Snowfall was surrounded by incomplete shadows, revealing only part of its face, from one cheekbone to the eye.
Even though his face was that of someone who had already died, it didn’t seem strange.
“For what reason did you come into the labyrinth? No, hehehe… The reason for looking for the labyrinth is obvious. “I guess it’s to become stronger, right?”
When the second child, Shinhyeon, asked with a smile, Kangseol nodded and responded.
There could be no other purpose for those seeking the labyrinth.
Just to become stronger.
Shin Rip walked in front without saying a word, and Shin Hyeon talked to him about how amazing it was to see snowfall all the time.
“Where are you going?”
“Of course, where is our residence?”
They seemed to live on a peak of a rocky mountain.
It was a place with a ridge in the direction you were going.
‘What on earth… happened?’
Snowfall wandered around, surrounded by black shells.
I don’t know how long it lasted, but it was a very unpleasant experience.
I could have died.
No, it would be more approximate to say that he was dead.
However, such a situation brought unexpected luck.
Shin Rip and Shin Hyeon.
The two strong men who were also the words of Kang Seol faced each other.
‘But… how are they together?’
The pitch-black labyrinth did not continue until it reached the end.
Obviously, the two headed to different doors and neither of them reached the end of the labyrinth, so it was normal for them to not encounter each other.
‘Could it be that a crack appeared as Xingang escaped the labyrinth?’
When Shin Kang, who became a one-armed swordsman, cut through the darkness and escaped the pitch-black labyrinth, if distortion occurred throughout the labyrinth, the current situation also made sense.
“What are you thinking so much about?”
“Were you two together from the beginning?”
“…What I’m curious about is just as weird as what you ate. Um… it’s a long story, so I’ll tell you later.”
It seemed like Kang Seol had no intention of answering, so he put his grief on his shoulder and headed towards their residence.
When they finally reached the halfway point of the stone mountain, their residence appeared.
Outside the dwelling, there was a bench made of labyrinth wood. It was almost ridiculous because it looked quite decent and was made well.
“Sit over here.”
Kang Seol sat down on the bench as Shin Lip had told him.
“I already told you, you are as good as dead once. “If that strange-looking being wasn’t there, I would have lost consciousness in the labyrinth without even knowing what was going on.”
It was as he said.
And after hearing this story, there is one thing I want to know.
“Shin Rip and Shin Hyeon. Then you…”
“We have already experienced the process you went through once in the past. Even though we experienced the same thing, we can’t say we are in the same situation. “Because you are alive and we are dead.”
Shin Rip and Shin Hyeon were, as Kang Seol put it, night beasts.
A beast that carries its soul inside a black doll.
Of course, unlike other beings, it had a distinct consciousness, but in any case, the existence itself could be defined that way.
Those disturbing beings in the darkness demonstrated incredible power.
Even if what dwells within it is the soul of a weak person who has never used his strength in his life.
Not only that, the night beasts of the jet-black labyrinth are affected by their strength in life. If a person was strong in the past, the person who becomes a night beast is also strong.
Unlike the other beings that Kangseol had hunted, the swordsman that Kangseol initially encountered was probably an adventurer who had visited the labyrinth himself.
Of course, it was so strong that it was incomparable to other night beasts whose souls had nothing to do with battle.
Because it was impossible to deal with Snowfall without being forced to turn into a raven.
“There are small beasts here that even a clumsy guy like you can easily defeat, but there are also dangerous beasts that even we can’t fight against.”
“That’s right. In order for you to get out of the labyrinth, you must at least become strong enough to defeat them on your own.”
It’s a beast that even Shin Rip and Shin Hyeon can’t handle.
Shinhyeon received Shinrip’s words.
“Well, looking at the little things, it might take a while.”
While listening to him, Kang Seol suddenly felt frustrated and tried to cancel the raven state.
‘Why isn’t it going back to normal?’
A stuffy feeling, like wearing a heavy, wet coat.
Shin Lip checked his condition for a moment and then shook his head.
“Because it is not your strength. “The guy who didn’t understand darkness blindly covered it up, so the darkness around him saw an opportunity and rushed in.”
“So… you mean…”
“I need to get used to it before I take it off. Taking it off comes next.”
“Heeheehee! You are now eaten by the shadows. You did something very stupid. “Someone who dares to fearlessly manipulate shadows enters the pitch-black labyrinth?”
This was a side effect I experienced when I tried to force myself to become a full night raven.
I felt like I had to get rid of this somehow to be able to lead a normal life again.
But there was no proper way. I listened to Shinhyeon for a moment.
“The pitch-black labyrinth is a place where those who manipulate shadows should not enter. It is really nothing for the labyrinth to swallow you and your shadow. It doesn’t matter how strong you are as long as you control the power of shadow! To Labyrinth, right now, you are just meaty prey.”
