Professor Morals popped out while scolding me.
Isn’t he too heartless?
At least I became emperor who occupied half of the northern continent after spending 3 years here, but it seemed like all the faculty workers didn’t even know I existed.
I was more dumbfounded than disappointed.
How did they not know?
▷ Answer: it’s natural that I don’t know! If an unsummoned Hero appears, any faculty worker would get flustered like I do! From where and through what route on earth did you invade the dimension?!
I didn’t feel like kindly explaining that.
I ignored what Professor Morals said and turned to look at Hero Sieg.
It seemed as if Sieg also noticed me, but he was swamped by the demon and demon followers who pounced on him to bite him off like piranhas from every direction.
Of course I didn’t have any intention to help.
Didn’t he have to clean up the mess he made himself?
He threw away the whole giant dimension.
▷ Excuse: the fault isn’t in our teachings. It was because the student couldn’t absorb it and gave up in the midst of everything. We told him, who fell into self-deprecation in the previous round, about the benefits he could gain if he graduates. But then he got twisted ever since.
… Isn’t that natural?
Like what Factoria who I met on earth also had told me, if you kill the Demon King and graduate, you will forcibly part with the colleagues whom you shared the power of love and friendship with.
There were students who didn’t want that.
The kind of those who regard the connections they gained in the fantasy world preciously.
The reason wasn’t only that.
There were a lot of graduated heroes on Earth. So the fantasy life where heroes got respected like a main character in some novels was also ending.
From the great Mr. Hero to a high rank security guard!
There were extreme differences in treatment.
Though there were surely ones who, like me, wanted to go back to life on Earth, the fantasy world was like heaven and a 2nd hometown for the socially retarded ones.
I realized that while watching the news on Earth.
Hey, Professor Morals. You don’t even watch news?
▷ Awkward: I can’t tell you the reason because it’s violating school rules, but the faculty workers are strictly forbidden to go to Earth. But we are checking periodically to analyze the environment where the students grew up. Student Kang Han Soo, every student has to graduate. Trying to stay in the school as long as you can is no more than acting like a baby.
He had been using school for example but…
Graduating from regular school that I knew wasn’t like this.
People kept in touch with congenial friends even after graduating from elementary and middle school, and part of the alumni went to the same school until high school.
They didn’t split up completely like how it was here.
I also had been feeling something similar to a sense of loss and emptiness watching the relationships get reset every time I returned.
There were a lot of mentally ill patients because of this on Earth.
The Heroes who were missing Fantasia even after returning to their home planet Earth. They who couldn’t adapt on Earth fell so low as to be criminals.
Fantasia was a beautiful utopia for them.
What to expect? Since Fantasia existed and progressed for one person like an offline RPG with extreme freedom.
The purpose to save the Earth’s social retards was good, but they ended up lacking viability even compared to plants that grew in a greenhouse.
Professor Morals, don’t you guys see the latter period of the graduated students?
▷ Stern: overcoming breakup and sadness is also learning. There is no relationship that lasts forever in this world. Anyone would break up someday. Also, there is no reason for faculty workers to take responsibility for the students that went out of the school. It’s the fault of the students who couldn’t use our teachings right.
If the grades were bad it was the students’ fault.
If they failed after graduating it was still the students’ fault.
Then when on earth will the teachers take responsibility?
▷ Explanation: a teacher is only someone who teaches you the right way. Whether to follow the class diligently or not is the student’s choice. Life is something you develop yourself. Others won’t live your life for you.
Professor Morals. I don’t need plain words for a cop-out.
Sieg was fighting hard even as we were having this conversation.
Through actual battles where we risked our life, our levels and skills were rising up drastically while getting stronger quickly, but he was barely maintaining his current state because of the accumulated wounds and exhaustion before that.
There were still many demons and demon followers as ever.
It was natural since it was the accumulated quantity of the last 9 years without anyone getting in their way.
It is likely that the Elven kingdom will go extinct.
The royal palace that was shut tightly and Hero Sieg were persistently hanging on but what was the use of a country without the people?
This place has become the demons’ den.
