The Dungeon Maker – Chapter 57

<Private #1>

Edited By: Sebas Tian

 

 

Neutrality.

It was being fair and not siding with any sides.

 

It was a comforting idea because no one would attack since they were neutral.

 

To the weak, neutrality was an idea they could only dream about.

The strong pressured them to either side with them or with the enemy, so this was an exit where they could be freed from it.

It was the best shield where it allowed them to increase their strength peacefully.

 

‘Right, it’s like a dream.’

 

A powerless neutrality didn’t exist.

All they had to do was destroy the weak that chose to be neutral.

 

Power was required in order to protect the neutrality.

Sharp teeth and claws that even the strong couldn’t ignore and could actually counterattack them.

 

The dungeon shop was the only one in the demon world that was neutral.

No demon king could ignore the dungeon shop’s neutrality. The rulers that had a sin and superhuman strength in the demon world. It also applied to the six kings.

 

The most intelligent one within the dungeon shop. Bifrons’s existence was art itself and they were looking at a chessboard and various artwork.

It was different from an ordinary chessboard. It was a game that Bifrons created and it was called Encantro.

The game starts with 60 horses and the idea of x, y, z axis was added to it. On top of that, the horses were able to advance in rank and even change and the idea of having support and ambushing the enemy was added to it.

Since there was about a dozen rules that were added, it was useless to compare the difficulty level to that of ordinary chess.

 

The more one plays, the more complicated and difficult it gets, so it’s difficult for someone with an ordinary mind to enjoy this game. In the entire demon world, there were only about 10 people that enjoyed this game. Bifron, the creator of this game, was included in that number.

 

But Bifron didn’t care. They created this game so that they could enjoy it. And if this game was revealed to the demon world, then the number of players will probably double. The demon world was that big and there was a variety of races.

 

Bifrons looked across.

Even though the seat was empty, they were able to see someone. A character that they created a long time ago.

They were Bifrons’s old friend.

 

Their old friend made a move. They spoke while looking at Bifrons.

 

‘I knew that giving you the nickname Most Intelligent was too much.’

 

Bifrons made their move. They nodded.

 

“You’re right. I just like analyzing and I just happen to be talented in calculating. On top of that, I’m using my calculating skills to operate the dungeon shop’s system…I’m probably below average when it comes to scheming and knowing about worldly affairs. No, that’s most likely it.”

 

Whenever Bifrons met their old friend, they ended up looking back on themselves. And they always agreed with their own statement. It was true that Bifrons had an extraordinary mentality, but it didn’t mean that the affairs of the world were all in the palm of their hand.

 

‘Samael looked like they’ve been thinking about a lot of things lately.’

 

Their friend made a move. With that one move, over 100 different possibilities were created.

But those possibilities were only within the set rules.

 

Instead of making their next move, Bifrons took a step back. They replied as they looked at the entire board.

 

“They’ve always been like that. They’re probably worried about the balance breaking within the demon world. The conflict between the King of Pride and the King of Envy is something they’ve never experienced during their short life.”

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The Dungeon Maker – Chapter 58

<Private #2>

 

Flying through the sky while riding the salamander was an incredible thing.

He wanted to continue flying like this.

 

But it was obvious that the salamander was tired.

They weren’t used to flying yet and the evolution process itself used up a lot of their stamina.

 

The salamander lowered themselves and returned to the dungeon entrance and instead of being selfish, Yong-Ho decided to let the salamander rest.

 

The salamander landed on the ground. Since they didn’t have any experience flying or landing, they landed pretty roughly, but no one really cared.

 

The Orcs were the first ones to clap and then some of the spirits followed and clapped at the salamander.

  

The salamander must’ve felt embarrassed because they groaned and then shook their head.

Yong-Ho patted the salamander’s back and then got off their back. Since a handle was already there, if he could get a nice saddle from somewhere, it would be perfect.

  

‘But.’

  

Because of his excitement, there was something that he missed.

 

Was it too much?

He wasn’t referring to the salamander’s evolution. He was talking about the fact that he evolved the salamander outside of the dungeon.

  

Because she observed around the House of Mammon’s dungeon, she realized that Yong-Ho was the owner.

The fact that Ophelia knew what Catalina looked like was a big hint.

