‘Are we going to die like this?’
The assassins were trained to maintain their composure under any circumstances. Surveillance, assault, assassination, etc. Their tasks required secrecy and patience, so suppressing their emotions was the most basic skill.
But now the Black Arrow assassins lost their composure. In other words, they were clearly terrified. This was evidence that their status was low. An excellent assassin would’ve kept their composure, no matter how strong their target.
"Your master is a dog and you’re just at the level of a gangster.”
The target moved closer and approached them. The assassins were good at using a dagger, so they welcomed close combat, but this situation was an exception.
‘There is no chance when facing him from the front.’
Their colleagues were killed in the blink of an eye. The six assassins quickly determined and spread out. Then they threw their daggers.
Pa pa pa pat!
Dozens of daggers flooded towards Grid. It seemed like there was no room to evade. The assassins naturally thought that Grid would bleed. They had an extremely poor imagination.
A jade greatsword was calmly and quickly pulled out. Then dozens of daggers flying at Grid were sucked into the centre of a vortex. This wasn’t the end. Then the direction of the vortex changed and the daggers popped out like bullets.
It was Pagma’s Swordsmanship, Revolve.
The effect of ‘skill damage increased by 20%’ made the daggers bombardment much more powerful than when the assassins threw them. The assassins hit by the daggers became a hedgehog.
‘Being hit by my own attack!’
It was serious. The eyes of the assassins swayed like a lamp in front of the wind. Grid triggered Blacksmith’s Rage and wielded the blue greatsword like a lightning bolt.
Two colleagues lost their lives at once. The bodies and heads were separated, turning them to ash at once.
‘He is too strong...!’
The assassins were well aware of the fact that the Slaughterer was strong. But they were confident that they could kill the Slaughterer if all nine assassins did a pincer attack. However, the number of people who could access the basement was limited to three.
It meant that the target was a monster who had taken on the Slaughterer alone. However, the nine of them could beat the target if they fought together. But that wasn’t it. The target’s strength far exceeded the assumed range. He might even be a match for the famous Red Knights.
The Black Arrows that followed Earl Zebra and committed many bad acts were wiped out on this day.
‘If I aim at a vital spot, the chances of activating the Bisect skill is much higher... Is it? I need to experiment a bit more.’
Grid defeated the Slaughterer and gained a lot of experience. He defeated nine Black Arrows assassins with an average level of 240, and his level rose due to the additional experience. 288. Based on his level, he was now within the top 500 rankings.
But that strength? His rank had nothing to do with it.
‘My agility is too low.’
Grid invested all 10 stat points into agility, but he still felt that it was lacking. Piaro’s strength and agility was a 1:1 ratio. Grid had used him for reference and invested all points into agility for several months, but his ratio was still a mess. He had invested most of his stat points into strength until he met Piaro.
Grid currently had 2,810 strength and 1,606 agility. He had to make the ratio of these two stats 1:1. If he wanted to use the ideal swordsmanship that balanced strength and speed, he needed to gain at least another 120 levels.
‘My vision is dark.’
But did he feel desperate? No way.
‘I have to concentrate on hunting every time I take a break.’
Right now, Grid didn’t care about overworking himself. He would be rewarded for all the effort he put in. He was well aware of this fact.
Noe flew to him. "Praise the best demonic beast of hell! Nyang!”
Based on his expression, he had completed his task properly. This was the end of Earl Zebra’s reign.
“Then let’s go to Titan.”
Now Grid didn’t need the hat. The mask and eyepatch hid his features, so his ID was automatically hidden.
Grid moved forward without hesitation. He met monsters on the way to Titan and gradually adjusted to dual wielding and using the Vital Spot Detection skill. After the battle, he recreated the contents and sought how to overcome his weaknesses.
The journey to Tital would take approximately a fortnight. Until then, Grid’s goal was to reach at least level 291.
Randy and Noe became surprisingly friendly.
“Kyang! Pat the best demonic beast of hell on the head! Stroke my chin as well! Kyang!”
The 31st knight, Idan. He was the youngest of the Red Knights. He was only 14 years old when he joined the knights and now he was 23 years old. He wasn’t from a prestigious family.
But nobody could ignore him.
Who would make fun of him, one of the empire’s strongest knights?
The scene where Earl Zebra was murdered. There were dozens of nobles and knights present. They stood like stone statues and watched Idan. On the other hand, Idan didn’t look at them. He questioned the seven soldiers who murdered Earl Zebra, as well as the circumstances around his murder.
