The Novel's Extra - chapter-361
“You haven’t forgotten my name, right?”
I asked while holding onto Boss’s hand. She stared at me fixedly before
slowly tilting her head. It was as if she was asking what I was talking
about. And for a moment, her expressionless face turned to fluster.
It was a change I was quite happy about.
I pretended to be disappointed and asked again.
Boss murmured in a quiet voice with a somewhat dissatisfied look. She
seemed to be saying she wasn’t in a mood to joke around.
However, I asked again. I couldn’t be comfortable with just hearing my
“My last name too.”
Boss’s eyebrows perked up. Of course, it was only for a split second,
and she soon returned the answer ‘Kim Hajin’.
But that was enough evidence. I felt like I understood what the final
“Why are you asking me all of a sudden?”
“…No reason. Anyways, thanks.”
I raised Boss’s hand. She flinched as if she didn’t realize I was
holding her hands until now.
Her cheeks flushed red, but she soon collected her composure and let go.
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“Go. I want to be alone right now.”
She chased me away like shooing away a fly.
I turned back with a bitter smile. Boss glanced at me several times
before creating a coffin out of her shadow. Jin Yohan, Arashi, and Jain
I didn’t wait to find out what happened next.
I stopped in front of the stronghold, the magic power fortress taking
root in the part of the barrier I purified. I looked inside the fortress
wavering with magic power. My Thousand-Mile Eyes could peer into even a
master artisan’s work.
—…By the way, who are the people outside?
—Ah~ You’ve heard of them, right, Nayun? They’re from the
—Yeah, I’ve worked with them during the Orden mission.
—Yep, that’s them. I hired them.
Yoo Yeonha and Chae Nayun were talking with each other. Then, Chae Nayun
—Then that woman is also from the Chameleon Troupe? She seems to be…
rather close to Kim Hajin.
—Oh, that? Well, you know, Kim Hajin did a lot of work in the shade.
They must be acquaintances from that time.
—They’re too touchy to just be acquaintances though….
—…Maybe they’re close acquaintances.
Yoo Yeonha tricked Chae Nayun without much effort. She lied naturally
without even batting an eye.
Before I entered the stronghold, I took another deep breath and closed my
eyes. I checked my Stigma, which was slowly recovering. Thanks to the
[Orb of Regeneration], more than two streaks had already been filled.
I focused one streak into my eyes.
Immediately, my vision shot up into a satellite view. Looking down from a
lofty height, I could see everything from a third-person perspective, and
I quickly spotted Baal.
Kim Suho, Chae Joochul, Rachel, Heynckes, Aileen…. Almost all Heroes I
knew were fighting Baal. I could even see Shimurin, Harin, and even
Even though Baal was right in front of me, I had no choice but to watch
from afar. It was funny saying this at this point, but that was the role
of an ‘extra’. At least for now, my job was simply to assist them from a
However, Chae Nayun was different.
She would be able to awaken her true worth by facing Baal.
After thinking this far, I let out a few dry coughs before entering the
fortress. At last, Yoo Yeonha and Chae Nayun’s chatter stopped.
Chae Nayun stood next to Yoo Yeonha and asked while she stole glances at
“…What were you doing?”
She scratched her head somewhat awkwardly. Yoo Yeonha noticed how Chae
Nayun and I were acting and let out a bitter smile.
I said to her, “You don’t need to know that. It’s about time we go back.”
“…Y-Yeah, I was just about to….”
Chae Nayun replied while furrowing her brows. She seemed to be
dissatisfied with something.
“I’ll be back soon, Yeonha.”
Chae Nayun got up after tapping Yoo Yeonha’s lap a couple times. Yoo
Yeonha also tried to get up, but I stopped her.
“You stay here. You’re weaker than even me.”
Yoo Yeonha immediately pouted. Her protruding lips moved like a bird’s
“At least let me say goodbye.”
She then held Chae Nayun’s hand and whispered into her ear. Chae Nayun
laughed as if she had been told a joke. Yoo Yeonha then sat back down.
