Chapter 6: Special Reunion

6) Special Reunion

Weed secretly descended to the Melbourne Mine’s 4th floor. He was fully equipped in the assassin’s costume so he wouldn’t easily be suspected.

“As expected, there is no one here now.”

There didn’t seem to be anyone protecting the entrance of the 4th underground floor. They had completely moved into the Belkain’s lair. They never imagined that the assassins upstairs would fail!

“As expected from my cheap tricks…..”

Weed briefly became conceited. The other assassins would be searching the 3rd floor. In the end they would come down but he had earned some time.

“The 4th floor is also dangerous. There isn’t anywhere to hide so I have to keep on moving.”

He slowly walked towards the Belkain’s Lair. Things had turned out like this so it was meaningless to rush. The assassins were hunting upstairs while nearby, Bardray and the Hermes Guild were hunting monsters. Either way he was surrounded by enemies so he had no choice but to improvise.

-Come down now.

Weed sent a whisper to Hegel.

-Thank you, Hyung.

Hegel, Alice and Dine chose to go a different way from Weed once they came down to the 4th floor. They decided to hide in the tunnels until the Black Lion Guild’s reinforcements arrived. They couldn’t help in a battle against the Hermes Guild so they could only wish him good luck.

“I’ll only believe in you.”

Hegel declared proudly. The monsters on the 4th floor were daunting opponents. The two women, Dine and Alice’s hearts were also towards Weed.

“Sunbae-nim, no Oppa, be careful!”

“Oppa, I’ll cheer for you in my mind.”

His heart pounded with excitement as he entered the Belkain’s lair where Bardray and the Hermes Guild were fighting.

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“Ah, unfortunately the video isn’t showing anymore. If it lasted a bit longer than I think the many viewers would be delighted.”

The user who communicated the video died so the broadcast of Belkain’s lair stopped and changed back to the studio.

“Bardray’s combat ability is really frightening. Have we ever had such a strong user on the continent?”

“The power and techniques that battered Belkain like a storm is truly outstanding. He is the warrior that can pull out all the potential of a sword! The sword techniques shown in the video is brilliant.”

While the host was commenting, there was a war going on behind the scenes. The broadcasters were trying to secure various contacts for the videos of Belkain’s lair. Bardray’s quest wasn’t the only significant thing.

“If the Black Lion Guild enters then a war will occur between them. I’ve heard reports that Guild Master Carlise is already there… If we broadcast it then it will be a ratings jackpot.”

“Contact the advertisers. Ask them to put advertisements during the late night dinner time and the reruns in the empty hours.”

The advertisers had to wait in line as well as pay a premium. Weed was in the Melbourne Mine. His rivalry with the Hermes Guild was well known so it was difficult for the broadcasting officials to predict what would happen. The broadcast officials were hoping such a situation would occur in the Melbourne Mine.

The Master Quest competition between the Hermes Guild and Weed were the viewer’s favourite material.

“What are the ratings right now?”

“It is at 12% and rising. It is the highest daily value in recent months.”

“The bulletin boards?”

“It is paralyzed. The pages can’t move quickly and the title can’t even be read properly.”

The bulletin board was filled with requests to quickly show the videos. The video had stopped at such a moment! CTS Media, KMC media, Digital Media and LK games were all annoyed. While they were trying to contact the general users who survived, an official reply came from the Hermes Guild.

They had accepted an offer to broadcast a video!

The Hermes Guild would provide the best audience ratings in return for some of the proceeds from the advertisements. It might seem a bit excessive but the broadcasting stations didn’t dare refuse.

Other stations played regular programs so they couldn’t obtain game scoops. Every station organized regular programs throughout the week related to Royal Road. But the regular programs could be put on hold or cancelled based on the audience ratings. Royal Road had many adventures that could occur at any time and stimulated excitement in people’s chests during the live broadcasts.

“Today will require working overtime into the night. Deputy Park, have you ordered toast?”

“Yes! I called and the auntie is already making it.”

“Order some kimbap as well.”

“I’ll also call the lunch bento place.”

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Weed slipped into Belkain’s lair. The Hermes Guild users were fighting like crazy. Various magic effects raged while weapons were raised with violent cries.

‘It really is spectacular.’

