Solo Leveling Novel, Chapter 137
Solo Levelingi 137
The Guildmaster of Knights, Park Jongsu, was greeted by unfortunate news when he returned to the Guild office .
“Hyungnim, them association folks said it’d be difficult to give a permit for that Gate that opened up yesterday . ”
The Deputy Guildmaster, Jeong Yoontae, quickly elaborated .
“Well, they said that the registered magic power of the Gate was real high . ”
“We talking S-rank?”
“Naw, it was an A-rank, but they said the numbers they was gettin’ on the device damn near broke the threshold . ”
“Goddammit . ”
If it was an S-rank Gate, Park Jongsu had no qualms about giving it up . After all, Knights had no S-ranked Hunters among them . It would be impossible for them to clear an S-rank Gate on their own . If something like that were to happen again, it would take nothing less than another gathering of the nation’s best Hunters to clear it .
But given that the mana measurement indicated that it was an A-rank Gate, it put the Guild in a different position . As one of the top five Guilds in Korea, Knights would be the subject of merciless ridicule if they could not even muster the manpower to properly clear a single A-rank Gate . It would be a crippling blow to their already shaky reputation .
“So, hyungnim, what are we gonna do?”
“Beats me . . . ”
“If we give up the Gate, those Myungsung bastards are gonna snatch ’er right up…”
Honam region’s Myungsung Guild . Upon hearing their name, Park Jongsu’s eyes widened .
“You’d just hand over a Gate in our territory to a son of a bitch like Ma Dongwook?”
“I’m just saying that’s what’ll happen, hyungnim . ”
“Why, I’d scoop my own damn eyes out with a rusty spoon before I allow that to happen . ”
“Then you reckon we should take the Gate?”
Park Jongsu’s flaring rage retreated in an instant and he pursed his lips in silent frustration . He had to tread carefully . His decision now will affect not just himself but the lives of the Guild’s Raid team . No matter how angry he felt, he could not afford to be careless here . Park Jongsu furrowed his brows and rubbed his temples as he felt a headache coming on . . .
‘Our Guild’s A-rank Hunters aren’t likely to lose against the ones from other major Guilds . ’
If anything, just looking at the quality and quantity of A-rank Hunters, Knights could easily go toe-to-toe with South Korea’s number one Guild, Hunters Guild . The issue was that they didn’t have an ace-in-the-hole: an S-rank Hunter . That absence was threatening to drag Knights down and out of the top five ranking they currently held .
At the same time, Knights’ elites were more than capable of taking on your average A-ranked Gate . But if the Gate in question was verging on crossing into S-rank territory, then they would be incurring no small amount of risk in the undertaking . The association was no less aware of these facts than Park Jongsu, and thus was hesitant to give Knights a permit for the Gate .
‘ . . . ’
After observing the Guildmaster lost in thought for some time, the Deputy Guildmaster tried to contribute his own thoughts as delicately as possible .
“Hyungnim, if this thing ends up being a red Gate, we’s all gonna die . ”
“Yup, probably . ”
The fact that it was the highest level A-rank Gate was already troublesome . Adding to that the possibility of it turning out to be a red Gate? It was terrifying just to think about . They’d be counting their lucky stars if only one man were to survive for every two . The far more likely scenario would be no one coming back at all . A total loss .
‘Welp, no two ways about it, the logical choice is that we’ve got to give it up . ’
But the moment news gets out that Knights gave up on an A-rank Gate, they were pretty much done for . Bad enough they didn’t have any S-rank Hunters . What kind of a recruit would considering joining a Guild that couldn’t even clear an A-rank Gate?
“Then hyungnim, how’s about we join up with one of them other Guilds to clear this one?”
Park Jongsu shook his head .
“Every one of them will know that we’re only offering a hand because we can’t get it done ourselves . Who the hell’s going to help us?”
Aside from Knights, every major Guild was more than capable of clearing the A-rank Gate on their own . Even if they find someone who was willing to team up, it was still terrible optics .
‘We might as well run around the country shouting for someone to help us wipe our own ass . ’
The two men’s faces darkened with worry .
“If not a Guild, how about an individual?”
The two men turned their heads to see where the female voice had come from . It was Jeong Yerim, their lead Raid team’s A-rank healer . The opinion of a healer in any Guild is typically given great weight . Especially if that healer was a skilled A-ranker .
Still, the fate of Knights rode on this one decision . Park Jongsu was unconvinced by her well-intentioned interjection .
“We’re talking about a Gate that’s damn near S-rank, what help could a single-”
The man stopped himself .
There was such an individual . The man who single handedly massacred not only A-ranked but S-ranked magic beasts! Unable to contain his excitement, Park Jungsu shot up from his seat .