“Okay, you can take her now.”
I left the stronghold with Chae Nayun. She tried to go right away, but I
grabbed her wrist and stopped her.
The moment my hand touched her, Chae Nayun jumped like a cat who stepped
on a needle.
“W-What! What is it!?”
“I have something to give you.”
I smiled faintly. There was something I needed to give her before she
I silently took out a necklace from my pocket. A carefully crafted
fingernail-sized diamond hung on a blue string.
This was an item that would replace what she should have had in the
original story. I had crafted this [Magic Power Amplification Blue
Diamond Necklace] with care.
Chae Nayun dropped her jaw as she stared at the necklace. Even inside the
barrier’s darkness, it shone brightly.
[Magic Power Amplification Blue Diamond Necklace] [Pinnacle-grade]
○The work surmised to be crafted by a famous Dwarf. Special magical
effects are enchanted on it.
—High-rank Magic Power Amplification
—High-rank Magic Power Circulation
—High-rank Mental Interference Immunity
Thanks to using high-quality ingredients, it was equal to or above
Homer’s Ring in functionality. I gave it a blessing with Stigma’s magic
power before putting it in Chae Nayun’s hand.
Chae Nayun stared at it blankly.
I tapped on her shoulder and spoke.
“You can tell how good it is, right? Be sure to give it back later.”
Chae Nayun’s gaze shot up before falling on the necklace once again. This
time, she seemed to be checking the effects of the necklace rather than
its outer appearance. Soon, she smiled and nodded her head.
“…Right, there’s no way something like this would be a gift. Alright,
thanks. It should help out a lot.”
Chae Nayun put the necklace on, thinking only about its utility. The
change happened immediately.
Guooo…. A blue aura rose up around Chae Nayun. The uncontrolled current
of magic power escaped in all directions. But, as expected of Chae Nayun,
she suppressed the amplified magic power with just a breath.
“Whew, done. What about you, Kim Hajin?”
Chae Nayun asked.
I tapped on the Desert Eagle in my hand and answered.
“I’ll support you guys with this.”
That was the best thing I could do at the moment. I had to search for an
opening to drill the god-slaying bullet into Baal.
“What a scaredy-cat.”
Chae Nayun grinned.
There was no need for me to feel bad. It was true. So, I simply nodded my
“You know me. I always run away or shoot from far away.”
“And you’re going to do that until the end?”
Chae Nayun stared into my eyes. Her big, clear eyes carried her sincere
feelings. I answered truthfully as well.
“…Yeah. But maybe I can stop running away when everything ends.”
Chae Nayun silently thought about what I said before tilting her head
“Okay, so you’re saying you won’t run away after this, right?”
I’m okay with that. Chae Nayun murmured before laughing out loud.
“Then see you later.”
That was the final goodbye.
Chae Nayun watched Chae Joochul’s nature rising in the distance. In that
instant, she ran off without hesitation. She ran without turning back, to
that ‘final’ place.
The Heroes assumed a loose formation. Since going all out would only
result in their death, they wanted to take it slow and understand Baal’s
attack patterns first.
Bell didn’t think that was a bad tactic. As Baal had yet to fully
descend, his attack patterns were simple, and the Heroes could slowly
chip away at him without being sacrificed.
Bell called this the ‘Toothpick Tactic’, hoping Baal would eventually
fall if he was poked by toothpicks endlessly.
However, not all toothpicks were the same, and some couldn’t even be
called toothpicks. Kim Suho was the prime example. He cut apart Baal’s
demonic energy while directly affecting its true body.
But now, Kim Suho was reaching his limit. His body was drenched in sweat,
and his hands were barely holding onto his sword. Most importantly, he
was running low on magic power.
Seeing Kim Suho out of energy, Bell clicked his tongue.
Kim Suho’s fuel efficiency simply wasn’t good. Because he was trapped
within a mental barricade, he was wasting too much magic power, despite
only needing a simple change in thinking to face Baal alone.
