301. Black magic (1)
It was like the right held by those who were said to be closest to the peak in the demon world.
A position given to those who look upon a higher godhead that is not strange compared to any other godhead.
What could be more meaningful than taking the place of a monarch in a demonic realm steeped in winner-take-all and rule-of-thumb logic?
‘That’s why it’s special to be the monarch’s seat.’
At least for Alkaid, the position of monarch was like his life.
Alkaid rested his chin on the throne, his yellow eyes flashing.
If he, a native of a lowly race like goblins, had not been a monarch, how would he have been treated?
It wasn’t that difficult to come up with the answer.
Goblins have been the pinnacle of a weak race since ancient times.
‘At best, the reason I, a goblin, can be treated like this is because I am a monarch… … .’
100 years ago, Alkaid murdered the previous 62nd monarch and became the new 62nd monarch.
Despite being an insignificant race like goblins, they were able to overwhelm everything with just their natural talent.
But that didn’t stop Alkaid from letting down his guard.
A monarch’s position is maintained only when he can prove himself.
Just like he did 100 years ago, Alkaid realized that being a monarch is a sand castle that can collapse at any time.
That too definitely.
“With the first decisive battle for monarchs in 100 years underway, there is no way that there would not be someone foolish enough to covet my throne.”
Alkaid muttered coolly while sitting on the throne.
“So it won’t be any different this time either.”
A dark fortress with only a handful of light.
In the throne room of the 62nd monarch’s direct jurisdiction, Alkaid narrowed his eyes as he looked down at the demon that had grown horns.
Alkaid’s eyes, which had been tinged with boredom until now, flickered with slight anger, and then a cold question flowed from his mouth.
“Did you say that a demon lord suddenly appeared in the demon world?”
A question filled with a certain dignity, even though he was just a goblin.
A moment when his gentleness, which did not match his racial appearance, created a strange sense of intimidation.
The demon, which had grown horns, bowed its head as if it had been waiting and hurriedly spoke.
“That is so, my lord… … .”
“Didn’t you say that he was mentally ill enough to mess with the rulers’ henchmen?”
“yes! … … He definitely tried to kill us! In fact, the 47th monarch’s henchman also died like that―.”
The demon, whose horns grew without stopping for a moment, tried to continue speaking… … .
Suddenly, Alkaid stopped him as if he was talking and spoke as if he was talking to himself.
“Then is this also part of it?”
“What on earth is that…?” … ?”
“It’s roughly like this.”
The moment when the horn-growing demon who serves Alkaid revealed his doubts.
As it was, Alkaid gave a cold look in his eyes and clenched his fist as if he was going to grab something and crush it.
And then the sound of something like pieces of glass breaking from the back of the demon whose horns had grown rang out.
Absolutely… … !
“What… … !”
In the blink of an eye, a light appeared from the back of the demon whose horns had grown, and then disappeared.
“The skill ‘Light of Pursuit’ is forcibly canceled and disappears.”
“Challenger Han Seong-yoon will no longer be provided with location tracking information.”
The tracking skills that Han Seong-yoon had previously used had exhausted their usefulness.
Only then did Alkaid’s subordinates realize that something had happened and expressed astonishment.
“What the hell is this…” … !”
“The chase was set. It’s not a magic trick, it’s closer to a supernatural ability. In fact, it is a force that is almost semi-coercive.”
“How could this be…?” … ! Sorry, sorry. Monarch. Because of my vices… … !”
“no. No way. Anyway, it’s not an ability that someone like you can stop. Rather… … “It looks like he’s coming.”
Alkaid muttered with his eyes cold.
“How dare someone try to take my place, he is coming here.”
It’s no different… … .
Suddenly, the entire front door of the throne room shattered and a figure appeared beyond it.
“The God of Transcendence smiles at an unknown monarch.”
“Just as I thought, there was a monarch here.”
A confident tone, as if everything was just as expected.
The moment when Inyoung slowly emerged from the shadowed area.
Before I knew it, a swordsman with dual swords was standing where the throne room door had been broken.
as soon as… … .
