Level 1 Player (MT Novel) - Chapter 56
Chapter 56 – Water Snake IV
The examination room was a small room, similar to an interrogation room in police stations. To my surprise, there was only one mirror.
“It looks a lot like an interrogator’s office from some movie,” I thought.
There was probably someone on the other side of the mirror, watching intently.
– Are you ready to start testing? – someone asked me.
I only nodded affirmatively in response, and a voice from the speakers answered:
– Good, then let’s get started.
– I will activate the psychological pressure skill “Majesty of the Queen”.
– This skill will be in effect for ten seconds.
– You have shown amazing resilience to the “Queen’s Majesty” skill.
After a moment, a message appeared saying that my mind attack defense skill matched the heroic level.
– Is that all?
– Yes, you passed the test,” a voice answered my question from the speakers.
– Then I’ll be on my way?
– Thank you for the work you’ve done.
I passed the test and left the room with a clear mind.
“You truly are a mysterious man, Hyun Seong!” – Shin Yoon Ah thought as she watched Hyun Seong test from the back of the mirror.
A new test taker entered the exam room and the girl started asking her questions again. Hearing that the next Player was ready, Shin Yoon Ah activated the Queen’s Majesty skill again.
The serpent, which had sizzled the Chinese army, fortunately slowed down a bit. At the same time, the international community decided to create a joint military force to combat the current threat. China, for its part, decided to deal with the problem on its own, so it hastily informed the World Community of its intention, after which a struggle for dignity began.
Now representatives of one or two countries are eagerly looking at the territory of North Korea, a country without a government. Although at this point the North looks like a monster’s paradise, it is not so difficult to dispose of them. North Korea had a vast territory, enormous reserves of minerals, and a large number of spatial gates.
Now Japan had sent an emergency envoy to the U.S. and was engaged in amending the constitution of the world, the promotion of which had failed and been safely forgotten. The Chinese were preparing to claim territory in North Korea, since many North Koreans lived inside their country. But the South Korean government could not allow such a thing to happen. How could anyone be left out when their territories were being divided? It is no secret that since ancient times the entire Korean nation has lived on the Korean Peninsula. From the point of view of the South Korean government, the DPRK was a group of armed men who illegally occupied part of the country. And the residents of the North were objects that needed the protection of the South Korean government. In fact, because they lived on the peninsula, North Koreans could easily obtain South Korean citizenship.
In reality, however, it was not so simple. North Korea was a member of the UN, and a full representative and participant in the Olympic Games, World Championships, and Asian Games. But only other countries think so. From South Korea’s point of view, the North’s territory must be restored and annexed back to the South. According to the letter of the law, it is the president’s duty to be responsible for the peaceful reunification of the state, that is, the peaceful reunification with North Korea. But the peaceful reunification of the North and the South has been seen as a difficult task up to this point. It is known that since the first cataclysm, South and North Korea have not been in conflict. On the contrary, relations between the countries have been calm and peaceful. But despite the fact that the war between them is long over, it was not easy to improve relations and unite the countries by negotiations alone. It would take at least several decades to reach a consensus.
Suddenly, however, everything changed. Overnight, South Korea had the chance to unite with the North peacefully. The country has lost its leaders and army, and the civilian population suffers from monster raids. China and Russia cannot move quickly and respond to the situation because of the battle with the serpent and the elimination of the consequences of the opening of the spatial gates. Therefore, this is a perfect chance for South Korea to achieve its desired goal.
Many people in the country, as well as the government, desired the reunification of the North and the South. Moreover, the country’s troops were at the ready, a special task force to fight the Water Snake had been assembled, and questions with allied states, including the United States, had been put to rest. Only after all pressing issues were resolved did the South Korean government decide to move north.
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South Korean ground troops, along with tanks and armored vehicles, crossed the border into North Korea. Fighter jets took to the airspace, and from the north, warships entered North Korean coastal waters. And a large-scale monster battle unfolded on North Korean territory. The absolute might of the army and the Players descended upon the creatures.
South Korea is one of the top 10 strongest armies in the world. The level of Players in the country is just as high. The South Korean Players swept away everyone in their path, both ordinary monsters and rare ones with heroic ones. Meanwhile, the army was moving fairly quickly deep into North Korea and was already beginning recovery operations.
“It’s going like clockwork,” I thought to myself as I watched the firepower of the army and the rangers sweep away the drake, whose stomach I almost died in, in its path. In spite of everything, I supported the troops and high-level players from the rear with my ranged skills. Even though I was attacking from a distance, points still fell into my “pocket. And I got them for killing as many low-level monsters as I did for killing one high-level monster. In fact, I’m happy that I’m an exception to the rule, because other Players whose level was much higher than the “victim” got nothing. I, on the other hand, was rolling along like cheese in butter. True, this was the first time I had ever hunted with an army and high-level Players.
“I hope we can get through this quickly.”
