Initially, when i started all this, i have previously mentioned that i am more inclined to like korean novels over japanese or chinese novels. That hasn't changed much until now.
While it is quite prevalent that there are more chinese titles that i have made into epubs, i tend to gravitate to read korean novels more. Even when they are dropped midway (which is a shame). Still, it is a nice surprise that other translators will pick it up and continue where it left off.
The Dungeon Maker is one such title that i assumed will be put on hold, only to find out that someone decided to pick it up. So that's good and well.
Also, i also appreciate the fact that korean novels tends to complete on much fewer chapters, especially when compared to chinese novels. I have seen korean novels end just shy around 200 chapters, some reaching about 500 chapters, but never more than 1000 chapters, unless on special occasions.
And another series that i have completed reading is A Monster Who Levels Up. This post also serves as an announcement that there is a new completed series added in the completed section.
But fact of the matter is, the author decided to close the series in a bittersweet ending. And while i see the artistic value and presentation to be "acceptable". It just leaves a bad aftertaste in the mind seeing the story conclude like that,
So, in a spur-of-the-moment thing, i decided to create my own fan-made ending for this series, that doesn't leave such a bad taste in the mouth, so to speak. It is in no way to be considered as something "better" because one, this is not my story, and two, i really don't have the author's perspective on the main characters. Be that as it may, this is just my attempt to somewhat provide a more conclusive ending that, i think, is a more enjoyable read than the author's conclusion of the series.
Still, overall, the series did provide me enjoyment and satisfaction, and i appreciate for it. You may access the alternate ending on the last pages of the epubs, just after the afternotes of the authors and the translators. Or, if you have already read the series and don't want to bother downloading the epub, here's my take on the ending of the series. Enjoy!
P.S. I did not write the whole ending. I just modified some parts of it. While it would have been awesome to create my own, i do not have the talent to do so. And besides, it would seriously take some time for me to do that. Besides, what little changes i've made is already satisfying for me. No need to get so fussy about it.
When Kim Sae-Jin announced to the world that a terrible calamity will befall on Earth, it was met with harsh criticism from the masses, but despite all that, the governments of the world still prepare for the inevitability of the calamity.
The day the monster outbreak happened, every country dispatched its military, knights, and wizards to the frontline.
But even then, no one could have prepared them of the terrifying reality that is happening.
Billions of people dazedly looked on at the horrifying existence standing tall – some through their naked eyes, while others, through the airwaves.
Funnily enough, even with the absolutely terrifying and unimaginable threat standing right in front, not one cliched occasion of some nutter proclaiming the end of the world could be seen. No incidents of robbery, violence, rape, etc, etc, happened, either.
Everyone simply stared at the creature with eyes completely lost within the pits of despair – the being that just stood there, not affected in the slightest by the combined might of the military, Knights, and Wizards, with not one person able to tell what it was planning to do.
[It has been now confirmed via the testimony of the first generation migrants, that the being on screen is called the ‘Dimensional Devourer’. Although it is one level lower in terms of danger compared to the ‘Universe Devourer’, we have learned that this creature has destroyed countless worlds already.]
Even under this kind of situation, the news channels faithfully carried out their duties.
However, this piece of information delivered with such desperation ended up sounding like a horrifying eulogy to all those stationed at the battlefront.
“What’s the current situation? Do we have enough leeway to pour all our attacks on that b*stard?” (Kim Hyun-Seok)
The supreme commander of the gathered forces, Kim Hyun-Seok, asked a junior Knight, while his body was covered from head to toe in unidentified blood and dirt.
“We are at the very limit of our capacity trying to deal with the new Monsters emerging from the Fissure, as well as existing Monsters running amok under that b*stard’s influences, sir!”
“……D*mn it.” (Kim Hyun-Seok)
Kim Hyun-Seok spat out a low groan. He never expected something like this. They thoroughly planned for Boss Monsters and the mobs, but they never imagined a single entity, capable of desroying the world. The only things they could do right now, were to quell the rampaging Monsters, or simply observe that damnable ‘Devourer’.
But, even doing that wasn’t easy.
