Chapter 1: Is Anyone Here?

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Translator: Hanguk

Sigh… I’m exhausted… completely drained.”

Despite his monthly salary barely reaching 2 million won, Sejun manages to save 1 million won each month by cutting down on living expenses after paying his rent and student loan installments.
This has allowed him to accumulate a sum of 12 million won in his savings account.
However, even though this is a considerable amount, it falls short of Sejun’s goal.

When will I ever be able to buy a ticket? Can I even afford one?”

Sejun sighed, overwhelmed by his challenging objective.

A mysterious 99-story black tower appeared out of nowhere in the heart of Gangnam, Seoul, ten years ago.
The tower boasted geometric patterns and a structure defying the laws of physics.

Towers of a similar nature appeared simultaneously in 100 cities across the globe.
Although each country conducted an investigation into the tower that emerged within their borders, they reaped little benefit from their findings.

The information they uncovered revealed that the tower stood 990 meters tall, constructed from a material so strong that even a nuclear bomb couldn’t damage it, and had no visible entrance.

In an unexpected turn of events, people started emerging from the tower one by one.
They seemed to pass through the walls of the tower naturally.

Investigators swiftly identified these individuals, learning that they were people who had recently vanished.

“How did you enter the tower?”

Responding to the investigators’ questions, they explained that they hadn’t entered the tower but had been sucked into a black hole.
When they regained consciousness, they found themselves on the first floor of the tower.

Thus, information about the tower began to unfold through the accounts of those who emerged from it.

The 100 towers are interconnected as a single entity.


Upon entering the tower, you awaken and assume the role of either a magician or a warrior.


Monsters inhabit the tower from the second floor upward, growing stronger as the floors ascend.


Rewards are given for clearing each floor, with the value of rewards increasing with each level.
However, there are no rewards for clearing the same floor twice.

No one understood the purpose of these towers.
But one thing was certain: climbing the tower generated wealth.
Items obtained within the tower fetched high prices on Earth.

Among the items was something called a “ticket.” Tickets were one of the primary sources of income for the awakened, with a high probability of obtaining one or more tickets upon clearing a floor.

Those who had already awakened didn’t require a ticket to enter the tower.
However, ordinary people with tickets could access the tower.

Once inside the tower, they would awaken and gain the qualification to ascend.
Consequently, tickets were neither cheap nor easy to acquire.

In Korea, for example, the Korean Awakened Association purchased tickets from hunters in bulk and resold them.

The price was set at 150 million won per ticket.
Due to high demand, news surfaced that the price would soar to 200 million won within a week.
Hundreds of people had already paid in advance, eagerly awaiting their chance to purchase a ticket.

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“I can’t give up!”

Upon seeing frequent news about people getting rich through tower tickets, Sejun made a bold decision.

Grow crops at home!

It was a way to tighten his belt even further.
He didn’t intend to cultivate anything extraordinary; he planned to grow a few low-maintenance plants to save on living expenses.

“I’ll start today.”

With that, he bought some green onions and a few other items at the supermarket before heading home.


Sejun hummed a tune, filled with determination.

If I start growing fruits and vegetables at home, I can save a lot on food expenses and enjoy an abundance of produce.

“This is how I’ll save money to buy a ticket and enter the tower.
Then, I’ll earn loads of money in the tower for Serang and me…”


Sejun daydreamed about Serang, a member of Korea’s top girl group Moonlight Fairy.
In other words, it was Sejun’s own fantasy.

While Sejun was lost in his daydream and walking with a goofy grin, a black hole appeared in the empty space in front of him.

And then…


It began to suck in everything around it.

“What?! What is this?!”

Sejun was greatly startled upon discovering the black hole, which didn’t reveal its other side.

“It’s a Vanishing!”

Vanishing was a phenomenon where people were sucked into to the tower.
All the first awakened ones went through a Vanishing…

Anyway, it’s very fortunate, harder to come by than winning the lottery!

Sejun hurriedly sent messages to his family, worried that they might look for him if he disappeared without a word.

When he finished sending the messages,

“Why am I still here?”

“Even if I got sucked into a hole, I should have been sucked in a long time ago…”

Sejun kept staring at the black hole, waiting for it to take him.
But there was no sign that the suction force was getting stronger.

“Hurry up and take me already! Huh?! Why is it shrinking?!”

The hole was even closing.

“No! My future! Serang!!!”

Sejun made up his mind.
The future was for pioneers.

“That’s right! I’m going in!”

Sejun charged into the hole.
With that, he disappeared into the pitch-black darkness.

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“Where am I?”

As soon as Sejun exited the hole, he realized something was off.
The information he heard about the first floor of the tower was very different from what he saw.

On the first floor of the tower, there were supposed to be luxurious chandeliers lighting up the area, white marble floors, a spacious plaza with shops selling equipment and potions, and training centers where warriors and magicians could learn skills.

But this place was a cave made of rocks, not even a single shop or training center in sight.

The only similarity with the first floor of the tower was that it was spacious.

The only saving grace was that there was no luxurious chandelier lighting, but a single beam of sunlight illuminated the cave through a h

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