The Novel's Extra - chapter-83
I came to a rice soup restaurant. Cube had all sorts of restaurants,
but this place, Grandma’s Home Flavor, was the only rice soup
restaurant that ran 24/7.
Seeing Kim Suho eating a bowl of rice soup, I became lost in thought.
Kim Suho’s current power was at least at the level of an intermediate
rank Hero. This world still had many hidden pieces that I set up left
Among these, there were some that would fall into antagonists’ hands.
Items like the ‘Lucifer’s Feather’ and the ‘Snaketooth of
Beginning’ were things that I wouldn’t dare to try to obtain, but
with Kim Suho’s assistance, I might be able to stop them from falling
into antagonists’ hands.
…Thinking about it this way, Kim Suho suddenly became a lot more
I stared fixedly at Kim Suho. He looked like a main character no matter
how I looked at him. The rice soup must be delicious as he didn’t
notice that a grain of rice was stuck next to his mouth.
“You have a grain of rice stuck there.”
I took out a few sheets of tissues and took off the grain of rice.
Kim Suho spoke with a thin smile.
“By the way, are you going to do the powerpoint presentation for your
“Aren’t you nervous? I would be.”
“I’ll eat a serenity pill before it, don’t worry.”
I learned long ago that it was foolish to be obstinate about eating
medicine. Although I quit college to focus on writing, I still attended
until I was a sophomore. I’ve been in 4~5 group projects as well, so I
was fairly experienced with presentations.
I also planned on investing some SP into the serenity pill, not
necessarily for me, but for Rachel and my other teammates, who had high
expectations of me.
If I also add an increased eloquence and persuasiveness effect on the
hornflute, it should be a breeze to ace the presentation.
I asked Kim Suho.
“Anyways, the Dungeon is near Suwon, right?”
“Yeah, we should be careful.”
Suwon was the most dangerous area of the three capital areas: Seoul,
Suwon, and Incheon. During Outcall, Suwon went through a bizarre
terraforming, turning more than half of the region into a horrifying
Because of this, the west side of Suwon was completely off-limits to the
public. Kamak Mountain, which was our destination, was just at the border
of this restricted zone.
It was then.
The restaurant’s door opened, and someone clad entirely in black walked
in. A big hat, a black mask, and a long, full-body coat. This person
could easily be mistaken for a criminal.
“Um, I just called…”
The woman clad in black notified the staff in a soft voice. She then
glanced at Kim Suho and me, who were the only other customers in the
restaurant. Immediately, her shoulders trembled violently.
“Ah yes, wait just one moment.”
The staff went into the kitchen. I smirked and turned to the woman. She
was frozen like a statue.
“Oh, who’s this?”
I suddenly remembered. Along with hamburgers, rice soup was one of her
“Yo, Yoo Yeonha.”
She was desperately pretending to not have heard my crystal-clear
exclamation. Seeing that she wasn’t running away, she must still want
the rice soup she ordered.
I got up and approached her.
“Since you’re here, why don’t you join us?”
“Y-Yes? Who, who might you be? I don’t know anyone like you…”
She was desperately trying to sound different, but it was too obvious.
“Eh? Yoo Yeonha? You’re Yoo Yeonha?”
Kim Suho also responded. Then, Yoo Yeonha’s eyes began to tear up under
her big hat.
“N-No, no, I’m not. I don’t know anyone by that name….”
“Here you go.”
The staff then came out and handed her a packaged rice soup. Yoo Yeonha
quickly snatched it out of her hands before running off.
“A-Ah, wait! You need to pay for that!”
The staff shouted at her, but Yoo Yeonha disappeared like the wind. Then,
the staff’s gaze slowly turned towards me.
Without any other choice, I took out my card.
“I’ll pay for it.”
“Yes, thank you~”
For the record, for the next three days…
Yoo Yeonha couldn’t even meet my eyes.
Friday, the day of Phenomenon Realm Analysis team challenge presentation.
Currently, Chae Nayun was in a terrible mood.
Her team had been the first team to present. The result was a disaster,
even by Chae Nayun’s standards.
Just like Kim Hajin said, Oh Junsik insisted on doing the presentation,
stuttering throughout and messing up the entire powerpoint.
“…Ah, I was too nervous. Sorry, I’ll be better next time.”
That was what he said afterwards. Chae Nayun wanted to smack his head,
but she held herself back since class was still going on.
Next up was Team Rachel. A man sitting in front of Chae Nayun got up. It
was Kim Hajin.
Wearing a pair of round glasses, he got up on the podium.
