The Novel's Extra - chapter-203
[The Tower of Wish has been the topic of interest all around the world.
The first wave of ‘Players’ learned that by staying in the Tower for
more than 1600 hours, you can bring one of the Tower’s ‘skills’
back to Earth. These so-called skills allow even ordinary people without
inborn Gifts to display supernatural power…
…The general public’s consensus is that ‘entrance tickets’ are
guaranteed lottery tickets to change their lives. Unfortunately, crimes
targeting entrance tickets are also rising, and the social issue of
dealing with ‘Players’ is also becoming more problematic.]
World’s rank 1 guild, Essence of the Strait, team leader office.
In this huge office, Yoo Yeonha, who was recently promoted to Chief
Strategic Officer, was looking at the news on TV.
[Essence of the Strait Chief Strategic Officer, Yoo Yeonha]
A shiny nameplate sparkled on her desk. Thanks to the public’s
attention being focused on the Tower of Wish, she was able to easily rise
to a chief officer position.
Becoming the Chief Strategic Officer less than three years after joining
a company. It was a bombshell that media would love to dig into, but Yoo
Yeonha was able to get away with it thanks to their eyes being glued to
the Tower of Wish.
With this, she had built a strong foundation to become the Essence of the
Strait’s vice guild leader.
Yoo Yeonha changed the TV channel with her chin on her hand.
[CH 11] [I Live Alone]
—I’m wondering if I can also get a skill from the Tower of Wish… so
I’m looking around auction houses.
[CH 12] [Accurate 19]
—Accurate 19! Find out anything you want to know about the Tower of
[CH 13] [Tower of Wish Special – What a Tower]
—The strongest person in the Tower is him….
—Yes, his selfish path-blocking action is earning himself a name and
the wrath of the Hero Association, but Black Lotus’ influence in the
Tower is insurmountable.
[CH 14] [Public Debate – Issues Inside the Tower of Wish]
—It is not a good thing that a third-party group is situated at the
highest influence inside the Tower. It would have been much better if
Essence of the Strait, Desolate Moon, or Frost Sanctuary took this spot.
We also can’t say for sure that Black Lotus isn’t a Djinn….
As one could see, every channel was talking about the same thing. After
the news of being able to bring back the Tower’s skills spread, the
media was completely drowning in stories regarding the Tower.
“Ehew…. Don’t they get tired of it?”
Yoo Yeonha let out a deep sigh and pondered.
‘Is it worth it for me to go?’
At first, she didn’t even consider it. She wanted to avoid
headache-inducing stress after graduating from Cube.
But the situation had changed. Essence of the Strait was performing well
inside the Tower, and the Tower was also a great place to meet new
talents. With the advent of ‘skills’, recruiting those with good
skills seemed even more important.
—Black Lotus demolished the Chinese Alliance totaling 67 people by
himself. The question is, just what was such a powerful person doing on
Earth? Could he be a hermit training in the legendary ‘Everest’?
A good example was Black Lotus. There was absolutely no connection
between him and Yoo Yeonha, and they would likely never meet on Earth.
But if she entered Tower, that would change. Although he was likely a
member of the ‘Chameleon Troupe’, Yoo Yeonha found it worth the risk
to meet him.
Yoo Yeonha agonized over her options. Of course, Essence of the Strait
and its affiliate businesses needed her guidance. But they didn’t need
it that desperately.
Not to mention, she could take things easy inside the Tower; even
choosing the lowest difficulty tutorial. According to reports, Players
needed to spend about 100 nights or about 1600 hours in the Tower to
acquire a skill too….
Was it a foolish getaway or a worthwhile gamble?
“I think there’s a skill related to intelligence too.”
Yoo Yeonha smacked her lips and murmured.
She began to think about what skill to bring back and how to utilize them
in real life. At this point, she had already made up her mind.
In truth, she already had an entrance ticket ready.
A red-grade entrance ticket.
With it, she would be able to bring a trustworthy companion with her.
“…Who should I choose?”
Eventually, she began to come up with a list. ‘Dad… is busy. I hear
red ticket users even share a waiting room. I’d rather not share the
same room with Dad during the tutorial.’
Then, a lightbulb went on in her head.
The strongest summoner magician, Ah Hae-In.
After partnering with Essence of the Strait, Ah Hae-In was focusing on
research. But recently, it’d been known that she had been asking for an
In that case, choosing Ah Hae-In might also deepen the partnership
After a deep breath, Yoo Yeonha organized her thoughts and picked up her
[8-3F, Crevon Mainland]
I passed Crevon Martial Tournament’s preliminary round without much
difficulty. I was debating whether to use a bow or gun at first, then
chose to go with a simple dagger and wire. As the enemy was only a Lv.6
NPC, winning was a piece of a cake.
