Chapter 12 – Ahenna’s Forest (5)

At the campfire located at the entrance of the raid, two individuals were exchanging words..

“You mean you only lived in the city your entire life?”

“Yeah. I’ve never even held an axe in my life before. I don’t know what’s going on anymore…”

Old man ‘Lumberjack’ and the ‘Wandering Merchant’ Aindell were having a conversation.

“I see I see. I hope you have a long life, sir.”

“That would be nice… But that crazy guy from before…”

At that moment, ‘That Crazy Guy’ appeared, interrupting the peaceful atmosphere. Their reactions were polar opposites again. Wandering Merchant Aindell bowed, greeting him.

“Welcome, dear customer!”

And the old ‘Lumberjack’ was startled, pointing his fingers at Sungjin.

“Why! You! Why are you here?”

Sungjin, for the first time, approached the two. The ‘Lumberjack’ was being incredibly cautious, but he ignored the lumberjack and approached the Merchant instead.

“Hey, do you know anything about hidden bosses?”

Aindell tilted his head as if confused and replied,

“Hidden… Boss? I don’t know. Is there something like that here?”

He smiled innocently for a moment, and then his expression brightened up.

“Oh! I think I’ve heard of something like that before. A secret boss hiding somewhere in the raid zone. Finding it is really difficult… and it possesses incredible strength. Please be careful, Mr.Hunter, in case you ever run into something like that.”

Sungjin couldn’t help but smile when he heard the reply. And drawing out his katana, he pointed the sword at the Merchant.

“So you have incredible strength?”

As if not understanding his words, the merchant tilted his head again.

“What is this about, dear customer?”

The ‘Lumberjack’ grasped the merchant’s shoulders and said to him,

“Don’t listen to him, son. He’s a crazed monster. You don’t need to listen to him.”

Sungjin addressed the old man.

“Come to my side if you want to live. ‘The Crazed Monster’ is him, not me.”

The ‘Lumberjack’ seemed to be on Aindell’s side. The old man stood even closer to Aindell as he replied back to Sungjin.

“Stop your lies. ..Didn’t you see what happened when that ‘Hooligan’ fellow tried to threaten him?”

‘You don’t get coins. Give me everything you’ve got, Bitch.’

The Lumberjack was probably referring to that situation from earlier. The Operator definitely said at the time:

[Warning:]
[Attacking a non-hostile lifeform will cause penalties from the Raid Rewards.]
Sungjin knew better than anyone about this rule. There was no way he was not aware of this.

“…That only applies while he is a non-hostile lifeform.”

But the Lumberjack refused to listen.

“You bloodthirsty animal…”

He seemed to view Sungjin as a battle crazed maniac ever since witnessing him in Zealot (III) mode under the influence of ‘Yanhurat’.

Sungjin shook his head in disappointment. Almost nobody believed in Sungjin since the reset. At the very least, the old man seemed naturally distrustful.

“Well… fine. Do what you like. But, if you don’t run away by the time I count to three, I can’t guarantee your safety. One”

Sungjin put his hand inside the pocket and began to count.

“Two”

He gripped the ‘Perfect Moonstone.

“Three”

At the same time when he said ‘Three’, he tossed the stone towards Aindell.

“Hmm? What is…”

Aindell looked down at the stone he caught on instinct. In his hands, the crystal displayed the words ‘Full Moon’

And the moment his eyes landed on the words, his blue eyes turned amber. Sungjin knew,

‘… This is it.”

And to confirm his suspicion, the Operator announced in an urgent tone

[Warning!]
[The Hidden Boss ‘Werewolf Aindell’ has appeared.]

“Graaaah!”

Aindell’s short stature grew rapidly, growing hair all over his body, his face extending into a snout. His fangs grew out and extended past his lips.

The time it took for ‘Wandering Merchant Aindell’ to transform into ‘Werewolf Aindell” was 3 seconds. The ‘Lumberjack’ had fallen over in surprise at his transformation. Sungjin yelled at him.

“Hey, run away!”

But,

“Uh…”

He didn’t even have the time to scream or shout. Aindell, upon transforming, immediately turned towards the Lumberjack.

“Gah!”

The Lumberjack, who until moments ago was sharing a pleasant conversation with the Merchant, had his neck ripped out by the Werewolf Aindell.

Drenched in human blood, the Werewolf let out a howl.

“Awooooo~~!”

Sungjin frowned and took out his Katana from the sheath.

‘I’m getting real tired of that sound now.’

The Werewolf turned his gaze upon Sungjin. Sungjin clenched his teeth. Moments later, they clashed.

Sungjin swung his sword and leaned his head back as Aindell’s claws cut through the air above him.

