I Became A Part Time Employee For Gods Chapter 110

I Became A Part Time Employee For Gods

Chapter #110: The Riddle of the Sphinx (1)

Damdeok placed his hand on the gold-decorated doorknob.

From behind, Baekgureum asked in a serious tone, “But, hyung… are you good at solving riddles?”

Damdeok turned around with a baffled expression.

“What?”

“Well… the gods who were here earlier said that if we can’t solve the Sphinx’s riddle, it will devour us.”

Baekgureum’s usually playful demeanor was nowhere to be seen, replaced by an uneasy restlessness he couldn’t hide.

Damdeok chuckled and responded, “So? Are you scared you’ll be devoured by the Sphinx if you can’t solve its riddle?”

“No?! It’s not that I’m scared, I’m asking if you can actually solve it! We need a strategy before going in! Right?!”

Damdeok looked at him with a giggle.

How do you strategize for a riddle?

It was a nonsensical idea.

“Just admit you’re scared. You’re afraid of ghosts and spirits, aren’t you? Oh, and it would have been quite something if you had come along when I was working part-time for Medusa. Too bad, heh.”

“Seriously, stop joking around!”

Baekgureum huffed again, and Damdeok patted him on the shoulder.

“Okay, okay. But what can we do? If we don’t go in, there’s no other way. Or do you really plan to search every corner of this vast pyramid?”

After searching up to the 333rd floor, the sun had already set outside.

Even though we only had to search Sector A thanks to Jusoyul’s information, it was still a daunting task.

‘I didn’t expect Sector A to be this vast.’

Moreover, with sectors from A to F in Teotihuacan, it was more like a small world than a building.

“If you’re that worried, just use your brain more—you’re a genius with the sword from the East. Show some of that skill.”

With those words, Damdeok opened the door without hesitation.

“Ah, hyung! Slow down…!”

Creak—

With that sound, the massive door opened rather easily.

“Ugh, dust.”

It seemed no one had entered for a long time, as dust swirled from the gap in the door.

Though he teased Baekgureum, Damdeok was honestly a bit worried and only opened the door halfway before peeking inside.

“What? There’s nothing much.”

Seeing the room was empty, he fully opened the door.

Not even a Sphinx in sight, just a room that was immaculately clean, except for the murals filling the walls.

“Be careful, hyung. A curse might jump out at us.”

“How would a curse jump out? It’s not even a living creature. Ah, step back a bit.”

Damdeok stepped forward as Baekgureum clung to him.

The room was a large square stone chamber.

With every step, the amount of dust swirling around was no joke.

‘There are quite a few cobwebs too…’

It was definitely a room that had been neglected for a long time.

“But didn’t those guys earlier say they made eye contact with the Sphinx?”

In an empty room, what could they have made eye contact with?

‘Perhaps the murals?’

The room was filled with murals of heavily armed soldiers.

‘Their helmets cover their eyes… There’s no way they made eye contact.’

After looking around for a while, Damdeok spotted something.

“Hey, look at that.”

Following Damdeok’s pointing finger, Baekgureum’s gaze shifted.

In front.

A slightly protruding stone tablet was visible.

“It’s practically screaming ‘press me’, right?”

“No, no… hyung. I’ve seen in movies, pressing that kind of thing usually leads to death.”

“Are you kidding? Is this a movie?”

“Ah, hyung! We’re in a place more cinematic than a movie! Don’t do it!”

“Quiet.”

Damdeok strode forward.

The suspicious stone tablet was quite obvious.

Perhaps staring intently at it would reveal something, just like when the system had shown him the gate core nucleus before, but unfortunately, nothing came to mind.

‘Hmm, I have no idea.’

The stone tablet was filled with strange hieroglyphs. To find out what it was, pressing it seemed the only option.

“Let’s go.”

As Damdeok moved to press the tablet, Baekgureum, with a face like a Munch painting, screamed.

“No, no, no!!”

“Seriously, you’re overreacting.”

Damdeok chuckled and was about to press down on the tablet when he paused.

“…Hmm, maybe not. Just in case.”

He took his hand off and stared intently at the tablet.

“Baeksul, come out.”

He had a strong feeling that pressing it would trigger something.

He definitely needed to be prepared.

“…Baeksul?”

But it was quiet.

Perhaps the lion skin armor of Hercules was too cozy.

Baeksul used to be so clingy, but these days he rarely came out…

“Hey! Baeksul!”

As Damdeok shouted, a dying voice finally responded.

– Will…

“What’s up. Why aren’t you coming out? Come out quickly.”

– Will…

It seemed he was scared.

Seriously.

Damdeok looked incredulously at Baekgureum, still in his Munch’s scream pose, and Baeksul, who was peeking out just a little from his lion armor.

