Solo Leveling Novel, Chapter 70
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Next morning, Jinwoo went straight to Daesung Tower .
‘Man, it’s still so tall . ’
A skyscraper with a hundred floors . Standing near it, you’d have to strain your neck to look up to the top .
‘There are a lot of people here today . ’
Compared to the last time he had come here, there were a lot more people around . Guess that was the literal difference between night and day . Whether it was the lobby, entrance or the sidewalk, people came and went nonstop .
‘Man, if I just disappeared into thin air like last time, it’ll cause quite a commotion . ’
There were already many eyes looking for him because of this so-called “unknown helper” incident . Was there a need for him to reveal himself and purposely attract attention?
‘Of course not . ’
Jinwoo did not enjoy having attention focused on him . He walked over to a hidden corner and took out the Demon Castle Key . It was a slender, golden key . At a casual glance, it was clearly nonfunctional .
‘No one’s looking, right?’
Jinwoo looked around and nodded .
‘Time to go . ’
The Hunter used the ‘Stealth’ skill .
The invisible man came out of his hiding spot then made his way through the crowd to the building . Because of how packed the streets were, he couldn’t avoid bumping into few people here and there, but none of them paid any mind .
‘Man, this skill can be used for some really bad things . ’
No wonder high-rankers with ‘Stealth’ were under a lot of surveillance .
In the meantime, he passed through the invisible threshold into a completely different world .
‘If I can hear the flames from here, just how hot is it?’
Jinwoo looked up at the massive tower on fire . It stood where Daesung Tower was moments ago . The Demon Castle nearly filled his entire vision . Still, they say humans can get used to anything .
‘Feels less oppressive than last time . ’
Indeed, Jinwoo’s anxiousness was practically nonexistent this time .
‘It’s because I’ve grown that much . ’
Jinwoo returned the golden Demon Castle Key to the inventory then took out a gray key .
Castle Gate Key Rarity: A-rank Type: Key It is the key to the Demon Castle’s gates . Obtained after killing the Gatekeeper .
It was what he obtained after killing the watchdog, Cerberus . He was unable to use it in the past, having just barely defeated Cerberus . Now, he would finally enter the castle . Next, he took out his weapon . Baruka’s Tanto in his right hand, the gate key in his left, Jinwoo carefully walked towards the castle gate . Curiously, he did not see Cerberus .
‘Do monsters not respawn in the Demon Castle Dungeon?’
Might be just limited to the dog, but there was a strong possibility that it was a special rule of this place .
‘If that’s the case…’
The interiors might be a little different than the Instant Dungeons where monsters respawned . Jinwoo sharply focused his senses .
BA DUM BA DUM BA DUM!
Because of the sense stat that had reached over a hundred, focusing his senses made his own heartbeat sound like thunder .
‘But I am not afraid . ’
Compared to the past, what he felt now was not fear but an overwhelming confidence resulting from his power . Maintaining a sharpness and being afraid were two completely different things .
A message appeared in front of the castle door .
Would you like to use the Castle Gate Key and enter? (Y/N)
‘No, miss System, I’ll just turn back and go home . ’
Jinwoo laughed at the stupid question and selected “Yes” .
He had not touched the door, but the giant gates swung open on their own .
Jinwoo was taken back . Even though his senses were focused, he did not sense any monsters past the doors .
He had prepared for the exact opposite . His worst case scenario visioned a scene where a ton of monsters jumped him the moment he opened the door . It was this pessimistic thought that had carried him to the penalty zone for training .
Just what was this? It seemed like his efforts were in vain . The inside of the castle was almost pathetically devoid of any monsters’ presence .
‘Huh… What now?’
With a disappointed feeling, Jinwoo returned Baruka’s Tanto to the inventory and stepped into the Demon Castle . As these things usually go, that first step into the area triggered the response .
Jinwoo reflexively called his two daggers to his hands in a flash .
‘What! What is it?!’
A quest has arrived .
And it’s not the daily quest? Well that would’ve been weird; he had already made sure to complete the daily quest before coming here . Then this must be… just a quest .
This was the first time he had received “just” a quest .
