Volume 1 / Chapter 21
“That felt great!”
“This isn’t what we came here for, but it’s hard to meet normal people. It was expected.”
“The world is full of greed.”
“Right. And this place is like heaven and hell where your dreams come true as long as you survive.”
For people who were sick of their lives, Life Mission was a land of opportunity for them to escape reality. It was not impossible to just close their eyes and throw themselves away into the game world.
“Are we really going to support them from the rear?”
“We’ll have to.”
Cha Jun Sung intended on supporting the back as he had said he would. He did not care if he could not catch mutants since he had not entered the mission to gain points.
The goal of this mission was to open Level D for Park Jin Hyuk. They needed to do this for themselves. When their power is suspended, the radius for their activity becomes smaller.
They could become the target for mutants if they fell too far from the party.
He had realized as he did missions that the helper placed them in starting places that were relatively as safe as possible.
As long as they did not go wherever they wanted, they were always placed at the optimal starting point.
“What do you think they’re doing?”
“They’ll have to discuss their plans. Even if their personalities don’t match, they’ll be fine if they can tune them. But it’s dangerous because Carlyle is a maverick who won’t listen to anyone else.”
Cha Jun Sung had spent 10 years in Life Mission. He had been in thousands of parties and he had met all kinds of troublemakers.
Swiping items was commonplace, and there were people who threw others under the bus or ordered their parties around.
What’s yours is mine.
What’s mine is mine.
Your mistakes are your mistakes.
My mistakes are also your mistakes.
He had never ended missions with people like that with a smile.
“Do you think he’s nobility?”
“He could be since he said something about the elite Special Forces.”
There was still nobility in Britain. The boundaries with people had become more relaxed in modern times, but it was difficult to shake off the arrogance of tradition.
His behavior was understandable if he accumulated an enormous wealth and a rich history behind him, though it didn’t change the fact that he was a jerk.
“I’m pretty sure they won’t move from a safe place at night. They don’t have night-vision goggles.”
Cha Jun Sung and Park Jin Hyuk had night vision. It functioned so well that they could see at night as if it were broad daylight. They needed to take advantage of points like this.
Cha Jun Sung examined the forest before him. He could not know how wide the island was. There was no way the helpers would tell them willingly.
The location of the military base was more important than the width of the area. Maybe it was because of the low altitude, but they could not see any towering buildings. It was highly possible that the base was in a basement somewhere.
“Change the vision goggles to thermographics.”
People were more vulnerable in nature because their senses have degraded in comfortable environments. They would not be able to function without help from their items.
A light came from the vision goggles, changing it to thermographics. It was the disagreeable party members.
“They’re still in the same place.”
“Seems they’re not in a rush.”
The thermographic mode detected heat within 50 meters. Since there was also an infrared mode, they could see organisms who did not have heat signatures as well. The party was not moving. There were a lot of objects obstructing their view, but they could see each movement through the goggles.
“Huh? Ah….. He’s really trash.”
A Lifer who seemed to be Carlyle was hitting someone who looked like Henry and Martin. He was venting his anger at Cha Jun Sung out on them.
“Is he really an idiot?”
“I’m pretty sure he’s had everything go his way until now because he was born with a silver spoon.”
It might have been the first indignity he had experienced since birth. He was wrapped up in the thought, ‘How dare someone like he’.
“They don’t have a space compression bag and all they have in terms of weapons are firearms with a silencer.”
It was a good thing that they brought the silencer, but mutants were sensitive to the smell of gunpowder. They needed to have something like a crossbow at least.
As long as other variables didn’t arise, Park Jin Hyuk’s crossbow would work. It was pretty powerful. If hit from a close distance, even a Level 2 would be badly wounded.
A silencer could not be underestimated as an advantage. Since it can be reused, it can be used in slaughter as long as it was not broken or lost.
“Let’s keep some distance. Whether we like them or not, we need to help cover the rear.”
The party went into the forest without hesitation. Staying still in one place did not help in completing missions. They needed to go through with the mission even if it was dangerous.
Lloyd and the two men stood in a triangle to protect Carlyle. The rest took in their own boundaries as they went forward. They could not trust Hicks and the others.
Carlyle’s incompetence had been revealed in the fight just now. The first impression of him was of him slumping to the floor at an attack with a sword.
As an afterthought, they wondered how it would have been if they followed Cha Jun Sung instead.
