The Tutorial is Too Hard - Chapter 198
“What are you thinking about?”
“Just some things.”
“Talk about it. If you can relieve my boredom, I’ll reward you within reason.”
The attitude of the Demon King didn’t change.
He seemed to have an abundance of time.
His attitude still shocked me.
I looked down on him and the other demons.
Although they were born with powerful body and mana, they weren’t able to utilize it to its fullest potential. I thought they weren’t worthy of them.
“It’s just interesting.”
I was going to tell these curious demons.
Though, I was not sure whether they could understand.
Challengers have a chance at various opportunities after the 35th floor.
There were many opportunities for challengers to regret and be frustrated of their past.
It also meant that the stages of the tutorial forced challengers to make various choices.
The stage’s setting is really clever.
Challengers would feel injustice when their strength is stolen and they are returned to the beginning of the tutorial.
Because of that, challengers would ignore the results and only focus on the process.
My current growth and effort is regretful.
If I had worked harder and found a direction that I hadn’t come up with before, would I be better than what I am now?
I have regrets about the relationships with people I met in the stages.
I should have improved my social relationships.
I regret that I thought the strength I gained in the tutorial completely belonged to me.
This stage made people feel remorseful for the past by returning to the fragments of their past.
“I don’t understand your words.”
“It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to understand it.”
The eyes of Demon King twinkled.
He was interested.
“So what are you gonna do. What do you feel in such regrets?”
“Nothing. The past is the past.”
I must confess that my displeasure to the designer of this stage has gotten stronger.
“Interesting. I can’t feel regrets inside your heart. There are only urgent desires. You’re interesting.”
I asked the giggling Demon King what he was laughing at.
“I don’t think it’s possible to have no lingering feelings about a regretful past. Aren’t you curious? Don’t you wonder, deep inside, that maybe you’re fooling yourself.”
“Ahhhh, you are too decisive. You should think about it carefully and then discuss your questions with me.”
That’s how you fall into a mire.
I felt this on the 26th floor, this Demon King’s mental capabilities are superior to his physical capabilities.
“Well then, show me your evidence.”
“Evidence! You ask for evidence, you really amuse me.”
Only when we gained results, is the process meaningful.
If my strength disappeared and the results were erased, I could take it as a process and draw some results.
The journey on the 35th floor was not just for me to look back into the past.
The design of the 35th floor and Kiri Kiri’s advice was to escape and survive, but I fought.
I didn’t want to take all of my accomplishments as meaningless processes while having this weak body.
I took it as a test where I faced a wall with no strength and I needed to regain that strength in order to get over this stage.
This is the point where I finish.
When I couldn’t run away, I would use the light sword in front of the Demon King and succeed.
I set this goal back when I was on the first floor.
I didn’t have a sword, not even a wooden stick, but I used my light sword appropriately and skillfully.
Because my most powerful weapon was me.
When the bright light faded, what I could only see was the corpse of a Demon King who abruptly died.
[Tutorial, 35th floor of Hell difficulty has been cleared perfectly.]
[All status ailments and injuries were restored.]
[You got 7000 points as a reward.]
[You got 7000 points as the first clear reward.]
[Most of the Gods had positive reactions. You got 7700 points.]
[Most of the Gods had negative reactions. You lost 1200 points.]
[99 gods in the Hundred Gods Temple are watching you.]
[The God of Slow is quite satisfied.]
[You’ll get an extra reward according to your play records.]
[You got 120,000 points as an extra reward.]
I made it.
With this useless body, I succeeded in honing the skill to use the light sword in only 24 days.
Since I proved the results, I had also proven the process.
I don’t feel fulfilled by that fact anymore.
Just as the Demon King had said, only desires surged.
I stood for a while and calmed down.
A portal appeared in front of me after only a few minutes into the 34th floor.
It seemed that I had passed all of the 34 floors, so I didn’t have to wait for 34 hours.
What a relief.
Before I went out from the stage, I looked at the clear messages once again.
I found that not all of the gods in the Hundred Gods Temple, but 99 gods were looking at me.
Why only 99 Gods.
There were 100 gods before.
I have to ask Kiri Kiri.
And the 120,000 reward point was also strange.
This was really strange.
The unit was hundred or thousand before, but it jumped to hundred thousand now.
However, no matter why, this is a good thing.
[Lee HoJae (human)]
Skills: Battle Concentration Lv.30, Will Power Lv.20, Arousal Lv.10, Race Lv.10, Covertness Lv.24, Extrasensory perception Lv.3, Sensation Explosion Lv.15, Energy Lv.30, Metal Wall Lv.5, Meditation Lv.11, Natural Healing Lv.10, Regeneration Lv.10, Advanced Sword Skill Lv.7, Intermediate Spear Skill Lv. 10, Weapon skill Lv.10, Intermediate throwing skill Lv.1, Intermediate combat skill Lv.15, Aura mastery Lv.4, Pain Tolerance Lv.14, Hemorrhage Resistance Lv.7, Faint Resistance Lv.3, Paralysis Resistance Lv. 9, Poison Resistance Lv. 16, Curse Resistance Lv. 3, Grand Magic Resistance Lv. 4
Others: the God of Slow is quite satisfied.
