384. Master of strategy (5)
There is no need to waste time.
As the saying goes, seeing is better than hearing… … .
Rather than talking about an assassination method that only an ancient god could perform, it would be better to just show them what you are going to do, as if giving them a lecture.
‘Anyway, after seeing it for myself, I won’t be talking about whether what I’m doing is right or wrong anymore.’
That is the option that can most clearly explain this side’s meaning.
“… … .”
I wasn’t that worried.
At best, this would only involve killing a certain monarch, the Dark Emperor.
Among the many enemies I faced while climbing the tower, there were some who held more power than the monarch of any country, but nothing changed.
‘There is no need to waste more time on an enemy who is merely a mortal like the Dark Emperor.’
It was natural.
Wasn’t this the winner every time?
In that case, there was no need to worry any more.
‘It’s just that this is a challenge that I can eat raw.’
The moment I left the small building that housed the conference room with a light sneer on my face.
Immediately, he converted the magical power in his body into demonic energy and used a modified form of black magic.
If I had to use an analogy, I should say that it was like changing a personal elevator into a multi-person elevator. Suddenly, a black space movement passage made of black magic opened in the middle of the exploration base.
This side didn’t seem particularly difficult.
But, does it seem different to them?
“What is that… … .”
“The ability of the spatial movement system?”
“Not only does it have that much magical power, but it also has space-specific abilities… … .”
Suddenly, the other challengers, who saw that I had opened a passage for space movement with black magic, were shocked and expressed surprise.
It was obvious why he was doing that.
I think it’s probably because, unlike here, the average challenger doesn’t only have combat skills, but also some kind of auxiliary skills… … .
Since solo play is the norm here, I couldn’t really gain strength by picking out various things.
And even if that wasn’t the case, since there were abilities like necromancy or mythology <Possibility of Transcendence>, it wasn’t difficult to hone auxiliary abilities.
That’s why I kissed my lips without any thought.
“I have opened the road to the imperial palace, so you can go this way.”
and… … .
Soon, the moment I crossed the passage of space movement made of black magic.
‘Is it that place?’
Only then was I able to see a city center in the center of the dark world.
It looks like a mixture of a city in the Demon World and an imperial palace from another world.
At first glance, it may seem like a palace with nothing special about it, but that’s only appearance.
“It’s like an iron wall.”
It was worth it.
Because the imperial palace beyond, visible before my eyes, was protected by things like unknown barriers and magic circles.
It’s not even just that.
For some reason, I thought it had some resemblance to the demon world, but in reality it was no different. The imperial palace was protected not only by a barrier or a magic circle, but also by a divinity mixed with demon energy.
And that’s at a pretty high level.
‘I did not receive the favor of a demon god, one of the ancient gods.’
If we had to be honest, it would have to be said to be close to the divinity of one of the higher deities.
That means only one thing.
It’s no different… … .
‘Then that means I don’t have to worry about taking care of it.’
In fact, it doesn’t really matter if they do the sword dance as they wish.
‘Well, I’m looking forward to it.’
But is that just this perspective?
All of the challengers from Earth who came here had a look of dejection on their faces.
Even those who had previously formed a team while climbing the tower did not seem to think that this team would succeed in the assassination.
“… … Seongyoon. I am sorry to see you after such a long time. “I hope you will reconsider the sole assassination of the Dark Emperor.”
Michimoto Sachio, who had already approached us, spoke with a grim look on his face.
“… … “As an assassin, I also tried to attack the Dark Emperor, but I was unable to penetrate the palace’s tight protection.”
And that’s not all.
“… … “Michael, I am angry at the author’s logic of using his challenger as expendable, but this is not a matter to be decided lightly.”
The moment I was about to answer him.
“… … I agree with that too. Seongyoon Han. I know they are strong, but I think this time is an exception. “I’m sorry.”
Chen Xiaoling suddenly joined the conversation and continued.
“Even if you have the most overwhelming power among the challengers from Earth, you will not be able to achieve good results if your combat abilities and equipment are sealed by the dimensional cradle.”
Without knowing why, Chen Xiaoling’s expression was full of concern.
