Ark The Legend / Ark The Legend Vol 9 Chapter 9
SPACE 9. Power of God!
It came out of nowhere. Other users would’ve probably rushed back and forth in confusion. But Ark was unaffected. It was abrupt but Ark sensed something the moment he heard the voice. Ark had forgotten for a while but he came to Rakunka to find the Divine Artefact that Xanax hid. And now something that responded to the name Xanax appeared. The conclusion that came from this combination of clues was simple.
‘Is this the 2nd test for Xanax’ successor?’
The atmosphere became like he expected. Perhaps he could get the Divine Artefact after defeating the crystal golem. It was good. It reduced the trouble of him having to search for it. Yet! Yet! Yet!
“Dammit! Now isn’t the time to do this!”
Ark snapped in an angry voice. Right now the Myutal were flocking towards the pyramid. Ellain and the Kusan warriors were currently stopping them but Ark didn’t know how long they could hold out. If they collapsed then the Myutal would enter the pyramid. They would also smash the terraforming machine and defense weapon. Yet now he had to pass a test? But there was no time for questions or answers.
The golem’s fist rose and slammed into the ground.
“This foolish golem!”
Ark used Swamp Walking to retreat. The golem had no intention of understanding Ark’s circumstances. Then there was only one way remaining! He had no choice but to defeat the golem and pass the test.
“Okay. Shall we do this?”
Ark took an attack stance with his lightsaber in front of him. He had managed to pass the Sanctuary’s training centre test after several attempts. He didn’t know the exact identity of the crystal golem but it should be a higher level of difficulty than the training centre. However his real opponent was time. Right now time was the most precious thing to Ark. He couldn’t afford to lose even 1 second.
“I need to use my full strength straight away! Armour armament!”
The space distorted and his battle suit appeared! The battle suit wrapped around Ark’s body and he shot towards the golem.
Wiing! Wiiing! Pajik! Pajijijik!
The lightsaber moved through the air and cut the golem. Sparks flew from the golem’s body as the lightsaber struck it.
“Okay. This should be enough to win!”
Ark showered the golem with attacks. The golem tried to counterattack by hitting with its fist. However the golem’s movements were slow. It had tremendous destructive power but that didn’t matter if the attacks didn’t hit him. Ark used Swamp Walking to move across the shaking floor and hurled relentless attacks. It was an almost one-sided attack!
‘I was certain it would be more difficult than the training centre……maybe I became too strong? I also didn’t use the battle suit in the training centre…..that Xanax, he might’ve made a mistake with the test sequence.’
He had that idea. Then the golem spread its arms opened and rushed forward. So far the movements had been slow thus he couldn’t imagine the fast speed of the charge! Ark hurriedly raised his sword at the sudden speed. However he couldn’t stop the rush of the crystal golem. Ark received a huge impact and bounced back several metres. At the same time, the golem spread its arms open before slamming them together again.
There was an explosive sound as the two palms hit together. He had managed to barely avoid it but the attack caused sweat to drip down his back. The movement was like catching a fly. If Ark’s head had been between those palms then he really would be crushed like a fly. No, he avoided the clapping but it wasn’t a favourable situation to him. The golem head-butted him. He took a defensive stance but he still lost 15% health. However Ark was even more confused by the golem’s health. He had bombarded the golem with rapid fire attacks and had hit it at least 10 times. Yet the golem had only lost 5% of its health. That meant his unique lightsaber only dealt 0.5% damage with each hit.
‘What? This ridiculous defense?’
Ark noticed the reason afterwards. He avoided the golem’s fist and swung his lightsaber!
When the lightsaber hit an enemy, the area turned dark. However the golem’s reaction was different. When the lightsaber touched the golem’s body, the light diffused and sparks emerged on the surface.
‘Oh my god! This is the reason!’
It wasn’t simply a problem of defense. The lightsaber blade was basically a high temperature light. Any light that touched rough glass ended up with a diffuse reflection. It didn’t enter properly which was why the damage wasn’t high. The golem’s body was crystal. Most of the lightsaber was dispersed and the damaged decreased. This was the worst opponent to use a lightsaber on!
