Volume 53 Chapter 8 – The world in danger
A wyvern’s screech rang out.
Wy-Il flew through the sky with frightening screams. Pale who was riding on his back had to duck further against the heavy winds.
“Let’s go slowly.”
– No. Master said fly faster. I’ll get scolded if I fly slow.
Wy-Il was flying excitedly since it had been a while since he last took a human on a flight.
Pale logged on to Royal Road after he died to Kaybern. The moment he logged in, Weed’s whisper arrived.
– Weed : The continent has fallen in danger. If peace is broken, the novice players will perish rather than people like us with high levels.
Indeed, Pale was concerned throughout the time he was unable to login due to Kaybern.
Pale asked in a voice of resolve.
“So, what do you need me to do?”
– Weed : Hunting. I will entrust Wy-Il to you. Getting rid of just one more monster will protect the novice players. That includes monsters in the northern villages too.
“I have many close friends in the north. I will protect them with my life.”
From that day, he hunted day after day!
Romuna, Surka, Python, Seasoned Crab.
It was not just them, but a large number of users participating in the hunt.
Geomchi3 and the apprentices logged onto Royal Road without much thought.
“Fights will be so much more interesting now that there are more monsters.”
“I’m gonna train a few skills… Become stronger and duke it out with the black lizard.”
“My heart pounded when we fought against the lizard.”
The devil’s touch had reached them as well.
– Weed : Brothers. I arranged a blind date with the Bamboo Shoot Porridge battalion.
“Youngest one! What can we do without you?”
Through Yurin, he sent them photos of the Bamboo Shoot Porridge users. Truthfully, the female users accepted the blind date half-heartedly as a joke, but there were differences in perspective.
“This person will be the other half of my life.”
“So, the one really did exist in this world!”
“Keuk. I had dropped sweat and blood all to meet this woman…”
They had fallen in love with just a few pictures.
– Weed : However, the continent is in danger and there’s a chance that these women could die to the monsters.
“No, how could such tragedy…”
“Hell no. Not even if my eyes are carved out… Such a thing can never occur.”
“My relationships were always like this. They were all short-straws when I thought it was finally going to work out!”
– Weed : It would be great if there was someone to protect these delicate Bamboo shoot Porridge users…
“I will kill them. Them monsters!”
“Gather all the boys up. We are going now!”
Geomchi3 and the apprentices emitted an aura more menacing than ogres, mobilizing the central continent users under the bull legion.
The users of the bull legion also could not forget the exhilarating chase of the Hermes guild, and the high-level users were not about to step down from a hunt.
“We need to make progress at moments like this. When else would we have the opportunity?”
“Let’s row when the tide’s coming in. If we are lucky, we can appear on broadcast.”
They started out lightly but began to overwork themselves along with the spawn of more monsters.
The northern users of level 100 to 200 were active hunters but were unable to stop the monsters from growing in numbers.
The monsters gathered in uninhabited grasslands, mountains and forests.
If not extinguished, it was only logical that they will multiply to an uncontrollable scale and swarm the cities.
“K-uhhhhhh. I worked so hard, but no one recognized my assistance.”
Petrov roamed around the Garnav plains and retrieved drawings.
The surroundings were still full of vestiges of battle, but some locations were abnormally untouched.
< Petrov’s watercolor scenic painting. >
The drawings inscribed on the earth distorted the area slightly.
He spread them out and criss crossed the directions a bit, slowing down the pace of the Haven imperial army.
He had conducted this interference when 20 legions mobilized with Weed as the target, and also when the main Haven army was on the retreat from Kaybern.
He could buy only a short period of time, maybe 3 to 5 minutes. However, that could have played a vital role in the war, though no one realized his doings.
“I did a good deed, so I can put it behind me.”
Petrov grinned in bitterness and retrieved his drawings.
He observed massive scale combat in the Garnav plains battle.
Sculptors of the north and central continent that were inspired from these battles had begun huge projects.
– Title : Sculptors gather around. We are collaborating for the world’s largest project ever.
Recruiting members for sculpting the war between the great Arpen Empire versus the pathetic and dishonorable Haven kingdom.
This piece that will be created on the Garnav plains will involve sculpting approximately 100,000 sculptures of the valiant northern users, the loyal central continent users, the Hermes guild and the imperial army.
Shouldn’t we sculpt the moment of the world’s transformation to be recorded in the history of Versailles continent?
We are hoping to recruit at least 2,000 sculptors.
There will be a lot of effort required, so users of different job classes with an interest in sculpting may also contact us.
The Chicken Porridge battalion of the Grass Porridge Cult, the Mapan association and the Gamong association will be sponsoring this project. Basic meal plans will be provided.