‘If Sung Jinwoo-ssi could help us . . . ’
The man that defeated a magic beast the rest of the nation’s S-rankers couldn’t even touch . If he was with them, it’d essentially guarantee the safety of their attack team . They would be able to avoid the shame of needing another Guild’s help in clearing an A-rank Gate,
‘Hell, it might even improve our image . ’
They could be the first Guild to boast about working with the strongest Hunter in the nation . Protect the lives of the Raid team, raise the status of the entire Guild . They’d be killing two birds with one stone . Elated, Park Jongsu immediately started figuring out the next steps .
“What’s Hunter Sung Jinwoo-nim up to these days?”
Both Jeong Yerim and Jeong Yoontae shook their heads . The deputy spoke up first .
“All’s I heard was that he recently cleared a Gate that popped up in the middle of some road . Ain’t heard nothing since . ”
Remembering seeing Sung Jinwoo on the news recently, Jeong Yoontae took out his phone,
“Should I find out Hunter Sung Jinwoo-nim’s contact information, hyungnim?”
“Naw, put your phone away . ”
“You think a matter as important as this should be discussed over a phone call? I think our best bet is to shake hands and say hello to the man himself . ”
Upon hearing Jeong Yoontae’s approval, Park Jongsu declared with a smile:
“Alright, that settles it . We’re off to the capital . ”
That night .
Cha Haein tossed and turned in her bed while pulling at her hair .
‘I think so? I THINK SO?!’
It was practically a confession! She pulled her covers up and over her head and kicked her feet under the blankets in flustered frustration . She stopped when she suddenly remembered something else from that conversation .
“Then . . . . ”
What had Sung Jinwoo meant with his reply?
“Then isn’t there a better method than joining my Guild?”
She had left in a hurry, making up an excuse that she needed time to think about it . But now, every time she recalled that moment, she couldn’t help but cringe .
Her face turned red with embarrassment .
Of course it began with her almost dying again . When she had met the enraged eyes of the Jinwoo’s shadow ant king, she was struck by a vision of unavoidable death . Paralyzed by absolute terror . In that moment, she was prepared to yield to the fate of becoming prey . She closed her eyes as the claws came at her from either side . But suddenly, she felt a comforting presence behind her, and before she knew it a familiar scent had pulled her into an embrace .
Cracking her eyes open just enough to peek, Cha Haein looked behind her and saw Jinwoo . He was holding on to the claws of the summon, glaring at the ant with a terrifying gaze . Standing there, caught between the personifications of life and death itself, her heart felt like it was about to explode .
And then . . .
“ . . . Do you like me or something?”
Asking something like that under those circumstances was cheating!
Cha Haein shook her head violently . Even if she was asked something like that, she shouldn’t answer truthfully .
‘He’s going to think I’m some kind of weirdo . ’
But, even as she thought that, her lips moved on their own . Perhaps it was because her mind was simply more at ease near Hunter Sung Jinwoo; she did acted in a way different than her usual self . Less guarded . As if she wasn’t herself .
‘As if I wasn’t myself?’
A muddled feeling of recognition snapped her out of her memories . That phrase suddenly sounded so familiar . Where had she heard it before? Sometime in the past… With a jolt, a forgotten memory flashed across her mind .
“ . . . Tell him . ”
Cha Haein sat up in her bed .
‘ . . . !’
It was something that happened very recently, but like a daydream she’d been rudely snapped out of, the memory had stubbornly buried itself deep into the corners of her mind .
“ . . . Tell him he has to…”
Cha Haein strained to remember who the owner of the voice was . Like a fog clearing away, the faint figure in her memory slowly came into focus .
“ . . . Tell him he has to be careful . . . ”
‘ . . . met with Hunter Min Byungku!’
When she lost consciousness and was peacefully drifting into the stygian depths of a dreamless slumber, the person who grabbed her wrist was Hunter Min Byungku . The sensation of being interrupted from the serene nothingness lasted only for a moment . She recalled staring at Min Byungku with confusion . The Healer was clad in a black armor, showing only his face . Compared to his usual chipper self, his face carried a somber expression . As the memory became clearer, Cha Haein suddenly felt a chill running down her back . Hunter Min Byungku had spoken as if holding back tears,
“To Hunter Sung Jinwoo . ”
‘To Hunter Sung Jinwoo…?”
“Tell him he has to be careful of his power . ”
After showering, Jinwoo stood in front of the bathroom mirror .
He certainly didn’t look that bad . Still, to think that a beauty like Cha Haein would take an interest in him . So much so that she’d try to join his Guild .
‘Am I really all that?’