That said, Bell couldn’t help him with this problem. Kim Suho had to
realize this himself for it to have any effect.
“How troublesome…. I can’t see an end to this.”
At that moment, Heynckes muttered softly. Unlike Kim Suho, Heynckes and
Chae Joochul weren’t efficient in damaging non-physical beings.
In fact, there weren’t many Heroes who were capable of damaging Baal’s
true body. Other than Kim Suho, only Rachel and Aileen were worth
mentioning. Thankfully, the power of these two women wasn’t on the level
of a mere toothpick.
It was then.
A faint tremor shook the barrier. Some Heroes might not have felt a
thing. However, Bell clearly felt it – the quickening of death issued
from Baal’s heart.
Bell fell in thought. Should he escape to save the finite life he finally
reclaimed? Or should he stay to watch the interesting spectacle develop?
However, Bell’s old friend Baal did not give him any time to decide.
—Pathetic insects who cannot even touch the edge of true existence.
His calm murmuring resounded clearly from what seemed to be the mouth of
the true body. All Heroes widened their eyes.
Baal glared at them with his distant, piercing gaze. His eyes, which had
been filled with nothing but vast darkness, now carried a powerful,
transcendent power of destruction. Just staring at his eyes caused a few
Heroes to collapse.
—Why struggle so much to continue such pitiful lives?
The devil so transcendent that he could not exist in the material realm –
Baal – finally descended successfully.
—Death suits you all more.
This sentence marked the outbreak of war.
Baal infused the power of destruction in his breath. A storm of demonic
energy brewed from his origin. This was the same ‘breath’ that had
destroyed countless worlds in the past.
It swallowed everything inside the barrier.
Kim Suho swung his sword with what little power he had left, but it
‘looked’ like it didn’t reach Baal….
A campfire was crackling. The shadow of a fire danced on the ground.
Inside a cave filled with deathly silence, Kim Suho was with his king,
the ruler of an already-ruined kingdom.
Was her name Priha or Praha? Kim Suho didn’t care to find out. He
currently didn’t even know his own name.
Kim Suho offered the food he cooked on the campfire to his king. It was a
simple dish cooked by adding herbs and potatoes in an earthenware pot. As
he was lucky that day, he was able to obtain two abandoned potatoes.
Jin Sahyuk stared at the dish with vacant eyes before grabbing it with
her hand and taking a bite. After that, she quickly began to devour it.
Kim Suho didn’t expect any of the food to come back to him.
He thought it was enough if he could help relieve his king’s hunger even
a little bit.
Right, he thought it was enough.
But when she finished eating, Jin Sahyuk confessed what should have never
‘I killed your master to obtain you. It was all a ploy to cut you off
from Puharen and have you offer your loyalty to me. I could have saved
your master, but I ended his life to save money. Because with the same
amount of money, I could have saved a hundred subordinates.’
Kim Suho still didn’t understand why Jin Sahyuk said this. Was it because
she was grateful? Or did she want to confess her sins before death?
Regardless, Kim Suho became furious. Even though the world fell, rage
ignited from the bottom of his heart. No, he raged precisely because the
The concept of a king or a knight no longer existed in this world. Since
everything had fallen to ruin, nothing was restricting him from doing
whatever he wanted. After all, what use was there talking about the
concept of nobility?
Kim Suho thought this as his hands trembled. And, in the end, he pounced
on Jin Sahyuk, cursing for the first time in his life.
Their scuffle continued for a long time. The two of them ran out of the
cave at one point and eventually reached a dead-end.
A frightening cliff was awaiting them. However, the two entangled
children failed to notice it.
Just like that, they fell from the cliff.
Who killed who in this instance? Did Kim Suho kill Jin Sahyuk? Or did Jin
Sahyuk kill Kim Suho?
Well, since they both went through reincarnation, it didn’t really matter.
But Kim Suho had to wonder as he fell to his death.
Why did he have to feel such pain?
