It broke and went through.
The frame broke. The power that bursted surged as it found an exit.
It was a swift current. It was an eruption that he felt for the first time in his life.
No, it wasn’t like a scream.
It was something else.
A spirit’s cry. A swift flame that swallowed everything.
He couldn’t tell the time.
But moments later.
He opened his eyes. Green flames rose out and naturally died down.
Yong-Ho didn’t stumble. He stood up straight and felt himself change.
The amount of mana he could hold increased.
Even if he didn’t circulate, he could definitely feel it.
He knew he didn’t have any energy. It was like an empty bowl since he used up all of his mana.
Because of that, he definitely felt it.
Yong-Ho spoke. In front of him, Catalina was sitting on the floor and like someone that regained their consciousness, she quickly stood up. She saw Yong-Ho and her confused face turned into a face filled with joy.
“Ma, master. Your horn…”
Yong-Ho raised his hand. Even without a mirror, he knew where the horn grew.
The horn collects all the mana that exists within this world and it was like a transmitter that helped him concentrate.
Two horns grew out in the same spot as Catalina. Before, they looked like nothing more than small rocks, but now, it was larger and thicker.
Now they looked like actual horns.
The Spirit of the Dungeon spoke as if they were waiting for this moment.
“The dungeon’s daily production volume has been increased from 50 to 80!”
“Master’s maximum amount of mana has been increased from 180 to 280! And thanks to the horns, the mana recovery rate has been increased to 100%!”
A demon house is made up of mana.
The body and the soul is one lump of mana.
He was able to experience it. He couldn’t really feel the mana since he was half human and half demon, but now, it felt like he had been reborn again.
Yong-Ho smiled. He was tired from using up his mana, but he even enjoyed that exhaustion.
“Catalina, how’s your body?”
Yong-Ho asked in his usual tone and Catalina’s shoulders dropped as she let out a sigh of relief.
The master had horns. His mana definitely got stronger.
But she was worried.
Even though she only served him for a couple of days, she wasn’t sure whether he was the owner that she knew of. Maybe he changed somewhere?
But he remained the same. Maybe it’s because her worries vanished, but tears were seen in her eyes and felt Yong-ho looking at her. Her clothes got messed up because of the Slimes. She didn’t really get hurt because Yong-Ho acted so quickly, but on parts where her skin was exposed, there were minor injuries.
“I, it’ll heal if I use my saliva.”
Catalina answered while stuttering and Yong-ho smiled again. Catalina blushed because of her answer and instead of making fun of her for it, he spoke with a cheerful voice.
“Let’s go back. We have to reorganize.”
Skull intercepted after hearing Catalina answer quickly. Before leaving, Yong-Ho looked back. Beyond the inactive rooms, there was a gold mine that Kaiwan found.
‘I will find it.’
Yong-Ho turned around and started walking.
When they returned, Eligor was the first one to greet them. He was shocked by how messy both Yong-Ho and Catalina looked that he was flailing, but when he noticed Yong-Ho’s horns, he flailed even more.
First, Yong-Ho moved to the only furniture that was in the room, which was the throne. He spoke when he sat down on the hard stone.
“I found the gold mine. The horns appeared because I used the Power of Evolution on myself.”
Eligor didn’t understand at first. When Catalina brought the kettle filled with water, his eyes widened and asked.
“The gold, gold mine, sir? The one that belonged to Kaiwan?!”
“That’s right. Like you pointed out, dungeon monsters were all over that place. It was in the shape of a large ant. I think they made that place their home.”
Eligor’s expression turned serious after hearing Yong-Ho’s answer. It was a reaction he expected.
The Crazy Ant colony was located not too far from here. It was a major threat when it came to expanding the dungeon and maintaining it.
Yong-Ho spoke calmly.
“First, we’ll use the gear that’s in Kaiwan’s armory. In order to take back the gold mine, we need to strengthen our attack.”
He wasn’t planning on avoiding them by crouching like the previous owners did.
He was going to reclaim it. He’ll take back what belonged to the House of Mammon. Yong-Ho was going to make it his.
“I understand. But first, it will be best to take a break. I’ve created a new bedroom for you.”
He wasn’t expecting it, so Yong-Ho was the one that was surprised this time. Eligor answered with a calm expression.
