The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor Volume 28 Chapter 11
11) 30 Gold Event
The trees and flower seeds he obtained took root in Morata. Freya’s followers generously blessed them, causing an abundance of fruit. Users took the fruits to the chefs who developed new recipes.
The Grand Buildings, the Research Tower and Hestia’s Forge had also been completed. The users and military were working together at Vargo Fortress to suppress the monsters and enhance security. And it was finally the coronation day that Weed had been waiting for.
“A lot of soldiers can be seen in the city. What day is it today?”
“I don’t know. There seem to be more people than usual.”
Users who returned from hunting found that Morata’s atmosphere was different than usual. Soldiers and knights were lining the streets from the gate.
“You’re asking what day it is? Don’t you know that today is the day of Lord-nim’s coronation?”
“A serious event is occurring in the north. The Lord who I respect is about to become a King.”
The users came to known that a coronation was taking place takes to the residents spreading it. They were surprised that Weed would become a king but there were no complaints. Morata was growing rapidly and spreading.
“But where is the coronation taking place?”
“Bingryong Square or Wyvern Square?”
“From the Central Square?”
“Is there nothing?”
“Then in front of the goddess statue?”
The Morata users wanted to attend the coronation. Usually the preparations for a state event like this would be started early. Morata was in a good state of urban development so there were several squares and parks suitable for a large scale event.
“Do you know where the coronation is?”
“I don’t know.”
The Grass Porridge Cult searched widely for the coronation ceremony. But they couldn’t find the venue. The players in Morata were baffled. They wanted to know where Weed’s coronation ceremony was going to take place! By the time the sun had risen halfway up, the soldiers and knights were arranged in the Central Square.
“The coronation is taking place in the Central Square.”
“Let’s go quickly!”
The users and residents also gathered in the Central Square so there was a population of thousands. Weed’s friends like Pale also set aside anything else and attended his coronation ceremony.
A wooden table was placed in the Central Square with a thin gold crown and a clear glass of water on it.
“Don’t tell me……”
“Isn’t it different from what I imagined?”
After a while, Weed was escorted out by knights. He wore his newly created Goddess’ Knight Armour and a spectacular cloak.
Various local specialities were given to the Lord to commemorate the coronation. Morata’s best tailors had created the cloak for him.
Weed appeared riding a nice, white horse and escorted by 30 knights! Weed stood in front of the fountain. The redness on his face wasn’t from excitement. The budget for the coronation was 30 gold but it was a little embarrassing when standing in front of so many people.
‘Should I have used 40 gold?’
Weed walked silently and stood in front of the table. Alveron, the pope candidate of Freya Church was standing there. Alveron bowed respectfully and said.
“It has been a long time.”
Alveron had grown from a beautiful young boy. He grew taller and was handsome enough that even actresses would envy him. There were also no flaws in his smooth skin. In the past he had accompanied Weed but now Alveron occupied a great position in the Freya Church. He was in charge of the Cathedral and missionary activities in the north! Weed spoke in a low voice so that other people wouldn’t hear.
“It’s great to see you. You didn’t experience anything difficult?”
“It is thanks to Weed-nim’s effort in maintaining the peace of the continent…..”
“I did go through some troubles. Then Alveron, what level are you now?”
In the past he had been depressed by Alveron’s colossal level. They killed the vampires together but he couldn’t help building up envy and jealousy.
“I’m ashamed since my service to God is a little lacking. I am only level 553.”
It was really difficult to raise the level of priests. They were stuck hunting in parties and always needed to be looked after by others. But their abilities and blessings couldn’t be compared to other professions. Alveron’s level meant he had to perform a ‘miracle’ every day or use his blessings on fearful monsters. Weed suppressed his deep jealousy towards Alveron.
“Alveron, our time hunting together are still good memories for me.”
“It is the same for me.”
“I look forward to still being your close friend in the future.”
Alveron started the coronation.
Marching soldiers and knights and a performance praising the king were boldly omitted. Weed thought it was a waste of time. Soldiers and knights had expensive operational costs so he would rather use them to get rid of nearby monsters.
“The Freya Church, the Church of Lugh and the four other religious orders of the Versailles Continent has blessed the rise of Weed’s Arpen Kingdom.”
|-You have received the recognition of the religious orders.
Faith has increased by 25.
Honour has increased by 17.
Luck has increased by 10.
Leadership has increased by 10.
|-You have received recognition as a King from the Gods.
