〈Horror of war, preparation for war-2〉
Looking at the ruins of the gnome, you can see that the secret ancient race also enjoyed gambling.
Not a few elements of the objects they produced were “random”.
Like the “food-random box” in the Laputa warehouse or the “random water faucet” in some showers,
Depending on the probability, it was a format that allowed you to taste the joy of going back and forth between’jackpot’ and’pumpkin’.
‘And this 〈Gnome’s Subspace Vending Machine〉 is the representative object.’
If you put this coin called 〈Ancient Coin of the Underground Kingdom〉 into it and turn the lever, one of the numerous “material items” in the subspace of the outer dimension randomly drops.
‘By the way, no matter how much of an engineer race, you enjoyed Gacha, whose reward is a material item, like a national game… … They are like real perverts.’
But the truth is… … It was Lee Hyun-wook who enjoyed the perverted gnome’s taste more than anyone else. He tried more’drawings’ than most blacksmiths or alchemists.
I don’t like gambling, but I couldn’t help it because it was the only window where I could get rare and precious metals that couldn’t be obtained no matter how much money I had.
Bampara—Bam— Bam— Bam——!
… … Just like now.
‘What, fanfare from the beginning… … .’
Soon it rattled—something fell into the bottom merchandise outlet with a sound. that’s… … It was a product packaged in a round capsule.
Lee Hyun-wook turned it and opened it, and the dwarves who were watching from the side saw the identity of the contents and ran out with fear.
“Huh— that, it’s—!”
“Do, do, my God… … It’s the heart of the stars!”
-Acquired’Magneta Crust Piece’.
A neutron star that was born when all the stars were burned, and the most powerful of them was the “Magnetar,” and this item seemed to take its motif from such an astronomical phenomenon. Of course, the actual “attributes” would be markedly different.
If it had been a neutron star, Magneta, it would have disintegrated everything in the whole area into atomic units by exhaling a powerful magnetic field like a whip, but it was emitting a dense “mana” like crazy.
Lee Hyun-wook sensed the flow of mana and was amazed.
‘… … It’s virtually infinite mana.’
Well, technically, a huge amount of mana was strongly condensed, and it was a finite entity that would dissipate after releasing all of them.
However, the sun will also go out someday, but from a human point of view, isn’t it actually “infinite energy”? This was the same concept.
‘As far as I know, there will be a small amount of this in the core of the 〈Dwarf Made Great Mountain Engine〉 that I swallowed in the 4th wave.’
In other words, this small ore alone meant that it could be enough to make five or six such tremendous engines.
It was also an object that was nicknamed “star heart.”
“Well, that! That, I don’t think you have anything to write…”
The dwarves flocked around and swallowed it. They looked like a group of puppies snooping at the owner’s table.
“No, I will eat…… No, I will use it.”
Then the Dwarves were very openly and disappointed.
“no… … I’m not ignoring you, but those rare ingredients must be handled by a real exhaust expert! Wouldn’t that be just us?”
“Yeah, if you leave it to us, you can make it into a very cool thing. How about, do you trust us?”
“Oh, or I’ll just sell it to us! I don’t have anything right now, but I’ll pay for it even if I work my whole life…….”
Lee Hyun-wook avoided those short and thick hands and lifted the “magneta crust piece” to the height of the chest.
“I’m sorry, but I can’t.”
Then a shadow fell on their faces.
If it was any other metal, I would have invested in them to increase their liking, but I could never give this. When Lee Hyun-wook put it in his pocket, the eyes of the Dwarves were regretful.
“Okay, it’s too early to be disappointed. There are still a lot of coins. If there are some good things, I’ll trust it to you.”
When Lee Hyun-wook lifted the plastic bag, 140 coins made a jagged sound in it.
Then, the dwarves’ faces turned red.
“Oh, yes! It was a super night from the beginning, so it’s very exciting!”
I then added a few more draws, but the fanfare didn’t sound.
‘Well, these are also rare enough… … .’
This is true, and human beings are cunningly, the legendary metals such as Mithril, Adamant, Orihalkon, and Cheoncheol have not occupied their spirituality.
I got something so valuable from the start, so the taste of gambling fell a bit.
Lee Hyun-wook stopped drawing when there were 100 coins left.
“How, would you like to receive this?”
Lee Hyun-wook handed out 7 Adamants to the Dwarves.
“Oh! Is that really? Isn’t Adamant a pretty expensive guy?”
“Can’t you make that expensive thing more valuable?”
“Hahaha! Right, good! Shall we show our skills after a long time?”
