Chapter 148 – Unexpected Encounter (3)

Inside a cozy cabin of the airship, Sarasa brought out some tea. The aroma wafting from the tea cup wasn’t ordinary. It was likely a high quality product made carefully by hand out of expensive breeds of tea leaves. Every furniture and object within the cabin was also of high quality.

“…”

Sungchul was contemplating on how to begin the conversation as he sat within this unfamiliar space. He threw out a greeting after much thought.

“Just what happened?”

Sungchul left Airfruit for the frontline of the demon world as soon as he had learned Primordial Light, while Altugius and Sarasa left behind Airfruit in the aftermath of the the demon invasion to wander. Sungchul had hoped for them to find a peaceful and tranquil place away from the chaos of the world and hide themselves, but the circumstances his second meeting with the Xero family was beyond expectation.

“We also are at a loss as to how to tell our story.”

Altugius’ face, which had always looked quite vigorous, had now aged to the point where it wouldn’t be surprising if he dropped dead the very next day. It seemed as if each and every hardship that they faced after leaving the school was etched right onto his face. On the other hand, Sarasa appeared to have experienced much inner growth since leaving the school. She radiated with an aura of confidence, leisure and even a subtle grace that could never be felt from her before despite the silver mask she wore to conceal the hideously disfigured half of her face. However, in front of Sungchul she tossed aside her excessively decorated facade and returned to her childish self he remembered.

“We went through a ton. All kinds of pursuers followed us, and we were almost done in by some famous bounty hunter who ambushed us.”

She pulled her sleeve up to reveal the deep scar carved into her mummified arm.

“Ew…”

Bertelgia who saw it from her pocket made a strange sound. She wasn’t that fond of the undead. Sarasa peered over toward the direction Sungchul’s pocket, but didn’t give it any more attention before resuming her story.

“And, we fortunately happened to meet someone who called himself your subordinate .”

“My subordinate?”

She nodded at his question and smiled brightly before speaking.

“Count Schnellmerker. Do you remember him?”

“Schnellmerker? Who’s that? Ah, do you mean Fritz?”

Sungchul recalled the face of a tall blonde man with an attractive face and blue eyes. He had met the East German Summoned as an enemy at first. The man who had lost to Sungchul after a close battle came under Sungchul’s banner with his friends from the Summoning Palace. Schnellmerker was not strong in close quarter combat but he had an exceptional gift as a Support Mage. He was drafted as a adjutant to the Dying Lion, a unit that Sungchul was leading, and contributed greatly in turning many hard-fought battles to victories. He left the army after the Human Empire was formed and chose to live a decadent life overseeing a fertile region to the south.

Sungchul didn’t really hear of him after that, but according to Sarasa, Schnellmerker had greatly protested when his superior Sungchul was declared as the Enemy of the World and stripped of his titles. So he created a faction for the sake of restoring Sungchul’s name, gathering like-minded individuals in secret from the shadows. That was the Order of Extinction. It was the new religion set within the back alleys of Lagrange, the current capital of the Human Empire, that had been getting a lot of attention. It was the Order of Extinction that had been worshipping Sungchul, the Enemy of the World.

It had started to gain its religious influence when Sungchul defeated a hundred thousand strong of the Demon Army on his own at the Demon Ream Battlefront, and once the rumor of him resolving the First Calamity began to spread, the order gained traction like wildfire.

“…What a ridiculous development.”

He felt goosebumps all over his body. He typically disliked being glorified. But now, a whole new organized religious sect was established with him as the subject of worship. He couldn’t help but think it was better as the Enemy of the World.

Sarasa looked at Sungchul with a complicated expression on her face before saying her piece.

“There is no need to overthink it. You’ll always be a symbol to us. There is no one that’s sincerely praying to you, so don’t sweat it.”

Sarasa, who could no longer consume human food, absorbed mana crystals instead of a meal and meekly smiled. Sungchul turned toward her and noticed that her face looked a lot more human than before. The protective spell cast upon her body was revised to be more systematic and organized.

‘She’s being managed quite well. Her decomposition hasn’t progressed, in fact, she appears to be full of vitality.’

Sarasa quietly finished her story after completely absorbing the mana crystal.

“This organization was founded by Count Schnellmerker and other like-minded individuals to rebel against the World Parliament, which is to say, against the ruling elites that control the world. They were disappointed by the series of actions committed by the self-proclaimed liberator of humanity, the Summoned Emperor, so they have picked you, another Summoned who stands diametrically opposed to the Emperor, to become his adversary.”