It was only that Sieg didn’t know.
▷ Demand: Student Kang Han Soo. I think I have answered your questions the best I could. I want to know through what kind of layover you came again. The composition ratio of your current body is strange. Beside Fantasia and Earth, a factor like an unidentified alien is also mixed in.
Professor Morals. If you investigate the record yourself it’s all there though?
And you have to be clear about this.
You have never answered my questions the best you could.
You only kept giving me sophistries about how Hero Sieg went wrong isn’t the faculty workers’ fault.
I haven’t asked even a question.
So heres my first question.
Why are the whole of faculty workers hostile to the First Hero?
▷ Silence: our conversation unrelated to education is getting longer. If the person in charge permits, I will tell you. That’s it for now.
Professor Morals ran away!
If he was in front of me I would have twisted his neck…
Sieg’s side was also coming to an end.
“Kikikik! Hero. Look!”
The Hero that grew non-stop didn’t lose, but it wasn’t like the junks following him were also unrivaled.
Sieg found a female elf who was caught in the hand of an S rank demon with a huge build. And he cried out her name to the point his Adam’s apple almost popped out.
“Throw away your holy sword and surrender. Because if you don’t do that, I will pierce through even the other hole of this elf. Kyakyakya!”
Blood was flowing down like rain from the empty eyes of Sylvia, who was hanging in the air with her arms held in the giant demon’s hand.
There was nothing in both her eye sockets.
“Sieg. Don’t care about me and just…hiik?!”
Sylvia who was talking daringly like a female warrior got frightened as the demon’s thick finger squeezed in between the only charm Sylvia had, her butt.
“Sylvia?! Stop! I said stop! Okay! I lost! I surrender!”
Hero Sieg threw his Holy Sword 1 onto the ground.
His mental strength has long reached its limit. He had been enduring it with the automatic attack, automatic defense, and automatic dodge of Holy Sword 1.
But even that had bended, as well.
Puk! Puk! Puk! Puk!
Hooks connected with chains were pressed one after another all over the body of Sieg who became shabby. And they gradually penetrated deeply.
It happened as soon he dropped the Holy Sword 1.
The beasts and demons were pulling tightly the chains pressing on the Hero’s body.
“Finally we got the Hero! Kikikik!”
I shook my head seeing the scene.
It had ended completely.
That hook is called ‘the Demon’s Chain’.
It was a magic tool where in return for the wounds on the body pierced by the hook healing quickly, the efficiency of EXP used as the price for healing was really not good.
How did it turn out then?
Hook wound healing → perpetrator level reducing → chain level rising → hook wound healing → perpetrator level reducing → chain level rising → hook wound healing → perpetrator level reducing → chain level rising…
This kept repeating over and over.
Until it became level 1.
On the contrary, as the level of the hook and chain went up they ended up becoming impossible to be destroyed by one’s own efforts, and later it would become like a part of your body and become hard to be separated from your body.
That was why it was called the ‘Demon’s Chain’.
I clicked my tongue and diverted my attention away from hero Sieg.
Do you think demons are called demons for no reason?
It was obvious how the situation would flow after this without even seeing it.
Kwagwang! Kwang! Puhng!
The royal palace which used to be the heart of Elf Kingdom Elfheim didn’t stand even a day and was taken by the demons.
It was because they couldn’t do anything about the demons’ troops that got doubled as Hero Sieg who dispersed the power concentration and surrendered.
Countless elves including the Elf King died.
The demons got in a difficult position because of it.
“I’d never imagined the Elf King would die that easily…”
“Our King said to not make elves extinct.”
“Then we need to do propagation quickly! There, you! You!”
“Kikik! Right. If it decreases we can just make more!”
As the Elf King with terrible defense died in vain, hell was presented to Sylvia who became the only ‘Arch Elf’ survivor.
Sleep and death were not allowed for her.
Hero Sieg who watched the scene helplessly from a close distance quickly went crazy.
Hopes and dreams couldn’t be found anywhere.
At that time,
All of the Demon King corps assembled together into Elf Kingdom Elfheim.
