Chapter 79. Tomb of the Awakened (7)
Heading up the stairs, I could see the hallway again. Large frames with unknown figures, countless doors clinging to the walls like parasites, carpets on the floor, and spooky decorations.
If I had to pick the most noticeable thing among them, it would be the grand doors locked behind the bars.
This dungeon, which consisted of a large mansion, did not match its name of <Tomb of the Awakened>. It had a strong boss compared to the weak monsters that appeared so far. And that boss was just beyond these bars.
Lee Myung-won, who was shaking the bars, slowly frowned.
“I think we’ll have to cut it. Baek Tae-beom-ssi, can you help me?”
Baek Tae-beom slowly took out his sword. And I was then sure.
[Sword of the Lowly D+]
[It’s a bit chipped, but its shape is of a proper sword. New skills may be acquired when used. (Cannot duplicate)
The energy of the red mist hovers over the sword. More powerful attacks can be created.]
“It’s a really old thing, yet you still have it?”
Having heard my words, Baek Tae-beom, who was about to swing the sword, flinched and stopped moving. He then looked back at me as he smiled softly.
“Hyung gave it to me.”
“…then, good luck I guess.”
Baek Tae-beom, who was still smiling calmly at my words, strode toward the bars. He swung his sword.
A huge wind pressure passed by us. The moment I reflexively covered my face, a large thud resounded throughout the hallway, and when I looked up, the bars were split in half and had fallen to the floor.
Did you just cut that with a D+ weapon?
I touched the bars, thinking if they were soft like tofu, but unfortunately, they were made of perfect steel. Lee Myung-won had a nonchalant expression on his face, and Kang Si-hoo didn’t say anything as he was exhausted.
“Please praise me.”
I couldn’t help but panic as Baek Tae-beom leaned his head forward first. I gently stroked his hair messily, making it a mess, but he pulled the corners of his mouth upwards as if he were satisfied with such behavior.
I slowly started to wonder whether or not I was talking to a dog.
“There’s a keyhole over there.”
Lee Myung-won said as he looked at the door slowly. As he said, there was a hole in the middle of the door engraved in the shape of a large bird, big enough for the key to fit in.
“There’s a high probability that the others who went missing are beyond this door.”
“Bo, boss, that is a, that is a high probability… It, it must be….”
Kang Si-hoo hesitated, then said.
“I, I, I’m so weak… I don’t know if I can help, but, I….”
“I think it would be better to have at least one more person. Don’t you think so?”
Baek Tae-beom replied indifferently. When I pinched his side, he made a fuss, saying it hurt when it didn’t really.
No matter how much I thought about it, Kang Si-hoo’s behavior was all acting. Is he weak? His titles were something the weak would never be able to attain. I wish I could learn more about that <Obscure Mask> skill. As I stared at him, Kang Si-hoo shifted uncomfortably.
Baek Tae-beom stood next to me as if to block the view.
“You have to stay by my side, Hyung.”
‘I really need to train him.’
Thinking about this and that, I put the key in the door. With a click, the key turned around the hole.
The door slowly opened as if it had been waiting for us to enter. We faced the scorching heat on the other side. Scorching flames burning hot as if they would ignite the world, people melting as opposed to the intact furniture, the unpleasant smell stinging my nose, and a nest in the middle of it all.
And a giant egg.
That was the phoenix, the boss of <Tomb of the Awakened>.
At the same time Lee Myung-won spoke with a puzzled expression, the surface of the egg cracked. After I hurriedly pushed Baek Tae-beom and Kang Si-hoo back, I raised my staff.
“Save the people before the egg breaks!”
Baek Tae-beom ran out as soon as he heard my words. Kang Si-hoo hesitated a bit before following him. After they cut the ropes holding the people together, they began to move the living people behind us. Meanwhile, I spoke to Lee Myung-won.
“Prepare for battle.”
“What is in there?”
“There must be something that flashes like Lee Myung-won’s skill. The phoenix isn’t even born yet. You can feel it, right? An unusual one will come out. Do you have any defense skills?”
“Then, once I give the signal, share it with me.”
[CH.#990O3/One Who Is More Dazzling Than The Sun]: Can you really stop it with that much power?
[CH.#990O3/One Seeks To Avoid The Fall] : What can’t I do? Then, why don’t you tell me what to do.
It was better than dying in the flames. While I was muttering like that, Baek Tae-beom and Kang Si-hoo brought the people away. The cracking egg completely shattered and revealed a bird shrouded with red feathers.
Immediately, I slammed my staff to the floor.
[You used a skill. Skill : Condemned]
But what came out of the air was neither a piano nor a sink, but a small squeaking doll. It fell over the phoenix’s head with a squeaking sound.
‘Damn this luck!’
At the same time, the phoenix howled in anger.