A Player who eats Metal. - Chapter 16: Explosive Growth, and Opportunities - 1
Chapter 16: Explosive Growth, and Opportunities – 1
Lee Hyun-wook faced the orc with a sword and shield in his hands.
“Corporal Lee Hyun-wook! Orcs are too dangerous!”
Choi Sun-ah’s worried voice echoed from behind.
She stood on the sidelines, admiring Lee Hyun-wook’s incredible performances, but she thought it was absurd to have to face Orcs.
And that was of course a judgment.
“Oh, no! You have to hold on to the bus.”
However, Lee Hyun-wook did not answer and proceeded towards the Orcs.
Since they had already faced each other, he could not avoid fighting.
‘If you look away from this moment, your neck will fly away.’
All Orcs were well-trained warriors, so no matter what Lee Hyun-wook could never let his guard down.
‘Fortunately, it hasn’t noticed his abilities yet.’
Otherwise, It wouldn’t do the stupid thing of pulling a throwing ax stuck in its shoulder and throwing it behind his back.
After checking the position of the axe, Lee Hyun-wook faced the orc.
Orc moved first.
It dashed forward, raising its battle ax above its head.
‘It’s a powerful attack!’
He used his ‘control’ on the tip of the ax held up by the orcs and pulled it backward.
Then its body seemed to flinch, at least a little.
Even a large orc-like body would lose its balance instantly if a 5kg weight suddenly hung on the tip of the weapon.
At the same time, Lee Hyun-wook took a step to the right and slipped out of its sight, naturally releasing the sword in his right hand.
He literally took the strength from his grasp and released it into the air.
The pommel has escaped Lee Hyun-wook’s grasp.
However, its gaze remained fixed on Lee Hyun-wook’s head, and it was unable to locate a ‘sword’ moving close to the ground.
The next moment,
The ‘sword’ was lodged in its right thigh.
It staggered and looked puzzled.
It’s bound to be,
‘Now is the time.’
Lee Hyun-wook rushed in and hit the Orc’s jaw with the edge of the shield.
Then, he swung his fist with a ‘hardened body’ at the Orc who was taking a step backward.
Lee Hyun-wook’s light hook was accurately placed on its throat.
No matter how strong the orcs were, they could not stand on their own two feet after three consecutive hits.
The Orc staggered and slumped down.
Even in such a groggy state, it showed the appearance of a seasoned warrior, raising its ax and repelling subsequent attacks…
The cracking sound of watermelon could be heard, a thrown ax stuck in the back of its head.
No matter how skilled a warrior was, they could not stop the attack from behind.
“Well, if you leave dangerous objects anywhere, they will be used.”
He slowly lowered his raised hand.
“Wow, that’s awesome…”
“The rumors about him were all true!”
A faint sound of exclamation could be heard from inside the bus.
Until recently, they were the soldiers of the headquarters company who ignored Lee Hyun-wook as an F-class.
Lee Hyeon-wook pulled out the sword from the Orc’s thigh.
“No! Be careful!”
He heard someone shouting.
He turned around and saw an orc running like a bull.
Just before it collided with him, Lee Hyun-wook hardened his arms.
‘It can’t be stopped with one hand!’
It is literally the same as a bull rushing.
Lee Hyun-wook dropped his sword and grabbed the shield with both hands.
With his right foot back, he put all his weight and metal control on the shield.
Shortly, an ax fell on the shield.
The metal collided with the metal, and a huge shock flowed through his wrist and shook his shoulders and knees.
His intestines were shaking, and nausea came up in an instant.
However, even at that moment, Lee Hyun-wook’s sense did not miss the ‘sword’ that fell freely under the shield.
It raised its head according to Lee Hyun-wook’s will.
A sword shot vertically and passed through the orc’s crotch.
As the tendons in his thighs were cut, the orc slumped down.
Just like the one he killed before, its face is full of absurdity.
It was an expression that it did not know where that sword suddenly flew from.
“Yes, I understand your feelings.”
Putting the sword out of sight of the enemy and moving with control to make a raid, Lee Hyun-wook named this skill as ‘Hidden Sword’.
‘Nobody considers a sword that has left the enemy’s hand to be a threat. As a result, they push it out of their minds and focus solely on the enemies in front of them.’
The Hidden Sword was the only way to dig into such prejudice.
Even now, the game was decided with one shot of the Hidden Sword.
