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Dawn Traveler - Chapter 2

Translated by Snowangel12
Revised by BlackHorus
Proofread by 1stSlug


CH. 2: Life of Two Minds
(Part 1)


Yeon Woo returned to his reality.


After living as an infant, drinking breast milk and sleeping for a few days, he once more found himself awake in his bed.


“Hurry up and eat your breakfast. You need to go to kindergarten.” his mother called out to him.


“Yes, Mother!” Yeon Woo called back.


Yeon Woo could knew that he had come back to the mundane reality upon hearing the word “kindergarten”.


“Huuuu...”


At the table, his older brother and younger sister were already sitting there as well. His older brother, who was a first grader in an elementary school now, finished his meal first and headed out first.


It’s would be easy to think that the eldest son is something special, but truthfully, there’s isn’t much of a difference between us. All he did was to go to school, eat, play, and drool while he fell asleep during break.


‘I wasn’t feeling well, was that why I had a strange dream?’


‘Will my mom not even bring me some sort of restorative herb to help me?’


‘And to think that I am younger than the rest of these kids who aren’t even toilet trained...’


‘It was a shock to learn that couldn’t even raise my head because my head was too heavy.’


*Nomnom*


While thinking back on my dream, I helped my younger siblings finish eating their breakfast. I of course, made sure that the parents were watching.


“Our Yeon Woo is so kind.”


“Honey. Why don’t you give him some pocket money so he can buy himself a hotdog or something?”


“Yeon Woo, would you like some pocket money?”


“Yes!”


When reading the minds of my parents, they would usually end up thinking along  the same.


  • ‘I don’t need anything. Just grow up healthy and strong.’


  • ‘My son, my lovely son.’


Yeon Woo felt guilty peeping into their pure and loving hearts.


Since the minds of his parents were pretty much the same, he could pocket some easy money by doing something praise-worthy.


Yeon Woo didn’t have to be worried sick for a long time.


‘Life is the same everywhere...’


At the early age of six years old he already understood his reality.


Still, you cannot think too easily about the parents. As they won’t always view me as innocent like this forever.


Especially if they start to hear words about someone else’s family, things will become more dangerous.


“Your children seem so smart, looks like they will do well with their studies.”

“He looks smart… When did he start learning English?”


Eventually, my parents will start thinking things like:


  • ‘Is our kid a genius? We should give him early education if he is...’


  • ‘Having him start learning English earlier even by a year will help him, right?’


  • ‘To get him to go to a good college, he needs to attend several prep schools while still in elementary school.’


Yeon Woo sighed deeply.


“Sometimes its better not to know.”


“Huh?” His little sister asked.


“Nothing. You don’t need to know.”


“Mom. Dad. I’m going to kindergarten now.”


Yeon Woo had deliberately called out his mother first.


This was because he knew that snacks and allowances mostly came from his mother.


As for the time he spent while he was at kindergarten, time flew by as he, well, caused a bit of trouble, played doctor, played with toys, and sled down a slide with his friends.


‘Today has also been a plain day. When will I finally become an adult?’


At that moment Lee Hee-Jin came over smiling broadly.


“Yeon Woo, ummmm. Can I come over to your house to play, when my parents come over next? I’ll bring lots of chocolate!”


Her hair was braided neatly and she spoke so sweetly, so this kind of asking would’ve worked on any average children.


However, Yeon Woo strongly refused.


“No. Its too early for that right now between us.”


“Huh?” she asked.


As he read others thought and memories, he saw too many sides of society.


‘I need to grow up quickly and drink lots of beer… Smoking is bad, so I shouldn’t even start it. I’ll be able to meet lots of pretty girls when I go to nightclubs at night. As a man, I should have some gusto!’


A man living in apartment 1103, sometimes had some interesting inner thoughts.


‘A hero having several girlfriends is not a flaw. Although I am having an affair,  I am also in love…. Humans need to live life with love.’


Maybe not as much as that man, but he shouldn’t live chained to only one girl at the age of 6!


After coming back from preschool, he ate dinner and went to bed early.


‘Will I dream again tonight? It’s fun because it’s not as mundane as my current reality is, but...’


After dreaming of being reborn in a different world, he always felt as if he was being dragged somewhere else by destiny.

*****


Once more in the other world, Yeon Woo left the count’s tomb, which they thought was a dungeon, while being piggy-backed on Grona’s back.


The parents and their companies safely returned home with hordes of treasures.


Like most babies, he couldn’t assist and had nothing to do. All Yeon Woo could do, was blink, eat, and sleep.


He wanted to go play outside, however his place was the bed nearest to the fireplace.


*Yawn!*


Yeon Woo’s mouth stretched open to release a big yawn.


‘Even in this world, a baby’s life is so boring. It’s not really something you’d want to go through again. Fortunately at least, there is a lot to see inside the house.’


Father Rendall has a very well developed body. It was a well defined and muscular body that both men and women admired.


As he beat down the monsters, he presented a thrilling scene with his swordship that was well balanced in both power and speed.


Mother Laurell had a very slim figure, To be honest, it was quite an unbelievable figure to have for a woman who had only just given birth to me not long ago.


