Martial Artist Lee Gwak Prologue

Light Novel: Prologue
Manhwa: Chapter 1

A man asked,

“What’s your name?”

“I’m Lee Gwak.”

The eyes of the man were cold like a snake, as his gaze ran across my body.

It was a look that was both eerie and terrifying. Even though it was midsummer, goosebumps crawled on my skin. I suddenly felt cold.

Still, I tried to look at the man straight in the eyes. I was scared, but I didn’t want to be discouraged. 

A cold smile flashed on the man’s lips.

“Such powerful eyes you possess!”

I’ve heard that a lot.

As a person who lost both of my parents, if I want to survive in a harsh world, I need to be spiteful. So I lived with my eyes wide open. That was my last pride.

Perhaps the man liked my eyes so he turned around with a smirk. But it didn’t take long for me to realize it was an illusion.

The man said to the men who were by his side,

“That young man seems to have quite a lot of spite and guts for an orphan who’s wandering the world… But he doesn’t need anything like that here. So throw them all away!”

I didn’t know then.

Just how scary the true meaning of those words were… 

I wonder how I looked back then to others? 

That time when I was chopped into pieces.

SoundlessWind21’s Notes:

This is another work of Woo-Gak, the author of the novel, Reaper of the Drifting Moon (RDM). I will try my best to translate this novel but it will not follow the same schedule as RDM (i.e. daily releases). I’ll try to upload 2-3 times a week if I can but it’s not guaranteed.

I might host another Patreon for this maybe once I catch up to the manhwa (i.e. chapter 100) or if readers want me to release more chapters per week haha (since that’ll incentivice me to constantly update).

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Instead of another separate patreon it would be nice to just toss this in with the patreon on a different release frequency specifically for the 10 and 20 dollar tiers because as a 20 dollar tier user prior to the abrupt removal of the increased chapters per day there has still yet to be a replacement or significant benefit to those who stayed in the tier aside from the fact that we are several months ahead so unless we want to wait months till regular or lower tier releases caught up.

Would be nice if the 10 dollar tier got a chapter every other day or something and the 20 dollar tier gets one chapter daily in addition to the normal chapters we get.

Ultimately its your patreon and your decision and ill stay in the 20 dollar tier but it would be nice to get a true benefit to being in this tier. Cuz it felt more like an in too deep to quit.


I am so happy you chose this. The manhua translators stopped translating. Also, there have been so many Lee Gwak references in Reaper of the Drifting Moon that I became genuinely interested in it. I support your choice and future decisions.


I’m very glad you’re translating this. Do you know what chapter of the novel corresponds to chapter 100 of the manhwa?


yey finally u pick Lee Gwak
The lore about Lee Gwak and Demon Fist mentioned quite often in RDM story


Thank you for starting this novel, i was heartbroken when they canceled the Manhwa.