The Novel's Extra - chapter-255
[16F – Genkelope’s Vessel]
It was the first time in a while that I had visited the vessel.
I was here to attend a meeting with Wicked for the expedition team
organized by the Djinns against Orden. The Tower of Wish was the perfect
place for two opposing parties to hold meetings because here, everyone
resurrected after death.
“There’s a lot of people here.”
Many things had changed in the six months I had not visited. For
starters, the entrance inspection was now stricter and higher-tech than
most airports. Security guards in power armor were all at least level 16.
“It’s changed a lot. It’s mine but doesn’t feel like it.”
Once again, greed boiled inside me. I could bring this vessel outside
simply by awakening a new Gift….
“You’re right. So much has changed since last time. I could get lost
Boss’ eyes roved idly over the crowd. Even at a glance, there was at
least a couple of hundred Players waiting to enter the gate. I studied
their faces with Boss.
—What do we do from here to get to the 17th floor?
—There’s a separate transport ship. You just have to pay TP to go up.
And don’t even think about doing anything stupid on the 16th floor.
There’s a PK ban here and almost all kinds of fighting are prohibited.
Hotels and restaurants are concentrated in Area 3 so try going there.
—Aha, I see. Thank you.
—And if you want to get stronger, visit the arena and the dungeon. You
can practice against NPC guards in the arena, and the dungeon is located
at the lowest level.
‘Kim Youngjin’, Essence of the Strait’s Tower of Wish supervisor,
and his group of rookies caught my eye. Actually, it might be wrong to
call Players who managed to climb up to the 16th floor ‘rookies’.
Anyways, while watching them, I walked past the long line of Players
waiting to check in.
“Look, they’re cutting!”
“No cutting in line!”
“Hey! What are you doing?”
“Alright, please be quiet.”
A few players snarled at us, but a security guard stopped them. We
entered the ship, accompanied by the guards.
“By the way, Hajin, I heard the Hero Association also tried to make a
bargain with you.”
Boss said as we entered the inner area of the vessel.
“Oh yeah, that happened.”
I wasn’t sure who recommended me, but the Hero Association did try to
Of course, I had no intention of joining them. Rather, I planned to
infiltrate the ‘Tower of Heroes’, the home of the Association, while
they were preoccupied with Orden, to save a young child who was being
“More importantly, Boss, what do you think of my plan?”
A young child with the ‘Authority of Healing’ who was currently being
abused in the Tower of Heroes. The child was seven years old seven or
eight years ago, so she was probably a teenager now.
“It’ll likely be difficult.”
We had to rescue that girl.
Eight years ago, the upper echelon of the Association were still in good
health, and they raised the child with utmost care. However, things had
changed. Now they were exploiting the child only to satisfy their selfish
desire to overcome aging.
“But Jain, Cheok Jungyeong, and Jin Yohan seem to want to do it.”
“…How about you, Boss?”
This work had to be done since the girl played a major role in the final
half of the story. But now that the greed of those in power had become
much larger than in the original story, it was highly likely that the
child would not survive until then if we continued to allow her to be
Boss stared at me in a brief silence.
“…I’ll do as you please.”
I smiled in relief.
We gave each other a warm smile. We then walked down the street, glancing
over the scenery which clearly had changed a lot.
Soon, we arrived at the meeting place. It was a large room in a hotel
that I had never heard of. It looked like the hotel was built in my
honor, as evidenced by its name [HAJ HOTEL]. A large round table stood at
the center of the room. We sat in whatever chair was available, put on
our hoods, and waited for the Djinns to arrive.
“Hajin, you stay quiet.”
“Huh? Oh, okay.”
Boss and I sat absently-mindedly. Boss threw a quick glance at me and
then fixed her gaze in the air before rolling her eyes up and down. She
was reading a ‘Tower webnovel’.
I got lost in thought. Suddenly a question crossed my mind.
‘What is Chae Nayun doing right now?’
I also realized this not too late.
‘If I’m curious, I could always see for myself.’
I sent a thought to Spartan. ‘Go find Chae Nayun in the Himalayas. Then
share your vision with me.’
…As soon as I closed my eyes, the view of a snow-covered mountain
stretched out in front of me.
Chae Nayun was at an inn located in the middle of the mountain. Tears
rolled down her cheeks as she read a letter in her hands.
—Oh thank God. I’m glad…. I’m so glad….
It seemed the letter was from Yoo Yeonha. Chae Nayun held the letter in
her arms while murmuring countless thanks.
