The Novel's Extra - chapter-248
The Demon King’s castle locked shut after Kim Suho was chosen to be the
‘King’s Challenger’. As a result, all Players in the castle were
expelled to the 21st floor. This should have been the case for me as well.
“…So you chose me? As your practice partner?”
Instead, I was captured by a mysterious flow of magic power and brought
into the castle. Kim Suho stood next to me. He put on a bashful smile and
explained the whole situation to the confused me.
“Yeah, you were the only one I could think of.”
I was dumbfounded by his blind faith. He could have summoned Shin
Jonghak, Kim Junwoo, or even Cheok Jungyeong whom I had purposefully sent
to help his party.
I wasn’t exactly the best choice for a practice partner in the first
place. Kim Chundong might have been a swordsman, but I wasn’t.
But this wasn’t a choice he could take back.
Fortunately. I’d been wanting to have a chat with Kim Suho. And it
wasn’t that I couldn’t help him at all.
By combining my skill, ‘Four-colored Enchant’ and Trait, ‘Dwarf’s
Dexterity’, with ‘Stigma’s magic power’, I could enhance Kim
Suho’s equipment to whole new levels.
“I understand, but…”
Before I got down to that, I decided to take a look around first. The
Demon King’s residence was similar in appearance to an average medieval
castle, except… the guest room was filled with a variety of magical
“Hey, isn’t that a crystal ball?”
I managed to dig out a rather valuable treasure among them. It was a
crystal ball, its size bigger than most desk globes.
“Yeah. Come here.”
I pulled Kim Suho towards the crystal ball.
At the moment, the crystal ball was reflecting the view of the 21st floor.
—What did you say, you ogre!?
—Haha, wanna try getting beat up by an ogre?
Cheok Jungyeong and Aileen, who were deported to Card Kingdom, were
pointing fingers and yelling at each other.
—Aaak, I can’t take this anymore. You’re dead.
Aileen’s face turned tomato red as she fumed at Cheok Jungyeong.
—You think I’m gonna end up dead? You little dwarf….
—Shut up, you brainless moron!
Cheok Jungyeong’s mouth shut close. At the same time, a huge current of
magic power blazed up around Aileen. Cheok Jungyeong, too, concentrated
magic power around his body.
Cheok Jungyeong vs Aileen.
The fight of the century was about to unfold, for whatever the reason.
“…They’re suddenly fighting.”
Kim Suho said, slightly stunned.
Watching others fight was always fun, but I wanted to offer Kim Suho
“With a crystal ball this intricate, we should be able to see other
I operated the crystal ball with ease. I had experience using it, as
there was a similar one in Tomer’s office.
I switched the floor reflected across the crystal ball as though I was
switching tv channels. I finally settled on the 3rd floor, Prestige.
“Oh, it’s showing up. The 3rd floor.”
Kim Suho widened his eyes and stared at the crystal ball.
—Oi, Railro, how was work today?
—Same as always. Enough to handle.
Prestige had improved drastically now that it had a sun.
In the past, residents of Prestige needed citizenship to live humanely;
now, every single NPC was a citizen by default. Orphans and famine
disappeared as crops and livestock prospered over the purified land. The
interactions between Players and NPCs had improved as well.
—Excuse me, how much is this?
Just then, a Player asked the store owner NPC for the price of a potion.
—It’s 50 TP.
—Mister, how far have you gone in the Tower~?
The shop owner’s child suddenly clung to the Player. Despite the
trouble, the Player answered the child with a smile.
—I’m still new, so I’ve only been to the 5th floor.
—Wow~! And, and, how was it? The 5th floor?
—The 5th floor is… scary. There are many dungeons there.
The reason I wanted Kim Suho to see the 3rd floor was to appeal to his
sentiments. Yet, I was the one overcome with feelings.
This was the fruit of my labor. I changed Prestige with my TP and
efforts… with the help of famous NPCs such as Henry and Kiri, of course.
“Wow. Prestige really changed a lot.”
Suddenly, Kim Suho placed one of his hands on my shoulder.
“…Right. And, so….”
I twisted my body slightly to shake his hand off, then proceeded to ask
Kim Suho the question that I’d been wanting to ask him for a long time.
“What do you think?”
“Hm? About what?”
“You know, about this Tower in general.”
Kim Suho smiled at my words.
“…I don’t know. Nothing, really.”
Kim Suho’s voice sounded melancholic. I could feel the longing and
regret that was buried in it.
Right now, Kim Suho was probably thinking about his homeland. After all,
‘Towers’ must have existed there as well.
“But there’s only one more floor left. Do you really feeling
I asked again, and Kim Suho began to ponder.
