Chapter 2: Sky Tower’s Workers

2) Sky Tower’s Workers

“Cough.”

The treasured card he had been saving didn’t work! He really could trust in no one in this world.

Weed’s brain worked frantically.

‘What should I do? I wanted to understand how Nodulle and Ahellun completed the quest so I don’t have to waste time wandering around like I did today.’

A sigh naturally emerged.

Nodulle’s quest had already changed.

The configuration of Nodulle’s colleagues had changed so the same situation couldn’t be repeated.

Ahellun might perform a similar role but each person would display different types of behaviour and abilities.

Especially since Weed wasn’t Nodulle. He saw things differently so he needed to find his own methods to complete this mission.

“A person won’t come along. I can only believe in myself.”

He couldn’t live life depending on someone else. So Weed needed to open a path in this quest in his own matter.

Weed sighed deeply.

It all depended on how he spent the next ten days.

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The Haven Empire in the Central Continent.

7 Corps crossed the Poros River that was the gateway to the north.

An enormous 2.1 million troops!

The number of horses, carriages and merchants following behind was at a terrific scale. They belonged to the Hermes Guild of the Haven Empire so the users’ steps were light.

“We will seize and twist the neck of the north.”

“Will we see a fight soon? I don’t know if they will dare attack.”

The united power of the 7 corps was so great that a battle seemed pointless. They felt pleasure rather than tension before the war. The largest power on the continent would sweep up the Northern Continent at once.

The soldiers were also given all types of food delicacies during the expedition. Their treatment was excellent whether they were users or NPCs.

Due to the repeated wars of conquest, the Haven Empire contained a high percentage of elite soldiers.

“The other 5 corps have also arrived in front of the Northern Continent.”

“Then let’s march.”

The soldiers advanced like Lafaye planned.

The first 7 corps entered the north from the front. The remaining 5 corps would invade through other routes to avoid the eyes and ears of the north.

The 7 corps would split apart the north like a spear while the remaining 5 would smash it like a hammer or tear it apart like a knife.

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Buzz buzz.

Morata’s Bingryong Square!

It was always bustling with novice users. People could start Royal Road in Arpen Kingdom so the stores and streets were always filled with beginners.

“How much is this fruit?”

“I am selling it for 2 copper.”

“Wow, that is expensive! I’ll earn the money later and will come back to eat it.”

Novice users who didn’t know the world grew up in Morata.

‘There was a time when I was also like that.’

Although some users could obtain leather and meat from rabbits, they would hide with fear when meeting goblins in the forest. Any beginner who started Royal Road would suffer from that.

The starter villages of the Arpen Kingdom were bustling with beginners. The mountain villages might be inconvenient but they sold herbs and leather that were normally expensive so they were crowded with users.

Even novice users who emerged from the kingdom would be filled with energy and adventure and would actively pioneer the north.

The farmers were also stable as there was a wide land untouched by monsters and bards entered uncharted territory for the sake of stories.

Due to the development of Morata, the birth rate throughout the north increased and many children were born. There was no doubt that they would be the future cornerstones of the north.

The development of the Central Continent was easy but the north was able to evolve into a unique culture and economy. It wasn’t a vast region but the adventure, creation of legends and growth potential was enormous!

So users in the square normally exchanged stories of commerce and adventures.

“Fight in order to keep our home, land and freedom!”

“They don’t have to be trampled, just repelled. We will struggle until the end!”

“The Arpen Kingdom is ours. This is our place. We can’t crawl for our entire lives. We will create our own world!”

The northern users were filled with rejection for the Haven Empire.

The fight between the Haven Empire and the prestigious guilds had been confined to the Central Continent so the northern users protested the invasion. But the most important reason was that the north had been soaked with the users’ blood and sweat.

They had grown the rural villages along with Morata and opened up the northern frontier. Even users that just recently logged into Royal Road were filled with pride from living in the north.

“We might live in the slums while conserving even 1 copper but isn’t there a high potential in the north? It would be foolish if we let the Haven Empire invade this place.”

“The war in the Central Continent is already over and the taxes are so high that some people have wandered to the north. This place might be underdeveloped but it can evolve quickly.”

Morata was the capital of the Arpen Kingdom but it was also the hub of transportation. The northern users continued to gather to hear news of the Haven Empire’s invasion. Of course, King Weed hadn’t seen it yet but there were many users at the Earth Palace.

Users were mobilized in the small villages, large villages and cities of the Arpen Kingdom in order to fight against the Haven Empire.

“I came. Where is Sloan-nim?”

“The warrior Hasuller is looking for a party. All warriors level 350 and over can participate!”

“Eh, didn’t you party with me in the bat cave a year ago? The full set of Bandit Armour! I’ve raised my level a lot in the meantime.”

“Hah, me too. I just lived and ate in the hunting grounds.”

There were welcome encounters between players in the city. Meetings were conducted throughout Morata and the north, with information being shared between adventurers.

“Bones with a little flesh sticking to them are good.”

