Chapter 196 - Demons' Forest (11)
Phante and Edora reacted first to Yeon-woo’s words.
While they had been checking their equipment, they quickly got up at what he said.
Lightning sparked around Phante, and Edora quietly drew her sword.
Lao didn’t understand why they were doing that. He hadn’t felt anything. His skill, Nine Snakes’ Eyes, sensed danger quickly. The fact that he hadn’t felt anything meant there wasn’t any danger nearby.
Lao thought that Yeon-woo made a mistake. The Ceratopsian Dinosaur was as powerful, no, stronger, than the Kraken.
Even if Yeon-woo was the Hoarder, this was a monster that all players would be nervous for. There were rumors that Yeon-woo caught the Kraken on the 22th floor through solo playing, but the Blood Land thought this was just a rumor.
‘And if it’s not, I can check the Hoarder’s skill this time.’
From Yeon-woo’s traits, skills, properties….even the artifacts that he used. He was going to keep his eyes open to observe everything. Marquis Caliburn hadn’t sent him here for nothing.
So until the Ceratopsian Dinosaur arrived, he received orders to stay by De Roy Lake.
Lao’s eyes widened when bubbles started appearing on the surface of the lake.
‘It was real?’
Lao couldn’t believe Yeon-woo’s abilities, which had sensed something that even he hadn’t been able to feel, but he immediately responded to it.
“Everyone at their positions! Beware of attacks from the outside!”
He knew that the Elohim was aiming for Yeon-woo after he had started working with Brahm.
So it was likely that they would attack when the dinosaur attacked, and everyone was busy with something else.
The players of the Blood Land had all received strict orders from Lao, so they all lifted their shields and shouted their common skill.
“The shouts have stopped, and the red flag has been raised. Like the manifestation of battle…..!”
<War Song of Victory>
This was a clan skill that all players in the Blood Land could use, and it buffed players to increase their resistance from curses.
But this was just what was known to the public.
It actually had a large benefit.
The more players sang this song, the buff increased, putting everyone into a group hypnosis.
It was a strange feeling, like all their senses and minds were connected. While they were hypnotized, all the players became the sword of the person in charge.
They would become brave warriors without any fear of death.
This was why people who fought against the Blood Land tried to stop them from using this skill. Of course, they usually weren’t successful.
While a thick magic circle was wrapping around them—
Lao felt the strange feeling of having the lives of 30 players in his hand, and he prepared to defend against any random attack.
Suddenly, something soared up through the surface of the lake.
A large figure of about 80 meters was looking down from above the lake.
They were so close that they could only see its large shadow. Lao tilted his head to see how the creature looked.
It was a four-legged creature that had a neck and tail that was larger than its body. Its scales looked tough, like not even a sword would be able to pierce through them.
Like it was announcing its arrival, it let out a loud roar.
Yeon-woo instantly spread his Fire Wings and flew towards the head of the creature. Phante and Edora quickly got on its body and ran towards the head as well.
Lao left his subordinates in charge of standing guard and watched the scene with magic power focused on his eyes.
It was a good opportunity to see the heir presumptive and princess of the One-horned tribe.
The Ceratopsian Dinosaur opened its wide mouth and swallowed Yeon-woo and the rest of them in a single gulp.
Lao’s face hardened. A sight that he couldn’t believe even though he had seen it with his own eyes had just happened. He thought Yeon-woo and his party would force themselves out, but they weren’t resisting.
‘They were eaten?’
Something was strange.
Lao was extremely confused.
“Ugh. This is disgusting.”
Phante scowled at the spit that was covering his body. Even though he tried to shake it off, the smell still lingered.
If Yeon-woo hadn’t said to, it was a method he never would’ve tried.
“But….I guess it’s a bit interesting. A demon’s a demon after all,” Phante muttered to himself while he looked around.
A red sky. A vast horizon. He could even see dried up yellow leaves. He would never have imagined this was the stomach of the Ceratopsian Dinosaur.
At first, when Yeon-woo said to be eaten by the dinosaur, he thought Yeon-woo was joking.
Who would intentionally be eaten during a raid? You could enter the monster’s stomach and swing your sword around, but no one would use that stupid method.
Before you entered the stomach, you would probably be crushed by the teeth, or melt from the digestive enzymes.
Yeon-woo said to be eaten with a serious voice.
They could get him using the normal method, but then, they would lose the most important section.
So Phante had asked. Just what was that important section? And Yeon-woo had answered like this.
-Its Magic Core.
The Magic Core was usually the heart or the Neidan.
But from what Phante knew, the Ceratopsian Dinosaur’s heart would come out if you slit its neck.
Yeon-woo said that wasn’t right.
-There are 5 organs that you can call the Ceratopsian Dinosaur’s heart. But there’s only one that you can get from the outside. To get the other 4, you have to enter its mind.
It was a hidden piece within a hidden piece.
That was what Yeon-woo said.
So he had trusted him to come inside, and it seemed like Yeon-woo was right.
They said that Ceratopsian Dinosaurs were in the process of turning into a demon from a Demonic species.
If so, it made sense that its inside would be composed of a complex consciousness.
‘Is it something like an Illusionary World?’
Phante became nervous thinking of the Illusionary World that Brahm made. In an Illusionary World, the creator was the king. The penalty of intruders would be extreme.
Of course, since there was a difference in its complexity, this probably couldn’t be called an actual Illusionary World. But it was safe to call this a ‘Vestige Space.’
This wasn’t a difficulty that could be cleared with just 3 people.
