To Hell With Being a Hero!

Chapter 18: I Take Refuge (Namu) (1)

ooked ready to cling onto the hem of Shakiras pants.

“Please calm down. Even though I have an idea of what youre talking about, please listen to what I have to say first,” Shakira consoled Ru Hiana and continued, “Please tell me the beings characteristic or appearance, or at least their color.”

Zelit frowned at Shakiras words. “…None.”

“Hmm?”

“We dont know.” Zelit scratched his head. “We didnt see who it was. No, its more accurate to say we couldnt see who it was. The only thing we felt was an evil energy that was enough to make us all uncomfortable and a chilling sound.”

“Yep. You dont know how surprised we all were when that good-looking bro suddenly went flying away.” When Eval Sevaru, who had been quietly listening, added in his few cents, Shakiras body froze. The captain also frowned, and the others—they seemed to be guards of some sort—began murmuring among themselves.

“…Ill ask one more time,” Shakira controlled her breathing and reaffirmed, “Did you really not see their face?”

“Yep. Since it was so dark, maybe we simply couldnt see them properly.”

“If it was because you werent able to see and not because you couldnt see…” Shakiras words faded into silence at the end, and she slightly shook her head and let out a long sigh. Ru Hiana looked as if she was about to cry; Shakiras attitude was very telling.

“Could you tell us any information about them? Anything is fine.”

At Zelits question, Shakira paused for a bit and slowly opened her mouth. “Those beings are…the fragments of a crazy goddess.”

“A crazy goddess?”

“Yes. Theyre strange monsters created by the curse of goddess Elephthalia, who was in charge of Liber. Those beings are alive but not really alive, and they cannot die…”

“What the hell is she talking about?” Eval Sevaru quietly murmured to himself.

“Undead?” asked Zelit.

Shakira slowly shook her head. “If its just that, multiple factions shouldve been able to take care of them rather than falling apart without achieving much. Those beings are so vicious that they even eat the undeads, and its difficult to even describe what they really are.”

Monsters that ate immortal undeads as food—Shakiras bleak words brought about a heavy silence.

“Then…are you saying that theres no way to save him?” Ru Hiana broke the silence. “My comrade was dragged instead of me. I need to save Ruahu whatever it takes.”

“…”

“Please…no matter how outrageous it is, please tell me a way I can save him…” Ru Hiana desperately pleaded. To Ru Hianas despair, however, Shakira maintained her silence.

Chi-Woo looked at Ru Hiana with pity before shifting his gaze back to his hologram. He clicked the third button to finish checking his user information.

3. [Choi Chi-Woo]s ability

->Basic

[Beginner] Blunt Ability [1]

->Inherent ability

[Innate] Spirit Eye

[Fated] Sainchamsagum [2]

[Weakened] Deux Ex Machina

What the heck is this?

Chi-Woo was startled when he saw his inherent ability. He could understand why he was a beginner in his blunt ability as he had only ever swung around clubs and hadnt properly learned how to use it. But…

[Innate] Spirit Eye

—Supernatural eyes. Ability to see and discern beings spiritually.

[Fated] Sainchamsagum

—With the influence of this ability, one is born with the Sainchamsagum.

The Spirit Eye part at least made some sense to Chi-Woo, since he had experience with it, but…

[Fated] Sainchamsagum (四寅斬邪劒)

—Thein(寅) from the Sainchamsagum stands for tiger, and the Sainchamsagum is believed to ward off evil spirits and stop disasters; this belief has then been shaped into anability.

—With the influence of someones arrangement, this sword was born on a very specific date.

—You show an absolute advantage and power when fighting with ghosts.

Chi-Woo had no idea what this was.

[Weakened] Deus Ex Machina

—The sudden appearance of a god. This is the only means for gods to intervene in the causal flow of the World. Depending on the gods behavior, it twists the cause of events and even changes predetermined results in the future.

—One cant try to obtain this ability or be allowed to possess it. This ability falls under an informal category created for management at a higher level. Only those who are chosen are born with it according to certain laws.

