On the way back to the dorm.
Damun, who had been walking while staring into the empty space like a man lost in his soul, suddenly stopped in place.
I turned around with a puzzled look on his face, and he looked straight into my eyes and spoke in a cracked voice.
“Thank you, Captain.”
“I just provided space and didn’t do anything else.”
“Thanks to you, I was able to gain courage.”
“I’m glad that my efforts were rewarded.”
“As for the matter of punishing Sima Family…”
“Didn’t you tell me when Zhou Lu of Hangzhou recommended you to become his subordinate? “I will help you break free from the shadow of Samasege.”
“I will keep my promise.”
Damun, who had an indescribable expression on his face, suddenly knelt on one knee.
He then held his hands together and bowed his head to show respect.
I asked, looking back at him with a puzzled expression.
“Why are you doing this all of a sudden?”
“I will do my best on horseback riding until the end of my life.”
“I have made such a heavy oath. “Please stand up first.”
I clicked my tongue and grabbed Damun’s shoulder to help him up.
Passers-by nearby were whispering and looking sideways.
Did he realize that his actions were excessive?
Damwoon scratched the back of his head with an embarrassed expression.
“One oath of allegiance is enough. From now on, show it with your actions.”
“Are you going to take the entrance exam right after the festival is over?”
“I think so.”
Now that the Yongbong branch has been established for a while, the Murim Alliance is not accepting any applicants for membership.
They probably don’t have the manpower to even take the entrance exam.
After stretching once, I patted Damun’s back and said,
“Let’s go back quickly. “I’m hungry because I didn’t eat dinner.”
“I will buy it.”
“Can you handle it? “You probably know my appetite.”
“Please let me buy it for today.”
“I will not decline.”
* * *
The dance competition went smoothly.
I was confirmed to advance to the round of sixteen without any major surprises.
The sword of Hyeonsamun (賢士門) that we met in the sixty-four rivers (强).
A collateral map of the Mo Yong family that we met in Thirty-two Rivers (强).
Everyone fell out before they could last twenty seconds.
The audience, who reacted indifferently at first, began to take interest in me as I played one-sided matches every time.
‘We finally get to meet each other.’
I raised the corners of my mouth as I checked the bracket on the wall of the stadium.
The next opponent was Changin Dojo, a former disciple of the Jeomchang faction.
The moment has finally arrived to determine the winner of the bet.
‘I managed to get all the way up here without falling.’
If you think about it, Changin Dojang was not an ordinary person.
Background skill status.
He was a person who was missing nothing.
In particular, I was concerned about my status as a disciple of the Jeomchang school.
Not a disciple of Ewha University, but a disciple of the first generation.
It was like the Cheonwoo Dojo.
‘A young man of that age is a disciple of the Daemun Sect, the same as the Jeomchang Sect.’
Originally, this was something that could not have happened.
Because distribution and ability are two different things.
Wasn’t Seonhye Dojang, who had an elder from the Shaman sect as her teacher, also a disciple of Lee Dae?
What kind of person is Changin Dojo’s teacher?
‘It is a being comparable to the Plum God Sword.’
At least, as far as I know, there was no absolute expert level strongman in the Jeomchang faction.
However, in terms of distribution alone, it would not be surprising if there were people who were equal to or above Maehwashingeom.
‘Shall we investigate?’
If I asked Hao Wen, I could easily find out.
I thought it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take some measures in case Changin Dojang disappears after taking the money from the bet.
‘I guess he’s starting to feel nervous, right?’
* * *
‘What are these?’
A dirty alleyway to avoid crowded streets.
I tilted my head crookedly and asked the rioters who appeared as if they were surrounding me front and back.
“Do you have something to do with me?”
Instead of answering questions, the men pull out tools and attack.
I narrowed my eyes and kicked off the ground and jumped up.
While the men were saying ‘uh-uh’ in surprise, I stood on top of the one foot high wall and immediately relaxed and looked around.
‘I knew it would be like this.’
When the commotion arose, the appearance of a member of the Blue Dragon, who seemed to have been waiting for the alley, was noticed.
It was a face in my memory.
It was a warrior from the Namgung family who appeared as an examiner during the third preliminary exam.
‘This is outrageous.’
It wasn’t that difficult to subdue the black swordsmen.
The problem was the restrictions imposed on participants in non-mulling competitions.
There was a rule that contestants were not allowed to fight anywhere other than the stadium.
Although this regulation was created to prevent disputes between participants, it had many loopholes and was easy to abuse.
For example, what if a group of black swordsmen, instigated by someone, attack the participants?
Participants have no choice but to fight to protect themselves.
Once the fight started, winning or losing didn’t matter.
A martial arts leader who happens to be passing by on the street will report this to the higher-ups and the participant will be disqualified.
I muttered as I launched my new weapon to avoid the black swords that were attacking me while letting out a loud roar.
‘No matter what, I’m still a little upset about this.’
It wasn’t that difficult to guess the pleural effusion.
In all likelihood, my next opponent will be the Malko Dosa of the Jeomchang faction.
He did the same thing in the first preliminaries, and again he resorted to petty tricks.
‘The problem is that there is no evidence.’
