Solo Leveling Novel, Chapter 47
Solo Levelingi 47
Even after all of his progress, Jinwoo could not help but be wary of what was to come . Still, his excitement in the anticipation of growth eclipsed his fear .
A moment ago, while he was looking for a suitable spot to start the quest, Jinwoo had used his phone to look through various video game wikis on classes .
[New skill . ]
[Growth benefits . ]
[Class-specific weapons . ]
[ . . . Etc]
One thing was common across different video games: class advancement had many great benefits and rewards .
‘And it became possible for me at level forty . ’
Of course, not everything he found was positive . There were forum posts here and there complaining:
[I’m worried that I picked the wrong class . ]
[F***, if I knew, I would’ve picked a different class . ]
[I messed up on my build . I think I’m done with this game . ]
[Do I have to delete my character?]
. . . Well, they were still talking about video games .
Jinwoo wasn’t that worried about what class he would pick . He had solely used a dagger up until now, and even his skills were all related to an assassin class .
‘Dagger skills and something like ‘Stealth’ . ’
On top of that, his attributes were largely focused on strength and agility . Because of this, Jinwoo couldn’t think of obtaining a class other than Assassin . Thinking about the idea, Jinwoo summoned Casaka’s Poisoned Fang from his inventory .
The dagger’s grip felt perfect in his hand . He nodded to himself .
‘Yep, this is what I’m used to . ’
With the dagger in hand, Jinwoo moved his gaze towards the quest screen .
He began planning for as many possibilities as possible . After taking a moment to prepare his heart, Jinwoo replied to the message .
The Class Advancement Quest has arrived . Would you like to accept? (Y/N)
‘Accept . ’
The moment he spoke the word in his mind, a messaged followed .
You’ve accept the Class Advancement Quest . A Dungeon will be created for the quest .
‘A Dungeon… will be created?’
Before he could fully grasp the meaning of the message, a change occurred in the space in front of him .
A tiny black hole appeared before his eyes, but that was just the start .
The hole that was as small as a bean grew to a size of a coin, then a volleyball, then finally became large enough for a man to enter .
Jinwoo’s eyes were wide open . After accepting the quest, he had expected another information screen with the quest’s information would follow but not this…
A Gate had formed before his eyes .
‘To think that it would even make a Gate…’
The phenomenon in front of him was exactly the same as the Gates that appeared in the world . Only difference was that it was a bit smaller than the one he had seen . The System’s message continued, beckoning him in .
Please enter the Dungeon through the Gate .
‘Let’s be calm . ’
Jinwoo calmed his heart .
If he thought about it, whether he entered using a key or through a Gate, a Dungeon would be waiting on the other side . He was just surprised at the creation of an artificial Gate in front of his eyes . While he had entered many Gates before, he had never seen one being created . When he reached that line of thought, an idea appeared in his head,
‘Wait… Could other Hunters enter this Gate?’
Well, there was no time to experiment . There weren’t any other Hunters in the vicinity, nor did he know of any Hunters that would come running if . . he . . . called… .
Jinwoo erased Yoo Jinho’s face from his mind and shook his head .
‘What would I do if something went wrong . ’
The System’s message blinked as if reminding him,
Please enter the Dungeon through the Gate .
Jinwoo was snapped back to reality by the electronic tone . He slapped his cheeks to focus .
‘Now’s not the time to get distracted . ’
Success here would mean obtaining a class and other rewards . He dreaded what failure would entail . He had to be focused .
After a deep breath, Jinwoo held Casaka’s Poisoned Fang in a reverse grip and entered the Gate .
You’ve entered the Dungeon .
To be honest, he had entered the Gate with a great anticipation . Contrary to his expectations, there was not much to be surprised at inside . It was just a simple cave Dungeon .
“It’s the same as always…?”
He had heard that high-level Dungeons would connect to different types of interiors and expected something similar but was disappointed . A special message did appear, however,
In this place, usage of potions and the shop is restricted, and leveling up will not restore your status .
Jinwoo put away the dagger after confirming that there were no magic beasts around .
‘ . . . Looks like this won’t be easy . ’
Since this was a special Dungeon for class advancement, it seemed that there were a few conditions . The fact that he could not heal himself through potions or level-ups was particularly troubling .
‘That means even small damage will accumulate over time . ’
An injury would spell the end here . Without means of recovery, he would have to be cautious of every move he made .
‘I really, really have to be focused . ’
Jinwoo closed the message box . As he always did, he checked the exit of the Dungeon .
Until your class advancement is complete, you cannot leave .
The moment he placed his hand on the Gate, that message appeared . He put his back into it, but the exit did not budge .
“ . . . ”
He retracted his hand .
‘So the path to retreat is blocked . ’
He had yet to figure out the difficulty of the Dungeon . Additionally, he could not recover his health here . Finally, there was no leaving until he was finished .
The risk this time was very high . Even the bravest of Hunters would hesitate before entering with such conditions .
‘But a high risk doesn’t necessary mean that it’s bad . ’
High risk equaled high rewards . He had learned as much from his experiences . If all these conditions made the quest harder, perhaps an equally great reward waited at the end .
Well, there was only one way to find out .
‘Time to go . ’
Jinwoo began to walk deeper into the cave . He could not see the end of the tunnel and at the same time did not see or sense any magic beasts .
‘Wait, since this is the System’s territory, should it be “monsters” and not “magic beasts”?’
Eh, in the end, they were both dangerous beings .
There was one difference in this place compared to the normal cave Dungeons . The cave’s walls were decorated with torches, placed evenly across the path .
