Humanity Itself is Strong - Chapter 59
Jin-seong was holding Tyrfing, which was shaking with all the evil energy, in his hand.
<You have committed a sin. Same sin as mine….>
A gloomy voice emanating from an endless abyss echoed in Jin-seong’s head.
It was the demon king’s thoughts in Tyrfing.
[‘Original Sin’ begins to devour you!]
And the original sin that dwelled in Tyrfing spread like a flame to Jin-seong’s hand holding the hilt.
The flames engulfed Jin-seong’s whole body, burned and then extinguished.
‘How much time has passed?’
In the chapel, only the sound of Jin-seong breathing heavily resounded.
He could hear a sound of a mad man laughing from behind.
Jin-seong turned around.
In front of him was Bergebut, who he killed a while ago, was standing still.
“Lee Jin-seong, once you chose this path, there’s no turning back… From now on, you-”
Even before he could finish his words, Bergebut scattered like smoke and disappeared into thin air.
Even though his figure was gone, his voice still haunted Jin-seong’s ears.
Jin-seong realized that his mind was getting worn out every minute by the power of original sin.
‘I must expel all this power as soon as possible.’
The only way to do that was by making a deal with the angel.
[You wore a black beast necklace! Remaining number of uses: 2 times]
Jin-seong put Tyrfing on his back and pulled out Longinus’ spear and Bergebut’s sword Yagrush from the inventory.
Then, the teeth of the sword Yagrush began to open and close repeatedly.
He brought Longinus’ spear closer to Yagrush.
[You fed the spear of Longinus to Yagrush!]
With that message, Longinus’ spear head flowed down like a collapsing mountain of sand and rose into smoke.
Then it flowed through the teeth of Yagrush and disappeared without a trace.
[Yagrush has completely absorbed the Holy Spear!]
Yagrush was ready.
Jin-seong finally took out Aimur and held with his other hand.
The crystal ball, radiating a mysterious and ominous energy, absorbed into his hand.
[Aimur begins to emit ‘Energy of Deicide!’]
A ferocious and evil black mist poured out of the crystal ball and surrounded Jin-seong and the whole area.
Jin-seong was suddenly seized by an intolerable malice, murderous intent, and an overwhelming sense of superiority.
[Your attribute has changed to Evil, and the Eye of Assisi effect is cancelled!]
[Due to your corruption, you can no longer receive help from the unnamed god!]
[Holy Spear, Gae Assail cannot be used!]
Along with the loud warning sound, a notification message popped up in front of him.
However, Jin-seong was not surprised because things were going just as he expected.
“Hahaha….! A new demon king will rise….!”
Bergebut, who had disappeared into thin air, appeared again in a more vivid form than before and mocked Jin-seong.
But Jin-seong didn’t respond to his provocations.
Jin-seong wielded his sword again and Bergebut’s figure vanished away in smoke.
Jin-seong found the remaining fragments of the broken mirror of arrogance.
His face was reflected in the dozens of mirror fragments. What then caught his eyes was a horn, protruding out of his side of the forehead.
‘So I really did become a devil.’
Jin-seong laughed at the ridiculous sight.
But to defeat the angel in this scenario, this was an inevitable part of his plan that he had to go through.
[You have accepted the power of the demon king! Achieved ‘Darkness swallows up the light’!]
[You will receive a card as a reward!]
A card appeared in front of Jin-seong.
[Major Arcana, ‘The Star’ card is obtained!]
Jin-seong took the card that appeared in the air and scanned it.
A large yellow star and seven small white stars twinkled in the night sky, and beneath was a picture of a naked woman with a water bottle in both hands. One pouring into a lake, and the other on the soil.
Name: The Star
Class: Major Arcana
Description: Constellations have been the guides of navigators and travelers since time immemorial. Even if you’re lost, you can find your way back by looking at the stars.
Effect 1: Grants the user great luck.
Effect 2: The user can receive the guidance of the ruler.
-Your current ruler: Aquarius, ‘Master of the Yellow Wind.’
[Major Arcana, Encourage your will with the power of ‘Star’! Granting you the blessings for the success of your plans!]
The moment the card’s effect was activated, his blurred vision cleared, and he regained lucid mind.
It was then that Jin-seong finally smiled.
‘Things will be over much faster.’
Jin-seong, with a horn protruding from one side of his forehead, stared at the ceiling.
[Angel detected the movements of an evil!]
[Angel decides to punish the iniquity of this disgusting and loathsome Holy Kingdom!]
[The main quest ‘Destruction of the Holy Kingdom’ begins!]
“….It has begun.”
This was the real start.