Why was there nothing but pain and despair in this world?
And why did Jin Sahyuk confess her sins at the end? Wouldn’t it have been
better for both of them if she kept quiet and died peacefully?
Kim Suho had no way of finding out, but in reality, the answer was
simple. The truth was so surprisingly simple that it made one chuckle.
And Kim Suho had found out today.
The reason was that… this world was a mere ‘novel’ created by a damned
…This information, this mysterious narration, entered his brain. The
voice was too insidious to be a fairytale, but the subdued emptiness was
too frightening to be a documentary.
Kim Suho slowly opened his eyes. Tadak, tadak— He could hear the sound
of something crackling.
Kim Suho got up with a groan, and only then was he was able to look
around his surroundings.
A short mutter escaped his mouth.
Everything had been destroyed. The ground burned instead of the campfire,
and a fog carrying a scent of death filled the air. The nature created by
Chae Joochul had sunk and turned into a swamp of demonic energy, and
countless Heroes were collapsed on the ground either dead or unconscious.
With a single breath, Baal had materialized the word ‘destruction’ in
—You’ve woken up.
A voice resounded in the barrier. Kim Suho looked up and saw the true
body of Baal looking down on him.
A black dragon.
That’s how Kim Suho would describe him. The feeling he got when he first
saw him wasn’t wrong. That was the Black Dragon, often referred to as the
Harbinger of Destruction in legends and myths.
Baal’s reptilian mouth moved.
—I’ve received your memories. How painful. You must have received mine
Kim Suho fell silent. Just like Baal said, a few pieces of memories had
flowed into this brain and taken place naturally.
Hearing this voice, Kim Suho’s shoulders flinched. His response was
almost instinctive. Kim Suho knew what those two words were referring to.
—For what purpose was that title created?
Baal’s form suddenly grew small. His giant, draconic body quickly became
as big as a puppy.
Now looking like a cute lizard, Baal walked up to Kim Suho.
—’Main Character’, if you know the answer, I want to ask you.
The lizard made a joking expression.
—Are you disappointed? Are you angry? Or are you confused?
Kim Suho’s mouth remained shut.
—Main Character, you should already know who the author of this world
Kim Suho didn’t know, but he found out.
Information about Kim Hajin poured into his brain. Kim Hajin was Kim
Suho’s creator. He mapped out Kim Suho’s character, wrote everything
about his life, and used his misfortunes, happiness, and growth for other
The existence named ‘Kim Suho’ had been created for others’ enjoyment.
—Don’t tell me you think this is okay? That you can continue to live in
this world even if it is a mere novel. Such foolishness will not be
Kim Suho remembered how Kim Hajin was unreasonably kind when he treated
him. Kim Suho thought it was due to friendship, but now he understood the
—Unfortunately, that is not true. Why? Because if I die, the task of
the author will come to an end.
Kim Suho stared at Baal, who was chattering in front of him.
—This is the final arc, Kim Suho, the final arc! When the curtain
closes to the final arc, this world will come to an end. Everything will
stop for eternity.
Baal spoke with a grin.
The final arc. In other words, the conclusion.
A novel would end when it reached its conclusion. No matter how curious
the readers were of the after story, the world inside the novel wouldn’t
—But Main Character, I know how to save this world. A method to let
this world continue living…. You should know it now too.
When Kim Suho didn’t answer, Ball pointed at Kim Suho’s hip.
—That method lies in your sword.
The god-slaying sword, Misteltein.
Baal suggested that Kim Suho point this world at someone else.
—Entrap the author’s soul in this world forever. This world will stop
if the author leaves, but it will be a different story if his soul stays.
I will split his soul into pieces and scatter them throughout the world.
That way, a natural world full of life will continue to exist. The world
will not stop and move eternally.
The core forming the world. Baal thought that this was Kim Hajin’s soul.
And most likely, it was true.
