319. Round 20 begins
72 humans appeared in a colorless space.
Perhaps because it was the last, the number of people was shabby, but Ryumin was satisfied with this alone.
‘Because I was alone when I first came.’
But you’re not alone in this second round of 20.
There are so many people standing shoulder to shoulder with you that you don’t have to worry about being cut off from entering.
[You’ve finally come this far.]
I looked up at the sudden voice and saw the angel Mylene with an emotional face.
[I never thought you would make it to the 20th round. I thought at most one or two people would survive, but I didn’t expect there to be so many. I’m really proud of it.]
People looked at me like they didn’t know what I was doing, but the angel didn’t care.
After all, they were people who I wouldn’t see anymore once I was guided to the end.
[Now that we’ve reached the last round, I can’t help but listen to your thoughts. Who would you like to talk to?]
No one opened their mouths at those words.
They just give you hostile looks.
It’s not because no one came here because they wanted to.
[Why are their expressions like that? Aren’t you happy? If you just beat this round, your wish can come true. If all 72 people pass, all 72 people will have their wish come true!]
“Okay, just open the quest window.”
Mylene flinched at Ryumin’s command and then smiled awkwardly.
[Haha, you must be curious. What is the long-awaited 20th round quest? Well, then shall we check it right away?]
People could not hide their surprise at the quest window that soon appeared.
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“What, what? “It’s a question mark, right?”
“I can’t see the quest?”
“I’m the only one who can’t see, am I?”
There was a murmur and people were confused.
Among them, the only one who was not embarrassed was Ryumin, who had already experienced it.
‘I was confused at first too. It’s a bit overwhelming.’
Thinking that I had to figure out the quest on my own, I searched the entire continent like crazy.
As a result, he found a temple with a boss room, but if it hadn’t been for that, he would have been as confused as everyone else.
‘The problem is that the boss room may not be the final quest.’
The quest was not revealed until it was destroyed in front of the boss room.
That means that the current Ryu Min does not know exactly about the 20th round mission.
People who were at a loss looked at the angel as if seeking an answer.
[Hoho, I guess you were embarrassed. Because I don’t see the quest. Unfortunately, this round’s quest is private. It will be revealed naturally as the round progresses, so don’t worry too much… … Hehe!]
Ryumin leapt into the sky and closed the distance in one go, grabbing the angel’s neck with a deathly grip.
“Be honest. What is the 20-round quest? “Otherwise I’ll break your neck right here.”
[Kek, this, we have to let this go before we talk about it!]
As I push the struggling guy away, he starts gasping for breath.
“Now tell me. “Don’t give a damn about it being private or something.”
[Well, I don’t know either! I’m just following the system’s instructions… … .]
Mylene took a deep breath before speaking.
Ryumin’s eyes, as if they would tear apart at any moment, tightened the angel’s body.
“Do not lie. “Do you think I don’t know that this isn’t the first time you’ve done this?”
[I really don’t know! It’s my first time working as a guide, so I really don’t know!]
The angel who spoke tremblingly was very frightened.
This was especially true because the opponent was a famous person who slaughtered angels.
‘I’m not lying.’
Ryumin, who was reading his thoughts, gave up his courage and went down.
“I will believe you. Now explain.”
The angel who was tying his tight neck continued to explain something that could not be said.
[Well, as I just said, I don’t know the mission. Angels are always assigned as guides for the first time… … But as long as we conquer this round, everyone can survive. You can also receive all your wishes. Of course, I don’t know the detailed process, so I can’t tell you anything even if you ask. I’m just telling you what I heard in the manual… … .]
Perhaps because he was afraid of Ryu Min’s threats, Mylène was unusually quick to make excuses.
[For reference, the stage for this round is a fantasy world, and the purpose of the quest is unknown. Because of that, I don’t know the criteria for passing, and there are no subquests.]
“Well, that…” … .”
“You mean you can’t know anything?”
“ha… … .”
Sighs flowed from everyone’s mouths, including everyone.
[To give you some useful information, you will not accumulate experience or gold even if you hunt monsters in this round. So, humans who are not at full level do not have to waste time hunting… … .]
“Nothing to worry about. “Because we are all at max level.”
Mylene smiled awkwardly at Ryu Min’s words.
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[Well, that’s a good thing. It went well, it went very well.]
“Any other information?”
[Oh, what was there? right. In this round, you all are the party. The identity of the mission is unknown, but at least it is not a mission to kill each other.]
“This is fortunate.”
Sighs of relief could be heard from everywhere, probably because I was worried.
[The explanation ends here. Oh, it may be confusing because there is no information, but it’s the last time, so cheer up. Well then!]
The angel disappeared along with the light as if running away, and as soon as he did so, a message appeared in front of people.
[Round 20 will begin shortly.]
[Due to the nature of the round, no reward is received even if you catch a monster.]
[After 30 seconds, you will be transported to a fantasy world.]
* * *
When moving into the fantasy world, players did not disperse.
