The Novel's Extra - chapter-288
“What are you doing here—”
Cheok Jungyeong’s words resounded with heavy pressure. Kim Suho and Jin
Sahyuk stared at Cheok Jungyeong in vein-squeezing tension.
Cheok Jungyeong pointed at Kim Suho, then at Jin Sahyuk.
He pretended not to have seen Rumi.
“I’ve seen you in the Tower, and you….” Cheok Jungyeong continued
with a sigh, “You managed to escape.”
“…So?” Jin Sahyuk answered. Her usually dignified manner was
nowhere to be seen as she was trembling slightly. It wasn’t that she
was afraid. It was purely because the man standing in front of her was
tricky to deal with.
Jin Sahyuk had fought with Cheok Jungyeong before and realized that he
had reached absolute perfection physically.
The way he destroyed her manipulated realities with nothing but raw power
was surreal. He reminded her of Kim Hajin, but he was slightly different
“You lot are from that fortress, right?” Cheok Jungyeong asked Kim
Kim Suho nodded and replied, “Yes.”
“…But not this one, right?” Cheok Jungyeong pointed at Jin Sahyuk
with his chin, and Kim Suho shook his head in response.
“No, she’s also one of us.”
“Pft.” Cheok Jungyeong let out a snort. “Funny. I beat her up not
long ago and locked her in a cell.”
Hearing this, the startled Kim Suho glanced at Jin Sahyuk.
“Is he telling the truth?”
“….” Jin Sahyuk didn’t answer, but her furrowed brows were enough
of an answer.
“If Boss was here, she would have beat her to a pulp and cut off her
Cheok Jungyeong stared at Jin Sahyuk and grinned. He didn’t
discriminate based on gender or wealth. He only treated people
differently based on their age. Only the young and the old were saved
from being his targets.
“…But there’s no reason to fight you now. It’s not the right
place, and we’re allied with you lot from the fortress anyways.”
Cheok Jungyeong was uncharacteristically cold and rational. He didn’t
want to start a fight like he always did.
Rumi stared at Cheok Jungyeong with a sad look.
“I’ll let you go this time, Jin Sahyuk.”
Cheok Jungyeong remembered Jin Sahyuk’s name. It meant he acknowledged
Of course, Jin Sahyuk didn’t know this side of Cheok Jungyeong and
contemplated attacking him to regain her dignity. Thankfully, Rumi
grabbed her arm and stopped her.
“He’s letting us go. Let’s leave.”
Jin Sahyuk sighed reluctantly. But as they were about to leave, she
suddenly remembered something and stopped Cheok Jungyeong.
“Oh right, oi!”
Cheok Jungyeong looked back at her quietly. Lit under the moonlight,
Cheok Jungyeong’s eyes flashed with chilling killing intent. Most
people’s heart would have skipped a beat in terror, but Jin Sahyuk
maintained her composure.
“…I just want to know something. Are your friends here too?”
“I’m talking about Black Lotus.”
Jin Sahyuk knew a secret that only the members of the Chameleon Troupe
were aware of – the identity of Black Lotus.
Cheok Jungyeong didn’t immediately answer. It was then.
The wind blew along with the sound of batting wings. Everyone immediately
looked up at the sky.
A humanoid monster was flapping his wings in the air. Soon, it descended
A heavy thud resounded.
Kim Suho instantly realized that the humanoid monster was with the
‘police’. It wasn’t all that hard considering he was wearing a
The humanoid monster shrugged his shoulders as he approached the group.
Everyone’s expressions stiffened as they stared at the unexpected
guest, and the humanoid monster glanced at the humans present.
In this moment of tension, Kim Suho wondered if he should attack the
humanoid monster. He couldn’t feel any other presences nearby or any
watchful eyes. If the humanoid monster suspected them even a little bit,
he was determined to cut him down immediately.
As Kim Suho carefully put his hand on Misteltein…
“From 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., only humanoid monsters may stay outside. Humans
are prohibited. There are 10 minutes left, so hurry back. If you’re
found after 10 minutes, you will be punished.” The humanoid monster
spoke. That was it.
The humanoid monster flapped his wings and flew up.
Kim Suho and his group stared at him in a daze, and Cheok Jungyeong
“Strange, isn’t it? Most humanoid monsters are like that. Unless
they’re unusually picky, they won’t even check your identity. Maybe
it’s because there are too many people living here.”
Cheok Jungyeong murmured. At that moment, a voice rang out in Kim
[Hey, where are you!? It’s an emergency!]
It was a message from Chae Nayun.
Before Kim Suho could reply, the voice became louder.
Kim Suho quickly answered, wanting to spare his ears.
[Answer quicker! I’ll give you our coordinates so come here
immediately. We’re together with residents who escaped the brainwash.]
[There are people here who are no longer brainwashed!]
Kim Suho’s eyes widened.
[Hurry over here with Rumi. Lose that crazy bitch.]
Chae Nayun sent him her location, and Kim Suho quickly entered the
coordinates into his smartwatch. She was about 20 minutes north.