I could roughly make out the contents of the letter. Though she seemed to
have lost a bit of weight from the recent hardships, she seemed genuinely
Seeing her like that made me feel a little melancholic.
She was the first person in this world to express her feelings for me. I
never forgot the vivid, heartwarming affection she gave me. I still
didn’t know what she saw in a man like me.
—Chae Nayun. What are you doing there…. Wait, are you crying?
At that moment, someone came up to Chae Nayun.
I hadn’t expected to see him there. The only named character in the
Himalayas should’ve been Heynckes.
—I-I’m not crying. What do you mean I’m crying? More importantly,
aren’t you going back to Mt. Baekdu, Master?
‘Wolf of Valhalla’, the Master-rank Hero Yoo Sihyuk.
He frowned at Chae Nayun.
—How can I leave when that old geezer is trying to steal my disciple
—What anchovy is calling me an old geezer?
…I watched the interesting turn of events with anticipation.
Suddenly the door of the room we were in burst open, and a huge, upbeat
cry rang out. We both stopped what we were doing and looked over.
‘Wicked’, who recently rose to the top of the hierarchy among the
Nine Evils, was making an entrance into the room.
He approached us with steps full of confidence.
“Nice to meet you. I’m Wicked, ‘Ha Yeonhee.’”
Though her name and appearance were too young to be called Wicked, Boss
and I shook her hand in turn. WIcked’s underlings rushed in and stood
on either side of the room.
“Now, let us start the meeting! Hahaha—!”
Wicked said and again laughed heroically.
[Vast Expanse’s Cave]
Meanwhile, in a cave home to Vast Expanse and his hunters, the coziness
of which was superior to most ‘towns’, the leaders of two groups were
having a conversation.
“Yes. The Association would like for you to join the Orden
Vast Expanse’s Yoon Kwangwon.
Essence of the Strait’s Yoo Jinwoong.
Yoo Jinwoong looked into Vast Expanse’s eyes calmly. His eyes, infused
with azure magic power, shone brightly from a distance. His thick beard
was exceedingly stunning, and his long hair made him look rather like a
sage or a hermit. Vast Expanse had aged elegantly.
“…If you’d like to recruit me, you’ll need at least tens of
billions of wons.”
“That is a cheap price, considering we expected hundreds of billions.”
Yoo Jinwoong replied with composure.
“Also, what use is money if you lose all of your land to monsters?”
At Yoo Jinwoong’s words, Vast Expanse smiled.
“Say, what do I look like to you? Why do you assume the Association is
willing to pay such a high price to hire me?”
“…That’s a strange question. Are you not the immeasurably strong
Vast Expanse slowly shook his head.
“No. I only see myself as an old man. Strange. Yoo Sihyuk is merely
eight years younger than me, yet he looks your age.”
Sentiments were embedded in his voice. Without any words, Yoo Jinwoong
simply waited for Vast Expanse to continue.
“That is probably the normal rate of aging for a superhuman who has
mastered the ways of magic power, at least until he’s seventy.”
Vast Expanse stroked his beard. The hand that patted the beard was
covered in age spots.
“But not for me. My side-effect is growing old.”
Side-effects of Gifts.
Of course, they were very rare these days with every Hero being
systematically managed. However, side effects were common among Heroes of
the past, who had to fight day after day without proper management.
Yoo Jinwoong asked, trying to divert his eyes away from the wrinkles on
Vast Expanse’s face.
“Then what is it that you want?”
“I heard the Association has custody of a child with the Authority of
“…Yes, that’s right.”
Yoo Jinwoong nodded.
There was a girl with the ‘Authority of Healing’ at the Tower of the
Heroes. Her Authority could cure all illnesses and injuries, except for
But the misuse of her power at a young age could potentially double the
side effects. So the Association had vowed to protect the child and
promised her a peaceful childhood. However… these days, high-ranking
officials of the Association had begun to take advantage of the child.
She was being used as a tool to extend their lifespans.
“I heard that she can even reverse aging.” Vast Expanse spoke a
streak of anticipation flickering in his eyes.
“Reversing the aging process is, in some ways, putting off death.”
“I’m aware, but even now she’s being used to extend the lifespans
of several political figures. Now, is that the right thing to do?”