“Hello, I am from Team 3. Our Dungeon was the Walsin Dungeon. This
Dungeon existed on the foot of Gangwondo Snow Mountain, but because the
guild in charge of it, the Desolate Moon guild, hasn’t released any
information on the result….”
Kim Hajin’s presentation was smooth. His voice was soft, and he
didn’t seem nervous. He first introduced the information gathered by
his team, and then estimated the Dungeon’s internal structure using
calculations. He even had a cross-sectional map prepared.
Chae Nayun stared at Kim Hajin’s presentation in a daze, her chin
sitting on her hand. His voice was slightly different, and a sense of
ease was carried in his occasional smiles. Together with his round
glasses, it was as if he was giving the class a lecture.
A smart guy was surprisingly cool.
“Wait, I have a question.”
“How can you estimate the counterflow of magic power with such a small
amount of data?”
At that moment, the professor interrupted him and asked a question.
“Ah, about that, if you look at the calculations here….”
However, Kim Hajin answered the professor just as smoothly as he always
had. Seeing this intellectual side of him, Chae Nayun fell into a trance.
With Kim Hajin’s answer, the professor backed down with a satisfied
smile, and the presentation soon concluded.
“That’s it for our team’s presentation.”
Kim Hajin finished his presentation as he pushed his glasses up.
Afterwards, he returned to his seat, which was next to Rachel’s. Chae
Nayun stared at Rachel half in regret, half in envy. Rachel and Kim Hajin
smiled and gave each other a high-five.
After the class ended, I was returning to the dorms with Rachel.
Tomer and other team members strongly asked for a celebratory afterparty,
but Rachel and I didn’t participate. I had another appointment, and
Rachel just had a reserved personality.
We walked together talking about today’s team challenge. About how Chae
Nayun’s team bombed the presentation, about how Shin Jonghak made his
presentation so intimidating…
“…Oh right, here.”
When we reached the crossroad to Dorm 1 and Dorm 2, Rachel handed me a
piece of paper.
“Are you perhaps interested in the English Royal Court guild?”
Before I could give a proper answer, Rachel continued speaking.
“In truth, I asked the Royal Court guild to contact Hajin-ssi, but it
seems they assumed things on their own by looking at Hajin-ssi’s
Hearing that, I looked at the paper she gave me. It was a contract.
Indeed, it had better conditions than the one I saw in the email. If I
was still on Earth, I never would have imagined such a treatment.
“…Please consider it.”
Rachel gave a light bow, then turned and walked to the right.
I watched her leave quietly.
After playing with Evandel for about 30 minutes, I headed to a bus stop
near Suwon Station, where I promised to meet Kim Suho.
Kim Suho had arrived long ago and was waiting for me.
“Hey Hajin, your presentation was amazing.”
Kim Suho was wearing light clothing. He was currently low on money, so I
volunteered to take care of food and equipment.
“Everyone was full of praises for you.”
“Oh yeah? Well more importantly, which way should we be going?”
Kim Suho took the lead, and I followed.
Not long afterwards, we arrived at Kamak Mountain.
We then hiked deep into the mountain. Because powerful beast-type
monsters lived in Kamak Mountain, we were both on the lookout to avoid
Finally, we arrived at a dead end. Kim Suho pointed at the wall in front
of us, which was covered in moss and vines.
“…So this is why it hasn’t been discovered until now.”
Even if you knew it was there, it would have been hard to find it. Not
only was it covered in all sorts of vegetation, the entrance was narrow.
At first glance, it only looked like a tiny gap.
“Once we go in, it won’t be easy to escape. Are you prepared?”
I took out the Desert Eagle from my pocket.
“This is pretty strong.”
I even prepared a light bullet just in case. Swordsman of Destruction
should be a high-intermediate rank monster. The difference between
intermediate rank and high-intermediate rank was immense. Even this light
bullet, which cost 70 SP to make, would likely only distract it for a
moment. However, a moment of distraction was enough. Kim Suho would take
care of the rest.
“Then let’s go in.”
Kim Suho and I jumped into the narrow gap. The gap widened as we walked,
eventually becoming big enough to be a tunnel.
The inside of the Dungeon was covered by dense darkness. Instead of
turning on a flashlight, I grabbed Kim Suho’s hand and guided him.
Shining light unnecessarily could provoke spirit monsters.
“It’s kinda creepy.”
“Tell me about it…. Hold on.”
I suddenly stopped and widened my eyes.
There was another pathway on the other side. If we started from the right
side, it meant there was another entrance from the left. Was it like this
in the original story? No, I didn’t think so.
Two people were walking forward from the pathway.