Boss, who also defeated her opponent with ease, muttered as we left the
arena. She was looking at the air as we walked. She seemed to have
figured out how to disallow friends from viewing her system windows as I
couldn’t tell what she was reading. Well, it was most likely a webnovel.
“Is it fun, Boss?”
“…Hm? Oh, it’s okay.”
After walking for about five minutes…
Boss suddenly exclaimed with disappointment. The novel she was reading
must have ended on a cliffhanger. Damn, how good was the author to make
someone audibly yelp in anticipation?
“Oh right, Hajin.”
Boss suddenly turned to me.
“Are you planning on getting first place?”
It was a rather random question, but I answered her anyways with a nod.
There was no reason I would aim for anything else.
“If I can, then why not?”
“Is there an item you specifically want?”
“The first-place rewards all sounded great. There are a four of them,
A hint of curiosity surfaced on Boss’ face.
“The emotion potion too?”
“Huh? Oh, yeah.”
The emotion potion was perfect to use on an NPC. Although it also worked
on Players, because its effect only worked inside the Tower, the emotion
would disappear once the Player left the Tower.
Boss turned away and I nodded without much thought.
“It does seem nice if you want to form a good relationship with
However, Boss suddenly began to talk to herself. Because it wasn’t a
question, I didn’t say anything in response.
“If you feel a certain way about someone….”
But Boss’ murmuring didn’t stop.
“If there’s a relationship you really want to form, you would need
something like it. But the question would be who to use it on. I wonder
who he’s thinking about. The target of the potion….”
She repeated the same thing multiple times in different ways before I
realized that she would continue infinitely until I answered.
“I’m going to use it on an NPC. It doesn’t work well on Players
Boss remained silent as if she didn’t ask me in the first place. She
only made a small growl, like a kitten purring in joy.
“So, um, Boss… you’ve heard about the Sun Rise Ceremony, right?”
Players somehow managed to bring all of the materials Medea asked for. As
for the rare ‘shamrock plant’, it was probably Kim Suho who brought
“I do. Are you going?”
“Yes, the sun will give us a nice present.”
By the time we were done with our conversation, we had arrived at a
narrow alleyway between two shops. It was the kind of place that would be
littered with cigarettes if it were on Earth.
Jin Yohan, Cheok Jungyeong, and Jain were waiting for us there.
However, the three of them looked a bit strange. Jin Yohan and Cheok
Jungyeong were talking with excited faces, and Jain was looking at the
Community as if she didn’t care about the two dolts.
Hearing Boss, Jin Yohan and Cheok Jungyeong turned around. Their faces
were even redder. I couldn’t help but ask.
“What’s wrong with your faces?”
Cheok Jungyeong immediately yelled with excitement.
“He apparently saw that weapon!”
As I tilted my head in confusion, Jin Yohan raised his Serpent Spear
smiling bashfully. Jin Yohan had used a black ticket to enter the Tower
and brought his Serpent Spear with it.
“It’s a weapon related to this one.”
It was then that I realized who Jin Yohan saw. It shouldn’t be Zhang
Fei, the original owner of the Serpent Spear, but another legendary
general who would have fought Zhang Fei in his time.
“Exactly. His name was being displayed with question mark levels. Lü
Bu, otherwise known as Fengxian. I got goosebumps when I saw him.”
Among NPCs, there were those whose identities were revealed depending on
their nature. NPCs who wanted to show off their name had their names
displayed and hidden otherwise.
Of course, I could see everyone’s with my smartwatch.
“Hahaha, looks like the Tower is starting to get fun—!”
Cheok Jungyeong burst out laughing. Seeing this, I tried provoking him a
“It’ll be hard to fight him with bare hands, don’t you think?”
Cheok Jungyeong surprisingly took the time to think about it deeply, and
Jain, who was tired of listening to them, cut in.
“Just tell me the plan already. I’m busy. I have a party to go to.”
Like her words suggested, Jain was wearing a beautiful, fancy dress. I
nodded with a smile and took out an ostentatious card from my pocket.
[The Banquet of Honor for Crevon’s VVIP nobles will be held in
‘Krischen’. The host is the noble, Phiunel.]
“Oooh, what’s this~?”
Jain’s eyes sparkled as soon as she saw it.
Boss also narrowed her eyes and stared at the invitation. ‘A banquet…
a banquet…’ Seeing Boss murmur to herself, I explained.
“This is a banquet that’s also an auction. Almost all VVIP nobles,
including the royal prince and royal princess, will be there.”
The Banquet of Honor was an annual event held by Crevon’s nobles. It
would start out as an ordinary banquet where nobles greeted each other
and then would change into an auction where nobles sold precious objects
excavated around Crevon.
About 100~200 people should be attending the auction, and every single
one of them should be nobles with a strong standing in Crevon. As such,
only the most precious objects were sold here.
“Aha~ I get it. You want to steal the items that are coming out on the
Cheok Jungyeong asked heartily, but I shook my head.