“…Did something happen?” Rumi asked, seeing Kim Suho’s sudden
change in expression. Kim Suho stared at Rumi, Jin Sahyuk, then Cheok
Although Chae Nayun said to ditch Jin Sahyuk…
“Something urgent came up with the other team. Follow me.”
The set of coordinates Chae Nayun sent led to a grocery store. It was
neither new nor old and was a typical 1-floor store.
Kim Suho walked inside with a quizzical look.
The automatic door opened, and three human employees and one humanoid
monster stared at Kim Suho at the same time.
Before Kim Suho could say anything, a puppy-like humanoid monster hopped
over and asked.
“Are you with Jin Seyeon-nim?”
“Ah, yes, I am. They are too.”
Kim Suho pointed at Cheok Jungyeong, Jin Sahyuk, and Rumi.
The four of them followed the humanoid monster.
Wag, wag— After a few minutes of staring at his wagging tail, the group
arrived at a secret passageway.
“Go in. Your friends are inside.”
The secret passageway was a manhole hidden under a shelf. A ladder to an
underground area could be seen.
Kim Suho and the others stared at each other before taking the ladder
down one by one.
“Are you sure this isn’t a trap?”
Cheok Jungyeong asked once they arrived downstairs. They found themselves
in an empty, dark room with nothing inside. While they were standing
around confused, the wall in front of them suddenly moved left and right,
revealing a new room.
Beyond the wall was a scene no one expected to see.
The smell of rice and magic power flowed out, people swinging swords and
spears on dummies could be seen, and dozens of houses were lined up along
the huge training ground.
Chae Nayun was standing in the middle with a smile.
“Uh… w-where are we?”
Kim Suho was at a loss of words.
“We’re at the Resistance Village. People who escaped brainwashing
secretly built this place underground….”
Cheok Jungyeong walked past Kim Suho and Chae Nayun and stood in the
middle of the underground village.
“Now this is interesting… Oi.”
Then, he shared his vision with Kim Hajin who should be watching from a
“Can you see it?”
Kim Hajin’s voice returned.
—Yes, I can. Looks like there are about 300 people. They’re mostly
Heroes from what I can see. Continue looking around.
Muffled whispers then reached Cheok Jungyeong, who was communicating with
“…Isn’t he a humanoid monster? He has to be, right? There’s no
way a human can have a body like that. He must be an ogre humanoid
The residents seemed to be taken aback by his dignified stature. Cheok
Jungyeong grinned and announced, “I’m human! One that crushes
Hearing Cheok Jungyeong’s voice, Jin Seyeon came out of the village
hall with a blonde man.
Jin Seyeon’s eyes widened when she saw Cheok Jungyeong.
“…Oh~ It’s been a while, Jin Seyeon~”
The corners of Cheok Jungyeong’s mouth curled up.
Jin Seyeon was taken aback by the unexpected encounter, but she soon
nodded with a smile.
“Yes, it has. You’re our ally, correct?”
“I wouldn’t say ally. Temporary comrade is more like it.”
“Mm, that’s perfect.”
With that, Jin Seyeon called Kim Suho’s group over.
“This is the ‘Resistance Village’. Ellio-ssi found us scouting the
village upstairs and brought us here.” Jin Seyeon began to explain. She
pointed at the blonde man standing next to her.
“Ellio-ssi, please introduce yourself.”
Ellio was a handsome, white Latino man.
“Hello, I’m Spain’s high-rank Hero, Ellio. I’m leading the
‘Underground Resistance’ in this place. It’s an honor to meet you,
Kim Suho-ssi and….”
Ellio looked up at Cheok Jungyeong. His towering height and intimidating
face made him look like a tyrant.
Cheok Jungyeong spoke, “I’m Cheok Jungyeong.”
“…Pardon? Cheok Jungyeong?”
Ellio’s eyes widened. Cheok Jungyeong gave a small smile.
“Haha, you know my name?”
“Of course, Korean history and history of Heroes are required
“Hahaha, right, that’s me! I’m Cheok—”
—Don’t get overexcited. You’re not going to talk about your past
life, are you?
As Cheok Jungyeong was laughing happily, Kim Hajin calmed him down. Cheok
Jungyeong frowned and closed his mouth.
—You became a better listener. I like it.
“…What’d you say?”
“Are you talking with Black Lotus right now?”
Jin Seyeon easily noticed that something was off.
Cheok Jungyeong flinched slightly.
“What? Black Lotus?”
“Ha, I knew you unfair cowards wouldn’t be walking around alone.”
Chae Nayun’s eyes widened and Jin Sahyuk grumbled. Jin Sahyuk still
remembered the 2 on 1 fight she had to endure.
—Ah, they found out because of you. Damn it.
“Why is this my fault?”
—Just make something up.
Facing everyone’s looks, Cheok Jungyeong sighed.
“You bastard… what am I supposed to say in this situation?”
…One hour later, Kim Suho’s group and Cheok Jungyeong sat down inside
the village hall. Ellio explained how the Resistance Village came to be.
“At first, we believed we were born here and had no doubts doing our
daily tasks. But Yurang-ssi helped undo the brainwashing we suffered.”
“Yurang-ssi… Is that the humanoid monster we met?”
Ellio nodded at Kim Suho’s question.