‘When considering the power of this guy……’
In fact, there was a reason Ark started with full power apart from the time limit. Ark had to fight through the Myutal in order to reach the pyramid. He wanted to finish this during the time limit so he couldn’t afford to take breaks. Thus he tended to only have 60~70% health while advancing. It was the same when he arrived at the pyramid. Ark only had 70% health left when he advanced inside the pyramid. He had to pass through the Myutal so his health was 60% when he reached the golem. Therefore he decided to use full strength to quickly take care of it.
‘But the lightsaber doesn’t work on this guy!’
Now finishing it quickly was a problem. He only caused 5% damage. On the other hand, he had lost 15% health just from the golem head-butting him.
‘Attacking blindly is meaningless! Even if I can avoid being damaged, defeated him will take a long time. Ellain won’t be able to hold out until then. This can’t continue. I need to find another way!’
Kukung! Kwa kwang! Kukung!
Ark desperately rolled to avoid the golem’s fists. Generally there were two types of monsters. There were ordinary monsters and monsters with a strong resistance to certain attacks The Umu was one such monster. A general sword wouldn’t be able to harm it. Those sorts of monsters would also be impervious to smash attacks. The Sonic Sword was able to damage it because it targeted the Umu’s weakness. It was imperative that he find the weakness!
‘Crystal, glass, glass……aha!’
“Fire Eagle P-50!”
A gun sprang out of his bag at Ark’s words.
It was the shotgun that he barely used since obtaining the Heir’s Sword. The golem couldn’t be properly damaged by the lightsaber. Therefore Ark put the sword away and grabbed the Fire Eagle. He avoided the golem’s fist and loaded the bullets!
Pepeng! Pepeng! Pepeng!
There was the sound of the Fire Eagle being shot. But there was no hot feeling like when he first used the Fire Eagle. One blow had damaged multiple Sufferers but the damage to the golem was different. The Heir’s Sword had twice the damage of the Fire Eagle. It also had the ‘push’ effect but the large body meant the effect wasn’t applied.
Ark wasn’t using a normal bullet. It was the Freezing Bullet being fired! This bullet had the effect of slowing down biological tissue. But the opponent was a crystal golem. There was no biological tissue so the effect of the freezing bullet wasn’t applied. The only thing that happened was frost forming on the surface of the crystal. However……
‘This should be sufficient.’
“Now it seems to properly frozen.”
Buuong! Ark avoided the golem’s fist and smiled. He loaded new bullets in the empty magazine and lifted the muzzle again.
“Let’s see how solid your body is now! Set Bullets Shooting!”
Cheolkeok! Cheolkeok! Cheolkeok! Pepepeng!
The Fire Eagle started spewing out flames! The flames hit the golem’s chest. So far the golem had ignored all attacks from the lightsaber and Fire Eagle but this time it was different. “I-I can’t believe this!” The golem clutched his chest and stepped back with confusion. Crystal pieces were crumbling underneath the golem’s fingers. This was what Ark had been aiming for. The special effect of the Freezing Bullet wasn’t applied to the golem’s body but it was frosted. In order words, it was the same effect as putting glass in a freezer. What would happen if boiling water was then poured on it? It would rapidly contract and expand!
This was the principle behind the golem’s body breaking. He had shot a Fire Bullet after the Freezing Bullet! The Freezing Bullet and Fire Bullet had the same effect as putting glass in a freezer and then pouring hot water on it. This was the result. The golem’s thick body that hadn’t been damaged by the lightsaber and bullets started shattering. 7% of its health also decreased at once.
“In no time…..”
Ark loaded the Freezing Bullet again and laughed.
“I’m going to turn you to powder.”
Pepeng! Pepeng! Pepeng! Pepeng!
Since then the battle became one-sided. Ark avoided the golem’s fists and fired the Freezing Bullets. Once the golem’s body was covered with frost, he would change to the Fire Bullets and peng! Peng! Peng! Fine parts of the golem’s body fell every time and it lost 10% health in 3~4 minutes.
The cracked golem rushed towards him. It spread both arms wide open like it wanted to hug Ark. Ark had no intention of letting himself be hugged. The moment the golem tried to hug Ark!
“Welcome to the alter ego!”
