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157 Part 2

 

Even Lee Wanyong, who was in the village, worked ceaselessly to survive. As he felt a sense of crisis at Hakajin learning the human language and absorbing his knowledge, Lee Wanyong now worked and studied until his head would burst for the village. The reason I was keeping him alive was that.

However, this woman was different.

 

“Please, I’ll do anything…If you like human beings…uhhh….”

I had stabbed her neck because I did not want to hear her voice, and she died in mid-sentence. While the battle had been blander than I had expected, but it had given me a lesson as I now had reached a somewhat high place.”

 

‘One dies by remaining still.’

 

If I became lazy and did not work hard, I would die. While I had become stronger, it still was not enough. The victory was not due to my skills, but luck and item effects. If Kim Hyeji had not become panicked due to the fear, the battle would have gone on longer.

One could say that working harder meant survival. I unsummoned the Dainsleif and slowly looked over Kim Hyeji’s corpse. I did not let out a victory shout. Instead, I ran quickly to where Black Spear was with heavy feet, and all of the Blood Dagger Clan members followed me in silence.

 

***

 

Jung Yeongsoo, who had been Kim Donghyun’s close subordinate for years, was looking at his boss’s demise with vacant eyes.

 

“Ahhhh! Fuck!”

 

A large ogre was chewing and swallowing Kim Donghyun’s arm with sharp teeth.

 

‘It…it can’t be true…’

 

They, of course, had met ogres before, and while it had not been a named monster, they had faced an ogre herd when they went human hunting in the jungle. Yeongsoo Jung had seen Kim Donghyun easily kill an ogre.

Kim Donghyun had been the strongest being Jung Yeongsoo knew, as he was always above others. However, now Jung Yeongsoo could not understand who it was, the person lying facing down in a humiliating pose while grabbing his arm.

Kim Donghyun had been at an advantage at first, and he had pushed away from the ogre that ambushed him with his shield as loud drum sounds rang and he stomped the ogre’s feet with his mace.

Since the ogre had met the mace that hit with the power of a monster face on, the monster had to be damaged. During the next attack, Kim Donghyun had visibly crushed the ogre’s shoulder after making the monster lose his balance with the shield.

Jung Yeongsoo had been certain that they would win at that point, but the situation changed after a while when the ogre’s eyes became bloodshot. The monster had begun to strike down at the shield with the massive ax he was holding and now came at them with more persistence.

Monsters could feel pain. Jung Yeongsoo knew that they could feel fear and pain from handling several monster slaves, but that ogre did not avoid anything.

If Kim Donghyun rushed at him with the mace, the ogre roughly pressured Kim Donghyun to come at him more fiercely. He continued to swing the ax sometimes roughly and sometimes smartly and wore down Kim Donghyun and would rush at his boss like he would rip him open while swinging his injured arm. The ogre did not seem to feel pain and was literally like a beast.

Only one mistake. The slight flinch Kim Donghyun showed at the monster’s force made this hellish scene possible.

 

“Boom! Boom!”

 

The eerie drumroll continued to ring, and Jung Yeongsoo could see that no one had survived with their bodies intact. People he had considered family were rolling with ripped limbs and screamed.

The twin-headed ogre was also ripping human heads as they held a body in each hand.

While there were those gathered together to resist and fight, as the magicians and priests have been killed at the beginning by the ogres, everyone knew that the situation was hopeless. While a few archers had survived, they had run away the moment Kim Donghyun fell.

It was then Jung Yeongsoo thought that the monsters understood human troop formation. They were clearly different from normal ogres, as they knew who should be killed first and understood how to lead a group battle.

 

“Ahhhh!”

 

Another scream rang, and the big ogre was now ripping Kim Donghyun’s other arm as the monster pressed him down with his feet. He chewed on it a few times and then threw it away like it did not interest him. It was something Jung Yeongsoo had often seen, and he now realized how his side would be seen as he stared at the absurd sight with scared eyes.

They had watched frail women and children being thrown into monster cages and watched them being eaten. Now Jung Yeongsoo was in the same position they were in. They were the same as the women and children. He and his comrades were the weak, and the ogres were the predators.

 

“Fu…fuck…”

 

Jung Yeongsoo closed his eyes as he grabbed his shaking hands because he could not stifle a curse. He felt a burning pain all over his body and thought as his mind turned black that he might not have died like this if…just if… he had not done such things here.

 

He closed his eyes like that.

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