This was the combat power of the Hermes Guild that was said to be the strongest on the continent. Even the Baby Belkains were at least level 450. The demon species were usually strong. They had exceptional physical abilities and could even use black magic. There was also their resistance to magic, arrows and spirit magic.

The Baby Belkain and the wild dogs of hell frantically ran around killing the Hermes Guild members. Sometimes some users were unfortunate enough to be surrounded by monsters and killed. They wore great armour while high level priests used their recovery magic in a magnificent fight.

The Hermes Guild had brought their elites so not one user was lax. Their level, skills and equipment all played a role in the battle. Everybody here had a level that would raise a great fuss if they were in a city.

‘As expected, the Hermes Guild is brilliant.’

Weed watched the battle from an inconspicuous corner. It was the skill of finding a quiet corner that he polished in middle school, high school and university! There were a few people here that were also assassins.

The assassins fought by aiming at the monster’s back but it was a risk in a large scale battle like this. Those in a crisis situation could only watch. Weed looked similar to the assassins so they weren’t interested in him.

‘No. 19.’

‘Weed must’ve been stopped on the 3rd floor so he ran here.’

‘This will result in censure from the guild….. Right now there is a battle so I’ll leave it be.’

The Hermes Guild had a simple marker on the assassin clothes. The identification number would be written on the pants or coat. Weed used the Sewing skill in order to repair the clothes and create a disguise. It was impossible to consider him as anything other than a fellow assassin.

‘He’s fighting well.’

Weed primarily observed Bardray fighting.

He was fighting equally or even had a slight advantage with the Woomba Belkain. His body was fast and his finesse and strength were overwhelming the monster. Of course, he also received blessings from the shaman, priests and other attack support. But the Black Knight at the front was still considered the most dangerous one.

‘Fight to your heart’s content.’

Weed waited quietly for the battle to finish. Time passed without any special incidents and it seemed to be Bardray’s victory. Arrows, axes and spears were driven into the Woomba Belkain’s body. The body became a wreck as its health suddenly reduced.

-Kuooh. You won’t be safe either!

Stones flew and a minor earthquake occurred from its death throes. The Hermes Guild had a lot of experience with boss class monsters so the priests had already formed a protective layer. After that the warriors backed off and long distance attacks were used until the Woomba Belkain collapsed.

The Baby Belkains and wild dogs of hell were completely wiped out by the Royal Guards and the battle group. The knights drove them into a corner while the magicians used mass destruction magic on the group. The Necromancer Krobidyun also systematically raised his power by calling more undead.

‘Undead……’

Weed had a close relationship with them so he wasn’t disturbed. In fact some zombies even seemed cute if he looked at it for a long time! He couldn’t help admiring the Hermes Guild’s Necromancer summoning Doom Knights.

‘Summoning so many undead would consume enormous amounts of mana. His equipment is also excellent.’

Weed felt a stab of jealousy whenever he saw a user with a higher level than him. His relationship with the Hermes Guild might be hostile but he still admired them. They had been together for a long time so they knew their roles in catching the monster.

The strategies to fight in a group in Weed’s head were implemented at quite a high standard here. The Hermes Guild optimized every aspect, including power and loyalty.

‘If I was in command then I would quickly take care of the boss monster before sweeping through the dungeon.’

There were many boss level creatures in the Versailles Continent that hadn’t been caught yet. There were monsters that dominated an area as well as legendary evil monsters. Elves, Fairies, spirit monsters, their difficulty was much higher. In Jigolaths and beyond Vargo Fortress there were bosses that transcending imagination. There were those like Kubichya the Chaos Warrior who had a great ambition to rule.

Such creatures would also hunt to raise their level and gain rare items. Weed had no interest in users that were a little stronger than him. He just wanted to challenge himself and hunt every type of monster. Yet in reality he was a Sculptor!

“It is almost going to fall!”

“Be strong until the end. Archer unit, don’t save your arrows and don’t miss. Magicians prepare to deal the final blow.”

Bardray and the Royal Guards moved without hesitation. They had brought weapons suitable to hunt a boss monster. They systematically hunted the Woomba Belkain.

‘My body is itching.’

Weed desperately wanted to barge into the battle. But if he moved then his plan of hiding in a quiet corner and not attract attention would fail.

-Kkueeeeeee!

