The Protagonists Are Murdered by Me - 52
< A Walk Into The Storm (1) >
Ryu Dong-gyun, commander of Team 6 and S-rank Hunter.
He was a fairly veteran hunter, entering his 10th year this year. Considering that quite a few hunters would retire before completing 10 years, it meant that he also had his own means.
He had been bitter even before he entered the Great Rift.
“Seniors. Isn’t the commander of team 7 over there a bit weak?”
It was no exaggeration to say that Ryu Dong-kyun was the first member of the “Most One-Pick” guild in Korea to perform an elite course. The Guild Master always fostered elites by selecting superpowers with the highest power and highest efficiency in order to reduce the loss of personnel as much as possible and maximize efficiency, so he had no business with F-rank Hunters.
[T/N: I am not sure what the name of the Guild was so I have used the literal translation for now]
So with that thought, he said to ‘Ma Yeon-hwa’, the team leader of Team 10…
“Shut up and do your job well. Does a hunter with 15 years of experience sound like a random dog?”
“Yes, yes? That’s not it…”
“Go back. The Great Rift looks a bit weird. The average mortality rate has exceeded 20% in the last five years. Let’s prepare a little more thoroughly.”
Ma Yeon-hwa. As a S-rank Hunter in her 15th year, she was the most reliable person in this position. But since she openly sided with Ryu Dong-kyun in front of people, what could she say?
Just shut up as she said, and show the results.
And indeed, Ryu Dong-kyun was confident of doing so. He had a very special strong body ability.
Everything had gone wrong since the storm. His strength was not only the rigid body ability, but also the ‘acceleration’ ability. Ryu Dong-gyun’s ability to prioritize mobility made it difficult for him to demonstrate his proper strength in this harsh storm. Meanwhile, he thought,
‘Damn, if it wasn’t for this storm.’
If not, I would have been able to do my best.
…then. Telepathic communication came from the commanding barracks.
-Team 7 has found a way to stop the storm! From now on, he will send it to all of you!
It was because of the storm, if it weren’t for the storm. Unlike Ryu Dong-gyun, who thought that way, the commander of Team 7 found a way to overcome the storm altogether. …That was, quite a shock for Ryu Dong-kyun.
If it was a normal circumstance, he might have admired him too. But somehow, his pride was hurt.
But what could he do? After all, Team 7 found a way to stop the storm, and somehow one after another unusual traps appeared.
A huge shower of rocks pouring from the sky! Suddenly, the canyon was closed and they were almost crushed. But they had to find a foothold as the ground shook and showcase their abilities while fighting the monster in front of them.
Every time something happened, Ryu Dong-kyun displayed his clear and upright judgment which made it possible for the team to move forward without any casualties. No matter how much Ryu Dong-kyun walked on the flower path through the elite course, he was still in his 10th year. His judgment was not negligible.
-Don’t do that, just do as I tell you from now on.
-Team 7 has made an easy way to break through!
Ryu Dong-kyun was definitely outstanding. His insight, judgment, and quick thinking plus logic and command. But… the commander of Team 7 was a little smarter.
It’s like a person who solved the correct answer by going through practice after preparing for it. The moment Team 7 encountered a trap, they did a couple of experiments and then passed all the gates easily. So, despite being the first to encounter a trap and going through the trials, Team 7 was always ahead.
So Ryu Dong-kyun didn’t complain anymore.
Just, just a little more effort.
It was the right choice. That effort paid off, and he was able to move forward at almost the same speed as Team 7. But now he realized, this was the battlefield in the ‘Great Rift’ , it was not the sports stadium.
It was a ridiculous place to compete.
However. Ryu Dong-kyun was confident. Before, he was also a supernatural being, and he was widely regarded as someone with a very good judgement.
He also thought he could show as much ability as the Captain of Team 7.
“······Fully deploy the defense team to the maximum!!”
Until he met the real worst.
Gorge. That is, on either side of the path they are headed for, there was a huge cliff rising high. And what if a very, very large snake appeared at that cliff?
Not just one. What about two?
A green, blue-colored ether shield gradually rose in the air. It spread using superpowers with defense capabilities and ether dispensers, which could withstand attacks even if a large monster trampled with all its might.
However, there were no countermeasures at all.
The ‘snake’ was too fast. It was impossible to find the right timing to attack because it appeared at the cliff and swept to the other side.