The grand dream of sculptors!
The sculptors of the north and Rhodium underwent preparations for an impressive collaborative project.
“I will also create a piece of art.”
Petrov was also preparing for the next painting.
“Flaming Meteor Summon falls… People gather, then Weed in the midst of various battles. Even the undead and the duel with Bard Ray.”
The paintings were based off true events, but the paintings need to have dynamic expressions of the action.
He thought the 30 or so paintings that he was about to create would be laid down as the history of the Versaille continent.
“I should join up with Weed-nim after I am done with this. There must be something a painter can contribute to defeating Kaybern.”
Silver Ring, Ben, Elix.
Being famous adventurers, they did not make their way to Garnav.
They went by their first principles, not to participate in the war between users.
“Kaybern has awakened.”
“That’s a real evil dragon, that one.”
“There is commotion everywhere because of that thing.”
They were pure adventurers since the pioneer days of Royal Road. Therefore, they knew a lot of information that no one else could.
They roamed the continent at free will and heard the stories of the civilians residing in areas nearby the dragon’s nest. They also obtained some transcripts from the dungeons.
< The dragon’s nest. >
< Unknown secrets about the dragon. #19 >
< Observations on the dragon. >
These were information that they hogged early before any other user.
“Isn’t it impossible to defeat a dragon?”
“Who knows… If it’s Weed, wouldn’t he have a sliver of chance?”
“I’d say he isn’t capable. Not with just strength. The dragon has an indomitable ability.”
“There will be other ways to defeat it. From the live footage, it seems that Kaybern also battles rather recklessly.”
Conflicting opinions created a divide evenly amongst the Shadows of Earth party.
They also had thoughts of challenging the quest related to the dragon, but not this instant.
In truth, they were around the late 400s in levels. They were mediocre individually.
They were caught up maxing out the adventure skills such as trap install and dismantling, map navigating and digging.
Elix let out a shallow sigh.
“In any case, the continent will become a wreck. Cities will crumble and users will get massacred.”
“That doesn’t matter to us, does it? I’m already busy going around doing quests and dungeons. The world is vast and there are many quests that have not been challenged yet. We can also set sail on a boat and go out to the far seas.”
Ben’s words did not comfort Elix’s deep concern reflected on his face.
“Still, you want to relax at the city and have a bottle of beer. It’s also nice to watch others living a joyful, worry-free life.
“Mmm. I do agree to that.”
There was a reason for the Shadow of Earth party not intervening in the war between other influential forces.
They loved adventure itself, but suffered greatly due to the power struggle between prestigious guilds.
The walls and structures of the long-visited city were destroyed. They did not want to witness any more users collapsed on the ground sighing in grief.
Ben thought for a moment and spoke out.
“What if we challenge Kaybern’s quest?”
“We acquired some information long ago pertaining to Kaybern. We buried it away because it was related to the dragon.”
“Ah. That’s right. It does exist.”
Silver ring and Elix dug into their memories.
< The evil dragon’s secret plan. >
They got a hold of an old, thin book some time ago. No one knew anything about dragons in the pioneer days of Royal Road.
They realized that there was a high possibility of the evil dragon turning out to be important in the future, so they had stored it away in the vault.
Elix smiled brightly.
“Indeed. It is uncertain that the answers we seek will be in the text, but I agree on starting with any leads.”
“Yes. I think it may be too early and a bit dangerous for us to be starting now, but Kaybern is already awake. But, Ben. Why did you suddenly change your mind?”
“Maybe because… Weed will most likely attempt to stop Kaybern?”
Ben referred back to their adventures of having chased the tracks left by Weed in their exploration, after being referred to as the best adventurers.
“I think he will never give up on anything. No matter what kind of quest, he never forfeited and took his time to complete it.”
“That is also how he took out the Embinyu cult.”
“He is challenging the impossible. The reason for his fame and respect as an adventurer. So, why don’t we compete against him, with the dragon as the objective?”
The impossible adventure, competition!
These words lit a fire in the hearts of Elix and Silver Ring.
In the pioneer days of Royal Road, they traveled day and night in their discovery of new cities, dungeons, and terrains.
They roamed the east and north before any other adventurer found routes.
They had visited way before the development of Morata and the establishment of the Arpen Kingdom.
They remembered the excitement and exhilaration from expeditions of the unexplored wilderness.
“We were tailing him until now, but now we are on fair grounds with the dragon as the goal. He has fame and his forces, but we have experience and information. If we succeed with the quest, it will also be a good deed for the continent.”
“I agree with that wholeheartedly.”
The Shadows of Earth party connected well with one another. If it weren’t for that, they would not have been able to chase after the most difficult adventures and quests.
