The 100th Regression of the Max-Level Player - RMLP Chapter 65: Orc Warrior (Part 2)
“Let’s skip the chitchat. If you’re done here, leave.”
Ryu Min’s tone intentionally turned cold.
‘Once the Orcs are eliminated, the mid-boss should be appearing soon.’
He was being cautious, not wanting to put them in unnecessary danger.
“Alright, got it. Until next time, Black Scythe.”
“It was an honor to meet you.”
After Jo Yong-ho’s group offered a nod of farewell, they turned away.
Thinking the threat was over, they walked leisurely, engaging in light-hearted conversation.
Just as Ryu Min was about to tell them to leave quickly, one of the mercenaries grabbed Jo Yong-ho’s shoulder.
“Didn’t you hear that?”
Jo Yong-ho focused his hearing as his friend urged him.
Thump. Thump. Thump. Thump.
He could faintly hear the ground trembling.
“What’s that sound?”
Ryu Min supplied the answer.
“The mid-boss. Be ready.”
“What? A mid-boss?”
Though filled with doubt, Jo Yong-ho couldn’t ask further.
From a distance, a 6-meter-tall giant was pounding toward them.
It was unmistakably an Orc’s appearance.
The major distinction was its towering height and impressive muscle mass.
“What kind of weapon is that…?”
It held a 3-meter-long battleaxe, towering over a human’s height, in its hands.
As everyone stared, mouths agape, Ryu Min remained unfazed.
‘Finally, the Orc Warrior makes an entrance.’
In fact, he had been anticipating this moment.
After all, he needed to defeat it to obtain the Balance Stone, a sub-quest item.
‘But it’s not just this one. Defeating each bastion boss will yield the remaining stones.’
Completing the sub-quest meant taking down all four bosses.
It wasn’t an easy feat, to say the least.
As evident, these bosses were no ordinary Orcs.
‘That’s why I’ve been somewhat at ease. Even with numerous players, defeating the bosses requires more strength than numbers.’
The reason Ryu Min died four times in the 5th round was tied to this.
The time he invested in trying to obtain the Balance Rune from the boss was exchanged for death.
“Of course, it wasn’t pointless. Without the Balance Rune, I wouldn’t be this strong.”
Because the Balance Rune was remarkably powerful, completing a sub-quest was a necessity to acquire it.
‘At least an Orc Warrior can be dealt with even without Min Juri’s buffs.’
While Ryu Min locked eyes with his prey.
The Orc Warrior, observing its fallen kin, seethed with anger.
“Hyungnim, he seems very angry, right?”
“I-It seems like it.”
Boom- Boom- Boom- Boom-!
Jo- Yong-ho ignorantly brandished his longswords as if threateningly, handling them adeptly, one in each hand.
The Orc Warrior’s eyes darted around, seeking the prey that slaughtered its kin.
Soon, its focus settled on a target.
The Orc Warrior’s primary target was Jo Yong-ho.
Thump, thump, thump—
The Orc Warrior charged ahead.
Its long strides brought it to Jo Yong-ho’s side in seconds.
Jo Yong-ho was startled, but before he could react…
The massive blade descended toward his head.
A shockwave rippled as the blade struck the ground.
His friends cried out, but luckily, their fears weren’t realized.
In the nick of time, Ryu Min pushed Jo Yong-ho aside with his staff.
“What are you spacing out for?”
“T-Thank you, Black Scythe-nim.”
Jo Yong-ho breathed a sigh of relief.
Had Black Scythe not intervened, he would have met a grim fate.
“Step back, unless you want to be flattened.”
Jo Yong-ho promptly complied with Ryu Min’s advice.
Watching the humans changing places, the Orc Warrior raised an eyebrow.
It was an expression of disdain and laughter.
However, that didn’t last long.
Ryu Min’s Scythe struck the Orc Warrior’s foot, contorting its face in pain.
Feeling both agony and fury, it swung its axe at Ryu Min.
The sounds of slicing air and impacts echoed, but that was it.
All that effort ended up in futility.
Ryu Min narrowly evaded every strike.
Not incredibly swift, yet not sluggish enough to evade.
“What’s the point of strong damage if you can’t land a hit?”
“Enough with the grunting.”
Ryu Min leaped like a crescent moon, striking his scythe down.
With an eerie sound, a green streak of blood burst from the Orc Warrior’s neck.
With each strike to its nick, the Orc Warrior emitted a guttural scream.
Its sturdy neck prevented instant death, prompting Ryu Min to strike repeatedly.
The Orc Warrior’s last struggles continued, but Ryu Min intensified his strikes.
The Orc Warrior’s head, separated by the Scythe, plummeted to the ground.
Its once-vigorous arms froze, much like a toy whose batteries were removed.
“He already killed it?”
“Even that scary monster…?”
Jo Yong-ho and his companions gazed at Ryu Min with awe, but Ryu Min’s attention was elsewhere.
Messages detailing rewards were appearing incessantly.