Yu IlHan, who returned to his home in Seoul, Korea, revised the fantasy novels. What would change when monsters start appearing in society, what else is needed other than strength and knowledge to do well in the changed society – he wanted to learn these.
The things Yu IlHan did right now was no different from Korean youths getting specs and studying early in order to ‘go to a good university’ or to ‘get employed in a good company’. That was obvious as the only thing he learned before he was left out was that. So perhaps it was an acceptable thing to pile up specs for hundreds of years.
[No, I definitely can’t accept it……!]
Lita, who came sneaked back to Yu IlHan’s side while he was researching various things from all kinds of fantasy novels, looked at him and shook her head. No matter how study-stricken Korean students are, is it possible to study for several hundred years!?
Of course, Yu IlHan’s current actions were mostly to due to escapism to forget his own loneliness, but not submitting under such a situation and finding new things to do was a proof of his strong mentality. No, perhaps the long period of training may have changed him.
“Lita, since you’re here, tell me. I want to try corpse dismantling or smithing. What should I try first?”
Yu IlHan looked at Lita with a serious gaze. Lita thought it was absurd but she had no choice but to reply.
[To confront monsters, defensive equipment and weapons made with monsters as materials are the most efficient so I can say ‘both’, but I think it’s easier for you to learn the basics of dismantling rather than smithing. It’s also more prioritized on the scene.]
“Then dismantling it is.”
[Hey, rest for a bit!]
Animals were abundant in this world, and Yu IlHan had the confidence to hunt any animal if he had a good spear so he didn’t hesitate. He looked for a suitable weapons factory and acquired a few sears and went into action.
Dismantling wasn’t easy. Not only was it difficult to hunt the animal without injuring it much, flaying the skin without damaging it and cutting the meat by parts and processing all of it was considerably profound; and the process was different for cows, pigs, bears, tigers, lions, elephants, etc.
However, time solved everything. Yu IlHan hunted and dismantled most of the animals he could hunt in several decades and learnt the techniques. It was to the point that he could estimate and see through how he would dismantle an animal he had never seen before.
“Lita, if I hunted all the animals now, wouldn’t monsters not appear then?”
[God has sent humans to other worlds in order for humans and monsters to compete in the same conditions.]
“Excluding me, that is.”
Lita naturally ignored Yu IlHan’s words and continued speaking.
[But if you kill all the animals now, then it goes against the ‘balance’. The reason I’m also helping you now is to match the balance, so do you think I will let you hunt all the animals? Just obediently hunt the amount I allow you to.]
The last task of dismantling was the sperm whale.
[Stop it, you idiot!]
“Call me Ishmael……”
[Don’t tell jokes that nobody can understand!]
“Don’t say stupid things. It’s not that there’s nobody to understand but there are no people at all!”
While training martial arts for hundreds of years, and conquering all the libraries in the world, Yu IlHan became strangely stubborn. He acted first after deciding something was necessary to complete a task. Hunting sperm whales was an example.
Of course, sperm whales were designated as endangered species and was prohibited to hunt, but honestly, Yu IlHan couldn’t care less.
“Won’t the animal population have increased rapidly after humanity comes back?”
[Unlike you, they can’t eat and they don’t grow either, but like you don’t age, they don’t age and can’t reproduce. And that’s all……]
“And you’ll say ‘because time stopped’!”
[Because time sto……Whoa!?]
He spent one month before encountering a sperm whale, but that amount of time wasn’t even considered ‘waiting’. Yu IlHan who was calmly training his martial arts on the deck, finished hunting the sperm whale as soon as he encountered it and he dismantled it.
According to what Lita said, there were some monsters which carried parts that had a special effect or some other reason to be exchanged for a large sum, so dismantling a sperm whale which had ambergris was an extremely advisable practice.
[People usually think of escaping first when monsters appear in the world.]
“Who was it that made them prepare to fight and now you’re speaking nonsense? Anyway, now I’ve gotten used to dismantling, I will learn smithing.”
[Yeah, you do everything, eeeeverything.]