The other owners and the pub’s information agents closely observed Foras’s dungeon, so they knew that Foras wasn’t coming back.

  

Yong-Ho turned around.

Ophelia said that other than her, there wasn’t anyone else that was watching around the House of Mammon’s dungeon.

She was able to watch them through the artifact that her father left. He left it in an alleyway within the House of Mammon in case Kaiwan returned.

  

Since the dungeon entrance and the area around it were protected by mana, installing a monitoring magic or artifact was difficult. Those that monitored the area usually used spirits, like the Dungeon Meerkat, to monitor and sense the surrounding.

  

‘That’s why I think there wasn’t anyone that saw it, but…’

  

But it was a bit overboard. It was something he had to refrain from doing next time.

  

‘That is true.’

 

When Yong-Ho turned back around, he noticed that the spirits were looking at him, so he smiled awkwardly.

Their eyes were really sparkling.

  

Catalina was looking at the salamander with an uncomfortable expression and it seemed like she wanted to ride it, but was stopping herself from asking. The way her tail and ears were drooping looked cute, but at the same time, he felt bad.

  

The Orcs excitedly talked about how everything that the Goblins said were true and the Goblins and Kobold were busy jumping around. Skull also cheered while waving their hammer.

  

But among them, the Treant was the most excited.

 

The Treant was more excited than the salamander and they looked at Yong-Ho as their branches started shaking. A human’s face was created on the tree’s body, so he was able to see their excited expression.

  

‘They’re aware of it.’

  

The fact that they were next.

  

Yong-Ho turned around again. And he thought doing it again wouldn’t hurt since he’d already done it once, so he approached the Treant.

  

When Yong-Ho got closer to the Treant, the other spirits closed their mouths and looked at them. They looked like spectators watching a magic show.

  

Yong-Ho slightly glanced over. The Princess Ant, who was standing next to the Kobold, was blinking her eyes. Even though it’s only been a couple of days, it seemed like she developed emotions.

He couldn’t push back on registering her as a spirit. But today would end with Treant’s development.

  

“Okay. Don’t get scared and relax.”

 

As they relaxed, the Treant’s branches dropped. Yong-Ho raised his left hand again so that the spirits could see it clearly. Yong-Ho used the Power of Evolution to look at the Treant’s stats.

  

  [Race : Treant (M)]

  [Type : Monster Spirit (Low Rank)]

  [Element : Earth Level 1]

  [Individual Trait]

  [Naive]

  [Individual Skill]

  [Vines / Stamina]

  

  [Development Rate : 100/100]

  

  [Vines (Tentacles) Level 1 | ★★ (2)] -> Advancement route revealed upon development

  [Stamina Level 0 | ★★ (2)]

  [Agility Level 0 | ★ (1)]

  

Since they were originally a Rank Two spirit and they’ve only evolved once, they were a lot weaker than the salamander in many ways.

  

Yong-Ho had already thought about the Treant’s development route, so he chose Vines without hesitation.

 

Light enveloped the Treant this time too. The Treant’s silhouette was transforming within the light and the other spirits stopped breathing and focused on the Treant.

  

The light disappeared. Yong-Ho released a long sigh and pulled back the hand that was on top of the Treant’s body. He took a few steps back and looked at their entire body.

  

Their body grew bigger and the number of vines increased. It was safe to say that there was twice as many.

 

The spirits excitedly clapped this time too.

But after evolving, the Treant looked at themselves for a moment and with a sad face, their vines fell to the floor.

It seemed like they were expecting to obtain wings too.

 

‘I’m sorry. That’s impossible.’

  

Even though the salamander obtained wings they didn’t have, he thought that change was possible because it was within an acceptable range.

But he couldn’t imagine wings appearing on a tree and giving them the ability to fly.

  

Yong-Ho tapped the Treant’s vines as if he was telling them to cheer up and then looked at the advancement route.

  

[Treant – Assault Type] | [Treant – Defensive Type]

  

Both of them looked slow as usual, but the assault type had pine cones along with the vines and also thorns. For the defensive type, the leaves were bigger and thicker.

  

After checking the advancement route, Yong-Ho looked back at Eligor. He walked into the House of Mammon’s dungeon along with the spirits.   

