Solo Leveling Novel, Chapter 188
Solo Levelingi 188
Jin-Woo pointed to a pillar .
The pillar stood tall beside Kamish’s carcass .
It was proof that a facility was built to hold its body .
Jin-Woo widened his eyes .
It is a magic beast that died 8 years ago .
The more valuable or the higher the level of the dungeon, the more valuable the corpse . As soon as it is dead, its body is taken apart and used as needed .
So initially there was no hope that Kamish’s body would remain .
There were probably a whole line of countries, companies, research institures, et cetera, that wanted to buy the body .
Kamish’s carcass in the picture remains intact .
There was no artifical damage to the carcass, only traces of the battle could be found .
It was at that moment that Jin-Woo realised that Kamish’s body might still be there .
Jin-Woo’s heart pounded .
“Is the United States keeping Kamish’s body?”
“Well, we are, but . . . ”
Adam couldn’t understand why Jin-Woo acted like this .
All the hunters in the world would have saliva dribbling out of their mouths when talking about the the Runestone of Kamish, but not only Jin-Woo didn’t show much interest, but was instead talking about its body .
However, Jin-Woo’s attitude was too serious for Adam to correct the topic .
Jin-Woo pointed to the picture again,
“Where is this? Let’s go here first . ”
“I am happy to have spent my time with the Hunter Bureau . This is enough to be worth my time . ”
“Ahhahaha . . . ”
Adam, who didn’t know what was going on, couldn’t hide his embarassment .
Clearly, it was not something bad .
Of, it was the Hunnter Bureau who was in desperate need of Jin-Woo .
That’s why it is trying to attract his attention .
At first, adam tried to recruit him using Mrs . Selner’s ability, but when that became impossible, he tried to use the the Runestone of Kamish .
But his burning flame of interest rose from an unexpected place .
It was both a crisis and an opportunity for Adam .
‘You said it was okay to use any method right?’
Adam remembered what the director and deputy director had said to the Hunter Bureau’s agents .
To win the favour of Sung Jin-Woo by any means .
So as to increases of Jin-Woo coming to the United States .
If Jin-Woo needed anything from the Hunter Bureau, it will be willing to offer it in return for a mutual relationship .
This was chance to get that mutual relationship .
Having his priorties aligned, Adam straightened his neck and said,
“Actually, I don’t know where Kamish’s body is . All I know is the information was denied access by the top management . ”
Jin-Woo nodded his head .
Of course .
Adam White seemed to young to know all the secrets in his agency .
But despite what he said, Adam spoke in a confident tone,
“However, with Jin-Woo’s request, there will be no problem gettion approval from the top . Could you please wait a moment while I make a report?”
Jin-Woo’s face brightened .
The probability of failure for shadow extraction increases the longer the time since the magic beast’s death .
It has been eight years since Kamish died .
There is a high possibility to would not work .
The effort from many people might all be in vain .
BUt you won;t know unless you try .
No matter how slim the possibility maybe, be it one-tenth or one in ten millionth, there is a chance he could get the strongest magic beast in history as a shadow soldier .
The mere thought made his heart throb .
All he could lose was a bit of time .
Compared to the reward of success, it was a good bet .
Jin-Woo doesn’t know if the US will allow it .
So he asked,
“If I’m not mistaken, we’re going to the Hunter Bureau’s headquarters . ”
“That’s right . ”
“Let’s go and wait together . ”
“Okay . . . ”
Jin-Woo’s intense interest made Adam wonder if he should be happy or sad .
The director of the Hunter Bureau made a similar look .
When he looked back, the deputer director said, “If I had a mirror, would I look like that?”
“So Hunter Sung is here now . ”
The director once again confirmed the fact, and Adam nodded silently .
“What about the runestone? No mention of the runestone?”
If it could bring Jin-Woo to the US, they were willing to hand over the Runestone of Kamish .
America is strong because of its hunters .
“Yes, he said very little about the runestone throughout the trip . ”
“Huh . . . Is that so . ”
At Adam’s answer, the director wept his mouth . (ed: No idea why)
Thomas and Sung Jin-Woo . It was ifficult to predict the behaviour of the top hunters .
Perhaps their thinking is different from the common folks . As Adam was thinking that, he heard the director speak,
“So he really wantss to see the body . ”
“Yes . ”
Adam nodded with confidence .