“Mmm…. To be honest, I was really angry when I first arrived at
Prestige. Sad, too. People were dying on the streets, but just because
they weren’t citizens, no one seemed to care about them.”
Kim Suho spoke honestly.
“Same thing happened on the 8th floor. The royals tried to conceal the
existence of calamities from their citizens under the pretext of
containing social panic. A lot of people died as a result.”
I listened to him in silence. Kim Suho continued. He talked about the
16th floor, how it had been completely taken over by the demons, about
the people living under the demons’ rule, about their deaths, about
Players who saw NPCs as mere tools….
“Then, do you think the Tower needs to disappear?”
I finally managed to bring out the touchy subject.
Kim Suho stayed silent for a long time.
The crystal ball was now showing Henry and Kiri.
—Good work, everyone~
—We’re done for the day~!
In no time, Henry and Kiri had become the most famous NPCs of Prestige,
widely loved by both Players and residents.
—Business was especially hard today, so we threw in a little bonus.
Kim Suho looked at the two kids. They were still young and small, but in
a sense, they were already giants, leading Prestige intelligently and
A blooming smile spread across Kim Suho’s face.
He shook his head.
“That’s not what I want. Many people are living happily in the Tower.
The world within the Tower should be maintained. These people aren’t
just NPCs but humans, just like you and me.”
I felt relieved.
This was enough.
Kim Suho was not the type to go back on his word.
Things were different from the original story, where he destroyed the
Tower. Kim Suho would gladly protect the ‘Tower of Wish’, where
despair and death had been replaced by hope and life.
I tapped Kim Suho on his shoulder twice and turned the crystal ball off.
“Enough with the chit chat. Let’s start the training now.”
“Are we sparring?”
“No, training, not sparring.”
There was a distinct difference between the two. During a spar, I would
be his ‘opponent’, but during a training session, I would become his
“Before we start….”
I examined Kim Suho’s gear first. The moment I laid my eyes on the
armor he was wearing beneath his white coat, I was stunned.
“Are you seriously still wearing that?”
A long time ago, I had made an armor for Kim Suho. I gave it to him as a
present to celebrate his entrance into the Tower using the black ticket.
That old armor was still Kim Suho’s main method of protection.
“Ah, well, this is the best armor I own. Changing it would have been a
waste of TP.”
Kim Suho scratched the back of his neck in embarrassment.
I felt a slight sting in my heart.
Well, considering that Creator’s Sacred Grace went down harder than it
did in the original story, he probably didn’t have the time or
resources to secure new equipment. He probably used every TP he earned to
help his guild members. That was just the kind of guy he was.
It didn’t matter.
I planned to gear him up from head to toe, anyway.
“First of all, your current equipment sucks.”
“…What? That came out of the blue.”
I had a rough idea of the Demon King’s main attributes. I could always
find the answers to the questions that I didn’t know using the Book of
Truth. With this knowledge, I would make him a set of equipment specially
designed to be effective against the Demon King.
I wouldn’t say it was dirty.
Surely the Demon King didn’t plan on fighting naked either. He would be
wearing good armor as well.
“First, take all your clothes off.”
Kim Suho flinched.
“…W-Why? What are you gonna do?”
Kim Suho threw a strange look at me and stepped back. There just happened
to be a bed with red silk spread on top of it behind Kim Suho. I narrowed
my eyes like a halibut.
“Stop with the weird joke. I’m just going to dismantle your equipment
and reforge them.”
My Dismantle technique was already Lv.10.
If I add [Random Dice] to it, I should be able to secure good materials.
“Yup. And isn’t it better to train without heavy armor? Ah, look,
there’s a robe. Put that on.”
I pointed at the robe hanging on the wall in a corner of the room.
Kim Suho, though embarrassed, did as I told. He even tried to take his
briefs off and I had to stop him. I really didn’t need his underwear.
…Kim Suho, with only a robe over his briefs, looked as if he was a
member of the Greek royal blood. A striking man with an alluring,
decadent atmosphere. One robe was all he needed to bring out his charms.
“Well then, we’ll start the training now.”
But his charms weren’t important right now. It’s not like he was
going to seduce the Demon King.
“Here. This is your practice partner.”
As someone serving as Kim Suho’s trainer for the next 2 weeks, I took
out a card.
[Bahamut’s Red Dragon] [Monster] [8 Star]
○ Summons the Red Dragon of Bahamut to attack your opponents.
●The Red Dragon can defeat any opponent whose attack and defense are
lower than its own.
●Can be summoned 3 times.
[Bahamut’s Red Dragon].
Like the [Miraculous Teahouse], this was one of the 8-star cards I
purchased in Card Kingdom on the 21st floor.
I never imagined I would end up using it in this way.