—Kim Suho, you can become the sword that slays the god. For the sake of
this world, play the role of killing its god. If ‘he’ dies, we will
become complete existences. I will gladly accept you as my equal and
bring eternal richness and fertility to your world. Wouldn’t that be the
true method of protecting and saving this world?
Baal’s long speech ended. He took a few steps back and stared at Kim Suho
while floating around in the air.
Kim Suho didn’t say a word. He stared at Baal without a hint of emotion
on his face. Just like that, a long yet short time passed by.
—…And your answer?
Baal wanted to know what Kim Suho was thinking. However, even Baal
couldn’t read Kim Suho’s thoughts. He guessed that this was because Kim
Suho was the main character.
As such, Baal waited for Kim Suho’s response. Of course, he didn’t care
if Kim Suho didn’t agree right away.
His barrier was still trapping the so-called Creator. As long as the
Creator was in this barrier and not his world, Baal felt like he could
So if Kim Suho refused, he planned to end everything here. It was just
that convincing Kim Suho was a surer method of doing so.
…However, what Kim Suho was thinking was completely different than
Baal’s. No, perhaps they were similar.
Kim Suho had a simple desire of wanting to cut Baal’s twisted eyes.
Kim Suho took a deep breath and shook off this desire. He remembered the
past that he experienced in the form of a dream.
—You! Let me go! I am your king! You dare….
—Shut up! You beggar!
—W-What? Beggar!? I saved you when you were a beggar, yet you dare to
Two children were arguing loudly.
Kim Suho had failed to protect Puharen and killed Prihi with his own
hands. His final memories were of him becoming tainted.
However, he finally gained the chance to atone for his past sins.
He didn’t want to fail again at protecting what he cherished.
He still remembered the day over 20 years ago when he was born on Earth
as a baby. He didn’t have parents in his previous life, but the parents
in his current life gave him the name ‘Suho’.
Suho, meaning, to protect. He felt as if fate was playing a trick on him.
Regardless, he didn’t want to become a Hero. He simply couldn’t see
himself as one when he had murdered the very person he swore to protect.
But as time passed, he felt the invisible hand of fate constrict him.
That feeling intensified every time he saw, touched, or swung a sword.
The existence known as Kim Suho carried a clear, noble ‘will of the
Growing up, he came to realize something.
That perhaps, this fate began from his name.
He heard the answer to his suspicion on TV from a well-respected Hero
named ‘Shin Myungchul’.
Shin Myungchul stood in front of a group of boys and girls who would
become Heroes in the future and gave a speech Kim Suho could never forget.
—Everyone, do not forget. A Gift isn’t a special right, but a duty.
With great power comes great responsibility.
When Kim Suho heard these words, he chose the path he wanted to take. In
a way, it was quite obvious. After all, it was unlikely that he
reincarnated in this world for no reason.
He didn’t think he was ‘chosen’.
He didn’t think he had to become the savior either.
It was just that… he thought it was his duty… to protect.
The meaning behind protecting wasn’t so complex. Protecting someone’s
family, protecting someone’s friends, and protecting oneself…. That was
Today, the intent he had carried from that day was ascertained by Baal.
From the start— he had been born to ‘protect everyone’.
The moment Kim Suho said his name, Baal realized what decision he made.
Baal emitted demonic energy, which was dense and powerful enough to melt
a human soul instantly.
However, Kim Suho severed it in half just by swinging his sword once. No,
perhaps he didn’t even take his sword out.
Taken by surprise, Baal shot back and transformed back into his dragon
But to Kim Suho, his transformation looked like a pufferfish puffing its
body in fright.
To be frank— he pitied him.
“Thanks. I found out thanks to you.”
Kim Suho smiled gently.
Even if what Baal said was true, or in other words, even if this world
was a part of a novel, it didn’t matter. Even if he was created by
another being, he just had to be thankful of what he had and continue to
Moreover, he trusted that Kim Hajin wouldn’t abandon this world.
“I… have to defeat you.”
Although he was speaking calmly, he was boiling with rage on the inside.