“These have the characteristic of being half rotten. So just using a little power will be enough to break them.”

“But it is hard to find good, rotten bones…”

“I heard that Jeanne’s Summon Skeleton Archers skill has reached advanced level 6.”

“Huhuhu, I reached advanced level 8 not long ago.”

“Ohh, then at least 200 skeleton archers will sweep through the hunting grounds!”

“I am escorted by 3 zombies and 200 archers but my skill to summon a death knight is a little low. Isn’t Otem-nim ahead in this area?”

“I really like the death knights.”

Jeanne, Harian, Otem!

The necromancers held a meeting after a while.

It was hard to hunt with many users due to the nature of their profession. The summoned undead troops would often been disruptive or a nuisance to other users hunting. The undead summons weren’t alive so they would often intercept monsters already being hunted.

If it was that much then the general users would understand. From a general user’s point of view, hunting with undead troops meant they didn’t need to worry about defense so they could relax.

But the necromancers needed to collect materials required for the summoning! They couldn’t help being aware of the eyes of other users when digging up graves or rummaging through bodies.

“Hey, are you looking for a good body?”

Grave robbery was necessary for a necromancer! However, encountering other users while digging out a grave with a shovel….

People couldn’t ignore the sight of them drinking water from a skull. But this wasn’t an insurmountable problem to high level necromancers because the north had many remote places.

“Necromancers can use rib bones that aren’t chewed on in order to make the undead.”

“There are rumours about a tomb near the haunted house so I’m heading there.”

People still didn’t have a considerable knowledge of the rituals. Necromancers were well respected in combat. Apart from the professional misconceptions and prejudices, people didn’t find it fun to go hunting with an undead army.

“I’ve recently heard a story about the east. It seems to be a fairly good adventure….”

“Well, you can chase it if you want. I’m going to an island.”

“There isn’t anything to see on an uninhabited island.”

“No way. Isn’t there a city with a population of 40,000?”

The adventurer’s flame erupted as there were arguments among adventurers. Unlike warriors and knights, adventurers didn’t quarrel over hunting monsters or clearing dungeons.

Skill proficiency was very important but they didn’t boast about it. They talked proudly about things they found or excavations. An adventurer would just the slightest clue to correct distorted history or would find historical artefacts! They wandered around the boisterous taverns of the continent and didn’t care about getting a full night’s sleep.

Adventurers scattered all over the continent. There was no such thing as a fixed home. They found occasional colleagues to fulfil missions but didn’t need to participate in sieges or be affected by the policies of the lords.

Rather than compensation from quests or hunting, adventurers preferred to find gold, silver or hidden treasures. Adventurers were proud of being able to overcome any challenges.

“Break a bridge. Will it be a nuisance if we break any of the bridges?”

“Let’s keep in mind the critical buildings. The Art Centre, Goddess of Freya Statue, the library and the Tower of Light. In the worst case scenario, they can’t be allowed to fall into the hands of the enemy.”

“Is it too late to move everything? And if there is a safety zone where the war can be avoided…..”

“We can’t even move to an island. We need to act to fortify the best buildings and cities. There are many things that architects can do in this war.”

The architects burned with patriotism.

Their talents had flourished in the north. Grand Buildings were constantly being created, roads through mountains and rivers that connected the north were just some of the government project.

The population of architects exploded as they participated in the urban construction and expansion.

Plenty of shelters, parks, markets were made using gold from hunting along with comfortable roads in commercial areas and residential areas! It was important to decorate features such as hills or rivers in order to create a space where people could get rid of their stress.

The views of the cities needed to be considered so the architects’ ability to coordinate and cooperation was important. No matter how beautiful the building was, it would be considered a failure if it didn’t match the architectural features around it. Some distinctive architect would be a terrible mess when looked at from a distance. Architects needed to create harmony between the buildings, river, streets and trees.

A profession respected by the general users! After making the decisions, thousands of novice users moved to help them build it. Architects had a very promising career in the north.

“I will join the Toadstool Porridge unit. I am tired of bland food and like the taste of porridge that can cause death.”

“I would rather eat sumptuous seafood than die. The taste of various seafood directly obtained from the sea! Seafood can also raise the loyalty of a dead crew.”

A meeting of chefs also took place.

The entire north was filled with the Grass Porridge Cult so it wasn’t an exaggeration to say that they mobilized all the users to stop the Haven Empire’s invasion.

Currently there were 71 units of the Grass Porridge Cult. It was impossible to count how many people had joined!

The novice users focused on the Bamboo Shoots Porridge Unit since it accepted an unlimited number of people. They would go around with bamboo shoots attached to their head or chest. There was even a small village of Bamboo Shoots members that ran around to nearby dungeons.

“What about the northern users who aren’t part of the Grass Porridge Cult?”

“I don’t know. There are also the residents as well.”

Grass porridge restaurants, grass porridge cafes, grass porridge hotels, etc. The popularity of the grass porridges were so high that there were chains of them. And the scary thing was that the entire Grass Porridge Cult was burning to fight against the enemies invading.