Laurell whispered tenderly to him while he was in his bed.


“My baby. You’ve had a difficult time right? Now that we’re home you can take a nice long break and relax.”


“Mother is so happy that I can hold you now...” she finished while lovely caressing his face.


Well, that was what Yeon Woo was guessing that was what she had said.


He wasn’t reading her mind as he didn’t like to read other people's minds too often, this was mainly because he got tired very quickly if he did.


When he ate, he got sleepy. When he woke up, he got hungry.


As such, he spent most of his time sleeping and identifying the atmosphere around the house.


‘First, I need to learn to talk...’


Time continued to fly by when all he did was eating and sleeping.


As three months passed on by, he slowly began to understand a few fragments of the words which were often spoken around him.

But most of the words spoken by the Wizard Heresea, were impossible for him to understand.


He often spoke to himself using words that no one else used.


“The opposite characteristic of Mana… Overcoming opposing force… Using forced combination… Forming a whirlwind… Bonding in constraint… In order to pursue greater magic that are certain uncertainties.”


Sometimes, Heresea would go down to the basement after muttering to himself while he reads a book by the fireplace and not come back for a while.


Yeon Woo kept his eyes and ears open and tried to learn the language through him.


A baby learning the magic language… Any sort of parents would hold their arms wide open in joy and welcome this kind of early education!


‘Uwaaa~ This is hard. Very hard.’


Yeon Woo licked his lips in concentration.


‘What kind of a language is this to be so long and have so many various combinations of words? Its meaning is completely different from what I learned one month ago too.’


Unfortunately, he wasn’t properly learning how to use magic, he was just learning the meanings of the words that were being used.


Sometimes, when Heresea would hold him, he would get to look into his mind and watch spectacular scenes of him battling with magic unfold before him.


  • ‘You can drastically reduce casting speed by dealing with three types of mana simultaneously...’


‘Is this the power that he used when he fought the monsters?’


As he looked at Heresea he became more and more curious of the unknown.


Rendall mainly used physical ability, but Heresea used magic.


He felt a deep inner explosive flow. He could see a mysterious aura flowing outside when magic was used.


‘So that’s what you call mana? While I do want to learn how to use magic too, but…’


Compared to the complex magic, spirit magic was much more simple.


When Dark Elf Grona calls upon her friendly spirits, they would appear, clean up the house, and keep the fire burning at a perfect temperature.


‘Its like giving errands to his brothers.’


However, unless he was an elf, he would have to be born with a good innate ability with spirits.


*****


In Yeon Woo’s dream, nine months had already passed.


It wasn’t like he went there every other day, so he also matured in reality.


Curiously though, not a lot of time flew by in the real world no matter how much time he spent in his dream world.


‘This is nice.’


Yeon Woo was still a little troubled trying to understand the new language of his dream world self.


Besides eating and sleeping, he would listen to people’s conversations.


It’ll be a bit unsuitable to call it a “superior language learning ability” and standing out too much could be dangerous, and danger laid everywhere.


Since he may not even know the reason in his dying moment, he tried his best learning the language.


On the other hand, since he was a baby, he tried not to show others that he could understand their conversations. Of course, with the ability to read other peoples minds, he was proficient in it.


“Do you the remember map we used last time? I was looking at the terrain; don’t you think there will be a couple of huge tombs on this side of the valley? The sunlight comes through, and the water has all dried up, so it no longer flows.”


“Hopefully there is a high-ranking nobles tomb. There’s not nearly enough gold in a mediocre riches’ tomb.”


“Since it was a land of the Lewis Kingdom, I’m sure hope we can find a royal tomb and scrape in a lot.”


Yeon Woo was also thinking about his future in this world.

‘I don’t need to go to school...’

‘Perhaps, continuing the family business is popular in this world?’

Tomb raider was considered to be highly-profitable job in this world.

They don’t need to pay taxes, and it was through one’s own ability that you’re rewarded.

Since being born into this world, Yeon Woo has already gone on nine tomb explorations while riding on Grona’s back,.


He was Rendall and Laurel only child, as they haven’t had any other children as of yet

They said that it was dangerous to leave the child behind because of low public order.


They didn’t always get treasures, so they would barge into a den of monsters and fight with their all just so they didn’t come back empty-handed.


Unfortunately, even if they sold monsters’ parts or their swords and armors, they wouldn’t gain much because those things lack value due to their low quality.


Sometimes, they would be faced with danger numerous times while exploring tombs.

Fighting monsters with swords and arrows all too often happened, and every now and then, a colossal boulder would roll down in attempt to kill them all.

There were even times when hot molten metal was poured at the front of their feet.


Finding skeletons of former tomb raiders who had entered the tomb before them was as easy as finding a burger shop on the streets of the real world.

“Gwaaak!”

“Kakakaka!”

Whenever Yeon Woo went inside the tomb he would scream heartily.

However, entering a tomb is an especially horrifying experience you wouldn’t get at any other place. It’s like entering a ghost house, only worse.

The larger the tombs were, the more traps, monsters, and strange creatures there were.

Knives, arrows and axes flew around like toys being thrown in a storm.

“I think the baby is a bit terrified.”