“Let’s not fall behind Weed this time.”
“Then, let us take off now.”
Weed was screaming while he was leading the undead.
All the money that had been released into the Arpen Empire!
– Mapan : There is a Rose Festival happening in the Free City Somren in 14 months! The local citizens are praising Emperor Weed.
“Hurry up and fight. You useless fools!”
Weed led the undead and charged through the fog forest infested with monsters.
A straight charge to the front!
Van Hawk led the death knights dressed in dark colored armor.
“Obey the overlord of death. All shall be attained through death.”
– Lemon : The users are chanting for Weed-nim! The central continent users are signing up for the Grass Porridge cult all at once.
Tears ran down Weed’s face.
Weed was sorrowful and distressed.
‘My money… Poured away like rain.’
The significant funds used up for the affairs had shaped the pillar stones of the Arpen Empire. Seoyoon’s meticulous investments created a phenomena beyond expectations.
“Are you asking me to talk about his Highness? I feel guilty even mentioning his name. He is the great adventurer, artist and emperor who looks over us.”
“How do I think about the Arpen Empire? Last year I lived under a roof with a hole in it, rain poured through and snow piled up in my room throughout the winter. For even my house that’s located in the back alleys to be repaired… The Arpen Empire is a good place without a doubt.”
“I can’t believe it, but all the robbers disappeared! It’s because the robbers are fed well and take naps in the day time.”
“I heard rumors that the Arpen Empire is a nation for artisans. Can it be trusted? The trade goods that derive from the north are cheap but are of acceptable quality.”
“Have you tasted the crops produced from Morata? They are extremely popular nowadays and are scarce despite their expensive price. Diligent farmers invest their sweat into the rich crop lands, and Freya’s blessing over them allows us to consume them unconditionally.”
The loyalty and security of the citizens stabilized, bestowing additional beneficial effects.
The quests became more accessible for northern users that travel down to the Central Continent and artisans began the goods production for the revitalization of trade.
The Central Continent has been in decline, but there are still many developed cities.
The sudden investment of funds and the new development plans awoke the potential of the stagnant cities. Lords were appointed in most regions, but that didn’t mean all the problems were resolved. The lords had to follow the legislation of the Arpen Empire and therefore, none of them could reign like kings as in the Hermes guild of the past.
In truth, many advantages came from appointing the rich folk as lords.
The lords all visited their own cities and felt something lacking about them.
“I want a beautiful river that flows through the center of the city.”
Construction immediately began in creating a river dissecting the city!
“Ore costs are expensive!? Then, just make a mine. Investment returns are slow despite the initial amount? Whatever. Just pay it. Where can the mine run off to?”
Massive mine field development.
“The buildings have decayed and many uninhabited homes are crumbling. I don’t want to see that… Eh. This whole region is going to be renovated.”
The city’s full-scale repair began!
In response to these projects, the gold currency rising in value on the auction sites.
Many users viewed the commercial projects run by the rich lords positively.
“Money is the best.”
“The Hermes guild was busy trying to exploit us… At least the lords are building something…”
Weed did not think poorly of the rich. Conversely, the majority despised the displays of the rich lords’ lifestyles with eyes full of jealousy.
‘That is because there are two kinds of rich people, those that only think of their own greed in their investments and those who think of others. The generous rich people should be respected.’
Along with that in mind, he was preparing plans to exploit those rich lords.
The so-called the 5-year lord exploitment project of the Arpen empire!
‘I can drain them good by providing them with honor, dignity and pleasure.’
The big picture was framed perfectly, but even so he was sulking over the money invested in the Arpen Empire and was taking his frustration out on hunting.
< You have defeated the monsters of the Kalua dungeon.
You have accomplished a combat achievement.
Honor has increased by 2,300.
Agility and wisdom permanently increased by 1. >
“This dungeon took exactly 3.5 hours.”
This dungeon had taken the Hermes guild 4 hours to clear on the Hall of Fame.
He completed the dungeon quicker than 50 elite users, though not ones as powerful as Bard Ray.
“First off the undead do not rest, so it’s only obvious that I can save time. I also looked up some walkthrough videos.”
He proceeded with dungeon hunting in between his spare time of the monster eradication.
The monsters roaming around the continent were of utmost priority, but the undead needed to be over a certain number for them to produce maximum efficiency!
– Seoyoon : There is a group of monsters 57 minutes away
“Okay. I got it.”
Weed while swinging his sword, also practiced using golem summoning, various curses, buffs and poison type skills.
With the elite skeletal soldiers as the base, death knights and doom knights spawned on occasion.
He would push through dungeons with a snowballing number of undeads.