As such, they seemed to feel pleasure in dealing with the mineral itself rather than its possessive desire.
In other words, no matter how much you pampered, you would not have to feel guilty.
‘Okay, in order to pamper you well in the future, you have to make me feel better. … .’
Meanwhile, the staff of the 〈New Town Planning Department〉, including team leader Lee Gyo-jun, led the dwarves to the “upper city center” where they lived.
There were many residential-commercial buildings lined up there, and according to a preliminary survey, it was said that as many as 1,456 households could move in.
There, the first residents came in.
“Then, we will interview these dwarves and find out their personal information, and then we will divide the roles according to their disposition and abilities.”
Team leader Lee Kyo-jun said as he approached.
“Yes, I’m sorry, but I’d appreciate it if you take care of it. It’s hard for me to pay attention to that part.”
That’s why a large number of “employees” were needed, and now, to some extent, the foundation was established.
In other words, even if he was not there, the staff would share their roles and run this huge facility called Laputa.
Shortly after, Lee Hyun-wook returned to the order tower.
And immediately swallowed 〈Magneta Crust Piece〉.
-Until metal absorption (unknown time) remains.
‘Also… … I have to rest quite a while to digest this… … .’
However, there was still one work to be done.
“Talos, are you listening to me?”
-Yes, Master! Do you need anything?
Soon, Talos’ voice came into my ear. Like this, AI and Talos could be called up anytime, anywhere in Laputa.
“Well, is there a place where items of other races are stored?”
A few days ago, the Black Orc Kingdom declared war on Korea and explained why, saying that the relics of their “ancestors” were in Laputa. And in order to get it back, he was going to invade Korea.
‘First, we need to check if there is such a thing.’
Laputa was so wide that it was still full of unknowns.
“Ah… … Perhaps you are talking about 〈War History Exhibition Hall〉.”
“Yes, where is it?”
“Yes, it is on the B43 floor of the lower research area.”
Lee Hyun-wook was guided by Talos and went down there.
Most of Laputa’s floors were still unopened and left unattended. It was the same for the B43 floor. It is natural that there is no human being at all, but it was a dark atmosphere as if in an abandoned spaceship.
Soon, I faced a museum-like space in the center of the B43 floor.
When Lee Hyun-wook entered, the crystal tile on the ceiling lit up.
The space that turned out like that was pure white and quite spacious.
“Well…… Talos, is this the museum?”
“Yes that’s right! Gnomes have fought numerous wars in history, and the loot they earned each time are kept right here.
“So, you mean, you have stored the plundered stuff?”
“Haha—it’s not necessarily the case, and there must be tributes!”
However, it was more like an exhibition hall than a museum. Several items were hung inside the clear glass, but there was no explanation for them. Shouldn’t museums always have to convey relevant information?
‘By the way, here… … It’s all pretty good.’
The entire space was overlaid with items of the least hero grade. And among them, what Lee Hyun-wook saw was mixed.
‘Wait a minute, this is… … Isn’t it 〈Bloodeddon〉?”
It was a long bow with a dark red hue.
“Ah! Did you know?」
Aldada, a relic of a race called the Dark Elf, the Dark Elf’s high warlords shot it and crashed the super-sized unfair 〈Gate Sentinel〉.
In other words, it was a tactical weapon, which meant that it was a terrifying bow.
‘Is this what was originally here?’
Dark Elf, ruler of the 3rd wave area… … Perhaps it was an unknown race.
Today, Berlin’s eroded area is known only as a green hell covered in cannibals.
However, it turned out that the Dark Elf’s military power was expanding underground, and that was a secret that only some German vested interests knew.
‘Yes, did the villains hand this over to the Dark Elves?’
In the previous life, they owned Laputa, so it seemed that they had made some kind of deal with such monster forces.
And, perhaps, as a result of the deal, it seemed that the dark elves, who had maintained their neutrality, stood on the side of the villain and entered the European conquest battle.
‘That is, that opportunity came to me to some extent.’
Next, Lee Hyun-wook faced a giant ax.
It was so big, the total length seemed to be enough.
‘… … This is it.’
The legacy of the Black Orc ancestors, it was clear what this meant.
Lee Hyun-wook put his hand on the transparent glass film.
-This item is currently in a’sealed’ state.
* Special conditions are required to release the seal.
“Well…… Talos, is this something you can’t take out now?”
“That’s right. Since that is such a valuable item, the gnome who designed this space has a fairly complex locking mechanism.”
“… … what is that?”
