Solo Leveling Novel, Chapter 185
Solo Levelingi 185
The US [Hunter Bureau] has released a list of invited guilds .
[Sicario Guild, Alon Dais (Mexicio)]
[Ahjin Guild, Sung Jin-Woo (Korea)]
[Irtevia Guild, Fabio Gracia (Italy)]
. . .
The International Guild Conference .
It is a grand event to discuss the trends and prospects of the Hunter System, by inviting a guild from each nation to represent its country .
However, Ahjin Guild was chosen as the Korean Representative .
Ahjin’s participation has become a hot topic both at home and abroad .
One of its best hunters is Sung Jin-Woo, the guild master .
The strength of the superhuman hunter alone was recognised by the [Hunter Bureau] to be not inferior to the world’s leading guilds .
Naturally, no one complained .
Is there a need to discuss qualifications?
Already, Jin-Woo has prevented two major crises, one in South Korea, and another in Japan, which was at the brink of collapse .
Therefore, no one really doubted Jin-Woo’s ability to be a complete guild himself, that is Ahjin Guild .
Nobody at all .
On the contrary, the event gathered the world’s hunters, and many were excited that another strong Hunter came .
Some of the world’s leading media outlets have publicised the Japanese Dungeon Break incident si much that Ahjin Guild has to be included in the International Guild Conference .
Of course, it was the same for Korean media .
As interest in the International Guild conference rose, a broadcast station invited the Hunter’s Guild representative for an interview .
Choi Jong-in accepted the invite despite being aware that they invited him instead of Jin-Woo .
The interview was broadcasted live across the country at 8pm, which was the station’s peak time .
“Hello, I’m Choi Jong-in, CEO of the Hunter’s Guild . ”
Choi’s clean smile on his smart face shook the hearts of women .
The bulletin board (ed: social media?) was filled with complaints from women saying that the Hunter’s Guild should have been invited by the [Hunter Bureau] .
“Thank you Mr . Choi . ”
The female host with her head down raised the question she had prepared .
“These days, the news about Ahjin Guild is receiving a lot of attention . What do you think Mr . Choi?”
Choi Jpng-in said without a thought,
“Think the choice of [Hunter Bureau] is reasonable . ”
“Okay, but I don’t understand . “(Could you please elaborate?)
“Well, I just think so . ”
“But sn’t it an exaggeration to say that one man is a guild?”
“But he’s Sung Jin-Woo . ”
When Choi Smiled and answered, the host who was facing him bursted into laughter .
Just before she finished laughing, Chone skilfully continued skeaping,
“If you define a guild member as someone who can mobilise in combat, Sung Jin-Woo already has hundreds of guild memebrs . ”
“You’re talking about his summons . ”
“Yes, but compared to guilds not only in Korea, but also from any other country in the world, Ahjin Guild’s power will not fall behind . ”
“Because of Huner Sung Jin-Woo?”
“Yes, because of him . ”
An uproar rose from the audience .
Although the audience was repulsed by Choi’s decisive attitude, the person who gave those remarks remained clam .
He was able to stand by his words after watching Jin-Woo’s performance directly and indirectly .
Even so .
When he recalled Jin-Woo, appearance, who paved a way through the ants who surrounded him, a chill went down his spine .
Who would believe that he was an E-rank Hunter in the beginning?’
The interview heated up as Choi amitted the gap between their guilds .
The host gave a satisfied smile, and carefully examined Choi’s face/reaction .
“And yet, from the perspective of the Hunter’s Guild, who has been representing Korea every year, I don’t think it is great . ”
“Of course I feel sick . I’ve been waiting to get my passport renewed . ”
When Choi shook his knuckles, the audience burst into laughter .
“But even though I feel sick, I feel more proud . ”
The face of Choi, who was smiling all the time, became serious .
Laughter from the audience gradually dwindled, and the eyes of the host became serious .
From now on is the main point of his speech .
The tense atmosphere was brought by Choi’s expression .
Naturally, everyone turned to his lips .
Choi Jong-in, whi was quite familiar with interviews from frequent TV appearances, paused for a short while before he opened his mouth again .
“Think about it, when I ran into trouble I couldn’t handle, I fould a Hunter I could depend on without hesitation . ”
There is a weight that cannot be described within those words filled with sincerety .
When the weight of the words weighed down everyone in the room, they lost their words and looked at Choi Jong-in .
Choi spoe quietly on the tranquil (interview) set .
“In fact, my guild members and I, and many other guild members were only able to come back alive because of Mr . Sung . ”
Choi glanced at the audience . He didn’t induce it on purpose, but somehow it turned out to be a solemn atmosphere .
To ease the mood a little, Choi smiled and concluded,
“I’m truly proud of the fact that Hunter Sung was chosen to represent Korea . ”
A round of applause came from the audience .