  

  &

  

“Seriously! Why didn’t you come in when you arrived?!”

“Did you do that to worry me?”

“But you’re back safe and sound.”

  

Lucia greeted Yong-Ho by making a fuss in the beginning and then talking softly afterwards.

The way they acted was pretty cute, so after he chuckled like Skull, he looked around the dungeon entrance room. Even though they reorganized a large part of the dungeon, there wasn’t a big change to the entrance room.

  

“We’ve finished reorganizing the inside passageway, like you’ve instructed. We’re currently reinstalling the traps and building the workshop.”

  

Eligor explained after reading Yong-Ho’s mind. Yong-Ho nodded his head and looked at the ceiling. He spoke as he waved his finger into the air.

  

“Lucia, is it possible to register the Princess Ant as a spirit now?”

  

“It’s possible.”

“From the way you acted outside, it seems like you’re in a hurry today, sir.”

  

“I’m not done. I have a present for you too.”

  

Lucia didn’t reply right away. If they were a human, they would probably be blinking their eyes.

  

“A present for me?”

“You brought me a present?”

  

“Let’s start the registration. Support me.”

 

Yong-Ho spoke slowly as if he was trying to change the subject and then looked at Kobold and the Princess Ant. When Yong-Ho lightly waved his hand, the Kobold understood and immediately brought the Princess Ant in front of him.

  

Yong-Ho imagined Lucia pouting with an unsatisfied look. That’s what she must’ve been doing because she spoke in a slightly sulky tone.

  

“Preparations are complete. Please begin.”

“Like I’ve mentioned before, registering the Princess Ant as a spirit will take a lot more mana than usual.”

“Please keep that in mind.”

  

She must’ve created a line between public and private matters because her voice was calm again.

After nodding his head, he placed his hand on top of the Princess Ant’s head.

Because she saw what happened outside, she slightly flinched, but then closed her eyes and didn’t push back his hand.

  

Like Lucia warned earlier, the amount of mana that it took to register them was similar to when he evolved the salamander.

The Princess Ant groaned and a white magic circle appeared on her forehead.

  

“The registration is complete. The Princess Ant is now the House of Mammon’s spirit.”

  

“Whew.”

  

When looking at the amount of mana he used, it was like he evolved a spirit three times, so he let out a deep sigh and pulled his hand back. The Princess Ant then opened her eyes and after looking at herself, a disappointed look appeared on her face as her shoulders dropped. They probably thought they were going to transform.

  

Yong-Ho patted their head. Maybe it’s because she’s been registered, but he felt closer to her.

And it was the same for the Princess Ant. She was like an inanimate object before and started showing a bit of emotion.

  

‘Let me push my limit a bit more.’

  

The spirit registration felt like an annual event.

Yong-Ho activated the Power of Evolution.

  

  [Race : Crazy Ant (F)]

  [Position : Princess Ant]

  [Type : Monster Spirit (Low Rank)]

  [Element : Coldness Level 0]

  [Individual Trait]

  [Innocent]

  [Individual Skill]

  [Charm / Mana]

  

  [Development Rate : 0/100]

  

  [Charm Level 0 | ★★ (2)]

  [Emotion Level 0 | ★☆ (1.5)]

  [Mana Level 0 | ★★ (2)]

  [Stamina Level 0 | ★ (1)]

  [Attribute Strengthening Level 0 | ★☆ (1.5)]

  

‘Good.’

 

Yong-Ho touched the window of light that displayed the development route. There was a faint silhouette above the Princess Ant’s body, but none of them showed any dramatic changes. It just felt like a 10 year old turned 11 years old.

  

‘Will there be a Queen Ant advancement when they become an adult?’

  

“Usually, the Princess Ant needs anywhere from a few years to over a decade in order to become a Queen Ant.”

“Since they’ve lost the colony, there’s a possibility that they might choose to grow quickly in order to create a new colony.”

  

‘I wonder.’

  

Yong-Ho nodded his head and looked at the Princess Ant again. After lowering himself so that he could be on the same level as her, he spoke.

  

“I look forward to working with you. Staring today, your name is Yuria.”

  

Maybe it’s the effects of the spirit registration, but it felt like the Princess Ant actually understood what he said. Even in the spirit list, Yuria was added to it.