Their source of loyalty wasn’t their loyalty to King Weed but their own happiness in the north. The Haven Empire destroying this kingdom was like catching their girlfriend cheating.

Of course, this couldn’t be a comparison in the first place. Because many of the men in the Grass Porridge Cult didn’t have girlfriends!

“We have to fight.”

“Let’s go!”

Huge crowds of users in the northern cities showed a willingness to fight. They were willing to die from cuts or arrows to stop the invaders.

However, there were many users who had experience with the Central Continent in the past.

“That’s not possible. No matter how many people flock there, it will only be a case of suicide.”

“The Haven Empire is different from any opponents so far. They aren’t easy. They have an overwhelmingly flawless strength.”

“We can’t just give them our lands or cities without any resistance!”

“We can win. If we are determined then we can win!”

The opinions of the mobilized users were split as they panicked. Some wanted to fight but the more prudent high level users were concerned.

High level users would lose a lot if they died. Level 300 or 400 users would lose skill proficiency after dying so it could cause quite a bit of frustration.

People sat at the city’s central fountain and sighed. Even though members of the Grass Porridge Cult were willing to fight and die, other users hesitated.

The members of the Grass Porridge Cult were aware of the advantages they had. Quantity rather than quality.

They unconditionally wiped out the enemy with their numbers. Their unity and tactics were poor. The opponent would become annoyed with the constantly surging numbers. Even a strong enemy would eventually be overwhelmed by numbers.

But these were the elite troops of the Haven Empire. The army that unified the Central Continent wouldn’t lose to such recklessness. It was the strongest army that could possibly conquer the entire continent.

“We won’t know until we try!”

“Let’s drive them out of the north!”

In the end, the vocal opinions prevailed over the cautious users. They decided to repel the Haven Empire at the Rupoi Plains like in the past, so a large number of users migrated there.

Apart from hunting and levelling up, the northern users enjoyed a wide variety of fun activities.

There were some users in Morata who started early but their level still hadn’t reached the late 200s.

There was an enormous growth in population but they focused more on economic power than increasing the individual ability of a person.

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“Lafaye’s opinion really is like a psychic.”

Porcal, leader of the 3rd corps of the Haven Empire nodded. He could see users walking beyond the northern ridge. Setting aside the weak and strong, there was an overwhelming number of people.

“I know why Rensullot was defeated.”

The users of the Hermes Guild respected Rensullot.

He was able to defeat enemies inside a fortress using courage and resourcefulness. So quite a few commanders in the Hermes Guild were shocked when he came back from the north with a devastating defeat.

They didn’t know why Rensullot would suffer such a defeat. Looking at the number of northern users now, he could see why 70,000 troops lost. No matter how high the level of the soldiers or their training, they had no choice but to be swept away by the deluge of enemies!

The large number of people couldn’t be ignored. The users had the vengeful thought of pushing them back to the Central Continent! There were high level users mixed in among the beginners.

The Hermes Guild had 200,000 users. Among them, the ones that participated in the northern expedition reached 50,000.

The players were eager to fly into combat! The high ranked users in Royal Road were like celebrities as they walked through cities with people envying them. Even those elites would mentally shrink back after seeing the scale of the enemy.

“Morale is important in a war.”

It was true for both users and NPC soldiers. But the Hermes Guild had constantly prepared for war after conquering the Central Continent.

The Haven Empire had been training to come to the north since Rensullot’s loss. The users were united even if they had to go against these numbers. They set up tactics for quick, sharp and impossible to stop assaults.

The Haven Empire had the strongest army so there was no need to be afraid. Furthermore, they would wide area magic that wouldn’t consume a lot of mana and a large number of arrows in advance. The best quality troops of the Haven Empire would slaughter the weak beginners.

“We are going to win the fight this time. Despite using the crowd psychology, their tactic is relatively simple. We will set a record for the most number of people slaughtered.”

The commanders had deployed advance troops to specified areas in advance.

“I want to try out the wide area magic.”

“Kyah, today I will kill at least 1,000 people. I can built up some combat achievements.”

The users of the Hermes Guild among the army were excited.

“Uhh, what should I do?”

“It is really hard. How should I attack?”

The northern users didn’t know what to do after arriving in front of the enemy. The Haven Empire’s heavy infantry were stationed at the front holding spears and shields while the archers were concentrated behind them.

They hesitated due to the instinctive fear of an egg hitting a solid rock but more northern users continued gathering on the left and right.

“Let’s go! The Toadstool Porridge unit will be the vanguard!”

“We will burn our bodies in order to win the battle.”

“I will fight until I die.”

The Toadstool Porridge unit that enjoyed death were in the vanguard. There was a cloud of dust as more than 100,00 users ran forward. And…

2 corps commanders gave an order to the right side.

“Show those fearless people a taste. Units 1-4 archers, fire! The fire magicians will use wide area attacks.”

The archers of the Haven Empire fired arrows towards the Toadstool Porridge unit.