“No way… He won’t know about a thing since he’s still too young.”

“Lets cover his eyes just in case...”

Unfortunately, things were far more terrifying when his eyes were covered with cloth linen.

*Saka Saka*

*Shaaaaakk*

He definitely heard some kind of sound...

He shrunk in on himself, just like you expect someone to do while watching a horror movie.

All he could smell was the sickening smell rotting corpse and other things best left not described.

As the hours dragged on, even the sound of water a droplet dropping from a high place made him scared and flinch.

Yeon Woo felt his gut dropping when he heard an arrow go whizzing on by from somewhere.

It seems that the human imagination sometimes created it’s own great horror show.


*Tink*

“Uh-oh, that sounded like some kind of trap went off…..ahk! The ceiling is collapsing!”

“Run, Grona, RUN!!”

“Okay. I’ll go on ahead and scout out to see if this is connected to the next trap.”

The Dark Elf, Grona, zigzagged through the collapsing rocks while carrying Yeon Woo on his back.

“Kwaaak!”

What absurd speed and extreme nimbleness!

Vibration and ringing sound of when the rocks come crashing down to the ground.

Yeon Woo experienced with his whole body how not being able to see can be more scary.

‘If I don’t think about it, I should be okay.. Thinking about it only makes it more terrifying, so let’s not even imagine it. Right now, I’m at home, playing with toys. It’s noisy around me, but nothing is happening...’

*Kaboom!*

“The ground is splitting apart! Be careful!”


“Poison stingers on the floor too!”

“Gyaaaak!”

Grona was suddenly falling to the ground, but had narrowly escaped by stepping on the rock chunks that were falling.

Then he consecutively dodged flying spears by nimbly jumping away from them. Thankfully, Dark Elves have a unique vision and sleek body movement.

Even though Grona perfectly landed, he could feel warm water trickling down his back, which he could not dodge even with his amazing reflection.

“Oh my god. The baby must have peed himself...”

“ewwwanng ewaaang!”


Yeon Woo felt embarrassed and, after a long pause, pretended to cry.

***



(Part 2)

Yeon Woo had finally turned two years old in the dream world.

Over time, he had slowly became able to control how to come and go in ‘reality’ and this ‘dream’ world.

He’d learned of the method by coming and going several times over the course of the two years, this was mostly because he couldn’t move his body freely when he was an infant.

Unless his mental or physical fatigue wasn’t too severe, he now wouldn’t be forced back over to the other ‘reality’.

However, even if he became very tired, he could stay in the dream world by resting up via a form of meditation.

‘No matter what, I’ll stay here like this right now.’

Pretty much, If he wanted to stay in the ‘dream’ world he needed a strong will to do so.

On the other hand, if he wanted go to the ‘real’ world, he just had to go to sleep while thinking that.

With this, he was able to come and go somewhat freely, imagining that he has body on the both sides.

He was staying in the ‘dream’ world purely out of interest.

When Randall and Laurell went out to do the family business, they put him on Grona’s back; even though it scared him he could experience as an adventure and it was by far more fun.

Whereas, in the ‘real’ world, he would come back from kindergarten, do my homework, and then go to sleep in the other world.

The most fun i’ve experienced in the real world would be when I was watching an anime on TV without crossing my parents or my siblings.

He’ll be attending school for another 10 years. Even if he is somewhat enjoying his school life, the life in the ‘real’ world wasn’t that special or overly exciting.

Compared to the ‘dream’ world where life and death could be decided in a split second, the ‘real’ world was much more boring.

‘There’s no good anime to watch after Egg-seller Pucca finished...’

Although life-and-death situation happened often, fear and horror was for a moment, replaced with more vitality in his daily life.

Finally, he could toddle around and freely touch things while in a damp dungeon .

He could even pick up poisonous centipedes when Randell and Laurell weren’t looking and throw them far away.

As he spent more time in the dream world, his mental age got older as well.

Unfortunately, what could be considered a side effect was that he lost interest in playing with his kindergarten friends more and more.

Growing boys often get into arguments over something petty, and even when something “major” happened, it was usually only on the level of nosebleed.

“Haaa,” he sighed. “At least cut off an arm, leg or snap the spine in half. This is boring...”

As they explored tombs, his courage continued to grow more and more as he became more used to them.

In fact, he had gotten so used to a monster throwing a gigantic rock at them, it was now like eating meal at the table.

The only way he could chase away the drowsiness after a ‘meal’ would be something like having a humongous axe come crazily flying through the air and brush by his neck.

“Burp”

‘Ahhhh, I ate well. Finally I feel like I can digest.’

He realized that moments of crisis never really came up with Randall, Laurell, and Grona’s, this was probably thanks to their advanced adventurer skills.

However, Yeon Woo also realized how easy it was for people died here.

In this world there was no such thing as vaccinations.

One can die from a disease, and have one’s family or friends killed by monsters.

People would grieve sincerely, but they would stand up once again and live on with hope in their hearts.

It can be viewed as having an active and positive attitude toward life, but it also meant that people were used to seeing and accepting death.

Laurell held onto Yeon Woo and talk to him, “My child, should we go to the market?”