The ring of a phone call came from a who left the broadcating station after successfully filming .
When he picked up (looked at) his vibrating mobile phone, the number that showed up was from of the head of the (lightning unit?) who was in charge of the staff in his guild .
“Yes, this is Choi Jong-in . ”
“Sir, we’re got a reservation for Suseo-dong gate that waas created this morning . It’s a class A gate, but it’s reading is not too high . ”
“That’s good . ”
Choi Jong-in, who was about to slime at the good news, tilted his head .
“And this time, Ahjin Guild didn’t apply for a reservation . ”
“Yes, but Ahjin Guild is so quiet these days . ”
It has been four days since Hunter Sung Jin-Woo returned to Japan .
There were only four higher grade gates in the metopolitan area .
One per day . (The gates appeared one per day?)
Although the number of higher grade gates are steeply increasing, the movement of Ahjin Guild, or movement of Sung Jin-Woo, could not be found .
Of course, because of his absence, the other large guilds in the metropolitan area have been in a festive mood every day .
Once dungeon was created, he would be like the God of Dungeons, uprooting monsters left and right . The Dungeon Destroyer was silent for several days .
The absence of Sung Jin-Woo made Choi Jong-in feel uneasy .
I don’t know about Baek Yoon-ho from White Tiger or Lim Tae-gyu form Grim Reaper, but I’m different . ‘
What difference would we be from a monkey if we are just glad to see an apple fall from a tree?’
Some people water their mouths for free apples, while some think of Gravitation .
Choi Jong-in thinks his level did not stoop down enough/he was not that desperate to be happy because of this sudden twist of luck .
He heard the director of the lightning unit’s bright slime . (He could see the director of the lightning unit’s bright slime from the other side of the phone?)
“Because we had no competition from Ahjin Guild, guild sales had risen as much as 40%, boss!”
“Here’s a monkey . ”
“Nothing . ”
Choi Jong-in quickly took back the words he spat .
“The association doesn’t know anything . ” (There isn’t any information from the association?)
“I thought you were just staying home and resting . I don’t even go to the Guild office these days .
“Hmm . . . ”
“Is there a problem sir? I’m just taking a break in preparation for the International Guild Conference . ”
Choi Jong-in shook his head .
“It’s nothing . ”
What is Soo Jin-Woo doing?’
Choi Jong-in said,
“Before (after?) the re-examination, Hunter Sung Jin-Woo cleard three to four lower gates a day, went to Japan alone and solved the S class Dungeon Break . ”
It turned out to be so .
So it was quite peculiar for Ahjin Guild to be so quiet .
Is there always an S class hunter in a place where there are magic beasts?
Jing Woo can’t be tired of grant raids .
It was not unusual for the CEO to wonder about Ahjin Guild’s move .
-“Really . ”
“Oh, wasn’t today Cha Hae-in’s interview at Ahjin Guild? Didn’t you go along?”
-“I did, but even at the interview, Hunter Sung di not attend . Yoo Jin-ho as doing everything by himself . ”
” . . . ”
A passing silence .
The slience followed with Choing Jong-in calmly asking,
“How do you know that?”
-“I’m going to die brother . ”
As soon as he answered the phone, Yoo said he was going to die .
Jin-Woo grinned .
He must have had a hard time seeing the applicants all day .
(Even though it was cold, did he still look through hundreds of people?)
Despite his yound age, Yoo was playing the ole of vice president instead of Jin-Woo .
‘Is it because of his blood?’
Although he can be a bit dreary, Yoo Jin-ho has the blood of Yoo Myung-han .
Thanks to that, Jin-Woo could leave the guild work to Yoo Jin-ho and move freely .
“Thank you for your hard work . ”
-“Not at all brother, but how are you doing over there?”
Jin-Woo looked behind him .
The waiting soldiers signaled that they were ready .
A smile crept up Jin-Woo’s mouth .
“Same as always . I think I will be a bit late today, so go work first . ”
-“Okay brother . ”
After Yoo Jin-ho’s polite greetings, the two men ended their conversation .
An employee from the Japanese Hunter Association ran over and took the luggage from Jin-Woo, including his cell phone .
After leaving his things, Jin-Woo slowly loosened his neck and shoulders .
This rising feeing .
The rising feeling of excitement when he relaxes (stretches?) before a raid always makes him feel comfortable .
Although the staff was a bit scared, he still went and asked Jin-Woo because he was really curious,
“If you let the Hunter’s Guild know you were dealing with the higher level gates created in their affected territory, your reputation would increase . Why are you keeping it a secret?”
Jin-Woo’s answer was simple .
He smiled while he finished stretching his neck .
“I like being quiet . ”
Humility is one of the best virtues in Japan .
The employee who intrepreted his answer as him wanting to bahave modestly was tearful .
