A Monster Who Levels Up - chapter-68
Two weeks ago.
The month of October began with â€کThe Monsterâ€™ serving as the hottest
topic in town.
In order to recruit new members for his Society, Kim Sae-Jin uploaded a
notice on the home webpage and then advertised it on his SNS profile. His
reasoning this time was that having only ‘6’ members – while he was three
of them in truth – when the member limit for the Class of his Society was
250 (excluding employees) seemed like a bit of wasted opportunity to him.
This was quite a departure from the other Societies with Classes higher
than B that recruited new members in total secret; the home webpage then
ended up crashing due to all the traffic after the declaration of the
public recruitment went online, leading to many news outlets to focus on
this matter and report on it.
Apparently, huge chaos erupted in the various community chat rooms
dedicated to individual Knights Orders, such as that of the Dawn Order;
allegedly, some Knights affiliated with the same Orders even held
meetings to determine what they should do.
And the final number that had applied during the week-long recruitment
process that included Knights from both local and abroad, Hunters and
Wizards, was as many as 3000. If one was to count in people from other
professions, then that number swelled up to 4000, making it even more
However, among these applicants, there was one man that made Sae-Jin
The boss of the Mercenaryâ€™s Tavern, and the man responsible for
transforming Sae-Jin into the legendary Mercenary, Lycan.
â€کDoes he know?â€™
Kim Yu-Sohnâ€™s Trait involved dreams and people. While dreaming, he
could see from the perspective of a specific person for a short while.
In other wordsâ€¦ there was a good possibility that Kim Yu-Sohn was aware
of Sae-Jin being the Lycan already.
But then again, he wondered if it was better to bring the source of his
anxiety closer to his side instead. More importantly, even though they
had never met face to face, his credibility was completely assured. If he
was a bat-like person, then heâ€™d have sung the tune the moment SID
began poking him.
Plus, Kim Yu-Sohn certainly worked his butt off for a person he had never
met before. He had taken the records of his own past when he was working
as an A-ranked but still-nameless Mercenary and modified it into the
Lycanâ€™s, and thus made it so that, when the SID tried to investigate
Lycanâ€™s prior activities, instead of suspicion, the confidence in this
“legendary” Mercenary would rise instead.
â€“ Mister Chairman. Mister Kim Yu-Sohn has come to see you. Should I
admit him in?
Speak of the devilâ€¦ Kim Sae-Jin breathed in deeply.
“Let him in, please.”
He greeted Kim Yu-Sohn while being somewhat nervous.
“â€¦That means, you knew from quite a long time ago?”
Kim Sae-Jinâ€™s worried premonition proved to be right. Kim Yu-Sohn said
that around three months ago, when Sae-Jin was â€کrampagingâ€™ around as
the Demon Orc, he had figured it out. No, rather than figuring it out, it
was more like he came to understand, instead.
“Yes. The truth of the Chairman being the Lycanâ€¦ I came to understood
somehow, in one certain moment.”
“You meant to sayâ€¦ you saw the others, as well.”
Indeed, Kim Yu-Sohn said he got confused quite a lot. Sometimes, his
dream would start as an Orc, sometimes as a Wolf, sometimes even as a
Because he suddenly had dreams as Monsters, he had to wonder if his Trait
had leveled up or something like that. But he got to truly understand
when Sae-Jin in his Orc Form ended up saving countless people.
“Well, Iâ€™ll be. Itâ€™s a bit embarrassing, isnâ€™t it.”
When seen through the Eyes of the Wolf, Kim Yu-Sohn had not one speck of
ill will in him. If he had any evil designs to begin with, then he would
have started blackmailing him a long time ago already.
“Will it be alright for me to know this truth?” (Kim Yu-Sohn)
Even though his worries had become a reality, strangely enough, he felt
as if a burden had lifted off his shoulders. In any case, he didnâ€™t
think his secret would be maintained forever anyways – and also, he
couldnâ€™t have kept it inside him forever, either.
“No, no. Of course itâ€™s not like that. It is my Achilles heel, after
allâ€¦ Hmm. Looks like I donâ€™t have any other choice.”
At Sae-Jinâ€™s words, Kim Yu-Sohnâ€™s body shuddered. The middle-aged man
mustâ€™ve thought that what Sae-Jin said was equal to his intentions of
disposing him, and so, he began to slowly retreat back.
“Looks like youâ€™ll have to stick by my side for a long while, then.”
Fortunately for him, though, Sae-Jin simply smiled and reached out for a
“â€¦Oh. Hahahaâ€¦ Y, yes. Thank you kindly.”
And on that day. The construction of a new Mercenaryâ€™s Tavern commenced
on the grounds of The Monster, with Kim Yu-Sohn serving as its boss.
The amount of things to do after becoming ‘B-‘ Class Society increased by
a lot – such as, registering as a corporation, acquiring related business
licenses, and of course, recruitment of new Society members.