“Cough!”

“Ugh!”

“There are too many.”

“Unbelievable….”

Arrows rained down upon the helplessly dying users! Flames then covered the area and spread widely.

The Toadstool Porridge members in the area couldn’t survive the attacks and collapsed. The Haven Empire were correctly using the archers and magicians in a war. The archers belonging to the 6th unit aimed separate arrows at the users that survived.

The Toadstool Porridge members were still running but were hit by the enormous attacks of the Haven Empire once they entered range. The areas that received the attacks were filled with grey lights that disappeared.

The northern users could only watch with astonishment at the scene of the Toadstool Porridge unit literally melting away.

“This can’t be. The intrepid troops of the Toadstool Porridge unit….”

“The wide area fire magic killed several hundred at once.”

“Did they use this attack method so that we won’t be able to fight?”

“We can’t just leave it like this. We have to all go at the same time.”

“Don’t give them time to harm us.”

The northern users didn’t lose their courage despite the shocking sight!

“Waaaaaah!”

They start rushing forward simultaneously like a tsunami. From left to right, there was an infinite number of users. Perhaps this was the beginning of the counterattack.

But the Haven Empire’s army had the perfect response.

“They are no different from scarecrows. But we will show them some courtesy as this is the first battle. Show them the horror of the Haven Empire!”

They massacred the users with arrows and magic. Tens of thousands and then hundreds of thousands failed to get close to the Haven Empire’s army. It was a mighty firepower that wiped out the counterattack.

The elite archers had gained experience through training and experience in the conquest wars while the magicians were given the best treatment in the Haven Empire.

NPC archers wore expensive accessories and longbows that increased their range while magicians were given magic books and tools to grow their magic. The Hermes Guild focused on war so they deliberately strengthened their archer and magician units.

Of course, there was a significant number of high level users among the northern users. They expected to play a significant role when the fighting became confused!

But before the superior firepower of the Haven Empire’s army, they could only watch and die along with the novice users.

The flimsy northern users were useless in front of the Haven Empire’s long range tactic. There were some users fortunately enough to reach the troops and swung their swords. They intended to harm the archers but neglected to block the follow up attacks.

There was also a wall of armoured infantry so the northern users lost their lives as they bumped against it.

“How did this happen?”

“I don’t know. Can we go on?”

“We can’t fight the enemy.”

The onslaught of northern users stagnated. Plenty of users were still running but they just suffered pointless deaths.

-A curse has slowed your movements.

Movement speed will decrease by 35% for 40 seconds.

-The truth of the disastrous curse has been revealed.

94% of your mana has been consumed.

Curses were hurled towards the northern users.

The Haven Empire had donated to many religions with their vast riches. Money was used to mobilize priests for the war and the priests of the Hermes Guild also participated.

Even so, only one tenth of the gathered northern users had been damaged. The users waiting behind continued to thrust forward.

The corps commanders of the Haven Empire had been given instructions in advance.

“We will start the 2nd stage of the operation to teach them despair. Armoured infantry advance! Knights move forward. Cross every 400 metres.”

The Haven Empire abandoned the current situation and finally ran forward.

They didn’t want their victory in this battle doubted. They wanted to prove they could devastate the northern army without using ranged attacks.

The soldiers and knights ran up to the users with their swords and spears.

“No way. My sword broke!”

“Cough! The equipment I obtained from conquering the Goblin Dungeon….”

The skilful soldiers that were a hundred times more battle tested lightly cut the users. The weak users were in front so the result was already decided.

And high level users were mixed in among them. But they didn’t have enough time and space to play an active role.

After the devastating ranged attacks, they were trampled on by the knights of the Haven Empire. The novice users weren’t an impediment to the knights’ rush and the high levelled users died in vain.

There was a limit to how much individual ability a person could show in a war. Those that were hiding received the worst results.

The scattered users couldn’t resist the scale of the knights’ operation despite their numerical advantage.

“Let’s kill at least one person.”

The level 200~300 users set such a goal.

They reduced the numbers by sacrificing their own lives. Then their colleagues would take care of the rest.

A strategy using their numbers!

But the Haven Empire didn’t have the myth of invincibility for nothing. The knights scattered apart. And they would join together again at a fixed point. The high level users mixed in killed a few but they couldn’t effectively assault the knights.

The imperial soldiers that followed behind the knights seized the area that was a mess. The archers and magicians unit slowly advanced while aiming at the northern users.

The 7 corps marched methodically as they captured important areas. The army deployed by the Haven Empire lured the users and crushed them. The armoured infantry specialized in defense so they trapped 100,000 people inside and slaughtered them.

The northern users had no leaders or separate plan so effectively controlling such a large force was impossible! The norther users kept the same battle plan but the Haven Empire’s army changed battle formations as scheduled and killed them.

Of course, there were still northern users waiting for an opportunity. High level users such as thieves or warriors were waiting for the enemy to approach! But they could only kill 1~2 soldiers before being hit by ranged attacks or the knights. Eventually the northern archers and magicians just recklessly attacked the Haven Empire.

