Chapter 186 – The Chosen Ones (11) & Epilogue

The last raid was violent. The 300 man raid. An uncountable number of enemies poured out to in conjunction to the number of participants. The last raid took place in the Hunter’s Hall. The Hunter’s Hall was essentially infinite in size, filled with innumerable white pillars, but there wasn’t a spot that was free from bloodshed.

The corpses of monsters formed a mountain, but the hunters too suffered losses in the process. But in spite of this, the surviving hunters did not lose hope. It was because Master Hunter K Sungjin and Sungjin’s nine person Chosen Ones worked together perfectly to massacre the monsters.
“I’m going. Edward, Serin, attack both sides of the pillar.”

Edward’s magic and Serin’s arrows were fired towards the pillar at his command. The Dark elf Swordsman Calian rapidly hid behind the structure, but Sungjin already had jumped on the pillar and his sword scored a hit on Calian’s head.
“Agh”

Calian collapsed where he was without even being able to let out a sound. But then

“Kraaagh!”
A large red dragon breathed fire towards Sungjin. There was no time to dodge it. Sungjin was about to use Fire resistance on his Ring of Chimera when

“Glacier of the Arctic!”

Hildebrandt appeared suddenly and stood before Sungjin. An intense wave of heat hit them, but it did not last long.

“Haiya!”
Franz and Hiroaki sliced apart the Dragon’s neck. But there was no time to take a breather.
“Ssssss”

Beyond the pillar appeared a dozen heads of the Hydra.
“Damn it, there’s no end to them”
Beltran complained even as he stood before the Hydra.
“Look here you dumb heads!”
Beltran taunted the Hydra to capture its attention which allowed Mahadas to close the distance and destroy a head.

It was then

“Hahahaha! Burn!”
The voice of a crazed Magician was heard from somewhere. Sungjin forgot his name but he remembered the magician from the Magician’s Ivory Tower. Sungjin was about to take out Artemio.

“Incinerate everything in your…ugh…Kek”

Nada cut the magician’s throat before he could even finish the incantation. Sungjin wanted to tell her ‘Nice’ but

“Bash you all!” “Burn you all!”
In the pillar behind, the two headed Ogre Pach and Cho’roch appeared so he had no time.
Sungjin moved towards them when he heard someone chanting a spell.
“Tense muscles, brittle bones, weakness”
It was in a middle of an all out battle so hearing a spell ought to be met with caution. But that voice was a familiar one. It was the deep and heavy voice of Mustafa. Pach and Cho’roch who were slowed was no match for Sungjin. They were cut down the middle with a single strike of his.
“Haa…”

Sungjin was trying to get a breather but he couldn’t do that. Monsters endlessly poured out between the pillars.
‘Damn it! Is the future I saw yesterday even real?’
Sungjin continued to swing his swords even as he thought about it. It was because this was the best thing he could be doing right now. And after the chaos of battle continued for a while, the hunters heard the Operator’s voice from the cube.

[Chapter 21 Cleared!]
With the voice, the corpses of monsters and dead hunters which filled the Hunter’s Hall all disappeared.

The remaining hunters shouted in joy.
“It’s done!”
“We won!”
“It’s over!”

The hunters shouted in happiness. Sungjin also gripped his fist. But at that moment, all the armor on the body, weapons in hand, and rings worn all vanished.
‘Ah…’
Sungjin had no time to react. And the hunters were surprised for a moment.

[Congratulations.]
[Humanity has overcome 21 Ordeals and have proven their worth.]
[With this Humanity will again be exempt from God’s judgement for another ten thousand years.]
No one paid any attention to the Operator by this point. It was because the raids were over. They were too busy with cheering.

“Yeah!”
“We did it!!!”

They were too busy with celebrating. Meanwhile, Sungjin carefully checked his vest. The ‘Small Cube’ given by the dragon was still there.
‘…so this is what it’s for…’
A grin slowly formed on Sungjin’s face. The Operator continued to speak.

[Those who did not make an attempt and those slain during the raids]
[Will have their memories erased and be sent off to Humanity’s home planet, the Earth.]
[But the hunters who are listening right now]
[the Hunters who successfully completed the raid can choose to keep or erase their memories.]
The hunters who were cheering fell quiet after the announcement.