I scratched the back of my head and was lost in thought.
It was not possible to punish a person based solely on his or her heart.
Even if you go to the next head of Hyeonmu, Pang Mun-hwan, and inform him of this fact, you won’t be able to do anything about Chang-in Dojang right now.
‘Let’s get rid of these guys first and think about it.’
The black thieves have been fully prepared and have tightened the siege.
Not only was there a crossbow used to hunt wild animals, but there was even a man holding an iron net.
The level of each one was not that high, but there were many.
The black thugs that first appeared were only the tip of the iceberg.
‘I don’t know where they gathered so many people.’
The entire alley had been taken over by black thieves.
The other side is determined to kill this side, but this side is unable to even properly counterattack.
My annoyance skyrocketed.
‘Should I just kill them all?’
The thought of killing and burying all of the members of the Black Dragon and Blue Dragon Corps passed through my mind.
Of course, I didn’t actually put it into action.
Would it be as easy as it sounds to exterminate so many people alone?
If I got excited and went wild here, only the person in charge would be happy.
The arrow that flew away from the demonstration was blocked by the brain’s membrane and bounced away.
I spread the ghost bomb and broke through the siege network formed by the black thieves in a straight line.
He parried attacks coming from all directions with his sword and poured out his sword energy, tearing the iron net to pieces.
There wasn’t much time.
To avoid a painful situation, I had to leave before the Blue Dragon team arrived.
After avoiding the black swordsmen, I landed in a dark space with a pile of boards and looked around, nervously shaking off foreign matter from my sword.
It was then.
A wrinkled hand jumped out of the empty air and grabbed the back of my head.
Startled, I immediately twisted the new form and swung my sword.
The opponent who quickly withdraws his arm says ‘Shh!’ He called to me with a wave of his hand and the sound of the wind.
A low-pitched voice that was pleasant to listen to penetrated my ears.
“Come in quickly before the black thieves arrive.”
I forgot the situation and made a blank expression.
I’m the only wrist floating in the air.
Isn’t this truly a miracle?
I was soon able to understand the situation.
Someone was hiding inside the camp and calling me.
“He is a rat in a poison! “Don’t be afraid and push forward!”
The shouts of the black swordsmen gradually got closer.
There was no time to think for long.
I clicked my tongue and jumped into the formation.
* * *
I sat side by side on the board with an unknown old man and watched the situation outside.
“Where did he go?!”
“I definitely saw it going this way!”
“shit! It’s been a long time since I received a large number of cases! “You can’t miss it!”
The swear words uttered by the black thieves pierced my ears.
The sight of them busily moving around and exploring couldn’t have looked that funny.
“Thank you for your help.”
“It looks like you’re caught up in some trouble.”
“Thanks to you, I survived.”
“With your skills, it wouldn’t have been difficult to subdue them.”
“Do you know me?”
“I know. Isn’t he one of the participants in the dance competition? His name was Yeon-woon, right? “Did you say he was from Hwangryongmugwan?”
“It was a situation where we couldn’t just fight back. “If you fight in a place other than the stadium, you could be disqualified.”
“Aren’t cases where you have no choice but to draw a sword to protect yourself an exception? “Even though there is a rule prohibiting personal disputes, I don’t think the event organizers will be that flexible.”
“That will depend on who reports this incident to the upper echelons of the organization and how.”
“Does this mean that this situation itself is a trap set up by someone?”
“At least I think so.”
“Hmm… … .”
The old man frowned.
It was an expression that clearly showed his displeasure.
For a moment, just stare at the old man who is muttering something hard to understand to himself.
I politely raised my hand and asked.
“May I ask your name?”
“Never mind. “Because he was just a nameless old man passing by.”
It was an answer that made me laugh.
The same goes for his knack for setting up a base that completely fooled my senses, as well as the Geumnasu (擒拏手) technique he showed when he grabbed me by the nape of the neck by surprise.
It was by no means a skill that an ordinary old man could perform.
‘Who the hell is it?’
Some people were watching the movements of the black swordsmen and glancing at the old man’s profile.
Eventually, the black thugs gave up looking for me and rushed out of the alley.
It seemed like they decided that if they waited any longer, the government might send an investigation team.
After leaving the camp, I thanked the old man again.
“If it’s okay with you, would you mind finding the place I’m staying at? “I have received a favor from Noya, so I would like to repay him.”
“okay. “I’ll come visit you soon.”
“Are you sure?”
“then. Of course not.”
The old man nods his head more obediently than expected.
After saying goodbye to him, I tilted my head and walked out of the alley.
‘Wasn’t there some special reason for hiding your name and identity?’
* * *
The old man waved Yeon-woon off and muttered, wiping his beard.
“I can see why the leader evaluated it so highly.”
The old man saw.
In a split second, Yeonsun forms a membrane of brain energy to protect the body from arrows.
It was not a skill that a reviewer who had just reached the terms and conditions could perform.
To be at that level at that age.
I couldn’t even guess how far it would grow in the future.
‘I’ll definitely have to bring him in as an ally.’
The old man, Zhuge Huan, disappeared in his place as if in a flash.
A hot wind blew through the place where he was.