‘Every other quest up until now was hidden, emergency or something . ’
Jinwoo checked the quest with a tilted head .
Ordinary Quest: Collect the Demon Souls! Part 1 The Demon Castle is full of demons . Please hunt them and collect their souls to earn a special reward . Normal demons contain only one soul, but the upper floors will have demons with multiple souls . Quest Requirement: Enter the Demon Castle Quest Goal: Demon Souls 0 / 10,000 Rewards: Pick one item from every item possible Stat points +20 Unknown Reward
20 Stat points! As always, the first thing that grabbed Jinwoo’s attention was the stat point reward .
‘I can raise my intelligence by 20!’
He could not help but smile . The disadvantages of low mana could not be understated .
‘I need a ton of mana to keep my soldiers regenerating . ’
And mana wasn’t the only benefit of the intelligence stat . Jinwoo was finally able to learn that as his intelligence increased, the number of shadows he could extract and store increased as well . Because of all this, increasing his intelligence was urgent .
‘There’s a limit with just level-ups and daily quests…’
If he could earn 20 bonus stats through the quest, it would take care of a large problem .
Jinwoo looked up from the stat reward .
“Pick one item from every item possible”
Just the bonus stats were an insane reward, then there was this .
‘Really? Every item possible?’
Jinwoo remembered the absolute highest-class equipments from the shop .
‘There were even…’
S-rank equipment that cost billions, some even tens of billions, of gold . Jinwoo looked at Knight Killer in his left hand . This powerful dagger cost nearly three million gold, and he was still using it .
‘If a B-rank dagger costing nearly three million is this good, just how good are the S-rank daggers costing tens of billions?’
He became curious . Looking at just the first and second rewards, even ignoring the unknown third reward, this was an incredible quest .
‘Considering the rewards, taking down few monsters will be as easy as eating-’
Because Jinwoo’s eyes fell on the quest rewards first, he had not taken a closer look at the quest goal . The man finally looked at the number of zeros and was shocked .
Jinwoo could not help but exclaim loudly . This was not just “taking down few monsters” .
‘It’s really, really not an ordinary quest . ’
No matter what kind of monsters these demons were, killing ten thousand of them would be an ordeal . However, the Hunter smiled widely .
‘That is… if I was alone . ’
The current number of soldiers was 50 . They each just had to take down 200 demons . Yes, with those soldiers, this quest would be doable .
Would you like to accept the quest?
‘Of course . ’
There was no way he would refuse .
You’ve accepted the quest .
If he failed, the “penalty” would be just the wasted time .
‘Compared the penalty of those other quests… bleh…’
His life was on the line for the Class Advancement Quest and the Emergency Quests . Compared to those, this was truly a blessed quest . Jinwoo raised his head,
‘So that’s going to keep track of my progress?’
The moment he accepted the quest, a counter appeared in the air .
Collected Demon Souls: 0 / 10,000
‘10,000… This’ll be a long road . ’
With the numbers he imagined in his head actually visualized, Jinwoo chuckled in disbelief . Suddenly, he discovered another counter to the left to the souls counter .
Exp . to Next Level: 60,000
The holographic letters clearly displayed a number, and it was telling him that he would level up once he filled that number .
‘Am I finally able to see my experience?’
But he was Level 61 . 61 didn’t particularly seem like a milestone level for something like this to happen . Not only that, Jinwoo didn’t see such a counter before heading into the Demon Castle .
Jinwoo took a step back and exited the Demon Castle . With that, both the soul counter and the experience counter disappeared . When he went back in, the two counters returned as if they were always there .
‘Looks like it’s only for the Demon Castle . ’
It was a shame he wouldn’t be able to see the experience counter on the outside, but it would surely be convenient while he was in here . On the other hand,
‘Does that mean it’ll take that long to conquer this place?’
That was certainly a possibility . Jinwoo pored over the details of the quest once more, then closed the message box .
‘Think I got the details down . ’
Finally, it would be time to explore the interiors of the Demon Castle .
A ruined city lay before his eyes . Unexpectedly, it was another field-type Dungeon .
‘Where is this? Is this Seoul?’