[Please decide within 1 minute if the memories are to be erased or kept.]
[In the case no decision was made, it will default to erasing the memory before being sent back.]
The hunters looked among themselves. They were suddenly told to make a choice and they were having difficulty with deciding which fork in the road they would like to take. The hunters around Sungjin, especially the nine Chosen Ones stared at each other.
Hildebrandt was the first to speak

“For me… I think erasing would be for the best. If I return with these memories… my wife and daughter will surely notice a change in me.”
Beltran also chose to erase his memory.
“…I would like to erase my memories as well. I thought I saw it all as a Policeman…. But the things here are all beyond my imagination. I don’t want to continue having nightmares after going back.”

On the other hand, the monk Mahadas decided to take his memories along with him.
“These experiences were a great lesson for me. I have become stronger because of them. It would be unwise to lose them.”
Hiroaki was the same

“Me too! My swordsmanship improved a great deal because of the raids. I will return with them.”
Edward crossed his arms and gave a simple reply.
“I’ll take mine. It had been strange, yet quite an experience.”
Sungjin’s answer was predetermined.
“I will keep my memories.”

And almost right after Serin answered
“Me too… I’ll keep my memories.”
Rather than making a choice, Franz looked a bit disappointed.
“But… if they all lose their memories… Heroic saviors of the world…”
Nada also seemed disappointed by it, she bit her lower lip for a moment.
“Haa… me too… I was looking forward to quitting my job…”

Mustafa remained quiet and was looking around at the other hunters. Between them Franz finally made a fist and made a decision.

“Oh well… why does it matter if people forget… I was one of the Heroes who saved our species. I don’t want to lose the satisfaction of seeing it through to the end. I’ll keep my memories.”
Nada also made a decision.

“Hmm…for me… I have to return to working in an office… These memories… I probably won’t need them. No thanks for me.”
Just when it looked like everything was decided, Mustafa answered
“I’ll keep mine.”
Once the hunters were about done, the Operator announced
[Then once everyone is returned back to the Earth, memories of each of the hunters will be set according to their choices.]
[Returning to Earth in 5 minutes.]

The hunters and Sungjin all began their last goodbyes.
“Stay well.”
“It was nice working with you all.”
“Everyone here is a hero. For real.”

Each of them approached Sungjin and gave their farewells. Beltran went first.
“You were truly a hero. I will lose my memories but… losing memory of you is most regrettable.”
“Beltran ssi is also a hero. I hope that you can stay a hero and protect others. Good working with you.”
Mahadas came with his his palms pressed over his chest.
“It was a great meeting between us, Kei. I do not know if the threads of fate will continue after this but… if we cross the paths once more, it will be a very welcoming meeting.”

“Me too, sir.”
Nada wordlessly approached Sungjin and without a word she gave him a deep kiss.
“We don’t have much time left so this is all I can do. If we had more time I could have given you something better.”
Sungjin’s face grew bright red. For a moment Sungjin felt someone stare at him. It was Serin who was standing a bit away.
‘Uh…’

Sungjin was stuck in surprise when Hiroaki butted in and said,
“Sensei, I’ll come and visit you someday. Where do you live in Korea?”
“Ah… Seoul.”
It was then that Franz butted in as well.
“Where in Seoul? If I run a part time job to buy an airplane ticket…”
But instead of finishing what he was saying he remembered something greatly important.
“Wait.. hold on… now that I think of it, none of us knows Kei nim’s real name. Master Hunter K. What is your name? Are you going to keep it a secret until the end?”

“Ah…”
Sungjin opened and closed his mouth a few times. Thinking back, the second the Raids started, he had been hiding his name because he didn’t want to grow close to people who might die. But now that the raids were over, he had no reason to continue hiding it. Mustafa also asked the same.

“That’s right Master Hunter K. We still do not know your name. Would you not please tell us your name since this is the last?”
Sungjin felt a bit strange. Mustafa had always been quiet. ‘Previous final 10’ or now, he had never asked information about anyone else. Sungjin hesitated for a moment before he finally decided to open his mouth.
“My name is Sungjin. Sungjin Kang. If we ever meet in the real world, please search for me with this name.”
The hunters who heard his name repeated it among themselves to help remember.

Then, the Operator began a countdown.
[You will return to Earth in 1 minute. 60, 59, 58…]
Sungjin looked around with only a minute left. It was because there was one more person with whom he had not exchanged a farewell. Sungjin walked up to Edward who was standing with his arms crossed a bit away. Sungjin offered his hand to Edward first. Edward wordlessly stared at Sungjin’s empty hand and finally grasped it for a shake.

