Player who returned 10,000 years later - Chapter 92
Chapter 92 – Now you’ll know who I am (Part 4)
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— You speak as if something will change, — Kang Hyun said, trying to appear calm.
But even through his smile, there was undisguised anxiety.
Chopping off a human hand is not easy.
Bones need to be broken with something akin to at least a sledgehammer, and flesh and muscle must be cut with a sharp sword.
A man in his right mind simply cannot cut off his own hand.
But the very guy before him just did it, not even a single exclamation escaping his lips.
‘But that won’t change anything!’
The moment he cut off his hand, he outclassed Kang Hyun in madness – that was a fact. However, he was still not afraid of him.
Although the glove would no longer have a blocking effect, the guy still lost an arm.
He was well aware that losing a limb in battle for a Player was tantamount to death.
— Who knows. You’ll understand soon enough.
Kang Yu grabbed his severed arm.
Although he could now use Magi, the situation, as Kang Hyun said, has not changed a bit. On the contrary, it just got worse.
The effect of Kraken’s Wrath had worn off, one of his hands was cut off, and because he’d previously used three Powers at the same time, he was nearly out of Magi.
‘There’s nothing I can do about it now.’
Kang Yu took a breath. There was nowhere to retreat.
The risk was too great, so he did not want to use this method initially, but in this situation he had no choice.
— What can you do with a body like that? — Kang Hyun snarled, sharply unclenching the fist in which he held Echidna.
As Magi returned to Kang Yu, her powers were also restored, and the girl gently landed on the ground.
— I’ll protect you.
Echidna stood between Kang Yu and Kang Hyun, but her master approached her from behind and put a hand on her shoulder.
— I’ll handle it myself today.
— Kang Yu…?
— Stay here, — Kang Yu instructed Echidna, and she immediately froze.
An order given by the master cannot be opposed by a subordinate being.
She bit her lip, looking up at him, ready to cry.
Kang Yu pretended not to notice her indignant look and stepped forward.
— I knew this would come in handy one day.
The guy placed his right hand on his chest.
Most of the time, he used the Blade Power, Acceleration, and Dark Spear, as they were easy to use.
But they didn’t quite suit him.
For him, only one of the Powers was the most suitable and effective.
[Power of the Devourer]
He closed his eyes and focused.
His sullenness gradually began to give way to serenity.
‘Man Ma Jung.’
The boundless ocean appeared.
An ocean filled with Magi.
An ocean, in front of which were three doors.
Kang Yu headed to the smallest of them. A chill ran through his body as he touched the doorknob.
The ocean behind him was agitated, as if wanting to devour the guy.
Kang Yu hesitated for a moment, but then gripped the handle even tighter.
The door opened and energy began to spill through the crack.
Man Ma Jung.
The first door was open.
The blood that flowed from his severed hand turned black and vicious.
His skin melted downward.
From his chest to his throat, and moving to his shoulders, arms and legs, his entire body melted away, replaced by mucus.
— What is this…
Kang Hyun frowned as he watched this eerie scene.
There was a bad feeling in his throat and the thought came to him that something was going wrong. Very wrong.
‘What’s going on?’
The mucus began to form a body. Now Kang Yu looked many times scarier than Kang Hyun who’d turned into a demon.
‘How is this even possible…’
There was only one way out of this situation.
Clenching his fists, the demon caught his breath and concentrated Magi into his palms.
He created a new glove.
Once complete, he stamped his foot and sent his huge body flying towards Kang Yu.
His fist, coming into contact with Kang Yu’s jelly-like form, formed a large hole through his body.
Baek Kang Hyun laughed.
— Hahaha! Nothing has changed! You’re still just as easy to attack.
With just one blow, he’d practically destroyed half the man’s body.
Now, unlike the moment when Kang Yu had tried to attack him with a spear, the guy was much easier to hit.
— Hey? React somehow! — Kang Hyun yelled, a growing anxiety swelling in his chest.
— Ka… Kang Yu! — Echidna, seeing the hole in his chest, turned pale and wanted to rush to his side.
But the master’s order did not allow her to budge.
The girl bit her lip and continued to watch helplessly.
— A…h? — Her eyes widened.
Something unexpected happened.
The large hole in the guy’s chest began to close, absorbing Kang Hyun’s fist. From the black substance, something began to appear.
