Episode 137: Question and Answer between Angel and Devil (1)
“Go inside. Adversary.”
Smir’s words brought a faint smile to Jaehyun’s lips.
Jaehyun asked with a playful face.
“Are you okay? I’ve done the fluke twice that you hate.”
“Coincidence does not happen twice.”
Smir looked down at Jaehyun with a solemn expression.
“It is your skill. Go in.”
“There are no specifications.”
Jaehyun passed by Smir and slowly moved towards the inside of the great ruins.
Hella barely brushed her chest and climbed onto his shoulder.
After a while. When the two of them were walking into pitch black darkness.
Smir suddenly said to the two of them.
“The Great Ruins has three trials of wisdom prepared.”
Jaehyun’s footsteps stopped for a moment.
“Is that so.”
“Aren’t you afraid?”
Smir’s heavy question. Jaehyun didn’t lie.
“I am afraid.”
“… … is it.”
“That’s enough,” Smir said in a small voice that only he could hear.
His role now ends here.
All that remained was whether or not that boy could capture this ruin.
Smir watched from afar as the two walked away, then turned his head away.
* * *
“Why the hell are you even doing that?”
While walking in the dark to the first stage, Hella spoke to me.
Jaehyun thought about it for a while.
“… … well. I’m not sure either.”
Jaehyun’s answer did not satisfy Hella’s curiosity at all.
Looking at Jaehyun’s side profile, she thought for a moment.
‘A little while ago, Smir’s heart was already closed. He locked the gate, thinking it would never open again. however… … What in the world has changed him?’
Smir sat down.
I couldn’t move alone anymore, and I was in a situation where I put everything aside.
Protecting the great ruins was only to keep his father’s orders.
However, Jaehyun changed Smir.
‘The antagonist of the prophecy. The weakest human to kill Odin, who has been determined by the oracle.’
All of them were words and sentences referring to representation.
Hella looked at Jaehyun for a moment, then shook her head.
After a while. The two of them walked through the empty hallways and arrived at the first stage of the Trial of Wisdom.
The landscape unfolding in front of them. It was something they dared not expect, something very unique.
“That… … how… … ?”
A panoramic view through the door. Jaehyun frowned and stepped inside.
At the same time, two voices came from the front.
“Nice to meet you. Adversary of Prophecy. We are angels and demons.”
“… … what?”
Jaehyun’s stunned voice came out.
It was strange.
‘Angels and demons?’
It was a somewhat unfamiliar concept to appear in Norse mythology.
However, this was not the only strange thing.
‘The faces and actions of the two beings, even the magic… … Everything fits perfectly. There.’
Jaehyun’s gaze passed the two and looked back a little more.
Two huge doors at the end of it.
Jaehyun’s brow twisted.
‘… … What the hell is that?’
* * *
Yeonhwa Guild’s special security meeting room.
Two women are sitting cross-legged and having a conversation.
The first to speak was the guild master of Yeonhwa. It was Yooseong.
“I didn’t know you would come to see me in person. What happened?”
“I’ll get straight to the point.”
Baek Ji-yeon, the curator’s guild master who was sitting across from me, crossed her arms and accepted the words.
“Min Jaehyun. They say he’s your disciple.”
“Nothing else… … Because I want to have it.”
Baek Ji-yeon’s bold declaration. A small smile spread across Yoo Seong-eun’s mouth.
‘I’m going to take away my guild members now… … Are you saying this? Even the first negotiator, my direct disciple?’
It was funny. I heard that the Curators Guild has grown considerably recently.
But I didn’t dare to act crazy enough to steal Yeonhwa’s talented person.
‘Is it that coveted? It’s Jaehyun.’
Yoo Seong-eun lightly discharged her magic and looked at Baek Ji-yeon in front.
“Sorry, but that sounds difficult.”
“If you listen to the story, you won’t regret it.”
“You will regret it if I bring up the story.”
“That remains to be seen.”
Yoosung nodded with a smile on his lips.
Of course, he had no intention of handing Jaehyun over to another guild.
However, there must be a reason for Baek Ji-yeon to come out like this.
‘There’s nothing wrong with keeping it.’
That was Yoo Seong-eun’s conclusion.
Baek Ji-yeon tilted her head slightly to the side and said.
“We will support Yeonhwa with the financial resources of our Curator Guild.”
At Baek Ji-yeon’s words, Yoo Seong-eun sneered and lightly tapped the table with her finger.
“I’m not in a position where I have to listen to trivial stories like this because Yeon-hwa doesn’t have money. Coming with a more attractive offer… … .”
“I’ll hand over Nidhogg’s Fang.”
At the same time as hearing the story, Yoo Seong-eun’s eyebrows narrowed.
Baek Ji-yeon’s conditions are beyond imagination. It was downright unconventional.
An S-class item recently excavated from the ruins, it was an artifact specialized for CC that poisons enemies with a whopping 70% chance when attacking.
Estimated value is in the hundreds of billions or more.
Yeonhwa also participated in an auction in the United States, but was unable to obtain it.
‘I heard that the curator got his hands on it, but… … I never thought I’d make that a condition.’
Yoosung narrowed his eyes.
“… … I guess it’s no joke.”
“We are a merchant guild. I have never pranked my guests.”
“If you refuse, I will put this as a condition and directly conciliate Min Jae-hyun. It sounds like this to my ears.”
“You seem to have good ears. He is also the representative of Yeonhwa.”
Baek Ji-yeon faced Yoo Seong-eun with a smile.
‘You’re the representative of Yeonhwa for Amblyopia. How can a curator figure out how to move at once?’