“Take this!”

“At least a few of you should die!”

However, it was blocked with already prepared magic or shields and they just lost their lives.

The infantry with their cutting ability, the power of the magic units, the shield units, etc. The power of the Imperial Army was enough to cause others to feel despair.

“How?

“Nonsense.”

“But we can’t step back.”

Rumours started to spread as the northern users died. Even so, they bravely continued the assault and died!

The fighting capabilities of both sides in the war couldn’t be compared.

The priests continuous poured out healing magic so the Haven Empire’s army didn’t get tired.

Overall, the solid and organized army felt like a devil.

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[TL] Yes, I don’t know why this is the chapter title but it is definitely correct.

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121 thoughts on “Chapter 2: Sky Tower’s Workers

  1. Frankon

    Ok. So LOTS of corpses plus the best necromancers in the game (the ones in the north), should even out a bit the loses of the Poridge units. Also shouldnt Van Hawk and Tori be back into the present time? I think the Abyss Knight should reign supreme on the battlefield (if i remember it was stated before that Abyss Knight is the ultimate undead), so north can withstand before Weed returns. We should be in for a treat with all the fighting that is yet to come.

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    1. jacobpaige

      Van Hawk may still be in Kallamore. Though I could totally see him sacking the capital of Haven while they’re off trying to conquer the north.

      Also, don’t forget that Haven has its own high level necromancers. It may not be Morata that benefits from all those corpses.

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      1. Frankon

        Haven guild necromancers are indeed high level and they have almost godly level items. But remember about skill proficiency . Jeanie and the rest of the north necromancer had a ton of experience and high level of their skills. Do you remember that one Haven necromancer that was mentioned before (the one that was in party with Bard Ray)? He converted to necromancer very late (after the fall of the Balkan) so his actual necromancy level was low (he was OK with all his special items ) and I think his proficiency compared to the northern necromancer was way lower (since most of the northern necromancers took part in Balkan quest – so they were shown how undead “work” from the basis). Northerns necromancers should hold the edge,

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      2. Douglas Alvarado

        Also Haven Guild found some of Balkan´s research about the Dark Rule so they got some good items, their necromancer is very capable, not sure if Jean and those Necromancers from Morata will be enough, maybe if they join with Van Hawk but I´m not sure if it´s enough against so many troops, well there´s another option if Weed gave Balkan´s items to Jean (through Mapan? before going to the quest), in that case Jean power as Necro, would be OP.

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      3. jacobpaige

        The only way Weed would do that is if Jean paid him an astronomical sum. I’d sooner believe that he sold the gear to Haven than that he gave them to someone else.

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      4. RedSoloCup

        Arpen’s necromancers are practically master class in different skill sets (Advanced 6-8 necromancing). Haven’s are all probably in the intermediate level but with items can get up to Advanced level 2-3 or higher. From the looks of the battle I would assume that all the noobs will perish, then when Haven is thinking that they’ve won. All their bodies will rise up but with tremendously higher level (level 50 player vs 200-300 lvl skeleton knight)

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      5. Phil1403

        Well, Arpen kingdom has a dire need of a leader/general/commander. Without Weed (or someone else of the same caliber), the Northfolks are lambs in front of a butcher.

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      6. jacobpaige

        Yeah. Honestly, the only one I can think of that specializes in military leadership is the orc psychologist, but I don’t know where she is at the moment and I don’t think she has high enough standing to control the GPC. The necromancers are probably going to have to be the best bet for survival for now.

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      7. Phil1403

        survival through undead call ?:D
        well, at best, that’s temporary surviving. And i’m sure Hermes will have though of some counter measures.

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  2. jacobpaige

    I wonder why they didn’t listen to the person who said that the plains were the worst possible place for them to face the enemy. Though I suppose at least some of the blame falls on Weed for not appointing anyone to control the army in his absence.

    Hopefully the Moratan necromancers came with them. If the Havenite necromancers raise the bodies of the northern users, their army won’t even have to fight again to conquer the north.

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    1. Phil1403

      Dumb people, trying to reproduce something they did NOT understand. Folks alone, without good and capable leaders, are neither an army nor a meaningful political force.

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      1. jacobpaige

        To be fair, they do quite well with non-military issues. They have been one of the main forces responsible for Arpen’s success. Given time and training, they would be a force to reckon with.

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      2. Phil1403

        They are doing GREAT with NON military issues. But leadership in time of peace and leadership in time of war is NOT the same. Not at all.
        Also, they are a force to reckon with. But Hermes is the strongest army in the game at the moment. And without a great leadership/optimized way of managing ressources on the battlefield, the Northfolk are done for.

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      3. jacobpaige

        I wouldn’t count them out just yet. Only the GPC has acted so far. There’s still the official army, the orcs, the Geomichis, anyone Weed recruited in ancient times and probably some groups I’m forgetting at the moment.