The battalion of soldiers desperately guarding the frontlines with all their might got destroyed with a single swing of the giant creature’s fist, and more than half of the gathered Knights seemed to have lost their dang collective minds after witnessing that incredible display of power.
Not to mention, the mental and physical strain of the troops fighting for the past five days straight without a break or sleep were taking their toll as well. Kim Hyun-Seok even saw several soldiers deserting their posts and running away.
He couldn’t imagine a situation worse than this one.
“…We still need to hold the line.” (Kim Hyun-Seok)
Of course, Kim Hyun-Seok could not give up here. Knights, as well as the military, were the citizens’ so-called psychological ‘Maginot’ line. So, if he and his men were to retreat from here, then the country, even the entire world, wouldn’t be able to survive. No, he couldn’t back away from here, even if it was only to repay the faith and love people had shown them until now.
“Yes, sir. Understood.”
The subordinate Knight nodded his head and took his leave.
Kim Hyun-Seok grasped his sword tightly and glared at the giant creature that he couldn’t still take in its entirety even with his neck tilted way back.
This was the only thing he could do for now.
For the first time in his life, he could truly feel the inadequacy of his powers.
It was now noon, yet the sun was still blocked by the jet-black clouds, and very little light was coming through.
And, just as the Korea’s best Knight stared at the heavens and lamented the fact that he couldn’t do anything…
Something that could only be described as quite bizarre happened.
“….What the hell is that?”
The ‘beginning’ was nothing more than someone murmuring out in a daze. That was all. No one paid him any mind. However, this person didn’t let it go, and poked the Knight next to him with an elbow.
The poked Knight was way too tired to even get annoyed, so he had to endure the abuse for a bit of time, before finally turning his gaze towards the direction his pokey friend was pointing at.
And then, he ended up doing the exact same poking thing with another Knight next to him.
That was how the eyes of the Knights gradually rose up to the sky, one by one.
With enough time passing by, the need to poke others with elbows had dissipated, and in the end, even camera lenses were taking in the sights of the emergence… of a new unknown being.
From within the beating, swirling storm of winds that seemed to rip apart those murky, dark clouds, a mystical creature slowly revealed itself.
Spreading out its noble and pure blue-coloured wings widely, its deep yet dignified eyes looked down on the world below, and its powerful and resolutely-shut maws pointed towards the Dimensional Devourer.
Knights, soldiers, even normal people couldn’t even begin to fathom the identity of that creature.
However, strangely enough, they all could faintly guess what it could be.
That creature was an exact copy of the dragon in the fairytales and legends of the yore.
Just before the gathered Knights could fall into a collective dilemma of choosing between whether to celebrate this new development, or to throw away even the last vestige of hope – the dragon-like being lunged at the still-awakening Devourer.
The world got twisted apart momentarily from the air pressure and noise generated by that powerful, mad rush forward.
Needing only a blink of an eye that felt like the flow of time had been distorted, the dragon arrived by the side of the Devourer and wrapped the tail around it – then, began gathering a massive amount of Mana in the mouth.
And the Devourer, until now inert and simply observing, hurriedly moved its arms and grabbed the dragon’s – Bahamut’s – tail.
Too bad, it was one step too late.
A jet-black Breath beam was fired out without special sound effects and blew away the Devourer’s head.
And there they were, unable to damage the Devourer no matter what they tried – jaws of the gathered Knights dropped to the floor, after witnessing the empty spot where the giant creature’s head should have been.
However, the Devourer wasn’t dead. Although now headless, it moved its one arm and two legs to fiercely resist.
That was the signal for the mighty physical struggle between these two titans that shook the entire world.
An indescribable scene of battle unfolded, where fists and front claws, kicks and tail whips were exchanged endlessly.
However, after losing its head, the Devourer had lost its sense of sight and all it could do was flail its arms and legs about wildly.
Of course, those simple actions alone possessed incredible danger. Sae-Jin had found it difficult to properly control his new wings and was helpless when he got punched by a blind swing and flew away. Then, he even got kicked in the stomach, as well.
Only after he spat out black blood out, he decided to deal with this b*stard using magic.
Still, the Devourer proved to be not a simple opponent at all. As soon as it sensed the activation of magic, it too responded with magic of its own. The only difference was, the Devourer’s did not just aim at the dragon only.