This was exactly on the 300th year after being left behind.
It was a hammer that he picked up without thinking, but he unexpectedly spent a lot of time on it. As he had to learn from existing records since there was no one to teach him, it was too difficult.
Still, as he had a body that was developed to an extreme due to hundreds of years of training, he was saved on the point that he didn’t feel tired even with all the perilous work.
“When! I! Read! Fantasy! Novels! They! All! Learn! Skills! Easily! But! Why! Can! I! Not! Do! Do! It! Like! Them!?”
Yu IlHan spat out each word each time he hammered the piece of metal on the anvil and ground his teeth. ‘Then don’t do it’ – these words came up to Lita’s throat but as she knew that Yu IlHan wouldn’t stop even if she said so, she just called wind and cooled the sweat on his head.
“Just! Teach! Me! The! Skill! To! Call! Wind!”
[I said you need to handle mana?]
It took no less than 5 years for him to become used to using the furnace, extracting various metals such as iron, blowing the bellows, and produce a sword that could be considered ‘having an edge’.
Lita, who received Yu IlHan’s first work, which was neither a longsword nor a short sword but somewhere in the middle, gently closed her eyes and looked at the sword before voicing her honest opinions.
[I wonder if you can slice a radish with this.]
“I won’t tell you to slash a radish so give it back.”
[I want it was commemoration. I’ll ask Lord God to preserve this even after the world resets.]
“Why do you want to bully me so much……!?”
And when about 30 more years passed, Yu IlHan had the confidence that he made a sword that was better than factory-made ones.
And after 50 more years passed, he had confidence that the weapon he created surpassed all the existing weapons on Earth, but Yu IlHan, who knew well that his ability wasn’t good enough yet couldn’t stop there.
Like a student who received 97 points on a mock test, Yu IlHan clung to smithing which had no clear answer. He created weapons that contained metals such as swords, spears, and axes, and even polearms. He conquered defensive equipments such as battle gloves as well. And 50 more years passed like that.
“No, you can’t even cut a cucumber with this!”
[If the cucumber you know made of diamonds?]
It was truly unfortunate but all humans had something called ‘talent’. According to the presence or absence of this talent, there were people who wouldn’t be able to achieve something no matter how much effort they put into it; and there were people who would achieve a world record by just trying once; and there were people who achieved as much as they put into it.
Yu IlHan was in no way a genius that mastered a technique by just trying once. However, as he steadily put more effort, his ability was increasing. Slowly, but never stopping.
It was truly a coincidence, but to him who was forgotten by God and was left alone in the world, it was a blessing. The centuries became his asset without being wasted.
When 200 and a few more years passed since he first picked up the hammer, Yu IlHan succeeded in creating a weapon to his liking. He pursued weapons that he could create in his personal space so it wasn’t made from anything like titanium alloy or carbon fiber and such new materials, and was made from steel, but that spear was overly hard and sharp to be created by a human.
“How is it?”
[I thought there was a limit to the technology on Earth… but human tenacity brings miracles…….]
“Ahahaha. I’ve finally created a steel sword that can make Mo Palmo cry!……!”1
[This is a spear though.]
There were points that even Lita, an angel, would marvel at. The sharpness which seemed like one would get cut from just looking at it, and hardness. The spearpoint and the spear shaft was separated by a socket but the spear shaft was also made entirely from steel, and it was heavy.
Wielding this spear freely was only possible by Lita or Yu IlHan. Of course, there were only the two of them on Earth right now other than animals.
[But I kept telling you, though? When mana is released, new materials would be birthed endlessly, so why are you so obsessed with steel?]
“Now that I’ve gotten used to handling metals, I’ll be handle whatever material that comes at me.”
Yu IlHan indifferently replied and swung the spear after Lita handed it to him. As it was created to fit his body figure, the feeling he got when he swung it was addictively great. A handicraft that can be used for several decades or more if maintained it well, had been created.
This was on the 507th year after he was left behind.
- A master swordsmith in the Jumong Myth of Korea ↩