The demons and demon followers enjoyed seeing the misery and despair of the elves who got demoted to slaves and livestock.
Hero Sieg who got caught was no exception.
“Sieg. It’s been a long time right?”
“… Kang Han Soo. Please kill me.
I went to find Sieg who got restrained by the demon chain. He was ruined physically and mentally in only 15 days.
“Why should I kill you?”
“It’s so painful I can’t breathe. I don’t want to see Sylvia suffering right in front of me anymore.”
“And it’s okay if it’s other people who are suffering?”
“When you were playing around happily for 9 years, the Fantasia natives have been living in pain. The continents except for the northern continent and central continent became lands nobody lived on because of the 5 disasters’ rampage. Aaah! I know even though you don’t say it. It’s not your fault. Since you have your own life.”
It wasn’t decided by law that a Hero should save mankind.
But in this freaking fantasy world, it had been set since the start that mankind would be extinct in 10 years if the hero didn’t diligently save them.
This was the result.
It wasn’t a test without a time limit.
“I only wanted to enjoy rural life happily with Sylvia. What about that…?”
Sieg mumbled with an enchanted face.
There was only one thing I had to say to him.
“Wake up from fantasy.”
I turned away from Sieg who begged me to kill him.
It was slowly time for the other friends to swarm in.
Because to knock down the Demon King Pedonar, we need a Hero to counteract the Demon King penalty even though he was an unbelievable asshole.
The demons’ death rattles were heard steadfastly from afar.
“The sword king has broken through! Aargh?!”
“Wh, what the hell? For a mermaid why is she so powerful?!”
“Run! It’s Lanuvel’s wide area magic!”
“I killed that elf though? Huk! Saintess?!”
The Hero colleagues who were working in Fantasia central continent assembled. The Heroes of the other continents died while trying to block the 5 disasters.
Sword King, Aqua, Saintess A, Lanuvel.
Their goal was to rescue the Hero.
But it didn’t have to be Sieg. There was also another one here.
“Wrap it up.”
Hippolia, who got my order, raised her stick high.
The stick started to sing.
The singing spread all over Elfheim.
Everyone who carried Dark Energy was annihilated.
Almost all demons and demon followers who were working in Fantasia central continent were completely destroyed as soon as they infiltrated Elfheim.
In a single blow!
Extermination (C)→ Extermination (MAX)
Justice (E)→ Justice (MAX)
For the EXP, the level was rocketing as the stick was monopolizing it, so I only gained a large amount of skill proficiencies.
The preparation was finished with this.
Prodigy (MAX)→ Prodigy (Z)
The Prodigy skill broke through the limit with the skills I had accumulated all this time as the sacrifice.
It didn’t end there.
Because the transcendental Prodigy’s Z rank effect was ‘breaking through limits becomes easier’.
As expected there were many skills left.
It was worth aiming for the other skill’s limit breakthrough.
▷ Category: Skill
▷ Name: Prodigy
▷ Rank: Z
▶ ZZ: Reconstruct from the root.
▶ Z: Breaking through limits becomes slightly easier.
▷ SSS: Dexterity increases considerably.
▷ SS: Success rate increases considerably.
▷ S: Proficiency increases considerably.
▷ A: EXP increases considerably.
▷ B: Dexterity increases slightly.
▷ C: Success rate increases slightly.
▷ D: Proficiency increases slightly.
▷ E: Experience increases slightly.
▷ F: Becomes remarkable since childhood.
Prodigy’s ZZ rank effect was interesting.
Reconstruct from the root?
I tried with every skill I possessed. It was because my 20 years career of being a fantasy hero whispered “You have to do this!”.
“… why did I do that?”
The Professor Morals I respect. Can you return this stupid hero to 10 seconds before?
▶ Puzzled: I came here before I knew it because a senior told me to go. Oh my goodness! Student Kang Han Soo, right? It’s nice to… see you again isn’t the appropriate greeting in your situation now. What happened? You look as if you got a triple F grade.
PR/N: There is an illustration page for some of the characters, be sure to take a look!
Editor: Fujimaru, Luci