Ark’s body turned hazy. This was the second skill obtained from the Kusan village! Ellain had used ‘welcome to the alter ego’ during the fight with Ark. Ark liked that technique since he first saw it. He specialized in close combat so he needed something to deceive the enemy’s eyes. Of course, it wasn’t that easy to get a NPC to teach a player a skill. However the Kusan considered Ark as God’s messenger. He also taught them a skill that they lost a long time ago.
Therefore Ark easily learnt the secrets of ‘welcome to the alter ego’ from Ellain. The method of teaching was similar to the one Ark used on the Kusan warriors. Ellain had to demonstrate the skill then Ark had to practice it. This was why Ark was more tired than the Kusan warriors. While the Kusan warriors had been sleeping for 8 hours after their training, Ark had been learning this skill. It was fortunate that Ark could acquire the skill quickly.
It wasn’t because Ark had outstanding talent. Galaxian was a game, so user→NPC transfer of information was much slower than NPC→user. Ark was also able to quickly acquire ‘welcome to the alter ego’ because he used a similar technique during his New World days. Dozens of footprints appeared on the ground. ‘Welcome to the alter ego’ was a skill where the user had to step on one footprint after another and it would fail or succeed depending on the completion rate. It was the same method as Dark Dance! Thankfully he only needed to practice for 2 hours.
-A new skill (Common Occupation ☆☆☆☆) has been learnt.
Welcome to the Alter Ego (User, Active): This technique has been handed down through generations of the indigenous people of the underdeveloped planet Rakunka. The Kusan warriors often saw mirages in the desert and created a series of footwork that would make illusions to confuse the enemy. However this technique requires a certain amount of agility (300) to be successful.
<2~4 alter egos can be created. The number of alter egos depends on the success of the footwork>
Mana consumption: 50
Ark followed the complicated footprints on the ground and created 4 alter egos. One of them were caught in the golem’s arms and disappeared. Naturally this was an alter ego. The remaining three scattered in every direction and surrounded the golem. The golem turned its body different ways with confusion.
Kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa!
Flying fists hit the golem! Cracks had already spread all over the golem’s body thanks to the combo of Freezing Bullet + Fire Bullet. Once the fists of steel starting hitting at an incredible speed, chunks of crystal started falling to the ground. And when the 18th fist hit!
There was a ringing sound and a thick crack spread across the centre of the golem. It was the end.
“……The pledge has been completed.”
The golem said in a weak voice.
-Your level has risen.
-Your level has risen.
It was a welcome message.
Ark took off his battle suit and muttered. Then the crystal pieces piled on the ground started melting like liquid. The liquid gathered and changed into a bracelet with many crystals linked together.
“Eh? An item? Then perhaps this is?”
Ark picked up the crystal wristlet.
-Baius Shield Lv. 1 (Artefact)
Item Type: Energy Shield Wearer Restriction: Elim’s Heir
Defense: 200 Durability: ∞
Shield Quantity: 5,000/5,000
Thousands of years ago, the Murat created 5 Divine Artefacts for their Elim. This Divine Artefact was created with the special Baius crystal with the nickname ‘Stone of Will’ and has the same functionality as an energy shield. But this isn’t a mere shield. Sometimes it can change into a golem and move independently of the user. Baius is a material that has will so it can change and grow with experience. It can grow into a stronger shield and golem. However, this growth is accomplished by absorbing 50% of the wearer’s experience.
-You have acquired the
Ark’s eyes looked shocked. Ark thought that the crystal golem had been placed there by Xanax. However the golem had turned out to be a Divine Artefact. This was a development he hadn’t expected. But unlike its name, the Baius Shield’s performance actually wasn’t that good. The shield only had 200 defense. A shield would 200 defense wouldn’t be able to block the enemy’s attacks. The shield also had health. Usually a weak bullet decreased a shield by 100~200. If it was a close range attack then sometimes it would be 1,000 damage. Therefore most level 50 shields had 5,000 shield quantities. If he looked at that value then this Divine Artefact was no different from a level 50 weapon.
‘But this is a growth type item!’
If meant the performance could be steadily upgraded! The shield could also transform into a golem. It might absorb 50% experience but it was similar to growing a pet so he could take that penalty.
‘I’d like to try summoning the golem……’
Now wasn’t the time to be playing around.
