Spectator - Chapter 7: New Century
In fact, when he was suffering from guilt that he could not protect his younger sister.
Had the game not appeared as a refuge, hadn’t he has been insanely immersed in the game, he would have lived a wonderful life instead of dying in a capsule. This is because the original version of the guy could not be blamed. He deserved to be like the current Taejin, the brother of Hyunhwa, a class celebrity.
– “Let’s stay put, and wait for that game to come out’’
I thought about the [New Century].
It is a game that will be released suddenly in about two months and will be the world’s first virtual reality game set in the era of knights and magic.
A mysterious game.
In addition to satisfying all the five senses of man, it also has a common language that does not even need an interpreter and would automatically translate into the native language of the player.
The game’s world is said to be bigger than Earth, and the NPCs are fully sentient so much like they are even have their own diverse lives, even the dogs you see on the streets act as if they are real.
When Players enter the world, they become a part of it, completing various missions.
The operating method was also unique, and when five years passed in real-time, all of the player made records were reset and became ‘history’.
Regardless of whether the gamers completed the prepared scenario or not, it was reset when the time came. And the company provides ‘cash compensation’ according to the contributions made by players to the history of the continent.
From a few hundred won to several billion won.
With each update, 100 years of in-game time will pass. After that, the game’s time started again as a new century.
However, the fact that this enormous game was released unexpectedly, that it was developed by Z&F, a small and medium-sized company that made such a great software, and despite not having that much of a financial backing. This caused the media to go crazy and start calling the minds behind [New Century] pioneers and geniuses.
The main man behind the idea that led to the creation of [New Century], Shin Jin-Kwon, was a mystery that no one could solve.
But now I was able to grasp that something other than humans must have intervened.
-‘If the so-called demon or devil can regress time itself, A feat such as the creation of a virtual reality must be completely possible using its power”
The evidence of the speculation that it was a ‘miracle’, not a science, was that the technology of such amazing virtual reality could not escape from the “game.” And the fact that no virtual reality game other than the [New Century ] created afterwards backs this up.
Humans found fire. This began civilization.
From eating cooked meat to the development of food culture and the smelting ores to the sprouting civilization.
All of this is due to the wide spread knowledge of how to use fire. But the technology behind the virtual reality used in the game has never been used elsewhere.
It shouldn’t be possible in common sense, but it was.
In the game world, languages were interpreted flawlessly, but in reality, there was no such interpreter. One had to endure the hassle of getting into the game to communicate with foreigners.
Thousands of people around the world despised this secret and tried to steal the concept, even going as far as filing lawsuits at the developer, Chairman Shin Jin-kwon, yet were unable to do anything to him.
-“Something outside of human comprehension must have been involved.”
In addition, it was clear that there was some kind of deal between them.
Time retrogression comes from the intention to change the future.
-“There is enmity between the owners of the castle and Chairman Shin Jin-kwon. Which brings us to one of the devil’s demands that was signed by Taejin regarding the owner of the castle.”
Here you have a choice.
Monitor every step and movement of Taejin, who returned from the past. This would result in ripples from the regression and play into the original intention of the devil.
Approach the chairman Shin Jin-kwon who created the New Century.Captures his anomalies and obtains information. And using it to approach the truth behind the devil.
The two choices above must have the same nerve wrecking feeling as a single tightrope. Literally, if you make one mistake, you will be punished with eternal damnation.
So I decided.
I will go with the 3rd way.
-‘I don’t care at all.’
I know my reality well and understand my subject well. Rather than dreams and enthusiasm, I am a grown-up who is overwhelmed by my own problems. So this is the conclusion I came to.
I will not interfere.
“Woohoo. It’s a fight between a whale and a shrimp.”
Am I supposed to intervene in the quarrel between them and try being a ‘good guy’?
The devil and Taejin must have signed a contract with each other. But the contract is between them, it has nothing to do with me. I’m just a bonus.
They can go to hell for all I care. Demon? Devils? Chairmen and Corporations? Who cares!
I will live a realistic life myself. My life alone was too hard to care for everyone.
It was time to sit down and organize my thoughts.
“What? Is that true!?”
Following the murmuring sound, I heard Taejin’s embarrassing shout .
In an instant, the gazes came to me.
“You want to drop out?”Ah, no way… …”
A Skeptical question.
“The Insurance is over 1.7 billion!? What an unrealistic amount? I am really Jealous.’’ Those were Jill’s words.