The Woomba Belkain gave its dying shriek. The Hermes Guild had sacrificed 35 people from the Royal Guards and battle company. A boss class monster had more resistance as it approached its end. Its attacks were focused on Bardray so the other warriors threw their bodies.

“Kuwawawak!”

The warriors shouted in order to attract the Woomba Belkain’s attention. The Hermes Guild thoroughly defended Bardray through the crisis. The commander was the pillar that supported the Hermes Guild. The Woomba Belkain howled as it was wounded by Bardray.

-The Woomba Belkain in the Melbourne Mine has entered its eternal rest.

“Success!”

“The Hermes Guild has done it again!”

“The Woomba Belkain. With this we’ve accomplished another myth. We are the strongest on this continent!”

The Royal Guards and battle group raised their weapons and cried out. Weed watched the Hermes Guild with envious eyes. They were so happy about causing another legend.

‘They played a firm part.’

Hunting boss monsters allowed them to obtain difficult items as well as increase their fame and stats. That’s why every guild periodically hunted monsters in the dungeons. Boss class monsters were fairly limited and were quite dangerous. But if they thought of the sweet fruit of victory than they would have no choice but to grab their swords and depart.

Bardray picked up the equipment that the Woomba Belkain dropped. Many viewers were probably seeing this through the live broadcast!

‘They can even get a transit fee.’

Weed counted the number of Hermes Guild users still alive. The number of Royal Guards and battle company still alive were 160 people. They were sitting down to rest as well as maintaining their weapons.

‘Let’s just settle down and watch. I’ll just the moment they’re fighting against the Black Lion Guild to escape.’

The cave that the Woomba Belkain and the Baby Belkains hadn’t been explored yet. The Hermes Guild would probably be able to obtain a treasure chest there. Weed didn’t think that he could obtain anything. In this world, guys like that wouldn’t leave anything behind. Among there were people with the Adventurer class who would clean everything out.

Weed was watching with a pain in his stomach when the movement of the Hermes Guild subtly changed. Users who had been relaxing got up one by one and headed towards the entrance. Weed’s nerves became sensitive. The Hermes Guild blocked the entrance and were then gradually approaching him.

‘Was I discovered? Indeed… By now they should’ve finished searching the 3rd floor and might’ve come downstairs.’

However it wasn’t definite that he was discovered. He had worn the assassin costume obtained from the ones he fought on the 3rd floor and sneaked onto the 4th floor. Weed didn’t change his attitude and just stood there calmly. Only his eyes were rolling around while calculating ways to escape.

Then Bardray who had been resting after defeating the Woomba Belkain walked towards him. Bardray spoke first.

“How are you?”

“……”

Weed’s mouth slightly opened. It was difficult to answer but he couldn’t pretend not to understand. Bardray would discover he was camouflaged as an assassin. But the movements of the Hermes Guild seemed to suggest he was already discovered.

“I knew you had escaped from your pursuers but I didn’t expect to meet you here.”

“……”

Weed was definitely discovered. He didn’t know how to react.

“How did you know?”

“I received word that the assassins searching upstairs couldn’t find Weed. And you’re not a murderer.”

The assassins had slaughtered the users when they entered the Melbourne Mine. So most of the users’ names had the murderer status. Weed might look the part but there was no way to camouflage the murderer state.

‘Of all things… He also noticed pretty fast.’

Weed was in a difficult situation. Normally it wouldn’t be that bad even if it was a great power like Bardray and the Hermes Guild

‘I really have no luck.’

Weed couldn’t deal with them in a place like this! The archers and magicians were ready for battle while the armoured knights were narrowing the distance. The earlier scene where the Woomba Belkain received a concentrated attack crossed his mind. Bardray also hadn’t put his sword into his scabbard yet.

‘They’re almost fine after the hunt because of the treatment from the priests.’

Bardray said arrogantly.

“Anyone who rebels against the Hermes Guild will die. Weed,  today is the day you’re going to be trampled.”

He was qualified to be the strongest person on the Versailles Continent. If the opponent was anyone else then Weed would either fight or reconcile peacefully. But there was no way to escape from the dragon’s claw or bite. If he had to die anyway then he chose to die fighting.

“This will be a fun day.”