“What a fucked up situation.”

But, it wasn’t like Sungchul could not understand their reasoning. The 13 Champions of the Continent and the World Parliament, who represented the ruling elites of this world, did bring order to the world, but there was also significant dissent. Those that stood against them haven’t come out into the open due to the overwhelming power of the ruling elite. They would be declared an Enemy of the World like Sungchul if they were to catch the attention of the ruling elites. However, Sungchul didn’t like the religious group’s name. He was especially bothered that a group whose name included the word ‘Extinction’ was associated with him, and he was quick to mention this.

“As the person who was dragged into this without his knowledge, being forcefully associated with something something extinction isn’t what I would call pleasant..”

“Order of Extinction is just a shorthand. The full name is the Secret Gathering of Those who are True and are Trying to Stop the Extinction, but since it’s so long, people started calling it the Order of Extinction.”

“Mm…”

It was a complete mess, but Sungchul didn’t question it further. It would be difficult to get the answers he wanted by drilling into Sarasa who wasn’t even the founder.

‘I should go visit Schnellmerker at some point.’

And that was how this line of questioning ended, but that was only because there was a more pressing matter at hand.

“In any case, why have you all come to this place?”

The story got a bit side-tracked, but this was the main question he had. Although they were Sarasa and Altugius, acquaintances from the past, Sungchul had no intentions of letting this one by without an explanation. The pair noticed the change in Sungchul’s gaze and realized that his mood had shifted. They exchanged glances before Sarasa began to speak while fidgeting with her mask.

“I’ll be blunt and get to the point. We came here to burn the Scripture of Calamity.”

Sungchul doubted his ears for a moment.

‘These people. They’re constantly surprising me since a moment ago.’

As he stared at her with a puzzled expression and silence, Sarasa nodded and continued her story with a lively voice.

“Doesn’t the wisemen of old say that truth is hidden where one least expects it? The Scripture of Calamity for example. People have considered it as something that predicts Calamities to come, but we have come to see it in a different light and have come up with another idea. What if the Scripture of Calamity itself is an item that conjures the Calamities?’

“Bullshit.”

Sungchul cut her off cleanly.

“It is just a book.”

“But it’s no ordinary book. It’s a book that records on its own with the power of god.”

Sarasa countered his argument with a calm voice.

“It is nothing more than a book of prophecy. There is nothing more foolish than to say that the future foretold by the book can be erased by setting the book on fire. Isn’t it no different than children closing their eyes and saying day is night?”

“What you’re saying is just the commonly held perspective. You’re only claiming that the Scripture of Calamity is a book of prophecy and making a narrative that fits.”

“…”

“Let’s think about it from a different angle. When you put aside the unsophisticated idea that the Scripture of Calamity is a book of prophecy, can’t you see a new possibility?”

“I don’t see anything though.”

“…We see it from this perspective. That the Scripture of Calamity itself, by the will of god, is meant to carry out whatever is written on it using fate altering powers. And is, therefore, the origin of Calamities.”

Sungchul had lost interest in Sarasa’s words half way and couldn’t focus on what she was saying. Their thoughts on the matter were too different to the point that there was no way to bridge that gap. As a result, Sungchul did not have much of a reaction even with her explanation, and instead he threw out another question.

“Is that why you’ve brought mercenaries and weapon that reeks of blood upon this quiet and peaceful village?”

Sarasa and Althugius’ faces instantly stiffened. Their hesitation was clear.

“We haven’t met in so long, so why be so stiff?”

Sarasa responded with a rigid face.

“Do you even know how much I was looking forward to the day I could see you again?”

An unfamiliar man entered the room as Sarasa’s voice began to rise. He was a mage in his mid thirties wearing a blue robe made of cotton with a yellow star embedded on it.

“Sorry I am late. There were a lot of things to prepare, you see.”

Sungchul’s eyes turned toward him. It was a face he’d never seen before. Even after sifting through his memories from the days in the Rebel army to the days as the Commander in Chief of the Imperial army, nobody came to mind.

The mage made an awkward smile after being stared by Sungchul until it became uncomfortable, and sincerely greeted him with a bow.

“This is our first meeting. I am an Insvant Mage named Fioni. I am unworthy, but I have taken up the role of pastor for the Order of Extinction.”

He spoke carefully as though he had felt the unwieldy atmosphere within the room, and looked tactfully toward Sarasa and Sungchul. When Sungchul didn’t say anything in response, he humbly sought out a seat and continued speaking.

