A Player who eats Metal. - Chapter 17: Explosive Growth, and Opportunities - 2
Chapter 17: Explosive Growth, and Opportunities – 2
Lieutenant Seo Eunha, who got off the driver’s seat, was wearing a beige coat and jeans.
Despite the fact that it was a weekday, she seemed to be on vacation as she was not dressed in a combat uniform.
The lieutenant of the tower saluted her and gave a brief report on the current situation.
She approached Lee Hyun-wook and Yoo Hae-na after examining the orc corpses scattered here and there.
Then Yoo Hae-na chuckled and laughed.
“Oh, who is this? You’re the third daughter of the Knights Commander, aren’t you? You’ve grown up a lot.”
She pretended to know that, but she was wrong. She was the second daughter.
“I’m the platoon commander of the 2nd Battalion of the 3rd Horse Brigade.”
Regardless, despite Yoo Hae-na’s knowledge of her, Seo Eun-ha treated her in a very dry and professional manner, and Yoo Hae-na’s expression turned cold. She even felt a disappointment that didn’t suit her.
The bad relationship between the two seemed to have been established for quite a long time.
“What commander, did you say? Hmmm, our Miss Seo Eun-ha is not worth rotting in AMT.”
“That’s great. Do you want to just take this business card, Eun-ha?” You’re still young, so it’s time to start over.”
Yoo Hae-na waved the business card Lee Hyun-wook didn’t receive.
‘Come to think of it, Seo Eun-ha was also one of Yoo Hae-na’s obsessions.’
She tried to conquer at first, but she couldn’t hold Seo Eun-ha in her hand, so she decided to destroy her.
And in the end, that desire came true.
“The 3rd Horse Brigade’s 1st Battalion has the authority to attack the gate that has occurred in this area. Unauthorized Armed players should not be present in the current location, known as the ‘Red Ground.’ Please leave.”
“Ah, did you already report and take it? You are fast, but”
Yoo Hae-na was sarcastic and pointed towards her SUV.
“…we’re not interested anyway.”
People who appeared to be members of her team were leaning out of the car.
“Something like an orc gate doesn’t fit our level. I was just passing by when I got a call for emergency assistance, humanitarian.”
“I came here with such a good intention, but I don’t feel good about everyone being cold-hearted.”
That was true.
The attacking team to which Yoo Hae-na belonged was the best in the Cheonghwa Guild, and it would have to be at least Troll Gate.
“Then I ask for your understanding. Please pull out of our field of operations.””
“Oh, I got it! But wait a minute…”
Yoo Hae-na’s gaze shifted to Lee Hyun-wook.
“There, Corporal Lee Hyun-wook?”
Seo Eun-ha looked at Yoo Hae-na and Lee Hyun-wook alternately with cold eyes.
Yoo Hae-na came very close to Lee Hyun-wook.
“Because my area is in this area, we may run into each other when a large dungeon opens, but if we make a good first impression, I believe it will be beneficial to both of us. Don’t regret it later.”
With that said, she slipped her business card in the front pocket of Lee Hyun-wook’s suit.
“Think carefully and get in touch. Just do it because I’m not as picky as I look.”
After saying those words, Yoo Hae-na turned around and got into the SUV.
As the SUV of the Cheonghwa Guild left, Seo Eun-ha looked at Lee Hyun-wook.
However, for some reason, her expression turned into a strange annoyance.
Under the circumstances, it seemed that it was because of Yoo Hae-na.
“Lee Hyun-wook, are you on vacation?”
“Yes, that’s right.”
A few seconds of silence…
She nodded without saying a word and turned away.
‘No matter how you look at it, I think you have something to say…’
Lee Hyun-wook knew Seo Eun-ha’s style well.
She had something to say when she hesitated for a moment after saying a formal regard with such a complicated expression, but in the end, she hesitated.
‘After thinking about it a few times, She’ll say it someday.’
As such, she was a very timid inner woman.
After a while, the AMT military police investigation team arrived and started investigating the monster attack site.
It took about 30 minutes, and only after that was the real vacation start.
Two hours later than planned, Lee Hyun-wook and Choi Sun-ah arrived at Seoul Station.
“Okay, then, see you next time, deputy commander.”
“Huh? Corporal Lee Hyun-wook doesn’t want to take the train? I thought we were going to ride together because it was the same direction.”