Weed slowly took off the clothes of an assassin. The equipment didn’t match him and it was also low level so it wouldn’t be good in a fight. He wore the Talrock’s Armour and other equipment while the Hermes Guild watched.

‘They have no choice but to watch.’

Bardray and the other users had already changed their armour and weapons. It made no difference to the power of the Hermes Guild here. The archers and magicians could easily take care of Weed with their ranged attacks. They were some of the highest ranking users on the Versailles Continent!

This was basically saying that Bardray agreed to fight the opponent alone. He had received the blessings of the best shamans and priests on the continent so his health and mana were already recovered. The effect of blessings, even when it was low levelled meant the situation wouldn’t ever be fair.

Bardray thought he couldn’t defeat Weed unless he as in the best state. Bardray would gain great honour from Weed’s death and he would gain a lead in the competition to complete the Master Quest!

Weed grasped the Daemon Sword and took deep, short breaths.

‘I need to cause chaos and scatter the enemy.’

Even if he couldn’t prevail against the power of the Hermes Guild, he had no intention of just dying. Weed was about to use Wind Sprint when the hiding place behind Belkain shook.

Kwarururururung!

It became difficult to keep his foot steady on the shaking ground. And a monster appeared!

-My dead wife here……! You humans dare commit such a reckless thing.

The body was even larger than the Woomba Belkain. He had intimidating horns and the body was covered in dark red hair. In addition, the eyes and mouth showed its vicious natured. It was the Woomba Belkain’s husband, the Red Belkain!

“W-what the. There is still one left.”

“This guy isn’t ordinary.”

The Hermes Guild moved quickly. The troops that had surrounded Weed prepared for battle with the Red Belkain. The Necromancer Krobidyun used magic to confirm the monster’s information.

“Blooming health, show me everything. View Life Force!”

Ddiring!

-Red Belkain

A devil that personally dragged himself out of hell. The husband of the Woomba Belkain, he rules the Haineph Mountains.

-He doesn’t take damage from steel weapons.

-Very high magic resistance.

-Not affected by black magic.

-All spirits summoned below intermediate level will be sealed.

Health: 100%

Mana: 100%

“T-this…..”

Krobidyun’s complexion became dark. Bardray’s quest was to hunt the boss monster of the Haineph Mountain region. Judging by the description, he was the real monster. He was at least a minimum of level 620 and judging by the appearance, stronger than the Woomba Belkain.

The most challenging thing was that steel weapons wouldn’t do any damage to him.

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Carlise and the soldiers from the Black Lion Guild arrived at Treipeak’s teleport gate.

“We have to go as quickly as possible.”

The rode their prepared horses from the fortress to the Melbourne Mine. Dust was raised in the mountain area as hundreds of horses sprinted. The Hermes Guild had placed intelligence agents in good positions to observe the mountain area so they reported the situation in real time.

-They’re currently at Treipeak, the Black Lion Guild has arrived faster than expected.

-Guild Master Carlise is accompanied by a large number of members.

-They passed point 3 without any hesitation and 20 magicians were visible.

The Hermes Guild also left rangers and archers to ambush them in the forest.

“Multiple Shot!”

Arrows poured down on the moving Black Lion Guild.

“Surprise attack. Just go through without paying attention to it!”

The warriors struck the arrows with their swords. They bombarded the rangers’ hiding spot with magic attacks but ran through without confirming the result!

They quickly arrived at the entrance to the Melbourne Mine. All the attempts from the Hermes Guild to contain them were ignored. The Black Lion Guild members were still gathering at Treipeak so they were assigned as the rear-guard unit.

“Are we really going to fight? It will be irreversible once we enter the Melbourne Mine.”

A magician called Rondal asked Carlise.

Rondal was one of the founders of the Black Lion Guild. Their hunting party became famous as they rode through the Tullen Kingdom until Carlise, Rondal and a few other members formed the Black Lion Guild.

“The Hermes Guild was the one who broke up the United Supremacy Alliance first.” They have to pay the price for that.”

Carlise had decided to fight. Bardray and the Hermes Guild had invaded the Tullen Kingdom so his pride couldn’t let them get away with it. The military forces at Treipeak were also moving to this area. They restored peace and order to the vicinity of the mine as well as taking care of the remnants of the Hermes Guild.

“Enter.”