A mouth with snow-white fangs appeared.
And the mouth was not alone. Dozens, hundreds of mouths with fangs began to appear all over his body.
— What in the… a-ah!
Before he could finish, an agonizing cry escaped from his lips.
The numerous mouths with sharp teeth tore off a piece of his flesh the size of several fingers from his hand.
Comparing the wound to the rest of his body, the bite was completely unnoticeable. But with more of these bites, then everything would change.
The sharp fangs, digging into the hand, easily cut through the man’s flesh and skin, tearing it in pieces.
Baek Kang Hyun hastily tried to pull his hand out of Kang Yu’s chest, but to no avail.
He shifted to concentrating Magi in his other fist and swung at the guy.
However, the same thing happened again, and his second fist was pulled into Kang Yu’s body.
The mucus, formed, flew to his eyes.
— No… Can’t… ah…ah!
When the mucus touched Kang Hyun’s face, a mouth appeared on it and bit into his eye. He screamed, his vision going white as the intense pain drove him to insanity.
— Wha… what is this?!
He’d never heard of anything like it. He could never have imagined such a thing.
He did not know the word to describe the creature before him.
Fear of the unknown began to envelop his consciousness.
Kang Hyun kicked at the ground in anger.
— Do you think that I, Baek Kang Hyun, will lose to such a monster?
His body was shaking.
He tried to pull his fist out sharply, but it was useless. Kang Hyun made every effort yet with no success. His hands were only drawn in deeper and deeper.
The mucus continued to nibble at his flesh, carrying it to Kang Yu’s severed hand.
Focusing, he concentrated all the Magi in one place.
— Ergh… hah!
Gathering all the energy to his limbs stuck in Kang Yu’s body, he made the Magi explode.
From the shockwave, nearby sculptures flew to the sides and cars easily flew back.
It did not help him get out of the matter devouring him.
No, on the contrary: the black flesh, as if absorbing the energy, began to devour it with even greater greed.
As a result, black mucus wrapped around more of his body, and Kang Hyun’s face turned pale.
— No… no…
He saw more white fangs appearing. Now there were not hundreds, but thousands of such mouths.
All attempts at liberation were futile.
It was as if he was drowning in the depths of the ocean, trying to fight the water.
And so the mucus finally covered his entire body, devouring him from all sides. It was like being in a lake full of piranhas.
‘What’s going on?’ The question rang out in his head.
It was the voice belonging to the demon he’d summoned into his body.
— Sa… save me.
‘Are you asking me for help? What happened…’
Kang Hyun merged his consciousness with the demon’s.
Of course, by doing this, there was a higher probability of losing control over his body, but in this situation, there was simply no other way.
However, nothing has changed.
Becoming one with Kang Hyun, the demon roared at the top of his lungs, his scream filling Kang Hyun’s head.
The demon, now seeing what was happening through the guy’s eyes, desperately wailed:
‘Why? Why did you contact this monster?!’
— Did you just call him a monster?
‘Oh, you fool… Idiot! I’d rather fight with the great demons: Satan or Baal!’
A cry filled with genuine despair.
He was discouraged by the agitated, terrified wails of the demon.
— What are you talking about now? How can he compare to the Seven Great Demons?
‘The Seven Demons? Compare, you say? Wake UP, man!’ The demon shouted. ‘They’re long dead! Destroyed by the very monster in front of you!’
‘He is the greatest demon, the Devourer! Stupid, how could you not know this?’
Kang Hyun began to feel the demon’s fear from their merged connection.
‘He is none other than the Devil himself!’ A heartbreaking cry burst out.
Kang Hyun still didn’t understand what the demon was talking about.
The ruler of the Ninth Thousandth Circle of Hell.
Why would such a being be here on Earth?
‘It can’t be.’
It just doesn’t make sense.
The countless lacerations lost sensitivity, and Kang Hyun stopped feeling any pain.
All he had now was a small amount of flesh and remnants of a clouded consciousness.
The black mucus pulled together again, returning to Kang Yu and again forming something from it.
A huge mouth, able to gobble up the remains of Kang Hyun in one go, immediately swung open.
Sharp, big fangs dug into what was left of the monster, together with a sound that could scare anyone, and the mouth absorbed Baek Kang Hyun.
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