Chapter 4. Tutorial (3)
‘In that case… there is something that I need to solve first.’
There was a hidden piece.
If it did indeed exist, then it would be something that an evil god would have hidden, something that overpowered and theoretically unobtainable in the beginning.
From what he had heard, the difficulty of the final dungeon located in the tutorial area was too high for a beginner to clear.
The survivors of mankind were all geniuses, but no one had reached the end of the final dungeon.
In order to finish, Hansoo would have to collect many pieces.
These hidden pieces were hidden around the tutorial area.
To clear the final dungeon, he must monopolize every remaining hidden piece and become stronger.
‘Let’s see… the first hidden piece was said to be located in the nearest train station.’
The tutorial was split into two stages.
The first stage was one in which the first 100 people acted together.
For one week, the 100 people would stay in the designated area, and then for 3 months after that, the second stage commenced in which they would hunt in another designated area.
When those two stages were over, the protective area would be opened, and they would be able to meet with the people from previous years.
To his knowledge, there were two hidden pieces in the first stage of the tutorial.
After one week, those two hidden pieces would disappear. He needed to find them before the week was over.
Hansoo got up and dusted himself off.
‘I’m heading to… Gangnam Station.’
The location of the first hidden piece was Gangnam Station.
By the time Hansoo started heading over there, a chaotic situation had already arisen.
‘I knew this would happen.’
Hansoo clicked his tongue as he heard the screams from multiple directions.
“Why are you doing this!”
“Aaahk! We will go separately!”
“Go where! We need to group in order to survive!”
In the location where the battle ended, everyone was making an uproar.
‘Their opinions probably differed.’
There were a lot of small fights here and there between the people who wanted to act by themselves and those who wanted to group up.
Normally, if their desires were that different, it would be normal to separate.
There would only be problems if you held onto somebody with a drastically different opinion.
However, if one side overwhelmingly didn’t want the other side to go for some reason, a problem occurred.
Since there were over 100 people, there were obviously people who were more beautiful than normal.
For the same reason, there were also a few who got used to the new world more quickly.
Suddenly, a group of 3 males and 4 females dashed out and ran towards Hansoo’s location.
“He….Hey, where are you going!”
‘With their levels of beauty… there will definitely be problems.’
Maybe it was because they were at Gangnam Station and were brought here, but their appearances were above average.
One was seriously a league above everyone else.
Suddenly, one woman looked behind them and shouted:
“We will act separately! We are going to work with this person here!”
As Hansoo heard the frantic calls, he frowned.
“Hey! Hansoo! Why are you pretending to not know us? We’re acquaintances!”
Hansoo nodded then, as if he just remembered.
Because everyone had died right off at the start, he hadn’t remembered his college acquaintances.
There was no way he could remember them after 50 years.
He had forgotten already, but after this situation occurred, he started to remember them bit by bit.
‘Oh yeah, we came with four guys and four girls to get closer to each other.’
From the other side, a thirty-something looking man ran towards them while breathing excessively and was startled after he saw Hansoo.
‘That guy is…’
The man remembered.
Hansoo was the guy who advanced quickly as he crazily slashed apart the goblin-looking beasts.
He was so good at fighting that while the others were struggling with 2 to 3 of them, he alone killed dozens of them.
‘Does he do some sort of sport…?’
The middle-aged guy, Taesung, kept contemplating.
He understood that Hansoo was strong.
‘And he looks hurt too.’
But, as the fairy had told them before, no one was at an extremely high level yet.
As Hansoo saw the squirming Taesung, Hansoo clicked his tongue.
‘This is why it’s problematic.’
Normally, the people wouldn’t even think of fighting.
The hype of the battle had not yet disappeared.
Their first injuries, their first encounters with violence, and the results gave them confidence, which could clearly be seen in their excited expressions.
The others were the same.
‘It would be hard to use reason.’
There was really no reason to start fighting with each other right now.
The time in which Hansoo would become angry enough to fight was long gone.
There was no reason to meet this man or stay here any longer.
Hansoo turned and started walking away from Taesung, who was starting at him.
As Hansoo started to walk off, Taesung watched him bewilderingly.
“This bitch, leaving a person in front of him… Hey! Where are you going?!”
Then, Hansoo suddenly got curious and turned around to confront him.
What would this person say to him?
“Is there something you want to say?”
‘Do I set my age as 76 or 201?’
He wondered if he should be formal or informal, but then decided to go with the easier route.
Due to Hansoo’s words, Taesung looked shocked.
“What? This young bitch…”
‘Yeah. What do I say?’
Hansoo’s previous crazy fighting prowess scared Taesung, who did not want to make an excessive demand, but he would be filled with regret if he simply let Hansoo and the young people behind him walk away.
While Taesung was shocked, the man who was standing behind him spoke impatiently.
“We really aren’t bad people either. My name is Giltae. Let’s act together. It seems like you eight are young, so wouldn’t it be better to work together? It seems that there will be a lot of times where strength is needed from now on.”
Then, people who agreed with his words gathered behind him.
‘No, it’s not that they agree.’
From the atmosphere, it seemed that they knew each other.
Hansoo stared at the man who had talked to him, as he seemed like the leader.
‘Hmm, his eyes…’
There were a lot of people like this.