The two snakes appeared from both sides at the same time, as if they were mentally interacting with each other, and disappeared in reverse. It took 0.3 seconds to rise from one wall and reach the other wall. In the meantime, the snake’s body was exposed for a little longer. It was an absurdly insufficient amount of time to concentrate a large firepower.
But both snakes were not the same. One snake had a much longer body than the other. After one disappeared, the other went into the wall a while later.
“Even if you say so, it’s hard to go after him.”
He couldn’t know in advance.
Then he needed to find a way where he could surely target both of them together.
‘We need to get together.’
If they stuck together, it would be possible to at least locate the two snakes. Besides, what if everyone successfully spread out there? The two snakes would collide.
There was some risk, but it was a sure way to catch them without further damage.
“Everyone! Gather in one place!”
The shield became more solid, and a place for the two snakes was set.
At that moment, everyone was nervous.
They slowly increased their firepower and prepared to disperse on both sides at any moment in the prescribed position.
There’s a tremendous vibration on the floor, waiting for something to pop out of the wall.
There was a radio signal from Team 7.
-There are not two snakes, only one!
For a very brief moment.
It felt like the world was slowing down.
He heard the sound of gulping and a shriek, but that was good.
“Power! Concentrated fire at the floor!”
As soon as the words fell, the team members who absolutely believed in Ryu’s judgment pierced the floor without any hesitation.
A huge explosion rang out, and a huge crater dug into the ground.
The body of a snake was revealed. It wriggled as its skin was torn roughly.
It was long and thick.
- ··The fact that such a snake moved through the floor and pierced its tail and head flexibly, pretending to be two, made Ryu Dong-gyun feel dizzy.
He’s smart, it’s not two.
However, Ryu assumed that he had two opponents and made a plan to make them collide with each other.
Would it make sense for that smart guy to bump his head and tail together?
Rather, it would have been very comfortable and easy for them to be lumped together to make it easier to bite by twisting their bodies.
Ryu Dong-gyun fell on the seat. His role as a firepower was nothing. Even though he just gave the command, his legs turned soft and collapsed beneath him.
A brief lapse of judgment. If Team 7 had not informed them.
‘….We would all be dead.’
The cool thought passed through his chest and disappeared with the wind.
At the same time
Even in the command camp, he was sending messages to each team.
“Yes. Yes. So, from that part, if you convey that you have to walk vertically and pass through the cliff…….”
“Because no, well! There are still more than three days left until the runaway!”
“Replace the recording battery. I have to ask for this one, the larger one.”
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have something to record though?”
Reports come from all over the world, including media outlets curious about the progress of the Great Rift, or politicians calling or making calls for useless work. The situation there is unclear to the general public but they can be informed through real-time updates.
Before the attack, Brigadier General Park Sung-ho said, “Don’t tell anyone what happened in the Great Rift.”
However, it was not that their reaction did not make sense.
In particular, the media seemed to be very upset.
The progress of the attack on the Great Rift is 90 percent.
Zero deaths so far.
There were quite a few injured… but it wasn’t to the point where it was impossible to fight.
No other word could explain this phenomenon.
Storms and numerous monsters and traps obstructed human access. But even before that, the attack continued with zero fatalities.
Even though every person’s disposition and pursuit are different, it is natural that the expressions of everyone in this position are cheerful. How happy it is that no one, including their own team, would die.
“It’s not time to relax yet.”
It was originally the command barracks who were supposed to identify the dangers in the Great Rift and come up with a solution. But when the Commander of Team 7 did it, there was nothing he could do.
“No matter what…. It looks like a ‘Boss’ came out.”
Everyone is watching the monitor.
With Team 7 at the forefront, the remaining 11 teams passed through the canyon.
Finally, the canyons were all gathered in one piece, each with a “stone plate” with a strange painting at the end of the canyon.
‘What is that?’
A question rose in all their minds.
But right now that didn’t matter.
A huge plain came right after the end of the canyon. And there was an energy reaction that easily exceeded the risk level in the disc floating in the middle of the air.
“That disc… It is presumed to be the cause of the Great Rift.”
“Then, will everything be solved by breaking that?”
They all stood in daze at those words.
Was it that easy?
Thousands and tens of thousands of “rock giants” lined up in the faraway plains. It was unpredictable even by the will and his client…. It was simply an abnormality that had occurred over thousands of years.