It was a good feeling .
Adam’s first goal was to have jin-Woo sit at the negotiation table .
Despite everything, Jin-Woo came to the Hunter Bureau voluntarily, so his first goal was achieved .
Now, the rest is up to the top, who hold the bargaining chip .
The director, who had the right to decide, thought and answered,
“I need to talk with the deputy director separately . Leave me . ”
“Roger . ”
After Adam rose from his seat and went out of the office, the director looked at the deputer director with an embarassed expression,
“Well, why would he want to see Kamish’s body?”
“Well . . . one thing is for sure, it’s that he’s not a tourist . Perhaps for him, Kamish’s body was more valuable than the Runestone of Kamish . ”
The value of a skill has no limits .
Top-class hunters do not spare money to buy the runestones they need .
Tens, Hundreds, sometimes even hundreds of billions .
Nobody has enough money to sprinkle it anywhere .
It’s because a skill equals to the hunter’s power, and a hunter’s power is directly related to the hunter’s survival .
‘Can the sight of a carcass have higher value than aquiring a skill?’
The director expressed his thoughts in words,
“It seems like it has something to do with Hunter Sung’s ability . ”
” . . . ”
Compared to any other organisation in the world, the Hunter Bureau’s information gathering abilities are on another level .
Naturally, there was quite a bit of information on Jin-Woo .
That was why they were willing to offer Mrs . Selner’s ability and the Runestone of Kamish .
“His abilities might not be limited to the magic beasts that he killed . ”
Ant soldiers appeared when he killed the ants, and giants appeared when he killed the giants .
As the battles continue, Jin-Woo keeps getting stronger .
That was why the Hunter Bureau wanted to make Jin-Woo his hunter no matter what it took .
What if he could summon a beast from a corpse long past its lifetime, which even he himself could not defeat?
“My God . . . ”
The deputy director’s eyes dilated .
“He is going to make Kamish his own summon . ”
His voice shook .
The thought of making humanity’s worst disaster into his own summon .
Certainly it could not be compared to the runestone .
The director shook his head firmly,
“Absolutely not . No man should become that strong . ”
“But if you refuse his request, it will be difficult to maintain friendly relations with him . ”
The fact that he was waiting in the headquarters for an answer showed that he was looking forward to it .
It was a simple deal . (The conditions were easy to understand)
If you reject a person’s request becasue you don’t trust him or her, then the trust will be destroyed .
“Hmm . ”
The director wrinkled his brows in agony .
If Hunter Sung Jin-Woo could really turn Kamish into his summon, his power will be out of the control of any country or organisation .
Even if his summon was destroyed, couldnt he regenerate them?
What if an immortal Kamish became an enemy?
It was too much of a risk to take to simply maintain friendly relations with a hunter .
before he made the final decision, the director had one more question,
“We still have Thomas Andre, a nation-level hunter, and nearly fifty S-class hunters from around the world . Is it really worth it for us to depend on him like this?”
“Actually . . . ”
The deputy director thought for a moment, but eventually brought up a piece of information that he delayed telling the director due to the lack of conformation .
“It seems as if Hunter Sung Jin-Woo is an emerging nation-class hunter . ”
The director sprang to his feet .
“A week ago, there was a report from Agent White . [Hunter Sung Jin-Woo is able to use the motive power] . ”
” . . . ”
All four nation-class hunters were able to exert force without touching object except for one who was a healer .
There were many strong men who came and go, but only four in all of known history had such an ability .
The Hunter Bureau, which was the only administration to know about their common aspects, even considered this ability as a condition for one to be considered a nation-class hunter .
But that power was also found in Hunter Sung Jin-Woo?
The director was struck by the thought that maybe Hunter Sung Jin-Woo was a gift from God for the US, who just lost a powerful weapon known as Christoper Reed .
God Bless America .
The blessing of God had always been with this country .
The director’s expression changed,
“Do you think we can trust him?”
The ability of a person could be evaluated objectively, but his or her thrustworthiness is an entire matter altogether .
The deputy director, who had oberved Jin-Woo for some time, asked,
“What would happen if someone pointed a gun at Thomas Andre or Liu Zhang from China?”
“That would be awful to imagine . ”
Both Thomas and Liu Zhang had no mercy on their enemies .
Someone might die . Even if that person was lucky, his hand with the gun would have been blown off .