Jinwoo continued to gaze into the mirror . A smile blossomed on his face . Well, it’s not like he was going to become a narcissist overnight . There was really only one thing he was confident of: his body . Thanks to the daily quests, his muscles had become quite defined . And as an additional benefit from the System, he’d grown taller as well . As for his face… well, setting aside his intimidating gaze, wasn’t it just an ordinary face like any other?
‘Hold on . ’
Jinwoo’s eyes narrowed . He leaned forward to take a closer look at the reflection of his face . The Hunter and the man in the mirror stared at each other for a good long while .
‘Hmm . ’
There was a glint in Jinwoo’s eyes as his gaze scanned over various parts of his face . As suspected, a closer look revealed that much had changed in the past few months . Imperceptible differences to just casual observation, but looking carefully now, he realized that every little scar, mark, moles and any other imperfections had completely disappeared, leaving his skin flawless .
‘Perhaps an effect of the “Will of Rebirth” buff?’
One of the buffs he received when he became a Player had healed every wound on his body . It was powerful enough to regenerate his leg that had been dismembered by the statue in the double Dungeon . He supposed it wasn’t strange for the buff to “heal” his skin as well . But that wasn’t what had caught his eye .
‘ . . . No matter how I look at it, I look younger . ’
He was in the middle of his 20s, but the face that stared back at him was that of a youthful college-grad . He looked at least two to three years younger than he should . It was surprising, but not entirely unexpected . He knew that with a sufficient capacity for magic power, some awakened beings could slow their aging . Is that what was happening to him?
Jinwoo suddenly became keenly aware that he’d been staring at his own half- naked reflection for several minutes now . With that, he quickly got dressed and left the bathroom .
At the same time, his sister came out of her room . The siblings met in the living room . With a smile, Jinwoo called out to Jinah .
“Hey, sis . ”
“If you had to say, how does oppa look to you?”
“What do you mean?”
“Like, as a man . ”
Jinah scrunched her face .
“Where did this confidence come from? You just look like my shitty oppa . ”
“Hah, I see . Thanks . ”
With a grin, Jinwoo pinched Jinah’s cheeks . As expected, the little sister responded by kicking her older brother in the shins . And just like the time before, the one who hopped around the room howling in pain was Jinah .
“Did you already forget who your oppa is? How do you get any studying done with a brain like that?”
“What did you say?!”
With her lips pouting, Jinah glared at Jinwoo .
“You know I got top of the class on the mock exams, right?”
Jinwoo chortled at his sister’s reaction . This was one of the nice things about family . No matter how much he changed, he could always count on them to treat him the same way . He started drying his hair off with a towel and headed towards his room .
“Alright, work hard . ”
“You too . ”
As he reached the door, Jinwoo thought of something and turned around,
“Oh, by the way, I’m thinking of founding a Guild . ”
Jinah’s eyes sparked with excitement .
“So are people going to call you Guildmaster from now on?”
“If everything goes well . ”
“What are you gonna name it?”
“That’s actually what I wanted to talk to you about . . . ”
“Oh yeah? What is it, what is it?”
Looking at his sister jumping up and down with anticipation, Jinwoo hesitatingly asked:
“What do you think about . . . Solo Play?”
“Solo Play . ”
Jinwoo said it more seriously this second time, but the befuddled look on Jinah’s face made him second guess himself .
“Why? Do you think it’s weird?”
“ . . . W-why would you call your Guild that?”
“You know, like Solo Player, since I like working alone . ”
“Well, that fits you, but isn’t it a bit strange to name your Guild that?”
“Isn’t your ability that thing where you summon those black shadowy soldier things?”
“Yep . ”
“Then you’re not really fighting alone, are you?”
‘Huh . She’s right . ’
Jinwoo nodded .
‘From my point of view, it’s just another one of my skills . But that’s probably not how everyone else sees it . ’
Her words made sense . The name he chose might follow him for the rest of his life . He had wanted to pick something that represented himself well . Hence, “Solo Play” .
‘But if that doesn’t really fit me, then it’s useless . ’
Something that represented himself . . . Jinwoo pondered for a moment before he was struck by inspiration .
“What about Ahjin?”
“Ahjin? Ah-jin . . . ”
Sounding it out, Jinah couldn’t help but laugh .
“Well, it sounds like you just flipped my name backwards, so I don’t hate it . But what’s it supposed to mean?”
“Well, Ah as in ‘self ()’, and Jin as in ‘advance()’ . ”
His unique ability . An appropriate name for the Guild that would grow along with him .
“Combine the two, and you get ‘I advance’, Ahjin () . ” “Oh~”
Jinwoo was elated to hear Jinah give it the highest compliment she had in her repertoire:
“It’s not bad . ”
‘Yes, that’ll do nicely . Ahjin . “I alone advance” . Well, I guess more accurately it’d be…’
I alone level up .
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