The disc was located at the top of the rock giants, between dozens of cliffs, floating in the air. The cliffs were shaped like a scaffold made for use by a giant, and they were able to climb up like stairs, so a strong-bodied person would be able to ride as much as possible.
However, the problem was that dozens of pterodactyls made of rocks were flying near the disc.
“Oh, my God. I wish I could send in a fighter jet.”
In “sub-dimensions” such as dungeons and Great Rifts, the aircraft could not function properly. This was because the airflow was very different from that of the earth, and mechanical and equipment malfunctions were frequent due to the strange flow of energy. One would not know if a fighter that used 100% ether energy would come out or not, it was impossible with the current modern science and technology.
Also, near the disc, a storm with an intensity of about 30% of what occurred the other day was blowing, so even if there was an aircraft, it seemed difficult to access it easily.
The important point here.
“……Who the hell is going to put the slate over there?”
Seo-dam took a deep breath.
There was a feeling of nausea as if a dusty storm was inhaled by the lungs, but that was not the case. This was because all toxins, which were blown earlier, were blocked.
< If you insert the “stone plate” from the end of the canyon into the groove of that disc, you will be judged as “pass”. >
Seo-dam and her client knew that the canyon was actually a sports arena for the trials and competition of the Red Giant. If a giant who has passed the ordeal held this stone plate and inserted it into the disc up there, it would be ranked. Seo-dam thought foolishly that he loved ranks in any world.
However, ranking was meaningless in this situation.
<If all 12 giants pass, the disc will stop working.>
The client’s words were also important.
“….So, you have to put all these 12 slabs on that disc. Are you saying this?”
After passing through the canyon, the Commanders of the 12 teams have all gathered together. The headquarters said that the disc was the cause of the Great Rift and that it should be destroyed, and asked us to select a person to go up there.
“The headquarters clearly told us to destroy it.”
“The headquarters clearly told us to destroy it.”
Ryu Dong-kyun timidly opened his mouth. He was an excellent hunter with S-rank, but he had to be timid in the meeting when the Commanders of the 12 teams gathered. Of course, they were all seniors to him, and they were famous all over the world.
In the meantime.
Everyone was paying attention to the remarks of the F-rank Hunter, which was the lowest of the ranks.
Everyone in this position knew.
Thanks to the commander of Team 7, they were able to get here without a single death.
So they paid attention to his judgment once again.
“Yes, it was at headquarters, but… You can’t do that.”
“How can you be sure?”
“The energy wave of the slabs matches the disc. Like the button on the remote that got out.”
“That… That’s true.”
“In addition, it is uncertain whether destruction will solve it in the first place, but it will probably be quite difficult to break it down. How are you going to get rid of those dozens of pterodactyls and smash them into something harder than a fine synthetic metal?”
If it’s the output of the superpowers here.
If they concentrated their mind, and poured out all the energy they had.
Maybe….. It could be possible to break.
But the situation was the worst. Not only was it difficult to exert proper power in the stormy air, but if they put all their energy out, it would be impossible to get out of the breach. Obviously, one of them would die.
The idea that it might be the right judgment to follow his words dominated their minds. He expressed his opinion without missing the gap.
“Let’s have 12 members going to the disc. It is to take each stone plate and fit it into the groove of the disc.”
I don’t know if they could really believe what Yoo Seo-dam said.
“I will obey you. The judgment you’ve shown me so far is certainly reliable.”
When veteran S-rank Hunter, with 15 years of experience, Ma Yeon-hwa opened her mouth, the psychic Leah Michelle followed suit.
“I’ll follow. It’s all thanks to you that we’ve been able to get this far.”
When they showed a positive response one by one, Ryu Dong-kyun was forced to nod.
When it was decided that all 12 team leaders were heading to the disc, they each took positions. Apparently, among these, there were specializations at long range, and there were also rigid body abilities, so there was no choice but to make a difference in mobility. The right position for each one was more important than anything else in teamwork.
For that reason, it was natural that Yu Seo-dam, an F-rank hunter, was located at the rear. Unlike the others, incompetent people who didn’t have the ability to take off in the air had no choice but to use a magnetic graphing gun and wire connection.
Team leaders were forced to doubt their ears when they heard Seo-dam’s words.
“Well, I’ll take the lead from now on.”
When Ryu Dong-kyun was about to say, “However, this isn’t right.”
Yu Seo-dam, like a rocket,
Flew high in the sky.
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