Reaper of the Drifting Moon Chapter 497

September 12, 2023 • 11 min read • 564 views

Pyo Wol stepped outside with Hong Ye-seol.

Nam Shin-woo was the first to spot them and ran over.

“Brother!”

“Huh?”

“Big brother!”

Do Yeonsan and Eun-yo also ran towards Pyo Wol.

Pyo Wol looked at their faces one by one and asked,

“Is everyone alright?”

“We’re fine!”

“That’s a relief.”

“Brother… you seem to be even better now?”

Do Yeonsan scanned Pyo Wol up and down.

It wasn’t simply that his injuries had healed, but his aura had also changed. Indescribable, yet noticeably more potent.

Do Yeonsan suddenly remembered the armor on his arm and removed it.

“Here, brother!”

It was the armor he had worn while disguising himself as Pyo Wol.

The armor, which had been carefully crafted by Tang Sochu, was to his liking. However, Do
Yeonsan couldn’t fully utilize the armor’s capabilities.

The bracers could only showcase their true value when worn by Pyo Wol. Therefore, Do Yeonsan was able to return them without any regret.

Clang!

Pyo Wol put on the pair of armors on his arms.

He enjoyed the feeling of them encasing both his fists and arms simultaneously.

Do Yeonsan took off the blood black robe and handed it to Pyo Wol. Without hesitation, Pyo Wol accepted it and put it on.

Do Yeonsan asked Pyo Wol, who was flexing his fingers,

“Brother, what are we going to do now?”

“We’re going to the New Moon Manor.”

“What?”

Do Yeonsan’s eyes widened in surprise.

The others had the same reaction.

Nam Shin-woo and Eun-yo were lost for words, even Hong Ye-seol and Sal-no stared in astonishment.

Although he had healed his critical wounds and undergone a drastic transformation, it was still a time for recovery.

Typically, after a significant achievement, one must take time to assimilate the newfound insight. Only then can it be wholly integrated into one’s self.

There was no way Pyo Wol didn’t know that, so they thought he’d continue to cultivate for a few more days, even though his wounds were healed. But Pyo Wol’s decision exceeded their expectations.

Hong Ye-seol cautiously asked,

“Wouldn’t it be better to rest a little longer?”

“Isn’t it strange?”

“What? What are you talking about?”

“It’s quiet, isn’t it?”

“What do you mean?”

Hong Ye-seol frowned.

Pyo Wol looked at the bodies of the Blood Demons and spoke.

“They were merely a fraction of their total forces. If they hadn’t returned, they should have sent reinforcements. But it’s still quiet.”

“That’s…”

“The So Yeowol and Song Cheonwoo I know are not that careless. They are as persistent as I am.”

“Is that so?”

“Does it make sense for those two to still be quiet? It’s not logical.”

“So, you’re going to check it out?”

“Yes!”

“You really are an unstoppable person. You’re not in your right mind.”

Hong Ye-seol shook her head in disbelief.

She thought herself to be quite the stubborn type, but Pyo Wol was on a whole different level.
He was even worse than the poisonous snake hiding in his clothes.

“Take it as a compliment.”

Pyo Wol started walking, and Do Yeonsan, Eun-yo, Nam Shin-woo, and the Divine Physician followed him as if it was only natural.

Seeing this, Hong Ye-seol sighed deeply. However, she did not try to stop Pyo Wol.

She sent a signal to Sal-no and Black Shadow Assassins to move.

Sal-no approached Hong Ye-seol.

“Hehe!”

“Why are you laughing?”

“Just because you two fit well together…”

“What, me and that guy?”

“Who else would be here?”

“You’re getting senile.”

“Hehe! I can see why the master risked her life for him. A man should have that kind of determination. He’s truly the hope of us assassins.”

“Who are you calling hope?”

“The man our master loves.”

“Sal-no!”