It was targeting the entire world. The sole purpose was to destroy.
Bahamut hurriedly fired off a Breath. In the end, though – Sae-Jin returned to fighting it physically, in order to prevent the fountain of blood from the Devourer’s destroyed arm landing on the ground below. To stop it from using magic ever again, he hit it even harder than before.
But, well, from the very beginning of this battle, there could only be one destined victor between the headless Dimensional Devourer and Bahamut with all its body parts still intact.
The longer the fight dragged on, the Devourer’s ability to make judgments suffered, and in the end, it threw its arms and legs wildly as if it had forgotten how to use magic completely. That only lasted until another Breath from Bahamut pierced its heart.
….And so, the Dimensional Devourer that seemingly possessed no equal in this world, fell while issuing a bizarre cry that sounded like an animal, and scattered away into black smoke.
Only the silence remained afterwards.
Not even screams, cheers, loud shouts, or praises could be heard.
This remained true even for the reporters broadcasting the event live, the anchors relaying it to the ordinary people, as well as those said people watching on.
This silence was so suffocating and unreal that tens of thousands souls gathered here ended up imagining this was all just a long and harsh nightmare instead.
Within this stillness, Bahamut slowly flew away.
While blood poured out from numerous wounds on his body, the dragon desperately flew towards the East Sea where he would be healed.
Only after he had drifted away eastward, and after a considerable length of time went by, did the remaining army of fighters realise what had just happened.
One by one, they began approaching the position where the Devourer used to stand with numb and dazed minds.
With the exception of giant craters where the Devourer’s massive feet stepped on, there really was no trace of the Monster itself.
The reality finally dawned on them and they stared up at the heavens above.
Just in time, the dark clouds drifted away and several bright rays of sun shone brilliantly down on the ground.
And so, the world would never forget the beauty of the sunlight seen for the first time in five days.
Despite the horrible wounds inflicted during the battle of the Dimensional Devourer, Kim Sae-Jin, as Bahamut, instinctively returned to the place of his slumber in the depths of the sea. The ocean's vast pool of mana serves as the catalyst on his recuperation. Despite that, the battle has taken quite a toll on its body, and it would take some time to heal.
Kim Sae-Jin felt a prescence near him. It was warm and peaceful. Like an ocean, but something more.
He found himself, watching the Earth from above the clouds, basking on the grandness of the nature and wonder of the world.
Kim Sae-Jin heard it.
No. It more like he felt it.
It was a comfortable feeling like the ocean, but with an intent.
Kim Sae-Jin has an idea what it is, after spending for quite some time on Earth.
And he felt that the wish of the intent was granted through him.
And Kim Sae-Jin knew, that it's his turn.
And a smile formed from his face.
The Dimensional Devourer.
Otherworlders described it as the unstoppable calamity.
With the incredible despair and defeat engraved in their bodies, the otherworlders truly believed that the Earth is a lost cause.
But a miracle occurred.
In their darkest hour, a glimmer of hope appeared. In the form of Bahamut.
Despite being a monster, Bahamut successfully eliminated the Dimensional Devourer.
And the many fissures that opened during the calamity around the world began to close.
With the help of The Monster Guild supplying high-ranked weapons, deployment of Griffins, and the potions from the Goblin Alchemist, the Knights and Wizards across the world successfully defeated the Boss monsters and their legions, and the world escaped the greatest calamity it has ever encountered.
A month after the passing of the great calamity, a religion worshipping Bahamut sprang up. People were disappointed and distrustful towards the pre-existing religions that didn’t offer any real, tangible aid during the most obvious apocalyptic threat ever recorded in history – and also, with an uncanny timing, several ‘followers’ of Bahamut popped up suddenly, too.
The pre-existing religions offered the usual line of excuses, even going as far as to say that their gods had sent Bahamut to humanity and all that, but with the exception of a small percentage, modern humans weren’t delusional enough to fall for such empty claims.
Inevitably, after the religion came the organisation, and eventually, the Bahamut organisation’s greatest temple of worship was built on the very spot where the Dimensional Devourer was felled. This place became the holy land that many worshippers from all corners of the globe made pilgrimage to.
