Vol. 1 Chapter 23: Change in the World

World Warning Notification: As you are under suspicion, please report to the Capital of Mitchell Kingdom within 12 hours. Or else, you will be forced to proceed to a different scenario.

World Warning Notification: As you are under suspicion, please report to the Capital of Mitchell Kingdom within 6 hours. Or else, you will be forced to proceed to a different scenario.

World Warning Notification: As you are under suspicion, please report to the Capital of Mitchell Kingdom within 1 hour. Or else, you will be forced to proceed to a different scenario.

Warning Notification expired. As the Key of War was not found in the capital, Mitchell Kingdom’s main questline “World Conquest Campaign” has been suspended. Battlefield buff removed, the world will now enter a period of peace.

A bounty of 1,000,000 Gold has been placed on you by the Royal Court of Mitchell Kingdom.
Offence: Stealing the Key of War.

Unlocked Title: Fugitive
Reduce the possibility of being spotted by security by 5%.

The citizens of Mitchell Kingdom thank you for stopping the war.
Title [Majestic Mitchell Citizen] leveled up. Current LV: 2

Title [Scapegoat] leveled up. Current LV: 2
Scapegoat Limit: 0/3,000
Title [Scapegoat] leveled up. Current LV: 3
Scapegoat Limit: 0/7,000
Title [Scapegoat] leveled up. Current LV: 4
Scapegoat Limit: 0/15,000
Title [Scapegoat] leveled up. Current LV: 5
Scapegoat Limit: 0/25,000

Unique Quest: “Stop the War” completed.
EXP Received: 0
Money Received: 0
Item(s) Received: War Scale of Justice

Unlocked Title: Terminator of War
You have a 3% chance of parrying your target’s attack.

War Scale of Justice
Limited Item
Both parties of war can only deploy the same amount of military strength. If one of the parties do not have any military might left, and the user of the scale is in that party, that party will enter an unconquerable state, and prevent any attacks by the enemy. The war will then end in that situation.
Conditions for use: Can only be used when user is with the defending party. Once activated, the effects will only be dispelled when the war ends.

After painfully opening my eyes, what I first saw was not the ceiling, but the floating system notifications that flooded my line of sight.

My body was already hurting quite bad. Adding the news obtained from the screens, I could feel that both my mind and heart taking another blow.

I already had a feeling that I would land myself in such situations ever since I obtained the Scapegoat title. However… suddenly being treated as a fugitive is seriously troubling.

Do you think I’m someone who wants to be a Pir*te King?

“Dale, are you okay? Oh… Where is he?”

After crawling up, I inspected my surroundings, and it looked like a rubbish dump. Excluding the pieces that came from the hospital, there were things like tables, chairs, machinery and glass pieces lying around.

“This is terrible, have I entered another weird scenario? Suddenly separating from my party member and such… Wow, the hell is this?”

After speaking to myself, I finally saw Dale.

No, it is not completely right to say it that way. I should have said ‘I saw a part of him.’

Dale’s lower body was crushed under a wall that fell from above, his face was equally hideous, and his eyes were similar to that of a dead goldfish.

However…

Even if that was so, Dale’s body slowly transformed into pieces of crystals and dispersed into the air. Thus, his body slowly disappeared.

Hey hey, you bastard… Leaving the dungeon like this is against the rules! To think I became a fugitive after he pulled me into this dungeon, and I don’t have any idea on how to leave this place… Dying cannot be considered as an idea, right…

But…

After inspecting my surroundings, there were nowhere that felt like an exit. Also… I could feel that the monsters here were very high-leveled.

Not only that, the person in-charge of AoEs died instantly, and it was in such an ugly fashion… It was truly a tragedy.

Dale’s body already disappeared completely, and at this time, I spotted something lying at the place his body was at before.

I went over to pick it up.

At that moment, I scolded and cursed his entire line of family and ancestors.

It was blue, and something similar to a key. It was some kind of tool… For confirmation, I tapped on it to look at the item’s description.

Key of War
A key that activates the mysterious machine that lie in the underground dungeon below the capital.
One-of-a-kind Item
Cannot be destroyed.

No matter how I see it, this was a very dangerous item… Mysterious machine? What is that? A gundam? No, that kind of thing shouldn’t appear, unless it’s a nuclear warhead? That kind of thing shouldn’t be possible here as well…

However…

In conclusion, it was because of this item I became a fugitive! And just when did this happen!? According to the announcements on the screen, this was already an event that happened more than twelve hours ago. Just what in the world happened outside!?

But from the situation earlier, if both of us were to die here, wouldn’t the key be left here? I have a feeling this is a very important item, it would have been a waste to lose it.

After dropping the key into my ring, I picked a stone from the ground.

I threw it upwards, the stone dropped onto the floor again, and it bounced into a random direction.

Alright, I will go this way then.

Ten minutes later.