        All they really have to do is delay for ten days total, so its certainly possible. There will probably be a lot of damage though since Haven has (very stupidly) decided to destroy everything they get their hands on.

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      4. Phil1403

        Well, then, why splinting you force up, especially against a stronger opponent. I’m sure that, for example, the Geomchi (500 sword masters) would have done MUCH better against haven’s army.

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      5. Phil1403

        I understood that various tactics will be applied and tested, all depending on their numbers, skills and levels.
        Also, i’m under the impression that they are starting to learn and adapt under the pressure.
        And that this backlash brings even more motivation to change and move forward, which goes completely against the expectation of Hermes. By the way, here is the update of GP Guild. Feedback in the comment section to improve it is welcome http://the-legendary-moonlight-sculptor.wikia.com/wiki/Grass_Porridge_Guild

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      6. jacobpaige

        Well, I’d change it to Cult for one thing. Even if you want to think of it as a guild, by the official definition of the game, it isn’t one. Also, there is no official, game supported structure/rules/whatever to the cult the way there would be for a guild, so calling it one is misleading.

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      7. Phil1403

        Well, that’s a good question. But a cult or a church is linked to a god. Where a guild is connected to a social organization, at least in the game. So calling it a cult, somehow is weird. Still, there is something about a way or a view of life connected to value…

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      8. jacobpaige

        Well, they were originally created to worship Weed and are now connected by their faith in Arpen and Weed. So I’d say that they still qualify as a cult. Even if that’s not the case though, they don’t qualify as a guild by the game’s official definition.

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      9. jacobpaige

        Basically an organization whose founders went through the guild creation process. Like the Hermes Guild or the guild Weed’s in. They get a guild chat, the ability to invite or expel members and are affected by and are capable of affecting the guild’s reputation. There may be other benefits or responsibilities but the story hasn’t really gone into much detail since its not really a focus.

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      10. Phil1403

        Yep, I agree.

        We don’t know much about the guild creation process.
        And by the way, what’s the point of using a guild chat features when you have more than 10 millions people (equivalent of the City of Paris, France), just around Morata.

        That’s the reason why i still look at the Grass Porridge as a guild, but a NON conventional one; rather than a sect.

        And by the way, you don’t call Hermes a sect, even if there is an attractive and powerful figure like Bard Ray.

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      11. jacobpaige

        Most people are quite in guild chat. Even with a guild the size of Hermes, its unlikely that more than a dozen or so people use the chat regularly.
        There are two basic reasons to object to calling it a guild: 1) Guild has a specific meaning and they don’t qualify 2) The author called them a cult and we should respect that.

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      12. Phil1403

        again, my question is : what is this specific meaning ? can you be more specific ? because chat is not limited to a guild. When you are part of a team or between friend… you can also use the chat mode. Thanks

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      13. blackandredturtle Post author

        Have you played games before? A guild is an official part of the system where the name and members of the guild are registered with the system. Almost all games required the person who forms the guild to pay a fee to register the guild. Just like a party or whisper option, there is an exclusive chat that only belongs to the guild member, no matter how many members there are. This is the chat that the Hermes Guild and other guilds in the game talk over e.g. vol 28 when they are invading the Melbourne Mine.
        Now, the GPC isn’t an officially registered guild so they don’t have their own separate chat. This is demonstrated by the fact that the north had to gather the members through word of mouth. Although the GPC might be similar to a guild, in the official definition of the game, they aren’t actually a guild and the author specifically doesn’t call them a guild. Therefore, I don’t think the wiki which is for ‘official’ information, should be calling them a guild when they specifically aren’t called that in the game.

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      14. Phil1403

        Ok then how shall we call them ? A club ?
        A sect = 1 a subdivision of a larger religious group (esp. the Christian Church as a whole) the members of which have to some extent diverged from the rest by developing deviating beliefs, practices, etc.
        2 Often disparaging
        a a schismatic religious body characterized by an attitude of exclusivity in contrast to the more inclusive religious groups called denominations or Churches
        b a religious group regarded as extreme or heretical
        3 a group of people with a common interest, doctrine, etc.; faction
        http://dictionary.reverso.net/english-definition/sect
        sorry, but it sounds really weird too. even farther away from a game… than a guild, even if it is not officially registered in the game
        By the way, there is membership to enter Grass Porridge. So to me, so far, it is a NON REGISTERED association or faction or community of interest (but ok, NOT a guild, if you insist on naming guild as an organization which is registered by the game).

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      15. blackandredturtle Post author

        Why can’t we just go with the official description. I’m sorry but that’s what the wiki is. To provide factual information about the story. Not speculation or your own thoughts. So I would go Grass Porridge Cult because it is the official translation, even if u don’t like it.

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      16. Phil1403

        Sorry to bother you with my thought… Nothing personal. But still, check the dictionnary. Sect indeed sounds weird. And i see nothing bad with the fact of looking for a synonym.😉

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      17. jacobpaige

        It is a player organization created with and recognized by the system. If you cannot use the system to invite people to your organization, then it is not a guild.