“Defense weapon! Where is the Murat’s defense weapon?”
ARC looked around desperately. But he didn’t see anything except for the pillar.
‘The Murat told the Kusan to use the crystal if there was a crisis. There must be some way to trigger the defense weapon. If that’s the case?’
Ark placed his hand on the pillar. The intricate light patterns then gathered around Ark’s hand. It gathered together to form Murat letters!
-Rakunka’s space weapon ‘Heavenly God’s Fire’ has been started.
The ‘Heavenly God’s Fire’ can have harmful effects on Rakunka’s environment.
Would you like to activate ‘Heavenly God’s Fire?’
This was the contents of the letters after the Nymphe translated it. It was a space weapon that could have harmful effects on the environment. However Rakunka didn’t need environmental protection after the Myutal’s attacks. Weren’t the natives already dying and the atmosphere heating up? There was no need to worry!
Ark exclaimed. Then the letters in front of his hand spread around the pillar. It formed a pattern that connected and a circuit was drawn on the surface of the pillar.
Ku ku ku ku! Ku kwa kwa kwa kwa!
There was a vibration and a huge pillar of light flew upwards.
“Pant pant pant!”
Ellain grabbed his arm and stumbled. While Ark had entered the pyramid to call the ‘Power of God,’ Ellain and the Kusan warriors had been fighting the thousands of Myutal flocking to the pyramid. Fortunately the entrance was narrow so only 20 Myutal could attack at once. They could defeat those numbers. However that had its limitations. 10 times, 20 times, 30 times……more warriors became wounded and died as they killed the Myutal endlessly. The fierce battle had already been ongoing for 10 minutes. However the ‘Power of God’ still hadn’t been activated.
“Maybe the legend is just a legend……”
Ellain grieved as he looked at his bloody colleagues.
Ku ku ku ku! Ku kwa kwa kwa kwa!
There was a loud noise and the pyramid shook. Ellain and the surviving Kusan warriors then witnessed a miracle. A huge light shot up from the top of the pyramid and the sky turned red like it was angry. And the anger formed red rays that shot towards the ground. The moment the light touched the red earth!
There were thousands of Myutal covering the pyramid. All of the Myutal screamed and exploded in unison. It wasn’t just the Myutal. The Umu controlling the Myutal and the red substance covering the area also vaporized. However Ellain and the Kusan warriors were unaffected despite being touched by the red light. Only the alien creatures invading Rakunka were burned by the light of the heavens!
“Miracle! It is a miracle of God!”
“Our faith wasn’t in vain!”
“Ohh! God is helping us!”
Ellain and the Kusan warriors fell to their knees.
‘This is the nature of God’s power?’
The vast stretches of outer space.
Ark looked out the window of the Silver Star. Ark was inside the pyramid so he could read the identity of God’s power through the Murat letters. The identity of God’s power was the nebula gas Ark was looking at now. No, to be accurate it was the electromagnetic radiation emitted by the nebular gas. The nebular gas of the cross emitted unique electromagnetic waves. The electromagnetic wave was similar to a microwave. The molecules vibrated at a velocity that generated heat. And the light that shot up from the pyramid amplified the electromagnetic waves surrounding Rakunka. This was the identity of the red beams Ellain witnessed. The electromagnetic waves surrounded Rakunka was amplified by hundreds of times like a microwave.
That’s why the Myutal and Umu exploded. The body fluids were boiled by a microwave and exploded. However, the Kusan and indigenous flora and fauna of Rakunka had received the radio waves for tens of thousands of years and had developed an immunity to it. The Murat was aware of this and created a weapon using the nature of the nebula gas to create a weapon that would wipe out alien species. This was the true identity of the ‘Power of God!’
‘But I’m not from the Kusan clan……’
If he had been outside the pyramid then Ark also would’ve gone BOOM!
‘The Power of God really is merciless. I don’t know if the Murat has good or bad personalities.’