  

Kobold, who was always with the Princess Ant, barked as they jumped around. It seemed like they were congratulating her, but at the same time, it was like they were signaling Yong-Ho to give them a name as well.

  

‘How about Spot or Puppy?’

  

It might be too much to name all the spirits that he was going to register from now on, but he felt that he should at least give the Treant and the salamander a name.

  

‘For the salamander, maybe Lamborghini, Diablo or Porsche…no, that’s a bit too much. Maybe Salami?’

  

Anyways, he decided to think about it later. He had to discuss with Eligor regarding the things that happened at the free city and he had to understand the new dungeon layout.

  

After Eligor dismissed the spirits, Yong-Ho spoke with a relaxed expression.

  

“I know it’s a bit late, but thing worked out great.”

“It seems that way.”

  

Eligor smiled warmly. Yong-Ho gathered Eligor, Catalina and Skull and walked towards the inner part of the dungeon. After checking how the passageways have been reorganized on the dungeon map, he asked a question.

  

“Where’s the Dwarf now?”

  

The Dwarf had manufacturing skills and they would be in charge of the workshop.

Eligor answered Yong-Ho’s question with a warm smile.

  

“Of course they’re in the prison.”

  

Why did he say “of course” in the beginning?

Yong-Ho asked again with a confused look.

  

“Just out of curiosity, you didn’t torture them, right?”

  

A sulky expression appeared on Eligor’s face and Yong-Ho released a sigh of relief.   

  

 

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The Skill Maker – Chapter 98

<Black Market #1>

Edited By: Sebas Tian

 

“H-huh……?”

As expected.

The members that were on the ground started coming back to their senses.

They didn’t know what happened, so they looked around with a blank expression.

And when they found Hyun-Soo standing tall before them, they realized that they came back to reality, so they released a sigh of relief.

Some released their anger by using profanity while hitting a wall and others stretched out on the ground knowing that they were safe.

A a few started crying.

“Ahhhhhh. It was really scary! Hiccup!”

Katrina was one of them and when she found Hyun-Soo after looking around, she started crying and ran towards him.

Hyun-Soo felt some sort of burdened, so when he slightly moved his body, she cried even harder.

‘I have that egg in my pocket.’

It felt like he made a kid cry, so when he patted Katrina’s head, she stopped crying for a moment and then started crying again.

They mentioned books, studying, failing, so they probably had a traumatic experience related to those things.

While Hyun-Soo was calming down Katrina, the members overcame the remaining illusions.

“Damn it, I didn’t realize it was an illusion.”

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The Skill Maker – Chapter 97

<Karazhan #3>

Edited By: Sebas Tian

 

The silver light didn’t appear this time.

Because of that, Karazhan’s attack slightly cut the hem of Hyun-Soo’s clothes.

‘What the?’

Did he imagine the silver light he saw just now?

But the light actually blocked Karazhan’s attack.

“Damn, whatever. I’ll think about it later!’

Hyun-Soo stopped thinking about the problem and focused on the situation that was occuring before him.

It’s because Karazhan was now attacking aggressively, which was different from when they first fought.

At first, they attacked without moving a muscle, but now, they were aggressively throwing themselves towards Hyun-Soo.

It’s probably because they realized that standing still didn’t affect him.

‘But just suddenly attacking like this is really unexpected!’

Even though they looked like a fairy, their actions reminded him of a horror film.

Thanks to his views slowing down the opponent’s movements, he managed to dodge their attacks.

Kyahhhhh!

Hyun-Soo used his skill while dodging, but Karazhan used their wings and flew up to dodge it.

While dodging, they released an odd cry.

It sounded like they were looking down on him.

“Huh…… “

Were they looking down on him just because they had wings?

Because they were able to freely control their wings, Hyun-Soo couldn’t really land any attacks.

The smoke would protect their weakness and when Hyun-Soo counterattacked when Karazhan attacked, they would just fly away.

They were really like an annoying fly.

‘Wait.’

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The Skill Maker – Chapter 96

<Karazhan #2>

Edited By: Sebas Tian

 

Clank!

The sound of something shattering filled the place.

“Wh-what’s that?!”

The hunters felt something odd, so they quickly put their guard up.

However…….

