The Novel's Extra - chapter-30
Ginseng served many purposes.
Consuming it would increase one’s stats, and grinding it down and using
it as a medicinal ingredient would produce about ten high rank potions.
One could even use it for a process called enchantment. In this process,
the magic power contained within the ginseng was added to an item, giving
it a special effect.
But I didn’t have the necessary equipment to make potions nor a
connection with a magician to help with enchantment. As such, I could
only eat it or sell it.
“Eating it is a bit…”
This ginseng should go for 700 million won. Since I could use Violet
Banquet to sell it, I didn’t have to worry about being scammed even if
I had to pay more in fees. If I sold it now, I could invest the money in
stocks and easily get a return of 4~5 billion won. That was enough to buy
7 of the same ginseng.
“…Argh, this is hard.”
The unexpected fortune only increased my worry.
For now, I put the ginseng away in my bag.
I could think about this first-world problem after I found the Gari
Standing in front of a cave, I dusted my hands. Dirt rained down on the
“So this is why it hasn’t been discovered until now.”
Huu. After taking a deep breath, I glanced behind me. An inch away from
my feet was a razor-sharp cliff.
The Gari Mountain Dungeon was located in the middle of a cliff, buried in
moss and vines.
I could feel my heart thumping. Even with Parkour, the journey had been
too difficult. Without Stigma’s magic power as insurance, I would have
been too scared of falling to try.
I looked into the dark cave without going in. My Thousand-Mile Eyes
repelled the darkness and widened my vision. Not long afterward, I
discovered the switch monster. It was a ghost.
Just like in the original story, the Gari Mountain Dungeon was an undead
Monsters in this dungeon included dullahans, banshees, and other undead
monsters which ranged from grade 9 to grade 3 of low-intermediate rank.
The boss should be a death knight, so it was impossible for my current
self to clear the Dungeon.
In the first place, not even Tomer had fully cleared this Dungeon. A
death knight was a high-intermediate rank grade 1 monster. Defeating it
was impossible without a high-rank Hero.
It seemed I would have to be content with just knowing where the Dungeon
was. With my current strength, just beating the ‘hidden stage’ would
I looked into my bag. The ginseng I just picked up was strutting its
glorious and tantalizing appearance.
A hidden stage was a completely isolated space from the standard Dungeon,
making it significantly easier to clear. In addition, this hidden
stage’s reward was better the quicker one took it. Above all, I
didn’t want to constantly worry about Tomer coming here quicker than in
the original story.
Like I said before, the hidden stage’s reward was a formless weapon
called Aether. Because of its lack of a clear form, it was easy to
misunderstand it as a lump of magic power, but the reason Aether was
called a weapon was because of this property. Because it had no form, it
could change its form to whatever its user wanted. Furthermore, Aether
was an evolving weapon.
It was worth taking it early, even if I had to sacrifice the ginseng.
Of course, I didn’t mean I would use the entire ginseng.
I took off three of the seven roots it had.
[7-year-old Ginseng Root]
—The root of a 7-year-old ginseng. Contains condensed magic power.
First, I tried changing the root’s setting.
—For one hour, increases all variable stats by 4 points.
Since I was editing the effect it already had, I thought it wouldn’t
cost too much SP.
[You do not have enough SP.]
But I was wrong. It seemed raising stats required more restrictions than
Without any other choice, I modified the setting.
—For 30 minutes, increases all variable stats by 2 points.
[5 SP will be used. Would you like to save?]
This much was satisfactory.
I modified two ginseng roots with the above setting. By eating them both,
my stats would increase by 4 points for 30 minutes. My variable stats,
other than magic power, would then be on par with Yoo Yeonha’s.
However, I gave the last ginseng root a different setting.
—Soaks into magic power and strengthens its power.
[5 SP will be used. Would you like to save?]
I hit [save].
With this, I should be able to clear the hidden stage.
I entered the cave with confidence. As soon as I stepped in, an extreme
chill penetrated my body.
I moved my legs forward as I watched my own breath.
Hearing a strange sound, I hid behind the cave’s wall. Within a
distance I could see without using Thousand-Mile Eyes, a hologram-like
ghost was wavering in the air.
That was the switch monster.
I could kill a monster of the level even without using a ginseng.
I took out my Desert Eagle. My Gift, Master Sharpshooter, had already
reached grade 8. Piercing the vital point of such a slow monster was
easier than doing push-ups.
I pulled the trigger.
The bullet cut through the air and struck the ghost. The bullet phased
through the ghost without doing any damage, but the magic power contained
inside the bullet didn’t. The magic power had hit the middle of its
Shortly, the ghost exploded into light without a sound.
At that moment, a strange wind blew from a direction, sucking in the
That was where I had to go. The light led to the location of the hidden
stage. There, an inferior version of a witch would be waiting for me.
