Kang Yoo-hyun looked around with a blank face.
He was greeted by a peaceful scene as if he was watching a scene from heaven.
However, his expression was very gloomy.
It was a familiar sight to him, who had wandered the hells of Niflheim for over 300 years.

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This was the first time he had stepped into a low-rating dungeon.
If the world hadn’t been in chaos because of him, perhaps he would never have set foot in here.

“Are you sure you’ll be okay on your own?”

A guide following from the Odin Guild asked Kang Yoo-hyun, glancing at his face.
His eyes trembled as he faced the rumored SS hunter.

“Yeah, other people are just getting in the way.”

“Then, do you need an item…”

“I don’t need it.”

Kang Yoo-hyun, who spoke frankly, continued walking.
The guide who was left behind took the Return Scroll and awkwardly put it back in.

Come to think of it, the Return Scroll was used if one wanted to return while in the middle of a dungeon without clearing it.

The guide thought that Kang Yoo-hyun might not return without clearing the D-rank dungeon.
The guide nodded inwardly and left.

Kang Yoo-hyun, who became alone, sorted out the monsters in the field.
The monsters that were swarming him quickly vanished into ashes and disappeared.

Kwang, kwagwang!

The magic sword in his hand continued to glow with black light.
This evil magic sword must always kill life when drawn from its scabbard, and he ironically obtained this sword by killing the dead.

Having a magic sword in Niflheim, the world of the dead, was like a curse.
Kang Yoo-hyun couldn’t let go of the sword for a moment like a dead man with an evil sword.
Otherwise, the curse will return to him.

Such a hellish time came to the end of Niflheim, when he first killed an intelligent being.
Afterward, the legendary-class weapon, the magic sword, did not disappear from Kang Yoo Hyun’s inventory.
After all, Tyrfing’s magic sword was one of his strongest weapons.

“Kkiiii!”

Kang Yoo-hyun, who killed the monster rushing at him without batting an eye, looked around at the already clean surroundings.
Using his skills, no life was detected within a 1 km radius.
The D-rank dungeon might not be that wide, so it seemed like he had slaughtered the boss along with the other monsters.

However, neither the system notification said the dungeon had been cleared or the return portal was opened.

Kang Yoo-hyun, who was quietly looking around, looked down at his feet.
He remembered that often skills were not applied underground.
Kang Yoo Hyun stabbed his magic sword into the ground.

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Kuuung.

The magic sword resounded.
The dark bluish color vibrated eerily around him.

The ground shook as if an earthquake had come.
And the ground began to crack.

In the middle of it, Kang Yoo-hyun stood with a calm face.
Even though his feet sank in an instant, he was unfazed.

Kugugugugugung!

Kang Yoo-hyun’s body quickly disappeared through the cracked ground.
He skillfully descended to avoid the ground debris.
The smell of muddy soil grazed his nose.

Stepping on the ground underground, he enveloped himself in a shield.
The debris from the ground fell with a deafening sound.

Skillfully, Kang Yoo-hyun appeared among the dust scattered in the air.
The underground had a completely different atmosphere from above.
There was no light in the dark cave, only the faint light reflected from the stalactites hanging from the ceiling.

But darkness didn’t matter to him.
After living in the darkness of Niflheim for a long time, he could see everything in the darkness clearly.

“Kkieek!”

“Kkiek!”

The monsters, startled by the shaking ground, stopped for a while, but as soon as they saw Kang-Yoo Hyun they started rushing towards him.
The bat-shaped monsters shrieked and swung their claws threateningly.

Paat!

But poisonous claws and fangs were of no avail.
It was because before they could even approach Kang Yoo-hyun, the dark energy surrounding him had turned all those monsters into ashes.
The passive skill to turn all approaching enemies to ashes, the ‘Twilight Guide’, was a skill acquired in Niflheim.

Kang Yoo-hyun, who looked nonchalantly at the monsters scattered as ashes, slowly moved.
As he expected, the dungeon boss monster should be here.

And immediately, the monster curled up in a huge body greeted Kang Yoo-hyun.
The monster recognized Kang Yoo-hyun and attacked him by hearing his footsteps due to his deteriorating eyes.

Hwiik!

Kang Yoo-hyun lightly dodged the boss monster’s attack and swung his magic sword.
The magic sword, coveting lifeblood, erupted with fierce energy and sent a pitch-black sword technique flying.

“Kuogh!”

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In front of the SS class, boss monsters from D-rank dungeons weren’t much different from other monsters.
It didn’t end in just one attack, but two.
Kang Yoo-hyun swung his magic sword once again with a troubled expression on his face, and staring at the fallen boss monster with an expressionless face.

“Kkeureureuk, kkeureuk…”

The boss monster died, spewing poison and spilling green bodily fluids.
However, it also had no effect on Kang Yoo Hyun.
This was because he was already immune to low-rating dungeon abnormalities.