‘With the power I have now, I can defeat the angel. But what’s really important happens after that.’
Jin-seong knew that by the time he defeated the angel, he would lose his reason.
Therefore, Jin-seong needed a plan to prevent his runaway.
And he had one.
‘If it’s her….’
Finishing his thoughts, Jin-seong grabbed the hit in his hand tightly.
The moment he swung Yagrush towards the ceiling.
A huge explosion of magi occurred and destroyed the ceiling of the catacombs, which was then blown up with a trace.
The sunlight shone in the shady basement, and a light breeze began to blow.
Jin-seong, who created an exit in a flash, put on a hood to hide his horn.
* * *
North of the Vatican.
A low hillside overlooking the Vatican.
Janet was crying with her face buried in her arms under the gloomy sky that looked like it was about to pour rain and thunder.
Janet was lonely.
No one took care of her.
Grandma Agnes lied.
She said she would never leave her side.
“How am I supposed to live without her…..”
Agnes once told her that it’s okay to think of her and call her grandmother.
But Janet, who was grumpy for no reason, did not do that.
She called her abbess.
Of course, she always wanted to call her grandma instead of the abbess someday. So she did, in what might be the last moment being with her. Janet finally called her grandma.
And Janet was tormented by the thought of Agnes that didn’t seem to leave her head.
Lee Yeo-jin, who was standing behind Janet, comforted the child.
‘Umm… The nationality doesn’t matter. Kid are kids!’
Yeo-jin fiddled with the piece of Babel Jin-seong gave to her.
Jin-seong asked her to take care of Janet and left her with the stone key and half the piece of Babel.
‘I can’t even guess what you’re thinking, Jin-seong’
She had so many questions since Jin-seong was the type of person who would never share his plans. But it was not the time to be caught up in thoughts. The first thing she had to do was to appease Janet.
Yeo-jin quietly sat down next to Janet.
“Are you okay?”
Janet shook her head and buried her head.
“Janet, perhaps the abbess had to make you leave due to unavoidable circumstances.
Yeo-jin slowly moved closer to Janet’s side little by little.
“She probably couldn’t tell you because she didn’t want to hurt you.”
“…..What do you mean?”
Yeo-jin took a deep breath and opened her mouth as if she had made up her mind.
“Janet, the abbess is very sick… And you might not be able to see her again.”
“Because it’s the abbess who is stopping the angel right now.”
Hearing that, Janet stared blankly at the Vatican in the distance.
“…..So, don’t be heartbroken Janet, the Vatican-”
“Grandma is a fool…. Why is she being like that!”
Janet got up.
Then she started running down the steep grassy hill like a flying squirrel.
Yeo-jin ran after Janet, but she couldn’t run fast on the steep hillside.
Yeo-jin who almost fell on her face barely kept her balance.
By the time she made it down the hill, Janet was already gone.
“Whew…. Hopefully, Sophia finds her…”
Yeo-jin’s phone rang.
The call was from her dad.
Yeo-jin took a deep breath for a moment and answered the call.
-Yeo-jin! Where the hell are you right now!!
Young-woo cried with a worried voice.
“Ah, here….? This is the Vatican….”
-Huh….! Okay, but why didn’t you tell me in advance?!
“Dad! Now is not the time for this kind of conversation!
Thanks to Setz, Lee Young-woo had a general idea of what was going on.
“So, are you guys ready to come over?”
Yeo-jin stood in front of a random house nearby.
-Yes, everything’s ready.
Yeo-jin put the stone key into the keyhole of the house and turned it.
When the door opened.
“Uh-huh! This is amazing!”
Young-woo, a secretary, and guild members appeared.
“Oh my god! So this is the Vatican!”
Lee Young-woo, who stepped out of the door, spread his arms wide and hugged Yeo-jin tightly.
“So, where did Setz and the other professors go?!”
“I’ll tell you in a minute. But first, let go off my arm please….”
Lee Yeo-jin responded, slightly annoyed by his excessive expression of love towards his daughter.
“They had already arrived 30 minutes ago.”
* * *
Something opaque began to appear in the sky of the Vatican.
The pickpocket, who was walking around the square, was startled at the bizarre sight.
“What?! So that rich Asian man wasn’t lying?!”
There was a white giant standing in the sky, looking down at the Vatican.
The pickpocket immediately shouted at his group.
“It’s Bergebut! A clone of the demon king has appeared!”
“Fuck! If you don’t want to die, shout!”
With his group, the pickpocket cried, letting people know of the crisis that is about to hit the Holy Kingdom.
“Run everyone! Bergebut is here to destroy the kingdom!”
He pointed to the giant in the sky.
