Chang Soo had already seen Hyunsuk break a core of a dungeon earlier, but that didn’t change the fact that it still amazed him.
Rookie players could not push their power into the core that naturally.
Speaking honestly, even Chang Soo himself, who had been a player for 8 months did not think that he would be able to handle the core as well as Hyunsuk.
While Chang Soo was thinking, all of a sudden the core started cracking in half.
The core had broken into pieces.
The power from the core came rushing at them.
Hyunsuk, Chang Soo, and his group were standing where the dungeon had been.
There was a long blade floating in the air above them.
“An artifact!” Chang Soo’s eyes widened with surprise.
An artifact was another thing that could be gained by a player when the dungeon had been cleared and closed.
Everyone’s eyes started glowing with greed and jealousy when they saw the artifact in the air.
When a dungeon was cleared, it was a very rare object that held a lot of power, health, and strength that appeared. That was what an artifact was.
That is what appeared in front of them. It was also in the shape of something that was very popular amongst the players: a weapon.
Chang Soo, his group, and Hyunsuk were all looking at the same thing with greed. But nobody stretched out their hands to grab the sword.
The item belonged to the person that did the most work in the dungeon. That wasn’t a rule decided by the players, but it was a rule set by the Dungeon Headquarters.
Everything was decided by how much power you had left at the end of the game. It was clear that if you worked the most, you would have the least amount of power left and the artifact was to belong to that person in order to replenish their strength.
There wasn’t an infinite amount of time for the artifact to be claimed. After a certain amount of time has passed, the artifact disappears. It leaves the power, strength, and health behind though.
Speaking in terms of a game, it was basically like somebody leaving behind their experiences without them being actually present.
Hyunsuk was just standing and staring at the artifact. That made Chang Soo’s group more anxious and they started pacing their feet.
“Aren’t you going to grab it? There’s not much time left…”
At these words, Hyunsuk turned his head and looked around his surroundings. There were at least 30 people that were looking in his direction of the floating artifact. They were all looking at Hyunsuk and Chang Soo’s group with jealousy and malice.
Hyunsuk could tell amongst the people as to who was a player and who was a regular civilian because players were the ones with names floating above their heads.
You would think that there would only be players around because it was the dungeon hot spot. But that was not the case.
It was very likely that the normal civilians were actually the Dungeon Headquarters’ employees. There were also normal people around who came to watch the games.
Because the sight of the black and white swirling orbs, it was known as a unique place. The dungeon hot spot was sometimes treated like a tourist attraction.
There was no chance that a civilian would be sucked into a dungeon. It was safe.
The sight of watching a dungeon close and having an artifact appear was a rare sighting. It was very interesting to watch.
Hyunsuk became very aware of his surroundings. He saw the civilians, the players, the employees, and the dungeon security cameras watching him as he grabbed the floating artifact.
It sounded like something had broken and Hyunsuk was holding onto the sword. He felt the power of it spread out all around him.
Hyunsuk was aware that the sword was in the reality with him.
While holding onto the sword, Hyunsuk turned around and spoke, “We’ll stop here today. I’ll contact you with further information later.”
After Hyunsuk said those words, he exited the dungeon hot spot.
Chang Soo was taken aback as he watched Hyunsuk walk away.
“What kind of a guy is that?”
No matter how many times he tried to change his opinions, he couldn’t believe that Hyunsuk was 21 years old. There was no way that he could have this much control over them at such a young age.
“What should we do?” asked Myung Sik Park. He was standing near Chang Soo. At that, Chang Soo finally released his stare on Hyunsuk’s disappearing back and looked at his group.
Each member was haggard looking. Of course, they had all participated in helping clear two dungeons in one day.
‘How did he manage to pick the exact ones…?’
Chang Soo’s mind was complicated, but he brushed his clothes off and faced his group and spoke, “Well first, let’s go and rest up. If he needs us, he’ll contact us.”
None of the people in his group spoke. Chang Soo departed in hopes that Hyunsuk would not contact them or need their help often.