As I said, the entire floor’s nobles would be gathered there. The royal
prince and royal princess should also be attending it, so Lü Bu should
also be there as their guard.
Not even Cheok Jungyeong was able to fight against Lü Bu head on.
“It’s the opposite. We want to protect those items. Look at the back
of the card.”
[Hiring guards made up of Outsiders.]
[Come to Phiunel’s mansion on the North River side.]
[There will be a test to determine your strength.]
Crevon’s regions were divided into north and south sides across the
Cheok Jungyeong frowned.
“Yep, it pays quite a lot. 10000TP per person, to be exact.”
“No, it won’t be that boring. I’ve looked into it, and demons sent
the nobles a threat that they would attack the banquet.”
Crevon was about twice the size of Gyeonggi-do, but the entire 8-3 floor
was the size of South Korea. Demons lived on the western side of the
floor, which was partially devoured by the Demon Realm, and they
constantly looked for opportunities to topple Crevon.
“Demons? How come they’re popping up everywhere?”
Cheok Jungyeong asked.
“Because they’re the villains inside the Tower.”
“Mm. But shouldn’t they just delay the banquet if the demons are
Jin Yohan spoke up.
“I don’t know. The nobles might be thinking that doing so would be
giving into terrorist threats. Plus, Lü Bu might be able to stop them by
In truth, I didn’t know much about how this event would unfold. The
future I knew disappeared the moment I blocked the pathway to the 9th
“Ah~ Because they would lose face if they mobilized the army for the
banquet, so they brought Lü Bu who is a one-man army.”
“Makes sense. Lü Bu would certainly do the job.”
Cheok Jungyeong and Jin Yohan nodded in agreement.
“Right, so think of our objective as guarding Crevon’s nobles. I’ll
take care of everything else.”
Then, Jain asked me with a bright smile.
“So you’re going to be the only one doing the stealing~?”
I nodded without affirming her verbally.
Just like she said, I would be the only one stealing items at the auction.
Though it was a spoiler, Phiunel’s real identity was a demon spy. It
was his plan to siphon off precious treasures from the auction.
It was the same in the setting I abandoned, and I had already confirmed
it with the Book of Truth. The auction items would only arrive on the day
of the auction after going through strict security measures, so Phiunel
would swap out the real items for fake ones once the auction was over.
I would step in at that very moment to steal from the thief himself. One
of the items was something I wanted very much, a unique skillbook.
“It’s almost time. Let’s get going.”
The ‘audition’ would begin in 30 minutes.
I began to head towards Phiunel’s mansion.
[8-3F, Phiunel’s Mansion]
Phiunel finished explaining the guarding mission to several Players. The
auction would start after the first half of the Banquet of Honor, and it
was the Players’ duty to protect the auction house from a potential
attack from demons.
Phiunel finished talking and looked at the Players’ faces. Kim
Youngjin, who was quietly listening, raised his hand.
“Will we be enough for such an important event?”
“You’re Team 1. There will be a Team 2 and Team 3 as well. Each team
will be in charge of different areas, but you Outsiders should be able to
recognize each other, right?”
Kim Youngjin nodded and Phiunel continued to talk.
“Your job is important. The royal prince and princess are also
attending this banquet. Though, of course, it will be the fourth prince
and the fifth princess.”
“Eh? So we need to protect them also?”
This time, Chae Nayun was the one who asked. She glanced at Rachel, who
was standing next to her.
Rachel was also a princess of a country.
Her full name was ‘Rachel Elizabeth Louise’.
“No, they will be accompanied by two royal guards. Nobles whose
statuses are lower than the royal prince and princess have to be
accompanied by guards whose statuses are lower than the royal guards. But
there will be nobles who arrive without guards to ‘respect’ the royal
court. It will be your duty to protect such nobles.”
“Oho… then who are the royal guards?”
Chae Nayun asked with sincere curiosity, and Phiunel returned a gentle
“One is Lancelot who has the title, Knight of the Sacred Lake.”
Rachel’s eyes immediately widened. Lancelot was one of England’s
legends. She couldn’t help but get her hopes up that he would somehow
“The other person… well, the title of a knight doesn’t fit him, and
I personally dislike him as well.”
Phiunel rubbed his beard.
“His name is Lü Bu.”
The two characters instantly changed the atmosphere of the room.
To the Players gathered here, the name Lü Bu was much more famous and
familiar. Although many things were exaggerated in Luo Guanzhong’s
Romance of the Three Kingdoms, his strength was undoubtedly real.
Kim Junwoo, a hunter of the Vast Expanse who was also close with Chae
Phiunel made a small smile. But soon, he put on a solemn expression and
“But as you might know, I will need to test your strength.”
At that moment, Rachel felt a strange aura creeping up from the walls.