Perhaps if everyone in Seoul died and a hundred years passed, it might look like this . A lifeless city faded to gray . Few street lights flickered on and off here and there .
‘To think that it’d be another field-type Dungeon…’
On top of that, it was using the great city of Seoul as its base . Next to the Instant Dungeons that used a subway station or a mall as their base, this was incomparable . Jinwoo’s eyes narrowed .
‘Where do I go first?’
Where was the goal? Jinwoo looked over here and there . Thankfully, he did not have to wonder for too long . From a distance, where Namsan Tower should’ve been, a giant pillar of light stood in its place .
‘Let’s try over there . ’
Jinwoo started heading towards the direction . In case he got lost, he carefully remembered the area where the castle gate was . However, he did not go too far when he was interrupted,
“Kik kik . ”
“Kikikik . ”
Small monsters crawled out from between the buildings here and there .
Jinwoo read the dark red names above their heads and understood what they were .
‘They look like…’
If the gargoyle magic beasts had wings, it would look just like them . There were eight of them . Jinwoo smiled .
‘Got eight souls . ’
One of the demons sported Baruka’s Tanto out of its forehead .
You’ve defeated a Low-level Demon . You’ve earned 100 experience points . You’ve earned 1 Demon Soul .
While they were distracted by their fallen comrade, Jinwoo quickly ran over and removed another’s head .
You’ve defeated a Low-level Demon . You’ve earned 100 experience points . You’ve earned 1 Demon Soul .
These things gave a hundred experience points each .
‘And I need 60,000 experience points to level-up…’
Defeating 600 of these low-level demons should level him up . The remaining demons fell quickly .
Current souls at 8 . Experienced gained was 800 .
‘Not a bad start . ’
A marathon starts with just a few steps . Jinwoo’s eyes sparkled, looking for the next prey .
Baekho Guild . Guildmaster’s Office .
After being busy for the past few days, Baek Yoonho was going through the documents and reports that he had been neglecting .
He picked up the phone .
– “Guildmaster, Hunter Min Byunggu-nim is calling . Would you like me to connect?”
“Yes, please . ”
– “Alright . ”
A moment later, a familiar voice came from the receiver .
– “Baek hyung, why is your cellphone off?”
Baek Yoonho sighed deeply,
“Because of those damn reporters . I’m going dark until this damn story dies down . ”
– “Oh, yeah, that! Red Gate! I saw the news from Japan . Hyung, you look pretty good on the TV . ”
“Don’t test me . I’m not in the mood to joke around . Once I find who leaked that story, I’m going to just…”
– “Don’t worry about that too much, hyung . That story’s going to get pushed over by a big news soon . ”
“A big news? From Japan?”
– “Yeah . The problem is worse than we thought . It’s going to make waves in Korea soon . ”
“Why? What happened?”
A week ago, Japan secretly contacted the Korean Hunter Association and the large Guilds of South Korea . They were informed that Japan needed a consultation with Korea’s Hunters . And so, several Hunters representing Korea headed over to Japan for a meeting . Min Byunggu was one of those Hunters . Baek Yoonho had been curious about the matter,
“Stop messing around and spill it . This is the first time those Japanese bastards asked for our advice on something . Just what’s going on over there that could rattle those arrogant fucks?” 
– “Baek hyung, you remember the ants of Jeju Island, right?”
An S-rank Gate underwent a Dungeon Break four years ago on Jeju Island . The Dungeon was populated by ant type magic beasts . South Korea had attempted to reclaim the island three times . They failed three times . Eventually, the government gave up on the jewel of Korea, and Jeju Island became the land of the magic beasts .
“How could I forget? I almost died during one of the reclamation efforts . ”
– “There’s been a development in that area . ”
“Development? Who the hell cares . Let them kill and eat each other on that island . ”
The voice on the phone became filled with worry and continued,
– “They discovered a corpse of a winged ant on the coast of Japan . ” 
: Oh, here it is . The actual confirmation that intelligence increased his maximum shadows .
: Err, in case anyone’s uncomfortable with the rather blatant racism, the relationship between Korean and Japan, especially for older folks, is not that good .
: In the next arc of SoloxLeveling, we’ll be visiting the Chimera Ant Island ?
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