“It was all thanks to you,” said Sungjin.

Edward stared at him with a strange look, but Sungjin just grinned. He finished shaking his hand and turned away when he felt someone’s stare. Serin was looking at him with her eyes narrowed. Sungjin was about to say to her when she spoke up first.

“I’ll be waiting at ‘28 Sapience’ in Cheongdam Dong(1) until you come.”
Sungjin didn’t add any more words and just gave a short answer.
“Ok.”

With only 10 seconds remaining, the hunters hugged and shook each others’ hands and bid farewell. And then finally, finally, they were teleported. To Earth. To home.

*
Seoul. Gangnam Station. Middle of rainy season in June. The sound of rain blanketed the land. Countless pedestrians walked on the sidewalk with umbrellas on hand as a radio played in the background.

“There was a shocking announcement from the British National Academy of Sciences. On May 12th, that is to say about a month ago, they made an announcement that the International Atomic clock has sped up by roughly 3 seconds. This event is being treated as a great mystery by the Academy. So, in order to understand this announcement, we have invited an expert on the topic; Professor Soongwan Hong. Welcome to the show Professor Hong.”

“Thanks for having me.”

“In my perspective, it’s not out of the ordinary for a clock to be off by 3 seconds. So what is the significance of the International Atomic Clock having sped up by 3 seconds? Could you please explain to us?”

“The International Atomic Clock uses Cesium Atomic clocks. The seconds are determined by measuring vibrations of Cesium. It is a ultra high precision clock that takes roughly 3 thousand years to speed up by 1 second. But last month, this Cesium clocks were observed to suddenly and uniformly be off by 3 seconds. This phenomena is unexplainable by current science…”

As the radio continued,the pedestrians were walking and chatting with their lovers, friends, or family as they passed by. It didn’t look like anyone was listening to the radio, but the radio continued regardless.

“Next, the world news. Abu Ali Mustafa who is famous for being an owner of a Football team (2) in England’s premier league has arrived in Korea last night at around 9 pm. Mustafa ssi is famous for being an Heir to a Royal family with a personal wealth of more than 300 Trillion won (250 billion dollars) and overseas purchase of not just a football club but Electronics Company etc and has recently caught the Korean Media’s attention. Ever since he came to visit Korea, his background has become a hot topic.”

“There were many theories on why he might have come to Korea. Shopping around for electronics companies or buyout of an industrial site were some of the theories out there, but the suddenness in his visitation has sparked a theory that he’s here for his personal hobby.”

“Personal hobby?”

“Yes, since a month ago, Mustafa had started going around the world and donating extremely high value presents to people he’s never met.

“By high value…”

“Along with real estate and car, it would amount to 100 billion Won (84 million dollars).

“A hundred billion?!”

“Yes.”

“Wait, he’s gifting people he’s never met something that’s worth hundreds of billions of won?

“Yes. and because of it it has become world news as ‘Billionaire’s Don’t Ask Lottery. Until now, the lucky winners are Barcelona’s Nada ssi, Hamburg’s Hildebrandt ssi, New York’s Beltran ssi. Each time he had visited Spain, Germany and America for seemingly no reason. So the theory is that he had come to visit Korea to do something similar, that a lucky person has been chosen from Korea.”

“Listeners to the show may think this is a little immature of me but… I hope that’s me.”

“Me too.”

“Hahaha!”

A refreshing laughter was played through the radio, but the sound of it was buried by the many cars that filled up Gangnam Avenue. And even now there were no one listening to the radio.

“Finally we have Entertainment News. Archery Gold Medalist CF Queen, Voted number 1 Korean sports star Serin Han is currently head over heels in love. According to the celebrity insider report from Dispatch (4), she is in love with an ordinary man who is currently unidentified. Since 5 years ago when she won the gold medal and until now, there were no news of her being in a relationship, so many men had romantic…”

But then for the first time, someone walking on the sidewalk on Gangnam Avenue heard the radio and commented.
“Uh… wait. Hey… will you be okay?”
“It’s okay, Oppa. Why, is being in a relationship against the law?”
“Hmm”

They were having a conversation like the many couples walking along the Avenue.
“Oh by the way, let’s go to the Zoo tomorrow.”
“The Zoo?”
The lady replied in a shocked voice. Because the umbrella they were sharing were still dropping thick droplets of rain water. But the man did not seem to care.