“But SungJin-Woo won’t do that . Even in an urgent situation, he would converse with his opponent . ”
The diector chuckled and lowered his head .
The deputy director further elaborated,
“The same happened in Japan . Would you solve Japan’s Dungeon Break on your own without any demands?”
That was n contrast to Russia’s Yuri Orlov who requested for 10 billion won a day from the Japanese Government .
” . . . ”
The director’s concern did not last long .
The director, who had been silent for a while, rose from his seat .
I’ll show him around . Maybe it’s a good chance to see what he is capable of . ”
The deputy director’s face lit up . He stood,
“And where is Kamish’s body, sir?”
The director grinned,
“Have you ever wondered why our building had 20 floors underground?”
Under the director’s guidance, Jin-Woo got on the elevator .
“I’d like to have a nice chat before this . . . but Hunter would want more than that, I’m sure . ”
Adam translated the director’s words near real-time .
Jin-Woo nodded his head .
Using the elevator, the director, deputy director, and Adam quickly brought him to the basement .
‘The Hunter Bureau’s headquarters was built on top where Kamish was defeated . ‘
If you are an American, do you think it was American to do so (to build on top of the battle)?
In hopes of never forgetting the hunters’ noble spirits who sacrificed their lives to prevent the worst disaster of mankind, Kamish’s body was to be kept underground forever .
The elevator opened when it reached the basement on the 24th floor .
The managers who waited nearby greeted the four people .
“Director . ”
“Director . ”
The director nodded politely to the military staff,and continued to guild Jin-Woo .
“Over here . ”
Jin-Woo swallowed hard .
A cold chill passed over his cheeks as a heavily-guarded door was opened .
‘No, this isn’t coldness . ‘
A slight mixture of mana was in the air .
There was no need to think about whose magic power it was from .
Badump, Badump, Badump .
Jin-Woo felt an amount of excitement he thought was impossible .
If this is the amount of magic power that remained after eight years, how strong could it be when it becomes a shadow soldier?
Jin-Woo followed the director while trying to calm his beating heart .
“We are here . ”
The director stopped in a brightly-lit chasm .
And there stood Kamish .
It has been preserved as it had killed hundereds of top-class hunters as well as 5 nation-class hunters .
A red dragon!
Its overwhelming presence stopped Jin-Woo’s breath .
“All the electricity that’s powering the Hunter Bureau came from Kamish’s mana stones . ”
The director proudly explained where the enerrgy used to store Kamish’s carcass came from .
However, Jin-Woo didn’t hear him .
His eyes were fixed on its body .
Seeing his gaze, the director realised that it was finally time .
” . . . Hunter, are you satisfied?”
“Please step back . ”
The managers trembled when Jin-Woo looked back,
“What is he doing, sir?”
“The corpse of Kamish is an American treasure!”
But the director told them loudly/sternly,
“I agreed . ”
All the noise disappeared in an instant .
They already went over this before they came down .
Jin-Woo promised the director .
He made sure nothing would happen to the body, and like the deputy director who believed in him, the director chose to believe in Jin-Woo .
“Everybody is watching . What can happen?”
So as Jin-Woo asked, the people moved back quietly .
Jin-Woo reached for Kamish .
He spoke quietly,
“Arise . ”
As if it had waited, a “Ding-” and a message came into his mind .
[Shadow extraction failed . ]
[There are 2 more chances left . ]
Jin-Woo calmly made the next attempt without changing his expression,
“Arise . ”
I want the best magic beast .
The desire in his voice reverberated and shook the chasm .
Get up .
Then, the lights on the cellng blinked and a cold breeze blew from somewhere .
Everyone covered their ears in the dragon’s scream, which epicentre’s was impossible to locate .
Jin-Woo was the only one who remained calm despite the confusion .
Jin-Woo found the shadow of Kamishspread out on the floor .
‘Did . . . Did I succeed?’
Jin-Woo’s eyes dilated .
Something slowly rose from the shadow .
Surrounded by black steam . . . It was a dragon no matter how you looked .
“Uh, uh . ”
“What . . . What is that?”
The managers stepped back in terror . Even the director and deputy director who roughly assessed Jin-Woo’s abilities, stopped breathing for an instant .
The roaring dragon stopped when he found a human below him .
[Did you summon me? King of the Dead .
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