The high defense warriors and paladins of the Black Lion Guild entered the Melbourne Mine.

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82 thoughts on “Chapter 6: Special Reunion

  1. Pingback: LMS Volume 28 Chapter 6 | Rainbow Turtle Translations

    1. Phil1403

      It’s a new absolute record in LMS translation history

      6 chapters here
      + 1 on LMS machine translation (last of vol 27)
      + 1 on Clickyclick (chap 9 vol6)
      It’s more than 7 chapters in a week !!!

      Ps – Adding all the content on LMS is heavy… nothing else will be done this week on our LMS wikia; so please, have a look, and gives us some help !!!

      Nota bene
      We plan to open a forum, in between you can lease comment / questions in the comment section on every page.
      Or even start to contribute.
      We need your input on how to improve it

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  2. sayarii

    I expected weed to snatch the boss monster under bardray’s nose and was disappointed until the real boss monster came out. This is going to be fun!
    Thanks for the chapter!

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  3. BigFan

    Reallỳ wonder how many unreleased chapter’ve been translate. That’s great. Thank a lot. You’re my idolllllllllllll.

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  4. Phil1403

    It’s truly a great roller coaster.

    Weed was instantenously detected.
    He is alone and on his own, against the remaining Staff of Hermes Guild 160 players (35 died because of Woomba)
    But Bard Ray gave him time to prepare himself.
    And now a new monster appears !!!

    And in the between time the BL guild enters the Mine…
    Waouh !!!
    So exciting.
    Now, only chance for Weed would be to escape Bard Ray and flee, but will he do that ? And can Bard ray allow this ? Somehow, I doubt it.
    Or, will the BL fast enough and open a second front against Hermes ?

    And will those addition of 3 forces (Red Belkain, Black Lion and Weed) be enough to win over the very efficient Hermes guild ?

    Also, is Dain not here ?

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    1. Kelly Oliveira

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH, MUCHAS GRACIAS, OBRIGADA MUITÍSSIMO for the chapter!!!
      I was thinking about it but we can’t forget about traps whose assassins intalled at the Mine they will stale BL guid a lil bit and Weed was watering while watching Bard fighting and he only seeing… WEED WANT FIGHT NOW… and I think that Weed’s level don’t determine his force and skills because was said before that weed’s stats are on high side and his level was lacking because of penaulties when giving life sculptures or his quests…

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      1. Phil1403

        Hi
        Don’t forget that Weed is very strong, compared to regular players.But, with Hermes, he is against people at the highest level, and of warrior class.
        in other words, compare him to Seoyoon and you will get a sense of weed limits compared to Bard Ray…

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  5. Iric Alexis

    thanks for the update…

    when i read LMS.. i always wonder how they make Log-out system?
    why weed not just log out after dug the sapphire?
    are they need special place to log out?
    that kinda weird since virtual world like that to not able log out freely is kinda dangerous right?

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    1. Jatron

      It said it explicitly, that because of the battle state even dead teammates cannot log out. It makes sense that the lives ones in the battle cannot log out as well.

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    2. Moisés Rosa

      Not it. When the mine entered in war state – Hermes Guild attacked Black Lion member’s – all inside the mine can’t logout. But this dosen’t mean that you will be forever online… You have to figth for free yourself to get out of the dungeon or die to be allowed to logout. This system already exists in any game. Have you already played Ragnarok Online? Once you are in PVP, you can’t logout. You can disconnect, but you char will be online and die. I think that ou though that is kinda like Swort Art Online, but this is kind different.

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  6. Iric Alexis

    i don’t know if it will be double post but since i didn’t find my first post i will re post.

    thanks for the chapter.

    when i read LMS i wonder how Log-out system work in this virtual reality world?
    why weed simply not just log-out after he finished mining?
    did they have to log out in some special place?
    if it’s so, didn’t it count as dangerous counting virtual reality is kinda new in weed world?

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    1. blackandredturtle Post author

      People can’t log out in combat because than they would just try to escape if they were about to die. It specifically said that the mine became a combat zone because of the invaders so no one in the mine could log out.