Lee Hyun-wook said goodbye to Choi Sun-ah as if it were a pity.
“Ah, I have someone to meet in Seoul, so I guess I’ll have to go later.”
“Yeah, there’s nothing you can do about it. I’ll see you later. Bye!”
“Yes, get home safely.”
Lee Hyun-wook had no intention of going to Suwon.
He had to live with his relatives a long time ago after losing his parents, but it was a time when only bad memories remained.
In other words, they were people who did not need to be recorded in his future.
Lee Hyun-wook went to buy plain clothes and change into them.
Rather than comfortable clothes, they were blazers and slacks with some weight, to be formal in front of the “person he will meet” that he told Choi Sun-ah.
Then, he took the subway to Yeongdeungpo Station. He checked the clock and it was already 11 o’clock. A lot of time has been wasted with all sorts of unexpected events happening.
“I have to move as fast as I can to get things going as planned.”
The first thing to do was to find metal to absorb, and also a good quality metal.
He soon arrived at a place called ‘Blacksmith’s Alley’ in Mullae-dong, Yeongdeungpo district.
This used to be the location of ‘steel alleys,’ but after the game began, ‘blacksmith’ players banded together and began ‘magic material engineering’ and ‘item making’ businesses one by one.
The scale gradually grew over time, and the ‘Blacksmith’s Guild’ was launched a few years ago. It was emerging as one of the main pillars of the player’s world in its own right, such as working for blacksmiths’ interests.
‘It’s too good to call it a guild when it’s just a hunk of red evil that benefits only blacksmiths with vested interests.’
Lee Hyun-wook was well aware of a typical rotten organization, that is a blacksmith’s guld.
‘And I know a real man who can’t show his skills under the weight of that deep evil.’
From the entrance of the alley, the sound of forging metal was heard.
Lee Hyun-wook entered the ‘guild office’ at the entrance of the alley.
It was because of such an absurd procedure that in order to do business with a blacksmith, you had to go through a guild—that is, you had to pay a fee.
The employee greeted him coldly, sitting in front of the computer.
Even though Lee Hyun-wook was close, he didn’t even raise his head.
Such a spirit of service while being semi-forced to use the guild window was a scene where you could see the level of the guild.
“Uh, yes, what are you here for?”
“Wait a minute.”
Lee Hyun-wook pretended to find business cards in his wallet and pulled out other business cards one by one.
The business card of Lieutenant Chun Myung-ho, Tactical Education Officer of the Black Tiger Unit,
The business card of Catherine Yu, the head of the Cheonghwa Guild’s Seoul offensive department,
And if there’s any problem during the vacation, contact me, including the business card that Kim Kang-sik, the battalion commander, gave him.
‘Let’s put the three brilliant names on the desk.’
The expression on the employer’s face was completely different.
‘Uh? What’s with this man?’ the employee thought.
If a man holds a business card like this and dares to hand over this business card from the moment he appears, that means it’s clear.
‘This man is quite a big shot!’
It was a pretty natural way of thinking to come to that conclusion.
The employee rose from his chair and wore a bright smile.
“Oh no, I only have this business card with me.”
“Hahaha, it’s okay, sir. Now, sit here comfortably.”
That’s the importance of those business cards. The employee pointed very politely to the sofa on the side of the office
“Sir, if you tell us what you are looking for, we will select and show you high-quality items.”
“Well, I’m here to find someone, not something.”
“Oh! Are you looking for an exclusive blacksmith? Then can I recommend the right craftsman for the purpose of your item?”
Weapons that pierced monster defenses and cut bones and flesh, as well as combat equipment, were always in need of repair, and it was the blacksmith’s job to do so.
High-ranking players, in particular, did not entrust their expensive equipment to anyone and frequently had an ‘exclusive blacksmith’ to professionally manage their items.
“No, I am looking for someone else.”
“Ah… is that so?”
The employee looked unhappy.
The guild’s strength was the ability to recommend blacksmiths to new guests, which meant that blacksmiths who embraced the guild’s core power had more opportunities.
“Well, what would the master craftsman’s name be?”
“It’s master Kang Jeong-doo.”
The employee’s expression hardened even more.
‘Perhaps because the name was excluded from the list of recommendations.’