“I have unintentionally heard the conversation from the outside. Yes, its true. I understand that our line of thinking is difficult to accept, and truthfully, this isn’t one for someone like a pastor to the Order to say, but it’s hard to believe that Calamities will end just because we set the Scripture of Calamity ablaze.

Sarasa who heard his speech glared at him and shouted in protest.

“Mr. Fioni!”

The man named Fioni lightly smiled toward Sarasa and raised his palms in a calming gesture before turning to Sungchul once again.

“In truth, this operation’s true purpose is to raise alarm.”

“Raise alarm?”

Sungchul crossed his arms and leaned back while sporting a hostile gaze. Fiori the mage nodded.

“The Eastern and the Northern areas of the continent are being stomped on relentlessly by the Colossi’s feet, but the World Parliament and the 13 Champions of the Continent have not taken any action. They have essentially ignored their duties, and along that same line, those in power have remained firm in their inaction regardless of the discontent that grows day by day. And now it has reached a boiling point. Do you know why?”

Sungchul shook his head. Fioni continued in a serious voice as if he was waiting for this moment.

“It is because your recent role in Panchuria and the brutal atrocities of the Empire has been exposed.”

“… The empire should have placed all of the evil onto me, though?”

Sungchul recalled how Panchuria was turned into a pile of ash. The governor of Panchuria had been killed in Sungchul’s name.

“It might have worked during the era when the Human Empire lived justly, but that is no longer the case. The people’s faith had been shaken a long time ago. They are simply waiting for someone to light the fire.”

“And that is the reason you have chosen the Tower of Recluse?”

“That is correct.”

“Even though the Tower of Recluse is a neutral party?”

“That is exactly why it is a good target. One of the reasons that the World Parliament and the 13 Champions of the Continent were allowed to wield unchecked power was due to the paradoxical existence of Calamity. How much sacrifice have they demanded of smaller, weaker nations under the name of stopping the Calamity? Attack on the Tower of Recluse which could be considered the source of that Calamity would inflict great damage on the authority of those in power and cause people to question their worth.”

Contrary to his ordinary appearance, Fiori managed to finish his speech in a smooth and impeccable manner. Sungchul found no room for counter argument nor did he find any reason to. The reason was simple.

‘It’s the same. Like that time 20 years ago.’

Sungchul was feeling a sense of deja vu. The scene of the days when he met with others in a dark underground room to squeeze out a far-reaching plan from his slow brain so that they could try to overcome the overwhelming and absolute disadvantage in strength in their foolhardy fight against the Holy Kingdom of Rutheginea.
The one at the center of it all was the current Emperor. He was intelligent and had the charisma to be a leader. He left no stone unturned as he sought out every advantage. Even such a man was now the target of a rebellion.

“Do you have anything else to ask?”

Fioni carefully prodded Sungchul who was locked in thought. Sungchul lifted his head and looked toward Fioni and the rest before speaking quietly.

“I will not allow an attack on the Tower of Recluse.”

He spoke his mind.

“If you try to attack the Tower of Recluse or the village before it, you will have to face me first.”

Sungchul spoke as such before rising from his seat. Sarasa suddenly stood up as to say something, but Altugius held her back. On the other hand, Fioni had a calm expression, and he spoke in a soft voice.

“It would be greatly appreciated if you could tell us the reason why. We are here with orders from above, so when something like this happens we are obliged to report it.”

Regarding this, Sungchul approached the door and spoke calmly.

“Deliver this message to Schnellmerker. I will visit him some time soon, and I will reveal the reason in person.”

Sungchul swung the door open. There were countless people looking at him with awe and worship. Sungchul felt repulsed by their blind worship.

Fioni’s voice could be heard from behind.

“If that’s the case, I’ll trust your words and cancel our plans, and our airship will pull back.”

“Smart choice.”

“That’s excessive praise. And, I’d like to say one more thing.”

“Speak.”

“You are not alone. I’d like you to know that there are countless people in the shadows that have faith in you and support you.”

His words were exceedingly soft, but Sungchul felt uneasy.

The airship at the refugee camp retrieved all the weapons and mercenaries it had been unloading and left the Tower of Recluse as promised. Sungchul stood atop a small mountain ridge and made sure the Airship of the Order of Extinction left. He didn’t look all that happy.

Bertelgia popped out of her pocket and spoke.

“Why do you look like that? People who side with you have appeared for once, right? Hm? It even looked like that pretty girl was all over you. Well, she is undead, but still!”