Everyone’s eyes turned to where the man’s finger was pointing.
There stood a translucent giant, looking down at people. Besides, in one hand was a huge fire sword with blazing flames.
-What, what is that? There’s something in the sky!
-Bergebut? Isn’t he the clone of the demon king?
-Fuck… Do we all die like this?
It was then that the crowd realized the situation and began to panic.
The pickpocket cried once again.
“If you don’t want to die, evacuate this place right now! There’s no time to lose!”
* * *
Dang- Dang- Dang-
An hour after Janet left, the church bell rang.
As Agnes continued to pray, a terrible demonic image flashed through her mind with an insidious whisper.
When Agnes raised her head in shock, the nuns, who were also praying together, asked in a worry.
Agnes responded calmly.
“It seems that our prayers are of no avail….”
Agnes got up, staggered to her feet, and slowly walked outside the chapel.
“This is really the last time…..”
* * *
A violent gust of wind, lightning, and thunder crashed in the sky. At the blast of lightning and sparks, everyone started to scream and run in panic.
Just then, a shower of sparks began to pour like rain from the reddish sky.
The pouring rain began to destroy the buildings of the Vatican.
Without a word, the angel was looking down at the sight.
It was a face without expression like a plaster statue.
Red blood was dripping from his eyes.
The angel descended on St. Peter’s Square and wielded the large fire sword he was holding.
Fireworks like meteors began to burn the city of Rome.
Meanwhile, a woman walked into the square.
It was Agnes.
She staggered into the square. Then, she knelt down, facing the giant angel wielding a fire sword in the sky.
The angel looked down at her and raised the sword again.
<The filthy seeds of evil have spread across the world. Because of you, I lost my chance to eradicate the buds of disaster!>
At the thunderous voice of the giant, Agnes took a deep breath. The angel of sorrow looked down and aimed the sword at her.
<This is all your fault.>
Agnes prayed quietly.
“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil….”
The angel of sorrow slowly raised the sword.
When he was about the swing it.
A girl ran in front of Agnes and stopped the angel.
Suddenly, the flames vanished from the fire sword.
The edge of the blade was pointing at Janet.
The angel stopped.
Agnes wanted to push Janet to leave, but she couldn’t do anything about it since she had already run out of strength.
The angel did not withdraw his sword even when the third saint appeared.
The angel was no longer in the form of a giant plaster statue. He changed his appearance to a human.
The angel wearing a plaster mask with a white rob walked up to Janet.
“Third saint, you’re free from sin. So do not block my way.”
But in spite of the angel’s words, Janet shouted with a firm voice.
“I’ll never! I won’t move even a step without my grandma!”
Without a word, the angel took a step closer to her with a sword in his hand.
Janet didn’t even flinch at the sword.
“Janet, no! Leave now….!”
Agnes cried, but Janet raised her voice.
“Who are you? And why are you trying to harm my grandma? You’re the angel, but that doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you want!”
Then, Janet turned to Agnes.
“Grandma, you thought I’d thank you for your sacrifice? You thought I would be happy to survive alone?”
Janet cried, bursting into tears.
Agnes wanted to hug Janet tightly, but she didn’t even have the strength to stand up.
Once again, Janet faced the angel with firm, determined eyes.
“You can never… never do any harm to my grandma….!”
Her declaration became a spell and bound the angel.
The angel panicked.
‘She’s not officially become a saint yet, but she binds me to this degree….’
The angel nodded.
‘I look forward to her growth.’
The angel released himself from the spell.
Janet bounced to the side at the blast.
A fire sword in a swirl of flames was brought closer to Agnes.
The angel behind the mask called her name as he sighed.
The fire sword was raised high.
Agnes looked at the angel and closed her eyes.
The moment the sword was about to fall towards her.
A sword was thrown towards the angel in a flash.
Displeased, the angel blocked the sword coming to him. The blade of the sword held against the angel was trembling.
It was Muhyuk.
The angel behind the mask spoke in a quiet voice.
“The saint must be held responsible for what has happened. Get out of the way.”
Muhyuk, who increased the distance from the angel, raised his new weapon, the engine sword, in front of him.
Just then, the tip of the blade began to glow red.
The engine blade, with a special engine that delivers super-heating energy to the blade, could cut anything.
Besides, when the user operates the mechanical gauntlet connected to the engine blade, an explosive engine sound erupts from the hilt.
As if responding to the sound, the blade began to burn more intensely in a scarlet color.
In an instant, Muhyuk jumped up high and drew his sword.
Pressure built up and eventually exploded from the elbow of the mechanical gauntlet, adding speed to the sword being wielded.
The heated blade fell on the angel.
