Chapter 106. Valhalla Dungeon (pt. 2)

The ‘authority’ that allowed one to take control of tornadoes, Vortex.

Unlike a Lord’s ability or an Overlord’s authority, Vortex was not given to the user through the seemingly god-like system. Nor was there a method to train this authority, unlike other ridiculous powers like Overdrive.

Only the one that directly consumed the Leviathan’s heart was able to use this authority. 

Lucy... is it Lucy?

Dodging Vortex, Kang Chul-In prepared for Lucy’s other attacks.

It wasn’t just Vortex.

Though Lucy was very skilled in archery, she also had talent in magic.

Battle Mage.

A class that buffed their own physical attributes and abilities through the use of their magic.

Lucy was a perfect example of a Battle Mage.

There was a high possibility that she would make the best use of her archery. Not only would she look for opportunities to use Vortex but she would also try to catch them off guard through ambushes.

Not even Kang Chul-In could tell when the arrow that contained Vortex would come, or where it would come from. It seemed like Lucy was using the spell ‘dimensional cloak’ to hide perfectly.

“Kuk…”

And finally, a victim arose from the ferocious and persistent attacks. It was Dorian who had taken damage from an arrow aimed at Kang Chul-In.

“Ugh, my arm… What kind of unfair ability is that?”

Looking at his bloody right arm, Dorian sighed.

Though his arm thankfully wasn’t chopped off, it was still a severe injury. It was difficult for Dorian to think of what would happen if he had gotten hit head-on instead of taking the collateral damage of an arrow aiming for Kang Chul-In.

Kang Chul-In, what are you...

Dorian gazed deeply at Kang Chul-In, who was dodging the seemingly endless hail of arrows.

It was almost ridiculous.

Kang Chul-In’s movements didn’t seem fancy, nor technical. It would actually fit better to call his movements humble.

With just those movements, the fact that he was able to dodge those Vortex arrows was ridiculous to Dorian. And this was not even mentioning the fact that these arrows came from almost every direction, as Lucy was covered by the dimensional cloak. 

But…

Dammit!

Unlike Dorian’s dumbstruck gaze that showed otherwise, Kang Chul-In wasn’t faring a good time.

Which meant what?

...It meant that he had to use Overdrive.

Using the 1st phase of Overdrive which boosted 40% of his physical stats and attributes, Kang Chul-In was able to dodge through the Vortex arrows with explosive speed. If not for the use of Overdrive, he would have been doomed from the very beginning.

Come out, Lucy.

Kang Chul-In was just waiting for the moment that Lucy would show herself.

Lucy, how long are you going to hide?

Though Kang Chul-In had dodged over 50 arrows, Lucy still hadn’t shown herself. And to Kang Chul-In who was using Overdrive, it would be more disadvantageous for him as time passed.

Where could she be? Where…

While Kang Chul-In was frustrated and figuring out where Lucy was…

Swish…

A dark shadow seemed to dart to his left.

CLANG!

As Kang Chul-In noticed that, he held his soft-sword Kaiforce up to clash directly against the ‘falchions’ that the dark elves used.

 Now!

Kang Chul-In immediately turned his body around, pushing Lucy’s falchions away from his body and rushing towards the left.

CLANG!

As Kaiforce and the falchions clashed once more, Kang Chul-In and Lucy faced each other.

“It’s been a while, Lucy.”

Kang Chul-In spoke.

“...How do you know of my name?”

But Lucy spoke back in an uninterested, bored tone. It seemed as if she couldn’t remember who Kang Chul-In was.

“Do you not remember me?”

“Unfamiliar human, I do not know who you are. Just… it’s just my frozen, discarded heart seems to tell me to hate you.”

And at the word discarded, Kang Chul-In stiffened for a moment.

Though he was suspecting it to be this way, it was still a different feeling when he heard it from Lucy herself.

“I do not know who you are, and how you know my name. I don’t even know why I hate you. I… just… do.”

Lucy spoke.

“So, you’re going to have to die.”

At these words, Kang Chul-In’s answer…

“So what?”

Was a scoff. He could understand completely that his former subordinates might dislike and despise his decision.

And due to this reason, he had set his mind to take the rage and hatred of his citizens and loyal subjects in the Valhalla dungeon.

But…

He did not have the slightest intention of forfeiting his life in a land like this.