He had the ability to react quickly and make decisions no matter what situation. He also has impressive control over the undead with an indomitable charisma.
– Maray : I am at Ingoten City. The citizens of this region are all praising Weed-nim.
In the midst of his hunt, he received a whisper.
– Maray : You distributed ample food and provided accommodation for 30,000 starving citizens.
– Jean : Holy… You dug a well in the nearby hunting grounds of Fortress Vargo. I was annoyed at having to return all the way to the fortress when I ran out of water. Thank you so much.
– Miretas : I can maintain the breeding stations and greenhouses in Morata
thanks to my skills, but your consideration of the novice players really shows through.
Weed cried out loudly.
– Gamong : The Central continent merchants are praising Weed-nim. The placement of wagon storage stations and bulls at each city was the best decision for trade!
Tears ran like rivers down Weed’s face.
“I think it’s this way.”
“I never knew such a path existed.”
“We call this the adventure route. This is a shortcut that cuts through the mountains and forest. It is safe to tread even at night and most importantly, it’s quick.”
A famous adventurer, Chase.
He was taking Seasoned Crabs and Python along on the journey.
As honorary scouts of the Grass Porridge cult, they heard of dangerous monsters being frequently spotted from the Britten alliance.
The monsters weren’t typical such as the goblins and fierce wolves that had multiplied recently.
They received reports of large and medium sized monsters with grotesque shapes roaming around in the thousands.
Lemon of the Grass Porridge asked:
“Please, confirm the monsters’ precise numbers and combat level. The monsters are crossing the Varq mountain pass covered by the forest, so it will be difficult for the avians to aid us.”
The Britten region was just on the other end of the Varq mountain pass.
SeasonedCrabs and Python thought nothing peculiar would happen, but decided to check anyway because it was a troubled time.
‘Shall we take a little walk? It’s better than going on a hunt with Weed.’
‘I want to rest for now. Soak in the world’s scenery.’
Despite the large increase of northern users, the population density of central users was dominant.
They were even gathered near the edge of the Garnav plains, so they came along with SeasonedCrabs, Python and the adventurer Chase to Varq mountain pass.
Python observed the thick forest and spoke.
“It seems quiet, like nothing is there.”
Chase laid his finger over his lips.
Bulky Python crouched low and asked in a low voice.
“Why? Is there something there?”
“It’s not that, but there is a strange feeling?.”
“There is a skill called the adventurer’s sense. When I am in dangerous locations, I get shivers down the spine. However, right now…”
“How do you feel?”
“It feels cold like I’m frozen.”
Python quietly shut his mouth and prepared his hands on the broadsword.
Chase skimmed the surroundings and SeasonedCrabs slid through the shadows.
“I’ll take a look around.”
“It will be dangerous.”
“I will be careful not to be discovered. I’m confident in escaping from anywhere, so do not be concerned.”
Assassin SeasonedCrabs moved without making any noise from his footsteps.
He did not see anything abnormal in a few dozen meters nearby.
‘Nothing much… But I must look further.’
He found small animals such as squirrels, and bird nests on tree branches. He advanced further and saw a ravine below mountain pass.
Seasoned Crabs doubted his own eyes at first.
He witnessed blue skinned lizard men swarming, hopping towards the West.
He thought of getting in close to observe, but he also caught a glimpse of draconic warriors among the crowd of monsters.
‘Dragonoids. That must mean they are Kaybern’s immediate forces?’
He heard more bizarre noises from the skies.
Strange creatures looking like a chimera of a human and a bird were flying around.
A malignant creature recorded in the history books of the Versaille continent.
No user had the chance to face the creature ever in the creation of Royal Road.
– Mothmen are monsters with the form of a devil and human combined.
It has high intelligence and loves to use magic.
It swallows living creatures whole…
He knew of this creature because it was mentioned in various parts of the historical transcripts.
A war broke out between the human kingdoms and supposedly sealed all mothmen, in deep darkness. Now, they had been freed by Kaybern.
Seasoned Crabs finished scouting and returned quietly to his comrades.
“Monsters related to Kaybern are on the move. Quite significant in numbers. There are a lot of them with just a quick glance, and I suspect their numbers are over ten thousand. There are powerful ones like mothmen among them.”
“As I expected.”
Chase nodded his head, then continued.
“Even on our side, we received news a moment ago. We heard that a huge wave of monsters are moving from the dwarven kingdom Thor.
“Yes. They are ignoring the dwarves and are on the move to the nearby cities.”
Monsters were actively on the move in all parts of the continent.
They were headed towards the cities, descending from Thor with lots of mountain terrains and every other massive mountain passes in the central continent.