“At first, I doubted him. I thought his reputation was inflated. But after seeing him with my own eyes, I understand. He is the only one who can stand at the peak of the assassin world.”

Sal-no looked as if he was captivated by Pyo Wol’s existence, his expression dreamy.

“Tsk!”

Hong Ye-seol clicked her tongue but didn’t refute him.

She had the same thoughts as Sal-no.

Sal-no looked at Pyo Wol’s back and thought,

‘Well, he’s the only man capable of handling our master.’

Hong Ye-seol was by no means an easy person to deal with.

From a young age, she was known for her brilliance, and her character was also strong. She was a talent that everyone coveted.

It was only natural for Hong Ye-seol to stand out.

Hong Ye-seol was the epitome of a hidden knife behind a smile.

Such people never easily trust or rely on anyone.

The same went for Hong Ye-seol.

She didn’t allow just anyone to be by her side. Yet, she laid herself bare, without any restraint, to Pyo Wol alone. It signified the extent of her trust in him.

‘He really is an amazing person, in many ways.’

Sal-no chuckled and moved forward.

Pyo Wol indeed headed towards the New Moon Manor.

It took a full day to get from the village where he received treatment to the New Moon Manor. During that time, Pyo Wol did not rest for a moment.

It was hard to believe that he had suffered a near-fatal injury just a short time ago.

Thud! Thud!

With each light step on the ground, Pyo Wol’s body shot forward like an arrow.

Although Pyo Wol had always boasted excellent Qigong techniques, but what he was showing now was on another level.

Everything that exists is meant to fall to the ground. But Pyo Wol defied that law of the world, floating as if he was weightless like a feather.

The expressions of Hong Ye-seol and Sal-no, who were watching Pyo Wol’s back, were filled with astonishment.

As fellow assassins, they recognized how incredible Pyo Wol’s current movements were.

‘How on earth…’

‘He’s already in a different realm from us.’

The gap was so huge that they couldn’t even feel jealous.

Unaware of their thoughts, Pyo Wol continued his Qigong.

After running for a while, the New Moon Manor finally appeared in the distance.

Only then did Pyo Wol and his group slow down.

Sal-no cautiously opened his mouth.

“From now on, we need to approach stealthily…”

It was the New Moon Manor, the stronghold of Guryongsalmak.

It was only natural that elite forces would be abundant there, so they had to be extremely careful. However, Pyo Wol didn’t hesitate and walked towards the New Moon Manor.
Sal-no tried to grab Pyo Wol.

“Sir…”

“He’s not someone who listens to others.”

Hong Ye-seol stopped Sal-no.

“But…”

“And he’s not reckless either. If he’s acting like that, there must be a good reason for it.”

“Hmm!”

Convinced by Hong Ye-seol’s firm attitude, Sal-no remained silent.

Hong Ye-seol also moved forward without hesitation, following Pyo Wol.

“Phew!”

Sal-no sighed.

Logically, it shouldn’t have been like this. But Pyo Wol was a being that completely denied the common sense of the world. To follow Pyo Wol, he had to let go of his own common sense.

In the end, he cautiously followed Pyo Wol, leading the Black Shadow Assassins.

The New Moon Manor was getting closer and closer.

With his nerves on edge, Sal-no wore a suspicious expression.

It was too quiet.

Considering the scale of the New Moon Manor, it was impossible.

A palace of that size never sleeps.

People had to be active for twelve hours a day to keep the palace running. Naturally, with so many people moving, there had to be signs of activity. But no sign of activity could be felt at the New Moon Manor right now.

It was as if it was completely empty.

They arrived in front of the New Moon Manor’s main gate. However, there were no guards at the main gate either.

“What’s going on?”

It was an impossible situation by Sal-no’s common sense.

Knowing how meticulous the Guryongsalmak were, the suspicion could only grow.

It was absolutely impossible for a group like the Guryongsalmak to leave their main gate unguarded.

Creak!

Pyo Wol opened the gate without hesitation and went inside.