Kim Suho asked innocently.
My answer was brief.
“Your practice partner. While I make your equipment, you’ll have to
fight this guy ‘til death’.”
Today would mark the start of my ‘Kim Suho Attribute Enhancement
[A cave somewhere in the Himalayas]
Chae Nayun quietly stared at Kim Joongho lying on his bed. Kim Joongho
was asleep and his face was completely covered in hair. Still, she was
convinced by her intuition that this was definitely Kim Joongho.
Chae Nayun wondered as she looked down at him.
‘What should I do? What should I ask, hear, and demand from him?’
…However, before she could make her decision, Kim Joongho opened his
eyes. Chae Nayun flinched and took a step back.
Kim Joongho’s startled gaze landed on Chae Nayun. He was clearly afraid
of the uninvited guest. Suddenly, despair descended on his face that was
devoid of any hope.
Chae Nayun said, trying to sound calm. Hearing her flustered voice, Kim
Joongho’s fear receded. He seemed to recognize her.
“I’m Chae Nayun. We’ve met before… if I remember correctly.”
They had brushed past each other in the past.
At her mother’s funeral and also at her brother’s funeral.
Kim Joongho stared at Chae Nayun in silence. Chae Nayun stared at his
eyes devoid of any hope and shook her head vigorously.
“I, I’m not here to hurt you.”
“It’s just, there’s something strange about your report….”
‘Haa.’ A heavy sigh flowed out of Kim Joongho’s mouth.
He raised his upper body.
“How did you know that I was here?”
He spoke in a husky whisper. His voice served as evidence to all the
suffering he had to endure.
“I… used this.”
Chae Nayun carefully took out Heynckes’ compass. Kim Joongho looked
back and forth at her and the compass. The compass proved that she earned
With yet another sigh, Kim Joongho pulled himself out of his bed.
“At least let me serve you some tea. Please make yourself
Kim Joongho pointed at the table and the chair next to the bed. Chae
Nayun sat on the chair obediently. A copy of the Violet Times was on top
of the table. The front-page headline read: [Chae Joochul Murders Devil].
Chae Nayun’s heart trembled faintly.
Kim Joongho disappeared to somewhere deep within the cave and returned
with a kettle of barley tea and two cups. Steam rose from the warm tea.
He poured the tea down into the two cups. Chae Nayun sat still, staring
at the surface of the tea. Warm steam scattered near her nose.
At that moment, Kim Joongho spoke.
“Are you here to retrieve Chae Jinyoon’s body?”
Suddenly, old thoughts again arose in Chae Nayun’s mind.
‘Kim Joongho said he owned the corpse of a devil.’
‘Kim Joongho switched Chae Jinyoon’s body and vanished.’
Chae Nayun clenched her teeth and clutched her fists. Kim Joongho only
stared at Chae Nayun.
“So you’re already have an idea as to what happened.”
Chae Nayun’s breath stopped, hearing Kim Joongho’s sudden remark. Her
heart started to beat violently, and her face reddened, but she forced
herself to regain her composure. She needed to keep the promise she made
to Heynckes and to herself.
Chae Nayun clenched her teeth and looked straight into Kim Joongho’s
“…Have you been keeping my brother’s body?”
She barely managed to form a question.
Kim Joongho nodded.
“Yes. That’s the reason I ran away and came here.”
Tears formed in her eyes. Chae Nayun wiped them off as she pretended to
run a hand through her hair.
There was just one more thing she needed to confirm. She needed physical
evidence to be able to accept the unacceptable truth. She needed to see
her brother with her own eyes.
“Can you… show me… that… that….”
It was a sentence she couldn’t possibly form.
Kim Joongho looked at Chae Nayun and replied.
“I can show you. The fact that you came all the way here tells me how
determined you are. But…”
Kim Joongho stopped. The sound of Chae Nayun’s heavy breathing filled
the cave amidst the cold silence. Sympathy arose in Kim Joongho’s eyes.
Right now, she appeared unstable even to him.
“Can you really bear it?”
Still, Chae Nayun nodded without a moment of hesitation.
“…Yes. S-Show me.”
She needed to know.
What was the truth?
What was the lie?
“Now… I want to know.”
Two weeks later, Demon King’s Castle.
I was examining Kim Suho in his new clothes quite earnestly. The garments
I made in two short weeks with my utmost effort were now shining in the
presence of their perfect owner.
The white leather armor shined brightly underneath the beige-colored
coat, and the gaiters made to protect his calves were in perfect harmony
with his new, comfortable shoes. On top of that, Kim Suho was also
equipped with the old gear and artifacts I stole from Old Man Phiunel.