Yoo Jinwoong did not answer. Just recently, the child had used her power
to heal the scars left on Chae Joochul’s body by the devil. But
everyone would understand that healing Chae Joochul was for the public
“Don’t you know that the Association is rotting away? I can assure
you that some Heroes have already switched sides, allured by Orden’s
proposal. Orden did come to me once. He said he would offer me youth, but
Vast Expanse’s eyes arched into a gentle smile. The smile was a mix of
solid self-esteem unique to a man who believed in himself and revulsion
directed to the others.
“I think there are Ten Evils in this world, not nine. People say these
days that ‘Wicked’ triumphs over all others, but my opinion is
different. The worst of the Ten Evils is ‘Unsightliness’”. His
mellow voice was filled with apparent hostility. “It’s the
In a flash, Yoo Jinwoong’s expression turned into a frown.
“…You. How could you say such a thing?”
“The seven chairmen of the Association are rotting away while hiding
under the light of Shin Myungchul’s achievements. Do not trust those
codgers who are tarnishing the name of the Great Hero. They must be
dragged down from their seats.” Vast Expanse spoke solemnly.
Yoo Jinwoong simply let out a sigh.
Vast Expanse and Shin Myungchul. Even Yoo Jinwoong wasn’t aware of the
relationship between them.
All he knew was that Shin Myungchul was the revered Hero of all Heroes,
who had been active since Outcall, and that Vast Expanse was a latecomer
who admired Shin Myungchul.
Vast Expanse continued, “Give me the girl. I will take care of her. I
do not give away what’s mine nor do I let my possessions break. I
won’t lay a finger on the child until her Authority has matured.”
“…Even if I wanted to.”
‘He’s impossible to persuade,’ Yoo Jinwoong thought as he murmured
“One of the biggest sponsors of the Association is Chae Joochul.”
The name was feared by both humans and Djinns alike. Chae Joochul’s
influence was stronger now than ever.
Vast Expanse gave a rather leisurely laugh. Yoo Jinwoong felt envious at
the words that flowed out of Vast Expanse’s mouth the next moment,
amidst the laughter.
“I am not afraid of Chae Joochul…. Haven’t I told you that there is
only one thing that I fear? It is ‘getting old’….”
[England — London]
Evacuation and mobilization orders were issued throughout England as
oceanic monsters started to rage. Citizens were urged to evacuate inland,
and Heroes and guilds were ordered to gather at the shore. Rachel, the
‘leader’ of the English Royal Court guild, arrived at the English
Channel with members of her guild.
“What’s the situation?” She asked.
Government officials answered Rachel gravely. “Sea monsters are going
on a rampage across the English Channel. Although we have the assistance
of mystical animals, barriers and the breakwater won’t last long.”
The Thames River, which ran through the heart of London, was safe thanks
to ‘Essence Barrier,’ but the seaside, where bigger and higher-ranked
monsters were rampaging about, was helpless. An even bigger problem was
Ireland. Ireland had already abandoned its capital, Dublin.
“Confirmed monsters are; multiple intermediate-rank grade-1 Crentios,
three high-intermediate-rank grade-8 Sirens, high-intermediate-rank
grade-5 Crasios Catfish, high-intermediate-rank grade-1 Kraken….”
One of the officials was reporting, when suddenly….
Far away, a giant catfish created a waterspout over the surface of the
sea. A whirlpool, combined with violent currents and massive magic power,
transformed into a typhoon that rushed inland.
Rachel drew her sword in the face of the natural disaster created by a
monster. A water elemental appeared from the Fairy Sword ‘Galatyn’.
“Wartortle, stop it!”
The water elemental dove into the sea and formed a new current. This
current rotated in the direction opposite of the typhoon created by the
catfish. It bounced the typhoon upward into the sky, offsetting it with
ordinary rain clouds.
“Sunshine, Earth, Fiery.”
However, merely stopping its attacks wasn’t enough. Only by killing the
monster could they put an end to this struggle for good.
Rachel called for her elementals. Now fully grown, they stood sternly and
glared imposingly across the sea.
“Everyone, please get ready!”
Rachel wanted to create an environment suitable for the assembled Heroes.
She planned to order Wartortle to block the flow of currents, Sunshine
and Earth to form artificial land, and Fiery to partially evaporate the
sea water to expose sea monsters lurking at the bottom of the ocean to
the Heroes and their arrows, spears, swords, and cannonballs.
However, there was no need for Rachel’s elementals to come into play.
From somewhere far away, a giant weapon flew in. Surprised by its power
which was even greater than its overwhelming speed, all Heroes looked
back in a daze.