The others felt the same thing and began to clad themselves with magic
“I hope you understand. My life is on the line in this business. But
don’t worry, I’ll pay a hefty fee upfront if you pass.”
With that, Phiunel left.
At the same time, the window shattered, and assassins clad in black began
to show up.
Finding themselves suddenly besieged, the Players looked at each other
and smiled bitterly.
…20 minutes later.
Chae Nayun left Phiunel’s mansion after passing his test. Next to her
were six other Players who also passed the test.
Now known as [Guard Team 1], the group laughed and happily discussed the
“It wasn’t that hard.”
“There were 27 assassins, but demons are that weak? Could it be that
Lü Bu isn’t as strong as we think he is?”
“But don’t underestimate them. It shouldn’t be this easy to earn
While they were chatting…
Chae Nayun caught sight of a group of five Players entering the mansion.
They were all wearing hooded robes that hid their faces. Even so, Chae
Nayun received a strange feeling from them. To be exact, from just one
person in the group.
From the person’s build, Chae Nayun could tell that he was a man.
Although she couldn’t see anything else, her intuition told her that
she had met him before.
Then suddenly, a strange urge struck her. Her intuition was telling her
to run and grab his shoulder.
Chae Nayun hesitated. She was the type who believed in her intuition. In
the first place, ‘intuition’ was a special stat she possessed.
“That must be Team 2 or Team 3.”
Kim Junwoo placed his hand on Chae Nayun’s shoulder and said. However,
Chae Nayun didn’t return an answer. She watched the group slowly get
farther away and felt the emotions constricting her.
At that moment, the wind blew.
The wind carried the group’s smell to Chae Nayun.
It was an unfamiliar yet familiar, dizzying smell.
Suddenly, her vision turned misty. She brought her hands up to her eyes,
but there were no tears.
‘What’s wrong with me?’
Curious, Chae Nayun turned back to the group.
But before she could even determine the source of the smell or the
identity of the group, the mansion’s door closed.
In that instant, an unknown feeling of loneliness rose within her. She
felt stifled for breath, as though a huge rock had fallen in her heart.
Then, her eyes became misty once again. She wiped her eyes and looked at
her sleeve, upon which faint droplets of water were glistening like glass.
[8-3F, Crevon Duel Arena]
Currently, Jin Seyeon was mulling over how to defeat Black Lotus at the
‘World’s End Bridge’. She felt like her group could win with the
help of a single Player…
As she thought, her body and magic power moved on their own.
Jin Seyeon distanced herself from Shin Jonghak who was running towards
her and shot a magic arrow.
Struck by the arrow, Shin Jonghak groaned. If Prestige’s bonus was
focused around hunting, resting, and training, then Crevon’s bonus was
focused on sparring, dueling, and competing. Once Players found out about
this, they began to spar each other all the time.
“One more time!”
Shin Jonghak shouted and came rushing in once again.
Jin Seyeon pondered.
A sharpshooter had to deal with another sharpshooter. Warriors were
unable to fly. Without astounding magic power output, walking across the
sky was impossible.
Even so, Jin Seyeon had chosen Chae Nayun and Kim Suho to be the first
candidates in her Black Lotus-hunting group. That was because they were
famous even in the Community as ‘magic power monsters’.
Chae Nayun had an especially frightening magic power capacity, and there
was a chance that she could dive the enemy sharpshooter instantly. Right,
by cladding herself in magic power and detonating magic power behind her
to force her body forward, she would be able to fly forward like a
Her thoughts stopped at this point.
Jin Seyeon’s expression suddenly froze.
Shin Jonghak came to an abrupt stop at Jin Seyeon’s word.
Jin Seyeon repeated this word in seriousness.
‘Stupid, why didn’t I think of this before?’
Sharpshooting was a fight between distances, and Jin Seyeon already knew
someone who could snipe Black Lotus from an equal distance, if not
The monster wolf, Fenrir.
His sniping skills were highly praised in the field of mercenaries.
Supposedly, he could snipe a target 5km away.
Plus, Fenrir’s bullets were well-known for their ability to pierce
through Barriers. Jin Seyeon had also heard from Kim Suho that Fenrir
used a black ticket to enter the Tower, bringing his unique form-changing
gun with him.
Jin Seyeon finally opened her mouth.
“What do you mean?”
“I came up with a way to break through the World’s End Bridge.”
Jin Seyeon smiled gently as she said proudly. Aileen, who was watching
their spar from the side, also ran up to her.
“What, what? Tell me.”
The key to finding Fenrir.
“Let’s go find Suho.”
Shin Jonghak frowned, but Jin Seyeon paid no attention to it. A perfect
strategy was unfolding in her mind, where under Aileen’s protection,
she and Fenrir would carefully strike down Black Lotus’ attacks, and
Kim Suho and Shin Jonghak would sneak past onto the 9th floor.