A religion that became one of the biggest in the world through only a single moment, the Bahamut Church – and the leader of this organisation was Lillia.
‘He’ had disappeared.
No one knew where he had vanished to.
Did he run away because he fell in love with another woman, or did he migrate to another world after he got scared by the prospect of the world coming to an end…?
And it seemed like the only person who knew the details was the Bathory woman, but it was difficult to meet with her, and when I somehow found a chance to ask her, she refused to give me a straight answer.
I could only spend the time alone, with no one to blame.
I found out for the first time in my life that prolonged longing could morph into powerful heartache. But, I endured, believing that I would see him sooner or later.
And so…. a year went by, without him by my side.
Finally, the date for the regular gathering of The Monster Guild had arrived. So, I tidied myself up and went there.
‘All Guild members must attend the meeting.’
I was so sure that he wouldn’t forget the one real rule he came up with for the Guild he created with his own hands.
After all, the gathering was supposed to take place on the 17th of every month, but in his consideration, it had been changed into an annual event, instead.
So, he should show up on this one. He must.
The gathering was scheduled for seven in the evening, and I arrived at 6:30. However, everyone was here already. Kim Yu-Rin unni, the Tower Lord Hazeline, the member of parliament Yu Baek-Song, the married couple Joo Ji-Hyuk and Yi Hye-Rin, Bathory and Rhosrahdel, as well as Kim Sun-Ho and the rest of the newbie members.
Everyone greeted me with welcoming faces.
Yet, only one person was missing.
“You came?” (Kim Yu-Rin)
Yu-Rin unni asked me first. I forced out a smile.
“Yes. Unni, I heard you’ve been really busy lately? It must’ve been really difficult to find a gap in your schedule… Thank you for coming today.” (Yu Sae-Jung)
As soon as Monsters became existences that needed to be reared for the future rather than to be exterminated on sight, Yu-Rin unni left the world of Knights immediately without any regrets.
And then, she concentrated on the entertainment industry side of things.
She made a success out of three, four variety shows she appeared in as a regular cast member, and her debut as an actress was a roaring success as well.
So, nowadays the name ‘Kim Yu-Rin’ was better known as a celebrity rather than a former Knight. Understandably so, she was incredibly busy in her life due to all of her entertainment industry commitments.
But, even though she was busy, she found time to continue her work as the ‘Orc Enthusiast’. The thing was, many Hero Orcs still existed – they even rescued many ordinary people attempting to run away from the rampaging Monsters, and offered shelter within their village. Which in turn, made them into national treasures of Korean people.
“That’s true, but I still wouldn’t miss this gathering.” (Kim Yu-Rin)
“No wait, Sae-Jung-ah. This unni, she only came here to see whether he’s coming or not. You gotta watch out now. This person here, as much as you, she wants to see hi…” (Yi Hye-Rin)
“Uh-muh. What could you possibly be talking about?” (TL: ‘uh-muh’ = ‘oh my, my.’) (Kim Yu-Rin)
Yi Hye-Rin added some spice in a playful attempt to get a rise out of her, but now that Kim Yu-Rin had escaped from beneath the weighty burden of being a Knight, and thereby becoming much more relaxed, such a provocation didn’t work anymore.
“Hahat… But, you, Hye-Rin unni, I thought you’d be too busy being lovey-dovey for today.” (Yu Sae-Jung)
Joo Ji-Hyuk and Yi Hye-Rin must’ve been the most famous married couple in Korea right now. They were appearing on two TV shows together, and all the sweetness they poured out to each other on screen was something else to behold, really.
“Well, we can still love outside the house, right~?” (Yi Hye-Rin)
While saying something that might lead to a misunderstanding, Yi Hye-Rin leaned her head on Joo Ji-Hyuk’s shoulder.
Hazeline looked at the duo with a dissatisfied expression, before lamenting out softly.
“Anyways….. He’s not coming again, is he? And I even shoved all that urgent Tower business aside to come here.” (Hazeline)
Hazeline was currently reigning over the world’s best Wizard Tower as its Lord.
Unlike Knights, magic still played big part in society even after reduction in the Monsters’ numbers, so rather than the industry faltering away, it saw many leaps and advances forward, instead.