Through the wide open door, he could see the scene inside New Moon Manor, but the scene inside was strange.

There were corpses everywhere, but no warmth of living people could be felt.

As if it had been attacked, the inside of New Moon Manor was broken and chaotic.

“What’s going on?”

“What happened?”

Do Yeonsan and Eun-yo looked around to see if there were any survivors. However, no survivors were found anywhere.

The divine physician furrowed his brow and muttered,

“Did they get attacked by another sect?”

“More like they fought amongst themselves.”

Sal-no approached and discreetly mentioned.

“What do you mean?”

“Can’t you see? I’m talking about the Scars left on their bodies.”

“What?”

“You may not understand being a doctor.”

“If you’re going to belittle me for being a doctor…”

“Take a good look.”

Ignoring the angry Divine Physician, Sal-no picked up a sword lying nearby. Then, he stabbed the sword into a wound on a corpse.

At that, the Divine Physician’s eyes widened.

The sword and the wound matched perfectly.

The same was true for other corpses.

The weapons on the ground and the marks left on the corpses matched perfectly.

“What on earth…”

The Divine Physician had a confused expression.

In the meantime, Pyo Wol had gone deeper into the New Moon Manor.

The inside was even worse than the outside.

There were over a hundred visible corpses.

All the dead appeared to be martial artists of the New Moon Manor.

Do Yeonsan approached and whispered,

“Did they really fight among themselves?”

“It seems so.”

“Really?”

“Yes!”

Pyo Wol nodded and examined the corpses closely.

Some of them were dying with knives stuck in each other’s chests.

It was clear that it was a fierce fight.

Do Yeonsan frowned and looked at the corpses.

“Why did they become so fierce?”

“They probably couldn’t stand the rolling stone towering over their heads.”

So Yeowol and Song Cheonwoo were people close to Guryongsalmak.

Even so, So Yeowol had only inherited the blood of Guryongsalmak’s leader, and she was far from the center of power.

From the perspective of the leaders, So Yewol and Song Cheonwoo were mere opportunists who had taken advantage of the chaos to seize power.

At first, they went to the Heavenly Origin Temple to kill Pyo Wol, swayed by So Yeowol’s instigation. However, when So Yeowol and Song Cheon Woo led the force to leave and kill Pyo Wol, the remaining people began to crave power.

The leader and Noh Tae tae were both dead.

As long as they killed So Yewol and Song Cheonwoo, anyone could become the Master of Guryongsalmak. It would have been strange if greed didn’t arise.

They tried to seize the New Moon Manor when So Yeowol and Song Cheon Woo were gone. However, the resistance of those who followed them was stronger than expected, and in the meantime, the two returned with the Blood Demon Corps.

Pyo Wol could clearly see the series of events.

The battle had been fierce.

Just by looking at the unhealed wounds of the corpses, one could tell that a fierce battle had taken place.

It was unclear who won the fight at this point. However, Pyo Wol guessed that So Yeowol had won.

“She must have been worried about me. The people she sent to kill me never returned. She must have thought I was still alive. She would have wanted to send more trackers, but it seemed too late. So she moved her base, preparing for my assault.”

Pyo Wol knew So Yeowol and Song Cheonwoo as well as they knew him.

Pyo Wol, as they knew him, was not someone to give up and hide after being duped once. He would seek retaliation of some sort to settle his anger.

They thought that if Pyo Wol was really alive, he would return to the Guryongsalmak as soon as his wounds healed.

If Guryongsalmak’s power was normal, they would have waited for him to come as much as possible. However, the continuous internal strife had greatly deteriorated the power of the Guryongsalmak in the New Moon Manor. That’s why they moved their base altogether.

The Guryongsalmak always had a backup base prepared to deal with the worst situations. It was clear that they intended to hide there until the internal chaos was completely resolved.

“How cunning, So Yeowol!”

Pyo Wol clicked his tongue.

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