“Bertelgia, I don’t recall having those kind of people as my allies.”

Sungchul spoke with certainty before turning around to leave.

“More importantly, It’s time for you to earn your meal, Bertelgia.”

A long period of seclusion awaited Sungchul’s party in order to unlock the Soul Gems.

 


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46 thoughts on “Chapter 148 – Unexpected Encounter (3)”

    1. Those of us more interested in the story than adding “+1” to our reading lists would prefer to keep reading regardless of the wait.

      I’ve been waiting 7 years for winds of winter without dropping ASoIaF, and will wait 7 more if need be. And should Half-Life Episode 3 ever come out, I’ll play that too.

      1. Pass on the fucking thing. Who gives a fuck about you. It’s not 2010 anymore so if it can’t be done there’s a ton more people willing to do it unlike the past.

  1. Thanks for the chapter.
    …..So….a random theory that suddenly appear in this chapter about the Scripture of Calamity being a Calamity itself….and somehow the MC is so adamant in Rejecting it….So either he Actually know something about it and playing dumb, or actually somehow didn’t and never thought of it like and that become a link for him to become a Future Calamity or something……..
    No really, as someone trying to Stop the Calamity….with how the MC rejecting that Theory is quite Out of his character….

    1. I think it’s because he has a different understanding of the Scripture.

      He simply sees it as something that records the Calamities, not something that causes them, so it would actually be a disadvantage to the world to burn the Scripture (as now people don’t know what Calamities will come).

      Also, he is against attacking the tower because of some past experience with rebellions.

      1. Also, he is a small step good guy. And we a have the proof from older chapters that the book don’t create calamities.

  2. So Sungchul is third calamity, which is calamity of war. He is simply symbol of one big faction. At least that how it appear right now.
    And I doubt that he becomes evil after defeating seven heroes, he got part of calamity energy, from first calamity, I just don’t see that he would become instantly evil after second. maybe fourth or fifth, but definitely not third.

    1. Isn’t he the fourth calamity? I remember way in the beginning Ahmuge said that in her future, they managed to beat the first calamity (Demon King), second calamity (Seven Heroes), and third calamity (the war). But then she said they failed at the fourth calamity, which is Sungchul. Or at least that’s what I remember…

  3. Meatbun Delivery~
    Thank you for the chapter ( ●w●)

    Even tho i dont think the script makes the dissasters, i think there’s some calamity energy in the script. Similar to the energy that sungchul absorbed previously..

  4. Gonna bet on Sungchul being the last of the gods, the Unborn God. Considering how he reached a demi-god level without learning Primordial Light, it probably won’t be too far fetched, as Sungchul of this timeline could do more than Sungchul of Ahmuge’s timeline.

  5. Thanks for the chapter, its been a while but as always is a pleasure to come here, Happy new Year to everyone one that this year turns better that the last one.

  6. Can you drop this? I know a group that wants to pick this up. You are just reverting to old ways each release. So much for a stash of chapters. Don’t lie please. You can continue doing your book or whatever, just drop the novel itself and let this group continue with the translation.

  7. I really don’t guet any of you guys asking them to drop the novel, you know what you are been?? Is ungrateful this group has brought this novel here, not only that they have helped the author by actually paying (him/her) and work with it, instead of against. They even made the translated book hard copy. Has the other group you mentioned entered in contact with the author, are they negotiating???

    1. I understand what you mean but its been months and they still haven’t put out anything. Im thankful for all the work they’ve done but its hard waiting that long for a book you like so much. I just hope everything gets better so the are able to start translating again

  8. If there are no consistent releases then another group should take over. End of. There are promises to improve but that isn’t showing. Why stall when a group is willing to take over. Out of courtesy groups don’t snipe others work but this isn’t working clearly. They can continue doing their book just hand over the releasing to other groups willing to translate to a more consistent pace. How the hell you expect them to negotiate with the author if oppatrans just hogs and stall the novel. It isn’t that difficult to understand. You talk as if they don’t get anything out of it and helps the author in every way. It’s just basic translating on top of releasing ebook. They get donations for releases and payment for purchasing the ebook.

  9. Doesn’t change the fact that they are been ungratfull, come on DEMAND THEM to drop this??? Other group is interested in translating so they should give up??? What kind of talk is that??? They have brough this to 148 chapters, for years at it and the fan think they have any sort of entlitment to tell them what to do??? No we don’t. Is their choice what to do and the only one that can say something to them regarding their translations is the author or whomever represents him/her no one else.