Yeon Woo had already fully come to understand the language of this world by this point.

But his understanding of Herasea’s complex magic language was still far from perfect. Even though he hadn’t yet heard of the high-class language of the nobles, it was not a problem in everyday conversation.

“Kyaaaa!”

Yeon Woo raised both hands and smiled as if he thought anywhere was fine with him.

He was pretending to not understand language perfectly.

Laurell, tricked by this weasly little baby, smiled widely at him.

“Good Jess. You’re going to continue being a good boy and become a great person, aren’t you?”

Held in Laurell’s arms, Yeon Woo headed to the market.

Since it was dangerous with all the horses and carriages speeding by, he was usually held in his mother’s arms when he was brought outside.

In this world he was called Jess.

He was named after a legendary adventurer, Jess Ballanda.

According to Father Randall, there was a rumor, passed down in secret amongst his line of work, that Jess Ballanda was actually a tomb raider.

Showing off treasures gotten from digging a tomb makes one a adventurer; Selling them in secret made you a tomb raider.

‘Anyways there are a lot of interesting things around here.’

After arriving at the market with his mother, he was busy looking around.

There were lots of items being bought and sold at the market, including magical items, and stall traders called out to passing shoppers.

“Ukihil, would you like an apple?”

“Various kinds of mushrooms. They tastes great when made into a soup~!”

He saw many short, green-skinned merchants. They were from the Prikae clan of Marca continent merchants.

Exceptional at controlling wild mustang and have an exceptional endurance level, they don’t even get tired even after walking all day.

They had an extremely sensitive sense of smell with which gave them the ability to detect monsters at a distance. This made them choose to be merchants rather than taking on other jobs in the city.

“Oh. Were there such pretty earrings?”

It seems you have good eyes for madam! These earrings were made by the dwarves that came from over from Kederun Mt. and are considered rare items indeed!”

“Really?”

“I’ve been doing business around these parts for almost ten years now. Trust me and look around.”

Laurell showed interest in the jewelry.

Jess read his mind.

  • Kehehe. I’ve got her! Sure, these were made by a dwarf, however, it was something they threw away and I picked up. Its so easy to fool humans.

Even though Jess knew this trader was lying, he didn’t give Laurell a warning.

We’re talking about a woman's desire for jewelries here after all...

It’s more important to get what they want if they think that it will look nice on them. Besides, If she didn’t get what she wanted, she’ll just sulk.

Just like when Yeon Woo did not get his toy robot in the real world!

‘In life, you need to get what you want. Even if it ends up being useless...”

Even though all through the year he gathered information from both worlds, it hasn’t amount to a lot, although his ability to read minds made him empathize easily with others.

Laurell bought the trinket, meat and vegetables, and bought some fruits that the Elves cultivated.

His family’s business was doing financially well at the moment, so the chances of having momentary problems were low...

Not to mention that their secret basement storage, with magic protection was full of shiny gold coins!

It is incomparable to landlords who collect taxes or high nobles who own vast farm, but they were pretty successive bunches amongst the commoners.]

‘There is a strict caste system here in this world. Even though they have excellent skills, it is hard to receive recognition for them. On the other hand if you have a talent to be a grave robber, you get different treatment. You would not have a recession either. Just how many Kings/Queens and other nobles die each every year and are buried all over the entire continent?’

The grave robbing business wasn’t affected by suchs things like natural disasters such as droughts and floods.

More often than not, instead of destroying the business, a flood will often show a new entrance to a long forgotten tomb.

However it is extremely dangerous and of course you can die to monsters in horrific ways, not to mention that if you’re ever discovered you will be pursued by soldiers!

While Jess was sucking on the sweet fruit that Laurell bought him, they continued around the market.

There was always a lot to see when just stepping out of the house.

Merchants and residents looked to the east.

“The Tyrant Isla will hunt again today.”

“Tch, tch. One never knows which animal will get caught this time……”

“We need to be careful not to get eaten as well.”

Far beyond the castle walls, there were large black dots flying in the sky.

They were: Wyverns, the lords of the sky!

It was nearly impossible to hunt the flying Wyvern unless you were one of the few high-ranking magicians in the Kingdom, or a spirit master.

Wyverns were well known to have almost impenetrably hard skin, were extremely fast, and very ferocious in nature.

Thank goodness that they never really attacked the city thanks to fields and plains filled with more than enough easy pray for them to chew on.

Jess watched the Wyverns from the safety of Laurell’s arms.

‘It looks really ferocious and scary. If I could ride those how great would it be?’

For a split second Yeon Woo and the Wyvern met eye to eye.

Even though it was a long distance from him, the Wyvern had excellent eyesight and it could see without a problem.

‘I wonder what it’s thinking of when looking at me.’

Jess’s read the Wyvern’s thoughts out of curiosity.

  • ‘What a plump and delicious looking young human...’

He should’ve stopped reading its mind here. But, thanks to his continuing curiosity was the fault.]

  • ‘I just want to put him all in my mouth and eat him, yum yum…’

In this world, Jess was the perfect size of a snack for monsters.

*****

In the real world Yeon Woo had just turned 7 years old.

