Chapter 79: Star of the Absolute (4)
After putting on the equipment he purchased at the market, Muyoung nodded in satisfaction.
He was overflowing with strength the moment he put them on. He could easily sense that he had become stronger.
He hadn’t expected much.
The arena was helping Muyoung develop beyond his imagination.
‘This isn’t all.’
He was on the 4th floor. He didn’t know what new opportunities awaited him on the lower levels.
Including the sword Muyoung was holding, he took another look at the new equipment he purchased.
Name: Kneeguard of Fresh Blood
Classification: Equippable type
Effect: A kneeguard made on the edges of the abyss. The owner is unknown.
* Stamina +10
Name: Wicked God’s Sword
Classification: Equippable type
Effect: A sword an orc lord known as Wicked God used.
* Only the ones awakened with fighting aura can use.
* Fighting Aura +20
* The effectiveness of the ‘Cry of Battle’ depends on your Fighting Aura.
Name: Contempt for the Weak
Classification: Equippable type
Effect: An earring that reflects a wise and strong individual’s authority.
* Only equipable if the combined stats of both Wisdom and Intelligence are above 150.
* Magic Resistance +30
** When equipped with Conqueror’s Earring, ‘Magic Resistance +50’ and the skill ‘The Wilds’ can be used.
The Kneeguard of Fresh Blood was a bit lacking compared to the other two but the fit wasn’t bad.
As it didn’t bug him when he moved, it seemed it would be okay to wear.
Stats became harder to increase every time they increased by 100 but he basically earned 10 stamina for free. There was no reason to not wear it.
‘Maybe it’s because of the influence of Swordmaster but I don’t feel awkward holding two swords now.’
Muyoung held both Anguish and Wicked God’s Sword at the same time.
It wasn’t like he didn’t use two swords in the past when he was an assassin.
However, he normally didn’t use them and he only learned the basic fundamentals.
But, it didn’t seem awkward at all to hold both swords at the same time.
Instead, it seemed natural as if he had practiced this for a long time.
Though he couldn’t perform as skillfully as he did with one sword, it was only a matter of time.
Most of all.
‘Cry of Battle.’
Among the options the Wicked God’s Sword had, a particular effect caught his eye.
You could say that the Cry of Battle had an ‘imposing’ effect.
When a fight starts, Muyoung’s fighting aura would suppress the opponent.
Those stronger than Muyoung wouldn’t be greatly affected by it but it would have a critical effect on those weaker than him.
‘Lastly… Contempt for the Weak, the set equipment.’
He had never heard of Conqueror’s Earring but if he was to wear it with Contempt for the Weak, his magic resistance would increase by a whopping 50 and he would obtain a skill.
Considering the fact that magic resistance was one of the difficult stats to increase, this was an amazing function.
Even Contempt for the Weak alone increased his magic resistance by 30.
Vitality Extortion. This was also useful.
Vitality was basically the root of life.
It was an energy that went beyond that of simple stamina and was needed for everything.
‘Compatibility with Anguish seems good too.’
Anguish absorbed blood to recover his stamina.
If Contempt of the weak extorted vitality on top of that, it would produce a much stronger effect.
Though the opponent needed to be wounded and living for it to work but this was extremely compatible with Muyoung.
Every living being with this energy would have a very difficult time facing Muyoung.
With both Anguish and Contempt of the Weak, he would be able to turn the tables against opponents who were of similar strength to him.
And when Wicked God’s Sword was included, he could even add pressure.
The Cry of Battle would push the injured opponents to be defensive.
“Ha, you have an amazing eye for equipment. I didn’t know until I repaired it. They were all made by experts better than me.”
Kalmooh continued to show admiration.
Most of the equipment Muyoung brought went through the hands of the expert.
Of course, he couldn’t say everything was good but at least they were worth the price.
“However, it is okay for you to use your onz like that? If you’re not careful…”
“You should definitely be able to sell these above the purchased price.”
They were simply items that were too lacking for Muyoung to use but many of them were of above average quality.
If he sold them back, any monster who possessed even a bit of discerning eye would try to purchase them.
Also, the onz Muyoung earned from this would be of great help to him.
It was what Kalmooh desperately wanted.
For Muyoung to gain strength so that he could kill Oloness!
“…I will try my best to sell them.”
And for that, Kalmooh was even willing to sell his soul.
Kalmooh’s eyes were blazing with determination.
Not too long after, a message announcing the next match appeared in front of his eye.
Familiar names caught his eyes.
It was a message that announced the fight between 4 human explorers and Oloness.
‘It’s happening earlier than I had expected.’
Could the explorers hold Oloness back?
Muyoung also went to watch Oloness.
‘If I know my enemy and myself, I won’t lose.’
Before he assassinated his target, he always watched their every move.
He was able to completely comprehend his target by watching and studying them.
Even the little things.
By doing this, he was able to see the opponent’s habits and it became much easier to fight them.
Even when he failed to assassinate someone and had to duel the person 1 vs. 1, there were many cases where he won due to learning their habits.
If he felt he couldn’t win, he waited until it was possible.
As he understood his target and himself all too well, he never failed an assassination.
If it was an arena where he needed to face the person head-on, there would be more variables but that was why he needed to observe them more carefully.
Planning ahead and increasing the success rate to its maximum was the way Muyoung normally engaged in fights.
The seats were completely filled.
Everyone always paid attention to Oloness’s battle.
It was amazing that no one looked at him with a friendly attitude.
“He really doesn’t die.”
“Are we supposed to cheer for the humans? I never knew a day like this would come.”
“Hmph, humans are cowards. They are bugs that hide in a corner.”