“Yes, Yurang-ssi was assigned as the manager of this grocery store.
He’s very supportive of humans. In fact… we don’t call him a
At that moment, Cheok Jungyeong stealthily looked back at Rumi, who was
paying attention to Ellio’s explanation.
“With Yurang-ssi’s help, we were able to help many people regain
their memories. But because one had to have trained in magic power to use
Yurang-ssi’s method, we only awakened Heroes mid-rank or higher.”
Jin Sahyuk, on the other hand, looked around the village hall, only
half-listening to Ellio. She was looking for Bell, but Bell was nowhere
to be seen.
“…So how did you make this village? The houses here are no different
from some of the buildings in Seoul.” Kim Suho asked.
Ellio nodded with a smile.
“That’s a good question. You see, we used ‘DP’ to build this
town. In other words, we received help from a demon merchant.”
“Yes, there is a Dungeon nearby. Inside it are demonic beasts we can
hunt for DP. It wouldn’t be wrong to say this village was created by a
demon merchant. He agreed to help us with any trades that don’t involve
Jin Seyeon asked, “What is your plan now?”
Ellio fell silent.
He looked around the room and took a deep breath before answering.
“To assassinate Tigris, one of Orden’s four Great Generals.”
Ellio’s voice struck heavily.
Just as Kim Suho was about to say something…
—Captain! Demonic beasts are running wild!
A loud voice rang out from outside. Everyone other than Jin Sahyuk
immediately shot up and ran outside.
“The Dungeon is this way. Follow me!”
Next day, 10 a.m.
I came out to Lupiton with Boss. The village of humanoid monsters and
humans was bustling with activity. However, humans were the only ones who
From what I found out yesterday, Orden’s villages had a clear
hierarchical structure. Even humans were divided from rank-1 to rank-3.
Of course, even a rank-1 human couldn’t compare to a rank-6 humanoid
monster in authority.
Lupiton’s humanoid monsters were ‘nobles’ whose job was to oversee
humans, and humans were akin to peasants or slaves.
“There are restaurants, cafés, and even a bowling alley.”
“Right, how interesting.”
Humans were tasked with all sorts of different jobs. Some harvested
crops, some mined ores at a nearby mine, some worked as chefs, some sold
smartwatches developed by humanoid monsters, and more.
The brainwashed citizens were living in the village as if it were
“Hajin, it’s immediate judgment.”
Boss pointed at the distance. The moment I turned my gaze… Crack! A
humanoid monster resembling a crocodile chopped off a human’s head.
Humanoid monsters who were delegated the role of ‘manager’ by the
village lord could hand out immediate judgment to humans. The judgment,
unsurprisingly, was death.
“This is kind of what I expected from them, but not so much at the same
At that moment, Jain sent a message.
[Hajin, I finished collecting premians~ What should I do now~?]
Jain was currently acting as the dictator of Crean. Disguised as Tenzuhar
with her Gift, Jain had ordered Tenzuhar’s servants to gather gems and
ores from the deepest parts of the mine.
[Come to Lupiton.]
Jain had to see and make physical contact with a target to use her Gift
of Disguise. Since Lupiton had many high-ranking humanoid monsters, it
was the perfect opportunity for her to disguise as a humanoid monster
with a higher authority than Tenzuhar.
[Okay~ I’ll be there as soon as I can~]
“Slurp. What will we do now, Boss? Slurp.”
Tenzuhar asked. He had grown used to calling me Boss before I realized.
“Jungyeong wants to kill Tigris, but….”
Tigris. Tenzuhar’s expression paled the moment he heard this name.
“D-Duke Tigris? Slurp.”
“Yeah, have you seen him before?”
“N-No, not at all. He’ll kill me if I do. Slurp, slurp, slurp.”
Tenzuhar became tongue-tied for a moment. I put my hand in his mouth and
untied it myself.
“Keheuk. T-Thank you, slurp.”
In truth, I was curious about Tigris. He had caused a mess in China and
escaped unharmed. Although the rumors said he was stronger than Chae
Joochul… I would have to see him personally before making any judgment.
“Boss, let’s deal with the village lord first.”
“Yes, we’ll take over this city just like we did in Crean.”
This was the reason I called Jain in the first place.
Her Gift was perfect for victory without bloodshed.
“Are you acquainted with Pleron?”
Slurp, slurp, slurp.
I waited patiently at first, but I frowned when his slurping noises got
“You don’t want to talk?”
“Slurp… You see… we… we have a senior-junior relationship.”
“Senior-junior relationship? What’s that?’
Tenzuhar scratched his head and mumbled in embarrassment.
“Slurp. In the Humanoid Monster Academy, Pleron was my junior and I was
Boss and I both became speechless.
“Slurp… But genetic differences are impossible to overcome, slurp.
Although I was a rank-1 humanoid monster in the theory part of tests,
Pleron, whose origin is a mythical snow-bird monster, quickly began to
shoot ahead, slurp.”
Tenzuhar seemed embarrassed that his junior surpassed him, but we
didn’t care about that at all.
There was one thing that he said that caught our attention.
“What the hell do you mean by the academy?”
It was the term, ‘Humanoid Monster Academy’.