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Episode 7 – Landlord (2)
The 10 Evils.
The list and rankings were often changed according to Yoo Jonghyuk's regression cycle, but they were the 10 people in charge of being the main villains in this world of Ways of Survival.
Chungmuro's armed fortress master, Gong Pildu was one of the 10 Evils. Thus, a person wouldn't be aware of Gong Pildu unless they read to the end of Ways of Survival (like me).
[Green Zone 56/70]
Indeed, the size of his room was different. The size of the room couldn't be easily measured. This whole green zone was Gong Pildu's area.
Let's do the standard procedure. I hid Lee Gilyoung behind me and opened my mouth.
“Why should we pay you coins? Chungmuro Station is a public place."
“Haha, it was until eight days ago. But not anymore."
For ordinary humans, 500 coins wasn't a small sum. But giving 500 coins just for stepping on his land…what a crook.
“Okay, I'll give it. But I'll give it to you directly.
"You aren't Gong Pildu."
Gong Pildu might be a villain but right now, the person in front of me was just Extra '1' of the Landlord Alliance.
Where are you, Gong Pildu? I quickly looked around. Not him, not him… I wondered where Gong Pildu was.
“Haha, you are a funny guy. Hey, playing with me now…"
“Gong Pildu-ssi. Where are you? Take the fine."
I ignored them and kept walking.
[You have invaded private property!]
The turrets aimed straight at me but I didn't stop.
Honestly, there was no guarantee that I would be safe if the turrets started shooting. But there was a need to show off my combat power here. That way Gong Pildu wouldn't underestimate me.
“It is up to here. I will give you if you come closer."
Finally, Gong Pildu moved.
A bench covered with various supplies. A middle-aged man sitting on top of it and reading a magazine was staring at me.
Indeed, this was how he was described in the novel. His belly was half revealed and I could see the hair on it. This was Gong Pildu, the representative of the Landlord Alliance.
“This is a face I've never seen before but you are great."
“Isn't it unfair that I need to pay to see you?"
[The character 'Gong Pildu' is interested in you.]
In any case, I seemed to be the type that was popular with the bad guys. It was the same with Kim Namwoon.
“You are fairly good at talking. But it isn't good to be too c.o.c.ky."
Tadak. I heard magic bullets being loaded in the turrets. d.a.m.n b.a.s.t.a.r.d.
Gong Pildu smiled like an ordinary neighborhood ahjussi. But I knew. Gong Pildu could never be an ordinary neighborhood ahjussi.
[The exclusive skill, Character List is activated.]
Name: Gong Pildu
Age: 48 years old
Constellation Sponsor: Defense Master
Private Attribute: Landlord (Rare), Great Land Owner (Rare)
Exclusive Skills: Private Property Lv. 3, Patience Lv. 1, Profit Calculation Lv. 2, Leadership Lv. 2, Incite Lv. 1, Weapons Training Lv. 1.
Stigma: Armed Zone Lv. 3.
Overall Stats: Stamina Lv. 9, Strength Lv. 11, Agility Lv. 10, Magic Power Lv. 19.
Overall Evaluation: Gong Pildu, the representative of the Chungmuro Landlord Alliance. His skill 'Private Property' and stigma 'Armed Zone' has the best effect in a battle against many. It is advisable not to make him an enemy.
* 'Starter Pack' is currently applied.
* A growth package is currently applied.
There were numerous 'gap' in this world, but few of them were as stable as a land owner of landlord. However, there were those who posted both characteristics and the 'armed fortress master' Gong Pildu in front of him was one of them.
I realized it when I saw this explanation. His magic power was already at level 19. Indeed, this would be enough for him to be one of the 10 Evils in the future.
"By the way, what did you come here for? I don't think your goal is paying the fine."
He was also very sensitive. I pondered over it for a while. Should I negotiate here or overpower Gong Pildu.
It might be possible if I used all my power but it wasn't easy to break through Gong Pildu's Armed Zone. I needed to prepare for a big injury if I wanted to defeat the turrets.
What should I do? There was a separate place where I had to use coins so it was impossible to increase my stats.
“I'm warning you that you shouldn't think of anything."
Gong Pildu smiled at me. His troops were surrounding Lee Hyunsung. He really moved quickly.