Master Kang Jeong-doo was a person who did not obey the huge structure of the guild.
That’s why he was out of the guild’s sight, and now a new guest has been requesting him.
‘But he is one of the most skilled blacksmiths.’
The employee hesitated before opening his mouth.
“Umm, sir, he’s not doing very well. I can recommend you a better blacksmith.”
“No, I’d like to have Kang Jeong-du as my exclusive blacksmith.”
“Did you not hear me?”
“Hahaha. If you really want to, I understand.”
Again, the employee tried to exclude Kang Jeong-doo.
If it hadn’t been for the business card, he might have been beaten up at this point.
After a while, the inside door opened and an old man with white hair appeared.
‘Master Kang Jeong-doo, I’ve heard his name many times, but this is the first time I’ve seen him in person.’
He’s a real craftsman who’s going to change his name only four years later, but before then he’s going to create a huge item.
‘Hopefully, I can have all the things he creates.’
Lee Hyun-wook was nervous just by seeing that great man in person.
“Aigoo, I heard that you were asking for this old man. My name is Kang Jeong-doo.”
The gray-haired old man bowed his back at a right angle.
“Mister, if you don’t mind, can I go to your workshop and talk to you in person?”
“…well, this old man’s living quarters are quite shabby.”
“That’s all right.”
The employee’s expression hardened once more.
He couldn’t have liked it because Lee Hyun-wook wanted to go to the blacksmith’s workshop, which is the “blacklist,” not the guild’s office. However, because he mistook him for a big customer, he didn’t dare to stop him.
Lee Hyun-wook entered the darkest corner of the blacksmith’s alley, a shabby building.
There was only a small anvil, a crater, and a rusted workbench in the workshop with the rusty shutters half-open.
“Well, I’m ashamed of myself for being so shabby. It’s okay to say that you’re just going to look around”
“No, it’s a place where I can see your experiences.”
“I am so glad you said that.”
The living quarters are shabby, but the things hanging in them are not.
Lee Hyun-wook found a huge object from the entrance.
It was a black spear.
‘That’s a spear made with the nib of Orihalcon.’
It was one of the weapons that would later be used by Salzburg’s ‘Dragon Knight’.
‘I don’t think the barrier collapse effect has been applied yet, but it will be completed in about a year or so.’
But I didn’t dare to get it right now.
Even craftsman Kang Jeong-do would know the price if he demanded that he buy it willingly, and Lee Hyun-wook didn’t have enough money yet.
‘Even if the blacksmith Kang Jeong-do gave everything, only that one was not readily available.’
According to Lee Hyun-wook’s memory, the Austrian hero, Dragon Knight, came to visit Kang Jeong-doo shortly before his death. He wanted to use the spear to stab the heart of the dragon ‘Tarask’ that appeared on the European continent. After a half-day of persuasion, he finally got it.
And eventually, that spear becomes a ‘Dragon Slayer’.
‘After all, I have to eat a metal that has been endowed with magical properties.’
He will grow no matter what kind of metal he eats. However, he must seek out and consume high-quality metals, particularly those containing magic.
In that case, not only does metal control improve, but so do “skills” and “resistance” to certain magic, leading to “immunity” when the level reaches its peak.
For example, if you keep eating metal enchanted with fire magic, you won’t get burned even if you get caught in the fire.
‘I need poison immunity right now.’
Foreshadowing of the fourth wave of events that would happen two days later. It was because ‘poison immunity’ was desperately needed for the very moment.
“Sir, I am not working alone, I have an assistant. I’ll tell him to say hello.”
“Haha, that’s great.”
The seventy-year-old man had a good voice.
His call was heard from the inside of the workshop and from the room.
It was a voice comparable to that of the old man, but a high-pitched female voice.
“I was practicing enchantment right now!”
The door inside the studio opened, and a girl with short hair came out with a lot of soot on her face.
‘Kang Hee-seol, you’re still young.’
Roughly calculating her age, she was probably in her first or second year of high school.
‘Kang Jeong-doo will die four years from now.’
It wasn’t due to any chronic disease, and because it was a natural cause of old age, there was no way for Lee Hyun-wook to stop it.
‘Snow White Kang Hee-seol, on the other hand, will mature over time. Later, she will create the first Master class items with the help of seven Dwarf craftsmen.’
There is a ‘family system’ in this game.