Thinking that he had to stay alert, Phante lightly slapped his cheeks and looked around.
Although a lot of time had passed, he was the only person here.
“But where is that guy? He couldn’t have gone the wrong way towards the stomach with Edora…..”
“Why are you muttering to yourself like a mad person?”
At that moment, Yeon-woo lightly landed next to him. There was a heat around him as his Fire Wings disappeared. Edora was sticking right by his side. She looked like she was so happy she could die.
“You’re here? Why are you like that?”
Edora slightly frowned at Phante, who was smirking.
“What’s with that nauseating face?”
“Nothing. I was just thinking that you should’ve gone to the stomach instead.”
Edora mouthed the words ‘You wanna die?’ behind Yeon-woo, her fist raised. Of course, Phante pretended like he hadn’t seen anything and looked back at Yeon-woo.
Yeon-woo had something that was about the size of someone’s head in his head. Like he had ripped it off of somewhere, there were things like cells stuck all over it.
“But what’s that in your hand?”
“Hm? No, wait, it hasn’t even been that long since we came in here…..”
Phante shook his head from side to side. This guy was more outstanding the more you watched him.
He had been gathering his wits when he first came in here, but it seemed like Yeon-woo had already taken care of one of them.
Yeon-woo threw the Magic Core like it was nothing on the floor.
Only then did a message pop up.
[You have discovered the ‘Heart(Core).’]
[Hidden Quest / Ceratopsian Monster Annihilation]
Summary: After an adventurer studied De Roy lake for a long time, they were able to find that occasionally, there were Demonic species that battled each other to determine their hierarchy.
The Demonic species that come here during this time are all predators of the forest, and they eat each other until only one of them is left.
And the Demonic species that survives becomes a step closer to becoming a demon. It absorbs the energy of the lake to change into a ‘Ceratopsian Dinosaur.’
It is so tough that even if it loses a heart, it can regenerate itself.
To completely get rid of this creature, a lot of effort is needed.
But you have jumped into the consciousness of the dinosaur with much bravery.
From now on, avoid the attacks of the consciousness while looking for the rest of the hearts. Only after you find all five of them can you escape this area.
If you fail, you will be trapped in here forever, and be absorbed by the dinosaur.
Qualification to participate: De Roy Lake visitor, participator in Ceratopsian Dinosaur raid.
Time limit: 5 hours
Heart of Ceratopsian Dinosaur (5)
Horn and Leather
Adventurer ‘De Roy’s’ records + ???
[Hearts Found Currently: ⅕]
The adventurer De Roy was famous for being one of the very first players and the one to find the secret of the 23rd floor. He was also the person who created ‘demonic studies,’ having found the relationship between Demonic species and demons.
However, it was said that the records of De Roy weren’t really that great anyway, since it only had records of what De Roy saw from day to day.
October 2nd. Clear. Dug the 17th floor. There was nothing here. October 10th. Cloudy. Dug 7 meters deep. I think I didn’t dig in the right area…
It was all information like this, but Vieira kept on saying that we had to gather the records of the adventurer De Roy.
She said it was necessary to learn demonic studies.
Catching the Ceratopsian Dinosaur was a hidden piece, and understanding the secret of the records was a hidden piece in itself as well.
His brother had received help from Vieira Dune to learn about demonic studies. It was a chance to contact demons and learn new magic.
Normally, De Roy liked magic studies, but he had problems with the Magic Tower, and his studies were taken from him. Even though they took them, the records that he had were more detailed.
‘Thinking of learning magic from a dragon and a demon at the same time….he’s my brother but…..he’s crazy.’
And the demon that his brother had met was an incredible one.
‘The Grand Duke of the East, Agares.’
He was one of the demons who were the 4 pillars of demonic society. The society was better known as Solomon’s 72 demons, and devil king Agares was ranked 2nd out of all of them.
Because his brother has been cherished by the ancient dragon Kalatus and the Grand Duke Agares, it was no wonder he was able to grow so fast.
Of course, Yeon-woo didn’t plan on actually making a contract with a demon just because he learned demonic studies.
Demonic studies wasn’t just about dealing your soul away to a demon.
Rather, there were a lot of methods around it.
His brother had also done this. He borrowed the strength of Agares, but he didn’t actually have a contract with him. Like him, Yeon-woo was planning on using demonic studies in a different way.
‘After Sesha becomes healthy again, and the newly caught demon can be used to complete the Philosopher’s Stone, I can use it then.’
Since he had Brahm’s transmutation circle, Yeon-woo was already thinking about completing the Philosopher’s Stone. And the answer to this was demonic studies.
Of course, it might not all go as Yeon-woo planned.
Unless the demons were fools, they would know that Brahm was coming after them. But Brahm has expected that and planned out several different strategies, and Yeon-woo had helped him while supporting him to set the transmutation circle up. He deserved to take something away from it.
Also, Yeon-woo and Brahm were confident that they could catch a demon.
And once they did, getting the Devil’s Blessing and De Roy’s records were a must.
[New Demonic species are appearing.]
[Warning! Survive from the monster rush.]
Then, with a new message, a black wave started to come from far away.
It was a Demonic species army made up of hundreds, even thousands. They were all rushing over to eat Yeon-woo’s party.
Phante and Edora seemed nervous seeing their number.
But Yeon-woo had an easy way to get rid of them.
He spread out his left hand. Bathory’s Vampiric Sword revealed itself with its teeth bared like it was hungry.
Yeon-woo put his left hand to the floor. Then, the teeth suddenly sunk into the ground and attempted an Energy Drain.
The world shook.