I laughed and raised both hands.
“Please calm down. Isn't it obvious for a tenant to come to the landlord?"
"Is it for a room?"
"Yes. Please let my companions and I sat in your green zone"
This was a must. In order to clear the third scenario safely, we had to say in Gong Pildu's green zone. However, Gong Pildu's answer was as expected.
“No. The alliance doesn't accept outsiders. I'll think about it if every person pays 500 coins a day."
500 coins a day? It was like selling coins. It was more than the Dokkaebi Bag.
“It is a bit tough so I will give you information instead."
“Information about Yoo Jonghyuk."
Yoo Jonghyuk. The complexion of the landlords changed with one name.
"Yoo Jonghyuk? Yoo Jonghyuk caused such an uproar not long ago…"
“You b.a.s.t.a.r.d! What is your relationship with that guy?"
“Pildu-ssi! Isn't this b.a.s.t.a.r.d suspicious?"
There was a reaction. I thought that Yoo Jonghyuk would've already caused a problem with the Landlord Alliance.
In fact, this point I was a bit unsure about. According to the original story, Yoo Jonghyuk of the third regression should be fighting against the Landlord Alliance by now. What was he doing?
Gong Pildu stared at me with suspicious eyes.
“What is your relationship with Yoo Jonghyuk?"
“We are companions separated by life and death."
"…I don't think it is like that?"
“Anyway, we are friendly."
“How can I believe that?"
“Don't believe me. Don't you have nothing to lose?"
I threw out the bait. Perhaps Gong Pildu would have to accept my suggestion. It was because right now, Yoo Jonghyuk was the only person who could threaten the power balance in Chungmuro.
[The character 'Gong Pildu' has activated 'Profit Calculation Lv. 2!]
“Why won't I receive any loss?"
“There is no guarantee that you aren't a scammer. I can't ignore my years of experience. In my experience, people like you run away to avoid paying the rent at the end of the month."
It was so accurate that I felt wronged However, it was difficult to push it here.
"If you don't believe me, it can't be helped. Maybe there will be damages."
Gong Pildu's expression became complicated. I turned around without hesitation. It was important not to show any regret. That way, he would regret it even more.
"Wait a minute."
“You have to pay the fine for intruding. Where are you trying to flee?"
It was another regret. Dammit. I turned around and smiled awkwardly.
“How much? 100 coins?"
“No, you and that kid are 1,000 coins."
The vein on my head bulged. Did this b.a.s.t.a.r.d think that 1,000 coins was 1,000 won…?
"That is too much."
The dokkaebi still hadn't given me the cut of the coins but I couldn't give 1,000 coins to a jerk like Gong Pildu.
Gong Pildu grinned.
“Then you are disqualified as tenants. Die."
I instinctively pushed through the men around me and ran to where my party members were.
There was the first firing sound and Lee Hyunsung held up a metal shield, blocking my back. He was really reliable.
Lee Hyunsung's strength and stamina were level 14 but he spoke very nervously. I could clearly see his trembling arm muscles.
Lee Hyunsung hadn't obtained his second stigma yet, meaning he couldn't hold on against the turrets. Moreover, there was no Jung Heewon. If I started a head to head fight, someone in this party would surely die.
"Gong Pildu-ssi, wait a moment. If we fight then you won't escape any damages."
"It is better not to fight us now."
The damage had to be shown.
“If we fight now, you will die here."
Gong Pildu's expression hardened. Even if I didn't add anything, Gong Pildu would've noticed.
The presence of the guy coming down the escalator from B1. It would be strange if he didn't know when the guy was giving off such a huge momentum.
“My best companion is coming."
I didn't expect that d.a.m.n regressor to be happy.
"Master, it is that person. He pretended to be Master's companion."
Lee Jihye cried out shrilly as she pointed to me. The main character, the lone hero of a drama, was walking by her side. He looked at me with impressively fierce eyes.
[The character 'Yoo Jonghyuk' is greatly disturbed.]
[Exclusive skill, Omniscient Reader's Viewpoint stage 2 has been activated!]
There was a brief moment of dizziness and I started to hear his thoughts.
「 How…already? 」
I waved to him and said casually.
“Have you been well? Your face looks good?"
