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Director Kim Han Seo was looking at Yoo Byung Jun — his teacher, the genuine genius scientist who was sent by the heavens.
The whitish centered lines on his head, red bloodshot eyes, and thick eyeglasses.
Though that was the stressed-looking Yoo Byung Jun, his brains were at a level where he could be called a genius.
‘Though the world knows that Royal Road was made together by me and 17 other scientists…’
Director Kim Han Seo lightly shook his head.
There was many differences to the truth than what the public knew.
‘In truth, the concept came from teacher, and he also developed the core technology. The other scientists and I did nothing more than simply flesh out the framework that teacher made.’
For Director Kim Han Seo and the other scientists, it was daunting just to do the parts they were responsible for.
There were many times when the reputedly impossible perfect Virtual Reality System was considered a fantasy. There had been dozens of times when he’d gotten up from bed in the morning after having a nightmare about failure.
Every time they were stopped at their tracks, Yoo Byung Jun stepped in to help them, and the person who understood the whole system was also him.
Although the other scientists including Director Kim Han Seo were able to generally manage Versailles for the sake of their tasks, their powers were limited.
Being careful to stifle his footsteps, Director Kim Han Seo stopped in front of Yoo Byung Jun.
“I have returned.”
“Yes, good job. What were the kids at the office saying?”
“Yes. They were being very concerned about the Resurrection Army.”
“Keke. I supposed so.”
“In particular, the Strategy Management’s Department Head Son Il Kang was complaining that he has to work overtime every day.”
Yoo Byung Jun just laughed like as if he had already expected it.
“The user named Daymond, what do you think of him, teacher?”
“Let’s see. Well, he’s not bad.”
Byung Yoo Jun responded dissatisfactory.
“The Resurrection Army quest… Well, an incredible amount of power can be gained from that commission.”
The scientists who handled the main console in the System Management Department cocked their ears to listen in on this particular conversation.
Yoo Byung Jun was a scientist who transcended intelligence itself and secluded himself without revealing himself to the world.
It was just that the outside world didn’t know, but in reality, Yoo Byung Jun had taken on the role of leading everyone.
But what truly shocked the scientists and raised goosebumps, was the might of the Versailles’ Goddess. Without any defects, they didn’t even need to intervene with things modified by artificial interventions.
It was the super AI that perfectly regulated Royal Road since its release, a fearsome system that could even be called a true Goddess.
And it wasn’t just Royal Road; it even controlled related executive affairs of the Unicorn Corporation. Even at that extent, the Versailles’ Goddess was only using 20% of its administrative resources.
For the scientists, it was a feat that was undisputedly extraordinary.
If someone was told that this system had been developed by just 1 scientist, they would never have believed it. This was the judgment of the scientists who knew Yoo Byung Jun.
— A scientist that cannot be replaced by ten million of mankind.
— He is a scientist who would have been able to advance the world’s technology by 30 years, had he produced anything besides Royal Road.
He was a person that the scientists could only respect and regard as marvelous, to the point that even being a contemporary of Yoo Byung Jun was a source of pride for them.
“Greed ruined their work. Although they’ve been on a roll since they’re using petty tricks… Later on they’ll make more enemies.”
There were no scientists who doubted Yoo Byung Jun’s words.
The words of the genius of the century have never been wrong. If he said that was so, then at some point it would become like that. And for the scientists who knew about the prearranged quest and the hidden dangers throughout the Versailles’s Goddess, they did not feel that the Resurrection Army was truly a crisis.
Royal Road was a great Virtual Reality.
As complicated as the applied technology, there were stories hidden throughout the continent, and the histories were innumerable.
The scientists knew the adventurers who were hiding and raising their strength, what the level of the warriors were, what quests were in progress, and they found no reason to be tense.
With a continent that was too wide, and an incredibly large number of users that could be called the virtual social integration of humanity, the scientists put beaming smiles on their faces.
Although they had participated in the development, Royal Road was a truly fun virtual reality. After the release of Royal Road, there was even a report that humanity’s happiness had gone up by at least 40%.
With the pride that they had opened the doors to a new world, the scientists returned to their own duties.
Yoo Byung Jun muttered to himself.
“People in this world delude themselves too easily.”
On the screen he was watching, he could see the activities of the adventurers on the Versailles Continent.
A user who raised strength while hunting in a jungle no one else would seek out.
A user who trained their basic Stamina while climbing the most perilous mountain in the continent.
A user who was growing stronger as they tested their own limitations on a deserted island filled with monsters.
Yoo Byung Jun felt happy whenever he saw these users.
With endless tests on their limitations, they were experiencing extreme situations that could not be undergone on earth.
“To say that Royal Road is a game…”
After the creation of Royal Road and its release, the public media had gone wild over the technology.
The cutting-edge technology that realized the most realistic virtual reality!
Royal Road’s rapidly burgeoning user-base marked the ruin of existing games.
A new world had opened up for the users.
This caused even people in the general populace who were unfamiliar with games to become fascinated, and articles claiming that Royal Road had calmed the entertainment industry came out one after another.
Corporate managers and directors in the real world found great joy in selling fruit within the medieval castle walls, or even setting off on adventures, armed with a sword strapped to their waists.
As they scraped up enormous funds, they received praise as the stars of the game industry’s next generation.
Yoo Byung Jun smirked every time he saw those articles.
“Soft and lazy humans. They don’t even know their future is hanging here.”
It was something so pathetic that Yoo Byung Jun couldn’t stand it. .
He had dedicated his life to Royal Road. It was a monumental work of art that he had devoted his energy and life to, created as if it were his own child.
If it was just for the sake of making one game, he would have already given up long ago.
* * *
After chasing the Glowing Skeletons for a long seven days, they discovered the grand prize near the cemetery at last, and they were able to purify and defeat it with the Cleric’s holy magic.