“Now we can begin the trials in earnest.”
It was Han Seong-yoon.
I narrowed my eyes as I entered the castle of an unknown monarch.
‘This… … .’
It was worth it.
This was because he felt a high status from the goblin sitting on the throne beyond the throne room in the monarch’s castle.
At the very least, it can be considered comparable to a formal deity.
Still, he won’t be a match for evil spirits who can be said to be higher-level gods.
Nevertheless, I was able to figure out right away that the goblin had incredible powers.
‘He’s probably on par with a god of battle who doesn’t use the divine <fighting spirit>.’
Wouldn’t he be the strongest goblin I’ve ever seen?
But thinking that way only lasted a moment.
The Goblin Lord, dressed in a black tailcoat, came down from the throne and his eyes flashed.
“You’re an uninvited guest I haven’t seen in a long time… … .”
And he immediately adjusted his clothes and looked at the demon whose horns had grown, and said:
“Gerard. It looks like it will take quite some time to receive guests. “Get thee out of here.”
It seems as if it will only be a hindrance if it stays like this.
But is this actually not that wrong?
The demon, which had grown horns like a goat, did not protest and immediately bowed its head and followed the instructions.
I laughed out loud as I saw the body of the demon with goat horns quickly disappear into the darkness.
It was worth it.
“You just let go of a subordinate who revealed his location to the other party.”
Perhaps the nameless goblin lord will know his subordinate’s mistake.
Nevertheless, it was impressive that he sent his subordinate off without any sign of anger.
However, the goblin lord in front of me seemed to be like that and gave a cursory answer as if he was not impressed in the first place.
“hmm. I never expected anything from something like that anyway. That’s why I’m not angry.”
“… … “That is reasonable.”
“And more than anything, I knew it from the moment I received the report from Gerrard. “I don’t know who you are, but I know you will be here.”
“Have you even thought about that?”
It was interesting.
What on earth did they do to guess that I would come here?
At best, all you can do is use tracking skills against demons with horns like mountain goats.
I wondered if he had unexpected precognitive abilities, but surprisingly, the Goblin Lord’s answer was very simple.
“You’re asking the obvious… … .”
The Goblin Lord said in a tone of bewilderment.
“Anyway, if you are an outsider who came to the demon world at this time, isn’t the goal of becoming a monarch?”
“How can we be sure of that?”
“The ability to track Gerard, and the ease of handling the murder of the 47th Lord’s henchman. And when he hears information that comes from outside, he finds out even if he doesn’t want to know.”
“… … .”
“If a guy who doesn’t care about the wrath of monarchs puts his tracking ability on the monarch’s henchmen, it’s obvious what he’s going to do. “I guess he’s aiming for the position of monarch.”
“That’s true, but… … .”
It was unexpected.
‘I never thought I could think this fast.’
Because the strong people I’ve seen so far haven’t thought this carefully.
It’s also the first time in a long time that I’ve seen someone’s intention read in an instant like this.
Those who have reached divine status do not need to think about details, but rely solely on their power to find out everything.
That’s why it was foreign and dangerous.
‘At least he can think normally.’
The gods dealt with the divinity of concepts and were full of people whose way of thinking was broken.
This is because divinity can be seen as an element directly related to the personality of the Godhead.
The divinity that touches the realm of concepts originates from the personality of the Godhead.
Just as I gained the divine power of <transcendence> by focusing solely on growth.
And the divinity acquired according to one’s inclination was directly connected to one’s personality and influenced it.
However, because the power of the godhead is great, such disadvantages only end up at the level of a psychopath.
But the Goblin Lord was not like that.
‘Even though I have reached a level that can rival that of a godhead, has my spirit still been eroded by power?’
This is an enemy worth being nervous about.
Knowing how to think repeatedly means that the probability of using various moves increases.
In fact, the Goblin Lord flashed his yellow eyes as if he had been waiting and released black energy.
Tsuzuzu… … .
“I’ll stop wasting time here.”
Before he knew it, his body was overflowing with uncontrollable magical energy.