There were a total of 10 different doors that were accessible through the fence that guarded the dungeon hot spot. They were all watched over by the Dungeon Headquarters.
If you opened one of the doors and walked through, there was a room. In that room, all the items retrieved in the dungeon were inspected.
You couldn’t hide the things you found in the dungeon by trying to deceive them. They had the skills to detect the magic that the things held and everything was inspected thoroughly that way.
After the items were placed on the table, they were checked, recorded, and returned to the rightful owners.
If the players didn’t get their items checked and tried to deceive their way out of it and were caught, the items were confiscated from them right on the spot.
Nobody really bothered to go to that extreme of hiding something. It wasn’t like the Dungeon Headquarters didn’t return the items or gave them problems for it. They just simply wanted to make a record of what was going out of the dungeons. That was why the players complied so easily.
Truthfully, this act was to prevent anything dangerous from the dungeon world enter into the normal world.
Hyunsuk walked towards the table. There were three men that watched over the area with wide eyes.
The first thing Hyunsuk did was look above their heads and checked their names.
‘They’re all players.’
He could see their names clearly above their heads. Out of the three men, the one named Soo Han Kim spoke to him.
“Sir, if you would just put the items you retrieved from the dungeon on the table please.”
The first thing Hyunsuk put down was the sword he was holding in his hand. There was no way to hide this sword because everybody that was in eyesight reach of him saw that he grabbed the sword. It was a given that it was probably caught by the security cameras as well.
Hyunsuk tapped the knives that were wrapped around his waist.
“Do I have to put these down too?”
He was asking if they were going to inspect the weapons that was with him before he entered the dungeons.
Soo Han smiled and nodded his head, “It would be greatly appreciated if you did that.”
Soo Han spoke politely, but it was really an order that Hyunsuk had to follow. Hyunsuk cooperated without any trouble and just put the knives down onto the table.
Then he took off the bag that he had on his back and took out a few things from it.
The inspector’s’ eyes widened.
“You retrieved a magical stone of a great size…”
Soo Han was so surprised that he continued to look back and forth at Hyunsuk and the magical stone that was in Hyunsuk’s hand. He was admiring him.
That magical stone belonged to the Vine Ghost.
The three men in the room were constantly checking the security cameras of the dungeon so they were already aware of what level Hyunsuk had cleared.
Hyunsuk had undoubtedly cleared a Bronze 1 level dungeon. He cleared it very quickly and there was a special artifact that showed itself at the end, but there was nothing else special about it.
But as they saw the size of the magical stone that Hyunsuk had taken out, it was a size that was retrievable in a Gold 5 level. They would have to hold a thorough inspection in order to know for sure, but its worth seemed to be about $4,000,000.
Next to the huge magical stone, Hyunsuk placed two more smaller ones.
Soo Han’s face turned into an expression of deep surprise.
“You were extremely lucky. You extracted 3 magical stones from one dungeon.”
Hyunsuk didn’t take anymore magical stones out. Instead, he took out other things that were well known to be useful in the player’s world.
The thunder dragonfly’s thunder pouch, its hexagonal pieces of the eyes, and the Vine Ghost’s fruits were all laid out on the table.
Soo Han questioned him, “Is this all?”
It was a courtesy question.
It was a given that there would be products out of the dungeon once it was clear. If you were lucky, you would come by a magical stone and if you were extremely lucky, an artifact would show up.
Soo Han looked at Hyunsuk as if he had used up all his luck in one dungeon in one day.
As Hyunsuk didn’t reply, Soo Han took out an object that looked like a huge magnifying glass. It was really an instrument used to detect the magic in an item.
Soo Han didn’t inspect the items that were laid out in front of him. Instead, he used the magnifying glass to inspect Hyunsuk’s body. It was to check if there was something hidden on his body. This wasn’t the case usually, so the body check was just a routine thing to do.
Soo Han quickly moved the magnifying glass up and down Hyunsuk’s body.
As nothing showed up he said, “We are done inspecting. You may take your items and leave.”
Hyunsuk nonchalantly grabbed his bag and put all the items that were on the table into the bag.
Then he just left.
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