Anyway, the whole situation was organized neatly thanks to that. Once again, the pyramid on Rakunka had two functions. There was the power of destruction with the nebula gas. And there was the power of creation where the terraforming device regulated the electromagnetic waves to pull up water from deep underground. The terraforming facility was also working like the weapon. In the meantime the terraforming device couldn’t receive the necessary energy and had stopped working. Unlike the weapon, the terraforming facility constantly consumed energy and converted the nebular gas to light and heat energy. But the energy supply had been stopped by the red substance covering the pyramid. But the device started working again once the red substance was burned up. The proof was that the small puddle had turned into a large lake when Ark, Ellain and the Kusan warriors returned to the village.
“This is all thanks to Messenger-nim.”
Barakin said in a thrilled voice as he looked at the clear water in the lake. It wasn’t only Barakin. Ark had been treated as God’s messenger before but it was nothing compared to afterwards.
“The great God’s messenger!”
“Glory to God’s messenger!”
The thousands of Kusan bowed down in front of Ark. They treated Ark with reverence like he was a real god. So Ark decided to play the role of God’s messenger.
“Hey Tori, come here.”
Stay still. Haaayaahh!”
Ark grabbed Tori’s ankles and held him upside down. And small packets of seeds started falling out. Tori was a hamster. During his break in S-20 he had gone around collecting seeds. Those seeds were the ones that fell from Tori. The amount of seeds that fell was at least 1 kilogram.
“Hik! W-what are you doing? That……”
Ark glared at Tori. Then he gathered the seeds and handed them to Barakin.
“These are the seeds of a plant that grows on a planet called Istana. I don’t know if it can grow on Rakunka but these seeds would sprout into leaves. Rakunka might end up having a forest after some time.”
During the Murat days there had been several forests on Rakunka. The terraforming operation meant there were oases all over the place so the Murat grew plants. However the terraforming device stopped working so the plants were depleted of water and the species not immune to the electromagnetic waves were killed. That’s what it meant by the ‘Power of God’ being lethal to the environment. But now the plants could grow again thanks to the oasis. This was the reason he gave them Tori’s seeds. Barakin was appreciative.
“I can’t even express my thanks for disposing of the Myutal and taking back the temple and now you’re doing this favour for us. This is the only way I can repay you. It is a ring that has been passed down through generations of Kusan chiefs. It might be insufficient to pay you back but please accept this.”
His thanks weren’t just empty words.
-Hot Wind Ring (Rare)
Item Type: Ring Wearer Restriction: Level 100
A ring that has been passed down through generations of Kusan chiefs.
This ring contains a rare, special jewel that is created through hot nebula gas. According to the information handed down through the Kusan, this ring has strong fire properties.
A rare ring! That wasn’t the only thing Ark obtained.
“Chief-nim, I want to ask you something.”
Ellain approached Barakin after everything was finished. Barakin nodded and said.
“I can already guess what you want to say after seeing your expression when you came back with Messenger-nim. You want to go with Messenger-nim.”
“Yes. Until now I’ve taken pride in the fact that I’ve been the best warrior of the clan. But I’ve realized how lacking I am after meeting God’s messenger. Of course, I don’t dare compare myself to God’s messenger but I would like to serve him and learn a bit more.”
Barakin sighed and nodded.
“That’s probably the same mindset that Asuldan had when he left Rakunka a long time ago. And it is an honour to be able to serve God’s messenger. I don’t have any right to oppose. If you have Messenger-nim’s permission……”
Ellain was a top rated NPC. He wasn’t a pioneer but there was no reason for Ark to oppose it. In addition, he had spent 1,000 Adventure points to upgrade the level of his agent so his number of employees had increased from 15 to 30. He was thankful for another NPC!
-Ellain has joined Dark Eden as an intern.
Name: Ellain (NPC ☆ ☆ ☆) Occupation: Inspector
Level: 152 Related Skills: Sword mastery, Welcome to the alter ego…..
Thus Ellain joined the staff of Dark Eden.
“Now shall we say goodbye?”
Ark turned and asked. Ellain stared at Rakunka with emotional eyes and nodded.
“Yes, now my home is with Messenger-nim.”
“Sheesh, I hate hearing stuff like this.”
Tori said with a pout.
“Hey you! I want to make this clear. I am a senior. Do you understand?”
“Ranking is important in Dark Eden. Eh? I’ll be watching.”