Thanks to that, almost the entirety of the time limit for his Human Form
had to be spent on taking care of the Societyâ€™s administrative work,
and that naturally led to him having less and less meetings with other
people for private matters.
“Does Oppa really need to do that selecting new members thingy?”
And so, it became a daily occurrence for Yu Sae-Jung to come and see him
in the Chairmanâ€™s office after ending her own days of work – only after
the punishment period set out by her Grandfather had ended, of course.
It couldnâ€™t be helped, as Kim Sae-Jin wouldnâ€™t meet her anywhere else
other than here.
“Yeah. Besides, there are only about 100 people left, so.”
“Hmphâ€¦ I can also help out, you know?”
“I can finish up in 30 minutes if itâ€™s 100 people. And well, youâ€™re
only a Mid Tier, so letâ€™s not.”
“Wah, again?! You looking down on me again? Didnâ€™t I tell you that a
normal Mid Tier and the youngest-ever Mid Tier is completely different?”
Yu Sae-Jungâ€™s brows narrowed in a deliberate show of her displeasure.
He simply smiled at her dissatisfaction and finished up with the last of
the authorisation work needing his attention. With this, his daily admin
duties were done for the day, as the interviews with the applicants would
only take place on the following day.
Yu Sae-Jung was carefully studying Kim Sae-Jin for a bit as he got up
from his seat. Then, with her fingers fidgeting around, she asked him.
“â€¦You canâ€™t make time today again?”
Everyday. She wanted to do something – anything – with Sae-Jin.
Howeverâ€¦ he checked the remaining time for his Human Form. One hour, 30
minutes. To be with her, it just was not enough.
“No, no. Itâ€™s not like I wanna go some place specific. Justâ€¦ we can
go to Oppaâ€™s place, you know?”
Quickly reading his mood, Yu Sae-Jung carefully added more. Her shy
appearance was powerful enough to worsen the repressed desires residing
within his heart, but Sae-Jin was somehow able to endure it, and he
quickly shook his head.
“Youâ€™re still too young to say youâ€™d go to a bachelorâ€™s place like
that. Just train diligently in the basement training facility.”
He gently stroked Yu Sae-Jungâ€™s head once and headed outside the office.
His destination was the Monster field. Since the earthâ€™s crust became
distorted, the entry was now heavily restricted for regular civilians as
well as for the lower Tiered Knights, but Sae-Jin had things to do there.
But suddenly, Yu Sae-Jung approached him and grabbed hold of his arm.
He turned around to see why and then, forgot what he wanted to say. She
was biting on her lip, and her eyes were wet with tears.
Yu Sae-Jung breathed in deeply, before slowly opening her mouth.
“Where are you going? Canâ€™t I come, too?”
“â€¦.No. You canâ€™t.”
Regrettably, Sae-Jin had to be firm.
Of course, as he was not a total idiot, he had already seen through her
feelings for him that had developed some time ago.
She always came to see him the moment she got off from her duties. And
then after parting ways, sheâ€™d send text messages until they went to
bed. Without having a deep affection for him, sheâ€™d never do those
“Why not? You always say I canâ€™t, but why not?”
“Becauseâ€¦ youâ€™re still young.”
For someone like Sae-Jin who had never held a deep enough relationship
with opposite sex, this was the only excuse he could come up with.
If he made up his mind, thenâ€¦
He couldâ€™ve told her everything about this motherf*cking Trait of his.
After all, Kim Yu-Sohn was aware of the truth already, anyways.
But then, she was not Kim Yu-Sohn. Because Yu Sae-Jung was someone
incredibly precious to him, someone Kim Sae-Jin had connected with after
going through so much, and that caused him to be reluctant.
The potential misunderstanding, fear, and terror she might feel after
seeing him transform into Monsters played heavily in his mind. And most
importantly of allâ€¦ the reason why she even began to have these
feelings for him in the first place, was due to the Skills of Monster
Forms. It was not a feeling that had naturally developed.
What would she think, once she found that out?
The instincts of Monsters shouted out within him that none of his worries
mattered, but the Human Kim Sae-Jin didnâ€™t want to hurt this still
young and naأ¯ve girl.
Of course, Yu Sae-Jung couldnâ€™t accept such a reasoning. If he was to
continue pushing around the excuse of her being young, then why did he
give her all those subtle hints with skinship??
She clenched both her fists tightly. She wanted scream out at the top of
her lungs and ask him, whether he was leading her on with these cheap
baits or not – but also, wasnâ€™t she too big of a fish for him to jerk
“â€¦.I got it.”
Even though she found herself pitiful and pathetic, she didnâ€™t want him
to hate her.
The Manticore let out a strange cry as it collapsed on the ground. Kim
Sae-Jin the Ebony Werewolf then shoved his claws deep into the
[The Mana Stone of the Manticore has been absorbed.]â€“ All Stats rise.
â€“ A new Passive Skill, â€کVocal Cord Reconstructionâ€™, has been
[Vocal Cord Reconstruction] [Skill Level: F]â€“ When the Level rises
higher, the host will be able to speak even when in the Monster Forms.