Lee Jihye and Gong Pildu looked between us like they couldn't believe it. They never thought I would be a companion of Yoo Jonghyuk. There was a tight tension in the air.
“These people don't believe I am your companion. Can you tell them?"
But I knew Yoo Jonghyuk. This b.a.s.t.a.r.d killed easily but he kept his promises.
[A few constellations are paying attention to character Yoo Jonghyuk's answer.]
[The constellation Demon-like Judge of Fire is observing the loyalty of Yoo Jonghyuk.]
Moreover, the constellations were paying a lot of attention.
Yoo Jonghyuk watched me and slowly opened his mouth. However, my words were faster.
“Ah right, it would be better if you let me use the bathroom!"
Finally, Yoo Jonghyuk pulled out a blade.
* * *
After a while, we safely used the bathroom and came down to the platform of line 3. It was thanks to the fellow regressor companion. I smiled widely.
"Its nice to see you, you rascal."
"…You are alive."
In conclusion, Yoo Jonghyuk didn't call me his companion. He just pointed his blade at Gong Pildu as his answer. Fortunately, Gong Pildu didn't want to clash with us and let us go.
“Were you hoping I would be killed?"
“I thought it would be good."
This rotten companion. I became angrier when I saw that cheeky face. I wanted to run over and strike him in the jaw, but I couldn't.
[The exclusive skill, Character List is activated.]
[There is too much information about this person. Character List is converted to Summary List.]
[Converting the character information of 'Yoo Jonghyuk' into the 'full version.']
Name: Yoo Jonghyuk.
Age: 28 years old.
Constellation Sponsor: ???
Private Attribute: Regressor (3rd turn) (Myth), Pro Gamer (Rare)
Exclusive Skills: Sage's Eyes Lv. 8, Hand to Hand Combat Lv. 8, Advanced Weapons Training Lv. 5, Strong Self-Defense Lv. 5, Mental Barrier Lv. 5, Crowd Control Lv. 5, Reasoning Lv. 5, Lie Detection Lv. 4…(Omitted)…
Stigma: [Regression Lv. 3]
Overall Stats: Stamina Lv. 24, Strength Lv. 24, Agility Lv. 25, Magic Power Lv. 23.
Comprehensive Evaluation: The comprehensive evaluation of this person is too long to load.
It didn't seem that great in the novel. But now that I saw it myself, I knew how extraordinary it was.
We were about to enter the third scenario and his total stats were close to 70. This crazy b.a.s.t.a.r.d. Dammit, this was the main character buff.
“Do you have anything to say?"
Yoo Jonghyuk's growth rate was steeper than it was in the original three regression. The fact that his growth was so fast meant he was taking great risks…what the h.e.l.l was the person who only returned three times doing? Something was making me uneasy. I would have to dig it out sooner or later…
“I asked if you had anything to say."
“No, I was just looking."
「 …He is more tenacious than I thought. 」
What tenacity? He had a serious chuuni disease.
「 However, being cheeky isn't good. Should I just kill him now? 」
I hurriedly laughed. Yoo Jonghyuk turned his head like he wasn't interested.
[The constellation 'Prisoner of the Golden Headband' is disappointed in you.]
Anyway, I didn't want to alienate Yoo Jonghyuk right now. In order to clear the multiple scenarios, Yoo Jonghyuk was a necessary person. Even if we weren't real companions, it was worth using him thoroughly.
…Why did it sound like I was making excuses?
“It looks like you've obtained companions."
Yoo Jonghyuk looked at the people behind me with emotionless eyes.
[The character 'Yoo Jonghyuk' is a bit disappointed in you.]
The answer became clear.
[The character 'Yoo Jonghyuk' has used Sage's Eyes Lv. 8!]
「 He picked up Lee Hyunsung but was only to raise him to this level. 」
I was at a loss for a moment because it was true. Certainly, Lee Hyunsung's growth would be better if he had moved with Yoo Jonghyuk.
Still…this b.a.s.t.a.r.d. I was just an ordinary reader who luckily got to know the future.
「 It is below expectations. 」
It seemed worse because I was hearing the words in my mind. At that moment, Yoo Jonghyuk's eyes stopped as he was looking around. For the first time, confusion could be seen in his eyes.
「…What is that? 」