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Emperor of Solo Play - Chapter 74

Published at 28th of January 2017 09:13:54 PM


Chapter 74

Chapter 74 - Battlefield (1)


 

1 .  

[Battlefield] 

- Quest Rank : Rare 

- Quest Level Range : Over 80, Equal or below level 100 .  

- Quest Content : Battlefield . Please get rid of all the monsters across the Terube castle walls .  

- Quest Reward : The Reward changes depending on the number of monsters killed .

 

Hyrkan had a queer expression on his face as he looked at the content of the Quest .

‘I never expected to have the opportunity to run a Battlefield in this fashion . ’ 

Battlefield .  

The hunting content that exemplified Warlord after the the Boss Monster Raid was the Battlefield .

The Battlefield was a stage where the monsters would be crawling all over the place . Ordinarily, there was a standard castle wall, and the field across it was the stage for the Battlefield .  Only the skilled users acknowledged by the Subjugation Association was able to go into a Battlefield .  Hyrkan had received the Battlefield Admission Pass from Ahimbree, and it was a form of a ticket .  

‘It is a hellhole overflowing with money . ’ 

The Battlefield's regen system was turned up higher compared to a normal Dungeon or a field hunting ground .  There were a lot more monsters, and they appeared at a faster rate .  The monsters were endless even if one kept killing them .  Moreover, only the users who satisfied a prerequisite condition could go in .

It was basically a land overflowing with monsters .

Of course, it was dangerous .  However, the danger came with great EXP, and the reward was quite good .

If one performed well on the Battlefield, the Subjugation Association would acknowledge the player publicly .  The public notoriety one could gain wasn't comparable to the one gained through the Quests given by the Subjugation Association . Once one build one's reputation from the Subjugation Association, one could gather further titles, and later on one could gain authority within Warlord .  It wasn't a reward that could be ignored .

However, the fact that there was a lot of monsters wasn't why this hunting content was the most popular one after the Raids .  There was always an Event Quest attached to the Battlefield Quest .

The content of the Event Quest was usually about catching a certain monster .  If one was able to catch this specific monster, the Reward was quite significant .

'The jackpot Rewards appeared at a Battlefield for users over level 200 . . . .  It ranged from one thousand gold to the appearance of a Unique Item .  It was unexpectedly big time . '

On top of this, the Event Quest was given to multiple parties, and it happened simultaneously .

Naturally, there was a competition to catch the Boss Monster .

This was why this event was fun .  Usually, one had to wait one's turn when a Boss Monster appeared . That was the etiquette .  However, this concept was useless on the Battlefield .  One had to use every ways and means to kill the target monster on the Battlefield!  Basically, that was the rule .

It was a form of chaos allowed by Warlord .

Some users enjoyed the Battlefield fights more than the Boss Monster Raids .

This was a stage that suited Hyrkan's style .  Unexpectedly, Hyrkan hadn't participated much on the  Battlefield stage . One had to gain a reputation, complete tasks, and be acknowledged for one's skill by the Subjugation  Association .  Only then would one be able to gain a pass into the Battlefield .  The Hahoe Mask Guild had mainly focused on Boss Monster Raids, so of course, he didn't have much opportunity to do this .

‘This will be fun . ’ 

This was the reason why Hyrkan had a queer expression on his face .

This would be fun, However, he also knew that he hadn't been able to do this in the past, because he hadn’t been in a situation where he could compete in this battle .

Of course, this wasn't a stage for users, who soloed .  The basic party structures numbered between 5 to 7 members on the Battlefield .  On the very large Battlefield stage, one could create a party up to 30 members .  Of course, that was an exception to the rule .

Basically, Hyrkan had to go up against 7 member parties . It wouldn't be easy .

As mentioned before, the Battlefield didn't have any rules .  It was quite common to see PKs .


If it was the old Hyrkan, he would have dispassionately made a decision, and he would have ripped the Battlefield Admission Ticket into pieces .

However, the current Hyrkan was different .

‘Below level 100 . . . ’ 

Hyrkan would enter a Battlefield where the users would be between level 80 and level 100 .

‘At least, there won’t be a lot of users here, who went through the 1st Promotion . ’ 

It says up to level 100, so there might be some users who went through the promotion already .  They'll be hard to deal with, but the users below that level won't be too hard to deal with if he was being honest . Moreover, he had earned the proof of the Secret Society .  Hyrkan's battle capability was amazing .

‘It won't be easy, but it isn't impossible . ’ 

Moreover, Warlord users were romantics .

The act of soloing a Boss Raid Monster, or soloing the Battlefield also fell into this sense of romanticism .

Of course, if the outcome was favorable, one could also expect a tidy profit from the footage .

‘Anyways, I can't immediately go to the Urugal mountain range right now, and I need more money . ’ 

It wasn't too hard for Hyrkan to make his decision .

 

2 .  

“You want me to get rid of the Hahoe Mask?” 

A greasy, slow and inarticulate voice flowed into Heh-bibin's ear .  

- Yes . I beg of you .