There was a big difference between being a 6 year old and a 7 year old.

He’ll be attending the kindergarten for just one more year, and he’ll begin for real starting with the elementary school.

Unfortunately, Yeon Woo had read a few elementary school students in grades 5 or so, and they often complained about missing kindergarten. The sin is to know.

  • ‘Good times. Mom probably don’t even nag you to study either.’

  • ‘Ah. I once was like that too.’

There was great difference between mindlessly playing in the kindergarten and formally attending a school.

When you become a senior in an elementary school, you’ll be stressed from all of the pressure of trying to get into a good middle school, and it will only get worse the older you become, next you will get stressed while waiting to hear about future admissions and eventually getting a job.

Growing from a  child to an adult, aging was obviously not a welcomed process!

“Still, I need to try and enjoy the moment. Afterall, time gone by will not come back!”

Yeon Woo had decided to spend his life of 7 year old with mature mindset.

In the ‘dream’ world, he still had lots to see, but he couldn’t do much with due to his restricted ability to move as a baby; However, in this world where he can move around freely, he had lots to do now.

“How should I play to not regret playing?” he wondered aloud.

Over time, as he picked up many words, he used a lot of unchildish words.

Because he had read various thoughts of adults, he didn’t have a restricted point-of-view, and had many different perspectives when looking at things.

Sometimes Wizard Herese told him philosophical stories, and his words were right the more he thought of.

The mental age of Yeon Woo, who has accumulated a total of 9 years, thanks to both his real life and his dream life. Plus, his life experience was also special.

There was quite a difference in the way of thinking compared to the other kindergarteners.

He could outwit the other kindergarteners and easily convince them to play the way he wanted.

“Yeon Woo, let’s stack a tower.”

“I don’t want to…… You’re better at it than I am.”

“Still, can’t we play stack the tower together? I wanted to befriend you and so I came over intentionally.”

“It’s obvious that I’ll lose, but if I do stack the tower first, will you give me your toy robot?”

“Yes!”

A moment after.

“wangwang!”

Yeon Woo’s tower was taller than the other’s tower.

Poor gullible kindergarteners!

Even at the house, his 2 years old older brother did not look that mature to him.

‘I am finally at the same age.’

The more time he spent in the other world, the more the differences grew.

It was because Yeon Woo was experiencing twice of what others usually do.

Yeon Woo had to look after his younger brother, who still has a runny nose, and his cute little sister, who tries to give him her candy first whenever she gets a delicious candy, with great responsibility.

“Yeon Tae Jin. Yeon Yurl. What are your future dreams?”

Because he thought a lot, his pronunciation had gotten better as he attended kindergarten.

“A scientist!”

“I want to be….an language teacher.”

“Wow, those are greats dreams! Tell you what, I’ll help you with your dreams, so believe in me and do what I tell you.”

“Yes, Hyung-nim.”

“Yes!”

Even though later they won’t remember, Yeon Woo decided to at least look after his siblings. Wouldn’t it be what a family does.

“Brother, do you want some candy?”

“My teeth will rot so I decided to quit candying. Do you have any chocolate?”

“I have a chocolate that I received from a guy!”

“A girl receiving chocolate like that is not a good thing. Its all a debt. Debt.”

“Next time I won’t receive any.“

“Hmm. Next time, receive them and then bring them to me.”

“Yes!”

*****

Yeon Woo and Jess.

During the time he travelled between the two worlds, Jess had turned 3 years old.

There is a saying as time passes, everyday he rolled around, at home he played with fire at the fireplace.

When he became 3 years old, it was time for him to slowly began to speak and learn the language.

Even if the pronunciation was stuttered, Yeon Woo perfectly understood the language.

(P/R: Keep in mind that he has difficulty pronouncing the words, so you’ll notice some mangling)

“So monjudas adacted today too!”

The City Teresi, was where Jess currently lived with his parents. It was a big city, with thick high walls.

At night sometimes hordes of monsters come flocking to the city and a battle begins with the soldiers.

During those exciting times, Jess would try and watch those battles from his partially closed window.

This was possible thanks to the house being located right on a high hill near the wall, so he was able to watch the battle like watching a night scenery.

Watching fire arrows pouring down from the night sky toward the hordes of monsters below sure was a spectacular scene to behold.

‘There are a lot of monsters today, is it because it harvest season?’

He thought the battle would be ending soon like usual in a moment,

Usually, the stupid monsters retreated, as they unable to get through to the archers on the wall and continued getting slaughter on the ground below.

Of course, if the defenders are defeated and the monsters get past them, the monsters would plunder and destroy the city, but that never really happened.

This was thanks to the armies that periodically went around exterminating large groups of monsters within the kingdom territories, not to mention the thick walls surround the city.

Unfortunately for the villages outside the city, the monster’s were extremely fast breeders as their fertility was quite high, so living in the rural village was quite harsh.

‘There quite a lot. They’re not withdrawing either….’

Firing the fire arrow, the area got lighter.

Jess wasn’t the only child watching, as other children sat near their windows as well.

In this world, the childrens’ dreams are usually to be a knight, a mercenary, or a magician.