‘Bastard! What a rotten piece of shit! Are you dropping out because you have money? You want to go have a harem right? Is that what you want to do with the insurance money?” said Hagin.
I even heard sounds of contempt.
This happened because the female students who I had encountered from the school office to the lounge were spreading rumors everywhere.
“Hey, really?I heard you applied for withdrawal?”
A guy named Chansang, sitting next to him, quickly approached and spoke. We only had a few conversations while in the third grade.
A plethora of questions kept on coming, some answered themselves instead waiting for a response from my end.
The students who crowded with Taejin wrapped themselves around me in a hurry. They are clamoring here and there.
Then, Taejin, who frowned among them, appeared. The guy who came with a perfectly complex expression asked me.
“Why are you like this? You didn’t…!”
It was a question that only those who knew the past me would ask. Taejin, how could he be so careless.
Right. I certainly had not acted this way before.
-“Ugh. No matter how pressing the situation is , you can’t do that just because you are mad !? Our cover might get blown up if you don’t think before you act!”
The rule is that no one should know about the past regression. Isn’t it something to be extremely careful about? Even I, who is only a bonus, is so cautious, but how is he so careless?
First of all, it was necessary to calm the bustle .
“What? Yeah. It’s true that I was interviewed for dropping out.”
Then he grabbed my arm and asked urgently.
“Say it! Why are you doing this!”
I sighed inside. I couldn’t help it. I decided to fill in the gap he made, and showed a frightened expression.
“Hey. Wh- , why? Let’s talk over this a little bit.”
Is it because the expression of fear seemed appealing?
“Hey, it looks a bit bad.”
The other boys surround Taejin, pulling him away from me.
“Taejin, be patient.”
And the girls calmed down. Only then this guy who realized his behavior and belatedly took care of it.
“I’m sorry. Sanghyun is my best friend. But when he said he did that without explaining anything, I was worried, and I got angry and acted without thinking… … . Ugh. The atmosphere is messed up because of me. I am so sorry.”
Then he looks down sulkingly . He thanked those who had held him back, and apologized to the female students one by one, turning back the awkward atmosphere in an instant.
“Well, it could be.”
“I would have done the same.”
“Hey, if my friend’s parents died… I would be worried too.”
“It’s the first time I’ve ever seen you so angry for a friend’s sake .”
Taejin, who finished apologizing one by one, spoke with a friendly tone, but he told me with steadfast eyes that he would surely hear the answer.
“Sanghyun. Dropping out… … Why are you doing that all of a sudden?”
“I saw it earlier. You were cool. Isn’t it dazzling ? Thanks to that, I also wanted to find a job that suits my aptitude.”
Soon, among the students who were muzzling, I saw Taejin biting his lips, muttering “the butterfly effect.”
My laughter came out. It was thanks to the little rationalization of the butterfly effect that helped me a lot.
“So what are you going to do?”
At that question, I just laughed silently , but didn’t speak anymore. Before long, it was class time, the teacher came in, and all the students went to their seats.
The day went by easier than I thought.
As expected, Taejin moved to prevent Hyeonhwa’s trauma.
Taejin, who heads to his younger sister at lunchtime, creates a scene where he once again, turns towards the falling plate and kicks it out and saves his younger sister with fine movements.
The image was captured in the phone camera where Taejin and Hyunhwa were accidentally taken, and for this reason, it attracted the popularity of first-year girls.
My dropout, which wasn’t too big, was soon forgotten.
Two days passed without incident.
As such, I went to class and reduced my sleep at night, and I used it. In the meantime, my aunt went by and listened to a lengthy lecture during the interview with Gong Young-ho, and gradually became alienated.
Among the students, I was able to experience what is commonly referred to as ‘bullying’.
This was the reason why the image/perception of me negatively increased due to rumors related to money. But even in the midst of that, there was someone who talked to me regardless of bullying, it was Taejin.
On the last day, he said a formal greeting as I left the school gate.
“Let’s not change our friendship.”
His friendship is already courteous enough through a regression in the past. I will treat him according to the friendship he showed.
We looked at each other and smiled.
FYI, he knows my future. Still, he didn’t give me any advice on money. As a result, I didn’t mention any of my plans either.
“Now. I know very well.”
The reason was simple. He was the first friend who came to borrow money from me two months later. To play the first virtual reality game, the new century, you need a personalised capsule.
And the capsule price and account fee are very burdensome for an average high school student. In the last life he had gotten all that money from me.
A twisted laugh came out.
-“Our friendship will never change.”
With that, I ended my school days.