The main character of the voice was Apollo's guild master, Apollo .  His voice made Heh-bibin feel uncomfortable .

“The Hahoe Mask…… What's the reason?” 

- He insulted our guild .

Heh-bibin, who had been listening to Apollo's story, had to stop himself from laughing at Apollo in ridicule .

‘Insulted? What a joke . ’ 

Apollo guild was the one disgracing the Apollo guild .  They were doing it to themselves . They put strength above all else, and they basically acted with poor manner .  How could such a guild be insulted any further?  That was the real question here .

However, Heh-bibin only showed his true feeling through his expression .  He didn't say it out loud .

‘I guess I've gone as far as I can go . ’ 

Normally,when Apollo brought such requests, he would give various reasons or no reason at all when he firmly turned down Apollo .

Big Smile Guild was one of the 30 great guild, and Heh-bibin was one of the officers in that guild .  If he personally helped out the Apollo Guild, wouldn't he be inviting trouble by doing so? 

The problem right now was the current situation .

‘I can't believe I have to think about this right now . ’ 

Big Smile wasn't in a good state right now .

From Heh-bibin's perspective, he couldn't ignore the money given by Apollo, but it wasn't enough to put his life on the line .  The important element here was Apollo's father . He needed a closer tie to Apollo's father . His father wasn't that amazing, but he possessed enough wealth to easily drop a sponsor contract worth a million dollar .

Moreover, his father ran a company that was well-known within China . Truthfully, the name of the company was more important than the money .  If they could get a sponsorship from that company, the guild would get recognition, and trust .

‘The Hahoe Mask…… . ’ 

If it was a reasonable request, he would have accepted the request .


If only the mark wasn't the Hahoe mask .

‘It'll be difficult . ’ 

Currently, all the relevant people in the 30 great guilds knew about the Hahoe Mask .  He was that hot right now . If he could make a cameo in a broadcast, one could easily get a million viewers .  Of course, it was possible to get more than that .  The 30 great guilds, and the rest of the guilds was trying hard to contact him .

If Apollo Guild took care of him by accepting the request of the Apollo guild, the Big Smile Guild wouldn't receive any good publicity .  Big Smile already had a negative public impression, and they didn't need to pour gasoline on top of it .  

Heh-bibin thought hard on it once again .

Then he gave his answer .

'I can't afford to move any of our forces to catch the Hahoe Mask . '

If he wanted to track down and kill the Hahoe mask, he would need a significant amount of manpower and effort to succeed .  If he made it the business of the Big Smile guild, it would be child's play .  However, that option wasn't possible .  In the end, Heh-bibin had to move his personal troops and his personal guards, but they were woefully inadequate for this task . It was easy to kill him, but the finding the Hahoe Mask was the hard part .

Heh-bibin opened his mouth .

“I'm sorry .  The guild is in a tough place right now .  Moreover, I can’t do anything unless I know the the exact location of the Hahoe Mask . ” 

Refusal .  

- Please I beg of you . Big Smile doesn't have to put their name out there .  If you can catch that bastard, I will pay you what the task is worth .

However, Apollo didn't stop .  He kept up his entreaties .  At his request, Heh-bibin eventually came to a compromise .

“Big Smile can't move to capture the Hahoe Masked .  However, I can use various individuals to look for the Hahoe Mask .  We'll talk again once I find him . ” 

Even as he spoke, Heh-bibin thought there was a very low probability he'll be able to find the Hahoe-mask .  If it was easy to meet the Hahoe Mask, the 30 great guild wouldn't have to go all over looking for him .

However, it didn't take him too long to change his mind .

 

3 .  

The high castle walls made one think about a modern building .  It stretched out to the sides, and it was hard to see the end with the naked eye . Hyrkan's expression hardened when he saw the existence of the castle wall from afar .

‘This is the first time I'm visiting the Terube castle walls . ’ 

The wall he was looking at was named Terube .  It was located north of the Bangtz castle, which Hyrkan had visited earlier .  It was like a Maginot line that blocked the group of monsters from moving towards the south .

On top of that, no one had broke ground above the castle walls .  There was a Block Field formed over it .

This was why there was a lot of interest in this place .  What was the method to break the Block Field?  If the Block field was broken and the monsters were killed, what was across this place?

‘If I remember correctly, the Frozen Kingdom is across this place?’ 

Of course, Hyrkan knew about it .

Across this castle wall, there was a frozen kingdom if one kept traveling that way .  It was a stage set up for users over level 200 .  Hyrkan had nothing to do with that stage in the past .  

‘The Stormhunter bastards took everything from the Frozen Kingdom . . . .  Shit . . . ’ 

When he thought about the memories regarding the Frozen Kingdom, he fought down the bitter smile that formed on his face .  Hyrkan swallowed his bitter memory .  He moved towards the keeper's office, one had to always visit, if one wanted to go across the castle walls .

The keeper's office already had a lot of visitors .  Numerous users were gathered there .  Of course, most of them were around level 80 .

“Mmm?” 

“Uh?” 