Unless one was a nobleman, having power was the only way to live a better life.

Due to low public order outside the city walls, one has to, know how to protect oneself to leave the city once one was born to be able to travel to a different place.

‘These monsters are endlessly coming through. If there are this many monsters it usually means there’s a reason why...’

Territory wars often occur between monsters as well.

It is rumored to be said that the clans had their hunting ground and habitat taken away by another strong group, which would often lead to the exiled group to assault the city where humans lived.

Even when the fire arrow continuously fell, a lot of monsters continuously flocked towards the wall.

‘Wow there are a lot...’’

Jess could not see well because it was dark, but there seemed to be more than ten thousands of them with his rough estimation.

The monsters tried to scale over the wall with their sticky hand and feet.

Most of them rarely tried climbing up, this was probably because the archers would shoot arrows at them, and even if they did come up, they were quickly dispatched by the swordsmen waiting for such an attempt.

However, the monsters just kept on gathering from the forest far away.

‘The fight’s going to last all night. Hmm... They look different from the monsters I saw in the dungeons. They look weaker, but there are lots of them.’

Suddenly, there was a large vibration in the ground that began.

*Kaboom*

*Keeeeng*

*Boom*

‘What was that sound?’

The walls were quite a bit distant away. Even though it was dark, the fire arrows that were stuck in the ground all played a role in the lighting.

Something unknown came into Jess’s sight.

It was taller than the walls.

It was a monster that had its whole body made of steel.

“It’s… It’s a robot!”

Jess, who was by the window, had his mouth fall open.

The steel monster was massacring the monsters as it moved through them.

With just one swing of it’s giant sword, it killed hundreds of monsters.

*BOOOOOOM!*

Even with its huge body, it didn’t look like it had trouble moving. It even ran around.

The sword the steel monster was wielding flared up; it now resembled what happened to Randall when Laurell enchanted his sword.

Heresea came and joined him by the window.

“That my boy, is a magic machine.”

“Magic muhsin?”

“Looks like it’s Krueh. They must’ve summoned it in order to reduce consumption of arrows and sacrifice of soldiers from the continuous stream of the monsters in this attack.”

Heresea continued to tell him about the Magic Machine.

The magic machine that appeared right now is Krueh class!

He said it’s a weapon that was created about 350 years ago by humans of the absolutely powerful nation called the ‘Gratess Empire’ with magical power.

A person embarked to harness the power of mana. Usually, not even a hundreds of knights gathered will be enough to bring down the magic machine.

“Do you want to take a closer look?”

“Yes!”

You might not know because you’re still young, but magic has many other uses other than just using it to fight. For example, to observe something far away, Eagle Eye is the best.”

Heresea uttered a magic incantation for him.

It was the incantation Jess knew well too, “The Eyes of an Eagle”.

It was considered a basic form of magic, but nevertheless, it was a very useful for noticing the approach of monsters, bandits, or soldiers on an open field.

Manipulating mana, Hersea casted The Eyes of an Eagle on his and Jess’s eyes. Then, he could clearly see the magic machine far away.

He could even see the symbol of Grastess continent’s of two entwined dragons on the back of Majangi.

(P/R: Majangi is another name for ‘Magic Machine’)

The monsters shot arrows and swung their swords against it in resistance, but it seemed futile as none of their attacks had any effect.

When the magic machine moved, the monsters around it panicked and tried to flee only to met their death anyway.

“As expected, normal monsters trying to deal with a magic machine is impossible.”

Heresea also explained that huge wars occurred due to Gratess Empire trying to conquer the whole continuent using these magic machine.

The city Teresi where Jess was living was part of the eastern region of Grastess empire.

The reason why his parents robbed the tombs around this region was also because of an expectation of maybe getting their hands on a magic machine.

It’s estimated that Gratess Empire currently possesses about 1,400 magic machine, but a more accurate number cannot be known due to it being a military secret.

Magic machines were often lost due to various reasons like power struggles between nobles, who were often known to conspire, bribe, and go to war with each other. It would then be taken away or destroyed in case of a war.

When an Emperor, who was the center of power dies, his own magic machines would sometimes be buried with him.

Presently, when a lot of time had passed since the development of the original magic machines, other Kingdoms try any method in order to obtain a magic machine and disassemble it in order to make something similar to it.

However, no magic machine made by the other Kingdoms of humans could catch up to the performance and efficiency of the original Gratess Empire’s magic machine.

Jess just kept on looking at the magic machine with his mouth hanging open.

‘I want it.!

Heresea was also thinking of the same thing.

  • ’I want it. I want it. I want it!’



Part 3


Time continued to fly on by, and Yeon Woo eventually turned 8 years old. He didn’t do much at the kindergarten that located was near his house, but he had already became old enough to slip on his backpack and go to an elementary school by himself.

“Listen well to your teacher. If anything happens, come and tell Mommy. When other kids bully you don’t put up with it, but tell your teacher or mom, ok?”

“Yes. Mom.”

Yeon Woo answered obediently before leaving the house. He didn't expect much trouble as an elementary school student.

‘To attend school with these little kids with their runny noses.... I want to quickly grow up.’