“Hmm.”

[You have defeated the boss monster ‘The Gatekeeper of Darkness’ of Alfheim-D29.
The item is bound.]

As expected, there was a notification that the boss monster was killed.

Useless items were piled up in his inventory.
It wasn’t intentional, but he found it worthwhile entering the guild at this time.
When he was trapped inside the gate, it was difficult to dispose of the items.

“…”

Time has passed after identifying the item.
However, no matter how long he waited, the return portal did not open.

Kang Yoo-hyun, who frowned, looked around to see if he had missed anything.
That was because there was often a way to find hidden items or return by destroying ancient totems.

“”

“…There is none.”

Only after searching through the dungeon thoroughly, Kang Yoo-hyun realized that something was wrong.
First of all, it was questionable whether the rating change occurs here.
If the rating had remained the same until now…

At that moment, Kang Yoo Hyun looked up at the shining ceiling.
Bright white light poured from the ceiling which was full of stalactites.
It looked suspicious no matter how he looked at it.

“…”

Seeing this, Kang-Yoo Hyun didn’t hesitate for a long time.
After all, he had to do whatever he had to do now.
Kang Yu-hyun’s body floated into the air.
He stretched his long hand through the gradually dimming light.

“Argh!”

He grabbed something subconsciously, and it was someone’s arm.
Kang Yoo-hyun who came out opened his eyes wide when he saw Han Yi-jin with a surprised face.

“…Han Yijin?”

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Kang Yoo-hyun subconsciously tightened his grip.
He looked at Han Yi-jin’s distorted face unpleasantly.

Then, an impassive voice system pierced his ears.

[…The dungeon rating is being adjusted due to the disturbance.]

[Alfheim-D29 will be rated as SS.]

***

“No, what is this…”

I looked around in confusion.
As soon as the notification was over, the surroundings vibrated and the ground shook.
I couldn’t adjust to the rapidly changing scenery, as if the peaceful scenery was fake.

“Yijin-ah!”

Eden, who returned after dealing with the full-level rabbit monsters, opened his eyes wide in surprise when he saw me and Kang Yoo-hyun.

“Kang Yoo-hyun, why are you here…”

“I’m the one who wants to ask.”

Kang Yoo-hyun said in a subdued voice at Eden’s surprised question.

“How did these Villains bastards sneak in here like a rat?”

“Ugh…!”

The strength of his gripping hands became even stronger.
The fear of breaking my wrist came to me.

“You’re not going to let go of that hand?”

“What if I don’t want to?”

Eden and Kang Yoo-hyun glared at each other in a staring fight.
But no matter how much they looked at each other, Eden was a newborn puppy who wasn’t afraid of tigers1.
There was a big difference between A class and SS class.

After sighing, I slightly shook my arm that was caught by Kang Yoo-hyun.

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“Hey, Kang Yoohyun.”

“…”

Kang Yoo-hyun’s blazing eyes turned to me.
Honestly, I’m still scared.
I opened my mouth again, suppressing the urge to shake his hand.

“It hurts, can’t you let me go? I won’t leave here like I did last time.”

“…”

However, Kang-Yoo Hyun still didn’t answer and continued glaring at me.
Of course, I was a bit irresponsible to run away like that last time, but still, wasn’t Kang Yoo Hyun worse for suddenly trying to drag me down?

Inside, I continued to make excuses to myself and looked at Kang Yoo-hyun.
If he says he will apply justice here, then no one can stop him.

However, an unexpected situation suddenly arose.
Like a scene from a film at the end of the century, black rings appeared across the dark sky, and monsters with terrifying appearances began to fall.

“Th-that…!”

“…!”

Kang Yoo-hyun’s face hardened as he made a fuss about it.
There were so many monsters that even SS-class Kang Yoo-hyun himself wondered if he could handle them all.

If we don’t stop this, it’ll be the end of the world.

In the SS-class worldview, when a dungeon is cleared, it will be reset like a game.
High-rating dungeons sometimes disappear when cleared, but low-rating dungeons rarely disappear, they just reset.
It’s as if you were supposed to level up in it.

However, if we didn’t clear the dungeon, the monsters would flood and erupt from the dungeon.
That was the Monster Wave.
Therefore, the guild that managed the dungeon must periodically sweep the dungeon.

The number of monsters in front of me was very dangerous.
They were at least A-rank monsters, seeing that Han Yi-jin’s rank was unable to view monster information.
Since the dungeon rating had been changed to SS class, the boss monsters were probably at least SS class.

The SS-class boss monsters only appear in the middle of the original story.

But why did the SS class dungeon already appear? Kang Yoo-hyun could still handle the dungeon abnormality alone.
But where did it go wrong?

I hesitate to think about it.

No way… is it because of me?

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