Despite the end of mass purchases of my items, the goods were still selling well. Even though I had replenished my supplies in Subspace, the more I fought the monsters, the more I couldn’t find my place. Maybe it was all my desires that were to blame.
The players and the army were moving very quickly through and rebuilding North Korea. Not a week later, they had already reached the Amnokkan River.
(P.p.: The Amnokkang (Yalujiang) River is a river in eastern Eurasia, defining the southwestern part of the border between the PRC and the DPRK.)
China was not very happy with South Korea’s advance northward, but there was nothing it could do about it, simply not having the strength and power to occupy North Korea now. No one knew what China might throw out after it restored the situation in the country, the country more than once greedily looked toward the Korean Peninsula, and also talked some nonsense, including the Northeast Project.
(P.p.: The Northeast Project (Sequential Research Paper on the History and Current State of the Northeast Frontier Region) was a five-year research effort that lasted from 2002 to 2007. The goal is to recover the historical facts and protect the stability of Northeast China).
But China is the only country willing to increase its territories. And the international community took the occupation of the North by the South for granted.
– We should mobilize an army now and massacre them.
– Why should we give these lands to South Korea when this land of Chinese Koreans who have migrated and settled in China? – Chinese party leaders were indignant.
(P.p.: i.e., ethnic Koreans living in China.)
– Now we don’t have the option. First and foremost, we have to worry about our own security.
China is a multinational country. True, it is not like the United States, where all peoples and nations voluntarily unite and live together. On the contrary, China rejects and oppresses those who would like to be born in another country and those who do not want to become Chinese. In fact, this is the only reason for the confusion in the country in the run-up to the cataclysm. Of course, after the first cataclysm, the country could have been torn apart, but all the problems were solved and peace was restored. But a new disaster soon crept up, namely the second cataclysm. Once again, China needed to solve all the problems inside the country, and then to encroach on someone else’s.
– We must deal with the Serpent on our own.
– Of course. If we accept help from other nations, the shame of the DPRK will be engraved in history forever!
– I think we should mobilize Beijing’s ranks.
– Aren’t we being too hasty? What if other legendary-level monsters make it to Beijing? What will we do then?
– Can’t the rankers in power deal with the Serpent?
– What are you talking about? This isn’t some rabble! Although it’s possible if all these top rankers get together,” the Chinese party leaders continued to ask.
The Water Snake, which had interrupted for a short rest, once again began to destroy everything in its path.
The air shook with explosions. The Chinese army opened fire in an attempt to prevent the Water Snake from attacking. But this attack did little or no damage to the monster, and only wiped out the beautiful landscape. Furthermore, realizing the power of the attack, the monster took a defensive stance. Black as darkness itself, lightning rained down from the sky and tore the shells apart while still in the air. And those that survived changed their trajectory. The entire Chinese army froze in surprise. Of course, they had a trump card up their sleeve, but it also failed miserably. The serpent struck the ground with all its might with black lightning and detonated mines specially prepared for the big monsters. The Water Snake probably had reconnaissance skills, since he knew about the minefield by the smell of gunpowder alone.
Now everyone’s hopes were pinned on the rankers. It is known that high-level Players were not called to the war with the monster at all, because, based on past experience of battles, it was decided that they were of little use. Therefore, top Rankers from Shenyang, Changchun and Harbin were thrown into the thick of it.
The monster roared again and some of the rankers went dumb. Never mind that their level was high, many simply lacked psychological defense skills. The Chinese government made a decision too early and mobilized the top rankers in a hurry.
The serpent activated his tail and swung it like a whip, sweeping away the frozen Rankers. Without regaining consciousness, the Players fell to the ground. Despite the healers’ efforts, many of them couldn’t get up. No one could believe what was happening, all the rankers were at a loss. None of them thought that a large part of the squad would lie down before the fight even began.
The rankers, who were representatives of the local authorities, were sure of their victory. No, they weren’t some rabble, they were the best of the best. So they believed they could prevail, but the fight began, and their confidence evaporated.
Black lightning rained down on the Runkers like bloody rain. Many activated their shields to withstand the monster’s onslaught and attacked it with various skills, but the attacks failed to reach their targets due to the hurricane surrounding the Serpent’s body.
The longer the fight went on, the more rankers were incapacitated. Those with the highest magic and stamina continued to fight, but it was almost impossible to cope with such a monster, as there was essentially no one to oppose it.
Once again, a barrage of black lightning struck the Runkers. And that proved to be the decisive blow, at the end of which the winner and loser would be determined. But the Rankers almost didn’t stand a chance. The survivors, after the powerful attack, admitted their defeat. It was impossible to defeat the monster with ten men.
In light of the new developments, no one had a choice but to go to plan B. Rankers rushed to run to the other end of the city, and the long-range fighters under the cover of tanks and close-range fighters activated their skills. And the blue fire spear rushed toward the Serpent. It pierced through the monster’s defenses and landed directly in the wound that had opened up after the ranker attack.
The monster let out a shriek and moved toward the fleeing Rangers. There was a border zone that way.