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      1. garry1016

        dont forget, although it is a mine, it’s actually a dungeon, and you sir cannot log-out in a dungeon

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      2. Iric Alexis

        yeah, i notice in Embriyu church invade that they can’t log-out in combat. but i don’t see here is in combat stage. yes they are in the dungeon.
        but here some comparison with current real world mmorpg game. in some dungeon i may can’t log out but sure i can press button exit dungeon, then log out. because what? simple because the connectivity to the game it self need bandwidth a.k.a MONEY or signal for the internet and i still can be forced log-out the game even i am on the middle of PVP, (well it still count as lost though) if i have no signal or my quota simply dry out.
        here is virtual reality game.. when usually they involve brain activity connected to the game it self.. didn’t it will become to dangerous if they can’t flexible log out? in case of trauma or etc can’t they exposed to brain dead here if something wrong happen?
        i didn’t know how advanced weed world virtual reality is going on, but didn’t the game it self kinda new since weed alone have played famous game in computer before? since weed not that old i assume virtual reality in weed world should not that advanced. but who know.
        and can’t they kill them self to forced log out? (doubt weed do this since the item still drop if he die… lol)

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    1. SugarRoll

      I was thinking the same thing. If you can’t win, take everyone down with you. Bury everyone with a massive earthquake or something.

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  7. Lucian

    Whoa whoa whoa!What the hell?Immune to steel weapons,high resistance to magic,and immune to black magic?!Please nerf!

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    1. wat

      Well, there’s more than just steel swords. There’s a lot of other metals. If the sword for example, was made entirely out of mithril, it would deal damage all the same as it generally does. Weed and Bardray both specialize in physical combat at two ends of either spectrum. Weed is currently a master of speed, while bardray is currently a master of armor. There also doesn’t say anything about swords. Weed vs Bardray is essentially like a Ninja verses a Ronin.

      My estimations for the future will be that Weed and Bardray get precoccupied with the fight, numerous casulties with the new boss, specifically to the necromancer since it is immune to basically all of that guys attacks. Due to the nature of the boss, most of the archers will be wiped out, resulting in a few knights, a larger gathering of support roles and Bardray himself. Weed will have a struggle against new techniques but will dodge masterfully all the same.

      Not really sure who would win in the end though. Granted, it would be a fitting end considering the pitiful crowning of Weed in Morata, I am really looking forward to it. However, if he did win and as a echo through royal road of his victory, I’d see a lot of inspired Grass Porridge Cult members sharing some coins to ensure a more grand crowning. But eh, it’s all just speculation.

      Really looking forward to the next chapter.

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      1. lucian

        How many Porrige cult members were anyways?i remember something about a few tens of thousands?Or was it millions?Anyway,even if they were to donate 1 silver each and it would still be a lot,but i’m prety sure that old guy(former village chief of morata) will “play” with the tax money to ensure a great crowning ceremony.

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      2. Aspire

        I think the best course of action will be weed going after the priest to stop their recovery. Makes the fight alot tougher and also the archers would have ran out of arrows and black liin guild would have arrived and they join hands with weed and took out hermes guild then killl the boss after making badray fail his master quest muhahahaha!

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      3. Kelly Oliveira

        Weed has moonlight sword and third hand or hand helper something and could give some harm to Red monster but I think that Weed’s proficience is better like a necromancister than that guy…

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      4. Phil1403

        “Not really sure who would win in the end though.”
        Are you talking about
        1 / Bard Ray vs Weed ?
        Or
        2/ Hermes vs Red Belkain & Weed & Black Lion

        If it’s 1/ then the issue is clear.
        It’s the same as Weed vs Seoyoon or Weed vs Zahad. In terms of raw combat power, Weed is NOT at their level (even with his supreme swordmanship, his stats and his special technique). If you have any doubt, read the part where Weed, Zahad and Seoyoon went hunting together in Grapass/Gray Pass.
        Also regarding Bard Ray, it is obvious that you should not compare them in terms of combat power. Sure, it is already an incredible performance for a sculptor to be capable to develop such a strong damage output and such a high toughness/resilience in combat. But still, it’s like comparing a fast light weight and an heavy weight in boxing. Both are incredible, but don’t add them in the same ring. the size, the resilience and the raw power of an heavy weight is enough to shut down the light weight. That’s why weight class have been made😉

        Now, if it’s 2/ you have indeed a open situation.
        in fact, it’s should be a challenge for Hermes (a very efficient high level army, with 160 users) to be able to win against all 3 opponents:
        1 – Red Belkain alone should be a given victory for Hermes
        2 – Red Belkain + Weed (+Tori & Van Hawk) is still a given victory for Hermes
        3 – Red Belkain + Weed + Black Lion main force (one of the 6 major guild) is definitively not a given

        To rephrase it: is there a way to win against Hermes + Bard Ray ? yes, probably. And that’s should be because of the combo of those 3 forces. Now it is also NOT a given, and it probably all rely on Weed skill to disrupt the fight against Red Belkaim and stay alive long enough.