There will be high levels of religious activities in your Kingdom.
The loyalty of residents with high Faith won’t decline.
The religious orders in the Kingdom will give small support to quests and military activities.
Alveron placed the gold crown on Weed’s head. It was an affordable crown that raised Charm by 7 points. Anyway, he couldn’t wear the crown in battle so he was going to leave it in the castle.
“Let’s have His Majesty the King say some words.”
Alveron advanced to the last stage of the coronation ceremony.
The King’s speech!
Weed was formally inaugurated as the King and was speaking to the residents and users for the first time.
Weed went up to the altar and looked out at the people. Many users had gathered in the Central Square. There weren’t any empty places in the square and the streets were also busy.
“I’m speaking as the King.”
|-Skill: Lion’s Roar has been used.|
“Weed-nim is talking!”
The King received love from the crowd. The noisy square quieted as soon as Weed began to speak.
People had expected a grand coronation ceremony so they were disappointed when it ended so simply. But they watched in silence at the chance to hear King Weed’s words.
“The Arpen Kingdom will continue to grow in the future with you. More commercial buildings will be built, trade will expand and more quests given. This will be a good land for people to live.”
It was important for leaders to give hope with confident words. Of course, Weed’s inner thoughts were completely different.
‘I will collect the taxes from everyone in the Arpen Kingdom!’
“There is danger everywhere when we exit the gates but we can overcome that danger. It is possible if we have courage.”
‘They have to exit the gates and play even if it means dying.”
“Go out into the wide land and adventure, fight, mine ores and also farm crops. The Arpen Kingdom will be waiting as your home.”
‘People who pay taxes are welcomed.’
Weed was respected by the users as the Lord of Morata. Users in the central, eastern, western and southern parts of the continent also praised Weed’s reign. The users were immersed in Weed’s words and gave cheers of joy.
“Now everyone close your eyes.”
Most of the users closed their eyes at Weed’s words. They were prepared for any type of surprise event. They had more expectations because the coronation was too simple.
Of course, Weed hadn’t prepared anything separate. He didn’t want to spend money on something like that.
“Close your eyes and see it. A spacious area filled with wandering herds of monsters……”
Nothing could be seen but the users imagined it. The target was different depending on their level and experience.
Kobolds and goblins were perfect threats for beginners. Other people imagined a variety of monsters like the undead, Lamia, trolls, lizardmen etc. The high level users experienced many unmatched, dangerous monsters. And it didn’t matter what level they were as monsters they saw over the internet or through broadcasts moved through their thoughts.
People who liked Weed’s adventures saw the time he fought the Skeleton Knight or the dragon in the Valley of Death. The time he transformed into Karichwi and commanded the Dark Elves and Orcs to fight against the Undead Legion was already a legend!
‘If I was that character…..’
They were afraid of the monsters but there was also a lot of excitement. Their hearts pumped and limbs trembled at the thought of adventures.
“And listen with your ears. The rough breathing, roars and sounds of the monsters….. Now, open your eyes. Do you want to run there?”
“I want to go!”
A smug smile formed on Weed’s face. He realized how to scam using emotions when building the pyramid.
“The future of the Arpen Kingdom is bright. In the northern area, scary monsters often breed and expand so there are many unknown risks.”
In fact, there were many fearful monsters in the north recently. As the north became warmer and more crops grew, monsters would naturally increase further.
“You will walk on rough land and fight against monsters. If you triumph and return to the Arpen Kingdom with the loot than it is possible for you to become a hero. This is the heart of the Arpen Kingdom!”
Weed emphatically yelled using Lion’s Roar.
“Do you believe it?”
“I believe it!”
“Will you be residents of the Arpen Kingdom?”
The crowd replied in unison. Thus the coronation was finished with the imagination inspiring words.
Weed showed a speaking ability that was beyond that of a fraudulent founder of a religion!
A message window than appeared before all users in the Versailles Continent.
|-The Arpen Kingdom has been established.
King Weed has created a small kingdom including Morata and Vargo Fortress.
It is the centre of trade in the north and is leading in arts and culture. It is a kingdom where a significant amount of weapons and quality fabric is created and possesses various types of local specialties..
There are a vast number of residents and many are talented people.
|Due to the grain coming from an abundant land, the birth rate is very high.|
|The Ellyons have moved to Arpen Kingdom and it is their new playground.The nutrient rich fruits and grains will grow even more abundantly.