Simply put, the ability of players also reflects their ‘family history.’
For example, if a father awakened as a wizard player, there was a high possibility that his children would acquire wizard-related traits when awakening later.
Seo Eun-ha, the second daughter of Army Holy Knights Division commander General Seo Baek-jin, was a paladin player. Kang Hee-seol was also Kang Jeong-doo’s granddaughter, who awakened as a blacksmith.
“Huh? Who is this old man?”
“What do you mean old man, it’s boss!”
“Oh, you son of a bitch.”
“What do you mean b-bi-bitch! It’s a rude thing to say!”
“No, Grandpa always says that…”
“This! When are you going to grow up?”
Lee Hyun-wook laughed.
‘You’re still very naive. I don’t think you’ll ever grow up..’
In particular, Lee Hyun-wook knew well that she learned such a rude habit from her grandfather Kang Jeong-doo.
‘Kang Jeong-du, an old man who looks harmful on the outside but is stubborn and determined.’
If not, how can he keep staying in this blacksmith’s guild?
“Haha, it’s fine. I think your granddaughter is also a blacksmith player.”
“It seems that fate has come to pass.”
“Since a family is running a family business like this, I can trust it even more.”
At Lee Hyun-wook’s words, Kang Jung-du made an expression of gratefulness
“Oh, I will do my best.”
In Kang Jeong-doo’s workshop, Lee Hyun-wook purchased as much magic metal as possible with ‘poison properties’ enchanted.
It weighed a whopping 11 kg, and the price alone was 22 million won.
In addition to that, he purchased a useful magic metal dagger and 20 iron beads.
This 3cm diameter iron ball, in particular, was made of a mithril-tungsten alloy with a decent weight and good resistance to magic, effectively destroying the monster’s defense.
Above all, the iron ball was a metal that was easy to steer because the center of gravity was in the middle, so there was little need to worry about balance.
‘If 20 pieces of magic metal iron beads cost 2.9 million won, I bought it quite cheaply.’
AMT soldiers were able to directly purchase personal weapons and bring them in.
‘I’m glad I put the savings in at this time of the year.’
Because AMT is a professional soldier, they are paid the same as an office worker every month, but there was little money to spend because the soldiers were only in the unit.
So, he currently has about 38 million won in his bank account.
“Oh, thank you, boss!”
Kang Jeong-doo was overjoyed after earning several months’ worth of income from a single transaction, and Kang Hee-seol was wiping the saliva from her mouth with a puzzled expression.
“Wow! Twenty million won!… Grandpa, today with chicken and pizza…”
“Hey, you snout- hmm, keep your mouth shut!”
That tomboy-like image wouldn’t change as she got older.
“The equipment is very good. I will come here often to trade, so please stay healthy.”
“Oh, of course.”
“See you later, granddaughter.”
“Yes, Yes! I hope to see you more often! Bye-bye!”
“Oh my, this…”
Lee Hyun-wook was a good person to meet once in a while.
In this way, a high-quality metal supplier was secured.
Lee Hyun-wook stayed in a nearby motel.
And now, with a nervous expression, he was sitting cross-legged in the middle of the room.
In front of him was a pile of metal with ‘ enchanted poison magic’ purchased from Kang Jeong-doo.
When ordering, he asked to be cut to the size of a finger, so they were all sized to swallow in one bite.
He took one of them and swallowed it.
– Remaining until metal absorption (00:19:59)
It would have taken the same time as above, but it was different now.
Lee Hyun-wook gave strength to his stomach.
Then he felt a certain echo from deep inside his body.
Needless to say, it felt as if a huge machine was starting up.
The newly created organ ‘Body Furnace’ was activated by absorbing the Daemons Medal (Inferno).
– The in-body furnace is activated, increasing the metal absorption efficiency. (+250%)
More than simply digesting metal, it melts and absorbs it.
– caution! It is accompanied by severe pain!
– caution! It is accompanied by severe pain!
– caution! It is accompanied by severe pain!
It is accompanied by pain as if the whole body is on fire.
Lee Hyun-wook clenched his teeth as he endured the pain.
He was going crazy, but he had to endure it.
If he did so…
’11kg of metal, all absorbed within today!’
The moment he opened his eyes, tomorrow’s Lee Hyun-wook will be three times stronger than now.