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17. Fixed Party Screening
The car heading to the Hunter Association was silent.
Ye-Hyeon soothed his boredom by looking out the window where there was nothing to see.
He should’ve asked them to register for the party after building friendships for around a month!
Ye-Hyeon sighed as he alternately looked at the back of Kwon Joo-ho and Shin Do-Gyeom in the front seat.
There was no sense of impatience because he was worried that Shin Do-Gyeom, who was fickle, might change his mind.
Since they are future S-class hunters, he thought they would take care of themselves, but he was a little worried that there would be no trouble even if they had a reckless party like this.
Ye-Hyeon looked back at his heavy shoulders.
Yoon Seung-Jae fell asleep leaning on Ye-Hyeon’s shoulder as soon as he got in the car, saying,
“Hey, I think I’m getting motion sickness.”
It was a ridiculous excuse to get motion sickness when your physical ability rises dramatically when you express Ability.
Ye-Hyeon, who is closer to the general public than Hunter, has long forgotten about his minor illness such as a cold.
Ye-Hyeon moistened his dry lips with his tongue.
He thought about throwing a topic to talk about, but he couldn’t think of a topic that Kwon Joo-ho and Shin Do-Gyeom would be interested in.
Ye-Hyeon soon gave up and closed his heavy eyelids.
He didn’t think it would be very helpful to have a clumsy conversation with two people who were uncooperative in social activities.
It would be a hundred times better to stay quiet than to talk for no reason.
‘We’re going to be together for the next three years, so we’ll have a chance to get close first of all.”
He was going to focus on leveling up and building affection and intimacy for a long time.
Seeing that Shin Do-Gyeom and Yoon Seung-Jae are going up and down in completely different ways, it seemed that he had to understand their mechanisms so that he could attack as the system wanted.
“Come to think of it, how did the three of you normally get along?”
Ye-Hyeon narrowed his eyebrows.
They were all S-class hunters. In addition, as they were ranked from 1st to 100th every quarter, S-class hunters generally had a strong image of being competitive with each other.
However, Hunter, who was too selfish or uncooperative, did not dare to cross the S-level threshold, so in reality, he was on a level of amity throughout except for a few special cases.
Until it was changed to a guild system.
As the conflict between guilds intensified, hunters belonging to different guilds were impatient because they could not eat each other just by encountering them.
Ye-Hyeon did not even remember seeing the three together.
He didn’t know what the party atmosphere would be like until he experienced it.
There’s nothing more thrilling than fighting with a colleague who fits well.
There’s a saying that if you fit together, you would know what each of you is thinking just by looking at their eyes.
Leaving your back to someone like that, you would feel invincible.
For Ye-Hyeon, he couldn’t even imagine how it would feel.
The fixed-party department was also quiet upstairs in the Association headquarters building. Few hunters were visiting, so it was quiet enough to hear all the sounds.
Ye-Hyeon knocked carefully. It was also the first time for Ye-Hyeon to enter and exit the headquarters building.
“Come this way. What brings you here?”
No matter how nonchalant he pretended, the new hunter was obvious from his expression and walk.
Four foolishly obvious new hunters looked around, and at the entrance, the person in charge stood out with a curious face and gesture.
The interior of the fixed party department was densely packed with high partitions, with only one seat in the right corner drooping as transparent as a bank window.
There was only one chair at the window.
Ye-Hyeon didn’t want to stand out too much, but looking at the atmosphere, he thought he should sit down.
When he had no choice but to sit on a chair, the other three stood side by side behind Ye-Hyeon.
He felt strange because it felt like he was surrounded by a large folding screen.
“I came to apply for a fixed party.”
“Really? Did you bring your Hunter’s registration card?”
The person in charge tapped the box on the table with his eyes wide open.
“Let’s see… Yoon Seung-Jae is a new hunter. Shin Do-Gyeom, he’s a new hunter, too. So is Hunter Kwon Joo-ho.”
The person in charge murmured sourly, stamping Hunter’s registration card on the scanner in order.
Hunter’s registration card itself did not contain much information.
At best, the face and name, Hunter’s registration number, and the date of Hunter’s examination were all in there.
A scanner was needed to verify proper information, but the information that could be read was limited depending on which level of scanner you use.
The person in charge was holding the first-class scanner.
After confirming that they are all a new hunter, he shook his head as if there was nothing more to see.
“I’m sorry, but according to the rules of the association, you can’t have a party with just new hunters?”
“Healer? You’re a healer?”