Those who got used to things way too quickly.
No, it would be more fitting to say that they were restricted in the world they had used to live in.
And now, since those restrictions were gone, they were like fish swimming in water.
Hansoo thought for a moment, choosing between the dying wishes of Eres and Keldian, and then made a decision.
‘Eres, you are saving a lot of people right now. I will let them go, once.’
Honestly, pulling out the roots that hadn’t done anything yet was not in his character.
Even then, his stats were still pretty average.
He needed to get out, but if he killed everyone here and left, the time for hidden pieces would be rather limited.
Hansoo replied abruptly.
Having a lot of people wasn’t bad, since it made hunting much easier.
However, people who were like vultures, trying to gobble up everything they can, were bound to make trouble.
Hansoo, who had finished talking, searched around the goblin corpses and bound two more podaos to his waist, and then started to walk away.
The remaining friends looked at each other and then followed behind him.
“This son of a bitch…”
Taesung, who had been watching Hansoo, gritted his teeth and stepped forward, but Giltae blocked his path.
As Taesung watched his elder brother Giltae’s actions with a weird look, Giltae opened his mouth.
“This isn’t the time to be fighting with them. They… can be dealt with after everything is organized. We must first get this place in order.”
Giltae looked around at the 70 or so people remaining.
The current situation was already chaotic.
A strange place with strange beasts.
And that damnable fairy, too.
Since it was already chaotic, keeping those who would create trouble would only make it hard on him to control them.
‘First, set the atmosphere here.’
From one point of view, this chaotic period was a chance.
Giltae stared intensely at the location where the group had disappeared for a while, and then stomped his way into the crowd.
Taesoon, one of the group of friends, stared at Hansoo, who was walking in front of him raggedly, with a complicated look.
‘I’m not sure if this was the right move.’
But Taesoon shook his head.
If they stayed in there, a real division would’ve occurred.
Humans were scarier than goblins.
Besides, being next to Hansoo made him feel safer.
Logically, it didn’t make sense that being next to one person felt safer than being next to seventy, but that’s how it was.
Taesoon knew that this guy was peculiar.
Starting all the way back from orientation at the college, Hansoo had been in a corner, dazed.
As if he was thinking of something else.
He had also said that he was an orphan.
And from that, Hansoo seemed like a weak target.
The reason why Taesoon had brought him today was because if there was somebody lesser than him around, Taesoon would stand out more.
But Taesoon didn’t realize that Hansoo was like that.
As Taesoon remembered Hansoo fighting manically in the front, he watched Mihee, the beauty of the group, with a face full of regret, as she was staring at Hansoo. He then cleared his throat and spoke:
“Hey, Hansoo! Do you really not remember us?”
At those words, Hansoo looked at Taesoon, and then spoke:
“I think I got amnesia when we got here. I don’t really remember much.”
“Hey, why do you talk like an old man?”
“…Does it show that much?”
Mihee smiled softly at those words.
Hansoo stared at her.
The other three girls weren’t bad, but she had a beauty that stood out.
At that level, living life was pretty easy.
In the Otherworld, beauty was a double-edged sword.
If you had the confidence to use it well, it became a weapon, but if you aren’t strong enough, then you would invite all sorts of crooks.
‘Well, she’ll figure it out by herself.’
Hansoo ceased his thoughts and kept moving.
Mihee stared at Hansoo and spoke cautiously:
“Where are you going right now?”
Hansoo had been walking with a purpose from the beginning, as if he knew exactly where he wanted to go.
Hansoo gave a short reply.
“Inside Gangnam Train Station.”
Hansoo pondered for a moment.
‘If I travel alone, I don’t need to explain all these things, but this is rather annoying.’
However, since he decided to keep Eres’s words in mind as much as possible, he gave a curt reply.
“I’m getting a feeling.”
“… A feeling?”
“Yeah. It seems that with the amnesia, I seem to have gained psychic powers. I’m getting a feeling that I must go to the train station.”
It was too annoying to explain every single thing, and they would probably believe him if he said that he gained psychic powers.
‘Well, even fairies exist, so if I say that I have psychic powers, they will somewhat understand.’
Technically, he didn’t really lie either.
If one was extremely lucky, they could get a rune with something called the ‘Sixth Sense’.
Hansoo, who had organized things simply, continued to walk forward while the others looked at him weirdly.
His actions had been weird from the beginning, but psychic powers?
“…Is it ok for us to follow that guy?”
Jisun, one of the girls standing behind Mihee, softly whispered to her boyfriend, Gangtae.
This couldn’t escape Hansoo’s enhanced hearing.
Hansoo smirked as he spoke:
“You really don’t have to follow me. I’m the type that respects personal preferences.”
Hansoo, who headed forward without hesitation, went down the steps to the twelfth exit that came into view.
The group made bitter expressions before following after Hansoo.
Honestly, the things humans could do to them were much more terrifying than whatever a beast would do, and what the fairies were capable of was even more terrifying.
‘It’d be nice if he really had psychic powers.’
Taesoon, who was mumbling inwardly, went down to the train station and then spoke to Hansoo:
“Ah! Are you preparing a place to live?”
Hansoo nodded at those words.
Suddenly, Hansoo slashed his podao downwards.
“Unfortunately, there are some friends already living down here.”