Park Jong-soo, the Guildmaster of the Knight Guild, couldn’t believe what he was seeing . A seemingly unscathed foreign man was leisurely walking out of the entrance of the ant nest . It was impossible .
‘The news of the ants being wiped out should still be top secret . ’
Park Jong-soo was standing on a literal fortune, mountains of the highest-grade mana stones lay scattered under his feet . . In order to prevent any looting of the stones, the Association decided to hide the fact that the eradication of the ants was complete until countermeasures could be prepared . Therefore, only a small number of people knew that there were no more magic beasts on the island .
‘At most, the soldiers who were assigned to us, the service people at the Association, and…’
Hunter Sung Jinwoo . That should be about it . However, Park Jong-soo would bet his entire fortune that the man standing at the entrance to the ant nest was not Sung Jinwoo . How could he forget his face? He was Korea’s most talked about hunter and was the number 1 priority on the Knight’s recruitment list, a very distinguished person .
So Park Jong-soo asked once more .
“What were you doing? Why are you coming out of there?”
The man just smiled, Park Jong-soo couldn’t tell if the foreigner didn’t understand him or if he was purposely avoiding the question . The Knights’ Deputy Guildmaster, Jung Yoon-tae, stood next to Park Jong-soo with a troubled look on his face .
“Hyung-nim, that’s a human, right?”
“I… I’m not even sure . ”
He couldn’t feel any mana, so it definitely wasn’t a magic creature or a hunter but… he exuded a strange aura . Jung Yoon-tae, who was quick on the uptake, also sensed the ominous energy, and watched him warily .
However . . .
The soldiers couldn’t sense it like the hunters could .
Soldiers, finally catching up to the Guildmaster and his Deputy, immediately raised their rifles at the mysterious foreigner . Seeing their reaction, Park Jong-soo hastily called out to the soldiers to avoid unnecessary deaths .
“Hey, hey! Don’t shoot! It’s not a magic beast!”
“Then, is he human?”
“It… could be . ”
Park Jong-soo nodded with an astringent expression .
‘If it’s not a magic beast, the only other possibility is human, right?’
Park Jong-soo’s lack of imagination led him to this simple conclusion . The commander gave a curt nod, and spoke up .
“Got it . We can take it from here”
“Is that necessary? Aren’t we just here to retrieve the body of hunter Min Byung-gu?”
“We were ordered to retrieve the corpse of Min Byung-gu hunter and to also control the situation on Jeju Island . ”
Park Jong-soo conceded . There was no reason for the Knights Guild to interfere if the opponent was not a magic creature or a hunter . If he didn’t become involved, he wouldn’t get tangled up in unnecessary business .
The commander yelled out to the man .
“You’re now in a restricted zone . If you don’t follow our commands, we will not hesitate to fire . ”
“ . . . ”
The man just continued to smile, seemingly unphased by the tense situation he was causing .
‘Do I really have to shoot him?’
The soldiers thought, anxiously .
It was a natural reaction, as this was the first instance they had to prepare to shoot a person . In this modern era of peace, the soldiers were more accustomed to shooting magic creatures than humans . The Hunters’ expressions were tense . There was something off-putting about the strange man smiling in such a situation . Then the man put his hands in his pockets .
‘Is that… really a real person?’
‘How can a man remain so relaxed with a gun pointed at him?’
Park Jong-soo’s face froze .
When the man hid his hands in his pockets, the tension among the soldiers neared its breaking point .
“Don’t shoot! Do not shoot! Not yet!”
A thick vein bulged on the Commander’s neck as he shouted at his men .
A soldier near the Commander drew his attention back towards the foreigner . The strange man in front of them had slowly started to speak .
“ . . . ?”
It opened its mouth to speak, but the language was foreign to the Korean team . To be more accurate, it was not that the language was unrecognizable to the Koreans; rather, the language did not exist on Earth .
“What are you saying?”
While the military men were at a loss for words, Park Jong-su suddenly uttered without realizing,
“L-language of the magic creatures?”
It had sounded similar to something he had heard from intelligent magic creatures that had populated a high-level dungeon he raided a while back .
“Wait, but then that means -”
Before the commander could speak and ask if the strange man was a magic creature, the strange man took one of his hands out of his pocket, letting it hang loosely by his hips .
The tension had reached a boiling point, and the movement, however slight, was too much . A nervous special forces squad member reflexively pulled his trigger when he saw the strange man’s hand move .
A collective gasp of astonishment rose from the soldiers as they saw the bullet bounce harmlessly off the man’s forehead and fall to the ground . The man stopped smiling and a cold expression formed on his face .
“That’s not a human, open fire!”
Before anyone could act, the man’s eyes turned red . Soldiers and hunters alike fell to their knees, clutching their chest in pain .
Someone tried to scream, but no sound came out . The man snapped his fingers and they all collapsed, like a puppet whose strings had been cut .  The strange man turned back . A middle-aged man appeared suddenly, standing behind him .
“You didn’t have to make a commotion . ”
The middle-aged words were spoken in a language not from this world .
“ . . . yeah . ”
The strange man tried to act apologetic, but was unconvincing . The middle-aged man looked into the ant den and asked .
“Did you check it?”
The strange man nodded .
“It’s definitely his powers . ”
“What a strange turn of events . ”
The middle-aged man’s gaze turned to the fallen hunters and soldiers .
“I don’t know why he’s helping humans . ”
“Who knows what his real intentions are . If you’re so curious, why don’t you go and ask him?”
“ . . . I’ll pass . ”
The middle-aged man shook his head and continued .
“The hunt starts as scheduled . Nothing has changed . ”
“I see . ”
The middle-aged man waved gently and opened a portal in the air, which was perfectly sized for him
“Oh yeah, one more thing . ”
The strange man spoke up and the middle-aged man’s glanced back at him .