My eyes didn’t miss the incredibly faint stream of light. I started
After about 10 minutes of walking, I finally arrived at a place that was
isolated from the Dungeon.
In the middle was a witch carrying Aether.
I took out my laptop from my bag.
—Evandel the Witch. Possesses a spirit body and produces low rank
Countless number of monsters and devils appeared after Outcall, but the
existences known as witches were rare. It was because it was difficult
for a monster to be classified as a witch.
First, a witch had to have the ability to produce ghosts. Because of the
high number of undead monsters a witch produced, a witch’s home was
called a ‘stronghold’.
Second, a witch needed to have a human body. Without a human body, a
witch couldn’t use her magic power properly.
Finally, a witch needed to possess intelligence on par with humans,
because a witch without intelligence couldn’t distribute her ghosts
The reason the witch in front of me was an inferior version was because
she didn’t fully meet the second and third requirements.
However, Evandel would one day become infamous.
Adult witches were difficult to deal with, so the most efficient way of
subjugating one was to kill it when it was young, when its intelligence
and body weren’t fully developed.
But in the original story, Evandel was raised by Djinns, protected from
stress and danger. After reaching adulthood and becoming independent, she
established her stronghold in an abandoned school in Suwon.
This stronghold, which came to be known as Evandel’s Castle, became the
most fearsome stronghold in history.
The Hero Association famouly said that it was “no different than a Tower.”
By killing this inferior version of Evandel, I would obtain two things.
One was Aether, and the other was Evandel’s Seed. In the original
story, Tomer only took Aether, giving Evandel’s Seed to the followers
Since I planned on taking both, I needed to kill Evandel. There was only
“…She’s a child.”
Her appearance made me hesitate. She had a tiny face and was only 140 cm
tall. With soft hands, she was squishing the soul of the ghost I just
Tomer had killed that child, and I had to do the same in a single attack.
But it had to be done. I was the one who created her anyways.
After resolving myself, I released Stigma’s magic power. A bullet would
never be able to kill a witch in a spirit body. This was a matter of fact
that wouldn’t change no matter how much SP I invested. Attempting to do
so would only be a waste of SP.
‘Light attribute, spear.’
I breathed my will into Stigma’s magic power. The attribute I wanted
was light, and the form I wanted was a spear.
The weapon I wanted was created using all of Stigma’s magic power, but
its size and sharpness were horrible. In the first place, the amount of
magic power in Stigma wasn’t enough to form even a single arrow
properly. So, forming a perfect spear was being too greedy.
But I had a method of sharpening this spear. I placed a ginseng root on
the spear. The spear devoured the ginseng, increasing its size and luster.
Next, I swallowed the two ginseng roots I modified before.
Immediately, I could feel my body surging with vitality.
4 points… no, it was probably less since I took one on top of the
other. Still, my body felt completely different than before. My muscles
were brimming with strength, as though they were ready to explode at any
moment. I felt hot, yet light, like I was no longer human, but rather a
radioactive monster of some sort.
Breathing roughly, I looked down at my body. My body was bulked up and my
five senses had become extremely sensitive.
As I thought, the spear was the best choice for displaying the most
destructive power with amplified stats.
I hurled the spear with all my strength. The magic spear shot through the
air like a flash of lightning without deviating from its intended path.
The moment I let go, the spear had already pierced through Evandel’s
But Evandel survived. With the spear stuck in her head, Evandel turned
towards me. I felt an unprecedented terror at the gory scene. A muddy
stream coalesced on her hands. A vengeful spirit was taking shape.
“Um, wait, can we just talk this out?”
However, in the next moment, Evandel collapsed with a strange cry. Life
energy disappeared from her body, and a seed fell down to the ground.
“…Was it an instinctive reaction before death?”
After calming my beating heart, I walked up and picked up the seed.
Then, I walked forward into the darkness. A slime-like weapon with a blue
glow, this was the weapon that made Tomer into one of the executives of
Before I reached forward, I checked its description with my laptop.
[Mystic – Formless] [Evolving]
A corporeal but formless weapon. Adheres to its master or his weapon,
reinforcing their strength.
*Will not adhere to another being once a master is chosen.
—Physical body reinforcement
*Increases the variable stats of its owner by 0.6 points.
*Adheres to its master’s weapon and strengthens the weapon’s attack
power. Aether itself can also form a weapon. (Current weapon-form Aether
rank – ‘high rank’)
All of the above functions evolves with its owner. Depending on the state
of Aether’s awakening, other functions can develop.
I had obtained my weapon.
But I didn’t expect things to end so easily.
Clack clack clack—
A series of striking sound rang out from all directions. Bones joining
together formed the shape of a man, and I soon found myself surrounded by
white-boned soldiers – skeletons.