“Wait…… What is…….”

“My head……!”

Thud!

Thud!

One by one, the hunters grabbed their heads and stumbled.

They did their best to endure it, but it was too much and they became unconscious.

The members tried to wake up by harming themselves, but in the end, they became unconscious.

Hyun-Soo was going to approach him, but he suddenly felt a really bad headache.

“Ack!”

Once Hyun-Soo realized that it was an illusion, the illusion shattered and it revealed reality.

After that, the members fell one by one as if they were attacked.

Hyun-Soo was sure that Karazhan, the owner of this portal, was doing this.

Hyun-Soo shook his head.

But it was useless.

His vision became blurry.

***

‘…… What happened?’

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The Dungeon Maker – Chapter 56

<The Demon King of Fire #3>

Edited By: Sebas Tian

 

Ophelia placed a map on top of a small glass table that was placed between them. There wasn’t a need to ask what kind of map it was. He was sure it was a map of the empty southern region.

 

Yong-Ho looked at the map and tried to find the location of the House of Mammon. It was located at the most southern region of the demon world and behind it, the giant mountain, Encantro Pagnium was located, so it wasn’t hard to find it.

 

Since the map belonged to the group that handled information, Mammon’s dungeon as well as dozens of other dungeons that were in the area were marked.

 

The House of Foras’s dungeon was the one that was closest to the House of Mammon’s dungeon.

 

The House of Foras and two other dungeons created a triangle. And the free city, Nuremburg, was located in the center of those dungeons.

 

He widened his view a bit. The triangle that Yong-Ho saw was only a small area and didn’t even take up 1/10th of the entire empty region.

 

Ophelia softly smiled when Yong-Ho studied the map on his own. She waved her finger and pointed at the areas that were located in the northwestern region. The area was far from the free city.

 

“Embrio, the Demon King of the Wolves, is active in this area. There are already over seven dungeons that they have destroyed. And this hasn’t been confirmed yet, but they most likely won the recent battle against a joint group.”

 

“Joint group? Are you talking about an allied force?”

 

Yong-Ho asked because of the unfamiliar word. Ophelia immediately answered.

 

“Yes. In order to take down Embrio, four owners around the area joined forces. Within the empty region, they’re considered to be pretty powerful.”

 

Ophelia’s finger pointed at four dungeons. Embrio must’ve been increasing their power within them because they were far from Embrio’s dungeon.

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The Dungeon Maker – Chapter 55

<The Demon King of Fire #2>

Edited By: Sebas Tian

 

She was overpowered.

She couldn’t even resist because of that enormous thing.

 

It felt like she was swept away by a giant wave. No, more like she was buried under the heavy rain that was falling from the sky.

She was trampled on.

 

The word, conquered, came to mind. But it was only for a moment. Because she felt that her life was really worthless, she questioned whether that was the proper word to use.

 

Despite being in the center of the chaos, she just stared.

Her thoughts stopped and got disconnected.

 

She was being analyzed in detail.

In front of the desire.

Her original plan was used on her when she stood in front of Greed.

 

She couldn’t really feel a strong will from her opponent. Like a child rolling a candy in their mouth, Ophelia’s mind was being played with.

 

She desperately struggled. It wasn’t because she came back to her senses through her own efforts. It could be that that enormous being purposely gave her a break so that they could play with her more.

 

She cried. Her survival instinct kicked in and her desire to live was stronger than ever.

But it wasn’t easy. 10’s and 100’s of tentacles were being wrapped around Ophelia’s body. The more Ophelia struggled, the more tentacles shot up from somewhere as if to say that her efforts were a joke.

 

Her position as the pub’s female owner couldn’t be maintained just because it’d been inherited. Being able to look into another’s mind meant that they had the confidence to protect their own mind.

But she was too powerless. Every time she tried to invade his mind, a bigger wall greeted her.

 

Ophelia desperately ran. She couldn’t see the tentacles anymore. She kept on running through an unfamiliar space.

Tears and snot covered her face. But she didn’t have the luxury to fix herself. Even though she was out of breath, she couldn’t stop and took a step forward.

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The Dungeon Maker – Chapter 54

<The Demon King of Fire #1>

Edited By: Sebas Tian  

  

The Harpy was the pub’s envoy and due to them interfering, the trade between Rikum and the dismantlers ended pretty quickly.

