Solo Leveling Novel, Chapter 55
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Shadow Storage (Lv . 1)  Class-specific Skill Mana Cost: 0 Absorb the Shadow Soldiers into the user’s shadow for storage . The stored soldiers can be freely summoned and reabsorbed by the user . Stored Shadows: 0 / 20
‘As I thought . ’
Jinwoo nodded . Before he had checked the description, he had surmised that the “storage” in its name meant that the skill would allow him to manage the soldiers somehow . However, there was one thing he did not expect .
‘The limit is…’
The limits of the storage was smaller than the limits of the summoning . While he could make 30 soldiers, he could only store 20 of them . That meant that he would have to get rid of 10 more .
‘Well that sucks . ’
It would be like biting of one of his fingers . Even getting rid of just one soldier was painful, and now he had to get rid of 10 of them .
With a heavy heart, Jinwoo looked over his army . Of course, Ygritte and the mages would be excluded from selection . That would leave the infantry . He decided to pick the 10 soldiers furthest away this time .
‘I’m sorry . ’
Jinwoo briefly prayed for their souls .
The soldiers he selected became dust and scattered . Compared to the first time, the regret that he felt was lessened . They say humans can get used to anything .
Jinwoo looked at the remaining soldiers and used ‘Shadow Storage’ .
At the activation of the skill, Ygritte and the Shadow Soldiers melted like ice into flat shadows . Then, their shadows flowed over to Jinwoo and entered his own shadow .
‘So this is what the skill meant by absorbing them…!’
It was exactly as described by the skill; his army was absorbed into his shadow . It all happened in a blink of an eye . The shadow army was nowhere to be seen .
‘ . . . Even after seeing it…’
Jinwoo looked at his shadow with amazement . In that moment, the System rang .
You’ve tried out all the class-specific skills . The class advancement is now complete . The exit will now be created .
‘Is it finally over…?’
It was a long and tough road . Jinwoo took one last look around the Dungeon . The traces of combat littered the area .
Broken knights . Cracked walls . The destroyed pillar .
And the one who destroyed the pillar, the iron golem, which was now a pile of broken armor .
But his trials had resulted in many great boons .
New class and skills .
A powerful army .
A smile appeared on Jinwoo’s face . He turned around without a lingering thought . The gate to the real world waited for him . Jinwoo stepped through .
He returned to the clearing in the forest . It was the same spot he had first entered the quest’s Dungeon . The time was 5 AM . The sun would be rising soon .
Oh right .
Jinwoo looked at his watch and kicked himself in his mind .
‘If I knew I was going to take this long, I should’ve let Jinah know . ’
Fortunately, he had been late in the past due to the Association’s Raids .
Jinwoo looked behind him . The gate that he left from had disappeared without a trace .
Looking at the empty clearing, everything that had happened felt like a dream .
Wait, a dream?
No, no way .
Jinwoo looked around .
Soldiers clad in pitch black surrounded him . The Shadow Soldiers had come out the moment he thought of them in his head .
‘ . . . ’
At first, he thought of them as monsters .
Shadow Soldiers .
Monsters that were called from the shadows of the dead . If they were monsters, what do you call the being that can freely create and control them? Jinwoo smiled,
‘Well, it doesn’t matter…’
He recalled the soldiers into his shadow again .
The road home felt as easy as walking downhill .
Jinwoo slept for a long time . He could not help it . The moment he had lied down in his bed, the day was already bright .
What woke him was the ringing of his phone . He managed to grab it with much difficulty . Jinwoo answered the phone with his eyes still closed .
His tired voice cracked a bit .
– “What the… Oppa, are you still sleeping? Do you know what time it is?!”
Jinah asked with surprise from the other end, so Jinwoo asked .
“What time is it…”
– “It’s 2 PM!”
Jinwoo peaked at the phone through a crack in his eyes . She was right .
– “Oppa, you do remember that you have to come to the school today, right?”
Her voice was filled with concern . This made Jinwoo finally sit-up on the bed .
“When do I have to be there by?”
“Alright, I won’t be late . Don’t worry . ”
– “As expected of my brother! Call me when you get here!”
Jinah cutely ended the call .
Jinwoo scratched his head and slowly got up . He could probably make it if he got ready now .
‘Still, I’m about to go see my little sister’s teacher . ’
On top of that, it was for the parent/guardian meeting for a highschool senior . They say this was one of the most important meetings of a child’s life .
‘I can’t go looking like this . ’
He went over and looked through his wardrobe . A musty scent filled his nose; it was not exactly a good smell . Jinwoo’s forehead wrinkled . The most suitable thing he found was the old suit that he had worn for his graduation .
‘Can I wear this?’
He tried it on, but it did not fit . The suit was too small for his body .
‘Man, my body really grew . ’
Trying on his old clothes was a sure way to tell . The suit felt like it was about to rip apart over him .
. . . Now what?