The users recognized Hyrkan's style of clothes .  They realized the presence of Hyrkan by his Shadow Dog leather set and the Hahoe Mask he wore .

“Is that the Hahoe Mask?” 

“Really?” 


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“Wasn't the Hahoe Mask at the Parung Forest?  Why would a person, who was at the Parung Forest, come north to the Terube castle walls?  Doesn’t it take a very long time to make the round trip?” 

The atmosphere was becoming unsettled .

“Why else do you think he came here?  He came to run the Battlefield . ” 

The unsettled atmosphere soon turned to nervousness .  There was only one reason why a user would come here .

The Battlefield! 

There was no other reasons .  The only users capable of crossing the castle walls were those, who had received the Battlefield Pass .  Normal users could do nothing here, and not even the merchants came to this place .

If Hyrkan was here, he was probably at this location for the same reason as them .

He came here to run the Battlefield, and it would start soon .

“A really incredible competitor has shown up . ” 

“Is he going to run it by himself?” 

“He caught the Bear Warrior by himself, so it's quite possible he might solo the Battlefield . ” 

“Remember when he caught the Golden Skeleton?  The Hahoe Mask will be a very formidable competitor . ” 

It basically meant an incredible competitor had appeared . This was the cause of their nervousness .

The users' expression changed .  It was the expression made when looking at a rival .  Their expression wasn't that great as they stared at the very difficult competitor .  They frowned as their eyes narrowed .  Some even expressed their displeasure .

Hyrkan put on a slight smile as he looked at their expressions .

‘This will be fun . . ’ 

Hyrkan used to feel such feelings of wariness dierected at him everyday .

This level of wariness was laughable .  When he was with the Stormhunters, he had gone head to head with the 30 great guilds .  If he was someone, who would become afraid from seeing users of similar level put up their guard, he wouldn't have started a war in the first place .

Of course, not everyone was looking at Hyrkan that way .  Several users greeted Hyrkan, who was famous in Warlord .

“Aren't you the Hahoe Mask?” 

“Yes . ” 

“I've enjoyed looking at your videos . ” 

“Thank you . ” 

“Are you here to run the Battlefield?” 

“Yes . ” 

“Do you think I can take a photo with you?” 

“Of course . ” 

People stuck to Hyrkan to take a evidence photo . Not all people played this game by devoting their whole life to it .  There were more users playing this game for fun than those who put their lives on the line .  For these people, it was a fun experience where they were able to meet a famous player like Hyrkan .

However, there was a gaze looking at Hyrkan that fell into a third category .

‘Why is the guy Heh-bibin hyung-nim was talking about at this location?’ 

The user stealthily covered the round smiley face mark on his chest .

This man was in the third category unlike the people in the other two categories .

 


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4 .  

Hyrkan was about to take his 5th evidence photo when a short man wearing large armor appeared .

“Attention!” 

The armor looked burdensome on the man .  The man was the captain keeper of the Terube  castle walls .  His name was Bagel .

He appeared as he spoke in a loud voice .  The man continued to speak without taking the stock of the mood around him .

“I won't give you a long speech . ” 

The words he spat out was stiff, yet his voice was slight and beautiful .  It was as if a sweet boy was trying to put on a serious front .  Several female users had a queer smile on their face .  It seemed Bagel was their type .

However, none of the users acted out of turn at Bagel's words .  No one did' anything strange .  Nothing good would come from antagonizing a NPC in Warlord .  These users were over level 80, so they were well aware of this fact .

Bagel continued to speak without any difficulty .

“Each of the warriors here have been acknowledged by the Subjugation Association .  At the same time, we recruited you here, so you can use your abilities to your heart's content .  This is why I will open the castle gate for you guys . "

Everyone nodded their head, and Bagel continued his speech .

“The castle gates will open 144 hours later after it is opened once .  During that time, all you have to do is fight .  Kill the monsters .  There is nothing else .  The more you kill the more befitting the reward will be . ” 

Reward! 

It was a sweet word, but none of the users reacted to that word .  Instead, everyone waited for Bagel's next words .

‘I don't want to know that .  Tell us the other part . ’ 

‘Tell us the event . ’ 

Everyone gathered here already knew about the reward .  They wanted something else .

“Also, there is a monster tormenting the keepers of castle wall .  The person, who’s able to kill it, will receive a personal reward from me . ” 

It happened when Bagel spat out those words .

 

[Event Quest 'Blue Giant' is starting] 

 

The new quest was starting .

The users finally let out a smile .  Everyone had come here to receive this quest .  They had come to the Battlefield for this reason .

“Each of you are responsible for your own lives . ” 

Bagel let those words linger, and he turned his back towards the group .  The moment Bagle turned his back, everyone predictably looked at the watch on their left wrist .

Everyone reacted at the same time .

“Uh?” 

“Huh!” 

“Wa!” 

Hyrkan also let out a yell .

“Wow . ” 

The reason for the reaction was . . .  

‘The Quest Reward is a Unique Skill Book?  Crazy!’ 

This battlefield had a jackpot item on the line .



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