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A countless number of weapons flew through the sky. They crushed the
horde of sea monsters with ease. Monsters could not escape from this
attack even by hiding underwater. The weapons, composed of enormous magic
power, easily plowed through the sea water and cut off the heads of the
The weapons continued to rain down.
‘Who in the world could possibly cast an attack of this level as easily
as a flick of a finger…?’ Rachel looked back, confused and astonished.
As expected, Shin Jahyuk was there. With her arms folded, Shin Jahyuk was
releasing weapons filled with magic power, just as she did in Crevon.
Rachel wasn’t sure why she came here all of a sudden; nevertheless,
Shin Jahyuk was a great addition to the allied force. Rachel shouted
“Aim for the monsters—!”
Heroes, encouraged by the remarkable strength of their ally, returned a
boisterous roar, and Rachel did what she had planned to do with her
“The water is gone! Leader dried the sea!”
“Attack the sea monsters on shore!”
“Die, you monsters, die….”
……Three hours after the fierce battle.
Rachel greeted Jin Sayhuk at the Vice Leader’s Office of the English
Royal Court guild. Jin Sahyuk sat in front of Rachel and looked around.
The frugal yet elegant interior seemed to reflect the nature of its owner.
Rachel bowed to Jin Sahyuk first.
“Thank you for coming all the way to England even though I haven’t
“Enough of that.”
Jin Sahyuk interrupted Rachel and leaned forward. In that posture, she
looked straight at Rachel. It was unexpected eye contact.
When Rachel tilted her head in confusion, Jin Sahyuk smiled and
continued. “Remember that letter you gave me last time?”
Rachel finally had a rough idea of where this conversation was going. Jin
Sahyuk probably wanted her advice regarding Kim Hajin.
…It was just that, but Rachel felt uneasy as if a small fire had
started in her stomach.
Rachel clenched the hands on her knees into fists. Jin Sahyuk took a
glance at them and said calmly.
“Thanks to you, I’ve arranged to meet with him.”
At that moment, Rachel’s shoulders trembled slightly.
“M-Meet? You’re meeting him?”
“Yes, I think I’ll see him within a month. Anyways….”
Jin Sahyuk continued, watching the dazed Rachel in amusement.
“What does Kim Hajin like? I’d like to prepare a gift.”
This was obviously intended to poke fun at Rachel. And it worked well.
Confused, Rachel couldn’t even look at Jin Sahyuk’s face properly.
Her wriggling fingers and aimlessly wandering eyes were almost too
“I, I’m not sure….”
“Hmm? Judging by that, I guess you aren’t very close to—”
Rachel cut in before Jin Sahyuk could finish her sentence. She herself
did not know just where her impatience had come from.
“B-Book. He likes books.”
Jin Sahyuk frowned. She found it hard to believe that there was a man who
“Yes. You probably don’t know this, but Hajin-ssi was always at the top
of his class in Theory at Cube.”
“Um… really? Is that good?”
“It’s not just good, it’s incredible.”
Rachel continued with a stern expression.
“One professor in particular always praised him, saying Hajin-ssi could
have won a Nobel Prize if he only focused on Theory. This professor was
also a Nobel laureate himself.”
“Mm, yeah? Nobel Prize, you say…. Anyways, I get it, thanks. You’ve
been a great help.”
That was all she needed. In the first place, the reason she came all the
way here was to observe how this elegant princess would react to her
provocation. Right now her life was full of boredom and she needed a
However, when Jin Sahyuk turned back, she heard Rachel’s voice from
“Miss Shin Jahyuk.”
Jin Sahyuk turned to Rachel again. Suddenly Rachel’s face had become very
serious. Her expression was stiff and she was biting her lips. At that
sight, Jin Sahyuk almost broke into a burst of laughter, but she managed
to hold herself back.
Rachel said to Jin Sahyuk, “Since you’re being introduced to him as
my acquaintance, please don’t get too comfortable with him. My country
considers Kim Hajin-ssi a top priority in diplomacy. Hajin-ssi is the
Technical Advisor at Essential Dynamics and also Jeronimo’s….”
Rachel’s polite yet strict warning went on.
“Fenrir has a close relationship with our government—”
“Okay, okay. I get it.”
Jin Sahyuk cut her off and turned around. She could feel Rachel’s
burning gaze land on the back of her head.
‘She’s pretty fun to tease.’
This whole meeting was a complete waste of time, but Jin Sahyuk felt it
was worth it as Rachel had shown her such a satisfying response.
Now in a much better mood than before, Jin Sahyuk left Rachel’s office
with light steps.