—Most of the functions in this ability have been lost, but they were transferred and partially recovered in conjunction with the inherent ability [???] ???. It occurs randomly only under specific conditions due to degradation in function.

What is this about? Theres question marks here as well. Chi-Woo was about to saywhat the heck are these marks? out loud but quickly suppressed it. Even though it seemed like it would be a tremendous ability, Chi-Woo felt frustrated because he couldnt get a clear idea of what it was. Rather than being stuck on something he didnt know, Chi-Woo clicked on number four.

4. Miscellaneous

->[The 7 Ways to Become a Great and Respected Parent] has not been activated yet. Please open the book and flip to the first page.

->You have the [Worlds Milestone] in your possession.

“…” Chi-Woo let out a humorless laugh. He rummaged through his bag just in case and scanned his surroundings, but he couldnt see even a trace of the strange book he got.

Really, its no joke. He didnt know anything about the will of the World. He had thought the system window would be like the ones in games, but he had been caught completely off guard. Chi-Woo decided to turn off the hologram for now. His head was muddled after receiving so much information at once.

“We can separate those beings into two main categories. The first are those who became insane under the curse; the second are those who became broken and eaten up.” It seemed that Ru Hiana was still begging them judging from what Chi-Woo heard Shakira say. “Those who became crazy from the curse are the ones I told you about earlier; theyre alive, but not really alive. Theyre beings who have lost their sense of reason, leaving them with only a crave for flesh. And they sometimes mutate and evolve.”

“Crave for…flesh?”

“However, those who were broken by the curse and were eaten up are different,” Shakira continued. “They have the same instincts as those crazy beings, but they dont have physical substance.”

“Physical substance? Do they not have a body?”

“Yes. Even if the physical body is unable to endure the curse and breaks, its still not over. The curse reaches even the soul and corrupts it. Thats why we describe them as broken and eaten up,” At Zelits question, Shakira quietly continued. “Im sure that the one you met is most definitely the broken ones because we cant see them with human eyes.” Her words were firm.

“Then…” Ru Hianas face became pale. “Ruahu is…”

“Those who are broken obsessively hate and desire to eat those who are alive,” Shakira spoke with pity. “They dont recklessly rush towards living beings like the crazy ones. They cause harm and stir trouble in extraordinary ways.”

They must be causing harm and chaos. Chi-Woo nodded unconsciously. Shakiras explanation gave him a general idea of what they were.

“Those who became crazy under the curse are of course dangerous, but were still able to defeat them if theyre less evolved. However, those who are broken and eaten up…we cant converse with them, and no strategy, weapon, or divinity works on them.” Shakira hung her head low like there was no hope. “Im sorry that I couldnt be of help.”

Ru Hiana collapsed to the floor as she lost all strength in her legs.

“The information I gave you are speculations we came to from all the experience weve been through so far….” Shakiras attempt to comfort her didnt reach Ru Hiana. She still looked completely out of it. “Its not like weve just been standing still. Weve tried countless different methods and strategies. However, our reality is that we couldnt even make an accurate definition of them, let alone come up with an effective response.”

If they had found a way, they would have definitely done something before the situation turned out like this.

“Juk.” It was at that moment Chi-Woo suddenly spoke up. “It sounds like a juk.”

1. ability to use a heavy, blunt weapon ?

2. Pronouned as sa-in-cham-sa-gum. It is a famous Korean sword that literally meansGreat Four Tiger Sword as it is made according to the year, month, week, day or hour of the Tiger; ceremonial sword used for slaying evil spirits/ghosts and shamanistic rituals. ?

RedBird ’s Thoughts

Namu (南無) is a Buddhist term that meansreturn and rely on,I take refuge, or in Sanskrit,devotion. According to Nichiren Buddhism Library, “namu expresses a feeling of reverence or devotion, and is placed before the names of objects of veneration such as Buddhas, bodhisattvas […] and the three treasure of Buddhism (the Buddha, his teachings, and Buddhist Order)”.

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