        First question, is Black Lion main force (BL) capable to access Belkain lair fast enough ? And with only a limited amount of damage ?
        I believe its still possible, because they are a true force to reckon with (check the way they passed through the ranger ambush) and because Weed already weaken the third defense line by killing the assassin team. So, i believe the answer is yes. Magician and assassins traps should not slow/weak them down too much.
        Also, the aim of BL force should be to meet the Hermes guild before the end of their fight against Red Belkain (RB), and before Weed’s death. If they achieve that, they should have a chance to take out Hermes, especially if Weed is still alive and can get support from their priest.

        Second question, will Weed still be alive, when BL arrive ? Well, it depends on Bard Ray and Weed course of action. So, will Bard Ray focus on Red Belkain (end of his 12th quest) or on Weed (personal grudge) ? Good question. I don’t know. Weed is more a disruptive force, which can inflict major damage over time. But still, he should be less damage than Red Belkaim which should remain its top priority (like Woomba Belkaim was) to achieve his 12th quest in time.

        Third question: how will Weed respond if he can avoid BardRay deadly grip ?
        If he is smart, he can either try to hide again and wait for BL arrival to attack and even try to flee… but does he know the path is getting opened right now by the black Lion guild ? Or, he may also start to focus on weakening Hermes guild by choosing to attack dangerous but weak points (necromancer for him, high level magicians for tori and priest for Van Hawk), like he generally does. That’s truly its added value. But will he do it ?
        Later on, he can also even use his special speed and skill to buzz around Bard Ray, further delaying RB death. Therefore, RB would kill even more Hermes users and raise the chance/open the path for BL force to win over Hermes Guild.

        Well, many questions…

        In any case, i still believe there is :
        – a very good chance that Bard Ray will achieve is 12th quest first, through his victory over Red Belkain,
        – a strong chance for Weed to be killed and loose the master quest (and some of his precious belonging), especially if he can not prove himself a good ally for BL force (owner of the mine).
        – a reasonable chance for Hermes to loose this war in the end against BL.

        Why is that ?

        – Woomba Belkain + children could kill up to 4-6 users per rounds and in the end they killed 35 Hermes users. Means, she was capable to hold out 5 to 10 rounds.
        – Red Belkain should be able to hold out that much and kill at least that much users per round,
        – Weed + 2 allies should be able to kill 3-5 top users per round, with the added value of killing strategic users like the necromancer, or distracting Bard Ray, and therefore diverting Hermes strongest raw power output attention against RB.

        My guess is that Red Belkain and Weed force should be able to hold out 6-12 rounds together against Hermes. So, in 6-12 rounds, those 2 force should be able to wipe out something like 60-120 Hermes users, which leave 40-100 Hermes top users.

        So to achieve victory, BL force should be able to take out the remaining 40-100 Hermes users, Bard Ray included.
        Not an easy task, but it’s feasible, if they can make it in time (means before Red Belkain and Weed’s death) and if crucial Hermes users were taken out (like necromancers and top magic or priest users have been wiped out) or weaken enough (Bard Ray and his tanker force), without a break.

        That is why, in the end, to me, it all rely on how strong BL force is and how fast they can make it through Melbourne Mine… Optimal situation is attacking Hermes guild in a pincer attack, during its involvment against Red Belkaim and Weed.

        The 3 vs 1 could be a winning combo. But will they be ? Depends on Weed… 😉

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      5. blackandredturtle Post author

        Ah but we’re not actually sure how many people the Hermes Guild actually has. The 160 people are only the assassins. We still don’t know how many people the Royal Guards and battle company has. There’s also the numerous number of undead summoned.