“For each item, there is a’soul stone’ that can be obtained from the body of the’leader’ of the corresponding race. That’s the key. However, all the soulstones that gnomes had won in the past were lost when Laputa was attacked by an unknown enemy and the 5th faction escaped.
“Really, it’s a bad edition…….”
「… … Big, but, every time a new leader is elected for each race, a soul stone will be created in the leader’s body, so you will be able to get it again!」
In such an explanation, Lee Hyun-wook laughed.
‘… … Isn’t that a little, too compelling setting?’
So, in order to bring out these powerful items, it meant that you had to steal the “soul stone” by attacking the boss monster—the head of each race that appeared after the wave.
Otherwise, like the villains of the previous life, instead of handing over this, you can get paid… … It was designed to take either route.
“… … Well, I have to think about this later.”
Even with those races, he would face the near future.
And then, these would be powerful negotiation cards.
Lee Hyun-wook left the work to the ’employees’ and went on a break. To be precise, the body’s blast furnace was operated to its maximum value—the whole effort was devoted to absorption.
However, after two full days, there was no sign of absorption, and the pain was repeated as if the body was being orphaned.
-Until metal absorption (unknown time) remains.
Well… … It took days and days to absorb 〈Dwarf’s Great Mountain Engine〉, which was several times more than that.
‘… … You don’t have to be like this for a week, right?’
Anyway, after this period, satisfactory results come out.
‘I hold on only a little more.’
In the meantime, various news came in.
First of all, the Black Orc Kingdom still had no unusual trends. It was being monitored by military satellites for 24 hours, but the movement of troops was not identified.
And China’s 〈Hongdo〉 guild, claiming to have managerial authority of Laputa, was persistently pressing the Korean government.
-China’s Hongdo side, South Korea is occupying Laputa illegally.
-Chinese public opinion infested with anger “Laputa is China’s in the first place!”
However, the decision makers of the government such as Woo Sung-moon have already decided to stick to the “prohibition of feeding to idiots,” so they did not respond to anything.
Then, inevitably, opinions poured over whether the Korean government wasn’t responding at all because it wasn’t proud… … .
Shortly thereafter, a video of several large transport planes marked 〈ROKAMT〉 entering Laputa’s dome—the barrier was released.
This indirectly proved Laputa’s administrative authority.
‘Yes, it’s better to prove quietly than to be beaten loudly.’
Then, international public opinion turned sharply.
-A quiet proof of the Korean government… … Is it a Chinese guild scam?
-Now it’s the turn that ‘Hongdo’ must prove, the world’s attention!
Even if it wasn’t, as it was China, which had a bad image in the international community, it started to be considered as a forceful argument this time.
But that night… … I got a call from team leader Gyo-jun Lee.
-… … The Hongdo Guild has made an unknown request again.
Anxiety smeared in his voice.
-Well, what they have is, in fact, they mentioned a very specific item name as 〈Auxiliary Key of Ancient Heritage〉. So, he said he received the quest to become Laputa’s ‘servant’, and he asked them to meet him because they could be of great help in using Laputa.
At that point, Lee Hyun-wook could not be consistent with ignorance. If you mentioned an item name that starts like ‘of an ancient heritage,’ it wasn’t just a bluff, it meant you were really holding something.
And the auxiliary key, at that point, a memory of Lee Hyun-wook came to mind.
‘I guess I should call them to Korea… … .’
He turned off the furnace inside the body.
36 hours later, Incheon International Airport Arrival Hall,
click! click! click! click!
Three players from the Chinese 〈Hongdo〉 guild stood on the photo line.
Those who insisted on Laputa’s managerial authority over the past few days stepped on Korean soil. It was even an invitation from the Korean government.
In that regard, the world once again doubted whether the Korean government, without Laputa’s administrative authority, was attempting to negotiate with the Hongdo Guild.
Accordingly, the Korean government nailed it, saying, “This invitation is not a meeting for that purpose,” and the Hongdo Guild made no comments.
“The reason you came to Korea today may be related to Laputa! Do you still insist on Laputa’s administrator rights?”
And to the reporter’s question—
“… … After today, there will be good news.”
I just answered vaguely.
After getting in the car they prepared, they put on the “silence” magic.
“Woah, crazy… Hey, did the assassins arrive?”
It was Hongdo’s deputy master Sao-jun. He is the 21st assassin player in the Chinese player rankings, and he was known as the holder of the key with “Laputa Administrator Rights”.
“Yes, I’m waiting for a’summon’ in the southern part of this land.”
And the one who answers like this… … It wasn’t human.
“Are you so thorough like the guys who assassinated our uncle?”
While Xiaojun said so, he felt a sense of tension.