Lee Hyun-wook raised his shield and struck the Orc in the face.
Its nose was crushed in one shot, and it’s hard teeth popped out.
It ended up losing three of its teeth.
“After all, these two…”
Lee Hyun-wook picked up his sword and looked around.
Orc skirmishers move in a team of three. There must be one more out there.
A woman’s scream was heard from somewhere. Lee Hyun-wook ran to the back of the bus.
“Corporal Lee Hyun-wook! It’s over there!”
Choi Sun-ah leaned out the window and pointed it somewhere.
An orc crossed the guardrail and was running into the forest.
And a female soldier was hanging on its shoulder.
She was probably fainting.
Lee Hyun-wook pulled a metal-fighting ax tied to its back with his ability, but it couldn’t have stopped him.
This too was unexpected.
It was a good thing that Lee Hyun-wook came forward and saved two people, but that’s why an orc took a different route and kidnapped a female soldier.
‘It wouldn’t take her if I keep my sight on the surroundings.’
The most important thing in an emergency situation is a cold judgment and the determination to put it into action.
Lee Hyun-wook put the shield down on the floor and held the sword in reverse.
And breathe in, pull the sword back
He threw it with all of his might.
In fact, throwing a weapon at the back of a running orc is really crazy.
The hostage hanging from the shoulder might be the one who got hit.
‘But I am different.’
The sword that left Lee Hyun-wook’s hand flew somewhere unnaturally.
Instead of drawing a parabola and falling, it followed the orc’s back, like a guided missile.
It was so accurate.
The sword pierced the orc’s neck and it fell over the grass.
He was wary of his surroundings after dealing with the three orcs, but there was no movement.
As expected, they seemed to be moving away from the main unit
‘The kidnapping attempt was probably because it was a skirmisher.’
Orcs were not a race to avoid battle, and even less a race to show their backs.
However, because it was a skirmisher, it seemed to prioritize search and reconnaissance, as well as reporting to the main unit, over combat.
Lee Hyun-wook searched the orc corpses.
A decent item came out along with 3 mana stones.
– You have acquired ‘Earth Orb (Rank 3)’.
It was of higher quality than the ‘Orb’ he purchased at the PX military item shop the day before.
“If it’s a rank 3 Earth Orb … Is it worth about 4 million won?”
In general, item ownership belongs to the organization with the authority to attack the dungeon.
Guild, AMT, etc.
However, if the right to attack has not been decided yet, or if the item is acquired after being attacked by a monster outside the ‘Red Ground’, the first acquirer is given the right to own it.
In other words, this item belonged to Lee Hyun-wook. It was like making a lot of money with a brief incident.
That was then.
Two black SUVs came up from the bottom of the mountain and stopped right next to the bus.
“What is this?”
A lieutenant on the line approached him with a frown.
“Who are you?! This road is a military road, not a public road. You must not come up here!”
The back door of the first SUV opened, and someone got out.
It was a woman
However, the appearance was unusual at first glance.
Reggae hair, purple-lens sunglasses, grey striped suit set
That’s what would be considered an unusual style, but if you saw a spider crawling the size of her shoulder and neck,
That sentiment seemed to change dramatically.
She ignored the lieutenant blocking the way and passed by.
As the lieutenant hesitated in embarrassment, the man who got out of the passenger seat afterward held out his business card.
“This is the Cheonghwa Guild.”
“Oh, is that so?”
As such, it was the ‘Raid Team’ belonging to the Cheonghwa Guild who was passing by just in time to arrive earlier than the 5th squad of the 2nd Battalion.
If Lee Hyun-wook hadn’t intervened, they would have arrived and finished the situation only after the two died.
The woman stopped in front of Lee Hyun-wook.
She called for Lee Hyun-wook and took off her sunglasses.
However, Lee Hyun-wook could not prevent his frown from the moment he checked her facial features.
‘What is this, why is this woman here?’
Because it was a familiar face.
And it was a face he didn’t want to recall.
This woman who seems to be overflowing with narcissism was Catherine Yu, the second daughter of Korea’s strongest civilian guild Cheonghwa and an A-class player.
She may be called that now, but not in the future.
‘After being pushed out of the struggle for succession within the Cheonghwa Guild, she enters the Blue Tree.’
‘Blue Tree’ is the world’s best company headed by the villain’s leader, Gordon Price. And it was also the core of the villain organization.
