The Novel's Extra - chapter-24
Cube had a variety of artificial terrain created to allow for more
efficient training: mountains, hills, limestone caves, volcanic caves,
etc. Each environment had its unique puppet monsters, and naturally,
there were also artificial Dungeons created with cutting-edge magic
“Today’s combat training is a bit special.”
Just like Kim Soohyuk said, there were two classes participating in
today’s combat training. We were gathered outside of an eerie cave. The
black tunnel-like entrance seemed to ooze ominous energy.
And indeed, the cave was full of traps and puppet monsters. Among them
would be real monsters and lethal traps set up by Djinns.
I could already feel myself trembling.
“Today, you’ll be entering this cave with another class. As a joint
training exercise, a team from each class will join together to form a
The name of this training was Mock Dungeon Trial. Cadets would form a
team of eight and experience an artificial Dungeon.
Two hundred cadets would be inside this massive grade artificial Dungeon,
so one could only imagine just how large it was.
“Now, get in your usual teams.”
I looked for Yoo Yeonha, who was staring at the cave entrance nervously.
The fact that Yoo Yeonha was nervous showed how threatening the
Dungeon’s entrance seemed.
“Me too. Look, I have goosebumps on my arms.”
Jin Hoseung and Hazuki approached, making a fuss. Other cadets also found
their teams, and 200 cadets quickly formed into 50 groups.
“Next, we’ll announce your team pair. For the record, the cadet with
the highest grade was chosen to be the team leader.”
Kim Soohyuk pressed his smartwatch, projecting a hologram of the team
Veritas class – Team Kim Suho
World class – Team Jo Yoon-Ah
Kim Suho became teams with a girl named Jo Yoon-Ah. On a side note, Jo
Yoon-Ah was a generic filler character, whose sole role was to act
haughty in front of Kim Suho before coming to realize his greatness.
But would the co-author allow it?
I approached Jo Yoon-Ah.
[Jo Yoon-Ah — Has a worse personality]
Thankfully, that was the only change. I prayed for Kim Suho who would
suffer under her torment.
Veritas class – Team Shin Jonghak
World class – Team Kaine
I didn’t know much about Team 2. To be honest, I had never heard of
Veritas class – Team Chae Nayun
World class – Team Sven
Team 3, which was formed just like in the novel’s scenario, was the
team to watch out for.
‘Sven’ was a dangerous character. On the outside, he was an
international student from Germany who had a crush on Chae Nayun.
Sven was a star student in his country, who had walked on the path of an
elite since he was young. On his plane ride to Korea, he likely imagined
himself to be on the top of Cube’s rankings.
But unfortunately, Cube was filled with heaven-defying characters. Sven
couldn’t come close to their talents, and now he was struggling with an
inferiority complex and a sense of defeat.
His pent-up frustration would explode during this Dungeon trial.
Sven would come to sell his soul to a Djinn.
But that wouldn’t happen today. He would only choose to form a contract
after struggling with the decision for a day.
…At least, that was what was supposed to happen.
But my laptop was clearly alerting me of a change in his setting.
[Sven – Mental weakness intensified. Significantly increased chance of
falling to a devil’s servant during the Mock Dungeon Trial.]
The key word was ‘during’. It meant that the incident would happen
This was a very serious problem.
I stared at Team 3.
“H-Hello, Nayun. I saw you in the hunting club.”
Coincidentally, Sven reached his hand out to Chae Nayun at that moment.
His eyes were full of affection, but Chae Nayun replied with an apathetic
“Ah, yes, how old are you?”
“I, I’m the same age as you.”
Other teams were being announced in the meanwhile, but my entire
attention was concentrated on Sven. I wanted to advise Chae Nayun to not
treat him so rudely like she normally did with others.
“Team 8. Veritas class, Team Yoo Yeonha. World class, Team Jayden.”
At that moment, Team 8 was announced.
I felt like I had heard of Jayden before. I immediately looked him up on
my settings book. Because he didn’t play an important role in the
story, there was only a quick summary of his character.
A typical strong in front of weak, weak in front of the strong character.
About 7.5/10 in potential. Strong enough to get scouted by Essence of the
Jayden approached us with a hearty laugh. He had a generic Western look
with deep brown eyes and a tall nose.
At the same time, an alert popped up on my laptop. Jayden’s setting had
also been changed.
[Jayden – Potential increased from 7.5 to 8.]
His potential had increased by a whole 0.5 points. Potential was a number
I assigned to characters to easily estimate their overall potential. It
wasn’t a number that was a part of this world.
Obviously, Kim Suho’s potential was 10 as a main character’s
potential should be, while Chae Nayun’s was 9.5.
Even if one worked their entire life, it was impossible to catch up to
this 0.5 point difference. This showed just how important the potential
rating was. And now, Jayden’s potential had increased by a whole half a
“You must be Yoo Yeonha! It’s great meeting you. I’ve heard a lot
“Ah, yes, nice to meet you.”
Jayden held out his hand. I wondered if Yoo Yeonha would shake
someone’s hand in her first meeting. My question was answered in the
next moment, as Yoo Yeonha readily took his hand.
“Next to me in order is Kim Jingyu, Oh Soojung, and Lee Shaung.”
“This is Jin Hoseung, Hazuki, and Yi Hajin.”