"Um~ I see.”
After a while.
Idan made an expression like he finally grasped the situation. Then at the place where Earl Zebra was killed. In other words, he sat on the throne in the great hall. Nobody pointed out that this behavior was unbecoming.
"Destroy them and their families.”
The seven soldiers who murdered Earl Zebra cried out. Didn’t he say that their families would live if they cooperated with the investigation? It was a ruthless command! Idan smiled at those who were looking at him with eyes full of pleading and resentment.
"I understand the reason why you needed to kill Earl Zebra. In addition, I know that Earl Zebra deserved to die. But a crime is a crime. I need to enforce the law.”
“Why are you doing this? You promised to spare our families!”
"That was if you cooperated.”
"We willingly cooperated!”
The soldiers realized it. Idan was an evil person. He was just as vicious as Earl Zebra. It was chilling to see him laugh as he sentenced dozens of people to death. Idan watched the soldiers who were dragged to the execution area before turning to the nobles.
“Did you say you were Baron Veradin?”
Veradin was called by Idan and took one step forward. Idan observed him closely before smiling.
“You accidentally witnessed the murder of Earl Zebra at the hands of his soldiers and arrested them... Aren’t you wonderful?”
It was blatantly sarcastic. The situation was excellent enough to make Veradin stand out, and Idan clearly smelt it. Veradin didn’t shake. He bowed while maintaining a calm expression.
“I might’ve been able to save Earl Zebra if I arrived at the scene a little sooner. I am sorry.”
Idan’s eyes darkened. Veradin was a pretty tough guy.
"Do you know anything about the killer of the Slaughterer?”
Just before Earl Zebra was murdered, someone had killed the Slaughterer by himself. Idan suspected that these things were related. However, it was a problem because Veradin, who was presumed to be in the center of the case, remained consistent until the end.
"This is all the soldiers said. He was alone, and was a black-haired man full of grace. I didn’t see him myself.”
"Yes, I understand."
That was the end. Idan left without looking at Earl Zebra’s body. Then he looked at direction where the killer of the Slaughterer had headed.
“Who is he?”
The empire’s judgment division determined that the Slaughterer was an A+ grade monster. Three black knights weren’t able to defeat it, so he was sent alone. He didn’t like the fact that he was pushed to do this troublesome thing. Now he was irritated because the situation had become more complicated.
‘A person who can handle an A+ grade monster alone isn’t ordinary... The seniors won’t like it if I return without investigating the person’s identity.’
He could only sigh.
“Is this authentic information?”
“Okay, now is the perfect time.”
Zibal was second on the unified rankings. The Snake Guild, led by him, was growing rapidly, but he couldn’t help feeling anxiety. The total number of guild members was 275 and their average level exceeded 230.
At least 100 of them were in the top 1,000 rankers. He had recently achieved his goal of becoming an earl of the Haken Kingdom. He would be the first user to become a king. But there was a big stumbling block.
It was none other than Grid. Grid had become a duke at once due to the large-scale golem invasion. It was highly likely that Grid would take the title of first king. Zibal couldn’t sit back, and instead made a plan.
Seven guilds had joined forces to keep Grid and Reidan in check. The leaders of the seven guilds pledged to cooperate. They would suppress Grid. But there was a problem.
Grid and the Overgeared Guild were too big. How could they invade Reidan when there was a group of monsters completely dominating the 10th to 40th places in the unified rankings? If the seven guilds combined, it might be possible to kill the Overgeared members, but they would have to take huge damage. It would turn into a loss for them.
Zibal and the leaders of the seven guilds couldn’t carelessly take action. They were worried for the past few months, but had to wait.
Then a chance arrived. According to a scouting team dispatched to the western part of the Eternal KIngdom, Grid had recently disappeared and the Overgeared members had left Reidan to develop a mine.
Currently, Reidan was completely vacant. What if they invaded and destroyed the facilities? It would be a huge blow that Grid would find difficult to overcome.
"Head to Reidan right now. Put on a helmet or mask to hide your identity and move as secretly and quickly as possible.
At the same time, Reidan.
“This is Grid’s city...!”
The sight of the endless fields and walls made Damian overwhelmed. He had travelled to many big cities during his adventures, but in terms of size, Reidan was the best.
“Being a duke is really great! Ruling this great city! Amazing! The population must be at least over 100,000!”
Damian looked around at the surroundings and admired it.
Were visitors unwelcome? Two farmers suddenly arrived in front of him and asked him a question.
"Who are you?"
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