“Yes, the Zoo. I feels like it’d be great to go there when the rain stops tomorrow.
“But… I checked the weather forecast just now and it said that it will be rainy all week…”
“Weather Forecast? But they’re often wrong.”
“Aay, still. How will you know they won’t be wrong, Oppa?”

She looked up at the sky. The sky was full of dark rain clouds. She reached out past the shadow of the umbrella to feel the rain.
“Look, Oppa. When it’s like this… do you really think tomorrow’s weather will be clear?”
The man’s gaze followed the hand of his girlfriend toward the sky. But he grinned and replied confidently.

“It will be clear tomorrow. For sure.”

Master Hunter K -End-


(1) Dong is the Korea equivalent to ‘Neighborhood’. Cheongdam Dong is the wealthiest neighborhood in Korea.
(2) Soccer is the true football
(3) remember, ssi is kr equivalent to jp san.
(4) for those of you checking my translation to raw, the original name used by the author is an intentional misspelling of a real thing in Korea, to avoid copyright issues.

A note by us, the translation team.

Thank you all for reading our work. Thank you for the support, for your kind words, and for your patience.

We would also like to thank the author From Hell for agreeing to rewrite the ending and seeing it to the end and the numerous people who have worked with us on this novel.

This was our first novel from where we started and seeing it to the end today brings back memories and gives us a sense of relief. The entire journey has been a learning experience. We will now be focusing on our other works on the site:) Hope to see you there.

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55 thoughts on “Chapter 186 – The Chosen Ones (11) & Epilogue”

  1. Well, thank you for translating till the very end!

    In my opinion (concerning the story) the end was a bit rushed and the afterwards for every character can be expanded on a bit. However, it is a solid closing nevertheless.

    Looking forward to other translation projects!

  2. I was just thinking about this recently. This was my favorite novel for a while, till the rewrite started happening.

  3. Thank you very much to the author for finishing the book, and to Oppa for the translation!

    Good story ending, but the final raid itself rather anticlimactic. Only a few highlights, not a single word about the pets/summons, all the bosses scaled up for a 300 man raid being one-shot by the MC and the Chosen…. Did they even need any of the other players?

    “With this Humanity will again be exempt from God’s judgement for another ten thousand years.” Wonder how barely out-of-the-caves humans manage to survive the last one. And what it was like.

    I really don’t understand anyone who decided to erase their memories. I’d understand it if they were wrecks suffering PTSD, but that doesn’t describe any of the chosen. Well, to each their own.

    Mustafa being a super rich royal (Saudi Arabian?) was a surprise. Well, good ending for the Chosen who let him know their names & locations.

    1. i believe the realm specifically scaled the levels to match their standard. that being said 10,000 years ago was precisely when civilization started forming at least major civilizations. Given that i’m assuming there’s at least a few humans who managed to survived to the end. Besides with the restart at the end of the realm test i’m surprise if nobody succeeds.

    2. It would be surprising that ancient humans who hunted & stuff all day didn’t have a better performance. Plus since they were obviously smaller in numbers (not 7 billion) difficulty would be adjusted surely.

      Anyway, this novel sure was nice.

    1. I think for him to bring back one item to the real world. And he chose the star item, cuz it can see 1 day ahead and can allegedly “change his future”. So im assuming he can walk normally already in that part of the epilogue, when he was walking with Serin.

      Thank you author and translator for a fantastic novel! Very beautiful ending! Im contented =)))))))

      1. I really don’t see the point of seeing 24 hr into the future for 3 minutes doesn’t help at all since it only prevents accidents like car accidents, or injury. if he or serin gets cancer without symptoms the gem would still be useless except let them know 1 day ahead of when he would go get a body check or when symptoms flair.

  4. Thank you for translating this great series until the end.
    So Edward never knows until the end.
    And they finally hook up! Yay! So Nada has to goad her first before she takes the next step?
    But for the cessium clock to move forward… does it mean that the whole raids take about 9000 years? Just how many retries have they done? And does the 10.000 years cycle include the total time spent in the raids or exclude that?… so many question…
    But for now, let’s just close the book on their tale and savor it.

    Thank you once again…

  5. Damn, finally finished! Haha, I must say the ending wasn’t bad. It was quite ok. And honestly, I didn’t even see it as rushed. It was really quite ok.
    Thank you very much to the author for the story.
    And also thank you to the translators!