If I cleared the 35th floor, what would happen to the skills I gained during it?
Did they just disappear?
I indeed obtained something from the 35th floor, but it was still regretful.
I stopped thinking and walked toward the portal.
At that time, an awful, terrible feeling cropped up from my neck.
It was ominous rather than dangerous.
The gaze that pierced me seemed as if it was natural and supposed to be there.
[The God of Remorse is watching you.]
Was he always watching like this?
The message given by the God of Remorse was the same as the words said by the Demon King.
To look back and regret.
This is not funny.
I exhaled and entered the portal.
Even though I saw that message, I didn’t feel empty, deprived or sense of loss.
* * *
“A design error?”
Looking at Kiri Kiri who answered me while nodding her head, It felt ridiculous.
“Only ‘yep’? Shouldn’t you explain?”
According to the lesson I learned recently, I took away Kiri Kiri’s cake instead of just urging her, so she told me quickly.
“It is because of the God of Remorse. It’s not my fault!”
She avoided undertaking her responsibility rather than clarify the confusion.
Please explain clearly.
“That stone shouldn’t of come out.”
She was talking about the stone that the goblin king gave me on the 4th stage.
Kiri Kiri was trying to explain as shortly as possible.
I told you to explain clearly.
“It’ll be better if you forget that stone. In addition, you can’t reveal it to the community either.”
“You mean I can’t let anyone else know? Is it okay to control the information like this?”
“You got points as a reward.”
So the 120,000 points was hush money.
“If it’s Houjae you’ll figure it out someday. Don’t be too distracted about it.”
Kirikiri finished speaking and concentrated on the cake again.
The black stone of King Goblin, whose mysterious power had flowed out.
The mysterious power from that stone was still in my body.
“This power won’t cause me harm, correct?”
So eventually it will be.
Kiri Kiri… You owe me a punch to the face.
I took her cake and harassed her for 30 minutes, but Kiri Kiri only repeated that she couldn’t tell me the details.
Although I didn’t get the answer I want, harassing Kiri Kiri relieved my stress.
“Hing… My cake is cold…”
Looking at Kiri Kiri who was eating her cake while muttering nonsense, I smiled.
I opened my status window.
The swordsmanship, aura mastery and hyper-sensitivity skills, which had leveled up on the 35th floor, were updated.
When I read this lengthy status window, I felt strange and funny.
I was discontent because it was so short before, but now it was uncomfortable because it was too long.
It was cumbersome.
* * *
I asked Kiri Kiri about the God of Remorse after she finished her cake.
The information about Gods are really expensive, but I must find out.
“I suggest you to let it go. Getting entangled in Time-related Gods is no good for people. The God of Remorse, the God of Slow, and the God of Slow are the same.”
Why did she say the God of Slow twice?
“Moreover, not only the God of Remorses’ doctrine is strange, but his personality is terrible. He can manipulate time based on regrets, so he likes digging people’s weaknesses and secrets.”
I remembered something I experienced on the 35th stage.
“So that’s the reason. That black stone is similar. Anyways, don’t mind it. The God of Remorse won’t appear for a while.”
The God of Remorse won’t appear for a while?
Is this related to the message that said that 99 gods were watching me, but not all of the gods in Hundred Gods Temple.
“I really cannot tell you. This information is related to the system and is too expensive.”
Kiri Kiri was so serious that her every pronunciation was correct and accurate.
Instead of questioning in a roundabout way, I passed on to the next question.
There was a question that was not very important but I was curious about.
It was about things that happened after I was poisoned on 17th floor.
I was not totally conscious before I reached the 26th floor.
I woke up a few times with flickering awareness.
It was brief, but I met Myong Myong again on the 19th floor.
Myong Myong fed me some herbs which made me fall into a coma until the 26th floor.
“Humm, it’s not poison. Those herbs were edible.”
I had thought that Myong Myong was so tender that he wanted to euthanize me rather than watch me suffer from the poison.
I would be upset if this was true.
“The issue was the poison skill rather than the medicine. That skill is strange. Even taking in consideration of its level, it became very bizarre.”
“What are you saying?”
Why did she call other people’s skill bizarre?
“It is because your poison resistance level is high while your poison skill is level 1. You poisoned yourself in waiting room. So a latent period generated in you poison skill.”
“Could you describe the symptoms of this poison?”
I nodded my head.
I didn’t really know what my poison was even when I was using it.
Due to the level of my poison resistance, my poison had no effect on me.
“Your poison is special because it makes people lose consciousness and paralyze the sensation rather than threaten their life immediately. Of course this is an extreme poison for normal people which could kill them instantly. So this poison is only effective in putting you into a coma. The latent period of this poison is around 4 or 5 days. Personally, I believe that it depends on the waiting time between the rounds of tutorial. In other words, normal people will die as soon as they touch this poison, but you are Houjae. When the latent period ends, your body begins to necrotize rapidly. This includes the important organs like your heart and your lungs. If so, you die on the spot. Detoxification is almost impossible if not handling it with magic or charms. Ah, what’s more, this poison can infect others through blood.”
I had no idea…… But this, this is terrible.
Seregia said it was more toxic than Hydra’s poison, it’s a perfect biochemical weapon.
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