The clothes he was wearing right now basically amounted to the worth of a
I nodded in satisfaction.
“Go like this.”
“…Hey, isn’t this a bit too much?”
I casually dismissed Kim Suho’s objection.
As a side note, he finally defeated Bahamut’s Red Dragon about three
days ago. The dragon was quite strong, so he had to use his ultimate
“I’ve done so much for you, you have to win. Never give up.”
Today was the last day I could offer him my help.
Kim Suho’s challenge would probably last for a long time.
In the original story, it took him about a month to win, but things were
different now. Of course, Kim Suho was stronger and his equipment was a
lot better. But that would be the case for the Demon King as well.
“Anyway… um. Hajin, thank you so much. You always help me out.”
Kim Suho extended his hand with a cheesy expression.
“You remember what I told you before, right? That you should treat me
well if you’re grateful.”
I smiled and grabbed his hand.
I had no idea how the future would unfold from this point onward.
But there was one thing I knew for sure: Kim Suho was not going to make
the same decision he made in the original story. The Tower of Wish would
not perish and instead shine beautifully in harmony with the world.
“…Hey, I think we still have about half a day left.”
‘Let’s not be obsessed with a fight that hasn’t even started yet,’ I
thought and pointed at the crystal ball.
“Do you just wanna look around?”
Kim Suho nodded with a big smile. His eyes formed perfect arches and his
mouth opened just the right amount. Those two factors combined to form a
“Let’s start on the 2nd floor.”
I turned the crystal ball on and started browsing through each floor in
…2F, the Floor of Beginnings, was filled with newbie hunters and
Players who entered the Tower for the first time with big dreams in their
…3F, the first residential area. In the lively and hopeful Prestige,
NPCs and Players were working together to create a better city.
….7F, Game Center was home to gamblers and Rankers who had come to
enjoy their vacation. Kim Suho spotted Jin Sahyuk in front of a slot
machine and frowned slightly.
…13F, the notorious floor known to punish Players who succumb to sleep
with nightmares. Even now, a countless number of Players were shedding
…15F, Genkelope’s Vessel, which was now my possession, had become a
futuristic metropolis. The vessel served as the most popular strategic
point to mid-level Players.
Using the crystal ball, we saw a lot of things together.
Our eyes reflected various people going about their lives in the Tower.
Suddenly, Kim Suho called my name.
I turned my head to face Kim Suho. He was staring at the crystal ball
with a faint smile across his face.
His voice sounded solemn. The smile soon faded from his face, which was
now hardening with nervousness. A barren voice came out of his mouth.
“There’s one thing I want to tell you before I leave.”
Kim Suho turned his head and looked at me. Our eyes met. For a while, we
sat still in silence.
…The silence lasted for some time.
It seemed Kim Suho needed time to piece together his words, so I waited
Waiting wasn’t hard. For the main character to take this long meant
whatever he planned to say next was extremely important.
…The silence extended, barely continuous.
When I had forgotten how long I’d waited, Kim Suho finally spoke.
“Would you believe me if I said I’m from a different world?”
His confession was an unexpected one.
[Seoul, South Korea]
Currently, it was raining in Seoul. It was as if a hole had been punched
through the sky. Yoo Yeonha stared outside her window and picked up her
[Nayun, I think you should stop.]
[Nayun, are you busy?]
[Nayun, please reply.]
Yoo Yeonha had sent a series of messages to Chae Nayun after she informed
her that she was about to find Kim Joongho.
But there wasn’t any reply from Chae Nayun. It meant she was still out
there, looking for Kim Joongho.
Or worse, maybe she already found him. Maybe she already learned the
truth from him and was now agonizing in pain.
Yoo Yeonha regretted everything. Even if Chae Nayun learned the truth
now, Kim Hajin, the one person she needed to exchange apologies with, was
already gone. She would only be hurt more….
Yoo Yeonha covered her face with her hands and cried.
Just how did their story come to this?
She felt like everything was her fault.
That made everything more miserable and more painful. The sound of rain
outside made it seem as though the world was crying with her.
Suddenly, the doorbell rang.
Yoo Yeonha didn’t move. She couldn’t afford to entertain her guests
at the moment.
—Dingdong, dingdong, dingdong.
But the doorbell kept ringing, and Yoo Yeonha pulled herself out of her
bed, rumpling her hair.
“Who is it, at this hour….”
Irritated, she headed to the living room and looked at the intercom.
She planned to call the security guard and kick out whoever was ringing
However, the moment she laid her eyes on the intercom, her body and brain
A woman without an umbrella was standing at the front gate of her
mansion, completely soaked. Though the woman looked shabby, Yoo Yeonha
knew who she was. She knew too well.
It was Chae Nayun.