The small angel who came into the room, Erta ignored the pre-conversation and started talking whatever she wanted.
[For humans, the energy they acquired postnatally, mana, is extremely difficult to handle. The reason why humanity had to spend 10 years in other worlds is also because one has to experience that much number of years to acquire the possibility of using mana.]
“Humanity excluding me.”
At Yu IlHan’s retort, Erta showed a clear annoyance on her small face and continued speaking.
[Angel Lita used that point to strongly claim the assistance on the human Yu IlHan. While saying that it was seriously unfair to leave the dropout, who only trained his body a little, like this, she requested the dispatch of an angel to help him adapt to mana in a short period of time.]
When he heard that Lita stepped out for him, Yu IlHan felt his heart pound. Although they separated without being able to say their farewells, she also seemed to worry about Yu IlHan.
[Because of her strong claims, her request was approved. Lita wanted to take on the role herself, but due to the decision of the higher-ups who were worried about a human becoming too close to an angel, I was dispatched in her place.]
“Is that so.”
It would be a lie if he said he wasn’t disappointed, but he also thought that it was instead fortunate. He resolved to become a higher existence in order to meet Lita, but if they met for some random reason before that, wouldn’t he be fired up for nothing?
However, Erta had the expression of not liking the situation.
[But now that I’m here, the situation is a bit different to what she said.]
[How is this ‘a little’……]
While scanning Yu IlHan’s physical body which ascended into a new realm without the help of mana, she muttered with a small voice that couldn’t be heard by Yu IlHan.
Even considering 1000 years, the evolution of his body was at the level of being unbelievable. If strong power of mana was added to this body, how far could this human grow? It was to the point that she was curious about it.
If they knew that he had trained his body until this point beforehand, then the dispatch of Erta wouldn’t have happened. However, Lita asserted this work with a force that was never seen before with her, the moment she returned to Heaven, and her request which looked very reasonable on the surface was passed, prepared, and realized at the speed of grilling beans with lightning. And the situation Erta met was this.
However, an already realized thing wouldn’t be reverted. Erta, who descended with a mission, couldn’t return until she completed that mission.
In other words, they were all perfectly done in by Lita. To think she would use such a sly method even though she was an angel, who is supposed to be the most pure existence in the world!
Erta sighed again and spoke with a powerless voice.
[In any case, I’m planning to help you until you can use mana skillfully. So please learn it fast.]
“How will you help me?”
[It’s simple. A higher existence, me, just being near you activates the mana inside you. Recognition, control, use – in these regards, you would be able to adapt 10 or more times faster than ordinary people.]
In the past, when he didn’t have a single inkling of mana in his body, it was impossible even with Lita sticking to him for 1000 years, but now that the Great Cataclysm had occurred, 1 year was sufficient – this was Erta’s calculation.
Yu IlHan also didn’t know anything about mana so he could only nod his head at her words. He would just accept whatever she spoke of.
When the conversation ended, Erta flew and placed herself on his head. What are you doing? – he said while brushing his head, but Erta didn’t budge a abit.
[I have magic cast on me to prevent recognition from other lower existences so you don’t need to mind.]
“……So you will continue to stay on top of my head in the future?”
[That is so.]
That was no good. Mostly, the 1.7Terabytes of treasure in his hard drive (And one piled up during the countless years) is in a difficult position.1
Even Lita didn’t stick to him all day, but to think an ambush like this would come now!
[I don’t care whatever a lower existence like you do. So you don’t need to worry.]
“You read my mind?”
For that instant, Yu IlHan seriously pondered whether to return the angel or not, but he couldn’t miss the opportunity to adjust to mana in just 1 year.
Yes, it’s one year. He needed to endure for just one year. Yu IlHan cried blood and accepted reality.
[I really don’t care if you break dance, belly dance, or do dance dance revolution.]
“I care! And you know what the last one is, right?”
The next day after humanity returned, the Korean morning was mixed with the anxiety that the world would change and a slight expectation for the changing society, it looked very lively on the surface. The people Yu IlHan saw, after leaving his house with Erta on top of her head, was like that.
If one ignored the soldiers in army uniform with guns securing the perimeter while walking due to the joint operation with the government.
“F*ck, I was drinking with a woman at my side until yesterday morning……!”
“But it’s better than the climbers in the mountains, sir…… I heard monsters have already appeared.”
“If I kill monsters, I can at least level up! I need to find my Thunder Sword quickly!”
“Corporal Seo, The entire regiment knows that you didn’t earn a skill until the end in Guundia……?”
Yu IlHan shook away the breath of despair which would come his way in the near future and hurried to college2. He thought that he walked slowly, but as it took the amount of time it would take him by car and he arrived early, he felt funny even when he himself thought about it.
He went to the humanities campus of Sungkyunkwan university3
Befitting of being built within the city, Sungkyunkwan university was built on a hill that made its students seriously wonder whether it was commuting or climbing, thanks to using a small area of land as efficiently as possible.
Of course, that level was laughable for the current Yu IlHan.
The campus was filled with a lot of people. As most of them were young college students, they tended to think positively about what they became able to do rather than the crisis they were about to meet. And most of them were talking about a topic that Yu IlHan didn’t know about.
“Did you make a skill?”
“How about you? I managed to make one somehow.”
“Fuu. Two for me.”
Yu IlHan asked Erta with a small voice.
“……What does it mean to make a skill?”
[It means creating something to use in an attack somehow by combining tiny bits of mana and insignificant records. As a higher existence, in my view, even if you combine all the skills that they are boasting about, I think that it will pale in comparison to your concealment.]
“Concealment wasn’t a skill I wanted……!”
One could arbitrarily make skills? Anyway, this was something he didn’t learn yesterday. Yu IlHan perked up his ears and walked. New stimulation. New information. They were all things that he loved.
Anyway, the results.
“In the end, who was ‘Empress’?”
“Nobody knows. Does that make sense? It’s the sole Sung U’s person who flew her name for 10 years in Lanpas, and we don’t know.”
“But wouldn’t we know if monsters appear?”
“I don’t know. Maybe she would wear a mask again.”
He learnt that there was a woman called ‘Empress’ who showed mighty ability in the other world in his university, and.
“When would dungeons appear?”
“Even if it appears, you wouldn’t be able to go in, I think. There’s a level requirement. What level are you?”
“I’m level 4.”
He learnt that there were places called dungeons in other worlds and that one needed to have high levels in order to enter it. Other than that, there weren’t many information that he could make out, but there was a reward just in knowing about dungeons.
Dungeon. It was a word that made a person’s heart pound.
In the lecture room he arrived quickly, there were already many people. To think that they attended school even after they spent 10 years in other worlds… Did they perhaps also miss the ordinary lives like Yu IlHan did?”