The person in charge alternately looked at the screen and Ye-Hyeon, and then he looked very serious.
“Can you wait a moment?”
The person in charge tapped the keyboard at high speed.
Now he seemed to check the information properly and examine it.
Whether to register for a fixed party was determined only by document screening.
It was funny, but it was more important to have no reason for disqualification than the organizing power of the party.
“Did the first-degree information include the evaluation you received at the training center and the camp?”’
Ye-Hyeon tilted his head.
They only heard rumors about it, but it has not been officially revealed.
It was about 10 minutes after the person in charge raised his head again and looked at Ye-Hyeon.
“Are you all four party members? No way-”
The rest of the words were swallowed by the person in charge.
“Why not? No? Is there a problem?”
Yoon Seung-Jae bent down as he pointed at the table as if the person in charge was frustrated by the awkward attitude.
When Ye-Hyeon called quietly, Yoon Seung-Jae pouted his lips and stepped back to his position.
“There’s nothing I can do… Honestly, I want to dissuade you. It’s far too dangerous. No matter how many healers there are, it’s a party of new hunters, and three D-class and one F-class….”
The person in charge swept the back of his neck awkwardly and glanced at Shin Do-Gyeom.
That’s an archer, too.
He was not so foolish as to not be able to notice the nuance coming from the subtly drooping tone.
Ye-Hyeon almost lost his temper at the moment, even though he knew it was a natural gaze because everyone’s perception of archers was at the bottom.
Ye-Hyeon clenched his teeth to get rid of his irritation.
He is so angry, but what kind of expression is Shin Do-Gyeom making? He was curious, but he didn’t want to look back. No, he couldn’t bear to look back.
However, it was not possible to blame only the person in charge.
In the eyes of the person in charge, it was a natural reaction. It was like a level 1 hunter setting up to attack the level 100 boss.
“I don’t mind telling you this now, but do you have any thoughts of registering with the association?”
The association used to recruit hunters who were highly conversational and had useful availability.
It was a system commonly called “hunter civil servants,” which included healers, teleporters, and blacksmiths.
From Hunter’s point of view, it was possible to settle down stably from the beginning, and the association had an object to actively ask for cooperation when necessary, so it seemed to be fair on the surface.
But it was Hunter’s one-sided loss.
It was difficult to climb high because he was bound by the association and had to take on small tasks even if he didn’t like them.
Unless there was a special sense of duty, an ambitious hunter would never choose this.
Some veteran hunters he met at the camp were dispatched from the association, so some secretly told Ye-Hyeon that they wanted him to register for the association.
However, no one asked so directly.
They wouldn’t apply if you knew what it was.
‘Did you think you wouldn’t know because you were new?’ Ye-Hyeon thought as he stared at the person in charge without answering back.
Shin Do-Gyeom touched the back of the chair where Ye-Hyeon sat, and when Ye-Hyeon didn’t say anything, he took his hand off again.
“…I just made a mistake. I’m sorry. “
As the silence became longer, the person in charge belatedly coughed and apologized.
“Anyway, it is difficult to permit the current situation. In terms of party composition, I think you need to recruit at least one more dealer. If possible, a veteran hunter.”
The person in charge quickly said without making eye contact with Ye-Hyeon.
The back of his neck was red as if he was embarrassed.
It was quite unexpected because he didn’t expect to be rejected in the screening.
He thought he would have passed the exam without hesitation just because he is a healer.
The standards that the person in charge saw were stricter than he thought.
Ye-Hyeon looked at the person in charge.
Apart from his petulant personality, he seemed to be a person who did his job properly.
The person in charge was genuinely concerned about the safety of the party.
He had gotten the wrong idea.
The lack of damage dealers was right.
In general, a party requires two close dealers, one long-distance dealer, and a total of three delegates, but Ye-Hyeon’s party has only two, Kwon Joo-Ho and Shin Do-Gyeom.
“No, what do you mean? We have a healer,” Yoon Seung-Jae went into a rage again.
Ye-Hyeon tapped Yoon Seung-Jae’s hand to mean that he was okay.
“As far as I know, there is a fixed-party mentoring system supported by the association.”
The fixed-party mentoring system was a temporary dispatch of party-experienced hunters from the association to solve the problems of new fixed parties or internal fixed parties.
The person in charge opened his mouth because it was not a well-known system.
“Then can I volunteer as a mentor?”
Suddenly, Ye-Hyeon paused as soon as he heard the voice from the back.
He wasn’t familiar with it, but it was a voice that Ye-Hyeon had heard before.