Everyone ground their teeth as Oloness appeared in the arena with a beast-like presence.
Still, everyone expected Oloness to win.
It was a perfect example of monsters’ impression of humans.
And Muyoung agreed with them.
Since it was true that humans didn’t even enter the Demon God’s Territory and were satisfied living in the remote areas of the Underworld.
‘He repeated the arena 7 times.’
However, Muyoung wasn’t interested in that.
Oloness. He, who already received a huge amount of attention, continuously returned to the arena and Muyoung wondered why.
He must have reentered the arena because he had a goal and he was still here since he hadn’t accomplished it yet.
‘It might be because his goal is to break through the last door.’
Muyoung couldn’t think of anything else Oloness couldn’t achieve in this arena with his fighting power.
The last door!
The place where cerberus protected.
It was a monster that was half a step away from the top.
If there was anything that Oloness couldn’t beat in the arena, it was that monster.
Due to Woohee, Muyoung was already well-informed on how to put cerberus to sleep.
‘I need to face it one day.’
If Oloness’s goal was cerberus, then Muyoung inevitably needed to face him.
Even if it wasn’t that wasn’t the case, he planned on forcefully choosing him and beating him once.
And for that eventual fight, it was necessary to analyze Oloness.
Muyoung’s eyes looked towards the arena.
The 4 people who faced Oloness.
Among them, Bug spoke.
“Highest level of danger. We are going to engage thinking that we are facing a boss class monster. Please maintain formation A.”
He was quite proficient in handling these matters.
It was only possible as he was an experienced explorer.
The 4 people immediately formed a line.
A man wearing priestly robes kneeled and started to pray.
He seemed to be a follower of the cloud god, ‘Soon’, one of the gods the holy city Mulalan served.
Soon, a thin cloud formed and slowly wrapped around the four.
Afterwards, a warrior with a huge shield took the lead and stepped forward while hitting the floor with his shield.
Behind him, Bug and a girl with a bow slowly approached Oloness.
‘It’s a well-organized combination.’
The 4 people were really well coordinated. Their setup was also flawless.
The Blessing of the Cloud continuously recovered their Stamina and healed their wounds.
It also had an effect that made the opponent’s attacks sluggish and even cast out curses.
It was a formation that was well optimized for fighting one opponent.
On the other hand…
Oloness aimed for their side from the start.
In a blink of an eye, he went through them and attacked their priest.
He seemed experienced in one-to-many fights.
It seemed like he instinctively knew who he needed to target first for the fight to go smoothly.
“Active! A bit faster.”
However, Bug accelerated the warrior’s movements. Oloness’s attack was blocked by the warrior’s shield.
Soul language sorcerer. Like the name, it was a class that allowed him to freely attack and defend, he was able to use various fighting tactics.
Bug was able to cover the weakness of their sides.
Oloness lifted his hand after realizing it would be hard for him to simply go through them.
Then, a countless number of hands stretched out from the floor.
“Dear ‘Soon’. Please summon the Cleansing Rain.”
The clouds that wrapped around them started to rain and dampened the floor.
The small hands instantly became oxidized as the rain made contact and their movements became sluggish.
Oloness clapped his hands.
Countless hands combined and inflated.
Five large, 10m-tall hands of specters were created in the arena.
The hands moved and stubbornly aimed for the 4 people.
Even the Cleansing Rain couldn’t do anything about those five hands.
‘When he moves the hands, he becomes defenseless.’
However, there was a disadvantage.
Oloness couldn’t move.
A completely frozen arrow drew a line as it flew out.
It instantly froze a hand the moment it made contact.
“Active! A bit stronger!”
Bug placed a spell on the warrior’s shield.
Afterwards, the warrior nodded his head and flung his body towards the frozen hand.
With the sound, the hand crumbled in pieces and for the first time Oloness frowned.
“You guys are quite good for humans.”
“Aren’t you too weak for a devil? From what I heard, devils were so powerful that they could crush few mountains by themselves.”
Bug provoked him.
In reality, he had never seen a devil.
Devils normally lived very deep inside a Demon God’s Territory.
They had never shown themselves besides at the start of the war.
On the other hand, humans settled in the land they had.
“What you say is true. I will now show you the real deal.”
At the same time, his forehead split open to reveal an ‘eye’.
The eye that appeared after shedding tears of blood was very big and gave off a chilling aura.
Once that eye appeared, the flow of the fight completely changed.
As if Oloness was able to see the future, he was unfazed by any attack and the laser from his eye destroyed everything in its way.
In the end, it even pierced the iron shield.
The warrior’s left arm flew off.
Since the warrior, who guarded the front collapsed, the rest was a matter of time.
The expression of Bug and the rest of the group quickly turned bad.
“Fo, forfeit! Damn it!”
“Everyone who holds a sword against me dies.”
Bug forfeited but Oloness lightly disregarded him.
Unless he forfeited before the fight, he needed to leave the arena to stop in the middle.
However, Oloness wasn’t planning on stopping the fight.
Instead, Oloness raised his nails.
In a blink of an eye, he disappeared without a trace and aimed for the priest.
Bug let out a shout.
His movements were a lot faster than what he had shown them until now so they were late in stopping his attack.
‘We should have just forfeited!’
It was the price for fighting in such a difficult match because they were blinded by greed.
By the time they realized their mistake, it was already too late.
The priest’s death was determined.
A sword stopped Oloness’s nails.
Oloness thought it was odd and raised his head and looked at the opponent who appeared.
The one who appeared was Muyoung.
He had entered the arena using Shadow Teleportation.