There were new subordinates and subjects around Kang Chul-In now. There were already over 3000 citizens that were worshipping and serving him in the Laputa territory.

So telling Kang Chul-In to die just for their hatred and rage?

There was no way that would work.

Kang Chul-In further responded,

“If you’d like to throw a tantrum, you can do that. I do not know of a method to apologize to you and Valhalla. Therefore…”

Kang Chul-In decided to put even more strength than before onto his arm holding Kaiforce, and swung it even harder.

“Release your rage.”  

 

CLANG!

Due to the sudden increase in force by Kang Chul-In, Lucy involuntarily got pushed 2 steps back.

“Use all of the emotions in your raging heart, and release them onto me. I will accept all of it.”

The method that Kang Chul-In chose was battle.

The emotions of rage, hatred, sadness, betrayal, and disappointment. This was the way he chose to let Lucy get rid of it all.

“Who… are you?”

Lucy spoke to Kang Chul-In, in a shaky voice.

BANG!

An enormous explosion rang out in the Plaza.

“D-Do you know me?”

Lucy’s strength seemed as though it could rival Kang Chul-In’s.

“Do you know why? Why my heart is so murky and lost right now? Answer me, unfamiliar one!”

Suddenly buffing herself with her spells ‘acceleration’, ‘strengthening’, ‘vitality’, and ‘shadow’, Lucy started swinging her falchions at Kang Chul-In ferociously.

Kang Chul-In was pushed onto the defensive.

The close-quarters fighting strength of Lucy was strong enough to make even the past Kang Chul-In appreciate her, and the ghosts of the citizens that clung onto Kang Chul-In made him weaker.

“Chul-In!”

Dorian tried to quickly assist Kang Chul-In.

“Don’t bother.”

But Kang Chul-In declined Dorian’s help.

“This is my fight.”

Shrugging off the ghosts and once again pushing Lucy away, Kang Chul-In warned Dorian.

Yep, this is definitely my fight.

It would be troublesome if anyone got involved in this slugfest of a fight.

The one to take on the pent up emotions of Lucy and the ghosts had to be Kang Chul-In himself.

With this fight, time passed on.

Even the seemingly untiring ghosts seemed to be tired, and the movements of Lucy which seemed to be able to finish off Kang Chul-In in a few strikes also grew slower due to her tiredness.

“Haa, Haa… I hate you… I, I… I hate you… So… Much…”

While gasping and panting for her breath, Lucy showed her true feelings to Kang Chul-In.

“I… I can’t stand how much I hate you… I don’t even know why… yet I hate you so much…”

Lucy looked pained.

Of course.

She didn’t know why she hated the man who stood in front of her, yet she aimed to kill him. It made sense that she would be so pained.

“I… don’t think I can stop. I know you have been considerate of me. You are strong. There were multiple openings and opportunities for you to have killed me. But… now, the only fuel that drives me is the rage and desire to kill you.”

Saying this, Lucy held up her bow once again. And…

Blink!

Using the ‘teleport’ spell, she teleported a few hundreds of meters away from Kang Chul-In.

“If… If I can get rid of these emotions inside of me with this…”

Saying this, a blue-greyish current started forming around Lucy and started to spin around her, increasing speed by each following second.

I guess there’s no choice then…

Kang Chul-In knew what Lucy’s actions right now meant. This was the final and ultimate stage of the Vortex, the ‘Mega Vortex’. It was the final card that Lucy possessed to defeat and kill Kang Chul-In.

Swoooshh~

Huge winds started storming around Lucy, sucking in everything around her.

-Milord…

-How could you have thrown us away…?

-You’re heartless, milord…

And as the ghosts got sucked up by the winds, they spoke their final sayings to Kang Chul-In.

And finally, Lucy pulled the strings of her bow.

Kuooo!!

The tempest that was focused within that one arrow of Lucy’s was astonishing. This compressed tempest of her’s would definitely be enough to destroy the Plaza, and still have enough power to wreak more havoc.

“Goodbye.”

Lucy spoke.

“The target of my hatred, and my escape from my emotions.”

With that…

BANG!

She released the bowstring.

Swishhh!

The miniature tempest, the Mega Vortex, rushed towards Kang Chul-In with terrifying speeds, engulfing him.

“KANG CHUL-INNNNNNN!!”

Dorian shouted.

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