â€کâ€¦.What the hell is this?â€™
The very first Monster he ran into upon entering the Monster field was a
Monster he had an experience fighting against – the Manticore. Back then,
he didnâ€™t have the leisure to stay and absorb its Mana Stone, so he
found this encounter a rather fortunate development.
And the victory came much easier than he thought this time, thanks to a
â€کBranded Goodsâ€™ item stored within his body with Spiritualisation.
â€کBut why the hell is this Skill so rubbish?â€™
He didnâ€™t like one bit about the Skill he got after absorbing the
Monsterâ€™s Mana Stone.
Things were a lot different when it came to Sae-Jin absorbing the Mana
Stones of upper Mid Tier Monsters.
It was because heâ€™d earn a new Skill simply by absorbing one Mana
Stone. That meant, as long as he successfully hunted a upper Mid Tier
Monster, that would serve as the fuel for his exponential growth.
Plus, as the entry to this place was heavily restricted, there were no
Knights or Hunters in the vicinity as well.
â€کBut, maybe itâ€™s not today?â€™
However, all of those was side distraction for the main reason. Kim
Sae-Jin was roaming around the Monster field every night simply because
of the â€کpremonitionâ€™ Kim Yu-Sohn had.
He said, â€کIâ€™ve dreamt of a sole Vampire walking within the Monster
field. I believe that there might be a big harvest if you catch this
individual and make him talk by either intimidation or by coercion.â€™
Kim Sae-Jin let out a fake cough for no reason.
Funnily enough, he really did sound like a human just now.
Of course, correct pronunciation was still a bit too much for now. Kim
Sae-Jin could now sort of understand how a Manticore could â€کsingâ€™. It
wasnâ€™t the kind of Skill with a variety of uses but well, he began
moving his feet while deciding to feel happy about it since having more
Skills was always better than not having any.
And shortly thereafter, Sae-Jin found the smell he was wandering around
A British national of “Hispanic origins”, a bottom-feeder Vampire named
Dwayne was able to enter South Korea with minimal issues thanks to his
identity as a Hunter from a First World country. His role was to
investigate the lay of the land within the Monster field after it had
gone through the distortion.
Specifically, to investigate the portal that would lead to their home
world as well as the Dead Fissure, and then submit the findings to his
*SFX for sounds of shaking grasses*
And as Dwayne was walking around doing his job, he heard the sound of
grass being disturbed from his back.
He quickly turned his head around to look but he could see no living
creature there. Thinking that it might have been the wind, he brought his
attention back to his front.
And then, something else filled his vision up.
It was a lone Wolf.
A gigantic bipedal Wolf.
The Wolf made a suspicious grin and slowly opened up its jaws in a
“Eetâ€™s ben a wile.”
A heavy, low-frequency voice. Even though the Wolf only spoke a single
line, Dwayne passed out where he stood with bubbles forming in his mouth.
It sure was a strange reaction, but Sae-Jin could figure out the cause
There were 2~3 Skills related to his voice alone. And when those Skills
blended in with the Wolfâ€™s own voice, the fear effect doubled in its
â€کWhatever. Less work for me.â€™
Sae-Jin confirmed the Dark Energy rising from the unconscious Vampire,
and then formed the Dark Energy Link with him.
Kim Sae-Jin left a mental order of â€کcooperate fully with the
questioningâ€™ on his imprisoned Vampire, and then tied him up in a place
far from all human activity with a note that said, “This guy will spill
everything out if you torture him”.
After arriving back home, he phoned Yu Baek-Song.
Since they had met a few more times in private already because of his
motherâ€™s case, Sae-Jin thought they had gotten a bit closer. Thatâ€™s
what he thought.
â€“ “â€¦Iâ€™m gonna hang up.”
â€“ “Didnâ€™t I repeatedly tell you to address me by my full name or I
wonâ€™t even speak to you, eh?”
Unfortunately, Yu Baek-Song was still a feisty little Divine Beast and
without the influence of his scent working on her, she maintained a cold
attitude towards him.
“Miss Yu Baek-Song.”
â€“ “Okay, what?”
“Please send someone to the address Iâ€™m about to give you. Lycan said
he has left a Vampire in there.”
â€“ “â€¦A Vampire?”
Sae-Jin told her the address where the Vampire was.
“By the way, what about the matter I asked you about?”
â€“ “Oh, that. All the related info is ready.”
“Then let us meet tomorrow.”
â€“ “You wanna meet?!”
Yu Baek-Song showed signs of hesitation. Obviously, because of his scent.
“Yes. We canâ€™t entrust the delivery of such important data to a courier
service or to an agent, after all.”
â€“ “â€¦.Fine. Iâ€™ll call you tomorrow.”
While maintaining that indifferent tone of hers, she hung up.
(TL: the amount remaining for *shudder* sixth sponsored chapter is: $10.
Looks like Iâ€™ll have to haul a*s. Lol.)