The engine blade was blocked by the angel’s fire sword.
But Muhyuk did not stop from there.
He constantly changed the trajectory and struck his sword with rotational force.
In the meantime, a woman took up Janet, who had collapsed on the floor, in her arms.
It was Kang Min-ah, a professor at Hwanin Military Academy.
She spoke to Agnes, who was staggering.
“No, no. Step back! We’ll take care of this!”
Just then, Muhyuk, who failed to deliver an attack against the angel, got thrown away helplessly.
The angel slowly approached him with a blazing fire sword.
“You don’t know how reckless your plans are…. Before the Holy Kingdom completely falls into the hands of the demon king, I must destroy this place when my power still reaches here!”
The angel’s two wings spread like flames and the fire sword also began to burn more fiercely.
“Here’s my last words to you. Leave the first saint with me, and-”
Even before he could finish his words,
A blue jewel arrow struck the angel.
The sapphire arrowhead exploded, pouring out cold air that was enough to freeze the surroundings.
Seeing the white cold air filling the square, Agnes’ eyes widened in surprise.
“That arrow is….”
The saint turned around in the direction where the arrow had been fired from.
Above the spire of St. Peter’s Basilica, an elf was aiming the angel with a bow.
The first saint called her name.
Seeing her old friend Setz, who still looked no different from when they last saw each other, a smile appeared on Agnes’ face.
Setz looked down at Agnes and said hello.
The two exchanged a light smile.
Muhyuk, Kang Min-ah, and even Setz were in front of Agnes, protecting her from the angel’s attack.
But the saint shook her head.
‘This is too reckless….’
Agnes knew that even Setz, or any other high ranker, could never defeat the angel.
What was covering the angel was the ‘protection of the divine’, a power that could not be penetrated nor broken by any attack.
Besides, the fire sword burning with justified anger could cut anything.
Just then, Kang Min-ah rushed towards the angel and threw her spear.
Even before the spear could even reach close to the angel, it exploded off by the angel’s sword.
Following Kang Min-ah, Muhyuk also made an attack.
But in an instant, the engine blade, which boasted a tremendous heat, broke in half.
Even his chest armor got smashed and was thrown into the air.
At the angel’s explosive attack, Muhyuk flew and hit the fountain.
This time, Setz walked up to stop the angel.
Around Setz, the spirits floated up with splendid lights.
The earth rose, ice spears appeared, and vines that grew from the ground stopped the angel.
But every time the angel wielded his fire sword, everything got swept away helplessly.
“There is no more mercy.”
Setz bit her lips at the sight.
Agnes, who had regained some energy, barely stood up and grabbed Setz’s shoulder.
She no longer wanted to watch people getting hurt because of her.
“Please take care of Janet for me…..”
Agnes came forward and opened her mouth.
“…..Kill me and save all the rest.”
* * *
Agnes finally accepted her death.
It may not be possible to save everyone in the Holy Kingdom, but at least she hoped that there would be no unnecessary sacrifices.
Agnes gave up everything and walked forward.
Just then, the flame swirling around the fire sword was extinguished by a sudden blow of chill wind.
The angel turned back, sensing the vicious energy.
On the land where they stood
Hundreds and thousands of unknown screams floated through the air as if announcing the end of the world.
Black smoke covered the ground on one side of the square.
There, a monster man covered in a black cloak was holding Yagrush in one hand.
The angel immediately recognized whose energy it belonged to.
It was the demon king’s energy of arrogance.
At the appearance of the demon king, the angel burned the fire sword incomparably more fiercely than before.
“Dirty demon, Bergebut!”
The angel of sorrow was engulfed in light.
With thunder and lightning in the sky, the angel became gigantic.
As the angel’s feet stepped on the ground, the ground shook like there was an earthquake.
“The wind is too strong….!”
Muhyuk and Kang Min-ah could barely stand with their feet under the tremendous power of the angel.
Setz held Agnes from flying away by the wind, and Agnes held Janet tightly in her arms.
“Janet, are you okay??”
“I’m sorry grandma, I’m sorry!”
Janet, with tears in her eyes, apologized to Agnes. Agnes also comforted the child with tears of remorse.
‘Will he defeat him…..?’
Setz thought to herself as she bit her lips at the sight.
Setz could tell how powerful the angel was. The angel was powerful enough to defeat the demon king.
So she knew very well that what Jin-seong was doing was very reckless.
But for some reason, Setz had a feeling that Jin-seong would win.
Just because it was Jin-seong, not anyone else.
The angel raised his body and declared.
<I will blow you away and this doomed city!>
At the angel’s words, the monster man wearing a hood spoke quietly.
“….If you can.”