Around him were corpses of countless Heroes or those who were barely
Kim Suho’s fury had surpassed his limit, and that made him calmer instead.
“That way, I can protect this world.”
To actualize his previous thought – to cut Baal’s twisted eyes – he swung
his sword. Baal made something similar to a smile.
—You just made the worst possible deci….
Baal couldn’t finish his sentence. Baal was waiting for Kim Suho to
attack, but when Kim Suho swung his sword through the air— Baal lost
Rather than pain or rage, he felt doubt.
Why? And how?
“A novel or not, this world isn’t something you can destroy as you
please. There are people I need to protect. And as long as I can protect
them, that’s enough for me.”
—…You insufferable mortal!
His rage arrived late. Baal shouted in anger and shot his demonic energy
forward. Even now, Baal didn’t think it was possible for him to lose.
He had an infinite amount of demonic energy in his barrier. As long as he
waited until Kim Suho ran out of magic power, he believed he could win.
Kim Suho cut Baal’s demonic energy too easily. He didn’t even need to use
his sword. With a single wave of his hand, he erased Baal’s demonic
Baal roared and increased the amount and intensity of his demonic energy.
A storm of demonic energy brewed in the air.
A terrifying, great power of destruction shot out. But even against a
force capable of devouring a world….
“Compared to the weight of your existence, you are too light.”
Kim Suho was relaxed.
He’s looking down on me!
A mere mortal is looking down on me!
That cannot be tolerated. That MUST not be allowed.
How can a mere human threaten me…!?
For the first time, Baal felt resentment.
“Let me ask.”
Kim Suho slowly approached Baal.
Baal backed off, matching Kim Suho’s steps.
“Were you created to live so pitifully?”
At that moment, Baal stopped emitting his demonic energy. Kim Suho’s
arrogance had stepped over a line that turned his fury into calmness.
Baal made his emotions cold and thought how Kim Suho suddenly reached
It was then.
A cheerful voice rang out.
“I’m here too, Kim Suho~!”
Chae Nayun called Kim Suho while shaking Balmung in one hand.
Kim Suho stared at her with a look of surprise.
However, that wasn’t the only thing to surprise him.
A pain-filled stretching sound rang out. A Hero stood up from the ruined
scenery of nature. It was the Hero with his body covered in steel – the
Nine Stars’ Heynckes.
“Ah, you were alive, as I thought! Oh! My disciple is here too!”
Heynckes exclaimed as he looked back and forth between Kim Suho and Chae
Soon afterward, Chae Joochul got up without a sound. He straightened out
his bent back and neck, then cusped his hands behind his back. Although
his traditional uniform was tattered, his skin underneath showed no signs
of injury. His body was even more perfect than Kim Suho’s, especially
considering his age.
“Aigo, my head….”
Aileen was the next to get up. She furrowed her brows and pressed down on
her temple. Because of the bags under her eyes, she looked like a
“Thanks, Earth, you saved me.”
Rachel got up next. Earth’s barrier had protected her body.
“Keeeu… Where has my honor as a leader gone?”
Yun Seung-Ah smiled as she looked at Kim Suho.
Kim Suho slowly turned around and stared at them.
They weren’t the only ones awakening. Many Heroes were getting up one by
Although a vast majority were still collapsed unconscious, the Heroes had
not lost to Baal yet.
In other words- there was no reason for Kim Suho to fight alone.
“Why the hell is he so strong?”
“Ah… damn it. I’m out of magic power.”
“Hey, Kim Suho, are you alright?”
Hearing the voices of several Heroes, Kim Suho smiled faintly. They
approached him one by one.
Soon, Kim Suho was surrounded by dozens of Heroes, and they stood
together to gaze at Baal. Their will and fighting spirit had not been
destroyed in the slightest.
On the other hand, Baal chuckled as he stared at the ant-like Heroes. An
unappeasable fury welled up in his heart. This rage had to be bigger than
the combined rage of all others in this world.
…Next, Baal’s eyes contorted.
Kim Suho took out the holy sword containing his will.