I was fleeing at the fastest speed I had ever ran in my life.

That’s right, it was definitely the fastest in my life. Because I felt that I was already beginning to fly.

Of course, there were almost nothing that could make me run like that. In other words, the thing that was chasing me was several times more scary than anything that had ever chased after me before.

When I turned to look at it… As I thought, it was seriously scary!

Although I could not call it a monster, but… It was a weird machine with 8 chainsaws attached to it, and no matter which angle I look from, I had a feeling that it was impossible for me to beat this monster.

Kite it? Freeze it? Did you think I haven’t tried them out yet? My ice arrows only managed to reduce its HP by a dot before getting reflected! It also simply charged through my Ice Castle!

There’s no need for any further tests, right? Even if I were to only get slightly sliced by this thing, I would definitely be sent to the cathedral!

Oh right, one of the basic reasons that I chose to run from this thing was its level.

Cleaning Robot – Prototype by the Cleaning Department (Third Model) LV 25 7,999,427/8,000,000

No matter how I see it, there’s no way for me to win! The level raised a little too much! Just which dungeon floor did I fall into!

Wasn’t there supposed to be only three floors!?

Also, why do I not see the end even after I running for so long…? Just what is this place!?

Argh, whatever. I just have to keep on running…

I don’t want to die, after all!

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32 thoughts on “Vol. 1 Chapter 23: Change in the World

    • Skittles says:

      Either way Dale got screwed, I doubt he was expecting to die nor leave the key behind. Might even be that the protagonist got framed by accident.

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      • Nguyen Gia Thai says:

        Dale is a freaking Neutral here. He wont turn a hair on backstabbing a new acquaintance to get his hand of a very important device. Note that he visit this dungeon many times before so he knew it inside out. If he do something to our halpless protagonist (several levels behind), he got the right time, the right place, and the right victim.

        But he wouldnt imagine that the dungeon increase in difficulty just because his party increase.

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    • Nguyen Gia Thai says:

      To reiterate:
      Originally, Dale presented the map of 3-floor dungeon. However, the ground broke and they fell to level 5. Either the dungeon changed drastically, or Dale lied.
      They fell down to the ground and lie there until Dale body pass the limit and turn to light, leaving behind the Key of war. Meaning he brought it with him. Meanwhile someone frame Irlin with the crime of stealing that.
      Irvin has much cash money, 500k, which is 5 times the amount Dale received in budget form. If Dale kill Irlin and take that cash, no one will be the wiser. And killing a fugitive wont bring much trouble as killing a normal citizen.
      Motive, Cause, and Methods. All fit~

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      • Ebisu says:

        Dale probably wanted to awaken himself the gundam or evangelion lying in the undreground, so he stole the key. That caused all the matter. Afterwards, Fir was nowhere to be found so… scapegoat!

        (It’s possible that Dale had nothing to do with framing him and about the dungeon, I don’t think he was lying. Maybe that key has hidden effects.)

        When I read the key’s description, everything had a sense. The author did a great job!

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  1. wyzan25846 says:

    Haha his scapegoat title jump from lvl 1 to 5 XD
    and it don’t understand the scale of war?

    “Both parties of war can only deploy the same amount of military strength. If one of the parties do not have any military might left, and the user of the scale is in that party, that party will enter an unconquerable state, and prevent any attacks by the enemy. The war will then end in that situation.
    Conditions for use: Can only be used when user is with the defending party. Once activated, the effects will only be dispelled when the war ends.”

    So if your army is only 1 your enemy can only deploy 1 and if your side dies your enemy can’t continue the attack and it will end with a tie? meaning you can’t lose at worst it will only end up in a tie or win the war? Is this what it means?

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    • Xias says:

      Exactly.
      But only in a battle where you defend.
      The item doesn´t work when you are the attacker.
      And since there´s an item for the defender, there´s probably some item for an attacker to break the protection effect, too.
      Juts that you´d need someone to obtain it first like the MC did with the defensive item.

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  2. Xias says:

    So MC got the highest itimacy with all citizens of the kingdom for completing the king´s quest bringing back the key and helping in starting the war and then he is liked even more for stoping the war that he himself helped to start…
    Now talk about a bug…

    That´s like buying an item from the NPC store with a 50% discount skill for half price increasing your favor with the store for being a good customer.
    Then selling the same item back to the same store for half the market price while using a bargaining skill to increase your selling price by 50% making it a total of (50% + 25% (50% of 50%)) = 75% of the market price and with that increasing your favor with the store again for being a good supplier.
    And all that while gaining a total of the original market price as profit for absolutely nothing from the store.
    -.-“

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  3. AnimeLover says:

    You can’t blame Dale since if he brought it with him since our Mc was with him. How much would both Players benefit from this? Anyways. Did Dale really die? Kinda stupid. The Author writing is seriously…guess we will find out soon

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