Because Sungjin had tilted his head back to dodge, he could not visually confirm the result of the first clash. However, Sungjin did not feel any recoil from the strike.

‘He dodged it.’

Instead of launching a follow-up strike, Sungjin watched for the wolfman’s next move. And just as he predicted, Aindell launched his attack towards Sungjin’s unguarded left. Sungjin quickly let go of his katana from his left hand to guard.

“Kakakaka”

Aindell’s claws and the chains of Free Ark collided, sending sparks flying. If he had not equipped the Free Ark, he would have lost his hand.

‘…deliberate and planned attack…’

Sungjin leaped back in surprise. In the previous strike, Aindell had aimed to strike Sungjin’s arms to disarm him rather than go for the kill. There was no question about it. Sungjin decided to try to communicate.

“…What are you?”

And in a rough and deep voice, he replied.

“You already figured me out! What an interesting Human!”

Sungjin regripped his Katana as he spoke.

“I just thought it was strange, strange that the Operator would willingly throw in a random weirdo to help out in a raid.”

The Wolf gestured to the old man he killed and replied.

“That man was too old; his meat tasted no good. Let’s see how you taste!”

The two combatants resumed the battle. They dodged, attacked, dodged, swung… They exchanged blows at a breakneck speed. Aindell was even faster than Ahenna.

Despite Sungjin’s unmatched investment into Dexterity, Aindell did not lose out on speed. The two exchanged a few more blows, and mutually took a step back. The fight suddenly came to a pause.

Aindell and Sungjin both understood that the other was a formidable foe. Aindell looked nervous. Sungjin gazed into his own reflection on the Katana.

‘This was designed to be difficult to clear alone.’

Similar to “Mad Orc Ruark”, this was not a contest of strength and endurance, but of speed. The problem was compounded by the fact that the speed on both sides was roughly the same.

Sungjin considered using the ‘Yanhurat’ inside his pocket; 3 times the speed for 30 seconds.

‘…If I use this… It’ll take 30 seconds to kill…no, 10 seconds is enough… But… I promised myself I wouldn’t use it unless absolutely necessary…’

For a moment, Sungjin wavered, but he made a firm decision and withdrew his hands. Sungjin decided against using it. If he wasn’t strong enough to overcome a chapter as early as chapter 2 without relying on ‘cheat mode’, then his future looked grim.

“Kao!”

Aindell charged once more towards Sungjin. Sungjin lowered his stance and backed off, dodging and blocking all of Aindell’s attacks. Meanwhile, he calculated his next move.

‘If we reach that area…’

Sungjin leaped back further and further to lure Aindell in. Being unable to land a hit, Aindell gave chase as he entered into a frenzy.

And suddenly, Sungjin stood his ground. He was standing next to the campfire. He kicked the logs up towards Aindell.

Fire attack. Aindell paused for the first time to stop the log. The moment he made contact, the fire spread to his fur.

For a thousandth of a second, Aindell stiffened up when the fire spread to his fur. And that brief moment of hesitation was all Sungjin needed. He cut the werewolf’s unguarded abdomen from side to side.

“Kaaaa!”

Aindell let out a strange scream. It was difficult to make out whether it was a scream of a wolf or a human. But Sungjin’s Katana was devoid of any mercy.

Sungjin swung and slashed Aindell’s legs. His thin legs were severed without giving resistance. Sungjin had been eyeing them for a while.

Without being able to hold himself up, Aindell collapsed to the ground. He still tried to put up a fight by thrashing about from the ground, but Sungjin stomped on his stomach and simply cut off both of his arms.

“Kaaack!”

Aindell let out another cry of pain and began to pant. Even in his last moments, he glared at Sungjin with eyes filled with malice.

“How cruel…”

Sungjin held his Katana upside down and addressed him.

“Yeah, that’s the problem with you talkative ones.”

And he thrust the Katana deep in his chest.

“Krrraahggg…”

He let out one last cry of pain and perished. Sungjin looked down at him and said his parting words.

“You said it yourself. ‘Wild Beasts are afraid of fire.’ What kind of idiot teaches his enemies his greatest weakness?”

The Operator soon gave out an announcement.

[Hidden boss ‘Werewolf Aindell’ Cleared.]
[Congratulations! You have managed to complete all objectives in this Chapter!]
[Disregarding the remaining time and ending the raid immediately.]

Upon hearing the announcements, he finally wiped off the sweat from his brows.

“Sigh…”

Maintaining 100% completion for a raid, even for Chapter 2, was no easy task. Ahenna and Aindell both were extremely difficult opponents to defeat.