        The size of a guild is far larger than a party and talking to friends at great distances requires you to specify which friends you want to talk to, guild chat does not. If you look up info on any MMO they’ll explain it in greater detail.

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      18. Phil1403

        Grass Porridge is a player organization, BUT it is not registered by the game as a gamer guild. To that definition i can fully agree. Now, does that qualify to called/named/defined as a sect ? Somehow,
        I doubt it.

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      19. jacobpaige

        Its a synonym for it I suppose, but the meaning is a bit different. Also, I’ve been reading a lot of CN web and light novels lately, so when you say sect, I think of a martial sect rather than a religious one.

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      20. Phil1403

        this association is interesting. When you introduce the concept of martial sect, i think of the geomchi…

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      21. jacobpaige

        Its certainly similar, but it lacks the real estate to match the normal definition. Though that might just be all the CN web novels talking😉

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      22. Phil1403

        But you are right, it is a synonym. And not the same word. I’m just looking around if there is not a better word than cult. And sect is the word that come to my mind when i hear the word cult. Just that you get a feeling of how weird that word cult sound to me to describe the Grass Porridge Organization.

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      23. jacobpaige

        I believe it was chosen for humorous reasons honestly. From a story perspective, its meant to appear somewhere between a total joke and amazingly absurd. So ‘cult’ fits that feeling quite well in context.

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      24. Phil1403

        my issue is that i have to convey the meaning of this name / “joke” in the description. not that easy… at least not for me.

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      25. jacobpaige

        Well, on the plus side, most people reading the wiki already know the information in it and are just trying to remind themselves of things. So they already understand where the name came from on some level even without you explaining it.

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      26. Phil1403

        Refining the concept/definition helps to refine the description and important to improve the wiki.
        If there is an issue, or something that does not feel right, that’s usually the sign that some interesting meaning can pop up.😉

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      27. Phil1403

        I’m NOT trying to be right here. I’m trying to find the most fitting description/translation and an adequate name.

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      28. Phil1403

        Sometimes, the first one pick it up and then, everyone copy/paste. But, honestly, i have no idea either if this right or wrong. That is why i’m questioning the whole thing before going back to the word cult. The process of asking questions is beneficial enough as such. You and turtle helped me already to better define/refine the concept of guild (and it will be added in the wiki).

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      29. jacobpaige

        Well, if you want to know more about what the author actually wrote, I’d try posting a question in the translation forum on novelupdates. One of the translators there can probably give you a better breakdown of what the original word actually means and why cult might have been chosen as its translation.

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      30. Phil1403

        in between, i named it “cult”. Now i also need to rework on the content. I’ll wait for your answer before updating it. Thanks again

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      31. Phil1403

        OK, can you please give me the link toward the specific section of the forum. I will create an account and then ask the question.
        I also shared the GPC page link on discord in the general section and asked for input. I will see what input i can get from there too.
        The page really need some improvment.

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      32. blackandredturtle Post author

        Tbh, it might be hard for you to get a reply on the forum because there are hardly any korean translators.
        Now, the Korean word for it is 풀죽신교. The first part, 풀죽 means grass/herb porridge. The second part 신교 means religious belief/ religion. So I suppose the word would be more like Grass Porridge Religion but the previous translators probably went for the humorous slant to the word.

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      33. Phil1403

        And not even asking Weed ? Not even attempting to contact him ? And going on head on and alone against the Continent strongest army…
        Sorry, that’s just plain stupidity.

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      34. jacobpaige

        How would they contact him? He’s in a different era and he doesn’t come out of the game except to eat or sleep. Even if he is out of the game, most don’t have a way to contact him. I suppose they could ask his sister, but even if they manage to get in contact with him that way, he’s already given up on them doing anything useful and isn’t likely to be helpful.

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      35. MissUnderstanding

        cult, kʌlt, noun
        1. a system of religious veneration and devotion directed towards a particular figure or object.
        >>>2. a person or thing that is popular or fashionable among a particular group or section of society.<<<

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      36. Phil1403

        Well, i get it, but the sliding from 1 to 2 is, how should i phrase it, weird somehow. Belief and fashion are not exactly is the same field of interest. Anyway… any suggestion for improving the LMS wiki section on Embinyu or Grass Porridged are welcome.

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    1. Phil1403

      the Northfolks alone have no strengh nor back bone. They miss weed strategic thinking, sharp leadership and powerful ressources (living sculptures, geomchis, etc). And by the way, Weed in the past trained and improved all those leadership skills and hit and run tactics.

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    1. ShadowBlazer

      She should be one of the higher level members of the cult since she was the one who started it. Remember the previous siege? Then, The GPC started out with their lower level battalions first then gradually overwhelmed them with increasing numbers of cannon fodder members of a higher level until Weed took command. They tried employing the same tactic here, but obviously it wouldn’t work a 2nd time.

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      1. Phil1403

        A skillfull and competent leader during a time of peace may NOT be qualified for the time of war.