  10. Your English is terrible. It is not a demand. It’s politely asking before taking action. The only one giving up here is the translator. Stop talking as if they are being forced. They cannot continue so another group will take up the role and step up to standards. The sooner they announce they are dragging this on and need to stop, the faster another can finally make some progress.

  11. I call it how I see it. If they can’t appreciate what oppa translations has done so far they shouldn’t even be giving an opinion. Some fans tend to make that mistake.

  12. Sort your shit out because no one is being ungrateful here, it’s common practice and polite to ask first then doing a novel. Plus this isn’t an opinion, it’s more of a warning. You let standards down then someone is there to pick up the standards.

  13. Is like reasoning with a wall, polite isn’t talking shit in the comment section, is sending them a private direct message. If you can’t see that then I am really losing my time here.

  14. Talking shit? Only one reasoning is you! No one asked you to reason with your broken English. Go learn some more English before you talk to people. Anyways they’ve had their time so when the group is ready they will start doing releases. Don’t read it if you are so grateful

  15. Oh my! so mutch wisdom in those words, you truly showed me how mature you are…………..thats sarcasm if your little mind didn’t catch that.

    1. Just got into the series but yikes, Paps may not understand subtleties, nuance and sarcasm. Main point is people appreciate what theyv’e done so far but why leave a series to rot and become unknown due to lack of releases when an option exists to keep the series alive. Yes they started the series but the release schedule has declined and while that is their choice people can voice opinions on what actions they should take.

  16. Are you guys even active??? What’s with all the hold up? You just keep taking breaks after releasing a chapter and not tell us in between. Did the translator leave or something? I guess it’s pointless to check every week for a chapter. I’ll take this off my reading list since it’s nothing each month+

  17. Once again, you’ve failed to meet even the lowest of expectations. Drop the novel so it can officially be orphaned.

    Stop being such cunts.

  18. There really isn’t a good reason why this isn’t continuing. For a sick translator you have someone else take over till they are better. For editors you get freaking editors. It’s not that hard, especially if you’re paying which you should be. Same for your other works. Even if all the things about delays are true it shouldn’t take this long to get back into gear.

  19. First of all, great work in translating so far, even if the releases weren’t really regular… But i think now after another 3 months of unannounced hiatus, i think that the novel can be taken up by another group that will hopefully release them with the same quality… maybe a bit more regularly^^. Still, great work so far, but i think we can all agree that 3 months of unannounced hiatus is a bit too much, considering that this isn’t the first time and that another group wants to take it.

  20. Nah I just decided to stop given a kid with nothing better to do the time of my day. Besides have you truly read the toxic comment some people wrote when they knew they were dealing with some serious life problems??? If they want to comunicate to them that another group is interested they could have sended a direct e-mail instead of making it a public thing in the comments.

  21. OMG! I need the next chapter! I’m probably going to forget about this book 3 months from now!!! Plus, the MC ain’t the unborn god. It says in the prophecy that his group leads the way into the 4th calamity, but it says the kings are scheming in the background. I bet it is whatever the Wander King’s group is planning will become the 5th Calamity or the unborn god. Plus, MC had that vision where it said he was a tool of the gods. Shit, if I was MC i’d just let the planet rot! There ain’t no saving it when you look at all the heroes before the MC.

  22. Maybe if you used your dimwit brain you would realise that they aren’t responding to anything and sending a public message informs reader of the situation you donkey! We don’t know what they going through either since there’s no communication. If they really cared then they should just stop bullshitting and drop the shit and have a good rest

  23. Sungchul had that vision where an entity said that he would become a tool of god. Unstoppable unceasing all destroying.
    Hmmm… What the regressor said might actually come to fruition.

  24. Seriously, fuck you guys. Drop all your novels. You’re all shit at this translating thing.

    Let someone who’s reliable and has their shit together take over.

    1. Woah, that’s some unnecessary toxicity. I don’t see any other translators who wants to take over being denied. So the fact that no more chapters are coming out is probably because no one wants to do it.

      Also I’m reading the content here for free, so unless the translator is getting paid big bucks I really don’t expect any constant updates on his life on why he’s not updating. (Tell me if I’m wrong)

      This just seems like a man’s hobby in translating a novel, it’s not like anyone is paying anything for the chapters to come out.

      Everyone needs to watch their comments and flooding this chapter with so much negativity to expect to be fed free chapters. (Honestly no one would want to translate free content if the community is so toxic)

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