire and their roles were different, their reactions
were remarkably similar to one another. All of them were in the middle of
absent-mindedly searching the surroundings. That was because the cause of
this emergency situation, the Leviathan, had just vanished into the thin
Sae-Jin watched them for a bit, before heading towards the shore.
But something else caught his attention again. This time, though, it
wasnâ€™t some random stuff.
It was Kim Yu-Rin, who was wearily swimming near the spot where the
Leviathan used to be.
He swam out towards her position. His speed was really fast so it
didnâ€™t take him long to get to where she was.
“Are you alright?”
Even though she nodded yes without saying a word, her pale face was
“Hold on tight.”
At his prompt, she grabbed his clothes tightly and asked.
“â€¦Mister, Sae-Jin, Did you, do it?”
“Theâ€¦ summonâ€¦ cancelâ€¦”
“Ah, that. Yes. I got lucky and found the magic circle.”
Kim Yu-Rin couldnâ€™t say anything anymore; she simply leaned her head
against his chest and closed her eyes. It seemed that the price she paid
to knock out the giant Leviathan twice was not a joke.
It was quite an obvious thing, if one thought about it.
The Leviathan was the king of the oceans, the legendary creature that
even something like a Kraken would avoid getting into a tussle within the
confines of the sea. She knocked out such a legendary magical beast not
once, but twice – so, itâ€™d be even more weird if she was perfectly
Stepping back on the solid ground, Sae-Jin handed Yu-Rin over to the
rescue party. The emergency personnel quickly surrounded her and took her
to a waiting ambulance.
“Miss Knight!! Are you okay?”
“Her pulse is normal!”
And just like that, all attention was focused on Kim Yu-Rin only, and he
became completely forgotten all of a sudden. Sae-Jin carefully surveyed
his surroundings for a bit, before taking a closer look at the thing
clenched securely within his grasp.
A single, brilliantly shining scale.
So glossy and soft, yet stronger than any metal known to man, thus no
blade could even think about leaving a blemish on it.
Without a doubt, it was a scale from the Leviathan. And the main reason
why the magic beast of the oceans could be brought here with nothing but
a summoning magic.
He then promptly swallowed it. He didnâ€™t even know why he did that.
Just that, his instincts made him do it.
And right in that moment, a strange change occurred inside his body.
(TL: The “extra chapter goal” has been met thanks to all the generous
sponsors. So, there will be more chapters tomorrow. Please look forward
(Apologies for the late chapter. Slipped out of my mind somehow.)