“If you need anything, feel free to tell me! I will do my best to help you . ”
. . . There seems to be a misunderstanding, but if the result is okay . . .
Jin-Woo smiled akwardly, tapped the staff on the shoulder, then approached the gate .
The Japanese soldiers made wayfor Jin-Woo and saluted .
The gate was A grade .
Jin-Woo had been travelling between Korea and Japan every day, monopolising the two nation’s most difficult higher class gates .
It was thanks to Japan’s satellite, Japan’s technology and [Shadow Exchange] that they could detect the mana .
Jin-Woo stood in front of the gate and looked up .
The gate was so large it was definitely not shy of grade A .
Jin-Woo did not have a lot of money to book the gate, so the Japanese government promised a full tex exemption .
It was much more advantageous for Japan to have all their gates in its large land booked than worry about monetary gain since there was no functional guild left .
[Devil King’s Dagger]
“Huck . ”
When he saw the dagger at the tip of Jin-Woo’s hand, a young soldier let out a sigh of relief .
Then, he hung his head down to Jin-woo, who was himself .
Jin-woo smiled at him and walked toward the gate .
Two days before the guild conference .
Jin-woo, who vowed not to waste even a day, threw himself into the gate .
Then came a familiar mechnical sound .
[You have entered the dungeon . ]
“Will this be okay?”
Woo Jin -Chul asked carefully .
Go Gun-Hee, the chairman of the association who received a report, did not look uncomfortable at all .
-“What do you mean?”
“Hunter Sung Jin-Woo . . . He’s been in Japan lately . ”
The Hunter Association can fin out the whereabouts of hunters using the tracking function on their phones .
Under the orders of Go Gun-Hee, the chairman of the association, the associstion has been passing false information to those who asked about the whereabouts of Hunter Sung Jin-Woo . ”
“If Hunter Sung decides to stay in Japan . . . ”
Korea would lose its greatest hunter with his eyes wide open .
That was what Woo Jin-Chul was worrying about .
However, Go Gun-Hee, president of the association, who values Jin-Woo more than anyone else, showed little interest in the matter .
It made Jin-Chul’s chest feel even more stuffy . (It made Jin-Chul feel even more stressed . )
Maybe Go Gun Hee pitied him after seeing his nervous face, because he then opened his mouth with a big smile,
-“Don’t worry . ”
“Do you know anyting about this?”
-“Before he went to Japan to kill the giants, he came to see me . Yes . ”
It was natural .
The first person to announce that Hunter Sung Jin-Woo will try to take down the giants was Go Gun-Hee .
He fumbled with his memory,
“I tried to stop him . The gains were too little for an S rank hunter compared to the risk . It wasn’t like he was promised a lot of money to do so .
Woo Jin-Chul nodded .
Jin-Woo only wanted to ask for the rights to the bodies of the magical beats he killed .
The value of the loot was too little to save a country .
‘However, there wasn’t enough time to negotiate with the country which had cities collapsing every day . . . ‘
It was an inevitable outcome (that Jin-Woo could not negotiate with Japan) .
It was strange that he as the head of the association, who had to protect his hunters, sent him (to Japan) .
-“But he (Jin-Woo) said it . (before going to Japan)”
Go Gun-Hee smiled as he recalled their meeting .
Woo Jin-Chul, who could not hold back his curiosity, asked first,
“What did he say?”
Go Gun-Hee answered,
-“He wanted to put Japan under the territory of the young guild (Ahjin Guild) . ”
A groan sprange out of Woo’s mouth .
Go Gun-Hee’s response to Jin-Woo’s remarks was no different at that time .
-“Most of the large guilds in Japan have lost their power due to the damage suffered on Jeju Island and the attack from the giants . Jin-Woo confidently said that he will take over the vacancy . ”
“Huh . . . ”
Jin-Chul could not close his mouth, which was hanging wide open .
‘Was it self-confidence or excellent calculation that he already thought about that before he killed the giants?’
Anyhow, Jin-Woo achieved his goal .
It was a welcome story from the Japanese side, who welcomed him with wide open arms .
-“So how could I not let him go?”
He could make Japan his own territory while the other large guilds fight over the relatively little Seoul .
One of the qualitites of a hunter is his ability to choose a hunting ground .
Sung Jin-Woo was natural hunter hunter, which included his ability to hunt any prey .
Go once again admired the words which came out of his mouth .
-“He’s such a great friend . ”
“I agree . ”
Woo Jin- Chul agreed with him .
The ability to move between Korea and Japan ionstantly without a placce was one thing, but what they admired was his ability to turn crazy goals into reality .
The interview of Choi Jong-in came out of the TV that he just turned on .
[I am truly proud of the fact that Hunter Sung was chosen as the representative hunter of Korea . ]
Go Gun-Hee leaned on the sofa and laughed . He told Choi Jong-in who was on the screen,
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