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  3. eseul

    wow turtle, you’re so fast~ are you hanging in there ok? take it easy ok!

    I wonder what kind of magic weed will create. I feel like he’s gonna appear at the last minute with some mad new skills xD. maybe he will become the undead and then revive everyone?

    ugh this story kills me

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  4. Robbini

    ‘The Toadstool Porridge unit that enjoyed death were in the vanguard. There was a cloud of dust as more than 100,00 users ran forward. And…’
    I don’t think they’re considered as a price, so there’s either a zero too few, or a , misplaced.

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  5. AsianOtakuGuy

    would be fun if the Chaos Dragon revives and Weed somehow brings it back to normal time and have it wreck the Haven Kingdom’s army lol

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    1. wat

      Or if the chaos dragon gets loose and wrecks haven in the past, that would quite literally erase the haven empire from the map, along with their forces.

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      1. Phil1403

        Nope, it would only erase NPC and non living stuff). Users from Hermes guild would still be standing there.

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      1. Phil1403

        I did not like the chapter (slaughter of dumb acting people), but i like your summary. A very good title for this chapter: The Empire strikes back.

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  6. Readtilltheybleed

    Turtle turtle turtle
    The dead aren’t useless💀
    The necromancers and the two summons were mentioned in this chapter so I think this should be a hint… If they didn’t plan to revive the dead they shouldn’t have rush the battlefield but spread out, surround, and deplete the haven reserves while buying as much time as possible. Ultimately, either the necromancers revive them or they stall until they can revive naturally and return to battle well rested and ready for round two. Haven would have to form shifts or face Weed while tired… Not that it’ll matter. Weed has so much available to use against them it isn’t funny. My favorite idea is that he creates a colossal dragon, with the idiotic face of Bardray, and commands it to increase its strength until it is needed to exterminate the haven empire on such and such day… After all that time the dragon would be OP. Well, I could think of many ways for him to prevent haven but I can’t wait to see the actual story develop. Thanks for the chapter.

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      1. Phil1403

        And the ultimate sacrifice. Letting kill yourself to feed Arpenian necromancers’s power base.

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  7. ShadowBlazer

    Judging from Weed’s plight, he could never use the sands of time again since they have a fixed amount of uses and this time, nothing happened and it ended up to being a waste. That said, when he does succeed in the quest and obtain Time Sculpting, he could use the skill to recharge the hourglass use it to send the Chaos Dragon and any subordinate he has left to Morata then using either Time Sculpting or the Sands of Time to send the Sands of Time to the spot where Weed found it in the 1st place (to avoid a time paradox). As for the Current Morata, its obvious that the 3 Necromancers are going to play a large role in its defense, especially when all 3 could now summon Death Knights (meaning Arpen isn’t short of disposable troops) Along with the 501 Geomchis, Pale’s group, and several other users going through their Master Quest, Morata could potentially hold out for no longer than 10 days in-game. Heck, even Weed’s sister Yurin should be able to give the Hermes Army some nasty debuffs with her Doodling and Aqua Light Painting. Not to mention the large colony of Orcs in Vargo Fortress and all of the Sculptural Lifeforms that have been living in the north (particularly the ones who could tame beasts). I’m expecting a standstill would appear when Weed returns from the past with Seo-Yoon, then a personal duel between him and Hard-gay would ultimately decide Arpen Kingdom’s fate (by winning, it would them become The Arpen Empire or whatever)

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    1. Phil1403

      Also, they need to build and reinforce the cities defense to hold out against hermes armies til week comes back…
      Also, i’m sure it will be a shock and a scandal for the Northfolk when they will start to understand what Hermes is planning to do to their country. They will hate this policy to destroy everything (it’s almost like bombing defenseless people with modern airplane and weaponry).
      Hope weed comes back in time.
      Or, if he comes back late, that he can use time magic to replay the war since the beginning.

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  8. spoilerproof

    thanks for the chapters~
    tons of explodable corpses…a certain explosion maniac is writhing in ecstasy….

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  9. Maximum-effort

    Ah. How simple you people are thinking. Remember weed left instructions to the sun warrior kingdom……and also to van hawk and Torido. And then there are all the hundreds of sculptures he released although that is highly unlikely. But he still as his options. What I find most strange is no mention of seoyeon

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    1. Phil1403

      Seoyoon = Hilderun. She still is in the past, and still is infected with the demon seed (Weed’s quest n°1 in the past. Free Hilderun from the demon’s seed and save her life)

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  10. Phil1403

    To be honest, i did not like this chapter, even if i assume that Weed will either be back in time or be able to revert the time flow to replay the war against Hermes. Anyway, let’s wait and see

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  11. Jack Nathaniel Mikhail

    Poor Grass Porridge Sect! Seems like they have no General of War or Patriarch. I can totally imagine Meng Hao becoming the Porridge Prince and leading them to victory! Lolx
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    囧 。👈 THANKS 👉 。囧
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    Thank you for the chapter!

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