While wondering what he could wear, Jinwoo’s eyes fell on the bankbook that Yoo Jinho had given him . It contained the magic core income from their Raids . Looking back and forth between the old suit and the bankbook, a smile crept up on Jinwoo’s face .
‘It’s been a while . Shall I go shopping?’
However, there was something small he had to check . Wait, not small, something big . Jinwoo took off the suit and sat down on his bed and opened up the status screen .
‘Status screen . ’
An information box filled a bunch of words filled his view .
Name: Sung Jinwoo Level: 51 Class: Monarch of Shadows Title: Wolf Slayer ( . . . 1 more) HP: 11,035 MP: 1,022 Fatigue: 0 Stats Strength: 132 Constitution: 91 Agility: 111 Intelligence: 70 Sense: 93 (Available stat points: 10) Physical Damage Reduction: 46% Skills Passive Skills -(Unknown) (Lv . Max) -Unyielding Spirit (Lv . 1) -Advanced Dagger Proficiency (Lv . 1) Active Skills -Sprint (Lv . 2) -Bloodlust (Lv . 1) -Stealth (Lv . 1) -Vital Stab (Lv . 2) -Dagger Throw (Lv . 1) Class-specific Skills Active Skills -Shadow Extraction (Lv . 1) -Shadow Storage (Lv . 1) Equipment Red Knight’s Helmet (S) Gatekeeper’s Necklace (A) High-level Knight’s Breastplate (B) High-level Knight’s Gauntlet (B) High-level Mage’s Ring (B) Mid-level Assassin’s Shoes (C)
Jinwoo stuck out a tongue at the status screen that went on and on .
‘I feel like only few days ago this was nearly empty . ’
It was true . But now, just the skills and equipment alone had increased greatly . Above all else, what stood out to him was his new class .
Class: Monarch of Shadows
Just yesterday, this spot was decorated with word, “none” . To be honest, everytime he opened his status screen, that “none” bothered him . A Hunter that didn’t Raid was basically an unemployed bum . At least, that’s how society viewed them . So when he looked at his status screen before and saw that he had no class(job), it struck a chord in his mind . Now, he could not hide his joy in looking at the newly filled part of his status screen .
‘Is this what they call an inferiority complex?’
Of course, having “none” in that section didn’t mean that he didn’t have a job in real life . Still, it reminded him of his past . Other Hunters raided and earned a ton of money without paying attention to the eyes of the world . He was the not the same . He could not even proudly claim that he was a Hunter . After all, he was a mere E-ranker who could barely hold onto his own life .
“Hello, I’m an E-rank Hunter . ”
Every time those words escaped his mouth, anyone who knew anything about Hunters would praise him for his hard work but go on to mock him behind his back . That’s why not having a class bothered him, despite how illogical it was .
But now, he had obtained a job, or rather something special . His job was still a Hunter, but in a way, he had obtained a special calling called the “Monarch of Shadows” .
‘Even if it’s not exactly what I was hoping for…’
He had no regrets . If anything, he was satisfied . If he wasn’t in his room, he would’ve summoned Ygritte and the Shadow Soldiers before him . Jinwoo really wanted to test out their capabilities in battle . What if they could bring out a 100% of their former powers?
‘Probably not . ’
But even imagining it made his heart race .
ba dum ba dum
Jinwoo stood still and felt his heartbeat . In his head, he was running simulations of his next Raid . Additionally, he was looking forward to Yoo Jinho’s reaction .
Imagining the young man’s face with wide open eyes and mouth, Jinwoo laughed despite of himself .
Hold on .
‘Now that I think about it . ’
If he was able to raise a dead target, and if that target was not limited to a monster or a magic beast…
‘I should be able to raise a soldier from a dead Hunter, right?’
It was obvious, but he had avoided the idea because a human was involved . To think that he would command an undead soldier from a dead man’s shadow . Just the idea shocked him .
‘What if I can raise an A-rank or a S-rank Hunter’s shadow?’
The power he would obtain would be beyond imagination . Even if the soldier could wield just 50% of their former powers, it would be enough for him to raid high-level Dungeons . The light racing of his heart turned to a full sprint .
BA DUM, BA DUM, BA DUM!
But Jinwoo shook his head .
‘Still, raising a human being into an undead is…’
It was not something that should be done . No matter how much it increased his powers, he wanted to avoid doing that . Unless someone appeared that truly deserved it…
‘Not that there are a lot of opportunities to fight another Hunter . ’
Even if an opportunity appeared, there was a philosophical problem . Humans were not monsters or magic beasts .
For now, he would be satisfied with the army on hand .
‘I did obtain a boss-level soldier too . ’
The Shadow Soldier who was level 7 and a knight grade . How powerful was he?
Jinwoo anticipated his next Raid .
Translator’s Notes:: Shadow Storage (그림자 저장): Same as extraction, pretty literal . “Shadow” 그림자 + “save/store/preserve” 저장
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