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  8. xtian

    You should change your name to rainbow rabbit.. Youre not a turtle at all ^_^…

    Well that was unexpected… I was hoping for a showdown between weed and bardray.. But then again it is a master quest so should expect it to be that easy…

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

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    1. Phil1403

      Well, no. It’s the turtle who win the race, not the rabbit. If prefer slower but finishing LMS than the contrary…😉

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  9. kadyonggo

    OMG what as fast translation, your great !
    i hope it will continue so your plan to reach last volume

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  10. oO

    I was hoping Weed would just bluff his way out of it: “Well, looks like you want to die in front of so many of your followers and millions watching on TV.”

    Either that, or have his elementals bury them while he casually strolls out of the cave.

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      1. Anne1000

        Yeah but you guys are forgetting that dying even once while attempting a Master Quest might have bad results. What if Weed’s proficiency in Sculpting drops below Advanced Level 8 because of that? He’d have to start the Quest over perhaps.

        Oh, and thanks for the chapter! My hearts beating so fast right now.

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      2. Kelly Oliveira

        Are u crazy? It would burn, bury or risk damage the loot because of his high defense specs armors… but water will be good… shishishi

        ps.: brazilian too, or more specifically gaucho? ¬_¬

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    1. Lucian

      Either that or submerge the cave-everyone drowns->turn undead(no need to breathe) and clean up. 😀

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    2. Phil1403

      Nope, can’t make that kind of bluff in this type of situation. Everyone knows well enough who Bard Ray is.😉

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  11. matricha113

    Thank you very much awesome Turtle, i still havnt shakennup the happyness of havng LMS here…. Please keep being awesome, i have ads unblocked and i even click on them many times to show my appreciation… U spend hours to produce 1 chapter, what’s few secons for us leecher readers to click on an image…
    Cant wait to see how this encounter rounds up…

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  12. heancaze

    What about the senario of Bardray and very few Hermes Guild member survive but Weed steals the loot and leaves?

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    1. lucian

      I don’t think that’s possible.Weed is already anoyed about the Hermess guild meddling in his affairs.He also treasures his image(and pride) as the god of war,because that’s what made him popular and allowed him to get a contract with…was it called KMC media?(OOOOOOOH yes.Weed’s infinite greed!).If he were to use the “grab what you can and run” tactic,that would give a heavy blow to his image,which is gonna severely cut his funding.Not to mention it would make playing Royal Road nearly impossible with the Hermes guild in a blazing rage for revenge.Sooooo NO!It will not happen!

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    2. Phil1403

      Read the answer i made about the 3 forces vs 1.. Red Belkaim + Weed + Black Lion have a chance to win against Hermes, if they are lucky enough. But in any case, Bard Ray is not there for the loot, he is there to finish his master quest. And on top of that, to be the first to finish. For him and for weed, it’s their best shot. And right now, Weed is truly at the losing end.
      In fact, i believe he will fail… learn from it and also develop an enormous grudge against Bard Ray and Hermes guild, and even start to actively harass them.😉

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      1. Phil1403

        Don’t be so nasty, i haven’t read the korean edition. So don’t assume stuff… But i do work on the wikia for quite a while, so my guess are often pretty accurate.

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    1. Phil1403

      Well, i doubt it. He is still caught between hermes Guild and Black Lion Guild. And it’s not the first time he was killed ( or saved by a third party by the way).

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  13. Anders

    Ya’ll better watch as turtle does more than all the other translators put together in less than 1 year with higher quality than anyone else! GODSPEED

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  14. StaticHD

    After seeing how amazing her machine translation skills, I think I’ll try out on reading Ark.
    These LMS translations are really great. Although I liked how LMS-Machine-Translations did there status boxes for stats and skill updates, I still like that you use the blue boxes to show the status screens.

    Do you know a little Korean? Is that how you’re able to do this in some way? Or are you just a genius? Please tell us your back-story.

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  15. Tanya Lluch

    Omg! I can’t wait for the next chapter! I’m actually waiting for one week until I at least have a bunch of chapters I can read continuously. But even then, there’s just this big aching hold in my chest that only weed can fill hahah

    Thank you for translating! Can’t wait for more!!

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  16. r1c4rdo97

    ”In fact some zombies even seemed cute if he looked at it for a long time!” i love the comedy of this novel xD

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