Tori concentrated power in his shoulders and said. However Tori hadn’t realized something yet. The ranking of Dark Eden wasn’t determined by the joining order. It was 100% determined by the dictator Ark. Ark had been cheated by Tori and his trust was low so the hamster would always be at the bottom of the pyramid. But Ark let it go for the moment. He had his seeds taken away and was hungry so Ark would allow him a little joy. Now also wasn’t the time to clean up the ranking.
“Tori, take the wheel.”
Ark sat in the captain seat and said.
“Start the Silver Star’s warp navigation. The target is Istana. Depart!”
The Silver Star was wrapped in light and shot through the universe. The destination was the centre of the galactic federation, Istana.
Ferguson looked around and laughed. 20 pioneers were gathered in a luxury salon. It was obvious from their equipment that they were pioneers who spent some time in the frontier. And Ferguson didn’t look out of place among them. His equipment and battle suit were at a standard worth 10,000 gold! He was also a user ranked 18th in the top 50 user rankings.
“How about it? You guys can see it. Do any of them look stronger than me?”
“Of course not.”
“Hyung-nim is the strongest.”
“Yes, I guess. I’m at a different standard.”
Ferguson nodded with a pleased look at his siblings’ words.
‘At one point I was so worried I almost quit the game……’
Ferguson felt like the sky had collapsed on him after hearing that his information about the tungsten mine had been stolen. He tried to be strong for his younger brothers but he really felt like quitting the game. But a chance he never considered had fallen into Ferguson’s lap. He had received a message on Elysium. The reason why Ferguson was sitting in a seat reserved for distinguished guests in Tatuine was due to that message.
-The 2nd magic circle investigation task force.
The message was that Ferguson had been selected for the 2nd investigation task force. He had an agent so he also received the
‘The three of us alone won’t be able to complete such a huge quest. But it is possible if I’m part of the federation’s investigation team. I’ll have the support of the federation for all expenses and information will be shared. This is an advantage that other pioneers won’t have! And if I complete the quest before the other members of the investigation team……’
The agents of all 3 powers had received the quest. That meant the reward would be incomparable compared to other quests. This was a chance for Ferguson to escape from being a beggar!
‘I need to grasp this chance!’
“By the way, how long do we have to wait for? Didn’t the departure time pass already? They gathered busy people in a place like this and now they’re making us wait?”
“I talked to the guards and heard that someone hasn’t come yet.”
“A person hasn’t come yet? Then we’re waiting for a pioneer? Ha, this makes me feel dirty. This person is making other pioneers wait! What type of bastard is this?”
“Damn, it can’t be helped. I don’t know who is coming. But I’ll show him.”
“In the future we’ll be members of the same team so be patient. There is no reason to act like this before it has even started.”
“I still need to be certain of the pecking order.”
Ferguson replied with an enthusiastic look. Then the door that had been firmly closed opened and two men entered.
“The last team has arrived.”
The person who entered and started talking was Marquis Martin. This meant the guy next to him was the pioneer who made Ferguson wait! Ferguson got up from the couch he was waiting on and approached him. And just as he was about to speak.
“His name is Ark.”
Ferguson froze at Marquis Martin’s ensuing words. His brothers A and B also turned to ice. Brothers A and B withdrew and stuttered.
“Hyung-nim, Ark? Is that right? We didn’t hear wrong?”
“U-unlucky! Hyung-nim, we are still unlucky!”
“Q-quiet! He’ll hear. And how are we unlucky? I told you days ago. ‘He’ isn’t in Galaxian. The face is similar but it is also slightly different. Y-yes, it is impossible to be him.”
While Ferguson’s group were busy arguing.
“Please wait a moment.”
The door opened and two men once again entered. Marquis Martin frowned as he looked at them and asked.
“Why is Marquis Jyubel-nim here?”
“Fortunately I’m not too late. One more person is joining the investigation team.”
“Are you talking about the young man next to Marquis-nim?”
“Yes, this is Rapid.”
Marquis Jyubel introduced the blonde youth next to him. However the blond youth, Rapid wasn’t even looking at Marquis Martin. His eyes were fixed on Ark standing next to him. Ark was the same as well. Ark stared at Rapid and muttered.
“Do you know him?”
Marquis Martin asked as he looked between Jyubel and Rapid. Ark replied.
“No. I don’t know that person at all.”
TO BE CONTINUED