Combining with the time spent in the another world, he has already lived for about a 11 years.

Even if one was an elementary kid, they’re not still a spoiled child at most. If one was to compare to the dungeon exploration, going to a new school was nothing exciting compared to the dungeon exploration.

Alternating between two worlds meant that he’ll be living twice the usual life, and would build up an extensive amount of life experience.

“There shouldn’t be any incidents where elementary school kids fight to the bitter end or like chopping off each others head or using magic to burn people like in Markka continent.”

Yeon Woo was a new-coming elementary school student who has already experienced and gone through all sorts of hardships.

As he had expected, nothing major happened while he was at the elementary school.

He went through an ordinary entrance ceremony, met up with friends, who were like innocent sheep, and who were much more docile compared to ones back in Marca continent.

He didn’t think much about studying well, but in the end, he wasn’t bad at it either. To date, he belonged in the mid to upper ranking students.

Technically, he was actually ‘older’ than his other classmates. Plus, he far more of a diverse life experience, so it was easy for him to follow elementary class.

‘This much is perfect for asking mom for more allowance. I shouldn’t do better than my older brother or younger siblings. I have long time ahead for studying...’

He kept a steady 10th place in class .

If he wanted to, he could’ve read the thoughts of another to cheat and never get caught, but he didn’t feel the need to abuse it that way.

“Yeon Woo! Let’s go play!”

“Annoying.”

While there were some girls who would be friendly toward him…

“This is as far as you go. If you cross over then its all going to be mine.”

There would be a seat buddy who would act all cheesy toward him.

Elementary school students all played together and sometimes a fight would occur. But if Yeon Woo had a ‘friend’ that tried to provoke him, he would simply dust himself off and walk away.

What is there to gain if you fight with a kid even if you felt that some things were unfair about?

“Its not like I’ll skin the head and pickle it with salt. The point is I should be patient.”

‘The grown up me should just overlook something little like this.’

“Well, I’ll watch over it for a little bit longer and if he continues to get on my nerves, I’ll just pick a few of his ribs and break them without killing him.”

  • ‘Yeon Woo is such a good boy.’

  • ‘Even though he is still a kid, he already cares deeply for other students.’

His classmates and teachers thought good of him.

When he watched elementary school students play, they just look cute.

“Good times. I’ll just enjoy the moment since you never know what’ll happen in the future of this long life.”

So he attended elementary school as he leisurely sipped on his strawberry milk.

*****

Jess had also grew older and was now 4 years old.

He spent more and more time in Marca continent and had adapted to this reality brilliantly.

Miscellaneous knowledge and experience of the tombs was acquired during all of his family's adventures.

“I heard there lives a wizard in the rural area of Borg…”

“Not a lot of people know about him, but his ability is said to be quite outstanding.”

“There’s talk he’s unchallenged in field of Magic Study as well. Although, I have to admit that this is not a rumor to be trusted.”

Jess listened to Randall, Heresea, and Grona’s conversation about business on the side.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t anything for children of commoners to play with.

However, while there wasn’t any toys to play with, Jess was able to play with the water spirit that Grona summoned.

  • ‘Stop harassing me, you little human.’

  • ‘Uwha, what a jerk. A real Jerk!’

Water spirits became repugnant toward Jess who kept on bothering them.

They could not exert much power independently and they cannot disobey their summoner, so they had to endure the childs attentions.

“We also have to check the last hideout of the magician, it will probably be near his hometown. Which thankfully, is not that far from here.”

A few days later, concluding that it was rewarding enough to be looked into, the party headed toward Borg.

Jess also joined in the carriage-ridden journeys of his family. Jess could join in the journeys they travelled on a carriage.

He had no problem going with them on long journeys, because he had tagged along numerous times in dungeon exploring ever since he was a baby.

Not to mention that there had been times where he’d be on Grona’s back who would easily jump over a castle wall.

“I think there was a magic reaction around here…”

After Heresea searched all over the mountain near the magician’s home village, he eventually found the hidden entrance/dungeon that was hidden by an illusion magic.

“Now we’ll be able to finish early and return home.”

“Let’s hurry.”

They lit the torch and headed into the cave had been the wizard’s hiding place.

Most magicians usually thought the same way, and many of them usually liked underground basements or naturally-formed caves where they can freely research without being discovered.

These prefered places weren’t normally too close to towns, and were usually places that were sturdy enough to install a huge research equipment. They especially like a place that was quiet, and were more than prepared to put up with a few monsters if they hung about.

Of course, tomb raiders (like themselves) or invaders with grudge toward magicians knew this fact, and so magicians liked to hide their entrances with simple sleight of hand trick or illusion magic.

The more skilled a hunter team is, the easier they can see through such illusions and find the hidden magic research data or treasures or artifacts!

“I don’t see that many traps. I don’t see many monsters either. I’m not sure if it’s because this is a small cave though.”

“Isn’t it also possible that the magician is not as advanced as we had thought?”

“That’s not a good sign...”

“Maybe he was confident about his skills. Or, maybe he didn’t care if anyone robbed him after he'd died?”

The tomb hunters progressed slowly as they carefully observed the inside of the cave.