“One seems to be here . ”
“How about we take care of him while we’re here?”
Information psychically flowed from the strange man directly into the middle-aged man’s mind . But still, the middle-aged man was unwilling to follow his plan .
“Leave this area . . . in his hands . ”
“You don’t want to get involved?”
“You can interpret it that way, think about it . ”
The middle-aged man’s voice was barely audible as he stepped through the portal, which closed immediately behind him .
“You coward . ”
The strange man turned back to look at the soldiers and hunters sprawled out on the ground . They were simply asleep, and would wake up soon unharmed .
“Hmm . ”
The man hummed and stretched out his hand towards the humans, but then stopped .
‘ . . . ’
As if to remind himself of the middle-aged man’s words, he quietly chided himself .
“Let’s try to not cause a commotion”
The strange man’s voice lingered in the air, fading along with him as he entered a portal of his own .
It was late in the night . Jinwoo was sitting on the floor at home and inspecting “The Demon King’s Dagger” . It played a pivotal role in the fight against the Ant King, who he had named Ber when he added him to his shadow army .[Item: Demon King’s Dagger] Rarity: S Type: Dagger ATK +220 A dagger from the Demon King Baran . Equip both of the Demon King’s Daggers to gain the set effect . Set effect ‘Two to One’: Adds the total of one’s strength stat to the attack power of both daggers .
The attack power of just one dagger was already eye-catching enough without even considering the set effect . Jinwoo couldn’t recount the number of times he’d checked this weapon’s stats . Baruka’s Dagger was an A-class weapon and it only had an attack power of 110 . Jinwoo had been looking through the System’s store for awhile, but it was hard to find anything with more than 200 attack power, even among the S-class daggers sold there .
‘There’s also the effect Two to One . . . ’
He liked the fact that if you took out both Demon King’s Daggers to complete the set, then your strength stat would be transformed into attack power . Already, his strength was approaching 250 and it would keep increasing as he leveled up . By simply adding his strength to the total attack, he would be able to dish out 4 times the damage of Baruka’s Dagger .
“They did feel a lot deadlier when cutting and slashing with them . ”
If the other hunters knew the abilities of his items, they’d throw themselves at his feet in hopes of obtaining even one .
‘Then, how about the longsword?’[Item: Demon King’s Long Sword] Rarity: S Type: Long Sword ATK +350 A longsword infused with the power of the Demon King Baran . When wielded by the user, “Storm of White Flames” activates . Effect “Storm of White Flames”: Creates a storm of white flames that is constantly raging within an area .
It only seemed natural that the long sword had a much higher attack power than the daggers . You could hold only one long sword, but the daggers could be dual wielded . However, the sword’s effect was overkill, even by Jinwoo’s abnormal standards .
“You can just swing and launch a wide-area attack?”
A weapon perfect for multiple enemies . In fact, when Jinwoo recalled how his entire shadow army had been stunned by Baran’s magic attack, it still sent chills down his spine . It was not on the same level as Baran’s own magic, but it was still more than satisfactory .
“If it wasn’t for my dagger-specific skills, I would definitely use this longsword . ”
Jinwoo was about to swing the sword around without thinking, but managed to stop himself in time .
‘ . . . ’
It’s was late . He would wake everyone up if he created a storm in the middle of the house .
He couldn’t scare his mother anymore . Jin-woo put down his long sword .
‘Still . . . I’m glad”
‘Because Mom didn’t stop me . ’
After the events of Jeju Island, Jinwoo returned home and told her all about his situation, only keeping the existence of the System hidden .
He happened to be an S-class hunter by chance and he wanted to continue to be a Hunter .
His mother, who had seemed to be worried for a while, eventually decided to support him .
“Mom wants you to do what you want to do . However, don’t overdo it . ”
That was the only condition his mother gave him .
‘But if it’s a situation that might be unavoidable for me . . . ’
His thoughts ran wild and grew morbid for a while, and Jinwoo shook his head to clear his thoughts . Then suddenly, something else his mother had told him before came to mind .
“Did he come to visit?”
“When I was asleep in the hospital, I heard your father’s voice . ”
“What did he say?”
Until then, she said she’d never heard or dreamt of someone’s voice .
‘Of course, my mother still hasn’t forgotten my father . ’
Nevertheless, supporting her son who wants to become a hunter is evidence of how much she believed in her child . Jinwoo had no intention of disappointing his mother . Survival . It was always his top priority . Even in a life threatening situation, he was able to become this strong because he never gave up, even to the bitter end .
‘ . . . okay . ’
With the concerns of his mother no longer hanging over him, Jinwoo was now free to conquer dungeons once again . Create a guild, raid, defeat the high class dungeons, and raise his level even further .
Jinwoo’s heart pounded with anticipation .
‘I have another reason to raise my level, more than just getting stronger . ’
Igris, who was summoned by Jinwoo, appeared before him . He was the soldier who Jinwoo had been with for the longest time .
‘And . ’
He was the only Knight-class soldier the system had provided . In other words, Igris was the closest to the inner-workings of the current System among Jinwoo’s soldiers .
“You’ll be able to talk to me when you get a higher rank, won’t you?”
Jinwoo had many questions, especially for Igris .
Of course, no response came from Igris just yet .
“ . . . . ”
He stood in silence, as usual .
‘If silence were a sound, maybe he was the noisiest soldier in the world?’
Jinwoo chuckled and scratched the side of his head while picking up the Demon King’s weapons . .
‘Inventory . ’
Something flashing caught Jinwoo’s attention as he was about to place the weapons into his inventory .
‘What is this?’
Jinwoo’s eyes widened .
One item that he had forgotten inside his inventory was now glowing .: Look it’s Overlord