“Is it a problem with the Baeks?”

Damdeok clicked his tongue and shook his head in disbelief.

At this point,

“Forget it. I’m pressing it.”

Damdeok pressed the stone tablet and quickly stepped back.

Swoosh.

The stone tablet was sucked into the wall.

At the same time, a large vibration started on the floor.

Kugugugugu.

“Ah! I told you not to press it! We’re doomed because of you, hyung! Doomed!”

“Ah, you’re making me more scared! Why are you like this all of a sudden?!”

“Aaaaah!!”

Ignoring the screaming Baekgureum, Damdeok concentrated.

It seemed Baekgureum was already out of his wits, so Damdeok had to keep his mind clear.

‘Ugh. It’s shaking too much.’

It was hard to even stand properly due to the vibration.

Damdeok opened his eyes wider.

Even though he was just standing, his vision was wildly shaking as if dancing.

Moreover, the bricks where the stone tablet had been pushed began to rearrange themselves.

Drrrrrr! Drrrrr!

Eventually,

“…What? Is there another room inside?”

A narrow passage appeared in front.

At the end of the corridor, a majestic Sphinx statue was clearly visible.

But Damdeok couldn’t approach it right away.

Koong. Koong.

Koong. Koong.

The murals filled the room.

The soldiers depicted in the murals began to emerge.

“I knew it.”

It had been strange that the room was empty from the start.

Seeing them brandishing their weapons with glowing red eyes, it seemed it was time to fight.

“Baeksul.”

– Will!

Realizing the seriousness of the situation, Baeksul quickly came out and transformed into a sword.

Damdeok grasped Excalibur and slashed at the approaching figures.

– Kaak-!

A harsh metallic sound echoed.

‘Are their bodies made of rock? They’re not cutting well….’

The staggering figure attacked fiercely again.

– Kaak-!

– Kaagak-!

Even wrapping divine power around the blade didn’t make the attacks effective.

Using powerful skills was problematic since they were inside the pyramid.

‘Using skills like Wave Cut or Black Moon Slash might collapse this space….’

If it became known that a delivery worker had entered the Sphinx’s room and caused all this chaos…

‘All the caution up till now would be for nothing.’

It seemed he had no choice but to defeat them one by one using the formless sword technique.

It might take a while, but there was no other way.

But then,

“Huh?”

Damdeok’s pupils suddenly dilated.

The path to the Sphinx’s room was gradually narrowing.

It seemed there was a time limit.

“No good!”

He gritted his teeth and swung his sword frantically, but the stone statues, once shattered into sand, regenerated and continued to charge relentlessly.

They seemed like artificially created soldiers, not living creatures.

If his concentration faltered even a little, the attacks wouldn’t land well,

And even if he managed to destroy them with great focus, they regenerated and charged again.

‘This is crazy.’

It really was maddening.

Kugugugugu.

The passage had already narrowed considerably.

‘I have to go in now!’

Damdeok used the Wind Rush skill.

Dodging between the large soldiers, he squeezed through a gap in the wall just before catching two soldiers and stuffing them in.

Grrrrrrk.

The narrowing walls paused for a moment.

But it was only for a moment,

Crack! Thump!

As the soldiers turned to sand and scattered, the walls began to move again.

However,

Shaaaaak-

The bodies of the regenerating soldiers.

Grrrrrrk.

The walls paused again.

Damdeok smiled triumphantly and began throwing all the nearby soldiers into the gap in the wall.

“Hyaah!”

Thump. Koong. Kugugung.

Grrrrrrk.

Crack! Thump!

Grrrrrrk.

Crack! Thump!

Grrrrrrk…!

The walls did not close any further.

Baekgureum, who had been stupidly stabbing the soldiers’ necks with his sword, looked dazedly at Damdeok.

Damdeok shook his finger at him a couple of times and then stepped over the soldiers stuck in the passage, leisurely entering the inner area.

* * *

A small circular stone chamber.

A large Sphinx statue sat in the middle of the room.

“Wake up.”

“Rise.”

“Open your eyes.”

“Move.”

“Damn it!”

As soon as Damdeok and Baekgureum entered the room, they started chanting various spells in front of the Sphinx’s nose, but nothing happened.

“You’re not scared anymore, I see? You’re talking well for a spell.”

When Damdeok asked, Baekgureum answered with a stiff face.

“I lost just now, so I have to win at waking up the Sphinx.”

Damdeok shook his head at him.

‘Always competitive in strange ways.’

Baekgureum, undeterred, continued to chant spells in the Sphinx’s face.

“Wake up!!”

“Hey, man!!”

Damdeok stopped him.

“Shh. Did you hear something just now?”

“What could I hear? Hyung, you’re just worried I might wake it up first…”

Baekgureum answered sullenly, but his eyes widened slightly.