“… … Human, it’s noisy.”
Surprisingly, it was a Black Orc shaman who turned into a human.
‘No, what are these children saying, word by word, so bloody?’
Xiaojun, despite being a very capable man, collapsed without my knowledge. It was also due to the fact that this Black Orc Shaman’s unit was the notorious “Slayer” called 〈Blood Axe〉.
The targets the monsters once aimed at could never survive.
‘My uncle must have died at the hands of this child too… … .’
His uncle, who was once 4th in the Chinese player rankings, was also torn to pieces by an S-grade spiritist, Deng Qiao.
So, on the one hand, I was relieved.
Today, this operation, by force, was to be successful.
“Uh, well…… Anyway, since I have this key, I’ll be able to identify the real manager. Then, if I pretend to shake hands and then grab him with a’rope’, he won’t be able to do anything…….’
He said so and stroked a rope tattoo on his wrist.
Then, item information came to my eyes.
-Effect: When infusing mana, it traps a specific target. (The trapped target cannot loosen the rope by magnetic force for 10 minutes.)
It was Black Orc’s magic, and the item was tattooed on the body, but it was a skill that was not known to the public, so there was no fear of being caught.
“… … You know you’re acting after that? I have to move in a hurry first, and don’t let them notice, I have to wait for my signal.”
Despite Xiaojun’s repeated words, the Black Orc didn’t answer.
“……Well, yes, our sum fits well, isn’t it?”
In this way, they were invited by the Korean government to openly prepare for the assassination. This was diplomatically insane.
But Xiaojun didn’t care about that.
Because he is a “villain”.
Whether it was killed or cooked, the country turned over and the past life burst, the only goal was to obtain only Laputa’s master key.
Suddenly, their car entered downtown Seoul.
But along their car, a crow was flying.
It wasn’t an ordinary crow.
“Look at these…….”
Lee Hyun-wook chased the Hongdo guild’s car with the eyes of’Hughin’.
And something was identified in his “Insight Lens.”
The subject was a large man in the back seat.
Above his head, a line of text floated.
-Black Orc Shaman (LV. 71)
‘Ha? Polymorphani… … .’
Polymorph, a technique that changes the appearance, is a very difficult magic, and only a dragon could use it freely.
‘Yes, it’s the power of Snotox, the Orc King?’
The famous boss monster was the best shaman.
‘Isn’t it that the king of the noble orcs came out on their own?’
However, he couldn’t fool the Horus Eye.
Immediately afterwards, Lee Hyun-wook took something out of his arms.
It was a mana messenger connected one-on-one with St. Emilia Müller.
After a while, the business room of a hotel in Seoul,
The members of the Hongdo guild were sitting there waiting for someone.
The South Korean government said that Laputa’s manager was a member of a private guild and decided to set the meeting point as a hotel, not a government facility.
“… … Hmm, 10 minutes have passed since the appointment time, right?”
“That’s right. These children, you’re not polite.”
“Huh…… it’s okay, anyway… it’ll be fun anyway, right?”
The players of the Hongdo Guild faced each other and giggled.
Then, the door opened.
“Ah- Are you coming in now?”
And the person they expected appeared right there. I knew it!’
He was none other than Seoul’s savior, Lee Hyun-wook.
Then something trembled in Xiaojun’s inner pocket.
And before my eyes, a system message came to mind.
-Encountered Laputa’s “Master”!
He was able to identify Laputa’s master in this way because he received a quest the moment he was handed this “auxiliary key” from Amseong.
‘After all, he was Laputa’s manager.’
This, in fact, was already expected by Villan.
However, there have been so many failures in recent years, so this time it was necessary to make sure everything one by one.
‘Today, without making a mistake, we will clear the biggest obstacle!’
Xiaojun got up from his seat and smiled.
“Ah! Hello! Isn’t this a really famous person?”
And he was ready to inject mana into his right wrist.
When entering this place, all items were returned to the subspace storage box. However, as expected, this “tattoo” was not noticed.
And the Orc Shaman also stood up.
He opened his eyes and stared at Lee Hyun-wook.
And as I said earlier, I waited for the moment of’handshake’.
“Haha—I’ve already recognized it. I popped up in front of me that if I got permission from the master of Laputa, I could become a worker.”
“Oh, did I make a lot of noise? That makes me feel bad. First of all, I apologize for causing the fuss ahead of me.”
Xiaojun reached out to Lee Hyun-wook with a nice smile.
By the way… … It wasn’t Lee Hyun-wook’s hand.
It was a shotgun.
… … Gleipnir, there was no time to take it out.