Chapter 1: Regressor is too weak (1)
“F*ck! Where the hell am I?”
I woke up from a loud noise somewhere.
Was there a drunk person going on a rampage outside the house?
I grabbed my throbbing head and carefully sat halfway up.
My whole body felt sore and hurt like crazy.
Did I drink and sleep outside yesterday? No, I even remembered entering the passcode for the front door.
When I forcibly opened my eyes after removing the sticky mucus, what I saw was not the room I was used to, but a plaza with numerous people getting up just like me.
My back was damp with water.
Groping around, I realized that the place I was lying on was a moist dirt floor… Apart from being soft, it was miles away from being a bed.
Now that I think of it, there were way too many trees around me – To the point of being excessive.
As I took a deep breath, the air felt crystal clear.
It freshened my whole body.
Was it phytoncide*?
Looking around, I may not know where this place was, but it was definitely not Korea; A vast open space surrounded by trees, with numerous people sitting in groups, greeted me.
“F*ck! Where is this place? You get consent before doing such things, right? Ahh!”
The saying that you can't speak when you're too stunned felt true; Except for the bald guy screaming his head off, no one made a noise.
“What the hell…
What is this…”
Even the bald guy, who was practically filled with vigor previously, was now gasping for breath on his knees.
With a cute sound effect, a creature resembling a winged child appeared.
“Hello! Greetings to all you inferior humans who are wasting your lives! Nice to meet you!”
The cheerful creature greeted everyone, but its teeth, visible occasionally when it spoke, were as sharp as a predator's.
When I regained consciousness, I was in an unfamiliar place, it was filled with people who seemed to have been brought here just like me…
and now, even a fairy-like creature had appeared?
This situation felt strangely familiar, almost to the point of being cliche.
“A tutorial fairy that appears in the webtoons…” Someone muttered.
He was right.
The fairy floating above my head was the tutorial fairy that everyone was familiar with – the same tutorial fairy that would make my head explode if I did something even slightly irritating.
Without realizing it, I clenched my stupidly wide-open mouth shut.
If I blurt out something unnecessary, I might become an unfortunate victim whose head explodes in the prologue.
Many people must have thought the same as me, as the atmosphere in the square became heavy.
Even the bald man who seemed to have something to say looked around cautiously before sitting down.
People sat like a flock of docile sheep.
Perhaps dissatisfied with our behavior, the tutorial fairy grumbled.
Is there anyone who wants to speak up? Or perhaps constructive feedback? Now, I'm willing to consider it positively.”
The tutorial fairy wandered around, fidgeting with its hands and making eye contact with people as if its hands were itching.
However, no one dared to confront it and instead avoided its gaze.
“…Everyone seems to know us well now, right? Unlike your lowly kind, are you people good at grasping the atmosphere?”
Although it was trying to provoke us in its own way… Unfortunately for the fairy, there was no one who was stupid enough to give it the excuse to make their head explode.
I guess I will have to follow the procedure.”
The fairy looked noticeably gloomy.
It seemed that exploding people's heads during the tutorial was the joy of its life.
“…I'll just give the essential explanation and move on quickly… okay? I don't want to do it either, but this is the procedure, so I can't help it.”
The fairy began to explain slowly, its voice mixing annoyance, sadness, and laziness.
To summarize what the fairy said…
God was tired of humans' arrogant behavior lately, hence Earth had to face God's judgment now;
Humanity was pushed into a position where they had to prove their worth, and the means to do so was to climb this tower.
Thus making us chosen among humans who were summoned to climb the tower.
It was the setting that I had already seen many times.
Roughly, if you don't want to die, climb the tower! That was the content.
“So, someone among you has to clear the 66th floor of this tower.
Otherwise, humanity will perish.
Do you understand?”
People nodded their heads cautiously without saying a word.
“Well, since I’ve roughly finished explaining the background… Grab whatever you like here…”
The fairy dropped various weapons in the middle of the square.
“System will give you a detailed explanation…
After roughly tapping its wrist, the fairy disappeared with a cute “boing!” sound effect.
But even after the fairy disappeared, there was a slightly awkward silence.
“What the hell, damn it…
My phone isn’t working…”
“Isn't this a hidden camera prank? I've seen a YouTuber make an Octopus game set…
Isn't it something similar…”
“I heard that there have been simultaneous disappearances recently… Is it also related to that?”
Only then did people start whispering carefully.
They were pouring out the words that they couldn't say earlier due to being overwhelmed by the atmosphere.
I muttered a curse under my breath as well.
After all, I was at my house until I went to sleep, but when I woke up, I was summoned to the tower.
I understood in my head that the stories that appeared in novels or webtoons became reality, but it still didn't feel real.
I tried to pinch my cheeks like a comic character, but I stopped because it seemed stupid.
“…Am I really in the tower?”
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