In other words, this woman is a player who will become a ‘villain’ in the future.
She raised her index finger toward Lee Hyun-wook’s chest.
It was to check the name periodic table of combat uniforms.
“Your name is… Lee Hyun-wook. Your rank is… Corporal? Am I right? I don’t know the military rank.”
Lee Hyun-wook did not answer.
It was unpleasant.
Not because of her arrogant attitude, but the very existence of this woman was unpleasant.
‘Maybe it’s because she killed Seo Eun-ha…’
Seo Eun-ha, who threw herself to protect Lee Hyun-wook.
She was swept away by a swarm of ‘human-eating demons’ controlled by this woman, Yoo Hae-na.
Lee Hyun-wook frowned unknowingly because he remembered the scene.
She looked at Lee Hyun-wook’s face and continued to speak with a grin.
“Are you embarrassed? I know.”
She clearly misread the expression
“I’ve seen it all, how you killed the three orcs like that. You were good at it.”
Anyway, Yoo Hae-na’s ability was to control insects. She controls millions of ‘demon bugs’, not ordinary bugs, but the ones cultivated by magic.
She probably heard the ‘public emergency signal’ and then launched a flying bug to see what was going on here.
“My name is Catherine Yu, and I am the head of the Cheonghwa Guild’s Seoul Strategy. I’ve only been watching for a short time, but the way you fight. It was fascinating..”
To say that the second daughter of the Cheonghwa Guild looked good… If you were an ordinary AMT soldier, you would have drooled, but it was an annoying situation for Lee Hyun-wook.
She pulled out a business card from her wallet with her index and middle fingers, twisted her wrist, and held it out gracefully.
“What’s your class?”
However, Lee Hyun-wook was well aware of this woman’s wicked psychology.
Rather than really admiring Lee Hyun-wook’s abilities and wanting to recruit him, she was a person who enjoyed sending business cards to people whom she thought were insignificant and reminding them of her authority and position.
‘But I know the other side of this woman. A very childish backside.’
As the second daughter of a huge guild, she grew up being treated like a princess all her life, and even after becoming a player, she received the best treatment.
So far, she has held all the things she wants to have in her hands, and with just one word from her, most people must have bowed their heads.
‘Anyone that touches her self-esteem becomes a challenge for her.’
The brothers who always had the upper hand over her, the S-class players with unreachable powers, and even a low-ranking player who refuses to accept her bad-smelling business card..
‘She tries to conquer anything that bothers her.’
That’s right, it was her strange desire to ‘conquer’ rather than challenge.
‘In other words, in order to properly use this woman who has not yet become a villain…’
Lee Hyun-wook did not even look at the business card under thorough calculations.
Then, Yoo Hae-na’s expression slowly hardened.
Her graceful fingers tremble slightly.
“I’m sorry, but I don’t know why I have to give out my personal information.”
“Hmm, a phone call would figure it out anyway. Let me tell you.”
“Then use that phone.”
Lee Hyun-wook said so and turned around.
At that moment, Yoo Hae-na’s left eyebrow twitched twice.
Her pride would have been badly hurt.
“He’s more interesting than he looks.”
One corner of her lips rose.
As expected, the strange desire to conquer must be on the rise.
The ideal desire to somehow hold it in your hand and put it under your feet.
‘Because it was like that in the previous life.’
The reason Lee Hyun-wook was well aware of this woman’s psychology was that he had experienced it in his previous life.
By the time he realized how to grow his abilities, Lee Hyun-wook belonged to a small guild.
At that time, he met Yoo Hae-na by chance, and she blatantly ignored Lee Hyun-wook’s guild and guild master and gracefully presented a business card with the words ‘Cheonghwa’ as it is now.
Lee Hyun-wook did not receive the business card.
Furthermore, he ignored her and passed by.
‘After that, I suffered a lot. This woman made all the fuss trying to recruit me somehow. Even until I want to kill myself with my own hands…’
Lee Hyun-wook’s teeth trembled when he remembered that time.
“Excuse me. Would you like to receive a business card? It would be hard to get a business card of this kind.”
At that time, a truck came down from the direction of the unit.
It was an unnamed appearance, and it was the five-minute standby.
And a white car followed after that…
‘What, why is that woman again…’
Of all things, the driver gave a hand.
‘Why does she always appear after I have dealt with all the monsters? And now even in the place where Yoo Hae-na is…’
Now it was questionable for him, too.