“I cannot allow the so-called greatest force on Earth to get hurt like that.”
As if I was completely opposed to anything that could cause me to get seriously hurt.
In reality, the emotions felt inside her body were real, not fake.
Somehow, seeing Chen Xiaoling display feelings close to faith in this area made me feel uncomfortable.
‘… … I remember that I didn’t have much interaction with Chen Xiaoling.’
It was worth it.
Chen Xiaoling has become entangled in the Celestial God Cult situation, but there is no reason to worship this side.
If I were to be honest, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of heterogeneity because people I was close with, like Lee Ha-yeon and Catherine Bennett, had feelings of adoration for me.
‘… … Now that I think about it, it seems like the faith gained on Earth has somehow increased after the Celestial Religion incident.’
But that didn’t mean the doubts lasted too long.
‘… … Well, maybe I was mistaken.’
This is not excessive self-consciousness.
Rather than thinking about useless things that are at best guesses or delusions, it would be better to think about what is right in front of you.
Only then did I shake my head once and part my lips as I looked at the imperial palace in the center of the dark world.
“no. There is no way I can fail. “At least in this kind of work.”
But… … .
Maybe he didn’t like it?
“Are you saying this is all that matters when the survival of the Earth is at stake?”
Only then did I turn my head to the sound of a voice coming from behind me.
“That being said, it’s really good for challenger Han Seong-yoon.”
Michael, who had already crossed the spatial passageway opened by black magic, spoke with a hostile look in his eyes.
“Han Seong-yoon’s challenger. Then let’s prove it. How good of a person are you that you can spout such nonsense? “Come on.”
And when I heard that, I smiled and said as if I was dumbfounded.
“Proof… … .”
I wasn’t that angry.
“That sounds interesting.”
only… … .
I got curious.
“Then, as you wish, let’s see what kind of person I am.”
I wonder if I can continue to talk like that even after I show off the ‘real assassination’ here.
「… … .」
「Skill ‘Breath of Heaven’ is strongly activated.」
“There are no limits to what can be broken.”
「… … .」
“Skill ‘Symbol of Destruction’ is strongly activated.”
“By consuming a certain amount of magical power, all types of abilities gain destruction correction.”
「… … .」
“The exclusive effect ‘Distortion’ is activated.”
「Consumes divine power to cause distortion in the designated space.」
「※If twisting exceeds a certain level, the designated space disappears.」
In the blink of an eye, space itself became distorted and everything collapsed.
It was truly a world like the utopia of many magicians.
Anyone who belongs to the Empire of Kratia can learn magic, and depending on their talent in magic, the path to success opens up.
━All magicians in Kratia are treated fairly according to their skills.
There is a saying like this.
‘… … okay. All wizards in Kratia are equal. And he is superior to everyone else.’
And that’s not all.
In fact, the challengers from Kratia who were chosen by the tower gain great power by being recognized by the imperial family.
Simply by being able to handle stronger magic, challengers from Kratia can enjoy countless riches and fame.
‘So, thanks to Kratia’s grace, I was able to come this far.’
Even so, Kratia was only a place that could be called a utopia for wizards.
In fact, it can be said that most people suffer from Kratia’s meritocratic treatment.
It was a world where people were deprived of even their basic right to live simply because they did not have any particular talent as a magician, and became the property of magicians like mere slaves.
“… … .”
Sustian nevertheless respected Kratia.
After all, Sustian was born with natural talent as a wizard.
If he had the same power as the king of a country in Kratia, there would be no reason for him to be dissatisfied.
This was even more so because the magicians of Kratia all boasted an incredible level.
Even if they are treated like minors in the tower, it is no exaggeration to say that the magicians of Kratia have no peer in the universe.
‘okay… … . It should have been so. The wizard of Kratia cannot be defeated by anyone. No matter what the situation, there is no way you can’t control the variables.’
That’s why Sustian was confident.
At best, a challenger from another world would be fended off with sufficient preparation as a wizard.
Since there were several challengers from Kratia, I believed that they would be able to do their best to protect the Dark Emperor, whether it was barrier magic or something else.
however… … .
The moment I saw the space distorting beyond the window of the imperial palace in front of me.