  6. This was one of my favorites back then, before the hiatus. Because of the hiatus, I forgot most of the characters, so the ending just lost a lot of its impact… Goddamn it. But either way, loved it! Thank you for translating this!

  7. Thanks for the chapter OppaTL! Thank you for getting the “true ending” for us! Love it. It’s so bittersweet that it’s all over now.

  8. I’m a little disappointed that some chosen ones decided to erase their memories (specially nada) and I’m A LOT disappointed that there wasn’t any deep meaning for the staff, the cube and earring being “necessary”, I thought that there would be a secret charade or something involving the hidden boss of the last raid something that would require a little “cheating” to win

  9. Wonderful. It was a rushed ending, but I’m glad I finally get closure. Thank you so much, author, translators!

  10. Thanks!!! , it was a nice surprice , i love it, but wow, 9000 years? thats a lot of retries, i wonder if there was a time limit, like, if its never finished before 10,000 or 20,000 years pass, there is no more last survivor retry, and rip humanity

  11. aww it finally ended.. hoping for a better and fun fight to end the series or at least some emotional bits from the main casts.. but i guess it’s not happening.thanks for the translation!

  12. To readers

    Thanks for reading
    MHK is my first fantasy novel
    There were a lot of deficiencies, but thank you for having fun.
    My goal is to produce authentic fantasy novels in English.
    Like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter.
    Now I’m writing a different novel in Korea
    When I’m ready, I’ll be able to see it again in another work.
    Some characters from MHK (EX. Dragon Ariane)
    Items, places you can see again.

    See you again in other works. Thank you.

    1. Hey man! Thanks for a freaking awesome story. I wish you the best with your career 😀
      Just remember, the internet is full of unthankful fools, but we all still read your stuff waiting for that sweet sweet next chapter.
      Good luck on your next project!

  13. Thanks for translating this novel. Liked the end was a little rushed but not too bad and wish everyone kept their memories but it was fine the way it ended.

  14. Thank you so much for everything translation team. This story has been a pillar of comfort for me in my hardest times. I even reread it multiple times when I was depressed because it brought me so much happiness. Thank you for finishing it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart

  15. The.. Ending feels deeply personal.. and i feel the sense of what happened it’s very noble

    Thank you author.
    Thank you oppa translations.

    I started reading as a person and ever reading it in a different state of life.

    Looking back this novel really fueled me, what humanity is capable of, that good is stronger than evil, much more things that i want to share but, I’ll continue later. I have to go now,

    Thank you for being good, I’m good too.

    For a brighter future friends.

  16. Finally, closure for this novel. This was one of early korean novels Ive read and I really enjoyed it. Korean novels often have a bad pattern of having bad endings but this wasnt so bad. I wanted more info when he got back though. Like he got back, woke up and finds the cube and gets a sht-eating grin on his face. One of his friends introduce him to a doctor and he starts teaching PE in some school/plays detective with his earrings and more details on their romance (like he was too afraid on his first date that he used the starlight) and other hijinks like those. Im not saying it should be written this way but the epilogue can be 2 or more chapters longer. Nevertheless, Im thankful to the author on creating this series and taking the effort on ending this with more clarity

  17. Thank you very much for translating this novel!

    And thank you author “From Hell” for writing this novel and rewriting the end.

    Good luck with your next work!

  18. A satisfying conclusion to a story we’ve spent years reading. Thank you sirs for the hard work and dedication despite the tragedies and setbacks in your personal lives. I’ll look forward to any additional novels you all seek to translate. God bless, guys.

  19. Not sure why he couldn’t put the ring in the Dragon’s cube after the raid, but mind reading, recognition, and a good partner aren’t too shabby. Thanks for sticking it out.

  20. I’ve been reading this for a few years now and just like the others this was one of the first Korean novels I have read. Although MC has been overpowered for quite a while now, I loved sharing in his journey. I enjoyed this epilogue and happy ending. Thank you :’)

  21. Actually, this is the first Korean novel I have finished. The rest either had their translation dropped, the light novel is 1000+ chapters and too long to finish, or the later chapters became uninteresting and I dropped it. Honestly, I am in the feels right now thinking about how time has flown since I started reading. Again, THANK YOU :’D

    I also read Chemistry on this site, which I recommend to other MHK readers.

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