Kirito and Eugeo realize Selka has taken off to the End Mountains alone, and decide to go chasing after her.
As they enter the cave, they encounter goblins — presumably, from the Dark Territory — and must engage in a battle.
While Kirito fights the goblins with his sword, Eugeo is paralyzed at the sight of these creatures of the dark, whom he has never seen before. Kirito continues to fight on bravely, until one of the goblins lands a powerful strike. He experiences the most excruciating pain that seems too real for the virtual world. Unable to stand up from fear, Kirito finds himself in a dire situation as the goblin’s blade comes down for one final blow, when…