They did not hurry through, as they had to carefully disable any magic traps that were in place.

An accident is bound to happen when a job is hurried through.

Nowadays, Jess often felt more comfortable being in a dungeon rather than being at home eating and playing.

They would often explore underground caverns and tunnels, so he was used to bats and insects flutter and scurrying about.

When he focused, he could even read the minds of the small animals and insects, but it differed greatly depending on their intelligence.

  • ‘Quickly go. Forward. Follow.’

  • ‘Heavvvvvy...’

  • ‘Hungry. Scared.’

  • ‘Where am I? I’m lost...’

And of course there were the typical poisonous centipedes and huge rats. Their thoughts were more complex.

  • ‘I laid about 4 thousand eggs. The territory of the red ants is getting too big…’

  • ‘Is there any left over cheese crumbs? Humans are sure good at making foods.’

Jess spend away the time reading thoughts of insects and monsters as a hobby.

‘It’s a bit boring at the moment, but I guess I’ll also take part as a tomb raider later after I grow up.’

Eventually when he was old enough to do an adult mans worth of work, he won’t have the time to laze around, so he had to endure.

Sometimes, Jess wasn’t allowed follow them to the final stages of a dungeon. This was because it was too dangerous for him to be risked as often the strongest monsters  traps and were placed at the end.

He waited for them at a safe location after Laurell laid down some divine protection magic for him.

Most of the times when they were separated, his parents would return after 30 minutes.

‘They are a bit late today...’ Jess thought while chewing on a sandwich.

The sandwiches made by Laurell were pretty tasty.

‘Bacon tastes delicious~!’ Jess thought while he was leisurely defeating the sandwich!

Streams of water were pouring down from small holes in the wall where Randall, Laurell, Grona, Heresea, and Nedhandal were currently trapped in.

“Ahhh! To die in such a place...”

“I’m sorry everyone. It was a huge mistake to relax even for a moment!” said the Dwarf Nedhandal, and for a brief moment he wanted to drink beer while on a ship.

They were a skilled team of tomb robbers that normally could avoid major crisis, such as these, but now it looks like the years of robbing has finally came back to them.

Unfortunately, Heresea’s magic was still too low to do any kind of teleportation magic for the group.

Water was quickly streaming down the walls and filling up the room they were currently trapped in. Already it was coming up to Nehandal’s neck.

The Dwarf could use their short legs to swim for awhile but if the water completely flooded the room, it will be the end for everyone.

“I’m fine, but Jess… Jess! Oh my baby!”

Laurell eyes were streaming with tears as she was thinking about her Jess.

A child left alone in the tomb!

Even if one could escape the dungeon. if one doesn’t fully release the trap that has been sprung, then isn’t possible to get out.

It is possible that he could die from starvation from searching for his parents in the tomb.

“Honey! Our poor child Jess what are we going to do…”

Laurell was distraught at the thought of her precious baby boy dying from starvation while stuck in some dark dungeon looking for them.

Or when the divine protection magic finally fails, that he becomes visible to the eyes of the monsters and is then eaten alive!

*****

Jess’s stomach was finally full from eating his mothers sandwiches.

“Buuurrrp”

“Yep, I acknowledge the great taste of this sandwich,” he said aloud with a lazy smile on his face.

For a little moment Jess focused in on his parents to see what was taking them so long. After a moment, their thoughts slowly flowed into his mind and he began reading them.

  • ‘Oh my baby Jess! What should I do?! I’ll be leaving you to the mercy of this dungeon!’

  • ‘So, Mr warrior Randall. This is how your life ends huh.... Because of Jess I can’t die peacefully.’

  • ‘I’m so sorry. This is all my fault. khuchk… If I survive this i’ll stop drinking beer on, this I swear on my dwarven honor!’

“This is why I need to keep a watchful eye on them.”

When his parents become worried about him, Jess paid close attention to them.

“You guys should have been more careful. How could they guys fall into such an obvious trap! You guys aren’t kids!”

Kids without parents in this world have a hard time living their life and are often exploited.

If one doesn’t have power in the Marka Continent, and they don’t have parents to protect them they are sold as slaves.

‘You guys have fallen into a quite an easy trap. Looks like I’ll have enough time to save you.’

Jess read Dwarf Nehandal thoughts and walked towards them.

Thankfully, he kept thinking about the mistake he had made in his head.

‘It should be here…’

*Ka-Utcha*

He identified the switch hidden in between the rocks.

Fortunately, it wasn’t a hard to reach area for a child’s of his height, and it was installed at the bottom.

Jess jumped and hanged off the wooden lever and it slowly went down below.

*Karooooong!*

He heard a deep booming sound when the mechanism activated and he heard as the wall opened letting out in a rush all of the water that had built up inside the sealed room.

These humans look like wet bald tailed mice who fell into a trap.

“What… Jess? How did you get here?”

Jess sighed loudly. The circumstance made it tough for him to act innocent.

  • ‘Jess! Jess! Ooh my baby boy!’

  • ‘Thank god! You have saved Rendal!’

  • ‘Kuhuuck. I’m barely alive. When I get out of this tomb i'm having my fill of beer!’

*****


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