“Now we have fully warmed up the magic energy. “I think I’ll be able to deal with you.”
“There have been many foolish people who challenged me to a duel and tried to take the position of 62nd monarch.”
Soon, the goblin lord’s yellow eyes glowed even stronger.
“And as always, you too will meet the same end at the hands of this Alkaid.”
As it was, Alkaid’s demonic energy took a systematic form and turned into a small bullet.
In an instant, the sound of a blast rang out simultaneously and black bullets rained down.
And all such attacks were imbued with an infinitely high rank.
If you get hit like this, you probably won’t be able to get over it with minor injuries.
In that case, it was decided what to do.
“The sacred power ‘Deification’ is activated.”
“It becomes possible to exercise divine power according to potential divinity.”
“The potential divinity is <transcendence>, <death>, <immortality>, <reverse heaven>, <observation>, <discipline>, <harmony>, <speech>, and <fighting spirit>.”
as soon as… … .
[To bother you. ]
By using deification, this side was also able to match the status to some extent.
Anyway, in a situation like this, there is no point in hiding your power anymore.
In the blink of an eye, deification took place and the divine armor covered the body.
The divine armor previously obtained by increasing the secondary ascension percentage was able to block attacks from evil spirits to some extent.
Therefore, the black bullets were meaninglessly destroyed as if crushed by the divine armor.
“godhead… … ?”
And when Alkaid saw that, he was shocked and said as if he was surprised.
“Now that I see it, I see that he was not just a demon lord, but someone who had already achieved divine status… … !”
However, Alkaid was not that shaken by that.
Now, as if he had completely made up his mind, his killing intent was shining quietly.
Alkaid shouted, his yellow eyes flashing widely.
“Then I’ll show you my sincerity here too!”
And as soon as I heard those words, I immediately activated my authority skill.
“The authority skill ‘Decelerate Target’ is strongly activated.”
「Slows down all speeds of Demon World Lord ‘Alkaid’ by [40%] for 4 minutes.”
There was no need to give a response to someone who was thinking well.
Rather than giving yourself time to think about it, it would be better to quickly look at the bottom line.
Learning techniques related to demonic energy can also be done slowly.
‘Just like this, I can slow down my action speed and learn techniques related to demon energy… … .’
however… … .
When Alkaid suddenly said that in a cold voice, something strange happened.
“An undesired sanctuary.”
Tsutsutsu… … !
“The power skill ‘Slow Target’ is canceled by [Undesired Haven].”
「A 10-minute cooldown is created for the power skill ‘Decelerate Target’ by [Undesired Haven].」
[ what? ]
Not only was the activation of the authority skill suddenly canceled, but the skill also had a cooldown.
It’s not even the unique cooldown inherent in power skills.
This is a kind of sealed state caused by Alkaid’s technology.
I was so dumbfounded by that that I had to laugh.
[What is this… … . ]
It was worth it.
At best, I didn’t know that the power skill would be sealed in a skill that uses magic.
Even the power skill was a power connected to a kind of divinity, so there was no choice but to be more absurd.
[ So absurd. ]
But that was only a moment.
“Transcendence Myth <Spirit Attunement> is activated.”
“From now on, the divinity effect of <Indomitable Attack> will be added to challenger Han Seong-yoon’s divinity use.”
「※By designating an opponent, all types of status can become equal to that opponent for [4 minutes].」
「※However, if you are unable to withstand the burden accumulated due to the increase in rank, the power of <Spirit Indomitable> may be stopped.”
“From now on, the sacred effect of <Self-Adjustment> will be applied to challenger Han Seong-yoon.”
「※It becomes possible to freely control and manipulate the spiritual powers that one possesses.」
「※You can control formless power with spiritual power and apply the effect of spiritual power to that power.」
When I interfered with the power skill using the Transcendence Myth <Spirit Attunement>, the seal caused by the skill was immediately broken.
“The power skill ‘Slow Target’ is free from the influence of [Undesired Haven].”
[ Doing something annoying. ]
However, after solving the power that interfered with the authority skill, my interest grew.