Well, pretty much every Wizard that was somewhat undecided between sticking to attack magic used to deal with Monsters, and the practical, everyday magic with potential to help the world, finally chose to go with the latter, that was why.
Under these changes, the Dawn & TM’s Tower became widely acknowledged as the best in the world.
The thing was, the legacy of Bangbae-Dong Wizard, no, wait, no – most of the 28 grimoires he published before he left had real world applications, it turned out.
And thanks to his enormous accomplishments until the end, the name of the Wizard of Bangbae-Dong, who had vanished without a trace, had become an everlasting legend that may never be repeated again in the Wizarding world.
Bathory did complain slightly during that, though, saying all those magic spells were nothing more than some amateurish rejigging of stuff already existing in her head.
It was then, Yu Baek-Song tugged at Hazeline’s robe.
“Hey, help me with my campaign funds.” (Yu Baek-Song)
“….Are you insane? Why should I spend money on a cat entering politics? Besides, you’ve been elected already, so what gives?” (Hazeline)
“I need lots more later on. You think running a constituency is that simple? At minimum, I gotta be elected three times.” (Yu Baek-Song)
“But, isn’t there still lots of time left until the election?” (Hazeline)
“I’m specially elected to fill a vacancy, so I gotta get elected again in a year, you know.” (Yu Baek-Song)
Surely, the most weird prospect here belonged to Yu Baek-Song. She became a member of parliament. On top of this, her ambitions began ballooning up without anyone noticing it, and now, she could often be ‘seen’ staring at a certain House with Blue roof tiles with eyes burning with desire.
“Hey, how was the reaction to the interview I shot today?” (Bathory)
To the side, Bathory showed no interest in them whatsoever, and was busy asking her ‘retainer’ while looking at her phone.
“It’s very good, ma’am. Everyone’s praising you!” (Rhosrahdel)
At Rhosrahdel’s energetic reply, I could hear a slightly happy snort from the side.
It was really tough trying to predict what could’ve happened to Bathory and Rhosrahdel, during this past year. Well, Bathory had emerged as the clear leader/representative of the union of Vampires, after all.
At first, she alternated between the persona of the Wizard Emil and Bathory the Vampire, but after receiving a perfectly-timed image makeover at the hands of Rhosrahdel, she could appear as Bathory nowadays without an issue – she was even being seen as a goddess of peace and reconciliation, a moniker people and Vampires alike who knew the truth could never comprehend.
“There hasn’t been any incidents lately, Mister Sun-Ho?” (Yu Sae-Jung)
“Ah, well. Besides taking care of the children, nothing much’s been going on in my life, miss.” (Kim Sun-Ho)
As for Kim Sun-Ho…. he resigned from all of his duties and then, became a father of twins. A son and a daughter, no less.
“Mister Sun-Ho’s children are so, so cute you know? Let’s go and visit them sometime.” (Yi Hye-Rin)
I smiled relaxedly at Yi Hye-Rin’s words.
And so, our unhurried conversations took flight. Waiters brought out wonderful food and expensive alcohol, and the members made sure there was no lull in our conversations.
Topics ranged from newbie members, the road ahead for TM to the succession at the Dawn, etc, etc….
One hour, then two, three, four…. time continued to flow, but no one gave up.
Midnight came, and the day had come to an end.
I guess he won't show up today.
As the members of the guild were starting to go home, suddenly a huge tremor was felt across the room. The occurrence was not localized though, as there was various reports that there are monster outbreaks occurring on the whole korean peninsula.
Immediately, the members of the Monster Guild prepared for combat. But before they could set out, a piece of news from the TV made them rooted on their spot.
"We are live at the mountain regions of Gangwon Province, reporting on what appeared to be a monster outbreak in the vicinity of the ‘Monster Field.’ We are witnessing a horde of monsters, marching towards the province. Knights and wizards on standby are currently engaging on the battlefield as we speak."
*assistant pointing towards a particular monster*
"We have just caught sight of what appears to be the an orc, riding a huge wolf. Wait! It's fighting the horde of monsters! I believe this is the 'hero' orc that..." (reporter)
Everyone couldn't believe what they saw on the news!
< Alternate Ending > Fin.