—Where is this?
—A hidden stage I’m guessing?
I couldn’t tell who they were from their faces, but considering the
feeling I got from them and the tattoos on their faces, they didn’t
look like kind people.
“…Wait, stay quiet for a moment.”
I quickly checked my laptop using my smartwatch.
There was an alert, just as I expected.
[Criticism – Kamak Mountain Dungeon, which Kim Suho conquers, is too
small considering its reward.]
[Solution – Made Kamak Mountain Dungeon a hidden stage in Suwon
In other words, Suwon Devil’s Nest became connected to Kamak Mountain
Coincidentally, today was August 14th, the day Packhorse Master would
conquer Suwon Devil’s Nest. In that case, those two guys should be
Djinns from Packhorse Master.
Kim Suho whispered.
I clenched my teeth. Packhorse Master’s Djinns were fairly powerful
Djinns. They were disguised as Heroes, being at least intermediate rank
in power. Even Kim Suho would have trouble dealing with them.
“There are other people in here.”
For now, I closely watched their movements as I eavesdropped on their
—Let’s go back first. Rather than arguing with the rest about what we
got out of the hidden stage, it’ll be better to conquer it together.
—…Yeah, you’re right.
Thankfully, they went back after confirming the hidden stage’s location.
“Let’s finish this fast.”
I concentrated magic power on my Thousand-Mile Eyes. In an instant, my
vision expanded, and the Dungeon’s internal structure entered my sight.
The Swordsman of Destruction’s location…
Straight, then two turns to the right. The Swordsman of Destruction was
sleeping inside the boss room.
[Suwon Devil’s Nest]
A medium-scale Dungeon located in the valley of Suwon Mountain Range. By
the time this Dungeon was close to being completely conquered, the owner
of Chameleon Troupe’s seat of Blue, an African-American man named
Khalifa, looked around at the members of Packhorse Master. He had
infiltrated the Packhorse Master guild.
Seven of the nine members who participated in the Dungeon raid was
sitting on the ground, collecting their breaths.
“James, Johong, did you find something?”
The guild master contacted the group’s two scouts with a communication
—Yes, we discovered a hidden path. It seems to be a hidden stage.
“Oh, is that so?”
Khalifa quietly listened in on their conversation.
—We’re currently on our way back. We can conquer it together.
“No, we’ll go there. You guys can continue your investigation.”
“You hear that guys? It’s time to get up!”
They were currently missing two men.
In that case, now was the best time.
Khalifa tapped his ears, transmitting a signal. Then, he unleashed his
magic power in the shape of a door.
Phase Shift. It was an ability that connected one space to another, so
long as it was not too far apart. Naturally, this was part of Khalifa’s
“Cullen, what are you doing? Who told you to open a Portal?”
Although it had a few differences from a Portal, because it looked like
one, almost everyone mistook it for an artificial Portal. Khalifa
didn’t go through the trouble to correct them.
“…Cullen, close the Portal.”
Khalifa silently put on a pair of sunglasses.
Annoyed by the guild master’s loud shouting, he even put on earplugs.
“You son of a bitch….”
Enraged, the guild master walked up to the Portal.
It was then.
A black blade shot out from the Portal.
The blade cleanly severed him in two. Without even having to ask, the
guild master was dead. Immediately, the guild master scattered into black
…A thick silence descended.
The group’s leader had been killed by a single blow. Other Djinns
simply stared into the Portal. They couldn’t bring themselves to move
or even speak.
Soon, a woman walked out of the Portal.
She had an average height, but a beautiful appearance. When the Djinns
met her eyes, their consciousness was sucked into a deep abyss.
One, two, three, four… six Djinns collapsed like lifeless dolls.
“We’ll have to keep one for the sake of stock price.”
Boss stared at Khalifa, murmuring in a cold voice. Khalifa grinned, then
“You’re right. Now then, should we go find the hidden stage?”
“You wait here.”
Khalifa tilted his head. Boss retorted briefly.
“The two people inside the hidden stage are candidates.”
Candidates. They referred to individuals selected by Boss and the members
of the Chameleon Troupe to have the qualification of becoming Chameleon
Troupe’s new color.
“Is it a… test?”
Boss liquified her body without answering Khalifa. In an instant, her
body turned into a black liquid and stuck to the ground. In that state,
she moved quickly.
1. A rice soup is a more homely restaurant that feels more like you’re
eating at home. The food served is also less restaurant-ish and feels
more like home. See “gukbap” on Wikipedia for more info on different
types of rice soups.
2. Serenity pill: a traditional Asian medicine that is said to calm