A Player who eats Metal. - Chapter 9: Itaewon 2-dong, Gate Blockade Operation - 1
Chapter 9: Itaewon 2-dong, Gate Blockade Operation – 1
Lee Hyun-wook immediately finds what he’s looking for, but takes his time looking around for a few moments. It would seem strange if he immediately knew what he wanted right after entering.
“Lieutenant Oh, B 554, please.”
Lee Hyun-wook recites the serial number of the item he wanted.
Oh Jeong-tae operated the management device, moving a mechanical device to grab the item from its locker. He then checks the information on it.
“Um, Hyun-wook, are you sure this is the right one?”
He asked, tilting his head.
“Is it because you’re F-Class you aren’t able to tell how good an item is? This is an item that you can keep even after your discharge, do you know this?”
He said this because he thought that the item’s value was quite low since it hasn’t revealed its full potential. The System information provided would’ve been mediocre.
“Yes, I’m aware and will stick to my choice. It’s alright, so please let me have it.”
“Are you sure? I’ll ask you once again, make sure you won’t regret this choice.”
“Yes, this is my final decision.”
Captain Oh Jeong-tae nods his head warily.
“In that case, there is nothing more I can do. What a shame.”
As predicted, no one would truly know the value of the item at this point.
“Go on, take it.”
As soon as Lee Hyun-wook accepted the item, its information quickly ran through his mind.
– Name: Sword of Clouds
– Effect: Absorbs water and releases ‘Cloud Mist’.
‘It is quite light.’
Its appearance was that of a bronze sword, but it was much longer than normal. The sword was about 70 cm long and was the ideal size for one-handed use.
The blade itself had additional characteristics where it had wave-like patterns similar to a product made of Damascus Steel.
‘The center of gravity for it feels just right. I remember this being Choi Young-jun’s favorite weapon in the previous life.’
When Choi Young-joon’s original weapon was damaged, he grabbed one out of the arsenal in a hurry. By coincidence, it was the ‘Sword of Clouds,’ which he would unlock it’s innate potential by chance.
‘Choi Young-jun’s second sword, I’m sorry, but I’ll have to take it this time.’
The true name of the weapon would later be revealed as the ‘Cloud God.’
Three weather gods, Pungbaek (Wind), Usa (Rain), Unsa (Cloud), came down to earth with Hwanwung from Dangun Mythology. [T/N: Hwanung is an important figure in Korean mythology. He plays a central role in the story of Dangun Wanggeom, the legendary founder of Gojoseon, the first kingdom in Korea. Hwanung is the son of Hwanin, “God of the Sky”.]
One of them is Unsa (Cloud), the God in charge of Clouds.
‘He was known to have the darkest hand as well.’
‘Unsa dark hand, this can be interpreted as the ‘Sword Hidden in the Cloud.’
What would the ‘Sword’ mean in this interpretation?
It means lightning, in this case.
When the hidden potential is fully unlocked, the weapon itself can channel lightning.
‘The combination of steel and lightning has great compatibility.
Most metals were able to conduct electricity very well.
Combined with Lee Hyun-wooks ability to control it, metal empowered with lightning becomes an incredibly powerful weapon.
‘More than anything else, I can escape the limitations of a physical attack using metal.’
In this way, the steel would engulf the lightning.
The battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Kim Kang-seok, put down the drip coffee he made by hand in front of Warrant Officer Cheon Myeong-ho.
“Thank you. Wow, it smells good.”
“It’s a luxury coffee brand from Guatemala, you have great taste for admiring it.”
Warrant Officer Cheon Myung-ho is a very important person within the AMT, and whenever he visited other units, he would be invited for refreshments at the invitation of the unit commander.
“I think it might be the first time I’ve seen Warrant Officer Cheon since the Battle of Gwangmyeong Ogres.”
“Yes, I think so. That was two years ago, I believe.”
“Time really has passed since then, I think I just reached B-Class around that time.”
The two of them were early members of AMT, so they’ve shared many battlefields together.
“How are the Black Tigers doing these days?”
“Things are the same as before, we are always struggling with a shortage of manpower.”
After sharing formal greetings, they move onto the main point.
“So, Sergeant Choi Young-jun is the reason you’ve come to our unit, right?”
Choi Young-jun, there was his name again.
“Oh, right. That friend, there were a lot of rumors about him.”
“Great, that’s perfect. But unfortunately, you missed him at a bad time, he’s currently on vacation. If you had contacted me beforehand, I could’ve arranged things differently and not waste your time…”
“Thank you for your consideration.If someone gets a sudden proposal like this, they’ll immediately become flustered, and there’ll be a high chance that they’ll sign the documents to become a non-commissioned officer due to momentary temptation. It’s a form of psychology. Haha, all the kids these days are trying to join guilds, so they’re coming up with their own persuasion strategies.”