‘Torches instead of glowing rocks . Hmm . . . ’
The torches were not an effective source of light . Even if there were many of them, it was not enough to completely illuminate the dark tunnel . As such, the flickering light produced many shadows here and there . The combination of the shadows and the silence produced a very dreary atmosphere compared to a normal Dungeon .
‘Well, I don’t have any problems seeing . ’
What bothered him was the impact it had on his mood .
Jinwoo went over and removed the closest torch from the wall . The way forward became slightly brighter .
‘This is better . ’
Jinwoo smiled in satisfaction . He took a brief look behind him, then started forward again, torch in hand .
How long did he walk in this straight path?
After some time, he finally came across a turn . Around the corner, he felt several presences .
‘Finally . ’
He carefully dropped the torch on the ground .
In the place of the torch, his right hand now held a dagger . He briefly considered using ‘Stealth’ to gain a preemptive advantage but decided to conserve his mana; potions could not be used after all . If he carelessly spent his mana, he might not be able to use a skill in a pivotal moment .
‘ . . . They’re coming this way . ’
Jinwoo hugged the wall with his back, then waited for the enemies to come around the corner .
A metallic sound rang while they were walking towards him . The sound came closer and closer .
At the rambunctious sound, Jinwoo wondered,
‘Are they holding some sort of a chain weapon?’
He was curious but did not worry . He would find out in a moment .
‘5, 4, 3 . ’
He held his dagger in a reverse grip and held his breath . He did not want the sound of his breathing to be heard .
‘2, 1 . ’
clang, clang .
Finally, their shadows appeared around the corner .
‘ . . . 0 . ’
As Jinwoo finished counting down, the thing showed itself . Jinwoo immediately went for its neck .
The sound of metal striking metal rang loudly . His dagger did not pierce the target .
Jinwoo was surprised . Confirming the identity of his enemy, he quickly backed way .
It was a knight equipped with a full set of armor . Even its face was covered by a helmet . Just in case, Jinwoo called toward it,
The knight reacted by charging toward Jinwoo .
clang, clang, clang!
The knight vigorously used his shoulders to try and tackle Jinwoo, but the Hunter easily twisted his body to dodge the attack . The knight could not stop its momentum and ran forward for a bit before stopping .
After expanding his sense a bit more, Jinwoo was sure . The knight did not have a heartbeat . It was a magic beast, or rather, a monster that he had never seen before . To think that there’d be a monster covered from head to toe in armor .
It was almost as if he was fighting another human .
The knight turned around and unsheathe the sword at its side . As Jinwoo thought, it had no intention of letting him leave alive . Confirming each other’s hostility, Jinwoo’s eyes became a level sharper .
Your movement speed is increased by 40% .
The first to strike would be the victor!
Before the knight could reach him, Jinwoo entered its range first .
The Hunter dodged its panicked swing and stabbed its armor here and there .
But he could not do any damage .
‘The armor’s too thick . ’
Not only that, it could almost be described as slippery . His dagger helplessly slid off and was deflected everytime he struck the armor . The knight swung its sword in a horizontal line .
Jinwoo lowered his head to dodge . The blade of the sword passed just inches above his head . As its attack was powerful, the opening created after missing was equally huge . Jinwoo did not miss the opportunity . Still in melee range, Jinwoo focused all of his power into his dagger .
The dagger pierced through the armor .
‘Did it work?’
However, as if it didn’t do any damage, the knight ignored the dagger sticking out of its side and brought down the sword in a vertical line .
Jinwoo threw his body backwards .
Sparks flew from the ground the sword struck .
“ . . . ”
Jinwoo straightened himself after taking few steps back . Casaka’s Poisoned Fang was still stuck to the knight’s side .
Jinwoo clicked his tongue .
‘He’s not exactly strong . ’
It was true . Because of its armor, the knight was slow . Not only that, its attack pattern was rather simple . The primary obstacle was its tough resistance to bladed weapons .
Jinwoo rolled up his sleeves .
‘If it’s a tough armor a blade can’t get through, I’ve already got some experience . ’
His maintained his composure . He recalled the scales of a boss that effortlessly broke a magic power infused steel sword . He remembered how he took down that giant snake .
‘Compared to Casaka, this bastard’s nothing…’
Thinking of the first boss he ever won against, Jinwoo smiled in nostalgia .
clang, clang, clang!
The knight, confident in its armor, charged at Jinwoo once more .
‘As expected, it’s not that smart . ’
Jinwoo easily dodged the knight’s shoulder tackle and maneuvered behind its back and put it in a headlock .
Of course, its neck was also armored; it probably would not be choked just by this .
Jinwoo’s arms flexed and showed their veins . He was not trying to choke the knight . He clenched his teeth, and his eyes flared open .
With a sickening sound, the helmet was removed . This was the power of the strength stat that had reached above 100 . Having lost its head, the knight knelt to the ground .
You’ve defeated the Knight .
The welcoming sight of a message signaled the end of the fight . While there was a light indicating a drop coming from the knight’s corpse, Jinwoo was focused on something else .
‘What the, it’s empty?’
There was no head in the helmet he was holding . He also looked inside the kneeling armor but found it just as empty .
‘Then was I fighting with a moving armor?’
As he reached that conclusion, two more knights appeared around the corner . It appeared that they had finally realized that there was a fight going on .
clang, clang .
Having discovered Jinwoo, the two knights took out their swords in unison .
Jinwoo threw aside the helmet and stretched his neck and shoulders . He knew the method of defeating them now .
‘Shall we begin?’
clang, clang, clang, clang!
Jinwoo smiled at the approaching knights .
The quest was going smoothly so far .
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