  

The dismantlers tried to lower the price by saying that they didn’t really have anyone else to sell it to, but it was no use. Even though dismantlers weren’t part of the pub group, they couldn’t ignore the power that the pub had.

The dismantlers didn’t take any risks. Instead of using tricks on a guest that the pub’s female owner called for, they decided to end this by offering a reasonable price.

  

Other than the horse that Rikum was riding on, the others either died or ran away, forcing Yong-Ho and his group to walk to the free city.

Yong-Ho got on the horse that Rikum was riding on and then placed Catalina, who was conscious, in front of him. After letting her lean against him, he wrapped one arm around her waist. He was able to somewhat ride the horse.

  

‘It’s not because I have other intentions.’

  

Since Skull was too heavy, they couldn’t ride the horse with Catalina.

But ordering Rikum to ride the horse while carrying Catalina made him feel uncomfortable no matter how he thought about it.

 

That’s why Yong-Ho decided to ride the horse while carrying her and Skull and Rikum agreed.

Skull was happy, but Rikum didn’t forget the fact that he was a spirit that belonged to the house of Mammon. It would be extremely uncomfortable for him to ride a horse while his owner was walking.

  

Since Yong-Ho was a beginner, it was impossible for him to ride a running horse while holding someone. Because of that, Yong-Ho slowly controlled the horse. It wasn’t because he wanted to hold Catalina for a long time.

 

‘It’s soft. It’s squishy too.’

  

And he made sure not to express his thoughts.

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The Dungeon Maker – Chapter 53

<Free City #2>

Edited By: Sebas Tian

  

A rushing dump truck, no, it felt like he was seconds away from getting hit by a rushing train.

The Land Worm instantly filled his entire sight and their presence was enough to paralyze his mind.

 

His life didn’t flash in front of him. In between that short time, his instinct was the only thing that reacted.

  

Boooooooom!

  

The Land Worm hit the ground with its head. The surface broke. Within the dust, pieces of rock flew like grenade fragments.

  

“Ack!”

“Master!”

“Skullll!”

  

Between the screams, bones and flesh were being crushed. Like a frog that was in front of a snake, a horse froze in front of the Land Worm and their corpse rolled on the ground. There wasn’t any blood flowing out and it was difficult to make out the horse’s corpse.

  

The Land Worm was covered in red, dead skin and just from one look, over 10 eyes were attached to them. Within the dust, those eyes were moving all at the same time.

  

“Catalina!”

 

Even though it was dangerous, Yong-Ho jumped off the horse and screamed. He yelled even though the dust made it difficult to see and there was a meaning behind his scream.

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The Dungeon Maker – Chapter 52

<Free City #1>

Edited By: Sebas Tian

  

Riding a horse was harder than he imagined.

Since a horse had four legs, just walking made Yong-Ho move around alot.

On top of that, horses were a lot bigger than humans. So when they moved their body, the smallest movement felt big.

  

Because of that, it was the same as sitting on a chair that kept on moving from side to side and up and down.

 

And this movement was just the start.

  

When the horse started running, the movement became even bigger.

A horse wasn’t an inanimate object like a bicycle or a car. It couldn’t change directions or stop on its own.

A connection with the horse was needed.

  

Thanks to the advanced saddles that they were using, the difficulty level of riding a horse decreased, but it didn’t mean that it was easy to ride it.

 

In order to ride a horse, one needed strong stamina and extreme balance that allowed them to endure the rough movement, the ability to connect with the horse, have the driving force required and the ability to lead so that they’re able to rhythmically balance themselves.

 

There’s a reason why people create dieting machines based on horse riding or the rodeo culture that was created.

Riding a beast was that difficult.

  

Catalina sat on top of a flat rock and she opened her mouth while wagging her tail. Yong-Ho was sitting across from her and while he was writing on the ground with a stick, she spoke.

  

“You seem to learn everything very quickly, sir.”

  

When the previous owner was alive, it was true that the House of Mammon was on the verge of falling, but it didn’t completely fall.

As the guard, Catalina learned how to ride a horse from the previous guard. Because of that, she knew that it wasn’t easy for a beginner to ride one.

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