Evolution Theory of the Hunter – Chapter 89
[TN: Here is your next release! ]
“And I will be keeping the blunt sword.”
I thought that someone might say something against it but no one said a peep.
It was the first level 0 weapon we’ve come across and it had the potential for growth as all level 0 items seemed to have. It didn’t seem at all special right now but I’m sure it could become something great later on with the right coaxing.
And I made the final executive decision to give the red speed-enhancing shoes to Jong Sawon. Since his fighting style required speed, I thought it was a perfect match.
“You came again?”
The market employee said with apparent surprise etched on his face. It was the very same employee that we had poured out all of our items in front of just two days earlier. There was no way he would have forgotten about us.
“This and that happened and here we are.”
“So what brings you here today…?”
“We are here to sell some more items.”
“Oh…so you didn’t like the items you had purchased last time it seems? Certainly the Toyul Hammer is not for the faint of heart.”
I could see a faint smirk dancing at the edges of the employee’s mouth. His eyes were mocking me as if to ask why I would buy something I didn’t know anything about like an amateur.
Am I being paranoid? No. It was written all over that man’s face.
“No, that’s not it. We have some new items to sell.”
“I’m sorry? Didn’t you sell me everything you had just two days ago?”
“That is true but…”
“Certainly you didn’t come back to sell the same amount as before in such a short time?”
“Of course not.”
“Of course. There’s just no way. Then let us go inside…”
After following the employee inside, we continued on into the small room to do the exchange.
“Can you show me the items?”
I lightly laughed before flicking my hand in the air. All of the items in my storage started spilling out at once.
Boom! Clank! Slam! Clank clank clank.
The employee who had been waiting patiently without any anticipation started to lose all the color in his face second after second.
10, 20, 30, when the items showed no sign of stopping, he opened his mouth and spoke with a pained expression to ask.
“Just, just how many on earth did you bring?”
“A little over 100.”
There should have been 113 items left over but I used some of the items in combination with the blisolnites and ansilites on hand to fuse them.
The number of items decreased a bit, but our overall profit should have increased.
“….sweet baby Jesus.”
Even as he whispered his words of surprise, the items continued spilling out of the air.
It took a bit for him to calculate everything.
But the total profit for us came out to 31,100,000.
I got dizzy for a moment. I kept looking and doing double takes but the numbers he had written out for me remained the same.
“…You are probably the only person who has earned this much money from our store.”
“Is that so? I would have expected pro teams to earn quite a bit of money too?”
“Well pro teams are directly connected to the head office. They even have a separate team dedicated to tending to them.”
“Oh…that’s the first I hear of that.”
When we had hunted in the dungeons, there was no reason for us to go out to the hunter market and sell our items. This was because we usually just turned them over to the dungeon operators and they paid us out right then and there.
But this was a special circumstance – with the advent of the new land. Also because of the threat of the Chinese hunters crossing the halfway line of the new land, there was no way pro hunters would travel to and fro from their station just to sell their items. For that reason, it seems they were assigned a separate team to pick up and drop off their items to the market for them.
It seems that the five pro teams I had mentioned earlier earned enough items for the hunter market to go out of their way in such a manner. I wouldn’t be surprised if the largest team, Team Galaxy, earned several 100 millions at a time.
Thinking of the higher drop rates and easier hunting on the new land, I wouldn’t be surprised if they make even more than that.
The employee asked.
“In any case, do you not have any ores? I’m sure you aren’t throwing them all away.”
“Ah, another member of the team is taking care of that. I don’t sell them myself.”
Ores, which are usually sold to the dungeon operators, are also being sold to the hunter market stores in the new land. The law usually mandates that ores are only sold to the government, but the new land created this need to sell to the markets.
Curious, I asked.
“Is there any way for us to procure or buy ores here?”
“Hm, I’m not sure. We do purchase ores at our store but everything we purchase is managed by the police. We do not have the authority to sell ores in our possession. But where do you want to use them, if I may ask? I don’t think I’ve ever heard that anybody could use it in any way in its natural form.”
“No, I was just wondering. You could say it’s a bit of a hobby of mine…you know…making this and that out of things.”
Making the ores usable in any way required a dissolving and leaching process with strong acids – something that required a factory to do.
My excuse sounded lame even to my own ears. Good job Sangmin. Good job.
I gave each team member 3 million dollars and kept 10 million to myself.
Now that we had earned a crapload of money, until we received any new piece of information regarding the forest, we were going to take a well deserved break.
Manager Kim, Park Hanbum, and Bae Yeonkyoung returned home. I gave everyone 3 days off.
Since we all agreed that we would all meet up immediately if I contacted them before the three days were up, there was no issue with giving them that time off.
Ever since the monster wave and the new land, new roads had been paved everywhere.
Unless you were somewhere extremely far or remote, getting to the new city was usually only a few hours’ drive away.
Han Joonseok, Jong Sawon, and Cho Youngoo headed to the shopping center in the West Sea Ccity.
Since all three of them had an interest in cars, it seemed they bonded in that way.
I could see that. Jong Sawon was a bike fanatic – seeing as how he went so far as to always wear a full face bike helmet everywhere.
I found out that he had only sold his bike so that he could purchase his equipment. I guessed that he was probably keen on buying another bike with his new earnings.
That was not a bad idea. If we were to go back into the forest, I’m sure there would be parts our truck would not be able to pass through. Then a bike would come in handy indeed.
The truck was big enough to hold a few bikes so space wasn’t an issue either.
In the case space did become an issue, we could just go and buy another truck.
I mean. We did earn a lot of money this time around.
If it were like old times, I wouldn’t have even thought of spending money in this way.
Left to myself at the hostel, I took out the blunt sword and held it out.
This was the new level 0 weapon I had come upon.
Just as its name implied, it was extremely…how do you say it…ordinary.
In fact, since the blade was almost as thick as a finger, it was closer to an iron rod than a sword.
If you were to try and fight a monster with this thing, instead of slicing it or stabbing it…you would probably need to kill it by hitting it to death.
But I’m sure it would change in some way after an upgrade so I wasn’t quick to judge.
The level 0 items I came across before this were two skillbooks: effort and friendship. And both of them came with amazing…almost cheatlike features.
I sat on the sofa and turned on the tv when Sooah spoke up.
“Are you trying to upgrade it? But we don’t even have any ores left.”
The first upgrade required 50 ores. Compared to what the manual needed, it was definitely on the cheaper side.
I had invested 726 ores so far into my manual for its next upgrade. I took 50 from that and invested it towards the sword.
-You have fulfilled the upgrade requirements for the blunt sword. Would you like to proceed?