They heard it.

Definitely…

– Meow!

Their gazes slowly met.

“Meow…?”

“Meow?”

– Meow! Meow!

The sound of a cat’s meow grew louder.

Damdeok approached the source of the sound.

Inside the Sphinx’s torso.

Upon closer inspection, there was a lid on top of the torso that could be opened.

Gulp.

Damdeok swallowed dryly and slowly approached the Sphinx’s torso, then flung open the lid.

Creeeak-

“I thought I was going to suffocate, meow!”

A cat jumped out.

Not just one, but three…

“Ah, fresh air, meow!”

“The outside world, meow!”

“I’m going to kill, meow!”

The cats, resembling desert sand in their yellow hue, groomed each other, clearly cats…

“What’s going on here…?”

“I guess… at least it’s not a mummy…”

Damdeok and Baekgureum stared blankly at the cats.

“Hm? Outsiders, meow!”

“Did you guys let us out, meow!”

“You’re kind, meow!”

The friendly attitude of the cats left Damdeok bewildered.

“Are you… the Sphinx?”

It couldn’t be, right?

He thought so and asked, but the cats nodded as if it were the most natural thing.

“I’m the first, Sus!”

“I’m the second, Ping!”

“I’m the youngest, K!”

“Together, we’re the Sphinx, meow!”

Damdeok and Baekgureum were speechless, their mouths agape.

“…If you combine, it’s ‘Suspink,’ why ‘Sphinx’?”

At that question, the cats chorused in response.

“Suspink sounds tacky, meow! Sphinx is dignified and nice, meow!”

Damdeok gave up thinking any further.

Baekgureum felt the same.

‘At least with such cute visuals, maybe we won’t get eaten…’

‘Right? Let’s just ask quickly and leave…’

The two whispered and agreed, then approached the adorable Sphinxes(?) with a relatively light heart.

“Do you know about the pharaoh sleeping inside the pyramid? We’d like to know his location.”

“Ooh, a question, meow?!”

“Great! If you solve the riddle we give, we’ll tell you anything, meow!”

“Ready, meow!”

There was no tension.

Honestly, they looked so cute that Damdeok wanted to open a can of tuna and pet them right then and there.

Damdeok confidently responded.

“Sure. Give me the riddle.”

That was a mistake.

As soon as Damdeok accepted the condition, the cats’ expressions hardened, and in an instant, all three transformed into a monstrous creature.

[Rrrrrrrr…!]

A mythical monster with the body of a lion, the face of a jackal, and even the wings of a griffin.

Though different from the known appearance of the Sphinx, Damdeok and Baekgureum recognized it at a glance.

That was the real Sphinx….

[You know what happens if you can’t solve the riddle, right?]

[How could we not know? The tales about us are famous~]

[Heh, it’s been a while since we could feast. That statue was too cramped…!]

[Do you gods even know how painful it is to be transformed into cats?]

Licking their lips and giggling, the monsters in front of them were no longer cute cats.

Doomed.

That was the first word that came to Damdeok’s mind.

‘The divine power I feel… it’s similar to Hephaestus.’

Divine power similar to that of a supreme god.

Fighting them would mean certain defeat.

As Damdeok and Baekgureum remained speechless, the eldest, Sus, stepped forward.

[Be thankful we didn’t eat you right away since you let us out. Heh.]

Even a slight decrease in distance brought an immense murderous aura to the skin.

Baekgureum’s face paled under the pressure.

[The title effect of activates!]

[The status ‘Fear’ is neutralized!]

Damdeok could bear it with the title effect, but that was it.

‘If we’re careless here…’

Cold sweat ran down his back.

His fingertips trembled slightly.

Not one, but three monstrous Sphinxes.

If they failed to answer their riddle here…

‘They’d be dead without a doubt.’

This was real.

Damdeok’s eyes widened.

No matter what, absolutely! He had to solve the riddle.

[Heh, good look in your eyes. Let’s start then. The first question, let’s keep it light… how about math?]

At the mention of math, Baekgureum’s expression darkened, but on the contrary, Damdeok’s brightened.

‘I’m confident with math.’

During his talentless school days, he had studied all night long.

‘I even ranked first in school among talented kids.’

He had solved so many problems that he almost memorized them entirely.

Screech. Screech.

The eldest, Sus, began to write the problem on the floor with its claws.

Damdeok watched confidently.

[Now, solve it.]

After writing the problem, the eldest, Sus, moved its large paw.

The problem was densely written on the hard stone slab.

Damdeok’s eyes widened.

———————–

7×2=455

5×4=91

8×3=555

7×5=242

10×1=999

10×4=?

———————–

Damdeok’s eyes shook wildly.

‘I have no idea what this is?’



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