Cheon Myung-ho smiled shyly.
“These days, even if they’re C-Class, they’ll try to join a guild, so it’s inevitable. But Choi Young-joon will think positively. He knows the honor of a soldier.”
With those words, Kim Kang-seok began to tell stories about Choi Young-jun.
Although the tone was timid, the content was close to bragging and publicity. In fact, it seemed a lot like a recommendation for the talent he had directed and nurtured.
However, Cheon Myung-ho’s interest seemed to have gone somewhere else.
“Actually, battalion commander, I haven’t seen him in battle, so I can’t rate it yet.”
What it meant was that he didn’t want to hear much about Choi Young-jun anymore.
“Ah, I forgot for a moment that Warrant Officer Cheon always sees and judges himself.”
“It’s a terrible disease I have. Anyway..”
Cheon Myung-ho’s eyes lit up as to what he was trying to say.
“I believe I discovered a hidden, talented person in the unit the other day?”
This was the main point Cheon Myung-ho was trying to reach.
“Oh, really? What kind of soldier is he?”
“Do you by any chance know Corporal Lee Hyun-wook?”
“Ah, that guy…”
Kim Kang-seok’s eyes also shone. As strength entered his eyes he felt a sense of intimidation like a beast.
“He is an F-class Player, but he is a rare real soldier.”
“He is an F-class Player, but he is a natural warrior.”
Both answered at the same time.
A natural warrior and a rare real soldier, similar but different evaluations.
“Hahaha! Wow, what an honor for my thoughts to resemble Warrant Officer Cheon’s for even a moment!”
“It seems that I was not mistaken, since the battalion commander thought so as well.”
“Well, then, what made you look for him?”
In response to Kim Kang-seok’s question, Cheon Myung-ho described what he had witnessed, the duel between Lee Hyun-wook and Lee Won-seok. Then, a dark color began to appear in Kim Kang-seok’s eyes.
“Then, Warrant Officer Cheon, are you planning to bring that guy into the Black Tiger unit?”
“It’s not quite that far yet, but I was sort of forced to only hand over my business card.”
“Hmm, even so, I think it would be unreasonable for an F-class to perform heavy-duty tasks in a Special War Raid. I don’t know if it’s a normal AMT NCO mission.”
At those words, Cheon Myung-ho’s hand that was lifting the coffee cup stopped in mid-air.
“If you are a general non-commissioned officer, the battalion commander will be paying attention to that guy too.”
Kim Kang-seok smiled faintly.
“Of course. I think he’s a great soldier, not a Player. However, I’m going to keep an eye on him. It’s just a feeling right now, but to be sure, I’ll have to give it a mission.”
“Then can I also be a part of that mission?”
“Hahaha! Does this sound like you’re saying you’re going to compete with me to bid for an F-class Player?”
“I’m ready to bid for the long run.”
For the F-class player, the competition for recruiting started without realizing it.
Park Joon-mo was hanging from an iron bar, his arms trembling like aspen trees. He inhaled and pulled the iron bar.
“Hey! It’s only four for you?”
“Hah! Hah! uh-huh? Isn’t it five?”
“Come on, you didn’t even go halfway up. To be honest, it’s four.”
Ahn Min-tae who laughed like that just came down with six.
“Ugh… I feel like my arm is going to break when I do three sets.”
As Park Joon-mo whined, Ahn Min-tae clicked his tongue.
“Tsk, it’s okay, it’s just an arm. You said yesterday that you would have died if it wasn’t for Corporal Lee Hyun-wook.”
“Sad! That’s right. Corporal Lee Hyun-wook, thank you again.”
Lee Hyun-wook, who came down after completing 5 sets of 20 each, nodded.
Meanwhile, his body had grown significantly in just a few days. His muscular body was now visible even with his clothes on, but it was the result of squeezing out the missing reward points and drinking a recovery potion.
“Wow, you’re doing five sets of 20 full sets…….”
“Isn’t this better than most athletes?”
The squad members couldn’t help but admire. Perhaps it’s the first time he received that kind of attention.
“By the way, guys, don’t overdo it from the first day.”
Lee Hyun-wook said, looking at the members of the squad who were hanging on the iron bars and whining. However, they shook their heads while exhaling harsh breaths.
“I am still fine.”
“I can still do three more sets.”
“Then I’ll do just one more set!”
Everyone seemed to be determined somehow.
He didn’t know what effect Lee Hyun-wook’s appearance and words had yesterday, but seeing the guys who weren’t exercising come out like this to complete some pull-ups seemed to have given him a positive impression.
But it doesn’t look good in the eyes of other squad members,
“Hey, look over there, what are you doing with the support squad?”
Seeing the members of the 5th squad gathered in front of the iron bar, they snorted and passed by, but then said,
“Hey, shh! Corporal Lee Hyun-wook is here.”