‘… … Still, it’s definitely a power beyond what I thought.’
That’s right… … .
Although it was solved in just a few seconds, Alkaid had interfered with the authority skill.
Perhaps, if it weren’t for the Transcendence Myth <Spirit Attunement>, I might have had to suffer from the effect for over a minute rather than a few seconds.
Still, it would have been like breaking the seal anyway.
Even if Alkaid’s level is comparable to that of a formal god, it is surprising that he was able to seal his power skills even for a short period of time.
It was even more so because I had a vague idea of what the underlying technology was.
[ Is that some type of technology that uses demonic energy? ]
And as if the guess was correct, Alkaid said with a grin.
“That is the correct answer, Godhead.”
Alkaid continued speaking without stopping, crowding the demonic energy into the space.
“It is a type of black magic that can only be used by those chosen from among the demons that are as widespread as sand.”
[Black magic… … ? ]
“The secret arts of those who existed in ancient times are nothing less than the preserve of geniuses!”
[ … … . ]
“This is the power that elevated even a humble goblin to the position of a great monarch… … !”
The moment when Alkaid’s eyes shed black color like an afterimage.
Only then did I realize.
That is the essence of Alkaid’s power and the supreme skill that allowed him to compete with a god.
It wasn’t that strange.
‘In fact, black magic is a transcendental skill like martial arts.’
Even so, just as there are skills beyond the border of martial arts in the martial arts dimension.
In the demon world, unlike martial arts, there was only a high-level technique called black magic.
Even that, like martial arts, is a skill that has the potential to reach the level of godhood.
[ okay? ]
At that, I felt an unbearable longing and my eyes had to sparkle.
That’s right… … .
“The exclusive effect ‘Magic Circuit’ is activated.”
“The user’s magical power can be temporarily converted into demonic energy.”
[ Even if it wasn’t, I was still looking for it. ]
If you can learn black magic here, you will definitely be able to use it as your secret weapon in the future.
[How on earth should I use the power of Magi? ]
Therefore, I converted the magical power in my body into demonic energy and fixed my gaze on Alkaid.
[ Still, for a strong person like you, it would be a reference level, right? ]
It is the exclusive property of geniuses and is said to be acquired only by those chosen among the numerous demons.
Then, if you look at each of these with your own eyes and think about the principles of black magic, you will eventually be able to use it.
[Please show me a black magic that is even better than this. ]
because… … .
[That way, I too will have more to gain. ]
Until now, I’ve always learned all the techniques using just talent.
In the blink of an eye, dozens or even hundreds of fierce battles took place.
A very heterogeneous and inefficient battle in which each half relies on demonic energy.
The black light intertwined with each other and spread everywhere, and each time Alkaid frowned.
“… … .”
It was worth it.
‘What on earth is your intention?’
I don’t know why, but the god in front of me kept not using his power related to divinity.
Still, I tried to use divine power once before… … .
Alkaid used black magic to interfere with the power of the divinity, even if only briefly, and from then on until now, he has been suppressing the power of the divinity.
‘… … ‘Why don’t you use divine power?’
At best, he could erase Alkaid’s black magic with the Divine Armor.
He had never seen a full-fledged use of divine power.
He doesn’t use his divinity at all, as if he is restricted by something.
In the process, Alkaid realized that the god in front of him was an absurd monster.
‘… … And even though he doesn’t have divine power, why can’t he be ruled out?’
Han Seong-yoon was not pushed back even when he had not brought out even half of the true value of the Godhead.
The fight continued, relying solely on various skills and the effects of items.
And whenever he had time, he suddenly squeezed out his demonic energy crudely and threw it at Alkaid.
Even so, it didn’t work on Alkaid because it was a black magic that was like the struggle of an ant… … .
Still, I couldn’t help but feel annoyed.
‘What on earth are you aiming for, why do you keep forcing yourself to use demonic energy like this?’
I couldn’t understand.
Why does Han Seong-yoon try to imitate Alkaid’s own black magic?
It has to be that way.