“You can’t let your guard down even for a moment. It can break in an instant.”
It would have been better if the mutants just appeared because they would have focused on battle.
As long as this silence continued, they would have to be consumed in anxiety. But that did not mean in any way that they wanted to fight with the mutants.
“Will they really help us?”
Lloyd responded to Hicks with certainty. If they were going to completely leave the party, they would not have mentioned support.
“They’ll probably be following us from a blind spot.”
The vision goggles sold in the store have a few times the capability of those from the military. They could not hide from them no matter where they tried to go.
‘I’m sure they’ll be 40 to 50 meters from us.’
It was frustrating. A skilled Lifer was more appreciated as the mission is more dangerous. It was a loss to miss out on Cha Jun Sung because of Carlyle.
Duke Venter’s 2nd son. Because he was spoiled as a child, he had the shortcoming of looking at the world from his standard.
Lloyd also knew.
Telling someone to sell their equipment during a missions was unheard of.
However, he had a duty to act on the orders given by his superior. Even though he became a Lifer, he was a citizen of Britain and soldier under Duke Venter.
He was just holding back because Duke Venter had warned him. He was not blindly holding back. He would be getting that much compensation from Carlyle and his family.
Duke Venter wants Carlyle to become a famous Lifer in Britain. He had pushed him in so he could somehow make a living for himself.
The reality version of Life Mission was already known in places all over the world. Each nation was in the process of gathering as many Lifers as they could.
It had been impossible to prevent the information from leaking because it was mushrooming. In a few months, Lifers’ identities would be known to the whole world.
Children from rich families in England got into parties by handing over large sums of money.
Lifers thought of it as a way to make money on the side and did not turn it down because they were making money on top of the points they get for catching mutants.
This was happening outside of England as well.
Life Mission was a different world, but the wealthy advanced faster than those without money. The estimation came out from the way someone like Carlyle without the talent was able to make it so far.
“There is a vacant lot ahead. What do you think about resting while we scout the area?”
Lloyd was brought back from his thoughts at Hicks’ words. There was a limit to moving at night without night vision. It would come in handy to keep places to rest in mind.
An opening appeared when they cleared the forest.
Smith and Jamie who are rangers went out first to examine the area.
Smith sent the signal that nothing was suspicious. Jamie set up booby traps. Henry and Martin also helped in setting them up with their skillful workmanship.
A cave or something similar was useful. The smaller a place was and the less space there was to guard, the safer Lifers felt.
“Hicks, I looked from the top of a tree but there isn’t a building that looked like the military base. It seems the prediction that it’s underground is correct.”
Smith’s binoculars did not catch anything. Because the island was at a low altitude they had purposefully chosen a high location.
At this height, they would be able to tell buildings apart if they even reached 3 floors.
“Can you find it?”
“I’ll be able to find it but….. the process will be a burden for the party.”
Hicks squirmed his fingers. There was a limit to what the equipment they brought could do.
The longer they stayed in a mission area, the more they are at a disadvantage. If they wasted time in looking for the military base, they would not be able to survive once they penetrated it.
“It’s fine. We can find the path.”
“It’ll automatically appear if we pass it.”
Lloyd organized his thoughts and spoke. It had been years since it had been abandoned. There would be a path somewhere that the mutants used to access it.
“So the path is the entrance?”
“Yes. Do you think they would have been smart enough to erase their trail?”
Hicks waved his hand in denial. Assume that somehow they had erased it the first time.
To repeat this for several years? Even a thorough person would find it bothersome later. What was the point of that on an island where no one looked for them?
“The night vision would have been of great help in finding the path.”
Hicks complained that it was a waste. He could not be sure how many functions there were in Cha Jun Sung’s goggles, but it would have been helpful if they had it.
Hicks wanted to work with people he was comfortable with as well, but he held back. If they scattered here, they would be divided. They needed to maintain this group even if it was fragile.
One needed to be quick in everything. He envied Cha Jun Sung who fell out of the group.
“Everyone here for a second.”
Lloyd called the party. All members except Carlyle gathered.
“As you know, time is gold to us. Instead of wasting it on looking for a path, it’s right to go into the military base.”
“Do you have a method?”
“We’ll have to lure them and follow their route.”
“It’s dangerous but we’ll save on time if it works.”
“How can we lure them if we’ve used the odorless spray? Have you bought the bloody meat or something from the store? Ha ha!”