For a moment, I doubted my ears. Who’s Yi Hajin? Was she doing this on
purpose? I’m Kim Hajin.
In any case, Yoo Yeonha talked to Jayden affectionately while his
teammates also listened in. I had no way of knowing whether she had
already determined Jayden to be someone with potential and was managing
her image, but it was an interesting sight nonetheless.
“I’m a sharpshooter. My main weapon is a bow.”
“Mine’s my fist.”
“Mine is a shield.”
Kim Jingyu, Oh Soojung, and Lee Shaung introduced themselves. Hazuki, Jin
Hoseung, and I then introduced ourselves.
“Swordsman. Typical, right?”
“I use an axe.”
“…I use this.”
I held up the training handgun.
Although I had my Desert Eagle, which was a much better weapon, cadets
were prohibited from using personal weapons in exams to test their pure
Of course, I had my Desert Eagle stored in a convenient place – inside
Since I could use Stigma’s magic power as I willed, creating an
extradimensional space to store the Desert Eagle wasn’t hard to do.
“Ah, you’re that guy. The guy who chose a gun. I heard about you.”
“It feels strange seeing you in person.”
The three people’s eyes kindled with interest, but as the target of
their interest, I couldn’t say it was a pleasant feeling, as their eyes
seemed to say, “I’m at least better than this guy”.
“Are you wasting your Gift? Or is your Gift not good enough?”
…But that was still better than brute honesty. I turned towards the
source of the voice. As expected, Jayden was smiling slyly.
No one in my team, if it was only in name, defended me. I didn’t expect
much from Yoo Yeonha, but Jin Hoseung and Hazuki didn’t say anything
It was a bit disappointing, but I understood why. The rumors about me
going around Veritas class wasn’t at a joking level.
Things like using my position as Cube’s cadet to blackmail or rape a
girl, all the while staying quiet at Cube since everyone else was
stronger, and going to Seoul every weekend enjoy women and drink
I was practically a societal evil.
And after today, these rumors would surely spread to other classes. I
didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Well, at least my SP would go up a
“Everyone, get ready.”
Team assignment had ended before I noticed, and cadets quickly began to
move at Kim Soohyuk’s words.
“Go in one by one starting from Team 1.”
Kim Suho shouted valiantly and took lead. Jo Yoon-Ah followed after him
with an annoyed face.
“Yoo Yeonha-ssi, I heard you were number one among this year’s
“Haha, really? I heard a lot about Jayden-ssi. I think the instructors
balanced the teams wrong. We’re too much at an advantage.”
“No, that’s just how teams are. When there’s one exceptional
person… I’m sure you know the rest. It’s easy to see that Yoo
Yeonha-ssi has a baggage to carry.”
Meanwhile, Yoo Yeonha and Jayden chatted. Even from my perspective,
Jayden did a good job not going too far and keeping Yoo Yeonha pleased.
He was a good talker unbefitting of a high schooler. Maybe I should have
approached Yoo Yeonha the same way.
“Team 8, enter.”
Kim Soohyuk signaled our team’s turn.
The eight of us walked through the cave. The formation was perfect. Three
warriors in the front, supporters in the second row, sharpshooters in the
third, and a single warrior in the final row.
After walking for a while, we arrived at a fork. There were eight paths
to choose from.
“Which path should we take?”
Yoo Yeonha spoke to me for the first time today.
“Jingyu, what do you think?”
Jayden also asked his sharpshooter. Once again, sharpshooters often acted
“I don’t know.”
“Take the sixth path.”
I walked up and stood in front of the sixth path. However, the sixth path
would likely be difficult. In truth, the difficulty of the paths was in
In other words, the sixth path had a level 6 difficulty.
But Chae Nayun should have chosen this path, so I had no other choice. If
Sven contracts a Djinn here today, Chae Nayun wouldn’t be able to
handle him alone.
“Let’s take the sixth path.”
No matter what, I couldn’t lose a righteous character with a 9.5
potential. Not only would the future story become a mess, it would also
be a huge loss for this world.
“Huh? Who are you to tell us where to—”
“Just do as he says.”
Yoo Yeonha interrupted Jayden. It was nice to know I was trusted as a
“He might look like that, but his eyes are exceptional.”
“Look like what? Do you have to put it that way?”
“…I’m praising you.”
In any case, our team walked into the sixth path.
The path was completely silent with only dry wind from the entrance
hitting our back. After ten minutes of walking in high tension…
We finally discovered a target.
“In front, there’s a monster.”
Flashing its terrifying eyes and flickering its tongue was a monster
known as the Salamander. By the size of its body, it seemed to be
low-intermediate rank at best. But monsters that could wield the four
elements (water, wind, earth, fire) were tricky to deal with, and
Salamanders used the most destructive element, fire.
“You can see it?”
Yoo Yeonha asked.
“It’s a Salamander. That should be the switch.”
Once we defeat the Salamander, the scenery should change. A Dungeon was
an extradimensional space created with magic power. It might look like a
cave at first, but once the switch was pulled, the interior could change
completely. More often than not, a Dungeon’s switch was a specific
“…You can really see? I don’t believe you.”
Jayden muttered in doubt.
“I’m telling you about it because I can see it. Just listen to me,
He was starting to get on my nerves.
“What did you say?”
“…Tsk. Quiet, both of you. Get ready for battle.”
Yoo Yeonha sighed audibly as she held up her whip.