The interest of the Elves has increased thanks to the Ellyon’s move.
|The support offered to the King by the residents are absolute and they will unite together to stand against any threats.The residents have leaped forward tremendously despite the difficult environment so they have an optimistic attitude.
The Grand Buildings the residents built together will be the light that illuminates the beginning of the Arpen Kingdom.
|-The fame of Morata and Vargo Fortress has increased.|
|-You will have a large political influence over any areas in the vicinity that doesn’t belong to the kingdom yet.|
|-A small riot is taking place in Vent Castle.|
Bart’s party arrived back late to Morata from their hunt. Morata’s streets were wide so carriages and horses could run quickly. But there was an enormous crowd because of Weed’s coronation ceremony so they couldn’t go towards the Central Square. Bart spoke to his party members.
“Wah, as expected from Weed the God of War. Look at all the people gathered here.”
“Is this the first time a kingdom was established on the continent?”
“The reason is that it is Weed-nim’s kingdom. He restored the village single-handedly and gathered all the people together until it became a kingdom…..”
Bart was once again surprised by Weed after listening to the words of his party members. He understood that Weed was a popular person and that everyone liked his adventures through experience. But he exerted an absolute influence.
“By the way, should we join the Grass Porridge Cult?”
“Will they accept someone level 25?”
“If we are Morata residents than they will welcome us. Does Bart ajusshi want to join the Grass Porridge Cult as well?”
Naturally Bart also wanted to join the Grass Porridge Cult. They were the organization with the largest number of forces. If he joined the Grass Porridge Cult than adventuring in the north won’t be boring.
Meanwhile the competition to become a Class Master was in full swing on the Versailles Continent.
When the name and location of a user trying to become a Class Master was revealed, attempts of assassination and obstructions would occur. The broadcasting stations also encouraged this fighting in order to make it a more intense competition!
Geomchi yawned as he spoke to his trainees.
“The victory was too easy.”
“I understand, Master-nim!”
Now that they knew Radiant Sword, hunting around Vargo Fortress was much easier.
“The increase in skill proficiency for Weapon Mastery feels much better than before.”
“It is the same for me, Master-nim!”
In the past they just haphazardly swung their weapons while fighting. Aside from basic martials arts skills, they mainly used mere power. That’s because they didn’t have enough mana for their skills!
Now they looked at the artworks in Morata’s Art Centre and distributed their stat points into wisdom and intelligence every time they levelled up. The result was that their mana grew enough to be able to use their secret sword techniques a few times. It was like going from rubbing two sticks together to make a fire to using a lighter!
“Now the fighting won’t be as easy as before.”
Geomchi, Geomchi2, Geomchi3 were heading to a place where 50 monsters were gathered.
Just previously, they had killed 120 monsters before their bodies became a wreck. They took a short break and wrapped bandages around them but that wasn’t sufficient. They might fight like a berserker but they needed to manage their vitality and strength. During a battle they would tear out ribs and eat the meat!
“Those children should learn the skill quickly. When everyone reaches level 8-level 0 then we will start the quest.”
“Yes. Geomchi5 will do it first and the rest will shortly follow.”
Geomchi5 had already reached advanced level 8 in Weapon Mastery. He decided to experience the Class Master quest for a martial artist first. It was a judgement to reduce the trial and errors.
Geomchi5 met with the barbarian Hanson and had a conversation. He met with the barbarian to receive the martial artist quest.
“It has been about approximately 10 years. I met a very strong warrior.”
“Should I kill him?”
“He was very good at handling weapons.”
“Kill? Or should I pull it?”
“Beritan left its nest… The villagers that went to Beritan’s nest only saw the corpse of a monster left behind. Now monsters have gathered in Beritan’s nest.”
“I’ll kill everything.”
“Please defeat the monsters and find any traces of the strong warrior that left the corpse behind.”
The Class Quest was more fascinating than Geomchi5 had thought. There was a great martial artist. The request was to trace his tracks and battle him.
“In the end I will kill that guy!”
Weed saw a separate message window after he became king of the Arpen Kingdom.
|-The King has the authority to make any demand of the residents.
The residents won’t be able to refuse the King’s orders if they don’t want to die.
However, if an impossible request is asked than loyalty will fall and a resistance army will be established.
|You can appoint the nobility. The nobles are subject to the taxes and benefits of their territory.