“It’s not much, but I’ve obtained a small room. I’ll make sure to fill it with furniture soon.”
He was a demon king and the owner of the dungeon too, so sleeping on top of the carpet was something he didn’t want to show the spirits anymore. A bedroom was a necessary facility so that it could help him protect his dignity.
“I’ll take you to the bedroom.”
It felt like he was being tricked, but Yong-ho decided to follow. Honestly, since he used up a lot of his mana, he wanted to sleep really badly.
“Rest Catalina. You too, Skull.”
Catalina answered right away and Skull, who was lying on the floor, answered as well.
Yong-Ho and Eligor headed towards the bedroom.
When he closed and opened his eyes, time had already passed.
It was like a warp. No, time machine. He felt the same thing when he was a student.
His throat was dry, so he couldn’t really speak. However, his head was perfectly fine. Because of the horns, his mana level was full.
‘How long was I out?’
Yong-Ho sat up. The ceiling was low and the room was smaller than before. He was sitting on top of a pile of hay instead of on the carpet.
It was the incomplete room that Eligor made in a hurry.
Yong-Ho stood up after remembering what happened. Eligor placed a basin filled with water and he used that to wash his face. Afterwards, he put on his cape and walked out of the room.
‘It’s still the same.’
It seemed like he didn’t sleep for that long. Inside the demon’s room, most of the spirits that were in the dungeon were gathered here.
The hard-working Goblins were lying side by side on top of the carpet that was near the entrance and Skull was on the ground as usual. Honestly, Skull could lie down anywhere within the dungeon and it wouldn’t be odd. As usual, Catalina was within the throne’s vicinity and was lying on the ground with her cape wrapped around her. She looked like a silkworm, and he pitied her for some reason.
‘This is not good.’
Yong-Ho felt that he was responsible for this, so he quietly walked out so that they could continue sleeping. He drank water to cure his dry throat and when he left the room, he saw Eligor watering Treant.
“You’re a tree afterall.”
“Oh, master, you’re awake. You’re up early.”
“Yeah, since we found the road that leads to the armory, we should hurry.”
“That’s very like you sir.”
Next to the smiling Eligor, Treant bent forward and expressed their manners to Yong-Ho. Now that he thought of it, he never gave Treant a name.
‘Should I just call them Ant?’
Yong-Ho always pushed for simplicity, but he thought Ant wasn’t good enough.
‘Let me think about it more.’
He wasn’t in a rush to name them. There was something else that needed to be taken care of as soon as possible.
“Eligor, can we make a room for the spirits as well? I think Catalina will need her own room as well.”
Yong-Ho has been sleeping on the top of the carpet until yesterday, but he thought this wasn’t good. Even if it was a dungeon, providing basic food and shelter was the right thing to do.
Eligor quickly answered to Yong-Ho’s owner-like command.
“It’s possible. Thanks to you, the dungeon’s daily production volume has increased. I’ll create a dorm for the ordinary spirits.”
“I’ll leave it up to you.”
Yong-Ho stopped talking and started thinking. He looked towards the passageway that connected to the prison and asked.
“How are things with the Kobolds?”
“The torture chamber is still in progress…”
Eligor answered with disappointment. Yong-Ho tilted his head.
“None of them are willing to work for us? During the day that they attacked, it didn’t seem like they were very loyal towards their previous owner.”
“All four of them seem like that, but we can’t trust them without torturing them…”
Instead of answering, Yong-Ho observed Eligor. He scratched the back of his head and spoke.
“I’m sure there’s one that’s better than the others. After breakfast, pick one before I leave.”
“Are you thinking about taking them with you?”
“The more power, the better.”
Yong-Ho didn’t expect them to be completely loyal. Right now, he needed soldiers he could use. He wasn’t going to use them as a shield, but he might use them for something similar. Anyways, Catalina and Skull were more important than the Kobold.
Eligor must’ve read this mind because he agreed to do it with a serious expression.
And right after breakfast.
Along with Skull and Catalina, Jon and a Kobold were wielding bamboo spears and they followed Yong-Ho to search the dungeon.
Their target was the room that was located up north.
The armory that belonged to Kaiwan.
< Armed #1> End.
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