“In short, the compatibility is the worst! The weapon you boasted about actually stabbed you. “If you use the shadow as you wish, the labyrinth will use it as a medium to manipulate you again.”
Shinhyeon spoke and Shinrip continued.
“Now I will teach you how to survive in the labyrinth. First of all… first.”
Shin Lip extended his index and middle fingers and pointed to his eyes.
“To see the darkness.”
“Are you looking at us distortedly? “With something other than your eyes.”
Kang Seol could not help but become mute. They were able to understand the ins and outs of snowfall with just one touch.
“I think I know roughly what kind of guy you are.”
Shin Hyeon criticized Kang Seol’s behavior.
“This guy who unconsciously desires power is only focused on finding an easy path instead of attacking head-on… Tsk tsk.”
“In order for you to become stronger, you will first have to change that bad habit.”
“Until then, don’t go near the beasts! “After eating, sleeping, and sleeping, I will use all the time I have left to open my eyes.”
This measure is no different from a closed training course.
Kang Seol, who pursues efficiency, asked a question without realizing it.
“How much time must pass before I can open my eyes?”
“The very fact of asking that is bad. listen carefully. No matter how much time passes, you will never be able to see the future. “Time is….”
Shinhyeon poked Kangseol in the chest.
“Because the person who uses it decides the purpose. If you want something, take the time to achieve it. Why is this guy who wants so much trying to get everything at a low price? “Is the world okay?”
“Calm down, Hyuna. “Please show me the villa.”
“Okay. “Follow me.”
Shinhyeon jumped up and took Kangseol somewhere. It was a separate building a little away from the residence.
Although it was abandoned to the point where it was almost like a barn, I felt like I could still sleep.
“From now on, you will stay here. Stop using trivial tricks to check your surroundings. Don’t look down on time! Those who think little of blood and sweat are bound to be eliminated! Remember, only immersion will allow you to open your eyes.”
* * *
Snowfall, who was suddenly left in a barn-like outbuilding, needed time to organize her thoughts.
As the day passed, I began to understand the current situation to some extent.
Shin Rip and Shin Hyeon They were right.
The habit of trying to solve everything in the easiest way was finally holding me back.
something caught on my feet and I stumbled and almost fell.
As such, the current snowfall has returned to its lethargic appearance.
It was the price of sealing the power of the spirit and choosing to attack head-on as Shin Rip and Shin Hyeon said.
It was painful.
But at the same time, I was confident in this method.
I blinked and opened and closed my eyes, but that was just a signal transmitted through my senses, and I couldn’t tell whether my eyes were actually open or closed.
Because I couldn’t see anything.
As a week passed, I thought to myself, ‘Brother Shin’s tendency to keep his promises is still the same.’
Shinhyeon delivered a set amount of meals at a set time. There was no sound or sign of footsteps.
Since you couldn’t see it, the food was just sitting there, as if a ghost had come and gone.
I felt as if I was an old man struggling with illness.
After this happened, I realized that all the problems were my own.
‘I was… wrong.’
10 legendary horses.
I admired their strength.
Because it’s fantasy.
Because it’s entertainment.
The joy I feel watching someone reach a place I could never reach.
That was definitely some of the emotions that Snowfall felt toward them.
The opportunity came to him too.
The transition to Pandear may have been a choice that life presented to him.
An opportunity to enter that world and challenge yourself.
Like the heroes he admired, he could swing a sword, shoot a bow, use magic, and step into the places they reached.
The reason for her regret is that Kang Seol may have taken the opportunity too lightly.
He had completely forgotten how his legendary horses had become stronger through hardships and training over time, and had focused on using the knowledge he already had.
It worked pretty well for a while.
The growth has been grotesquely fast, and the achievements have already reached a point where it is difficult for other transferors to keep up.
But… I eventually hit a wall.
From now on, ‘real’ time was needed.
Have you ever been so passionate about becoming stronger that you took the time to truly devote yourself to it?
‘Maybe… when I met Yuhyeon…’
When I met Yuhyeon, the rift had already begun.
Yoohyeon, who became a yaksha, was much stronger when she was Yuhyeon herself, whom she had lost a long time ago.
Returning to his original state, he used the swordsmanship he had used in the past and pushed Kang Seol, who had mobilized all his capabilities at the time, to his limits.
The strength that Kang Seol had gained was momentarily pushed aside by his pure power…
Now he had to face it.
To break the wall, you had to act like them.
As the sleepyhead said, there was no shortcut.
If you wanted to get there faster than them, you had to run instead of walk.
From the moment I made that decision, the hellish time of snowfall began.
Since Kangseol couldn’t see, he had to rely on grief or stutter to regain his senses.
When I tried to reflexively use my mental power, I clenched my molars to completely block out my senses.
Even after exactly a month, he was only focused on sensation.
But I couldn’t see the darkness.