Royal Knights can be installed.
|You can select a state religion. Many residents believe in the Goddess Freya.When a state religion is established, any missionary work related to that religion will become smooth thanks to the Goddess of Luck.
But there will be strong opposition from other religions.
|-The construction of a palace is necessary for many internal affairs and governing.|
The King was able to exercise a strong authority. Fame, Dignity and Charm were best when dealing with residents. Any quest could be given or property taken away by compulsion.
“There is a reason for trying to obtain power.”
Even after the coronation ceremony ended, the users and residents didn’t scatter to other places. Their eyes were sparkling with expectations. This was the first time a kingdom was established on the Versailles Continent.
Even the release of Huksaeng (drink) from the warehouses would be looked upon favourable. Morata was a financially rich city so they were expecting even more.
It was Weed’s extreme crisis! People were still flocking towards the Central Square and the streets.
Weed used Lion’s Roar again.
“Morata has made 4 Grand Buildings!”
The sound of cheering filled the city.
“The Arpen Kingdom is a great place to live every day!”
“Hooray King Weed!”
The beginners that started in Morata responded loudly. It even reached unknowing users outside Morata’s walls. More users were connected than normal in order to watch the coronation. More than 500,000 users were cheering King Weed!
Irene was worried about the situation right now.
“The atmosphere seems to be escalating. What is he going to do?”
Pale also had similar concerns. Even if the coronation ceremony was simple, astronomical funds would still end up being used.
“If this continues then it will be difficult……”
The atmosphere of the crowd was becoming alarming as they kept on being incited!
Surka and Mapan was the same.
“I really am worried. What will he do?”
“Judging by Weed’s personality, a large incident could occur.”
The target they were worried about wasn’t Weed. It was the crowd gathered at Morata! Weed knew how to take advantage of all the gathered people. If they felt tricked by his sweet words than things might get out of hand!
“As the Arpen Kingdom’s commerce and military expands, the area will become stable for everyone.”
“Hooray His Majesty!”
“The treatment of blacksmiths and tailors will improve and they will be able to concentrate on their work.”
“King, King, King!”
“I promise I will continue to implement support policies for artists in the kingdom.”
“I believe in the Arpen Kingdom!”
The crowd’s joy reached its peak.
To be honest, there were many people who suspected that Weed’s attitude changed after he rose to the position of King. But he made large promises to many groups!
Weed had no choice but to talk like this.
“Morata’s art and cultural community will continue to develop. Morata will become the capital of the Arpen Kingdom!”
Cheers for the King and the Arpen Kingdom continued to emerge without any breaks.
He could speak fluently whether scratching the itch of a crowd or threatening Yellowy. He had the natural temperament of a con artist and he knew how to drive a herd mentality!
“If art and culture isn’t delayed than the Arpen Kingdom will continue to prosper. The number of artworks will increase and new performances will be held!”
Weed’s words aroused the users’ sympathy. Many users raised their stats from looking at the sculptures and paintings in Morata. Some were less relevant to battle like Courage or Charm but all the stats went up permanently. If art and culture developed then it would be easy to raise a person’s fame and ask for commissions from merchants.
“So I’m going to create a sculpture of an unprecendented scale to commemorate the founding of the Arpen Kingdom. And I’m giving you a chance to participate if you want to!”
King Weed, the best sculptor on the continent was giving them a chance to participate in his work!
“Please let me do it!”
“I want to make it.”
More than anywhere else, the Morata users were used to labour. They were involved in the creation of the Art Centre as well as the 4 Grand Buildings. Users who migrated from the Rosenheim Kingdom also had experience with creating the pyramid. If Weed spread the rumour that a giant sculpture was being created than a crowd would follow. The fearsome support army, the Grass Porridge Cult consisted of 3,700,000 people alone!
‘Now it isn’t too late.’
Compared to other professions, the proficiency of Sculpting grew quite slowly. Obtaining the materials and manually working on it himself would take a long time. He had made a lot of sculptures since reaching advanced level 8 but the growth of his skill proficiency was still slow. In order to overcome this, Weed decided to not make the sculptures alone.
‘There are a few stages left in my Master Quest. If the rest of the commission requires using the lifeforms to fight than it might end quicker than I thought.’
If he postponed the difficult battle then the sculptural lifeforms would grow stronger and his prospect of success will rise. Instead of making rushed sculptures, he should raise his skill so that he could complete the remaining requests quickly.
His Class Master Quest!
Weed aimed for a large reversal at the final stage.
TO BE CONTINUED