In fact, Baek Ji-yeon planned to visit Jae-hyeon directly if negotiations with Yeon-hwa broke down and use 《Nidhogg’s Fang》 as bait to get her to sign a contract with the curator.
‘It’s an S-class item. There’s no way I could refuse.’
The cancellation fee with Yeon-hwa was also a proposal that was intended to be paid.
It will be more difficult to find the one who refuses.
Yoo Sung-eun, who had been silently listening to the story, crossed her arms and laughed.
“In that case, it would have been better for you to visit Jaehyun than to visit me from the beginning.”
“We want to solve the problem in a gentlemanly way. If possible, hand it over… … Wouldn’t the picture be nice too?”
“Jaehyun is not a thing.”
“That remains to be seen.”
Yoosung chewed his lips.
Apparently, the curator really wanted to reproduce it.
‘No matter how much Yeonhwa is, I can’t give Jaehyun an S-class item right away. Dangerous’
S-class item. Retrieving it is a difficult task, even for a large guild.
Huge capital is also capital, but the biggest problem is that it is difficult to secure items.
In order to become the owner of an S-class item that only a handful of people in the world exist, various procedures and personal connections are required.
Baek Ji-yeon, noticing Yoo Seong-eun’s agitation, smiled lightly.
‘The greatest strength of a curator is not only money, but also personal connections built up through business.’
The same goes for Nidhogg’s fangs.
Baek Ji-yeon signed a partnership agreement with a famous foreign guild and relic excavation association in the past, and was able to win this auction because of this.
capitalism. It is a proper use of the market economy that is thoroughly capitalized.
Yooseong also knew this.
‘Yeonhwa is a fighting guild anyway. It is true that I am inferior to curators in terms of personal connections and capital.’
It was a situation I couldn’t help but worry about.
You know the value of representation best.
It’s not just that cheeky guy with a lot of money. The one who watched him for several months.
‘I need a countermeasure.’
Yoo Sung-eun thought so, but Baek Ji-yeon suddenly stood up.
From the beginning, she came here to threaten Yoo Sung-eun and Yeon-hwa that they would take Jae-hyun with them.
Now that everything was done, there was no reason to be here.
“then. I will wait for your wise judgment.”
After saying goodbye, she left.
Yooseong immediately woke up.
“It has to be stopped somehow.”
* * *
Jaehyun couldn’t hide his confused mind.
The two of them were saying the same thing at exactly the same timing.
As if we were sharing each other’s thoughts.
In the first place, Jaehyun couldn’t even tell who was an angel and who was a devil.
All I could do now was ask the two beings in front of me about it.
“How can I pass the first step?”
When Jaehyun calmly asked, the angel and the devil answered at the same time.
“Then let me explain. first of all. We cannot get help from guides here, so please take this into account.”
“… … All right.”
It was regrettable that he couldn’t get help from Hella, but he nodded his head for now.
It was more important now to focus on their explanations.
‘The ruins are basically a puzzle-type dungeon structure. I have to concentrate.’
“One of us is an angel, the other a devil.”
“Angels and demons… … ?”
Jaehyun seemed to think of something, but he listened to their stories in silence.
“Also, angels must be truthful. The devil always lies.”
The two beings had exactly the same expression.
“Now one of these two doors behind us is the door to heaven. The other is the door to Hell.
If you choose the door to heaven, you can easily pass this first puzzle, if you choose the door to hell, you will have to fight the living but not living.”
Jaehyun nodded. This was a problem he was aware of.
“You can only ask one question from now on. Find your way to the second trial with just one question.”
Jaehyun thought with a faint smile on his lips.
‘It’s not a difficult problem.’
The riddle of choosing the path to heaven with just one question.
If you choose the path to heaven, you can pass the first stage of this ruin in one go, and if you choose the path to hell, you will have to fight the living but not living.
Jaehyun didn’t hesitate. He took a step forward and said.
“I will ask you a question.”
“Can’t you wait any longer? There is plenty of time.”
“no. I think it’s a problem that doesn’t need to be deeply thought about.”
Seeing Jaehyun’s stubborn attitude, the two guards at the door also nodded.
they said at the same time.
“great. Who do you want to ask?”
As soon as permission was granted, Jaehyun approached the person standing to his left with a sour expression.
“Where is the door to where you live?”
At Jaehyun’s question, the faces of the two beings showed an interesting emotion.
Four eyes scanned every nook and cranny of Jaehyun’s body.
After a while. The long-awaited answer fell.
“The door to where I live is the door behind me.”
He already knew the answer to this riddle.
A very easy, universally known riddle.
A dialogue between angels and demons.
There are many answers to this riddle, but this one was the simplest.
Where do you live?
An angel who can only answer the truth to this question will tell you the door to heaven, and a devil who only tells lies will tell you the door to heaven.
Jaehyun had seen a problem in an old riddle book.
‘It’s so easy that I lose my pulse for a giant’s puzzle. Well, the things that follow won’t be this easy.’
After a while. The one on the left. That is, said the angel.
“That is correct. Adversary. Then head to the door behind me. then… … .”
However, the angel’s words did not follow. His eyes narrowed as he stared at Jaehyun again.
It was because Jaehyun was committing an unknown eccentricity.
“… Adversary? Where are you going now… … .”
The angel had no choice but to ask like that, forgetting even his text.
The reason was simple.
Jaehyun turned around and stood in front of the gates of hell.
However, Jaehyun’s eccentricities did not stop there.
He said with a smile, looking at the demon on his right.
“I’m thinking of going there. Could you please step aside?”