‘But, that…’ … .’
As it was, Sustian’s face turned completely white.
“What on earth does that mean?”
A terrible sight, as if it were fit for the end of the world.
The sky splits in half, and the space between them is distorted, showing the destroyed fragments.
A destructive disaster that could literally wipe out an entire world was threatening to crush the imperial palace.
“… … .”
That was the last memory Sustian kept.
In an instant, I stretched out my right hand and twisted the space in front of me.
“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.」
Suddenly, with the addition of the transcendental myth <Spirit Attunement>, the distortion of space accelerated.
And then, my eyes sparkled widely and a smile appeared on my lips.
It was quite fun to reuse the exclusive effects of a native deity that I had acquired while climbing the tower.
For some reason, not only did he activate skills that compensate for various types of destruction, he even used the transcendental mythology <Spiritual Attack Attunement> to crush space, creating a very interesting scene.
Quagga ga ga ga ga ga ga ga ga ga ga ───!
The divine protection mixed with demonic energy that had surrounded the imperial palace had already been crushed and disappeared.
And as if that wasn’t enough, the barrier magic inherent in various parts of the imperial palace, or the interception magic circle, were helplessly caught up in the distortion of space.
In the blink of an eye, everything in sight was crushed and several pleasant system messages appeared.
It’s no different… … .
“Challenger Han Seong-yoon won against the wizard, becoming 0.009% closer to [transcendence].”
“Challenger Han Seong-yoon won against the wizard, getting 0.008% closer to [transcendence]… … .」
“Challenger Han Seong-yoon won against the wizard and became 0.007% closer to [transcendence]… … .」
「… … .」
Before we knew it, challengers from other worlds within the imperial palace had died in large numbers.
I guess I couldn’t resist the ‘distortion’ exclusive effect here… … .
In fact, since I had activated all of my destruction-related correction skills, there was nothing particularly strange.
“Challenger Han Seong-yoon falls into a state of ‘exhaustion’ due to the skill ‘Mother Nature’s Pure Mana Punishment.’”
“Challenger Han Seong-yoon falls into a state of ‘poisoning’ due to the skill ‘Ancient Demon’s Curse Contract’… … .」
“Challenger Han Seong-yoon fell into a ‘hallucination’ state due to the skill ‘Seven Vengeful Spirits’ Illusionary Run’… … .」
At this point, do you want to change your response?
Suddenly, a lot of skills and magic made of mana or magic energy came flooding in from the imperial palace, but nothing happened.
“The transcendent myth <Absolute Immutability> is activated.”
“At this point, it’s not particularly itchy… … .”
It was worth it.
As long as the transcendental myth <Absolute Immutability> exists, there is no way I can fall victim to attacks like that.
I didn’t care and continued to accelerate the distortion of space for another minute.
“The achievement ‘Master of Space’ has been achieved.”
“Skill ‘Space Control (A+)’ is created.”
「… … .」
and… … .
“Challenger Han Seong-yoon won against the Dark Emperor, becoming 0.41% closer to [transcendence].”
“I have absorbed the spirit of the Dark Emperor ‘Zernium’.”
「… … .」
The moment when the imperial palace at the center of the dark world disappeared without leaving a single speck behind.
System messages appeared before my eyes, indicating that the stage of Dimensional Cradle <Dark World [E-01]> had ended.
“You have cleared the challenge of Dimensional Cradle <Dark World [E-01]>.”
「※As a reward for success in the challenge, all abilities have increased by +10.」
「※As a reward for success in the challenge, a ‘Random Item Box (B+)’ will be sent to your inventory.」
「※‘Skill Mastery Increase Potion (B+)’ will be sent to your inventory as a reward for success in the challenge.」
“Please move to the next stage.”
Then I turned my head and looked at where the challengers from Earth were standing.
“Ego… … .”
“I think this is enough for the proof we were claiming… … .”
The moment I walked up and spoke to a black man among the challengers from Earth.
“So who do you think is going to be the one to prove it now?”
“… … .”
Just like that, Michael was silent and shocked, and soon he started to break into a cold sweat and his eyes sparkled.
… … However, this time there was no answer.
Just like last time.