When Lee Hyun-wook looked at him, he avoided his gaze.
Yesterday’s image, the appearance of subduing the barbarians so easily, seemed to have been properly engraved.
“Ugh! Don’t make eye contact, he might run and kick a leg.”
“Or he’ll climb onto your back and choke you out…”
But Lee Hyun-wook didn’t care at all about what other people thought. What really mattered is that it wasn’t like the gaze from before.
‘It’s time to explode.’
He checked his watch.
As he has experienced it once in the past, he is soon ordered to go into operation.
“Ahn Min-tae. Let’s take the guys.”
“Yes? Why are you going in already? Isn’t dinner gathering time still far away?”
Ahn Min-tae asked with a puzzled expression.
‘We won’t be eating dinner tonight.’
Soon, a Gate would open in the Yusu area and monsters would pour out, giving no time to eat.
“I just saw the Chief of the operations department (COO) going up to the main office. It looks like they’re also preparing the ‘LongBow’ as well, so he might be deployed into an operation soon. This week, we’re the ‘vanguard’ squad.”
The vanguard squad is usually the first group that arrives on-site and remains on standby whenever a gate is opened in the Yusu area.
“Is that really true?”
If the COO department returns to the unit with the main weapon prepared, then that means that they’ll be deployed for an operation for sure. From experience, once an operation begins, that’s the only thing that matters.
“Oh, I hope not…”
‘This was a convincing lie.’
Lee Hyun-wook completely made that story up, he did not see anyone getting anything prepared. He wasn’t even sure if the Operation Chief had even left yet, but it wasn’t a position that allowed him to leave this early.
It’ll make things easier for us to prepare early on.’
Rather than rushing to gather their equipment, preparing it early on would give them more time to focus on other things to get ready after hearing the announcement.
This way, while the other squads are still trying to figure out what to do, every member of the 5th squad can be relaxing in their barracks, waiting to fall out.
Although a little doubtful, the 5th squad listens to Lee Hyun-wook’s words and prepares their equipment. They watch the speaker anxiously, waiting for the call.
Nothing happened for over 5 minutes.
“Corporal Lee Hyun-wook, it seems a bit too peaceful for a situation where the COO is getting armed?”
Ahn Min-tae glanced at Lee Hyun-wook and asked while everyone was raising their voices with suspicion.
However, Lee Hyun-wook had already wrapped up all his military gear with conviction and certainty.
“Ahn Min-tae, would the gate warn you and open it? You all just have to get ready.”
“That’s true, but…”
At that moment, the broadcast turned on and someone’s breathing was heard.
– Ah! Ah! This is the COO making an announcement!
“The real COO!”
Were Lee Hyun-wook’s words true?
Ahn Min-tae lets out a dry gulp and waits for the announcement.
– There has been a Gate occurence in the Yusu area, all members of the 1st Company are being dispatched to the area I repeat, there has been a Gate occurence in the Yusu area, all members of the 1st Company are being dispatched to the area!
“Hurry up and get your gear!”
It was all true.
At the same time, someone started shouting in the hallway, and the 1st Company troops scattered throughout the barracks could be heard running down the halls into their barracks rooms.
AMT’s emergency mobilization was a common occurrence, but the urgency was always one thing.
“Move quickly! The later you are, the more civilians lose their lives!”
The shouts of the 1st platoon commander echoed in the hallway.
“2nd Squad! Why are you so slow? Where have you been and why are you returning now?”
“I’m s-sorry! We went to PX and…”
Since it was an emergency call, it was imperative that everyone gets ready as soon as they can. Depending on the location, it changed the speed of how fast a group was dispatched.
The 5th squad, which had already gathered in the dormitory and prepared to fall out, was able to respond more smoothly and thoroughly.
“Corporal Lee Hyun-wook, everyone is ready!”
“Okay, let’s go to the assembly point.”
The other squad, on the other hand, was still hastily packing their military gears.
“Huh? They are going already? Isn’t that 5th squad? How are they so fast?”
“Wow, did they know that in advance?”
In their eyes, it was an unbelievable speed.
And behind the back of the 5th squad going down the stairs, the shouts of the 1st platoon commander were heard.
“Hey! What are you doing! Do you have time to chat? 5th Squad is already getting ready and going down!”
The evaluation system of this organization called the military was usually relative.
If there are people who are good at it, the rest are just bad guys.
“1st Squad, 2nd Squad, you bastards! Are you still the 1st in our company? Huh?”
It was the moment when the 5th squad led by Lee Hyun-wook, the support squad that had been overlooked as the weakest, took the lead for the first time, albeit in a minor way.
And this momentum they currently hold would gradually increase, Lee Hyun-wook could guarantee.
Note: COO means the Chief of Operations