Because black magic is a technique reserved only for chosen geniuses.
Among the 72 monarchs of the Demon World, there were only a handful of people like Alkaid who had deep knowledge of black magic, so Han Seong-yoon’s actions seemed like a meaningless act.
‘I won’t be able to use black magic anyway… … .’
actually… … .
It’s so bad!
Every time Han Seong-yoon clumsily imitated black magic, all of his attempts ended in failure.
‘… … done. It’s useless anyway. So there’s no need to worry too much.’
At this point, I don’t think I need to worry about Alkaid anymore.
Therefore, he put away his distracting thoughts and concentrated on dealing with Han Seong-yoon.
Since all dark magic was excluded from the divine armor, it still could not inflict a single wound on him.
So now is the time to take off the armor of divinity, even if it means using the secret move.
At the crossroads of victory and defeat, it is time to see the end of one path.
“Now let me put an end to it… … .”
The moment when Alkaid was about to activate the most advanced technique of black magic.
[I think I know roughly what black magic is. ]
Suddenly, Han Seong-yoon said this with his eyes fixed on Alkaid.
[Now I understand. Magi… … , I don’t use it like magic. ]
“… … .”
[ It specializes in essentially interfering with something and twisting it. ]
[So black magic is also a form of assistance. ]
“… … “What on earth are you talking about?”
Suddenly, Alkaid felt uneasy at the god in front of him who was talking incomprehensibly.
Even though he knew that the god in front of him was probably just trying to shake Alkaid’s psychology and create a momentary gap.
There was a sense of depth in Han Seong-yoon’s tone to the point where he thought so.
[I’ve been learning how to use it wrong all this time. Alkaid. That’s not how black magic was used. ]
“… … “What kind of bullshit is that?”
[ In the first place, black magic is not for offense. You use it to support yourself. ]
“Auxiliary… … ?”
Alkaid denied it as soon as he heard Han Seong-yoon’s words.
But for some reason, Alkaid’s intuition was telling him this.
… … That is not a lie, much less nonsense.
And regardless, Han Seong-yoon continued as if he was going to say what he had to say.
[ okay. assistant. Because black magic is a power optimized for twisting one’s own limitations. So the usage itself was wrong. ]
“… … .”
[From the beginning, black magic was a power used as a means to expand the scope of one’s abilities. ]
“Okay… … , it can’t be, it can’t be… … .”
[So, aside from supporting the body, the evil god also devoted all of his energies to the power of divinity or mythology. ]
“Seol, explain! Explain! Well, what kind of bullshit is that! And why can we be so sure… … !!”
Before Alkaid could continue speaking, Han Seong-yoon smiled and trailed off.
[ therefore… … . ]
[It’s roughly like this. ]
“The God of Transcendence sneers at foolish black magic users.”
[ Now I think I know more about black magic than you. ]
As it was, the dark demonic energy overflowed from Han Seong-yoon’s body and formed a certain form.
“This is… … .”
And when Alkaid saw that, he had no choice but to watch the scene in fascination.
Before he knew it, a halo of black magic energy was protecting him, as if assisting the divine armor surrounding Han Seong-yoon.
It was even more efficient than any black magic Alkaid had ever seen.
[Black magic was a power used like this. ]
Only then did Alkaid realize.
“… … … … ah?”
Why did Han Seong-yoon say that black magic originally had an auxiliary nature?
[Perhaps this can be used to reduce the cooldown time of skills, or even the cooldown time of authority. ]
“ah… … .”
[Well, it may not be that practical yet, but once you get the hang of it, the story will be different… … . ]
“… … .”
Now Alkaid couldn’t think of anything to say.
Because Alkaid can’t use anything like black magic that supports divinity.
He looked ahead with dark, dead eyes as he saw that it was more effective than any black magic he had ever seen.
And to Alkaid, who was so lost, Han Seong-yoon, who used black magic, kept smiling and said.
[But thanks to you, I learned black magic well. ]
even… … .
[Learning black magic is easier than you think? ]
And that too, while spewing out words that deny everything about Alkaid.