‘Will I be able to go until the end like this…?’

Once he thought of it, he understood the difference between this life and his previous life. The difference was his luck with teammates. The reason why he was struggling so much despite the massive advantage granted by the ‘Restart’ and his unbelievable stats was due to his luck with teammates.

Previously, he was able to make it to the end because he consistently met reliable and rational teammates. But for some reason he had absolutely the worst luck with his teammates this time.

Of all the teammates he met so far in two chapters, Officer Baltren was the only one who was somewhat decent.

Sungjin paused for a moment to look up at the night sky. The half moon was still there. Sungjin briefly thought of Baltren.

‘…I wonder how he’s doing.’

Baltren’s words echoed in his mind.

‘We will meet again, Master Hunter K.’

Meet again… The chances of meeting someone again from the previous raid was astronomically small. Baltren was reasonably strong and had good leadership qualities. But if he gets matched up with poor teammates, he’ll just get killed.

‘…’

And for a moment, Sungjin felt depressed. But, the Operator’s voice interrupted his thoughts and brought him good news.

[Calculating Rewards.]


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44 thoughts on “Chapter 12 – Ahenna’s Forest (5)”

      1. Not really. They’ll end up as a “well, that’s natural” and a “I expected it, so the hype ain’t real, yo.”
        Now I want to pre-order a game, I don’t know which game, and I have no console or functional computer to play it on. But it’s 50/50 for the next chapter and a game I probably would suck at. Sigh. ;P

    1. Technically (like reaaaaally technically) he was ‘Wandering Merchant’ until he looked at the moonstone. Which is why the Operator says [Hidden boss ‘Werewolf Aindell’ Appeared!].

      If you inspect the verbiage, there is this sense that ‘Wandering Merchant’ and “Werewolf” are two different life forms that share memories. I guess similar to Run and Ren from “To Love Ru”. The Author spends a lot of effort separating actions taken by the werewolf version and the merchant by always attaching their titles to “Aindell”, which I thought was interesting. Which is perhaps the reason why the Operator says he is “Non-hostile life form” in merchant form, and no such warning for the Werewolf form.

      For example, if the merchant was a werewolf in human form from the beginning and was only hiding his malintent, the Operator would have not given the Hooligan that warning because despite hiding, his lifeform is that of a hostile creature. Does that make sense? The reason why the Operator gave warning was because the Merchant was truly not a hostile LIFEFORM. Which means the Merchant was Human at the time the warning was given, and then the stone CHANGED HIM.

      I read too far into the words put on paper 😛

      Yeah it was the werewolf.

  1. Thanks for the new chapter! Sim, obrigado pelo capitulo, ia comentar em inglês, mas não é interessante ver pessoas de outro país vendo seu trabalho? Obrigado pela ótima tradução! :v

  2. I suspect that there is a substantial bonus for being the sole survivor of a raid. Though he really should have looted the other humans corpses for their consumables. Then again that is probably done automatically in the rewards section…

    1. I asked the author. There is a system in place where you cannot loot dead teammates, and Sungjin knows that, which is why he doesn’t even try. The author also didn’t really have an opportunity to make that scene happen because his teammates either all died or either all survived (as of chapter 1)

      This isn’t my assumption; This is official answer from the author.

  3. woah!! the mysteries unfold! so it was a werewolf 😀 truly interesting turn of event ahahaha 😀 this Novel have have essense of Shounen Manga like UQ Holder! Bleach!, etc and have a bit essense like Detective Conan ahahaha :D, with a little clue you found the culprit IoI

    thx for the chapter ^^ i can’t wait to read what will happen next ahahaha 😀

  4. Yeah it seems like a major oversight if you are immediately sent out of the raid after you kill everything. After all if some people died you would want to loot them while they are lying there…

  5. thx for the chapter! this novel is interesting in that there’s focus in working with teammates and they should be reliable, even if not skilled

  6. The opperator on knows one of 3 things if she is sentient that is. She could just see him as a potential to build more on since the higher the contribution the more everything then best give him the useless ones right? 2 she could be like us curious about a person who can solo her raids so she’s making it difficult for him by giving him the people who are doomed to die. 3 she could actually know about the reincarnation function at end game and seeing him skip the tutorial and know knowledge he shouldn’t she knows what he is. So she’s making him play in he’ll difficulty since he’s already not exactly a human.

    1. Actually it’s possible he didn’t go back in time at all and the opperator just wiped everyone else’s memories and started it over again so she would know exactly what he is.

  7. Magic, magic,magic, cause obviously ya need more than physical stats to solo the game. I mean yeah I solo dark souls with a quality build but its not that easy in a reality like this.

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