Everyone was moved to the same place and in one place.
“Where am I?”
“I can’t tell where it is because there are only trees.”
People looked around, but Ryumin knew.
Because it was the same starting point as the previous episode.
“This is a place called the Forest of Demonic Beasts. “It’s at the end of the Lutus Mountains, and nearby is the Kingdom of Braham.”
People nodded but could not hide their anxiety.
What would you do if you knew the location?
I don’t really know the most important quest purpose.
Therefore, everyone relied on the actual leader called Black Scythe.
“What should I do now? Black Scythe?”
“The quest is private, what should I do first?”
“Once you see that you have been summoned here, doesn’t that mean you should catch the monster?”
Everyone reasoned and expressed their opinions, but Ryumin shook his head.
Because the direction has already been decided.
“Let’s explore the surroundings first. “There might be a hint about the quest.”
“Then shall we all spread out?”
‘I know the way, so why do I spread out?’
Ryumin swallowed his words and shook his head.
“no. Since there is no means of contact, it is dangerous to disperse. “We move together.”
The group followed Ryumin and walked through the Forest of Demonic Beasts.
He took the lead because he remembered where the temple where the boss room was was located.
Of course, people will think that I am walking recklessly.
‘If you walk like this for an hour, you will come to a collapsed ancient temple. There’s a boss room there.’
I couldn’t reveal that fact to people, so I walked around looking around as if I was exploring.
At that time, Min-ri Min came to Ryu-min’s side and asked.
“I don’t know what might happen, so should I buff people in advance?”
“okay. request. “It’s a party anyway.”
I was planning on asking in front of the boss room, but it didn’t matter if I walked now.
“excuse me… … .”
Min Joo-ri hesitated and said with an awkward smile.
“I was sorry before.”
“What do you mean?”
“Because I don’t recognize your face. When I watched the news, I saw that Black Scythe revealed his face in front of people. But still, I can’t recognize you in a cafe… … .”
“What kind of big deal is that?”
“Now that I think about it, I think I was too harsh and asked why I pretended to be a normal person when I didn’t recognize him. sorry.”
“Don’t worry. “There is nothing wrong with it.”
Ryumin turned his head with an expression that said there was really no need to worry.
However, contrary to his emotionless expression, he felt bitter inside.
‘It really seems like all memories of me have been erased.’
Only the memory of the black scythe remained, and I felt bitter as I was treated like a stranger.
On the other hand, I felt glad that the pain had been forgotten.
at that time.
A group of monsters blocked the group’s path without even understanding the atmosphere.
As the name of the Forest of Demonic Beasts suggests, monsters could be seen occasionally.
As long as Ryumin was there, none of them were a threat.
‘Did your experience level increase?’
Experience points came from a monster that I expected to give nothing.
‘Is it because of the rune of transcendence?’
I think it’s thanks to the rune that allows you to gain experience from all enemies.
Although it was a small amount, Ryumin was satisfied.
The fact that I can achieve benefits on my own that others cannot.
‘Furthermore, as your experience level increases, your stats also increase with the growth rune.’
In addition, once you accumulate a certain amount of experience, you can increase your level with the Rune of Transcendence.
‘I would like to leisurely hunt monsters, but it’s a pity I don’t have time for that.’
Although there was room for further growth, Ryumin focused on reaching his destination rather than hunting.
There might be a time limit on the mission, so it was better to hurry.
“uh? Are we finally out of the forest?”
After walking for a while, we left the forest of witches.
“Now that we’re out of the forest, should we speed up?”
Ryumin looked at his nodding colleagues and ran on the flat ground.
* * *
The destination, which was expected to take 1 hour, was narrowed down to 30 minutes.
I was able to shorten the time by rushing with other people.
“W-what is here?”
“It looks like some kind of abandoned temple?”
Between the Forest of Demonic Beasts and the Forest of Labyrinth, there is an ancient temple that collapsed.
This is none other than the hidden location of the boss room.
Ryumin approached the temple, pretending to have discovered it by chance while walking down the street.
“It’s a suspicious place I’ve never seen before. “It would be a good idea to search.”
I just didn’t see it, but it was actually there in the previous round as well.
I just couldn’t access it.
‘The system has set up a barrier that prevents you from entering before the 20th round.’
Therefore, the trick of opening the door and entering early does not work.
Because it is like being blocked by a barrier and cannot be entered by any means.
Except now, in the 20th round.
‘I can’t believe I was able to find a temple in 30 minutes that took 2 hours in the previous episode.’
Unlike before, I gained some time.
‘The boss room is here.’
It was full of rubble, as if a bomber had passed by, but the real entrance to this place was separate.
“Everyone, come here.”
When Ryumin removed the rubble, pretending to have found it by chance, a hidden underground staircase emerged.
The boss room is below here.
“Just by looking at it, it looks like there’s something down here. Should I go in?”
Colleagues nodded at Ryumin’s words.
“Then let’s get everyone ready and then go in.”