“It’s a success!”
“Great job, everyone”
The Cleric and the Pikeman were especially happy.
“Dain-nim was especially helpful. Thank you.”
Chasing a Glowing Skeleton was difficult even with a skilled hunter. That was because it would go into a mountain with a lot of monsters, or find dungeons and hide inside. As they stopped to fight while chasing after the Glowing Skeleton, it would escape somewhere else before they even realized it.
If they didn’t have a Shaman’s magic to increase movement speed, catching the Glowing Skeleton would have been much harder.
Dain’s teeth slightly showed as she smiled.
“It was nothing. I wasn’t even very helpful in the fights.”
“That’s not true. Even though you’re a Shaman, the power of your treatment and all sorts of beneficial skills… If Dain-nim hadn’t been here, it would have truly difficult to successfully accomplish this request.”
“Dain-unni is a true shaman.”
Dain had firmly won the trust of her party members.
“Unni, stay with us.”
“Will you do the next request with us?”
“Yes, I will.”
For a few months, Dain freely enjoyed adventures together with the party members.
Her fame improved day by day as well. When there weren’t many users in Morata who did not know who Shaman Dain was, she left for an adventure in the Land of the Black Curse.
It was an expedition that over twenty of Morata’s most seasoned adventurers participated in!
After experiencing new monsters and a new dungeon, she returned to Morata.
* * *
“Whew! I’m back in Morata again.”
Dain grinned broadly.
The Morata she had returned to after a long time… She hadn’t known how much she would miss it.
It was because having savored enough solitude in the sky city of Lavias, she had secured a new position in the North and had made friends in Morata.
“But I have to get the curse resolved…”
Dain made a worried face.
The entire expedition had received a curse in the Land of the Black Curse.
Their skin turned dark like a Dark Elves’, and primitive tribe-like patterns had appeared.
A curse that reduced the effects of magic and skills by half!
It was a curse that could not be removed even by the holy magic of a Shaman or Cleric.
‘I’ll go meet with the Priest first.’
Although the Priests in the expedition were also helpless, they could only believe in their Priests.
Dain went into the Church of Freya.
Similarly to the expedition that just came, there was a crowd waiting for a blessing.
After waiting for a long time for her turn, she met a Priest of the Freya Church.
“I would like to have the curse on me cured.”
“You have received a curse of an ancient evil.”
“This is because you went into a place where you should not have gone. It’s a curse that formed as you explored a land that does not welcome intruders. To lift the curse, you’ll need Kelpie Wood, Platinum Powder, Carrot, and a White Rabbit’s Blood. If you daub these ingredients on your body, then blend them and drink, you can be freed from the curse.”
Beside the Kelpie Wood, though it might take a little time, they weren’t hard goods to gather.
Dain smiled as she did not expect the cure to be so simple.
“Thank you very much.”
“It was my pleasure. All harmony is in accordance to the Goddess’ will.”
* * *
“Buying and selling loot!”
“Tell me if there is anything you need.”
The raised voices came from merchants lined up in the square outside the church of Freya. The competition of merchants is a sight to be seen anywhere in the Versailles Continent.
After selling off all the loot she had gathered, Dain calmly milled about the square.
‘This time I’ll relax and wait.’
Meeting Weed was the whole reason for coming to Morata.
However, Weed did not return to Morata, and she got tired of waiting and left for an adventure.
When she left, the Statue of the Goddess Freya was built, as well as other numerous sculptures and the castle had evolved as well.
A rumor that Weed, the Count of Morata, had returned circulated. However, he seemed to be away on another adventure, so it was said that meeting him would be difficult.
‘What were the chances of him coming back while she was away anyway?’
As Dain looked at a building that hadn’t been there before on Morata’s newly developed street, she walked around lonesomely.
‘The Statue of the Goddess Freya, huh…’
As she looked at the glamorous Statue of the Goddess Freya, she felt slightly jealous. For her, who was only slightly prettier than an average girl even when she viewed herself positively, she really did feel a little irritated.
She wanted to return to the location of the Lavias cave sculptures in her memories, but if she did that it would be even harder to meet Weed.
It was when Dain was looking around the square.
She looked back at the voice that had called out to her.
Short and slim, it was a lady with eyes that looked extremely virtuous. From the white robe she was dressed in, she must have the profession of a Cleric or a Priest.
“Did you call me?”
“What can I help you with?”
“Oh, I’m sorry for asking this after just meeting you… You’re the Shaman known as Dain, right?”
“Whew! I finally found you. My name is Irene.”
Starting the conversation had made Irene feel awkward and very uncomfortable, but she could not hide the joyous expression when she found Dain.
“My party is trying to do a quest right now. But it’s far away, and we thought it’d be good to have someone with a lot of adventuring magic, so we’ve been trying to recruit a Shaman.”
The name of the quest that Pale had discovered was, ‘The Secret of Manufacturing Ancient Breastplate.’
It was said that the book recording the method of manufacture was buried somewhere in the North, so they wanted recruit an Adventurer and a Shaman, and leave. Then they heard that the famous Shaman named Dain had returned just then and had found her.
Irene explained again with a nervous look.
“The difficulty is C. If you don’t mind, would you like to adventure with us?”
Dain slowly studied Irene’s face.
‘She looks like a nice person. She also seems to be around my age…’
But she was unwilling to leave on a quest. She was in the position of waiting for someone.
She couldn’t always just wait for Weed to return to Morata, but since she had just come after completing an adventure, she wanted to take a rest for now.
“I’m sorry. Right now I’m going to rest…”
Just as Dain was saying this, a lady wearing a fancy dress embedded with jewels walked toward them from the direction of a store.
Every time she lightly stepped forward, she was followed by the eyes of the us